TKMaxx Beauty Haul

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Beauty is a topic I don’t talk about very often over on this blog, however I do actually really love trying out new products and finding new amazing hidden gems. So, when I headed to Home Sense on Monday, which is just the home, beauty and stationary side of the whole TKMaxx empire, I loved searching the shelves to pick up a few new beauty bits. To be honest it’s very hit or miss as to what you will find, as it’s always different everyday with new stock coming in. But this time round I found some great little gems that I thought I would share with you in a beauty haul.

Catwalk TIGI Hair Mask

Haircare is something I’m constantly interested in. I love trying out new things and finding new products which will really look after and my nourish my long hair. To get my hair in bouncy curls, I have to curl it with straighteners, however this can damage my hair a lot particularly on the ends, so I was looking for a good hair mask that can be a treat for my hair a couple of times a week to give it some moisture and make sure it’s healthy after all the heat I put on it.

So, when I saw this Catwalk TIGI one I picked it up straight away, as it smells amazing with an oatmeal and honey scent (it sounds horrible but is actually so good). It’s also quite an expensive and luxury hair brand, and I got it for a really affordable price of 7.99 instead of over 20.00. I’ve only used it once so far, however I’m already in love with how soft it makes my hair and it really restores the ends.

Evoluderm Micellar Cleansing Water 

Michellar waters are a product I kind of fall in and out of love with. When they find became popular in the UK I loved the L’Oréal one, however over time I found it easier to use a cleanser that removed my makeup at the same time. But recently I changed up my face wash and couldn’t use it to remove my eye makeup anymore, and I needed something better than just a makeup wipe.

So, when I saw this micellar water I thought it would be perfect for what I wanted, as the French beauty products are supposed to be really good and I knew that it would make sure all my eye makeup was fully removed before I headed to bed at night. I’m so glad I bought this product as I absolutely love it. It works so well on my makeup, doesn’t sting or irritate my eyes at all and is just a dream product for 2.99. I will definitely be keeping the bottle for this and trying to hunt down some more once this bottle is finished.

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Urban Studio Contour Brush

Contouring is something I love to do to really complete my whole makeup look. It just gives your face so much more dimension and definition, which you can’t get without doing a bit of contouring. However, it can be really difficult to get it right, and I know I’m still trying to master it after around two years of doing it in my everyday makeup routine. I think a lot of it is down to the product and the brush you use. I think I’ve got the product covered with the Kate Moss contour kit from Rimmel, however I needed a better brush. So, when I saw this small rose gold one I instantly knew I needed that in my collection.

What drew it to me was at first the beautiful rose gold colour, which I just can’t get enough of, but also the shape of the brush. It’s such a perfect shape to fit right under your cheek bone and make sure all the product is in the right place, and then the wider bristles helps you to really blend it all out. I love this brush and can’t wait to carry on using it to help me master contouring.

Home and Body Co. Body Conditioner

This a new product I’ve never seen before, and was more of an intrigue buy than anything else. When I saw it I thought it looked really interesting and I’m never giving my body enough love and I’m always forgetting to properly moisturize every night. However, I thought by doing it in the bath that might solve my problem.

I used this for the first time last night and it smells absolutely amazing. Tea tree and mint are both really good natural plants to use on your skin and make it feel amazing. My skin was super soft afterwards, but I feel like you would get through the whole pot quite quickly if you used it everyday. So, I think this is going to be a going out pamper treat for me, to make sure my skin looks and feels amazing when I’m going on a night out.

Have you ever bought beauty products from TKMaxx? Have you found any holy grail products you cant live without?

Rachel x

Oily Skin | Foundation Routine & Products

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When it comes to dealing with oily skin and especially when you wear makeup, it’s really difficult to find the right products and create a combination that truly works for you. I know I’m probably biased, but I honestly do think that oily skin is the hardest skin type to deal with, because it can change so much, from day to day, and the smallest change to the wrong product, can really affect your skin. So, as I’ve battled myself for years with my own oily skin and finding the perfect base products, right from the moisturiser all the way to the powder, I thought I would share the ones I’m currently reaching for.

