When a much loved but hard to get beauty brand of yours comes to the UK, it kind of feels like a blessing in disguise right? There’s nothing worse than lusting over makeup online that costs a bomb to ship – plus all the customs fees, and all the rest of it. So, when it can land on your doorstep within just a few days and not have to pay the excessive fees, it’s kinda great isn’t it.

A dream has come true for me when I heard IT Cosmetics* now have a UK site. The brand has been available in-store at Selfridges for a little while, but I’ve got to be honest and say I find it easier to makeup shop online. Not having to hand over your card and just do it from your phone is much easier than it should be, but it just feels so right. Just me? I hope not. I hear all those nods and yeses from all you fellow beauty addicts.

After visiting New York earlier this year, I was gutted that I couldn’t purchase its products as easy at home. But, now that they have their own UK site, I will no longer have this problem (my bank account may be sad but I’m certainly not).

Let me introduce you to some new in bits to my beauty collection.

*Spoiler alert* – I may have found some new faves.

Since trying out my new samples I’ve found a new favourite from the brand (I told you so), the Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumising Mascara. I won’t lie, at first the formula looked like it would be a little too wet. But after applying two to three coats, it dries down to give you full and lengthy lashes. Its brush provides you with separated lashes, and the formula is buildable depending on how much volume and length you desire.

Another newbie I hadn’t heard of before is their Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil. I have to admit, I do love a pencil so I had to love this to want to continue to use it. Unlike others I use, this has a wider tip, which I thought could be a problem to get precise brows but I was wrong. To get precision, use the sharper edge of its tip and then the wider top to fill in the rest of the brow. The thickness actually makes filling in brows a heck of a lot quicker so great to use if you’re in a rush or going for a minimal look. I wouldn’t say I’d use this to get fuller brows as such, its better for natural brows.

As I haven’t been wearing foundation, concealer has been my go to. I struggle with dark under eyes so I do like to cover those up, and I like my concealer to be lightweight and creamy so it’s invisible to the eye. IT Cosmetics have now introduced me to their best-selling Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer and it’s everything I need. As the concealer claims to be ‘full coverage’, you’d expect it to be either cakey or quite heavy and it’s neither of those. It’s creamy enough to blend away to near enough invisible, whilst also covering your dark circles at the same time. You need to teeniest tiniest amount I’ve ever seen to. This is now a must have in my makeup bag as I find it great for covering blemishes to.

I’ve been meaning to try the IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream for a long time now, so I was so happy to be able to try this to. As I mentioned, I haven’t worn foundation for a very long time, so a CC cream is something I’ve wanted to try as a lighter weight and ‘lesser cake’ alternative. A full review will be coming soon but I have to say now, I am extremely happy with its results. I’ve not tried a CC cream before and I don’t think I’ll be going back to foundation anytime soon. Hydrated and flawless skin, hello.

I feel IT Cosmetics are a brand you can go minimal or to town with. All the products I’ve tried earlier this year and recently are all buildable to your own desire, so I find them weaving there way into most of my makeup looks.

ITcosmetics.co.uk are offering 10% as well as free deluxe samples with purchase, so whatcha waiting for? Go get em.

Megan ♥

 

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Stylish, simplistic and aesthetically pleasing beauty accessories are my kinda thing down to a T. I have a bit of a neatness habit (I have to admit), as I like things in order and minimalistic items are what put my mind at ease. I love the simplistic barley there look, especially with my health and beauty necessities that are on display.

My bathroom shelf is one of those areas I like to have and clear of bulky products. It’s a tad OCD but there’s nothing worse than getting at ridiculous o’clock and not being able to find your essentials when you’re still half asleep. I like to grab what I need and get on with my routine. Ya feel me?

Aside from my everyday skincare that I have on my shelf, I like to keep it minimal with just my current skin products along with my toothbrush, toothpaste and something to keep the hair out of my face.

As well as changing up my skincare routine now that the autumnal months have rolled around, my bathroom beauty shelf has been introduced to a cool new little gadget called Uber Sonic. This addition to my shelf family is a new electric toothbrush. A little sad I know, but I’m really ecstatic with the fact that I finally have an electric toothbrush in my life, as my old manual old was pretty bulky and not too pretty. It’s nice to have pretty beauty gadgets I think.

Uber Sonic is an award-winning toothbrush for being the world’s first anodised aluminium toothbrush. If you’re wondering what anodised aluminium means then don’t worry, I wasn’t quite sure what it was either. You’ll be pleased to know it may now match your phone, as it’s the same material as an iPhone, how funky ay? I actually love the feel of it, that sleek smooth metal is very satisfying. I’ve never had quite a luxurious toothbrush I must say.

I’m not one to use whitening teeth products as I’ve tried many in the past and I just don’t see much difference, so the good old fashioned ‘brush twice a day’ is my motto. Since using the Uber Sonic, I am now questioning why I’ve never invested in a different type of toothbrush before. I’ve only ever used a ‘manual’ toothbrush that’s battery powered to give a slight vibration, i.e. not much help at all. But, since I’ve had this, it’s all I’ve used. The days of the manual toothbrush are over for me now, finally. Imagine all that arm strength I’ll be saving.

