Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Colourpop Lux Lipsticks



Top to bottom: lay over, still crazy and uno mas


I have been a huge fan of Colourpop since it's launch all of those years ago. It is one of the only American brands which I am willing to spend the shipping and delivery costs on, because everytime I order something I am always impressed. It is a budget brand which is always competing with high end brands in America due to its impressive quality of all of their products. 

I recently saw the launch of their Lux Lipsticks and the pictures and videos got me very excited. There is no denying I am a lipstick lover, but I have actually not bought any actual lipsticks in quite a while. I have been loving liquid lipsticks for a long time now, and I definitely deserted my classic lipsticks. I was very excited for these to arrive, and as always they are a great product.

There is no denying this packaging is beautiful, but they definitely resemble Charlotte Tilbury's brand as her packaging is a full rose gold tube. However, these do differ in terms of having a star design all over them and it is a bigger tube. I think the packaging is lovely, and it does give it a luxury feel. 

I picked up three shades from this line, and I am very happy with them all. It is a full coverage lipstick line which are very pigmented and you only need one swipe to achieve a full application. The lipsticks glide on to the lips very easily and instantly feel soft and smooth, which is a massive bonus for me as I have very dry lips at the moment. The formula isn't thick or chunky, and it doesn't settle into the creases of my lips. It dries down to a semi-matte finish but it still feels comfortable and creamy. 

I have been wearing lay over the most which is a massive surprise me, as I usually love more pinky toned shades. This a brown toned rosy beige but I can also see some plum tones running through it, when I first applied it it reminded me of Charlotte Tilbury's stoned rose which is one of my most used lipsticks ever. It is one of those lipsticks you can leave in your handbag and it will go with whatever you are wearing for any occasion. I have been totally loving this, and if you are making an order definitely add this to your basket.

Still crazy is a classic 'me' shade. Like I just say I naturally venture towards any lipsticks which have a pink tone to them. This is just that, it is a mid toned rosy pink but it has this beautiful mauvy tone through it which makes it a little bit more purple toned and I love that about it. I am not into bright fuchsia pinks, I like something a little more subtle with a darker undertone to it. This is going to be my new go to night time lipstick as it is so beautiful.

Uno mars is the shade I was most surprised about when it arrived. I had watched a YouTube video from Kathleen Lights where she swatched all of the shades, and from that this was the one I decided I had to have no matter what. However, when she swatched and applied it to her lips it looked much darker. It is definitely lighter than I thought it would be, but that is what I have been enjoying. There is no denying that I already have a lot of nudes shades so this is definitely going to add some variety to my collection. It is a peachy toned nude which I would instantly describe as coral. I know I will get so much wear out of this in the Summer, and I can imagine wearing it day or night to add some brightness and flare to my makeup. 

As you can probably tell I have been very happy with all three of these shades, and once again Colourpop have brought out a great line of budget lipsticks which are all excellent quality. These are all $7 each which is just over £5 when converted. I can not think off the top of my head any brands in the UK which have lipsticks which costs £5 and are as good as these. Colourpop please come to the UK as soon as possible, however that would definitely lead me to making weekly orders!

In terms of shipping and delivery costs, I always try and order from the brand when they are offering free delivery in America. If you order less than £15 worth of products when converted from dollars to pounds you do not have to pay any import costs. A few years ago, I wrote a full post about how to ship things over the cheapest way which you can read here. Import costs can add a lot on the overall price of your package, and a budget friendly order suddenly turns into not being such a bargain any more. I always do a quick conversion to see what dollars to pound is currently worth. When I ordered these $21 was just less than £15, so I got away with no import fees. The time before this, I got caught out and I had to pay £13 in import fees.

I cannot wait to make my next order and I definitely have my eyes on their new foundation.

Lucy 
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Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Becca Champagne Pop Highlighter





Buying a Becca highlighter has been at the top of my makeup must have list for a while now. However, they do not come cheap at £32, but as a beauty blogger of nearly five years I needed to finally try one. I have heard nothing but positive things about these highlighters, and boy were those bloggers right.

I am a big fan of Jaclyn Hill and I have been watching her YouTube channel way before I started my own beauty blog. I always think she is honest and when she announced her collab with Becca to create a highlighter, I was very, very excited. This launch was a while back now, and I could just never spare with the cash up until now. Cult Beauty had a Becca event on, and all products had 25% off so I thought it was time to take the splurge and champagne pop was finally mine.

