Sunday, 30 August 2015

Bourjois Nude Sensation Foundation.

Bourjois Nude Sensation Foundation in the shade no. 41 Nude Clair
Bourjois Nude Sensation Foundation in no. 41 Nude Clair.

Recently I have been looking for a lighter foundation that I can just whip on, no fuss, no brushes, no sponges etc. For those days when I am not in the mood for too much makeup (most of the time) but I just want to even things out a little bit all over, making myself look a bit more awake. I am someone who finds buying foundations awkward and more often than not I buy the wrong shade. This means I tend to stick to the same things over and over. The other day in Superdrug I decided to just bite the bullet and picked up one I had heard nothing about, the Bourjois Nude Sensation Foundation in no. 41 Nude Clair.

So far I have been very happy with it! It has a light/sheer coverage but still does a great job at getting rid of redness and really evens out my skin. It creates a very light, airbrush kind of effect that still looks natural. It didn't quite cover my spots but it did a pretty good job at blurring my scars, whilst still allowing my natural skin tone to come through a little. Although light, it did still make a big difference to my complexion, really brightening it and making me look much more awake and healthy looking.

Bourjois Nude Sensation Foundation in the shade no.41 Nude Clair
Lightly whipped/creamy texture.

Bourjois always bring out great foundations that lean towards the lighter side and the Nude Sensation Foundation reminds me slightly of the Bourjois 10 Hour Sleep Effect Foundation in how it brightens the face. It also makes it glowy but not dewy or shiny as it has a slightly matte finish. Although slightly matte, it is still very light texture as it's quite a creamy/whipped foundation. It feels really nice on the skin and is also really easy to blend. I want this to be a quick, throw on, so I just used my fingers to blend and it worked into the skin really nicely, melting in. I didn't feel it on my skin throughout the day and it was really nice to wear. Whenever I catch glimpses of my reflection I am always impressed at how natural looking it is. For such a light foundation it also had some pretty good staying power and I didn't notice it fading much towards the end of the day.

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Saturday, 29 August 2015

DevaFuser by Devacurl

Front: DevaFuser by DevaCurl
DevaCurl are known for their curly expertise and I have always been a bit of a fan so when they came out with the DevaFuser I was hooked. Sadly DevaCurl is not really available in the UK and rather hard to get hold of this side of the Atlantic. Nevertheless I was not deterred, finding one on ebay and one fierce bidding war later, it was mine! I have been using it for about 6 months now and have been really pleased with it the results and how it convenient it has been. If you are someone who gets on well with your average diffuser then this is might not be for you. If you are like me and your hair just won't get along with blow drying and defusing then I would very much recommend the DevaFuser.

DevaFuser by DevaCurl.
There is no escaping that it looks a little well... odd! Whilst it might get some strange looks the reason that the DevaFuser works so well is because of its unique shape. Being shaped like a hand means its a lot easier to get right into the hair, without disturbing the curls. It can be used more like a regular diffuser, cupping the hair to increase the curls or you can slide it in between curls without disrupting the curl pattern and adding a little lift to the roots. As you can use the hand shape to lift the roots it also means standing with my head upside down for half an hour is a thing of the past! It can also reach more areas of hair at a time, meaning more even drying. Unfortunately I don't think that it dries my hair as fast as a regular diffuser. It's probably about 30% slower but because the air flow is more controlled it works better at controlling frizz and damage.

The way it attaches is by using a rubber strip around the outside of the base that adjusts to suit different sizes. It is very tight and does take some practice to get on and off but it does have enough stretch to fit most hairdryers. I use a babyliss hairdryer and it fits pretty well, I would probably opt for a slightly hairdryer though as anything particularly wide could be a struggle. Sadly, I have noticed some cracking and strain marks on the plastic, which is a little worrying. They are very small cracks but it seems this could become an issue over time.

Are you a DevaCurl Fan?

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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel.

Ouidad Climate Control Heat and Humidity Gel

 Ouidad is a brand that I have been wanting to try for a very long time now. I am constantly hearing amazing things about their products from US bloggers so a few months ago I finally bit the bullet and ordered the Climate Control Heat and Humidity Gel. After trying it out for a good few months I have had some really great results.

