New York, New York!

FionaAfter a little bit of a massive delay, I thought I’d better do a post on my trip to NYC and share all my lovely beauty buys with you.

Warning: this is a mammoth post (as you’d expect!)

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My Favourite Face Mask

RachelSo I’m not always a skincare saint *removes halo* and in typical style I had a few too many on Saturday night and after falling asleep on the couch at 2am I decided that going straight to bed was definitely me living my best life. It’s never the greatest decision as it’s bad enough waking up with the lingering headache but crusty eyelashes are the worst. Enter my skin saviour…

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Christmas Beauty Haul

FionaIn amongst the whirlwind of Christmas (driving over 500 miles, drinking too much Baileys and eating twice my body weight in cheese) I was completely spoiled by friends and family with some gorgeous beauty gifts.

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Current Beauty Favourites – April 2017



Here’s a roundup of products we are loving at the moment, as discussed at our last monthly meet up in April.

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Our Make Up of Christmas Past…

For December, we thought we would try something a little bit different than a straight forward review and it being the festive season, we took inspiration from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to bring you our Make Up of Christmas Past, Present & Future…


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My Current Skincare Routine – For Oily Dehydrated Spot Prone Skin

Skincare came late to me. As a spotty teen I did all of the wrong things; Didn’t regularly wash my face (urgh). When I did I’d use stringent, alcohol teaming cleansers stripping my skin of any natural, helpful oils. I’d scrub that heavy duty apricot exfoliator to shred my face… If the cleanser wasn’t enough punishment. Also moisturiser was evil and to never be used.

THANKFULLY I’ve now moved on and had an appropriate skincare routine for a few years now. If you’re at a loss I can recommend the skincare guru Caroline Hirons Blog, Sali Hughes’ Book/Youtube Channel and Wayne Goss’ Youtube Channel for starters.

I’ve discovered that I have an oily/dehydrated skin type. The good news is that having oily skin reduces the onset of wrinkles (YAY), the bad news is that after a weekend on the booze or going one night without cleansing my face I will get at least one spot staring at me in the bathroom mirror in the morning (BOO).

Dehydration almost seems new in the skincare/beauty arena, here is the science bit;

“Well-hydrated skin will appear smooth and dewy on the surface. The epidermis will be plump, supple and bounce back easily, indicating good elasticity. Epidermal dehydration is indicated by crepiness or small lines that form when the skin is manipulated during skin analysis. Scales may form in the case of more severe, chronic surface dehydration. Dermal dehydration causes depletion of the dermis and will ultimately result in deeper wrinkles that are visible on the surface of the skin, as well as elastosis and sagging skin.”

Crepiness, wrinkles and sagging skin you say, where do I sign up?!

To combat both of my issues I use a mixture of products that work for me.


L-R – Cleanser, Toner, Serum, Eye Cream, Moisturiser.

The cleanser I love is Vichy Normaderm Cleansing Gel, I’ve repurchased this several times. It’s soap and paraben free with lovely Salicylic acid and Glycolic acid.

After washing and patting my face dry I’ll give it a couple of sprays of the Lush Tea Tree Water, it’s really refreshing and as tea tree is antibacterial it can help keep away the bacteria that can cause spots. Once this dries down I use a pea sized amount of the Indeed Labs Hydraluron which helps me solve my dehydration issue.

The eye cream I’m using at the moment is Una Brennan Dark Circles Eye Cream, It’s not proven to reduce my dark circles (waahh) but it’s light, moisturising and I can apply make-up straight on top of it which *will* reduce them.

Finally (depending on how my skin is that day) I’ll use my face moisturiser which on a normal day will be Vichy Normaderm Hydrating Care, this helps target both my oil and hydration issues.

I know this seems a lot but it honestly takes 2 – 3mins on a morning.


L-R Make-up Remover, Cleanser, Toner, Serum, Eye Cream, Moisturiser

L-R – Make-up Remover, Cleanser, Toner, Serum, Eye Cream, Moisturiser.

As per AM but with an added make-up removing step of Clinique Take The Day Off. It is a cleansing balm that I LOVE. It removes all traces of make-up including industrial strength mascara! It’s scent free and doesn’t sting my eyes.

I then follow the AM routine with a change of moisturiser to Clinique Moisture Surge. It may look like pink ectoplasm but it’s really fantastic stuff, really hydrating without any stickiness and doesn’t break me out.


L-R - Facemask, Facemask, Acid Exfoliator.

L-R – Facemask, Facemask, Acid Exfoliator.

Once a week (usually Sunday to help combat the weekend indulgence) I’ll use one of the two masks, both clay based with Salicylic acid to extract impurities.

