Sunday, 27 October 2013

The little life update: My 19th birthday


I really need to get a blogging schedule because finding the time to blog is really difficult at the moment! Luckily for me, I have a reading week next week so I will have some time to write up lots of posts to schedule for the next few weeks. On Thursday, it was my 19th birthday which meant lots of shopping, yummy food and spending time with my favourite people. I went to an amazing little tea room in my local village which has recently opened and fell in love. The whole place is covered in little Cath Kidston style decor from bunting to tea cups and saucers- it is so lovely. I'm actually going to write a post on it which should be up in the next few days. They also had snails, cats and bird shaped salt and pepper shakers- I am sold.

I finally caved and bought a MAC Pro eyeshadow palette. My lovely best friend Hannah, who also has a blog here, gave me the little push I needed when she bought me Omega eyeshadow as well as spoiling me with lots of lovely presents. Clearly having a beauty blogger as your best friend pays off as I was spoilt with lots of lovely beauty bits! I also was lucky enough to have a Debenhams voucher off my Grandma so I spent a small fortune in MAC on Saturday. My mum almost fainted when she saw how much my bill came to haha. I've been doing a bit too much shopping lately so a spending ban might be on the cards gulp.

I've been looking for a coat for so long and finally found a lovely grey double breasted wool coat from Zara which was a bargain at £29.99 rather than the original price of around £50-£60. It's still on the website here and it comes in quite a few colours. I was stuck between the black and the grey and admittedly if my mother wasn't with me, I probably would have bought both *slaps wrist*. The amount of women in the shop hovering around this specific coat's stand trying on them all was insane. My mum picked up my size in every colour and ran to me which is lucky because there was only one of my size in each left- she's a good egg.

My lovely boyfriend treated me to a birthday breakfast in Frankie & Benny's and spoilt me with lots of lovely presents. Before my birthday he also gave me flowers after a horrible day at work but I completely forgot to put them in my last post oops. The beautifully wrapped pink and white present was from my boyfriend's mum who always every year without fail wraps all presents so beautifully it makes me jealous! My lovely mum and dad gave me Enrapture Extremity heated rollers for my birthday which I've wanted to try for so so long. I'm still trying to get the hang of them, but so far I love them.

I have to admit, I am a little bit obsessed with sweet potato wedges. They are so so easy to make and I love sprinkling them with lots of cajun spice, a little bit of olive oil and some salt and pepper then just shove them in the oven- easy peasy! I'm also addicted to Sweet and Salted popcorn at the moment, particularly Metcalfe's Skinny popcorn- tastes amaze!

A longer update than I imagined so congratulations if you got this far! As I have the weekend off work I'm going to have a very lazy Sunday in front of the fire with my mum's roast which I haven't had for way too long. Hope you all have a lovely weekend.
love Ellie x

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

The Autumn make-up overhaul: Eyes


Autumn is finally upon us and I am loving it. October is my favourite month and not just because of my birthday! I love adding layers to your outfits and the way outside looks so pretty. I've been having a bit of an overhaul within my make-up and wardrobe this month and have been buying quite a few bits!

I've been fancying changing up my make-up as I feel like I've been in a bit of a rut recently. That's probably due to me wanting extra sleep so leaving getting ready until the last possible minute. After buying the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette a month or so ago, I haven't really used it on my eyes that often. I've been using it for my eyebrows and sometimes a crease colour buy that's it really so I've been reaching for this more this week and I'm really enjoying it. I've been creating a few simple eye looks and I've really liked playing around with the colours. W.O.S all over the lid with Naked 2 & Faint in the crease with the matte black shade Crave along the lash line has been a favourite look of mine recently as it defines the eyes without looking too in your face that you can get with shimmery shades in the day.

As I've been trying to change up my make-up I've attempted to incorporate liquid eye liner into my routine. I've used it quite a few times when I've been going out or when I've been feeling adventurous with a lot of time on my hands to do my make-up, but I've never really worn it on a day to day basis.  I've been really enjoying using the Soap & Glory Supercat liquid eyeliner pen as it's the most easy to use one I've tried so far- by far the blackest, an easy nib and doesn't transfer unlike every other one I've tried. I always found that liquid eyeliner didn't really look right on me but after a bit of practice I've realised that a really thin line with a tiny flick suits my eye shape etc. best. But you still won't catch me wearing it everyday just yet. A liquid eyeliner pen at 8am and myself do not mix.

I've been using mascaras with plastic bristles for so long now I don't even think I own a natural bristle mascara if that's what they're called in my collection any more before I picked up the Revlon Lash Potion mascara. Admittedly it did take quite a while to get used to the change in bristles but I love using this mascara. It looks so natural and makes eyelashes huge if you apply just one coat onto curled eyelashes and can be built up quite a bit to create more a dramatic look without getting those horrendous spider like eye lashes!

The other week my boyfriend and I went to the Student Lock In event in Cardiff which was so horrendously busy and crowded making it almost impossible to enjoy shopping. So we decided to go into John Lewis so I could look in the beauty hall which was really quiet and peaceful compared to the madness occurring in the other shops! I took the time to have a little browse of the NARS counter and found myself swatching away at the eyeshadows. I've read so many reviews on the Kalahari eyeshadow duo so I finally picked it up and it is so gorgeous! I will be doing a full review next week but it is just perfect for Autumn as it has lovely warm bronze/taupe shades which are stunning!

What products have you added into your makeup bag for Autumn? 

Friday, 11 October 2013

If I was a rich girl.. The lust list

Handbag lusting


- Mulberry Small Bayswater Satchel - Mulberry Medium Lily Oatmeal Micrograin Calf- Mulberry Alexa Oak Polished Buffa- Kate Spade Claremont Drive Ilana- Celine-

Ever since my mum mentioned that we're going to Bicester Village in Oxfordshire for a shopping trip on my birthday weekend I have been obsessed with lusting after designer handbags.
I've always told myself 'I will buy myself a Mulberry bag one day'. The bags just look classic, amazing quality and simply stunning. I've been obsessed with the Mulberry Alexa for a long time now and I can definitely see myself buying one in the future if I ever get the chance. I will definitely be having a little look in their outlet store but I highly doubt I will be purchasing sadly seeing as I'm on a student budget!

