40 Beauty Questions | TAG

40TAGHiyaa,

Hope you all had an amazing Easter and I trust everyone ate their weight in chocolate/ saved some for me. Relly’s back with another TAG. This week I’m doing the 40 Beauty Questions TAG. Now 40 is a lot and you know how I like a good ol’ ramble, so I’m just gonna dive straight in.

Skincare

How many times do you wash your face daily?

Twice. Once in the morning before I put on my makeup, and last thing at night before bed.

What skin type do you have? (dry, oily, combo)

Ooooh boy, my skin is oily. In fact you could save money on oil when frying chips if you catch my drift. I’ve found a way to keep it at bay which seems to be working for me though so I won’t complain.

What is your current facial wash?

At the moment I’m using the Clearasil Superfruits Oil and Shine wash, but it changes all the time.

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Do you exfoliate?

Yup, once on a weekend, usually a Saturday morning. I used to exfoliate everyday but that’s baaaad apparently – naughty Relly.

What brand do you use?

I don’t stick to any one brand, I get bored. But I do use a lot of Simple and Garnier products as they don’t seem to break me out at all.

What moisturiser do you use?

I switch this up quite a bit as well, but it’s always an oil balancing one. At the moment its the Boots Witch Hazel and Tea Tree Shine Control Day Moisturiser.

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Do you have freckles?

Yep, very fine ones on my cheeks.

Do you use eye cream?

Ooooh yes indeedy. I always use it before bed and sometimes in the morning. I’m using the Elizabeth Arden Visiable Difference one at the moment and its great, it brightens up my dark circles a treat.

Did you or do you have acne prone skin?

Not really. I get the odd zit here and there and blackheads around my nose. Although I do have a few blemishes left behind from old spots.

Did you ever have to use pro active?

Whaaat? I don’t even know what this is – can some kind person shed some light?

Makeup

What foundation do you use?

I only really use the NARS Tinted Moisturiser, but I do love a bit of NARS Sheer Glow.

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How about concealer?

Under my eyes I use MAC Pro Longwear in NW35. On the odd blemishes around my face I just use the Collection Lasting Perfection in Medium – cheap and cheerful.

Do you know your undertone colour?

Not 100%. The lovely people on the MAC counter say I have pinky undertones but I remain unconvinced. All I know is that when choosing concealer (especially drugstore), a lot of them go an ashy grey colour underneath my eyes.

What do you think of false eyelashes?

I will wear natural ones on very special occasions, but I really don’t like long ones, they resemble spiders to me. Ewwwww

Did you know that you’re supposed to change your mascara every 3 months?

Yes, although I only buy a new one when my old one has run out, if that’s over the 3 months then slap me on the wrist.

What brand of mascara do you use?

Maybelline all the way! I love love love The Falsies, I don’t think I’ve ever found anything I love quite as much.

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Sephora or MAC?

MAC. If we had a Sephora in the UK, maybe I’d be swayed – who knows.

Do you have a MAC pro- card?

Nope. I would love one though.

What makeup tools do you use in makeup application?

Brushes all the way, I’ve never been into sponges, so I don’t see myself jumping on this Beauty Blender hype anytime soon. I use my fingers to work my undereye concelaer in though.

Do you use makeup base/ primer for the eyes.

Not day to day. I love using the Urban Decay Primer Potion though when I need my makeup to last all day.

For the face?

No, I’ve never really tried it. Maybe if I was to try it id be a convert.

What is your favourite eye shadow colour/ shade?

Don’t ask me questions like that, I can’t choose one as I feel mean on the rest. I’m getting a lot of use out of Shale by MAC at the moment, but all the shades in my Naked Palettes are still waaaaay up there.

Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner?

Gel to tight-line and to get my signature flick, but pencil on the lower waterline.

How often do you poke yourself in the eyes with an eyeliner pencil?

How often is all the time!?

What do you think of pigment eye shadow?

They look gorgeous, but waaaay to messy/ time consuming for me.

Do you use mineral makeup?

I’ve never tried it.

What is your favourite lipstick?

