Monday, 30 December 2013

Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation


I hope you all had an amazing Christmas and got lots of lovely presents and ate as much food as I did so I feel slightly less guilty about the ridiculous amount of food I've eaten over the festive period.

That aside I wanted to do a little post on the Rimmel match perfection foundation. As I've mentioned In previous posts my favourite foundation is Teint Resist by YSL, which I've recently found out is being discontinued and replaced by a different one, which makes me sad but I'm also very excited to try the replacement... Aaaanyway although I love that foundation I do like to try out others as Its always nice to have a few foundations in your collection and I always like experimenting with high street brands to see if there's anything that is as good as the more expensive ones.

So I decided to give the match perfection a go as I really like the Rimmel wake me up foundation, and I've actually found I like this one a lot lot more! It illuminates the skin whilst not being too shimmery like the wake me up foundation and still maintains a flawless coverage. I went for the shade true Ivory as I found this matched my colour the best and was most similar to the shade I use in YSL.  

This is definitely more appropriate for Autumn/Winter over the wake me up as It's not as highlighting, but I'd probably continue to use it all year round anyway because Its just a really lovely foundation. 
I also like the fact it isn't as scented as other high street foundations so It also has that more expensive appeal. I would probably go as far as to say if I didn't know better I could easily mistake this for a more expensive brand so for the bargain price of £6.99 you can't really go wrong!

So If you're on a bit of a budget, particularly after Christmas like me, or you'd just like to try something new I would highly recommend the Match Perfection.

I hope you enjoyed my quick review of that, please leave me a comment below. If you've tried it tell me what you think. 


Ash x

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Made in Chelsea, Bullying and Victoria Vs Cheska & Lucy

So after watching last nights episode of Made in Chelsea and having some time to reflect on the huge argument that erupted I thought I'd do a small blog post.

Now before anyone states the obvious, I am aware that Made in Chelsea is a staged reality TV show with some scenes set up for viewing entertainment. I am also aware that editing makes it very difficult to make an accurate judgement on situations. 

However last nights episode struck a chord in me after watching what I can only describe as vile and malicious bullying. If you are not a fan of the show or did not watch last nights episode, a Christmas dinner party which main cast members attended soon turned sour as feuding cast members Victoria, Cheska and Lucy had a huge row across the banquet table. 
After watching prior episodes, it is difficult to pin point exactly what this feud is based on other than Victoria's persistence to make vulgar comments mainly on peoples appearance, but again with editing this is merely an assumption. 

But based on what we can see, It does appear that Cheska has become the victim of a 'school girl-esq' bullying attack. From what has been aired Cheska merely stuck up for herself and other people who had fallen victim to Victoria's acid tongue, to which Victoria's response has been simply to laugh it off with her side kick Sophie Herman and come back with more spiteful remarks.
It then all came to a head last night ending with Victoria once again causing conflict by making rude remarks about Lucy's breath and ended with her referring to Cheska as a "fat turkey". 

It is no secret that girls can be notorious for bitchyness and do not always get on but it is NEVER okay to make these sorts of comments, especially when you're in the spot light and you are role models to others. This is not to brush over the fact that Victoria was also called anorexic which is equally as offensive. 
I feel like I'm making such a Mum statement when I say 'at their age you would think they would know better'. 

Some of the responsibility should also be shared with the production team, as much as we adore Made in Chelsea for its drama and bust ups, bullying is a whole other ball game and frankly for the first time ever I found it uncomfortable to watch. 

With the show being such a hit in the UK and millions of people tuning in every Monday, it does concern me slightly what influence this could have particularly on young female viewers. 
It's no secret that Victoria Baker-Harber appears to show no remorse for her bitchy ways and this is further backed up by her responses to the show via her twitter account. 
However whilst scrolling through her twitter feed I couldn't help but notice a considerable number of retweets of her fans comments. Some were just remarking on her incredible dress sense but more disturbingly there appeared to be a lot of young girls posting images and memes under things like 'Things Victoria would say' and 'This reminded me of you'. Other young girls are defending her comments by saying she speaks the truth and the others need to get over it. 
By retweeting this she is essentially encouraging these young girls and making it seem okay to make these sorts of comments to others which is completely unacceptable and disgusting. 

I was fortunate enough in my school years to have a good group of friends and although I would never say I was bullied as such I certainly didn't escape comments from other girls AND boys regarding my appearance because I was 'Too skinny', I didn't have boobs, my nose is slightly on the larger side and I had to wear braces for nearly two years because I had a bloody great gap between my two front teeth. But none of those things reflected who I was as a person, people just simply didn't like the look of me and some how by saying those things it gave them some sense of satisfaction. 

I would like to think that on reflection of that episode the cast members involved in the spat have looked back and realised what they said to each other and about each other was completely wrong and realise as adults and role models to others that they should take more care to demonstrate good moral fibre and being nice to each other. Trying to "own" being a bitch is one thing Victoria but there is a fine line between bitchyness and bullying. Encouraging it and showing no remorse on your twitter feed is not cool and for that you should be ashamed of yourself. 

