Current Lip Balm Stash

I absolutely love these pictures. More so because I have loved wearing everything. I’ll start with my top pick.

Lanolips 101 Ointment saved my lips. Not an exagerration at all. I slather this on everytime I go out and before bed. It is unscented, clear balm. I first discovered lanolin as a barrier when I was pregnant. Lansino HPA, a blue tinged balm -unglamorous but effective. That one for the tits, ofcourse. Also at room temperature, took a foot to squeeze. Lanolips is less denser. It is meant to be multipurpose but I just use it on my lips. Just to put it out there, cicaplast is lighter in consistency and uses dimethecone as a barrier. I feel like lipsticks and anything else sits better over Lanolips since it’s not “slippy”.

Elizabeth Arden Stick Protectant has SPF 15. I like all lip balms from EA. Think I have slight preference for the one in the pot. That one was great by the bedside. I bought this stick version last summer when I needed something with SPF that didn’t turn grey on my lips and could be used in the pool. This was perfect. Stick version is not minty as the potted one and feels lighter.

MAC Tendertalk Lipbalm is one of those colour changing lipbalms. There are so many to choose from. BarryM genie, Kiko Lip Enhancer, Givenchy Interdit, Lipstick Queen Frog Prince, Dior Addict Lip Glow, Winky Lux. And you know, they work on the same principle. So really, it’s more like what packaging would you like your “smart” lip balm to be in. Anyway, I have loved using them. Packaging-wise, Dior’s pink plastic shell is lovely and so is the sleek metallic case on MAC.

Givenchy Hydra Sparkling Balm is out of stock right now. But it’s also a PH-reactive balm. I picked this because I hadn’t seen one in a pot before. It didn’t lose it’s PH-ness and worked perfectly well till the last swipe. So I’m not sure why they would discontinue it. The balm was a very light gel texture with a glossy finish. I loved this stuff and there’s nothing else to compare it with really. I hope they bring it out this summer.

Clarins Lip Perfectors are one of those products everyone has tried. I didn’t quite understand it and everytime I swatched it, it felt a bit… meh. I wanted to try a nudey colour, so I bought one. It’s a good basic everyday lip conditioner with some colour. The sponge applicator makes it pleasant to use. It’s like a massage and the sponge helps push the colour in evenly. The colour is quite sheer but it does leave a hint of whatever shade you have got. Mine is in Rosewood Shimmer.

Clinique Pep Start Balms are the least moisturizing in the bunch. I initially bought the night restoring balm that comes in the tube, but the lady gave me one of the clear stick balms instead. I kept it but found it was not hydrating enough for everyday. It’s quite light with a semi-matte finish which makes it good primer. I then bought one of their coloured ones, Guava is a pink. Coloured balms are sheer in colour. I felt like I had to re-apply too many times to keep my lips from chapping.

YSL Tint in Balms are very moisturizing lipsticks. Mine is in the shade 08 Catch Me Orange. It’s a bright orange balm. I had spring in mind! Some are sheerer than others, orange is a medium coverage, you can definitely tell it’s there. It also leaves a tint as it dries down throughout the day. This has to be my favorite formula of lipstick from the brand. They do have some beautiful colours and I am tempted to buy one of their nude-y colours next.

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Makeup Routine | JANUARY 2018

I am really enjoying putting on makeup for a change. Not slapdashing but taking my time sorting out what clothes & perfume I want to wear. It’s been a while since I have had time get ready. Also I have new bits in!

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Becca Backlight Priming Filter is nothing like the primers I have used before. It’s light and my skin doesn’t feel clogged. I like to start with this under my foundation on areas that I’d like a bit lighted. Love mixing it with a foundation and moisturizers. Really pleased with the peachy champagne colour, it goes well with my skin tone.

Foundation is Nars Natural Radiant Longwear. I have had this for just over a week. I prefer a full or nearly full coverage anytime of the year so I know this one is a keeper for me. I only really cover certain areas -under eyes, cheeks because that’s where majority of uneveness is. I don’t take it on my nose, chin and forehead. I used Nars Tinted moisturiser at the start of the year. It’s a bit too glowy for my liking at the moment.

Concealer is Urban Decay Naked Skin. I use this to lighten areas slightly so I will skip this somedays.

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I will use Charlotte Tilbury’s Airbrush Powder if I am too shiny or using powder bronzer/blush.

My brush is from MAC Snowball collection.

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My lips has been very dry. I’m sure it’s the weather and the heater. I use Lanolips most times and for some colour I am enjoying Nars Lip Glide in Bound. which is quite old and probably needs chucking out. It’s sold out everywhere though, shame because it’s a beautiful mlbb colour.

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I never really do my eyebrows other than combing with a spoolie or brow gel. I have been using the coloured end of Fleur’s Brow Tamer every now and then. It’s nice, I like the colour. The formula is tricky to use on my brows since it’s wet and you need a very light hand to apply. I don’t honk there is any fibres in it but it makes them appear thicker.