Twice a week I’ll use the Indeed Labs Exfoliator which is a powder form, you mix with water to turn it into a foamy consistency. I’d use this PM after removing make-up and cleansing with the Vichy.

To be brutally honest the first step and best step I’ve ever taken was too simply start washing my face and making sure I remove my make-up properly every day*.

*Apart from 4am on a Sunday when a slapdash make-up wipe will just have to do.


MCRBC Reviews – Primers and Foundations

January’s review products are primers and foundations. We grouped these together as there are many primers and foundations on the market that do both jobs and do them well, so we decided to give them a go.


Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer – 9/10

 Emmy chose the beauty blogger favourite, Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer, £20.50 for 30ml (but currently on offer on Beauty Bay). The product description says “Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer neutralises and smoothes uneven skin tone for a youthful lustre”. But what did Emmy think? “It’s fucking amazing” she gushed. The slight pink tone is illuminating and definitely helps foundation stay put for the day, whilst keeping the skin plumped and hydrated. Emmy gave this primer a 9/10 but said “I would give it 10/10 if it minimised pores too!”. Ingredients list here.


Clarins Skin Illusion – 8.5/10

Carrie reviewed the Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Radiance Foundation £27 for 30ml and contains Pink algae extract and Opal powder for luminosity! Carrie’s skin can be drier during winter and has been using a thin layer of Coconut Oil as a primer during these colder months so was looking for a foundation that would give her the hydration and cover she wanted. Carrie loved this foundation and said it smelt lovely, stopped shine, stayed on for the full day, still gave more coverage than a BB cream and gave it 8.5/10! Ingredients list here.


Maybelline Instant Fatigue Blur – 4/10

Laura tried out the Maybelline Instant Fatigue Blur primer in Warm Apricot, £7.99 for 30ml, which is a water-based blur primer to help keep the skin hydrated. Laura normally uses the Maybelline Instant Pore Eraser so was excited to try this but reported back with a very lacklustre “It’s alright”. The smell was the main thing that put Laura off, as it has a strong plastic, chemical smell. On it’s own there’s nothing to write home about, however her foundation did stay in place for longer which upped her score to a 4/10, but will stick with her Instant Pore Eraser (which she would give a 7/10!).


Clinique Superbalance Makeup – 8/10

Sara splashed out on the lovely Clinique Superbalanced Makeup in Alabaster, £22.50 for 30ml. This foundation is a great all rounder, claiming to balance skin, control oil and minimise the appearance of fine lines. Sold! But does it actually do all this? Sara loved the fact that this foundation is hydrating as she too has dry skin during the winter, with some redness around her nose. But it stayed on all day keeping her skin smooth and moisturised with a buildable coverage that showed her freckles with one layer and covered the dreaded redness with a touch more. Sara awarded Superbalanced Makeup a very deserved 8/10! Ingredients here.


Neutrogena Shine Control Primer – 9/10

Fiona tested the Neutrogena Shine Control Primer, which doesn’t seem to be very easy to buy in the UK! But we found it for £9.85 on eBay. The Neutrogena Primer is a Rice Protein Complex and is silicon based so has that lovely soft, but light texture. As soon as Fiona put it on she noticed it “massively helped with shine control” and felt comfortable wearing it on its own but her foundation also sat well on top of it. It also has a lovely, yet not overpowering scent. Fiona loved this primer and gave it a big 9/10! Ingredients here.


Benefit The POREfessional – 3/10

Lucy trialed the infamous Benefit The Porefessional, which at £24.50 for 22ml is the most expensive ml for ml. The Porefessional is another silicon heavy primer and when you do the back of hand test, yes it does feel lovely and make your skin look totally smooth, but on your face it feels very different. Lucy said it made her foundation feel heavy and skin feel greasy and was actually shiny within a couple of hours. Pore-free but shiny. Definitely not one for the re-purchase list – 3/10. Ingredients here.

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Max Factor Facefinity Flawless Foundation – 8/10

Rachel bought the multi-tasking Max Factor Facefinity All Day Flawless 3 in 1 Foundation, £11.99 for 30ml, which claims to be a primer, foundation and concealer in one handy bottle, with an added SPF20. The first thing Rachel mentioned was the huge range of shades available which made it easy getting the right shade for her. The foundation gave a medium, even coverage and lasted a full day without transferring and helped stop the dreaded shine. Rachel said the application was smooth too and would definitely re-purchase once this bottle ran out and would be her new day to day foundation! 8/10! Ingredients list on original link.

So mostly all winners this month! We’ll absolutely be buying the Pixi Clarins, Clinique, Neutrogena and Max Factor, but we’ll leaving the Maybelline and Benefit on the shelf, thanks!