Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Max Factor Creme Puff Review

Max Factor Crème Puff - £5.99

When it comes to powder I never seem to be satisfied and its the one thing in my makeup collection that I don't have a favourite of. I used to love the Maybelline Dream Matte Powder until they discontinued it, and since then I've just been constantly buying powders without being satisfied.
Until recently... (wow what a cliff-hanger).
I bought this maxfactor powder in January and after starting my blog I started to purchase even more products, pushing it to the back of my collection and forgetting how much I loved it.
The other day I stumbled across this again and decided to give it another go, and I can honestly say I've fallen back in love. It gives your skin a velvet-y (great use of adjectives there, Laura) finish with great coverage. One of the key points when looking for a powder, in my opinion, is seeing how long it lasts throughout the day. This powder remains on my skin looking untouched throughout the day which is great because I hate having to sneakily re-apply at school (we're not supposed to bring makeup, ha little do they know..).
Another good point about this powder is that it is high coverage, great on days when I'm feeling less confident about my skin. And if anyone was wondering, IT COVERS MY ECZEMA!!!
In order to get a full review I visited the boots website to read more about this product. Apparently it has 'light reflecting particals' to make your skin glow. This doesn't mean it is glittery, which is something I really don't like in a powder. I have to admit my skin does look more glow-ey (yet again, great adjective) when I use this.
Honestly, I don't know how it found its way to the back of my makeup collection! I'll definitely be using this some more from now on.
Thanks for reading!
Laura
<3


ps: I am really sorry for the lack of posts recently, I haven't really been going through the best of times and I didn't want to channel any of my unhappiness into my blog. I'm going to really try and put more effort into my blog from now on because I really love it and everybody who actually reads it! You're all beautiful <3

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Beauty tip: why you shouldn't use carmex

Photo isn't mine! I don't have any Carmex to photograph, sorry!

Warning!!! I'm going to use the word 'lip' a lot in this post.. lip lip lip lip lip
When it comes to lip balms, I'm extremely fussy. I have very dry lips and I've been through every 'moisturising' lip product under the sun. Because of this, when I find a favourite, I stick to it.
This also means that I've been through my fair share of terrible products and one of those is Carmex. If I can pass on any advice, it would be to avoid Carmex at all costs. Why? Because it contains the one ingredient that should never be in any lip balm. Salicylic acid. Whilst this acid can be great on the skin (if you have oily skin) it's literally torture for your lips.
So why do Carmex use it? You may be wondering. They know for a fact how bad this ingredient can be, and that's exactly why they use it.
Basically, it's a marketing scheme.
The acid makes your lips peel which tricks you into thinking you need to use more lip balm, therefore you buy more. In some cases your lips don't star to peel until you've stopped using the product which convinces you that it works. It doesn't.
The worst thing is, this trick is used by many different companies! Next time you buy any kind of lip product, make sure that it doesn't contain Salicylic acid.
If you were wondering what products I do recommend, I 100% stand by the nivea lip balms. They're moisturising, simple, cheap and effective. They save my dry skin over and over again.

I hope you all enjoyed this short post, I know it was very negative but hopefully it can help you!
Thankyou for reading
Laura
<3

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

I hate my skin

*disclaimer* image is not mine, I've been super busy with school and didn't have time to take any.

We are all insecure about something. No matter how confident you are, there's always something that you would like to change about yourself. I am one of the most insecure people you will ever meet, and usually the thing about myself that I hate the most changes a lot. At the moment the thing I'm desperate to change, like most teenagers, is my skin. I've had eczema as long as I can remember but it's only started to appear on my face in the last few years. Despite the actual pain, the worst thing about eczema is that it's literally impossible to hide. Wearing makeup will only irritate your skin and stick to the dry patches making it very obvious. I've tried every tinted moisturiser, BB cream and even just foundations targeted at dry skin and unfortunately for me, none of them can hide it. My doctor constantly tells me that makeup is only going to make it worse but I can't imagine going out bare faced and revealing my red, irritated skin to the world. Obviously my doctors have not experienced the joy that is 'having imperfections in high school'. It seems like every little thing that is wrong with me, somebody will notice and they feel as if it is absolutely necessary to point it out. I don't understand why because I personally would never even think about telling somebody that their hair or skin doesn't look great. What do people achieve from this?
If you read my last blog post (click here if you didn't) you'll know that my goal this year is to stop caring what people think of me. That is why tomorrow I'm going to *attempt* to go to school with no foundation on.
The benefits of not wearing makeup definitely outweigh the benefits of wearing it. Your skin absorbs anything that is put onto it so when you apply makeup, your skin is essentially 'drinking up' all the chemicals in the products.
 Although it's nice to have perfect looking skin every so often, it's also healthy to have a break and embrace your natural beauty. Besides, if I skip makeup on school days I can sleep in for longer (which is always nice).
So who's with me? Ditch the makeup to do your skin a favour! Let me know how it goes for you if you try it!
Thankyou for reading!
Laura
<3

Sunday, 1 September 2013

I care too much

Just realising how sad I look on this picture! haha.
Recently I've been preparing myself for going back to school. I go back this Wednesday and even though I'm looking forward to seeing my friends, I'm kind of nervous. I don't know why because I've been going to the same school for three years now and I know everyone. I don't have any enemies, there isn't anyone I'm scared of and I can't wait to start my gcse options. So why do I feel the way I did when I was starting in year 7? One thing you probably don't know about me is that I hate being the centre of attention. I never used to wear a coat to school in winter because I was scared people would look at me (which is really stupid and I ended up getting really poorly all the time). I think this is why I stress over going back to school so much. Walking through the gates I can't help but think ''Am I standing out too much? Should I have done my hair differently?'' and I wish I didn't. I never used to care what people thought of me. I had bright red hair and I wore whatever I wanted but it seems that now, all that confidence has gone and I'd rather fit in than stand out. Does anybody else feel that way? Since I started blogging, I can't help but admire the ''I don't care'' attitude of so many girls that you can definitely see from the way they dress. I'd love to wear those clothes but somewhere in the back of my mind I can almost here what people at school or my friends would say.
This year my goal for myself is 'don't care what people think'. Hopefully on the 1st of September 2014 I'll be writing another post all about how I achieved my goal!
Do you have any aims for this year? Comment if you do because I would love to see if I'm not the only one!
Laura
xxx