I find this toothbrush is impressively lightweight, almost the same weight as a standard toothbrush and super sleek.

As normal, I use this twice daily and once I’m done, it I pop it back on its sleek aluminium stand, which makes it easy to store and also keeps my shelf super tidy, just how I like it. I’ve only charged this once and I’ve had it a long long while. I’d say it has a whole 24-hours worth of charge in it and will only need charging once a month, maybe less, which is quite a miracle for us forgetful people.

It’s actually a life saver for those of us who are forgetful as a matter of fact, as it has a ‘wake me up’ function that makes the device buzz every 30 seconds to remind you to change side, so that you don’t miss a bit. A massive plus for those sleepy mornings, of which, I have many.

Who knew how much an electric toothbrush could up my tooth care regime and make my bathroom shelf look pretty at the same time? It’s genius.

The great thing about these toothbrushes is that you can be hygiene friendly with their subscription packs, starting at £19, which gives you new toothbrush heads every two months and a new handle once a year. So, you don’t have to worry about getting a new one and waiting for it to die on you. You can cancel the subscription at any time with no cancellation fee. Starter packs and more information can be found on their website, www.ubersonic.co.uk.

What beauty shelf loves have you got going on?

Megan ♥

 

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Although fragrance is a very personal thing for people, I’m pretty sure this lineup is one you all may love.

I’m not the pickiest of fragrance people, but I do know when I do and don’t like a scent. I wouldn’t go for something I didn’t think would suit me for instance, but I’m one that loves quite a few different types of scents, depending on my mood.

For the evenings I love something a little musky, sexy but fierce.

Then, for the daytime I switch between fruity or floral. It just depends what I’m feeling. Typically, my favourite scent is a sweet(ish) floral. Something quite feminine and classic with a sophisticated twist, you know?

*Enters the range with a little something for everybody*

Ted Baker are a brand largely known to be an iconic fashion brand. A brand with a lot of class, flare and fun, which I think is an exact representation of their newest fragrance launch.

Welcome the re-launch of their Sweet Treats collection.

I was introduced to the new collection at the end of last week after being very kindly invited with the Ted Baker team to an Afternoon Tea inspired by the Sweet Treats collection. The tea was held in the Dandelyan Bar in the Mondrian, which in my opinion couldn’t have been more perfect. With its pink plush sofas and golden minimalistic accents overlooking the River Thames on the Southbank, I couldn’t have felt more Ted Baker if I tried!

As well as the dreamy interior, the food and drinks lived up to those standards. We were treated to a whole mix of sandwiches and sweet treats (including my fave, macaroons) and classic cocktails and prosecco. I couldn’t help but have a cheeky G&T to!

The new line is full of its original class, femininity and modern sense of purpose but with more glamour than before. Not only have the fragrances made a comeback with a bang, the new packaging is just to die for! The fragrance is now packed away in nude, pink and black luxurious bottles with the classic Ted rose gold accents.

As the range says, generic accutane pharmacy each scent is made with a personality behind it. My favourite being Mia, a gorgeous soft floral rose fragrance bursting with sophistication and warmth. Its other floral note is freesias and it’s blended with fruits such as raspberries and blackcurrants, which makes the perfect soft but seductive cocktail.

Then enters Poppy, the sweetest of them all with her fruity girlish charm. The top notes of mandarin, berries and peach and beautifully blended with the likes of jasmine, honeysuckle and peony to add a bit of extra fruity romance. I love how the fragrance is blended with vanilla to as it gives it that soft but super sweet finish. This is one I’d wear in the daytime for that really girly feel. It’s not sickly sweet either, there’s the right balance of fruits and floral undertones to give it a bit of that youthful but charming girl-next-door vibe.

If you’re into muskier more classic scents, then Ella is your girl. This one, last but not least, is the classiest most sophisticated scent of them all. Ella is a real cocktail infusion as she’s mixed with bergamot and cassis with notes of orange blossom, jasmine and rose. This scent is so enticing, seductive and perfect for the evening. Dinners and nights out will certainly see this one coming with me. Ella is very fierce but still feminine with top notes of patchouli, amber, sandalwood and vanilla. So sexy and rich!

The Afternoon Tea at the Dandelyan Bar was the most perfect afternoon and I can’t feel more grateful and thank the Ted Baker team enough!

The fragrances come in a handbag friendly size of 30ml, retailing at £18 or a very generous 100ml for £30.

You can shop the range online and in-store at Boots and Ted Baker at the end of September (I will keep you updated with the exact date). Ted Baker have also got a range of Christmas gifts inspired by the fragrances to, so keep your eyes peeled!

What Ted personality are you?

Megan ?

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Are you with me when I say it can’t be a good day without good brows?

