Get Ready With Me | Minimal Makeup, Hair Care & Skin Care

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Hello fellow bloggers & readers,
I thought I would do something a little different today. Instead of doing a post on skin care or makeup,
I decided I would make a little ‘Get Ready With Me’ video.

I’m going to go more into detail in this blog post.

I hope you liked this little video, I might start doing more blog posts like this with little videos to change things up a little.

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Hair Care

If you want to know my full hair care routine I made a blog post and a video about it a few months ago.
My Hair Care Routine

My hair care routine is pretty basic, I don’t tend to change products that often.

Shampoo – LOreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil
£3.99
This is hands down my favourite shampoo as it has helped my hair so much when it was bleached and badly damaged.
It doesn’t weigh my hair down or make it look greasy.
If you bleach your hair or have damaged hair I recommend this product.

Hair Oil – LOreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil
£9.99
If you read my blog you will know how much I talk about this product. It never lets me down, this product also saved my over dyed, damaged hair at the beginning of the year. It is a little pricey but it lasts for ages! You only need one to two pumps of the oil and it spreads though the hair. It doesn’t leave your hair greasy or weighed down.

Spilt End Treatment – Umberto Giannini Mend My Hair
£7.99

This product also saved my damaged hair and also helps reduce spilt ends. It’s a 5-1 hair oil which helps repair your hair. I only use this product at the ends of my hair as I use the LOreal product all over.

Hair Brush – Tangle Teezer 
£10.99
This is a lot of money for a  hairbrush, but it actually does what it says it will.
It helps get all the knots and tangles out of my hair without it hurting. If you use a normal brush and then use this, you will notice a huge difference between the two!
I highly recombined this hair brush.

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Skincare

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September Favourites | 2015

September Favourites | 2015

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I haven’t done a Favourites blog post in a while.
But I have recently come across some beauty products that I love, some are old and some are new!

I hope you enjoy reading my September Favourites blog post.

Beauty Favourites 

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Garnier | Micellar Water

If you read my blog post the other day on the Micellar Water then you will know I got on well with this product.
I love using this in the morning to make sure I have gotten off all my makeup from the night before.
It’s also makes my skin feel fresh and hydrated throughout the day.

You can find my full review on this product here.

You can find the Garnier Micellar Water here.
It’s £4.99.

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Maybelline | Master Ink Eyeliner

I have had this eyeliner for just over a week, It’s hands down the best eyeliner I have purchased!
The brush is perfect for doing fine lines and creating a winged eyeliner look. The thin brush makes it easy to create either a thick or thin eyeliner line. If your new to applying eyeliner you will be able to apply it easily with this brush.
I use most days when I wear eyeliner and i prefer this over all my other liquid eyeliners.

A full review on this product will be up next Sunday!
So if you want to know more about this eyeliner make sure you check it out.

I can’t find this product online but I know you can pick it up in Superdrug.
It’s around £5.

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Maybelline | Brow Satin

I have been searching for a good eye brow pencil/ powder for a while and I picked this up brow product up with the eyeliner.
It is perfect for lightly filling in your brows naturally!
It has two sides on the Browtastic, one side has the pencil and the other has a powder applicator.

The pencil is perfect for lightly filling in the sparse area of your brows and the powder helps blend everything together for a more even, natural look.  I got the shade Medium Brown which is perfect shade for my brows.

There will also be a full review on this product next Sunday!
So if you want to know more about this eyebrow product make sure you check it out.

You can find the Maybelline Brow Statin here.
It’s £5.99

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Quick & Easy Makeup Routine | 2015

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Here’s my ‘Quick & Easy’ Makeup look
When putting on makeup, I like it to be simple and lightweight. I mainly focus on my brows and eyes and only put concealer and powder/ foundation on days I need it most.

Today I went with just some concealer under my eyes, some pressed powder, subtle pink lips and some eyeliner to make my eyes stand out.

My skin is not working with me lately and I have been breaking out a lot more than usual so my skin isn’t perfect but doing face masks and not wearing foundation is helping get rid of them.

