Thursday, 26 March 2015

Makeup Storage: Black Eyeliner Obsession!

Re-arranging my makeup is one of my favourite ways of chilling out, sad I know, but I find it really theraputic!  I recently decided that the way I was storing my eye pencils wasn't satisfying me enough (ha) and so I decided to have a little bit of a re-organise and it was only during that I really I have an unhealthy amount of my black pencil liners in my possession!
So I used to store them in old candle jars mixed in with other shades, but I decided it'd be much better if I stored them all in one drawer which is easily accessible and allows me to see them fully (rather than just the tips sticking out of a pot).

I've kept all of my coloured eye pencils in the pots, but now separated into lip pencils, bright pencils and darker pencils.  All of my blacks are now stored in a drawer of my clear acrylic Muji unit which I massively recommend to anyone who is looking for new ways to store their makeup.

I honestly don't know quite how I managed to collect so damn many black kohls but as I wear them daily it's not surprising.  I have a blog post to follow showing you my top 3 favourite black pencil liners EVER so stay tuned for that ;)

How do you store your pencil liners?


Tuesday, 24 March 2015

SKINCARE: My Favourite Facial Oils!

Facial Oils are something I've only recently started properly incorporating into my daily skincare regime and I honestly don't quite know how I managed without them!  A while ago now I forwarded skincare goddess Caroline Hirons some pictures of my bare skin (which were quite honestly horrendous) and she gave me some directions on products I should be using and oils were one of them.

I wanted to share the three I've been using in my regime with you guys as I adore and fully recommend all of them!

Sunday Riley Artemis Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil:
This is the newest addition to my regime (and the most expensive at £95 a bottle) but one I have been seeing great benefits with!  Artemis is aimed at confused combination skin (EXACTLY my face); oily, prone to blemishes, inflamed and dull, but this is anti-inflammatory which means it doesn't break me out at all, in fact, when I apply it before bed my skin looks glowing and plump the next morning!
The only downside to this product in my opinion (apart from the large price tag) is the smell.  It's supposed to smell like lemons (which I love) but to me and Andrew it isn't - he says it smells like men's urinals!

Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate:
I absolutely adore this bottle of goodness and it's the one I use the most often!  My skin somehow always looks a lot clearer the morning after using this.  It smells great and you only need the tiniest bit to really make a difference.

Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil:
For those who are after a more affordable version of Artemis then have a look into this.  It's for oily/combination skin and made from 100% plant extracts.

How I use facial oils:
Just to let you know, I use facial oils around 4 times a week before bed after taking my makeup off!  I pop a few drops on the palms of my hands, rub them together and then pat onto my face leaving me feeling really refreshed and hydrated before bed!

Do you use facial oils?  What's your favourite?



Sunday, 22 March 2015


H&M is one of my favourite stores on the highstreet - their clothes are affordable and there's always something I've got my eye on, so when they launched their Homeware range I knew it would be dangerous!

It took me a while to actually place an order on their website but I found some absolute gems which I wanted to show you today.

Firstly I picked up a glass vase (you can never have too many vases, right)?  I adore it as it reminds me of a science lab with it's shape & the text on the front.  Unfortunately it doesn't hold many flowers as the neck is so thin but I've been using it to dry out some beautiful roses & gypsophila.

I also picked up a little tea light holder in the same glass style with the scientific text on it.  When I was little instead of being a ballerina or a pop star, my dream was to be either a detective or a scientist making potions so these additions on my desk make my inner child very happy.
(FYI, now I'm older I've come to realise that one of my dream jobs would to be a cosmetics scientist, creating perfumes to be specific.  I can't imagine anything more incredible than being a perfumer and the 'nose' for fragrances).

I also picked up a printed marble mug and ceramic chopping board.  These were with the intention of holding makeup brushes & displaying jewellery/makeup rather than being used in the kitchen and i love them both!

As I said, I purchased these online, but I also visited the store in Westfield and want to say I really wasn't terribly impressed.  Apart from metal wire baskets I wanted, there wasn't anything that particularly stood out to me and Andrew was huffing and puffing at everything I picked up (shopping with boys, eh)!  Hopefully I'll have a better in store experience next time!

Have you ever picked up anything from H&M?  What's your fav highstreet home store?


Thursday, 19 March 2015

REVIEW: Nivea Daily Essentials Sensitive 3 in 1 Micellar Water!

Any product which halves my evening skincare regime but leaves my skin still feeling refreshed, clean and soft is a big hit in my books, which is why I wanted to introduce you to this product! Ladies & gents, I introduce my new skincare saviour, the Nivea Daily Essentials Sensitive 3 in 1 Micellar Cleansing Water.

Don't get me wrong, I love having a pamper night every now and then when I really over indulge in using as many skincare products my skin can handle, but let's face it, most of us are so busy we hardly have time!  When I come home from work, exhausted, my main priorities are food & bed which often makes removing makeup feel like a chore but since this bottle of magic has come into my life it's actually something I really look forward to!

I think this is the ultimate busy girl beauty product as it makes cleansing and removing so quick, easy and convinent.  I just soak a cotton pad with this and swipe over my skin which makes taking makeup off really easy.  You know I wear heavy eye makeup daily, and this also does a great job of leaving my eyes makeup free.  I also love this as you don't need to rinse it off, again cutting down on time leaving more time for bed in the evening!

This Micellar water is part of the Daily Essentials Sensitive range and also helps to reduce redness, tightness and dryness so if you do find you suffer with any of thost symptoms after cleansing then I highly recommend giving this a try!
NIVEA Sensitive 3in1 Micellar Cleansing Water. Put it to the test. #NIVEAMagicWater

Have you ever tried using a micellar water to remove your makeup?

Katie xx

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