I am loving Eyeko’s Lash Alert mascara. I’m sure I have said this in a post before, haven’t I? I like how customizable it is. It lengthens and volumnizes without weighing my lashes down.

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Chanel longwear cream shadow in Undertone. I find the formula really difficult to work with. It’s not as creamy as it looks. The colour is absolutely beautiful. The shimmer is subtle and makes my lids look healthy, somehow.

img_0801-1I have developed an obsession with perfumes. I was happy with two or three of the same ones I wore year after year. I can’t stand the smell of those now… Hormones, what you do! The one I am wearing most days is Molecule 01. Yep, that mysterious one. If you haven’t tried it, I urge you to get the 30ml refill. For me, this is a beautiful understated all season scent.

I was wearing Jo Malone’s English Oak and Hazelnut back in December, Christmas period. Really like it but it’s a bit heavy for everyday.

Anyway, I’ll shut up about perfumes now. Hope you guys had a lovely start of the year and the January blues haven’t got to you. Thank you for stopping by!

October 2017 Favorites

Eyeko Lash Alert -£19.50

I love the formula of this mascara. It gives me exactly what I need. The most important thing being holding that curl. I haven’t found any mascara that can curl my lashes without help of a curling tool. But most will weigh lashes down or flake in couple of hours. This one doesn’t curl lashes on its own but once it’s on, it stays. The formula is black and it coats evenly. All mascaras should come in a squeezy tube I think. It enables you to move the product around. I am not a fan of thick spidery lashes atm. I am looking for length and staying power. This gives me just that, it’s perfect.

The Ordinary Moisturizer -£4.90

My skin has normalized in the past couple months. Heavier creams do feel a bit uncomfortably slick. This Deceim offering gives my skin the perfect amount of hydration. It mixes well with, over pretty much anything. It is unscented. I have tried a couple things from the brand, they are great. On exception of the Vitamin C Suspension. Did not enjoy using that one. I can start using retinols soon, Granactive in on my list.

Mama Mio Visible Stretch Mark Minimizer -£45

Stretch marks run in my family, everyone has it so I knew I was going to have some. I am not revolted by my stretch marks but when I first saw them while shopping for pants in my fourth trimester, I was taken back a bit. It was overnight I think, purple red lines that looked like it should hurt. During my pregnancy I used Bio oil at evening and Clarins Moisturizer at daytime. After discovering my stretch marks, I switched to Clarins Stretch Mark Minimizer twice everyday. I finished the cream, didn’t seem to have an effect. Two or three months after birth, I decided to try Mama Mio. At this point my marks werent as purple but red lines. In about two weeks I noticed a massive reduction. My lines were shorter and narrower. I am still using it, it’s faded but still visible. On their website they have stated this cream helps reduce VISISBLE marks and it does. You only need to paint it on the stretch marks so I will use it till it runs out. I am not sure this will rid of all. In time, I’ll do an empties post.

Jamie Oliver Five Ingredients book -£11

If you are struggling to maintain a healthy diet, this is really nice. Simple to make and uncomplicated. The flatbreads especially are so easy to put together -two ingredients.

Kind Natured body washes -£4.99

SLS free body washes that smell nice, under a tenner are hard to find. Everything in the kind natured range smells amazing. They are not overly scented. Amber and pink pepper is lovely too.

NARS Pure Tinted Moisturizer -£29.50

Since my skin has been normal with almost no scarring at the moment, I switched to a tinted formula. Found this slightly glowy, but the coverage is nice. It evens out my skin without looking heavy. I buff it with a powder after.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 30 -£22

If the “Ultra” in here means ultra hydrating , it really is. Infact the density made me wonder if it will roll into clumps if re-applied. It did not but I found it a bit too dewy, if you re-apply it every 2-3 hours like a sunscreen. I am not sure if this is an all-round weather winner but I’m enjoying it at the moment.

I have accumulated a pretty big list so far this year, but I’ll stop now since these are the ones that came first off the top of my head. I’m hoping to have a nice quite evening now. Hope you guys had a lovely day.

Mum life

Hello there! Mini me and I are 9 months in. There’s been many changes this year- we have moved furnitures to make space for all the new bits. Which means I have no space to work. I have managed to create a little nook where little hands can’t reach…so yay for progress!

I have also had a massive clearout consisting of clothing, shoes, skincare and makeup. Pretty pleased with my selection. There is space to fill which I will talk about on this blog later on.

We are in Autumn now… love it! Wools, cashmeres and boots are out. I have put more effort in to lounge-wear this time. Since this is where I spent most time so… Oh, and bath time. I don’t think I have ever enjoyed bath time more than now. I instagrammed this couple of weeks ago, Liquid Yoga from Mio Skincare is lovely. Definitely a notch above the Radox equivalent.

