Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Revlon Photoready cream blush review

A couple of months back I had to do some travelling for work, which meant having to reduce the size of my makeup bag considerably. One thing I thought would make life easier would be to take a cream blush as it would mean one less brush to pack. After reading many rave reviews I decided to give the Revlon Photoready Cream Blush a try.

I have to say I have never really got on with cream blushes as I find them hard to blend and I usually end up looking like Aunt Sally (I'm showing my age here). I'd love to say I made a break through with this blusher but unfortunately I didn't really, it was OK but I wasn't blown away by it and I still found it difficult to blend but keep the colour. It always feels like I'm just rubbing it off. 

It dried like a powder which was nice as I find cream blushes can stay a little tacky, the colour was lovely too. I went for Flushed Rougissant because I have pinky tones in my face and I prefer pink blushes to peach, it looks a bit scary in the pot but once blended (as best I could) it looked really natural. 

Although this product didn't convert me to a cream blush lover I wasn't left completely disappointed either. I think I will just stick to my powder blushers as I know what I'm doing there. It was great for travelling though and its streamline packaging meant it could fit into the tiniest gap in my makeup bag. 

Do you struggle with cream blushes? Any top tips for blending?

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain Review

A while back I caved and gave in to the hype that is balm stains, I decided to go for the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey Douce. It's taken me ages to get around to reviewing this product as other than it having the most long winded name ever I just thought it was a bit meh and didn't use it more than once. However after going through my stash for something I can't tell you about just yet, I thought it was about time I let you know my opinion on this over reviewed product.

OK so basically it's a pigmented lip balm stick, I don't think it really needs much of an intro now as I don't think there is any brand that hasn't got their version on this Chubby Stick dupe. The Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain was not really my favourite lip product I have to say, the pigmentation was good but it wasn't at all moisturising and it was too sticky. And for £6 odd I wouldn't consider this a cheap product, so I expected more especially after all the hype it's had.

As I ordered this from Superdrug online I wasn't completely sure about what to expect when it came to the colour, I think the name Honey Douce is a little misleading as I think it sounds like it should be a more neutral/beige shade. However this is more of a plum colour, which doesn't really suit my skin tone and I think this is the main reason I only wore it once.

All in all if balm stains are your thing the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain is an OK option.

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Advice for my 18 year old self

It's not long now until the new academic year starts and many of you will be packing your laptops and your lipstick and heading off to university. For many of you this will be the first time you have ever really had to fend for yourself, and it can be quite a daunting process.

A few years back (OK 11 years back) I was in exactly the same position and there are many things I wish I had known before I went,  so I thought I would put together a list of things I wish I could go back and tell my 18 year old self. I was cripplingly shy when I first went to uni and I think if I had done some of these things earlier on it would of made the whole experience a lot more enjoyable.

1. Keep your bedroom door open (when appropriate obvs)
When I first got to halls I shut myself away, when what I should have done was keep my bedroom door open so that when any of my flat mates passed they would feel like it was OK  to stop and chat. Makes it much easier to makes friends if they know you're actually in the flat!

2. Throw yourself into freshers week!
Take part in everything, go to all of the fairs and meet ups so you know what's what around campus. Don't wait a year down the line to realise you could have been going to an amazing bar or be part of an amazing club!

3. Join some clubs/sports
When I was at school I was really good at netball and I knew I wanted to play at uni, but my shyness got in the way and really held me back when I was playing and after my first year I gave up. Don't do that!

4. Smile!
This might sound a bit daft and obvious but if you're as shy as I was then you will understand that smiling is not always the easiest thing to do. But I promise you now if you walk into a lecture theater or class room with a smile on your face the person you sit next to will be much more likely to start a conversation, and you never know they might turn out to be your best friend!

5. Go to the library in the evening
Top tip! The library is a much more relaxed place in the evening, getting a computer is so much easier and you can have a little chat without being told to shhhh!

6. Frequent your Student Union bar
There's loads of cool stuff that goes on in the union bars on campus so even if you aren't a heavy drinker like I wasn't it's still a great place to show your face and meet loads of new people.

7. Don't stress over your first year
It's easy to get bogged down when you first start uni as there isn't anyone nagging you to do your course work, so if you're a conscientious student like I was it's very easy to stress over little things and miss out on all the great stuff going on around you. This isn't to say don't work hard but you can play hard too! 

