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Making the most of your Base.

If you have been following this Blog for a while you will know very well that I have incredibly oily skin. I like to complain about draw attention to the fact often. I have always been envious of my drier skinned pals. The fact that they can get away without wearing powder or re-applying anything throughout the day. I count my blessings if I can get to 2pm without blotting. It is completely normal for my makeup to have completely slid off my face by the end of the day.

I have always been and still continue to look for ways to combat the annoyance that is oily skin. While I know it is completely unrealistic to assume that I will find a magic cream/potion that will completely work, I have found a few holy grail products and some solid methods to keep the grease in check.

It is all about the three P’s.

  • preparation.
  • prime.
  • powder.

Simple, right?

Prepping the skin is, in my opinion, the most important step in this process. It is like painting your nails without a base coat, the makeup isn’t going to last if you haven’t properly prepared your skin. Even the oiliest of skin types need to moisturise. After cleansing I like to apply a mattifying moisturiser. Such as the Garnier Moisture Match for oily skin or the Simple Clear Skin oil balancing moisturiser. That way our skin is still getting the hydration it needs, but also the mattifying result we desire.

The next essential step is Priming. I am a huge believer in priming oily skin. Primers are designed to enhance longevity and finding one that suits your skins needs is only going to help to keep that base, in place (poet and I didn’t even know it). My favourite is Benefits The POREfessional. Not only does it keep my oiliness at bay better than anything else I have tried, but it also reduces the visibility of my enlarges pores. All the winning.

The next step I like to do is apply a translucent powder BEFORE my foundation. I know, that isn’t the way it goes, but trust me in the fact that it will keep your makeup in place all day/night. Do yourself a favour and watch this video by Wayne Goss. It will change the way you apply makeup.


Do you have any tips for Oily Skin?


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July Favourites.

Well it is that time of the month. Ew, what were you thinking, I was talking about Monthly favourites time. You’re Gross. *winky face*

Normally I film these things, but I decided to see how my Favourites fair on the ol’ blog. I also have a nasty case of Laryngitis which has now left me with no voice at all.

Lets dive right in, shall we?


My first two favourites are skincare items. The I have absolutely been digging the Simple spotless skin anti-blemish moisturiser. This magic stuff has been a godsend for my skin. As you will know if you have been following me on here and on YouTube, I have to constantly battle with my acne prone skin. So a moisturiser that also fights acne is something I am going to be interested in! I do love the brand Simple in general. Their products are gentle and effective.

The second skincare item is an eye cream from Indeed Laboratories called Eysilix. This eye cream is extremely lightweight yet moisturising and a little goes a long way. My concealer sits wonderfully over top of this product. I love the serum Hydraluron by this brand and the eye cream definitely doesn’t disappoint.

A rediscovered favourite is the Fragrance Allure Sensuelle by Chanel. I have been wearing Balenciaga’s Florabotanica scent for months now and I thought it was time for a bit of a change in the winter months (also, it was getting to the point that people were smelling my perfume and automatically knowing it was me without seeing me first). My Partner Tristan bought this for me on our Anniversary, I was so proud he picked up such a lovely scent all by himself! It is a heavier scent, very sexy and very Chanel.

A favourite that has not left my side is my Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Blonde. No other brow pencil compares in my opinion. I have posted a comparison with the Anastasia Brow wiz previously, defs check that out!

A mascara I have been loving is the YSL Shocking mascara. I dont know what it is about this mascara, it is just on point. I haven’t used a mascara that separates and volumises like this product. I have it currently in sample size however I will positively be purchasing the full size on completion.

Lipstick wise, I haven’t been able to stop using MAC Kinda sexy. Ever since my obsession with finding the Kylie Jenner Lip first began, I have been using the shade daily. It is the perfect nineties beige nude, I am IN LOVE.

I have also been loving the Bobbi Brown skin foundation. I am in the shade Porcelain. This foundation is light but covers brilliantly. It has been my daily go-to, I also like to use this to mix with my other foundations to lighten them for use in the winter months. I was a bit skeptical at first, but this foundation actually does look like skin! It also lasts really well on my oily skin.

For my nails this winter I have been reaching for my Mecca Cosmetica nail polish in the shade Acai. It is the perfect deep berry shade. I really love the formulation of these polishes, they last well on my nails (which is a big deal in my day job!).

What have you been loving this month?





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My Top 5 Masks for Acne Prone Skin.

Hi there my little potato cakes!

Today I am going to share with you my top 5 face masks for acne prone skin. I have suffered with acne for years, pretty much since I got into my teens. It isn’t a fun thing to have or talk about. It is one of the biggest issues I have with myself and it has effected my self esteem quite dramatically.

