Mac Cosmetics Art Library Flame-Boyant eyeshadow palette. Review, Swatches & Tutorial

Hello bee’s, I hope you find yourself well. I’ve had a wonderful week and have been taking the time to enjoy the sunshine this week as things start to open up again and go back to some kind of normality.

In today’s post I wanted to share my thoughts on a palette I picked up as a birthday treat for myself recently from Mac Cosmetics. I managed to pick up a haul as everything on the site was discounted. I had my eye on the Mac Art Library Flame-Boyant eyeshadow palette for a little while and was so glad I picked it up with a discount!

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, opinions are honest and my own.

As I gain knowledge of the beauty community and makeup in general, especially over the years I tend not to buy into products with a gimmick and turn my shopping interests to brands that cater to artistry on magazines and runways or makeup that’s been made by makeup artists themselves. This is because I find the products to be better quality and the colour stories from eyeshadow palettes more cohesive.

To start my review I want to talk about the packaging of this palette. It’s part of the Artistry collection and this is 1 of 3 palettes. I love the creative swatch style art on the front of the plastic palette. The packaging itself doesn’t feel cheap like morphe palettes often do, instead it feels heavier and much more sturdy. This would be a great travelling companion as it has a large mirror that takes up all of the underside of the lid.

Inside you will find twelve eyeshadows that consist of seven mattes and five shimmers. I absolutely love the colour story and will have no problem finding looks that I want to create as they flow so nicely next to each other. The pan size is a decent medium size which makes it super easy to dip a brush or your finger into the shadow without creating mess all around the rest of the palette.

Moving onto how the shadows performed, starting with the mattes. I found picking up nearly every matte in this palette on a brush was easy with a small amount of fallout, I always do my eye look first so this is never a problem for me. I didn’t have any problems blending and didn’t find the formula dry or patchy, these also built up very well when packed onto the lid. I am also very pleased with the pigmentation which is very rich, especially in the darker shades. The only problem I had and you will see by the swatch below was the shade ‘Louvre at First Site‘ this is extremely patchy and unless used very sparingly, looks patchy on the eyelid too.

Next is the lust worthy shimmers which I have no bad words to say about them. The formula is very smooth but not too buttery, I love how fine the texture is and damn that pigmentation packs a punch. I tried them with a dry brush which worked very well to pack the shadow on the lid and also blend out to a smoke very well. I also tried spraying the product on my brush with some Fix+ and it really made the shimmers pop. I’m really pleased with this formula, especially the shade ‘FlameBoyant‘ which is my new favourite.

  • What’s the Pointilism: White gold pearl (Shimmer)
  • Samoa Silk: Warm orange beige (Matte)
  • Amber Lights: Peachy brown with shimmer (Shimmer)
  • La Vida Mocha: Brown with bronze (Shimmer)
  • Dada Issues: Peachy brown (Matte)
  • Rule: Vivid orange (Matte)
  • Daliwood: Burnt brick orange (Matte)
  • Embark: Intense reddish brown (Matte)
  • Fan the Flames: Warm reddish copper (Shimmer)
  • FlameBoyant: Metallic red (Shimmer)
  • Louvre at First Site: Cool red (Matte)
  • Everyone’s Darling: Warm wine burgundy (Matte)

To create this look I applied the shade Samoa Silk all over the lid as my base colour, then I took Daliwood and applied this to the outer V and up into the crease of my eye to create depth. Next I applied shade Dada Issues to the rest of the lid and then topped it with shade Amber Lights. Lastly I lightly lined the eyelids with shade Embark.

This palette costs £39 and can be found here.

What are your thoughts on this palette? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading,

Lime Crime Sun Kissed palette review. The perfect face palette for summer?

Hello Bee’s, I hope you’re all doing well with everything that is going on in the world right now. Everyone deserves a medal when we come out of this year. It’s my birthday this weekend and I never thought I’d have one in quarantine that’s for sure and the weather is set to be raining!

