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May Update


Hey friends, the blogging vibes have come my way and I’m once again trying to get into the habits of a good blogger, student, person, and human in general.

May is a big month for me because I have seven exams!!! I’m also turning the big 21 at the end of May too (after my exams thankfully). 

Seeing as it is the first day of May, I thought it be nice to have a chat and talk about where I am in life, and what my goals are for the future (no just goals for May, but in general). I read somewhere that writing down goals makes you 40% more likely to actually succeed in said goals. While I’m sure that stat referred to physically writing goals down on paper, I felt it could work electronically as well.

My blog

First of all, it’s probably best to talk about my plans as a blogger, seeing as anyone who will bother to read this post will most likely be someone else who also has a blog.

One of the main things with this blog, is that I am planning in the future to take my blog to the next level. I feel like I am currently at a stalemate.

I don’t spend enough time on this blog yet I feel regretful that I didn’t research other servers when first setting up this blog.

For this reason, I often struggle to write on this blog as I feel I might be better off starting from scratch elsewhere. Yet I feel as if I should be writing. I also don’t want to jump the gun and invest in a paid plan on another site when I may never have any guarantee of being able to commit to such a plan.

University

I guess the next stalemate in my life would be my education.

For anyone who doesn’t know, I am currently doing an undergrad in Politics and History, which I adore. I love both of my subjects and I have a year left in my actual degree before I graduate. However I have one question in particular which has been haunting me for the past few months, which everyone I know has been asking me (friends and family included).

“Are you doing a masters?”

I have no clue about that question.

What masters would I even do if I decide to do a masters?

As said above, I love my subjects, but, I question the necessity of further education in either area. It could be a bad investment. The majority of students in my areas tend to join the civil service where a masters is not currently a requirement (nor is a undergrad degree, although I’m sure both would look nice on a CV.).

It is to my opinion that I need to both work and travel, before I decide whether or not a masters is actually the right decision for me. Masters in my speciality in Ireland can cost up to ten grand per year which is money I do not have (like most students who work before they can pay for their masters).

I also feel like I need a break from education. I am burnt out. I need to foster my brain in other areas.

My Summer plans

The next topic which I think I should be my summer plans…

This summer like all of my summers since I was 17, I shall be working fulltime for 40 hours a week. I love working. I am a hard worker and I love my job as I get to learn practical skills which will look good on my CV (I run the Saturday shift currently at my job).

Last year I learnt how to use realex for lapsed payments and how to set up direct debits which I think will boast my skill set (could benefit the blog in the future). I would love to learn more about the business side of my company this summer. I also can’t wait to get closer to the other employees.

I also plan a lot of self-improvement this year. I will buying a flyfit gym membership this summer as I hope to get more active so that in forty years, I have prevented health problems my parents have. I also am currently attempting to learn Irish so that is fun.

 


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Travel Guide Dublin: Top Instagramable Spots

Recently, a realisation hit me. I love writing posts about the countries I travel to, yet, I’ve somehow never posted about the city I love and live in. Dublin. I’ve decided that I might try writing a few posts. After all, it would be mad to not rave and rant about where I’m from.

I live in Dublin which is a bustling city, full of many beautiful places – both well known and hidden. One thing which people love when they go on holidays is to take photos which are worthy for their social media platforms. Dublin, like any city, has many gorgeous places which are great for posting photos online. Read on to see where I go to get some nice photos.

  1. Killiney Hill

 

I have to admit I am biased when it comes to Killiney Hill as I grew up near this area so I spent a lot of my childhood climbing the hill. Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of hiking up this hill will know that the steep hill is well worth the hike as the view is amazing. (Not a friendly spot for anyone with mobility issues as it is a very steep walk.)

The hill is 153 metres high and has one obelisk. From the top of the hill there are many amazing sights to be seen – Dublin to the northwest, the Irish sea and the mountains of Wales to the east and southeast, Bray head and Wicklow to the South.

