Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Barry M Gelly Nail Paint Review



I had a mini (very mini) haul from Superdrug, who are currently doing an offer for 3 for 2 on any kind of nail varnish. You can mix and match all the brands! I was originally only going to buy one, but I could not just ignore the offer, could I? From the Barry M Gelly collection I purchased Prickly Pear and Blood Orange. I've heard some interesting things about this nail varnish, and I was eager to just get stuck right in and give it a go.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

A quote from Alice Walker

This is a quote I saw today that really hit home to me. I think everyone needs to hear this at some point in there life, and I wholeheartedly believe it to be true.

This week I will be posting quite a few reviews, including ones of Barry M Gelly Nail Paint - also I will be posting some 'organising' blogs and hopefully some beauty tags. 

Please take the time to follow me on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Bloglovin. I post daily about my general life and various beauty and photography related things.

Thank you everyone for your continuing support, you all mean the world to me.

Thursday, 25 July 2013

My Skin Care July 2013


When it comes to skin care, I usually will use all of a product before switching to another. This is for two main reasons; firstly because I have sensitive skin so finding products that work well with my skin is a good find, and also because I am on a student budget and just can't afford to buy lots and lots of different ones to try. My skin is quite dry, and sometimes even products that claim to be for sensitive skin can cause my skin to go red and blistery just a little bit - but its painful too. I don't too often get spots, sometimes on my chin I get small blemishes.

So, with that being said - this is my current skin care routine :)

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

LEAP Motion - Unboxing and First Impressions


A long while ago, well over a year ago, I saw an opportunity online to order a device called a LEAP which allows you to control what's going on on your computer with your hands and with hand gestures. It was not very expensive for what it was (I think around £40), was the very first of it's kind and was still in development so there where quite a limited number available to people. This was enough to

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Heatwave & A New Royal!



Pheeeewwww. How has everyone been coping with this heat wave in England? Personally I think that this hot weather is not very nice. I think by now we may be coming towards the latter end of the heat wave and I have to say thank god. It was storming a bit last night, which seems to have broken the humidity a bit and it raining today (rain is my all time favourite weather so yay). It's been wonderful for some people, but I've just never been

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Current Favourite Books



This month has been a real read-worthy month. I often go through patches where I read many books one after the other, often reading them in a few days each. I'll then go through a while where I just can't get into a book, but usually return to loving something in the end. This month I've started two new series of books. I LOVE book series, the cliffhangers, the needing to read more etc. If a book can grab you enough they it has you on amazon.co.uk straight away to buy the sequel or pining for the next one to be released it has to be something special.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Review: GOSH Velvet Touch Foundation Primer - Classic



Packaging
I really am a fan of this packaging. It's see through, and works on a pump action. As you use the product you can see the bottom of the primer move up the tube so you know exactly how much you have left to use. I think it looks fairly expensive, it's lightweight and sturdy so you definitely know that it won't pop open when you're on the move. One pump dispenses a fair bit of the primer, pretty much exactly the right amount to use on your face.

Smell
It's pretty much unscented - I never notice it ever. For the purpose of this review I got right up close to smell it, and there's an extremely slight fragrance that is a bit silicone-like.

Texture
It pretty much does exactly what it says on the tin - it leaves skin silky and velvet smooth. It's a clear gel formula, and smoothes onto your skin so, so nicely. It reminds me completely on the Beautiful Movements Prime and Create, but personally I like this better and also this is about half the price. My foundation goes on so nicely over the top of it. I usually have problems with foundation on my skin - it just doest sit right and my skin is quite dry. But this primer makes it go on flawlessly, the first one I've ever found that does, and also keeps my primer on for the whole day.

Price & Purchasing
This is by far the best highstreet primer that I have ever used. It's a little bit more expensive than some of the others at £12.99 from the GOSH counter at Superdrug. You can also get it in a cream formula or 'apricot' for slightly more money, but I fail to see the point of them at the moment when this one is just so good. Sometimes GOSH have free gifts that come with their products - when I bought this I also got a free waterproof eyeliner with it so I was pretty chuffed with that!