Luckily we have had so much beautiful weather to see us through in general and in today’s post I will be reviewing a product that’s so perfect for your summer makeup collection.

I have really been getting into face palettes this year and have so many on my wish list, The Lime Crime Sunkissed Face Palette contains six mix and match shades in neutral and bright.

Lime Crime never fail to amaze me with their packaging designs, always so bold and beautiful and the yellow and chrome print goes so well with the summer vibes. This palette has a mirror on the inside of the flip top lid which makes it perfect for travelling. The box is super sturdy and I’m rather impressed with the huge pan sizes and you’re definitely getting value for money.

As mentioned above this palette contains six shades and I want to talk through all of them and how they performed for me.

Salty– This medium matte bronzing shade is perfect for my skin tone for added some depth when I’ve got some added colour from the sun. I found this blended into the skin really well and didn’t look too dry or patchy. I often opt for a cream product to add depth to my skin for that reason so was glad to see it didn’t look muddy on my face. This shade will be too dark for me in the winter and is a fully matte formula without glitter.

Golden Hour- This is a yellow gold shimmer meant for use as a highlighter, this shade is so beautiful and has a finely milled formula so blends into the skin very well. Sadly this shade is far too yellow for me as it it leaves a yellow cast on my highlighted areas. This will be great as a eyeshadow though as it’s super pigmented.

Sun Daze- This is a champagne pink shimmer highlight which after swatching, slowly realised that this palette is catered for deeper skin tones. This like the shade above left a dark pink cast on the skin so isn’t suited as a highlight for me. Again the shine and pigmented is incredible when it hits the light.

Sizzle– This bright orange matte blush is my favourite shade out of the six. It’s super pigmented and I don’t own anything like it in my collection. I suggest using sparingly to avoid looking like a clown like i did the first time I used this! When used with a light hand this looked really pretty on the skin. This also doubles up as a gorgeous eyeshadow if you like to wear a monochrome eye and blush look.

Malibu– This pink shimmer blush was another of my favourites in this palette, it has tiny light golden flecks. This looks super pretty on the skin when used on the apples of my cheeks sparingly. I love the finely milled smooth formula which applies very well on the skin.

Bask- The last shade is a brown shimmering bronzer, sadly this was far to dark for use on my skin so I will be using this as an eyeshadow. This is super pigmented and blends out perfectly into the skin.

Overall I really like this palette and think this will be perfect for those with deeper skin tones. Sadly I’ll have to repurpose the shades that were far to dark for me as eyeshadows and they don’t sell a lighter alternative. This palette costs £46 and can be found here.

What do you think of this palette? What’s your favourite face palette? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading,

IT Cosmetics first impressions. A flawless base?

Hello bees, I hope you’re having a good start to the weekend. Although at this point I’m not sure that it matters since all the days are blurring into one during this lockdown.

So I’m sure like me you’ve been doing boredom online shopping while safe at home, during a YouTube sesh which led to a shopping spree I decided to try some base makeup from a brand I’d never tried before. IT Cosmetics admittedly was a brand I’d never heard of before but after watching another blogger use a few of their products I had to try them out for myself.

Disclaimer– this post contains affiliate links but as always opinions are honest and my own.

The first product I picked up was the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream which was the most surprising product of all three, typically when I think of a CC cream I think low coverage so don’t usually opt for them but this is advertised as a ‘colour correcting full coverage cream’ so it peaked my interest. It claims to be hydrating, anti-aging, and contain SPF 50. The CC cream comes in a plastic tube with funky holographic packaging and a push down pump with a lid. I really enjoy the choice of packaging and love that it stands up on my dressing table, this comes in 12 shades and contains 32ml for £31 which is on the pricier side.

I was very surprised on the consistency of this product, I expected it to be a lot thinner but when pumped onto the back of my hand it definitely stayed put. When applying it feels like gel but has such amazing coverage, one pump was enough to cover my entire face and a little goes a long way. I was so pleased with the finish, it truly looks like a healthy dewy natural skin whilst offering coverage. It didn’t cling to my dry patches and didn’t sink into my pores and as for the wear throughout the day I didn’t have to touch up once and it still looked amazing hours later. I picked up the shade ‘fair’ which turned out to to be a perfect match for me. I will definitely be purchasing this again in the future, it’s also lemon scented which is one of my favourite scents!

