My Haircare Routine

Being back at uni is kinda crazy – so much stuff is going on! I’ve only been back for about 5 days, but it feels like I never left. So much is going on, but I am determined to keep posting on the days that I’ve said that I will!

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I was washing my hair this morning when I realised that I’ve never reviewed any haircare products on my blog. Unlike makeup (which I only started using regularly recently), I have always loved looking after my hair – even though I don’t use straighteners or a curling wand – and so I have built up quite a lot of products that I love to use!

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Starting off with my shampoo and conditioner (as seen in my Boots Mini-Haul) – I use Garnier Ultimate Blends The Sleek Restorer which is amazing! It really nourishes my hair, and makes it so sleek and shiny. It also smells like chocolate, which is definitely a plus in my book! I have been using this brand for about a year now, and I’m still loving it – often I have to change what I’m using throughout the year, but these are still going strong! Would definitely recommend!

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The other products I don’t always use, but they are very useful. The Trevor Sorbie Straight Smoothing Balm (£5.59) is a spray that I use before blow drying my hair (which I don’t do very often). It is a heat protective spray that helps to smooth frizzy hair when it’s blow-dried. It’s really useful, and can be used when straightening or curling hair as well.

The Umberto Giannini Overnight Beauty Moisture Balm (£6.00) is particularly good for dry hair – it is a hair mask that I use the day that I have washed my hair (I only wash my hair twice a week) – it helps it to last longer between washes, and keeps it looking nice and smooth during the winter. I’ve used this for a couple of years now, and I love it! The Umberto Giannini Perfect Beauty Finishing Cream (pictured on their website, but unavailable on Boots) is something I use very rarely – only when my hair is very frizzy after being washed. It helps to smoothen and set a style that you have created. I don’t know if it will become available again – I really hope that it does!

Have you guys used any of these products? What would you recommend as autumn/winter haircare essentials?

Hope you have a beautiful day,

Becca x

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BareMinerals Blemish Ready Foundation | Review

I recently got a free sample of the new BareMinerals Blemish Ready Foundation thanks to a promotion being run on the BareMinerals UK Facebook page that finishes at the end of October. You just answer the questions, get a coupon for a free sample of a type of foundation, print it out, and take it to any BareMinerals counter to get the sample. This is my first ever BareMinerals product, and I really like it – I’m very glad because I’ve wanted to try their stuff out for ages and it definitely lived up to my expectations!

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The sample pot contains enough product for 2-3 full uses, and comes with a mini-brush that should be used with the product.

I found that the brush is a bit useless – the bristles all started falling out when I was using it. I think it’s just a bit small to be an effective foundation brush.

The product itself is great; I’ve never used a powder foundation before, but I did like this one (not sure if I’ll buy it as I prefer liquid foundations). The coverage provided is good and can easily be built up (as long as you use a decent brush!) – and I was colour matched well. The powder is very fine, and feels weightless on the skin.

I applied it over a layer of Benefit’s POREfessional primer – it lasted an entire day at work without reapplication (about 7 hours), however some of my blemishes were visible again after about 4/5 hours – I just wanted to see how long it would last for this review. The coverage was better on the parts of my face without blemishes (a little disappointing from a product designed to mask blemishes).

However, I would recommend this product to a friend – it is very good and feels great on the skin, it is also very easy to apply and build the coverage. I would like to try more of BareMinerals’ products as well – possibly a liquid foundation, and some of their eyeshadows look nice too.

I’m glad that I got a voucher for a product that I would not have thought of buying, it let me try something new without having to spend an exorbitant amount on a product that I wasn’t sure about. I will probably use the rest of the sample with my normal liquid foundation – it just doesn’t feel right to me without!

I hope some of you in the UK take advantage of this promotion whilst it’s on – tell me what you got if you’ve already done it!

