Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette – Review and Swatches!

I’m sure by now you all know what this palette looks like, and most of you probably already own it but I couldn’t not dedicate a whole post to one of the most talked about palettes of the year.

This palette had been so hyped up (with good reason), and I’m not normally one to jump on the band wagon straight away, especially with eyeshadow palettes because I already own so many that I really have to justify needing wanting a new palette to add to my ever-growing collection.

I fell in love with the shades in this palette instantly, they are completely me and it was kinda inevitable that sooner or later I was gonna give in and buy it. I don’t actually have a palette like this, I have a few similar shades but most of them are unique to the rest of my collection. I’m also in love with the packaging! I know a few people have said it looks quite tacky but I LOVE it! It’s so retro and is something so different to the rest of the Naked palettes!

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Although the palette was released as a Summer launch, I couldn’t help but feel slightly Autumnal when looking at it! The shades are great for all year round, but to me, warm tones and deep reds, coppers and burgundy just screams Autumn and Winter! I got this palette about 6 weeks ago and have used it everyday, and I just know that this palette will carry me through to the New Year too! I can’t wait to pair it with a deep red or burgundy lip, and create some gorgeous makeup looks for the Christmas season.

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So, onto the what I think of the actual product…

The Urban Decay Naked palettes were some of the first I ever owned, and are kinda what made me fall in love with makeup in the first place, so I will always have a bit of a soft spot for them. However, since then the world of makeup has completely grown and expanded that products and brands have improved and things have naturally just gotten better, that I just tend to reach for other palettes over the first few Naked palettes. I still like them, but there are just better quality products out there, and they did tend to have a dudd shade or two.. BUT, this one has completely changed the game. All of the shades are creamy and buttery and blend like an absolute dream. The matte shades aren’t chalky or lack pigmentation, and there isn’t too much fall out from the shimmer shades. I can’t fault them at all in terms of formulation and pigmentation, and even though the palette is completely warm-toned, there are a good variety of shades, and a nice mix of matte and shimmer shades, too.

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Shades from left to right;

  • Ounce
  • Chaser
  • Sauced
  • Low Blow
  • Lumbre
  • He Devil
  • Dirty Talk
  • Scorched
  • Cayenne
  • En Fuego
  • Ashes
  • Ember

The only negative thing I have to say about this product, is that I think it is lacking a pale gold shimmer shade, to use as an inner corner/brow-bone highlight and to break up the darker shades a bit. BUT, other than that, I cannot fault this palette at all and I can see me getting alooooot of use out of it!

I love this palette, and would most definitely recommend it!

If any of you guys have this palette, let me know your thoughts on it too!

Buy the palette here.

Palmer’s Skincare – Review!

Hey everyone!

So, today I thought I would have a chat about some of the Palmer’s skincare products I have been trying out lately.

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I saw a couple of other bloggers mention a couple of these products, and I am always on the hunt for new skincare products, especially when it’s drugstore, so I thought it would be only right to give them a go. I picked up the Day Cream, Night Cream, Facial Oil and the Natural Bronze Body Lotion.

I absolutely HATE fake tan. I can’t do it, it’s messy, it wears off so easily and I think it can look a bit too fake at times. SO, I tend to reach for tinted body lotions, or gradual tans instead. I have tried many gradual tan’s and have loved all of the ones I have tried (Dove, Garnier, you name it). However, there is just something that I love a little bit more about the Palmer’s Natural Bronze Body Lotion. It is so much more moisturising and hydrating, and it smells incredible. It looks a lot more natural, makes your skin look super fresh and glowy and you can build it up as much as you need. It is super easy to apply, goes on evenly and doesn’t leave any streaks or dry patches on elbows or knees. This is an absolute essential for Summer!

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The Day Cream is just as fab. I find it really hard to find an affordable moisturiser that is really hydrating and nourishing, particularly with SPF, which this one also has. It has the famous Palmer’s scent, which I love and it leaves my skin feeling soooo soft all day. It has quite a thick consistency, but isn’t at all heavy on the skin and absorbs super quickly. This also creates a great base for makeup. If you’re looking for an affordable moisturiser, I would definitely recommend giving this one a go!

