Avene Hydrance Rehydrating Routine | The ONLY thing to clear my dry skin

It's a known fact that we both have the extremely dry, sensitive skin, especially in winter, which has always been really hard for us to tackle (one of the numerous things I bet Emily wishes she didn't have to share with me, haha). I've tried all the tips and tricks, even drinking enough to share around my whole village, and, although it helps, it has never before got rid of my dryness completely. 

This year for our birthday, our lovely Mum bought us both an Avene Hydrance Rehydrating Routine set, probably praying to goodness that it worked to stop my incessant moaning. The set comes with a micellar water, serum, and cream, which claim to rehydrate your routine, targeting visible signs of skin dehydration, smoothing lines and softening skin. In their words, the products are said to contain an ingredient called Cohederm, derived from thermal spings, which forms water reservoirs in dehydrated skin for long lasting moisturisation, which sounds very interesting if you ask me. 

Since implementing this into my routine, I wanted to let you know my thoughts as I have seen a difference, and not just in a personal sense of me feeling like Caroline Hirons every night ;) 

Avene Hydrance Micellar Lotion 
I use Micellar water every day to remove my makeup, so was excited about this one. This promises to remove makeup and leave skin feeling fresh and soothed, and, having used this a few times, I can agree. I will however say that I don't think that this is any better than my Garnier Micellar which I use everyday, especially the oil-infused one that I have now moved on to. It is still a great micellar, but I don't think it is any better than the everyday brand, and is a little bougie when I can get a product that performs the same from a lower cost brand. 

Avene Hydrance Intense Serum 
I'm pretty low maintenance with my skin, normally just using a micellar water or cleanser (but lets face it, usually micellar as I'm laaaaazy), along with a toner and a cream, so have never really ventured into the world of serums before. The kit recommends to use this before cream to leave skin plump and soft, so I have been doing just that. Although I can't give a definite answer as to whether this alone has resulted in the changes to my skin, as I have used it in combination with the cream, I can say that I have definitely spotted a difference. The serum is really nice and light to apply, and as a result my skin looks a lot more glowy and hydrated than it used too, which I have been loving. 10/10 would recommend. 

Avene hydrating cream. 
Again, I haven't used this independently of the serum so cannot comment on it's personal performance, but, together with the serum, it makes the dream team. This cream states to reinforce the skin's natural moisture barrier, making skin supple and comfortable. I love the thickness of this moisturiser too, as it definitely feels as though it is pumping a lot of moisture back in, so much so that I would describe my skin as normal now. 

Though the micellar water was a little average, the serum and cream have been a game changer for me, just further confirming that my mother is indeed a legend. 

Have you tried Avene? Or do you have any other recommendations for dry/sensitive skin? Let me know :)

Natasha x 

Thoughts on the Colourpop x Zoella Brunch Date collection

When Zoella announced that she was collaborating with Colourpop cosmetics, AND that it was coming out two days after our birthday, we decided that there was no better excuse to order the whole collection and give colourpop a try for the first time as a bithday gift from us to us. Completely rational of course, since we definitely need more nude matte lips and neutral shadows...haha. 

As colourpop is an American brand, the shipping does take a little longer. For some perspective, we ordered on the 27th Feb, it was dispatched on the 8th March and then it arrived to us on 13th March. To make sure that we didn't receive a customs charge colourpop also adds 20% onto the total and, since we spent over $50, shipping was free, so overall it wasn't too bad as the makeup is affordable anyway. The full PR kit costs $89 and we ended up paying $100.80 (£75.83) after the 20% customs charge, which isn't bad as you do get a lot of products which I know I will use to death. 

The Brunch Date palette - $18 or £13.55

Swatch of 'Brunch Club' 
Swatches from left to right - Sundae Funday, Mimosa, Skinny Latte. 

This palette comes with 5 mattes and 7 shimmers (if I can count), which have INCREDIBLE pigmentation and blend gorgeously. I know that some reviews have slated it for not having a very adventurous colour range, which I do understand, but I actually love the range of neutrals that are really wearable, with the pop of colour in the shade 'brunch club'. I can imagine this looking gorgeous underneath the eye with some of the golds on the lid, for example. Especially in summer. 

Look using 'Brunch Club' with 'Mimosa' and 'French Toast' in the crease. I also added 'Hello' from the James x Morphe palette on top to add shimmer. ft. unruly brows

Supernova liquid shadows in 'OG' and 'Bellini' (can be bought together in the group hug set here) - $7 each or £5.27.

Left - OG, Right - Bellini 

Being big lovers of the Stila Magnificent Metals I was really looking forward to trying these, and let me say that, for $7, I was SHOOK. Both are really glittery and easy to use, either being great for a night look or a day look, just using less and blending out with your finger. Honestly, these probably will be replacing my Stila ones, and, given that they cost me £23 EACH, that is a revelation. These look absolutely gorge over the top of a neutral smoky brown look, and are a really easy way to create a cut crease. 

Creme Gel Liners - Sincerely Yours and XOXO: $5 each or £3.77

XOXO - Black  // Sincerely yours - Brown 

I'm not generally an eye liner wearer and I generally blame it on me 'having the wrong shaped eyes', yet I'm certain that it's probably just my bad skills. I either end up looking like an Amy Winehouse tribute or Superluv Shane Dawson, so generally give it a miss. (No offense to those two legends of course). These two liners perform really nicely though, and are a great consistency to smoke out. 

Lip kits in 'My day ones' and 'Give us the goss' - $11.50 or £8.66. 

 'My day ones' 
'Give us the goss'

These lip kits come with a lip liner and a liquid lip, as the original Kylie ones did that kicked off the lip kit craze. Both perform amazingly, and are really lightweight and non drying, so are comfortable. Honestly, this is probably the best liquid lip formula I have EVER used, up there with the Jeffree Star liquid lips, so I will definitely order some more shades off colourpop. They are so nice that it is worth paying a bit more to get them over here, trust me. 

Though we ordered the full PR kit, which also comes with the highlighter, blush and another lip kit, we decided not to swatch these as the colours didn't look like something we would like. This way, we were able to pass these on to someone brand new and that is why they didn't feature in this post. <3. 

Have you tried colourpop? Do you like the look of the Brunch Date collection? Let us know x 

Natasha & Emily x