Elemis Flash Balm | Moisturiser

So let’s start right from the beginning and talk about moisturiser. Personally, after finding the perfect foundation for my skin,being able to find a really good moisturiser has to be the hardest job. A lot of the specific oily skin products, I’ve tried, just don’t work for me and end up being too intense, too harsh or awful as a makeup base. However, recently I went for a lovely facial, at my local spa, and this product was recommended to me. I think it’s actually designed to be an anti-ageing product, but it works perfectly for my skin , as it’s an almost 3 in 1 product. It’s a moisturiser, illuminator and also a primer for your makeup. So, not only does it keep your skin hydrated all day, it also mattifies it and creates a perfect base for your primer. I still like to use a primer because my skin just lasts so much better this way, and the product just doesn’t give me quite enough longevity, for an entire day of wearing makeup.

Elemis is an expensive skincare brand, at around £38 for this product, but I would never suggest that you have to go out and buy the product. I’m simply just sharing a really good quality product that works for me and my skin type. It’s always worth investing money in skincare, and that’s a lesson I’m starting to learn after so many awful high-street products. However, if you’re looking for a brand that’s more affordable, then Liz Earle is a really great option and I’m 100% going to venture into purchasing some of their products, after I’ve used my current ones up.

L’Oréal Infallible Matte Collection | Primer, Foundation & Powder

When it comes to my favourite primer and powder, I feel like nothing I’ve ever tried that can currently beat these ones from the L’Oréal Infallible Matte collection. The primer is my literal life saver for my makeup, and creates the perfect silky, smooth and also matte finish, to the skin. I use it with any foundation that I use, and it works wonderfully every time. It’s a product I just can’t live without, regarding my base, because otherwise my oily skin just eats all my makeup and it start to disappear quite quickly. It’s a real bargain product, at around £8, considering it’s quality and how effective it is as an initial base for all your makeup.

Powder is never something I’ve been necessarily attached to, and I don’t really have a favourite one. However, this one also from the L’Oréal collection has worked wonders for my skin. It’s a really great shade and works with any foundation I pair it with, it feels lovely on the skin and not too thick or powdery and just creates a nice finish to my foundation. I’ve had this product for so long now, and can’t even remember how my makeup looked without it.

The foundation is also really great and is the perfect choice for an evening out, especially due to the fact it’s really long wearing and has no SPF in it. This means there’s no horrible flash back on any selfies you take, or a pale white face in photo’s. Its quite a heavy duty foundation and has really high coverage, however its still really comfortable to wear on the skin and is perfectly made to suit oily skin. The entire range really works for oily skin, unlike others on the high-street beauty market, and all the products provide great quality, for the amount of money you’re paying. You can check out all about the range HERE.

Bourjois Healthy Mix | Foundation | N.o 51 Light Vanilla

This foundation has to be current favourite, just because of how illuminating and dewy it looks on the skin, as well as being a medium coverage and really easy to wear. You only need around a pump, to a pump and half and along with a beauty sponge, you can create a really gorgeous look to your skin. It has to be one of the best high-street foundations ‘ve ever used, because of what amazing colour shades and pay off, every foundation in the collection has, and how well it pairs with the L’Oréal primer and ultimately oily skin. It almost works along with your natural oils in your skin, and creates a great foundation, which you can wear for all occasions and can be built up to become higher coverage. This really is another high-street beauty hero, it’s a really affordable price, of around £10, and would even compare well to some more expensive, high-end foundations.

Revlon Colour Stay | Concealer | Light/ Medium

Out of all of these products, this probably has to ultimate favourite, along with the primer, as I just can’t get enough of either of them. These are the only two products in my whole makeup bag that I really love and have no desire to even change up or consider trying an alternative product. This concealer is just so perfect for my skin, as the whole colour stay range is designed with oily skin in mind. So, it works really well with your natural oils to create a really creamy, dewy and medium coverage concealer. I love how amazing the variety of shades are and how the light/medium one really suits me perfectly. It’s a real dream product, because it lasts a long time, can almost double up as a light coverage foundation, has great colour pay off and is also super affordable at only £6.99 a tube. However, this product is so hard to get hold of in shops, especially this shade, because it’s constantly out of stock everywhere; but trust me it’s worth it.

