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TALKBECKYTALK HOLIDAY MAKEUP MUST HAVES!

I wanted to share with you guys a few special photos from my holiday and to tell you a little about where I went, what I got up to and my holiday beauty must haves. I had always wanted to go to Ibiza so I booked a week with my mum and her friend. We actually had a week of rain (only this could happen to me!) so it meant lots of free time in my hotel room getting ready for our evening meals with the products I had packed.

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I love getting ready when I’m on holiday but I do have to change my usual makeup routine with less makeup and stick to a few cult staples of mine. Besides cramming as many minis as I can in my case, I always turn to makeup palettes which allow me to change my makeup up each night without having to pack my whole collection. The first palette I took was my Max Factor Masterpiece nude palette. There are 3 in the range, my favourite is the ‘golden nudes’ because it’s filled with natural browns and the option to make things a little smokier! My mum loves the ‘rose nudes’ because it has more pink in it and my sister loves ‘cappucino nudes’ because it’s great for darker more dramatic eyes! The pigmentation on these are great, and you get 8 shades for £14.99. I wore this most nights as there’s a shade for pretty much whatever you’re wearing.

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The second palette I took was the Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look In A Palette, perfect for a bit of radiance on holiday. I’d had my eye on this since it came out and a friend of mine bought me it as a surprise! First of all the colour payoff is incredible. I don’t own too much Charlotte Tilbury but the more I try the more I realise just how worth the money it is. This palette has a 2 blushers, a bronzer, highlighter and 3 eye primers and colour so it’s perfect for when you’re on the go.

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I stayed in a yoga retreat just a few miles out of Ibiza town, and then headed to stay near the Old Castle for the last few days. The food was amazing, and my top tip if you visit would be to hire a car so you can find all the beautiful beaches and places to eat!

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I can’t be without a mascara on holiday and this year I packed my Max Factor Masterpiece Max. Some of you guys will know I pretty much cleared the drugstores out of the Max Factor Masterpiece Transform (in brown) in my TalkBeckyTalk YouTube videos so it’s time for a new one for me! The wand on this is pretty cool. I love the end of it because you can pack loads of the product on your lashes and then the wand helps to separate and build up to 400% volume perfect for some serious lashes! I don’t get that horrible dropdown with Max Factor mascaras and it’s even more important for me when I’m in the heat!

I also packed the Clarins Eye Makeup Double Fix which claims to make your favourite mascaras and eyebrow products waterproof. I swam in this and it did run a little but I have to say it kept my mascara on all day without running and did last against the rain and sweat!

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To complete the eyes, I packed my Max Factor Masterpiece Long Wear Eyeliner. This is a really great eyeliner if you want a product that can create a number of looks. I used the edge on holiday for a really subtle liner which stayed on all night (it’s meant to stay for 12 hours). If you use the thick side it creates a really high impact look. I’ve actually done a video showing you how to create that smoky “cat eyes” look using the Max Factor mascara, eyeshadow and liner I’ve just talked about if you click here. My sister wears this look in the evenings on holiday and it’s perfect for me when I’m at home going out. Go say hi under the video!

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Finally, apart from a box of good lip balms, for me holidays are all about the hair! So I live off dry shampoo because it gets so tangled and greasy! My two favourites are the Pantene Pro V Instant Refresh and the COLab Sheer and Invisible. I love them because they are two of the few dry shampoos that actually make your hair look good again but don’t feel really gritty and dusty which puts a lot of people off using them. I can’t decide which I prefer but they are both really affordable and I get through so much that I always take two cans away with me!

I’m actually giving away three of the Max Factor eyeshadow palettes so you have something for your holidays too! Comment below telling me which one is your favourite and why – cappuccino nudes, pink nudes or golden nudes.

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Here’s to some sunshine, even in the rain, it felt so wonderful and relaxing to be away! On the last night we sat and watched the sun go down, it was so magical.

