Clarisonic Mia 2 Cleansing Brush Review

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Hey Lovelies,
Hope you are all good and having a fantastic weekend! Today's post is going to be a review on the Clarisonic Mia 2 Sonic Cleansing Brush which I recently purchased from Space NK. I have been using my Clarisonic Mia 2 for about 2 months now so I thought it's time I'd share with you my thoughts on this sonic facial cleansing brush! 
Clarisonic Mia 2  Facial Sonic Cleansing
I don't know about you, but I wear a lot of make up! Foundation, concealer, powder, bronzer and blusher are just a few of the make up items which I pile on my face on a daily basis. Over the years I have tried various different cleansers, both drugstore and high end, to cleanse my face at the end of each day. Due to the fact I am usually caked in make up, it would quite often take me a triple or even a quadruple cleanse for my face to be squeaky clean and make up free. No matter how much I cleansed, there would always be some make up residue left on my cotton pad after toning! This is why I finally decided to invest in a cleansing brush, and I can tell you now, I may be £125 poorer for it, but it was a decision I do not regret!
Clarisonic Mia 2 Cleansing Brush
Cleansing brushes seem to be all the rage now, with various brands releasing cleansing brushes to suit all different skin types and budgets. I decided to invest in the Clarisonic Mia 2 because as far as I know, Clarisonic were the first company to ever bring out a cleansing brush. I have heard so many good things about the brand over the years that I decided it is about time to treat myself and see what all the fuss is about!
The Clarisonic Mia 2 comes with the following items:
  • Mia 2 Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush
  • Mia 2 Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush Charger
  • Sensitive Brush head
  • Travel Case
  • 30ml Sample Size Cleanser
The Clarisonic Mia 2 cleanses your skin 6 times better than if you are just using your hands alone and gives your skin a really deep and thorough clean! It has 2 speed settings: low and normal. When I started using my Clarisonic Mia 2, I used the lower speed setting but soon moved up to the regular speed setting as I found it gives my skin a deeper cleanse. It comes with the brush head for sensitive skin, but there are other brush heads available which are designed for different skin types and skin concerns. As I am very happy with my sensitive skin brush head, so I will stick to this type of brush head once I need to replace it, which is about once every 3 months.
Clarisonic Mia 2 Sensitive Skin Brush Head Bristles
What I really love about my Clarisonic Mia 2 is how simple it is to use. I use mine every night in the shower after removing my make up. I wet the brush and apply a pea sized amount of my foaming cleanser onto the brush head. Once you switch the brush on, it operates for a full minute. I start off by cleansing my forehead for 20 seconds. Once the Clarisonic Mia 2 pulsates, I move it down to my T Zone for a further 20 seconds. It will then pulsate twice more, giving me 10 seconds to cleanse each cheek. You are advised not to press too hard when using a Clarisonic, but to gently glide the brush over your skin using small circular motions.
The Clarisonic Mia 2 is gentle enough to use twice a day. Personally however I prefer to just use it once in the evenings because in the mornings I am too tired and lazy so I just give my skin a quick clean with a cleansing milk.
Since using my Clarisonic Mia 2, I have not suffered from any breakouts. What's more, when I apply my toner after cleansing now, the cotton pad is completely make up free! I cannot tell you how happy this makes me haha! Finally I have found a way to cleanse my face that is gentle but effective in removing all the make up I pile on my face each day. This means that the serums and moisturiser which I apply after cleansing are able to absorb properly into my skin. Hurray!
Investing in the Clarisonic Mia 2 also means I no longer feel the need to use exfoliators. The Clarisonic Mia 2 does a great job at removing dead skin cells from my face. In fact, Clarisonic advice against using exfoliators on your sonic cleansing brush because that would be too harsh for your skin.
All in all I am very happy with this product, and I honestly don't think I will ever go back to regular hand cleansing.
Have you tried any cleansing brushes? Which one is your favourite?

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Back to MAC... Again!

