Cosmetics

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Blurring the lines between lipstick and lip gloss, Matte Pigment Gloss has already become a favorite of makeup artists, blogger and fans. These 16 bold shades provide rich, intense color in a flat finish for all day wear. The long wearing formula goes on as a high pigmented liquid and dries to a flat matte finish. Leaving lips colored in gorgeous velvety perfection that last and lasts.

Allow me to introduce you to my favourite liquid lipstick… Even though it’s the first liquid lipstick I’ve ever tried, I’m reluctant to look elsewhere. First and foremost, it’s cheaply priced and the wide-range of colours are exquisite!

L.A. Girl is an American cosmetics brand that releases products that you’d find in the high-street. Put it this way, if L.A. Girl was to come to the UK, it’d be in Superdrug next to MUA or Seventeen.

Although I’ve yet to try any of their other products, I’m hooked on their Matte Lip Pigment Gloss‘. I’ve got 6 shades out of the 16 – and am addicted. Being honest, of all the 6 shades I have, I’ve only tried Dreamy and Frisky… Why? Because I like to use up every last drop before I move onto the next!

Having said that, the two which I have tried are awesome. They are non-transferrable [which to me is a massive win because I’ve spent my whole life smiling with stained teeth], long-lasting and the colours really do make your lips pop!

Next time you’re looking for #lipsperation, choose L.A. Girl!

Although I am more than happy with the LUSH collection that I already own, I can’t help but want more… It’s like I’m addicted to the brand and its products. Here are some of the stuff which LUSH sells but I need!

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Coalface

A gentle soap made with antiseptic rosewood, sandalwood, and absorbent charcoal that can be used on the face and body. Sandalwood oil gives this soap a distinctive earthy fragrance. Charcoal is known for its absorbency, while liquorice root softens the skin and rosewood oil has antiseptic properties. It’s gentle enough for your face, but you can use it all over your body. Simply use as a soap and wash the day off.

This soap is targeted at people who suffer from acne-related breakouts. It’s ideal for those who wish to change from using normal liquid cleansers as it comes in the form of a soap.

However, don’t be alarmed because this isn’t going to dry your skin out like normal soaps do… In fact, this is a hydrating, preservative-free facial cleanser that works to balance out the oils, making it perfect for combination to oily skin.

Powdered charcoal absorbs excess sebum and acts as a mild exfoliator, while rosewood and sandalwood oils reduce redness and clear up blemishes. Use Coalface daily for clear, balanced skin.

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Photo Credit: LUSH

Grease Lightning

Grease Lightning is a powerful combination of ingredients that will nip any breakouts in the bud without upsetting the skin around them. We use an infusion of antibacterial and antiseptic rosemary, thyme and tea tree, as well as antioxidant-rich grape juice and witch hazel, which is astringent and anti-inflammatory and is said to soothe redness. This product is ideally applied when you feel a spot is about to erupt – prevention is better than cure.

Grease is one of my favourite films of all time, and Grease Lightning is a title of one of the songs in the movie… So, imagine my delight when I heard that LUSH has a product called exactly that?! Okay, I understand that Grease Lightning isn’t the best name for a skincare product but LUSH are very creative with names!

To my surprise, Grease Lightning has nothing to do with oiliness. Instead, Grease Lightning is a spot treatment that acts as a prevention mechanism from breakouts.

Apparently, the best way to use this product is after cleansing and toning… Just dab a bit of this gel on-top of the spot and leave it to soak in. Once soaked in, you’ll notice that the redness will begin to fade. Many reviewers have praised this product for helping to get rid of the spots and not leaving marks where they used to be.

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The Sacred Truth

Revive your complexion with ginseng and ginkgo leaf to boost blood circulation, whilst honey, yoghurt and free range eggs leave skin soft and moisturised. Wheatgrass is full of nutrients to feed your skin, whilst the enzymes in fresh papaya will strip away dead skin, helping to give you a gorgeous glow. Smoothe a generous layer of this mask onto your face and leave for 10 to 15 minutes and let the ingredients get to work before washing off gently with warm water.

