22 | female | uk

Wednesday, 19 September 2012


Ocean Salt Facial Scrub / Lush
Caca Rouge Henna Hair Dye / Lush
Lipstick in 'Mexican Wave' / Louise Gray @ Topshop
Flowers by Claude Monet

Treated myself a while back to a little beauty haul. It's so good to have a revamp and a make over for the new season! I'm absolutely in love with this lipstick, it's a gorgeous fiery colour in between orange and red, like powdered red currant and saffron. It's very enticing and lasts literally all day without wearing off... Definitely worth the £10 price tag. I can't wait for my summer tan to completely fade, pale skin and shocking bright lips look so good.
To be honest I think I'm almost back to my natural skin tone, thankfully. However, this in itself is another hillock to climb over because without a slight tan it's so hard to find an affordable foundation pale enough to match my skin; they're usually far too orange or just far too expensive. But! For all you snow lilies out there, I would recommend L'Oreal True Match foundation in 'N1 Ivory'. I discovered it the other day, it was the palest foundation under £20 that I could find in Boots and it's really good quality for £9.99. If I had the money I'd shop at Benefit or MAC always, they seem to cater for every skin tone and their products are divine, but hey ho.

Ok this is probably getting very boring but fuck it, there's more so you'll have to bear with me. Being so pale I'm also prone to looking quite blotchy and tired without make up, maybe because any blemishes whatsoever beam out extra brightly from such a white-washed blank canvas?! My skin is also an awkward oily/dry combination and I get horrible blocked pores all over my nose, urgh. Anyway, this is where the Lush Ocean Salt Facial Scrub comes in, and oh my god, I've never had such a good exfoliater, EVER. It's so good I can't praise it highly enough.
First of all it smells delicious, all infused with citrus and freshness and gorgeousness. It's packed with lime and grapefruit, which are natural antiseptics and great for toning the skin. They're also fantastic at drawing out excess oils and impurities from the skin, due to the acidity levels of the fruit. As the name suggests, the scrubbing is done by heaps of sea salt, which is also antiseptic, and absolutely fucking fantastic at it's job. As well as that, you've got avocado butter, coconut oil and seaweed in there too, which nourish, replenish and moisturise the skin. So you come out feeling scrubbed, buffed, purified, soothed and softened! My skin has never been so good. I sound like I work at Lush for god's sake. I just love knowing what goes into these kinds of products, the brilliance of natural and fresh ingredients is incomparable to anything else. So, thought of the day: go natural! It really works and it makes you feel lovely.

In Lush I also went away with a sample of Henna hair dye. It wasn't enough for my whole head, but I did the bottom 3 inches or so, and it went a beautiful reddish brown, sort of coppery and chestnutty. However, I then got my hair cut, so most of it got chopped off! There's maybe a couple of centimeters left, which I quite like actually.

That's it for now. Oh, apart from those gorgeous flowers by Monet. I found a huge book of his work for £2 in Amnesty International! So that's another thought for today: go to second hand bookshops.

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