Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Clinique & Skincare

Hey Hunnies!!
I hope you're all doing good?
This post was originally a haul but then I started to go on how to treat your skin......
so here we go..
Have you ever washed your face and left it for a minute, then to realise that your face felt a little tight? Well that is because you face is dehydrated. To cater to your skin's needs, you first need to acknowledge what skin type you are. This is to avoid using any sort of moisturiser on your face as it would not help hydrate your skin. An example, a few people I know believe the answer to dry skin is cocoa butter, however, it is not, cocoa butter I know to clog up your skin, giving it no air to breath and creating blocked pores. You need to find a moisturiser that, firstly, caters to your skin type and, secondly, hydrates your skin.
Drinking lots of water can also help with the less tight feeling however, moisturiser is more important as it is 'water to your face'. If you are yet to realise this wash your face, then let it air dry (until no trace of water is on your face), start exercising your jaw and see how your face feels. If you can feel every pull with the opening of your jaw then your face is tight and requires moisture appropriate for your skin type. Exfoliators also help hydrate the skin however, avoid using harsh exfoliates (Clean & Clear is a good one to use).
I normally go for the smaller pack, which comes with the face wash, toner and gel cream, as I tend to use other products on my face as well. I am pretty much saying I am not consistent with these products hence I go for the smaller range. I am skin type three; which is combination skin.
So after topping up on my skincare goodies from Clinique, if you've ever ordered from Clinique, you know they give you 2 samples. I chose their moisture surge intense skin fortifying hydrator which is a gel base cream and their high impact mascara.

(Excuse my nail, I was testing out new nail varnishes.)
I cannot emphasise on how much these two products are just great!
High impact mascara
I hardly go for expensive mascara. To be honest with you I am happy with drugstore ones as I feel they do the trick. I was happy when Clinique sent this mascara out to me as it gave me a chance to experiment. THIS IS THE SHIT GUYS! I, honestly, cannot praise this mascara enough! The first ever mascara I have used which I did not have to use in conjunction with another, one that elongated my lashes without the spider look. I am in love. I think I have found THE one. I don't think I'll buy another drugstore mascara, this will be the one and only mascara in my makeup bag.

Moisture surge intense skin fortifying hydrator
I have combination skin (oily T-zone and normal/dry on the other parts), so it is hard to find a moisturiser which caters to both my skin types. Boy oh boy am I thankful to Clinique who just sent me the answer to all my searches. Though online it states that this is for skin types 1&2 when I received it, the packaging stated for skin types 1, 2 & 3. Although it is a sample, a little goes a long way. I have noticed, ever since I started using this product, my skin no longer feels tight when I wash it and leave it to dry; even my sister used it (who has dry skin) and noticed results straight away. It is a gel cream, which is light; it does not clog up the skin nor does it block pores, thus allowing the skin to breath.
Though the packaging states it is wearable under make up, I suggest if your are a skin type 3 is not advisable. I decided to wear it under make up and noticed, around my T-zone area, the shine I hate!
The only con is that it does not retail cheap, however, it is worth a buy as only a little bit is needed and thus is guaranteed to last long and, unlike other products, actually does what it says! If you do not want to buy it straight away ask for a sample at any Clinique counter.

Are you a fan of Clinique products?

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Saturday, 9 February 2013

Sugarpill Haul

Heeeey lovelies!!
Though I am on a spending ban, this is an exception as I ordered it way before I had decided to go on this spending ban.
I envy you Americans! You have all the stores I wish London had; Sephora, Sugarpill, Ulta and my never-ending list of your great stores continue!
I discovered sugarpill from a fellow blogger, who had been waiting patiently so she can purchase it at IMATS, however, we do not have a sugarpill UK store nor do they have a representation at IMATS UK. After endless researching I pretty much were satisfied and assured that these shadows were good value for your money (at 12 dollars per eye shadow - a steal if you ask me!) PLUS I was delighted to find that sugarpill do international shipping! (You should have seen my reaction when I popped onto their website. However, the eye shadows that I wanted were out of stock!! (Very annoying).
Despite being disappointed that I may not be able to make a order, I subscribed to their newsletter. Can you guess what happened next?
I got an inbox saying all the eye shadows had been restocked!! I think I just dove on my laptop and ordered straight away.. though, through all the excitement I forgot to purchase two eye shadows I initially wanted to purchase.
Nonetheless, after 3 weeks, I have received my package...

