Beauty · Reviews

The Ordinary review.

Hey M’lovelies,

For months now I have been hearing my fellow people in the dry skin community rave about how good The Ordinary is and when they come out with their foundation most of the beauty community was all over it.

Since moving to London my skin has been worse than even and started to feel like the Sahara (okay … slight exaggeration) which is why I decided to take the plunge and jump onto Beauty Bay.

I bought 2 items, their ‘High-Spreadability Fluid Primer’ and their ‘100% Plant-derived Hemi-Squalane’.

High-Spreadability Fluid Primer

The box says that it is a ‘Spreadability-Enhancing Lightweight Surface Smoother and primer’ and it claims that the product is going to help with makeup adherence, visible surface texture and hydration.

You get 30ml of product which is standard and it comes in a frosted glass bottle with a pipet for the application. I like the pipet because you do get a lot of control over the amount of product you disperse and there is no waste after because you can always place it back in the bottle.

I’m going to come straight out with this and say that I adored it. It made my skin feel incredibly hydrated and my make up blended like a dream on top of it without clinging to any of my dry patches. It was incredibly lightweight and I didn’t feel sticky after applying it but I did feel like it slightly enhanced the appearance of the pores on my nose initially. That went away when I started to pat the product into my skin rather than rubbing.

My skin stayed looking hydrated and non-cakey all day which is something that never happens as my dryness usually shows by the end of the day.

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100% Plant-Derived Hemi-Squalane

Again, you get 30ml of product and it comes with a pipet which I still love but be careful how hard you squeeze or a lot comes out. Be gentle and you will have so much control.

so, on Beauty Bay, it says “A hydrating face and hair oil.  Say hello to supple skin. As a non-comedogenic, natural emollient, 100% Plant-Derived Hemi-Squalene is ideal for soothing a dry or lacklustre complexion. This ultra-nourishing and lightweight oil absorb quickly into the skin, delivering an intense moisture boost and increasing elasticity for a smooth, plump finish. Due to its spreadability and dry-after feel, the formula is also perfect for achieving sleek, frizz-free tresses.”

I applied this before bed and the first thing I noticed was that it sunk into my skin instantly without leaving behind the greasy feeling that you’d expect an oil too. I honestly felt like I had added water into my skin and given my face a massive drink. when I woke up in the morning my skin felt plump, hydrated and incredibly smoother as it had taken away all my bumps had all over my jaw.

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Both of these products are Vegan and cruelty-free which is fantastic and on top of that, they are fragrance-free which I couldn’t be happier as fragrance irritates the hell out of my skin

To conclude, I adore both of these products and have no doubts that I will be continuing to purchase from this brand.

Lifestyle

Lets Talk About Mental Health.

Hey M’lovelies,

Today I am going to be talking to you about the subject of mental health and this may be triggering for some people so I do recommend not reading this post if you feel it could potentially cause you any upset.

I have decided to talk about this topic because I have seen nothing but people getting attacked for their mental health in the news and on my facebook which I think is just disgusting. You never know what could tip a person over the edge and so to attack them while you know they are low is despicable and I personally couldn’t think of anything crueller.

Mental health is not something that should be taken lightly as 1 in 4 people will statistically suffer from some form of mental illness or mental health issue each year. People need to be made more aware of how they could help those who may need it because I know I’d feel awful if I couldn’t help a loved one who needed me.

In the Uk and Ireland, more than 6,000 people will take their own life each which just goes to show that it can happen to anybody. If more people were made aware of mental illness and there was more access to support then I’m sure that number would decline drastically.

If your friend is struggling and they come to you then the first thing you need to do is let them know that it is going to be okay and that you are proud of them, because it would have taken a world of strength for them to pluck up the courage to talk to you about it. They’ve done the hard part and just need a hand getting through the rest.

