*Basic Rules For Heathy Skin

Monday, June 26, 2017
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Did you know that there are some golden rules when it comes to having beautiful and healthy skin? Everyone's skin is different and we all have different issues and concerns but there are some basic rules that if you follow, you'll be doing your skin a favour. So without further ado, let’s lift the veil and uncover the surprisingly simple secrets on how to achieve glowing skin.

Hydrate Your Skin
Hydration is required for beautiful skin. Make sure you’re drinking copious amounts of water to stay hydrated and don’t neglect your diet either. Everything you eat and take into your body will ultimately affect the outside of your body, which is why it’s important to eat plenty of vegetables of different colours and it’s also important to drink about 8 glasses of water every day. Also maybe consider multivitamins too.

Protect Your Skin
If your skin is showing signs of ageing, then you may want to consider getting a different sunscreen. Now that it’s summer, the sun’s rays are becoming even more damaging and you might experience dry and damaged skin due to the heat. This is when you need to be moisturising and protecting your skin in order to keep it nice and soft.

Exfoliate Your Skin 
Exfoliating is the process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. With the right product or tools, you can exfoliate dead skin cells relatively quickly. This should leave your skin smooth and soft but make sure you have a serum and moisturiser ready and waiting for after you exfoliate to lock in moisture and tend to the areas you exfoliated. You can get pretty rough with any kind of exfoliating device, so make sure you’re taking great care with it.

Pamper Your Skin 
You can pamper your skin with a wide variety of natural products, but skin treatments can also help depending on how much money you’re willing to pour into it. Some products can be incredibly expensive and others cheap but still effective. There’s something for every budget, so make sure you do plenty of research on what type of products will work with your skin.

Do you have any skincare tips? Do you follow these basic rules? 

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Beauty Products You Never Knew You Needed + Giveaway

Sunday, June 25, 2017
Todays' post is all about the products you usually don't hear too much about or a type of product that is a little more on the margins of the beauty world but that needs more recognition as they are wonderful products that you never knew you needed. This post features a range of skincare, beauty tools and some more unusual products that are well worth looking into!

*Merci Handy Refreshing Face Mist (€4.50, 30ml)
Ok, face mists are more of a popular product but more people need to know that they are so much more than water in a can! The heatwave in the UK recently has caused me to reach for these two gorgeous and refreshingly scented facial mists to cool down as they so so refreshing, cooling and perfect for the summer.

These two are a little different compared to the other water sprays I've tried from Vichy and Avene because the spray is such a fine mist so you don't feel like you've been sprayed in the face with a jet of water, resulting in ruined makeup. The mist is so fine that it refreshes my makeup and cools me down but it doesn't move my makeup or take ages to absorb/dissipate. I've already used up the 'flower power' mist because of the 30 degree heat we've had in Manchester recently. I cannot recommend these mists enough, I will definitely be buying them in the future as they're the best facial mists I've ever used! Overall rating: ★★★★★, 5/5.
*The Original Makeup Eraser (£16.99)
I have seen this cute pink towel going round in the beauty and blogging world for at least a year and I've always wanted to try it but to be honest it did sound a bit fanciful as it claims to remove makeup, even waterproof mascara with just the towel and water...and it's re-useable for 1,000 washes!

You just wash the towel the first time then drench the towel with warm water and gentle buff your makeup off in circular motions. I tried it the first time a couple of days ago and I'm so impressed, I didn't think it would work that well but I was very wrong! I had foundation, contour, powder, waterproof mascara and a small amount of non-waterproof liquid eyeliner on and it removed everything in about 20 seconds!

Don't worry about the towel being scratchy or harsh as it is the softest and smoothest towel so even on my sensitive skin it doesn't irritate or annoy my skin which is amazing. I couldn't be more impressed with this unassuming pink towel, I'll definitely be taking it on holiday with me in August and I know I'll be buying it in the future as it's such a time saver, it takes off waterproof mascara quicker than anything else I've ever tried and it's so soft. The only thing I need to look into is how to get the waterproof mascara stains off the towel, I've tried using my cleanser and it didn't remove it fully but other than that I seriously couldn't recommend it enough! Overall rating: ★★★★★, 5/5!
*SockShop Beauty Feet Heel Pad Socks (£7.99)
If there's one area that I always forget to treat it's my feet, mainly because feet really gross me out but when these nourishing and unusual socks arrived, I was interested to see if they would actually work as the before and after promo photos looked impressive (and gross).

