Becoming a #skinfluencer for Dermalogica

Beauty

Today’s blog post is pretty exciting because I can say with all the excitement that I am a #skinfluencer for Dermalogica! This is a pretty big deal, quite possibly one of the biggest companies I’ve ever worked with and they sent me an amazing package of skincare goodies to try out!

I am just obsessed with the packaging, so simple yet so chic and tidy looking. I am so grateful so be adding another 5 products to my skincare/makeup routine over the next few months!

The pre cleanse is such a unique idea to include in a skincare line, a lot of people hair assume because you’ve washed your face once or wiped it with a face wipe it’s clean, but the reality is that it isn’t, in fact there is loads of make up still left on your skin. The pre cleanse is an oil which you massage into your skin and it melts away make up and impurities creating a clean base for cleanser.

The special cleansing gel contains mint and lavender to soothe the skin and other ingredients which foam away toxins and debris, basically creating a squeaky clean face ready for the rest of your skincare routine. I really like the fact that it’s not heavily scented and it that it doesn’t contain soap!

This has to be my favourite product of the bunch, the daily microfoliant. This is a powder made from rice extract which when added to wet hands creates a scrub which gently exfoliates your skin to make it brighter whilst calming it. And the best part is, you can use it every day!

The final skincare product is a daily moisturiser, this is a skin smoothing cream, designed to soothe, hydrate, restore suppleness and tone.

I was also sent one make up product, the skin perfecting primer, this is the only one I have yet to try. It smoothes fine lines, brightens and preps the skin ready for make up. From my initial impressions of trying a small bit on my hand, the smell is amazing, and it comes out skin coloured which reminds me of Porefessional by Benefit, however I can see a glow so I am going to try this out tomorrow because I am so intrigued!

Have you tried any Dermalogica? Let me know in the comments! Xx

Summer Lovin’ Makeup Routine

Beauty

This summer I have really tried to stay away from heavy make up, I recently wrote a post on why I’m ditching foundation, but the reality is, that I only ditch foundation when I’m 100% happy with how my skin is looking, as soon as I have an spot or three my foundation makes it way back into my makeup up. So here is my current go to make up look for summer…

In the summer especially I was really gooey natural looking skin, the primer I have found that is perfect for this is the Figs & Rouge Light Reflefting Brightening Primer & Illuminator. This is a very golden primer which makes your skin glow like a disco ball instantly. I like to follow that with my trusty Mac Studio Fix Foundation. I only apply a tiny amount and blend it over my face just to even out my skin tone, I don’t go on thick and heavy and cake it on, because I know that does not work for my skin nor does it look good! If I have a tan and my foundation doesn’t match, then I apply some darkening drops from The Body Shop.

For concealer I like to use Rimmel Wake Me Up, this is such a light weight concealer, I find this is the only one that doesn’t crease under my eyes.

Before I set my face with the Arkana I-Tech glow powder, I like to use a cream contour stick either from Tanya Burr Cosmetics or Illamasqua.

For powder bronzer I have been loving the Sephora bronzer in the shade Caledonia, I find this is the perfect shade for the summer when my skin is more tanned and warmer.

I have had the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette for over 2 years and I always forget to use because I keep it stored in my acrylic drawers so it doesn’t get ruined, but that’s meant I’ve forgotten about it loads! So I’ve decided to keep it out and try and use it as much as I can, I love the blush shade Luminous Flush and the highlight shade Iridescent Light. They both create a really glowy natural look which looks perfect for the summer.

The mascara I have been obsessed with is the L’Oréal Volume Million Lashes, this creates lots of length and volume and gives your lashes a natural curl.

On my brows I have been using the L’Oréal Brow Plumper, I recently decided to go a shade darker and use brown instead of blonde as I had it in my collection anyway and I love the way my brows look after using it!

I think most people will say Urban Decay Naked Heat is their chosen palette for the summer, it sure is mine! I am just obsessed with the warm shades!

And lastly a bright bold lip from Too Faced in the shade Melted Coral.

Thanks for reading xx

Summer Ready Bodycare

Beauty

Happy Summer!

