28.12.14

Best Of British Beauty Addict 2014

Best Of British Beauty Addict 2014

As I sit on the sofa and make my way through a packet of Cadbury Chocolate Fingers (undoubtably the best biscuits ever) I have been reflecting on this year; graduating from university, landing myself a job and the growth of my little blog. 2014 although not as structured as I may have liked in terms of posting, has been a good year for British Beauty Addict. I have carried something on, which I thought I wouldn’t quite manage and have throughly enjoyed it. So today I thought I would share my top 5  blog posts (so the stats say) of 2014.

Hi I’m Emily, but you can call me an eyeshadow addict. At the start of this year, MAC released two pre made palettes, one warm and one cool. As soon as it became available I purchased the warm  neutral palette and it was a welcomed addition to my collection this year. 

The base that surprised me with its application, finish, coverage and lasting power. Without a doubt my favourite base of 2014 and definitely one to add to your shopping list.

My first (and currently my only) face time post where I shared quite simply what products I wore on my face. Featuring some of my 2014 favourites (coming up soon!) this post went down well with you all. 

These boots have been a staple in my autumn/winter wardrobe and a bargain find if I do say so myself. After seeing Amelia Liana’s post about her Topshop Boots, I went on the hunt for a cheaper alternative and came across a pair of boots for a quarter of the price, that are practically the same - winning.

This mask has been a skin savour this year. Rescuing my skin when it has a mad moment, this mask is without a doubt a holy grail item for me. 

What has been your favourite read/blog of 2014? 
Leave a link below. 
Emily
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16.12.14

Last-Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Last-Minute Christmas Gift Ideas
It’s not long now till Santa drops by leaving us all some Christmas presents, but are you ready? I know lots of people leave Christmas shopping until the last minute and today I have put together a few last minute Christmas gift ideas to help you last minute shoppers! Most of the gifts featured are on offer, so snap up the deal before it’s gone. And if you are still on the hunt for more Christmas gift ideas, check out my Boots Christmas gift guide for her or him

1. Onesie From OnePiece From £59 - £249
As I write this post I’m certainly feeling warm and that would be because I’m wearing my OnePiece onesie*, which is undoubtedly the most comfortable piece of clothing I own.  These onepiece's would make the ideal gift for anyone and everyone. You can get 20% off online using the code XMASGIFT14 (Expires 21st Dec).

2. NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette £45.00
NARS have bought the Christmas pud to the table in terms of their Christmas collection this year and my top pick would be their Virtual Domination Cheek Palette, which is beautifully packaged in a white casing and includes their best selling Deep Throat Blush, Miss Liberty Highlighter and Laguna Bronzing Powder, along with two limited edition blushers Final Cut and Sex Fantasy. 

3. Rimmel London Gift Set £10.50
This set includes everything you need to help you get ready for this Christmas. On offer currently at ASOS (RRP £15.00) this set includes, 1x Scandal Eyes Liner, 1x Apocalips, 1x Extra 3D Mascara as well as Rimmel’s new Glitter Bomb polish. 

4. Zoeva Rose Gold Brush Set £56.95
The most talked about brush set of all time, the Zoeva Rose Gold Brush set is the perfect present for any beauty addict. The set includes face and eye brushes, crafted with natural and synthetic bristles and each brush has been beautifully designed with a rose gold feature. 

5. The Body Shop Glazed Apple Collection From £2.00
This collection smells like candy apple laces. I bought a bottle of the shower gel with the intention to give it to someone for Christmas, but I couldn’t resist. I defiantly need to go back in store and get my hands on some more before the Christmas season is over! From stocking fillers to large sets, this range is a winner. 

6. No7 The Ultimate Collection Beauty & Skincare Gift Set £37.00
If I had written a gift guide dedicated to Mum’s this would have been there. This set is currently half price! For £37.00 (RRP £75.00) you can get hold of the ultimate No7 collection, that includes all the best No7 beauty, skincare and body care must haves, such as their Dry Skin Rescue, Protect & Perfect Day & Night Cream, Lovely Lashes Mascara and much more. 

7. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow £49.00
One of my most most loved and treasured makeup items of all time the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow would make a beautiful gift to a friend, girlfriend or relative. You can read my review here

8. The Daily Greatness Journal £34.95
This journal is made up of 432 full colour pages and is the perfect gift for anyone looking to start the new year with a positive mind. 'The Dailygreatness Journal: A Practical Guide For Consciously Creating Your Days, combines a yearly diary, goal and appointment planner, and daily tools for self-mastery. Designed to be used throughout the calendar year, the daily pages will guide you to form great habits through the 8 daily steps of meditation & visualisation, intentions, dream journaling, gratitude, evening self-awareness questions, exercise, inspired actions & inspiration.’ 

Have you finished your Christmas shopping? 
Emily
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9.12.14

Essie A Stroke Of Brilliance

Essie A Stroke Of Brilliance

There has been a sparkly, glitter explosion all over my nails thanks to Essie’s 'A Stroke Of Brilliance’ nail polish. It looks super pretty in the bottle and doesn’t disappoint when applied to my nails. The polish is one of the 5 polishes from the Luxe Nail Polish Collection and is intended to be used as a top coat. However with 3-4 layers, this polish becomes opaque and looks pretty darn lovely. The polish has blue/silver (periwinkle to be precise) hexagon shaped glitter, with a clear base. The formula is great and far better in my opinion than Essie's regular polish. It is slightly thicker and lasts for days, without a chip in sight, however it takes a little longer to dry. It can be worn as a top coat, or can be layered and worn alone, or if you want to get a little fancy, you can also create a gradient effect. 

With the festive season in full swing, this polish is bang on trend and exactly what I was looking for - I can’t stop looking at my nails, I absolutely love this polish! You can buy Essie polishes online at Fragrance Direct for just £2.50, however 'A Stroke Of Brilliance' is currently out of stock. But I may have just purchased 'As Gold As It Gets' a yellow gold glitter from the same line for just £2.50.

Essie A Stroke Of Brilliance

Have you tried any of the polishes from Essie’s luxe nail varnish collection?
Emily
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5.12.14

LORAC Mega Pro Palette // Review & Swatches

LORAC Mega Pro Palette // Review & Swatches
LORAC Mega Pro Palette // Review & Swatches

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know I have a thing for eyeshadow. Which is a little humorous as 4 years a go I didn’t even own any eyeshadow! So, after having received the LORAC Pro Palette at the beginning of this year and fell head over heels with the mix of mattes and shimmers I couldn’t wait when I heard LORAC would be releasing a palette twice the size, in their Holiday Collection. I was very lucky to get my hands on the LORAC Mega Pro Palette thanks to Jo a fellow beauty blogger from Little Pop Of Coral - thank you Jo! 

The palette has the same soft-touch slim packaging, but is twice the size of the original LORAC palettes and is encased in a rich burgundy coloured cardboard. The palette includes 32 shadows, 16 matte and 16 shimmer. 28 of the shades are exclusive to the palette and there are four repeat shades from the LORAC Pro Palette, ‘Black', ‘Espresso', ‘White' and ‘Cream'. The range of colours are beautiful. The palette has everything to create an everyday look, to something more glamorous. The majority of the shadows are warm toned, but there are also a few cool toned shadows. My favourite shade in the palette is ‘Opal', an iridescent white with gold and the stand out shade would be ‘Indigo', a deep blackcurrant/purple with glitter. A couple of the shades are dupable; ‘Sepia' is very similar to MAC’s Soft Brown and ‘Copper' is very similar to MAC’s Amber Lights. 

I have read that some find the shadows a little more chalky than the original LORAC Pro Palette, but I disagree and would say the formula of the Mega Pro is consistent to the original LORAC palette. The shadows have a creamy, powdery texture and the bendability is quite lovely. In terms of fallout you actually get more fallout onto the palette itself, so avoid rubbing your brush into the shade, pat your brush instead, then tap away any excess.