I have the womens socks in the UK 4-8 size which actually fits well, I thought they would be a bit too big but they're an ok fit. They claim to contain nano sliver and herbal ingredients to soften and moisturise dry skin on the heel - no added moisturiser or creams needed, they're already in the heel of the sock. They need to be worn for around 8 hours per day for 7 to 14 days so this is just an initial impressions as I've only worn them for around four days now (all the days while I've been ill are just melting into one) but I've noticed results already!

My heels aren't awful but they do need some TLC and since using these socks (which are very ugly!), I've noticed softer and more moisturised heels which is fantastic! I didn't expect amazing results and especially not after only a few days but I'm impressed so far. It's a product that I don't think I would have picked up but I'm so glad that I was able to try them and get some positive results; I just wish they weren't ugly long black socks! I think they're definitely worth looking into and I'll update this post in a week or so. Overall rating so far: ★★★★☆, 4/5.
*MakeupDrop The Original Silicone Makeup Applicator (£14)
I've been noticing these silicone makeup applicators all over instagram and to be honest I think they look a little gimmicky but I obviously wanted to try one! This application is the original and it's cruelty free, non-toxic (thankfully...) and paraben free.

I thought the silicone applicator would be really hard but it's actually a little cushiony and squishy so it feels really nice on the skin. The first time I used it, I dispensed the normal amount of foundation I would use, if I was using a brush or sponge and it was way too much! The amount of foundation I need when using this silicone applicator is half what I would normally use which shows how much product is wasted within brushes and sponges.

I'll be honest and say that it definitely take a bit of getting used to and it's a little awkward to hold but it blends well (unless you use too many foundation!), it allows me to use less foundation and the foundation that I do use isn't wasted as it isn't absorbed by the applicator. I definitely need to try it a little more but so far I'm really impressed with it! Overall rating so far: ★★★★☆, 4/5.
*Sensse Hot and Cool Ultrasonic Facial Bar (£69.99) 
This beauty tool is a product I hadn't heard of before and it's a unique concept, to me at least! This device (which comes really nicely packaged and has copper/rose gold on it!) is to be used as a facial massager that can change in temperature to toasty 42 to a chilly 6 degrees celsius. It claims to reduce swelling, relax facial muscles, increase skincare absorption and energise/brighten your skin.

Until a couple of weeks ago, I hadn't ever used a product like this before but I've been using it so much since I received it, especially the cold option as we've had a heatwave and a cooling facial massager is perfect in the stuffy 31 degrees in Manchester - seriously, it has been helping me to not melt in the heat and humidity!

It charges up quickly and has a little stand to charge on - it's also so quick and easy to use, it looks fancy on my dressing table and it feels so nice on the skin. The cooling option feels so amazing and refreshing on the skin; it's definitely become an essential this summer already and if you hate this heat and need to cool down then you'll love this device.

The warmer options have two settings, one where the metal plate on the top of the device just heats up and the second option also vibrates slightly but I don't use this option really as it's a little loud. However, even though this product is a little unusual and not something everyone has, it is definitely worth checking out! I have been using it constantly so far this summer as it's so refreshing and relaxing to use. Overall rating: ★★★★★, 5/5.

Now onto the giveaway, this giveaway is UK only and it will end on the 25th July so you have lots of time to enter. To enter you just need to fill in the form below:

Have you tried any of these products? Have you entered my giveaway? 

New In: Real Techniques

Saturday, June 24, 2017
Real Techniques has been one of my favourite makeup brush brands for so long, I have a couple of sets and individual brushes that I've had for ages and they're still going strong so when these new and limited edition sets and sponges came out, I had to try them!

The lovely people at face.co.uk kindly allowed me to choose a few products to try and obviously I picked the new Real Techniques products because they're not just designed by the lovely Pixiwoo sisters but they are amazing and affordable brushes.

*Real Techniques Ready Set Glow Brush Set (£19.99)
How adorable is this set! I love the packaging of this limited edition set which is comprised of three makeup brushes with a cute candy stripe design and a multiuse makeup sponge too. The set is designed 'for natural radiance' but they can be used for so many uses and with so many products.

Let's go through the brushes individually, the first is the 'multitask cheek brush' which is what I've been using for contouring recently and it works really well for contouring but it could also be used for powder. This brush is so soft and I love the cute pink stripy design.

