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My Top 5 Drugstore products

If you know me, you'll know that probably 80-90% of my products are from the drugstore. Aka Boots or Superdrug. Over time I've come to absolutely love some products which have essentially become my 'Holy Grail' and would choose them over any high end product. If something works for me then I keep hold of it, because price doesn't necessarily rank products in order of what's going to be best for you and your skin. Although it was quite hard to narrow down, these are my fave top 5 products from the drugstore:

L'Oreal Infalliable Matte Foundation | £8.99
I feel like I've spoke about this so much already on my blog and I know that it's not for everyone, but for me, it's my number 1 foundation. That's right, forget Estée Lauder, Charlotte Tilbury, Chanel, this £8.99 one I always come back to. For me and my skin it works so well, it's blendable, has the coverage I need, the perfect matte finish, and lasting power like no other. This is one of the only foundations to not crease on me, go super oily and shiny throughout the day and to not make me feel like I just want to get it off my face. I use this generally Monday-Friday as it's great for lasting through a shift at work and even when I go to the gym after (I'm not brave enough to go makeupless). I've been using it for about 2 years now and I couldn't tell you how many tubes I've been through, but as they're so affordable (and available on 3 for 2) it's not an issue. I'm quite lucky that my favourite foundation isn't £30 a bottle!

L'Oreal Infalliable Powder Compact | £5.99
I've been using this powder for a good few months now, after switching from the trusty Rimmel Stay Matte powder. I find that the formula is so much denser and provides such good coverage on top of any base. It sets my under eyes and oily areas perfectly, keeping them matte for hours. This along with the Infalliable foundation make a great drugstore duo and are so reliable in keeping everything in place. My favourite way to apply this is by swiping my Real Techniques sponge in the powder and pressing firmly onto the skin. I then like to take a large fluffy brush and add a light dusting to the less oily areas on my face - this will give me a flawless base every time!

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer | £4.19
At first I was a little unsure about this but as I've got used to the formula and found the best way to apply it, it's fast become one of my favourite affordable concealers. The formula is light and creamy and has a medium coverage when built up. With its demi matte finish it really does last for hours. I find it does oxidise on me a little, so I have to be weary when using a paler foundation, but for the price you can't complain really. I use shade fair which is super bright in the tube but does darken slightly on the skin, but not so much you can tell. I do really like it though, otherwise I wouldn't keep re buying it! I'm just sad that I didn't try it any sooner.

NYX Micro Brow Pencil | £8
Admittedly, I've not tried many brow products from different brands but I have tried out several from NYX to see which suited me best. I do like the Brow Pomade but this double ended pencil for me is such a good tool. On one end you have the super thin pencil which carves out brows so naturally and on the other end a spoolie brush to blend the product in. I like that the pencil is waxy and requires a little bit of pressure rather than coming off creamy and too dark, so you can really build it up where you need to. I actually use the brush all the time, even if I'm not using the pencil, I just love how it softens any harsh lines.

Rimmel Lasting Perfection Lipstick | £6.49
Something you may see featured a lot on this blog are these beautiful pink metallic lipsticks. There are quite a few Rimmel lipstick ranges by Kate Moss now but this 15th anniversary collection has to be the best yet. There's nothing I love more than nude lips and I found my perfect shade in this collection - Boho Nude. They are really creamy and comfortable to wear and just generally great quality lipsticks. I'm always grabbing these when I want a break from matte formulas. They make the perfect photo props too as they're so photogenic, but also look really nice sat on my dressing table.

What are your favourite drugstore products?

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Discovering Fresh Naturals

A few weeks ago I contacted a small brand called Fresh Naturals to try out some of their 100% natural and hand made products. I was delighted with the response I got and after discussing my current skincare routine, skin type and what I was looking to achieve, I was sent a very lovely bundle of goodies to test out. I was given lots of helpful tips and advice on what products would help my specific skin concerns best as well as how to use the products.

The product I was most excited about trying was the Clay Face Duo* as I've recently been getting into using cleansers, creamy ones especially. So this one can be used as a cleanser as well as a clay mask which is really handy, but I've mainly been using as a cleanser. I much prefer creamy cleansers as they feel softer on the skin and this one doesn't disappoint, with its smooth texture and fresh and fruity scent. I use my Clinique Sonic System Cleansing Brush with this and will dip it straight in and then work into my skin. I've been doing this every evening for around 3 weeks now and I'm obsessed with the results.
When using as a face mask it isn't drying in the slightest like some clay masks can be. It stays creamy while it settles which makes it easier when it comes to washing off too! I really love how it can be used for different purposes. I want to try another scent now as my tub is almost empty!

