It has been a while. While I have been busting to blog, finding the time and energy of late has been a little difficult. I have had 100’s of ideas swirling around and posts writing themselves in my head, but when I finally tried to put fingers to keyboard I would lose all sorts of cognitive function and become a drivelling mess. But there is a really good reason for that – I’m pregnant! The first trimester knocked me around a lot and some days it was a struggle just to get out of bed to make a cuppa (even though I would throw that up 10 minutes afterwards…). Combine that with working full-time and house-hunting, our day-to-day life has been a bit all over the place. But, alas, at 19 weeks I am finally feeling like my normal self. Well, as normal as you can feel with a small child sucking the life out of you.
While I am hoping to continue blogging about beauty products, it makes sense that my ideas of what is important may change and the topics I write about broaden, but I will continue to write with honesty and integrity, keeping my readers in mind. I hope that you will enjoy coming along for the ride in this exciting yet, slightly terrifying time.
Considering a few months have passed, I thought I would jump straight into sharing some of my favourite products.
Being incredibly time poor has found me reaching for more practical items. Even though I am on the hunt for more time efficient products, that doesn’t mean I will settle for a poor performing product. My standards are as high as ever and Gilded Cage have delivered the goods. Their cream eyeshadows deliver on pigment, longevity and practicality all while saving me time each morning. The formula applies like a dream and is easily blended out for a polished look. I do need to use an eye-primer with these (as I do for all eyeshadows) to ensure they go the distance without creasing. The shades are gorgeous and allow you to go from work wear, to something a little more smokey. I cannot fault these eyeshadows.
This fabulous thick cream has been saving my skin from the dreaded winter flakiness. While it does take a bit of effort to warm up and make it emulsify, it certainly is worth it. MooGoo Shea Sorbet smells fresh and moisturises like no other. While it is typically meant for cracked heals and super dehydrated skin, I have been smothering it all over my growing body and it has been working an absolute treat. No scaly skin in sight. There is a damn good reason I have been a lover of MooGoo for over 6 years.
My poor skin seems to be suffering with winter more than ever. It is a little sensitive and super dehydrated. So instead of my normal gel based moisturiser I have decided to opt for something a bit heavier. I have a lot of trust in Obagi products and tend to revert back to them if I am having a skin issue. I have been using the Hydrate Luxe Moisturiser and it has addressed all my concerns. While this moisturiser is super thick, it absorbs easily and leaves my skin hydrated and happy. I do only use this at night, as I feel it might make me a little greasy throughout the day. It is probably one of the more heavier creams I have ever use, but it is certainly agreeing with my oily mug.
I have mentioned Murad a few times on my channels, because I am pretty damn obsessed with their skincare range. There are a few superstar products and the Invisiblur Perfecting Shield certainly is one of them. This bad boy blurs out my massive pores and makes my skin feel so damn silky. It sits beautifully under makeup and looks even better without it. I tend not to wear too much makeup over the weekend and this little bottle of magic has been getting a work out.
The hype around these foundation drops are real! The formula is light, but super pigmented. They allow you to customise your coverage without looking too cakey. The foundation blends easily and leaves the skin with a satin but slightly powdery finish. Applying these drops is an absolute breeze. The longevity is on point and so far I cannot find any flaws.
Another product I have been using to banish the winter skin blues is the Burts Bees Nourishment Facial Oil. This oil is seriously light-weight and easily absorbed. I am able to use this under makeup without a worry and I’ve noticed that it actually makes my under eye concealer sit better. Not only is the formula just heavenly, but the lavender fragrance really adds to the overall experience of the product. This stuff is liquid gold.
I would absolutely love to get monthly microderms, they really brighten up my complexion and leave my skin fresh, glowy and plump. But, I cannot justify the price for regular treatments when I have so much going on. Enter the ReVit device. This little at home microdermabrasion really is the next best thing. It is super easy to use and gives me those fresh glowy results I love so much. Plus I can use this whenever I have a spare 10 minutes, in the comfort of my own home. You can even customise the treatment to suit your skin tone, sensitivity and needs. What a winner. After a few months of use, my skin is looking healthy and clear. No need to fork out each week for professional treatments.
Oh myyyy sweet lavender jesus, where has this been my whole life? I am a huge believer in the way scents can affect our mood and well being. This little gem has turned into an absolute must have in my life. The fragrance is soft and instantly calming. It is said to have an almost sedative effect which I can vouch for. My stresses and tensions melt away as soon as I lay down in my lavender and chamomile scented bed. I even keep a little travel spray of this glorious concoction in my handbag to have a sniff whenever work is crushing my will to live.
And lastly, I have been obsessed with everything and anything Hourglass. While these are far from new favourites, they certainly have been getting a work out. The blushes add the most delicious healthy looking glow to my skin without looking too overdone or too unnatural. My personal faves are Mood Exposure – A stunning plummy/mauve shade that would look right at home on any skintone and Brilliant Nude – a very subtle peach that adds the most perfect amount of life to otherwise dull cheeks. The Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light is a daily staple. I use this as the last step of my routine and I dust it lightly over the whole face, it adds a ‘lit from within’ look and makes me so damn glowy and alive looking – I cannot go without out. I really need to buy the whole Hourglass collection!
Apologies for the couple of stock photos – the blog post took me long enough to write. I gotta ease back into it.
What have you been loving recently?
*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated, unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.