Becky x

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New Year Winter Beauty

First of all, I just want to say if feels really lovely to be writing this as I haven’t blogged in ages. I loved setting this blog up, but I’ve never been as confident at writing as I have talking (surprise surprise) so it’s been a little neglected over the past few months. So i’ve decided to make this a weekly blog. Every Friday i’ll be posting, and I’m going to make it a little more personal too so a bit about what I’ve been doing that week. I don’t have a separate vlog channel so i’ll be sharing a lot more of my life on here along with product reviews from what I’ve been using or new releases. So here’s to 2016 and the Friday blog.

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So this week I’ve come away skiing with my best friend Jemma and my family. We always try to come away for New Year just to take a bit of time out in the mountains and spend quality time together chatting round a log fire. It’s moments like this I treasure forever. This year there hasn’t been much snow but we’ve had lots of time to relax and laugh. Jemma has the most amazing blog called Sensitive Shell which you can read here. She has very sensitive skin and eczema and can’t have dairy, yet she finds the best products that really work for her and I can’t recommend it enough if you are looking for products like that or just want a really good read with the most incredible photos and a good laugh. Go and say hi!

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When I’m away in the snow I pretty much go makeup free but I binge on the best of the best for winter skincare and rely on it to keep my skin hydrated without breaking out in spots. I’m super picky with skincare. The main thing I struggle with is lips, so I bring three! The first, my Kiehls Lip Balm #1 which is really good at protecting lips against the cold and wind. I use this when I’m skiing as it doesn’t really smell and has SPF in it. Then I bring my Nuxe Reve de miel which is a really intense thick lip mask which I use at night to repair my lips. It’s got a really subtle floral smell but is a bit too thick to wear in the day for me so I put this on before bed. It’s packed with plant extracts, oils and shea butter so if you’re looking for a bit of a repair product, this is it. Finally I’ve got my Clarins lip comfort oil in honey which has fast become a fave for me the last month. I love Clarins because their products are filled with plant extracts and this leaves your lips really soft but is super shiny and smells really sweet. It’s great at night if you love gloss like I do. Plus the applicator holds a huge amount of product so you don’t have to apply loads.

My hands are always incredibly dry skiing so this year I’ve bought my L’Occitane almond hand cream and all the girls have been using this mainly because it smells so lovely! It contains both almond milk and almond oil but is really light so your hands don’t feel sticky. I’ve packed my beauty staple Caudalie Beauty Elixir mini which is always in my travel bag. I usually hate face sprays, I don’t get the point of them, but this one is incredible. It’s made from grape extract and packed with anti-oxidants which leave my skin feeling so fresh. It smells of mint which I love and I use this as a toner. I’ve really got into using serums after my sister telling me the importance of using them (she has great skin) and I since my Superdrug one ran out I’ve been using the Sarah Chapman age repair serum. This is a range I’ve wanted to try for a while but have always resisted……why oh why didn’t I try this before! Oh my goodness, this has made my skin look so much smoother and I am noticing such a difference in the way my skin looks. It’s got peptides in which for me really helps to plump my skin without feeling greasy. It’s £48 but probably the best serum I’ve ever owned. The overnight facial is next on my list to try! I’m a firm believer in finding cheaper makeup but if you’re going to spend your money, spend it on skincare. You won’t regret it.


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My cleanser is my go-to yearly favourite Aurelia miracle cleanser which has won loads of awards and not surprisingly. First of all the smell is absolutely gorgeous. It’s got eucalyptus, bergamot and chamomile so I really look forward to putting this on. It’s probiotic skincare so is doing a lot to help the skin. It’s really creamy and great at pulling all the makeup off, you use this with a hot cloth so it really opens up all the pores and feels lovely. My skin looks so much brighter when I’ve used this. Next up exfoliation, and I’ve got my Goldfaden MD Doctors scrub. I’ve talked about this lots this year and am pretty stuck at only wanting to use this because I can’t find a better one. It’s certainly not cheap at £65, but it contains ruby crystals and is basically a microdermabrasion exfoliator so get ready for a serious scrub! At first I didn’t think I would like this, but after using it three of four times my skin got used to this and now I used it every other day and nothing else will get rid of the rough patches I struggle with.