I've only recently had a proper look at Kate Spade handbags after hearing about them all the time. They are so gorgeous! I adore the 'pink champagne' shade and the shape of the bag itself. Although they're not exactly affordable, Kate Spade are much cheaper than Mulberry bags. There's a Kate Spade store in the outlet village so I'm really excited to see what I can find in there as they seem a bit more in reach than a Mulberry.
In the past few months it seems like Celine bags and replicas have been popping up everywhere! I love this black and white version!
I've noticed that a few of these bags are pale shades which says something as I don't actually own any bags that aren't tan or black coloured. I think on the highstreet, it's difficult to get a nude coloured bag that doesn't look tacky and cheap in my opinion. The Kate Spade and Mulberry bags that are in a nude/pink champagne shades look amazing quality. I think its safe to say I will have to restrain myself on my visit to Bicester Village!

What designer handbags have you always lusted after?

Friday, 13 September 2013

The Skincare Tag


1.Describe your skincare routine in five words.
Double cleanse, detoxing, moisturising, simple

2. What's your skin type?
My skin is combination- oilier on my t-zone and prone to dry areas. It can't really make it mind up if its oily or dry these days! I'm definitely prone to blemishes though :(

3. What's your favorite skincare product?
REN Clear Calm 3 Clay Cleanser is my favourite product I've ever put on my face. It's amazing when my skin is really oily/generally feeling gross/really spotty. The clay balances my skin out amazingly and I won't ever be without this cleanser!

4. Top blemish zapper?
I think the REN cleaner I just mentioned is amazing at zapping blemishes but I also love Origins Super Spot Remover! It reduces the size of big blemishes over night and I find that they heal way quicker than normal!

5. Face wipes... Yay or nay?
Definitely nay! I detest the things. When I've used them in the past my face has been left red, sore and gross! Give me a cleansing balm any day!

6. Toner... Yay or nay?
I'd say nay for regular 'toner' as I think that's a pointless step now as nobody really cleanses the way they used to- cleasing lotion on a cotton pad, followed by toner to make sure it was all removed.. But I do love a good exfoliating toner!

7. High end skincare or high end makeup?
I definitely think that you can get away with wearing drug store make-up and nobody would know. I think high end skincare is really important because the ingredients are generally much better quality than those of a cheaper brand. You can't cover up bad skin with expensive make-up.

8. You're in a French pharmacy and can only buy one item, what would it be?
So much to chose from! I'd probably pick up Serozinc by La Roche Posay as I've heard a lot of people talk about it and it's impossible to find over here!

9. Top skincare tip? 
Be consistent and to state the obvious- no sleeping in make-up! It only takes two minutes to remove your make-up there really isn't an excuse. Even if you're home from a night out it's easy enough to take it off- even if it is just a face wipe or a swipe of Bioderma! At least it's not just sitting on your face whilst you sleep and you can cleanse properly in the morning!

I tag anyone who reads this to do this tag
Ellie
xxxx

Thursday, 12 September 2013

currently wishing for...

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Recently I've found myself wanting more clothes than make-up which is rare for me! I usually go through phases of wanting loads of make-up and then clothes after but I haven't found myself wanting new make-up for a while now.
At the moment, I'm looking into adding a few new pieces to my wardrobe to update it ready for Autumn. Every year at around September-October time, I always invest in a good pair of jeans to see me through the next Autumn/Winter. Last year I bought black leigh jeans from Topshop but I'm not a fan of the way that they've changed them this year! I like the look of these from Miss Selfridge- very similar to the old Leighs and they look super comfy! I'm not a fan of stiff, thick jeans so this type of jean is my favourite! I'm going to invest in a pair of these in blue and black because I know I will most probably be living in them when I start uni!

I love love love tartan! Last year I bought a tartan scarf from H&M and I wore it to death. I'm so glad that tartan is in again this Autumn as I will be taking full advantage! These tartan shorts from River Island would look amazing with a sheer white shirt, tights & a pair of chelsea boots! I just hope that they're not too short as I hate the 'bum shorts' trend- yuck!

I'm in love with this little wine skater dress with a little white collar from River Island! I was obsessed with this colour last Autumn and I can tell I will be this year too. I think the heart print is so cute and the collar! I love wearing skater dresses like this in Autumn with a leather jacket, tights and boots!

After buying the Zara Office City Bag- which I love, I was after a smaller bag to take out when I don't need loads of stuff with me! I love having a big bag with me all the time but I think sometimes it's nice to have a smaller one for when you just need essentials. I love this satchel from ASOS- the scalloped detail on the edges is so cute!

Being a bit of a highlighter obsessive, I'm amazed that I haven't bought the Mary Lou-Manizer by The Balm yet! It looks like such a gorgeous colour and I really want to get my hands on it! I might have to treat myself on payday as I'm on a make-up spending ban at the moment which is going surprisingly well right now!

I've really enjoyed using the REN Clarifying Toning Lotion as my exfoliater but I'm after something slightly stronger! I've heard so much about this on blogs so I really want to try it.

What's on your wishlist this week?

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Little life update #4: Centre Parcs


Last weekend, my family and I decided to all take some time off from work and go to Centre Parcs in Longleat. These days it seems like everyone is always busy so it was really nice to actually spend some time together for once. With mobile phone signal and wireless opportunities at an all time low, we had no choice but to pay attention to each other for once! Being disconnected from the internet for a few days felt quite refreshing although the first thing I did when I got into the car was check twitter.. I think I have an addiction on my hands here!
It's such a rare occasion that my mum or Alex will come anywhere near me when I'm holding a camera so I had to make sure I captured the moment even if we are all looking a bit dishevelled after swimming and cycling loads! 
It's safe to say my thighs felt the burn of riding around everywhere and I am now exhausted! The last time I went to Centre Parcs I regretted not doing many activities so we tried to book lots this time. We played Badmintion, went swimming, played crazy golf amongst other things- leaving me crying for my bed pathetically by nine!
Of course I had to make sure we took full advantage of the Pancake House- we visited twice and I would have gone more if I had the chance! I had a Banoffee stack of pancakes- absolute heaven! We also went to the Indian restaurant which was incredible! Alex and I also devoured burgers at Hucks , the American restaurant which also did amazing jam jar cocktails!
As always, my niece was being super cute and forced Alex to watch Peppa Pig and nursery rhymes before she went to bed. I was picked as her favourite person for the holiday and she wouldn't go anywhere without me and called me her best friend constantly - my highlight of the holiday.
I also made a futile attempt at not wearing any make-up so I could give my poor skin a break as it is awful at the moment! I'm currently sitting with a face mask on praying it will clear up soon- Origins Super Spot Remover and Una Brenan clay masks= my best friends at the moment.

What have you been up to recently? Have you ever been to Centre Parcs?

