Friday, 23 June 2017

LA Girl Foundation

I bought the LA Girl Pro coverage foundation a few months ago, and I have definitely put it through it paces. I have worn this during the day, at work for 13 hours, and on nights out.

Firstly, I really struggled even with the help from mr. google to find the right shade for my skin tone. I ended up choosing fair and it is definitely a shade or two too dark for my skin. There is definitely a lack of variety within their shade range, there is a total of 11. It is often the case that there is a lack of selection in the darker, deeper skin tones, whereas with this line their is only the shades fair and porcelain to represent the fairer and lighter colourings. There is no shades that cater to particular undertones which was frustrating as I have a pink undertone to my skin.

In terms of coverage this is a full coverage foundation, which I what I was wanting. It is hydrating, which is what I am always looking for as my skin is very dry. I do find that fluid foundations as a whole work better with drier skin. I have found that if you are not careful it can look a little cakey on your face, it definitely needs a really good blend into the skin. In terms of wear, this wears well for a good number of hours which I was happy about. I would compare this to MAC studio fix, but half the price.

This was my first introduction to LA Girl, and from what I have experienced I am impressed. For £11 it is a good value foundation which provides coverage and longevity. I am not sure if I would repurchase this, just as there are so many other great foundations available for me to try, and it takes a lot for me to repurchase a product. For example, Nars sheer glow is my holy grail because for me there is nothing better which I have tried which ticks all the boxes like this does. The foundation search continues..

Have you tried any products from LA Girl?


Friday, 16 June 2017

L'Oreal Hydra Genius

I saw this new L'Oreal Hydra Genius aloe water sitting on the shelves of Boots, and instantly picked it up.  I bought this at least over a month ago and I have been using it every morning religiously. My ever-so-trusty Kiehls moisturiser has been gathering dust, and put back on the skincare shelf.

It took me a while to choose which one to pick up as there are three different versions. I picked up the normal to combination as my skin can be very dry but also I have oily areas. There is also a normal to dry and dry and sensitive versions within the range.

My thoughts on this overall are very positive, I would give it a 8/10. It is a product which for the first time in a long time I thought I love this, and it actually does the job. It instantly feels cool and refreshing on the skin, which is delightful. It makes my skin feel hydrated. The texture is the stand out feature to this, it is so lightweight, a thin fluid consistency which is not sticky or greasy. The scent is nothing too overpowering, but I can definitely smell hints of the aloe coming through.

With this range they have taken inspiration from Asian skincare, which we all know is where our must have skincare products come from, and they are always one step ahead of everyone else. They say it is refreshing as water and as hydrating cream, and I think this is a fab description. I sometimes find that my main problem with moisturisers is that they are either too thick in consistency, or that it does not add the amount of moisture which my skin requires. It contains two main ingredients which is what L'Oreal are saying are the stand out factors to making this such a unique product. The first is pure aloe vera sap which contains essentials minerals, the second is hyaluronic acid which can hold 1,000 times its weight in water.

I use this every morning, on the packaging it says to use every morning and night alone or after your serum, and apply one pump to your face and neck. I really like the pump feature, but I feel like I definitely need at least 3-4 pumps just for my face. The pump does not give you a lot of product, which is great as you don't end up wasting ever, however this is the reason that I need a few pumps to cover my entire face.

Lastly, the packaging is simply gorgeous. I love the blue bottle and the metallic lid, it is a very simple design which is eye-catching. The bottle is glass, so is quite heavy meaning it is not going to be great for travelling. This is currently still on an introductory offer in Boots for £6.66 which is such great value. It is going to be £9.99 full price, which is still a bargain. For the first time in ages, I can say if you are wanting a new refreshing, light, cooling moisturiser for the summer to get your skin hydrated - give this a go.


Sunday, 11 June 2017

Losing love for blogging

I have never before felt so demotivated to blog in my life ever. I started my blog well over three and a half years ago, as I was intrigued into what the blogging world had to offer. I was so excited and I remember doing my first blog post confused as to what I had just done, but then at the same time I was bursting with excitement. I thought you had to blog everyday, I thought that was how it worked! I quickly got myself into a schedule and have pretty much stuck with it ever since.

