Skincare Haul.

Since I’ve found that Asian skin products, typically Korean brands, compliment my skin more than those from England I’ve been ordering all my creams and cleansers etc from W2Beauty (since you can’t get any proper Asian cosmetics in England). Now I … Continue reading

Afternoon tea + today’s purchase 

        

Today we went shopping!!!!!!

I’d bought so much stuff this Easter when I went to Chester, I’ll be uploading a ‘haul’ type post to show what I’ve bought in prep for spring/summer! Though I am sad to see winter go 😢, so today I set my sights on skincare.

Lately my skin hasn’t been great – I’ve been ill, it’s winter etc 😣 so I’m really excited to try this Ibuki range from Shiseido. I opted for Shiseido just cause I’ve tried it before and it didn’t let me down so hopefully this won’t either.

The woman in John Lewis was super helpful in helping me choose a range, I literally went upto her and was like “help me😭”, doing all these tests so fingers crossed 👌

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July Favourites.

I know this is super late – well it’s not that late it’s only the 6th August – but here it is!

So you guys know I was in Hong Kong for the majority of July, this resulted in me not really trying many beauty products etc, so this Favourites post is going to be a bit different. Instead I’m just going to post stuff that I’ve tried once or twice and have loved or not really meshed with but haven’t used for an extended period of time to give a true analysis for you guys.

Let’s start with the products I’ve tried and loved from the beginning:

First on my list is the Etude House Baking Powder BB Deep Cleansing Foam; I didn’t actually choose to buy this product it was given to me as a tester as a consequence of me buying so much from Etude House :’) which is what I love about Hong Kong, you get so many freebies!!!!!! ❤

I absolutely love this cleanser. To the extent that I was mildly depressed for like 10 minutes that I’d repurchased my Tea Tree Cleanser from The Body Shop thus giving me no choice but to have to wait till I finish using that before I buy this. It just made my skin so cleaaaaan!! Now I don’t know whether it’s true that Asian beauty products are better for Asian skin but I feel like I have never seen my skin so clean after just one use of a cleanser!! My redness had been reduced and my skin just looked so pearly and flawless and bright and JUST SO GOOOOOOOD: that I actually just left BB cream and powder etc and just out my usual eye make up on. I don’t know if I’m supposed to use this on a daily basis or whether this is meant for once or twice a week application as I can’t read Korean but I’m pretty sure you can use this on a daily basis. The texture is quite thick – or maybe I’ve just layered it on hehe – and has little beads in it to exfoliate as you rub it into your skin. THE SMELL. I can’t even get over the smell. It just makes me want to eat my own face! It smells like those lemon puff biscuits, if some of you don’t know what that is or don’t remember it’s these:

It just smells good guys seriously.

Anyway I could write about it all day because that’s how much I loooove it but we need to move on:

The next product is also one that was given to me as a tester: it is the Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream Bright Fit.

When it was given to me, it looked like this:

but I think it’s supposed to look like this….

Anyway, I love this BB cream, much much more than my Decleor BB cream that I raved about in a previous review! I think the tester at had a bit too much product in it because when I put it on my face it was very heavy so you can use less if you want less coverage I’m guessing. But really this has such a lovely texture (ie. it didn’t feel like I was actually slapping on make up, it felt very light and basically hardly there) , it’s not overly moisturising (thus not that oily) and seemingly has just the amount of moisture to make your skin look plump and healthy with a bit of a glow. It seemingly applies to a matte coverage but I felt it was so matte that your skin just looked dull, like I said it has a bit of a plumpy glowy thing going on. Again, it is very pigmented, when I wore this I didn’t even use concealer to cover any redness or my dark circles because it did it for me!!! I wore it for about 6 hours and it didn’t fade but I don’t know if it would’ve last all day – though I think it would last at least 10 hours but I don’t know whether that’s hope… – but I do want to mention that I didn’t even need powder to set it and it stayed that long on my face without budging. It’s just awesome, and I will definitely be buying this when I’ve tried/used the other BB cream things I’ve purchased from Laneige etc.

