Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Epilating | My Thoughts 3 Months On

Everyone seems to be giving their two pennies worth on this topic and I always find them interesting to read. I started epilating last year but then stopped because winter happened and I couldn't be bothered. I had got it to the point where I wouldn't bat an eyelash at the non existent pain. Then I restarted when spring kicked in. The pain was back and I regret ever stopping. I know, why would I stop when I was winning? So I thought I'd give you my thoughts on the whole method. Bear in mind the only other type of hair removal I've tried is shaving.

Let's start with the process. So I have a shower/bath, exfoliate the areas I'm going to epilate, then get out and get on with the show. Afterwards I make sure to heavily moisturise especially important the first few times as it flares up super easy. After all, we are pulling out hairs by the root, so your body is obviously going to object and come out in a lovely red itchy rash. But that seemed to disappear after about 3 times for me. I've noticed it gets quicker each time as I'm not sat wincing from the pain anymore. The pain isn't bad, it's just uncomfortable. It all depends on your pain threshold, but it's not as bad as it sounds. The epilator itself sounds more like a torture device with it's harsh whizzing sound, but honestly I think the sound is far worse than how it actually goes.

When I first started out this year, it was painful. My armpits were way worse than my legs. They actually bled and hurt so much that my arms couldn't touch my body. Sounds pretty gruesome right? Well now I can do it and it doesn't hurt in the slightest. It doesn't bleed and my arms can firmly stay at my sides within seconds of me epilating. The hair takes a good couple of days to grow back (my hair takes about a day usually with shaving, and it's dark so I can't get away without removing my hair if I wanted to go sleeveless). I've also noticed that the dark undercast I had is completely gone. So for the initial pain, underarms are definitely worth the perseverance. 

Legs. I'm not even going to lie, I'm so lazy with this. So much so that I still wince at the pain a little. Below my knees is almost a breeze now, but my ankles oh boy, do they hurt! I actually think my ankles is far worse than my underarms, but I would like to stress it's getting easier! I just need to keep at it. After all Rome wasn't built in a day. Above my knee and my knee itself I'm trying to get used to, but I just can't seem to. My legs are still a work in process. When I'm fully in the swing of things, I'm going to do a full on post.

One thing I feel I need to point out is that, well my hair anyway, is growing back slower and not as thick. I've also found in some parts of my leg, the hair just isn't growing back at all. I feel like epilating has such a bad name thanks to the wimps that tried it out once and never had another go because it was 'too painful'. You're pulling hairs out at the root, do you expect it to be pain free? Epilating needs patience and tolerance and if say after 10 times it's still an unbearable pain then by all means quit. It needs a good run before you can judge. Other than the pain being a downside I've noticed ingrown hairs are more of a thing, but they don't seem to really be anything serious for me.

It's cheaper than shaving and waxing, and the results are something I'm pretty happy with. What are your thoughts on epilating?


Sunday, 26 July 2015

Feeling A Little Bit Lost

We are nearly at the end of July and that scares me so so much. Half a year has pretty much flown by, and it honestly feels like I've just blinked and missed it all. Blink-182's name finally makes sense! For some reason, I feel a little bit lost. I don't really know what I want to do, and now I'm officially an adult at 18, it just seems like everyone wants me to have my life together.

About a month ago I started a full time job. I just finished my exams and thought, as I wasn't going to uni in September it was the right thing to do. It wasn't. I hated it, I just knew it wasn't for me and I couldn't really see myself having a future there. Not only that but personal circumstances kind of forced my hand into quitting. It was a great company, but just not for me. I've never found myself without a job since I got my first job, and the prospect of not having one terrified me a lot! Luckily I managed to bag myself another job, this one being part time but still with decent hours and pay. This new job feels so much more 'me'. I'm a strong believer in listening to your instincts, after all no one knows me better than me. Despite being in the dark for a while, it worked out. 

This all got me thinking about my long term future. I know I want to go to uni, I want to be a nurse so it's a requirement. I'm just so scared I'll hate the theory side that I won't achieve something I've dreamt about because I'll quit. I know I'm not a quitter and this blog has almost proved that to me, even if I have taken breaks, I've always come back, but I still can't help feeling like I'm being pulled in so many different directions that ultimately I feel lost. I just wish I had a fairy godmother who told me exactly what was going to happen and when. 

