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,

Ways to stay productive & positive during the current isolation period

Hello bee’s, so the time is apon us. It was bound to happen eventually and we have now been ordered in the UK by the government to isolate and stay home. It’s a very stressful and anxious time for everyone but I really believe that even in the toughest times it is what you make it. I truly feel that the universe has given us the much needed opportunity to relax, reflect and reset, you can come out of this experience improved and a time for rest and reflection is good for the soul and body. That being said it’s also equally important for your mental health to still be productive, set and reach goals. So I’ve put together a list of things to keep you from the depths of boredom.

Create a morning routine and stick to it

It’s common knowledge that what you do when you wake up sets the whole mood for the rest of the day and its important to start the day positively. Start with making the bed, eating a healthy breakfast (I recommend having a peppermint tea its so calming and great for digestion) getting changed out of your Pj’s and doing your morning skincare routine. This will help set the mood for a productive day and also help keep some kind of normality when going back to work and school in the future.

Write a plan for the day

I always find it easier to be productive when I have a list of everything I want to achieve goal wise in a day. The key to doing this without feeling guilty if you don’t manage to complete everything on it is to start small. This could be hoovering, changing the sheets, replying to emails or simply a dedicated slot to relax and have some me time. This will keep you focussed, have a sense of achievement and keep you from feeling hopeless and eventually getting lazy.

Declutter and tidy your living/ work space

Have you ever heard of the saying tidy space, tidy mind and its so true. Keeping your space tidy, organised and clean can help you find what you need easier, feel more relaxed, reduces stress and also is less distracting. It is also the perfect time to declutter that makeup draw with things that have expired or never used. Same goes for sorting out your wardrobe, its a great opportunity to sort clothes to sell on depop and give to charity when the isolation is lifted.

Make use of your movie/tv subscriptions

Most of us are subscribed to Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney + etc but the only time we ever get to really use it is on our days off and were about to have alot of them. I have noticed that all of the above have been adding lots of new movies and series lately so get to browsing, grab a snack, and have a movie night!

Fresh air and exercise is still allowed

I’m not sure on all the isolation rules around the world but the new rules just passed in the UK is that you’re allowed to go for one walk/run outside a day as long as you’re smart and do not meet or have any contact with others. Use this opportunity to exercise and to keep you sane, also if you have a garden make use out of it. The sunshine is coming so its the perfect opportunity to do your work, studying or working outside and this will elevate your mood.

Stay in touch with loved ones

This has been the hardest part of the isolation period for me, I don’t live with my family and my partner lives in a different city to me. This time can feel really lonely but we’re lucky enough to live in a time where we can call, video call or text our love ones. I also recommend using snapchat for sending silly videos to make those you love laugh.

Staying away from negative social media

This is important to follow all of the time but especially now, there are so many outlets that are putting out false and negative information with the aim of causing fear and panic. Only believe and follow advice and information from the government and health service.

Self care

Were going to have a lot of time on our hands and its important to allow some of that time for self care, run yourself a nice long bath, put on a face mask, listen to some calming music, have a cup of tea or wine and relax. I also recommend meditating, this not only calms the body but really helps rid any anxiety over these unsure times.

Getting creative

I love my creative makeup, creating fun looks for me helps with my creativity and ive been loving having the extra time to get working. This is the perfect time to get crafting, painting, start a blog or YouTube channel, create music, gardening, finish decorating or learn a new skill.

I hope you have found something on this list that will help ease the worry of the current times were facing and if you have any other positive ideas or pointers to share please do so in the comments so that othesr can see. Please stay safe, practise social distancing, wash your hands and most importantly be patient and kind to others.