Changing Selfies into E.L.Fies….

Well hello there!!!

I haven’t posted in a while, but I have had a busy few weeks, especially since last weekend I celebrated turning the big 21!!!

So scary, but the only way to move on is embrace becoming older! aha, You would think I’m turning 80!!

On our journey to becoming one year older, we went to Cardiff, Wales. Now one thing I will share with you is I love the welsh, and I LOVE shopping there, it was just a bonus we went for a drink or two, or ten in the evening ;).

Anyway, one reason my friend Chelsea and I were really excited to go shopping, was for a new shop that open 2 days prior to our visit. This shop was the “E.L.F” shop. 

Now, If you are regular reader of my blog you will have an idea of what I am talking about, but I am going to assume that you don’t know what “E.L.F” is because I love talking about them. My poor friends and family must be sick of my going on and on and on and on, and others must think I work for them, but (unfortunately, and I totally wish I did) I don’t. 

We could not, for the life of us, find this shop and we even had our phone maps out following the pin point! The 3 of us looked like complete tourists, the only thin was missing was our backpacks!! haha!! 

Eventually when we found it, we were like children in a candy store. Honestly, I had so much stuff in my hands, that I literally had cramp for the next couple of hours. The best thing was the staff were SO friendly and helpful, that we left instantly wanting to return. We described it as an addiction. We literally went back before we left Cardiff the next day and bought more. I had spent over £80 on makeup. To make things worse, the makeup was of an affordable cost, so I just went mental.

So, with all the things that I had bought from their website previously, here is the damage…. 

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Minus the red brushes, every item of makeup that you see (including the black brush holder) is E.L.F (Eyes Lips Face).

You have everything there from foundation to lips, to brush cleaners to a mineral powder that genuinely helps defeat blemishes.

So here is a glimpse of my previous E.L.F experience… Image

If you have read back through to my older posts, you would know that I orders some products online ready for my sister’s 18th and haven’t turned back since.

This is the experience I had with their Foundation… 

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 Oil free, which is perfect for the Shine we all suffer with occasionally!

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Now, although you can just about see the lumps and bumps of my skin, you can clearly see I have used bright lights, and that the redness has just completely disappeared. My skin is 100% looked after, but no girl is lucky enough to escape mother nature once a month!!!

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The matte lip colour in Natural, has to be my favourite day time look. It just emphasises your lips without the standoutish colour, very understated, and lasts a good few hours 🙂 (you have to be realistic).

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My final look for Saturday night. Only 3 out of the gazillion products I used we NOT E.L.F, but that was because those particular products I didn’t have with me, or I didn’t even think to purchase them in my state of shock and excitement. Those were, my lashes, my eyeliner and my eye brow pencil (all to be invested in soon enough ;)).

What do you think??

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This beauty is my favourite brush of all time, that I have literally caught myself brushing this over my face even when I have finished my makeup. It is SO soft, that I am obsessed with it. I used it to apply my powder over the foundation. It is used to get an even coverage and no clumps. I also finds that it keeps the shine away for longer compared to when I use the pad that comes with a compressed powder. I 100% recommend you all to buy this brush…like right now… 

In fact, check out the website http://www.eyeslipsface.co.uk or pop into the girls for a helping hand in Cardiff. They are even on twitter and are currently running a huge amount of comps, and are looking for 20,000 followers to then give customers 50% off…you have no excuse now!! @elfcosmeticsuk
I tweet them and instagram them so often that I was E.L.F famous in the store and a few of the staff recognised me and my name! So much so they took a pic of Chelsea and I… This picture was taken from the @elfcosmeticsuk Instagram page..

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Before I finish up this blog post I will post a few pictures from my birthday… 

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My two beautiful friends and I before heading out…. 

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Completely and 100% attractive… 

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This dress I wore is in the Kelly Brook range in New Look, at £35 I had to love it…which I did!! The shoes were bought in the sale back in January and were a bargin of £7…not only this but they are beautiful and sparkly. (I am completely attracted to all things shiny and sparkly)

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My ribs and my partner’s ultimate ribs at my first birthday meal at TGIFriday’s. Got to me one of my fave restaurants. The atmosphere can be amazing in there… I also got a free slice of birthday cake, always a winner…

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The fabulous double choc cake my Partner’s mum made for me… 

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We are attractive, moving on… 

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My gorgeous baby sister at my 2nd birthday meal, in a local restaurant, Jingles.. 

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My incredible birthday cake that my mum got for me!!! I am definitely a princess with my own castle now!!