If you weren’t already aware this palette sold out quickly and with confusion with launch dates, limited availability and broken palettes this palette has been a disappointment for many. But for me, this palette is close to perfection. I haven’t heard any rumours that they will be restocking this palette. But LORAC would be silly not to! With the post and packaging, I paid £50.93 which if restocked, I wouldn’t hesitate to pay that price again. If you didn’t manage to get your hands on this palette but wish you had, check out the LORAC Pro Palette

LORAC Mega Pro Palette // Review & Swatches
LORAC Mega Pro Palette // Review & Swatches
LORAC Mega Pro Palette // Review & Swatches
LORAC Mega Pro Palette // Review & Swatches
LORAC Mega Pro Palette // Review & Swatches
LORAC Mega Pro Palette // Review & Swatches
LORAC Mega Pro Palette // Review & Swatches
LORAC Mega Pro Palette // Review & Swatches

Did you manage to get your hands on this palette?
What’s your go to eyeshadow palette?
Emily
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28.11.14

Getting The Filmstar Bronze & Glow

Getting The Filmstar Bronze & Glow

If you were to ask me what my most treasured makeup products are in my collection, it would be my MAC eyeshadow palettes and without a doubt my Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow. It’s a beautiful duo palette, packaged in a 1920’s rose gold inspired cigarette case. And inside is two powders, one to ‘sculpt’ and one to ‘highlight’. Both powders are very finely milled, super soft, silky and very pigmented - so use with a light hand. Both shades work perfectly together and can be worn subtly or more intensely dependant on the look you’re going for and have made contouring a dream.

Getting The Filmstar Bronze & Glow
Getting The Filmstar Bronze & Glow

The sculpt shade is a medium brown, with a very subtle warm undertone. The shade isn’t orange in the slightest and warms up the skin nicely, without looking muddy or dirty. And is perfect for contouring. It has a lovely satin finish, so doesn’t look flat on the skin, it blends beautifully and is super flattering. I like to suck my cheeks in and swipe the sculpt shade from the bottom of the ears  just before the corners of my mouth. I then put a stoke on the temples, the bridge of the nose and the sides of my forehead. The highlight shade is a beautiful golden champagne and it makes my skin glow. It isn’t at all metallically, or shimmery, doesn't sit in, or emphasise my pores. I much prefer it to the Mary Lou Manizer. In fact, it’s by far my favourite highlighter. I take the highlighter on the brow bone, on the cheek bones and on the end of my nose and chin.

Getting The Filmstar Bronze & Glow Now ironically the brush I use to apply my rather expensive (but well worth it) bronze and glow, is an MUA F6 Blusher and Contouring brush which is just £3! It’s a soft synthetic angled brush and my go to for contouring. It’s the perfect size, cleans extremely well and doesn’t malt. More recently, I have been enjoying using this kit for my eyes. I have been using the contour shade in the crease and then I take the highlight shade all over the lid and into the corner of my eyes. It looks so pretty, especially when paired with a swipe of liquid liner. Overall, I can’t fault this palette careless of the price, or in fact the MUA F6 Brush! I have Charlotte Tilbury to thank for helping my face look slimmer without cutting out the chocolate! You can buy the Charlotte Tilbury Bronze and Glow here

What are your go to products for contouring and highlighting? 
Emily
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25.11.14

5 Things You’ll Always Find In My Handbag

5 Things You’ll Always Find In My Handbag
My handbag is just like my best friend. I don’t go anywhere without it. And if it was possible to carry everything with me I would. But let’s be honest, that’s not realistic, good for my back, or practical. So amongst the obvious, hairbands, purse, chewing gum, hand sanitiser and lots of receipts, are five  essential beauty related products you’ll always find somewhere in my handbag. 

TANGLE TEEZER £10.99
There is nothing worse than perfecting your locks and then stepping outside for your hair to be blown all over the place! This compact brush has made brushing my hair on the go a doddle. It doesn’t tug, snag or snap my hair and is the perfect detangling companion. I have two Tangle Teezers, one of which lives permanently in my bag and one for at home. Since using the Tangle Teezer over a year a go, I haven’t used anything else. 

CLARINS INSTANT LIGHT NATURAL LIP PERFECTOR £18.00
Probably the most used lip ‘bloss' I have ever owned. And no, you didn’t read that wrong, this lip gloss is a hybrid, both gloss and balm. It’s hydrating, not sticky in the slightest and offers a nice pop of colour. I have the shade 01 rose shimmer which is funnily enough not shimmery in the slightest and I love it. Highly recommend. 