Let’s get on with what products I have one my face;

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Clinique | Turnaround Daytime Revitalising Moisturiser

I first like to use a moisturiser, if it is warm outside it is best to put a moisturiser on that has some kind of sun protection. I use the Clinique Turnaround Daytime Revitalising Moisturiser. This is a lightweight moisture that helps hydrate my skin so it doesn’t get dry throughout the day.

This moisturiser also gives your skin a little bit of a glow, which is great if you don’t want to wear foundation.

I got this in a set with some other productions but the bigger tube of this is £30 and you can find it here.

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Collection | Long Lasting Perfection Concealer.

Next I go in with my concealer, The concealer I use is the Collection Long Lasting Perfection Concealer.

I use this concealer under my eyes, around my nose and on any blemishes or redness on my face. This also helps brighten under your eyes.

The colour i got matched my skin perfectly and it makes it look like I don’t have any concealer on.

With this production I like to use the Real Techniques Stippling Brush, This just help me make sure the concealer is all nicely blended in to my skin.

I will be doing a separate blog post with my review on this concealer.

This concealer is £4.16 and you can find it here.

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Clinique | Instant Lift For Brows

I just lightly brush this along my eyebrows to help create definition and make my eyebrows a little bolder. If you want to see my full review on this product, the link to my blog post is *here*.

This brow product is £16.00 and you can find it here.

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Evening Skincare Routine | June 2015

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When it comes to your evening skin care routine it can be a bit of a chore. Sometimes when you come home after a long day of work or university you just want to climb into bed and relax. I like to make sure I cleanse my face and apply a moisturiser before going to bed, sometimes I do more of a deep cleanse on my face. I don’t use all these products I’m going to talk about in one night, I like to alternate between products.

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Cleansers, Toners & Eye Lotion

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish

‘Rich and creamy, this hot cloth cleanser quickly removes daily grime and make up (even stubborn mascara) leaving all skin types clean, soft and radiant. With purifying eucalyptus essential oil, toning rosemary plus soothing chamomile and cocoa butter.’

I love using Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish in the evening as well as in the morning. I feel like it gives my skin a good deep cleanse. I prefer using this in the evening as I feel  like it gets all my makeup off as well as daily grime that clings to my skin throughout the day. This product is not heavy on the skin and does not leave your skin feeling greasy either, after using this I will just use a moisturiser and then leave my skin for the night.

Liz Earle Soothing Eye Lotion

‘Infused with a skin-calming blend of aloe vera, eyebright and witch hazel, this gentle herbal lotion cools, revitalises and brightens and can also be used to remove light eye make up. Suitable for contact lens wearers.’

I use the Liz Earle Soothing Eye Lotion after the Cleanse & Polish. This helps soothes the skin around my eye as well as removing the last traces of mascara and eyeshadow. Its lightweight and leaves your skin feeling hydrated.

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A Little Trip To Boots | No7 Haul & Review

Hello fellow beauty bloggers and readers,

I’m sorry I haven’t posted in a while but I’m back and I have lots of post lined up!

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So the last month I had a little spending in Boots and bought a lot of No7 products. They had their 3 for 2 offer on so I went a little crazy and treated myself to some of their skin care products.

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No7 Beautiful Skin – Blemish Defence Serum

Due to the constant change in weather here in the UK my skin keeps breaking out more than usual, so I decided to pick up this Blemish Defence Serum.

No7 Beautiful Skin Blemish Defence Serum has been created to provide tailored skin nutrition for healthy looking, bright and beautiful skin.
Blemishes are unpredictable so this oil-free formulation helps to unblock pores and clear excess sebum to give smoother, blemish free skin.

I’ve been using this product for around 2 weeks now and from the first use I have really been liking this product. It doesn’t feel heavy on the skin nor does it make your skin feel greasy. It leaves your skin feeling so refreshed and I have noticed a huge difference with my blemishes! I have also noticed that it has helped reduce the redness I have around my nose and cheek area. My skin is a lot smoother and looks more healthy and bright.

This product is £16 and you can find it here.

No7 Beautiful Skin – Pore Minimising Serum

I love using my No7 pore vacuum mask but as I only use it once or twice a month I thought I would try this pore serum out.

