30 September 2014

Become a Nivea Lip Model!

What's the secret to the perfect selfie smile? For me it's an hydrating lip balm to keep my lips looking soft and smooth. For your chance to be a Nivea lip model and win a photoshoot in Heat magazine simply take a photo of yourself or you and a friend and post it to the Nivea Facebook/Twitter/Instagram page using the hashtag #ModelLipsUK! Once posted you can share you unique link to get as many votes as possible. I've come up with some makeup tips to help you achieve the perfect selfie. Get ready, set, pout...

1.The most important thing when it comes to doing make up is to apply it in natural light. This way you can avoid wearing foundation that's too dark or light and see clearly if everything blends in naturally. 
2. Our under eye concealer is usually lighter than our foundation so pay extra attention when blending in. Flash photography really accentuates harsh lines creating a reverse raccoon effect.
3.. Make sure to use black liner and mascara as it gives more of a contrast and will help to make your eye colour 'pop'.
4. Applying blusher is a must otherwise skin can look washed out.
5. Chapped lips are never a good look so apply a lip balm to keep lips hydrated.  I opt for the Nivea Essential Lip Care to get my pout camera ready. If you wanted a bit of colour try something like the Nivea Pearly Shine Balm which offers a subtle pink shimmer. 

Good luck and let me know if you're going to enter! T&C's here
*collaboration post 

29 September 2014

5 Beauty Products You Need For Autumn

autumn beauty products
Dove Caring Protection Body Wash £1.99
A new body wash from Dove which contains sunflower seed oil. I love it's fresh fragrance and rich, creamy formula. My skin is left feeling silky smooth and beautifully hydrated after every use. It is developed with Dove's NutriumMoisture technology which helps to keep skin protect, whilst also enriching it's natural moisture. This is great for those post-summer months.
Cocoa Brown Whip It £7.99
Is an oil-free body moisturiser which contains Vitamin E and Panthenol. The Vitamin E helps to lock in moisture whilst Panthenol creates a barrier against environmental damage and prevents the skin from becoming dehydrated - perfect for the colder months! The product is a soft chocolate brown colour which dissolves clear on the skin. I found it does take a little longer than usual to rub in but the floral/chocolate scent makes it worth it.
Roger & Gallet Fleur De Figuier Ultra Nourishing Oil £25.50
You probably know by now just how much I love a good body oil. This new oil from Roger & Gallet is suitable to use on your hair and body. It has a irresistible fruity, floral fragrance which isn't too over powering. The oil absorbs into the skin quickly without leaving it feeling greasy or sticky. The velvety texture leaves a subtle sheen on skin and is the perfect finishing touch to a tan! The oil is enriched with 10 plant oils for maximum skin nourishment. Ingredients include grape seed oil, olive oil and avocado oil.
Manuka Doctor Brightening Facial oil £19.99
Yep another oil, I just can't get enough of them! If the summer sun has left your skintone uneven and dry this is your new best friend. It's full of anti-oxident rich oils to help protect the skin from drying whilst deeply nourishing essential oils promote skin's flexibility. 
Nivea Essential Care Lip Balm £1.69
I have dry lips all year round but they get a lot worse in the winter. I like to keep lip balm on hand at all times and currently have three of these floating around my house. What I like about this Nivea lip balm is that it simply works. It's my reliable go-to lip balm as it guarantees to leave my lips soft and smooth. 

What are your Autumn beauty must-haves? 
Check out my other Autumn themed beauty posts here

27 September 2014

Ted Baker Mia EDT Review

Ted Baker's packaging is always spot on. Just look at the gorgeous rose gold and light pink design of their newest sweet treat - Mia.

"Sassy, stylish and sophisticated, Mia lights up the room efforlessly wherever she goes. With an irresistible blend of warmth, charm and allure, she is every girl's best friend. A soft floral fragrance of rose blooms and freesias are combined with sparkling top notes of fresh lemon, raspberry and blackcurrant with a seductive base of warm patchouli and golden amber."

