Space NK Skincare Sample Reviews

A few months ago now I made an order from Space NK. When you make an order, you get to choose three free samples and I decided to go for all skincare samples as I wanted to discover some new skincare products. I’ve finally used them all and I thought it might be nice to share my thoughts on them and whether I want to repurchase them or not. I hope you enjoy this and find it helpful and make sure to let me know if you’ve tried any of these products.

REN Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial, £32
I had never tried anything from REN before but I’ve heard really good things about the brand so I thought that this would be a good thing to try. You are meant to put it on your skin overnight and it is supposed to ‘leave skin visibly brighter, more luminous, refined and even-toned by morning.’ It gives a 3-phase treatment while you sleep and I have to say I’m a bit confused as to how that works so you can read about it yourself. The sample I used only had 2ml in it and surprisingly I managed to get two uses out of it. I used it on two consecutive nights and to be perfectly honest I didn’t see or feel any difference. It was probably because I only used quite a small amount and I only used it twice. This would probably be a great product for non-teen skin. So pretty much for anyone over the age of twenty or more normal skin just because of it’s consistency. If you’ve tried this let me know your thoughts and I’d definitely buy this product if my skin was more normal – if you have normal skin, I’d recommend it to you.

Rodial X-treme Acid Rush Peel, £85
Again, I’d never tried anything from Rodial but I’ve always wanted as even though the products are expensive, they look really good and like they actually work so I was excited to try this. This is a resurfacing facial peel which is meant to revive the look of skin. The acids in it exfoliate and retexture the skin which reduces the appearance of imperfections. It also claims to leave the skin clear and with a youthful glow. In this sample there was only 1ml so I didn’t think it would even cover half of my face; however, I was wrong, it generously covered my whole face (and I thought I had a big face!). I have to agree with the fact that it leaves your skin quite luminous, renewed and imperfection free. Even though I did only use it once I definitely think that if you used it frequently it would transform your skin. It is however very expensive and I’m sure you could find a cheaper alternative that works just as well. But if you can justify paying £85 for it then I’d recommend you do. If you’ve tried this share your thoughts and if you know of any dupes let me know.

Anne Semonin Mineral Mask, £42
I had seen Anne Semonin’s products on Beauty Bay before but I hadn’t seen anyone talking about her products and I still haven’t. But I’ve been on a mission for what feels like years to find a good face mask and I thought that it would be worth trying this one out. It has a lot of natural marine elements which is great for treating congested skin. It is supposed to purify and detoxify and it contains all sorts of natural ingredients. One of it’s main ingredients is seaweed which it smells quite strongly of (I like the smell, some people might not though) and it detoxifies and replenishes the skin. This contained 7ml of product which is a good amount and it gave me two good uses. It left my skin feeling amazing and looking a lot better (I was having a breakout at the time) and it might possibly be my favourite face mask ever. I would highly recommend this to anyone with any skin type as it is just amazing if you can pay £42. I’m sure you could find a more affordable version so please let me know if you know of any as I’m not too keen on spending that amount on a face mask! But I love this product, it is amazing.

Love Sarah x

Easter Sunday GRWM

As it’s Easter Sunday today I thought I’d do a get ready with me. I don’t celebrate Easter for religious reasons but my family come over and stuff. I just thought I’d just tell you what skincare I did prior to my makeup as I don’t think I’ve done that before, what I did with my hair and all about the makeup I wore as I really enjoy writing these kind of posts. Whether or not you’re celebrating Easter I hope you have an amazing day and I really hope you enjoy this.

The first thing I did was apply a facemask. I don’t do this all the time but today I just decided that I wanted to. I used the Anne Semonin Mineral Mask and I’ll do a post soon with my opinions on it. I then exfoliated my skin in preparation for makeup. The exfoliator I’m currently using is the St Ives Blemish Fighting Apricot Scrub which I’ve only just started using. I don’t have a full opinion on it yet but I’ll be sure to let you know when I do. I then moisturised my skin with some E45 Cream to rehydrated my skin and to create a good base for my makeup.

I couldn’t be bothered doing anything with my hair so I just straightened it with the ghd IV Styler. I would highly recommend these straighteners as they are such good quality and I’ve had them for about ten years.

