The Double Cleanse

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Now this is all relatively new to me, silly really, seeing as it’s really very logical!

But the double cleanse is literally cleansing, twice! WOW!

Obviously the more you clean anything the cleaner it becomes, but I think the thing that hit me when I found out about this pretty standard beauty process, is how much cleansing once doesn’t really clean your face at all. Obviously yes it takes off your make-up, mostly. But if the cotton pad / cloth is covered in your day old make-up how can it clean your skin and pores? How have I never thought about this before?!

I suppose It’s a bit like when you go to the hairdressers, they always shampoo twice; once to clean your hair, and the second one to clean your scalp. But who actually does this at home? I mean sometimes I’m REALLY bad, usually after a night out and I simply just can’t wait to get into bed, so don’t take my make-up off at all (I know awful), let alone do the whole routine twice.

But in fact I now quite look forward to this little process, granted it’s usually in the week when I go to bed at a reasonable hour. But it feels like I’m pampering myself a little!

First I use Clarins Instant Make-up Remover, which is SO amazing for removing eye make-up – even waterproof mascara, or Bioderma Micelle Solution, which is completely refreshing – I’m actually really looking forward to using this in the summer – so one of these two products on two cotton pads and then I just gently hold them over my eyes for about 20-30 seconds, I do get a little impatient so have to do a bit of wiping, but if you can last a bit longer the make-up just melts off.

I then wipe these over my face. first cleanse done – if you can call it a cleanse now?!

Then I use a cream cleanser, at the moment I have three on rotation; Clarins Cleansing Milk, Liz Earles Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, or a Superdrug dupe of the latter product called Vitamin E Skin Care Hot Cloth Cleanser (honestly I can’t tell the difference between these last two at all). I rub this all over, and into my face and neck, and try and give a really good massage of this into the skin to get the blood flowing – again this depends on how lazy I’m feeling. Then I simply “polish” it off with the muslin cloth supplied with both the Hot Cloth Cleansers, or a flannel. Second cleanse done.

I do like to give a quick wipe over my face with the rinsed cloth/flannel once more, but as this is already in my hands and the water’s running it literally takes around 10 seconds – not sure I can count that as a third cleanse?!

Go on give it a try, you won’t believe how clean and refreshed your skin feels. To test this you can use your normal method of taking your make-up off, then with a cotton pad add some more cleanser and run it over your face – if it comes back brilliantly white then kudos to you, but chances are you’ll be doubling up every night of the week!

For loads more tips on skin care check out either Caroline Hirons or Lisa Eldridge’s blogs! Although I warn you – they’re much more strict than I am, which I suppose is why they literally sparkle!

Which are your favourite cleansers?

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Wednesday Wishlist – Camera Stuff…

After treating myself to my ammmmaaazzziinnggg new camera before Christmas, the Nikon D5300 to be exact; and after watching Vivianna Does Make-up and Lily Pebbles Blogging and Vlogging series on YouTube, I now want everything that goes with owning a super-duper DSLR.

Here’s what’s on the list so far…

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All pictures and Prices from Amazon.

1. Velbon DF-61 Heavy Duty Aluminum Photo/Video Tripod – £22.39

2. Nikon ML-L3 Remote Control – £7.39

3. Walimex 75 Watt Macro Ring Light – £149.99

4. Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4D Lens – £245.00

5. Sigma 30mm f1.4EX DC HSM Digital Lens for Nikon – £319.99

6. WD My Passport 500GB USB 3.0 High Capacity Hard Drive for MAC – £59.00

Think I best stop spending my money on blusher/lippies/moisturiser etc. if I want to add this lot to my collection! And talking of beauty, check out my  beauty and skincare wish lists if that’s more your thing! Like the techy stuff? Then this one’s for you!

What are your camera must-haves fro the perfect photo?

Open your eyes, frame your face…

Now this post is a tad embarrassing on two counts for me; the first being that these photos aren’t great – I had a weird red glow on them which I’ve tried to cancel out, and can’t decide if I’ve made them worse or not. Secondly, and far worse, is the fact that I look like I have no eyebrows.

But this is in fact the point of this post…The importance of DEFINED eyebrows! They really do complete your look, as well as accentuate your eyes and frame your face!

