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Sunday, 23 April 2017

Dermacol the super full coverage foundation -worth the hype?

Hi Everyone,

If you've been watching makeup tutorials on Youtube lately then chances are you've seen Dermacol make-up cover, the super full coverage foundation in action. Even though this foundation has been around for a long time, makeup gurus are suddenly raving about it. I happen to really like full coverage foundations and I thought it might be a good idea to buy this and try it out for the blog and give you my honest opinion. I tested it out every day for a week so I could write this review, I even wore it to a concert, so I've really put it through its paces for you! But is it worth the hype?

The following information is taken from the Dermacol website
 
" Benefits: Waterproof
Hypoallergenic
For all skin types
SPF 30
Preservative free
Coverage: Full (extreme) 
     Volume: 30 g
 
The clinically tested, extreme covering Make up Cover was created as the first of its kind in Europe and one of the first in the world. The license for this foundation was eventually sold to Hollywood. It contains 50% pigments, which makes it a weapon against skin imperfections. DERMACOL MAKE-UP COVER provides PERFECT COVERAGE even in thin layers and is the perfect corrector for dark under-eye, unpleasant spots and skin blemishes. It completely covers acne, loss of pigmentation, post surgical bruising, tattoos etc. It may be used on the entire face or body for color correction, darkening or lightening the skin tones, and ensuring ideal balance. It is widely used as a professional make-up for photo or film shoots, modeling and for festive occasions."

I got my Dermacol from Ebay in the shade 208, the lightest colour, and it took bloody ages to arrive! I couldn't wait to test it out. When it finally got here I ripped open the packaging, applied some primer and excitedly bounced some of the product over my face with a beauty blender. The first thing I noticed was the foundation is thick, like oil paint. I remembered on the Youtube videos the MUA's recommended only using the tiniest amount and I agree, a little bit of this will cover your whole face. It was so thick and I couldn't get it to evenly blend, it highlighted all my dry patches and frankly, it looked awful. I was so disappointed, however, I thought I would try again in case it was something I had done wrong.
 
The first 3 times I used this foundation I hated it. I was very annoyed that I had parted with nearly £10 and it didn't work. However, the fourth time I decided to try it I mixed some of my Rimmel Fix & Perfect primer in with it to make it a little thinner. I applied it using my real techniques brush and then a beauty blender to further blend, then I set it with powder, which you definitely need to do with this foundation, in my opinion. I was so happy to see that it worked and turned out really well. Hooray! I think sometimes we just need to try and make the make-up work for us and not give up on it too quickly. I think it takes a few goes to get this foundation just right, so unless you're a make-up artist I would have a practise with it before going out.
 
It is really full coverage like stated and does indeed cover everything up, I didn't even need to use concealer! It has staying power and actually took some removing. I wore it all day and into the night and it stayed perfect throughout. If you have really oily skin I'm not sure how you would get on with this foundation, although I have got some oily areas and it worked fine for me. I also recommend using a face scrub and moisturising before using this foundation to eliminate dry patches as it will highlight them otherwise.


Apparently, you can cover tattoos with Dermacol foundation as well, so I also tested that out for you. I can confirm that you can cover tattoos with it, although the tattoo I tried to cover is on the inside of my arm, which is extremely pale and the foundation was too dark for that area so it looked a little weird! But depending on your skin tone I think it could be an ideal solution if you needed or wanted to cover your tattoo/s.
 
The only thing I was a bit disappointed in is that there are only 13 shades. It makes it very limited, there are no dark shades which is very disappointing. Although I don't need a darker colour it must be extremely frustrating to not be able to find the right shade for your skin tone. Apart from that, I really liked using this and I'm going to continue using it. I am not sure yet if I'll repurchase, I'll let you know!
 
Have you tried this foundation? What do you think of it? Let me know below!
 
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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

The Italian's One-Night Baby book review

* Today I am reviewing the Mills & Boon book 'The Italian's One-Night Baby' by Lynne Graham.
 
 
 
This book is the second in a series about three sisters whose mother passes away and they each get left an envelope with a ring and the name of their possible fathers. The name of Ellie's possible father takes her to Italy and to Beppe.
 
Beppe turns out to be God-Father to the wealthy Rio, who Ellie had a previous awkward encounter with at her sisters wedding a couple of years earlier. This encounter results in the two hating each other with a passion but being very attracted to each other at the same time. When Rio finds out Ellie is having secret meetings with Beppe he fears Ellie is after Beppe's money and he has it out with Ellie.
 
This heated exchange results in the two sleeping together without protection. When finding out Beppe is, in fact, Ellie's father, Rio and Ellie decide to get married in case Ellie is pregnant.
 
The two seemingly still hate each other when they get married. After finding out Ellie is pregnant the two decide to give marriage their best shot as neither had a conventional childhood and they want a proper family for their baby. They eventually start to bond but are given one last hurdle to overcome when Beppe falls ill and they run into Rio's ex at the hospital...
 
