Wednesday, October 29, 2014

ALL ABOUT THAT BASE: I'M TALKING FOUNDATION FOLKS

 
I sometimes wonder if I'm a bit odd (hold on, I'm not finished) in that I'm actually way more eager and enthusiastic about foundation when my skin is in good condition than when it isn't.
 
Isn't is supposed to be other way around?
 
When I'm a bit pimply or dry, or pale and pasty looking, I always feel like a foundation will draw attention to my problem areas so I often barely bother. I really don't want to spend time applying a product and feel self conscious anyway; you know when it just doesn't seem to sit right? When my skin feels good however, I'm far more willing to experiment and play with different products and right now, that's where I am. Over the past few weeks I've been rotating a few different products and thought I'd share my thoughts; it's been a good opportunity to not only look at each one individually but also to compare them.
 
The foundation that has been in my make up bag the longest is WAKE ME UP, by RIMMEL.
 
 
I've used this as my staple foundation for a while now and have been happy with it thus far. It's been featured on so many blogs now that you probably already know that it contains tiny light reflecting particles designed to help your complexion look bright and cheery. I would say that it's a mediumish coverage foundation which is about right for me, and for the price (and the fact that it's so easy to get hold of in Boots), it does a great job.
 
I can't say that the whole 'skin brightening' thing makes a HUGE difference really; like, I'd still want to use a decent highlighter as well but I suppose if you're used to a completely matte base, you may well notice the difference.
 
Packaging wise, it's rather nice. The glass bottle feels sturdy and a pump always makes life that little bit easier doesn't it?
 
My only issue with this is one that I've also had with other foundations leading me to think it's me, not them. Basically, my nose just will not hold onto bloody foundation.
 
"Use a primer!" they say. Oh I have.
Foundation'll sit in every pigging pore on my nose, but the surrounding skin? NOPE.
 
Anyway......
 
The second foundation I've been trying is SKIN LUMINIZER, by MAX FACTOR*
 
 
Again, this is another one of those skin brightening type foundations; the luminescing element to this can be seen, swirled through the product.
 
Like WAKE ME UP, I'd say this is a light/medium coverage product and whilst it does have a definite subtle sheen to it, a nice highlighter in all the usual spots definitely doesn't go amiss.
It certainly covers any slight redness on the skin, and takes the edge off my dark under eye circles with ease.
 
Packaging wise, it's all a bit meh for me. It has a pump, and I suppose the swirl is nice but it's nothing to write home about and longevity wise, I have the same old issue with this one too unfortunately. If you have oily skin (or an oily nose, as seems to be my case), I wouldn't be in a mad rush to buy this one, it just can't be relied on to last very long.
 
 
The third and final foundation on my list is by BOOTS No7.
No7 Stay Perfect Foundation
 
I received a sample of this when I recently tried the Match Made service and Indre, from the Cavan branch also applied some for me that very morning. Lucky I went in bare faced.

There's no mention on this one of brightening particles and the like; it's a fairly bog standard light/medium coverage liquid formulation and the packaging reflects this. Fairly standard glass bottle really.
 
Something I that definitely stood out about this one, on top of the fact that I could be confident that the shade I was wearing was the right one, was the fact that it lasted. Mid afternoonish, my nose still had some coverage which definitely gives this one the edge over the other two; yes, my pores were visible due to my oil slick of a face but at this point, it's almost inevitable and definitely something that needs be dealt with skincare wise.
 

Have you tried any of these products and what did you think of them?

 

Do any of you oily skinned folk have any recommendations for me?

 

 

 

Monday, October 27, 2014

WHEN REMEMBRANCE BECOMES BLINGY

 
About this time last year, I sat down to write this post and somehow either struggled to find the words or got sidetracked. Probably both because the post was never written and so here I am, a year later approaching the subject again having just come back from the shop and seeing this in one of the trash magazines.
 
 
This, my friends will be one of those posts people refer to as a 'rant'.

(breathe)

When I was younger the idea of buying a remembrance poppy was straight forward; it was explained to us every November when older kids would come into our classroom with their little tray of paper flowers and a money tin. 
 
It was a simple way of remembering those soldiers who had died at war and to raise money to help those who had come home injured.
It wasn't a grand gesture; the poppies only cost about 10p (or whatever you could afford) and as most are still, they were made of paper. Just paper. Simple but thought provoking and we bought them and we wore them as a simple act of remembrance and respect.
 
To this day, that's what remembrance poppies mean to me, and I'm happy to say that lots of money is made through their sale; last year for example 36.6 million was raised for the Royal British Legion.
 