Im sure were all at the point now where we just want a constant bit of sunshine in our lives and I’m getting pretty fed up with trying really hard to get a natural tan and then it fading from the lack of sun!

Today I am sharing my summer body care essentials which I am currently using to keep my body feeling good and sun kissed even in the cloudy British weather.

First up in the shower I have been loving the Nivea Love Sunshine shower gel, this was gifted to me as part of an ad I did for Nivea over on my Instagram, but I loved the smell of it so much I went and bought myself a back up and one for my mum. This really does smell just like summer and suncream and brings back so many memories from summer holidays. 

I have also been fake tanning quite a lot recently so I don’t look like an unhealthy ghost whilst I’m at work in shorts, so in order to get a nice even I have been loving using two scrubs. The first is a Zoella scrub which is really bitty and so exfoliating, I love the fact that this is really solid as it feels like it is getting rid of any dead skin and freshening my skin right up. And the second is a new scrub from What’s in it for me, this literally smells amazing! This one is the opposite of the Zoella one though, it is much more liquidy which makes it more of a wash than an actually scrub in my eyes.

When I get out the shower before I tan I like to add some moisturiser to dry bits like my knees and ankles so I don’t get any dodgy bits when the tan dries. The moisturiser I have been using lately is the Wondrous Whip by Zoella.

Finally for my body, the Rimmel Sun Shimmer Tan, this leaves instant colour but develops to a darker colour over a few hours. I do find that with this one I do need to shower the next day I order to get rid of the excess tan. I made the mistake of not shower the day after applying this and going to a trampoline park and my sweat was orange, luckily no one else noticed!

And finally in order to smell like summer I spritz myself in Summer Sun from Next which smells like summer in a bottle!

What are your go to summer bits?

Thanks for reading xx

My current skincare routine

Beauty

Hey, today I thought I would share my current skincare routine which I am using now it’s a little bit warmer and sunnier!

First off I have become obsessed with the skincare company called the Beauty Kitchen, they have so many lovely products and kindly sent me a selection of them! I have been loving the Radiance Cleansing Gel, this glides over your face and removes all the impurities and it smells heavenly! All of their products smell so good! Once I have massaged the gel in I like to use a Konjac sponge to remove the gel, this also acts as a exfoliant.

Next I like to use Lush Ocean Salt a couple of times a week to exfoliate and because I love the smell of it so I can’t resist using it!

My favourite mask at the moment is the 5 minute miracle mask from the Beauty Kitchen, this smells the same as the cleanser. This plumps your skin whilst detoxing your skin.

For around 2 months I have been using Glossier Solution, initially I really did feel like it was working, but now I’m not 100% convinced so I don’t think I would purchase another bottle when I run out. I still use it religiously every night but I haven’t noticed a huge improvement in my skin.

A couple of times a week I use to the Lactic Acid serum from The Ordinary, this acts as another exfoliant reliving dead skin and helping with spots. I only use this sparingly as Glossier Solution contains lactic acid and I don’t want to over do it win exfoliants!

After all the cleansing and exfoliating I like to use an oil to add loads of hydration, I have been using one which was sent to me by Evoluderm which contains sweet almond oil to help soften and soothe the skin.

And the final step is moisturiser with a hint of fake tan, I have just been sent the Isle of Paradise tanning drops which you add to your moisturiser to wake up with glowing skin. I love these as they are not to over powering, they make your skin look naturally sun-kissed over night.

What are you favourite skincare products at the minute?

Victoria xx

How I make my skincare travel friendly

Beauty

If your a skincare junkie just like me then your going to want to take as much of your normal skincare on holiday with you, so today I am sharing with you my go to travel skincare items…

When your going on holiday you obviously don’t want to pack your whole skincare routine, you want to be able to pick out the products which are going to work the best for you whilst your away. I tend to pick products which are multi purpose or specifically targeted, such as a spot treatment because I know I will get spots whilst I am away.  I also know that because I will be wearing for over 8 hours a day I want to take some products to hydrate my skin and detox it.

I have managed to fit my skincare routine for 4 nights in just one half of this toiletry bag which I am pretty proud off!