I’m going to be straight with you and say that most face masks don’t work on me… I’ve tried many that seem to do nothing but break me out even more! In fact, I’d even go as far as to that I 100% believe that I developed acne through the use of a face-mask. Having said that, I trust LUSH to break the curse and prove to me that not all masks are bad for my skin.

The Sacred Truth is one that I’ve heard a lot about… Apparently, it’s an anti-aging face mask that helps to soothe, hydrate, and enhance the complexion as well as brighten skin restoring its youthfulness.

Ingredients: HoneyGlycerineKaolinTalcFresh PapayaSoya yoghurtBentonite GelOrganic Evening Primrose OilLanolinFair Trade Shea ButterExtra Virgin Coconut OilFresh Organic Free Range EggsYlang Ylang OilRose AbsoluteLavender OilRosewood OilFresh WheatgrassOrganic Ginseng Root Powder, Green Tea Powder, Ginkgo Leaf Powder, Bee Pollen*Benzyl Benzoate*Citronellol*Farnesol*Geraniol*Limonene*Linalool and Perfume.

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Cosmetic Warrior 

A gentle and balancing fresh face mask with antibacterial tea tree and fresh garlic working together to cleanse. Fresh green grapes clean and cool the skin, whilst free range eggs tighten its texture and antimicrobial honey leaves it soft and moisturised. Smooth a generous layer of this mask onto your face and leave for 10 to 15 minutes.

If you’ve got acne-prone and/or sensitive skin you should definitely consider buying this product.

Cosmetic Warrior is the only mask which promises to “combat troublesome spots, cleanses and cools the skin” but delivers [as fas as all the reviews which I’ve read are concerned].

Apparently, it clears out your pores and draws everything to the surface. So, don’t use it on the night before a special occasion incase you wake up to find breakouts that’d been trapped under your skin.

However, be prepared to stink while wearing it because it’s packed with garlic and free-range eggs. Other ingredients include: KaolinFresh Green GrapesHoneyCornstarchGlycerineTea Tree Oil*Limonene and Perfume.

If you do go ahead and purchase this, make sure you use it in 3 weeks because that’s when the ingredients will go ‘off’…

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Fresh Farmacy

Every ingredient is carefully selected for its gentleness on the skin, with chamomile, elderflower, calamine and lavender; this is nature at its kindest. In order to make this soap gentle enough to use on your face as well as your body, we took out some of the soap base and replaced it with beautiful essential oils: chamomile blue oil is soothing on the skin; lavender oil calms the mind; tea tree oil is a mild antiseptic and rose absolute is good for restoring balance to the skin.

Here’s another facial-soap that I’m eyeing up… This one is the one you should turn to when Coal Face has done its job… Once all your spots have gone, it’s a good idea to give Fresh Farmacy a go!

Fresh Farmacy is a calming soap-cleanser that cleans, refreshes and calms your skin down preventing further breakouts. It’s creamy on the skin, produces a nice lather, but not overwhelming.

This cleanser features Calamine PowderPropylene GlycolChamomile DecoctionElderflower DecoctionRapeseed Oil and Coconut OilGlycerineSorbitolSodium Lauryl SulfateSodium StearateWater (Aqua)Lavender OilChamomile Blue OilTea Tree OilRose AbsoluteSodium ChlorideEDTATetrasodium EtidronateSodium Hydroxide*Limonene*Linalool and Perfume.

It’s not just skincare stuff that I’ve got my eye on… Oh, no! I’ve also got my eye on almost all of their bath and lip products. But, it’ll take me forever to write them down. Here are a few from my selection:

Yes, these are all exclusive to LUSH as part of their Valentine’s Day collection, so get yours while you still can!

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Our cult lip balm in a pot. Gives colour, flavour and moisture for more kissable lips.

