Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Reading Habits Tag

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I've not done a tag in ages and i bookmarked this ages ago when i came across it on Hayley's Lovely Blog - i really felt like doing a post today so i thought I'd give it ago.

1. Do you have a certain place for reading at home?
I don't really have a set place where i read; i mostly read on my bed or in one of the armchairs downstairs but i can read anywhere that I'm sat comfortably.

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Ive usually use bookmarks but sometimes i misplace them and just use random piece of paper, so both.

3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter or a certain number of pages?
I can stop reading if i have to, but it really bugs me. I try to stop at the end of a chapter.

4. Do you eat or drink when reading?
Not really. I sometimes have a drink but its not a necessity for when I'm reading.

5. Do you watch TV or listen to music whilst reading?
Not really - i sometimes might have the TV on for background noise but i can't sit and watch TV and read at the same time - i can't concentrate on both properly.

6. One book at a time or several at once?
One book at a time - i don't like having multiple on the go at once, id rather just read one then move onto another.

7. Reading at home or everywhere?
Nowadays i mostly just read at home but i used to read on the train a lot when i did Jury Service, as i was travelling by train on a daily basis so i had a lot of spare time and i actually found myself reading alot more because of it.

8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?
Silently. I hate reading out loud and i find it really annoying when other people do it.

9. Do you ever read ahead or skip pages?
No, i don't see the point in reading the book if you're just going to ruin it by reading head or skipping pages.

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it new?
I try to keep it as new as possible but sometimes it's inevitable and the spine breaks.

11. Do you write in your books?
No, definitely not. I used to hate having to do it in school.

12. What are you currently reading?
At the moment I'm reading Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen - it's YA book and I've only just started it, but i really enjoy her writing as it's so easy to read.

I have a goodreads account if you'd like to see what I've read or I'm currently reading.

What are you currently reading?

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Review | Bourjois Cream Blush in Nude Velvet

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The Bourjois Cream Blush in Nude Velvet was one of the goodies that i got in the Latest in Beauty: Glamour Summer Edit Beauty Box and whilst i was looking forward to trying it out, i never quite expected I'd love it quite as much as i do.

It blends into the skin seamlessly, leaving a beautiful hint of colour on the cheeks. In the pan 'Nude Velvet' doesn't really look like anything too exciting but it's one of those perfect blush shades. It gives enough colour to give you a healthy look but its still really subtle that it's the perfect blush and shade to compliment any make up look whether it's bold or neutral. You can easily build up the shade too, if you are someone who prefers a much more intense colour but i love the subtlety of the shade and how natural it looks.

I'm not always too crazy about cream blushes but this has a cream to powder finish which i really like as it has that 'second skin' feel and it really doesn't feel like I'm wearing anything. It's so easy to work with and to blend out and it looks really natural on. It does have pretty good staying power, i find it lasts pretty well on me - possibly around 5-6 hours before i feel it needs touching up.

The packaging of this is just adorable; they are so cute and compact. It's a really pretty product and i love leaving it out on my dressing table because its such a lovely design. It's a really easy size and i love that it has a mirror in the lid, it's perfect for taking with you on the go and it really won't take up any space at all.

These blushes retail for £7.99 which i think is a reasonable price; it's a really lovely and good quality product and i find myself reaching for this pretty much everyday since i started using it.

Have you tried any Bourjois Cream Blushes?

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Sunday, 14 September 2014

Sunday Pamper Picks #4

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It feels like ages since i last had a good pamper session and well I've been feeling a little crappy and just generally down in the dumps so i thought what better way to cheer myself up than a having a little pamper.

Body Shop Vitamic C Microdermabrasion Sachet
I've never used this before and i picked it up on a bit of a whim when i made a Body Shop order online so I'm interested to see what its like. It's designed for dull skin and you massage it into the skin to get a more brighter and a more radiant complexion. I have no idea what it's going to be like but its definitely something I'm looking forward to trying out as i tend to get quite dull looking skin in the winter months so I'm intrigued to see if that really does perk up the skin.

