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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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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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I’m Having A Mascara Moment: YSL’s ‘Babydoll’

4 Mar

Hello lovelies!

It’s time for the second installment of the series called ‘I’m Having A Mascara Moment’, which is a mini review and demo on different mascaras that I own! The average girl might own three or four mascaras, and use one pretty regularly. Hopefully, by the end of the series I will have reviewed enough mascaras for you to make up your mind which one is the best. I might even rank them!

Each mascara is judged on five basic points.
Packaging, Lasting Power, Wand and Formula and Price.
The final mark will be out of 50, as each mascara can score up to 10 points per category.

What’s the story in Balamory today? (only my UK lovelies will get this!)

YSL’s ‘Babydoll’ Mascara

Packaging: 8/10

ImageOkay, so I could be cheating a bit here by not owning the full-size…but this mini is super cute. The full-sized product has the majestic packaging that you would expect from YSL, glossy gold tube, beautiful cursive font etc. but this baby is pretty fancy too!

Lasting power: 8/10
This baby stays on in my SLEEP. (Don’t judge me for accidentally falling asleep fully made up!) It’s not moving unless you take it off with eye makeup remover. Trust me.

Wand: 10/10
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Do you ever come across a product and think ‘this is what I’ve been looking for my whole life.’ This wand is my ultimate mascara wand. It looks pretty standard, but you’d be surprised how many mascaras I’ve tried that have had bristles that are too long, not long enough (Maybelline’s ‘The Rocket’, I’m looking at you) or not plastic, which is my number one requirement in a wand. Snaps for Babydoll.

Formula: 8/10
The formula is pretty solid. Not too wet, which is a big plus. Can clump a little the more coats you put on, but I noticed that it dries quite quickly, so clumps are avoidable.

Price: 4/10
The price of this makes me want to cry. £24.50? *distant sobbing and wallet quivering in anticipation*

Before/After

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*shameless selfie alert*

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Pyjama day anyone? 🙂
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Final Verdict: 38/50

So so impressed. Please let this sample last forever so that I don’t have to shell out that much money for a mascara…. 😦

I hope you all are having great days/evenings, wherever you are!
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Review: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in ‘Amsterdam’ + Swatches!

4 Mar

Hello lovelies!

I’m so excited that this little product is now in my life. Even though I’m not always a red lip kinda gal, you always have to have that one colour just in case. I definitely have more than one red lip product (beauty blogger problems, am I right?) but if the situation presents itself, this might just be the one I reach for. 

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Packaging: The tube is pretty travel-friendly, a hard plastic that is durable and nice and sleek. I like the font on the outside…is that a weird thing to notice? Haha!

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Wand: The wand is pretty standard, a doefoot applicator. Not sure whether that’s the best method of application of this product though, as your initial application can be a bit patchy (as my terrible lip swatch suggests).

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Pigmentation: Amsterdam is gorgeous. literally stunning. The pigmentation is pretty solid, I’d give it 8/10, just because you have to work with the formula a bit to get full coverage on your lips.

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Lasting power: I wore this for a good 4 hours without having to reapply. I reapplied on the go, between lectures with a little compact mirror. Totally fine. In fact, it actually looked better on the second application! Bizarre, huh?!

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It’s definitely a little more sheer than a standard lipstick. It’s very creamy, not at all drying on the lips. I find that’s a big plus, it feels more comfortable when you wear it than a lip gloss or lipstick. I’d put it on similar terms as a balm even!

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My look for the day was pretty natural. I skipped bronzer and blush and put on A LOT of mascara. This product is certainly a little gem. I’m gonna have to play a little bit more to be able to apply it perfectly. Red still flummoxes me when I have to apply it. I get so nervous about getting it wrong, that I always get it wrong!

I’m already planning on picking up a few more shades from this range when I get paid at the end of this month…so yeah, I would definitely recommend checking these out if you can!