In the back there you can see the So Wild Soap* which is actually for facial use - this particular one tackles oily, spot prone skin. It creates a creamy lather and provides a gentle exfoliation too with the help of the rosemary herbs inside. I love how natural it looks, smells and feels, it really makes me feel good about using it on my troublesome skin.
I was also sent a little Handmade Lip Balm Pot* in the scent apple which is really lovely - it kind of reminds me of apple cider! It's super nourishing and there are a variety of tasty scents to choose from. 

As I have oily skin I've always been hesitant to use or even try oils on my face. Some people say it's bad and others say it's good, so I really hadn't a clue what to think. When discussing this issue with Fliss via email, I was advised to try out the Natural Repair Oil*. She suggested I used a couple of drops in my evening routine and to see how I got on. The first time I used it, it felt strange putting oil on my face but it did instantly feel nourished. It's got a lovely natural, calming scent and I quickly began to love it. Again, I've been using this almost everyday for the past 3 weeks or so and I have actually seen really great results. My skin feels softer, surprisingly not as oily, but most of all it's really helped to calm my spots down and keep them away.
It can also be used in your hair to tame any frizz or fly aways. I've only used it a few times this way but it does make my hair easier to style and helps it to stay in place too! As I have fine hair I can't use too much but it would be perfect for thick or frizz-prone hair, especially in the summer!

Another great multi purpose product is the Lavender & Rosehip* Shampoo, Shower Gel and Face Wash. This particular one is formulated for dry hair and skin with it's essential fatty acids and healing properties. It has a thick, gel consistency which lathers up beautifully. It has such a calming scent and I love using these kinds of natural fragrances on my skin. There are some other really lovely scents to choose from such as coconut and sweet cherry, catering to all skin types from normal to sensitive.

Now onto body products, I was sent this amazingly scented Vanilla & Coffee Bean Lotion Bar* which comes as a solid bar. I'd never tried a lotion bar before so was intrigued to see how it worked compared to liquid moisturiser. You simply rub it into your skin and the warmth of your body slowly melts it. It's super rich and nourishing, and leaves your skin feeling amazing. The only downside to this is that as you are rubbing it onto your skin it can pick up hairs and other bits which will stick to the bar. It's a really good idea for travelling though when you're restricted on liquids!

I also have this super refreshing Lemongrass Moisturising Body Butter* which has a really light consistency which soaks right into the skin, leaving it smelling all fresh and zingy. I don't usually like lemon-scented things to be honest but this reminds me of lemon meringues and smells good enough to eat. You can really tell it's a natural and handmade butter which makes it even better as you know you're putting nothing but goodness onto your skin.

Have you ever tried anything from Fresh Naturals?

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Items marked with (*) were gifted to me for consideration.

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Natural Beauty Picks

With the holiday season fast approaching I've been thinking about which products I can sport around in the sunshine that won't make me look overly-done. No one wants a full face of heavy makeup through the summer as it just doesn't bode well with humidity, so this summer I'm going to try and embrace the minimal looks with the help of some of these products;

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer 
I've been using this almost every day since picking it up last month in Venice. It does a really good job at covering and concealing blemishes but looking and feeling weightless at the same time. I mainly use this under my foundation as it helps my base to look flawless yet as natural as can be. The coverage is a good medium and would even work well on its own with no foundation required as it blends in seemlessly.

L'Oréal True Match Foundation
This is my ultimate minimal makeup foundation. For lazy days in or when I can't be bothered putting much effort in, this is the base I'll always go for. It has a really light and blendable formula with surprisingly good coverage as well. If you hold the bottle in the light you can see a pearlescent sheen to it which is so pretty. I think what makes it look so natural looking is the shade match, as mine's pretty spot on for my natural skin tone, but there's such a broad range of shades to choose from too.

e.l.f Cosmetics Baked Highlighter in ' Moonlight Pearls'
This is one of my most recent purchases after the brand announced it was being stocked in Superdrug stores. I'd heard about it having this top layer that you had to get off before actually getting some pay off from the product which I was a bit apprehensive about. This did happen with mine, but once I got through it, the formula was so natural and radiant looking on the skin! This is perfect for a subtle glow without looking overly highlighted, which is great for pale skin tones this summer.

e.l.f Cosmetics bronzer palette
Again, perfect for pale skin tones is this cool-toned bronzer palette. It includes 4 shades, 2 of which have a matte finish and 2 a bronzed shimmer. Like the highlighter, it comes of really natural so there's no need to worry about over doing it or it going orange and patchy. You can really pull off the 'no makeup' makeup look with these light and subtle shades.

Burt's Bees Lipstick in 'Blush Basin'
No look is complete without lipstick but this one is a more natural option for the more minimal looks. It has a hydrating, almost lip balm feel to it which sits comfortably on the lips for hours. It adds a nice wash of colour that really does look natural on, without coming off too bold or opaque.

Swatches from top to bottom;

e.l.f Baked Highlighter in 'Moonlight Pearls'
e.l.f Bronzer Palette
Burt's Bees Lipstick in 'Blush Basin'

What are your natural beauty picks?

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