Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Current Concealers


Right now my skin is in a bit of a mess. Although it's always been bad acne-wise, it's recently got to a point where I'm finding it almost impossible to hide my spots, which can be pretty disheartening. I've been trying a lot of different concealers recently in the hope that I'll find one that delivers the coverage I need, so I thought it made sense to put a little post together on the current concealers I've been trying.

The full-coverage palette
A concealer I have been reaching for on a daily basis is the Dermacolor Camouflage Creme palette from Kryolan. With five super thick, full-coverage shades, I've found this palette to be amazing at covering up my spots prior to applying foundation. A little bit goes a really long way, and I like that the concealer is quite dry as opposed to creamy, as it means it stays in place all day and doesn't add any oil to my already oily skin. Granted, I only really use two of the shades in the palette, as three of the five are quite pink-based, but the shades I do use work perfectly for me.

The creamy concealers
If you're looking for super creamy, full-coverage concealers, then look no further than the Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer* and the Barbara Daly Creamy Concealer. Both are extremely thick, full-coverage concealers that deliver incredible coverage and blend with the skin beautifully. As they're so creamy, they obviously need setting with powder, but aside from that you can pop these on and they're good to go. They work well both under and over foundation, and the only difference between the two really is that the Amazing Concealer is fuller coverage and is in a liquid format, with the tiniest bit going such a long way, whereas the Barbara Daly offering is a solid concealer and you definitely need to use more. They are by far the best creamy concealers I've ever tried.

The rainbow concealer palette
I'm really into rainbow concealers - you know, green for getting rid of redness, yellow for any purple/dark circles, and lilac for sallow/yellow skin. The Airbase Corrector Palette* has two generic concealer shades, one terracotta shade, one lilac and one green. I'll be honest, I had high hopes for this palette and was a bit disappointed - for the hefty price, it's not that great. The consistency of the colour concealers is really difficult to work with, as they are quite chalky, tacky and difficult to blend. On the other hand, the normal concealer shades are extremely transparent with hardly any coverage at all - not great when you need them for concealing! I've definitely tried better coloured concealers, and would definitely prefer my inexpensive W7 green concealer over the one in this palette.

The bargain concealer
I'm a big fan of the L.A. Girl Pro Concealer - I use the bronze shade for contouring and find it blends beautifully and a little bit really goes a long way. Whilst the coverage isn't anywhere near as good as the creamy concealers, this concealer gives a dewy medium coverage that feels a lot lighter on the skin, making it ideal for the summer months. The only downside to this concealer is that it does tend to crease under the eyes, but other than that I'm definitely a fan - just probably more for contouring/highlighting than concealing spots. It's an amazing price too.

So there you have it... the concealers I'm currently trying. What is your favourite concealer at the moment? Let me know!

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Little Things #13

Tsum Tsums
It's been quite a while since I last did a 'Little Things' post, and considering they are one of my favourite kinds of posts to write I've really missed it. I thought I'd kick things off with my current favourite obsession - Disney Tsum Tsums. These super cute stackable cuddly toys have been everywhere over the past few months, and I just love everything about them. There are so many different ones available to collect, and I adore the Japanese-inspired oh-so-cute style they have. I want them all! Thankfully, you can get hold of them from the likes of Clinton Cards and The Disney Store, or online, so they're not hard to come by.

Ted Baker Grace perfume*
I've always been a fan of the Ted Baker 'Sweet Treats' range of perfumes, so when I heard they had added a couple of new additions to the collection I just had to give one of them a try. The two new fragrances are named Grace and Olivia, and I was lucky enough to get to try Grace - a delicately sweet mix of rose, jasmine and muguet with dusky vanilla. I absolutely love the scent and have been wearing it lots lately - I'm a big fan of sweet scents so it's a definite winner for me. The purse spray also fits perfectly into my handbag and I love the rose gold packaging.

Fresh flowers
As the first signs of spring are finally here, I've started getting into the habit of picking up a bunch of flowers once a week to brighten the place up. There's just something so nice about having beautiful fresh flowers on show in the home, and they don't have to be expensive to make things that much sunnier. I picked these up for £3 from Tesco and think they're lovely!

'The Mermaid's Sister'
I've been attempting to get back into reading recently and I'm currently part-way through 'The Mermaid's Sister' by Carrie Anne Noble. Growing up I absolutely adored fantasy books, so when I come across fantasy/fairy tale-esque books that aren't just for children, I just have to add them to my collection. 'The Mermaid's Sister' is about two sisters - Maren, who was found as a baby in a seashell, and Clara, who was brought by a stork. So far I'm really enjoying it - it's the perfect escapism and the language in itself is magical. 

Bunny tape dispenser*
Recently I've been having a little shift around in my desk area, getting rid of clutter and adding in useful stationery bits and bobs. This bunny tape dispenser from Flamingo Gifts is a fairly new addition to my desk and I absolutely love it. I'm all about quirky little desk accessories and this makes things so much easier for me as I'm forever losing my sellotape. Love it!

What little things are you loving lately? I'd love to know!

