How Can Healthy Bedtime Routine and Good Night’s Sleep Benefit Your Skin || Collaboration with highstylife

This post is a guest post, written by Zara Lewis, a contributor, from "highstylife". Although we have previously written all content ourselves, upon contacting us Zara was passionate about several topics, this being one that us also are interested in, yet are pretty clueless about. (This situation is one like where teachers play youtube clips as they are not by any means knowledgeable themselves; a healthy sleep routine is so important, and something we want you to know about, yet cannot actually discuss due to such unawareness from us! We are certainly no Caroline Hirons.) We sincerely hope you enjoy, and get in touch with Zara if you like her style of writing. We certainly do! Farewell. 

How Can Healthy Bedtime Routine and Good Night’s Sleep Benefit Your Skin

Even though everyone knows that removing makeup and washing one’s face is an absolute must before bedtime, the truth is that many women skip these steps. They may be exhausted after a hard day at work, or maybe just too lazy to do it, but none of those reasons are good enough to justify that. A healthy bedtime routine and a good night’s sleep can truly benefit your skin, and if you want to know how, stay with us. Here are five useful tips on how to accomplish that.

Facial steam to the rescue
Since you probably don’t have the time to get a regular facial once a month, there’s a great option that will also do wonders for your skin. A simple facial steam at your home can be as efficient as the one done at a beauty salon – plus the fact you’ll save some precious dollars, too! It will open up your pores and help you get rid of excess oil, which is one of the best ways to prevent some serious breakouts. A hot shower before sleep can be a true life-saver for your face – just make sure not to put your skin directly in contact with the water, since it can scald it very badly.

Cleanse your way to luminous skin
We know that sometimes, it may get very hard for you to remove makeup and clean away all the dirt from your face, but this simply needs to be done before bedtime. Make sure that you’re using alcohol-free product, such as Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser, since it won’t change the pH of your skin. Gently massage it into your skin and wash your face and neck thoroughly with lukewarm water. Just don’t forget to rinse the entire residue thoroughly away!
Slough away dead skin
Getting rid of those dead skin cells that have been piling up for weeks (or even months, who knows?) is an absolute must, since these make your skin look lifeless and flaky. This step is essential since a gentle product such as Acure Brightening Facial Scrub, will slough away that dry upper layer of your skin and uncover the rejuvenated one below. This product includes French green clay that will pull out impurities, which makes it even more efficient. 

Don’t forget to moisturize
Once your skin is smooth and refreshed again, it’s about time you applied your moisturizer! Make sure that you have picked the one that’s appropriate for your skin type, since the wrong one can do more harm than good. You can always kill two birds with one stone and get a moisturizer with anti-ageing properties – Thalgo collagen cream may be just the perfect thing for you. It will nourish your skin to the max while fighting against the first signs of aging – fine lines and wrinkles. You won’t make a mistake with this one!

Sleep like a baby
A good night’s sleep benefits your skin in more ways you can possibly imagine – it boosts your blood flow to the skin, which makes it look much healthier. We all know that sleep deprivation results in puffiness and those dreadful dark circles under the eyes, which is exactly why getting enough sleep should be your top priority. Apart from that, a good night’s sleep may improve your existing skin condition, such as psoriasis or eczema. So, sleep like a baby and stay healthy!

Taking care of your skin before bedtime is essential for your overall well-being, especially in the long-run. A combination of products that are appropriate for your skin type is crucial, as well as good night’s sleep which makes everything better. Make sure that you’re following all the aforementioned tips and you’ll see an immediate improvement!

Zara Lewis, highstylife.

A Treat For You o2 Phone Customers || Free Boots Botanics Cleansing Water With o2 Priority

Us brits don't half love a freebie; if I can claim something for free, even if that is the most pointless item that I'm never going to use, imma gonna do it. So upon o2 prioirty teaming up with boots to give us customers a free boots botanics micellar water, I sped to town as fast as my legs could carry me to grab one off the shelves.
If you've read our battle of the micellars post you will know how much we are currently micellar crazy, with these waters being a quick and easy makeup wipe alternative. This specific one isn't one i've ever tried either, so I was even more of a keen bee to claim this beauty.
With only picking this up today, we can't tell you the true benefits and downfalls of this product, but I have used it once, and it seems to remove makeup beautifully. Look out for it in the August faves, as I'm sure it will be a hit!
If you are an o2 customer, grab one fast; the offer expires on the 3rd August. All you have to do is download the o2 priority app and claim the code - although quick tip, don't claim the code until you are paying. The codes are only valid for 5 minutes until they expire and then you can't get another one. Cheeky devils.
If you are an o2 virgin I'm very sorry, yet these are half price at the moment anyway so you can't go wrong. 
Enjoy grabbing your freebies loves! There is a new freebie with o2 priority and boots every fortnight until the end of the year so you may see similar posts from us soon. Keep yas eyes peeled. 
Have you tried this? Will you be picking up your free one?
Natasha & Emily x

Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette || Review

Right now the blogging world is all about that highlight, specifically after the previous release of this beauty from sleek. If the magnetically shutting lid and gold packaging doesn't already sell it to you (which it did for me - just imagine how gorgeous it looks on the makeup shelf!) then the range of all four colours, including 3 powders and one cream, will do it. "That's going straight in maaa baaaasket". (Although grammatically speaking it 'went', but hey).

As a palette that claims to give a beautiful sheen all over the body as well as the face, expectations were high. Especially after the numerous blogger girlies of whom I know LOVE it, due to great reviews scattered in every internet crevice. I am NOT disappointed! It's easy to get over excited and show too much enthusiasm really quickly with these new, intriguing releases, only to get home to be majorly disappointed and have the world's biggest 'bag on', but this time was not one of them. (If you don't know the term 'bag on', then i'm sorry, I must remember to stop using my bizarre jargon).

On ze face
As par the instructions on the reverse of the ever so beautiful, 'could be high high high end', matte finished box (I get carried away by boxes okay), my cheek bones here are 'Hemisphere' - a lilac toned high light. I've never used a highlight of this tone before, and I did expect to look purple, like barney bear, but it's actually beauts! *drools*
The brow bone here is 'Ecliptic', the only cream of the lot. I did go slightly over board - the rush of adrenaline when my eyes clocked it got the better of me, sorry - yet it is of a beautiful consistency and pigment. 
The other two shades, 'subsolar' and 'equinox', can supposedly be used for the bridge of the nose, cupids bow, and shoulders. If you buy this yourself, check out the instructions on the back of the box for which shade is designed to go where; I do feel that they've got it right, down to the exact point.

Le swatchlings
Left to right - Ecliptic, Hemisphere, Subsolar, Equinox.
Ecliptic is a cream, the rest powders. 

Beautifully pigmented, long lasting (I even showered and could still see the glow - don't worry though, I did remove before bed, I'm not that naughty), and surprisingly low on the price spectrum. C'est belle. 

Even though I haven't tested the hourglass highlighters, I have seen them in action, and I do genuinely believe that these are just as fabulous - for a fraction of the price (don't ask me what fraction though, I canny do maths. There goes the jargon again!)

If you wanna look beautifully glowing this summer, without looking like a sweaty rag, this is the one to pick up for sure!

Have you tried this? How did you find it? 

N&E x

Battle of the nude lip - high end vs drugstore || MAC Velvet Teddy Dupe

We are all in that trap of wanting Kylie Jenner lips right now - don't lie - I know you are. I mean, they are gorge. Several brands are bringing out a myriad of versions, all with their special twists on the trend, so what better time to put two to the test. 

I think it's fairly obvious just from the swatch picture just how insanely similar these two products are in terms of shade; I literally cannot tell the difference. Just to prove how identical these are on the lips, I wore each lipstick on half of my lips, and this was how it looked. I think I could wear this out and no one would tell I was wearing two; there is seriously no need to spend £15 on Mac when Maybelline is only £5! Better save those pennies. 

Left side = Maybelline
Right side = MAC

The only noticable difference between these is, of course, the finish. As advertised, the Mac is matte lip and this is very much true to the name, but I personally feel the Maybelline gives much more of a glossy finish, quite similar to that of the 'cremesheen' Mac lippies. So I guess if you're set on having a matte finish, then I would opt for Velvet Teddy, but otherwise these two are proven identical! I have also worn both of these for a day and in my opinion they had fairly similar qualities in terms of lasting power, too. 

What's your favourite Mac or drugstore lippy? Would love to find some new ones to try out!

