29.7.14

Gentle Breakout Skincare


There's a whole lot of posts out there telling you about skincare for blemish-prone, oily/combo skin, but what about us dryer girls? We get spots too, you know. Granted, my skin is generally fairly well behaved, but on the (not unusual) occasions when I have a group of unwanted red friends on my forehead, I don't want to end up drying out my skin in the long run. 

 We all know that prevention is better than cure, so I've been incorporating a few blemish-busting products into my daily routine. The first is La Roche Posay Serozinc (€7), a fun spray toner that contains zinc to help decongest the skin. Even though it's actually aimed at combination skin, it doesn't dry me out at all. And it's so refreshing in the mornings! I'll be honest, I haven't been using it long enough to see permanent results, but I'll report back when I have. At the moment it's just really enjoyable to use!

When I'm in need of a quick fix, I always turn to a clay mask. The Superfacialist by Una Brennan Tea Flower Clay Mask (£8.99) is the gentlest I've tried without compromising on effectiveness. If my skin is feeling extra dry, then I'll use a gh0stparties trick - I mix in a few drops of facial oil to make it more nourishing (I like Caudalie Divine Oil). It just does deep cleansing effectively - and none of that "brings bacteria to the surface" stuff - this stuff gets rid of breakouts instead of causing them!

I'm pretty sure all of us have relied on Tea Tree oil and some point in our lives. I'm not one for fancy chemically spot treatments as honestly none of them really seem to make more difference than my trusty little bottle of tea tree. It's not a miracle worker, but it helps with breakouts without drying out my skin to the point of flakiness. Nothing fancy is needed - just pure tea tree oil does the trick for about £2 per (everlasting) tiny bottle.

Exfoliation is key in preventing bacterial build up. Honestly there's nothing wrong with a gentle scrub, a lot of bloggers seem to dismiss them in favour of chemical exfoliants, but the Bioderma Hydrabio Crème Gommant (£10.50) isn't abrasive or scratchy. It gently buffs away at the top layer of the skin and you feel fresher and cleaner for it - it helps that it's aimed at sensitive, dehydrated skin meaning it's not harsh.

What do you turn to when you wake up with a few unwelcome gifts on your chin?

Ella xo

PS: I've just posted my Morning Skincare Routine on my Youtube channel, check it out if you haven't already and maybe even subscribe? There's a ittle 4-second glitch towards the end of the video but hopefully no one will notice too much! I've posted three videos so far and tehy're all around 2 minutes so it won't take much of your time xx

27.7.14

Share The Love #2

I've been meaning to update this series for a few months now! It's so nice to see bloggers recommending other bloggers every now and then.

Vanessa runs one of my favourite blogs in the universe, her photos are stunning and her writing never fails to make me giggle. Just look at the 50-odd comments she gets on every. single. post! She's also the loveliest lady ever and often comments on my little blog - I let out an IRL smile when she followed me :D

I actually discovered Cat through her YouTube originally, her videos are so well edited! I love her photos too, they are so clean and simple and she has impeccable taste in makeup. I also really want her hair!

Roxanne has a beautiful blog packed to the brim with gorgeous, lust-worthy, luxurious products that practically have me drooling. Her reviews are clear and well-written, and I love her pretty blog design.

You know when you just can't find a fault in someones blog? That's Bespectacled. Kat's photography skills are impeccable, and she has fantastic taste in skincare too. Shoutout to all fellow glasses wearers! I immediately click to her posts when I see them in my bloglovin' feed.

I hope you discovered a couple new blogs to follow! I genuinely love all of these blogs and can't get enough of them. To see all the people I follow (there's around 400), check out my bloglovin' profile here. What's one blog that has been standing out to you lately? Also don't forget to leave your own link, I love having a read!

Ella xo

25.7.14

Beauty Hacks

You know those little tips and tricks that seem to get handed down through generations of beauty lovers? Yeah, that. My mum has never been much of a makeup lover, but I have discovered a few little beauty secrets that could help your Monday mornings go a little smoother...

Uneven eyeliner? Literally everyone who has ever worn eyeliner ever knows this feeling. But you don't have to grab the cleansing oil and start from scratch, oh no! Just dip a cotton bud (Q tip) in an oil-free moisturiser like Clinique SuperMoisture Extended Thirst Relief (£34) and you've turned it into a magic eyeliner eraser, all you have to do is wipe away the smudged bits and you can continue on with your day. It's much less messy than using a normal makeup remover because there's no liquid involved.

I'll admit it, sometimes I can be a cheapskate. I needed an angled brush for my brows a few months ago, so, instead of buying one from a £20 set (looking at you Real Techniques), buying one for £20 alone - cough - Mac - cough - or having to order it online (Zoeva), I popped down to my local art shop and found a small, flat, dense little brush that was almost perfect - I paid £2.95 for it, took it home, snipped it at an angle and voila, my own DIY brow brush! Paint brushes tend to be an awful lot cheaper than makeup ones but most of them are made from the same stuff, so have a look in an art supplies retailer and they could have a dupe for a brush you've been lusting after for ages. This one was from a brand called Masterstroke.