Hope you have a beautiful day,

Becca x

Fudge Urban Styling Products | Review

Fudge Urban is a company that makes awesome hair styling products – from hairspray to wax and temporary colour sprays – and I absolutely love them! The packaging was what originally attracted me to them; it is eye catching and different, and instead of buying straight away, I went and researched the company and their products online. I currently own three products, the Sea Salt Texturising Spray, Iced Raspberry & Vanilla Hairspray, and Iced Raspberry & Vanilla Styling Mousse.

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Sea Salt Spray, Hairspray, Styling Mousse

Sea Salt Texturising Spray (£7.29)

This is the first product I bought from Fudge Urban – I was looking for a Sea Salt spray after my sister told me about them and I’d had a go with hers. This really jumped out at me, and I’m so happy with it. It takes a fair bit of product to actually give a lot of texture, but it smells great, and lasts a long time (even in my super-thick hair!).

Iced Raspberry & Vanilla Hairspray (£5.29)

The newest addition to my Fudge Urban collection (see my Boots Mini-Haul), this is not the strongest-hold hairspray that Fudge Urban produces, but it is enough for everyday wear. It smells great (I love this scent so much!) and holds hair in place all day. It also has anti-frizz properties, and does not make your hair too hard once applied.

Iced Raspberry & Vanilla Styling Mousse (£6.29)

This mousse provides anti-frizz and heat protection for your hair; hence it is the perfect styling product. A little bit of product goes a long way (which is great if you have thick hair like me!), and it holds the style all day. Admittedly this one works significantly better if you use it on just-washed hair, but it can help to style dry hair as well.

I really love these products, and I would love to get more from this brand – maybe step outside my comfort zone and use some coloured hair chalk or something?

What styling products would you recommend?

Hope you all have a beautiful day,

Becca x

Ciaté Nail Polish | Review

Several months ago, I never wore nail polish – I didn’t really see the appeal, and I was terrible at putting it on. The only polish I owned was clear, and I used it to stop holes in my ballet tights from laddering. Then I received three Ciaté polishes as a gift from a friend, and now I do wear it quite a bit.

The colours I received were London Baby, Chinchilla, and Mistress. Each polish costs £9.00, or you can buy these three together for £20.00 in the Nail Taxi Collection.

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London Baby, Chinchilla & Mistress

London Baby is the one that I have used least – it is pretty much just silver sparkles. It can look nice over another colour, or as something for a bit of extra sparkle for a special event, but I often leave my nail polish on for a few days, and I get a bit irritated with the sparkles all the time. It is also quite difficult to get off as the sparkles just get all over your hands.

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London Baby

Chinchilla is my favourite of the three – blue is my favourite colour, and it’s such a lovely pale shade. It is perfect for wearing during the week, with pretty much any outfit. It looks classy and sophisticated and I love it! (Although I have no idea why it is called Chinchilla.)

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Chinchilla

Mistress is also a great colour – it just jumps right out at you. Perfect for giving you a little bit of kick-ass confidence if you need it! The only negative about this one is that the mixture is a little bit watery, hence you need to do quite a few coats to get a good amount of colour.

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Mistress

All in all, I really love these polishes – and I love that they have ignited my love for painting my nails (even if I don’t do it that often). I am seriously considering buying a few more colours – even though they are slightly more expensive than some brands, I love the quality that they have, and the packaging is so cute!

What brands of nail polish would you recommend I try?

Hope you all have a beautiful day,

Becca x

Blue Eyeshadow Look – Featuring Bourjois Colour Edition 24H Eyeshadow

So I thought I’d try something new with today’s post – this is the first makeup look I have EVER done (so bear with me if it’s terrible!).

Blue eyeshadow is something that I have always had in my makeup bag since I was about 5 years old. (Wait what?) Yeah, I started ballet classes when I was 3 and have danced ever since (although it has taken a backseat since I’ve been at uni), and for all performances and competitions we had to have the brightest, shimmeriest blue eyeshadow that we could find. Hence I have a strong affinity for using blue on my eyes to this day!