I also picked up the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer after reading lots of reviews about it being high coverage whilst hydrating, which is a must for me with concealer due to my dark and dry under eye situation. This claims to be water resistant, highly pigmented, long lasting and contain skin loving ingredients to improve appearance of lines and wrinkles. The concealer comes in a small squeeze tube, costs £25 for 12ml and comes in 24 shades. Consistency wise I found this concealer very thick, which worried me as these type of concealers have always creased on me in the past.

I was pleasantly surprised with how little you needed, I only needed a small dot which covered both my under eyes. Surprisingly this did blend into the skin very well considering it’s thickness and worked very well with a damp beauty blender. The coverage is definitely full and I really loved how hydrated and healthy it left my under eye looking. Sadly this did exactly as expected and caused horrendous creasing after just an hour of wear and I did set my under eyes well with powder. Usually I don’t need to keep retouching when I use thinner cream concealers so unfortunately I won’t be buying this concealer again as it really didn’t look good. To get my moneys worth I’m going to be trialing it as a eyelid primer when I do my more dramatic looks.

CC cream in shade ‘fair’, Bye Bye Under Eye concealer in shade ‘light sand’ and Bye Bye pores setting powder in shade ‘translucent’

Lastly I picked up the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Setting Powder in shade translucent. I suffer with large pores in the areas of my face where I’m oily so thought this would be great for me. This comes in both a pressed and loose texture and claims to help erase the appearance of pores and imperfections and is talc free so doesn’t cause the dreaded chalky white flashback. This costs £24 for 6.8g which was rather disappointing for me when I saw how small this jar was for the price.

I picked up the loose version as I’m not a fan of pressed powders, the first thing I want to to say about this is be careful once the film seal has been peeled off as this powder flies everywhere when opening. I’m pleased to report that this a very finely milled powder and a little does go a long way. This feels super light on the skin and does make the skin look silky smooth and gives a satin finish. I was super pleased to see that my pores look significantly smaller and apart from needing to touch up my creased under eyes (because of the concealer) I didn’t need to touch up my face. I will definitely be putting this on my buy again list when this pot runs out.

If you look closely you can see how much creasing I have underneath my under eye even after setting the concealer.

Have you every tried anything from IT cosmetics? What are your favourites? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading,

Melt Cosmetics Gemini palette. Swatches, review & look.

Hello bees, I hope you had a great weekend and enjoyed the sunshine if you had it where you are! I also hope everyone is keeping well during this time. Anxiety and not being able to sleep has set in big time for me so I’m doing everything I can to keep my mind busy, including getting around to using makeup in my collection I haven’t tried yet. Which leads me to today’s post.

I picked up the Melt Cosmetics Gemini palette just before Christmas from Beauty Bay when they had a promotion, I had my eye on it for so long but the price of £49 would always put me off. I’m so glad I picked it up however and wanted to share my thoughts, swatches and a look created with this palette.

First off Melt Cosmetics can do no wrong when it comes to packaging, their designs are always so aesthetically pleasing. The palette packaging itself is slimline, sturdy to hold in the hand and definitely feels expensive. It comes with a matching box and a mirror on the flip top lid which makes it great for taking it on trips.

Look at that colour scheme, I love how nicely the colour story flows and it doesn’t leave me stuck for inspiration which is a must for me when choosing a palette. Inside you will find ten grunge worthy eyeshadows which consist of eight mattes and two metallic textures. I wasn’t too mad at the fact there’s a fair more matte shades than metallics as I usually only pat a metallic into the centre of the lid or in the inner corner to give a eyeshadow look more depth. It’s also important to note that these eyeshadows are cruelty free and all shades except for ‘bonnie’ are vegan.

