Monthly Archives: April 2014

Evening Skincare Routine

C: so yesterday I posted about my morning routine (here) which is quite quick and simple as I would rather spend an extra 10 minutes asleep! So here are the products I use in the evening:

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So I start off by cleansing and removing all of my make up with Lush’s Ultrbland (for a full review click here). This stuff is amazing and perfect for any skin type. It removes all make up, is gentle enough to apply to the eye area and it won’t bring you out in spots. What more could you want from a make up remover/cleanser.

Then a couple of times a week I either use the Queen Helene Mint Julep face mask (reviewed here) or Soap & Glory’s Fab Pore mask which I shall be doing a review on very soon. These are both aimed at clearing your pores and masks are a great skin treatment to refresh and deep clean your skin.

Once I have thoroughly removed the mask I use Lush’s Tea Tree Toner. Perfect for anyone with spots/problem skin and this even removes any left over make up.

I then apply a face serum from Aldi (yes Aldi!) called the Multi Intense Serum – Aqua. This stuff gives an extra layer of moisture as well as makes my skin nice and glowy (in a good way).

Lastly I apply my Clinique moisturiser that I mentioned yesterday to make sure I don’t have any horrid dry patches in the morning ready for my make up! Layering up a serum and a moisturiser is brilliant, and works better than just re-applying the moisturiser several times!

So that’s it for my skincare routine! Simple but effective! Obviously some of these products change as I am testing/trying out new things but these are what currently work for me! Let us know what you think! #twolittleowlsblog

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Morning Skincare Routine

C: now I am in no way saying that I am a beauty expert, but one thing I do know quite a lot on is skin care. After years of struggling to find products that work for my skin I have tried so many different things (that both work and don’t!). I helped Annie sort out her skin care routine a while ago, so we thought it would be a nice idea to share my routine and products for anyone who is struggling to find a solution for them!

Please keep in mind that I have dry, sensitive skin that is prone too break outs and blocked pores. I think these products would be suitable for anyone with similar skin/problems and will make suggestions for other skin types where I can!

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So first up I like to wash my face whilst in the shower and I have been using the Simple Moisturising Facial Wash. This stuff never irritates my skin or causes me to break out in spots, it just gives a nice start to the morning – clean skin! I think this product would be suitable for any type of skin.

Next I use the No7 Beautiful Skin cleansing lotion to make sure all dirt is removed and my skin is thoroughly cleansed (Or the panda eyes from Benefits They’re Real is removed – impossible to get it all off I swear). Once again another product that can be used every day and doesn’t irritate. I am not sure whether this would be too much for someone with oily skin – I would suggest a cleansing lotion or Micellar Water cleanser may be more appropriate but my skin personally needs the moisture.

Every other day instead of the cleansing lotion I use Lush’s Let The Good Times Roll (which we reviewed in full here), which is an exfoliating cleanser. This is so gentle I can use it every other day, removing any dry skin patches and ensuring my foundation applies nicely. Would recommend for any skin type, and it multi tasks as an exfoliator for your body too!

A couple of times a week I use the Clinique Clarifying Lotion. This literally removes every speck of dirt/make up from your face. Even after a double cleanse this bad boy can find some more – genius. This is too strong for using on my skin regularly so I just used it every now and again to clear out my pores. I think this would be perfect for anyone whose skin is less sensitive and if you go to a Clinique counter they will match one to your skin type for you!

Last up is the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel. I use this every day and it is the only moisturiser I think I will ever use. Its amazing. For a full review please click here.

I hope you have found this post helpful, if you have any questions about these products or need some recommendations (or have some for me!) please do comment. I have be posting my night time routine tomorrow! #twolittleowlsblog

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No7 Make Up Brush Cleanser: Review

C: so previously I was quite lazy about cleaning my brushes until I read about the amount of bacteria (and the resulting spots!) that result from unhygienic brushes. When you don’t clean them regularly and properly they also get full of make up and don’t perform properly, meaning spots and less pretty make up application. What more of a reason do you need??

