The Beauty Book Shelf: Handmade Beauty A Review

Handmade Beauty
Handmade Beauty: Natural recipes for your face, body and hair

The beauty book shelf is back and this month I will be looking at Juliette Goggin and Abi Righton’s Handmade Beauty

Handmade beauty is a hardback, hefty book full of natural recipes to make your own skin, body and hair care products. I have loads to say on this so I will get started.

First off the book is larger then I thought it would be especially as I only paid £8.94 on Amazon for it. It is quite heavy and looks to be of a higher value compared with the price I paid. Inside is full of lovely illustrations and photography that are so pleasing to look at you will be dying to start making the products for yourself.

I’m going to say right at the start, if you know anyone that loves DIY projects and is a beauty addict like myself then this would make a great gift.

The book begins with an Introduction, a few tips before you begin your DIY projects and ideas on where to source the ingredients needed. It also goes into further detail of each ingredient giving examples of the benefits it has for the skin and why it is used in the products. From the first few sections you can really learn a lot about skincare in general. There is also detail on measurements, with instruction on understanding the measurements used throughout the book. The first few pages are thorough in getting you prepared.

The next section is about equipment needed to make your skincare. A lot of what is needed can be found in your kitchen but you may need to purchase a few things in order to make more complex recipes. I’ve had a little gander online for a few things I need and many of them are inexpensive. I’d advise taking a look through the recipes to decide what you would like to make first and getting what you need for that particular one instead of going full force buying everything suggested.

Once you have everything you need your ready to cook up your products. The book contains step by step guides for almost anything your face, body of hair could need. You can start at any level. Go big by producing a cleanser, hand cream and shampoo or start smaller and make a lip balm, body scrubs or mask. The choice is yours.

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A little look at the lovely photography and recipes

The recipes are laid out in sections, starting with Skincare and then moving into body and hair care. It is very easy to find something you want to make and you are given different options. There is not just a one mask fits all recipe but many different ones which can fit around skincare type or your skins need. This goes for all of the recipes body care and hair care there is so much choice from this book.

From the final chapters you will find topics such as finishing touches (which will have you buying or saving up loads of empty bottles, jars and ribbons in order to make you creations look as beautiful as they do in the book), and a Glossary of ingredients. The glossary, for me, is the most interesting part of the book as it goes into a little more detail of the ingredients used and their benefits. I also gained understanding of my current over the counter products from the lists.

Handmade Beauty has gained a place on my beauty book shelf for so many reasons. I love learning and gaining knowledge of skincare. I love making my own products and this book helps do that to such a great extent. The step by step guides are impeccable and make it easy for a novice, like myself, to create something pretty and usable.

As I said before the book would make a great gift for someone who loves homemade products. It’s fun and pretty. Hopefully if I progress and become a dab hand at making a few things for myself I will be buying some cute packaging to make family members products for Christmas. For me handmade gifts give a special touch to Christmas so I will be trying out the bath bomb recipes.

How do you feel about DIY beauty product? Have you made any or know of any good recipes? Comment down below so we can start the discussion.

Hope you have enjoyed this post, my next is on Tuesday so until then have a great weekend.

Kate x

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September Is Here So I’ve Set Some Goals

 

September Goals: Life, Blog and Beauty
September Goals: All my life, beauty and blog goals for the month

August was the best month my blog has ever had. It was also the first month I have ever set any goals and I don’t think this is a coincidence. The goals I set helped to keep me motivated and were a constant reminder of the things I wanted to achieve for both the month and the future. Having a visual of where I wanted to be and how I was going to get there really helped me stick to a plan on days I felt tired, in a rut and just generally not feeling it.

This month I’m going to set some more goals but I’m going to expand them not just to blogging but life and beauty wise. I’m interested to see if this has a positive effect on my all round life and helps improve my productivity in other areas.

Blogging Goals

I don’t really make blogging goals based on numbers as it is not something that is a great motivator for me. I tend to stick to content, trying to be organised enough to have ideas that would be fun to read but are also a little insight to brands or even myself as a person. Here are my September blog goals:

  • Keep to my two posts a week schedule, making sure I have notes for each post and I produce the best content I can for the lovely people that take the time to read my blog.
  • Take part in twitter blog chats more often. They are fun and a great way to find friends with common interest who can be a great support within the community.
  • Read more of my favourite blogs and be active in commenting the work I love. I will also be using the twitter chats to find new blogs I can enjoy and support.
  • My last target is to learn more about SEO (or try to get my head around it) I am dying to achieve a little green light from Yoast!!

Beauty Goals

As a beauty blogger I love everything cosmetics and this month I have decided to put some targets in place to better my understanding and improve my ability with make up and skincare.

  • Work on my skincare routine. Right now my routine is pretty good and I’ve just stocked up on The Ordinary products to try them out but what I really want to do this month is learn about which products work for me and why. I want to look into ingredients and how they work for my skin. I know a little bit already but as they say ‘Knowledge is power’ so I could always learn more.
  • I am diabolical at putting on eyelashes. I even avoid doing them myself and often just go to my salon and get extensions. I am going to master the art of false eyelash application this month.
  • Practise and Prep a make up look for my night off. Twice a month the husband and I have a night off from the children (Thank you grandparents) and we often go for food. The last few times I have got ready so quickly and haven’t had time to enjoy the process. This month I am going to plan make up looks and practise them ready for my evenings off. That way I don’t have to stress about what products to use and what eye look to go for (I can hear the whispers of ‘High maintenance’ haha).