The first half of the palette contains the more neutral shades, these include:


Luna – This Honey Beige hue is the lightest shade in the palette. Perfect for softening and blending away any harsh edges.

Gemini – A mutable vermilion duo chrome shadow with a brilliant gold shift. Gemini is versatile, can be used as a striking accent shade or even a vivid blush or highlight.

Lorelei – A classic mustard hue, this shade can be used as a transition shade or a bright and easy to wear wash of color all over the lid.

Polkadot – A warm tawny brown ultra matte , this shadow can be used in the crease as a transition shade or to add depth to natural makeup look.

Cupcake – A true brown Ultra Matte eye shadow. This shade is the deepest brown in the palette and can be used to create a chocolatey smoke or for added depth.

The next half is my favourite, I’m a sucker for a green colour story and this is what drew me into the palette. These include:

Bonnie – A true jet black, Use this shadow to add dramatic, blown out smoke to the under eye and outer corner or for added intensity and depth.

Leo – An army green ultra matte eye shadow. This is the deepest green in this palette, pack it on the lid for a bold deep green smoke, blend it in to the crease or use it in the inner and outer corners of the eye to add dimension for a halo eye effect.

Goalz – A Golden Lime metallic shade with dimensional glitter flecks, this catches the light effortless and can be used as a lid topper or all over colour.

Fire OG -The perfect olive-green eyeshadow in their signature ultra matte formula.

Mochi – This olive mustard is the perfect blending color for a vibrant olive-green eye look.

Now onto the formula and performance, and it’s definitely a mixed bag. When it comes to the mattes, they definitely meet the definition, some are smooth and easy to blend out such as bonnie, cupcake, fire og and lorelei. However shades leo, mochi and polka dot were very dry and applied a little patchy on the lid and as you can see by the swatches above, did give some kick back. I’ve tried this palette with a few different brushes and I do find that using a really soft and fluffy brush does help the application but having to improvise isn’t something you should have to do considering the cost.

Lastly we have the two metallic shades gemini and goalz, now I don’t know if I’m missing a trick with these but I find them so hard to pick up on a brush, I’ve tried with various different brushes and even tried to spray the eyeshadow on the brush with setting spray to make the shadow more pigmented but still nothing transfers onto my lid. I have found the only way to use this is to use my finger to press these into the eyelid which is ideal if you wish to use these as a shadow topper but not so much if you want to use it as a liner or all over lid colour. They are just too dry and chunky in the pan, I would be so appreciative if you could let me know any tips on using these as they are such pretty colours!

Using shades ‘cupcake, leo, fire og, goalz, mochi & bonnie’

What do you think of this palette? And what’s your favourite Melt product? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading,

Top 4 cream blushes for spring/summer

Hello bees, I hope you’re having a fab week. The weather is stunning for me so it’s been fun going for our daily walk. In today’s post I’m going to be talking you babes through my top four cream blushes.

One of the top 2020 spring/summer beauty products is blush with a cream formula and falls in line with the dewy/glass skin trend. A cream blush looks more like the texture of skin, blends easier and clings to less texture than a powder. I prefer cream products as they are great for dryer skin types as they provide hydration to the skin.

The first product Too Faced Peach My Cheeks blush is technically a cheat product as it’s a hybrid of both cream and powder. This starts off as a cream but then dries down to a powder finish. I love the shade ‘so peachy’ it’s a gorgeous hot pink and pairs so well when my skin has caught some sun. Don’t be scared of the bright colour however as this can be applied sheer or built up dependent on your makeup style. One of the best things about this is the scrummy smell of peach. This also looks super pretty on the skin and has a slight gold metallic shift when it hits the light. I apply this using a damp beauty blender and bounce it onto the skin, this really pushes the product in. This costs £25 for 12.5g

Next up is the Glossier Cloud Paint which if you read my last post, will know are two products new to my collection. These are my current favourite cream blushes, I literally adore the formula and how well it melts into the skin and literally makes you look a little flushed. I apply by squeezing a small dot onto my hand and lightly patting it with my fingers onto the apple of my cheeks. This can also be set with a powder and doesn’t ball up or go textured, this is a great tip for those of you with oily skin. My current favourite shades are ‘puff’ which is a light pink and ‘beam’ which is a coral. These cost £15 each for 10ml.

