Wednesday, 30 January 2013

January Favourites

As I haven't been out much this past month, due to the weather and having a lot of uni work on my plate, most of my favourites have come from trying to help my skin through the cold.

I'll start with Heel Genius. Whilst we obviously don't have our feet out right now, there's no better time to get them prepped for the warmer months! Living in a cold student house means I always have to sleep with socks on (which I hate), but I use it as an advantage and pop some of this on every night and let it soak in. I've seen so much difference already and at only £5.50 it's totally worth picking up.

The next couple of things is due to being on Roaccutane (you can see my first post about it here) so my skin and lips are very dry. My lip combo is using the Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub to get rid of the flakes on my lips. Although you can lick it off I don't like the taste so I wash it off with water, and then apply the Blistex Intensive Moisturiser (do excuse the exploded nail polish stains on my tube), which is my holy grail lip balm - it's simply amazing!! The combination of these 2 things together have kept my dry lips at bay.

The moisturiser I've recently got to help with my dry skin is La Roche Posay Effaclar H, which is a compensating soothing moisturiser, made for oily skin weakened by drying skin care products. My mums friend is a dermatologist and has given me a box of mini tubes, but as soon as I've got through those, I am 100% buying a full tube as it is a brilliant moisturiser and feels so good on my skin.

For make up, I've gone back into my collection and have been using the Maybelline 24hr colour tattoo in On and on bronze. Everyday I've had uni this month I've seemed to be in a rush to get ready as it's too cold to get out of bed, so I have been quickly sweeping this over my lids and applying eyeliner and I have a simple day look to last through uni. It doesn't crease and is long lasting which is just what I need.

The blush I've been using pretty much every day this January is the Revlon Photoready Cream Blush in Coral Reef, as just like the colour tattoo, I quickly blend it into my cheeks and have a pinch of colour in no time at all!

Have you had any favourites this month?
Thanks for reading
Liora xx

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Haul: Boots

In the time since I last went to boots which was only just over a week ago, so many new things have come out. So I took a little trip to town to browse the new items, and of course ended up getting some!

I was in need of a new mascara and wanted to give the Maybelline Rocket Mascara a go (which is actually my first maybelline mascara). It is currently on offer for £5.99 instead of £7.99 and along with that Boots had a free gift offer. There were 3 free gifts to choose from so I chose the Models Own Nail Art Kit, not so much for the nail polish but for the nail art pen!

I then moved onto Rimmel which is currently on 3 for 2, to check out the Apocalips. I picked up the colour Galaxy which a deep berry colour, with a hint of purple.

I also got the new Cocktail Colour nail polish in Hawaiian Punch which I first saw when Fleur De Force blogged about it here. I am very excited to try this as it's such a beautiful colour!

And finally from Rimmel I got a Lasting Finish Lip Liner in Indian Pink.

The last item I got was an Ecotools eye shadow brush, which is just a flat shader brush.

Thanks for reading!
Have you got your eye on anything?
Liora xx

Monday, 21 January 2013

Monday Morning Wishlist #1

These are just a few things I am wishing over this morning, especially when I can't get back to uni right now because of the snow!

If anyone has got a spare £93.25, send it my way!
What have you got your eye on?
Thanks for reading 
Liora xx

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

OOTN: Clubbing #1

I went out clubbing last night with some of uni friends so here is an outfit of the night!

My dress is from Asos last year but it's by Vera Moda and is just a simple grey dress with lots of flecks on glitter in!
My wedges are just cheap ones from Garage shoes, but are super comfy to dance the night away.

For my make up, I also kept it quite simple.
For my base I'm wearing Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Medium 3 and my MAC Studio Fix Fluid foundation in NC30. I set it all with the Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder in 005 Silky Beige and then applied Nars blusher in Outlaw.

For my eyes I'm did a look with the Urban Decay Naked Palette. Sin is all over my lids with Toasted blended into my crease. As my brow bone highlight I used a Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoo in Eternal Silver. I used the Rimmel exaggerate eye liner in black with the Soap and Glory Smoulder Kohl in Superblack in my waterline.
I applied falsh lashes and used No7 intense volume mascara in black on my lower lashes.

On my lips I have my newly purchased MAC lipstick in Brick-o-la which I blogged about here.

Overall this was a very simple look but I felt it worked nicely. 
A good night was had by all!

Here are a few pictures of the night, things got a bit rowdy with a red lipstick ;)
Thanks for reading
Liora xx

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Haul: Essie, MAC, Nars...

