I have had such a hectic year and a bit and realised that I actually haven’t posted a blog post since December 2016, WHAT!? Ever since I started university I have found it hard to keep going with this. So, this is me deciding to make my comeback with lots of different makeup products to talk about and lots of other ramblings and book related things – seeing as I am an English Lit student, my life does revolve around books. I might change it up a bit and add in some food and fitness into this too. My journey into getting fit has been a tough one, but I’m slowly working my way to a healthier and happier version of myself. After all… this is a blog that can cover pretty much anything.
I have neglected my blog for a little while now, and that was down to the fact that I had a crazy summer and I started university in September, but seeing as my first term is over, and I have survived (just about) I have decided it was time to get back on here. I have SOOOO many new products to talk about, but I’m going to do start with some of my favourite products at the moment.
Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette:
I have had this palette for about 6 months now and I have to say this is now my go to palette for everyday or evening looks. It’s so easy to use and there’s enough shades to go for a casual nude look to a glittery night time look. I find that the pigmentation in these colours is just amazing and that they last all day/night. To pair with this I use the eyeshadow primer potion which works wonders on any eyeshadow. The coppery shades in this palette are definietly my favourites. Like all of Urban Decay Naked Palettes, this is £38.50
Urban Decay All Nighter Face Setting Spray:
Not only going out, but even going out during the day with my makeup sometimes leaves it going patchy if you’re going places that are rather warm. This setting spray is definitely something that helps keep your makeup on for longer and it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing anything over your makeup either. Although this doesn’t work wonders, it does help the staying power of your makeup a little bit and works better than some other setting sprays that I have tried in the past. This is £22 for a large bottle.
Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor:
I have this in the shade Seduction and it is such a nice nude colour. I struggle to find nude colours that I love but this is definitely one of those that you can wear for everyday and also has good staying power. The feel of it doesn’t feel too glossy, but I would argue that it isn’t actually a matte shade, as it does have a slight shine to it and never dries 100% matte. This product is £8.99
Revolution London Ultra Bronze Bronzer:
I bought this about a month ago and I cannot stop using it. I was looking for a bronzer that was similar to the Benefit Hoola which is one of my holy grails, but was a lighter shade as I have now entirely lost my tan from summer. This bronzer has slightly less of an orange undertone, which leaves a softer finish on the face. For only £4 I would recommend getting this any day over the £23.50 that you would pay for Hoola. For me, the application is even the same, and it’s even slightly velvety to the touch with high pigmentation. This actually seems like a bargain.
Benefit Fake it Up Concealer:
I have used Benefit Boi-ing concealer in the past, but I got bored of the application process as using a stick or pen type concealer is always so much easier to apply. I wear this in the shade 01, and it goes on so smoothly. The concealer itself even has a layer around it which moistorises and hydrates your undereyes, which is to stop the concealer going cakey throughout the day. This concealer is one of the best that I have ever tried, and it doesn’t crease throughout the day either. This product is £18.50 and only comes in three shades. I find that this isn’t enough to cover a diverse range of skin tones, but for me I find that it is a perfect match for a lighter undereye shade.
No7 Airbrush Away Pore Minimising Primer:
I don’t really have big pores that need minimising, but this primer definitely has the staying power to make your foundation last throughout the day. I use two different foundations, the No7 Essentially Natural Foundation and the Clinique Superbalanced Foundation. Both of these are very light weight with a light to medium coverage, and even though they are both by a different brand, the primer works the same with whichever one I use. This mixed with the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray works wonders for staying power. It is also very light on the skin which makes it feel like you’re not actually wearing anything. This is great it you’re doing a full face of makeup and are using lots of different products. This is £16.50 and I’d say this is worth the price!
Let me know if you want me to create any looks using these products, do any further reviews on anything, or even if you just have any questions.
So, highlight is something that I love, but never seem to get around to using enough of. I thought it was time that I invested in a new one as it would make me either remember to put it on, or just make me want to have that amazing glow that highlight gives off. When I was in my local Boots I decided to look at the Benefit Highlighters. I already own the High Beam highlighter but I have to admit that it is far from my favourite to use.
Watts Up is actually amazing to use, and although you use it as a cream highlight, it dries with a powdered finish. The way I apply it is by using the product in the stick form that it comes in, and then using the sponge on the other end to blend it out so you don’t just have a thick like of where it is, as well as no harsh edges of the product. I find that blending is a must when you use it, otherwise it just looks slightly cakey and overdone.
