Good morning on Thursday June 22nd,
I hope you are all well and have enjoyed the gorgeous weather we have had here in the UK although right now it is raining but at the same time, it is almost the weekend !!! I thought I would quickly update you as I have found out that I am graduating in the summer with a 2:1 and now all I need to do is find a job and everything will be on track. Having moved back home there seems to be stuff everywhere and that is more than a little stressful but after I have written this post I am off to sort through the mountains of clothes that seem to have just appeared. I also wanted to share a new purchase which has very quickly become one of my favourites. I realise that this is a bit of a mess but recently I have really found it difficult to focus enough to sit down in front of my laptop and right a post for you but at the same, I have really wanted to focus on my blog and getting it how I want it.
I want to talk about is a new release from Dior, the lip tattoo range particularly in the colour cherry which is my current favourite. These products are actually the first long wear lip tint by Dior, with it’s 10 hours hold. I love the comfortable and light formula of this product combined with the no-transfer finish which means that you don’t have to worry about smearing this everywhere which is a constant worry for me when wearing any lip which isn’t a nude. I also really like the sheer colour of this product which I think that these products are great if you do want to the brightness of a liquid lip but rather enhances our natural lip colour. It also doesn’t take that long for these products to “dry” as just a few seconds after application, the formula adheres to the lips with an incredibly comfortable no-makeup feel- perfect for summer.
The lip tattoo comes in a range of 6 colours going from a pale nude to a very summery berry meaning that I think that there is a shade for all skin types. The shade Cherry 761 has been identified as being the most universal colour and it is easy to see why as it is a bold pink which again makes this colour really great for summer but I can see myself continuing to wear this into the fall.
At £25 these are high end and I do want to attempt to find a dupe for you but I highly recommend that you head down to your local counter and have a play, this is one of the most expensive lip products I have purchased being much more a drug store girl but I think this is well worth the money.
I’m sorry for the lack of photos but for some reason I can’t get them off the camera and onto my laptop which is probably very close to death right now so I just have the one, hopefully, we will be back up and running for next time.
I hope you all have a good rest of the week and there will be another post hopefully over the weekend so keep your eyes peeled!
Good Afternoon everyone,
I hope you are all having a good weekend so far and here in the UK it finally feels like summer with the weather being amazing! Today was also my last week at my placement and it was really sad to say goodbye to all the children that I have come to know and love but as I am also moving out of my university house it was no longer practical to keep going but I have made some good friends and I hope to stay in contact with all of them! As I am currently surrounded by boxes and there isn’t much else to update you with combined with the ever looming summer holidays I thought I would share with you some of my holiday which I have taken on holiday before and will continue to do so this year. Due to the amount of stuff I have decided to make this into a couple of posts starting with this one going on to cover sunscreens, top clothing picks, shoes, skincare, and make-up.
- Earplugs, eye mask etc: Depending on the length of your flight you might want ear plugs, a toothbrush and toothpaste and an eye mask. If I am going on a long haul flight then I also like to take a couple of face masks as your skin becomes dry on the plane and also it helps to pass them time. Whilst some airline do offer these products I think that it is better to take your own just in case and really they don’t take up a lot of space in your carry on.
- Painkillers and anti-bacterial: Planes are full of germs as everyone breathes in the same circulated air and more often than not I have ended up with a cold or really irritating cough on the way to my holiday destination. I always pack painkillers as they already feature in my daily bag but I take both Paracetamol and Ibopurafen primarily to help with headaches more than anything else as the last thing I want to do is spent a good couple of hours in a high-pressure environment with a pounding headache. I also make sure to take antibacterial hand gel or a spray as well as hand wipes as again I really don’t want to catch anything and it’s easier than getting up to wash my hands. I really like the Soap and Glory hand gel at £2.50 which doesn’t completely dry out your hands and smells real good!
