A More Affordable Face – #Fotd + Mini Reviews

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I think sometimes when I look at my make-up & decide what to use it can be a little too often I pick the expensive pieces up first. It’s not that I’m a snob but that I don’t want to waste it sitting there in my room gathering dust. However I noticed I do have a lot of drugstore beauty bits that are great & work just as well as their expensive counterparts. These aren’t super cheap but drugstore is much more affordable than most  so here’s a full face that’s drugstore only make-up.

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My Spring & Summer Foundation Routine

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I’ve been on a bit of a crazy train lately, having tried almost all the foundations I thought would be great for Spring & Summer as well as the up & coming wedding bells nearer to the end of the year. Well by what’s above it’s all seems like a great waste of time because I’ve gone back to old favourites but applied them in a better way. This is perfect for those warm Spring days & eventually hot Summer days as well as it lasting as long as you can.

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Pore Minimiser? The Body Shop Tea Tree Primer

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Tea Tree Pore Minimiser Primer

Hi everybody hope the festivities are going well, mine have been quite busy which is why I disappeared last week. I’ve had to move my blogging / beauty room while we get our house sorted. But enough of that I wanted to tell you how I’ve gotten on with this primer. It’s from The Body Shop which I’ve tried a fair amount of their skin care but not delved much into the beauty side of thing. I guess for me this primer is a bit of a hybrid in the way that I use it. I loved the Tea Tree toner which I need to pick up again as I’m just not feeling the same about the Botanics All Brightening one. If you have any suggestions for another budget one please let me know.

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Tea Tree & Pore Minimiser Primer?

I’ve used this on & off since I bought it mid June time. I tried this all over which if you’re not a fan of the tea tree smell then this probably isn’t for you. It doesn’t linger too long but just something to think about before buying. A big part of how I’ve used this comes back to not having the toner at hand. I used this as my primer in a way to give a barrier between my skin & make-up as much to improve the longevity of it. Whenever I think primer I always compare it to The POREfessional from Benefit. This one is more silicone in texture, almost greasy to the touch but makes the surface of your skin feel just as silky smooth with a demi-matte finish. What I can’t say is it’s as good as The POREfessional at pore minimising. When I apply it the yellow shade goes translucent so It doesn’t hide pores in that way. When I apply foundation it does sit better than without but not as well. The big difference however is the price The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser is just £7.50 compared with The POREfessional at £24.50 which if your pores are half as bad as mine The Body Shop primer would be a better place to start.

Would I repurchase?

If I ran out I don’t think I’d personally pick it up myself as my pores are so bad that it takes more to hide them. If you have spots often I do find I get less after wearing make-up if I’ve applied this first. It’s a two in one for me, a spot treatment & primer but pore minimiser not so much.

I’m tempted to try the Smashbox one as they have multiple primers and a new one specifically for pores. Whats you’re favourite pore minimiser?

November Empties & Lots Of Them!

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It’s time again for me to go through my all my empty products. I didn’t do one October which is why I seem to have so many of them. I’ve included my fellas bits as well at the bottom, it’s not just us girls that get through stuff.

November Empties

This first one lasted me about a month,  the Urban Decay Crisp Pear & Sweet Vanilla Dry Shampoo. This up to now out of all dry shampoos has been my most loved one. It has a nice scent, hides the grease without looking white on my brunette hair. It’s not completely invisible you still have to work it in but it’s a lot easier than others. Can I justify the £4.99? I think so but I’d still say Batiste is almost as good. See Dry Shampoos Review. Next up is a T.K.Maxx purchase I found in their clearance department at £5 instead of £32. It’s the Christian Breton Aha Exfoliating Lotion. This is basically a chemical exfoliant liquid I used this non stop for three weeks day & night but I just wasn’t wowed by it. I couldn’t see much difference other than my skin going a little red after using it. I still want to try more exfoliating toners just not this one! Philosophy 3 in 1 Bath Foams are bubble bath for adults, there not cheap at £14 a bottle but they are a little luxury when you need some me time. This one was the coconut version, I liked this but didn’t love it. I prefer the Cinnamon Buns scent which fills my bathroom. The coconut seems to smell great in the bottle but disappeared too fast in the bath. A product that surprised me was the Perricone Md Gentle Cleanser. I wrote a review on this here and I stand by that review. I didn’t like this but because it was a gentle cleanser it didn’t feel anything more or less than any others I’ve used. I’m guessing someone with sensitive skin may get more out of it. What I did want to point out is I wrote that review thinking it was going to run out soon. That was back at the end of August, so its taken another 3 months to use up. For how long I’ve been using it almost every day and night it almost justifies the £35 price tag. I didn’t pay that much for it but even with it lasting so long I still couldn’t spend that much on a cleanser.