For my day eye cream I’ve got my Elemis pro-radiance illuminating eye balm. I had been waiting for years for Elemis to bring out a decent eye cream as I felt like it was missing from their range, and I definitely wasn’t disappointed. It’s got chamomile and arnica in so it really nourishes but for me the best part is the cooling applicator. It’s so lovely putting this on. It’s also got blurring powder in it and brighteners so it blurs the under eye area almost like a really subtle concealer. You don’t need much of this product at a time. For my day cream when I’m not skiing I’ve got the Body Shop Drops of Youth moisturiser. I’ve dabbled in the Body Shop skincare but this is hands down my favourite so far. As I said, I’m super picky with skincare, but this is one I can see myself sticking with as I’m really impressed with the results. I loved their drops of youth range but I think this is going to be popular for people looking for an everyday moisturiser that is great for combination skin but also gives you a slight blurring effect. I’m all about plumping now and this is really good for that. Used with the Sarah Chapman serum, this looks incredible. It’s so affordable and I would put this up with some of my high end day moisturisers.

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At night I swap things up a bit and change to my First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydra-firm Sleeping Cream. This is a really good overnight facial. If you’re looking for serious hydration but don’t want something that feels heavy and oily, then this is it. I loved the day version of this, but this is a more intense version and really helps to firm and hydrate my skin with the conditioning butters. It doesn’t really smell of much, so would be good if you’re not overly wowed by products that smell or have sensitive skin. For my eye cream I’ve got my Caudalie eye lifting balm. I’m really trying to prevents any wrinkles and fine lines as I know they are not far around the corner and to be honest I already have quite a few. This is packed with peptides so it’s going to give you all the help you need with helping to lift the eyes, prevent ageing and smooth over any fine lines.

Just because I’m skiing, doesn’t mean I don’t want to be hair free so I’ve packed my Venus snap razor. Venus razors are pretty much the only ones I will ever use because I can shave in a hurry and won’t be covered in cuts. They usually have four of five blades and if you use them with the Olay head then you’ve got loads of moisture going onto your skin and you don’t need to use a shaving cream. The snap is the same head but a smaller handle and comes with a really handy case that means your razor is well protected. I use this at home when I’m away for the night. Then for a bit of a face mask detox I’ve got my Soap and Glory Fab Pore mask and peel. This is so good at getting rid of blemishes and spots that I have. It really gently gets rid of dead skin cells and helps to shrink pores as well as getting rid of any excess oil which I really struggle with.

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I love the mountain water because my hair always feel so soft. I am so lazy with washing my hair when I’m away and I get through so much dry shampoo. My current favourite is the Alberto Balsam clear and fresh which has a green tea and citrus scent. This is probably the best smelling dry shampoo I own because it’s so fresh. It doesn’t irritate my scalp and doesn’t leave my hair feeling gritty or looking white.  So it gets all the ticks from me. Shampoo and conditioner wise I actually forgot mine so I managed to find one of my current faves from L’Oreal Paris. I’ve been using the Extreme Total Repair and it’s left my hair looking and feeling so healthy which I can’t seen to find online in the UK but here is the Total Repair which is my UK favourite. Everytime someone asks me about the best drugstore shampoo I will usually direct them to L’Oreal Paris. They are just as good as some of my high end ones and I don’t understand how they are able to sell them for the price they are because the formula is just incredible. Luckily I didn’t forget my L’Oreal Paris Total Repair 5 CICA Cream. This is my third bottle! You can put this on when your hair is wet or dry and it really helps damaged hair to smooth the ends and keep it looking shiny and healthy all day long. My affordable hair hero.

Finally, when I’m out on the slopes and need some serious SPF. I’ve got my Clarins UV Plus Day Screen (SPF 50) which again has all the plant extracts you’d expect from Clarins but is one of the very few higher SPFs that doesn’t leave you looking white as a ghost or with a thick layer of grease on your face. I love it. And no burn at the end of the day which is always a huge test for me of sun screens!