When walking around this hill, there is an area which is full of Granite which was used to build the Victorian Piers in the nearby town of Dun Laoghaire (Dun Leary is the pronunciation). This hill has a wide range of history too for any history lovers – Prince Albert donated it to the public in memory of Queen Victoria’s jubilee.

There is a lovely tea room at the entrance of the hill which sell ice cream, cakes, and tea. The tea rooms also give water to any dogs which may be walked in the area. For anyone bringing kids along, there is a great playground.

Killiney Hill
The view from the Obelisk at Killiney Hill, Dublin

2. Trinity College Dublin

Trinity has some of the prettiest architecture in Dublin which I hate to admit as I attend the rival university of Trinity.

The college was founded in 1592 making it the oldest university in Ireland. Not only does this college have some beautiful architecture, it also is the current home of the book of Kells (there is an entry fee to this but to enter the campus grounds is free and open to the general public.) The library is also a must see part of the university. Notable alumni of this university includes Oscar Wilde!

This college is handy for tourists as it is located in the very centre of Dublin City Centre and is the third top thing to do in Dublin according to Trip Advisor.

Trinity
Trinity is the second best place to take photos

3. Howth

The next most instagramable spot on my list is the small coastal town called Howth. This area contains a 15th century castle (Howth Castle), some 19th century Mortello Towers (not the exact one which James Joyce describes but fairly similar), and, a clifftop trail which has some beautiful views which are perfect for posting on the Instagram.

If you have time, visit the island there which is called Ireland’s Eye which is a fifteen minute boat ride from the mainland.

Looking for something to eat? Great, Howth is known for its restaurants and a walk along its pier will introduce you to many amazing restaurants such as the Abbey Tavern where there is live music in the evening. For people who like seafood, Howth is full of restaurants such as the Brass Monkey which is known for their amazing seafood tapas.

Howth best spot in dublin
A sunset seen at Howth, Dublin. This is one of the best instagramable spots in Dublin

4. The Ha’penny Bridge

When in Dublin, both tourists and locals alike will often stop on this bridge to get a selfie. Why? The bridge has a great view of Dublin and on sunny days makes a great picture. This bridge – which is officially called the Liffey Bridge- was built as a pedestrian bridge in 1816 in order to allow pedestrians to cross over the river Liffey which divides Dublin into two sections.

The bridge is affectionally known as the Ha’penny bridge when in the early 1900s, the toll price was raised  to a penny and a half. Luckily, there no longer is a toll for pedestrians crossing the bridge making it a free spot to take a fantastic photo.

Ha'Penny
The Ha’penny bridge on a sunny day in Dublin

5. Temple Bar

Now before I actually write anything about this location, here is a disclaimer, I am recommending this spot for taking photos, not for eating or drinking. Temple Bar is beautiful. From the buildings to the quirky shops to the graffiti.

However, this part of Dublin’s city centre is known locally as a tourist trap. The food and drink often tends to be far more expensive than other areas of the close by city – I often hear tourists complaining about the price of the drinks here, I would recommend Harcourt street or pubs around O’Connell street for better night outs.

However, when it comes to taking a beautiful photo -which will look great on the ‘gram-, I would 100% recommend Temple Bar. As mentioned before there is lovely street art – one of my favourites is a hotel which has some of James Joyce’s characters painted onto the walls – to the cobbled streets, there’s a certain vibe to Temple Bar which is transferred to photos of it.

Temple Bar also has one of the most famous pubs in Dublin which of course is called The Temple Bar (pictured below). This part of Dublin has a very interesting history and contains a huge whiskey collection with 450 bottles of rare whiskey from all over the world.

Temple Bar
The Temple Bar in Dublin

Well that is it for this post!

The above five are my favourite spots for a great photo to post on my Instagram. What areas in your city would you view as the best places to take a lovely Instagram shot? If you’re from Dublin, let me know where you go to take photos/ to feel like a tourist at home!!

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(Disclaimer – A lot of my photos of these areas contain pictures of my nephews who are minors. For that reason I used stock photos for this post and I claim no right over those photos.)

 

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The best three primers ever

It’s mad to think that there was a time where I never wore primer on my face. The thought now of applying my foundation or bb cream straight on after my moisturizer makes me want to cringe.