Rose lovers will seriously want to give this a sniff. The rose scent is very delicate and modern, no old lady fragrance here. It slightly reminds me of Chloe Eau De Parfum but more uplifting and sexier. Once the scent has settled it becomes slightly fruity and sweeter. As it's an Eau De Toilette the scent doesn't last longer than a couple of hours but the small size makes it perfect for keeping in your handbag. A pretty fragrance perfect for everyday wear.

Ted Baker Mia EDT* 10ml £15.00 available from Boots this month.

26 September 2014

Vichy Idealia Eyes Cream Review

vichy idealia eyes review
This is the newest product from the Vichy Idealia range. I'm already and fan of the Life Serum and BB Cream so couldn't wait to give this a go! It's a perfecting cream designed for those who want to live their life to the full but don't want their eyes to show it.

The formula of Idealia Eyes is very light but still hydrating. It has a bright pinky-beige colour with a hint of shimmer which helps to instantly brighten the under eye area. It contains Vitamin B3 and DRM-Bright Complex to reduce dark circles, Caffeine to energise and Vitamin CG to smooth fine lines. After my first use I can notice straight away my dark circles look brighter. They haven't completely gone but I don't need to use as much concealer. The unusual silicone applicator helps to massage the cream into the eye area and aids to reduce puffiness. I love the idea of this and it does feel relaxing to use the applicator.

After using this for three weeks I've noticed my under eye area isn't as puffy but my hereditary dark circles are still there. I think this is a nice eye cream, if you liked any other products from the Idealia range you'll love this. 

Vichy Idealia Eye Contour Cream* £23.00 currently on offer for £17.25 at Boots

25 September 2014

Max Factor Skin Luminizer Foundation Review

max factor skin luminizer foundation review
Another week, another new foundation launch. The latest one comes in the form of Max Factor's Skin Luminizer Foundation. Designed to give you healthy-looking, glowing skin and enhance your complexion rather than covering it up. 
max factor skin luminizer foundation swatch
As you can see from the swirled effect, the foundation is infused with subtle skin luminizers. The light reflecting particles really helped to conceal my dark circles and even out my skin tone.The texture of this foundation is very lightweight - great if you don't like the feeling of wearing a base. It feels hydrating on the skin and blends in easily without clinging to any dry patches. The coverage starts off light but can be built up with thin layers to offer medium/full. The finish is slightly dewy and slightly matt so looks very natural on. I think this would be a great foundation for dry skin and for the colder winter months. If you have oily/combination skin you'll probably have to set this with a powder. The downside to this foundation is that it only comes in 6 shades. I tried '50 Natural' which is a little dark for me. The longevity is pretty standard, around 6 hours sans primer. 

Dry/dull skin gals might want to gives this a go. If you don't normally wear foundation this would be a good option too. 

Max Factor Skin Luminizer foundation £11.99 LINK

24 September 2014

Facial Oils I Love

favourite facial oils

Facial oils are my life. It's the one skincare treat I couldn't be without; even more so now the colder months are approaching. I've been alternating between these three lately.

Botanics 100% Organic Facial Oil £9.99
I'm a big fan of the brand Botanics as all their products are budget-friendly without compromising on quality. This aromatic oil works wonders on dull, lacklustre skin. Rosehip oil helps to nourish the skin leaving it feeling soft and naturally glowing. It's scientifically proven to lock in moisture for 8 hours. I like using this before bed applying it to my face, neck and decolletage.
Trilogy Rosehip Oil* £16.50
Designed to nourish, rejuvenate and protect. I mainly use this on blemish scars as rosehip oil is great for reducing the appearance of scars. It also contains essential fatty acids such as omega 3, 6 and 9. If my skin is feeling particularly dry i'll follow this up with a moisturiser as it doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy. This soaks in quickly making it great to use in the morning.
Manuka Doctor Brightening Facial Oil* £19.99
A concoction of skin loving ingredients such as Avocado Oil, Rosehip Oil, Argan Oil and of course Manuka Oil. Each drop is jam-packed with goodness, my skin just drinks it up! I find a little goes a long way and I only need 2-3 drops for my face and neck. There is also a Normalising and Replenishing version to suit different skin concerns. I just wished this smelt a bit nicer!