The application of this product is so quick and easy though as you don’t need to use any brushes, you just use it the way it comes. The colour of it is also a slight goldeny, shimmery kind, perfect for my skin type. There is no fallout or spreading throughout the day with this, as I find with other highlighters, but I think this is because of the fact that it applies like a cream highlighter, with a different finish to any cream products, as I find they can sometimes drag the glitter across your cheeks in an uneven manner.
Although this product is £24.50, I think that this is one of the best highlighters that you can buy and I recommend it to anybody who wants a highlight that doesn’t come out like a pale and shimmery finish, but will still add a little bit of colour to your cheeks. This was definitely a good investment.
It’s about time that I got around to doing an update on the things I bought. It’s been so long, exams definitely get in the way of everything, but they’re over now so I can experiment with makeup as much as I want to. Sorry for the lack of posts in recent months, I’ve hardly had any time for myself. Anyway, this is an update from my Makeup Haul post.
The Urban Decay – Naked 3 Palette
This has become my favourite eyeshadow palette. The pink shades are honestly amazing and blend SO well together. Spending a little bit more money on a product to pay for better quality is worth every penny. The shadows are so soft and so pigmented, and when combined with the Primer Potion the pigmentation is even better and the eyeshadow lasts longer than I need it to, without any fallout.
Here is me with a look using the Urban Decay palette. I went for the warmer matte pinks here, and then blended Blackhearted into the crease, just to complete the look.
The lip liners:
The Natural Collection liners went on smoothly, but unfortunately the Collection one didn’t. The pencil was just too hard and pulled at your lip so the application was all over the place. This is quite annoying because I absolutely loved the colour of it, but I have also tried softening it with my hairdryer which seems to work, however this is a bit of pain because of how long the process takes, therefore I don’t think I will be buying any Collection lipliners again. I am still waiting on finding the perfect affordable lipliner.
So recently I’ve been doing a lot of buying… I think it’s because I tell myself I’ve earned it from all of the revision and coursework deadlines I’ve had. I am going to be doing this post in two parts as there will be too many products to talk about in just one post, I will also be doing un update on the lipliners that I bought as I haven’t used them yet.
Urban Decay Naked3 Palette:
I wrote about this in makeup wishlist post (which can be seen here), and I decided to buy it as a treat. I also bought a primer potion with it in original, and oh my goodness it is AMAZING. I’ve been using eyeshadow primers for some time now, but nothing compares to this. I am definitely going to have to be using this for a long time. Primer Potion gets a 5/5 and the Naked3 Palette gets a 4.5/5, this is only because I prefer the Naked2 palette down to preference of colours, and wearability for what I go for in an every day look. But I cannot fault this product at all. The colours are a perfect mix of glitters, mattes and metallics. The palette was £38.50 and the Primer Potion was £8, as I got the smaller one just to try it out. If anybody would like me to do a full review with swatches/tutorial using this palette let me know.
I also bought an assortment of lip liners from various brands:
As I have quite a few lipliners from No. 7 (which always work amazingly for me), I thought I would try out some cheaper brands and see how well their colours come out and how smooth the application is as lipliners are sometimes very expensive if you only use them with lipsticks you wear only occasionally.
I bought two lipliners from Natural Collection in Boots. These were in the shades ‘Ruby Rose’ which is a brighter pink with a slight orange undertone and ‘Plum’ with a very browny colour with a slight reddish undertone. The application of these was so smooth when I swatched them (I haven’t tried these on my lips yet so will post an update soon) and are very pigmented. I’m not sure how long these will last on the lips either or if they will prevent your lipstick from bleeding, again I will post an update on that. These lipliners were £1.99 each.
The third lip liner I bought was from ‘Collection’. I found this colour so pretty, but unfortunately the pencil is so hard that I don’t think it will be easy to apply. However, I will let you know when I eventually try it on my lips. It may soften after a few uses. This is in the colour ‘Paprika’ and is a deep pinky red colour. It would be so perfect to use with some of my lipstick colours so I am hoping that it will apply on my lips better than my hands! This was also £1.99.
