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...


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.


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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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!

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...


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.

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.

Turned away for having small ears


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Playsuit: c/o Boohoo
Cardigan: c/o Boohoo

I feel like Zack from Hanson with straight hair. Or Taylor. Or Isac. Mmmbop.

90s trios aside I was recently contacted by Boohoo and asked to put together an outfit for £50 from their Festival shop, this floral playsuit and cardigan came together at a purse friendly £32 - I was also sent a hat but after 48723432 failed  photo attempts I've finally realised that hats are not suitable for my head.

Apparently piercings aren't suitable for my ears either, this weekend I skipped merrily into a piercing shop to get this done but was turned away for having small ears...has this ever happened to anyone else? Kind of feeling defensive over what was described as "tiny spaces" now but still want it done, weekend dilemma.

Also, this playsuit is very short and I realise this. There's plans on the horizon for lean runners legs but I'm only a few weeks in and failing to see any results as of yet. How do you long distance runners do it? I get to the three mile mark and feel like I'm melting, just like Alex Mack. Kudos to anyone that understands that reference. She wore lots of hats though.



Revlon Colorstay Foundation


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I've been using double wear for an age but got to a point where £30(ish) for an everyday foundation was a bit much, or a lot much. Plus it's thick and makes your skin feel like it's drowning a bit, even if it is a miracle worker.

So a search for a "drugstore" cheap everyday foundation began and Revlon Colorstay without the U entered my life, and by search I just asked on twitter and read some reviews. It was this particular review that swayed it for me and I parted with £12.99 in boots before heading on my merry way to scarf down the meal deal I also purchased (the vegetarian spicy bean wrap is a must).

And the result? It was a mighty fine wrap. I jest. I like it. It's not too heavy but has a relatively long amount of wear. As in I put this on at around 7:30am and it's still there at 4pm. I realise my "before" picture is pretty horrendous but it does kind of show the amount of coverage you'll get from it and it did a good job of toning down freckles/redness. It's not the cheapest of foundations and doesn't come with a pump or any sort of emptying out device, there's also has a slightly odd shade range on offer in that most of them are yellow toned. Although this does seem to be the case with a lot of highstreet foundations nowadays.

Have you ever tried colorstay? What did you think?



Chilling Out Maxin Relaxin All Cool




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Whenever I see photos of bubble baths, face masks, and chocolate on instagram my first thought is, "I want a relaxing night with all the lush gear in the world", but mine usually end up in getting overheated in the bath, flustered with a face mask, and then eventually eating so much chocolate and cake that I feel guilty the next day.
This year, visiting my parents in Spain has been as relaxing as it's probably going to get, and the fact it was the hottest summer ever over there meant that moving an inch brought on a sweat. So there was nothing else to do other than read, eat a lot of meat riddled with condiments, and float around on a lilo covered in factor 50 and wishing there was an occasional bit of cloud cover. 
All of the above was very zen/be at one with my thoughts and I reckoned I should probably find more things to do once home that aren't as hustle and bustle as my usual routine. So here's how I've been adding different activities into my er'day working week.

Swimming

As a nipper I swam competitively for 7 years and ended up with some huge shoulders and green hair as a result. But it kind of took over my life and wasn't fun anymore so I ended up quitting to do cool things like under 18s "nappy" nights on a Friday..... I don't go to these (that much) anymore so swimming has re entered my life, not only is it a great way to get rid of any tensions, it's an awesome work out too.

Reading

Something I'm urging myself to do more of. Any fiction recommendations would be wins. 

Have a night in 

Whether it's X factor with friends or a board game, sometimes nights in are just as fun as a night "out out".  There's nothing quite like the thrill of cluedo  with a few drinks. If not, how about a spot of Bingo? There's loads of games to play from the comfort of your own home, whether you're playing for fun or if you've got your eye on their progressive jackpots!
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A Smock Dress & Rizzle Kicks Queue Jumping


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So I bought this dress from boohoo because I like gingham, and I like smock dresses because sometimes I get really bloated (darn carbs) and they hide a massive stomach quite well. But looking at these photos now I kind of resemble a child in a school summer dress....remember the excitement when it was finally time to wear one of those? If you want to look like a primary school-er like me then it's now only £12 in boohoo's never ending sale.

