Saturday, 24 September 2016

Five Brands I Gravitate Towards

As a beauty blogger, I have the best excuse to try out a wide variety of products from a range of brands I wouldn't usually opt for. Lusting after new products is something I do on a regular basis, however there are a handful of brands I always gravitate towards. 

First up is NYX and this is currently my favourite budget brand. From concealer to lipstick, I could have a whole makeup routine made up of just NYX products and I would be very happy with the outcome. If you can only buy one thing it would have to be the Soft Matte Lip Creams as the nudes and berry hues are perfect for the current season. The HD Concealer is also top of my list and one that I have re-purhcased many times now due to it's lightweight, yet high coverage formula that covers and conceals all of my imperfections. 

I never thought that a nail polish brand would make my line up, but when looking through my makeup collection I noticed that Essie was the brand that stood out the most. With a long lasting formula and easy to use applicator, these are great for those who are starting to build a nail varnish collection. It can be easy to spend hours in boots down the Essie aisle looking at the wide range of shades they've got on offer. Their glitters are what I always reach for, Tassel Shaker, Sequin Stash and Summit Of Style are three of my favourites. 

When it comes to simple skincare that does the trick, no one does it better than Kiehl's. Their Ultra Facial Cream* has been featured on my blog many times before and for a very good reason too. The lightweight moisturiser works to hydrate and deliver supple feeling skin. To compliment, I often layer it with the Creamy Avocado Eye Cream and Daily Reviving Concentrate* especially during the colder season. 

My go-to brand at the moment has got to be Nars, I am forever lusting after the new ranges or old favourites to fill up my makeup bag with. I am currently smitten with the Rigel Dual Eyeshadow, a dreamy champagne shade that highlights the inner corners and can be used all over the lid too. The Velvet Matte Skin TintCopacabana Highlighter and Dual Intensity Fervor Blusher are just a few of my must haves that I believe everyone needs to have swatch or a play with. 

When I think of Autumn and Winter, my mind instantly wanders to Lush and their Halloween and Christmas collections. Whenever my skin is feeling problematic or sensitive, I always gravitate towards them to sort me out. Their shower gels, bubble bars and bath bombs are always scattered around my bathroom ready for a relaxing pamper evening. 

A few brands that I gravitate towards, but didn't make the line up were Hourglass and Charlotte Tilbury, two luxe brands that continuously create dreamy products. 

What are your go-to brands? 

Friday, 23 September 2016

Staple Skincare Picks

Autumn is finally here and I have been switching up my skincare routine in order to keep up with the changing season. It's this time of year when my skin starts to feel more parched and lacklustre, so although I go through several different skincare products throughout the seasons, I thought I would share with you my current staple picks. 

To treat all my dull skin woes, I have cracked out the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel,  a sweet scented cleanser that turns into a lightweight oil to nourish, clarify and add glow to the skin. Although I've always had a bottle of this in my cupboard and I've used it off and on for over a year now, I go through phases with how my skin reacts to it. At the moment I like to use it after my first cleanse and exfoliator as it promotes a natural radiance and perks up my complexion instantly. 

Now that the colder weather is starting to set in, I have been dedicating more time to finding the right moisturiser. I have been thoroughly enjoying the Avene Hydrance Optimal Hydrating Serum*, a highly concentrated boost of hydration that soothes and leaves the skin feeling supple. I often opt for an oil when I want to layer up, as I find serum's can often just sit on top of the skin without allowing my skin to reap any of the benefits. I particularly like pairing the Avene offering with the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream* for a lightweight, yet intensity nourishing duo. This dreamy pair can be applied just before makeup or during your night time routine for a perfect hydrated base. 

Aside from a layer of the Aesop Resurrection Hand Cream* every now and again, I tend to neglect my hands especially during the colder seasons. I have been putting the Lush Lemony Flutter cuticle butter next to my bed every night to encourage me to apply it just before I settle down with a book. This is perfect at softening any hard bits or neglected areas you might have including your heels, elbows and hands, delivering softened, nourished and citrus smelling skin. 

What are your current skincare staples? 
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