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!

Primark mermaid glow highlighter – a cult product for £3.50 

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I urge you one and all to stop wasting your money on expensive highlighters! I know the struggle; they look so attractive and shiny, but this highlighter from Primark ticks all the boxes. It ensures that you look like a real life mermaid, if ever there was one! 

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Firstly, it is only £3.50, so not really a huge investment. The highlighter also comes in other colours, should you not prefer a shiny white mermaid metallic look. 

It is ultra pigmented! In comparison to my Urban Decay highlighter (I have the powder highlighter in ‘Sin’), I can’t say there is much difference in quality. The Primark highlighter has longevity, I have been wearing it for around two weeks now; and everyday it stays put for the entire day. I know this because on my way home from work, I happened to just catch my reflection in glass and my cheeks were shining to the high heavens. Of course I smiled to myself. 

The next time you visit Primark be sure to grab one of these – if there’s any left. Sure, the packaging is rather basic maybe compared to more expensive highlighters. But you know what, I like it. It’s simplistic and it does the job, pretty darn well may I add. 

[Perhaps not the best pic to show off the highlight, but it’s there glowing away if you look close enough] 
[…Andddd swatch 😍, you can really see the high pigmentation here] 

Sessions by Kate Hughes; amazing pop-up make-up master-classes

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I attended the website launch for ”Sessions by Kate Hughes”. What could be better than a professional make-up master-class that strips make-up artistry back down to basics AND travels to you and your friends!? Sessions by Kate Hughes is just that. It’s a pop up make-up academy which runs over a five day duration and the complexity of make-up skills taught increases daily. All you need to bring along is (your face obvs) and your own brushes!

Kate Hughes has been an established MUA for the last 30 years, and so this business is a natural progression. Armed with lovely business partner Zo, they are destined to become an amazing success.

More about the sessions

Seeing as professional make-up is provided, what particular brands are used? Kate herself has commented, ‘’although we love the high end brands, we want the classes to be accessible and affordable, Lord and Berry is a favourite of ours, and we use a lot of Mac and NYX’’.

Anyone with any level of skill can attend the classes; make-up artistry is stripped down to basics and re-taught. Everything from foundation application to contouring is covered. Kate also mentioned her brand is launching a make-up brush range soon – all beauty obsessives keep your eyes peeled.

What also sets aside Kate’s lessons from conventional master-classes, is that additionally you are taught raw business skills. Including how to pursue a career in make-up artistry, how to network your business online, social media management and more.

Lush red velvet cup-cakes with glitter lips, so fetch

However, what really made this event outstanding, (aside from the amazing red velvet cup-cakes with glittery lips on and Prosecco on tap), was the refreshing atmosphere. When attending a beauty event, there is often a misconception that the professionals in this industry are catty/bitchy. This event was nothing like that – everyone who attended was so humble and lovely. It was fantastic to see bloggers / MUA’s/ journalists all sharing ideas and complimenting one another. It was a real promotion to girl power and entrepreneurship. An absolutely inspirational event with a really uplifting feel, if you ever need your make-up skills brushing up – highly recommend Kate and her wonderful business partner Zo.

Two major reasons why you need a lip mask for your pampering Sunday 

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Sunday is supposedly the day of rest, the day we get to do all those things that we neglect the rest of the busy working week. Quite often we can use Sundays to pamper ourselves. Have a lovely relaxing bath with candles, face mask on. Lip mask on? What? I hear you call, lip mask?? 

Yes. It’s a moisturising mask which you leave on your lips for up to 15 minutes, using powerful natural ingredients it rehydrates lips and leaves them looking plumper and younger. I tested out Sephoras rose water one. Of course, we don’t have Sephora in the U.K. So it’s Amazon to the rescue. 