Lifestyle Goals

I have never ever set any life goals as far as self care goes and this makes me a bit disappointed in myself. I am making September the month I change this. I’m not going to set myself massive targets to start off but little things that I think will help change my thought process and help my anxiety.

  • Eat earlier and healthier – I am a sucker for getting take out. Once the kids are finally sleeping and I have finally sat down the last thing I want to do is get back up to cook. I’m going to apply the organisation I have for my blog and prep meals that are nutritious and filling. Hopefully this will give me a boost mentally too.
  • Have one night a week where all technologies are turned off or put away. Since going camping and having no form of WiFi or Television I found I really enjoyed the silence and head space it gave me. As a family we did simple things such as play cards, colour and I even had time to read.
  • Seek out information and help for anxiety. I have always avoided the fact I suffer from anxiety. Over the past few years since leaving work and looking after the kids full time it has got progressively worse as I don’t have to push myself into situations that make me uncomfortable as much. I have also found that when I do push myself into these situations it can now often end in me having a panic attack. I need to sort this and learn about how to deal with my feelings so that I can live an as ‘normal’ as possible life.

There you have all my September goals, I have a little wall chart that is brightly coloured and eye catching so I can stay up to date. I was wondering how many of us set goals and targets like this. Do you find it motivating? Let me know in the comments section. Plus if you have any goals you want to share or any information on the topics I’ve discussed please feel free to add them in.

Next post will be Friday so until then I hope you all have a good week.

Kate x

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Beauteque Monthly Subscription Box : Product Review

Beauteque Monthy : Product Review
A look at all six products available in Beauteque Monthly beauty box

Another month down and another arrival of surprises from my Beauteque beauty box. This month has been slightly different from previous, including body and hair care as well as the usual skin care and make up. This months theme was a brunch menu style and each product has amazing fruity smells that are good enough to eat. So lets take a look at the products.

Hair Care

Mise – En – Scene Perfect Repair Hair Treatment Serum $15 / £11.61

I have been needing to invest in a hair treatment for some time after dyeing the life out of my hair recently so this was a much needed product to gain from my Beauteque box. The Serum has been great to incorporate more moisture back into my hair. The formula contains both argan and olive oil which have helped to repair the damage dyeing has caused. The consistency is similar to a condition, easy to run through your hair and concentrate on the ends. I have also been using a shower cap to help intensify the treatment.

My hair has been left soft and shiny. I have been able to get a brush through it without having to fight against knots due to the added hydration it has given my locks. Due to the serum having a apricot scent my hair smelt great after use which is an added bonus.

Body Care

The Saem Perfumed Body Lotion $12.99 / £10.06

The Saem Body lotion was a nice little addition to the box. It follows the theme of the hair serum and is also apricot scented. I normally don’t use a scented body lotion as they can irritate my skin but this one is kind and gentle. I had no irritation and my skin was left feeling soft and moisturised. I really like the consistency of the formula. It is one of the lightest body lotions I’ve ever used, very thin almost like a water based cream. My skin absorbed the cream instantly so there was no waiting around for it to dry before getting dressed (which lets be honest is the most irritating thing about body lotions).

Skin Care

Skin7teen T, Cafe Katte 3 – Step Mask $5.99 / £4.64

My favourite part of the Beauteque Beauty box is the three step mask I’m going to be getting. The skin7teen lives up to expectations and then some.

Step on and two target different area of the face such as T-zone and jawline and then you just pop the sheet mask over the top for 15- 20 minutes. The T-zone section is for targeting large pores and helping to reduce and tighten them whilst the U-zone is for adding hydration. This was great for my combination skin as my forehead nose and chin are often where I have enlarged pores. My cheek area is often where I experience the most dryness so by the mask targeting the areas with two different products was very helpful.

Hint: I wish I had read the little booklet that comes inside the box as it states if you place the mask in the fridge for ten minutes before use it can be quite refreshing to the skin during use.

This has been my favourite mask I have received from Beauteque, I will be buying again as my skin felt fantastic after use. My pores appeared reduced, the hydration left my dry patches much smoother and I all round loved using Skin7teen’s sheet mask.

Saresmin Perfect Solution Serum $8.99 / £6.95

Saresmin Serum
A look at the packaging of the Saresmin Serum

Saresmin’s serum has some funky packaging. The serum comes in a medical style syringe which allows you to measure the amount of product you are dispensing. Guidelines say to use 0.5ml of liquid for just the face area and 1ml for the face and neck area. Due to the packaging this is easily done.

The formula contains hyaluronic acid which is great for helping the skin maintain its moisture levels. It is a water based solution that is absorbed by the skin quickly so no waiting around before moisturising. This gave real changes in my textured areas of skin. Bumps and lumps looked smoother, almost plumped up. It left for a really good base for applying make up later on.