- Moisturiser– Hydration will literally be sucked from your skin whilst on a flight so take a thick and nourishing cream such as Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream (£70) to lather on when your face feels a little dry. I know this is a total luxury and there and great ones on the highstreet but I have found this great for those long haul flights. As I am heading over to Portugal this summer I wont take anything like this as it is just too hot, but instead decant a little of my L’Oreal Hydra Genius if I really want to.
- Hair- Currently I have bleached hair which is actually going lighter in a few weeks and so I do have a couple of must have things to protect it but that is another post. I always travel with my hair up either in a messy bun or a ponytail but usually plaited just to keep it out of my face. A couple of grips, spare hair bands and a brush always have a place in my carryon luggage.
- Swimming costume- Over recent years I have found myself slipping a bikini into my bag to take on the flight just in case something happens to my case or I really just want to head straight down to the pool- this way there is no need to hunt through my case. I am planning to do a whole post on bikini and beach wear but my current favorite is the Scallop Edge Bikini from Warehouse which I brought in the stunning purple color through ASOS at £34 for the set.
- Sunscreen- If you take only one item on holiday, let it be this. There is nothing more important when it comes to health and beauty than taking care in the sun. I don’t use anything lower than SFP 30 and pack both a body sun cream and a face SPF. Whilst these usually travel in my main suitcase I do take a small travel mini in my bag either for top up whilst away or for that first hit on hot weather. One of my favourites is the PIZ BUIN® Ultra Light Dry Touch Face Fluid SPF30 50ml at £9. Taking this on the plane means that everything liquid needs to be under 100ml and already adding an SPF into my daily routine means that I don’t think I will bother this year.
- Sunglasses- Putting on your sunnies as you step out of the plane really makes you feel on holiday and whilst I take more than one pair I defiantly have some in my carry on. Currently, I am loving the River Island Flat Lense Metallic Sunglasses at £14 through ASOS as well as the Jeepers Peepers Flat Lens Cat Eye Sunglasses at £24 again through ASOS. 8. Entertainment- Having something to do in an essential on any flight and whilst I do take plenty of books away with me, more often than not I turn to music or my iPad on flights either binge watching my current series at it is now possible to download Netflix and Amazon prime. My current favorite is Blood Line whilst I await the return of Suits and Supernatural although I have gone back and watched right from the beginning more than once! I also make sure that I have a plug charger as well as portable one to make sure that I don’t miss out on anything whether it is the stunning scenery or tense ending to an episode.
That’s it for now as otherwise, I think this post could go on for a really long time! I hope you found it somewhat interesting to read:D
Until next time,
I didn’t really know what to write about for this post so it has kinda turned into a mixture of things. As I am writing this I am travelling back home for a few days although since finishing university all I seem to be doing is travelling back and forward between Nottingham and Home and whilst this does only take 2 hours on the train the ever changing bed and darkness of the room has completely thrown off my sleep patterns which I have to say are pretty bad anyway through the all nighters of a dissertation to binge watching on Netflix. I am in no way complaining about being able to have a staBle roof over my head as I know there are plenty of people who have it far worse than I do but combined with finishing off my placement and packing up the flat I feel (and look) exhausted with the dark circles under my eyes only getting darker !!
Along with this fascinating update about my life I thought i would tie in a product review as entering my 20s I made the decision to really set up and work on a skin care routine moving from just using a foaming cleanser and micellar water I have no a 5 step routine in the evenings and I am always looking to change and try new products which I want to share with you as I discover new favourites or those that just didn’t work out for me. So moving into products such as Retinoids and acids art night it is really important that you use a good SPF not every day if you are not spending any time in the sunshine and here in the UK the weather seems to be changing all the time. As we move into the warmer weather I thought I would share my current SPF favourite which is great both as part of an acid based skin Clare routine but also if you want to build another layer of protection underneath your everyday make-up routine.
