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FOTD: Chanel Vitalumière Aqua & Winged Eyeliner

My skin is:  A. Very Oily (t-zone) B. Acne prone with scaring C. Sensitive ...not a great combination! 
Now the lighting in the before picture was very kind and my skin doesn't look too bad?!
Although I do suffer from mild acne and sometimes have outbursts of bad breakouts, I don't like heavy coverage or to feel caked in foundation and concealer to cover my imperfections instead I like to let my skin breathe and to achieve this I use Chanel Vitalumière Aqua. 

It has a thick consistency but does not feel heavy on the skin and it blends out easily. To apply I like to use my fingers and blend out using a patting motion instead of a swiping motion so I can pat on some extra foundation on my more problamic areas around my forehead and chin.  The lasting power on my oily skin isn't great on my oily areas and I need to blot a couple of time and around mid day I need to apply a little more foundation on my nose as it tends to separate and I can look a little 'patchy' but I love th…

Skincare Picks: Cleansers

In my 'foundations I regret buying' post I mentioned a really bad breakout that I experienced at the start of this year that only got worse after switching up my skincare and using Clinique anti-blemish solutions (please note that I am not saying that the Clinique products are terrible products, they simply didn't work for me, I know people that it worked wonders for). 
My skin is very oily on my t-zone especially on my nose but I have dry cheeks and the area around my lips, it is very sensitive and gets irritated very easily and I still suffer from mild breakouts. 
The breakouts I suffered from got so bad that my full face was in pain so I was prescribed medication to help clear my skin and I have since found products that work for me and don't cause further breakouts or irritation. 
I use the following products on rotation:
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish I use this most days morning & night because it is quick and easy to use; you apply this to a dry face and rub into…

Scent-sational: Tom Ford Santal Blush

The first time I heard about this perfume was while watching amodelrecomends perfume collection on youtube, I have purchased perfumes that Ruth has reviewed before and I have absolutely loved them, so when this perfume was mentioned I new I had to try it... then I noticed the cost!

I visited Harvey Nichols on a trip to Edinburgh last year and the first counter I spotted when walking through the doors was of course the Tom Ford counter, I walked over and spritzed a little onto the card and instantly fell in love but I couldn't justify the cost so instead I bought Agent Provocateur (another from Ruth's collection - but the summer edition). A year later on another trip, I bit the bullet, took the plunge and splurged out £135 for the 50ml. 
I received some sighs and shocked faces from family members but then I let them smell it and a few could then justify the cost. 
Now I am not great at describing scents so I have included what Harvey Nichols had to say on their website. All I c…

Small Haul: Jo Malone, Rimmel & L'Oréal

Today I went shopping with some family for my mum's birthday; I thought I would share what I bought...

Firstly I popped in to Jo Malone because I wanted to test the colognes that have recently been released but instead I purchased Wild Bluebell.

My next stop was Superdrug where I picked up some eyeliners from Rimmel and L'Oréal. I don't normally wear eyeliner at all unless its white and on my water line, but someone suggested I try brown so its not so harsh looking and speaking of harsh, I also bought a nude eyeliner as I've heard that it is supposed to look more natural than white. Also recently I have been wearing liquid liner winged out on my top lash line but the one I have been using is almost dried up because I haven't touched it since I bought it... last year! I thought I would give L'Oréal Super Liner Perfect Slim a try.
from left-right: (All Rimmel unless stated) Soft Kohl 011 Sable, Scandaleyes 012 Bronze, Scandaleyes 004 Taupe, Scandaleyes 005 Nude, L…

Products I regret buying: Foundation

Although these foundations don't work for me they may work wonders for others. 
Bourjois healthy mix  I wanted to adore this foundation as it has been raved about in the blogosphere but I just doesn't work for me. Now I have very pale skin but I do sometimes buy foundations that are a shade darker to accommodate my skin when I apply self tan but this was the lightest shade Bourjois have to offer and I found that it oxidised and turned a horrible dark pink tone. As for lasting power I'm not going to slate it for my skin getting oily really quickly because this is a hydrating foundation and I do have combination skin ...however, I have dry skin around my lips and this wore off relatively quickly leaving a white rim around my mouth that looked horrendous due to the oxidised foundation on the rest of my face. 
Clinique anti-blemish solutions At this start of this year I experienced a really bad break out that spread all the way down my neck and onto my chest so off I popped to Cli…

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Dior Haul... & other purchases

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I cant be helped or I don't want to be helped?!

So today I picked up more that I set out to buy but once I spotted the new Dior creme blushes I just had to...

I picked up two colours; Capri (light pink) & Panama (coral) 

I also picked up my favourite cleanser & setting powder;

T'raaa x

DUPE: Topshop All Over Glow Liquid Illuminator

Liquid illuminators are my favourite highlight because you can build them up to look dramatic when needed or wear them toned down for a more natural look.
For years I have used M.A.C strobe liquid and I love it but I have recently discovered Topshop's All Over Glow makeup and I can honestly say it's the same product in different packaging!
P.S I also add liquid highlighters to matte foundations to give them a little luminosity so they don't look so flat (works great with Estée Lauder Double Wear) 

FOTD: Pretty in pink

So today's face of the day was completed using the following products:
BASE: Laura Mercier silk crème foundation (cream ivory) & Collection Lasting Perfection concealer (fair 1). To set I used Rimmel Stay Matte (001 transparent) 
CHEEKS: Benefit Hoola Bronzer & M.A.C Dame blush
HIGHLIGHT: Topshop All Over Glow 
EYES: Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel (through socket) M.A.C Wedge eyeshadow (to blend) & Vanilla (on lid & brown bone) Maybelline Master Precise liquid eyeliner (lash line) M.A.C Fascinating eye kohl (water line) Maybelline the falsies volume express-black drama. 
LIPS: M.A.C Please Me & Russian Red (blended together)