The only qualm I have is the size of product. It is 5ml and if using the guided amount of 1ml for each application you will only have this for five uses. I would love to see this in a bigger size or a purchase option of a four pack available.

Sandepin My Honey Clean Sponge Cookie $6.99 / £5.41

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Such a fluffy texture on the Sandepin Sponge Cookie

I’m not going to go into loads of detail on this because it is a sponge. The Sandepin sponge cookie has a soft, fluffy texture great for make up and dirt removal. It is very gentle on the skin and non irritating. One of the main things I like about this sponge is it can be gently washed and has a usage count of up to 200 times.

Make Up

Baviphat Urban City Real Liptone Tint $7.99 / £6.18

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The cute apple packaging on the Baviphat Liptone lip tint is super cute

The packaging on this is really cute. The bottle is a little apple with the lid being the stalk and the tint is even apple scented to continue the theme.

Personally I am not a big fan of tints as I prefer a bolder look. Baviphat’s however is a nice colour (Rosewood) red, leaves a subtle tint to lips that has great stain power that will last throughout the day. I found application rather difficult as the applicator is very small and the tint is very thin in consistency. I experienced a bit of bleeding on the lip line although this may be down to me not have much of a clue in applying tints properly.

There you have the six products I received in my Beauteque beauty box this month and my thoughts and feelings on each one. Are there any that stuck out for you? Am I doing lip tint application wrong (haha)? I’d love to hear your thought and feelings in the comment section so feel free to let me know.

I have linked all the products individually and below is a link for the subscription box if you were interested in having a look (I have also added my review on the previous box if you wanted more ideas of products you get with this subscription).

Beauteque Monthly Beauty Box

Beauteque Monthly : The subscription box with a little bit of everything

My next post is on Friday so until then I’ve hope you enjoyed reading.

Kate x

August Empties : Must Have Skincare

August Must Have Skincare

As this post goes live I will be away on my first every camping trip. A tent, a husband, a two, three and five year old YAY!!

Over the month of August I have got through many products and my empties pile is looking rather full. Here are a few of the High street skincare and make up items I’ve been using. I’ve added links, prices and all the information you will need. Each item comes in at a really affordable price so without delay let’s hop straight in.

Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Cleansing Oil – £6.99

Recently I have loved using an oil cleanser. They have great ability in removing make up and dirt to ensure my face is spotless before using a milk based cleanser. This is actually my third empty bottle of the Simple Oil cleanser. I’ve stuck with it as I can literally see it stripping all the dirt away from my face, whilst being gentle and kind to the skin. I have never had any form of breakout from using this product and it has become a vital part of my skincare routine. I do wish Simple made a bigger bottle as when using both day and night the 125ml does not last very long.

Garnier Skin Active Cleansing Milk With Honey Flower £3.49

I have been using the Garnier Skin Active cleansing milk for ages. This month I changed from my usual Rose Water to the Honey Flower and I wish I’d stuck to what I know works. I have combination skin that can often be sensitive and the honey flower did not do much for this. I found my skin was left quite dry and irritated. The product did not cause any breakouts and my skin remained clear throughout the month but the irritation was just too much. I will be using the Garnier cleansing milk again but will be sticking to my preferred Rose Water infused. The bottle weighs in at 200ml and will last the around four weeks when using both day and night.

L’Oreal Pure Clay Detox Mask £7.99

My last skincare empty of the month and it’s a good one. These masks have been around for a while and L’Oreal keep adding to the Pure Clay collection. This particular one is charcoal based and promises to detoxify and clarify skin. The pot holds 50ml of product and the guidelines state this should be enough for ten applications (I got about eight).

For me this product really worked. As I said I have combination skin and my T-Zone can often suffer from pretty bad breakout. The charcoal ingredients in this help to clean these area right up. My skin looked a lot clearer and it helped take away the redness from blemished areas. The mask was quite dehydrating to the dry areas of my skin and it was important I moisturised quickly after usage. Overall I would definitely buy this again or even look to the others available in the clay mask collection.

 Hint : The mask does not come with an applicator and is a little messy to apply with your fingers so I used a clean foundation brush.

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub £8.00

This is the ‘mother’ of all body scrubs and for £8.00 you get 300ml which will last you a good while. Soap & Glory have a few body scrubs available but the sugar crush is my favourite due to it’s lovely lime smell. The scrub has been great in helping to get my skin summer ready, the thick, grainy texture allows for a strong exfoliation. Sugar Crush body scrub left my skin feeling so smooth and soft. After spending Winter and a wet Spring covered up this brought my skin some much needed TLC before exposing to the sun rays.  I followed up with using their righteous butter (£8.00) for added hydration.

This has gone to the top of my re – purchase list a quality product worth the money.

Maybelline Brow Precise Micro Pencil £7.99

My final empty of the month! I did not stop using this micro brow pencil. The pencil is very thin with a wind up nib plus a spoolie on the other end. I prefer using brow pencils that are on the thin side rather then the chunkier ones. I feel it allows me to be more accurate and decide whether I want a bolder look or something more natural. I like Maybelline’s as the texture is a lot softer to some other pencils which allows you to use a lot less pressure to build up the colour and fill in sparse areas. The pencil was quick and easy to use and due to the soft texture you can create a natural looking brow in seconds.

