Monday, March 30, 2015

Birthday Treats.

As some of you will know, it was my birthday on saturday (yay)

This was my birthday box from my boyf...sweeties, creme eggs, mini eggs (i'm obsessed with these, he got me 4 bags) & lots of LUSH goodies buried in there.
Inside the goody box..
Top left to right:
  • Pop In The Bath bubble bar (one of my fave scents)
  • Ultrabland cleanser
  • Imperialis moisturiser
  • Breath of Fresh Air toner
  • Heavanilli massage bar & tin
  • Each Peach & twos a pear massage bar & tin
  • The Soft Touch body butter & tin

Bottom from left to right:

  • Fluffy Egg Bath Balistic
  • Chox away soap
  • Bohemian soap
  • Hunny Bun Bath Balistic
  • Choccy Egg Bath Balistic
  • Magic Egg Bath Balistic
  • Free MMM Bath Melt
I also went into Space NK & House of Fraser to spend some birthday money...

Left to Right:

  • Ondine E/S
  • Amarcord Cream E/S
  • Laguna Bronzer

Chanel Pro Lumiere. I'd heard good things about this foundation and it has been on my wishlist for a while, so i thought since i had a bit of birthday money i would treat myself.
My lovely boyfriend also surprised me with these flowers and whilst i was at work he came back to my house and tidied up my room...was a nice surprise when i got in :)

My Mummy has booked me in for a MAC makeover aswell, with some money to spend in Mac. I'm exCITEDD.
I had a loverlllyy birthday. :)
Let me know if you want any reviews peoples.
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21st Makeup.



After posting about my 21st Birthday HERE, a lot of you asked me what makeup I had used to doll myself up for the evening. So, without further a do, I shall list everything used.

Mac Strobe Liquid
Gosh Touch Up Concealer in No 2
Maybelline Mineral Cover Concealer in No 03
Mac Studio Sculpt Foundation in NW20
Benefit Erase Paste in No 1
Bare Escentuals Bronzer in "Faux Tan"
Cargo Blush in "Coral Beach"
Dior Eyebrow Pencil "Sable Sand"
Too Faced "Shadow Insurance" eye primer
Mac "Sable" E/S all over lid (Top row, 3rd from the left)
Mac "Carbon" E/S in crease and under lower lash line (Bottom row, far right)
L'oreal Supliner "Carbon Gloss" for winged liner
Lancome Black Khol Liner
Revlon Fake Lashes "99500 - Intensifying" using "Duo" glue
No7 Exsquisite Curl Mascara in "Black"
Mac "Creme D'Nude" Lipstick
Barry M Lipgloss "Toffee"



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Sunday, March 29, 2015

I Celebrated 20 Years of Life..

Eek, yes, as most of you will be aware, i turned 20 at the weekend.
This is what i wore out..




I did have a little bit of a dilemma over what to wear..nothing in my wardrobe made me happy so i did buy most of my outfit that same day...

Face
Gosh Touch up Concealer in no 2 under eyes
Benefit Erase Paste in no 1 under eyes
Maybelline Mineral Cover Concealer in no 2 on all blemishes
Mac Studio Sculpt foundation
Bare Escentuals foundation in medium beige lightly dusted over the top to set
Sleek face contour kit to contour and highlight
Mac Sun & Moon blush

Eyes
Nano Gold Mac E/S
Knight Divine Mac E/S
Graphology Mac E/S
Carbon Mac E/S
L'oreal Superliner in Carbon Gloss
Revlon Fake lashes in 99501 (Defined)
Estee Lauder mascara in Sumptuous

Lips
Yves St Laurent Rouge Volupte in no 2 Sensual Silk

Wearing
Cream Dress/Top (buttoned down the back) - Ted Baker reduced from £70 to £25!
Leggings - New Look
Boots - New Look
Black Bow Clutch - Russel & Bromley


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My 21st Birthday

Pre-warning : Very picture heavy post :)


















How scary do I look here? ha.
Thank you to everyone who wished me a Happy Birthday yesterday. I was overwhelmed. I will admit, getting lots of Birthday messages is quite satisfying (in a possibly quite selfish way haha) but it is the one day of the year that is supposedly "all about you". Although I do share my Birthday with Lady Gaga, but I think I can cope with that.
For those of you who have been following my blog and twitter for a while, you'll know that I was having a really hard time trying to decide on a 21st Birthday gift. I decided to opt for a DSLR. Ever since I was 17, I've wanted one, but have always had to make do with a nifty little digital camera. It took me quite some time trying to decide which model/brand to go with. You ask someone who owns a Nikon, they say Nikon, you ask someone who owns a Canon, they say Canon. Although when doing all my research and handling them in various shops what felt like hundreds of times, I decided that I liked the Canon EOS 600D (It's called something else internationally I think). I believe it is a fairly new model, but I am already in love with it.