 The biggest plus point for me is that it gives me really soft, defined curls that don't feel dry, stiff or sticky at all. Although there are many good products out there for curls, a lot are guilty of creating that built up, crunchy feeling reminiscent of some of the worst parts of the 90's. With a lot of products this can be down to using too much and I am someone who really struggles to control the amount of product I am using from day to day. I have been using this stuff for a while now and I don't think I have ever accidentally used too much. Even though, being a gel, you might expect the opposite, you would have to use ALOT in order to do this. The worst I have had is my hair feel a little too heavy, right after its dried but the next day after I have slept on it, it seems to go away. I think because it is such a thin gel it can disperse through the hair easily, coating the curls finely and evenly rather than

  In the UK heat isn't too much of an issue but the humidity can get a bit out of control. So far the Heat and Humidity gel has done a good job controlling frizz and keeping things smoother. I do find that it does add a just a little weight to my curls, which I like in a product but if your hair is particularly fine you may not need very much. I think that because it is a little heavier it helps my curls last for as long as I need to them to and 3rd day hair looks very much the same as first day!

 It is a little on the pricier side but a lot is not necessary and in around 6 weeks I have only used around 1/8th of the bottle, which is pretty good. It also comes in a larger and more economical size, which I am 99% sure I will be purchasing when this one runs out!

Have you tried any Ouidad products?

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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Ikea Homeware Haul!

Ikea Homeware Haul

PLANT home decor, £1.45 / MALM / LINNMON LERBERG / LAIVA / ORDNING / MULIG / IKEA Kardemumma, £3.82 / IKEA Jäll, £3.18 / JOXTORP / JOXTORP

 I went to Ikea a few days ago and here are some of the things I bought! Mostly bedroom and office furniture but some decorative items and kitchenware too! I moved house a few weeks ago and I am going back to University at the end of September so I really needed to get a few things to get my life more in order!

 I absolutely love Ikea and could easily spend a week walking around (sad, I know!). Sadly this time was a little bit rushed so I didn't have time to get all of the smaller/decorative/fun things I wanted but it probably ended up just saving me from myself! Enjoy!

* Desk is listed as 150x60cm but I actually have the 200x60cm version.

Are you an Ikea fan?

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Monday, 24 August 2015

Beauty || Birchbox August 2015

This is a picture of the August 2015 Birchbox
Birchbox August '15
 I recently signed up to the Birchbox subscription service and I am very excited to show you what my first box was like! Birchbox is a box subscription service that provides full size and trial size samples, delivered straight to your door, once a month. There are options for 1 box, 3 boxes or a full 12 month subscription. I decided to go for the one box this time as this is my first one, which I am really happy there is the option to do! It was really easy to order and arrived in 2 days, which for an impatient person such as myself is a massive bonus!

 Something I have always admired about Birchbox are their designs and have been drooling over them on Instagram for what feel likes forever! Now I have one of my own I am happy to report that not only is it pretty but its also really strong and well made. The attention to detail and amazing design work on all of their literature is lovely and just makes the whole experience very special.

Emoji Stickers!!
Yes, those are emoji stickers! Birchbox seems to often include little extra bonus items and these emoji stickers were very well received! I love that they are a bit silly and its nice to see that Birchbox doesn't take itself so seriously! In the box you also receive a book (not pictured) explaining all of the products and how to use them. The products also come in a small drawstring bag, which again, is really well made and strong and I can see it coming in very useful.

Laura Mercier Kohl Eye Pencil in Black Violet, Huygens Exfoliating Cream, Benefit Highbeam,  Illamasqua HydraVeil, Rituals Fortune Scrub & Keblo Clarifying Shanpoo.
Everyone that signs up to a Birchbox has a profile that tailors the products to your interests/preferences. For example eye colour, hair type etc. This time round I got the Laura Mercier Kohl Eyeliner Pencil in Black Violet, the Huygens Exfoliating Cream, Benefit Highbeam, Illamasqua HydraVeil, Rituals Fortune Scrub and the Keblo Clarifying Shampoo. I was really happy with this section of products and could definitely tell that my personal preferences had been taken into consideration. Having something so tailored to you really does make the experience more exciting and means less wasted products you would never want and better value for money!

