Beauty

My Makeup Story Tag

Right, I’ve been wanting to do this Tag for a while, so I thought it’d be a good time to post it, like a note on your desk/work station.

  • How old were you when you started wearing makeup? Thirteen. The word ‘novice’ don’t even cut it…
  • How did you get into makeup? You wouldn’t believe me if I told you… I only went and BOUGHT then USED SOME, didn’t I?
  • What are some of your favorite makeup brands? L’Oréal and LUSH. I think LUSH’s makeup is underrated, undiscovered and somewhat in the depth of the underground.
  • What does makeup mean to you? Truthfully, it’s an add-on or luxury for me… However, I know how much it improves other people’s lives, giving them confidence – so I appreciate it more because of that.
  • If you could only wear 4 products on your face, what would they be? Lipstick, mascara, eyeliner & bronzer.
  • What’s your favorite thing about makeup? The shapes we can create with our faces. Contour, highlight and “baking” fascinate me.
  • What do you think about drugstore vs. high end products? I prefer “drugstore” because you can find high-end makeup in drug stores. They’re affordable and easily accessible.
  • What’s one piece of advice you would give to beginners? Don’t be afraid to try different things, and don’t give up. You’ll pick it up… All video bloggers that we look up to had to start somewhere, right?!
  • What’s one makeup trend you’ll never understand? Permanent makeup. Call me ridiculous, but I actually thoroughly enjoy the time I spend applying makeup… Also, I wouldn’t want it to fade and start looking cheap… Lip tattoos are horrid imo and look painful.
  • What do you think about drugstore and high end makeup? I like both. They’re doing well as far as I can see. Different products work for different skin tones and types so having a choice and mix between the two is vital.
  • What do you think about the #bblogger and #bvlogger communities? Long may it continue, I’ve met lots of lovelies online! You guys rock.

I’d love it if you lot could get involved too, I want to read your answers…

DrSalts+

Have you ever felt like flying to Nepal to climb and/or swim in the Himalayas but then thought: ‘you know what, I could just run to Superdrug to pick up some Himalayan Bath Salts…’? Yes, so have I.

I’ve got a friend in Nepal so I’d love to go, but when money is an object and my job is the object of my affection, it’s a no can do situation.

In other news, remember ‘Salt Bae‘? Well, he’s only gone and went to Uni and got a degree and is now DrSalts+ Bae…*

*debatable

Before I get further into this review, here are some facts about Himalayan salts (bath ones in particular) and why you need them in your rooms of the bathing variety….

Himalayan salts are found deep within the rivers and valleys of the Himalayan Mountains. They were formed 250 million years ago from ancient unpolluted seas and are considered to be some of the most pure salts in the world.

Himalayan salts contain upwards of 84 minerals and trace elements, almost identical to those in our body – it is easy to see why bathing in high quality Himalayan salts could replenish the minerals which are critical to maintaining a healthy body, especially the skin and muscles.

I can reveal that I’m thoroughly impressed with these, I use them and have noticed a difference. They’re very helpful after a workout

They help to relax my muscles, and this blog is my oyster. When you get it, you’ll get it… When you won’t, you’ll never get it.

The colour of these salts are beautiful pink/coral. Wow. The affordability of these salts are also wow. The packaging gets another wow.

I love DrSalts+ Himalayan because it’s full of minerals including sodium, magnesium, calcium, potassium and iron. These salts are made for your next bath, especially because of their list of benefits:

  • Stimulate circulation
  •  Detoxify and hydrate the skin
  • Increase moisture retention
  • Help to promote cellular regeneration and can help to heal dry, irritated skin
  • Help reduce inflammation of the muscles and joints, relax muscles and can
  • therefore help to relieve pain and soreness
  • Reduce stress and promote a better night’s sleep

Here is one thing I find extremely strange: salt when consumed by my person makes me inflate but when washed in by my person it’s somewhat detoxifying. Hmm…

To conclude, I want to liken them to FROSTIES ’cause they’re “GREAAAAT!”

BB Seaweed

A calming fresh face mask with fresh seaweed, ground almonds, rose absolute and aloe vera to soothe and soften the skin. We also use rosemary oil for its regenerative qualities, kaolin to remove any excess dirt or oil, and millet flakes to gently exfoliate away dead skin as you scrub it off. To use, smooth a generous layer of this mask onto your face and leave for 10 to 15 minutes.

LUSH describes this as a “calming” mask, I wholeheartedly, facially and bodily agree.

BB Seaweed has nothing to do with a smartphone being wrapped in seaweed (like some Hosomaki) or a documentary about weed on the BBC. Instead, it’s a LUSH fresh face-mask and one of my current faves!

Look, if I didn’t have Rudolph’s nose brightness spread across my face like some form of irrational rash, I wouldn’t have to use this… 😫

My skin felt calm and cool amongst other glorious things. Also, upon washing it off my skin looked radiant, soft and supple to touch and it (Vanessa) Feltz as though it’d been treated to an upmarket facial.

I loved it.

If I had to say anything constructive it’d be that I wasn’t a fan of its consistency. It was like rubbing clay sushi on my face! 🤢However, I’m willing to look past the above critique because BB Seaweed has really helped my skin. I cannot thank LUSH and the BB Seaweed enough.

