New In Beauty August 2020. Haul & First Impressions

Hello bees, I hope you are having a great week so far. I don’t know about you but I’m so glad for the cooler weather. That humid air was stifling and gross last week! I recently picked up a few new beauty bits from boots to try and want to share some first impressions with you!

Disclaimer- this post contains affiliate links but opinions are honest and my own.

The first item, which was actually the last item that I picked up, one of those strategically placed items right next to the till. I’m a Fenty Beauty virgin but have heard great things about the Fenty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch primer and it’s pore diffusing effects. I’ve used this twice so far and I’m really loving how my skin looks under my matte foundations. It does make my pores look a lot smaller and does improve how long my foundation lasts before my chin and forehead gets oily. I picked up the travel size which is 15ml to try the product before splashing out on the full size. I will be trying this with all my foundations and will be doing a full review of this in a separate blog post!

Next up the Estée Lauder Doublewear foundation which is a old gem and not a new try for me as I used to use this years ago. I loved it then and still love it now, plus there was a amazing offer on at the time, a freebie with lots of Travel sizes in the cutest makeup bag! This is definitely worth a try if you have oily skin, like a matte finish and full coverage. It controls my oily patches and doesn’t make the skin look flat. It lasts on me for around 8 hours before it starts to go around the nose area but I never need to touch up with setting powder which is always a plus! It comes in a amazing 60 shades. The only downside is that it’s hard to not use too much product due to their being no pump.

The next two products I wanted to talk about is two of the freebies i received from the Estée Lauder offer. The Estée Lauder Stay In Place eye pencil mini is pretty impressive as kohl pencils go, I look for a jet black pigment when choosing one and this definitely provides that. I also like to get experimental with pencils and I’m pleased to be able blend this out into a smoky eye look easily. The full size has a smudging nib on the opposite end of the pencil which makes it amazing for travelling! The only downside to this pencil is that I find it very hard to sharpen as it has a plastic outer shell. The last product is the the Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme mascara mini in shade ‘Extreme Black’. I’ve never tried any of the mascaras from this brand so had no idea what to expect. I like how the brush on the mini is the same as the full size, the brush itself is long enough to coat lots of lashes in one go but also has a narrow tip to get into the corners. I recommend only doing one coat as I found doing another did make the lashes look a little like spiders legs. Once I stuck to one minimal coat my lashes did have lots more volume and length which I’m super impressed with. I will be picking up the full size in the waterproof formula after using this mini up!

Another sneaky waiting in the que find was the Too Faced Soleil Bronzer mini in shade ‘chocolate’. I was after a new bronzer and I really struggle finding one that’s dark enough to show up but that’s not too warm and dark to make me look muddy. This is the perfect shade for my skin and is very subtle just how I like it! I find this easy to apply with an angled brush into the hollows of my cheeks and jawline and it blends into the skin perfectly! I will definitely be picking this up in the full size once I’ve finished the mini.

The last item in today’s haul is the Maybelline Color Sensational Blushed Nudes lipstick. I’m always after the perfect nude and I’m so picky when it comes to finding one. It was super hard trying to shop for a lipstick with not being able to swatch anything due to Covid. I picked up the shade ‘nude embrace’ on a whim and I’m pleased with the colour. It is a little warmer than I wanted but it will make a lovely natural every day shade. I’m already a big fan of the Maybelline stick lipsticks and this wasn’t a disappointment, it applies evenly and feels great on the lips for a matte lipstick.

Have you tried any of the products from my recent haul? Let’s me know in the comments below!

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Olaplex Haircare System. Is It Worth The Hype?

Hello bees, I hope everyone is well. How is it the start of August already? In today’s post I want to talk about the well known hair care brand Olaplex as I’ve been testing a few of their products for the past two weeks, before we get into the good stuff let’s talk about my hair type and condition.

Let’s go back to July last year, my hair was nearly at the bottom of my back and was in great condition. I had been colouring it black for a few months but had started to get bored with it (typical Gemini) so decided to strip my hair to a dark brown using a colour corrector. I then bleached a large portion of my hair to a dip dye, this was the worst decision I could have made. I ended up damaging my hair and it was breaking off so I made the decision to cut all my beautiful hair off to shoulder length. Since then I’ve been growing out my hair as I want my natural colour and I trim it every month to get rid of any dead ends. I still have some left over blonde in my hair that does tend to look dry and frizzy when I don’t use product.

