Dermablading is an increasingly popular (and really bloody expensive) facial treatment where a beautician will shave your face with a super small razor to get rid of all the gunk on the top layer of your skin (you’ve seen the pictures on Insta, it’s pretty grim). Naturally, I’ve wanted to try out dermablading for a while, considering I have acne-prone, oily skin. I used to exfoliate like a mad woman. Note the used to.
When Sarah at Makeup Box Ldn so kindly reached out to me and offered me to try the Lilibeth brow shaper, my wallet could finally breathe a sigh of relief.
Disclaimer: The product in this post was gifted in exchange for an honest and open review.
so, what is it?
The Lilibeth brow shaper is a lil’ blade that can be used to shape your brows, get rid of your peach fuzz or do the whole shebang and exfoliate your face. I was fortunately given an instruction leaflet (I dread to think how this review would turn out otherwise) explaining how to use the blade most efficiently.
To begin with, I thought I’d have a go at getting rid of my peach fuzz as I’d recently had my brows done and wasn’t too sure about going the whole way with dermaplaning. I’ve never mentioned this before, but I suffer with PCOS which means that I can get quite a lot of peachy fuzz – luckily mine is mainly around my jawline and a teeny bit on my upper lip, but nothing too obvious to anyone other than myself. Here's some nice and flattering before pics:
I ended up going over my face twice to get rid of some dead skin and doing my brows, I was that obsessed.
I found the Brow Shaper so easier to use, even though I’m super cack-handed. I had visions of me being found in a pool of blood with nicks all over my face, but there were no injuries and it didn’t hurt at all.
After my first use, my skin felt sooo super duper soft and I instantly knew I’d love this product.
a few days in?
After a few days, I noticed how good my skin was looking. I was glowing a lot and it felt so much softer and cleaner than it has done in a while. I can’t say I experienced the amazing makeup application that everyone tells you about and I did get a few dry patches around my chin, but on the whole after a few days I really saw an improvement to my face. I have no makeup on in this picture, by the way. Nope, not even highlighter!
After the initial glow, I started to notice some spots in unusual places. I'm very prone to spots on my chin, but I noticed some around my jawline and some rash-like spots around my upper lip. I got straight in touch with Sarah who gave me a very detailed explanation to why this was happening and that it's not that uncommon, which I was relieved about. To sum it up, it's basically like when you try a new cleanser and your skin is being 'purged'.
Overall, I'm super impressed. The little spots that broke out went away within a few days and afterwards I was left with an insanely smooth and glowing face. I've actually managed to improve my skin since using the blade, as I noticed that I have quite a few dry patches (something I wouldn't have noticed before) and I've been working on fixing that. Here's two more no-makeup pics. My skin is looking cleeeaaar.
What's your favourite beauty tool? If you want to get your hands on one of these, head over to Makeup Box Ldn or have a peek at their Insta to see all of their beauty goodness.
After reading Laura Capon's article last year about how much money she'd spent on makeup/beauty products in 2017, I was desperate to do something similar. So, in 2018 I set myself the goal to only buy a new makeup product if I needed a replacement - excluding eyeshadows and lipsticks, of course, because I have no self control. I'm just warning you in advance, the amount I've spent is pretty worrying.
Disclaimer: products marked with a * have been gifted by the brand. Oh, and did I mention it had snowed?!
Victoria's Secret body spray in Pure Seduction - £17.
Victoria's Secret perfume in Angel - £65.
YSL perfume in Black Opium (my scent of 2018) - £72.
Okay, it's embarrassing how expensive my taste in perfume is. I'm actually surprised I only got through three fragrances, but I always have a lot of perfumes on the go at once.
Note: I haven't kept hold of all of my moisturisers/toners etc.
I could not live without my Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, so no wonder I got through two full-sized bottles at £11 and one travel-sized at £7.
2 x Superdrug Vitamin C serum - £5.
Glossier Super Pure - £24.
Nip+Fab Kale Fix shot serum - £25.
Nip+Fab Viper Venom Fix shot serum - £25.
Skinkissed Flawless Skin serum - £25*.
2 x Witch Hazel Sticks - £2.50.
