My Top 3 affordable face masks for Dry Skin

Those of you that also follow me on social media, especially Instagram will know that I am obsessed with #SELFCARESUNDAY and sitting myself in a lovely bath with a good book and a face mask, all being supervised by Gladys, my cat.

As I have dry ageing (I’m in my 40’s, shhhhhhhh) skin with occasional eczema break outs I find that face masks are amazing for adding a boost of hydration to my skin. Obviously I follow and have followed a skincare routine for a few years now however I have noticed a big difference with my skin since I began my weekly mask routine.

As with all masks, there is usually extra serum in the packet and so I make sure not to waste this and once my mask is removed I rub this extra serum into my face, neck and décolleté area. Don’t waste a drop of this lovely serum as its great for all over your body not just your face!

I try many face masks and usually pick up a few new brands/bargains from TK Maxx however I have 3 face masks that I know work for my skin and leave me hydrated and glowing. As with all posts, this is not sponsored or paid and is my personal opinion only.

In reverse order:

3. Bioaqua seaweed extract Korean skincare mask (£1.59 eBay)

I bought these masks to test more affordable skincare options for following a Korean Skincare routine and they are absolutely gorgeous. As you can imagine, for the price and fact that they come from abroad and are also off eBay, I was absolutely amazed by the results. Not only is the packaging cute but they readily did add moisture to my skin and made my skin feel soft too.

2. Garnier Moisture Bomb fatigued skin lavender sheet mask (£2.99 Superdrug)

This mask is a new favourite and not only leaves my skin soft and hydrated but it also smells lovely and is one that I use when Ive not been sleeping properly. I don’t know if its psychological but I do seem to sleep a bit better when I am smelling with lovely serum on my skin at bedtime. This mask is infused with an intense de-tiring formula enriched with lavender essential oil and hyaluronic acid, which is a powerful hydrating active capable of retaining 1000x its weight in water. Once applied on the face, it diffuses it’s de-tiring and hydrating benefits onto the skin.

1. Garnier Moisture Bomb Sakura Hydrating Face Sheet Mask (£2.99 Superdrug)

This mask is my absolute favourite and as an extra boost on a Sunday I also use the Garnier Moisture Bomb moisturiser once the serum has soaked into my skin. I have found that no matter what condition my skin is in (and yes I get stressed and have hormonal breakouts too) this mask gives my skin an amazing boost of moisture and leaves it looking and feeling radiant. This mask is also amazing to aid in getting my eczema under control if I have a flair up. It has never irritated my sensitive skin and is my all time ‘go to’ mask for any occasion. (Ive also been known to use this mask on models skin before a shoot as this ensures that the skin is hydrated and so the products work and photograph beautifully).

These are my top 3 face masks however below are a list of all of the face masks that I currently use and adore.

If you are using or have used a face mask that I haven’t mentioned and you think I need to try it, please leave me the information in the comments as I am always happy to purchase a good face mask and to share the love.

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Claire xxx

My Holiday Skincare Holy Grail Products

So I’m off on holiday to get some winter sun and as well as wanting to look nice in the evenings I need to take special care of my skin whilst in a hot sunny climate. Not only do I have to worry about sun damage but also dehydration.

During the daytime by the pool or on the beach I obviously wear SPF with a high UVA protection too. My favourites are Nivea, Piz Buin or Amber Solair but there are many different brands out there and it really does depend which is on offer and the amount of UVA protection included in the product.

It’s actually UVA that ages your skin and so I always look on the back of the product to see that it has a minimum of 3, possibly 4 stars. The more stars the higher the protection.

As a woman in her 40’s (Shhhhhhhh) I also ensure when I get back to my room and have showered and cleansed my skin with my Halo Pad I then use Garner Micellar water (On holiday I use micellar infused with oil) as oil based cleansers are best at removing oil based products such as sun cream.