At the cost of just £2, this product is a complete and utter bargain! Upon opening The Body Shop‘s Born Lippy – Raspberry, the waft of sweet raspberries filled my nostrils. I mean, it smells good enough to eat! Trying to avoid the temptation of eating the whole thing, I began by lathering it on my lips. Although my self-control was at an all-time high, I succumbed to the idea of a cheeky lick of my lips (for this review, of course). Anyway, I was surprised that it even tasted like raspberries too…

 

Once ‘Born Lippy’ was on my lips, I noticed that it had the look of a lip tint, the shine of a gloss and the feel of an ordinary lip balm. It hydrated, and conditioned my lips while giving them that sought-after “kissable”/”just kissed” look. One thing to note about this product is that it comes in a pot. This means that you’ll need to apply it with your fingertips – and the formula is quite sticky. Although my fingertips would stick together, my lips wouldn’t. Also, although it came in a 10ml pot, this goes a long way – mine, in particular, has lasted months! I’ve got a confession to make… I don’t just own the raspberry flavour, I own the Satsuma Shimmer  and Watermelon ‘Born Lippies’ too.

All of them do the same job, are packaged the same and have the same sticky texture but they each look, smell, and taste different. For example, the Watermelon one gives a nude-peachy shine while Satsuma Shimmer gives a orangey-golden glittery tint to the lips. Finally, it’s obvious that the Watermelon flavour would taste and smell like watermelons, while Satsuma Shimmer tastes and smells like oranges – that’s a given really…

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My Magic Foundation is a miracle in a bottle that transforms skin for all ages, skin tones and skin types. I have worked with laboratories for five years to create a “hyper-intelligent” formula that gives full-coverage yet feels completely weightless, with all the anti-ageing and protective benefits of a luxury skin cream. It conceals imperfections, glides on like a dream, and literally feels like a second skin. Whether your skin needs just a bit of perfecting, or you struggle with a frustrating issue like acne, melasma or rosacea, my Magic Foundation will give you a perfect looking skin day, every day!
Charlotte Tilbury‘s Magic Foundation was my top beauty buy of 2015. On the website, it’s described as a “miracle foundation that transforms skin of all ages, skin-tones, and skin types” – I couldn’t agree more.

 

Apparently, this product was five years in the making. Its “hyper-intelligent” formula covers imperfections beautifully but feels completely weightless on the skin. What’s more, it packs all the protective and anti-ageing benefits of a premium cream into a tiny 30ml bottle, meaning that you can wear it on its own – instead of your moisturiser.

 

Although the bottle is small, a little of this foundation goes a long way – providing that you use a good brush/beauty blender to spread it evenly. Personally, I find that this foundation is very easy to blend and has maximum staying power. So, whether you’re accidentally rubbing your face or walking out in the wind/rain, it doesn’t budge.

 

As you may know, I used to suffer from acne, so I’ve got plenty of acne scars (which this conceals very well). If your skin needs a pick-me-up or  you struggle form skin problems (like me) choose Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Foundation because it’ll keep you skin looking “on fleek”.

 

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Photo Credit: Charlotte Tilbury

My secret’s out… Over the past 20 years I’ve been mixing my own age-defying skincare known in the industry as CHARLOTTE’S MAGIC CREAM. I’ve been testing it backstage for years and models and my regular clients are already hooked. It’s a secret mix of patented anti-age ingredients, a hyaluronic acid booster plus floral extracts that lift and transform tired skin in an instant! Think of a wilting flower that’s just been watered – skin is flooded with moisture for a glowing complexion in a flash, no matter how dehydrated or lacklustre your skin may look.

A break-through, multi-tasking ingredient, the BioNymph Peptide Complex, fights the ageing process on all fronts: it stimulates collagen production and cell energy and fights free radicals, to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and smooth the skin. A hyaluronic acid booster called Sodium Hyaluronate floods skin with moisture, re-plumping the skin. And an infusion of rose hip oil and vitamin E bring your complexion back to life. Whether you’re stressed at your desk, dehydrated after a long-haul flight or an all-night hedonist with hungover skin, cheat the appearance of 8 hours sleep with CHARLOTTE’S MAGIC CREAM, for a lasting dewy, plumped-up finish. It’s one of my seven wonders for your skin!

Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream is incredible. It may be expensive, but it lasts a very long time so it works out cheaper in the long run…

So, this cream costs £70 but is so worth it! I mean, you can’t put a price on good skin. It had been in the pipeline for 20 years, but now it’s finally out on the beauty counters of many prestigious department stores. Prior to unveiling the cream commercially, Charlotte had been using it on models and regular clients for many years. All of them were hooked, including me!

 

I mean, it’s not just Victoria who has a secret… Charlotte Tilbury’s got one too… But, what’s hers? This cream. It includes a secret mix of patented anti-age ingredients, a hyaluronic acid booster, and flower extracts to lift and transform tired looking skin in an instant. It leaves your skin looking lively with a glowing complexion, no matter how dehydrated your skin is.

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Nip + Fab Viper Venom Micro Blur Primer [RRP: £19.95]

The latest addition to our Viper Venom range, the Micro Blur Fix works to prime, blur and mattify the skin, for an instant flawless complexion so you’re selfie ready.   This innovative priming serum contains a concentrated blend of high-tech ingredients to reduce the appearance of pores, diminish signs of oil on the skin and give an instant blurring effect for matte, selfie ready skin. The addition of wonder ingredient  SYN®-AKE also works to instantly freeze lines for a smooth finish.

What’s the secret behind a great selfie? This! Nip + Fab‘s Viper Venom Micro Blur Fix is the only primer you’ll ever need… Apart from the fact that it smells amazing (like all other Nip + Fab products), it primes, blurs and mattifies the skin resulting in that flawless picture-perfect look. Kylie Jenner [brand ambassador of Nip + Fab] describes this product as the go-to primer if you’re looking for “a dewy selfie look”.

The latest addition to Nip + Fab’s Viper Venom range includes “a concentrated blend of high-tech ingredients” which reduce the look of pores, and absorb excess oils to showcase matte, selfie-ready skin. Nip + Fab’s website states that the best time to wear this is directly after cleansing our skin, advising that we should leave it to sink in for five minutes before applying our make-up.

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Nip + Fab Dragon’s Blood Serum [RRP: £19.95]

A lightweight serum that delivers an instant shot of moisture to dehydrated skin. Hyaluronic acid and delicate velvet flower blend together for an intensive hydrating effect that leaves skin feeling comforted and looking plumper with the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles reduced.

A little bit of de-ja-vu never hurt nobody…  Now, we’re on to one of my favourite beauty buys of the moment! Nip + Fab’s Dragon’s Blood Fix Serum, enriched with velvet flower, is a lightweight serum that seeps into the skin quickly and effectively. Its main job is to plump and moisturise the skin. Voted ‘Best Intensive Hydrating Serum’ by Superdrug, Dragon’s Blood Fix sits perfectly underneath make-up but could also be mixed with a foundation of your choice – as I later found out.

Being someone who likes to experiment, I’ve tried wearing it underneath, on-top of as well as with my make-up [as mentioned in the above paragraph]. But, I’ve found that it works best with! I like to think of myself as a trend-setter so I decided to purchase the Cover FX Custom Cover Drops and mix it with Nip + Fab’s Dragon Blood Fix and the result was that of a high coverage tinted moisturiser.

 

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M.A.C Studio Fix Powder Plus [Day, £22]

Studio Fix is a powder and foundation in one that combines good coverage with ease of application. Designed to be used dry, the powder and pigments create a matte, velvety texture. It contains Silica, which helps to maintain a matte finish by absorbing oils on the skin, as well as Talc to provide a smoother, less reflective, matte finish. The talc has been milled to a microscopic size to provide a beautiful texture while allowing the skin to breathe. It is available in a wide range of colours. It can be applied with a brush, sponge, or a powder puff.

As you know, I tend to have oily, combination and acne-prone skin. It’s relatively hard to find a foundation that doesn’t break me out. Although I prefer the feel of cream foundations, I’ve been using powder ones for a while now and they seems to get the job done. What’s more, they don’t break me out as they absorb all the excess oils.

