Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Revlon Make Up Review

I thought that perhaps it was about time I did a make-up review on my blog. I mentioned previously on another post that it seemed that over night an obsession with make up developed. I have always worn the basic stuff, foundation, liquid eyeliner and powder. I never bothered with concealer or primers because I didn't see how it would work for my skin, I hardly ever wore eyeshadow unless perhaps at University a friend gave me smokey eyes (which I always thought made me look like a hooker) and I never bothered with lipsticks because my lips sucked up the moisture and made the lipstick look cracked and made my lips incredibly dry.

I have YouTube tutorials to blame for everything to do with make up that I post or buy. Seeing how other girls looked with different products made me hunger for it. I wanted to find the perfect lipstick that didn't dry my lips out and the best concealer that actually covered a blemish, I felt an uncontrollable urge to buy products from good reviews and try them. I honestly don't think I was aware of the insanely large make up world out there before YouTube and blog reviews. I finally realise that not all products are as bad as the ones that didn't work for me. I was clearly living under a rock.

Behold, REVLON. My new all time favourite make up brand. Not only are the blushers beautiful, but the lipsticks are full of moisture. Hurrah!

Below are all my current products by Revlon. Mostly bought in the deadly 3 for 2 deal in Superdrug. I love Superdrug but one thing puts me off massively is the fact they put those horrendous security labels all over the products and you are forever left with a sticky mess - unless you have the patience of a saint to melt it off with hot water. The second lipstick from the left in the photo below is a prime example - it' a sticky mess.


Let me get down to reason we are both here - a review.

 

Revlon Colorstay Normal/Dry Skin 110 Ivory Foundation.

If you're a pale person you will be able to completely understand the difficulties of trying to find a good colour match when it comes to a foundation. It's like trying to find those 100 kirby grips you started off with a year ago - impossible. When I realised how good of a match Bobbie Brown was for pale skin I thought I was onto a winner, and I still am, kind of. It's a good colour match but I don't feel like the coverage and consistency is really worth the price tag. I figured there had to be something more similar out there for cheaper. As I loved all the below products so much I thought I'd give Revlon foundation a go (the colorstay was also recommended by a lady named Sarah who read my blog) and I am super impressed. The colour match isn't dead on, it's a little light (better if you use a powder on top to darken) but the consistency is great and the colour really does stay... colorstay...get it? I'm lame, I know. The foundation itself isn't as thick as Bobbie Brown (which I thought was the key to good coverage) but I feel like when I come home after a day at work with no foundation touch up, I still have a good coverage. Much more so than if I were to use my Bobbie Brown foundation. I am going to continue using both for now to keep trialing but this is my new go to foundation. This foundation is in 110 Ivory. It's for normal to dry skin, which suits me well. It also has SPF 20 in which is apparently really good, so I've read...

 

Revlon Highlighting Palette in Rose Glow.

I had my make up done at a Bobbie Brown counter a few months back and had noted down a great blusher with a great big price tag that I wanted to purchase and try outside of the hideous John Lewis lighting. While purchasing the above foundation I noticed this Revlon Highlighting Palette in Rose Glow. It was a very similar colour tone to the Bobbie Brown blusher and this under £10. I couldn't resist purchasing it and I am pleased I did. It is slightly glittery which really wasn't my thing but I like it, surprisingly. I have been wearing it for about a week by swirling my blusher brush over all colours and sweeping it across my cheeks, slightly under my cheek bone and then dabbing my finger in the top lighter shade and dabbing that one specific shade on my cheekbone for a little highlighting. For me who is super pale, I think this is a great color. The pigment is strong so less is more.


Revlon Colorstay Ulimate Suede 09 Boho Chic.

Finding a good red lipstick has been a struggle for years. They're often too dry, a horrid texture, bad consistency... and so on. My lips seem to drink the moisture out of everything no matter how much I moisture them. Does anyone else have this problem? Purchasing this lipstick was a wild decision because I hadn't looked up any reviews or spent time deciding if this was a product worth trying. I read the label on the make up stand and thought 'hey, why not, it says moisture'. I am so thrilled because this lipstick is heavenly. It's the only lipstick that I have ever tried in my entire life that stays looking like it should. I only have to apply perhaps once or twice a day (and it all comes down to what I am eating and drinking which is the same for anyone I suppose). I could rave about this lipstick until I am blue in the face because it does exactly what it says it will, the colour lasts and it remains bright and soft looking with a very slight shimmering finish to it - which is my turning into my cup of tea.


