Thursday, 24 July 2014

What's In My Travel Makeup Bag?

 I don't use a makeup bag for my daily makeup, as I tend to just have everything I need overflowing from drawers and boxes, and tumbling onto the floor. I'm not exactly organised when it comes to beauty products! Therefore, when it comes time to pack myself a makeup bag for a night away, it's always a tricky job trying to narrow down what I will take. I try to take items that have more than one use, as well as items which are unlikely to get damaged knocking around my bag. Here is what I took when I recently spent the night in Brighton with On The Beach, for a blogger weekend.
HD Brows Kit Foxy*
MAC Eye Shadows Woodwinked
Mac Paint Pot Painterly
Maybelline The Collosal Volum' Express Mascara
Tarte Eye Brow Brush and Spoolie
Eco Tools Shadow Brush
Real Techniques Blending Brush
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
L'Oreal Paris Nude Magique BB Cream
Nivea Express Hydration Primer
The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzer & Bronzing Brush*
Rimmel Stay Blushed Cream Blusher Pop of Pink
Barry M Loud Mouth Tell Tale
So...? Burlesque*
Percy & Reed Session Hold Hairspray*
eBay Lip Brush

What are your essentials for your travel beauty kit?

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Review - Balance Me Natural Perfection BB Cream *

 The Balance Me Natural Perfection BB Cream* is reported as being:
"A skin-perfecting SPF 25 naturally anti-ageing BB cream designed to nourish, plump, protect and address uneven skin tone, for an even, radiant, glowing complexion". 
The biggest selling point about this BB cream for me, is that it has a sun protection factor of 25. Now that we have been lucky enough to have some lovely sunny weather, it's very important to use skincare products with sun protection. The Balance Me BB cream will block out both UVA and UVB rays, and the ingredients within the product have been chosen specifically to boost the sun filter qualities, at the same time as boosting complexion. The ingredients include rosehip oil, blackberry leaf extract, lotus flowers and violet seed extracts. I was immediately struck by how much like a skincare product this smells, and it doesn't have the standard 'makeup' smells I have come to associate with BB creams and foundations, which can be slightly unpleasant. Not only does this BB cream consist of some beautifully-smelling ingredients, but it also includes hydraluronic acid, which those in the beauty know, will be aware of as a fantastic ingredient in terms of anti-ageing. 
I am hugely impressed with the Balance Me Natural Perfection BB Cream so far; the coverage is spot-on for my needs. I don't like anything too thick, and I've always said that I like my face products to have the consistency of a moisturiser - this product does exactly that, with a very sheer coverage. It smoothes on so easily and seamlessly, leaving behind a dewy, flawless complexion. I wore this for a few days without a powder on top, and really liked the radiant glow it left me, but found that with a light dusting of powder over the top to mattify it, it was just as effective. On application, this feels far more like a skincare product than it does a BB cream, and that for me is a winning factor. The only downside, is that it takes quite a bit of product to cover my entire face. Coverage lasted me for a whole 8-hour day at work, with only a small amount of topping-up required.

I would highly recommend trying out this BB cream if you prefer sheer coverage. You can find it online here at £26 / 40ml.
Throughout the months of June and July, Balance me are running a competition for their followers on social media; post a picture of your favourite Balance Me product, and add the hashtag #BalanceMeHome or #BalanceMeAway, depending on where you are in the world. The best picture each week will win a prize, so it's worth getting involved! Make sure you tag @balancemebeauty to ensure your entry is seen. Good luck!

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Bedside Beauty

I often keep a small stash of beauty products beside my bed, as more often than not when I'm lying there in bed I don't want to have to get up to get anything! I try not to keep too much by the bed, as I don't like it to be too cluttered, so I keep a few items on a small ceramic dish which I picked up for a few pounds on eBay. I always have a hand cream (currently using my favourite brand for hand creams, L'Occitane) and a lip balm, and often several lip balms at once! At the moment I am using Whipstick* by Lush, which smells absolutely divine - exactly like orange chocolate! I don't use eye cream very often, but I got this sample of Benefit's It's Potent! with a Benefit order a while ago, and actually quite like it. The tub is very dinky, and perfect to fit into my dish. Finally, given the recent spate of sticky, hot weather that we've been having, I've really been struggling to sleep. The Seascape Sleep Oil* applied to my temples and pillow seems to help ease me into a slumber, and the soothing lavender scent really is lovely. 
What do you keep beside your bed?

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