Thursday, 23 October 2014

Morning Skincare Routine

I'm back with my skincare routine which I perform in the morning. I didn't do this on purpose but all the products are from Simple which when I think about it isn't all that weird because I love Simple as a brand. For the last couple of years, I have been using Simple products and they just work well for me and help me maintain healthy skin. So if you would like to see my quick morning skincare then here we go...

The first step in my routine is to wash my face with the Simple Kind To Skin Moisturising Facial Wash. I like using this wash because it leaves my skin feeling refreshed and really wakes me up as I rinse the wash off with water. This wash doesn't string my eyes or upset my skin which is great news. 

Next up is the Simple Kind To Skin Soothing Facial Toner. I'm not going to lie when I say that I had not idea what toner did when I started using it but I believe that it helps to level out the PH levels on the surface of the skin. Anyway I use this toner because it is alcohol free and is soothing. 

The last step is to Moisturise and I use the Simple Kind To Skin Replenishing Moisturiser. This moisturiser is amazing if you have dry skin and doesn't break me out or string my skin which is great. I just take a pea size of this moisturiser and just rub it into my face. This moisturiser leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft. 

Told you it was a quick routine! These are just products that work well for me and they may work differently for you. You don't have to follow my routine but this is just how I do it and I hope you found it interesting. 

What products do you use in the morning?

Emily <3  

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Best & Worst of MUA // Part 2

A couple of days ago, I post Part 1 of this post and I thought I would finish off this post with a part two. The reason as to why I split this post into two was because when I first came up with the idea I noticed that I had so many MUA products so I thought why not make two posts. If your wondering what MUA is then check part 1 of this post in which I explain everything. However if you want to see the second part than we go...

Best - Single Eyeshadows
In my last post, I talked about a number of different palettes such as the Undressed and Undress Me Two which I love but MUA also do some amazing single eyeshadows. The quality and pigmentation is amazing and for £1 each it is the bargain of the century. You get 2g in each eyeshadow which is a fair bit and they come in a range of different colours.  

Best - Intense Kisses Lip Gloss
I first heard about this lip glosses from Miss Budget Beauty and she said they were great dupes for the Rimmel Apocalips and  you know what she was so right! This lip gloss is so pigmented and leaves a stain behind which is great because then you don't have to keep reapplying it. The colour I own is 'Lips Are Sealed' and its a great everyday wearable colour. These lip glosses cost £2 each and come in a range of colours.

Best - Power Pout Colour Intense Tint & Balm 
Another lip product from MUA that I am a big fan of is their 'Colour Intense Tint & Balm' which I have in 'Rendezvous'. Because I love my nude lip products, this is of course a nude colour with a hint of pink to it. One thing I love about this product is that it doesn't dry the lips out and really moistures them instead. These cost £3 each which I feel is very reasonable. 

Worst - Lipstick 'Bare'
There is one lip product that I didn't get on with very well and that was a Lipstick in the shade 'Bare'. I normally love a good nude lipstick however this one didn't wow me. This lipstick has got a weird formula because it goes onto the lips nice and smoothly but after a while it is completely gone and just leaves you with dry lips. I personally don't like these lipsticks but they were only £1 each so I can't really ask for great quality. 

Worst - Heaven & Earth Eye Shadow Palette
The last product I'm going to be talking about is the Heaven and Earth Palette which is weird because all the other eye shadow products from MUA I have loved but this one just wasn't as good. The pigmentation just wasn't there and there was a lot of fallout and sadly this palette hardly gets any use. I don't know whether I got a bad batch one or if they are all like this because I have enjoyed all the other palettes.  

And that's my best and worst of MUA! I haven't tried every product from MUA and these are just my own options. I hope you found this post helpful, useful and interesting. 

What's your favourite MUA product? 

Emily <3 

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Best & Worst of MUA // Part 1

A couple of months back, I did a post about the best and worst products from Rimmel London and I thought that I would try the same for Make Up Academy which I often refer to as MUA. If you have never of MUA before, they are a UK based brand and are a budget make up brand. Their prices start from £1 and are often referred to as the UK version of Elf. Anyway over the last year or so, I have collected a range of different MUA products and I thought I would share with you my 'Best & Worst of MUA'. 