Another tester I was given was from Laneige it was the Water Supreme Primer Base in Mint:

I’ve tried a lot of primer, from Benefit to Maybelline to No 7 etc and I haven’t really liked them as much as I have this one. It has a nice texture, normally when I put a primer on over my moisturising cream I feel like there’s too much on my face and that my make up will slide right off but this is quite light and just goes on the skin great. I believe there are other colours for other skin types but the mint one is to fight redness so I’m quite lucky they gave me this one as a tester! It does significantly reduce redness, not so it’s completely gone but I think that’s the point due to it being a primer and not a foundation or BB cream etc. I will definitely be purchasing this primer at my earliest convenience, I still have one more packet tester for this so I’m saving it for when I really need it 😉

Now onto products I’m not so sure whether I like or not or whether I’m trying to like it:

First is the Etude House Magic Bubble Creamy Peeling Wash Foam (thing whatever it’s called bloody hell it’s a long name)

I’ve used this once and I actually bought this thinking it was a daily cleanser but it’s actually an exfoliator that you’re supposed to use once or twice a week. I quite like the foam idea of it, it feels nice on the skin. I think I used it wrong though cause I massaged it into the skin and it was created like little bumps with I assume was it exfoliating and getting all my dead skin etc but you’re supposed to leave it on your face for like 2-3 minutes so I think I applied it wrong. I don’t know whether it was due to this that I wasn’t that impressed with it as it did exfoliate my face but not as well as the Decleor one I often use. But I will try it again to see if I was just silly and used it wrong!

Next product is the Etude House Face Conditioning Cream:

This is meant to be a primer and a moisturiser in one I think. Now I’ve read a couple of reviews for this and everyone seemed to be buzzing. When I tried it it was a nice texture and was nice to rub into the skin but it really took some rubbing in. And I don’t know whether you’re supposed to put moisturising cream on then this or just skip to this because it created little white flecks/bumps that I had to get off with a cotton pad. So I will try it without apply moisturiser to see if it will create the same little flecks but I hope it doesn’t as I really want to like this product. As to whether it helps with application of make up I think that it does to a certain extent but I haven’t really tried it enough to be like YEAH IT IS AWESOME GO GET IT.

Next product is the Etude House Precious Mineral BB Compact Bright Fit:

This sounds bad but I foolishly bought this: my cousin had suggested the BB cream but I had been lured by the concept of a BB powder. I have only used this once so I might love it after a few more uses but for a first impression, it’s very very cakey. If you want full coverage, this powder is for you! It has a really matte finish so if that’s what you want then this is perfect. It didn’t look bad, it made my skin look flawless and I didn’t have to use concealer! But I just don’t like that kinda of coverage, I might have put too much on out of excitement for new make up but I really did just not really fall in love with this and I really wish, especially after trying the tester, that I had listened to my cousin and bought the cream instead of compact instead. I wore this for a night out and by the end of the night I could see some areas that were either flaking or just looking like they needed a touch up (but I feel like if I touched it up it would’ve gone even weirder) thank god it was dark hahaa.  All in all, I think this product will be amazing for others, but not as good for people like me who like a matte look so I don’t look over dewy but also like that plumpness to my face an a bit of a glow.

Last but not least is the Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask from The Body Shop:

I’ve wanted a clay mask for ages, and my friend and I happened to see this the other time we were in Body Shop but I never got round to buying it. I do like the texture and the mask itself is quite amusing as it dried to the extent that it feels like there is cement on your face, I know that doesn’t sound amusing but it made me giggle and it lets you know when it’s basically almost time for you to wash it off so you don’t have to keep looking at the time. For me, I don’t know whether it was due to the fact that my face isn’t actually too oily, it’s more dry/combination which causes a stinging because it was trying to suck out oils that the majority of my face doesn’t have: it’s mostly my T-zone and a little bit around my nose, but within about 5-10 minutes of putting it on, it stung so much like it was burning my face off. Now I think no pain no gain so I was happily just enduring it, it was my friend that told me to take it off if it’s causing irritation so I quickly removed it. Luckily I didn’t come up with any rashes or anything so I was relieved and I did notice some clearing of blackheads on my nose so next time I will probably either use it for JUST my T-zone or JUST my nose 🙂

So yeah that’s what I’ve been liking atm – I haven’t been out much since I’ve been back from Hong Kong as I did so much stuff whilst there like we went out everyday man and I’ve missed my bed so much that I’m like:

And Tom has been in Rome for a week so I have no hibernation buddy 😦 He comes back tonight though – at like 11pm 😦 – so YAYAYAYAYAYYAYAYA.

