Glow Tonic – PIXI

Glow Tonic – PIXI

It’s time to show off your skin’s glow.

If I could only recommend one skin-care product, it would be this one. Pixi’s Glow Tonic has been my skin’s saviour for the past two years. I am obsessed with this product and can’t go a day without using it. The products in my skin-care routine are constantly changing, but this product isn’t going anywhere!

The Glow Tonic is a facial toner that cleans your pores by removing excess oil and impurities. It also gently exfoliates your skin, revealing your natural glow. It contains glycolic acid which exfoliates the skin, ginseng which energises the skin and aloe vera which hydrates the skin.

I use this product in the AM & PM after cleansing. All you need to do is pour a small amount onto a cotton pad and gently wipe across your skin. A small amount really does go a long way! Since using this product I have noticed minimal breakouts and my oil is more controlled. At first, you may notice a stinging sensation, but this goes away after a few uses.

Pixi’s Glow Tonic has received glowing reviews and is a cult favourite amongst the beauty community. The product was the winner of Teen Vogues 2017 Acne Awards.

The bottle comes in three sizes: 250ml, 100ml & 15ml.

It is the added step between cleansing and moisturising that will change your skin game forever.

Price: £18 – 250 ml (the cost of magic in a bottle)

Sun Bunny Bronzer – Too Faced

Sun Bunny Bronzer – Too Faced

A dual-shaded bronzer to surpass any make-up desire.

If you hadn’t guessed by now, my make-up bag is filled to the brim with Too Faced products. And my bronzer is no exception. I present to you the Sun Bunny Bronzer by Too Faced, a dual-shaded piece of make-up heaven.

The bronzer has two sides, a glowy bronze, and a deep bronze. Put them together and it’s magic. It’s the perfect bronzer for summer as it’s pink undertones mimic the flush of a natural tan.

The glowy bronze side isn’t at all shimmery, it just enhances your natural colour and brings out your inner glow. The deep bronze side adds dimension to your face and blends seamlessly. Both shades are easy to build and work perfectly together.

Wear the shades separately or sweep your brush across the compact for an extra glow. But either way, you will love this product.

I also use this bronzer for an everyday eyeshadow, as one stroke across the eyes adds a natural shaping. Also, the compact is super sturdy and comes with a vanity mirror, so you can keep an eye on your sun-kissed skin all day long.

If you’re after a bronzer that makes it look like you just spent a day at the beach, then you must get your hands on it now.

Price: £25 (hunny, that’s the price to be a sun bunny)

How often do you clean your make-up brushes?

How often do you clean your make-up brushes?

If you have to think about it, it’s been too long.

We all know how important good hygiene is, but then why do so many of us forget to clean our make-up brushes? I can definitely put my hands up and admit that I don’t clean mine as often as I should, and don’t even ask about the state of my beauty blender.

Dirty make-up brushes are a definite no-no for healthy skin and a flawless make-up application. The bristles harbour A LOT of bacteria and dirt, which you are then putting directly onto your skin. This can cause breakouts and skin irritation, whilst also wearing down the strength of the bristles making the brush less effective over-time. Clearly something needs to change.

So how often should we be cleaning our brushes? Experts suggest around twice a week if you’re using them every day. But as long as you’re cleaning them regularly, then you’re saving your skin from a lot of unnecessary dirt and irritation. If they’re currently covered in your favourite foundation or you can’t remember the last time you cleaned them, then its probably about time.

Also, don’t forget about your beauty blender. Beauty blenders hold onto all the dirt and grime that accumulates on your face and they are much harder to thoroughly clean. Sponges should be washed after every use or at least after every few uses. You may not want to hear this but they also need to be replaced every three to four months. Ooops.

I think we can all agree that we have a bit more free time on our hands at the moment, so why not spend that time deep-cleaning your make-up brushes. Here’s how I do it.

  1. I let my brushes soak in hot water for about half an hour. This opens up the bristles ready for cleaning.
  2. My next step is quite an unconventional beauty hack but it works for me. I pour some baby shampoo into a small sieve, and then I work the brush around the sieve in small, circular motions. This allows the product to get into all the bristles and leaves my brushes really clean.
  3. Next, I rinse the brush with warm water. I use my fingers to move the bristles around to check that I’ve got rid of all the product.
  4. Then, I squeeze out any excess water and push the bristles back into their correct shape.
  5. Finally, I place my brushes on a towel and leave them in a warm, dry room overnight. Make sure the head of the brush is resting over a surface, so the brush dries evenly.
  6. Wake-up to clean, dry brushes.