Blankety by MAC. I love a nude lip and Blankety is the perfect very cool pink nude shade.

What about lipgloss?

I like Tanya Burr’s lipglosses in Just Peachy and Afternoon Tea, other than that I don’t really wear lipgloss.

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What is your favourite blush to use?

I’m not a big fan of wearing blush at all to be honest.

Do you buy your makeup off ebay?

Nope. I like to go in store and see for myself before buying.

Do you like drugstore makeup?

Yes, you can’t go wrong with a few drugstore goodies.

Do you go to CCO’s? (Cosmetic company outlets)

No, I don’t think there is any near me, but If there was I’d be there in a shot.

Did you ever consider taking makeup classes?

No, I use YouTube for that.

Are you clumsy in putting makeup on?

Not really, I’m quite careful in applying makeup, however I’m a clumsy person so I could drop anything. I mean just look at the state of my powder!

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Name a makeup crime that you hate?

Hmmm, there’s so many that spring to mind. I’m going with harshly drawn on eyebrows, bright you’ve been Tangoed orange foundation and spider lashes.

Do you like colourful shades of makeup (lipstick or eye shadow) or neutral ones?

Neutral. I’m not brave enough to use anything bright.

Which celebrity always has great makeup?

Lana Del Rey. I love her vintage/ modern 60’s style and she rocks tonnes of winged liner.

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If you could leave the house using just ONE makeup item, what would it be?

Mascara, at least my eyes would look partially alive and not resemble the Evil Dead.

Could you ever leave the house without makeup on?

Yes. I don’t wear makeup for the gym or just popping to the shop.

Do you think you look good even without any makeup on?

I wouldn’t say I looked good without makeup but I don’t really think I look that bad either. I just prefer looking bright eyed and bushy tailed.

In your opinion what is the BEST makeup line?

Oh dear, another question Relly can’t answer without a ramble. Urban Decay and MAC are my favourite for eye shadows, but NARS has my vote on face makeup.

What do you think of makeup?

I love it. It brightens up the face and makes me feel so much more confident and put together. Having said that, I don’t think we should hide behind tonnes of the stuff and completely change how we look with it, just enhance certain features and work with what your momma gave you.

Phhewwww that was a long ramble, sorry guys. I hope you enjoyed reading it anyway and I TAG all of you who get this far. Dont forget to Like/ Comment and Follow blah blah blah you know the drill. Until Thursday Relly out.

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Oil Wars | How I Tackle the T-Zone

Happy Thursday lovely people,

Having skin that seems to produce more oil in a day, than Mc Donalds does in a week; it’s fair to say ‘Housten we have a problem.’ Especially with summer just around the river bend. So heres how I tackle the T-Zone.

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I’ve tried everything to tackle my T-Zone, from rubbing my skin with lemon juice before bed to mentholated talc – you name it I’ve done it. Nothing really worked, in fact things just got worse. Anyhoooz, I have finally settled into a skincare routine that seems to work for me so I thought I’d share it with you, and maybe it could help some of you with the same issue.

Face Wash

I wash my face first thing in the morning before makeup, then again before bed. I’m not really fussy about which wash I use – partly for the fact I get bored. One brand I always tend to go back to is Garnier, I just find their face washes give my skin a deep clean (especially the Pure Active range), not too harsh and are relatively cheap. During the week I just use a cream wash, but at weekend I like to use an exfoliater and mask.

What I’m using at the moment.

Clearasil Oil and Shine Balancing Wash – This is what I use during the week. I have to admit, this isn’t the best wash I have used. It doesn’t give me the same ahhhhhhhh fresh feeling that the Pure Active range does and it doesn’t seem to foam up at all – but it works; it’s not breaking me out, it’s helping combat the grease ball and it smells good. I got this on offer in Superdrug for £2.49, but if I’m not mistaken it usually retails around £4.

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Garnier Pure Active 3 in 1 – This is what I use at weekend, and I looove it. It triples up as a wash, exfoliator and mask at the same time. If you wash it straight off its just a wash/ exfoliator, but if you leave it on, the clay hardens and leaves you with a clay mask. I apply it to dry skin, leave it for 10 mins, and then take it off. Afterwards my skin feels really tingly, fresh and soft. The only thing I will say however, is that it can be quite drying so you will need to follow up with a good moisturiser and I wouldn’t use this every day. It retails around £5 which is pretty reasonable considering it works 3 jobs.

