All posts tagged Skincare

Autumn Favourites!

Published November 14, 2015 by majormakeupmadness

Hey guys,

I HAVE BEEN AWFUL AT POSTING. But the last few months I’ve gotten a lot done.

I completed my AS exams and got all A’s (Biology, Maths, Physics, Chemistry) and I’ve applied to 5 universites (Warwick, Exeter, Bath, Southampton, Surrey) to do either a Bachelors or Masters in Biomedical science, and I’ve got offers from all! Over the summer I also completed a 100 hour open university course in Human genetics and health issues.

So it’s been busy busy.

But today I got inspired to do a talky post so I thought I’d do an autumn favourites!

 1) LUSH Helping Hands hand cream £7.951126

I picked this up about a month ago, because somehow all my hand creams disappeared. I thought it’d be best get to get a more natural product because in my head I thought it’d be more moisturising. Its very good and sinks in quite quickly. Its the first time in ages that my hands havent felt all dry and crusty.

2) MAC Mineralize Skinfinish – Soft & Gentle £24.0011271128

Must say, I’m not a huge fan on the new MAC mineralize packaging, but sacrifices have to be made!

Its a really pretty beigey-champagne, that looks great as an eyeshadow or highlight. I’ve recently been loving highlighting my cupids bow when im wearing lipstick as it makes my lips look more pouty & fierce.

The highlighter is very versatile too, you can get really subtle and really dramatic looks with it. As im not a huge highlighter person I usually only use a bit on my cheeks. Plus you get a butt-tonne of product!

3) MUA Mosaic Blush- English Rose £2.50


This remains one of my cheapest and favourite blushes in my collection, and is actually a recent repurchase (hence it not looking too shabby!). What I love with this blush is that the colour comes off as a natural rosy-pink but when the light hits it it has a lilac sheen which is GORGEOUS.

Even when using some more high-end makeup, I still layer this over the top sometimes. Even with my oily skin, it gives a pearly finish that I can actually tolerate.

At £2.50 you can’t go wrong, and it may even work its way up into your daily makeup routine.

4) Collection Eyes Uncovered Palette- Nude Grey £3.99


My next favourite is this palette from collection. Collection have really reinvented themselves as a brand in the last year, and this palette is no exception.

What particularly makes me happy about this palette is that there’s a matte highlight shade, and a matte black. It really has all the colours I would use for a neutral eyeshadow look. I only bought this because I’ve recently dyed my hair black and thought cool tones might look better, and Im so glad I have this now!

Again, when it’s only £3.99 it’s a steal, and would make a great stocking stuff at christmas too. Yes I’m one of those people with early christmas fever.

5) Eyelure pro-brow dye kit- black £7.50


As I recently dyed my hair black (see above) I needed to dye my eyebrows black too. This was just before I dyed them black, but as you can see they looked a bit out of place with my hair.

And I found this eyebrow dyed was really easy to use, and didn’t dye my skin black when I used it.

I thought i’d never see the day when I dyed my eyebrows…

6) Necklace


I thought i’d just add this in, because I find with autumn/winter, I wear a lot of darker clothes so I tend to bring a bit of brightness with this necklace sometimes.

I got this at a vintage emporium for 99p.  NINETY NINE PENCE OH MY. That’s what i’d clarify as a ‘Bangin’ deal’.


So that’s it for my autumn favourites, What things have you been loving recently?

Thanks for reading!





Published March 30, 2014 by majormakeupmadness

Hey guys,

I’ve never been one to obsess over skincare. The way I saw it was ‘take off your makeup, wash you face and moisturize’. I never understood why people would spend £20+ for a cleanser when it stays on your face like 2.5 seconds before you wash it off. However, in the last few weeks I’ve been investing in good skincare. I still wouldn’t pay for ridiculously priced skincare like ‘creme de la mer’ or ‘dermalogica’ but I think slightly higher priced skincare often does the trick.

