Archive | August, 2015

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31 Aug

Hello lovelies!

It’s my birthday! On this day, 21 years ago, little old me came along.

20 has been a good year for me. I moved to a different country, discovering things I never knew about myself in the process, and I feel like I’m a pretty different person now to a year ago.

I’m going to try my best to get to 22, pass my exams, get a job and work hard to make other people feel good on a daily basis. But at this point, I’m just feeling a lot of pressure, cause Adele wrote one of the biggest selling albums of all time at this point in her life and I don’t think I’m there yet!

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That’s me, in the pink swimming costume, looking longingly at the Dougal cake that my Mum is holding. Something that’s stuck, by the way (my Dad calls me Doodles to this day). I think this is my 8th birthday.

13 years later, not a lot has changed.

I still look at cake that way.
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Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick in ‘Coral Blossom’ – Review + Swatches

23 Aug

Hi lovelies!

Just a quick post today on a lippie I’ve been loving lately, Tarte’s Amazonian Butter Lipstick in ‘Coral Blossom’.

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It’s a gorgeous, ever so slightly shimmery coral colour, that is a shine finish and is one of the most buildable lip products I’ve ever tried.

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You get 0.1oz of product in the full size for $17, which comes to about £12.50 once you pop the exchange rate on.

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IMG_3825My lips before (boriiinngg)

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This product looks pretty good with my slightly more tanned skin in comparison to my regular skin tone. It has a little bit of a tangerine feel to it, and so I think that paired with bronzer it looks gorge.

It lasts a good amount of time if you’re not eating, about five hours or so, but as soon as you eat it needs reapplication. The good thing is that you can just add more product instead of having to remove it all and reapply. It’s also dead minty. You can’t miss it!!!

This product is a part of the 2015 Give Me Some Lip Set, currently on Sephora’s website for $25.

That’s all for today, I hope you have a good day/evening, wherever you are!
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Skincare Spotlight: My (Nearly) Empties

21 Aug

Hi lovelies!

So, I have a confession to make.

I’m a skincare hoarder.

There, I said it.

Fortunately, this little habit of mine only really applies to miniature and deluxe-sized products, but it’s become a poinf of contention in my house, and my sister challenged me not to buy any skincare until I’d used up a considerable amount of what’s in ‘skincare station’, as we call it.

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Philosophy’s Full of Promise is a creamy moisturiser that can sometimes get a little greasy on my oily T-Zone, but is nice to use on my cheeks for a little bit of smoothness or hydration before putting on makeup.

Would I buy the full size?
Not at £50! I think that most moisturisers do similar things unless they’re really something special, so I’m not too attached to this one at the moment.

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Ren’s Keep Young and Beautiful Instant Firming Beauty Shot is a light gel-like serum that you can use before moisturiser or as a standalone treatment on clean skin. You can see in the picture that it can get bubbly, it’s very slippy but I didn’t feel like it sank in particularly quickly.

Would I buy the full size?
I have to cheat on this one, because I actually have a second sample that’s slightly bigger, so I’m gonna use that up and see whether it makes any difference in the long term. If I had to decide now, I’d say no. Another hefty price tag of £36 for 30ml just puts me off.

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Caudalie’s Vinosource Crème Sorbet Hydratante is a light, airy moisturizer with a bizarre texture. It’s not like the few other sorbets that I’ve tried, and it’s more like a moisturizer mixed with a serum. It has a really light, pleasant scent.

Would I buy the full size?
Probably not, but only because I have so many more moisturising products that I like a bit more. This is way more affordable than the other products on this list, coming in at £23 for 40ml.

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GlamGlow’s YouthMud Tinglexfoliate Treatment is a mud mask that you can apply on problem areas in order to give your pores a deep clean, leave your skin exfoliated and smoother and tightens and tones the skin. I have this diddy sample size that got me about three liberal applications to my T-Zone, a slightly bigger pot, and the full sized version of this.

Would I buy the full size?

Yes, yes, yes. This stuff is great for when you’re having a bad skin day, or you just want a pamper sesh. It’s pricy, which is annoying, coming in at £50 for 50g, but the best thing to do is buy the gift sets around the December holiday season, you usually can get a full size lus a few deluxe samples of GlamGlow’s other products.

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Clinique’s Smart Custom Serum is a creamy serum that sinks into the skin instantly, and claims to sort out uneven skin tone and wrinkles. This is the star of the show, in my opinion. It’s the product that I’ve noticed makes the most difference to my skin, and it smells gorgeous.

Would I buy the full size?

I wish. This stuff is on par with Creme de la Mer in price tag. For £110 you can get a 100ml size. *faints* That’s a lot of money for not an awful lot of product. I’m gonna see whether Clinique release any limited edition holiday sets with sample sizes of this, because I need my fix, but I don’t have the cash to throw around on serum…no matter how good it is. 😦

So after nearly finishing off all these samples, I still have this to get through.
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Hope you have a lovely day or evening, wherever you are in the world!

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Review: Tarte’s ‘Poppy Picnic’ Palette + Swatches

19 Aug

Hello lovelies!

Another day, another beauty post! Buuuut this time it’s something really exciting. IT’S TARTE!

As a UK based beauty blogger, Tarte is really pretty difficult to come by. About a year ago, QVC started to sell Tarte, but their product range is quite limited and varies from month to month as they sell out and get new stock, so you can’t quite rely on the website. Also, ordering from Sephora US poses a few challeneges as some items don’t ship and the tax and shipping costs come to almost £20 on any order.

