The Natural Lip Look

Why hello! Today I thought it’s worth talking about how I’m really enjoying a natural lip look lately. So usually I’m the lip liner and stand out matte colour girl but I don’t always have time for this and it’s never guaranteed to last all day. Instead I have opted for a really natural lip look lately, which I have also noticed tends to make your eye makeup pop a little more!

My absolute FAVE is the INCREDIBLE Rollerbaby Gloss (£6). I have to admit I have all the colours but to be honest they all look the same when applied. They have the most smooth and shiny finish. They’re basically a gloss that ISN’T STICKY! That’s right, no need to pull your hair off your face every time there’s a breeze! More importantly they are so moisturising that I wear them indoors too. They also apply really well over lipstick for a glossy finish- Win win right!   

LJL Rating: 10/10

For a natural look with a but if colour, I really enjoy Burt’s Bees Rose Tinted Lip Balm (£6). This colour seems to match every makeup look in the book! It also is compatible with a huge range of skin tones. This gives a long lasting Satin finish without drying your lips out. The colour builds up really well if you’re not quite ready to ditch the lipstick!

LJL Rating: 8/10

Finally, Lottie London Gloss’d Lip Gloss in shade ‘Iced’ (£5). Firstly it’s gotta be said that this packaging is adorable! I really do rate this lip gloss for a number of reasons. Despite being a classic gloss it really isn’t sticky. It also lasts AGES… yes even after eating! Speaking of eating it smells divine! Like Vanilla cupcakes…can you tell I’m hungry. In all honestly it’s just a great go to gloss and looks really pretty over a nude lipstick (which I’m wearing in the pic with a tad of rollerbaby). If you aren’t a gloss person I would recommend trying this one.

LJL Rating: 9/10

Hopefully I have shown you all the path to beautiful natural lips! See my insta for recent looks with these glosses and feel free to DM me any questions or recommendations! 

The Foundation That Makes You GLOW!

I have a new fave foundation! NYX Born to Glow Foundation has honestly shocked me with how much I love it!

I’ve always assumed a perfect foundation doesn’t exist as I have tried more than a few but I really have no qualms here.

The formula is so creamy but lightweight. Although it has a high coverage it had a satin finish on the skin. The formula makes it really blendable so if you did want to go for a more natural look you could easily buff out a small amount.

This is the ONLY foundation I would ever wear along as it really does make you glow, and it has a way of highlighting all the high points of your face creating a naturally contoured look. That’s right! You can ditch the bronzer and highlighter with this gem!

The price point is equally as good at only £10, and Look Fantastic often have 15% off on this. If you wonder what it looks like go to my insta @lucia_jayne as I have fully committed to this product for the last two months!

LJL RATING: 10/10

Maybelline Superstay Lip Crayons

This lippy is the perfect high end dupe. Let’a start with the formula. It is so creamy which is rare for a lip crayon, and gives a smooth matte finish without drying out the lips.

My favourite thing about this is actually the application. Being a crayon, it doubles as a lip liner so there is no need to worry about any mess. The creaminess of the product makes it so fast to apply as it glides on and gives full coverage in one stroke. Conveniently, there is also a little sharpener at the end of the pen to keep the tip sharp.

The only reason why I didn’t give a 10 is a small issue for me… the colours of the packaging don’t really match the colour of the lipstick, so if you’re buying online it’s hard to know how the colour will turn out. Overall though, worth trying as I think £10 for a high end quality is a bargain, especially as the ease of use is great.

My personal recommendation would be shade Lead The Way as it matches nearly every style of look!

LJL Rating 9/10

Overhyped? Testing Essence Mascara

Hi all!

I’m sure many of you have seen various blogs and vlogs circulating for a while of hype over the extremely cheap Essence Princess mascaras.

There are various versions of this-lengthening, volumizing, etc. I tried the Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara. I bought this from Wilko for £3 however you can buy this online for a tad more.

Now for the verdict! I have to be totally honest I love this mascara! It’s the perfect balance of giving length and a tiny bit of volume. It can make lashes stick together if you do too many coats, but for the price this is a fab buy! I would deffo recommend!