Beauty Blender – Real Techniques:
I’ve been wanting to buy another Beauty Blender from Real Techniques because my other one had become a little gross as it was pretty old. Although I do love using the Beauty Blenders, I find that nothing can beat a good foundation brush as the application of the foundation is so much quicker. Although I do use the damp method for applying my foundation with the Beauty Blender, I still find that it uses up a lot more product than when I use a brush. Although I have this opinion of it, I know that a lot of people love the Beauty Blenders, so if that’s you, do not let me discourage you from using them. I would still give them a 4/5 rating, it’s just easier for me to use a brush when I am in a rush in the mornings. This was £5.99 from Boots.
Revolution Highlighter, in Peach Lights (£3) – this highlighter is only £3 so such a bargain! As well as the fact that you can layer it on as much or as little as you want to, it gives off a subtle highlight which is what I normally go for. I find that as this is a slightly peachier colour (hence the name), mixed with my olive skin tone, it gives me more warmth than a paler one would. It also comes in three shades so you can choose which one would suit your skin tone the best.
Benefit Hoola Bronzer (£23.50) – This is the best bronzer I have ever used. I have gone through a lot of different brands to try and find the right bronzer for me, but this one is very pigmented and blends very well. It can also double up as a contour which some products don’t always do.
Body Shop Lip & Cheek Velvet Stick, in 40 Poppy Red (£12) – not only does this stay on your lips for the whole time that I’m out in the evening, the colour is amazing. It’s a relatively pinky-ish red, which is lovely (although it does look darker on the packaging). I’ve had this product for a while and was wearing it over the summer, so rediscovering it makes me so happy. I absolutely love this lipstick. It also doubles up as a cheek tint, but I prefer it as a lipstick. You can also build the lipstick up, to create the look you’re going for. They also do this in four other shades which I am yet to try, but they all look so nice! Also, unlike other tints, this is really creamy so you get the texture of a good quality lipstick and the last of a tint which I find to be really good when used as a lipstick.
Body Shop SHIMMER CUBE PALETTE,in 06 Warm 14g (£16) – although I use a lot of natural/brownish tones when it comes to eyeshadows I find that this is very pigmented and long wearing for when you want a more of a shimmery look. All of the colours also blend together really well, leaving you with a shimmery neutral eye look. You can also use these eyeshadow’s wet which gives them a slightly more pigmented look, but I find using them just as they are is good enough.
Benefit Are They Real? Mascara (£19.50) – I looooove this product, and I have been using it for three years now. I don’t always buy it because of the price, as I also love the L’oreal Million Lashes Mascara (see below) which does a similar job for my lashes. My brother bought me this again for my birthday, which was a pleasant surprise, and I fell in love with it all over again
L’Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara (£9.99) – This product is my go-to Drugstore mascara. It may not be good in the normal black one, as it takes a little while to dry and leaves my lashes slightly clumpy, but the waterproof version of this lasts all day and doesn’t go flakey or smudge at all. I use this as my everyday mascara because it is affordable and effective, doing the job that I want it to do for my lashes. It also has a similar wand to the Benefit mascara. They also have different styles of wands as well, but this one is my favourite out of their Million Lashes range!
If you would like me to do a look with any of these products, let me know.
When I am pushed for time in the mornings (normally because I have either spent too long in the shower or just snoozed my alarm for 20 minutes) this is how I make sure I am ready for the day ahead with my makeup routine:
Wash your face whilst you’re in the shower. It may sound a little odd for some people, but this actually saves me time. Your hair’s already off your face and the water is already running so, all you need to do is put your face under the shower head and you’re done. It also rinses it off a lot quicker than washing your face with your hands.
Moisturise your face and add a primer (I don’t always need to prime though, it depends on whether I am using a concealer or not)
DON’T wear foundation if you don’t need it. This will save you time and will give your face a break from your regular routine of wearing it every day.
If you have circles under your eyes or any blemishes, all that you need to do is CONCEAL, concealer will be your bestfriend on those days you’re running late and have blemishes to cover.
Powder – get a powder that is for your skin tone, this won’t do the same thing as your foundation but this mixed with the concealer is close enough on a day when you don’t need a full face of makeup. If you have really clear skin, just use a transparent powder. This also helps control your oil levels throughout the day, making sure that you don’t have a shiny T-zone, if you’re one of those people who has oily skin, blotting paper will help with that, and you can just apply another layer of powder over the top.
Do eyeliner OR one colour of eyeshadow. This way you can get a completed look without having to spend too much time doing both.
And lastly, don’t forget to use mascara.
