Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette

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The hype made me do it!

We got off to a rough start. This being my first Too Faced palette, expectations were high, and although I hated it the first time I used it, I’m happy I tried again.

When you say peach, I’m sold. But I expect way more orange hues from something called the Peach Palette! The selection of shades is pretty, and there’s room to play with different looks but to me, it falls short.

At first, I went straight in for Candied Pink, the most eye-catching of the shades. But the application was patchy, and it was difficult to work with. I realised though, that my synthetic Real Techniques Bold Metals Oval shadow brush didn’t pick up the product properly. Although yes, the brush was at fault, I’ve never had a problem using it with other shadows.

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I fully appreciate the buttery texture of the Too Faced shadows and how smoothly they apply, with a goat haired MAC 217 brush. The fall-out is minimal, and the pigment very impressive. With a primer, the shadows don’t move, crease, or fade in any way for over ten hours.

Though I wouldn’t normally gravitate towards shimmers, the Too Faced formula is stunning! They’re finely milled and non-glittery, and I’m quite all right with that! Cobbler especially, a warm fudge brown with gold undertones, is a heartbreaker!

As for the technical parts, the peach scent everyone coos over is real! The scent is stunning, and anything peachy reminds me of my mum, so I’m quite taken with it. The packaging is the typical over the top girly cute packaging Too Faced is known for, but I actually like this design. It’s a weighty palette, with a tin exterior, so it will travel well. The mirror however, could be bigger.

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So, it might not be what I wanted it to be, but I’m sure I’ll make good use of it!

What’s your take on the Sweet Peach palette?

Monday, 27 March 2017

Little Thoughts || They call me Johan

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I went into March with a different mindset.

Changing dynamics left me feeling somewhat confused, and struggling with concepts I couldn’t reconcile. But I also needed to live a life, after having somewhat forgotten about my own well-being for months. So, I made changes and I’m sticking to them!

But March was a happier month, and in part because of the following things.

Reading || Over the last five years, I’ve not read as much as I used to. Life got in the way, but that’s no excuse, considering reading and writing are the only two abilities that I feel define me. I’m making up for lost time now! I’ve been reading Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and The Unbreakable Miss Lovely by Tony Ortega, both I’d thoroughly recommend.

The latter is about the so-called church of Scientology’s campaign of terror on a journalist in the 1970s, and reveals a great deal about the history of what I consider to be a cult, how it came to be, its critics, and the unhealthy behind the scenes activity. They tapped her phones, stole her property and used it to expose her to those closest to her, and they tried to frame her for a federal crime, all while breaking into court houses in Washington to steal information on people considered threats. It’s shocking, and a worthy read.

I’m fascinated with Maya Angelou, but it’s taken me a while to read her work. Knowing aspects of an author’s life before reading their work is something I try to avoid, but she’s so incredibly well known, that even at a young age I knew of her and a bit of her awe-inspiring history. It’s interesting to read in her point of view, of her formative years in Arkansas, of the life of black people post-slavery, and the struggles they faced, and she describes her perception of racism so powerfully that drawing parallels is easy and yet still painful.

In my ears || I finally saw one of my favourite bands live, and let me tell you, the xx live are an awesome experience! They change almost every aspect of their music live, and it felt like being at a party that just so happened to be playing the coolest music. Think Jamie xx merged with the xx, and even Robyn came out to perform with them! I was speechless! Their latest album I See You, is so very good, especially Say Something Loving and I Dare You.

Other songs I’ve been obsessed with are Ride by Black Coast and M. Maggie, and Somebody Else by the 1975, which happens to be the only of their songs I like.

Trinkets || I visited my favourite aunt, and she always sends me home with a random assortment of gifts. This time, I came back with the cutest set of china, including a milk jug, and I’m so in love! Now, I just need a damn good Darjeeling from Fortnum & Mason for my Sunday afternoon tea!

Watching || black-ish become my new favourite in March. I’d glanced at it before, but I’ve now watched all two and a half seasons this month, and it’s brilliant, hilarious, thought-provoking, and brutally honest. I cannot fully articulate how it makes me feel and reflect, in every single episode!

It might not seem like much, but I’m very easy to please!

What were the highlights of your month?

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

A glow good for oily skin

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I’ve come a long way since blotting five times a day. That’s an exaggeration, but if you have a problem with oily skin, you know the feeling. But I feel brave these days!

Since I got on so well with the Body Shop’s Vitamin C Glow Enhancer, I wanted to test the Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser, because I figured I could tackle both dewiness and hydration in one go. I’m also a sucker for citrus scented anything in the morning, and what could be bad with a potent dose of vitamin C?

So on to the pros. The scent is so incredibly mouth-watering, and the moisturiser is very wet and non-greasy in texture, so it sinks in quickly. I love how it feels when I apply it, and it’s entirely weightless. As for the glow, it means what it says! My complexion looks even, brighter, and has an all-over healthy glow. I could blot in the afternoon, but I can get away with not doing so.

The only negative aspect of this moisturiser is that it’s not especially hydrating overall. I can’t use it on its own or my skin will feel a bit tight, and my T-zone will go into overdrive, because I just need more hydration to keep things in check.

What works for me is using toner and a solid hydrating moisturiser after a bit of this vitamin c moisturiser, and I tend to use two toners because I’m excessive like that. On weekends, which is when I mostly reach for this, I’ll tone and use the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo as first step beforehand, and it all works well. If you have normal skin though, I think this could work well for you.

Of both the Body Shop’s Vitamin C Glow Enhancer and Glow Boosting Moisturiser though, I’d say the latter is best. The Enhancer is thicker in texture and can become flaky if you apply too much, or when blending foundation. The cream is easiest and faster to work with, and it’s surely a lot better for skin overall.
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