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Mwah xx

 

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Finding The Right…

…Foundation!!

 

Has anyone else has the endless fight of finding the right foundation for their skin type? This one product has to do and be so many things, that you are fighting a losing battle!

 

Here is what a foundation needs to be and/or do:

-Match you skin tone; there is nothing worse than walking down the High Street and seeing those girls who don’t have a clue (I’m one of them). They are either a cheesy wotsit or ghostly white! I have, plenty of times, fallen under both categories, mainly the slightly orange side as I have a rather pale complexion!

 

-Easy to blend; you want to be able to apply the product without it being patchy and just overall messy. I have come across some nasty foundations that have dried before even being applied to my face! It wouldn’t blend whatsoever and I ended up just giving up! Not even adding an extra touch of moisturiser can help sometimes.

 

-The right price for you; never shop in the section that you wouldn’t be able to afford regularly. If you are like me, I wear foundation everyday without fail to cover up all the flaws of spots as a teenager. I always avoid the expensive areas because my idea of hell would be finding the perfect foundation with the hefty price tag. I probably go through a bottle a month so nothing more the £15 on the bottle is my idea of ideal. Finding the nice £40 foundation that does the job is all well and good but you don’t want to find that one time you can’t afford it and be left with high expectations. 

 

-The right texture for your skin; Everyone wants something lightweight and that doesn’t melt off of you face after walking briskly to work. I don’t know about you guys but I can get a bit flustered which causes a nice sweaty face. I want something that isn’t too oily but is also thick for a good coverage. If you already have flawless skin, but feel naked without a thin layer of something, you aren’t going to want the thick coverage.

 

-It has to work with your type of skin; If you have oily skin, you don’t want an oil based foundation, if you have blemishes or suffer with spots you are going to want an Anti-Blemish solution. If you have dry skin, a moisturising coverage.

 

There are so many other things to take into consideration, but you do need to find what is the most important for your skin type. Only you can know how your skin will react to certain ingredients. 

 

After years of applying makeup and trying to learn my skin type, I think I have found the one!

 

Every time I need a new foundation, if I feel the need to keep looking, like I know there is something better, I will not buy that product again. I will spend hours in Boots if I need to, testing them on my hands, then if passing the hand test, trying to see how a red patch on my face  is covered.

 

Before I tell you want I found, I am going to tell you a little about my skin…

I have a lot of scars from having rather spotty skin as a child. I would never leave my face alone (bad habits die hard, but I am certainly not as bad as I used to be). Sometime my skin can be quite oily – I think that depends on the weather, drier in the winter and oilier in the summer, but I think that is normal! I can have a bit of eczema down the sides of my cheeks, which might not be itchy but can sometimes look red and irritated. I still suffer with acne (especially during the time of the months, hopefully I am not the only one!) so a prefer a thick coverage that isn’t going to make me feel greasy nor caked in makeup! 

 

Here are a couple pics of the foundation I found…Image

 

Before full application…

I think you can really see what I mean by bad skin. My pore are just gigantic and the redness of my skin is horrible!

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After full application… 

 

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I personally can really see a difference.

 

The Main thing I have trouble with as well as the colour of the product for my I-am-so-pale-I-am-almost-transparent-skin is that lasting coverage is a MUST, and this for me is perfect, I can get home from work, and although it may not be perfect (like I said bad habits die hard when it comes to not leaving my face alone) is it could go back out without reapplying and be comfortable with how I look…

 

So what did I buy… at the cost of £9.99 from Boots, I found this to be reasonable. Having a budget of £15 per month, I think I have really struck lucky with finding it. The reason I have never tried this brand of foundation before, is I have always believed them to hold a hefty price tag, but I am so glad a didn’t resist the urge to look this time..

 

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Ta-Da!!! I think I am in love!!!! The bottle says it all… I am no longer an oompa loompa, and I can leave the house without worrying about getting a little bit sweaty! Despite the thickness of this foundation, it is still extremely lightweight but still thick enough  for that desired coverage!! I do not feel the need to continue to shop around (unless I find a good bargain, I will always try something new) but I have found my new permanent foundation that works perfectly with my primer!

 

Have you tried this one before? Whats your favourite foundation?? Let me know!!

 

x

 

 

 

 

Work Work Work..

Hey Pretties, 

 

The past couple weeks have been absolutely crazy with work and what not, but I do owe you a new blog post, and I have been saving up some goodies for you lot!!