So a few months ago, when I saw the Poppy Picnic palette pop up on QVC’s Beauty section, I literally jumped at the chance to get my mitts on it. It was on advanced orders, which basically means you’re in limbo until they’ve shipped out all the orders before you. After over a month of waiting, I finally got the email confirmation…it was on the way. *screams*

It’s pretty obvious why I wanted it.

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*drools*

It has six shadow shades that all are matte, and one shimmery blush. And when I say shimmery, I mean glitterball shimmery. This is a summer or a night-time bush for me. It does make you glow though, and I’m partial to a coral cheek. 😉 I would say that it lasts a good amount longer than some other blush formulas I’ve tried, like Rimmel or Maybelline’s new Creme Puffs. It’s comparable to Nars blushes.

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The swatches are absolutely representative of the quality of these shadows. They are PHENOM. Genuinely. I’d say the formula is a mix of Lorac shadows and maybe Estée Lauder shadows, or the benefit singles. If you’ve swatched a Lorac shadow, then you’ll know that they’re soft to the point of breaking apart when you tap them with a flat shader. This makes them gorgeous over the top of a silicone primer, or beautiful to blend, but when it comes to pigment, sometimes the matte shades can suffer.

The shadows in the palette are smooth and silky, but pack a good old pigment wallop, and they blend SO well. I was so chuffed when I realised that the beautiful flowery outside was just hiding a smooth, blendable shadowy centre.

So you can probably tell, it’s a thumbs up from me!

Have a lovely day/evening, wherever you are!

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A Love Letter To My Favourite Lipgloss

15 Aug

Hello lovelies!

Today’s post is a love letter to my favourite formula of lipgloss, the Benefit Ultra-Plush lipglosses. These lipglosses were launched a few years ago now, and I have three of the miniature sized ones from gift sets that I have recieved or bought from Benefit.

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(from top to bottom:) Hoola, Coralista and Dandelion

I have Hoola, a bronzey-nude, Coralista, a coral creme and Dandelion, a shimmery light pink. The Ultra-Plush lipgloss line features a bunch of shades that correspond to the boxed blushes that Benefit is known for. The formula is sheer, but my lips don’t have a lot of pigment and so the colour payoff is pretty good. The formula is very forgiving, it doesn’t cling to dry patches or settle into fine lines on or outside the lips.

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Hoola is a bronzey nude shade with a subtle shimmer. It’s very sheer on the lips but definitely is buildable. It lasts a few hours before wearing away evenly.
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Coralista is a coral creme shade with no visible shimmer or sparkle. The shade packs the most punch of the three that I have, and it lasts four hours and leaves a nice pinky stain on the lips after it loses shine.

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Dandelion is a subtle shimmery pink that lasts a few hours on the lips. Out of the three I own, Dandelion is my least favourite.

(from left to right:) Hoola, Coralista and Dandelion

(from left to right:) Hoola, Coralista and Dandelion

The thing about these glosses is that they smell AMAZING. Truly awesome. Like…a fruity sweet smell that isn’t overpowering or headachey at all. They really don’t compare to many glosses because they feel more balmy than sticky, and they aren’t at all uncomfortable. With Mac Lipglasses or the Buxom glosses, I find that I might as well not wear a gloss because I’m so distracted by the stickiness!

Currently the Benefit glosses are on sale on the Benefit website ranging from £6.75 to £7.50, but they regularly sell for £14.50.

Have a wonderful day/evening, wherever you are!
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Hello August

6 Aug

Hi lovelies!

So. My summer job is complete.

*large sigh of relief*

For the past six weeks or so, I’ve been working at a summer language camp in Hertfordshire as an Activity Leader. I’ve never been so thankful for a job to be over and done with, let me tell you.

It’s been a rough few months for my family, but I’m determined to come out the other end of this bizarre first half of the year with a smile on my face and a determination to finish university and find a job that I love. Plus it’s my birthday month! Which means lots of friends and family round for our annual barbecue at the end of the month! 🙂

A few things that I’ve been loving lately…

The Line Up
These girls are phe-nom-e-nal. I’m blown away by the amount of talent they have, and the amount of effort they put into each one of their YouTube videos is astounding. I’m not a fan of style blogs, or even style videos really, but it’s a testament to them how eager I am to watch every new video when it’s released.

UnReal
If you’re a TV fan like I am, you’ll have heard about the summer show that has stolen the spotlight from True Detective and OINTB. UnReal is a scripted drama about the behind-the-scenes action of a reality dating show named ‘Everlasting’ – think ‘The Bachelor’ meets ‘The Newsroom’. Plus, the walk and talks are pretty spectacular and the eye candy ain’t bad either.

Pop Culture Happy Hour and Talking TV
Last year, when I came out of my binge-stupor after finishing the last episode of ‘Serial’ (true crime podcast about the murder of a young girl in 1999)  I was searching for something a little lighter. These two podcasts are the best of the bunch, IMO. Pop Culture Happy Hour is a round-table style podcast that revolves around what the participants are watching, reading and listening to. I immediately fell head over heels for the regulars on this – in particular Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon, who have been at the table since the first taping over five years ago. Head back through their feed and you’ll definitely find an episode that is in your wheelhouse. And speaking of wheelhouses, mine is pretty much Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan. These guys know what they are talking about. Full stop. It’s structured simply as a conversation between Ryan McGee and Maureen ‘Mo’ Ryan (HuffPo), two critics who really know their stuff. Download a few episodes (and bear with the ‘down a well’ quality of Mo’s voice sometimes) and get ready to be televisionlightened.

So that’s it from me this time guys. Hopefully see you soon with a beauty post. (I’ve been shamelessly buying something every time I feel down in the dumps or need a pick-me-up.)

Hope you have an amazing day or night, wherever you are!
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