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I’m actually trying out a new foundation at the moment. It’s the Bourjois Air Mat Foundation in ‘Rose Ivory’ which I’ll review as soon as I feel like I’ve used it enough to do so. I love the packaging of this foundation and it’s so travel friendly which is great. I then used the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in ‘Ivory’ which you all know I really like as it is lightweight and natural. I then primed my eyes using the Urban Decay Eden Eyeshadow Primer Potion which is amazing and it keeps my eyeshadow on all day with no creasing. I then set my under eyes, eyelids and the rest of my face with my favourite powder ever, the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in ‘Transparent.’ I then did my eyebrows with the L’Oréal Brow Artist Genius Kit in ‘Light/Medium’ which is the product I’ve been using and loving for around a year now. I defined my arches with the wax and filled them in with the powder.

I then contoured my cheekbones, jawline and nose with the Benefit Hoola Bronzer which is matte and is the perfect shade for me. They have an even lighter version coming out at the end of May which I’m really excited about. I also used this to bronze up my forehead. I then used my favourite highlighter which is the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in ‘Moonstone.’ It’s the most finely milled and beautiful highlighter and it’s the most gorgeous colour too. I just did a super simple eyeshadow look using my Stila In The Moment Eyeshadow Palette. I just used the shade ‘Wonder’ all over the eyelid and then put the shade ‘Instinct’ in the inner corner. I then used my favourite mascara ever which you’ve all heard me talk about a million times. It’s the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara in ‘Black’ which is just so volumising and lifting.

Before putting my lipstick on I just put on some lip balm. The one I’m using at the moment is the Burt’s Bees Hydrating Lip Balm with Coconut & Pear. I then used my favourite drugstore lip liner which is the MUA Lip Liner in ‘Caramel Nougat’ and I used the MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in ‘Crème Cup’ which is probably my favourite lipstick of all time.

Love Sarah x

Update: My Skincare Favorites of All Time

Today I’m going to be doing an updated ‘My Skincare Favorites of All Time’ as I realised it was one of my most popular posts in 2016. Since I posted the original post back in July, I realised a lot has changed – I have some new products to share and the products which I’ll be mentioning again, I want to go into a lot more detail about. I want to state right now that I have oily/combination skin, have frequent but minor breakouts and have dehydrated skin. I’ve had a lot of trial and error with skincare and these are my five favorite products that I’ve ever tried. I’d recommend that you check out my original skincare favorites post from last year as those are amazing products but I now favour different ones. I really hope you enjoy this and find it helpful and please let me know what you’re skincare favorites are.

E45 Wash Cream, £4.35 – I’ve been using this for about seven months since I heard Saffron Barker saying that she used it and she has amazing skin. I initially really liked the fact that it is soap free, non foaming and non drying because even though I have oily skin, it’s dehydrated and the last thing I want to do is dehydrate it further which would lead to excess oil production and more blemishes. This is intended to be used to treat dry skin conditions which I don’t have; I don’t even have dry skin at all. I use this to remove my eye makeup, remove my base makeup and for the first cleanse of my skin. I use about half a pump to remove my eye makeup which it does so efficiently and then I use a pump with a little bit of water to remove my base makeup and cleanse my skin. It leaves my skin feeling so soft and this will work so well for all skin types, even sensitive skin. I’d highly recommend this product to anyone looking for a good quality yet affordable cleanser.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, £4.99/400ml – I have been using this for around ten months now after everyone was using it and recommending it. As it was so affordable I decided I had to try it. Firstly, it is better than every other micellar water I’ve tried so if your looking for one, get this one. I use this to remove any makeup left on my face after I’ve cleansed my it and it does a significantly good job – a lot better than you get from others of that price. This is perfect for all skin types but there are a few different formulations specifically for different skin types which I am yet to try. I just soak a large cotton pad in this and it gets every last bit of makeup off. I highly recommend this to everyone as I’ve found it’s better than products four times the price of it. It’s a great skincare product to have.