Ellie
xxxx

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Unpopular opinion- NARS Sheer Glow foundation


























Hello! After months of consideration, I finally decided to part with my cash and splurge on a foundation that I've never read a negative review on and that every blogger seems to love. Unfortunately I'm really not fussed on it, at all! I honestly thought I would love it so I'm really disappointed!

For a foundation that is priced at £30.50, is by NARS which are an amazing brand and the fact that almost every blogger/youtuber has raved about it- it's safe to say my expectations were very high for this foundation. I don't even just dislike but can bare to wear it because I want to use it up- I genuinely don't like this to the point where I don't even want to put it on my face full stop!

I don't know whether my skin has changed or what it could be but I did get a tester of this foundation months ago and I used it all up because I really liked it. So when I was at the counter getting matched, I thought I would finally buy it after reading so many reviews. I really should have tried another tester, just to be sure but I didn't think to- stupid really! I despise bullet pointing but I'm a rambler and a ranter.. so basically what I hate about this foundation is-
  • Every time it is applied it's cakey. No matter how little I put on it just cakes on my face and looks gross
  • I have oily skin but it just seemed to pick up dry patches from nowhere and cling to them like nothing else I've tried! The sides of my nose, chin and forehead looked flakey and dry- which are my oiliest areas which I found so odd (lovely mental image I know..) 
  • I'm pretty sure it oxidises or something because I'll apply it and it will look fine colour wise and blended but after an hour or so it looks orange and patchy
  • my skin didn't look lovely, perfected and slightly glowy after application like I had seen on the likes of Tanya Burr and Beauty Crush in their videos. My skin looked dull, dry and pretty gross.
  • As it is medium coverage, I expected my blemishes to be covered slightly but they were just highlighted even further
  • At the price I paid and the brand that it is by, I expected much more!
One thing I've definitely learnt from blogging is that not every product works for everyone! I've seen so many people with NARS Sheer Glow on and their skin looks gorgeous. I thought it was how I was applying it but I tried it with my fingers and every different type of foundation brush I owned and I still ended up with the same result. How disappointing! I don't really enjoy writing negative reviews but if I guess they're just as helpful to readers as positive ones!

Have you tried NARS Sheer Glow? I'd love to know what your thoughts are!

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

The new additions: A rambly university supplies haul


September has finally arrived which means the shelves are full of 'back to school' supplies and there will be many people feeling a mixture of excitement and nerves for their next academic year. In my opinion, the best way to be is organised. I would always feel super nervous when I was going into new important school years but I find that if you're as organised as you can be, it really is much easier! 

I love buying all my things for the year ahead especially notebooks. Is it just me or does doing work seem slightly more bearable when you have a pretty notebook to write your work in? The back to school sales that are in most supermarkets and book shops are your best friend for buying your essentials. Try not to leave it until you start because a lot of stationary is expensive and most of the time you can get it all for 50% off before school starts! 

 My favourite notebooks to write my work in whether it be essays, revision or general work is the Pukka project books. They're around £4.50 in most supermarkets etc usually but they're always on offer around this time of year! I believe I got mine for around £2 in Sainsburys due to the offers. As sad as it sounds, I've bought this particular notebook numerous times throughout sixth form and am continuing to buy it for uni as it is the best one I've found. I cannot stand notebooks that have the really thin crappy paper that you can't write essays on because they're just rubbish quality! They also have pouches in the page dividers where you can insert important pieces of paper- I used to pop the grade boundaries grid and assessment objectives in these for when I was answering past paper questions! 

I think the most important notebook to have is a planner/organiser! I know most colleges/sixth forms give you one when you start the year and I literally felt lost without mine. Most people I know used to just try and remember their homework or write it on a random piece of paper but I physcially could not do that! Every piece of work, deadline, essay, exam was written down in my planner with when it had to be done by because I knew I wouldn't remember it. Especially when you have lots of essays, coursework and the like to do at once, it can get on top of you really easily. To me, if it was written down, it was easier to manage and I could have a clearer view of what I needed to do without panicking that I forgot an important piece of coursework! Admittedly, I wasn't an angel student and I stupidly left coursework to the last minute and purposefully didn't hand things in sometimes but that's not the point!  


If your school/college etc. doesn't provide a planner/organiser, I highly reccomend you get one! I got this one from Sainsburys in the back to school offer and it cost me like £1.50! It has four pages for different timetables- this could be handy for uni students as each semester will have a different lecture/seminar timetable and also college students that have 'week A' and 'week B' or something similar. I know I would definitely forget to go to things if I didn't have it properly written down! This planner also has two pages for each week- this makes writing down work deadlines and assignments so much simpler and easy to view.


The other two floral notebooks were also from Sainsburys for around £2 in the school offer! I think they look so cute and I'm actually using the smaller one for blogging ideas but it could be used for school. I prefer taking notes in A4 sized notebooks when it comes to college/uni work because it's easier to me but when I was buying all these notebooks there was a huge selection of different sizes, patterns etc. 

I know this post is super lengthy and muddled- I seriously doubt anyone has actually sat and read it all haha but I hope I have helped someone! I'm going to be doing a series of education related posts over the next week or so, so make sure you keep a look out if you're interested. I was thinking of doing a post about sixth form and applying to university maybe? Let me know if you would be interested in anything along those lines!

Ellie
xxxx

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

August favourites


Hello! As you can probably see, this month hasn't been one for lots of amazing beauty discoveries and lots of products that I cannot put down. When I was thinking about which products I should feature in this month's favourites, I really couldn't think of much. Every product included has been very well loved this month but I can't help but think they're all just very practical and not very exciting! 

A few weeks ago I finally bit the bullet and purchased the infamous Urban Decay Naked Basics palette. Although this is in my favourites, don't expect a rave review! It's really not my cup of tea in terms of eyeshadows as I feel it's a bit bland for my personal taste- I should have known really! But I have loved using Naked2 for brows and sometimes a crease colour, Faint for a crease colour and along the top and bottom lash line and sometimes Crave along the top lash line. The other shades are sitting pretty much unloved as I prefer a shimmery shade such as MAC Naked Lunch as a base colour. 

Mayebelline The Eraser Eye has been very well loved this month! The coverage and consistency of this concealer is perfect. It's creamy and light on the under-eye area -which is rare to find as I find most concealers even under-eye ones to be too heavy and cakey. The shade is a perfect match for my skin tone and although I find the sponge a slightly gross concept, it does apply it quite nicely. Saying that, I've found that applying it on the back of my hand first and then applying with a different brush a much more hygienic way to apply it.