M.A.C‘s Studio Fix Powder Plus is one of the best daywear foundations I have ever used. I love it because it’s fragrant-free, and comes in a range of colours that won’t leave your skin looking ashy. The addition of Talc gives my skin a matte-finish. I found that this foundation sits on the skin really well, covering up all of its imperfections. I tend to apply it with Real Techniques‘ Miracle Complexion Sponge because it gives a more flawless coverage.

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Rodial Airbrush Make-Up [Night, £35]

A versatile, heavy duty foundation paste with buildable coverage, this is an absolute wonder product for achieving flawless, photo ready skin with airbrush effect. This unique formula offers ‘airbrush correction’ in one-step for perfect and instant camouflage with a satin-luminous finish. This thick creamy paste, despite the heavy coverage it provides, will feel lightweight on the skin and sits beautifully. Available in 4 shades. Shade 02 is ideal for those with a neutral beige, medium complexion with a slightly warmer tone.

Another bit of de-ja-vu, anyone? Back we go to this bad boy! I may not like the look and feel of this foundation in the daytime, but I love it in the nighttime. As I said in the previous post, Rodial‘s Airbrush Make-Up has a PVA-glue paste type of texture that is hard to glide on alone. Ideally, you’d need some sort of oil to liquidise it and make it easier to apply. I use The Body Shop‘s Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil and it works an absolute treat!

Once applied, you’ll notice that it gives a camouflage effect, covering up even the most minuscule of imperfections. It reveals amazing coverage even when the smallest amount of product is used.

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Cargo Contour Palette [Day, £36.00]

Contouring made easy! Trio of expertly coordinated shades and textures to contour, color and highlight the face.

I watch my fair share of make-up tutorial videos, and they all say the same thing… If you’re using a powder foundation, do not use a liquid or cream contour kit. So, seeing as I love to use M.A.C’s Studio Fix Powder Plus, it’s makes sense to use a powder contour palette… Enter Cargo‘s Contour palette!

This is one of those contour palettes that I cannot get enough of… Regardless of its price, this powder contour palette will be your best friend for life. It comes in the most beautiful array of shades, providing a sheer and an easy to blend coverage. I use Real Techniques’ Sculpting Brush to apply it as I find that it works the best.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Kit [Night, $40]

This best-selling, easy-to-use palette contains three highlighting and three contouring shades that work together to help you sculpt, define, and enhance your natural features. Create the illusion of higher cheekbones, a smaller forehead, a softer jawline, or a slimmer nose with these smooth, velvety formulas that blend seamlessly while imparting a subtle, dewy sheen.

Every MUA I know of seems to own an Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Kit. I mean, I sometimes cannot believe how much hype surrounds it.

I love this stuff. I’m not lying when I say that it’s one of the best cream contour kits out there. However, you need a lot of patience when applying this product. The best way to apply this product is with your fingers, and then blending with a beauty blender of your choice. Please bear in mind that this is by far the most difficult contour kit to blend.

I find that the sellotape trick works fabulously on this product! Start by sellotaping the areas of your face in which you wish to contour and highlight, then add the cream contour  on top, stripping the pieces away when finished to reveal fine sculpting lines ready to blend away. Without the sellotape trick, you’d find it extremely messy and difficult to blend.

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L.A. Girl Matte Pigment Gloss in Dreamy [Day, $5.00]

Blurring the lines between lipstick and lip gloss, Matte Pigment Gloss has already become a favorite of makeup artists, blogger and fans. These 16 bold shades provide rich, intense color in a flat finish for all day wear. The long wearing formula goes on as a high pigmented liquid and dries to a flat matte finish. Leaving lips colored in gorgeous velvety perfection that last and lasts.

If you know me, you’d know that I’m obsessed with these matte pigmented lip glosses. They come in 16 colours that last almost all day without transferring. I would say that you need to find a colour that’s right for you [from my experience] because not all of them look great on. Once you find the right colour for you, make sure you stick to it!

L.A. Girl‘s matte pigmented lip gloss is cheap, and very easy to apply using the doe-foot lip brush attached. Ideally, you’d need to apply two coats if you want to see the colour pop. If you wish to wear more than two coats, please be aware that the gloss becomes really sticky on the lips and won’t dry quick enough.

