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Garnier Micellar Cleansing Gel Wash - Review!

Micellar water has had an upgrade in the form of a gel wash! The Garnier water was something I used religiously way back when it first came out, then I started getting into cleansers and cloths so I kind of placed it to one side and forgot about it. When I saw that this had hit the shelves I ran out to get it and the bottle I got was the last one! I picked up the green one for combination and sensitive skin, perfect it's completely my skin type.

So it works like the water so as you apply it to wet face it feels just like a really thick water, it used the same technology to act like a magnet and remove any makeup off the skin without leaving that dry tight feeling you can sometimes get after removing makeup. There is a slight foaming as you massage it into the face but nothing too aggressive. You simply apply, rub in and rinse off. I tend to use this first thing in the morning after I wake up as its quite refreshing and hydrating so it really prepares my skin. I have also used this to remove makeup and it works incredibly to remove every last bit, even stubborn eye and lip products.

The best bit about this was is that it comes in a pump bottle so you just have to press once or twice depending on how much you lie to use and you're set. Its hygienic and simple to use, you just need one hand. I keep this by my sink so its easy and accessible. I have been using it for around a month now and I have loved using it every morning without fail. It also leaves your skin looking

mattified which is great for us combination/oily skin people! Plus it's affordable too which is always great if skincare doesn't break the bank!

Whats your favourite cleaner?

Olivia x

Makeup bag at the moment!

Come and have a nosey at what I keep in my makeup bag, It's actually one of those acrylic draws that everyone went crazy about a few years ago. Bloggers made me buy it. But that didn't sound right so I stuck to makeup bag as this is what I would have in a bag if I was travelling. Basically I've been rambling about my every day makeup but in a very long winded way... Get on with it Liv!

Base - L'oreal Stay Matte Primer! It's incredible, makes your skin feel ever so soft and always manages to create a smoothing base hiding any pores and blending out any imperfections that you want to cover. There is so much in one tube too which is excellent value for money as it lasts for a long time. It has a mattifying effect too which which is what I always look for, it is very similar to the Smash box Oil free primer which I also love but this one is a lot cheaper.

Foundation - L'oreal Stay Matte Foundation.  Again it is a matte finish which is so important to me as I get oily AF this is the only one I have tried that sticks to it's word of actually working! It is waterproof too which I have tested at the gym as I get very sweaty and I can still walk out with a flawless face because of how good this lasts. It also never seems to get cakey no matter how much you build it up. Always a plus!

Powder - Rimmel Stay Matte - My holy grail of powders, I have tried others but always seem to end up with this. It mattifies the face, sets foundation in place and does the job really!

Contour - Nars Cheek Studio - The face palette of all palettes! It has a contour, bronzer and four blushes! I use the contour and bronzer everyday to the point where I've hit pan now, Recently I started using the blushes too. I swirl them all together to create a gorgeous natural blush shade. I love the fact that it's all in one palette too so it's easy to just grab and go.

Brows - Benefit Precisely My Brows - I've actually just used the last of this pencil which makes me so sad! On one side it has a really fine eyebrow pencil that creates natural looking brows. The best part is that it lasts for ages, no smudging just great looking brows all day. It twists up so you don't have to sharpen and it also has a spoolie brush as the opposite end so you have all of your brow needs in one!

Brows - Maybelline Brow Precise Fiber Filler - This isn't essential for brow routine but I always like to set mine in place so they last longer. This uses a paddle brush to comb through the hairs and even out the brows to leave them looking fuller. I use this to set over the top of the pencil but to also use on no makeup days when I still want amazing looking brows. I just sweep this through to fill in any sparse areas so they look natural but better.

Mascara - Benefit lash - My all time fave lash product, it is called rollar for a reason as it helps to really curl the lashes and lift them up creating fuller looking eyelashes. Mine are crappy and take a lot to keep them in hold but this is something I've found to alway, aways work.

This is just my every day makeup bag essentials, I use a few other bits from time to time like concealer but that isn't an every day thing so I've kept to the basics! Products here are things I have gone back to time and time again and ones I can really rely one!

What's in your makeup bag?

Olivia x

Learning to love long distance.

The title of this post has a few meanings. Me and my boyfriend will have been together a year on the 4th May, a whole 12 months together which is crazy to me because 8 of those have been long distance. Long distance for us anyway, meaning 2 and a half hours apart. I know many people have been further away but for a first really relationship it has been difficult to come to terms with. Surviving on two week breaks and a few days of contact. Obviously now phones are so advanced it makes it a whole lot easier but I thought I'd share a few tips on how we managed it.

Regular contact. This may sound simple but sometime getting caught up in day-to-day life can leave you both busy, we, I made a rule that as long as we say good morning to each other then i'd be happy, this way you have still spoken a little bit and it's just a reminder that you are both there if you need each other. I also like to send a good night text too just to finish the day speaking to them, It's hard to find a balance of speaking too little and speaking too much.

Do things together. When ever we do see each other which is every two weeks which works for us we like to catch up on everything we have missed. Usually we will have a chill day where we don't do anything exciting but just being with each other is always fun. Then we will do something like go to the cinema or other activities that we feel like doing, just to make the most of the time together. Then I love going out for a mean, it means you can have personal time together with nice food where theres no interruptions.

Facetime/Snapchat! This way you actually get to see each other. Facetime was more regular when we first moved apart as I found it hard not seeing him all the time. I keep saying I because It's from my perspective! Now we do it once maybe during the two weeks but I usually just snapchat because it's quick and on the spot but it's alway nice to see them and not just talk.

Try not to argue. For me this happens after it has been along time so usually just before we see each other again, I think it is because that's when you miss them the most so everything that happens can make you complain lol. Usually happens if we don't talk as much I'll start to over think but I think thats just a girl thing..

Trust. This is sooooo important i can't stress it enough. At the beginning of a relationship when everything is still new you constantly have the idea in your head that you aren't good enough, well I did anyway! But it made me realise that not every other girl that exists is after your man and it also made me realise things about myself too which was something I've loved.

Make plans. This has helped me tonnes over the last 8 months, making plans for the future no matter how small will help settle the feeling you have at the back of your mind. Knowing that you are doing something together in a few weeks or months will give you something to look forward too and keep the positivity going.

I know not all relationships are the same intact I don't think any will be similar or even close. But from spending our first year a part I wanted to note it down so I can look back on it in the future to see how we managed. There are plenty of ways to make distance work but this is how I've managed so far. For me it isn't a huge deal as I love my own space so distance is nice, I have also learnt that it makes the times together so much better as you have more to catch up on. I found that I learnt more about him as we spoke more so I am in one way glad we have had the space to get to know each other but I can't wait for the day when we don't have to say goodbye. Long distance is hard and there will always be struggles but from experience I can say that so far it is worth it.

I hope this has been somewhat helpful!

Olivia x