Coconut oil for beauty

Coconut oil is one of those products that take multi-tasking to the next level. I’ve seen it be used for cooking, hair treatments, moisturising, make up removal and even cleaning!

While I have not had experience with all of those tasks, I have been using coconut oil as a moisturiser for a few months and thought it was time to dedicate a post to the powers of coconut oil.

I started using the oil to combat winter dryness on my face and body and was amazed at the results. Coconut oil is one of those products that promises to do a lot for your appearance and the fact that it’s unbranded means you can pay as much or as little for it.

I was introduced to Neal’s Yard Organic Virgin Coconut Oil and after six months of daily use on my face and body, the pot is only just finishing now!

What I like about Neal’s coconut oil is, it’s solid texture – however be warned in the summer months my oil tended to melt a lot so it’s wise to not use too much. Saying that, only a bit of this definitely goes a long way.

For daily use, I rub the oil between my hands to warm it up then apply to my face, working it in until there’s no trace of the oil anywhere.

This keeps my face moisturised for the whole day and even though in between I’ve been using high-end brands, I always come back to my trusty coconut oil as I know it will never break me out, nourishes my skin and gives my face a smooth base for make up.

Nip+Fab Kale Fix

Make up removing pads

In my not so expert opinion, there is one brand that seems to be taking over right now and that is: Nip+Fab. They are all over my social media feed with products ranging from skincare to innovative make up in the form of foundation drops.

I’ve wanted to Nip+Fab for a while now and when my holiday came round it seemed like the perfect time. I normally use a cleanser and muslin cloth to remove make up, such Emma Hardie or Liz Earle, but with baggage restrictions I’d rather pack light and save space for shoes.

The reviews I read about Nip+Fab kale fix make up removing pads say they are specifically designed for dry skin suffers and after using most people saw an improvement in their skin’s condition. While I’ve spent a long time drinking kale and hating it, I was interested to see what would happen if it was applied topically.

I got lucky and got the product on a half price promotion at Boots a few weeks ago and used them on my recent holiday to Portugal where it was hot and humid, so I needed something that would remove all traces of make up and dirt.

I sweep one-two of these over my face, depending on how much make up I am wearing and they leave my feeling clean and refreshed. Unfortunately, a few times I did struggle with leftover eyeliner smudges, which is why I’d probably use two pads on special occasion days.

I saw an improvement in the overall appearance of my skin after a few weeks of using the pads and didn’t break out once – although if that’s due to Nip+Fab or my regime I will have to investigate further. But the bottom line is, I will be making these make up removing pads a regular in my daily skincare routine.

 

Tony Moly Jelly Mask Sheet

I recently read an article that the secret to Korean women’s beautiful skin is sheet masks. Since then, I’ve tried a lot of them but this post is dedicated to Tony Moly’s Pudding Chamomile Jelly Mask sheet (try saying that with a mouth full).

It’s no secret that my skin is drier than the Sahara – even in the summer! I am obsessed with anything that says the words ‘hydrating’ or ‘moisturising’ and when I came across this product in Sephora Prague I just had to try it then and there.

The packaging is probably what attracted my first as its like a ‘jelly pudding’ – thus the name – and says its contains chamomile which I’ve heard to be very good for skin.

I tried this after a shower where my face was completely clean and make-up free and left it on for around 10-15 minutes as is recommended. In spite of looking like a mummy it actually felt really nice as the effect was quite cooling.

After the time was up I tapped the remaining moisture into my face and after an hour or so applied make up and went out. My face felt sooo moisturised and my make up applied like a dream.

I’ve found the effects of this mask to be just an instant moisturiser and nothing actually beneficial for my skin. I didn’t feel or look glowing after and the day after I applied it I found that the dry areas of my skin were back.

I would rate this a 2/5, if only for the cute packaging and the instant effects.

Balance Cosmetics

Balance Cosmetics Active Formula Vitamin C Power Serum

With the hot weather finally hitting England, skincare has never been more important. For some time I’ve been on the lookout for a daily lightweight, simple serum. I came across Balance Cosmetics and was so shocked at how the product was around £5 and had glowing reviews so I just had to try it for myself…

The bottle comes with a simple drop applicator, which is a game changer. I apply one drop on either cheek, one on my forehead and one to my chin. This serum is so lightweight and leaves no traces. There is a slight sticky consistency at first but I find that if I apply nothing else to my face for 5 minutes the effect is gone.

I like how this brightens my face but as I’m yet to be on the receiving end of wrinkles I can’t comment on whether it works, however I did give this serum to my mum for a few months and she is hooked on it.

