Monday, December 22, 2014

A Bumpy Situation

A few years ago I ran into a problem with my skin. I developed a rather bumpy forehead - the blemishes weren't red or really visible at all, but the uneven texture really got me down because my makeup never really settled and it just felt awful. I rubbed and I scrubbed at it, but for months I couldn't get these tiny bumps to disappear. That was until I tried my first chemical exfoliator - the REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask. This nifty little mask really helped to clear up my problem, and ever since then I've tried to keep chemical exfoliators as a key part of my skincare routine. Unfortunately, I've just used up the last pump of my REN mask, but another favourite is the Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Brightening Toner which I try to use about two times a week to keep any uneven skin texture at bay. Lastly I'm a huge fan of the Origins High-Potency Night-a-Mins Cream. Not only is this a fabulous night cream that soothe and hydrate my super dry skin, but it also helps to resurface the skin overnight. I've noticed a massive difference in the texture of my skin ever since I started using these products as part of my skincare routine. Manual exfoliators are also a big part of my skincare stash, but chemical exfoliators for me are the key to truly smooth skin. 

Have you tried any chemical exfoliators? What do you think of them?
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Saturday, December 20, 2014

#Use or Lose: Blush

The Suspects:

Glossybox Blush in 'Glossy Rosewood'
A standard everyday rose pink blush with a buttery satin texture. A great shade for any skin tone.

Becca Beach Tint in 'Watermelon'
Another very wearable pink, but this time in gel form. I actually won this through a Twitter contest!

Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Brick in 'Pink Bronze'
A great summer highlighter and blush in one - perfect for someone who wants beautiful glowing skin without having to splash out for it. 

Sleek Blush by 3 in 'Lace'
A gorgeous trio of peachy pink shades with amazing pigmentation. The center shade is my favourite - a frosted peach with a rose gold sheen. Great for travelling as well!

Sleek Blush by 3 in 'Pumpkin'
Another colour combo from the Blush by 3 range. Again, extremely pigmented and a dream to apply.

The Outcome:

None of these stood out for me enough to keep them around, so they all went to new, more loving homes. My friends were extremely happy with this outcome though!!

Glossybox Blush in 'Glossy Rosewood'
As I said, it's a lovely colour, but I have a million everyday colours and this just didn't float my boat enough to win its spot in my permanent collection. 

Becca Beach Tint in 'Watermelon'
I don't know if you've noticed, but I tend to stray away from cream/gel blushes. For some reason I'm a powder blush girl through and through, and nothing about this blush made it stand out enough to overcome that.

Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Brick in 'Pink Bronze'
This thing is seriously beautiful, and now that I'm writing this up I'm actually sad that I decided to give it away. It gives the most beautiful glow to the cheeks (very similar effect to a Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick) and although it's shimmery, it's not glittery. However, I didn't use it enough so I had to be brutal and re-home it. 

Sleek Blush by 3 in 'Lace'
This was probably one of my favourites from the bunch, but the colour I liked the most was the centre shade, which is a pretty great dupe for NARS Orgasm (take note, people). However, I already have Orgasm so I decided to let this go to one of my friends!

Sleek Blush by 3 in 'Pumpkin'
I do not know what I was thinking when I purchased this. Don't get me wrong - these colours are stunning and apply incredibly well, but these shades are far too bright and pigmented for my pale complexion. 

Have you got some cleaning out to do? Try this #useorlose method and tell me how you get on!

