Current makeup routine

Monday, April 29, 2019

I wanted to talk about my makeup routine today and go through all the products I use and love.

(CF) = Cruelty free.

Firstly I go in and apply Rimmel's BB Cream in the shade Very Light all over the face using my fingers or sometimes a buffing brush. I love this product a lot, it makes my skin look radiant and evens out redness. It gives me a tiny bit of coverage but mostly just makes my face look healthy and dewy. I don't use anything heavier in the day anymore, my foundation rarely leaves my make-up drawer at all.

If I need some extra spot coverage, I alternate between Maybelline's Fit Me Concealer in the shade Ivory and e.l.f's 16hr Camo Concealer in the shade Fair Warm (CF). The e.l.f concealer is really intense and has incredibly high coverage so you only need to use the tiniest amount.

I don't use powder that often, but when I need to take away some of the shine on my nose or give my cheeks a soft base for blusher, I use a little of MAC's Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in the shade Light. I use a large stippling brush to stipple this in rather than swiping. If I have a big shiny red spot to cover I find this powder dulls down the redness a bit.

For blusher I use NCinc's Mineral Blush in the shade Sweet Cheeks (CF) - it is the most beautiful soft baby pink colour and I love this on the apples of my cheeks and on the tip of my nose. I do go a bit mad with blusher sometimes, and this one is quite pigmented so I'd suggest tapping a majority of the product off the brush before buffing in. This mineral blush is so lightweight and such a fresh, rosy colour.

I use two highlighters; one for special occasions (because it cost me a lot of money), and another for work and everyday. For special occasions I use MAC's Extra Dimenson Skinfinish in Double Gleam - this is truly the most beautiful highlighter I've ever used. For work, I use Revolution's Re-Loaded Lustre Lights Warm Highlighter Palette (CF). I use a mixture of the three shades to the left. The far right shade is far too dark for me. The Revolution palette is lovely, the shades have a bit of sparkle but nothing too 'out there'.

For brows I don't use a pencil anymore, I am all about that effortless cool girl fibre brow gel. I use Benefit's Gimme Brow in the shade 03 which gives my sparse dark blonde brows some oomph by adding colour and fullness. I love this product so much.

To set everything in place, I like to spritz Revolution's Hyaluronic Fixing Spray all over. It is a decent setting spray that gives a little splash of moisture from the hyaluronic. In an ideal world, I would use Urban Decay's All Nighter Setting Spray (CF) which I adore but it's so damn expensive(!)

With lips I tend to stick to balms if I'm going to work, otherwise I'll wear Rimmel's Oh My Gloss! in the shade 130 Purrr... Glossy Cat (bear in mind the first two images on the Superdrug website are wrong, this colour is a natural mauve not a Barbie pink, I suggest image searching this product for a better look). I don't find this lip gloss makes my lips goopy and doesn't do that thing in the corners of your mouth with the white gunk... gross, but you all know what I'm talking about. Another favourite is Revolution's Soph Nude Lipstick in the shade Cake (CF); a perfect pink nude.

If I am putting in more effort for a night out or something, I put on Barry M's Feature Length Mascara (CF). All I want with mascara is for it to lengthen and coat my lashes in a light layer of colour and this mascara does that well. I'm not about clumpy lashes or layering to the point where my lashes weigh my lids down or look like shit falsies. I actually prefer brown mascara but this Barry M one only comes in black.

Eyeshadow-wise I only use (and own) two palettes: the Revolution Soph X Eyeshadow Palette (CF) and the Obsession Be In Love With Eyeshadow Palette (CF) (my favourite). Both have lovely versatile warm shades and nice pops of glittering golds.

And that's it, folks. I'm very much a no-makeup makeup kinda gal as you can tell.

Revolutionary hair removal with Friction Free Shaving

Friday, April 19, 2019

This post contains gifted items. All photos and opinions are completely my own.

I must have tried every high street and drugstore brand razor known to man from the ages of 13 to 24. Nothing did the trick and I was still getting razor burn and cuts so I binned them off last October and opted for something a little more substantial (although not quite perfect). I was just so fed up with how expensive packs of razors were and how they only ever came with 2 or 3 blades. I'd come out of the shower with legs that looked like they'd been ravaged by a wild animal. Not really the look I was going for or ever want to go for again.

In comes the efficient monthly subscription service, Friction Free Shaving (FFS) - when you sign up to FFS for £9, they give you a free metal razor handle alongside four 6 diamond-coated steel blades. You can even have your razor handle engraved for extra £, check mine out above!

Refills are delivered every month just in time for when you need to change your blade. Fresh clean blades mean no razor burn, no irritation, and no bacteria build up. 

FFS also offer some luxurious body care that you can add to your regular delivery or as a one-off purchase - a Pre-Shave Scrub to get rid of any dead skin prior to shaving, a Mid-Shave Cream to soften the hairs and open your pores in the shower or bath, and a Post-Shave Balm to soothe your skin and prevent ingrowns. See the scrub in all its beauty below. All these products have such a delicious holiday smell that gets me real excited for summer.

I have tried and tested the razor and the three body care products and I can safely say that I have never had a closer shave in my life. The balms, scrubs and creams are pure luxury to use and I can practically hear my legs and armpits singing with joy. My legs are so smooth I can't stop touching them, and my pits feel so fresh and ~energised. This is the first time I've used a razor with 6 blades and it is quite something. Very impressed.

One thing I admire about FFS is that they show body hair in their adverts - hairy legs, hairy pits, the lot. It is refreshing to see because as we all know, other razor companies and brands tend not to show an ounce of hair on a woman's body in their adverts. They love showing us a razor shaving a bald leg, but what's the point in that? I like being able to see a razor in action, and Friction Free Shaving gives us that, so thank-you!

