WHAT THE HELL IS HYALURONIC ACID?! (BLOGTOBER – DAY THIRTY-ONE)

Did you know that hyaluronic acid is naturally produced by your body?!

The beauty supplement that the world has gone crazy for is actually already present right inside of you.

So why do we need to fork out for sometimes pricey products if we already possess such magic?

Let me break it down for you…

The ageing process along with things such as sun exposure, smoking and pollution can decrease the hyaluronic acid you contain in your body and that pretty much sucks doesn’t it. Without it, we don’t draw in and retain as much moisture so our skins hydration levels just aren’t up to scratch.

Obviously the hyaluronic acid available to purchase is a synthetic version so not exactly what we naturally create but it sure is the next best thing.

Isn’t science amazing?

Can anyone use hyaluronic acid?

Yes! I know the word ‘acid’ sounds scary but, within this context it shouldn’t be. It’s not an acid in the sense that it will exfoliate and strip the skin. It’s just going to give you the extra hydration you need give your skin a real moisture boost (It can actually hold up to 1000 times it’s weight in water!) which in turn is going to make it look plumper, softer, brighter and clearer. Not to mention reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. What’s not to love?!

When should I use hyaluronic acid?

There are no rules here. You do you. Throw it in there as part of both your morning and night skin care routines and you are sure to see the benefits, although just as a precaution maybe start off with once a day and then increase to twice when you feel more comfortable. Just to be on the safe side!

Is that all?

No not quite! Obviously the above is reason enough to run straight out and invest in some new skin care. However, did you know that our own hyaluronic acid can help promote and speed up wound healing? Because I didn’t! As it’s concentrations increase when an area of damage is in need of repair the hyaluronic acid regulates inflammation levels and lets the body know it needs to build more blood vessels in the area most in need. It also has antibacterial properties so helps to reduce the risk of infection.

There are no clear reports to determine whether the synthetic version within serums etc have the same amazing properties as the OG version we already possess but it’s worth a go right? (I’m sure I don’t need to tell you not to slap it onto a open wound guys, that would be silly. Just stick to your regular skin care routine and time will tell what kind of difference it really makes).

So to sum things up…Hyaluronic acid boosts hydration levels leaving the skin looking and feeling plump and fresh whilst also reduces the appearance of those pesky lines and wrinkles. Sounds good to me!

I hope you’ve found this somewhat helpful. I’m not an expert I just like to keep myself informed and am always open to learning new things!

A FOUNDATION FOR EVERY SEASON (BLOGTOBER – DAY THIRTY)

The perfect makeup application it built upon a good base and with so many to choose from it can be a really daunting task to undertake.

I’ve broken down some of my favourites by season to really see you through the year to the best of my abilities.

I’m sure you all have a favourite but why not give one of mine a go!

The Spring Foundation

Carter Beauty

Full Measure HD Foundation

€9.95

Our award winning Full Measure HD Foundation is a lightweight, full coverage foundation which leaves a flawless matte finish. The light, water-based formula glides onto the skin leaving incredible coverage as a base for any type of make-up look.

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You can’t go wrong with full coverage beauty. It’s probably the one I return to the most often and never fails to impress me with its smooth application and longevity.

The Summer Foundation

Makeup Revolution

Superdewy Tinted Moisture

£9

For the everyday fresh-faced base, use the Revolution Tinted Moisturiser – our first lightweight true-to-skin formula. The blend of skincare and makeup blurs imperfections and evens skin tone, with a sheer hint of coverage. Enriched with antioxidant wild berry extract and infused with 68% water, for a dewy makeup finish with long-lasting hydration. Let your true skin radiate through – your skin but better!

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Is there anything better than having the hint of a bronzed sun kissed glow and absolutely falling in love with your own skin again?

This tinted moisturiser by Makeup Revolution is perfect for just smoothing everything out and hiding any redness you may have. The perfect base for those ‘no makeup’ makeup days.