So yeah, aside from Monday when I actually socialised, my life has been pretty lame lately…

Hope you guys have been having a good summer! RESULTS DAY SOON WTF I HAVE TO GROW UP.

Good luck to me, hopefully I get into Birmingham because the idea of being 5 hours and 3 trains away from home at Kent makes me feel  just:

Good luck to those of you also getting your results!!

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May Favourites.

Heeeeey guysssss, so I’ve been swamped in revision (& procrastination) so my favourites for May are a little shorter as I have had time to run around looking for pretty things haha!

This has to be my all time favourite (well, this summer) body wash. It just smells so good, it warns you on the bottle that it isn’t something to be consumed but seriously, the smell is so divine that you’ll probably forget about that! I used to be devoted to the Lime & Ginger one, I was convinced that was the one for me, but this one has just messed up my perceptions haha.

I normally hate bath stuff given to me for my birthday etc… But if someone got me all possible flavours of these body washes, I’d cry.

I am absolutely loving Body Shop for skin products this month. My skin had been quite bad (probably from trying loads of different make up hehe) and no matter what I tried it was not possible to get it back to normal again. I was suffering from spots and blemishes; it didn’t feel great. But on a day when I was shopping with a friend, she needed to go into the body shop for something and I saw the tea tree stuff stating they were for blemished skin. At first I was doubtful because I’d tried so many things, I was kinda like ‘okay, might as well’. BUT I AM SO GLAD I DID. Not only do I adore the smell of tea tree (which is strange as it’s the stuff to keep nits away as a child) but it did wonder for my skin. I adore the mask since it creates such as refreshing feeling.

I have dry/combination skin and I feel it works perfectly. Though sometimes I do feel that my skin is still a little dehydrated those days where your skin needs an extra hydration boost so I wouldn’t recommend the moisturising creams for extremely dry skin? Maybe use the cleanser and toner and couple with a cream that gives your skin the hydration it needs? I dunno, but guys you should definitely try this! Especially since I think these are worth the money, people normal turn to expensive brands to fix their skin, and that’s what I tried but I found that it made it worse; body shop is so much more purse friendly and worth every penny!

So it’s my birthday soon!!!!!! And my amazing mother decided to treat me with an outfit to go out in on my birthday. I fell in love with this playsuit at first sight (most probably because it’s green and it’s my favourite colour). It fits perfectly aside from because I’m a 10 on the waist down it’s a bit short on my bum, but nothing the new kimono-craze can’t solve right? 😉

I honestly cannot wait till after my exams which finish on the 12th June! I have so much to look forward to! It almost makes me wanna fast forward and skip exams and get to the good bits 😦

Me and my friend are also attending Company Magazine’s 2014 Style Blogger Awards on the 18th June. I’m so excited that I’m just like USNGOUSDNGUOSNGODSUGNSOUDGHNSONDJFN whenever I think about it! I’m praying that there will be some bloggers I know there otherwise  😦 sad. But even if my favourites aren’t there I’m sure there will be loads I will fall in love with when I’m at the event. The only problem is, I don’t know the dress code. Me or my friend have never been to one of these things and we don’t want to look like ‘commoners’ in presence of the ‘famous people’ Any suggestions?

Wish me luck for exams! I will be needing it 😥

Today’s outfit + painting my own face.

This morning I felt like those women that work in the make up section of department stores by wearing as much of my new make up as I could.

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My skin felt mildly rejuvenated so I decided to use the Collection Lasting Perfection as my foundation today. I have to say I would only use this foundation if I were going out partying because it seems to be noticeably heavy as an everyday foundation. It had a medium-heavy coverage which is why I wouldn’t use it a lot but obviously if this is what you’re looking for then I’d advise it! As for the promise of 16 hour wear, I’d say this was very true. My dark circles and redness are still hidden under the mask this foundation has created and give a very matte yet seemingly natural finish.

I also tried the Maybelline Superstay 24 hour lip colour. The only thing I really liked about this lip gloss/stick thing was the colour; I got the colour Pink Spice and it reminds me of the kind of apple/cinnamon spice associated with Christmas. As for the 24 hour lip colour. I think it lasted an hour and that was because I was in a lesson, once I ate and drank it was gone. Now I don’t know whether I put it on right but there are only two steps: lip gloss then lip balm!? I couldn’t have got it wrong right? Let me know if I’m wrong!

