Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation and Healthy Balance Powder

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation and Healthy Balance Powder

Up until about a month ago I was a total foundation virgin! And that is saying something for someone who loves makeup as much as I do. The first and main reason for this is I hate the idea of having something cakey sitting on my skin all day that feels horrible and doesn’t even look that great. When I thought of foundation I thought of a thick blotchy orange tinted paste, not something I wanted to waste my money on. Also I am very much a BB cream lover, they are light and moisturising but this give all the coverage that I need. Also a bit like perfume shopping the idea of foundation shopping doesn’t really appeal to me. I had no idea where to start trying to find my perfect shade, or if lighting makes a difference or what kind different foundations are even out there. And buying the wrong foundation would be like buying a dress that doesn’t fit properly but not being able to take it back afterwards. And for a student tight on money like me that wasn’t an investment I wanted to risk

However about a month ago I had a prom makeup to buy list and at the top of my list was a foundation. I had wanted to try this one for a while after hearing a lot of good things about it – mostly from Vivianna Does Makeup. She described it as being light and moisturising with a really natural looking finish so it sounded right up my street. So one day on my way to a dance show while I was wondering around Boots when I spotted a buy one get one half price on all Bourjois products I jumped at my opportunity and picked up the foundation and the powder from the same range.

Healthy Mix Foundation

For my first ever foundation I was really impressed by this product. I have the colour 052 and I have to be honest that it was just luck that I picked the right colour as I still have no idea how to shop for foundation! The finish is really lovely and the product goes on really smoothly. I am yet to invest in a foundation brush so at the moment I am just using my fingers and it still blends really well. The finish if the foundation is glowy and sheeny so I found that it worked really well for my skin type. The only thing that I would say is powder in the T zone is a must for setting this in place and preventing the skin from looking oily. I did wear this to my Prom and I had it on for a good 10 hours of dancing in a boiling marquee and by the end of the night it was pretty much all still there so I was super impressed with the staying power. It also made my skin look really lovely in photos. I’m saving this foundation for special occasions like parties and meals out but am really impressed with it so far. If I had one problem though it would be the heavy glass bottle as it means it’s not a very good one for carrying around or taking away with you.

Healthy Balance Powder

The only powder that I have bought for the last two years has been the Rimmel Matte Powder. It does the job and it I pretty cheap and I’ve never really seen the point in spending a load of money on a powder. However this one is about £3 cheaper than the Rimmel one but my god do you get your £3 worth. The first issue that I had with the Rimmel power was the plastic lid which I always ended up cracking and breaking which then meant that my powder was unprotected and it was either going to go all over my other makeup or just crack and go everywhere. At the height on my powder lid-less-ness I was using tin foil to protect my power which not only looked stupid but didn’t really work either. I then resulted on keeping powder lids that I had managed not to break as spares! However this powder has a lovely flip up lid which I can’t see breaking anytime soon (touch wood!). And not only that but it also has a mirror! Which I just think is amazing as it means I don’t have to carry around a separate compact mirror anymore, especially helpful when using a small clutch! There isn’t anything to protect the mirror from the powder so it is often quite powdery but I really doesn’t mind – I’m still in awe of this genius design! The powder itself is also really lovely and never goes cakey over whatever skin makeup I wear. And on no makeup days I love wearing just this and a bit of concealer as it still gives some coverage. Also considering how long I’ve had this and how much I have been using it it barely looks like I’ve scraped the surface! I never thought I would be getting so excited about a powder but this is such an amazing one!  

Thursday, 24 July 2014

A Quick Outfit Of The Day

A Quick Outfit Of The Day

Top - Jack Wills
Shorts - H&M

Nails - Essie Tea and Crumpets

Star Earrings - Accessorize

In couple of day I'm off to Cornwall with my family and my boyfriend so at the moment I am in the process of packing meaning I don't have a lot of clothes to wear right now. And the weather recently has been so hot and sunny! Today I haven't really done very much apart for tidying the house and picking up some bits and pieces from town so my outfit this morning was very much a grab stuff that I didn't think was coming to Cornwall. I you have been reading my blog from the beginning then you might recognise this top as it was in one of the first posts that I ever wrote! I got it from Jack Wills in the sale in January during my "obsessed with stars" phase around Christmas time.  I would normally wear this top in Winter because of the print and the colour but as soon as I put it on with these H&M grey/beige shorts (that match perfectly with the stars!) this morning I just fell in love with this outfit. So much so that I had to go and write a post about it!

And if your wondering why I'm not actually wearing the outfit in my post it's because apart from going into town I've spent most of my day sunbathing in my bikini! Let me know what you think of the outfit and if you think this top can work for summer as well :) 

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

The Liebster Award

The Liebster Award

I still consider myself to be pretty new to blogging so when I heard that someone had nominated me for The Liebster Award I had to quickly go and Google it! I was actually nominated a couple of weeks ago by the lovely Diana from Cups & Roses for nominating me for this award. She is so sweet and she has such a lovely blog so you should definitely go and check here blog out here. Then yesterday I was nominated again by Monica from Brunette in Back. She has an amazing blog with such great post and she's pretty new to blogging like me so you should definitely go and check out her blog here

I was flattered to be nominated once, let alone twice! So now I have two sets of 11 questions to answer, and they are all such great questions that I don't want to miss any out. Hope you guys don't mind finding out a bit more about me than expected!