Whether I’m wearing makeup or not, I like to tame my brows and make a bit of effort with them. Even if it’s a tiny bit of pencil or brow gel I think looking after your brows is super important. They do shape your face after all.

A good brow day is such a good feeling and I like to make them happen as often as possible. You feel me?

Filling in your brows doesn’t have to be a difficult job either. I used to take ages trying to get the right shape and colour but with the right products it only needs to take minutes, if that.

My obsession for quite over a year now has been the Benefit Brow range. They came out with a whole new line of products last summer and I’ve been using nothing much but them since. I’ve swapped and changed amongst the different bits they have and to be honest, it’s proven difficult to pick a favourite.

If you’re already a fan of the range and want to know all about Benefit’s brand new brow product then keep reading… it’s coming and oh-so exciting!

For a quick and easy effortless fill I love the Precisely, My Brow Eyebrow Pencil. This ultra-thin brow pencil comes in 6 different shades to suit all and in my opinion, does the best job at giving natural full looking brows. With its fine twist up non-sharpen tip you simply draw and mimic brow hairs in small strokes until you feel they’re full enough. It comes with a built-in spoolie attached to one end that I like to use to tame them before and brush through after for an even more natural finish.

If I’m looking to get a more defined and fuller brow (more for those full face makeup days) I like to use a mix of the ka-BROW! Eyebrow Cream-Gel Colour and the 3D BROWtones Eyebrow Enhancer. The ka-BROW! is a product I know many love but I was always a bit terrified of it as I’m a brow pencil/powder kinda gal. However, after the first use I was so impressed I’ve stuck to it. It’s a lot lighter weight than I expected and you can achieve really natural brows if you use it with a light hand. If you like a fuller brow then you can easily build this product up. It comes with its own built in brow buy ventolin no rx brush that is so handy for travelling with and the brush is small and slanted so its super easy to sculpt out defined brows. I tend to apply the product from the middle to end of my brow and disperse the leftover in the front to leave them more natural. This is long lasting and doesn’t budge all day long! Again this comes in 6 shades.

The 3D BROWtones Eyebrow Enhancer is a subtle brow highlighter, not for the brow bone though, this one is for the hairs. This brush on gel subtly highlights the brow hairs, to make the brows appear softer and fuller. Like their other products, this is waterproof so it’s gon’ last you all day. Don’t worry, this doesn’t leave you with shimmery eyebrows, it gives them a lift and adds more dimension. This product comes in 2 shades for light-medium or medium-deep brows.

*Drum roll please*. Introducing the brand new Benefit Brow product… the Foolproof Brow Powder. If you’re the kinda person to love full and fluffy but natural brows like me, then you’re going to love this.

Not only does the all-new Foolproof Brow Powder make filling your brows in, well, foolproof, it really does transform your brows.

This clever little powder gives you two shades in one kit to help you achieve the light to dark brow look, which mimics the natural gradient your natural brows have. You apply the lightest shade to the front and gradually get darker towards the end with the deeper shade.

I find the product feels velvety smooth and glides onto the brows so easily. If you have any gaps or sparse brows this powder fills it in with no fuss. This lives up to the rest of the ranges longevity expectation as I find this lasts all day and doesn’t budge with the trusty Gimme Brow on top.

The kit comes with its own brow sponge and spoolie, however I also like to use my own slanted brow brush. The sponge makes filling in super quick and easy but a thin slanted brush helps you achieve more definition, and I also use this to fill in the front to get that natural fluffy brow.

You can shop these Benefit Brow products with the rest of the range in-store or online (here) at Debenhams.

What brow is your kinda brow?

Megan ?

 

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September is here, autumn is coming but first, we need to talk about the latest Glossybox.

Now I’m no longer a student, September isn’t a time where I have to play around with my new stationary bits (although I do miss that). September is a time where I rejig my makeup bag and update my skincare routine ready for the autumn that will soon be here.

The September edition of the Glossybox* has brought me many new brands and beauty products I’ve never before tried, so it’s all pretty exciting.

First up, let’s talk about the latest and greatest beauty trend making its way through the beauty gurus of the Internet, the silicone blender. Glossybox have gifted each of their subscribers a Siligel Blender by STYLondon and I’ve been waiting ages to try this out for myself.

These have become popular in the beauty market for their hygienic promises. This is because the blender requires less foundation as it doesn’t absorb product like sponges do. You can use it to apply either cream or liquid products and whichever you decide to use you only need half the amount as usual.

From first impressions the blender is actually a lot softer that I thought it would be. It works the same as other beauty blenders do, in that you use the wide side for the larger areas of the face and the smaller edges for smaller areas. I applied a BB cream with this and I found it left a smooth and even finish, which to be honest I didn’t expect. As it said I only needed half the amount of product and I am so impressed with the finish. It does just feel a bit weird on the skin as opposed to a normal beauty sponge.

Now to discover the other four products in this months Glossybox…

When I opened up the box and saw Pixi by Petra inside, I was so happy. I hadn’t yet tried anything from the makeup so the Brow Tamer was my first insight into the range. I am obsessed.