Nivea lip balm - £1.
EOS - £6.
Vaseline with cocoa butter - £2.
2 x Elizabeth Arden 8-hour lip balm - £10.
I use lip balms all the time and have multiple on the go, so it's no shock that I've spent almost £30 this year.
I use mascara almost daily, so I'm not surprised that I got through ten this year.
L'Oreal Volume Million mascara - £11.
L’Oreal Mega Volume Collagene mascara- £10.
Beauty Pie Über Volume Boost - £20/3.36 depending on membership*.
Colour Couture - approx £10 (I don't think this is available any longer).
Givenchy Noir Couture black satin mascara travel size - approx £13*.
Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara (my holy grail) - 1 x travel size £10, 1 x normal size £19.
Tarte Gifted mascara travel size - approx £10.
Tarte Lights Camera Lashes mascara - 1 x travel size £11, 1 x normal size £21.
MUA eye primer - £4.
Urban Decay Self-Adjusting primer - £24.
Too Faced Hangover primer - 1 x travel size £12, 1 x normal size £27.
Benefit Porefessional primer - travel size £7.
Anastasia Beverly Hills foundation stick - £25.
Tarte Shape Tape hydrating foundation - £33.
Eight concealers this year?! That's a little worrying, I can't lie.
6 x Revolution Conceal and Define - £4.
Maybelline Eraser Eye - £9.
Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer - £23.
2 x Mac Fix+ - £19.
Too Faced Hangover setting spray - 2 x travel size £12, 1 x normal size £27.
Mini Jeffree Star velour liquid lip - £7.
Did I really only get through one lippy?!?!
The Body Shop gel pen liner - £9.
Do you spend a lot on your beauty regime? Let me know, and maybe make me feel like less of an addict!
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Is it just me who associates Christmastime with red lipstick? I hope not, otherwise this post will fall very flat. Anyway, before I go off on one, here's the best red lippy for that perfect Christmas pout.
Lime Crime Wet Cherry lipgloss in Maraschino Cherry
This lipstick speaks for itself, it's a gorgeous glossy red that is surprisingly creamy and transfer proof. It doesn't feel like a gloss but it's not as heavy as a lipstick (if that makes any sense at all), which I really like. It also gives off huge Cheryl Blossom vibes, in case you wanted me to give you an extra reason to buy it. I've been searching for a red gloss for too long now and finally I've found the perfect one.
Welcome to my second Christmas gift guide of 2018, this time it's all things beauty! I love the beauty industry this time of year, everything is packaged so beautifully and Christmas-themed...so, here are some great seasonal pressies.
Fenty Beauty Diamond Bomb highlighter
Soph's putting Fenty in another beauty post...are you really that shocked?
This highlighter is effing beautiful and just look at that packaging! It's rare that a highlighter excites me, but I'm already considering grabbing a backup of this as I believe it's limited edition. Any beauty lover in your life will need this stunner.
Enough from me though, this speaks for itself.
Too Faced Gingerbread Spice palette
I get so excited every time Too Faced release a new palette because they're just so good. The Gingerbread palette screams 'festive' - and it smells festive too, which is a beautiful bonus. The colour scheme is ideal for those holiday celebrations...and this is dying to be worn on New Year's Eve!
What's on your beauty Christmas list? Who knows, maybe Santa will treat you to one of these goodies!
As always, thank you for reading! I was thinking of doing a drugstore version of this, so let me know if you think that would be a nice idea.
Face Masks Galore
Now that I'm a student with significantly less money than I used to have, being gifted a shower gel was highly appreciated. There's not much I can really say about this body wash other than it smells bloody incredible, like that perfectly fresh rose scent. It also leaves my bathroom smelling delicious, too, which is always a bonus.
Disclaimer: While I was gifted these products for the sake of a blog post and contains affiliate links, all of the words and views are my own. I love Anatomicals as a brand, from their punny product names to the passive aggressive threats on their packaging about recycling, so a big thank you to them for sending me these products and I can't wait to try some other bits that they sell!
As always, thank you for reading. Are there any skincare goodies you think I should try? Let me know.