Friday, 27 September 2013

21 QUESTIONS GET TO KNOW ME TAG



Hello everyone!

I thought that today I would do a simple 'get to know me tag'. Remember if any of you want to do this tag on your own blog leave me a link in the comments so I can check it out!

1.Are you named after anyone?

Yes, haha I won't go into it.

2. When was the last time you cried?

I think I cried quite recently watching a film called The Help. I've also read the book and its amazing in so many ways.

3. Do you have any children?

Nope!

4. If you were another person would you be a friend to yourself?

Haha! I'd like to think so, yes.

5. Do you use sarcasm a lot?

Me sarcastic? Never!

6. Will you ever bungee jump?

If the opportunity ever presented itself to me then I would probably (nervously) accept it.  (YOLO!!!)

7. What is your favorite cereal?

I want to be really boring and write special K because I LOVE Special K but I also love Cookie Crisp cereal...oh and Coco Pops!!!

8. What's the first thing you notice about people?

Always eyes.

9. What color are your eyes?

Blue/grey.

10. Scary movie or happy endings?

Scary movies!!! I also love watching really terrible ones and laughing at how awful they are.

11. Favorite smells?

I love the smell of coconut, the smell of vanilla and the smell of honey. Tbh just anything that smells nice. I also love the smell of (certain) foods cooking, because I'm a massive fatty.

12. Summer or winter?

Its too hard to choose! I love the summer for obvious reasons like holidays and sunshine and no university, but the winter is so romantic and frosty and pretty and its Christmas and...I'm going to say winter.

13. Computer or television?

Computer of course! Its more productive ;)

14. What is the furthest you have ever been from home?

I'm not entirely sure I haven't traveled that far probably somewhere like Greece.

15. Do you have any special talents?

Apparently not.  (humph!)

16. Where were you born?

Glasgow.

17. Do you have any hobbies?

Yes writing, and reading blogs and going to the cinema and going to the gym, and...I know this sounds really cool and not pathetic at all but I actually spend a large amount of time looking at pictures and watching videos of cute animals. (Cute babies singing Adele on YouTube is also a major favorite atm.)

18. Do you have any pets?

No. FML

19. Favorite film?

'Trainspotting' of course:)

20. Do you have any siblings?

Yes one little annoying brother!

21. What would you like to be when you grow up?

A teacher or a journalist, maybe both:)

Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did and be sure to leave me a link to any of your own similiar blog posts so I can have a nosey!

Much love,  L :)

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Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Getting Lippy.

Hey everyone!
I am having something of an obsession with lip products at the moment and as a result I marched straight into boots after uni on Friday and purchased about 6. I am going to do a small post to let you know my thoughts on my favorite three. Most of you will probably have heard of all three by now or perhaps read other blog reviews, but I still thought it was worth giving you guys an insight into how, I personally, got along with them.


Rimmel Apocalips in 'Apocaliptic, £6.49

This is is the colour 'Apocaliptic' both on my lips and a light swatch on my hand.



This product is marketed as a 'lip laquer' and comes in a lip gloss like tube with a doe foot applicator. I think the packaging for this product is beautiful and looks really expensive. Overall, it is a hybrid between a lip gloss, a lipstick, and a lipstain. What I mean by that is that it goes on glossy but drys quite matte. It doesn't have the sticky sensation associated with lip gloss nor does it make your lips dry or flaky a la lipstick.


The product is a beautiful and bold dark pink, which is really eye catching. I have to say that this will not suit all complexions so make sure you swatch the colour before you purchase. To be honest this is not a colour I would wear on a daily basis but a rather gorgeous colour for a night out. It also has lasting power of around three to four hours, and currently comes in 13 different shades.


I have to admit this product can be hard to apply as I found the concave doe applicator often carries too much product, so you might want to use a lip liner. 


