Thanks for reading this blog post! See you in the next one 🙂
Thanks for reading this blog post! See you in the next one 🙂
Finally filmed a Mulan makeup tutorial video!
“Oriental Flower” By Rebecca Cheung can be listened to here
Makeup Products used: – E.L.F. Poreless Face Primer
– Revolution SFX Ghost Whitener
– Revolution Ghost Powder
– Physicians Formula Glow & Mood Boosting Blush in Warm
– E.L.F. Instant Lift Brow Pencil in Deep Brown 723
– Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Original
– I heart Revolution Fortune Seeker Eyeshadow Palette
– Kiko Milano Smart Eye Pencil 815
– Tony Moly Panda’s Dream Smudge Out Mascara 01
– Superdrug Jinju White Peach Lip Balm
– NYX Suede Matte Lip Liner in Kitten Heels
– NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Kitten Heels
|Caudalie Beauty Elixir 100ml sized bottle|
“Sets make-up, tones and tightens pores and gives the skin an instant boost of radiance.” is what Caudalie claims its Beauty Elixir achieves and after using it for months on end and currently going through my third bottle, I can wholeheartedly agree.
I first heard about Caudalie’s Beauty Elixirs through numerous online beauty gurus but never had a chance to try it out. That was until I was out with my friends in Covent Garden and popped into the store there. My friend Chloe walked me through a lot of the products that Caudalie has and having never looked into the company or the products, I needed all the help I could get. And that’s when I spotted the most talked about beauty spray on the market for years now. Finally! my chance to try it, having heard all the raves from years ago.
So to start with, I sprayed it on my arm and there was a powerful fragrance to it which immediately made me nervous. Heavily fragranced skin care and makeup does not go well with sensitive skin. The packaging does state it is suitable for all skin-types and while it doesn’t always flare up my sensitive skin, I would still advise to use it with caution for people with sensitive skin. There were rare times where it left me with a tingly sensation that you don’t really want to feel on your skin. Looking at the ingredients of the spray, it does suggest that it shouldn’t irritate your skin. The three essential oils used are: peppermint oil (tones and awakens the skin), rose oil (anti-shine, activates glow) and rosemary oil (anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial) all have beneficial uses for the skin.
I do have to agree with what Caudalie states- it does leave your face feeling radiant, glowing and refreshed. Admittedly, I haven’t used it to set my makeup as I spray it on my face after toning and before moisturising. Applying it at that point helps my serum and moisturiser sink into my skin better. The fact that this is a multi-use spray is a huge plus given the price range. It’s good to know this luxury branded beauty spray can be used for more than benefit i.e. toning, make-up setting, complexion brightening, skin cooling etc.
There are two sized bottles, at 30ml for £12 and 100ml for £32 (link to Caudalie’s website are posted below). Ideally, the 100ml is the better value for money but the 30ml is the perfect travel-size companion and lasted a month when I used to twice daily in between toning and moisturising. I started off with the 30ml bottle to see if it was suitable for my sensitive skin and I was very happy with the results, but still used it with caution. I didn’t spray it whenever my face had a lot of red and dry patches as I found it sting those problematic areas. But don’t fret! It definitely helped my skin feel cool and refreshed. However, I did have to get used to the strong fragrance smell but that passed very quickly.
Overall, Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir definitely deserves the hype and the price range is good if you about the convenience of it being multi-use. Just use it sparingly if you have very sensitive skin and definitely don’t use it when you have red or dry patches on your face. If you do, you will feel it sting for a short time, but over a long period of time, you will notice a positive change in complexion.
On August 15th, I embarked on a month-long trip to Japan. This trip was filled with sightseeing, amazing food and of course, shopping for amazing Asian beauty. There are a variety of shops where you can find said skincare and makeup in Japan, these include but are not limited to: Don Quijote, Daiso, Etude House, Tony Moly, Cosme store, drugstores, Aeon Style Cosmetics in Aeon Mall, Loft, Tokyu Hands etc
Feel free to comment or a send a message my way if you have any questions about any of the products! Have a lovely day 🙂 **DISCLAIMER: Specific images of each product will be here in the blog plus comments on the products themselves if I have used them. I wish I could put this in the video too, but that make a ridiculously long video. But I have a feeling this will be a really long blog … Enjoy!