Their Brow Tamer is transparent and is perfect for when I fill my brows in and don’t want to add any more colour. The gel formula is incredible at holding down those unruly hairs and they stay in place all day. It doesn’t dry hard like some do either as it leaves them feeling natural. Love!

For those who love an easy to follow skincare routine, Glossybox have got you covered with the Cetaphil Mini Skincare Trio. I had never heard of this brand and when I did a bit of research I found out they use this backstage at catwalks shows! Good enough for models, then certainly good enough for me.

This kit comes with three mini-sized products to help you with cleansing and moisturising in three easy steps. The cleanser offers gentle cleansing by removing all the nastiness buy amoxil cheap from your skin without stripping away the skins protective oils. Its quite cooling on the skin so I find it really refreshing at the end of a long day, and you can use this on your hands, face and body. Step 2 is a Moisturising Cream is a face cream designed for normal to problematic skin. The formula is non greasy and quick to dry so I’d use this of a morning under my makeup. Then, step 3 is a Moisturising Lotion, which is designed for all skin types (even sensitive and dry) and is to be used on the body. Again, it’s fast drying and soothing on the skin to help with hydration levels.

Glossybox really are serious with helping you get all the skincare you need for the coming months. Another skincare product in the box is a beautiful facial oil from Monu Skincare. Monu Skincare is a UK based natural skincare brand who offer all sorts of beauty products from skincare to makeup. This facial oil contains plant oils that work their magic to protect, nourish and protect your skin. Its blend of Bois de Rose and Patchouli oils make the oil smell so calming and do in fact contain calming properties.

Monu recommend using this of in the evening so that you can wake up to refreshed and brighter skin. If you have drier skin then this could work in the mornings to as its lightweight and sinks into the skin fairly quick. I like to massage this into my skin in upwards-circular motions. After using this just a few times I already know it’s gonna be a winner for autumn!

Last but not least is a natural whitening toothpaste by Taylor’s 32. I don’t usually agree with whitening toothpastes, as a lot of them are either gritty or taste very strange. But this one feels, smells and tastes like regular toothpaste (with a little fruity grapefruit twist) and does an amazing job at cleaning your teeth and gums. From what I’ve tried so far, it does make your teeth appear pearly and white but this doesn’t seem to be a permanent whitening product. I think I’m really going to like this for making my teeth look and feel super clean on a daily basis.

The lovely team at Glossybox popped in a little sweet treat this month, which of course I had to eat straight after photographing it. My old favourite, a velvety smooth Kinder Bueno was sat at the top of the box when I opened it. Yum!

Want to get your hands on a Glossybox for yourself? You can shop the box here.

What skincare bits do you love for autumn?

Megan ?

 

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If like me you’re sad to say goodbye to summer and not you’re ready to leave the glow behind, I’ve got your back. Well, Iconic London have got your back.

Fresh summer makeup is for sure one of my favourite things. Some days I’d simply wear highlighter and mascara and leave it at that. Of all the base products I’d have to say that highlighting is my favourite part and is one of the steps I could never miss out.

Liquid highlighter drops used to terrify me, I have to admit. The beauty gurus of YouTube and Instagram made them look so easy and effortless to use and I never thought I’d get the same finish. But, I was so wrong.

Iconic London’s Limited Edition Illuminator Drops* have been my saviour this summer and will sure be staying right by my side throughout the colder months to.

On a regular basis throughout the summer, I’d just pop these drops on top of a primer across the high points of my face and that would be my face makeup done. My favourite places to use these are my cheekbones, brow bone and cupids bow. I sometimes use them on my collarbones if I’m going full glam because quite frankly, why the heck not!

Full glam or minimal, highlighter always makes an appearance.

Whether you’re using the drops with minimal makeup or not, you only need just a few drops to get that highly pigmented popping glow. A little really goes a long way with these. It would be easy to get carried purchase accutane online away but you could turn into a beaming sunshine (not that I’d complain).

Not only can you use this on its own to get a super highlighted glow, you can use this in your foundation, primer and moisturiser. I love the glowiest of all glows so I tend to use this by itself. My favourite way to apply it is straight from the pipet applicator to the high points on my face. Then, I blend the product in a little with my fingertip before blending in smoothly with my Beautyblender.

The pipet applicator is actually one of the things about the product that I love. It makes application so quick and easy, and it also helps control the amount you apply. It feels a bit scary at first putting it up to your face but when you’ve done it once, its so simple and really makes highlighting a breeze.

I’m so glad this little gem has made its way into my life so I don’t have to wave goodbye to the summer glow too soon, if ever.

Iconic London have 3 shades of the illuminator, mine is in original, which is a champagne toned golden shine. The other two shades are for either lighter or deep skin tones. You can shop the range here.

What is your favourite illuminator for a glow?

Megan ?

 

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If like me you’re new to Japanese skincare, then I think this is something you’re going to love.