Draw backs I had were I ordered online and chose the blonde as the soft brown looked quite dark on screen. Next time I will be going with the brown as the blonde was a little on the light side for me, although this is a thumbs up and would buy again.

There you have it another month gone by and we are closer to CHRISTMAS!! Has anyone started thinking about Blogmas? Will you be doing it this year? I am yet to decide. Also comment down below any products you have been loving this month, I’d love to hear about them.

Right now I am probably standing in a cold field crying and saying camping is “Not for me” haha.

Kate x

Beginners Guide to Foundation : How To Find The Right Shade

how to find the perfect foundation: A beginners guide
different foundations with different shades and undertones.

The current cosmetic market is saturated in so many different products it can be hard to find you feet and know where to begin. Foundation can go one of two ways. Get it right and you have a flawless base that can illuminate your skin and is a great start to building the rest of your make up routine. Get it wrong and you can look streaky, patchy and even turn in to an oil slick. Here are some beginner tips and hints to getting it right.

What is your skin type?

Knowing you skin type is going to give you a good start for choosing a foundation. From this you can learn the ingredients that work best for your skin in order to make your base last.

Oily: Tends to have enlarged pores, suffer from blackheads, blemishes and spots. The texture of the skin can look shiny.

What foundation to choose: Powder foundations work well for oily skin (M.A.C has some lovely options). Liquid foundations need to be Oil free with a matte finish. Oily skin does well with ingredients such as hyaluronic acid as these help care for the skin throughout wear time. Tarte also offers some clay based foundations which can be great for oily skin.

Combination: Have oily areas especially around the T-Zone (Forehead, nose and chin). Other areas can be a little dry. The texture of skin can be shiny yet have dry patches on the cheek area.

What foundation to choose: Combination skin can make a foundation choice difficult. You are technically treating two different skin types with one foundation and expecting it to work. You will be looking for an oil free foundation, with a semi matte finish. Ingredients such as aloe vera will help the foundation balance your skins natural PH levels. Brands to consider are, Charlotte Tilbury, and the budget friendly L’Oreal.

Dry:  Can appear tight and flaky in areas due to a lack of moisture in the layers of skin. Texture will be matte and seem dull in places.

What Foundation to choose: Looking for dewy based foundations that contain the word luminous, glow or serum based. Ultimately you want a hydrating foundation so looking for water based and light foundations are key (when testing you want the product to swim around in your hand). Brands to check out include Maybelline, M.A.C and Clinique.

All skin can be Sensitive so I advise always using a foundation that includes an SPF. It is always important to check the ingredients for anything you are aware of that upsets your skin. If you are unsure always do a trial on another area of skin other then the face.

How To Get My Foundation Shade Right

The biggest mistake made with foundation is the shade chosen. The ranges of shades available is now bigger then ever so understanding your colouring is much more important when wanting to get it right.

Firstly you need to establish which colour section you come under ranging from light, medium or dark. An example: I am extremely fair, my skin burns just looking at the sun and therefore I fit in the light category.

Once you’ve got your colour section you are then spoilt for choice in the range of shades available. To discover which shade is correct for you, you need to understand your skins undertones. These are based around three options cool, warm and neutral.

Skin Undertones Explained

Cool: Skin will have a reddish or pink complexion. I read in cosmopolitan if you have cool undertones your veins will appear blue in colour whilst warm skin tones veins appear green. When buying a foundation the formula itself should have a slight pink hue.

Warm: Skin can appear yellow, olive or chocolate meaning you need to be looking for a foundation where the formula appears a slight yellow in colour and can often be described as golden, warm or honey on the packaging.

Neutral: Having neutral undertones means you are in the middle of both, there are no visible cool or warm overtones in your skin. Picking a foundation you can stay in the middle of both the cool and warm spectrum although a warmer tone can neutralise green area of the skin.

By looking at the two factors mentioned it should now become easier to find a foundation shade that is right for you. If you are in any doubt and worried about buying a shade you can always pop to your local department store where they now have many make up counters which can help you out in getting it right.

I hoped this has helped in gaining understanding and knowledge of skin types and tones, especially when using the information to buy an accurate coloured foundation. As always skincare is essential in helping achieve a flawless base, I have a post on my seven step skincare routine available if you wanted information on skincare.

Have I missed any of your top tips when buying a foundation? Do you have any brands that work well for your skin type? If so please share in the comments section so we can all find new things that may work for us.

My next post will be available on Tuesday. Wishing you all a great weekend.

Kate x

The Beauty Book Shelf: Sali Hughes’ Pretty Honest

Over the years I have bought so many beauty based books, some giving great advice and tips and others have been a bit underwhelming. I have since decided to share my thoughts and feelings on this by creating a special section on the blog I have entitled “The Beauty Book Shelf”.

