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Annie’s Updated Evening Routine

A: We have both posted about and morning and evening routines before, but that was a while ago now and mine have changed massively so I thought I would let you know what my new routine is.

I have always struggled with blemishes and spots; and yes this is super annoying, but I do not suffer with dry, oily, greasy, patchy skin or dark circles so I am quite lucky in that respect. I have tried SO many products which are supposed to help with spots and blemishes but to be honest, it is a minefield. There are so many products out there that you begin to drown in them, and I had resigned myself to a life of bad skin. I’ve tried The Body Shop, Clinique, Liz Earle, Freederm, Clearsil, Boots own and any other brand I could find. Toners, cleansers, clearing solutions, pore refiners, clarifying lotions, foams, exfoliants, serums, gels… the list is endless. They all appear to start off really well but the end result is always the same. A vicious circle of bad skin, fixing the bad skin and waiting for spots to stop appearing, clear skin for one day and bad skin again. This circle has been going on for a over year now without a break and the stress of it doesn’t help either – I’m sure there’s so many out there that can sympathise and relate to my situation because it totally wears you down.

BUT… I don’t want to speak to soon and I REALLY hope I’m not jinxing it by saying this so putting it in brackets will make it not count – (I think I may have found a routine that works!!!).

The Products

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Ultrabland by Lush – £7.25 for 45g

“Based on an ancient Greek formula for cold cream, Ultrabland is beautifully simple and very effective. Made with almond oil, rose water, beeswax and honey, this cleanser removes all traces of dirt and makeup, without stripping away your skin’s natural defences. Smooth over the face, any dirt will cling to the cream and you can remove it with a warm damp cloth or cotton wool. “

A cult classic. For the last 6 weeks I’ve been using Lush’s Ultrabland. I started off by buying a small pot of 45g for £7.25 (see the full post here) but I actually didn’t like it at first. It left my skin feeling greasy the morning after I had used it, something which has never been a problem for me. But then Chloe told me off because apparently I need to remove it and then use a toner #badbeautyblogger. This was all I needed to make Ultrabland ‘work’ for me. Because of it’s natural ingredients, it causes zero irritation to my skin and leaves it feeling clean, soft and totally fresh. I honestly love this product so much because it is so amazingly simple!

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Rosewater & Chamomile Gentle Skin Toner by Natio – £6.80 from Birchbox

“Sometimes, considering our penchant for cosmetic experimentation, face wash alone just doesn’t cut it. This is where toner comes in. Natio – a plant-based, gender-neutral skincare range from Down Under – offers a Rosewater & Chamomile variety that gently removes excess oil and makeup while soothing and nourishing the skin.”

I actually panic bought this toner from Birchbox (needed to use my points and didn’t know what to buy but thought I could do with a toner/love rosewater!). This does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s so gently and calming to use, and the rosewater and chamomile smells so good. I can’t recommend this enough if you’re looking for something to soothe you skin and make you feel lovely.

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Lacura Intensive Serum Aqua – £3.49 from Aldi

“Skin appears more radiant and youthful.”

So yeah, my moisturiser is from Aldi… Chloe and I actually do most of our shopping at Aldi, and she mentioned she had bought this and said how good it was. So I thought I’d give it a go, but wasn’t expecting anything amazing. This is actually one of the best moisturisers I’ve come across. It’s light, clean and sinks into your skin almost immediately. For £3.49 you really can’t go wrong with it – although it does fly off the shelves now every one has realised how good it is, so if you manage to spot some you should definitely give it a go. And the fact that the blurb is so short on this really sums up the product – it is what it is (I actually did a whole post dedicated to this beauty, just click here to see it).

