Skiing Skincare

So, in just under two weeks, I am heading off skiing for the first time ever! Whilst I have been worrying about ski gear, the long journey, and most importantly how to actually ski (as I have no idea!) it has also been on my mind that the harsh cold weather is going to have an effect on my skin and body. So I have done some research into brilliant super strength products and am going to list some below for you budding skiers out there! I am also going to include some of my recent favourite skin care products that I have been really enjoying!

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser – £15

This cleanser has been YouTuber’s and social media influencer’s favourite for several years and a star product for the brand since it was founded in 1995. It is sold in multiple stores around the country, most easily found in Boots or John Lewis, including the respective websites. It has won over 100 awards and has been no. 1 skin cleanser, according to QVC beauty awards, for multiple years, including 2018. Containing ingredients such as cocoa butter, chamomile and eucalyptus extracts and beeswax, this cleanser leaves your skin feeling, smelling and looking gorgeous.

 

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I love this product. I had been meaning to try it out for years, but always thought it would be quite expensive! After looking at the modest price of £15, I thought it would be worth a go!   I am so pleased I tried it! It cleans my skin beautifully, not only after I have been wearing foundation or a lot of makeup, but also from all the everyday grime and dirt that it encounters from just living in a busy city! it moisturises your skin and leaves it feeling baby soft and smooth. I use it with the Liz Earle muslin cloth which delicately exfoliates and washes away the cleanser, taking with it the dirt and dead skin. I can’t wait to try this when I go skiing (not that the air in the isn’t the cleanest in the world!) but with the everyday freezing temperatures, my skin will need a little love, and the Cleanse and Polish™ is the best way to do it!

 

 

Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser™ – £21

Following on from the previous product and sticking for the moment with Liz Earle, I have recently purchased their moisturiser and I LOVE it. It leaves my skin really soft and smooth, the same as the cleanser, and it smells heavenly!

 

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With extracts of Echinacea, a naturally smoothing and conditioning and avocado oils brilliant for nourishing the skin, this moisturiser leaves the skin suitably moisturised without an oily or sticky residue. It is available for normal/combination skin and dry/sensitive skin, and although my skin has been described as combination to normal, I chose the sensitive formula to battle the extreme cold temperatures in the snow. Although I’m not skiing yet, I have been using it over the past couple of weeks, and I have had multiple comments on how ‘glowy’ and healthy my skin looks! It really is great, and I would recommend, if you’re not certain to pop into a Boots and speak to the experts at the Liz Earle counter, as they can advise you on which product might be right for you.

 

 

Liz Earle Instant Boost™ Skin Tonic Spritzer – £15.50

Again! Back at it with Liz Earle! But seriously, this tonic spritzer is my favourite thing to have in my handbag at the moment. The best way I have found to use this is to apply my moisturiser and then whilst it is still soaking into my skin, I spray this four or five times over my face and it seals the moisturiser into my skin and forms a protective layer against harsh weather and air conditions!

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In the snow this will be perfect and I have found my skin to be bouncier and plumper when I use these two in combination! It has a similarly dreamy scent to it, and when spritzing this, don’t hold back! The more you apply, the better! I haven’t tried this over makeup yet, but I’m not sure that it has any makeup setting power within it, so it may not work as a replacement for your everyday setting spray!

Containing organic aloe vera, cucumber and chamomile, it really gives your skin the very best care!

 

 

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Scrub – £9.95

Onto another one of my newer brands that I have recently begun to use; Nip + Fab! This brand is brilliant! I have also used their Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme, which you can find here. The Glycolic Fix range features many products with the main ingredient of glycolic acid, no surprise! Now, I have always been a bit wary of products containing any acids, so for example, hyaluronic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid or glycolic acid. However, I have discovered these products are completely safe for use on your skin! The one thing I do note is to be careful around sensitive areas of your face, such as under and around the eyes, and to generally go quite gently with these products, as I just don’t like using too much of them. Another thing I have found is that the acid tends to clear my pores out so well that it strips them of excess oil, therefore meaning your skin produces more oil. So, around oilier areas of my skin I will only use these products lightly as I don’t want an overload of oil the next morning.