Do you have a favourite facial oil? 

23 September 2014

5 Autumn Makeup Must-Haves

Goodbye coral lipstick, tinted moisturiser and bronzer because summer is sadly over. Don't be too upset, a new season = new makeup. This Autumn is all about drama - berry stained lips contrasting against pale skin and deep, vampy shades on nails. Here are a few makeup items that'll get you looking berry beautiful quicker than you can say "Pumpkin Spiced Latte Please".

Glo & Ray Mirage Mousse Eye shadow in Marron Earth* £11.00
This silky, one-wash wonder is the perfect shade for A/W. This lightweight shadow applies quite sheer but can be built up for more intensity. I didn't experience any creasing from this and found it easy to blend. Marron Earth is a gorgeous deep purple colour with a subtle hint of shimmer. See a swatch here!
Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights in Bare Light £11.99
As much as I love Autumn/Winter, the cold weather can make your skin look dull. This primer from Revlon gives you that 'lit from within' glow and works on all skintones. The shimmery pink liquid looks very natural under foundation or can be used over your base to highlight certain areas.
No 7 Stay Perfect Lipstick in Loganberry £9.00
I tried out the new No7 Match Made Lipstick Service where they match a lipstick to your skintone to find your perfect shade. 'Loganberry' is a dark plumy/pink which is a little darker than I would have normally gone for. The matte formula makes this feel very autumnal. It's not too drying and glides on easily. I'd recommend trying out the free Match Made Lipstick Service from No7!
L'Oreal Color Rich L'Ombre Eyeshadow £5.49
These have to be one of the best eyeshadows I've found from the highstreet. The intense pigmentation, buttery texture and longevity make these an all round winner. I have the shade 'Lumiere' which is a rich metallic taupe that looks great washed all over the lid or just used in the crease.
No7 Nail Colour in Temptress £6.00
Dark nail varnish is all I wear on my tips at this time of year. A shade I always go back to is 'Temptress' from No7 which is the perfect gothic gloss. In some lights it appears almost black but it has a hint of purple making the colour look less flat.

What are you makeup must-haves for Autumn? 

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21 September 2014

The Beauty Tasks I Hate Doing

beauty tasks i hate doing
As much as I love makeup, skincare, haircare etc... there are some jobs I dread doing. Actually, there are quite a lot. For a beauty blogger I'm pretty lazy when it comes to beauty things. I've managed to narrow it down to my top 5 worst beauty jobs.

If I were prime minister I would pass a law that stated women should have hairy legs. Yep, I just said that. I'm so lazy when it comes to shaving and often opt for jeans instead of a dress just so I don't have to shave my legs. It's so time consuming and doesn't last long. And don't even get me started on the price of razors.
Nail Painting
Some people find painting nails relaxing, I'm not one of those people. It's mainly to do with the fact I can't paint my nails without getting it all over my skin. Plus I hate it when you smudge it after spending so long trying to perfect it. Sometimes if I'm feeling really lazy I'll just paint on top of the varnish I'm already wearing, sssh.
I wish I was that kinda person who moisturised their body everyday. I have pots of moisturiser dotted all over my house to prompt me but I just want to get in my Pjs and not faff about with body lotion. If you're like me I wrote 'A Lazy Girl's Guide To Moisturising' here.
Blow Drying
Fellow thick-haired girls will get me on this one. I haven't blow dried my hair in 3 years because it takes SO long. I just let it dry naturally which takes 2/3 hours but at least I don't get arm ache.
Makeup Brush Washing
"I wash my makeup brushes every week" is a white lie I tell people if they ask me how often. Truthfully It's about once a month or sometimes when they become unusable. It's not a fun task and I'd much rather be doing something else, like buying more makeup.

Well I'm definitely going to beauty jail. A special mention also goes to plucking, winged liner and fake tanning.