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So every week I clean my brushes in warm water mixed with a tiny bit of baby shampoo. Swirl your brushes in the mixture and then rinse in warm water until all make up is removed. Although this cleans your brushes well I have recently started using the No7 make up brush cleanser every 4 weeks. You just spray it on to a cotton pad/tissue and gently wipe your brushes along it until they come clean – super easy!

The first time I did this I literally could not believe how much make up was still in my brushes. I was cleaning them every week but one weeks worth?! Still horrendous. I would really recommend this as a thorough, deep clean to be used monthly. It is available here for only £8, and is suitable for any type of brush. All of my brushes are like brand new after using this on them and the bottle has lasted me for ages!

Have you guys tried any other make up brush cleansers? Let us know! #twolittleowlsblog

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Dry Shampoo: A Review/Comparison

C: so my friend Nadine asked us to do some reviews on the best dry shampoo which made both myself and Annie realise that we had only ever used Batiste and no other brands! So here are the selection we decided to compare:

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1. TRESemme Instant Refresh £5.25 for 200ml
A: This product is my favourite dry shampoo. The TRESemme smells really nice and leaves hardly any white residue, although my hair isn’t really dark the residue from dry shampoos still shows. It also volumises and sets you up an extra day so you don’t have to faff with washing so often when you’re feeling lazy!

C: Not my favourite because I didn’t like the smell even though Annie did! It left a little white residue when first sprayed but once you brushed it through you couldn’t see it at all. Would also agree that it also gives good volume and absorbs grease (ew) really well.

2. Phil Smith Wow Brunette £3.50 for 75ml
A: Although I haven’t got brown hair, I gave this a go to test it as I had never used a coloured shampoo before. It does what it says on the tin and also smells really fresh, but obviously for me it was a little dark.

C: This was my favourite. For me dry shampoo is a product you use when you are in a rush and have little time. The coloured aspect was perfect for me as you couldn’t see any product in my hair at all, saving me on valuable brushing/checking for white patches time. It also smelt nice and gave good volume. Perfect. Phil Smith also do a range for red/blonde hair so you can get the colour that is right for you.

3. Bastiste Floral Blush £2.99 for 200ml
A: As I mentioned before, Bastiste is my ‘go-to’ dry shampoo brand and I always thought it was fine to use – but now I’ve used it after trying these other products, it’s not fantastic. Although it smells lovely, that’s really the only thing it has to its advantage. It leaves so much white residue that I might as well go old-school and use talcum powder!! I won’t be buying this in the future.

C: Same as Annie, compared to other products this does seem to leave more white residue, but maybe I will be giving their products for coloured hair a try. I love the scent and their bottles of dry shampoo do seem to last a lot longer/bigger sizes are available.

4. Bastiste Cherry £2.99 for 200ml
A: Pretty much the same as the floral blush but with a cherry scent – again Bastiste always win on how good the products smell, but not much else!!

C: My favourite scent out of all the products, but obviously the same performance as the Floral Blush dry shampoo.

So Annie’s favourite was the Tresemme but mine was the Phil Smith dry shampoo. But what have we learnt?! Don’t just stick to the things you know, there may be better products out there you had never even tried! Amazing! Have you guys tried any of these or ended up just sticking with the most well known brand? #twolittleowlsblog

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Bargain Haul Day!

C: so I was in town yesterday with some free time… Which never ends well for my bank balance! But here is what I got:

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So first up… Hello Real Techniques brushes! When I saw these in TKMaxx for only £14.99 I just couldn’t resist. I have wanted to try these brushes in ages, and I was so excited that when I got home I took all my make up off just so I could put it back on again with these bad boys!

Next up I popped in to Superdrug to look for Cheryl’s nude lipstick for Loreal. Unfortunately all of them had been used, and I was sad so I had to buy something so I treated myself to this MUA blusher in a peachy/nude tone. For £1 it was a bargain as I have read so many good reviews about these.

