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Beauty Haul Review.

June 10, 2014

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Greetings from unemployed beauty blogger bum land. Sounded slightly weirder than intended, but we’ll roll with it… I’m currently in the midst of emailing half of the entire Internet in the grand endeavour of a Fashion Copywriting job. I’ve been to two interviews; didn’t get the first as someone else had more ‘outdoor-wear experience’; the second I’m due to hear back about this week – and now I have another one coming up in the Big Smoke – MegaBus here I come. I’ve also been inhaling the latest series of Orange Is The New Black: if you haven’t seen it, you need to – and I’m not even a big TV fan. Anywaaaay, back to the point – today I’ve got a little review for you guys from that ridiculous £91 haul I did last month.

Bourjois Paris – ‘Happy Light’ Base Serum Matte – £7.99 (usually £10.99 at Boots)

My skin has a serious case of amnesia. One day it thinks it’s dry, the next it thinks it’s oily: it never really knows what’s going on. However, my eye bags are consistently, religiously and without fail, always a little on the shiny-shiny side irrespective of the amount of powder I drown them under, hence my purchase of this unique little primer. The product itself comes out as a peachy tone which blends into any skin without any visible pigmentation (trust me, I’m a ghost – I’d know) and offers a reasonably easy foundation application process – but the primer aspect itself isn’t really much to call home about. Whilst it does do a admirable job on the shiny bits, I’ve already found myself reaching back for my Benefit Porefessional. 7/10.

L’Oréal Paris – Super Liner Perfect Slim – £6.99

I’ve been sporting the cat eye look nearly everyday for the past 7 years, and I’ve yet to settle on an unbeatable liquid liner – but this one might just be close. After the absolute let down that was the Alexa Eyeko collection (how was that so crap – how?), and a brief affair with a Ted Baker liner from a Christmas set, I finally decided to go back to my high street roots and pick up a new product. Save your finicky gel liners, paintbrush styles and wacky colour pots – I wanted something thin, versatile and ultimately: blacker than black. L’Oréal delivered. The applicator is thin (0.4mm thin, to be precise) and sturdy, something that I’d long missed after the days of Rimmel’s weird little paintbrush applicator. Precision is practically signed, sealed, delivered to even the shakiest of hands (trust me – I have days where I question the possibility of an early Parkinson’s onset, it’s bad), and the colour is consistently dark after extensive usage. One bugbear I do have is that it’s a printer: you need to factor in some sexy daydreaming or a spot of meditation after applying this stuff, as it takes a good while to properly dry. 9/10.

Revlon – Colour Stay Foundation in 150 Buff – £9.49 (usually £12.49 at Boots)

I’m going to whinge a little at this one, but it’s through no fault of the product itself (particularly, anyway). After no less than THREE trips to Boots before purchasing, during which I sampled the product extensively on my hand, I decided to take the plunge and opt for this slightly olive-toned shade in a vain bid to cover up my pinkish/red tones which I thoroughly despise: thanks Irish/Scottish heritage, thanks. I took it home and applied it for an evening out and was wonderfully impressed with the coverage, especially after discovering my Illamasqua foundation can seemingly no longer keep up with my third-year degree skin. However, the next morning, in my mildly hungover haze, I made the horrendously predictable, but ever-saddening discovery that it was too dark for my ghost skin. So ever since, I’d been applying a mix of the Illamasqua and the Revlon, but now I’m out of Illamasqua and have about a third of the bottle’s price to my name. Here’s to being tangoed! 8.5/10.

Select Fashion Picks.

December 10, 2013

I’m a novice with Select. A bonafide Select virgin, yet to ever throw their pieces upon my back. Yet, after engaging in a desperate round of, what Louise Rennison would refer to as ‘sticky eyes’ (please tell me someone else worshipped the Georgia Nicholson series), with a burgundy blouse in their store window lately – I decided to check out what they had to offer online (and whether I could find that divine little number again). On first glance and, admittedly without having actually had much physical contact with their pieces to comment on quality, style-wise – I’m quite impressed.

Exhibit A: Wine Devore Tassel Kimono £20 

I’m seeing antique gold ankh earrings, I’m seeing slutty plain black American Apparel bodycon dress, I’m seeing this kimono in my wardrobe. I just hope this tasselly little beaut isn’t the equivalent of some fashionista catfish scam – if it’s really as snazzy as it looks on the site, for a measly £20, then I may become the latest Select disciple.