20 September 2014

Degustabox August Review

august degustabox review
Receiving a surprise box of food each month is definitely the highlight of my month. I've been devouring my way through my second Degustabox . Here's what I though of the contents and there is also a new,exciting thing happening with the August box!

Caribbean Twist
I'am no stranger to Caribbean Twist so I was happy to see it in my box. It's a delicious Strawberry Daiquiri cocktail which always reminds me of summer!
Brioche Pasquier
Who doesn't love croissants for breakfast? These all butter Pains au laits and croissants warmed in the oven taste amazing with a cup of tea and your favourite filling.
Mexican Dave's
I love snacking on tortilla chips so these went quite quickly! They are lightly salted and have a slight toasted taste. I love the packaging of these to, would definitely buy these.
Berry White Organic Drink with Peach and Goji Berry 
I'm trying to make an effort to drink less fizzy,sugary drinks. These organic juices from Berry white are the perfect alternative! This tastes refreshing and light plus it contains no added sugar or artificial preservatives. Also, 10% of their profits go to charity which is nice to know.
Schwartz Flavour Shots
Probably my favourite item from this months box because I enjoyed using them! Flavour Shots are recipe bases containing a blend of herbs,spices and seasoning infused in sunflower oil. You simply add a spoonful to your pan and add your meat/veg. I tried the Spanish Smoked Paprika Chicken shot which was so easy to use and tasted heavenly.
Cawston Press Kid's Blend Apple & Pear
A juice specially blended for children as it is shaken up with 40% water for a light juice drink. It contains no added sugar or anything artificial. This seems like a great lunch box option for kids!
Dr.Oetker Edible Wafer Cases
WOW. That was my reaction when I saw these. Edible cupcake cases, why did no one think of this sooner? I can't wait to get using these so I can eat the whole cupcake!
Lindt Chocolate Tin
This cute heart shaped tin contains 10 delicious milk chocolate hearts. I've resisted the urge to demolish these as I think it would make the perfect chocolate gift for someone.
Fever Tree Tonic Water and Ginger Beer 
Tonic Water and Ginger Beer are two drinks I've never tried out before. These are the non-alcoholic option which actually go great mixed with alcohol!

As well as all that, in this month's box I received a Degustabox Fridge Coupon which allows you to redeem a chilled item at a supermarket. I got a full value coupon for a Moma Muesli multipack. These sounds delicious and i'll definitely be redeeming my voucher next time I'm in Waitrose or Sainsbury's.

You can sign up for your own subscription box here for just £12.99 a month. If you would like to try out Degustabox you can get £3.00 off using the code: DPBZ3 at the checkout! Keep up to date with Degustabox via Twitter and Facebook.

*pr sample

18 September 2014

The Wet Brush Review

the wet brush review uk
Ok, hairbrushes aren't the most exciting beauty purchase but they are an essential. Trying to find a brush that can handle my thick, accidental-dreadlocks hair isn't any easy task. I've put my trusty Tangle Teezer down to one side so I can test out The Wet Brush.

Voted as the best detangling brush in the US, the Wet Brush is hailed as a 'must use' by journalists and stylists. On first impressions it looks like an ordinary hairbrush but it's designed specially to use on wet hair which is prone to breakage. The reason why this brush is unique to others on the market is down to it's bristles. The IntelliFlex bristles are developed to be ultra thin and flexible and instantly bounce back to its original form. I've been using this after a shower when my hair is particularly tangled. It's nice to have a hairbrush with a handle after using my Tangle Teezer for so long. The gentle bristles help to massage my scalp whilst gliding through my tangles easily. I find this makes brushing wet hair so much easier and it's reassuring to know that its not causing any further damage. Possibly a new favourite hairbrush....sorry Tangle Teezer.

The Wet Brush* is £11.99 available from Sally's and Cult Beauty

17 September 2014

Upcoming Posts

Just a quick post today to share with you some exciting new product launches which will be featured on here shortly! What are you most looking forward to hearing more about?