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Garnier Pure Active Anti-Blackhead Wash, £3.79 – I’ve been using this amazing product since last Summer when I needed a new exfoliating face wash. Not only did it work well as an exfoliating wash, it reduced the amount of breakouts I had and became one of my all time favorite skincare products (hence why I’m mentioning it in this post). I had heard that the pure active range from Garnier was great for oily/imperfection prone skin due to it’s salicylic acid content but I didn’t think it would actually control oil production without drying out my skin, reduce the amount of breakouts I had and get rid of blackheads. I use this daily and I’m still on my first bottle so it lasts ages too which is great. This isn’t too harsh on the skin but it’s harsh enough that it actually exfoliates properly. If you have dry or sensitive skin I’d steer clear of this but if you have oily/combination and/or acne or blackhead prone skin, I’d highly recommend that you give this a go.

Foreo LUNA Mini Skincare Device, £85 – I got this product for Christmas in 2015 and after having used it for over a year I can tell you with confidence that it has completely changed my skin. I was struggling with blackheads, uneven texture and breakouts. I was fully prepared for this not to work but it really did. I almost immediately noticed a difference and a year later my skin has never looked better (it’s still not great). It removes breakout-causing impurities and excess oil and it has dramatically reduced the amount of blackheads I have and the texture of my skin is a lot more even. It uses T-Sonic pulsations and it is amazing because its really hygienic due to the fact that it’s silicone and also waterproof. I would highly recommend those struggling with any kind of skin issues to seriously consider investing in one of these – it changed my skin and was the answer to my problems, it could be the answer to yours too.

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Aloe Pura Aloe Vera Gel, £5.99 – I have just recently written a full review on this product which I would recommend that you read as I won’t go into as much detail here. Anyway, I’ve been using this for about three months now after I heard Kathleen Lights talking about how it completely cleared her skin. I figured it would be worth trying as it claimed when I read about it online to reduce breakouts and clear acne scarring. When I first started using it my skin broke out quite badly but that’s normal and I talk about why in the review I did. When that breakout cleared, my whole face looked so much healthier and I’ve noticed my breakouts have been less frequent and less severe. I had very minimal but still noticeable acne scarring which has slightly reduced and become less noticeable but it can take up to two years to fully go away. I’d highly recommend that anyone with any kind of skin issue looks into buying this – it’s a skin saviour.

Love Sarah x

Aloe Vera Gel Review – How It’s Changed My Skin

I want to talk to you about a skincare product that I started using at the very end of last year and give you a full review on it. I think some of you might find it helpful, well I hope you do anyway. You may not have heard about using aloe vera gel on the skin and neither had I until I heard Kathleen Lights talking about it but I’m going to be telling you all about it and what it’s done for me. So as I said, I hope you find this helpful and I hope you enjoy. If you have tried aloe vera gel let me know your thoughts and opinions on it and if you have any skincare tips or product recommendations, let me know!

So I think firstly I’ll mention what aloe vera gel I use. I use the Aloe Pura Aloe Vera Gel which I got from Holland & Barrett. If you can, buy an actual aloe vera plant and use the gel straight out of that as it’s the most natural and fresh form, but if like me, you can’t then using the most natural one you can is important. The specific one that I use is made using only the inner gel from plump and ripe organic aloe vera leaves. It claims to be ideal for dry, damaged skin and for using on stretch marks, scars, chapped skin, minor burns and after sun exposure. The reviews are also great and are 4.9 stars. I should also mention it costs £5.99 and it’s a 200ml bottle. As I said I’ve now been using it for about two months every single day and I have used about half of the bottle so it should last for about four months.

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So, personally I started using the aloe vera in hope that it would clear up my mild acne and help fade scarring. I researched it lots and came to the conclusion that it would be worth a try. The first thing I noticed was how incredibly drying it was on my skin (I have combination skin – oily and very dehydrated) but it wasn’t a massive issue as I just apply my moisturiser a couple of minutes after anyway. The first week or so of using it I found my skin looked so much worse and my understanding of why is that it goes right to the bottom layers of your skin and brings everything up to the surface layer. When the blemish/imperfection is visible on your face it treats it and it goes away fast without scarring your face. After a week or two this calmed down and overall I’ve noticed my skin is clearer, although not 100% clear because I’m a teenager, and the scarring that I did have as slightly faded (I read somewhere it takes up to two years to fully fade them). I also have found that as it does dry my skin out slightly, it controls the oil production and therefor I have less blemishes. I feel like it has benefited my skin and I can personally highly recommend that people with acne, however mild or severe try this and also that people with acne scarring try this. I’d also say that people with any other skin conditions previously mentioned should try this out.

