Monday, 21 July 2014

Seventeen Miracle Matte Pressed Powder Review

I recently bought this as my Rimmel Stay Matte was running out and after going through several of them I thought I would try something new, even though I've regretted it in the past this time I didn't. I saw this was only £3.99 and thought that sounded good value and had heard some good reviews of it so I thought I would try it out myself.  My skin is combination to oily so I need a powder that keeps the shine at bay but doesn't stick to any dry patches I may have and I've found this really works for me.


The powder promises 16 hr shine control which may be true if you have normal skin but for me powders only every last a few hours, this one lasts me til probably around 1/2pm after applying it at 7am and being at school all day, so it does pretty well. It also says to have a soft matte finish which I completely agree with it leaves me with a really smooth base to apply cheek products that can then glide on. 


The shade range it pretty limited but with powders you don't often need to have the exact colour as I have it in ivory porcelain which I think is the palest but comes out pretty translucent, as my skin is getting more tanned I do find I need to use a bronzer to warm up my skin. The product is also in a nice matte black packaging with a mirror and a sponge so is really useful to put in your bag or to take travelling.


The powder is also very finely milled so it doesn't cake on your skin which is great, even if you apply it with a sponge it still looks fairly natural on your skin, however if you do just want to wear this and concealer you probably could build up the coverage if you tried. 


Thanks for reading, let me know if you've tried this and what you think of it, I still can't decide whether I prefer this or my Rimmel Stay Matte, tough choice! 

Grace 
xoxo

Monday, 7 July 2014

Beauty Review: Superdrug Witch Hazel Mud Mask

I was recently in superdrug and I spotted they had bought out a few more of there face masks in tubes, which I find so much better value than the packets as they last so long. I picked up this one for only £2.59 for 75ml instead of the packets 99p for 10ml! I bought this as I do tend to get a few blemishes, I don't have acne but I do often have a few spots which I am always trying out new products to try and reduce them.


This mask has witch hazel in which is meant to be really good for spots and it also contains salicylic acid which is also very good for targeting spots and blemishes. It also contains deep sea mud which deeply cleanses and reduces excess oil, so it really has everything perfect for a teenage girl with 'acne-prone' skin. Also, after watching Caroline Hirons video I found out clay is a very cheap ingredients so if you want a clay mask you don't have to spend much.


When I apply it depending on a, how much time I have and b, what my skin is like, depends whether I apply a thick or thin coat, when you first put it on it feels quiet cooling then on the areas where I have spots or blemishes it tingles slightly which I like as it makes me feel like it's actually doing something! Then I normally leave it on until its dry which can range from 15-30 minutes depending on how much I applies and rinse it off, still buffing it into my skin with a flannel. It leaves my skin feeling really smooth and super clean after wards which I love, it makes me feel like my skin has had a really deep cleanse.


I think it has actually helped to clear up some of my spots a lot quicker and does definatley get rid of any excess shine I may have after a long day at school. I also like how its in a tube packaging as its really easy to take on holiday and also is a lot more hygienic than a pot, if you clean the top after using it. I also like that superdrug is against animal testing and their products are paraben free.


I also have the cucumber peel off mask and the deep sea antioxidant mask, so if you would like me to review those as well just let me know. Thanks for reading and hope this was useful!

Grace
xoxo


Friday, 4 July 2014

Random June Favourites

TV-

1. One Tree Hill-
I am currently watching One Tree Hill from the very beginning as I've seen a few of the later episodes and have always wanted to watch them all from the start and I finally am doing. I love the storylines they have and even though its over 10 years old I still love it. I you like 90210, Gossip Girl etc. then you'll love One Tree Hill.

2. I Wanna Marry Harry
This has recently been on ITV2 every Wednesday at 9 in the UK and is about a man who looks very similar to Prince Harry and has been made to look even more like him and is put in a mansion with 12 American girls who haven't been told he is Prince Harry but they all think he is. Each week one is eliminated and one gets to stay in the Crown Suite. I just really like it and find it really funny how serious they all get about it!