The Autumn Foundation

Carter Beauty

Miracle Measure Youth Boost Foundation

€14.95

Made without fragrance and parabens, Miracle Measure is Oil-Free, Vegan and Peta Approved.

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This skincare infused foundation hybrid is ideal with autumn with as it’s packed full of vitamins and hyaluronic acid. Perfect for hydrating your skin going into the colder months when you might be feeling a bit chapped and dry.

The Winter Foundation

Revolution Pro

CC Cream Perfecting Foundation

£10

The most hard-working, multipurpose foundation. Perfect for dry to combination skin, this Revolution Pro CC Cream Perfecting Foundation SPF30 offers sheer to full buildable coverage, whilst leaving the skin hydrated and protected.

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The most stunning, glowy goodness all in the sleekest of packaging. Beautiful coverage that lasts all day and night whilst protecting your skin with its built in SPF30. Perfect for party season!

The All Year Round Foundation

Physicians Formula

Butter Believe It Foundation + Concealer

£13.99

Infused with a potent blend of Murumuru Butter, Cupuaçu Butter and Tucuma Butter, sourced from the lush, nutrient-rich Amazon, the long-wearing, weightless formula simultaneously provides buildable coverage. Free from parabens. Cruelty-free & vegan-friendly.

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My holy grail and secret weapon all rolled into one. The perfect amount of coverage whilst avoiding any cakiness. Hands down the best foundation I have ever used and the affordable price makes it an absolute winner for me.

ARTTITUDE COSMETICS ‘BORN FROM THE ASHES’ COLLECTION REVIEW (BLOGTOBER – DAY TWENTY-NINE)

There is a phoenix inside of all of us – waiting to be reborn.

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Have you pick up the Arttitude Cosmetics ‘Born From The Ashes Collection’ yet? I am so stunned at the passion and heart behind it all.

For an indie brand to produce something so unique and full of flavour truly goes to show just where the future of the beauty community really lies.

Phoenix Eyeshadow Palette

The Born From The Ashes collection includes…

Phoenix Eyeshadow Palette £32.99

Introducing our brand new phoenix eyeshadow palette. A gorgeous 25 shade palette, with a mixture of warm and cool tones, and 5 incredible formulas – the possibilities are endless!

Ultimate Red Lip Set £24.99

Find your perfect red with our ultimate red lip kit – from the Born From The Ashes collection. Includes creamy satin finish lip bullets in 3 different shades of red, so you can find a classic red lip for every mood. Wear them on their own, or mix them together for the perfect ombre red lip.

Eternity Lashes £9.99

Introducing our gorgeous Eternity lashes – the first of our clear band lashes at Arttitude Cosmetics, and part of our Born From The Ashes collection. A luxurious wispy lash with a fluffy outer wing, and beautiful curl – these lashes are absolutely perfect for every eye shape! And the best part is – they are 100% vegan and cruelty free.

Wine Red Cattitude Adhesive Liner £11.99

Our best selling cattitude 2 in 1 liner and lash adhesive now comes in a gorgeous wine red shade, as part of the born from the ashes collection.

12 Piece Red and Black Brush Set £59.99

The first ever brush set from Arttitude Cosmetics. This 12 piece set has been completely custom made, and contains a range of brushes perfect for make-up artists to create any look desired! The brush set includes small fluffy brushes and a pointed detailing brush designed to work with minimal eye space, to achieve precise perfect blends.

Red & Black Marble Beauty Blender £5.99

Our gorgeous red and black marble beauty blender is perfect for applying your base evenly, and minimising the appearance of pores. Achieve a perfect flawless complexion every time.

Phoenix Eyeshadow Palette Swatches

Each component of the collection has been crafted to perfection to for the brief seamlessly. Working beautifully on their own as well as together.

The Phoenix Eyeshadow Palette is a stunning addition to the Arttitude Cosmetics family and I can’t wait to see the daring combinations artists will create together with the pre-existing palettes.

