Must Haves For Your Makeup Bag

Is your makeup bag full of random, unwanted or unused products? The ones that were on offer that time, or you thought that you’d try out – that you either never got round to using, or used once and didn’t like? We’ve all been there. I decided to have a clear out of my makeup bag the other day, and whilst I was guilty of harbouring out of date, useless, or unused makeup products, there are some that I ADORE and will buy again and again. And I’m starting with my longest makeup relationship:

๐Ÿ’„ Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara

Iโ€™ve used this for over 10 years! And whilst Iโ€™ve dabbled with others, Iโ€™ve never come across any mascara that works better than this one. It helps if your curl your lashes first, and with the right technique, this stuff really is amazing. No clumps here!

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๐Ÿ’„ L’oreal Glam Nude CC Cream

Gorgeous for summer when you want a bit of coverage but nothing too heavy.

๐Ÿ’„ Wunder2 Last & Foundation

I discovered this through Facebook last year when I was on the lookout for the perfect wedding foundation, AND I LOVE IT. It’s the best coverage I’ve found for my combination skin without being too heavy, and is especially good at covering spot redness. The only problem is that even the lightest shade is too dark for my skin, so I need a layer of tan on when I use it…but it’s totally worth it.

๐Ÿ’„ Revolution Cream Countour

Whilst I’ll talk about my favourite makeup products, I’ll never be an expert. So, for a non-expert, and contouring still being a newish thing in everyday makeup, last year I invested in this contour kit. A good (and affordable) option for those who haven’t cream contoured before and aren’t sure where to begin. With lots of different shades, it’s a great way to experiment and learn, without breaking the bank.

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๐Ÿ’„ Smashbox Photo Finish Primer

Another discovery during my wedding makeup hunt, recommended by a fellow blogger. This stuff is gorgeous, helps minimise the look of pores, and leaves your skin silky smooth and ready for foundation.

And last but not least:

๐Ÿ’„ Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water & Setting Spray

Do you remember back in the day when we used to set our makeup with hairspray? Those times are behind me, because I was introduced to this in readiness for the wedding. The light mist settles nicely on the face without becoming oily, and definitely prolongs the wear of your foundation – a very important factor when you have an active job!

What are your makeup must haves?

Lynette x (3)

 

My Favourite Nail Varnishes

I haven’t done a beauty post in a while, so I thought it was about time I did. And today, one of my faveeee things because I love my nails to be pretty ๐Ÿ˜Š

Barry M Iron Mani

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For strengthening and hardening, I haven’t found another product as good as this for it’s price. I’ve been a strong Barry M fan when it comes to nail varnish for longer than I can remember, and what you get for the price, is one of the main reasons. If you’re struggling with weak nails that keep breaking or refuse to grow, give this a try.

Barry M Gelly

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I love that the Gel look nail varnishes really do look like what they promise, and I’ll always go for a Barry M Gelly when I want a really nice neutral look.

Rimmel French Manicure Super Gel

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It doesn’t go on as pink as the bottle looks which is a shame (but to be fair, when does a nail varnish come out the same shade/colour/intensity on the brush as it looks in the bottle). But it’s lovely if you want your natural nails to look that bit prettier.

Prism Polish

I happened across this last year whilst browsing on Etsy for a nice Rose Gold colour (why isn’t rose gold nail varnish a thing in Boots and Superdrug?!) I loved it, there’s so many different colours – and you can see from the picture how the light and the angle can alter it’s look ๐Ÿ˜

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So whilst I loved the Prism polish, it wasn’t quite Rose Gold enough for my wedding and honeymoon nails! This is an American company so it’s that bit more expensive for shipping, but it was so worth it. I finally got my perfect Rose Gold shades, the varnish itself goes on thinly, smoothly (much better than I’ve ever found with any other brand), and I’d really recommend ILNP (maybe as a treat for yourself, because it’s that bit more expensive).

Who else loves having their nails done? ๐Ÿ™‹

Lynette x (3)

The 3 Products That Cleared Up My Skin

I’ve always hated my skin.

I’ve always been prone to spots, and deep pores on my nose, even now in my mid twenties. When I was a teenager I always thought I’d become an adult, and they’d magically disappear (and was quite disappointed when that didn’t happen). But 9 months ago, I happened across the first product I’m going to talk about, that started to change my life (a drastic statement perhaps, but I’m sure anyone else who’s unhappy with their skin can relate to how much it knocks your confidence and/or is an embarrassment).

I really wish that I’d known about these products a few years ago and I’m hoping that by sharing this, I may help someone who feels the same as I used to!

Because here I am, with my skin in the best condition it’s ever been in, and genuinely happy! So I just had to share my miracle products.

No. 1 – Dermalogica Clear Start Toner

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I’d just done a dance gig, and as part of the ‘thankyou’ present, had been given a voucher for Harvey Nics. Now, you don’t have to know me well to guess I’m not a die hard Harvey Nics shopper, so I really wasn’t sure what to do with the voucher I’d been gifted. It was coming up to Christmas and I knew Ed was going to be working away from home, so thought, why not treat myself to some fancy smellies for those long nights in alone (that are a bit pricier and not things I’d ordinarily buy). So I did just that. I bought a yummy smelling shower gel and also – Dermalogica’s Clear Start Toner. And this is what’s changed my life.

Within a couple of weeks of using it, I saw a noticeable difference in the amount of spots I was getting – and it’s the same now. I’m still yet to find a superhero product to prevent or quickly get rid of those big, under the skin spots (that hurt like a mother!) that I get when I’m stressed…but on the whole, my skin has improved MASSIVELY. It’s ยฃ17 plus P&P, so is by no means the cheapest treatment out there, but after at least 10 years of hating my skin, trying all the affordable products out there and getting nowhere…I don’t really care. Because you can’t put a price on confidence.

No. 2 – Biore Charcoal Cleanser

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A new purchase that I bought from Amazon. The Clear Start toner had turned into a staple to combat breakouts, but I still hadn’t found a product to minimize my pours. At ยฃ3.50 I thought there wasn’t much to lose – and I’m so glad I did, because I’ve fallen in love! It leaves my skin so smooth and it really has helped minimize my pores, particularly on my nose – I can actually SEE a difference! And that’s the first time I’ve ever SEEN a difference when using a blackhead/pore product. It’s also got menthol as one of the ingredients, so it leaves my skin feeling fresh and rejuvenated, and a little bit tinglyย ๐Ÿ˜Š

No. 3 – Bio Oil

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I’ve mentioned Bio Oil previously in Adult Life Hacks Part I, but I have to say it again. And, as I said then, full credit to Ed for introducing me to it! I’ve been using it on spot scars for a good year or so now, and whilst you don’t see overnight results, it really does help clear up redness. Which, along with the other products I’ve mentioned, has really improved my skin confidence.

Full disclosure, I’ve recently changed my diet a little too, and eliminated processed foods from my life…I’m pretty sure that’s been the cherry on top of the face clearing cake!

Before now, I’d never have left home without makeup on. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t put lashes, lippy and bronzer on just to pop to get some milk, but I would have never been seen dead outdoors without AT LEAST some concealer.

NOW, I can just get up and go! I do still wear makeup most of the time anyway, but feeling I have the OPTION for the first time in my life is amazing. And don’t get me wrong, my skin isn’t perfect, but when the change has been so significant, I HAD to share my experience with these products with you all!

If anyone has any questions about the products or miracle products of their own, please feel free to share below!

Lynette x (3)