I am hoping to write more often. Can’t believe it’s been almost a year since my last post. I have already compiled a favorites which will go up next week. See you then!

November Favorites

Hope you are all well. In the past few weeks, I have been feeling unmotivated when it comes to trying new things. Still looking for a good daytime/night moisturiser/treatment that’s suitable during pregnancy. Everything I have tried so far were alright, nothing that makes me want to repurchase or talk about really. So no retinol. Not too many essential oils, or heavily scented. I am sensitive to glycolic acid and salicylic acid. I am considering good genes from Sunday Riley, it’s ridiculously priced but my skin reacted well with lactic acid (that was not nearly as concentrated as in good genes) in the past. I am just not sure if it’s going to work at the moment. Have you tried it? How did your skin fare? Also, does it really smell bad?

Here’s couple of things I am loving. Starting with concealer..

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Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in medium dark warm (£17.50).

It’s a liquid concealer with medium to high coverage. I find this difficult to wear without a hydrating eyecream. The texture although easy to blend does not work well on dry surface. Something like Charlotte Tilbury’s magic eye rescue, kiehl’s avocado eye cream works really well. It will otherwise accentuate fine lines.

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Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment. It’s unavailable at the moment. I am hoping Origins has a replacement soon because this stuff is better than straight-up coconut oil. This can be used on dry/styled hair and it seals cuticles from wind/rain/snow with a slight matte finish. Smells lovely, if you like coconuts.

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Benefit Roller Lash Mascara (£19.50). I have mixed feelings about this one. It’s meant to roll your lash up without a curler and keep it there -that didn’t happen. However, as a mascara, this is pretty good. I don’t get the hook ‘n’ roll method either..goopy mess. I wear it like a regular mascara, light handed, one coat. It has some fibers in it which gives my lashes length but nothing dramatic. I am not a fan of seperated lashes or wildy clumpy -somewhere in the middle is where it lies and I can achieve that with this brush.

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Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish in rose & lavender scent (£15.50/100ml). I don’t know what took me this long to try this cult cream cleanser. It’s gorgeous! It smells good and it works. Infact, all the scents in her range are quite nice. It emulsifies with water but without a cloth/muslin it doesn’t take off makeup well. Definitely, a second cleanse.

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John Lewis Rib Weave Face Cloth (£1). Face cloth of my choice to go with this cleanser . These in particular have some texture which helps exfoliate slightly. It retains some heat which feels great on a cold night or morning. They are available in 9 colours. Mine is in the shade “Linen”.

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Hemsley & Hemsley. Their website is as good as thier book. If you are in need of some veggie motivation -this is where you might find it. Warning -there’s a lot of prep and shopping if you are not up to date with food fads and gadgets -I am not buying a spiralizer anytime soon but it’s not essential either. Unless you plan to instagram your meals maybe.

Melvita Honey Balm (£10). If you like Nuxe reve de miel, you’ll like this one. The texture is similar -drier, matte. Scent is similar too. Similar to nuxe it’s texture creates a good base for matte lip products.

New Season Additions

I had the most satisfying declutter -clothing, shoes, beauty and bath products and even food cupboard. Not a lot fits right, now that I’m 28 weeks pregnant. I didn’t really shop anything maternity specific. Just whatever works and that I can wear next year too! Here’s bits of what I added in.

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Looking at my pile of knits, they are very black and grey with the exception of one oversized mustard number. I am feeling blush tones right now. This one from ASOS is acrylic (which means machine washable!) with medium weight and thickness. Oversized, falls nicely over my bump.

My absolute favorite of the bunch are these house slippers. I wish I could get those UGG moccassins but for something that’s over £80+ and I wear only at home didn’t quite appeal to me. These from John Lewis hits the spot- asthetically and monetarily!

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Honeymania Body Butter is one of my favorites from the body shop. Mainly because of the scent -light, slightly sweet but not too synthetic.

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When you hear Sali Hughes rave about something from Superdrug, you need to try it. This own-brand serum is £2.69 and turned out pretty darn good. I always have one of the Vichy Aqualia Thermal (£22.50) and Avene Hydrance Serum (£17) in my stash. To find something that gives the same result at fraction of the cost? I’m in! If there’s one thing that bothers me, it is the packaging. The bottle is plastic with quite an annoying pump. If they supped up the packaging with slight price increase, it would still be a contender in it’s category I think.

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Did you know Essie’s Angora Cardi is the most pinterested nail varnish? It’s such a lovely fall hue and I’m happy to have it in my collection. This looks so pretty against creamy whites and oatmeal knits too.

3 Standouts from Balance Me

Balance Me is relatively a new player in the skincare scene. It’s offering is natural ingredient based and I’m pleasantly surprised how effective it is. Since last Chritmas, I have picked up few things from them and these three are the stars.

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