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That said, I really like using the Glycolic Fix Scrub. In a face scrub, I look for two things; a soft, finely ground exfoliant and a result that I can see and feel after one use, making my skin visibly clearer. This face scrub is both of these and clears my face of any dry or dead skin leaving behind a fresh, clean base for me to apply moisturiser. I exfoliate twice weekly and am desperately trying to stick to a continuous skincare routine, rather than sporadically applying products if and when I feel I need them. When skiing, this scrub will come with me and be part of my snow skincare routine, as I feel it will do an excellent job of removing dry skin from the cold weather.

Nip + Fab is widely available, I have found them in Waitrose, Superdrug, Boots and obviously online on their website nipandfab.com.

 

Patchology Restoring Night CloudMasque™ Sleeping Mask – £35

This moisturiser… what can I say? Although it’s called a mask, I use it as a nightly moisturiser, and it is amazing. The first time I used it, the morning after I could see instant results. My skin was more plump, bouncy, youthful and glowing with moisture. When using this, I usually complete my cleansing in the evening and then apply a thin layer, avoiding my oilier areas (I’ll explain why in a moment’s). Then I go to bed, go to sleep etc. and wake up the next morning with beautifully moisturised skin. Now, in the morning I like to wash my face by just splashing some water after using this, as this mask can leave an oily ‘moisture’ residue on the skin. Of course, this would make sense with this being a mask, as it is designed to be washed off I would imagine, although I’m sure I read somewhere it can be left the next morning throughout the next day. Overall though, this mask is brilliant.

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Its active ingredients include Hyaluronic acid, Retinol and Peptide complexes, which combined work towards hydrating your skin, restoring your skin cells and reducing fine lines and wrinkles (if that’s an issue you are particularly conscious of). With a peaceful and dreamy scent of jasmine, this moisturiser helps you to fall asleep and get your skin the well needed rest and repair time that it needs. Whilst skiing this will be great for an overnight fix after a long day on the slopes and an easy way to ensure my skin is ready to go the next morning.

 

Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips – £12

Yes, you read that right! Nipple Balm! So the story goes; the founder of Dr. Lipp (Pontine Paus) had eczema and researched online for the best moisturising and nourishing product and found nipple balm contained this miracle ingredient called Lanolin. This ingredient dates back to 90AD?! and mimics the skins oils and moistures perfectly. So she   decided to create her own nipple balm, which she promotes for ‘Dry Skin, Luscious Lips & Glossy Bits’. Since then, her Dr. Lipp Nipple Balm has become widely popular among celebrities and makeup artists and my attention was drawn to it after I walked into Space NK asking for the lady’s recommendation on the best lip balm they sell, and she pointed me to this! I haven’t looked back since, neither have I used anything else. It is moisturising, glossy, high shine, nourishing… it has it all. I use it as an overnight intense lip balm to help restore the skin on my dry and chapped lips in these cold conditions (perfect for skiing!) or as a lip gloss when I’m wearing makeup, or just simply, as my go to lip balm.

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The company prides itself on 100% natural ingredients, with one sole ingredient, Lanolin. This means there are no nasty chemicals, no acids, no harsh ingredients, just Lanolin.  If you want to read up on this completely natural and miracle ingredient head to the Dr. Lipp website! This will be perfect for my ski trip, where I will probably apply it as much as I possibly can, bearing in mind, the temperatures in England cause dry and cracked lips easily, so temperatures down near -15ºC are guaranteed to!

 

So there it is! My favourite products for the cold, wintery season we are currently in, and the products I will be taking with me skiing to battle the freezing temperatures! Remember, if you are going outside, wrap up warm and take good care of your skin! It needs more love than you think and taking a little extra time to look after it can make a world of difference in the long run!

Thank you so much for reading my blog, and I will hopefully be posting more frequently, so keep an eye on my Instagram and Facebook for when I announce new posts!

Imogen ❤

The Body Shop: Bath Bombs and Bubbles

So, if you have been following my social media accounts or have spoken to me recently, you will know I have been really excited about reviewing the new Body Shop Bath Bombs and Bubbles! I bought them after I saw them in Gabriella Lindley‘s video, and I instantly really wanted to try them!

I went online and tried to order some, but The Body Shop website wasn’t working that evening, and then when it came back online, most of the flavours were sold out. So I popped into my nearest store and bought all the ones I could which were Moringa, Vanilla, Green Tea, Coconut and Candied Plum. There are 3 others which are Mango, Strawberry and Pink Grapefruit, which all sound delicious but I’ll have to wait for a re-stock!

