I know blackhead masks have been a massive trend in the beauty community for the past year or so, but I’ve always been a lover of Biore Nose Pore Strips. The only mask I ever found to be better was Blackhead Killer, which is pretty impossible to come by now! But, when I saw an offer Amazon for a suction mask – down from £49.99 to £7.59 – I couldn’t help but take a look. Now, I am in no way fooled into thinking this mask is worth anywhere near £49.99, but it did have 443 reviews averaging 4.4 stars and costs the same as a pack of 8 Biore Nose Pore Stips. I decided to try out the mask and count how many applications I could get out of a tube.
As soon as the mask arrived I was eager to try it out. I always try to exfoliate my face in the shower before I apply masks to ensure that my pores are opened, so I went straight to work. I only apply the mask where needed, which is my nose, chin and occasionally between my eyebrows (weird, I know!) The hole in the tube is big and a lot of product gloops out at once, so I use an old brush to make the application as easy as possible. I try to get the edges an even thickness to make peeling easier and go about my business. It does take a long time for the mask to dry – the instructions say to leave it for 20 minutes, but I find my nose can take up to an hour at times!
Once the mask has dried, I peel the sections off from bottom to top. I don’t really know why I do this, it’s just how it always seems to be done on the tutorials I see! As the mask is a lot flimsier than a pore strip it is a bit hard to see all the grossness, but it’s definitely visible! I’ve now lost count of how many times I’ve used the mask, but it’s more than enough to make it better value for money than a pack of Biore Pore Strips!
Have you tried any blackhead removing masks? Do you think they work? Let me know in the comments below!
After buying the Morphe Copper Spice Palette, I have to say I’m absolutely besotted! I had never owned a Morphe palette before, but since buying the Copper Spice I’ve found myself reaching for it for almost all of my clients. As the Bronzed Mocha is also limited edition I just couldn’t say no – the deep purple has always caught my eye and for £19.50 it’s such great value for money!
I’d say the Bronzed Mocha Palette is better for softer looks as all the colours are so earthy and a lot more neutral than the Copper Spice. The mix of neutral and plum hues are exactly what I’m looking for this autumn! I like to use one or two shadows from the top row to create a transition in the crease, before darkening the colours with the two purples. Then, any of the foil finish colours work beautifully patted on the lid to make the eye pop. I wouldn’t usually wear a lot of colour underneath my eyes but again the purple has won me over. I use a black kohl liner in my waterline and smoke it out with the purple for the perfect sultry smoke!
One of my favourite things about the palette is the design. The square pans make it easy to pick up colour on my brushes without creating a heap of dust and the palette is super thin and lightweight. As a make up artist, this is an absolute dream!
Do you own any Morphe palettes? Which are your favourites and why? Let me know in the comments below!
One thing I’m going to miss about my old job is the perks. One of which, was discount on Jo Malone. There’s something special about having a Jo Malone perfume or candle, so I’m delighted to be writing a post about a dupe that smells like the real deal!
I’ve never noticed the Private Collection in Primark, but one day I was in for a browse when I spotted one of the staff members was putting stock out on the stand, and the packaging had me straight over. The packaging is also a very obvious dupe of Jo Malone, Primark definitely isn’t trying to be sly about anything here. The first scent I picked up was Pomegranate & Black Tea, which is an obvious dupe of Pomegranate Noir. I chose to go for the small handbag spray for £3, but you also get 100ml bottles for £8!
The second fragrance I ended up buying is Amber Noir. At first I thought it smelled like the Jo Malone Velvet Rose and Oud, but I’ve since been asked if I have on Tom Ford when I wear it. I’m not an expert in Tom Ford, but I think maybe it smells like Black Orchid?
The one thing I’ll say about the perfumes is that damn, they are strong. I made the mistake of spraying myself a few times when I was testing them out and I smelled like I had cracked a whole bottle of my head. Not that it’s a bad thing – it means you only need one spray and you’re good to go! The other fragrances are Mandarin and Basil, Jasmine and Honey, Rose Oud and Vanilla Absolute, but they just didn’t do it for me.
Have you tried any of the fragrances from Private Collection? Which one is your favourite? Let me know in the comments below!
A little foreword – I’m not really good at writing personal posts, so apologies if this isn’t your thing!
Recently I’ve felt a little lost in the big bad world and decided I wanted a career change. I applied for so many Admin jobs, but only ever heard back from a few, all with rejections. I only ever went to college to do hairdressing, so I started to think about going back to do Admin and IT to get some experience behind me. I looked up the requirements and saw that I could try to get straight into a HNC, which was pretty appealing.
My main worry about going back to college was that it felt like a step back. I’d already done a whole course to discover I hated it and I’ve since worked for four years, including a year of being a supervisor. I talked it over with Scott and my mum, who were both amazingly supportive and made me realise that one more year in college isn’t a big deal. They reminded me that even if it’s shit and I hate studying, it’s just temporary! One year and then I can get a new job and work my way up for there.
The next step was to go for an interview. I was pretty anxious but it turned out to be a group interview and started with a presentation that went over the course. The more I thought about it, the more I felt like I was making the right choice. I was lucky enough to walk away with an Unconditional and the closer the start of college has gotten, the more excited I’ve become! My first class is tomorrow, I’ve bought a new notebook, a new stationary set and have an outfit planned. I know I’m a hard worker and to be honest, I’m really looking forward to channelling my energy into something new!
