I haven’t that many beauty posts recently and although my blog used to be predominantly about that, it’s much more varied now. I have had a few people telling me that they would prefer me to post more about beauty and less about fitness and food, but my blog is a reflection of my lifestyle. My lifestyle has changed and grown and I will always stay true to who I am in the present. I am passionate about fitness and nutrition so there will be a lot of posts on that subject, but I also want to share all of the awesome products I use which really work for me. So today’s post is a run down of a few products which have impressed me in the last month or so.
Xen Tan Transformation Ultra* – Now this first one is a bit controversial because although it’s a fantastic product, it’s extortionately expensive in my opinion (£49.99 for 236ml). But I really liked it and thought I’d leave it up to you guys to decided whether you love a good fake tan enough to spend that amount. The up side of this product is that the tan lasted a good 2 weeks on me whilst most self tanners only last about 5-7 days. So I guess that’s reflected in the price given it’s longevity. It gives a really nice medium-dark tan but still appears natural. It faded really well – evenly with no patchiness or streaks on application. It’s so easy to apply with a mitt and because it only has a very slight guide colour, it won’t ruin your bed sheets if you decide to sleep with it on.
Windle & Moodie Thickening Cream – I was first introduced to this product after it was used on my hair at Linton & Mac salon in Aberdeen. I’m not usually one for styling creams as more often than not, they weigh down your hair and give it a greasy look. I have fine hair and prefer products to be ultra lightweight. However this thickening cream is absolutely fantastic and gives great hold. It feels a bit gloopy and sticky as you apply it but it disappears once you’ve blowdried your hair, leaving it lightweight, manageable and soft to the touch. It gives really good volume too so it’s a massive winner in my b look and I now use it every day.
The Sanctuary Wonder Body – It’s that time of year when you’re going to be putting more skin on show and preferably you want it to look healthy, soft and radiant. That’s where this product comes in. It gives your skin that healthy gleam but in a really subtle way without being glittery or overly shimmery. It just makes your skin look really nourished and healthy. It also won’t rub off on your clothes leaving weird stains because it’s only slightly tinted. Often if I’m wearing a skirt I slap a bit of this on and I’m good to go!
Rodial Instaglam Airbrush Primer* – I’m very fussy about primers because I hate it when they interfere with the application of my foundation. Sometimes they can cause your foundation to not adhere properly or they rub off as you’re applying it. Very annoying indeed! However this primer doesn’t feel overly ‘silicon-y’ and it just seems to blur out everything, perfecting the skin’s surface. My foundations go on like a dream when I apply this first and I never need as much concealer. It’s lightweight, hydrating and it just really helps to make your skin appear flawless.
Urban Decay Revolution Lipgloss in Liar* – I’m much more of a lipstick kinda girl than lipgloss as all too often the formulation is sticky and seems to collect on certain areas of your lips. But this lipgloss is simply divine! It has a wide variety of shade options with a nude to suit every complexion and this Liar shade is perfection on me. It’s a gorgeous everyday colour that keeps my lips hydrated and looking plumper. I love the packaging too – it seems the brand keeps on getting better year on year.
Nip + Fab Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Shot* – When I feel like my skin needs a hydration boost and a bit more nourishment, I reach for this little bottle. I apply it after my cleanser and before my moisturiser to keep any dryness at bay. I feel like this extra step keeps my skin looking and feeling a lot healthier and smoother. It has a plumping effect too and I love that the brand is placed at a more affordable price point.
MaxFactor Skin Luminizer Foundation – I’ve spoken about this foundation before because for me, it beats any of the higher end natural skin-mimicking foundations that are out there including YSL and Charlotte Tilbury offering. This affordable little gem gives a really natural, subtle finish and adds a gorgeous glow to your complexion. It has medium coverage and evens out skin tone beautifully without making your makeup look heavy. It lasts really well and is particularly great for normal and dry skin. I’d say if you’re skin is on the more oily side, you’d have to keep on top of the powder application as it is a glowy type of base. I’ve gone through 6 bottles of the stuff now and a few of my friends now use it daily…it’s that good! (I use the Natural shade in winter and mix in the Golden shade for summer).
Orly Epix nail polish in ElectroPop* – I had been looking for a nail colour like this since forever so I was really excited to try this. It certainly didn’t disappoint. It’s one of those nail polishes that is super easy to apply, quick to dry and lasts really well. Pretty much the dream, right? The colour is just as impressive as the bottles suggests and it’s perfect for the summer months!
Too Faced Love Flush Blush in How Deep Is Your Love* – I am a big fan of Too Faced as a brand as I use their highlighters, eyeshadow palettes and lip products A LOT. This absolutely beautiful blush looks just as good on your face as it does in the packaging. The colour screams summer and adds that lovely peachy glow to your cheeks. It’s not shimmery or glittery and looks really natural. I’d say this shade is best for medium skin tones but there’s some other pretty shades in the range. You can definitely judge this book by it’s cover!
MaxFactor Colour Elixir Lipliner in Brown Nude – I had been looking for a cheaper alternative to the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lipliner and this one is a pretty good dupe! It’s creamy, easy to apply and it lasts really well for a cheaper product. The brown nude shade is fantastic for slightly overlooking the lips without looking obvious or weird. It’s the perfect base for any nude lipstick.
Mac Lipstick in Brave – If you’re looking for that slightly darker 90’s nude lip then this is a fantastic shade to go for without going too brown in tone. I find that the really brown shades just drain my complexion and make me look ill. This satin finish lipstick lasts really well and isn’t too harsh in tone for the daytime.