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January

10 Feb

Hi lovelies!

January passed in the blink of an eye. That’s what everyone always says, right?

I feel like January lasted approximately nine years. But I do have some faves to share with you!

Too Faced Shadow Insurance -£17

Now, I don’t think this is my Holy Grail Eyeshadow Primer. I’m not floored by it. But it’s tacky enough that my shadows stay in place, it works well with a shimmer, and my crease has never looked better with this stuff on the lid. The reason it’s a fave is because when you mix it with concealer, it becomes the perfect budge-free base. Props to Too Faced for making just a good team player product. Plus, this is the mini size that you get free with most palettes or Too Faced value sets, and it’s lasted me maybe four months so far!

Nars ‘Anita’ Audacious Lipstick – £24

Oh, Anita. This is my one and only Audacious lipstick, and let me tell you, they are worth the hype. I’ve never tried anything as rich and creamy as this. I’ve been loving dabbing this all over the lip and then working it in with my finger, like a stain. It’s also one of those rare lippies that look better the longer you wear them. The closest formula to these is probably the Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipsticks, but they’ve got a bit more slip, and slightly less staying power. It’s actually baffling how Nars managed this formula. Full colour with one swipe, you can’t go wrong picking up your signature shade. Just don’t go falling in love with the whole line, ok? At £24 a pop, you’ll be using the little money flying away emoji all day, every day.

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Caudalie Beauty Elixir – £11.50 for 30ml

I have an unhealthy obsession that I’m trying to deny with this stuff. Which is why I keep getting the travel size. *breathes heavily* During my January no-buy (yes, you heard that right, and we’ll get to that later), this was the only product I considered caving for. It’s just fab. It’s so refreshing, and it pulls a look together when your face is looking a bit powdery. My problem is that I use it after primer, then foundation, then powder, and you really only need it once. Sigh. *heads to spacenk.com*

Yves Saint Laurent Face Palette Collector – Gypsy Opale – £42.50

You know, I’m imaging the scenario in the YSL product development offices.

‘Ok, UK pricing. I’m thinking around the £40 mark. What do you guys think?’

‘Oh, no no. It just must be £42.50. The 50p is the most important part. It makes it feel luxe.’

I wish that brands wouldn’t do that, especially when it comes to luxury brands. But I may just be able to forgive YSL. After not being able to get my hands on the Dior Glowing Gardens highlighting powder (I searched high and low, cried etc.), I can’t compare the two. But this is such a gorgeous finishing powder, especially for lighter skin. As someone who’s really fair, no seriously, even Becca’s Opal is too dark for me, I sometimes can struggle to find a powder that’s flattering for my skin-tone, especially as I’m really dry. This is such a great way to finish a paler face.

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The 100 Season 3- E4/The CW

THE 100 IS BACK! IT’S BACK! -Me to anyone that will listen

After a stellar first two seasons, The 100 is back for S3 on The CW. It’s back in the UK on Feb 17, but my hopes are that Raven continues to be badass, Clarke and Bellamy realise they’re meant to be, and for Jaha to die. Watch the show, you’ll understand! It’s really clever, brutal, violent and actually has it’s characters go through crappy situations and come out the other side (or not, soz dead characters) having been affected by the stuff that’s happened. For example, in one episode a character jumped off of a mountain ledge. In the next two or three episodes, her face was all scratched.  Consequence and continuity! Hoorah.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour – Wherever you get your podcasts

I’ve become a real podcast person, and this is by far my favourite. The PCHH team are always on hand with commentary and thoughts on the latest pop culture phenomenon, the pop culture that’s made a difference in their lives, or (throwback) a bit of German art-song. ‘Tony Awards and Shared Songs’ is downright fantastic, and ‘Empire and Public Radio Voices’ features two of my favourite voices that guest on the show. Give it a listen!

That’s it for the month. As I mentioned, I was on a no-buy for the whole of January. No beauty products for myself, whatsoever. And I’m still going! I’ve used up two foundations, a powder, a bunch of sample skincare products and a whole lipstick. An entire lipstick you guys! That’s a big deal!

Hope February is being good to you.

Have a great day/evening, wherever you are!
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Feeling high end, wanting low maintenance

3 Feb

Hi lovelies!

A quick product recommendation for you today, in the form of the smoothest, hydrating and glowy products I’ve found for that ultimate low-key lip.

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The Dior Lip Glow Color Reviver Balms are pretty much balmy perfection. I had the flu recently (that’s what you get when you work with kids) and it just about floored me. My skin suffered, but these guys kept me going and my lips didn’t get dry! Hoorah!