Huygens Exfoliating Cream & Rituals Fortune Scrub
The two standouts for me were the Huygens Exfoliating Cream and the Rituals Fortune Scrub. I am a massive skincare enthusiast, which is lucky as my skin is very problematic. It seems to be pretty sensitive and very prone to redness but always feels like it needs to be exfoliated and gets that horrible build up kind of feeling. The Huygens Exfoliating Cream exfoliates really, really well but is also super gentle. It uses rice powder particles making it less harsh and left my skin feeling really smooth and soft. It's only a small tub but I only had to use the tiniest amount that I can see it actually lasting a while and I have no idea how I would ever get through a full size tub!

I was surprised by how much I also loved the Rituals Fortune Scrub. I can usually take or leave body care products and when I get given samples of them I usually just leave them in a drawer somewhere, never to be seen again. I just don't find them that exciting. Despite this I absolutely love the Rituals Fortune Scrub. It smells really citrusy but weirdly is also a little reminiscent of cola! Strange but also amazing. The tiniest amount makes my skin so really smooth and the smell is also really invigorating for those sleepy mornings and makes waking up a little more bearable!

Overall, as I am sure you can tell, I am a huge fan of Birchbox. I knew I would like it as the whole concept is right up my alley but after actually trying one I am very impressed. The quality and volume of the products is great, the service is easy to use and efficient and I really feel like I have gotten my monies worth! After only one box, I am completely, 100% sold.

Have you tried Birchbox yet? 

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Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Zoeva 106 Vegan Powder Brush.

Zoeva 106 Vegan Powder Brush
I have been wanting to try out some of the Zoeva brushes for a really long time. I have heard so many good things about them so when I saw how affordable they were I only wanted them more! Before I invested some money in a really good brush set, I thought I would give at least one of them a go first. I ordered mine though the Beauty Bay, which is an amazing site if you have not used it yet and very reasonably priced. I chose the 106 Vegan Powder Brush as I thought that a powder brush would give me really good idea of their texture and a powder brush is probably one of the few I will actually use most days.

The bristles (vegan obviously) are really, really soft and feel great against my skin. I was a little hesitant in ordering the vegan brush as sometimes they can be a little scratchy or irritating but the Zoeva vegan bristles are really soft. They hold onto product really well and distribute really evenly and lightly. The head of the brush is a little on the smaller size whereas I prefer mine to be a little larger but since using it a few weeks I no longer notice it. The handle is also much shorter than my other brushes, which is a little annoying as it gets a little lost amongst them. It does mean though that you are able to control the brush more carefully (which isn't such an issue for a powder brush but it will be for others) leading to a bit more precision.

Overall I think that it is a great brush and I have really been enjoying using it. Especially considering the price I think it is a really great buy and has really made me want to buy the entire set! I also love that it is 100% vegan/cruelty free and still is genuinely a great brush. Why should there have to be any compromise?! The only downside of the brush is that it is a little small, being both shorter and having a smaller head but I imagine that once I have the full set, this will not be such an issue. At least that is my justification for spending even more money this month, on beauty products!

Are you a Zoeva Fan?

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Monday, 17 August 2015

How to Make Moving Less Stressful!

How to Make Moving Less Stressful, Easier, Moving Hacks
Yes, the roof is slightly off-centre. Yes, it will haunt me till the end of time.

I have recently moved house and city. The experience was, erm... pretty bloody stressful. Lack of organisation, timing, a little bit of laziness and naivety meant that what would have been a tiring, hectic process just became unbelievably stressful. After I moved in and the storm had passed, upon a little reflection, I figured out somethings I would have done better!

Probably the thing I most regret is not spending money on storage. Stackable boxes, dividers etc are eternally useful to have around and when moving are a life saver. I have always skimped on this before, trying to reduce the costs of moving but if you can its a great investment. Not only does it make everything ten times easier but you will always find them useful in keeping your new place in order and maybe inspire you to be more organised!

