The Power of Makeup and Why I’m Wearing Less Makeup

I love wearing make up. I love it’s playfulness, it’s transformation, the high and it’s power. Mascara opens up your eyes wide, turns lashes longer and more voluminous. I love how shadow can bring out the different colours in your eyes and how a pop of colour on you lips can give you confidence and a little swagger. There’s a reason why make up artists are called artists.

Got a hair cut! No filter, no touch up, just scars and lines.

This year I’ve found myself wanting to wear less makeup. At the moment it’s for vanity which is ironic as makeup if we admit is all about vanity. In the summer I stopped Continue reading “The Power of Makeup and Why I’m Wearing Less Makeup”

Evening Primrose Oil

Nearly everybody knows evening primrose oil’s great for healthy hair, nails and skin thanks to being packed with fatty acids particularly GLA (gamma-linoleic acid), which has great healing properties. It can help ease eczema, help with PMS, bad period cramps, ease joint pain, may help acne and rosacea sufferers and even hair loss!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I’ve been taking evening primrose oil capsules for about 3 months  Continue reading “Evening Primrose Oil”

November Beauty Finds

I can’t believe December’s here. This year’s gone way too quickly. It seems as you get older time flies faster and faster. You look back, you look forward, you panic, you smile. As of now in less than 3 weeks the days start to get ever so slightly longer. That’s a smile!
December's short days

I have 3 requirements when it comes to skin care and cosmetics; as natural as possible, no parabens, SLS, petrochemicals etc, not test on animals and contain no animal ingredients aside from beeswax/honey that I’m aware of (though a vegan, I eat honey). With make up this can be tricky, so I go with what I can get. My skin’s a combination of oily and dry and it’s happier with less products. Recently I’ve been trying out Korean brands as those ladies take great care of their skin and there’s Miin, a Korean Cosmetic shop in Barcelona I love popping into. Though my basic skin care hasn’t changed.

Dear Klairs Illuminating Supple Blemish Cream/BB Cream From Miin Cosmetics Dear Klairs, Illuminating Supple Blemish Cream/BB creamThis is a rival to the Etude House Precious Mineral Perfect Fit BB Cream I’m using. Initially I thought this would be too pale as it only comes in one shade and Korean ladies prefer pale skin. It colour adapts and Sephora’s 8hr Wear Mattifying Compact Foundation adds extra colour. The coverage isn’t as full as Etude House Precious Mineral Perfect Fit, but with concealer where needed, it’s fine. What I love about this BB cream is I hardly feel like I’m wearing any foundation/BB cream at all. It feels like silk! It’s also long-lasting with few powder touch ups and more importantly it doesn’t cake. It holds its own through workouts. It does have an odd smell, but this is minor compared to it’s what it does! I’m defintely buying it again, like I need an excuse to pop into Miin!

SNP Animal Sheet Fibre Face MasksSNP Animal Tiger Wrinkle Sheet Mask

Another find from Miin! They’re easy to use, cleanse, place mask, smooth it out, leave on for 15-20 mins, preferably when nobody’s around. I find clay masks can be too harsh and drying or gel masks not hydrating enough. These give extra hydration and are cooling at the same time, which is perfect right now in the cold months, moving from cold air outdoors to warm air indoors. From what I’ve read, sheet mask ingredients are absorbed more into the skin than regular face masks. My skin looks and feels refreshed afterwards. I can’t find anything saying if SNP do or do not test on animals, so I’m going with what they said in the shop. I’ll probably get Sephora’s own next time as I know they don’t test on animals. And if they come with animal faces printed on, it’s grown up face paint and dance out your inner Cats (the musical), okay.

The only problem I had was smoothing out the sheet over my nose. I ended up make extra tears to accommodate. You're gonna hear me roar SNP Animal Tiger Wrinkle Sheet Mask

Sephora Fiber Eye MasksSephora Fiber Eye Mask

These work in the same way as the sheet masks and I love them! These you can wear with others around! I’m working my way through their range, but to be honest, they all seem to refresh, tone, perk up and brighten up around the eyes.

Sephora Cuticle Pusher and NipperSephora Cuticle Pusher and Nipper

Easy to use, does the job, don’t press to hard (can cut yourself), why didn’t I buy it sooner!

What’s been your recent cosmetic find you can’t get enough of at the moment?!