Thursday, 2 July 2015

AN OILY WEEK.


So it's been an absolute scorcher this week!!!

I haven't been able to get any sunbathing in which I am so upset about. Luckily, I  recently purchased the St Tropez Self Tan Luxe Facial oil and I am loving it! This product promises to provide a natural looking streak-free tan that lasts for up to 5 days.

The formula is super lightweight, non-greasy and quick-drying. I would never usually put tan on my face as I like to look after my skin and keep it clean, but this oil is sold as NON PORE BLOCKING so I had to give it a try!


St Tropez Self Tan Luxe Facial Oil




Oils are amazing for the skin. For ages I have been worried about using a facial oil as I have oily skin myself and worried I would end up with a big shiny spotty face but I have to say they make a really nice change from a regular moisturiser.

Facial oils are lipophilic, or fat loving, they pass though the lipid layer of the skin faster, preventing water loss and plumping skin with moisture more effectively.  They also help the skin to absorb better, so by applying a little oil before any other products you are opening your skin up to drinking up any benefits of your other products!

 
Some other great facial oils that I can't wait to try are:



Origins Plantscription Youth-Renewing Face Oil
Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil
 




 
 













Thursday, 25 June 2015

NEW GIRL ON THE BLOCK

Now, you may be thinking "has Lily dyed her hair brown!?" or "WOW! Lily's looking good lately...
My name is Daisy, and I am Lily's older sister and I have decided to have a go at writing my FIRST EVER BLOG!
This is my daily make up routine. I am not by any means a professional so try to ignore my stray eyebrow hairs, (I need to book a threading session) dodgy brushes, (why is it so difficult building a good brush collection!?) and my tendancy to cake it on a bit ...  
My day to day look consists of lots of lashes, glossy lips, and a highlighted bronzy cheek. Here goes...


Even though my skin is oily, I really notice a difference with it being duller in the winter months. I've been having really bad breakouts lately (must be all the Christmas alcohol and sugar!) so before bed, I have been using a sulphur mask on my spots. This morning I've prepped my skin with Clarins hydrating moisturiser. Once my skin drank all that goodness up, I used Benefit Bad Gal Brightening Primer, and then applied a thin layer of Mac Studio Fix Foundation. Mac Foundation is amazing for my olive skin tone and I would recommend it for anyone else with oily/olive skin. I've heard that Bobbi Brown is amazing for darker skin tones too, and Clinique is supposed to be great for paler skin as it has a pink base unlike Mac's yellow base. 

To apply my base I am just using a Real Techniques Stippling brush. I then GO MAD with concealer! Concealer is my FAVE make up product. I like to go for a lighter concealer (this one is MAC's palest shade of Studio Fix) and apply it under my eyes, along my T Zone, above and below my lips and of course on any blemishes. This concealer is so thick and creamy. During the week I don't worry about foundation and just wear this on my problem areas because the coverage is so great. I blend everything in with a damp beauty blender, because i don't like the look of make up sitting on my face. I then use a bronzer (at the moment i am loving the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Palette) and go along my cheekbones, forehead and either side of my nose. Another blend with the beloved beauty blender, a spritz of Urban Decay's Fix it Spray to control that shine and phase 1 is complete!

I'm really lazy with my make up and love to double up on products where i can. I use Benefit's Hoola Bronzer along the crease of my eye as a great shadow. I love neutral colours on my eye. I've roughly filled my brows in with a dark shadow and Bobbi Brown eyebrow brush. They are so scruffy at the moment so please ignore them! 

I then go to my favourite step... EYE LINER! All of my friends know that without my trusty eyeliner, my eyes are BALD! I always wear a thick line along my lid, courtesy of Collection 2000 Extreme Liquid Liner pen. It's soooo easy to use. I sometimes experiment with flicks, but i think with the shape of my eye, a simple straight eyeliner works best. I then line my waterline and underneath with a light brown eyeliner. This emphasises the eye but is far less dramatic than a black! I use a Rimmell pencil which I have had for ages... it is so short now - I need a new one! I then like to curl my lashes with any curler I can find and apply lashings of mascara. I normally use Loreal Telescopic or falsies, but today I tried out Benefit's They're Real and loved the results. I probably don't need to mention that I obviously do both top and bottom lashes!


 Before I jump to my lips, I go back to my face. I powder my T Zone with a light reflective powder. This one today is a combo of all of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Palette Highlighters. I then go over where I contoured earlier with a shimmery bronzer - any make will do! I love to be shimmery, so I then add my Topshop Glow Highlighter to the tops of my cheeks and along the bridge of my nose. I always have to reign it in a bit though, as if I'm not careful I'll end up looking like a disco ball!

My lips are lined with Stripdown by Mac and then filled in with a pale pink lipstick from Barry M. I like to keep my lips really neutral. I then add loads of gloss. This one is Soap & Glory's Sexy Mother Pucker... I love the tingling sensation!


So there you have my finished look and my first ever blog post! Sorry if i waffled on a bit... 

If you have any questions then please comment or ask me on twitter @DaisyLoweX 

See you soon, Dolls! xxx

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

DIY Happy Jar





After studying the law of attraction (google it if you're not sure) I've been trying to find inner peace and embracing a new zen way of life. To make sure I am constantly being the best person I can be, I like to make little, in-expensive things that will keep me inspired and help me stay happy. That's where I came up with the idea of a 'happy jar', as simple as it sounds, just a jar full of items that will spark happiness and pick me up when I'm feeling sad.



My happy place is definitely the sea so I've gone for a theme of the seaside with inspirational quotes written on pebbles amongst pretty shells. It's completely up to you what you want your jar to be full of though, you might choose dried flowers or past tickets from events etc. 
I was inspired by the idea of writing quotes on pebbles after finding a pebble in a little trinket shop with the word "zen" written over it. I bought a couple there and then as I loved the cute messages on them, but have since been to my local beach to customise my own. You could even carry a certain pebble around with you as a lucky charm with the message you are needing to get you through that particular day. 



"If light is in your heart, you will find your way home." - Rumi

Lots of love,

Lily