Updated Skin Care Routine

Hello my lovelies! I’m back again with anther blog post, I’m trying to get more organised and blog more regularly again. I know it hasn’t been long since I last did a skin care routine blog post but since when I have switched a lot of things up in my routine.

I’m still on Roaccutane so my skin is still extremely dry and fragile however, it’s not as dry and flaky as it used to be a few months ago. The majority of my acne has now cleared and I’ve just got a few blemishes left that I’m waiting for to clear.

Anyway, onto my new skin care routine.

My first step in my skin care routine is the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanse & Polish which I use to remove makeup (in the evening) and any dirt on my face in general. This literally melts your make up away it is incredible, leaving your skin feeling so soft and smooth. It retails for around £16 which you can purchase from Boots, John Lewis or buy online from the Liz Earle website.

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After finishing up with the Liz Earle Cleanser I move onto a moisturiser. I use the Origins Make A Difference Plus Ultra-Rich Rejuvenating Cream which I got as part of an Origins gift set as a Christmas present from my parents. It leaves your skin feeling so smooth and hydrated it is unbelievable, I’ve never tried a better face cream before. This cream retails for £35 which I know is quite pricey for a face cream but it is 100% worth it. When I run out I will definitely be repurchasing.

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To finish up my skin routine I like to use the Origins Ginzing Refreshing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff which I also got as part of the Origins gift set. This well and truly actually works, my eyes have never looked so bright and hydrated before. It’s perfect for those days where I’m super tired and have dark circles under my eyes. It retails for £20.50 which again I know is pricey but it’s worth it. You can purchase Origins from John Lewis, House of Fraser and lots of other online stores.

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It has taken me months to find a skin care routine that actually works for my skin and I have to admit my skin is absolutely loving my routine at the moment. I have totally fallen in love with Origins products as they leave my skin glowing. It’s pricey but it’s a must for me, there products have to be in my skin care routine.

Until next time,

K x

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Bad Gal BANG Benefit Mascara… Worth It?

Hello my lovelies, how are you all? Sorry it’s been some time since my last post I’ve just been super busy with just life in general. I’m sure you’ve all heard that benefit has released a new mascara called Bad Gal BANG and everyone is absolutely hyped about it.

So me being me I just had to try this out. I’ve never actually tried a benefit mascara before so I have absolutely nothing to compare it to other than my L’oreal Miss Baby Roll mascara that I’ve had for a while now. Anyway onto my first impressions.

The price isn’t the most affordable but if you want to compare it to other high end mascaras I suppose it could be seen as one of the cheapest. This mascara retails for £21.50 which to me is super expensive for a mascara but if it’s worth the hype I’m definitely willing to spend the money.

The packaging is absolutely stunning, I mean lets be real, it looks amazing. The packaging is kind of a black matte feel with the name of the mascara in pink printed on the side. The lid of the mascara (is that what you call it?) is covered in black rubber studs which make the product look really high end. It feels luxurious and has some weight to the packaging. Definitely looks and feels high end, you’re getting what you paid for.

Now onto the mascara itself. I was hoping this mascara would live up to the hype, especially because of the price. My first impressions were that the mascara wasn’t any different to anything else I had tried before. UNTIL, I coated my eyelashes fully. And boy was I wrong thinking this was any old mascara. My eyelashes are typically thin and lifeless so I am always looking for a mascara that will give me volume and length. This mascara definitely delivered on both of those elements. The mascara is easily build able so you can apply a few coats without your lashes looking clumpy.

(Excuse the blood shot eyes, I’m very tired)

The one thing I love about this mascara is that it brings drama to your eyes, you can wear is with a natural makeup look or you can totally glam it up and create lots of volume for a night out. There is no need to wear fake eyelashes as your lashes will look incredible. Take this from a girl who has short and lifeless eyelashes.

My final thoughts on this mascara are that it’s an absolutely amazing product and definelty does what it claims to do although I’m yet to see if it lasts for 36 hours. However, I do realise this isn’t exactly a budget priced mascara which leaves me thinking it’s not an absolute nessectity and you don’t really need it in your makeup bag. If you do happen to have some money lying around or you want to spoil yourself then I’d definitely buy it, but it’s really not worth breaking the bank for.

For me this mascara gets a 4.5/5, so I would recommend this mascara, 100%.

Until next time,

K x

Everyday Make-Up Routine

Hello my Lovelies, sorry I’ve been totally MIA recently. I’m finally trying to get myself reorganised and back into blogging. I hope you’ve all had a lovely week so far, I’m so looking forward to the weekend.

I thought I would write a blog today about my everyday make-up routine. My make-up routine rarely changes but it has recently due to it being Christmas and my birthday not long ago I’ve invested in some new make-up products that I would love to share with you.

So for starters lets start with primer. I never usually stick to one primer, I’m always trying out new ones to find the perfect one for my skin type. For Christmas my brother bought me the Benefit Pore Fessional which you retails for around £27.50. You can purchase this from Boots and many other shops. The primer claims to minimize pores and I’m telling you now, it definitely does. It reduced my pores great and helped make my make-up stay put all day long.

