Monday, 7 April 2014

Beauty Spotlight: Makeup

Dr Jart+ Regenerating Beauty Balm, £14 (RRP £21)

I've repurchased this twice now, which says it all really! I've never really bought into the BB/CC cream hype, as being pale-skinned means I'm always wary of the shade, but this beauty by Dr Jart+ has won me over. I bought it for ski holidays, since it has SPF30, and it meant that last year I managed to avoid the dreaded ski goggles tan whilst everyone else looked plain ridiculous. It might not suit darker skin tones, but it's really perfect for pale skin and covers blemishes and redness really well. 

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, £25

If you're looking for a product to create a silky smooth base for your foundation, this Smashbox primer is the one. I remember eyeing up Smashbox products when they were first stocked in Boots a few years ago, but this is actually my first purchase from the brand as they're quite expensive. It comes out as a clear gel and you only need to smooth on a pea-sized amount. I've noticed my foundation staying on for longer and just sitting much better on my skin since I started using it. Highly recommend this to those looking for a new primer!

Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation, £34

This has to be one of the most hyped foundations in the beauty blogging community, but it's for a good reason. This foundation gives your skin medium to full coverage with a glowing satin finish. It's not shimmery but it does leave your skin with that dewy glow that a lot of people seek. I'd say it was the perfect foundation for those with normal to dry skin, as I don't imagine it would stay too long on oily skin. Remember to use a pea-sized amount and apply with a sponge (the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge is my absolute favourite!).

Which makeup products can you not live without?

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Saturday, 5 April 2014

Grey Day

Today has definitely not been a fringe-friendly day, but I thought I'd pop up an outfit of the day post even so. I had a little treat in the post this week in the form of some lovely black Vagabond boots from Urban Outfitters. I've been needing some plain black leather boots for ages now and I had a 30% discount code to use, so I just went for it. They're super comfy and sturdy, definitely not having buyer's remorse with this one! Hopefully I can style them up with lots of different outfits, since they're really versatile.

Other than that, this week I've mostly been looking forward to and planning my trip to Val Thorens. I'm getting the coach there next Friday and I couldn't possibly be more excited!! My birthday present from my boyfriend Mat were these gorgeous Dragon APXS goggles and an extra green ionized lens (reflective, for any sunny weather), so I'm really looking forward to wearing them. 

I've also been hitting the gym up in the past few weeks, in the hopes of building my stamina, strength and hopefully to tone up too. At first I was very anti-gym, I hated the monotony of it, but I've been really enjoying adding some weight training into my regular cardio workout. I'm hoping to see the difference when I go snowboarding and not being so physically tired from it.

What have you guys been up to this week?

Jumper - Illustrated People, Black 'Leigh' Jeans - Topshop
Necklace - H&M, Boots - Vagabond, Bag - Michael Kors*
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Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Beauty Spotlight: Origins Skincare

Back in my first year or so of blogging I used to cover beauty quite a bit, so I thought it was about time I brought back my Beauty Spotlight feature. I'm no expert, obviously, but this is just what products are working for me at the moment and why I love them so much. 

I wanted to focus on skincare first, as I've recently had a huge splurge on it and have been reaping the benefits ever since. Apologies in advance for enabling any Boots shopping sprees!

Origins Super Spot Remover (10ml, £14)

I'm forever reading about how amazing Origins products are and I have used their Super Spot Remover before after countless recommendations. If a nasty blemish rears its head, all too literally, then this will sort you out and in a couple of days you'll forget it was even there. 

Unlike some spot treatments, this contains Salicylic acid, which will help reduce the size and redness of a spot overnight. A little dab applied directly to the blemish is all that's needed, so this teeny tiny bottle will last you ages!

Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturiser (50ml, £23)

Sometimes my skin is dry, sometimes it's a little shiny and sometimes it's neither... so this moisturiser just shouted out to me as the one to go with for combination skin. If you love citrus then this is the one for you too. I love putting this on after cleansing as it's so refreshing, without being drying or too greasy (it's oil-free, hurray!).

Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Serum (30ml, £47)

I got this as a gift with purchase, so I didn't have many expectations for it to be honest. At 23, lines and wrinkles aren't a massive concern for me, but I have been enjoying using this serum. It has a really silky texture and feels a little more nourishing than other serums I've used before. 

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask (100ml, £22)

This is another product that has been recommended by lots of beauty experts and it's definitely for a reason. I bought the travel size version (which doesn't seem to be on the website, but I purchased it from their counter in Boots) and would happily repurchase the full size. 

I use this once a week, usually after I've exfoliated, at night time. Your face might feel a little greasy when it's on, but once you wash your face in the morning you'll realise just how soft it's made your skin feel! Heaven for skin that needs some hydration.

Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask (100ml, £22)

This was a total impulse buy. I remember using the Lush charcoal face soap years ago when I had problematic skin as a teenager, so I was sold at 'charcoal' really. I use this once or twice a week to clear my pores and keep any blemishes at bay. I think this has really helped stop my skin from having its all too regular crazy breakouts, especially now I'm at the gym more regularly.

What have been your favourite must-have skincare products this month?

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