Tuesday, 30 September 2014

The Clear Complexion Powder

I  recently picked up Rimmel's Clear Complexion powder when my previous face powder ran out and I've been giving it a go for a few weeks now. As with most high street brands, the packaging is nothing special but it does what it needs to do. It's a compact powder, so easy to take out and about with you without it spilling everywhere and making a mess in your bag.

It does claim to 'clarify' skin and 'minimise breakouts' but I can't honestly say that I've found that to be entirely accurate since I've been using it  - I don't feel that it's made any difference either way. It also aims to control shine for up to five hours which I'd say is about right, though if you have particularly oily skin I'd maybe pair it with a primer. If you have dry skin then just a light dusting would do the trick. 

This to me seems like a fairly standard powder, there's nothing wrong with it but it also doesn't massively stand out in anyway. It's probably a stable one to keep in your make up bag that you can rely on for a quick fix. I think it'd be ideal (price wise too, it's not expensive) for younger people, just starting out with make up.

Shel x

Thursday, 25 September 2014

New Autumn Lipstick

The other weekend, I stumbled across the 'Make Up Revolution' counter in Superdrug. I've never heard of this brand before and it just goes to show that I've been fairly well restrained in the beauty aisles lately.  I've been on the hunt for a deep, plummy toned lipstick for the autumn/winter months and decided to try one from their range as it was a very happy price of one whole pounds. Yes, you heard me. A quid.

I have bright pinks and I have reds, but I've not experimented with anything with those rich, mauve tones before so I didn't really want to jump right in with an expensive brand only to find out that the colour really doesn't suit me at all. Admittedly, the packaging does nothing to make me swoon but it's inside that counts, right?

It has no particular scent to it, apart from that vague typical lipstick smell and actually looks a lot darker in real life that it does on the pictures. Damn day light bleaching everything out! When I swatched it, the colour (vamp shade) pay off seemed pretty decent for a £1 lip stick, which means that so far, I'm happy! I've not worn it anywhere yet, I think I'm going to test it out when I meet a friend for drinks this evening, then I'll report back another time. I could still be tempted for an even darker lipstick another time, but you know, baby steps.

If I like it, maybe I'll do a post on an Autumn themed make up, what do you think?

Shel x

Saturday, 20 September 2014

A Quick Wander Through Holt

My parents are staying in Sheringham over the weekend, ready for this year's 1940s weekend, so Thursday evening I went out to the caravan and spent some time there. Friday morning dawned nice and foggy and we decided to have a quick mosey to Holt. We didn't stick around for long as the weather was pants but I took a few pictures that I thought I'd stick on here...

Shel x

Monday, 15 September 2014

Avon Purifying Rhassoul Clay Face Mask

I love a good face mask - who doesn't? It's not just the benefits that you can get from using one, but the ritual of applying it and relaxing, the whole thing feels like a luxury and is the perfect de-stressing treat. My two usual 'go - to' masks are Origins Intensive Moisture Mask and Lush's BB Seaweed mask but I figured it might be time to add another to the fold.

Before I went on holiday this year, I spotted a Turkish 'thermal baths' mask in the Avon catalogue. Having visited the mud baths in Turkey previously and the fact that I was visiting there shortly made me feel inclined to give this one a whirl and see if it had any of the positive benefits that they say you reap from the Turkish thermal baths. 

This mask comes in fairly standard packaging, a squeezy tube so it's easy enough to use and comes out dark brown and a relatively thick consistency. It's still malleable and you can blend it over your face easily though. As it dries on your skin, it becomes lighter and harder but you don't need to scrub it to wash it off, just a gentle rinse with water will take it off. I really like the smell too, which is a bonus.

All that being said, I don't honestly feel that this mask makes any great improvement to my skin. After using the other two in my collection, I feel as though I can notice results right away. Even if I can't see the difference I can usually feel it but with this one... nothing. Maybe it is doing a little good but if it is then it's doing it slowly and in a way that's naked to the human eye and touch. 

It was around the £5 mark, so it's no great loss, however I would personally spend another pound and get myself a new Lush mask next time. If you want a face mask that's purely for the relaxing routine, then give it a whirl. For instant results, you might be disappointed. That being said, everyone's skin is different so what doesn't work for me, could be the knight in shining armour to someone else but this damsel in distress wasn't impressed.

Shel x

Monday, 8 September 2014

My Weekend in Pictures - Trip to Bournemouth

This weekend I went to visit one of my best friends who lives in Bournemouth. I used to go on holiday to that area a lot as a kid, so it's a favourite place of mine anyway, with lots of good memories. We didn't get up to too much, mainly catching up and mooching about at the beach, but here are some pictures. Hope your eyeballs enjoy!

On my first morning in Bournemouth whenever I visit, the first thing we do is head to a café called Boscanova where I get the 'Lumber Jill' breakfast with the tastiest pancakes ever. I'm drooling a bit just thinking about it!

Then we did a little shopping, wandering around the town before heading down to the beach for a little paddle. I seem to have become a bit of a paddle fiend lately, first at Sheringham, now at Bournemouth!

Of course, you can't go to Bournemouth without a quick stroll through the gardens as well!

After a fairly chilled out day, we headed back to Christy's place and chilled (ok, slept) for a bit before getting ready for a night out and heading out to meet some friends. We went to Aruba which is on the front of Bournemouth Pier. It's quite a large bar and kind of beachy inside, with lanterns strung up across the ceiling. The best bit (if you can brave the smokers) is standing outside on the balcony, which over looks the sea and the rest of the pier. It was quite enchanting in the moonlight (the mood may also have been helped along by a drink or two). Apologies for the posy picture below!

The next day we treated ourselves to a lay in. More out of necessity than anything else. After dragging ourselves out for some hangover food, we took a walk by the river, taking in the boats winding down the waterways. Jeans were a massive mistake that morning as it was boiling!

After a quick change into some more weather appropriate shorts, we headed down to the beach (which is only about a five minute walk from Christy's house. Jealous). We had a little amble and yes, another paddle, then promptly fell asleep.

Yes, we were wearing matching outfits. That's just how we roll.

Shortly after that it was time for me to pack up and begin my five hour drive home, leaving my best friend behind.. till next time..

Shel x