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.

Mascara Fail… This may surprise you!

If you’ve read y previous blogs, you’ll know how much I love L’oreal. So for me, this blog is hard because I hate to criticise a product from such an amazing brand. HOWEVER, I can’t be anything but honest when it comes to beauty reviews, especially when it comes to value for money.

So I’ll start there. The price of L’oreal’s Lash Paradise Mascara is £11.99. Considering this is a price closer to high end brands, I expected a similar quality. This has always been a very popular mascara, but maybe I’m doing something wrong because I can’t see why!

My instant impression was that the product seemed clumpy around the spoolie, because brush fibres are so tightly packed. This makes the application difficult because it feels like you’re placing the product onto your lashes, as opposed to combing it through. This gives the impression of clumpy lashes.

The product is also quite thick and lumpy, despite being advertised as ‘smooth and silky’, which meant I had to fan my face just to get the product to dry. I’ve never had to do this before! Overall, in spite of all the hype I just cannot love this product. I think maybe the hype was due to L’oreal rarely bringing out new mascaras, or perhaps the nice packaging. I do have very short lashes, so perhaps it works better on longer lashes looking for volume, but for me this is a no go. Hopefully I haven’t been too savage, and if you’re interested in mascaras that I do love, check out my blog Mascara, Mascara and More Mascara!

LJL Rating: 1/10

Mascara, Mascara and More Mascara

I’ll start by being honest and admitting that I have some of the shortest and straightest lashes known to man. This makes it a bit of a struggle when it comes to finding a mascara that works for me, and often I resort to falsies instead. However, I have managed to find three that work well from a high, middle and low end brand.

I’ll start with the cheap and cheerful Miss Sporty Fabulous Lash in Extra Black. Believe it or not this is only £1.99 which is the quarter of the price of the average mascara! I really love this mascara as it’s very lengthening and it has a wispy effect. It can make lashes look quite thin so if you prefer thicker lashes then you can easily put a thickening mascara over the top.

LJL Rating: 8/10

Maybelline Lash Sensation mascara in a long time fave of mine.  It costs a little more at £8.99 but it does everything I need it to. It lengthens, curls and thickens and an extra coat can easily be added for extra definition. It is a little more expensive but I think it’s worth it because you don’t need to worry about applying other mascaras over the top.

LJL Rating: 10/10

Finally, the popular Bad Gal Bang from Benefit makes the list. It’s known for its thickening and voluminous effect. It certainly works. No other mascara has ever given me such full looking lashes. I have to admit that it can look a little clumpy so I prefer putting on a lengthening mascara first (usually Miss Sporty’s above or Benefit’s ‘They’re Real’). The full sized version is around £18 but I have the mini version for £8.99 and it’s lasted me half a year and I use it nearly every day because you don’t need much product.

LJL Rating: 9/10

 

Tan, Glorious Tan!

Tanning is always a risky subject in the beauty community as many feel that it’s important to embrace your natural skin tone. I totally agree, but everyone should be able to feel comfortable in their skin so for those, like me, who love a good tan, why not! Summer is here and I am excited to share my absolute fave fake tans. I’m super pale and I’ve always struggled to find a fake tan that doesn’t look patchy, streaky or orange. No one likes being mistaken for a wotsit. I’ve tried sooo many over the years, including the big brands like Bondi Sands, St Tropez and Fake Bake. I’d be lying if I said I loved them. My two faves are easily St. Moriz mouse and Garnier Summer Body moisturiser.

I’ve always loved Garnier’s skincare range and this moisturiser is no exception. I have really dry skin and unlike most fake tans this is incredibly hydrating. More importantly it doesn’t smell bad! It has the most amazing apricot scent. As for the application its applies like a moisturiser and is streak free. I use the light colour as it works as my pre-summer glow but it isn’t the darkest of tans. It does take a couple of days to build up colour but it gives a subtle and natural looking tan that lasts. It’s usually £7.79 but right now its only £3.85 at Superdrug so GO GO GO!

LJL Rating: 10/10

If you’re looking for a noticeable tan I have to recommend St Moriz professional mouse. I use medium however I find that it’s quite dark. I adore this tan as it’s not even got the hint of orange to it and once again its streak free. The development time is really quick and the colour lasts for days. With frequent application it builds up the most incredible colour. It does have a slight fake tan smell to it and I have found it to dry my skin up a bit but if you apply moisturiser after it’s developed its absolutely fine. Moreover, this is one of the cheapest fake tans I’ve found. From Feel Unique it’s £3.99 but if you’d rather shop in store it’s £5 in Superdrug, Boots and Tesco.

LJL Rating: 9/10 (due to how drying it can be)