Wednesday, 4 March 2015

USING // Bourjois 10 Hour Sleep Effect Foundation...

Bourjois can do not wrong in my eyes, and in many other bloggers eyes too.

I picked up their 10 Hour Sleep EffectFoundation back in December.  I hadn’t read any reviews on it, so I didn’t (and still don’t) know how old/new it is to their collection and I didn’t know whether I’d even like it.  Riskayy. 

Bourjois 10 Hour Sleep Effect is an anti-fatigue liquid foundation (think the texture of true match… pretty runny!) with a light coverage; perfect for my skin as I don’t need anything heavy.   It does claim that dark circles and imperfections are “replaced” or covered, though I do have to concealer up my dark circles, which is pretty standard for most foundations, even the ones with a higher coverage.

(Excuse the fake tan hand...)

Initally I was a bit “meh” when I tried it.  Take it or leave it kind of thing.  However the more I use it the more I love it.  Grower not a shower.  It really does just wake my skin up, even my skin tone and generally make me look perkier.   It contains high concentrations of vitamins and minerals (E, F and B5 to be exact), which I’m assuming are its magic secrets!

Praise the lord for the pump bottle; Bourjois are so good for that!  You don’t end up with it loads all over your hand and nowhere to put it.  I like to buff mine in with my Zoeva 102 Silk Finish face brush or my trusty Real Techniques Expert Face brush for a flawless, even finish.  I thought the foundation was a tad too orange looking for my skin but once applied this isn’t a problem at all.

If you’re in the market for a brightening light foundation then I’d definitely recommend this one.  I don’t know if it’s a dupe for Rimmel Wake Me Up, but I will always stay loyal to Bourjois.  I know the shade range with Bourjois isn’t amazing, but if you can find one to match and it sounds like what you’re after then I’d definitely recommend picking one up. 

Have you tried this foundation?  Will it be going on your drug store wish list?


Sunday, 1 March 2015

SHOPPING // Bicester Haul...

A few weekends ago I FINALLY got the chance to go to Bicester Village on the way to Milton Keynes.  Naturally I made my way straight to The Cosmetics Company Store (sorry Nick et al) solo to fill my boots.

Going for quality rather than quantity, I chose three things which I am super happy with (although one doesn’t really count as one…).

Very similar to my favourite Bobbi Brown bronzer (blush) that I wrote about here, I picked up the Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Tawny Brown 1.  The colour really caught my eye as it’s quite unusual.  A fluffy brush is definitely needed as a little goes a long way, but it’s a super colour for a two-in-one blush/contour in a sweep!  Super happy with this!  £19.95 from £28 you can’t go wrong. 

I’ve lusted over this for ages, so I was happy to grab this little beauty!  The packaging is beautiful – tortoiseshell might not be to everyone’s taste but I really like it.  It comes with a little brush, which is great to pop into my bag for touch ups.  I got the colour 04 Deep, which I have to admit was a mistake, but with a light hand it works perfectly for my skin and will be a definite winner in the summer.  I can't remember how much this was exactly (thrown both the outer packaging with the price and the receipt.. foolish) but I think it was around £20-22. 

MAC Stroke of Midnight Lip and Cheek Bag

I picked up this set from the MAC 2013 holidays collection.  This one was a bit of a gamble, as I couldn’t open the box to see colours and there weren’t any testers around for the kit, but it definitely paid off.  Inside this black, white and gold clutch there was a lipstick, blush, lipglass, brush and mirror.  When you add up the prices of these products individually, £35 is not a bad price at all.

The lipstick is Night To Remember in a cremesheen formula. It’s a nice deep red, which suits my skin tone perfectly.  It’s crème sheen too which is great as I don’t really like my coloured lipsticks to be matte.  I’ve never heard of this colour before so I don’t know if it’s set specific?

The blush is a frost blush in Margin.  As frost suggests, it has a nice gold shimmer to it.  It’s a nice natural colour and applies really well with the MAC 129SE powder/blush brush that comes in the set.  I’ve never tried any MAC blushes before but I am impressed with this.

The lipglass was the product I was the least excited for.  I haven’t really read much about them and they don’t seem to appear in peoples favourites all that often.  I have long hair, so the combination of this plus gloss isn’t great.  I wasn’t particularly won over by the gold colour either (Pure Sophistication), thinking it could be unflattering and put me straight back in the 90s. 

Never judge a book by it’s cover, this lipglass isn’t overly sticky (though it will only be worn on hair up days) and actually applies totally different on the lips that on the swatch.  It’s a brown nude (favourite) and would be nice to glam up a lipstick. 

The mirror that comes with the set is super small and thin so ideal to pop in your handbag.

What do you think of my haul? Have you been to The Cosmetics Company before? Did you find any gems?


Sunday, 22 February 2015

LIFE // 4 From Pinterest - Make Up Looks...