Love Sarah x

40 Beauty Questions Tag!

Today I thought I’d do a tag as I’ve not done one in ages and when I do them you all seem to really enjoy them. I googled some and I decided to do the 40 beauty questions tag because it seems like a great way to learn about peoples beauty rituals. If you do this tag make sure to let me know so I can read your answers to these questions and I really hope that you enjoy this!

1. How many times do you wash your face daily?
I wash my face twice daily. I like to wash my face when I wake up in the morning and then again at night when I’m getting ready for bed.

2. What skin type do you have?
I have combination skin. So my t-zone is quite oily and I have fairly large pores and my cheeks are quite dehydrated and feel really dry. It can be quite annoying having this skin type but over the years I’ve picked up lots of tips to help me manage it.

3. What is your current facial wash?
I use the same facial wash morning and night and it’s the Garnier Skin Active Exfoliating Wash which is amazing for oily skin, prevents and treats spots because it contains salicylic acid and it’s affordable too. Garnier do some amazing face washes.

4. Do you exfoliate?
Yes, my facial wash which I just mentioned is an exfoliator so I lightly exfoliate my skin twice daily. People will tell me that’s too often but I have oily skin so I need to keep it clean and my pores unblocked.

5. What brand do you use?
A bit of an irrelevant question because as I’ve already mentioned, the brand of facial wash I use is Garnier.

6. What moisturiser do you use?
I use E45 Cream as my cheeks get so dehydrated and it works surprisingly well with the more oily areas of my face. If you have any recommendations I terms of moisturiser, or anything for that matter, please let me know.

7. Do you have freckles?
Yes and I love them! As it’s currently Winter they’re barely visible and I miss them so much! And I personally don’t like drawn on freckles so I can’t even do that – they DO NOT look real at all!

8. Do you use eye cream?
No I don’t. Should I? Let me know!

9. Do you or did you have acne prone skin?
Inevitably, I do due to my oily t-zone but it’s not too bad and I’ve found ways to manage it well.

10. Did you ever have to use Pro-activ?
No, I’ve never had to use Pro-activ.

11. What foundation do you use?
The foundation I use is Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation. It’s perfect for everyday wear as it has a medium and luminous coverage with a natural finish. It also works well with most skin types and it’s also affordable.

12. How about concealer?
I use the matching concealer to my foundation which is Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer. It’s especially good for under eyes due to it’s light consistency and illuminating effect but it can be used all over the face.

13. Do you know your undertone colour?
I think my undertone is fairly neutral – not cool or warm. It’s great because a lot more suits me as I can wear cool or warm colours.

14. What do you think of fake eyelashes?
If they are applied properly and they fit the persons eye size and shape well then I think they can look amazing. Personally, I don’t wear them often but I do wear natural lashes when I do.

15. Did you know you are supposed to change your mascara every three months?
I did, but who actually does that? It’s more like every six to eight months for me… I don’t think that’s too bad though as I keep my makeup clean and I’d never share a mascara.

16. What brand of mascara do you use?
The brand of mascara I use is Maybelline, specifically Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara. It’s amazing and so affordable so next time you need a mascara try this. The wand is like no other! Let me know what mascara I should try next though.

17. Sephora or MAC?
Well, I live in the UK so I only have the chance to shop in Sephora once or twice a year so if we’re talking realistically it would be MAC because I can actually shop there whenever. But if we’re not then I’d chose Sephora because of the wider collection of makeup you can buy there.

18. Do you have a MAC pro-card?
No, I don’t.

19. What makeup tools do you use in makeup application?
I mainly use Real Techniques brushes as they are amazing quality, apply and blend makeup so well and are really affordable too.

20. Do you use a makeup base/primer for the eyes?
I use the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion which I think makes such a difference to the application and wear time of the eyeshadows. I’d highly recommend this to anyone who wears eyeshadow.

