Monday, 15 June 2015

HIGH END MAKEUP HAUL

Hi, everyone hope you're all well. I'm back at school now and I've officially started year 13. Its so crazy to say that this is pretty much my last year at school! It's gone by so quick and I feel like I now know what my parents meant when they tell me to really enjoy school and to embrace it because once you've left theres no going back. Anyway onto the post for today.


If you know me, you'll know I've been lusting over way to many makeup products for way to long! So I decided it was about time I picked a few products up that are at the top of my wish list. I picked up these on a trip to London with my mum. You won't believe me when I say this but that was my first trip to London to go shopping! It was amazing and I loved walking around and taking in the completely different atmosphere!




The first product I purchased I had been wanting for ages, after seeing many people talk about it online I knew I had to buy it. This is the Chanel Bronze Universal which in other words is a cream bronzer. The packaging like all Chanel products is beautiful I love the glass 'tub' if you want to call it. The colour is lovely, However is more of an orange tone than other bronzers I own. The constancy like you would think is a cream texture and applies lovely onto the skin, blending seamlessly. I think this would look fab on holiday with a tan!



I've previously tried the original loose powder version of the Bare Minerals foundation which I really love. However, mine is a few shades to dark as I brought it for a holiday. I decided to buy the pressed version instead as I'd read great reviews on how easy and fuss free it is to apply. The coverage is so lovely and build able, it can be used as a foundation alone, or as a setting powder to keep you looking matte and add more coverage. I got colour matched to the shade 210.


I never normally wear makeup under my eyes as I don't particularly feel like I need it and I have quite dry under eyes so I find a lot of products tend to crease and look flakey. However, my mum loves the touché éclat and literally swears by it so I decided I would try it out. I used it once and I knew it was going to be perfect for me - it's so lightweight and blends effortlessly without creasing or clinging to drier areas. It doesn't have the most coverage but for something to brighten up a little bit it works really well!

The last product I purchased was a M.A.C lipstick. I brought the shade 'Ruby Woo' which I forgot to take pictures of -Don't hate me please. It's a lovely red colour and in my opinion is more of a brighter and pink toned red compared to 'Russian Red'

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Tuesday, 2 June 2015

MAKEUP ON TRIAL

Following one of my recent posts 'skincare on trial' I thought I should do one on makeup too. I've received quite a few new makeup products due to it being my birthday a couple of weeks ago as well as purchasing a fair few myself! I know next on my list is the Chanel cream bronzer!



Giorgio Armani 'Luminous Silk' Foundation


I actually brought this a while ago after the constant love bloggers give it online. Knowing how many people love it finally persuaded me to purchase it, even though it might have cost me and arm and a leg at £36. I've actually done a full review on this product as I was planning on this post to go up sooner. However, if you want to see the full review click here.


MAC 'Soft and Gentle' Highlighter


I received this from one of my besties for my birthday after lusting over how pretty hers is. The colour is just stunning and I know its going to look beautiful when I'm on holiday with a tan. The new MAC packaging means this has a sort of magnetic clasp when it shuts and can I just tell you how satisfying it is when I close it. (I'm not the only one that thinks that right?) I am planning on doing a full review so stay tuned.


Rimmel 'Lasting Finish' Concealer


I spotted this when I was in Boots a couple of weeks ago and decided to try it out due to it claiming to be high coverage and really reminded me of the Estee Lauder 'Double Wear' concealer. I've actually really been enjoying this. At first I thought it was way to thick and hard to blend which therefore meant it was quite drying. However, I've realised its best to warm the product up before hand by using your fingers. This really helps the concealer to blend easy but keeps the high coverage. This concealer really does have full coverage and covers everything, blemishes, discolouration, redness, I also used it as an eyeshadow base/primer and it worked fab! I haven't tried it as an under eye concealer as I personally feel it could be a bit heavy and drying but it will probably work great for some people. Overall this concealer is great if you're after a high coverage concealer that isn't too expensive this was around £5-£6.