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Now, don’t get me wrong, they’re a glorified lip balm. They have a sheer tint, they smell ever so slightly spearmint-y, and they are, of course, ridiculously overpriced. Buuuut, they feel great to use. If you fancy feeling fancy, then the next time you’re near a Dior counter, have a swatch and see for yourselves!

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(t-b Lip Glow (Original), Lip Glow 004 (Coral))

You can find Dior at most department stores, and online at feelunique.com. The Dior Lip Glow Color Reviver Balms retail for £24.

Resolutely

9 Jan

Hi lovelies!

Happy 2016!

I’ve always found myself to be the worst at resolutions. But not even out loud ones. In my head, quiet, secret ones still aren’t followed through with.

So ‘beginning of the year’ posts about resolutions always make me anxious, for the people making such huge promises to themselves, and for me, because they just remind me that I’m bad at keeping my little personal promises.

So I’m going to go with some general ‘I would like to’ statements. If that’s ok.

I would like to…listen to music more

As a teenager, especially at school, I spent most of my time listening to or making music. I’m not sure, but I think if you’re a music person, you need it in your life or it starts to affect you on a day to day basis. If I don’t listen to any music in a week, I get all grumpy and horrid and moody. And all it takes to fix it is an hour alone with my headphones and a great playlist. So, more music.

I would like to…stop buying so many beauty products

I am a total beauty junkie, but I think I need to prove to myself that I don’t need to buy products to enjoy makeup. Plus, I don’t have enough money to be a shopaholic. I added up approximately how much I spent on beauty products in 2015 and the result was not pretty. I nearly cried. So, less spending.

I would like to…work hard

This is a weird one, but I am a workaholic. I love working and earning my own money, because no-one can tell you how to spend that money. And I’m a firm believer in the idea that if you work hard, then someone will notice and it will pay off in the end. So, more work, and more good work.

I would like to…write more

I’m not sure what this means, to be honest. I haven’t got an awful lot of belief in myself when it comes to my writing, but I’m gonna give it a go. More blog posts, more TV stuff, and maybe I’ll get around to writing down the idea that’s been floating in my head for years now.

I would like to…graduate

It’s my final year of Uni! I have approximately six months left. And I started this blog just before my first year of Uni started. It’s all very full circle. I’ve had such a weird time at Uni, and I can’t say I’ve loved it. I wish I’d chosen a different subject, a different place maybe. But I am proud of myself for passing everything, living alone in a foreign country for nine months, and I’ve met some wonderful people. So, let’s finish it off.

I’m pretty sure that 2015 was my best year yet. I grew so much as a person on my year abroad, I challenged myself over the summer at a horrible job, learned more, made some rough decisions, worked hard and laughed. A lot. Thanks for sticking around on this little inconsistent mish-mash of a blog. I really appreciate it.

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Advice from a Year Abroad-er

12 Dec

Hello lovelies!

I recently was reading some articles on thirdyearabroad.com, which is a fantastic resource if you’re prepping for a year abroad, travelling or even if you just love reading about what other people get up to on their adventures! The more I read, the more I nod along. However, I recently read a very well-written article by Craig that I mostly totally disagree with (soz Craig), so I thought I’d respond. Everyone’s experiences are different on a year abroad, after all!

1. French bureaucracy is a pain that is mostly unavoidable…

Unlike Craig, my bank account was set up within a day of arrival, my housing was sorted in a relatively smooth fashion and my MGEN paperwork all sorted. I can thoroughly recommend sending lots and lots of frantic e-mails before your year abroad starts, to your mentor or a teacher, but since I’ve arrived, it’s been pretty fuss-free. One thing to mention, if you don’t feel like you’re carrying around your identity in paperwork for the first week, you’re doing it wrong. Check again. Photocopy everything. Trust me.

2. Interaction starts with YOU!

I won’t lie, I found the whole first week a bit of an ordeal, and it quite frequently was overwhelming. However, the second week, I decided to really make an effort to communicate. Sure, there will be people that have no interest in talking to you, but do not be disheartened, it gets better! The teachers at my school are incredibly friendly, the people in my apartment building are always throwing a ‘bonjour’ my way, and I’ve even started to have little conversations with the shop assistants now. Breakthrough!

My advice if you’re an assistant like me is to find the other assistant in the school, if there is one. The Spanish assistant at my lycée speaks zero English, and I speak even less Spanish, so we have to communicate in French. She is the best person to talk to, because I don’t feel scared about making mistakes, and we’re both patient when the other person is trying to find a word or do the classic Erasmus-rephrasing!