I have heard lots of great things about Olaplex from my hairdresser friends and other bloggers who rave about its restoration properties for damaged hair. In salons they use No. 1 & 2 when lifting colour from the hair to ensure it doesn’t get damaged, this is only available to salons and those who trade as hairdressers. However there is a bunch of at home maintenance products for us do it yourself/every day folk with the same ingredients. I picked up their No. 3, 4 & 5 system and No. 7 to see if my hair improved.

The first product I picked up is the Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector. This is a pre shampoo treatment that claims to strengthen and repair the hair by building the bonds that have been damaged by chemical or heat activity. I picked up the 100ml bottle as it was my first time trying but they do sell a larger 250ml bottle. The product itself has a thin conditioner like consistency, with a lovely sweet perfume scent. I find this easy to spread onto my hair and a little does stretch a long way. I apply this onto damp towel dried hair, to the scalp and through to the ends making sure everything is fully covered and let sit for a minimum of ten minutes. I like to wear this for longer for maximum effect. After rinsing off I noticed how much smoother my hair feels and after following the next steps have noticed that my hair looks healthier and has stop shedding so much. I will definitely be repurchasing this in the bigger size which will last me ages as you only need to do this once per week or twice for really damaged hair! The 100ml costs £26 and the supersize 250ml costs £52 and can be found here .

The next step after rinsing is shampooing the hair and I picked up the Olaplex No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo. This claims to nourish the hair while using patented technology to re link broken bonds for those with damaged or brittle hair. Whilst cleaning the hair without stripping its moisture and providing a salon quality glossy finish. This shampoo has a surprisinly thick consistency for a shampoo but does lather extremely well and as I learnt the hard way the first time I used, a little goes a long way! It has a pleasant sharp grapefruit scent and I love how squeaky clean this leaves my scalp. I will definitely be repurchasing this at a later date, its the best shampoo I’ve used so far. This costs £26 for 250ml and can be found here.

After cleansing the hair I always like to go in with a conditioner, some people skip this step depending on their hair type but I always get fly away’s if I don’t use it. I picked up the Olaplex No. 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner which claims to make the hair more manageable whilst providing the hair with daily hydration and repair damage from colouring and styling. This has a very thick mask like consistency, and I find that you only need a small amount to cover a large amount of hair. This has the same grape fruit scent as the shampoo and leaves my hair feeling so silky. I can run my fingers through my hair without any tangles and this doesn’t weigh my hair down with that heavy greasy feeling. This costs £26 for 250ml and can be found here.

To finish off my hair I picked up the Olaplex No. 7 Bonding Oil. There is another step which is a Bonding Cream but I didn’t want to put too much product in my hair so didn’t pick that up. I get on really well with oil products to finish the hair and this was no exception. This claims to provide highly concentrated nourishment to the hair whilst adding a glossy shine to your tresses. It has a very light consistency but is so hard to get out of the bottle which is a downside! A little goes a long way with this oil and I love how light this feels whilst on the hair and I’ve definitely noticed a huge difference in how smooth and shiny my hair looks when using this. I apply this to the ends of my damp hair before drying for some protection against heat and then use a tiny amount to finish the ends of my hair. This costs £26 for 30ml which does seem expensive but a little bit really does stretch a long way with this.

Overall I’m so pleased that I took the plunge and started trying the Olaplex hair care system. I have noticed how much stronger, manageable, soft and shiny it is than before. I have a lot less breakage and it just looks so much better than it did. I will definitely be picking all four of these products again when I’m finished this lot!

Have you ever tried Olaplex? What are your favourite products to use for damaged hair? Let me know in the comments below!

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The Importance of double cleansing in your skincare routine ft Dermalogica’s Double Cleanse Duo

Hello bee’s, I hope you find yourself well. I’m sorry it’s been a little while since my last blog post. I’ve found myself so low on energy lately and have had to save it for other tasks. I’m back today with a skincare post, something that’s very important to me is taking care of my skin. I had acne as a teenager and made it my personal mission to get clear skin so love to share products that work for me!