Nip + Fab Pistachio Sundae Body Butter
I've mentioned this on my blog a few times before; it's a really lovely body moisturiser, it has a really nice consistency to it - it's not too thick nor is it's really runny like lotions can be, it's the perfect in between. It absorbs really easily, hydrates the skin and leaves it feeling really soft and it honestly smells incredible.

Lashem Enchancing Serum
I'm very sceptical when it comes to 'lash enhancing' products but Ive decided to give this a go anyways. You apply it the same way you would an eyeliner along your upper lash line to help encourage growth. I'm not sure how long its meant to take to show results but we shall see and i shall keep you updated. I realise this is a bit of an odd product to use whilst pampering yourself but i found it in one of my drawers and was curious so i thought id include it.

Leo Bancroft Ultimately Intense Moisture Hair Mask
I use a lot of heat on my hair and at the moment it's feel quite dry and like it needs some extra tlc. This mask is an intensive mask designed to bring even the most damaged hair back to life, leaving it shiny and silky so I'm looking forward to giving this a whirl and seeing what miracles it can perform on my hair.

Ikea Sinnlig Candle & Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
To finish off my pamper session i am going to light my Ikea Sinnlig Candle, this is an orange scented one which smells amazing and for 95p they are seriously good. I'm also going to settle down with my book; the one that i am currently using it Gone Girl By Gillian Flynn which is a really great book, its different to the usual mushy girly ones i read and i feel like its taking me forever to read so I'm going to shut out the world a for a little while and curl up in a corner with my book/

So this is how I'm spending my Sunday evening; I'm in need of pick me up and I'm hoping this works. I'm looking forward to having some me-time and to trying out these products as a lot of them are some I've never used before.

How will you be spending your Sunday evening?

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Saturday, 13 September 2014

Products I've Used Up | September

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It probably seems a little early to be doing this months 'Products I've Used Up' post but i still had almost half a bag full of empty products that I've used up over the past few months so I've decided to do it early this month because my empties bag never seems to go down because i wait a few weeks in between before posting and it ends up building back up again so here goes.

Also, before i delve into the post can someone give me some good tips on take photos for these posts? As i find them to be an absolute nightmare and the photos never look that great.

Balance Me Shine On Tinted Lip Salve
This was a freebie in a magazine a while ago and I'm a bit of a sucker for tinted lip products. Unfortunately, i wasn't so impressed by this! Don't get me wrong it's a lovely lip product in that it's moisturising and hydrating for the lips but it was not 'tinted' at all, there wasn't even a tiny hint of colour which was really disappointing.

Raspberry Balmi Lip Balm
I used this up ages ago and absolutely loved it. I used it up within a few months and for me that's quite rare as i can be using lip balms for ages because i constantly switch between them. This is a very similar concept to the EOS lip balms; they have the same round shape (i think they were rebranded and are now cubed) and i love it, it makes it so much easier to use and its such a novelty compared to using other lip balms. It was a lovely lip balm and really moisturising on the lips.

Sally Hansen Insta Dri Top Coat
This was a massive let down for me; it did help decrease the drying time a little not much but the thing that let it down the most was that it claimed to be 'Anti-Chip' which this most definitely isn't. This made absolutely no difference in prevent my nails from chipping and they chipped just as easily and as quickly as they would if i hadn't bothered with a top coat at all.

Pearl Drops Beauty Sleep
I used this a while ago and it's just been sat at the bottom of my empties bag waiting to be featured in a post. This is an overnight treatment that helps whiten your teeth whilst you sleep. It doesn't work miracles, i didn't wake up to find a big set of pearly whites but it did make a difference and it made them look more white than they are. This is one of those products that i think if i had a special event coming up and wanted my teeth to look more white id get this as a temporary option.

Bristows Hair Refresh Dry Shampoo
This is a typical bog standard dry shampoo - it refreshes the hair and adds texture. It is one of those that leaves lovely white marks in the hair too but it's nothing a bit of 'jujjing' can't fix, it has a lovely scent and it's a cheap option when you are in need of a dry shampoo.