It was, and I think still should be, understated, solemn, tasteful and dignified.
Remembering the dead of war is never a cause for celebration or self indulgence.
 
It's certainly not about having a huge, sparkly accessory hanging off whatever your wearing that day. 
 
 
Soooooooooooooo.............
 
WHY OH WHY OH BLOODY WHY....
 
....is the TV, the internet, every bloody magazine etc etc now full of THE most garish, blingy, expensive whilst looking hideously cheap poppies?!
 
I feel like even the act of remembrance has been hijacked by the LOOK AT ME crew. Poppy Collection Medium Brooch Gold Tone

The example above is about as much as I can cope with without steam coming out of my ears.
This particular brooch is sold at the official Royal British Legion online shop for 14.99, and whilst it's definitely got a touch of the bling about it, the fact that it's simple in design and 100% of the profits go to the Legion itself, who clearly approves of the product, makes it a good thing in my book.
 
But that's as far as I can go.
 
A POPPY SHOULDN'T BE A FASHION ACCESSORY.

 It's about remembering and respecting people who have lost their lives during war.
It's about recognizing the suffering of other people.
 
 
IT'S NOT ABOUT YOU MINOGUE.
 
 
 
IT'S NOT ABOUT YOU FERNANDEZ-HERSINI.

 
 
This particular approach to remembrance clearly costs more than the usual paper poppy does; the one at the top of the page for example (the one from the mag) is almost 50 quid with no mention whatsoever of how much of that goes anywhere near the British Legion and having looked at plenty of other sites and their brooches/rings/bags etc, about 10% of the profit seems to be the going rate.
 
Assuming these slebs even buy their own poppies (the cynical side of me says they don't but who knows?), why not give that comparatively large amount of cash straight to the charity and wear a paper poppy instead?!
 
Honestly? I makes my blood boil.
You'd think they were honouring some fella who was kicked off Strictly.
 
HUMPH.
 

What do you think of all this?

Saturday, October 25, 2014

HALLOWEEN, MY WAY


Short of handing over sweets at the door, I don't think I've really celebrated Halloween since I was a child. Even then, I wasn't really into it in a big way (I might have dressed up in a black bag and one of those awful masks the odd year) so it'll be no great surprise to you that as an adult, not much has changed.
 
I've never been to a Halloween party, and as much I love seeing everyone else's costumes and makeup, it's just not my bag so I thought I'd put together a little post featuring a few things which most definitely ARE my cup of tea. Or Pumpkin Spiced Latte, if we're going to be seasonal.
 
Now, I haven't actually got the Make Up Revolution, Give Them Nightmares eye palette yet but it seems to keep cropping up all over the place and it looks just gorgeous; both the packaging and actual product look wicked.
http://www.makeuprevolutionstore.com/index.php/eyes/palettes/salvation-palette-give-them-nightmares.html
Whilst I'm usually a shimmery neutral kinda gal, the range of colours in this would create a real sultry look and at a whole 6 quid, it'd be perfect for having a little play around with.

 
When my nails are in tiptop condition, I LOVE a bit of nail art but honestly, if I was going to do some for Halloween I'd be restricted to ghosts and pumpkins because my skills aren't really up to much more.
 
I most definitely wouldn't be able to create ANYTHING as lovely as these babies, which were very kindly sent to me to try out.
 
 
imPress nails have created these limited editions sets in 6 different Halloween designs; each set contains 24 nails which once applied should last up to a week which is great news for someone like me who wants to get decent use out of products!

 I'm a massive fan of all 3 of the designs I was sent but am particularly struck by the set on the left of the collage above and am looking forward to wearing them next week!
 
 Just as the the Make Revolution palette continues to crop on both blogs and Twitter chats, so does this monstrosity.

http://www.asos.com/New-Look/New-Look-Halloween-Furry-Cat-Clutch-Bag/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=4448850&r=2
 
I'm not sure if it's available in black (I can't find it online but I'm sure I've seen it somewhere) but er, WOW. If only for novelty value this'd be awesome for Halloween but also for well, any time you want to raise a slightly hesitant smile.
I imagine you could also scare the shite out of small children with it.
 
 
I was in two minds as to whether to include these leggings from ASOS Curve as their currently out of stock.
 

 Apparently there are similar styles available in Penneys/Primark at the moment so I thought I'd include them anway; I LOVE THEM though I can't really see me wearing them either side of well, the evening of Halloween itself.
If they were cheap enough though (and isn't everything in Penneys?) they'd be good fun anyway and definitely practical.
 
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