For over 5 months now I have been working on a line of lip scrubs, though I had originally anticipated it would be a quick, easy process that would be done before the Winter of this year, now I know that my expectations were a laughable fantasy. I wanted to create a luxurious but unique exfoliating product as I use a lot of various lip products that tend to dry out and crack my lips, leaving them painful and not very pleasant to look at. It has took a very long time and a lot patience to finally come up with the formula that I am happy with. Continuous variations of the product are still being produced and tested at the moment, but JCC Butterscotch Lipscrubs will FINALLY be here in the very near future.
-Temptingly sweet aroma and flavour
-Removes dead skin cells
-Softens and infuses lips with moisture
-All natural ingredients
-Quick and easy fix for dry or damaged lips
-Use before various lip products for more vibrant, long lasting effect.
-Also includes Vitamin E for extra replenishment
-All of our products are 100% cruelty free.
JCC Butterscotch Lip Scrub is a sugar based Lip Scrub and should be massaged into the lips, left to absorb for 30-60 seconds (or longer for those really dry, cold days) then simply wipe away with warm water and a cotton pad, leaving your lips feeling smooth, plump and refreshed. The Butterscotch Lip Scrub will cost £2.99 for 20g and is only the first in a new line of Lip Scrubs to come out in the New year. Unfortunately our products do contains traces of Gluten & Nuts, though this is something that is being worked on for future flavours. This product will be exclusive to this website for the time being and only shipping within the United Kingdom.
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See you next Sunday,
This week I've been trying to re-stock some of my make-up collection as I keep finding empty bottle after empty bottle. Whilst browsing A LOT of new products that I really can't afford this close to Christmas, I decided I would just re-fill my necessities or 'favourites', as other people say, and share what they are with you all. It just so handily happens, that they're all from MAC this time around, relieving me of shipping costs.
MAC PREP N PRIME
This primer is basically a part of me, I use this every single day and on those days when I don't want to put on a full face of make-up I often just use this alone or apply a BB Cream over the top. Among all the MAC products I buy, this is the one I get every single time I visit as I often suffer from oily skin, this product seems to absorb all of the oil and really calms my skin down, creating a perfect base. This costs £21 and I'd happily set up a direct debit, I'm yet to try another MAC primer as this one is absolutely perfect for me.
MAC STUDIO WATERWEIGHT
This was the first bottle I have tried of this foundation and fell deeply in love with it after applying it for the first time (and if you seen my first blog you'll know I'm a huge fan of the built-in 'eyedropper' type applicator), this bottle has only just run out and I'm very relieved that my next bottle is on the way. As you all know it's that time of year where our skin is feeling very dry and needing some TLC, so wearing an extremely thick foundation is the last thing you want to do, which is what made me opt for MAC Studio Waterweight the first time round. The durable, flawless, 24 hour results are, in my opinion, worth what you pay for the bottle of foundation, I highly recommend this to anyone with dry and/or sensitive skin. At £25.50 This does cost a little more than your average high-end foundation, but you will feel the weight being lifted from your face.
MAC STUDIO FIX POWDER
I am 100% positive when I say I'm not the only person that is addicted to MAC Studio Fix powder. A finishing powder is one of the most important parts of keeping your face perfect all day long. You can contour, blend, and apply more mascara as often as you like, but if you don't lock in your foundation with a good powder, it's all going to melt. It feels like it took me forever and a day to discover MAC Studio Fix powder. This products absorbs all the oils on your face whilst still allowing your skin to breathe, it also comes with a handy applicator sponge so you can top up throughout the day without caking all your make-up. I most often use this product on top of a foundation for that 'extra coverage' matte effect, though it can also be used alone on your skin as a foundation for those not-so important days. This is another pure necessity for me and costs around £22, though this lasts me around 3 to 4 months.
Thank you all for taking the time to read this blog, please let me know 3 of your beauty necessities!
You can find these products at www.maccosmetics.co.uk
See you next Sunday,
This week I've got something a little different than usual, as I've been so busy recently I've barely had time to go Make-up shopping. But with the seasons changing I always feel it's that time of year to take a little bit extra care and leave yourself feeling great, so I thought I'd share my 'Top 3 Therapeutic/Replenishing products'.
MACADAMIA OIL EXTRACT BODY BUTTER
With the change in the weather my skin becomes a lot more dry this time of year, so I picked up this Body Butter and it's £1.99 price tag, led me to believe it was going to be an extremely mediocre 'dupe' of a product, but I am now absolutely obsessed. This Body Butter is blended with loads of moisturising agents such as Macadamia oil, Vitamin E and Shea Butter, leaving your skin smooth, soft and replenished (it also smells amazing!). I've had this for 3 weeks now and still have loads left, but for the low price it cost, I'll most likely be stocking up for the year next time I buy it.
BED HEAD URBAN ANTIDOTES 'RESSURRECTION HAIR MASK'
Throughout this year I have been constantly bleaching and curling my hair, before eventually failing to maintain the root re-growth and dying the whole lot Black again, it has definitely been abused and as I have been using straighteners or a curling wand most days, it was in serious need of an hair intervention. On my monthly trip to Salon Services I picked up this Hair Mask as they did not have my regular one is stock and only cost about £7. Every other time I wash my hair, I now use this product. I have been recommending it to clients and using it after colouring appointments as a sample, this has seriously revamped my dry, dull, life-less hair, I'm so pleased that I picked this up and only wish I had done it sooner. I would definitely recommend this to people who bleach their hair a lot, or use a lot of heat on their hair. Excellent value for money, and definitely a new favourite.