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The Palmer’s Facial Oil has made itself a firm favourite in my skincare routine. Do you know how hard it is to find a facial oil that contains retinol that doesn’t cost a crazy amount of money? Almost impossible. This has helped my skin so much. I put it on every night as part of my evening skincare routine and it has helped with pigmentation, helped reduce any marks that blemish’s have left, and I wake up and my skin is super smooth and glowing. Not only does it include Retinol, but a whole load of other oils and vitamins that are beneficial to the skin. For the price of this product, you should most definitely try it out!

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The Moisture Rich Night Cream for Overnight Renewal is also incredible. This also contains Retinol and a shed load of other oils and vitamins that do nothing but good things to your skin. The formulation of this product is really thick and is a super rich and intensive moisturiser – perfect to apply as the final step in my evening skincare routine and just before bed. My skin is still super soft when I wake up, and it definitely lives up to it’s claims of ‘overnight renewal’.

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I have loved using these products so much, they are such good quality and super affordable. I can’t wait to try out so much more from their range, as it works so well with my skin!

I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know if you have tried any of these products, or anything else from the Palmer’s skincare range!

Links and prices below;

Palmer’s Natural Bronze Gradual Tan £7.49

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Moisturising Day Cream SPF 15 £7.99

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Perfecting Facial Oil £9.99

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter  Moisture Rich Night Cream £7.99

 

May Faves!

Hey everyone!

Wow. It has been soooo long since I did a monthly faves… This may be a slightly longer favourites post as it has been quite a while since my last one, and apologies for it being slightly late. So, let’s get stuck in!

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I have really been loving the Clinique 2-in-1 Beyond Perfection foundation. My Mum used this and couldn’t stop raving about it, so I thought I’d give it a try myself. I went to my local boots, where I got matched up and given a sample to try before I buy. I tried it the next day and knew I needed to buy it. I got this in the shade 2, Alabaster. The applicator for this foundation is more concealer-like, with a large dofer applicator. I really like this as it isn’t messy and applies super quick and easily. I find it blends best with a damp beauty blender, and it gives a medium, but buildable coverage. It evens out skin tone really nicely, and gives a demi-matte finish. It lasts such a long time, and doesn’t transfer as easily as other foundations do. A little really does go a long way with this, and I have been reaching for it a lot. I’m not all that into foundations at the minute, and besides tinted moisturisers and BB creams, this is the only one that seems to be working well for my skin right now!

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I’m not really into heavy or full coverage finishes, however… The Urban Decay NAKED concealer is an absolute god-send when it comes to covering up really bad spots and blemishes. It is super full-coverage, but isn’t heavy looking or cakey at all! It also doesn’t wear as easily. Some other concealers tend to wear and rub off, particularly in more oily areas – which is where I usually get spots (my chin) and this seems to last all day. LOVE.

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The next product is a powder foundation. I have never tried one of these before, but I had heard such amazing things that I had to give it a go. This is the Pixi Colour Correcting Powder Foundation. I am absolutely in love with this! It is perfect when I have a very light-coverage base on underneath as this just evens out my skin tone a little more, keeping the oil at bay and keeps my makeup in place all day. As you can see from the photo, I dropped it and it smashed into a million pieces. It isn’t a massive issue as I can still use it, but whenever I put my brush into the pan, it just ends up going everywhere, so I need to pick up a new one!