Revlon Colorstay Ulimate Suede 025 Socialite.

 The Boho Chic colour was working so well for me I needed to invest into a pink colour almost instantly. I went back to Superdrug the following weekend after purchasing the red to see what I could get my hands on. The nude/pink toned lipstick is what I came away with. It's gorgeous, such a soft pinky colour that works really well for Spring time. I quite like the name too, reminds me of Gossip Girl! This lipstick has an almost matte finish, with it being a moisturising item it has a light shine to it, but I think this is the best I will get for a "matte finish" that isn't going to stick to my lips and crack. All I am thinking now is when I get back get to Superdrug to get a few more colours.


Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in 035 Candy Apple and 001 Pink Truffle.

Out of the colorstay range, because it's clear there is a pattern emerging, I have two other lipsticks from Revlon which are the colourburst lip butters, and are equally as good as the above. The difference is that they are more shiny and light in texture then the Ultimate Suede which is great if I want to have a different look with my make up, almost like a thick lipgloss look perhaps. 035 Candy Apple is the red colour and 001 Pink Truffle which is the pink colour. When testing new products, I keep the colours safe because I want to be able to wear it enough to get a good trial out of it. For me, red and pink is the most common colour that I would wear on my lips, hence why these lipsticks you are seeing are similar (not the same I'll have you know...but they are similar). It's about testing the texture, the consistency, how well it suits my lips and skin. Once I know it's a good one, I will purchase the rest of it's relatives and create a nice big family of lipsticks.


Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in 030 Milan Moment and 040 Shanghai Sizzle.

 The two other colorstay lipsticks are these two colorstay moisture stain lipsticks (or lipgloss if you would like to call them). These were the first item I had invested in awhile back which was purchased with caution. 030 is a burnt orange colour on the bottle but when you pull the applicator out it isn't as dark as it seems which was disappointing for me. The 040 is a very bold and striking red which I adore. I looked into reviews but the selling point was when it appeared in one of Zoella's monthly favourite videos and in her vlogs. The lip colour she was wearing in a few vlogs in a row had my eyes focused, I wasn't even sure what she was on about most of the time. In my 100% honest opinion, I like it but I got bored of it quickly. The colour is something you have to build and it can feel quite sticky for a while before it dries up a bit. You need a bit of time to apply this correctly and well, which is absolutely fine and I will still use it but sometimes I just want a lipstick that takes a second to apply so I can get out the door and start my day... which is where the other colorstay lipsticks have come in handy.  It's always good to have a selection I say!

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I hope you enjoyed this review. If you were looking at purchasing any of these products I'd say go for it. They're affordable and all worthy of a try. Everyone is different so perhaps you may not enjoy them as much as I have - but if you don't take a chance you may never know. Revlon is a brand I have never really looked at before, I'd always walk past it's counter in Boots or Superdrug but I can officially say, Revlon - you have my attention.

H x


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Monday, 16 March 2015

The White Blazer

I have been loving Primark lately.
I went out for cocktails with my boyfriend and some of my friends recently in Wantage. It wasn't a 'clubbing' night (far too old for that now I've hit 23) it was more of a casual drink that had the potential to lead to a dance when one too many cocktails had been had (this happened by the way, we danced until the early hours). I had been dying for an opportunity to wear this new knee length blazer that I bought from the Primark in Milton Keynes. It's a classic piece that I have added to my wardrobe for those nice occasions.


I decided to pair this blazer with a dress that slightly longer than the blazer itself. The black dress is loose fitting with two thin straps on my shoulders, it's plain and simple. The fabric is soft but not flimsy and it has a nice fit. My bargain sale purchase of £10 from the River Island sale. Sometimes I really enjoy wearing loose fitting dresses, because although I am slim, I am not skinny and toned so sometimes it's just nice not to think about your figure and how bloated you feel on a night out after finishing of that bottle off wine with your other half. Therefore this dress is a winner with me.


