Monday, 30 April 2012

Cover FX Cream Foundation

First and foremost, a huge thank you to Becca, who hosted the giveaway where I won this! I am normally extremely unlucky, but I somehow ended up winning two giveaways within days of each other! I think I may have bounced around my room about a day afterwards, haha. 

For about a year I've been using Illamasqua's Rich Liquid Foundation, which, until recently, I have been loving. Recently my skin has started to feel a little worn and dull, and I was feeling like a change was needed but I wasn't sure of what to look for. It takes me ages to find a foundation that suits my oily skin and is pale enough for my skintone. It also has SPF 30, and is not tested on animals.

When looking at the shade list for this foundation, I found it quite difficult to get around. It took me a very long time to decide which would suit me, I found it quite hard to tell by the swatches. In the end I went for E0 (if I get stuck I generally choose the palest). I think it suits my skintone really well.

I apply this foundation using my Sigma F80 Brush. I know Sigma is pretty awkward to get hold of here, so I would also recommend the ELF Studio Powder Brush. The foundation comes with a little sponge in a compartment underneath the foundation, but I prefer using brushes to sponges and I think it gives a more even finish. I have never been able to work sponges when it comes to cream products.

This is a high coverage foundation. It isn't perhaps as high as my Illamasqua foundation (I have yet to find one that is) but it's still very good, and doesn't feel at all heavy. I can still see my freckles peeping through when I apply this.

One of my favourite aspects of this foundation is that it lasts forever. My skin is very oily, and with most foundations I am shiny half way through the day. With this one I can wear it at uni and get home in the evening with only the slightest shine to my face. It doesn't accentuate dry areas either, which is excellent for covering blemishes such as spots.

The biggest drawback for this foundation is the price. According to the House of Fraser website it costs £37. Definitely at the higher end!

Overall I really love this foundation. I will be using it sparingly because of the price, but if you're looking for a high coverage foundation that's long lasting and you're willingly to pay more for it, this is for you.

You can purchase this foundation from the House of Fraser website.

What's your favourite foundation?

Disclaimer: I won this foundation in a giveaway.

Sunday, 29 April 2012

MUA Lipstick Shade 2

Another quick post again today! I'm not going to have much time for any full length posts for quite awhile unfortunately because of exams and coursework deadlines coming up.

Anyway, I bought MUA's Shade 2 lipstick when I ordered the Love Hearts Lip Balms and the Glamour Nights palette, and I needed something to make up the total to £10 so I could get the free postage offer that was running at the time. I previously reviewed Shade 13 here.

Shade 2 is a lovely pink colour. Being pale, a lot of pink lipsticks tend to look a little silly. I'm also very specific when it comes to the sort of pinks I like. Even though I really like the colour of this one, it took a long time for me to get used to! I wear it on days when I'm at uni and I don't really want to wear my darker lipsticks.

As always with MUA lipsticks, this one is very creamy and lasts a considerable amount of time (around 4-5 hours without eating or drinking with this one). It's nicely pigmented, and doesn't dry out my lips.

This lipstick costs £1 for 3.6g, and can be bought from Superdrug or the MUA website.

Have you tried any of the MUA lipsticks? What did you think? I'm hoping to pick up some of the Lip Booms soon!

Disclosure: I bought this product myself. 

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Question Wednesday: Eyes

When this popped up in my reading list from My Mane Blog I decided that it'd be a quick fun thing to do to break up my day of coursework assignments and journal reading, even if it isn't quite Wednesday! I won't really have much time to blog over the next few weeks because of deadlines and exams.

1. What colour are your eyes and if you could choose what colour they were, what would that be?

My eyes are brown. I actually like my eye colour, I can't really imagine having anything else!

2. Bold eyeliner, light eyeliner, or no eyeliner?

Depends on what I'm doing/where I'm going. On an average uni day I line my waterline and leave it like that.

3. What is your go to eye look?

Also depends! I normally go for something as quick as possible in the morning. I've been wearing lots of browns and golds recently as I think they're more suitable for uni, but I love my purples when I want something a little more interesting.

4. What brand makes your favourite eyeshadows?

Either MAC or Urban Decay. I also love my Sleek palettes.

5. What are your must have eye products?

From Urban Decay my Primer Potion and eye pencil in Perversion, and my Ecotools eye brushes.

If anybody else wants to have a go at this, the questions are here.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

L'Occitane Foaming Rice Cleanser

I've been using this cleanser for a few weeks now so I thought it was overdue for a review! Before I tried this I had only used L'Occitane body products. All the previous L'Occitane products have been amazing, so I had very high expectations for this! I have a tester version of this, but the full bottle costs £14.00 for 200ml.

I have very oily skin, with my nose very prone to shininess. I've tried lots of products in an attempt to calm it down, but the majority usually break me out or make the oiliness worse. Because of this, I tend to expect the worst with most skincare products, but my mum (who has rosacea) loves their skincare range so I decided to give it a go. The trail version I have contains 50ml.

The packaging is nice, and this version has a hygienic nozzle, and you can dispense exactly the right amount of product. The full size version has a pump.

