28 January 2016

My Current Favourite Foundation


 There's been a lot of hype surrounding the beautiful Charlotte Tilbury and her makeup line in the past couple of years. And why not, her products are great and shes got the packaging and brand image down to a T.

Before Christmas I was in need of a new foundation. I'm always on the hunt for a foundation that I really like. I have plenty of foundations in my makeup kit which I love using on other people but some just not so much on myself. I had heard all things good about CT's magic foundation and after a recommendation from a fellow makeup artist I decided it would be next on my hit list.

And ... well ... I love it. It's incredibly lightweight and effortless to wear whilst providing a good amount of coverage. And what's even better is the shade range, they actually cater for whiter than white skin as well as black skin tones. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I wasn't the lightest shade in the range, which makes a change.


I wear shade 2 - fair and it blends perfectly into my skin. For £29.50 it is fairly priced in comparison to other high end brands. I definitely want to invest in some more shades for my kit and I will definitely be repurchasing it for myself.

Have you tried CT's magic foundation? What do you think of it?

Han
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25 January 2016

January Glossybox

Having received a 12 month subscription to Glossybox from Ben for Christmas I was really excited to receive my January box. This month, Glossybox aren't focusing on giving something up, they are all about 2016 being 'the year of more'. And without further ado...


UNANI DERMO DEFENSE FACE MASK

 I haven't heard of Unani before so I'm looking forward to trying this face mask out. For a long time I've used face masks from The Body Shop so it will be nice to try something new!

MARIA NILA LUMINOUS COLOUR HAIR MASQUE

Again, another brand that I am new to! I love the packaging of this hair masque and it smells divine too! Anything to help nourish my hair in this weather gets a thumbs up from me!

GLOSSYBOX EYESHADOW IN GLOSSY MAUVE

Being a makeup artist I'm often skeptical about eyeshadows.I find they can be very hit and miss but I'm impressed with this satin eyeshadow from Glossybox. It's a lovely shade and can be used both wet and dry. I've tried it dry (see swatch below) and it is so pigmented so am looking forward to trying it out wet too! 

TEEEZ COSMETICS OASIS GEM LIPSTICK

Teeez Cosmetics is another brand that I'm not familiar with. First impressions ... I LOVE the packaging! This is a lovely shade for transitioning between winter and spring and feels so hydrating on the lips. I've swatched it below for full colour appreciation!

MÁDARA CELLULAR REPAIR SERUM

And finally, a luzury sized serum. I love trying out different brands of serum so I'm looking forward to seeing how this one fairs.

 L-R: Teeez Cosmetics Oasis Gem LIpstick & Glossybox Eyeshadow in Glossy Mauve

Do you subscribe to Glossybox? What did you receive in your box? 

Han
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21 January 2016

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16 January 2016

Review: REN Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream


It's so important to look after your skin, especially in this cold weather so I'm always on the lookout for new products to try. I have a couple of moisturisers that I like and tend to repurchase but recently I've needed something a little more nourishing and hydrating.

I've tried a couple of products from REN in tester sizes and really enjoyed using them so decided to give this day cream a try. I've been using it for nearly a month now and I've definitely noticed a difference in my skin. It's much more hydrated and I find that even towards the end of the day my skin still feels refreshed and not tight. It's formulated for sensitive skin and to combat redness and I have to say I've certainly not been as aware of redness - a big bonus in my book!

What's more is that a little product goes a long way. REN recommend 2 pumps massaged over face and neck is ideal however I've found that 1 pump is ample! A 50ml bottle will set you back £28, not a bad price compared to other higher end skincare brands.  I also really like the packaging, with alternative colours depending on the range you buy.  I will definitely be repurchasing this when my current one finishes and may even treat myself to a couple of other products to try!

Have you used REN? If so what are your favourite products? Or do you have a different brand that you like?

Han
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12 January 2016

Home Decor: Mad About Maps


1. Duvet Cover Set | 2. Lamp Shade | 3. Wall Clock | 4. Bath Mat | 5. Suitcase | 6. Footstool | 7. Coasters | 8. Bunting

I have to admit that I'm still a big map lover even after a career change away from Geography. I have a rather large collection of map-related things such as cushions, wall art, atlases, a map blind in my bedroom, cups and mugs to name a few.

With moving out on the horizon, I've started thinking about how I might like to jazz up my new place. And what better way than to start with maps! I mean it could be a little overkill but so far my love is yet to dwindle! 

I love the old school suitcase and already have an up-cycle idea to make it a vanity station complete with mirror inside. I also love the dual aspect of the foot stool as it has been suggested it could be used as a small coffee/magazine table.

Do you like maps? Or do you have a print or style you like?

Han
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9 January 2016

Glossybox 2016


I'm very excited to be receiving my first ever subscription to Glossybox. A couple of years ago I received a Birchbox subscription for my birthday from my brother and sister and absolutely loved opening it each month to see what goodies I had. I don't think it's something I would really subscribe to as I couldn't justify spending the money on myself but as a present, yes please! 

This Christmas Ben went away for a week so we decided to celebrate Christmas between us on new year. Well, Ben being disorganised didn't have my present ready but it was well worth the wait! I'm very impressed with his present buying skills, especially when it involves beauty!

I will of course be updating you all on what I receive in each box and hopefully my first one will be here next week!

Do you subscribe to a beauty box? If so, which one?

Han
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4 January 2016

Happy New Year!

 
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Hello 2016! I realise we are now 4 days into 2016, however I never really feel the new year starts until a Monday. Weird logic, I know!

So, 2015 was a bit of a whirlwind. I became a freelance makeup artist and hair stylist in TV and film in February and spent most of the year either looking for work or working. It was a great first year and I'm looking forward to all the ventures that may come my way this year.

Due to life generally being crazy as well as the excitement of a new career, blogging was something that I just couldn't keep up with however much I tried. I missed blogging and chatting to fellow bloggers during twitter chats so one of my new years resolutions is to get back into blogging.

As for the second resolution, it's the standard lose weight and get fit. My fitness nosedived last year and I sort of lost all motivation to do anything about it. Well, 2016 is going to be the year. I know the whole new year, new me is a bit of a cliché but I'm jumping on the bandwagon. I've even been to a legs, bums and tums class this morning (mini cheer for me)!

I feel like I've set 2 very achievable resolutions this year and now I've said that, there's no going back!

Have you set yourself any new years resolutions? If so, what are they?

Han
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