–Pokemon x It’s Demo
– Various brands from Don Quixote (Donki)
– Miscellaneous items; Daiso & Muji
-It’s Demo Hand Cream
-Empty loose powder compact from Daiso
I decided to go for a Zombie Pikachu look this Halloween 🙂
Step 1: Buy a pikachu onesie/ any pikachu outfit https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B009151XI8/ref=twister_B00NLA63GG
Step 2: Buy some white face foundation cream, fake blood, blending sponge, eyeshadow brush and black eyeshadow! I found everything at Superdrugs
-Freedom SFX Ghost Whitener http://www.superdrug.com/Freedom/Freedom-SFX-Ghost-Whitener/p/714168?singleResultSearchPage=true
-Freedom SFX Fake Blood http://www.superdrug.com/Freedom/Freedom-SFX-Fake-Blood/p/713460?singleResultSearchPage=true
-MUA Matte Mono Eyeshadow http://www.superdrug.com/MUA/MUA-Matte-Mono-Eyeshadow—Smoke/p/207401
Happy Halloween 🙂 xxx
I’ve decided to write a beauty blog series, seeing as I have this blog but I don’t post much here. So, without further delay, this beauty blog series will kick off with cleansers and face washes 🙂
From around the age of 13, where I started wearing basic makeup on rare occasions, my mum advised me to wash my skin using products that help with my blemishes but also help protect it from dirt, makeup etc. Below is a list of cleaners/face washes I have used since I was 13- I know there’s a lot but truth be told, I haven’t found the “perfect” one for me yet. I have found great ones that have helped with reducing my blemishes but I like experimenting to find the “perfect” one for me.
*It is important to note that my skin is very different from yours. This cleansers and face washes listed below may not suit your skin type and skin problems. My skin type is Combination Dry with sensitive skin and my skin problem is blemishes and occasional redness. Best thing to do is use products that are suited for your skin type and state that they will combat the problems you are facing*
*It is also important to note that when using skincare, you should test it out for at least a month because your skin takes time to get used to the new product you are using. Don’t change your skincare products too often because this will overload your skin and will cause more problems*
Consult this “Superdrugs” article to see what best works for your skin: http://www.superdrug.com/blog/beauty-manuals/ultimate-cleansing-guide
List of cleansers/face washes I have used so far:
1. L’occitane Riz Routine https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/7b/d7/19/7bd71919147def9c2408e7a4e3ca9249.jpg (the only image on the internet now)
The first cleanser I ever used and the worst. It was a three step system (cleanser, toner and moisturiser) and set back my mum by £80 (sorry and thank you mum!). I don’t know what was in it, but the lady all those years ago told my mum and I that it would help with my blemishes and dryness- it did not…it made my skin worse. Much worse. I’m glad this is discontinued now.
2. The body shop- tea tree oil routine http://www.thebodyshop.co.uk/content/skincarekits.aspx (scroll down till you find The Tea Tree Oil set that has cleanser, toner and moisturiser)
From what I remember, this was a good regime for me- it was gentle for me so it didn’t cause any dryness and I saw it reduced my blemishes after a month. So here’s the problem- back then when I used it 6 years ago (they may have changed the formula since then so bare this in mind), IT STANK. The smell of Tea Tree Oil is strong in this regime- which may sound like a ridiculous criticism but I don’t want my face smelling of this strong scent for the whole day and night. (literally was for the whole day and then at night while I’m sleeping) I remember it just drove me crazy, but if you don’t mind strong scents then you should give this a go!
3. Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions 3 Step System http://www.clinique.co.uk/product/1669/5615/Skin-Care/Acne/Clear-Skin-Starter-Kit/Anti-Blemish-Solutions-3-Step-System/For-All-Skin-Types-with-Blemishes
Both the cleanser and moisturiser worked well, however my main problem lies with the toner. That seriously dried out my skin- after using it for 3 days, my whole face was peeling off. (I wish this was an exaggeration) Clearly the toner was too harsh for my sensitive skin and so I had to give up with this regime. Also, even though this regime did reduce my blemishes after one month, it was not worth it for the amount of skin peeling off my face. If you do not have sensitive skin, then I definitely recommend this luxury priced regime as the cleanser and moisturiser did help a lot to reduce my blemishes.