This month I've been reintroduced to an essential for every beauty lover- eyelash curlers. The pair I had previously broke and I never thought to replace them as I didn't think I needed them. Oh how wrong I was- these little beauties from Tweezerman are the most perfect addition to my make-up tool collection and I wouldn't be without them now. They make such a difference to my eye make-up I can't believe I was ever without them. Also when I bought them they were on a Boots triple Advantage points offer, which I believe is still going- go get them!

A very practical but also neglected product for me in the past. It seems like it's the basics that tend to get overlooked the most. I never really thought to apply hand cream really, I've always kept one in my handbag but I rarely applied it. Recently after work, my hands have felt so so dry which is obviously due to washing them so often! Hand Food from Soap & Glory is the nicest hand cream I've tried and my hands feel super soft again! I've become a little bit addicted to applying this!

Another essential for me in work is Korres lip butter in Quince. This is the loveliest lip butter I have EVER tried. It is so buttery soft and leaves my lips feeling nourished for ages. It is quite pigmented and leaves a lovely subtle rosy pink sheen on the lips. I keep this in my apron in work as it's so fuss free. It makes me look like I've got something nice on my lips without having to constantly check it and reapply like I would if I was wearing lipgloss. It wears off nicely and doesn't go all yucky on the lips after a while which I find lots of lip butters do! I could ramble on forever about this lip butter so I think I'll stop now but I will be buying all of the shades asap!

What products have you been loving this month?

Ellie
xxxx

Monday, 2 September 2013

A Little life update #3


I feel like I haven't properly settled back into blogging after a month or so off, despite reading blogs constantly and attempting to write up some posts. Every time I sit down and plan to write a blog post, I just feel like I don't know where to start. My motivation has definitely been having a bit of a lull so I thought I'd ease back into blogging with a little update post on where I've been and what I've been up to recently. 
As I've had so many months off from college before I start university in a few weeks, it feels like all of the months have just merged into one. I actually have no idea when I did some of these things but I know it has been in the past few weeks! 

My gorgeous little niece, Freya, has been in a lot of these update posts in the past. That would be because I'm actually obsessed with her. She is just the cutest little girl ever and I adore spending time with her. Freya is horse obsessed (so much so that she usually speaks with 'nay' at the beginning and end of each sentence haha) .. so when my friend invited us up to her farm so Frey could ride her horses I couldn't say no! She absolutely loved it and wasn't even scared in the slightest- she's only three! Obviously we held on to her the whole time and two of my friends were holding onto the horse just to be safe but the horse was so calm and lovely- I even had a ride, which was an achievement for me! 

Freya is the biggest poser I have ever met and loves taking photos. She can use an iPhone better than anyone I know and always puts the camera on, changes it to front camera and pouts haha! As you can see my little mini me and I, love having a good pout off.- just to clarify my pout is not serious, I am in no way a pouter haha! She's also addicted to make-up like her auntie! She cannot go into my bedroom without returning with painted nails- that usually match mine hehe or lipstick smothered all over her face! She took home my make-up bag without me knowing and my brother found her in her room covered in make-up giggling haha!

On August 15th, it was doomsday, also known as A- level results day. Thankfully, all went well and I am super happy because I'm going to university in a few weeks to study Educational Studies and Literacy which I've wanted to do forever! My lovely friend Hannah, her gorgeous little boy Josh and I went to town to shop and had lunch to celebrate- a lot of money was spent!

My boyfriend Alex is a very good egg and bought me lots of Disney dvds after I did my exams, so after his exam I thought I'd return the treat and bought him The Jungle Book. Whilst most people were out drinking on a Friday night, we watched a Disney film and ate lots of chocolate- I regret nothing. We also had a family meal last weekend as his brother was home- there was lots of greek food=I left with a food baby.

I cannot believe what happened in the Pretty Little Liars finale?! Obviously I'm not going to mention anything that happened because I know a lot of UK fans of the program might not have seen it but WOW is all I can say. I'm still in shock and I am devastated to say the least. If you have seen the finale episode dm me on twitter so we can discuss! Katie from Subtle Coral and I have been having major PLL crisis talks lately and I'm desperate to see the next episode so tweet me if you watch it! 

My lovely Papa turned 84 last weekend so the family went to his home to visit him along with enough fairy cakes to feed the nation. He refused to take his cowboy hat off and I had to make faces at him for ages so he would smile and poke his tongue out haha! He is so cute and I love going up to visit him and his friends because they're all so sweet!

What a rambly update that was! I'm going to write up a few posts whilst I have my motivation back so I 
 should hopefully be back tomorrow with my August favourites. What have you been up to recently? 

Ellie
xxxxx

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Origins GinZing moisturiser


It feels like forever since I posted anything but I feel like I just completely lost my motivation to blog and I don't feel like I should post just for the sake of it! I've bought so much stuff recently so at the moment I'm trialling out new products ready for reviews so I don't really have many favourite products at the moment. 

So a few weeks ago I finally bit the bullet and purchased my first Origins moisturizer. Although I love high end skincare, I've always been a bit wary of spending too much money and the Origins moisturizers are usually quite pricey! I was immediately drawn to this moisturiser as it claims that it is energy boosting which I definitely need as my skin is so dull especially in the mornings! 
The scent of this moisturiser is amazing! It has a delicate orange scent that isn't at all overpowering. The consistency of the moisturiser itself is absolutely perfect, especially for my combination skin. Although it would work really well on combination skin, I definitely think other skin types would benefit from this also.

 My skin is definitely lacking in hydration but it also has oily, dry and spotty areas. I find that this moisturiser sits just right on all of the latter areas on my face. It's hydrating enough for my skin yet the consistency is gel like and thin rather than a thick heavy cream which I really like! 
I love Origins itself as a brand as their ingredients are always amazing quality and natural. This moisturiser is priced at the lower end of their price range at £23 a pot. I can totally justify this for this as it will last forever as a little bit goes a long way.
I feel like applying this in the morning really does wake up and brighten my skin leaving a perfect base for makeup application. Although this moisturizer is lightweight I think that it can still be used throughout the Autumn/Winter months as it is very hydrating.

After falling in love with this moisturiser I really want to try some other products from the brand, what would you recommend? 