15 September 2014

The Beauty Products I Get Compliments On

There are certain beauty products you'll wear which just evoke a reaction from others. Whether it be a bold lip colour, someone complimenting you on your fragrance or asking what nail polish you're wearing. Here are a selection of products which I get compliments on, I'd love to here what yours would be!

Whenever I wear the Eyeko Black Magic mascara someone will ask me if I'm wearing false eyelashes. It's one of my favourite mascara's and just works really well for me. I love the bristle brush and jet black formula.
The Maybelline Superstay 24 Hour lipsticks don't get enough mention online. If you're after a long lasting lipstick I highly recommend these. People seem impressed when my lipstick is still in place after eating/drinking all evening. My favourite shade is On and On Pink which looks amazing if you have blue eyes.
I wear red lipstick on quite a regular basis but the one which get's asked about the most is a lip liner from No7. The shade 'Blush' is quite a natural looking red and very wearable. I love how creamy the formula is and that it doesn't bleed. I like to wear this alone as a lipstick.
A product that only receives compliments in photographs is still a good product. The Revlon Photo Ready Primer makes my skin look a lot better in photos. It blurs any imperfections and creates a flawless finish.

What beauty products do you get most compliments on? 

12 September 2014

5 Highstreet Lipsticks You Need For Autumn

best berry lipsticks for autumn

(l-r Collection Lip Butter in Perfect Plum, Revlon Ultimate Suede in Backstage, Rimmel Apocalips in Eclipse, Rimmel 107, Barry M Loud Mouth in Diva)

As much as I'm sad to wave goodbye to Summer I can't wait for the season of cosy jumpers, dark lips and pumpkin spiced lattes. I love highstreet makeup and I've managed to narrow down my favourite plum, berry and burgundy shades for your lipstick-viewing pleasure. 

How could I write a post on autumn lipsticks without mentioning the legend that is Rimmel 107? I was never brave enough to rock a darker lip until I discovered this little beauty. This matte lipstick + dewy skin = my winter face. If you're knew to darker lipstick try a lip crayon. They are so easy to use and impossible to mess up. I like the Collection Lip Butters as they're moisturising and glide on effortlessly. If you have an A* in vampy lipstick go full on with a lip lacquer for maximum impact. Rimmel have just launched a Matte version of Apocalips and Barry M recently bought out Loud Mouth Lip Colours which promise a sticky-free shine. Another lipstick offering comes from Revlon. The ColourStay Ulitmate Suede collection offers long lasting colour which fades down after a few hours to leave a stain which looks like you've just ate an entire blackberry pie. 

What will you be rocking on your lips this A/W?

11 September 2014

Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour Nude Foundation Review

rimmel lasting finsh nude foundation review
I've been testing out Rimmel's latest foundation which is part of the Lasting Finish range. The new 'Nude' version is more lightweight than the original. If you didn't like how heavy the original Lasting Finsh Foundation felt, I think you'll like this. 
On the skin this looks very natural whilst offering medium coverage. It conceals minor blemishes but I still need to use concealer for a couple of angry spots. In terms of lasting power - it's good. I can get a good days worth out of it even with numerous public transport journeys. I can't comment on it's 25 hour claims because does anyone actually wear their foundation for over a day? The texture is easy-to-blend and feels like you're wearing nothing on your skin. The finish isn't matte but it's not dewy either. It's a happy medium between the two and feels hydrating. I love that Rimmel have added lighter shades to their foundation range. I'm using the shade 'Ivory' which is the third lightest and is perfect for my pale skin. I definitely think this would be a good foundation for fellow pale people. The SPF 20 is also a bonus.  I wasn't expecting to like this as much as I do. Rimmel, congrats. 

Available in 8 shades and retails at £7.99 from Boots 

10 September 2014

Favourite Facial Toners

favourite facial toners
Aah toning, the forgotten skincare step. Toners make me happy. I use them on a daily basis to help refresh my skin and complete my cleansing routine. I apply a few drops to a cotton pad and sweep all over my face and neck twice a day. I've been switching between these three toners lately.