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Moisturiser

This is one I’ve struggled with in the past, all the face moisturisers I bought (including the oil free ones) would still make me oily/ break me out. However I’ve found 2 that actually work so I tend to switch between, depending how my skin feels or which make up I’ll be using.

Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Moisturiser – Like all Simple products, it’s made with multi vitamins for sensitive skin and promises to ‘eliminate shine and maintain moisture levels.’ This really works for me, it doesn’t make my skin oily throughout the day, absorbs well and moisturises really well. It doesn’t break me out and makeup blends easily on top of it. This retails around £5.

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Boots Tea Tree Witch Hazel Shine Control Day Moisturiser – This doesn’t look like a moisturiser, to me it looks like a face wash until you read it. Unlike the Simple Oil Balancing Moisturiser, this is a gel formula. It promises to ‘lightly moisturise, keep skin shine free, provide a matte makeup base and calm skin’ – It does exactly that. It absorbs really quickly into the skin, visibly mattifies and the tea tree, witch hazel keeps skin clear. This doesn’t provide as much moisture as the Simple one, but if keeping oil at bay is your main goal, its perfect. This is around £3 in Boots.

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Makeup

Tinted Moisturiser/ BB Cream – The drugstore ones aimed at Oily skin, for example the Maybelline Matte BB Cream really do not work for me, they turn my skin some ridiculous shade of tangerine and look like someone has thrown a bag of flour over my face for a spot of baking. I stick to the NARS Tinted Moisturiser now though, as it’s the only one that stays on all day and doesn’t turn oily/ cakey. My advice on this front is to avoid any heavy products and allow your skin to breath under the makeup as much as possible.

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Powder – I don’t use this every day, I only use it to touch up my T Zone if I get a bit of shine/ need my makeup to last. I use the Rimmel Stay Matte powder in 001 Translucent, it’s great for touching up and doesn’t look powdery.

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That’s about all I do to my skin, its not a lot but I’ve found this routine/ these products work for me to keep my skin from looking like a fat fryer. I will do a post on my full skin care routine soon as I’ve changed it up in the last few days if anyone would be interested?

Does anybody have any tips or products that help oily skin? Let me know in the comments. Until Tag Tuesday is upon us, Happy Easter and eat your weight in chocolate. I bid you farewell, don’t forget to Like/ Comment/ Follow – you know the dance.

Au Revoir

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March Favourites

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Hello there you lovely bunch,

It’s almost April already…whaaaaaat? It doesn’t seem like a month ago since I sat in this exact spot and wrote my February Favourites. My beauty products haven’t switched up too much this month, but there are a few newbies and couple of old favourites that have really stood out, so on with the March favourites.

First up…

MAC eye shadow in Woodwinked: Ooooh baby, this is one of the most hyped MAC eye shadows, and I see why. I would describe Woodwinked as a beautiful golden bronzed shade, it’s highly pigmented and blends like a dream. As you blend it out, the tone of the shadow deepens so it looks like you have taken lots of time putting shadow through your crease – when really you haven’t even bothered. Day to day, I’ve been packing Woodwinked all over my lid, blending it up through my crease with a dark brown shadow on the outer V. With winged liner, mascara and a nude pencil on my lower waterline it’s great for fresh everyday makeup.

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Herbal Essence Bee Strong Range: I picked this up at the beginning of the month because it was on a 3 for 2 offer in Boots, and I absolutely love it. It smells sooo goood. It’s aimed at damaged hair with honey and apricot extracts; and claims to ‘repair the protective outer layer of each strand of hair.’ My hair at the beginning of the month was really dry and brittle because I went through a phase of curling it. This seems to have really helped hydrate my ends. Straight after washing it, my hair feels super soft and healthy; even a friend commented on how healthy it looked. I use both the shampoo and conditioner, and also the intensive masque once a week. The shampoo and conditioner usually retail individullay at around £4 and the Intensive Masque around £5.

