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Thursday, 29 May 2014
Here is another review of products I have picked up recently and what my thoughts are. 

This is the Red Fruits & Woods Body Fragrance called Tease by Impulse. It has a subtle, sweet and musty smell to which I think is an amazing combination. It has a long lasting scent that isn't overbearing, even when topped up. One thing that I do love about Impulse is the way they make these so compact. It barely takes up any room in my bag and has a twist-able lock, so it doesn't leak.
They have a wide range of scents and the strength of the scent is very much linked to the name and design. I've found that the darker the design the stronger the scent is.

These are very well priced and I often see them on offer in supermarkets.

I am thankful for Boots 3 for 2's as I was able to pick this up. This is the Real Techniques Stippling Brush that is set to create a "flawless, airbrushed finish". Recently I have been braver with types of foundation and found that my Real Techniques Buffing Brush hasn't been the best tool for some of them. This brush has a mix of long and short bristles of different types called duo fibre's. That's what creates the airbrushed finish and allows a sturdy yet soft application. I've found that this is very gentle on the skin, especially the eye area and leaves no streaks. Most brushes can collect foundation in the middle, this hardly collects any creating the chance to build for a fuller coverage. I am so pleased with this brush and it has made its way into my favourites. 

When trying new foundations and brushes, may as well try a new primer. Collection 2000 Primed and Ready Smoothing Makeup Primer is a fantastic budget primer. I have always been able to pick this up for under a fiver.
The texture of this primer isn't greasy but isn't as velvety
 smooth as others I've tried. It creates a good base covering most of my pores and I've found it will set my foundation in place for the day, even in warmer weather. The only problem with this is that sometimes, the small amount you would use doesn't cover so if you top it up, it can go flakey. I have only experienced this a handful of times and it seems to occur when the product is running out. Overall I do like this product and I think for the RRP it produces brilliant results.

This is the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in Light Porcelain. I am so pleased with Rimmel foundations, recently I reviewed the Match Perfection in my October Favourites and explained how this shade is brilliant for paler skin tones. Again the product is non-greasy and has a better consistency than the Match Perfection, although I will still shake the bottle before use. This product advertises their first in "instant reawakened skin" and that it will give a "healthy, radiant glow and minimizes premature skin ageing". 
I haven't used this product long enough to see the effects of the ageing "hook" but it does give a glowing and radiant finish. For me I don't get that 100% poreless coverage, but I do see an instant skin uplift and a healthy glow. This product also has SPF 15 which is perfect for the upcoming summer months. I would definitely recommend this product.

Now, I was really disappointed in this product. This is the L'Oreal Paris Nude Magique Eau De Teint in the shade Porcelain. I was drawn to the fact this advertised itself as a "lighter than water" formula. It claims to be "non-greasy, a zero makeup feel and a perfect nude finish for a smoother, healthier looking complexion". Apparently it's a "few drops needed" foundation but I have found this not to be the case. It is a light to medium coverage, so if you have acne or scars you want to cover up, this won't be suitable. I only have redness to cover which this claims to do and was disappointed that it didn't.
The first time I applied this I used my fingers and it didn't cover well at all. So I reapplied with a brush and ended up using a lot of the product. It took two layers and touch ups for me to get the look I wanted, the look I should have got from one layer. The wear of this didn't last long and I had to keep topping up, so disappointing for a foundation that is an expensive purchase for little product. I currently use this as a 
concealer so the product doesn't go to waste but I won't be repurchasing this again.

This is the Waterproof ScandalEyes Precision Micro Eyeliner in Black by Rimmel. This is super pigmented, with no smudging and a quick dry time. I previously picked up the Intuitive Liner by Bourjois and overall found it frustrating, with this I have no problems. The felt tip like application makes it easy to apply, the product glides on smoothly and is easier to wipe away if you feel you've made the liner too thick. It dries to a lovely matte finish and lasts long. I did a test run of this when I went out dancing and found it stayed in place so well I didn't need to touch up. Really impressed with this and it didn't print onto my waterline, result! Very excited to see what Rimmel produce next.