Naturally, you are going to ask them why they’re feeling the way they do but if they respond with ‘I don’t know’ then they’re not doing it to be awkward or because they don’t want to tell you … sometimes they really don’t know. Not knowing what is wrong often causes things like depression to get worse because they don’t want to feel the way that they do, but they can’t figure out what is causing it to begin with to help fix it.

Don’t get annoyed at them for not wanting to go out all the time because they are not always going to feel up to it. Sometimes they are going to want to shut themselves away from everyone because they may feel like a burden and like they’ll bring everybody down, but they’re going to need you there when they do feel up to going out.

Encourage them to seek medical help if things don’t improve but don’t push it upon them because that will just make them not want to get help at all. They will get to the point where they are ready to seek the help themselves but they are going to need you to be patient and they’re going to need you to be there for them when do.

You may find out that they are self-harming and if you are both teenagers then the best thing you can do is inform a school or parent before they become a potential danger to themselves. If you are both adults then the only thing you can do is try your best to get them to stop but if it becomes serious then you may need to seek medical intervention for them.

Finally, there are hundreds of diffrent mental illness’ such as Bipolar, OCD etc and it would be a very good idea to research whatever one your friend has because that way you’ll know what expected and will have a better idea on how to support them through it.

To everyone out there suffering, what you are going through is not your fault and you’re going to come out on top even if you don’t feel like it now. You are brave and you should be so proud of yourself for being so strong.

If you are feeling suicidal then please contact The Samaritans on 116 123. It is completely free, open 24hrs and they are there to help.

 

Beauty · Reviews

Review: The Body shop British Rose Instant Glow Body Butter.

Hey m’lovelies,

As Christmas has just gone and I was very fortunate to be given some amazing presents, I thought I would share my thoughts on one of them with you today because I was absolutely blown away with it.

Obviously, you’ve all seen the title and know that today we will be looking at The Body Shop but specifically their ‘British Rose Instant Glow Body Butter’. It claims to leave your skin ‘feeling petal-soft’ and give it an instant dewy glow which it certainly does. You get 50ml of product for £6 or 200ml of product for £15 and while that may seem a little bit pricey, I personally think it is so worth it as a little bit goes a very long way, and the smaller tub could last months.

The scent is absolutely gorgeous and if you are okay using fragranced skincare then I think you would love this. I personally have very sensitive skin and fragrance seems to really irritate it which is why I never like fragranced products, but this did not irritate my skin in the slightest. I do however think that while the scent is nice, it should be toned down a bit because it can be slightly overpowering on time.

I use this all over my body but place more on my dry areas which have almost completely disappeared since I began to use this and I actually noticed an improvement from the very first use. What impressed me most was that it cleared up a horrendous rash caused by dry skin on the sole of my foot (weird … I know) and I actually did a little experiment to make sure it was this product clearing it up. I used this on my foot for one week, twice a day, and it was almost completely gone but then I stopped using it for a week for it to come straight back. It cleared right back up as soon as I resumed use.

It has a slight sheen to it but it does not leave your skin feeling sticky as it melts straight in, which means you don’t have to wait to put your clothes on and I was so thankful for that. I even used this on my face and it gave it a beautiful glow without looking glittery or greasy which has never happened to me before because I always feel sticky after using moisturiser (even though I have dry skin).

To sum it up, I absolutely loved this product and really think it could work for all skin types which is why I think everybody needs to try it.

I hope you guys have enjoyed this post. Share your thoughts with me in the comments below and let know if you have any recommendations or anything you’d like me to review.

Thank you for reading and have a great weekend.

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Blogger of the week

Blogger of the week.

Hey m’lovelies,

So it’s that time of the week where I give a shout to one of my fellow bloggers and this week it is wonderful ‘Brittany the book guru‘.

As you guys know, I am a massive lover of books which is why I just had to share her blog with you.

She has an amazing 4,705 views and 1,320 followers which are well and truly deserved because her content is so gripping. She writes reviews on almost every single book that reads (as stated on her home page) which is fantastic because her readers have grown to trust her opinion and her reviews can help them decided whether or not they will enjoy the book themselves.