Take photos of electronics, wires and difficult to assemble furniture and you will thank yourself later. If you have any game consoles or stereos and are not the best with technology, then taking photos is a good way to ensure speedy unpacking. It is also a great idea if, like me, you own any Ikea furniture, don't keep instructions and found assembling it with them hard enough the first time!

Although it will add extra time onto packing, there is no point taking things you don't want with you so clear out! Clear as much as possible and rehome useful items. It's an obvious one but one I always end up half-arseing it and regretting it. This time I did a much better job and it was a great way to lessen the load. It really is the best time as you will probably be a little harsher, more realistic and you have something motivating you. Many charities will also come and collect donations if it is worth their time.

Change your address in advance. Something I always forget to do is start changing my address once I know I am moving. When I was younger it wasn't such a big deal but the past couple of years I have gained subscriptions, magazines, snack boxes etc and I get a lot more deliveries than I used to. Weeks later I am still clearing up the mess! Often with subscription services for instance if you have deadlines to cancel/change addresses and when moving this obviously gets put to the back of your mind!

Another big problem with moving is not having internet right away. If someone is living in your future home and you can contact them, ask them to cancel their internet when they leave. If the person previously occupying the property does not cancel their internet package themselves you will have to alert the company when you move in. It can then take weeks to cancel, disconnect it and even longer if you want to install a new provider afterwards. This wasn't possible for me this time but luckily we got the keys a few days early so were no more than 4 days without!!

Do you have any moving tips/advice?

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Sunday, 16 August 2015

Curly Hair Wishlist!

Curly Hair Wishlist

DevaCurl styling product, £13 / Kinky Curly styling product, £19 / Miss Jessie s straightening iron, £7.03 / Living Proof styling product, £17 / DevaCurl hair shampoo, £13 / Ouidad beauty product, £17 / Living Proof haircare, £18 / Ojon hair conditioner, £17 / SheaMoisture styling product, £6.39

These are some of the products that have been on my wishlist for a very long time now! I have been dying to try them out for years and heard nothing but amazing things about them! I have just joined Polyvore (finally) so expect many more wish lists and favourites to come!! 

Have you tried any on the list and are they worth the hype?

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Saturday, 8 August 2015

100th Post || How Blogging Has Changed Me!

100th Blog Post Collage
Just some of my posts! Go check them out!
To some this may not seem like such a huge milestone but for me it is amazing! I have gone from being too scared to even sign up for a blogger account to have published 100, unique posts of my own! For me this is a big achievement as I am someone who struggles with very severe anxiety and it has a very big impact on my life. The self confidence blogging has given me has been completely unexpected and I can very confidently say even if I never published another post, I am a better person because of it.

Whilst I have suffered all of my memorable life with anxiety, the past 4 or so years are when it all came to a head. In 2012 I had to leave university and move home due to my mental and physical health problems. It was a really hard time for me and any slither of self belief I had seemed to disappear. I am very good at presenting a calm front and I try very hard to keep everything together, which is often my downfall. After being hospitalised because I am had basically neglected and caused a lot of damage to my body, I was in a very low place. My already withering self confidence had sunk even further and I felt very empty. My plan was to return to University the following September and carry on studying but sadly I was not well enough. Matters only became worse when I was not well enough to return the following year or the year after. I had never been a happy person, my problems were not something that sprung up on me by any means but eventually reaching breaking point was rough to say the least.

It took me a long time to find a way to try and build my confidence back up. Being so anxious made it difficult for me to leave the house and interacting with others was near impossible. I had been so anxious for such a long time that I didn't really have any sense of self. All my energy and thoughts had been taken up by it for so long that I couldn't even answer a simple question of 'What do you enjoy doing?'. Having a lot of free time alone though, allowed me the freedom to figure out things I did enjoy. So, as many with crippling social anxieties do, I turned to the internet! I had always spent a lot of time online and when I started stumbling across blogs I found myself reading more and more. I dont think I had read a blog in about 5 years and when I had they had always been more 'dear diary' like and I found them to be a little crap. I wasn't a massive fan of Tumblr or any kind of social media in general really so when I started seeing amazing blogs with really creative, varied content, I spent months building up the courage to write a post.

