Thursday, 29 October 2015

Autumn Makeup


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I like to keep my make up very seasonal so I have now ditched the bright pink lipsticks and coral blushes for smoky eyes and dramatic eyeliner. For the skin I love contouring in the colder months as I tend to ditch the bronzer. The Charlotte Tilbury Bronze and Glow is the best make up product I have ever invested in to contour with. I also like wearing a very matte foundation so I have pulled out my much loved Laura Mercia Silk Creme Foundation (it has now been re-formulated which I am yet to try) and team it with the primer which is so light weight so it leaves the skin feeling like it can still breathe. Sometimes I feel like my skin can look grey and lifeless so as a added boost of glow I've been mixing the Burberry Fresh Glow in with my foundation to lift everything up.

My favourite look in the autumn and winter months is having a blush that makes your cheeks looks like you have just come into a warm cafe from being outside in the icy cold air. Stay Blushed by Rimmel in sun kissed cherry is a great transitional shade to achieve this. It's a creme formula which makes for easy application if you want to create a very subtle look.

I cannot express my love in words how much I love a great smoky eye. I love using warm chocolate and chestnut browns and the Nars 'And God Created the Woman' has been perfect for this (I got this as a Christmas present last year from a good friend of mine- I hope they bring it out again for this year!).

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It's all about berry lips, in all textures for me at the moment. The Maybelline Color Drama in Keep it Classy is stunning for a day time look and when I really want to stand out I wear Dior Mysterious Shock which was a Christmas limited edition product last year.

If you are going to be wearing a lot of smoky eyes this season I would highly recommend putting an eye primer like the Urban Decay Potion Primer underneath so the shadow doesn't crease or move out of place. When I'm going out I also like to finish my eye look with a bold liner and lashes of mascara. Rimmel Exaggerate liner is super easy to use and dries fast so it doesn't smear.

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Supercurler Mascara | Rimmel London


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I have never been a big lover of mascara as I have never really noticed a huge difference between any two. However when I was looking at the "new in" section of the Rimmel stand I couldn't help but notice this mascara calling out to me. I don't know if it's the purple packaging or the fact that it claimed to give an 24 hour curl that made me pick this little guy up but I was totally gravitated to it. The price point is budget friendly at £6.99 from Boots.

Rimmel pitches this product to be a: revolution in lash curling – mascara and lash curler in one! Formula with Lash Curling Power gives an instant 90° curve which holds for 24 hours. (Don't you love it when products claim to do amazing things like "give an instant 90° curve" - really makes me want to prove them otherwise!)

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This Supercurler is everything I have ever looked and hoped for in a mascara. Firstly I love how the brush is a eye-shaped curve because it fits perfectly into the shape of the eye. It makes for easy, mistake-proof application which I'm completely stunned about as I always get mascara on my eyelid. The bristles get right into each lash and it coats each individual lash without any clumping. The Supercurler doesn't give much volume but the curl and length results are so extra-ordinary I don't care about the volume.

For the first time a mascara has actually made me go "oo" and "ahh" when I have applied it. It seriously gives you an full curl and it holds! I haven't worn it for 24 hours but it does stand up to a whole day which, to be honest, didn't think could exist. I don't use my eyelash curlers at all since I started using this mascara- hooray!

I have not experienced any panda eyes and taking it off in the evening is an absolute dream as a couple of light swipes with my make up remover clears the product right off. If you are looking for a new mascara I seriously recommend trying this one but even if you aren't looking for a new mascara I also recommend just ditching your current one and trying this one anyway (yup I seriously think it's that good).

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee | Book Review


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I remember in school having to read To Kill a Mockingbird and it completely opened my eyes and inspired me to be a lawyer. I wanted to fight for justice, to change the world and stand up for what is right. Go Set A Watchman fast forwards us to Scout moving into adulthood. She is confused why her hometown sees black people being subhuman and beneath white people. She is confused and angered at how society in the South of America is structured as she does not see why white people are dumbing down black people. From Scout's point of view from the things she saw as a child in To Kill a Mockingbird that people are just people and that there is no split in society. In Go Set A Watchman, Scout is faced with big reality checks which completely takes her off guard. She is faced with seeing loved ones in a completely new light. It made me reflect on the changes I equally went through- growing from a child into an adult.

This book made me reflect on how I saw the world. Taking into account when Harper Lee wrote this story to how society has changed today is disgusting. We are still fighting the same issues, still fighting for equality yet there still isn't any change in society. Will society ever be equal is the question? And if not, is the fight worth it? I believe that equality is unlikely to ever happen but we have to continue to bring good in the world as we need to be better than our "survivorship" instincts of having to put other people down to better ourselves. We don't need to be like that and if we can stop it we should.