Her reviews are always so thorough which makes them incredibly reliable as she always explains why she feels the way does. A reader doesn’t want ‘I don’ t like it’ … they want to know why you didn’t like it and they want to know what moments stood out for you and she does that.

She doesn’t just do reviews either. She shares her reading goals, has a top 5 Wednesday series and keeps you up to date with all the new releases. Her blog is truly sent from the heavens for anybody out there who is part of the book-loving community and her passion for what she does really comes through with her posts.

I’m sorry this post is really short, I was hoping to get a little quote from the lovely lady herself but I was silly and messaged her quite late which meant she hasn’t gotten back to me yet but when she does, I shall edit the post and let you know what she says.

I’ve linked all her socials below and you should head over to show her some love.

Twitter – @Britthebookguru

Goodreads – Brittany Lamb

I hope you guys like the series, let me know below and comment if you have any suggestions.

Writing

Planning my novel.

Hey m’lovelies,

So today I wanted to talk to you a little about my novel. I’ve briefly mentioned before that I recently started writing my novel again and I’m not going to tell you too much about it because I do plan on eventually sharing it with you guys but I don’t want to keep it totally private either. I thought rather than going into detail about the plot and characters (bar names), I would go through my planning instead because that would allow you guys to see my writing process.

I started by doing a character profile for all four of my main characters which are Angela, David, Katie and Dale because I wanted to make sure that I knew the characters like the back of my hand. I find that when I know my characters well that it is very easy for me to get into the mindset of that character, which means I can make them very realistic. I write down their age, surname, partner, parents and then write a little paragraph about their backstory which would also include their traits.

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Once I had completed the character profiles I decided to do a plot summary page which contained all the major details and I then did a very brief description of each chapter which meant that I had a guideline for each one. It’s good to make sure that you know where you’re going with your story because it is easy to become stuck in the rut of writers’ block but having a plan means you have a rough idea even when your brain is being a dick.

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I will give you guys a very brief description of the novel but I’m not going into detail. It is about a young boy called David who is diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and is horrifically bullied as a result. I have decided to tell the story from his girlfriends’ point of view as I wanted to show it from a different perspective than you would usually expect.

When I had finished the brief description of each chapter I decided to do a full-on chapter plan which meant that I listed everything I wanted to include in that chapter to make sure I didn’t miss out any important details when writing it. After that was completed, I decided to do a mood board of one of the central locations in my novel which is Angela’s bedroom and I did this because I write better descriptions when I have a visual image to work from. It was quick and easy to do but it was also a lot of fun and incredibly helpful.

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I hope you guys have enjoyed this post and I’m sorry I couldn’t give much away but I promise you that I will soon. Are you guys working on any cool projects? let me know in the comments below.

Beauty

My Make-up Must Haves.

Hey m’lovelies,

I was going through my make-up the other day and I decided to share my must-haves with you guys because I’m always getting asked about what I am wearing in certain photos or just in everyday life.

Some of you may hate these products and some of you may love them but remember that everybody’s skin is different and they are not going to perform the same on everybody.

 

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation

 I adore this foundation for many many reasons but the main one is that is the most natural foundation that I have ever worn. It is low medium coverage but it can be built to a high medium without looking cakey in the slightest which is great because some foundations can be incredibly difficult to build up. I use this as an everyday foundation and I wear the shade ‘001 Fair Porcelain’ which is one of the lightest foundations I have ever found from an affordable brand and in general, but it is still ever so slightly too dark for me as I am insanely fair. The shade range for this foundation is pretty decent but they need to bring out darker shades as they simply do not go dark enough. It leaves your skin looking naturally radiant and blends beautifully with other products.