2am. A purple pigment

Acidberry. A lime green pigment

Buttercupcake. A yellow pigment

Dollipop. A fuchsia pigment 

Stella. A black pigment with sparkles engrossed 

Tako. A white pigment

Velocity. A royal blue pigment

I decided I wanted to try out the, very much raved about, duo lash adhesive. But, I was not keen on buying it in the UK as most retail stores sell in for 10 pounds, which, to me, did not seem like the smartest thing to spend 10 pounds on. So when I came across it on sugarpill for $6 you can imagine how ecstatic I was.
I also received some freebies; a sugarpill sticker and a sample eye shadow. Goldilux was actually on of the eye shadows I forgot to purchase so I was happy to receive the sample as I can try out whether I like the pigment or not.

Cute packaging
Very pigmented shadows
A generous amount of shadow per pan
Quick international shipping
No unpleasant smell from shadow
Exciting selection of shades

If you live in the UK and want to purchase from this brand DO be prepared to pay customs! On their website they play around and say that you may, however it is GUARANTEED you will be paying customs charge as well as a royal mail handling fee.

Overall I am pleased with my purchase, though I will not be ordering from them as now I have found a UK stockist; Love MakeUp.

Have you yet to try any sugarpill products? If yes how did you find them?
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Saturday, 2 February 2013

Liebster Award!

Hey, Salut, Hola, Hello, Bonjour...
So I got nominated by the beautiful Lauren from www.
Which I am very grateful for!!

What is the Liebster Award?

The Liebster award is an award that is given to bloggers and their blogs with less than 200 followers. Its goal is to promote the bloggers that are nominated.

The rules

1. Nominees must link back to the blogger who nominated's only fair to acknowledge the lovely person who went out of their way to nominate you :)

2. Once you're nominated, you must tell 11 random facts about yourself! 

3. You must answer the 11 questions that the blogger that nominated you asks, too!

4. and finally, create 11 questions for the 11 people you nominate for the Liebster Award! ^_^

11 random facts
I am middle child of 3 siblings 
I have 1 half brother, 1 full brother and 1 full sister
I study Criminology at University
When I was younger I shut my dads car door on my index finger which ripped of the entire nail 
When I was younger, I colour coordinated everything i wore
I cry whenever a movie/documentary/reality show features death
I am Gambian
I lived in Gambia for three years of my life
I am scared of the dark, yet I hate sleeping with the light on *problems*
I am a mummys girl 
I am a shopaholic *who is on a spending band until June*

Lauren's questions and answers
1. What is your ultimate goal in life?
To become a successful worker in the CPS as well as set up a salon in Gambia * specializing in makeup*

2. Where do you shop the most?
H&M and ASOS; I have to say I absolutely adore these two shops!!

3. What's one of the best most impacting lesson you have learned in life so far?
'Friends' will only be there for you if it benefits them. Keep your circle as small as the fingers you have on one hand

4. What's your guilty pleasure?
Playing in make up; knowing I have sensitive skin, I probably should be minimal with make up, however, whenever I get bored i just play in my huge collection of a makeup!

5. What can't you live without?  
My mum, family and music! These most important assets of my life!

6. Do you believe in love?
Yes I believe in love, however, I am yet to fall in love.

7. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? 
Gambia! I would like to live there one day as it is a beautiful country with pretty much no stress if you are able to live comfortably 

8. How do you think a girl should act, no matter what?
Like a lady. A girl who acts as though she has manners, educated etc is more likely to be respected by everyone.

9. If you could buy one thing, no matter how much it costs, what would it be?
I honestly cannot answer this question, as so many things come to mind yet I cannot choose one!

10. One pet peeve you hate?
Liars! there is nothing more I hate than someone lying to me. Especially if I know the truth!

11. Your favourite Blogger?
It is ElleSees from; she was one of the few followers I had and has just supported me a lot through her comments, not to add she is a very humble woman!

My nominees 
Right the thing is, most of my followers have more than 200 followers so I have nominated 6 and if you're under 200 then you're more than welcome to join along. I nominate YOU!!

My 11 questions
Describe yourself in 3 words?
When was it, that you discovered your passion for makeup?
What would you like your love for beauty to progress into in the foreseeable future?
One thing you cannot live without?
What is your favourite make up brand?
What are your aspirations?
What dream country would you like to visit?
Do you prefer bright colours or duller colours (In regards to clothing)?
Heels or flats?
Why have you chosen the blog name you have right now?
Online shopping or shopping in shops?

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