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!

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!

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.

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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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PIXI BEAUTY +C VIT COLLECTION REVIEW (BLOGTOBER – DAY TWENTY)

Skincare is absolutely vital to me for two reasons.

The first being that as a beauty blogger I feel like having a good skincare regime really is the basis of an amazing makeup application. You can achieve incredible results with very affordable cosmetics when your skin is at its best and that comes down to knowing your skin, what to use and how to use it.

The second is very different but still equally important to me. I spent YEARS not even being able to leave the house to get milk without a full face of makeup. My confidence was on the floor and I didn’t know the meaning of self love. As I began to experiment with skincare I realised that I could look my most beautiful when fresh faced and happy.

Now my skincare collection has become just as important if not more so than my makeup collection and I love being able to discuss ingredients and different types of products. It gives me such a buzz to be able to pass on the tips and tricks that led to me feeling so content in my own skin.

The power of a good routine is so underrated and I truly believe it’s something we should know more about. Knowing that your skin changes from season to season and as you age could make such a huge difference to so many people.

Whilst I’m clearly not an expert I like to think I’ve picked up a few decent recommendations along the way. One of my favourite additions to date has to be the Pixi Beauty +C Vit Collection.

The collection includes…

+C Vit Priming Oil – £24

Infused with Vitamin-C, this tri-phase oil nourishes, energises and balances to prep and prime for a radiant glow.

+C Vit UnderEye Brightener – £16

This Vitamin-C infused under eye perfector blurs and energises to give an instant awakening effect. Refreshing treatment in a tube brightens and restores vibrancy.

+C Vit Brightening Perfector – £14

Vitamin-C infused complexion enhancer blurs and perfects to give skin a dewy radiant finish.

+C Vit Lip Brightener – £10

Inspired by nature, this Vitamin-C infused lip balm smooths with a hint of tint and shine.

If you’re after something that’ll leave you looking bright eyed and bushy tailed then this collection is the one.

I have three children so with that comes a lot of running around and when I’m not doing that I’m studying for a degree. I don’t sleep well and can never fully switch off. I need all the help I can get!

I love the fact you can wear alone for a really radiant, natural glow or under make up to really kick that ‘lit from within’ skin into gear.

Overall it’s just beautiful!

THE BRIDAL BEAUTY CO ‘THE HONEYMOON EDIT’ REVIEW (BLOGTOBER – DAY NINETEEN)

Where are my future brides at?

I came across The Bridal Beauty Co via Spectrum Collections and I’m so glad I did. They put together the most beautiful collections of goodies and I’m utterly obsessed.

This one-off limited edition is worth over £150 and is jam-packed with travel-size and full-size products by award-winning and best-selling brands to take you straight from the big day, direct to your honeymoon adventures.

From Huda’s refining facial exfoliator, the must-have mineral SPF30 to protect, IPO’s mask to prep and nourish your skin after a day in the sun.

Plus, Charlotte Tilbury’s iconic Magic Day Cream and Huda’s famous Power Bullet Matte Lipstick will add glam to day and night. Not only this but you will receive beauty shots, beautiful makeup brushes and more…

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The Bridal Beauty Festival is also this month in London and I’m so happy to say I’ll be attending and documenting it all!

I picked up ‘The Honeymoon Edit’ which costs just £35 and is worth over a whopping £150!

Inside you’ll find brands such as…

  • Huda Beauty
  • Spectrum Collections
  • Hawaiian Tropic
  • Beauty Works
  • Crabtree and Evelyn
  • Wishful
  • Charlotte Tilbury

…and more! the whole lot is presented in a staple clutch bag and would make the perfect gift to a newly engaged friend or family member (or yourself because you know, treats).

Whilst of course being extremely good value for money ‘The Honeymoon Edit’ is also a great way to try new brands or test out some higher end products that you might have been wary of investing in initially.

I already know The Bridal Beauty Co have collated a handful of other themed collections (that I obviously have my eye on because I clearly have no self control) and I have high hopes for them after being so impressed this time round!

As I mentioned previously I’ll be at The Bridal Beauty Festival this coming Sunday (and the VIP tickets come with a goodie bag worth £150!) so I’m sure I’ll have lots more to say next week!