As I think most people do, I find the early days of my blog mortifying. I had never owned a camera, never taken a selfie (not an exaggeration) and all I had was a very old camera phone. I had absolutely no technical knowledge and didn't even have a Twitter or Instagram account. Blogging has really pushed me to be more creative, which has made me much more confident in my abilities and has exceeded my expectations. The process of creating something from scratch just because I enjoyed it has been soothing, inspiring and liberating. I can't stress enough how much it has done for me. As my confidence grew so did I and I realised I could make what I wanted out of it. When I begun I very much limited myself on what I wrote about but now I write about so many different things and I am developing my skills all the time. Slowly, boundries I had assigned to myself have started to lift and I found it applying more and more to my life as well. Whilst I still struggle a lot with MH issues, I can at least say that I have found a little piece of myself again and I never would have thought this would be how!

Have you found anything unexpected thats helped/inspired you?

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Saturday, 1 August 2015

July Favourites!

July Favourites 2015 featuring John Gosnells Vitamin E Cream, CoLab Dry Shampoo in the Scent Rio, Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel, Odoban Antiperspirant, Bravura Purifying Calendula Toner, Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in the Shade Beau Brun.
Left to Right: John Gosnells Vitamin E Cream, CoLab Dry Shampoo in the Scent Rio, Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel, Odoban Antiperspirant, Bravura Purifying Calendula Toner, Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in the Shade Beau Brun.

Another month has come and gone, yet again too quickly, meaning it is time I frantically scramble together my monthly favourites! This month I don't have a lot of favourites but I am really happy with the ones that I do have and although its a bit of a mix all of them have become staples!

My hair has been a little out of control the past few months, flat and built up one minute, frizzy and dry the next. It's this bloody weather! So I thought there couldn't be a better time to try out the Ouidad Climate Control Heat and Humidity Gel. It gives me really defined, soft curls and my hair really seems to like it. Although a little pricey, it does last a long time and keeps my curls in tact for days and really calms/controls frizz! To keep my hair refreshed I have been using the Co Lab Dry Shampoo by Ruth Crilly from A Model Recommends in the Scent Rio. It's just a great dry shampoo, always leaves my hair feeling refreshed and adds a little extra volume in all the right places. Its also basically unnoticeable to the touch and feel in hair. Perfect!

My favourite favourite this month is a little less glamourous than the rest. Its a product called Odoban, which is basically a very strong anti-perspirant. If you suffer from excess sweating you will understand how much of an affect it can have on your life. As well as being rather embarrassing (which it shouldn't have to be!) it is also very uncomfortable. Applied nightly it is designed to work on a longer term basis. It has made such a difference and had I heard of it sooner it would have saved me years of angst! It can be used multiple areas of the body including the face.

I haven't really been wearing a lot of makeup this month but when I have, I have found myself reaching for the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Beau Brun. The Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets have been one of my favourite lip products of the past few years and as I go on about them a lot I will just say they are amazing! The reason I have been loving this shade so much is that it I have found it really makes green/grey/hazel eyes stand out. It is quite dark with undertones of a peachy browny shade but really build able and using just a tiny amount can look really subtle but still add a pop of colour!

Skincare has been a difficult one this month. Mine has become very dry, which is unusual for me, meaning I was completely unprepared! The John Gosnell's Vitamin E Cream is a product that I have found myself continually reaching for this month. Its super moisturising but it sinks into my skin really quickly so it doesn't leave a layer sitting on my skin, which can cause it to breakout like some moisturisers. Another product that has been helping me this month is another old favourite. Often referred to as a "Pixi Glow Tonic Dupe' the Bravura Calendula Purifying Toner is a gentle, acid toner containing both glycolic and lactic acids and is great for all 'non sensitive' skin types. It smells amazing, which for a toner I find rare and I always find it leaves me skin feeling really refreshed/ clean but not stripped/dry.

Do you have any favourites for July?

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