Without any doubt, primer is probably one of the two things which can make or break a makeup look for me! (The other being face powder)

I will always swear by Benefit’s porefessional which is one of the few primers on the market which can actually work well with the skin on my nose (which is somehow both oily AND dry at the same time.)

However, I really love some of the cheaper primers which I’m currently using on my face. I thought I’d share them with my blog as I haven’t written a post solely on any primer in a while.

  1. Maybelline Baby Skin Primer

This primer is well known as being a dupe for Benefit’s the Porefessional which is the main reason why I tried it out in the first place. To me, personally, it’s not the exact same as the porefessional but it works just as well for my skin. I also am currently having a love affair with Maybelline in general – there are days where Maybelline is the only brand I actually apply to my face.

Maybelline Baby Skin provides a matte finish and leaves the skin fresh, soft and protected. The gel texture in Baby Skin instantly helps to vanish pores and makes the skin feel light.
It avoids a shine on the skin and makes the skin feel soft.
Bye bye pores!

This primer smoothens out pores and makes skin look beautiful. I really like the packaging of the bottle too – it’s not chunky which makes it ideal for packing when travelling. At eleven euro, this primer may seem a bit pricey compared to other primers which can be bought in boots. However, I’ve had my bottle for longer than I can actually remember and it hasn’t run out yet.

I would recommend that anyone looking to buy this product take a look at some reviews of it for the reason that some customers aren’t as happy with the product as I am.

2. Elf Cosmetics Hydrating Face Primer

This primer is perfect for the parts of my skin which are dry. I personally wouldn’t recommend this primer to anyone with oily skin as the primer itself is a bit greasy which works for my skin but would probably make foundation slide off oily skin.

The primer transforms your face into a flawless, smooth canvas ideal for long-lasting makeup application. The formula is infused with grape, Vitamins A, C, & E to help boost complexion and hydrate your skin.

I mainly used this primer during the winter when my skin became so dry that all my foundations were not looking nice on my skin at all. There is nothing worse than when foundation emphasizes dry patches – I think in this case, no foundation looks nicer on me.

However, when I used this primer, I found that skin was a lot healthier looking and my foundation didn’t make my skin look like dried cement.

At nine euro, this primer is also not cheap so I would recommend looking at reviews and seeing how people with your skin tone find it before actually buying it.

3. Primark Vitamin Primer

I adore Primark’s (or penney’s as we call it here in Ireland) make up and skin care range. Primark has really gone and made a great affordable range.

I’ve mostly tried the face products so buying a primer was something I did when they brought this particular one out. (I really need to try Alex’s skincare range. None of my local shops have much of her products but I do love her workout gear.)

When it comes to this primer, I use it on all of my face except for my forehead and nose. I’ve already discussed my nose above but for my forehead, I like a mattifying primer as I tend to get very shiny there. (My skin can never agree on what skin type it wants to be.) This primer adds a dewy look for the rest of my face, effortlessly nourishing my skin and prepping it for heavier makeup which comes after the Primer.

The primer gets it’s name from the fact that it contains many vitamins like B3, B5, and, vitamin E. All of which are great for the skin.

For four euro, this primer is a bargain and I really want to try other Primers in the PRO range.

Those are my three current favourite primers! What Primers are you currently using? Let me know in the comments!!


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Bucharest Trip

Recently I was lucky enough to travel to Bucharest, Romania with some friends from Uni!!

Although this blog is very much a Beauty oriented blog, I do like to post about my travel experience every now and again.

I plan to write a couple of posts in relation to Bucharest such as the following; Tips and advice, Things to do, What to eat, etc!! My next trip will be Edinburgh next month so I will have plenty of posts up before then.

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How to Plan a city break on a Budget

Happy Friday, friends!!

As a student, money isn’t something that I have a lot of at the moment. Traveling for me is something that can I can only do if I budget really well.

Wanting an inexpensive trip is something that I can imagine many people like the idea of. Some people of course can afford to pay for pricier flights and pricier accomdation. This guide however is for anyone who is in need of a cheap holiday asap!!!