My shoes are from Clarks, they're the ideal strap heel for me because the heel is about 1inch tall. I'm 5"10 so I certainly do not need any extra height. I totally love Clarks despite it having the association with 'old people' and 'school shoes' - it has actually become fashionable. It is quite pricey but the shoes last. My Chanel bag isn't real, which makes me terribly sad. It was a glorious, well made charity shop find that I didn't allow out of my sight. I am also wearing a gold necklace which is a purchase from Primark awhile back, my Kate Spade mother of pearl watch with beige strap and a gold coloured bracelet from River Island that has an eternity knot in. Red nails in any outfit make me feel complete, it has almost become my statement nail colour because it's my go to colour constantly. Any shade, any brand.

What would you wear for a night out at a cocktail bar?


H x
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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

My Psoriasis Story


This Lush product post/Psoriasis story has been in my mind for a couple of months, even more so since I filmed my February Favourites with the mention of my new favourite shampoo. This post is pretty much dedicated to those who suffer with Psoriasis because I have been suffering with it for 5-6 years, before that I was a sufferer of Eczema and sensitive skin. 

When I first developed Psoriasis it started on my legs and I felt devastated as I was at the start of my University experience which meant a lot of nights out with my legs out. I tried to cover it up with fake tan as feeling self conscious and not looking like the pretty girls I lived with began to take over. I wanted to fit in and have great skin, blonde hair, brown skin and a skinny waist. Obviously fake tan was the wrong way to go but I was looking desperately for a cover up. I decided to seek medical help but it seemed that doctors in my university town of Southampton were clueless to what I had and to how it could be solved. Since learning more about Psoriasis, I am shocked that general day to day doctors didn't realise what I had. This situation went on for 2 years with relying on fake tan as a cover up.

At the beginning of my third year of University, I finally realised that I didn't enjoy 'being like the girls I lived with' and I didn't need to be. The tan and stress of my environment made my skin become worse and worse. Stress was definitely a factor in what was happening to me so I took myself out of any stressful situations me friendships. When my stomach started to slowly develop Psoriasis I realised I needed to take action, I ditched the tan products I was using daily (they weren't good for me and I started to look like a dirty carrot) and dyed my hair back to brunette instead of the lightbulb blonde I had become. 

I managed to keep my Psoriasis under control (ish) for years using unhelpful products from the doctors and sourcing my own through the Internet. It was all going ok until what seemed like overnight I had development 26+ patches of Psoriasis on my stomach and about 10 patches under my hair. Reflecting on how desperate I felt at University, this had nothing on that. I cried most days about how I looked and how my Psoriasis felt. I stopped wearing certain clothes because the tightness or the rubbing of it on my skin made it unbearable. I wore lower knickers, that frankly were the most unflattering and uncomfortable knickers ever, because the top of my normal knickers would irritate my Psoriasis that was on my lower stomach. (That makes it sound like I wore high granny knickers, I didn't, promise!). I'd wear baggy tops and high waisted jeans were a no go. I'd get anxiety over wearing a bikini or a crop top too. Intimacy with boyfriends from day one of Psoriasis caused a problem and I learnt how to avoid getting changed infront of anyone and how to get out of going out for the night if my skin was sore. Most people a year ago wouldn't even be able to tell you that I suffered with Psoriasis because I learnt how to disguise it and how to dress to cover it up.

An embarrassing and real truth of this situation which shows how little I was helped by doctors and how uneducated I was on the subject, is that I would dollop cream onto each Psoriasis patch on my stomach, sides and legs and then cover it with a plaster before I'd get into bed. I believed that rubbing cream into my patches and getting into bed would rub the cream off and that's why I still had Psoriasis. All this went on for a long time, more so when I lived alone as I had the freedom to do this without anyone questioning why I'd covered myself with 50 plasters every evening. I was clutching at straws and thought that soaking my skin in creams would the way forward to solve this. Not only was it not, but I also began to thin my skin with the overuse.