Overall: 4.5/5

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Saturday, 13 July 2013

Beauty Haul and July's Glossybox



After a bit of a horrible night last night (hormone-fuelled break downs and whatever else) today was such a beautiful and good day. I wasn't really expecting much from it to be honest, but I got a call from Jack at about 9:20am (when he's usually asleep) saying that he had some time and that we could go to Chichester for today. I thought I wouldn't get to see him for at least another 10 days so I was happy about this :) It was a hoooooottt day, it reached about 31°C. We shopped for a bit, then Jack went to a YuGiOh tournament in the afternoon while I watched for a bit and then just headed back to the shops. I'm still very low on money, but I love everything I got. It was the perfect goodbye and send off to Jack. When I got home my Glossybox had also arrived so even more glorious goodies.


Beauty Haul

Trevor Sorbie Volume Shampoo and Conditioner, 2 for £8
Thought I would try something new.

Body Shop Vitamin E Moisturising Toner, £1.50
Bit obsessed with the Body Shop today but tried to not spend too much money so opted for mini trial sizes instead. Toners are the one skincare thing I neglect, so I'm looking for a good'un.

Body Shop Vitamin E Moisturising Mask, £1.50 each
Same as above, I cannot remember the last time I used a face mask. These ones look awesome.

LUSH Butterball Bath Bomb, £2.40
Smells yummy, fairly cheap and I've heard many good things about this one.

Tango Shower Gel, £1.00
Smells like complete heaven, that's the only reason I bought it really. I adore things that smell like apple, and this is so strong and sour. Wonderful - excited for this. For only £1 thats even better.

Radox Bath Cream, £1.00
Bought more out of necessity to be honest. Smells yummy though.

Angelfall, £6.99
I was actually just looking for a book to read while Jack was at the tournament today, but ended up not reading it. One thing today I kind regret spending money on, but I suppose if it's good then it will be worth it!


Glossybox July 2013

Anatomicals - Spray Misty for Me Facial Spritz
They must have read my mind, I've been wanting one of these for a while. First impressions is that it smells pretty nice and is very refreshing. Let's see.

Sleek Pout Paint in Mauve Over and Minx
I got some weird colours! But they are pretty pigmented and lovely. May do a full review.

Bamboo Style Boho Waves Tousled Texture Mist
Excited to use this! My current salt spray is not up to parr.

Coola Face Mineral Sunscreen
Loving facial sunscreens at the moment! You can never have enough. I've never tried a mineral one before.

Essie Sleek Stick in A to Zebra
Hmmm not sure I like the design of these. I'm still interested to try these as I was eyeing them up today in Superdrug anyway!

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The weather this week is meant to be so hootttt, I'm so jealous that Jack will be spending it on holiday. Although - I HATE heat. I would so much prefer thunderstorms and rain for the whole week. Let's keep our fingers crossed that it will do that instead this week. 

I've also just started watching Vampire Diaries and I'm a little bit in love with it! So addicted to it, I can't stop watching it! It's like a good version of Twilight. 

Thank you to everyone for your support on this blog. <3

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Current Beauty Wants

I always have a lot of wants, I love buying new things and getting to own them and use them. I have to admit that Lou @ Bluebird first gave me the idea for this post, so thanks Lou!



EOS Smooth Lipbalm in Pomegranite and Raspberry
These have been around for a loonnng time and I really, really want one! Lip balm like this is probably one of the first things that gets cast aside when money is tight, and £7.99 is just a bit crazy expensive for a lip balm. I think it would make a good birthday/christmas present for me though. I will have to remember it for when people ask what I would like.

Benefit POREfessional Primer
The stylists on the Benefit counter used this on me and it made my skin look really great. The GOSH primer is a lot cheaper so it is my current go-to primer, and it really does do a good job. If I ever get Benefit vouchers or feel like treating myself this might have to be the one I go to.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
A real beauty staple for so many people! I will buy it, probably in the next few months, I would just like to use up my current concealer (Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer) then I will pounce on this baby. It's around the £4 mark I think and is usually involved in some kind of 3 for 2 deal in Superdrug - will have a bit of a spend when I feel that I can!



Urban Decay NAKED Palette
I saw a review of this on Cat's channel and fell in love with this palette. It just looks so beautiful and gorgeous, and is the kind of thing that you can use everyday and look great with. It's just over £30, so maybe at some point when I get my next student loan / commission payment. It's just so pretty *melts*.


Real Techniques Face Brush
I have such a small brush collection. I have two brushes, both by EcoTools - they're okay, but I would really love the opportunity to experiment and use these brushes. They are fairly cheap


Benefit Posietint
I am a huuuggeeee fan of Benetint and High Beam by Benefit, and this product is a bit like a mixture of the two of them. I would love to try this! I think you can also get it as a part of one of their 'beauty kits' so I think if I got it, I would purchase one of those first to test it out along with some of their other products.