P.S Student discount come at me! 😉
I recently left a very beloved job and for my leaving present I was ecstatic to receive a Beauty Bay voucher. I love a good voucher, especially for places I wouldn’t normally shop! (Which is pretty much everywhere except MAC, New Look and Primark to be honest.) I already had a wishlist from browsing and knew straight away that I wanted a facemask and two eyeshadows from Makeup Geek, but I hadn’t quite decided on which Crease Brush I wanted from Morphe. I spent an afternoon looking at the Morphe products and kept coming back to the 25A Copper Spice Palette.
The slick, square shapes and super shimmery eyeshadows were all it really took to grab my attention. I have so many warm eyeshadow palettes already, but I was on the lookout for more mustard tones and since the Copper Spice palette had quite a few, I decided it was worth the investment. I mean, at £19.50 I still had plenty of leftover money from my voucher so I might as well treat myself, right?
The top two rows have softer, clay coloured eyeshadows that work great as base and transition colours. The middle row has darker eyeshadows with a warm reddish undertone, making them perfect for the outer corner and to darken the crease. The most eye-catching colours are definitely the foiled colours on the fourth row. They give any look an added POW! and I’ve seen a few people wear this on the inner corner for a pop of shimmer! Obviously my favourite is the copper one – but that’s no surprise, it is?! The last row has a few more dark shimmery colours and the matte brown and black colour which I love for smoking out the corners.
The colours have great pigmentation and are super soft – luckily they don’t go “dusty” like my Tarte Pro Amazonian Clay Palette. The darker colours are easy to blend without looking patchy or dirty and the shimmers look as good on the eye as they do in their pans! I’m now thinking I might need to add the 25B Bronze Mocha to my collection too – I don’t think I have enough purples in my kit!
Have you tried the Copper Spice or Bronzed Mocha Palettes? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!
Do you ever get sponsored videos popping up on your Instagram or Facebook, advertising seemingly revolutionary products? I certainly do and one that caught my eye was the Etude House Tint My Brow Gel. The video managed to make me stop scrolling and watch as the product peeled off the brow, revealing perfectly filled in brows!
I knew I had to give this a go to see if it was a just a huge gimmick or not. I hopped on over to Amazon and quickly found the gel for a mere £5. It surprisingly only took a few days to arrive and I was excited to try it out, so the evening before my next day off I got to work. I cleansed and dried my eyebrows to ensure the product went on clean skin and opened up the lid of the gel. The applicator is quite thick, making is a little hard to apply the gel evenly. The gel its self is very thick, making it easy to get a good coating on the brow. I put the gel on as neatly as possible and use a few cotton buds to clean up the shape. The gel dries quite fast and the directions suggest to leave it on for at least 2 hours, or overnight if possible. I left it on for about 4 hours and decided to peel it off before bedtime. When I peeled off the hardened gel I was a little horrified – it had tinted the skin under my brows bright orange!
Luckily for me, the staining removed pretty easily with a little bit of water and any residue came off with make up remover. Not too desirable as I’d want to at least be able to shower without the tint coming off if it had been the right colour! I had expected the look to be a lot like my brows after being tinted (in the photo below all I have on my brows is staining from my tint!) but it came out a lot more opaque and it was obvious I had something on my brows. I think this is what most people would be hoping for, but my brows are really sparse so I don’t want anything that looks too obvious.
Overall, I don’t think I’ll be using the Etude House Tint My Brows Gel again. There are different shades that might not come out so orange, but the finished look is just too obvious for what I wanted to achieve and since it came off with water, I feel like I’d end up needing to top up every day!
Has Instagram or Facebook advertising ever lead you to a purchase? I’d be interested to know the things that work and are a waste of money so let me know in the comments below!
I’ve wanted to try out GlamGlow for a long time now, but I’m not exactly the richest person in the world and it’s a bit scary to part with a chunk of money for a product that might not even be that great. But after hearing glowing (haha) review after glowing review, I eventually caved and decided it was time to try one of the GlamGlow masks. I was so tempted to go for SuperMud as I love a deep cleanse, but the sensible side of me took a step back and decided to be a bit more realistic, as my skin is much more on the dry side.
As soon as my tub arrived I gave my face a nice exfoliation and painted on the mask. It smells lovely, like a coconut smoothie and has a gel consistency – a bit surprising for a moisture mask! The directions say that it can be used as a leave on treatment, so I put on a thin layer went on with my day. When it was first applied the mask it made my skin feel slightly tingly – not in a sore, is-this-mask-irritating-my-skin way; more like a minty fresh feeling.
After 20 minutes or so I gently rubbed in the mask and used a tissue to blot off the excess. I could still feel a slight residue, but nothing compared to the other “leave on” masks I’ve tried – I’ve always had to wash them off in the end! I didn’t wear make up for the rest of the day, but even the day after when I wore and removed makeup, my skin still had that fresh, plumped feeling that face masks give you!
After three uses I’ve noticed a difference in my skin – it’s a lot more glowy and hydrated, and the dry patches on my cheeks are starting to disappear. My nose and between my brows still looks a bit dry, but I’m hoping over the long-term my skin will improve!
Have you ever tried anything from the GlamGlow range? Or maybe you can recommend a good hydrating mask? Let me know in the comments below!