Saturday, 23 August 2014

Review: Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in 'Personne ne rouge'

For quite a while now I've been hearing awesome things about Bourjois's Rouge Edition Velvet range, but decided to hold off because I really don't need any more lip products, but as the glowing reviews kept rolling I decided to bite the bullet and pick one up. and boy am I glad I did.

Personne ne rouge is the most gorgeous blue toned red, my perfect red lipstick if ever there was one. It goes on smoothly, not matte at all, and dries to a stain without drying out my lips. Yes, it does transfer onto mugs and so on, yet even with this it lasts a good 4 hours without need for reapplication! It is incredibly pigmented, so be careful not to smudge it outside your lips as I have a habit of doing, although it's nothing a cotton bud can't handle!

All in all, this is an amazing product, and come pay day I will definitely be picking up more colours.
Have you used it, what do you think?

PS. I recently set up a facebook page for my blog, go check it out here, go on ;)

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Weekend wishlist


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Hey guys! As you can see, this week's wishlist is pretty shoe dominated. Since starting my new job, it has occurred to me I don't own a lot of smart shoes, I own a lot of Converses, and not a lot else - not work appropriate anyway. So today I shall be going into town to pick up a pair of smart boots, and although both boots are from ASOS and therefore not going to be going in my shopping basket tomorrow, I'm hoping to find something similar!
The top is pretty self explanatory, I love unicorms, I already have three unicorn tops. As for the earrings...they're pretty, what excuse do I need?
I am having a love affair with those jeans. I have a pair of bright green jeans that are on their way out, and I need a replacement, and I think these might be it!

What's on your weekend wishlist? Link me to yours!

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Review: MAC Lipstick in Honey Love

I think it would be safe to say that I am late to the MAC bandwagon. For years I've heard people rave about MAC but I ignored them! I'd like to point out I regret this choice of ignorance now I've seen the light ;) As lipsticks are potentially my favourite cosmetic ever, I thought I'd start with them, and now I own three. Girl About Town, Candy Yum Yum and Honey Love. I'll review the two pink colours soon but today's focus is on Honey Love!

Honey Love is a gorgeous matte orange toned beige that contains the characteristics of all MAC lipsticks: Goes on perfectly, smells gorgeous, lasts ages. I can drink through several cups of tea at work and by lunchtime it's still going strong! At £15.50 this is quite a pricey purchase, but if you can afford it, it's worth it I think. 
This has easily become my favourite nude and I pop it on when I want a muted colour!

What do you think of Honey love? Have you tried MAC lipsticks?

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Mental Health and Me: Depression

This is a post that I have been contemplating writing for over a year, maybe more. But in light of recent events both privately and with celebrities in the public eye, I think now is about the right time.

I have depression. As in, not the depression where you have a bad day at work and have a little cry about it, but the full blown weeks on end of utter desolation and hopelessness kind of depression. I've had it for years and years, I can't remember a time where I've been fully happy in fact. To think that there are people who have never suffered with debilitating bouts of depression is extraordinary to me. Yet despite this, for the longest time I was convinced I was completely alone in my feelings. I was convinced beyond belief that I was very peculiar for feeling as shit as I did, but still I didn't see a doctor. For years and years I suffered in silence, and if there is one piece of advice I can give to anyone who thinks they might have depression it's this: Go get help. Seriously. The doctor isn't going to call you melodramatic or tell you you're over reacting (that's what I thought would happen to me.)
Depression is a serious disease that needs medical attention, even if you don't want it. I was terrified of anti-depressants, terrified they would make me numb and remove any emotions from me, but they don't, they make me normal. Life can be crap sometimes, and you are not weak if life gets to you.
After I was diagnosed a few years ago, I spent ages debating whether or not to tell people. I did tell people, and I was surprised at just how many people told me they also suffered from depression.

I don't know what the point of this post was to be honest. Basically, if you think you may have depression or you're feeling really, really down, help is there.
The NHS have a whole pages of helplines:

Also, Buzzfeed recently wrote an article that hits the nail on the head. I find a lot of their articles miss the mark somewhat, but this, this I like:

You can always email me too, I've had depression for years, so I know how you feel!

Time to Change is also an awesome website that focuses on ending mental health discrimination, I suggest you all check it out:

Hopefully my next post will be a bit cheerier

Monday, 11 August 2014

Review: Directions Hair Dye in 'Lilac'

Hey guys! Those who have been following my blog for a little while know how much I love my hair dye. I've been dying my hair in all different colours for years and years, you can read a post about it here in fact. My colour of choice at the moment has been turquoise dip dye, but after getting a bit bored of that I went for a lilac dye yesterday!