4. Shu Uemura Ultim8 Sublime Cleansing Oil http://www.shuuemura.co.uk/skincare/cleanser/makeup-remover/ultime8-sublime-beauty-cleansing-oil (At a very luxurious price)
Mum comes home from shopping and tells me she bought a new cleanser from Shu Uemura- the lady advised her to use it to achieve a more radiant and moisturised face. As it’s an oil, you are meant to put it all over your face (avoiding eyes), splash water on it so it turns white, which means the oil is emulsified and then rinse it off with warm water. Everything about this product feels very expensive, high-end and luxurious. After using this product for a while (I think it was just about more than a month) both my mum and I agreed that this product worked amazingly well- it made both of our faces feel radiant and well moisturised. It may not have reduced my blemishes but it get rid of dry skin patches I had. However, both of us knew and agreed that we couldn’t afford this all the time (unfortunately) so we had to say goodbye to it when it was used up. If you’re looking for a high-end expensive cleanser because you can, then go for this one. It will make your skin feel amazing.
5. Simple Kind to Skin Moisturising Face Wash http://www.boots.com/en/Simple-Kind-To-Skin-Moisturising-Facial-Wash-50ml_1102648/
From a really expensive cleanser to a high-street (drugstore) brand, I give you Simple. This is a brand I swear by because it’s perfect for my sensitive skin. This face wash works so well to keep my skin feeling clean and moisturised. This didn’t really combat my blemishes but at that point in my life (around the age of 17), blemishes was the least of my worries (surprisingly) as my dry skin was acting up horrendously. This happened for an understandable reason- army issued camouflage cream (thick and oil based) and my skin went through harsh conditions from the environment. So dry patches happened everywhere, it was horrible, (but I don’t regret my Cadet years) it just meant I had to look after my skin well. This face wash was perfect for that- left my skin feeling cleansed, soft and moisturised for a cheap price- would highly recommend to someone who suffers from dry and sensitive skin. Would buy again.
6. Clean and Clear Deep Action Face Wash http://www.superdrug.com/Clean-%26-Clear/Clean-%26-Clear-Deep-Action-Cleansing-Wash-150ml/p/344358
Contains Alcohol. Alcohol is terrible as it strips moisture from your skin and damages it. Caused a lot of dry skin patched. Next!
7. Simple Spotles Skin Triple Action Face Wash http://www.boots.com/en/Simple-Spotless-Skin-Triple-Action-Face-Wash-150ml_1107197/
This face wash was great for reducing blemishes and cleaning out pores and it didn’t cause any dry skin because it’s perfect for sensitive skin. It left my skin feeling really clean and I saw a difference in my blemishes after a month. Have bought again and thoroughly recommend. This is a good way of combating blemishes for people with sensitive skin.
8. Simple Kind to Skin Refreshing Facial Wash Gel http://www.boots.com/en/Simple-Kind-To-Skin-Refreshing-Facial-Wash-Gel-150ml_699/
If you’re looking for a cheap standard cleanser for sensitive skin then this one is great. After the first wash, I noticed my skin feeling thoroughly cleaned and refreshed. There’s nothing more I can say about it because it’s a simple and effective cleanser- would buy again and greatly recommend it.
9. The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil http://www.thebodyshop.co.uk/face/view-all/camomile-silky-cleansing-oil.aspx utm_source=Google_PLA&utm_medium=sem_brd&utm_campaign=160329_PXShoppingBrandFace&utm_term=%7BKeyWordTerm%7D&utm_content=GenericTrade&gclid=Cj0KEQjwhtO7BRCtwuO9gfTH-fQBEiQAdJ8FYzsd0XHC3c19DO_uaJGrhKVVrRkilRGyUOKHGZg_dP4aAgc88P8HAQ
If you’re skin is better suited for cleansing oils and you don’t want to splash out, (if you do, then I recommend the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil) then this cleansing oil is brilliant. Easily removes waterproof makeup and leaves the skin feeling very soft and smelling lovely. This is a very soft cleansing oil so it’s perfect for sensitive skin. Even though I always use cleansers and washes, I always have this cleansing oil for those days where I want a soft and elegant feeling. Have bought again and thoroughly recommend.
