Saturday, 23 June 2012

Over and over

Cardigan: Topman
Top: Topshop
Necklace: Matalan
Skirt: H&M

I'm sure I've worn something very similar to this in a blog post before, but anyway this is one of my go-to outfits when all else fails. If my blog were to be a truly accurate representation of what I wear each day it would get very boring and repetitive as all I really wear most days is my work uniform, and then leggings and a jumper when I get home. I've also realised that a lot of my favourite clothes are in fact from the men's sections in shops. Men's clothes just have better sizing and they usually fit better, how sad!

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Daily Make-Up

Let me be the first to admit it, I don't find the topic of make-up/beauty products particularly interesting. I don't wear much make-up and I rarely change the products I use. I also refuse to spend a lot of money on my make-up and I usually stick to the same or very similar products when I am re-buying.

I know people seem to like beauty posts and reviews on blogs so I've included a mini-review of each product in my collection just so people can see what I think! I have pale skin with very faded freckles which is why I don't really wear foundation, and my skin is pretty balanced in terms of oily/dryness as far as I can tell! I'm definitely not an expert...

I've listed the products here in the order that I use them in my daily routine.

Benefit POREfessional
I actually don't use this very often as I rarely wear foundation (when I do I wear Rimmel Time Renew in Ivory). At the moment I've only got the freebie sample that came with Glamour and I don't think I use it enough to justify replacing it for the full-size amount when I run out. I usually wear this on nights out or special occasions as it gives a nice base to apply foundation to.

Rimmel Hide the Blemish Concealer in Ivory
I am ridiculously pale and it's actually really hard to find make-up that doesn't look orange on me. I find that Rimmel have the best range of 'pale' shades. This concealer isn't amazing to be fair as it's quite dry. I bought this as a cheap replacement when my No7 concealer ran out, but next time I will definitely invest in the No7 one again!

Rimmel Eyeliner in Jet Black
As far as I'm concerned, eyeliner is eyeliner, although maybe I just think that because I've never tried another one?! I use this on the upper inside-y part of my eyelids to help my eyelashes look thicker and to make my eyes look a bit more open, if that makes sense? My eyelids are quite low (droopy?) and so I only wear make-up on the top of my eyes because I find it makes them look wider.

Models Own Hi Definer Pro-Eyeliner
I really like Models Own products as they don't test on animals. This eyeliner is pretty good but I wouldn't say it's perfect. I find that the first 'coat' comes out quite thin and streaky and I have to wait for it to dry until I can patch it up, although after that it looks great! It lasts really well except in the outer corners of my eyes where it sometimes wears off; if  you have watery eyes I definitely wouldn't recommend it. The brush is really easy to use though and I know this can often be an issue with liquid eyeliners.

Benefit BADgal Lash Mascara
Again this is just a freeb from Glamour (I'm on a student budget!) but I absolutely love it! I have quite long eyelashes anyway but this just makes them look amazing! My only beef with this product is that it doesn't make them look much thicker - they usually look a bit spidery, but I guess I'm used to that anyway. If I want my lashes to look thicker I usually wear Eylure fake ones.

17 Blush and Glow in Peaches and Cream
This blusher is really good and I like that it has a highlighter with it. I normally swirl my brush around the pot to mix the two. I don't like glittery make-up and this has a bit of a shine but no sparkle which is perfect. I wish this was available in more colours as it's a teeny bit dark for me, but I usually stick to coral-y blush as I have quite pink cheeks anyway and I look a bit daft with pink blusher!

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Pink Blossom
Another super-pale product from Rimmel! This powder is just unbelievably good. It lasts all day and it doesn't look chalky on the skin, I can't really think what else to say, I definitely recommend it!

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Beach Break Live 2012

As I mentioned previously, I spent this weekend (Wednesday - Monday) at Beach Break Festival in South Wales. I volunteered there as a steward to gain some events-related work experience and in return I got a free ticket. My job basically involved standing around by gates stopping people coming in/out or hovering around by tents in case people want to ask a question. 

Overall I didn't really enjoy my time there. I found the work to be really boring and I was left alone for a lot of it. Also the weather was AWFUL. According to local radio reports we had up to 50mph winds and a month's worth of rain over three days. The only nice days (when the photos in this post were taken) were the day we arrived and the day we left, typical Britain!

I did get to see Chase and Status which was fun, and I met some really nice people, but I really wouldn't recommend working as a steward at a festival unless you are getting paid. For me the free ticket wasn't enough because I wasn't really into any of the bands or things that were going on. Also I have a really short attention span so standing around on my own for up to 8 hours at a time made me want to die a little bit.

I'm not one to give up easily and I'm also sickeningly optimistic, so I am stewarding again at Camp Bestival in July (I'd already applied before Beach Break!) so maybe it will be better and I will change my opinion of volunteering. We'll see...

At least I got some nice photos out of it :)

All these photos were taken with a cheapy disposable camera from Boots. I've learned from this set that I need to use the viewfinder more often!

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

New shoes

Yesterday I went into town to buy some supplies for Beach Break this weekend! I also ended up buying two new pairs of shoes! I was looking for some crappy black pumps that it didn't matter if I wrecked a little bit at the festival but managed to find these hidden behind some flip flops in H&M and I just had to buy them! Definitely not taking them with me tomorrow, they're too nice!

I also had a top to return (New Look seriously need to sort their sizing out!) but it was exchange only so I ended up getting these espadrilles. I have never been a fan of these kinds of shoes but I thought they'd be handy for the beach when I go on holiday, and they were only £7.

I also got a major bargain in Boots, some Eylure lashes on clearance £1.06! Annoyingly they only had 'underlashes' left but I bought a few packs anyway because their glue is so good!

Also I bought Models Own High Define liquid eyeliner, which has proved to be pretty impressive so I might do a review of it next week when I'm back from Beach Break!

Monday, 11 June 2012

Let the wild rumpus start!

Feel like such a complete poser in this picture but I absolutely love this hood I made about two years ago for a fancy dress party at college. I was Max from Where the Wild Things Are, btw ;) Nobody got it and I felt like a bit of a twat but that story is really special to me (it's second to my number one favourite of The Very Hungry Caterpillar).

I rediscovered this hood in a bag in my wardrobe while I was packing for Beach Break. I've done quite a bit of shopping over the past two days in preparation for the festival so I'll probably post about it all tomorrow!