My Skincare Routine


I'm not gonna lie, I've never really been that good with skincare. Although I've completely ditched the makeup wipes, it's an achievement if I take my makeup off before getting into bed and I very rarely go into a full routine. Since moving to Devon I haven't really worn a full face of makeup more than once a week so I never feel the need to indulge into my skincare routine which I know is very bad but I just forget all the time, or I just like my bed too much. I think we both know which of those is true. 

I thought I'd share with you what my skincare routine looks like on a day that I actually complete it. My routine is not complex at all but it's enough to make my skin feel fresh and deeply cleansed. 

Garnier Micellar Water | This is my favourite micellar water of all time. It's cheap, cheerful and it gets the job done quickly. I've tried so many others that take forever to remove eye makeup/heavy foundation and quite frankly I do not have time for that. This Garnier offering is also scent free which I find so helpful for the sensitive areas like the eyes as it doesn't sting like hell.

Lush 9 to 5 Cleanser | After a recommendation from the Lush Queen, Becky, I picked up this cleanser on our trip to Amsterdam. Yes it is in Dutch and I have no idea what the bottle says at all but we'll ignore that. I've never been a fan of cream cleansers as I never really knew what to do with them but a quick sweep of this over the face with a cotton pad works wonders at removing all the stubborn makeup/dirt that the micellar water couldn't. 

Burts Bees Peach & Willow Bark Deep Pore Scrub* | If you know me you'll know I love my face scrubs. I have quite flaky skin, especially through the winter so getting rid of dead/dry skin is an essential part of my skincare routine. I have a range of favourite scrubs including Lush's Ocean Salt but at the moment this offering from Burts Bees is my favourite. I love the peachy smell and the fact that it isn't too rough on the skin but the exfoliating pieces are large enough to give a deep scrub. It leaves a smooth finish on the skin, perfect for the application of makeup.

La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Serum* | If you asked me last year what a serum did then I'd have looked at you cluelessly. Since I started blogging and getting more into skincare I've learnt so much and using this serum has worked wonders on my skin when it becomes dry and dehydrated. I love it's heavy gel like texture which is surprisingly lightweight and soothing on the skin. 

Antipodes Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream* | Antipodes are quickly becoming one of my favourite skincare brands, I own so many of their products now and I just can't get enough. Vanilla is my favourite scent so when I saw this Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream I couldn't wait to try it. It's a very thick cream with a subtle scent which I like because it isn't overpowering like some creams can be. Due to the thick consistency, I actually prefer to apply it as overnight moisturiser. If I use it in the day I like to apply it a while before I apply my makeup to give it a chance to absorb as it sits quite heavy on the skin. 

Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask* | On my bad skin days I like to apply a mask to give my skin a little boost. My favourite at the moment is from Antipodes and it has to be their most raved about product, I finally got my hands on it recently and I can see why it's such a holy grail product. It doesn't set on the skin leaving it feeling tight, it's more of a deeply moisturising mask which I love because I always get worried when a face mask tightens on the skin as I think it's going to leave my skin so dry. This mask smells absolutely incredible and leaves the skin feeling so refreshed and moisturised. Not bad for a quick 15 minute mask!

What's your favourite skincare product at the moment?

*PR sample, but all opinions are 100% my own.

Zoeva Rose Golden Dupes For Under £5?


If there's a makeup brush brand that I see raved about every single week it has to be Zoeva. Although I only own a few of their brushes, they definitely are my favourites of all time. I used to be the kinda girl that wouldn't really see makeup brushes as a necessity and I would rather buy more makeup instead of brushes. Things couldn't be more different now as I own way too many brushes but at under £10 for both sets who could say no to these beauties?

I'm all about being savvy when it comes to purchasing new brushes, I may love buying a new set but I'm  always so worried that they won't be worth the money. I spotted these two sets for under £10 on eBay and I could hardly resist at that price! They're so similar to the Zoeva Rose Golden sets with the pastel pink handles and rose gold detailing but I never thought they'd be close in quality for that price. When they arrived I was so pleasantly surprised with how similar the brushes actually are as the pictures online really do not do them justice.

Face Set | The first set contains 3 face brushes and 5 eye brushes, exactly like the Zoeva set but for around £60 less at £4.84! The buffer brush is my new go to when I'm not using my beauty blender, it blends foundation into the skin flawlessly without being patchy or leaving streaks. The other two face brushes can be used for powder/contour/blush. The eye brushes are the average brushes you'd expect in a set with a brush for every different aspect of an eye look. The two white fibre brushes have come in handy as blending brushes and the large flat tipped microfibre brush is perfect for applying colour to the lid.

Eye Set | The second set consists of 12 eye brushes and although not all of them are any use to me, I will definitely get use out of at least 50% of the set. At £3.28 there are no complaints at all, seeing as the Zoeva offering is over £60 more expensive and a single eyeshadow brush can easily cost over £5 these days so 12 for just over £3 isn't bad going. There are obvious copies of Zoeva brushes in the set like the concealer brush but the quality is up to the standard of Zoeva again. I'm no expert on eyeshadow at all but these brushes have definitely worked wonders in helping create the perfect look. My favourites are the microfibre brushes as they are so soft and fluffy but I also really like the small angled brush for my brows and the larger white fluffy brush. I find all of the other white brushes to be quite useless to be honest, they're all cut quite similar so it looks like they were just included to fill the set. I haven't attempted to use the liner brush yet as I am not an eyeliner person at all but it looks like the perfect little brush to get a precise, even application.