I can only summarise my thoughts by saying, every time I have worn makeup since purchasing champagne pop it has been the only highlighter I have used. I just cannot get over just how beautiful it really is. For once in my life, I think this is a perfect example of how high end brands exceed with putting higher quality ingredients into their products, as this is something sensational. This is a light golden shade which has shimmering pink and peachy undertones running through it.

Whether you swatch or apply with a brush it has a light buttery texture which applies like a dream. It contains no harsh glitter and you cannot feel it on your skin. I am not a lover of heavy glitters in highlighters, but this has just the perfect amount of shimmer and shine. It has taken me a few applications to get the hang as to how much to apply, all I can say is a little bit goes a long way. I literally swipe my Real Techniques highlighter brush once into the product, and that is more than enough to highlight my cheekbones, nose and cupids bow. I feel that it has a foiled effect to it and that is what makes this so unique, as it is so finely milled together into the pan.

I think this highlighter would suit a lot of skin tones due to the golden warmer undertones. I was initially a little bit worried about the warmer tones and that they would be a little bit too dark for me, but mixed with the peachy pink tones it definitely makes it a great match. I have been telling everyone who will listen about this highlighter as I am in love. I have got a feeling all of my other highlighters are going to be collecting dust for a while. The pan contains 8g and I know that this will last me for ages. I have already got my eye on a few of the other shades especially lilac geode.

Lucy
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Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Primark K Pop Beauty





I recently saw on Primark's Instagram page that they have released a new line of products called K Pop. Primark has taken the world by storm with their skincare and makeup products this last few months. Within the last year or so they have released a lot of new line and products, and I have been wanting to try some of them out. We all know that Korean beauty has been leading the way with beauty innovations for a long time now, and this collection is inspired by the best products which they have released.

I picked up two different lip products one called pillow talk (£2.50) which is a matte lip cushion formula in the shade jelly bean, this is a mid toned pinky coral which I am hoping will be great in the summer to add some vibrancy. I also picked up one of their jelly belle lipsticks (£2) in the shade daisy chain, which when I have tried it is an opaque light pink shade. This is soft and smooth when applying it to the lips, and adds some nourishment which is always an added bonus.

I was very excited when I saw this palette on the display. This blush and highlighter palette is called sweet cheeks (£5), and contains 4 beautiful shades. Usually within a highlighter palette there is at least one shade which I know I will never use, but in this the 4 different colours are all beautiful and I will be using them all. I like the versatility of this as well, as I have been wanting to try a lilac highlighter for ages but I have always been scared as I was unsure as to how it would look on my skin. However, jelly bean is a light icy toned shade and I am hoping it looks just as good on the skin as in the packaging. I think I will only be using bon bon which is a lovely rich pink for a blush, as the tones through it are a bit too bright to use as a highlighter. The other two shades lemon sherbet and candy floss, will look great to add glow to anywhere I want to!

I was intrigued by some of the skincare products which they have brought out in this K Pop range. The first thing from the line which I picked up are some blemish blasters (£1.50) which are clear patches which contain spot clearing ingredients such as salycilic acid, I love the idea of these and cannot wait to try these out. I also picked up dreamy lips (£1.50) which is a 2 step lip scrub and mask. Step 1 is an ultra hydrating exfoliating lip mask and step 2 is a sleeping lip mask, I am hoping these work well with my current ultra dry and flaking lips. Blooming beautiful (£1.50) is a set of cooling, calming eye pads. This pack contains 6 pads, which sound fantastic and I cannot wait to use these after a stressful day. Lasting I picked up a pack of 2 tweezers which have panda and rabbit faces on them, I just thought these were really cute.

Have you tried anything from this new range?

Lucy
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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Months 2 and 3 on Roaccutane


So here we are nearing the end of month 3 on roaccutane, and I cannot believe how quickly time has flown by. I went to see my dermatologist at the end of month 2 and some changes were implemented. If you want a quick summary of what happened in month one you can read it here.

At the start of month 2, my skin broke out and I ended up with a line of five spots across the side of my head. I have found that it is taking weeks and weeks for the spots to heal as they crust over and then the new skin now takes much longer to replenish. During month 2 I have had less of my normal pus filled spots across my chin which I have been very happy about.

