Thursday, 26 July 2012

7 Deadly Beauty Sins

What is your most inexpensive beauty item?
What is your most expensive beauty item?


My most inexpensive beauty item is probably my Boots Natural Collection Eyeshadow in Crushed Walnut coming in at something like £1? Or perhaps it was £2. This was probably one of the first eyeshadows that I ever bought. I used/occasionally use it as an eyebrow powder! As for my most expensive beauty item, hmm... I think my Clinique Superbalanced foundation is the most expensive, coming in at around £23. See, I don't think I'm at that stage in my relationship with make-up, where I allow myself to buy VERY expensive items. I'm sure that time will come, though. 

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Review: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in 'Romantic'

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Romantic
So it's Saturday, and my boyfriend's dragging me into Superdrug to go look for electric toothbrush heads, when the next thing I know, I've pulled him over to the make-up aisle and I'm standing in front of the Revlon section mouth-agape because the Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains are on sale. I swatch all of them while considering my financial situation, and somehow leave telling myself that I didn't need them. That didn't last long, however, because a couple of days later I was in Superdrug spending money that I don't have (meant to be moving out soon, hello) and leaving with Romantic
Packaging: The packaging is super cute, and very similar to Clinique's Chubby Sticks, with the only real difference being that the Chubby Sticks have a silver-coloured lid whereas the Revlon Balm Stains don't. No biggie, though-- it still feels and looks like a nice product. When you first take the lid off you get the pointed tip of the balm, and once that's all used up, you twist the silver part at the bottom to push the rest up (you can see how much product you get in the picture I've provided below). 

Texture, application and scent: When you apply this balm stain, it's... I don't know. I suppose in a way it feels sort of like Revlon's lip butters (creamy, balmy), but at the same time, you can see that the colour is getting "soaked up" (for lack of a better description) and not just "sitting" on your lips in a kind of lip butter-esque fashion. So you're getting that nice balmy feeling but with a stronger more penetrative colour experience (lolwut). I like it, it's nice. In terms of scent, it smells kind of like minted tooth floss; you know, a kind of weak, ephemeral peppermint smell-- it's quite inoffensive, really. 
Colouring: My lips naturally have a lot of colour in them, and I always find that lip products rarely ever look the same on me as they do in the tube; sometimes I'm okay with this, but other times it can be frustrating-- THANKFULLY, this is one of those occasions where I'm okay with it.The colourings in the picture above are pretty true to life, and as you can see, Romantic doesn't really look like that BRIGHT of a red on me, which is exactly why I love it. This colour is also very warm-toned which is great for my colouring-- a lot of the others on offer seemed quite cool as far as I could tell at the time, but I am hoping to try out Honey at some point!

Staying power: The balmy/creamy feeling that you get on immediate application disappeared for me within 30 minutes, but then the stain itself has remained for about 2.5 hours with gradual fading. This probably isn't going to be the same deal for everybody as I find things generally tend to fade on me quite quickly (constantly rubbing my lips together, eating, drinking, etc); I have heard other bloggers say that the stain remains on their lips for quite a long time. So I'm going to just give this the benefit of the doubt for a while here. 

On the whole, I would definitely recommend you go try this product out, particularly if like me--I've said this before--you're a little scared of full on lipsticks, but enjoy some colour on the lips. It's on offer for £5.99 in Superdrug at the moment, and lawd knows what kind of extortionate price they're going to be demanding in a week's time! 

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Congratulations! Apparently I have won Revlon's PhotoReady Perfecting Primer


So I get home after just under a fortnight in Reading, and was surprised to find that I had won myself Revlon's PhotoReady Perfecting Primer!? I don't remember entering anything or leaving my address anywhere so this is all quite strange. The paranoid part of me is concerned that it has been sent by some unknown enemy and is laced with poison. Anybody know anything about this?

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Ramblings about The Fault in our Stars by John Green

"...I told him that he was fearing something universal and inevitable, and how really, the problem is not suffering itself or oblivion itself but the depraved meaninglessness of these things, the absolutely inhuman nihilism of suffering. I thought of my dad telling me that the universe wants to be noticed. But what we want is to be noticed by the universe, to have the universe give a shit about what happens to us--not the collective idea of a sentient life but each of us, as individuals."   -John Green, The Fault in our Stars, p. 281 
John Green, The Fault in our Stars. SIGNED COPY, BOOM!

A Saturday in Cardiff, Wales.


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The Castle House
Getting me to commit to outings and events is like drawing blood from the proverbial stone, but a couple of weeks ago I took arms against my crippling anxiety and agreed to accompany my pal on a university-organised trip to Cardiff in Wales. After over 4 hours on the coach (I know, right?) we ended up in sunny Cardiff with rumbling stomachs and a bad sense of direction. However, we sooned gained our bearings, ate some food, and eventually found ourselves exploring the beautiful Cardiff Castle. 
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The ceiling of the Arab room. Absolutely stunning. 
C'est moi... Being incredibly fashionable
If you would like to see some more photos, check out my Flickr, here.
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