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21. For the face?
No, and here’s why. I have large pores due to my oily skin and I find that primer blocks them so much and makes my skin break out quite badly. I don’t find it made any difference in the application or wear time of my makeup so I just don’t think they’re for me.

22. What is your favorite eyeshadow?
It would probably have to be Urban Decay Eyeshadow in ‘Liar’ (from the Naked 3 Palette). It’s such a pretty mid brown shimmery shade that is perfect for every occasion – I love it.

23. Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner?
I use both because they’re completely different things. For pencil liner I love Lancôme Le Crayon Kohl Eye Pencil as it’s easy to apply and last well. For liquid liner I love either L’Oréal Super Liner Perfect Slim or L’Oréal Super Liner Black Lacquer Waterproof as they are so easy to use and last so well. I usually just tend to use a brown or a black eyeshadow rather than an eyeliner as it’s so much easier.

24. How often do you poke your eyes with an eyeliner pencil?
Quite rarely, but when it does happen it’s a disaster as your eyes start watering, taking off all of your eye makeup and ruining your base too. Huge first world problem right there!

25. What do you think of pigment eyeshadows?
I have a few pigment eyeshadows but I rarely use them as they’re best for nights out. And even then I forget about them and just stick to normal eyeshadow.

26. Do you use mineral makeup?
I don’t. Let me know if you do and what’s better or worse about it than normal makeup – I’d be interested to know.

27. What is your favorite lipstick?
How am I supposed to answer that?! That’s like asking someone to pick their favorite child! It’s impossible! *Thinks for about 5 minutes, comparing the wearability (is that a word?) in all situations* I hate to choose but it would have to be MAC Satin Lipstick in ‘Faux.’ It’s probably my most worn lipstick as it’s a gorgeous feminine mid-pink toned nude. It could be worn with any makeup look on anyone.

28. How about lipgloss?
It would have to be No7 BB Lips Beauty Balm in ‘Ballerina’ as it has a non-sticky formula and the colour is a beautiful pale pink which suits me well and is so wearable.

29. What is your favorite blush?
I personally don’t think blush suits me what so ever and I only like bronzy/nude shades on other people or I personally think it can ruin their makeup. Let me know if you have any natural blushers that you can recommend to me.

30. Do you buy your makeup on Ebay?
No. I don’t think I’d ever feel comfortable doing that as you never know who is selling it. I’d rather go into store or order from an official makeup website.

31. Do you like drugstore makeup?
Yes, I love drugstore makeup! I think a lot of it is as good as or better than a lot of high end products. I do love some high end items more (eyeshadow, bronzer, highlighter) but for the most part, I use and love drugstore makeup.

32. Do you go to CCO’s (cosmetic company outlets)?
No, I don’t.

33. Did you ever consider taking makeup classes?
I don’t feel like taking a makeup class would be necessary for me as I find it really easy to learn things from YouTube, beauty blogs etc. and so I think it would be a waste of money. I don’t know if I will in the future though.

34. Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?
I can be quite clumsy when I’m applying mascara. I watch makeup tutorials and people are putting on their mascara perfectly well, making no mess. Then there’s me running my eyeshadow and getting it everywhere. Maybe it’s not as bad as that but I just can’t seem to apply mascara! When I’m doing everything else however, I’m fine.

35. Name a makeup crime that you hate?
I’m personally not really a fan of blusher that looks bright pink on the cheeks. I think the focus should be more on the eyes or the lips and it also makes the cheeks look less defined, and ruins the contour and highlight. If you love bright pink blusher, don’t be offended! You do you and I’m sure you look great!

36. Do you like colourful shades of makeup (lipstick, eyeshadow) or neutral ones?
I usually stick to neutral shades on both the eyes and lips but I’d really like to start wearing more colourful shades of lipstick, I think I’ll start in the Summer. I think certain people really suit colourful shades of makeup and others really suit more neutral shades and I suit neutral shades more.

37. Which celebrity always has great makeup?
There is no specific celebrity that I can think of because literally all of them look amazing all the time. I mean, if you had that much money how could you not?