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I feel a bit like this post is all a bit 'want want want', but currently there are just more important things for me to be spending my money on in a positive kind of way. I think I will do a 'material things I am grateful for' and a general 'things I am grateful for' post too.

Jack is going on holiday for a week with his family and I won't see him probably until July 22nd which makes me sad :0( I am going to try and fill up my week with positivity and fill it with lovely things.

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Current Favourites



I figured it was a bit late to do a June favourites and still too early for a July one. Anway, who loves things for exactly one month? It's more like a constant shifting if likes and loves. The things I use don't change that often - If I find something for my skin that I really love I will use it until it runs out which may be a few months.

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Make Up

Benetint by Benefit - I have had the small tester size of this for over 6 months now and I probably use it at least every other day if not every day. It's still only half gone, and recently I have rediscovered just why I love it so much. I bought it originally to use as just a lip tint - I think it works really well at giving your lips a bit of colour without too much. For me personally I love to wear a more obvious colour on my lips, but for the days you just want a natural no-fuss easy look this is so perfect. However, what is new for me, is using Benetint as a blush to the top of my cheekbones. It's a beautiful blush. I think the reason I didn't use it as blush for the first 5 months of using it was because putting dark red liquid on your cheeks it quite daunting. But - I'm very glad that I did as it is now my VERY favourite way of adding colour to my cheeks. If you apply it onto your lips and cheeks at the same time, it gives you such a warm, healthy and beautiful glow. I really love it. As I said previously, I currently have the smaller size that came in the Benefit Sugarlicious set. (I also recommend this set so very much. I threw out the other blusher that came with it and I am so annoyed!) I think I may have to purchase it full size at some point because it is so versatile.

Hair Care

Moroccan Argan Oil - An impulse buy, but really awesome. It makes my hair feel super soft, healthy and strong. A definite must-buy for now and ever - why have I not tried this before? The longest layers in my hair are waist-length so they need lot of conditioning.

Game

Animal Crossing: A New Leaf - I used to own a version of this game when I was about 13, I liked it then but never really loved it. There was too much that annoyed me. Now I have it on my 3DS I love it so so much. It's so wonderfully addictive, and it's much more customisable and easy to use.

Book

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray - What can I say about this book. It was the July book for the book club that I'm part of and I finished it by July 5th because It was so awesome. It's young adult - adult fantasy set in an English finishing school. All of my favourite things in one little book. I really wish (so badly) I could read the sequel now, but I just can't spare with the money at the moment, even if it is just £5. One day though, I will. And I cannot wait.

TV Series

Oh em geeee. This is most definitely my favourite thing at the moment. For those who don't know, it's an american sitcom about a group of geeky scientist friends and how their daily lives. I am working my way through all the series. I probably started doing this about three weeks ago and I am now half way through series 6. It's just so addictive and I do not want it to end. It's like my replacement for Friends episodes because I've seen every one of those many times. The awesome thing about The Big Bang Theory is that it's still going! Yes! I need a new series to watch afterwards - does anyone have any suggestions for me?

Student Food

PESTO. Particularly sun dried tomato pesto. It's soooo good if you're low on money. I got a standard smallish of pesto and have made SO many different meals with it. It's super nice with chicken and pasta. And in a bagel. And with cucumber and crackers. It is also very cheap - about £1.50 and it lasts many meals. Mmmmh.

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So that was a bit of a random list I know, but it's a taster of my favourite things at the moment. I have currently just started to read the Jaqueline Wilson books of my childhood - I'm almost done with Diamond Girls and it is even better than I remember. I think it's because now I can really and truly understand the situations and the characters from a human and adult point of view instead of a my sugar coated child's eyes of when I first read them. Jaqueline Wilson is so amazing, and my childhood pretty much belongs to her and J. K. Rowling. They taught me about morals and integrity. I think the next one I will read will be Lola Rose as I have it here. Hooray!

It is so so hot here at the moment, well for us brits anyway. 30℃ here at the moment. I really do not get on too well in the heat, I just feel sluggish and anxious and don't want to do anything. I can't wait for the cold winter weather and the rain to come back. Please do hurry up!