In 2017, I have definitely got into writing more and more lifestyle posts which I have really been loving. However, I feel like most of them have been regarding the blogging community. Just recently I wrote a post called called is blogging dead?. This was sparked by that cosmo interview which questions the reliability and over saturation of what the blogging community now is. I feel like there has been a lot of negativity recently, and I'm really not enjoying it. I love how passionate people feel about blogging, and discussions about other relevant topics. However, sometimes I log on and see some comments and discussions and I often think do I really want to still be a part of this. I feel like I have been getting these vibes for a while off a few of my fave bloggers who are feeling similar. I've seen a few saying they are slowing down with Instagram due to a lack of engagement. I have never done well in Instagram and one of my 2017 goals was to try harder with it and I have done and have seen a very slight increase in followers. It isn't all about followers for me, it really isn't. But, it can be disheartening and you can find yourself loosing the enthusiasm you once had, when you hard work is not slightly paying off.

I started my blog in my first year of uni and in my last year when I seriously struggling to juggle everything I felt like packing it in for good. I was so gutted and felt incredibly disappointed in myself at missing posts. I was putting out content because I felt I had to, rather than because I wanted to. I was determined not go off my schedule. I have been working full time now for 9 months and I thought with my shifts I would have so much more time to blog. That simply hasn't been the case. I am really struggling to motivate myself. I have done posts previously on how to get back on your game when your struggling, but this time I'm not sure whether I am done for good. I hate to write that but I am just not feeling it at the moment. I think instead of having such a structured schedule, going forward for the moment I am going to just blog as and when I want and see how I go. I don't want to force myself to have to pump out content. I have found myself waking up thinking yes I'll blog today and on these days (which have been few and far between), I have reignited my love for blogging. But these days haven't been happening very much. I had a good old think as to why I was feeling like this but I just can't pin point the problem. Maybe it's negativity online, maybe it's the lack of engagement, maybe my love for blogging has simply gone. Who knows? But that's for me to find out.

I am really hoping I find the spark within me again which has written over 480 posts over the years.. I don't want to just pack it in and not give myself the chance. I know I have to give it a few months and then decide whether I will continue to blog or pack it in for good. If anyone has been feeling like this themselves please let me know. I think I am going to try and find a new style to my posts and pictures and I think maybe branching out from beauty a little more may help. I am going to be easy going with it and see if this is what I am needed.


Friday, 9 June 2017

The roundup for May

I have been wanting to include some kind of dedication to all of the victims, friends and families of the Manchester attack, but I have not been sure the best way to go about it. As I write this today is my first day back writing blog posts. The events which occurred are absolutely horrific and unimaginable. I am just so happy that the city which I live in, has come together and managed to provide help and raise an amazing amount of funds for everyone involved. I also want to send love to everyone also involved in the London attacks. I am toying with the idea of getting a bee tattoo, as you know probably know I am an a&e nurse and I was actually on shift the night the Manchester attack took place, therefore we got patients in needing treatment. I think it would be amazing to get a tattoo representing the unity and community which has been demonstrated. I have never been over amored with wanting a tattoo, so I am still deciding if I definitely want it or not.

I feel like May has become a bit of a blur due to the tragic events. However, the start of the month was great on the 2nd May I went to see Bruno Mars, and he was incredible - he definitely puts on a show. I went to Nottingham on a trip with my uni friends and it was fabulous. We started in the Hilton hotel and went for a big night out which was great. We had a lovely spa day in the morning, and it was just great to be able to catch up, and take our minds off the hustle and bustle of work.

It was also my mums birthday on the 19th and I really wanted to spoil her. Me and my sister bought her a fitbit which she loved, and I took her to Slattery's, which is a lovely local patisserie. I invited my grandparents along on the morning of her birthday and it was just a joyous morning. That night we had managed to get tickets to go and see Take That on their tour in Manchester and it was amazing, and most importantly she had a fabulous time. 

This month I have felt as though work has definitely got in the way of life. I worked every weekend and I hate that feeling of missing out. I have lots of things to look forward to in June and a few weekends off! We have also had a hard month at work, but working in such a lovely team makes an enormous.

All in all I glad to see the back of May and I happy that June has arrived. Although, that means that we are half way through the year where the hell is 2017 going?!.


Sunday, 28 May 2017

Is blogging dead?

