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Winter skincare haul

Winter is my favourite season.

Festive hot chocolates.

Cosy knitwear.

Sparkles galore.

Winter wonderland.

And of course the magical lead up to the ‘C word’ which I have currently banned from my classroom until the 1st of December!

One thing I don’t love so much about Winter however, is the dull dry skin!

I decided I wanted a revamp and to clear out my skincare shelf.

I booked myself in for a ‘perfect skin’ consultation at the Bobbi Brown studio in Edinburgh, George Street.

This included a 30 minute consultation on my skin type, problems/concerns and a tutorial on which products to use and how.

The ladies at the Bobbi Brown studio are fabulous. I left the lesson with my skin absolutely glowing and a bag full of goodies!

Here are some of my new skincare essentials and some of my old favourites…


Bobbi Brown Extra cleansing balm: this should be used 3-4 times a week as a cleanser and can be left on as a mask for a few minutes for added benefits. It has a delicious citrus scent and a lovely rich texture. I plan to use this as well as my old cleansing oil by Origins.


Bobbi Brown hydrating eye cream: so apparently using eye cream is a big deal… hopefully if I start using this now I’ll be laughing in tears to come?! This should be patted onto the eye area morning and night and helps to reduce dark circles and fine lines.


Bobbi Brown Extra treatment lotion: this should be warmed in the hands and then applied over moisturiser all over the face to soak in hydration.


Bobbi Brown Extra illuminating moisture balm: this can be mixed with moisturiser, applied over moisturiser or mixed with foundation. It adds even more moisture for dull dry skin and also leaves you with a lovely glow that shines through your base, almost like a strobing effect.


Bobbi Brown hydrating gel cream: this is an old favourite which I’ve been using for a while, it is lightweight while giving the perfect amount of moisture. On its own it’s probably not enough for the winter months but layered with the above products it is perfect all year round!


Origins original skin renewal serum: fights the affects of pollution and every day stress on skin!


Origins never a dull moment: LOVE LOVE LOVE this brightening face polisher. It brightens and evens the skin tone. I was in London last month (don’t get me started on what the water there does to your hair and skin) and this was my skin saviour.


Origins high potency night-a-mins: this night moisturiser has been a favourite of mine for 3 years now and no matter what other products I try, I always come back to it! It smells like oranges and you wake up with lovely skin – what more could a girl need?!




You know those free samples you are given when you purchase products and you end up forgetting about them so they lay around gathering dust?! I had the idea of creating a ‘try something new’ box to store them in and I’m going to attempt to try something new once a week!

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Of course no shopping trip would be complete without at least one make up splurge! Brightening blush in  ‘warm cocoa’

I hope you found this helpful! I think skincare products might just be my new weak spot…

Enjoy a lovely winter, extra hot chocolate is definitely allowed, with whipped cream and marshmallows – Miss Honey says so!

Lots of love,

Miss Honey ♥ xx

Beauty picks for Spring 2015

After what feels like the longest winter I have ever experienced in Scotland, finally the bouts of snow and icy mornings are passing and spring is upon us! Leaving for work in the mornings while being able to see the sun and coming home when it is still light outside makes me feel like we are finally out of hibernation and life is truly beginning again!

Spring is my favourite time of year because after all the darkness, comes hope of new light and it is the perfect time for fresh starts. Pretty tulips and daffodils begin to blossom and of course every make up and clothing display is full of pastel shades and soft tones – which is my colour palette down to a T!

I’m sharing some of my favourite products for spring that I’ll be reaching for the most in the upcoming months. Tom Ford lipsticks being my weakness this season… (And every season for that matter!)

