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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Hello you lovely lot. How are we all?

Gosh it seems a heck of a long time since I wrote up a beauty review/round up post. I’m so glad I’m making a bit of a comeback with some autumnal beauty picks, as these are my favourite to read, as well as write. I shan’t waffle on, I’ll let you in on the good stuff.

When a new season arrives I can’t help but change up my beauty routine. Apart from it being a habit, it feels nice to switch up your makeup bag and bring back old faves and even find some newbies.

This autumn it’s all about that beautiful warm glow (when I can be half-assed to do more makeup this just a lick of mascara) and a hydrated base. Nothing beats finishing off your base with a warm blush shade and to be honest, my makeup never feels complete until I’ve done so. Blush is a must for the A/W months, there’s nothing quite like lil rosy cheeks to make you look and feel even more snug. So, here are my favourites for the autumnal months ahead…

If you’re one for a budget beauty steal then there are two I highly recommend. Not only are they affordable, I find them just as amazing as the higher end products. First up is my favourite out of the two, Essence’s Silky Touch Blush in Indian Summer, the most perfect muted blush colour for the autumn months. In the pan it doesn’t look nothing special but on the skin is a whole other story. It’s a gorgeous warm peach shade with brownish undertones with a slight sheen to it, but no glitter – hurrah. I find many drugstore blushes contain a hell of a lot of glitter but this one has none whatsoever. The formula is so so creamy, long lasting and a real bargain for just £1. Yes, you did read that right!

For something a little more on the rosy side we have the Milani Powder Blush in Romantic Rose. This shade kinda speaks for itself I think. When applied to the skin it turns into a true English rose colour, which I find really flattering and gives you that ‘I’m a little bit flushed at how cold it is how here’ look, if ya get what I mean.

This post had to bring back a very old favourite of mine as it’s one I bring back out every year without fail. It’s the MAC Mineralize Blush in Warm Soul (aka my fave, my go to and my blush best friend). I’m pretty sure I spoke about this quite a bit last year on here but I’m bringing it back – its that good. I purchased this on a whim as I found it on offer online and it turned out to be a very good sale purchase. The shade is an easy to wear peachy bronze blush and is just amazing if you love the trending peach toned makeup. This is a blush that would look incredible on many skin tones.

If you’re into your bronzed glowing skin then my biggest babe from my beauty cupboard for this is the Nars Blush in Zen. I’ve had this blush for a very long time, I actually think it was my first expensive blush purchase, and it sure didn’t disappoint. It follows the brands blush expectations, as its very finely milled to leave your skin looking like skin, long lasting and is very easy to blend. The shade almost looks like a bronzer but it has slight dusky rose undertones when applied to the skin, but ever so slight. It’s just the perfect blush if you want to spice up an all bronzy look.

Last but by no means least is a newbie to my stash, the Fenty Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick in Ridiic. This blush in the stick screams bright and bold, which is typically your go to blush in the summer, however it transfers very different on the skin depending on how you apply it. When I saw this at the Fenty Beauty preview I was a bit terrified of the it but once I watched it apply to someone’s face I was in love. Its so lightweight and creamy and blends away like no other cream blush I’ve seen before. It looks so natural on the skin and leaves an orange flushed glow, perfect for autumn. Orange and autumn just go hand-in-hand, don’t they? This is a go to on the minimal makeup days, which are happening a lot at the moment.

What are your favourite blush picks for Autumn?

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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There’s nothing that excites a beauty lover more than a new range releasing that looks incredible, right?

The past few months there hadn’t been that many new releases that excited me, I’m not going to lie. A few products here and there caught my eye and gave me that warm feeling inside, but I hadn’t had that excitement in a long time… until Rihanna announced the Fenty Beauty range.

A few weeks back the Fenty Beauty site launched with just a black loading screen and from there the date, 9th September 2017 was set to be the launch of her beauty range. Of course, I couldn’t contain my excitement and counted down the days until its release.

At the end of last week there was only a short time to go until the release of the Fenty range at Harvey Nichols across the UK, in-store and online. It was finally only a short countdown until I could see the products in all their glory and then an unexpected (and very exciting) turn of events happened.

I was invited to the Fenty Beauty preview launch at Harvey Nichols!

On Friday morning I arrived in the Knightsbridge store for 7am to preview the range and try out some bits. A very early start I know, but for a beauty range like this, it had to be done.

Rihanna announced this and for the beautysphere, it was one of the biggest launches in a long time. She created the makeup range “so that women everywhere would be included”, and she sure sticks by that word as she has delivered 40 foundation shades that are universal.

The foundation comes in 4 shade categories, light, medium, tan and dark so there is something for everyone. Its formula claims to give a soft-matte finish that has easy to build coverage.

If its anything like the soft-matte primer on the skin, it will be soft and also hydrating, which I didn’t expect from a mattifying formula.

Like the foundation, the Match Stix Matte Skinsticks come in an amazing array of shades, with 20 to choose from. These are more for contouring, concealing, highlighting and correcting. Again these come in 4 shade categories for light, medium, tan and dark skin tones. Instead of the typical cream stick formula, these are more of a balmy texture and this makes them super easy to blend. These are £21.00.

Then, buy ventolin inhaler uk there are shimmer versions of the Skinsticks, also retailing for £21.00, and are designed for highlighting or adding some colour into your cheeks. Like the Matte Skinsticks, these are balmy in texture and easy to blend. The highlighting shades had me drooling straight away, and there’s everything from light opal shades to golden hues. The blush shades had me a little distant at first with all of the bright shades, but after swatching and blending out I’m in love. Even the bright orange hues blend out seamlessly and I love the finish of these.