I have taken photos of what each of them looks like and then I’ll do a little summary of why I do/don’t like them. I have to say though, in general, these little bath bombs packed a punch, especially considering they are so tiny! They are £1.50 each, so a lot cheaper than most of the Lush ones (don’t get me wrong, I love Lush too) and they give off just as much colour, scent and just as many bubbles! The scents were never overpowering and they lasted for at least an hour, AND the colour of the water didn’t stain the bath, which has happened with some of mine from Lush.

Moringa Bath Bubble:

This yellow heart is one of their 3 choices of ‘bubble bars’. With the Bath Bubbles all you do is hold them under the tap, preferably under hot water, but obviously not too hot! They then dissolve, and as the water sprays away from them, it effectively pumps air into the water and creates lots and lots of delicate bubbles! Because this one is yellow, it didn’t give off much much colour, but to be honest, there were so many bubbles, you couldn’t see the water! The scent was light and flowery, I can’t put my finger on what exactly it was, but considering Moringa is a flower, I would say it was pretty accurate.

Green Tea Bomb: 

This one was one of my favourites of the selection and had a lovely light scent, that reminded me of tea plants. It wasn’t overpoweringly herbal, as some ‘tea’ scented bath products are, but it did have low notes of herbs and reminded me of a garden centre under the summer sun. It turned my bath a gorgeous pastel green colour, which I am quite glad of, as I had images of a Halloween/’nuclear powerplant spill’ glow coming from my bath water!

Vanilla Bomb:

This was my least favourite of the five, as I really didn’t like anything about it. To me, the ‘vanilla’ smelt more of aniseed (used in liquorice flavouring) which is one of my most hated scents, and although it was subtle, it still put me off. Granted, the colour was yellow, but it was more muted and less bright and fun than I had expected, especially after seeing the others and their vibrant colourings. I personally wouldn’t buy this one again, but it might be for you, so give it a go!

Coconut Bath Bubble:

I saved this one for last and it definitely did not disappoint. It turned the water a beautiful baby blue and filled my bathroom with a nutty, cocoa smell. That might sound a little obvious, (it’s coconut Imogen…) but it had stronger notes of nuts and then a softer scent of cocoa butter, so almost a little chocolatey. It also reminded me of sunshine beaches, with palm trees and coconuts, so it was really relaxing. I really loved the scent, which was of course released through the bubbles too as the water moved around. It’s the same process of under the tap for this one, and I will definitely be buying more of these!

Candied Plum Bomb:

This is the first one I put to the test and it was by far my favourite! It turned my water an amazing purpley pink and gave off aromas of Christmas and sweeties. It was a deeper colour than a pastel but had the delicate tones of a baby pink. I will 100% be buying this one again, and I can’t wait! I know this is the favourite for a lot of other people who have reviewed these too, so get to the stores before they sell out!

All of them were delicate and caring on my skin, which is something really important for me as I have had terrible skin reactions to other bath bombs that include things like artificial colours or glitter. The bombs don’t make any bubbles, but they are still beautiful and I would strongly recommend you go and try these for yourself! I can’t say enough about how brilliant they are so I’ll stop here!

I hope you have enjoyed this post, and I hope to be doing more reviews on new products as they come out. The Body Shop also has an amazing range of Christmas themed gifts and beauty/body care range at the moment, so do go and check them out, even if baths aren’t your cup of tea!

I have now created a business profile on Instagram and Facebook, both of which can be found by searching Imogen Soper Blogs in the search bar (or clicking on the links just there). It would be amazing if you could give me a follow, as this will be another place I will be posting content and updates on my new posts!

Thank you so much for reading! I hope that you are all getting excited about Christmas ( I am!) and the busy, bustling shops don’t stress you out too much! Have fun!

Imogen S.

First Christmas Shop

Some people might think mid-November is too early to start your Christmas celebrations, but for me, the excitement is in the build-up to the big day. The fairy lights and tinsel going up, mince pies coming out in stores, Christmas candles and of course, all the best Christmas music. I did a bit of shopping yesterday, and although not all of the products were Xmas themed, the majority of them fit the bill!

I have been buying presents for friends and family and frantically trying to think up ideas for my Secret Santa, but I have also been treating myself to a few things too, so I thought I’d share them with you. I’ll do the non-Christmas bits and bobs first, and save the best for last!

