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Sunday, 20 August 2017

The Blogging World

So blogging world. There have been a few blog posts saying the blogging world is broken and that it's shit.

Yes we have lots of new bloggers. But this is the same as having loads of clothing stores in a town, they offer the same thing but they are all slightly different. 

When Urban Decay/Benefit/Mac release something new, beauty bloggers go wild, obviously there will be posts on the same product but they'll all be slightly different (unless there is an idiot out right copying). There will be a few who are only buying the new release to review it and then sell 6 weeks down the line (I mean that kind of sucks). But it's not hurting anyone as long as his or her review is genuine, and honest; it isn’t really my business to question why they sell a palette 6 weeks later, but whatever.

White backdrops, Marble Flat lays and Rose Gold everything. You know these are? Trends. This is the same as seeing bomber jackets, embroidery and Nike trainers everywhere; its a trend. Yet we dont all stand in front someone’s face and say that they are basic because they wear Nike trainers.

I guess for me personally, twitter has a lot to answer for. The blogging community/industry isn’t broken because of white backdrops and marble everything, and the blogging world isn’t broken because of twitter but I don’t know how well we are using platforms to promote ourselves. Now twitter definitely is not broken. People still use Twitter Chats and people do still get a lot out of them. Obviously there will be more chats, as there are more users/bloggers now. Loads of people use twitter as a support network, to meet people, to find new blogs etc.

But let's talk indirects. Ahah the famous indirect. It's like bitching behind someone's back, yet that individual can see it. The indirect tweeter has friends who agree and we have the user, which the indirect is directed at. This user also has their friends on their side. This causes barriers, and thus divides us slightly. It's difficult because everyone is entitled to his or her opinion but when someone doesn't agree with an opinion that individual also has a right to air their opinion. Thing is, everyone can see this and again they take sides, which is fine but some many times it's become targeted at individuals.

I would say nearly every other day there is a twitter drama that I either see or hear of, and I just think take it away from the public eye, obviously a healthy debate is good. But being a dick is not.

Being judgemental on how people run their blogs is also damaging, at the end of the day no one is the same, so why should we all do the same things and follow ‘rules’. There are no rules to blogging and that’s the beauty if it. It’s a creative outlet that shouldn’t be judged or bitched about.

I guess this was a bit of rant about all the random things that have been happening on Twitter and certain blog posts that have been floating around. So people will obviously disagree with this, and I don't know if this will make sense buttt, I jsut feel like I needed to rant it out. 

Until next time!
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Sunday, 30 July 2017

The Body Shop Drops of Youth - Youth Liquid Peel

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Liquid Peel

I remember way back in the winter when I brought something from The Body Shop and the lady tried to sell me the Youth Liquid Peel. She demo-ed it on my somewhat reluctant hand. I have to say after the demo I was quite intrigued, the product makes clumps of dead skin on the surface of your skin and my hand did definitely feel softer. The lady in the shop kind of said it was an exfoliator and in a way I guess it is. 
Product clumping

Anyway, well over a month ago I dragged my boyfriend into The Body Shop and then remembered about this product and showed him it, we both wondered whether it was just a massive gimmick. Like if they put high amounts of alcohol in the product and this evaporated quicker than the rest, you would be left with little clumps of product. We decided to bite the bullet and buy it and see what happened.

Now, I'm still in two minds whether this is a gimmicky product. Tristan used it on his nose the other day and the colour of the peel went a lovely dirty grey odour, so to me that must work right?! I've used it on my face once a week, and it's quite interesting and some places do definitely create more clumps like on the jawline and on my forehead. So I do think it does it job, but....

Two full pumps as instructed

I do have a few issues with this product, using two full pumps like instructed to on the back of the product is a hell of a lot product. It's like loads. And if you're using this 2-3 times a week, again like instructed on the back of the product, this isn't necessarily cost friendly. On the front of the product it says 'with 3 plant stem cells Edelweiss from Italian Alps, Sea Holly & Criste Marine from the Brittany Coast'. Now on the ingredient list they've kept it all scientific and haven't put in bracket these plant cells as their normal name which makes it difficult to see how far up the list these three ingredients are. On the bottle it doesn't actually say what the plant cells do. For me I like to know why things have been put into a product. 

The Body Shop Liquid Youth Peel

The cost of this is £18.00 which isn't too bad, but then again I would imagine if you're using it as instructed this would only last you a matter of weeks. 

I do think this product works, but I also think it's one of those examples of 'people like to see dirt or excess to believe a product is working' ( similar to shower gels massively foaming to make you think you're getting super clean when in reality all those foamy bubbles are actually drying the skin), which is why I'm in two minds with this product.

Have you tried this product? What did you think of it? Let me know! 

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Lush Cosmetics Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub

I am awful for exfoliating, always have been and hopefully won't always will be. However a few months back I decided to buy myself a new scrub. I was in lush with a basket half full and I thought wellll, whilst I'm here I'll just try this one.