Lastly we have the Colourpop Blush Stix, the easiest to use out of the four. Simply twist up the push stick and dot lightly onto the face. This is extremely pigmented so care is needed not to over apply, I then blend it out using a damp beauty sponge or my fingers. This has a slightly more hydrating formula than the others so I use this blush when I’m doing a full dewy look and it makes the face look so healthy and flushed. I use the shade ‘mic drop’ which costs $8/£6.49 for 8g.

From left to right- Too Faced Peach my cheeks shade ‘so peachy’, Glossier Cloud Paint shades ‘beam & puff’ & Colourpop Blush Stix shade ‘mic drop’.

Have you tried any cream blushes? What are your favourites? Let me know in the comments below!

Glossier Haul & First Impressions

Hello Bees, I hope you’re keeping well and had good Easter holiday filled with lots of treats. At the point of writing this post I am sick of the taste of chocolate due to eating one too many eggs! So on to today post, just before the official lock down I decided to place my first order on the Glossier website. I hadn’t tried any of their products before and heard so many great things and wanted to review what I picked up for you babes.

I had heard a lot of great things about this brand before purchasing, mainly how well products perform for those looking for a natural, your skin but better look. I have recently opted for a minimal approach for my everyday makeup as I have finally got my skin to a consistently clear place. So if you like a full face of extremely pigmented makeup than this brand won’t be your cup of tea! Glossier also sells skincare and is a cruelty free brand.

The first item I picked up was the Priming Moisturiser as it was advertised to be light weight, even out skin texture and minimise pores. This comes in a 50ml squeezy tube and costs £18. The consistency of this is a thin cream that I found blended into to the skin in seconds, did fill in some of my fine lines and significantly shrunk my pores which I’m pleased about. This barely has a scent and didn’t leave a tacky feeling just a smooth looking and feeling base. Wear wise I noticed this primer only worked well with my liquid foundations that had a dewy finish. My base makeup looked great upon application but a few hours later started to cake up and crack around the nose when using two of my foundations with a satin finish (Nars Luminous & Urban Decay Stay Naked). However this didn’t happen when using a dewy formula (Essence Fresh & Fit). I have definitely tried better primers that work better for me and with all my foundations so after using this tube up I sadly won’t be repurchasing. I think this will be great for those who don’t wear any foundation and just a moisturiser or a BB/CC cream.

Glossier do have a foundation but I decided against buying it as after watching countless YouTube videos decided it wasn’t worth the money as it had barely any coverage so for this review I used one pump of the Essence Fresh & Fit foundation to keep it natural. I did however pick up the Glossier Stretch Concealer as it claims to have mineral pigments that give a brightening effect and a dewy, glowy finish which is something I need as I get dry under eyes. This concealer comes in Twelve shades and I picked up the shade ‘G10’. I love the consistency of this concealer, it’s light weight and can be worn lightly or built up if like me you have dark circles. This melts into the skin effortlessly and looks so pretty on my dry under eyes and covers a multitude of imperfections. I would recommend setting this concealer well though as I did notice that it creased on me, but it wasn’t a problem as even after setting it didn’t make me look dry. This costs £15 for 4.8g but a little goes go a long way and I’ll definitely be buying again.

Next up is the Haloscope Dew Effect Highlighter which sold me straight away when I learnt that it was a combination of cream pigments and a oil base that not only gives a glow but conditions your skin at the same time. I’m not really into glittery or chunky looking highlighters, I prefer a wet look/glossy look. This comes in three shades, I picked up the shade ‘quartz’ which is a pearlescent pink. I love how easy this is to apply to the skin, even on top of foundation. I rub my finger over the top and pat onto the high points of my face, where the light would naturally hit. This gives the most gorgeous dew to the skin, doesn’t make the makeup slide underneath and although it contains oil did last on my skin all day. This would be perfect to wear on its own too on a no makeup day. This costs £18 for 5.5g and I will 100% be buying this for the rest of my life.