I’m going to start with one of my favourite books Sali Hughes’ Pretty Honest. I bought this about a year ago and I generally now refer to Sali Hughes as my Oprah of beauty! Believe me this lady knows what she is talking about here’s what she has to say:

“The only thing worse than feeling like crap, is looking like crap too. Often we can’t do anything about the former, but I feel passionately that addressing the latter can only help.

I believe looking good to be an important and valid pursuit. All too often, women with an interest in their appearance are assumed to be stupid, shallow and unintelligent. Even traitors to feminism. But it’s perfectly normal to love both lipstick and literature, to be a woman who paints her nails while shouting at Question time.”

Pretty Honest covers everything you could possibly want to know from skincare routines, salon and spa etiquette to looking good in every age group. Along the way you can gather loads of tips and information to improving your knowledge and capability within your own beauty routine.

For me this book has been a bit of a game changer, Sali has used her personal experiences plus her extensive knowledge of the industry to deliver an incredibly informative and no bullshit book that is very easy to read from cover to cover.

From the skincare section alone I made improvements to my daily routine (as I said in my previous post, my skin is thanking me for it) but also learnt about what to look for in my products ingredients wise. I have made better choices when buying my skincare products because I have a better knowledge of what certain ingredients can do for my face.

If you were thinking this is just a book based around lipstick you would be wrong, other topics Sali covers include Teen beauty, beauty and motherhood and even beauty in illness. Each chapter filled with snippets of information and tips that can make a person feel back in the game of life again.

It has been very refreshing to read something empowering in a beauty based book rather then the traditional step by step and do’s and don’t of make up and skincare. As a mother of three young ones, a wife and a trying to be full time blogger I can sometimes get lost in what is going on and forget to take time out. Sali’s writing’s gave me the confidence to realise taking time to make myself look and feel good is necessary as it is part of who I am. I want to be able to show the world the best version of me and if it takes having the odd beauty treatment to give me the assurance and poise I encourage everyone to start doing so.

What are your thought’s and feelings on beauty books? Have you found one that has become your guide to life? Let me know what you think about me adding a monthly beauty book review section as it’s something I’ve been thinking of adding to my blog page more permanently, you can comment down below or find me on twitter @Katesbeautyhome.

My next post will be up on Friday so until then have a lovely week.

Kate x

Beauteque Monthly – The Subscription Box With A Bit Of Everything

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Over the last year or so I have been wanting to get a monthly subscription box but when looking into it I have become overwhelmed and spoilt for choice. They can come in very expensive sometime for only a few sample sized products.

I really wanted something more!

Recognising the struggle my sister in-law SJ (Her Instagram is @sjmorgan89 if you want cute pics of skincare and makeup) came to the rescue. She is a massive fan of Korean skincare, has great skin herself and is generally a woman in the know about everything. SJ suggested I take a look at the Beauteque monthly website as they offer different types of subscription boxes depending on what you are looking for. One being the ‘mask maven’ box for $13.00 / £9.90 a month and the other being their ‘beauty box’ for $22.00 / £16.75 per month with no twelve month contract and being able to cancel whenever you wanted.

Knowing I was going off a good recommendation I took the plunge and ordered the beauty box, I am currently going into my third month of receiving these goodies and have never looked back.

Each month is based around a theme (July’s being Deep Detox), inside your box are six full sized products that are relevant to the theme and can range from skincare, make up to nail polish and sleep masks. All the products are available as separates on the Beauteque website so if you find something you really love it is so easy to restock.

The Deep Detox box consisted of :

Jayeon Bamboo Charcoal Konjac Sponge ($5.99 / £4.56) – When you first remove this sponge feels like a rock but once you leave to stand in water it puffs out and becomes a great exfoliating product. Due to the infusion of charcoal it really does help give your skin and intense clean whilst still being gentle and non abrasive.

Farm Stay Charcoal Pure Cleansing Foam ($11.99 / $9.13) 180ml – Use this with the sponge to achieve a deep clean. I have spot prone skin and when I first started using this cleanser I did get a breakout due to the detoxifying properties in the formula but after a few days this cleared up and my skin has stayed incredibly clear and blackhead free since.

Baviphat Urban Dollkiss Carbonated Charcoal Clay Mask ($20.00 / £15.23) 100ml – I have really enjoyed this mask. The tub is huge and you really do not need a lot of product for application as the clay is quite thick. It comes with a small spatula to apply and as it develops on the skin it is very fun watching it bubble. The mask gave my skin a radiance and left it feeling very clean and clear.

Purederm Charcoal Design Nose Pore Strips ($5.99 / £4.56) six strips – I can’t go into to much detail about these as I haven’t had the time to use them. I can say they remind me a lot like the traditional nose strips only are larger in size so they cover a bigger surface area of the nose and surrounding cheek. They do have a pretty design on the strip which makes them nice to look at and has me dying to try them so hopefully I will get the time soon.

Vacci Royal Luminant Auto Eyebrow Pencil ($8.99 / £6.85) full sized – One end is the eyebrow pencil and to the other is a spoolie both with lids so good for travelling. The barrel of the pencil is a lot thicker to other brow pencils I have and made application surprisingly easier, the colour was a little lighter then I would normally choose but blended well. The pencil is very soft and you don’t have to be firm to build up colour. The eye pencil was a nice little make up token in the skincare based set.