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My next favourite is a mascara. When this first came out, everybody loved it and I absolutely hated it, I just couldn’t get on with it and I don’t know why – maybe I had a dodgy one? But now, I use the Maybelline Lash Sensational almost every single day. It lengthens and volumizes my lashes, making them look crazyyyy long! I also really like this for bottom lashes too. It does give lashes that slightly clumpy look, not massively, but if you’re not into that then this isn’t for you. BUT, if you love that clumped together look, then you will absolutely love this mascara! I will continue to repurchase this over and over…

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I’m not all that venturous when it comes to brows. I find brows that much of a faff that when I find a product I’m happy with and enjoy using, I just kind of stick with it. But somebody recommended the Sleek Brow Kit and I thought it was about time I tried something new on my brows, and now, I genuinely don’t think I will use anything else to fill them in! I have it in the shade Dark, and Light, and the lighter one seems to be working a little better now that my hair is also lighter. I apply the wax first, using my Zoeva Brow Line brush, starting on the edges and outside of my brow, working my way in and then fill them in, using less product at the front. I then go over them in the powder to help add a bit more colour, set them and keep them in place. It is super easy and still keeps brows looking quite natural, which I love.

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The Max Factor Creme Bronzer in Light Gold is a new discovery and one I think is the perfect addition to my makeup  bag for Summer! This gives the most gorgeous glow to the skin and such a lovely shade, not too warm, nor cool toned. It is great to use all over the face and for adding a little bit of depth, and the teeniest bit of shimmer. Perfect for giving you that subtle, summer glow!

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My final favourite is a perfume. Perfume is something I am SO fussy and particular with; I go from one extreme to the other. From really dark, heavy and woody scents, to really light, soft, and fresh. For my birthday, Jake bought me a bottle of Jo Malone in the scent Mimosa and Cardamom. Oh. My. God. It is insane. It’s a really lightweight, and fresh scent, with slighter warmer, woodier undertones. It is great for all year round, but is particularly lovely during these gorgeous summer evening’s we have been having lately. This lasts all day, and I already know that I will be repurchasing this! I have also tried out Pomegranate Noir, Wood Sage & Sea Salt, Blackberry & Bay and Myrhh & Tonka, so I am SO torn as to which one to buy next as they are all so beautiful. Jo Malone products are perfect for gift ideas, and are such a luxurious product to own.

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That is all for my May Faves. I hope you enjoyed. If you have tried any of these products, let me know!

Meg x

 

Beauty Haul!

I have missed a good ol’ haul!

I have taken some much needed time away from blogging, for the simple reason that life just got in the way. I had so much going on, mixed with uni deadlines, that unfortunately blogging just had to take a bit of a backseat. But I am back and I am so ready to get back into the blogging game, cos boy have I missed it!

Recently, I made a couple of online orders so I thought I would share with you, the bits and pieces that I got.

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Firstly, I visited feelunique.com, which is a very dangerous place for my bank account… They do absolutely EVERYTHING! I go on there to make a repurchase and end up filling my online basket to the brim!

I am really into sheet masks at the minute, so when I saw that Origins had released a wide range of Flower Fusion sheet masks, I had to get some! I love Origins as a brand as they are so organic and natural in terms of the ingredients they use in their products and everything I’ve tried works incredibly! I got four of the sheet masks; the Jasmine, that targets softening, Lavender for soothing, Violet for nourishing and Rose for hydrating. I haven’t tried these out yet, but I am so excited to use them and will no doubt order the rest of the range!

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The next thing is also from Origins and this is the Ginzing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser. I have been using this product for well over a year now, and it is something I will continue to buy and buy again. It is incredible. I have such sensitive skin and this seems to be the only exfoliator than doesn’t react badly with my skin. It leaves my skin feeling so smooth and refreshed, and I can really tell the difference when I haven’t used it for a day or two! This is a must-have for my daily skincare routine and I am never without a back-up in my skincare stash!

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Recently, I have been ditching the foundation and have found myself opting for tinted moisturisers, and BB creams instead. I’m not entirely sure why, but my skin just seems to be working a lot better with a more lightweight base and I am loving it. There are two that I picked up. The first is the NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint in the shade Alaska. After hearing and reading many mixed reviews on this product, I decided to just give it a try as I have really enjoyed every other NARS product that I own.