A little bit goes a long way with this cleaner. I need the smallest bit for my whole face. It's a silvery colour. I've been using this for ages and I haven't gotten anywhere near the bottom of the trail version. This cleaner leaves my face very soft and oil and shine free. It doesn't make skin feel tight either, and more importantly, doesn't break me out! If anything, I've seen a reduction in my skin issues.

This product is on the more expensive side at £14.00, but I've used cleansers more expensive than this one that haven't worked and left my skin a mess, so I'm definitely happy to pay the full price for something that works for me.

What skincare range do you swear by? Have you used any of the L'Occitane skincare products?

Unrelated note: I've published this post without page breaks as a test to see what I think to not having them! Please vote on the poll on the sidebar. 

Disclosure: This product was given to me by a friend.


As some of you may have already noticed, I've added a poll to the sidebar. I was thinking about ways to get feedback and decided a poll was more appropriate since anybody can vote and can do so anonymously, I know I'm more likely to click on a poll than to write a comment. I'm considering doing this as a weekly thing to get some sort of feedback, or if and when I'm stuck and need some advice about what I should do with something.

So this week's topic is page breaks! I use page breaks on all my longer posts, but I don't really see a lot of them around! Does it make it easier to scroll or harder to read lots of posts at once? I'd love to get some feedback as to whether or not I should keep the page breaks or ditch them. If you want to give longer feedback by commenting on here then I'd love that too!

The poll closes next week. Let me know what you think!

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Things For Sale!

I very recently started an Ebay account, and I have put several things up for sale, so I thought I'd do a post to see if anybody is interested. This is a clothing/footwear sale so I don't know if it will  interest anybody.

Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Perversion

I've been meaning to blog about this for absolutely ages, I bought Perversion several months ago after having a good experience with Urban Decay's liquid liners. As someone who uses quite a lot of black eyeliner on an everyday basis and wants something that's going to last for as long as possible, I needed something good. I went to my local Urban Decay counter to buy some primer potion, and I picked this up at the same time.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

My Alchemy Gothic Jewellery

I've been collecting Alchemy Gothic pieces for some time now, so I thought I'd do a post to show you my collection so far. I currently have five necklaces and one pair of earrings. I find it quite difficult to find jewllery I like. I wear one of these necklaces almost every day. It's a little on the expensive side (for me at least), but I've always been very pleased with what I've bought.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

MUA Glamour Nights Palette

Before I bought Glamour Nights, I had never used an MUA palette. When I purchased the MUA Love Hearts lip balms I decided to also get the Glamour Nights palette after hearing lots of very good things about them, and it was on offer for £3 at the time instead of the usual £4. I prefer palettes to individual shadows, so I'm always on the lookout for some good quality but affordable ones.

Monday, 16 April 2012

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Lollipop

I've been desperate to try these since reading about them for what seems like absolutely ages. I've been very curious to see if they're worth the hype, but my local boots store in town hasn't been stocking them. However, a tiny boots in quite an obscure place had a few of them, so I very happily picked up Lollipop.

Sunday, 15 April 2012

NOTD: Models Own Magenta Pearl & ELF Black

I decided to do something different with my nails today. I recently broke several of my nails and I resolved to cut them all short to make them equal, but I hate having short nails as I used to have to keep them very short all the time when I played violin, but since I stopped playing I almost always keep them as long as is comfortable. So, in an attempt to make the shortness a little more interesting, I tried to do something slightly different.

It hasn't worked out very well, but I think it's okay for a first attempt. They're not equal and they're a little messy, but they're not too bad. Hopefully my nails will grow fast (and stop breaking so often).

This is Models Own Magenta Pearl with ELF Black. I really like these colours together.

Do you prefer your nails short or long? How adventurous are you with your nails?

Disclosure: I bought both of these polishes myself. 

Thursday, 12 April 2012

My Week 08/04/2012

This week has been a strange one! I don't usually do updates like this since I spend the majority of my time either at uni or at home doing uni work, which isn't particularly interesting. The start of this week was still my Easter Break, and I went back to uni today, in the middle of the week, which I definitely wasn't quite prepared for! Here's some pictures of what I did...

Friday, 6 April 2012

I've Been Tagged...

I'm not following the rules of this tag, but I enjoy reading this sort of thing so I thought I'd give it a go! I was tagged by both the lovely Bewitchery and Jai Geeks Out, so here are my answers! I was tagged by Bewitchery first, so I'm going to answer her 11 questions that she gave me. I'm not going to tag anybody in this, I just thought it would be fun to do an 'About Me' sort of post, since there seems to be quite a big lack of them on here so far, and I really enjoyed reading the ones I was tagged in!

Monday, 2 April 2012

Lush Lip Tint in A Million Kisses

I've been interested in lip tints for a while as an alternative to lipstick. After trying the Revlon Just Bitten lip tint (which was a disaster) I'd partly given up in looking. However, I bought A Million Kisses from Lush after receiving a voucher for my birthday. This came out for Valentines Day, and costs £4.95.

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