243. FOTD | Feat. Mac Lipstick in Creme Cup

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Hello,
I'm so glad it's the weekend, as this week as proper worn me out! This is the make-up i wore for work yesterday so again its pretty natural but i hope you like it anyways! I didn't actually wear my hair like this for work i put it up in a bun but i thought id wear it down for the photos for a change!

To start i applied a little Benefit High Beam onto my cheeks and forehead, i don't put to much on as it is a highlighter just enough to give a bit of a glow to my skin, i concealed under my eyes and all my blemishes using Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair 01, my chin is having a field day at the moment, thankfully the camera hasn't picked it up but it literally looks like a mountain range has taken residence. The foundation i used will be of no surprise to you as it was my Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation Ivory*.

Taking the shade 'Ash Brown' from HD Brows Kit in Foxy i filled in my brows and set them in place with MUA Clear Mascara as a brow gel. I then primed my eyes with Urban Decay Primer Potion, i decided to use my MUA 'Undressed' Palette for a change, i think I'm going to use this one specifically for work as they are nice natural shades! From the palette i applied Shade 2 all over the lid and blended Shade 5 into my crease to add definition to the eye, i also took a very small amount of Shade 10 and lightly pressed it into the outer corner - it's a very simple eye look but it looks nice and its nothing too over the top whilst I'm at work too. I lined my eyes with Kiko Ultimate Pen Liner and coated my lashes with Kiko 30 Days Daily Lash Treatment Mascara (Full review coming at the end of Sept)

I applied a little bit of YSL Touche Eclat under my eyes to brighten up the under eye area a little bit, and then i went in with Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer and contoured my cheeks, and then set my foundation with Benefit Hello Flawless Custom Cover Up Powder in Gee, I'm Swell Ivory* - i used this after my bronzer rather than before so that i could make sure it was blended in and there was no harsh lines/shadows. I added a sweep of Benefit Dandelion Blush to the cheeks and then set my make-up with Collection Fix Me Up Setting Spray. To finish the look off i applied my Mac Lipstick in Creme Cup!

Hope you like it!
Natalie xx

242. Monthly Favourites | August

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Hey there,
These posts seem to be coming around faster each month! I don't have a lot of favourites this month as I've been really sticking to the same kind of natural make up look for work, so I've been sticking with the same handful of products.

Bourjois Bronzing PrimerI love this, i wear this as a cream bronzer rather than a primer, its so easy to blend out too! I love that i can actually see the contour on my cheeks when i wear this and it's quite a good shade for me too, it looks natural! This also smells really nice too, I'm loving this product so much.

Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara
I've been wearing this mascara pretty much all month - i didn't really have high expectations for it when i first tried it but it's really impressed me, it adds really good length to my lashes and it doesn't clump together at all, the wand really helps to separate my lashes and make them look fuller and it holds the curl really well too. This mascara really surprised me and I'm gutted we don't have Tarte in the UK!

HD 'Foxy' Brow Kit
I've been using this product for the past few years but i recently took a break from it and tried out pencil products for my eyebrow but this month saw me return back to it and I've really been enjoying using it. Eyebrows are not my strong point, it probably doesn't help because i have little caterpillars for brows but i really like using it, the shade i use is 'Ash Brown' which looking at the pan form i wouldn't think would suit my brows but it really does and this helps to make them look more groomed and put together.

Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer
On the days I'm not wearing the Bourjois Bronzing Primer, I've been reaching for this. I'm on a bit of a bronzer kick if you hadn't already noticed, I'm loving wearing it which is quite unusual for me. This bronzer is often featured by bloggers and vloggers and it never really stood out to me, until recently and I'm so glad i decided to get it as it is such a great bronzer, it's looks really natural and subtle on the skin but it's still visible too - it blends into the skin so easily and i think it looks really nice on too. I wouldn't say it smells like chocolate like some people say i think it smells very similar to their bronzing primer but i don't mind because it smells really nice!

Elf Mineral Lipstick in Runway Pink
This was a rediscovery for me, i was obsessed with this lipstick for the longest time and then i got more and more interested in make up and as my collection grew it kind of got pushed aside but i recently dug it out of my collection and its become my go to lipstick for work. Its so natural looking but the pink tones give it a nice hint of colour, it's just my ideal 'pink nude' shade and its really moisturising on the lips.