Elemis Freshskin Skin Glow Exfoliating Face Wash*
I love this and I've used up a few of these both sample and full sized. It's a really great skin care product and it's definitely no stranger to my blog. I used this as a face scrub every few days as opposed to a daily face wash - it's a really gentle exfoliator and every time i use it, my skin feels amazing. It's really clarifying and refreshing and i honestly can't say enough good things about it.

Mitchum Advanced 48 Hour Protection Deodorant in Powder Fresh
Mitchum is the only deodorant i use nowadays - i feel like it keeps me protected and it doesn't leave any white marks either like some deodorants can do. I honestly can't comment on whether it actually lasts for 48hours as i do wash in between that time but i do find it lasts me really well throughout the day.

Shu Uemure Skin Purifier Cleansing Oil
This is actually a really good at removing make up even really stubborn products like eyeliner and mascara, it breaks down the product making it much easier to remove. I probably wouldn't buy this again just because it's quite expensive and I've used much cheaper alternatives that are just as good - i also really disliked the scent of this one.

Garnier Intensive 7 Days Nourishing Lotion
This is a really lovely body lotion that i decided to pick up after trialling the sachets for 7 days and being able to do a skin test to see whether it actually improved the hydration in the skin which it did. So it's definitely worth looking into if you are someone who has quite dry skin - it's really moisturising and hydrating and it leaves the skin feeling nice and soft too. It's really affordable and it really works too.

Batiste Cherry Dry Shampoo
I tend to steer away from Batiste most of the time because i think it's a bit of a rip off - it's so overpriced for what it is and i think for the price it isn't all that great. I do pick it up sometimes when it's on offer and I'm in need of a new dry shampoo but i only every get the cherry one as i like the scent of it. Like most dry shampoos it's give texture and refreshes the hair in between washes.

and that is all the products I've used up that were left over in my empties bag. I'm sure it'll be filled up again in no time as i want to try and use up a lot of the products i own as i have ridiculous amount for just one person so i want to try and use more of the up before buying anymore as i hate that some of them are just sitting there not being used.

What products are you used up recently?

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Thursday, 11 September 2014

Review | Max Factor Skin Luminizer Foundation

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I really enjoy trying out all different foundations and i have gathered a little collection of them - probably too many for just one person but when Max Factor contacted me asking if id like to try their newest release i just couldn't resist it. The Max Factor Skin Luminizer Foundation* uses light reflecting particles and is infused with subtle skin luminizers that helps light up your skin and give it a really healthy glow - i love a foundation that is going to give me a really nice healthy looking glow especially as we are heading into the colder months and my skin tends to look more dull around this time of the year.

I actually really like the packaging and design of this foundation; it amazes me how the foundation and the luminizer are entwined together and it amazes me how they stay put and don't mix together once you use it - maybe that's just me? I also love that this foundation has a pump - i say it in every single foundation review but i much prefer foundations to have a pump dispenser, they are so much easier to use and i think less product gets wasted.

Unfortunately it doesn't have a massive shade range - it does cover the basic range of shade but how well they'll suit everyone i don't know. I have this in the shade '45 Warm Almond', ideally i think I'd be better suited to the lightest shade but i think they did a pretty good job in the shade they sent without having seen my skintone. Warm Almond is a teeny bit too dark but it's nothing a light application and some bronzer can't fix. It's not perfect but it is definitely wearable.

It's quite a lightweight foundation but it definitely has more of a medium coverage; it covers any problem areas really well and it's really easy to blend out too - i really like using this with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush. It has quite a unusual finish to it, it's not quite matte but its not dewy either - it's somewhere in the middle. With it being a 'skin luminizer' i honestly expected it be on the shimmery side but I've noticed any shimmer in it, the foundation does however brighten up your complexion and it does give the illusion of a nice healthy glow.