The chameleon multichrome shades (Phoenix and Dreams) are truly the star of the show (although saying that I’m a self confessed brush hoarder and these beauties are INSANE).

The lipsticks (Inferno, Legacy and Conquer) are the perfect combination of creamy and long lasting. Taking classic reds and giving them a modern day twist.

Phoenix Eyeshadow Palette

What an incredible thing to accomplish.

Ruks, you should be so proud of yourself my love.

BLOGTOBER X BLOGR CHALLENGE 2021 HALLOWEEN COLLECTIONS TO DIE FOR (WEEK 4 – TWENTY-EIGHT)

Halloween is right around the corner and to be honest I’m far too excited for a woman in her 30’s.

One of my favourite things since I started my Instagram and blog has been discovering the outstanding Halloween collections that brands grace us with year after year.

I swear they’re becoming more and more bold (which I’m all for!) and although not necessarily frightening they really do strike the perfect balance between childhood nostalgia and a love of all things spooky.

I’ve rounded up some of my favourites to give you all of Halloween feels in preparation for the big day (or night).

ColourPop x The Nightmare Before Christmas

ColourPop x Hocus Pocus – The Coven Crew Collection

Hipdot x Addams Family

BH Cosmetics Poison Shock

Makeup Revolution x Corpse Bride

Makeup Revolution x The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror

Sheglam Wretched Romance

Kylie Cosmetics x Nightmare on Elm Street

Mad Beauty Pop Villains

XX Revolution x The Matrix

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE – PART THREE: THE BEAUTY BAY UP TO 50% OFF SALE 25th – 31st CONTINUED (BLOGTOBER – DAY TWENTY-SEVEN)

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A couple of days ago I set my sights on the Beauty Bay Sale and it’s still the hottest news around. Brands galore are discounted within an inch of their lives and if you’re in the position to stock up for Christmas then now is the time to do it!

Today I’ve focused on all things under £10 so perfect for those of us on a budget or if you’re looking for the perfect stocking filler!

By Beauty Bay Sunset Horizons Palette

Was £15 – Now £7.50 (50% off)

Create those classic autumnal looks with By BEAUTY BAY’s Sunset Horizons palette. The 20-shade eyeshadow palette is inspired by the contrasting hues of an autumn sunset with deep purples, bright oranges, and creamy shimmers in BEAUTY BAY’s iconic powder formula. With everything you need to take your looks from dusk until dawn, the collection of effortlessly wearable and ultra-pigmented matte and shimmer shades is your ticket to autumn all year round.

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Corpse Bride x Revolution Brush Set

Was £20 – Now £9.95 (50% off)

For looks that last all Halloween long (and beyond), add the Corpse Bride X Revolution Brush Set to your brush collection. Including four super-soft face and eye brushes, to highlight, blend, contour and define your way to dreamy makeup looks, day or night, this ombre-bristle set sounds like your vibe.

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Sunday Rain Winter Watermelon Collection

Was £10 – Now £6.95 (30% off)

Relax, refresh, and reset with the Sunday Rain Winter Watermelon Collection. This set features four of Sunday Rain’s iconic watermelon bath and body products in the sweet and refreshing watermelon and mint scent, that is good enough to eat (please don’t!). Featuring a bubble bath, foot soak, exfoliating cubes and bath crystals all enriched with watermelon extract, this set helps to hydrate, soothe, and moisturise the skin.

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Sample Beauty Romantic Pigments Bundle

Was £18 – Now £9 (50% off)

Fall in love with the Sample Beauty Romantic Pigments Bundle. Featuring five luxuriously rich matte and shimmer pigments, each contained in a premium glass jar plus a multi-use gel that can be used in an infinite number of ways, this bundle is all you need to create stunning eye looks, that last.

