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. :)

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Hoarder Tendencies. Depop Post #1!

I have a Depop! Which is a good idea because I have a lot of clothes I've paid for and then never actually worn. Starting with these three absolutely beautiful creations. I'm way too sad that I never had the confidence to wear tight bodycon stuff, because these dresses are so lovely. Oh well, someone else can feel amazing wearing them, because Alas, I never will be able to wear something this tight without holding my breath like an idiot and being painfully aware of my stomach every second... OH WELL. Money is better. Hey, at least I can be happy about the fact that I bought these over five years ago and they still fit me exactly the same! :)

I would love it if you paid a visit to my Depop and gave me your money for these beautiful items, just look at them. The waistcoat in particular just looks so strokable, look at it. I wish I was wearing it right now, and all the time. The link to my Depop is in the widget in the sidebar to the right --->

Friday, 4 September 2015

Outfit Post #2

Please excuse the clutter, I am a notorious slob, and I think I always will be. You just have to accept these things in life. Anyway, everything I'm wearing is from my favourite place in the world, Primark. The t-shirt, which is one of my new favourites, is from the mens section. Why do they always seem to have better t-shirts? The jeans are pretty damn decent for approximately a tenner, I just should have gotten a size down because they're starting to sag on the arse a bit. Oh well.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Review: Lipstick Queen Frog Prince and Rose Sinner

These are amazing. They're so expensive compared to what I'm used to buying, but even just the packaging shows this, and makes them feel like products you're excited to use. Which I hate, because I don't want to buy into that "luxurious and expensive items are inherently better" shit, and I also don't want to get a taste for these kinds of things as I am perpetually skint. But luckily for me, I didn't buy either of these! They're my mums, and I think the Frog Prince shade was a free gift when she bought some face stuff from Space NK. 

Anyway, the Rose Sinner shade is lovely, very very pigmented and smooth, and it sticks around for bloody ages whilst being very flattering on my white white skin. The Frog Prince feels like more of a balm, that changes to a nice pink that is unique to each person applying it. It's a very nice palm, which also sticks around quite a long time as balms go, and feels very nourishing. They both go for £22 at Space NK, but you can find them cheaper with a bit of Googling. Both absolutely lovely, even with the green gimmick.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Review: Bourjois Magic 2-in-1 Nail Polish Remover

This stuff is really great, I find it maddeningly annoying trying to remove nail varnish, especially the glittery kind that I am so fond of. But this stuff does all the hard work for you. Just stick em in there, maybe wiggle them around a little, and it's done. No more to say about it! Oh yeah, other than the fact that it's £5.99, and it actually smells nice. Plus, you can refill it when the sponge dries out by pouring your own remover in there :)

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Review: Rimmel Kate Moss Matte Lipsticks

These shades are lovely with pale skin. I usually find dark colours a little too much, as my lips are kind of thin and it draws attention to my cleft lip, but shade 107 is lovely. I usually don't do defined lips anyway; no matter the colour, I usually smear it on with my finger and dab at it to make it lighter, as I find the harsh line looks strange on me and it looks better a bit blurred. 

These are nice, as even though they're matte, they seem pretty moisturising. They aren't too drying, These are nice, as even though they're matte, they seem pretty moisturising. They aren't too drying, and they retain the moist "move around on your lips" feeling rather than looking like chalky dried paint, like a lot of the matte products that are popular right now seem to. Shade 101 is good for every day, I usually wear it to work. And they're cheap! They're £5.49, and Boots pretty much always has some sort of deal on.

Monday, 31 August 2015

Monday's Manicure #2

Please excuse the shitty quality of my nail painting skills. I've always had shaky hands, and find it easier to just let the varnish go where it will, then peel it off the skin when it dries. It's satisfying, like PVA glue. That's what I tell myself, anyway.

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Review: Maybelline Colour Tattoo Cream Eyeshadows

Pink Gold and Metallic Pomegranate

These are my new favourite product. I love them too much, you just smear them on with your fingers and they stick all day, no need for brushes or anything. Unless you're doing the bottom eyelid and you like things to be neat, I usually just dab a bit with my little finger. I haven't really bothered with eye makeup for a long time, apart from mascara, because I feel like my eyes are getting more and more hooded as I get deeper into my twenties :( But these have renewed my love lately.

That's all there is to say, really! The colours are gorgeous, and they cost £4.99 each but there's usually some sort of offer on at Boots or Superdrug for more than one. I want to buy more shades, I miss doing dark colours around my eyes like I used to when I was younger and feeling like a unique special alternative flower.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Monday's Manicure #1

Barry M Nail Paint in Raspberry
Please ignore the alliterative title, I have just kind of disgusted myself with that, but it stays because I can't think of anything better right now. This is pretty much my favourite colour and has been for a while now, it's the only nail varnish I've actually got half way through. Would recommend.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Review: B. Sweet Popping Candy Highlight Serum

I saw this in Superdrug and had to buy it, I'm really good at falling for gimmicks. £7.49 for a pretty nice highlighter. You can put a layer on under foundation or just mix them together if you want an all over glow, or you can just dab tiny bits where you want them. A little goes a very long way with this, and it has the consistency of a serum. That's really all there is to say about it. Another product for trying to fake my way into looking half alive :)

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Review: Palmer's Skin Therapy Oil

I bought this on a whim, really. I'm pretty straightforward with my face, the most complicated thing I do is my new thing of putting sun cream on instead of moisturiser in the morning. It's a recent habit I've been trying to form to try to make up for a decade of abusing my skin from not bothering to wash  my makeup off at night, smoking, drinking, partying all night and generally having too much fun. Well, now that I'm not having any fun at all i guess its a good enough time to start. It's working pretty well so far, just need to stop those bouts of obsessive skin picking...