The Asian skincare market is for sure taking the lead in innovative and new products. I’m seeing more and more brands come through on Instagram and of course being a skincare lover, I couldn’t wait to trial it.

I was introduced to the Asian skincare trend by DHC, a leading cosmetics company in the Japanese skincare industry. DHC UK is a subsidiary brand of the original DHC Corportation and are known to be Japan’s number one skincare brand, which in my opinion is the best way to trial the market.

To be quite honest, I’ve never really thought about trialling skincare products from a whole other market. I’ve always stuck to what I know as that’s what I’ve felt comfortable doing. Picking out skincare products is a very personal thing as everyone’s skin is different and we all have our own preferences don’t we?

But after trialling out DHC I’m now questioning why I haven’t branched out into other industries sooner.

The DHC Deep Cleaning Oil* is one of their bestsellers and is now a must-have in my skincare routine. I fall in and out of love quickly with cleansing oils I must admit. After a few goes if I don’t like it, I push it to the back of my wardrobe. However, with this one, it has stayed at the front for sometime now.

What’s different about this one you might ask? Well, let me tell you.

DHC have enriched this formula with antioxidant rich Spanish olive oil, sounds a bit crazy right? But it really works.

The olive oil instantly dissolves all makeup, priligy online uk even waterproof, and leaves your skin cleansed, soft and hydrated within no time at all. I usually get in such a mess with cleansing face oils but with this one I don’t.

I dispense around 3 pumps in my fingertips before massaging it onto my skin and then rinse away with a warm flannel or cloth (they both work just as well). It also removes just the same with your hands to, but I feel a cloth gives a little exfoliation and really scrubs every single trace away. Once you add water to the formula, the oil transforms into a rich milky lather and feels incredible on the skin.

I don’t usually use oils for my eye makeup but this one works a treat and means I can remove my face makeup all at once. Works for me, as I hate faffing around taking my makeup off after a long day.

The difference with this oil and the others I’ve previously tried is that this one leaves my skin feeling hydrated. Some I’ve tried in the past have left me going to bed with a dry feeling on my skin and then the next morning, I wake up my dehydrated dull skin. Also, the magic about this cleansing oil is that it doesn’t leave behind any traces of oil or grease, so after using it you can go straight on with the rest of your skincare.

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Testing out new beauty brands and products isn’t the easiest thing to do when you’ve have to splash the cash and sometimes it’s a risk I hate to take. It’s quite often I’ll go into a store, pick up a few new products I like the look of and after 5 minutes of thinking about them I put them back.

A year or so ago I used to have no worries buying new makeup all the time until I realised it was really draining my bank account and I decided that I didn’t need new makeup every week. I bet some of you have felt the same in the past. It’s quite often I’d even not get round to using all the new products I’ve bought. It was a whole waste of money. Now, with beauty box subscriptions on the rise you don’t have to have that worry.

I find beauty boxes a great way to discover many new brands at once, and with boxes like Latest In Beauty, you even get to choose the products you want to try. This one is my first ever Latest In Beauty box, so not only will I cover everything I chose and why, I’ll tell you exactly what I think to the service!

I’ve had a bit of an issue with some beauty boxes in the past where I wasn’t satisfied with certain products in the box each month. Some were products I’d never even think to use and some just didn’t work for me, but with this I knew I’d be satisfied as I got to chose the goodies.

I started off my search on their website with products that had the best reviews and also brands I’ve always wanted to try. This included Philosophy, Oskia, Mitchell and Peach and Omorovicza.

I’m not going to lie, it took me a good old while choosing the products as there were so many good ones to choose from. I whittled it down after half hour (maybe a hour of browsing, oops) and here is what I went for:

Skincare

Carmex Peach & Mango Moisturising Lip Balm

Philosophy Amazing Grace Shower Gel

Philosophy Purity 3-in-1 Cleanser for the Face and Eyes

Mitchell and Peach Fine Radiance Face Oil

Omorovicza Rejuvenating Night Cream

Bio Cellulose Facial Mask Treatment

Oskia Renaissance Mask

Makeup

MUA Twelfth Night Palette

A few ‘me time’ treats

Kneipp Back Comfort Herbal Bath Oil

OPI Nail Varnish Mini in Love Applause

Philosophy Amazing Grace Scent

I definitely fell head over heels after researching into Philosophy, as you can tell I picked a lot of products from their range. My most favourite product from them has to be the Amazing Grace Shower Gel, not only does it smell incredible it leaves your skin lingering with the scent for ages. I do love a good indulgent shower gel.

The Carmex Lip Balm smells so good you could eat it and the OPI Nail Varnish was a product I used as soon as getting it out of the box – cute colour right?

For those pamper nights we all adore, I highly recommend the Kneipp Back Comfort Oil to put into a warm bath followed my the Bio Cellulose sheet mask to soak up all your worries. Kneipp is a brand I hadn’t heard of at all before and now I’ve been introduced to this product I don’t think I’ll be going back. I sometimes suffer with an aching back and this seems to sort me out after every time I use it!

