Everyday Foundation ♡

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Trying out new foundations is always exciting and I love when brands come out with new ones, especially when the range includes fair shades! However I have to admit, when it comes to everyday wear I can’t help but stick to my two absolute holy-grail foundations that I know will look lovely on the skin and last the whole day and night! I have to give a mention to two foundations (well technically one is a tinted moisturiser!) as I love them both for different reasons, and wear them both for different occasions. I love wearing something light and glowy during the daytime or for an everyday makeup, but for long wear foundation for an event or special occasion where I know I’m going to be photographed, I prefer something more matte with a higher coverage. IMG_0373

Everyday wear – Perfect Potion Tinted Moisturiser in ‘Beige’

For a light foundation to wear everyday which still lets your skin shine through, I like to use this tinted moisturiser by Perfect Potion (in ‘Beige’) which also has SPF 15 to provide sun protection. It evens out my skin tone however any blemishes will show through, which I prefer for during the day as I can conceal them with my trusty concealer but the rest of my skin doesn’t look like it has tons of foundation. This tinted moisturiser has a lovely glow and after trying it on all different skin types, it seems to suit a range of tones and both dry and oily complexions. I also love this because it eliminates one more step in your makeup routine as this is a moisturiser and base all in one, I just like to put some of my Rimmel Stay Matte powder over the top and it lasts all day.

Long wear/Special occasion – L’oreal Infallible foundation in ‘Rose Beige’ (145)

This foundation is absolutely incredible for full coverage and long-lasting wear. The finish is completely matte and leaves your skin looking perfect and flawless. You only need to use a small amount of this foundation and buff it all over your face, starting with the areas you want the most coverage (usually the centre of the face). I use my Real Technique’s expert face brush and I love the finish this gives, it photographs well and looks flawless for a super long time. After powdering, I hardly ever need to touch up and reapply powder, this really is my ultimate long-wear foundation (and it’s drugstore!)

Comment below what your favourite everyday foundation is! ♥

5 tips for picking the perfect eyeshadow palette ♡

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The other day, I was shopping at Sephora with one of my friends who was looking for the perfect palette. After looking around she found a palette that had lots of colours, and to my suprise immediately asked the store attendant to grab one from the back and put the purchase through. I quickly whispered to her, ‘It’s only the first palette you’ve seen, there are so many others to look at, you could find better!‘ And then she admitted she didn’t really know how to find the perfect palette or what to look for to ensure she makes the right purchase. So here are five tips or questions you can ask yourself before you commit to purchasing that palette!11068861_966390210080183_55557624_n1. Consider what you already ownDo I already own these shades? I have been guilty many times of purchasing a palette of gorgeous colours…that I already own dupes for! While you may find a palette with lovely colours, think about whether you already own similar or the exact same shades. If you’re looking to buy your first palette, pick palettes like Urban Decay’s Naked palette, Too Faced’s Chocolate Bar palette or Maybelline’s The Nudes palette which contain a variety of matte and shimmer shades to create both day and evening makeup looks. However if you already own a couple of palettes and own basic nude shades or matte shades for the crease, you may want to think about a palette such as Too Faced’s Sexy Eyes Palette, or something that has a variety of unusual, accent colours to add to your collection, instead of another palette of basics!

2. Colour selectionAm I in love with the whole palette, or just one or two amazing shades? When you’re looking at a palette, look at the combination of colours and think about whether you’re actually only drawn to a couple of the shades. I often really want a palette, but then realise it’s only for one or two amazing shades that I don’t own, while I probably won’t get much wear out of the other 10! Look for a palette where you will use most of, if not all, the eyeshadows, this way you can get the most for your money and create a greater range of makeup looks.

3. Complement your skin tone and eye colourWill these colours suit me? While eyeshadows may look lovely in a palette, it’s always best to consider whether the colours and tones will complement your skin tone and eye colour. There are of course no set rules, but I personally think if you have green eyes – go for purples, golds and maroons, and for blue eyes –  bronzes, copper and rusty shades, as these colours will make your eye colour stand out and pop. Brown eyes look great with any shade, so find a palette with a range of colours you can experiment with. To complement your skin tone, swatch the shadows on your skin to see whether they will suit you.

4. Value for money: How many eyeshadows am I getting? Sometimes two palettes may have very similar prices and both be great quality, but one has 4 eyeshadows and the other has 12! Consider whether your getting your money’s worth and whether there may be another palette with more shades for the same price.

5. Swatch, swatch, swatch: Are the eyeshadows good quality? One of the amazing things about stores now is you can usually swatch all of the eyeshadows in a palette to ensure they will apply well and look just as great on your eyelids as they do in the pan! When your swatching an eyeshadow, rub the eyeshadow with your finger and swipe it onto your arm or hand – this way you can see what it looks like on skin. You may be able to tell by simply wiping your finger onto the shadow that its poor quality, you want to avoid shadows that are crumbly, chunky or have poor pigmentation. You want the eyeshadows to apply smoothly, and be creamy in texture to leave a pigmented swatch of colour.

