Monday, 18 June 2018

HOW I ACHIEVE GLOWING SUMMER SKIN

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This post was made in collaboration with L'Occitane 

As the weather starts to warm up, I like to pay special attention to my skin to keep it looking glowy. Not only does the sun, tan the skin but it causes the pores to get clogged due to excessive sweating coupled with grime and dust, so I like to switch up my routine and opt for lighter products like serums and exfoliating cleansers.

The first step in achieving glowing summer skin is proper exfoliation. To exfoliate my face, I opt for products that contain glycolic acid as it helps to gently buff away dead skin cells. At the moment I am using the PIXI Glow Tonic which I absolutely adore and to exfoliate my body, I put a handful of body scrub onto a body brush and target areas of my body that are driest. 

Makeup wise, I like to opt for products that add luminosity to the skin. My favourite summer foundation is the Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation. As the name suggests, it makes the skin appear more luminous and provides a light, weightless coverage. Brightening concealers are also a must during the summer months, I recently bought the Maybelline Instant Anti Age Eraser Eye Concealer after hearing so many great reviews, its high coverage so is perfect for covering up dark circles and brightening the undereye. To finish off a glowy makeup look, I use a highlight to add that extra glow to the apples of my cheeks, the tip of my nose and the brow bone. If I want to look like a glazed doughnut theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer is my go-to. It's marketed as a bronzer but it works really well as a highlight for my deep skin tone as it contains small bits of coppery gold shimmer which pop when the sun reflects on the applied area. 

How do you achieve glowy summer skin?

Fran
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Monday, 11 June 2018

NEW DRUGSTORE LAUNCHES

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I went into Superdrug with the intention of replacing an empty Carmex and left with a whole basket of things that I didn't need but managed to justify as a blog expense. I am a complete sucker for new launches and I had to take advantage of Superdrug's 2 for £12 offer on selected Maybelline. I picked up the Maybelline Tattoo Gel Eyebrow Tint Peel and the Instant Anti Age Eraser Eye Concealer

Two words to describe the tattoo brow tint, life-changing! I have been using it for past two weeks and haven't needed to fill in my brows once. I don't want to give too much away as I have a full review which will include before and after pics coming up very soon.

Almost every drugstore makeup tutorial I watched over the years has featured the instant anti age concealer. Apparently,  this is "Britain's Favourite Concealer" and Maybelline have recently launched six new shades in the UK from deep to light and included more undertones.  I am yet to try it out but I have high expectations as I have read so many great reviews!

Have you picked up any new launches from the drugstore?

Fran
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Monday, 4 June 2018

A LETTER TO MY FUTURE SELF

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DO NOT OPEN UNTIL MONDAY 29TH MAY 2023

Dear Fran, 

As I am writing this, it is Tuesday 29th May 2018. You are 18 years old and next week, you will be sitting 3 of 4 A-level exams, you should be revising right now but you have taken a break to write this letter. 

Three words to describe 18-year-old Fran according to Emma: bubbly, intelligent and charismatic. I hope 5 years from now when you are reading this, you are still all of those things and have developed into a well-rounded 23-year-old. 

In a matter of months, you will be moving out and starting your first of 4 years at university. Did you finish uni and graduate? If you did, congratulations! If you didn't, I hope you are doing something you enjoy and that makes you happy. 

Do you have a boyfriend? I am hoping that 5 years from now you have found someone like-minded and funny but if not, you are still young and have plenty of time to meet someone, have kids and all that jazz, there's no pressure!

Most importantly, are you still blogging? Right now, you have been blogging for 4 years and if you have kept it up, that's 9 years. 9 years since you created your little slice of the internet. You have contemplated creating a vlog channel, did you ever do it or are you still anxious about the whole idea? Bite the bullet, there's nothing to lose! 

Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, I hope you are living a happy, fulfilling life and that you are surrounded by people who uplift you.

Fran
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