Review: Glossier makeup…

I love makeup. I love wearing makeup, I love doing my make up, I love shopping for makeup. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind a bare face but makeup just makes me feel better, do you know what I mean? My face is literally drier than the Sahara desert so I have to be quite careful with how I apply my makeup base because it just sticks to all the dry bits and looks awwffullllll. I like to wear makeup everyday for work and to help my skin breathe I never wear too much but I like there to be some there so I don’t look like a corpse. It’s just not a good look for me ok. I’ve experimented a lot with different makeup bases but never found any that have changed the game. Recently (I’m really late to the party) Glossier started to ship to the UK, I’ve read a lot about their products and was sold on the promise of a ‘healthy, natural glow’. We all know I love to glooowwwwwwwww!

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After having a good look at their website and reading a lot of reviews, I decided on the Skin Tint – £20, Boy Brow – £14 and Cloud paint – £15. I know that may seem a little pricey for ‘no makeup makeup’ but No7 has very similar pricing and leave me alone I can’t help myself ok.

Skin tint… Love it. I’m sold. Cya. Seriously though this is so nice. It’s quite thin and literally gives a tint, obviously, of colour to the skin. It glides on so easily and really hydrates. I definitely only feel comfortable using this when my skin is looking good but it is a great every day makeup base that doesn’t clog up pores and lets skin breathe. I love how light it feels and at the end of a working day I don’t feel like I need to take my makeup off as soon as I get home.

Boy Brow… I’ve only ever used powder products on my brows so at first I found this quite hard to use. Luckily my eyebrows are quite bushy and full so I don’t need to fill them but they do need a bit of taming and this does the job perfectly. It keeps them in place all day without making them feel crispy and weird and it gives them that cool brushed out natural look.

Cloud Paint… I got this in the colour Dusk because I think it’s the most muted of the colours they sell. I prefer brownish tones on my cheeks rather than a bright blush and I also thought this colour would be great to contour with. I’ve never liked applying cream blushes because they take ages, they go everywhere and it’s so easy to accidently put loads on. You barely need any of the product and it dabs on so nicely! I honestly never thought I would love a product like this! It blends out so quick and goes on evenly without any patches, it just gives the most perfect flush to the cheeks. I love it!

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In my package I also got samples of the Milk Jelly Cleanser and their perfume Glossier You. I’ve been wanting to try the cleanser for aaaages, it’s had so many positive reviews! I liked it but I’m not sure that I would buy a big bottle of it. It felt nice on my skin, cleansed my face well and I had no reaction at all but I didn’t like the squeaky clean feeling it gave me afterwards. I think I need to try it again to really make up my mind as I only got one use out of the sachet. I love the perfume though! I know I am fragrance free and I hardly ever use perfume but one spray on my clothes is alright every now and again. This smells lovely, really fresh, cool and it suits the brand so much!

So yeah, basically I love Glossier and now I need every product. I just love how they’re all about the dewy, natural look whilst hydrating and protecting the skin. All their products are paraben free, fragrance free, cruelty free and hypoallergenic. Literally my dream brand! I am also a converted ‘no makeup makeup’ lover…am I Emily Weiss yet???

DIY Pink Salt Bath Melts…

I’m back with another DIY, I can’t get enough! Yes this is very similar to my other bath melt DIY but this recipe was a happy little accident when I was experimenting in my kitchen and I had to share it with you!

Ahhh winter you are so lovely but my skin hates you. Dry skin during the colder months is very common but for me it seems like even if I just go outside for 2 minutes the flakes appear! Can you not! The only way to get around this is to get that moisture in to your skin and keep it there! Baths and oils are a good way to do this so I mixed the two to create these dreamy, silky, pink salt bath melts. Let’s get making…

You will need:

  • A glass bowl.
  • A jug.
  • A metal spoon.
  • Silicon moulds (I use cupcake ones).
  • A pan of boiling water.
  • Shea butter.
  • Coconut oil.
  • Pink Himalayan bath salts (I’m using Nathalie Bond Organics Rose and Patchouli bath salts).

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The first step is to add 3 heaped tablespoons of coconut oil and 3 heaped tablespoons of shea butter to the glass bowl using the metal spoon. It’s easier to clean the soon if it’s metal because of the oils. Then melt the two together by putting the glass bowl on the pan of boiling water and gently stir. I usually have my hob on a medium heat so that the oils should melt slowly without overheating.

