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It feels like Too Faced release a new collection each month, and to be honest, I’m living for it. Nights are increasingly long and dark, so the online-only Tutti Fruity collection feels like a fun respite from all the blackness. Filled with copious amounts of glitter, and some great pops of colour, the collection is a whole lot of fun! One of the first bits I’ve tried have been the Fresh Squeezed Sparkling Pink Grapefruit Highlighting Drops – one of two available colours, which promise to give skin radiant sparkle (with a hint of a fruity scent).

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Depending on the finish you’re after, you can use the drops in a variety of ways. If you’re after a full on glitter-glow, you can apply all over, while if you’d like a more subtle shimmer you can apply strategically. For a subtle hint of sheen, I love a single drop blended onto lids, and it can also be used as something of a base if you’re looking to create a more dramatic look.

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The drops themselves have a super-light, almost water weight consistency, so they’re perfect if you don’t like makeup to feel too heavy. Blended out over foundation or tinted moisturiser, the drops melt into skin, leaving a delicate sprinkling of glitter behind. The Sparkling Pink Grapefruit has a delicate pink tone which look beautiful when the light hits them. The drops are also perfect for using on the body – blended across the clavicle and shoulders, it’s perfect for festive nights out!

Too Faced Fresh Squeezed Sparkling Pink Grapefruit Highlighting Drops are priced at £25 and are available here

 

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One of my favourite skincare routines has to be cleansing. It’s hard not to feel like you’ve accomplished something when you see the remains of the day’s makeup swirling down the drain hole, and the more thoroughly I cleanse, the better my skin always looks and feels. On a daily basis I tend to do a double cleanse – a balm to remove mascara, and then a foaming cleanser for the whole face. Now, I’ve introduced a third step – a swipe of Kiehl’s new Herbal-Infused Micellar Cleansing Water. Its a perfect closing step in my routine, as it feels so gentle on the skin, and it’s perfect for melting any last scraps of makeup or pollution from the skin.

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I absolutely love the fresh fragrance which comes courtesy of the Thyme Essential Oil and Lemon Balm Floral Water, which the formula is infused with. Formulated with 99.8% naturally derived ingredients, it’s a gentle yet effective cleanser, which is perfect for all skin types – even sensitive. Not only does the water thoroughly cleanse, but it also works to improve hydration – a key issue now temperature are dropping!

Kiehl’s Herbal-Infused Cleansing Water is priced at £24 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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Here in Scotland the weather has taken a noticeable dip towards winter. I’ve had to scrape the windscreen a couple of times, and my skin has noticed the difference already. When the weather is a bit warmer, I can usually get away with a rich night cream or oil to hydrate overnight, but now, my skin feels like it needs a little extra help, which is why I popped Tony Moly’s Pureness 100 Sheet Masks into my basket the last time I was on Amazon.

Coming in a pack of 10, the sheets are perfect if you’re into tailoring your routine. No matter whether you feel your skin is a little dry, dull or congested, there’s a mask in the line up which will deal with the concern. I’ve been using them about twice a week for the past month or so, and I’ve already seen a difference in my hydration levels. After cleansing, and usually after a little dermal rolling, I apply a mask, leave it on for about half an hour, then massage in any excess serum. I follow it with my usual night cream or oil, then head to bed.

The next morning skin feels insanely soft and smooth, and makeup applies like a dream. They’re also perfect for travel – just pop one or two in your hand luggage, and you’re good to go!

A pack of 10 is priced form £10.99 and are available tony moly pureness 100 mask sheet price

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I’ve followed the progress of US brand Drunk Elephant pretty carefully over the past year or so. I’ve read the glowing reviews on blogs and in US magazines, and I’ve lusted over the fun, neon-capped tubes and bottles on various #shelfies, and I’ve also looked at the price of the stuff. It’s not cheap. It’s not that I’m averse to treating myself, or my skin, but when I saw that The Ordinary had, what could only be described as a dupe for Drunk Elephant’s Marula Oil in the form of their 100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil, I could resist picking up a bottle.

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Although I don’t own the Drunk Elephant oil (yet) I’ve tried it, and admittedly, it feels heavenly. It’s a silky oil which manages to feel light yet nourishing at the same time. The Ordinary’s offering feels similar, if a touch thinner, but like it’s more expensive rival, it’s cold-pressed and virgin, so it’s incredible for treating dry, dehydrated skin.

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I tend to use the oil in the evening – after cleansing, I pat my face dry, and massage a few drips of the oil into my face and neck. Since The Ordinary’s offering is so affordable, I can be generous with it. I’ve also used it after dermal rolling, and it really calms skin, and in the morning I’ve been left with a noticeable glow. Thanks to the lighter texture, my skin never feels weighed down by it, and it’s also a perfect oil for using when you want to sheer-out a heavier foundation.

The Ordinary 100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil is priced at £8.10 and is available here. The Drunk Elephant version is priced at £61 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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Winter always makes my skin look and feel a little blah. I think it’s a mix of colder temperatures, central heating and lack of being outside, but despite it feeling inevitable, it doesn’t make it any more pleasant. In my quest to tackle winter-dullness, I’ve been testing out primers which give skin a good dose of glow without feeling too heavy, and I’ve fallen in love with Revlon’s Photoready Perfecting Primer.

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Designed to soften skin, and diffuse light, the Photoready Perfecting Primer is basically an instagram filter in a bottle. It’s apt, as it’s part of Revlon’s Photoready line up which has been developed so you can always be selfie-ready.

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The primer itself couldn’t feel lighter to wear – I smooth on a couple of pumps of it onto freshly moisturised skin, making sure I pay attention to any areas which need a little more help (eyelids, any dry skin etc). The formula is pretty much weightless, and leaves skin with a healthy glow, rather than looking greasy, and it makes skin feel silky soft. Then, I apply my makeup as normal. One days when I use the primer, I feel like I just look better overall. My makeup definitely sticks around longer, and I don’t need to touch up during the day. I also feel like I look a little more rested – very handy when you need to coverup a few late nights!

Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer is priced at £12.99 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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