Boots – Botanics Facial Oil

I read somewhere this was a ‘hidden gem in a drugstore’ and the reviewer wasn’t wrong but not for the reasons you’d think.

I’ll cut to the chase. As a moisturiser, for me, this sucks, plain and simple yet I would still buy it. I’ll tell you why because although it’s ridiculously bad at keeping my skin hydrated throughout the day, it has a few other benefits. 

If you remember I was complaining about my skin post pregnancy, well this product has really helped in reducing the bumps and reducing redness. It’s made a significant difference to my skin. I’m hoping with continued use, my skin will be back to ‘normal’. 

Now that my skin seems more calm, my skin tone looks a lot more even. That’s given me a lot more confidence, as I don’t tend to reach for my foundation as much as I did a month ago. 

For extra hydration, I tried to pair it with another moisturiser to make up for that missing element. I’ve tried several moisturisers to create the right combination. In desperation, I even tried applying coconut oil after the facial oil but that was too much for my skin. I’m still trying to find a moisturiser that will work side by side with this facial oil. Currently, I’m using the Eucerin Replenishing Cream which seems to be working. However, I’m still on the lookout for something better.

The glass bottle comes with a dropper so it’s hygienic to use. For me, 5 drops are more than enough to cover my face and neck. It doesn’t have a greasy feel to it as long as it’s massaged into the skin well and it absorbs pretty quickly. Its 100% organic, with Rosehip Oil being the signature ingredient. 

I was really impressed. My skin hasn’t looked this good in a long time. I will definitely buy this again and definitely recommend it to those who have normal to dry skin. My skin leans towards the ‘drier’ side hence it struggling to keep my skin moisturised. If you’re struggling with uneven skin tone – try this out as it has really helped with my complexion. 

On a side note – Boots sell another facial oil that has great reviews – so I am probably going to look into that too. As always, I will keep you posted. 


It seems rather obvious, right? My cheeks, I hear you say? Well, you’re right but what if I was to say you could contour your cheeks just by using your blush? When applied correctly, blusher can really help create definition. Read on to find out more.

First things first: determine your face shape. Is your face shape long, round, square, oval or more of a heart shape?

Once you’ve established this, you can move on to applying your blusher according to your face shape. It’s all about emphasising your cheekbones and creating a balance.

Find your face shape and the correct technique and see if it helps. Practice makes perfect and the key is to blend – no harsh lines. Remember it’s all about creating a natural flushed look with subtle definition. 

πŸ™‚ L O N G: Apply your blusher horizontally – so start at the apple of your cheeks and work towards your ear. This will make your face appear wider. 

πŸ™‚ S Q U A R E: Apply blusher on the apples of your cheeks and blend to soften the angles of your face and bring the attention to the roundest part of your face.

πŸ™‚ H E A R T – S H A P E: Apply blusher slightly lower than your cheekbones and blend upwards. This will soften your prominent chin. 

πŸ™‚ R O U N D: Apply blusher along your cheekbones and blend upwards towards your temples. This will add definition. Be careful not to get any blusher below your cheekbones or close to your nose as this will emphasise the roundness of your face. Avoid applying blusher on the apples of your cheeks for the same reason. 

πŸ™‚ O V A L: Apply blusher on the apple of your cheeks and blend towards your temples. This will really bring out your cheekbones. 

Sometimes you can have the best foundation and primer but it still does not look good on your skin. There could be a number of reasons for this but here is one important factor you should consider before buying these two products. 

❗️Most foundation and primers are either water or silicone based – so it’s important that when you buy these two products, you ensure they are both either silicone or water-based. So if you buy a water based foundation, you need a primer that is also water-based. 

🚫 Let me explain why this is important. Water and silicone don’t mix well so using two different formulations is going to cause problems with application and make your foundation to look uneven. 

❓I know you’re wondering how on earth you’re supposed to know if a foundation/primer is silicone or water-based. Well – it’s all in the ingredients. Have a look at your foundation/primer and see if you can see the words ‘siloxane’, ‘dimethicone’ or any words ending in ‘cone’ at the top of the list of the ingredients. If the answer is yes – you’re dealing with a silicone based product. 

