Thursday, 30 January 2014

OOTD: Collars and checks


Very posey haha
I am in LOVE with this cute little number from Ark. It sort of reminds me of a school dress with the collar and checkered pattern. Like the ones all the girls used to wear in primary school, know what I mean? I like collars as they can be a simple accessory to an outfit so when wearing this I keep other jewelry to a minimum.

What I'm wearing
DRESS Ark £26.99 (buy here)
TIGHTS Primark
BOOTS Topshop £40 (buy here)
WATCH Marc Jacobs
RING Pandora

What's on my face
MAC Prep + Prime 'Radiant Yellow'
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer '010 Ivory'
Collection Concealer '01 Fair'
Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation '130 Shell'
Rimmel Clear Complexion Powder 'Transparent'
HD Brows Blusher 'blusher 2'
Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick '107'

What's on my eyes
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Sleek eyeshadow 'Nougat'
MAC eyeshadow 'All That Glitters'
MAC eyeshadow 'Charcoal brown' (on my eyebrows)
B. Gel eyeliner
Rimmel 100% Waterproof Mascara


Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Take the day off with Clinique


Clinique 'Take the day off' Cleanser £21 

For christmas I asked for this cleanser and was so pleased to unwrap it as I was eager to try it out. It's not like any other cleanser i've used as it's a solid white balm in the tub which is almost velvety to touch, but once you apply it to your face it turns into an oil, breaking through your makeup so you can easily wipe it off with a cloth/flannel.

At first I did question whether this would be a product for me as I can get oily skin so I avoid using oily products, but after reading some fantastic reviews I just had to try it out. It hasn't made my skin oily in any way (other than when i'm using it of course) and my skin feels amazingly soft after. You only need the tiniest amount as when it turns into an oil it spreads with such ease over your face and you just gently rub it into your skin. Usually with cream or water based cleansers I have to rub just that bit harder to get rid of all my makeup so I can get the cleanser into my skin, but with this I only have to gently rub. If I have stubborn waterproof eye makeup on then I will go over my eyes again just to ensure I have 100% removed it. With previous cleansers i've thought I had removed all my eye makeup but when i'll get out the shower or wake up in the morning I would always have the panda eye effect, but hand on heart, this removes it completely and i've never suffered from panda eyes since (no more scaring my housemates in the morning - yay). I also think this has helped with my skin as well, as although I didn't have many spots before using this (thanks to Clinique's anti-blemish steps), my skin is practically perfect now except for a few blemish scars. And as you only have to use a tiny amount this is going to last me a loooooong time.

For those of you who have never used a product like this where you apply the product and take it off with a cloth (rather than squeezing some product and using cotton pads) I have done a few photos to take you through the steps.

Before - Face full of makeup
Step 1 - Rub gently all over your face, including over your eyes
(Your fingers will get oily)
Step 2 - Look a bit scary with your makeup smudged over your face (this isn't the worst i've looked)
Step 3 - Gently wipe off with a wet cloth/flannel (using warm water)
Step 4 - Time to rinse out the cloth as it will be grubby

I won't frighten you with an after picture once I removed it. I do want you to still have vision haha. If you have the pennies and you're looking for a new cleanser then go purchase this and give it a whirl!

Sunday, 26 January 2014

A Makeover Experience

(FYI it's going to be a loooong post. Stick the kettle on)

Photo has lost colour and is a bit blurry as I had to take a picture of the photo from my phone

Towards the end of last year I purchased some vouchers over the phone to have a makeover and photography shoot with Flawless, who as the lady said on the phone are 'five star makeover and photography studios'. I wouldn't normally buy anything over the phone but a friend had already purchased some and told me about it (she hadn't actually been to the studios yet though), so when I got the call I grabbed some vouchers. Admittedly it was a bit of an impulse buy as I hadn't looked them up or read any reviews. I simply went with what the rather jolly and polite lady was telling me on the phone (who of course is trying to upsell so will be positive about it). It wasn't until after paying for them I realised I never actually asked where the studios were (doh), luckily one of the studios wasn't too far and was in Manchester (phew). I should probably also mention that when I bought the vouchers I thought I was paying for more of a spa day which had a makeover and photography section in it, as when on the phone I mentioned how I wanted a spa day for my 21st and the lady was like 'Oh this will be perfect for you, you could come and spend the day here with your friends'. But my mistake, I must of heard her wrong. Anyway, the other week me and two friends finally went for the day and were made over and photographed.

We arrived at the studios, which i'll be honest, didn't look very 5* from the outside but once inside the decor wasn't too shabby with lots of glitz and glam. The studio was A LOT smaller than I imagined, it had the hair and makeup 'sections', private (but share with your friends) changing rooms and two photography suites. The lady at the desk was so lovely, chirpy and very attentive. She offered us drinks and we sat down and filled out a form, specifying any airbrushing we wanted and what sort of make-up/ hair look we wanted. I was then called to the hair 'section' (I say section as everything was all in the same small-ish room, so in full view of everyone else) where the lady asked how I wanted my hair. I had my hair done and then moved to the make-up section. Now, I can't fault the make-up look as it's what I wanted but I had a few issues with the application and the products. As I had paid for supposed 5* make-up I personally expected to see some higher end products on the counter, but instead there was a lot of Sleek and Rimmel, which don't get me wrong, are great products as I use the brands myself. But when you've paid for something like this you expect something more right? I also had an issue with the brushes. Both make-up counters only had 1 set of brushes which of course means using the same brushes on everyone. I wasn't expecting new brushes for every single person they see to but I thought they would at least have 2 or 3 sets. My skins very sensitive and gets spots so easily so I was bit apprehensive with having brushes on my face which have been used very recently to do someone elses face. I did though see the lady give them a very basic/quick clean before then doing my friends make-up after me. The brushes also weren't very soft so felt a bit scratchy on my face. Am I being too picky?

