Sunday, 24 May 2015

Maybelline Lash Sensational

If there's one thing I am totally obsessed with its mascara. I spend ALOT of money on high end mascaras and I'll try anything once. I think its that one make up item that I just couldn't live without and as soon as I put it on I definitely feel much more confident. Recently I've been trying a few newbie mascaras (or new to me anyways) and today I thought I'd give my thoughts on the best of the bunch.

The first thing I noticed about the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara is that it is ridiculously similar in both formula and brush to the Benefit Rollerlash Mascara (review here) which in case you didn't know is rated very highly by yours truly and seemingly everyone else in bloggersphere. Obviously this is less than half the price of Rollerlash so if you are looking for a budget friendly option then this is definitely a good alternative. Like Benefit's the formula is as black as black can be and it is just of the right consistency (not too wet or dry). 

As I mentioned above this is similar to Rollerlash with a plastic brush that is curved and embellished with teeny tiny little bristles in order to coat even the shortest of corner lashes and completely transform the eye shape. As you might be able to tell from the picture the brush is perfect for separating each lash and lifting them from the root upwards without making them feel heavy or clumpy. It honestly gives my eyelashes such a weightless feel which I personally love, and it didn't smudge or rub off onto my eyelid even when I didn't have a primer on which is always good! 

The only thing I would say is that this dried out a little more quickly that I would have wanted it to as it only lasted me about 8 weeks. However, when you think about how inexpensive this product is then its still worth it and I would definitely still recommend this to anyone who wants lots of volume and length without the weight and beautifully defined and fluttery lashes! I do still think that Rollerlash is slightly more dramatic but this is an amazing drugstore alternative!

Have any of you ever used this? What did you think? 

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Nars Radiance Optimizing Primer

Okay guys so I know in the above picture that my product packaging looks a little dusty/grubby, but the silicone feeling tube makes it quite impossible to clean and this is exactly why you should always take photographs of the brand new items rather than one you have been using for the past month. Anyways, I wanted to talk about this really gorgeous primer today, because its not often I will spend £26 on a primer! In fact I rarely opt for high end primers at all seeing as I go through phases of either wearing them every day or not wearing them at all.

During the spring and summer months I tend to opt for a lightweight base which is my Nars Sheer Glow Foundation and despite being pretty much in love with how this makes my skin look and feel I can't deny that I sometimes find myself wishing that the longevity was that little bit better as I tend to see it melt away half way through the day. When I pointed this out to the lady on the counter she asked if I'd like to try this Nars Radiance Optimizing Primer and when I saw it on my face (and hers) I was so impressed by the gorgeous 'lit from within' glow it gave to the skin that I was completely sold and paid more than I'd usually pay for a primer.

If you are a fan of having a nice healthy glow to the skin then this primer will definitely be up your street it is creamy with a pearlescent effect and seems to smooth out any flaws and also minimises redness. It is quite unlike any primer I have ever used before in that although it seems to mattify the skin in preparation for any base products it also adds radiance which is something I have always struggled to find in a primer hence why I don't always use them. The lady mentioned on the counter also that despite the SPF 15 that it actually doesn't show up in flash photography making it totally wearable for nights out. I'm actually pretty glad that this comes with SPF as I always forget to put some on during the summer months and Now that I'm getting that bit older god knows I need to start protecting my skin.

In general this does such a good job of helping my makeup stay fresh. It moisturizes any dry patches such as those around my nose so that they don't go flaky and seems to mattify more oily parts of my face like my T-zone so I'd say this would be a really good primer for someone who has combination skin like I do. This is really a perfect primer for me so much so that I have actually thought about repurchasing when this runs out. I just can't imagine sweating it out in the hotter summer weather without this primer to keep my make up from melting off my face! Its definitely going to become a staple in my collection!

Have any of you guys tried this before? I would love to know your thoughts on this and/or other primer products in your collections?

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Uni is Out For Summer!

Hello all! Remember me?! Well I'm rather hoping that some of you do even though I have to hold my hands up and say it has been a while as sadly my exams were ruining my life and I genuinely never thought I'd see the end of them. However, now that they are over I wanted to talk about some of my plans for the summer and all the things I'm looking forward to doing in the next few months before I head back for my final year of history! *eeeek*

It's no secret that I am desperate to get back to blogging and I have sooooo many new things to talk about and so many new products in my collection to try. I've also been making a lot of AMAZING healthy foods because in case you didn't know I stopped eating meat completely about 3 months ago. It probably sounds crazy to change my diet so drastically but honestly I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything and I definitely still feel healthy and energetic every day! If anything I eat much more fruit and veg so this can only be a good thing for me. I'll hopefully be back with a mix of different recipes, beauty products and of course my usual lifestyle posts!

Second of all I'm really looking forward to getting stuck right into a few good books over the summer now that I'm not under pressure to read about the Hundred years war or the Bolshevik revolution anymore. I started Her by Harriet Lane shortly after Christmas but when I went back to uni in January I completely forgot all about it so despite having had it for so long I've only read a couple of chapters. I also want to read Gone Girl after seeing the movie which was amazing. I'll admit its not to everyone's taste but its right up my street and if you like dark humour then I definitely recommend you watch it! Speaking of watching TV I can't even begin to tell you guys how excited I am about the return of Pretty Little Liars...I might even do a separate blog post on it!

Next I also really want to start a YouTube channel. This is something I've tried in the past and I just couldn't seem to get it right. I did upload a video which was okay but to be perfectly honest I didn't have any help with the editing and I feel that's definitely something I need to work on if I'm going to film videos to go alongside my blog. I'm not sure whether I'd like to go down the tutorial route or whether I want to film chatty lifestyle videos about a range of topics, or maybe even both, but I know its something I definitely want to do and it seems like the next logical step for this little's actually scary to think that my blog turns two in December!

As strange as it sounds I do also kind of want to move on from my current job in sales at some point before I go back to my studies. Despite it being a part time job that I constantly moan about I do actually enjoy some elements of it and some of the opportunities I have been given there have definitely helped me to develop some of the skills I never thought I'd even need. I love all the friends that I have made there but something in the back of my mind is telling me its time to move on, its not a passion for me which is why I can't see myself stepping up to management level even after university. I don't regret anything about the time I have spent with what has been at times a good company to work for despite a few small issues so overall I guess I will be a little bit sad to leave.

I'd also quite like to do more exercise now that I have a lot of spare time on my hands not because I want to lose weight but more because I love using exercise to de-stress! I'll be going on a lot of runs through my local park hopefully if the weather is nice and if not I'll have to settle for Blogilates indoors. I'm hoping to have my very own car by the end of this month which also means I could try and find a good local gym rather than the crowded one I go to currently in the city centre. Although I'm not sure if driving to the gym defeats the whole purpose...

Lastly, I'm going away to Berlin at the beginning of June and I'm thinking of bringing the old blogging tools and working on some travel style posts as I honestly love reading them so much and they give me a serious case of wanderlust! I know I'm only going to be there for 5 or 6 days but its something new that I haven't tried before and I'm also hoping there is going to be some seriously cool scenery to capture now that I have a couple more lenses for the old DSLR. Admittedly, it isn't the easiest camera to cart around but there's no denying the images it produces are amazing and I definitely don't have the extra pennies to be spending on those king of blogging tools at the moment!

That's everything that I'm going to be working on this summer, and I cannot wait to get back into blogging! Hope you guys are looking forward to hearing from me again!
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