I'm also aware these photos are a bit lack lustre in expression, they were taken with fellow blogger and good egg Tanesha under the instruction to "smize", but a curious security guard peeped at us throughout the whole photo taking process and made the whole thing a little awkward. 

I didn't wear a smock dress yesterday though. Yesterday a smock dress would have been silly because a Thorpe Park night time adventure was to be had. If anyone lives near there then I really recommend trying out their "summer nights" deal. It's only £15 and you get all the adrenaline you could ever need between 4pm-10pm with hardly any queues! I guess this can be seen as a bad thing as it did mean we rode "Saw" three times in a row, which in hindsight after a hearty Nandos probably wasn't the best.
Also Rizzle Kicks were there and they pushed in front of us to get on Colossus, twas a highlight. 


MUA £1 Pearl Eyeshadow in Golden


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Without sounding snobby, I'm usually more of a high end eyeshadow-er. Despite wincing everytime I think about how much my mac palette cost I still end up oohing and aahing over any Urban Decay bronze/gold offerings and coating my eyelids in the 'spensive stuff.
So I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of this £1 eyeshadow from MUA. At just over the price of a Double Decker (79p nowadays!) this pearl finished delight is ridiculously pigmented and applies so well with a fluffy brush, there's no fall out and the colour seems to want to stick around which is nice. I suppose because it doesn't crumble the slight downside is that it's a little difficult to load onto the brush, but once it's on there you're onto a winner!
I can't really say much else, if I had a hat I'd tip it to MUA...That's a lie, I do have hats, just not the tipping kind.



Benefit Watts Up Highlighter Review

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I'd say that Benefit's Watts Up is one of the best highlighters for summer. If you want to come across all glowing and radiant without looking glittery, shiny, or like you're just a bit clammy, then this is the one.

It's a champagne cream to powder highlight that'll sit nicely on most skin tones, I'm on the pale side and Watts Up leans more bronze-y against my fair skin, but if you're darker than I then it may stay true to it's champagne-ame.
Because of the cream to powder formula, it's super blendable and sits comfortably on top of heavy foundation or naked skin without looking clumpy or "too much". I apply straight from the stick onto my cheekbones and then use either the Real Techniques Stippling Brush or my fingers to blend it out. Hiding underneath is a sort of bingo dabber to help you blend, but it really isn't that practical is more of a packaging gimmick than anything.

Speaking of packaging, I'm a sucker for anything that'll look nice sitting on my dressing table and as with most Benefit products, this lightbulb esque tube is pretty eye catching against it's rivals. It's got a twist tube and a handy plastic cap to keep things fresh, although the slight bulkyness could make it a no if you've got limited makeup bag space.

So yes, Watts Up is an amazing natural highlighter that will brighten you up on a dull day, it's on the pricey side at £24.50 but a little will go a long way.

What're your favourite highlights for summer?

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A Pleasant Weekend In Birmingham

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Last weekend I had a rather lovely two night stay in Birmingham thanks to Travelodge. I've never been all that fussed about staying in a fancy five star hotel if the plan is to be gallivanting around a city  - give me an easyhotel over the Ritz in London any day!
So two nights spent in the hustle and bustle of Broad Street sounded like a win to me. And it was. It really was. Titanic Reference.

I won't lie, the rooms are pretty basic which is what you'd expect in a cheaper hotel, but mine was spotless and so quiet! I was expecting stag and hen groups a plenty, and phallic shaped straws to be littering the corridors, but once the door was shut I didn't hear a peep. I'd recommend taking your own hair dryer though, especially if the idea of drying your hair in five minute intervals because it keeps overheating doesn't appeal to you....
That being said price is always the deciding factor for me, and if you're booking a few weeks in advance then this seems to be the cheapest hotel on Broad Street by a few cocktails.

Speaking of cocktails we went to a bar named "Players" which I know sounds horrendous (at least it wasn't PLAYAZ), but their cocktail menu was amazing. Not only were there a million to choose from but they were half price before 12. If your ever in those endz then try the Jammy Dodger, it's delicious.

Food was scoffed in GBK and Jurassic World was viewed for the second time.  I won't give away any spoilers, just my thoughts on the boy's swishy hair - terrible.

Where are your favourite haunts in Bham?