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Review: L’Oreal Pure Clay face mask

L’Oreal recently introduced three new pure clay face masks which all come with a different purpose and colour. I bought the detox mask which contains 3 pure clays and charcoal simply because I think there is something satisfying in putting black clay all over my face, the detox was just an extra. Other masks include a glow mask which contains the 3 clays and algae and a purity mask which contains the 3 clays and Eucalyptus, both of which I will definitely try. The 3 pure clays are the same in all these masks and they are Kaolin which absorbs impurities, Montmorillonite which eliminates imperfections and Ghassoul which helps clarify complexion (well, that’s what the box said anyway).

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I was really impressed with the detox mask and how clean and fresh it made my face feel. As I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, I have quite problematic skin, especially with regard to black heads and pores. This mask really helps with that and I’ve noticed a huge improvement in the amount of oil my skin produces now as it was super oily. When this mask dries, you can actually see how it sinks into every single pore which is very aesthetically pleasing in my opinion (others may think this is a bit gross).

Another thing I really liked was how fast this mask dries, it literally takes 5 minutes, which is great when you can’t be bothered or you’re in a rush. Normally I tell myself I will do a mask at least once a week but when it takes so long to dry, I just get too lazy. This is actually the first mask that I’ve continually used and I actually do use it once, maybe even twice a week.

It is also a perk that it smells sooo good and it leaves my skin feeling really soft and properly clean. It isn’t like other masks as it doesn’t dry out your skin or leave it feeling uncomfortably tight, it leaves skin looking healthy with a natural glow. I really rate this mask and will definitely be trying out the other two masks. So, pick up your favourite of the three masks and get the cucumber slices ready for a fabulous pamper night.

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Foundation Reviews

So recently I’ve been sorting out all my make up and realised I’ve way too many foundations that I’ve tried out and not used again for no reason. So I decided to re-try them and sort out the good from the bad.

Rimmel Lasting Finish

I have 4 bottles of this foundation that I have collected over time and for obvious reasons I keep going back to it, its like my default foundation. Its really affordable, stays put throughout the day and gives good coverage which was something I took very seriously when I had bad skin and that is still a struggle from time to time. The only reason I don’t use this foundation more often is because I cant find the perfect colour for me, I’ve tried so many and just cant seem to find it, and we all know there is nothing worse than an orange line on your neck when the foundation doesn’t blend. Plus, I have quite an oily T-zone and although this foundation is better than most, its not made for oily skin. However, I still highly recommend. (£7.99)   7/10

L’Oreal Infallible 24Hr-Matte

This foundation is my new love. Its matte without looking cakey which is so common with matte foundations and it actually does stay put on oily skin meaning I actually have foundation left on my T-Zone after a long day. the colour is perfect for me and blends seamlessly into my face and neck. The main reason I love this foundation is because it’s so lightweight that I forget I’m wearing makeup, my skin just feels great regardless. The foundation says it’s high coverage however I’d say its medium but very buildable if necessary. This is definitely a favourite! (£7.99)   9/10

Revlon Colourstay (Combination/oily)

This foundation has relatively good coverage which I would say is medium to full and is great for a bad skin day. Again, the colour is great for me and works with oily skin by making it glow instead of looking flat which so many other foundations do.  The only thing I could fault this foundation on is that it takes a bit more blending than usual and that a little does not go a long way. But the positives definitely outweigh the negatives here. (£12.99)   8.5/10

Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Foundation

I loved the Lasting Perfection concealer so I thought it was only fair that I try the foundation, but I wasn’t as pleased by the results. This is the cheapest out of all the foundations I tried and it definitely shows in the product. To start, I was pleased that it was oil free, that was what caught my eye and it worked well with my skin in that sense. it also had better coverage than I expected. What really out me off though was the colour, maybe it’s just my skin, but the colour seemed to have orange undertones which looked quite bad next to my pale skin, bearing in mind that I picked up the lightest colour. There were very few colour to chose fro and all seemed to have the same orangey colour, therefore this was a no from me. (£5.99)   4/10

Seventeen Stay Time Foundation

for the price of this foundation the coverage was great. I’ve not used a high street foundation that had coverage that full so I would highly recommend to anyone who has problematic skin. Plus, it definitely lives up the the ‘stay time’ label because it does not budge all day which is great if youre having a long day at work or school. For once, I found a foundation that does what it says on the bottle. The only problem I had with this was that it can look cakey if you put too much on or try to build it up, it’s very matte so putting on liquid concealer etc after it has dried makes it smuge and go cakey so avoid that. (£6.49)   7/10

No7 Beautifully Matte Foundation

This has medium to full coverage which I relied heavily on and loved, there are loads of colour to choose from and someone will actually help you get your colour match which makes things a whole lot easier. Again, this foundation did matte without looking flat and I would definitely re-purchase this because it worked really well with my oily skin. the only downfall was again the fact that layering meant the foundation might smudge which did happen me once or twice, however, I usually didn’t have to build this up because the coverage was good. (£14.50)   8/10