Bourjois Colourburst Lip Crayon in Orange Punch
When I'm not wearing Runway Pink, I've been wearing this. Orange is not a colour id normally go for but i am in love with this, it has more of a hint of coral than orange but i just love it, it's such a gorgeous colour I'm loving these lip crayons too and i really want to get more shades in them, they are so moisturising and they last for ages too. Bourjois are really impressing me at the moment!

and those are all my favourites for the month of August! I'm really impressed by all these product and I've been loving using them!
What products have you been loving this month?
Natalie xx

241. Review | Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

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I was extremely late to the bandwagon with this product - it's been a must have product amongst bloggers and vloggers for quite some time now and initially i wasn't going to do a post on because lets face it their are a million and one already out there but i felt i needed to share my opinion on it so here goes.

Firstly, yes this is a great concealer that is something i can't deny. It does give a good amount of coverage for my dark circles, moreso than a lot of concealers that I've tried and it does last for a while too i wouldn't go as far as saying it lasts up to 16 hours though. It covers blemishes too, I've been getting them a lot on my chin lately so its been really useful to cover them up.

One thing i really think is ridiculous about this is the packaging, mine has now rubbed off (Ive had it less than a month) fair enough, its cheap but considering its a comment that everyone brings up when mentioning this product you'd think Collection might have taken note.

I don't want to cover too much about the general concealer itself because you've probably already read dozens of reviews if you've not already got the concealer yourself but the thing i want to i guess share with you is the lack of excitement it gives me. When i first gave into the hype and bought this i expected to be really excited by it and want to rave about it from the rooftops but i don't, i really want to be in love with it but I'm just not.

It's a great product, that is something i just can not deny but I'm disappointed by the fact it doesn't make me want to scream from the rooftops about - is that just me, that this happens to?. I'm aware that this is probably a really strange review, in fact i probably sound quite delirious but despite my weird feelings - If you are looking for a good cheap concealer that actually covers under eyes and blemishes then id definitely recommend this one!
Natalie xx

239. Review | Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss in Punch Bowl

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Hello there,
A not so glowing review for you today, I've wanted to try more products from Soap & Glory's Cosmetic range but this 'Sexy Mother Pucker' definitely isn't so sexy. I was actually really disappointed in this product because it epitomises everything that i personally dislike about a lipgloss - emphasis on the 'personally', just because i dislike aspects of the product doesn't mean you will.

Firstly, the consistency of this lipgloss is very thick, which isn't always a negative thing about lipgloss but this one i just find unpleasant to wear, also because it's so thick i find that it doesn't sit on the lips right, its too thick to spread evenly. On top of that, it's really sticky on the lips and that is just something i can not deal with in a lip gloss.

This is a lip plumping lip gloss as well so it does tingle on the lips which I'm not the biggest fan of anyway, but with this lipgloss i felt like my lips were on fire and it just wasn't pleasant nor was it worth waiting to find out if it does plump my lips so i ended up removing it pretty instantly and its felt the same everytime I've tried it out.

Now this next gripe i have with it, definitely is just an opinion thing but i really hated the scent of this - it had a really strong sickly chocolately kind of smell, i just found it really overpowering and unpleasant but I'm just not a big fan of chocolatey smells, as much as i love chocolately i just find the scent really sickly.

One positive comment i do have about this lipgloss is that it does have pretty good pigmentation - ideally, I'd have photos to accompany this review but i had to stay in work a few hours extra than planned so i didn't have chance by the time i got home but the colour pay off is pretty good for a lipgloss. I also love this colour 'Punch Bowl' i just think its a really gorgeous pink and its definitely a colour i would go for.

I'm so gutted that this lipgloss just isn't as good as id initially hoped, despite my negative review do bear in mind that this is just my opinion and this product just isn't right for me.

Have you tried Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss?
Natalie xx

237. Review | Shaka Blushes in Scarlett & Mocha

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Hello there,
I bought these two blushes way back in April when i went to Rome and I'm only getting round to reviewing them now, naughty blogger! In my defence though, I've been testing quite a few blushes out so its taken me a while to get round to it! Shaka is an Italian brand so as far I'm aware its unavailable in the UK.