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Tanya Burr Lips and Nails: I did a full review YouTuber Tanya Burr’s lipgloss here. I am a little blown away by the quality of this range. The lipglosses are super creamy, pigmented and moisturising, without being a sticky hair magnet, and the nail polishes last all week without chipping. This month I added another lipgloss in Afternoon Tea, which is a gorgeous pinky nude colour to my collection, and 2 nail polishes, in Penguin Chic – a light grey colour, and Riding Hood – a very deep red. The nail polish comes in a little NARS-esque pot so they look really luxurious and the colour range/ pay off is a dream. The lipgloss retails at £6.99 and the nail polish £5.99 – you can get them from Superdrug and Feel Unique.

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NARS Tinted Moisturiser: This is another item I reviewed here a while back. This is seriously the best tinted moisturiser I have tried. It lasts all day on my skin, without turning my face into a big oily mess and doesn’t turn cakey. We’ve seen a few sunny days this month, and normally the oil practically drips off my T Zone when the sun is out, but this keeps my skin matte all day. It doesn’t break me out and gives me the very light coverage I like. It’s a bit pricey at £28, but worth every single penny – I’m in the shade Medium 1 St Mouritz.

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Rimmel Scandal Eyes Liner in Nude: I just wear this day to day on my lower waterline, but I love it. It really brightens up my eyes, doesn’t smudge and lasts all day. I usually find drugstore eyeliners quite dry and not pigmented, so I end up really tugging at my eyes, but this is really and creamy uber pigmented so I don’t have to tug – no premature wrinkles allowed here. At £3.99 a pop, it’s a bloody bargain.

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That’s all on my March favourites list, a pretty short one. What products have stood out to you guys this month? Dont forget to like/ comment and follow. I’ll be back next week with another ramble, until then, Happy April people :).

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Monday Blues Mini Haul

Happy Monday you lovely bunch,

Its Monday again (sad face). I have come to the conclusion that after Friday, the next 2 days slip down some invisible black hole. Monday rolls around way to quick (curse you Monday.) This morning I got a hard slap with the Monday Blues, and the only way to rectify this was much needed/wanted retail therapy. I thought I’d do a random mini haul.
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At the start of this month, after taking tips from a fellow blogger Little Bit Soph, I swore I would curb my Boots bingeing, and only venture in there when I needed something. Guess what…I failed 😦 !

Anywhooooz, let’s get started…

First up I got the new Colgate Max White One Optic toothpaste. I’ve always wanted a brilliant white smile, but buying a kit and running the risk of having more sensitive teeth doesn’t seem worth it to me. I saw this for £2.20 on an introductory offer, so I decided to give it a shot. It claims to ‘form an invisible sheen on your teeth, which reflect blue lights to make your teeth appear whiter.’

Alongside the toothpaste, I picked up the Colgate Max White One mouthwash £1.99. This claims to work with the toothpaste and contains stain defence technology amongst all the usual stuff you’d expect on a mouthwash.
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Only time will tell if the Max White One range is worth it or a gimmick, so I will keep you posted.

Next up I got the Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal eyeliner in 005 Nude. I love these beauties, they are super creamy and the only drugstore eyeliners that don’t give me panda eyes after an hour. I don’t wear much make up during the week, so I thought this would be perfect for my bottom waterline. Nude colours make your eyes appear brighter and bigger, and for £3.99, no complaints here. Win, win.
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I’m not wearing tons of make up, my eyes are just naturally this bright – wink wink…ILLUSIONS!

Last up I got the Imperial Leather Foamburst body wash £3.99. I can’t praise this stuff enough. Just one small pump is more than enough for the whole body – it foams up like craaazy so it lasts for ages. It leaves my skin feeling smooth and moisturised, and it smells…oh so good. I got the sweet vanilla and cherry blossom scent, but there are around 5 different scents to choose from.
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Have any of you guys tried the above, what do you think?

That’s my lot for today, don’t forget to Like/ Comment and Follow

Thanks for stopping by
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