Beauty Hacks: That Summer Glow | Summer Make Up Look *

Want to know how to fake that summer glow? I have all the secrets for the perfect summer time make up look. ☀️

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*this post contains products that were gifted to me in PR for modelling purposes. All opinions are my own as always.

In this post, I’m going to be sharing the top products and top tips to create the perfect summer glowing make up look.

Skincare

I always think that great make up starts with good skin care and my favourite products for creating glowing skin are definitely:

  • Pixi Glow Tonic
  • Mario Badescu Rose Spray
  • The Ordinary Peeling Solution

Liquid Highlighter

This works as a great base to apply before your foundation to create a glowing and healthy looking complexion. Sometimes I use it like a primer and sometimes I use it by mixing it in with my foundation. I used the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Skin Frost for this look underneath my foundation to create a glowing base. I then put on some revolution full coverage foundation on the areas that needed concealing and then I used the stick foundation everywhere else.

Gold Hues

Gold is the epitome of summer so it seemed only fitting to add some into this look. On my eyes, I patted on some gold eyeshadow from the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Thirsty Palette in shade filthy rich.

Filthy Rich from the Thirsty Palette – swatched.

Bronzer

For summer looks, I always go mad on the bronzer! I love to look tanned in summer so for this look I actually used two different bronzers. Firstly, I used the Benefit Hoola Bronzer to contour out my cheeks and forehead and jaw line. Then, I went over the top with a large fan brush with the Rimmel London Bronzer for a more natural appeal.

Highlighter

Anyone that knows me, will know that I LOVE Highlighter. I can’t go a day without it and I really think that less is more is a lie when it comes to Highlighter. More more more! I used the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Skin Frost in Summer Snowcone and also the Revolution Highlighter in Golden Lights.

Faux Freckles

I have always been envious of those with freckles! I just think they’re so so beautiful! I added some faux ones to my face for this look using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz. I pressed the pencil into my skin and spinned the end a little to create a more natural look and not perfect circles – to ensure they appear more natural.

A Killer Lip

The lipstick I have worn for this is from Antipodes in the shade ‘ South Pacific Coral.’ This shade is perfect for summer due to its coral hues and glossy finish. Antipodes is an organic, unique brand that uses sustainable ingredients to create their products.

[gifted product]

Check out Antipodes – HERE

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Jeffree Star Cosmetics: Liquid Frost SHOP

Revolution Foundation: SHOP

Revolution stick foundation: SHOP

Revolution concealer: SHOP

Rimmel London Powder: SHOP

Benefit Hoola Bronzer: SHOP

Rimmel London Bronzer: SHOP

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Skin Frost: SHOP

Revolution Highlighter: SHOP

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Thirsty Palette: SHOP

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara: SHOP

Anastasia Beverley Hills Brow Wiz: SHOP

Antipodes Lipstick: SHOP *

I hope you enjoyed reading this post! Let me know what you think of the look in the comments section.

What are your favourite products to use on a summer make up look? Let me know!

All my love,

Becca. X

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OPI Nail Varnish & Top Coat – Hot Or Not? | Review

Let’s find out whether these new shades and top coat by O.P.I are hot or not! 💅🏼

*I was kindly gifted these products from Influenster – all opinions are my own*

Hello!

Today I’m here with something a bit different for my blog – a nail varnish review! I’m discussing three gorgeous shades and also a product that works as a primer, top coat and a nail strengthener!

About the Brand

O.P.I are world leaders within the professional nail care industry with an extensive range of shades to suit any skin tone for any occasion! Their heavily pigmented lacquers are available in over 100 countries at an affordable price point.

All Your Dreams in Vending Machines

This shade is from the Tokyo collection and I really love this! I had so many compliments when wearing it. It’s a hot pink with shimmery reflects in it! This is a perfect shade for summer.

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Rice Rice Baby

This one is also from the Tokyo collection and I think it’s my favourite out of the three! It’s a gorgeous baby pink with a hint of mauve.

SHOP

How Does Your Zen Garden Grow?

This one probably looks the scariest out of the three but it’s so pretty on! It’s a pale green from the Tokyo collection with a stunning shine.

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Start To Finish (Primer and Top Coat)

I’ve never used a product like this before but I think it’s such a good idea! My nails haven’t chipped all day (they normally are all chipped by the end of the day) they lasted through a bubble bath and multiple nappy changes – so it definitely gets my approval. The product says that it’s also a strengthening product for your nails too, which I could definitely do with because my nails are constantly snapping and breaking.