I recently bought a new blue eyeshadow (as my old ones had been thrown out after the last show), and I got Bourjois Colour Edition 24H in Bleu Ténébreux for £6.99.

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The eyeshadow is very creamy and smooth (not a powder) – very similar to Maybelline Colour Tattoo. I don’t have any of the Maybelline eyeshadows, but I decided on this as I love Bourjois other products and thought I’d give it a go.

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The swatch came out very dark, and you can’t really see the shimmer that it has – it’s a very different colour to what I’m used to, but I love it. It is a bit of a pain to get off as it sticks to the skin, although eye-makeup remover does clean it off quickly.

The only negative thing that I would say about the eyeshadow is that it was difficult to use my brushes with it; the creamy texture made it hard to get the right amount on the brush, but I will still use it as I love the colour and the effect it gives.

Here is the look that I created:

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As you can see, it looks much more blue once it’s on the eyes, and I love the effect it gives.

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The products used to create this look were:

I’ve really enjoyed doing something slightly different for this post. Let me know what you think, and whether you’ve used any of these products!

Hope you guys have a beautiful day,

Becca x

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EcoTools Eye Enhancing Duo Brush Set | Review

EcoTools is a company that produces eco-conscious beauty products, including bamboo-handled, 100% cruelty-free brushes. Bamboo is an incredible resource that can be used in the manufacture of all sorts of products – I even have a pair of socks that are 75% bamboo! It also grows incredibly fast, so is much more sustainable than other types of wood. This is what attracted me to EcoTools as a company to begin with.

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I was looking for some eye-makeup brushes, and found this set in Boots for only £6.99 (environmentally conscious and affordable!). The ends (l-r, top brush first) are labelled as follows: blend, smudge, define, shade. Each end is specifically tailored to its task, and the variety of these really allows you to create any look that you want.

I love the simple appearance of the brushes, and the way that they feel on my skin – I’ve never really used any proper brushes for my eye makeup before (apart from the one in my Naked palette), and they are so soft and apply the makeup really smoothly.

I probably use the shade brush the most, as it is the most multipurpose and would be used for any look, but I also love the blend brush – I think it is brilliant! The define brush actually works well as a brow brush as well (I don’t have one of those, so I decided to try this method, and I like the effect it gives).

Part of me does like that they are double-ended; it means that I have more space for more brushes, but it does make it more difficult to store them in my brush pot, and letting the bristles dry when I’ve washed them is quite a challenge.

All in all, I would really recommend these as a cheap, eco-friendly, good-value brushes to anyone!

What brushes do you like using?

Hope you all have a beautiful day,

Becca x

MUA Pro-Base Prime & Conceal | Review

After reading articles about using different coloured concealers and how they can help to cover up problem areas, I decided to give them a go. I walked around my local Boots for ages trying to find some sort of corrector palette, but there was nothing that looked anything like what I was looking for. I then went to Superdrug, and it was the same story until I reached the MUA section. Here, there were four different colours available in separate pots so that you only bought the colours that you wanted – and they are only £2 each!

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I decided to buy two of the colours – yellow and green (yellow is for covering areas of purple under the eyes, and green is for reducing redness). The other colours available are lilac (mutes yellow undertones) and peach (for adding radiance). The colours are also available as a powder, or as one palette with an added highlighter – both of these options are £4.

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We all know that MUA is good quality for low prices, and I was pleased with the results of the concealers. They are creamy to the touch and apply easily; although it can take a while to completely blend them in. I seemed to need to use more of the yellow for the size I was covering, but they both worked well and lasted all day. My Maybelline Matte Maker powder applied easily over the top, and the primer aspect of the concealers allowed it to stay put all day.

I would definitely recommend these for anyone who is thinking about trying coloured concealers – they’re so cheap that it hardly seems to matter if you end up not liking them, and they are great value if you do like them!

Do any of you use concealers like these? What do you think of them?

