Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Primark Velvet Finish Foundation



Whilst on the hunt for the must have matte foundation from Primark which has been compared to Estee Lauder's double wear, I stumbled across their velvet foundation. I was instantly drawn into everything the bottle was telling me. It is described as a velvet finish foundation, which is medium-full coverage and acts like a second skin. As you may know, my skin is very dry at the moment due to my current acne medication. This means I have been staying clear of truly matte foundations as know matter how much moisturiser and primer I apply, it will settle into the dry patches on my skin. Therefore, the velvet finish foundation was instantly put into my basket in less than 30 seconds.

This comes in a glass bottle which I am not a big fan of as they heavy, bulky and inconvenient for both storage and travelling. However, it makes the bottle look more luxurious and much more high end. I am going to discuss the only thing I dislike about this foundation, and it is actually nothing to do with the product it is in fact the peppet you use to get the product out. It makes life so difficult, you have to press to suck the product up the tube and then press again to get it out. However, it drops very little product and you have to do it 5 or 6 times to get the desired amount out. I have found it inconvenient in the morning when you are in a rush. I have tried just pouring it out but you always end up with a little bit too much and it is much harder to control how much of the product you want. Primark please put a pump on this to save my sanity in the mornings!

I have been testing this for at least 6 weeks now and my verdict is I am a big fan of it. This costs just £6 and for this quality a high end brand would easily put this out on the market for £20+. If you having been reading my blog for a while you will know my fussiest product which I ever review is foundation, and I have put up a lot of disappointing foundations reviews. I think the drugstores contain so many amazing products which save us all so much money, but foundations is a place they really need to step up their game. High street brands just can't seem to compete with high end brands in terms of quality and colour range. I am disappointed to say that there was only about five shades available in this foundation. I picked up the shade porcelain. I have light toned skin but I wouldn't usually describe my tone as porcelain, however it was the only shade closest to my skin tone as the next shade up was way too dark for me. When applying it to the skin it is a little bit too light but on the whole it is a pretty decent match. I usually just mix it with one little blob of my Vichy dermablend foundation which is a little bit darker.

I have never had a foundation which has been referred to as a velvet finish so I was intrigued to find out what it had in store for me. The finish is lovely it is a demi-matte which I like as it still has a glowing element to it, but it dries down to a finish which has a slightly matte touch and is not too shiny. This is a perfect bridge between that matte and glowy finish which is perfect for the summer. I only have to apply one or sometimes two layers, using my damp beauty blender to create a medium to full coverage. If you do want a more full coverage foundation, you can easily achieve this without it looking to thick and it still looks like skin. For £6, every time I go into Primark I have been looking to get a second bottle, but it is always sold out. I have only ever seen it in a store on the first occasion which I bought it. This is always the problem with Primark, as with everything that they sell you only ever see things once and then it is gone forever. This is really dissapointing as I would definitely stock up on this as it has fast become a favourite foundation of mine. This is the first Primark foundation which I have bought and I have been very impressed. This is easily one of the best budget foundations out there which I have ever tried.

Lucy
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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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