This three in one formula can be applied before you put any polish on to create a smooth base and protect your natural nails from the polish. Then, it can be used as a top coat to create a high gloss shine and prevent chipping the colour. Finally the product strengthens nails by bonding together nail proteins and creating stronger and more flexible nails.

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Clinique Take The Day Off Balm | Review

Let’s see if the high ratings on this product are true. Is the Clinique Take The Day Off Balm my new holy grail? Is it worth the hype?

I know! I’m so late to the party on this one! This product was floating around YouTube and the beauty community a few years ago and I always wanted to try it and I never got round to it. It’s had so many good reviews and sounds fabulous! I’m trying my best to cut down on waste and so I’m ditching face wipes – I’m hoping that this can be my alternative. Since Clinique has now came to ASOS (my favourite online store ever, fyi) I thought it was time to give this cleanser a whirl.

The Claims

Apparently, this product is suitable for all skin types and it has a fragrance free formula that’s free from parabens. This balm is supposed to cleanse the skin, melt make up away and leave your skin feeling soft and residue free. It should melt off all make up (even eyeliner and mascara!!) and leave my skin feeling fresh!

How To Use

Massage a small amount into your hands, without wetting them. Rub the balm on your face to dissolve make up and then rinse with warm water before patting dry with a towel. I used a sponge after the balm just to wipe over my face with warm water to ensure that all my mascara was off!

My Thoughts

Using this product was really quick and easy! It didn’t take long at all to remove a full face of make up by simply rubbing the balm across my face and massaging it in. I followed this with my nighttime skin routine and honestly, my skin felt great. Sometimes, when using wipes, it can feel like there’s still make up left on your face on a night after you’ve removed it – but I didn’t feel this at all with the balm. My face felt clean, cleansed and so soft!

Using a good cleanser can make you feel really refreshed and reveal your skin’s glow from within – which I love. You really don’t need much product on your fingers at all so I feel like that justifies the £24 price point, because a little goes along way so it should last you a good while.

I definitely recommend you trying this cleanser – my skin has never felt this clean or refreshed before – think I’ve found a new holy grail!

Thanks for reading as always.

SHOP

Clinique Take The Day Off Balm: HERE

How To Care For Your Dyed Blonde Hair | My Top Tips

Stay Classy – Not Brassy

So, I’ve been on the journey to getting my hair blonde for over a year now, it’s hard work! I lost a lot of my hair after giving birth to Leo, (post partum hair loss is a bitch) and so I’ve been trying to build up my colour gradually, all while trying to maintain and repair my hair so it’s in a good condition again. The problem with pregnancy is that it gives you the most amazing and thick luxurious hair and you love it but then, baby comes out and so does all your gorgeous new hair!

My first step always is trying to look after its condition, while growing back what I lost and then trying to go lighter at the same time.

How to Help Repair Hair Loss – While Getting Healthier Locks

My hairline started receding at the front where I’d lost some of my hair. The back section underneath my hair was also very snapped and damaged.

  • Regular Trims: I went about three years without getting my hair cut because I was under the impression that it would grow better if I didn’t cut it but boy was I wrong! Getting it trimmed every 8-12 weeks definitely stops it snapping and breaking, leaving it healthier and stronger. (It’s growing quicker too!)
  • Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo – not the cheapest shampoo on the market I will admit. It works wonders though, really, since using it I barley get any breakages in my hair and next to nothing falls out during brushing or washing. Whereas before, there would be clumps coming out during both those times.
  • Aussie Damage Control Conditioner – finding a conditioner that works for you is great for keeping your hair in great condition. I find this one really is the best for keeping my hair shiny, healthy and strong.
  • Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment – for hair that never grows past a certain length. I feel like this has also really helped my hair grow! I use this once a week!

Keep it Classy Not Brassy!

To stop the blonde in my hair turning yellow or brassy, I use a silver shampoo. I’ve tried so many of these and I find that the only one that works for me is the Touch Of Silver Shampoo. This retails for about £3, so it’s actually one of the cheapest toning shampoos on the market and it really does work! Other ones, I feel just cling to the lightest sections of your hair and turn them white!

