Smokey Eye Tutorial feat. Naked 2


*Edit* This has been sat in drafts for about 2 weeks! – Apologies for being on the QT recently! 

Hi everyone!
I’ve been a little lax on the blog post front recently – why change the habit of a lifetime! – but I have uploaded a smokey eye tutorial to the blog Facebook page this week! 

If you’re not following that page already, click through and make sure you are following as I ​​often upload different content to what’s ‘on the blog’! 

I hope you like the video, and please do leave any comments or pictures of your favourite smokey eyes either here or on the video! 😘 

Have a great weekend! xx

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Get Un-Ready With Me!

Just a quick video of what I use to get ‘un-ready’ at the end of the day! 

If you haven’t seen before I’ve added a couple of other videos to my blog Facebook page and I often pop teaser images and different content on my Instagram so make sure you’re following both so you don’t miss out! 😊

Products mentioned:

  • Urban Decay Makeup Meltdown makeup remover
  • Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser 
  • Pixi Glow Tonic
  • Estée Lauder Micro Essence Skin Activating Lotion
  • Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Gel
  • Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum
  • Pixi Nourishing Sleep Mask

Lipsticks: The Nude Collection



 If you ever took a look at my makeup collection, the one thing you would notice is how many ‘pink-nude’ lipsticks I own! I just can’t help myself! 

As much as I love a bright lip now and again, I always find them hard to maintain throughout the day, so I opt for something that wouldn’t look too obvious if it started to wear off. 

Having said that I have also discovered the power of lip liner in recent months, and although I always thought they were a slightly dated makeup product, I wouldn’t be without them now! 

Below is my collection of ‘nudes’! If you would like a more detailed review of any of the lipsticks, just pop me a comment below and I’ll get it done! 

 (From top left: ESTEE LAUDER – DESIRABLE // SLEEK MAKEUP – LIQUEUR // MAC – PATISSERIE // CHARLOTTE TILBURY – PENELOPE PINK // ROSIE FOR AUTOGRAPH – NUDE MINK // CHARLOTTE TILBURY – BITCH PERFECT // URBAN DECAY – RUSH)   

I’d love to know what your fave lipsticks are, comment below – sharing is caring! 😁

My Acne Journey: The Routine

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I got some really good feedback from my Acne Journey post last week, so I thought I’d show you exactly what I’ve been using and doing in order to improve the state of my skin.

Cleanser
My favourite cleanser to remove makeup is Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser with cottonseed. I’ve used this for years and it just gets rid of everything!! I use this as a my main first cleanse to remove my makeup at night. It’s soft on my skin but just dissolves makeup so easily, I couldn’t be without!
One of the main changes to my routine was using a cleansing balm. Both of the ones I’ve used are organic and just give me that extra deep clean feeling afterwards. I’ve used the Jennifer Young Improve and Remove Cleansing Balm, and a DIY one. I’ve found that massaging these into dry skin after my first cleanse seems to work wonders. For one thing it relaxes me before going to bed, but my skin feels soothed and rejuvenated by just a 5 minute massage!
I saw the DIY Cleansing Balm on Gemsmaquillage a while ago. Click the link to see how to make it.

Toner
I’m not great with toner, but again I’ve been using the Jennifer Young Facial Spritz after my cleanse. It instantly refreshes my skin and preps it for whatever I use next.

Serum
For the morning I like moisture, so I reach for the Clarins HydraQuench Bi Phase Serum. So light, but so powerful and effective for dehydrated skin! Although I have acne, my skin is definitely dry/dehydrated so getting water and moisture into my skin is a priority!
For evening, I’ve been loving the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair 2. A tiny drop of this and I’m warding off any early signs if ageing as well as intensively hydrating and repairing my skin!

Moisturiser
For morning, I follow my Clarins serum with the Clarins HydraQuench Cream. This range is all about boosting water levels, so even if your skin is oily, you can use this range. You just need the right texture. The cream is for a normal/dry skin. It sinks into my skin so quickly, and instantly feels comfortable and ready for primer or foundation.
For night I’ve been using a slightly richer formula, the Jennifer Young Improve and Remove Moisuriser. This one can be used for daytime too, I just find it’s slightly too rich. However, it’s perfect for nighttime. It smells like a spa and just relaxes me before bed!