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The second BB cream is the Clarins Skin Perfecting Cream in the shade 00 Fair. It has an SPF of 25, which is super useful now that we are well into Spring and fast approaching Summer. I have used this a few times and so far, I am absolutely loving it. It gives just enough coverage, it isn’t too sheer, and gives a light and even base and is definitely buildable. Perfect for this time of year.

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Something else I picked up from Clarins was the Tonic Body Treatment Oil. After spending a weekend at Hoar Cross Hall, I decided that I needed to invest in a body oil, (or two)… My skin tends to really dry up during the summer and sometimes, moisturising just isn’t enough for me. So, I thought a body oil that I can apply after bathing/showering, or that I can apply to my bath water would do just the trick. And, so far, so good. Plus, it leaves my skin smelling insane!

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The second body oil I picked up (because one clearly just wasn’t enough) was also from Hoar Cross Hall. We went to Hoar Cross Hall for a hen-weekend, and my aunt, and a few other the other girls had told me about this and after smelling it in the product shop, I couldn’t not buy it. This is the Elemis Frangipani Monoi Body Oil. This has quite a sweet scent and I absolutely love it. It is the perfect scent for this time of year and leaves my skin feeling incredible. I think it is safe to say that I am now well and truly obsessed with body oils. They just work wonders! Next on my list is the Elemis Fortitude Bath and Shower Elixir *swoons*.

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The final few products I picked up from Debenhams. I picked up a couple of things that I had been eyeing up for a while. The first thing was the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara. I have only heard positive things about this mascara and was actually surprised that I hadn’t bought it before now. I haven’t tried this out yet, but I am super excited to use it!

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The next thing is the Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow palette. I have been lusting over this palette for so long now that I just couldn’t resist it any longer. Too Faced are quite possibly my favourite brand when it comes to eyeshadows so I knew that this wouldn’t disappoint. I have been using this every day since I got it. The colours are gorgeous and are prefect for the transition into Spring and Summer. As with all Too Faced eyeshadows, all the shades are crazy pigmented and blend soooo easily! LOVE.

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The final product is again, from Too Faced and this is the Sweet Peach Glow palette. I am ALLLL about that glowy, dewy skin at the minute so when I saw this, I immediately knew that I needed it and it was just what I needed to last me through the warmer months. I have recently gotten a lot more into blush and the blush shade in this palette is stunning and gives that perfect pop of colour. I have been using this palette every day and I am sure I will continue to do so throughout the rest of Spring and Summer!

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That is all for this blog post! I hope you enjoyed it, don’t forget to like and follow! I am off to Brighton for a few days this week for mine and Jake’s 5-year anniversary so I will be taking lots of photos and writing a few posts on my trip so keep your eyes peeled for those!

I am also using Instagram Stories a lot more, and will be using is whilst in Brighton so be sure to follow me!

Love, Meg x

PS. It is SOOOO good to be back blogging again, eeeeeek.

Links and prices below;

Origins Flower Fusion Sheet Masks £5

Origins GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser £15.50

NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint £30

Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream £30

Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil £40

Elemis Frangipani Monoi Body Oil £35

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara £19

Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette £39

Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Palette £34

Summer Skincare Routine; Evening | AD

As promised in last week’s Morning Skincare Routine, here is my Evening Skincare Routine, featuring the Evolution of Smooth’s Sphere Lip Balm.

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Just to reiterate from last weeks post, skincare is something that is super important to me and I am a firm believer in starting to look after your skin from a young age! Lip balm is also such an important step in a skincare routine, not just for Summer, but all year round, which is something I think a lot of people tend to forget about!

So, I start by removing my makeup and cleansing my face with the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm. This stuff works miracles, let me tell ya. Not only does it do an amazing job at removing all, yes all, traces of makeup, but it makes my skin feel so fresh and clean and not at all oily or greasy. This is a product I have repurchased multiple times and will continue to do so! I am yet to find a product as good as this, so it is definitely worth the slightly heftier price tag.