When it’s all melted together pour the mixture into the jug and divide evenly into the silicon moulds. Like I said in my last bath melts post, I use cupcake moulds because I already had them and I like my melts to be quite chunky but you can’t use any moulds you like!

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When the oil mixture has cooled a little bit in the moulds but not started to set, sprinkle in a tablespoon or so of the bath salts. The mixture should still be runny and clear so the salts will all sink to the bottom of your moulds. Pop them in the freezer for 2-3 hours and once set keep in the fridge until you are ready to use.

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Thats it! These bath melts are perfect for this time of year because the combination of shea butter and coconut oil is highly moisturising without any harsh chemicals. The Nathalie Bond Organics salts that I used will also work well because they have Dead Sea salt and rose, two ingredients that are amazing for dry, sensitive, eczema prone skin. So treat yourself to bath and lock in that moisture! Also, like the lavender bath melts, these would also make a great gift for any dry, flakey pals!

Please make sure you wipe down the bath after you have used bath melts because they can be very slippery! Locking in moisture does not mean we need to break our legs people!

The Versatile Blogger Award…

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I got nominated for an award!!! Whaaaatttttt! I’ve never been nominated or thought I would be nominated for anything! Thank you so much Sonam, I appreciate it so much and it’s really motivated me to keep blogging!

7 facts about me that you didn’t know…

  1. I really love making things, especially for my home and for family/friends.
  2. I live with a tarantula called Snowflake. She’s my boyfriends and she is terrifying!!!
  3. My favourite city in the whole world is Bruges. Urghh it’s just so beautiful and I have some great memories from there.
  4. Laughing is my favourite thing ever. I can’t go a day without laughing.
  5. I have an advanced open water diving certificate and I learnt how to dive in Mexico.
  6. I weirdly enjoy cleaning, especially when I’m stressed out or having a bad day.
  7. I really don’t like olives. Piss off you slimy devils!

Who I nominate…

  1. Charlotte – A Life of Charlotte
  2. Laura – Lelore
  3. Monica – The Wong Blog
  4. Selina – Eczema Tales
  5. Char – Lunar Char
  6. Meg – Meg Goodier
  7. Emily Rose – A Whimsical Rose

I have nominated all these lovely ladies because they work hard, inspire me and deserve it! I really hope you enjoy reading their blogs just as much as I do.

For those of you that have been tagged, the rules of accepting this award are…

  • Thank the person that nominated you and link their blog.
  • Share 7 facts about yourself that no one will know about you.
  • Nominate 7 other bloggers for the award.

Updated morning skincare routine…

In September I shared my updated evening skincare routine and I thought it was about time I shared my morning one too! As you know if you have been reading my posts, over the past few months I have really stripped my skincare back to basics. I’ve been concentrating more on keeping control of my clear skin rather than trying to achieve the impossible (looking like a Snapchat filter). So let’s get into it…

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  • Hydromol.

Oh Hydromol, I love you. You are so strange but so good. I shower at night so in the morning I start off by washing my face. I use Hydromol as a soap substitute in the shower but it’s also a great facial cleanser for super dry skin. I wet my face, take around a £2 coins worth of Hydromol in my hand, add a bit of water and rub my hands together to make a creamy cleanser. I rub it all over my face, really concentrating on any problematic areas and then slowly pat it off with a soft sponge or muslin cloth. I will then pat my face dry with a towel and get ready for the next step.

  • Childs Farm Baby Moisturiser.

Baby skincare products are always the best for super sensitive skin! If you would have told me 6 months ago that I use a lotion as my daily moisturiser I would have laughed! My face is soooo dry that I always thought only the really thick and heavy creams would work…not any more! I apply about half a pump or so of this cream all I’ve my face and neck, concentrating on the places that need it the most and then I let it sink in for a minute.

  • Egyptian Magic.

I know I rave about this cream a lot but seriously, it’s amazing! I only apply about a pea sized bit in the mornings because my face is already quite hydrated from the Hydromol and Childs Farm but I love the glow it gives to my skin and it’s also a bit of added protection throughout the day against this cold weather! After I have patted my pea sized amount into my skin I apply my makeup like normal.

These three steps are really working for me at the minute, especially along side my evening routine. My skin feels soft, plump and at the minute (touch wood) it’s free of any redness and dry patches! I feels hydrated throughout the day and the lightness of the Childs Farm moisturiser means my skin can breathe and doesn’t get congested like it used to. I’m loving it and I’m feeling really content with my skin at the moment!

What products do you use in the morning?