Saturday, 25 August 2012

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream



I've wanted to try a BB cream for quite some time now, but I didn't want to spend money on one just in case I didn't like it, because I have heard reviews where the creams have been too orange, and haven't had a wide range of shades available. And when I was at the Benefit counter last week I asked about BB creams and the lady there said that a BB cream is trying to do too much in one product and will never be as good as the individual products, cos she said its trying to be like a tinted moisturiser, moisturise and suncream all in one or something, but anyhows, when I saw an advert for a free sample of this I thought well why not.. so I did. This took about ten days to get here. The packaging is quite nice, it gives you all the info you need about the BB cream the sachets are tiny but you do get three of them, they're awkward to open but nevermind.




It is definitely orange..


The consistency is no as thick as a liquid foundation, but not as liquidy as a moisturiser so it's somewhere in between, the smell is plasticky and has no perfumey scent, and when I applied it it didn't seem to have much slip, once it was worked in and rubbed about it sort of stopped moving and became a little sticky and was hard to blend in if there were any visible lines or streaks of product.

Here is a 'before' shot

aaand an 'after'


I'm not sure how much you're supposed to use but i used an entire sachet on my face, so I'm not sure if it is too much or.. but I applied it with my hands and its too dark for me, although the coverage is really nice cos you can still see skin through it which is what I was looking for, it is too dark, so if I could find a BB cream that wasn't too orangey then I would definitely purchase one, but alas this one is not the one for me.

Friday, 17 August 2012

Alice Time!

Denim Jacket - Primark, Vest - H&M, Shorts - All Saints, Bag - M&S, Vans - Office
Went to town with Alice today and tested out another Chanel sample, this time I chose Incandescente, which is an orange red and I thought I wouldn't like it but it is so so nice! I don't think it lasted as long as Pirate did, but never mind I still love it.
Chanel - Incandescente




 Todays reasoning for going to town was to receive a necklace I bought from Alice's shop for jewellery and I am very happy with it, it is longer than i thought it was going to be, but I looooove the charm on it and I didn't realise that the rabbit and the clock were separate pieces so I was pleasantly surprised.


I also bought a new bottle of water cos the other one I have I've had for around a month and it's getting a bit manky, so I got a 75cl one which means if I drink two a day then I'll have drank 1.5 litres, even though I'd be having two since this bottle is smaller than the litre one its less intimidating so I don't feel like I'm gunna struggle through it..


We went to a shop called Xtras in Newcastle which is always fun to look in but it is very tacky and mainly sells tutu's, hair extensions, hen party gear and cheap make up. Or so we thought, but they stock Stila makeup and Essie nail varnish. Now I'm not too sure about the normal retail price of these items but the nail varnish was on sale for £2.99, so I bought a lilac one by Essie with a blue sparkly iridescence running through it, I haven't tested it yet but I have used Berry Ice Cream by Barry M and I loved it so I figured why not try another lilac colour so I went for this. I also bought a bright pink colour which I also haven't tried yet and a metallicy dark red colour, which I currently have on now which is very nice indeed, both are by Revlon.








I also picked up a clear mascara/brow shaping gel because I've seen brow gels around but they're expensive and I wasn't sure I'd use it regularly since I never really do anything with my eyebrows since they don't really need filling in or anything, so I thought this for £1.99. It was definitely a decent price to pay especially if I don't like how it looks on my brows or if I am lazy with it.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

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To Ikea!

Chanel Rouge Allure in colour Pirate
Since I am moving out in 3 weeks, me and mam decided to go to Ikea today to see if we could get hold of some household bits and we successfully bought 6 pillows, a duvet, some kitchen utensils and a cutlery tub thing to drain cutlery in after its been washed. So i thought I'd test out my Chanel samples today for the occasion, so I started off with the one I think will be my favourite out of the 4 samples I have, this one is called 'Pirate' and I'd say it is a darker blue based red, the application was very smooth, and although I love lipstick I've never really applied any with a brush before and since the brush that came with the sample is tiny that only added to the problem, however I persevered and managed to apply a thin layer and got the outline of my lips done and after that I applied more colour with my fingers. the longevity is pretty good, I managed to eat and drink without getting it all over my face and although the colour faded in the middle of my lips it didn't look too horrific. 


I know its not great but at least the colour stayed on, it was also fairly moisturising I didn't feel the need to apply vaseline or anything over the top. I also tested out Hoola, and that didn't budge all day. I really like it!


Since I'd never been to Ikea I thought I'd opt for some comfy shoes so went for Vans and then worked my outfit out around them, and I really wanted to wear jeans today so I did. I always feel like jeans aren't dressy, I mean they aren't really, but I've never had a really good pair so whenever I've worn jeans in the past they've been too big, the wrong leg length etc so it has coloured my view on them but since I took the time to find a pair that actually fit, I've been choosing them more regularly in outfits, which for me is quite a step up!

Denim Jacket - Primark, Blouse - Dorothy Perkins, Jeans - River Island, Vans - Office, Bag - M&S

I also did unintentional double denim, aww yeah. I'm loving topknots at the moment as well, I think they elongate my face since my face is quite wide and round. Its also because when i was little my mam would never let me get my hair past shoulders so i could never have a really high pony tail so now since my hair is slightly past my shoulders and I can get all of it in a bobble when its on top of my head I am milking this hairdo for all its worth, even if it does look like I am balancing an onion on my head. 

Brighttt!