Hope you all have a beautiful day,

Becca x

Maybelline Matte Maker | Review

Recently, I realised that my trusty MUA powder (reviewed here) is not really my skintone – it’s a little bit darker than my natural colour, which is fine in the summer, but as autumn is drawing closer I decided that I needed a new powder.

Unfortunately for me, I already own the lightest shade that MUA make; hence I had to spend a couple of hours looking at which brands make a lighter shade. In the end I decided to buy the new Maybelline Matte Maker pressed powder (shade 10 – Classic Ivory) priced at £3.99.

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I wore it for a full 7 hour shift the other day, and it was amazing. Yes, I did reapply some at lunch, but I always do with powders. It is an almost exact match to my skin tone, and looked so natural. It’s not ridiculously expensive either, something I’m very glad for as I will probably buy this again and again. I still love my MUA powder, but I will only use it during the summer months – it’s just too dark!

What powders would you recommend?

Hope you all have a beautiful day,

Becca x

My Everyday Look

So I thought I’d start off by doing a post about the products that I currently use on a daily basis (although I do make sure to have 1-2 makeup-free days per week as this is good for your skin). I will be doing posts about everything in my makeup drawer at some point, but I thought that this would be a better introduction to what I actually use!

Natural Collection Tinted Moisturiser (£1.99)

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This is really good for everyday wear if you don’t want to use foundation every day. It’s great value and easy to get hold of, as well as lasting for a long time – I barely need any to get full coverage. It’s available in a range of tones which I particularly like as many cheaper brands don’t make products light enough for my exceptionally pale tone.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (£4.19)

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Again, this is really good value for money – I use it to minimise the dark circles under my eyes and use another concealer for spots, but you can use this for both. Unlike the tinted moisturiser this is a fairly new addition to my makeup drawer, but it is definitely there to stay.

Benefit Boi-ing Concealer (£17.50)

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A much pricier concealer, what I have is not what you would buy in the store – I have a smaller sample with two shades in that came in a kit of Benefit samples, so much better value than it may appear. If you bought this it would be one shade in a larger pot. This is what I use to cover the odd spot on my chin or forehead – the rest I leave to the liquid concealer above. It blends really well, and I can use it without a foundation or tinted moisturiser without it being obvious – which is something that a lot of other products don’t allow me to do (I end up with orange patches all over my face).

MUA Pressed Powder (£1.00)

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An absolute bargain, you can see that I have used this product a lot! Gives really good coverage, and reduces the shine on my skin that the tinted moisturiser can sometimes cause. Lasts forever and an amazing product for the price.

Bourjois Paris Maxi Delight Bronzer (£8.99)

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This may appear slightly more expensive, but it is huge (and I got it as a free gift anyway). You also don’t need to use much to get a good glow. I never would have thought that I would use bronzer as part of my daily routine, but I absolutely love this and would recommend it to anyone. I have a feeling that it will last for a long time, and I don’t plan on buying any other bronzer in the meantime.

Barry M Kohl Eye Pencil in black (£2.99)

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I have had this eyeliner forever. It is testament to how good it is that it is still available to buy new ones! I don’t like thin eye pencils – I like ones that smudge slightly and really define my eyes. This is perfect for what I want, and I sometimes wear it even if I’m not leaving the house.

Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette (£38.00)

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This is a lot more expensive than anything else on this list – but I’ve had it for over two years, and I think that everyone has heard about how great this palette is. On a day-to-day basis I only use Sin – it pretty much matches my skin tone, just gives a bit of a shimmer to my eyes. I love the versatility of this palette, and the range of shades that it has. Yes it is pricey, but a great investment.

MAC Lustre Lipstick in See Sheer (£15.50)

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The newest addition to my makeup drawer, my first MAC lipstick. I don’t have many (this is actually my third lipstick), but this has become my go-to colour as it is not too bright for day-to-day use, but it is a reddish shade – which is what I prefer to wear in the daytime (as I think pink washes me out in the light).

And here’s the finished look:

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Hope you guys all have a beautiful day!

Becca x