Depending on how much makeup I have on, or if I just want a slightly more refreshing feel, I will then double cleanse using the Simple Micellar water. I have already spoken about this product in previous posts, so I won’t go on too much. But this is great for cleansing your skin and making you feel super refreshed as it is really cooling on the skin; perfect after a hot Summer’s day!

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I then go on to use the Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser. This is great for just purifying your skin and reducing the look of blackheads and pores whilst removing any impurities. My face feels soooo fresh and clean when I use this product, and for me, it is always a good sign when a product makes your skin tingle slightly as it means it is doing the job!

Next, I use the Pixi Glow Tonic. Again, as with a couple of products in this post, I have mentioned before. This is the perfect product for toning and gentle exfoliation, without it feeling too harsh on your skin. It just helps to remove any dead skin cells and really smooth’s and brightens the complexion.

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Eye cream. I cannot stress how important using an eye cream is. Eyes are usually the first things that start to age, so why not start looking after them from a young age? I use The Body Shop Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate with a roller ball applicator. This is a really cooling and soothing product, making it perfect for summer time. I also try and be super careful when applying product around my eyes as it is such a tender area.

Serum. I never really saw the point in serum *until*, I started to use one. The serum I use is The Body Shop Nutriganics Smoothing Serum. This leaves my skin feel so unbelievably smooth and hydrated and I really notice the difference when I don’t use this.

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For night cream, I use another product from The Body Shop. This is the Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask. This is unbelievable. Seriously. You honestly only need the tiniest amount and it hydrates my skin like nothing else I have ever tried. I wake up in the morning, and it feels like I have just applied it. AH-MAZING.

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Finally, is actually something I feel a lot of people forget about – lip balm. I have been particularly loving the Evolution of Smooth (EOS), Sphere Lip Balms. Hydrating and nourishing your lips is just as important as any other step in your skincare routine. I mean, how are you supposed to apply lipstick when your lips are dry and cracked? It just doesn’t work. The EOS Sphere Lip Balm is really hydrating and nourishing and doesn’t leave that sticky, uncomfortable feeling that a lot of other lip balms do. It is really important to use these all year round as the heat and the sun dries out lips during the Summer and so does the cold in the Winter. You’re lips may feel slightly more dry and cracked than normal as we transition from Summer to Autumn as our skin adjusts to the weather change. I also like to use this lip balm before I apply my makeup, as it just evens out my lips and makes lipstick application a whole lot easier! I would definitely recommend trying out the Sphere Lip Balms from EOS – best lip balm I have tried to date.

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So, that is everything for this week’s post. I hope you enjoyed it and I hope it helped some of you with your skincare routines! Let me know what products are included in your routine!

Don’t forget to like and follow!

Disclaimer

This post was kindly sponsored by Evolution of Smooth, however all views and opinions are my own.

Links and prices below;

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm £59

Simple Micellar Water £4.49

Pixi Glow Tonic £18

Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser £5.24

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate £19

The Body Shop Nutriganics Smoothing Serum – no longer available online!

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask £24

Evolution of Smooth Sphere Lip Balm

Summer Skincare Routine; Morning

Hello lovelies!

I am getting involved with Dollar Shave Club’s Summer Skincare Project. They have some really great products on their skincare protect page (check it out here) so this post is going to be about how I look after my skin throughout the Summer.

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Looking after your skin is super important, and I also think it’s important to change up your skincare routine as the seasons change. A lot of people’s skin tends to change depending on the time of year, so you should switch up your products to suit the needs of your skin. A lot of people think I am too young to take such good care of my skin, but personally, I think the sooner, the better.

So, I start by cleansing my face with the Simple Micellar Water. Simple’s Micellar Water ensures that my skin is extra clean before I start applying any makeup. This product is also really cool and refreshing, which is something I look for in products during the warmer months. This Micellar Water isn’t too harsh and doesn’t dry out my skin or break me out like other Micellar waters have done in the past. It is such a great price too.

