Thursday, 16 July 2015

Top Ten Make-Up Products

Another beauty post here! As well as looking at my favourite beauty products I also wanted to share my favourite make-up. So here are my top ten favourite make-up products that I use mostly day to day and absolutely love! I'll review and link each product again in case you're wanting to buy anything yourselves.




The first product I defiantly wanted to share was my new 'Mac Pro Longwear Foundation.' This isn't the first Mac foundation that I have brought but I have found that it offers my favourite coverage! Mac make up can be very thick depending on what you buy, although this foundation gives medium to full coverage without looking heavy on your skin. It also gives you a summery glow which slightly stays after applying powder giving you that natural look. It is pricey compared to drug store foundations although it lasts me absolutely months as on some days I wear BB cream instead so I would say it is defiantly worth the money. 


Concealer is my go to product no matter where I am going, I just think it instantly corrects your face and can just be paired with some mascara and lip gloss for a day in with friends. This is the 'Maybelline Dream Touch Lumi Concealer' in the shade Ivory. One thing that does annoy me about drug store make-up is the packaging fading like this one has, it does make it look really cheap and I always end up forgetting what I've brought, ha! Although, aside from that this concealer is especially amazing for under eyes! It gives really good coverage and isn't blowing the budget! I wouldn't say that it could cover any spot although for small spots and scars, it's perfect! It does need powder as it can crease on eyelids but nothing major! 


I literally wanted this 'Ben Nye Banana Powder' for so long before eventually ordering it as I'd seen it on loads of video's and reviews! I think it provides amazing coverage for a powder and it really isn't expensive! Also, because it isn't coloured I can use it whether I'm pale or tanned which is perfect as it lasts from season to season. As soon as you apply it you can really see the difference in your skin and all the shine has gone. I do re-apply throughout the day although I get very oily skin so if you have dry skin I don't think you would need to! This product is difficult to get in the UK but I have linked the site where I brought it from.  


So to apply all of the products above I use this 'Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.' I do have other brushes that I use as well although to finish it off and really blend in my make-up I use this! I spray it with water and then dab over my make-up and blend to get rid of any streaks and to create a natural base. I love this sponge so much and my make-up looks flawless after using it! Also, it isn't expensive! 



To contour I use a few different products, especially to create more defined cheekbones! This Mac 'bronzer' and 'highlighter' are perfect for adding a natural colour and highlight to your face. I do have other contour products that I will sometimes add to these although for a natural summery make-up look these are perfect!
The bronzer doesn't sparkle meaning you can apply anywhere where it is needed and the highlighter is very subtle so it can be applied on the nose and forehead. 


Moving onto eyes, I love love love liquid eye liner! I never swap from this 'LOreal Super Liner' as the brush makes it so easy to apply and flick. I get it in black and it stays perfect all day! The only problem I would say is to apply it after eye shadow as it can be easily rubbed of by brushes.


I got this 'Full Exposure' Mascara in a set along with an eye shadow palette. I have always used Max Factor mascara and will continue to do so as this is a little too pricey for what I would usually pay. Although, if you can afford it, I would defiantly recommend this product! My lashes really stand out and look super long without any clumps or sticking together.


I never actually used to colour in my eyebrows and now I don't know how I coped without the 'Soap and Glory archery pencil.' I lightly colour in any gaps and shape the arch, then I brush using the other side of the pencil to blend in so they don't look painted on. My eyebrows literally don't move all day and my make-up looks so much more finished after using this! 


Last but defiantly not least is the 'Mac Cremesheen Glass Lip gloss.' For a casual day look I don't think anyone can go wrong with a nude lip gloss. I have a few of these from Mac as I got them in a set as a Christmas present and I love them so much! This one is more of a peachy nude, paired with casual eye shadow and bronzed skin! Love! 

So they're my top ten make-up products and reviews. I hope you've enjoyed both of my review posts, please comment if you have used any of these and let me know what you think! 
Annie
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Saturday, 11 July 2015

Top Ten Summer Beauty Products

So the English Summer season is finally here and I want to share with you my favourite products that I love using now the warm weather is back. More skin is always shown so I think its a time where people really start to take more care of themselves and try and get a halo glow. Although it isn't just about skincare so I have chosen ten varied beauty products that I will be reviewing for you in case you were thinking about going to buy them yourselves! Each review has a link to a website where you can buy it. 






