23 May 2018

Lash & Line Love with Pixi Beauty


 This summer, my makeup vibe is all about my eyes teamed with a natural, glowing complexion. Think Meghan Markle.. She is my absolute makeup icon right now. Glowing complexion with a focus on the eyes. 

Pixi Beauty is top of my list when it comes to skincare and their makeup range is no exception. I was fortunate enough to receive some picks from their makeup collection including some beautiful eyeliners and lash products too. Here we go! 

 




Endless Silky Eye Pen in:

Rose Glow | £12 (a beautiful metallic rose gold shade)

Cobalt Blue| £12 (a vibrant, electric blue shade) 

Matte Mulberry | £12 (A deep brown shade with a slight burgundy undertone) 

Velvet Violet | £6 (A punchy purple shade) Find the collection here


Waterproof? CHECK. Silky? CHECK. Bold? CHECK.

 

These are simply the best eyeliner pencils I have ever used. In my experience, I find that a lot of eyeliner pencils really have the tendency to pull against my eyes and aggravate the sensitive area, particularly if I want to run it along my top lash line too. The application of these pencils is seamless and requires minimal effort. I glide them along the upper lash line and sometimes will smudge it out in the bottom lash line also for a more dramatic look. Matte Mulberry is most definitely my go to shade, it’s softer than black but still adds a subtle definition. Brown liner is a win for blonde girls! These liners also come available in22 different shades. 



Extra Eye Bright Liner | £12 | Find it here


This product is an absolute little life saver for those mornings where I am feeling particularly sleepy and dark around the eye area. It is an intensified version of their normal Eye Bright Liner to deliver an even brighter, whiter look to the eye. I simply run this in the lower rim of the eye and bring it down slightly in the inner corner for an instant awake look. This can also be used around the lips as a highlight to create the illusion of a fuller pout! 





Black Lacquer Lash Primer | £15 | & Large Lash Mascara in Black |£14 | Find them here


The last time I used a lash primer was possibly when I was back in school and it was white, leaving my lashes clumpy which at the time was the look. These days I prefer my lashes to look legthened but still quite natural. I was quite sceptical of the lash primer initially because of past experiences with the white clump creating primer. This primer is the complete opposite. Packed with vitamins A and C plus added panthenol which is great for conditioning lashes. The comb applicator really helps to define lashes and comb the product through, leaving a great base for mascara or a more natural look to wear alone.  

 The mascara features my favourite kind of brush – oversized and able to sweep through every lash creating a lengthened , lifted look to lashes that doesn’t look clumpy and doesn’t leave residue after being worn for hours. Both of these products are my everyday pairing and I honestly think they work perfectly together. When removing I don’t have to use a heavy duty eye makeup remove, a simple micellar water will do the job or a mild face wash. 




Eye Define Waterline | £12 |& Lash Line Ink | £12 Find them here


Eye define is a handy little retractable, waterproof liner which is smudge free but gentle upon application.  It’s literally a no brainer for your upper or lower lash line and createsa bold effect. 

 Lash Line Ink does exactly what it says on the tube.. lines those lashes with a perfect ink line that is ideal for teaming with a cat flick or even to hide fake lash lines (my preference!). It’s waterproof formula means it won’t move all day and night which is definitely my preference when I’m wearing a liquid liner. 


12 May 2018

Antipodes Skincare Review


Antipodes is a Green Beauty Brand that uses a highly innovative and scientific approach to its skincare. A brand that uses the highest quality ingredients sourced in New Zealand along with raw super-fruit extracts to ensure the very best formulations within their skincare. I was fortunate enough to receive a skincare regimen from Antipodes designed for drier skin types (I should add they do skincare for all skin types). 

 

About Antipodes:

 

·  Vegetarian Certified skincare 

·  Products that support production of collagen, elastin and antioxidants 

·  Sold in 13 countries 

·  Winners of multiple beauty and health industry awards for performance

 

 

Here are the products I received



Aura Manuka Honey Mask | £31 75ml | Find it here


There is nothing I enjoy more than applying a face mask after a relaxing, hot bath. This mask is thick in consistency but easily worked with and spreads easily across the skin. As my skin is most definitely on the drier end of the scale, Manila Honey is definitely something that works todeeply hydrate my complexion. After throughly cleansing, I applied a thick layer across my face and down my neck, before laying back and enjoying the scent of the mask. The vanilla pod really gives it a sweet scent combined with the zesty orange smell. I used this as my perilous was due and the Manuka Honey worked wonders clearing up my hormonal breakout on my chin (I get it without fail each month). 