Using a sieve is just how I clean my brushes, but using your hand or even a make-up brush cleaning mat will be just as effective. Baby shampoo is my cleanser of choice, but any soap-like product will work. Plus, most beauty brands now stock a make-up brush cleanser.

It may seem like an unnecessary chore but add regular brush-cleaning to your make-up routine and you will be surprised at the results.

Teeth Whitening System – Spotlight

Teeth Whitening System – Spotlight

Does at-home whitening really work?

I am always on the lookout for DIY teeth whitening kits, but most of the ones I’ve tried just didn’t hit the mark. Then I saw Spotlight’s whitening system whilst scrolling through Instagram as one of my fave influencers, Emma-Louise Connolly, was advertising the product. I decided to take the plunge and give at-home whitening one final go.

Spotlight Oral Care was created by two female dentists, who aimed to develop products to help the health and beauty needs of their patients. It definitely sounds like they know what they’re doing, so I’m excited to test out the product and see how it compares to other teeth whitening products that I’ve tried.

The whitening system contains a 14-day course of whitening strips and a 100ml whitening toothpaste. The strips also come in a cute red bag to store them in.

So how does it work? The strips contain hydrogen peroxide, which penetrates the top layer of the tooth enamel, to visibly reduce the appearance of tough stains.

In the packet, there is a strip for your upper teeth and one for your lower teeth. You place the strips carefully onto dry teeth and wrap the excess onto the back of your teeth. Then, you sit and wait for an hour. After the hour’s up you brush your teeth with the toothpaste, and repeat for the next 13 days.

You can buy the whitening system on Spotlight’s website, or I bought mine at Boots to save on shipping costs.

So, I thought I would get the ball rolling and I am currently sat writing this blog post with my first set of strips pressed firmly onto my teeth. The hour is nearly up and I’ve hardly felt the strips in my mouth at all, which is definitely a great sign.

However, I’ve still got a very long way to go until I can truthfully review this product. So, hold tight and come back in two weeks to see how I get on.

Price: £39.95

Translucent Loose Setting Powder – Laura Mercier

Translucent Loose Setting Powder – Laura Mercier

The holy grail of setting powders.

I can’t even tell you how long this product had been sat in my wishlist, calling my name. But, the thing with powder products is that they last forever. So for ages, I couldn’t ignore the fact that I already had a perfectly good setting powder in my make-up bag. But about a month ago, I decided I deserved better than perfectly good, so I gave in, and bought Laura Mercier’s critically acclaimed loose setting powder.

Unless you’ve been sitting under a rock, then you will definitely know about this product. It’s won multiple awards and it’s a necessity in any MUA’s make-up bag. Plus, it isn’t just any setting powder, it sets your make-up in the most beautiful way. Your skin is left flawless, fresh, and most importantly, shine-free. Fine lines are visibly removed, and so far, my make-up has never looked cakey. In addition, I don’t get any creases under my eyes and it lasts all day.

The powder comes in three shades: translucent, honey and medium deep.

As someone with very oily skin, I wouldn’t recommend this product unless I truly believed that it leaves your skin with a satin finish and with that annoying oil nowhere to be seen. In addition, it blurs any imperfections and my make-up stays exactly how I want it, even after a very busy day at work or after sitting in the sun.

After using Laura Mercier’s loose setting powder, I can honestly say that I will never use another setting powder ever again. Now I know why it’s so popular amongst the beauty community. It totally deserves the splash of cash.

The only downfall…prepare to become addicted.

Price: £32. (I would arguably pay more, it’s that good)

Let’s talk SPF…

Let’s talk SPF…

Protect your skin all year round!!

We all know that taking care of your skin is really really important, and we are constantly told to drink plenty of water, exercise regularly and build a varied skincare routine. But what we’re not told, is how wearing SPF every day should be at the top of our priority list.

SPF is usually associated with the summer, beach holidays and scorching hot temperatures. And even then, a lot of people don’t bother to apply sunscreen. But what most people don’t know, is that the sun can still penetrate through the clouds, so on those cold, miserable days, your skin is still exposed to the sun’s damaging UV rays. Approximately 80% of the sun’s UV rays can pass through clouds! So to play it safe, apply SPF every day to areas exposed to the sun!