Cleansing your skin is most probably the most important part of the whole routine because you need perfectly clean skin in order to proceed. I like to make sure I have a little selection of different cleansers, I can use the wipes and Eve Lom cleanser to remove the excess of my makeup followed by the Sunday Riley and Korres cleansers to clean my skin. I also find that every other night I need to scrub my face just to try and stay on top of spots, so I have a tiny scrub from Suki to use.

Glossier Solution is very well known by now and it is my staple that I use every night, where as I used to take 2 toners with me I now only will be taking Solution. As it is a very large bottle I will be decanting it into a recycled bottle which makes it much more travel friendly.

Ofcourse, it wouldnt be a skincare routine without a mask or three, much like the cleansers I am taking one which have different purposes. The Arkana Snow Fungas mask is hydrating and has load of really great ingredients in to make your skin look good, so I will be using this after the flight on night 1. I know I will need a clay mask at somepoint to help clear my skin up and get rid of the build up of bad stuff so I have packed a little pot of the L’oreal Purifying mask. You can get this mask along with the detox and glow mask in a little set of three from Superdrug. And finally another hydrating mask to add some extra moisture after wearing make up all day.

After using solutionI like to make sure that I hydrate my skin a lot so that it doesn’t dry out, I will either use the Firming Fiji Oil from Monuskin on its own or apply The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid first. If I have managed to get myself some spots on the trip I will be applying the Balance Me Congested Skin Serum to help clear them up. Finally I use a night cream for sensitive skin from Nivea as I find this isn’t as harsh on my skin as some other ones after using all these lotions and potions.

What skincare do you take with you when you go on holiday?

Don’t forget to come and follow me on Instagram @toriiitoriii to see all my holiday snaps this week!

Victoria xx

My Winter Skincare Routine

Beauty

Today I am sharing my current skincare routine and the products I have been loving keeping me hydrated this winter.

Night Routine

To remove the excess of my make up I like to go in with a Cleanser first, the Soap & Glory Cleanser is really soft on your skin but also great at removing face and eye make up. I then go in with a second cleaner to clean my skin and make sure all my the make up and dirt from the day of gone. My favourite at the minute is the Milky Jelly Cleanser by Glossier, I find this so soft on my skin also.

After cleansing (and masking) my go to toners are The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid toner and the Garnier rose toner. I love the Hyaluronic toner because it is a really gentle exfoliator and is great for getting rid of spots. The Garnier Skin Active Rose toner contains Salicylic Acid which is also great to battle spots, but what I love most about this one is that it is soothing.

A couple of times a week I like to use a mask, I like to use a variety of masks which do different things so my skin doesn’t get to overwhelmed and start to react badly. For moisture I love the Sukin Moisture Clay mask, this is applied on damp skin and add hydration without drying your skin out. Another moisture mask is by Garnier, I love their Moisture Bomb tissue mask, especially when my skin needs a boost!

I have also been loving the Aloe Pore Strips from Primark, for £1 you get 4 strips, I don’t always feel that the cheap strips are as effective but these ones truly are!

For when my skin needs an extra glow and a good scrub I pick the L’Oréal Pure Clay Mask Glow, this feels so lovely on my skin and when you wash it off it feels so great!

And finally is the AHA Peeling Solution from The Ordinary, this one is probably the scariest. It looks like blood when you apply it to your skin, and it tingles, you really need to be careful how long you need it on fr because it is quite intense.

As for serums and treatments I like to switch these up daily so they are not to harsh on my skin. Once a week I will use the Lactic Acid and Alpha Lipoic Acid from The Ordinary, these are quite strong so I tend to use these spread out. These are great at removing dead skin cells and renewing your skin making it glow from below. The other serum I use other 5 days is Hyaluronic Acid as this add lots of hydration and plumps the skin.

And finally for moisturiser, my current go to eye cream is the Revita Lift by L’Oréal followed my the Hyaluronic Acid Overnight Gel Mask by The Creme Shop.

Morning routine

In the mornings I like to keep it much more simpler by only using the basic products but still getting good results. I use the Philosophy Cleanser which has tiny scrubby beads to get rid of dead skin cells. I find this really handy in the mornings because it can rid of any treatments from the night before.

