skin posts

Ditch The Slap For Summer.

June 17, 2013

Summer’s here, sun cream’s flying off the shelves and we’re all out in the garden having BBQs. Well, perhaps one weekend each month we have the luxury of such weather, being begrudging citizens of the United Kingdom. The first thing we see after the teensiest hint of sunshine is an absolute fake-tan army, patrolling the streets, our shitty beaches, or even just loitering around the local Spar with a couple Calippo lollies – a complete onslaught of orange. I hate it. It’s probably one of my most anti-beauty blogger opinions, and may even get me banished from the blogosphere but, I bloody hate fake tan. It’s nigh impossible to get done properly, unless you’re in the know and of a well-padded bank account, which we all know accounts only for the tiniest minority of Britain’s population. Instead, we get faced with young girls and ladies committing one of many ‘sun’-kissed sins: streaks/OTT orange pigmentation/different coloured foundations to fake tan – it goes on and on. Not to mention the grim side effects. You’re either going to smell funny, drip brown liquid over all your belongings/bedsheets/boyfriends, or take the other option and get cancer, or just botch up your facial skin quality by whapping on the slap and causing breakouts.

Now, how much of Britain’s fake tan obsession do you think spurns from the media, or peer pressure? I’d say a damn good amount. When I was in high school, I was relentlessly bitched at by the chavvy girls due to my ghostly white complexion, usually in a guise of being utterly perplexed that I didn’t bother slapping colour on me that was a good 10 shades darker than the Snow White pigment I was born with. As long as you take care of your skin properly, it doesn’t matter what damn colour it is. If you consistently shave, exfoliate and moisturise, your skin will look radiant and healthy in the sun regardless! You don’t have to add further stressors to your life by thinking you can’t leave the house without a 2cm layer of paste all over you. It’s just bizarre to me.

But I’m not the only one who feels like embracing my natural tone and working with it. Here are some pale celebrity goddesses:

Rooney Mara

 

Taylor Swift

Nicola Roberts

Amanda Seyfried

Charlotte Free

My main change to my beauty regime that, unless I’m going on a night out, I have completely and utterly cut out foundation – sticking instead to using just moisturiser, concealer when necessary, and the odd bit of powder on my t-zones. This has been going on for nearly a month now and I cannot begin to explain how much of a difference it has made my complexion. My skin is clearer than its ever been, my freckles are proudly mooching around my cheeks and the overall finish is much cleaner and natural. Being so pale, I find it difficult to find any foundation that actually suits me for more than a season anyway, so I thought I’d brave being naked for a while and get to the root of the problem, that foundation was only covering up and worsening anyway!

I say: give it a try. And if it doesn’t work, you can send me nasty emails. But I’m pretty damn sure you’ll see great results and you’ll learn to feel comfortable with the quality and shade of your own skin tone within no time – no more wasting time and money on bottles of orange gunk – let the warmth of summer bring out your natural glow. If you’ve tried to cut out any beauty product recently – let me know how it went! Here’s a blatant piss-take photo from my holiday in March, where I braved Morocco without bothering with fake tan:

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REVIEW: Bare Minerals Prime Time Brightening Foundation Primer

June 13, 2013

I can’t say I’ve ever been crazy about buying primers before: my skin’s reasonably quite ruly when it comes to oiliness and I’ve recently taken the plunge to not wear foundation unless I’m going out. However, of the ones I’ve tried, this one is definitely fighting me for Benefit’s ‘Porefessional’ #1 title in my must-haves, upon receiving it recently. That said, there are huge differences between the two products: the Bare Minerals targets redness, which is portrayed in its yellow-based tone, whereas, the Porefessional is more of an all-rounder which would be suitable for all skin types. This makes me a big fan of the Bare Minerals, as I’m very pale skinned with an annoying pinky undertone, which is coming out in the sunshine as a glorious reddy undertone – how gloriously attractive that sounds. A thin layer of this beauty smoothed in after moisturiser and I am good to go. Here’s a little swatch on my paleness: (don’t fear, it rubs in to a less scary colour!)

At £21 for a 30ml product – but only £17 through QVC, it does seem a little steep – but each application only requires the tiniest of presses on the pump, so it should be cost-effective and long lasting. It’s definitely a good product to use if you’re about to embark on a wild night out, great for avoiding the oil slick/patchy red-face-man look after you’ve been throwing too many shapes at the latest Justin Timberlake song. It’s also proved pretty good as a standalone beauty product; applying after moisturiser on one of the bizarre heatwave days we’ve had of late (cue pensive stare to the now-rain drenched window), can be really effective if you fancy getting a bit au naturel. This is especially fun if you’re freckly.