This stuff feels lovely, and when I wake up my skin is noticeably more lovely. I'm a night time bather, though, so I'm not sure if this is going to get all over my hair in my sleep. Yesterday it was fine, when I tested it, but I really hate the thought of having to wake up any earlier for work to wash the grease out of my hair, it's bad enough that I have to go in the first place... We shall see. Anyway, its £6.66.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Review: Bourjois Little Round Pot Cream Blush

Shade 02: Healthy Glow

This is my favourite product lately for the purpose of making myself look like I'm actually alive, as I usually struggle with what my mum calls "prison pallor". It's really excellent how easy it is, it goes on silky and gives a nice glow, pretty good staying power too. I like how noticeable it makes my cheekbones look, without looking too over the top or dark. You don't need a mirror, you just smush it onto your cheeks with your fingers; the slob in me likes that. For the manually challenged, however, it does come with a mirror inside. It's in a bit of a state because it's been knocking about in my bag with the rest of my junk for about two years now, but I made up for this aesthetic blunder with one of my very artistic scarves that I have everywhere. Anyway, this is £7.99 and I would advise buying it.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Review: La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra Light Fluid

They say that the best thing anybody can do for their skin is to wear sun protection every single day, even if you happen to live in England. Taking this much care of myself is something I've never really bothered with before, and my decade of smoking and sporadic water intake are starting to show. At 24 my skin is starting to look a bit shitty; it feels like every month I notice more lines and broken veins. I was always going to peak early, an unfortunate side effect of being Irish and freckly, and I had accepted it with (I think) resigned grace, somewhat. But this is just sad. So I've resolved to start trying a little, because apparently you can't be young and low maintenance for too long :( Or I can't, anyway.

I've been using this stuff instead of moisturiser every morning for a week or two now, and even though I'm sustaining myself largely on chocolate and not much else lately, my mum told me my skin looked good the other day. So it's definitely doing something. Also, it's not greasy or sticky which is the reason I usually hate sun cream, especially when I want to wear makeup over it. With this stuff, after a few hours I'm pretty much the same level of oily as usual, maybe even a little less so. BUY IT. Seems like a lot to spend, at around £16 from Boots (I'm pretty sure it was £11-ish when I bought it, maybe it was on special offer), but it's worth it, especially if you want clearer skin without having to eat healthily like some sort of bizzare rarity who has their shit together. Consider it a nice luxurious face cream, because that's pretty much what it is.

Monday, 4 May 2015

New Employment & Blue Eyeliner

Sorry for the shitty quality, can't find my camera lead!

So I finally got a job! I've been working at a medical recruitment agency for about a month now, as a compliance officer. I'm really loving it so far, the hours are a bit long and its really far away but it's a great vibe, a small team that's always laughing. Couldn't ask for better, really :)

Because it's turned out to be quite a bit more casual than I expected (I turned up in trousers and a blazer the first day and felt like a mug as everyone else was in hoodies and jeans, ha), I've been going back to dressing a little more fun and messing about a bit more with my makeup like I used to in my younger days. I can get the piercings I've always wanted now, and start dying my hair crazy colours again like I've always loved, without fearing for my professional life!

I've been wearing blue eyeliner a lot lately, it tends to pop more than the standard black liner, I like that it's classic in shape but with a bit of extra character :) The one I'm wearing is Barry M, and you can get it at Boots or Superdrug in a few different colours for £4.79.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Outfit Post #1

Dress: Charity Shop.  Cardigan: (Actually a bodycon zip-up dress, but I was feeling inventive)

Excuse the awkwardness of my posing. I've never felt comfortable in front of a camera, it took about a million tries with Julian holding the camera to get a decent-ish photo. Gotta work on that, because I have some amazing stuff I want to document.

Please ignore my terrible horrible mess.

Friday, 20 February 2015

Photos from the Game of Thrones Exhibition

So last Sunday I got to go to the Game of Thrones exhibition at the O2 in London. I got the tickets for free for being a Sky customer :) It was great seeing all of the props and costumes, but I wish there had been more on display, it felt like we went all the way through the exhibition pretty quickly. I was having a nerdgasm over all the detail on the props and things, though. There were also some activities to queue up for, like getting blasted by dragon fire and getting turned into a white walker. The best bit was the Oculus Rift, where you go up the Wall with a virtual reality helmet on. It was pretty jarring, surprisingly realistic. All in all, one of my better recent Sundays. I wish I had taken photos on my camera instead of my phone, the quality isn't too good in a lot of them, but what can you do.