Next, the 'strobing fan brush' which can be used for, as the name would suggest, strobing and highlighting. I have been using it with my TheBalm Mary Lou Manizer, which is my favourite highlighter ever and it's great although not a brush I'd use as much as the other two in the set.

The final makeup brush is the 'targeted blending brush' which is definitely the most unusually shaped and sized brush in the set. It's like a contouring brush in miniature or a mini version of the expert face brush. I've been using it for concealer or just applying foundation really precisely. Definitely an interesting and great addition to my brush collection.

Lastly in the set you get the 'miracle sculpting sponge' and it's been great to use with my newly acquired Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation as it blends like a dream. I love that it's multisided meaning that there's always a clean side to blend with. Overall rating: ★★★★★, 5/5.
*Real Techniques Dual Ended Expert Sponge (£5.99)
I love the Real Techniques miracle complexion sponge (although I do prefer the original Beauty Blender) as it's great for the price and this one is equally as good. It has a orange side and a pink side, I hoped one of the sides would have a different texture but it does't - the only difference is the colour. You're meant to use the sponge dry which I love as it applies and blends primer, foundation, concealer and even powder really well. Definitely a makeup sponge that I'll get a lot of use out of and it's well worth checking out. Overall rating: ★★★★☆, 4/5.
*Real Techniques Miracle Blotting Cushions (£8.99)
The heatwave we had back in June was ruining my makeup as 31 degrees celsius isn't great for keeping your makeup on your face. My skin is usually sensitive to dry but recently it's been quite oily so these blotting cushions have been really useful!

I love my DHC blotting papers but these looked new and really interesting as I haven't seen blotting 'cushions' before! They seem to be made of the same material as the sponges so they are great for blotting and then re-blending foundation and even eyeshadow that has creased or faded. You get four in each pack and I guess you can wash them to clean them as you can with the Real Techniques sponges. I'll definitely be taking some of these products and brushes on holiday with me in August. Overall rating: ★★★★☆, 4/5.

I'd definitely recommend checking out face.co.uk as they offer free 1st class delivery which is amazing and a lot of products are currently discounted. As well as new Real Techniques products, they also stock Beauty Blenders, lashes and other branded makeup brushes!

Do you use Real Techniques brushes or sponges? Have you tried any of these products? 

New In: Natural Beauty Product Favourites

Friday, June 23, 2017
I haven't posted a beauty favourites post for a while and I used to love writing them so today's post is all about the more natural, gentle and environmentally friendly products I've been loving recently from a range of brands, some that I've loved for a while and others that are new to me but all of which I'd definitely recommend if you're looking to change to more natural products.

You know that I'm a Dr Botanicals brand ambassador so every month I review a new product and include a discount code for it so you get a massive saving! The code for this months product is: HEATHER2 if you want to buy the June product at a discount price - RRP £64.90 - with the discount code £19.99.

The *Dr Botanicals Cleanse & Tone is a 2 in 1 cleanser so it's perfect for this time of the year when my skin and beauty routines are simplified because the heat will ruin everything anyway and I don't have the energy to have a full on skincare or beauty routine in this heatwave! The cleanser contains elderflower extract, peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, vitamins, aloe vera and more amazing natural ingredients; all of their products are suitable for vegans and are not tested on animals which is amazing!

I've ben using this cleanser constantly as it's such a time saver with the pump dispenser and 2 in 1 formula so I just remove my makeup and cleanse but I don't need to use a separate toner. It is a gentle cream cleanser that feels so nice on the skin and it leaves my skin smooth, soft and cleansed. Overall rating: ★★★★★, 5/5.
Next up, the *Bodhi & Birch Botanic Dew Hand & Body Wash (£16, 200ml) which has been one of the products that has helped me through this awful humid heatwave (yes, I'm British, we don't stop talking about the weather). Icy showers and this gorgeous, heavenly scented shower gel have been perfect when it's been a ridiculous 30 degrees in Manchester which is frankly unacceptable.

The 'Botanic Dew' hand and body wash has such a divine floral, earthy and woody scent to me but it is still refreshing and it makes be feel more awake and refreshed in this muggy weather. It lathers so well so a tiny amount goes a long way and one bottle will last weeks and weeks! I also adore the Ylang Ylang version but this one is perfect for spring/summer! Overall rating: ★★★★★, 5/5.
A newer release from the incredibly lovely people at Bodhi and Birch, the *Bodhi and Birch Body Oil Mini Collection - Nordic White, Chinois Blue, Sicilian Rose (£20). The body oils are composed of 100% natural botanicals and they are handmade in small batches to ensure the best quality. Also the packaging and bottle are both 100% recyclable.