Thankyou everyone for your lovely comment on my last post!

xo

Sunday, 7 July 2013

One Year Anniversary






Yesterday was the one year anniversary of the day me and Jack got together. It has been a crazy year, so much of my life has changed in so many good ways. To celebrate we made each other some gifts, Jack made me a CD called 'Now That's What I Call Jasmine', and I love it so very, very much. I had some vouchers for a posh restaurant near to where I live so we went there for lunch - gah it was an amazing place. The kind of place where everything is just immaculate. Expensive, but you pay for the experience. It was so sunny, warm, airy, not too busy, and they played the perfect soundtrack for our day. We ordered a burger and chips and cod and chips - possibly the only traditional food on the menu that we knew what it was. It was presented beautifully and there was so much of it, a particular highlight was that Jack's burger came with a knife through it because it was just so damn big.

After we went and chilled in the sunshine outside the ruin of an old house/castle, which is also the place we laid on the grass together just over a year ago, and the time we both knew that something special was going to start. I love the random mushy lovey photos. I will cherish them forever and ever.

So here's to another year, as we have now completed out Chapter One.









Friday, 5 July 2013

Life Lessons and Why Art is A bit sucky

This week I had someone I did some photography work for really tell me what they thought of me. They were not happy with the final result (despite it being exactly what they had asked for and like everything else in my portfolio), and instead of doing the right thing and approaching it rationally, they decided to hound me on facebook for an hour telling every detail how my work sucked and that basically I should stop doing it at all. Said person is since blocked, but it has left me really quite shaken and upset. At first I never wanted to take on any commissions again, but it's been a few days now and I know that I will do more commissions, I will just give myself a break. Being in the arts is tough because everything relies on someone's opinion and not on whether or not it is right. When you get something wrong in someone else's eyes, it's not like it's your knowledge on a subject that can be knocked (as that can be re-learnt), but is directly hitting your creativity which is the part you love, hate, rely on and nurture.

Things I need to remember:

  • Not everyone will like your work. If all art was the same and everyone thought the same thing it would be very boring. Would it even count as art? No one would stand out.
  • I have full control over the images I give out to people. No one ever has to see a picture if I don't want them to. Ever. Seriously it's up to me.
  • I don't have to take crap from people. If they want something they can ask, but I will never be hassled. No one is going to bully me.
  • Some people are idiots.

Since that day though I have given other people their own images and they have emailed me saying 'we think they are amazing, thank you', which proves my point that everyone is different. One of the hardest things being in this industry, especially for a perfectionist like me, is to learn that some people will not like your work. I am going to see this as good and necessary life experience. It is hard but worth it.

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Review: M.A.C Pro Longwear Foundation



Oh god, I know how many people have reviewed this foundation from MAC, but seeing as its my first venture into high end foundation and my first review I thought it would be a good idea. I would also like to look back on this review if I think about repurchasing in the future so I can remember what I thought about it. 

Now, as a student who is off for summer, I am not too hot on the money front at the moment. I purchased this foundation about 4 months ago in the shade NC15, on a whim in House of Fraser in Guildford one time because I was generally interested in whether it would make my skin any better. 

I have quite dry and sensitive skin, and foundations cake on my face so damn easily. I have tried moisturisers and primers in a few combinations but have found nothing that would give me that even lovely finish to my skin. The person on the MAC counter recommended Pro LongWear for my dry skin and put it on me in store. I liked it. I bought it. Yay. 

So it's been enough time now I think to write a review. This is from a noobs point of view. Like I say, I don't have the money to splash out on this kind of thing too often so it's literally from a first timers point of view. 

Packaging

When you buy this foundation it comes in a hardy black box which is pretty pro looking, and I have to say, it took a lot for me to throw it out because I was pretty proud to own it. The foundation itself is in a glass bottle with a black plastic lid that turns it so its either locked or unlocked. The glass packaging is nice, but gets dirty very quickly. Every time I put it in my makeup bag I wash it with cotton wool and make up remover so it doesn't go everywhere. I think it's a drawback of not having a lid.  The locking mechanism is not very strong either, so when I'm travelling I'm scared it will unlock and go everywhere too. Not very stable I would say. Now that all sounds very negative, but really, it's lovely packaging and I like having it stand with my collection. It looks professional and awesome. But, of course, the packaging is obviously just a small part of this foundation. I'm sure most people care more about the actual formula. 