‘A clever skin perfector that instantly disguises the appearance of enlarged pores. This lightweight, non-greasy serum tightens pores and removes excess oils. It effectively transforms skin’s texture to reveal smoother, more radiant and shine free skin. Day by day it works to visibly reduce pore size in 2 weeks.
The advanced Poreless complex helps to visibly reduce pore size and regulate sebum production to reveal beautiful clear and healthy looking skin.’

I use this twice a day and apply it to my nose and forehead, in the evening and at night. I haven’t noticed a huge difference in the appearance of my pores but I will keep on using it everyday as there’s been a little change in my pores. I also think it’s a good alternative to using pore strips as you can use this serum every day while pore strips you can only use them once a week.

This product is £16 and you can find it here.

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No7 Beautiful Skin – Deep pore Purifier

‘Beautifully poreless. A targeted clanser to deeply clean and purify pores around the nose, forehead and chin. The innovative scrub tip gently exfoliates and unblocks pores by dissolving and lifting pore clogging dirt that can cause blackheads. It works to instantly tighten pores, remove excess oils and leave skin feeling incredibly clean. The advanced Poreless complex helps to visibly reduce pore size and regulate sebum production to reveal beautiful clear and healthy looking skin.’

I was looking forward to trying out this product but I’m not too fond of the plastic applicator. Its hard on my skin and it feels uncomfortable to rub the product in with the applicator. The product leathers up well and I have started to put the applicator on my fingers and rub it into my skin that way. The gel product has ingredients in it that help to fight spots and is perfect for if you suffer from breakouts. I’m going to keep on using this product as I had high expectations for it.

This product is £12 and you can find it here.

No7 Total Renewal – Micro -Dermabrasion Face Exfoliator 

Instantly Younger. Discover instantly fresher, clearer, younger looking skin, with this micro-dermabrasion exfoliator. A tried and tested dermatological technique, it’s been developed by our skincare experts for you to use at home.

Aluminium-oxide micro-crystals smooth, refine and renew sweeping away dull cells for incredible radiance from the first time you use it. Within 4 treatments stimulates skin cell renewal to work against fine lines, skin tone evens leaving skin softer, silky to touch and more refined. Helps to work against the appearance of dark areas, sun damaged or blemish prone skin too. Not to be used on sore sun-burnt skin.’

I bought this as it helps to even out skin tone and also it helps blemish prone skin. I love doing face masks and i bought this to try it out.

How to use;

Dot onto clean damp skin. Gently massage upwards for 1 minute, following the instructions on the leaflet carefully . Rinse and follow with an SPF15 moisturiser. Only use twice a week

It took me a few tries to get the instructions right as I wanted to make sure I was applying the product right and massaging it into my face in the right way. After the first use my skin was a lot smoother and looked brighter and more hydrated. What I love about this product is it’s like having a facial at home but for a fraction of the price, and you get lots of use out of it.

This product is £11.00 and you can find it here.

What are your favourite No7 skincare products?

Thank you for reading,

Katie x

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No7 Instant Radiance Foundation – Review

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I’ve tried many foundations and i could never find one that lasted the whole day, didn’t look greasy or too powdery on my skin and actually matched my skin tone.

I’ve finally found a foundation that tick’s all my boxes when it comes to the right foundation!

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No7 Instant Radiance Foundation 

Boot’s website tells you a little about this product

Radiance boosting for tired, stressed skin. Create radiant, luminous skin with this revitalising foundation from No7. Glides on to skin for coverage that brightens the complexion, reducing the appearance of imperfections and signs of fatigue.

The silky moisturising formula has light reflecting particles that boost your skin’s appearance, making it look luminous and naturally flawless. Energising Ginger helps stimulate tired looking skin whilst our enriching vitamin complex helps boost skins vitality.

Soft violet pearls give dull, stressed out skin a healthy looking glow for perfectly natural finish.

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This foundation is a miracle in a bottle! I first came across this when my sister’s friend used it and she said it looked like she was not  wearing any foundation and her skin looked amazing, my sister got matched up to the shade ‘Calico’ and when the women at the counter applied it to her face i couldn’t even tell she had anything on! It blends into the skin perfectly and does not look cakey (nobody want’s their foundation to look cakey.) When i saw it on my sister i knew i had to own this foundation for myself!

