Sunday, 17 February 2013

What to carry in your school beauty bag.

If you're like me, you'll hate having a heavy school bag. I can't stand carrying around my p.e kit, books and other school equipment. And on top of that, there's the little things that, being a girl, you have to keep with you at all times!
I usually end up throwing body spray's, makeup wipes and lip gloss into my bag everyday, so when I empty it, it's absolutely full of rubbish and most of it has been destroyed. (I've had the occasional foundation spilling on my Spanish book.. It doesn't go down well with the teachers, trust me!). 
Also, it's much more difficult to find anything in your bag when it's not organised which is very frustrating when you need something asap.
This year, I decided to start being more organised in every way possible, and one of these ways is in my school bag (don't laugh, its important!).

I've decided to only bring absolutely essential things with me to school, to avoid filling my bag with stupid things that I don't even need.

I call this my school beauty bag.
Unfortunately, I don't know where it's from as it was given to me as a gift, but I know that you can get makeup bags anywhere that sells normal bags (cath kidston do beautiful ones that are waterproof on the inside so they don't get ruined when you spill foundation!)
I use this because I think it's really pretty, small enough to carry around and it still fits everything in.
When looking for a makeup bag, try to avoid button ones and choose one that uses a zip. This is so nothing can fall out of it throughout the day. 
The first thing I chose to put in my bag is definitely essential. Body Spray.
This one is from Boots and it's in the Natural Collection range.
Natural Collection are well known for making affordable but great quality makeup and body products. I love this spray because it's not only cheap but it smells beautiful, just like strawberry's!
It's great to bring to school because it's in a plastic bottle (meaning it wont smash in your bag, causing it to leak all over everything), and it's quiet. I hate sprays that make a lot of noise because they attract a lot of attention to you when you're using them (especially in a quiet classroom). This is really easy to quickly spray and go, smelling gorgeous!
Your hands are very important. You put them through a lot everyday with all the washing, writing, holding onto the pole to stop yourself falling over on the bus, etc. You have to give them a little bit of care throughout the day!
A product I forgot to add is hand sanitizer, which I DEFINATELY recommend bringing to school. I seriously think it's the most important thing on my list. But, a lot of classrooms at our school have a bottle of it somewhere, so you can always borrow some of that ;).
I bring hand cream to school because I have very dry and sensitive skin. Sometimes at school we'll be doing a science experiment and I spill chemicals on my hands. It's not the end of the world but after scrubbing at them with water and cheap soap, they feel incredibly dry and disgusting. All you have to do is blob a tiny bit on and rub it in to feel amazing again!
This hand cream is from The Body Shop, and I absolutely love it. It soaks in quickly and doesn't feel greasy meaning you can write without your pen sliding out your hands straight away. This one is called 'Wild Rose' and it was only £4. It smells just like summer, I'm not even joking!
Now onto the nail varnish and file.
One of my best friends is a nail freak and is constantly filing her nails to perfection. I am completely the opposite, but this year I've decided to care for my nails more so I carry these around when I feel like biting them so I can give them a little bit of care instead! I love doing this when we have one of those supply teachers that really couldn't care less what you're doing.
By the way, we're not allowed nail polish at our school, so I just apply clear to make them look okay again.
I don't think I need to explain why tissues are essential, but I carry these in my bag because who doesn't need tissues? Even if you never get colds, its nice to have them in case anybody else has a sudden nosebleed or something like that.. hahaha.
I also bring makeup wipes but they don't fit in this little bag. I just throw them into my school bag and I find I do need them a lot!

I honestly only find that I need powder, and lip balm throughout the day. There's no point in bringing your whole makeup collection to school when you don't need to constantly re-apply it.
Sometimes I bring concealer, just in case, but I would rather go natural and have fun than spend break crowding round the mirrors smearing foundation on my face.
I like this powder my Maybelline because it has a mirror underneath the actual powder and it comes with a powder puff. This saves space in your bag rather than bringing a mirror and a makeup brush.
I love this Vaseline because it gives a little tint as well as a lot of benefit for your lips! It is much better for your lips than a lipstick!

