Summer Skin.

Hey my darlings.

Today I want to share with you how I get my skin summer ready with affordable skin care products.

As you know, I love me some amazing skincare products, and I love it when they’re super affordable. (Because who has money to spend on a £50 facial cleanser ever couple of months?!)

I’ve been using products from Superdrug’s own range and one product from the Bodyshop. All of these products are vegan and vegetarian friendly, alcohol free, and if that wasn’t enough, these brands are both cruelty free!

As you can see, all of the products above are vitamin C infused, which helps improve the look of tired and dull looking skin, helps with pigmentation and gives your skin that healthy glow it needs all year round.

Starting off with the Refreshing Facial Cleanser (£4.99). This cleanser is more like a scrub, but you can use it once/twice a day as it is a cleanser and is alcohol free, so it won’t be drying your skin out. I’ve been using this for a few months now and I noticed after one use, it left my skin with such a beautiful and refreshed appearance straight away. Over a period of a few weeks, the appearance of my skin just kept getting better and better! It’s a definite must have.

Secondly is the Revitalising Jam Face Mask (£4.99). Words can not explain how much I love this face mask! It can be used either day or night, and has a goopy kind of consistency. It leaves your skin super smooth and hydrated. I love using this mask before I apply make up because it gives you that healthy, dewy finish! My make up looks a lot more radiant and sits better on my skin whenever I use this make before hand. The mask is similar to a scrub, so when you wash it off, use your hands to go in circular motions to really work the mask in and get all the dead skin cells off your face.

I use the Nourishing Gel Moisturiser (£4.99) every night as the last step of my skin care. I wouldn’t use it in the morning, as it is quite thick, creamy and hydrating, so you don’t want it to clog your pores with it, also I advise not wearing make up over this moisturiser as it will slide throughout the day! But this cream is perfect for getting that hydration back into the skin. It leaves you with dewy skin at night, and by the morning when you wake up, you can tell your skin has soaked in all this moisturiser because your face will feel plump and full of life!

Here is what the mask and moisturiser look like:

Moving onto the Brightening Eye Gel (£4.99). I use this every night under my eye cream just to brighten my eye area up. It doesn’t get rid of dark circles, but it helps brighten the skin under the eyes and gives you a little bit of life.

Last but not least is the Bodyshop Vitamin C Skin Reviver (£17.00). This makes such a perfect base for make up! It gives you a wonderful glow and smooths everything out on the skin. This product is a little pricey, but I’m sure I bought mine when the store had 40% off. If you are looking for a cheaper alternative, Superdrug also have a Vitamin C Booster for £4.99, which I completely missed otherwise I would have bought that too!

All of these Vitamin C Superdrug items are currently buy one get one half price, which makes it all the more affordable! Students get 10% discount on top of this.

All of Superdrug’s own products have a money back guarantee. If for some reason you didn’t like the products, you can return them at any point (further information can be found on their website).

With so much reassurance with the Superdrug guarantee and the budget friendly prices, I don’t see why anybody would not give this a go. These products are essentials all year round for topping up that glow during summer or even giving your skin some extra TLC during the winter.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Don’t forget to like and comment below on your favourite skincare products for healthy, dewy summer skin! 💕

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Mental Health Awareness Week.

Hey my darlings. I hope you are all well and are having a great start to the week.

Today I wanted to focus on the importance of mental health, as this week is mental health awareness week.

As a teenager, I never really understood what the importance of mental health was, but as I’ve grown up into a young lady, I have learnt so much about it and why it is crucial to look after our own mental health, as well as assist other individuals with theirs whenever possible.

Always talk. It is so important to talk about your problems because bottling things up can have a significant effect on your mental health. Whether you talk to your parents, siblings, other family members, friends, representatives at work, your GP, or organisations such as the Samaritans, it’s important to offload your worries. There are a handful of options, so never feel like you are alone, because you’re not. After all, a problem shared is a problem halved!

Look after your wellbeing. We all take care of our physical health with workouts, the food we eat and vitamins, but often forget about our mental health. Whether you are a student at college or university or are working full-time, it can all get tedious and we can get bogged down and tired with the workload and stress, which is why it is so important to take time out for ourselves. What a lot of people don’t know is that we can take mental health days off; it’s just the same as taking a day off work because you are physically sick or have hurt yourself. Regardless, we are all entitled to paid holiday, so use it!

Do things that make you happy. You want an ice cream or burger? Go buy one! Go for a long walk, go on a spontaneous trip, go shopping or meet up with your friends and family, get lost in a book, take your little cousins to the park, go for a long drive, organise a trip to the beach – whatever your heart desires! If you don’t have many friends, then join a sports club, take up a class, join the gym, take cooking lessons – these are all great ways to meet new people! Surround yourself with positive energy, it always helps.

