Silicone Sponge VS. Beauty Blender

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Hi everyone and welcome back to my blog! Once again, I’m a little late to this craze. When I spotted a two pack of silicone sponges in Primark for just £2, I was slightly hesitant, but thought I may as well test it out and I wanted to share my experience with you guys!

There are defiantly pros and cons on both sides, so I can see why people may love or hate it. It doesn’t have the almost immediate blended look of a beauty blender and I think this may put people off using it initially, but eventually it does blend out. There is also a different technique to it that, for me, would take some getting used too. As you can imagine, the silicone sponge is super easy to clean! The foundation that I was using literally glides straight off it which means that it probably wouldn’t need to be replaced as regularly as a beauty blender.

The best feature of the silicone sponge is that it doesn’t soak up any of the make-up that you’re using. I was really surprised at how little product I actually needed compared to how much I would normally use. I would definitely recommend the silicone sponge if you’re using an expensive or designer foundation because it would make it last at least twice as long! However, I would say that the silicone sponge is more of a money saver than a beauty blender. Although, the sponge itself is much cheaper compared to a two pack of Real Techniques beauty blenders (£9.99), overall it looked more caked on than blended which was surprising because I used much less make-up. Also, without the pointed tip and flat edge it was really difficult to cover my blemishes and apply foundation on the hard to reach creases of my face, like around my nose and eyes.

In theory, the silicone sponge is a great idea, but in practice I think it needs to go back to the drawing board for some perfecting before I’d be prepared to throw out my beauty blenders!

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NYX Lip Lingerie – Over or Underrated?

Hi everyone and welcome back to my blog! I was a little late in first trying out the NYX 800897848330_liplingerie_pushup_alt1Lip Lingerie product, but at just £7, I decided to test it out in the shade “Push-Up”. I immediately fell in love with the pink nude colour with a slight brown undertone. I usually combine this product with a Mac Lip Pencil in shade “Boldly bare” which has similar red/brown tones and matches perfectly!

The consistency of the product is really smooth and easy to apply and I love the completely matte finish that doesn’t crack. My only criticism would be that the product becomes really dry a few moments after application and I usually feel the need to apply a small amount of clear lip balm or Vaseline on top to prevent my lips from feeling dehydrated. However, this product is the most long lasting lipstick that I’ve ever used and it stays perfectly intact all day/night. In addition to this, NYX’s range of gorgeous nude shades and the matte finish is perfect for me.

Overall, I think that NYX Lip Lingerie is a great product, but I think the formula still needs perfecting, so it feels more weightless than dry. I’m not sure if I would recommend it, but at such an affordable price, I think it’s worth testing it out for yourself. I love matte nude lipsticks, so this is definitely one of my go-to lip products at the moment!

Do you own a Lingerie Lipstick? What do you think?

Lottie x

 

How to Face up to Your Acne

Hi everyone and welcome back to my blog! I think one thing that we can all agree on is… growing up with acne sucks! At the grand age of 18 years old, my skin has finally started to clear up its act and I wanted to share some of the products I use, my daily skin care routine and most importantly, some top tips on how to deal with acne.

I understand that blemishes can make you feel really self-conscious and want to cover them up, but wearing little or no makeup can really help to improve your skin! Top tip: if I’m wearing makeup during the day, I will always make sure that I wash it off as soon as I get home, rather than waiting until I go to bed.

For the best full coverage results, you need to find yourself a fab primer to create a smooth base to build your foundation on. My go to primer is the Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser which gives your skin that lightweight, airbrushed feeling. I’m defiantly a drugstore makeup girl, but when it comes to my skin, I think it’s only some of the pricier products that provide long-lasting and full coverage. I avoid using MAC products or any brands that animal test as much as possible, but when it comes to getting that flawless finish, I’ve found that the Pro Longwear Foundation set with the Studio Fix Powder provides an amazing full coverage that will last all day!

I carry out my skin care routine twice a day, when I wake up and when I go to bed. I start by using the Clean & Clear Deep Cleansing Lotion which removes everyday build ups of dirt etc. from your pores. It’s such a refreshing product to use first thing in the morning, really wakes you up! Next, I use a Tea Tree Exfoliating Scrub and finally, I use the Sanctuary Spa Moisture Spray, which is an amazingly light, hydrating spray. Occasionally, I will apply Bio-Oil onto my acne scars and leave it to absorb overnight which can really improve their appearance long-term. However, I would not recommend this product to anyone that suffers from oily skin.

The most important thing to remember is that you are not alone, 80% of people aged 11 to 30 are affected by acne. You are far more aware of your imperfections than other people ever would be. I mean… how often do you find yourself noticing other people’s flaws? Never, because you are far too concerned with your own! There are lots of things that you can do, besides using skin care products, to improve your complexion, like drinking lots of water and eating lots of fruit and vegetables. If you have tried everything and nothing is working for you, then don’t stress it! Acne won’t last forever and you should never ever let it get in the way of your confidence.

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