I then use the Botanical All Bright Brightening Toner which helps tighten pores and brighten skin so this is perfect for day time when you are not going to be wearing any make up buy want glowy skin.

A serum I like to use in the mornings is from Generation Skincare and it is a vitamin c serum but also contains Hyaluronic Acid which is really good for hydrating skin. It also smells of oranges which is really nice!

Lastly I finish with the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel. These has really helped my skin and is the perfect base for make up.

What are you favourite skincare products for the winter months?

Victoria xx

November Favourites

Beauty

Happy DECEMBER!

Blogmas day 1 is here! I am going to publishing a blogpost daily between now and the big day, today’s blogpost is about everything I have been loving in November…

Essence Candle

First up is this huge candle by Essence, picked this up from B&M Bargains for only £3.99 which is super cheap for a candle that big, it really reminds me of the Bath and Body Works ones, which I can’t get a hold off! It actually smells really strong which you wouldn’t expect for a candle that cheap, it makes my room smell so autumnal!

What’s In It For Me?

This scrub has to make it into my favourites purely because of the smell, if you read my blogpost last month about it then you’ll will already know how much I love this!

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser

At first I was a little unsure about this Cleanser, but my skin has been so good recently and I think it could be down to this Cleanser! It just feels so refreshing and gentle on my skin yet it can remove all my make up! I like to do a double cleanse with it just to make sure all my make up is off. I will definitely be repurchasing another bottle of this!

Tanya Burr Cosmetics Nail Polish glitters & gold

This is such a beautiful golden glitter perfect for the festive season, I have been wearing it none stop over the past month on top of burgundy, nude and multiple other colours.

Bourjois Push Up Mascara

I have only just received this mascara in my Bourjois Influenster Box but I have been wearing it constantly! It makes my lashes so dark and Voluminous and makes my lash line really defined!

Glossier Haloscope in Quartz

This was another Glossier item I was a little unsure off when it first arrived but OMG I cannot go a day without it! I apply this on top of all my other make up and it literally makes up face so glowy! I am obsessed!

Glossier Boy Brow

This has been non stop on my eye brows, I initially tried it on its own and it looks great and really makes your brows look full but natural. But I also like applying it to set my brow pencil.

My Makeup Brush Set

I was lucky enough to be sent a whole set of oval make up brushes to test out. So far I have only used the foundation and concealer brush as I was a little unsure about using the others with powder products. The foundation brush is really soft and does a great job at apply foundation without making it look cakey.

Co Lab Dry Shampoo

I’m back to to my old favourite, Co Lab dry shampoo in the scent Tropical. I love these dry shampoos as they don’t leave white marks in your hair, I always used to forget that I had sprayed them in and walk out with grey hair, but that doesn’t happen with these ones!

Did you see any of your favourites here?

Victoria xx

What’s in my make up bag | week 1

Beauty

Starting this week I have decided to do a blogpost dedicated to my make up that I’ve worn the week before hand and share my thoughts on the products.

Base

My go to primer for many weeks has been from The Ordinary. I love The Ordinary products so I was intrigued to see how this Primer works compared to my other go to’s. As you can see I am nearly at the end of this tube, but have no fear, I have two more back ups! I love the way this Primer feels, it really reminds me of the Benefit Porefessional but way cheaper! 

I have not switched up my foundation in ages, and to be honest I don’t really want to! I’ve found a good primer and foundation and they work well for me, so why change? I use the shade NC15 in Mac Studio Fix Fluid during the winter months when I’m not tanned and it’s the perfect match! 

As for under eye concealer my go to the past week has been Rimmel Wake Me Up. This is really hydrating and brightening and I need waking up as we still have another week to go until October half term! 

Cream Contour has been my go to favourite thing to do, I just love adding extra colour and shoe back into my face. My go to the past week has been from Seventeen, you can see it’s well loved (I have a back up, don’t worry!). 