Saturday, 10 October 2015

My Lipstick Handbag Stash


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The other day my friend had asked me whether I had a spare lipstick as she had forgotten to wear one that day. As I was trolling through my handbag and showing her the options I had it dawned on me that I stash a unhealthy amount of lipsticks in my bag. You could say I'm the "crazy lipstick lady" that carries 9 lipsticks around with her. There is noway that I need 9 lipsticks in my bag but it is what it is and I enjoy the safety of having options and being able to cater to any occasion.

I really do think the drug store does an amazing job on their lip products so much so that I feel that high end lipsticks are unjustified if it wasn't for the luxurious packaging. My most loved colours are definitely reds and berries. There is nothing which makes me more confident in myself than when I apply a beautiful red lipstick. One of my favourites the Rimmel Apocalips in Big Bang. Also with autumn now upon us I love wearing the forever loved Kate Rimmel 107 and Charlotte Tilbury in Love Liberty. I always get compliments when I wear either of these colours. In the summer I really enjoy wearing bright pinks like Maybelline Colour Drama in Fuchsia Desire but I don't get so much wear out of these around these colder months.

But I'm going to be completely honest, I am passionate about all my lipstick colours. I love how your can really make a statement with lipstick or it works as a helping hand with a dramatic eye makeup look. There is an art to makeup and I just really appreciate how it can enhance or draw attention away from anything you want on your face.

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I don't think I will ever stop carrying around at least 10 different lipstick colours in different textures and finishes nor will I stop buying lipstick. Some people collect stamps, I collect lipsticks.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

No. 7 Deep Pore Purifier | Review


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You all know by now that I absolutely love the No.7 Hot Cloth Cleanser so I thought I would try a few more No.7 skincare products. The Deep Pore Purifier is a targeted cleanser to deeply clean and purify pores around the nose, forehead and chin. The innovative scrub tip gently exfoliates and unblocks pores by dissolving and lifting pore clogging dirt that can cause blackheads. It works to instantly tighten pores, remove excess oils and leave skin feeling incredibly clean. The advanced Poreless complex helps to visibly reduce pore size and regulate sebum production to reveal beautiful clear and healthy looking skin.

This sounds perfect for a deep cleanse as I do suffer with black heads on my nose and I have noticed that I get a few blocked pores on my chin. It also is at a good price point of £12.00 and at the time I purchased this I got 3 for 2 at Boots.

The head of the product really interested me. It is flat headed with small bumps which you use to exfoliate your skin. You can twist the head to stop the product coming out of which is handy for travelling. The cleanser is a gel like texture which is clear and very light weight. It can be hard to see/feel whether you have applied any of the cleanser to your face.

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Overall I was a little disappointed in the product. The gel didn't really do anything for my skin and I had to use a lot in order to cover my whole face. The bumps on the flat head were really harsh on the skin and it felt sore afterwards. I have been using this for a month now and haven't noticed a change in my pores sadly. I give this product a thumbs down so I may just stick to my No.7 Hot Cloth Cleanser.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Primark Autumn Hat


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Anyone watch the England vs Australia rugby game last night? So disappointing England got knocked out! I'm not usually one for rugby but since moving to the UK from New Zealand I'm immensely proud that little old New Zealand has the best team in the world. I have been watching all the All Black games and because my husband is English I equally have been watching the England games as well. Who will be in the finals will be interesting! However rugby isn't the focus of this post but rather all things Autumn! While I like summer I do miss wearing berry lipsticks, boots with cute socks, hot chocolates, seamy baths, cosy slippers and furry coats. I have noticed all the shops have started bringing in all their Autumn/Winter collections and it looks amazing. I am a little apprehensive about the 70's trend but having seen the high street putting a modern edge to it I can really see myself branching out and purchasing a burnt orange mini skirt! While doing my research into the new trends I stepped into my local Primark and saw these two super adorable hats. I know Topshop did a similar style last year but the shape didn't really suit me and found it tight around my head (plus it was triple the price of the Primark ones!). I love the knit pattern on this hat and it's so easy to just throw it on. It is not loose or tight on the head and I have noticed it doesn't give me crazy hat hair either which is an amazing bonus!

There are only two colours in my Primark store which was a beige and grey however I really couldn't pick between the two so I obviously got both. These hats don't break the bank either being only £3.00 each-bargin! The bobble on the top of the hat doesn't malt which is great as it has really kept it's fluffy shape.

If you like the look of these I would quickly head down to Primark as soon as you can because there weren't many left when I got mine!
 

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