  • Touch of Silver Shampoo
  • Toner – whenever I go to the hairdressers I often get a silvery coloured toner on to cancel out my brassy shades.
  • A good hair dresser – I use Black Door Hairdressing and honestly I can not recommend them enough to you! Bobbi, who does my hair, always knows exactly what I want and she always does an amazing job. Here’s my slightly embarrassing before and after – from my first time seeing her, she transformed my hair!

I feel like lightening dark hair is a gradual process and if you want to maintain a good quality with your hair, you need to go lighter gradually. Every time I go to the hairdressers I just ask to go a step lighter and to bring the colour higher. Eventually, it will be all blonde. It may take a lot longer than you want it too, but your hair will thank you for it!

This is how blonde my hair is currently. You can follow my ‘going blonde’ journey on my Instagram stories and the highlight “HAIR”.

Instagram: @beccalhargate

Thanks for reading!!!

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  • Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo – SHOP
  • Aussie Damage Control – SHOP
  • Lee Stafford Growth Treatment – SHOP
  • Touch of Silver – SHOP
  • Black Door Hairdressing – LINK

The Blue Blood Palette By Jeffree Star Cosmetics | Review

What’s the tea on the coveted Blue Blood Palette? Read and find out 😇

Hello angels welcome back to my blog! Today I have another Jeffree Star Cosmetics review and I’m so excited! These are my favourite posts to write.

This 18 pan eyeshadow palette is presented in what can only be described as a coffin shaped blue box. It has a variety of cool toned mattes, shimmers and pressed pigments there to suit every look. This is for sure a blue, icier sister of the iconic Blood Sugar palette, which we all know and adore.

This palette looks very scary because all of the colours are pretty bold and out there, but remember that there’s no harm in trying new things – it’s just make up and after all, it washes off if you don’t like it!

So when I first started wearing make up at age 10, I would always, wear blue eyeshadow even when I was just going out to play with my friends, that was just my go to. So the Blue Blood has really brought that back and made me want to try blues again. (But with better blending)

You don’t see many palettes like this out there, which is why I have always adored Jeffree Star Cosmetics. There’s so much copy-catting in the beauty industry with more warmed toned eyeshadow palettes that you could even dream of. These palettes always take it to the next level which I love. It really pushes you to try new things out of your comfort zone!

The Shades

Cullian – an icy white/champagne shimmer that is fabulous for an inner corner or under brow highlight.

Mintea – probably one of my favourites because of how unique the shade is! I’ve never seen this anywhere else before.

Crystal Flesh – a bronze shimmer shadow, great for a natural, every day vibe.

I’m cold – another one of my favourites! I really love the pastel mattes in this one.

Untouchable – a beautiful matte baby pink.

Priceless – if you’ve been reading my blogs for a while, you’ll know how much I adore orange eyeshadow – this is a great one!

Power – a light grey, similar to some of the grey in the Alien palette but I think it also fits this colour story really well too. You don’t see a lot of matte greys anymore – so they’re always welcome with me!

Blue Blood – the shade that lent its name from the palette. I love this matte shade as I feel it really sums up the whole vibe of the palette.

Deceased – another really pretty shimmer. Mermaid vibes?

Ice Tray – a very icy (duh) blue shimmer.

Blue Monday – OK, the pigmentation on this one is insaaaane! This is a purpley blue shade, that normally doesn’t work very well with other brands, but this is iconic.

Flourishing – first of all, the shade name is fabulous, second, this is another really unique shade which I want to play around with more – if I can think of looks for it to go with!

Wealthy – this makes a great shade to set your eye primer or concealer with.

Celebrity Skin – we all know and love the lipstick with this name, the shadow is just as good! So pretty! This makes a great transition shade for pretty much any eye look.

Entitled – another mermaid type shade! This shimmer is a stunning hybrid of green and blue.

Ocean Ice – ok, I LOVE this shade but I must say this, because it’s a pressed pigment and not an actual shimmer shadow, it gets EVERYWHERE. If you’re going to use this shade, I definitely recommend using your finger and not a brush and also doing your eye make up before your face make up!

Cremated – an ashy matte that’s a great match with the purple and deep blue tones.

Undertaker – the darkest shade in the palette – and a beautiful matte.

Final Thoughts

I would definitely recommend getting this palette if you’re looking for something a bit different to add to your collection. The shade range is second to none and you will adore the formula, if you liked blood sugar and the alien palette. Let me know if you pick this up – and what you think of it!

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Blue Blood Palette – HERE