Recently I have been making an effort to wear more SPF and after forgetting it on Sunday and now having a much darker forehead I will be wearing it daily. I always try to use a separate SPF on face than on my body as the skin on the face is thinner and more sensitive. Therefore I look for something that won’t be too heavy, too greasy, that blends well and often that will work under my makeup. I always wear SPF30 on my face which is about double of what I would wear on my body because I am frankly scared of ageing.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Sun Defense for Face SPF 50 PA+++, £26
If your face is particularly sensitive to the sun than I would recommend going for some like this. At first I was a little worried as it is fairly thick but once you blend it in you will be left with no white cast, it isn’t greasy but still keeps skin moisturised which is what you need in the drying sun.

Kiko City Filter SPF 50 £12.90
This is designed as a primer to go under make-up so it is very light-weight. I also love the pump it come in, it blends easily and you can’t feel it on the skin at all. It’s a great affordable SPF!

Radical Skin Perfecting Screen SPF 30 £38
It’s a little pricey but by far my favourite of the bunch, the packaging is really sophisticated (I tried to look for another word but that’s honestly what I think of it) and it offers non-chemical UV break Spectrum protection. Most importantly for me it is almost as light as water, absorbs instantly leaving no visible marks behind- completely worth the price tag!

La Roche-Posay Anthelios AC SPF 30 £15.50
I’m halfway through this bottle and I think it’s a nice product although as it is matte it isn’t really designed for my skin type. It’s perfect if you have particularly oily skin and are looking for something very matte, sadly can be a little chalky on my drier skin.

Clinique SPF 30 Face Cream
£17
This has been my go-to over the last couple of years, the protection is a little higher than Cliniques other product city block, making this particularly good for taking on holiday. I do have quite dry skin so I love that this is slightly heavier and more hydrating but not greasy.

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration SPF 30 £15
If you’re looking for something you can buy in Boots and Superdrugs (On offer usually) than this is a nice one to go for although I wouldn’t say it is my favourite. It smells like summer, no white cast left but is a little heavier on the skin.

Supergoop Lip Balm SPF 30
£8.50
I thought I would quickly slip this in here too, I know a lot of people love Supergoop suncream but I personally really like the lip balm. It’s so easy to forget to look after your lips in the sun but this product really is great, the tube means you don’t need to mess about with sticking your fingers in and risking getting sand in there too. Its the perfect consistency; thick enough to be hydrating and protective without having to spend too much time blending it in so that it is comfortable. The shea butter means it’s very hydrating and it also smells incredible.

What is your favourite face SPF?

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I noticed yesterday that I had a handful of new brushes which I thought I would address in a single blog post, they are all relatively inexpensive and I’ve been trying them out over the last few weeks.

Moxi Makeup brushes are a new brand on my radar and I have been trying out all five of their brushes (I forgot to photograph one), they’re beautiful to look at and start at a very reasonable £8. There are three brushes I love from this collection the Double-ended brush (which I didn’t photograph), Taklon foundation brush and the Flat top angled brush which are all soft and work beautifully but my stand out has to be the Double-ended brush. The other two however aren’t quite as nice, the Goat Hair Powder brush is okay but could be a little softer and I just do not understand the Angled Eyeliner brush at all.

I wouldn’t say I love the entire Liz Earle Colour range but the brush range is actually quite impressive. I love the clear plastic handles too, it looks sleek without being the same as every other brush. The Eye Colour Brush is great for packing on colour but the other two are stand out products. The Eyebrow Brush is my favourite as it has both things that I need, a brow spoolie and an angled brush perfect for applying powder to the brows. The Blend & Contour Brush  also can not be beaten for the prize, it’s cut beautifully and is great for both applying colour to the crease and blending eyeshadow.

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Zoeva brushes seem to be becoming more an more popular and just by looking at them you can see why, they are beautifully made and super soft.  I must admit that these brushes are so perfectly white that I was almost a little scared to use them. The Luxe Face Finish brush is beautiful for any sort of setting powder and not too dense which helps avoid any over applying. The Luxe Sheer Cheek is quite thin so ideal for contouring as well as applying product to the apples of the cheek. The Smokey Eye shader is equally as good especially if you are using cream shadows and the Precision Shader would work just as well on the lips as the eyes. I am currently dreaming about the Luxe Face Definer, that’s definitely a brush I need in my life.

Since I love double ended brushes (if don’t well) I was excited to give this new Kiko Face Duo brush from the Life in Rio Collection a go. The foundation brush is really nothing special, just a standard synthetic one but at the other end there is a angled brush like I’ve never seen before. As you can hopefully tell from the first photo it’s fairly flat before going into an angle, this is great for you girls that like me love a contour but it is fairly easy to get two contour line down the face if not blended very carefully.

I have some amazing cheap elf brushes but the Elf Small Stipple Brush seems to be pretty average. It sheds more than I’d expect a brush to and isn’t very soft but is the perfect size for a cream blush or a pigmented blusher that you want to apply lightly.