3. CAF

Yeah okay, it’s a massive pain. There’s just no way that you’re going to beat the system here, but my apartment building is a foyer, which means that when the aid eventually comes through, they’ll give me the difference back on the rent from previous months. Result! The best thing I did was listen to the assistant from last year and contact the foyer. It’s safe, resonably priced (even before the CAF), in a nice part of town and there are tons of social activities. There are loads all over France, but here’s the one for where I am in the Basque Country, just in case.

4. Transport is cheap, but you might have to swap buses eighty-five times to get somewhere..

It’s not quite the €10 a month that Craig says it is in Toulouse, but it is cheap. Travel anywhere on the bus system in the area for 24 hours and it will only cost you €2, which is awesome, but be prepared to change buses to travel some distance…and never, EVER get off of a bus by the front door. A bus driver will shout at you in a very agitated voice. Use the back door!

5. Different teachers want COMPLETELY different things

I’m not an Erasmus Uni student, I’m a language assistant, so Craig’s number 5 doesn’t really apply to me, so I’m going to talk about being prepared for the total inconsistency of teachers. I teach nine hours at a lycée and three at a collège, which is basically a middle school. The lycée has a pretty large English department and about 1800 students, so I work with seven different teachers. Some gave me lesson plans, some said ‘do whatever, just make them talk!’, some tell me five minutes before the lesson what they want me to talk about, some give me a topic, some give me resources. It’s taken a few weeks to get used to doing what they want me to do, but before that, I planned every lesson just in case. Don’t expect all the teachers to want or do the same things. Sometimes I work with four students, sometimes it’s fifteen, sometimes it’s seven. It really depends.

My advice if your teachers are like mine is to prepare lessons just in case, you don’t want to stand in front of 10 18-year olds with nothing to say!

6. An Erasmus society is not always an option!

If you’re an assistant, it’s quite likely that you’re going to be in a school with maybe one other assistant, and that it’s going to be the only school in the area. A lot of assistants get sent to small villages that are quite isolated. Make friends with the teachers or locals first and the other assistants or students will be a bonus! If you’re introverted, it can be difficult to take lots of risks with a society. If you’re homesick, you might not want to socialise with people who don’t speak your language. It’s really difficult to push yourself outside of your comfort zone. I would say that a good place to start is your induction with your académie, add eachother on Facebook to stay in touch with people. Plan visits from your English friends so you can show them your new home. It’s totally possible to have a great year abroad without having a society there to organise activities!

7. Your language level probably is better than you think…

Before I left for my year abroad, I would maybe rank myself a 4/10 in French. I was petrified that I would just not understand people, and that’s occasionally a reality. Think about it, you’re moving your whole life to a completely new area, alone, where everyone speaks a different language to you. It’s scary stuff!

The first couple of days were a whirlwind of paperwork, formalities and information overload. But I made it through, and probably understood 90% of it. Don’t be afraid to ask someone to repeat themselves or talk slower, but I can confidently say that I’m living in a foreign country, speaking a language that is not my own, and that it’s not a disaster. I’m pretty proud of that. I’m probably a solid 5/10 in reality. 🙂

Now I’m off to get a chocolatine. Which is a pain au chocolat here in the south of France. All I know is that they’re definitely better in France, and as Craig said, you should definitely be jealous!

Insta-Obsessed.

27 Jun

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Hello lovelies!

Just thought I’d drop a quick note to say that my Instagram obsession is definitely not calming down. Like I might actually spent an hour on there a day. :O

If you’d like to follow me I’m @bonjourchristie (psssst I’m on twitter @bonjourchristie too) and I’m usually surprised by a new follower so it would definitely make my day 🙂
 
Hope you’re loving your days/evenings, wherever you are!
Christie xoxo

Glow For It

25 Jun

Hello lovelies!

Summer’s now in full swing in the UK, we see a smidgen of sunshine and everyone whips their legs out and slaps on the SPF. I’ve been obsessed with the ‘lit from within’ look recently and thought I would share my favourite products for the job.

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Estée Lauder Blush in ‘Witty Peach’ – £25 at boots.com

This blush is the perfect peach for a pop of colour. Just subtle enough that it doesn’t give you awkward sun-tan cheeks and just pigmented enough so that it leaves a beautiful tint on the apples. I like to start really far up and out on my cheeks because I have a little chubby face, but everyone is different. I’ve heard it’s best to start at least two finger widths away from your nose and that that’s a good estimation. This blush is matte, but the lighter apricot colour gives it a glowing finish.

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The Body Shop Honey Bronzing Powder – £13 at thebodyshop.co.uk

This bronzer is universally flattering. I mean it. I always think that uber-pigmented bronzers have no place on my skin. Even if I blend perfectly, I always end up looking like a muddy mess. This formula is silky smooth, easy to buff out and it’s not too OOT. Do people still say that? OOT? Oh well. Just did. This is one of the only products that i can use on my temples as well due to it not being too intense.