What do you think of the products here? Comment below.

As always, thanks for reading...
Tuesday, 20 May 2014
The inspiration to write this post came from 32 Problems All Tall Girls Will Understand by Lara Parker. I agreed with all the problems but really identified with the clothing ones more, as when living in the UK, Tall Clothing is harder to obtain and Tall Fashion Clothing (on trend items) are particularly difficult to find and generally more expensive. By writing this, I'm hoping that people can reflect some insight into their solutions, talk of my own and one day see that Tall Clothing goes back into the high street.

To start with I am 5"10/11 which is classed as tall for my figure. I am long in the leg but also in the torso so finding jeans and dresses is particularly difficult. This has been a problem for me since secondary school and found that I couldn't always wear the same fashions as my friends. At that time I was always able to find clothing as shops like New Look, Topshop and Dorothy Perkins all had tall sections, but over the years they have been disappearing.

Two to Three years ago I went into New Look to find that the Tall Section was being taken out of stores but would still be available online. Online shopping isn't a major problem but it isn't brilliant as the website will give a general size guide of bust, waist and hips but for tall people these can vary. For example my waistline is high as I have a longer torso, so high-waisted jeans, even from the tall section won't always sit right. I have to take a chance on them and if they're not right it means I have to send them back, wait for another size, exchange for another item or maybe get a refund. That is a lot of hassle and I've found I won't always take the gamble on ordering online.

Whilst out shopping, I started to notice other shops doing the same. Where I live, I know of one shop that still caters for Tall Fashion and that's Topshop. But even so, the sections have been downsized to a pod of 4 rails or a small wall display and there's an obvious difference in price to regular or even the petite clothing compared to what it was when other stores stocked Tall.

Since all this started I started to dread clothes shopping because when items don't fit right it makes me body conscious and when I do find something...my poor bank account. So over time I have accepted what I can wear and where to shop so for all you tall girls, these are my tips.

1) Find a Tall Brand that you can rely on, for me it is Dorothy Perkins. After all the hassle of sending items to and from I now know what sizes I can order in and what clothing styles would suit best. Personally, I think the brand has more to offer across a spectrum of different styles and clothing situations. I can always rely on work and occasion wear whilst other brands may not constantly stock that.

2) When you find that brand sign up for the email newsletter for Sale notifications and sometimes the occasional discount code. Usually I will save up and wait for sales to stock up on jeans or t-shirts.

3) With brands that don't do a Tall Section, spend time getting to know their sizing. It's like bra shopping, you know that you'll never pick up the same size, different brands will have a signature way of producing clothing. I know that jeans in Dorothy Perkins will fit when I buy their long length in size 10 but in Next i'll pick up a long length size 12, sometimes a regular 14 if they are Skinny fit.

4) Dress shopping can be the worse, especially for a maxi dress! It may be worth a gamble with online shopping if the reviews are good but most of the time I will buy a tank top style maxi dress in the next size up. It is a little "baggier" but I've only brought them for throwing over a swimsuit anyways.

5) Invest in some gym shorts. When dress shopping you find that it isn't short because there's not much material on the bottom half but that the waistline will sit a lot higher. Again I sometimes buy the next size up with simple dresses although I will still always wear a pair of small black shorts underneath. Not only are they there in case of a windy day, but I find they can stop the dress riding up when seated. 

6) Show off your legs by wearing your heels proudly. A huge myth is that women can't get away with wearing heels. Bugger off! When I go on a night out with my friends the heels go on. I know some women aren't comfortable with them but don't be afraid to try lower heels or wedges instead.

7) Long sleeved items are tricky so a tall brand is usually the way to go. If there is an item you love, like a jumper, going up a size may fit in the arm length but be quite baggy. I usually would go up a size and pair it with skinny jeans to emphasis my figure.