So here’s an overview of my skincare: Image

L to R:

.Liz Earle cleansing polish   50ml pump    £8.50

.Korres Pomegranate tonic lotion  200ml      £14.00

.Korres Pomegranate Moisturizing cream-gel oily/combination skin  40ml     £19.00

.Korres Wild rose instant brightening mask   16ml   £7.00

.Korres Pomegranate cleansing scrub   16ml   £7.00

If you didnt already know, I have a very oily skin type, so I try to minimize oil production with cleansers and toners but as the same time moisturise my skin so I don’t set my skin in oil-production-overdrive. I separate my skincare into 2 sections: everyday products and special products (as shown below).Image

This is my everyday skincare. In the morning  I double cleanse my face with the Liz Earle cleansing polish, then pour toner on a cotton pad and wipe all over my face and neck. Finally I take able a pea sized amount of moisturizer and spread all over my face and neck. I do exactly the same in the evening but I take my makeup off first. I didn’t include a makeup remover simply because I don’t have a favourite.


This is my ‘special’ skincare. I exfoliate my skin in the evening every other day (on average). It may sound a lot, however my pore get really clogged (ew, I know..) so exfoliating is my attempt at minimizing this.

The other product is the Korres Wild rose brightening mask. The ‘wild rose’ range from Korres is more aimed at drier skins, however I think every skin type can benefit from a moisturizing mask. It’s also brightening so makes your skin look revitalized after use. I tend to use this about 2-3 times a week in the evening. I tend to leave it on for an hour and do work or read whilst having it on (looking beautiful and being productive- what’s not to love!).

So thats my basic skincare. I took some no-makeup photos to show the state of my skin now. You cant truly see all my inperfections, but I dont have any active breakouts. I still get the occasional blemish but it’s not an often occurance. My biggest skin problem is acne scars, but there’s nothing immediate I can do about that. Heres my skin now: ImageImage


Of course, there’s only so much that products can do. I personally think that the best way to clear up your skin is too drink lots of water. I know it sounds cliche but its really the best way. < Poetic as hell right there.


Anyway, Thanks for reading, have a fabulous weekend! What are your favourite skincare products?






My Birthday!

Published March 15, 2013 by majormakeupmadness

Hey guys,


So I thought I would show what i got for my birthday. These are from family and friends, though im seeing my best friend klara tommorow, and she said she had some goody goody gumdrops for me. So yeah, this is from todays stuff.

I am extremely greatful for everything I got. I did have a few things I asked for (like taylor swift wonderstruck, and most of the makeup). So yeah Im not gonna go into much detail, because I have pictures!


So I am very happy with my stuffs. And Im going shopping tommorow with one of my best friends Helena, and having lunch out. Then having my best friend Klara come round for a sleepover.


So yeah, fun times…

Thanks for reading, have a great weekend!


HAUL! (Avon, Essie, Smashbox and Burts bees)

Published February 25, 2013 by majormakeupmadness

Hey guys,

Sorry I haven’t written a post in so long! Im sorry. 

Today I bring to you a collective haul from: Avon, essie smashbox and burts bees). My avon stuff arrived earlier today and the other stuff I got across 2 trips. Image

So from Smashbox, one of the ladies in boots (at the smashbox counter) did my eyebrows using smashbox products you don’t say. I got the Brow tech in the colour Taupe/soft brown and I really like the idea of having 2 powders and a clear wax. This way you can really get a natural looking brow and not hair hairy catapillars on your face! It was £17.00.

From Essie I got 2 nail polishes. One in ‘To buy or not to buy’ and the other is in ‘Fear & Desire’.  To buy or not to buy is described by Essie as a lilac with shimmer. The shimmer is a gorgeous periwinkle and pink. ‘Fear and Desire’ is described as a bright orange. It has no shimmer. £7.99 each.

From Burts Bee’s  I got the Replenishing lip balm with pomegranate oil. It is colourless and has a slightly waxy texture as well as a lovely scent.

Now for Avon. What I was most excited for was the Supershock Gel eyeliner pencils. There was formerly a Black and silver. But now there are 4 new shades. I have the colours: Black, Flash and Aqua pop. I haven’t had them for long, but CHEESUS THEY’RE SOFT and long lasting. Here’s some swatches: ImageImage

The next thing I got was the African Shea butter nourishing face mask. I haven’t used it yet but it feels like it would be pretty moisturising  so that will be interesting. Its also quite thick in consistency.