This week for the first time in 3 and a half years since starting my blog, I have taken a full week off blogging mainly due to really just not wanting to post. Tonight for the first time all week I have felt inspired to blog, and then I stumbled across an article online by a blogger in Cosmopolitan which really got my thinking.

The blogging community has had its fair share of negativity recently, there are no doubts. I blog for a hobby and so does thousands of other bloggers. For some of us it isn’t all about making money. So many people have blogs for a hobby and it's not about it being 'saturated with those wanting freebies and money'. For me, my day to day job couldn't be further apart from blogging, but that's what I like a different outlet for me to channel and talk about things I love in a community which I am proud to be part of.

This got me thinking is the blogging world really dead? Is everyone really a blogger these days? I don't know how many thousands of bloggers there are out there probably millions if I think about it, but is that such a negative thing? Is there really no space left for any bloggers in this industry? These are the questions which I have never really thought about. Since the end of 2013 when I was welcomed into the blogosphere, I have loved pretty much 99% of my experience blogging. I came into it open minded and not a clue what to do. I loved reading blogs and seeing what everyone was buying and being introduced into an online community. 

However, how many of your favourite bloggers who you were reading when you first started out are still blogging regularly now? So many of the 'bigger' bloggers who I was reading when I first started now only post monthly, if ever. They have moved on to bigger and better, to the places which are YouTube and Instagram. Maybe blogging is really dying then. A few months ago the whole fiasco with a fake tanning company saying that bloggers are no longer reliable. I think some blogger are unfortunately in it for the freebies, but I think this is mainly newbie’s who are seeing lots of #ads all over social media, and want a piece of the action too. This is until they start and realise, shit this really isn't that easy. Now I am all for making money and receiving freebies from brands. So many of us work our socks off and why shouldn't we receive a nice fancy press release package everyone once in a while when you have promoted their brand for free tirelessly. But, the difference is many of us don't expect it. We are really excited and proud when we get approached that a brand wants to collaborate or send us something. 

I know it must be frustrating for bloggers when others are copying your exact style and photos. Its true there is no individuality in that. Maybe they are aspiring to be like others, but are going about it the very wrong way. That's what I love about blogging and all social media outlets seeing someone's individuality within their posts. I love stumbling across new blogs and Instagram feeds who have beautiful photos. 

The Instagram bots fiasco recently has also not helped the blogging community, when people are buying fake followers. You can't help but understand why people are when you've got reality TV stars buying followers. I think bloggers are so much more authentic and still a reliable source for people to turn too. That's what people want, to read something whether it be a new beauty product which they have wanted to try, or an outfit which you think wow I would never of put that together. It's from someone who is similar to them, it's relatable. I am included in chats with some brilliant bloggers who share similar views. We are here to blog, to maybe escape something. Just tonight my Instagram chat we have all been spreading love and it's just so nice to have people to talk to who blog too.

Everyone started with their own blog and those who have made it in to careers may not want to blog anymore, that's their choice but maybe they aren't part of the community anymore. However, the blogging community is very much alive. You are always going to have those who faking, cheating and trolling, bringing a bad name to the community. Just writing this post I've come to the conclusion the blogging community is very much still alive, and I for one will continue blogging. 



Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Colourpop Haul

I recently got sucked in by yet another Colourpop deal and before I knew a parcel was waiting for me. This is my 5th Colourpop haul as I simply cannot get enough.

When you bought two eyeshadows, you got a free eyeshadow brush of your choice. I choose the shader brush, I bought this as it will be great for packing on the eyelid highly pigmented products.

I picked up two eyeshadows, the first being la la which is a shiny copper shade which I was instantly drawn to. I also picked up the shade so quiche, which has a slightly olive undertone but still has gold as its mains component. This are both ultra-glitter formulas which if you like shimmer and sparkle these are for you. In previous Colourpop hauls (here, here, here and here) you can see that I have picked up a variety of different finishes in their super shock eyeshadows. These eyeshadows have a creme formula which are super easy to apply to the eyelid. I usually just pat them on with my finger, or blend them with my fluffy brush to create a less intense look. What I love about these is you can get the glitter, shine and glitz without the fallout of a standard pressed shadow.

