How To Cure A Hangover – Skyn Iceland

So the MCRBC gang had a mega Saturday night out this weekend and I don’t think that I was the only one feeling a little worse for wear on Sunday morning afternoon!

I don’t know about you but once I’m feeling alive again (usually after a gallon of tea) my skin is always lack luster, more oily and just feels grotty.

So when I saw the Skyn Iceland Hangover Kit on Cult Beauty last week I thought that it might just come in handy for my Sunday recovery session.

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Skyn Iceland – Skin Hangover Kit

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Our Make Up of Christmas Future…

These represent our beauty  dreams that will hopefully all come true in 2016 (and the image represents the scariest element of The Muppet’s Christmas Carol that I’d prefer not to focus on right now as I’m home alone…)

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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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NEW NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation REVIEW

Hello, this is my first post on the MCR Beauty Club Blog.. hi there!

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

Having been a fan of NARS Sheer Glow Foundation for a while, and a recent convert to the Radiant Creamy Concealer, and Tinted Moisturiser I heard about the new foundation which claims to give ‘Full, natural-looking coverage with unexpectedly weightless, 16-hour wear’ and had to try it out. This is a hybrid foundation, so needs to be shaken before use to activate. As an oily skinned gal, I thought this sounded perfect for me. And it’s..good!?

This foundation comes in frosted-matte glass packaging with a pump already attached (HALLELUJAH! Sheer Glow I’m looking at you!) and after some experimentation works better for me with a damp beauty sponge, rather than my trusty Sigma F80 foundation brush. I think because of the matte-ness of this foundation it needs some slip to give it some movement around the face, as the sales assistant told me ‘You only need one pump!’.

This foundation needs moisture underneath to give you some glow, a moisturiser or illuminating primer seems to work fine for me. But, I would worry that on dryer skins it would cling and not give much oomph. On my oily t-zone it works quite nicely on me when I need more coverage than usual, and is buildable to a medium-high coverage without too much layering. Leaving a nice polished base for the rest of my make up. It does have staying power, but I think ’16 hour wear’ is a bit of an exaggeration!

It’s a good foundation, but it doesn’t replace Sheer Glow for me, I’m afraid. Good effort though, NARS pal.

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Fiona, Me, Sara & Laura on our Beauty Club night out

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foundation without flash.

7/10

Shade : Fiji

Cruelty Free

£33 – available at NARS counters & website.

Have you tried the new NARS foundation, what did you think? Do you have anything else from NARS to recommend? I have my eye on a couple of the audacious lipsticks, and the new dual blushers.

Emmy x / @beatyourgreens

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NEW! MAC – red RED Red Collection

The new MAC offering is an awesome red affair. Consisting of 4 lipsticks, 3 eye shadows, 3 casual colours, 3 cremesheen glasses, 1 dazzleglass, 3 nail lacquers and a beauty powder. Wow. The standout items for us are the lipsticks, casual colours and eye shadows. We picked up a couple of items when the collection launched at the end of Jan which you may have already seen @mcrbeautyclub. 10932099_1605421879692895_423795103_n On the left is the casual colour in Out For Fun and the lipstick is Toxic Tale in a satin finish.The lipstick is creamy, bright and full colour of an orangey-red tone. The casual colour which can be used on cheeks and lips is lightweight and blendable. However, MAC seem to have lost some of the product in the repackaging, in 2014 we got 13ml and in 2015 we get 2.5ml for the same price?! Incredible. Red Alert The eye shadow in Red Alert is in a velux pearl finish, it’s a shimmery red-brown mid tone. It’s full colour and I didn’t experience any drop when applied. It’s blendable and brown enough to wear without eyeliner, unlike MAC’s Cranberry which I look slightly ill if I skip the eyelining step!

The full collection is in stores and online now.

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NEW! Body Shop – Smoky Poppy – Valentine’s Limited Edition

The most seductive range ever, the Smoky Poppy range.