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Hey Lovelies,
I hope you are all keeping well! I know its not long since my last Back To MAC post; but I have another one for you today! What can I say other than I love my MAC haha! I've actually been clearing out my make up collection over the last couple of weeks and decided to tackle my MAC stash, which is how I ended up accumulating enough empties for yet another MAC lipstick. So without further ado lets delve into the 6 MAC empties I returned to MAC in exchange for a free full size lipstick of my choice.
Back To MAC Cosmetics Empties
Back in 2012 I completed a make up course at the London College of Fashion. The course included a MAC make up kit, and the foundation we were given was MAC Full Coverage in various different shades. Now this was over 3 years ago now, and you really shouldn't keep foundation for that long.  This is why I decided to put 2 of the foundations in shades that I haven't actually used since my course towards my Back To MAC empties. MAC Full Coverage foundation has, as the name suggests, full coverage. I found that it also works great as a concealer! This is however more of a pro product that's designed for photo shoots and to cover things like scars and tattoos. That said, there is no reason why you couldn't wear this every day if you wanted to. If you look at the Make Up By Me section on my blog you will see how amazing this foundation photographs!
This product is perhaps a little bit misunderstood. A lot of people assume it is designed to make your make up stay on all day, which it probably isn't. I love MAC Fix+ and use it to freshen up my make up during the day and after applying my make up if I feel I have applied too much and it looks to heavy or powdery.
A pretty much self explanatory product that I have probably included in all the Back to MAC posts I have ever done. It's my favourite brush cleanser which I will continue to repurchase until the end of time.
MAC Petalscent Eyeshadow
I have had this eyeshadow for so long that it is now discontinued. I think it may even be one of  the first MAC eyeshadows I ever purchased, but it is a pale purple / pink colour that I rarely use hence I decided to bid it farewell. I probably bought this eyeshadow back in 2005 so it is kind of gross to think I kept it for so long. Make up after all, has a shelf life and I am pretty sure you should not keep eyeshadows for about 10 years haha!
MAC 15 Pan Pro Palette
I think MAC redesigned their palettes about 2 years ago. They look so much more stylish and elegant now, and this empty MAC palette wasn't doing anything for me other than taking up valuable space in my make up collection which is why it had to go! I may do a post on my MAC 15 pan eyeshadow palette soon so keep a look out for that. And no, don't worry, I didn't return my eyeshadows to MAC - only the empty palette haha!
MAC Cosmetics Rebel Lipstick
Ok so now onto the exciting part: The new lipstick which I added to my collection! I was in 2 minds of whether to chose another nude seeing as they are all the rage at the moment, or to step out of my lipstick comfort zone and go with the classic MAC Rebel which I have had my eye on for quite some time now. After consulting with the oracle that is Twitter, I decided to go with MAC Rebel.
MAC Cosmetics Rebel Lipstick
The first thing I noticed about MAC Rebel is how dark it is! Once applied however I realised that this lipstick does not go on as dark as it looks. MAC Rebel has a satin finish, which probably explains why it goes on quite opaque. MAC describe Rebel as a "midtonal cream plum", and I would agree with this. I found the formula of MAC Rebel to be quite creamy. You get decent wear out of it and it does not dry out your lips. The colour is most definitely plum and on me it seems to have some purple hues running through it. Well, I could go on for hours describing this lipstick, but let's just do this the easy way so here is a swatch for you all to enjoy!
MAC Cosmetics Rebel Swatch
I know many of you may already own this lipstick, but I am pretty pleased I picked it up and that I can finally join the MAC Rebel gang haha!
What is your favourite MAC lipstick?
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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette Review

