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.