These were super cheap blushes, if i remember rightly the brand had a 40% off on offer and i paid about 4Euros for each one so they were really affordable. They have really good colour payoff, they blend easily into the skin and they are fairly long lasting too - which is pretty good for a cheaper blush!

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Shaka Blush in 'Scarlett'
I picked this one up because quite a lot of the blushes i have are soft pinks or peachy pinks and i fancied trying something a bit different and a bit darker - the camera hasn't picked up as well as id hoped. This blush reminds me a lot of Sleek's Flamingo blush especially when applied, its quite bright but it looks really pretty on the cheek - it's almost the ideal 'ragdoll' blush kind of colour if that makes any sense? I imagine this blush will be one I'll reach a lot for in winter as its much darker than my others but adds a lovely flush of colour to the cheeks.

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Shaka Blush in 'Mocha'
This is a bit of an usual blush shade, i purpose choose a more orangey brown blush because at the time i had the idea in my head of trying it like a bronzer. It's a little too on the orange side to pull off as a proper bronzed look and i don't know about you but an orange blush just isn't something i feel i can pull off very well? At first, i wasn't keen on this at all but the more and more that I'm trying it, the more I'm starting to find a way to make it work for me - i purposely dust this onto my cheeks very lightly to avoid it looking too 'orange' on my face and so that the lightness of the application allows it to look a little more like a bronze effect than a blush.

These are great little blushes, really good quality and despite what the photos may say they do have good colour pay off - given the choice again, i probably would get Mocha as although I'm finding a way to make it work it's just not something ill probably find myself reaching for often, Scarlett on the other hand i feel will be reached for a lot when it starts to get more into autumn and winter!

What are some of your favourite blushes?
Natalie xx

236. Rediscovered | ELF Mineral Lipstick in Runway Pink

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Hello my dears,
I don't know about you but when you have a make-up addiction like myself, your collection can get quite large and often old favourites can be put aside and sometimes forgotten. Recently, i was having a little nosey through my collection for a different post and i came across a old favourite of mine - ELF Mineral Lipstick in Runway Pink.

As you can see from the photos this lipstick was once very well loved, the packaging is a little worn and the writing on it has now faded completely. I used to wear this lipstick everyday without fail, its the ideal nude pink shade and its one of those lipsticks that goes with everything and you don't have to worry or faff around with the application of it and recently this lipstick has made its way back into my everyday make-up back.

I've been wearing this pretty much everyday for work - you can see me wearing it here, in a recent fotd - it such a gorgeous natural shade; on me nudes can be a bit too much and make me look a little on the dead side but with pink tones in the mix like this one, it adds a little bit of life and a subtle hint of colour. I actually own about four of the Mineral Lipsticks from ELF; they are fantastic quality, have great colour payoff and are so moisturising and creamy to wear too. They aren't the most long lasting lip products, id say they last around 2-3 hours (that may be pushing it) but if you're willing to reapply then its something you can live with!

I forgot just how much i used to love this lipstick, its just the perfect colour. The Mineral lipsticks are super cheap and fantastic quality and they have quite a wide range of shades too - if you're look for a nude pink shade then I'd definitely recommend Runway Pink, its perfect and I'm so happy I've rediscovered it!

Whats your favourite nude pink shade?
Natalie xx

235. FOTD | Feat. L'Oreal Rouge Caresse Lipstick in Rebel Red

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Hello there,
I hope you're enjoying these face of the day posts as I'm definitely enjoying writing them and i hope to do many more. I know i look a little washed out on the first photo - damn lighting, but i really like how it shows my liner so i thought id include it anyways. Also, have you noticed that my hair almost has an ombre effect again? Well, it seems that hair dye no longer wants to stay in my hair and has faded out as a few weeks ago my hair was a kind of purple colour - if anyone has any idea why or what could stop this from happening, id love to know! Anyways onto the make up look!