In the last post I mentioned how dry my skin has got and I think it is getting a little bit better. I have been applying copious amounts of moisturiser day and night and it has definitely been helping. My nose was flaking with dry skin non stop and my makeup was constantly clinging to it. I have been using a facial scrub around my nose to get rid of all the excess flaking which I have found to be working really well.

My lips are still causing me the most problems of all. They are still very, very dry. I have lots of lip balms and I have had some cracks form in the side of my lips. I feel like no matter what I do until I end my treatment my lips are going to be in this condition. I just need to keep on with applying the lip balms and hopefully no further problems will occur.

With the arrival of this sunny weather which we have been lucky enough to have, I have found out that my skin definitely burns easier and becomes much more irritated in the sun. I have purchased some factor 50 and I have been applying it whenever the sun decides to make an appearance. I have also bought from Primark a lip balm with also contains factor 50 which has been so useful, and I am definitely going to stock up on them for the summer as a normal lip balm just does not do the trick.

When I went to the last dermatologist appointment at the end of month 2 he asked me how I was getting on, he said he would now be putting me on 50mg upping me from my original 40mg dose. I have been on the 50mg for three weeks as I write this post and there is one side effect in particular which I have noticed, and that is that twice a week I have been getting really bad headaches. I have always got the occasional headaches but with some analgesia they always go away within a short period of time. I am not sure whether they have been migraines but my head has felt like it is exploding and I have been bed bound. I have decided that if these continue I am going to drop back down to 40mg, and then discuss it with my dermatologist who I have a meeting with mid June when it will be the end of month 4.

I do not know what it is or whether it is just my hospital but I feel like they always want me in and out as quick as possible. The appointments are always running late, this time it being an hour and when I get in there I feel like he seemed really disinterested. I always go with a mental list of everything I want to ask as otherwise I would definitely walk out without my questions being answered. I asked him if he thinks that 6 months would be the total treatment time, but he just shrugged and said I don't know. I know he can not guarantee how long I will be on the treatment, but some positivism and reassurance would have been nice. By the next appointment I will be at the end of my month 4, and hopefully my skin will have continued to improve and I will get a better indicated as to how long I need to continue taking them for.

Lucy
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Wednesday, 9 May 2018

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream


I have heard a lot about First Aid Beauty as a brand in the past few months, and I was intrigued to try some products from them. My skin is the driest it has ever been at the moment, and I have been keeping a tube of their ultra repair cream in my handbag at all time. This costs £10 for 56.7g which I think is pretty good value for money. This is a thick emollient cream which rubs in well and hydrates deep down into the skin. This contains some great ingredients which all have enriching properties such as oatmeal, shea butter and eucalyptus oils.

This is advertised as useful for very dehydrated or irritated skin and mine has been both. The brand says it is good for common skin conditions which cause these problems such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, those living in harsh weather conditions and those under going aggressive cosmetic treatments. The cream feels nice and cooling when first applied to the skin and it creates a natural barrier. It also does not contain any harsh parabens, chemicals or colourings which could cause some irritations or reactions to the skin.

When you go from having a normal skin type to it turning very dry over a short period of time, it can very difficult to decide which products are best to use. I have purchased quite a few different emollient type products since I started on this acne treatment, as it is really hard to know what is and what isn't going to work on your skin. I have found that this ultra repair cream has been a great all round product. I have never tried Elizabeth Arden's 8 hour cream mainly due to the price, however they both have the concept of a multi-purpose product. This ultra repair cream like I say, you can throw it in your handbag and use it on what ever part of your skin is feeling dry when ever you need to. For me it is mainly my hands which get the driest and applying this takes away the irritation and itch which can get very red, sore and sometimes painful.

Lucy
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Sunday, 29 April 2018

Ilse of Sark










In my Guernsey travel post which you can read here, I mentioned that we went on a day trip to the Isle of Sark whilst on our holidays in the Channel Islands. It is a small island which has a population of just 425. We got the boat over from Guernsey which took about 40 minutes. A return ticket costs £30, which was a very pleasant journey. We were told to look out for bottlenose dolphins and puffins, and on the day we went the weather was beautiful but unfortunately we did not see any on the journey there or back.

Once on the island their main tourist attraction is to get a horse drawn carriage around the island with a tour guide. They have no forms of transport except bicycles to get around. The roads are that narrow nothing would ever get down, and the island is so small I reckon you could walk from one end to the other within two hours. The island is under the state of Guernsey, however has its own parliament to oversee the overall running of the island.