Exfoliator
I try not to over exfoliate my skin, but I’m aware that it improves the results of all other products you use so try to do it around twice per week (oily skin should only really need it once). I flit between a chemical exfoliant, Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Toner, and a manual scrub, Clarins Gentle Refiner. I sometimes even mix a little of both of these products at the same time, as they do a similar thing in their TriActive Facials.

Masks
I have recently been using the Origins Clear Improvements Charcoal Clay Mask once per week. It literally feels like it’s drawing everything bad out of your skin. Although, I don’t really like how my skin feels after using it, so I whack on some Clarins (surprise surprise!) HydraQuench Cream Mask. This again just gets more moisture into my skin.

I feel that routine in itself is what has helped my skin so this is the basics of what I do:
Evening – Double cleanse, toner, eye cream, serum, moisturiser
Morning – Single cleanse with cleansing balm, toner, eye cream, serum, moisturiser
Twice per week (usually at night)  Double cleanse, exfoliate, mask x2, eye cream, serum, moisturiser.

I have also kept these products for a good few months. I’ve not been chopping and changing what I use, which I also think has helped.  My skin is settled into this little routine and it seems happy with it, so I’ll be sticking with it for a while.  The only thing I’d really like to try is the Alpha H Liquid Gold. Anyone tried it?

Thanks for reading!

Nina

Links from this post (not sponsored):
Clarins HydraQuench range
Jennifer Young
Origins
Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation | The Foundation Diaries

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So here we have it, the ‘daddy’ of full coverage foundation! I remember pinching my Mom’s bottle of this when I was younger and feeling really grown up, the colour I’m sure was awful and it probably looked very unnatural on a 15/16 year old girl!

This is classed as a medium buildable coverage foundation by Estee Lauder, and I think maybe if I really knew this before using it I may have understood why the first application wasn’t a full as I was expecting.  Whenever anyone talks about a full coverage foundation, everyone always mentions “Double Wear”, so when my first application was a slightly disappointing (almost watery) finish, not covering my blemishes, I was a bit let down.  I’m happy to build my foundation, but having seen Double Wear on many peoples skin (you can always tell if its Double Wear!) I presumed it was full coverage right from the get go!

It gives a semi matte finish, so probably better for a combination or oily skin type.  I think due to the major staying power of this foundation, again it would suit an oilier skin because it definitely will not slide away during the day! In hindsight, I don’t think my skin is the right type to wear this foundation.  I have the blemishes and scarring for it cover, but my skin is actually on the dry side and always dehydrated. Despite my skin being like this, I do much prefer a semi matte finish on all of my foundations.

Unfortunately my skin really did not agree with Double Wear.  I wore it for a few days and liked the staying power but I was convinced I was getting more spots after I had worn it.  So I gave it a break and didn’t wear it for about two weeks and let my skin calm down. I then wore it again for a night out, I swear it was on my skin for about 5 hours and when I got home I had 3 under the skin, bruise-like spots on my face that I didn’t have at at the beginning of the night! There must be something in it that just doesn’t agree with me.

One other thing that puts me off this foundation is also the smell.  Its very similar to MAC Studio Fix, which I thought smelt like children’s paint.  The other foundations I’ve reviewed this week all have quite pleasant smells, I’m a bit of a sucker if something smells nice.

This is another one without a pump when its purchased.  But you eagle eyed beauty lovers may spot that my picture shows this with a MAC pump.  So if you purchase this and want a pump and have a spare MAC one lying around, you’re sorted!

All in all I don’t hate this foundation, but similar to the Rimmel one, I find that the NARS and Clarins ones work for me much better.

At a glance (marked out of 5)
Shade choice 5 (the best this week)
Coverage 4
Staying power 4.5
Texture & finish 3.5
TOTAL 16.5/20

Have you used Double Wear? What are your thoughts?