The only bad thing I’ve got to say about this product is that it feels tacky on the lips. Although it didn’t dry my lips out, the gloss dried up on my lips instantly and begun flaking off towards the end of the day. But, for $5, it’s a complete and utter bargain!

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Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Red Carpet Red [Night, £23]

Create the illusion of fuller, wider lips with my Matte Revolution – for lips that look lit from within. It’s a trick I use all the time on photo shoots, using lighting trickery, pigments and powders, and have been working for years to re-create this effect in the slick of 1 lipstick. Now everyone can create this full, matte lip effect in a long-lasting, buildable, hydrating formula – it’s the matte lipstick of the future! Exclusively enriched with Lipstick Tree extract which protects lips and is a natural anti-oxidant, and Orchid Extract which soothes and hydrates for a soft, buildable cashmere finish. Available in 10 modern-matte shades for all skin tones – 1 for each of my signature looks. Red Carpet Red is a true ruby red to bestow Hollywood style wow-factor – think Scarlett Johansson, Marilyn Monroe and Michelle Williams

My favourite lipstick ever is from Charlotte Tilbury‘s range of Matte Revolution lipsticks! I’ve got one in the shade: ‘Red Carpet Red’ and I can’t be without it… Although I’ve chosen Red Carpet Red, there are plenty of other beautiful shades to choose from. I wear it both during the day and at night [when I’m out] and I get complimented on it everywhere I go. Matte lipsticks work best on my lips because the smooth-look suits me more than that of the shiny.

I may have tiny lips, but this lipstick creates the illusion that I’ve got fuller and wider lips in a flash! The only bad thing I’ve got to say about it product is that it does smudge and transfer pretty easily, I found out in the most embarrassing way. I’d smile at people with bright red teeth [from the lipstick] and as you can imagine, that’s not a good look! Other than that, I’m obsessed with it and can’t get enough. My top tip would be: make sure you schedule check-ups regularly when you’re out – this’ll eliminate embarrassing situations where you’re smiling at someone with bright red teeth!

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MaxFactor Masterpiece High Volume Mascara [RRP:£9.99]

Finding a high impact volumising mascara that doesn’t leave your lashes looking clumpy and clogged can be a challenge.  Masterpiece Max Mascara is he next generation of mascara.  It delivers bold, thick lashes with up to 400% volume* but defines and smoothes at the same time for a surprisingly, sleek effect.  One swipe of its high tech IFX brush gives a chic, catwalk finish in seconds – no wonder it was the official mascara of Milan Fashion Week! For beautifully framed eyes check out Masterpiece Mascara, also available as Waterproof.

I refuse to change this mascara because: ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’… MaxFactor‘s Masterpiece Max Mascara is perfect for my naturally long-ish eyelashes. With two coats of this stuff, all my lashes get covered and are lifted/curled to reveal even longer-looking lashes. Being a lover of thick eyelashes, I promise that no mascara will give you a thickness as good as this one does!

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LUSH Tea Tree Water [RRP: £8.50]

Keep skin clear and refreshed. Tea tree is antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial, so can help keep away the bacteria that can cause spots. Grapefruit is rich in vitamins and is also lightly astringent on the skin, whilst juniperberry is antiseptic and helps keep skin clean and clear. Use any time of day to keep skin refreshed, or to remove traces of makeup or cleanser.

Third time lucky – #DeJaVu, please welcome the Holy Grail of all Toner Waters… There’s not much to say about this product apart from: it’s perfect. I am loving LUSH‘s products at the minute and am starting to use everything from there. Whether it’s their bath bombes, lip scrubs, cleansers, masks or toners, I guarantee you won’t find a brand as natural and cost effective.

Anyway, back to Tea Tree Water, I spray this stuff on to set my make-up and bizarrely, it leaves my skin looking as though I’m not wearing anything. I find that it also gives my skin a natural glow… So, if you’re looking for a spray that sets your make-up in place and absorbs quickly – this is your jam!

Again, I give these products 5***** because I don’t think my make-up would look as good as it does without them!