My blog is almost the one thing that I always come back to. It feels right in a way that I want to still be doing this for a long time to come. The blogging world, especially the beauty one, has almost become a negative connotation in itself. It's also been backed up by a few choice people who seem to think that there's no space for the young new bloggers. I don't think it's right a 13 year old asking for help on Twitter in regards to her blog, should be shot down for having a blog by the people that have been blogging for years. Blogging doesn't feel particularly like a healthy community when everyone is saying how 'oversaturated' it is either. The internet is big enough for everyone, with everyone being unique in how they take pictures or how they write their content. I love blogging, the community is a great sense of feeling even if a few people do ruin it all. I want my blog to be happy upbeat environment, but sometimes the face behind it all kind of needs to rant!

I do have some exciting new content that I'm actually pretty pleased about coming your way, and by content I mean a first ever outfit post. It's pretty simple, but it's an outfit post none the less. So expect to see the face of this blog in a blog post very soon.

All I know is this blog is here to stay, even if sometimes I do feel lost. It's just hard being 18 and trying to find your place, and trying to figure out happiness at the same time. I don't really know what the point of this post was, but it feels good to get these words off my chest.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Which Real Techniques Contour Brush?

Contouring seems to be a word on everybody's lips right now, and without the right tools it can look a little shoddy (no hate, I swear). I'm all for self improvement, and when every beauty bloggers favourite makeup brush brand launched that bold metals collection, it was like music to my ears. The contour brush just had to be mine, and I knew I had to see how it compared to their more budget friendly option.

Let's start with the Bold Metals Contour Brush. Just look at that rose gold handle, and those really white bristles. It's just beautiful to look at. It also works a treat, and really does work whatever product you choose to contour with, to make for a flawless yet natural finish. The brush is dense and that obviously works to it's favour, just like the shape, which fits snugly in your cheekbones. It also has a weight to it, not that it's heavy, but it just feels more luxe, and fits ever so right in your hand.

The Original Contour Brush obviously comes as part of a set, in case you didn't know but I'm sure you did. It's far sparser and works rather well at providing the light hand for you. It's almost impossible to be heavy handed with this, but I imagine there will be a few exceptions. It's far lighter and smaller, and since buying the Bold Metals brush, I've found the better use for this brush is for powdering my face, or even to blend out my contour or blush for a far more subtle look. 

If you had to choose one then go for the Bold Metals brush, it's pretty damn good and also pretty darn beautiful. But if price is a concern then go for the Core Collection which features another 3 brushes alongside the contour one. If you're indecisive like me, and prefer a wide array of options, then add them both your collection.

Monday, 20 July 2015

TV Shows I'm Loving

When I officially finished college, I wasn't expecting my summer to be so... boring? The whole schedule of a day that I once loathed but now miss, is gone and my days are pretty much led by what I want to do. Apparently what I 'want' to do is watch a whole load of TV shows, so being the kind sharing person I am, I thought I'd give you a run down on some shows I've been loving.

Orange Is The New Black - You don't think I could talk about TV shows without mentioning this one did you? I've just finished binge watching the third series and if you're after a show you don't really need to fully focus on that has light humour that's kind of politically relevant and all that, then this is your show. 

Game Of Thrones - Now unlike OITNB, this is some TV you have to pay attention to. Season 5 wrapped up a few weeks ago and Monday nights just aren't the same anymore. If you're yet to watch it then what are you waiting for? There's a reason this has a ridiculously high rating on IMDB. Also be prepared to watch all your favourite characters die, and I can guarantee you'll still come back to watch it. Plus it has dragons.

Outlander - This is a new one on me, and I'm already binge watching it. I don't know what it is, maybe the Scottish accents, or the magical element, or it could even be the small amount of history featured that's got me hooked. This was called the breakout show of 2014 and I can really see why. I also may have a small crush on Jamie, but that's another story!

Agent Carter - This is currently airing on Fox, and after one episode I'm hooked. I don't know how Peggy deals with all the sexism in 1946, but she's a kickass female that I aspire to be. Like seriously, the girl can hold her own. If you're after some feminine empowerment, or just love anything Marvel, then their new TV show does not disappoint.

RuPaul's Drag Race - I take Anna's suggestions from Vivianna Does Makeup seriously and when she recommended this show I had to see what all the fuss was about. It's the bitchiest show I have ever watched and I love it. Not only that but when you watch this, you literally become far more willing to experiment in the makeup department. It's the equivalent of America's Next Top Model but for drag queens. 