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Beauty Cooler Angel Wings Rose Quartz Gua Sha

Was £15.95 – Now £7.95 (50% off)

Sculpt and shape your face with the Beauty Cooler Angel Wings Rose Quartz Gua Sha Pair. Gua sha’s are a facial massage tool that has been practiced by tradition Chinese medicine for thousands of years to lift, firm and improve the overall health and radiance of the skin. These uniquely shaped wings have been specially designed to mould to the contours of your face, helping to improve blood circulation and reduce puffiness and inflammation for a heavenly, glowing complexion.

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Let me know what bargains you manage to bag!

THE BRIDAL BEAUTY FESTIVAL REVIEW (BLOGTOBER – DAY TWENTY-SIX)

On your wedding day, you should look like yourself at your most beautiful.

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Future brides and beauty fanatics come at me!

Have you heard of The Bridal Beauty Festival? If you’ve followed me for a while then you’ll know they were a recent discovery for me but boy was I excited.

Having initially thrown caution to the wind and ordered The Honeymoon Edit (which I reviewed HERE) a collection of beauty essentials designed to make you really feel pampered beyond belief before, during and after your wedding day, deciding to attend The Bridal Beauty Festival was a no brainer!

The Dorchester Hotel – Park Lane, London

With two sessions (morning or afternoon) to choose from, brands galore and the most INSANE goodie bag (which I’ll be posting about over on my Instagram tomorrow) it surpassed even my wildest dreams.

Ticket prices varied depending on if you decided to go VIP or not (but with a goodie bag worth £150 up for grabs with the purchase of a VIP ticket how could you not? I was also kindly given 50% off so if I hadn’t made up my mind before that well and truly did it).

Taking place at none other than The Dorchester Hotel it really was luxury vibes all round.

Like…come on!!!

The decor was something spectacular, the amount of effort that went into creating an atmosphere that was so breathtakingly beautiful (ethereal even!) is something I don’t think I’ll ever get over.

Every single person I was lucky enough to talk to was so helpful. Offering advice and ideas for my own big day. I dragged my sister along with me (who fell in love just as hard as I did!) and it was the ideal outing for us as a pair…which brings me on to my next point!

The Bridal Beauty Festival will be back! I don’t know the specifics yet but I’ll be sure to keep you all updated when I do.

Pixi Beauty absolutely killed it!

Not only were you given the freedom to explore the festival at your own pace you could also grab yourself a seat and take in not one but four separate masterclasses/demonstrations from various brands.

From Charlotte Tilbury and Sunday Riley to Face Gym and Benefit there really was something for everyone.

My favourite being one held by the amazing Amanda Bell on behalf of Pixi Beauty (and you know how I feel about them!) to create this stunning bridal look that really is the embodiment of looking yourself but better.

How drop dead gorgeous is Tessa Maye?!

As a content creator/blogger it was incredibly important to me to use this opportunity as a chance to connect personally with brands on a separate level too and one I had the pleasure of doing that with was Lipcote (who I have adored for over half my life, did you know that they have been up and running for 70 years now?!).

Lipcote Lipstick Top Coat

They absolutely made my day. Stopping to chat and discuss the brand without making me feel like I was a burden.

That to me is a sign of a brand who understands and values their customers and it was so refreshing to see.

Did someone say coffee?

It was the perfect way to celebrate finally booking my wedding. The ultimate indulgence in all things bridal and beauty with the perfect mix of businesses and brands to really help you on your way to feeling your best on your big day. I wish I could relive it all again.

You can watch my goodie bag unboxing HERE

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE – PART TWO: THE BEAUTY BAY UP TO 50% OFF SALE 25th – 31st (BLOGTOBER – DAY TWENTY-FIVE)

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Hands up if you want another gift guide?!

I’m actually (so far) surprisingly organised this year (long may it continue!) but if you’d have asked me last October if I was even thinking about Christmas shopping I’d have laughed.

Probably also cried. Anyway I digress…

Beauty Bay have a HUGE sale on right now and it’s the perfect chance to pick up something special for your loved ones. I’ve collected some of my favourite bits to show you guys but honestly, head over and check it out yourself HERE. It’s immense!

