Wednesday, 26 October 2016

ADD SOME PEP TO YOUR STEP | CLINIQUE PEPSTART RANGE

It's no surprise that I really like Clinique. In fact, my first 'big girl' moisturiser was from Clinique, which was the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ (which is aimed for those who suffer from dry skin). I absolutely love the entire brand and their products, so when I saw the new additions to the Pep-Start range, I was excited.
I remember seeing the Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur moisturizer on a MUA's snapchat, and it instantly caught my eye. I wanted to know more about the product and straight away to started to research about the little blue tub. Unfortunately, it was only available in the States but it wasn't until a few months ago that the full range launched in the UK.
The Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur moisturizer is aimed at instantly blurring any imperfections on the skin, whilst not drying out the skin by adding hydration throughout the day. I find that it is not only a skincare product, but it also doubles up as a make up product, in the sense that I've been using this as a primer. As it has a matte finish to the skin, my foundation lasts longer throughout the day and I'm less shiny, however I only use this in my t-zone as I find that it can build up on the skin.

The Clinique 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser was probably the one product I was not that excited to use. I prefer exfoliating cleansers to contain larger granules, simply because I feel like it really works at getting rid of all of the impurities in the skin. But I was definitely proven wrong with this cleanser. It removes both dirt and impurities in the skin, whilst also removing dead skin cells and excess oil, whilst also providing a glow on the skin. I've been using this around 3 times a week and I've noticed a huge difference in my skin. It looks a lot more brighter and smoother. I definitely need to pick up a full size bottle soon!

Have you tried anything from the new Clinique Pep-Start range? I'm currently eyeing up the Clinique Pep-Start Hydrorush moisturizer, which sounds amazing!

Monday, 17 October 2016

CLEANSE + EXFOLIATE | NEW IN: BARE MINERALS SKINSORIALS

It's no surprise that I really enjoy using bareMinerals' skincare. This time last year, I picked up a bottle of the bareMinerals Mineralixirs facial cleansing oil and since then I have mentioned it in numerous posts like my favourite cleansing oils and even my best of 2015! So when I found out that bareMinerals brought out an entire new range of skincare (which also replaced their old skincare range) I was all for it! 
Two products caught my eye instantly and the first being the bareMinerals Clay Chameleon transforming purifying cleanser. The reason being was the fact that it just changes colour! When first applied to the skin it turns from red, which is the Brazilian red clay, to white, as you blend it into the skin (see the picture above and below). From a clay to cream consistency, it helps to remove any impurities, dirt and grime. Now I do not use this to remove my make up (I tend to remove my eye make up with a different cleanser altogether) but for that extra step in order to double cleanse the skin, this is amazing for it! 
The product I was most excited to use was the bareMinerals Mix. Exfoliate. Smooth. Now this is similar to the Dermalogica daily microfoliant, but it's better! The grains are bigger and the whole idea is to add it to your favourite cleanser. I love the idea behind this because sometimes my favourite cleanser is not really 'doing it for me' and I want something that will really get remove any impurities. In terms of texture, the only way I can describe it, is that it feels like salt. 

I've been adding this with the Clay Chameleon cleanser and it's a dream team! The black rice grains and the sea salts from the exfoliator helps to remove dirt and grime from the skin, without stripping the skin. It also helps to encourage skin turnover, which is great considering it is now colder in temperature and any dry patches you may have, will disappear along with making your skin feel smoother, softer and just more vibrant!


Have you tried anything from the new bareMinerals Skinsorials range? I'm currently eyeing up the Butter Drench restorative cream, it just sounds amazing!!

Sunday, 9 October 2016

BEAUTY BOXES THAT JUST KEEP ON GIVING | HUDA KATTAN X CULT BEAUTY

Cult Beauty have done it once again! I always look forward to their beauty boxes, in fact the first beauty box I brought was the Anna and Lily box and this box was a no brainer. I knew I wanted to get my hands on it. Not only had Huda Kattan designed the box herself, half of the products I have been wanting to try for a very long time! Priced at £95, the box contains five full size and two deluxe sized products, so whilst it is still pricey, it definitely contains products that are worth it.
First up is the Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip clay cleanser (full size), which is one of Huda's favourites. I have yet to try this but I've had this on my list on products to try for months now. It is supposed to just pull everything out from your pores, so your skin feels super clean but not irritated or stripped. It is definitely the cleanser of choice if you were a lot of make up on a daily basis. Another item I've been wanting for ages are her eyelashes, in specific the Samantha #7's (full size). It just adds volume and length to your lashes, and they just look incredibly fancy! I cannot wait to bust these out!! One item I have not tried is the iBeauty Skin Brush 21 (full size), I have seen these types of brushes around everywhere (specifically the Artis brushes, which just look incredible!) and they just remind me of a toothbrush, but for your face! It is a Korean brand and is supposed to help apply your make up on effortlessly. I'm definitely interested in trying this out soon!
The Tata Harper Resurfacing mask (half size), has been a product that I've heard a lot of great things about but as I have very sensitive skin, I just haven't given it a try. Although it is said to suitable for all skin types (except the very sensitive!), it is supposed to just transform your skin. By containing pink clay, it will draw out any impurities, improve the appearance of enlarged pores whilst also refreshing your skin but not stripping it of it's natural oils. The Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder in the shade medium (full size) is one of those holy grail products for most people. Now I tried the powder a few months ago, and it definitely gave me instant cheekbones but I've tried the cream version and that's amazing! I think this was probably the one thing I was very excited about in the entire box because it was the first thing I used and let me tell you, I was not disappointed!
Now Morphe is not a brand I have tried anything from. I've heard a lot about their brushes from other YouTubers and Bloggers and they look amazing! But their palettes just did not amaze me as much. Maybe it was because I have way to make eyeshadows that will last me a lifetime, or maybe it was that it just reminded me of those old school eyeshadow palettes that contained over a 100 different shades and weren't pigmented at all! I can safely say I have been proved wrong. When I swatched this palette (The Blushed Blush Palette 9B), oh my wow! It was so buttery soft and just blends into the skin effortlessly. With 9 different shades to choose from, there's a shade to suit everyone.

Lastly, we have the adorable Yu Ling Jade Roller (mini size), in the other box I brought it contained the full size of this roller and I was so excited. It just feels so soothing on the skin and I have noticed that this mini size roller fits perfectly under my eyes. My eyes tend to be a bit sore in the morning, especially if I had little to no sleep, but just by applying this on my eyes, it just calms it down. It takes less than 5 minutes out of my morning routine and it works miracles for my eyes. Plus anything in mini form is just amazing!

Did you manage to get your hands on the Huda Kattan x Cult Beauty beauty box??