I've done a little bit of shopping recently which I thought I would share.
I'm back at uni now and decided to give myself a little January treat but I also had quite a few Boots Advantage Card points stocked up so I thought I would spend some of them too! Most of these items are one's I have been lusting over for quite a while and finally decided to buy them rather than thinking about them all the time!

Boots points

I've been admiring the Real Techniques powder brush for quite a while and decided to buy it with some of my points so it cost me nothing, but it is £12.99.

I absolutely love Real Techniques brushes! They are so soft and easy to use, as well as being relatively cheap compared to other makes of brushes!

Essie 'Fiji'

My next purchase was Essie Fiji after being persuaded through many posts from Vivianna from Vivianna Does Makeup. It looks like such a lovely neutral colour which I don't have many of, so I thought it's time to take the plunge and see what it's like having a light colour on my nails eek!

Other Stuff
This is the stuff I bought not with my points.
I'm saving the rest of my boots advantage points for a purchase of OPI's Nail Envy which they didn't have in when I went, so my other items from boots were not free. *sad face*

I finally caved and bought a Tangle Teezer, and I LOVE it! My natural hair is very curly and crazy to manage, if it isn't washed every other day I have no hope of getting a brush though it as I can only brush it when it's wet. Since the Tangle Teezer is made to brush damp hair and protect it, there was no reason for me to not have one. The first time I used it, I don't think I've ever brushed my hair so easily and pain free - so worth the £10.99.

Essie 'Trophy Wife'
I bought another Essie nail polish a few weeks ago so I thought I would add this in too, as I think I'm getting a slight addiction. This one is called Trophy Wife, and is teal colour with a pearly finish. It's so beautiful that the first two weeks I had it, I took it off and reapplied it 3 times when it started chipping! It is very rare that a nail polish gets applied again after I've just worn it. (other exception - Essie Bikini So Teeny...told you I'm slightly obsessed)

Then I made a couple of high end purchases.

Nars 'Outlaw'
I had enough N.centive points on my Space NK card for £5 off my next purchase and they were running out at the end of January so I needed to use them quick - any excuse to buy make-up! It cost me £16 rather than £21.
I treated my self to my first Nars blush as people always talk about how fantastic they are.
I bought Outlaw after testing a few on my cheek with the lady at the counter, and this was the one best suited my complexion. On the Nars website it's described as a 'Soft rose tone with golden shimmer' and I think that sums it up perfectly. I can't wait to wear it!

MAC 'Brick-o-la'
My last purchase was MAC's Brick-o-la which is an amplified formula, and has been blogged about recently by Estee.
I first saw this polish back in October and it honestly has been on my mind since then, after Estee blogged about it and I got to see it on someone else, I realised how much I wanted it! It's described as a 'Mid-tone Berry' but I feel like it's a burnt red. It's suitable for everyday wear and costs £14.

That's all the stuff I've bought recently!
Thanks for reading,
Liora xx

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Nail of the Day: Essie Chinchilly


I absolutely love Essie polishes, and Chinchilly is one of my favourite neutrals! It's a grey colour with no glitter or shimmer and two coats was enough for full opacity.

To give it a bit of jazz I decided to do a red and gold glitter ring finger.

The red is St James by Nails inc that is a postbox red and came free with the December Glamour magazine. The glitter is Sequins by Revlon, that I got as a free gift with purchase in December when you spent over £10 on Revlon products. I absolutely love this polish as it has small chunks and larger chunks of gold glitter.

L-R: Sequins, Chinchilly, St James

I like the combination of the grey and red together and the glitter just adds a more glamorous effect!

Thanks for reading
Liora xx

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Roaccutane Diary: January 2013

I've decided since I have just started a beauty blog and starting on Roaccutane which is a hospital prescribed drug for acne, it would be perfect to keep a log of my experience on it (it's slightly beauty related...which girl isn't on the journey for perfect skin?!)
It's taken me a while to bite the bullet and go to the hospital to be prescribed Roaccutane due its side-effects, but I've finally done it.

Background on Roaccutane
It is only given to patients where previous treatment of acne hasn't worked and it works by suppressing the activity of sebaceous glands in the skin which cuts down the amount of oil your skin produces, which is the main factor for the most common side-effect; dryness.

It was the quite significant list of side-effects that put me off going on this drug which includes:

  • Dryness (skin, lips, eyes)
  • Blood problems
  • Nose bleeds
  • Headaches
  • Hair loss
  • Deformity in unborn fetus's
  • The most publicised side-effect but rarest, which was not one which affected my decision is depression

My acne history
I'm now 19 and have suffered with acne for 7 years but have been on medication for the past 5. Filling in the forms in the hospital of which other acne medication I've been on was a journey in itself as the list is extremely the top of my head I would say I've been on around 11/12 different medications! They've all worked at some stage but then my body became used to it and they stopped working.
I decided to give my skin a break for the past 6 months to see if I'd outgrown my acne but I hadn't so I made the decision to get referred to the hospital to start Roaccutane.