. Let's start with the rules

1. Post the award on your blog
2. Thank the blogger who presented the award and link back to their blog
3. Answer the 11 questions posted by the presenter and ask 11 for your nominees to answer
4. Nominate 11 bloggers who you feel deserve this award and who have less than 1100 followers
5. Let the nominees know you have nominated them

Diana's questions:

1. Where were you last year and where do you see yourself one year from now?

Last year I had just finished my AS exams and I was back at school starting my A2 subjecting and thinking about UCAS and university. In a year from now I hope to have earned enough money to go travelling and be looking forward to going to university. 

  2. Which was the best year of your life till now and why?

I think the last year has been the best year of my life even though it has in many ways also been the hardest. I've had some things that didn't go quite my way but I've learnt so much about myself as a person and I think I've really gown up a lot. I also met my boyfriend last year and I have had much more of a social life! 

  3. What is the biggest virtue blogging has taught you so far?

It sounds cliche but stay true to yourself. Just blog about things that interest you and write posts that you would want to read yourself. As long as you're enjoying blogging the rest doesn't really matter. 

  4. Art or science?

I think I would have to say Art even though I actually chose to study science longer. But I'm a pretty creative person and have always love art and fashion. 

  5. Do you have any hobbies?

Dance is a pretty big hobby of mine, I've been doing all sorts of dance since the age of four! I've also been part of a dance school for years now and they are almost like a second family to me! Honestly, my dance teacher is like my other mum! I also love yoga, singing, drawing and obviously blogging.
  6. Which is your favourite movie?

Another cliche answer I would have to say either Breakfast At Tiffany's (Audrey Hepburn is one of my idols) or the Notebook. 

  7. Which is your favourite colour?

It changes depending on the season really. In summer I love coral and mint and pastel colours and in Winter I like to wear navy and burgundy. But I think if I had to pick one colour it would be a pastel blue.  

  8. Which is your favourite fragrance?

Probably Daisy by Marc Jacobs or I have an Ghost perfume which has nearly finished but I don't want to use it as I know that they don't sell it anymore. Although I have just bought the new Daisy Dream perfume by Marc Jacobs and it smells AMAZING! So I think that would have to be my new favourite fragrance

  9. Eye shadow or lipstick?

My eyes are quite big and brown and are one of the features on my face that I like to use makeup to draw more attention to so I would have to say eyeshadow. Although being a bit of a makeup addict I do have a large and growing collection of lip products!

10. Which is your favourite holiday destination?

My ideal holiday would be lying on a beautiful beach with clear sea, listening to good music and reading a book/fashion magazine. Of the places I have been I love Egypt and Dubai but one day I would love to go to Bora Bora or Mauritius. Although I think city breaks are such a great holiday too. I just got back from Paris and I absolutely loved it. 

11. How do you imagine your dream house?

I think designing your own house would be one of the most exciting things ever! When I was younger I used to be obsessed with Sims 2. I'd hardly ever actually play with the people I'd just build and design loads of different houses! I think my dream house would be an open plan kitchen and living area. I also think that there would be quite a lot of white with simple modern decor but decorative pretty accessories. Also it would be super neat as tidy and everything would have its place as I am such a neat freak!

Monica's questions:

1. A drink you wouldn't trade for anything

I don't really have a favourite drink to be honest. I love hot chocolates in the winter and summer fruits squash with lemonade in the summer. 

2. What's your biggest fear?

I have loads of fears such as my life not meeting the expectations I have in my head which is ridiculous because life never turns out the way you plan it anyway! I think that my biggest fear though is losing someone that I love. 

3. Favourite social network?

Well I don't have twitter and I don't use Facebook that much so I would have to say Instagram!

4. What talent would you like to have?

A photographic memory! Does that count?! If not then I'd love to be really logical and intelligent like the people in CSI and those kind of programmes! 

5. Animals or people?

People because it's nice to have someone to talk to. Although I do love hugging animals.

6. A song that describes you the most

Okay, this is the hardest questions ever! Totally depends on my mood. I've spend like half an hour trying t think of a song and I still can't even answer that, sorry guys!

7. If you could build your own company, what would it be about?

I'd love to own my own fashion and accessories company, that would be amazing! Talk about a hard industry to break into though!
8. The thing you mostly want to do right now

Hug my boyfriend! Cheesy I know, but he's away in Leeds at the moment and I miss him.
9. Which Disney character would you like to be and why?

I would either be Violet from the Incredibles becuase it would be awesome to be invisible or Ariel from the little mermaid because the idea of living underwater in a castle with a fish as a bestfriend would just be the best thing ever!

10. Favourite scent?

My new perfume Daisy Dream by Marc Jacobs. Go check out my last post if you want to hear more about it!