As for foundation I use The Ordinary Full Coverage Foundation for daily use. If you haven’t already read my first impressions blog post about this foundation then you can check it out here. This foundation is an absolute bargain, £6 for a foundation is just unbelievable and especially because the foundation is actually amazing. I purchased mine from ASOS but you can also purchase it from House of Fraser or Cult beauty for the same price.

For my eyebrows I like to use the Freedom Eye Brow Pomade in the shade Soft Brown. This eyebrow pomade is soooooo good! And did I mention that it only costs £2.50?! You can purchase this from pretty much anywhere online at a relatively cheap price. If you want to purchase it you can get it from Superdrug here.

For contour I use the Sleek Face Contour Kit in the shade Light. This retails for £6.99 in Superdrug as well, which you can purchase here.  As you can probably tell already I live for drugstore make-up, I won’t buy expensive products unless I totally think they’re worth it. This also comes with a beautiful highlight which gives a totally natural look.

The highlight I love to use on a daily basis is the Mary Lou Manizer. I have used this religiously for around 2 years now and I am yet to find another highlighter that can beat it. It retails for around £16-17 and you can purchase it online or in store from Debenhams.

For blush I have been using another present from my brother that I got for Christmas. This time it’s Rockateur by benefit which retails for £24.50 in Boots and other online and in-store retailers. It’s a perfect shade for my fair complexion and is sooo pigmented so a little goes a long way.

Next onto my favourite thing, eyeshadow. I usually switch between 3 different palettes when doing my eyeshadow but to keep this short and simple I’ll talk about the one I’ve used the most recently. I’ve been using the Make-up Revolution x Soph Palette pretty often when doing my makeup. There are so many beautiful shades in the palette that you can create a wide variety of eyeshadow looks. This palette only cots £10 which is an absolute bargain for how amazing the palette and shades inside are. I would totally recommend. You can purchase it here from Boots (definitely do it!)

Now onto Mascara. For mascara I’ve been using the L’Oreal Mega Volume Miss Baby Roll which retails for around £7.99 in drug stores. I’m not really a sucker for a really good mascara as I always use an eyelash curler so pretty much anything will do the job.

That pretty much concludes my everyday makeup routine in a very long winded blog post (sorry!) If there’s anything in particular you’d like me to wrote about or review then make sure you leave a comment down below.

Until next time,

K x

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I’m Back!

Hi lovelies, as you can probably guess from the title I’m finally ready to come back to blogging. After a month out, I’ve taken the time to focus on myself and I’m in such a better state of mind to get back to blogging. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I’ve missed this.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year as I know I did. During my time off it was also my birthday! I became 19 on the 23rd of December, getting old now aren’t I. I can’t wait to tell you all about my holidays.

You’re probably all wondering where I’ve been the past month and what happened for me to need to take a break; but I’m not ready for everyone to know just yet. It hasn’t been easy but I am on the road to recovery and focusing on myself. Whilst I’m on strict bed rest I thought it would be a perfect opportunity for me to get straight back into blogging as I’ve got so much time on my hands.

I’m taking everything in my stride and keeping my head held high. This year is mine.

See you soon,

K x

 

I’m Doing Blogmas!!

Hi lovelies, I hope you’re all having a lovely day.

It’s finally December!! I had the great pleasure of opening up my Kinder Chocolate advert Calendar this morning which I was super happy about! I’ve also watched Elf 4 times already but hey it’s acceptable now, it’s December!

I thought I’d just do a little update Post for your guys to let you know what’s being going on since I last posted.

So since I last posted I’ve got 2 new gerbils! Sadly my last one passed away and I was missing him too much I had to get some new ones!! Having gerbils may sound silly but they’re actually amazing family pets, and they’re so funny to watch. I’ve had gerbils since I was about 15 (I’m now 18 going on 19 in 22 days!) This time around I was hoping to get some girls because I had boys last time and wanted to switch it up but they didn’t have any so went for 2 boys instead!! It didn’t take me long to come up with some names for them, rhubarb and custard which I thought were super cute names!

I’ve also been planning Blogmas which is what this post is all about! I’ve decided I’m going to try and put up a post everyday! You’ll have to forgive me if I don’t stay true to my word as December is a very busy month for me, I’ve got an assignment in university due on the 15th and my birthday is then on the 23rd so there’s a lot of things going on this month that will keep me super busy!

I’ve got a lot in store for this month so make sure you keep up to date and follow my blog and Instagram @livewithkatieblog as I will have updates everyday on what I’m up to and sneak peaks for new blog posts!

See you soon,

K x

Bedtime Skin Care Routine

Hello Lovelies, I hope you’ve all had an amazing weekend! Reading back on my old posts I realised that my Skin Care Routine blog post is now out of date due to using new products!!

To begin with I’ll share a bit of background on my skin type and how my current products differ to my old ones. My current skin type is extremely dry, and I mean really, really dry. I’m currently on a medication called Isotretinoin which is also known as Roaccutane. I’m taking this to finally clear my acne up finally and for good!! One of the major side effects of this medication is extreme dryness. Before starting this my skin was awfully oily and obviously have acne so my skin has drastically changed over the last 2 months.

