27 March 2017

New In: L'Oreal Micellar Water


I tried one Micellar Water a few years ago when they first became popular and then I kind of left them alone. 

Not that I didn't love the one I tried before, it's just that I felt it didn't do anything ground breaking. Fast forward two years and I'm back on the bandwagon and feeling a whole lot more optimistic about the whole Micellar Water thing. 

Being back into the full swing of the gym, I tend to do my entire skin care, hair and make-up there, nearly two hours after I initially wake up and roll out of bed. So I felt like I needed something super quick for when I first get up, that would clean away the products use the night before, without leaving any residue on the skin. I find that I break out more when I'm back at the gym, sweat is not my skins best friend and leaves me with blocked pores, if I, a) don't have a clean face to begin with and, b) don't wash my face straight after. So a quick swipe of Micellar Water before I hit the cross trainer is ideal.

I went for this L'Oreal Paris option, because it had no fancy oils or additional products that I just didn't want or need. 

Made with purified water is swipes away any left over make-up, serums and impurities that may be sitting on the skins surface leaving it feeling clean and so fresh. 

What I love about this particular product is that it is aimed at oily to combination skin and removes excess sebum whilst mattifying the skin leaving it shine free for longer. I can safely say it keeps it's promise and has kept my oily skin somewhat under control.

For a quick and easy morning and evening cleanse, look no further. This product also comes in a version aimed at dry and sensitive skin so it'll work for everyone!

Shay 

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23 March 2017

Top Three Drugstore Foundations



I wish this post was sponsored by L'oreal...it's not, they're just the stars of my make-up bag at the minute!


These three cover all bases, the matte, the dewy and the just right.  For us with oily skin types, finding the right foundation that not only looks good when first applied, but stays good is a tricky task. I spend five days of the week completely make-up free, maybe stretching the effort for my eyebrows every other day. My make-up just never seems to last a day at the office and I like to give my skin the chance to breath.

This means that I no longer feel the need to spend copious amounts on foundations, so when my favourite Charlotte Tilbury base ran out, I didn't run to Selfridges to replace it. Instead, i headed to boots in search of a drugstore alternative for a fraction of the price. 

A few months later, Nars, Mac and Chanel have taken permanent residence at the bottom of my make-up bag in favour of three L'oreal choices, all of which work so well for my skin type. 




I must admit that this isn't new to my collection, but it's one I've recently rekindled my love for. 

I don't know who wears make-up for a whole 24 hours, I won't be the one to try it. However if I were to wear make-up to the office, this would be my choice. All the coverage with all the comfort. What I love most about this is how blendable it is considering the matte finish. 

This is one of the few foundations that keeps my oily skin at bay, covers all blemishes and redness and mattifies any shine. 

Out of the three this has the highest longevity and only after around 5-6 hours does it start to cling to any dry patches (Still no shine!). Which for me, is amazing! 

I went for porcelain, as this is my choice for everyday, when I might not have applied fake tan and it has a lovely cool tone that is so natural. I apply with a damp beauty blender and having tried with a make-up brush, a sponge definitely works best for an even, flawless application.  



Dewy isn't a quality I look for when foundation shopping because my skin nails that all by itself, especially in the summer. 

However this foundation gives my skin a lovely glow and is by far the most natural finish of the three

L'Oreal have an impressive selection of shades in this foundation, meaning you can select the perfect one for you, that kind of your skin but better shade The formula is lightweight and again so comfortable on the skin and even though it may not last as long on my skin type, it has a gorgeous demi-matte finish, that's smooth and radiant. It's so easy to apply using a foundation brush and the coverage is very build-able and takes care of any pesky blemishes with ease! It lasts around 3-4 hours before I need to touch it up. 





New to the bunch is this beauty. A relatively recent addition to the L'Oreal stand, Total Cover is the perfect inbetween. The coverage is insane, L'Oreal claim it will even cover tattoos (I have yet to convince Ryan to let me test that theory) and I can safely say it covers any imperfections with one single coat. Much to my surprise it doesn't look or feel thick or tight and stays that way throughout the day.

The texture is not as thick as I anticipated for such a full cover foundation, it again blends easily and the shade I chose is perfect for me, no orange undertones in sight! 

It comes just under the Infallible Matte in terms of longevity, but a light dusting of powder after a few hours wear buffs away any shine. 

The finish sits perfectly in between True Match and Infallible Matte, natural and healthy looking but completely flawless, I'm in love! 


Have you tried any of these foundations yet?

Shay 

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19 March 2017

Love Me Beauty Bag Review






I'll never tire of opening up a bag of surprises each month. 

I'm going to dive right in this time with a review of each product received this month! Love Me Beauty are a beauty bag subscription service that deliver a few new products to your door at the start of each month, a GREAT way to try before you buy! March's bag was all about revealing a healthy radiance from within! Right up my street.


First up, two from Caudalie. 

These two products are really great sizes and will last quite a while so you can really get a feel for the product! The Vine [Activ] range is adapted to every day life, helping to limit the damage from pollution and reveal a healthy glow from within! They sound like the perfect products right? This month I received the 3 in 1 moisturiser and eye cream and I love them both. 

They're super moisturising whilst still being lightweight, which is a big deal breaker for me when finding the right daily moisturiser. With a whole host of great ingredients such as Vitamin C and Liquorice to energise and de-congest the skin, they're the perfect pair for the upcoming seasons. 

Perricone MD Blue Plasma Cleansing Lotion 

This colourful baby caught my eye first as soon as I opened up the bag and coming from a brand I haven't use before, I was so excited to use it! This again helps to reveal radiance and exfoliate dead skin, make-up and any grime from the day. Simply saturate a cotton pad and smooth the lotion over skin after cleansing before going in with any serums/moisturisers. It's strangely thick in consistency and feels soothing on the skin and sinks in right away! 