Lastly, typing the code KATE25 into the 'coupon box' at checkout will give you 25% off your first set of blades and free engraving when signing up with FFS.

Lovely quotes / 22

Saturday, April 13, 2019

22nd edition of Lovely quotes, enjoy.

Photo by Aliis Sinisalu on Unsplash

“There’s hope in warming, in the slow drift to springtime, in the songs of birds.”
— Tyler Knott Gregson, Daily Haiku on Love

“What I am, I am; and let it be enough.”
— D.H. Lawrence, The Complete Works

“And the Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast
Rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.”
— Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Sensitive Plant

“Italy is white pillars and green water. Spain is hot sun on stones, France is a lady with black hair wearing a white dress.”
— Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea

Photo by Mike Petrucci on Unsplash

“A day in February or March or April, when the sun of early afternoon scythed a swathe of light across the dark water.”
— Arthur Rimbaud, Fragments According to the Gospel

“A book should be a garden that fits in the hands. Word-petals of color. Stems of strength, roots of truth. Turn a page and turn the seasons. Read the sentence and enjoy the roses.”
— Max Lucado

“Spring comes quickly: overnight
the plum tree blossoms,
the warm air fills with bird calls.”
— Louise Gl├╝ck, Primavera

“Don’t wait for everything to be perfect before you decide to enjoy your life.”
— Joyce Meyer

Additions to my skincare routine

Thursday, April 11, 2019

I've recently had to replace a few TK Maxx skincare purchases as they'd run out, and as many of you will know, when you buy skincare or bath products from TK Maxx it's not very often you'll ever find them again or be able to buy them here in the UK. Despite knowing this, I still buy skincare from there, knowing full well I'll have to find an alternative when it's gone. I weep for all those amazing products I'll never get my hands on again.

So... I nipped into town before work one morning last week and filled my Boots. ;-)

I had a lovely rosewater facial spritz that I replaced with the Botanics Refreshing Toning Spritz with Rosewater from Boots. I find it a good dupe so far - I've added a couple of drops of tea tree to this too so it has some spot eliminating properties. I've been using it for a week now and it hasn't broken me out, so it's a thumbs up from me. I can see this being even more refreshing in the summer if kept in the fridge...

I've been using an Evening Primrose and Lily Facial Serum by a brand called Beauty Drops for a few months now but it's running low and if I'm being honest, it's nothing special, so I wasn't that fussed about trying to find another bottle. While picking up the toning spritz I saw that Botanics do a Radiant Concentrate Serum with Hibiscus, so I added that to my basket. This serum has AHA's just like my cleanser so when I use both I have to use a moisturiser with SPF 20. This feels lovely on, I have only been using it for a week so I've not noticed any major differences in my skin, but it is nice to apply.

My previous micellar water was by Vichy and I loved it; it had a weird but pleasant scent that smelled like grapes and using it felt like I was thoroughly getting every single spot of make-up and dirt off my face, buuuuuut as you do, I felt like trying something new, so I thought I'd make up the 3-for-2 offer in Boots by picking up their Botanics Micellar 3-in-1 Cleansing Solution. This is a pleasant micellar water, does what it says on the bottle, and makes my skin feel nice and smooth after use. I don't use micellar water that much anymore but I still like to have some on hand.

On to a different brand - when I went to Meadowhall a couple of weeks ago, I stumbled upon Alex Steinherr's skincare range in Primark. I was looking for some sort of eye product that could reduce puffiness and darkness, so I thought I'd give this a go because it was purse friendly and also cruelty free. It has a cooling gel formula that soaks quickly into the under eye area. I loved the way it made my eyes look the first time I used it; I woke up one morning and I could already see a difference in brightness under my eyes. I've been using it every night since and it definitely keeps my eyes from looking like I haven't slept for a thousand years.

I use this Supergel Oil-free Moisturiser from Facetheory after I've cleansed using the Clarifying Cleanser, also from Facetheory (which is the best cleanser ever and is the only cleanser I've ever used that has cleared a majority of my blackheads and spots). This is a light moisturiser for oily skin, and although I don't have oily skin, it still works perfectly for me. I've been using this under my BB cream for months and I will continue to use this in the summer when I retire my heavier moisturisers. Facetheory products are packed full of so many skin-loving ingredients, they're 100% worth the purchase. Definitely my favourite skincare brand of the moment.

Snippets from my 2019 journal

Sunday, April 07, 2019

I started a brand new journal in early January. My old one was so crammed full that it wouldn't even close. I wanted a bigger journal this time round, and I also didn't want to cram it full of too many things that would bulk it up. I love a fresh clean start, so I found an empty plain kraft notebook I got from Paperchase years ago in the spare room and decided to dive in.

I wanted to show you some of the pages of my journal and what I've included this time round. I went absolutely nuts in Hobbycraft and on Etsy and AliExpress in January buying all the stationery, kraft card, stickers, memo pads, washi tape, coloured and patterned paper etc. Pretty stationery makes it all the more fun to work on.

I'm still searching for the perfect black fine pen to write in. Every one I find is too thick (even when it's described as 'fine') and they smudge so easily. Any recommendations? I just want something that won't smudge so fast and that doesn't look chunky and overly inky, y'know?

Any journalling or stationery q's, let me know below.

Battlewind > marchninetyfour

Saturday, April 06, 2019

Welcome to the rebrand!

Don't want to waffle on too much, but basically I've changed the name of my blog and my socials to marchninetyfour. I thought it sounded ~classy and a little more professional, and would be an ideal name for a possible interior design business I may or may not set up at some point in the future.

It's also my birth date. :)

Hope you're all doing well, blog content to follow soon.
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