Making comments about someone looking anorexic is equally as bad and not a warped attempt at a compliment, It is a serious condition and using it in a negative connotation to someone else is totally irresponsible. Don't make me get up your grill again Lucy! 

One post from me isn't going to change the world and put an end to bullying and bitchyness, but by highlighting it may make some people at least think before they speak. I can almost guarantee most people wouldn't class themselves as a bully but when you think about it there has probably, infact there has definitely been a time when you've said something either to someones face or behind their back which was completely unnecessary and hurtful. 

Now I feel much better for getting that little rant off my chest, sorry if It's brought a bit of a downer on your Christmas but I hope you've some what enjoyed reading. Please leave a comment below, as always I'd love to hear what you think. 

Merry Christmas everyone!!

Ash x

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Feeling Festive

Well not exactly Christmas just yet but it's December which means its the count down to Christmas so I thought I'd do a little blog post on Christmassy things I've done with my room and festive make up and products I'm using etc etc. So with out further a do here is my festive post.... 

This is a super cute tea light holder I picked up from Asda which I think was only like £2 or something. But I thought it would look really nice with my other candles and bits in my room. 

Also whilst still in Asda I picked up these christmassy twigs for a £1 each to put in this little vase on my window sill. 

Another festive candle which I'm pretty sure featured in my October favourites. 

And Christmas would not be complete without an advent calender which my Mum buys me every year and has now got my boyfriend in on the tradition because he stopped getting them, which to me (and my mum) is just an outrage. 

Lastly on the room bits its my lovely festive looking bed complete with twinkley lights. 

Some of my favourite high street autumn winter nail polishes at the moment from left to right: Topshop- Sandy Lane, Maybelline Color Show- Midnight Taupe, Rimmel London Pro- Gold Infusion, Rimmel London Precious Stones- Ruby Crush and Revlon- Vixen. 

Some high street lip colours and balms I've been using recently because Its really cold and I always get chapped lips particularly this time of year. Left to right: Nivea lip balm- clear, Maybelline babylips- peach kiss, Rimmel London Kate Moss- 04, Rimmel London Kate Moss- 107, Rimmel London- Alarm 170 and Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie in Maverick. 

I hope you enjoyed my very short and sweet festive post, feel free to leave a comment below about anything festive you've been doing to your room or any make-up you've been particularly liking this winter or just leave a really random unrelated comment because that's always fun. 

I hope you all have a lovely Christmas and I'll leave you with a picture of my cat Duke that definitely hasn't been photo shopped, because he also wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas. 

Ash x

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Autumn Eyes

 Just thought I'd do a quick post on an eye make-up look I've been wearing a lot recently. I really like this one as you can wear it quite natural or make it slightly more dramatic if you want to do an evening look.

This is my eye completely bare. I've filled in my eyebrows using Mac Brown Down. Please excuse the lack of plucking! I'm planning on getting them waxed so am letting them grow out a bit. 

Then using a Mac 217 brush I go over the entire lid with Mac Naked Lunch shadow. I tend to take it quite high up and right into the inner corners of my eye as I like that bit to be quite highlighted. 

Again using Mac Brown Down I blend it in the outer corners of my eye working inwards with a Mac 239 brush. I then take a little of the Brown Down on the 217 brush and blend round the edges towards the brow and the outer corner. 

You can leave it there with the shadow cause it does look really nice with just the two, however if you want to make it more dramatic or just want to add a bit more colour you can take a deep purple colour and add that to the edges. Here I've used Bare Minerals Euphoria. 

I've then added some winged eye liner using Maybelline eye studio lasting drama gel eyeliner and have gone under the eye using the Mac 239 brush and Brown Down shadow. 

Thanks for reading, Ash x

Friday, 15 November 2013

Song of the Moment #1: Vance Joy, Riptide

Just a quick post to share with you one of my favourite songs at the minute. I first heard 'Riptide' on the Fearne Cottons show, on Radio 1 a couple of months ago and fell in love with it instantly. If you haven't heard of Vance Joy, he's an Australian singer-songwriter who released his EP 'God loves you when you're dancing' in March earlier this year in Australia however it is not due to release in the UK until later this month. How it's taken me this long to discover him, I don't know!
Riptide is a lyrical story of growing up and falling in love and if you're a fan of indie/folk music, you'll probably love it just as much as I do. You can give it a listen and watch the video by clicking on the above image. 

