1 March 2015

Formula X Intensity Nail Polish

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Formula X Intensity Nail Polish $10.50 // Link

This pastel, powder pink shade took three coats for complete opacity, but seven days later it's still going strong with only one tiny chip. Pastel colours are notorious for early chipping, but I was so impressed with this one. The Formula X brand has had some hit and miss reviews, but all of the polishes I've tried from them so far have been pretty good, so I don't know whether it's just a few particular shades. I plan on doing a whole post dedicated to FX, so let me know if that's something you would like to see.

What are your favourite opaque pastel shades? Spring's coming up I need some recommendations.

XOXO Claire
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26 February 2015

A "Drugstore" Centered Face

Sometimes it's nice to put down the ridiculously expensive "luxury" products and really appreciate the true gems that Boots & Superdrug have to offer. Most the product's mentioned below have been in my collection for a while and I decided that they needed and deserved some more love and attention.
A "Drugstore" Centered Face
Too Faced Melted Liquid Lipstick in Peony
L'oreal True Match Foundation
Face:
// L'oreal True Match Foundation £9.99 // Link
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer £5.49 // Link
Sleek Contour Kit in Light £6.49 // Link
The Balm Fratboy Blush £15.49 // Link

Eyes:
Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeshadow Paint in Rich Russet £0.99 // Link
L'oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Sahara Treasure £6.99 // Link
Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeliner in Taupe £3.99 // Link
Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeliner in Nude £3.99 // Link
Tarte Gifted Mascara

Lips:
Too Faced Melted Liquid Lipstick in Peony £19 // Link

 First of all I cracked out the much raved about True Match Foundation, the first time I tried this foundation I wasn't so sure but after another go and a bit of reflection I've decided I do really like it (even though it does looks a little orange in the pictures, sorry it didn't look like that in real life!) For my concealer I swapped my Nars one for the Rimmel Wake Me Up, which is lovely under the eyes.

I contoured my non-existent cheekbones with the Sleek Contour Kit, which is an amazing product, so inexpensive and works a treat. For blush I used one of my favourites, The Balm Fratboy, man this stuff sticks around, it lasted all day and was still hanging around when it came to removal time. I did cheat a little with my brows, I used my Hourglass Sculpting Pencil as I haven't found a drugstore alternative that's up to scratch.

Eye wise I dug out the Rich Russet Eyeshadow Paint, one word.. amazing! You just need to work quickly as once this stuff sets, it's not going anywhere. Why did I stop using this? The pigmentation and staying power rival that of the Mac paintpots. For the inner corner of my eye I whipped out my beloved infallible shadow in Sahara Treasure and for the crease I used one of the Rimmel Scandaleyes Liners in Taupe, which is super creamy, doesn't tug and blends out like a regular eyeshadow.

The last two products aren't exactly drugstore products, but I just had an urge to use them, especially the Melted Liquid Lipstick by Too Faced in this gorgeous rosie pink shade called Peony.

Swatches:
Sleek Contour Kit in Light Swatched
// L-R Fratboy, Contour Kit, Sahara Treasure, Rich Russet, Taupe, Peony.

What are the "Drugstore" products that you've been cracking out lately?

XOXO Claire
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23 February 2015

What I've Learnt About Blogging..

Blogging has definitely changed over the years, for example five years ago when I started this blog it was completely acceptable to upload grainy photos taken on your camera phone (remember those days). Today I thought I would write a bit about what I've learnt over the years, so you might wanna boil the kettle because this might be a long one.
Blogging Tips
Blog For You & Enjoy It!
Back in the day you blogged because you had something to say, for me it was an outlet to be creative, it was my own space and I could write about whatever I wanted, which just happened to be beauty. There were no rules, you could be completely yourself, post when you wanted at whatever time.

 Now it's all about image, representing "Your brand" posting at the right time so you get the most views, using the "it" camera, being sent the newest products, it's changed and not for the better in my opinion. It's now a business and while I'm not hating on the people who have made a go of their blogs and turned them into a job (good on them) it's just made the whole community more competitive.

 Personally I blog as a hobby, I don't make any money, I do it because I enjoy it. I write what I would like to read and if others enjoy reading it too, then great. Enjoyment for me is writing posts that I feel really proud of, hitting publish and
knowing that it's out there in the universe for people to read. But probably the best part is getting feedback, when my phone dings to say I have a new comment on one of my posts, it's the greatest feeling that I wish I could bottle!

Quality Verses Quantity.
Kudos to those girls who can post everyday, seriously how do you do it? While I would love to be able to do that it just isn't practical for me, there aren't enough hours in the day and I would hate for something that I enjoy to do in my spare time to tun into a chore. I know maintaining blog post momentum is hard, but I would much rather put up 2 to 3 posts a week that I feel I've put a lot of heart and thought into, instead of 7 that felt rushed and so-so, just because they would get me more views. Plus trying to come up with original ideas is hard work!

PR Samples Aren't The Be All & End All!
The one subject that is very controversial is pr samples, it's a bit of a grey area that not a lot of people like to talk about. For me it's all about honesty, if you've been sent something, disclose it, you owe it to your readers to be truthful, honesty is definitely the best policy!

 I also hate the idea that your blog is only deemed "successful" (whatever that means?) if you get sent press samples and are invited to events. There have been a tonne of pictures all over Instagram lately of beautifully presented press samples, and while I think it's nice to be sent personalized gifts, the whole thing makes me feel a bit uneasy. Ok, I'm gonna say it, to me it feels a bit like bribing, you're not going to give a bad review in return are you, it would look ungrateful.

Start A Conversation.
 I love talking to people be it about beauty, life, anything really, so I always try to finish every post with a question, I find it's the best way to start up a conversation in the comments. The Blogger commenting system isn't the best for that so I definitely recommend installing Disqus, it lets people know when you've replied to comments, which is something I love to do! I'm not really a Twitter fan (It's too fast moving for me) but I do love replying to comments!

Sorry if this post was long winded, I just felt like I needed to get it off my chest. This post isn't suppose to ruffle any feathers, it's just my opinion but I would love to know what your opinions are and where you stand on the subjects I've mentioned. It's always interesting to hear other peoples points of view, so leave your comments below!

XOXO Claire
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