Best - Dusk Till Dawn & Ever After Matte Palettes 
One thing that MUA is well known for is their cheap but amazing palettes and of course being the eyeshadow lover I am, I have tried a few. I couldn't agree more with the bloggers and youtubers that love these palettes because they are amazing. The 'Ever After Matte Palette' is the perfect palette for people who just want to basic colours without the glitter and shine. The other palette I love is the 'Dusk Till Dawn' palette which is full of  shimmer shades and is perfect for a party or a night out. 

Best - Undressed & Undress Me Two Palettes
These palettes are two of the most popular palettes from MUA and this is because they are dupes of the Urban Decay Naked and Naked 2. If I am honest, I don't feel the need to buy the actual Naked palettes because these ones from MUA are so good and give great colour pay off and pigmentation. They cost £4 each which is just unbelievable and worth a go!

Best - Undress Your Skin Foundation
I am not the biggest foundation wearer however this foundation is truly amazing. I love wearing this foundation because it is a very light coverage. This foundation really even outs the skin tone and makes my skin glow and look very healthy. I haven't found a foundation that is as good as this and to add to this, it only costs £5 which is amazing. However it doesn't come with a pump but if you can get past that it is such a good budget foundation. 

Best - Cream Blusher 'Dolly'
Before buying this, I hadn't ever thought about trying a cream blush but this one only cost £2 so I thought why not try one. Believe it or not, I actually love this blush. It has a cream to powder formula rather than cream to liquid formula. I personally prefer the cream to powder formula and this blusher is great and has the perfect everyday colour to it. It doesn't fade or slip off my oily skin which is great. 

Best - Powder Blusher 'Bonbon' & 'Candyfloss' 
Their powder blushers was just as good as their cream blushers. I am being honest when I say that I use these powder blushers almost everyday because they are so good. They have great colour pay off and only cost £1 each which is the bargain of the year. 

Worst - Bronzing Powder 
It's not that I don't enjoy using this bronzing powder because I do but I don't like the fact isn't fully matte and it does contain a bit of glitter. I personally don't like using bronzer with glitter in but other than that I like this bronzer. Another thing to add is that, this is the lightest shade they had and still is fairly dark. 

Worst - Eye Shadow Primer 
As a person with every oily eye lids, I tried to find the best drugstore eye primer around and this one didn't make the cut because it didn't make a difference to the eyeshadow and if anything it made it worse. However this product did just cost £1 so I can't really expect amazing results but it was still disappointing. 

I have decided due to the amount of products I own from MUA, to split this post into two. So don't miss part 2 of this Best and Worst of MUA. I hope you found this post useful and interesting and these are just my options on the products. 

Have you tried MUA before? What's your favourite item?

Emily <3  

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Max Factor Glossfinity 'Red Passion'

One of my favourite things to do is try new nail polishes and one brand that I have never really tried is Max Factor however while shopping I noticed the colour 'Red Passion'. I don't really own a rich red nail polish colour so when I saw this colour I couldn't help but buy it. 

I had heard a number of different bloggers talking about the Max Factor Glossfinity Nail Polish and I really wanted to try it. This nail polish claims to stay glossy for up to 7 days and I am not going to lie when I say that I am so impressed by the glossy. This is because I have had this nail polish on for 2 days and have gone to swim training and there isn't a chip and still looks glossy. Amazing!

I love the colour of this nail polish because it is the perfect cherry red and is great for this time of year because it is a darker colour but still gives it a hint of colour and of course is very glossy indeed. This nail polish cost £5.99 which isn't the cheapest nail polish around but is worth a try if you want a glossy and long lasting nail polish. 

Have you tried this nail polish before? What did you think?

Emily <3  

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder

One product that I have been talking non stop about has been the Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder and I thought why not review it. I decided that I would review this powder now because I have been using this powder for a while and I felt that now would be a good time to review it. The main reason why I picked up this powder was because I have very oily skin and therefore I normally end up very shiny. I have been on the hunt for a good oil controlling powder and I thought I found it with the Seventeen Miracle Matte powder however it broke me out and so the hunt continues. 

I heard so many people taking about this powder and everyone said that it was amazing and worth trying so I gave in to the hype and brought it. One thing I do love about this powder is the packaging because it is just stunning. It is a compact which is perfect for travelling with and contains a mirror and of course the powder. I love how thin it is and just fits into my handbag without a problem.

Now onto the actual product. I'm sure I have said this before seriously this product smells heavenly! It smells like fruit and people said that it smells like the Bourjois foundations but I wouldn't know as I have never tried their foundations but don't worry they are on my wish list. I brought the colour '52 Vanilla' which a great colour match for me but I couldn't found any other colours which is strange. 