Maybelline vivid matte liquid - 05 Nude Flush || Review

The Maybelline vivid matte liquids. Are they matte? Or are they just falsely marketed? We have loved this product for quite a while, yet when a reader commented on our lip collection & swatches post, saying that they were disappointed about this not being as 'matte' as they expected, it got us thinking: are they matte or are they not? Following on from this, I've used this product all week to get a definite feel of it's potential consistency to share with y'all (because you're worth it).

When you think matte, you think drying, uncomfortable and clingy. This product though, is not that. (Not #spon, promise). Your lips won't end up like a camels foot, do not fear. Therefore, I can see how some may see this as not actually being what it says, but we've come to the conclusion that it actually is. Just a creamy matte, more like the NYX Soft Matte lip creme rather than a MAC Ruby Woo. 

Even though previously commenting on this as being completely contrary, we've changed our mind, you just need to stick with it. Originally, I can totally see this as coming across as a gloss rather than a matte, as you can see on the picture on the left. Yet once dried, and left to alter to your lips, it feels more like a light and smooth liquid lipstick; it is by no means an ULTRA MATTE, heavy formula. It does not look like a gloss, but it does give sort of a satiny feeling on the lips, if that makes sense? 

Lasts for hours, feels beautiful, and is a gorgeous colour. Definitely one to give a go.

Have you tried these? What did you think about how mattifying they are?

N&E x

A battle of the micellar waters - Nivea or Garnier? | FloralsAndCoralsx

With intriguing Micellular technology, these waters are all the current rage for removing tough, hard to remove, makeup. Not only is it quick and easy, but it is effective and kind to the skin also. 
After the recent beauty blogger hype, we decided to put two drugstore versions of these to the test, and show you the results so you know which one to buy, and to make you more confident that are not throwing your money down the drain.
For this experiment we used exactly the same makeup on each eye (Makeup revolution double flick liner and Rimmel wake me up wonder-full mascara), using only one cotton pad for each.  
Experiments and skin care in one post? Life made.
Micellar Waters Garnier Nivea
'Nivea Sensitive Skin 3 in 1 Micellar Water'
Nivea Sensitive Caring Micellar Water
Those 'one sweep' adverts on the television that Nivea have broadcast portray this as an extremely simple product to use, that is greatly effective. 
We put this to the test, and here are our results...
Before removal:
Winged eye makeup
After removal: 
Removal With Nivea
As you can see here, there is still slight residue on the top lashes and water line. This is to be expected though; we purposely only used one cotton pad to fully put the two to the test! With one more, and a smidge more effort, the makeup will be a goner. 
'Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water'
Garnier Micellar Water
Being our mostly used Micellar, this bad boy had to be a contender. With a 4.5 star rating on boots, this guy gives you high hopes! This is what we found..
Before removal:
Everyday winged liner
After Removal:
Removal with garnier micellar water
Again, we still can see some residue here, yet it is considerably less and it is in a smaller area; this micellar has not spread the makeup around the eye like the nivea did. At a usual RRP (without sale prices) this micellar is approximately £3.00 more anyway, so a better performance is expected completely.

Sounded more like a science assessment than a blog post, but I do hope this was helpful to you. 
Do you like Micellar waters on lazy, 'no cleanse please' days? Which is your favourite? Let us know!
N&E x

(We are considering making these 'battle' posts into a regular series. Would that interest you guys? What else would you like to see be put to the test? Let us know in the comments! 
They're so fun to write!)

Maybelline 24hr colour tattoo reviews and swatches | FloralsAndCoralsx

I do love a good cream eyeshadow base, don't you? The feeling of being able to whip out that creamy base from the makeup bag in the morning when you've slept in is something we all need in our lives; they are so quick and easy - I don't know what on earth I would so without them! Over the years, I have tried a multitude of cream bases, but I ALWAYS find myself reaching back for my trusty Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoo's; being so cheap and with such a beautiful colour range, you really cannot go wrong! So, what better to do then share my five favourite shades with you guys?!
Maybelline 24 hour colour tattoos
Maybelline 24 hour colour tattoos
Maybelline colour tattoo swatches eternal gold on and on bronze permanent taupe pink gold metallic pomegranate
Left to right - Eternal Gold, On and On Bronze, Permanent Taupe, Rose gold, Metallic Pomegranate. 
35-On and on Bronze 
Maybelline colour tattoo on and on bronze
Who doesn't love this eyeshadow, aye? Everywhere I look online these days raves about this; it is just the most perfect bronzy shade to wear all across the lid on those days where you fancy quite minimal makeup, but it is equally as beautiful to wear as part of a bronzy smokey eye. Imagine a goldy Greek goddesses eye makeup, and this is what you'll see. Completely versatile, yet so cheap and easy! Can't go wrong, can you?

