Friday, 22 July 2016

How to minimise pores

tips on how to minimise pores

Enlarged pores can be a pain, especially if you suffer from them a lot and they start to become the only thing you focus on every day. Pores are tiny hair follicles in the skin that don't cause any issues until they become clogged up with dirt, oil and dead skin cells. Blackheads and spots are also prone to enlarging pores, especially if you squeeze them. The easiest way to reduce your pores is to prevent them getting enlarged in the first place. Whilst this may sound easier said then done it is possible. Here's how.

Take a steam bath
Steam is great as the pressure of the hot air, oxygen and moisture help to open your pores and clean them out. Boil a kettle and ensure that the water is piping hot before pouring it into a bowl. Place a towel over the top and place a few aromatic rose herbs in so you can inhale the aromatic scent. After having a steam bath exfoliate your skin so you can get rid of as much dirt and dead skin cells as you can to minimise the appearance of your pores. What's even better is that steam is completely free!

Reduce pores through toning
Toners are good for helping to minimise pores as they are able to get deep into the skin, cleaning out oil, dirt and dead skin cells. If your pores are already quite large however then it's unlikely they will shrink back down to their original size entirely however the toner will of course help. A lot of toners contain alcohol or peroxide which can actually dry out your skin so aim for products that are all natural. I recommend Balm Balm 100% Organic Witch Hazel toner (£14.50 at Feelunique)

Use baking soda to create a homemade exfoliant
Baking powder is great as it's cheap and creates the perfect homemade exfoliant. The exfoliant will help remove dead skin cells which can clog pores and improve your appearance. Baking soda also contains a natural antiseptic which will help to ward off any pesky spots. Mix 4 heaps of baking soda with water, apply all over your face and leave for 3 minutes. Rinse off with cold water to close your pores and then wait for the results to show.  Repeat the process weekly to keep your skin looking clear.

Get working on these tips and you'll soon have skin you can be proud of.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Maybelline NY Bricks Bronzer in Blondes Review

maybelline ny bricks bronzer blondes

What the brand says
Even if the sun doesn't shine this Summer Maybelline has it in hand with their NY Bricks bronzer. Whilst most bronzers and highlighters come separately Maybelline has combined them in one compact to give a warm glow.

The palette is available in one shade Blonde.

maybelline new york brick bronzer in blondes review
The Lowdown
I saw this and thought it was so cute with the delicate multicoloured shimmer bricks. The shimmer bricks have fabulous glitter pigmentation and even the bronzer has quite a bit of sparkle within it. Strangely enough the product has the most amazing perfumed smell which is quite unusual to find in most cosmetics.

The bronzer is quite a light tan brown so doesn't look too dark when applied. The shimmer bricks are very pigmented although the two lightest shades, the gold and pink are quite light. The gold bronze shimmer is the strongest and has quite intense pigmentation. When I applied the shimmer I swirled all the colours into one. The result was quite a muted version of the strongest gold/brown shimmer and it leaves a lovely sheen on my skin. I applied the bronzer on my forehead, under my cheekbones, along the side of my nose and on the side of my jaw. It really warmed my face up without making it look too dark and it looked like I had a lovely glow from catching the sun.

A lovely little product that does exactly what it claims to, it gives you a lovely glow without having to resort to burning yourself in the sun!

I give it 4/5

Grab it for £7.99 at Superdrug

  • You get a bronzer and shimmer in one so effectively you get double for your money
  • Leaves skin looking bronzed with a lovely glow
  • The shimmer bricks can be used separately or together for different looks
  • The bronzer isn't too dark so it's good for fair skin
  • Surprisingly there is only one shade so there's not much choice for variation in your look

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

In flight beauty essentials

in flight beauty essentials you won't want to miss

Your tickets are booked and your suitcase is full of assorted bikinis, vest tops, shorts and cute little dresses. It's almost time to pop on your sunglasses and head to the airport, but before you go don't forget your in flight beauty essentials.

Knowing how to keep your skin hydrated is important on a flight, especially if you're going long haul due to the pressure and recycled air. If you're flying short haul you won't have as much time to invest but your skin will still benefit from these tips.

So what in flight beauty essentials should come top of your list?
what face mask should i wear on a plane

Whip out your face mask
What better time for a face mask is there then when you have to spend hours sitting in a seat! There are many face masks available and so many are full of amazing benefits that your skin will soak up. If you're in it for the long haul you may want to try a Sleeping mask, these provide intense hydration for hours and counteract the effects of being stuck in a enclosed environment for hours. Try Shiseido Sleeping Mask (£33 at Harrods) for long haul or Natura Bisse Oxygen Finishing Mask (£33.30 at Neiman Marcus) for short haul.

