Monday, 13 April 2015

Product Review: Rimmel Lasting Finish Primer

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Recently while shopping I noticed a new primer on the high street from Rimmel. It was on offer at Boots when I bought it so I decided why not, because I do like primers and it's definitely something I'm lacking a few of in my collection.

Rimmel lasting finish primer is said to increase make up wear for up to 8 hours, while minimising pores and evening skin tone. It can be worn on its own (but doesn't provide coverage) or under foundation. 

I've used this product on/off for the past few weeks now and I've got mixed feelings about it. I love that it's a nice moisturising primer, I wear over moisturiser anyway however I have dry skin so it's always a good thing to add more moisture to my face! It goes on the skin nicely and doesn't leave any greasy feeling.

However, I didn't notice any pores being minimised and I also don't think it helped my foundation stay any longer than it usually does. I think it's good to use if I was having a drier skin day than usual, but it doesn't really let my make up stay on better than before I used it. I have however recently bought a beauty blender and went on a night out and after coming home, I noticed my make up was still put, but I had put on setting spray after I did all my make up so I really don't think it does that much.

I think it would be a good primer for dry skin at the office, when you aren't moving around much however I don't think it would work for oily skin or in really hot weather.

The rimmel lasting finish primer is available at Boots and Superdrug (Here)

Have you tried this product? What do you think?

Friday, 10 April 2015

It's okay to take a break


As you have probably noticed, this blog has been rather inactive the past few weeks. It's not that I haven't had the time, or more depressed than lately but rather I was stressed and the stress was getting on top of me and I didn't know how to control it properly. Usually I can be ok with stress, and I like working to deadlines and being under pressure. But when there is stress at home and work, it's important to think that you shouldn't be made to feel stressed or down, and you are allowed a break once in a while. Here are some tips I have for relaxing when you need to take a break.

Relax with Yoga
Yoga is one exercise than can be extremely helpful when stressed because it lets you concentrate on your breathing and posture which distracts you from other things going on in your life. There are some great yoga youtube videos for beginners or more advanced, and I like doing yoga for about 30 minutes when I'm feeling stressed and need to take a break.

Bedtime
Something that a lot of people might not realise or take into account, a decent amount of sleep is vital for relaxing and feeling better mentally. If you are working hard, staying up late or pulling all nighters to finish a project does not help as your mind isn't up to scratch and you'll end up making more mistakes than if you took a break and started again. There are some great apps to track your sleep cycle and you can also check out some apps which notify you when you should take a break while working on a task.

Talking
Sometimes talking can help a task massively. If it helps, go out for a coffee with some friends and talk about what you are going through, as most of the time they will offer help or advice to get some weight off your shoulders.

I am going to get back into blogging more within the next week or so, thank you for bearing with me in this time. I really appreciate it.

What are your tips for when you are stressed out?




Friday, 20 March 2015

Movie Review: Still Alice


Still Alice is a movie about linguistics professor Alice Howard, who in her early 50's begins to forget words and places. After visiting her doctor, she is diagnosed with early onset alzheimer's disease, and faces the disease with the help of her loving family.

I really enjoyed this film. It's an incredibly heartbreaking story, but doesn't make you cry, more just feel sympathetic and intrigued in the story. It's sad to see the slow process of the illness and how it begins to take over, but you also feel for her because she has such a loving, closely-tied family that keeps her going and helping each other through the way.

The casting is really good, and I think Julianne Moore was fantastic. She definitely deserves the best actress oscar she won for this role. I thought Kristen Stewart was also really good as the youngest child who doesn't want to go to college even though her mum wants her too, it's nice to see that and isn't often shown in movies that much. 

It's a slow paced movie with lots of dialogue, but it has a really great and sadly real storyline that everyone can relate to in some way. I highly recommend it.

Have you seen Still Alice? What did you think?


Monday, 9 March 2015

Margot Robbie Oscars Make up inspired tutorial


One of my top looks at the Oscars was from Margot Robbie. I absolutely loved her make up and well anything that includes a red lip and I love it! I think she did a really nice, simple eye to go with it so I thought I'd share the look today.



Firstly start with a primed eye. I use Urban Decay's Primer Potion and absolutely love it.


Margot Robbie's eye look was quite brown, and I love using browns because they look great with blue eyes and really make a blue eye pop. I used the Naked palette for this and firstly used the shade 'Naked' all over the lid. You can use just a light matte brown shade for this. Just sweep it over until you have the colour definition that you prefer.


Next I used the shade 'Buck' from the Naked palette in the outer corner and crease. It's a slightly darker brown, matte again and I think because it's darker it seems a little warmer aswell. In this picture after I did that I also added a white shadow in my inner corner and blended it to add a bit of highlight from all the brown, and swept a bit of Naked under my lower lashline.


Woohoo for simple eye looks! I then terribly lined my lashline with a liquid liner, trying (and failing) to keep it close to the lashline. I then added mascara and also tightlined my upper lashline, so there isn't much skin showing from the liquid liner and my lashes. Unforunately I don't have any falsies otherwise I would have added that aswell.