Acne in pictures
I don't have many pictures of my acne in full swing as I've been on medication for a very long time and over this time have perfected the art of covering my acne up!

My skin before the acne started

The beginning of my acne!

My acne in April 2012 after I'd just stopped taking my medication
Start of my treatment
Before my appointment I was sent by my GP to have some blood tests which needed to be done to check my blood to make sure I could take the medication.

My first appointment was on the 2nd of January. The first thing I needed to do was fill in a lot of forms, including my acne history and psychological forms which is a standard procedure due to the depression side-effect.
After this I saw the nurse who asked me even more questions and took photos of my skin. She also took an oil patch test to see how much oil I produced in a 30 minute period. Before she had even done it I knew my results would be high as I have extremely oily skin.

I was then sent back to the waiting room to see the doctor. When I went in he once again asked me questions about my skin and explained the side-effects. I then got the results of my oil test which came back very high with active bacteria growing from the oil (the cause of my acne). The doctor then looked at my skin under a light and explained I had white heads under my skin which if were not opened before starting roaccutane would get infected when I started on the tablets and cause them all to grow and become spots all over my face. The solution to prevent this would be to go through a treatment called hyfrecation, so until this was done I couldn't start the roaccutane tablets.

After my initial appointment, my hyfrecation was booked for the 4th of Jan. It involved me having to have local aesthetic on my face for 1 hour and then have all my white heads opened with an electric current. I was told I would feel a slight burning sensation whilst it was being done and that I would be red for the next few days but that was no comparison to what it felt like!
Having the aesthetic applied and my face wrapped up in clingfilm left my mum and I giggling for quite a while and then after 1 hour and 20 minutes, I was taken to another room to have the procedure. 

I have been through quite a lot of pain in my medical history but that was possibly one of the most painful things I have had to endure! I cried the entire way through it, along with squeezing my poor mums hand extremely tight and every time the current was on my face I stopped breathing, but after 15 minutes of smelling burning flesh it was over! The results I'm sure will be worth it but for now I've not left the house all weekend due to the redness of my skin and it's meant to turn crusty in the next few days (delightful).

At this appointment I was prescribed roaccutane and can start taking it on the 14th Jan, giving my skin time to heal from the hyfrecation.
My journey to clear skin may have had a rocky start but it's well and truly underway and I'm excited and apprehensive for what's to come but looking forward to the end result!

This website is great for reading about acne symptoms and causes!
They are also currently running a glossybox giveaway! Take a look....

Sorry for a very long post but there was a lot to say!
The next Roaccutane Diary will be after my 4 week appointment in Feb.
Thanks for reading,
Liora xx

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Welcome to my world of blogging!

Hello and happy new year!
After umming and aahing for quite a while I have finally decided to join the world of beauty blogging to start 2013 off!

A little bit about me to get things going...
I am a 19 year old marketing management student at university but on the side I have an addiction to beauty!
From flicking through magazines (heading straight the beauty pages), clicking through endless blogs and being subscribed to alot of youtube beauty gurus, beauty is constantly on my mind! So I thought I would dip my toes into it myself, so here it goes!

My first post is going to be a review on the lip products that I have fallen in love with this year, the Revlon Lip Butters.
When the release date was announced for May 2012, I was in a boots shop (or two) pretty much every day until I finally saw them! After a very excited phonecall to my flatmate, I made my first purchase, Berry Smoothie. This colour fast became my go to lip colour which I still wear almost every day!

My next purchase was in July when I was looking for a bright pink perfect for summer to go with my tan on holiday and Lollipop did just the trick! However, as I am at home for the Christmas Holidays this colour is still at uni so I can't show any pictures of it! (Bad beauty blogger points already)

My most recent lip butter purchase was Candy Apple, which I bought a few weeks ago for the festive season as I didn't want an intense red. This colour adds a hint of red gloss without being over the top, so I can wear it in the day time for a pop of colour to my usually black outfits as I'm not much of an accessory person.

The lip butters are so smooth and balmy making it feel as if I am only wearing lip balm yet are nicely pigmented to give a lovely colour on the lips whilst giving a slight sheen. They aren't the most long lasting lip products I have ever tried but since they are so easy to apply, I don't really mind!
However, at £7.99 a pop they do seem a bit overpriced for a drugstore lip product but I just can't resist...

Thanks for reading
Liora xx