8) Some clothing sites have online helpers, so don't be afraid to ask them for the measurements of a specific sized garment so you can get an idea of what to order. For websites that don't offer an online helper there are customer service numbers and emails you can contact.

So there are a couple of my tips/tricks but us Tall girls shouldn't have to have these. We should be able to walk into a shop and buy clothing to fit us. Hopefully the high street brands will get the message!
I know that sometimes being taller can have an emotional and body conscious effect, especially on young girls going into their teenage years. I would like to direct you to www.tall-girl-problems.tumblr.com they have an amazing community of girls and women going through or that have 
been through the same problems. 

If you liked this post i may do something similar in the future.

As always, thanks for reading...

Wednesday, 7 May 2014
Here is a long awaited product review! 
If you have read my previous blog posts you may know I have had some health issues. Although I have been unable to blog, I've been trying out new products and wanted to share my thoughts.

A few weeks ago whilst shopping in Asda, I picked up a random body wash that was in the £1 offers. I do this a lot as it's cost effective and I try something new each time. I have recently started rebuying this as I've got on well with it and really like it. It's the Dove Go Fresh Body Wash in Blue Fig & Orange Blossom. I was a little taken back by the scent choice but after smelling in store, was quite surprised and thought why not? Dove is a well known brand and I think their products are consistently of excellent quality and I was not disappointed with this. Dove body washes say that the formula goes beyond moisturising to effectively nourish the skin and I've found this to be true. My skin is a lot softer and has been less prone to be dry. It also buffs into the skin when exfoliating really well. I definitely recommend this to anyone, I always see them on offer in supermarkets, but at an average of £3.99 it's not an extortionate price.

L'Oreal Elvive Fibrology Thickening Shampoo, a new breakthrough in the science of hair. This new shampoo is suppose to give long lasting thickness wash after wash, leaving the hair to look and feel thicker with visible body and bounce. This "revolution" has a patented ingredient proven to penetrate the fibre and expand hair from within.
I was quite disappointed with this product. I saw no results in the "thickening" of my hair. As a shampoo, I found that a small amount lathered and spread well (A bonus for those with long hair) and it rinsed out very easily whilst providing a good deep cleanse. However using the follow up conditioner wasn't the best after the treatment of this shampoo...

L'Oreal Elvive Fibrology Thickening Conditioner, Again this product is suppose to "thicken the hair" but saw no result of this. I found this conditioner very disappointing as it unraveled what the shampoo had done and created more problems. The consistency of it is very thick, feels quite greasy to touch and wasn't easy to spread throughout my hair. More often than not, I found myself using an excessive amount to cover my hair in comparison to other conditioners. It very much became almost mask like when applied to my hair, felt very heavy. When it came to rinsing the product out it took longer than normal but I was always left feeling it wasn't all completely rinsed out.
I was disappointed with this new "revolution" and found that in comparison to the Nutri-Gloss Crystal, a product I really rate, it's almost a step back. After 4 weeks my hair actually felt drier and came to break more easily on the ends.  I wouldn't buy this product again and I honestly wouldn't recommend it.

Rimmel London Stay Matte Primer, to wear alone, under or over makeup. With the spring and summer seasons arriving I wanted something to help my skin look less dewy as its been a little more oily recently. A lot of primers I've used, do give me a matte finish, but it doesn't always last. This has been best answer to that problem so far. I find it only works best when using a Rimmel Foundation. The consistency is non-greasy and smooth with a quick setting time. With the Fix and Perfect primer I had to wait a couple of minutes before applying foundation. Overall this product does the job but I wasn't wowed by it. 

In one of my past posts, I had jumped on the hype of Real Techniques Makeup brushes and was very impressed. So, when I saw this on offer I just couldn't resist. This is the Real Techniques Blush Brush.
I've spoke before about how the contour brush (which I previously used for blusher) picked up the product easily with some fallout. With this I can pick up the product well and it spreads across the brush evenly.
These bushes have the same super soft bristles that aren't too sturdy or flimsy and the overall brush has this great "buffing" quality to it. Definitely going to invest into this brand more.