Do you have any recommendations for me to watch?


Friday, 17 July 2015

A Base Pairing I Just Can't Help But Love

Even though the weather wouldn't really let on it's summer here in the UK, I just can't shake that summer feeling. I've noticed my skin improving and as such, without the fear of looking like an oil slick not constantly raining on my parade, I've turned to a dewy base. You've heard that right to!

Now the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum needs no introduction.It's been raved about and rightly so. It doesn't stick to dry patches and doesn't make my oilyness any worse. I find it provides a really good coverage, maybe medium if I had to categorise it. I find this does run on the yellowish side of complexions, but it's not noticeable when fully blended out. This is the foundation I've been turning to and with the pairing of the Seventeen Wow! Highlighter mixed in with my base, my skin just looks, well, radiant! I find one pump of both is a suitable amount, and I've also found the highlighter to act as a primer too, as without using it my foundation doesn't stick around as long.

If an oily skin gal like me can change from the completely matte look to a dewy base, you know these products have to be AH-mazing! It's capitalised for emphasis, because this pairing is just my dream team. Obviously I still powder in the t-zone, but for everywhere else, I find it best to let my base do the talking.

What do you think about this pairing?

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Another Eyebrow Product?!

Brows are my thing. Just ask anyone of my friends and they will tell you that my eyebrows tend to be on point a good 6 out of the 7 days in the week (we all have to have a day off makeup, right?). Being a bit of a brow fiend, I tend to gravitate towards products aimed at them. Hence the purchase of the Seventeen Brow's That! Brow Kit. You know the love is real if you have more eyebrow products than lipstick (although I am a teeny weeny bit scared of lip products, and absolutely terrified of a bold lip).

I picked this up on a whim, I'm not going to lie. Like I said I'm a sucker for anything related to that eye moustache (that's a weird thing to say isn't it?). Yet I find this being the product of choice It has everything I could ever want all compacted and it comes with a mirror. So not only is the packaging on point, but so is the shade. It's the right shade of brown without being black and without that horrid red tinge. I mean who, other than gingers, has any red in their brows. The answer is no one!

The tweezers are useless so I wouldn't even bother with them, but if you were in a real desperate, and I mean desperate, pinch, then you'd probably use them. The eyebrow pencil however is absolutely right. I use this first to outline my brows. I then if I'm feeling fancy, use the wax. However I tend to skip this step and just use the powder. I like my brows to look natural you know? I then set them with a clear mascara. Then seeing as it's right at my fingertips, I use the brow bone highlighter. It's the right level of shimmer, without you looking like a glitterball. It all still looks natural and really helps to hide any stray hairs if I'm yet to notice them.

You know a product is a winner when you use it daily. Have you tried the Seventeen Eyebrow Kit?

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Makeup Revolution Highlighter in Golden Lights

Now strobing is a 'thing' everyone seems to be into using highlighter. That's great and all but for me and my oily skin, it's a thing that tends to happen naturally after a busy day. Highlighter is always a product I use with a light hand thanks to my skin type, and I tend to stick to the matte highlighters just because. 

Anyway backstory aside, I thought this highlighter by Makeup Revolution would be a great idea to try. It looks pretty and swatches beautifully! You can't argue with the photos! It's super pigmented from just one swipe, and lasts for a really really long time. As it's a golden highlighter I am slightly unsure of using it everywhere but the corner of my eye. Even if I don't use it on the rest of my face, for the price, I'm more than happy to just use it there! With the amount you get too, this is going to last forever! I guess you could call this the first thing I've tried from Makeup Revolution, and I've been left seriously impressed. 

Throw some recommendations of other products you love by Makeup Revolution into the comment section that I can try out, cause if their highlighter is this good, then there must be some other gems hidden away!

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

The Barely There Lip

How many lipstick posts have you seen on this blog? One right? Maybe two at a push? I'm just going to throw it out there by saying I am afraid of a bold lip, or a lip in gentle. You may remember me rambling on by saying all this in my review of the Dior lipstick which can be found here. Anyway I thought I'd make a blog post on the barely there lips which don't have me running to the makeup remover in fear of my lipstick.