Because it’s New Year and I’m all about reflecting and planning, I’ve been listening to loads of music whilst i’m out here. My headphones are from Claires and I just fell in love with the design. The sound is pretty good considering how affordable they are too. My diary is from Paperchase. It was a present and I just love the glitter on it. I’ve written down so many goals and hopes for next year, mainly to take more time with family and to relax more. Life is so precious, make the most of every moment. So i’ll leave you with this quote. I have realised in 2015 I’ve held on to a lot that perhaps hasn’t been good for me. Stress from work, friendships that haven’t been that good, feelings about love that can’t be changed. So as hard as it is, 2016 for me is going to be all about letting go and moving forward. Here’s to the year of letting go and embracing the ‘right now’. What’s your favourite quote? Becky xxx

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Summer Makeup Must-Haves

Summer holidays are pretty much what I live for! The sunshine, the pool, friends…..I never want to come home! I don’t often do this but I wanted to write a little post about my holiday to share a few holiday pictures and also to give you a sneaky peek of what I got up to.

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I went to a place called Kas in in Turkey with my sister Holly and a few of our friends. It was the most beautiful fishing town and I just fell in love with how beautiful it was and how friendly everyone was. We ate so much of the local food and went out for the day on a boat which was just amazing.

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I wanted to share one of my outfits from an evening out whilst I was there. My outfit is from Pretty Little Thing. I’m really lazy when it comes to makeup and hair when I’m on holiday but I still like to look dressed up! For my hair I’ve used the Pantene Pro V UV Protection spray. It helps to protect my hair in the sunshine and makes it really easy to style as it softens the curls that I get when I’m swimming and my hair drys. So for makeup I’m using my Benefit Do The Hoola makeup kit. When I’m travelling I love finding collections of miniature products to take away and Benefit do this really well. You get a lipgloss, mascara, powdered bronzer, liquid bronzer and balm. Most of them are hero products, the only thing I don’t get on so well with is the liquid bronzer as it doesn’t blend well for me. Instead I put a layer of my Laura Mercier oil-free tinted moisturiser to give me a little bit of colour and coverage. And because holidays are all about the dewy glow, I’ve used my Max Factor Excess Shimmer eyeshadow in Copper. The staying power and pigmentation on this is incredible. I’m obsessed with the bronze one and this one is perfect for the summer months. Finally for my lips I’m wearing the Max Factor Colour Intensifying Balm in Refined Rose which has been my go-to summer lip product. It’s packed full of moisture and can either be used as a sheer balm, or built up to give you a really pigmented colour. I love it.

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I filmed a video whilst I was out there talking all about my pool-side essentials which is over on the Beauty Recommended channel. Everything from my favourite sunscreen for combination skin to a new compact product that I can’t live without. Don’t forget to subscribe here too so you don’t miss any of my other videos going up there. I’d love to see your holiday pictures too. Tag me on twitter and instragram so we can swap photos! Love Becky x

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Make it a Special Fathers Day

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I’m writing this as I look out to the ocean today which is where I wanted to be on what will be quite a difficult day for lots of us tomorrow. As some of you know, I lost my Dad a year ago. I wanted to write this post because for many of you, Fathers Day is a chance to show your Dad just how much he means to you, and I wanted to just say a little reminder of how important that is.

My Dad was such a fun man to be around. He was loved by so many people, and Fathers Day was a day to tell him that. I wasn’t always the best with texting and calling him, and I know the moments he treasured most were when we were together as a family. Time is the biggest gift you can give someone, so if you can, make the time for your Dad tomorrow. However far away you are, however busy you might be, try your very hardest to give the gift of time to him. When they’re gone, those memories are what you hold onto, and it’s those memories that keep you smiling when you miss them.

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I didn’t want this post to be a sad one so I wanted to come up with some gift ideas if you’re last minute shopping, and it’s also a great chance to do a few gift ideas for men if your looking for birthday presents through the year. So the first ones I want to talk about are some aftershaves. This was also a winner with my Dad, he loved it. So here are some of my favourites that I think they will love. Here’s a little fun fact for you, before I went to University I was selling perfume in a department store! I loved learning all about them. The first I’ve picked out is Boss Bottled Intense. At £45 it’s a slightly newer version of Boss Bottled which my Dad loved and I have to say is one of my favourite smells. It’s so manly and sophisticated with hints of wood, spices and orange blossom. I always remember people by what they smell like and this really is so nice.

