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I’m not going to lie – I’m a complete face mask junkie. If it promises to cleanse, purify or moisturise skin, I’m going to be all over it. So, when I got the chance to try Blaq’s Mask Tube, which promises to leave skin blackhead free and glowing, you can bet I jumped at the chance.

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With a super-black formula which is chock-full of activated charcoal (known for it’s ability at drawing out impurities) just apply, after regular cleansing, to wherever you feel your skin is a little congested. For me, this tends to be on my nose and around my mouth, and I let it dry down until it feels like rubber. Once it’s dry you get to peel it off, and see the ick it’s removed from your skin. It’s basically an amped up version of those nose strips, with the added fun of being able to place it where you need it. I tend to use it about once a week, whenever my skin is looking and feeling a little blah.

Blaq Tube Mask is priced at £14 and is available here.

 

 

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When it comes to keeping makeup looking natural, it’s fair to say that colour corrector might not be at the top of your wish list. I admit, it does sound rather high maintenance, but with Laura Geller’s Filter Corrector Color Perfecting Balm, evening out your skin tone has never been easier.

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Packaged in a dinky little snap-top tower, complete with mirror are three colour correcting gels, which deal with the most common problems when it comes to skin – redness, sallowness and dullness.

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If you suffer from dark rings under your eyes, you’ll want to start off with the peach shade. Patted into shadows, it brightens everything up, and fakes a few good nights sleep.

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The blue shade has been specially designed to cancel out yellow skin tones and brighten skin. Since my skin is more pink than sallow, it’s probably my least-used out of the three, but if I’ve had a few late nights, and not drunk enough water, a little of the formula pattern into cheekbones fakes a green-juice worthy glow.

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The last of the trio is the green gel which is my absolute must have! As someone who turns pink far too easily, this is an absolute lifesaver. Patted into my nose and cheeks, it kills redness in its tracks.

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The three shades in the tower have been so well thought out, and I love how lightweight all of the formulas are. I apply them to bare, moisturised skin, and then apply my tinted moisturiser and concealer like normal. They’re a lifesaver for days you want to look your best, and the effects last all day long! I’m also such a fan of how portable the balms are – if you’re off on a half term jaunt, these couldn’t be easier to throw into your hand luggage. And bonus? They won’t spill!

Laura Geller Filter Corrector Color Perfecting Balm is priced at £25 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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I know that salt sprays are usually the preserve of summer beauty hauls, but now that we’re truly in autumn, my hair has been feeling all sorts of blah, and the only thing that I’ve found to add a little life to it has been Rahua’s Enchanted Island Salt Spray.

After washing and blowdrying my hair, I put my head upside down and spritz the salt spray into my roots. Then I blow dry on the cool setting, and massage my roots a little. The Salt Spray works absolute magic – it doesn’t dry out hair, or leave roots looking greasy. Instead, it gives hair a magic dose of volume which lasts all day.

Rahua Enchanted Island Salt Spray is priced at £32 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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So it’s fair to say that I take cleansing more seriously than the average person – I tend to use at least two products every night to make sure all the grime of the day is gone. Now Dermalogica have added a new product to my line up in the form of their new Precleanse Balm. Designed to be step zero in your routine, the pre cleanse balm has been designed to act like a magnet for dirt and grime.

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The super thick formula has to be applied to the new, specially designed mitt, then massaged into dry skin for about a minute. This works to break down all the makeup, dirt and grime which is on the skin. It even gets to grip with waterproof mascara! Once you’ve spent a minute or so working the formula into dry skin, you add a little warm water to emulsify everything, and wash it all off.

The specially designed mitt gently exfoliates skin, and the mix between the formula and the Precleanse Balm leaves skin looking and feeling glowy, without drying it out. The balm cleans skin incredibly thoroughly so that your other skincare products can work as effectively as possible.

Dermalogica Precleanse Balm and Mitt is priced at £44 and is available here.

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I’ve become a real fan of Kiko over the past few years. They are a brand whose products always feel super premium. The Autumn 2.0 collection has got to be a favourite of mine. Full of workhorse products which I’ve been reaching for since they popped through the letterbox, perhaps the most-reached for piece of the collection is the Duo Bronzer.

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A mix of cool toned bronzer and highlighter shades – I’ve not so much as looked at another bronzer since I got this. In fact, I’ve already treated myself to a backup! There are two shades to choose from – my choice is the lighter duo Bright Life, whilst those with a deeper skin tone will probably prefer Latest Technology.

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Applied over my regular tinted moisturiser, the Duo Bronzer gives a sheer veil of believable colour. It’s just the thing I need for warming up winter-pale skin, applied with a fluffy brush it looks seriously natural, and the highlighter gives just the right amount of glow. Once I’m suitably bronzed, I add a little more sheen with the highlighter applied to the highpoints of my face. It lasts all day too, without ever looking patchy or cakey.

Kiko Pressed Bronzer is priced at £15.90 and is available here.

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When it comes to fragrance, I can, admittedly be somewhat stuck in my ways. Anything Gardenia, Orange Blossom or citrus-y, I will pretty much be guaranteed to love it. So, when Rodin’s Olio Lusso 3 popped through the letterbox, I was a little scared it would be a bit outside my comfort zone. I shouldn’t have worried – 3 is a full-on grown up scent which feels perfect for autumn.