We booked on to a horse drawn carriage tour and went for a look around the island. Some of the houses are beautiful all in the traditional cottage style, most houses are passed down the family line and house prices were expensive. We went on a one and hour tour around the island stopping off along the way to take in the views and take some photos. The tour was a great way to see the island, but lots of other tourists hired bicycles.

What I really found interesting was how different life on the island really was. They have a row of shops as soon as you get on to the island with a supermarket and post office. They have only one doctor and one dentist, and any kind of in depth treatment takes place on the mainland in Guernsey. They have a fire brigade and police service who work part time. They also have a two person prison but they try not to use it due to the costs, and I got the impression it is barely ever used. There are a few little tea shops to stop and have cake and a drink at. We stopped at a little cafe which had an outdoor garden where we ate a lovely dinner in the sun. For the size of the island the church is large, it  is beautiful and you can go inside to have a look around.

There is a campsite and some guest houses which you can stay at on the island if you want to stay a little longer and explore the island further. It was a lovely day trip to the island and if you are visiting The Channel Islands, a visit to Sark is definitely worth it.

Lucy
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Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Guernsey


My latest trip took me to The Channel Islands, and we decided to stay on the island of Guernsey. My parents visited when I will a toddler and said the island was beautiful so we were all excited to go and explore.

Unfortunately on the Monday which we flew out the plane was delayed. From Guernsey there are only a few flights a day from the UK. We flew from Manchester, and finally after a two hour delay and an airport evacuation we were on the plane. On landing there was a lot of fog and wind so we ended up hovering over the island for about an hour until it was safe to land. As the Channel Islands are to the south of the UK, right next to France the weather is all round much hotter than in the UK. We stayed in St. Martins which is a location which I would definitely recommend staying at if you visit Guernsey. We stayed in the Del La Mar Court self-catering apartments, which we were impressed with. It would be so lovely to stay there in the summer as they have a swimming pool in the centre of the quad of the apartments.

Once we had dropped our bags off at the apartment we decided to go and explore. The main town of the island is St Peter's Port which was a 10 minute drive from where we staying. I do think hiring a car around the island is an excellent idea. We did see lots of buses which seem to provide a great transport link for citizens. However, a lot of the attractions which we went to were not centrally located and I think we would have struggled to get to some of them by using the buses. We spent our first early evening walking around the port and just enjoying the light sun with an ice cream.

Our first full day exploring we dedicated to doing some of the museums. We started off by going to the German Occupation Museum. Lots of the museums in Guernsey are self-funded rather than by government funds. This museum was run by an elderly man who was so lovely and welcoming, and I think it was a great museum. Before this visit, I did not know a lot about Guernsey's history especially during the wars. This museum focuses on World War 2, it provides a lot of insightful detailed information about the war and Guernsey's input. The island was occupied by the Germans in 1940 until the end of the war, and it discusses the evacuation of children and how the men were called up to fight with the British army. What me and my mum discussed after visiting the museum is how many items were on display, it has a brilliant set up and I hate it when museums are just all reading and nothing to relate or show what they are talking about. Overall, if you are interested in Guernsey history this is definitely a great museum to visit.




On the way to another museum, we had read in our guide book about an attraction called The Little Chapel. In the mid 1800's a man decided he wanted to build a little chapel (hence the name!), he built it over a number of years. On completion, he put it on view to the public and unfortunately it did not have the success which he had hoped for, due to it being very small. He therefore knocked it down and started all over again, and created the chapel which stands today. It is a beautiful little chapel which you can see in the picture surrounding the entire outside of the chapel is completely covered in different materials. It is very pretty to look at, and you are able to go inside. It has a narrow staircase where you go down to a little worship section. I told my mum it would be a great place to get married as it is so unique, but you wouldn't be able to have may guest inside! We really wanted to go to the German hospital war museum, as obviously I have an interest in the field of nursing and always love the look at the different ways medicine was performed and how it has changed over the years. When we got the museum unfortunately it was closed and a passerby told us it had been for a few months.




After looking through the guide book at everything which we ticked off, we decided to crack on with the museums and headed to the German Arms Museum. We found that this had had much more hype than the previous German museum I have talked out. Our entire family is into history so museums are something which we all enjoy. However, this one was just not for me. It was just as I should have expected, lots and lots of armouries. There are only so many different rifles and guns I can look at without becoming bored. My dad very much enjoyed it, but me and my mum found a bench to sit on in the sun whilst he finished looking round. After lots of walking round we decided to head back to the apartments and eat in as we were not in the mood to go out to a restaurant.