If you’re in the UK like me, you can pick up the Soft Matte Lip Creams from the NYX website for £5.50.

if any of you have tried other shades, let me know in the comments which ones are the best! I need suggestions! 🙂

So there you go! Today is pancake day, a.k.a the best day in the world, however, I shall be neglecting the Nutella and opting for just a lil’ bit of sugar instead. I’ve been on a diet for the last month or so, and it’s going really well! I’ve lost just under a stone and a half so far…hoorah! 

Hope you are having lovely days or evenings, wherever you are!
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October Favourites + Swatches

10 Nov

Hello lovelies!

Today I’ve got a bunch of products to show you, plus swatches and a little bit of a daring FOTD for me. Stay tuned for that…

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Sleek Blush By 3 Palette in ‘Lace’ – £10

I finally put this palette to use – I love the shade ‘Chantilly’, a gorgeous matte hot coral. Wow wow wow. You have to be careful with these blushes, as they’re so pigmented. This blush palette is going to last me forever. It’s great value and quality. Can’t wait to check out the other Blush By 3 palettes.

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Soap and Glory One Heck of a Blot Mattifying Powder – £12
This stuff has been so so good to me (you can probably tell from the major pan that you’re seeing) – but during October it just shone as a holy grail product. Living without this just doesn’t seem plausible to me, could I possibly go on if I lost it?! Who can tell? It’s totally translucent, works on loadsa skin colours and types, and is affordable. Run to Boots. Run.

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BareMinerals The Next Big Thing Palette (LE) – £29

I first spotted this on Temptalia around six months ago, promptly fell in love and then discovered it was limited edition! I searched high and low for it, including on the Bare Minerals website, and than randomly stumbled across it in the Debenhams sale. I’m pretty sure it was 13.50, which is incredible for a palette of this quality, and the brand’s reputable image only helped me to snap it up. The colours are never usually what I would wear on my lids, but that coral drew me in and ever since, I’ve been falling further and further in love. The gold-y shades are beautifully pigmented, the coral is so so unique on the eyes, and the blackened plum makes a gorgeous liner. I must have used shades from this palette at least ten times during October, and for me, that’s pretty good.

DSCN2306Benefit Posietint – full size £24.50

Just a long-time fave of mine, it’s on my Christmas list and this little deluxe sample has lasted me forever. I love it on my lips the most, but it gives a gorgeous flush to the cheeks too.

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This is an exact dupe for Gimme Brow except that it doesn’t get all gross after a couple of uses. It distributes product nice and evenly along the brow and is inexpensive in comparison to the Benefit version. Big ole thumbs up from me!

DSCN2311Estee Lauder Double Wear Brush On Glow BB Highlighter – £23.50
I purchased this on a bit of a whim, and I’m so glad I did. Not only is it a great mutipurpose concealer/corrector/highlighter, but I’ve honestly used it since April EVERY single day (minus lazy days) and it’s still going strong. This is the never-ending product. It’s glowy, long lasting and although it’s a little pricy, I think it’s well worth it.

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Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 01 – full size £18
The smell of this product is incredible, I just can’t get over it. I heard the hype, I listened, I put it off. Then I saw a little value set in Sephora with a mini for a minimal price. I jumped at the chance. These are so so comfortable, this colour is flattering and the line is well worth the hype.

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So those were my October favourites. Is there anything you’ve been loving lately? Please let me know in the comments and fuel my addiction.

Have a great day/evening, wherever you are!

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My Life In Pictures: September 2013

2 Oct

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Mum and my little sister try and cheer me up with a pout /
Toms club in Praha with Sian /
Prague drugstore /

September had a few ups and downs. I’m glad to see it go, but so grateful for the memories and support that my friends and family gave me through a pretty rough time. Big love to my besties Andrew, Katie and Sian for being there at important moments. 🙂 ❤
Hello October! bring on the chilly weather, the beginning of Christmas shopping and the new releases for A/W 2013! 🙂

Have a lovely day/evening, wherever you are!
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Beauty Buzz Buys

24 Sep

Hello lovelies!
Some things we buy due to impulse. Other things we research and save up for. And some things…some things make us cave to the hype. A few recent buys of mine have definitely been due to the beauty buzz! Mini reviews after each one let all of you know whether they’re worth the wonga.