Let’s just get it out the way – My name is Rebecca and I am obsessed with Pinterest .  I could spend hours of my day (and night!) just happily pinning away, however I don’t always go back through all my pins and try to do what I’ve pinned, whether it’s hair and make up, fitness, cooking or a (little) bit of DIY.  I’m sure all us Pinterest obsessives are a little guilty of this!

After having a bit of a Pinterest rummage, I wanted to share with you 4 make up looks I’ve pinned and love that I will be trying out in the next few weeks…

Super Smoky Eye

I love a good smoky eye but I usually only stick to browns when I’m doing my make up as it’s my safe zone and usually only smoke out the lid varying the intensity depending on the time of day.  I love how this is a proper full, black smoky eye and how every other part of her face is toned down, making it a really wearable day look. Black shadow as the main with a matte brown toward the inner eye makes it pretty simple to do.

I’ll be trying this out and attempting a) not to look like a panda, and b) not to look like I’ve rubbed my eye make up/got out the shower.  She just makes the look completely effortless and I just know that Rimmel’s East End Snob would be the perfect accompanying lip!

Berry Lips and Gold Lids

Before the final few weeks of winter are over, I’ll be filling my boots with some berry lips.  This look would definitely be saved for a more glam occasion but the colours just go so well together I’m sure I could tone it down a little for a more day appropriate look!  I’m sometimes worried about berry colours washing me out, but she just shows a little bronzer here and there can work its magic.  I can heard Naked 2 calling my name to help me with this look!

Neon Lips

From one lip colour to another.  As we begin to wave bye bye to berry lips, it’s time to get the bright/neon lipsticks out ready for Spring/Summer .  I have a really similar lip colour from Maybelline that I’ve been a little scared to wear, but this look has definitely showed me a simple way to wear it. Her neutral eye make up (kind of) and glowing skin give the look a really summer vibe and make me so excited for the (one day of) sun that’s coming!

Big Eyes

I am a black eyeliner girl through and through and have never worn anything else on my water line (I gave brown a trial for one day but it was a no from me).  I’ve recently got a white eye liner in a free gift set from L’Oreal’s Christmas offers so I’d love to try out this look with it and see if I can venture away from my beloved black. 

With the thick lashes (falsies needed!) and the eye shadow that’s also going on in the look I think there’s definitely enough definition that perhaps I could switch up my look once in a while and go with white liner.

It was hard to just narrow it down to 4 looks, but I’m hoping to do more of these “4 from pinterest” posts, so keep a look out for other looks I’m loving and going to try in an effort to switch up my make up style.  You can find me on Pinterest here

Will you be trying out any of these Pinterest looks?  What’s your favourite one? I’m always looking for more people to follow on Pinterest so leave your links below!

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

USING // Is It Just Me? Max Factor CC...

Welcome back to another of my 'Is It Just Me?' posts, where I question my ability to use products in the correct way, basically.

Max Factor CC stick, you’re up!

I was so excited for the launch of these.  My under eye circles are out of hand so it was like an answer from the gods when I saw they had done one in yellow.  All the reviews were great so I was sold.   After finally hunting one down I couldn’t wait to wave ta-ta to my cicles and look annoyingly perky, bright and full of sleep.

But this wasn’t the case.  The stick glides over my circles really well, so that’s not the problem.  The problem is I can’t seem to blend it out, and when I do I’m pretty sure I’ve rubbed it off my face.  I’ve tried brushes, sponges and fingers but none of them seem to get me to the circle-erased state I was promised.  I don’t particularly like pulling on the skin around my eyes either, so it pained me to try and make this work (I’m sure it’s added a few sneaky lines!). 

I’ve tried it over and under concealer, by its self, under foundation, over foundation.  You name it, I’ve done it.  And it just will not work. If anything it can sit in my eye lines (which I am tres self conscious of *slaps on anti-aging serum*) mocking me.  

Maybe yellow isn’t the best of the bunch, but seeing as I don’t need anything the others do, I don’t really want to fork out £9 a go to see if that’s the case.  Funnily enough I haven’t seen them rear their head in any favourites videos… maybe that’s a sign that its not just me?!

If you can make these work then please tell me your wizardry in the comments as it pains me to put basically un-used make up in the bin and I would love to use it.  If you can’t then let me know so I know I’m not alone!


Saturday, 14 February 2015

USING // Valentine's Day Lip Picks...

Since my boyfriend dislikes coloured lipsticks (why are some boys so against it?!) and my true love is a nude lip, I thought I’d live my Valentines Day bright lip dream via my blog!  I’ve picked a few of my favourites to share with you all (or that would have to battle it out if a bright lip was allowed!)

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm - Unapologetic - This was my first venture into a neon lip and it was love at first swatch.  It’s a opaque, matte finish with a slightly minty taste.  Not my usual colour choice, and I was unsure as to how the pink would look against my skin tone (I’m usually suited to warmer colours) but it suits me really well.  It has an average wear period so maybe not the most practical for a Valentines meal but definitely a bold, eye catching colour!

