Three Product Makeup Routine - Foundation, Brows and Blush.

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I really should be prepping for the start of my second school placement but here I am blogging instead =)

Today's blog post is basically about how I've cut my everyday makeup routine down to three products. My aim is to (eventually) be comfortable not wearing any makeup on a daily basis but until then, these three products will suffice. With early starts and not much time to take a break during the day, I've reduced the number of products that I apply before going to uni/placement. These are the products that are essential for me.

- I'm a big mineral foundation lover, so my Bare Minerals Original Powder foundation is the first to be applied. I only buff a little onto my face, enough to even out my skin without looking heavy and cakey.
- The next step is probably the one that takes the longest and it's my brows. Thanks to a bad habit (pulling out my eyebrow hairs at random), my brows are quite sparse and need a little shaping and colour to make them slightly bolder and more 'brow-like'. I either use the Illamasqua Brow Powder (Gaze) or the Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade (Dark Brown). Honestly, it just depends on how much time I have on that particular morning, as the pomade takes a bit longer to apply for a stronger brow, whereas the powder gives a softer look and doesn't take as long.
- The final step is to add a bit of colour on my face with blusher. At the moment, I'm loving the Bourjois Little Round Pot (16 Rose Coup De Foudre), which is a soft pink with subtle golden shimmer. Seeing as I do rub my eyes quite a bit during the day, I avoid eyeliner and mascara, and only apply a lipbalm to keep my lips moisturised.

I'm actually quite happy that my everyday face only needs three products. I do like wearing make-up, but for university and school placements, the bare minimum is perfectly acceptable (as long as I don't look like I've been up all night/only just woken up/any other reason here). And that means that I can have a few extra minutes in bed. Now if only I could minimise the amount of useless stuff I carry in my bag!


You Beauty Discovery Box - January (New Year, New You)

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This month I re-subbed to You Beauty Discovery boxes. It's the one beauty box that I subscribe to and is a little treat that comes every month (which I think is definitely needed) plus it doesn't break the bank at only £6.95. January's box is based around the 'New Year, New You' concept, and the selection of products are to help banish the January Blues.

I chose the MeruMaya Melting Cleansing Balm and Overnight Recharge Night Cream Duo and the AFYNA Detoxifying Body Scrub. The extra's this month included three Dragonfly Tea organic teabags, a sachet of Dove Hair BB Cream and a £25 voucher for Hello Fresh. I'm looking forward to trying the cleansing balm as I've read a few positive reviews, and hopefully it'll be a good addition to my skincare routine (although I'm not sure if it will substitute my Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish). I'm a big fan of body scrubs, but I'm just too lazy to make my own, so I know that I'll be using the AFYNA one soon. Not particularly sold on the whole 'BB cream for hair' from Dove, but the description suggests it's a bit like a leave-in conditioner, which I haven't used in the past.

Have you subscribed to YBD? What did you think of this month's selection?


Review: Trilogy Organic Rosehip Oil

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A super belated happy new year! I can't believe we're already mid-way through January!

I got my first bottle of the Trilogy Organic Rosehip Oil some time ago in the first BBB Beauty Edit Box, and have repurchased a few times since then. Every year, during the winter, my cheeks become really dry and flaky, which I've tried to combat with a number of different products. For the past two winters, I put Trilogy Rosehip Oil to the test and try it out to see if it would at least reduce the dryness from my cheeks. The oil itself is not too greasy and you only need 3-4 drops (using the pipette) to cover the entire face.

I've been using it twice a day (once in the morning and again before bed) since the beginning of November, testing it over time to see if it's made a difference. And has it?

I'd definitely say it has! It hasn't eradicated the dryness completely, but my skin is not flaking and it's a lot smoother and softer. I expected my skin to become a little dry because there are other factors like the crazy cold weather and as a result, central heating being turned on, which does affect how my skin behaves. I'm happy to say though, that the longer I've been using it, I've needed to use less and less and now I only apply it to problem areas (under the eyes and tops of cheeks). This has definitely changed my skincare routine and is one product I will repurchase again. I only use this during the winter months, as I found that my skin isn't as dry and flaky once the weather warms up.

Have you tried Rosehip Oil? Do you have any tips on keeping dry skin at bay once the weather gets colder?