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Hello everyone! I’m back! I hope you  all had a lovely Christmas. I’m still in shock that it’s not still April, never mind tomorrow being New Year’s Eve! I decided to post today to make up for not being around for the last week and a bit due to the…

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Drugstore vs high end foundation

This post has been written by countless amounts of bloggers, but today I am going to give my reviews on drugstore vs high end foundation!

 

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High end: Nars Sheer Glow in Deauville (light 4)

I had visited the Nars counter in my local Selfridges store, eager to try this foundation after hearing so many good things. The lady at the counter matched my skin to the foundation, I bought it and that was it. I was matched to the shade “Deauville” which is described as “light with neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones”. I began using the foundation and instantly noticed that it was too light for my skin, and if I built it up then I would look extremely pale.

However, the actual foundation itself is absolutely wonderful. It is a lovely formula that is hydrating and long lasting. I found that the foundation didn’t cake or flake all day, which is obviously a big tick. My skin did glow and I had comments on how my skin looked really healthy. It also seemed that it had cleared up my skin, which I was delighted with. It is a medium coverage foundation which is buildable, so extremely suitable for everyday wear.

Retailing at £31, it would have been nice if the bottle came with a pump, as application can prove quite messy without one. I had purchased one from the Nars website for an additional £3, but the pump broke after just a few uses. But, this is the only downfall to this foundation!

I have only ever had one bottle of the foundation as the incorrect shade means I would have to go back to the counter and I haven’t got around to doing this, but I will probably purchase it again at some point in the future.

Rating: 8/10

 

Drugstore: Rimmel lasting finish 25 hour foundation in “Soft Beige”

I picked up this foundation after finishing my bottle of sheer glow as I wanted a cheap foundation that does the trick.

The lasting finish foundation comes in either medium or full coverage and I opted for the full coverage option. I decided to go for the shade soft beige and it matches my skin perfectly.

Application is simple and the foundation feels so lightweight you don’t feel like you’re wearing full coverage at all. It is easily blended into the skin with a finish similar to sheer glow. Just last week I was told I had “flawless” skin and was asked what foundation I use.

Obviously, it doesn’t last 25 hours but it does last a heck of a long time, with no need to reapply throughout the day/night.

At £7.99 a bottle from Boots, I am on my 4th bottle of the stuff! I absolutely love it and can’t see myself changing brands for a long time.

Rating: 10/10

 

Overall, both of these foundations are great. Using a drugstore foundation is ideal for everyday wear, and when going to an occasion, using a high end product is a good way to treat yourself.

I feel that the Rimmel foundation is an excellent dupe for Nars’ foundation and at the price it is, drugstore wins this round.

 

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Mini Body Shop haul + reviews

 

 

A few weeks ago I bought a couple of new products from The Body Shop and what better time to write a review than just before Christmas, as they would make perfect little stocking fillers for beauty lovers!

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First up, I was in desperate need of a new face wash/cleanser as I was getting extremely lazy when it came to skin care, especially with make up removal. My skin had started to blemish quite badly and I could see a few pesky spots appearing. My skin is also extremely sensitive so I needed a product that isn’t too harsh. Some of my friends swear by the well known cleanser from The Body Shop, so I knew it would be a good one to go for.

The wash feels and smells absolutely amazing, really light and fresh. It is a non-sticky, non-drying formula that doesn’t feel heavy on the skin, with the application not being messy at all, which you can find with some cleansers. A little goes a long way and I find one pump of the cleanser is enough to cover the whole face. It is easy to remove by rinsing away with warm water and the face feels clean and fresh all day.

I highly recommend this product for all skin types, especially for the sensitive type as it is so gentle. This will definitely be a regular in my skin care routine!

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Tea tree skin clearing cleanser – £5.50

Finding the right conditioner can be a pain and I find it is really hit and miss with what works best for certain hair types. I had just run out of my usual conditioner, so whilst on The Body Shop website I picked up some Banana Conditioner after reading copious amounts of positive reviews.

The conditioner smells divine, with the scent being present the second you open the lid. It reminds me of summer and holidays and of course, bananas!!! It isn’t overpowering at all, just the right amount. After first using the conditioner, I was a bit dubious as my hair was still massively tangled, but after the next couple of washes I realised this was down to the fact I hadn’t brushed my hair properly before getting in the shower and it is quite damaged.

It works a dream, hair is left feeling softer and looks healthier. I am pretty certain it made my hair go a bit lighter as well, as part of my hair is bleached but I could just be imagining this part.

I will definitely be purchasing again, but pairing it alongside a deep conditioner once every week or so.

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Banana conditioner- £4.50

The Body shop currently have a 40% off offer, so if you like the sound of any of the products mentioned, I’d advise to make the most of the offer!

Cleanser

Conditioner 

 

If you have any skin or hair recommendations, let me know, I would love to hear your suggestions.

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5 ways to have more “me” time

It’s very easy to get caught up in the strains and stresses of a hectic every day life, but making time for yourself should be a priority, whether it be for just 5 minutes a day.

Today I am going to share with you 5 tips and tricks that I use to take a step back and spend some time with myself.

 

Write it down

Sounds simple, but I find that a couple of minutes of jotting things down in a little notepad helps. Usually at the end of the day, I write down how I felt and highlights of the day. It’s great to look back on to see if there’s a trend due to certain events etc.

 

Yoga/stretching 

Yoga and stretching is good for the mind and the body. I find the time first thing when I wake up, or if i’m running late, at night when I get home. Just 5-10 minutes is beneficial and it relaxes everything.

I recommend the “Love Your Body” routine by Tone It Up  and Blogilates “Feel Good Soul Stretches”.

 

 A good long soak

Another one of my favourites is a good ol’ bath. A looong soak complete with a relaxing Spotify playlist is one of the best ways to wind down and have some time to yourself. Bubbles compulsory.

 

Put the kettle on

A nice cup of tea with a chocolate digestive or 2 is always a winner, and it’s a known fact that a cup of tea is a big hug in a mug. I absolutely love green tea (Twinings fudge melts, anyone?) but if i’m feeling a bit more traditional, it’s definitely an English breakfast tea with a splash of milk and half a sugar!

 

Music makes the world go round

Finally, the last of my 5 tips is to get your headphones and listen to a few of your top tunes! Sticking on your favourite songs and having an epic lip sync battle with yourself makes you uplifted and in high spirits which is how everyone wants to feel. I do this far too often, but I love a good cheesy pop song. Lookin’ at you, S Club 7.

 

I hope you may have found these tips useful and if you have any suggestions, let me know in the comments.

Have a wonderful week!

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Challenging yourself

I’m a believer of challenging yourself and making the most of opportunities, but it never used to be like that.

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