No Mirror Makeup Challenge – The Video

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Summer Lovin’

The weather in the UK at the moment is absolutely bea-uuuutiful, so that inspired me to purchase this lovely floral print skater dress from New Look! I think it’s absolutely gorgeous, fun, flirty and perfect for the summer months. I paired it with black tights and black wedges for drinks with friends last night. I was going to go bare legged, but I need a bit more of a tan first! Oh and as you can see, my hairs gone a bit lighter! I decided to go blonder for the summer 🙂

summer outfit skater dress

No Foundation Challenge!

Those who know me, will already know that foundation is a big part of my routine. I’ve never really had the confidence to go out without any on, even to the shops. I used to suffer from terrible acne as a teenager, so I guess my reliance on a good foundation came from then.

My skin is a lot better now, I still have marks and blemishes appearing all too often, but it’s better than it was. On saturday I decided to go out without any foundation on – at all. I applied a little bit of concealer onto where I felt like I needed, but other than that, nothing! I thought I would set myself a little challenge and go without any foundation for a week!

Luckily I got myself a bit of a tan over the weekend, so I feel much more confident to stride out the house without anything on my skin. In fact, it actually feels really nice and I can already see my skin relishing in the results. So, I am currently on day 3 of my challenge, do you think I can go without it all week?

Why don’t you give it a try and see if your skin loves it too?

No Foundation Challenge

My Evening Skincare Routine..

skincare routine evening

Skincare hasn’t really been on the top of my to do list up until recently! Since I’ve got a bit older, I’ve noticed that my skin isn’t as healthy looking as it used to be, so I’ve started investing my time and money onto skincare products and really concentrating on what products are the best for my skin!

To begin with, I use the Garnier Simply Essentials Makeup Remover and apply this onto a cotton pad and hold over my eyes for about 20 seconds. I give my eyes a gentle rub and most of my eye makeup is removed. I usually have to use two sides of the cotton pads on each eye with this as it doesn’t do a brilliant job of removing stubborn mascara or liner! I wouldn’t repurchase this as it’s not brilliant, but it does the job for the moment.

Next I use my Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm (yep, I jumped on the bandwagon with this one!) and apply it all over my face, following with a warm cloth to rinse off. I actually really love this product and I can see why it’s so popular. It leaves my skin feeling soft and clean after I use it and I have noticed my skin clearing up – so that’s a nice bonus!

If I have been having a particular heavy makeup day and feel like I need a bit more makeup removal going on, I will use the Boots own Glycerin and Rosewater Toner. This is a product I have had for ages and always forget it’s in my stash, but I’ve recently been using it again and really love the way my skin feels afterwards. It’s guaranteed to remove any last traces of makeup and leaves your skin nice and soft afterwards, to the point where you almost don’t have to moisturise!

I have been experiencing really bad breakouts at the mo, so twice a week I’ll whack on the Lush Mask of Magnaminity face mask. This is a peppermint scent and smells gorgeous and really gives your skin that clean feel. I have noticed the breakouts calming down, so it seems to be doing the trick. I leave it on for about 5 – 10 minutes and wash off with a warm cloth.

Seeing as I do have spot-prone skin, I like to apply La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo all over my face. This product does have mixed reviews and sometimes I am a bit “meh” about it, but at the moment I am enjoying using it. I’m not sure if it’s the other products or this that is helping my skin, but it seems to be doing something anyway!

And finally, I apply the Soap & Glory Knight in Shining Armour night cream. This is so soft and silky and really makes my skin feel lovely, I apply it all over my face and neck and gently rub it. It acts as a brilliant night cream and I have noticed my skin looking better since using it.

So there you go, my evening skincare routine at the moment. It changes a lot, so I will update you on any products that change. Please do let me know what you like to use as I’m always on the lookout for new products!

my skincare routine

Bobbi Brown Gel Liner Review!

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Liner and me go together perfectly. It’s a love story…in fact it should be made into a rom com. That’s how much I love it.

I’ve always been a liner kinda gal, but up until a couple of years ago I had never ventured towards the gel side of things. Now, I can’t use anything else, it just does exactly what I want it to – stays in place, looks good and give my eyes some definition. Still, I hadn’t really gone “high end” with my gel liner purchases up until recently, when I welcomed Bobbi Brown’s liner to my collection.

To keep it simple. It’s good, really good! It’s nice to apply, lasts longer than any I’ve used before and it shows up pretty damn black on the eyes. I like to use my MAC 209 liner brush with this, as it gives a precise and neat line that is easily created with a quick once over! I have it in the colour “black ink”.

Overall, I think it’s a really great product and I have definitely been enjoying using it. The only bad thing I will say is that it does dry up quite quickly, so keep that in mind.

It gets a 9 out of 10 from me!

Bobbi Brown Gel Liner Black Ink