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Thursday, 28 May 2015

GIORGIO ARMANI LUMINOUS SILK FOUNDATION

After hearing almost every blogger and youtuber talk about their love for the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation I knew I would eventually need to purchase it. I brought mine from House of Fraser after reading Lily Pebbles 'What Shade Are You in?' post. I found her post really useful as I noticed we are similar shades in other foundations and concealers. I picked up the same shade she uses which is 4.5. However, I do wish I brought 4 as it would be an even better colour match. 


Firstly, lets talk about that beautiful packaging, so sleek and pretty. Which it should be for £36. (House of Fraser currently have 10% off if you're interested in purchasing it!) I like the glass bottle as it certainly does make it feel expensive and luxurious. However, for travelling I'm not sure how it would end up if you were to accidentally drop it -I don't even want to think about that disaster occuring!

I was quite surprised when I first pumped out this foundation onto the back of my hand. The consistency was a lot thinner than I had expected. My initial thoughts after I had applied it was that the coverage actually isn't that great. However, I didn't use that much, which suggests how build able the foundation is. I added another layer onto my face and like I mentioned the coverage was medium/full and looked beautiful.

If you know me you'll know I'm all about a matte base, which you will therefore ask why chose a foundation that claims to be 'luminous'? I have very dry/combination skin, weird I know. Therefore I wanted a foundation I could wear when I'm going out, having pictures taken and generally want my face to look pretty flawless, without it enhancing my dry areas. The first couple of times I used this foundation it did take me a while to get used to the more dewy effect it gives.

I personally, on my skin would say this is very hydrating and dewy. Which is good for me as it means it doesn't cling to any dry patches. Due to me being used to a matte base I did chose to mattify and set the foundation with some powder. - I'll either use a regular transparent powder, or my Bare Minerals powder foundation which adds a bit more coverage.

As for photography, this foundation is great due to it containing no SPF. I've worn this to a few parties and events in which I knew I'd be taking photos and like I expected they turned out great. *cheers for having no ghost face in pictures*

Overall, I would recommend this foundation. I think the real reason this is such a cult product is due to the way it photographs and how beautiful it looks. Like I mentioned I've only used it a few times so I'll deffo update you on my thoughts. I recommend getting colour matched and trying a sample simply due to the cost and because it comes in a whopping 21 shades!

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Thursday, 21 May 2015

SKINCARE ON TRIAL

Hi everyone, hope you're all feeling well. Sorry for the lack of posts recently. I've been revising and completing my AS exams at school, but yesterday I finished my last one and I'm so happy that I can get back into blogging! *cheers* I recently placed an online order from Escentual and thought I'd share some of the products I'm testing out. I love La roche Posay as a skincare brand, however, I've only really tried a couple of products out. One being the 'effaclar duo+' which works wonders for my skin. Knowing this I thought I should try out some more products from the brand.


I of course picked up another tube of the Effaclar duo+ as mine was running out. I can defiantly notice a different in my skin when I'm not using it. This serum like product helps to reduce the appearance of dark marks and pigmentation left from previous blemishes, as well as helping to moisturise the skin. 

I then picked up a couple of products I haven't tried before. Firstly I thought I would try out the matching face wash in the effaclar range  which is the Purifying gel face wash. My friend uses this and loves it and has told me numerous times how much it has helped her skin. This face wash is actually targeted towards oily skin which I think will be great now its starting to get a little bit hotter. 
Finally, I picked up the much raved about Serozinc I actually picked up two of these as there is a deal online where you can purchase two for £10, which is fab considering they normally cost £8 individually. I've only used this a couple of times, so I'm yet to have any proper thoughts about it. However, I might do a full review if your interested in knowing my full opinions?

I only picked up a few things from Escentual but I know when I place another order I'll be looking at the Nuxe lip balm. 



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Saturday, 18 April 2015

ORIGINS CLEAR IMPROVEMENT CHARCOAL MASK

Hi everyone, hope your all well! Recently I picked up some Origins products to try out. I've never tried anything from the brand before, but the face masks have always been the one product that intrigued me the most. I'm a complete sucker for face masks, I'm pretty much addicted! I picked up clear improvement mask which is aimed towards oily and blemish prone skin.