My most favourite face product probably has to be the Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo’s. With these there are 6 compacts, 4 duos and 2 singles, all of which are just so unique and beautiful.

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Quite simply, I’ve never tried a formula quite like these. From the lightest swatch with a finger, you pick up so much product and it blends out like a dream. These are so pigmented but are so finely milled they almost feel quite creamy and they leave the most gorgeous glowing finish.

These highlighters cater for light to dark skin tones, my favourite and most suited duo being Mean Money/Hustla Baby – two champagne gold tones. With or without foundation on, this highlight is popping.

Everyone is going mad for Trophy Wife, the shimmering gold shade that I must try as soon as poss.

Alongside that, there has been many other gorgeous products released including blotting and brush tools and the most insane lipgloss ever. I mean it, I can’t get enough of it already.

The tools include face brushes and a nude beauty sponge, which are so soft they feel like little clouds. As well as regular brushes, the range has brought out portable brushes that you can wind up and down for hygiene and are the perfect size to pop into your handbag. The tools retail from £13.00.

I got to try a few bits, which I will be reviewing very soon so stay tuned!

You can shop it here for the UK, and here for the US.

Have you seen any bits you love in the Fenty Beauty range?

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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Have you tried Japanese skincare before?

Megan ?

 

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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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For me, the summer months are all about minimal effort. By that I mean in the skincare, makeup and hair department. I still like to make an effort, but I like a quicker routine and that means products that can give maximum results with minimal effort.

The August Edition* of the Glossybox speaks to me on so many levels. As soon as I saw the front of the box had ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Sun’ written across the front, I knew I was going to love what was inside. Fun in the sun? Count me in.

With this months box being all about girls wanting to have fun in the sun, I’ve certainly found some new summertime beauty favourites. Warmer weather means easy effortless looks are out in full force and that is so easy to achieve with the goodies inside the August edit. This months box includes 6 treats that focus on maintaining fresh hair, a summer glow and effortless makeup. Let’s dive in.

First things first, if you like a refreshing skin treat then I need to tell you about the Sport FX Time Out Face Mist + Fix. Whether I’m makeup free or have a full face on, this little gem has been coming everywhere with me. This soothing face mist can be a replacement for your primer, worn over the top of your makeup to control oil levels or worn on bare skin for a quick refresh. I find this perfect to pop into my bag as its the perfect travel size bottle. Sometimes I even bring this to the gym with me so my face can withstand the heat, and its so lightweight and quick to dry so perfect to cool you down in seconds. The formula contains a menthol essence, which has a cooling effect and is now a must-have when working out. It’s also vegan friendly!

Next is a product I can never have too many of in my beauty collection. It’s a dry shampoo. Yes I can be lazy with washing my hair, but who isn’t? Especially during the summer months.

This is the Batiste 2-in-1 Invisible Dry Shampoo & Conditioner, a favourite of mine for a long time and I’m so glad I’ve now got it in a travel size. Batiste have gone to the next level with this formula, making it not only a god send for giving your hair a refresh like a shampoo does, but now also conditions your hair and targets dryness. This one doesn’t leave that white/grey residue like some others can AND it smells like luscious vanilla and passionflower – yum! I spray this all over the hair, not too much on the roots and then massage and work through. After just 10 seconds or so, I’m good to go. No washing and faffing needed (just how I like it).

If you love a good in-bath hair treat then the Valquer Ice Hair Mask may tickle your fancy. This hair mask is like no other I’ve used before as its an energising mask for the hair generic amoxil that has a ‘cooling effect’, which claims to power up the macadamia oil, which then makes it better at hydrating your hair. It does indeed have a cooling sensation on the scalp that I find really calming if I pop it on whilst in the bath. You apply this to damp hair (not soaking wet), so I let mine dry for a good 15 to 20 minutes before applying and leave it to be absorbed for 3 to 5 minutes to work its magic.

A little added extra in this months box is a ‘no-dent’ hairband from Purelei, a brand I’ve never heard of but so glad I’ve got my hands on one of these. It’s blue and gold design with ‘Aloha’ written across the band is so summery and it’s doing well at keeping my hair out of my face, that’s for sure! The beautiful thing about these are that when you put your hair down it doesn’t leave that huge kink that us girls dread.

Now onto makeup (always my favourite part)…

Glossybox are always introducing me to either new brands or new products from brands I already love. This month they have introduced me to ModelLauncher and their Safari Sun Bronzer. I find that summer makeup is all about bronzy skin, so this is the perfect product to get your hands on. This is a talc-free, mineral-enriched formula that is so natural and lightweight on the skin. I find it works best to mix all of the shades together and buff it all over the areas the sun would naturally hit (the cheek bones, bridge of the nose, forehead and chin). It contains shimmer throughout so if you prefer a matte bronzer, this may not be your cup of tea. However, I’m all about glowing skin and this is perfect to dust over the top of makeup or bare skin to give you that natural sun kissed look.

This bronzer works a treat for minimal makeup to if you like a bit of a glow without too much product.

Last but not least, a product I’ve been introduced to is the Suede Lips by Rodial. I’m already a huge fan of Rodial makeup so I was excited to try a lip product of theirs. Suede Lips is an intense matte lip crayon that is so easy for on the go. Although it’s a matte finish, its creamy and enriched with vitamin E so it hydrates the lips whilst you wear it. Its pointed tip gives you a precise application for the lip line, then I fill the rest of the lips in with the flatter edge. Mine is in the shade Big Apple, a really gorgeous deep dusky mauve pink.

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What product would you like to try out?’

Megan ?

 

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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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