Like pretty much the rest of the population when we were younger, our skincare consisted of a makeup wipe or ten, to get rid of my maybelline Dream matte mouse (if you know, you know). Fast forward a few years and the very thought of using a makeup wipe makes my skin itch. If that’s you then you are my target audience. Do you find that no matter how many wipes you use, there is still lingering makeup on your face? That’s because makeup wipes are not enough to break up left over makeup, so minute amounts of foundation, concealer and powder are still left on your face to clog up your pores overnight. Plus they dry out your skin and are needless waste for the environment.

Now to the important bit, the double cleansing. This is as simple as the name suggests. You cleanse your skin twice before doing the rest of your skincare. Starting with the first cleanse, this breaks down any makeup, removes dirt and excess oils from your skin. My all time favourite to remove my makeup with is the Dermalogica Precleanse which is on the pricey side coming in at £39 but it’s the best I’ve used so far. This has a thin oil consistency and literally melts all traces of makeup off the skin, whilst making it super soft without blocking my pores. I like to use by applying the oil onto my full face of makeup and massaging in, then I take a damp washable makeup cloth to remove.

Time for the second cleanse, this will address any skin issues you have, such as dry, oily, spot prone, mature skin dependant on the cleanser that you choose to use. This is the step that will actually penetrate the product into your makeup free skin. I’ve recently been testing out the Dermalogica Active Clearing Skinwash as it’s came in a set when I restocked my Precleanse. This has a gel texture and a medicinal scent which can be expected for a cleanser that has claims to heal and clear blemishes. I use this by applying a pea sized amount onto a wet face and massaging in, this lathers well and a little goes a long way. I then take a electric face brush and really get deep into my skin, before washing off. I’ve been loving how clean my skin looks and feels after I’ve used this and have definitely noticed that my pores are looking smaller and a few spots from some stress I’ve been under are drying up quite quickly!

It’s important to remember that you’re putting your skin through a deeper clean when doing a double cleanse, expect some purging to happen if you haven’t done it before. You’re inviting all the nasties to come to the surface of your skin. Your skin will get worse before it gets better! It’s also important to use a Moisturizer that suits your skin type to put back some hydration into the skin that cleansing might have stripped. If you’re interested in buying these products in a set I’ll put the link here . I’ve used a discounted site which is where I get all my Dermalogica goodies!

Do you double cleanse? If so what are your favourite products to do that with? Let me know in the comments below!

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DIY Charcoal & Honey face mask. A must for oily skin.

Hello bee’s, I hope you find yourself well. I have had a quite a fun start to the week week, stuck in doors experimenting with new projects since the weather has been dreary. I’ve also started eating vegan which I’m really happy about and after a week have noticed the difference already!

Today’s post is a super exciting DIY that I wanted to share with you. Skincare is a massive deal to me and over the years I’ve learnt what ingredients work well with my skin and once I know what role those key ingredients play in my skincare routine then can go and make a cheaper more natural alternatives. I wanted to create a clay mask to target my oily areas of my combination skin and have found the perfect concoction using just 4 affordable ingredients. Let’s take a look at the benefits of each ingredient before we get into how to make it!

Activated Charcoal

We all have probably used or at least heard of activated charcoal to whiten and clean teeth but this is also superb in skincare. It is a great natural cleanser that unclogs pores, removes deeper impurities and any dead skin cells by attracting dirt, toxins, heavy metals and chemicals out of the skin. Charcoal is especially good for those with acne prone skin or general breakouts as this draws out any nasties and helps reduce excess oil.

Fullers Earth

Fullers earth has similar effects to the skin as charcoal, as it is known for its ability to absorb oil and unclog pores. This also improves the skin tone and complexion and makes the skin look and feel soft and smooth. The most beneficial effects of fullers earth is its antiseptic and astringent properties that regulates your skins PH level so not only cleanses the skin but nourishes it too!

Raw Honey

Raw honey is a great natural ingredient to use as it helps balance the oils in skin which makes it a great product for those with acne as it speeds up the cell healing process. Honey heals scars and evens out skin tone whilst being a natural moisturiser. Raw, unpasteurized honey is most beneficial for the skin for all the benefits mentioned above and if you have the money to spend I recommend treating yourself to some Manuka Honey.