Disney Colour and Beauty Bay Mini Palette Trio

Was £20 – Now £14 (30% off)

Step into and world of colour and prepare to be OBSESSED with the Disney Colour and BEAUTY BAY Mini Palette Trio. Featuring all three of the pressed pigment palettes from the Disney Colour and BEAUTY BAY collection, the trio is perfect for completing your Disney obsession. Each of the palettes feature six colourful shades, with inspiration taken from iconic Disney film scenes, and formulated using BEAUTY BAY’s ultra-blendable, ultra-pigmented, and ultra-buildable pressed pigment formula.

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Urban Decay Marvels Eternals Eyeshadow Palette

Was £46 – Now £36.80 (20% off)

A 15-shade eyeshadow palette.

For looks that make a statement, add the Urban Decay Marvel Eyeshadow Palette to your next haul. Featuring a mix of 15 metallic gold-infused shades, pearl-packed mattes, and super-pigmented shimmers, this palette is perfect for your day and night looks. Each velvety, ultra-blendable shadow is enriched with bold, energy-charged pigments, so you can create infinite, versatile eye looks that last.

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Spectrum Collections Malachite 10 Piece Brush Set

Was £54.95 – Now £38.45 (30% off)

These brushes are best-sellers for a reason. The Spectrum Malachite 10 Piece Brush Set features ten expertly created brushes for you to buff and blend your way to makeup perfection. The high-quality, vegan, synthetic fibres apply makeup seamlessly for a flawless finish. Designed to banish bad vibes, these eye-catching green and gold brushes are the ones your kit needs.

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Foreo UFO

Was £169 – Now £118.25 (30% off)

Get a salon-worthy treatment from the comfort of your own home with the Foreo UFO Smart Mask Device. When combined with the sheet mask components that are enriched with Korean skincare formulas, this treatment device will transform your complexion. The UFO’s Hyper-Infusion Technology uses your skin’s natural reactions to heat and cool, as well as T-Sonic pulsations to infuse the skin with skin-loving ingredients.

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Babyliss Pro Titanium Expression Big Hair

Was £60.75 – Now £48.60 (20% off)

Powerful yet kind to the hair, Titanium Expression Big Hair creates impeccable smoothness and volume, resulting in a phenomenal finish. Incredible waves and dramatic shine is guaranteed with this fabulous hot air styler, which combines an ionic rotating premium titanium barrel and a glamorously sleek handle to allow for full creative control.

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Have you seen anything you like?

GIVE ME COSMETICS SEVEN DAY DAY CREAM CHALLENGE (BLOGTOBER – DAY TWENTY-FOUR)

As an oily gal (have I mentioned that before?) you’ll know I’ve always struggled with balance between giving my skin what it needs and over saturating the bloody thing.

As ever its a work in progress but if you want to read all about how I added some much need hydration to my skincare routine in seven days then stick around kids!

The Give Me Cosmetics Day Cream with Niacinamide & Retinol is not only…

  • Skin boosting and intensely hydrating,

It also boasts a…

  • Non greasy formula that absorbs quickly as well as incorporating anti-ageing properties and contains vitamin e.

Our Day Cream adds a luxury finish to your morning skincare routine.

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Look at how plump and fresh my skin looks!

Give Me Cosmetics Day Cream

I love how creamy it felt on the skin. It also dried down very quickly to a demi matte finish which was perfect for using as a base under my makeup. great for layering!

The product was plentiful whilst the packaging was compactand not at all bulky so perfect for travelling.

The Day Cream costs £25 and is also paraben-free.

5 BUDGET BUYS I’D HAPPILY SPEND BIG BUCKS ON (BLOGTOBER – DAY TWENTY-THREE)

I’m (mostly) about beauty on a budget. Adulting is expensive and I don’t have the cash to splash about on pricey brands so much anymore and I know that’s a common theme really.