11. Who's your role model?

I don't really think I have one. There are loads of people that I admire and look up to like Audrey Hepburn, my mum and Taylor Swift though!

My questions: 

  1. What is your favourite place in the world?
  2. If you could only use one piece of makeup for the rest of your life what would it be? 
  3. What is your dream job? 
  4. Where do you hope to be in 5 years time? 
  5. What do you like to do in your free time? 
  6. What is your relationship to the last person that  you texted? 
  7. What is your favourite high street and favourite designer store? 
  8. If you could only eat one meal forever what would it be? 
  9. Describe your style in three words
  10. When did you start blogging and why? 
  11. Who is your celebrity crush?
I am nominating: 
  1. Bea from beatricenotyetlost.blogspot.co.uk
  2. Rachel from claireful.blogspot.co.uk
  3. prettypurple92.weebly.com
  4. Natalie from shabbychicandtea.blogspot.co.uk
  5. Be from lovefrombe.blogspot.com
  6. Emily from prettypleaseblog.co.uk
  7. Rachel from bubbleblush11.blogspot.co.uk
  8. Jina from beautyblogmark.com
  9. Sara from shewhoisshort.blogspot.co.uk
  10. Cristy from cristynottingham.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1
  11. Ashleigh from Ashleighbeauty.blogspot
Hope you haven't already won this award! But if you have maybe you just want to answer my questions :) 

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Today In Pictures - 22/07/2014

Today In Pictures - 22/07/2014

Trying out this new face wash today. Will keep you updated with how I get on. 

After watching a PointlessBlog vlog where they played a bit of Sims 3 I dug mine out. I can't actually remember the last time that I played it but it took up a lot of my day today!

This parcel arrived today! It contains my 18th birthday present and I only have less than a month until I can open it!

Lining up pretty shoes

Having a little bit of a manicure session tonight

My evening reading, catching up with Vogue and Elle of course!

Daisy Dream By Marc Jacobs

 Daisy Dream By Marc Jacobs 

I think considering that I have been to an airport four times in the last two weeks and this was my only duty free purchase is pretty good! Although saying that it was partly because after this there wasn't much money left in my purse for anymore shopping! I've been needing a new perfume for a while now. I think about 2/3 years ago for my birthday and then Christmas I got three perfumes. They were a Hollister one, a Ghost one and Daisy by Marc Jacobs. I loved the Ghost one and that became my everyday perfume so when it started to get very low I was gutted to find out that it had been discontinued. Daisy was my favourite and I tried to save it for evenings and special occasions but even so I probably have about 5 uses left of that one too. 

I tried to go perfume shopping several times but I really hated it. I had no idea what I was looking for or what would suit me and there is so much choice out there that I jsut felt overwhelmed. And after about 15 minutes of smelling loads of different perfumes I started to get a bit of a headache and all the smells started blending into one and I couldn't tell the difference anyway!

I had heard that Marc Jacobs was bring out a new Daisy perfume and I couldn't wait to give it a sniff. So as soon as I saw it in duty free on my way to Spain I smelt it and new that it was the one, so I grabbed it and the rest is history.

Firstly I think that the perfume bottle is the most gorgeous thing I have ever seen. For me the look of the perfume is just as important as the smell. If I'm going to have my perfume on display in my bedroom then I need to love it. If I were to try and describe the smell then I would say that it is light, fresh and floral. It's just a really feminine smell that isn't too overpowering or offensive.

I'm so happy with this purchase and even more happy that I found it in duty free because this doesn't actually come out until August! So if you are in the market for a new perfume and this sounds like your kind of scent then I would definitely recommend checking this one out. I picked this 100ml bottle up for £56 at duty free so it may be slightly more expensive elsewhere. 

Monday, 21 July 2014

Today In Pictures - 21/07/2014

Today In Pictures - 21/07/2014

Today I am basically doing nothing! This is the first day in a long time where I'm at home just relaxing on my own. I'm also still a little ill so I'm taking it easy and will hopefully be all better for the end of the week when I'm off to Cornwall with Jack and my family. 

 Pretty new tissues to make me better!

 Starting a new book today 
 Admiring the flowers in the garden
How pretty is this colour? 
Made a bit of a mess doing some scrapbooking!

 Finally got round to washing my makeup brushes
Oops! I think I found a new series to watch! 3 episodes in a row so far!

Pictures From My Prom

Pictures From My Prom

Okay, I have a confession to make. On my prom day, like the most exciting day ever, I was an awful blogger. I was in such a rush to get ready for prom after my speech day that I basically took no photos before Prom and by the time that I did start to take some photos it was half way through the night and I had been dancing so my makeup was slipping off my face and my hair was falling out! But anyway, a few people said they wanted to see some pictures from my Prom, so here are a few of them. Sorry that they are not very good quality or lighting but you do gt to see my dress, and isn't the dress the most important part of Prom anyway?! 

Me and my bestie

We each had to walk around the stage as they called our name! 

Jack and I 

The decorations in the marquee was so lovely

This guy is just the cutest!

Little close up of my dress so you can see the embellishments

Again with my favourite blonde!