What you will need:

  • Activated Charcoal powder
  • Fullers Earth Clay
  • Raw Honey
  • Water
  • Glass Jar to store powders
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Face Brush
  • Measuring spoons (optional)

How to make

To start I mix the dry ingredients together, taking the activated charcoal powder and the fullers earth and working on a one part charcoal to three part fullers earth clay ratio. You can mix this up every time you want to use a face mask but I find it easier to make a large batch of the dry mix in a glass jar and take a little out each time and then add the fresh liquid ingredients when I’m about to apply the mask. To make the mask ready to wear I use my 2.5ml measuring spoon and add the dry mix from above to a little bowl. I picked up this cute little mask tool set here with everything you need to mix and apply a face mask. Next I use that same spoon to add 2.5ml of honey and a slightly larger 5ml spoon to add the water. Then I mix well and apply generously to the skin. I’ve found this ratio makes just the right amount to cover your whole face well with a small amount left over.

This mask will start to dry and harden but doesn’t feel too tight or hurt the face and is easy to wash off with some warm water. Working with charcoal does get a little messy though so I recommend putting some tissue down whilst mixing and to use dark cloths if that’s what you prefer to use to remove products. All the ingredients I used for this DIY are super cheap and I have so much left for future masks. I am so pleased with how much this cleans my skin and shrinks my pores and I only need to use it once a week!

Have you ever used charcoal in skincare? Do you like to make your own masks? Let me know in the comments below!

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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!

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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!

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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,

Spring 2020 Makeup Trend: Pastel Eyeshadow

Hello bees, I hope you all find yourself well and productive on the start of the UK’s third week in isolation. I’ve been smashing my home workouts, love doing PE with Joe on YouTube with my son and getting really creative with my makeup account on IG.

Whilst looking in magazines and makeup artists social media feeds, I noticed one of the biggest trends for spring is pastel eye makeup, I know what you’re thinking pastels for spring? That’s obvious. I know but I don’t make up the trends *sarcastic laugh*. On this blog I want to recreate current trends and had to try this one! Pastels come in a range of different colours, from blue, green, yellow, peach, lavender, mint and pink.

One key theme I’ve noticed on beauty and fashion models is that a fresh, dewy barely there base is used when paired with a pastel eye. I love how pretty and playful this look is and look so ethereal on the really pale skin tones. This look doesn’t have to be neat, there is no limit on what shape or the placement on the eye and you can either apply it sparingly for a more natural look or pack it on the lids for more of a kick.

Starting with the skin, I wanted my skin to look healthy & dewy so prepped it first using the Dermalogica Prisma Protect. This does a great job at putting the hydration back into my skin and gives a gorgeous glow that peaks underneath foundation. To prime the skin I used a tiny amount of the Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter on my drier parts of my face where texture tends to show. This really smoothes them out.

Next onto the base, I used one pump of the Nars Luminous Weightless foundation in the shade ‘Gobi’. This gave me a gorgeous skin like finish and I love this foundation as a little goes a long way. To conceal under my eyes I opted for the Revolution Conceal & Define concealer in shade ‘C4’.

Cream products provide a more skin like finish so I added a small amount of the Colour Pop Blush Stix in shade ‘under pressure’ I like to use this by applying onto my finger and gently patting this into my skin. To contour and add some depth back into the skin I used my favourite Benefit Hoola Quickie Stick, this is the perfect natural contour shade for me as I really hate the overdone type of contour!

To highlight the skin I worked a little of the Glossier Haloscope into my fingertip and patted to my cheek bone and brow bone. This is the second time using this product and I’m loving the smooth wet look glow this gives. This is in the shade ‘Opal’ and I will have a first impressions of glossier coming soon!

Moving onto the star of the show, the pastel eyes. This was super easy to do and I used the shade ‘Art’ from the Morphe 25L eyeshadow palette. This is the perfect shade of mint, I applied it to the inner corner and stopped midway for the perfect pop of concentrated colour and took a clean fluffy brush to blend out the centre. As I wanted the eyeshadow to do most of the talking I decided against using a brown or black mascara and applied a few coats of the Essence Clear Lash & Brow mascara just to give the lashes some lift. I also applied this to my brows to give them some much needed volume.

Lastly I wanted to keep the lips with the natural theme so sheered out my favourite lipstick. I used the Illamasqua Glamore lipstick shade ‘Starkers’ with a small dot of the Glossier Mango Balmdotcom balm.

What do you think of this look? What pastel shade are you loving this spring?

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.