You’ve probably seen the Glossier Cloud Paint in countless Instagram worthy flat lays which is how I discovered them. They are gel-cream blushes that claim to be light weight and blend seamless into the skin for a natural, flushed from within glow. There’s six shades of cloud paint and I picked up the shade ‘Dawn’ which is a brownish nude that I intended using as a light contour shade and the shade ‘Puff’ which is a light, cool pink. Go careful with the squeezey tube when using as I used far too much as you only need the tiniest amount of product as this is pigmented! I find this super easy to apply, using my finger tips to pat the product on and lightly going over it with a damp beauty blender. I love how skin like the finish is and gives the perfect amount of rosy colour to the cheeks. The shade ‘Dawn’ I picked up for contouring was perfect for my pale skin and gave me just enough colour to warm up much skin. This costs £15 for 10ml and I love it so much that I’ve since picked up two more shades!

I was also intrigued when I saw the Glossier Balm Dotcom universal salve. This is a lip balm and I just had to pick up the Cherry one, it’s my favourite flavour and I loved the look of the cheeky red tint the models on the site had. I always like to have something on my lips on days I don’t wear full on lipstick and I’ve fallen in love with this formula. It has a medium thickness but is very smooth and super easy to apply, this makes short work of any dryness on the lips and the subtle tint is so gorgeous. I’ve since picked up the birthday cake one and I have to say it smells so bloody good. These cost £10 for 15ml but a little goes a long way.

I also picked up the Glossier Wowder Weightless Finishing Powder to set my under eyes as I was running out of my previous setting powder. On days I want dewy skin I’ll just see my under eye and this is how I have been using this. It’s very finely milled which is what I like in a powder, it definitely mattifies the skin but doesn’t look cakey in fine lines or leave that dreadful looking chalky film on the skin. I love the packaging, it makes it simple to get powder onto the brush without powder flying everywhere! I didn’t have to retouch at all though out the day either. This costs £18 for 7.2g.

I’m currently making the move over to being cruelty free so whilst I’m using up my products that aren’t (I hate waste) I’m trialling their cruelty free replacements so picked up the Lash Slick Mascara to replace my Nars Climax mascara. I’m so glad I did as I ended up loving it more, the brush makes it easy to get into every lash without creating mess. The formula isn’t thick and clumpy or thin and watery , it’s the perfect mix to lengthen the lashes without causing clumping or the dreadful printing on the lid. It’s gives a natural looking lash which is perfect for me as I’ve never been one to wear false lashes. I will definitely be picking this up again in the future, this is priced at £14 for 8.5g.

Saving the best for last, one of Glossier’s best sellers and most talked about product in the beauty community is the Boy Brow Grooming Pomade. This is a brush-able creamy wax that claims to thicken the brows whilst grooming them and setting them into place. I’ve literally fallen in love with this brow product. The brush is perfect for my medium sized brows, it’s easy to get into the ends of my brow and brush upwards. I love how much fuller my brows look and thanks to the subtle tint this gives I haven’t had to use any brow powder to fill in my brow. This also sets my brows in place for the whole day and is perfect for the fluffy brow look which I love. Although the size of the container is smaller than expected (3.12g) I will definitely be picking this up again. This costs £14 and I picked up the shade ‘Brown’ and there’s four shades to choose from, one of them being a clear one.

This is the finished look, overall I love how flawless my skin looks whilst still looking natural and that dew, glossy lip and fluffy brow is my cup of tea for a simple effortless every day look. What do you think?

Have you tried any products from Glossier? If so what are your favourites? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading,

Let’s talk SPF ft the new product launch from Dermalogica

Hello Bees, I hope you’re all keeping safe and well during these stressful times of Covid19 and the self isolation. In today’s post we will be talking all things SPF and reviewing the newest product that Dermalogica kindly sent my way.