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However, some people really struggle getting on with Micellar Water and although I am completely against removing my makeup with wipes as they just don’t do the job properly in my opinion, I don’t mind freshening up my skin in the morning with the right ones. A lot of wipes tend to break me out and make my skin feel super sore and tender. I have recently bought some products from Yes To, and I have really been enjoying the Yes To Cucumbers Soothing Hypoallergenic Facial Wipes. They contain 95% natural ingrediants which is why I think my skin is getting on rather well with them. They also contain aloe vera which really helps to calm, cool and sooth the skin, especially if you’ve been out in the sun! I also bought a few more bits from their skincare range and I am loving everything so far (blog post to follow…).

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I am still loving the Origins GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser. I have been using this product for almost a year now and I am still obsessed with it, it is an absolute essential for me. I use this product every other morning and it really wakes up my skin. It is such a gentle exfoliator, helping to unclog pores and remove any dead skin cells for smoother, softer skin. It makes skin appear more radiant and a lot brighter, which is something everyone wants, right? My skin is crazyyyy sensitive so I struggle finding exfoliators that don’t irritate my skin so I was over the moon when I came across this little gem. Could not be without this!

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The toner I use is Pixi Glow Tonic. This is an acid toner, however it is surprisingly gentle. It is an exfoliating toner so it helps to remove any dead skin cells for brighter, more radiant looking skin. It is gentle enough to use morning and evening. I find it helps my skin feel a lot smoother and it looks a lot less dull. This is the perfect toner to use all year round too!

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Next, I use The Body Shop Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate. This product has a rollerball applicator, perfect for fitting into the contours of your eyes. This is great for smoothing and brightening up the under eye area as well as keeping the skin firm. I find that this product really hydrates under my eyes whilst reducing dark circles too. Eye cream is super important as eyes are one of the first things to start ageing so I will do my best to keep them in tip-top condition.

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The next thing I use, which is a relatively new product to me is the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo. I absolutely love this! This is great for blemish prone skin, helping to reduce the appearance of any blemishes, unclogs pores, refines skin texture and controls shine. And, for me, it does just that. I didn’t really notice the difference until I stopped using it for a couple of days, and only then did I realise how great of a product it is.

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I then go on to use another product from La Roche-Posay; the Serozinc Spray. Again, this is for oily and blemish-prone skin and helps to reduce the look and feel of oil and grease on the skin, making it appear a bit more matte. This is great to use before applying your moisturiser. This is also really cooling and refreshing to use during the Summer.

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During summer, I always use a moisturiser with SPF in it. The one I am currently using is the Simple Protecting Light Moisturiser with SPF 15. It is SO important to use a moisturiser with SPF in it as it protects your skin from the sun. SPF in a moisturiser is something that I find a lot of drugstore brands lack, however this one is great and at such an affordable price too. I also use foundations with SPF in during Summer, for that extra bit of protection from the sun.

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I hope you enjoyed my Summer Morning Skincare Routine, let me know your routines in the comments below or if this post has helped you! An evening skincare routine will be up soon!

Don’t forget to like and follow and be sure to check out Dollar Shave Club!

Links and prices below;

Simple Micellar Water £5.99

Yes To Cucumber Facial Wipes £3.99

Origins GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser £15

Pixi Glow Tonic £18

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate £19

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo £15.50

La Roche-Posay Serozinc Spray £8.50

Simple Kind to Skin Light Moisturiser SPF 15 £4.35

Summer Beauty Haul

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So over the past couple of days, I have either ordered online, or picked up quite a few bits from Boots and Superdrug, so I thought it was only right to do a little haul. Actually, I bought more than I realised so I will be doing two separate hauls; a beauty haul and a skincare haul.

Starting with all things make-up and beauty…

I went slightly OTT in Superdrug as they had a 3 for 2 offer across all cosmetics – well, it’d be rude not to, eh?