Estee Lauder Double Wear

I wore this when my skin was at its worst because this foundation is literally the queen of coverage and will not budge all day or night. NOTHING gets through this barrier, not red marks, not spots, not dark circles, not even oil. Although it was quite expensive, its definitely worth it if your skin is something you’re self-conscious about or worried about. My one tip would be that a little goes a long way so don’t try to use a lot because it will cake and look messy, I’ve had to take off ALL my make-up and re-do it before a night out which was really stressful. Also, because this makeup is really heavy duty, it can feel quite heavy on your face but its a small price to pay.  (£27.90)   9/10

MAC Pro Longwear Foundation

I bought this thinking that despite having oily skin this would last all day, however, I was wrong. This just made my face look shiny and greasy which did not look good at all, not to mention it didn’t last like it said it would. When spending money on an expensive foundation like this, I expected to get good results, however, I preferred some of my high street brand which were a lot cheaer. One good thing about this foundation was that it did have good coverage and didn’t look cakey, plus a little goes a really long way. (£27.00)   6/10

There are so many more that I want to try, I was thinking that my next buy will be the Maybelline Fit me Foundation because ive heard so many good reviews on this. If you’ve any new suggestions on good foundations please let me know x

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My Favourite Make-up Brushes

I am constantly trying out new make-up brushes to see which ones are best but also cost effective. I’m a fan of real techniques and eco tools but I’ve recently heard from a make-up artist that Primark make-up brushes are really good and after taking her advice on buying some I was pleasantly surprised. So below are the brushes I use at the moment but I’m open to new suggestions if any one has any..

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

I use this to put on my foundation and concealer and I’ve honestly been using it for years and really like it (of course I’ve bought new ones, not the same brush!). It gives a good even coverage however I feel like this brush does need a little extra work when blending as it can leave brush strokes on my face so it requires a bit more time which is worth it in the end.

Real Techniques Powder Brush

I love this brush because of how soft it is and it distributes the powder evenly on my face to make sure it doesn’t look cakey. This brush is definitely one of my favourites.

Primark Contour Brush

I was so surprised when I first used this, it distributes enough product on my face without over doing it and is the perfect shape for contouring under my cheekbones. this brush itself is super soft but still firm and none of the bristles have fallen out like what normally happens with cheap brushes. I would recommend to anyone on a budget and I’m excited to try what other brushes Primark has to offer.

Double Contour Brush

Real Techniques Blush Brush

Again I’ve been using this for years and can’t seem to find anything better. The shape of it means that the perfect amount of blush in distributed while allowing it to look natural. Out of all the brushes this is my favourite because it gives a flawless look.

Seventeen Cheeks Brush

This brush doesn’t have a proper name as I got it in a set but I actually use this for highlight. its quite a narrow brush so it is the perfect fit for cheekbones, nose etc. It’s also really soft which is good meaning its not too heavy on the product which means that my highlighter still pops without me looking like the tin man.

EcoTools Blend and Smudge Brush

Normally im not a massive fan of dual sided brushes but ive been really impressed with this. Its great at blending out eye shadow evenly and I also like the fact that these brushes are recycled, it makes me feel slightly better about spending money.

EcoTools Shape and Define Brush

I got this in a set with the blend and smudge brush and again I really like this one. I tend to use the thicker side more as it packs on colour really well but the other side is good for doing eyebrows even though that’s not what its for.

French Connection Brush

This brush doesn’t have a name because I got it in a Christmas gift set but its definitely my favourite eye shadow brush. Its so soft but really good quality and I find it puts a lot of product on which makes my eye shadow look really good.

 

Links:

http://www.boots.com/real-techniques-expert-face-brush-10146030 – £9.99 http://www.boots.com/real-techniques-powder-brush-1401-10137225 – £12.99 https://www.primark.com/en/product/double-contour-brush,r35397119190759 – £1.50 http://www.boots.com/real-techniques-blush-brush-1407-10137224 – £9.99 https://ecotools.com/eye-enhancing-set/p/1217 – £5.33

 

 

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Everyday Makeup Products

 

I rarely every change makeup products or test new ones, once I find something I like I stick to it and therefore my every day makeup routine hardly ever changes. The following products are ones I have been using for a while and I will continue to use these until I find something better. So here are my absolute favourites (links below).

Revlon Colourstay Foundation (combination/oily): Sand Beige (180)

As someone with combo/oily skin, I found it really difficult to find a product that worked against this and didn’t look cakey or too matte. The coverage in this foundation is medium/full which is the most that can be expected for a high street brand but this is definitely buildable. This covers any spots or discolouration in my skin really well but still manages to look lightweight. In my opinion, the only downfall for this product would be that I use it up very quickly compared to other foundations, I don’t know if maybe I’m just using more but I feel that it takes more than it usually would to put on one layer.

