Wednesday, 14 August 2013

review: l'oreal true match foundation

Face: L'Oreal True Match Foundation in W1 Porcelain // 17 Blush & Glow in Peachy
Eyes: Maxfactor Earth Spirits Eyeshadow in 495 Smokey Gold // Maybelline Master Precise Eyeliner // Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara
Brows: Benefit Instant Brow Pencil
Lips: Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain in Forbidden

Hello, my first beauty post! If you hadn't already noticed, I'm pretty damn pale and I'm on a constant hunt for the perfect foundation, so I thought I'd do a quick review for fellow pale girls!

Here's the Boots description for the L'Oreal True Match foundation I've been using:

"Following research into the skin-tones of women from around the world, the L’Oréal Laboratories have developed a unique palette of 12 skin-true shades in L'Oréal Paris True Match Foundation.
The result for L'Oréal Paris True Match Foundation is a natural looking, skin-true colour without tide-marks and outstanding coverage without caking.
L'Oréal Paris True Match Foundation has a micro-fine, creamy texture that contains 3 light, non-greasy oils. You can build up layers of L'Oréal Paris True Match Foundation coverage for a made-to-measure finish.
L'Oréal Paris True Match Foundation gives outstanding coverage without caking.  L'Oréal Paris True Match Foundation conceals imperfections, without caking : its micro-fine, creamy texture blends perfectly with the skin's texture."

I first bought L'Oreal True Match foundation in the shade C1 Rose Ivory, as that was the palest shade I could find in Boots/Superdrug/etc. I did use this shade for quite a while before trying other foundations, it wasn't bad but was just slightly too pink for me (even though its meant to be a cool toned colour?!). I had forgotten all about it until I went on holiday to Canada last month, when I spotted the foundation in Walmart in a MUCH wider range of shades! Due to the price being much lower over there, I decided to try it out again and bought the shade W1 Porcelain. Here are some swatches to you can compare the colour to other foundations I've used:

From left to right:
L'Oreal True Match in W1 // L'Oreal True Match in C1 // Illamasqua Skin Base in 02 // Mac Studio Fix Fluid in NC15

As you can see, even MAC NC15 is way too orange for me, and although the Illamasqua Skin Base in 02 is a great colour for me, it just really didn't agree with my skin. This is foundation is finally pale enough and feels great! I have no idea why the 'cool' shade is so much more pink than the 'warm' shade though?! Aside from the colour, this foundation has a lovely texture - it's definitely 'super-blendable' as it states on the bottle, it comes out of the bottle very light and not gloomy at all which makes it so easy to apply. It feels great when its on the skin as well and it has a really natural finish. I'd say the coverage is light to medium but its buildable without looking cakey - I have really annoying combination skin but it doesn't cling to dry areas or make my oily areas too shiny, even after a busy shift at work. I have absolutely terrible huge pores on my nose and this foundation doesn't sink into them as much as others have too, which is a massive plus for me!

Overall, I really recommend this foundation if you can find it in the right shade for you! I'll definitely be repurchasing this if I can find it in the same shade again!

A xo

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

what i wore today 002: despite everything i'm still human

 Dress: Primark
Creepers: New Look
Sunglasses: Primark
Hat: H&M
Necklace: Made by me, click here to see more

The sun is out! Perfect excuse for a summery outfit post :) I'm going to a Tatty Devine jewellery workshop in London on Thursday evening so I thought for once I'd try and plan my outfit beforehand. This is what I think I'll wear (unless the mint coloured American Apparel disco pants I naughtily ordered arrive in time...), I'm hoping it'll still be sunny?!

Sneaky photobomb by my cat, Poppy!

A xo

Friday, 12 April 2013

motel rocks stylist tasks

Hello! Motel Rocks are currently looking for 3 street team stylists through a number of different tasks involving creating moodboards so i thought I'd enter! Below are my entries for the tasks so far - a daytime outfit and a night time outfit. There's so many pieces I want! Don't forget to use my code 'abbieabbieabbie' to get 20% off at Motel Rocks too.

Motel Rocks Daytime Stylist Task

Pendant jewelry

Cc skye bracelet

Drop earrings
$18 -

Pink heart sunglasses

Motel Penny Babydoll Dress in Acid Wash Denim at Motel Rocks
$64 -

Motel Rocks Night Time Stylist Task

Motel dress
$38 -
Pamela Mann short socks
$4.62 -
Kat Maconie platform boots
$375 -
Melie bianco
Mint neon jewelry
$35 -
Black sunglasses
$28 -
$10 -

A xo

Monday, 8 April 2013

review: l'oreal feria pastel toning conditioner

Hello, thought I'd post about something a bit different and do a review for a change!

As you might have noticed in my previous outfit post, I often dye my hair baby pink, so when I heard that L'Oreal had brought out a small range of pastel coloured toning dyes I knew I had to try them out. My roots were in desperate need of being bleached so I thought this would be the perfect chance to test out the Pink Panther shades in order for my roots to blend into the rest of my pink hair.

The range consists of 3 different shades - Pink Panther, Peach Punch and Lilac Lavender. The box contains a pretty big tube of ready to use product which can handily be reused, a pair of plastic gloves and an instruction leaflet.