Once I am clean and fresh and de-greased from the sun cream I then usually use my serum, however I am currently loving the Primark Beauty serum in cream moisturiser which is a bit of a holiday cheat product. This product is a current holy grail moisturiser and is a must for tired and abused skin. Under this I use the Primark beauty every night eye mask and overnight lip mask, which both feel gorgous on my skin and boost the moisture content. Whilst they are settling in I then make sure that I cover my body in Vaseline Aloe Vera Body Moisturiser as you need to look after all of your skin not just your face !!!!

Even though I’m on holiday I always take face masks and will do at least 2 during a two week holiday to give my skin the extra boost that it needs. If I’m feeling brave a sat in a window seat on the plane, I usually apply a sheet mask on the plane too however on this holiday I left it too late checking in and am in an aisle seat surrounded by teenage boys and even my confidence failed me and my face mask stayed in my bag!

Whilst on holiday I always take two foundations, one my current colour and one the shade I know that I go on holidays and mix them whilst my tan is building up. I must confess that as my skin clears up in the sunshine and I have more of a tan I wear less and less foundation and more concealer just in the areas which need it (It doesn’t matter how much sleep I get on holiday I always have dark circles !)

I tint my lashes and tint and shape my brows during the day so again I don’t need to wear a lot of makeup in these areas however I do always need a bit of blush, highlight and eyeshadow in the evenings.

My Makeup Bag contains the following products for my holiday:

MUA 24K Facial Oil Base

Primer: Illamasqua Hydra Veil

Concealer: MAC Fix + 24hr Concealer in NW20

Foundation: Loreal Perfect Match in shades 2N and 3N

Powder: Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder in no 2 medium

Highlight & Contour: Tarte Cosmetics be afraid to dazzle contour and highlight Palette

Blush: MAC Peachykeen blusher

Eyeliner: Bobbi Brown Gel Liner in Chocolate Shimmer Ink or PIXI Soft smokey double ended liner

Eyeshadow Palette: Tarte Cosmetics Flawless On The Fly palette

Eyebrows: Urban Decay brow beater pencil with MAC Brow Set in clear.

Setting Spray: Urban Decay All Nighter or MAC Fix + in Coconut

Lips: Bobby Brown lipstick in Sandwash Pink and or MAC Lip Glass in ample pink

Most nights when my lips has worn off I just use Dr PawPaw ointment in Red for lips and cheeks to top up as it makes my lips feel lovely and soft whilst having a gorgous tint.

It seems a lot of products however during the course of the holiday I find that most evenings I wear very little makeup and generally just powder my face, use a smokey liner and mascara and blush / highlight.


Tips for travelling with Makeup Products

When I travel I always travel with my husband and apart from a mini deodorant I an lucky that I can use his airport liquids bag to pack my skincare into. I use my bag for my liquid and gel products.

All powder palettes are packed in my makeup bag in my hand luggage so that they don’t get knocked around as much as in my case and I also pack a flat cotton pad inside the palettes to hold the product firm and give them extra protection. Remember that your brushes are expensive too and so I am lucky enough to have a Ted Baker hard brush case (from Boots I think) and so I pack my brushed in there so that they don’t get damaged in transit.

If you have any other travel tips for your makeup and skincare, please let me know in the comments below and Ill update this post and link to you.

The main thing on my holiday is to look after my skin and wear as much or as little makeup as I want in the evenings. It’s up to me if I cant be bothered applying makeup every night (yes even I get bored of applying makeup) and luckily my husband doesn’t care if I go out with little to no makeup or a full face. The two things that I will say to use when wearing makeup in a hot climate is to use a great setting spray to keep your makeup on your face and this is where I recommend Urban Decay All Nighter Spray as it ensures that your makeup is budge proof even in the heat, and lastly to lightly set/powder under your eyes up to your lower lash line as this stops an concealer moving about and also aids in stopping your mascara melting onto your warm under eye area and giving you panda eyes!!!!

Have fun on your holiday and remember to look after your skin and have fun with your makeup.

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Claire xxx

Makeup Tips for Girls with Glasses

As a glasses wearer myself I’m so pleased that wearing glasses is now seen as the new trend rather than being geeky, and are now being worn in public by many celebrity fashion queens who are showing us that wearing glasses doesn’t mean that you need to shy away from wearing make-up. In fact, new glasses give you the perfect excuse to experiment with different beauty looks. Here are my fool proof tips to help make sure your eyes pop and your makeup looks beautiful.