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REVIEW: L’Oreal Préférence Mousse Absolue in Natural Darkest Brunette.

June 16, 2013

Back to my namesake ‘Ebony’ locks, not a moment too soon. Being born with jet black hair and having it slowly fade over time from the sun and whatnot, I’m forever popping the darkest dark brown hair dyes on that I can – just to top up the colour without making it look like a weird black wig. If you’re a fan of super dark hair too, you might be aware of the weird bold all-over colour that comes with using jet black dyes: it’s always better to use a really dark brown one so it remains multi-tonal. And this dye has it all:

This revolutionary product allows you to apply your base dye in one application and then, if you have medium/short length hair, there will be enough in the bottle for you to reuse it for top ups or root applications. Due to its clever double cylinder design, you don’t have to faff about with the usual chemistry lesson of mixing all the lotions and potions together (which can often go wrong if you’re as dippy as me, and has in the past), instead just using the pump to apply straight on. This makes for a quick and easy hair dye session! If you have short hair, the box says there is enough formula for two applications and a root touch-up; medium length is enough for one application and a root touch-up and long hair is just one application in a box. I was pretty dubious about this claim, given that my hair is past boob-length and generally, one box of hair dye is never enough and I come out looking like a patchy bastard. However, I was pleasantly surprised: it covered the entirety of my thick mop consistently and came out great.

One issue that I would have with the reusable aspect is, if you’re going to be wanting to use it again: tread very carefully whilst applying. Once it was done, the bottle was covered with dye – so you may want some baby/make-up wipes on hand to wash it all off before you store it for next time. Incredibly, and almost dubiously, L’oreal claim that you can keep the hair dye indefinitely for your next application – which is brilliant if you have short hair, I could imagine it transpiring to be highly cost-effective! Speaking of, get down to Superdrug: the hair dye is currently on offer for £8.99, instead of the usual £10.99 price. If you’re looking to buy other beauty products in your next shop, however, I’d suggest Boots as the hair dye is currently included in their ‘Buy-one-get-one-half-price’ offer, but it’s at the full price of £10.99 there. I’m tempted to stock up on them, given they apparently never go ‘off’ or ‘weird’!

The next part of my little hair transformation is that I’ve bought some white-blonde streak extension pieces on eBay that I’m going to dye pastel mint green and pop into my hair for a colour injection, every now and again. The main irk for people with dark hair is that it’s nearly impossible to go white blonde and then brightly coloured without making an absolute pigsty of your hair’s condition. So I’m just going to dye some random Russian woman’s hair and clip it onto my hair instead…

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Missguided Darby Platform Boots.

May 31, 2013

I wasn’t planning on doing a post today, I was meant to be focusing solely on revision – but I literally cannot help myself. This is just going to be a quick post to show you the new huge beauties that came in the post this morning: Missguided Darby Platform Boots i.e. ‘The Boots That Will Threaten Boyfriends’ Manhoods’. When I first spotted these on the gorgeous Sara Luxe‘s site from one of her outfit posts, I mistook them for Jeffrey Campbell Litas, then looked closer and noticed the difference – which perhaps controversially, I completely prefer to most JC shoes. The wooden heel is just too Ikea for me.

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After checking where they were from, and discovering they were only £36ish with free Next Day P&P from Missguided.co.uk, I had to have them. And am I glad I ordered them: they’ve snapped back to Out of Stock again now – but you can sign up to get notified of when they’re back in! P.s. You’re going to get some crazy looks if you walk around town during the day in these, people must think I’m absolutely mental but they are bizarrely really comfortable, though I did nearly go over when I started walking and texting: curse you Lancaster cobbles.

Today I teamed them with:

  • Above frilly socks – £1.99 approx on eBay.
  • Collared geometric pattern dress – River Island £15 in sale.
  • American Apparel denim skater skirt – £6.99 approx on eBay. 
  • Long chained clock pendant – £20 Urban Outfitters.

I’m definitely going to be writing up a post about the joys of eBay fashion hunting very soon, I’ve bought some really cool stuff for absolutely nothing recently. I mean – American Apparel, worn once, less than £10? Incredible.

The winner for my Little Birdie London bracelet giveaway was also announced this morning – congratulations to @lauraajarvis for winning. Now I need to rustle up some ideas for my next giveaway! Looking forward to my items from the store being delivered tomorrow, can’t wait to show you all the adorable pieces I chose, like this Lyla Statement Necklace:

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Review: Bourjois Paris So Laque Glossy in Amande.

May 25, 2013

 

Warning: this ain’t gonna be pretty. In fact, it’s quite so unattractive that I have found it impossible (in two attempts – yes, I have reached the conclusion of ‘impossible’), to apply this in an appetising manner. I picked this colour up in Boots last week, with the ‘buy two – get a free gift on Bourjois’ offer, absolutely lured in by the striking icy mint colour and, given my past experiences with Bourjois, hoping for an easy application.

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‘Hey Guys, I Wash’ – Skincare Routine.

May 4, 2013

I’ve seen a few of these posts and thought I’d pop one up of my own skin routine as, for once, I’m enjoying the fact that my skin is uber clear and I can embrace my pale-y ways to the extent of not even wearing foundation day-to-day. Every skincare routine is going to be different; we all have our own little skin complaints and strengths. I’d say my skin was fairly normal, with a tendency to get a little oily around the t-zone, with my main ‘spotty’ areas being my chin and upper lip.

There’s going to be a bit of a #bblogger gasp when I say: as a rule, I rely on face-wipes pretty much daily. I take my make-up off at night with them, apply moisturiser afterwards and use another in the morning to remove any pesky, stubborn mascara before showering. I only physically wash my face when I shower, which is practically daily though, so I guess I’m not too grimily unfeminine. It’s a pretty handy tip to keep your face wash in the shower as it becomes tied into your shower routine, so it’s pretty difficult to forget about – which would probably just lead to a nasty breakout. Here’s a run down of the few products I use to attempt to keep my face in tip-top condition:

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Review: Benefit’s ‘They’re Real’ Mascara.

April 30, 2013

As a (ahem, self-proclaimed) beauty writer, I’m ashamed to admit this: I’ve been using my MAC mascara for the past couple of weeks, not even realising that it was completely run out and doing absolutely sod all for my lashes. I finally came to my senses and twigged that I was still, regardless of laborious application, squinting out of d-elongated lash-framed eyes – spurring a mad dash to Boots on the recollection that, when I bought the Hello Flawless in Duty Free, the girl at the counter was absolutely raving about the success of their new ‘They’re Real’ mascara – so I had to give it a go.

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Passion For Fashion – Moneysupermarket.com Competition Entry Part 1.

September 19, 2012

Like most fashion/beauty bloggers, I spend my mornings trawling through Twitter looking for something that catches my eye – be that the latest RT and follow competition, more recently gorgeous Instagram snaps from LFW or big competitions: like this amazing Moneysupermarket.com addition! To enter the competition, you must write a blog post containing 5 hypothetical outfits under £200 for 5 scenarios (party, casual, outdoor, first date and officewear), outlining why you would buy them and also incorporating a bit of Moneysupermarket by looking for ways to get things “on the cheap”. Everyone loves a good deal, right? Now, let me tell you the prizes: 5 winners will win one of their chosen outfits and one lucky blogger will win £1000 to buy all of their chosen outfits – and an iPad 3, just in case you weren’t content with that… Wowzers. So here’s my entry:

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OOTD – Grungy Monday.

September 18, 2012

I bought my khaki camou jacket for Leeds/Green Man festival this year and I’ve barely worn it since – so today I thought I’d try and find something in my normal wardrobe that would actually suit it. So, I ended up in my boyfriend’s wardrobe and raided his Bob Dylan shirt – nice! Given my only reason to leave the house today is to come to the uni library to write some posts (here I am!), I went for casual and teamed the shirt with a plain bodycon skirt, brown folded knee high socks and black tights.

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Ebony. 25. Manchester.
Marketing Manager who likes to mouth off on here about stuff she cares about. Expect mental health, Borderline Personality Disorder, and reviews - from restaurants, to books, to fashion. Talks to cats more than people, but seemingly has a lot to say.
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