Rimmel Colour Rush Lip Crayon in '700 Not An Illusion', £5.99


This was another Rimmel product which I got really excited to try out, but I have to admit I think I was expecting far too much. It may be because lip crayons have been all over bloggersphere recently or because the seem to be popping up on every beauty counter ever since Clinique's Chubby Stick was born.


I'm not sure why, but for some reason I thought this would be more like a lip butter, and also that it would moisturize my lips. I have to say it feels a bit sticky and dry, but I have found that I can put a lip balm on first to eliminate this problem.


Overall, I do like this product as I cannot fault the colour, which looks very natural and pretty, and it doesn't dry out as quickly as the Apocalips does. I also think its worth mentioning that it just smells amazing, and I'm pretty sure its not a known feature of the product, but it smells like cupcakes!! (Yummo!) Its also a lot cheaper than some of the other lip crayons on the market and I definitely think its worth the £5.99.


Maybelline Baby Lips in 'Cherry Me', £2.99


I'm just going to throw it out there that I wasn't really expecting much from this. I thought it was just a really over hyped tinted lip balm, and I suppose some people will say that it is, but I think for £2.99 you can't really expect it do anything more than what it does.


Truthfully, I was not a fan of the cute packaging at first and thought it cheap and unnecessary, but it seems to have won me over. You see, every time I take this out of my bag the bright colours make me smile, not to mention it smells absolutely delicious. It is also a really hydrating formula and seems to really sink into my lips leaving behind just a subtle hint of cherry red. 


So yes, I will definitely repurchase this as I'm a huge fan of tinted lip balms in the winter, not to mention this cheap and cheerful lip balm smells amazing. I'm now really looking forward to trying the whole collection, I wonder if they all smell this divine.


Let me know what you think of any of these products in the comments below? Have any of you written a review yourself? Leave me a link to your page and I'll be sure to check it out!

Much Love, L :)

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Sunday, 22 September 2013

Mini Body Shop Haul


Hey everyone!

Last Thursday my local Body Shop (Glasgow Argyll St) had 30% off for students, which of course being a student, and massive fan of The Body Shop I just could not resist.









From left to right:

Coconut, Eau De Toilette, £8.50*

Atlas Mountain Rose, Fragrance Mist, £7.50*

Honeymania Lip Balm, £4.00*

Honeymania Cream Body Scrub, £12.50*


*Price before discount.




Since I'm a huge fan of The Body Shop, it turns out I'd had my eye on the new Honeymania range ever since it launched at the end of July. The scent is super sweet without being sickly, and also strangely uplifting.
I have yet to try the scrub out, but since it has been marketed as a 'Cream Scrub' I can only imagine this means it will be just like the normal exfoliators except with added moisturizing benefits. (maybe)

 I also bought a lip balm of the same scent as you can never go wrong with a body shop lip balm they are so creamy and melt into the lips leaving them hydrated and moisturized without feeling at all sticky.

Right picture shows inside of the scrub product.

Next, I purchased two scents. The coconut perfume is one of my favourites, and what I love about the body shop fragrances is that they are exactly what they say on the bottle. I find the smell of fresh coconut uplifting and luxurious, and it is also free from that horrible alcohol smell that is often associated with perfume.

The next fragrance I purchased was slightly more new to me although I had sniffed it a few weeks back and completely fallen in love with it. Its a very floral scent full of roses yet it is surprisingly fresh. I also love how this comes in a huge 100ml bottle, which means I will not be shying away from spraying this any time soon. (Ha!)



As i spent over £15 pounds I also got the above free gift as well as a free 'love your Body' card. The gift contains a few miniatures, serum and a lip gloss. I am going to be doing a review of the free gift once I have tested all of the products so stay posted for the update.

Thank you The Body Shop for a few great discounts and my free gift!

Have any of you tried the new Honeymania range? Thoughts?

Much Love, L :)

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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

No7 Total Renewal exfoliator: Review.

Hey everyone!