05-Eternal Gold

Maybelline colour tattoo eternal gold
Again, this is just the most beautiful natural colour for daily wear. Similar to On and on Bronze, but a little more golden rather than bronzy, you may choose to wear this alone or as a base with golden tones (I love to use this with Tanya Burr's Hollywood eye palette - this shade is so similar to 'Gold Coin'). I actually only bought this a few days ago but it has been a firm staple since, as the shade is not only so natural but also makes my blue eyes pop! 

70-Metallic Pomegranate
Maybelline colour tattoo metallic pomegranate
This shade is very much one for the autumn time, although it does look perfect paired with other looks for other times of the year. Shade wise, I would describe this as a browny burgundy colour, with hints of gold shimmer. I wouldn't wear this on it's own as I'm not a fan of dark colours singularly, but with other bronze shades, this is just perfect!

65-Pink Gold 

Maybelline colour tattoo pink gold
I would say this shade is definitely one everyone needs in their Spring makeup collection! This shade is basically what it says in the name - I would describe this as a light pink with hints of gold shimmer running through it. Truly gorgeous, and beautiful to wear with the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette as this shade very much pairs with the pinky tones from this. My favourite way to wear this is all over the lid, with a little of 'Metallic Pomegrante' in the outer corners to darken it up a bit. It takes literally less than five minutes, but gives the impression that you've actually made an effort at life. Amazing!

40-Permanent taupe

Maybelline colour tattoo permanent taupe
This shade is completety unlike all the others I have mentioned.Fully matte and taupey grey in colour, this one again isn't one I would personally wear alone - this is, in my opinion, definitley the kind of thing you want for a smokey eye base.Saying that, this shade is still absoluetly perfect, and makes your eyeshadow last hours on end! Wearing this with a smokey eye really helps bring out the grey tones too, because of it's own grey tones within it. I wore this for my school prom a few days ago, beneath a smokey eye, and it allowed my eyeshadow to last all night long. A must have for all you smokey eye wearers out there!

What's your favourite cream eyeshadow? Let us know in the comments!

N&E x

Lip collection & Swatches | FloralsAndCoralsx

There is something so unbelievably pleasing about purchasing new lip products and then owning a rather 'OTT' draw full that you'll never get around to wearing in a million years, like we have. Whether you fancy a red, a pink nude, a brown nude, or just a pink, it is fabulous to have that option open depending upon the day and mood. (Just perhaps not as many options as us...that's taking it too far - to Prestatyn even! If you can tell me where that is from you will get 20 points from us). 
It seems almost selfish to keep our collection from you; you deserve the 'feels' also. 

The pink toned nudes
Left to right -  Beauty UK Lip Lust in 'date night', Maybelline 'nude flush' vivid matte lipstick, Natural Collection Moisture Shine 'Raspberry', MAC 'Brave', PS Love (Primark) 'Whisper', Essence long lasting lipstick '06'.