ImageLa Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo – £13

This stuff is supposed to be the latest in French skincare and some kind of miracle worker when it comes to imperfections. It bears a pretty hefty price tag but is supposed to be worth it. At the moment, after about a week, I haven’t seen anything improve. In fact, my skin is actually pretty bad at the moment. I’m not that impressed with what’s supposed to be the best skincare around. I shall definitely keep using it though.

What are your opinions on expensive skincare? Do you think they should provide results within a couple of days to go with the large price tag?

ImageBourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation – £10.99

I try so many foundations that sometimes they become a little forgettable. However, this one stands out from the crowd. I’m a big lover of the 1-2-3 Perfect foundation from Bourjois, but this is silky-smooth and a little more hydrating. I’ve been having some issues with redness around my nose and this foundation is one of the only ones in my collection that goes some way to covering that up. It is expensive for a drugstore foundation, but if you have normal/dry skin and are looking for something that doesn’t just enhance your dry patches, it’s worth giving this a go. Not to mention that it smells ABSOLUTELY DIVINE. Like fruity and fresh for your face!

ImageVitamin E Sink-In Moisture Mask from The Body Shop£12

Hmm. This is a difficult one. I love the way this is so quick to dry on my skin, and it does give me nice moisture, but it hasn’t got that ‘wow-factor’ that I have come to expect from The Body Shop. I suppose that I hold them in high standards. This is nice but not nice enough for me to repurchase I don’t think. Good for little annoying dry patches and you can pile it on as many times as you like in one day without your skin screaming out for a break.

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Real Techniques Duo-Fibre Brush Collection – £23

I caved and bought another set of RT brushes.I know, I know, shoot me. I am wholeheartedly impressed with every single brush I have purchased from the Real Techniques line. These guys are no exception. They are limited edition, super soft and just what I needed/didn’t really need but wanted anyway! If you haven’t tried any Real Techniques brushes, you absolutely should. They are well worth it.

So there’s my little first impressions on those items that had me buzzing! I’m being paid soon and so I’m sure there will be another haul coming your way in the near future.

Until then, I’d love it if you tweeted me your thoughts on hyped-up products! I’m @totallychristie on Twitter!
Have a wonderful day/evening, wherever you are!
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Prague

20 Sep

Hello lovelies!
A few months ago, me and my oldest friend Sian decided that we needed a holiday. We worked in Brussels a few years ago, and absolutely fell in love with the place, so we ideally wanted to go there. After debating for a while and comparing costs, Prague looked like the winning city. We went for three nights, and three whole days (as we flew late in the evenings) and it was beautiful! Just a few snaps from our trip.

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This one is possibly my favourite of the whole trip. Not sure why, and no-one else thinks it’s good, but I loves it. That’s my friend Sian, by the way.

We had a lush time in Prague. I will say that it would have been very easy to get caught in tourist traps. Eating on the outskirts of the main town was MUCH cheaper than eating on one of the main shopping streets. We paid almost double for smaller portions and crappy service in the centre than in a little bar/restaurant called ‘Bruska’ near Hradčanská where we stayed. We stayed at the Villa Schwaiger, which was affordable, 4 stars and had a nice little breakfast and good service every morning. 🙂 

Hopefully soon we can go somewhere where I can say more than ‘Thankyou’, and ‘The bill, please’. Ha!
Today I had a terrible migraine but luckily it has eased off now, meaning I can head to work tomorrow and earn a bit of money for what I am sure will be a money-saving October! Barring my iPad! That, I’m definitely getting. Updates soon!

As always, feel free to follow me on twitter (@totallychristie), Instagram (@christieannturner) or drop me a comment down below! I love chatting to you lovelies!

Have a wonderful day/evening, wherever you are!
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