22 July 2014

The Truth About Beauty Sleep Is..

Image source: http://www.sheknows.com/beauty-and-style/articles/812333/5-tips-for-better-beauty-sleep

A Sleeping Beauty, I am not - in old t-shirts, pineapple hair and my sleep-talking tendencies, it's not a pretty sight (Ben's caught me doing weird dances in my sleep too..). I may not do it in style, but I do take my sleep seriously because there’s nothing like a good night time routine to help your skin be as lovely and glowy as it can be. Here are some tips from BedStar, so you can make the most of your beauty sleep!

Remove that makeup.. pronto!
I've been at uni, and I've had my fair share of late night studying - sometimes it's tempting to roll straight from door to bed, but your skin will not thank you if you leave your makeup on. Left-on makeup can block your skin’s pores and make you more prone to breakouts, so take the time to take it off (never mind the dirty pillowcases..) - high five if you can give it a full cleanse, but there's always a micellar water option for the really bad nights. My current favourite is Eucerin's DermatoCLEAN Micellar Water.

Adjust your sleep position for perky eyes
Who knew that your sleeping position can help those pesky puffy eyes and dark circles? With a good set of pillows from Bedstar to help prop yourself up, piling them a little higher can drain the fluid away from your eyelids. This will help prevent your eyes from becoming puffy and leave you looking fresher the next day.

Always moisturise
Whether you're dry-skinned or oily-skinned, it’s important to get into a moisturising routine before bed. Your sleep is the time when your body makes its essential repairs, including your skin, so you can aid its natural processes by applying a little moisturiser. My current pick is IndeedLabs Hydraluron Moisture Jelly.

Eat yourself beautiful
You really are what you eat, and a good diet will always reflect in your skin.. how many times have I woken up with Mt. Everest on my chin post-takeaway night? And as always, make sure you drink plenty of water – around eight glasses a day – to ensure your skin is fully moisturised and maintains its elasticity. Fruit and vegetables are also great for making your skin look radiant. In particular, focus on citrus fruits such as oranges to keep your vitamin C levels up, which will not only boost your immune system but also give your skin a healthy glow.

*Post in affiliation with Bedstar
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20 July 2014

Tresemme Volume Styler

You guys know hair isn't my forte - which is why I look for the simplest ways to make hair, well, presentable. My most recent venture was into stylers, and I've been trying the Tresemme Volume Styler for a few weeks.

Now I usually don't do video reviews, but I felt like this was appropriate given I wanted to show you the product in more detail and demonstrate how I use it. Hope you enjoy!

You can get the Tresemme Volume Styler from Chemist Direct for £22.99.

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17 July 2014

Illamasqua GLAMORE Nudes in Minx & Cherub

 Cherub, Minx

There's quite a lot of posts about these new Illamasqua GLAMORE Nude lipsticks floating around, but these are the two lipsticks from their Coral Nude category - Cherub and Minx.

When Illamasqua launched their original GLAMORE lipsticks a few months ago, I loved them - they're so pigmented, creamy and comfortable to wear. I'm very happy to report that these new Nude versions are equally as delicious.

In terms of the shades, Cherub is a true peach - muted and mid-toned. When I first saw it, it really reminded me of REVLON's old matte lipsticks in Smoked Peach. It's super wearable because it has no hint of brightness that would make it unnatural or in-your-face. Personally, I find lipstick shades which are even remotely bright, become magnified in brightness against my medium/tan skintone. So something like this is a perfect way to wear an understated peach.

Minx has more a pink undertone, and is what I'd describe as a warm rose. Against my skintone, it pulls more like a "my lips but darker" shade and I imagine for darker skintones it'd be a great nude because it's so balanced in terms of the warm and cool tones. Again, it's very muted and so achieves that very natural look.

Personally, neither of these lip shades are what I'd usually go for (I think something like Rosepout is more up my street) but I'm quite excited to experiment with them because their natural shades are really in line with how stripped down make-up gets in the summer.

What I really like about this collection in general, is how they've kept the shades so muted, because unnatural brightness is my key concern when I'm trying to buy lip products for a natural look. From what I can see from other blogs, even the lighter shades seem to have been designed similarly and I think that's what really sets these nude lips apart from other ones. A real winner and a safe bet for truly nude lips, especially for medium to darker skintones!

These are £18.50 each from the Illamasqua website.

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