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Beauty Sleep.. something I find myself getting a lot less of since entering the world of adulting. Whether it's due to late nights, busy...

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Beauty Sleep Essentials

22:08:00
Beauty Sleep.. something I find myself getting a lot less of since entering the world of adulting. Whether it's due to late nights, busy schedules or just simply putting sleep to the back of the queue for whatever reason - without a good nights sleep we're unable to function at our full capacity and eventually it is physically noticeable in an individuals appearance when they're not resting as much as their body requires, hence the term 'beauty sleep'. Don't get me wrong i'm no social butterfly and my bed is my best friend so I do try to get to bed as early as I can but it is more often than not that my sleep is interrupted and it is usually due to my brain not shutting off properly so I will find myself tossing and turning, not being able to drift off into dreamland which means I struggle the following morning and lets just say - there's nothing that can cover my eye bags.

Over the past few months I have made small changes around snooze time that have made a noticeable difference to me when it comes to falling asleep. They are 4 very simple steps that you'll probably think Aimee come on.. these don't really help. Trust me - THEY DO.



Starting with the obvious and that is... coming off your phone or any form of technology that is going to keep your brain moving and pick up a book. I'm totally not a reader but once you find something you're into, it makes it so much easier to wind down. There's something soothing about the sound of a book page turning - it really helps me to relax.



If coming off your phone early isn't always possible and I know sometimes it's not due to different circumstances, I find blue light glasses make a HUGE difference. They simply block any blue light that is produced by any phone screen, laptop or TV etc. Blue light is thought to boost attention and reduces the production of melatonin which is otherwise known as the sleep hormone as it controls your 'sleep-wake' cycle. I got mine from Quay and there are so many different styles available here.



Before Christmas last year I had never tried a sleep spray as I just thought they were a myth and a waste of money. I got one in a set and I have never been so thankful for a gift and the difference it has made to my quality of sleep. With sleep sprays it;s important that the scent actually appeals to you otherwise it'll just act as a distraction from sleeping, however once you find a scent you like it adds a real 'spa-like' feel to the air around you which is why I find it so relaxing. I adore the Champneys Calming Mist and would highly recommend this one if you like lavender, geranium and chamomile type scent. To me it smells like rose petals too but you get the idea - it's floral and spa inspired. A few spritz's of this on my pillow and I am out like a light.



The last thing everyone needs to incorporate into their sleeping routine is an eye mask. I cannot even explain the difference these make to the quality of my sleep - there's no light interruptions whatsoever. Whether that's a street light coming through the blinds or my phone lighting up the room from a notification every now and again - I am oblivious to it.

Let me know if you have any sleeping 'hacks' of your own as I am never one to turn down an opportunity for an even deeper sleep.














5 Steps to Glowing 'I Woke Up Like This' Make Up

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As much as I love a full face of glam, when i'm on holiday that is the last thing I want on my skin. Over the years I have gradually quartered the amount of make up I take on holiday with me - 1. my suitcase always weighs enough anyway & 2. I used to pack a lot of 'might use' products yet I never used half of what I brought. Finally at the age of 23 I can say that I have got my 'holiday glow' products down to 5 (with a few added extras for if we're going somewhere a little more fancy). The goal when it comes to my holiday evening make up is moisture, glow and well just more glow. Although I am very strict with wearing factor 50 on my face, sometimes after one too many dips in the pool without re-applying and the added chlorine, my skin tends to feel tighter than it would back home so I like to add as much moisture as I can before going in with any products. Most evenings after my post sunbathing nap I want the quickest 'i woke up like this' naturally dewy look and these 5 products are perfect.


Starting with a little more moisture even after my moisturiser - I love to use the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer as it is so refreshing and hydrating but it doesn't feel like your wearing an added layer of product as it's water based not silicone. It's a lovely start to a flawless base for the products to follow thanks to it's 'soft focus' effect. Her hydrating primer is aimed at dry/normal skin and I can often get quite oily, especially in humid temperatures but it works perfectly so I'd still recommend this if you get oily.

The next two products are blended into one step as I like to use them together - of course you knew I was going to mention Charlotte Tilbury somewhere if i'm talking about dewy/glowy skin didn't you? Brightening Youth Glow and the Unisex Healthy Glow Tinted Moisturiser are beautiful together - on their own too - but together is just something else. I take a small pump of each on the back of my hand, lightly mix them with my finger and then apply it directly onto my skin using my hands to buff it in. The tinted moisturiser comes out of the tube a whitish colour and morphs to your own individual skin tone - along with a few tan pigments so I wouldn't go overboard if you're a similar skin tone to me as my face will drastically no longer match my neck if I do. With the colour correcting pearlescent youth glow and the hydration and tint from the tinted moisturiser you can already imagine how good this makes your skin look can't you? You don't necessarily need both the Laura Mercier primer and the Youth glow but like I said - on holiday I am all for the added moisture and their both such lovely & beneficial products for the skin.



No matter how rested I am on my holiday, my under eyes bags won't ever leave my side so of course my next must have is concealer. As the rest of the make up is so natural and skin-kind I don't like to go in with a heavy concealer as it won't sit nicely, instead I love the Primark My Perfect Colour Concealer - it's only £2 and brightens up my under eyes just enough to hide the circles without looking cakey or like it's even there. It contains Vitamin E and Aloe Vera so its beneficial for any slightly burnt bits on the face. In my case it's always my nose so I will pop a little on there to get the healing process going.