SPF stands for sun protection factor and the number next to it indicates how well the sunscreen protects you against sunburn. So for example, if you use SPF 10, you’re protecting your skin for an additional 10 minutes more than it would take your skin to burn without sunscreen.

However, it’s not really the factor that you choose, its how you use it. If you applied a thick layer of SPF 30 every hour, you would have better protection than applying a thin layer of SPF 50 once a day. Most people tend to apply sunscreen once and then think they’re protected for the rest of the day. This is the biggest mistake, and the key is to apply sunscreen consistently throughout the day. As much as it can be annoying when you’re having a good time on holiday or even spending time outside on a rare sunny day in England, always apply sunscreen regularly throughout the day!

I am a huge advocate for wearing SPF every day as it is such a quick step to add to your morning routine, and the benefits are essential to maintaining healthy skin. We all want to look as young as we can for as long as we can, but is a sunkissed glow really worth the dangerous effects of the sun’s rays. Too much exposure to the sun can lead to sunburn, skin ageing, and even skin cancer. That is damage which is difficult to reverse. When there are so many self-tanners out there, is the risk really worth it?

I am in no way saying don’t spend time in the sun. The sun is our main source of vitamin D, which releases endorphins which in turn make us feel happy. Plus, everyone loves getting a summers tan. But just remember to always protect yourself in the sun. For example, wear a sun hat, avoid peak hours, and of course, always wear sunscreen!!

Now a few questions which I had and sought out the answers to.

How much sunscreen do I really need? A teaspoon worth to cover your face and about a shot glass sized amount to cover your body. Basically anywhere that is exposed to the sun needs protection.

Can I still wear make-up? Yes! Apply sunscreen as the last step in your skin-care routine and then apply your make-up. If you’re planning on being in the sun all day then maybe go au-naturel or find an SPF product that can be applied on top of make-up.

Is the SPF in a moisturiser enough? Only if you’re not planning on being exposed to the sun for long periods of time.

UVA or UVB? Both. Pick a sunscreen with a good quality broad spectrum which protects against both UVA and UVB rays.

How often should I apply sunscreen? Every two hours, and especially after being in the water.

Disclaimer. I am in no way an expert, but I just wanted to share with you what I’ve learnt, and encourage more people to apply SPF every morning and protect your skin.

Come rain or shine, please apply your sunscreen!

Lip Plumping Gloss Champagne Glam – e.l.f Cosmetics

Lip Plumping Gloss Champagne Glam – e.l.f Cosmetics

A perfect way to finish any make-up look.

Everyone loves a lipgloss, but there are so many on the market, it can be difficult to choose the right one for you. If you like a high-shine lip gloss, that leaves your lips looking irresistibly glossy, then keep reading.

E.l.f Cosmetics are an American cosmetics brand and their products can be found in Boots and Superdrug. Their products are super affordable, and they sell everything from lipglosses to brush sets to skincare. I was searching for a skin-coloured lipgloss and this one stood out to me amongst Boots’ make-up counters.

The gloss I chose was e.l.f’s lip plumping gloss in the colour Champagne glam. It’s a nude, skin colour, which complements any make-up look. It’s a very versatile colour so it can be worn for all occasions. I add it on top of my go-to lipstick to add some extra glam.

The product comes in six different shades: Pink cosmo, Champagne glam, Praline, Sparking rosé, Pink sugar, Mocha twist & Peach Bellini. I definitely have my eye on Mocha twist, a dark, rich pink.

I’ve always been scared to try plumping glosses as they are known for causing a lasting tingling sensation and sometimes even irritation. However, I was pleasantly surprised by e.l.f’s lip pumping gloss. The gloss adds volume to your lips whilst nourishing and hydrating from within. On application there definitely is a tingling sensation, but it doesn’t last long, and almost feels quite cooling on the lips.

The only downfall for me is that the gloss is quite sticky, so my hair quite easily gets caught in it. And as a result, the gloss doesn’t last as long as I would like it to. But for such an affordable option, e.l.f’s lip plumping gloss is definitely one to consider.

Price: £6.00 (For this price give me a good reason not to)

Instant Detox Mask – Caudalie

Instant Detox Mask – Caudalie

One of Kourtney Kardashian’s favourites…but is it worth the hype???