I am absolutely in love with the Soap and Glory Archery Brow liner! With eyebrow pencils I found they were more waxy than natural and have now fully converted to this almost liquid liner for eyebrows.

Monday’s are always a painful day but mine was quite good, anything interesting happen to you guys today?

Sunday is a day of relaxation and shopping.

Almost every Sunday me and my mother go shopping. Most weekends it is a clothes haul however, this weekend I was in a more beauty-orientated mindset.

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Products:

Real Techniques Core Collection £21.99

Soap and Glory Smoothie Body Lotion £10.00

Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash £10.00

Maybelline Superstay 7 Days Gel Nail Colour £4.49

Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation £10.99

Collection Lasting Perfection Foundation £9.99

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation £9.99

Soap and Glory Archery Brown Tint and Precison Pencil £10.00

Maybelline Big Eyes Waterproof Mascara £8.99

Maybelline Superstay 24 Hour Lip Colour £8.99

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer £4.19

I did purchase two items from Primark though that I view as preparation for summer! As you can see I have a small obsession with things with collars.

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£13

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£8 (I think, I lost the receipt!)

Cosmetics wise, I will be posting my opinion of them later in the week once I get chance to use them. I’m always excited to try new things so if you have any tips or products you think I should try  (or want me to try for you) just comment and I’ll do it ASAP. Price wise, I used to be a loyal customer to Superdrug however, today I tried Boots and found that they are actually more purse friendly, only because they have more deals, if you were to buy just one product I would probably still stay with Superdrug…

So I quickly tried the three foundations; I got too excited.Image

The reason I decided to stray from my current foundation was due to the fact that this weekend I’ve had really dry skin and that thus made my foundation patchy and very revealing of my dry patches. I had been using the Maxfactor Whipped Creme Foundation just because with my skin tone having yellow undertones it was really difficult finding the right shade and I had fallen in love with the Bronze colour that Maxfactor offered. It had given me a light-medium coverage, however, it is a foundation only to be used when you have those good skin days where it’s hydrated and ‘plump’. Otherwise, like I said, patchiness and dry areas will be on show. So with this excursion I aimed to find a foundation for those days where your skin is too dry, or a tad oily and one in the middle. Since I only managed to try these foundations quickly on different areas of my face, this is only a first impression!

The Maybelline Healthy Mix foundation promised a hydrated look so I decided to get this to cure my dry-faced condition, I actually wore this to work and I can quite safely say I am happy with this. The coverage is light however you can build it up if needs be, and it gave my face a more plump and healthier look rather than the flakiness I had been suffering. I remember trying the Healthy Mix Serum and found that a bit too oily for my skin and rather cakey. But obviously this is for my skin and I can only give my opinion; what worked and didn’t work with my skin might do the opposite for yours!

The Collection Lasting Perfection is a foundation that promises 16 hour wear and contains no oil, so I wasn’t surprised at the medium coverage and the heaviness on my face. However I also think that the heaviness was due to my dry skin + the no oil. I haven’t worn this properly yet so I can give a better judgement on it once I do. Considering this, my first impression is that this is a foundation for those days where your skin is so healthy it is glowing, it has a very matte texture when on your face thus I might suggest this for people maybe with oilier skin? I do quite like this foundation and can’t wait to try it once my skin rejuvenates.

The Maybelline 123 Perfection, I mostly bought because it says it is ‘anti dark circles, anti dull complexion and anti redness’. Since I do have quite a problem with redness and dark circles (hello the hard life of being a student) this took my interest. Again I only tried this on a small patch of my face but I’d put it between the moisturising Healthy Mix and the oil-sucking Lasting Perfection (so maybe for people who have combination skin or just normal skin). It didn’t seem to be as hydrating as the Healthy Mix but wasn’t as mattifying as the Lasting Perfection. So I guess this foundation would be perfect for in the middle days, where you feel like your skin is mildly dry yet not so dry that you feel like a human exfoliator.

As always as a fixer-power I used Maybelline Fit Me Powder just because again, it is really hard to find power/foundation to match my yellow undertones and I have had no problems with it in the past.

I realise this post has been a long essay on make up products and less fashion orientated but… It’s college tomorrow! So my fashion show for you guys will start tomorrow! Hope you guys had a good weekend and thanks for reading this essay.

Ps. Hello to all my followers, it warms my heart and motivates me to see that little ‘+’ sign!