Ciao! Being a student you learn to find bargains everywhere, so when I heard people mention MUA I was intrigued. It was mainly mentioned for its Naked palette dupes and its foundations, but reviews seemed on the whole positive for brand (especially considering the price tag). I currently use their Matte Perfect Primer (£4) as my everyday primer and it works really well for me. It doesn’t really offer anything coverage wise but it creates a nice base for my make-up. So when I saw that they were giving their new “Twelfth Night” eye shadow palette for free when you spent over £8 on their products I decided to treat myself!
A favourites post in the middle of december- what?!
Well, I kinda missed the boat with the november favourites and I didn’t want to wait until after christmas when I’m bound to have more things to get excited about. So here is a little list of beauty products that I’ve been loving recently (prizes for guessing which brands I love!) Continue reading
Who’s been good at updating their blog??? Not me!
Yeahhhh…. in all seriousness I do apologise (as I seem to do a lot of). Not to go into too much detail ( I may do a separate post about it later on), but I have anxiety, and it been the worst I can remember it being in a long while, so I’ve been spending what little spare time I have on looking after myself. But! I’ve learnt over the years that moping is bad, so I’m forcing myself to carry on with life.
ANYWAY!!! Back to our normal programming! Its so close to Christmas I can almost touch it! The advent calendar is up, the Coca-Cola advert is on TV and the shopping is beginning! Except that I absolutely hate shopping for presents. And I don’t mean that in a stingy “I don’t want to buy people presents” way, but in a “what the hell do I buy for everyone” kind of way. Does anyone else get that? If not, I’m clearly just awful at present buying!
So today, after driving the 70 miles back to uni from my mother’s house (it was her birthday on saturday) and thought that it was only right to go for a trek into town to do some christmas shopping. It was chaos, as christmas shopping is every year, but I swear its getting earlier each year. Although a friend pointed out that it just seems to come around earlier because I’m now entering the world of adulthood, where I have to actually plan christmas, and organise presents, and plan cooking christmas dinner (the flat family one, I’m not trusted to do a proper family meal in all its glory yet). I was so excited for “being and adult” but now its here I just don’t feel ready for it. Me, and adult??? Nope, not yet, don’t make me do bills and organise insurance and contracts and stuff! I was still at school 2 years ago!
However, I’m now nearly half way there on the shopping front, and mentally have almost all of the pressies decided! And its not even december yet. Progress! I did have to ease the process by buying a few things for myself too, (and I can justify most those purchases, having run out of moisturiser this morning, and my lip balm about to run out). That’s the next hardest thing about christmas shopping- I find so many things that I want for myself, but I just can’t afford to have!
Anyway, I’m off to finish watching the miranda dvd online (you know, to check that its good enough to give to my mother) and I’m planning on doing a bit of a haul/ favourites blgg next. So, a Haul of Favourites???
I felt it was best to start my blog up with a review of something which was probably the thing that got me into fashion and beauty- hair dye. Since I was 13 I’ve been every red shade, from purple to pillar-box red. Now I’m getting older and my style has changed I no longer suit the madly bright reds and wanted to tone it down. Prodigy claims to create natural looking hair colours, with no damage to the hair. Did it work? Well…sort of.
Its at this point that I should point out that I have my hair ombred, and I try to bleach the ends as little as possible, so I frequently just top up my red and leave the blonde alone. I’ve previously had issues of hair dyes either dripping or bleeding into my blonde- which is not a good look! I’m glad to say that they was a very easy mixture to work with. It is applied onto dry hair, which personally I don’t like due my thick hair, but it actually covered my hair fairly well.
The smell was also really pleasent. I usually have to fumigate the bathroom while i do my hair and I didn’t feel like I had to at any moment during the process.
The problem came after I washed it out. Despite my usual “use almost all the bottle of conditioner” trick I was really disappointed to find that my hair felt really dry at the end. I’ve actually never had this happen to my hair (apart from my bleached ends), so I spent the next day or so worrying that it was only going to get worse. Thankfully it seemed to settle itself down and is now back to its usual soft self- so its a temporary problem, or maybe I didn’t wash the dye out quite well enough. When you dye your hair red you learn that the water will never run clear!
Now onto the colour: it was, for once, true to box, baring in mind I was red underneath to start with. It is a pretty natural colour (about as natural looking as you can get dark auburn) and it blended well into my blonde. It covered my roots totally, which I was unsure about it doing as you’re actually told to not work the dye into your roots! 2 washes later its settled into more of a rich brunette with hints of auburn. Macadamia is definitely a autumn/winter colour. I can imagine it being called winter spices or something!
So overall it does what it says it will, creates a natural colour that seems to be lasting well. And while it does initially dry it does quickly return to normal if you condition the crap out it! Next time I think I’m going to go for the Amber colour as while this is a lovely colour, its a tad too brunnette- a colour I have always run away from. If you’re not brave enough to go really red but want a bit of the “kissed by fire” look about you, this is definitely the colour to go!
(I’m currently growing my fringe out and it just wasn’t playing today so I had to tie it back- but i think this shows the colour off well enough!)
Ciao world, welcome to my blog! This has been something that I’ve wanted to do for a long while but I’ve never managed to make it happen. But I think now is a good a time as ever to start up. First up, a little bit about me: my name is Bella and I’m a 20 year old student in my second year of uni studying Equine Science.
Living in the countryside and going to an agricultural college means that I don’t really have much of a chance to talk about things like fashion and beauty, and they’re a pretty defining part of my life. I’ve always loved following vloggers and bloggers and they’ve always been my first port of call if I want an opinion on a product or brand. I hope to add to that pool of advice and reviews as well as giving you an insight into the life of a student living in the middle of nowhere.
Please bear with while I attempt to fill this blog up. Talk soon!