To start i primed my face with Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-hr Perfecting Primer and concealed under my eyes and any blemishes i have (some appear to have taken resident on my chin, thankfully the photos haven't picked them up) with Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair. For my base i used Revlon's Nearly Naked Foundation in Ivory, which I'm still loving using - it's so light on the skin, has a natural finish and still offers a good amount of coverage.

I groomed and set my eyebrows using MUA Clear Mascara as a brow gel and moved onto my eyes whilst it set in place. I used Mac Paint Pot in Painterly as my base and decided to give my Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette some love as i find myself using the first one more. I took the shade Bootycall and applied it all over the lid as my base colour, i then applied Tease into my crease and Busted into the outer corner to give a little extra definition to the eye. To brighten up the eye a little bit i put Foxy into the inner corner as a highlight. I lined my eyes with Kiko Ultimate Pen Liner and lengthened my lashes with Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara.

Going to back the brows, i filled them in and gave them a bit more shape using the shade Ash Brown from the HD Brows Foxy Palette. I set my foundation in place using Benefit Hello Flawless Custom Cover Up Powder in Gee, I'm Swell Ivory* and contoured with the Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer. To add a flush of colour to my cheeks i used Shaka Blush in Scarlett, i applied this quite lightly as its quite a dark blush shade and i didn't want to have too much going on, on my face!

To finish i added a bit of Nars Orgasm Illuminator to the highlight the tops of my cheeks and applied L'Oreal Rouge Caresse Lipstick in Rebel Red to the lips.

So yeah, it's still fairly natural but as i wasn't in work today i wore more eyeshadow and added a more bold lip colour. I'm still working on trying to get decent photographs of my eye make-up so you can have a more closer look at that!

What make-up looks have you been wearing lately?
Natalie xx

232. Review | Bourjois Bronzing Primer

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Hello,
Bronzer is not a product i'd normally reach for that often, but recently i've been absolutely loving it and i've recently added a couple more to my collection (reviews coming soon) One of the bronzers i bought is the Bourjois Bronzing Primer (£9.99) - i was lucky to get it for £6.99 has Superdrug were selling it on offer, but i'd happily pay £9.99 for it as i honestly think it's a brilliant product.

I've been loving using this; i have tried it as a primer and it does work well, applying it underneath the foundation and apply a powder bronzer on top but i prefer to using it as a cream bronzer. I like to apply this with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush and it blends into the skin so easily and effortlessly and leaves a lovely bronze look to the skin.

It works great to give the face an all over bronzed look but also to use to contour the cheeks and face. For someone who is often a little intimidated by bronzer i find this so easy to work with and i'm never left with the worry that it looks too much or too muddy on my face because it just blends out so easily and nicely into the skin. I can't praise this product enough! If it's not already won you over it also smells amazing; it literally smells like holiday, it's almost like a coconut scent and it just smells incredible.

The Bourjois Bronzing Primer has been hailed a dupe for the Soleil Tan De Chanel, it's a little out of my price range so ive never tried it personally so i can't confirm if it's true of not but ive heard it mentioned multiple times on youtube videos and blogs. I'd love to try the Soleil Tan De Chanel at some point but for now im more than happy with the Bourjois Bronzing Primer.

Have you tried the Bourjois Bronzing Primer?
Natalie xx

230. Review | Lee Stafford Blow Dry Your Hair Faster Wonder Spray

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Hello,
This was the review i intended to post on Friday but i didn't quite like the photos id taken, these ones aren't much better but they will have to do as it was tricky to get a decent photos of it.

I don't know about you but i love washing my hair, but drying it - well that is a different story. I find it so boring and time consuming so when i saw this Lee Stafford Blow Dry Your Hair Faster Wonder Spray i was instantly intrigued, but at the same time i thought there is no way this works. I decided to pick it up anyways because it was in Home Bargains for £1.99, so compared to the usual retail price of £6.19 - i figured it was quite a bargain and a risk worth taking.

This spray claims to not only reduce the time drying your hair, its also packed full of ingredients that helps detangle your hair and help protect it from the heat. Sounds too good to be true right?

I don't know how well it works as a heat protectant as i used my usual one along side this, but i can confirm it does actually work well as a detangler, it makes it so easy to brush through your hair! After I've washed my hair, it can get quite knotty so this made it so much easier and it was less painful than trying to yank my brush through the knots too!