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Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer: Fair (1)

This product is super cheap for what you get. It’s great for covering blemishes/spots as well as brightening areas. I would highly recommend this to any one who has issues with their skin because this is a high coverage concealer that does not disappoint.

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Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder: Transparent (001)

I have been using the powder for years and still love it, I’ve tried others but this one is still my favourite because it gives me a matte finish without feeling heavy on my face. It also adds a little extra coverage which is great for bad skin days.

 

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Collection Contour Kit Highlight & Sculpt

I love the bronze colour in this kit, I think its really difficult to find the perfect colour because many are too orange or too dark brown but this one is perfect and its matte which is even better. It’s very cheap and surprisingly pigmented for the price. Although I don’t like the highlighter in this kit because I feel it’s a bit flat and dull, I love the contour!

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No.7 Natural Blush Tint Powder: Soft Damson

This is a really subtle blush colour which I prefer in all honesty. it literally just tints my cheeks as I don’t like too much going on, especially if I have contoured and I’m wearing a lot of eye makeup. This colour is buildable which is good if you’re looking for a more prominent blush but it’s not a very strong colour overall.

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New Look Glow Baked Highlighter Powder: Light Pink (70)

This is one of my favourite products. This highlighter is so pigmented and I get so many compliments on it. It’s a really good dupe for the MAC Mineralise Skinfinish and less that half the price. All my friends ask to borrow this and I actually bought it to a few of them for birthday and Christmas presents and they all love it. The colour I chose was light pink and honestly there isn’t much of a pink under tone, I picked it because it meant it was just a flat white like other highlighters, it looks like an ivory colour which looks so good.

Urban Decay Naked Palette

I use this all the time so even though it is a bit more expensive, its definitely worth it. the colours are really pigmented and blendable and this palette is my favourite out of all the Naked palettes because its got the most neutral colours which I wear most during the day. On an every day basis, I use ‘Naked’ as a base and ‘Virgin’ to highlight under my brow bone. for daytime I feel the colours that go best together are ‘Sin’ on the lid with ‘Toasted’ in the crease or ‘Sidecar’ on the lid and ‘Buck’ in the crease. The other colours I usually use for going out makeup as they are a bit darker.

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Bourjois Feutre Eyeliner: Noir (11)

Unlike other felt tip eyeliners, this one is a prominent black and is very easy to use. I prefer to use this type of eyeliner because its fool proof, especially when it comes to the wings which is the hardest part. However, I didn’t feel this product ran out rather quickly which was disappointing but to be expected with felt tip eyeliners.

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Clinique High Impact Mascara: Black (01)

I’ve yet to find another mascara which makes my lashes look like this and stays on all day. I’ve tried all the hypes of Maybelline last sensations (which is also very good) and Benefit Bad Gal Lash but none have come close to this. this shows in the price as this is a little more expensive but much needed as I’ve very short lashes, plus it has the brush applicator which is a massive positive. I rate this product so much and would 100% repurchase.

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Revolution Ultimate Brow Palette: Medium to Dark

I hadn’t heard much about this palette even though its been about a while but fell in love with it immediately as I got it as a gift from my mum. There are so many shades to choose from (wax and powder) to make sure you get the perfect shade and since I’ve been using this I’ve gotten a lot of compliments. There is also a highlight wax and power which really defines the brows and make them stand out and look clean cut. This is such a good palette for the price and I would definitely recommend.

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Gosh Velvet Touch Lipstick: sweetheart (161)

This lipstick is so creamy and soft on the lips but still has a strong colour. It’s a pinky brown colour with undertones of mauve and its a subtle colour, perfect for day time or a night out. This is definitely my go to.

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Links:

http://www.superdrug.com/Make-Up/Face/Foundation/Revlon-Color-Stay-Foundation-Combi-Oily-Sandbeig-30ml/p/646001 (£12.99)
http://www.superdrug.com/Make-Up/Face/Concealer/Collection-Lasting-Perfection-Concealer-Fair-1/p/439400 (£4.19)
http://www.superdrug.com/Rimmel/Rimmel-Stay-Matte-Pressed-Powder-Transparent-1/p/592471 (£3.99)
http://www.superdrug.com/Make-Up/Face/Contouring/Collection-Contour-Kit-Contour-Kit-1/p/523101 (£4.19)
https://www.octer.co.uk/product/natural-blush-powder-damson (£8)
http://www.newlook.com/shop/womens/beauty/pink-pearls-glow-baked-highlighter-powder_392775270 (£7.99)
http://www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10701_10001_123932979199_-1 (£39.50)
http://www.superdrug.com/Bourjois/Bourjois-Feutre-Eyeliner-Ultra-Black/p/254146 (£6.99)
http://www.clinique.co.uk/product/1606/5416/makeup/mascara/high-impacttm-mascara (£17.50)
http://www.superdrug.com/MUA-Eyes/Makeup-Revolution-Ultra-Brow-Palette-Medium-to-Dark/p/446601 (£7.99)
http://www.superdrug.com/GOSH/Gosh-Velvet-Touch-Lipstick-Sweetheart-161/p/868662 (£7.99)
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My Skin Care Essentials (affordable)