Also, an eye shadow palette in a beauty box? How darn generous! This MUA Twelfth Night Palette is certainly one I’ll be using throughout the fall. The metallic shades are actually so much creamier and pigmented than I expected. Again, a brand I’ve used bits of but never a shadow palette. I just love being introduced to new beauty bits.

Out of the 11 products I got to choose 9. The Philosophy Fragrance and Purity 3-in-1 Cleanser was very kindly sent complimentary and added such a nice touch when I opened and saw what was inside. They also included a post card with ‘Beauty Is My Duty’ on the front, one I’ll definitely be using in my pictures!

Take a look at the Latest In Beauty box deals they offer here. There’s a few deals to choose from depending how many new products you’d love to try – no fixed price is a great way for you to either get a taste of their service or the full shabang!

This box deal with 9 products inside costs £18.00 per month, with free delivery.

Honestly, I think this box could become a new obsession!

What brands would you love to try?

Megan ?

 

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Trying new beauty brands is one of my favourite things to do. Not only do I love it if the products work wonders for my face, I love writing up reviews to tell you all about them.

There’s nothing I love more than recommending a product to a reader, a friend, my mum even, and hearing back that they’ve tried it and loved it to.

One thing for sure is that super affordable but amazing quality skincare products are sometimes quite hard to come by. Many times in the past, I’ve tried a new product for a couple of pounds and it just hasn’t done much at all for my skin. As much as I love mid to high end beauty products, it’s a bummer when you’ve got to splash out the cash and repurchase. If you can spend a tiny amount for the same if not better results, then why not?

*Enters The Ordinary*…

The Ordinary are a vegan beauty brand from DECIEM, who offer a whole range of beauty brands that focus on advanced functional beauty. The team bring together chemistry and biochemistry to create innovative skincare to the market. The Ordinary were the brand I was looking to introduce myself to first as I’ve heard incredible things. And after having a talk with one of the beauty specialists in their Spitalfields store, I think it’s the best choice for my skin.

As well as skincare, The Ordinary sell a range of sun protection and foundations to. I went with skincare as I had to find out what all the hype was about.

From first impressions I was so shocked at how affordable the products were. When the specialist told me each of my chosen products were under £6, I think my jaw may have hit the floor. I’d heard how impressed others were and how beautifully minimalistic and expensive looking the packaging was, I didn’t expect it at all.

Anyway, enough faffing, you want to hear about what’s inside right?

First up is the product that caught my eye first, the Hyaluronic Acid 2% +B5. This little gem is an extremely lightweight easily absorbed serum that works on the skin to rehydrate and heal dry or damaged skin. My skin type is combination and it loves it. I do sometimes suffer with the odd dry patch, which this product sort out right away.

The serum combines three types of hyaluronic acid with vitamin B5, which power together to offer long lasting hydration for the face. As well as hydrating the skin it also gives a plumping effect that I find makes my face look and feel brighter and more awake. I find products that can make your skin look instantly awake hard to come by, so this is a saviour on sleepy order cheap amoxil online mornings (so, pretty much every morning, I won’t lie to you).

Hyaluronic Acid  works to increase and lock in moisture and vitamin B5 has healing properties that stabilises the skins barrier function to promote the growth of stronger tissue, giving your face that plumped effect.

I use the Hyaluronic Acid every morning and for the evening I have another acid of The Ordinary’s that I’m gonna tell you all about.

Every other evening I’ve been using the Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2%. The specialist recommended me this after I told her I can sometimes be quite lazy with my evening routine. You know how it is, getting in from a long day and you just want to dive straight into your bed. So, this was recommended as it works as an exfoliator and a serum in one, and I do love a multitasking product. 

This product is ideally best to use in the evenings because its formula uses exfoliation mixed with lactic acid to stimulate cell regeneration that in turn reduces pigmentation, acne scars and age spots. You can use this in the mornings but as it’s ‘stripping’ the skin through exfoliation I like to pop it on before bed so my skin can heal throughout my sleep. A bit of a pamper during your sleep is a necessity to, right?

For those who suffer with inflammation the formula combines lactic acid with Tasmanian pepperberry, an extract known to work magic on inflamed problem areas.

I would recommend anyone to use this acid every other evening, as the formula can be too harsh if you use it everyday. The formula continues to work for sometime and it also means the product will last that bit longer. If products like this are sometimes to strong for your skin, you can dilute this formula down with any other product to reduce the strength. I find this works really well mixed in with my moisturiser before bedtime.

Both products come with the pipet applicator that makes it so easy to dispense the perfect amount of product. I tend to use around 3 pumps of each.

I’m really, kinda, definitely loving The Ordinary skincare right now and if you’ve tried it and have any recommendations, please drop them in the comments. I need to try more!

You can order this online range online at Beauty Bay and Cult Beauty, alternatively they have beautiful stores in London, which is where I like to shop the DECIEM products.