To add to its wonderful-ness, it comes packaged in a recyclable aluminium tube and 100% biodegradable cardboard from sustainable forests.

 


Hosanna H20 Intensive Skin-Plumping Serum | £30 for 30ml | Find it here

Due to my drier skin type, it’s imperative I use a serum prior to a moisturiser or facial oil to ensure maximum skin hydration. Once my skin is cleansed and toned, I use the dropper to apply this to my fingers before I use a patting motion across my face and down my neck. The technique I use is a light slapping method – believe me it works. Upon first using the serum, the colour left me a little unsure. It is a similar colour to foundation and has quite a strong scent. The scent for me is pleasant, I can smell the Vinanza Grape and I think the mamaku black fern is what I can possibly smell most, as it’s a smell I’m not familiar with.  The grape extract helps protect and build skins resistance whilst the mamku black fern assists with cell renewal. After using this my skin feels noticeably plumper, and the fine lines near my mouth far less visible! I have experienced no reaction with this product either and it seems to agree with my sensitive skin type. 



Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream | £38 for 60ml| Find it here

Every evening before bed, the final step to my routine is to apply a heavy-duty face cream to ensure my skin is hydrating whilst I’m sleeping. As my final step, I like to apply this thick, luxurious cream to my face and down my neck. The formula does take some time to sink in to skin but not sticky and the results that follow are awesome. When I wake up he next morning my skin still feels soft and plumped. The smell is very fresh, with added ylang ylang and sandalwood it’s very pleasant. My skin doesn’t appear red after use like it can with some creams, infact it feels calm and simply nourishing. 
 I can see why this cream was The Green Beauty Bible Award winner! It’s by far the best night cream I have used and is similar to the Origina Avocado night mask. 

Next on my shopping list is the eye cream from Antipodes. We need to shout about this brand more, they give amazing results and their ethic is spot on. 
 


6 May 2018

Festival Vibes with George at Asda


During the summer months, I love a complete switch up of my wardrobe and makeup look. Everybody loves a good festival (I mean, unless you’re me and you cry if you’re stuck in a tent, in a muddy field) and even more the style that festivals bring. Every year, I see people looking absolutely INSANE at Coachella and it gives me so much inspiration to create looks. 

 On Monday 7th May George at Asda release their new Mexicana range and everything looks so perfect for summer and festival season! 
 I was kindly sent this embroidered tassel blouse from the range (complete with cute pom-poms!) and so into it. Teamed with a pair of denim cut offs and a cool fedora hat, this is a simple but cool outfit. It’s such a relaxed fit and the material fits losely across my body. I opted for a size 12 as it’s a little oversized. Tucked into shorts or even used as a beach coverup, I think it’s a key piece for my summer wardrobe. 
 Find it here for only £20

 
George at Asda not only stock some awesome clothing but they also have a makeup range (I had no idea!). I was lucky enough to receive a few pieces from there range including eyeshadow, loose pigment, liquid lip, highlight and baked blusher. 








 My makeup look below was created using all five of the products above. I used the blue shadow to smoke on my lower lash line, but found it worked best when I wet my brush beforehand to deliver a brighter pop of colour. Possibly my favourite product of the entire collection is the highlight stick as it delivers a swipe of sheen as opposed to glitter. A swipe along the top of cheekbones and down the centre of my nose works so well to catch the light. The pigment could be used as a highlight also as it’s a super pretty rose gold shade but my preference was again using a wet brush and packing it across my lid. It really complimented the blue shade well. The metallic lip was actually surprisingly comfortable to wear and didn’t dry my lips out. The final touch was the baked blush that just added a rosy glow to my cheeks! 
 Note: I added the face tattoos and gems I had from a sheet last summer and you can pick them up in Primark or Claire’s. 




I hope you enjoyed my post and don’t forget to check out the Mexicana collection here


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