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

July favourites


This month has been firmly dedicated to light, radiant and bronzed skin. After watching the entire collection of Made In Chelsea seasons in just a few weeks, I've been feeling compelled to have make-up as beautifully radiant as the cast. Millie Mackintosh is the perfect example of a lady that likes glowy bronzed make-up. 
Since I've got a bit of colour from my holiday, I've been attempting to keep it up seeing as my tan fades so so quickly sob. To help with this I've been loving sweeping Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning across my face, neck and décolletage with a cotton pad, every few nights. This is amazing for brightening up the complexion and added a bit of subtle sun kissed colour. It can easily be built up to a more intense colour with more applications. 
To go hand in hand with the face tanner, I've been applying Clarins Instant Smooth Self Tanning a few days a week under my make-up. Not only is it an amazing base for make-up application, it adds a subtle touch of colour which develops underneath make-up throughout the day.
I've been loving using Dr Jart Waterfuse BB Cream as a base recently for its low coverage and healthy dewiness it gives to my face. When I apply this I can literally see it correcting the redness in my skin, meaning that after application I only need a touch of concealer in places.
To push the glowy bronzed make-up that the MIC cast would be proud of even further, I love applying my all time favourite highlighter- Benefit Watts Up. I apply this along my cheek bones and a touch down the centre of my nose with my fingers. I like to warm the product up with my fingers first so it blends nicer.
I've also been loving the Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfectors for a sheer wash of pinky colour on the lips. These are not sticky at all and are perfect to wear in the day time. I reviewed these previously here.

What products have you been loving this month?

Friday, 26 July 2013

Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfectors


Helllllo!
So after lusting after these lip glosses for a very long time, I finally decided to pick them up when I saw them in a set together in the airport! I thought this was the perfect time to buy them as I was undecided on which shade to get. Two full sized tubes of Rose Shimmer and Peach Shimmer were included in the set.
The main thing I love about these is the consistency, they aren't sticky at all. What has put me off lipgloss in the past is the fact that every one I've tried is ridiculously sticky and annoying to wear.
Both shades are perfect- sheer, glossy tints of colour which mean they look perfect for everyday make-up looks, especially barely there make-up which I've been loving at the moment. I also love pairing the shade Peach Shimmer with a smokey eye look. 
I was expecting a little more pigmentation on first application, but surprisingly I'm really enjoying using these. I've found myself reaching for one most days. I couldn't resist trying one on on the plane journey and I didn't have a mirror to hand.. So I asked the boy what colour it was and he replied 'see-through colour'- typical man comment haha! 
They are so easy to wear with any make-up look and ridiculously simple to reapply throughout the day.
Have you tried any of the Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfectors?

Friday, 19 July 2013

A little life update: The summer holiday

Hellllo, So a few weeks ago my boyfriend and I jetted off to sunny Lanzarote for a week. I didn't take many photos whilst I was there- mostly because I forgot but also partly because my straighteners broke whilst I was there- nightmare! I thought I would just share a few photos of our time as we had an amazing time and the hotel is absolutely incredible.
We spent most of the week sunbathing and eating the amazing food- I had pancakes with melted white chocolate almost twice a day without fail. (I might have had twenty pancakes in one day at one point oops..) Aside from a pancake overload and their ridiculous alcohol measures (their single would be our equivalent to a triple so the cocktails were lethal), we had an amazing time and I can't wait to go away again next year!
We stayed in Playa Blanca in Lanzarote in H10 Rubicon Palace Hotel just in case any of you were interested.
 
 




Monday, 15 July 2013

The new additions: The holiday buys


Helllo!
As my Saturday morning and afternoon was spent in a Spanish bar in Playa Blanca, watching the Lions last week (snore), I bribed the boy to come shopping with me afterwards.
The perfumeries are amazing in Playa Blanca! They have brands such as Clarins, YSL, Dior, Chanel, Estee Lauder and put 40% discount on almost everything! I don't know how I stopped myself from buying the whole YSL and Chanel stands!
In the perfumeries, I only ended up buying Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning and Clarins Instant Smooth Self Tanning, as both of which, I've wanted to try for the longest time and they will help me keep my tan now I'm home. They were both cheaper than in the UK I believe, as I got both for £29 where as it would be £36 over here if my maths are correct!
In the airport, before the return flight, I couldn't resist buying a perfume as I've needed a new one for a while as my favourite is on its last drop. I've had quite a few bottles of Vera Wang's Princess before and loved it. It's such a lovely sweet and fresh fragrance and it lasts forever.
According to The Perfume Shop, Princess is a mixture of waterlily, apple, mandarin meringue, and golden apricot skin, dark chocolate, amber, musk and vanilla.
I also couldn't resist picking up the duo of the Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfectors in Peach Shimmer and Rose Shimmer. I've wanted to try both shades for so long and as they were cheaper in a set of the two, I thought why not! I bought the Clarins lip perfectors and Vera Wang Princess perfume in Duty Free in the airport, which also had offers on the perfumes. So I ended up getting the 50ml bottle of perfume and two full size lip perfectors for £47, which I think is quite a good deal considering the 50ml bottle is £44 on its own at home!
I'm planning on buying quite a few things in the next few weeks as I haven't spent any of my pay yet and I got all my tax back finally *happy dance* So I'd love to know what products you're loving at the moment and what are you lusting after?

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

The holiday prep


Everyone's favourite kind of year has come around again, who doesn't love summer holidays? I'm lucky enough to be going on holiday tomorrow with my boyfriend for the first time ever so as you can imagine my excitement is sky high right now! One of my favourite parts of going on holiday (aside from actually being there of course) is prepping for going away. By holiday 'prep' I mean everything from jamming my case full of bikinis, shopping for sun cream, loading up my iPhone & Kindle and having a good ol' pamper the night before.

My boyfriend and I will be going to Lanzarote tomorrow afternoon so today has been firmly dedicated to holiday preparations. I'm writing up a few posts to schedule for the week ahead so my blog won't be completely lonely for a whole week. My kindle is being charged and filled with a dozen new books- there's something about reading in the sun which makes me very happy. My boyfriend is creating our holiday playlist right now as well- he's a good egg.

The best bit of the holiday prep is of course the mini(?!) pamper session that comes with it. This includes everything from washing my hair, giving my skin a good detox with a mask or two, painting my nails and giving my body a good scrub & moisturise. Having my nails painted for a whole week is going to feel like a luxury (yes I do realise how sad that sounds) as I'm not allowed to have them painted in work- sob :( Essie's Fear or Desire and Nails Inc Royal Botanical Gardens are my picks of choice. I just can't decide which one is going on my finger nails and toe nails. Oh life is hard..

I'm going to try to create a holiday lookbook when I return. However how this will turn out is a mystery to me as I'm yet to ever do an ootd post. I guess it will be easier with someone to take my photographs for me, we'll just have to see how it goes! I'm looking forward to some sun as I'm ridiculously pale right now so a healthy glowing tan would be amazing!