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High claims to live up to for a body care line.

The fragrance contains a captivating blend of sultry spices, elegant florals and earthy woody notes. Which makes my heart sing.

I picked up the body scrub, shower gel and body lotion.

Smoky Poppy

The body scrub is a gel-like consistency with real poppy seeds contained along with the normal scrubbies (technical term). The signature poppy scent is there and the real poppy seeds are a nice touch. As a body scrub it’s good if you like it abrasive, which I do (ohh-err). However once rinsed away your skin feels soft and nourished.

Body Scrub, £13.

The shower gel is thick and rich, lathers well and the scent isn’t overpowering in a steamy shower. It’s black in colour, which was slightly off-putting initially. However, once lathered it turns into a translucent/white foam and it hasn’t stained my shower pouf. It leaves skin feeling clean and moisturised, all of those oil-rich poppies going to work.

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Shower Gel, £4.

The body lotion comes with a pump applicator (hurrah!) and is a lightweight moisturiser which absorbs quickly into skin and leaving it feeling touchably soft. The scent isn’t overpowering but does linger after use.

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Body lotion, £8.

There’s also a set of bath bombs, body butter, eau de toilette and a body massage oil.

In stores and online now.

#rach_mcrbc

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.
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AM

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.

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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.

ONCE/TWICE A WEEK

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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.

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Hero Products – January

Every month we’ll be selecting one product each that we just can’t live without and sharing them with you!

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Illamasqua lipstick in Growl

Lauren’s Hero Product for January is the Illamasqua matte lipstick in Growl, and she looks amazing in it! It’s a rich mahogany brown and is a matte formula so bang on trend. It’s currently on sale for £9.25. Better stock up, Lauren!

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Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot

Emmy loves the Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot Super Translucent Matifying Powder, £12.00 and is currently on a 3 for 2 at Boots. Emmy says it keeps her foundation in place and shine free all day, and as it comes in this handy pot with a mirror, it’s excellent for touch ups during the day!

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Coconut Oil for… well, everything!

Carrie uses Coconut Oil for practically everything! We were all amazed at the things you can use it for, so we all promptly ran out and bought our own pots! She uses it as a night mask (hair and face!) on her scalp, lips, eyebrows, as a primer, make up remover, scars and as it’s antibacterial and antimicrobial it can be used to treat all manner of skin ailments! Oh and of course you can cook with it!

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Real Techniques Stippling Brush

Laura is loving her newly acquired Real Techniques brushes! She has added the Expert Face Brush and the Stippling Brush to her collection and made her foundation and blusher application easier and look more professional! (not that it didn’t before, Laura!) £9.99 and £11.99 respectively.

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Urban Decay Naked Flushed palette

Sara says her Hero Product has changed her blush and bronzing life! The Urban Decay Naked Flushed palette is super easy to use with a blusher, highlighter and bronzer all perfectly matched to suit your complexion and all in a handy compact that you can take anywhere, all for just £22!

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Urban Decay Naked 2

Fiona’s Hero Product is also by Urban Decay! The Naked 2 palette is a classic with a range of mattes and shimmers, and neutrals right through black for the perfect day to night looks! £37 may sound a lot for an eyeshadow palette, but with 12 colours at just under £3.10 each it’s an absolute bargain!

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Bumble & Bumble Pret a Powder

Lucy can’t go a day without Bumble and Bumble’s Pret a Powder! It’s a style extender, dry shampoo, volumiser and texturiser in one tiny bottle. Lucy has mega fine hair that needs washing everyday but needs help with texture and lift and it’s an absolute fringe saver! The bottle looks small and the price tag is big, £21.50, but a little goes a long way and it will last a good few months.

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Origins Super Spot Remover

Rachel’s Hero Product made us rush out and buy it too, Origins Super Spot Remover, £15, has been her go to spot treatment for a while and it’s all down to the Salicylic Acid to help heal any blemish, big or small.