Take a break from social media. We always compare our lives to other people’s who we have never even met! It’s always a good idea to take a step back from social media, whether it’s for a week or a month, it gives your head that breathing space it needs. We’re all guilty of trying to boast our success and the fun life we live on weekends through our Instagram posts and tweets. It has a knock-on effect on our mental health because we are always comparing our lives to the millions of people out there. Take a break and live your life in that exact moment, not through a camera or the apps on your phone.

Always be kind. Whether you are trying to face obstacles in your way or know somebody else that is, always be that warm welcoming person. Kindness goes such a long way these days, it may not feel like it, but you could potentially save a life. Sometimes all somebody needs is a friendly smile, a hug or a little chat. Whether you’re at a checkout in a supermarket or are standing at the train station, exchange a smile and make friendly conversation to the person that is serving you. I do it all the time, and not only does it make me happy, but it makes the individual’s day too! A few weeks ago I was upset on the train home and it was so lovely that I was comforted by commuters, some of who gave me tissues and hugs! Honestly, it’s just the little things in life that pick you up when you’re at your lowest. Just always remember to be kind, because you have no idea who is hurting and why they’re hurting.

Below are a few ways on how you can improve your mental health:

I hope you enjoyed reading this post. Feel free to comment below on anything I may have missed or any experiences you have had, I would love to hear everything you have to say!

Enjoy the rest of your week and I will catch up with you soon my loves, xo.

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Eyeshadow.

Hey darlings. I hope you’re all having a great start to the bank holiday weekend. Sorry I missed my blog post on Wednesday, I’ve had a hectic week, so please forgive me!

Today I want to share with you two particular eyeshadows I’ve been loving and what I’ve been using them for other than eyeshadow. These shadows are from the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche line.

On the left is the shade Nude and on the right is the shade Gold Mania. These eyeshadows retail at a price of £5.99 each, which is a reasonable price in my opinion, because the pigmentation and texture is insane. You can get these eyeshadows from Superdrug and Boots, and most of the time, both of these stores have 3 for 2 on L’Oréal!

Here are some swatches with and without flash (left Nude and right Gold Mania).

Both of these colours are pretty similar, but the textures and finishes do vary. Nude has a beautiful creamy finish, it honestly feels like softened butter! It has lots of shimmer to it and the colour is more of a champagne shade. Not only can you use this as eyeshadow, but it’s beautiful as a highlighter on the face and body!

Gold Mania has more of a firm texture, still buttery, but more like hardened butter 😂 the colour pay off is still great and this eyeshadow has more of a pearly finish. This shade is a perfect gold for any occasion and again can be used as a highlighter for the face and body.

Recently there’s been a hype towards highlighting setting sprays, so I thought I’d do my own little DIY! These eyeshadows are great for scraping into a drug store setting spray for a cost effective option for the new Mac Fix+ and many of the other new high end setting sprays. It works a charm and you get the same result for a fraction of the price, so I suggest you all try it out! Whether it is with these eyeshadows or another shimmery eyeshadow you do not use. You can get drug store setting sprays from brands such as elf, make up revolution, Superdrug’s own brand and L’Oréal.

I hope you all enjoyed this post. Don’t forget to like and comment below on what your favourite drug store eyeshadows are. 💗

HudaBeauty Desert Dusk Palette.

Hey my loves. I hope you’re all having an amazing weekend.

Today’s post is going to be a review on the HudaBeauty Desert Dusk Palette. I know I’m super late, I actually purchased this in October, but I’ve used the heck out of it since and I feel like I can now give a proper review on this beauty!

This palette is stocked at HudaBeauty.com, CultBeauty, Selfridges and Harrod’s. It retails for a price of £56.00, a bit on the pricey side I know, but it’s so worth it! Here are some images of the palette with and without flash.

The colour pay off is something else, the formulas are so creamy and buttery, they glide onto your eyelid like a dream and blend out really well. The eyeshadows come in a range of mattes, pressed pearls, duo-chromes and one glitter finish.

The packaging is super sleek and can easily be packed into a suitcase/tote bag and it comes with a mirror which is really convenient when travelling. The only thing I would be careful of is the palette opening, although it is magnetic, it doesn’t click shut securely like traditional plastic packaging, which makes it easier to be dug into and broken by sharp objects.

Here are a few swatches:

The colours are so fun, chic and sexy, you can create a look for any occasion. I would highly recommend this eyeshadow palette for anyone that loves colour and wears eyeshadow on a regular basis. If you don’t wear eyeshadow often and aren’t adventurous with colour, then I don’t recommend you purchase this just because it is quite pricey, but with saying that, Make Up Revolution have some amazing HudaBeauty eyeshadow dupes so I suggest you check them out!

I hope you all enjoyed this quick little review. Enjoy your Sunday and I’ll be back on Wednesday with another post. 💗

L’Oréal Xtreme Resist Lipgloss.

