I thought I would do a new kind of beauty post talking through all of my recent pieces, what they are, why I got them and most importantly what they do! New In Beauty All of the bits are linked in the description box below the video on Youtube! I hope you guys like this video! I’d love to hear your thoughts and don’t forget to subscribe and give the video a like to make me super super happy!

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Waking Up My Tired Skin

My skin is one of the things I’m most self conscious of, not all of it, just the skin on my face. I haven’t got bad skin by any measure, I’m just pale as hell with skin that’s pretty much translucent. If you follow me on snapchat (sineadcrowe) you’ll have seen many a bare faced snap and you’ll know what I’m talking about! I just feel like every little imperfection is so visible, I get freckles which I dislike, any redness is magnified and my under eyes are the thing of nightmares. So since I’ve decided to try and be more confident without make up, I was totally on board when Clarins asked me to test out their new boosters and night cream. What is tired skin? Tired skin is something I would definitely identify with . . it’s nothing about my skin to be fair, I’m just tired and dislike my complexion, so I call it tired skin for a lack of a better description. This perhaps, is why I went for the energy booster from Clarins’ new range. The energy booster claims to “Re-energize and tone skin, minimise signs of fatigue and keep your complexion radiant” gimmie somma that. Clarins Boosters The idea is that you add 3-5 drops of the booster into your day or night cream using as little or often as needed. So it isn’t an everyday thing – though I have to admit I’ve used it every day since I got it. They also say that if you want a more intensive treatment, you can add it to your foundation or face mask – something I haven’t tried yet but may be my next port of call. So these little boosters sent from Clarins heaven are essentially made to detox your skin in any way shape or form you wish. Energy revitalises, Repair reduces redness and comforts damaged skin and detox purifies your skin from the effects of pollution and overindulgence. I think I’m also in need of the detox booster – overindulgence is my middle name. Ok . . I need them all. Energy Booster – Repair Booster – Detox Booster Clarins Multi-Active Nuit Cream First of all, when it comes to putting things on my face the smell is everything. If something smells sickly sweet I can’t bear the throught of putting it all over my face, it’s the same with highly perfumed creams. This has a kind of plant based smell, really clean and fresh. The sort of smell you don’t mind on your face. Together with the booster they go on really nicely, the cream is super lightweight and I already feel like it’s worked wonders. So much so that I’m already planning on repurchasing the cream (those booster drops will last me years) and perhaps even the day cream from the same range. When it comes to your skin, it’s so important to invest because you’ve only got one and you’re stuck with it! It’s all about ageing gracefully and with my 26 birthday next month I’m becoming more and more aware of this! *Clarins Multi-Active Nuit Cream : House of Fraser *Clarins Booster…

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Nars No Makeup Look

I’ve never done a make up look before on the blog but I guess with me now doing beauty as well, it was only a matter of time! I’ve been dying to get my hands on some Nars skin tint for a while and thought it was the perfect choice for a no make up make up look! To give a no make up look, I’ve kept it super simple with minimal make up. For me, the two bits that I think are key to this look are super light foundations (like the new Nars skin tint), easy on the contour, nude lips and keeping the eye make up light. I’ve strayed to brown eyeliner for the day as I can still wear my liquid liner without it being too heavy, this Barry M one is also perfect for getting a super thin line. Shop The Look Click and scroll through the images below to shop the bits I used to create this look! Nars Skin Tint I’ve been dying to try some Nars products as all I’d really tried before were the mascara and nail varnish. . . the mascara was and is amazing (I’m currently converting everyone I know to it one by one) but the nail varnish not so much . .so mixed experiences. When I was given the opportunity to try out the new Nars skin tint and some blush, of course I said yes . . be rude not to. I love the way the foundation feels on my skin, it’s so light compared to other foundations but actually I would say it has more coverage than a skin tint, I would class it as more of a light foundation. Perfect for everyday wear and if you were on holiday and wanted something light to wear if you, like me, aren’t happy to bear all. I’m not a huge wearer of blushers but I thought I would try it out, got to start somewhere eh? I really love the colour of it but found it was very pigmented, I did have a Bridget Jones moment the first time I tried it. This is why I decided to leave it out of my no make up look until I’ve got the hang of portion control! Packaging is definitely something that sells make up to me, is that really sad? Look at that Guerlain lippy though? It’s practically a piece of art, putting Macs simple packaging to shame! I’m loving these photos in this afternoons (Friday afternoon FYI) sunlight, it makes the most beautiful shadows in the glass of the perfume and lipstick! Note to self, take more pictures in shadows. . Shop The Event Incase you’ve been living in a hole (slash not reading my blog posts) you’ll know that House of Fraser currently have a huge beauty event on pretty much err’ythaang. Spend £50 or more and you get £10 off until 3rd April. I don’t care if you don’t need anything, surely it’s worth stocking up on your fave foundation or perfume for this price? You can…