Price

I bought this for £24 from House of Fraser. I know this is not much compared to a lot of foundations but its the most expensive one that I have ever bought. For me though it was worth it. I've had it for quite a long time now and it isn't showing any signs of running out. I also find that I don't need too much of the product everyday to archeive a nice result. For me it had been really worth it. 

Texture

The texture when you first put it on is very sticky and you need to work it into your skin fairly quickly before it settles to much. It has a shiny and sticky appearance. The coverage is probably a medium. It may mean to be 'dewy' but until you powder and set it its definitely more sticky. After you powder it however the finish is beautiful and coverage is perfect for me. 

Long Lasting

I was so skeptical about the long lasting claim as, because my skin is dry, no foundations last a long time. This one does however. I wouldn't say it's a miracle how long it lasts, but if I was going somewhere for the day I would have complete confidance that it would last perfectly. 

Breakouts...?

I have never had bad skin, and I never get any spots or blemishes. I read some reviews online before purchasing and a lot of people said it gave them a lot of bad breakouts. I thought to myself -"I've never even had a breakout, I doubt that this foundation will do anything negative to my skin". And it hasn't really done too much. I have acquired some blemishes on my chin which I have never had before and I blame the foundation. They're not bad however, and are easily manageable. Perhaps this foundation would not suit someone who has a problem with spots or acne. 

Overall I would give this foundation a strong 4/5 stars. I would and probably might, repurchase in the future although I think for now I might try and explore different brands. 

If you could recommend one foundation for me what would it be?

What is your favourite foundation?

Xo


Monday, 1 July 2013

A Day Out With an Old Friend

Today I went out in Chichester with an old friend of mine, Ellie. We went to play school, primary school, intermediate school, grammar school and sixth form together but have lost touch a bit in the last couple of years. It was such a wonderful day. We did quite a lot of shopping considering we both do not have too much money, I bought some really really lovely things and I actually regret none of them at all. 

Paperchase was - of course - the first place we went to. I have a strange love for all things stationary. I bought a beautiful 'well being' notebook, where you can track things like food, recipes, exercise, goals and inspirations. For my birthday Ellie bought me such a gorgeous journal from there too which looks like it has been hand bound - I love it to pieces. I don't want to write anything in it because I don't want to spoil it with messy handwriting or change my mind half way through. Also bought a notebook for my dissertation - my theory being that if I like my stationary I will actually enjoy the entirety of my whole 10,000 word essay. Gahhh. Ellie works at Paperchase though, which is very handy.

From H&M I bought a creamy pink coloured skirt with black bird silhouettes on it, and also a red casual burgundy dress that has pegasus all over it. Mmmh I love H&M clothes, I could have spent so much more in there because a lot of their clothes are so yummy. There was a skirt in New Look that was black chiffon and had a dipped hem at the back. I wanted it so badly, but at £20 my student budget was whining at me quite badly so I didn't get it. At some point though I really need to buy either that skirt or an equivalent. Bye for now lovely skirt, bye for now.

We ate at Wetherspoons for our lunch and I stole Ellie's awesome sun glasses while drinking my J2O...



I seriously had to stop myself from buying some Yankee candles today too. I am not usually a candle person, but Yankee candles are completely my weakness. I was so much tempted to buy the ones that smelled like Fluffy Towels and the one that smelled like Salted Caramel. One day I will buy these too, as the big ones cost £20 and the smallest where still nearly £9. 

I went into Superdrug and bought some Salt Spray, Moroccan Oil, a GOSH primer and a GOSH eyeliner which I will probably review at some point in the future :) Probably items that I did not need..... :/ but love anyway.


Me and Ellie sporting our wonderful ice creams.

OH and I almost forgot the image at the top of this blog post, and the one below are from Chichester Cathedral. We decided to explore it while we where there, and I ended up lighting two candles of remembrance of my Grandad and a dear friend of ours who passed away a year or two ago called Karen (or as we called her Buttercup). I am not particularly religious  but lighting a candle for someone is something I really like to do. It still represents nature, light and darkness, hope, life and death all in one. 

After a really good day, I went on Facebook when I got home and things got a bit annoying and a little bit bad. A few wedding clients where messaging me wanting their photos but where doing it in a way that you really wouldn't treat someone who was older than 20 years old like me. I think because I'm so young people think they can take advantage a lot of the time. Oh well. Tomorrow I will get it sorted to the best of my ability.