L’Oreal Paris Face Masks

My skin has always been an issue for me. As a teenager it was always spotty and a nightmare to get under control. As an adult the spots are less but the under-skin spots and blackheads are un-moveable. I’ve tried everything from blackhead strips, daily exfoliating and deep pore cleansers and none have worked for me.

I came across the L’Oreal facemasks on Amazon when I was ordering some sheet face masks and I thought I’d give them a go, they’d gotten really good reviews and they weren’t massively expensive. I brought two, the 3 Pure Clays and Charcoal Detox Mask and the Smooth Sugar Clear Kiwi Face and Lip Scrub.

Before using the face mask I took off my make up with a the Simple Face Wash, patted my face dry and then applied the detox mask with a foundation brush. It only took about five/ten minutes to dry and it also didn’t dry making my face feel tight. I rinsed it off with warm water and then used the Sugar Scrub.

The detox mask is really good and I strongly recommend it, a little goes a long way with this too so I can see it lasting a long time, even if I use it twice a week I think this pot will last me a couple of months. It doesn’t feel harsh on the skin which considering I have fairly sensitive skin, is a good thing.
Processed with VSCO with c1 presetThe Sugar Scrub however I found harsher on the skin. I’m not sure if maybe I was being particularly heavy handed or not but it felt rather rough on the skin. It did work wonders on my black heads though and got rid of a fair few. I finished it off with a black head strip to grab hold of any last little black heads. I’m super happy with the results from these and their now firmly put in my weekly skin care routine.

Pros and Cons of short hair

Having just cut about ten inches off my hair, I thought I’d do a pro’s and cons of my decision…

Pro: 

  • Its easier to brush and less knotty
  • looks nice down and less like I’ve been dragged through a bush
  • Its good for warm weather…. yet I cut mine in time for winter… (possible con)
  • It uses less shampoo and conditioner to maintain

Cons:

  • I cant pull it into a pony tail…. which has led me to discover I hate having my hair down…. I want my hair long enough to tie up with a thousand kirby grips….
  • Its harder to style…. I’ve been looking at hair styles for the christmas ball and my dads surprise birthday party… but theres nothing
  • Its not winter friendly. My neck has never been so cold…
  • Its also kind of annoying how it keeps slipping down the back of my coat

Although I don’t fully regret cutting my hair short, it has made me realise a few things like the fact I actually really love just shoving my hair in a pony tail. I am definitely growing it out but I am glad I cut it short.

check out my new YouTube video showing my hair from long to short!

Charlotte Tilbury Review

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When I went to London with my friend, we went straight into Selfridges. It was like heaven. I’ve never been to Selfridges before and I order a lot of my make up online so walking into there where there was so much good looking make up was amazing! I went to all the stalls and had an idea of some products that I wanted to buy and held myself back from buying some products (the Victoria Beckham highlighter is high up on my Christmas list just saying). However I’ve been eyeing Charlotte Tilbury products for a few years but just never got round to buying anything from her, but my friend Arabella has her sculpt palette and when we saw it at her stand, I brought it. The lady who served us also gave us sixteen foundation samples to share between us as well which was pretty cool of her to do.

I’ve been using this everyday since I got it and I have to admit. Its amazing. If you want a subtle contour this is 100% the one for you. When I go to uni I don’t want to be wearing a really bold contour and highlight because thats a bit OTT for uni. But this is perfect, the bronze is subtle but you can see the difference when its on, it blends really easily and is really pigmented. The highlight, although its gold and I’ve never used a gold highlight before, is really nice. Its not a harsh highlight so if you want it a bit more blinding you have to really build it up, but it looks super gorgeous on the skin and adds a really natural looking glow. I want to try this with an Iconic London liquid highlighter, but as mines in the pink shade I need to repurchase the golden one (as long as its not too dark for me as I’m fairly pale). This is 100% going to be my go to for university and its in a really pretty packaging thats pretty sturdy and thin at the same time. 100% reccomend.

 

ABH Subculture Review

This palette has been everywhere. I saw the reviews and people saying its bad and hitting pan on the first use so I was unsure on if I wanted to spend £40 on the palette or not. Typically I decided I would buy it and make my own decision because I really liked the looks you could make with the palette.

I’ve been playing about with it for a few weeks now and although its not the best palette in the world and you really have to work the pigments to get them to blend nicely, I do think the looks that you can get after are really worth it. I found for me the best way to blend it out was to pat the shade in the part I wanted darkest, then to put a bit more product on my brush and blend it out. I don’t think the pigmentation is that bad, you don’t need swirl your brush in it or dig it in too harsh, I found a light tap gave me enough pigment to work with and I’d advise building the colour rather than putting a lot on at one go.

One problem I did find, I did a halo eye, was I’d get the shade in the inner and outer corner, put the shimmer in the middle and blend it a bit to get a nice transition between the colours, and the darker colour would disappear. I had to re-apply the darker shade twice before it finally did what I wanted it too. However it was worth it and the look was bold and striking (not something I often go for but I really liked this).

I think this palette is 100% workable you just need to figure out how to use the pigments and make them work for your advantage, once you figure it out, it honestly looks amazing and lasts ages, it didn’t budge off my eyes when I used the palette for a BBQ last weekend. I do really like this palette its just not really going to be a staple for me.

watch my review & make up look on YouTube:

Spectrum Brushes Review

Again, another product I’ve had since my birthday in May that I’ve taken forever to write a review on, but trust me, their so worth it. I got the Spectrum brushes for my birthday and I got the the 12 piece Bomb Shell Set and Oyster Roll which comes to £79.99.

I’ve read a lot about the Spectrum brushes and had been thinking about purchasing some myself before my birthday came around and my nan agreed to buy them for me. They are honestly the best brushes and so worth the money! I honestly love these brushes so much, their soft but not useless, the eye brushes pick up pigment easily and blend gorgeously! I use the B05 Luxe Blender to apply my highlighter and can I just say…. amazing. I currently flip between the Jeffree Star highlighter (my absolute fav) and the NYX Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder (again such an amazing drug store highlighter, review coming). And this brush gives you such a blinding glow its just astonishing and I can’t get over it.  I also use the C02 contour brush to apply my cream contour and again, it does the most amazing job, it applies evenly and blends so nicely.

If you’ve never seen or heard of Spectrum you need to 100% check them out and get yourself some of their brushes because they are such a staple for me and I use them everyday. I keep them in brush pots but keep my Oyster Roll in a drawer for when I go away on holiday so I can pack all my brushes easily and know where they all are.

Hazel