The best beauty products for our recent heatwave 

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I don’t know about you guys but this heat is too much for me. I feel like I am slowly melting, my inner core is melting. Everything is melting. But one thing that doesn’t need to have a meltdown is your beauty routine.

Just recently I’ve been reviewing a lot of skincare products for ReallyRee, and coincidentally many of them have been natural products. I am fast becoming an advocate for nature. So the latest is Urban Veda and I just thought this purifying skin wash and polish will be perfect in this weather. The tee tree and mint makes them ultra refreshing, and they decongest the skin.

I also love the Hawaiian tropic dry oil, it really makes me feel like it helps accelerate the tanning process (although the spf deffo isn’t high enough for this weather, I tend to layer this with sun cream). It’s so important to remember to wear protection – just because we’re in England doesn’t mean we won’t burn. This oil is relative cheap and moisturising, plus it smells like coconut & guava!

Carmex has always been one of my faves when it comes to lipcare, I suffer from chapped lips and the hot weather can make this worse. Their lip balms are so affordable and seem to last forever. I don’t think I’ve ever finished a carmex pot?

Make sure if you wear any make up or lip balms that they also contain spf. Burned swollen lips will not be attractive.**(Not a cheap alternative to lip fillers)**

Happy tanning guys!

Scrub up – latest fad: facial massagers 

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There’s always a new fad introduced by the industry and I always feel like a sheep when I rush to go and buy into whatever fallacy is being launched at me. Whether it’s lip plumpers that claim to make you look like Kylie Jenner without the fillers, or face creams that swear they can erase 10 years. 

I’m the person that will always be at the front of the queue asking to have my money taken from me. Forever on a quest to look better. 

Recently I’ve seen these facial brushes / massagers everywhere on social media. 

And for once I wasn’t about to buy into the fad either. Coincedentally this months glossy box contained one, so I thought fine it’s free why the hell not? 

I absolutely hate what I’m about to write. And I ask you in advance not to judge me for it. But Jesus Christ. You need this in your life more than you need water. And I know I sound like a silly sheep or a lost follower of fashion; but these are magnificent. The holy grail of facial circulation. 

Dealing with acne prone oily skin is a fete in itself. But this facial brush made my skin softer than I can ever remember it being! I know it’s cliched but my face is like a baby’s bum right about now. 

It couldn’t be simpler to use either, you apply your usual cleanser. Massage around your face in a circular motion, rinse off and then clean the brush. 

So, no, don’t invest in yet another highlighter which is just going to collect dust on your dressing table. Invest in your best asset. The thing you only get one of, which you will need to take care of the rest of your life. Your skin. 

P.s I have googled the spatoyou facial brush / massager which I received in my glossy box around 4 times now. And I cannot seem to locate it ? Perhaps they don’t sell it online yet. Keep your eyes peeled in that case. But in the meantime, you can buy any other clarisonic facial cleansing brush. 

That’s so hot: best of summer 16

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Even if this summer in England was a complete wash-out (quite literally); there is still an intense need to compile favourite / much needed beauty products for summer. Who even needs an excuse to buy more?

  1. Serum me up baby

Chanel -Hydra beauty serum, £78 for 50ml

Let’s be honest buying and using Chanel products can make anyone feel like Audrey Hepburn. The epitome of class; this hydrating serum is a must-have. It smells divine, and it is multi-purpose. Can be used as a primer before make-up application, as a daily moisturiser or treatment for skin. Plus it looks great on your dressing table. (Yes I am that superficial).

Quick tip: Try to buy Chanel products at the duty free section at airports, I got this serum for around £45, which is almost half price.

2. Mattify me

NYX – Matte blotting paper, £3.50 for 50 sheets

NYXX is slowly becoming my favourite beauty brand. Such good value for money – and these blotting papers are a life saver. If, like me after 3 hours your make-up looks like you’ve been dipped in a chip fat fryer; then you need these blotting papers. They soak up excess oil without spoiling your contour, and they fit in your handbag. Cuuuuute.

3. Baby,baby

Maybelline – Baby skin instant pore eraser, £7.99 for 22ml

If the blotting papers aren’t adequate defence against major grease, I would recommend this primer. The trick to achieving a matte face (espesh in summer when humidity makes your face melt off like an Ikea candle), is attacking it from all angles. Prep is the best defence, and with this primer you’ll be as matte as matte can be.

4. Good enough to eat

Hawaiian Tropic – SPF 25 lipgloss in island berry, £6 for 20ml

This does actually smell good enough to eat. And it’s brilliant because it gives a seductive glossy finish to lips, and is intensely moisturising plus has SPF 25 to protect lips from harmful UV rays. If you are going abroad this summer to a country with a hot climate – don’t leave without this sexy (practical) gloss.

