Wednesday, 10 July 2013

The Backpack Trend


From New Look, not on website. Roughly £22.99
Backpacks have definitely won the Comeback of the Year Award 2013, with the 90's trend found everywhere at the moment - be it on the shoulders of runway models, celebrities or just the plain old British high street. The new practical way of transporting all your bits and bobs seems to have came back with a bang this year and every up-to-date retailer has cottoned on to the trend and is no doubt making a fortune from it. I personally began the year wondering whether or not the trend was for me and didn't reckon that it was one of my favourites. The majority of girls seemed to suddenly appear at my school with a fashionable backpack as their school bag of choice as if an unspoken rule had been decided. It honestly happened so quickly. It was as if one day everybody had their regular shoulder bags and whatnot and then BAM! Everyone has a backpack with some sort of pattern on it. Whilst I refuse to be too mainstream and common enough to wear one to school, I will admit that I might have cheekily bought myself one to use as my hand luggage bag for my flight to America (where I will be once you read this because I have mastered scheduled posts) and I LOVE IT. It fits a surprising amount in it and is so much more comfy than lugging around my junk on one shoulder - I will update you when I get back from America as to how it fared as hand luggage. They may have become far too common recently but that shouldn't stop you from going out and buying one. RIGHT NOW. Let me know if you already have one and what yours is like, I love all the different designs that I keep seeing!

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Shopping for Foundation

We all know that shopping for the perfect foundation is one of those tricky things out there that is difficult to master. Should we go to a makeup counter? Should we try and do it ourselves in Boots? Should we just give up and order online, hoping for the best? Personally, I have never been a fan of ordering makeup online if I haven't ever tried it before because I don't know exactly what it is that I am getting. Neither am I a huge fan of going up to a makeup counter. I tend to browse Boots and pick a foundation that often turns out to be all wrong for me. I need to learn to take my own advice.

The most important thing to keep in mind when choosing a new foundation is your skin type. Only you know what your skin is like and so therefore only you can decide if a foundation is going to work for you. Yes, the makeup artists at the counters can advise you which foundation might look good on you but they don't have the first hand knowledge of what it is like to have skin like yours. No one's skin is exactly the same as someone else's so just because your best friend has dry skin too, it doesn't mean that the same foundation will work equally as well on both of you.

A good way to try out a new foundation is to go to a makeup counter and ask for a demo. This means baring all in the middle of a shop when they take off the makeup you have on so you may need a bit of confidence for this one. The makeup artist can help match a shade to you and tell you more about what each foundation does and the coverage it gives. There is no one in the likes of Boots to tell you this so there is an advantage already. They'll happily apply foundation for free onto your face because it means that they are in for a chance of making a sale but don't feel like you have to buy it just because they spent time with you. Take a walk around and decide later - you don't know how the foundation is going to fare on your skin throughout the day just from one glance in the mirror. The lighting in department stores is often very bright and artificial which makes it difficult to see exactly how it looks. Bring a compact mirror with you on the shopping trip and inspect your face in different lights such as outside and in different shops, even in different shop toilets as they tend to have lower lighting. The best way for this to work is to get the foundation applied in the morning, that way you can see how long it will last and if it will still look great when you get home at the end of the day.

By being polite to the makeup girls at the counters (or men, you never know), they will be more likely to give you a free sample to take home! You quite often get free samples when you buy something but they aren't going to give you anything if you just walk up and ask for one straight off. Let them put the foundation on and then ask if you can have a pump of it in the little container you brought with you so you can try it out for yourself at home. It is afterall you that has to put it on every morning so it is only right that you should see what it feels like to do so.

If you are buying in somewhere such as Boots or Superdrug, always remember not to test on your hand. People say this all the time but I am going to say it again. The skin on your hand is a different colour to that on your face so you will most likely end up coming home with one that is way too dark or too light. It's great to start of with testing on your hand to get a feel for the texture and get a general idea of what colours might suit you as then you don't end up with dodgy streaks on your face with colours that are way off. Once you have narrowed it down to a few shades at the most, then start swatching along your jaw or down your neck.

That is all my tips to how to shop for foundation! I don't really recommend buying foundation off the internet unless you know for certain which shade you are because they can often turn out very different to the photograph. It can even depend on the brightness of your computer screen. I really hope this helps someone, even if the tips are quite well known already anyway. If you have any more tips then feel free to share them in the comments for me and the other readers to take into account!

P.S. By the time you read this I will be in America, wooooohooooo! At least I hope so, that's if this whole scheduled post thing actually works...

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

June Favourites

The summer holidays have FINALLY rolled around and that only means one thing in my eyes... America! I am so so so excited to leave for the Big Apple on Thursday morning. I stay at one of the hotels near Glasgow Airport tomorrow night because we have a really early flight on Thursday and then I will arrive in New York around midday hopefully, if everything goes to plan. 3 nights are then spent in New York before I head down to my sister's house in Pennsylvania to spend the rest of my fortnight's holiday. I can't wait to get away from this god awful Scottish weather - it is currently 10 degrees celsius, torrential rain and I have the heating on in my house. Bring on the sunshine!

As per tradition when the month draws to a close, I bring you my monthly beauty favourites. Surprisingly, I hardly have anything to show you this month that I have been loving. I have mainly just been using things which I have had for a while and have probably talked about a million times before. I haven't mentioned these four things before but there is no doubt they will now frequently crop up on my blog from time to time. 

Bioderma Sensibio H2O
It took so long to do it but I finally succumbed to the blogger pressure and bought Bioderma. There is so many names and fancy words on the front of this bottle, I have no clue what the proper name actually is. I know for a fact that I don't need to go into too much detail about this because there isn't a single blogger in the world who hasn't read at least one post on this yet. It truly lived up to expectations and is a dream to use to remove my makeup on a daily basis.

Dermablend concealer
With the acne on my face worsening on a weekly basis, I figured it was time to finally splash out on an expensive concealer which would properly cover it and give me more confidence. This is expensive for what is basically just a stick concealer, but it is incredibly. I am not a fan of stick concealers usually as I find that they don't give the best coverage, at least not as good as a liquid one, but this is the best concealer I have ever used. It is even better than my Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection concealer. Woah.

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Frizz Remedy Deep Treatment conditioner sachet
Even though I have used up just two of these delightful little sachets, I know that I just have to go and buy the full sized bottle. Damn my hair just felt so soft. I couldn't stop running my hands through it. Oh and the smell. Devine.

Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer
Whilst I don't have dry skin, I still bought the version for that skin type. Don't ask me why because I don't know. Luckily for me, it all turned out okay because this seems to be perfection for my skin. It hydrates and moistures but doesn't leave a greasy film on my skin or cause me to go overly shiny throughout the day. It creates a lovely smooth base for my foundation and sinks in instantly so I don't need to sit and wait before I apply. Not only does it do all that, but it also helps my makeup stay on for the whole day. Talk about an all rounder!

This will be my last post before I go on holiday but don't get your knickers in a twist because after I finish writing this, I am off to write some more posts for you to enjoy while I am away. I have never been able to master the art of scheduling posts so hopefully all goes well this time!