Siero Surface Moisture Mask Pack ($4.99 / £3.80) – Each month you get a sheet mask pack which comes with three elements this particular one comes with a peeling gel, a vitamin booster and then the sheet mask itself. The three step masks’ have become a favourite at home treatment for me. It’s a quick and easy way to gain the luxury “at a spa” feel whilst helping the skin to regain lost moisture and giving it some TLC.

Three months in and I still look forward to what is going to be in my latest Beauteque box. I love that every product is full sized, due to this you really have the chance to try out and make sure it is working for you before committing to buying. The different themes each month add to the excitement as you are never sure what you are going to get but know that each product will be used. I am so glad SJ gave me the heads up with this subscription box as they are really enjoyable and the perfect thing I was looking for.

Do you have a subscription box you love? Are you completely and utterly overwhelmed when trying to find the right one for you? (there are so many out there now) Let me know your thought on where you stand with subscription boxes in the comments below or on Twitter @Katesbeautyhome.

Hope you have enjoyed this post, the next will be up Friday.

Kate x

7 Step Skincare Routine – Giving Me A Smiley Face

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I have recently learnt a lot about skincare through reading various books and researching online and gone are the days of just cleanse, tone and moisturise. In replacement is a seven step skincare routine both day and night that takes me a maximum of ten minutes and has left my skin the best it has ever been. Since starting this routine my breakouts have dramatically lessened and my skin is healthier and clearer to the point where I actually go outside without make up on and don’t worry about how my skin looks.

Today I’m going to be talking the steps I take, the products I use and how they help my skin.

Step One : I use an oil based cleanser to start as this is great for removing all traces of dirt from the face and really breaks down make up to leave you feeling clean. My current favourite is the Simple Kind to skin hydrating cleansing oil (£6.99) as it is designed for sensitive skin and contains pure grape seed oil which can help prevent blemishes without clogging pores.

Step Two – It is time to re – cleanse, using the Garnier skin active cleansing milk (£3.49) I re wash my face making sure all traces of oil or left over build up of dirt are removed. I use a cleansing milk as for me this is much gentler to the skin and less drying. I suffer with a lot of redness and sometimes inflammation so with the Garnier cleanser having added rose water this helps to prevent and lessen these two problems.

Step Three – I use two facial pads to apply toner as this is the least messy way and I love how refreshing and instantly moisturising a toner is for my skin. My go to toner at the moment is the Esfolio sea grape marine water toner ($18.99 / £14.45). Sea grape (not to be confused with grape seed) helps to maintain a youthful appearance and have a natural collagen which can only be a benefit for my skin.

Step Four  – Previously I have struggled with serum and finding the right one for my skin type. I often find them very thick and pore blocking. After a recommendation from my sister in – law I have changed to the It’s Skin power 10 formula (£13.00) and it has changed my view on serums altogether. It’s a lovely water based formula that applies easily to the skin, giving instant hydration and an all round softness. I went for the VB effector as this helps restore skins natural PH balance so can also help with the reduction of redness, but they have many other types available to different skin needs.

Step Five – Medi flower collagen wrinkle eye cream ($5.99 / £4.58) has been my holy grail of eye creams, it has a light texture which is easy to apply, no stinging to my eyes and the added collagen helps firm the skin. I also find this very moisturising leaving my under eye hydrated and comfortable all day long.

Step Six – A lightweight moisturiser with added SPF as “protection is the best form of prevention” and I want to keep my face as smooth as I can for as long as possible. I am currently using Simple protecting light moisturiser with SPF 15 (£4.29) as I like to feel hydrated by my moisturiser but for it not to feel heavy or greasy on. This gives me just that and with the added SPF for under five pound it’s a product I’ve really come to like.

Step Seven – The final step I take is to use another moisturiser that focuses on hydration of the skin. I do not use this straight after the previous one but throughout the day if my skin is feeling slightly dry in places. I have just hit pan on my A’Pieu Aqua nature clouding cream ($13.99 / £10.65) and will be purchasing another as for me this has really helped to hydrate my skin though out the day whilst helping to improve the clarity of my skin.

As i said at the beginning this routine takes me around 7 – 10 minutes to complete and is really worth the efforts as I cannot explain how much clearer my skin has become since sticking to a more in depth system. To add to this I do treat my skin to a facial mask twice a week, one being a detox mask and one being heavy on hydration.

Let me know in the comments what your go to routine is and what skincare products you can’t live without. Do you manage to stick to a morning and evening routine? What are your favourite parts of your routine? (mine would be serum, I love how my skin feels after it’s been applied). As always you can find me on twitter @Katesbeautyhome if you fancy chatting beauty products.

Next post shall be on Friday so until then I hope you enjoyed reading.

