Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Brow Chat

I've finally got myself into a steady brow routine that is quick, easy and leaves me with brows that I can finally accept. I'm not one for the over-drawn look, been there, done that and I've got one too many dreadful photos to tell the tale. This combination of liner and gel just builds on the brows and doesn't leave them looking overly drawn in but gives full brows with a good amount of definition. 

Model Co More Brows - I've tried my fair share of brow gels and this has got to be one of the best out of all of them. Not only does this gel thicken the brows but it also shapes and moulds them perfectly into shape. This gel keeps them in place for so long ensuring that they don't have to be fixed or brushed throughout the day.

Clinique Superfine Liner for Brows in 02 Soft Brown - This has been a staple in my makeup bag for a while for many reasons. Firstly, its a perfect colour match for my brows, finding that colour match has been a trial and a half. My hair is a fair bit lighter than my brows so when it comes to drawing them in I like to find a shade close enough so that my eyebrows don't look overly dark or false. I like to gently use this to sharpen the lines of my brows to define them slightly more.

I'm probably gonna stick to this combo for a while as I love it so much, although I am very very tempted to try out Benefit's Gimme Brow and the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz! If you have any other suggestions of amazing brow products let me know!

Faith x

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

A Simple Skincare Routine

When reading this months Elle magazine I came across an article called 'The Skin Fast' which discussed whether a detox from too many beauty products could fix all your skincare woes. This idea has been playing on my mind for a long time now and has really influenced my skincare routine the past couple of months and so I thought I would share by the journey of cutting down my excessive beauty regime. I went through a period of really bad skin towards the end of last year and the beginning of this year. I was so confused as to why my skin had suddenly broken out and was so dry and sore. I tried everything I could to try and fix the problem, I cut out dairy, I drank more water and I consistently cleansed and looked after my face. 

 It wasn't until I stop my over-obsessive skincare routine that my skin returned to its normal state. I found it quite difficult cutting back on all of the face masks and oils and moisturisers because I used them so frequently and thought they were really helping my skin. I've not plastered my face with different lotions and face potions to try and improve it and my skin has been better than ever. I wouldn't say I've neglected my skin, I've just given it a much-needed rest.

 My new routine is so simplistic and really saves me so much time, it goes as follows:

Clinique Take The Day Off - I've talked about this product so many times before and it's without a doubt my HG skincare product. It's fragrance-free and is so gentle on the skin yet removes makeup and cleanses so well. I recommend this to everyone, I'm 99.9% sure that I won't find a cleansing balm that will top it.

Elemis Re-hydrating Ginseng Toner - I could never cut a toner out of my routine, since discovering toner it is without a doubt one of the essential parts of my morning and evening beauty schedule. This Elemis toner is so lovely and has re-hydrating elements which are perfect for my dry skin.

Superdrug Naturally Radiant 2 in 1 Moisturiser and Serum - I change up my moisturisers every other week to ensure my skin doesn't get too used to them. This Superdrug one is surprisingly one of my favourites. I normally opt for a more luxurious moisturiser but after receiving this is a goodie bag I've been using it quite a bit. I love the idea that its both a moisturiser and serum combined so I get two steps over with one product. It has a gel formula and is so light on the skin so is perfect to apply just before makeup. 

Yes, I enjoy the occasional face mask session and don't always keep it so minimal but don't we all? I would without a doubt recommend a skincare detox if you are having skin issues that won't seem to go away!

Faith x

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