Saturday, 29 August 2015

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer

A few weeks ago I purchased the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer as I've read so many positive reviews online. It retails at £5.49 and is often on offer, so I think you definitely can't complain at the price. I'm also a fan of the sponge wand applicator as I think it's easy to use and is good for controlling how much of the product you use at once.

The consistency was perfect for me with high coverage and had brightening elements which meant that it was perfect for your under eye area, but that didn't necessarily draw attention to any imperfections so was perfect for spots as well. I purchased the shade in 'True Ivory' which was a perfect match for me, although like all drug store cosmetic brands I think the shade range is fairly limited, particularly if you have darker skin. However, I found that after an hour or so my skin would look so disgustingly oily and after a week or so of using this concealer, I noticed that I had a really painful breakout wherever I had applied this on my face. Trust me when I say they were the worst spots I've ever had. I have oily/combination skin, and so if you are the same I definitely would not recommend this concealer.

I'm gutted to be honest because it appeared to be an absolutely perfect concealer for a few days, but unfortunately I will not be purchasing this again.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

New Look A/W 2015 Wishlist

Lately whenever I've been shopping, I've found myself drawn to more items of clothing in New Look than anywhere else. They are starting to preview their Autumn/Winter collection and so far I've been really impressed by the prints, quality and cut of their pieces. Here are a few of my favourite picks which will probably accidentally fall into my online basket next payday!

Cameo Rose Multicoloured Sleeveless Paisley Print Shirt£14.99
The pattern of this shirt reminds me of those adult colouring books I'm seeing everywhere at the moment!

Girls on Film Black Floral Flare Sleeve Top

Yellow Ditsy Floral Frill Bubble Hem Crop Cami
Not at all appropriate for the colder weather but I think this will look so cute with the skirt below!

Navy Pocket Button Front A-Line Denim Skirt
Influence Rust Flared Sleeve Lace Trim Top

I've surprised myself with this pick - it's something I would love on someone else but never usually pick for myself, but I'm really loving the rust orange colour at the moment!

What do you think of my wishlist? What are you looking forward to purchasing and wearing for Autumn/Winter?

Friday, 21 August 2015

I'm Moving to London!

I'm finding it so difficult to write this blog post because my life is all still a blur for me at the moment. On Friday I found out that I had landed myself an incredible job in London, and I still don't think I can quite believe it. I am due to start on 1st September, so sorting accommodation, transport and the big move down South has taken up a lot of my time, but it still hasn't really hit me that I will be moving away once more.

I am so so excited it is unreal. This is everything I had ever worked for, everything I've ever wanted for myself, but it doesn't stop me being completely terrified now that it is happening. I am still waiting for that moment when I wake up and realise it's all a dream, or when they say they made a mistake in contacting me or something.

My accommodation is all sorted now and I am basically counting down the days until the big move. I know it will be sometime next week, but not sure on the specifics yet. I'm very scared about moving because I am used to living in a rural little bubble which I know like the back of my hand. Which feels comfortable, familiar and therefore safe to me. Everyone I love most in the world is in this tiny little rural bubble with me and so it does make me quite sad to think I can't hop in the car and see whoever I want within a few minutes.

I don't think I'd ever feel completely ready for the move, but I know that it is the right thing for me to do. This career is everything I've ever worked for since my GCSEs. it's the only thing I've ever really wanted to do, and I am so excited to be in the capital with so many tourist attractions, musicals, exhibitions, and things to do. This is literally a massive new chapter in my life and I can't wait to share my little adventure with you every step of the way.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Destress with Hama Beads

Just lately I've had a lot of job interviews, to find out I will be moving to London and starting work in 2 weeks! I'm super excited and happy about it, but also getting quite anxious trying to find nice accommodation and come to terms with the fact I'll be moving away from my family again. I've also been making a lot of the painted personalised wooden letters I talked about here and have just felt so completely run off my feet, exhausted and I haven't really been able to unwind, switch off and sleep very well.