Do you enjoy the 'holiday prep' as much as I do? If you're off anywhere this summer, I hope you have a lovely time!

xxxxx

Friday, 21 June 2013

Super Facialist by Una Brennan: Mattifying Moisturiser & Cleansing Wash


























That has to be one of the longest blog post titles ever! I love this little range that I spotted in my local Boots whilst gazing upon the skincare aisle. I feel that it really stands out as a brand, the products feel extremely luxurious and have ingredients to match. If I hadn't had known, I would have assumed the brand was higher end than it's actual price tags. 
I love what the brand itself is about. In a nutshell, professional facialist of the stars, Una Brennan decided to create good quality skincare to enable people to give themselves facials at home- minus the ridiculous price tags. This lady really does know her stuff and each range within the brand has clearly been thought out.
The two products that I will be sharing my thoughts on are the Mattifying Moisturiser and Purifying Cleansing Wash. Both of these products are in the Tea Flower; Deep Clean range which means that they are specifically catered for combination skin that is prone to breakouts. With ingredients like salicylic acid involved to target breakout prone, oily skin.
I feel as if the moisturiser is perfect for a day time boost of moisture make-up application as it is not too thin, runny and pretty crap at moisturising- which I feel as if most moisturisers that are targeted toward oily skin tend to be. The consistency is perfect for every day use- not too thick, nor too thin. After application you're left with a clean smooth base which is not greasy at all.

After falling in love with the moisturiser, I decided to pick up the counterpart in the range- Purifying Cleansing Wash. I love love love using this as an everyday facial wash. Although it contains breakout fighting ingredients, it is not at all harsh on the skin. This is a lovely morning pick me up for your skin as it removes excess oil without sucking up all of your essential oils-for lack of better phrase. I can't help but think of the days when bottles of Clean & Clear and Clearisil filled up the shelves in my bathroom. If only I had something that was actually gentle on my skin like this cleanser.. I bet my skin wouldn't have been half as bad if I hadn't insisted on using harsh products sighh. We've all been there!
With the moisturiser retailing at £12.99 and the cleansing wash at £7.99, these little beauties will hardly break the bank!

I really recommend having a look at this brand as it delivers for all skin types with some really lovely products. After loving these little beauties and the Calming Creamy Cleanser from the hydration range, I'm desperate to try out the rest of the products from the brand. With the facial oil and clay mask both at the top of my list!
Have you tried anything from Una Brennan's Super Facialist line?
xxxxx

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

This week I'm wishing for..

The summer wishlist

1. Clarins Gentle Exfoliating toner 2. River Island poppy tea dress 3. Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess perfume 4. River Island maxi skirt 5. NARS Cococabana Illuminater 6. Soap & Glory Smoothie Star body butter 7. Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturising Balm

Monday, 17 June 2013

Soap & Glory Whipped Clean Shower Butter


























I adore everything about Soap & Glory, from their 1950s style branding to their amazing scented products. I'm yet to be dissapointed by a Soap & Glory product. So I couldn't resist picking this up after lusting after it for way too long! The scent of this shower butter is actually amazing. It's a mixtue of almonds, sweet vanilla and pistachio- my dream scent for body products! I love a good sweet smelling product and this is amazing, to me it smells a bit like cake batter. If you can't stand sweet smells this won't be for you, however the product itself is also lovely. 
I wasn't expecting it to foam up, so I was quite surprised at how well it actually cleans your skin whilst moisturising. I imagined it to be like thick body butter consistency (which it is) that emulsifies into a milk and washes off, whilst this actually does go into a creamy foam once in contact with water- an extremely non-drying one at that. I love using this a few times a week regardless if I'm planning on moisturising after or not. 
I think this is a lovely little product to have in your stash. It leaves my skin feeling nouished and lovely and it's easier than waiting for a body butter to sink in. This obviously wouldn't be able to substitute a moisturiser if you have very dry skin but it's a lovely product to use all the same. I think it's a lovely product if you want to add a touch of luxury into shower time. That little extra step makes alllll the difference!
As I adore the scent I'm planning on purchasing the matching body butter, Smoothie Star although I'm trying to stop myself as I have two Righetous Butters to use up first- oops!

What's your favourite product by Soap & Glory?

Friday, 14 June 2013

The current make-up favourites


























I feel as if my make-up has been in a bit of a rut these past few months so I've added a few new products to shake it up a bit. I'm liking a fuss free simple face more recently rather than fussing about with eyeliner and eyeshadow which is a bit of a faff most days. Here's what I've been loving recently..

Boujois Healthy Mix foundation to me has the perfect combination of radiant, dewy goodness whilst avoiding my face looking as if someone has thrown a bucket of water over it. My skin has been in a strange state at the moment, not particulaly spotty, dry or oily. I feel like this gives my skin a boost and covers my blemishes and redness whilst sitting nice on the skin. It is slightly too yellow toned for my skin but I can deal with that.

Smashbox Photo Finish Oil Free Primer is a new addition to my makeup and I'm still deciding whether it actually prolongs my foundation wear. I can definitely notice a difference to my oiler areas on my skin and my base goes on much smoother after I've applied this.

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer is the perfect little all rounder concealer if you haven't got a lot to cover. It's quite lightweight, moisturising and has a medium coverage. I love using this under my eyes (mixed with Bobbi Brown corrector) and on any areas of redness.

Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray is my saviour for when I'm working my eleven hour Saturday shift. A few spritzes of this in combination with the Smashbox primer prevents my make-up from sliding and melting off my face until hometime. I like to think of these two little beauties as the lasting power dream team.

Benefit Hervana blush is the most gorgeous rosy pink ever and is so flattering. I feel like the shade brightens up my complexion instantly.

Maybelline The Rocket Volume Express mascara is still my mascara of choice at the moment. It lengthens and volumises my lashes like nothing else I have tried and does smudge all over my eyes like I find others do.

A recent purchase of mine is MAC lipstick in Speed Dial which is the perfect pink. The shade is a muted hot pink, not too bright for day but not your everyday pink lip. I think I may be addicted to this lipstick at the moment as it just goes with everything.


What are your make-up favourites at the moment?


Wednesday, 12 June 2013

What I've bought..


Hello! So payday has been and I've been out buying again. I don't feel like I bought much for my money this month as I've had other things to pay for like my passport renewal- £80 for a passport, really?!?! Even when I don't have much to spend, money burns a hole in my purse so here's what I've bought recently..