Some of us are lucky enough to be able to see clearly to apply our makeup however if you are more ‘visually challenged’, since you can’t wear your glasses while you apply makeup on your eyes, use a magnifying mirror. You can purchase some amazing little mirrors from Amazon that stick onto your regular mirror.

Also, don’t apply makeup with a heavy hand. You can always add more, which is easier than taking it off and restarting.


Makeup Tips

Lashesmakeup for glasses

Use eyelash curlers to open up your eyes. This will also help stop long lashes from rubbing on your lenses. Also, switch to a long-wearing mascara that won’t smudge on your lenses.

Also, for daytime, keep lashes soft and floaty. Glasses can accentuate and magnify any clumps in your lashes and as always, if there is any sign of clumping make sure to comb and separate the lashes.


Eyebrows

Groom and shape your eyebrows. Your glasses frame your eyes, but your brows need to frame your glasses. After shaping them, fill in any gaps with eyebrow shadow or pencil, and finish with a clear mascara gel to keep them looking sleek. Don’t forget to pluck any scraggly hairs as they are magnified behind your lenses.


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Use a nude eyeliner on your lower lids. Some glasses can make eyes appear smaller. Using a nude eyeliner on your waterline will make your eyes look bigger and help them really pop!

Match your eyeliner to your specs. Adjusting liner thickness is important when you’re wearing glasses – if your frames are thicker, you’ll want to apply a thicker line to the upper lash line so that your eyes stand out. If your frames are thinner, a softer liner works great. It’s important to make sure that there is a balance between the definition of your frames and your eyes.


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Avoid applying eyeshadow beyond your glasses line. While you might like the idea of blending a strong colour up toward your brow line, this can clash with the lines created by your frames and end up looking messy. Instead, try blending a light or bronze shimmer up to your brow.

The colour of your eye shadow shouldn’t compete with the colour of your glasses. If you want to do the same colour as your frames on the eyelids, try a base hue that’s a shade lighter, and go a few shades darker for the crease colour. A shadow that is lighter and brighter than your frames will help eyes stand out. Always finish with eye liner and mascara.


makeup for glasses wearers 2Concealer & Highlighter

If like me, you love wearing dark rimmed glasses, remember that sometimes they can cast dark shadows under our eyes. This is a nightmare for people like me who also has natural dark circles. You can counteract this by blending a peach-toned concealer beneath the lower lids to correct the darkness and use a concealer such as YSL Touche Eclat to highlight the area.

For more information on banishing those dark circles you can visit my blog post.

Highlighter is a quick make-up fix to brighten eyes. Make your eyes look brighter, and more radiant by blending a light highlighter near the inner corner of your eyes.


Avoid Glasses Slipping Downmakeup for glasses 1

Blot away excess foundation to keep your makeup from coming off onto your frames.

This is especially important to do on the bridge of your nose and on your cheeks, since that’s where your glasses rest. Use a makeup sponge, like the Beauty Blender, dampen it slightly, and roll it over the bridge of your nose and along the tops of your cheeks to lift off any excess product. Don’t worry, it won’t remove what you just put on; it’ll simply leave you with a non-cakey, airbrushed look. Lastly, dust on setting powder, which will keep your glasses from sticking to your foundation and removing it when you do decide to take them off.


makeup for glasses - eyeliner 3Lips

Complement your bold frames with an equally bold lip. A great pair of statement frames and classic eye makeup will always look best.

Alternatively, keep your look prettySince thick frames can look quite masculine, add a feminine girly touch in contrast to dark glasses with pretty cheeks and lips in shades of pink.


Glasses are a fashion statement just like your clothes and makeup so have fun playing with each element and experiment to find the right look for you.

If you want to watch a great video by another glasses wearing makeup artist on how to create makeup for girls in specs, please click on the video below.

Makeup for Glasses - Lisa Eldgridge

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