Maybelline Color Drama - Light It Up - I LOVE these lip crayons.  I haven’t tried the NARS offering so I can’t compare, but they are just amazing.  A velvet finish, they are so easy to apply with the pencil and last a long time.  All the colours are a one swatch wonder, though make sure you have a large enough pencil sharpener!

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick - As You Want Victoria - Probably the most fuchsia out of all of these and probably the most pink I can get away with.  As You Want Victoria is a lovely moisturising fuchsia red which is completely opaque on the lips.  I think I picked this up on sale on Fragrance Direct or Tesco Beauty and I am so glad I did.  I haven't read too many reviews on this colour at all, but I'd definitely recommend giving it a swatch.  

L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Exclusive - Eva's Red - I was gifted this lipstick by Charlotte (Blot and Reapply) and it is a really good colour fit for my skin tone.  It’s more of a browny red, so definitely not one for everyone but I like that it’s a little more muted.  I’d be pairing this with a bronzed skin so I didn’t make me look too washed out (come on summer, I need my tan back!!).  I love the Color Riche range, both nudes and reds, and think the whole line is a great idea.  The parma violet smell wouldn’t be my first choice but it’s not enough to put me off.  I also love the textured case!

Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick - Minx - This is the best nude-brown-red I have ever laid eyes upon.  If that's even a thing?  I think these muted browny reds suit me a lot more than a bright red does thus making it the perfect pick to round things off! I've worn it in the summer, I've worn it in the winter, it's just one of those that goes whatever the weather.  It is a little pricier than the rest but I will definitely re-purchase once I run out.  Naturally with Illamasqua it applied opaque and is a lovely creamy texture.  

Have you got any of these lipsticks?  What lip colour are you choosing for Valentine's Day?


Friday, 13 February 2015

WEARING // 3 Ways To Style A Boyfriend Jumper...

Boyfriend jumpers are such a wardrobe staple. Lovely and cosy, perfect for when comfort is key but you still want some style.

I was sent this LNG-SND Hip Hop jumper from Longsands*, which I absolutely love.  Neutral? Check.  Cosy?  Check.  Oversized?  Check.

Sometimes however, I find myself a little stuck with boyfriend jumpers, and worry that I potentially could end up looking like a little boy.  Not cool.  I wanted to show you three ways I’m going to style up my new boyfriend jumper, without looking like a boy.

1 – Ripped Knee + Converse  

Ripped jeans are really popular right now and I am living in my Jamie jeans from Topshop. They’re a nice, thick denim, super comfy and just add a simple style update to any outfit.  My footwear of choice would have to be my trusty high top white Converse.  You really can’t go wrong with Converse! 

2 – Denim Shirt + Nikes 

Denim shirts are so simple to style (unless you’re attempting to go full on double denim…). Mine is from New Look and was a bargain!  With leggings and a trusty pair of nikes (a variety can be found here) this outfit looks like you’ve made a bit of an effort when you really haven’t!

3 – Levi shorts + Adidas 

Okay, maybe not one for now but in the summer when it’s a little breezy or you’ve got an evening BBQ and bonfire (favourite!) boyfriend jumpers can pair perfectly with denim shorts to for a relaxed look.  I live really near the coast so my summer is filled with being on or near the beach.  I’d team it with my high waisted light wash Levi shorts and either some Havianas or my Adidas Gazelles, which are my new loves.

How do you wear your boyfriend jumpers?  I'd love to know other items to pair it with!


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Friday, 6 February 2015

WEARING // Absolute Pearls...

Pearls are a timeless classic.  I get that they aren’t to every girls taste but to me they are something that will be kept forever and brought out time and time again to add a touch of class to any outfit.

Absolute Pearls were kind enough to send me this beautiful White Angular Twist Round pearl ring*.  I am a ring lover so I was super happy (despite having sausage fingers as you can see in the bottom picture I just can’t help myself with rings!).  The ring matches perfectly with the 5 silver rings I wear on a daily basis and fits with my Virtue stackable rings so I can mix and match them all, but also looks amazing by itself.

I really like the twisted band, which makes it a little different from other pearl rings I’ve seen. The freshwater pearl is big enough to make a statement with your outfit, but not so big that you’re waving it in everyones face (less is more, ladies).

Absolute Pearls have a whole Valentines collection on their website which I’d recommend checking out if pearl jewellery is something you’re looking for.   All the pieces are beautiful and would suit a variety of tastes, whether you prefer necklaces, bracelets, rings or earrings.  Let the hint dropping commence (or take note, other halves, if you’re reading!).

Absolute Pearls pride themselves on selling 100% genuine pearls.  If you’re thinking of investing in some pearl jewellery for yourself or as a present for a family member/friend then Absolute Pearls have put together a helpful guide to make sure you’re buying the real deal (ain’t nobody got time for fakes…). 

As I’m sure you can tell, I am in love with my new ring and will definitely be wearing it out on Valentines day with a simple black midi dress and a red lip…perfect classics all together!

What do you think of Absolute Pearls’ Valentines collection?  Will you be adding any pieces to your jewellery stash?


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