Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Student Style

Posin' hell

I haven't done an outfit of the day post in quite a long while, uni has really got in the way of everything; my social life, my blog, my sanity! Luckily, the Easter holidays are on their merry way, so I'll have plenty of time to chill and give my little old blog some attention. 

Just your bog standard uni outfit today - but I really wanted to show you guys my new cardie. I love the pastel colours, they remind me of the coloured cotton balls we used to have when I was little. Anyone remember those? No? Just me then. Either way, I've totally been over-wearing it, but I don't care!

Don't you just love these ankle cuffs? They look really cute with trainers, though my mom thinks they look like a criminal's electronic tags. Personally, I think they're more like pigeon tags :') 

Cardigan - Primark
Tee - Bank
Jeans - River Island
Trainers - Hypnotic
Ankle Cuffs - eBay

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Garnier Moisture Match Shine Be Gone - Reviewed.

Oh the search for the perfect moisturiser. It's ongoing, right? One leaves your face flaking and the other feels like you're rubbing on chip fat.  I have normal to combination skin, but recently my current moisturiser (Simple's Hydrating Light moisturiser) leaves me with quite a few dry patches after applying foundation so I decided it was time to shop around for a new one. I'm sure many of you will have probably heard of Garnier's new range of facial Moisture Match moisturisers, which claim to be tailor made to all different skin types. I decided to give them a whirl.

 I originally purchased Start A Fresh for normal to dry skin but realised from first use it was not for me. It didn't feel as though it had sank into my skin at all, and left my face rather shiny. Obviously the wrong choice for me. My sister, who has fairly dry skin, is now using it and says it works perfectly for her. So dry-skinned ladies, this is rated. Try it.

So onto my review of Shine Be Gone...

The Good

The thing that originally put me off purchasing this one in the beginning was that my face is not necessarily shiny and I was worried it would leave my skin with no glow and banish the 'dewy' look I like. I can say that so far this hasn't been a problem. It does make the oilier parts of my face look less shiny but still leaves me with a nice glow.

I also noticed how quickly it absorbed, almost instantly I was ready to apply foundation. Unlike my old moisturiser, my whole face feels soft and moisturised, with no tight, dry areas, and the feeling really lasts. I used to notice the skin above and between my eyebrows would flake and dry out even after moisturising especially carefully. So far, this hasn't been an issue at all. I also had some really dry patches on the side of my face that Simple's moisturiser just couldn't handle. No exaggeration, after one use of Shine Be Gone, they have well and truly disappeared. Impressive.

 I really love the smell of this; so fresh, like cucumbers. The sorbet texture was quite unexpected - a kind of whipped foamy formula, but feels very pleasant on the face, it's almost cooling. I also really like the colour, not really a pro, but green is my favourite, which makes it even more appealing to me

The Bad

Although it does mop up the majority of shine on my face, I am curious about how it would fare on someone with a lot of excess oil. This isn't really a bad point, I just wonder if it would be as effective on quite greasy skin. In my opinion, I think it would work fine, as it really does seem to keep unwanted shine at bay. Although, I have noticed a teeny bit of shine reappearing on my forehead after the day is done. If you pick this up, let me know how you get on!

 I do wish there was more of this; true, a little goes a long way, but it kind of looks like a travel sized moisturiser. When you first apply it, it doesn't feel like you're putting on enough, but only a small amount is required. One other qualm I have is not with this particular moisturiser but with the collection in general. I really wish they had created a normal to combination formula, that way I'd know I was getting exactly what my skin needs, but perhaps normal/combination is more obscure than the other types? I don't know anyone else with such specific skin. Trust me to be awkward. However so far Shine Be Gone has been suiting me fine, so it's not a huge problem. 

The Bottom Line

This moisturiser has a lovely light texture that sinks into the skin in seconds and still manages to banish stubborn dry areas without leaving skin oily. If you're like me with normal/combination skin, I'm certain this will work for you. Reading other reviews, I think it'll be just as good for regular ol' combination and oily skins. Could do with being a bit bigger, but you only need to use a little at a time. Will be repurchasing. Get it at Superdrug where right now it's on sale for £3.99.


Saturday, 2 March 2013

Arty Farty

I have a really interesting post for you guys today, especially for you art geeks. My sister Rose exhibited some of her photography and fine art at Waterstones a special book launch and poetry night. She displayed photography featuring many aspects of nature, including beautiful butteries. I loved the subtly layered photographs; you see something new each time you look at them.
 Unfortunately, I was a plumb and didn't get a  good picture of those ones, but check out these fabulous prints:

How beautiful


She also had a collection of tribal art. How amazing are these masks? My favourite piece was this sandy coloured painting; it makes me think of the River Nile. I love the brightness of the blue against the earthy background tones. The textured pieces are reminiscent of mountains, or even animal fur. 


All in all, it was a really fun night and Rose got some really positive feedback. What do you think of her art?
And you know me, just throwing a casual OOTN in there for you. Here's my sister looking very pleased with herself. Her tights are amazing, right?


And here's me. I really love this skirt, being such a little'un I initially worried it was enhance my short-arseness but actually it's the perfect length. I've had my hair ombred red but it's not totally obvious in this pic, so I've taken another to show you. What do you think?

Sorry about the shoddy quality, we were in a bit of a rush to get everything ready and didn't really have time to check and re-take the pictures but you can get the general look of the outfits.
 Hope you guys enjoyed this post and I'll speak to you in my next ☺♣
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