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6 Products to Fake ‘I got 8 Hours of Sleep’

Isn’t this the biggest goal we all wake up to on a morning, in hope we look like we’ve successfully got our healthy 8 hours of sleep each night? Well it is for me.

I wanted to share with you a few of my staple essentials to achieve fake this ‘look’ in hope to making morning’s easier for you.

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  1.  My holy grail serum – Advanced Genifique
    I’m pretty sure you will all be sick of me rambling on and on about this product. So I will keep this short and sweet.
    This serum is the best serum for perking up your skin, giving your skin a healthy luminous glow from deep within. Its helps illuminate and even out your skin making your complexion clearer and brighter, a non sticky or greasy formula. It’s a clear fat absorbing serum, which is measured out with the specialised pipette applicator – 1 drop per use, so you will never over use the product which again I LOVE.
  2. Genifique ‘Light Pearl’ Eye Serum
    I like to refer this little beauty as a sister version of my fave serum ‘Advanced Genifique’. Except with this Light Pearl its only applied to the eye area.
    Its the best eye serum I’ve ever tried and I’m yet to find any thing else quite like this on the market to date, so if you can prove me wrong leave a comment below.
    It’s so unique to the metal ball applicator, this means that the serum goes on very cooling and soothing. This feels amazing on a morning as it really helps to wake you up, also the formula of the serum and the metal ball helps to depuff any tired swollen eyes.
    The serum also helps deminish dark circles and fine lines and wrinkles over time too, see there really is nothing else quite like this!
  3. Eye drops
    These are the best for awakening your tired eyes, brilliant as well if your eyes are feeling irritated and dry!
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  4. Lancome, Hydra Glow Primer
    The Perfect Primer for an extra shot of glowy realness! Brilliant for a drier skin, if you have more oily skin I would stay away from this as a base primer, but you can use this for a subtle highlighter. This is a multi purpose product, so its great for everyone, a small pea sized amount tapped above your base make-up will bring light and healthy sheen to your skin make-up you look radiant and awake.
  5. Teint Miracle Cushion
    This is the best foundation for such a pale skin like mine which gives coverage but doesn’t look thick, cakey or noticeable on the skin. It really is a foundation which mimics a second skin effect. The soft pearlised finish gives a healthy radiant sheen to the skin and makes the skin look bright fresh and awake. You can blend this foundation in easy enough using your finger tips however if you want a fuller finish a brush is always better to get a more flawless finish.
  6. MAC,  Chromagraphic Pencil NC15 (Nude Pencil)
    Now this little pencil is not one to be over looked at all. This makes such a difference and really makes you’re eyes appear bigger, brighter and healthy.
    Its a flesh toned pencil which can be worn on the waterline inside the eye, this neutralises any redness on the inside rim of the eye. Which if you skip this step you will have picture perfect healthy skin with red tired sore looking eyes, especially if you’ve had a sleepless night. Running this on the inside of your eyes with take you less than 10 seconds and will stay put all day!

Let me know your favourite products you reach to when you need a little pick me on a morning!

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Empties #1


So today I wanted to share with you some products that I’ve finished up using, so you can have a nosey at what I’ve been using, why and what I thought of them.

1. Lancôme Tonique Douceur 400ml – £36
Normal to Combination Skin : Tonique Douceur, Cleansers SKIN CARE

I’ve gone through so many bottles of this stuff, I’ve lost count! This is my favourite toner I’ve tried, just because  I feel like it really hydrates and nourishes my skin after cleansing it. There’s no alcohol in this toner, but I do have the clarifying toner also which contains alcohol and use that once a week as exfoliating treatment on my skin. It has a clean smell and really wakes me up on a morning and is very soft and gentle, that I can run over my eyes without causing any irritation. I also use this toner in my Kit as it is for all skin types, so work well for any skin type I’ve come across and dries on the skin quite quickly making it perfect for my needs.