I do love body oils but only if they are lightweight and absorb well and these definitely tick those boxes. I tried the Nordic White scent first which is inspired by Sweden; it's a tonic of spruce, cypress, one, sweet fennel and frankincense. It has the most wonderfully woody and earthy but green and refreshing scent, I adore it!

Sicilian Rose is a lighter scent of lemon, verbena, rose, geranium and pink pepper that is a heavenly feminine and spring like scent that will be a hit with so many people. Rose scents can be quite old fashioned and dusty which isn't my thing but this one leans more towards the fresher and sweeter side thankfully.

Lastly, Chinois Blue has notes of hyacinth, honeysuckle, ginger, blue tansy, gingerly and pomegranate making it a such a unique and interestingly scented product. The scent to me is very rich, luxurious and velvety as well as being slightly powdery floral and exotic - it's unlike anything else I have in my collection!

All there oils smell divine and this mini set would be perfect to try all three! They feel as luxurious and decadent as they smell and they leave the skin so incredibly smooth, soft and nourished but not sticky, too greasy or cloying. I've actually been using them on the eczema on my hands as it is perpetually dry and so uncomfortable but these oils when used minimally have been helping so much by making my hands look and feel moisturised and comfortable. I cannot recommend Bodhi and Birch products enough! Overall rating: ★★★★★, 5/5.
Next up, the only haircare product in todays post, it's the *Naturtint Styling Mousse (£10.99, 150ml). I'll be honest and say that from my experiences of sticky hair mousse in the 90's and 00's, I'm a little terrified to try any others, even now. This styling mousse is free from parabens, silicones and claims to have no stickiness or greasiness - it's also cruelty free!

I'll be honest and say that I'm not a fan of the packaging or the artificially fruity scent but the product itself is great; it's the only mousse I've tried that hasn't left my hair in a sticky mess. The hold for me is quite light, maybe because my hair is so thick and waist length. Unlike every other mousse I've tried, it actually leaves my hair feeling soft and lightweight which is amazing and I'd definitely recommend it although I would prefer slightly better hold and a different scent but that's just my preference. Overall rating: ★★★★☆, 4/5.
We all know how much I love facial oils, especially during the colder months so I'm always happy to try another especially when the packaging and bottle have a gorgeous rose gold/copper foil design (I'm a sucker for packaging). The *Rosa Rosa Mosqueta Antioxidant Facial Oil (£24,99, 30ml) strengthens the skins barrier, protects against pollution (which is unlike any other oil I've used) and it visibly restores radiance while repairing the skin.

I love the packaging as it has a dropper/pipette dispenser which makes it so much easier and less messy to use. I've only been using a tiny amount on the drier areas of my face in the evenings as it has been really hot and humid recently in Manchester (30 degrees celsius!) which makes a change from the dull, rainy weather we have.

The oil contains lots of fantastic natural and certified organic ingredients such as cranberry seed oil, vitamin E, sunflower seed oil, vitamin A and many more. It has a slightly formal scent that I love and thankfully the oil isn't nearly as heavy as the other facial oils I rely on during the colder months which makes it much more suitable for this time of the year. It leaves my skin so incredibly smooth, soft and nourished which is what my dry and sensitive skin needs. Overall rating: ★★★★★, 5/5.
Last but not least is one of the most unusual products in my skincare collection and it's one that been all over youtube and instagram - bubble masks! The *Janjira Instant Brightening Bubble Mask (£24) claims to detoxify, brighten and reduce the appearance of dark spots. It contains a range of ingredients such as vitamin C, vitamin B3 and Algowhite ™.  I've tried this mask a few times now and the first time wasn't very impressive, actually it left my skin a little red around my t-zone which is the area I mainly applied it to but apart from the slightly redness, it didn't irritate my skin.

The mask has a pump dispenser which is really useful and when applied with a brush it has a gel like feel but within a few seconds it starts to bubble up and the longer it is left on the skin, the more foamy and bubbly it becomes! The feel of the bubbles on the skin is actually so relaxing, refreshing and cooling so it's perfect for the heatwave we've had recently. Apart from the initial redness from the first use, it's been fantastic and I'd definitely recommend checking it out as the bubbly effect is so unique, relaxing and unusual! Overall rating: ★★★★☆, 4/5.