38. If you could leave the house using just one makeup item, what would you use?
I’d use my L’Oréal Brow Artist Genius Kit to fill in my eyebrows. I frequently leave the house with only my eyebrows on.

39. Could you ever leave the house without any makeup on?
Yes I do it all the time. I love the way I look with and without makeup on but that confidence has come with time so if you’re not there yet, don’t worry!

40. In your opinion, what is the best makeup line?
That’s almost impossible to answer! For drugstore makeup I’d pick L’Oréal as their products are amazing quality and for high end makeup I’d pick MAC as they have a great variation of products. Both brands together, everything you’d ever need!

Love Sarah x

Beauty Bay Wish List!

I thought it would be a good idea to do a Beauty Bay wish list. Firstly because I spend ages on Beauty Bay and wishing that I had everything and secondly because everyone loves a wish list. I love writing them, you all seem to love reading them so I really hope you enjoy this! I’ve narrowed it down to only six things which was difficult but I’m sure you’ll be hearing more about them soon from me as I’ll probably by a few of the things. Let me know if you’ve tried any of these products and let me know what you thought of them.

Alpha-H Limited Edition Supersize Daily Essential Moisturiser SPF 50+ 100ml, £36 – Everyone needs an SPF 50 moisturiser especially if you have pale skin like myself, so when you can get a good quality one for amazing value for money, it’s simply just a must have. I’ve not actually heard anything about this moisturiser so I’d be interested to know if you have or if you have tried it. It’s ‘a deeply hydrating and nourishing cream’ and is apparently perfect for all skin types. It claims to be sweat and water-resistant so it’s perfect for the Summer months. It contains vitamin-e, aloe vera, beeswax, silica and SPF 50 which are all amazing for the skin. This size is limited edition so if you want it get it as soon as possible but there is a permanent version which is £26 for 50ml. Not as good value for money as the limited edition version but still a lot better than other SPF 50’s on the market.

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Stila Color Balm Lipstick in ‘Evangeline,’ £16 – I can actually give opinions on the formula of this lipstick as I already have one in the shade ‘Avery’ which I really love. It is a very pigmented lipstick but it is very moisturising on the lips and I find that combination very hard to find. It also contains peppermint oil which is an ingredient that I personally really like for helping irritated lips. It has a gorgeous satin finish which we all know is my favorite lipstick formula. I believe there are 19 shades in which range from pale nudes to deep berry colours. The particular colour on my wish list is a beautiful dusty rose shade which I think will really suit me and most people for that matter. It also looks like the perfect colour for late Winter going into Spring – just the perfect shade for the transition between all seasons actually. I think this will be in my makeup collection soon…

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Morphe R3 Precision Pointed Contour Brush, £10.50 – This is going to shock some of you, but I’ve never tried a Morphe brush… yes, really! I have a list of Morphe brushes I’d like to try in the back of my planner (which is ridiculous) and this is one that is probably one of the first I’ll get because I’m looking to get a new contour brush (if you have any other recommendations, let me know!). All of the Morphe brushes I want are from the rose gold collection as they look so beautiful and this is one of them. It has a precision tapered tip which makes it perfect for more precise contour but because it’s densely packed with bristles it will be perfect for blending and therefor making your contour look more natural. I’ll probably need to get this soon as the Morphe brushes are constantly going out of stock!

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Illamasqua Lip Lure in ‘Bloom,’ £19.50 – I’m sure these are a fairly recent release from Illamasqua and I haven’t really heard too much about them but they look really nice. They are pigmented liquid lipsticks with ‘a fade resistant finish’ which is always good and they have a high shine finish. They’re also comfortable to wear and are hydrating on the lips which is really important for me as I don’t want something on my lips that is drying. I believe the have ten shades which range from nudes to bright oranges to dark purples so they have something for everyone. The particular shade which I’d like is ‘bloom’ which is a pink toned nude which looks perfect for everyday wear and would look really pretty on a lot of people with a wide variety of skin tones.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette, £41 – I don’t even think I need to explain why I need this eyeshadow palette in my life… just look at the colours! The colours in the palette are all beautiful. There are 14 shades in the palette which include neutral matte shades which are perfect for transition shades, there are gorgeous pink and burgundy shades which are beautiful and are the reason why everyone loves this palette so much. I’ve never tried any Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadows but apparently they’re really pigmented and are really creamy which would make them really easy to work with and blend. It also comes with a double ended eyeshadow brush which is amazing. I’d love this palette but I’m not sure I can buy it right now as I’ve bought so much recently.