Monday, 18 April 2016

April's Love Me Beauty Box

We all know beauty subscription boxes are pretty much the norm nowadays, but one I hadn't really heard of until recently was Love Me Beauty. I've tried a few beauty boxes in the past and have always been pretty impressed with their offering, but I was particularly intrigued by the Love Me Beauty box* as the brand really seems to focus on your box being tailored to you.

When you sign up to Love Me Beauty, you basically run through things like your skin type, hair colour, what beauty products you're most interested in etc, and using this Love Me Beauty's in-house experts tailor your subscription box to you, filling it with lots of high-end and emerging brands. I was particularly excited about a few of the products in this month's box, so I thought I'd run through it for you guys, to give you all an insight if you're thinking about signing up.

Caudalie Makeup Removing Cleansing Oil - £18 for 100ml (30ml in box)
I'm a big fan of Caudalie, and cleansing oils in general, so this was definitely a welcome sight in this month's box. I think 30ml is the ideal sample amount for this kind of product and so far I've found it works really well at removing my makeup. It has a subtle but pleasant scent to it, which is nice as I find a lot of oils can be quite overpowering in smell. 

Dr Lipp Nipple Balm - £12 for 15ml (15ml in box)
Dr Lipp's Nipple Balm is definitely a hugely talked about cult beauty product that I was really excited to try. Although it's name might suggest otherwise, this product is brilliant at keeping your lips looking and feeling smooth and luscious. It also claims to be great at soothing skin, taming eyebrows, caring for nails and so much more. The ultimate multi-use product that costs £12 full-size - which is exactly what you get in the box! 

Renu Lip and Eye Active Lift - £33.95 for 15ml (25ml in box)
I was probably the least excited about this product as it's not a brand I've heard of before, nor is it the kind of product that appeals to me. Although I definitely don't have mature skin, that's the target for this product and so I think I'll probably end up giving it to my mum. Definitely the most disappointing product in the box this month. 

Makeup Forever HD Powder - £22 for 8g (4g in box)
By far my favourite product from this month's box, Makeup Forever's HD Powder is a product I have wanted to try forever. I am a HUGE fan of HD powders in general and knowing MUFE's offering is a bit of a cult product in itself, I was really excited to give this a try. It's not disappointed me so far and I'm so happy it was included in the box. 

Caudalie Vinoperfect - £45 for 30ml (10ml in box)
Again, as I said earlier I'm a big fan of Caudalie anyway, so having another product from them in the box was fine with me. This product is meant to help fade dark spots and scars, which is ideal for someone like me with a lot of acne scarring. Here's hoping it works!

Tangle Teezer Blow Styling Hairbrush - £20
I love Tangle Teezer so this is another product that I was really happy to see in the box. I didn't even know Tangle Teezer did other brushes, but this full paddle blow styling hairbrush is designed to give salon professional results. Considering it costs £20 alone and the box is only £10 means it's definitely worth it!

Makeup Forever Excessive Lash Mascara - around £18 for 7ml (4.5ml in box)
Another product from MUFE, which definitely gets the thumbs up from me. I've heard a lot of good things about their mascaras so I'm excited to give this a go - although I'm struggling to find it on any UK sites at the moment!

Overall I am SO impressed with this month's box and would totally recommend Love Me Beauty if you're looking to try new brands, or just want a monthly dose of surprise beauty products tailored to you. Considering several of these items were full-size and many worth over the £10 price of the entire box, I think it is completely worth checking out. You can even get an extra 20% off with my code hannah20. Let me know if you decide to invest! Do you subscribe to any monthly beauty boxes? Let me know! 

Friday, 8 April 2016

Spectrum Brushes Review

Although there are lots of brush brands out there that create brilliant brushes that look great, not many of them are cruelty-free too. That is, of course, apart from Spectrum Collections. A fairly new brand that has been making waves ever since it launched, Spectrum Collections is all about creating truly stunning-looking brushes that are cruelty-free and work amazingly well. Available in a range of eclectic collections, including the mermaid-esque Siren range and the just-launched Marble range, these brushes are guaranteed to make a statement on your dressing table. 

I was lucky enough to get my hands on the 10-Piece Essential Set in the gorgeous pink and blue 'Attention Seeker' range, which just screams unicorns and all things girly to me. The set comes with everything you need to get started with brushes - those for your face, eyes and lips, and at £39.99 that is around just £4 per brush - a total bargain. I love the look and feel of the brushes, and as someone who only uses brushes with synthetic hair I was so excited that these brushes, which look so amazing, are cruelty-free too. 

I've been using the set every day for a few months now and I cannot get enough. These are most definitely the best looking brushes I've ever used, but they are also some of the best I've used overall. The super soft bristles make applying my makeup an absolute dream, and I always find myself reaching for these over my other brushes. They look great, feel great and achieve great results for a really reasonable price - so what's not to love?

I definitely recommend these brushes and I just love everything about the Spectrum brand - their quirky and colourful collections are right up my street, their branding and hilarious brush names are just brilliant and I've definitely got my eye on more of their fantastic brush sets and accessories - they do gorgeous brush rolls and makeup bags too!
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