Saturday, 26 July 2014

songs i'm currently loving #1

  1. Justin Timberlake - Not a Bad Thing
    JT never fails to impress to be honest.
  2. Samantha Ronson - Built This Way
    Ahhh the 'Mean Girls' song. I don't know why but I heard this song recently by chance, and now I just can't stop listening to it. It makes me feel so nostalgic and it's generally just an amazing song.
  3. Milky Chance - Stolen Dance
    This is my Portugal holiday song from when I went in May, I've been obsessed with it since.
  4. Sam Smith - Leave Your Lover
    After seeing, meeting and getting a photo with Sam Smith earlier in June, it's made me realise just how good all of his songs are. Especially this one, it's so heartfelt. I listened to it 35 times in one go on repeat...
  5. Ed Sheeran - All Of The Stars
    This is an obvious one. This is the end credit song on the Fault in Our Stars movie. Oh that movie was emotional (pretty sure I cried for about 45 minutes in total), as is this song.
Q. What songs are you loving at the moment?

Monday, 21 July 2014

REVIEW: la roche-posay effaclar duo [+]


I've used the original Effaclar Duo almost religiously for about a year now, and when I somehow stumbled across Effaclar Duo[+], I thought why not give it a go! Apparently the main difference between this new formula is that it contains Procerad -- a type of Ceramide. After doing a bit of research I found out that Ceramides are found in the top layer of the skin helping to stop excess water loss, therefore retaining moisture in the skin. At the time that I bought mine, FeelUnique were doing some sort of discount meaning that I got two for around £20, and they were also doing another promotion where if you spend £20 or more on La Roche-Posay products you get a free La Roche-Posay Thermal Spa Water, which is pretty cool because who doesn't love a refreshing free gift.

I use this everyday, once in the morning after I've cleaned my face with Lush's Tea Tree Toner Water and then once at night after I've taken a shower, used a make up wipe and St. Ives Apricot Face Scrub. 

GOOD FOR: Oily skin, acne prone skin (it's non-comedogenic), skin prone to marking/scarring, sensitive skin (it's hypoallergenic)

+ It is really hydrating (I'm guessing due to the Procerad) and moisturising -- when I use this at night, my face still feels soft the morning after.
+ It blends into the skin nicely, it doesn't feel heavy on the skin and when it's all soaked in it feels like you're barely wearing anything.
+ Just like it says it most definitely fights against marks and corrects the appearance of imperfections. + Ever since I've started using it I have noticed a huge difference in the healing of any spots -- the marks left aren't as dark and if there are any then they clear up completely within a week or two, when it used to take months!
+ One of its main active ingredients is Salicylic Acid -- it encourages the natural process of shedding dead skin cells promoting replacement skin cells to 'grow' thus helping to unclog blocked pores.
+ Not too too pricey for something that works so well, I think it's worth the money

- Compared to the original standard Effaclar Duo, it hasn't made a drastic difference to my skin.
- When I don't use it for a few days, my skin does act up a little bit, so it's the type of product that once you start using it you can't stop.

SCORE: 5 out of 5 I would highly recommend if you haven't already!
Q. What do you think of Effaclar Duo or Effaclar Duo[+]?

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

what's in my summer makeup bag

Seeing as it's now summer and it's a lot hotter, I've been trying to keep my makeup down to a minimum. It tends to be easy for me to do so when it comes to my eyes, but because I have some stubborn acne scars I do find it difficult not to leave the house without foundation. So this is what's in my makeup bag and therefore what I wear on a daily basis (if I'm seeing friends/going shopping/leaving the house for errands etc.)


Base (after applying La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+)
COLLECTION Lasting Perfection Concealer in DARK - everyone's favourite concealer
MAC Studio Fix Fluid with SPF 15 in NC44 - with the SPF15 it's good in summer to protect your face from those harmful rays and slow down the inevitable ageing process
COLLECTION Naturally Matt Foundation in ALMOND - because my studio fix fluid is only my exact colour when I am tanned, I use this to lighten it out. Matte + summer = perfect match
COLLECTION Pressed Powder in TRANSLUCENT - I only put this on my chin, nose and forehead to stop excess shiny bits

NATURAL COLLECTION Eye Lines Eyeliner in DARK BROWN - I actually use this for my eyebrows with my slanted brush and then go through them with an eyebrow brush and spoolie for a more natural look
MAYBELLINE Define-a-Lash Mascara in BROWN - I find this is the most natural looking mascara for "spidery" eyelashes
W7 Liquid Eyeliner in BLACK - for £1.47 it's super cheap and long lasting!

TOPSHOP Lips in NEVADA - in love with this colour both on its own and mixed with darker/brighter colours
BOBBI BROWN Sheer Lip Colour in ROSY - I'm not brave enough to wear this on its own in the day but it's such a gorgeous colour and I would usually mix it with the Topshop lipstick

RIMMEL Lasting Finish Soft Colour Mono Blush in 020 PINK ROSE - a little bit of this goes a very long way
BOURJOIS Chocolate Bronzing Powder in MEDIUM 51 - the infamous bronzer! I like that the medium shade isn't too heavy as it kind of just looks like my normal skin tone