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Thursday, 29 May 2014

Life | Blog Design, Exams & Anxiety


Here's a quick chance to show off my latest (and finest) procrastination: my new header and blog button! What do you guys think? I'm hoping to re-open my blog header design over the summer so make sure to follow me to keep up to date with the giveaways. But because of uni commitments and exams I do have quite the backlog at the moment I'm afraid!



Good news, I just survived my second exam on less than 2 hours sleep, feeling sick to my stomach, shaking and half-starved. Welcome to the way I sit my exams. I'm not quite sure when this whole problem started; one can assume it's the result of a grammar school education and the pressures to strive to achieve, not just for yourself but for your school.

I don't remember ever not being nervous before an exam but this is something different, an all consuming kind of gripping fear that makes your stomach feel like it's about to rip itself free. It's horrible. Irrational. And not at all normal. For the past four years, pretty much every single time I've gone to sit down for an exam I've had this feeling and on more than one occasion made myself physically sick just thinking about it.

So why do I feel this way? No. Freaking. Idea. I'm a good 2:1 student, I attend the lectures, understand the material, revise well and can pretty much recite the syllabus off by heart by the time the exam comes around. It's just those last few hours of waiting that really do it for me. I actually quite like organising, revising and showing off what I know. In some deeply geeky way it's all really very fun. It's just those last few hours of running too and from the bathroom and cuddling a hot water bottle in a blanket that really do it for me.

Hope your exams are going well!


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Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Beauty | Estee Lauder Doublewear Foundation


Can you believe that this teeny, tiny bottle fits a whole 10 days worth of foundation in? I couldn't either until I put it to the test after getting colour matched at my local counter.

I'm notoriously skeptical when it comes to high-end products - I mean is it really worth it? I hate to admit it but I'm ready and willing to part with my cash for this little beauty saviour. First up, coverage. I'd say this gives medium coverage as it generally covers any areas of redness but the occasional blemish needs a spot of concealer over the top. The formula is thick and creamy blends flawlessly into skin. The only critisism I have is that is dries so quickly that I now do my morning foundation routine in stages - left, right, up, down. It sounds like a military operation.

The first day I wore this I was astounded by just how light the finish was - I mean I adore Benefit's Big Easy BB Cream but for a foundation Estee Lauder Double Wear really does feel weightless and this has made it my #1 coveted summer essential.

Got you hooked yet? You haven't heard the price! The regular-sized bottled RRP at £28.50 and because you use so little they pack in an entire 5 months worth of foundation - that's just £5.70 per month or just £1.43 per week!

What's your opinion, splash the cash or spend summer bare?


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Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Home | Ruby Ruth Dolls


Ruby Ruth Dolls are probably the most unique, home made dolls out there. They're great for quirky kids and grown ups alike meaning that they're not only acceptable to give to your younger family members, but also to have gracing your shelf at the ripe old age of twenty. Who ever said you'd have to outgrow childhood toys? Especially one as quirky as this!

My favourite part about these dolls (bedsides their exterior!) is that Ruby Ruth prides themselves on home made dolls originating from reclaimed materials from charity shops and second hand stores which is right up my alley. I received one of their Peggy dolls* in the the mail last week with a cute little tag saying that her name was Phyllis and Phyllis believed in true love.


"Peggy was a real looker in her day. She is never seen without her floral headscarf and full make-up. She is 30 cm tall and 12 cm across."

As you can see proportionally she is worse than Barbie; sporting a huge head and teeny tiny legs. I adore her floral headscarf that appears to be made out of someone's old shirt and her velvety body is getting really addictive to sit and stroke, this coming from a perpetual velvet hater. I think she'll look great sitting on my bookcase or my windowsill back home, and I can't wait to see what my cat makes of her (my bet is he will not be best pleased!). Thanks to her delicate arms and legs I might be able to make her store a few of my everyday rings too.

As a kid I was far too into monsters and goblins to sit and play with Barbie dolls and Ruby Ruth Dolls fit the bill perfectly without being too... well, terrifying for the other children like my Boglins were (let me know if you remember these!). My nine year old self would have loved her - being anything but the pink and/or girly norm. Heck, my twenty year old self cannot wait to play dress up when I have a spare minute and make her a dress and take the Ruby Ruth motto to heart by raiding the local charity shops for a floaty-floral print and some old gloves to turn into the cutest knee high socks.

Which one's your favourite Ruby Ruth Doll?


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Monday, 26 May 2014

Beauty | Benefit They're Real Mascara


I'm just going to say it. This post has been a long time coming and I refuse to jump on the bandwagon with this mascara (cue horror-filled gasps). I have tried to love it, I really honestly have but the truth is that I just can't wear it for more than a couple of hours, and here's why...

THE GOOD: This mascara makes your lashes look phenomenal, it volumises, lengthens and frames your eyes beautifully - though I wouldn't necessarily go as far as saying that it resemble false lashes it's certainly one of the best mascaras I've tried in terms of making my eyes pop.

THE BAD: It's not waterproof. And this pains me a lot!

THE UGLY: I have been cursed with oily skin (In short: make up slips, my face shines after a matter of hours but on the bright side we're said to age slower in the face - see there is a plus side). I find that the oily, especially on my lid, wreaks havoc when it comes to my mascara so there are very few brands I can actually own without having to religiously check for the dreaded panda eyes at least three times before mid day. Benefit's They're Real Mascara is the worst! I've applied my makeup, sat down to film and by the end of a ten minute video it's already streamed down my face.