BOOTS BRIGHTENING EYE DROPS £3.69
If the concealer and overnight beauty products didn’t quite do the trick, say hello to Boots Brightening Eye Drops! Whilst studying Broadcast Journalism at University, I found eyedrops. If I knew I was going to be on camera, I would take a couple of drops of these and Voilà I would instantly look awake careless of the state of my under eye area! They are great to carry with you, just in case you need a pick me up. 

TRAVALO £6.90
The Travalo is genius! Who wants to carry round a bottle of their favourite perfume, for it only to smash all over the contents of your handbag (been there, done that!). But this little perfume atomizer allows you to carry your favourite perfume without the worry. It’s perfect for travel, gym, parties and festivals. It’s super easy to use, you simply remove the nozzle from your perfume bottle, and pump the perfume into the Travalo. You can also see when it needs refilling. On the note of refilling I haven’t yet used a different perfume in my Travalo, but there are many ways you can clean it if need be. 

ELIZABETH ARDEN 8 HOUR CREAM £12.95
I’ve hailed this product many a times (see previous post for instance) and I’ll hail it again and again. No matter how dry or cracked my lips are, this award-winning tube of balmy goodness works miracles. It can also be used on dry hands and I often use it around my nose when I get a cold. Handbag staple. 

What beauty products do you keep in your handbag?
Emily
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20.11.14

Overnight Beauty

Some of us ladies have a hectic lifestyle and rarely have the time, or money to treat ourselves to a facial or pedicure. But, its okay to be a 21st century woman and experts say you can multitask - as you rest, you can also indulge yourself. And I for one love to take advantage of my natural overnight repair system and let’s be honest, not even the best concealer can truly fake a good nights sleepAll it takes is a few minutes before you go to bed and as your skin repairs, the products will do the hard work for you. Who doesn’t want to wake up looking flawless? Well, whether you need to hydrate your skin, or banish blemishes I may just have the answer.

TEA TREE OIL £7.00
A firm favourite in my skincare stash. It has powerful antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral and antiseptic properties. It has been proven to treat acne just as effectively as benzoyl peroxide. It’s kind to the skin, unblocks glands, dries out whiteheads, blackheads and those nasty blemishes. After I have cleansed my skin, I like to apply a couple of drops onto a cotton bud and apply directly to any blemishes, or problem areas and by morning the swelling will have reduced, or the blemish will have disappeared! 

SUDOCREM £2.99
Sudocrem a favourite amongst mothers, who like to slather it onto their babies bottom to treat nappy rash and is also a favourite amongst those with acne! It’s a purse friendly treatment, that has been tried and tested and even Cheryl Cole Fernandez Versini has said herself it really helps to draw out blemishes. It acts as an antiseptic and is a great anti-inflammatory helping to calm the skin and reduce redness. It also helps to soothe dry skin and prevent breakouts. I like to apply a thin layer all over the face, or apply locally to blemishes. Look out in Savers and Poundland for this bargain! 

ELIZABETH ARDEN 8 HOUR CREAM £12.95
All hail the holy grail Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream. This multitasking, award-winning, fragrance free, balm has been used by makeup artists and beauty editors for years. It restores, calms and relieves chapped and dry skin and soothes minor skin irritations. No matter how dry my lips are, I like to slather the balm all over my lips and by morning they are super soft and restored back to normality. It can also be used to treat the feet. Massage the product into your feet and slip on a pair of cotton socks to really help the product penetrate into your skin. And once again by morning your feet will feel soft, soft, soft. I can’t recommend this product enough! 

