Review: Clinique Stay-Matte Foundation

Monday, January 28, 2013

Picture from: http://sophietalksbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/review-clinique-stay-matte-foundation.html
I will upload my own picture when I have purchased this product. (The sample container isn't very attractive!)

I am so excited about this! Let me explain, I went to Boots the other day (I was actually going to pick up some Rimmel Appocalips, but they were sold out) and I passed the Clinique counter. I'm not sure if this is new or not but it seemed to be what they were trying to promote the most. Having a super oily T-Zone I decided to ask for a sample and of course I was matched to the fairest shade (01 Linen).

I used this today and what I found at first is that is was really hard to blend in - I think its because this foundation is really dry, to combat oil. I felt I had to use a little more than normal to get it to blend in nicely. I also found that it settled into my pores, I never really thought I had large pores and this seemed to emphasise them. However, after a little more blending this wasn't visible at all. I found that this sticks to any dry patches as well, I have a tiny dry patch next to my nose from where a blemish was and this foundation emphasised the dryness a little but this also went away with more blending. 

I was really impressed with the coverage this foundation offers, I would say its medium but most definitely buildable. Its a little heavier than I would normally wear but it didn't look cakey or like I was wearing too much foundation. I think this is the kind of foundation that I would personally wear only on my T-Zone and opt for something lighter on the rest of my face as it does leave the skin looking very matte and despite having oily skin I'm quite the fan of dewy, radiant looking cheeks.

My most favourite thing about this foundation is its staying power! I applied it today at 10am and its now 9pm (almost 12 hours later) and its still on my face! I have a little shine down my nose and in the centre of my forehead but nothing compared to what I would usually experience. Normally after about 4 hours my foundation has basically melted off and dissolved into nothing, I'm usually left with no coverage and a very oily face (believe me I've tried a lot of foundations to find they all do the same!). This one however, seems to have lasted a very long time - I'm so impressed! In fact I really am so impressed I'm not even sure if this is really happening! I'm so glad my current foundation is almost out, as I will definitely be buying this as I am super impressed with it.

I think I can finally say that I have found the solution to oily skin problems! 
If you have oily skin, I highly recomend that you get a sample of this! Hopefully you'll be as pleased as I am! :D

Face of the Day!

Friday, January 25, 2013

I'm sure this happens to the best of us, but do you ever find yourself using the same makeup products for months on end? Simply because its easier than going to the effort of trying something new? I feel its a waste of all the wonderful things I have sitting in my drawer so I'm trying to use at least one product every day that I wouldn't normally use - hopefully meaning I can get the use of all my products and maybe even discover a combination I wouldn't have tried before! Today I used quite a few things I haven't looked at in ages...



Face:
The Body Shop Vitamin C Skin Reviver - I used this today because I wanted to give my skin a bit of a boost in this dull weather! and it smells great.
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Light - I want to use this up, simply because I payed for it and don't want to put it to waste. If you saw my last post you'll know I'm not overly impressed by it.
YSL Le Teint Touch Éclat foundation - I got this sample a while ago but I've just never got round to testing it out properly, I'm still not sure what I think of it but I'll keep you posted!
Bobbi Brown Corrector - A fairly new addition to my collection so I felt it was okay to use it.
Benefit High Beam - I don't use highlighters nearly as much as I used to (I've also completely abandoned bronzer now that its winter!) but today I decided to give my face a subtle glow by using a tiny amount of this.
Rimmel Wake Me Up Instant Radiance Shimmer Touch (002 Radient Rose) - I used to use this every day! I use it as a subtle blush and its so easy to apply!
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder - I only have this powder so I didn't have much choice! But I do really like this.

Eyes:
Urban Decay Naked Palette - Colours Used: Virgin, Naked, Buck, Hustle & Creep - I use this a lot but hey! I like it so why not.
Avon Glimmerstick Diamond (Smokey Diamond) - I used this in my waterline today, I rarely ever do that these days but I thought I should change things up a little!
MAC Opulash Mascara - This is something I used every day but I seem to have forgotten about it over the past few weeks, I was glad to see it hadn't dried up since I love this mascara a lot!
Miss Sporty Eyeliner (002 Solid) - This is what I always use on my brows, every day, without fail.