There is one thing that I disliked about this product and, annoyingly, it could be a big off-putter to some: the scent is strong. I’m talking really strong. Nothing repugnant or bad-smelling, just mildly medicinal to the extent that I’m always quite dubious about putting it under my eyes, lest they get all watery. I still use and would recommend the product, I would just suggest that in future, it’s made with less perfume. I mean, why does primer need to be scented anyway?

I would’ve done a picture of me actually wearing the product but I have a nasty heat/stress rash on my face at the moment, so you’re not going to get a clear indication of how it works. Grr. I will update the post with pictures when I’m a bit less haggard-looking.

Pros: Works effectively – covers up red marks/smoothes surface, little goes a long way.

Cons: Smells a bit like you don’t want it invading your retinas. Then again, I don’t think the smell of anything would make you want it on/in/around your retinas. Ahem.

Would I recommend: Yes. Particularly to those with normal/combination skin of a lighter tone, with a pink undertone.

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‘Hey Guys, I Wash’ – Skincare Routine.

May 4, 2013

I’ve seen a few of these posts and thought I’d pop one up of my own skin routine as, for once, I’m enjoying the fact that my skin is uber clear and I can embrace my pale-y ways to the extent of not even wearing foundation day-to-day. Every skincare routine is going to be different; we all have our own little skin complaints and strengths. I’d say my skin was fairly normal, with a tendency to get a little oily around the t-zone, with my main ‘spotty’ areas being my chin and upper lip.

There’s going to be a bit of a #bblogger gasp when I say: as a rule, I rely on face-wipes pretty much daily. I take my make-up off at night with them, apply moisturiser afterwards and use another in the morning to remove any pesky, stubborn mascara before showering. I only physically wash my face when I shower, which is practically daily though, so I guess I’m not too grimily unfeminine. It’s a pretty handy tip to keep your face wash in the shower as it becomes tied into your shower routine, so it’s pretty difficult to forget about – which would probably just lead to a nasty breakout. Here’s a run down of the few products I use to attempt to keep my face in tip-top condition:

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Review: Benefit’s Hello Flawless Oxygen Foundation in ‘Ivory – Believe In Me’.

March 29, 2013

Yesterday I wrote a post about Bobbi Brown’s Moisture Rich foundation and mentioned that I was going to do a review of my new Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen foundation, so here you go. I’ve only had this bottle for exactly a week now: picked it up £4.50 off at Duty Free enroute to Marrakech and I’m already ready to rave about how good it is. Firstly, the packaging is lovely: as is characteristic of the Benefit brand, the name and colours of the foundation are quirky and fun – like ‘Ivory – Believe In Me’ and ‘Ivory – Pure For Sure’ and the bottle looks snazzy and modern.

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Review: Bobbi Brown Moisture Rich Foundation in Porcelain.

March 28, 2013

Moisture Rich? They weren’t kidding.

After over six months of religiously using M.A.C’s Matchmaster foundation, the time came for change. Thankfully, this coincided with Christmastime so I dragged my Nan to Chester for the day to hit the Debenhams make-up counters: hard. If you’re pale, like me, you’ll be all too aware of the annoyance that comes with being turned away by nearly all brands with “We don’t have anything to suit your shade” and probably stick to one foundation for life – I do not blame you. But it got to the stage with my M.A.C foundation where I’d either lost some colour between the April when I bought it, and the December when I replaced it, or for some reason it just didn’t suit anymore, so change was a-comin’.

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REVIEW: Estée Lauder Lipstick and Cleansing Lotion (w/Free Gift!)

September 18, 2012

If you’ve been reading my other posts, you’ll know that I was lusting over Estée Lauder’s new Vivid Purple collection – so much amazing colour. As described in my September Wishlist post, I gave in and bought some the other day and jumped on the Debenhams offer (Buy 2 EL products, get a free gift worth £60!).

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SheSaidBeauty: August Box Review

August 29, 2012

This month I received my first SheSaidBeauty box in the mail, after using their 25% off offer that I blogged about a few weeks ago. Given that I’ve never bought/subscribed to a beauty box before, I had very little idea of what I’d be receiving – and I wasn’t completely disappointed with what I got!

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Ebony. 25. Manchester.
Marketing Manager who likes to mouth off on here about stuff she cares about. Expect mental health, Borderline Personality Disorder, and reviews - from restaurants, to books, to fashion. Talks to cats more than people, but seemingly has a lot to say.
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