Riptide is currently available to download from iTunes now, and his EP 'God loves you when you're dancing' is available to pre order.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

OOTD: Black on Black

Dress: ASOS
Necklace: Accessorize (Old season)
Earrings: Accessorize (Old season)
Boots: New Look 

Thursday, 7 November 2013

OOTD: Purple Rain

Jumper: Oasis
Skirt: Oasis 
Bag: Accessorize
Shoes: Converse

Nails: Revlon Vixen
Lips: Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss in 04

Sunday, 3 November 2013

October Favourites

I can't believe its already November, this year has gone so fast. I realised the other day that since I started blogging I haven't actually done a favourites post and I've been loving a lot of new things this month so It's probably the perfect time to do one. So without further a do here are some of the things I've been loving this month...

Caudalie Deep Cleansing Exfoliator & Bioderma Sebium H2O

I purchased both of these items from Escentual, which is one of my favourite product websites. I'm definitely very late on the bandwagon with Bioderma, as the Bioderma Sensibio has been raved about for ages. However I opted for the Sebium H2O as I have combination skin with an oily t zone (Mmm sexy, I know), and I love it! It removes all my make-up leaving my skin feeling really fresh and I have noticed a definite reduction in the oilyness of my face which It claims to reduce by 'limiting sebum secretion and thoroughly cleansing the epidermis (posh word for skin)'... 

I'm also loving my Caudalie exfoliator which I purchased at the same time. It says to use just twice a week so don't over do it but I have found this to be quite mild. I wouldn't recommend using it If you're planning on going out any time soon as It can leave you with a bit of redness in some areas but overall I've really enjoyed using this. Another bonus with Caudalie is that it's against animal testing!

Laura Mercier Radiance Foundation Primer & KMS Curl Up Wave Foam

I received both these items in my October Birchbox which I was thrilled with this month. Strangely I was looking for a new primer before I got my sample, and had been debating on one of the Laura Mercier primers, so I was so happy this lived up to my expectations. It genuinely makes my skin look a lot more healthy and radiant, and my make-up generally looks nicer and stay on better. 

Now I'm not usually a fan of hair mouses, It always reminds me of being back at school when girls used to put so much mouse in there hair that it went really crispy and just looked awful! But this stuff is great, I put a small amount through my hair after towel drying then dried it fully with my hair dryer. It just gave my hair really natural 'beach style' waves, there was no frizz and more importantly no crispy bits! I love how effortless this is, its so perfect for when you literally have no time to get ready as you can even let it air dry and it will have the same effect. Highly recommend this product! 

Bourjois Bronzing Primer

I bought this some time ago but haven't got round to including it in a post. I now include this in my daily make-up routine, as you can see it's very well loved. Using a mouse style bronzer can seem quite 'intimidating' in the sense that it may be difficult to apply or too heavy but this gives such a light finish and is so easy to put on. I use my trusty real techniques expert face brush to apply this after applying my foundation and it goes on really smoothly and gives a natural glow. Also it smells amazing, like caramel chocolate, I came pretty close to tasting it then realised that it would be weird so I refrained from doing so. 

Revlon Nail Enamel in 570 Vixen

As you can see I'm really good at painting my nails (not). That aside this is my new favourite nail colour. Its a lovely dark burgundy/purple-ish shade which I think is perfect for Autumn/Winter, and It lasts ages before it starts to chip away. 

Nivea Essential Care Lip Balm

Relatively plain and simple but this is great if like me you're prone to getting chapped lips, particularly in the colder months. Its really moisturising and also works well as a sort of primer before you apply any lipstick or gloss. 

Bedroom Accessories

I recently moved into a new house and I'm a bit of a sucker for bedroom accessories, anything from wall signs, ornaments, candles and fairy lights. I think they make such a difference and now it's getting a bit colder I wanted to make my new room a little more cosy. My bedding is from the Red Herringbone Pathwork collection at Dunelm, and the candles and fairy lights I got from the Range. 

Breaking Bad & Game of Thrones

And last but by no means least I have recently and quite shamefully dedicated a lot of time to watching these two TV series. I am so late on the band wagon with these, its unreal but If like me you are yet to watch either of them I would highly recommend doing so. They are literally so addictive and I'm obsessed and have become a bit of a cretin which is unusal for me as I don't really watch much TV other than Made in Chelsea.

I hope you've enjoyed reading my monthly favourites, sorry If I've waffled a bit but October has definitely been a good month for favouritey things. Please leave me a comment below and tell me what you thought of this post, and If you'd like me to do more posts like this one.

Thanks for reading, Ash x

Friday, 11 October 2013

Life Update: Graduation

Just a quick life update as I've been off the radar for a couple of weeks.. I graduated! Time really has flown, as lame as this sounds it really only does seem like yesterday that I moved into halls and met some of the best friends I could ever wish for. Although not without its ups and downs, It has been a truly amazing time and a chapter of my life which I will never forget. If you are just starting university remember to work hard but also have as much fun as you possibly can because It will only happen once and you'll be graduating before you know it. 

So before I get emotional about the fact my uni life is over here are a few memories from along the way....

Hope you've enjoyed my quick update, more to follow soon... Ash x