When I first used this product it was far too harsh for my face, and I kind of left the product on my bathroom side for a few weeks. In the end I mixed it in with my cleanser and found that this worked so much better than previous attempts. Going forward I would throughly wet my face and rub the product between my fingers for a few seconds to buff the salt down a little, before scrubbing my face. For me I found this worked the best.

When using Lush's Ocean Salt scrub your skin instantly feels smoother, softer and brighter. So it really does what it says in the tin. To be honest I haven't tried this on my body. I think this is because I was in the mind of buying a face scrub at the time it and didn't really click that I could use this for the body too. 

If my skin is ever feeling dull, I'll just use this scrub to brighten it up again. Lush Cosmetics Ocean salt contains Lime extract to help brighten the skin, avocado butter to help to soften and of course sea salt to scrub and clean.

A word of warning if you have ever had a bad night with a tequila slammer, this product may not be for you, the citrus smell combined with the salt, can leave you feeling a little nausea.

Have you ever tried Ocean Salt? If so let me know, or alternatively have you got a favourite scrub that you think I should try? 


Sunday, 16 July 2017

Summer edit

I have never done a Summer Edit post so I thought; I’m going to dip my toe into that pool of Summer Edits. I have complied a small list of products that I think you need in your life for summer.

Liz Earle Bronzing Fluid.

I love this product. With the bronzing fluid you can mix this into moisturisers to give you a lovely natural looking summer glow. You can also apply it under your foundation to achieve a beautiful dewy finish. And also apply it like a bronzer - I think this is my favourite way of using it this year. 

Since coming back from holiday I don’t want to completely change my foundation, but I also quite like having a lighter foundation to act as a bit of a t-zone highlight. Once I have applied my foundation I take a stippling brush, apply a little product and on the back of my hand stipple the product around to get an even distribution to on the brush and then apply it to the areas which would naturally get tanned. This keeps the your makeup base looks really nice and glowly and also natural. Liz Earle's Bronzing Fluid is definitely dewy, but not glittery. If you prefer a more matte look, the Benefit Dew the Hoola is an excellcent shout.

Hydra Genius

I find that in summer, my normal moisturiser is just a little bit too heavy; Hydra Genius doesn’t over load the skin. But is like a little holy grail of hydration, which lasts for hours (72 hours according to L’Oreal). It also sinks in really well, which is a plus for the people who do not have time to wait for all their lotions and potions to sink in (or all you lazy people who prefer an extra 10 minutes in bed). The texture of this is quite like a gel, which you can use with or without a serum. The Hydra Genius comes in normal/combination, combination/oily and dry. I also love that the Hydra Genius gives a lovely healthy looking glow.

Nars Orgasm Blush

At the moment I'm all over the blushes that have a bit of a highlight in them. Nar’s Orgasm is just the perfect blusher for 'that' blusher-highlight product. This is a peachy pink shade with gold highlights. You do only need a tiny amount of this, it is definitely best to light with this product and build up. This shade is a little more pink than I would normally go for, but I think it is perfect for summer.

Maybelline Brow Gel

In summer I love the natural look, and when it comes to brows, its hard one to place, because while the trend of fuller brows is most definitely still in, its hard to match your level of brow thickness to the level of makeup you wear each day. For minimal effort makeup looks I love to use the Maybelline Brow Gel in Dark Blonde to neaten out my brows and also add a bit more definition with a light swipe of colour. I believe that Maybelline do about 3/4 shades which are all quite ashy. They also have a clear brow gel too.

Clinique Self Sun

I am a pale girl, and while I love being pale I do like to have a glow and tan. Sometimes fake tans are a little too much for my day-to-day life. I have found that the Clinique Self Sun is great for a light tan; something that looks really natural doesn't smell of biscuit and doesn't transfer on to sheets. With Self-Sun, you do not need a tanning mitt but you do need to thoroughly wash your hands after application. I would say the finished result of the tan, is more of a base tan look, which, for me is fine.

Lush Scrubee

Lush brought this product out as a Spring/Mother's day line, but thankfully they've kept it on as permanent line (You do not know how badly I’ve been trying to ration my Scrubee, because I thought it was limited edition). The Scrubee is extremely hydrating thanks to Cocoa Butter and Honey.  The Honey also gives this product a lovely scent. The Scrub part is made up ground almonds and Coconut shells, this is a gentle yet effective product to give the best of both worlds (whilst packing in the fun factor as well). I’m honestly the worst for body moisturising and exfoliating but Scrubee can sit in my bathroom and I can exfoliate and moisturise whilst in the shower. Although this is probably anall year habit I should be adopting, this product is perfect for me in the summer months to keep my legs in tiptop condition.

Have you got any favourite go to Summer Products? Let me know by commenting below!