The foundation lasts rather well on me; i do set my foundation with powder so whether that helps i don't know but i have worn this for a full day and it's stayed in place really well - i do also reapply my powder throughout the day so whether that's what has helped prolong the wear i don't know.

This foundation retails for £11.99 which is a little more pricey than your average high street foundation but this really is a lovely product and I'm genuinely enjoying using it - i would like to try this in a lighter shade though to see how that differs. Overall, it's really good quality, easy to blend, long lasting and lightweight.

Will you be trying the Max Factor Skin Luminizer Foundation?

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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Lifestyle | Trialling Contact Lenses

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I mentioned in my Life Lately post that I've been trialling Contacts Lenses. I tried them years ago when i was 16 but it didn't work out too well and at the time i just don't think i was ready enough for them. I was told i had astigmatism in both my eyes and because of that i had to have lenses that had to go a specific way in my eye (they had writing on them, that had to be positioned at the bottom of the eye) and it was a lot of hassle and at 16 i just don't think i was patient enough for them.

I trialled them and even signed up to them but stopped using them within days because they were moving around in my eye and if the writing on the lens moved out of place it irritated my eyes and it was generally uncomfortable. Also, because of the astigmatism i could only get monthly lenses which really annoyed me because i wanted to have the daily disposable lenses.

So that experience kind of put me off them and i decided that i was just going to stick to my glasses... but 6/7 years later i decided to give them another go. I love my glasses but i just fancied a change; sometimes i feel like my glasses can really ruin a look or sometimes aren't very flattering and i also hate that I'd spend so much time doing my make up for it to be hidden away by my glasses. So for those reasons and others, i decided to book myself a trial and give them ago.

I'm at a completely different opticians to where i was first time round and because I'm a lot older now i feel like I'm more ready for them.

During my appointment; they checked over my eyes and i was informed that i actually only have a slight astigmatism in my right eye but i could actually get away with wearing completely normal lenses which made me very happy because i don't have to worry about placing it a certain way in my eye - which is what i think made the last time so unpleasant - it did also make me a little concerned that the last place made me believe that the astigmatism was in both. I'm also able to trial daily lenses which makes me very happy.

So far, the trial is going okay; i still find it very bizarre when i have them in and i always find myself pushing up my glasses even though they aren't there. Sometimes i worry the prescription may not be right for me because my eyes feel a little funny when i wear them but I'm still getting used to a new prescription of my glasses to so I'm wondering whether it's something to do with that but we shall see how it goes and if I'm still unsure by the end of the trial, I'll let them know at my next appointment.

So yeah, something very different to my usual beauty ramblings but i shall let you know if i decide to stick with them or whether they are just not for me.

Do you use contact lenses?

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Saturday, 6 September 2014

Life Lately #1 | Frustrations, Changes & Saying Goodbye

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I've been wanting to start incorporating more lifestyle posts into my blog for a while now so i decided to start this series as a way of sharing some parts of my life with you and maybe some photos too, assuming that i take some. However, now that I've actually decided to do this, i don't really know where or how to start. These posts are basically going to consist of me rambling about anything; what I'm thinking or whats going on in my life and all that kind of thing.

I've been feeling a little down lately for a few reasons; some that I'm not going to go into but the main one being that one of my closest and oldest friends (16 years and counting) has gone and left me for life down under. Technically, she's only supposed to be going for a year but i know what she's like, she'll love it so much that she'll end up staying.

I've never been very good with change or with saying goodbye and having to say goodbye to Hannah genuinely broke my heart and i literally cried all the way home. It may seem a little extreme getting so upset especially when there's things like facebook, skype, whatsapp etc... to stay in contact but for me, I've had Hannah in my life for the longest time and even though we've had ours ups and downs she's been there through everything, always a text away and now she isn't. She's that one person i can really be myself around that i can tell absolutely anything too without fear of judgement and i feel like I've lost her - does that makes sense?

