Mac So Chaud Lipstick - Orange Is The New Red

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I want to be brave this winter and wear a red lip. I like them. But I fear I look a bit like the joker every time I attempt one.

Mac's So Chaud is more of a deep orange than a red, and I've found it looks way better when I keep my skin au natural and let the freckles do their thing. Saying that I reckon it'll also look great with a natural tan, it's just a wonderful little all-rounder.

The finish is matte, which in Mac terms isn't overly matte and I prefer it that way. The formula isn't drying at all and doesn't emphasise any wintery chapped lips, which is a win considering how darn cold it's been recently!

The colour lasts a rather long time and as with all matte lipsticks from Mac, it's smoother on the lips than Selasi from Bake Off listening to Trevor Nelson.

Have you tried So Chaud?

Matrix Total Results: So Long Damage Review

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When I had my hair dyed back blonde (before going back brown again, sigh), my hairdresser used Matrix hair colour and suggested I give one of the shampoo and conditioners a try as it might help my locks stay in an average condition.

I eagerly took to the internet, lookfantastic and feelunique both had offers on so I went with the "So Long Damage" because, well, my hair was damaged TF. At around £12 for both it's not the most expensive of hair cleaners, and Total Results is the more affordable range from Matrix so I wasn't expecting miracles.

Alas, miracles I did not get. A lovely smelling bottle of shampoo and conditioner later and my barnet is, if anything, worse than before. I had a bath yesterday and the amount of ends that were left taunting me when I emptied the water out was both saddening and a little frightening.

I'm not blaming the shampoo, I'm blaming my own stupidity for going brown, then having two sessions of full-head foils, then going back brown again. My hair hates me. It wants me to leave it alone. It doesn't want to live on my head anymore.

I just thought this might have made things the tiniest bit better. Sadly it didn't. But as I said, it did smell nice. But so does Aussie and you can get that a lot cheaper.

So I wouldn't really recommend the Matrix Total Results So Long Damage for anyone with damaged hair because, well, my locks still look rubbish. So much so that I'm attempting a lob.

In the meantime does anyone have any product suggestions that'll stop me from malting?!

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in Ivory

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I bought this foundation a month or two ago after dying my hair as dark as night. Slight exaggeration but for days when I looked in the mirror I kept seeing Noel Fielding looking back at me. Which is why I then went blonde for two weeks (when these snaps were taken) before reverting back to brown yet again.

Because my hair has a reddish tint to it I thought I'd embrace my natural paleness and kick the fake tan to the curb. Obviously this meant I needed a new foundation. And obviously I'm all about budgeting so went for the Rimmel Match Perfection in Ivory, simply because I'd heard a tonne of good things about this foundation on a tonne of good blogs.

I'd read it was a light to medium coverage which is something I never normally go for, preferring instead to slather my face in high coverage gunk to cover my freckles. But this time I was a new woman. This time I was going to embrace my freckles. I am woman hear me roar...not too sure if that phrase was made with the feat of trying a new foundation in mind.

So yeah it's a light coverage and has a slight pinky undertone, another good thing for us paleys. It's a tad runny but applies really well with the Real Techniques buffing brush, although you might need a powder if your skin veers more on the oily side. It's kind of a better version of the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum, which I've found in the past to be too light a coverage. Plus at a mere £7.99 it's three whole pounds cheaper.

Overall it's a great budget foundation that'll cover discolouration and give you a more "put together" look, but freckles and moles will definitely peek through. If you're after something that'll make you look fresh faced and natural then this is deffs the one. Oh and it's SPF20. Wins.

Have you tried Match Perfection? What did you think?

Flat / Apartment Workspace: Where I Blog

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When I first moved into this flat I was all of a muddle trying to decide between a dining table (err for all those super cultured dinner parties I hold...) or a desk. Then I realised I can't cook, I don't like making food, and people don't generally come round for dinner, so a desk it was.

This was actually just a plank of wood I took home from work, shoved these table legs from Ikea onto it, and covered it in this sticky back plastic from B&Q. The whole thing cost just over a tenner and the million cups of tea I had to make my friend Caroline for helping me (doing all the work) whilst I watched.

The trolley, chair, photo frame, picture ledge, and fake greenary were also bought during the million visits to Ikea before I moved in - I consumed SO MANY meatballs during this time but also ended up getting a little colour scheme of pink, blue, and coral going on that started to take over the whole flat.

I realise my trolley looks a little empty, the plan is to eventually fill it with ALL THE  pretty stationary, I'm thinking hard backed notebooks and rose gold random items I probably don't need. The cushion and Kate Spade notebook were actually sent to me from the online site Rooi, which sells all sorts of homey items to make your abode pretty. I went for this chevron cushion mainly because if I sit in the same place for too long my bum REALLY hurts, I don't know why I chose green but it kind of works with the mish-mash of colours...I hope. The notebook is going to be the start of my plethora of beautiful stationary, which will never actually happen because my handwriting is atrocious and it tends to ruin all the nice pages.

So there's where I get my blog on! If I attempt to do anything on the sofa it ends up being a write off after 5 minutes thanks to Dinner Date, Ex on the Beach, Bakeoff, and other viewing gold. So usually I just play music and bop my head along as I'm writing away.

Changing the subject completely, today I did my firs ever mud run. It was muddy. And cold. And I swam in a lake and forgot my towel. But it was rather fun!

Morphe 12S Soul Of Summer Palette

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Morphe 12S Soul Of Summer Palette

Wowzers. I stumbled across this little palette of dreams whilst watching someone rave about it on Youtube. I'm all about the copper eyes at any time of year so I had a bit of a google and purchased straight away. This was about 3 months ago and I haven't worn any other eyeshadow since.

If you're partial to a shimmer then this is definitely for you, and despite being named "Soul of Summer", these shades are oh-so transitional into Autumn - especially the one's on the bottom row which aren't too dissimilar to Mac's Expensive Pink and Cranberry.

All of the shades are silky smooth and apply really well, with minimal fallout and no creasing. They stay put too, I can never be bothered to apply a primer but these seem to last the full day without smearing all over the place which is a win for me!

It's £11.95 from Beauty Bay but alas, it's currently out of stock. I think they have an option to be emailed once they get their mitts on more though.

Have you tried anything from Morphe?

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