Lips:
Revlon Lip Butter (045 Cotton Candy) - Genuinely forgot I owned this! I love it though, especially the colour.. Must pick up more of these next time I'm in boots!

I'm so creepy haha!

Do you think this is a good way to get the use out of lots of different products? Let me know what you think and if you want to try this too! I also follow back anyone's blog if they follow me! Through GFC or Bloglovin!


Empire Biscuits Recipe!

Monday, January 21, 2013


If you know me well, you'll know that my favourite cakes/biscuits are Empire Biscuits! So I thought I would share with you the recipe I use to make them for myself!

What you'll need:
100g Butter (Softened)
100g Margarine
50g Caster Sugar
50g Icing Sugar 
(extra icing sugar needed for icing cakes)
200g Plain Flour
100g Corn Flour
Jelly Tots for Top
Jam (I prefer raspberry)

What to do:
1. Preheat your oven to 170'C (Gas mark 4) Then begin by measuring out all the ingredients and then put the butter, margarine, icing sugar and caster sugar into a bowl. Beat these four ingredients together with a wooden spoon until the mixture is pale and creamy.

2. Put the plain flour and corn flour into a bowl and mix together. Then add the mixed flour to the sugar/butter mixture one table spoon at a time and beat/mix it all together. This will become more difficult when you add more and more flour, this is when you want to take it from the bowl and knead it together with your hands. This should form a soft pastry type dough.

3. Place the mixture on a floured surface and roll out with a rolling pin. It should be approximately 1cm thick. Then cut out the shape you desire with a cutter and place on a baking tray. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until they are just starting to turn golden.

4. One baked, take them from the oven leave to cool down. Slowly add warm water to a small bowl of icing sugar until a smooth not-to-runny-not-too-thick constancy is created. Ice half of your biscuits and place a Jelly Tot in the middle. For the other half of your biscuits put half a tea spoon of jam on the underside then stick one iced biscuit to one jammed biscuit. Leave them to set for 20 minutes and then enjoy!

Review: Rimmel - Urban Purple

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

This is - without a doubt - my new favourite colour! Rimmel's Urban Purple (402). To me, it's like the perfect combination of dark and bright. It seems to show up a little brighter than it actually is on camera, its more of a deep raspberry colour. I really like the large brush on these nail polishes, they make application, for people like me who struggle when it comes to painting nails, much easier!


I didn't apply a top coat over this nail polish, simply because its so pretty and didn't want anything to cover it up.. not that top coats really do that, but you know what I mean?!



So far this nail polish hasn't chipped, which is somewhat a miracle for me! Usually I can't wear darker colours as they experience severe carnage within only a few hours! Anyways, I think this is the most beautiful nail colour ever - I also think the name "Urban Purple" sounds really cool and stylish! This is definitely a colour I will be wearing all year round.

TAG: How Much is My Face Worth?

Monday, January 14, 2013


I've seen a lot of people doing this post recently so I thought I'd join in! I didn't try to use all cheap or all expensive products, I just picked out what I would use on an average day!
I was quite scared to do this but in the end it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.



Excuse the wet hair and terrible facial expression!

Face:
Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturiser - £22
Bobbi Brown Corrector - £18
Collection 2000 Last Perfection Concealer - £3.99
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder - £3.99
Benefit Sugarbomb Blush - £23.50

Brows:
Miss Sporty Eyeliner (solid) - £1.99

Eyes:
Urban Decay Primer Potion - £14
MAC Paint Pot (Bare Study) - £14.50
MAC Eyeshadow pan (Mulch) - £10 
Soap & Glory Thick and Fast Mascara - £10

Lips:
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain (Honey) - £7.99

This brings the grand total to....

£129.96 !

I thought it was going to come to a lot more so I was quite pleased with this result! However, I still think this is a lot of money and feel I probably shouldn't buy any more makeup for a while.. We'll see how long that lasts, haha!


Illamasqua Mystery Box!

Thursday, January 10, 2013


So recently on the Debenhams website the Illamasqua Eyes & Nails Mystery Box was on sale! The box would have originally been £35 but was reduced in the sales to around £23! Considering the box contains about £90 worth of products I thought it was an extremely good deal - even though it is taking a risk at what products may be inside!