❓However, if these words are nearer to the middle/end of the list of ingredients, you have a water-based product. 

πŸ’§The first ingredient will always be Aqua so don’t let that fool you into thinking it is a water-based product, as water is needed to make the product liquid. 

Happy shopping! 

Tips for Deep-set Eyes

Deep Set Eyes are located deeper in the socket than other eyes and give the appearance of sunken eyes.

Here are a few tips to help you apply your eye makeup:

πŸ’‹ Do cover your dark circles well as deep set eyes create natural shadows making those dark circles more prominent! 

πŸ’‹ Light colours will work best for you – pop on a light, neutral colour on your eyelids to bring your eyes forward.

πŸ’‹ Apply highlighter to the inner corners of your eyes to brighten the eyes. 

πŸ’‹ Keep dark colours to the outside of your eyes. 

πŸ’‹ Avoid applying a dark eyeshadow in your crease as this will only make your eyes look more deep-set. If you want to apply a medium shade – apply it above your crease and blend well. This will really open up your eyes.

πŸ’‹ Apply lots of mascara or lashes to really bring out your eyes. 

🌟 Celebs with the same eyes: Kim Kardashian, Keira Knightly and Megan Fox. 

Tips for Close Set Eyes

Close-set eyes are less than one eyeball width apart. 

Here are a few tips to help you apply makeup:

πŸ’‹ The trick is to balance the colours. Keep the light coloured eyeshadows for the inner part of your eyes and the dark colours for the outer parts. 

πŸ’‹If you like wearing eyeliner – keep it to the outer corner of your eyes. This applies to the top and bottom. 

πŸ’‹ With mascara, you want to focus on the outer corner of your eyes to create the illusion of wider eyes. 

πŸ’‹ Extending your eyebrows can also help to make your eyes look wider. Don’t take the eyebrow too far – just a bit further out than the outer corner of your eye.

πŸ’‹ If you want to line your water line – use a nude or white pencil giving you that fresh, wide-awake look. 

🌟 Celebs with same eyes: Jennifer Anniston, Miley Cyrus and Sarah Jessica Parker.

Tips for Hooded Eyes

Hooded Eyes are when the excess skin below your brow bone folds over the entire lid. 

Here are a few tips to help you apply eye makeup:

πŸ’‹ It’s best to use waterproof mascara as with hooded eyes your lashes tend to touch your browbone. This will prevent any smears or smudges. 

πŸ’‹ Invest in a good primer – this will prevent your makeup from creasing which is a common problem for hooded eyes. 

πŸ’‹ Do apply highlighter to the inner corner of your eye and browbone to give the illusion of a more open eye. 

πŸ’‹ You want to create a new crease line so apply your eyeshadow above your natural crease line so that when you open your eyes, the colour won’t get lost. The best way to do this is to have your eyes opened and then apply. 

πŸ’‹ Applying liner can be difficult on a hooded eye – you want to ensure you use a liner that will dry quickly and not smudge during the day. A gel liner is probably the easiest to work with as it dries quickly. 

πŸ’‹ A flick is good for opening up the eye but keep that eyeliner thin and as close to the lash line as possible. 

🌟 Celebs with same eyes: Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone and Blake Lively. 

Tips for Protruding Eyes

Protruding/bulging eyes tend to be big and round with a prominent lid. 

Here are a few tips to help you apply eye makeup:

πŸ’‹Dark, matte colours are your best friend. Light colours are used to open up the eyes. Dark colours will do the opposite so a smokey look is right up your street! 

πŸ’‹ Avoid shimmery, glittery colours as they will make your eyes look bigger.

πŸ’‹ Don’t be afraid to go heavier with your eyeliner – but make sure it’s only heavier at the outer corner of your eye. If you find eyeliner too heavy, use an eyeshadow for a softer look. 

πŸ’‹ Avoid long false lashes as this will only accentuate the largeness of your eyes. A single layer of mascara will work better. 

πŸ’‹ Avoid highlighter on the inner corner of your eye. Instead, pop some onto your browbone which will take the focus off your eyelids.

πŸ’‹ A dark coloured eyeliner on the waterline will create the illusion of a smaller eye. Avoid using white eyeliner. 