I had a fabulous Birthday, which sort of took place over the whole weekend aswell as my actual day of birth. On Sunday we had family round, and I got to use my new camera. The cake was ordered from Patisserie Valerie, and let me tell you, it was as delicious as it looks. Mum bought little sparklers for it, but we had great trouble trying to light them, and once lit, they burnt down quicker than you could light another. It was quite hilarious. The framed print above was a present from my parents, it's little sketches of the City I live in/very close to. If any of you are familiar with Bath, it is gorgeous and extremely quaint. I love this print, I'm going to keep it forevs. It was bought from a street seller on the main High Street if anybody living close by, or if you're visiting wants one.

On my actual Birthday (yesterday) I had quite a relaxed morning, just opening cards and pressies. Me and Mum sat out in the garden and had our lunch, then like the old lady I have turned into, I had a nap due to the late night before, but also, who wants to go out with giant bags/dark circles undernearth their eyes? Some of my friends came over and we then all headed out to Jimmy Spices in Bath. I enjoyed myself immensely. Lot's of laughter and good times had by all. I didn't take my Canon out though, i'm too scared i'll break it. I'm pretty sure alcohol, heels and a brand new DSLR do not mix well. We watched some drunken girls making absolute fools of themselves. One completely flashing her buttocks and boob (including nipple flash), then falling flat on her arse at least twice and failing miserably to walk one foot in front of the other out of the door. How shameful. haha. All in all, A fabulous evening and an amazing 21st Birthday.

Cake - Patisserie Valerie
White Shirt - Primark
Rollers - Sallys
Playsuit - H&M
Blazer - New Look
Shoe Boots - New Look
Bag - Primark

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Someday Summary - Friday

Yes. More of my geek glasses, and oh look, a geek to accompany them.

IT'S MY BIRTHDAY IN 3 DAYS!
On the 28th March I'll be 21 years old. I know, I know. I don't look 21. I'm sure I will continue to be I.D'd for 18 films and cigarette paper (not for me might I add). I will still have my I.D questioned by bouncers outside nightclubs and bars and always quizzed on my postcode and middle name. Lot's of people call me "doll face". I'm thinking this is just a nicer way of saying "baby face". I'm not going to lie, I'd love to wake up on Monday morning with a mountain of cards and the postman knocking on the door with a huge bunch of flowers and helium balloon for me, however, this will not happen. haha. We can dream though right? I'm still not 100% sure of what i'm going to do on my Birthday. I didn't realise quite how indecisive I was. Whatever it may be, I will be sure to capture it and update you.
I was seriously so overwhelmed by the massive response to my last post. It had the most comments ever ever ever in my blogs entire history (I think). I'm so glad that so many of you could relate. I also love that it reassured you that you weren't the only ones. I know it reassured me immensely. I sat and read through every single comment, and felt a great accomplishment knowing i'd made so many of you feel so much better. I know it can be a pretty touchy subject, but 99% of you knew exactly where I was coming from. :)
I'm getting slightly bored of my blog. It's very basic and messy and just not very...advanced or well-put-together. If any of you techy-whizzy-geeks out there fancy designing me something or giving me any tips or ideas please feel free to email me. I'm definitely stuck in a rut. Also, what do you lot think? What is my blog lacking? I need your expertise and advice as you are obviously the ones who read it.
I am SO happy the sun is coming out, and I have decided this weekend that if the sun still has his hat on, I shall be whipping out the maxi dress and flipflop combo. Too early?
Just want to say a little (well, massive) thank you to everyone who follows my blog. I don't say it often, and I probably should, but I appreciate every single one of you; even if you don't follow my blog, but come by every now and then to check up on it. I also have over 14,000 subscribers on YouTube now, and this astonishes me. I swear i'm dull as dishwater?! I'm so pleased that so many of you enjoy reading/watching my rambling nonsense.I don't really understand it, but it makes me very happy. haha. I never was very good at speeches or public speaking. Now you can see why. *blushes*

