Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Beauty | Clarins True Radiance Foundation

Hi blog friends!!

Sorry again for the lack of posts recently, I've just been busy with uni work and I also just got back from a Disneyland Paris trip (expect a post!).

Today I want to talk about the Clarins True Radiance foundation. 
I picked this up from Boots a while ago as I was really wanting a high end foundation without going for the cliche blogger picks! My mum uses Clarins make up and I was really impressed with her lipstick so thought I would check out their whole range. 
I read the reviews on this foundation and every single one was 5* or 4* with comments like, this foundation covers blemishes and pimples flawlessly and if you have dry skin this foundation won't show it up it's amazing. Being someone who suffers from acne and dry skin these comments made me click 'add to my basket' extremely quickly.

I got the colour 103 Ivory as my skin is pretty pale and this seemed to be the lightest shade that looked close to my natural skin colour. The packaging is really simple but really elegant at the same time, and the bottle feels really nice (is that a weird thing to say? I don't know haha).

The first thing I noticed about this foundation was the smell, it smells exactly like watermelon!!!
The consistency is kind of the same as L'oreal True Match which instantly made me love it as I love True Match. It is a thin consistency and gives off a medium coverage (apparently). Personally I would say the coverage is pretty light but it is build-able if you wait for the first layer to set a bit before adding another. 
The colour wasn't a perfect match because the foundation is really quite orange, in the bottle it looks pale and true to colour but once it was one my face I felt like it was super noticeable I was wearing foundation, this really annoyed me because I'd spent like £27 on it! 
But in saying that it does have a really lovely silky feel on your face, and I thought it was extremely easy to apply and didn't leave traces of brush strokes or anything.
As for the wear of the foundation, it lasted all day and I mean ALL day! I was really surprised that at the end of the day when I came to take it off I still had the same glow I did when I put it on! 
For me personally I don't think that it covered my acne very well (but then that's what concealer is there for haha), but in regards to the dry skin comment someone left, they were so right! I have dry skin all around my nose and sometimes on my cheeks and this foundation didn't even detect them. This made me feel a lot more confident!

Overall I love this foundation but for me it just isn't full coverage enough! Although I would highly recommend this to people with dry skin! I am still on the look out for a really good high end foundation that is good for combination skin and covering acne! I would love to hear your suggestions in the comments!!

Have you tried any Clarins make up? What did you think?!

Lots of love Katy 
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Thursday, 12 November 2015

Beauty | A Very Late October Favourites

Hi blog friends!!

If you read my last post (here) you will know that I haven't really had to time to blog but today I thought I would share with you my (very late) October favourites.

I only have a few bits and bobs from last month, but when I say these were my faves, I used every single one every single day of October!

L'Oreal Infallible 24 Hour Matte foundation 

This foundation is amazing, I'd heard people talk about it on YouTube and on their blogs but I had never tried it, and since my skin is fairly oily I love a good matte foundation. This one is so good at staying on all day and keeping you matte all day. I would definitely recommend this to anyone with oily or combination skin, I also have a few dry patches just around my nose and this foundation didn't pick them up at all which I thought it would, so this will definitely be a staple now.

NYX Shine Killer 

I won this product in a giveaway and oh my god is this little tube is a holy grail product. As I said I have fairly oily skin so anything that mattifies my complexion is a yes from me. It basically does what it says on the tin, kills shine. You can use it as a base, on it's own or on top of make up but I usually use it as a base.

Mac Quad with (L-R) Satin Taupe, Cranberry, Charcoal Brown & Shroom

I used this quad that I made literally very single day in October, these 4 colours are all so beautiful and really compliment my green eyes. Although it was quite expensive to make I don't regret a thing, I adore this little quad and I imagine it will now be coming everywhere with me

Marble Notebook

This notebook is from the wonderful katelavie's shop Nouvelle Daily. This notebook is a perfect size and what I love about it is that it doesn't have lines so I can just jot things down wherever I want and I mean come on, it's MARBLE!!!

theBalm Sexy Mama Transluscent Powder

I am a religious user of the translucent matte power from Rimmel, but I though I would try something new and although this one was quite pricey, this is the best powder I have used in a long time. Great for mattifying and taking away unwanted shine.

My Burberry perfume by Burberry

This is my all time favourite winter perfume, the smell is soooo beautiful. This scent reminds me of Christmas as I got my first bottle last Christmas and I am sadly running out but I did pick myself up a 50ml bottle at the airport before I went to Disneyland Paris, so I have a lovely full bottle waiting for me!

So there are my very late October favourites! What were some of your faves last month?!

Lots of love
Katy xxx

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Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Life | A Little Catch Up

Hi blog friends!!

As you can tell from how little I have been posting that something is up, well that sounds super dramatic but I am just SO busy at the moment and when I say busy I mean B U S Y!!! 
I have had so many deadlines and presentations that I haven't had time for anything or anyone. 
My siblings told me how much your work load increases in 3rd year but I definitely wasn't ready for this. I have work coming out my ears, my bedroom now looks like the horror section in a library, there are books literally everywhere and pieces of paper with dissertation notes on sprawled over my floor its hard not to stand on them. Oh and incase you're wondering why it looks like the horror section, my dissertation is about mothers in horror and their role in the creation of monstrous feminines, I know doesn't that sound super exciting haha!! I was reading a book the other day that would not stop using the phrase 'phallic fantasy' (because most of the approaches towards this subject are psychoanalytic) and every time I read it I gave a little shudder! Why does psychoanalysis have to be so, well...sexual, thanks Freud!