Films-

1. The Fault In Our Stars-
I think this is a given for me I have done a full review on it which you can read here, but honestly it is one of the best films I've seen in a long time and I think it's almost as good as the book, which is incredible. It had me crying from the end of Amsterdam I won't say exactly which bit as I don't want to ruin it for anyone!


Books-

1. You're The One That I Want By Giovanna Fletcher-
I have also done a review on this book which you can read here, but in a nutshell this book was amazing it's about two boys and a girl who are in a love triangle essentially and its not just the typical story you'd expect from that it's a lot more complexed than that.

Albums-

1. The Fault In Our Stars Soundtrack- 
This came out before I watched the film and I was listening to it on repeat and now after the film I've been listening to it even more, it has some really good songs on it and has even made me find my next favourite. The style of the songs on the soundtrack is the style of songs I've been really loving at the moment to listen to.


2. Jake Bugg by Jake Bugg
I discovered Jake Bugg after listening to The Fault In Our Stars Soundtrack as he has a song on there too, I have heard him before on the radio but I never really knew who he was and I am currently listening to his album as I type. He's got a very similar style to Ed Sheeran but with a bit of a twist and I am just in love with his voice!


Songs-

1. All of The Stars by Ed Sheeran-
This is the official song for The Fault In Our Stars and just fits to the movie so well, I know it was written for the film but all of the lyrics I think are just perfect for the movie and if I really listen to the lyrics and watch the music video it does make me cry!


2. Do I Wanna Know? by Arctic Monkeys-
I don't know why but I have been loving this song so much recently it has like a really heavy beat which isn't something I'd normally like and its very 'loud', I think I like it cause it's so different to anything I normally listen to.



3. Bonfire Heart by James Blunt-
Another song from a few months ago but I think when songs are played on the radio a lot I really get into them and this song has such a catchy tune that I just can't help but sing along to and who doesn't like a bit of James Blunt?!


Food/Drink-

1. Water-
This might seem a bit of a weird one but over the past couple of months I have been really getting into drinking water and know I drink about 2-3 litres a day and also have a really good app to track the amount you drink! Drinking more water has made my skin clear up so much and it also just makes me feel a lot better, I always have half a litre of water every morning and I feel it really kick starts my day!

2. Sunbites by Walkers-
I have been loving these crisps at the moment as I think they taste nicer than normal crisps and are wholegrain and have 30% less fat which is really good, they also have 5 different flavours which are all delicious. I think they're a really good idea if you're trying to cut calories but don't want to give up crisps.

Youtubers-

1. Vivianna Does Makeup- 
Recently Anna has been doing weekly vlogs showing us what she's been getting up to in her week and I have been completely addicted to them its normally about a 10 minute video including her week her boyfriend Mark is also in them and he seems really nice. She also edits them really well so they are really sleek and easy to watch.


2. Dolly Bow Bow-
I have been loving watching Kate's videos at the moment as she is pregnant with a little boy and still has amazing content, I love how she has such a range of videos so there's something to suit everyone  and she is also so pretty!


3. MoreZoella-
Through June Zoe has been doing daily vlogs and I have been completely addicted to them they are all fairly long which I really like and I find it really interesting to see what she does in her daily life and seeing all her friends and family through out the vlogs. Her apartment is also incredible and her vlogs have made me really want to visit Brighton!


Apps-

1. Water Your Body-
This is what I use to track how much water I drink a day you can chose any size cup 100ml or 1l to add each time you have a glass and then it just shows you a total and from your weight and height it gives you the amount you should be drinking, it is then all put on a graph to track what days you have the most water and shows you your average. You can also set alarms on their telling you when to have a glass of water, I don't use them as I don't always have my phone but if you do I think its a great idea. 

Thanks for reading let me know what your random favourites were this month?!

Grace 
xoxo