8. Take advantage of tutorials/office hours
As tutorials on my course were optional, I chose the option of not attending. Big mistake, as even if you don't have any issues or anything to talk about it's still good to catch up with your tutor. They have so many students that it's easy to get lost in the crowd, but if you make the effort with them they will do the same in return and they'll remember you when it comes to placements and extra activities to get involved in.

9. Work placement year
If you are doing a course that offers a work placement year then DO IT!! I didn't and man did I regret that when it came to entering the real world. The year's experience you gain on these placement years are invaluable when it comes to finding a job at the end of your degree. I went for so many jobs that I just missed out on after 3 rounds of interviews because of experience. Not doing a placement year is my biggest regret about uni, that and not picking a longer course :-) 

10. If it scares you, do it!
Within reason obviously! If you feel like you want to join in with something but you're scared to put yourself forward for it, just do it! I promise you will feel better once you have made the first move and will be glad you did, even if it doesn't work out you've got another experience to add to your growing list!

11. Get a job!
I wanted to stop at 10 but this one felt important. When I went to uni I kept my weekend job at home, big mistake! This meant that I missed out on loads of things that went on at the weekend, all my flat mates knew pretty much everyone in our halls and I was just known as 'the other one' and I hated it. In my second year I got an evening job during the week so that meant I didn't miss out on any of the fun as I always made sure I worked on the boring nights when nothing was happening and my weekends were free to spend with my friends! 

I hope these little tit bits of advise help you some if you're about to take your first scary steps into the big wide world. If you've been there done that and have somethings you'd like to add feel free to leave a comment.

P.S. make sure you stock up on Pot Noodles and such like, as learning to cook can take time :-)

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

30th birthday meltdown plus wish list

So if you have been regularly keeping up with my blog you will know that my 30th birthday is looming (less than 1 month to go) and I aint one bit happy about it! Birthdays have never bothered me before, in fact the thought of getting presents has always eclipsed the fact that I am getting older. However this year nothing can take my mind off the fact that I am getting old, something that I honestly never thought would bother me but instead has knocked my happy go lucky self for six!

I could not feel less like I'm about to turn 30 and I think that's what's got me in such a tail spin about the whole thing. When I look at people on the TV, who claim to be 30 I just can't see myself like that, I always think they look way older than me. I don't know if that's reality or if I've just convinced myself of that and in my minds eye I look a lot younger than I really do. A bit like that body dis-morphia thing. I still feel like I'm 18 and to me 30 is a fully fledged grown up, and I'm just not ready for that!

I was hoping to spend my 30th birthday in New York with my friend but unfortunately that fell through, which was probably for the best really as it would have meant that I wouldn't have got go have an amazing Disney adventure with the girls this summer.

To try and make the whole thing easier I have been thinking about the gifts I might like, seeing as I have decided I definitely do NOT want a party or to really celebrate in any way (something I will probably regret later on). I thought I would go for luxury items on my birthday wish list, on the off chance my hubby stumbles across this post and just happens to win the Lottery in the same week.
As you can see I've not held back, I've whizzed round Selfridges with my mental shopping basket and picked some beauts.

1. I've been longing for a designer handbag for as long as I can remember so of course I had to pop one on the list, I went for the Marc Jacobs Globtrotter Calaminty Mini Tote for £380. It is highly unlikely that I will get anything like this nor do I really expect anything like this but if a girl can't dream on her 30th when can she?!

2, 3 and 4. Obviously some amazing makeup products from the likes of MAC and NARS would be lovely, these I think may be possible as they aren't too expensive.

5. The Marc Jacobs Star woven friendship bracelet for £35, again not too expensive, I just love these types of bracelets at the moment I think they're so cute.

6. THE Michael Kors watch that I think every girl and her dog has been lusting after for the past year. It costs £259, which for a designer watch I don't think is too bad so again this may be in the realms of possibility.

7. Another unlikely splurge is the Alexandra McQueen Stainglass Skull silk-chiffon scarf for £295, I was eyeing these scarfs up in Liberty's when I was there with the hubby and he just couldn't get his head round the price of them so this is a very doubtful gift.