LJL Rating: 9/10

Dry Skin Saviours

Today I thought I’d share my beauty routine when it comes to my skin. I’ve noticed a lot of beauty bloggers have normal to oily skin, and there’s not much advice out there for us dry skin people. I keep my routine very simple as my skin reacts badly to anything harsh, So if you’re looking for budget friendly beauty, keep on reading!My everyday all time fave is Superdrug’s Naturally Radiant Day Cream for £5.99. This gives me instant hydration and makes my skin look so glowy and healthy! In this range I have also tried the Naturally Radiant Overnight Mask which gives such a glow!                              LJL Rating: 10/10For deep hydration I use The Body Shop’s Intense Vitamin E Face Cream for £14. ALthough this costs a little extra, it really does provide slightly more hydration. If you prefer a light moisturiser I’d suggest the naturally radiant cream, but if you have very dry skin, then this is perfect. I use this when my face is super flaky and dry.                                                                                      LJL Rating: 9/10For healthy and plump skin I use It’s Skin Power VE Serum for  £15.50. I add this to my moisturiser, or apply it on it’s own and it even outs my skin really well. Also worth noting how cute the bottle is! To wake up glowing I mix this with Avene Hydrance Optimal Rich which has such an impact.                                                                                                                          LJL Rating:  8/10For instant hydration on the go, I use B. Hydrated Hyaluronic Acid Spritz for £8.50. I use this first thing in the morning (partly to wake me up!) and it really refreshes the skin. I’ve been using this for a month and it’s made such a difference already!                                                      LJL Rating: 8/10

Let me know which products you’re loving right now!

Brows on Fleek

I am a huge fan of Instagram brows, and I have tested so many products to find the perfect products to achieve this well-desired look. From pomades to pencils I have put together my faves.

So my go to has to be Benefit Ka-Brow Pomade. I know I usually go for drug store products but with brow products I’m happy to branch out as they usually last over a year anyway, which makes it worth it. . Brows are one of the hardest parts of a polished look and I love this as the application is so easy to work with. I used the ABH pomade for a year and was so committed until I found this. They are quite similar, however I find that unlike most pomades, including ABH Dipbrow, this doesn’t dry up. It lasts all day, and has a very natural look to it, but you can easily build on it for stronger looking brows.

LJL Rating: 10/10

Next is another Benefit product- they don’t get their brow success for nothing! When I’m in a hurry I use Gimme-Brow! This brushes on so easily and enhances your natural brows. So if you already have a good set of brows, I highly recommend this. The only downside is that it can look messy, so if you’re like me and prefer tidy brows, you can easily clean up the look with concealer.

LJL Rating: 9/10

Next, an underrated brand- Lottie London. Their Archival Brow Pen is only £6.50 and is  used to create a microblade effect. The end of this pen has 4 separate nibs which allow you to create natural looking brows in just a few fast strokes. This is great for either natural, bushy or insta-brows! The only flaw is that if you don’t use this with fast strokes, the product can bleed into fine lines.

LJL Rating: 8/10

Finally, for a simple pencil look, I use B. Pro Styler Brow Pencil, which is only £4.99 and is usually on offer. I use this either to quickly fill in my brows, or to neaten up the edges. The colour pay off is really strong, and the pencil is angled for ease. It also comes with a spoolie at the other end to help have a flawless look.

LJL Rating: 8/10

Overall, I do think that if you really care about how your brows look, then high end is always better. If you just like to fill in your brows, or lightly shape and define, then pencils and powders are the way to go.

I Finally Found My Perfect Primer!

Hi All! Just a short post today, but I had to share these bargain primers that genuinely work so well for me, and they are only £4 and £5!!

My skin type is normal/ dry and I’ve always felt as though many primers are aimed at oily skin. I’ve tried so many out, and ended up just sticking to moisturiser. A couple of weeks ago I decided to make use of the penny saving 3 for 2 deal at Superdrug and give MUA’s new Pro-Base range a try, and damn I am sold.

The first primer I tried was the Primer Oil with Gold Flakes. This only cost £4 and has become my go to primer when creating radiant, dewy looks. It gives my foundation a silky finish and sits so comfortably on the skin. I’ve found that it works well with foundation sticks, and cream contour as it makes blending so easy. It’s also worth mentioning how good this little gem looks with it;s high end packaging, and visually pleasing formula!

The other new fave is the Softening Facial Oil Stick which is £5. This is perfect for creating an even base and it gives me all day hydration. I love using this if I’m wearing makeup for long hours as it works as a moisturiser and a primer, and I don’t need to worry about my skin drying out. I’ve even been using it recently on its own to hydrate my skin.

Overall I’m so impressed by these products. MUA have a huge new range with all these products for such a budget price, and I can’t recommend enough! Although I’ve spoken about products ideal for my skin type- they have products for oily, sensitive and normal skin!

LJL Rating: 10/10