Now, the real test! Did it reduce the drying time?
When i dry my hair i mostly just blast it dry - which isn't the healthiest option for your hair i know but i have quite long hair and going through drying it section by section i find quite a mundane task. On average it takes me about 20-25 minutes to blast my hair dry, after using this spray and blasting my hair dry i found it took me about 15 minutes - almost half the time, that could possibly be just a coincidence.

The spray doesn't leave any residue in your hair or leave it feeling horrible, when your drying it i find it does feel a little sticky but once its dry you can't feel it so maybe that's how the product works? After doing a little reading about it, it also claims to give 'hold', so maybe the sticky feeling is that taking effect? Also, the scent of it wasn't to my personal taste - its not a horrible scent but i personal don't find it pleasant either, but its not bad enough to put me off from using it.

I've found that ever since I've been using this spray it's taken me less time to dry my hair, i don't know if it is down to the spray or not but its too much of a coincidence if you ask me. Honestly, i wouldn't pay £6.19 for this spray, i do really like it and i feel like it has cut down my drying time so hopefully Home Bargains will keep stocking it at £1.99!

Have you tried any Lee Stafford Products?
Natalie xx

229. FOTD | Feat. ELF Mineral Lipstick in Runway Pink

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Hello,
Everyone having a nice weekend? I managed to get a few snaps of the make-up i wore today before it started raining. Its nothing too fancy or overly colourful as i had a little shift in work (literally little, i only had to go in for 2 hours!) so i kept it pretty natural but i thought I'd share it with you anyways!

To start i primed my face with the Collection Primed & Ready Smoothing Primer to give more a more smooth base ready for the rest of my make-up, i also used Bourjois Bronzing Primer in my contour, usually i wear this as a bronzer itself but i wanted try it out as a primer and see what it was like. I then concealed under my eyes, around my nose and also some blemishes on my chin using the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair blending it out using the Essence Beauty Blender. I then dotted my Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation in Ivory* around my face and blended it out just using my fingers.

Using MUA Clear Mascara i combed through my brows and moved onto my eyes whilst it set in place. I used Urban Decays Primer Potion to prime my eyes and applied MUA Single Eyeshadow in shade 16 - Matt all over the lid using a Urban Decay Shadow Brush. To define the eyes a little more i took my ELF Crease brush and Mac Eyeshadow in Satin Taupe and applied it into the outer corner and a little into the crease and blended it out using MUA Blending Brush, once it was all blended out i applied Kiko Ultimate Pen Liner and lined my eyes and winged it out a little, i kept it quite subtle because i wanted to keep this look natural. I then curled my eyelashes and applied Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara, I've been loving using this mascara as it really lengthens and separate the lashes too.

Returning back to the brows, i filled them in using HD Brows Foxy Kit, taking the shade Ash Brown - as i have a fringe (one that badly needs cutting) i don't need to do a great deal to my eyebrows as they are mostly covered but i like to to this to neaten them up and to fill in any sparse areas. I blended in a little of my YSL Touche Eclat onto the cheek bones, down the nose and in my cupids bow to act as a bit of a highlighter. I then set my base with Benefit Hello Flawless Custom Cover Up Powder in Gee, I'm Swell Ivory* and contoured my cheeks with Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer. I didn't add any blush to this look as i wanted the focus to be more on the bronzer, but you can barely see it in the photos (booh!) compared to in person - I'm really loving bronzer at the moment!

To finish the look i sprayed Collection Fix Me Up Spray to set my make up in place and applied ELF Mineral Lipstick in Runaway Pink to the lips.

& that is the look complete, it sounds like a lot of products but its a really nice and simple make-up look, usually i wear even less than this for work but as it was only a quick two hours i wanted to add a little more as I've missed wearing it.

What make-up looks have you been wearing lately?
Natalie xx

226. Job Hunting | Tips & Advice

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So i have a bit of a different post for you today; i often see people writing tweets about how they are job hunting and it's such a stressful time, i was in that situation until quite recently and i can really relate to all those tweets - if this irrelevant to you, then by all means feel free to ignore it otherwise grab a cuppa its gonna be a long one!