The next day we headed to an outlet place called Oatlands Village. It has a variety of different shops all selling different things. Some of the shops had homemade items such as sweets and chocolates, jewellery, homeware and gifts. There was also a great jewellery shop which had a half price sale on and I bought some lovely silver plated earrings. After getting some lunch in a lovely restaurant, we decided it was time to play crazy golf. I haven't got the best track record which playing crazy golf, my aim is not always on shot and I did loose. The sun was shining though and it was a barrel of laughs. We then went into St Peters port in the early evening for a look around the shops.


On the 4th day we decided to take a trip out to a national trust site called St Saumersz Park. This is a beautiful park which was gorgeous as it was a sunny day. Within the grounds of the park, there is a Folk and Costume Museum. This museum presents Guernsey through the ages and has lots of different things to look and participate in. What I liked about a lot of the museums there were not too busy, we have all been to tourist attractions in the UK and abroad where you have had to shuttle around like a cattle market and it makes things much less enjoyable as you cannot stroll around at a leisurely pace.

So you might be thinking that we must have been all "museumed" out by now. However, there was one museum that was recommended in every travel guide and was advertised widely throughout the country. This was the Guernsey Museum at Candie, it is located as the name says in the Candie Gardens. Within the museum are lots of different galleries displaying different exhibits. There was one collection called 1914-1918 medical services in the Great War, which was one of the best exhibitions I have ever been to. There was so much detail in the process of how the different medical services worked, and the different roles which everyone played during the years of the war. There was also an exhibit called the early people of Guernsey, which discusses how Guernsey became Guernsey and it takes you from the very start where they have evidence of the country being created, and through the different ages of time. I learnt a lot from this museum, and whilst we were on our holiday the premiere of the new movie The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was happening. There was so much hype surrounding the release of this due to the tourism it is hoping to create. In the museum they had clothing and some of the set from the movie on display. We decided to have some dinner at the museum, and there was a lovely cafe which out looked in to the Candie Gardens which was so tranquil and relaxing.



We had always planned to do some day trips whilst on the holiday and we had hoped to visit Jersey. However, the flights between the two islands were expensive and for a day return trip for three of us it would cost over £400. There are a few much smaller islands which make up The Channel Islands and one of them is the Isle of Sark. I am going to do a full post dedicated to this as I have quite a lot to write about. We got a return boat trip to Sark which costs £30 and we spent the entire day there. Keep your eyes peeled for this post next week.

The Sunday was our last full day on the island. We had a few things left on our list of places which wanted to visit. We headed to somewhere called Fort Grey which is a place that they used during the wars for a place to look out to sea. Inside the fort there is a little museum which tells you all about different ship wreckage's and the outcome of them. On the opposite side of the read was the Guernsey Pearl Museum. As the name suggests it sold lots of different pearls! It also gave lots of information of where you can source pearls from and how the size and colour depends on the pricing of pearls. In this museum and shop, they had a little tea room cafe which was lovely as it started to rain so gave us a little comfort break.

On the last day our flight was not until 5.30pm so we had pretty much the whole day to do a last little bit of exploring. In the morning we decided to into the St Peter's Port to pick up some souvenirs and gifts from our family. I also did a spot of shopping for myself. We then headed to a cute little cafe called Dix-Neuf where has gone earlier in the week and had a lovely luxury hot chocolate. As I have said we hired a car on this trip, and the sun was blazing hot on this day so we decided to go on a little trip to one of their many beaches. We sat in the sun on the rocks edge with a picnic and some chips from the chip shop, reading our books and just enjoying the last few hours on the island. Once we arrived at the airport (which is tiny!), the flight home was easy and we were very impressed as we did not have to queue for passport control in Manchester due to coming from a British isle.

Overall, I had such a pleasant and relaxing week in Guernsey. Before I went I really did not know what to expect but I have to say everyone is so welcoming, and they all seem to live a very relaxed lifestyle which we could definitely incorporate into our lives back in the UK. I understand people's desire to live on the small island, as there is enough to see and do, but there main town is still understated and did not have the hustle and bustle which I think we have in the UK. I think Guernsey would be a great place to visit in the summer as I have said it gets beautiful weather due to its location.

Lucy
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