Activated Charcoal for whitening your teeth
TIME FOR A RANT, this is going to be a long post but to summarise, for the love of God, DONT brush your teeth with this stuff.
the amount of people I see promoting this stuff on their Instagram makes me so angry ! Here's a disclaimer, I'm a dentist (so here's the professional opinion), there is ZERO evidence brushing your teeth with charcoal works. None, nada, zilch ! NONE AT ALL, so don't do it !
Activated charcoal is abrasive, you can feel the grittiness under your fingers when you rub it between them, teeth aren't that tough! You're basically brushing your teeth away, and I can't even imagine how much damage you're doing to your gums. You wouldn't sandpaper your teeth...
So if you want whiter teeth, then please see your dentist and do it professionally. Legally, only a dentist can whiten your teeth, so if your local beauty salon are offering it, don't go there! (Also teeth aren't naturally white, don't be fooled!) There's a reason we go to university for 5 years, we know teeth really well. Don't trust anyone but a professional when it comes to using stuff on your teeth.
And people say charcoal is 'fluoride free' like it's a good thing... are you mad?! Fluoride is so good for teeth! It's a massive benefit !
Rant over .. apologies. This makes me so angry though!
But the next person I see promoting this will be blocked, please be wise everyone !
Any questions ask down below and I'll try my best to answer them.
MAC Sweet Copper Compact
I know its embossed beautifully, but I used it anyway
I buy makeup to wear it, not just look at it so although it doesn't look as nice as it used to, it's amazing to wear!
I love the whisper of gilt highlight shade, I use this to travel with as it's a Blush/highlight duo so it's easier to throw in your makeup bag. Plus the packaging it sturdy too which is a plus !
Finished nights shifts ! And it's 10am and I'm about to sleep
Thank you for all the love on my last post !
Autograph Highlighter from Marks and Spencer's. It's rose gold so gives you a more 'wet look' highlight, I love the way it looks on my skin tone but I prefer to wear it at night so it's not so intense. I'd go into store and swatch it to see if you like it
When I was younger I thought you just bought 'grown up' clothes in MnS, little did I know I'd be purchasing makeup from there ! Hidden gem for sure
2nd night shift done and it was so quiet ... slightly bizarre when I was expecting chaos !
Some of my fav makeup picks
MAC Charged Water - I don't know what's in this but to me, it's magic. Spritz before, during and after makeup, keeps everything looking dewy and blended, 2nd bottle already !
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer NC42 - 3rd bottle and I need a 4th ! It's full coverage, doesn't crease much and my perfect shade. If I'm honest I would prefer even a bit more coverage because of my dark circles, I'm trying NARS too!
MAC Blush in Gingerly - I've raved so much, the one Blush I will repurchase forever. Big words I know but I've used this almost everyday since I bought it last year and never looked back.
Lancôme Hypnose masacara - hated it at first, love it now, but for the price tag I'll stick to drugstore as I don't think it's worth it personally. Love the packaging !
ELF lustrous eyeshadow - cream formula, gives an wash of colour to the lids. Perfect for a smoky brown eye and it's glittery, which I love !
MAC Paint Pot in painterly - one of my favourite bases, I wish I bought soft ochre but when I finish this then I'll buy soft ochre. This should be a staple in everyone's collection !
... time for me to sleep now
So the night shift was a success ! In part anyway .. a few broken jaws had me running around like a headless chicken but at least the time went quick
Today it's the 2nd one and im going for no makeup. Because I can't be bothered to take it off when I get home at 9am. So glasses it is !
But if I'm a rush I love the Bene Tint by Benefit. It's a beautiful stain, I found it hard to blend initially so the trick is to work fast !
I like using it on my lips but I find it wears off patchy ? So I'm working on it
Working my first night shift this evening, in one of the biggest trauma hospitals in the UK.
Pray for me !
I'm not gonna lie, I took this pretty picture but I'm wearing minimal makeup to work. Recently my 5am starts mean it's mascara and blush, not a full face.
Major respect for those girls who cleanse, tone and do gorgeous makeup in the mornings. I was not built for that life, I am ashamed
KIKO Water shadow in 208
You've probably heard the hype, this product is definitely worth it. I love the shade, and it applies so beautifully.
I like to apply it on my cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose and on my brow bone. I also dust it on my Cupid's bow, it is glittery but not excessively.
And it's compact so it means it's very travel friendly !
A firm favourite in my highlight collection !
I'm always on the hunt for my perfect eyeliner, and picked up both these Maybelline ones after recommendations.
The Maybelline Master Ink is a dip brush eyeliner, which dries matte and is jet black which I really like. The nib is very fine so it's easy to do a thin liner however I find it takes more practice to be able to use well. So far, big thumbs up!
The Maybelline master precise eyeliner is a felt tip nib eyeliner which again is super black and has a thin nib. I really like this eyeliner too however have heard that it dries out quickly so I'll have to keep an eye on it. But I'm really impressed with Maybelline so far. I'm always on the lookout for new eyeliners so let me know what your favourite is !
So I know I've been have a tiny break recently but I was away for my brothers wedding and then started a new job ! But I am back ! .. I hope these new hours have me in bed by 9pm not cut out for the life of minimal sleep ...
As always, you know how much I love these Morphe palettes, I even took one on holiday and bubble wrapped it 3 times. I wish they did a more stream lined version for travelling with!
NYX Lip Lingerie in Exotic
This shade is so on trend, it's a beautiful rose nude.. BUT.. I know there has to be a but. It's so incredibly drying
These do last ages, it's a mousse texture rather than the liquid lips which dry matte.
But your lips need major prep, lots of lip balm and god exfoliation, and it's still drying.
For the shade alone, it's worth wearing it anyway but I'd be hesitant to pick up any more...
Did some damage in Selfridges... but in my defence, for once in my life, this was needed !
Picked up the Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray, going off on a trip tomorrow and need my makeup to stay put in 35 degree heat !
And I've running out of my MAC Pro Longwear so finally trying NARS Creamy Concealer in shade Ginger.
I've heard so many good things and I really need a creamy full coverage Concealer for the bags that are currently residing under my eyes. I blame the busy job, and late night Instagram scrolling.
Some of my fave nude lip liners
Lip liners should be a staple in your makeup collection, they can increase longevity of lipsticks and change colour tones too. some favourites include KIKO, Rimmel and NYX, but I still think MAC makes some of the best lip liners around !
If I had to choose one nude lip liner forever though ? ... it would have to be Rimmel Spice
When I was growing up, I had bushy unruly eyebrows, and let's just say nothing much has changed ! Cept now thick eyebrows are considered a good thing, not a sign of laziness
ELF Eyebrow kit - firm fav, a pomade and a powder for under £3. Great for a heavier fill in if needed
Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil - I really like this, albeit it's a sample but it's so easy to fill in brows when im rushing in the morning after choosing to snooze my alarm
Benefit Ready Set Brow Gel- again a sample but I'm so impressed ! Keeps all my brows in place, way better than my usual Essence gel. Might need to splurge on the full size !
Archery Brow pencil Soap and Glory - I bought this after seeing the insta-hype, it has a felt tip end and a crayon end. Its good for lightly filling in brows but I'm not really a fan. Not a great product, wouldn't recommend it either.
Spoolie ! You need one, everyone does. I stole mine from Sephora. No shame there it was for testing mascara or something, but after spending more money than I want to admit, it was worth the sneaky pinch !