Kate x

Links

Simple hydrating cleansing oil – https://www.superdrug.com/Simple/Simple-Kind-To-Skin-Hydrating-Cleansing-Oil-125ml/p/709201?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI4faCjJe13AIVwbHtCh0fng1YEAQYASABEgJh2PD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CPSgkpGXtdwCFe0W0wodmE8NwQ

Garnier skin active cleansing milk – https://www.boots.com/garnier-skinactive-naturals–rose-milk-cleanser-200ml-10229295p?cm_mmc=bmm-_-Google+Boots+PLAs-_-BAU-_-C=%28GB%3AWhoop%21%29+Boots+Shopping+-+Category+-+Beauty+-+Desktop_%28GB%3AWhoop%21%29+Garnier&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIt6OOjpm13AIVTM-yCh3FLgvZEAYYAyABEgKo3PD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

Esfolio sea grape marine water toner – https://www.beauteque.com/esfolio-marine-water-daily-toner/

It’s skin power 10 formula –  https://www.beautybay.com/skincare/itsskin/itsskinpower10formulavbeffector/

Medi flower collagen wrinkle eye cream – https://www.beauteque.com/medi-flower-collagen-eye-cream/

Simple protecting light moisturiser – https://www.boots.com/simple-kind-to-skin-hydrating-light-moisturiser-125ml-10023879?cm_mmc=bmm-_-Google+Boots+PLAs-_-BAU-_-C=%28GB%3AWhoop%21%29+Boots+Shopping+-+Category+-+Toiletries+-+Desktop_%28GB%3AWhoop%21%29+Simple&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIhYyzhKK13AIVDRQbCh3ALQsiEAkYBCABEgLQkfD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

A’Pieu aqua nature clouding cream – https://www.beauteque.com/apieu-aqua-nature-dewdrop-clouding-cream-50ml/

 

 

Glam Glow Power Ranger Edition, a bit of nostalgia or packing a punch?

One of my most recent purchases has been the Glam Glow Goldar mask from their limited edition Power Ranger theme. I have been dying to try Glam Glow products for ages but I’ll be honest their pricing has always put me off as I haven’t wanted to spend that much on a face mask I’m unsure is going to work for me. Luckily I found this one in the cosmetic shop at the McArthur Glen retail park for a slightly cheaper £18.00 which for me was more bearable price.

Once home I couldn’t wait to try it out and here are my first impressions:

Inside the box you get the Goldar mask which weighs in at 30 grams, my guessing this would be about three applications tops as it is a peel off mask so you do have to build quite a thick layer of product to enable easy peeling. You are also given a sample of Glam Glow’s mud mask that I am yet to try, plus a set of instructions stating to apply to clean dry face, 20/30 mins and peel off. This particular mask is meant be “tightening and toning, making the skin firmer and more defined”. So far so good.

Upon opening and applying the mask it went a bit down hill for me. The mask itself is gold in colour which looks cute and is fun when terrorising your husband singing “Hey Gold member” for the next thirty minutes (honestly I did not do this!!) but there were to many things I just didn’t like about this.

Firstly the formula itself has a very strong scent that was quite chemically and I found it rather unpleasant. I will note as the product dries down the smell does lessen and is no where near as harsh as when first applied but the initial attack on my nostrils was just to much for me to get over.

During application the mask also gave my face a tingling sensation which I did not feel comfortable about. I wouldn’t say it stung and I didn’t have fear of taking it off and being Freddie Kruger but it was again something I found unpleasant. As with the smell the sensation does settle down as the product dries.

So far with twenty to thirty minutes to go before removal, the only thing I am liking is that I have a gold face and feel I may actually be the world cup (well the ball on the top anyway).

Once dry removal is surprisingly easy. I would go as far as to say it was the easiest peel off mask I’ve ever removed, there is no sticky residue and it peels away in one whole piece leaving little to no excess on the skin.

The mask itself seems to dry like a latex material which is quite hard to break up unless using your nails. My reasons for mentioning this is all other peel offs I have used seem to be rather thin and break easily when removing making it harder to get every bit off the skin and therefore making it more of a hassle to remove. I like that this is not the case with the Glam Glow mask.

As I said at the beginning of this journey the Goldar mask promises tightening and firming to the skin, how does this weigh up?

To look at, honestly my skin does not look any different as far as being more defined and lifted, I’m not all of a sudden Love Island’s Megan (but that would be unrealistic now wouldn’t it).

To touch my skin is tighter, feels a lot firmer and considering this mask was not a hydration mask my skin is surprisingly soft.

Overall would I buy this product again?

Sorry but it’s a No from me. The usual retail price for 30g of Goldar mask is £24.00 and for three applications when the box states best results are achieved when using the mask at least twice a week I just find it not worth the money. The mask does live up to some of the claims and my skin did feel good after usage. The colour was fun and removal was extremely easy with little to no mess. In all honest if I am going to spend this amount on a face mask I would rather have one that I live for then one I think is mediocre. I will be trying out the Glam Glow mud mask sample included just to see if I gain a different experience from the brand and find something I love.

Let Me know in the comments section if you have any Glam Glow products you love that I could try out or even if you’ve have a different view on this particular one then I do. Do you have any other brands in the same price bracket that I should try?

You can also give me suggestions on twitter @Katesbeautyhome as this is where I am most active.