More of an modern exfoliator than a toner but this Time Delay Brightening Toning Water is a drugstore dupe for the Clarins Exfoliating Toner. It helps to brighten your complexion and even out the skintone whilst being very gentle. For those days when I get bad breakouts I'll use the Maunka Doctor Api Clear Facial Toner*; this is designed to stop blemishes and reduce oil. It contains natural active ingredients such as purified Bee Venom, Manuka Honey, Royal Jelly and Tea Tree which all help to get rid of those pesky spots. It's not harsh on the skin and doesn't have a nose-burning aroma. Since I've started to use this I've noticed old spot scars have begun to fade and my skin looks a lot clearer.  I'll sometimes balance that toner out with a hydrating one like the Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist. This is my go-to toner if my skin is feeling dry. The Marshmallow and Aloe ingredients help to hydrate the skin and leave it feeling soft. My beauty mantra is: if you can spray it on your face - I need it.

Are you a toner user too? 

7 September 2014

Evening Skincare Routine

Last week I wrote about my morning skincare routine and you guys asked what went down in the evening. My nights are often pretty wild and usually consist of me being showered and in my pj's by 8.

If I've worn a lot of makeup that day I'll start off by removing the bulk of it with a micellar water such as the Eucerin 3 in 1 cleansing Water. I find these great for getting off stubborn eye makeup whilst still being gentle on the skin. I'll follow this step with a cleanser and opt for a double cleanse once or twice a week. I use toner twice a day; I've just started using the Manuka Doctor Toner for blemished skin which I really like so far (review coming soon). Next, I'll pat on some eye cream before applying a serum or oil. I LOVE a good oil. Right now I love the Trilogy Rosehip oil which helps to fade scars and even out skin tone. If I want to give my skin an extra moisture boost I'll layer a moisturiser on top.  At night time I use my skincare products on my face, neck and d├ęcolletage and I use more product than I would in the day. Sometimes my face can feel a little oily from all the products I layer on but my skin thanks me for it in the morning!

Let me know if you'd like to read about my skincare 'extras' which I use less often! 

4 September 2014

The Do's and Don'ts of Festival Makeup

Festival beauty, for me, is all about ease. When my tent is my dressing table and my phone is my mirror I need products that are quick, easy and effortless to apply. I'm off to a couple of festivals this year (at Bestival as you're reading this!) and I'm aiming for that fresh faced, girlfriend-with-an-all-access-vip-wristband-look rather than an over-tired, hungover camper.

You're going to be too busy having fun to re-touch your make up. Opt for long lasting products so you can stop worrying about whether your makeup is still in place and start worrying about the queue for the toilets. A primer can prevent your skin from shine and help keep your base in place. Double up with a primer that contains SPF like the KiKo City Filter Sunscreen Primer*. If you're a liner kinda girl I highly recommend the Seventeen Semi-permanent Tattoo Me Liquid Liner.
Multi-purpose must-haves
Beauty products with more than one use are perfect for festivals as it means you'll have less stuff to carry around. A Lip & Cheek Tint is your best friend, dab it on your lips, cheeks and anywhere else you desire a subtle flush of colour. The MeMeMe Lip & Cheek Tint in Coral Blossom* is the newest addition to their best selling tints.
Hydrate Those lips 
There is nothing worse than being stuck in a field for 3 days without lip balm. Whether it's sunny or raining don't forget to pack your favourite balm to avoid licking your lips all weekend. Hell pack two, things easily get lost in a two man tent.

Don't pack your favourite Mac lipstick. I know it's going to get Alex Turner to notice you but when you lose it that's £15.50 gone forever. Pick up some lipsticks from MUA at Superdrug, that way if they go missing - YOLO.
Ever worn lip gloss whilst dancing to your favourite band? The hair in face & mouth combo isn't a good look, leave the gloss at home.
Don't forget the SPF. Heaven forbid you forget to pack sun cream, we all know how that one ends. Go for a primer/tinted moisturiser/bb cream which already contains SPF so you don't have to worry about protecting your skin.

