Sunday, 17 July 2016

A bit of Oskia love

Oskia is hands down one of my favourite skincare brands. The love affair started with the Renaissance cleansing gel, thanks to Anna. I have to make sure that I have one in my stash at all times, it's a real reliable gem. However, todays post is about two lesser raved about products from the Oskia range.


First up is the Renaissance mask. It's a beautifully thick and luxurious texture that boosts radiance like no other. This is the only mask that I use and see instant results. It leaves my skin feeling extremely smooth and evens out any redness. My acne prone skin doesn't respond well to manual exfoliants so the lactic acid in this product is great for getting rid of any dry patches and uneven texture. And oh God the scent! A dream.

Next we have the Bedtime Beauty Boost. Pricy? Yes. Worth it? Also yes. This isn't for you oily skinned gals, trust me. This is probably the most moisturising thing that I've ever had the pleasure of smearing onto my face. Admittedly it can sometimes be a little heavy for my combination skin but on particularly dry days, this is a life saver. The next morning my skin is left super moisturised, plump and radiant. Love it.

I have my beady little eyes on the Get Up & Glow and the Renaissance Brightlight at the moment! What have you tried from Oskia?

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Banana Coffee Shake!

Two of my great loves in life are banana and coffee. So why not put them together! I finally think I've got the recipe down, so I thought I'd share it with you in a quick blog post. The mix of the creamy banana, naturally sweet dates and the hit of the coffee is a party in your mouth!

Ingredients
1 or 2 Frozen banana (slightly thawed)
3 pitted Medjool dates
1-1 and 1/2 cups of your milk of choice
And the coffee! I use 2tsp of Nescafe Espresso but this can be adjusted to your desired strength.

1. Make your desired amount of coffee and leave to cool slightly.
2. Blend the frozen banana until smooth and creamy.
3. Add the dates and blend until totally combined.
4. Add the milk and coffee, blend once more and enjoy!
5. Thank me later.








Thursday, 7 July 2016

Contouring is key


If I'm wearing a full face of makeup then I will probably have contoured the shit out of my cheeks. I've got a potato face and I know it. That being said, the Ilamasqua gel sculpt in silouhette is perfect for those that are either new to contouring, want a natural shadow or want their cheeks to be so cut that this is their base contour. I admit that it looks extremely intimidating in the stick, but as soon as you put it onto your face it blends like a dream. You can blend it with your fingers, a brush or a sponge for an equally beautiful finish. It also layers perfectly if you want a more striking look. If you swipe the product directly onto your face it has a lovely cooling sensation that I can really get onboard with. So much so that I can get a little overboard and end up looking like I've spent a month in the Caribbean. Jokes, I don't tan. Pasty Irish skin. But you get the picture. 

If you want to see my favourite way to apply this product then watch this video by Jamie Genevieve. I thought it was mental at first but it works so well! I used this technique in the photo below to create some natural dimension to my cheeks and forehead. Please, please, please try this product if you're scared on contouring. It's a breeze!



Sunday, 3 July 2016

What's in my Z Palette

My individual eyeshadow love started with Mac many moons ago. I still remember the excitement and feeling of satisfaction of slotting the last couple of shades into my 15 pan palette. That thing was my baby! Oh how times change. Like the rest of the beauty loving community, my addiction has moved beyond just having a sh*tload of Mac. Yes, some of their eyeshadows are still some of my favourites, but I personally believe that you can get better quality shadows for a lower price (enter Makeup Geek). Thankfully other brands jumped onto the individual pan thing! It's so much more convenient and better value than having a huge palette where you end up with a bright ugly green that you'll never use. 

This is my perfect palette. A range of neutral, brights, mattes and shimmers. So what are the shades, you might ask...



As you can see the palette is extremely well loved/filthy!

First row- MG Shimma Shimma, Anastasia Glisten, MG In The Spotlight, Anastasia Pink Champagne, MG Cosmopolitan, MG Grandstand & Mac 

Second row- MG Homecoming, Mac Sumptuous Olive, MG Mango Tango, Mac Cranberry, Anastasia Sangria & MG Showtime

Third row- Mac Brûlée, MG Peaches and Cream, MG Creme Brûlée, MG Chickadee, MG Cupcake, MG Cocoa Bear & Mac Antiqued

Fourth row- Mac Swiss Chocolate, Mac Brown Down (wouldn't really recommend), Morphe Secretive, MG Bitten, MG Corrupt, MG Flame Thrower & Anastasia Sienna


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