I definitely recommend this for a light-weight, summer serum!

Too Faced Born This Way foundation

Foundations, BB creams, tinted moisturisers – where do we begin with them? I’ve tried and tested so many in recent years and I finally thought I’d landed on a winner with Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation. But me, being me, thought I’d try out something new in the form of Too Faced’s Born This Way foundation.

I’ve only heard glowing reviews about this from people I know and online websites so I just had to join the bandwagon.

Let me start by saying, this foundation is by far the only one ever to be matched perfectly to my skin! I am shade Light Beige. The foundation is definitely undetectable in terms of colour but, sadly that’s my only true positive about it.

I want to love with foundation, but it doesn’t sit well at all on my face. My skin is dry due to regular used of topical retinoid and my current skincare routine includes using either coconut oil or a thick moisturiser as a base.

I use a thin layer of primer and apply the foundation on top but no matter what/how I apply it is doesn’t seem to sit without caking and lines after a few hours! I’ve tried beauty blenders, fingers, stippling and flat brushes and while the coverage is amazing it just doesn’t look right on me.

My most recent revelation to this came when I was in Prague, got off a flight, looked in the mirror and saw that the colour had oxidized. Now I know that foundation shouldn’t be worn on flights due to the air/oxygen but I had no time to remove it.

This foundation would be the one if it wasn’t for the inability to be worn on dry skin. However, that being said I am currently sitting in the British Library wearing this on top of my Luminous Silk foundation and hoping that this will lessen the drying effect.

Any tips on how to wear this with dry skin are welcome below!

 

Tony Moly Shiny Foot Peel

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Summer means a lot to a lot of people but I think we can all agree that it signals saying bye to Ugg boots and hello to sandals, flip flops and open toe shoes. With that in mind, foot care is fast becoming a huge trend and if you, like me didn’t know that foot peels are a thing – then trust me they are!

Tony Moly is a huge South Korean brand and I recently when to Prague where I spent most of the trip in Sephora but I was amazed at how many products Tony Moly actually has.

I tried this foot peel on recommendation and also out of intrigue – what in the world is a foot peel? What does it do? Does it work? (before you read on don’t worry there are no pictures of my feet here).

The product comes with two feet shaped packets with instructions on how to use them, which I will summarise here:

  1. Set aside 1.5 – 2 hours
  2. Make sure your foot is in each of the bags then pour one sachet over one foot
  3. Once its been on for the recommended time thoroughly wash your feet making sure all of the product is gone
  4. Be patient!

If you are going to use this then be sure to sit still for a 2 hours, I put a Bollywood film on giving me ample time but my insatiable appetite lead me to get up and walk to the kitchen where I proceeded to leave a trail of the peel in my wake.

After day one I watched my feet very closely for sign of peeling but when I saw nothing I was so disappointed, until I went to the gym on day 4 post peel – in the ‘hot’ British weather – came home and took off my socks and finally my feet were peeling! It was the most grossly satisfying thing.

It took about 4 days for the peeling to stop and when it did my feet were so soft and smooth, just in time for my holiday.  

Its currently been around 4 weeks since I used the first peel and I’ve found that while the soles of my feet are smooth and soft, the heels have begun to harden. I think, to get the full effect of this product it should be used regularly whilst also giving the feet time to breathe.

I got this product from Amazon for around £10

 

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Kit

Lip Cheat: Kiss n Tell

K.I.S.S.I.N.G: So Marilyn

May’s edition of Vogue contains a double page spread from editor, Alexandra Shulman, documenting her journey to find the perfect red lip. Something, which many – like myself – have struggled with for years.

Now, I love red lipstick as many of my posts have revealed but I’ve never found the shade that was just right. I’ve spent hours, and more money than I’d like to admit, on trying to find the perfect red colour – until now.

I am so lucky to have the best friends who always spoil me on my birthday and this year I received the famous maroon/gold packaging of my favourite brand – Charlotte Tilbury.

 

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Picture taken from Charlotte Tilbury offical website
The kit contains three products to help make the perfect red (I’m saving the lip lusture for another post) and this post is dedicated to the lip cheat and lipstick which I’m obsessed with.

Charlotte Tilbury calls her lip pencils ‘lip cheat’ and the website description says:

The signature rich, velvety lip liner that glides effortlessly over lips and has the power to completely re-shape, re-size and balance your pout.