The packaging for this product looks amazing and even though it’s simple its eye-catching and does not look cheap. I only need one pump to cover my face and its a medium coverage so you can build it up. I apply this to my skin with the Real Techniques – Stippling Brush and it’s easy to apply and sinks into your face and leaves you with even and nice looking skin. It stays on your skin all day and gives you the right coverage without looking caked in foundation.

What i love about this foundation is it’s a radiance boost for tired or stressed skin, everyone has those days where they look like rubbish and this is the perfect pick me up. It gives you the brightness and even skin tone but without looking like you’ve put a layer of foundation on.

The price is £12.50 but it has a variety of shades and you can go to the No7 counter and they will match up with the little machine they have for free and help you pick out the right shade.

I can’t hype this product up enough as it tick’s all the boxes to the perfect foundation, this will defiantly be my new daily foundation and as you i only need one pump to do my entire face it will last for a while before i need to go repurchase it. If your unsure about this product check it out on the boot’s website as it has everything you need to know on there and also people’s reviews.

What is your favourite daily foundation?

Thank you for reading,
Katie x

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December Favourites

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Hello beauty bloggers & readers, heres my December Favourites picks. I’m sorry it’s a little late but its better late than never right? 🙂

Non Beauty Items:

Vogue
Since being at home my mum has bought me vogue as at uni I’m on a budget, i love this magazine and its great to reading in bed and also get inspiration from.

FANGIRL – Rainbow Rowell
I picked this up from my local asda after christmas for only £3! I thought it would just be a good book to pass the time over this holiday but i was so wrong! I haven’t put this book down! I love the story and the way its written and i don’t want it to end, i love when you get so into a book and the characters and this is one of those books. I’m very happy with this purchase and if you’re looking for a good book to read i highly recommend this!

Beauty Products:

L’oreal Elvive – Hair Mask
I few weeks ago i stripped my hair from black to a medium brown and it wrecked my hair! And this has been my saviour all through December to help my hair get back to its original state. I love the smell of this hair mask and it leaves my hair so shiny and feeling a lot nicer and less damaged, it’s also part of this hair thickening range and as my hair is very fine it helps to make it look and feel fuller!

Tea Tree – Foaming Face Wash
I used to use this every day when washing my face and then i switched to other products to try them out. I came across it again and started using it and i forgot how good it was. You only need one pump and then i rub it onto my face and then wash of with water, it’s help with spots as over christmas I’ve broke out on my forehead and tea tree is really good when it comes with spots and has helped me slowly get my skin back to normal. This is quite cheap in super drug and if you suffer with spots i recommend this.

Big – Sea Salt Shampoo
I absolutely love this stuff! I have been using the Tail ‘N Mane shampoo and have gone back to this because it instantly makes my hair look thicker, feel nicer and smell amazing! It’s a little pricey from lush but if your like me and suffer from having fine limp hair i recommend you to buy this because it doesn’t disappoint.

No7 – High Shine Lip Crayon
I really like these lip crayons and they suit every day where and finish your makeup look off. I’ve been wearing these over christmas and they are also moisturising on your lips.

No7 – Instant Radiance Foundation
This foundation is just amazing! My sister wears this and you can’t even tell she’s got foundation on! It matches the skin perfectly, it’s easy to apply & looks flawless. I will be doing a review soon.

No7 – Gel Look Shine – Neptune
I’ve recently came across these No7 nail varnishes, the first one i got was from my advent calendar and then i got a set of them for christmas. They are very pigmented and look amazing on your nails. The only downside is that they chip easy but if you put a top coat on it makes them last a little longer.

I hope you like my December Favourite picks

Thank you for reading,
Katie x

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Pamper / Lazy Day

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After having a bad week or finishing all your assignments you just want to sit back and relax and have some ‘me time’.

Heres a few things that i do to help me relax;

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First thing i do is get into some comfy clothing. I either opt for pjs or joggers and a slouchy top and slipper socks. I hate having to get dressed if I’m just going to lounge about all day so i put on my comfiest clothes.
The Hello Kitty pjs are from primark and the slipper socks are also from primark.