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If it’s someone slightly younger, Eau de Lacoste is brand new on the market and I think this is really gorgeous. It’s much lighter with hints of grapefruit and apple but still has a lot of masculine body to it with cypress wood. At £35, I think this is going to do really well, and I love the packaging. I’m actually giving one of these away to someone who comments below.

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Next is something that I’ve talked about before. One of my favourite gifts to buy men is cufflinks. They are such a special and classic gift and my favourite ones I’ve ever found are from Rodology. These won’t arrive in time for tomorrow so you could order them as a late surprise or if you have a birthday coming up they would be perfect. I am in love with the quirkiness of them, they are such a talking point and great for Dads!

Next is something that you can do together. Not on the High Street is one of my favourite websites, have a look here and there are so many experience days for you to choose from like tea and chocolate making. My dad loved doing things like this. We used to take him flying and go karting and they are some of the best memories I have. Plus you can print it off and give it to him for tomorrow!

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Finally, if you’re on a budget. Here is something you can do for free and it’s actually my favourite gift of them all. Get a jar, do a little bit of DIY on it to make it look pretty with a ribbon and a little note. Then fill it with little notes inside with fun things to do together. Then each month or each week however often you want to do it, your Dad can pick one from the jar and you can make fun new memories together. If you live a long way apart, choose things like a Skype call, or to send each other a letter through the post. Small things like that are so precious in life, so hold onto them.

So I want to wish you all the love in the world for tomorrow. If you’re with your Dad, cuddle him tightly. I’d give anything to do that tomorrow. If you’ve lost yours, try to find a quiet place tomorrow and think of all the amazing memories you have. I feel lucky to have had a Dad for 26 years, and that’s what I hold onto. All my love, Becky x

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Benefit POREfessional License To Blot

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I’ve struggled with oily/combination skin for as long as I can remember so anything that claims to get rid of shine I immediately have to try and test! The Benefit POREfessional license to blot sits alongside a few other products that have tried to tackle the good old problem of shiny skin!

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I’m already a huge fan of the Benefit POREfessional primer to smooth skin and keep shine away but I still need something after a few hours. Blot on the Spot is an instant oil-blotting stick that claims to keep shine away for 6 hours. I love the idea of this but am always skeptical of products like this so I was keeping everything crossed for this one. The application is really easy and I love the point on the product which makes it really easy to get down the side of the nose and under eyes which is where I always get shine! You just slide it across your face and then I blend.

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It’s quite thick and waxy but I’d expect that from something that was going to hold shine away. At first I wasn’t sure about the consistency but it felt quite soft when it went on and didn’t clog my pores up. It actually made my skin look smoother but you just need to get used to the waxy feel. In terms of shine, it instantly mattified my skin and kept it looking smooth for about 4 hours. I tend to prefer blotting papers for getting rid of shine which don’t tend to affect the makeup but as anti-shine products go, this is pretty damn good. Becky x

POREfessional License To Blot Available from Boots for £15.50 here

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Olivia Palermo X Ciate London Collab

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Ciate has long been a favourite of mine when it comes to nails. Every time I see the little bows in store I can’t resist buying a new shade. So when I set my eyes on this new collaboration I was excited to try it.

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Olivia Palermo has teamed up with Ciate to create a new Olivia Palermo X Ciate collection, and I have to say the result is beautiful. The colours are very safe, a red a coral and a nude. I tried ‘Hutch – My Go To Red’ and I had high hopes as the polish comes in at almost twice the price of the normal polishes at £17. So first impressions, the brush was beautiful and really made painting my nails easy. The polish itself was gorgeous and definitely looked and felt different to the usual formulation that I’m used to. It glides on and the pigmentation is so bold and plump. It’s formulated with something called Dual Polymer Mesh Lock technology. Although that doesn’t mean much to me, the finish of the polish does! It’s so much better than most polishes I own and looked so thick and glossy. It dried quite fast and after 4 days was still chip free.