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette
Hello Lovelies,
I hope that you are all having a fab weekend! Today's post is going to be a review on the stunning Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette which I recently purchased from Space NK., so read on to find out my thoughts on this luxurious little beauty which has found its way into my make up collection!
First of all I am going to be honest and admit that more make up than one person could ever need (if such a thing is even possible haha!). I am currently trying to downsize my collection by either using up products, throwing out ones that are out of date and giving anything else that I don't like anymore away to friends. Highlighters however are the one beauty product I don't actually own too many of. In fact, the only other highlighter I have in my collection is the iconic but now sadly discontinued Amber Diamond highlighter by Christian Dior. So when I recently stumbled into Space NK with £10 credit on my Space NK. N. Dulge rewards card and spotted the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette, I just knew I needed to add it to my make up collection!
The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette consists of 3 gorgeous finishing powders. They are technically speaking not highlighters, but I only discovered this after owning the palette haha!
All 3 shades in the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette are highly pigmented, finely milled, very soft and blend like a dream, but they are all very different products in their own right, so let me explain what each shade is like and how I personally like using it.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette
Dim Light is the first shade in the palette. It is a neutral beige powder that, unlike the other 2 colours in the palette, is a completely matte shade and has no shimmer to it. I would say Dim Light has a satin finish and I like using it once I have finished doing the rest of my make up (which includes setting powder). I use a fluffy brush and dust Dim Light all over my face. I find that this product diffuses everything and blurs out my imperfections and pores. I've actually had quite a few compliments on how healthy my skin looks since I started using Dim Light, so this is definitely a winning product for me!
The second shade in the palette is called Incandescent Light and it is the only limited edition finishing powder in the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette. Incandescent Light is a very subtle highlighter which adds radiance to your skin. It's not too glittery or shimmery so I find you can use it all over your face if you wish, or you can pop it onto the top of your cheekbones and on the high points of your face where it will mainly noticeable when the light hits you. This is what I tend to do with Incandescent Light. Out of all the 3 shades in the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette, I think Incandescent Light is the one shade that is the most compareable to your traditional highlighter.
The final shade in the palette is called Radiant Light. It's the darkest out of all the 3 shades and has a golden peachy shimmer to it which is perfect for adding warmth to your skin. If you are very pale you could probably get away with using this as a bronzer. I'm a bit more (fake) tanned though, so I've been using this on top of my cheek and contour colour to give me a subtle sunkissed glow. Out of all 3 shades in the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette, Radiant Light is perhaps the one I reach for the last but that may well change once summer comes around!
As you can tell, I am in love with my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette and I am so glad I treated myself and bought it! It retails for £56 which I know is a lot of money, but I think it this palette worth every penny and I am so glad I now have it in my make up collection!
What Hourglass products have you tried? Let me know in the comments below!
Till next time,  

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Bridal Make Up Tips

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Hey Lovelies,
Hope you are all well and that you've had a great weekend! I worked on Saturday but luckily I have today off so I thought why not write up a little blog post for you all to read! Rather than doing another haul or review though, I decided to try something different today. I thought it might be nice to share with you my experience of doing my friend Claire's wedding make up back in October last year. Instead of doing a traditional make up post telling you which products I used and my thoughts on them, I've decided to share with you what it was like for me doing a bridal make up for the first time. I hope you find this interesting, whether you are a bride to be, planning to do your friends wedding make up or even if you just love weddings haha!
My friend Claire and I met at College in Birmingham all the way back in 2000, and I felt incredibly honoured when she asked me if I would do her wedding make up for her. Of course I said yes! I've been working on make up counters since 2013 after completing a make up course at the London College of Fashion, so I have a fair bit of make up experience. However, I had never done bridal make up before so this was not only an exciting opportunity for me, but it was also all the more special because I've been friends with Claire for over 10 years! Claire needed her own make up doing as well as her mothers and her 2 bridesmaids. Rather than doing the make up for all 4 lovely ladies by myself, I took my friend Lorna who also works in make up along with me, and we ended up sharing the workload. I did the make up for the bride Claire and her sister. Lorna did the make up for the mother of the bride as well as her other bridesmaid.
One thing Lorna and I noticed is that we worked facing the window whereas it would have been perhaps better if we had worked with our backs towards the light. Something to bear in mind for next time maybe. Luckily it didn't turn out to be a problem and lots of people were commenting on how lovely every ones make up looked, which of course made me very happy! Another thing I would say is that if you are doing a wedding make up for the bride and her bridal party, do not underestimate how tiring it can be! As this was the first time I had done a wedding make up, I was really glad that I didn't do it by myself and that Lorna came along with me.