Next up for the final step in the makeover was the "mini-manicure". Let me just say that although I have never had my nails done professionally I know what a manicure involves and what I got was not a manicure. The makeover lady asked what colour I would like so I picked out this really lovely red colour. I then expected to have my nails filed before being painted, but no, she went straight to the painting part and this is the result.....

Not the best paint job ever is it? Admittedly these pictures were taken the next day so some slight chipping had occurred around the tips of my nails but yeah, neat nails huh?..

Final part of the day was the photography. The two young photographers were lovely and friendly making us at ease when we went into the two studios. Each studio has different types of wallpapers and backdrops against them so you could have a photo against each one. They told us all the poses to pull which I really wish you could just also do your own thing, like if I want to pull a cute smiley pose then let me, but it was all a bit posey and serious. If you're doing this for a model portfolio then it's great but I wanted something a bit more natural. After each shot the girls would be like 'Oh that's perfect' so I was happy that they thought I was doing an alright job in front of the lense, as I can get a bit self conscious in front of others and i'm not always the most photogenic. After a couple of outfit changes and a load of photo's later I was finished and it was time to view my photo's once the effects had been added. 

Looking at some of the photo's I wasn't overly happy with them. Not in an angry not happy way, just a 'I look kinda awful way'. I know that because I naturally have a chubby face, photo's need to be taken from a higher angle else you'll get my double chin and what I like to call my 'bulldog cheeks' in shot. I realise this sounds a bit vain and over picky but I wanted the perfect image. I also noticed that in quite a few of the shots I had lipstick on my teeth which the photographers must have failed to notice because of course all the shots were 'perfect'. I did also think that some of the photos had far too much editing to them, I almost looked like an animated person I was that smooth and airbrushed in some images! There were some really nice ones but I could only choose one. I wanted a few more but the cheapest package they do is about £360 just to have 8 photo's put onto a disk. SAY WHAT! And as me and my friends were students, we politely declined the offer of any packages and stuck with the freebie photo each.

Overall the day was enjoyable, I didn't dislike being there but it just wasn't what I expected. Maybe I had my expectations too high, or maybe they really aren't the 5* studios they advertise to be and I am right to of been slightly disappointed. I would give their customer service a 5* rating for sure, but as a customer, I wouldn't rate it overall as a 5* experience. I would definitely say that this is more for girls (or even boys) who aspire to be a model so want some professional photos done. Best thing was that I now had amazing makeup for our next stop at Revs for a few cheeky cocktails before heading back to Nottingham. 

Has anyone else been to the Flawless studios before? What did you think?


Wednesday, 1 January 2014

My 2014 New Years Resolutions

And HAPPY 2014! (Hope you're not all too hungover)

Image source Google. Text by me
Okay so i've thought long and hard about what it is I want to achieve this year. Every year I make resolutions which I know from the very start I won't stick to, I won't achieve and which i'm not actually that bothered about doing. But this year is going to be different. I want to stick to what I say, so to give me a bit more motivation i'm going to write them down (well type actually) and share with you so that hopefully by the end of the year I can write to tell you that I have infact achieved them.

1. Write all essays and finish them at least three days before the hand in date
I am a bugger for leaving things like this till the very last minute. Which of course means stress and all nighters which then makes me a grumpy person. And I hate to be grumpy. So this year i'm going to finish all essays and my dissertation at least three days before it's due to be handed in.

2. Get at least a high 2:1 for my degree
I know once you're awarded your degree it doesn't actually say what level in your mark you got but if I know that I managed to achieve at least a high 2:1 then i'll be over the moon. Uni can be stressful at times and to know that my hard work would have paid off would be a great weight off my shoulders as I don't want to have wasted the past three years of my life.

3. Get fit
I used to be so fit and sporty at school and since uni it's gone downhill a bit. Me and my dad are doing this X-Runner event in Nottingham at the end of june which consists of a 10k run through mud, water and over obstacles. If I was to even attempt this in my current fitness state I wouldn't even get quarter of the way through.

4. Save money
I've become a bit of a bugger when it comes to spending money and not all of it is my own. I've gone into my overdraft, which I think just about every student does, but now I need to start thinking about saving my money and paying it back so that once I finish uni I don't have a load of interest piled on top. I used to be so good at saving so I need to revert back to my old ways else as well as failing this resolution i won't be able to achieve my next one.

5. Travel
I know it's a bit if a cliche for pretty much every uni student to say they want to go travelling once they finish uni. But my god it would be amazing. I don't really want to go straight from spending most of my life in education to then going straight into a job. I want to have some chill out time and time to 'hug trees and find myself' as my dad says. Ideally I want to go across North America and visit parts of Asia. But even if it's just around Europe i'll be happy 

So there's my five resolutions for this year. They may seem a bit boring and not that difficult to do, but I wanted to keep it simple so that I would actually stick to them and do it. I know already i'll struggle with keeping the first one but i'm going to try really hard.

What are your resolutions? Hope they're more interesting than mine!