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A little throw in here but I wanted to mention it. I’ve been so frustrated with bad nail files recently so I came across these Lottie Sundowner ones and wanted to mention them. They file really well and look super cute. Make sure you file your nails well before you paint them!

The price tag is so worth it, for a little bit more I’ve got a polish that looks stunning and won’t chip. Plus the bottle looks really cute on my dressing table! I’m excited to try the other shades and hope the formulas are the same! What do you think of the three shades? Becky x

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Tarte Makeup Has Arrived in the UK!

My inner makeup geek is literally doing backflips right now with this set. It’s probably the most excited I’ve been in a long time about getting anything new! Tarte’s 6 piece Best Face Forward Make-Up Collection is here in the UK. Yes you heard me right, here in the UK!

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It’s one of those USA brands that everyone talks about but we can’t get our hands on here in England….until now. You can now buy Tarte products on QVC and there are so many of their hero products and sets like this on sale. Whenever I’m over in the USA this is one of the first brands I stock up on because the products are so good. Everything in this set is a hero product, so it’s not surprising it’s selling out in a few of the shades already!

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First of all the bag itself is going to be my holiday makeup bag it’s just gorgeous. The Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 mascara has been in my top 10 mascaras for a while now. It’s really good if you want statement lashes that you can build up to look really thick and black. The Amazonian clay eyeshadow palette is perfect for me because it’s all neutrals! The shadows are quite matte and pigmented which is good if you get oily eyelids like me! Then you’ve got the LipSurgence lip creme in honeysuckle pink. Again I like nudes and pinks so this is good for me. It’s really moisturising and smells so nice with the peppermint and jojoba oil. It does say it’s meant to stay all day but I always need a top up after a few hours, probably from drinking so much tea!

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You also get the double-ended complexion brush which is exclusive to QVC so I was glad to get my hands on this. I’m obsessed with flat end brushes for buffing in concealer. The coloured clay bronzer blush in pink bronze is so pretty to have in a makeup collection. I’ve got really pale skin and it isn’t too dark on me so I’m excited to try and see the different ways I can use this. Finally you get the coloured clay cc primer. This divides people a little and I still can’t make my mind up about this! The stick is made up of light lavender and mint green colours along with the primer which is meant to help reduce redness and neutralise your skin. It’s really easy to apply and blends into one colour, so you could wear this on it’s own as a light foundation. The staying power on this is amazing and it makes my skin look so much smoother. The downsides are that it’s quite waxy so my skin doesn’t take too well to it, and my dry patches tend to look a little drier. That said, I still enjoy using it but just not everyday!

The set is £46.50 and I’ve seen it on sale previously for £38.40. You’re saving so much money, even if there is one product you’re not so keen on. So I’m going to be stocking up on these for presents for friends. Keep checking on QVC as they change their deals each day and the sets that go on there. You can see all the QVC products they’ve got here. I am so excited to see what pops up over the summer online, I had no idea you could buy online from QVC so I think I’ve found my new go-to online shop! So welcome to the UK Tarte, I hope you’re well stocked up for us British girls! Have you tried any Tarte makeup before? What’s your favourite? Becky x

Available for £46.60 on QVC here.

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TUTORIAL: Festival Hairstyles

It’s that time of year again. The sun comes out and our instagram feed fills up with beautiful outfits and festival hairstyles. I was lucky enough to go to Coachella this year in America and got so much inspiration for summer hair so I wanted to write a post about it.

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I’ve always been a bit afraid of trying new hairstyles because I have tried to follow a few tutorials and they never end up looking as they should do! So I wanted to create 3 styles that are really easy to do, but still look really good! The first thing that you’ll need to do is make sure you wash your hair with a decent shampoo and conditioner that is going to keep your hair nice and clean for a few days and isn’t going to leave it too heavy to style. So I’d recommend using the Pantene Pro V Expert Collection Hydra Intensify Shampoo and Conditioner. I have really damaged, coloured hair so this little duo is amazing at making everything feel much better again! My hair felt so soft after using this but unlike some of the other collections I’ve used like this it didn’t make my hair feel heavy which makes it impossible to style!