Several people recommended the Adult De-stress colouring books that have been on sale everywhere, but I didn't feel that it would relax me at all and always thought they were kind of overpriced for what they were. Then one day when I was babysitting my niece and nephews, they were making things out of Hama beads and my niece asked me to make her an Elsa following a pattern she had found online. Within minutes I felt really relaxed and I was actually really enjoying it. If you've been stressed lately I would definitely recommend this as a little past time.

You can buy large mixed tubs but I personally hate the thought of having to sift through all the colours, so instead I just buy bags of the individual beads as and when I need them. The boards are relatively cheap and come in all different shapes and sizes too. What I do is usually google 'hama beads ideas' or 'hama beads disney' or really random things like 'hama beads Marilyn Monroe' and you come across no end of really interesting ideas, from making your own jewellery to all sorts of pictures. It's so much fun - but don't forget to buy the Hama beads paper like I've done! You need it to cover the beads before you iron it to secure them all together. Trust me to forget it.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Benefit Hydra-smooth Lip Colour

I'm back with another lip product review because I received so many beautiful lipsticks for my birthday. My friend bought me this Benefit Hydra-smooth lip colour in the shade 'Dare Me' because I am a dedicated Benebabe through and through - they are by far my favourite beauty brand out there and I'd never actually tried any of their lip products before.

As with all Benefit products, the packaging did not let me down. I love the Flapper girl-esque 1940's packaging and always hate throwing any of it away from Benefit. The lipstick is a stunning fuschia pink/red colour and I think it will be perfect for the Autumn months. It applies smoothly and is really moisturising with quite a glossy finish, without feeling sticky at all. I like to apply 2-3 layers of this to get the pigment just right to my preference.

I find the longevity of the lipstick is impressive and while it fades with food or drink, it takes some to remove it completely! This retails at £15 and I can't wait to purchase more shades.

Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick

Hi everyone! I thought I would review one of my new lipsticks on the blog today because I have fallen head over heels in love with it. It was a birthday present from one of my favourite girlies. It is the Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in the shade 'Light it Up' which is a stunning coral-pink colour. I'm obsessed with coral lipsticks as I think they're just perfect for the summer and really suit my pale complexion. Apologies for looking downwards in the photo - my hayfever is driving me crazy and my eyes look so sore and unappealing I didn't want to subject you all to it!

I have never used any Bare Minerals products before (which I'm pretty ashamed about because I've only ever heard good things about their complexion range - it's definitely on my 'Must Try' list when my foundation next runs out) but this lipstick has not disappointed at all. It is very lightweight yet really moisturising and makes my lips look fuller. It didn't withstand food and drink, but I haven't found a single lipstick that does - maybe I'm just a really intense eater?

The packaging is very clean and simple so would suit the majority of beauty consumers, and I love the little silver button which has to be pushed inwards and upwards in order to access the lipstick. Perfect for chucking in your bag without worrying it'll ruin everything!

This lipstick retails at £17 which surprised me a little because that's more expensive than MAC, but I'm really pleased with it and can't wait to try more Bare Minerals products! One of my new favourites.

Monday, 3 August 2015

Grease! Outdoor Cinema

On Saturday evening I took my sister-in-law to an Outdoor Cinema event in Woodhall Spa to watch the absolute classic which is Grease! It was one of her birthday presents and she absolutely loved it. The outdoor cinema environment was just as you'd expect, we were all cosied up with camping chairs, blankets, big hoodies and endless snacks. A group of women actually turned up dressed as the Pink Ladies and they had everyone in stitches all night because they got rather tipsy to say the least. It was nice relaxing, singing along to some of our favourite songs to one of the best films of all time in my opinion. If you have the opportunity to go to an outdoor cinema event near you, I would definitely recommend it. I'm hoping they do similar events in future with other films, especially Dirty Dancing!

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