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Love Sarah x

Beauty Haul – January 2017

I’m going to be doing another beauty haul which is really exciting. These are all things that I bought before Christmas but I’ll be doing another beauty haul at the start of February showing you what I bought with some of my Christmas money. I’ll give you a review on the things I’ve already tried (which I think is everything), let you know why I bought them etc. I really hope you enjoy this post and let me know what beauty items I should buy next.

MAC Cleansing Oil, £21 – I just thought I’d give this a try because I want to start investing more in my skincare this year. Obviously it’s an oil but it’s a lot messier than I thought it would be – there was oil everywhere which was probably user error, I always make such a mess. Anyway, it wasn’t what I expected really. It isn’t the best makeup remover I’ve ever tried. I haven’t used it very many times so I can’t give my full opinion yet (when I’m finished it I will) but I think my Garnier Micellar Water is better and it’s only a quarter of the price. I think I do regret buying this but let me know if you have this and let me know what you think of it.

MAC Satin Lipstick in ‘Viva Glam II,’ £15.50 – I decided I wanted another MAC lipstick annoyingly straight after I uploaded my MAC lipstick collection (well done!) so I went into MAC and had a look at the lipsticks. I planned on getting ‘Yash’ but after seeing it in person I came to the conclusion that I really didn’t like it. I was then really undecided on whether to get this or ‘Velvet Teddy.’ In the end I decided to get this based on the fact that it’s a Viva Glam lipstick and the full proceeds go to the MAC AIDS Fund. It is such a pretty colour which is a light/medium nude/mauve colour which has a touch of pink in it. It’s really pretty and suits my neutral pale beige skin tone really well. It’s also a satin finish (one of my favorites from MAC) so it’s very opaque, long lasting but not drying in the slightest.

Aloe Pura Aloe Vera Gel with Tea Tree, £5.69 – I bought this after I heard Kathleen Lights talking about how much aloe vera helped her skin in this video. I also did quite a bit of research before buying it to see exactly how it worked and what benefits it had etc. so if you are considering buying it I’d recommend that you do a little bit of research too. I’m going to do a whole post on it in about a months time (so if you’d like to see that make sure your following me) so I won’t go into to much detail at the moment. I will say that I think it has made a difference to my skin but do note that my skin isn’t too bad, I only have a couple of small breakouts per week.

Maybelline Baby Lips in ‘Mint Candy,’ £2.99 – It was actually my sister who bought me this but I thought I’d include it anyway as it is something new that I got. I never really got the hype about the Baby Lips lip balms until I tried this particular one. They all have a really nice creamy, moisturising and hydrating formula but I just love this one a lot. It looks like a very pale pink colour and when I have makeup on and my face has more colour to it is very true to colour and gives a really pretty wash of colour. However when I have no makeup on and I look paler it is colourless which I don’t have an issue with as when I have no makeup on I don’t want to have any colour on my lips. I really like this and I’d recommend it.

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in ‘Peach Glow,’ £3.99 – If you know anything about me, you’ll know that I love this powder and I literally could not live without it. Okay, maybe I could live but I certainly couldn’t do my makeup! I won’t go on about it too much as I feel like I talk about it all the time but if you’ve not already tried this I would highly recommend that you do. It just sets my makeup and keeps my oily skin completely shine free for about 5 hours. I just love this and will forever repurchase it, it’s just the best.

Boots Tea Tree & Which Hazel 6 Nose Pore Strips, £4.99 – I got these to remove the dirt and oil etc. from the pores on my nose (obviously). These do not work. I followed all of the directions on the back of the box and the just do not work. I have tried them multiple times and not once have they removed anything from more than ten pores. I wouldn’t recommend these but let me know if they work for you and let me know if you know of any nose pore strips which actually work.

Love Sarah x