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Chi Hair & Small Update

Sorry I haven't been blogging in a while. My boyfriend came home from Uni so i've been enjoying his company. :) But also work has been utter poop and stressful and i'm probably going to quit.
I received my LUCKY CHARMS from Sierra. And a surprise box of reeses cups cereal too. Which look tasty! I am already trying not to munch them too quickly as i really want them to last. Thank you so much Sierra, I was like a child on Xmas day when i received the package. haha


Okay so...Like most of you, I have very mixed opinions on CHI. There are some things in the range that are a necessity...and others that really..you could do without. So to save you all the hassle of buying it all i'll give you my opinion on what's worth buying and what isn't.


Chi Collection... (Me and Mum went a bit crazy when everything was under half price in Sallys)


  • Silk Infusion - This was what drew me to CHI, I'd heard so many amazing things about this product i had to have it. And I'm glad i bought it. I put a small amount in my hair when it's wet then blowdry and use a smaller amount to smooth down frizzers afterwards. When i say small...i mean SMALL. So many times i've put a little too much in, and it instantly makes your hair greasy. Be cautious with the amount. Obviously if you have thicker hair you'd use more but i would experiment with that before you are planning on a night out. :)
  • Infra Shampoo - To be honest, i wasn't too impressed with this shampoo...It doesn't lather much. And i'm a complete weirdo when it comes to that as i think that if it lathers more it means my hair is cleaner and i know i've got every hair covered. It also made my hair EXTREMELY knotty. I get a headache brushing the knots out seriously. It did make my hair shiny-er i guess...but that could have been the silk infusion.
  • Keratin Mist - Hhm...to be honest..i rarely use a leave in conditioner unless i'm letting my hair air dry...which takes years and makes me cold and shivery so i don't do that too often. I can't see the point of this product...I think it just does the same job as silk infusion but not as well...I'd advise you get silk infusion over this.
  • Infra Treatment - Again...makes my hair knotty but it is a great treatment. DO NOT get this ANYWHERE near your roots or apply too much silk infusion after this as it just goes greasy and kindof stiff...i think its overload of silk build up? haha Good think about this is it doesn't need to be left in too long for it to do it's job. I would recommend you use this with your normal shampoo over the Infra shampoo though. As i do think "Too much" silk can make the hair heavy, greasy and kindof lifeless.


  • Nourish Intense treatment - I think i prefer this to the Infra Treatment. It has a nicer consistency and a nicer smell. Doesn't leave my hair as messy and again doesn't need to be left in long. Would recommend this for dull, thick, dry or damaged hair, followed with silk infusion.
  • Nourish Intense - The one thing that bugs me about this is that it doesn't really say what it is? A shampoo? A conditioner? hmm...Just "Nourish Intense" then? I used this with the Infra shampoo...so like a conditioner i spose...and it worked well. But i also used this as a shampoo with the nourish intense treatment after...and again worked well. This lathers alot more than the infra shampoo and i really like this...hence why i've used alot. :)
  • Curl Preserve System - Alot of you commented on my last post that you liked my hair..and how i did it...all down to the magic of this beast! Well...don't expect a miracle as my hair is naturally wavy but not as "preserved" as this usually. I have tried absolutely everything to get my hair looking like it does in that picture and i am truely amazed at the outcome this spray gave. I LOVE IT! Just so you all know...Usually, if i wash my hair and don't brush it...go on a beach and get it wet...and leave it..it looks like this...