Disclaimer– This post contains items that were sent to me for free to test. As always my opinions are honest and my own.

Before I started really getting into skincare and actually researching what the effects of the ingredients in the products I was buying were, I just assumed that SPF was only for use in the summer months when the sun was present but that couldn’t be far from the truth. As the damage is done from UV rays from the sun which is present all year round.

What is SPF?

SPF stands for sun protection factor and its use is to prolong or prevent the time it takes to get burnt from the sun. This often comes in cream form or in a lighter liquid spray bottle and is used by applying and rubbing into the skin.

Why is it important to use an SPF?

If you go outside without using an SPF a process called photo aging starts, the skin reacts to sun exposure by making melanin which is how we get that gorgeous looking tan in the summer. Too much exposure causes stress to the skin which breaks down collagen which is a protein that keeps the skin strong. Loosing its strength will cause the skin to wrinkle and therefore make you look older quicker than the normal ageing process. It can also cause brown spots to appear and after chronic sun exposure cause DNA damage to the skin cells which can eventually lead to skin cancer. Those with darker skin are more naturally protected, whereas those with lighter skin are less shielded.

When should I be applying it to my Face?

SPF should be applied to the face daily when venturing out. I wouldn’t worry about applying any if you’re not going to get into direct contact with the sun. I like to apply it before I apply my foundation and currently use the Dermalogica Prisma Protect which is a moisturiser with SPF included. It is important to wear it under makeup as makeup doesn’t act as a barrier for light damage, and yes that includes a more full coverage base!

Now onto the new Invisible Physical Defence cream that Dermalogica kindly sent me to try. I already love quite a few of their products and the 2 in 1 product I mentioned above is my favourite. This claims to be suitable for all skin types, weightless and blends easily into the skin leaving it invisible rather than a chalky white cast that some sun creams/SPFs give. The main ingredients include:

Ultra- Sheer Zinc Oxide that provides invisible protection against UVA/UVB rays and blue light.

Bioactive Mushroom Complex that helps soothe the skin and reduce UV induced redness and dryness.

Antioxidant Green Tea that helps fight free- radical skin damage.


I really like the simple packaging and the addition of the colour yellow on the front, it really adds to the fresh sun vibes and matches the product inside. This comes in a squeezey tube with a flip cap lid and contains of 50ml of product inside. This is gluten and paraben free, contains no artificial fragrances and colours and is vegan and cruelty free! This comes with a lofty price tag of £49 which is definitely aimed for those with a larger budget but is an average price for Dermalogica skincare.

After squeezing out a small amount of product from the tube I noticed this had a medicinal smell with a hint of lavender. If you have tried or owned the Dermalogica Sleep Cocoon then it’s a great comparison scent wise, once blended however the scent does fade to almost nothing. Now onto the consistency, this cream comes out quick thick but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it feels very thin when applying into the skin. A little goes a long way with this product so not much is needed. This melts into the skin and I’m pleased to say that their claims of no chalky white residue are correct. It’s also worth noting that it dries quickly and leaves a matte finish which made my skin look nice and smoothed out in the process! I also found that it didn’t change the way my foundation, concealer or powder looked when applied underneath and didn’t change the wear or longevity either which is a huge plus.

Although it’s definitely on the pricey side I definitely give my approval of this SPF. I love Dermalogica in general but I’m just so pleased how fast it dries, making it super easy to apply and get on with your day without having to waste time to sit and air out. It’s also a huge deal for me that it doesn’t leave a white cast to the skin as most cheaper alternatives leave. Now we just need this annoying but necessary lock down to lift so we can all go and get our much needed summer! Do you use a SPF? If so which one? Let me know in the comments below.

Thank you for reading.

My ‘Less is more’ Skincare Regime.

Hello bee’s, welcome to my first blog post. I’m so excited to kick start my new website and get writing again. I used to run a blog some time ago but life got in the way as it often does and I ended up taking a break! Before we get into what this blog post is actually about please check out my About Me page if you want to know more about the author so I don’t have to ramble on about me here!.