 

I have been shopping (my poor bank) to try some new things, but for things that I have needed…(my partner definitely thinks it’s just stuff I “want” but he’s a man, and just doesn’t understand needs of us ladies.)

 

Trying to think of where to start is so difficult but I think I am going to start with one of my favourite topics…Hair! I am obsessed with my hair, always wanting it changed, but never brave enough, trying hide the roots, trying out new up-do’s and what not, but my hair is soo frizzy and thick, that sometimes I think it just needs chopping all off! (Never in a million years, but frustration does give me an imagination!)

I have come across a new hair dye. This is one I have been using since I went from blonde back to brown (sob sob) to save the condition of my hair. I chose this one specifically because of the name. “Hair Mask”. Anything that is a mask, in my eyes will have a lovely conditioning treatment included. Not only does it leave my hair, soft, shiny and looking healthy but it so easy to apply all by myself (I type this with a smug face right now). I have also required help as it is guaranteed that I will make a mess with a bottle.

 

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Basically, you mix the solution into a small tub and shake until it is well and truly mixed together. and you simply apply it like you would a hair mask (though making sure the roots are a priority) I section my hair from the bottom, working my way up and only applying to the roots. When roots are covered I will make my way to the ends. Even though there is not a lot of dye solution (when is there ever) I manage to still only need one box. At £6 a go in Boots, I would hate to buy two boxes for my length of hair because most it would go to waste. However, I recently discovered its only £4.50 in Wilkinson’s. Depends on whether you want the points in Boot’s.

 

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Another one of my amazing finds is this beauty… 

 

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I have grown extremely attached to Herbal Essences. I LOVE their conditioning masks and everyday conditioner as well as their shampoos. My two favourites of theirs are the blue bottles (designed for super moisturising) and the Yellow collection (designed for strength).  The smells is delightful and works well with my Coconut and Almond leave in conditioner (£1.39 in Boot’s own brand collection). It costs around £3-£4 in Boot’s, but you are bound to find Herbal Essences in some kind of deal, more than likely being 3 for 2. Using the two together allows my hair to dry quite quickly and with less frizz. Not 100% less frizz but it has become so much more manageable, especially on days where I genuinely can’t be bothered to do anything with my hair. 

Because one of the major problems that I have with my hair is Frizz, I have recently decided to reinvest in these particular products.

 

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I have used the 3-day-Straight before, and I remember absolutely loving it, but the price tag always put me off. I know it is only about £6 to buy but somethings I find extremely difficult to justify. But these two were in an offer I couldn’t refuse, 2 products in the John Frieda range for only £8. Saving almost £8 altogether. The heat defence smells sooooo good! 

The 3-day-straight is supposed to keep your hair poker straight and non-frizzy for approximately 3 days without having to restyle. Obviously I find not washing my hair for 3 days (even with a dry shampoo) extremely itchy, but I know that the two days works a treat. Obviously in the pouring rain it won’t work too well but with the humidity that good old Britain has had over the past couple weeks, I desperately need to tame my locks! All you need to do is spray generously in damp hair and brush through. Same with the leave in conditioner and strengthening cream. 

 

It does sound like a lot of product, but honestly my hair has never felt better! Also have a day or so off, leaving you hair completely natural. I tend to tie it up in a high bun or a nice side plait at least once a week with absolutely no product. (a working day or a day when I am not required to go out).

 

Finally, I bought these tongs back in July and have been using them off and on since. Now, I am SO useless at GHD curls on myself, so I was desperate to find a thick barrel for my curls, so I have my thin curls and my nice natural looking beach waves. Looking for some decent ceramic ones at a good price can be difficult, but honestly, these have to be THE best buy ever!!

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Now I didn’t want to invest in some fancy pants tongs, because I tend to straighten my hair (quicker and less hassle) but as I wasn’t sure how my hair would hold or look when using a thicker barrel I didn’t want to spend a fortune anyway. 

So as you can tell I probably didn’t spend a lot. I also came across these taking my mum to do a quick bit of shopping in a supermarket….

I spent approx £7 on these baby’s in ASDA!!!! It is Asda’s own brand and I can honestly say, hand on my heart, best things EVER!!!! I’m not even a fan of the pink, but it was totally worth it!

My result after using them….

 

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I am not the best stylist when doing my own hair, but I love the wave/curl they give my hair, to be it looks effortless. The best thing is my hair even holds the curl with only a tiny bit of hairspray!!!

 

I would recommend anybody to invest in these, and at £7, why wouldn’t you?!

 

I have so much more to share with you guys so I will be posting soon, Keep an eye out.

 

xx