Today I'm going to be doing a short review on one of my newest discoveries, which is, No7's Total renewal Exfoliator.

Total Renewal Exfoliator £11 @ Boots
I would like to start by saying that I came across this product when I googled a treatment called Micro-dermabrasion, which is available in beauty salons all around the UK. It is a treatment which aims to target fine lines, and imperfections by removing a layer of the skin (sounds pretty harsh!), allowing fresh new skin cells to come to the surface and correct any sort of imperfections, dullness, or redness. 

I've never had a Micro-dermabrasion treatment at a salon so I do not know how this exfoliator compares to it, but I will say that many of the reviews for the treatment were extremely disappointing hence why I chose not to go ahead with it and instead opt for this purse friendly exfoliator instead.

At £11, it is probably slightly more than you would expect to pay for a facial exfoliator, but Boots often give  £5 off No7 vouchers when you purchase, and I tend to get my No7 skincare with one of those. Failing that, No7 also do promotions such as 'buy one get one half price' and '3 for 2'.

The box states that the aim of this exfoliator is to give 'smoother, more radiant skin in an instant'. To be honest I don't think this is far away from the truth. After exfoliating with this I noticed my skin was a little red, but definitely a lot smoother and it seemed to have a sort of healthy glow. I have been using this product for around 4 weeks now and I am starting to see a significant difference in my skin; it is less oily, and I am yet to have any breakouts, which is normally a fortnightly occurrence for me.

I have also noticed that my skin has no dry patches even around the nose, and my skin seems to look more hydrated. Then again this could be due to my current moisturizer, which is new also. That said, the moisturizer does seem to glide on and really sink into my skin if I apply it straight after I use this exfoliator, so I definitely think this product is somewhat helping my skin become more hydrated.

Overall I think this exfoliator is one of the best around, and while it may be a little pricey it definitely gives results. I think this would be really suited to oily and spot prone skin types, and if you have dry skin it could also be of use to you for sorting out those flakes. I would say however, that if you have sensitive skin you may want to use something more gentle such as St Ives Apricot Scrub £4.99 as this is quite harsh on the skin and did leave mine looking a little red.

I definitely love this product and will continue to use it twice a week, and if you wish to purchase this online you can click here!!

If anyone else has had a similar experience with this product or maybe doesn't like this product feel free to share your stories in the box below.

Much love, L :)

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Monday, 16 September 2013

Tried and tested: Foundation for any budget!




Hey everyone!

This being my first post I thought I'd do a review of my favorite beauty product, which is of course, foundation. I have wanted to do this post for a while as foundation is one of those things that can be so hard to get right and even after years you can still have a few disasters.

A few years ago I completely broke out in horrible cystic acne making my quest for the perfect foundation  more horrifying than usual and even now that my skin has been cleared of the horrible condition I have been left with a few red, angry looking, scars. I often find these extremely hard to cover up, which is why I seem to have something of an obsession with foundation and concealer products. So please bear in mind these aren't my only favorite foundations, but instead I have picked one of my favorites at each price range to talk about.


Rimmel, Wake me up Foundation, £7.99, Medium coverage.

I first purchased this foundation back in 2010 when my acne was just starting to appear, until then I'd been used to wearing mineral foundations or nothing at all. Despite the fact this foundation is still so cheap at just 8 pounds a bottle it is loved by beauty gurus and make up geeks everywhere.
   
pros
  •  Packaging is eye catching, funky and comes equipped with a pump to minimize product waste.
  • Covers extremely well despite the low price tag.
  • Has a gel like formula which is easy to apply with any foundation brush, but I would recommend the Real Techniques stippling brush for any foundation.
  • It has a real radiant effect on the skin, and definitely makes you look more fresh.
cons   
  • Seems to settle into fine lines and pores a little even when a primer is used. 
  • Can get quite blotchy if left on for a long time.
  • You can definitely tell you are wearing make up with this foundation as it 'looks like make up'. 
Overall I thought this was a decent foundation with medium coverage, good staying power of around 7 hours and it definitely made my skin look more hydrated. My only problems with this foundation was the fact it is not as natural a finish as I like my foundations to be. I tried this foundation using my Real Techniques stippling brush, a damp sponge application and then just my hands. I found that the application of this foundation is fairly easy, but it didn't last as long on my face when I used my fingers to apply it. It also contains an SPF of 15 which is good for a drugstore foundation

No7 Beautifully Matte Foundation, £12.95, Medium Coverage.