Makeup Organising:

I have been after a makeup organiser for a while now, and I knew I could get my hands on one in Tiger, one of my favourite stores. As I am starting to film more content for YouTube and some of this will be makeup themed, I thought it was about time I organised myself properly. So yesterday I popped in and looked through their collection and saw they had a small one that fits perfectly at the front of my makeup table. This, along with my new vanity box I have recently got, and now I’m quite chuffed with how it has turned out! I think this one was £7, and they had a couple that were either larger or smaller, so they have a good selection to choose from.

No.36 Sea Salt Mist Reed Diffuser: 

A couple of months ago, I bought this candle from good old Primark, but it burnt out within a few uses, so when I went back in to get another one, I spotted this and decided that it was better value for money, not to mention, you lose the danger element aka FIRE. I am really happy with it so far… it claims to last 8 weeks so I will keep an eye out for when the smell dwindles away. It was only £3 whereas a large candle was £5 and it only burned for 60 hours, which sounds like a lot but I’m sure it isn’t 8 weeks worth. So depending on how well this works, I may be sticking to diffusers from now on!

Christmas Fairy Lights:

As somebody asked me the other day; what makes a light a Christmas light? I couldn’t answer apart from saying that some of mine were shaped like snowflakes, even so, they are winter, not Christmas… anyway. I bought two new sets of lights for this season, to go with the other I purchased last year. I am much happier with the new ones, well done Primark, you’ve upped your game! They are much brighter and I love how they are smaller lights on a wire, which makes them more delicate, but they look prettier intertwined with tinsel, which is how I have displayed one of the sets. I have the 40 Copper Wire LED Star lights (£4) and 40 LED Firefly lights (£2.50), which are both 4.35m long, so ample to adorn places in your room like your desk or mirrors. Because they are much lighter weight this year, they are also easier to keep in place, by using small blobs of blue-tac. They take 3 AA batteries, so I keep them turned off when I am not in my room, but they are much brighter, as I mentioned before, and I think this is why.

Festive Slippers:

I couldn’t go another Christmas without some of these, and I saw the perfect pair hanging by the tills on the way to pay in Primark, so I threw them in the basket last minute and I’m glad I did, especially for £3.50! They are the Reindeer Novelty Footlets and they’re super comfy, perfect for popping on when watching a Christmas movie with a hot chocolate and a blanket. Nothing better!

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Yankee Candles:

I have always loved Yankee Candles and last Christmas my mum bought me one, so when I finished it the other day, I knew I wanted some new ones. I went into the store in town and bought a couple of mini ones for £1.99 each, or £10 for 12 (for a limited time only). I purchased Sparkling Snow and Snow In Love in the ‘votive’ size. Sparkling Snow is described on the website as having Top Notes of Sweet Orange, Pine Needles, Crisp Mint, Mid Notes of Evergreens, Blue Spruce, White Pine, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Bay Leaf, Juniper Berry and Base Notes of Frosted White Musk, Fir Balsam, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Patchouli. The Snow In Love is described as having Top Notes of Citrus, Mid Notes of Spicy, Floral, Jasmine and Base Notes of Oriental, Woody, Patchouli, Sandalwood. If you can imagine what any of that smells like, I applaud your knowledge of scents, because all I know is they smell lovely.

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The Body Shop Bath Bombs and Bubbles:

The final thing I’m sharing today is The Body Shops new range of Bath Bombs and Bubbles. I’m not going to say too much because I am planning a review of these soon! They come in 8 scents, five of which are Bath Bombs (Mango, Strawberry, Candied Plum, Vanilla and Green Tea) and the other three are Bath Bubbles (Coconut, Moringa and Pink Grapefruit). I was able to get my hands on 5 of these and I am very excited to share with you guys my thoughts on them, so keep an eye out for the upcoming blog post!

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So there you have it! Everything from the first shop of the year that truly felt Christmassy! Keep a watch for the new ‘Christmas’ tab in the menus for all exclusive Christmas content!

Good luck to anybody sending off UCAS applications in the near future and I hope it all goes smoothly! Need any help with the dreaded process? Go and watch my video I uploaded recently with some tips and tricks along with a run through of the full application to help you on your way.

Thank you for reading and have a lovely weekend!

Imogen S.

Summer Skin

With summer well and truly here, schools are finished, the sun has appeared and everybody, except me, seems to be jetting off to exotic locations, I thought it was a nice idea to share how I keep my skin feeling healthy and the simple makeup I like to use during the warmer months.