1. Soap & Glory Whipped Clean shower butter- Boots 2. TIGI Bed Head Urban Anti-dotes Shampoo & conditoner- TK Maxx 3. Revlon Photoready foundation- Boots 4. Boujois Healthy Mix foundation- Boots 5. Smashbox Photofinish primer- Boots 6 & 7. MAC lipsticks in Costa Chic and Speed dial- Debenhams


MAC Speed Dial & MAC Costa Chic























1. Mint dress- Primark £5 2. Aztec print dress- Primark £10 3. Floral dress- Primark £10 (sizes come up big- size 6 looks like 10-12) 4. Polka Dot skirt- £9 Primark 5. Shell print playsuit- Oasis 6. Tan bag- Primark

What have you been buying recently? I can't seem to stop buying holiday clothes when I know I don't need anymore dresses. I think I may be addicted to buying dresses. Send help

xxxx

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

The current skin care favourites #2


























Hello! Long time, no see. I can't even recall the last time that I wrote up a proper blog post. I've had my A-level exams, so unfortunately had no time to blog :( Now I'm back it's time to save my skin. My skin has been awful lately, mostly due to lack of sleep, eating rubbish and being a stress head. The exam period has left my skin a bit of a mess. These are my skincare saviours currently...

To start off my cleansing routine I begin with using Emma Hardie Amazing Face Natural Lift and Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm to remove all of my make-up. I originally thought I wouldn't get along with this as my skin is quite oily at the best of times but I feel as if this balances out my skin perfectly. I use a tiny amount massaged into dry skin and remove with a warm flannel. What I love the most about this is that it doens't leave a film on my skin. Every other cleansing balm that I have tried has left me with a film of oily residue, which is almost impossible to remove. Although I believe the other cleansing balms had mineral oil in them, whilst this does not, which is probably why it leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean. After using this my skin doesn't feel over loaded with moisture which I originally thought. My skin is left feeling really soft and clean, whilst it is a tad over priced, I think that until I find a decent cleansing balm for cheaper I will continue to repurchase this.


REN Clear Calm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser is my favourite pick of the bunch. Previously to buying this, I had never tried any REN skincare at all. But after reading Caroline Hirons' blog here, and reading that she likes it, I had to try it! After using this twice I saw a difference in my skin. My skin was balanced out, the oilyness had reduced and my spots had calmed down quickly. As French clay is one of the ingredients, along with Zinc Gluconate, Salicilin, Mayblossom and Manuka Extract, this has worked wonders for my skin. According to the REN skincare website... the French clay absorbs excess oils and purifies the skin, Zinc Gluconate reduces production of sebum, Salicilin gives mild exfoliation and antibacterical properties, Mayblossom tones enlarged pores and Manuka Extract soothes and nourishes. With this ingredient list in combination with their no nasties policy i.e no mineral oil etc, it's safe to say my skin loves this.
The consistency feels like a runny clay face mask and immediatly feels calming on the skin as it's quite cool. I love using this after I've removed all of my make-up every evening and if my skin is feeling particularly oily/spotty I will use it in the mornings also. I apply this to dry skin and remove with a warm flannel.

Since watching and resisting to take notes on Pixiwoo's video with skincare expert, Caroline Hirons, I decided to make manual exfoliaters a thing of the past. Previously, I was using a face scrub every few days, completely obvlious to the face that it wasn't doing anything for my skin. I decided after many of the reccomendations on Caroline's blog to try a exfoliating toner. REN Clarifying Toning Lotion was my first choice as I'd heard so much about REN as a brand and I love it. The texture of my skin has improved drastically since using this religiously. I apply a tiny amount on a cotton pad and sweep in over my skin after cleansing and it leaves my skin feeling so fresh but also smooth and radiant looking. Now I've finally taken the plunge and tried an exfoliating toner, I really want to try Pixi Glow Tonic.

Superfacialist by Una Brenan is an amazing skincare range that I believe is exclusive to Boots and her website. The range is reasonably priced and amazing quality. My daily moisturiser has been the Mattifying Moisturiser from the Tea Flower range which is aimed at breakout prone skin as it contains salicylic acid. Every moisturiser I've tried that is aimed at oily breakout prone skin has been so thin, runny and quite frankly useless for underneath make-up. The consitency of this is perfect, it's not at all runny yet not too rich for oily skin- the perfect base for make-up. Another product by the Una Brenan range that I've been loving is the Calming Creamy Cleanser from the Rose range which is aimed at skin that needs a boost of hydration. My skin hasn't been able to make up its mind recently. One minute its oily and spotty, the next it's dry and irritated. When my skin is feeling dry and a bit sore or just lacking hydration this cleanser does the trick. It has a rose scent to it which makes it lovely to use before bedtime. When my skin is being oily, this is a bit too heavy for it though, so I like using this once a week to balance my skin out.

If you read my review here, you would know that I'm quite obsessed with Nuxe Reve De Miel lip balm. I adore using this before bed as my lips feel nourished and smooth in the morning. I think I might be a bit addicted to this. The tiniest amount goes a long way so although it's a pricey lipbalm, it's definitely worth it to me.

I've really been into skincare at the moment so I'd love to know what you have been loving. What's your skincare favourites at the moment?
xxx

Thursday, 23 May 2013

A little life update #2

With exam time well under way, my blog has sadly been sidelined for a few weeks. I'm currently revising really hard for my A-level exams which start on June 3rd and finish on June 6th! After they're finished I will be blogging almost  every day as I'll have months off for summer! As you can see above my social life has too been put on hold for exams...

1.. Preachin' it on pinterest
2.. Life at present- let the fun times roll ~~
3.. My gorgeous little niece 'helping' me revise 
4.. She probably understands Milton more than me.. brain=melted
5.. Counting on strong coffee to keep me awake during revision even though I hate coffee 
6.. My only company for the lonely revision filled days. I may have put cream on her nose....
7.. REN purchases to cheer me up
8.. How cute is this little piggy cupcake?!
9.. My revision dungeon/very comfy corner of my bed

If you follow me on twitter- @diggingdaisies you will hear a lot more from me as I'm constantly moaning about revision or online shopping & my Instagram which is elliegooding will keep you up to date with how much of a loser I am. If any of you are doing exams or revising at the moment- good luck with your exams! Don't stress too much and just do your best- it will be worth it in the end :) I hope you're all well and I shall be back for a proper post in the next few weeks
xxxx

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

The payday wishlist #1



























1. Emma Hardie cleansing balm: I've been lusting after this forever so this month hopefully I'll finally get my hands on it.
2. Office sandals: I'm off on holiday with my boyfriend in July and these would be perfect for maxi dresses and shorts
3. Daisy by Marc Jacobs: I've ran out of all my favourite perfumes so I want to treat myself to a new one. I found a mini sample of this in my stash and it's lovely.
4. I love the pinafore trend and this little spotted one from Karma clothing is the cutest.
5. I really need a new make-up bag and this Ted Baker one is so beautiful. It will look gorgeous placed on my dressing table
6. I've wanted an iPad for sooo long and after months of revision and coursework, I might treat myself to one after my exams.
7. I've gotten into skincare quite a lot recently and after reading a few reviews of this, I think this may be coming on holiday with me.
8. Alpha H Liquid Gold has been raved about for so long and I hadn't even considered it until now

What's on your wishlist this month?