Just in case that wasn't enough glow, I then set it all in place with Mac Fix+ Goldlite as not only does it contain pearlescent particles which glow beautifully on the skin, it actually keeps the make up in place the whole evening. When I follow this routine at home I use the Rose Fix+ as it is just as hydrating and leaves the skin looking dewy just without the golden specs. I sometimes even spritz the Fix+ over my sunscreen before sunbathing/for a little refresh during the day to keep my skin hydrated. If I am aiming for the most minimal I will just finish it with some lip gloss, mascara and brow gel but if I am going for dinner or just want something a little more I will add some false lashes, and the bronze, blush and highlight from the Becca x Chrissy Teigen palette and i'm good to go. 




What are your holiday make up staples?

HOW TO ¦ FAUX FRECKLES

18:52:00
Faux freckles are totally a thing at the moment and I am all for them. Holiday skin is my absolute favourite - thanks to good old vitamin D, the freckles are in full force. In England however there just isn't enough sun to give my skin real freckles so I like to fake it on the odd occasion. It's a lot easier to make faux freckles look more natural than you probably think and I'm going to show you how in just 3 simple steps.


You can add faux freckles at any point after your base make up is done, I personally prefer to do them towards the beginning as the base hasn't had as long to set so they sit more naturally but you can do them as the last step, they're so easily corrected. All you need is either a thin brow pencil or brow pomade and a teeny little detail brush - I tend to use a pencil. I grab my HD Brow 'Browtec' in Vamp which is a dark brown and literally just start dotting them around my nose area and a few on my forehead just to bring them together as this is the main area real freckles tend to appear on my face.



With this brow pencil the pay off isn't too harsh if you use a light hand so I then just go in with my ring finger (as this is the finger which applies the least pressure) and pat them into the base products - I just continue to do this until I am happy with how they look.


Finally I go over them very lightly with the beauty blender I used to do my concealer just to make them look more natural and as if the foundation is sitting on top of the freckles like it would if they were natural.

Ta daaaa

TESTED & REVIEWED ¦ @imogenation_ Collaborations & Hunny Cosmetics, are they worth it?

20:01:00
If anyone has that 'dewy, glowing skin' look down to a T it is Imogen and I decided it was time for me to see if her products really are the reason for this. In case you're wondering who i'm talking about - Imogenation is Imogen Hudson, a beauty influencer with thousands of followers across her social media so it's no wonder her dewy skin is in demand. Imogen has bought out two brand collaborations, one with Revolution and the other with Lottie London - not only that she also has her very own eyelash brand 'Hunny Cosmetics' and I have tried/reviewed them all in this post.




Imogen X Revolution was the first collaboration she bought out and i'm not sure why it's taken me so long to pick this eye shadow palette up as it is pretty much all colours I wear on a regular basis and the pan's for the transition shades are so much bigger then the others which I love as they always run out so quickly in other palettes. Imogen herself always sticks to warm toned eye shadows as that's what suits her and I'm the exact same so I personally adore the shade range. The pigmentation of these shadows actually shocked me, there was a lot more colour pay off than i'd expected and they blended really easily. For £10 this is definitely a palette you should pick up if warm tones are your thing and you're looking for something affordable because it is honestly so pretty.



Hunny Cosmetics was her next release and this was one that I was in a battle with myself over whether I needed it or not and for so long I decided not. I am quite lucky to have quite long lashes naturally so when it comes to eyelashes I have to be quite specific because I need them long but I also like them wispy and that can be surprisingly difficult to find with lashes. Vlog after vlog I saw Imogen wearing her lashes and they always looked gorgeous whether it was with minimal make up or a full face so I went ahead and picked some up. I picked up the 'Princess Pie' and I will be picking up so many more pairs - I am in love. This style lash is long and wispy and exactly what I was looking for. They are really comfortable on the eye which I hadn't expected as they are 100% vegan Faux Mink so I originally thought they would be very plastic and scratchy but I was completely wrong. At £10 a pair they are a little pricey but they claim they can be re-used up to 20 times and if that is true then i'd say that's a totally fair price.


Imogen X Lottie London ' Ultra Glow Collection' - I mean, the name had me sold. If these products are going to get me closer to being as glowy as Imogen then I'll take it all. I really did purchase nearly all of it and i'm so glad, these products are so pretty yet so affordable. I have never been a cream highlight kinda girl but Imogen always makes it look so easy and flawless. The cream highlighter palette I prefer to use under my foundation as I get quite oily throughout the day so I tend to set my face and i'm just a little worried it wont sit nicely on top of powder. 3 out of 4 shades are actually pink toned which is perfect for my skin tone so I actually really like this palette as it helps to achieve the more natural 'from within' glow.

As well as the liquid highlighters I picked up the lighter shade of her loose highlighter as I don't actually own any other loose ones. I have only ever tried one in the past which actually put me off as it was a 'no going back' type of highlighter and I found it really difficult to get on with - you know the ones I mean, when you literally apply the tiniest amount and it's like a headlight is shining out of your cheek. Imogen's however is a lot easier to work with, it's build-able and a beautiful colour so you can achieve a highlight as intense as you'd like it.

The last two products I picked up were the Creme Eye-shadow in Cant Cope and the Gloss'd in Bee. Out of all of her collaborations and products these two are my least favourite, still pretty just not as impressive. The creme eye-shadow is a stunning colour and looks pretty on the eyes, you just need a little patience to get a good amount of product onto the applicator - I found no amount of swirling it around the tube made any difference I just had to keep dipping and build it up. The gloss is also a pretty product and it smells lovely - I just wasn't wow'd, but then with a £5 price tag I'm probably being a little too critical.