What’s on my face #1

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whats on my face

Just a simple basic every day face that stops me from looking half dead…

Face: Mac Face & Body in C4 all over the face, Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Warm Beige for under eyes and blemishes, Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Powder in Pale Yellow for setting the concealer, Mac Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Medium Dark.

Cheeks: Benefit Hoola for contouring, Sleek Blush in Life’s A Peach.

Eyes: Maybelline Color Tattoo in On and On Bronze all over the lid, Rimmel Scandeleyes Waterproof  Kohl in Nude in the water line.

Brows: Mac Eyeshadow in Charcoal Brown

Lips: Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Spotlight Beige (I think this is no longer sold but they do a similar colour called Nude Delight).

QUAD

quadI’ve owned this quad for so long, I can’t even remember where I bought it. The palette is by ESPRIT and called Styling Color Palette, and I have it in the colour 202 Sunset Brown. If you can still get hold of it I really recommend it for olive tone/tan skin or if you’re mixed race. I often find palettes are too pale to create any definition, always shimmery champagnes and nudes which are fine for the lid but I often want a deeper bronze/brown for defining the crease, that’s where this palette comes in. The deepest brown (1) is great as an eyeliner and (2) and (3) both work well in the crease or outer corner, while the highlight colour (4) is great in the inner corner. I don’t use any of the colours all over the lid but they are great for adding depth and highlight. The texture is soft and blendable, they’re pigmented and a pleasure to work with. Plus so much cheaper than a mac quad!

Are there any quads or palette’s you’d recommend?

Going healthy – Quinoa

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Recently I’ve been trying to be more healthy by cutting out chocolate, eating better foods and drinking more water. One ingredient I’ve been replacing pasta  and noodles with is quinoa, it’s full of protein and super good for you, plus if you boil it with a little mild curry powder it tastes really good too. With my quinoa I’ve been adding chopped fresh peppers, chickpeas, lentils, spinach, shredded carrot and a little garlic, this combo keeps me full for ages. I often add a little spicy tomato sauce to it too which adds a little more taste making it great for lunch or dinner, healthy and delicious. For breakfast I’ve been trying to stick with porridge with dried fruit and a little brown sugar or honey, or if I’m in a rush, rice crackers with peanut butter and an apple or banana instead of toast. I’m enjoying making healthy dishes from scratch more than I thought I would, it’s rather enjoyable. Hopefully I can stick with it, as I have much more energy and feel much better about what I’m eating.

Do you have any healthy eating tips for a balanced diet?

Sunshine Blogger Tag

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Thank you to Simytoe for tagging me to do the Sunshine Blogger Tag!

Award Rules:

Share 11 facts about yourself. Answer the 11 questions that were asked by the blogger who nominated you. Nominate 11 other bloggers. Include 11 questions for your nominees to answer. Notify your nominees about this post.

11 Random Facts…

1. I am a hypochondriac

2. I study Graphics, Textiles and Physics as A Levels

3. I hate physics

4. My favourite main meal is Mac & Cheese

5. My favourite desert is lemon drizzle cake and sticky toffee pudding (two deserts is the life I live)

6. I’m hoping to study Graphic design at university

7. I have so many clothes that there are items I’ve bought, never worn and lost in the abyss that is my wardrobe

8. I spend a lot of money on design books, yet have no book case so there are just piles and piles of books dotted around my room and office

9. I’m a hoarder, it’s beginning to become a problem

10. I prefer festivals to holidays

11. I don’t drink coffee ever, but I think people who drink coffee look cooler

Simytoe’s 11 Questions…

1. What is your favourite word? Melancholy or Quaalude

2. Name your top 5 travel essentials. Body Shop Vit E serum-in-oil, an SPF of 30+, Dior BB cream, Liz Earle cleansing polish and Pixi Glow tonic

3. What was the last compliment that you gave someone? I told my friend she was the most well-balanced person I’ve ever met

4. Which do you prefer more: photographs, paintings, or drawings? drawings

5. Do you usually wear your hair up or down? I have cut all my hair off, so I have neither option really, I guess its down..

6. When was the last time you went an entire day without wearing makeup? Today

7. What are you most excited about for spring? The sun

8. Who did you first talk to this morning? My mother

9. What are your favourite kinds of blog posts to write? Beauty reviews on makeup and skin care

10. If you could put one thought or idea into the mind of every single person on the planet, what thought/idea would you put? to treat others like you’d like to be treated as everyone’s dealing with their own shit

11. Would you rather have the ability to heal yourself, or the ability understand all languages? if I could understand but not speak the languages I’d go for self-healing, but If I could speak the languages too, I’d go for the all languages choice

Thanks for the tag Simytoe, but sadly I don’t follow enough blogs yet but when I do I’ll complete the tag with my questions and tag others, sorry I suck, until then I tag anyone who wants to 🙂

Revlon Colorburst Balms

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revlonUpon visiting my local boots, I saw that the colorburst matte and lacquer balms had finally been released, and on deal at 3 for 2! Initially I thought that I would only buy the matte balms as I’m not really one for gloss and definitely no glitter, but when swatching I was taken in by the pigmented shine of the lacquer balms and ended up buying two.

