Friday, 16 May 2014

A quick change

I get bored of things so if you notice my blog template etc. changing all the time that's why haha. I haven't been happy with my blog layout, but i'm still new to blogger so I sort of fiddle with it every time i come on in hopes I'll be happy with one of my changes. This one I actually think I like! So yay, I think I'll keep it for awhile :).
 Simple is sometimes best. I find even my favourite colour changes quite frequently so I thought white might be a good bet (since it technically contains all colours -> science nerd :) ). 
I wish I could remember how to do HTML but it has been years so :P oh well! Anywho hope everyone is having an amazing weekend.

xx Alanna

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Hello May, out with the old

Hello beautiful friends,

It's a stormy evening at home so I felt it was the perfect time to do a bit of cleaning and time for a new post as well! 
My makeup cabinet was beginning to get a bit cluttered and I realized that a lot of the makeup I had, had actually run out. So, here is a quick post of some of my used up products and what I thought of them :).

Please excuse the bad lighting.... my room is super dark even on the nicest of days :)! (the picture just looked better in black and white vs colour hehe)
Products shown from left to right : Stila - All Day Waterproof Liquid eyeliner (top), Philosophy - Hope in a Tinted Moisturizer, Tarte - Maracuja Creaseless Concealer, Revlon - Colorstay Eyeliner, Benefit - They're Real Mascara, bareMinerals - Starter Kit (Bronzer and Mineral Veil shown), Revlon - Eyelash Curler 

Okay...I'll try to keep my write-ups brief...I do love to ramble ;)! Starting off with Hope in a tinted moisturizer; this product was recommended to me because, for the most part, I have dry skin. It comes in quite a few shades which is nice, however, I found it clung to any dry patches of skin I did have. So I probably wouldn't purchase it again because flakey looking skin on my face really bugs me. Also it wasn't exactly cheap at $40 per tube. 

Next on to the Tarte Concealer, can I say LOVE?! This stuff is amazing. It's perfect for people with dry skin because it has maracuja oil in it, and like it says it's creaseless once applied. It seems expensive but I assure you that little tiny tube goes a long way as you only need a tiny bit at a time. I believe my first tube (which was a bit to light for me so I went a shade up) lasted me ~8 months. 

The Revlon eyeliner I haven't used for years to be honest. It used to be a favourite of mine until I discovered Stila. It's a crayon liner, I remember for the most part it would last all day but sometimes would smudge, but hey if you need a cheap eyeliner it's not bad at all!

The Stila liner I have purchased 4 times since discovering it a few years back. It is amazing if you like intense eyeliner. It lasts most of the day. One con I do have is I find when I curl my lashes after lining pieces of the liner come off, but no biggie just go over it again and you're good to go! 

The benefit mascara I received as a birthday present from Sephora and boy does it do what it says! I completely understand why it has such a cult following. It lengthens and separates your lashes; however, it doesn't really add any volume. I had Badgal lash before They're Real and found it did a much better job of creating extra volume. So, depending on how you want your lashes to look benefit has a great selection of mascaras. 

The bareMinerals foundation I probably wouldn't buy again. If you have almost perfect skin this is the product for you! It definitely gives you a natural non-cakey look, but I found for covering things up it didn't really help all that much. The bronzer is decent, it has a fairly red tone though. I prefer Benefit's Hula bronzer, which has a brown tone, a lot more. The mineral veil I have no complaints about, it's a great finishing powder! The brushes... are awful; they shed everywhere and the little bristles end up all over your face after use. 

Finally, the revlon eyelash curler. Honestly, I never knew the difference between a good and bad eyelash curler until I recently invested in the Shu Uemura eyelash curler. I found in comparison the revlon one missed my outer eyelashes and it took multiple squeezes of the curler to actually curl. Also, by the end of the day my eyelashes were back to their natural state. The Shu Uemura curler you still have to crimp your lashes a few times but way less than the revlon one and the curl lasts overnight for me. 

Righty-o, well that wasn't really short sorry about that haha (rambling ftw!). Hope everyone has a wonderful day, afternoon, evening, night wherever you lovelies are. Till next time :)