It's kindof...wavy/curly/messy.... But in order to get hair like i had in the previous post, i scrunch it, and sometimes tie small messy buns to the side of my head and blow dry on a low heat for a long time...usually with a diffuser. This works pretty well. If you try it please show me your results. Oorrr if im lazy and the house is nicely warmed, i just scrunch it, spray on the curl preserve and leave it to dry. :)

Forgot to mention (Saskia the Salsa Fairy's comment reminded me) DO NOT USE CHI OVER AND OVER like you would a normal shampoo and conditioner. The silk will build up in your hair making it dry and lifeless. I use this when my hair needs a boost or before i go out. It never has quite the same effect if you try using it on a regular basis...which is so crap because it's expensive! Orr, try combining it with your regular shampoo or conditioner. :D

Hope this has helped a few of you. I know i was a bit overwhelmed by what to try from the CHI range, and if you don't have the money to spend on all of it then at least you know the select few that are worth the purchase.

It's my birthday on Saturday (19 years old :O) and my boyfriend has bought me a huge goody bag from LUSH so i can share that with you when he lets me have it. :D

I am currently running a bath with MA bar bubble bar and i think it's my favourite...*sniffs manically* yum.


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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

"Why are you so skinny?"


Photo taken from weheartit.com
This isn't the typical type of post from me today, It's a somewhat controversial post, that I hope plenty of you can sink your teeth into (do not bite too hard, this is not a debate).

Let me start by saying that I am 5ft4" and weigh 7st5lb (if you are unsure of these measurments, by all means convert them yourself) and have been the same height and weight for 2 years. Before I hit puberty, I'm pretty sure you would have taken one look at me and said "She is WAY too thin", and let me tell you, I was. I was 5ft4" before I even sprouted boobies, hips and bottom and I looked HIDEOUS. I would look in the mirror and despise what I saw.

"why don't I have boobs like my friends do?" "why do all my bones poke out at every angle?" "where are my hips?" "why am I so skinny?"

I absolutely HATED it. I'd also like to point out, I in no way, shape, or form have ever had an eating disorder, those of you who know me, will know I eat whenever I like and whatever I like. Even then, I ate like a normal 14/15 year old girl. Pizzas, Burgers, Chips, Mcdonalds, Fizzy drinks. I ate no less than the average kid...yet why was I so incredibly skinny? The answer here is simply "Metabolism". My metabolism is what i'd like to call "super metabolism". For those of you who don't know what metabolism is, it's basically a chemical reaction that happens in all your living organisms to help maintain life, in non scientific forms, the rate at which your body burns calories and breaks down fat. Having a high metabolism means that it is impossible for me to put on weight, and maintain it. My body breaks down fat and burns calories at a stupidly fast rate. Now I know for a fact, that many of you will be reading this thinking "Shut up Zoe, I'd absolutely LOVE to have a high metabolism"..but let me tell you, it's not all it's cracked up to be. Whilst going through my teen stages of being a skinny bean pole, it had serious affect on the way I saw myself and the way others saw me. It's pretty steriotypical that the fat kid in class doesn't want to get into a swimming costume or be seen getting undressed for P.E, or get bullied or called names. I felt exactly the same way. I hated having to go swimming as people would point and stare at me for being so skinny, I'd hate having to get undressed and I did get called things and when I tried to put on weight, it was absolutely impossible. It also made me feel like crap. Think the reverse of a diet. I was essentially eating shit, crap, fatty foods to try and put weight on, therefore feeling groggy, tired and miserble.

You always hear about larger people going through a tough time trying to lose weight, slim people can go through just as much of a tough time trying to put it on, but nobody ever really thinks of that.

"Are you anorexic", "you need to put some weight on", "You are a bag of bones", "why are you so boney", "why are you so skinny", "get some meat on your bones", "are you okay?"

All this you would kind of expect from curious school children, but what astonishes me, is that people still ask me these things. People I don't know. Quite strange as I now have boobs (of a generous size), hips, and wobbly bottom (yes, it wobbles...Just being honest haha) and I have filled out quite noticeably. Yet people still think it's okay to say these things? Would you say these things to someone who was noticeably larger than the average person?

"Are you obese?", "You need to lose weight", "You are a big bag of fat", "why are you so fat?", "You need to get some meat off those bones of yours", "Are you..okay?"

No. You just wouldn't would you. So why is it acceptable to ask a skinny person questions of the same criteria? Do you think it doesn't affect them the same way it would someone who was fat?

I was at the doctors 2 days ago, getting my prescription contraceptive pill, and as a standard procedure every few years, they weigh me, and check my height; just so they have the most recent details as possible. I had a different nurse than I normally do, and she made me feel really awkward and a bit, down. She measured me fine,

"Oh, 5ft4, yep, you're exactly the same height".