Have you tried any of the natural beauty products? What are you loving lately?

New In: Crown Rose Gold Brushes + Lip Stain

Thursday, June 22, 2017
I have so many makeup brushes but none quite a pretty and photogenic as this set that I was kindly set from Crown Brushes a couple of weeks ago. Rose gold makeup brushes are a beauty bloggers dream! I have been seeing this style of brush on Instagram for a while now and I really wanted to give them a go as the shape is so unique and very different to anything else I have in my collection.

*Crown Brushes Rose Gold Full Face Contour Set (£29.99)
The set contains three gorgeous rose gold brushes that are cutely free and suitable for vegans to use which is fantastic! There are three sizes in this set which are designed for highlighting and contouring but I've been using them for so much more! I have been using the largest brush as a foundation brush as it's so large and makes applying and blending my foundation so quick and easy; I've also been using it for primer and powder too as it's so large it applies and blends so much quicker than my regular smaller brushes.
The medium sized brush is the perfect size for contouring as it fits into the hollows of my cheeks and along my jaw line perfectly. I use it with my NYX blush in Taupe as well as some of my more cool toned and ashy bronzers. It blends my powder contouring powders and blushers effortlessly, unlike some of my other brushes, it places and blends the contour exactly where it needs to be. I think this brush, or this set in general, would be perfect for makeup beginners as they make makeup application so quick, easy and fuss free.

Also the handles of the brush are easy to hold and they have a bit of flexibility to them which means that you don't use too much pressure and the handles won't break. The bristles for all three brushes are so incredibly smooth and soft but they're densely packed too so precise application and blending is so easy.
Lastly, the third and smallest brush in the set is what I've either been using for my highlight, concealer under my eyes or for applying powder to smaller areas such as to set my concealer. It's a really handy little brush that has so many uses, even blending the edges of my contour or precise foundation/concealer application.

I love this brush set, I've been using it every time I apply my makeup and I cannot recommend it enough. I hadn't tried this paddle style of brush before and I love it - the set is definitely worth checking out especially as the brushes are so versatile. Overall rating: ★★★★★, 5/5.
*Crown Pro Long Lasting Matte Lip Stain (£9.99 - LLS19 Caliente)
I have been loving liquid lipsticks and stains at the moment, I've tried quite a few recently and this one is definitely one of my new favourites. I like the packaging and I love the rich classic red shade! The formula is quite dry but it isn't flaky or very drying like others I've tried.

The stain is so pigmented, it applies easy and it's easy to correct mistakes with concealer and a small eyeliner brush or to just neaten up the edges. It feels comfortable on the lips for the most part and it lasts really well through out the day and through eating. It's not the most long lasting stain I've tried but it's pretty fantastic. Overall rating: ★★★★☆, 4/5.

Have you tried anything from Crown Brushes? What do you think of the products I've reviewed? 

Luxe Early Birthday Wish List

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
My birthday is less than two months away and I'm going to be the very distressing age of 25 *I'm already having a quarter life crisis*. I'm thinking about my birthday early this year because I'm going to be in London for my birthday with my family and we're going on a Buckingham Palace tour which I'm can't wait for so it's got me thinking about what I've love for my birthday and what I want to treat myself to but this post is a luxe version. However I think I'm going to treat myself to the iPhone 7 and maybe the iPad Pro very soon!

H For Harry Potter Knitted Jumper  -  Canon 1.8 50mm Lens  -  iPad Pro Rose Gold  -  LOTR Box Set  -  Clive Christian X Feminine Edition Fragrance 

I visited the Harry Potter studios tour last summer, I saw this cosy jumper in the gift shop and really wanted it but it is very expensive for a jumper however I'd love it! I've also wanted the Canon 1.8 50mm lens for a while and as bloggers are such enablers, I now know that I definitely need this lens!

I've been a Apple fan for years so any time they release something new (apart from the Apple watch), I've wanted it. The new iPad Pro is very high on my list particularly because of the new pen - I love painting so I think the pen would make creating illustrations so much easier.

Fragrances are always something I'd opt for as a gift for someone or myself and this one is definitely a treat. It's a jasmine perfume which is one of the notes I look for and the bottle just looks so fancy and luxurious.

Are any of these products on your wish list? What luxe items do you want? 

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