8. Finally no birthday wish list is complete without a little blue box.

Looking at all these beautiful things has taken my mind off the turning 30th a little so I guess I have achieved what I set out to do with this post and if I actually get anything off it then it'll be a nice little bonus.

A few months ago I put together a 30 before 30 list, if you want to check out my progress, I had to make some amendments after my trip to New York fell through but there still some good things on there :-)

If you've made it this far thanks for reading my ramblings and I'd love to hear from you if you're about to turn 30 or just turned? Got any advice for a melodramatic 29 year old?

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleansing Milk Review

About a month ago I was sent this Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleansing Milk and sample of the Microdelivery Exfoliating Facial Wash by the lovely people at QVC. 

Now I have really been getting into my skin care and since I have been taking better care of my skin I noticed a huge improvement in the number of spots and blemishes I get. When I was asked to try this product my skin was in the best condition it has ever been in, I think it was the longest I had gone without getting a spot. I was a little apprehensive about trying something new in case I had a bad reaction, but I was excited and looking forward to discovering a new brand.

This is a 3 in 1 cleanser for the face and eyes, like a lot of cleansers now one of its uses is a makeup remover which makes the whole process a lot quicker, tick. It also claims it replaces your cleanser and toner, deep cleans pores and hydrates as it melts away makeup, tick tick tick! Sounds great right? 

It did make my skin really really soft and clean and it removed my make well, I did use my toner after this as well as it didn't really make my skin feel as fresh as my usual water cleanser. I was really disappointed to find that when I woke up I had three huge spots! I felt like all my hard work had gone down the drain, I don't hold this against this product as other cleansing milk/balms have done the same thing. I think my skin is quite sensitive to these kinds of products, and anything thicker than a water just seems to bring me out in horrendous spots. 

It took me about 4 weeks to get my skin back in the condition it was in before using the product so I was a little wary about using the Microdelivery Exfoliating Facial Wash, but I did try it and I can say it was rather pleasant, it left me skin feeling smooth and very clean.

This is a quite an expensive product, you can get the set I was sent on QVC for £21.11 which isn't bad considering it's £28 just for the cleanser in Boots. For more information on the Philosophy brand and more beauty bargains check out QVC.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

BlanX White Shock Treatment Review and Giveaway...

So you all probably know that I work for BlanX* and if you didn't know BlanX have launched a really cool new range called BlanX White Shock. The latest addition to the range is in the form of an intensive treatment, if you're familiar with the original BlanX range you'll notice it is very similar to the BlanX Extrawhite. Except for one very exciting feature, the LED Bite. 

BlanX White Shock has a patented ingredient in it called ActiluX, this ingredient reacts to light, hence the LED Accelerator on the daily toothpaste and now the LED Bite for the treatment. The BlanX White Shock Treatment is a more intense formulation but it is still gentle enough for regular use, it does NOT contain any peroxide and it is still non-abrasive so you shouldn't experience any discomfort whilst using this product and it is safe for gums so there is no need to worry about where you are putting it. 

It is recommended that you use the treatment for two weeks in replace of your regular daily toothpaste, brush 2 - 3 times a day as usual and then put the LED Bite in your mouth for 1 - 10 minutes after each use, depending on how much time you have. Obviously the longer you leave it in the better the results will be.

I have been using the BlanX White Shock Treatment for almost two weeks now and I can definitely notice a difference. The product claims to get teeth up to 4 shades whiter in two weeks, I wouldn't say my teeth have whitened that many shades but they're definitely at least 2 shades on the BlanXometer scale that you get in the pack. You can buy the BlanX White Shock Treatment in Boots for £14.99, which is quite reasonable compared to some of the whitening treatments on the market. 

I'm so annoyed that I forgot to take before pictures of my teeth to show you the difference but I was just too excited to try it out.

Now for the exciting stuff!
To celebrate the launch of the BlanX White Shock advertisement BlanX are running a series of blogger giveaways as well as an amazing competition over on their Facebook page to win a £500 holiday voucher. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning the £500 holiday voucher is upload an image of something that makes you smile to the competition app, then you'll be entered into the prize draw, simples! 

If you'd like to get your hands on 1 of 5 BlanX White Shock Treatments all you have to do is enter my Rafflecopter competition below...

*Although I work for BlanX as always my review is honest and 100% my own opinion, I want to be open and honest about being connected to any products I review. 

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