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Product Review: MAC Prep + Prime Lip Base and Clarins Exfoliating Cleanser

I have used both the MAC Prep + Prime Lip Base and Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser with Orange Extract for some time now, and I think they are worth writing about.

 

 

MAC Prep + Prime Lip Base

I apply this MAC Prep + Prime Lip Base first before applying my lipstick. I have used it for years now, and I think it is one of the best lip primers at the moment.

Here is the product description –

A colour-free lipstick base that adds light moisture, smoothes and refines the lips. Improves the appearance of the applied lip products.

 

 

PROS

  1. My lips tend to get really dry, this moisturises my lips perfectly!
  2. My lipstick stays on all day without needing a top up, and without cracks, thanks to this fab lip base.
  3. It can be used alone as a lip balm.
  4. It has a lovely texture and smells good too.
  5. A little is all that is needed.
  6. I like the compact size, so easy to pop in a small bag.
  7. It is available to buy at many beauty shops for £14.

 

CONS

None.

I can’t fault this product at all. I recommended to anyone dealing with dry lips, or struggling to apply matte lipsticks. This MAC Prep + Prime Lip Base is all you need.

 

Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser with Orange Extract

I use this Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser once a week, and I have done so for a few weeks now.

Here is the product description –

The Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser with Orange Extract is a spa-fresh exfoliating facial cleanser that polishes-away make-up, embedded impurities and spent surface cells in one time-saving step to reveal the glowing skin beneath. The bi-phase scrub both cleanses and exfoliates, gently removing everything that makes the skin look dull, leaving the skin smooth, soft and luminous. Orange extract works to soften, refresh and revive. Moringa Seed extract, with anti-pollution benefits, purifies and refines the skin and helps to restore its natural radiance. Gentle Silica Microbeads tackle clogged pores, exfoliate and renew. The exfoliating scrub leaves skin comfortable and ultimately refreshed. Suitable for all skin types.

 

 

PROS

  1. I love the compact packaging.
  2. It smells amazing, I could sniff the orange scent all day.
  3. It is a great multi-tasking product – Cleansing and Exfoliating at the same time.
  4. It is great for all skin types.
  5. It is easily available to buy at many beauty shops for £21 for a 100ml.
  6. It leaves my skin feeling soft, smooth and clean.
  7. You only need a small amount, a little goes a long way.

 

CONS

  1. It stings the eyes if they come in contact, so do not apply around the eye area.

 

I love this Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser. I love how it makes my skin glow. I do recommend it and I can see myself using this product for many years to come.

 

Have you tried any of these products before? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Beauty Muse – Michelle Keegan

The British stunning beauty – Michelle Keegan is more than a stunner; she is a Beauty Muse and she knows it!

 

 

I am not a fan of Coronation Street so I have never seen Michelle Keegan on TV, and I know nothing about her, except for the fact that she is married to Mark Wright, but I think she is a true beauty. I love her facial features. I think she has a natural beautiful face, and her hair always looks good.

Keegan was nice and generous enough to share some of her beauty tips in her interview with Cosmopolitan Magazine, and I have some of her beauty tips below:

 

Skipping Makeup

“I prefer wearing no makeup anyway, because I like the contrast when you go out at night and you look different. I actually feel more confident with less makeup than I do with makeup on. I don’t know if it’s because I was playing Tina (on Coronation Street) for 7 years and I didn’t wear makeup at work, that I just got used to it.”

 

Her Makeup Essentials

“My lashes are Ardells, I use the strip lashes. On my brows I use HD Brows products and get them threaded by them too. I like the Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser because that’s also got an SPF in it and foundation-wise I like NARS and Giorgio Armani for night.”

 

 

I agree with her tips, especially the skipping makeup bit. I only wear makeup when I absolutely HAVE to. I won’t want to go back to the days when I wore layers of makeup every single day. Looking back now, it felt like a chore, and my skin was all over the place.

 

 

What do you think of Michelle Keegan as a Beauty Muse? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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The Benefits of a Face Mask

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I like treating myself to a face mask every now again. It soothes my skin and my mind, putting me in a very relaxing state.

Face masks form a usual part of an effective skin care regimen, and are one of the easiest ways to give your face the treatment it needs. The weather, central heating, stress, lack of sleep, and other harmful elements in the air can rob your skin off life, vigor and beauty. With a face mask you’ll give your face the necessary care in just a couple of minutes.

Face masks can come in different forms, colours and textures. We have the clay-based masks that have to be washed off after a couple of minutes of sitting on your face. Another type is the liquid form which dries into a sheet that you can easily peel off. Some face masks are made from artificial products while others are made from natural products that come straight from the kitchen or garden.

Whatever the face mask is made of, face masks have a lot of benefits for the skin. Here are a few reasons why you should pamper yourself with a face mask today and why your skin will thank you for it.

  1. Easy to use and quick improvement to your skin

I find this the most impressive quality of face masks. Face masks can be applied on your face and left for as little as 5-15 minutes and the changes you’ll notice on your face are quite amazing for such a short period of time.

Whenever I use a face mask I see changes immediately after washing it off. My skin looks and feels soft and supple. I consider face masks one of the fastest and most effective steps in a skin care regimen.

  1. Cleanses the pores of your skin

I know it may sound strange that a messy-looking face mask could cleanse your pores. Face masks, depending on the type of face mask you use, have the power to remove impurities from the pores of your skin. The ingredients in the face masks have the ability to penetrate deep into your skin and remove those impurities. Apart from this, face masks help to remove dead skin cells leaving your skin smooth and clear.

  1. Keeps your skin hydrated

The water from the face mask helps to keep your skin moisturized. As the face mask moisturizes your skin, your skin becomes soft and plump, and the elasticity of your skin increases.

 

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  1. Makes your skin look more youthful

Face masks help to tighten your skin minimizing the appearances of fine lines on your skin. The contents of face masks promote collagen production in your skin. This gives your skin a more youthful glow. In addition to this, your skin will feel softer and look smoother as well.

  1. Improves your skin tone

Face masks are quite effective in dealing with hyperpigmentation. The active ingredients in the face mask help to tone your skin and lighten the dark patches and spots on your face.  Those ingredients not only even your skin tone, they also improve the texture of your skin.

 

Do you use a face mask regularly? Which do you swear by?