Top High Street Face Masks

Face masks are a huge part of my skincare routine. I try and do a face mask twice a week, or whenever my skin is particularly bad.

Here are some of my top high-street face masks.

The L’Oreal Blemish Rescue Mask is one of my faves for when my skin just feels a bit meh. If I’m a bit spotty, hormonal, my skin is just a bit uneven and doesn’t look too great, this does the job. It’s soothing and really helps calm my skin down. I love the rest of the L’Oreal face mask range too, but this is my absolute favourite.

The Soap and Glory Radiance Boosting Sheet Mask is THE BEST face mask if your skin is looking a bit dull and lack lustre and you’re after a bit of a glow. I am really into sheet masks at the minute and the whole Soap and Glory range is fab. This is my go-to if my skin is crying out for some radiance and glow. Origins also so amazing sheet masks – highly recommend.

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The Ordinary Peeling Solution is quite a harsh face mask and it does tingle quite a bit, but that means it’s working, right? It’s a really deep exfoliation treatment and is perfect if my skin is a bit uneven, feels a bit rough and just needs a bit a lot of TLC. I do have sensitive skin, and it leaves my skin a little red afterwards, but my skin is really, really thankful for this product once a week. I really notice a different when I use this.

If you suffer from large or clogged pores like I do, then charcoal masks are great. I love the Origins Active Charcoal mask, but a cheaper alternative for this is the Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask. This is great for giving your skin a really thorough detox, and leaves it feel super clean and refreshed afterwards.

These are the four high-street face masks I go to when my skin needs a bit of looking after.

What are your high-street recommendations? Let me know!

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August Favourites!

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I swear these months are going by quicker and quicker! On the plus side, I cannot explain how excited I am for Autumn and Winter; hot chocolate, beanie hats, cosy jumpers and candles – that’s what it’s all about! So, I’m going to be chatting you through everything I have been obsessed with throughout August.

Max Factor Master Piece Max Mascara is a new find for me, and I can honestly say that this is one of the best drugstore mascaras I have ever tried. Max Factor is a brand I haven’t tried too much of, and this mascara has really made me want to venture out and try so much more from them. This product really helps to lengthen and volumise lashes. I know a lot of people love clumpy looking lashes, but my lashes are so naturally long that I really doesn’t suit me, and this does the job absolutely perfectly! It is also great for bottom lashes too! This mascara reminds me of the Yves Saint Laurent Baby Doll mascara, so if any of you are looking for a dupe…

Maybelline Master Precise Curvy Eyeliner is a recent purchase, but one I have been absolutely loving. To be honest, I only bought this because I was so intrigued by the shape of the eyeliner that I knew I just had to try it! And, I was pleasantly surprised. It is actually really easy to use and is great for creating winged liner. It is ideal for creating thin, or thick lines, as well as flicks.

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My next favourite is the Yes to Tomatoes Daily Balancing Moisturiser. I have been using this everyday for the last 3 or 4 weeks and I am IN LOVE. It leaves my skin feeling so nourished and hydrated and doesn’t leave me with the odd dry patch, like some other moisturisers do. Some moisturisers tend to leave my skin feeling quite dry after it has been absorbed into my skin, however this product leaves my skin feeling soft for hours on end.

I get stuck in a bit of a rut with concealers; once I’ve found one I love, I just tend to stick with it. However, the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer has made its way into my everyday makeup routine. It’s super creamy and doesn’t cling to any dry patches and it has really great coverage.

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NYX Liquid Suede’s are the best liquid lipsticks I have tried. They don’t dry out or crack my lips, they last a really long time even through eating and drinking. They are really pigmented and one layer is more than enough! I have quite a few of the shades but the shades I have been wearing most regularly is Sandstorm and Soft Spoken as they are the perfect for all year round and go great with a neutral, or smoky eye. I also LOVE Stone Fox, but it is slightly more out there and is definitely something I will be wearing throughout Autumn and Winter.

Another NYX product and this is the Contour Palette. I have tried many different drugstore contour products and this is by far the best. The shade ‘Sculpt’ is the perfect shade for creating that chiselled cheeks look as it has a slightly grey undertone to it. I have also been really enjoying using the yellow shade ‘Cream’ to set my under-eye concealer. The highlight shades are also amazing; super pigmented and no fallout. The palette is £18, but you can also buy individual shades for £5 each, if you didn’t want the whole palette.

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My next favourite is Tanya Burr Eye Shadow Palettes. Both of these are from the Soft Luxe Collection; Enchanted Dream and Birthday Suit. I couldn’t decide which one to include in my favourites as I love and use them both so regularly, so I thought ‘why not include both?’. Each palette consists of four shadows, all of which are super wearable. Birthday Suit is a much more subtle palette consisting of a champagne shimmer, a nude with pink and beige undertones, a shimmer brown, and a matte brown. Enchanted Dream is a slightly smokier palette and consists of a champagne shimmer, a brown shimmer with plum undertones, a mauve matte and a deep purple matte. All of the shades in both palettes are so easily wearable, they are really pigmented, blend wonderfully and last such a long time! For £6 each, you really can’t go wrong!

Yet, another eye shadow favourite. This time, a more high-end palette; the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette. I cannot explain how beautiful this palette is. All of the shades are super pigmented and blend like an absolute dream! This is the perfect palette for the transition from Summer to Autumn, and even through Winter too. It has the perfect combination of matte and shimmer shades, and has the most gorgeous, mauvey-pink suede packaging.

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My final favourite is the Zoella Sweet Inspirations Bath Latte. This smells absolutely incredible! It is such a calming, relaxing scent, that isn’t overly sweet and overpowering, but strong enough that it lingers on the skin for such a long time! It is the perfect all-year-round scent. On a side note, how amazing does the new Zoella Lifestyle range look? I am definitely going to be placing a HUGE order when they get released, buying at least one of everything! And, of course I will be writing a blog post on what I get! SO EXCITED.

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That is all for my August Favourites! Get ready for lots of Autumn/Winter themed posts coming your way because I CAN NOT WAIT!

I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know what products you’ve been loving recently, and if you’re excited for Autumn!

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Love, Meg x

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!

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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