What does a good and bad quality eyeshadow swatch look like?

Poor quality swatches

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Left to Right: Essence Metal Glam Eyeshadow in ’07 Golden Up’, Models Prefer ‘Naked’ eyeshadow (Shadows palette)

You can see in the first shade, the glitter in the eyeshadow is chunky and crumbly, meaning not only will it not apply smoothly to the lid, but the chunky glitter may fall into your eye and cause irritation. The second shade barely shows up on my skin and has low pigmentation, so unless you want a really sheer and neutral colour – if a swatch barely shows up on your skin, its not going to show up on your lid!

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Left to Right: MAC ‘Honey lust’, Sportsgirl ‘The Metallic Edit’ eyeshadow palette, Too Faced ‘New in Town’ (Sexy Eyes Palette), and Urban Decay ‘Sin’ (Naked palette)

These eyeshadows feel really creamy and have great pigmentation (the colour is thick and not translucent). The gold shadow is a perfect example of an eyeshadow that is glittery, but not chunky. While glittery eyeshadows will always have pieces of glitter in them – good quality shadows will have a creamy base, the glitter will be fine and the pigmentation should be smooth (no gaps or chunks missing when you swatch). These colours are all thick and pigmented, which also means you won’t need to use too much to get an even coat over your lid!

I have many times fallen in love with a palette at first glance, but it’s important to consider all of these things before you make a purchase (especially since eyeshadow palettes usually aren’t cheap!) If the palette you’ve been eyeing up has a variety of great quality eyeshadows, then go for it! Always keep in mind these five tips, to ensure you’re picking the perfect eyeshadow palette for you!

Some of my favourite eyeshadow palettes…

Urban Decay ‘Naked’ palette: a variety of matte & shimmer shades which suit a variety of skin tones (12 shades)

Stila ‘In the Moments’ palette: highly-pigmented shades perfect for green eyes (10 shades)

Too Faced ‘Chocolate Bar’ palette: great quality eyeshadows with a variety of shades, and made with real cocoa powder! (16 shades!)

Let me know what you’re all time favourite eyeshadow palettes are! ♥

Night Time Skin Care Routine ♡

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There is nothing more important when it comes to beautiful skin than taking good care of it, particularly at the end of a long day. No matter how late it is at night, I always recommend properly removing all your makeup and using a skin care routine to cleanse and nourish your skin (even if you don’t wear makeup daily, a skin care routine is still important to remove daily oil and dirt). Finding the right products for you and a skin care routine that works can sometimes be a process of trial and error, however by looking through reviews and recommendations I find you can narrow down the selection and try products which other people with similar skin have loved. I have been loving this night-time skin care for the past couple of months as it has not only cleared up my skin, but also improved redness and left it nourished and glowing.

Skin Care Products 

IMG_0114Makeup Removal: the first thing I do is take the Perfect Potion ‘Rose Petal makeup remover’ and use this to remove my eye-makeup. I pump a pea-sized amount of this onto a damp cotton pad and hold this onto my eye for 20 seconds – this way I’m not rubbing my eyes and stretching the skin. I love this, as not only does it contain lovely ingredients which smell amazing including jojoba and rosehip oils, but it also removes even the toughest water-proof makeup without irritating my eyes.

Exfoliation: I like to exfoliate my skin at least three times a week, and since my skin is quite sensitive I love to use this Sukin ‘Revitalising Facial Scrub’. It’s super gentle with a creamy formula of bamboo extract and ground walnut shells to lightly exfoliate, and aloe vera, chamomile and rose hip oil to replenish and nourish.

Cleansing: To remove the base of my makeup and cleanse my skin I use the L’occitane ‘Angelica cleansing gel’, which creates a lovely lather and does a great job of removing all my makeup. I only need to use two pumps of this for my whole face, and I find this cleanser perfect for my oily to combination skin, as it’s strong enough to remove makeup but still gentle enough to not irritate my skin or leave it feeling dry.

Toning: To remove any leftover makeup and give my skin a final clean, I use a spray of the L’occitane ‘Gentle Toner’ which is an alcohol-free toner with Shea extract and orange blossom waters. I spray this onto a cotton pad and gently wipe my face, avoiding the eye area. It is lovely and gentle, and leaves the skin feeling refreshed and clean.

Moisturising: My favourite part of my skin care routine is moisturising, as I love the way it hydrates my skin leaving it soft and nourished. I use the L’occitane ‘Angelica Hydra Vital cream’, which is a light moisturiser that absorbs very quickly. Since I have oily to combination skin, I prefer to use a lighter moisturiser that isn’t too rich. Even if you have oily skin, moisturising is still extremely important to not only nourish the skin, but to actually help fight shine and the production of too much oil. Applying drying products can lead your skin to actually produce more oil, so a light moisturiser is important to balance oil and prevent shine.

This skincare routine takes roughly 5 minutes, and always leaves my skin always feeling lovely and clean afterwards. While I love trying new skincare products, these are definitely my favourites especially since most of them are made from natural ingredients that don’t irritate my sensitive skin.

Let me know your favourite skin care products below! ♥