KIEHLS MIDNIGHT RECOVERY CONCENTRATE £36.00
Talking of holy grail (really starting to sound like Jay-Z here) Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate is another product I constantly turn to. The blend of natural ingredients and its paraban free formula soothes  and rehydrates my skin. It also works really well in terms of healing the skin, by reducing any scaring and has a lovely relaxing lavender scent. Not to mention the glow it gives my skin by morning and how it helps make you appear more awake than you really are. It’s my must have nighttime treatment. You can read my full review here

GLAMGLOW THIRSTYMUD HYDRATING TREATMENT £49.99*
When it comes to overnight hydrating treatments, the options are endless and it’s all about masks right now. We often get dehydrated whilst sleeping, especially during autumn and winter but this super lightweight mask from GLAMGLOW hydrates the skin overnight, revealing softer, nourished, glowing skin by morning. You can read my full review here. But if this product isn’t in your price range, opt for Origins Drink Up Overnight Mask. 

CLARINS LIQUID BRONZE £19.00
This light lotion has been a bedside staple of mine for just over a year and helps to even out skin tone and minimise imperfections. Once or twice a week before I hit the sheets, I like to apply a little onto a cotton pad and swipe the product all over my face (avoiding my hair line and eyebrows). It’s moisturising, doesn’t smell offensive, doesn’t break me out, leaves my skin looking healthy, all whilst giving me a faux sun kissed glow by morning. You can read my full review here. 

On the overnight beauty wish list: Sarah Chapman, Skinesis Overnight Facial and Kiehls Midnight Recovery Eye. 

What beauty products do you reach for before bed?
Emily
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18.11.14

The Dry Itchy Scalp Saviour

The Dry Itchy Scalp Saviour
I’am certainly not an expert on dry, itchy scalps. But I have found a solution that works. The change in weather in the last couple of weeks has wreaked havoc with my scalp. It was flaky and itchy, very itchy. TMI? Which is something I’m all too familiar with. And having a dry, itchy scalp can be really embarrassing, but rest assured it is very common. Now, there are lots of causes of a dry itchy scalp such as; excessive anxiety, stress, dandruff, poor hair care, change of hair products, product buildup, not drying your hair thoroughly and changes in temperature, or season, like in this case. 

In hope to soothe my scalp I had bought a couple of products, such as anti-dandruff shampoo and Boots Expert Dry Scalp shampoo and nothing helped. It is worth mentioning that if over the counter/at home remedies aren’t working, or your scalp is inflamed, oozing, cracking or bleeding consult your GP.

Now, DIY beauty has never really been my thing, just a thing of PinterestBut having learnt (after a little of online reading) that a simple dry scalp requires nothing more than moisturising, a mixture of natural oils seemed like a good solution. As a dry scalp is generally down to the lack of moisture in your hair follicles, coconut oil works wonders as it super moisturising and acts as a treatment to restore moisture, it also helps soothe the scalp and creates a barrier to keep the skin moisturised. Tea tree oil on the other hand, has powerful natural anti-fungalanti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. That kills the bacteria causing the over production of skin cells which create dandruff. And together coconut oil and tea tree oil make the perfect dry, itchy scalp saviour. 

What you need: 
All you need to do is take the coconut oil and mix it with the tea tree oil. Coconut oil is solid and liquifies when warmed. I personally like to mix the products together using the back of a spoon and then I will take then solid(ish) coconut oil and massage it into my scalp and during this process it will melt. I spend a few minutes massaging the scalp and then leave the treatment for as long as possible. And after a couple of hours, I wash out the oils using my regular shampoo (make sure you rinse your hair well, otherwise you’ll be left with super greasy hair) and then dry my hair thoroughly.

I didn’t expect much from this at home treatment, but it was in fact incredibly soothing and helped to relieve the symptoms of my dry itchy scalp unlike anything else I have tried. Since I have had a visit from the hairdresser and explained my nightmare and she said my scalp looked happy and healthy and boy am I glad! I couldn’t be any more impressed. Maybe I should venture a little more into at homemade beauty treatments...

Do you suffer from a dry, itchy scalp this time of year? 
Emily
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14.11.14

Worth The Hype? The LORAC Pro Palette

Worth The Hype? The LORAC Pro Palette
Worth The Hype? The LORAC Pro Palette

Say hello to my much loved LORAC Pro Palette, the most versatile pre-made palette I own. The palette has 16 shadows, half matte and half shimmer and has recently become one of my most used eyeshadow palettes. It’s not like any other palette I own and I feel a little guilty having neglected my MAC eyeshadow palettes recently; two of my most treasured items in my makeup collection. But, the colour selection, pigmentation and blendability have made this palette an absolute dream to use on a daily basis. 