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My top tip? Drink lots and lots of water! During the summer I make a conscious effort to drink more, as it is always good to stay hydrated and it has multiple benefits, one of which, being that it helps your skin to look healthy and glow! The recommended average for the amount of water you should drink everyday is 3L for men and 2.5L for women. Obviously, I don’t get all 2.5L in everyday, but I do try to get at least 1.5L, and on especially warm days, or if I am at work, I try harder to hit that higher target.

With direct regards to skin care, I use Essential Waitrose 4 in 1 Cucumber Facial Wipes  (£1.59) to remove my makeup in the evenings, and then wash my face with lukewarm water. I only use a soap on my face in my morning shower and it will be one of two favourites of mine; the Nivea Facial Wash Gel (£3) or the Nivea Daily Essentials Cleansing Cream Wash (£3.15). I find both really gentle on my skin, which isn’t especially sensitive, but I still have to be careful using harsh face washes and scrubs and these two from Nivea are really kind on all skin types.

I then use a water gel moisturiser, as I find these really refreshing in the summer months. My most recent favourite, as inspired by the television advert (I am a sucker for ads!) is the L’Oreal Paris Hydra Genius Aloe Water (£6.99). What drew me in was the fact it is a water based formula, and that I am mildly obsessed with anything containing Aloe Vera. I have always used my Banana Boat Aloe Vera After Sun Gel in previous summers to treat multiple sun burns that I have suffered, so I knew it worked well with my skin type. They have 3 variations, Normal – Dry, Normal – Combination and Normal – Oily. My skin type varies quite a bit depending on the weather and how well I have been looking after it, so I went for the combination option as it gives a fair chance of being right for a variety of skin days!

Makeup

As for makeup in the summer, I have always really liked to keep it to the bare minimum and of what I am comfortable in being out publicly, which usually consists of a little mascara and filling in my brows. This means I generally get out of the house quicker and my skin thanks me in the long term for not being caked in foundation everyday under the baking sun! My go-to brow product is the NYX Sculpt & Highlight Brow Contour (£9), which has a wax pencil at one end and at the other, a sheer and glittery highlight/concealer that you can pop on your brow bone and blend. For mascara, it can vary depending on how I want my lashes to look, but I usually stick to the Clinique Chubby Lash (£18) as mentioned in a previous post.

If I do decide to go a little glam during the day, or even for an evening out, I still like to keep it light and simple, so I am not clogging my pores in the heat and makeup. Recently I have been using the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation (£32) in shade Mont Blanc paired with the Nars Creamy Concealer (£23) in shade Light 2. They give amazing coverage without feeling heavy on my skin, like many other creamy formulas can do. For eyeshadow, I am channelling burgundy or sunset vibes, so I like to use either my NYX Full Throttle quads, again, I have mentioned these in previous posts, or one of my newer additions, the MAC Burgundy X9 Palette (£25). For powder I use the Rimmel Match Perfection Silky Loose Setting Powder (£6.99), which is an excellent dupe for the Laura Mercier Setting Powder. Contouring & bronzing, I use the Nars Bronzing Powder (£29) in Laguna and for blush I use the Nars Blush (£23) in Orgasm. To highlight, I use the Morphe 134 Fan brush and the MUA Undress Your Skin Highlight in either Peach Diamond or Pink Shimmer. These are both only £3 each, and have incredible pigmentation. I use these on the tops of my cheekbones, my brow bone, just under my brows, and lightly on the end of my nose. Finally at the moment I am liking the MAC Lip Liner in Whirl and on top the Tom Ford Lip Colour (£40) in Sable Smoke.

After writing the process I go through, every time I do ‘going out’ makeup, I am now wondering if anybody will find it remotely interesting or helpful, but I have been really excited about sharing some of my newer products with you all!

I hope I have inspired you enough for a small shopping trip, albeit online, and that to ensure your skin looks beautiful and radiant all year round, it isn’t only about the makeup you use but the way you look after your skin whilst not wearing any makeup at all!

Thank you for taking a moment to read my latest post and I hope you enjoy the summer months. One final thing though… Please! Don’t forget sun cream!

Imogen ❤

Winter: Eyes

I am so sorry that it’s 2017 and I’m not posting until February! 1/12 of a year has passed and the 2nd is rapidly speeding by, meaning I have to get my act together and finally write again!