This is what my hair looked like before starting - my roots were pretty yellow from only just being bleached and the rest of my hair was still slightly pink from the last time I had dyed it. Really I should have toned my roots with my usual purple shampoo before beginning to ensure I had a nice neutral base but I was too impatient!

The product is used just like a conditioner - shampoo your hair as normal and then apply like a conditioner to wet hair and rinse after 15 minutes. I have extremely thick hair and I had read reviews for this product before so I decided to use the whole tube on my hair and I left it on for about 40 minutes rather than the recommended 15 minutes! Obviously this wouldn't be safe to do with an ammonia or bleach based permanent dye, but its fine to do this with conditioner based semi-permanent dyes.

This is what my hair looked like after I had applied the product, it comes out of the tube looking very neon!

And this was the end result after rinsing and drying. Overall I was pretty pleased with the result, but I'd say that if your hair isn't pure white and you leave the dye for the recommended 15 minutes, you'll be disappointed! Leaving the dye on for longer definitely helps, but I don't think it'll ever be as 'pastel' as the picture on the box! Also bear in mind that the colour will wash out VERY quickly. I don't think I'll continue using this dye - it's £5.79 in Boots, whereas my usual Directions dye costs around £4 a pot and I can get 2 or 3 full head uses out of it when diluted with conditioner.

All in all, a fairly good dye if you fancy experimenting a little, but not great if you're looking to maintain pastel hair in the long term!

A xo

Saturday, 9 March 2013

what i wore today 001: flipping through the pages of our diary

Jacket - BHS
Disco Pants - American Apparel
Boots - Topshop
Watch - Marc by Marc Jacobs

Finally, my first (slightly rubbish) outfit post! I just took some very quick photos late this afternoon which is why the lighting is so shocking... but at least I've made a start!

I wear my trusty leather jacket with everything, its actually from the children's department in BHS so it was a massive bargain. I love Into It. Over It.'s music (Proper is one of my favourite albums), this t-shirt goes with everything as well which is great! The disco pants were bought while American Apparel had their Family & Friends 30% discount running, I wanted a change from my navy ones so I went for the newer Imperial Purple colour - they're a bit harder to style but I do like them. Aaaand the watch and boots are just my staples that I wear with anything and everything really, good investments I think!

A xo

Friday, 8 March 2013

& other stories

Long time no post, I've had lots going on recently but I want to get back into posting regularly now, apologies!

Today marks the launch of H&M's brand new sister label '& Other Stories' - of course it would have been great to be at the launch of the new store on Regent Street but alas I'll have to settle with browsing the website instead! & Other Stories has been described as being of higher quality than H&M and as having more variety than Cos which sounds ideal for me, and I've already seen lots of pieces that I love on the website so I thought I'd show you my picks:

Panel top, £39

Mesh dress, £55

There's so many more lovely pieces on the website, it was hard to choose my favourites! I wish I could afford them all - what do you think?

A xo

Thursday, 10 January 2013

new year, new start (a personal post)

I'm the worst, I haven't posted in so long! Now for a really long (and personal) post to make up for it...

I've  had a lovely Christmas and New Year at home with my family as I had a whole month off from uni, just what I needed! I had to try and make some difficult decisions over this time though, eeek.

Since I started uni last September, I wasn't 100% sure that I was doing the right course as I wasn't massively enjoying it but I thought I'd do the sensible thing and stick it out to see if it got better. By the time I went home for Christmas I was definitely very unhappy doing the course I was doing, and I realised I should probably be brave and do something about it instead of struggling through and making myself miserable!

So over Christmas I came to the decision to leave my course (yep, I'm going to be a drop out!) and I've reapplied for courses starting in September in the subject that I knew I should have chosen originally - jewellery.
It's been a really scary process - Falmouth is a lovely place to live and my boyfriend's here too, so it won't be easy to leave - but I feel like a massive weight's been taken off my shoulders and I know I'm definitely doing the right thing. It's nice feeling like I've started 2013 completely fresh and stress free, and now I've got the next 9 months to focus on doing things that make me happy.

Not many people know that around this time last year, I was diagnosed with depression and was put on medication. It was a really horrible period of my life, and there was no main trigger for it - I've always been a huge worrier and prone to stress and anxiety so all of this combined with hating college and not having much of a social life just got out of hand and put me in a bad place emotionally I guess. When I started to feel unhappy about university I couldn't help but remember this time last year, and I knew that I didn't want things to get that bad again - I'm glad I've taken control now rather than later!

I'm now really excited for what these coming months will bring me. I've got some amazing work experience lined up, working in the costume department for a pretty big TV show (I won't say which one yet in case I jinx it!), I'm going to start exercising (healthy body/healthy mind and all that), and I'm thinking of going abroad to volunteer with animals in the summer using some of my savings (hello baby elephants!). Really exciting stuff and I definitely wouldn't have predicted that this year would start like this but I guess I'm quite glad about it all now :)

So, number one New Year's Resolution for me is just to do what makes me happy. Have you made any New Year's resolutions, big or small?

A xo