Step 1: Pick Your Budget

How to travel on a budget

Being based in Europe, I have to keep all of my trips within the European Continent as I can’t afford to fly any further than that. For any followers not from Europe, I would imagine neighbouring states or countries would probably be the cheapest time to fly abroad.

Before you can pick where you want to go, check what your budget it for each part of your trip. For Europe, I try to pay no more than €50 for return flights. Hostels and hotels tend to vary in price based on where I’m going. Once you have decided where you want to go, next you have to find out when it the cheapest time of the year for that particular place. My favourite time to travel is in May and September. I tend to find that the prices are not at peak yet, the weather is warm but not too hot, and, it probably isn’t tourist season.

Step 2: Book your flights and book a hotel

Cheap airline hacks

Whenever I’m booking a hostel or a hotel, I always make sure to book one that doesn’t require prepayment and which allows free cancellation. This will mean that I won’t have to worry about the payment just yet. Booking.com is a great website for finding great hotel prices and is the website I use most. Other options include Airbnb or couch sharing if you’re brave enough. My tip when booking a hotel is to check where in the city it is based, and, what the public transport system is like. If the city has a reliable and cost effective system, it may be worth it to commute around. Check if your airport has a train station. Some airports don’t have a trainstation which may mean you will have to pay for a coach or transfer. This can quickly add up for families who are traveling.

When it comes to flights I tend to buy them as far in advance as possible. I also try to travel only on week days. The cheapest time to book flights is three months before you plan to fly. The most expensive time is two weeks beforehand. One of the things which allows me to have cheap flights is to be flexible with my dates.

To summarise

  • Fly on Weekdays – Tuesday being the cheapest
  • Be Flexible with your dates
  • Book within Three months of your trip.
  • Travel in offpeak times – you can save up to 15%!!!
  • Know when the school season is in the country.
  • Make your the airport has a train station to city centre to avoid paying extra fees.
  • Check if your hotel has free wifi – a lot of hotels do and this is a cost which can be avoided.

Step 3: Find out what free things there are

Cheap but fun travel destinations

Every city has tourist attractions which are worth paying money towards. However, there are many things which are free to do. I also enjoy finding out what the locals like to do as I believe that sometimes visiting non-tourist attractions is much more of an adventure. People traveling with children can find so many free attractions too.

Step 4: Food

cuisine when traveling

One of the easiest ways to overspend and go out of budget when traveling is when buying food. I tend to budget how much I am willing to spend and see how much I have left for eating. One of the main things I do if find out what places have the best quality food and avoid overpriced restuarants. I also look to stay in hotels which have a communal kitchen so that I can make my own food.

I tend to eat at lunch time when traveling – the menu is cheaper and a big meal will fill me so I don’t have to buy dinner. When drinking, I buy local wines and beer because they are cheaper. I often try to avoid the main tourist areas when eating as these are more expensive.

Step 5: Buy A Travel or City Pass

Public Transport when Traveling

In some cities, it is well worth buying a travel pass. In Berlin, I bought a daily travel pass which made life so much easier since Berlin is such a big city. Some cities won’t need such a thing. If you are traveling with young children, it’s always a good idea to see what age it’s free until (many cities in Europe under 3’s are free). If traveling to a city which speaks a different language, check how to buy your tickets and how to validate them. The last thing any tourist on a budget needs is to have to pay a fine.

Step 6: Find out what you are entitled to

Many countries have free entry to certain tourists spots if over 65, under 25, or, a student. Students may get discounted transport prices. Rules apply differently in different cities so read up on what applies for different people.

And most importantly… Have fun!!!

Well these were my tips on planning a holiday on a budget. What ways do you save money when going on holidays?


 

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L’Oreal True Match Foundation

One of the most important things when it comes to wearing makeup, is having a perfect foundation. When wearing a good foundation, I often feel like I am ready to take on the world.

However, I tend to find it hard to actually find a foundation which will make my skin look amazing and I am sure many people who wear makeup feel the same way as me.

