I feel quite proud of myself when I manage to finish a product. I have so many products on the go that it’s a small miracle that I ever finish anything! Some of these have been waiting for a mini review for a while but let’s dive into the empty product bag and see what I thought.

Re Buy or Bye Bye Empties Mini Review

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I have already done a nail art blog post featuring 2 of the GOSH SS15 collection nail varnishes, but wanted to show you some other exciting bits from the collection that I was sent this week. I don’t think I’d tried any GOSH make up products before so I was very intrigued to give them a go.

GOSH SS15 Beauty Collection

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It’s finally here! All of the goodies I got in Japan. I’ve had to break it down into three posts, as you can see I got quite a lot of stuff! This first post will cover all the make up as that makes up the bulk of the haul. There are a lot of photos so are you sitting comfortably? Do you have a drink to hand, some biscuits perhaps? Then let us begin!

Japanese Beauty Haul Make Up

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A few weeks ago I was invited to the launch of the new cosmetics range by Barbara Daly. It is called Barbara Daly ‘Trade Secrets’ Collection and has been designed to be an easy to use, non-intimidating and easily combined range.

Barbara Daly 'Trade Secrets' Collection

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November Birchbox Review

If you have read my last blog post about my visit to the KMS hair academy in association with Birchbox, you will know that the lovely Birchbox ladies took us out for an amazing meal at Blanchette.

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Garnier Perfect Blur Primer Garner Perfect Blur Primer

Garnier Perfect Blur Primer

I ran out of my usual primer (Revlon Photoready) and fancied trying a new one as I wasn’t very impressed with my old one.

This is the new primer by Garnier – 5 Sec Perfect Blur. It is designed to smooth and perfect your skin by targeting wrinkles, discoloration, imperfections, shrinking pores and blocking shine. I wouldn’t go as far as to say it does all of that but I did notice a difference. The cream works by reflecting light and I think it does make lines and pores look less obvious.

I have read some bloggers raving about the ‘silky’ way it applies but I hate it, it’s so silcon-y. It feels like spreading grease on my face.

The main thing I look for in a primer is how well it helps to combat shine throughout the day. Buying this coincided with the crazy heatwave we are having in the UK so I don’t want to be too hasty with my assessment of it. I do find that my forehead and nose are a bit shiny by the time I get home, which means my primer hunt still continues. Is it too much to ask that a primer keeps my foundation in place all day? Am I *reaching* for the stars here? (name the film!)

You an purchase this primer HERE – if you have drier skin then you may find this is a lot more up your street!

Lex

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Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Too Faced Shadow Insurance

I had heard that this Too Faced Shadow Insurance eye primer was a great, lower budget stand-in for Urban Decay’s famous eyelid primer so I was very intrigued to test it out.

I apply this on before any make up and you only need a tiny amount, not even pea sized. I leave it for 5 minutes to fully sink in before continuing. It’s a peachy toned cream but I still like to put a thin layer of foundation over the top to even out my skin tone, then apply my eyeshadow.

I wear this to work every day and my eye makeup is still intact at the end of each day – it’s a miracle! I’m not even tempted to try Urban Decay’s version which is really saying something!

You can buy this HERE. It does seem expensive, but you use such a small amount that it lasts for flipping ages.

Lex

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Rosacea: What I’ve Learnt So Far

As I described in my last blog post, my rosacea is largely under control at the moment. I have altered my diet, habits and reactions to stress to accommodate it.

However, even when I’m not having a flare up, my skin is always red. This is partly due to my natural complexion but also down to the broken veins that come part and parcel with rosacea. Every time you flush, veins break in your face and these cannot be healed (they can be removed with scary lasers which I have accepted I will have to do at some point in the future).

Therefore I am on a constant quest to find cosmetics that 1) cover my redness without 2) aggravating my rosacea. This is a lot trickier than it sounds. Hopefully the following advice/tips will be helpful to anyone with rosacea or sensitive skin.

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