Relax those eyes
Your eyes are one of the first parts of your body to feel and look tired. Whilst you have a little snooze why not try a mask designed specifically for the eye area to give targeted hydration. Try Elemis Absolute Eye Mask (£32 at House of Fraser)

Makeup wipes
Whilst you may want to look great on the plane, it's likely that full face of makeup will fade and sink into your skin as the flight goes on. Streaky mascara, eyeliner and tired looking foundation is never a good look. When you've settled into the plan use some gentle makeup wipes to get rid of all your makeup so you can prep your skin and relax. Aim for wipes full of goodies like Vitamin C to refresh and brighten your skin. I recommend L'Oreal Paris Dermo Expertise Revitalift Rejuvenating Makeup wipes (£4.99 at Beauty Expert)
moisturising the skin
Moisturisers are go
Moisturiser should be top of your list to counteract the effects of the altitude and cabin air. Moisturiser will help to keep your skin hydrated stopping it drying out. Try Elemental Herbology Moisture Milk (£42 at Feelunique)

Final touches
As the plan comes in to land you probably feel fabulous. Whilst your skin looks great it's still good to add the finishing touches so you have a little bit of glamour as you head towards your destination. Aim for a CC cream with a hydrating base to brighten your skin. A CC cream is great as it's quite lightweight and they normally have a good SPF. Try Lancome City Miracle CC cream with SPF50 (£29 at House of Fraser) Finish off with a tinted lip balm to add colour but keep your lips moisturised. L'Oreal Sexy Balm is perfect for adding some sexiness to your look (get it for £4.99 at Boots). Check out my video review of the Sexy Balm here.

Have a great flight ladies and I'm sure you'll look even more fabulous when you leave the plane then you did when you boarded!

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Skinbreeze Rejuvenation Serum review

skinbreeze rejuvenation serum anti ageing product

What the brand says
If you've tried what seems like every ageing cream to exist and still pulled at your wrinkles in despair then seeing the 'next best thing' in age repair probably makes you recoil inside.

Skinbreeze Rejuvenation Serum claims to be different through the use of neuropeptides that reduce the signs of ageing by using neurotransmission to contract the muscles. The contraction helps to make the muscles relax, thus releasing  the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

The serum is designed to be used over 30 days for the best results.

The Lowdown
skinbreeze rejuvenation serum anti ageing new productWhilst I'm still relatively young (not quite 30 yet!) I do have quite deep fine lines. I have tried quite a number of age repair products over the years and have reviewed quite a few on the blog. Regardless of whether they're a cream, serum or light machine I've had very little results with these products. I am a little sceptical if this will do anything but every little helps!

It has a really unique design and actually looks a bit like a syringe which is different to most anti-ageing products I try. It kind of gives the impression that it's like botox and is going to work incredibly well. The end of the product has a little teat which you can take off to reveal the dropper. This is a good idea to keep the product clean. The see through packaging also means you can see how much you have got left.

I applied the serum under my eyes, on my forehead and between my eyes where I get quite bad frown lines. The serum is very light and there was no tingling or soreness after I applied it. I noticed quite a difference under my eyes after applying where the skin looked a lot more taut. I didn't notice too much difference in other areas but I'm hoping it will have more of an effect as time goes on. So far I'm impressed and I'm looking forward to trying this out.

I have had a brief look online and it's a little difficult to find the product but I will let you know in my final review where you can get it.

I will use this over a 30 day period and will document my progress every 10 days to show you if the serum is having any effect. Keep tuned for the final review!

Check out Skinbreezer serum here

*pr sample

Monday, 18 July 2016

Win a Iphone SE worth over £300!

win a iphone se

I love treating all my lovely readers at Glitz and Glamour Makeup and today is no different. I have teamed up with Three to give you the chance to win a brand new Rose gold Iphone SE. The new phone which is a favourite amongst celebrities is a cross between a Iphone 6/Iphone 6s but has the size of a Iphone 5 so it's perfect for smaller hands.

The handset will come unlocked and you'll even get a Three sim with £10 credit preloaded. This is an amazing prize that you won't want to miss!

Key features include:

  • 12 megapixel camera
  • 4g activated

To enter simply follow the Rafflecopter instructions below. Spread the word and have fun!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
iPhone SE competition with Three – Ts&Cs.
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3.      To enter the competition entrants must follow the Rafflecopter instructions before 12am on 18 August 2016.
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8.      The prize on offer is a 16GB iPhone SE (rose gold) and a Three Sim card loaded with £10 of credit.
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