One of the foundations which I apply when I want a perfect base is the L’Oreal True Match foundation. I am Irish and I am as extremely pale as the media makes us out to be. Many foundations which come in my extreme pale tend to either be expensive or don’t work with my skin.

L’Oreal True Match Foundation

Not this baby!!

I often struggle with finding a foundation which actually works with my skin while not going too expensive. I have combination skin, meaning that parts of my skin tend to be quite oily while other parts are quite dry. My nose tends to be the main culprit when it comes to my foundation look bad – no matter what skincare or beauty product I’ve been recommended, none have managed to tame my nose. My nose tends to seem both oily and dry. It’ll either appear very shiny and the foundation will separate, or it will appear so dry that all my pore, little lines, and bumps will be aggressively noticeable. This is what some would define as a first world problem.

Let’s get onto the review shall we?

Description of the Foundation by the Brand:

Product details
L’Oreal’s #1 foundation is now available in 28 shades and matches 98% of UK skintones. L’Oreal’s velvety formula matches your skin’s unique tone and texture, for a true to skin finish: flawless, blendable, and never fake.
L’Oreal’s 28 shades range from warm to neutral to cool undertones, to ensure your foundation is right for you. Whilst your skin tone is visible on the surface and can alter through the seasons, your skin undertones are determined at a deeper level, they are part of your skin and never change. Each complexion has its own undertone: pink (cool), neutral or golden (warm), so you can now find a match that’s true to you.
To celebrate the 28 shades of True Match, L’Oreal Paris has launched the #YoursTruly True Match campaign, to share the diversity behind our 28 shades of True Match. Discover 28 influential individuals revealing their 28 stories, and get ready to write yours.

I’ve been wearing this foundation for a year now and I love it. It’s one of the few foundations which work for my whole face. I tend to go for foundations that are medium coverage, which this one is. It covers the random bits of redness that I have without feeling too heavy on my skin.

How to use
1. Start with a well cleaned, toned and moisturised face. 2. Studio secrets primer to your face. Remember less is more. 3. Apply your True Match foundation to your face. Starting with the T-zone, and in a rolling motion work your way out.

Pro’s:

  • There are 28 different shades.
  • It’s easy to apply onto the face and has a silky texture
  • Has a fairly satin finish – I wouldn’t describe this foundation as being matte.
  • Sleek packaging

Con’s:

  • The foundation cost £14.99 which isn’t expensive for high end foundations but it fairly expensive for a drugstore brand.
  • May not have the best shade offerings for those who aren’t pale like myself.

Overall I adore this foundation and I actually have two bottles – one for summer and one for winter.

What do you think of this foundation? Have you tried it?


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TV Shows that I am currently Obsessed With

I adore watching Netflix just like any other person. I mean, who doesn’t?

This month, I decided to try and watch more netflix before my college life became too hectic. Below are some of the shows which I watched and loved this month.

Tidying Up with Marie Kondo:

Watching Marie Kondo help people clean up their houses, has really brought me great joy this past month. I didn’t expect to enjoy this show – I mean, it’s a show about tidying up and adopting a minimalist lifestyle, I didn’t expect to enjoy watching OTHER people do that.

Yet… I did.

To the point that I started to try out Marie’s folding technique!!

When people lead busy lives, their homes sometimes become cluttered with things piling up over time. In this series, renowned tidying expert Marie Kondo tries to help folks declutter their homes — and their lives. Whether she’s helping a harried couple with young children become more organized or showing a retired couple how to reclaim their space, Kondo assists her clients in clearing out the clutter and choosing joy in a series of inspiring home makeovers.

I started to watch this show one day when I was bored. I had seen a lot of tweets about the show beforehand, but I had never thought it would be a show which I would enjoy. I was very, very wrong. I especially love watching Marie Kondo fold clothes. It’s extremely satisfying.

Peakey Blinders:

One of my favourite fictional drama series which I am enjoying at the moment is the ever so famous, Peakey Blinders. Starring Ireland’s own Cillian Murphy as Thomas Shelby, the show follows the Shelby gang of Biringham also known as the Peakey Blinders.