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Today’s post is something a little bit different. Beauty related, but something I don’t really talk about much.

In this day and age, there are a lot of confidence concerns and problems that arise from being online. Girls especially look up to people on the Internet, people they may not know and aspire to appear like them. I used to be one of those girls but with the help of people around me I grew some confidence that I never thought I had in me.

When I was younger I used to hate many things about myself. But with time, I realised that it is normal and all a part of growing up. Since hitting my early 20’s I’ve learned to love those things I used to hate about myself and embrace them. After all, I’ve always been reminded of the phrase “imperfections are beauty” by my family, and now I finally believe it to be true. Now, I’d never dream of permanently changing anything about myself. I won’t lie, I used to think about it a lot growing up and I was always told by my parents that I’d be silly for doing so. A few years on and I am so happy I listened to them.

Personally, I’d never get surgical procedures done when I don’t need to. It can be hard to love bits about yourself that you previously hated, but once you get past caring you just don’t think about it anymore.

One thing I’ve always been iffy about is my lips. This hate got even harder with the age of social media and seeing girls with the most gorgeous plump lips all across my social platforms. Social media isn’t only to blame for that though, magazines were a big part of the comparison trap young people get into.

Then, one day it hit me that I’ve got what I’ve got and that’s it. I’m not going to change them and instead learn to love them. Makeup tricks and at home lip plumpers used to always be something I’d never think to try, especially with all those ‘gone wrong’ videos online. But I’ve tried something new and it’s changed my mind about the whole thing.

To be completely truthful, I was kindly gifted the PMD Kiss* to try for myself. I didn’t really believe much in these things but I thought why not just give it a go and see what all the fuss is about. Honestly, I wasn’t very hopeful for it at all. I never thought it would be a thing I’d actually love and I’d certainly never review a product if it didn’t work and if I did, it would be recommending for you not to try it. However, I’m actually so happy buy online accutane with the results. The device provides a safe, gentle lip suction device that naturally enhances the lips for a plumper pout.

As much as I love big lips, I would hate to have them myself. They just wouldn’t suit my face and I’d look completely stupid. So when something came into my life that could give my lips just a little juice, I am all for it.

Thankfully, this little device doesn’t give you those humungous lips that some surgeries can offer. Instead it enhances what you already have to make them look fuller, juicer and all around makes them feel even more gorgeous when I apply makeup. This doesn’t exactly make my lips extremely plump, thats not what this is about. It’s to emphasise them a little and it does indeed make them feel and look fuller in my eyes.

Before:

After:

This isn’t a device that gives you permanent results, it lasts for a good few hours, sometimes longer depending how you use it.

These are the steps I took to get these results:

  1. Cleaned and dried my lips before applying the Kiss Smart Lip Plumping Serum
  2. Switched on the Kiss device and place firmly onto the lip – in each corner and the middle for 10-15 times each section (six sections all together, you can hear the pulses whilst it works its magic)
  3. Repeat on each section till each section is finished. It takes no longer than 2-3 minutes!

Quite frankly, I’m not looking to look like Kylie Jenner. I just like to have the option there for a bit more fullness when I want it. I will only continue to use this for those days I feel I need a little oomph or nights out. It’s not something I’d use all the time as really, who can be bothered with that? I’m happy with my natural lips but there’s no harm in enhancing them a little when I feel like it.

After with gloss:

I learned to like my lips even before this gadget, a feature I never thought I’d get on with. But since this, it have given me a little bit more confidence. It’s so nice to have found a temporary solution as I will certainly never go permanent. My motto is – we are who we are and honestly, self-love is too important to dismiss.

The Kiss PMD is available to purchase in the UK here.

What are your thoughts on self-love?

Megan ?

 

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When the warmer weather makes an appearance I tend to turn to masks to give me a little TLC. Face masks and hair masks can be the quickest solution to most problems, especially if you use the right ones. If my skin feels stressed and breaks out, I turn to a face mask. If my skin feels dull, tired and lifeless, I turn to a face mask. If my hair feels dry, weak and dull, I turn to a hair mask. Whatever is the issue, a mask 9 times out 10 ten saves the day.

With there being countless amounts of mask in the market it can be quite challenging finding ones that work for you. Some work but don’t exactly give amazing results. You know those ones that seem to bring the life back to your skin or hair for about half a day, and by the end of it you feel the same as before. Yep, I’ve had many of those in the past. Or some work for small issues but can’t seem to zap those bigger issues you wish would go away.

I’ve found a few masks that really work for me, which I highly recommend to anyone that asks me for a quick fix. In the warmer weather I tend to choose masks that work in minimum time but gives maximum results.

Don’t get me wrong, I do love a long old pamper when I have the time, but quick fix products are my thing during the summer.