All in all it was a lovely day, and here's the advice I would give if you are planning a wedding make up for the first time:
  • Skincare is just as important as your wedding make up. If you do not already have a good skincare routine in place, please make sure you invest in some good products that are tailored towards your skin type and that work for you. I am talking months, not weeks in advance here. The better condition your skin is in on your wedding day, the nicer your make up will look!
  • Have an idea of what you want and be realistic. Tell your make up artist what look you would like to go for. Saying "do whatever you think will look good" is not very helpful because what one person thinks looks good may not exactly be your cup of tea (unless you really really trust your make up artist haha!). Showing your make up artist a few pictures of looks you like is very useful in making sure that you are both on the same page with regards to your wedding day make up.
  • Make sure you have at least one wedding trial. This will not only ensure that you are happy with the abilities of your make up artist, but it will also give you an idea of how much time you need to allow for getting your make up done on your big day.
  • When choosing your foundation, make sure it photographs well! There will be a lot of flash photography on your wedding day. While a little flashback can sometimes be quite flattering, too much flashback can mean you end up looking like Caspar the ghost. I am pretty sure that's not a look many brides go for haha! Also bear in mind that because of flash photography, you may well end up wearing a little bit more make up than you are used to on an everyday basis, especially if you're just mascara and lipgloss kind of lady!
  • Last but by no means least I would say HAVE FUN! A brides wedding day will most probably be one of the most special days of her life, so I think getting her make up done should definitely be a fun and relaxing experience for her.
There is obviously a lot more to think about when it comes to doing bridal make up, but these are just a few ideas which will hopefully help point you in the right direction!
Once again, thank you for reading and I hope you've enjoyed this post!
Till next time,

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Graze Box Review

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Graze Box Review
Hey Lovelies,
I hope you are all well! If you follow my blog you will probably be used to seeing makeup and skincare reviews on here. However I thought I'd share with you something slightly different today! I hope you don't mind and that you will still enjoy reading this post even though it is not beauty related.
Recently I decided to resubscribe to Graze boxes. Most people will have heard of Graze, but if you haven't they are a company which sends you weekly or fortnightly boxes containing 4 different healthy snacks.
Now I am an incredibly fussy eater. I eat the same thing pretty much every day. That means I have porridge for breakfast, a low fat salad or veggie sushi for lunch and a low fat soup for dinner. For snacks I eat a lot of chocolate and if I am honest most of my calories probably come from chocolate. I know my diet isn't exactly the most exciting (or the most healthy), but I hate cooking and this diet works well for me. In fact, I would rather spend my money on make up, clothes and handbags rather than food. Anyone else with me on this?!
Graze Box Review
Lately however I have be reevaluating my diet and I came to the conclusion that I eat too much chocolate. This is when I remembered Graze.
About 3 years ago I was subscribed to Graze but I ended up cancelling my subscription because I found I was receiving the same snacks in my Graze boxes all the time. Since then however they have really expanded their range so I decided to give them another go. Hopefully receiving these healthy boxes on a weekly basis will mean that I snack less on chocolate and more on healthier foods. Wish me luck because I am really hoping to cut down on my chocolate consumption! After all, using the right skincare, drinking enough water and eating the right foods all go hand in hand. Working on a make up counter means I am pretty clued up and good with my skincare. I also drink enough water (I don't actually drink anything else other than water unless I am going out for drinks, in which case I will have white wine spritzers or prosecco) so it's just my diet I need to work on. I'm a size 8 and have been a size 6 or 8 all of my adult life, so I do not need to lose any weight by doing this; I just want to be a little bit healthier and less reliant on chocolate to give me energy.
Graze Box Review
What I like about Graze is that you can ask them not to send you certain foods, for example nothing spicy. Being a fussy eater means options like these are essential for me. I know some of their snacks do contain chocolate, but I have asked for anything containing chocolate not to be sent to me. All the snacks I have had so far have been absolutely delicious. I am very impressed! There is also an option to rate all the snacks you receive, and if you don't want to receive a certain snack again because you didn't enjoy it just let Graze know through their website which is very user friendly and simple to navigate.
The snacks come in 4 little punnets which are super handy to take to work with you, or even just to chuck in your handbag for when you are on the go! Each box also comes with a little card which gives you all the nutritional information including the calories of the 4 snacks you have received.
Graze do different kind of box options. I receive a weekly Nibble Box which costs £3.29 per box. You can cancel a box or the entire subscription at any time.
Have you tried Graze boxes? If you have let me know what you think of them in the comments below.
I hope you have enjoyed reading this post, but if beauty is more your thing don't worry because I will be back next week with a very exciting Hourglass post for you all!
Till then,

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