I don’t know how keen I am on reshaping or resizing my ‘pout’ but anything which literally helps me cheat my way into having the kind of lips I see in beauty adverts is definitely a yes from me!

I add lip products last to my make up routine, roughly about 10minutes after applying some Cocoa Butter to my lips so they’re moisturised but not overly oily and then proceed with the lip cheat. This, I apply to the outside of my lips and then fill in lightly.

CT’s website has many descriptions about the lipstick K.I.S.S.I.N.G but the one description I’m drawing on is:

A special blend of waxes means this lipstick is a dream to use and glides over the contours of your lips. The result is colour rich and buildable, the formula does not bleed outside the lip line.

I really love how this lipstick goes on with a slight gloss to it but stays put all night. It’s revolutionary and the fact that it stayed put while I ate my way through many courses at dinner was a shock to me at the end of the night! Can a lipstick really be this perfect?

I recommend the combination of the two for anyone who wants to find a perfect red lipstick, which stays put, is moisturising and provides a perfect colour in just one coat!

Dior Fix It

2-IN-1 PRIME & COLOUR CORRECT   in Green

 I stumbled upon this product by complete accident when I was waiting in Covent Garden and both the Armani store and Chanel gave me a funny look when I went in! Dior customer service was so welcoming and the man who did my make up for me made me feel so comfortable with all of the new products he was trying on my face.

I got the whole Dior treatment with serums, creams, foundations – you name it! But the thing that appealed to me the most was the fix it stick in green.

The product is similar looking to a lipstick but the middle bit is a primer so it primes your face as well as covering (it took me a few uses to get used to it).

After spontaneous purchase I was left with a product I did not know how to use but thank god for the YouTube beauty gurus who explain how to use colour wheels properly.

My face has a lot of redness and I didn’t want to look like a green monster with blobs of green mixed in with foundation when I went out every day, so here’s my step by step of how I use Dior Fix It:

  1. After moisturising and priming my face I apply a tiny tiny layer of this where I need it
  2. Using my fingers I pat in the product
  3. I use Dior’s Beauty Blender – but any one will do – to dab in the product (make sure it’s damp!)
  4. If need be, I apply a bit of concealer to any areas which need it (this step can be missed out!)
  5. I then use a stippling brush – mine was so cheap from Amazon – and pat my foundation on
  6. Repeat step 3 to dab in the foundation to assure I don’t look cakey

It’s so simple and I feel so much more confident with my make up knowing that it isn’t caked on my face in an attempt to cover up any problem areas.

Let me know if you’ve used this or any colour correctors!

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Pic taken from Dior website

Smashbox L.A Lights

Hollywood and Highlight

 

Highlighter is one thing I just can’t get my head around. Every time I apply it I look sweaty or like I’ve just dipped my face in a bowl of glitter. So I’m so glad to welcome a stick highlighter in my life…

I got this for Christmas in a set from Smashbox – I’ll review other products soon – and this highlighter has been such a saving grace! It’s so simple and easy to use and it actually highlights!

With stick foundations, concealers, highlighters I’ve found that they’re so easy to apply and so buildable without looking as cakey as you may with liquids and powders.

I normally apply this last, so even after I’ve sprayed my face with setting spray will do sometimes if I’m going somewhere casual. I literally draw a few lines where I want it; eyebrows, cupids bow and cheeks and blend with a beauty blender or my fingers until I am as glowing as any Kim K (wannabe).

I recommend this for anyone who wants to learn to highlight because you can’t really go wrong with something that is basically a glittery crayon!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel

Happy Sunday!

I haven’t posted in so long again 😦 between studying, gym and general life I seem to have sadly neglected my blog but I’m hoping an honest review will make up for it!

I received this brow gel for Christmas and I was so excited to use it considering Anastasia doesn’t sell products in the UK and instead they’re shipped slowly across the pond.

Personally, I’m not a fan of drawing on brows, colouring in brows or anything other than threading my brows and applying highlighter if I’m going out so this brow gel was definitely new for me. Previously, I’d been using Miss Sporty Clear Mascara to brush up my brows.

So, this gel is quite a thick formula so I was confused as to whether to apply it before or after highlighter and having done both I’m still not convinced. It’s also really clear so like it looks I’ve got a permanent band of sweat on my eyebrows that is not a good look. Plus, because the formula is too thick it makes my eyebrows hard as if I’d applied hair gel to them and takes some time to get rid of. I’m scared that in the future it’d wipe out half my precious hairs due to scrubbing.

Conclusion: Sorry Anastasia, I’ll have to stick to Miss Sporty here!