Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Lasting Finish Concealer

When you have annoying skin full of angst that thinks it's still a teenager, then you'll appreciate a good, full coverage concealer like me. I'm always on the hunt for the 'next best thing', mainly with foundations and concealers, to help make my skin appear more flawless. 

Enter Rimmel's Lasting Finish Concealer. I love the fact that it's in a pot so you can take out what you need, rather than applying it straight from a wand or stick and thus transferring bacteria every time you do so. For me, it's definitely a more high coverage concealer, perfect for disguising those pesky blemishes. It's quite heavy and I would recommend setting it with a powder and if you have oilier skin, use a primer to save it from sliding right off again and leaving you exposed!

I have tried using it under my eyes and although it does the job coverage wise (doesn't matter if I have 3 hours or 9 hours sleep, those bags just will not shift) I think the texture is a little much. I prefer a lighter concealer under the eyes, that doesn't settle in lines or look so cakey but it comes down to personal preference.

I'm a big fan of the Soap and Glory Kick Ass Concealer duo but this one is holding it's own right now too as far as the more heavy duty concealers go, plus it's not over expensive - so it's one for the bargain hunters. 

What do you guys think, have you tried it? What concealers are a staple in your kit?

Shel x
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Sunday, 9 August 2015

The Gothic Quarter

The Gothic Quarter is like a place from my dreams. I'm a little bit obsessed with history and this place in Barcelona is just brimming full of it. I could just imagine myself dressed in my medieval clothes, drifting around the cobbly streets that are steeped with mystery. Drama queen, me? Neh.

Every time you think you've seen enough of this place, or you've done a loop, you discover some other narrow path that you haven't explored before and off you go, only to find it opens out into another courtyard framed with another church... honestly such a beautiful area. That being said, the narrow roads can get very busy, especially around the Picasso museum, so keep hold of your bags and purses!

My enjoyment of this place was made SO much better by the insanely good cakes in a little bakery. Everything was set out so well and looked so pretty, I could have stood sight seeing in the bakery alone for an hour (when I say sight seeing I mean eating... everything. Obviously).

Shel x
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Monday, 3 August 2015

The Castle on Montjuic

I feel like I did pretty well on my trip to Barcelona and managed to see quite a lot. As a bit of a history geek, naturally a castle was fairly high on my list of priorities, though the Castle on Montjuic isn't a medieval castle like you might think of in Britain, it was more of a fortress really. And up a really big hill... not ideal to clamber up in the July heat (thank goodness for the cable cars.... though honestly I got a bit hot and bothered just sitting in the car without physically exerting myself).

 Once we were up there we paid our fee and went in to have a look around the castle, where I spent the next hour seemingly playing hide and seek with some other tourists, a particular Mother, Father and Son trio that just seemed to be everywhere I went and in the corner of all my pictures. Normally I love a good castle but in all fairness, there isn't too much actually up there (that's open to the public anyway) aside from some rather impressive views. 

Being up Montjuic though, we were just that little bit closer to the sun and I was so damned hot I virtually had to crawl from one area to another. What can I say, I'm not a creature of the heat (Icarus, I feel your pain bro). We didn't stay for too long, just long enough to take in the views - especially at the breeziest corners.

Till next time... Shel x

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Saturday, 25 July 2015

Park Guell - Barcelona

I'm back! This time with pictures of my trip to Park Guell whilst I was in Barcelona. It really is amazing and I would have loved to have spent more time wandering around and exploring but as it was a last minute decision to go, we made the poor choice to go in July when it was boiling hot. This meant that most of our time was spent dashing between the shade of each tree and fanning our selves with anything remotely fannable. 

The park, designed by Gaudi, is full of colourful mosaics and I came away from Barcelona (and particularly Park Guell) with a new found love for mosaics. I might start smashing up some old pool tiles and have a go myself!

We had a pretty hefty walk up some steep streets to get to the park from the metro stop... that part I didn't enjoy so much. Exercise is not for holidays. 

Of course, I've included the obligatory lunch shot because  I enjoyed the food out there so much.. I'm heading out this Tuesday for tapas with my friend that I went to Barcelona with, we're total addicts to tapas, can't get enough of it! Get.In.My.Belly.

Till next time... 

Shel x
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