Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Foundation Files: The Glow Getter

In my last Foundation Files post I showed you a brilliant budget base, but today I’m going to be talking about a product that makes my bank balance wince a little bit every time I repurchase. Don’t turn away just yet though, because this one is definitely worth the money. It’s not the most expensive foundation on the market (at £30.50 it's far from it!) but it's still one you might want to wait until payday for. Nars Sheer Glow has been raved about by many a beauty blogger but I'm not ashamed to follow the crowd on this one because it's a strong contender for my all time favourite foundation.

The coverage is medium and buildable, but it always feels light on the skin and never cakey, even in summer when things can get a little sweaty... I was matched to the shade Deauville which is almost exactly my natural skin colour, and the shade range is relatively wide so most people should be able to find their perfect match. It looks so natural and makes my skin look flawless - which let me tell you, is a preeetty big task at the moment! It's also perfect for nights out or special occasions as it's SPF free - so you won't be mistaken for Casper the ghost when people are getting a bit too flash-happy with their cameras! Sheer Glow lasts well on my skin - I'll sometimes touch it up in the late afternoon but once I have it looks as fresh as it did in the morning.

The only thing I don't like about this foundation is the fact it doesn't come with a pump (why Nars, why?!). Of course, you can buy a pump separately for only a couple of pounds, but the trouble I had was finding one. They seemed to be out of stock everywhere, for months on end! I did finally get my hands on one and it makes application much easier, but I'd like to see Nars incorporate a pump into an actual lid for the bottle, even if this still would cost extra. Although the pump has a lock so there's no accidental spillages, I just think it looks like I've lost the proper lid for the bottle (or is that just me being fussy?). Fussiness aside, Nars Sheer Glow really does deserve the hype and I'm sure its Holy Grail status in the beauty world will be firmly cemented for many years to come - I know I'll be repurchasing over and over again!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Percy & Reed Wonder Balm

I've never been a huge hair product kinda gal. Don't get me wrong, I love buying them, but when it comes to actually using them they always end up at the back of a drawer after a week or two feeling a little unloved. If there's one thing I could tell them then it would be It's not you, it's me (how many of us have said that before and honestly meant it?), or more specifically it's my hair. As much as I try to style, curl, crimp (come on, we've all been there), tousle and just generally jzeush* it up it pretty much always falls flat within the hour. As a result, I try to stick to quite low maintenance styles and products (GHD Straight & Smooth Heat Protect Spray, maybe some Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray if I'm feeling really daring) and after digging out the Percy & Reed Wonder Balm, a magazine freebie from earlier this year, I've found the perfect quick-fix for my locks. Marketed as a hair primer, a blob or two before blow drying leaves my hair smoother, silkier and much more manageable than usual. It tackles my frizz well, and although I don't find it really does much to extend the life-span of any waves or curls, my hair definitely looks and feels more Loreal advert-worthy for the whole day. So ladies, if your hair is in need of a little pick me up, give this one a whirl because you know you're worth it.

* Yes I did have to google the spelling of that. J then z, who'd have known, eh?

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

What I Wore #1

TOP - Whistles (out of stock in pink but
a similar colour is available here)
JEANS - Uniqlo
BAG - Whistles
BOOTS - Cara London

I know, I know, long time no see. I've been MIA (now I'm humming Paper Planes) for the last few weeks because I've been interrailing around Europe with my boyfriend to celebrate us both graduating this year - does this mean I'm a real actual grown up now? Wifi was particularly scarce while we were away and although I really wanted to schedule lots of posts before I went things got a bit busy what with exams, the end of uni and more 21st birthdays than I could count! I'm really sorry for the absence but I'm back now, and won't ever be leaving it this long again. Just before we left, I popped to Cardiff to see my parents and I thought I'd show you all what I wore for my dad's 50th birthday dinner out. Let me know what you think of my boyfriend's camera skills - hopefully they're not too shabby (maybe ignore the closed eyes  in picture no. 2!) but I did make him take about 20 pictures and not one ended up showing my shoes so I've added in a picture of those below.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Guest Post - Pick Me Up Products by April Ashlie

Hi lovelies! If you were hoping to catch Sally today for another one of her fabulous posts, I'm afraid to say you've got me Ashlie from the blog April Ashlie! Do not be disappointed as I will be guest blogging for Sally today and I have decided to show you my favourite beauty Pick Me Up products for when I'm feeling ill/down or just need a little something to liven myself up.

As you can see this post features a lot of pink! This wasn't intentional but its definitely a colour that makes me feel that I've had a little perk up. I have included some products that aren't in my normal daily make up routine and that I just use on occasions! 

L'Oreal Lumi Magique
I love this product to brighten up my skin. By applying it under my eye area and fanning it out on my forehead, it gives me that instant radiance and highlight.

MAC Candy Yum-Yum
This neon pink matte lipstick has brought some fun into my life! It is a little daring but it lifts my complexion and looks lovely on many skin tones. Definitely a wow shade.

Soap And Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Extreme Plump
A little tingling tube of genius! It really does work. If you are like me and have smallish lips, then this will add a little fullness to them without the terrifying needles and expensive price tag of lips fillers.

Juicy Couture - Viva La Juicy
This fragrance has such a lovely scent that every time I spray it, I instantly feel ready for the day ahead! It's definitely a fresh and feminine perfume with a floral scent. It contains honeysuckle, wild berries, mandarin, jasmine, amber, caramel and vanilla. Mmm!

MAC Fix +
An instant refresher! I spray this on my face before applying any make up to hydrate my skin and use it throughout the day to refresh my makeup. I don't know what I'd do without it! 

Sinful Colours - 24/7
This loving popping pink nail varnish from Sinful Colours sure is a pick me up shade! It's neon just like the Candy Yum Yum lipstick and is also matte. Matchy matchy! I know Sally is nail crazy and I love her 'What's on my nails Wednesdays', but I'm not sure if she's tried this one yet? If not, I think she has to! 

MAC Soft And Gentle
The most perfect highlighter. This highlighter will add a gorgeous glow to tired and dull skin. The natural sheen that it gives to the skin is divine and it reflects the light so beautifully. 

If you have liked my guest post then please check out my blog - April Ashlie HERE for posts on beauty, fashion and travel! Big hugs and thanks to the lovely Sally for allowing me to guest post on her incredible blog! ttyl,

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Foundation Files: The Budget Base

Over the next few weeks I'm going to be showing you my favourite foundations and talking a little bit about why they're good at what they do. Up this week is the only drugstore foundation I've ever repurchased (actually one of the only three I've ever tried - yes I admit it, I'm a foundation snob) - Rimmel Wake Me Up. Retailing at £8.99 it's not the cheapest out there but at less than a third of the price of most high end alternatives it's not to be sniffed at. Speaking of sniffing, the fruity scent makes me enjoy applying this in the morning - it's beats smelling like paint any day. I find myself reaching for this over my higher end bases quite often, especially as we're coming into summer and I want a lighter finish. It claims to have an anti-fatigue effect, and although I'm not sure about that (it takes more than makeup to hide the fact I'm in desperate need of a 72-hour nap!) my skin does look dewy and much fresher after I've applied it. Coupled with a primer, it's staying power is decent - on my normal/combination skin it lasts around 8 hours before I'm in need of a touch up (read: piling another layer on to try and tame my red cheeks). The shade range is pretty awful, with only 6 variations on beige being available and even the palest (100 Ivory) being, well, just not that pale. If you can forgive it that though, it definitely deserves a place in your summer makeup stash.