Thursday, 26 November 2015

Makeup Artist Tips | Acne & Blemish Coverage

I am a pretty dab-hand at covering blemishes after I grew up with pretty severe acne throughout my teens up until Roaccutane finally knocked it on the head at the age of 25. The struggles I went through to make my skin look somewhat 'normal' were endless...piles of foundations, concealers, blotting papers and powders filled my room as I worked out ways to cover without that awful masked look. It can really knock your confidence and self-esteem when you have bad skin & learning how to get on top of it can really change your life.

First up, makeup can only even the skin tone it can't change the texture. So no matter how much you apply you will not be able to smooth the lumps and bumps and that is where your skincare and treatments come into play. Make sure you invest in skincare, and in particular your cleansing routine. I tried SO many types of makeup and application methods to make my skin look clear and what works for me may not work for everyone, it's a game of trial and error and really understanding what kinds of things work on your skin.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Speedy Tanning | Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan Mousse.

Cocoa Brown fake tan has made quite a big impact in the beauty world since they launched their range in 2012. It hails from Ireland, and founder Marissa wanted to create a wardrobe of tans appealing to the hardcore tanners ,first-timers ,pale-skinned & even the fake-tan haters. Fast forward a few years later and this range has won countless awards, had rave reviews all over the press and is now available worldwide. I (obviously) wanted to see what the fuss was about  so started off with their signature product, the Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Budget Beauty | The Crownbrush Top 10 Makeup Brushes.

If you are a regular reader of my blog then you will know that I am a huge fan of Crownbrush makeup brushes ; affordable, great quality, a huge selection & there is a brush for every single makeup need. I have used them for over 10 years and still have some that are that old (and still great!) = speaks volumes.
Last week I was invited along to a lovely afternoon tea with the brand to explore their top 10 makeup brushes and have a chat with the head of makeup-artistry the wonderful and super knowledgeable Zoe Newlove. I was familiar and have used a lot of the top 10, but a few of them were completely new to me (hey they do like over 250 brushes) & it was good to learn new tips and techniques.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Laura Louise Beauty Christmas Advent #Giveaway.

How is it nearly Christmas already?! It's crept upon me so quickly that I nearly forgot to do my annual Christmas beauty advent giveaway. This will be the third year running now and it's always been so popular that I am quickly squeezing it in now so the winner will receive it in time for the beginning of December.

One lucky person will be in with a chance to win my big, beautiful, beauty-based advent calender which has a variety of brands and products ; 25 items in total as a normal advent in the run-up to Christmas. These products have a combined value of over £450. The prizes will come pre-wrapped and numbered randomly so there will be an element of suprise in it, although the full list of products is pictured & listed below..maybe have a very light perusal, or skip straight to how to enter below.

Autumn Flowers with Debenhams.

It's just *something* that I have to have now, alongside some lovely smelly candles...I am forever buying fresh bunches of flowers for my house. Not only do they look and smell great but they also can be handy for taking blog photos to make them look a little more enticing. I am usually a little lazy with my flower purchases and tend to pick them up alongside my weekend shop at the supermarket but I have recently discovered that Debenhams  do a great online delivery service for flowers by post which makes it even easier and the quality of flowers is WAY better.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

10 beauty saviours for Acne skin.

Acne is quite a big *thing* at the moment. It's not the fact that it's effecting more of us, but it's just being talked about more and it's not such an embarrassing topic as it once seemed. The first thing that springs to mind was the though-provoking and powerful video from Em Ford / My Pale skin which showcased the horrific comments and bad education about acne whether it being teen or adult...and from this and other features and articles I have seen recently, people are becoming a little more open to admitting they suffer and showing more understanding towards those that do. Acne isn't and shouldn't ever be a dirty word.
I suffered from the age of 14-16ish and the struggle was real. You can read a little more about that here but I just wanted to show you a few products that I would really depend on, not necessarily through the Roaccutane treatments but for the actual acne in general. I spend probably thousands of pounds over the years of flitting from skincare brand to skincare brand, hoping that what they were saying was really true.....full regimes from Clinique, Dr Sebagh, Eve Lom, Clearasil (!), The Body shop, Origins and many more were tried and tested and often didn't deliver. I have found that even now when I have bad breakouts, it's simply a case of using the products that just work for you and your skin. It is so different for everyone. I had to treat my acne through prescribed medication, but there were and still are some key stand-out products that saw me through the dark times and I still keep handy for those breakouts I still get now.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

New Brand Discovery : Josie Maran.

When I was on my gloriously-amazing-but-a-distant-fond-memory honeymoon in California, I hit up Sephora....hard (Full beauty haul here). I asked a few beauty peeps some recommendations for some brands and products to get that you can't get here and got some great ideas, but I also picked up a few bits that were from brands I had never heard of before.....Josie Maran being one. It caught my eye in Sephora as there was a huge makeup range that looked really beautiful plus skincare that sounded really good.