Sunday, 23 July 2017

Poundland Nail Polishes

When I moved out of my last flat I realised that every single nail polish I owned had gone gloopy and I'd only used them once or twice. As much as I love pretty nails, I don't paint mine enough to justify spending more than a quid on nail polish. I feel like I'm always cleaning or doing dishes (ahh, adulthood!) so they chip straight away or I end up picking them off. I live opposite a nail salon so I'd go there if I really wanted them to last.

Whenever I go into my local Poundland I always look at their nail or makeup collection. Although I wouldn't buy the foundation or mascara, their liquid eyeliner is pretty decent for a quid and they have a nice selection of nail polishes.

As it's summer (I think), I opted for pastel shades 'Mint Milkshake' and 'Bambino Blue' (I know they look virtually the same in this pic, but I assure you they're not). You can view their full collection here. (I can definitely see the glittery ones getting me through the dull winter months).

I wouldn't say they're the most long-lasting (what do you expect for a pound?), but if you're like me and only paint your toenails - or your fingernails for special occasions - then these are definitely a bargain! They're just as good, if not better, than your standard high-street brand.

Friday, 23 June 2017

REVIEW: Essence Mousse Foundation

I'm a foundation fiend and on my quest to find the perfect, purse-friendly foundation, I stumbled upon this little gem in Wilko. I was impressed with the Essence lipstick range and I use their 'Lash Princess Mascara' (I'm not 12. Honest!) so thought I might as well give their foundation a try. I can imagine this being the new Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse for 14-year-olds ... Anyone? I would have definitely worn this back in the day. Admittedly, the packaging is more appropriate for that age group which might be off-putting to people who prefer their high-end brands, but give this a chance.

The coverage is medium, but definitely buildable. I use my Real Technique Stifling Brush to blend, but I'm sure a sponge would work just as well (probably better, but mine is battered! I need a new one). Like a lot of high-street brands, the shades are limited unfortunately. I use 'Matt Ivory (04)' in the winter and 'Matt Sand (01)' during summer, but there are four shades to choose from. I also use my Nivea primer beforehand so it doesn't cling onto the drier areas of my skin and become patchy. Although, in terms of longevity, it's really not bad for £3.80.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this as a decent budget foundation. It gives a silky, matte finish and applies very easily.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

REVIEW: Daily Essentials Hydration Primer

Thanks to social media (I'm looking at you, YouTube!), I have to prime my skin before applying foundation. The days where I would just roll out of bed and slap it on with my fingers are long gone. The Nivea Daily Essentials Hydration Primer has been a staple in my make up collection for years. Firstly, it smells lovely. It doesn't burn a hole in my purse. AND it doesn't cause me to break out (always a plus!).

I will admit that I preferred the previous glass packaging, but this one is much more practical and travel-friendly. The formula has almost a gel-like consistency so a little goes a long way and it doesn't leave a greasy residue or take ages to absorb. It's very lightweight, which I like. I'd also use this as a simple moisturiser.

Thank you, Nivea. 

Monday, 13 March 2017

REVIEW: Argan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner

These products seem to fly off the shelves at the store where I work. They retail for £1 each and are usually found in discount stores throughout the U.K (Poundland, Home Bargains, B&M, etc.).

When it comes to hair, we're all different. There are certain brands that I just can't get along with so I usually stick to brands I know and love - like Pantene or Herbal Essence - to avoid wasting money. That said, I loved the Creighton Argan Oil Conditioner - another purse-friendly product sold at U.K. discount stores - so thought maybe these would have a similar formula and work just as well for me. Unfortunately, I didn't get on with these at all. The shampoo was far too harsh for my hair. The conditioner felt lovely straight after I applied it, but didn't make a difference once my hair had dried. My hair felt knotty and unmanageable. I'm not sure whether I'll finish the tube (I hate waste!), but I definitely won't repurchase.

UPDATE: No, I didn't finish the tube. 

Saturday, 11 March 2017

REVIEW: Wilko Dry Shampoo

Before I discovered Wilko's own range of dry shampoo, there was only Batiste. I've shopped at Wilko regularly over the past few years so must have passed these plenty of times, but let's be honest, it's not the most eye-catching product on the shelf. But you know what they say; never judge a book by its cover (or a product by its packaging). I'm so impressed with this, I don't think I'd go back to using other brands.

Here's the best part ... These 200ml cans are only 95p!!! I don't actually use dry shampoo that regularly, maybe once a week at most so mine lasts a solid while. That said, I do get the odd lazy day where I can't be bothered to wash my hair or I'm in a rush for work (more likely) and I suddenly realise my hair's greasy, so it's definitely handy to have one lying around. The spray is white, but it blends in easily and leaves my hair feeling clean and refreshed. There are four selections to choose from; 'All Shades', 'Brunette', 'Volume', and 'Fragrance'. I'm currently using the Fragrance one as I'm a sucker for floral, girly smells.

For 95p, you can't go wrong. 

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Happy International Women's Day

Happy International Women's Day!

I really wasn't sure whether to post this, but there's no better day than today.

I'd describe myself as a feminist, but it's only recently that I've started to think about what that word means for me. I know it's a dirty word for some people who mistakenly think it's about hating men and not letting them open doors for us, etc. Don't get me wrong, there probably is a small minority of men or women who give feminism a bad name (like ANY group!), but don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. I used to think that because we have equal rights (at least in the U.K.), people needed to move on because we're not living in the 1940s any more ... Then I opened my eyes.

Before I go on, I want to acknowledge that I know this doesn't apply to all men. For every man who's behaved like an arsehole, there's a decent guy who wouldn't dream of acting like that. Plus, I've been hurt by women as many times as I've been hurt by men - if not more, sadly. I don't judge people by their gender and that's a part of what feminism is about! That said, I've had enough negative encounters in my life to realise why I personally need feminism. Me and my friends have been grabbed multiple times on nights out (no, Milo, I'm not "bragging" about it) and people have turned a blind eye or laughed. Once I was followed home by a drunken old man repeatedly asking me if I was married. None of your business, mate. What difference does it make? Would he have stopped following me if I was? Why does he respect my imaginary husband more than me? I've even had ex-boyfriends who've made some pretty sexist comments. I won't get into the nitty-gritty but luckily I'm a fairly confident person, hence why they're exes! I'll be honest, on these occasions I have questioned myself ... Should I dress differently? If I wasn't wearing a short skirt and heels, would I attract 'nicer' guys? But I should be able to wear whatever the hell I want without the fear of someone putting their hand up my skirt(!) or following me home. Unfortunately, that's still not the case. If a man wants to sleep with lots of women then he might get called a few jokey names, but it's nowhere near as bad as what us women put up with. The sad part is that it often comes from other girls. 'Mean Girls' spring to mind.

Again, I want to add that most the men in my life are wonderful people so I'm not bashing on all men. I'm just trying to explain why feminism is still needed and why we're still marching. Here's a quote I tweeted today which I absolutely love:

Another friendly reminder: 
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So Happy International Women's Day. 
Stay beautiful! 

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Goodbye 2016

First and foremost; Happy New Year! Hope you all had a good'un and your heads aren't too sore.

I'm not writing concrete resolutions or goals for 2017. I was too hard on myself in 2016 and I won't make the same mistake this year. That said, I wouldn't mind opening a YouTube channel, passing my driving test, and saving some money. That's it for now. I'm sure I'll think of some more when my hangover's gone.


Poundland Nail Polishes

When I moved out of my last flat I realised that every single nail polish I owned had gone gloopy and I'd only used them once or twice....