Powders

I always set my face using Rimmel Stay Matte but I never include that in my routines as it’s not very interesting. For my bronzer and blush I have been using the Steven Klein Palette from Nars. The bronzer is in the shade Laguna and the blush is in the shade Dolce Vita. These are really warm shades and perfect for fall. And for highlight I’ve been using Champagne Sorbet by Tanya Burr Cosmetics as it gives a really natural golden glow. 

Eyes & Brows

For mascara I have been using the one and only Loreal Paradise Exatic Mascara which is the best mascara I own! It is so easy to use and build up volume and length without going clumpy! 

And finally for my brows I really love using powders as I find them much easier to work with and they create a more natural look. My chosen one for last week was from the ELF Brow kit in the shade medium. I then set my brows with Loreal Brow Plumper, I’ve used a few brows over the past few weeks but this is the only one which actually keeps my brows groomed!

Come back next week for the second part of what’s I my make up bag! 

Victoria xx  

Autumnal eye shadow picks 

Beauty

Today is all the perfect autumnal eye shadows, a couple of these were new purchases this autumn but the majority are old ones. So here are my go to shades/palettes for the autumn months.

First up I have chosen four individual eye shadows, the two smaller ones are from Colourpop. These are in the shades LALA and Game Face, these two of my favourite all time shadows and tend to be my go to for traveling as their really small and easy to pack. 

The next two are from MUA Cosmetics in the shades Copper and Bronze, these are the cheapest eye shadows I own but they are still really good quality so you can even tell! 

The MUA Cosmetics Rusted Wonders palette is the perfect shimmer palette for autumn. The red has been my most worn shade so far, but these are all so pigmented and really easy to blend! Considering this was £3.50 I don’t think you can go wrong with it! 

The beautiful MAC Burgundy X 9 palette which is a couple of years old now, I havnt really got much wear out of this as it is very seasonal. That being said I will put it in my make up bag so I can remind myself to use it more! 

The top two are the Colourpop shadows (top Game Face bottom LALA). These two are my most worn pretty much all year but they are perfect for autumn, they are really long wearing I find it’s best to apply them with my finger so I get the most out the colour. 

The bottom two are by MUA Cosmetics (top bronze bottom copper). Out of these two I think I will be wearing Copper the most as it is as really rich warm coppery shade and incredibly pigmented considering how cheap these were!

The top four are from the MAC palette and the bottom four are from the MUA Cosmetics palette. Considering the huge difference in price I would say the quality of the shadows is near enough the same, although I think I will get more wear out of the MUA palette as they are perfect lid shades! 

What are your favourite shadows for autumn? 

Victoria xx 

What’s in my travel make up bag | 1 night in Geneva 

Beauty

In October half term I am heading to Geneva for 1 night to see the sites and explore, so I thought I would share with you what I’m planning on packing in my make up bag. 

For my base I am taking Benefit Porefessional Primer as I know this works amazingly well with the Mac Studio Fix foundation. These two together are really long lasting and still look exactly the same at the end of the day. Concealer wise I am taking the Bourjois Radiance Reveal because this gives great coverage and is also really brightening. Then too add some definition to my face I will be using the Tanya Burr Cosmetics Contour Stick in the shade dark as this gives a really natural contoured look. 

To bronze my face I will be using Hoola by Benefit follows by a Nip + Fab blush and the shade Champagne Sorbet from Tanya Burr Cosmetics to highlight. 

My absolute go to mascara at the minute is Loreal Paradise Exactic, it’s so quick and easy to use and build up volume and length that it makes it perfect to use when your short on time. For my eye shadow I wanted to create a really autumnal look so I’ve picked out an eye shadow from MUA Cosmetics in the shade Copper, this is a really pigmented copper shade and I will be using this over my lid. In my crease I will using the shade Soft Truffle from Tanya Burr Cosmetics palette Birthday Suit to build up the intensity. 

And finally for my brows I have chosen the brow kit from ElF, I have really been loving using powders so this one is perfect. And then to set my brows I will be using Loreal Brow Sculpt. 