After finishing uni, i decided i didn't want to go any further with my course because i was no longer interested and i just wanted a job, i wanted to get some experience and earn some money and give myself a couple of years to figure out exactly what i wanted so as soon as i handed in my last project i upped the job search and at the same time i also wrote a date in my diary that would be the day to apply for job seekers if i didn't have a job by that particular date - i opted for the date 5th August 2013, ironically that is the day i started my first day of my new job so i was extremely lucky and didn't have to put myself through that process. Those 3 months that i was searching for a job were without a doubt the most stressful and exhausting time,  i spent so many hours editing my CV, browsing job sites, looking round my local town to see vacancies and not to mention the many hours i lost sleep over money worries, so i thought id do a post with a couple of tips, now I'm by no means an expert these are just things that i found helpful during my search.

Finding & Applying Vacancies

Check online: i found websites such as Universal Jobmatch and jobsball really helpful in my search, their are dozens of other job sites too. I would spend at least an hour a day browsing job sites to see if any new ones had come up!

Classifieds: It's not as common now i don't think, but some regional newspapers still include job vacancies into their classified sections so it's always worth checking there!

People: Ask people to keep an eye out for any vacancies, my mum always asked her friends if they knew of any and she asked people at her work so if i hadn't seen a vacancy myself, i had other people letting me know too.

Shop Windows: Generally, shops will put a sign in the window looking for staff so always be aware, and the best bit of advice i can give you - Keep a handful of CVs in your bag at all times, its so much easier to see the ad and go straight in with your CV than having to trawl back the next day. Its also useful because you don't always know how long it'll be in the window for so you're less likely to miss it if you have them in your bag already.

Only hand your CV into places that are actually looking for staff, otherwise your CV will find its way in a big pile of others gathering dust and probably end up being forgotten about.

Be persistent and be patient: It's not going to happen overnight so be patient and check back often as there will be new vacancies opening up on a daily basis.

Don't just apply for anything: Obviously, be open to applying for jobs but know what your applying for. Its no use just applying to everything and anything because you assuming you get the job it's important its something you're going to like/be able to do otherwise you'll be back at square so be sensible.

Don't lie: Exaggerate or embellish the truth a little bit but don't lie on your CV or on application forms, it'll be really obvious when its comes to it.

Keep your CV brief: its so easy to get carried away adding stuff to it but try and keep it to two A4 pages maximum, otherwise they wont read it.

Interview

Sell yourself: Obviously don't go as far as to sound arrogant but in interviews its the time to try and tell them what you can do. Tell them how you can help them and why they would benefit from hiring you - make them feel like that need you.

Tell them what they want to hear: If they ask you can will you be available to cover others, say yes. Will you be happy to work weekends, say yes. Can you be flexible, say yes. You get the picture, right? If they ask question that are similar or along the lines of those don't be fussy or demanding, show them your willing and eager, its more likely to make an impression!

There is a couple of things like dress appropriately, be polite etc... but they're pretty obvious and i don't want too sound to patronising but its important but always bear in mind that your interview is the first time your meeting your potential new employer - First Impressions are everything

Prepare: I sometimes find this hard to do - i always check out the website and find out about the company I'm applying for/have an interview for and i sometimes find it hard to know what to look for because in an interview they aren't gonna be interested in you rolling off a few facts about their company but it's important to know about where you're applying for.

I just want to say that some of these are probably obvious but i just wanted to try and help a little bit because i understand so well just how much of a horrible time is it! So yeah, I'll probably think of a bunch of other tips after I've published this but this is all i can think of right now - if you have any tips that you think will be helpful comment below!

I wanna end this post on a kind of positive note; A month or so a go i put a tweet out moaning about how people were applying for one job and getting it, and i was applying for dozens and getting nowhere and a good friend of mine replied and said it's because "i just hadn't found the right one yet" - it may sound cheesy but it made me feel a little better when i was unsuccessful or i didn't hear back.