Lastly I went to Lush to pick up some more of my Ultrabland cleanser as I have almost run out (for my full review click here) and also paid £1 for this Charity Pot sample. All the money goes to charity so I couldn’t say no could I?! Lush are lovely.

Hope you guys like my haul, what have you been treating yourselves too recently? #twolittleowlsblog

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Happy 100 post day!

C: so today I posted our 100th post!

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We are so proud of our blog, and we never thought it would do as well as it has! So we just wanted to say a massive thank you to all of our followers and supporters! You are the best! #twolittleowlsblog

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Make-Up Look: Every Day!

C: So I have always wanted to try and do a “whats on my face” post, as I love reading them on other peoples blogs but until now I haven’t dare! So I am going in… and apologies in advance for the horrendous pictures of my face. So today’s look… everyday make up.

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Dear me. I do apologise (for the face and my messy apartment), I really am rubbish at taking photos of myself, any tips?? I also then got bored and started doing cross eyed, super ugly ones and this was the only one half suitable. So this is my every day make up look, for going shopping to going to work. It is subtle, yet put together – in my opinion. So here is what I used:

 

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So for my base I use the No7 Beautiful Skin BB Cream which I apply with a foundation brush. I do not use primers/foundation on a daily basis because it just clogs my pores and I don’t like too much heavy coverage unless I am going out or to a special occasion. I then use a powder to set my foundation before using the ELF Eyebrow kit on my brows. I have barely any eye brows in real life so this is an essential for filling in the gaps and giving them some definition/shape.

I then using a black eye liner like this one from Korres underneath my eye and smudge out slightly before using a neutral eyeshadow all over my lid and a dark brown in the crease. This palette is so old I don’t even know what make it is, but I just love the matte colours for every day wear – as you can see! They have almost gone (cries). I then use the Korres eyeliner again on my top lid as this product is so pigmented it looks like liquid eyeliner but without all the effort and finish my eyes with plenty of mascara!

I then do my contouring – a tip from me is do this last, as then you can see where you really need the definition and you don’t end up orange/sparkly. Firstly I use Benefits Hoola bronzer in the hollows of my cheeks and to add some colour to my face. I then use my Mac highlighter at the top of my cheeks, down my nose and on my fore(five)head, and the Benefit High Beam under the arch of my eyebrow. Lastly I dust a little Mac blusher in Stay Pretty on my cheeks and add a swipe of Model Co’s Kitty lipstick – the perfect long lasting nude.

I hope you guys like this post, I would really appreciate some feedback on how I could improve it or whether you would like to see some similar posts (I shall make Annie do a similar one when she gets home from holiday)! #twolittleowlsblog

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The Seven Deadly Sins of Beauty Tag!

C: So we are a bit late on this one… but it looked like fun so had to give it a go!

1. GREED: What is your most inexpensive beauty item? What is your most expensive?

The cheapest item I own would have to be the MUA Lipstick in Shade 1 (a deep red) which was only £1. Most expensive would probably be my Dior Palette which I reviewed here which costs about £35 I think… it was so expensive I am scared to use it!

2. WRATH: What beauty products do you have a love/hate relationship with?

Primers. I love how they make my make up look but I hate how much they clog my pores! We will be doing a primer review soon so keep an eye out for that!

3. GLUTTONY: What are your most delicious beauty products?

I am a major sucker for anything that smells sweet or of vanilla. I absolutely love my Laura Mercier Ambre Vanille body butter or anything from Soap & Glory!

4. SLOTH: What beauty product do you neglect due to laziness?

I am terrible at being lazy with my beauty regime! I go through phases of being super motivated and then I kind of give up?! Until I buy a new treat that starts the whole cycle off again… but probably hair masks. I have a lot of hair so they really help keep it in condition, but usually this is due to a lack of time rather than laziness!

5. PRIDE: What beauty product gives you the most confidence?

Probably my liquid eye liner/mascara. I have really small eyes so I look ridiculous without these! Other than those essentials I would say a nice bold lip colour.