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The Balm Mary Lou Manizer – £16 at feelunique.com

Well, well, well. This little baby is finally mine. I actually put this in a wish-list this time a year ago, and finally made an order on Feel Unique. Believe the hype, this champagne-hued highlight is seriously amazeballs. I tried it for the first time a week ago and have worn it every day since. A teeny-tiny bit of this goes a loooooooonnnggg way, and your skin looks so healthy after you use it. For oily-skinned gals, I would warn you to use a light hand, as I know it can be difficult to balance between luminous goddess and disco ball, but us dry-skinned ladies need all the glow we can get. Am I right ladies? (I’ve always wanted to type that, it didn’t disappoint haha)

So there we go. My little formula that results in a lotta H2Glow. Oh yeah.
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I hope you are enjoying your day/evening, wherever you are!
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Monthly Lust-Haves #1

23 Jun

Hello lovelies!

Thought I might start up a bit of a new thing for Bonjour Christie today….oooh the excitement!

Let’s face it, we’re all little make-up mavens in the beauty community, always hunting in Boots and Superdrug for hidden gems and offers, prancing around the high street for those hyped-up hot picks. Personally, I know I definitely don’t need everything I buy, but we all know it’s a daily struggle to resist. I thought I would put up a little wishlist and then look back and see what still intrigues me at the end of the next month. However, we all know that this plan is likely to fail. Oh well!

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Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette – £22
Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powder – approx £26
Mac 168 Large Angled Contour Brush – approx £25
NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams – £4-£5
Zoeva Rose Gold Brush Set – £46
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer – £22
So there are my little lust-have for the month. Would love to know yours!

Have a lovely day/evening, wherever you are!
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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette + Swatches

21 May

Hello lovelies!

I recently made an impulsive (and very, VERY large) Space NK order, and I saw that the limited edition Ambient Lighting Palette was on pre-order! So I added it to my basket, and it’s amazing. I can’t wait to travel with this little baby over the summer 🙂

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Ugh, I’m in love. Haven’t tested it on my face yet, but hoping that it lives up to the hype.

Hope you’re all having a lovely day/evening, wherever you are,
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Sick Day Essentials

15 May

Hello lovelies!
I’m feeling pretty gross today, but decided that my piles and piles of beauty products would be able to make me feel better, or even just cheer me up a bit! So here are the skin saviours that perked me up today…
ImageVichy Thermal Spa Water – £7 for 150ml
The ultimate refreshing wake up call, Vichy’s Thermal Water is great for sensitive skin and is paraben free, so you know that you’re not being nagged by any nasties on your sick days.
Clarins HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase – £42 for 100ml
A lifesaver for dry skin. This product smells fresh and clean, feels silky smooth and makes skin plumper, which is just what you need when your skin feels like the Sahara. I’m still using up my little sample that I got from the Clarins counter earlier in the spring. Love this product.
Smashbox PhotoFinish Hydrating Under-Eye Primer –  £21 for 0.33oz
On days when I want nothing to do with foundation, I usually stick to concealer or highlighter, as it gives me a brightened effect for the dark circles under my eyes, and this is the perfect partner in prime for smoothing the under eyes before concealer.
L’Oreal Lumi Magique Concealer – £8.49
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‘m currently in the midst of a concealer battle. It’s Maybelline’s Lumi Touch vs. L’Oreal’s Lumi Magique….you think they’re interested in illuminating at all? A brightening concealer is the number one fool-proof tool to create the appearance of being rested. Hooray for concealer!
Nivea Lip Butter in Raspberry Rose – £2.25 for 19ml
It’s an undisputed fact that when you get poorly, your lips suffer. All the sniffing and nose blowing, your smackers end up needing some serious TLC. This stuff smells SO GOOD. I seriously can’t get enough. 
Babywipes/Tissues
Runny noses are the worst right?! I always use babywipes rather than tissues because once you attack your nose with tissue number 10, you probably look like you’ve started taking makeup tips from Rudolph.

There are my sick day essentials. What are yours? I’m back to work tomorrow so I hope I feel better!
Hope you have a wonderful day/evening, wherever you are!
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MAC Attack: Lipsticks in ‘Diva’ and ‘Coral Bliss’ + Swatches

25 Apr

Hello lovelies!

Back with a super speedy post for you today about my first two MAC lipsticks! I purchased these a little while ago when Debenhams were offering a bag of freebies and free delivery on all orders over £20. They do that quite a bit, and I cave EVERY time.
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