Beautiful.

This is a special message to bae because I’m conscious that I haven’t mentioned him on my blog today…. What an absolute LEGEND he actually is. Words, letters, numbers, sentences, paragraphs, stanzas, dissertations, thesis’, books, features, reports, articles, newspapers, magazines, grammar, punctuation and alliteration are on the street, you’re B-A-E; the one and OWN-LY.

‘Onomatopoeia’ is my favourite word in English [on curriculum] and if I had to describe bae using it I’d choose “WHAM!” cos a few Christmases ago I gave him my heart… 💖

Last but by no means least, consonants are underrated. Vowels spell out “I” and “U” but consonants, when put together, can put the “WE” in WE belong together.

L'Oréal True Match

L’Oreal’s #1 foundation is now available in 23 shades and matches 98% of UK skintones. L’Oreal’s velvety formula matches your skin’s unique tone and texture, for a true to skin finish: flawless, blendable, and never fake.

L’Oreal’s 23 shades range from warm to neutral to cool undertones, to ensure your foundation is right for you. Whilst your skin tone is visible on the surface and can alter through the seasons, your skin undertones are determined at a deeper level, they are part of your skin and never change. Each complexion has its own undertone: pink (cool), neutral or golden (warm), so you can now find a match that’s true to you.

Truly, Matchly, Deeply… 💖

Fresh from waking up and exiting my slumber this morning, I realised that I’d dreamt of applying the L’Oréal BB Cream ‘pon my facial features.

I think my dream was an omen to write this review up, while I wait for my hair and face masks to dry – before entering the bathing room of my abode for a SHOWER, POWER, FEW HOUR!

What do I want to say about this? Not a lot tbh (too much, probably)… The shade? PERFECT. It’s honestly my TRUE MATCH. Ivory – not that this matters to you in any way, shape or form (’cause not errbody is a Lebanese Polar Bear who tries to pass as “olive skinned”)…

I love the coverage, the dewy semi-matte finish and just how luxurious it feels… It’s very, very good. I especially love it now that my two previous favourite foundations have been discontinued. What kind of LUCK do I actually have, FFS? BOTH of my favourite foundations get discontinued, at the SAME-ISH TIME!

No worries though, ’cause I’ve got this ‘good girl’… Would say “bad boy” but A) it’s not a BOY and 2) it’s not bad, it’s GOOD.

Alright, time for a scrubba-dub-dub there’s a party (of ONE) in the tub. 🎶 Me, myself and I – that’s all I got… #Baeoncé.

L'Oréal Double Extension

For spectacular length discover Double Extension, our first reinforcing and extending mascara.

This 2 step Mascara is composed of:
STEP 1: Ultra-lengthening and fortifying base coat
-A conditioning white base coat enriched with Ceramide R and naturally-derived fibres that act like extensions to visibly lengthen the appearance of your lashes
STEP 2: Intense colour and coverage without clumping.
-The brush distributes intense colour from root to tip, making your lashes look longer without leaving clumps
-The result? Lashes look up to 70% longer

This tinga-ling right here, the L’Oréal Double Extension Mascara [Carbon Black]… Can I get several hundred thousand “AMEN”s and a “PREACH”? Yes, thanks so much!

So, like, I know, I get way too excited – but you know what, it’s L’Oréal – and this is my blog – so I can do whatever I like with it!

I LOVE THIS MASCARA! THIS MASCARA IS THE BAEST OF ALL THE BAES!

I cannot even explain the legitimateness of my love for this product… You can literally transform your lashes from “EYElashes” to “OMGlashes”!

You know when you put a product on your person and catch feelings for yourself: “FUDGE! DON’T I LOOK SMOKIN’?! (without the alarm?)” Yeah, that actually happened to me. That’s a very rare occasion.

So, it’s double sided – has two wands (like Harry Potter) – one primes and conditions, while the other darkens the lashes, lengthens, adding volume & curl.

Yes, as the packaging claims, my lashes did look longer and looked a lot better in terms of spacing. I say this because you do get those mascaras that drive your lashes to the corner of your eyes and you’re left thinking: “are they okay, or..? WAGWAN WITH THAT? Why’re they huddling together like a fight’s about to break out at school?” This doesn’t do that.

It’s perfection. I wore it today and yesterday and the day before that. I’ll continue to wear it every day. Even when it finishes, I’ll pop into Boots/Superdrug like a Skittle and buy another one. Who doesn’t love a Skittle, though? Smarties probably.

Anyway, back to this mascara, purchase and wear the heck out if it because it not only doubly extends your lashes, but it makes them look defined, fanned out, declumped/unclumpled/not-clumped or whatever the scientific “#bblogger” word is. It’s just, basically, in a tortoise shell (getting pretty bored of nuts now), L I F E.

You’re welcome and caio for now. I’ll take a bow, karate chop a wooden slab like “KAPOW” because I don’t want to get into a ROW, not NOW…

I’ll make a VOW to not be a COW. WOW. HOW did I come up with that? … Hmm, okay, I’ll see myself OW-T.

“BOOOOOOOOOOOM SHAKA SO LAKA THAT I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT ELSE TO SAY!” Buy it with all of your pounds/euros/dollars/yens/rupees/franks/liras and use it on all of your lashes.