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Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Pandora | Bracelet Update featuring Joshua James


Can you believe it's been an entire year since my last Pandora update? I can't - it doesn't seen five minutes since I was in my flatmates bedroom surrounded by my friends at 12:01 on the 30th October 2012 delicately undoing the ribbon on my first Pandora bag. After all, that's really what these bracelets are all about - memories.

My owl charm reminds me of the late nights I spent partying studying with my new found friends (and freedom!) during my first year of university, my pumpkin and my ghost - a nod to being an almost Halloween baby - and my camera given to a photography obsessed me for her 21st birthday by my wonderful flatmates and more importantly, long term friends.

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Lush | Dark Angels Charcoal Cleanser

Lush Dark Angels Charcoal Cleanser
Lush Dark Angels Charcoal Cleanser 1

If there is one skin-loving ingredient I like to layer onto my skin, it's charcoal. I believe I read somewhere that active charcoal can remove up to four times its weight in dirt which makes it the best pore unclogging ingredient around. I'd also highly recommend the Biore range and have just purchased the This Works Quick Fix Purifying Charcoal Mask but have yet to try it out to see how it compares to this - my new love!

I cannot stress how much of a difference Lush's Dark Angels Cleanser has made to my oily and dehydrated skin. The charcoal deals with those horrible little white bumps whilst helping to exfoliate away all the dead skin at the same time. I like to use this the acne-busting cleanser by wetting my face and then scooping up a bon-bon sized (sorry, it's the closest thing I can think of!) nugget of product and wetting until it forms a smooth paste between my hands. I then scrub it all over to exfoliate and leave for 3-5 minutes until my skin feels fresh and clean (note that it doesn't say this on the tin but I like to think that it helps as you can still feel it working).

It then needs really carefully washing off - and I mean carefully, this stuff is black so make sure to use dark towels, flannels and wash the skin thoroughly when done. To me, the mess is the only down side of the entire process, which is gentle enough to be done daily, and I could see a difference in my congested pores as soon as I washed it off.

In my option, this does exactly what it says on the tin, it's Angels on Bare Faces but for those of us cursed with oily skin. A must try for anyone experiencing skin issues!

Friday, 10 July 2015

Beauty | Summer Lipstick Haul & Swatches

Beauty Lipstick Haul Revlon Matte Really Red Creme Black Cherry GOSH Flirty Orange Gerard Cosmetics Underground Swatch
Beauty Lipstick Haul Revlon Matte Really Red Creme Black Cherry GOSH Flirty Orange Gerard Cosmetics Underground Swatch

June was the month of lipstick purchases because that's just what you want before a giant British Summertime heatwave - right?


Gerard Cosmetics Underground
As Gerard Cosmetics frequently post so many discount codes over on their instagram, I thought I'd snag this unique shade for 45% off (Read: you must go follow them!). It reminds me a lot of the instahype surrounding Lime Crime's Cashmere. It's a bit of purple, a bit of brown and a bit of grey all rolled into one and feels almost waxy on the lips. It's quite unusual both in colour and texture and lasts a long time without being drying.


GOSH Flirty Orange
Recently I have been obsessed with the matching lip liner so I just had to get this and though I can say I honestly don't love it as much due to it's sheen, it looks great over either an orange liner for a true pop of colour or atop a red lip liner for a fully customisable red-orange shade. Both of which I think are perfect for summer.


Revlon Really Red (Matte)
Also known as the perfect MAC Russian Red dupe (see also Sleek's Russian Roulette). A classic red that just lasts on the lips. I also really like Revlon's packaging as it feels solid and luxurious.  Plus, as a beauty blogger it's always handy when you can see the colour through the top of the bullet!


Revlon Black Cherry (Creme)
This is the lipstick everyone was raving about in A/W 2014. Though I prefer the matte formulation of these lipsticks, this one certainly has its place as one of my favourite summer berries. YES, you did read that right! It can either be dabbed on for a light wash of colour or applied all over for that opaque and vampy finish we all know and love.

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Youtube | What's in my Retro Pack?

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Seventeen | Define and Conquer Contour Kit

Seventeen 17 Define and Conquer Contour Kit Highlight
Seventeen 17 Define and Conquer Contour Kit Highlight 1
Seventeen 17 Define and Conquer Contour Kit Highlight Swatch

I know I'm late to the beauty bandwagon on this matte Seventeen's Define and Conquer Contour Kit. I'd all but talked myself out of getting it, but when Seventeen at Boots not only have money off but a huge display printed with "The best contour kit ever!" it's just so hard to ignore!

As a individual who's complexion rivals a pint of milk, I'm hesitant when trying any new bronzer. But this duo, although warm in tone, blends beautifully into the skin to give a soft summer glow that is perfect for both travel and for beginners. As is the handy 4 step card that shows you exactly where to highlight (high points of the face) and contour (low points of the face) if you're new to the contour scene. I personally like to use a flat contour brush to work the colour under my cheekbones and use a slightly fluffier brush to blend it along my temples and jaw line.

The only negative for me is the highlight shade that - due to my incredibly pale complexion - serves as more of a setting powder rather than a highlight. But if anything this makes it a little more handbag friendly in my eyes, as I can easily use it on the go to touch up or to set my under eye concealer. And in case you were wondering what I do use to highlight or 'strobe' I currently opt for the Makeup Revolution Highlighting Palette in the shade Golden Lights.

Overall I think this is a great portable kit that lasts a working day on the skin, even in the summer sunshine and it will work excellently on those with a little colour to their skin (Read: anyone not reaching to the palest foundation at the counter - like me!).

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Let's Talk | June

I've not even left university a month and I am already tearing my hair out of boredom. I just have this inherent need to be busy. This past week has been a busy one for me I survived my first 'big girl' interview, discovered I'll be graduating with a 2:1 in Psychology, officially booked my driving test and gotten my very first car  - complete with Minion air freshener. That's a whole lotta grown up to deal with just over a week. Oh, and I dyed my hair briefly ginger too.

I've cleared out my wardrobe and those scary junk boxes under my bed. I have binned, bagged and boxed so much but still have a way to go before I no longer feel like I am transitioning back home. I still have a suitcase packed and boxes of kitchenware to trawl through, extra bedding, towels, books and clothes that I just have no room for. It's so odd packing up and entire life and them attempting to cram it into a bedroom. Things just don't work that way.

I also checked the remainder of my student loan today for the first time in over a month. If I don't check, I can't know how bad it is right?. I kept telling myself this over and over and yoyo-ed between holding out for a job that I love or just applying for a job that I could do right now. This came after I had a really - completely unusually and freakish - down day where I worried too much about money and not being able to do things or go places or even pass my driving test. It was sucky and it was touch and go for all of four hours until I went to bed - got as good a night's sleep as a girl with fatigue can - and then decided the next day that momentarily, madness had set in.

What I have now is incredibly lucky, I have a chance to have a break and to take some time out without anyone questioning the gaps in my CV. I can take things slow (which does involve some Netflix) and although my life isn't a riot right now, it's nice to just focus on the little things rather than the big scary picture. Which is so incredibly unlike me. It's taken me some time to realise that it's okay sometimes to put your feet up. But at the same time I'm ready to jump back into a vigorous blogging schedule with daily posts and two video uploads a week in order to keep myself busy until I decide it's time to venture into the big wide world again.

How was your June?
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