Kourtney Kardashian recently shared her skincare routine with Harper’s Bazaar and of course, the internet went crazy. The Kardashians are renowned for their flawless skin and smooth complexions, so learning their beauty secrets got people talking. Kourtney highlighted Caudalie’s Instant Detox Mask as a staple in her routine and said she uses it regularly to unclog her pores.

The product is a deep cleansing and pore minimising clay mask. It claims to draw out all impurities and leave skin clean and rejuvenated. You apply the mask for 5 to 10 minutes and then rinse with warm water.

I purchased the mask after reading lots of excellent reviews and it definitely lived up to the hype. The mask is a light pink colour and after a few seconds, you can immediately feel your pores starting to tighten. By 10 minutes I was unable to move my face and you can visibly see tiny holes where the mask has absorbed into your pores. If you don’t like seeing the different textures of your face then this mask isn’t for you!

The mask left my face so smooth and decongested. I could definitely tell the difference in my pores after applying make-up. In addition, the mask helped clear up any uneven textures and oily areas on my face. I used to be really concerned about getting oily in my t-zone, but now I use the mask once a week and I couldn’t be happier. The product is definitely an investment, but if you’re looking to add an extra step into your skincare routine, then this is the mask for you.

After a long week, give your skin a well-deserved detox.

Price: £22 (If it’s good enough for a Kardashian, it’s good enough for me)

Sun Glow Foundation – Note Beauty

Sun Glow Foundation – Note Beauty

Are you a fan of the no-makeup look? Then take note and keep reading.

I actually came across this product by accident. I’d had my eye on By Terry’s Brightening CC Serum for quite a while, which is basically a super glowing elixir which promises skin rejuvenation and amazing results. But at £61, I wasn’t ready to commit just yet. I ended up on a website called Influenster, which basically stores millions of reviews on any product you can think of. Whilst researching By Terry’s product, I read a review which suggested I try Note Beauty’s sun glow foundation first, a drug-store alternative which offers a similar look. I’d never heard of Note Beauty before, but scrolling through their website, I was shocked at how many products looked right up my street. At £12.95 I thought I would save myself some dollar, and try this first. And it definitely didn’t disappoint.

Sun Glow Foundation isn’t really a foundation, I would describe it more as a glowy BB cream or a shimmery liquid bronzer. It applies really flawlessly and isn’t sticky. It basically just warms up your face and gives a natural-looking glow. In addition, it contains SPF 15 and Vitamin E!! This is a definite benefit as it protects your skin from sun damage whilst keeping your skin hydrated.

I either wear the product when I don’t want a full face of make-up, but still want a little bit of coverage and a sunkissed glow. Or I layer it under my foundation, and it gives my face a really dewy finish. But this product can be used however you like, as a highlighter? As a fake-tan? As a body glow? If you’re scared of the depth of colour, mix it into your foundation or use as a base layer, for a sheen, flawless finish.

The product comes in three shades. 10, 20 and 30. I have shade 20, so if you have a fairer complexion I would recommend shade 10. You can’t really go wrong with this product, especially if you love dewy and glowy make-up looks. I will definitely be repurchasing!

Take note & bring on the glow!

Price: £12.95 (cheaper than a holiday that’s for sure)

Banana & Shea 3-in-1 Dry Hair Mask Treatment – Garnier

Banana & Shea 3-in-1 Dry Hair Mask Treatment – Garnier

A nourishing hair mask that won’t break the bank.

I have recently taken my hair extensions out and my hair was in desperate need of some TLC. A mask is always my go-to when my hair is looking dry and lifeless. So, I decided to try Garnier’s range of hair mask treatments and opted for the banana & shea flavour as it boasted smoothing and shining effects.

The mask is marketed as a 3-in-1 treatment:

  1. A conditioner, use on wet hair to nourish and detangle.
  2. A mask, lather on wet hair and wait 3-5 minutes for lasting shine.
  3. A leave-in, leave a small amount on wet or dry hair and see instant results.

Any other benefits???

  • The product is 100% vegan and doesn’t contain any silicones.
  • Garnier claims up to 4x less breakage after just one use.
  • No grease or weigh down.

I have been using this mask for around two months, about twice a week, and I am really happy with the results. The tub is also massive, so it’s definitely good value for money. The intensive treatment has strengthened my hair and added some much-needed shine. Plus, it smells like a banana milkshake. Yummm.

Don’t think, just buy.

Price: £6.99 (But currently on offer @Boots for £3.49…that’s going straight in my basket)