Now as you can see, the colour in the pot is not lilac. It's more of a royal blue, but I thought 'meh, may as well' and therefore didn't expect much. So I shampoo-ed my hair - didn't condition it as it commanded and then slathered on it and waited half an hour.

This was the result:

Pretty purple, right? Well, no not really. The flash on my camera clearly had a field day, because although it shines purple in some lights, it is certainly more blue than anything. Either way, my hair is certainly not lilac. I can't be too disheartened, my hair was still holding onto some blue hair dye and that will have made an impact, and I do like the colour it has given me. I plan on buying a pink dye and mixing two together!

What do you think? And what brand of hair dye do you recommend for awesome dip dye?

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Review: The Body Shop Chamomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter

I admit. I am a cleanser floozy. I cannot help it. Every time I see rave reviews of a new cleanser I get excited and have to buy it. I have more cleansers than I know what to do with, always changing my routine every few days trying to dip my fingers in all my proverbial pies. Nuh-uh. Not real pies, I eat them quickly.

However, I tried to resist when everyone started extolling the virtues of cleansing butters. I'm not yet halfway through Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish, and thought it wouldn't be fair to up and leave that, as good as it is.

Things don't always work out quite how one would like, as I am sure many of you know. I was perusing The Body Shop, as I often do, and the Chamomile Cleansing Butter kept shouting at me. I tried to resist, I did, but it captured me in its buttery grasp and wouldn't let go. Extraordinary, I know.

Well, I am glad I did not resist. It is beautifully soft, it melts into the skin and emulsifies make-up fantastically, and it isn't too thick either. It even makes the arduous chore of removing Benefit's They're Real mascara/eyeliner easier! (Clearly not as good as the specific TR remover though.)

It would seem, for now, I have a cleanser favourite, and I am staying faithful. I always begin with Benefit's They're Real remover if I have been wearing eyeliner, and then I use this. Every evening. Lovely.

Have you used this? What did you think?

Monday, 4 August 2014

Review: Lush's Fresh Face Mask - 'Love Lettuce'

I don't know if it's the hot weather or the stress of a new job, but oh boy has my skin been bad lately. I do not get spots. I just don't really. Didn't when I was a teenager and don't now. But for some reason, for the past three weeks my body has decided to keep popping the blighters up on my face, no matter how much water I drink or how much I avoid base makeup. As someone who is used to quite a clear complexion, the constant redness and bumpiness that accompany my spots has been getting me down. I always double cleanse in the evening and use a face wash in the morning, but as well as that I was using a face mask every few days - either Liz Earle's Brightening Treatment or REN's Glycoactic Radiance Renewal. They both made my skin feel nice and I normally love them, but it just wasn't cutting it.

Sick of the way my skin was, I decided to pop into Lush and see what mask they recommended, I'd never used one of their face masks, but heard amazing things from a few people and decided to try it, as Lush never usually lets me down. I was greeted by a lovely, lovely woman (Lush has the best customer service of any shop I have ever entered) and we talked about my skin and my routine. She decided that 'BB Seaweed' and 'Love Lettuce' were probably best for me, and I decided to go with Love Lettuce.

With honey, almonds and lavender, Love Lettuce promises to "brighten your complexion with nutrient-rich agar seaweed gel, soothing and moisturising honey and almond oil, and gently exfoliating almond shells. This mask is simply fragranced with French lavender, which has a calming effect on the mind and helps to balance the skin’s sebum production."

I popped it on after keeping it in the fridge for a few hours, and left it on for the appropriate time (10-15 minutes).

How fetching.

When taking it off, I really felt the exfoliation of the almond shells - I recommend you don't put it anywhere near your delicate eye area as it is too rough for that bit - I made that mistake and was a little sore. Despite looking a bit of a murky colour, I could smell the lavender as I was washing it off my face and as a lover of lavender I was very pleased.

I have to say, I wasn't expecting much but after using it a few times in the past week, I am very pleased. The redness on my face has gone down a bit, and although my spots aren't completely gone, they're definitely diminishing. The best thing, however, is how soft my skin is. I cannot stop stroking it, it is so lovely!

I recommend whole heartedly if you're suffering with your skin at the moment!
Have you tried Love Lettuce before? What did you think?

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