Hey huns! I hope you’re all having a fab week so far.

Today’s just going to be a quick blog post on a recent lipgloss I purchased. I wanted to originally purchase the Jouer lip topper but I couldn’t justify spending £13 on it. So I searched for a dupe and stumbled across a L’Oréal xtreme resist lipgloss.

I bought this lipgloss in the shade ‘505/Never Let Me Go.’

These glosses cost £6.99 each and they have a range of about 10 colours with different gloss finishes.

I have to say, this gloss is perfect for the price. Its not too pigmented, but the sparkles make a statement (which is just what I wanted). I wouldn’t wear this on its own just because it would look to frosty, but what I like doing with this is layering it on top of a lipstick just in the centre of my lips to give it a fuller look.

The shade is a roses pink with gold shimmer, and it smells like candy! It kind of reminds me of the Nars Orgasm gloss.

It’s a perfect dupe for the Jouer lip toppers and Nars Orgasm gloss, just for a fraction of the price!

I hope you enjoyed this quick little review and comment below on what your favourite glosses are. 💗

The Ordinary: Skincare so good I had to repurchase it.

Hey huns. I hope everyone is well and enjoying the lovely sunshine!

I wanted to update you all on the skincare I’m currently using and loving. It’s so fricken amazing and affordable! Like seriously, I’ve never come across skincare so cheap that works a charm.

I think you’ve guessed from the title of my post that the brand is called The Ordinary.

Above are a few of the products I repurchased from Cult Beauty the other day. I have a toner, retinoid and caffeine solution that I’m still using for the first round, so I didn’t need to repurchase them again.

So I’m going to talk you through my night time routine first…

Night time: I cleanse my face with any cleanser I have open at the time (the ordinary haven’t got their own cleanser, so any that is suitable for your skin will do), I then follow with the glycolic acid toner (only to be used in the evening), followed by the salicylic acid, niacinamide & zinc solution and then the retinoid, I finish with a moisturiser to suit your skin type.

Morning routine: Cleanse, follow with salicylic acid, niacinamide & zinc solution, hyaluronic acid, day moisturiser and SPF (any that suits your skin type).

Now to get down to the important info, pricing, stockists and results!

Pricing:

Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution – £6.80

Salicylic Acid 2% Solution – £4.20

Niacinamide 10% & Zinc 1% Solution – £5.00

Hyaluronic Acid 2% and B5 – £5.90

Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane – £7.80

***please note that the prices will vary from stockists, these prices were taken from The Ordinary website***

Stockists: The Ordinary, BeautyBay, Cult Beauty, Feelunique, ASOS, House of Fraser, INTU.

Results: For my blemish prone skin, I feel like these products have worked wonders! The products have all the relevant ingredients but are not too harsh on the skin. I have quite sensitive skin, so I’m always careful with what I put on my face. The only product I’ve had a problem with is the glycolic acid toner, where is left my skin raw red and dry, so I’ve reduced my use from every night to maybe once or twice a week (I use a Lancôme toner that’s more cooling and soothing).

All products differ in consistency, some solutions are thicker than others, but when applied on the face, it feels lightweight. Make up can be applied on top with ease, the skincare doesn’t affect how your make up sits on your skin. The packaging is great too, all products come with a dropper and the jar itself is made from glass. It makes the products seem more high end!

I highly recommend these products for anyone who is on a budget and needs good skin care! I know the names of the products may seem scary, but if you’re unsure, feel free to contact The Ordinary team who will be more than happy to assist you.

Comment below on what your favourite skincare products are, I’d love to hear! 💗

Budget friendly make up.

Hey my loves.

Today I wanted to share with you my budget friendly make up items. These items are a saviour for 9 to 5 working days, college, university, or other days where you don’t want to wear your best make up!

Here are the products I like to use on a daily basis, items that won’t make me break the bank. I’m going to list them down below to make it easier for you.

Foundation – Bodyshop Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation

Concealer – L’Oreal True Match and Maybelline Age Rewind

Powder – Rimmel London Insta Fix & Matte

Mascara – L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes So Couture (I don’t have a set mascara, I change which mascara I use every month)

Eyebrows – L’Oreal Brow Artist Expert

Bronzer – Bodyshop Bronzing Powder

Highlighter – Barry M Liquid Chrome Drops

Lips – Vaseline Rosy Lips

These items can be found at any drug store, excluding the Bodyshop make up. It’s super affordable for daily use, so you don’t need to use your best make up for days that aren’t so special!

I don’t wear blusher so I apologise for leaving that step out, but there are many drug store blushers on the market, my recommendation would be a blusher from Make Up Revolution as they’re super cheap but have amazing quality and are very pigmented!

I hoped this helped all my working/studying gals! Feel free to comment below on what your budget friendly make up items are, I’d love to hear. 💗