Monday, 29 April 2013

Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm- my thoughts


























There is a time in your life when something amazing happens. Despite having the world's worst day ever imagined, I came home to this little beauty in my post box. It was love at first application.

Having never ever tried a lip balm like this consistency-wise as it is quite thick, I've always gone for light lip balms to apply through the day, I was quite intrigued to try this out. I was looking for a balm that was nourishing enough to use in my night time skincare routine- and I've found the perfect one. 

The smell is actually amazing. It smells like lemons but not in a artificial and cheap way. The scent is very delicate and I really like it. The balm itself, as I said earlier, is thick in consistency but it does blend evenly when applied to the lips. You only need a tiny bit to nourish your lips amazingly so I can tell this will last for ages as it is quite a big pot!

























Now I have wanted this for a very long time and previously I thought that £9.50 was a bit excessive for a lip balm. But now I have it, I can definitely say that I will be repurchasing this when it runs out because it is amazing quality and you get a lot of product for the price. A regular lip balm, for example a Korres Lip butter retails at £8.00 for 6g. Nuxe Reve de Miel is £9.50 for 15g so the value for money is really good.

I apply this before bed and by the time I wake up, my lips are still really nourished and soft. I don't feel the need to use lip balm before every lipstick I apply now, which I had to do before as my lips were quite dry. My lips feel in a much better condition now and I don't know what I'd do without it now- slightly dramatic but you get the point. 

I've been going a bit lip balm mad recently, what are your favourites?

Friday, 26 April 2013

Clinique Even Better foundation


























So today I'm going to be sharing my thoughts on a foundation that I had really high hopes for but was left quite disappointed :( This is the result of a combination of an impulsive payday buy and a pushy shop assistant. I'm sure you've all been there- you've read countless positive reviews, seen Tanya Burr use it and look incredible and hear so many people love it.. then you get it home and you hate it. I was expecting really good things from this foundation and whilst it isn't absolutely awful, it's really not brilliant.

The first thing that I noticed that I didn't like about this foundation was the coverage. For a foundation that is marketed as a medium- full coverage foundation, I found the coverage very low. I would say it's a light to medium coverage but not buildable without going cakey. I started using this when my skin was in quite a bad state after having a really bad experience with La Roche Posay's Effaclar Duo, so admittedly  I had a lot of blemishes to work with. Once my blemishes had cleared up, it looked better on me and looked quite glowing and radiant but not like I was expecting. If I'm honest, I thought my skin looked the same as any foundation would have on first application- nothing special at all.

The application of this product was also disappointing. I saw Tanya Burr apply this in one of her tutorials and it looked lovely. It blended effortlessly into her skin and she looked glowing. I've tried applying this with a flat top foundation brush, Real Techniques Buffing brush, MAC 130 stippling brush and my fingers and have been really disappointed each time. I can't quite put my finger on what it is about the formula that I don't like, but it just blends horribly and feels almost powdery when blended. Considering this is aimed at all skin types, I definitely do not think anyone with dry skin could wear this. My skin is combination- oily t-zone, normal cheeks and dry between my brows and down the bridge of my nose. It clung to dry patches like nothing else and felt impossible to blend on my nose, which really is not that dry at all. I found that if I used quite a moisturising primer and use it when it hasn't fully sunk in, the dry patch problem isn't a too much of an issue.

I found the best way to apply this product was with my fingers as it is almost impossible to blend with a brush. Not because it is thick- the formula is just like a standard foundation thickness. It just didn't sit right on my skin, it looked as if I had powdered loads before I had even applied any powder. That would be fine of course, if I didn't need any powder because my 'natural oils' would have come through making it look okay, but because my skin is oily in some places- it just separated and looked horrendous. 

Some days I can apply this and it looks really nice- it takes quite a while to get right though. If it is blended too much it can look quite strange and vice verse. The major problem for me though is the lasting power of this foundation. I don't even think it lasted 2 hours on my skin before doing a disappearing act in some parts of my face and separating in others- usually where I've powdered like chin etc. I've tried this with every primer I own and it still ends up in the same mess all over my face- really disappointing.

I really dislike writing negative reviews but lets be honest, if us beauty bloggers weren't honest and didn't share our experiences with our readers, everyone would waste their money on products that were not worth it. I've read quite a lot of good reviews on this foundation so it is definitely worth a try- just make sure you pick up a sample before you buy unlike me! I really wish I picked up a sample instead of impulsively buying it on payday. The never ending quest for the perfect foundation continues.. What is your favourite foundation? And what foundation have you been disappointed with?

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

The lazy day face

When my day consists of running errands, a lesson or two and at the moment- a mountain of revision, I like to keep it simple. When I say lazy day, I'm not talking a day in my pjs watching films and eating my body weight in junk food- those days are strictly make-up free. This is my face for days when I get up and just lack the motivation to do a full face of make-up and want to keep it nice and simple..














So I start off with a light, dewy base- Boujois Healthy Mix Serum usually does the job nicely. Other bases I tend to reach for on days like this tend to be Dr Jart+ Waterfuse BB Cream or Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. I like a light base that can be blended into the skin quickly with my fingers for a fuss free simple base. To finish off the base I like to dab a bit of Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer on my under eye area to banish those pesky dark circles and I'll also dab it on any blemishes or redness.

On days like this I know I won't be wearing make-up for a really long period of time so I skip the powder as I find it only makes my skin look dull anyway. To perk up my skin I add a touch of pink blush to my cheeks with Dainty Doll 'You are my sunshine' being a firm favourite at the moment. It kind of reminds me of Nars Orgasm which I love. I skip the highlighter as the blush gives a touch of highlight in itself. I finish off the face with a little bit of Nars Laguna bronzer to warm my face up a bit as I'm still stupidly pale.#

I keep it super simple on the eyes with just some mascara- I'm still loving Maybelline The Rocket Volume mascara. For a fuss free lip to brighten up my complexion, I love to use one of the Revlon Lip Butters. My favourite shade at the moment is Juicy Papaya. I love these lipstick/balm hybrids as they are fuss-free and add a touch of colour without being over the top.

What make-up do you use for your fuss-free, lazy day face?