The powder is very finely milled and doesn't look cakey or powdery and looks very natural. I would say that this powder does a pretty good job at controlling the oil and shin and claims to provide 10 hours of matte however I wouldn't say it provides 10 hours but rather 6-7 hours. Because of this, I do have to powder throughout the day which isn't ideal but it isn't the worst powder I have ever tried. 

Overall I feel that this powder is great at setting make up and controlling oil to a certain degree but after a while the shin does seem to come through which means touch up throughout the day may be needed. This powder cost £8.99 but I feel it is worth a go if you have slightly oil skin however if you have very oily skin, you may to powder after a couple hours but overall I use powder everyday and have yet to find a powder that tops this one. 

The Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder can be brought here.

Have you tried this product before? What did you think?

Emily <3 

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Budget Eye Cream: Simply Sensitive Hydrating Eye Cream

One thing that I haven't really tried is eye cream and this is because I didn't really know where to start because most eye creams are anti-wrinkle and that's not what I really want and lots of eye creams aren't cheap either. However the other day I was in Boots and I spotted this eye cream and I decided to pick it up and give it a go. This eye cream is from a Boots own brand and normally costs £3.49.   

The packaging on this eye cream isn't anything fancy or special but you can't really ask for more at £1.95. However I do like the nib of this tube because it ensures that not much product comes out when you squeeze the tube. I like how small this product is because it is great for travelling with and this will come in handy as I do often travel home. 

The actual product is white and contains soothing aloe vera which feels very cool and refreshing on my skin. Another great thing about this eye cream is that it is designed for sensitive skin which means that it is gentle on the delicate skin around your eyes. I feel that this eye cream really hydrates the skin and leaves it feeling soft. I would seriously recommend this eye cream if your looking for a budget eye cream from Boots. 

This hydrating eye cream can be brought here - Link

Have you tried this eye cream before? What's your favourite eye cream?

Emily <3 

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Drugstore Skincare Haul

Yet another haul but this time it is not make up but rather skincare from the drugstore. When I research about skincare, a lot of bloggers and youtubers talk about more high end skincare, however I feel that you can find loads of great skincare in the drugstore as I did and I thought why not show you what I picked up.

Clean & Clear Blackhead Clearing Daily Scrub - Link Here
The first product I picked up was the Clean and Clear blackhead scrub because I had run out of this. I normally use this stuff when I have spots and I just put a bit on the spot and this dries out the spot and helps get rid of it. I don't use this scrub everyday and I don't use it all over my face either. This scrub cost £3.99 which is a great price for the drugstore. 

Nivea Lip Butter 'Blueberry Blush' - Link Here
I love using the Nivea Lip Butter in Raspberry Rose however when I saw the Blueberry Blush Lip Butter, I couldn't help but pick it up. Can I just say that this lip butter smells so good and makes me want to eat it. I believe that this Lip Butter is fairly new and I love it! It cost £2.10 which is great and worth picking if you love blueberry. 

Simply Pure Cleansing Face Mask - Link Here
I believe that simply pure is a Superdrug own brand for sensitive skin and I had never tried any thing from them before so I picked up the Cleansing Face Mask. I have tried this face mask a couple of times and I have to say it is rather nice. It leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft and cost £2.59 which is an amazing bargain price. 

Vitamin E Leave-On Moisture Mask - Link Here
Another Superdrug own brand is Vitamin E and I also wanted to try a product from them so I picked up the Leave-On Moisture Mask. I don't know how to describe this mask because it is a gel jelly like texture which I found very strange at first. This mask is different from others because you apply the mask and then leave it to sink in and don't remove it. I'm not 100% sure how I feel about it but it cost around £3. 

Boots Simply Sensitive Hydrating Eye Cream - Link Here
The last product is an eye cram from a Boots own brand called Simply Sensitive which again is designed for sensitive skin. I have been using this eye cream for the last week and I have been loving it and is a great eye cream and doesn't sting. It cost £3.49 but was on half price cost £1.74 which was a bargain I couldn't resist. 

That's a lot of skincare products and these products were brought over a period of time and these are just my thoughts and based on my skin. I hope you got some ideas of products to buy if you were looking for some new budget skincare products. 

What skincare products have you brought recently? 

Emily <3