So, onto my new skin routine which I complete daily before bedtime. I would like to add that every product in my routine is so inexpensive and totally affordable.

I recently have come across another way to take make-up off. I have never used a creamy cleanser before purely because I hate the idea of smudging my make-up all over my face in the hope of getting it off but I recently I came across the Simple Cleansing Lotion in my cupboard from a few months ago that I thought I would try out. I cab’t remember how much I paid for it but it currently retails for £1.69 in Superdrug if you’re after this. Basically, I used this to melt off my make-up and I absolutely loved it. The ingredients are gentle enough for even the most sensitive of skin as well which is an absolute bonus! It leaves your skin feeling so soft and hydrated which is perfect for my dry skin.

Next I use the follow on product which is the Simple Soothing Facial Toner which you can also grab from Superdrug fr £1.59! If I’m completely honest I’m not a massive skin guru and I literally have no idea why I use toner as my skin could probably do without it. I use to clean the remaining bits of cleanser off but I’m not sure what else it does other than leaving the skin feeling fresh and hydrated. Who knows?

After the two Simple products I use the Simply Pure Hydrating Serum from Superdug’s own brand which is only £2.99. This is an absolute bargain for me and leaves my skin feeling so hydrated. It’s not thick at all so it doesn’t leave your skin feeling really heavy or greasy either which is a bonus.

Now the next product none of you would probably guess I would use on my face but for me it’s an absolute essential. Without this my skin would be horribly dry and flaky. This is purely down t the medication and if any of you have been on this medication or are currently taking it you will know exactly what I’m on about! I use the E45 Derma Protect Moisturising Lotion because its so thick and leave my skin so so hydrated after using it! Every night I will put a thick coat of this all over my face before I go to sleep so by the morning it has completely soaked into my skin. The amount of product you get in this bottle is huge as well, 500ML is a lot of product and a little goes a long way, trust me! It retails for £4.99 in Boots but I purchased mine from my local pharmacy for £7.99… I have been totally ripped off. Anyway, if you have normal/oily skin I would definitely recommend avoiding this product as it is very heavy and greasy but brilliant if you have dry skin, especially in these cold months.

That concludes my bed-time skin routine. What products do you use in your skin routine? If you enjoyed reading this let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,

K x

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Casual Eyeshadow Look Using Modern Renaissance Palette

Hello Lovelies, hope you’re all having a lovely day. Today I thought I’d share with you a little tutorial I created using my favourite palette of all time! The Anastasia Beverly Hills Morden Renaissance Palette.

This palette has been my holy grail go-to palette since February when I bought it in New York! I absolutely adore the colours inside. At first glance of the palette I never thought I’d be able to make the pink shades an everyday look but believe me you can.

This palette retails for around £43 which you can purchase from Cult Beauty and other beauty retailers. Yes it’s a little on the expensive side and it’s the most expensive palette I have ever owned. However, it is the best palette I have ever owned as well. The palette contains 14 shades, 11 matte and 3 of which are metallic. All of the eyeshadows are highly-pigmented and the palette definitely lives up to expectations.

Casual Eyeshadow Look

Even if I’m going to work or just going out to do a little bit of shopping I like to have a little bit of colour on my eyelids because I feel like it makes everything come together.

Now by all means I am definitely not a makeup artist so please forgive me if my application isn’t exactly the best. But this is the how I create my everyday eyeshadow look using the Modern Renaissance palette.

  1. So to start of with I like to put a tiny bit of concealer on my lid to blur out some visible veins and any other discolouration on my lids. I used the NYX Full Coverage Concealer which you can purchase from Boots in the link above for £6.
  2. Secondly I like to pop just a nude/white eyeshadow colour on as a base and set the concealer down. For this, I used the shade tempera from the Modern Renaissance palette (all shades from now on will be in this palette).
  3. Next I pick a transition shade to blend all the colours into. For this I used 2 shades, burnt orange and raw sienna which are absolutely beautiful shades. Pop these 2 in the crease and blend as you go.
  4. Now onto the colour, I am totally in love with the shade love letter it’s such a beautiful pink. I place this onto the outer v of my eye, blending it in towards the middle of my eyelid and into the crease.
  5. You could probably get away with stopping here if you were looking for something super plain and causal but me, I love a bit of glitter and shine. I like to add the shade Vermeer on the inner part of my eyelid. (from the middle towards the tear duct). My top tip for this part would be to apply the shade with your finger. Sounds crazy I know, why would you apply eyeshadow with your finger but trust me. The pigment is just insane. After applying this, give everything one last blend in.
  6. I don’t like to leave my lower lash line bare and plain for this look I mixed together love letter and burnt orange and popped that on my lower last line to bring the look together.
  7. Lastly, pop a bit of mascara on. I used L’Oreal Miss Baby Roll Mega Volume Mascara which you can purchase for around £8.

So this is the final look! It’s perfect for an everyday look and you can totally glam it up if you’re going out somewhere in the evening!

Let me know what you all think of this look!

See you next time with another blog post,

K x