Saturday, May 30, 2015

Brightening Up The Kitchen With iFlorist Flowers

It's not long since I moved into my new house, and we're still sorting things out and brightening the place up. It's always nice to have a fresh supply of flowers somewhere and iFlorist kindly sent me this* bouquet of flowers. I was definitely attracted by the black lilies. I think my tumblr use has given me a thing for black flowers.

I can't be the only one who finds it hard to find nice flowers in the shops. A lot of the time I feel like they're the boring, washed out pretty pink flowers. Those can be nice sometimes, but I get very bored of that. iFlorist has quite a range of flowers and some of the more colourful ones have been catching my eye in particular. They have flowers for pretty much any occasion such as funerals, new baby, get well soon, and also offer other gifts (mostly including wine).

The flowers arrived in perfect condition. I've never had flowers delivered before so I wasn't sure how it was going to work. They came in a large box sitting in a little pot with some oasis in it to keep them hydrated. It also came with a little sachet of plant food and they were wrapped up like your usual bouquet in bright plastic stuff (I can't think of the name...). All in all, I was very pleased with the flowers and I think if you've got a special occasion coming up it's worth spending a little bit more. The bouquet I received ranges from around £40 to £60. If you want to buy them for yourself head to the iFlorist website.

Monday, May 25, 2015

The Best Drugstore Foundation | Bourjois Healthy Mix

I'm always on the lookout for a good dewy foundation which won't cling to dry patches but won't make me look an oily or sparkly mess either. I'll say right off the bat that I HATE the much-loved Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation which I think just makes you look like an orange Edward Cullen. People used to tell me my whole face was sparkly while wearing that so it's a definite NO from me.

I'd given up hope on drugstore foundations, to be honest, but I'm always willing to try another. I'd heard a lot of good things about the Bourjois Healthy Mix but I didn't used to be one for foundations which give you glow / dewy skin. Still, I was pretty disappointed by some recent matte foundations I'd tried so I went for Healthy Mix. It was 3 for 2 anyway, so I felt that I might as well.

I regret nothing. It's truly the best drugstore foundation I've ever tried and it has also sparked my love for that healthy glow look. Not only that, but I think it beats some of the high end foundations I've tried.

What's so great about it? Well, as somebody who is always struggling with pale skin, it can be very hard to find a foundation which is a good enough match. Granted, this is still a little darker in colour than I'd like, but I think it blends with my skin better than anything else I've tried, and it isn't that far off. Another thing is that I find it looks very natural. You don't get that cakey look which most foundations give you, and if you managed to get exactly the right colour for you, I don't think you'd be able to tell you were wearing foundation at all. I also tend to get spots quite frequently, and they're the angry red kind that stand out way too much, so coverage is also important to me. I think I'd call this a medium coverage which isn't as high as I'd like, but it's buildable and at the end of the day, concealer was invented for a reason. Plus, the positives outweigh the negatives with this foundation anyway. I will 100% be repurchasing this foundation again and again. 

So now that I'm done raving about it, what do you think? I would love to know your favourite foundations in the comments. In particular, dewy foundations and dewy high end foundations you like! I really want to try the YSL Touche Eclat foundation and the Chanel Vitalumiere so if you've tried either of those, let me know, or send me links if you've done reviews!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Easy Elsa / Frozen Inspired Hair Tutorial

Hi guys! I've had this blog post stored away for a while and I've decided to post it today. The first year of uni will be over for me in a couple of days and I plan to get into the full swing of blogging then, and I'm feeling excited to start up again. 

If you love Frozen, or you know children who love Frozen, this might be a hairstyle for you. I basically created this myself since I found that a lot of the Elsa tutorials were quite complicated. This was pretty simple so that even a lazy person such as myself can do it. If you'd prefer this in video format, just let me know and I'll get it uploaded to my youtube channel soon.

This is my first hair tutorial (I think) so I apologise if it's a little hard to follow! I think that hair tutorials in blog post format are a little confusing but hopefully this isn't too bad. Also, I am no hair expert. I am very lazy with my hair. But maybe this will appeal to those of you who share a laziness for hair styling.

Step 1: Pull back a small section from the top of your head and pin it out of the way.

Step 2: Grab the top section of the rest of your hair, making sure you take it from the full circumference of your head so it’s pulled right over from the left to the right side (or vice versa, depending on which side you do the braid).

Step 3: Separate that section into three even sections.

Step 4: Begin a dutch braid which is like a French plait but instead of taking the sections over each other, you’re taking them under. Bring the left section under the middle section, then bring the right section under the middle section and repeat.

Step 5: Continue this, but every time you move one section, grab a piece of hair from the same side and add it to the section (like you would with a French plait or Dutch braid).

Step 6: Do this until all of your hair is in the braid.

Step 7: Then plait the rest of your hair normally and tie it off, preferably with a clear elastic, but I didn't have any.

Step 8: Start to pull the sections out to give it a wider, messier look. Do this with the whole braid. It's best to start from the top and work your way down.

Step 9: Take down that front section you pinned out of the way at the start. Separate it into randomly-sized sections and pin it back out of your face, pushing it forward to give it a loose, messy look. You could back comb for even more volume. Try not to make the bobby pins look took messy at the back - preferably have them all pinned to the centre of the back of your head.

Step 10: You’ll be left with a tail from all of those pinned back sections if your hair is long enough.

Step 11:  To hide this tail, push it through the plait so that it’s concealed and becomes a part of your braid. You may have to push it through several times if your hair is very long.

Step 12: And you’re done! Hopefully you'll be looking like Elsa from Frozen at this point. If not, I can only apologise. Elsa does have magnificent hair and us mere mortals can only hope to achieve such a hairstyle.

Monday, May 04, 2015

An Honest Post

Hi guys! I feel compelled to explain why I've had a month long absence when I used to post, like, every other day.

So basically I haven't posted in like a month and I CANNOT BELIEVE IT'S ACTUALLY BEEN A MONTH but it has. And I felt like posting about that. I have a lot going on in my life right now which I'm not going to go into any detail about and I suppose that's the main reason. But I've also had a beauty crisis this past month where I've just been looking at my blog like "Wow I post a load of crap about a load of stuff which doesn't even really matter to me." 

I thought I didn't like makeup, which I definitely do and I always have so I don't know what was wrong with me! But aside from makeup, I also love music, art, gaming, and a whole load of other stuff which I never really post about but I feel like I should since I write this blog for my own enjoyment and makeup and fashion isn't all I care about! So I think from now I'm going to try to post things which I actually care about, and not just do reviews for the sake of doing reviews. I feel like that is too fake and forced and I don't want my blog to be like that at all.

Oh and I'm basically doing this post right now because I have a 3,000 word essay due in tomorrow and I DO NOT WANT TO WRITE IT, even if it is 3,000 words about Burberry.

I have a few post ideas in mind to be coming soon, as well as some videos, since I really love making videos and always have and I don't want to not do them because I'm afraid of what people will say. I'm trying not to care what other people think.

And if you've been missing me on my blog (I doubt it), I've been pretty active on Twitter and Tumblr. You can find those links up in the sidebar underneath my picture. And also my YouTube, which I'd love for you to subscribe to since I really want to use it more and to also connect with some other Youtubers!

Okay and now I'm done and okay my post is over goodbye.