This is the L'Oreal Infallible 24H Foundation in the shade Porcelain. I always have to buy the lightest shade possible when it comes to foundations and this was no exception. What attracted me to this product was the brand, when I picked up the Fibrology shampoo and conditioner I thought i'd browse the makeup range too. This says its a "high coverage long-wear foundation that hides the appearance of fatigue and blemishes. "With Hydrating Hyaluron Comlex, the 24H non-stop formula is touch-proof and stays fresh for lasting comfort." 

I am very confused with this product, within the first week of using, it did everything it says, covered my blemishes, made me look more lively and did this over a long wear with no need for touch-up. Recently the product isn't as lasting. There has been nicer weather in the UK, so if that is the case then it doesn't seem to be able to hold in warm weather. This is something that I will need to test in the upcoming months. Overall, I love the shade, it blends well into my skin, has a lovely non-greasy consistency, is build-able and is easy to apply with a bush, sponge or fingers.

Now I'm really excited with this product. This is the ELF Studio High Definition Powder in Translucent. Elf says this powder "creates a soft focus effect to the skin. That it masks fine lines and imperfections for a radiant complexion". I've had to reorder this already! As I've said I'm very pale and setting powders are harder for me to find as they can look cakey and/or orange. I was a bit concerned with looking ghostly but didn't have that problem. This powder is superfine and picks up well on the brush, its soft, smooth and blends into the skin well. My makeup has lasted longer when I have used this to set and I look like I have no imperfections. I really recommend this!

This is the Intuitive Liner from Bourjois. The main concept of this liner is to line your eyes in a way that enhances your lashes. Bourjois says you "simply have to dot the liner across your lash line and that each black dot will make your lashes look extra long". My usually makeup routine involves tight-lining my upper eyelid so I thought that this being of a easy, one application 24 hour hold that wouldn't create smudging. Well I was wrong. This immediately transferred onto my bottom waterline/lash line and it dried so quick that it became a nightmare to remove. The application idea is brilliant but the formula needs work. Yes, the beauty industry are always creating ways for makeup to have a longer wear. Yes, it is something that the majority of women want...but an eyeliner that wouldn't come off with a q-tip dipped in makeup remover, a baby wipe, a makeup wipe or face wash...that's a little extreme. We expect for eyeliner to dry and set in a minute, two at the most, that way when we make mistakes it's easier to rectify them. I experimented further with this eyeliner and found that when I tried creating wings they were often uneven on the tips, I ended up  having to take the whole lot off my eyes to start again. A task that wasn't easy. I seriously recommend that Bourjois rethink the formula for this one, have never experienced anything like this from a eyeliner product before.

This is the Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm Stain (in the shade Vivacious). I am such a matte lip person day to day but these I have such a soft spot for. I absolutely love this colour, it's very girly, very pigmented and stands out. I also love the application idea, a twistable crayon that needs no sharpener, makes the makeup bag lighter! Also the formula is very hydrating, I have no need to put lip balm underneath. This product allows you to build the intensity of the colour yet doesn't look as if you've over applied. Revlon have created a real winner here. A lip stain can sometimes leave a patch of colour when smudged on the skin, this doesn't, just leaves the stain to the lips. These also come in matte finishes.
Revlon also provide the Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains. These have a more matte finish and I decided to go with the shade Romantic. I found that this shade in particular wasn't as pigmented with one application as the other shades but is build-able. I really love the fact these fit the lip balm bill of having a slight sheer/shine.
I am in complete awe of these products, the price may seem a bit steep at a first glance but I have had these for a couple of months now and I still have a lot of the product left.
I am definitely investing in some more of these!

As always, thanks for reading...

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