THE VERDICT: I know this is one of those "it's not you it's me" moments. But if you have oily skin then I'd recommend one's just not for you but I'm holding out for a waterproof version!


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Sunday, 25 May 2014

FOTD | Barely There

FOTD | Barely There

Everyone seemed to enjoy yesterday's FOTD post so here's another for you all. When I'm crazy busy (like at exam time) FOTD posts are my favorite to shoot as I'm pretty much just shooting my morning routine.

I very rarely wear matte shadows so this is a bit of new territory for me, I'm much more attracted to shimmery browns and coppers but I feel like this is such a night, light everyday look that you could easily wear to school, or just as a low maintenance everyday look. I have also passed up my signature red lip for something a bit more muted and peach toned for SS14 - I'm only a couple of months late!

Sadly, it's peeing it down outside so instead of venturing out to the library - how exotic - I'll be staying in once more with a good cuppa tea and my textbooks (did I mention 8 more days?)


Base
Benefit Hello Oxygen Foundation in the shade Ivory
MAC Prolongwear Concealer in the shade NW20

Cheeks
Sleek Blush in Pommegranate
Technic Highlights (Benefit Highbeam Dupe)

Eyes
Sleek i-divine Palette in Storm
(Calm Before the Storm - lid, Eye of the Storm - outer corner)
Dainty Dolls Eyeshadow in Teach Me Tiger (crease)
Model Co. Fibre Extend Extreme Lengthening Mascara
Oriflame Wonderlash Mascara*
Tools: Nanshy Blending Brush*, Nanshy Large Shader Brush*

Lips
Sleek True Colour Lipstick in Barely There


Let me know if you have any FOTD requests in the comments below, or if you would like an in depth review of any of the products featured.



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Saturday, 24 May 2014

Life Update & FOTD

Life | Update

Yes I KNOW I've been AWOL and for that I'm incredibly sorry but I've had one heck of a bad two weeks - you know that feeling when just EVERYTHING around you just seems to be going wrong? Yeah, that. I smashed my phone, which, when I took it in for repair was gone through and have spent literal HOURS on the phone to customer service among a ton of little other niggly little things.

All in all things are finally looking up, I nailed my last exam and I have finally taken a break long enough to write a blog post for you all. Admittedly it's not much, but it's something and now I remember how much I miss it and am fighting really hard not to spend my Saturday afternoon on Bloglovin'. Back to my textbooks I suppose (9 days and counting!) thank you so much for sticking with me!

Let me know if you'd like to see some tutorial on here/Youtube in the comments below - because I'm dying to start filming again soon!


FOTD | Purple Lids

Base
Rimmel Stay Matte BB Cream in Light
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW20
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Translucent

Cheeks
Sleek Blush in Pommegranate

Eyes
Makeup Revoultion in Matte Brights
(shade 6 - lid, shade 7 - crease, shade 8 - crease)
W7 False Liquid Lashes*

Lips
Barry M Liner in Red
Sleek True Colour Lipstick in Russian Roulette (Matte finish; MAC Russian Red Dupe)



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Friday, 23 May 2014

Beauty | Seventeen Skin Wow Primer


As a Primer...
I really can't say much for this primer's longevity as it is just far to shiny to use as a primer on my oily skin. I applied it first across my cheeks and immediately realised that we wouldn't be getting along! This is definitely something for those of you with more dry or combination skin. As for making my makeup last longer, I wouldn't say it made much of a difference and it did nothing to refine the appearance of my skin.

Mixed in with my Foundation...
Used sparingly with my foundation it provides a subtle luminescant glow that's perfect to wear out in the evenings or in the summer sun. But this is one of those 'marmite' products that (if applied liberally) will work well for dry and dull skin, less so for us oily and shiny gals as this just draws attention and brings out our inner shine in a not-so-pleasant way!

BUT before you leave this blog post thinking that it's all doom and gloom...

As a Highlighter...
As a highlighter I adore it! The consistency is a lot more watery than the likes of Benefit's High Beam and it gives a light iridescent sheen to my cheekbones without a chunk of glitter in sight.



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Saturday, 17 May 2014

Beauty | Glam Vintage Shimmer Cream by Art Deco


Very rarely do I come across a product that is so beautiful I have to have it but Art Deco's Glam Vintage Shimmer Cream is one of those products. Which is why, when I discovered the brand a couple of weeks ago at the Hull Fashion Week Debenhams Beauty Lock-in I was devastated when I found out that I was so late to the party that it had sold out - everywhere! Hence why the lovely MUA kindly offered to give me their last little tester to take home with me.

For those of you (like me) who had no idea about Art Deco - go google them. They have some gorgeous customised eyeshadow palettes in such a range of colours and finishes. I just can't wait to go back and make my very own as I must have swatched at least twenty! So expect a review very soon...

The glam Vintage shimmer Cream was part of their Winter 2013 Great Gatsby-inspired collection that I am currently tracking down piece by piece on sites like Amazon and eBay - the packaging is gorgeous, the colours are gorgeous and I cannot wait to use this for my End of Year Ball - swept across my eyelids and possibly my cheek bones too! Admittedly the glitter is a little chunky for every day but hello it's prom season and I'll be throwing myself in at the deep end (hint of collaborations to come).

What would you use this shade for?


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