But when it came to weighing me, she made me feel very uncomfortable.

"When was the last time you weighed yourself? Recently?"
"No, I never weigh myself"
"Okay, well, if it's okay with you, I'm going to weigh you, you don't have to look"

Now I felt confused. Why wouldn't I want to look? I don't care what I weigh, but this nurse clearly thought I did.

"No, it's fine, I don't care about looking"
"Okay great...just step on then...hmmm"
"What?"
"You're the same weight exactly"
"Oh really! Okay"
"Yeh...are both your parents very skinny?"
"er..yeh they are actually"

She was now looking at me with concern.

"Okay, well, your BMI is lower than it should be"
"I know, it always has been"
"Oh okay...well, keep your eye on that"

I then walked away thinking, "had this been someone with a BMI that was slightly over average, would she have asked the same questions?", would she have asked "Are both your parents fat?"

I hate that we have a BODY MASS INDEX, that we must all live by? Who decides what BMI we should be anyway? Who cares if i'm "slightly" below average, who cares if you're slightly above it? As long as you feel happy in the skin you are in, is that not all that matters? Yes, I may seem smaller and skinnier than the average person, but I'm happy at the moment. If I put on any weight (which is impossible for me to do anyway) I'm almost sure it would all just go on my face and bottom. If I was to exercise, I'd be even skinnier, which as a result, means I'm incredibly unfit. Seriously, I'll run up a flight of stairs and need to down a litre of water and catch my breath for 5 minutes. How bad is that?

There are still things I absolutely hate about my body, and they won't change. I hate my hands. Who wants boney, old lady, veiny hands? haha. I also hate my legs, It's pretty impossible for me to put on weight, but for some reason, any weight I do carry, is everywhere BUT my legs. Skinny little ankles and shapeless legs anyone? I am however, much more content with the way I am at the moment. I still wish I could be a little bigger, but I have the joy of being able to scoff a whole tub of ben and jerrys and not have to worry. Trust me though, my skin and organs probabaly do not appreciate this, and I'm very unhealthy. You won't ever catch me eating a bowl of salad or nuts & raisins. I am almost sure my metabolism will not stay this way forever, it will all catch up with me, and then my decade of eating rubbish food, and having little exercise will probabaly result in me waking up and being 10x bigger. Think "Shallow Hal".

I recently got upset by someone I hardly know, in fact they may aswell have been a stranger, approaching me and saying "Zoe, you are SO skinny". For a start...how the hell do you even respond to something like that? I think I just stood with my mouth open, wondering what on earth made it okay to say something like that? What was going on in this persons mind? I eventually just walked away. Sometimes saying nothing is the best thing to do. This person then returned to say "You need to put some weight on..no seriously". C'mon? Really? I was firstly very embarassed, and secondly gutted. Would this person have said the same thing to a fat person? Nope. Because calling someone fat is seen as an insult, but calling someone out to be too skinny...is apparently acceptable? I think commenting on anybodies weight is unnaceptable. Who are you to judge someone by the size of them?

"That person is fat, they must eat nothing but mcdonalds and sit on their arse all day"
"That person is skinny, she probably has an eating disorder and needs help"

It's really not fair. Nobody ever takes into account genes, metabolism, bone structure, medical problems. There are thousands or reasons people are how they are, and why people are the size they are. The above statements may be true in some cases, but for the majority, it's probabaly not.

So, is calling someone skinny really acceptable? Or, do you agree with me that it's just as insensitive as calling someone fat? As as naturally skinny person, I can tell you that it's not very nice being called out for being "too skinny", especially as i tried so hard to put weight on, and wanted so desperately to be "of average size" as I was growing up. It's a bit of a touchy subject but one I wanted to address. I get a weird amount of people asking me my height and weight, and a part of me thinks they are trying to suss out if im underweight in a very sly and kinda creepy way. So now at least i've answered that for you...weirdos. ;)

Moral of the story here though, is that I don't really think it's ever acceptable to comment on anybody's weight, skinny or fat. Why should you ever be allowed an opinion on someone else's body or way of life? You can think it in your head, but the minute you open your mouth it becomes very dangerous, that is of course unless you are opening your mouth to give a compliment, by all means do this. haha. If YOU are happy with the way you look, that's all that matters, and if you aren't, chances are you are doing something about it and working towards something you know you will make you happy.