I’ve recently got back into painting my nails as I’ve always been busy to take my old nail varnish and put a new coat on. But since getting new nail polishes i’ve been putting new colours on my nails each week. This week i went for these No7 Gel – look shine & No7 Nail effect. These are in the shades ‘Neptune’ & ‘Sun Rays’.

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When I’m in bed i love reading when i get some free time, i love getting lost in a book but since being at uni I’ve found no time to read. So at the weekend or my day off i love reading a few chapters. My current favourite book is Fangirl, i got this at christmas and i haven’t put it down yet!

I also love magazines and i have a box full of old ones i can’t bear to throw away! (yup I’m a hoarder of old magazines) I love Vogue but being on a budget this is a treat when i have money, Vogue always reminds me of when i was in high school and i desperately wanted to read it but as it cost’s about £5 i couldn’t bring myself to buy it. Then while i was at my dads we went to the shop and he bought Vogue for me and i still have that magazine now as i was so happy to finally get it. I also love reading ‘Teen Vogue’ ‘Seventeen’ ‘Company’ & ‘Elle’.

Face mask’s are a great way to help you relax and also pamper yourself. When i have free time or when i go for a hot bubble bath i love putting on a face mask, these two are my favourite face mask’s and they always leave my face feeling so soft and brighter looking.

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Bath bombs are bath fizzes i don’t use every time i have a bath, i like using them when I’m feeling stressed or ill to make myself feel better. I got a few bath bombs for christmas and i can’t wait to use them. Yesterday i used the Lush bath bomb my sister got me and i absolutely loved it! (review coming soon)

On my pamper days i use a hair mask to give my hair a break and to restore the damage that colouring my hair has done to it. The L’Oreal Elvive leaves my hair feeling softer and also a little thicker and the John Frieda leaves it feeling healthy and smells amazing. I have yet to try the Sanctuary hair mask, i got this off my mum for christmas and i will be doing a review on it soon.

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When i have free time or I’m having a pamper day i love watching films and catching up with tv series.
Currently I’m loving Heroes, i watched this when it came out years ago and me and my family have been watching a few episodes every night and i can’t get enough of it!

I’m also loving 90210 as i used to watch it when my sister watched it and its on Netflix so I’ve been re watching it from the beginning.

Netflix has put Pretty Little Liars on and I’m so happy and me and my friend used to be obsessed with it and i watched every episode when it came out but recently I’ve had to watch it on online sites and could never find one that didn’t buffer or freeze so I left it. But now i can catch up on all the episodes i missed and get back into it again!

What do you do on your pamper/lazy days?

*The natural light wasn’t on my side while taking these photo’s so had to opt for a nice filter to make them look better. Getting natural light can be a pain to bloggers!*

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Katie x

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No7 Beautiful Skin – Hydration Mask Review

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I’ve had my eye on this product for a few months but never bought it. After christmas I decided to treat myself and purchased it.

After having the No7 advent calendar I’ve really grown on No7 products and find that even though they are expensive they are gentle on the skin and also do wonders to it! I love face masks so I knew I was going to like this product.

The packaging is nice and I love the swirly effect of the product inside, the product moves up the bottle every time you use it so you get every last bit out. You only need to use one pump to cover your whole face which is amazing as normally you need to use a lot meaning the face mask does not last long.

The No7 mask dries quickly and you leave it on your face for 3-10 minutes, 3 for just a normal use or 10 for an intense face mask.  This mask also smells so lovely and it’s easy to apply as it isn’t messy. After you have left it on for your decided time you wash it off with water and it  leaves your skin feeling nice and adds the moisture back into your skin.

I used it for 10 minutes for the intense mask, it was so easy to apply and didn’t have a strong smell. After 10 minutes I washed it off my face with water and then patted dry with a towel. I was amazed with the results! It left my skin feeling smooth and looking a little brighter, it didn’t irritate my skin or leave it red. I plan on using this once a week as it made my skin look so much healthier.

I would defiantly purchase this product again! For the money you are paying you will get a lot of use out of this and get your moneys worth and more importantly have healthier skin.

You can pick this up in store or online here for £12.50.

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