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Jacquard


I think this is how I would style these pants, if I was rich... hahah

So much want :(

So much want :(

Blazer
topshop.com

Printed pants
$75 - topshop.com

Jimmy Choo high heel shoes
forwardforward.com

Mulberry satchel handbag
$1,430 - tessabit.com

Chanel lipstick
nordstrom.com

Barry M nail care
pretaportobello.com

Volvic Challenge

Yes, this is a Buxton bottle.. sue me!

I began the Volvic challenge when it first came about back in 2009 or 2010, and despite needing to visit the bathroom every half an hour I found it did help me feel better, however at that point I was desperately trying to lose weight so I was drinking, no downing water like it was going out of fashion so I saw it as more of a chore. 

It was not until June of this year that I was kickstarted back into wanting to regain a healthy(ish) lifestyle, so the first step I took to achieve this was to increase my water intake. The whole point of the Volvic Challenge was to drink a 1 litre or 1.5 litres of water a day, ultimately to see what difference it made to your life, your day, your weight etc and was also a ploy to make you buy more of their water, but never mind that.. So I've been drinking in and around 1-1.5 litres most days since the 10th July. I know I say I started in June but that was a bit of a false start since I began a healthy eating/drinking regime and then my boyfriend came to stay with me for a few days and that healthy kick got kicked back a few weeks.. But since the 10th July I have noticed some differences to how I feel etc. The main difference I've noticed is that I do eat a lot less since drinking water is an appetite suppressor its a given that eating less is a thing that would occur, my skin has also cleared up because I am prone to getting spots on my back and sometimes my chest and they have definitely cleared up I never used to get that many on my face but I have way less breakouts now, although this week my skin seems to be acting up a little bit but this has not happened for a while now.. 


And finally I have noticed a little bit of weight loss, now I'm not looking to lose weight I just wish to maintain the weight I'm at now, but if I do lose weight in the process then y'know.. thats fine. I'm not sure if its legit weight or water weight or just a feeling of being empty from not feeling hungry all the time but I do feel a little more slender



To keep track of my water intake and daily food intake I tend to keep a food diary, where I write down what time I woke up that day, what I ate and at what time, and I write down if I did any exercise and how long I spent doing that, and once a week on a Thursday or a Friday I write an 'update' on how I feel at the end of that week, how well I think I did and I total up how many days of the week I drank 1 litre of water. 


To easily keep track of how much water I've drank I put a little star in the top right corner of the page to indicate that I consumed 1 litre


Also from tackling the volvic challenge a couple of years ago and going on a major diet I've learned which foods I know I can live without and which I can't, for example I know that I can live without crisps and fizzy pop but find it difficult to cope without chocolate, especially when it comes to that time of the month.. and cheese, its bad I know, but I put cheese on most things but if I fancy cheese I'll have it and won't deny myself because I've learned that through denying yourself of something it makes you want it more so if you just go ahead and have a piece of cheese then your craving will be satisfied and all will be well.

I've also been asked how I remember to drink that much water a day and all I do is keep a bottle by my bed and fill it up every night in case I need a drink during the night and then I fill it up again in the morning and just cart it around with me everywhere and just sip from it throughout the day. I don't count tea as part of my 1 litre either, I literally only drink water or tea, but tea is basically just water and milk isn't all that bad for you so all in all I drink probably nearer 2 litres of liquid a day, and as a result I am never off the toilet, but nevermind! 


Did anybody else tackle the Volvic challenge?

Trousers!



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1. Co-Ord Tapestry Trousers

2. Metallic Geo Jacquard Trousers 
3. Jodie Trousers by Motel
4. Khaki Flock Spot Trousers

I have been eyeing up these trousers recently from Topshop, as I've been thinking a lot lately about how I dress, and I've come to the conclusion that I look a little bit untidy, but that has always been the way I dressed, cut off ragged denim shorts, Dr Martens and my dad's shirts so in an attempt to look smarter I have bought some, what I would consider, 'staple' items and so far I've managed to cross off my list: a white blouse, a black skater skirt and black leather shorts and the only things left are a pair of smart shorts, trousers and a black blazer so that I can mix and match and have items that I know will go with most things. Since my hair is quite funky, in that half of it is shaved off, I like to think that I could still maintain an 'edgy' look even though I'd be wearing more formal things. I like the idea of juxtaposing though, I'm all about textures and colours at the moment, and the gold Jacquard trousers are influenced by The Man Repeller in her section in ASOS magazine and she was wearing a gold jacquard skirt with a black jumper and I thought it looked good so it got me thinking about textures and picking clothes with interesting features and patterns that I might not have originally considered before.

I always over think outfits as well, by that I mean i always try to get the right silhouette, colour, length, texture and try to make them as funky and outlandish as I can, but I keep forgetting that I like simple basic things, like jeans and a shirt and I don't like to try and do too much in my outfit with too many colours or whatever, because my hair makes an impact on its own, I feel like I can tone down my outfit so I don't have too much going on, which is how I like it.

So these are the bits that I bought online this morning..




Black Ponte Skater Skirt - River Island
I'm super excited to wear this skirt with a white blouse, an orange blazer, black tights and sparkly boots, I have a friend who wears skater skirts a lot of the time and she looks like she has so much fun in them so I hope I can too.. haha




Leather Shorts - H&M


I don't know how I'm going to wear these but I'm sure I'll figure it out.. but I am very excitedddd!