Next, on the never ending list, are the planet spa bath petals. Supposedly the flowers are meant to open up and make your bath water soapy. Despite being different colours, they are all the same scent (fresh and floral).

Then the nail experts gel strength base coat, because GIRL I NEED TO GET IN A NEW NAIL ROUTINE. I hope this will seriously extend the wear of my nail polishes and prevent any staining happening. Maybelline color show nail polishes, im looking at you!

Last but not least i got another Argen oil leave-in treatment. Ive even done a posts on it!




Thank you for reading! Oh and I want to try more smashbox products, any recommendations? 



How I cleared up my skin!

Published October 23, 2012 by majormakeupmadness

Hey guys,

So today Im going to do a post on how I got my skin to drastically improve. Ive never had good skin, and im not going to pretend I have or did. Ive had my fair share of acne and still suffer from time to time. But by the miraculous wonders of 2 products I had been much more confident with my skin.


Here the amazing products: Image

I have a cleanser and a facemask here, both from Lush cosmetics. I have used Oatfix for about a year now and whenever I notice a big change in my skin (its much more moisturised). However ‘let the good times roll’ is a new product  this year and has only been out 3 weeks. I got it 5 days after it was released.  WOW – one word which describes it.

It has the perfect balance between moisturising and exfoliating. With some of my favourite ingredients in it such as cinnamon, it calms skin and moisturises even for those with oily skin (such as myself).

I havent got any before shots, but I have some shots I took about 20 minutes ago. They are makeup-less however I am wearing mascara. The camera also blurs my skin out slightly, but you can still see my skin clearly. BEHOLD: ImageImage

Oatfix facemask- £5.95

Let the Good times Roll cleanser- £5.95

So what are your favourite miraculous products? Comment below!

Thanks for reading :).

Acne 101 What? How? Cure? Prevention?

Published July 12, 2012 by majormakeupmadness

Hey guys,

So todays post is going to be about acne (as you can guess from the title). I have had my fair share of acne, it has never been really terrible, but I know what it is like to have bad acne and acne scars. I still struggle with acne, more or less have that under control… its the scars that I have the most problem with.

So, what is acne? Acne is a common disease, which is characterised by red bumps or spots on your face. Acne affects about 9 in 10 people throughout their lives.

How do you get acne? You get spots when your pore (sebaceous gland) gets blocked with dead skin cells, sebum and the hair follicle. Bacteria then grow and you’re left with a spot. However you can get hormonal acne.

People used to use a technique called ‘face mapping’ which is where doctors would be able to diagnose a patient with an illness by seeing where their acne was.

How can I help prevent it?

. Clean your makeup brushes regularly (especially your face brushes, as these can harvest bacteria easily.

. Wash your face in the morning and evening.

. Keep your hands away from your face, your hands hold tons of bacteria and if that goes on your face… well that’s a no no.

. Keep makeup (especially foundation and concealer) to a minimum. If you can ,allow your skin to breathe as much as possible, or you’re just clogging up your pores more.

. Aim to drink atleast 8 glasses of water a day, this tip has helped me the most as drinking loads of water flushes out toxins and clears acne. I you want extra benefits add some lemon juice to your water, as its acids help cleanse your body.

Cure To be honest the preventions help clear acne, however, say you get a whopper of a spot before an event. What do you do? You would use a cream or spot treatment. But that just springs another problem. Which ones are good. I have tried just about every lotion and potion out there. And the clean&clear advantage spot treatment gel which looks like this:Image

It claims to help in 4 hours. I wouldn’t say that but if you put it on over night there is a big difference on my skin. However, I like to use natural skincare, as I find it helps my skin the best. If you want me to do a post on natural skincare and maks etc. Comment below!

So there you go, thats my take on acne. If you have any questions or requests please feel free to leave them below.

Thanks for reading xxx.