When they first arrived the brushes had a very strong paint smell which worried me a little but after washing the scent has gone away completely and none of the brushes have started to shed either. Although the brushes are shipped from China, both of my sets arrived in less than 2 weeks which isn't bad at all for free P&P!

What are your favourite makeup brushes?

Tarte 'Tartelette' Eyeshadow Palette


Living in the UK makes me feel like I'm missing out on so many amazing makeup brands that aren't available in this country. Tarte are a American brand and although they provide international shipping I've just never taken the plunge to make an order due to shipping and customs costs. Like seriously if you get caught with customs they charge you £8 on top of whatever the customs charge is as a handling fee?! Royal Mail are making a bomb from it but it's just not cool. When I saw another blogger selling the Tartelette Eyeshadow Palette I jumped at the chance to buy it.

Tarte Tartlette Amazonian Clay Palette

The 'Tartelette' palette is an all matte palette consisting of 12 shades arranged in 3 rows of complimentary colours. The packaging is some of the best I've seen as it's incredibly beautiful, sturdy and the perfect size for travelling. For me this palette is an absolute dream even though it's a warm toned palette and I definitely suit more cool toned shades it's still everything I could ask for in a palette. The shades are all neutral shades which I love because I find colourful mattes very very hard to wear but that's just personal preference as I am a neutrals kinda gal. 

Tarte Tartlette Amazonian Clay Palette Packaging

All the shadows are extremely pigmented which is so hard to find in matte palettes as there is always at least one or two that just aren't up to the quality of the rest of the shadows. It's very rare that you find a matte palette that you can swatch and every shade shows up on your skin but it's even rarer to find a palette that has a perfect black shade. Out of all the palettes I own this definitely has the most opaque, easy to work black eyeshadow. Matte shades are hardwork, they take time to blend and they're definitely not easy to use for a quick eye look most of the time but I found all these shadows buttery and easier to blend than most mattes.  I'm 99% sure that they're better than my Urban Decay mattes and they've been my holy grail for so long so that's definitely a massive statement from me. 

All Matte Eyeshadow Palette Tarte Tartelette Review

Tarte have killed the matte eyeshadow game by creating this palette and I find myself reaching for it every single day. I'd class it as an essential palette in my stash now as it's daytime friendly but any look can easily be made more night time friendly with the darker shades to the right of the palette. Or if you can rock a dark smokey eye in the middle of the day you do that shit because you are awesome. I am now in need of the Tartelette In Bloom Palette as that is equally as pretty. 

Also can we all just appreciate how beautiful these photos are?! I am in love with my new camera. Is it okay to be in love with an intimate object or? 

P.S Blog posts have been rare due to life being like 'eat, sleep, work, gym, repeat' but after I move in two weeks things should finally have some order around here!

Foundations Currently On Trial


Being as pale as a vampire makes foundation shopping extremely hard; especially in high street stores so when I find something that works I like to stick to it. I'm not one to change up my makeup routine very often but after going through my makeup collection and finding at least 5 unused foundations I thought it was about time to put some of them to the test.

L'Oreal Infallible Matte | I know this is a foundation that has featured a few times on my blog before and I absolutely loved it back then but I fell out of love with it a few months back. As I never did a full review as such I thought I'd trial it again and hope to fall back in love with what used to be my holy grail. After trying it out again over the past two weeks I've rekindled my love and this is now my everyday foundation. I'm a matte foundation kinda gal; always have been, always will be. This is perfect for creating a flawless base as it evens out skin tone and sits perfectly on the skin without feeling heavy and cakey. The only problem I have with this foundation is that it is slightly too dark, I'm very pale and the chances of me getting a tan anytime soon are minimal so I'll be sticking this back in my makeup drawer for when I eventually get round to fake tanning or hopping on a plane to catch some rays.

Rimmel Wake Me Up | This used to be one of my favourite foundations back when I first started my blog along with Rimmel's Match Perfection but they never quite had a light enough shade for me in the Wake Me Up range. Eventually they realised that there really are some girls as pale as a sheet so they brought out a Porcelain shade which is still slightly too dark but it'll do. Wake Me Up is my go to foundation for that rare occasion that I want dewy skin. It leaves the skin looking healthy and glowing which is perfect for these summer months, I wear it with a hell of a lot of bronzer and highlight for that perfect summer glow. I find this foundation works best with a beauty blender as my foundation brushes left a few streaks and nobody wants to rock that streaky look. I'm not a massive fan of this foundation anymore due to my love of all things matte but if you love to shine bright like a diamond then I'd definitely recommend this. 

L'oreal True Match | After seeing everyone and their nan absolutely love this foundation I just had to pick it up. The shade range is incredible and there really is something for everyone. I had a hard time working out exactly what shade I needed as there are just so many! I went for Rose Ivory which is the lightest shade. I've been wearing this on days that I want something a little lighter than L'Oreal's Infallible Matte Foundation as it feels like you're not wearing foundation at all but has a very build-able coverage. With summer starting to show up a little bit at the moment, this is perfect for the warmer days when you still want some coverage but don't want to feel like your face is melting from too much makeup. 

What's your current go to foundation?


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