And ofcourse no makeup bag is complete without lipstick, or many lipsticks! I may only be going away 2 days but I do like to have options! To keep my lips soft and hydrated I’m taking the Tanya Burr Cosmetics lip balm in Blackberry Coulis. As this has a tint aswell it’s really easy to just add on the go and not worry about the application. I then have packed two Mac lipsticks, the first shade is Amourous and the second is Russian Red. And the beautiful deep berry lipstick from Nars is in the shade Charlotte, this is the lipstick I plan on wearing the most! And then when I don’t want a dark or bright lip I have packed Tanya Burr Cosmetics Martha Moo liquid lipstick which is a nudey pink shade and is really long lansting. 

Full body pamper routine 

Beauty

Today I am sharing my favourite pamper products and what I like to do to treat myself. I tend to only do a full on pamper routine like this before a special occasion like a holiday so this doesn’t happen every week! 

Face

For my face I have just picked out 3 essentials, I do a pretty intense skincare routine daily and there will be a post on that shortly. But for now here are the products I’ve picked for anpamper rouitne. The Philosophy Microdelivery exfoliating face wash is such a pamper product in my eyes, it’s so soft and gentle and leaves my skin feeling great! 

Of course a pamper routine isn’t a really a pamper routine unless there is a face mask involved. I have picked the Soap and Glory De-Clog mask out of my collection as it is really fun to use and really does feel like it’s pulling all the dirt out of your skin! 

And then add loads of hydration back into my skin I like to do a hydrating sheet mask, my favourites are the Garnier masks as I know I can always rely on them! 

Body 

No pamper routine is complete without a shower (or a bath), I love using the Whats in it for me Body cleanser which was kindly gifted to me. This smells so fresh and invigorating and adds a pop of summer into my autumnal routine. It also contains so many good ingredients that keep your skin in tip top condition.

Next up, a body scrub! I have been wanting to try out a coffee scrub for the longest time so when this one from Bean Body arrived in the #lfbeautybox I was so happy! As of yet I have not used it, but I will Post a mini review over on my Instagram when I use it! @toriiitoriii

And to finish up treating my body I have been loving using the Zoella Beauty Body Pudding. What I love most about this moisturiser is the little little beads which pop and add even more goodness into your skin! 

Teeth 

Carbon Coco is the newest addition to my pamper routine as I was kindly gifted this! I still have yet to use it, but I’m sure it will be great as I’ve seen so many good reviews on it! Let me know if you want me to document my results! 


Hands & Hair 

For en extra little treat, especially in the colder months it’s good to take care of your hands as they are normally the body part which is out in the horrible weather. I have picked out the Skimono hand mask to use followed by Soap and Glory Hand Food to make my hands extra soft. 

And to finish, a hair oil from Forest & Shore! A hair oil has been a staple for me since the summer and so I use this one from Forest & Shore after every wash. It smells amazing and leaves my hair feeling so soft and managable! 

What products do you use for your pamper routine? 

Victoria xx 

What’s in the box? Look Fantastic Indulge Me Box 

Beauty

A new Look Fantastic Beauty Box arrived this week and this weeks theme of indulgence couldn’t be any more perfect for me! 

This months box is super sleek and beautiful with the hint of rose gold edges making it perfect for everyone that is obsessed with rose gold. I always find beauty boxes a little hot or miss, you can never really love everything they put in them, can you? Well, this month I think is pretty near perfect for me as it’s pamper products.

Box Contents

  • Bean Body Body Scrub
  • Model Co Concealer
  • Monu Skin Toning Facial Oil 
  • Skimono Hand Mask
  • Ciate Mascara 
  • Lancer Face Polish 

Highlights 

I am really intrigued to try out the coffee scrub from Bean Body, however I feel like it’s a bit of a waste using it in winter when I don’t really have any skin out. But we will see, maybe on a pamper night it will be a staple for me. 

The Lancer Face Polish will be coming with me on my next trip as it is the perfect size for hang luggage so I’m sure we’ll be seeing a bit of that soon! 

Also, the Monu Skin toning facial oil will be coming on my next trip as it’s the smallest oil I have so it will be great for squeezing in my little plastic bag for he air plane! 

Did you get a #lfbeautybox as well? What did you think to the products inside? 

Victoria xx