Like everyone else, I have a few essential skin care products that I absolutely couldn’t live without. Being someone who doesn’t have perfect skin in any shape or form, I prioritise skin care above every thing else. My skin is so sensitive, especially around my eye area which gets all red, blotchy and flaky if I use the wrong product. I also have a tendency to get spots as I have a combination type skin with a very oily T-zone and dry rough patches elsewhere. I always stay away from baby wipes/make-up removing wipes because no matter what the brand they cause my skin to breakout and leave me with panda eyes which isn’t my greatest look. So without further ado, here are my holy grail products…

 Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (combination and sensitive skin)

 For years I had been using the regular Garnier Micellar Water (pink bottle) every day without any complaints, however, recently I decided to change to the one for combination and oily skin after a serious breakout and I was really pleased with it. I use this every day without fail, first thing in the morning to remove any oils that have set in over night and last thing in the evening to remove my makeup and generally clean my face. This product leaves my skin feeling so much softer and cleaner than before and just generally a lot more fresh without leaving a greasy layer like many other similar products. Saying that, I would still highly recommend the pink bottle as it is still such a good product obviously depending on your skin type. I know this product caters to other skin types, for example there is an oil infused micellar water for dry skin, however, I don’t think this would be for me due to the nature of my skin but I have heard very good reviews on it from a few of my friends. Not only is the micellar water a great product that caters for all skin types, but its super affordable. I bought a 400ml bottle in Superdrug for £3.29 and it lasts me months, so I highly recommend to anyone on a budget!

 

 

 

 

 

Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser

 This is another one of the products I use on a daily basis, usually at night. I have been using this for years and have raved about it to my family and friends because I genuinely love it! This product is basically a face wash that lathers into your face and leaves it feeling minty fresh. I honestly cant describe the feeling on my face after I wash this off,  it feels so clean but also super minty. Its really soft on the skin and strips away any access oils which is great after a long day of wearing makeup. Again this is really affordable at around £5 for a 200ml bottle. This is really up there with my top favourites and it has made me really excited to try what else Bioré has to offer in their skincare range. 

 

L’Oreal Skin Perfection Cleansing & Perfecting Milk

 This is my go-to for when I have really dry skin and I want to put some moisture back into my face. It’s great at removing makeup and doesn’t completely strip your skin of oils which is good for someone with dry skin. Plus, its an added bonus that it is suitable for sensitive skin. As my skin is oily around 70% of the time, I don’t always pick up this product but its definitely my first choice if my skin is feeling dry and so would be great for someone who is looking for a cleanser that also hydrates. This product is surprisingly cheap at £4 for the 200ml bottle.

Lush Dark Angels Fresh Cleanser

 This is definitely my favourite product out of them all. I would say this is more of an exfoliating scrub than a cleanser but either way it does an amazing job! It really works in making my skin feel so soft, and the smell of the rosewood oil and sandalwood oil makes it so relaxing and perfect for a pamper night. It contains charcoal to draw out the dirt in your skin and it definitely does just that, I noticed a difference in my blackheads after only using it a few times. Its different from other scrubs in that it doesn’t strip all the moisture from your skin, it takes away the bad oils but still manages to hydrate the skin leaving it silky smooth. I would probably use this twice a week as I don’t like to scrub my face too often, plus a little goes a long way. This is priced at £7.25 per 100g pot and without a doubt its worth every penny.

Clean & Clear Dual Action Moisturiser (Oil Free)

This is an oil free moisturiser than works on preventing spots and blemishes. Since I started using this about two years ago I’ve noticed a huge improvement in my skin, especially with regards to oil. it really has cut down the oil in my skin, especially in my T-zone area which has lead to less spots as a result. This is a relatively thin moisturiser which I prefer for the bulk of my face as think moisturisers often tend to leave my skin oily after a while. I apply this morning and night, however I tend to avoid my eyes as I feel they need a thicker moisturiser. This again is very cheap at £3.25 for a 100ml bottle which lasts quite a while.

Links to the above products:

Garnier Micellar Water

Bioré Charcoal Cleanser

L’Oréal Cleansing Milk

Lush Dark Angels Cleanser

Clean & Clear Dual Action Moisturiser