Skincare Mistakes You Might Be Making

Walk into any beauty shop or pharmacy and there will be walls and displays filled with various skin care products, each one with a different promise to cure all of your facial ‘aliments’. But these things are designed to confuse you and to be sold. It’s easy to make mistakes when sorting out an adequate skin care routine. Not to mention bloggers (yes, we must hold some responsibility here) and beauty gurus are all pushing expensive, necessary products, despite having no professional experience or qualifications (but may be being paid to push a certain product). Now, I’m no dermatologist, but I do have some relatively advanced chemistry knowledge and have been in tune with my skin care since I was 11 years old. I know a few things. A few weeks back I watched a well known Youtuber’s video on her ‘Make Off Routine’ and was appalled by what I saw; her efforts were so bad for her skin. So I’ve developed this list of things you definitely should not do if you want healthy skin.

Foundation Techniques: Which Applicator is Best?

I’m going to apply foundation onto my face 8 times, because I’m genuinely curious as to which technique comes out on top. I’ll be using 2 foundations; my absolute holy grail foundation (Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Foundation) and a foundation I have several issues with (L’Oreal Infallible 24hr Matte Foundation). I’ll be using four techniques for each; classic finger blending, the beauty blender, brushing with a traditional foundation brush and using an oval brush.

My First Giveaway!

For my first giveaway, I decided to choose a product which combined value with high quality, and also offered more than one use. I ended up choosing the Makeup Revolution Iconic Smokey Eyeshadow Palette. I picked up one of these for myself too, so watch out for a full review and some tutorials before the giveaway is over! The prize itself is a selection of twelve eyeshadows, mostly with a shimmer texture but also some matte shadows, in colours of brown, green, cream, blue, grey and black. It’s not only the perfect way to create a vibrant smokey eye look, but also a fairly good dupe of Urban Decay’s NAKED Smokey palette.

#Worldwideadventures? There’s more to traveling than that…

When I told my ex-flatmate I’d spent my summers as a child in various French towns, and had only been to Paris once, for less than a day, she shook her head and said “But that’s not really the same, is it?”. Her implication? Traveling only counts if your go a far enough distance, do only touristy things, and post filtered shots on Instagram as you do it, leaving others exclaiming their jealousy and scrambling to get enough money to copy your trip. This is however, the same girl who got angry when I went to Edinburgh a few weeks after her and did do touristy things, rather than do as she did and eat in expensive restaurants and get drunk at expensive cocktail bars. Is it really about gaining culture? Or more about one-upping the next person who dares to travel elsewhere?