Here’s why you need one;

1. Alternative treatment 

Although the lip masks have received mixed reviews by beauty bloggers alike, I really believe they are a staple item in our beauty routines. Why neglect our lips? Especially in the winter months where the weather can really take its toll. Plumper, younger looking lips can really enhance our overall aesthetic. After all, why is everyone obsessed with lip fillers? Exactly. If you can get similar results from natural products, it’s a win win sitch. 

2. Replenishment 

It’s a perfect excuse to have a pampering session. And what better way to feel disgustingly narcissistic than to sit back with a clear sheet over your lips, like the queen of beauty treatments. Glass of wine in hand. 

The mask contains natural ingredients guaranteed to moisturise lips, and after the 15 minute wait you moisturise excess product in. It leaves your lips feeling brand new. 

It’s important to remove dead skin cells and rehydrate your lips at least once a week, and the mask can really become part of your regime. Plus it smells divine. I’m not quite sure how I resisted the urge to not to eat it (I hadn’t eaten all day don’t judge me). 

Have a wonderful pampering Sunday everyone! 

Illamasqua hydra veil, hydra money, hydra good? 

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Illamasqua is one of those brands which make their products just look so very appealing. Everything is so classy and monotone. I want it all 😍. 

So I was thrilled to receive their hydraveil primer / moisturiser / gel as a birthday gift, because at £32 a snap, I doubt I would be buying it myself. 

Is it worth the buck? 

The presentation of the product is beautiful. It’s in a bowl with its own spoon, this makes for an easy application. But illamasqua recommended scooping the product onto your hand first, and then putting onto your face with your fingers. 

It’s a gel as opposed to any traditional mousturisers which are creamy. I do like the gel concept, it’s different, and in this instance I do feel wonderfully luxuriant as if I’m putting fresh caviar onto my skin *flicks hair*. 

The consistency of the gel is initially a bit grainy, but once you rub into your skin it does become as smooth as honey (not so sticky, mind you). It did feel very refreshing upon application and it did make my skin soft. But I’m disappointed to say that it didn’t make a huge difference to my make up or appearance of skin. Like, for that price tag I would expect to be blown away by the difference. 

It does make you feel luxurious, but in terms of product effect – it’s a little lacklustre in my opinion. I get a better, or more noticeable result from products which are half the price. 

Sorry illamasqua, it may be hydraveil but it isn’t hydrabrilliant

Overall score 7/10 

2017 – Contouring for dummies

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Seeing as I spent the most part of 2016 drawing on cheekbones I don’t really have; I thought why not share my fake cheekbone techniques with you all for the new year. Because even the chubbiest of faces can look defined with the correct make up skills! 

My contour is simple. Recently I have only been using two make up products to create either a natural, or more exaggerated contour. Depending on mood and ocassion. (But still contour everyday, eff the haters) 


What you need & the technique: 

NYX wonderstick contour stick is a godsend for me. It has a light and dark side – it’s perfect for highlighting (creating) and hiding. 

You also need a highlighter – I prefer a stick one (at the moment I’m using Revlon), but liquid highlighter can give a more intense effect. If your going for that ‘highlight on fleek’ look. If you want the world and his wife to know you are wearing highlighter – and of course there’s nothing wrong with that. Hell, you aren’t going to spend £30 plus on a highlighter to hide it. 

The technique: 

Now this is slightly more complex to explain but I shall try anyway. 

So depending on which parts of your face you want to contour (for me it’s my nose which I despise, my nose is more evil than Donald trump not even joking – uglier as well). 

Use the lighter side of the contour stick for any concealing you wish to do. 

The darker side can be used to create shadow…. and of course cheekbones. The trick with creating cheekbones is to draw them in the desired area, and bake. Allow the make up to set for a few minutes. (This routine is as holy as baking a cake TBH). When the make up has baked for an appropriate amount of time, blend in (not too hard or you’ll blend off your cheekbones). Blend until the line looks natural, but still gives definition. You can also do this around your blusher if you wish, it creates a striking look. 

Happy contouring in 2017 ✨ hope y’all create some killer cheekbones