Here is the finished look! Margot used the lip colour "Raven" by Hourglass, but I don't have that so tried to create her red lip by first applying MAC's Cherry liner, with L'oreal's Julianne's Red over the top. I think this made it quite an orange red, which I'm not really used too as I like my blue-reds but think it looked nice! It does look stupidly bright in some photos and I'm not sure why, was making me quite self consious however it didn't look this bright in person!

What do you think of this look?







Friday, 6 March 2015

Felicity Jones Oscars Inspired Make up Tutorial


I absolutely loved Felicity Jones' make up at the Oscars this year. I thought her outfit was gorgeous, I loved her hair and the make up was smokey and nude, and looked really fresh yet not too dewy. I decided to do an inpsired make up look, toning down the smokeyness and making it day wearable, even though you could go all out smokey for daytime if you wanted too!


Firstly I primed my eyes with Urban Decay's Primer Potion. I use this daily and really love it. While it sets, I usually do my brows and recently I've started dabbing the primer over the lid instead of rubbing it, to create a stickier base and being more gentle to the eyes.


Something I do with all smokey looks now is to add a transition shade over the lid/crease before adding any real colour. I just used a slightly darker colour than my skin tone and blended it out. This way the colour has something to stick too, and I've noticed it blends everything together easier.


One thing that I loved about Felicity's make up was it was still shimmery even though it was quite smokey. I love a shimmer and used the shade 'Dope' from the Vice 2 palette. Any shimmery shade will do, I chose this because it's quite a neutral colour and looks silver/white. Over the top of that I added the shade 'Bootycall' from the Naked 2 which is similar in shimmer.


It looked like Felicity had some blueish tones in with her smokey eye, so I mixed the shades 'Prank' and 'Smokeout' from the naked 2 palette together. Prank is a dark blue colour with little bits of shimmer and smokeout is a slightly off black, with shimmer in. I put this to my outer V and blended it out. 



Here is a better look at where I applied the two colours. I made sure to blend it well before seeing if I needed to add anymore to the eye. I did notice that this made my dope colour drop in pigmentation so I kept going over the top of that with the same colour again to brighten it up. 


The step is basically mix the colours, apply softly, blend, see if it looks ok, blend, and repeat if you want to build up colour. I also swept the darker shades under my eye on the outer third and joined it together with the outer V.


Finished eye! I swapped eyes as I applied my liner terribly on the other eye. I used Revlon's liquid liner to create a thin line, gradually getting a little thicker but cutting off at the end without doing a wing. It's a strange feeling cutting off when you are used to doing a wing daily! I also added a black matte shadow over the top of the liner to mattify it, and using a liner brush softly blended it a little. I also added mascara.


This is my finished look. I didn't do a tutorial for the whole face because it depends on what products suit your skin tone! For my lips I used a sample of a Benefit lip gloss, which ended up being way more sticky than I imagined so I blotted it down slightly.


I hope you enjoy! Apologies for my absence for most of February, I've had a bit of a rough month with my depression and losing my cat suddenly, so I've not been feeling up to writing or having any thing to talk about. I've got more posts planned in March so hopefully I should be back on schedule now!

What do you think of this make up look?









Friday, 20 February 2015

Product Review: Everything but the cow*

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Recently I was sent three drinks from Everything But The Cow. I've been trying to be more health conscious in 2015 and one thing I find hard is cutting down on fizzy drinks. I love Coke and although I limit myself to 1 can a day, I still know that I should really be cutting it completely.

Everything but the cow offer healthy drink choices, with real fruit and soya protein. They are 100% natural and don't contain any artificial flavours, sweeteners or preservatives. They are suitable for vegetarians, people who are lactose intolerant and gluten intolerant as they are dairy and gluten free. This is pretty impressive and it's hard to find other drink options this healthy when looking for a drink for a workout, or something to sip on during lunch. 

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I've recently been trying these drinks at lunch time, when I usually have a coke to drink. I've found it's much lighter on the stomach, and would be perfect to drink after a work out. It's refreshing and the packaging is really cute. You can definitely taste the fruits inside and the drink feels smoother than a smoothie style drink. 

My favourite flavour is the Strawberry & Raspberry, which is what I usually like to put in my smoothies. It tastes the most fruity of the three although I can imagine mango and orange being really nice to cool down with on a hot day. I didn't enjoy the banana & kiwi, however I think thats personal preference because I'm not a huge fan of banana in drinks.

The drinks are available at Holland and Barrett stores and selected Tesco's, retailing at £2.49 for 330ml. For more information you can visit www.facebook.com/EverythingButTheCow or www.twitter.com/Everybutthecow.

Have you tried any of these drinks before? Which is your favourite?



*I was sent these products to try and review for my blog. All opinions are my own.





Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Movie Review: Selma


Selma is the story of Martin Luther King and his campaign to let black people register to vote in the US, by marching from Selma to Montgomery in 1965.

With true stories, I find it quite difficult to review or think what I'd change in a film, because the story happened and we know how it went. It is more about how a film tells the story that people know, and how they can still create emotion when we know the ending. Selma does this very well, by including real footage of the march, showing different sides of a story and with fantastic actors.

The lead actor, David Oyelowo was incredible as Martin Luther King. His voice and mannerisms were spot on and it really impressed me and made the film come alive. Overall all the actors played their roles well, and brought emotion and the chemistry between everyone showed through.

Have you seen Selma? What did you think?


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