Pink glosses
Left to right - Tanya Burr's 'I found nemo', Tanya Burr's 'Picnic in the Park', Tanya Burr's 'Sparkling dewdrops', Tanya Burr's Macaroon, MUA Gloss in 'Quick kiss', MUA Gloss (name has rubbed off - sorry!), Tanya Burr's 'Candy Floss' (from her Christmas advent calender), Zoella's Tutti Fruity Kissy Missy Balm. 
Pink Lipsticks & Lip Liners
Left to right - Miss Sporty's BBF Lipstick in 'Amazing Fuchsia', Natural Collection 'Pink Orchid', MAC 'please me', Fashionista 'atomic tangerine', MUA Lipstick (Again, the name has rubbed off - sorry. Although we are pretty sure it is bubble gum? Or something along those lines), Avon 'Proper Pink', MUA 'Pink me up' liner, Maybelline Colour Drama 'Minimalist'.
Left to right - MAC 'Vegas Volt', Essence XXXL Longlasting Matte in 'Silky Red', Collection Work the colour matt lip butter in 'Crimson Velvet', Fashionista 'Coral', MUA Shade '13', I heart Makeup 'total diva', MAC 'Ruby woo', MAX Factor 'Marylin Sun Set red'
Berry/Dark Reds.
Left to right - NYX Diamond Sparkle Lip Stick in 'Sparkling Copper', Tanya Burr's 'Bewitching' (from the Christmas calender), Collection Lip Butter in 'Perfect Plum', Essence XXXL Shine in 'Fabulous Fuchsia', Rimmel Kate Moss '107', W7 'Chestnut', W7 'Teddy Bear'.
Browns & Nudes
Left to right - MAC 'velvet teddy', Rimmel Lipstick in 'Nude Deliight', Rimmel Lip liner 'Cappuccino', Makeup Gallery Liner (Poundland makeup) in 'Nude 1', Miss Beauty Liner (Poundworld makeup) 'Bubblegum', Kelly Brook (at Newlook) 'Sand Dollar' gloss, W7 'Jemima'.
'Barely There's'
Left to Right - Avon Colour Trend Brights 'Royal escape', Tanya Burr's 'Daydream', Tanya Burr's 'Sugar & Spice' (Christmas Limited Edition), Tanya Burr's 'Champagne Toast', Tanya Burr's 'Chic', Soap & Glory sexy mother pucker 'Nudist', Natural Collection 'Sorbet', Avon 'Kiss me', Tanya Burr 'Just Peachy', Tanya Burr 'Lunch date'.

See, told you it was excessive. I know that we don't have half as much as some people, but after going through everything we are refraining from buying more! For now, at least. Most of our collection is very similar in colour too - quite shameful really. 
Hope you've enjoyed noising through our lip draw as much as we've enjoyed sharing it with you. 


Mermaid Inspired Eye Makeup | FloralsAndCoralsx

Ever seen those tutorials floating around youtube where amazing beauty gurus create ultra out there looks and they just look gorge? Yeah, me too. But until now I don't think I've ever been cool enough to rock it. Or even try it for that matter. We are all far too often under misconceptions that makeup should be far too serious; yet one of the most thrilling things for me is just creating a look (with no intentions of leaving the house may I add) and having fun! I'm guilty of it myself, wrapping my thoughts only around the 'safe' golds and browns every day, but if you don't try, you don't know! It may actually look beauts and without giving it a whirl you'd never even notice. It also gives you an amazing opportunity to use those 'scary' colours that some palettes come with. Every product deserves being used!
Mermaid eye makeup

Blue Eye Makeup

Mermaid Inspired, Blue, Glitter, Eye makeup

What I used...
All of the products mentioned here are drugstore, which is the beauty of it. You DO NOT need to spend a fortune to wear bright colours, even though this is a thing we do all believe. (Although splurging on high end is extremely satisfying!)
MUA Starry Night Palette
MUA Dusk Til Dawn Palette
Freedom Pro Strobe Palette
Eyelure Enchanted Lashes In Adored (Limited Edition)
Makeup Revolution Amazing curl Mascara
Collection glam crystals liner in 'le freak' (As a glitter all over rather than an actual liner)
Maybelline Colour Tattoo in 'permanent taupe'
Soap And Glory brow archery in 'brownie points'
MUA Swatches Starry Night and Dusk til Dawn
From left to right - Third Bottom Shade in the 'MUA Dusk til Dawn', Fourth Bottom Shade in 'MUA Dusk Til Dawm', Sixth Bottom Shade in 'MUA Dusk Til Dawn', Second Bottom Shade from 'MUA Starry Night', Miss Sporty Khol Kajal in Luminous Beige.
The shades here I used for bases; a bright eye essentially requires something to stick to. You could just use any desired eye primer for this. Left to right - Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Permanent Taupe, Top Second Colour in the Freedom Pro Strobe (concealer shade).
Collection glam crystals in 'le freak'
Soap and glory brow archery 'brownie points'
From left to right - Soap and Glory's Brow Archery in 'Brownie points' Crayon end, Soap and Glory's Brow Archery in 'Brownie Points' Pen end, Collection Glam Crystals liner in 'le freak'.
Eye swatches bright glitter liner and brows

So, whack on that blue eye shadow, big lashes and glitter liner. Who doesn't want to look like Ariel? I for sure do! Have a bit of fun and let us know how you get on under the sea.