The palette is packaged in slim cardboard with a rubbery NARS like texture and is much smaller than the Urban Decay Naked palettes. Talking of which, I would defiantly consider this palette over the Urban Decay Naked 1 Palette, as the LORAC palette has much more variety (mix of shimmer and matte), cool and warm shades and rather than just being your standard neutral palette with a mix of beiges, LORAC has thrown in a couple of bolder shades too! What’s not to love? 

The shadows overall have good pigmentation, although a couple of the matte shades do need a little more work (‘White' & ‘Cream'). I have read a few reviews that mention how the shadows are chalky, but I disagree, the shadows are almost a creamy powdery texture and I actually don’t get any fall out from any of the shades, other than ‘Champagne’ which is a little gritty. You actually get more fallout onto the palette itself, so avoid rubbing your brush into the shade, pat your brush instead, then tap away any excess. The shadows are extremely easy to blend and the mattes and shimmers work together like a dream. And in terms of longevity, I don’t experience any creasing, with or without a primer and they last on average 5-8hours. 

Worth The Hype? The LORAC Pro Palette
Worth The Hype? The LORAC Pro Palette
Worth The Hype? The LORAC Pro Palette
Worth The Hype? The LORAC Pro Palette

Now, I want to address that before I owned this palette, for me it was all about shimmer. And upon first inspection, I presumed my favourite colour from the palette would be ‘Nude', however I have fallen in love with the matte eyeshadows and a couple of the bolder shades in this palette. Previously I have never taken much interest in matte eyeshadows, but this palette has converted me!  I love ‘Taupe' in particular, especially when worn in the crease, with 'Lt Pink' or ‘Cream' on the lid (you can see me wearing this here). In terms of the shimmery shades, ‘Pewter’ a beautiful taupe shade and ‘Garnet’ a rustic red orange, pack a punch or two and look beautiful when worn all over the lid, with a little of my trusty ’Taupe’ in the crease. You can also use the matte brown shades for your eyebrows and ‘White’,’Cream’ and ‘Lt Pink’ are great for highlighting especially when wet - I like to do this using a bit of MAC fix+.

Overall, the LORAC Pro Palette is versatile and is quite simply wonderful (and I may have recently got hold of the LORAC Mega Pro Palette!!). Now, I wouldn’t rave about a product you can’t necessarily get your hands on here in the UK, so I have done a little research for you all: This palette is available on the UK version of Amazon here, but retails with P&P at £62. However, when bought from the US version of Amazon here, it would cost you just £46.36 ($70.25) including P&P and import fees. It might take 8-14 business days to arrive but it is well worth the wait!

What palette do you reach for on a regular basis? 
Emily
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12.11.14

GLAMGLOW Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment // Review

GLAMGLOW Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment // Review

It’s safe to say we all love a good pamper and I for one love a good face mask. So when I was given the opportunity to try the GLAMGLOW Thirstymud Hydrating Mask I couldn’t say no. The product was kindly gifted to me from BlowLTD an online beauty store that sells the products everyone is buzzing about, they stock brands such as Anastasia, RMS Beauty and Laura Mercier.

Thirstymud as the name would suggest, is a hydrating treatment labelled as a 'Thirst-Quenching hit in a jar’. It promises to instantly moisturise your skin, to hydrate, restore, replenish, soothe and calm your skin upon application. This mask can be used in three ways; you can sleep in it, leave it on, or rinse it off. I personally like to use hydration masks overnight, as I feel they work much better this way, brining a whole new meaning to 'beauty sleep'!

GLAMGLOW Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment // Review
GLAMGLOW Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment // Review

I will begin by saying part of me didn’t want to like this mask, but it applies to the skin beautifully unlike any other mask I have ever tried. It’s a little thicker than your regular moisturiser, but is really lightweight on the skin. It feels smooth and fresh when applied and it does have a subtle sensation much like when I apply Hydraluron, but without the stickiness. Don’t be fooled by the colour of the mask, it actually applies translucent and smells very subtly of coconut and reminds me a little like Palmer’s Coca Butter Body Lotion. On application I noticed my skin instantly looked plumper and fine lines, pores and redness was visibly reduced. And by morning my skin felt super nourished, dewy, hydrated and healthier. Not to mention, my skincare products and makeup applies much nicer the morning after having used this mask! 