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Packaged in the chicest of bottles, 3 is a fabulously grown-up fragrance. Described as a classic spicy geranium, with notes of jasmine grandiflora, ylang-ylang, and orris, it was inspired by founder Linda Rodin’s fragrances of the 1970s. For me, it’s a deeper, woodsier fragrance, which feels pitch perfect for autumn and winter. I only need a couple of spritzes to my wrists and necks to be beautifully fragranced all day. Unlike other strong  fragrances, this one won’t enter the room before you do. It’s far more subtle – it stays close to you, and feels incredibly special to wear. The lasting power of 3 is impressive too – despite being an eau de toilette, it wears far more like an eau de parfum. Hours after applying it I can still smell it, and I’ve had several people ask me what I’m wear whilst out and about.

Rodin 3 Eau de Toilette is priced at £145 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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When it comes to looking good at the gym, I used to be one of those people who applied a full face of makeup before heading over. The very least I wore was bronzer and mascara. Now though, I’m far more likely to go into with a slick of moisturiser on. Once I’m done with my work out, like like to make use of the showers, and although it usually takes me a good 1/2 an hour to get from gym floor to the vanity station, my skin can still be quite red. So, for post-work out glam, I’ve been turning to SportFX, an affordable line of skincare and makeup which is great for looking as good as possible during and after workouts.

The Cool Down Primer and Recovery Gel is perfect for taming any left over redness. It’s a blue-toned, slightly minty scented formula which cools and refreshes skin. It delivers a much-need does of moisture whilst blurring imperfections. It’s also sweat proof, so you can use it pre-workout if you’d prefer.

SportFX Cool Down Primer and Recovery Gel is priced at £9.99 and is available here.

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When it comes to brushes, I like to keep things as simple as possible. 99% of the time, you’re not going to find me rocking a winged and smokey eye. Instead I like things nice and simple, but as anyone who has even glanced at a NAKED palette knows, it can take a lot of nude shadows to create a perfect natural look! Theres also nothing I hate more than dirtying up 100 brushes before breakfast, so I’ve been loving Miss Gorgeous’ Dry & Wet Makeup Brush Cleaner. In-between shadow choices, I can swirl my eyeshadow brush onto the sponge, and as if by magic it’s clean!

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The magic little heart isn’t just for dry brushes. By nature I’m a bit of a clean freak, so I tend to wash my brushes more regularly than other people. I love having immaculate brushes, but I hate how much brush soap I go through. So if I take out the sponge part of the cleaner, add a little soap and warm water and swirl my brushes around. It really quickens up the process, and means I don’t end up burning through my bottles of Dr. Bronners soap (the best thing I’ve found for brushes).

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For bigger brushes, I simply work them over the ridges on the Brush Cleaner’s better. It really lets you get deep into brushes, leaving them like-new clean. It’s a genially simple little tool which has been keeping my brushes in tip-top condition. Bonus? It’s super affordable, and comes in three colours!

Miss Gorgeous Dry & Wet Brush Cleaner is priced at £5.99 and is available here.

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As much as I love autumn with all the pretty leaves, the pumpkin spice and the chance to snuggle up in scarves and sweaters, I despise what it does to my skin. Alternating between outdoor chills and indoors with the heating cranked up leaves me feeling absolutely parched.

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I try to do as much as possible to keep everything smooth and hydrated, but this can be especially difficult when it comes to delicate areas like my lips. So, the chance to try Nugg’s new Exfoliating Lip Smoother couldn’t have come at a better time!

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Packaged in an adorable (if impossible to photograph) little ball, the Smoother means that keeping lips soft  is now incredibly easy. Made up entirely of natural ingredients, the Smoother feels like a gritty balm to apply, which I tend to use every couple of mornings after cleansing. Once I work it gently into my lips, I remove the scrub with a warm washcloth and then finish off with a slick of balm. I am obsessed with the vanilla/birthday cake scent too – it’s so fun, and the little sphere is just adorable!

Nugg Exfoliating Lip Smoother is priced at £10 and is available here

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When it comes to updating your makeup bag for autumn, is there anything better than a brand new red lippie? I certainly don’t think so! Especially when they’re as perfect as Clarins’ newest shade 754 Deep Red which has been released as part of the brand’s new Graphic Makeup Collection.

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Packaged in the brand’s signature chic golden bullet, 754 Deep Red is everything you want in a statement lip. Like all lipsticks I’ve tried from the brand, the formula is rich and creamy, with an opaque finish from a single swipe of the bullet.

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Applied straight from the bullet, the colour is rich and vibrant, and lasts well over four hours without drying or flaking. It’s the perfect red lip for fall!

Clarins Jolie Rouge in 754 Deep Red is priced at £20 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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When it comes to winter skincare it’s far too easy to concentrate on keeping moisture levels up, and let everything else skip by the wayside. I’m not sure about you, but the moment the central heating goes on and gets cranked up, my skin just gets more and more parched by the day. And dry skin leads to dull skin, so in an attempt to keep everything as soft and as glowy as possible, I’ve been reaching for my tub of Simply Scrub’s Soursop Body Scrub.

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Simply Scrub is an American brand who specialise in 100% natural, organic and chemical free products. The scrubs are made up of coffee grounds (which are fabulous for working magic on cellulite) as well as dead sea mineral salt and brown sugar so they leave skin feeling looking absolutely incredible. The coconut oil in the mix really ups moisture levels, and the use of Soursop and essential oils smells fantastic. It’s a fresh, quite citrus-y mix, which is perfect for use in the morning.

Simply Scrubs Soursop Scrub Jar is priced at $13.99 and is available here 

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