Readers of my blog will know it is no secret that I’m a MASSIVE fan of Lush!  Their products smell good enough to eat and leave you feeling clean and pampered. When it comes to beauty products I have to really love something to buy it again.  Here are my all time favourite Lush products.

Ocean Salt Facial Scrub – Amazing for when your skin needs a really good exfoliate.  Ocean Salt has an amazing citrus scent and course sea salt.  The sea salt means it really works at getting rid of dead skin.  As with all Lush products they chuck in a bunch of ingredients that will also help leave your skin soft and moisturised.  The Lush website recommends rubbing it into dry skin for a really good exfoliate or onto damp skin for a more gentle result.
I use this about three times a week.

New shampoo bar – This has a great cinnamon smell and leaves your hair squeaky clean – literally!  With cinnamon, clove and peppermint this shampoo bar stimulates your scalp which is meant to help hair growth.  I also find less of my hair actually comes out during washing which I’m sure anyone else with long hair will appreciate is a good thing!

Bubblegum Lip Scrub – It’s pink, tastes amazing and gives you super soft lips!  All these points make this an absolute winner for me.  Unfortunately I get quite dry lips, and lip balm alone is not enough for me.  Also a lover of a bright lip I use the lip scrub before applying colour to make sure my lips are nice and smooth.

What are your favourite Lush products?

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I have never been one for putting in much time and effort to eyebrow maintenance. It always seemed like just an extra and unnecessary addition to an already time consuming grooming regime.  As a teenager while a lot of girls were plucking their eyebrows to within an inch of their life I was leaving mine au naturel.

More recently I have been making a bit of effort with my eyebrows.  Now, when I say more effort what I mean is I bought an eyebrow kit to fill mine in every morning and occasionally pluck some stray hairs.  There is so much focus on eyebrows and so many products aimed at creating the perfect brows it was hard not to jump on the bandwagon.

At the Debenhams AW15 press show a few weeks ago Benefit were offering complimentary brow tints and waxes.  Initially unsure, when I was reassured they would only give me a tidy up of some of my stray hairs and tint them to the colour I was already using to fill them in, I thought why not?

First off the tint is applied to your brows with a healthy dose of vaseline all round your eyebrows so the colour only tints the desired hairs.  After the tinting comes the waxing part.  Honestly I wasn’t looking forward to this, plucking can sometimes bring a tear to my eye!  It was practically painless.

The last of the stray hairs were plucked and then the annoying tufty bit I have on my left eyebrow was trimmed!  Apparently everyone has one brow does that so I don’t feel so bad about it now.

Once all this was done you get a wee touch up of make up which takes away any redness from the waxing, it doesn’t even look like you have just your eyebrows done.  Well, apart from having brows that are totally on point!

I am now completely converted to getting my eyebrows done and Benefit is definitely where I will be going!

Has anyone else tried Benefit brow bar?

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As the colours in my wardrobe get darker and warmer I like to change up my lip colour too.  Autumn is the perfect season to dig out the darker lip colours.  I have picked three of my favourites, all in various berry shades.

Left to right: Mac Pro Longwear Lipcreme, Maybelline Superstay 24 colour and Rimmel Apocalips Matte Lip Velvet

First up we have Mac Pro Longwear Lipcreme in Positively Dashing.  This is a really nice warm colour and you can get a nice just bitten look or a much stronger colour depending on how much you apply.  The lip pencil is also Mac in Beet and is a pretty perfect match for this lipstick.  This is my go to lippy right now, it is a great  choice for an everyday colour and is not too bold or in your face.

Along with being a gorgeous colour this lipstick is really pigmented so lasts all day.  I normally swear by lipcoat if I’m wearing a normal lipstick (rather than a 24 hour one) but you really don’t need it with this.  Low maintenance make up is a must for me, I want to apply once in the morning and that is it – none of this reapplying all through the day!

Next is Maybelline Superstay 24 colour in Cherry Pie.  I love this colour, it is really warm, deep red.

The 24 colour last so well, it looks exactly the same at the end of the day as it did when first applied.

