Month: September 2014

September Favourites

Can you believe that it’s nearly October – where did the summer go? I must admit that I’m pretty excited because I love this time of year. I love Autumn clothes, hot chocolates and of course, Halloween, but more on that later on in the month.

For now, I’m going to write about my September Favourites. I always love reading monthly favourite posts but have never written one myself so I’ve decided to make this a monthly feature on my blog that will include lots of things I am loving from makeup and fashion to food.

1)H&M

I can’t believe how impressed I was when I went into H&M the other week, I literally wanted to buy the whole store. I did buy quite a few things so be sure to look out for my H&M Haul on Wednesday. I love the fact everything is affordable (all students will agree with me here) but you don’t compromise on the quality. I will definitely be returning when my student loan hits my bank account.

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The Green Juice

After a summer of drinking too many cocktails and eating far too many BBQ’s, I decided to a bit of research into juicing. Juicing is popular trend (especially amongst celebrities) where you live off different types of fruit/vegetable juices for a week or so in a bid to loose weight quickly and cleanse your body. But after reading up on juice diets, I realised this was unsustainable and probably not good for your body anyway. I then came across Gwyneth Paltrow’s juice recipes and became intrigued by the good reviews. I didn’t want to live off juices for a week but I wanted to try one of her recipes as I replacement for my toast or Shreddies in the morning. This juice is called ‘The Green Juice’ and although it may not be the nicest drink you will ever taste, it also isn’t the worst and is full of good nutrients that your body needs. I try to have this juice atleast once a week for my breakfast and it definitely gives you a wake up boost so you can ditch that morning coffee you so desperately need.

To make the juice you will need:

Ingrediants for Juicing

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The Lecture Makeup Look

Quite a few of you have probably started back at university so I’ve decided to talk you through a makeup look perfect for a lecture. If you’re anything like me a 9 o’clock start is such a killer, especially if you’ve been out late the night before, so the longer you can stay in bed, the better. I tend to wear minimal makeup in the day, mainly because I don’t have the time to spend in the morning, but I do try to make it look like I have made some effort with this quick and simple makeup routine.

Joanna Bowden

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Barry M Nail Polishes

Barry M Nail PolishWith Autumn on it’s way I’ve decided to ditch the pastel nail colours and move onto slightly darker shades. I invested in two Barry M nail polishes as they were on offer in Boots and having always used Nails Inc I wanted to try out a different brand.

I love having gels on my nails and as I have my own kit at home I like to do them on myself but this takes up quite a bit of time . When I saw Barry M do their own Gelly High Shine range I got really excited and picked one up in the shade Blue Grape. I was pleasantly surprised, it definitely has the ‘gelly’ effect as promised and the colour is just as bright as it looks in the bottle and only takes a few coats to build up. I did find that it chipped quite quickly compared to Nails Inc but it only took me a few minutes to tidy my nails up so they looked freshly painted.

I’ve heard lots of people talk about Barry M’s Matte range and to be honest, I never really saw the attraction to having matte nails. But after giving this a go, I really like it. It gives off an edgy vibe and looks great with lots of rings and bracelets. Again, it only takes a few coats to build up and this has lasted slightly longer than the Gelly High Shine nail paint.

Overall, I’m pretty impressed with Barry M. Have you tried out these nail polishes?

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Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer

Wake Me Up Rimmel Concealer

Having always used and loved Benefit Boi-ing concealer as part of my everyday makeup look, I was sceptical to try out a new one, but with little funds I needed to find a cheaper alternative without compromising on quality. As brilliant as the coverage is with Boi-ing, it is quite thick and can sometimes dry out your skin, especially when it starts to get cold, so I also wanted a slightly runnier concealer.

Whilst browsing the makeup in Boots I came across the Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer and decided to give it go. According to Rimmel it is the ‘first full coverage concealer that visibly reawakens and illuminates under the eyes’ and it does just that!

I bought this in Ivory and it is a perfect match to my (pale) skin, but it is available to buy in True Ivory, Classic Beige and Soft Beige aswell. It sits nicely on top of foundation but I would say that you don’t need to apply too much of it as it can make your skin quite dewy. The applicator makes this really easy to apply and I found it best to blend using my fingers rather than a concealer brush as it makes it longer lasting. The only downfall is that it doesn’t have a great coverage on blemishes so if you do have spot prone skin I would maybe suggest getting a slightly thicker concealer.

That said, for £5.49 I think it’s a great, well priced concealer to add to your makeup collection. What do you think of Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer?

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The Pore Fessional Primer

The PoreFessional Primer Benefit

I had never used a primer as part of my make-up routine until I was given this tester at the Benefit counter in Boots, so I decided to give it a go and I absolutely love it.

The primer minimises the appearance of pores and leaves your skin looking smooth and radiant. Having always just applied moisturiser under my foundation, I often found it didn’t last for very long and would rub off by the end of the day, but when I used this it gave me a lasting finish. Pore Fessional is like a balm, so you apply a small amount either on its own or under foundation. It’s also great because it contains vitamins and uses an oil free formula to compliment all skin types. Although it is quite pricey at £24.40, I would definitely recommend it and I will purchasing it on my next trip into town.

Have you tried Pore Fessional yet?

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