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas with Yves Rocher

A beautiful Christmas red lip deserves nothing less than to star centre stage in a classic festive makeup look. When Yves Rocher offered to send me over some of their festive-themed pieces to create a Christmas look with, I could hardly resist. The Yves Rocher Moisturising Cream Lipstick in 'Orangé Muscade'* is simply a dream to apply, it's brilliantly creamy and glides on without any hassle. It also has a gorgeous shine, and like the name suggests, is incredibly moisturising. I love the colour they send over - Orangé Muscade - as it's not your traditional Christmas red - there is a subtle orange tinge to it that sets it apart. On my eyes, I was able to try out their Lash Plumping Mascara in Waterproof Black*. Unfortunately, my short stubby lashes need quite a bit of help, and this wasn't quite up for the job. However, I will say that it lasted really well, didn't flake or smudge and really helped to separate the lashes - it simply didn't give me the volume and length I need. After completing the rest of my makeup (products listed below) I spritzed myself with the gorgeous Yves Rocher Perfume in 'Flower Party By Night'* which is perfect for taking you from day to night. Yves Rocher describe it as 'A floral and fruity fragrance with irresistible and delicious notes of Bitter Almond Essential Oil and Chinese Badian, with a base note of Bourbon Vanilla'. It certainly is a very rich and spicy fragrance with a strong scent of liquorice. Have you tried any Yves Rocher products? What are your favourites?

Products used:

The products marked with an asterisk (*) were sent to me for reviewing purposes, but all opinions my own. No payment was received for this post, apart from the products themselves.
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Trying something new.

Writing has never been my forte. I've always been more of a visual girl - expressing my ideas and emotions through photos and paintings, but things have changed and my blog has become a form of therapy for me. I have countless posts stored up that will probably never see the light of day, but when I wrote them emotions were running high and I just had to get whatever it was off my chest - even if it was destined to be seen by my eyes only. Maybe I'll release some of them in the future, but at the same time I don't want to bring you down or burden you with the twisted thoughts that come along with a mind clouded by mental illness. So, I thought I'd try something today and just let my emotions flow out onto the page in front of me, and see how it goes...

Falling in love is hard - emotions are running high, you're vulnerable and scared. Falling in love with someone who you'll never get to be with or even meet, however, may be the hardest thing of all. Let's just get this straight - I'm not saying 'never' because I don't think I'm pretty or funny enough - I'm saying never because this person lives half way across the world and we will never get the chance to meet face to face. It just isn't meant to be - but it still hurts. I feel heartbroken, which is completely illogical because there's no basis for it - it's a one-sided love. I haven't been rejected, but at the same time I haven't been accepted either. I spend nights obsessing over something that will never be, and because nothing has ever happened or ever will happen, it seems impossible to get over. I think this is the first time that I have ever felt like this - this enamoured with another human being, and that makes it all the more worse because there's literally nothing that I can do about it. 

To give this story a bit more context without giving too much away, I know this guy through the internet. He is fairly well known on a social media platform, and I am just one of his fangirls. You see my predicament. So how can I be in love with him? I honestly don't know, but I do see him  (through what he does) everyday, gotten to know him and I've chatted to him a few times, and I know that it doesn't sound like a lot but I feel like a giddy 13 year old school girl, and I haven't felt like that for a long time - if ever. You can understand why I said 'never' now can't you? But no matter how far-fetched or unrealistic it seems, I simply can't seem to let him go, and it's haunting me. It's distracting me from daily life - things aren't getting done when they need to because I can't clear my mind, I can't focus.

To be honest the whole thing is making me really quite sad, and I'm sick of it. I've got far too many other things to worry about at the moment so I really don't have time to be heartbroken by a one-sided love affair. If you've ever felt like this before, you'll know that I can't help it. I just don't know what to do...

Isobel x
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Bad Day Purchase

It's been a bad couple of weeks. Endless working, a sore throat, a tidal wave of rubbish results and three essays to look *forward* to writing over Christmas. Yeah - not so good. One day on the way home from class I was feeling so crap about everything that I decided that I was going to march into Boots and buy myself something to cheer me up. I know - how materialistic - but it honestly makes me feel better. I've always had an emotional attachment to shopping - things just make me feel better, and if it helps me to carry on and get things done, then I don't think it's such a bad thing. It would be a different story if I bought a Chanel bag every time it rained (which would be a lot in England!) but I try to limit myself. This Dior Lip Balm has been on my 'things I want but are slightly too ridiculous to justify' list for a year or so now. At £23.50, the Dior Addict Lip Glow is supposed to enhance your lip colour whilst also protecting and nourishing. It's a tad extravagant but it's extremely popular so I thought I'd give it a go. Do you guys shop to make you feel better? Do you have anything else you do to lift your mood?

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