Disclaimer: A few products featured in this post were sent to me for free as PR, that being said all reviews and opinions are honest and my own. All gifted products will be marked with a *

For my first post I wanted to talk about skincare, with the beauty industry being valued at $532 billion its no surprise that beauty influencers, brands and businesses are convincing you to buy many different products with a view point that the more products you have in your routine the better your skin will become. I recently read in Glamour magazine that a new ‘stripped back’ approach is the skincare trend for 2020.

Moving on to my personal experience with skincare, I have combinatiom skin which means parts of my skin get oily and others suffer with dry patches. I suffered with acne as a teen which has cleared for me with lots of trial and error of products and mostly getting older. I still do get breakouts and sometimes bad ones if im stressed, eat poorly, get lazy with my skincare routine or if its the time of the month. I would often be prompted by top beauty gurus on youtube that had modelesque skin that i had to have a ten step skincare routine to get clearer skin. It wasnt until I went through a mental health slump where I stopped using every most of my products that I noticed how much clearer my skin had become. So i started the fun process of elimination and no longer have lots of serums, creams, acids and have found the perfect skincare routine which I thought id share the products i use and the benefits they have for me!

Morning

I start my morning routine off by washing my face, I recently discovered the brand DHC when searching for a cheaper alternative to my beloved favourite Daily Microfoliant from Dermalogica, I ended up finding something much better for a fraction of the price. The DHC Face Wash Powder comes out like a finely milled (you guessed it) powder that you apply to a damp face to create a foamy mixture. This is so gentle on my skin and provides a deep clean. I love to use this day and night with the *Stella & Grace 3 in 1 exfoliating spin brush for deep pore cleaning. This makes my skin feel so fresh and smooth and I’m obsessed with it.

Once my face is clean I go in with the Pixi Glow Tonic, this is a liquid exfoliant that contains Glycolic acid which I find is a wonder ingredient for my skin. This shrinks my pores and gives my skin a gorgeous fresh glow and I find that I break out more when I stop using this. It super gentle considering its an acid and has even faded some of my old acne scarring over time. Don’t forget to buy reusable pads that you just pop in the wash to help the environment I picked up mine here.

Next I add moisture back into my skin and this is the only part of my skincare routine where I have separate products for day and night. For the day I use the Dermalogica Prisma Protect as this has SPF30 included. This is my favourite moisturiser to wear under my makeup and leaves a healthy dewy glow to the skin that peaks through my foundation. It is light on the skin and also has the added bonus of protecting the skin from pollution and light damage.

Lastly I like to use a brightening serum under my eyes as I have hereditary dark circles. This * Dermalogica Biolumin- C eye serum contains Vitamin C in which my skin only tolerates under my eyes and actually breaks me out if I use it on other parts of my skin. This doesn’t tighten the eye area for me as I don’t suffer with puffy eyes but does brighten it right up which is exactly what I’m looking for in an under eye product.

Evening

After a long day of wearing makeup I like to use the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil to melt off the makeup as the first step of a double cleanse. I apply the oil directly to my full face of makeup, then wet my facial puff with warm water and remove the day off my skin. The facial puff is also reusable and is a much environmental friendlier option then makeup wipes. these can be found here.

For my second cleanse I use the DHC Face Powder Wash with my Stella & Grace spin brush the same as I do in the morning. This ensures every trace of makeup is off of my skin.

I then follow the same steps with the Pixi Glow Tonic and Dermalogica Biolumic-C Eye Serum as the morning routine before moving onto my night moisturiser. I’ve been obsessed with the Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance for two years now and it does exactly as the name suggests. This really locks in moisture as you sleep and my skin looks so plump and nourished in the morning. It doesn’t leave any greasy residue and provides just the right amount of hydration to my dry areas.

So there you have it, my six day to night products that have made more of a differnce to my skin than when i had a 11 step skincare regime and has saved me a lot of money. What is your skincare routine and will you be trying out the Less is more approach in 2020?

Thanks for reading!