Peaky blinders cast

Britain is a mixture of despair and hedonism in 1919 in the aftermath of the Great War. Returning soldiers, newly minted revolutions and criminal gangs are fighting for survival in a nation rocked by economic upheaval. One of the most powerful gangs of the time is the Peaky Blinders, run by returning war hero Thomas Shelby and his family. But Thomas has bigger ambitions than just running the streets. When a crate of guns goes missing, he recognizes an opportunity to advance in the world because crime may pay but legitimate business pays better. Trying to rid Britain of its crime is Inspector Chester Campbell, who arrives from Belfast to try to achieve that goal.

Peaky Blinders Main Star Cillian Murphy

From the catchy theme song to the 1920 themed decor to the well developed, there’s lots to love. I’m currently eagerly awaiting for the next season of the show, season five, after the last season left off on quite the ending.

Dirty John:

At the moment, I’m watching Dirty John with my parents. To call this show interesting is an understatement. It is shocking and deeply fascinating to the point that I can’t help but want to rewatch the whole show again. Even more terrifying is the fact that Dirty John is based on a true crime story about a sociopath – there’s also a podcast by the same name.

The Cast of Dirty John
Debra Newell has a perfect life — from the outside — she’s successful, beautiful and lives in Newport Beach, one of California’s most desirable coastal cities. The only thing missing from her life is love, so when she meets the charismatic, handsome and charming Dr. John Meehan, she is swept off her feet in a whirlwind romance. Her daughters, Terra and Veronic, set out to prove that he’s just a conman after they are displeased at the fast-tracked relationship and decide to investigate their mother’s new beau for themselves. As Debra gets drawn deeper into his lies, the psychological manipulation has consequences for the entire family.

True Crime Story Dirty John

With a Golden Globe nomination for best performance by an actress in a mini series or motion picture made for television, this true crime drama starring the amazing Connie Britton and Eric Bana, this show is well worth the watch for anyone looking for something new to watch.


 

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Bobbi Brown foundation review

For my birthday months ago, I went shopping with my grandmother to buy new makeup for my present. I needed new foundation so I decided that since I had heard a lot about Bobbi Brown products, I would get one of their foundations.

I went to the Bobbi Brown stall in a store called Brown Thomas which sells their products, and the lady there picked a foundation for the specific details that I gave her; combination skin, cool toned, and medium coverage.

As a pale person, I was quite surprised how easily this foundation managed to blend into my skin tone and match it so well. It was probably one of the few times that I’ve gotten a foundation tried on me and I was very impressed.

So my grandmother bought me the full-size foundation along with a setting powder to match it. I was also quite impressed that it had an SPF 15 coverage in the formula as I take protecting my skin from the harmful UV rays very seriously. My first impressions of this foundation was great and I loved how aesthetic the bottle looked with its simple design. I brought it home and couldn’t wait to wear it as much as possible.

Now, two months on, I feel like I can give my full opinion on this foundation.

Bobbi Brown foundation pale
Bobbi Brown dewy long lasting foundation

The description for this foundation is:
“A truly modern foundation that offers invisible, weightless coverage that looks like skin, not makeup. This long-wearing formula evens tone, minimises the appearance of pores, conceals imperfections, and offers broad-spectrum UV protection. Its hydrating technology leaves skin feeling cushioned, comfortable, and clean. Ideal for combination, normal and normal to dry skins. Capacity 30ml.”

I feel like the description of this foundation is surprisingly accurate. I do find the coverage to be as they explained it would be. Okay, so I will be doing a pro and cons below of this foundation. I do find that this foundation can be long-lasting, however, I find like my skin needs constant powder at times so I would advise that girls or boys with slightly oily skin to avoid this foundation, even if their skin type is a combination skin tone like mine is.

One of the things that I love about this foundation is that it never gets cakey or looks dry on my skin like some of my other foundations have in the past. This foundation comes in sixteen different shades, with different shades for cool toned girls and a lot for warm toned girls. I wear Porcelain and I was very surprised that this foundation accommodated my skin tone as I’m super pale in a way that most foundations either look too dark or orange on my skin tone. The foundation was very pricey at forty-one euro so I expected big things from it.