For the face there are two masks I’ve been alternating between for the past few months and literally haven’t used anything else. The Origins GinZing Refreshing Face Mask ‘To Wake Up Tired Skin’ has been a holy grail of mine for some time now, but this year it really has been my saviour many times. It’s a 5-10 minute gel mask that you pop on and within no time, it’s done its duty and is ready to take off. The formula is quite thick, luxurious and indulgent that I find gives a cooling sensation on the skin (perfect for those days your face has been feeling sweaty or oily). You can remove with a wet muslin cloth, your fingertips or tissue. You don’t have to wash buy isotretinoin this one of and thats the beauty of it. If you really wanted to you could use this on the go, on a plane for a quick fix. It leaves your skin brighter, full of life and feeling refreshed. I would use this once or twice a week to keep the complexion going.

When a gel mask isn’t enough and I need something to scrub away all the impurities, I reach for the Quick Fix Facials Exfoliating Scrub Mask. This is a life saver for when my pores are being real buggers. It’s formulated to remove oils and impurities from the skin, such as blackheads and dirt, to leave your face feeling and looking incredibly well cleansed. I always go for this at the weekends when my face feels it needs some serious TLC. I leave it on for around 10 minutes and scrub it away with warmer water and my fingers.

I have to admit, as much as I love skincare and beauty, I do lack in the hair department. Typically, I only wash my hair once or twice a week with shampoo and leave it to dry naturally. Sounds a bit gross to some, but my hair is thick and wavy so it never needs a wash more than that. I do jazz it up a bit with oils and mists from time to time, but when I feel it needs some loving care I use the Redken All Soft Mega Mask*. This little beauty is perfect for those who suffer with dry and brittle hair, which can be a problem for many during the warmer months in the sunshine.

This intensive treatment combines 2 formulas in one tube to give you lasting results for up to 3 washes. So in my case, this lasts me around 2 weeks – marvellous for lazy hair carer! You pop it onto freshly washed wet hair for 3-5 minutes and wash away to reveal softer, hydrated luscious locks.

I honestly don’t know what I’d do without quick fix masks throughout the warmer months!

What are your favourites?

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Makeup applicators are one of the most important tools in a beauty kit. Personally, I think having the right tools can lead you to having more flawless, longer lasting and perfected makeup. There are many times where I’ve tried new tools from brushes to applicators and have had far from standard results. Some beauty tools are bad, some are good but those that are amazing stand out a mile.

If you know me, you’ll know my Beautyblender is my holy grail face applicator. I use it to blend my foundations, concealers, cream contour and sometimes even bake my face with powder. There isn’t much this sponge can’t do when you’re talking base makeup, so putting another version to the test was serious.

The past few weeks, maybe more, I’ve been trialling the Eco Tools Ecofoam Makeup Sponge Duo*. Like many other brands, these mimic the shape of the original Beautyblender so I was intrigued if they have the same performance skills. Wanna know my thoughts?

Firstly, this pack comes with two sponges, one a little larger than the other with the largest being the same size as the original Beautyblender when it’s damp and dry. This was a huge plus for me as I’ve tested many that won’t increase in size as much as the original, but luckily this one does. The second sponge is a little smaller and is what I’ve been using to blend cream contour when I use it, as it’s made for firmer more precise makeup application. I don’t always use both as I don’t want to mix various shades and tones on the same applicator. However, they do both perform exactly the same.

Like the Beautyblender, the larger Eco Tools Sponge works to flawlessly blend makeup to help create that camera ready look. It’s large surface means you can apply base makeup quickly and its softness encourages create light, buildable makeup application. I’d say the Eco Tools version is as ‘fluffy’ as the Beautyblender (both wet and dry it’s a little stiffer) but it performs pretty much the same. The only difference is that it doesn’t feel as lightweight and as I say ‘fluffy’ on the face, but it still feels nice and bouncy.

I love that the Eco Tools sponges comes with flat edges at the top, which makes concealer application and precision baking (with powder) incredibly quick and easy. The flatness helps the product blend a bit quicker in my opinion. The larger end of the sponges replicate the Beautyblender and with the bigger one, I use it to blend foundation and harsh lines. The two different ends means you don’t ever have to mix your foundation and concealer as it’s easy to keep them separate.

I’d say although these are a bit firmer, they are an incredible dupe of the original Beautyblender. They blend seamlessly and don’t leave any streaky or harsh lines. I always use these damp as not only is it quicker and easier when they’re bigger, the dampness really melts the product into your skin and leaves you with an oh so flawless finish.

The big test of washing them came and I was a little nervous. They don’t need washing AS often as the Beautyblender, purely for the fact that the two different ends means you don’t mix product all. I washed these the same as I do my Beautyblender, with warm water and soap, as they come out as good as new. With time and age they started to get harder to clean everything out, but that happens with the original to.

So, I’d give these a strong 9/10 for performance and I have to say it, these sponges are the best dupe I’ve tried for the original Beautyblender!

These are of super popular demand at the minute with them being so affordable and amazing dupes of the original. And don’t forget, you get two for the price of one with the Eco Tools duo. You can purchase them in-store and online at Boots and Superdrug for under £10!

Have you tried the Eco Tools Ecofoam sponges?

Megan ?

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