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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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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Summer

20 May

Hello lovelies!

I’m so happy to be back to blogging! Some little updates from the past few months.

1. I finished my year abroad placement! I left France just over three weeks ago, and finished my work placement at the end of April. Wow. The time honestly flew by, and each day I am home I miss it more and more. I do have loads more thoughts to share, but I’ll keep that for a separate post.

2. New computer and new phone! I FINALLY (after four long, horrific, slow years) got a new phone, and now I can, you know, browse Instagram at every hour of the day. Because I needed to do that. The new computer is the second one in as many months, but I’m thinking this one will stick. Eeeeep!

3. The job hunt starts. Not the real one, I still have another year before I move into the ‘official’ adult world, but the summer job hunt started about a month ago. Been to two interviews, waiting on one, and you guys, I need a job so badly. Also, a quick thing about the official adult world? Does it just involve endless paperwork? My limited experience has involved a lot less fun stuff than I expected, and a lot more forms.

4. My beauty collection has, of course, grown. I’m gonna drop the work ‘problem’ in here, cause that’s the word my mum has used several times since I returned. My sister knows better. Although, I did give away a lot and throw a ton that was expired. Now I’m just trying to justify, and we all know that’s a dangerous game!

That’s pretty much it for now!

I hope you are having a wonderful day/evening, wherever you are. Try and smile at someone today!
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YSL Palette City Drive in ‘Classy’

17 Jan

Hello lovelies!

Quick post on a product I picked up recently from Sephora here in France. The YSL Palette City Drive is a gorgeous quad of neutral shadows that can be used wet or dry, and was on sale in Sephora. It was originally €54 but was reduced to €27. I am not one to be able to resist a bargain!

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I used the palette to create a smoky bronze look, perfect for going out for dinner, a bit too much for me during the day. I paired the eye with a peachy pink lip, using Bite Beauty’s Glacé High Pigment Pencil and a little bit of the bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Heartbreaker.

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Used dry, the lighter shade took a bit of building, but apart from that every colour was nicely pigmented and came across richly on the eye whilst blending nicely.

Unfortunately this product was a limited edition, but if I managed to find it, you definitely can! Check out Sephoras, CCOs or ask at your YSL counters whether they have any excess they didn’t sell.

Have a wonderful day!

Christie xoxo

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!

My Big Move

8 Nov

Hello lovelies!

After a very long absence, I’m back. I’m definitely guilty of procrastinating…but 5 months?! I apologise! :O Not a lot has changed, apart from, you know, where I live. I moved to France! Eeeeep! For those of you who are unfamiliar with this little pet project of mine, I’m currently a university student at Royal Holloway, University of London – and studying French and Drama. Third years have to undertake a year abroad, and I’m spending mine in Bayonne, which is in the South-West of France. Firstly, it’s gorgeous. Seriously beautiful. But secondly…it’s terrifying. Oh my goodness, so so terrifying. Moving to university didn’t really phase me at all, I was so eager to get out of school that I jumped at the chance to be more independent, wherever it was. But after two years there, not only have I come to love my university setting, but also appreciate my hometown SO MUCH MORE. Has this happened to anyone else? Add a dash of homesickness to an overwhelming language change, and you get a pretty scary environment. However, after six weeks here, I can honestly say that I’m starting to feel at home. I’m working in two schools as a language assistant with kids aged 10-22 for twelve hours a week. I thought I’d share a few pictures of the area I live in – happy to report that there is a Sephora and plenty of French pharmacies around – watch out for a blog post on Sephora findings a little later in the month.

The view from my back window - not even kidding! Bayonne Cathedrale.

The view from my back window – not even kidding! Bayonne Cathedrale.

Cute little back streets on Sundays are beautiful :)

Cute little back streets on Sundays are beautiful 🙂

Parts of the cathedral - a must see.

Parts of the cathedral – a must see.

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Excuse the blurriness, but this is me and Noa, a Spanish assistant from a town about an hour from Bayonne. We went to dinner with two other assistants in a little creperie about a minute's walk from my apartment.

Excuse the blurriness, but this is me and Noa, a Spanish assistant from a town about an hour from Bayonne. We went to dinner with two other assistants in a little creperie about a minute’s walk from my apartment.

And this one. The cathedral again. I could have spent all day here, just reading.

And this one. The cathedral again. I could have spent all day here, just reading.

So there we go. A few life updates since July – I finished work at Legoland after a really long summer that was challenging and incredibly fun. I’m definitely going to be heading back there at the beginning of fourth year, there’s nothing quite like it.
I also turned twenty! Eeeeep. Twenty is a weird age. I definitely feel like I’m in adult-limbo. Someone told me I was in my twenties the other day and I nearly shouted ‘NO I’M NOT’ at them before realising that it’s true. Ergh.
I also bought my first bottle of Bioderma. Big changes guys, big changes.

So, please tell me what you’ve been loving, life updates, and what you want to see from me on the blog.

I feel like this blog can legitimately be called BonjourChristie now. I’ve got some kind of pseudo-French credibility.

Hope you’re having a wonderful day or evening, wherever you are!
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L’Oreal True Match Foundation – Worth the hype?

30 Jun

Hello lovelies!

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Today’s post is all about the L’Oreal True Match Foundation and whether it is worth the hype that has been circling it in the blogging world. I am in the sade C1  Rose Ivory, which is the lightest sade of the ‘pink family’. L’Oreal often does the three tones thing, where they have varying degree of pink/yellow/neutral shades. Thumbs up from the red-faced gals out there!


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I’d say the coverage was a good medium, and it’s definitely buildable, probably due to the liquid to powder consistency. Speaking of, the consistency takes a little getting used to but once it’s perfected the finish is flawless.

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It’s got some pretty decent lasting power, I can go about 6-8 hours without looking at my face and still feel comfortable. After that, I need a little powder so I don’t get alllll gross.

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Blended out, it gives a semi-matte finish with a luminosity that you can’t really explain….that wasn’t super helpful. It’s not completely matte though. I do think it would satisfy the oily-skinned ladies with a little powder though.

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So. Is it worth the hype? Personally I think YES. However, it’s definitely not going to be everyone’s cup of tea! For anyone with suuuuppper dry skin it’s probably going to cling to the dry patches. My skin kind of becomes combination in the summertime so it’s not too much of a problem for me at the moment, but I would absolutely recommend a good moisturise before applying it.

Thankyou for reading guys, if you’ve tried this foundation let me know what you think in a comment!
Have a lovely day/evening, wherever you are!
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