When I first tried this foundation I didn't really know what to expect as I hadn't heard much about it but I guess I was pleasantly surprised as its now one of my favorite foundations.

pros
  • Has a wonderful creamy texture which makes it easy to apply, and gives amazing coverage with just one pump.
  • Coverage is also very build able as the texture of this foundation makes it easy to blend.
  • Has a matte finish, which is similar to that of Estee Lauder Double wear but looks and feels much lighter on the skin.
  • Comes with a pump, SPF 15, and is relatively inexpensive.
cons
  • There aren't many colors and most of them are cool toned. 
  • Packaging also looks a bit cheap and I don't really like a plastic bottle for my foundation.
I love this foundation! Despite the low price it gives me as much coverage as a higher end foundation would and still manages to look so flawless, if only the color range was better :(

MAC, Studio Fix Fluid, £21.50, Medium to high coverage.

This was the one foundation I actually bought after hearing good things from friends, , relatives and beauty blogs, but I guess having high expectations sometimes leads to disappointment.

Pros
  • Combats oil like no other foundation I have ever tried. I rarely need to blot or powder with this foundation, which I think would make it suited to oily skins.
  • Looks undeniably flawless in photographs.
  • Gives good medium coverage, which is verging on high.
  • Contains SPF of 15.
Cons
  • Colours all seem a bit yellow toned, although there are many to choose from.
  • Consistency is rather hard to work with and drys up quickly. (I have come to the conclusion that a damp sponge application would be the best in order to combat this, although I haven't tried it.)
  • If you put too much product on IT WILL stick to dry patches of skin and look really cakey.
Not a bad foundation overall and I always keep a bottle of this for nights out but unfortunately this foundation is just not easy to apply. It takes time and effort which I don't always have. I strongly recommend using a good moisturizer before applying this foundation, or if you have really oily skin this could be your holy grail. Unfortunately it just doesn't work that well for me, I do like the way it looks on my skin though.

NARS, Sheer Glow Foundation, £30.50, Medium coverage.

This is my HG foundation!! It isn't cheap, but it just makes my skin look fantastic and I don't know how I ever lived without it.
Pros
  • It has a gorgeous natural finish unlike any other foundation I have tried, it blends seamlessly with concealer.
  • It has good lasting power of about 10 hours despite the fact it does not claim to be a long wear foundation.(I do find my T zone can get oily about halfway through the day, but I just carry some powder with me in my make up bag.)
  • It is so easy to apply and to work with. (I find I can apply a lot when I have any breakouts or imperfections and it never gives me 'cakeface'.)
  • It is said to improve the skins texture and appearance with regular wear and although I cannot notice it personally I have had a few comments on how good my skin looks.
  • Amazing range of colors for any skin tone.
Cons
  • Oily T zones will need to blot at least once during the day with this foundation.
  • For a pretty expensive foundation the fact it doesn't come with a pump is a little heartbreaking as its liquid consistency can be messy.  
Like I just said this is my absolute favourite foundation and if like me you have normal skin or normal with an oily T zone and can afford to spend this kind of money on foundation then I definitely recommend this product. However, if your skin is a little on the dry side i would tend to stay away from this unless you can find a way to make it work for you as it can cling to patches of dry skin.

Hope you have all enjoyed my first post and maybe some of you are looking forward to trying out some of these foundations! (Haha!)

Much love, L :)

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