Some of the ingrediants include; Hyaluronic Acid delivers deep hydration for a more youthful appearance, Citric Acid illuminates skin for an instant dewy glow, Olive Leaf (grounded) delivers natural, moisturising fatty acid to maintain moisture, Apple extracts will moisturise and nourish dull complexion, Micro HydraClay™ traps and retain moisture multiple times its weight to reveal silky soft skin, Coconut Oil provides immediate skin conditioning, Orange Blossom Honey provides energised radiance and Ginger Root detoxifies skin for a healthy complexion

GLAMGLOW Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment // Review
GLAMGLOW Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment // Review

Overall I love the packaging, from the way it is boxed to the colour. However, if I’m going to be super picky, I think it’s a shame it is in a jar, as every time I dip my fingers into it, I’m inviting bacteria into the jar. I would rate this mask above other hydration masks I have tried, including the Drink Up Intensive Mask by Origins. Price is certainly the downfall of this product at £49.99, a little more product and better packaging would help me feel a lot better about the price. That’s why part of me didn’t really want to love this product! But having said that, I do think I would purchase this product, call me a fool, but I think I may have found a winner! 

I recommend this product to those of you with dehydrated/dry or ageing skin with a little more money to spend. If you are still curious about this mask and want to try before you buy, you can buy a sample pack here, or you can buy a gift set that includes a trio of the GLAMGLOW facial treatments; Youthmud 15g, Supermud 15g and Thirstymud 50g for the price of one at £49.99.

What’s your favourite hydrating mask?
Emily
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10.11.14

The Simple Way To Clean Your Brushes

The Simple Way To Clean Your Brushes

Brush cleaning is such a mundane task. But we all should know that brush cleaning is super important, skipping this step can lead to clogging pores and breakouts, yet so many of us still don’t clean our brushes often, if at all. There are various formulated brush shampoos on the market; I have tried both MAC's and the Strictly Professional brush cleaner. I have also used both Johnsons Baby Shampoo and more recently Dr Bronner’s Castile Soap. However, I have found the easiest, most effective, long lasting and inexpensive way of cleaning my brushes is actually a bar of Simple SoapWho would have thought? 

Simple soap has no perfume, or colour, meaning it doesn’t ruin my brushes, or break me out. It works wonders on my synthetic brushes, giving them a true deep clean, unlike anything I have tried before. It doesn’t dry out the bristles, or leave them feeling stiff. I use the bar of soap for cleaning my brushes only, so I store it in a plastic soap dish with my other beauty products. On a side note, you can pick up a pack of four from stores such as Poundland and Savers for just a pound.

The Simple Way To Clean Your Brushes

Along with a bar of simple soap, I like to use my trusty blue silicone oven glove. Yep, you read that right! The glove is a cheaper alternative to the Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove and can be bought on eBay here for just £2.99. This glove is a little large and does look unnecessary, but it is so similar to the Sigma glove, with textures like the wash and rinse and it’s super effective and makes cleaning my brushes even quicker. Also you don’t end up with a wrinkly, dry hand.

I personally prefer to clean my brushes in the evening and allow them to dry over night. I take the damp brush and rub the bristles onto the bar of soap and gently lather them onto the mit, I then rinse under luke warm water and repeat until the top of the brushes are white. Always remember to keep the base of the brush head away from soap and water as this can loosen the glue over time. I always check the brushes for any left over soap residue, you can normally tell because the bristles will feel soapy, but I often squeeze the brush in-between my fingers just incase. I then brush the brushes onto a towel, or tissue to get rid of any excess water and then lay them flat, with the brush head hanging off the edge of a counter. This allows the brush head to dry back into the perfect shape and by morning my brushes are beautifully clean! Simple.

How do you clean your brushes?
Emily
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