I find that this foundation leaves my skin looking healthy and youthful. What I love is that it manages to look very natural on my skin and I can wear it without it being too obvious that I am wearing foundation. One problem I have with it, however, is that I find the foundation to be very watery but because of that it blends and glides onto the face easily.

I couldn’t find confirmation anywhere by judging from the feel of the foundation is that it is water based rather than oil based. It is for that reason why I often need about three pumps of this foundation to get the coverage that I desire. The foundation is very light and would not suit those with acne or blemishes as it does not cover them effectively. It is sheer but leaves a lovely glow. It also doesn’t come off unevenly during the day.

I think one of the most important things about this foundation is finding the right preparation for it. Using the correct products before hand and after seem to be very important. A good primer could easily extend the lasting power of this foundation. However having to buy other products to make the foundation effective is very inconvenient.
Pros:

  • Very sheer and natural looking
  • Does not cake or crease
  • Wide range of colours
  • Comes with a pump
  • Sturdy packaging
  • Has many yellow undertone shades
  • It didn’t break me out

Cons:

  • Does not last all day and needs top ups
  • Is very expensive
  • Does not cover acne
  • Fewer pink tones
  • Oil tends to break through so it needs powder

Overall I really love this foundation and it suits my skin tone perfectly. I do find that it is really not for those with oily skin or those prone to breakouts. But for girls with drier skin or normal skin – what even is normal skin???- this foundation could be their next love. This is the only Bobbi Brown foundation I’ve used so I can’t compare it to the others. This foundation is perfect for me and I know that I will keep on using it until it’s empty. I haven’t quite decided yet whether or not I will repurchase it, however. Time will tell I guess.

I would give it four stars out of five personally. If you liked this post, please leave a like or a comment to let me know what type of posts you’d like to see in the future. Well, that’s all from me, see you next time xxx

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Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask

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I’m the type of girl who has never really had much problems with pimples, which I’ve always appreciated but ever since I was about twelve, I’ve suffered from large pores and blackheads all over my T-zone. Literally, my whole nose, chin, bits of my inner cheeks and the gap between my eyebrows are covered by blackheads. I’ve had five years of trying to get rid of them but yet, no product, face mask or method has gotten rid of them. But I have found products that help conceal them or help minimize them. I have quite dry skin due to the oil in my face getting clogged so the mask I use is by the Body Shop. It is their Seaweed Ionic Clay mask and its for combination to oily skin. Many people might think I shouldn’t be using this product but it helps unclog my pores and helps minimize my blackheads so I use it. After use, I always have to use another face mask by Quick Fix Facials and I use their Mega Moisture mask for dry and thirsty skin to help my skin from not getting dried out due to the face mask. I only apply the clay mask to areas that have blackheads because I find that it can sting if I use it in areas that don’t have clogged pores.

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This product does has not been tested on animals and on the back, it says where they get their seaweed. The active ingredient in this is the bladderwrack seaweed which grows off the south west coast of Ireland. The mask is quite thick and is a grey- green colour. I love the actual smell of it for some reason, but I can’t exactly describe how it smells like. To use this mask, you apply this mask for about ten minutes at the most. Over that time, the mask should dry and make the pores look very big. it is recommended by the body shop, that at the most, use this twice a week but I’d recommend that for people with skin that isn’t too oily – as in people with clogged pores like myself and their skin is dry – to only use this once a week. It can really dry out skin if used excessively.

Pros of this face mask:

  • This can leave the skin feeling refreshed.
  • It gets rid of excess oil.
  • It helps clears blackheads.
  • Makes pimples dry out quicker.

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Cons:

  • Can dry out the skin.
  • Is not suitable for sensitive skin.

Conclusion:

Overall, I think this is a brilliant mask. Whenever I use it, it really reduces the size of my pores and helps my skin get unclogged. I would really recommend it to anyone who has oily skin or loads of blackheads.

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