I am going to be writing a collection of posts which can be found under the menu; Star Items. These will be written down to what time of the year it is and will recommend a selection of products that I am loving at the time. Today I am going to share the first collection, for Winter, and this post focuses on any eye products I am using that are really standing out to me.

Shadows:

My first products are the Full Throttle Eyeshadow Palettes from NYX, in two colours, Riot and Bossy. Here are a couple of photos of each, to show you what they look like in the palette.

 

‘Riot’ is my preferred palette however, I use both together when I am wanting a stronger look, especially for a night out, a party or just for a slightly different smoky eye. I have been using the light pink shade in the ‘Bossy’ palette as a base colour, gently blending it out over the entire eyelid I then use the amber/orange shade lightly dusted to add a brighter colour to the eyes. On top, I use the dark red shade and blend this across the whole eyelid, but focussing it on the outer corner and along the lash line, creating a natural shadow, as well as then using the ocre shade to blend into the crease of my eyelid, adding depth.

I discovered something recently, that if you use red or pinky tones on your eyes, the iris’s tend to appear more green, and if you use more orange or coral colours, they appear more blue. There is an alternative to make your eyes seem darker, brighter etc. but for me, these two are closest to my natural colour.

Therefore, depending on what colour I am wanting to enhance on the day, I will either use the orange or the red more strongly. If I am going out and want to make the eye slightly smokier, I blend the dark purple shade from ‘Bossy’ into the burgundy and add the silver glitter sparkle shade to top it off. If I am going for a more subtle look, then I take my single eyeshadow from NYX in shade ‘Showgirl’ (not pictured above), which is a glittery red pigment, and dust this across the lid. Finally, I use the white glitter shade from ‘Riot’ in the inner corners of my eyes, just to make my eyes seem wider and more awake!

Mascara:

I have three mascaras I am absolutely loving at the moment, and all three do slightly different things, but they don’t disappoint! I am going to briefly outline how each is different and why I am liking using it so much!

Lancôme Grandiose Mascara:

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Although at a first glance, this mascara might seem too quirky and different to actually deliver great results (I’m thinking of the wand), after giving it a go, I am happy to share that I was pleasantly surprised. This mascara has a small, plastic (which I prefer) brush, at the end of an angled wand, designed to make getting to outer and inner corners, easier and ensuring you can get super close to your lash line. The brush, has short and longer bristles, meaning you can get to the lash line without smudging mascara on the tops of your eyelids. The effect is said to be volumising, however I would rate this higher as a lengthening mascara, not to say that it doesn’t add incredible volume to my lashes, but on me, the length is the main difference I notice. What attracts me most is not only the length it gives, but the length without the clumpiness, therefore fanning out the lashes. It does cost slightly more than your average Rimmel Scandal Eyes, at £26 a pop, but in my opinion, it is worth it for the unique wand and fanned out lash effect it gives.

Clinique Chubby Lash:

 

Clinique’s Chubby Lash mascara has become my new favourite number one for everyday use, and chances are, if you see me, I’ll be wearing it. There are several things I love about this mascara, for instance, the fact that even though it is brilliant for building layers and adding intense volume, it also provides astonishing volume with just one coat. I also like that it slightly clumps, making the lashes look bigger and bolder. It is also waterproof and sweat proof, I have tested it multiple times at the gym guys, so trust me, even though this does not claim to be a waterproof formula. This is another added bonus for me, as I find with waterproof mascara I can never get it off in the evening without a specialist remover, but because this is made to be removed easily, it is just as quick to take it off as it is to put on. At slightly less than the Lancôme, £14.75, this is an absolute steal and I will certainly be purchasing another tube once mine runs out.

Kiko 30 Day Lash Extension:

 

On the slightly lower end of the my favourites spectrum, this Kiko lash extension mascara adds gentle volume and length for an everyday natural look. I have been known to use this lots in the summer when the weather is hot and I am not feeling like a heavy day of makeup, or if I just feel like something a little softer on the eyes. Whilst it claims to revitalize your lashes over 30 days and improve their growing power, I have never seen too much difference, however this doesn’t mean I don’t like what it looks like on. It suggests that after using this, other products will look better, as it has enhanced your natural lashes, but I think this product alone is suffice, and looks beautifully natural when you just don’t want to layer up the mascara to get the smoky volumised eye makeup effect everyday. At £7.90 from the Kiko website or any Kiko store, for me, this is a bargain and something I have repurchased as it is something I like to have all the time, just in case. Not to mention, if you wanted to volumise and lengthen your lashes to the maximum, a coat of this almost acts as a primer for other mascaras and lays a good foundation for a killer false lash look.