I have to say I really do believe that this step is one of, if not the, most important part to any make-up look, which my sister and cousins can vouch for; here I am holding my cousin down so that I can fill in her eyebrows before a night out – can you tell that she’s used to it by now??

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Note: No family members were hurt in the making of this post.

And here you can see the difference it makes to my face and why I think it’s so important…

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As you can see with my au-natural eyebrows I look VERY very odd!

I use the HD Brows palette in Foxy to fill in my eyebrows, which consists of four colours; Nude, Warm Brown, Dark Brown, and Carbon. I use the warm brown colour for my day-to-day look, which is the middle picture above. Whilst for nights out (far right picture above) I use both the warm and dark browns for a more dramatic look. I then also add some of the nude under my brow as a highlighter.

As for brushes I use a Ruby and Millie brush generally and then touch up with the brush that came with the hd brows palette or the double ended Smokey Eye brush from Topshop.

However, you do not need to buy specific Eyebrow products to define your eyebrows, I used to always use, and sometimes still do, a Maybelline Eyeshadow. As long as the colour is Matte it will work fine. The reason I wanted to try a different product was due to the fact that my hair is getting lighter, sometimes I need to remind myself of this, but I am now so used to having quite bold eyebrows that I can easily get a little carried away.

And on that note it is possible to go to the extreme…

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Does anyone remember when this happened on Desperate Scousewives??

But how weird would we look without them…

celebs1What do you think – would you prefer big bold eyebrows or none at all? And do I need to go even lighter with the brows? i’d love to now what you think!

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Beauty Shop Wish List…

As per my post earlier here are the items I am coveting from the Debenhams 10% off beauty range…

Beauty Shop Wish list

MAC

1 Prime Focus Prep and Prime Fortified Skin Enhancer SPF 35 in Adjust – WAS £23 NOW £20.70

2 Prep and Prime Highlighter in Light Boost – WAS £18 NOW £16.20

The above two items I feel would help me on my way to the dewy glow I lust after, as mentioned here!

3 Eye Kohl in Minted – WAS £14 NOW £12.60

4 Brush Cleanser – WAS £10 NOW £9

I noticed a foundation brush this morning before leaving for work that is in dire need of a clean! Usually I just use shampoo, but maybe I should use a specific cleanser? What are your thoughts on this? Luckily I have some time on this one as I don’t often use a brush for foundation, I prefer to use my beauty blender, or my fingers!

5 Divine Night Mineralize Eye Shadow in Exquisite Ego – WAS £19  NOW £17.10

6 Powder Blush in Format OR Raizin – WAS £18 NOW £16.20

You can never have enough MAC blushers!

Dior

7 Crayon Eyeliner Waterproof Long Wear in Trinidad Black – WAS £18 NOW £16.20

I spotted this in a You Tube video buy Charlotte Tilbury, who was demonstrating a copper smoky eye tutorial on THE Laura Bailey (she’s so prwwweeetttyyy!) She uses some great products, I did have a look for some on Debenhams, but alas no such luck! But check out the video here

Guerlain

8 Meteorites Pearls Light Diffusing Primer – WAS£43 NOW£37.80

This was another You Tube video spot, but this time by the gorge Millie Mackintosh for feelunique.com. This tutorial showed how to achieve glowing skin, which is also where I discovered the AMAZING Decleor Hydra Floral Multi Protection Expert Mask, mentioned here, watch the video below, and you can even shop the look to get everything you need!

Bobbi Brown

9 Rose Shimmer Brick Compact – WAS £32 NOW£28

10 Shimmer Blush in Flame – WAS £32 NOW £28

11 Sparkle Eye Shadow in Silver Moon – WAS £20 NOW£18

12 Navy and Nude Eye Palette – WAS £48 NOW £43.20

Ridiculously I don’t actually have ANY  Bobbi Brown make up. I remember growing up and knowing that this was the brand that you used to get a “natural – no make-up” look, then I got a bit older and it seemed that this was the go-to brand for wedding make-up. But looking at these items I think they’re gorgeous for any occasion! I WANT!

So far I’ve been really good and haven’t actually bought anything, but it is only just lunch time! I know I can’t get all of this, we’re talking nearly £300 worth of make-up and I simply can’t justify that all in one day, especially so close to Christmas, can I?

Maybe I’ll wait and see what Santa brings me and then hit up the January sales?? BUT I NEED IT NOW?!