MATRIX 'SILK WONDER' SMOOTHING OIL
Matrix is a company I order from a lot, their prices are very affordable, you get brilliant quality and they are constantly learning new ways to make you and your hair look and feel brilliant. Something I've been using on my clients since I first started training as a Hair Stylist was this Matrix Smoothing Oil though I never used it very much on myself. Though recently as I mentioned I've had a lot of damage to my hair leaving it extremely dry and unmanageable, so as part of a daily routine I would apply this to my hair whilst damp and/or occasionally after it had been dried and styled, this smooth's the hair, restores shine with concentrated Olive oil and controls frizz with 24 hour humidity resistance. I've had this bottle for roughly 4 months and still have plenty to use as you only need a little drop to run through the ends of your hair, with a recommended retail price of £11 it's a really reasonable investment.
If there are any great replenishing products you think I should know about tell me below.
As always thank you for reading, I'll see you next week.
(I'm sorry for the delay on this post, this was due to a technical error beyond my control.)
Hope you all had a great Halloween and aren't suffering too badly today. This week I have done the '£20 Makeup Challenge' in which you have £20 only to spend on products to complete a full face of makeup. We have all been there, at the end of the month when money is tight, so I thought this would be a fun, helpful post for you all on your recovery day. With this money I went off to my local drug stores and everything I got I managed to find in either Boots or Savers. It's been a long time since I browsed the beauty sections in these shops so this was pretty fun to do (though more difficult than I thought with only £20 to spend).
The first item I got was 'Ultimate Fix Foundation/Concealer' from Collection 2000, this only cost £4.99 and was a necessity for me. I love the 'porcelain doll' foundation look and have previously found that no drug store foundation will give you this result, so in order to achieve it I opted for this extremely thick concealer to help set a base for my skin (using my Pink Beauty Blender) before applying the foundation. I was pretty happy with this concealer, the only con was the shade I chose, as there were only 2 shades available in store, I chose the lightest though it's still darker than I would have liked.
FOUNDATION & POWDER
The second item I got was, of course, 'Stay Matte' foundation from Rimmell London, this comes in a really thick, mousse texture so I applied a few drops to the back of my hand and dabbed my MAC 187 brush then applied to get the desired result. REMEMBER, we don't want layers and layers of foundation, otherwise it's all going to melt and cake later in the day which is never a good look. To top of my foundation I bought a cheap compact powder for about £2 from Collection 2000. The product worked well, though it did not add extra coverage like a Foundation/Powder would. Overall I am completely shocked at how well the foundation worked and for only £5.99. I'm never normally a fan of mousse based foundations, (especially 'Dream Matte Mousse') but I will most likely be using this again, a brilliant dupe for those lazy or unimportant days where you want to look good but want your face to feel light and fresh.
If you know me, you know how much I love to contour my face. The 'Blush and Go' Quad from Collection 2000. This cost only £4.99 (but got this in a 2 for 1 deal in Boots) and I can see me repurchasing this over and over again. In this compact palette you get a matte bronzer, a shimmer highlight, a 'Popping' pink blush and a 'Dusty Rose' colour of blush. Once again, I was very pleasantly surprised at how much pigment was in each of these colours and how little product you need to create an amazing look! The only shade I don't see myself using in this palette very often is the highlight, to get it to pop and be as light as possible I had to pack it
onto my cheeks with my finger, whereas normally I'd prefer a fan brush. So if you're like me and looking for an extremely light, metallic highlighter, it's not here, but that definitely won't stop me from repurchasing! Great value for money.
I managed to get a 'Black Liquid Liner' for only £1 and as you can imagine, was extremely poor. After standing for 10 minutes attempting to perfect the streaky lines the anorexic brush had left on my lash line, I came to the realisation that this product felt extremely watered down and is just pure rubbish (which is where it ended up).
LONG LASH MASCARA
Doubting that my £1 'Long Lasting Mascara' was going to work, I went ahead and applied it anyway, and just as I expected, did practically nothing. After 5 minutes or so of sitting and layering the mascara on I finally achieved very soft, subtle eyelashes, so if you're looking for a false lash alternative, this product is sadly not for you. Though I would not recommend this product, I am keeping it as some days I look for an extremely subtle mascara for certain makeup looks or for natural photoshoots.
EYES & BROWS
With my fingers crossed for the 'Eye and Brow Set' I slightly blunted the tip of my brow pencil to help with a more natural movement which ultimately, creates the perfect arch on your brows. This product had a lot more pigment than I was expecting and holds up well against accidental hand gestures which would normally smudge, but like I said, held up extremely well. I probably won't use this again on myself but may add it to my kit as a spare.
That was everything I got for the £20 Makeup Challenge, do you or have you tried any of these products? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.
Sorry if I rambled but Thank you for reading.
I'll be back next Sunday.
(Full face make-up using all the products listed)