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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The Casual Heel

New Look Casual Heels

New Look

I’ve always loved wearing heels and personally think they make any outfit look ten times better, but it’s not always practical to wear 5 inch heels when you are just popping into town. I wanted to find myself a pair of comfy, casual heels that I could just throw on with a pair of skinny jeans or cigarette trousers but as I’m a student I really needed to find myself an affordable pair.

I came across these chunky heels in New Look and fell completely in love with them, the chunky heel and lace up the front means these are so comfy to walk in and are causal enough to wear in the daytime. I also love the fact they are open toe as it makes these heavy, grungy heels quite girly. And for £25 you can’t really go wrong, can you?

I’ve been wearing these non-stop with my skinny jeans and will definitely be wearing them right up until it’s too cold to have my bare feet out.

So if you are looking for a comfy pair of casual heels, I suggest you snap these up before they all sell out!

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Courgetti Spaghetti

After over indulging on holiday, I have been trying to be healthier over the past few weeks and it has been made extremely easy with this super healthy, super tasty recipe. I first heard about courgetti spaghetti on Saturday Kitchen when Hemsley and Hemsley were on the show. For those of you who haven’t heard about these health savvy sisters, they have recently brought out their own cook book filled with healthy and nutritious recipes, courgetti spaghetti being one of them. Courgetti is raw courgette peeled into long thin strips as a replacement for pasta or noodles. Not only are you saving yourself lots of calories, it tastes great so you won’t be missing that carby pasta anytime soon.

I bought myself this Stainless Steel Julienne Peeler from Lakeland which is conveniently on offer at the moment, so I grabbed myself two – one for at home and another to take back to uni.

Julienne Peeler from Lakeland

Julienne Peeler from Lakeland

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My Everyday Makeup

I’ve seen quite a few posts about makeup people use on a daily basis and seeing as I love reading them, I thought I would do my own. I own lots of different makeup brands that I like to use certain items from. Every once in a while I mix things up a bit as I get bored of certain products and like to try out new ones. In the summer I like to go for a natural look using a browny/gold palette on my eyes and a nude lipstick.

My Everyday Makeup

My Everyday Makeup

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Summer Beauty Essentials

Summer is definitely my favourite time of year, I love the sunshine, going on holiday and stocking up on lots of new beauty products. Here are a few products that I cannot live without this summer and some of them I have been coming back to year after year because they are simply so wonderful.

Summer Beauty Essentials

Summer Beauty Essentials

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Homeware Haul: Bedroom

After having a very childish bedroom for the majority of my life, my parents finally decided it was time to re decorate and thank god they did as I’m not sure I could bare having any more friends round for them to see the state of my bedroom. So when I returned from university this summer, I was greeted by a lovely cream bedroom with a new fluffy carpet ready for me to accessorise. Having a plain room meant that I could go out shopping and pick out a colour scheme so here’s a post to show you what I picked out. Surprisingly, I found some really nice things in the cheaper shops such as Primark which shows that you can decorate on a budget and some of the things I found will be great for those of you heading to university in September.

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Laura Ashley

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The Truth About Going to University

With my first year of uni finished, I’m now at the stage where I’m still trying to get over the sheer chaos of exams (let me tell you, it was VERY stressful) and I’m also coming to the point where I feel it’s actually time to find myself a summer job as watching back to back episodes of Prison Break probably isn’t the best way to spend my summer holidays. But whilst I ponder around at this stage, I thought it would be a good idea to write a post about my first year at university, what I learnt and what I wish someone had told me.

Having taken a gap year before heading off to uni, I watched a lot of my friends go the year before me, which worked in my favour as I could see what it was like for them and they could give me a heads up on what to expect. By the end of September my Facebook feed was filled with pictures of my friends at uni, followed by tweets about  how great it was and how drunk they had been the night before – as you can imagine, this filled me with excitement and I couldn’t wait to head off the following year.

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The Ultimate Hangover Guide

Unfortunately, at some point in our lives (especially if you’re currently a student), we will all be privy to a rather chronic hangover. Sickness, a painful headache, tiredness, dizziness and generally feeling like the ground should swallow you up are just several of the typical ‘hangover’ symptoms but don’t panic – I have put together a list of the top 5 hangover cures so you’ll be feeling fresh as ever before you know it!

The best way to avoid a hangover in the first place would be to avoid mixing your drinks – we all know this doesn’t end well. Why not drink water in between drinks to re hydrate yourself? Not only does this avoid the banging headache you usually wake up with, but keeps your skin hydrated throughout the night.

Alcohol is a ‘diuretic’ meaning it removes fluids from the body and therefore leaves you and your skin feeling dehydrated, so my top tip to get you well on your way to recovery is to drink lots of water in the morning!

Moisturise:
We’ve all had that moment when we look in the mirror after a night out and nearly scream when we see how dull and tired our skin looks! It sucks, right? Luckily Garnier Moisture Match is to our rescue! It is designed to improve a dull complexion, of all skin types, so simply apply a small amount to your face and neck and watch a miracle happen in front of your eyes.

Garnier Moisture Match

Garnier Moisture Match

Exercise:
It might sound crazy, and yes, you probably can’t think of anything worse than to go for a run after a night out but the fresh air works a treat! Even if you aren’t sprinting, a brisk walk around the park will help you sweat out your hangover and you will build up a healthy appetite ready for my next tip.

A Good Burger:
Nothing can get rid of a hangover more than a good burger. That shaking feeling you usually get around midday will be sorted right out. Plus – who needs an excuse to eat a burger?

Face mask:
My favourite face mask is Elemis Herbal Lavender Repair Mask but this is pretty pricey so any face mask will do! All you have to do is leave this on your skin for 10 – 15 minutes and the soothing lavender oil will deep cleanse and re balance your skin so you are as good as new – no one will ever know you went out the night before!

Elemis Herbal Lavender Repair Mask

Elemis Herbal Lavender Repair Mask

Bronzer:
Nothing can help dull and pale skin like a bit of bronzer. This will immediately freshen you up and give you a healthy glow. My favourite bronzer is Hoola by Benefit but all bronzers will do the job!

Hoola bronzer by Benefit

Hoola bronzer by Benefit

If you want to skip a hangover altogether you can always drink non-alcoholic cocktails – these are great as you can sit with a yummy drink and not stress about the effects of drinking (or the calories). My favourite recipe is by Wayne Collins, it’s a healthy alternative to a Mojito:

Mint Lemonade
Ingredients:

  • large handful fresh mint, leaves picked
  • 6 lemons, juice and zest of 3
  • 3 tbsp sugar cane syrup
  • sparkling mineral water, to top up

Method:

  • Place the mint leaves into a tea towel and bruise with a rolling pin.
  • Add the mint to a pitcher, with the lemon juice and zest and sugar cane syrup.
  • Top up with sparkling water. Mix the cocktail well and add more sugar cane syrup, to taste.
  • Chill in the fridge.

So there you have it – your ultimate guide to beat the hangover!