After deciding to take a chance of a doctors surgery in my new town I managed to meet a doctor who saw that the endless creams and lotions weren't working and I needed help that was out of their knowledge. After a couple of appointments with the new doctor, I ended up being referred to a hospital nearby and had 6 weeks of light therapy treatment. My work were supportive and allowed me to be flexible with my working hours so that I could attend my treatment. 3 times a week for 6 weeks I would go to the hospital and stand in what could only be described as a tanning bed. I would stand in there totally naked (which at first was quite awkward and embarrassing for me, even though I was alone) and let the light soak into my skin. The two ladies who did alternative sessions with me were amazing, they supported me and gave me tips and advice for Psoriasis. They even gave me endless shampoo testers I try to control my scalp Psoriasis which sadly enough doesn't soak up any of the UV light.

I felt like the light treatment wasn't working until three quarters of the way through my sessions but by the last couple of sessions I was almost Psoriasis free. I couldn't quite believe that medical sun beds (as liked to call them) managed to cause my Psoriasis to disappear! While also giving my skin a lovely glow (which I miss.)

7 months on from this treatment I am still Psoriasis free. I do have the odd spot on my leg which is under control and my scalp Psoriasis which I am dealing with but every single patch on my stomach, sides and legs has stayed away. I'm so grateful that a doctor finally sent me for specialist treatment and more so that it worked.

My scalp is still getting me down some days, but I've learnt that it isn't the end of the world, which is how I used to feel. I have a shampoo that keeps my scalp manageable and I face the fact that some days I will have a sore and flaky scalp... and those days I just wear white!

The shampoo that is keeping my scalp manageable is one that is very accessible and is on the high street in one of the most loved shops on the Internet... LUSH. I now use Fairly Traded Honey Shampoo by Lush. I've never been into Lush trend that's ongoing and only tried this as I discovered it being mentioned on a Psoriasis forum. Weirdly enough, when I went to buy a small bottle to test it the girl who served me also suffered with scalp Psoriasis and she recommended it to me too. Since trying this shampoo, I haven't looked back. I wash my hair every other day, sometimes everyday if my scalp is craving some help, and the large bottle which costs £24 will last me almost 2 months - which in my opinion is well worth the money!



Fairly Traded Honey may not work for everyone but I'd definitely recommend you try it for a week or two to see. It's been a life saver for me, it really has. I now wouldn't dream of using any other shampoo.


Other products I am loving to nourish my Psoriasis prone/sensitive skin is the Honey I Washed The Kids soap. It has honey as an ingredient (which make sense, considering its name...) which is what made me want to try it, I figured if the honey shampoo works this could too. If I have any itchy areas on my skin they go away when I wash with this soap bar. I don't have any body Psoriasis at this present time but I think if it came back (touch wood it doesn't anytime soon) I would buy this immediately. What I am also loving for my skin is the butterball bath bomb. I've never been keen on baths and would only take one every now and again. Maybe I'm haunted by lotions in my bath as a kid which I had Eczema? Who knows. But the butterball bomb makes me want to bath all day everyday! I actually leave the bathroom with my skin feeling soft and nourished which never happens with ordinary bath products, even for sensitive skin. This is a must have if your skin is super dry and flaky, it makes the water in your bath feel silky and smooth which is lovely, especially when you come out feeling that way too. I love that my two favourite items come in this cute little present package, which makes bathing even more lovely.

I may have bored you to death with my Psoriasis story but I had to rave about these products because they've changed the way I deal with my scalp Psoriasis. 

If it even helps one of you with your Psoriasis or sensitive skin then my work here is done.





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Saturday, 7 March 2015

Muji Makeup Drawers




Today my Muji makeup drawers arrived and I feel like a kid at Christmas. After wanting some clear draws for as long as I can remember I finally decided earlier in the week to order some. 

This 5 draw beauty holds my entire lipstick collection, my go to blushes and bronzes and my nude toned pallets. Also with an extra draw to hold all my Benefit samples from my 2014 advant calendar. 

What I love about these drawers, other than them making my makeup collection become organised, is the fact they are clear. I (among many other 20 something girls) I forget what make up I have when it is buried in my bedroom drawers. Being able to see what I have through this drawers means I can step outside the contents of my makeup bag some days without trying to track down certain items. 

I already want another set to sit neatly on top to hold extra pieces and new lipsticks that I have my eye on. I am obsessed with the tidy chic style these have. 

If you're looking for a way to store your makeup, may I suggest these draws from Muji.

I am keen to know how others store their makeup. Let me know!


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