🌟 Celebs with same eyes: Nicole Richie, Christina Ricci and Mila Kunis. 

NARS – Sheer Glow Foundation

R E V I E W β€’ 7

‘Sheer’ was the main reason I bought this. I fancied something light I could wear on a daily basis. Although this isn’t heavy, it’s not sheer either. I suppose you could make it sheer by adding a little moisturiser to it but on its own it will give light to medium coverage. 

It’s advertised to hydrate your skin – the formula apparently improves your skin’s texture and brightens your complexion. It felt and looked natural on my skin. I was able to blend it easily. It didn’t leave me with a glow though – more a semi-matte/slight dewy finish. But for that reason, I chose to skip powder. 

It doesn’t do very well in the heat. I would say it lasted for about 4-5 hours before it started to fade. 

I feel the name is misleading. ‘Sheer’ and ‘Glow’ are two words I would not use to describe it. Maybe it’s just me. Considering I spent over Β£30 on it – I’m expecting it to do what it ‘says on the tin’!

While I’m having a little rant, I’ll add that they do not provide a pump. I can’t tell you how annoying it is when it comes to using it. I dread wasting it – as you have to pour it out. If you do want a pump, you’ll have to pay extra for it. That makes no sense to me – it’s a high-end product. It should come with a pump. 

This is catered for anyone with normal to dry skin. I don’t think I would recommend this to anyone with oily skin due to the dewy finish. 

I’ll end on a high note and it’s one of the things I love about NARS and that’s their colour selection ranging from fair to dark skin tones. You will easily find a shade that’s suited to you. 

Overall – it’s a good foundation for light coverage but not very long lasting. I don’t think I would buy it again I’m afraid. 

Rimmel – Lasting Finish Foundation

R E V I E W β€’ 6

I actually bought this in a rush. We were going on holiday and I needed something easy to pop into my makeup bag. I didn’t read the reviews beforehand so wasn’t sure what to expect but reading that it’s sweat, heat, humidity and transfer proof – I knew I had to buy it. Oh and they claim it stays on for 25 hours. Now this is a tube full of promises! 

Now, as much as I love makeup, I love my skin just a little bit more. I wasn’t about to keep it on for that long. I doubt anyone would. I get it – it’s long lasting but 25 hours Rimmel? Really? πŸ˜‘

It’s provides medium to full coverage. I remember my skin being quite angry and I needed something to cover up my imperfections! This did that and I felt it made my skin look flawless. I actually didn’t even bother with concealer. I used a sponge to get the best quality finish. You’ll need to set it with powder, as it felt a little sticky and shiny. Nothing that powder can’t fix! 

This foundation seemed to get better as the day went on. At first it felt like it was sitting on my skin but as the day progressed it melted into my skin -in a good way! 

I was afraid it would cling to my dry patches but surprisingly it didn’t. It was able to withstand the heat and humidity. I didn’t feel as if my makeup was melting off, however in hindsight it was probably not the best choice to take on holiday. I prefer to wear light foundations or a BB cream when I’m away – sometimes I’ll let my skin breathe and wear nothing apart from sunscreen. Your skin needs a holiday too! 

It lasts long. Not sure about 25 hours but it lasts the whole day. That’s one of the things that really impressed me. Remember, it’s a highstreet foundation yet has a lot of high end qualities. 

It’s worth the money but the colour options are poor for darker skin tones. Sigh. Come on Rimmel! 

⚠️They’ve since changed the packaging to a glass bottle (I have the plastic tube).

Makeup Geek Blush – Spellbound

R E V I E W β€’ 5

When I first applied this blush, I wondered why I hadn’t turned to Makeup Geek before, for all my makeup needs. I’ve always heard good things about this brand.

I think this blush would be more suited to anyone with a fair complexion. It’s a pinkish-salmon colour which is the perfect colour for me, as it brings a natural flush to my cheeks. 

The texture is a smooth, buttery, matte powder. It’s highly pigmented so a little goes a long way and it blends so beautifully. This colour won’t budge. It will last all day. I was really impressed considering this is less than half the price of the NARS blush. 

I bought this from for Β£8 (about 40 QAR).

A great product at an affordable price. Looking forward to trying a lot more of their products.