Sunday, 15 November 2015

Covergirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara Review

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A while ago it was a hot day, I had a headache from the humidity, and my mascara had ran out. So as Walmart is a right of passage for anyone venturing across the pond, I found myself faced with 3284 types of mascara from brands I'd only heard whispers about on youtube. Rather than spend ages pawing over the types of brushes and what they claimed to do it was a grab and run situation, and it wasn't until I got home that I realised I'd gone for waterproof. Rookie.

So I'd picked Covergirl's Full Lash Bloom mascara under the assumption that it'd give me, well, full lashes. It didn't.

I've just google imaged it and now there's loads of pictures of girls with amazing lashes staring at me, so maybe it's all in the application. But here's what I've found:

1. It starts of really thin and you need a tonne of coats to notice a difference.
2. After a week or so the consistency turns to gloop. I could take a photo of the state of it now but it's pretty gross.
3. It smells weird. Like caramel but not.
4. The gloop mentioned in point 2 sticks to the brush and turns to clumps.

So overall, it's not great. Even the packaging is a bit shoddy. But at around £6 it's no huge loss to my savings and I'm probably just grumpy about anything eye related due to conjunctivitis. At least I can now be one of those youtube whisperers...

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Shorts and Zombie Eyes

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Floral Shorts: Forever 21
Top: Forever 21
Boots: Office

Clearly I've lost the ability to smile for a camera.

Shorts. I'm a fan in winter but tend to steer clear in the summer, I'm that person wearing jeans in August whilst melting and huffing at the heat. These are quite nice though, sometimes Forever 21 comes out winning and all that sorting through flimsy t shirts and luminous vests seems worthwhile, although I've just browsed through said t shirts and vests and haven't been able to find this one on their website, there's loads similar though.

The only things that have happened of note since my last post 1) I've eaten a lot of chocolate and 2) Managed to attract conjunctivitis from somewhere. As if looking like a Gerard Way circa 2004 fangirl wasn't enough (although he did age well), a trip to boots to cure it was pretty embarrassing. The chemist chap got in a bit of a flap at the queue mounting, started waving around my little note from the doctor, and called out to the hoards of people asking who the "ointment" was for. Then he clocked me and announced, "Ah, the lady with the swollen eyes!!" Nice. Plus being called a lady makes me feel old.

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Black & Tan

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Black Lace Top: Newlook
Tan Skirt: Newlook
Boots: Office
Rose Gold Watch: Kate Spade

Not sure if black and tan is a thing but jack russells do it. And who doesn't like jack russells?
I thought it was time to showcase my lugs off on the internet now that there's new metal in one of them, after a million different piercers told me I couldn't have the surface piercing I originally wanted I ended up just grabbing a chunk of ear and asking someone to put a needle through it...not something I'd recommend, the pain was horrendous and 8 weeks later it's only just starting to not look purple.
But if you do want something similar I'm told it's in between a "rook" and a "snug"

I'm adding in a snap of how I spent Friday night too, because, well, it was frightening. I suppose the place (a collection of horror mazes) was called Dr Frights but who knew drama students dressed up as clowns and creepy children could be so terrifying? If you're within driving distance of Northampton then I'd really recommend a visit, unless you're not a fan of the dark, people in costumes, or being chased with a chainsaw...

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Saturday, 17 October 2015

Mac Whirl - Trying to be a Jenner

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'Scuse the big splodge of fake tan on my neck...

My thoughts when buying Whirl, "If I wear this lipstick will I look like Kylie Jenner?" Well as you can see, no. Partly because I'm old enough to be her (albeit cool, the type who will take her to gigs) auntie, and partly because we're pretty much opposites in every physical way.
Either way, wearing a slightly different lipstick makes you feel slightly different, and even if I'm only making an effort to buy a stuffed crust pizza from Asda (which I did today), it makes these mundane things a bit more...better.

Mac Whirl is a matte finish but it's not overly drying, so if your lips are suffering from the wrath of winter you can still be a wearer. The colour's a sort of 90's brown that wouldn't be out of place on the set of Friends and it'll last for a few hours - I tested it scientifically by singing along to Justin Bieber on a two hour car journey.
Price wise Mac lipsticks are always a'rising and now stand at £15.50 which is a lot but I have no willpower. If you do then there are a tonne of "dupes" out there that I hear are just as good!