I deeply regret it now, but for the majority of my teens – probably up until I was about 20, I didn’t really look after my skin at all. I found that all the products I tried either irritated my skin or made my acne worse. Not knowing back then that even though I had oily skin, It was actually quite sensitive and the fact that most acne treatments make your skin worse before better. I feel like that decision has deeply impacted my skin today. My pores are very large and it is a constant battle to keep them unclogged, if I forget once to remove my makeup I have a mountain of acne the next day and my skin seems to adapt to treatments quite rapidly.

I am a huge lover of masks. Especially ones that do what they say on the label (funny- but y’all know what I am on about). I have a rotation of 5 that I use depending on the condition of my skin, what I am looking for at that time and the severity of my acne.


1. Arbonne RE9 Advanced Cellular Renewal Mask.

This is the mask I turn to when I dont have large pimples or severe breakouts but rather just an uneven texture to my face or I am looking a little tired and worse for wear. This little number is quite on the pricy side but is very good for resurfacing and making the overall appearance of the skin better. It feels a little tingly and can make your skin quite red for a few hours after use so I wouldn’t recommend this before a hot date. I have found that due to the fact this is a cellular renewing mask and works deep down into the layers of your skin, it makes you more susceptible to the sun – so I would limit this product to night use.


2. The Body Shop Tea Tree Face Mask.

This is my mask when my skin is broken out, red and irritated. It is quite cooling on the skin but still has the hard stuff to work on imperfections. Tea Tree is a natural acne treatment and I have found, one that is strong enough to reduce an angry blemish without creating an angrier face around it. Sensitive skinned girls will like this one.


3. Avene Cleanance Mask.

This is a mask I picked up by chance on a trip to Priceline. I was looking for a quick acne treatment as I had an event the next day and had run out of all my regular masks. Needless to say I was pleasantly surprised when I awoke the next day with a significantly clearer face. This surprise was also due to buying the product regardless of the fact I could only read enough of the label to know it was an acne mask (it is mostly in french) If you are after a quick fix, this is your mask, girl.


4. Origins Out of Trouble 10 minute mask to rescue troubled skin.

This is a great mask to calm aggravated, mountain skin before an event. It kind of smells like Vicks Vaporub (which is sort of a minty smell) and is quite soothing. It also helps with oil control and texture problems. It is basically the all rounder of my masks. I use this when I have a horrible problem face to when I just need to deal with my oily issues.

5. GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment.

This expensive little tub of amazing is my favourite mask of all. The way this brings all the oil and imperfection out of my skin is as satisfying as pulling off a pore strip and inspecting it (Sorry- gross I know, but you all understand) I have a full blog review on this mask so check it out.

also- here is a cute picture of my cat, Percy – enjoy.


I hope that if you purchase any of these they work magic for you, my partner in Acne problems.

Till next time – Em x

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The Friday Review- Rimmel Stay Matte liquid mousse Foundation.

Foundation is my kryptonite. I tend to gravitate towards the bases rather than the eye shadows or the lipsticks. I dont know why, I just always have loved a flawless face over all the other stuff. A flawless face is like a blank canvas and I think that is why I like foundation so much- a great canvas is the key to any masterpiece.

I dont typically look to the drugstore for foundation. I find trying to match my shade in the isles of Priceline uncomfortable and stressful. I much prefer going to a counter or using findation.com (see what this is here). That way there is minimal interaction and stress. Get in, get coloured, get out.

However I had seen much hype floating around the interwebs about the new Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation. It is exactly what it says, a mousse foundation that well- stays matte. It is super blendable and lightweight, which is brilliant for a matte foundation with a medium but buildable coverage. There is a limited colour range (as with most drugstore bases) but the shade I got (ivory) does match me quite well. The colours are quite neutral and due to its blendable consistency it can adapt to the tone of your skin quite well.

I am quite pleased with the durability of this product. I have a ridiculously oily complexion and I still get a wear of about 8 hours out of this bad-boy (acceptable wear- not my face is as patchy as a dalmatian wear). That is  a pretty long lasting product on me. I did get a tad shiny towards the end of that time frame, but hey- that’s nothing a little powder cant fix. Not since I found Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous Foundation have I been as impressed with a drugstore find. It is no CHANEL Mat Lumiere or NARS Sheer Matte, But I do really like it for day to day wear.

Overall I would recommend- especially for girls like me who have a hard time finding a foundation to stay on our faces. Image

Till next time- Em x

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