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So onto the first look which is great if you have long hair. Scrape your hair to one side and make a really chunky plait whilst lifting it up. Flip the plait over one side and grip it in place. Then find a hair tie or wired band to lock it in place and finish your outfit.


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Onto the second look which is great for all hair lengths and is probably one of my favourites. First of all you need to make sure the top of your hairs and the lengths are nice and smooth and are going to style well. I’ve picked the Pantene Pro V Expert Collection Velvet creme infusion which is one of my go-to styling products of the moment. It smooths everything down and gets rid of flyaway hairs but doesn’t leave my hair looking greasy. Once that’s applied, find a pretty hair band and place it over your head but don’t tuck it under your hair. Then taking sections of about 1 inch, twirl the hair round and tuck it through the band at the back. Repeat this all the way around your head until all the hair is up. This look needs a bit of maintenance as you go through the day in terms of putting a few bits back in if it falls out but it looks so beautiful!

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Finally onto the third look which is really good for all hair lengths and is vintage inspired! Take a section of hair from the front of your head and use your fingers to create a roll of hair that finishes at the front of your face to one side. Pin it in place and then take some hairspray to set it. I’ve chosen my Nioxin 3D Styling NioSpray Strong Hold. I’ve raved about Nioxin treatments for years in terms of thickening and helping to grow my hair, so I was so excited when they announced they were bringing out a styling range. This hairspray thickens your hair so it looks full of volume, and it doesn’t feel sticky when you spray it in. I’m on my third can in just a few months! You can either leave the hair like this or find an accessory to place around your head or to the side. I’m obsessed with flowers for festivals so I’ve chosen these.

Hair is only one part of the look for a festival so make sure you check out my festival product essentials video over on the Beauty Recommended YouTube channel which talks through a few products that will make sure you’re looking good but aren’t having to pack your whole makeup collection! Make sure you subscribe here to the Beauty Recommended channel too so you don’t miss any of my videos! I can’t wait to see all your summer and festival photos too. Make sure you tag me on twitter and instagram and i’ll be retweeting anyone who recreates these hairstyles! Love Becky x

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A Day In The Life of a YouTuber

It appears miracles can happen. Never ever did I think I would be able to leave the house and go a full day not only without topping up my powder, but without even putting much of it on in the first place. I have always suffered with shine, and as the day goes on my makeup slides off and it just seems to get worse. Garnier set me the challenge of putting their new Pure Active Matte Control to the test. It’s an anti-shine anti-blemish moisturiser that claims to be able to control shine for 8 hours non-stop. Being the cynic I am, I didn’t think that one product alone could do this. So I mixed things up a little, and filmed an entire day in my life showing every step of the day and my skin and makeup. I mean, if the shine was going to show, I wanted you there to be able to judge it for yourselves! I was a bit on the tough side too, I actually put it through its paces for about 10 hours.

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Here’s the product that’s about to shake things up in the moisturiser game. It’s all about shine control for combination to oily skin. First of all I love the texture, it’s a gel consistency but not as thick and waxy as some of my favourite primers like Benefits Porefessional or Becca which I know divide you when it comes to how they feel. Instead it feels like satin because it’s actually a gel. I literally couldn’t stop putting this on it made my skin feel so good and definitely looked a lot smoother. It smells nice, quite subtle, similar to other Garnier products if you’re familiar with those. That wasn’t the test for me though, as soft as it might be, I needed it to hold my makeup and stop any single bit of shine developing.

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I got ready with this as part of my morning routine, went to brunch in this, took the dogs for a walk in this, filmed under my lights with this and relaxed by the fire in the evening with this. 10 hours later and not one bit of grease or shine. I felt defeated, and I loved it. So much so that I raved about it in my monthly favourites and daily skincare and makeup routine. It contains mattifying Airlicium and Salicylic Acid which is the little miracle combination that explains the shine control.