Everybody is different, and nobody is perfect. It would be a very boring place if this wasn't the case.


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Monday, March 23, 2015

The Smart Casual Combo.





Face:
Benefit Erase Paste no1 under eyes
Maybelline Mineral Cover concealer on blemishes
Bare Escentuals Foundation in Medium Beige
Sleek Contour Kit to contour and highlight
Mac Sun & Moon blush

Eyes:
Nars Ondine all over lid
Nars Mekong in crease
L'oreal Superliner in Carbon Gloss
Barry M Black Kohl eyeliner
Estee Lauder Sumptuous Mascara

Lips:
Gosh Darling lipstick

Nails:
Revlon Minted

Wearing:
Blazer - New Look
Pink sequin shouldered top - H&M
Leggings - New Look
Black Patent Boots - Primark
Flower Ring - H&M
Swallow Brooch - Bootsale
Necklace - Frock Exchange (Mums Shop)
Spider Earrings - Boutique
Silver Heart Bracelet - Watlings Jewellers


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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Geek Glasses.




Top: New Look
Blazer: Zara
Shorts: New Look
Black Tights: Primark
Earrings: House of Fraser

Mac Studio Sculpt foundation in NW20
Topshop Brightening concealer
Benefit Erase Paste No1
Clavin Klein powder "Barely Beige"
Bare Escentuals bronzer "Faux Tan"
Mac Mineralised Skinfinish "Refined"
Nars e/s in "Isolde" duo palette
Mac e/s "Woodwinked"
Eyeko Graffitti liner "brown"
Topshop eye khol "Saddle"
No7 Exsquisite Curl mascara "Black/Brown"
Mac lipstick "Shy Girl" (I dont know why this looks frosty..it isnt)

I love "Geek Glasses", but I fear that they scream pretentious-avant-garde-ness. I love the concept, the way they look, and the way they can complete an outfit. So why is it that I just cannot bring myself to wear them outside? Maybe it's because I know they aren't real lenses, and do not give me any ability to see clearer, therefore I am faking slightly? Maybe it's because some people really do only think these types of glasses belong on "geeks"? What do you think of the "Geek Glasses" trend? I personally love it, I just don't know if i can pull it off as easily as others though...or if they suit me...


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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Lazy Sunday.




Face:
♥ Bare Escentuals Foundation
♥ Maybelline Mineral Cover concealer
♥ Bare Escentuals Faux Tan bronzer
♥ Mac Sun & Moon Blush

Eyes:
♥ Body Shop Eyeshadow Trio in Sundown Glow
♥ Chanel Eye Kohl in Ambre
♥ Estee Lauder Sumptuous Mascara

Lips:
♥ Gosh Darling Lipstick

Wearing:
♥ Oversized Jumper - H&M
♥ Black Leggings - New Look
♥ Long thin gold necklace - H&M
♥ Necklace with charms - Bootsale
♥ Swallow Brooch - Bootsale
♥ Earrings - Primark
♥ Rings - Primark

Nails:
♥ Revlon Minted

Hair:
♥ Spindryer to achieve messy beach waves


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Mini Topshop Makeup Splurge


It may not come as much of a surprise to most of you that recently I have fallen in love with Topshop Makeup. I'm starting a series of review posts about each of the things I have tried from the whole range. I've already done one on the lipsticks which you can read HERE.

I recently popped into Topshop to have a little mooch around at the clothes, but ended up buying more of the makeup. Maybe, if I actually go there for makeup, i'll walk out with some clothing? It was the new "Sisters of the New Moon" collection that caught my eye. Topshop often bring out little collections alongside their permanent range, which I think is refreshing, and keeps you interested. I picked up a lip tint in "Crystal" which is absolutely amazing to look at. I feel like it's almost too pretty to use. It adjusts in shade when it comes into contact with your skin, which I thought was pretty cool. The second was a lipstick, which as you can see, is orange in colour, which therefor means I must have it. It's a lot less intense on the lips than my beloved Infared, but I love it. Both lip products were £9. I then also picked up a blush in "Flush" from the permanent line which is a pretty shade of fushia pink for £6. The last two items were nail polishes, also from the permanent line, "Hidden Treasure" (right) and "Gypsy Night" (left) which are both gorgeous colours. Who doesn't love a multi coloured glitter black & blue bottle? Both £5!