10. Clearasil Daily Clear Hydra Blast Skin Perfecting Wash http://www.superdrug.com/Clearasil/Clearasil-Daily-Clear-Hydra-Blast-Skin-Perfecting-Wash-150ml/p/474400?singleResultSearchPage=true
The cleanser is great for sensitive skin! It does not over-dry and it really works for deep cleaning the pores and helped reduce my blemishes after 3 weeks. It contains little micro-beads that really does help with getting rid of impurities and dirt lurking in the skin. I imagine they will be changing this formula soonish because of the new policy on micro-beads, as they harm the environment. For now, I will say I would buy again and definitely recommend.
11. Sanctuary Spa Warming Cleansing Butter Balm http://www.sanctuary.com/en-gb/warming-cleansing-butter/
I had just finished the Clearasil Daily Clear Hydra Blast Skin Perfecting Wash (#10) last week and have been using The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil (#9) since then. After scavenging the internet for a new cleanser and what would work well with my skin, I came to the realisation that I have never used a cleansing balm before. Well, first time’s a charm and I bought the Sanctuary Spa one today (30/6/16) and I’m yet to try it. I will update this blog when I have used for at least a month and will let you know what I think. 3/7/16- yeah no, this REALLY dried out my skin from day 1…not good for sensitive skin! I can’t say this is good for me because of the whole peeling skin aspect- I think I’ll just stick to Simple products.
Thank you so much for taking time to read this blog and hope you found it useful 🙂 Feel free to recommend products to combat anti-blemish, dryness and is suitable for sensitive skin. For now, hope you find your perfect cleanser/face wash and see you at the next Beauty Blog! 😀 xxx
So excited! Makeup used and where I got my dress, shoes and clutch bag from are listed below.
My hair was done by a hair dresser in a Salon down the road from my house. Pictures of my hair, makeup, nails dress, jewellery, shoes and clutch bag are posted below.
-Clinique Smart Serum
-Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Defense
-Clinique Moisture Surge Face Cream
-Clinique All About Eyes cream
-Clinique Superprimer Colour Corrects redness
-Fit Me Maybelline Foundation, Number 115,
-The Body Shop Lightening Touch Lumière
-2true 3in1 concealer, Number 3
– Rimmel Exaggerate Undercover Shadow Primer
-Clinique Almost Powder Makeup, Number 02 Neutral Fair
-Clinique Cheek pop/Blush pop, Number 1 Ginger Pop
-Makeup Academy Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlights
-Chanel Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad, in 39 Raffinement
-Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eyeliner
– Rimmel Gel Eyeliner Number 001 Black
-Collection Big Fake Ultimate Masacara
-Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara
-LUSH Bubblegum Lip Scrub
-The Body Shop Lip Butter in Chocomania
-No. 7 Stay perfect Lipstick, Number 80 Cherry
-Missguided Lipsplash in Watermelon
-Rimmel London Stronger Double Duty Base Coat
-Rimmel London Precious Stones Glitter Nail Polish
-Rimmel London 60 Seconds Nail Varnish Top Coat
-Christian Dior Makeup brushes; Powder, Blush and Eye shadow brushes from my mum 🙂
-Eye shadow blending brush from Superdrugs
-No. 7 Foundation Brush
-Pink Flower hair pin and matching Necklace from YUBI Handmade Jewellery
-Pink Flower Earrings from China
-Ruby Butterfly Ring from China
Hair: done in Salon, hair tied up into a bun
Dress: Coral Pink dress from Coast
Shoes and matching Clutch bag: Coral Pink colour from Debenhams
Batgirl costume and makeup for London MCM Expo Comic Con May 24th-26th 🙂
Makeup I have used:
-Clinique Moisture surge
-Rimmel London Match Perfection compressed poweder. Ivory
-MUA Shimmer Kisses blusher
-Rimmel London Undercover Eyeshadow Primer
-ChitChat palette I bought from Beauty Base. Brownish greyish shade used for eyeshadow
-Rimmel London Exaggerate Kohl black eyeliner
-No7 Amazing Eyeliner in black
-No7 Stay Perfect Lipstick in no. 80 cherry Bat girl costume is from Amazon which costs around £24