MLBB – My Lips But Better Tag

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I was tagged by the lovely Stash Matters to do the “My Lips But Better” tag. For those who don’t know, as the name suggests, these are lip products that are a similar colour to your natural lip. By wearing such products it can bring out your lip shape, brighten your complexion and make you look more put together, without looking made up. I think the term “My Lips But Better” differs from person to person as we’ve all got different natural lip colours. I opted for a few that suit my colouring in particular.

1) Gerard Cosmetics 1995 – Warm brown with pink undertones, matte. I bought this lipstick just recently and I have to say I am OBSESSED with it. The colour warms up my complexion but I really think this will suit absolutely anyone.

2) MAC Mocha – Peach brown with yellow undertones, satin. Finding nudes for darker skin is especially difficult so when I found Mocha I was hooked. This is a natural peachy brown that is slightly more orange than 1995 and it really makes my lips look plump and full.

3) Bobbi Brown Rose – Medium rose, satin. This lipstick is one of my all time favourites. It is the perfect neutral pink that is lovely to wear during the daytime or if you want to go for that “no make-up, make-up” look.

4) MAC Twig- Pink with brown undertones, satin. Twig is a very popular bridal colour because of its neutral pink colouring. Some may find this colour a little too brown, but personally I love it for a MLBB look.

I’m not sure the pictures really capture the colours that well as they are all quite similar but I hope you can tell the slight differences between the lipsticks.

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This is a really fun post to do as I’ve been loving MLBB lipsticks recently. I tag the following people to do this post, I look forward to seeing your picks!

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Jay x

My Top 5 Spring / Summer Pink Lipsticks

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When the weather transitions into the warmer months I always feel a strong aversion to dark lips, seriously I don’t know what it is but I can’t bring myself to wear a red or burgundy when the sun is out.  I find that pink is such an easy colour to wear during the Spring and Summer, whether you’re going to school, work or out and about for the day and there really is a shade for everyone. These are a pick of my current favourite pink lipsticks.

DSC00173 1) Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Patina. I spoke about this lipstick in a recent post. This lipstick is your very on-trend, Kylie Jenner, mauve-pink matte shade, perfect for the daytime, lasts all day and looks gorgeous on practically everyone I’ve seen.

2) Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Lipstick in Rose Culte. This is the most expensive lipstick that I own and it was worth every penny. This lipstick is a bright, bold fuchsia pink and is definitely not for those who want to hide in the shadows. The formula glides on smoothly and keeps my lips hydrated. The finish is shiny and as it causes a tingling sensation it makes my lips look even bigger and plump.

3) Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Rose. This is one of my all time favourite lipsticks. It is described as a medium rose which is a perfect brown-pink on my skin tone. I wear this if I’m pairing it with heavier eye make-up as it is a muted shade that doesn’t compete with the eyes. The finish isn’t quite matte and it is the best nude colour for my skin tone.

4) Kiko Milano Smart Lipstick in 913 Rosewood. This creamy, pigmented and affordable lipstick is one of my favourites to wear during the daytime. I feel like this colour would look good on all skin tones and in comparison it’s slightly darker than the Bobbi Brown lipstick. I love the  buttery application of this lipstick and the shine finish. It isn’t the longest lasting but it doesn’t cause any dryness which is a big plus.

5) Etude House Color Lips Fit in Perfect Fit Red. Don’t be fooled by the name, this lip tint is not red. It is a very dark pink and is perfect to wear opaque or as a light wash of colour on the lips with a matte finish. It also fades really nicely to leave a “just bitten” effect on your lips.

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Swatches of my favourite pink lipsticks in natural light and flash photography

Obviously I own a couple more pink lippies that didn’t make the cut and I’m always on the hunt for some more so comment below with your personal favourites!

Jay x

My Current Skincare Routine

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Happy Sunday loves! How are you all? Today I’m going to be sharing my skincare routine with you, I love seeing what others use as I get some great advice from reading other blogs, so hopefully this post should help if you have skin like mine. I would describe my skin as combination-oily meaning it is normal on my cheeks, very oily in the T-Zone with some dryness on the undereyes. Over the last year I have tried a plethora of products to help improve my skin and I feel like I finally understand what ingredients and formulas work for me.

MORNING ROUTINE

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1) Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser

In the morning I need my cleanser to refresh my face and get rid of any oiliness and product left overnight. A pea size amount of this cleanser does the job without stripping my skin.

2) Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Pore-Reducing Toner

This toner is really good at imparting some moisture into the skin and prepping it for the serum. I use this by applying it onto a cotton pad and wiping it over the skin.

3) Paula’s Choice Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum

I use a 5p size of this serum all over my face, it keeps me hydrated throughout the day and provides my skin with some much needed antioxidants. I also like that I can use this serum on my eye area. Full review here.

4) Paula’s Choice Hydralight Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

This moisturiser is amazing for the daytime and great for oilier skin! It really helps keep my oiliness at bay but protects it from the sun. This step is imperative for everyone but especially if you have hyper-pigmentation like I do.

5) Clinique Superdefence Eye Cream SPF 20

This eyecream is great at hydrating my eye area and protects it from sun damage.

NIGHTTIME ROUTINE

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1) Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil

This is a great make-up remover, I use two pumps of this to get rid of all of my make-up. Click here to see my full review.

2) Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser

Same as morning.

3) Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Pore-Reducing Toner

Same as morning.

4) Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

I used a liquid exfoliant on my T-zone to help combat blackheads and clogged pores. I have been using this for two months now and have seen a dramatic reduction in texture and it is getting better the more I use it. To use I put some on a cotton pad and let it absorb into the skin. BHA exfoliates by getting deep into the pores and preventing them from becoming clogged. This product is great for oily or acne prone skin.

5) Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Supplement Serum

This is a great little serum for balancing the skin and keeping it healthy. I’m not overly attached to this serum but it’s what I’m using at the moment, I’m likely to try another one after this one is up.

6) Repairwear Anti-Gravity Eye Lift Cream

I’ve got dry skin under my eyes so in the night time I like to give it a drink of moisture. I pat a bit of this on to my under eye area using my ring fingers. Again this isn’t the best eye cream I’ve used so I will be buying a different one after this. Full review here.

7) Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel

This moisturiser is perfect for oilier skin as it keep my skin from drying out overnight without exacerbating oiliness. I’ve been using it for around 10 days and haven’t had any breakouts, good so far!

TREATMENTS

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1) Clay Mask

Once a week I use a clay mask to extract oil from my pores, I don’t have a favourite one so I’m still on the hunt for a really good one but I’m using the Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask at the moment.

2) Sheet Mask

Once a week I try to make time for a Korean sheet mask. These are infused with ingredients that target your skincare concerns. You just pop one on for 20 minutes and let your skin soak in the goodness. I buy most of my my sheet masks from YesStyle.co.uk.

3) Paula’s Choice Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment 10% AHA

I use this treatment once a week by applying it liberally onto the skin with a cotton pad. I leave this on my skin between 10-30 minutes depending on how much time I have and rinse off. There is a bit of tingling with this product when first applied and when you wash it off you get the softest, supple, fresh looking skin ever. This is a product that I would recommend solely if you’re 25+ because it is an “anti-ageing” product which is highly effective. Also proceed with caution as it can irritate sensitive skin.

4) Mount Purious Hemp Oil

On the rare occasion that I get dry patches I love massaging hemp oil on top of that area. It is a great oil for oily skin as it is non-comedogenic and it is very hydrating on the skin.

So THAT is my routine, I hope you enjoyed this post. Comment below on what you think of the routine as a whole, if you like/ dislike any of the products that I use. What products do you like using and what could you not live without?

Jay x

Beauty Wishlist – April

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April is going to be a broke month for me I’ve got a few important birthdays coming up so I’ve had to reduce my beauty budget a teeeeny bit, but hey a girls gotta shop right? Here is my April beauty wishlist:

1) Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Supplement – I need a new serum and this one looks really good, can’t wait to try it and review for you guys.

2) MakeUp Forever HD Foundation (153) – I bought the colour 173 recently and realised it’s way too dark for me. Unfortunately MUFE don’t do a 163 colour in the UK so I need to get 153 to mix with my current one.

3) Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation – A holy grail foundation for many, which I’ve been meaning to try.

4) Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer (SX11) – Lots of high hopes for this product. I’ve heard it’s incredibly pigmented and covers dark circles effortlessly, for £38 it better do just that haha!

5) Paula’s Choice Shine Stopper Oil Control Primer – Again I’ve read some great reviews on this and I love Paula’s Choice, so I’ll be interested to see if this will be the primer to conquer my oily T-zone.

6) MAC Powder Blush in Ambering Rose – This colour looks amazing on dark skin from the swatches I’ve seen, I MUST have it.

7) Makeup Revolution Blushes in WOW and HOT – At £1 each I’m interested to see if these blushes are any good. Reviews coming soon.

8) theBalm Bahama Mama – I need a sculpting powder and it was between this and the Kevyn Aucoin sculpting powder.  I chose this as it is cheaper obviously, so hopefully it’ll work for my skintone.

9) Makeup Revolution I ♡ Makeup I Heart Chocolate palette  – Apparently this is a very good dupe for the Too Face Chocolate Bar Palette. I don’t want to spend tonnes on an eyeshadow palette so hopefully this one won’t disappoint.

That’s all for now folks, what’s on your beauty wishlist? Comment below and let me know 🙂

Jay x

Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener (Dark Peach) – Review

Now it is no secret that I’m a Bobbi Brown girl, I met this brand when I was 18 and I have loved it ever since. It is also no secret that I have awful dark circles under my eyes that make me look like I’ve been in the ring with Mike Tyson!

I’m not a fan of heavy make-up during the daytime so I wanted to try a light under eye concealer that would survive my 12 hour day without settling into my fine lines, but would also brighten the under eye area.

Cue, Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener.

My foundation match for Bobbi Brown is Honey or Medium to Dark and for MAC it is NC44. I was matched to Dark Peach for the Tinted Eye Brightener.

The packaging is a 6ml clear plastic tube, which is great as you can see how much product you have left. The doe-foot applicator make application of the product smooth and precise.

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Clear tube packaging and doe-foot applicator

The lady at the Bobbi Brown counter explained that this concealer can be used under the eyes as well as on the eye lid. The consistency is a light, blendable cream and it has a buildable coverage. I apply this product by dotting it under my eyes and blending out with a concealer brush, you can also use your ring finger. I then pat the product in with my ring finger. If necessary I will put another layer of product on for more coverage.

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From left to right: Without concealer, application of concealer, one layer blended concealer

This product is great for someone who finds that concealers always cake and settle under their eyes after a long day. I use this product every day when I go to work and a single tube lasts me around 4 months and costs around £20.

I will say that this product isn’t that pigmented or thick and would probably be better for highlighting purposes than concealing dark circles.

http://www.bobbibrown.co.uk/product/2335/24765/Makeup/Face/Correctors-Concealers/Tinted-Eye-Brightener/index.tmpl

Are you a fan of this product? Comment below and let me know your thoughts.

Jay x