Overall, on a day that I’m really pushed for time, my makeup doesn’t take me any longer than five minutes, letting me get those extra few minutes to sleep in.
I think everybody who loves makeup has their wishlists, so I have put mine together here:
Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette – I have never owned any of these palettes, but looking at them in shops, I think this is my favourite one. The colours just look so pretty and my friends who own them say that the product lasts a long time too, although I’m not sure if I want to spend that much money on them.
Tom Ford Lipstick – These lipsticks look amazing and apparently last all day as well, with an excellent texture. Most likely, I will never own one because of the price (£38!!!!), but a girl can still dream.
Mac white eyeliner pencil – the reason why I say Mac is because I’ve used other white eyeliner pencils before and not many stay put on the waterline. The only ones that have stayed before is an Estée Lauder one, but I don’t want to be paying that much for just a white eyeliner pencil. Does anybody know any alternatives from a Mac one?
Urban Decay All Nighter Make Up Setting Spray – generally my makeup does stay intact throughout the day but if I go on a night out and get a bit hot in clubs, or even on holiday in a hotter climate, we all know what happens to our makeup. Therefore, I think that trying out one of these would at least help this problem.
Body Shop Honey Bronze Highlighting Dome – I’ve seen these in store and they’re always out of the shade that I want to buy, but I loooove this highlighter when I’ve tried the product on the back of my hand in the store. It is more of a shimmery highlight than a glittery one and the texture of it is so nice even though it’s a creamy consistency. They also come in three colours, so you could get all of them and use them as a blusher, bronzer and highlighter.
The Smashbox #SHAPMATTERS Palette – this is because it is designed to do everything, face, eyes and brows and the colours look so lovely. Everything is also all in one place so it’s easy for when you’re travelling around or staying at friends’ houses.
Let me know if any of you have tried these products or found alternatives that work just as well?
I thoroughly loved this book, it may have been an easy read but it was very well written and I cannot wait to watch the film when it comes out on DVD.
Although it is slightly slow to get moving, you do get a true insight to what it can be like to live in the 1950’s and how times have changed. This is considerably noticeable with transport in the book (it took Eilis 6 days by sea to get from Ireland to America) as well as the racial discrimination that was happening during this time period. Through Eilis’ eyes, we see her leave family behind, including the struggles of leaving and settling into somewhere completely new and out of the ordinary as America seems to be a completely different world to her.
The book is to do with sacrifice, love and loss. She is following her heart all of the way until the end, where she has to go back to what she has vowed to do. With the way that Colm Tóibín has written this book, it makes you feel like you are there, feeling everything that Eilis does; this ranges from her homesickness to the cultural shock of moving across the world.
In my opinion, the story feels unfinished with the ending that Colm Tóibín has given it. She has gone back to the wrong guy and my heart goes out to the one that is left behind. With this, the story stays with you whilst you contemplate her life decisions and what you would have done differently if you were her. In my view, I wouldn’t have got myself in the mess that she did, but then it wouldn’t have made for a good story.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars because it was a very good read, and although I didn’t always agree with the way the author took it, events that happened were unexpected and it was thoroughly worthwhile.
Something that people always seem to wonder now is: Why do people view the concept of makeup differently?
The answer – because we always do what we want for ourselves. It doesn’t mean that we are trying to make ourselves look better for any other reason than the fact that we want to make ourselves feel as good as we can, whether that be by wearing makeup, doing our hair in a certain way or just dressing the way we want to.
I will admit I am lazy, so I don’t always do my makeup when I want to. A full face will probably take me just over 10 minutes, but those minutes I’d rather spend in bed. I simply just moisturise, apply some powder to stop my oil levels getting out of control and then a thin layer of mascara, taking about a minute to do. Just applying that amount does do wonders to how I feel about myself throughout the day.
Now, the thing that I get asked way too often by guys is, ‘why is your makeup amount inconsistent from day to day and why can we not tell when you’re not wearing any?’ Even though they mean that in the nicest way possible, I think they’re just unobservant half of the time about makeup (or the ones I know anyway, without trying to generalise here). Which also makes it annoying when people (again, mainly guys) assume that you’re wearing makeup just to please other people. That is not the case, makeup is there to make you look the way you want to, not for what other people think. Yes, some girls might do it for those other reasons, but the fact that some people do not even realise you are wearing it makes the idea of doing it for yourself so much more appealing, especially when makeup can eat away all of your money.