If you’ve followed me for a while, you will know that I try out a lot of skincare: I have a few staple products that I rely on and return to when my rosacea is flaring up, but I am essentially a fickle person. I always wonder what else out there and am constantly searching for the next product to introduce to the skincare hall of fame. So I’m going to start doing a Skincare Shake Up post, roughly every month.

Skincare Shake Up December

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Our wedding: Getting Ready

Our wedding: Getting Ready

In case you don’t know, I got married on the 8th of June. It was an absolutely beautiful day and we have just got the photos back. There are so many that I’ve had to split the wedding blogs into a few instalments – sorry! This is going to be very photo heavy so I apologise in advance.

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Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick Dark Night Waterloops

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick Dark Night Waterloops

I had heard good things about the new Rimmel Moisture Renew lipsticks and when I saw ‘Dark Night Waterl-oops!’ I knew I had to have it: a dark wine / purple creamy lipstick that is perfect for this cold, miserable weather. It’s apparently a fairly good dupe for MAC’s ‘Rebel’… I do love a good dupe!

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MUA Matte Palette Review

MUA Matte Palette Review

I was so excited when I saw this MUA palette in my local Superdrug as I had been searching all over for it. When I first looked I thought that it was sold out but I sneaked a peek in the secret drawers under the displays (SA’s do NOT like you doing this by the way, so you have to be quick!) and there was 1 left – hooray!

As soon as I saw pictures of this online I knew I needed it. I love their Undressed palettes (dupes of the Naked Urban Decay ones) so I know their quality is really good for the price. I’m definitely a matte eyeshadow girl, I just think they’re so much more flattering than shimmery ones. And this one has some seriously lovely colours.

I’ve been wearing combinations of the top line neutrals to work and they are perfect: subtle but still pretty. At the weekend I decided to do a smokey eye for no reason other than testing this palette out! I used Truffle, Smoke and Taffeta. They are really easy to blend and last very well even without an eyelid primer.

Oh and the last photo was me getting bored of my face after taking so many photos to try to capture the smokey eye. I decided to keep it in as it made me laugh. Does anyone else get bloopers like this? I get really bored of capturing serious photos… I always feel a bit silly. More bloopers I say!

You should hunt this palette down if you can, it’s selling out all over and I can see why! And the best part of this? It is FOUR. POUNDS. Yep. You heard me. Four English pounds. You can get it HERE.

Have you tried any of MUA’s palettes?

Lex

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And Other Stories Make Up

And Other Stories Make Up

I had never been into an & Other stories shop or bought anything from there before, so when I was walking past with Aaron at the weekend I knew I had to have a quick peek. A few of their items were on my wish list so I went straight to the make up (of course).

I actually wasn’t planning on getting a blusher but just LOOK AT IT. I am a sucker for clever or pretty packaging, so a Shakespeare quote embossed on the top of a blusher? Done. I chose ‘Satin Magenta’, a very pretty light pink and it was £10 which I think is very reasonable. You can buy it HERE.

The Total Re-Touch pen is marketed as a concealer and highlighter but my under eye circles need something with a bit more oomph than this, so I have been using it as a highlighter only. It is a lovely subtle shimmery highlighter in a click pen (similar to the YSL Touche Eclat one). When I first used it, I thought it was broken as I was clicking for about 5 minutes with no product coming out so be patient on the first use! This was £10. I can’t find this online anymore but hopefully it’s available in store.

I am definitely going to pop back and have a look at some other items (the contouring cream is calling to me…)

Have you tried anything by & Other Stories? What would you recommend?

Lex

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Bronzer 101

I don’t wear bronzer, which may shock some of you. So I have asked my lovely friend Jen (@twopinkpeonies) to write a guest blog for me this week. I am trying to badger her into starting a beauty blog – go and tell her she should do it!!

Over to you Jen:

I’ve never met a bronzer I didn’t like: Light ones, dark ones, orange ones, brown ones, cheap ones, expensive ones, shimmery ones, matte ones; it doesn’t matter to me, just get it on my face; my ears; my neck; my décolletage; my shoulders; even my feet. Yes, even my feet, but that’s a story for another day.

Bronzer is one of those magical products that has the power to make me feel a foot taller and a stone slimmer. A little more the girl from Ipanema and a little less Jenny from Enfield. I like to use it to add some dimension to the round face my parents kindly bestowed upon me. It adds definition where I don’t have any and really lifts my complexion.

I started dabbling with bronzer at quite a young age, brushing it manically all over my face whilst of course forgetting to colour match my ears and neck; that look was all the rage in Southgate in the early noughties dontcha know! I wish someone would have told me how to apply bronzer “correctly” when I was a teen, dusting bronzer over the forehead, temples, cheeks and jawline in the shape of a number 3 each side, so I could have been a sophisticated teen rather than looking like I’d spent 8 weeks in the Costa del Sol. The only thing is, I know that now at the ripe old age of 27 and yet, some days my fingers still get possessed by the spirit of the Costa’s (mainly Anthony Costa) and I leave the house somewhat overly bronzed.

There is a bronzer to suit everybody, whether you’re an English Rose or a Scottish Thistle (that’s not really a thing, is it?). I would urge anyone taking their first steps into the wonderful world of bronze to purchase a light, matte bronzer as it will be far more forgiving as you practice and I urge anyone at any level of makeupdom knowledge to steer clear of using bronzers containing shimmer on your face because looking like you’ve fallen asleep head first in a strippers cleavage is never a good look.

Am I saying that you need to be tanned to be beautiful? Absolutely not! The author of this very blog, the lovely Lex, doesn’t wear bronzer and she is one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen in real life. Bronzer isn’t for everyone, but give it a go and see what you think. What’s the worst that can happen?

I suppose I had better recommend some bronzers while I’m here, then, eh?

Rimmel Natural Bronzer £5.99 HERE

MAC Bronzing Powder £20 HERE

Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder £6.99 HERE

NARS Bronzing Powder £26 HERE

Go forth & bronze.

Jen x


Thank you so much for guesting on my blog, Jen. I loved your post! It has maybe tempted me into trying some bronzer. Next time I see you, bronze me up!

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Rebuy or Bye Bye #1

Rebuy or Bye Bye #1: July/August

This is my first empties post. Empties posts are quite controversial in the bloggersphere: some hate them and see them as pointless and gross. I, on the other hand, find them fascinating. They are mini-reviews in the themselves plus, when you consider how many products us beautyphiles use, it’s pretty amazing to actually finish products!

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