Saturday, 28 May 2016

Makeup Tips for Glasses + Contacts Wearer*

One thing that I always struggled with when wearing glasses was makeup. Like what's the point of wearing eyeliner when your glasses are in the way, or concealer when your lenses cast a shadow over your undereye anyway? So when I was contacted about writing a post on makeup tips for glasses or contact wearers by Feel Good Contacts, I said yes because I could have really done with these tips myself!

For a bit of background I've been wearing glasses since I was about 12, and I started wearing contacts a few years ago, mainly on weekdays. I think glasses have started being seen as more trendy in the last couple of years. However, as much as I wish I did, I really don't suit glasses at all, and hence the contacts. I think contacts do let you experiment with your makeup more, they can also be more convenient, it's better than stacking glasses on when you go to see a 3D movie! Saying that, glasses also have their positives, for example your eyes don't dry out as much when sitting at a screen all day when wearing glasses.

Although at first I did find putting contacts in a bit difficult as poking yourself in the eye doesn't really come naturally, but you do get used to it. I use monthly contacts, so basically the same pair for 30 days but you have to clean them thoroughly after each use. There are also dailys, such as the focus dailies by Feel Good Contacts, which are good for those of you who don't wear contacts so often as this way you're only paying for each use which might work out cheaper.

So to sum it up I prefer both contacts or glasses based on the situation, and here's some tips if you're a fellow glasses/contacts wearer:

  • Eyebrows are said to frame your whole face, and I think this definitely applies to those who wear glasses. I'm not going to go on about how they must be precisely filled in because actually they don't! Not everyone's eyebrows need to look the same, and I've got a confession to make; I've never filled mine in! I groom them (tidy the strays away), but I like to leave the natural shape and thickness.
  • One of the tips I've heard is to go in with heavy eyeliner to bring your eyes out, but I think this assumes that everyone wears those big, round glasses. Whereas, I'm the total opposite. I have a smallish face and so I stick with the smaller glasses, so basically the Harry Potter style ones. Due to my frames being so small a finer line would work better for me.
  • Applying eyeliner in your lower waterline can also be a great trick. Sometimes it is advised not to tightline with contacts in, as the formula can get transaferred to your contacts, but I've found a creamy eyeliner with little fallout (like the Rimmel Scandaleyes range) works fine. If your lenses make your eyes look smaller, a nude liner in the waterline will help counter this.
  • If you find it difficult to play up your eyes, then try making your lips the focal point! I think a statement lip looks amazing with glasses.
I hope you enjoyed this post!
Do you have any tips for glasses/contact wearers?

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Monday, 23 May 2016

L'Oreal Studio Secrets Resurfacing Primer Review

L'Oreal Studio Secrets Resurfacing Primer Review
I was looking back on my posts recently, and upon realising many of my most loved products are yet to make an appearance, I thought it was about time I reviewed more of my favourite products. So here goes!  Many moons ago, when I was looking for a primer that would give me that flawless base, I heard of the L'Oreal Studio Secrets Resurfacing primer. Admittedly, I was quite shocked by the price, £14.29 for a drugstore primer (here). However, it's not everyday that I buy a primer so I decided to give it a go.

I was looking for something that would smooth over my skin, almost like a soft focus effect, and a primer that would help with the longevity of my makeup. L'Oreal claim this primer masks wrinkles and uneven textures, giving you smooth feeling skin with a velvet touch, all thanks to it's high 'elastomer' content - which basically means rubber (or silicones to you and I, you really do learn something new everyday!).

L'Oreal Studio Secrets Resurfacing Primer Review

L'Oreal Studio Secrets Resurfacing Primer Review

The texture of this primer is very unusual, I can't say I've come across anything quite like it! It's consistency is that of a very light, whipped mouse. It's pale pink colour is also quite unique. You get 15ml of product in the little jar, and granted it does seem like a tiny amount for the price, but you only need the tiniest bit per application. I would really start with the bare amount as it actually does a great job at spreading and smoothing over the skin, plus if you apply too much it will ball up and the texture won't be as smooth as expected. I have made a small dent in my jar but I only use it for occasions, however if you were using it more often you might find that it runs out quicker. Also, whilst I really like it, I probably wouldn't want to wear it daily because of the high silicone content.

As for application, I scoop a little bit of product out using my ring finger and just dab and smooth it over the areas where I need it most, so for me it's the nose, my cheeks and forehead. I then smooth what's left over on the rest of my face. Whilst most claims of the 'velvety-smooth' finish are often exaggerated when it comes to adverts, I can honestly say this is not the case with this primer! As crazy as it sounds, it really does leave my skin feeling soft like velvet. The texture of my skin is all evened out and it creates a really nice base for foundation and layering products up.