I picked up finder's keepers which is from their new ultra gloss lip line. This is definitely a high-shine gloss which is comfortable on the lips, but these have great pigmentation. This shade is a deep rose pink with some mauve tonnes. I like that this is not glittery, just adding shine to the lips making them look fuller and more plump.

I have been wanting to pick up dopey since it launched, it has been a best seller and has always previously been sold out. This is a gorgeous medium purple toned shade which still has some pink undertones, which keeps it from being too dark for my liking and colourings. The ultra satin finishes are just as pigmented as the matte finishes but contains emollients to keep your lips hydrated. This colour is stunning and it is definitely one which I have been reaching for often.

I instantly fell in love when I ordered a lippie stix on the whim in my last order, and I have been loving it since. I ordered the shade lumiere which is part of Kathleen Lights collection. It is a dusty mauve pink which has a matte finish. If you are making your first Colourpop order I recommend trying these out as they are great. They are hydrating, super easy to apply and most importantly instantly pigmented. A classic one swipe and go product.



Sunday, 21 May 2017

Kylie Cosmetics x KKW

(Kimberly, Kim, Kiki and Kimmie)

I made a late night order in the first release of the Kylie Cosmetics x KKW. As always I got caught up in the hype, but I have definitely learnt with these launches to make sure they are going to be used. Her products belong between high street and high end and I think all round they are well priced. This collection is in collaboration with Kim Kardashian and is built around her favourite nude shades, which is what she is classically known for.

The set contains 4 shades which for me when I first saw swatches I did not think that they were classic Kim Kardashian nude shades. She has a darker much olive toned skintone than myself and she seems to go for darker nudes which are much more brown toned rather than pink, which is what this line seemed to edging towards.

The most nude shade of all is Kimberly which is definitely her kind of classic shade, which she made famous. I was unsure whether this would suit me as I am much fairer and paler in skintone. It took me a while to get used to this on me as I do not usually ever wear this kind of colour. It is definitely a great everyday shade and one which you can put in your handbag and will know will pretty much such whatever you are wearing and your look.

Kim is the shade which I think I will get the least use out of. It has a peach undertone to it which usually suits my colouring, however it's a little too peachy and washes me out a little bit. This would definitely look beautiful on darker skintones as it would stand out more. I also found that this was the stickiest of them all and clung a little bit to the inside of my lips.

Kiki is a light pinky shade which instantly I would call a rosy pink. This complements my colourings beautifully. I have been really loving wearing this with a simply golden sparkly eye and this is definitely the one I grab for a classic everyday shade. This is a classic spring/summer shade which many brands bring out.

Kimmie is my favourite of all in the set. When I first saw the swatches which Kylie put up I thought this was going to be really dark, too dark to suit me. I have to say I don't think this is a more of a classic Kim nude shade. This has a much darker pink with a hint of brown undertone which I love. It really compliments my colouring, and this is the only one which I think would suit everyone. I also think this a great my lips but better shade for myself. It's a little darker than what I would normally I go for, but it makes my lips look naturally more plump and full of life.

There is no doubting that this formula is comfortable on the lips, it is silky smooth and I like this feature a lot. There is no scent or taste to these which I am also a fan of. The pay off is quite sheer, but it offers a good amount of coverage. I would not use this as a mixture with another liquid lipstick as I think this is too much due to the pigmentation and these having a slightly sticky finish. You can build these up if you like, but I mainly just use one swipe. If I want a little more coverage I usually blot my lips slightly and they apply another layer, this prevents any gathering or the formula becoming too thick and uncomfortable.

I am used to wearing liquid lipsticks and Kylie herself have stated due to the creme texture the wear is different. I think I am so used to having a budge-proof liquid lipstick, with these they last until you eat or drink. I have worn these out and as soon as I have had a meal or drink there has been barely a trace of any product left on my lips. This is definitely a big down fall. These really remind me of the Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipglosses as they are much thicker than a lipgloss and are highly pigmented, but do not have the standard staying power of a liquid lipstick.

For $45 you get the bundle of 4 different creme lipsticks. When you break this down $11.25 per product is pretty decent value. When converted into English pounds and paying the £15 royal mail fee it came to a overall total of £60, so £15 each. I think this a good set and I am glad I have it in my collection. However, due to the longevity issue I am not sure I will be in a rush to be purchasing any more shades if she releases further products in this line.


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