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Tom Ford lipsticks (Left to right) Spanish Pink, Sable Smoke, Pink DuskDSC_0046 2

Nail polishes are Revlon in 930 – purple petal and OPI in Dulce De Leche (this is the perfect nude pink for Asian skin tones)

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Nars eyeshadow duo in China Seas

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Miss Honey

 

Conceal, Don’t Feel, Don’t let them know

Okay so I was far too excited to quote the words from “let it go” for the title of this blog post – you can tell that I’ve watched ‘Frozen’ far too many times with my little cheekies! Babysitting has led me to know the words to more Disney songs than I’d like to admit…

I decided my first blog post should focus on the one beauty product that I cannot live without. This is for all the girls who, like me, suffer from dark under eye circles or ‘bags’ (thanks asian genetics). I totally empathise with you, no matter how many hours of sleep we may get, looking in the mirror in the mornings is not a pretty sight – the struggle is real. I realized that unfortunately these bags are staying with me so I managed to perfect a simple routine to cover them within minutes. Depending on how I’m doing my make up the routine can be modified, i.e. if I’m doing day-to-day make up for work or dressing up to go out with friends or for an event. I’ve done a review of some of my favourite concealers which I’ve tried and I hope you might find it useful as I know how it feels trying product after product and not being quite satisfied with the end result…let alone the toll it takes on the old bank balance.

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Kevyn Aucoin – Sensual Skin Enhancer – SX09 & SX04DSC_0042

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I’m going to start with my favorite product, one which I use every day and am OBSESSED with. The Sensual Skin Enhancer by Kevyn Aucoin. I came across this product by accident last July and honestly do not know how I ever did my make up without it. Personally, I like quite a good coverage when it comes to under-eye concealers and I’m very fussy: it cannot crease, it must stay all day and it must be a flattering shade that not only covers but also brightens the under eye area. The SSE by KA does all of the above. I have this in two shades; I use SX09 (right) every day and it is the perfect shade for me with an undertone of peach to brighten. I also have SX04 which I use under a highlighter when I’m going for a more dramatic look. It is an expensive product but a little goes a long way, as you can see the SX09 tub is more than half full and I’ve been using it since last july so its lasted roughly 8 months and I’m less than half way through! When applying use a little to start with and blend, gradually using more if necessary – it is very heavy coverage.

Mac Select Cover up – NW30

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The Mac Select Cover concealer is another of my favourites. This isn’t as heavy coverage so I tend to use it on a more day-to-day basis. It provides good coverage and sits well, however I do tend to find that after all day wear it can begin to start creasing and because its light coverage I tend to find I use a lot more of it than I’d like. All in all, I think it would be good for someone who is looking for a light coverage and doesn’t have a big issue with under eye circles. It’s also good for covering scaring and imperfections.

LA Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer – Creamy Beige

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I love this product! It gets a lot of hype and I was excited to try it and I was not disappointed. I use this more as a highlighter rather than a concealer and I do tend to still use my Kevyn Aucoin SSE underneath as a base layer (this is probably unnecessary for anyone else, I’m just a bit obsessive.) This product is really good value for money too and you can order them in sets of 3 like I did which personally, I thought was a bit of a bargain compared to the rest of the products I’m reviewing! This comes in a variety of shades so you can also use a darker shade as a cream contour tool. I just wanted to show that the tube comes with a brush applicator so can be applied straight to the area and then blended out.

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Make Up Forever Full Cover Extreme Camouflage Cream Waterproof Concealer – shade 6

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This is long lasting and as it is waterproof its staying power is great, but it is really hard to blend because it is quite thick and it can look cakey and crease. I would use this to cover up blemishes and imperfections rather than to disguise under eye circles because it doesn’t seem to sit well in that area.

Mac Pro Conceal and Correct Palette in Medium (shades from top to bottoms, left to right: NC30, NW25, NC35, N35, Mid-Yellow, Mid-Peach).

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This product looks great, but I think I had unnecessarily high expectations! I find it difficult to get much product out of the palette and it seems too dry – I like working with a creamier base. I also find that you have to scrape out a lot and it didn’t give particularly great coverage especially under the eyes. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend this palette.

Make Up Forever 5 Camouflage Cream Palette Number 2 (contains shades: 11, 12, 13, 14, 18)

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Again, I don’t think this is the best product for under-eye circles as I found it too dry and that it didn’t give enough coverage. You could use it as a touch up kit to have in your make-up bag for on the go fixes but I wouldn’t recommend it for a perfect base. I had high expectations for the lilac shade as a colour corrector but I wasn’t too impressed.

All in all, my HG (*holy grail) item has to be the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer – trust me and try it, you will love it!

I hope this review was useful! Comment and let me know about your favourite concealers or any tips you recommend – I love trying out new products so any feedback is always welcome!

Miss Honey