Overall, a pretty successful trip to Topshop, even if I didn't intend on leaving with makeup ;)
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Review: Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation & Concealer.

I just want to start off by saying I wasn't sent these items to review, I'd read all the hype and decided that since I was out of Bare Escentuals I would try it.



Firstly, I do love the colour range. I actually found it quite difficult deciding which one to buy because they were all fairly similar. Although one thing I did notice at my local counter, was there were no darker foundations for anyone probabaly past olive skintone, at a push. I know they can't stock the whole range at some smaller counters but in all honesty, I've not seen ANY darker colours in ANY counters near me. Do they think darker women don't need foundation? Anyway, that's a different matter.

The first thing I noticed was the lovely fruity smell, obviously because they promote this foundation to have natural ingredients such as apricot, melon, apple and ginger, it HAD to smell nice.

The packaging is..okay. I don't think pharmacy foundations spend much money on the actual packaging, more the promotion of the product, which isnt a bad thing. It has the main ingredients listed (or the ingredients they want to entice you in with..apple, melon etc) what the foundation claims to do, but no coverage information.

The foundation itself is probabaly (im guessing here as they dont mention it) a medium to buildable coverage. The consistency is quite thin, but not watery & once applied it did feel quite wet on my skin for what felt like a little too long, although it did sink it very nicely and DID give a healthy glow.

However, this healthy looking glow did not last the promised 16 hours, more like a measly 2 before I started noticing patches and even places where I felt it had disappeared.
I was really disappointed but kept applying for a few more days, applying with different brushes, using primers, setting with different powders..all did nothing. My mum even asked which foundation i'd been wearing as it looked terrible on my skin. (gotta love mums for being so brutally honest)
Overall, I don't like this foundation, but one good thing that came out of this was that it wasn't AS BAD as the ever so extortionate Chanel Pro Lumiere, which looked awful also.

The Healthy Mix concealer, also promotes the same natural fruity ingredients & comes in a handy squeezy tube. I like this packaging, I think it's good for getting the desired amount out & means no wastage as you'd get with a wand. This concealer promotes "Radiance & Anti-Fatigue" Fab right?
I used this over my blemishes (I have some redness around my nose) the coverage I will admit, is fab. A thick consistency but very easy to blend. The smell is VILE! No fruity smells here, just some strong weird chemically smell. Could just be mine?
I would have loved this concealer, had it not completely broken me out worse than I have ever broken out ever...I had huge painful spots everywhere I had applied this concealer. I stopped using it, and now it's clearing up..finally. I won't be using this again, which is a shame because it did have such great coverage. Obviously this was just my reaction to it, everyone's skin is different.

Your experiences with Bourjois Healthy Mix?

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Friday, March 20, 2015

FOTD

It's not very exciting but hey ho, I haven't done a FOTD before so let me know if you like. :)

On my face:
  • Revlon colourstay foundation
  • Mac select cover up concealer
  • GOSH touch up concealer in no 2 (under the eyes)
  • a dash of benefit erase paste in no 1 (in the corners of my eyes to brighten)
  • A quick sweep on BareEscentuals foundation in medium beige to set foundation
  • Mac So Ceylon MSF on cheek bones
  • a dash of Revlon Blusher on tops on cheek bones
  • The lighter side of Mac MSF in red head on my cheek bones

Lips:

  • Carmex for extra moisture ;)
  • Barry M Lip paint in 101
  • Soap & Glory mother pucker lipgloss in half naked

My Eyes:

  • Urban Decay primer potion
  • Mac e/s Sunday best all over the lid (is shown mainly in the inside corner)
  • Barry M Dazzle Dust in Wild berry (number 88) On outer corner and on bottom lash line
  • Mac e/s Star violet on lower lashline (mixed in with wild berry)
  • Black ink Bobbi Brown Gel liner
  • Lancome Hypnose Mascara in Black

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