Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Review: Benefit Pump Up the Party Kit

I bought this lovely little set for just under £30 a week or two ago from the Benefit shop in Islington. I was a bit too excited to come across a whole shop dedicated to Benefit, as the most I've ever really seen in one place is the stand in the Wood Green branch of Boots, and it's one of those brands that's delightfully luxurious and whatnot. So I ran right in and was having a good look around, mostly at the High Beam, wanting to buy it, but the stuff is really expensive! So I allowed myself to be talked into buying this set that includes a smaller sized bottle of it instead, and am glad I did.

I've pretty much been doing my whole face with this set since then, just adding my Doublewear foundation to sort my skin out. I have noticed that it wears a whole lot better when I use the Porefessional underneath. I do love my Doublewear, although it can get a little flakey and settle into the lines around my eyes, but this stuff sorts that out nicely (it might look like it's a little pigmented in the swatch below, but it blends away and doesn't look that colour when you apply it). Everything in this set is really good :) I'm very pleased, I might buy some more of these kits, because I usually can't justify spending the same amount of money on one full sized product as this whole set cost, but this way I get to try out loads of the products I usually just want and never buy. Plus the sizes are pretty decent. They have an advent calendar I have my eye on for Christmas, which looks amazing... Oh yeah, and I will review the Roller Lash mascara separately soon, as swatching it on my arm would have been a bit pointless :)

Friday, 2 October 2015

Holy of Attire, Clenched by Nature

Here's something I've been wearing all the time lately. It pretty much goes with anything, and I love it as it makes me feel ever so slightly fit without actually being fully revealing, as I've never been able to feel very comfortable in anything without sleeves, or anything tight across the stomach, being shy about my body. I have just accepted it at this point, which is why I always wear a lot of sheer shirts over vests, or holey jumpers or kimonos, in-betweeny, not-too-revealing things like that. I quite like the compromise, although I do wish I could just unclench a bit and wear a sleeveless dress without a cardigan once in a while... I got this for £6 when I was volunteering at Marie Curie in Crouch End a few months ago, but I have found similar ones on Ebay herehere, and here. Still cheap :)

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Review: Eve Lom Cleanser

Holy fuck, this is one hell of a "Holy Grail" product for me. Believe me, I have never once in my life uttered the words "Holy fuck" in regards to a skincare product, but this one definitely earns it. It is remarkably expensive, at £55 for the pot, but thank the mysterious forces of the universe that I didn't actually buy this myself (Mumsy bought it for herself from Space NK and I sampled it and loved it, so she bought me one of my very own, which shocked and delighted me!). I would usually never even consider spending so much on a single item, especially having lost my job two weeks ago, but when this stuff runs out I might actually repurchase, because the thought of not having any, having gotten used to how good it is, isn't pleasant. Yeah, it's really, seriously lovely stuff.

You warm a small amount on your fingers and rub it on your face. It is kind of like coconut oil, in that it melts at skin temperature, and it removes all grime and makeup quickly and efficiently. It comes with a muslin cloth which you can use to make it a hot cloth treatment, or just wipe it off, lightly exfoliating as you do. It's very fragrant and luxurious. Having read that it has been described by Vogue as "probably the best cleanser in the world", I am entirely unsurprised, and entirely convinced. I would suggest that you sample it, because you'll almost definitely want to buy it after you do, ridiculous price tag be damned.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Ebay Basket #2

Green question mark dress - £8.88... Blue scale dress - £7.40... Cloud print dress - £7.99... Galaxy print dress - £7.79... Tartan dress - £14.99... Lime t-shirt dress - £2.69.

Once again I am looking at stuff I can't currently buy on the internet. I have a bout 70 items in my Ebay basket right now, it's getting ridiculous... At some points I could swear that just having a big list of stuff you want is almost like retail therapy. Just storing them all safe in one place for when (or more likely, if) I can purchase them and hoping they don't run out of stock before then is weirdly soothing. I guess it's almost, semi retail therapy. Quasi-retail therapy. Just looking at sparkly dresses can help cheering me up a little bit, at least. Sometimes.

Monday, 21 September 2015

Outfit Post #3

I found this beautiful leather look dress in a charity shop on Clapham High Street a week or two ago. It was only £6! I just need an excuse to wear it now, need to stop being such a depressive shut-in... Might be going to visit Norfolk soon, to have a look around, because its a possibility that I might move there soon. London is just so expensive, and I have hardly any friends left here anymore. It's my own doing, for being so depressed and withdrawn since university ended, I've pushed people away over the past two years and I just don't know what to do with my life any more. I know a couple of people in Norfolk and it's so much cheaper, so if I can swing a job up there I could potentially be looking at rent per month that's equivalent to about a week here! It's ridiculous. It would be nice to not have to spend approximately ALL of my wages on rent, what a lovely and bizarre way of life. It's so strange to think of having so much spare money, even on minimum wage, for someone who's spent all her life in London. :)