 "Clear Improvement gets to the bottom of skins overcast condition and clears the way for it to act its best. Activate Charcoal acts like a magnet to draw out pore-cloggers, White China Clay absorbs environmental pollutants, Lecithin dissolves impurities. Without all that "stuff" down there, skin "breathes a sigh of relief." 

 I really love this mask as its completely different to others that I've tried. The consistency is quite thick when initially applied. However, a little bit goes a long way. I leave this on until it has completely dried before washing it off with warm water. One of the best things about this mask is that although it has a sort of clay consistency, its so easy to remove, I hate having to faff about whilst removing the product!

After I've removed the mask I can notice a great improvement in the size and appearance of my blemishes, everything is much more calmer and the redness has gone down. As well as helping to clear blemishes it also helps to clear pores from any dirt and excess oils which could potentially cause breakouts.


Overall I really enjoy using this mask. I've seen noticeable improvements in my skin after frequent use (I like to use it around 2-3 times a week, normally after a workout when my face has been sweating. I feel like it helps to really deep clean my skin.) I really would recommend this if your after a new face mask, its super fun due to the colour and really helps. If you have blemish prone or oily skin defiantly try this out, although origins do claim that it is suitable for all skin types!


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Thursday, 9 April 2015

A DAY IN BRIGHTON

Hi everyone, hope your well! Recently me and my friends hopped on the train for a day trip down to the seaside in Brighton. It was so nice to have a day out somewhere different and it was also the perfect break from revision! The weather was brilliant so we defiantly took advantage of it and sunbathed by the sea. Most of us had been to Brighton before so we knew roughly where abouts we wanted to go etc. (pretty sure this post is going to be very picture heavy)

Nice and early train journey down to Brighton! *squeals with excitement*


Once we had arrived and after a much needed toilet break (that train journey was quite long) we headed down to some of the lanes. We all wanted to visit Choccywoccydoodah and get a hot chocolate but unfortunately the cafe was full! 


After we had visited some of the little stores we headed straight down to the sea. It was soo warm! We found a perfect little spot and set up our little area for the afternoon. It wasn't too busy which was perfect!



We the headed down to the pier to get henna and muck around in the arcade like four year olds which we all probably enjoyed way too much!


Overall we had an amazing day and I know we'll defiantly be going back during the summer!


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Tuesday, 7 April 2015

ORIGINS GIFT SET

Hi everyone, hope your all well and had a lovely Easter. I have soo many chocolates and Easter eggs to eat, out goes the healthy eating routine I've been attempting. Even though Easter isn't a massive occasion in my family, it was soo nice getting to see all the family. I have quite a few relatives I don't get to see as often so its always nice getting to catch up! 

If you know me, you'll know I'm massively into skincare. As someone who has shit bad skin and suffers from acne and scarring I love trying new products. However, one brand I am still yet to venture in is 'Origins'. Apart from their 'super spot remover' I haven't tried any of their products. The Origins face masks have always been the one product from the brand that intrigued me. They always look so amazing and I've read thousands of great reviews. So recently I decided that I wanted to purchased one. The 'clear improvements' mask was always at the top of my list, especially recently as my skin has been breaking out like crazy.  When I popped into town I went to my nearest Origins counter and had a browse. I spotted this gift set (which doesn't have a name) and the products in side looked fab for my acne prone and very dry skin. -(I know the strangest combination, yay)


In this set you get the 'drink up intensive overnight mask' the 'clear improvements' mask and the 'modern friction' face scrub. Inside the little box there is also a face brush which you can use with the stub to really help exfoliate and deep clean your skin. I thought this was a fab set of products and great for me personally as it gives me the opportunity to try out a few Origins products. This set was also pretty good value for money costing £30, when one face mask costs £23 it works out to be quite the bargain!

I've yet to try out these products properly. However, there will be some full reviews up soon so keep your eyes out for them! Overall I really like the masks, they do exactly what they claim on the tube and they are such good quality! P.S. Shoutout to Mumma Parker for holding the tubes for me whilst I was taking pictures.

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