I have spoken to other people about this product who have not had the same results as me and don’t feel it lasts.  Here are my top tips for making it last all day:

– First of all make sure you apply to dry lips with no lip balm on underneath.
– I take most of the colour off the wand applicator to begin with and line my lips.
– Load up the wand and fill in the rest of your lips.
– Leave it for about 5 minutes to dry completely before applying the balm on top.

Last but certainly not least is Rimmel Apocalips Matte Lip Velvet in Meteoric Matte. I wrote a review on this product last year which you can read here.

I love this warm berry shade now as much as I did last year when I first bought it.

Do you change your lip colour depending on the season?  What are you go to autumn colours?

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I absolutely love an eyeliner flick, for someone who rarely wears eyeshadow it adds a bit of drama to my eyes that I feel I don’t get from mascara alone.  I love the vintage feel it creates and the fact that the execution can determine the era you are giving a nod to.

Last year I included Soap & Glory Supercat eyeliner in one of my monthly favourites, and for a while it worked a treat for me.  And then it didn’t.  I think I changed either my foundation or primer and the combination didn’t really work, it started to smudge after a few hours of wear.

The hunt was on for a new eyeliner that wouldn’t smudge.  I tried the much raved about Benefit They’re Real liner, it amazed me that a product which could not be removed using normal make up remover could in fact flake off my eyelids!

A few months ago while Boots had one of their 3 for 2 offers on I picked up Seventeen Tattoo Me liner to have another stab at finding one that would actually stay put all day.

Tattoo Me claims to last 48 hours, honestly I was only looking for 12 – 14 hours.  The applicator is a brush, something that made me nervous as I didn’t have much luck when I used a brush applicator years ago.  Thankfully after my first few applications I seemed to be finding it a doddle.  The liquid itself is jet black and quite a thick consistency.  It applies easily – but be careful none transfers onto your upper lids as you need to use a make up remover with an oily base to remove it, so it takes any other make up off too.

Once this is on it is on, no smudging at all and it lasts all day and if I am going out after work I don’t need to touch it up at all.  I have to really love a product to purchase it again and I am now on my third tube of this.

Has anyone else tried Tattoo Me liquid liner?

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When I was a teenager I was lazy when it came to a proper skin care routine, I was also pretty lucky too.  My skin was normal, I didn’t have many spots and if memory serves me I didn’t even use a face wash daily.  My routine was remove make up at night (the one skin care rule I did normally follow) and moisturise in the morning.

Over the last couple of years I have tried to get myself into much better skin care habbits, using a face wash in the morning and oil control moisturiser since my skin type seems to have changed in my adult years.

When January hit so did the full realisation that I’m getting married this year and the pressure is on to be the most beautiful version of myself I can possibly be.

With this in mind I knew I had to get my act together and start following a proper routine.

Morning
Every morning I use Clinique 3 step skin care.  I wash my face with Clinique facial soap while in the shower, this is then followed up with clarifying lotion 3 (for oily/combination skin) which gently exfoliates your skin.  The last step is Clinique dramatically different moisturising gel which is great for skin that is prone to getting shiny throughout the day.

Night
This was the harder part of the routine to get into, no longer just a quick swipe with face wipes and convince myself all my make up was off (it was not).  To start I remove my eye make up with Clinique take the day off make up remover and then I use Garnier micellar cleansing water to get most of my foundation off.  I then use Balance Me pure skin face wash followed by clarifying lotion 3.  I prefer to use a night cream for moisturising before bed as I’m quite prone to areas of dry skin around my nose.  The one I use is actually from Aldi, it is a nice thick consistency and is suitable for all skin types, my skin feels nice and soft the next morning.

Once a week I also use a face mask just to give my skin some extra TLC.  I really like Nip + Fab deep cleansing fix which can be left on for 10 minutes and used as a mini mask.  Any pesky spots are treated with Witch blemish gel.

Having to part with so much money for Clinique products does make me weep slightly but I do feel it is worth it, any breakouts I have had since I started using it have not been too bad and have cleared up well.

What products do you use to keep your complexion clear?

xxx
 
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