The first product is one which is guaranteed to be in the box and its a cream eyeshadow or "Liquid Metal" in the colour "Electrum" which is described as an antique gold colour. I've considered buying this in the past as it looks so pretty! I tried this out on the back of my hand and it has the most amazing, soft texture ever! The pigmentation is also amazing, I'm so excited to wear this - I think its a great colour for blue eyes. It also smells kind of like fudge which is nice!


The next guaranteed product is a "Precision Ink" in the colour "Glister" which is like a glittery nude colour. However, on my pale skin its like a light brown colour in comparison! I really like this, I do think that I would wear it. It also went on really smooth and had good colour pay off when I tried it out.


I also got a powder eye shadow in the colour "Feline" which I think I might be in love with! Its a matte light/medium grey colour and I just think its so pretty! It also had great pigmentation when I tried it out.


The next eyeshadow I received is in the colour "Fiasco" which is a matte dark turquoisey blue colour. I do like this colour but I don't think its the kind of colour I will wear until summer comes around as its quite bold. Great pigmentation from this too.


The first nail polish in my box is a yellow colour with green shimmer and the colour is called "Radium". This is certainly not something I would have chosen to purchase but again I think it will be a nice summer colour.


The second nail polish is a very dark green in the colour "Rampage" which I am very pleased with. I'm liking darker colours right now with it being the winter months and I think I will get a lot of wear out of this all year round - I think it will make a nice alternative for black.


Finally the swatches which show the colours a little better. Left to right - Glister, Fiasco, Feline, Electrum.

Overall I'm pleased with what was in my box, I definitely think I'll wear all the products at some point. I don't own any other Illamasqua products but I think this is going to start a new addiction for the brand! Especially for their cream eyeshadows if they're anything like Electrum! Electrum and Feline are definitely my favourite products from this box! What do you think?

A Little Bit of Vintage!

Tuesday, January 08, 2013


I've been really inspired by the vintage trend that seems to be around right now and since I recently moved house I've had a lot more leeway on decorating my room. Over this weekend I have been working on a few things to make my room look more girly and hopefully a little more vintage!


Believe it or not - this cute little jewellery holder, drawer thing wasn't actually white and worn out when I got it. Originally it was plain wood with a light varnish on it. To make it look more "vintage" I gave it a couple of white spray paint, left it to dry for 24 hours and then lightly took some sandpaper over the edges and any other areas where I thought it would wear. And here we are! I think it looks so cute.



I've also been collecting old vintage-style tins as they're great for storing things in, such as jewellery.



This little old "thrift" tin has become a cute place for me to store all my lip glosses and lipsticks. I love it! It only cost me £1.50 from a car boot sale too.


To add a little more colour I saved some food tins, such as tuna and beans! I then covered them with some cute vintagey paper and used them to store bracelets and makeup brushes! I think its a great way to recycle things and give them a new life - or as everyone seems to be saying these days "up-cycling".




Slightly cheating maybe, but I picked this mirror up from boots in the sales for £10 and thought it fit perfectly on my table since it has a somewhat vintage look about it.

Also the mirror that is hung on the wall was gold, but I used some of my spare spray paint to make it white. I think it looks much nicer and it definitely goes with my room much better.




New Year, New Blog!

Monday, January 07, 2013

Happy New Year Everyone! I hope you had a great time. Since it's the new year I thought it would be appropriate to make a new years resolution. I've decided to work harder on my blog: to take better photos; to make sure I spell everything correctly; to make sure what I'm posting is interesting and finally: to give my blog a proper makeover! In beginning to study graphic design I have begun to appreciate design and layout, I've realised how important it is for things to look good. Although a lot of the products I mention can speak for themselves, it's nice to be able to help them along the way with a nice looking blog!

I went ahead and designed my own header, it took a bit of time getting it to look right but I think overall it looks much better than before. As well as this I've been revising my HTML coding that I learnt when I studies computing at school to help improve how my blog flows overall - speeding up link clicking and so on.

Anyway, I hope you like the new look! Let me know what you think, and here's to a new year of hard work and better blogging!

new blog header!