One other thing for me that stood out was how hydrated my skin felt at the end of the day. Usually when I’m packing primer and powder on my face by the end of the day I have dry patches, hence why I seem to have such combination skin at the moment. This didn’t do that, so it’s a moisturiser and primer in one. And if you have combination or oily skin like I do, I would pretty much expect this will become your go-to product like it has mine! It’s £6.99 so being a 2 in 1 product, you are getting so much for your money. Sometimes when I find something for shine control it’s high end and expensive can make it more of a treat rather than a daily product. That’s why I really wanted to tell you about this in hope that it helps some of you who have the shine problem like I do!

Now my fear of leaving powder at home has changed into my fear of leaving this! But judge it for yourself – the camera can’t lie! Here’s a day in my life….product aside it’s a chance to be a little nosey and watch me filming behind the scenes and what I get up to in a typical day! Love Becky x

Garnier Active Matte Control £6.99 available from Boots here

This post is sponsored by Garnier, all opinions are my own #spon

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New Spring Skincare Routine

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This weeks post is all about Spring skincare as I’ve been counting down the days for this warmer weather to finally arrive! One of the first things I do apart from changing my makeup, is to switch things up skincare wise. My skin is combination so I’m constantly battling with skin that can’t make its mind up, and I wanted to talk a little more about some of the products that have really helped. 

For the past year Caudalie skincare has stolen my heart and I just can’t get enough of their products. I wrote a post last year all about why I love the range, and now there is a new launch that I wanted to talk about. The beauty elixir and vinosource range have been staples in my bathroom that I can’t live without, but I’m switching things up a little and trying out a gorgeous new selection of their products.

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The Polyphenol C15 range is designed to protect the skin from free radicals that we face everyday and to treat and help prevent wrinkles. My life is constantly on the move, I’m travelling to London each week, driving everywhere and spend a lot of time in the city. I protect my skin against the sun but to be honest I’ve never done anything to protect against the city air and the environment! First of all I want to talk about the overnight detox oil which I was already using last year as part of my skincare routine. For me this is the hero product of the range, I apply it before I go to bed and leave it to work its magic. It has honestly made such a difference, my skin is so much softer but it doesn’t leave me with greasy skin as it’s a dry oil – I notice such a difference when I don’t use this. All the products have anti-oxidant grape seed in and this one has carrot oil and lavender which make it smell amazing.

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Next up are the moisturisers. The Broad Spectrum SPF20 Anti-Wrinkle Protect Fluid and the New Broad Spectrum SPF20 Anti-Wrinkle Protect Cream. I use the the fluid as my day moisturiser and it’s replaced my much-loved Elemis pro-collagen cream doing exactly the same thing. It’s packed with vitamin C and makes my skin feel and look a lot plumper which I like, basically I look less tired!! The new cream is lovely too, same smell as the rest of the range but this is slightly richer. On days when my skin is dry in places or sometimes overnight as a mask I use this.

Finally to finish the collection is the Anti-Wrinkle Defence serum and Anti-Wrinkle Eye and Lip cream. When I have more time in the morning I love using the serum especially if I’m having a bad skin day. It really helps smooth things over a little. My mum is a big fan of the eye and lip cream as it really makes a difference for her with tightening the skin. I don’t need that yet but I’m sure i’m not far off!

I’m actually doing a really fun giveaway for you all to celebrate the Spring arriving! 10 anti-oxidant boxes are up for grabs packed full of deluxe samples of all the range for you to try. All you need to do it go on twitter and follow @caudalieUK and @talkbeckytalk and tweet us using #WinSkincare. Do the same on Instagram following @caudalie and @talkbeckytalk and leave a comment using #WinSkincare under one of their pictures.

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Also, you can make your own fun film over on the Caudalie website here which I did too. It’s basically a story of your life, and when you create one you’re entered to win a box too!

My entire collection of Spring skincare products will be over on my channel tomorrow here. So make sure you don’t miss that either. I know skincare can be a big investment so it’s really important to try it and get it right! Caudalie is a brand I have come to trust and love, and I’m pretty tough on skincare products because I have such difficult skin and this one has fast become one of my favourites! What’s your staple skincare product? Have you tried any of the Caudalie range? Becky x

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