Monday, 12 October 2015

First Experience with an Anti Aging Cream: L'oreal Revitalift

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I know nothing about skincare. At all. As in I take my makeup off with Johnson's baby lotion. I'm not even sure what Johnson's baby lotion is actually for but it's probably not for taking makeup off...

Come Dine With Me almost changed my mind though, there was a lady on there who looked like she only sipped from the best youth fountains and claimed it was down to a whole host of anti-ageing skin care along with a good SPF moisturiser. So off I went to Boots to copy her, thinking that at 50 I'd look like a smug cherub. I'm 28 so figured 22 years of preparation would be enough.

It was kind of a panic grab and go situation and L'Oreal Revitalift ended up in my basket because of the nice red packaging. On return home I saw people had said positive things about it, some claimed it "visibly reduced wrinkles" whilst others said they just liked the high SPF.

My thoughts? I tried it out for a few weeks (then gradually forgot to apply it) and can't say there were any visible differences in terms of looking less old, but as a moisturiser it's really rich and works well as a primer for heavier foundation. It also smells nice and clean. Like a spa.
So if you have dry skin and want year round sun protection then Revitalift is an inexpensive contender. If like me, you're looking for a bottled instagram filter, then maybe not.

Writing this post has brought back all the old fears of looking like the tree woman from Pocahontas, but a quick search has assured me that the best thing for 20's & 30's skin is water and good sun protection. Best dig out this Revitalift again then...

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Tigi Bed Head Small Talk: A Quest for Better Hair

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I've been using the Tigi Bed Head Small Talk for a few months now in the hope it will turn my lank and damaged hair into something a lion would be jealous of, as well as turning every barnet swishing moment into something worthy of an advert.
Sadly there's been no slow motion moments so far but I'm sure it's only a matter of time...

Tigi claim this is a 3 in 1 product that adds shine/controls frizz, protects against heat, and gives a light hair spray esque hold. I claim it delivers all three, but the secret's in how you use it.
The first time I tried it was a failure, so I guess here's a tip on how not to do it - don't get carried away by the rather lovely smell and apply loads to damp hair before blowdrying straight. It gets gunky and you'll be left with a sort of slimy texture on limp hair. Plus I committed the crime of applying to the root. Rookie mistake. Much gunk.

So to get volume and frizz free locks, I use a really small amount (like a pea) to the ends on towell dried hair, half blowdry which gets rid of the grunge look, then leave my hair to dry naturally. Later on/the next day when I take to the curlers there's still volume, my ends aren't as frazzled, and I'm protected against all the heat. Oh and the sweet smell of bubblegum with a hint of cola bottle lingers around for ages, you'll want to eat your own hair.

I probably wouldn't pay full price for this, but Tigi products are forever on offer and a quick google confirms it's only £7.50 on allbeauty at the moment. Edible hair is definitely worth that.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Dungarees & A Wooden Watch

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Dungarees - £18
Striped T Shirt - Primark
Sandals - Primark
Watch - c/o JORD

Probs a bit late on the bandwagon with the dungaree thing but I'm heading to shores afar in a few weeks and these will be perfect for walking around in the humidity and taking down children in line for a photo with Mickey Mouse.
I'd planned to get a pair from Primark but didn't for two reasons 1. They had them in a section full of minion stuff 2.They ran out of my size. Suppose number 2 was more of a deciding factor but I really don't like minions.

These are from wearall and actually fit a bit better than the Primark alternatives, I like that they're not too gapey on the hips and don't flash off tonnes of skin.

The watch is the biggest watch I've ever owned. It's also the woodiest. It's made of wood. All watches by Jord are handmade and if chunky timepieces aren't your thing, there's loads of smaller versions on their website too. There's also a few rose gold numbers on there which would be great for out out nights.

I kind of feel like this post isn't very personal, but other than spending my nights in the gym trying to get a body like Kayla Itsines and failing at Yazi I haven't really been doing much - how've you been spending your week? I'll live vicariously through you.