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The Importance Of Skincare

Let me just put this out there, I have never been good when it comes to skincare. Until a few years ago I didn’t take my make up off before I went to bed and when I did take it off, it was with a rough face wipe. Face creams were what old ladies used and generally, just who needs to think about skincare when you’re in your early twenties? EVERYONE, thats who. I tell you what, standing and talking to the beautiful and make up free Lydia Millen at a recent event was enough to make me want to invest, that’s for sure! Why Skincare is Key To me, now anyway, spending ridiculous amounts on make up is absolutely pointless without a good base. Yes you can cover up bits and of course, people can’t control breakouts etc. I’m lucky that I’ve never really suffered from bad skin (touch wood) but I do have very sensitive skin which is prone to dryness – any advice you guys may have is more than welcome . . give me it! When your skin is good you need less make up and the less make up you put on the better your skin will be . . a lovely cycle. But obviously, you have to invest in some good skincare pieces to get the the ball rolling. Not only is it easier to apply make up and get a flawless finish when you’ve got a good base, but you need less make up and just think of your self esteem, I mean if I only look half as good as Lydia with no make up on I will die happy.. bit dramatic. Estee Lauder – New Dimension I have to confess I hadn’t heard of this one before, but anything that promises to give me luscious lips and I’m in. I’m a self confessed lip chewer and the more I chew the more my lips get dry and flakey and the more I want to chew. . gross I know but it’s a habit I can’t kick. My sister got me some nice Chanel lip balm in an attempt to make me stop and it didn’t . . but it does make a handy prop for my flatlays though. Anyway, I’ve only been using it for a couple of weeks and can already tell that it’s working in some way shape or form. If anything, when I first put it on I can definitely feel the difference in the condition of my lips so I think once I’ve been using it a while I’ll be able to see the full effects. It’s double ended, so first you use the serum which helps to give smoother and fuller looking lips then you apply the balm over the top which hydrates and conditions your lips. The serum is a bit weird to put on but I like the sound of smoother, fuller looking lips and the balm is just like the creamiest smoothest lip balm I’ve ever used .…

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Giorgio Armani // Make Up Review

I was very lucky to be contacted by House of Fraser a couple of weeks ago about trying out some new bit’s of make up from Giorgio Armani. Now I’m not a big beauty enthusiast, nor am I an expert, but I am starting to do beauty posts and I do want to know my shit, and I will know my shit, eventually. Hey, everyone’s got to start somewhere right?! I do actually use make up as well so I feel like, as a make-up using/wearing woman, you may be interested in my opinion . . did I convince you to keep reading yet?! Giorgio Armani // Maestro Glow Foundation I’m used to using the Mac Studio Sculpt foundation which, I was in the opinion of it being lightweight but apparently it isn’t, it’s pretty darn heavy. Which may be why I was a bit underwhelmed by the coverage of this one, to be fair it is a totally different texture to my usual foundation. This one is a lot more lightweight and spreads really easily, which means you don’t have to use a lot. The glow it gives is amazing, although when I first put it on I wasn’t convinced, my boyfriend said he preferred it to my usual one . . not sure if his opinion counts, I tend to think he just says what he thinks is the right thing to say. I always like my foundation to have SPF in it, gotta protect against ageing ladies, and the pipette is good for measuring how much you need, no wastage is never a bad thing! Why does make up come in such flatlay worthy packaging, I’m not ashamed to say I may be keeping some of this for future pictures, hey, thats how I roll . . Giorgio Armani //Lip Maestro You may have noticed from my previous post about matte lip products that I’m a fan of a matte lip. Having had the pleasure of testing out this high end lacquer, in comparison to the budget products, it’s totally worth paying the extra. The colour is amazing, just look at that pink, it’s not too bright, kinda browny and stays just as vibrant on the lips. It goes on so much nicer than the budget ones, it’s much easier to control and you can’t feel it on your lips the same. You know that tight feeling when you put a face mask on and it dries? That pretty much sums up how the cheaper ones feel. Giorgio Armani // Lash Ecstasy I’m pretty much in love with my current mascara, so I feel like this one never really had a chance. OK, the packaging is beautiful and we all know I’m a sucker for a pretty picture, but I’m just not sure it’s the right mascara for me. It’s easy to use, the brush is good and easy to control, I didn’t get mascara all over my eye lids, it coated them well, my lashes look good, it certainly ticks all of the…

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