Benefit’s Roller Lash:

 

After previously mentioning this product about a year ago, saying that it was one of my least favourite Benefit products, I have been converted, and am in love with the gentle length and curl it effortlessly creates. The thin brush and wand make it feel effortless applying it to your lashes and creating a natural curl. The thin bristles really grab every lash and pull them to curl upwards. At £20.50, although I know there is the cheaper option of the Maybelline Lash Sensational at only £7.99, I would recommend this mascara to anybody opting for a slightly more natural look, edging away from volume and wanting more length to their curl.

Everybody swaps between products, especially when you want to try different things, so I know that these might change in the coming posts, but I am enjoying these at the moment and I thought it was a good time to share it with you!

Thank you guys! You’ll hear from me again soon!

Imogen ❤

 

 

Maybelline Fit Me

A friend once introduced me to the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer and I had a bit of a rough start with it. I found it cakey and thick, clinging to the dry patches on my skin and turning orange, even though I had the correct shade.

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6 months after I had sworn that I would never use it again, I found myself out of my old concealer and the Fit Me tube was staring at me, begging to be given a second chance. So I prepped and primed my skin using the Rimmel Fix & Perfect Primer, and dotted the concealer cautiously on my skin. To my shock, it blended beautifully and covered the redness and scarring from previous blemishes. I finally understood why my friend continuously raved about this product and I am so happy to say; it is now my everyday, go-to product.

I was in Tesco with a friend the other day browsing their limited range of makeup, and spotted the concealer and eagerly told her about my little journey with the product but how I now love it. I then looked to the left slightly and discovered they do a Fit Me Foundation. I was very excited at the prospect of a foundation with coverage as good as the concealer. My excitement heightened when I saw it was only £6! I don’t often purchase products that I haven’t had a little look online for reviews and ratings. However this time, I was too impressed at the price and rapidly made the decision that £6 wouldn’t hurt my bank account too much if it was a flop.

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I rushed home and quickly cleared my face of the day’s makeup, ready to try my new purchase. I started with my primer once again, concealer and then I applied the foundation with my normal technique, dot it around my face with a brush and blend. It blended into my face really well and had amazing coverage. As well as this, it didn’t feel heavy or thick on my face, as some high coverage foundations can do. It says it gives a natural, seamless finish and for once, I agree!

Its main selling points advertised by the company are:

  •  Mattifies and refines pores with blurring micro-powders for poreless looking skin,
  • Matches skin tone and texture,
  • Natural, seamless finish

I can safely say I agree with all three of these statements, especially the one about mattifying your skin as this was one of the first things I noticed. I have never used a dewy foundation, however some show signs of having a less matte finish than others. Fit Me has a seriously matte finish, but as I mentioned before, this doesn’t make it cakey or thick.

This foundation is recommended for people with Normal-Oily skin and I would say that the concealer is also aimed at people with this same skin type. I would highly recommend using a primer, or at very least a moisturizer, before applying both of these products, otherwise any dry skin will be highlighted and will stand out like a sore thumb!

Overall these products are the two I use for my skin, and with careful and thorough removal, neither leave your skin with endless blemishes or blackheads.

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I hope you guys will take my word on this and go out and find your new favorite products! Have fun shopping!

Imogen ❤

Primark False Nails

I have recently made an incredible discovery. I was looking to get acrylics done, but where I live, I couldn’t find anywhere that was in the price range I was looking for and was recommended for doing a good job. I then saw my friend with a fresh set of gorgeous nails and instantly asked her how much she had paid for them to look so brilliant! I was shocked when she told me that they were glued on from Primark and cost her £1 for 24!

I went and investigated myself and bought four packets for £4 and was eager to get home and try them out. When I got home, I applied the glue easily to the nails and attached them to my finger nails. A week later, they are still on and looking as good as ever. I am absolutely stunned by the quality and staying power of these nails and at such amazing value.

Here is every reason why I am IN LOVE with these nails and why I would recommend them again and again.