Good Luck & i hope these tips are helpful to anyone who is currently on a job hunt!
Natalie xx

225. Favourite Summer Blushes

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Hello,
This is going to be the last in my 'favourite summer' product kind of posts; my collection of blushes has grown quite a lot this past year and I've really grown to love blush! So for todays posts i thought id share with you some of my favourite blushes that I've been wearing over the summer!

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Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush in Natural
I've mentioned this blush so many times on my blog recently and it definitely been a firm favourite this summer. This blush claims to boost your mood and make you feel happy and I'd honestly agree with that because i love how it looks on my skin that it makes me happy. This is a blush and bronzer combined and although its not the most pigmented blush it leaves my cheeks looking amazing, it gives such a gorgeous healthy glow to the skin. I love it.

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H&M Blusher in Spring Flower
I love the packaging of this, the detailing is just gorgeous on this. You can actually apply different parts of the blush to get different colour but i love to swirl them all together to get a gorgeous peachy coral colour. Its looks so gorgeous on the cheeks ands its just the perfect summery colour for the summer. This is such good quality for such a cheap blush and I'm so glad i managed to get my hands on one because they seemed to disappear off the website quite quickly after i got mine.

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Benefit Bella Bamba
This is one of my all time favourite blushes; i wear this all year round come rain or shine. It's just gorgeous, it looks quite scary in the pan but blended out properly i promise its not as bright. Bella Bamba also has a added highlight to it so it gives the face extra definition. I just love this and I'm surprised i actually haven't hit pan on it already.

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Nyx Blush in Summer Peach
I was super impressed with this NYX Blush when i tried it, it's a pink toned blush but it has a hint of peach in it when you apply it to the face. In the pan it has a golden shimmer to it, but i find this applies to the skin as more of a highlight so you don't need to worry about it leaving you looking like a glitterball!

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Topshop Blush in Head Over Heels
Topshop blushes are my favourite cream blushes because even though they are a cream blush they have powder finish. They are so easy to blend out into the cheek and this is a gorgeous peach coral shade but its more of a muted tone than your usual peachy shade. Such a lovely colour to wear during spring and summer. 

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Benefit Cha Cha Tint
I bought this on a whim a little while ago after i was targeted by a lady working on the Benefit counter and she tried a couple of products out on me, one of them being this - Benefit Cha Cha Tint! Within a week id returned to the counter and made it mine, it's quite a bright coral colour but it looks so nice on the cheeks. It's really easy to blend out too but you do have to hurry because it is a stain so if you leave it there too long without blending it will leave you with a little stain so it is something to be wary of. 

So those are the blushes that I've been wearing the most this summer, what's been your favourite blush to wear?
Natalie xx

223. Review | Bourjois Colorburst Lip Crayon in Orange Punch

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Hello there,
Usually i wait a good couple of weeks before i review a product because i like to really get to know a product before i start raving how good it is or slating it, but i love this Bourjois Colorburst Lip Crayon so much that i just couldn't wait to share it with you.

No doubt you'll have already seen these if you've not already got one for yourself, i blame this purchase on Zoella! She mentioned the Bourjois Colorburst Lip Crayon quite recently in a haul video she did and i was instantly intrigued so i went out and picked up the shade 'Orange Punch' normally i avoid orange shades because they just don't suit me so well, but this looked so nice on Zoella when she was wearing it in the video and i loved how it swatched that i decided to take a risk and buy it.

It's applies quite sheer so although it is orange its not as bold as you expect which i really like and i think its the reason I'm able to wear it because normally i find orange a difficult colour to pull off but this is much lighter and wearable, it almost leans into a corally peach kind of colour. It glides on the lips easily and its really moisturising to wear, it even has a built in SPF15 which is really good especially because the sun has had his hat on recently! The lip crayon gets even more bonus points because you don't have to sharpen it to get more product because i usually end up ruining products when they need sharpening and its much easier to just twist it to get more product out.

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I wouldn't say this lasts 10hr like it claims but i love this lip product so much that i actually don't care about that. This is just the perfect summery colour and it brightens up any make-up look - i wore it here. I'm so impressed with this lip crayon, it's been my go to lip product on a daily basis recently and i definitely want to try out some of the other shades that they have because i am smitten.

Have you tried any of the Bourjois Colorburst Lip Crayons?
Natalie xx