5. Milky

L’Occitane – Milk veil with almond proteins, £28 for 250ml

If there’s one thing summer does do – it can seriously dehydrate your skin. This milk veil is the perfect moisturising treat for skin, apply morning and night (after bathing is the best time). This will make you smell gorgeous, and your skin will be as smooth as silk. This milkshake will bring all the boys to your yard!

Recognition: Liebster award 2016

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So I’ve heard of this award before – but I honestly never thought I would ever be nominated. As cliché as it sounds, I sometimes even wonder if anyone reads my blog posts?

Like who even are my audience? My cat, my mother and a few random friends who make the effort to read my rushed blog posts (it’s kinda difficult to keep up with working 60 hour weeks).

It feels great to get recognition for what I love doing. Writing is a skill, and it’s a passion. For me it’s what I’ve always loved doing.

Just wanted to thank ”Bluish Taka” for nominating me, go follow: https://moreorlessbluish.wordpress.com/

Blogs that I love that I nominate for the Liebster award:

  1. https://adryanabblog.wordpress.com/
  2. https://emlymay.wordpress.com/
  3. https://plantpicker.wordpress.com/

3 excellent blogs – all written by bloggers who have supported me!

Questions for my nominees:

  1. What inspired you to initially start blogging?
  2. How do you generate ideas for new blog posts?
  3. What are your future goals regarding blogging?
  4. Do you think WordPress is an effective platform for bloggers and why?
  5. What do you think makes your blog unique?

 

To accept your nomination you must follow these rules (see link posted below):

http://theglobalaussie.com/the-official-rules-of-the-liebster-award-2016/

 

Good luck guys!

 

 

 

The miracle product you never knew you needed until now

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As shown, the prep spray provides the quintessential base for flawless make-up

 

A vitamin prep spray!?!? Like, what even is that?

We’ve all heard of Urban Decay’s legendary make-up setting spray; the setting spray of all facial sprays. Supposedly lasts through 12 hour sessions of sex, probably last even through WW3. Hey – no matter what is going on externally, our faces must always be flawless right. *Regina George moment right thurrrrrr*

Honestly speaking, since I have had this vitamin prep spray from UD – it has changed not only my make-up regime – but my life. You apply it before your daily moisturiser, and it’s like a breathe of fresh air onto your mush. It closes pores, reduces redness and imperfections; but also, it feels so bloody refreshing. Imagine the rejuvenating feeling of splashing ice cold Evian on your face first thing in the morning, BUT with added vitamins to enhance your skin, and perfectly prep it for your make-up. Flawless!

Everyone needs it. Now, what are you waiting for?

 

Beauty subscription boxes: are they worth it?

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In hindsight, I wish I had read something like this before making the commitment to subscribe to a monthly beauty box (leaving isn’t an option, as they never return my e-mails, and on my account I opted out but continued to be billed every month). Most beauty boxes are around £13 per month, it doesn’t seem a staggering amount. However, that is still £156 a year that you could be saving – so it needs to be justifiable.

I thought I would give you the guys the much needed heads up; I will focus on Birchbox and Glossybox. Birchbox, I have finally terminated my subscription with – but Glossybox I am still using. I will weigh up the advantages and disadvantages, and give you a balanced conclusion.

Advantages of subscription beauty boxes

  • You are sent exclusive samples of new/alternative products which you could end up loving
  • It’s a great treat for yourself once a month, and not hugely expensive
  • If you love buying beauty and hair products, it stops you binge shopping as you are regularly sent top-ups
  • If you don’t like some of the products you are sent and they are an established brand i.e Benefit (a beauty box fave) – you can always sell the product on eBay and scrape some of your money back

Disadvantages of subscription beauty boxes

  • When trying to opt out (Birchbox) it would not let me cancel the subscription! This was very frustrating / only when I received a new card from my bank, it was cancelled as they hadn’t got access to my updated details
  • A lot of the time it seems you are sent products which can’t be shifted by brands – a cheap option to fill up the boxes
  • When you are sent a very good product – it’s usually in sample size, I understand they want to encourage users to buy the full product. However you are still providing them with regular money so you should be rewarded for that
  • Although you create your own personalised profile so that you are sent products which are suited to your individual needs; most of what is sent is generic / i.e I keep getting sent shampoo and I have bleached dry hair so I rarely wash my hair, these products are irrelevant for me. I think they should ask for feedback to improve that.

Overall conclusion

I would say overall that Glossybox is better value for money than Birchbox, simply because I love make-up and they always send good make-up in full size samples. I guess it comes down to what you are looking for, and preference. But I must admit on several occasions I was disappointed with my Birchbox, it seems to be hit and miss whether you get good products or not. I would recommend beauty subscription boxes for anyone who binge buys make-up and hair products, and toiletries – so that you are sent regular top-ups. Maybe subscribe for a few months until you have a build up of good products and then cancel it. Otherwise, don’t bother.