Face - Sensitive Skin SPF

The best way to fight of signs of ageing? Sun cream! I forever forget how important it is to have some form of sun protection on our skin every single day (yes even when it isn't sunny). UV rays are always there and always harmful to the skin, so this handy little product has taken residence in my handbag! It's again super lightweight so sits really nicely under make-up! 

Moor Cream Cleanser - Omorovicza 

I may or may not have got too busy using this product to remember to photograph it, OOPS! New to Omorovicza, Moor Mud detoxifies skin to cleanse and purify leaving it feeling so fresh and tingly! My favourite part about this product is that it regulates the production of sebum, perfect for those with oily skin. It's great for a second cleanse and leaves my face squeaky clean. 

Korebeauty Hydrogel Facial Mask

Okay so I ripped this open the minute my hungover self received it last weekend and again forgot to photograph it, the worst beauty blogger ever right? But this gel mask may have been my favourite part of the whole package! With a collagen boost and intense moisture hit it restored my tired and dull skin instantly and felt SO relaxing, I could of kept it on all day long! 

This months edit may have been my favourite yet and I can't wait to see the difference these radiance revealing products make to my skin over the upcoming weeks! You can sign up to Love Me Beauty here! 

Shay 

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13 March 2017

So Fragrance Body Mist Review






What a blast from the past right?

So fragrance was my go to at 14, their aerosol sprays were a firm favourite in my bag and since those kind of sprays fizzled out a few years ago, So Fragrance are back with these beauties. 

My Instagram has been jam packed with cute flat lays featuring their new body mists, so of course I had to get my hands on them too. With a good variety of floral, fruity and sweet they are a perfect addition to your everyday routine, so put the expensive perfumes down and spritz one of these purse friendly options instead. 

I went for Vanilla Milkshake and Watermelon, because overly sweet scents are just my thing and I'm not even sorry about it. 

Vanilla Milkshake does not disappoint, it's a soft and creamy scent that has real longevity for a body mist and smells good enough to eat! I have gotten so many compliments on this one and think it's the perfect fragrance for everyday. 

Watermelon is more fruity and I think it's so lovely for the upcoming seasons. Whilst Vanilla Milkshake is super sweet, this one is fresh and light but just as gorgeous. It's not overly strong on the Watermelon front and the after scent is actually quite floral, however I still love it and the small and light bottle is so easy to throw in to my bag and have to hand all day for a top up! 

Have you tried these yet?

Shay 

x





8 March 2017

Do Hair Growth Vitamins Work? Sugar Bear Hair Review




There's a big hype around hair growth vitamins at the minute, but do they actually work?


5 March 2017

Gym Tips


Okay so I'm absolutely no expert, this is just one girl trying to get fit and healthy to another. 

I've gotten my mojo back recently and it feels good.

Getting the initial motivation to get up and go can be tough, but once you're back into a gym stride, nothing feels better. Speaking from experience, I know that it can be an intimidating place. Packed with toned gym bunnies who look like they know exactly what they're doing and will enjoy sniggering at your attempt to use that weight machine that looks like it might rip your arms right off. Now i'm about three years into being a regular gym goer (albeit a few gym changes and breaks in between), so let me assure you that the gym is probably one of the least judgemental places you can go.

Everyone there has something in common, a goal.

Whether that to be healthy, get toned, lose weight or just counteract that dominoes pizza they ate last night, their priority when they step through the doors is themselves and their own journey. So if you ever see anyone taking time out of their workout to concern themselves with what you're doing, they're doing life wrong. 

All that being said, I wanted to share with you some tips for the gym, that I've picked up along the way and still learn each gym session.

First up, preparation is key. 

Nothing kills your workout like standing around deciding what to do. Plan, plan plan. I like to pick a body area to focus on each day and then plan a HIIT style circuit workout around that. If you're a gym newbie, Pinterest is amazing for this. Simply search for something like 'arm workout' and you'll have a full routine to get through in a quick 30 minutes, which will leave you feeling throughly pumped for the day. I take to the cross trainer for a 15-20 minute warm up each morning before I go for a circuit.

Try a class.

Gym classes are perfect for a new gym goer or even a regular. Not only are they lead by trainers that know exactly what they're doing, they can teach you new moves and workouts that you then use yourself, at the gym or even at home. As i've just switched gyms again I haven't been to a class in a while, but when I get back into them, spin will be my favourite to burn off those cheat meals from the weekend!

Don't be scared to try new things. 

There is some questionable looking equipment that still looks daunting to me, but we all start somewhere and giving everything a good go is so important. If there's something that you want to try just go for it, perhaps hover on a treadmill nearby and watch other people use it first so that you know how it works. Even the most experienced users have started from square one and you won't know until if you like it until you give it a go!

Eat light and keep hydrated. 

This may be trial and error and a case of seeing what works for you, but I cannot workout on a full stomach. It gives me stitch and generally just slows me down. Therefore I opt for a banana or quite often some fasted cardio and eat within 30 minutes after. That period after the gym is essential breakfast/lunch/dinner time because you still burn calories within that time. So get your workout done and eat your porridge after. Of course throughout that whole time, DRINK WATER. 

Finally, remember it's your very personal journey and it can be however you want it to be, what's so great about the gym these days it that people are trying new things and enjoying sharing new ways to use weights and equipment that have never been done before.

There is no right or wrong way to do it, there's no limit to how long or short your workout has to be and there's no set amount of days you need to dedicate. Find your flow and roll with it. 

Shay 

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