I'm also feeling a little deflated when it comes to my blog too; i think deflated is the right word? I love blogging a lot but at the moment I'm finding myself really frustrated with it, in particular, with the photos. There are so many factors that I'm really struggling with and are making it difficult for me to get decent photos. The biggest issue for me is the lighting, as my room is closed in between two extensions (i hope that makes sense) any light that i do get is quite limited and its really frustrating because i either end up with really shoddy photos or not being able to publish my post because they aren't good enough. If you have any recommendations for affordable studio lighting then please let me know.

I also find it difficult to get good composition for my photos and i always see the way other bloggers lay theirs out and it always makes me green with envy as they always look incredible. I'm always looking to improve my blog and i feel its my photos more than anything that really lets my blog down. I think another thing that's not helping with photography aspect of my blog is my camera, I've had it for a good while now (almost 6 years?) and i honestly think it's on it's last legs. I'd love to invest in a DSLR but at the moment it's not in my budget and it's also just not a priority at the moment. So any tips you have let me know or leave me links to any helpful posts.

In other news; I'm also trialling contact lenses at the moment, I've worn glasses for the longest time and I'm just ready for a change but i think i may do a separate post on that though and go over how it's all going - is that something you'd be interested in?

I'm hoping that next time i do this post it'll be alot more interesting for you and ill have some photos to accompany it as well. Let me know what you think of this post and whether this series is something you are interested in reading it or not?

How's your life lately?

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Thursday, 4 September 2014

Review | Magnifibres: Brush On Lashes

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I'm pretty certain i can vouch for most females when i say that all i want is to have naturally long lashes without dealing with the hassle of false lashes. For me, false lashes are even more of a pain because i wear glasses full time and unless the lashes are a certain length i have to deal with them battering the lens every time i blink which is rather annoying.

Step in the Magnifibres Brush on Lashes - this product claims to instantly lengthen lashes by 5mm. To use this you apply your mascara as normal then apply the magnifibres onto your mascara (do this straight away when the lashes are still wet) you apply the Magnifibres exactly like you would a mascara, brushing the fibres onto the lashes. To give the fibres chance to stick to the lashes wait about 30-60 seconds and then apply another coat of your mascara to cover the white fibres.

The idea behind the brush on fibres is that it gives an immediate false lash effect - giving both length and volume and because they stick to your own lashes it looks much more natural.

The very first time i used this i wasn't all that impressed, I'd expected it to make my lashes ridiculously long and i was little bit miffed that it didn't. However, i persisted with it (i mainly only wear it on nights out) and after finding the best way to make it work for me, I'm actually really enjoying wearing it. It still doesn't make the lashes as long as i first though but it does give me fuller and more volumised lashes that looks natural and my lashes don't hit my glasses lens which makes me very happy.

Magnifibres works with any mascara at all but i do find you get different results depending on the mascara you use.

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In the photos above; I'm using the Essence Lashes Go Wild Volume Mascara* (Review here) which as the name suggests focuses more on volumising the lashes - which it does a really lovely job of doing - so using the magnifibres not only gives length, it also emphasises on the volume of the lashes. Together i think these two make a really amazing team and i absolutely love the way my lashes look - i think they resemble false lashes or lash extensions but they are still more natural looking.

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In these photos, I'm using Benefit They're Real Mascara which is famous for adding length to the lashes. So when it's paired with magnifibres it is the length that is more of a focus. The lashes are already long on before magnifibres but using it adds more length and makes that the focus of the lashes. Again, i really like pairing these two together as i love how my lashes look and i really like that you get a different result than with the other one.

One thing i will say lets this product down is that you have to be careful when applying it because the fibres sometimes fall down during the application and it's not so fun when they fall into your eye. It has only happened to me one but it's still better to be careful as it's not so pleasant.

This retails for £21 but i have found it a bit cheaper on other sites. It is a little pricey but i think i would repurchase this because it gives me the effects of wearing false lashes without the entire hassle of actually wearing them.

Have you tried Magnifibres or know of a cheaper alternative?

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