I am obsessed with matte liquid lipsticks and when I saw that Tanya Burr had released some, I had to try them out. The shade I picked up was Martha Moo, and this is the perfect nude shade with pink, mauvey undertones. It looks quite bright when you first apply it but darkens slightly as it dries. It doesn’t dry out my lips, or have that sticky consistency that others do, it is really comfortable to wear. The packaging of this product, and the rest of Tanya Burr Cosmetics, is absolutely gorgeous. They feel very luxurious considering the prices of the products and the products are of such high quality. I cannot wait for my local store to stock more of these products so I can try more out, I am particularly excited for the new eye shadow palettes!

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Something that I have been desperate to try for ages, but has always been out of stock in my local store, is the Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer in the shade 01. I am yet to find a concealer that beats the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, so I am excited to try this one out and see how the two compare!

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Not that I needed any new mascaras, but I picked up two new releases. The first one is by Maybelline and this is the Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara. I could not get on with the original Lash Sensational at all, as much as I tried and tried, it just wasn’t for me, however, I thought I’d give this one a try. The brush on this is very different to the original Lash Sensational and Maybelline describes it as an “extraordinary patented fanning brush”. I have used this a couple of times and so far, so good! It grabs every lash and really does give that “multiplying effect” that it promises to give.

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The other mascara I bought is another new release, but by L’Oreal and this is the Miss Hippie Mega Volume Mascara. This mascara has a bristle brush as opposed to a plastic brush, and really lengthens and volumises lashes, giving them a feathery, fluttery finish. I have only used this a handful of times but I am loving this so far and can’t wait to use it some more.

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Another new release by Rimmel is the Brow This Way range. I picked up the Highlighting Pencil and the Brow Styling Gel. I am a big fan of brow gels, I think they really help improve the appearance of brows, making them look sharper and more defined so I can’t wait to try this out – I got the shade Dark Brown. I have been searching high and low for a drugstore brow highlighting pencil so I was super excited when I saw that Rimmel had released one. I tend to use a regular highlighter as a brow bone highlight, so I am really looking forward to trying this out.

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Another new product from Rimmel is the 24hr Wear Colour Precise Eyeliner. The L’Oreal Superliner is my all time favourite eyeliner; however, I am always on the look-out for something even better. The shape of this eyeliner looks like it will be ideal for creating the perfect winged liner.

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From Barry M, I picked up a lip liner in the shade 17 which is a nude shade with brown undertones. It lasts really well and looks lovely paired with MAC’s Whirl or Velvet Teddy. I am super impressed and will definitely be picking up some more shades! I also picked up two nail varnishes from Barry M. I got the shade Dark Side of the ‘Shroom from the Sunset Daylight Curing range and Copper Mine from the new Molten Metal range. Barry M are my favourite brand for nail varnishes, the quality of them are amazing and they last such a long time.

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From Revlon, I picked up the ColorStay Foundation in the shade Buff. I have never tried this foundation before and have heard such great things about it, and seeing as I am on the hunt for a new drugstore foundation, I thought I’d give it a try. I got this in the satin finish for normal/dry skin as I much prefer a dewy, glowy look as opposed to a matte finish, especially for this time of year.

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The final thing, I ordered from Beauty Bay and is definitely more of a high-end purchase than high-street. This is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance eye shadow palette. I cannot get over how stunning this palette is! The packaging is really luxurious; a mauvey-pink colour and is also suede. Each and every shade is absolutely beautiful and I am SO excited to experiment with this palette! I will be doing a detailed review on this palette once I have tried and tested it out properly!

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That is everything make-up wise, that I bought recently! I hope you enjoyed this post, let me know your thoughts on any of these products or if you can recommend anything else you think I might like!

Links and prices below;

Tanya Burr Martha Moo Luxe Lip Gloss £5.99

Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer £7.99

Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara £7.99

L’Oreal Miss Hippie Mascara £7.99

Rimmel Brow This Way Styling Gel £3.99

Rimmel Brow This Way Highlighting Pencil £4.99

Rimmel Colour Precise Liner £5.99

Barry M Lip Liner £2.99

Barry M Sunset Nail Paint £4.99

Barry M Molten Metal Nail Paint Copper Mine £3.99

Revlon ColorStay Foundation £12.99

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette £41