Wednesday 26 September 2018

New Purchases💕

I've bought quite a lot lately, in both the clothing and beauty department. It always seems that all your products run out at the same time, so need to replace them all at the once. It was only logical to create a blog post sharing what I've bought lately.

Maybelline Superstay Foundation 24 Hour || Ivory || £9.99 - I'd be lying if I didn't say I couldn't remember the last time I bought a foundation. I went through a rather long period of time where I didn't bother wearing any - which is a good thing - so I didn't find myself needing to buy any. For those who know, I work in my local Morrisons, and I have the responsibility of replenishing the makeup orders when they arrive in the delivery, and changing the stands when there's a promotion on. My friend had raved about this foundation, and when we reduced it to £7, I just had to get my hands on it. It was almost as if it were fate - I had seen people tweeting about it all week, and then I caved in and bought it. So far I am loving it, but keep an eye out for a more detailed review in the upcoming weeks.

Maybelline Colossal Go Extreme! Leather Black Mascara || £6.99 - Also reduced in my work to £5 was this mascara. I was in desperate need of a new one because 1. I am the worst at replacing my mascaras and 2. They were all drying up. I have a love/hate relationship with Rimmel mascaras so tend to avoid them, whereas Maybelline I can indefinitely rely on. I wasn't fussed which mascara I initially bought, so I just picked up one that was on deal and which I hadn't ever tried out. Upon my first few uses, I wasn't overly keen, but now that it's not as "fresh", it's working better - same applies as the above foundation, I shall update you in a few weeks time.

MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter || Pearlescent Sheen || £3 - The only individual highlighters I have including MaryLou, a Mac one and a shimmer brick, and on a daily basis, I'm not wanting to use a high-end, expensive highlighter, and to be brutally honest, my shimmer brick ain't quite cutting it. I love MUA, and had heard good things about their highlighters so picked one up. They had a vast selection of colours available, but I went for quite a white, light colour because I'm pale and that's what I suit. I'm yet to try it, but I'm excited to do so!

Batiste Dry Shampoo Blush || 400ml || £4.99 (currently £2.47 in Superdrug) - Once you turn to dry shampoo, trust me, there's no going back. Normally I choose the cherry dry shampoo, but it wasn't in stock last time I was in Superdrug so picked up blush instead. It was cheaper to buy the 400ml than the 200ml, so logically I bought the larger tin. Batiste shampoo works really well with my hair; it freshens up the roots, gives me some volume and the best part is that it doesn't dry out my scalp. Win win! I'm looking forward to see how this one differs from the cherry one I'm used to using.

Morrisons Normal-Combination Facial Wipes || £1 - I don't use wipes to remove my makeup on a regular basis, but I just find it handy to have them - after a night out, accidentally makeup mistakes etc. I'm not normally fussy with which wipes I use as I don't have sensitive skin, so anything works with me. As I work in a supermarket, we have an immense selection of wipes, and it overwhelms me, so I just picked up these facial wipes. They're nothing special but they do the jobs!

Body Fantasies Perfume Body Spray || Pink Grapefruit || £3.99 (currently £1.98) - I like to carry a body spray with me throughout the day for a quick top-up and refreshment. For ages, I had been using an old, trusty Hollister spray (oh how so 2013..) but it's beginning to run low so there's no point in bringing it. I know that Superdrug are stocked up to the max with body sprays, and at a low price, I knew I would be able to find something. Their body fantasies range was reduced half price, and they smelt quite nice, so I picked up their grapefruit one. I didn't initially smell it because I'm a rebel (joking, I knew it'd be nice) and it turns out that it's fruity and refreshing, ideal!

I've also bought some clothing items, so if you'd like to see a haul or OOTDs/lookbooks, let me know!


Saturday 15 September 2018

Where Have I Been?💕

Firstly, hello. Secondly, welcome back. Yes, I know I promised a whole load of new exciting content over the summer, but as you’re all aware, that didn’t happen. Why? Life happens. Over the 4 and a half years I’ve been blogging, I’ve grown up and more important things have occurred, which means blogging has been put on the backbench, which when I think about it, it does break my heart a bit that I don’t have as much time for my passion. Anyways, here I am with an update as to where I’ve been and what I’m up to.

  1. College - I returned back to college three weeks ago now to return to photography, but at the next level. I may only be three weeks in, but we’ve had plenty of work issued already, and anyone who knows me know that I prioritise my education no matter what. If you aren’t already, then you can follow my photographic journey on Facebook and Instagram - just search “Jasmine Lawrie Photography” (yes, shameless self promo). However, the more I improve my photography and gain new skills, the better my photography will be for my blog, bringing it up a whole new level.
  2. Work - my least favourite four letter word. Over the summer, I did a lot of overtime because I wasn’t at college so my flexibility increased. Some weeks I spent more days in there than others, but still, it did take up a lot of time. Now I’m back to normality, I’m not working quite as much but it does take up my weekends, which were my ideal times for writing posts.
  3. Social life - when I started my blog, I was a whole load younger than I am now, and I didn’t have the same social life compared to now. I’m at an age where I’m enjoying going out with my friends whilst I can. As previously mentioned, I work at the weekend, so I have to try tie in plans with my friends too, some weekends it proves to be more difficult than others. 

At current, I’m at college Monday to Wednesday, Thursday is my dedicated “college work day”, work Friday and Saturday so Sunday is my only chill day. Sometimes on my free days, I lack the motivation to write any posts, and that’s totally normal - other bloggers have reassured me that it’s natural because they get some days where they feel like this too. Other times I have blog post ideas, but not got the photos to match up with it. Those who don’t blog don’t quite realise the amount of work that goes into it, and that’s why us bloggers may end up neglecting our blogs from time to time - not intentionally. 

I’m really hoping that my blog is producing some brilliant content throughout winter and Christmas, which means I’ll need to work on it loads. In saying that, it doesn’t mean that there won’t be content until then, of course I’ll try whenever I can, however if I don’t post, please be patient as I am only human.

To everyone still following me, thank you. I appreciate my loyal followers so much, as you are the reason my blog is where it is today. X

Monday 3 September 2018

Facial Creams - What's The Difference?💕

Day cream, night cream, moisturisers and the list continues. What is what; what's the difference, do the formulas vary and in all honesty, is there any need for so many? For years, I used the same moisturiser, day and night, all year round, regardless of the season. Now that I've decided to branch out with my skincare and am more willing to try out new facial creams and moisturisers, I've discovered that really, there is a massive difference and each will act differently with your skin.

As you can see, I have three; a day moisturiser, a night moisturiser and a moisturising cream. Is there genuinely any need for all three? Yes. I went on a mad spree with the Superdrug Vitamin E Range earlier this year - I ordered things such as micellar water and facial scrubs - and in among the order was the night cream, and I picked up the other two moisturisers not long after. I opted for the same skincare range because that's what I tend to do anyways, and my skin tends to agree with it.

Vitamin E Radiance Face Cream || £2.99 - I'd say that this has the lightest, thinnest formula out of all three because it's a cream as opposed to a moisturiser. It's not water based and it's not thick either - it's your typical facial cream consistency. This cream I use in the mornings throughout Summer, because it's supposed to be warmer outside (or in Scotland, it's muggy), and you don't want something heavy that'll make your skin feel greasy, heavy or sweaty. I also use it in the morning because after you apply it, you're typically going to be busy, on the move etc, and therefore don't want something that feels sticky and will take an absolute age to be absorbed. As it's light, you can apply it and not need to worry about it drying before going ahead with your makeup. It's ideal for oily skin (which is myself), but I don't see any reasons why it couldn't work for dry/combined skin. As it's a radiance cream, it's supposed to make your skin look bright and healthy, so it's another reason to use it in the mornings.

Vitamin E Night Cream  || £2.99 - A cream that I've been using religiously since I bought it. It's my first time experiencing a night cream, so I wasn't too sure what to expect. One thing I can point out instantly is that it is significantly thicker than the previous cream, and that's because it's a night cream. The clue is in the title, a cream created to use in the evenings post skincare routine, as it is thicker - normally, you do your skincare routine before your bed, therefore it gives the cream the opportunity to sink into your skin and work wonders before waking up in the morning. I was worried that I'd find it too heavy for the humid nights we had throughout the Summer, but this didn't occur at all - it doesn't leave a greasy residue on your skin as it's all absorbed, and rather quickly too. I always worry about using thicker creams because I have oily skin, but it's a complete myth that if you have oily skin you should skip moisturiser - it does have an added bonus. It leaves my skin feeling extremely soft and looks healthy.

Vitamin E Day Cream || £2.99 - The last to join my collection, but doesn't receive any less care than the others. I hadn't ever tried a day cream before, as I used to just buy general face creams. I can tell you that this cream will be used a whole load more in the Winter - the consistency is definitely the thickest out of the lot. In the Winter, my skin can lack hydration and moisture, so I need to change my moisturiser and I know that this one will be ideal. I don't need to use a lot when applying as a small amount goes a long way - I think this is because how thick it is. I do feel it takes a little longer than the previous moisturisers to be absorbed by my skin, but nothing too ridiculous. It leaves my skin feeling extremely soft and hydrated, looks bright and healthy and smells great too.

The whole Vitamin E Range has the same distinct scent throughout - it kind of makes me think of an extremely light coconut scent without being coconut at the same time, it's hard to describe. Of course, every facial cream will vary from the above, but it's just a rough guide to the difference, especially within the Vitamin E range.

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