So now you're looking fresh faced in an instant you can happily venture out into the floral-headdressed and cider-drinking masses. What are you beauty tips for festivals? 

3 September 2014

Micro Nail Review

mirco nail review
Naturally beautiful, healthy nails is something we all want. I tend to neglect my nails and don't have time to give myself manicures. MICRO Nail is a new device which gently smoothes, buffs and polishes nails in seconds. It is designed to take the hard work out of buffing and is suitable for everyone.

MICRO Nail is battery powered and the small device is easily transportable. This comes with two rollers. The first, 'MICRO Smooth' are designed to buff away ridges and reduce stains. The second, 'MICRO Shine' work in seconds to leave nails with a natural shine. The device feels very gentle when using and doesn't irritate the cuticles. The device uses micro mineral technology which guarantees fast, salon smooth results. Instantly after one use my nails look a lot shiner and healthier. It also acts as a base coat as it helps nail varnish glide on smoothly.

I'm impressed with the new MICRO Nail device, it's very easy to use and the results are instant. It definitely makes me feel more confident when not wearing nail varnish. On me the shine lasts 3-4 days before needing to re-do. I personally think the device is a little overpriced but nonetheless it does what it claims to do.

MICRO Nail* is priced at £39.99 and is available from Boots and Micronail.co.uk 

2 September 2014

Dove Invisible Dry Deodorant Review

dove invisible dry deodorant review
My deodorant of choice lately has been the Sure Maximum Protection Antiperspirant but I've been testing out the Dove Invisible Dry Deodorant this week which claims to leave no marks on 100 colours. The campaign behind this new product is designed to make women feel more confident wearing colour. I know how easy and safe it is to just stick to monochrome outfits but we should be more adventurous with our colour choices!

This Dove deodorant and I have been through a lot of sweat-inducing events together this week including a visit to the dentist, a first date and an hour long yoga session.

The deodorant contains translucent anti-perspirent ingredients meaning it leaves no white marks. I love these compressed style deodorants, the smaller size is perfect for travelling and popping in your handbag. The scent is very fresh and lasts most of the day. I often find with deodorants my underarms can feel irritated and dry but I haven't had any problems with this. This isn't the best deodorant I've tried for stopping sweat but I haven't experienced any white marks from it - yay!

Dove Invisible Dry Deodorant* retails at £3.79

1 September 2014

Drugstore Makeup For Pale Skin

makeup for pale skin
Us pale people have got to stick together. As a highstreet girl at heart I know just how hard it can be to purchase makeup that doesn't leave you feeling all Jersey Shore-like. All I want in life is to apply foundation and not have to worry about a having gravy line or my neck and face not matching. Here are my top makeup picks for pale skin.

Revlon Nearly Naked
I find Revlon great for lighter shades of foundation. As the name suggests this is a really light-weight, natural looking foundation. The coverage is light and you will need concealer if you want to cover blemishes. I find L'oreal and Bourjois also good for lighter foundation shades.
Maybelliene Dream Sun Triple Bronzing Powder in Blonde
If you ever thought your were too fair-skinned for bronzer think again. This bronzing trio is designed specially for blondes. When blended the colours look very natural on the skin, which isn't easy when you're fair like me. The shades don't look orange either and it definitely helps having three different colours to work with.
Rimmel Kate Moss Matte Lipstick in 107
You don't need pale skin to rock a dark lip but I think berry shades look particularly amazing contrasted against a pale complexion. Rimmel 107 is the ultimate dark lipstick on the highstreet. A shout out goes to the Bourjois Velvet Rouge Editions too.
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
Just like choosing the right shade foundation, it can be tricking to find a light concealer. I swear by the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 'Fair 1' which works for me even on my palest days.
L'oreal Lumi Magique Primer 
If you wanted to add some highlight to your skin without looking translucent I really like the L'oreal lumi Magique Primer. It's a white, shimmery liquid which looks very natural when applied under foundation.

Fellow caspers, let me in on your makeup must haves for fair skin.
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