But going back to life it doesn't help that insomnia has made a re-appearance, I think I'm in a vicious cycle of being so stressed I can't sleep but sleep is the one thing I really need to get all this work done to a high standard. I find myself awake at 4am willing my eyes to shut for more that 10 seconds but alas I can't. This lack of sleep and need to get everything done has triggered my trichotillomania to go into hyper drive and I now have a lovely bald patch just behind my left ear as I tend to pull out the underneath layer of hair, so it's hair down at all times right now.

Blogging really has taken a backseat in my priorities list, but now I have time to actually blog I am going to blog my socks off. 

Thank you to all you lovely people for reading my blog even though I haven't been around as much, I just hit 12,000 page views and it made me so happy, so thank you so much and I promise not to go away for this long again (or at least I'll try haha)

Oh and before I go I want to give a massive shoutout to Jemma (Dorkface) for creating my absolutely adorable new blog header, I love it so much she's such a talented little bean, Jem if you're reading this you're the best!!

Lots of love
Katy xxx
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Monday, 2 November 2015

Disney | Disney Store Haul

Hi blog friends!!

I'm so happy to be doing another Disney post today! I haven't done one in so long and I have just done a big shop on the Disney Store and some added extras here and there. I absolutely LOVE reading anything to do with Disney and hopefully you do to (well otherwise this is not the post for you haha). It is quite a long one, so grab a cup of tea and keep reading!

Firstly I will show you everything I picked up from the Disney Store. 
So where to start, okay so I'll start with the toys. 
I got myself my first ever Mickey plush and I know what you're thinking, KATY HOW HAVE YOU NEVER BOUGHT A MICKEY BEFORE but I just never have so I just got the mini one for £7.95 but I didn't get Minnie because I don't like her in her pink dress and that was the only small Minnie they had but hopefully I can get one when I go to DLP later this month! I also got the Christmas Dumbo and he is just so adorable (that scarf and hat, heart eyes emoji) and super super soft and he was also £7.95.

Since DVD's are buy one get one free I decided to pick up 2 from the Disney Store, I got The Princess and the Frog for £12.99 and Cinderella for free. Now I'm not going crazy I know that there are 4 DVD's in the picture this is because HMV are also doing the BOGOF offer so I also got myself Sleeping Beauty and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. 
I was contemplating getting Beauty and the Beast as that is my all time favourite Disney film but I already have a copy of it and underneath the shiny covers they have the normal DVD cover so I'd only be paying for the shiny cover. I also want to get Pocahontas, Mulan, Frozen (I need a new copy as mine is scratched, sad face) and obviously Tangled.

Next up is my new tumbler. Now no Disney haul of mine would be complete without Tsum Tsum's, so I got myself this adorable tumbler with a straw for £7.95 with a Tsum Tsum design on. I think this is SO cute and it has all my favourites on as well (Mickey, Minnie, Marie, Dumbo and Winnie). I have used this so much as it is a really good size and it is really handy.

When I went to DLP for my birthday I got myself one of the Princess shoe ornaments which you can read about here. But I felt like it looked very lonely up on my mantlepiece, so I decided to splash out and get myself another one. Now they are quite pricey at £15 each but I think they are so worth it, the detail and finish on them is fantastic. I got myself the Aurora shoe as she is my second favourite Princess, but I couldn't find her shoe in the parks or the Disney Village and I rarely see it online. It is so beautiful and even has 3 stars/flowers (I can't quite tell) on the back in blue, green and pink to represent the fairies which is a great touch. 
I am a little sad they didn't put any blue on it to represent her blue dress (her true dress) but that's okay, I love it anyway!

If you know me at all you'll know by now that I love Dumbo, so when I saw these Dumbo and Timothy Mouse socks I just couldn't resist. They are really good quality and the detail is great, I mean look at their little hats!! They were also very inexpensive at just £2.95. They do loads of character combinations as well so I might have to get some more!

The last item I got from the Disney Store was a new Minnie make up bag. I got this because I realised I only have a massive Cath Kidston make up bag which is super rubbish for travelling. This is the perfect size and is made of a lovely canvas material so it will last me a long time. It just has a close up of Minnie on it and her name and on the back it has a little illustration of her. On the inside it is all red, white and spotty just like her iconic bow. Right now I have all my NYX make up in there that I won in a giveaway from Brogan Tate (seriously check out her YouTube she's amazing!). This cost me £7.95 and they do a range of characters, I loved the Alice in Wonderland one as well.

So moving on from the Disney Store, if you saw my FOTD & OOTD post you'll know that I ordered some Mickey Mouse clothes from Romwe. I got myself the jumper shown in the post and 3 shirts all with Mickey's on them. I can't quite remember the prices of these but they were all fairly cheap. I just went onto the Romwe website and typed in Mickey Mouse into the search bar. 

From Asos I got myself this amazing Mickey Mouse cropped jumper where he is trick or treating, I think this jumper is amazing and it actually keeps you warm haha. This was £28 (it's now £19.50 as Halloween is over!!!) so it was really expensive for what it is but I just loved it too much to let it go!

My last item comes from Truffle Shuffle. If you read my Disney Wishlist #1 this item was on that. It is the 4 film poster coasters. These are amazingly good quality and they feel really soft which I didn't expect. I am definitely not going to use them as coasters but as decorations.

I'm honestly not trying to show off or anything, I know I spent quite a bit of money but I love Disney so I don't mind and I wanted everything so it's not a waste to me. I love reading/watching Disney hauls, I love seeing what other people have bought and it gives me inspiration for my next buys.

As we all know tomorrow is Tsum Tsum Tuesday on the Disney Store, so when I get them I am thinking of doing a full updated version of my Tsum collection as it has grown A LOT!!! Comment if that is something you'd like to see.

Lots of love
Katy xxx
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