I enjoyed this book, it was entertaining and I read it in two sittings. I liked Ellie and I found Beppe absolutely adorable but I just couldn't warm to Rio at all, he made for uncomfortable reading at times as he was controlling and had a foul temper. I also didn't really understand why they rushed into marriage when they disliked each other, weren't together and didn't know for sure if Ellie was pregnant. They seemed so sure that Ellie was pregnant as soon as they'd had sex.
 
I really enjoyed Lynne Graham's writing style and I am keen to read the other books in this series as I liked Ellie and her sister and am curious about the third sister who they don't know yet.

I would recommend this book and you can buy a copy for yourself Here
 
* As a Mills and Boon insider I was sent this book in an exchange for an honest review, however, this didn't influence my opinion in anyway

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Thursday, 13 April 2017

March Favourites & StickerShop

Hi All,

Sorry, my March favourites are up so late, I was away on holiday in Llandudno during the first week of April then I have been poorly since I got back. I had a lovely time on holiday taking a week off from everything, but I'm so ready to be back typing on my laptop again. I've got lots of holiday photos to show you in a future post.

Although this favourites post is really late, here are some things I loved (and am still loving) from last month:

* StickerShop

If you're looking for printed stickers or labels then check these guys out! The people at StickerShop are really friendly and helpful. It was so easy to order my stickers, I've never had such an easy experience when ordering something with a design on, normally it is more difficult and it puts me off ordering. The designs I chose to be printed were my blogs logo and the logo that will be for my new Etsy shop that will launch next month, selling my artwork, handcrafted jewellery and planner tassels.

When the stickers arrived I was very happy with them, they are really good quality and considering I designed both logos on my phone the artwork on the stickers remained amazing quality, the colours stayed true to the original designs and weren't blurred. I love them and I am happily using my new printed stickers on everything in my office!

StickerShop's prices start from just 5p per sticker making it very affordable if you are on a tight budget but still want to buy stickers or labels for your business or project. They also offer different finishes, sizes, adhesives & materials and free next day delivery. For more info and options please visit: StickerShop

These stickers were kindly gifted in exchange for an honest review but I was so impressed with the quality that when I've used them all I am going to buy more. Thank you StickerShop!

 

Netflix

We decided to get a Netflix trial last month and two things I've really enjoyed watching so far are Rupaul's Drag Race and Santa Clarita Diet. RuPaul's Drag Race is SO me, I'm on season 5 and I am loving it, the drama, the clothes, the makeup...fabulous!

Santa Clarita Diet is so weird that it's good. I love Drew Barrymore so of course, I was going to give this series a go. My Husband and I were laughing out loud at it. Role on Season 2!

Beauty & the Beast (the original version)

I've still yet to see the new remake of Beauty & the Beast and although I would really love to see it, I've seen clips and I think the original still looks the best, sorry if you disagree!

Although I have the original on VHS I have no way of playing it anymore, so I bought the DVD last month while it was on sale. I watched it and fell in love with the film all over again and surprisingly I still remember all the songs, much to the annoyance of my Husband!


And that's it for March. I didn't try any new products last month I don't think. I'm hoping to have some new clothes in my next monthly favourites.

What were you loving in March? Let me know in the comments below.

*I was sent this in exchange for an honest review but all opinions are my own

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Sunday, 9 April 2017

Contouring pale skin? - NYX High Definition Blush in Taupe Review

Hi Everyone,
 
Ever since I began contouring I've longed for a more grey-brown contour that would look more natural than muddy on my super pale face. I started using the BarryM Chisel Cheeks Contour Kit which was better than what I was using before, and although I would still use this if I was going somewhere special and therefore rocking a heavier makeup look, I'm finding it's still a bit too dark for daily wear.

I decided to use good old google and searched for 'Good contour for pale skin' and I found a lot of people raving about the NYX High Definition Blush in Taupe to contour pale skin. I thought I would try yet another contour shade that I suspected would yet again be too dark for me, but I was pleasantly surprised and very happy with the results.
 
 

Taupe is more of a grey-brown with a cool undertone, which suits my skin tone perfectly. I only need to dab my brush into it once to give me sculpted cheekbones that aren't muddy or orange, yay! I have read some reviews that said that this powder was chalky and patchy. Mine wasn't, and I found it blended really well on me. Like I said I only use one dab on my brush and I knock the excess off, if you were to use more it might have the potential to be too dark and difficult to blend. I guess it's just personal preference. But for me, the contour search is finally over and it costs a mere £6.00. If you're pale like me, I highly recommend trying this shade.

 
I got mine from Boots (Just remember to pick the right shade on the website as I'm not sure if Taupe comes up automatically on this link) HERE
 
Have you tried this shade and did it work for you? If not what do you use? Tell me below!
 
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