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Rimmel ‘Oh My Gloss!’ – 130 Purrr … Glossy Cat

I wear this lip gloss over every single nude lipstick that I own and even by itself. Putting this over your nude lipstick helps to make it look more natural and gives your lips a gorgeous plump look. It doesn’t leave your lips sticky and even though there are shimmers in the lip gloss, your lips will not look glittery unless you look incredibly close to them. This is a gift from God to those of us who have dry lips because it takes away the dry, cracked look and it means you can transform a dry matte lipstick into a stunning shimmery one, which means you get the shade you want but without the dryness.

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Maybelline Fit Me Concealer – 05

 This concealer is going to give you medium coverage, hydrate the under eyes and leave you looking like you have had the best sleep on the planet. I struggled for so long to find a concealer that wouldn’t look cakey or crack throughout the day and this is the only one that I can leave on all day and not have to worry about that happening.

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Wet n Wild Megaglo Highlighting powder – Blossom Glow

 This is a very recent discovery of mine as the brand has only just come to the UK. I love this highlighter because it can give you the most gorgeous, natural highlight in the world but it can also blind you If you wanted it too because it can be built it effortlessly. Blossom Glow is beautiful on paler skin tones and while you may be scared of the pink tones in it showing up on the skin … it doesn’t. On the skin, it is a stunning champagne colour that can give you the lit from within look.

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Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

I used to think that setting sprays were a load of bollocks and only ever bought them to help and powders I was wearing to set into my skin and look less powdery but this … this is magic. I have tried my make-up without this many times in my life but it always end up looking awful by the end of the day (I generally have my make-up on 8-12 hours a day) but when I apply this, it does not budge. My make-up stays looking fresh all day and I never have to touch up anything bar my lipstick which I think is just amazing.

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I hope you guys have enjoyed the post. Do my products work for you? Do you have any products you can’t live without? Let me know in the comments below.

Bye guys.

 

Lifestyle

My Morning Routine

Hey m’lovelies,

I’ve finally got myself into a good morning routine and I thought I may as well share it with you guys!

Now, this isn’t going to be one of those routines you see on youtube where they get up super early and drink the healthiest smoothie you can think of before going for their morning run … nope. This is going to be a lots of coffee, turning my alarm off 15 times and sitting on my bed contemplating life kind of routine.

I start my morning by turning off my 7am alarm and rolling out of bed 45 minutes later.  Now, it may take me a little while to get out of the bed but I do still get out of bed at a decent time which puts me in a better mood as I feel like I’m getting the most out of my day. I make my bed straight away to make sure that I do not get back into because I know that once I’ve put the effort into making it, I don’t want to get back in.

Once that is sorted, I go straight into the kitchen and make myself my first (of many) coffee of the day before heading straight back into my room. I generally grab whatever book I am reading at the time and sit down with my coffee for half an hour and just spend the time reading, putting myself in a good mood for the day.

When I’ve finished my coffee and reading I head into my bathroom to brush my teeth and wash my face, using my Superdrug face wash (fancy … right?) which I love because it really hydrates my skin and the mint scent really wakes me up.

After this, I head back into my room and pull out my skincare bag. I love to use ‘Simple’ products for my skincare so I apply their moisturizer and eye cream and wait half an hour for the products to skin in before I apply my make-up. I’m not going to go into detail about my make-up routine because that is a separate post to come.

While I wait, I head to my wardrobe to pick out the days outfit which is usually a jumper and a pair of jeans, because you can never go wrong with casual, and then I pack my bag ready for when I eventually head out.

In an attempt to lead a healthier lifestyle, I now include eating breakfast in my morning routine but it is the last thing I do as my stomach cannot handle food first thing but I’m not going to lie and say this is a daily thing because it isn’t. I eat it when I feel like I can. If I have breakfast, I generally have ‘Special K Red Berries’ because it is healthy, delicious and not too heavy on the stomach.

Well, that is everything for my morning routine. I’m sorry it isn’t the most exciting in the world but I figured it would give you guys a little bit more of an insight into my daily life. I hope you guys have an enjoyed and please comment below if you have a little morning routine of your own or have any ideas on how I could improve mine.