Is there any products you can recommend for oily skin, or just any of those must-try wonder products?

Rachel x

#SS | 5 Products I Loved Using Whilst On Holiday

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During summer and packing for holidays, I always find myself digging out those mini products, which are perfect for travelling with, and also falling back in love with some of my old favourite’s. So, after popping over to the Brighton Coastline for a week away, I thought I would share 5 products, which I loved using, whilst on my summer holiday…

Wild Argan Oil Shower Gel | The Body Shop

Shower gel is not normally a product that I’m particularly fussy about, because I’ve never really found one that I love to use. I’ve never seen the difference between using different shower gel’s, or the real benefits of using one particular one. However, after discovering this mini version of the Wild Argan Oil shower gel, from the body shop, my opinion quickly changed. I loved how this shower gel is so nourishing for your skin and how it makes shaving a lot smoother and easier to create a good finish. This mini will cost you around £4, however I’m definitely planning on investing in the full size one, because I really love everything about this product.

Ultra Matte Lip Colour | Revlon

I’ve raved about this product before, which you can go and have a read of HERE. However recently I had fallen out of love with the classic nude shade of this matte lip colour, and was bored of just how much I was loving this product. But, this didn’t last for long, as it really was my ultimate go-to lip product, whilst I was on holiday, and a product I just couldn’t get enough of. It look so effortless chic, natural and also simple on the lips, whilst adding a product which pulls your whole makeup look together and that goes with endless beauty combinations. It really is the perfect everyday lip product, whether that’s a summer day out or a date night, and I would really recommend trying it out if you’re a lover of a good nude lip.

Daily Intimate Wash | Femfresh

Personally I’ve never seen the point in having a separate intimate wash, and I’ve always just considered my general shower gel as being good enough for all parts of my body. However, after packing a free mini which I got from a goodie bag, in my toiletry bag and tried it out, I soon realised that my opinion was completely wrong. This Femfresh intimate wash is made to suit the PH of your intimate area’s, which other shower gel’s do not consider, and therefore they can be too harsh and also not necessarily do what you want them to do. So, this wash allows you to wash your intimate area’s in a way which is safe and not too harsh for these private area’s. It’s a product which is probably disregarded, however it really is worth a try and you will be able to see the difference for yourself.

‘Perfect Topping’ Mineralise Skin Finish | Mac

 A good highlighter is key to any summer makeup look, and I personally like a subtle glow that leaves your cheekbones with a natural highlight; and this Mineralise Skin Finish does the job. With pearlescent tones of cream, nude, brown and a light violet, they combine to create the perfect topping to your cheek bones. It is a slightly more expensive product, at around £24 , however it lasts for absolutely ages and I’ve been using mine for over 2 years now and it’s still yet to run out. It’s not an overly obvious highlighter, however it looks really natural and that’s the vibe, I’m always trying to achieve, with my everyday makeup look.

‘022 Sun Bronze’ Natural Bronzer | Rimmel

Bronzer has to be one of my staple makeup products, and that’s because I honestly don’t know how I would be able to complete my everyday makeup face without the use of it. Being English and getting almost no sun in the UK, I’m often pale and bronzer is the only amount of colour I’m every going to get on my face. However, finding the perfect one is less than an easy job, due to the large amount of orange and terrocota toned products on the high-street. So, when I discovered this Rimmel Natural bronzer, through a recommendation from one of my favourite youtubers, I fell in love with it. The formulation of the product is amazing; it’s long lasting, long wearing, the colour pigment is super natural and the perfect tone for my skin, and it’s also a really affordable price. This will set you back around £6, however it’s the best affordable bronzer I’ve ever used, and I would really recommend it if you have more pale, but yellow toned skin.

You can keep up with the rest of the #SummerSpecial series HERE.

Rachel x