The Routine

Firstly, I use the Ultrabland all over my face and let it sink into my eye make-up (I wear A LOT of mascara), then gently remove with damp cotton pads. Once it’s all removed, I simply soak a cotton pad in the toner and then apply to my face in circular motions. I normally do this step twice (unless I’m feeling a little lazy). After this I moisturise. There is nothing else to it and this routine is so super simple that it’s not turned into a chore – we all know that dread of being ready for bed but knowing you have to take your make up off properly. It leaves my skin feeling and looking clean, soft and bright. If you have similar skin problems to me, I really do urge you to give this a go – even (especially!) if you’re feeling at a loss of how to solve them, like I was.

What are you skincare holy grails? #twolittleowlsblog

Halloween Leopard Make-Up Tutorial

A: This isn’t a tutorial as such but we have been far too excited about Halloween recently, and we couldn’t wait any longer to practice our make-up for Halloween so with a take away and both of our make-up stashes at the ready we went for it (on a Wednesday night whilst wearing our pj’s…!). We couldn’t not take photos to show you all, so we thought we would give you a run down of how we created the looks. Please bear in mind that we are in no way qualified as make-up artists. I only wore mascara up until a year ago so I’m still learning! Chloe’s Sugar Skull tutorial is here, and here’s my practice run…

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I know that a leopard isn’t particularly scary, but I cannot tell you how much fun I had doing this. So I don’t even care that it isn’t scary – I’m being a leopard for Halloween. And a ginger one at that.

Here’s how I achieved the look…

1. Base. Apply a bb cream all over. You can use foundation obviously, but I wanted to let my freckles show through because after all, a leopard can never change it’s spots. I used Mac’s Prep and Prime BB Cream, which is what I use everyday anyway.

2. Contour! I used my bare Minerals powder in Warmth – which is a perfect colour for this look. I contoured heavily around my cheek bones, forehead and chin with a large brush. I then used a smaller brush to contour down my nose and up into my brows. I have really fair eyebrows so I used this powder to bulk them out too.

3. Eyes. First I applied Bootycall from my Naked 2 palette all over my lid, and underneath my eye too. I then used a matte brown eye shadow (one which I received in my You Beauty box this month, click here to see it!), in my crease with Half Baked from my Naked 2 palette. I took this out further than I normally would because the eyes are one of the main parts of this look. I then blended this out and up to my brow. I also took the Half Baked, which is a lovely gold shimmer, underneath my waterline. After the eyeshadow, I applied the liquid liner. This took A LOT of patience. I always wear a winged liner, but never like this before. And like I already said, I am no Beauty professional. Obviously it will be a lot neater when I do it on the night, and I will also fill in my waterline with a black pencil to make it even more dramatic. Undecided on whether to wear false lashes or not though, so your opinions would be great!

4. Leopard Spots! These were the part which were the most fun. Again, on the night I will do more of these, but I just wanted to get a feel for doing them on the practice run. They are so super easy to do, and I think they look really effective. I used a liquid liner to draw some ‘c’, ‘u’ and ‘o’ shapes, and then used a damp brush in the gold eye shadow to apply to the centre of some of the spots. I also used this eye shadow to highlight down bridge of my nose and the groove above my top lip. If you can find a lovely shimmery gold, it looks really effective.

5. Nose and Whiskers. I used the same liquid liner to draw an outline of my nose on my erm…nose. I then filled it in and added little spots below and flicks for whiskers. I used the liner to fill in my top lip too. I think this looks super effective, but you could use a red lipstick too if you wanted a different look!

I had so much fun creating this make-up and I can’t wait to show you the whole finished look! What are your Halloween plans? #twolittleowlsblog

The Original Mint Julep Mask

A: So Chloe and I posted about this a couple of months ago (find it here) and I’ve decided to do an extra review because although I use this as a face mask once a week, I’ve discovered a new use for it which has made it even more impressive.