When I'm after a matte lip, then the first port of call has to be the Maybelline Color Drama in Nude Perfection. Think Kylie Jenner lips but far less expensive as let's be real, what normal 18 year old can afford lip fillers? Anyway I digress, it's my favourite lip product of choice right now as it combines the whole idea of a lip pencil and a lipstick in one. So I guess you could also call the lazy girl's nude lip. The Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Nude-ist is also a matte lipstick that isn't too far from my natural lip shade yet also isn't MLBB. This is super long wearing, and for a low maintenance girl like me it's perfect.

My two favourite moisturising lipsticks that give me a sheer wash of colour and are just perfect for the days I want something on my lips without the hassle has to be from Clinique and Soap and Glory. You don't think I could do a post all about lip products and not include a Chubby Stick do you? Plumped Up Pink is helping me ease into the slightly bolder colours without straying from the barely there look, while Nudist by Soap & Glory gives my lips volumes without looking like I'm wearing lipstick. Both products are a win-win.

When I feel like I want something fancy on my lips, the Dior lipstick is where it's at. Not drying, long lasting and so comfortable on the lips I just had to include this. It's a 'barely there' lip product post so I had to talk about my favourite luxe lipstick that is the classic 'my lips but better' shade.

Any other lipsticks that can help ease me into the lipstick world, please leave their names in the comments!

Sunday, 5 July 2015

A Topshop Beauty Haul

This may shock some of you, but I have never tried any makeup from Topshop! I had some things on my wishlist but never did I ever take the plunge and buy some items! You know that white denim skirt that's been floating around all the fashion bloggers corners of the blogosphere? Yeah well I bought that, and I'm a girl who likes free shipping, so I also thought I should buy some makeup to take my total over £50 for those shipping reasons.

Let's talk about the Bronzer in Mohawk first. Since being bought, it's been the only bronzer to have graced my face, and having that heatwave in the UK has made it a staple for my pale vampire like skin. I can almost pass as having a slight sunkissed tan with this. Obviously I use a light hand and don't aim for the Oompa Lumpa look, which no one wants. Anyway for the summer months, this is my product of choice.

You know that new beauty trend called Strobing that's actually a fancy word for highlighting? Well I think I found my product of choice in the Topshop Glow Stick. I don't even know the shade, but it's a beautiful pearlescent shade in between a gold and a white. It's beautiful and immediately illuminates anywhere I use it.

Last but by no means least is the Nude Eyes in Bare. It's a cream eyeshadow that can be built up into a gorgeous shimmery nude shade, or blended out for a shear wash of colour on the lids. creasing seems to be minimal and it's such a beautiful shade, I can't help but wear it everyday!

I can see a Topshop wishlist hitting this blog soon as all three products have now become a staple in my makeup routine, so what are your recommendations?

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Trialling REN Skincare

This was an offer that was just too good to refuse! All three of these for £10? Yes please! REN has always been on my 'skincare must try' list and for some reason I just didn't pick anything up! Then I noticed the REN Pore Perfecting Trio on ASOS for £10, I thought I should give it a whirl, I meat at the price point I just had to. This comes with three products, the micro polish cleanser, the invisible pores detox mask and the glycolactic radiance renewal mask.

The masks have to be my favourite things. The pore mask just seems to make my pores smaller. I know this isn't a permanent effect but still it's nice to see what I'd look like with smaller pores. It has a cleansing effect which I love, and it feels like impurities are just being pulled out. Although I like this mask, I much prefer my Avene mask. It's cheaper and just seems to work better for my skin.

My favourite out of the three, is the Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask. It sloughs off any dry skin patches I have like no tomorrow. When you first apply it, I notice a tingling effect, which I quite like in products as it feels like it's working. I leave it on for about 10 minutes and when I've washed it off my skin just feels so plump and soft. I guess you could say it looks more radiant too, but the love for this products comes from the fact there's no dry patches left on my skin! I think I would repurchase this in a full size as I truly feel like nothing compares to it.

The Micro Polish Cleanser is an okay product. Would I purchase it in a full size? Probably not, but I mean to me an exfoliating cleanser is an exfoliating cleanser. This did do all the jazzy stuff that these type of products should do. It left me with no dry skin, and my skin felt softer and like it had been cleansed. I wouldn't repurchase though as it does feel like a so-so product.

What are your favourite products from REN?
© Jodie Loue

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