(Left) Matte Colorburst in 220 Showy, is a bright fuschia-like pink, these balms have great pigmentation and lasting power, I will definitely be picking up a few more (when my boots decides to stock all the colours that is).

(Middle) Lacquer Colorburst in 120 Vivacious, I love this hot pink, its bold and lasts really long too which I wouldn’t expect from a non-matte product, so very impressed. I really like the lacquer finish it makes the lips looks healthy and plump.

(Right) Lacquer Colorburst in 135 Provocateur, in the photo this looks so similar to Vivacious but it’s much more of a bold red and less pink in real life. It looks great on and like Vivacious lasts which is great for if you’re going out and don’t want to have to worry about your red lip ending up all over your face but nowhere to be seen on your lips. As gloss is sadly going to be on trend this year, these seem like a great alternative to damning yourself to a shimmering sticky gloss.

What do you think of the balms, matte or lacquer, what’s your favourite?

Body Shop Haul

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My skin is on the mend so I thought I’d buy a few products to help it out without breaking me out again. I’ve recently been loving using the Body Shop Vitamin E overnight Serum-in-oil and saw that Body shop Had a £25 off deal when you spend £50+ (this deal is currently on now!) so I took full advantage and bought a few old favourites that I haven’t used in years, including the Vitamin E Night cream, to layer over the serum-in-oil and the Seaweed clay mask for dealing with breakouts, both products I used to love so I’ve welcomed them back into my skin care routine with open arms.

I also picked up a few products I’ve never used before, such as the Camomile cleansing oil for when I don’t want to use a cream cleanser but also want something quite soothing and hydrating (I was eyeing up their cleansing butter but thought an oil would be quicker and I was concerned that the butter may break me out due to the use of shea butter). I also got my hands on the Tea tree lotion I was a little worried this may dry my skin out, but the reviews looked really good so I took the risk. Lastly, the only beauty related item; the Eye shadow brush, I have so many blending brushes but I’ve been in need of a brush to pack colour onto the lid, so this seemed perfect, I own other Body shop brushes and know the quality is great, so I have no doubt this will fit its purpose well.

Are there any products from The Body Shop you’d recommend?

Skin Panic

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Recently I’ve been dealing with skin panic, my skin has been breaking out left, right and center. Usually I have 1 or 2 blemishes yet this number has bumped up to around 4 or 5 at the moment. I’ve been trying to figure out what I’ve changed in my routine and have come to the conclusion that the superdrug night cream featured below may have had an influence in the matter. When researching ingredients I found that lauroyl lysine may be whats causing my breakouts. I swiftly donated anything containing this ingredient along with mineral oil based products to my mother, hopefully my skin should be back to normal soon, only time will tell. Back to the Neal’s yard Power Berry daily moisturiser for meantime.

superdrug haulAlso, update on the make up removing products above.. I wouldn’t recommend either. After multiple tests, I’ve found both to be too harsh for my sensitive skin.

Contour Cream

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When I first heard about the & other stories contour cream I knew it was for me. I enjoy a contour and I think cream products always look more natural than a powder. Whenever I’ve checked in store it’s always been out of stock or unavailable and with a hefty £6 postage charge I’ve always just decided it’s not a priority purchase. However the Jan sales came and there were quite a few items from & other stories on my wish list so I added it to my basket and the rest is history.

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After having testing it out I really like the colour it looks so natural as it’s not warm toned and it’s easy to apply once you get the hang of it, I use a light hand and a stippling brush, or fingers which works well too as the products warms slightly on your fingers, which makes application easier. The texture is also nice as it’s not to creamy so it stays put. I did find that my skin played up a little during the testing period but I don’t think it’s due to this product as even when not using the contour my skin was still troublesome, so I think it was just a little sensitive at the time. I will continue to use the contour and holla back if there’s any change in my thoughts on the product.

What product do you like using to contour with?

Midweek Pamper Night

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When my friend decided to come and stay for the night I thought it’d be a perfect time to try out a face mask as I never seem to be able to get through a whole face mask packet by myself.

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So firstly, the application. It’s such a surreal feeling applying a cream like paste to the face that heats up within seconds, but once I got used to it it was quite a nice feeling, especially on these cold winter nights.

Washing mask off was simple enough, it didn’t pull at my skin or take hours to remove. After my skin was soft and in the morning my blemishes did seem to have decreased. It did feel a little drying, but I don’t think it stripped my skin as once I applied serum and moisturiser it was perfectly fine. Plus my friend with more combination/oily skin said she liked the mask and that her skin felt really soft, so maybe it’s just more suited to oily combination than my annoying dehydrated dry yet combination partly oily skin.

Are there any face masks you love using?

I Couldn’t Resist

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I’ve always wanted to try out Sleek blush by 3 sets as I love my single Sleek blush in a shade that has rubbed off the packaging (grr.. Anyway it’s a matte peachy coral) but I’ve always found that I haven’t liked all the 3 shades in any of the palettes, until I saw the new release of Californ I A I knew it was meant for me. I love a coral tone blush and that it’s a cream. I’ve never tried any of Sleek’s cream blushers before but I have high expectations as most products I’ve tried from Sleek have been really good quality. Review to come in the near future once it arrives and I’ve had chance to try it out.

What do you think of the new Sleek blush palette’s?