Let me know (please – I can shop vicariously through you) if you’ve given in and bought something, ANYTHING!

Thanks

“Sorting My Life Out” – Beauty Routine…

As part of my new found motivation to “Sort my Life Out” I decided that I really should instil a ‘proper’ beauty routine!

Obviously I always take my make-up off before bed, sometimes : s and to be honest I never really have trouble with spots, BUT I do have ridiculously dry skin, and dark circles, no matter how much sleep  get!!

I always, always moisturise after having a shower, because I know that if I don’t I will literally have scales, especially on my legs, sexy huh! So I’m really good at this bit.

But when it comes to my face, not so much!!

I use Clarins Cleansing Milk and Toning Lotion for Dry to Normal skin which I love, I don’t feel like there is anything completely amazing about it, I just get on with it well and it seems to work for me, although I would love it if they brought out a dry skin-specific range! Another reason why I like it is because I feel like when I use a separate cleanser and toner it makes me feel like I’m really cleaning my face and doing something good for it!? Just me?

Moisturisers have come and gone throughout my beauty-product-loving-life, and to be honest nothing has really made me think, or feel WOW! I’ve used Lancôme and Clinique, to Nivea and Boots own, with no major changes to my skin.

Which makes me think that my skin is craving more than just a moisturising cream!!

I’ve obviously heard about Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish product, and then saw that Superdrug do there own Hot Cloth Cleanser, so before splashing out I headed into Superdrug and picked up their version from their Vitamin E Skin Care range. It was 3 for 2 throughout the store so I also bought some Brightening Radiance Balm, from the Naturally Radiant Range, I think the third item was simply some cotton pads!

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I’m trying to use both of these products every day, the Brightening Radiance Balm in the morning before I apply my make-up, and the Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser in the evening, usually in the shower so I don’t have to use up too much energy by introducing a completely separate step into my day.

As of yet I’m not too sure on the Brightening Balm, I’ve been using for about two weeks and it feels lovely applying this in the morning, but I can’t say it’s necessarily “brightening” my face. Whilst the Hot Cloth Cleanser I think is a great step to introduce into anyone’s beauty routine. It simply just takes off the dead and dull skin that’s built up by gently exfoliating with the muslin cloth that’s provided. And because it is so gentle it’s the perfect product/process to use every day if, like me, you suffer from dry skin. AND with my new Birchbox subscription I have in fact received Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish as part of their Christmas gift box, so watch this space for a comparison!

I’ve also decided to introduce a face mask once a week, ok I still need to get into the habit of doing this (and I’m thinking a hair mask at the same time would work) but I’m working on it and hoping that this will give an extra boost of hydration to my skin. Now face masks are not my speciality, and the main one I’ve used is Skinfood’s Mud Masque, which has always seemed good to me and just gave my skin a little oomph. I also received  couple of Amie Spring Clean Cooling Clay Masks in my Love Me Beauty box (I’m planning on doing a Love Me Beauty vs Birchbox post soon), and these are pretty good as well, it really is cooling and I can imagine would feel lovely in the Summer. I’ve also just received (another Love Me Beauty box product) the Le Soin Purifiant Absolution mask which I’m excited to try so I’ll keep y’all posted on that one!

Talking of masks, I watched a Millie Mackintosh YouTube video, which she filmed for Feel Unique, and she mentioned that she uses Decleor Hydra Floral Mask before doing her make-up, which is why she always has that gorgeous dewy glow! I knew I had to get this and I think it’s my new “Holy Grail” product. It comes out in a creamy texture, but as you warm it in your hands and on your face it turns oily and gives a fabulous sheen, whilst really moisturising your skin, which you can feel for hours, which for me is absolutely amazing! Watch the video here!

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A couple of other bits I’ve bought to make sure I’m giving my skin as much love as possible are Superdrug’s own Tea Tree Pore Strips, now as I mentioned I don’t really suffer from spots or blackheads but using these even once a month is going to prevent build up and hopefully allow my skin to glooowww.

I also bought Nivea Tinted Moisturising Cream, and Nivea Regenerating Night Cream. I know they’re probably not as good as some of the top brands, but as I mentioned earlier my skin needs more than just a top notch moisturiser, so I’m going to see how my skin reacts to introducing this beauty routine and if it works then I’ll invest in something a little more luxurious!

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