Monday, 19 September 2016

Lush Mint Julips Lip Scrub

Do you ever take off a bold lipstick because your lips look too dry with it on? Do you love a matte lipstick and then suffer at bedtime with peeling, sore, cracked lips? I think I have a solution for you.

Good old Lush sugar scrubs. They have a plethora of lip scrubs in various sweetie shop/ice cream parlour flavours. My hands down favourite is Mint Julips. Once I have removed my make up, I scoop out a pea sized amount of this scrub and get to work on that dry skin. It gently buffs off the dead skin and when you rinse (I prefer to remove it with a flannel) it leaves your lips extremely soft. 

Have I mentioned how good these smell (and taste)? As I said, Mint Julips is my chosen favourite - it tastes of mint choc chip ice cream. Delicious. In a weird way I like that it is minty because it then doesn't compete with my minty toothpaste at bedtime. Weird? Yeah, I thought so. 

Admittedly at £5.50 a pot for what is essentially a sugar scrub is a bit excessive. However, it means that you don't make a mess in your kitchen with sugar and honey. If you're like me then you get the measurements wrong and end up dissolving the sugar in too much honey when you try to be clever and make some extra to store.

If you are a lover of a bold lip, then I think that these pots are well worth the £5.50, particularly as we approach autumn and our skin starts to take beating from the elements. 

Have you tried Lush lip scrubs before? Which flavour do you like?

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation

There was a time when a well performing and budget friendly foundation was but a dream. Drugstore (or pharmacy, here in the UK) brands have seriously upped their game when it comes to base products. With most brands having at least one 'good' foundation that you can go for. My love for Bourjois products is well documented on the blog, so I'll save on just how much I love the brand and get straight into the foundation.

Healthy Mix Serum is, for me, the perfect lazy foundation. What I mean is that on the days where I have zero energy for standing at my bathroom mirror and applying my makeup I can even out my skin and make myself look more alive in a few seconds. I prefer this foundation when applied with fingers, one pump smoothed over my skin and I'm good to go. It leaves the skin very plump and glowing, making it perfect for days when you are feeling tired and your complexion looks a little dull as a result. In terms of longevity, I find that it lasts all day without touch ups and wears well. My skin is fairly normal, with a little oiliness across my nose and I don't find that it wears unevenly across that area.

This is a blogger cult favourite as far as foundations go, but with good reason. This is bottle number 4 (I think) for me and I think I will always have it in my drawer for days when I feel that I need a little boost.

Have you tried this foundation yet? What do you use on lazy days, if anything?

Monday, 15 August 2016

Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow

I probably buy and try more foundation than any other makeup product. While I find ones that I love at the time, I often get a bit fed up with them. My skin changes which means that a foundation that I absolutely loved two weeks ago doesn't sit quite right now. So, I have quite the collection. A foundation which I found myself returning to this summer was Benefit's Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow.

I first used this foundation a few years ago and fell away from it with my ever changing skin. Remembering that this gave a similar effect to Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation but lasted a bit better on my skin I decided to buy another bottle to keep in my makeup drawer again. This gives the skin a lovely dewy yet not shiny finish. The skin looks plump and well hydrated with a medium coverage which is most definitely build able on the skin.

I find that this lasts well on the skin for a dewy foundation. If the skin is a bit oily I do find that it splits slightly across the t zone which is why I fell away from it in the past, but with an oil-controlling primer over any areas which become oily keeps that at bay.

For the beautiful natural finish that this foundation gives, I am considering it as my wedding foundation for next year. I have a few different products on rotation which I have as considerations but we will see! I will of course keep you updated with wedding makeup and skincare products as and when they are settled!

Have you tried this foundation yet? What foundation would you recommend as a bridal foundation? 
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