How I get flawless foundation coverage…

I get asked by friends, family and many of you out there, how I get my foundation to look flawless.    Believe me it hasn’t always and I have many pictures, which I rather not share, where it has been less than flawless!

However, over the years, I have tested many foundations, brushes, sponges, primers, powders to get me to where I am today, which is a fairly long lasting flawless base.

Before I get into my routine and what I use, it is important and I mean extremely important to ensure your skincare routine is spot on.  Without looking after your skin, it will be near enough impossible to get that flawless base. Watch this space for my updated skincare routine which helps me achieve the skin I am now in love with.

So lets get to it.

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I’m back!

I am so excited to be back working on my blog, sharing new content and bringing you some exciting things from new beauty products, to skincare and updates on what I am using, doing and loving.

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Dr Nick Lowe Sebum Control Cleanser

I am always searching for the perfect face cleanser and I think I have found the one..finally! It’s like finding the perfect man, nearly impossible ; )

As I am the kind of girl who does wear makeup every day, as much as I like to wear it, I also cannot wait to take it off when I get home from work.  There is nothing like the feeling of freshly cleansed skin after a hard day at work and this cleanser certainly gives you that feeling.

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Dr Nick Lowe Sebum Control Cleanser is dermatologically tested and alcohol free.  It allows you to deeply cleanse your pores without stripping your skin of vital moisture.  This is key, especially with sensitive and acne prone skin, just like mine.

Dr Nick Lowe has a range of amazing skin care products which have been tested over 30 years to treat many skin issues.  One being acne, blemish prone skin which is what this cleanser is specifically made for.

There are a lot of cleansers out there made specifically for acne prone skin, but I find them too drying and too harsh which defeats the purpose of using a specialist skin care product.  After researching Dr Nick Lowe’s products, I was extremely excited but at the same time a little dubious, given I have tried so many skin care products I just haven’t been happy with.  But, for the first time ever, I absolutely love cleansing my skin and removing my makeup.  It completely removes all traces of makeup which I have found difficult with other products.  My skin feels so clean, fresh, smooth and not dry at all.  I cannot explain how amazing this cleanser is and how perfect my skin feels after.

There have been times when I have used cleansers before using this cleanser and my skin just hasn’t felt 100% clean but, with Dr Nick Lowe’s Sebum Control Cleanser, I honestly can say it does.  I have also noticed my break outs have significantly reduced since using this product.  Happy days!

Have you tried the Dr Nick Lowe Sebum Control Cleanser and what do you think of it? Or are there any other acne prone skin care products you cannot live without? I’ll see you soon. X.O

My Favourite Makeup Brushes and Why

We all know, to achieve a flawless makeup look you need good quality makeup brushes.  However, this doesn’t mean you need to go out and buy the most expensive brushes out there, as they aren’t necessarily the best.  Also, good quality brushes can have more than one use.  For instance, sometimes I use a particular eyeshadow brush to help me contour and/or highlight. It’s all about experimenting and what works for you and the look you are trying to achieve.

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So let’s start!

Foundation Brushes

Beauty Blender – ok, this isn’t a brush but it is the best invention ever and I hardly ever use anything else to apply my foundation. You will not get a more flawless look than with the beauty blender.

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush – so this is a brush and is the best brush I have ever used to apply foundation.  It will never leave a streaky finish which I find a lot of foundation brushes do, which is really annoying as you have to to go back in and try and smooth out the streaks with either your fingers or another brush.  Way too much hassle for me! You will not get this problem with the Face Expert Brush and is not expensive at all!

Over the years, I have collected and used a number of foundation brushes but these are the only two I ever use now.

Powder/Blush Brushes

Mac 129 Brush – I use this brush to apply blusher or sometimes face powder.  It just depends on the phase I am going through.  For either purpose, this brush has been a firm favourite for nearly 10 years and is still going strong.

MAC 182 Kabuki Brush – I love this brush, I use this to apply blusher, or bronzer.  Again perfect application of the right amount of product is achieved with this brush.

Real Techniques Buffing Brush – this is one of the softest brushes I own and like to use this for all over setting powder.  It deposits the right amount of powder to your face which avoid the cakey look.

Eyeshadow Brushes

Mac 224 Fluffy Brush – I use this brush for literally so many different things.  I use it to apply eyeshadow, highlighter, contouring (when I want to achieve a very defined contour) under eye setting powder…what else? I could not live without this brush and if I was stranded on a desert island with only one makeup brush, this would be the one!

MAC 219 Pencil Brush – This is great for smoking out eyeliner, or adding highlight to the inner corner of your eyes.  So soft and is the perfect size for both these purposes.

Makeup Forever Angled Brush [product number has rubbed off] – Amazing for winged eyeliner, but I used this religiously to fill in my eyebrows.  It’s so soft which ensures I don’t fill in my eyebrows too harshly and are just the perfect natural shape.

So out of my 50 or so makeup brushes, which I love, these are my firm favourites which are staple brushes in my collection.

I do have one more brush, which I invested in recently and I love it.  I searched everywhere for it as I believe it is sold out or discontinued.  It is the Nars Contour Brush.  I cannot explain how perfect your contour comes out by using this brush and it’s the easiest brush to use for contouring! It deposits the right amount of product in the right place and can be achieved in literally seconds.  I am so glad I came across this little beauty wonder, as I know it will be in my favourites collection for life.

So out of my 50 or so makeup brushes, which I love, these are my firm favourites which are staple brushes in my collection.

What are your favourite brushes and do some of your brushes have multi-purpose uses like mine? I’ll see you soon. X.O.

 

Lemons – and why I can’t live without them

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Lemons? And why can’t I live without them?  So I have been obsessed with lemons for the past year and here are two reasons why.

1. I squeeze half a lemon into a tall glass of warm water every morning. I drink this slowly at my desk whilst checking emails.  I have noticed that I feel refreshed, cleansed and somehow I really do feel like it is detoxing my system.  One thing is for sure, it makes me visit the ladies more often but that is a good thing as it means it really is flushing out all the toxins and my insides feel all nice and sparkly again : )   It has also improved the condition of my skin.. I suffer from acne, and I feel drinking lemon water every morning has helped clear up my complexion.

2.  I rub half a lemon into my skin at night before I go to bed. Or I squeeze the juice into a round cotton pad and dab it onto problem areas where I may have scars. I am carful not to dab onto open wounds as it can sting, but sometimes I just go ahead and do it anyway as I feel like it really does cleanse my skin, I can take the pain ; ) The lemon juice help kill bacteria and is also a natural lightening agent, therefore really helps with lightening my acne scars.

Let me know if you can’t live without lemons just like me, what you use them for and is there anything else I can use them for beauty/health wise? Thanks for reading.. I’ll see you soon. X.O.