  1. They are incredible value! At £1 a pack, and a pack containing from 24-36 nails (don’t ask why such random numbers), you definitely get more than you pay for.
  2. With the selection from a possible 36 different nails, this offers a wide variety of sizes and they fit nicely over the arch of your nail. This means that they don’t unstick from the pressure of the nail being bent over and arch where it doesn’t want to be.
  3. They are high gloss and shine for the whole time you have them on. Regular washing of your hands helps this and gets rid of any everyday dirt that might build up.
  4. When in the shower and washing your hair, the nails don’t come unstuck and stay firmly in place. This means that you can be confident doing everyday tasks rather than flitting around and trying not to break a nail.
  5. The glue is really easy to apply and each nail is numbered for different sizes so you can make sure the two corresponding fingers on both hands are the same.

Here are some of the ones I have bought on my recent visit.

 

In summary, I am incredibly impressed with these nails and I would highly recommend them to anyone who is looking for a cheap and quick, but still good quality, nail fix.

Thank you for reading and I hope I have opened your eyes to the amazing world that is Primark Falsies!

Imogen ❤

My top 5 Benefit products

So, I am a fan of makeup just like the rest of you girlies out there and one of the first top end brands I ever purchased was Benefit. They offer such a range of products it’s hard to know which ones are worth the money, as some of them cost quite a lot of £££. Here are my top 5 products, what I love about them and who they are ideal for!

5. Big and Easy BB Cream

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This product is the only skin products I have bought from Benefit, so I don’t have much to compare it to, however I wasn’t too pleased with how it performed. I bought it in summer so it is slightly darker than I would usually use, but because it’s a BB cream it doesn’t make too much difference. What drew me in was the SPF factor of 35 and it’s Liquid ~ Powder. The SPF factor gave me confidence to go out in the summer without sun screen on my face, as it is often too greasy and brings my face out in break outs. Unfortunately, because it was designed to look alike a powder foundation, it looked very cakey and just stuck to the dry patches on my face. This was a real shame as I had high hopes for this product, but it let me down. I would recommend anybody with oily skin to use this, as you need the moisture in your skin to balance the dryness. Or as an alternative, you could moisturise before applying the cream if you already don’t.

4. Roller Lash Mascara

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This mascara was a bit of a last minute buy, as I was at the airport on the way to Spain and needed a mascara and I had looking at this one for a long time after the success of Benefit’s They’re Real. I was pleased with the curl that this mascara gave my lashes, however I feel this would suit somebody with longer lashes than me. Because I have quite average length lashes, the curl was there, but there wasn’t enough lash to create a curl that would stay for the whole day. By the end of the day, my lashes would’ve dropped down to look like I wasn’t wearing any mascara at all! But this is definitely something to invest in if you have long lashes! Good Luck!

3. Gimme Brow

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I received this as a gift for my birthday and I asked for it because I love the Rimmel Brow This Way Styling Gel. I had heard brilliant things about this and was determined to give it a try. The only problem I have with this gel is it is one shade too light. The gel is available in Light/Medium & Medium/Deep. I have it in the lighter colour and at the moment I have to use a darker pencil and then gel over the top as a setting technique. When I repurchase this, I will get the darker colour and I am positive that this will become my favourite brow product.

2. High Beam Highlighter

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I was given this as a sample for Christmas and am so pleased with the results it has given. I had only ever used a powder highlighter before this so I love the way this went on my skin and contrasted with my bronzer. As this is only a little bottle, I am excited about finishing it and buying a larger bottle, however for the time being I am happy with this and will continue to use it everyday as my go-to highlighter. It blends easily, with either your fingers, brush or beauty blender and offers just the right amount of shimmer to make sure I don’t look like I have wiped the sun on my face! I absolutely love this product and would recommend it as a liquid highlighter and hope to invest in the Mac Mineralize highlighter soon.

1. Hoola Bronzer

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This is my number one product from Benefit and on top of that, it has to be my favourite bronzer that I use for contouring. This is a tiny sample that I borrowed from my friend and I fell in love with it, so she let me keep it! It gives off the perfect bronze colour for my skin tone and blends so naturally and easily into my foundation. It is highly pigmented so you need hardly any to achieve amazing results! I have never bought a full sized version of this but I love the mini pot I own and can’t wait to continue using this as a powder over their new product which I am intrigued to try, Dew the Hoola. I look forward to the results and will let you know how it goes!

I hope this has been useful and you girls have found my top 5 products handy for new Benefit purchase you may be thinking of making! Happy shopping!

Imogen ❤