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I’ve had some serious hormonal break outs recently. Like so serious that the thought of leaving the house makes me want to hide under the duvet forever – and we all know how that feels, so I knew I absolutely had to share this product with you.
Chloe mentioned using this as a spot treatment, so I gave it a go by applying it directly on the spot at night in a thick layer, after the rest of my night time routine and then leave it until the morning. In the morning I wash my face with warm water and ta-dah! It’s like a small miracle has happened. My spots have calmed down so much and aren’t as angry, and once the mask is washed off, I’m always left with really smooth skin to apply my moisturiser and make-up. It is a little drying but that’s totally expected, I just take extra care with my applying moisturiser. This is a bargain – I can’t recommend it enough. It’s amazing to use as a weekly fave mask but as a spot treatment, it’s the best I’ve used. My
spots were beyond horrendous last Thursday but they are already seriously improved after using this every night since. Once I’ve got make-up on, the blemishes can’t be seen at all. This cost me just £2.68 from Amazon. Go buy some now!

Have you tried this face mask? Do you have any spot treatment recommendations? #twolittleowls

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Lush Skincare: Ultrabland Review

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C: So I bought these items a couple of weeks ago (mentioned in a haul post!) and now I have been using them for a while I thought I would let you know my thoughts/review. Both my boyfriend (L) and I have been using these and we both have very different skin – he has quite spot/blemish prone skin whereas I just have super sensitive skin and bucket sized pores, lucky us. So I shall let you know the effects it has had on each of us! I shall be reviewing each item separately so look out for the next Lush skincare posts!

Ultrabland Facial Cleanser – £6.95 for 45g. To use this you smooth a small amount over your skin (it says generous amount on the tub, but you really don’t need much) and then wipe off using cotton wool. The oils within the cleansing cream cling to any dirt or make up meaning you get a gentle but thorough cleanse (it even removed my Benefit, They’re Real Mascara if I rubbed it in well and left it to soak in!). Honey then “softens and conditions the skin, and has antiseptic properties; whilst rose water and rose absolute reduce redness and help to balance the skin”.

So what did we think?

I loved this! Firstly I couldn’t believe it removed my mascara – it usually takes me ages to get rid of it all! Yet whilst being a powerful make up remover it was gentle enough to not irritate my super sensitive skin whilst leaving it feeling amazingly clean and moisturized. L also liked this, it took me ages to persuade him to try it and he was glad he did. He was worried that being an oil based product (and “girly” apparently) that it would make his spotty skin worse but it actually did the opposite. Instead of stripping his skin with harsh chemicals it helped balance out his oily skin, reduce blemishes and keep his skin clean/moisturized.

I also got the smallest pot and did not think it would last very long, but with both of us using it we have almost half left after two weeks! Really good value for money at less than £7! So if you have problem/sensitive skin I would really recommend you try this, as sometimes although you think you have oily skin it is just our body reacting to the harsh chemicals that are put in many spot treatments. By using an oil based natural product your skin will then hopefully be getting the care and moisture needed for lovely skin!

Have you guys tried Ultrabland? Let us know what you think! #twolittleowlsblog

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A Lush Skincare Haul

C: I used to always buy Lush skincare products (and be a mystery shopper for them – so much fun!) but in my hurry to try new products and brands I haven’t used their skincare recently. I was inspired to do so last weekend whilst talking to my friend Beth who worked for Lush in one of their factories in Vancouver. She was telling me how natural the products are and which were her favourites to use, so I went out and got some today (I actually went to Lincoln to do some Uni work but got distracted by shopping instead – its happened to the best of us). So here’s what I got:

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1. Tea Tree Water – £3.95 for 100ml. Recommended by the very nice lady in the store for problem skin. I’m a little concerned that this might be too harsh for my sensitive skin, but as its all natural I’m hoping it will work for me!

2. Grease Lightning – £5.95 for 45g – I saw a review of this on whatshedoesnow ‘s blog and just had to get it.

3. Ultrabland – £6.95 for 45g – I always used to use this and it is the perfect cleanser for sensitive skin. It removes even waterproof make-up and makes your skin feel super duper clean!

I will be doing a proper review for all of these items once I have used them for long enough to see any effects they have had on my skin! Hope you have enjoyed the post, we haven’t done much on skincare previously so let us know if you would be interested! #twolittleowlsblog

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