Do you know what really makes my day though?

Finding drugstore priced products that deserve to be praised just as much as their luxury counterparts.

Below I’ve put together a little list of my everyday favs, let me know if you’ve tried any!

Carter Beauty

Word of Mouth Lipsticks

€6.95

I love to support indie brands so now seems like the perfect opportunity to talk about CB. Headed by the ultimate beauty babe Marissa Carter it’s one not to miss. The Word of Mouth lipsticks are creamy, ultra pigmented and long lasting. What more could you want?

P.S. my favourite shade is Bey!

Physicians Formula

Butter Believe It Foundation + Concealer

£13.99

Physicians Formula Butter Believe It
Foundation + Concealer £13.99

Imagine chilling beside the pool, drink in your hand just living your best life. THATS exactly the kind of vibe PF is giving me.

Hayley over at Just My Look told me that I would love the foundation in particular. Do you know what? She were so right! It has the most beautiful finish and allows for layering your products so perfectly.

Would 100% recommend to absolutely everyone. It’s an incredible versatile base for use all year round.

Unicorn Cosmetics

Bear Brows Extreme Lifting Balm

£7.99

Unicorn Cosmetics Bear Brows
Extreme Lifting Balm £7.99

I really am still stunned by just how incredible this product is. For someone with brows that continue to piss me right off on a daily basis please take it from me when I say you need this!

It’s a one shade fits all type of deal (doesn’t discriminate and that’s a vibe I can absolutely fall in love with!) as well as being super long lasting and flattering as hell.

Revolution Haircare

Salicylic Acid Clarifying Scalp Serum

£8

Revolution Haircare Salicylic Acid Clarifying Scalp Serum £8

I’m slowly training my hair and scalp to go longer in between washes without feeling lank/greasy and whilst it’s a process I can see the difference already. I’m now getting a whole extra day of fresh, luscious hair and I am so living for it.

This beauty shows instant results with its squeaky clean fresh finish and I wouldn’t be without it now.

By Beauty Bay

Butter Cup Cleansing Balm

£8

By Beauty Bay Butter Cup Cleansing Balm £8

Balms have never appealed to me (no idea why, I’m just weird like that sometimes!) but this baby has completely changed my mindset.

Literally the best makeup remover I have ever tried. It’s incredible efficient as well as kind and feels like a luxury experience every single time.

Anything catch your eye?

ARTTITUDE COSMETICS BY RUKS GLOW GETTER OIL REVIEW (BLOGTOBER – DAY TWENTY-TWO)

Meet the Arttitude Cosmetics By Ruks Glow Getter Oil!

Make up trends come and go, but glowing skin is always in! Introducing our brand new Glow Getter oil, an absolute essential for any skincare lover!

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Designed to target a number of skin concerns including acne, blemishes, pigmentation, scarring, fine lines and wrinkles it’ll fit in beautifully alongside your current skincare routine.

It’ll provide your skin with intense moisture and nourishment whilst maintaining a super lightweight, fast-absorbing and non-greasy texture.

Packed full of skin loving ingredients such as rosehip seed oil, ylang ylang, lavender frankincense, lemon, juniper berry, vitamin e, avocado kernal and jojoba for healthy, radiant, glowing skin all year round

I’m super oily so the sceptic in me tends to want to stay away from oil based products but this one just sucked me in and had me at first sight.

It smells incredible (imagine being pampered at a spa and feeling relaxed AF, that’s the scent I’m talking about) and has become the favourite part of my night time routine.

I can’t even explain how much my skin had benefited from having something so lovingly formulated within my arsenal.

For £29.99 you can pick up this absolute beaut in a bottle (and you won’t regret it!). If you’re still not completely sold then go with the sample size for £4.99 (and to me this shows confidence in their product, knowing you’ll be back to buy your full sized version after you’ve fallen in love).

I just really love it, can you tell?

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