Monday, 25 June 2012

Current Favourites

June has been an interesting month. I've finished university and moved out of the house I have shared with my friends for the last two years. I have been searching for jobs in Manchester to move back to the city with another friend and start a new life for myself. I have made a great deal of changes and taken practical and brave steps to move forward in the right direction. July is going to bring me live music, a holiday, and hopefully a job and a new home. Right now, however, I am enjoying being back with the family and catching up with old friends. With all this change and upheaval it has been a life-saver to have found some reliable and fail-proof favourites for the month. So, here are my favourite beauty products, along with some other current loves too!

Garnier Skin Naturals BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector for Combination/ Oily Skin in Light: With the brief spell of sun we had at the end of May and the continuing muggy weather throughout June this has been my 'go-to' skin base. Foundation is definitely feeling too heavy at the minute and I really like this Garnier BB cream as it doesn't leave my skin looking shiny as many others I have tried have. Loving this and will probably continue to use for the rest of the year as well. 

Garnier Anti- Dark Circles Roll-On in Light: I use this under my eyes and on any  pigmentation on my face either over the BB cream base or straight onto my skin if I am having a good skin day (rare!). I like that it is very light and more of a thin texture than other concealers, meaning it doesn't crease at all. This means the coverage isn't great but I  still love it.

Rimmel Soft Kohl Eye Liner Pencil in Pure White: I have mixed up my everyday make-up routine recently and this product makes a regular appearance. I love using this in the inner corner of the eye or in the water line. On a night out this looks lovely as a liner under the eye as an alternative to black, as it makes my eyes look much wider and brighter. Definitely a fan of the texture of this too as it is so soft and blendable. 

GOSH Brow Pen in Wheat: I have super pale eyebrows compared to my hair and my face does not look right without lining them, so this is a nifty liquid pen (a bit like a felt tip!) that is really easy to use. The colour pay off is subtle so it definitely does not look like you've just grabbed a Sharpie Marker and coloured your brows in! 

Accessorize Black Liquid Liner: Recently my Loreal Liner ran out and as it was the end of term at uni my funds were a little low so I thought I would try this out as it was a fairly cheap alternative. It's really great, has brilliant staying power and is super black and shiny. Everything I need from a liquid liner really! 

Barry M Lip Paint in 151: This is a gorgeous pinky, red coral colour that I love to wear when my eye make up is more subtle. The staying power is pretty decent , although it can be a little drying on the lips. I use a balm or gloss over the top and it's a really lovely affordable lipstick.

Dermalogica Clean Start Welcome Matte spf15: I received the Clean Start Mini Kit in this months glossy box and as someone with combination skin I love it! This spf moisturiser was a stand out product for me as it made my face feel nourished, but not greasy as some moisturisers do. It's also got an spf which is an added bonus as this is incredibly important for me as I am rather pale. 

MeMeMe Blush Me! in Coral: Most people would say mascara is their make up essential, whereas I would sway towards blush. I adore it. I've had this for ages and it had been sitting unloved in my make-up collection until I decided I fancied a coral day and I have fallen back in love with it. I have to use a very light touch else it can all go wrong and I end up looking like a clown, but other than that it's a great product.

Current Book:
My Dear, I Wanted To Tell You by Louisa Young: I have always loved World War I literature and I spotted this last year and have just got around to reading it now! I am about half way through and really enjoying it. 

Current TV Show: 
This show has got me hooked. It has hotties, a strong female leed, complicated family drama, murder, plot twists and secrets. I could ask for no more. Really really enjoying my weekly fix of Revenge. 

Current Music:
A friend introduced me to Lawson a while ago and since then I have loved listening to these boys. My family and I are going to M Festival in Leeds this summer and I am very much looking forward to seeing them live. 

That's it. My current Favourites. Hope you enjoyed having a read! 

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Sunday, 17 June 2012

Touching Down in London Town

Natural History Museum// Dinner in Covent Garden// Union Jacks// Sway Bar// 
Practising for Trooping the Colour// Up St. Paul's Cathedral// Thorpe Park

To celebrate the end of exams and university a few friends and I headed to London for the week as a last trip before we all go our separate ways. Although, I am completely shattered now it is well worth it for the fun and jam- packed week we had! 

I love London. It's busy and bustling and there's something about the miss- matched architecture with the buildings competing for the prize of 'sticking out like a sore thumb' that makes me mesmerised by our capital. 

There was one problem, however. London is definitely not kind to my bird phobia!

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Sunday, 10 June 2012

Apivita Express Beauty Mask with Pomegranate

I'm not sure whether it has been the crazy weather changes over the last month or stress from exams, but my skin has been in desperate need of some TLC. Remembering the May Glossybox included a couple of face mask sachets I decided I would give them a go. 

I received the Apvita Express Beauty Mask with Pomegranate, which claims to be revitalising and radiance boosting for dull skin. 

First thing I noticed was the smell. It was lovely and fruity, but not overpowering so that was a definite positive. Also the texture of the mask was interesting. In the past I have only really used peel off masks or clay masks which harden, whereas this was more of a creamy texture which reminded me of really thick moisturiser. It also contained really fine beads, which were  lovely and exfoliating when removing the mask. I did, however, have a bit of trouble washing it off because of how thick it was. It definitely needed a good long rinse!

After using the mask my face felt a bit tight, but after a good moisturise my skin did feel much more nourished and soft. 

Overall, I enjoyed using this mask and there is plenty enough for two applications per sachet so there's much more pampering in store for me! I love the fact that these masks are mostly natural (89% apparently, random!) and that they exclude any synthetic ingredients. I am not sure if I'll repurchase, but I know I will enjoy using up my sample. 
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Thursday, 7 June 2012

Week in Pictures #1

Rock and Bowl Music Festival with my sister, beautiful flowers from a lovely friend for finishing my last ever university exams, Princess cake, decorations and Disney films for housemate's birthday celebrations.

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