6. LUST: What attributes do you find most attractive in the opposite sex?

Confusing/seemingly unrelated question?! I would have to say a sense of humour. Which is so cliche, but I really do think its important. Life is stressful, you at least want someone to laugh about it with.

7. ENVY: What items would you most like to receive as a gift?

Ooh! I have just started my birthday wishlist! I would love: UD Naked1 Palette, Mac eyeshadow – Woodwinked, any/all Mac lipsticks, Real Techniques Make up brushes! (If anyone fancies buying presents/sending this to the boyfriend then feel free, he ignores hints!)

Hope you guys enjoyed that! Please do take part if you have time, as I would love to read all of your responses/answers! #twolittleowlsblog

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Review: Soap & Glory Heel Genius Foot Cream

C: So Annie is going on holiday today and has left me in charge of the blog for 2 weeks – lucky you lot! So to start us off I am reviewing Soap & Glory’s Heel Genius foot cream.

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Many of you may know that I am a massive Soap & Glory fan. I have not used any of their make up yet (I wish!) but I have tried and have massive stashes of most of their body care range. I received a full size (125ml) and a miniature tube of this for Christmas and at first I was quite dubious. I am not particularly fond of feet (even my own) and touching my feet to rub cream in seriously freaked me out (my feet aren’t that bad, honest) . Creams I have tried in the past have never worked but I started using this in January and it has lived on my bedside table ever since.

It is a lovely thick cream that sinks in quickly and is super moisturising. You don’t need much product, I use about a 10p sized blob (professional terminology) and the tube hasn’t run out yet so definitely worth the £5.50 price tag. After a few days my feet had turned soft with no dry patches – S&G say use it as often as you remember but I would say you need to be using it at least every other day for it to have an affect. I am now no longer scared of touching my own feet (ish) and they are ready for a pedicure and sandals if the sun ever comes out!

As a side note it also doesn’t smell too menthol-y. Why does everyone make foot products smell like mint, teeth and feet shouldn’t smell the same. Have any of you guys tried this? I would definitely recommend as an investment for the summer! #twolittleowlsblog

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Annie’s Holiday Wish List/Essentials: Part 2

A: this is a little late for a holiday wishlist, considering I’m going tomorrow – but Chloe and I have been trés busy with Birthday antics, so I’ve combined my wish list and essentials into one.

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1. I found this Nivea Protect and Bronze spray whilst I was supposed to be food shopping in Morrisons yesterday. It perfect for me because I’m so pale and pasty, but it promises to support skin’s natural tanning ability because it contains a natural plant extract which helps support skin’s own melanin production – clever! It was a bargain too, on offer for £5!

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2.  These are an essential for any nail varnish addict. I have already packed and excessive choice of nail varnishes for my trip – what better way to relax than by the poolside with a cocktail whilst painting your nails? These are from Superdrug and were £1.50.

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3. My hairdresser told me about this when I had my hair cut last week – it’s really hard to find colour enriching hair products for natural ginger/red hair. I still haven’t bought this, but I may have to dash to the hairdressers tonight because my hair tends to go really blond in the sun, and you always need a good conditioner whilst you’re abroad to stop the heat and chlorine damaging your hair. This Aveda Conditioner ‘enriches warm tones in dark and red shades of hair. Madder root helps purify scalp and hair; natural colours help add and intensify red hues’. It’s £20 for 250ml and you can buy it online here.

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4. I normally wear bare Minerals foundation, but this is what I will be using whilst I’m on holiday. Because bare Minerals is a powder, it can dry my skin out – and I won’t need any more drying out whilst I’m in 30+ degree heat so I’ve gone for this BB cream. I’ve never used a bb cream before but I’m hoping it’s going to work for me.  I can’t really wear normal foundation because it makes my freckles look really strange and as I had some Birchbox points to use, I thought I would order this to try it out. You can buy it here for £15.

What are your holiday essentials? #twolittleowls

 

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