November Beauty Empties 2014 - 2

I seem to have gotten through a lot of face masks this month r rather just finished them up.The Good Things Manuka Honey mask I wrote about here so I won’t say much other than I’d buy it again, nice scent & felt like it was helping. The next one is The Body Shop Warming Mineral Mask, it does what it says & you do feel the warming effect. What I found with this is it’s very sticky, doesn’t dry down & when it slowly moves down your face it tastes awful if you get it on your lips. My face did feel soft after this one but it’s all too messy. I left the Origins Clear Improvements mask for last as I really did love this one the most. I only got a travel size as it’s expensive at £10 for 50 ml but I’m tempted to get another for Christmas. This felt like it was doing good every time I used it. This one dries down, you do have to use a flannel to get it off otherwise you’d be there all night. This helped to dry spots out & calmed them down without drying the rest of your skin out.

November Beauty Empties 2014 - 3

I couldn’t leave out the fellas empties as I think it’s useful knowing what they like too. I’m writing this & he’s telling me what he thought about them. Let’s get The Body Shop Kistna out-of-the-way because he goes through these often. He uses this for everything, beard, body & hair it’s a good all-rounder. It smells masculine without being like Old Spice. The Scaramouche & Fandango Condition (best blokes brand name ever) was from T.K.Maxx otherwise he would have never tried it. He liked the body wash but the conditioner just wasn’t all that nice. It made his hair feel like after it had dried it got dirty faster than regular conditioner.Last but not least another from The Body Shop, Maca Root Face Scrub. It cleans really well, he used this through his beard and it didn’t feel itchy afterwards which has happened with others. He really likes the smell which is the same as the Mac Root stick & spray deodorant that he likes. However he is warning me to tell you the face wash doesn’t smell as nice, enough that he won’t use it.

September The Start Of My Fall Faves

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September Favourites 2014

September Favourites

I love September as it’s right between sweltering hot & freezing cold ready to piss it down at any moment. You get that crisp chill in the air when the sun is out but your stood in the shade. I’m in a search for a long wool cardigan I can wear with dresses that feel a little to thin, at least for the weather we are getting up north. I’ve had a change of styles which you can see in my choice of favourites.

Urban Fudge Ice Raspberry & Vanilla Hair Spray – Strong Hold

I’ve had a big change in how I’ve styled my hair. After 26 years of living with the need to straighten my hair when I go out I’ve learned to embrace the curl. Even though my hair is naturally wavy it doesn’t hold a curl so well. I like it to drop down to a relaxed curl but any kind of windy weather removed all the hard work. I knew I needed to give it some hold but can’t stand the smell of most hairspray. With this you can still smell alcohol on initially spraying it but your left with a raspberry scent that stays with you. It gives enough hold but at the end of the day I can brush my hair easily and not have that residue feeling left over. How did I get those curls here’s my tutorial.

Maybelline Big Great Lash in Blackest Black

Great lash is an old favourite I’ve used for donkeys years ( a long time). I got swept away with the new spiked lashes and didn’t repurchase it. When I saw there was a version called BIG Great Lash I jumped on it. Now the funny thing is I can only seem to find this mascara online for the USA. How it ended up in Superdrug in Meadowhall I’m not sure but I love this even more. If you did get it please let me know in the comments below. It is a big bristle brush with the same very black shade but seems to add more curl. The tapered out tip of the brush means I can still get my bottom lashes without getting mascara on my skin. See it in action over on my Instagram. Or over at Maybelline.

The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter

Gifted by my mum I was very happy with this care package full of The Body Shop coconut products. My most loved this month has hands down is the body butter. Made for hydrating dry skin it makes me want to use it, cause it smells so damn heavenly. I’m already half way through this tub I know I’m gonna need another one by the end of October if it lasts that long. I use this everywhere, not just my body but my feet, hands and probably oddly  enough behind my ears because of super dry skin (psoriasis). This shit works! For more coconut love see this post.

Sampar So Much To Dew Midnight Mask

This month for my skin has all been about putting the hydration back into it. I have a dry skin to start with but even so have neglected to help this other than moisturiser. With a few in my possession that I’m trying out this one has stood out so far. Trying not to repeat myself from my Evening Skin Care Switcheroo this is some super hydrating mask. I love how you apply it with the super soft brush. The fact that you can easily clean it with water without getting it in your product. Most of all this even seems to help out the spot problem I’m having. It’s a way of maintaining the moisture through into winter.

Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils in Berry Much

So Maybelline are hitting it out the park with new releases. This for me is Autumn in a budget friendly lip pencil. It’s easy to apply and can give multiple different looks from sheered out as a pink/ plum to a deep opaque berry plum. It’s creamy to apply but dries to a matte that’s comfortable to wear. With this one shade you can do Autumn but I do like the others and there’s something for everyone. Revlons Matt Balms disappointed me because of this as there was only one shade that wasn’t a crazy bright. To see this worn see my Updated Autumn Look.

What were you loving in September?