So the first thing I think of when somebody says Summer is getting a tan. Nothing looks better and more flattering having a summery dress on with a bronzed glow. I have tried so many tan products but so far this Summer I have defiantly loved 'Garnier's Summer Body.' It is a gradual tan lotion, although you get a natural looking tan within the first few days if used daily. You don't have to wait two weeks like some products. The apricot extract also gets rid of the fake tan smell so I think it is a perfect summer buy! 


On top of a tan I always like to put on a oil or moisturiser to make sure my skin looks healthy and golden. Carrying on a Garnier theme here, this 'Beauty Oil' is perfect to pair up with a tan. Your skin literally glows and doesn't feel sticky or oily. Also, I really don't like using body products with sparkles or glitter in them unless it's for a certain occasion, but this body oil doesn't make you sparkle at all. It just emphasises a tan and is perfect for the beach or poolside if you're wanting a natural and effortless look when really you spent a hour getting ready.  


It sounds ridiculous for me to be posting about cellulite and body lifts but if you have been working out a lot or loosing weight, this product is literally amazing!!
It just helps to tone up your skin and get rid of redness or any roughness. You only need a small amount to go a long way and you just quickly rub in circles to try and break up fat. It is pricey and there will be cheaper products out there but if you can afford it... 'Clarins' can always be trusted!


Moving onto skincare, I have not found a cleanser to beat the 'Ren Hot Cloth Cleanser.' I will never try any other make up remover because this works just so perfectly with my skin. I have acne prone skin that can also turn dry or oily. So this really helps to balance it out. It also comes with a cloth which gently exfoliates your skin while removing any trace of make-up. It really doesn't take long to use and it lasts months and months! This has to be my favourite beauty product all year round!


After cleansing my face morning and night I always moisturise! Actually, I have only just started to use the 'Garnier Moisture Matte Moisturiser' a few weeks ago, but so far I am really impressed with how my skin feels and looks throughout the day. I can get very oily skin through the day so I always try and get an oil free moisturiser, but one that still hydrates my skin so that it doesn't get dry. I would say that this product defiantly does this and because I use so many Garnier products I knew I'd be fine trying it out!


Last year when I went to New Zealand the plane journey was so long so the skin around my eyes got really dry, therefore after using some prescribed cream they got a lot better but still got dry on and off. So I wanted a cheap but moisturising eye cream that would make my eyes feel less tight after cleansing. Even though this 'Eye Cream' isn't expensive and there will be better eye creams out there I really love it! This must be the third tube I've brought and my eyes never get dry or puffy. It's really good if you are just starting to get into skincare but not wanting to spend a lot. 


Every night I have to use a prescribed acne cream which really clears my skin but also makes it really dry. So just before going to bed each night I use this 'Botanics Ultra Calm Serum' to help moisturise and get rid of any redness. It doesn't cause me to get any spots so it is perfect if you have sensitive skin. I have defiantly seen a huge improvement since using this and now use it every night. 


Moving onto haircare, I know some heat protect sprays can make your hair greasy but this 'Tresemme Heat Defence' really helps to keep my hair healthy but without making it greasy wherever you've sprayed it! It also lasts for absolutely ages as well so defiantly a money saver!


I don't suffer with really frizzy hair but I think the ends can get dry and difficult to style after too much heat. I use 'Frizz Ease' about once a week after washing and conditioning my hair to help keep it healthy and shiny. I also think that it's perfect if you have curly hair to help fight frizz.


So this is totally different to anything else I have mentioned but this is literally one of my favourite beauty products ever!! My nails are prone to chipping, peeling and just generally not wanting to grow. Although ever since using 'O.P.I Nail Envy' my nails have grown so fast and even though they do break now and again they have got a lot thicker and healthier. Now I have lovely nails that are finally getting long without peeling or chipping. I could not recommend any nail polish more! It is pricey but lasts for ages, it's one of them products that you just have to spend money on! 

I hope you've enjoyed my reviews on each product! Please comment below if you have any of these and love them as much as I do! Look out for more beauty related posts soon! 

Annie 
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