2. Lancôme Gel Eclat 125ml – £23

I think this tube has been my 4th one I’ve gone through, which is mad! However I have been using this cleanser now for nearly 3 years and it’s brilliant for moving all my make-up. I don’t think going through 4 in 3 years is bad going to be honest, this stuff lasts me ages, as a small pea sized amount goes such a long way. This is type of Cleanser you use with water and it lathers up on the skin, making it the perfect partner in crime with my Clarisonic Mia 2, which I couldn’t be without. If you don’t like that thicker gel kind texture Lancome also do a Mousse version which is a little more lighter and thinner, which makes a  nice alternative. I like this as it amazing on sensitive skin but is the first cleanser I’ve found to remove all my heavy make-up and not leave that tight skin feeling after just cleansing. It really is worth the investment, for how long it lasts!

3. Lancôme Genifique Eye Pearl 20ml – £46

This is an eye serum which you apply to and around your eye area using a stainless steel metal ball applicator. The metal ball applicator keeps the serum cold and help de-puff tired looking eyes, bringing the blood flow to the top of the skin. The serum also helps to brighten and illuminate around the eye area, as well as help fight the first signs of ageing. This can be used up to 5 times a day, on top of make-up throughout the day or just as part of a skincare routine. Some people I know even go as far to store it in the fridge to keep it extra cold! This is such a nice base for eye make-up and a really nice product to use on a morning especially if you are one to suffer from tired puffy eyes. Its not too thick, its very light in texture and quickly absorbs leaving no trace or residue. I’ll definitely be repurchasing soon!


4. Lancôme Galateis Douceur 400ml – £36

I also have the milk cleanser to match my face wash cleanser. I use this in my Kit, as its great for getting make-up off models after shoots, as its so gentle. It can be used on the face, eyes and lips, making it a make-up artist must have. This one in particular is great for all skin types even the most gentlest of skins. I tend to find working this all over the face with my finger tips and then removing with a cotton pad the best way to cleanse the skin. I also like to use this on a night time when I cant be bothered washing my face or I’ve not worn make-up all day just to freshen my skin up.

5. YSL Forever Light Creator Serum 50ml – £85

For my skin tone corrector I tend to keep with the Lancome range and use Dreamtone in the ‘1’ shade. However I think there has been a dispatch problem with this at the minute, so I decided to opt for something else whilst it came back in to stock. I decided to go for YSL’s equivalent. I have to admit I much preferred the pipette applicator than the Dreamtone press down button method, as I could never tell or judge when I was running low on the Dreamtone product. It has really helped to brighten and even my skin tone out especially on my forehead all redness has been removed. It has not broken me out which put my off on some reviews, my skin took surprisingly well to the change. It quickly absorbed into my skin and again has a really nice clean fresh smell so was pleasant to use. I just used it once a day in a morning and found that worked best for me. I’ll be happy to repurchase the product again in the future.

6. Origins Out of Trouble Mask 100ml – £23

I love this mask! This is my favourite mask and needing to repurchase as soon as possible, it really does help calm redness and angry spots, its the best mask I’ve ever used. I used it about once or twice a week depending on how my skin is and leave it on for around 10 minutes whilst in the bath. I don’t tend to use it all over my face all the time, I like to concentrate it on the areas I feel like needs some TLC and I find this way it makes the product last longer! If you suffer with angry spots, stressed skin which is also sensitive I would highly recommend this mask for a weekly skin treat. If you’re a bit sceptical I’d try get your hands on a sample and see how you get on.

7. Bumble & Bumble Surf Shampoo & Conditioner 250ml – £18.50 & £20.50

Surprisingly this Shampoo & Conditioner have lasted me a really long time. They’re the first products I’ve ever tried from Bumble and Bumble and I’m very pleased with how they left my hair. The shampoo really cleansed my hair and didn’t leave my hair feeling or looking greasy which many cheaper shampoos tend to do. The conditioner was really creamy also and left the end of my hair feeling very soft. The scent wasn’t overly strong but just had a nice clean smell to it. I did feel my hair looked more texture after I’d blow dried it after using these 2 products, but I’m not sure is that just me thinking that. They definitely left my hair feeling very light and weightless, which is what both products claim to do on the bottle, happy Ruth! I would love to try more products from Bumble and Bumble in the future.

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Thanks for reading,

Ruth x