L'Oreal Studio Secrets Resurfacing Primer Review

L'Oreal Studio Secrets Resurfacing Primer Review

As for it's claims about longevity, I have noticed that my base stays on longer. It looks fresher and my blush is still where I placed it, rather than having melted off half way down my face. However, at the same time I wouldn't put this in the same category as other primers which I think are more heavy duty, I think this one is more focused on creating that flawless base for application rather than meeting a target of so many hours.

L'Oreal claim the studio secrets primer gives a matte look and a silky finish to the skin, making it suitable for combination and oily skin, however I would say the finish is more on the semi-matte or satin side. Even with my dry skin I don't find it uncomfortable at all, and I don't find it so matte it removes all the shine either.

Overall, I realise it might not sound like it but I really do enjoy this primer! I think that when thinking of primers you tend to think about extending the wear of your make up, but this primer offers something that's a bit more different. By smoothing over any uneven textures it gives me more of a flawless base before I've even applied any foundation or concealer. It is however a pricey product for a drugstore range, and it seems to be disappearing from my local drugstores which is a shame.

I hope you enjoyed this post!
Which primers would you recommend?

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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Updating my S/S 16 Wardrobe

I'm one of those people who will normally just throw something simple on when I go out, I use the argument that British weather means you're wearing a coat most of the time anyway.. Whilst I do like buying clothes, especially dresses, I really don't know how to pair items together. Also, let's face it, most of the time it's freezing! So I can either dress up like I'm dropping into London Fashion Week or just dress prepared for a long day at work.

However, due to my lack of fashion expertise paired with an overwhelming desire to hoard clothes, I've ended up with quite a lot of things that I either never end up wearing or which leave me feeling quite stupefied, like what on earth was I thinking?! Previously I also tended to shop more on the affordable side of the high street, and whilst I've picked up a few things I love, there have also been a few occasions where the quality has left me wanting. Since then I've realised that expensive doesn't always mean a waste of money, I'm not talking about overpriced hipster stores here, but shops where you might pay a little more, like Warehouse/Oasis, but you end up with things that last that bit longer and the material is better quality.

This is where my wardrobe upheaval begins! I'm not going to throw away everything I own because that would be a waste and plus I'll be thinking of any excuse to hold on to them. However, I only want to buy things where I'm 100% certain on them, even if that means trying on items for 10 minutes or having to return stuff (I did have to return the entirety of two recent orders as the quality of the clothing was so flimsy compared to what the images depicted!).

I also want to buy more statement pieces, almost like a capsule wardrobe, items that are timeless, of a good quality and those that can be dressed up or down.

So far on the upheavel journey, I've picked up two shirt dresses. I love these because they're so elegant and quite modest, i.e. they don't have holes cut out in the most random of places. They also have sleeves which is a rarity on the high street, and it means they can be worn throughout the year as well!

The first floral printed blue shirt dress is from Fashion Union. I was always dubious about whether the quality would be up there as it's a solely online store I think, but when I saw they had 50% off Brand Attic I decided to give is a go. First of all, one thing it doesn't mention on the website is that the dress is entirely see through! As soon as the initial shock faded I realised there was also a slip dress included in the parcel to be worn underneath. I fell in love with it when I tried it on with the slip, it does need to be adjusted with the strings around the waist but it's very flattering, (plus I was also a bit secretly pleased to get two dresses in one).

I also really like this Flowing shirt dress from an online store called Esprit (see here) for £59 which has a satin look. I think a satin finish makes any garment look more expensive than it is, and it will be perfect for Summer.

The second striped shirt dress is from Oasis. I believe this one has been in adverts everywhere but as much as I wanted it initially, I wasn't prepared to pay nearly £50 for something that wasn't the correct size. I have found that Oasis sizing can be a bit all over the place, but I'm generally happy to overlook this for the sake of their beautiful camisoles. Just as I was loosing hope I saw that they had a sale on and so I picked it up for £28 from House of Fraser (with free collect + I tell you). This is just as beautiful on and again, very classy!

Lastly, I picked up a denim dungaree dress, also from Oasis, and whilst it is a trendy item, it's also something that I grew up wearing and so it brings back many happy memories. This is the only one that I brought without researching as it's almost an exact copy of the one I had as a kid. It's available for £45 here.

Finally, for some fun, if I could only pick one party dress to have in my wardrobe, it would be this amazing 2 in 1 dress with a tulle skirt also from Esprit!

I hope you enjoyed this post!
Do you have any advice when it comes to clothes shopping, and which stores would you recommend?

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