If you're a bit of a messy nail-painter, apply Vaseline (not pictured, but we all know what it looks like) or any kind of oily emollient (lip balm, cuticle oil, etc.) around the edges of your nails to prevent polish from being dolloped onto your cuticles or nail beds. Obviously practice makes perfect with nails, and this won't stop your polish flooding the cuticles, but it helps! You also moisturise your nail beds in the process.

Do you have any beauty secrets?

Ella xo

22.7.14

Summer Makeup Routine




https://youtube.com/watch?v=HjWJhyz-pM0

Another video for y'all! Hope you enjoy. Everyday makeup routine-type videos are my favourite to watch, so hopefully you'll like this too. I'm trying to keep my videos short and sweet so people don't get bored! It features a sheer coral lip, bronzed skin and winged liner, typical me basically. Don't forget to give it a like & a comment, as well as maybe subscribing? This is quality content over here, guys.

What videos would you like to see from me I the future? (and I promise I'll stop sharing them on my blog every time I make one soon!)

Ella xo

Forbidden Face Wipes

What is really so terrible about face wipes? Why is a cotton pad soaked in Bioderma an accepted form of makeup removal, but a cloth dipped in solution so frowned upon? I had been blindly following this rule and completely dismissing wipes in favour of oils, creams or micellar solutions, but I ran out of Bioderma the other day and needed a quick makeup removal fix that would last me the three weeks until my next trip to France where I'll be able to restock.

I picked up a pack of Yes To Carrots Nourishing Gentle Cleansing Wipes (£3.99). In all honesty, I was drawn to them for the adorable packaging, but I've heard good things about them via Lily Pebbles and LLYMLRS, and they are fragrance free, so why not?

These come in a pack of 25 for £4, which will last you just under a month if you're a light makeup-wearer like me, but if you have a soft spot for waterproof mascara or like to layer on the foundation you might need two wipes a day.They don't work out as cheap as I expected, actually - something like The Body Shop's Camomile Cleansing Oil (£10) lasts at least 3-4 months so would be quite a bit cheaper in the long run. However, these wipes are useful to have around and I only needed mine for a quick solution. I've been using them for a week or so and I'm happy with how they work, they remove my makeup about as quickly as Bioderma and they don't leave any sticky residue or anything like that. These are marketed as the gentler, more moisturising wipes from the Yes To range, the other options being brightening grapefruit ones and an anti-aging blueberry version.

Whilst they aren't something I'll be using on a daily basis in the long run, there's really no harm at all in keeping a packet or two of decent face wipes as backup for lazy days or rushed mornings, as long as you stick to a decent skin routine otherwise. Plus they're a festival essential!

Would you consider face wipes?

Ella xo

20.7.14

Bright Eyed & Bushy Tailed

I'm slowly powering through my last week of school. Lack of sleep is getting the better of me, though, and I've been choosing to spend that extra 15 minutes in bed in the morning rather than prepping and preening myself for the day ahead! I need quick fixes that will wake me up and provide that healthy glow.

It's all in the name, really - Rimmel's Wake Me Up concealer (£5.49) was built for school. A dab under each eye, blended out with your ring fingers, adds an extra hour or two of sleep in terms of appearance. It's got a very liquid-y consistency and is natural looking so it's hard to make it look cakey, too. I have the shades True Ivory and Ivory Beige, neither of which are particularly pale, so give te shades a swatch before buying as unfortunately the line only caters to light/medium to tanned skintones.

We all know the wonders of a swipe of nude liner in the waterline, and the Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Nude (£3.99) does the trick. I'm a regular contact lens wearer so I don't use this every day, but it does noticeably brighten up the eyes.

If all else fails, add a tonne of highlighter and just roll with it. I love The Balm's Mary Lou-Manizer (£16) because it's incredibly finely milled with no glitter in sight. I use a duo fibre brush to dust a sheer sprinkling of glow onto my cheekbones and bam, my skin is suddenly the skin of a girl who's just had a facial and 10 hours of sleep. It's like magic! Either that or a dab of Topshop Glow in Gleam (£9) does the trick.

What are your favourite quick morning fixes?

Ella xo

16.7.14

Topshop Lipsticks & Swatches

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I've been meaning to start YouTube for a very long time now, I originally planned to film my first video as soon as I got my camera in April, but then life got in the way and I never found the time. I've finally gotten round to filming and editing my first video and I'd really appreciate it if you would give it a watch and maybe subscribe? I didn't spend as long as I would have liked editing, but I'm still quite happy with it - despite how my camera goes out of focus towards the end. And my awkward posing. And 2 day old hair. I'm really selling myself here, right?

Basically I just really love Topshop lipsticks and I think the best way to show swatches is on the lips, so I did a little demo video - it's much less awkward than talking if you ask me! Hope you enjoy it, and maybe even give me a subscribe or comment or two... Don't forget to bump it up to HD!

Ella xo
 
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