Have you tried any new brushes recently? Which brush has caught your eye?
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It seems everyone is talking about Kiko and I have fallen head over heels in love with their Lounge Warm Tones palette from the Dark Heroine Collection.
The palette is the ultimate autumn palette with a range of matte and shimmery shades and I love the burgundy. They are pretty creamy and the colour is super intense although I always use a primer as the shimmer does tend to fall without it. If you are looking for an inexpensive palette to update your makeup for the colder months this is the palette to buy!
Watch here to see me use the palette. Palette retails for £16.90

Kiko have also released a ‘build your own’ sort of palette which come in a variety of sizes whatever your beauty needs may be! There are 108 colours to chose from and I can’t wait to have a look in a Kiko store to find some of my favourite shades! The palettes are sturdy and start at 3 pan up to 24 and start at just £3.90. The eyeshadows are quite large but are also under £6 each. I have my eye on a few of the colours as I don’t think I’ll be able to wear the pink in my palette although the burgundy 243 is a beaut!

And how beautiful is the Supple Satin Honey Bronzer, it adds the perfect amount of winter glow…

I have loads more Kiko products to share soon, just can’t get enough recently!

Have you tried Kiko?

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I have been loving plumy browns on my eyes recently as it not only is the perfect autumn colours but makes the slight green in my eyes stand out. Therefore I have been completly addicted to the Kiko Warm Lounge Palette which arrived a few weeks ago. It has all the colour I feel I need this autumn so I really haven’t touched much else.

I’m trying to make more videos and have a few halloween ones coming up but if you have any more ideas please let know as I really want to stay motivated and record more!

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First thing’s first, hello! It’s such an honour to be on
Sabrina’s blog today as I’ve been a big time lover of A Little Obsessed for a
really long time now. I’m Jemma and I blog over at Bamboozle Beauty and like a
lot of you, I’m completely obsessed with make up. One thing I absolutely love
doing is applying eye make up. It was one area of make up that I never really
explored when I was younger – those deep colours, mascara wands that look like
they’re about to poke your eye out? Yup, used to frighten me to death. And it’s
only in the past couple of years that I’ve started wearing eye make up and the
past few months that I’ve really started to experiment with it.

 The look above was one that I didn’t plan out. For me,
that’s the beauty of make up – you’re pretty much free to do whatever you like.
And after reading somewhere that purple enhances green eyes, I raided my
collection and came across two beautiful purple colours that I had to paint my
eyelids with. The KIKO Eyetech Look Eyeshadow’s are wonderful contraptions as
they’re tiny with buildable colour. The shade I used (106) is a gorgeous bright
purple shade that really makes the eyes stand out when it’s applied sheer. They
come with their own applicator which makes applying eye make up quick and easy
– great for professional looks in an instant.

Unfortunately, the majority of the eyeshadows I used in
this look are from the Purminerals Beautiful Creatures palette which is now
sadly unavailable. The reason why I love this palette is not only because the
quality of the shadows are outstanding but because it’s very versatile and the
shades are wearable whilst allowing you to inject a bit of colour into your
look. With deep plums, stunning khakis and beautiful neutrals, there’s bound to
be a look for you to create. I used ‘Fantasy’ in the outer corner to deepen the
look and ‘Forbidden’ in the crease to make it more wearable. I love applying
shadow underneath the lash line and for this look, I used ‘Fate’ which is a
beautiful muted down bronze colour.
Underneath all of this make up, I used the KIKO Pearly
Eye Base which is a primer that’s cheap as chips and really enhances shadows
when they’re blended onto the eyes. And of course, it makes them last all day
long like a primer is supposed to. I used a combination of my two favourite
eyeliners to add definition to the eyes – before discovering the Collection
2000 Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner I could never wing my eyeliner out.
Shocking, isn’t it? And to finish the look off, I used my trusty SEVENTEEN
Doll’d Up mascara. It’s a great all-rounder as it makes the lashes longer and
fuller without any clumps.

Primer: KIKO Pearly Eye Base All over the lid: KIKO
Eyetech Look Eyeshadow in 106 In the outer corner: Purminerals
Beautiful Creatures eyeshadow in Fantasy In the crease: Purminerals Beautiful Creatures
eyeshadow in Forbidden Underneath the lashline: Purminerals
Beautiful Creatures eyeshadow in Fate Liquid liner: Collection 2000 Extreme 24 HourFelt Tip Liner  On the waterline: KIKO Vivid Eyes Kajal and Eyeliner  Mascara: SEVENTEEN Doll’d Up 

And there you have it. The completed look. I’m pretty
happy with how it turned out. I do tend to shy away from colours but by mixing
the purple with the neutral bronzes, it created a purple eye that’s easy to
wear. I really hope you like the finished piece and if I could give you a piece
of advice it’d be to experiment. Don’t hide away from colour as you’re bound to
find a way to make it work for you.
Thanks so much Jemma for the guest post! I can’t wait to try it myself! 

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