What's On My Face - Everyday Makeup

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As Spring has finally arrived (and Summer it hopefully on its way), I thought I'd do a little post with what makeup I'm using currently on a daily basis. To be honest, there isn't much change in my daily makeup between seasons, but I am starting to experiment with colour (although it still has to be work appropriate). I also skip eyeliner on most days and find that a little mascara just makes my face appear more awake.

And this is what I'm using at the moment:

I try to rotate my blushers around so that I make use of all of them, but these are the three are I reach for the most. They aren't really Spring or Summer colours, but when applied with a very light hand, they add a lovely flush of colour to my face.

Illamasqua Cream Blusher (Betray)
Mascara and lip products tend to be whatever comes to hand first. I only a apply a light coat of mascara, otherwise my lashes would be brushing up against my glasses (current favourite is a sample of Guerlain Cils D'Enfer Maxi Lash). My bag contains a few lip products, and always a Lanolips tube so I can apply when I'm out and about =)

Do you keep your makeup the same everyday? Or are you always trying something different?


You Beauty Discovery Box - May

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This month's YBD member's box is in celebration of the CEW(UK) 2014 Beauty Awards. The CEW (UK) Beauty Awards are basically the 'Oscars of the Beauty Industry', which means that the product shortlist for this months box was bound to be amazing. This is what I got in the May box =)

I'm not particularly sure why I chose the GlamGlow YouthMud mask again for this month, but I know that this is a product that has visible results, even though the extreme tingling is little too much for my skin. I also got the GlamGlow SuperMud mask, which I'm looking forward to trying during the half term break. It's a clearing treatment which is supposed to treat breakouts alongside reducing pore size and targeting common skin concerns. It's great because you don't have to apply it as a full mask, just apply to the area's that need a little extra attention.

Alongside my two chosen products, there was an individual packet of Lizi's Granola, and sample sachet's of Caudalie's Divine Legs and Charles Worthington Moisture Seal Leave-in Conditioner. I've tried Lizi's Granola in a previous YBD box, and I love having the smaller packet to take to work to eat with Greek yoghurt. The Caudalie Divine Legs is a product I've heard of numerous times and it's basically a tinted body moisturiser designed to give a tanned look, which is easy to apply and washes of at the end of the day.

What did you get in your YBD box this month?


April Empties

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I haven't done an empties post in a while, but I have accumulated a number of empty containers/tubes/tubs etc. over the past few weeks. And here is my (belated) April emptied post =)

Products that I have/will repurchase:
EOS Lip Sphere-This lip balm is the ultimate lip balm. Yes, the packaging is big (although it is cute), this product stays on my desk at home and I always reach for it when my lips need a little moisture.
Bioderma Ultra-Soothing cream-This seems to be the only product that works on my eczema. I'll be repurchasing this soon as my eczema has calmed down, so I don't need to apply the cream as often. (I've decanted what I could get out from the tube into a little pot, which is why I've cut the top off).
Guerlien La Petite Robe Noire EDT-I love this scent, and I'm so glad that I got two of them in the Boots Christmas Sales. I'm not really a perfume wearer (more body sprays and mists) but this fragrance is definitely one that will repurchase.
&OtherStories Rose Revival body scrub-These body scrubs aren't very expensive (£7) but they smell amazing and have enough texture to actually exfoliate and be called a scrub. I've already got another scent waiting to be opened. If you ever get the chance, pop down to an &OtherStories store to test out the body scrubs (and their other bath and body products).
Products that I won't miss:
L'oreal Skin Perfection Micellar Solution-I bought this when it was on offer, so it somehow worked out better value for money than the other micellar waters available. It's a pretty good cleanser (I use it with the Kleenex cotton face cloths-a bargain find in 99p stores!) but the design of the bottle and the way it pours out means that a lot of product is being wasted. I'll be taking a look at the Garnier micellar water instead.
CND Solar Oil-I got this in the first BBB beauty edit box, and unfortunately it hasn't wowed me in any way. I like the packaging as the brush makes it easy to apply the oil to the nails and cuticles, and it smells nice, but it just didn't do anything for me. I'm sticking to my L'Occitane shea butter hand creams!


The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter [review]

Before I finish this product, I thought I'd do a review (and take pictures), unlike my review on the RMK Cleansing Balm. I've been using the Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter constantly, ever since I got it in the March YBD box.

It is solid in the tin, but starts to melt once you apply it over your face. I use the cleansing butter to remove my makeup at the end of the day, and it definitely does a great job of it. You only need a small amount of the butter to massage over the skin and then I use the muslin cloth (first dipped into warm water) to remove. The Camomile Cleansing Butter removes all the stubborn makeup (even waterproof mascara) and the muslin cloth wipes it all away. Obviously you would need more than one muslin cloth if you were to use it daily, which is where my little stockpile of Liz Earle ones come in handy.

I'll definitely be repurchasing this cleansing balm when I finish it, as it's really easy to use on a daily basis and is suitable for sensitive skin and for use around the eye area. Also, it's a lot easier to get hold of than the RMK Cleansing balm and not to mention, much cheaper!


Urban Decay Purchases

A few weeks ago, I was window shopping (online) and found the Urban Decay Shattered Face Case on sale at Debenhams. It was in my November wishlist, and so I added it to my basket alongside the Triple Threat Pencil Set (you can never have too many eyeliners!).

The face case is just the right size for me to pack in my suitcase this Summer, which means I don't have to take any extra makeup other than foundation. It contains 5 eyeshadows, 2 blushers and a highlighter, as well as a Super Saturated lip gloss pencil and travel size 24/7 eyeliner pencil in Zero.
I seem to have a collection of travel size UD 24/7 eyeliner pencils and this trio of smokey shades just adds to it. They're all colours that I would wear regularly, and I know I'll get a lot of use from them.

Swatches of the pencils: Smoke (grey), Perversion (blackest black) and Sabbath (navy blue).


You Beauty Discovery Box - April

After an issue with delivery, I finally received my YBD April box yesterday. For this month. I chose the Steamcream Naturally Effective moisturiser and the Clayspray Glow Red Clay masque. Both products are full size, with the Clayspray masque retailing at £13.50 for 30ml, and the Steamcream at £12.95 for 75g. Considering the cost of the YBD box is only £6.95, the retail value of the products inside is at least 4x the price!

I'm looking forward to trying the Steamcream as a daily moisturiser (I'm currently on the hunt for a light one for the Summer), and the Clayspray is another addition to my face mask collection, which I'll definitely be trying out on my next pamper session. The extra's include a fruity 9bar, which I've never tried before, and a sample of the antioxidant face cream by The Organic Pharmacy.

What do you think of this box? Have you subscribed to any beauty boxes?