Hope you enjoyed this little first impressions the mask is available at the link below and is currently on sale at feelunique.com for £18.00 (no this is not an Ad but literally the cheapest place to buy it online if you were interested).

Thank you

Kate

Links

https://www.feelunique.com/p/GLAMGLOW-GRAVITYMUD-Firming-Treatment-30g-Gold-Power-Rangers-Edition?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI_6DLi6uQ3AIVDDwbCh2g8gnHEAkYASABEgLh-fD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

Money’s tight . . . It’s OK pamper yourself

We’ve all been there, it’s mid month there is another two weeks until pay day and the bank account is pretty bleak to say the least. There seems to be new products coming out left right and centre and sometimes money just will not stretch far enough for the little luxury product we’ve had our eye on, so in honour of our poor times I’ve looked up and tried some DIY skincare that are easy to achieve at home and cheap as chips to make (all sites used for ingredients are linked below).

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I’ll start with a mint lip scrub that promises to exfoliate, nourish and most importantly for me plump up your lips.

You will need to find in your kitchen:

20g of brown sugar

20ml of olive oil

2-3 drops of peppermint oil (I got mine for 99p off amazon).

Mix them all together and you have yourself a home made lip scrub with the added satisfaction of making it yourself.

Honestly it’s not a very good looking scrub but the strong scent of peppermint mean your going to smell like a polo after use so it has its perks.

The scrub itself is very gentle whilst still giving you the exfoliation needed for smooth lips. It made mine feel a lot softer and the olive oil gave added moisture without leaving my lips greasy.

Plumping wise this was a let down, there was no tingling sensation or any change in the way my lips looked. I also used a lot more drops then the suggested three as I do like to go all out for a promise of fuller lips (without turning to the needle).

Overall the scrub works to exfoliate and gain smoother lips but if you wanted to achieve the plumping effect it may be best to try something else. This is cheap and easy to make and can be knocked up in about two minutes so if your looking for a quick, easy way to improve your lips when your strapped for cash this is effective.

Next up is a hand scrub that I found on a lovely little blog called living thenourishedlife. The author Elizabeth has many DIY recipes and other healthy tips for life. The homemade hand scrub promises soft hands and the things you will need are listed below.

1tbsp Coconut oil

2tbsp raw honey

1/4 cup of sea salt

1/4 cup of organic sugar

1tbsp of lemon juice

Once you’ve mixed them all together you have something that looks a lot better then the lip scrub, the smell is delicious, plus there is enough for around three applications depending on how generous you are with your usage and it can be kept in the fridge.

The scrub is very rich and thick, you can spend a good few minutes rubbing it into the skin without it being uncomfortable or harsh. I found the more you scrubbed this into your hands the stronger the smell became which was very relaxing and satisfying.

Once washed off my hands felt incredible, they were so soft and smooth. All traces of dry skin had been removed and the coconut oil had left my hands so nourished and moisturised. You can literally wash your hands about thirty times afterwards and they will still feel so soft thanks to the coconut oil.

This is definitely one I will be making over and over again! It’s just so easy to achieve and it really works. I’m going to be using it on both my hands and feet next time.

Last on the list of DIY projects has been the cocoa dream hydration mask, which is said to give a healthy glow and was found on the marie claire website (ingredients listed below)

1/4 avacardo

1tbs cocoa powder

1tbs honey

The hydration mask took a few minutes to make and it reminds me of something that falls out of my dog after he’s eaten a bone and yet smells like warm homemade brownies. This being said beware the kids/animals/husband may lick it off your face!

Application wise this is difficult, I used a foundation brush and due to the masks texture it goes on clumpy, which then becomes streaky and patchy as you try to even out but once you’ve got there it is a comfortable mask that does not irritate as it dries down.

As with the application the removal is messy! The overall effects of the mask seem to have been good. My redness has been reduced and my skin feels soft so I can see how over a period of use how this would give skin a glow.

Hydration wise I did not feel like there were any benefits. I would actually advise using a moisturiser straight after washing off as my skin felt very dry and tight.

Due to the reduction in the redness of my skin (I do get a lot of redness) I would try this again as it’s quick, cheap and easy without causing to much irritation. I will however have the moisturiser on standby for after removal.

So my DIY experience has been a bit hit and miss. All the products I have tried worked to a certain extent (the hand scrub being my favourite and most successful). I think it’s a great idea for poorer times to give yourself a little TLC and each product was so easy and quick to make plus there are so many more ideas available online you could try many different ones.

Let me know if you’ve made any of your own great product, has the process been easy? and did they work? You can comment below or chat to me on twitter @KateL564

Thank you for reading

Kate x

Links

https://www.marieclaire.com/beauty/how-to/a2830/best-homemade-face-masks/ (Cocoa Dream Face-mask)

https://www.superdrug.com/blog/beauty-manuals/make-lip-scrub (Mint Lip Scrub)

https://livingthenourishedlife.com/want-to-get-soft-hands-try-my-homemade/ (Home Made Hand Scrub found on https://livingthenourishedlife.com/ by Elizabeth she offers many DIY recipes for beauty products and her blog is really worth taking a look at)