The product that I want to share with you today is the Anthelios XL Ultra Lights Fluid SPF 50+ by La Roche-Posey. This is a high broad-spectrum protection sunscreen fluid which has a very light texture which is very different to the classic sunscreens that I was used to which are often ver thick and heavy but the smell always take you back to your holiday and I use the version for normal to combination skin. This product is really easy to apply and doesn’t leave my skin feeling sticky which is what I really like about this product as well as the fact that there is no odd looking white cast and it does sit well under foundation. I also love that this product offers broad, and photostable UVA/UVB protection with an optimal SPF of 50+ which means that I don’t have to worry about using multiple products to ensure that I am covered and the fact that it is water resistant helps too. However, are spending long periods of time outside in the sunshine you do need to reapply regularly.
Overall I really like this product and will definitely repurchase it, the only thing I would say if that I don’t bother with it if I am spending the day in front of my laptop and only popping out to the local shops because it really isn’t necessary but for those days relaxing on the beach or in the garden this is one of my favourite products and it is easily built into your existing routine.
I hope you enjoyed this mixture of things, as I am still moving forward and backward over the next couple of weeks I think I will keep it like this and then re-evaluate from there. I also really want to do a couple of posts on holiday essentials so let me know if this is something you would be interested in.
Until next time,
Hello and welcome back,
With my exams finished and being home for the week I thought that I would actually concentrate and work on my blogs so I am starting p this week with something totally different and not at all related to university as I want to share with you my latest skincare love. Having been a long time fan of balm based cleansers I was more than excited to try the Double Cleanse collaboration between Caroline Hirons and Pixi.
If you are unsure of the double cleanse process it is basically where you cleanse once to remove your make-up before going in again to cleanse the skin. This product as an oil based step one which starts as a solid balm and then transforms into an oil as you work it into the skin breaking down all make-up from red lips to waterproof mascara. I then remove is with a warm flannel, dry the skin before moving onto step 2. The oil doesn’t leave any residue as feels really good to just remove everything at the end of a long day.
Step two is a cleansing cream which again I work into my skin and it is this side which you can use in the morning however especially in the warmer where we are currently experiencing in the U.K. I prefer to just use a micelles water in the mornings with anything else being a little too heavy. The cream feels really soothing but st the same time like you are giving your skin a really good clean readŷ for the next day. Both sides are un fragranced which and gentle with no nasties so this product is great for any skin type. I would say the only issue would be if you have very oily skin then this might still be too heavy but again you do wash everything off so maybe not. The cleanser is paraben free, fragrance free and it’s not tested on animals. It’s really non-offensive but also completely effective at the same time!
Once you have removed your make up with the oil and wiped with an obligatory flannel, a market which Caroline has single handedly kept a float with her advice, it’s time to move on to step 2. The thick and luxurious cream cleanser promotes cell renewal and elasticity with Arginine which Vitamin C boosts collagen and a Peptide Complex helps tackle fine lines. As the cream cleanser is so thick, it feels like a luxurious treat to the skin after removing the days makeup and grime. It feels like a nice pampering treat at the end of a hard day. Neither the oil nor the cleanser leave you feeling greasy. The skin is ready to move on to the skin care products you choose without fuss. Personally, I follow this double cleanse with Pixi’s Glow Tonic which is anothet of Caroline’s recommendations and has quickly become one of my favourites and I do use this both at night and in the mornings. After the tonic I apply a small amount of the Salicylic Acid 2% solution by The Ordinary either all over the face or targeted on specific spots, following with again The Ordinary’s Advanced Retinoid 2% (only in the evening). I let both of these sink in before finishing my routine with L’Oreal’s Hydra Genius Aloe Water which has a really light and cooling gel consistency which is pefect for the summer months rather than a heavier moisturiser and really helps to moisturise my skin with Hyaluronic acid (a review coming soon)
I am onto my second jar of this product and think that this will continue to be my favourite for a long time to come. If you are in the market for a new cleanser this retails in the UK for £24 which I think is totally worth it and is available online as well as in M and S.
This is something different for my blog but I have really enjoyed writing this and please leave me a comment if you would like to see more reviews or a full skin care routine including SPF.
I hope you have all had a good week and enjoy the weekend!