MUA Prime & Conceal Palette

Concealers are coming in all shapes, sizes and colours recently and it can be a pretty scary deciding what to buy. I came across this little palette in Superdrug that has a good variety of colours to try and is fairly inexpensive. IMG_1515

Below is a breakdown of colours and how to use them.

Green neutralises red tones and is perfect for acne scars and spots. This is the colour that I have used most of, especially now it is summer, as it’s perfect for covering my slightly singed cheeks and nose.

Purple removes yellow tones and is designed for dull, pasty and yellow complexions.

Pink/Peach/Orange brightens eye area and masks fatigue. It is ideal for dark circles! You should use a deeper shade depending on how dark your complexion is.

Yellow made to cover purple/blue patches. Can be used under eye and on veins etc. Perfect for bruised skin.

Beige The colour in the centre is described by MUA as a highlighter but I guess this really just means a “skin tone” concealer. It could probably be used as a paler version of the Peach shade for very fair skin.

For a more detailed look at how to apply colour correcting make up, check out Jackie Aina’s video on the do’s and don’ts of colour correcting. She has also listed some really great products as well!

I feel that the MUA palette is great value for money at only £4 from Superdrug. It is great for getting to grips with colour correcting concealer techniques and has a nice, creamy consistency. However, it is not ideal for all skin tones as they are all very light shades. It is just a shame that there isn’t another palette available for darker skin tones at this very affordable price.

Makeup essentials for a monster hangover

We’ve all been there, dying in bed with the mother of all hangovers and questioning how you can possibly move on with your life. You’ve made plans for Sunday lunch with the girls and right now you are whole heartedly regretting your life choices.

First things first- grab a coffee and a banana. The caffeine and the potassium will help your hangover subside a little while you calculate an action plan. Below I’ve listed some of my favourite products for an occasion such as this to help get you bouncing back to your usual self- or at least faking it. peaches and clean soap and glory

You have probably slept in last night’s make up, a habit you promised yourself you would break but let’s face it, you never will. Grab yourself some Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk from Soap & Glory. It’s silky on your skin and strong enough to remove even waterproof mascara! Great for getting rid of last nights slap.

Click here to grab your own bottle from Boots.

 

visibly clear moisturiserNext, moisturise! Much like your dry mouth, your skin will be craving hydration after a heavy night on the lash. Try Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Oil Free Moisturiser which is great for fighting acne prone skin. I’ve written about this product before and I can’t tell you enough how good it is! It will really help your skin recover from the previous night’s alcohol consumption.

Click here to grab yours from Boots.

 

 

Now you can see your fresh, clean and tired skin. Eeek! It’s this point where you start to question if you’ve always been this ugly, all while trying to control your stomach aching churning.fatigue blur

Make up needs to be fast, easy to apply, with no fussing.Slap on the primer. This is going to make sure that your make up wont irritate your skin even more. The toxins will be slowly rising to the surface of your skin in small, menacing little white heads. Anything you can do to avoid aggravating that process more is definitely recommended. Try Baby Skin Instant Fatigue Blur by Maybelline. It’s not as expensive as other primers on the market but I feel it’s just as good. It will smooth out your skin as well as giving you another layer of protection.

Click here  bbwatersmashto buy yours from Superdrug.

Next the foundation. I absolutely love BB cream! It is the best for every day wear as it is a product with multiple benefits. Most BB creams contain moisturiser, SPF protection, primer and foundation all working to give a natural finish. Try BB water to give your skin more hydration throughout the day. The difference between BB water and the BB cream is that the BB water has a sleeker and smoother application. It doesn’t feel cakey or heavy on the skin either.

Click here to get yourself a bottle from the Smashbox website.

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Concealer is your best friend today. Those dark circles will never see the light of day! Try Maybelline Superstay 24hour Concealer. It is the best concealer I’ve ever used. I picked it up by accident one day in a Boots 3 for 2 frenzy and I’ve never looked back. It has great coverage and is easy to blend.

Click here to get yours from Superdrug.

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Mascara is essential if you don’t want to look like a little mole surfacing from hibernation. The Dior Show mascara is a makeup bag staple. You get fantastic length and definition from even one coat. I love the bristly brush as well. Tip– When at the counter ask for a sample size along with your purchase. It’s great for handbags or overnight bags.

Click here to get yours online from Boots.clinique tint

 

 

Tinted lip balm is amazing on days like today. Again, it’s an essential for any make up bag. The best I’ve used is the Clinique Chubby Stick range because you can build the colour for the look you want.

Click here to browse the Clinique range.

 

You have done it, you’ve successfully pulled your hungover butt together! You can do anything you set your mind to. Go out and grab the day! Final tip– don’t forget some blush or bronzer for your pasty pale face. You don’t want people to know you feel like death warmed up.

Work it.

The fight to keep clear skin in London

When I first moved to London I was excited about all the new adventures I would have. Unfortunately I was not prepared for the havoc it would reap on my skin. All my life I’ve been used to fresh country air and soft Scottish water, using whatever hair products I like and still achieving a silky smooth shine and nothing more than a face wipe before bed for my skin. Sadly this all changed in the big city. My hair became straw-like and my skin was dry and flaky with break outs every other week. I can’t even begin to explain the horror of finding black boggies!

Something had to be done. I have since came up with some choice products to battle the city’s pollution which so far are working brilliantly.

Ocean Salt Facial Scrub by LUSH

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First of all this product smells amazing! It smells like warm days by the beach sipping pina coladas and limey mojitos.

The avocado butter and coconut oil in this product soothe and hydrate your skin while the sea salt buffs away dead skin leaving you with a soft and clean complexion.

I leave a little pot of this goodness in the shower for a nice wake up. A tub of 120g will cost you £7.95 which is not a lot of cash to part with for great results. 9/10

Click here and head over to the LUSH website.

 

Acai Berry Multi-Tasking Micellar Water by Good Things

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When I first saw Micellar water in the shops I really did think it was a con. It looked like they had bottled tap water and put a fancy label on it. In reality it has been a brilliant replacement for my face wipes. It removes makeup, even stubborn eye makeup, in a flash.

This is another product with a stunning smell. The blueberry, mango and acai berry also give added vitamin boost-or so says the product information, who really knows. It’s left my skin nice and soft, and since I started using this product I’ve had no more break outs. Woo!

It’s quick with no faffing which means its great for everyday use. The current RRP is £4.49, however, the super savvy among you can head to Boots and grab a bottle for £2.99! Bargain! 8/10

Click here to head to Boots and buy your own bottle.

 

Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Oil-Free Moisturiser by Neutrogenaoil free

This moisturiser is said to help keep skin clear which is exactly what I am looking for to combat the dirty London atmosphere. It’s lightweight and silky compared to some sticky solutions on the market, and has a fresh fruity smell. It is recommended for daily usage and I often use it as a base coat before I apply my make up. After a month of usage it has lived up to expectations- no breakouts!

At £4.99 for 50ml it’s perfect and affordable for every day wear. 8/10

Click here to grab your’s from Boots.