The charity pot by lush is a great thing to carry around if you want to save space and leave the hand cream at home.
It only costs £1 and it is tiny! Plus, it sinks in fast, smells gorgeous and donates money to charity!
What's not to love?
Chewing gum or mints are essential for school.
Lets face it, we all need to re-fresh our breath throughout the day at school, and these hardly take up any space! If your school is strict on things like chewing gum (ours is supposed to be but lets face it, they don't really care) then you should bring a pack of Smint's in your bag as they are quick and minty fresh! (That sounded like an advertisement haha!)

What's this? I bet you're thinking.
This is a pad holder.
Yep, I went there. GIRLS HAVE PERIODS! And it's not weird or disgusting, its normal.
I know, it's embarrassing to carry around tampons or period pads at school, and you constantly fear that your bag might fall and the first thing to come out will be your sanitary towels. It's happened to all of us and it's humiliating, especially when you're surrounded by boys who thing that periods are the strangest thing ever.
This pad holder came free with a pack of pads and me, being an idiot has forgotten the name of the brand, but they're still doing this so I would take a look in the sanitary towels isle in Tesco's if I were you ;).
That way, even if they do fall out your bag, nobody can tell what this is! I always say 'oh, I use it to hold my hair pins and bobbles'.

The last item is a comb. I think this is pretty self explanatory but it's always nice to have a comb handy. I got a pack of about 30 combs from BodyCare for about 70p. I definitely recommend going down to bodycare to pick some of these up, because for 70p it is definitely worth it!

I apologise if this was terrible, I'm still getting to grips with all the blogging stuff.
If anybody has any requests/tips/advice then I would be more than happy to hear it!

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Laura xx

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Review: Revlon ColorStay

Since about June last year I've been using the Revlon ColorStay foundation, and I think I've been using it long enough to have a proper opinion on it. This is my first review post so if there's anything else you'd like me to try/review then let me know!

When I set out to buy this product, I was looking for another foundation since my Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse was running out and I wanted to try something different.
The quality's I was searching for in a foundation was that it lasts all day and gives good coverage. I went onto Yahoo answers and this foundations was recommended to me five times, so I thought it would be a good product.
Before I bought this foundation, I had never used a Revlon Product before, so I was curious to see if they were any good. I went onto the boots website to read further into the foundation.
Most of the reviews were raving about the product, so I decided to try it out, and went into town the next day to purchase it.
One of the things that kind of put me off of the product before I even bought it, was the price.
It's around £12 and I normally only spend £7 or less on a foundation, so I was a little bit on the fence about whether I should buy it or not. But, the reviews were amazing so I decided to just go ahead and try it out.
One of the things that first attracted me to this foundation was that there is two different versions of it. One for combination/oily skin and one for normal/dry skin. I have very dry skin so I was excited to finally find a foundation that catered to my skin type.
Me, being an idiot accidently picked up the oily/combination one, and didn't realise until I got home. But, I didn't take it back and decided to just try it anyway.

Okay, so onto the packaging.
Revlon Colorstay Foundation comes in a clear glass bottle with a black lid. It's fairly heavy but it isn't so heavy that it would weigh your makeup bag down.
When I got home, I unscrewed the lid to find that there was no pump. It's literally just a bottle and you pour the foundation out.
This was an issue to me since I found myself always accidently pouring out too much foundation and it's a little bit of a hassle to get it back in, especially when you're in a rush on a morning.

The foundation smelled quite strongly of alcohol or cleaning products, which was a bit strange for a foundation, but I did get used to it after a while and it didn't smell that way once applied to the skin. (It wasn't a bad smell either, just a little bit weird).

The first time I used this product I didn't use concealer or primer. This was because I wanted to see if the foundation would last all day on it's own. So, I only wore powder on top. (The powder I used was Dream Matte Powder which has been discontinued! I am absolutely devastated it was amazing!)
Also, for anybody who's interested, I applied it using a sponge since my foundation brush was still drying.

The coverage was great! It looked good on my skin, and it didn't look too cakey and tacky.

The best thing about using this was that when I got home from school, it still looked the same! This was the main thing I had been looking for in a foundation so I was absolutely delighted when I saw it at the end of the day.

I went on using this for a while until I started to notice that my skin was gradually getting worse underneath the makeup. I started getting really bad spots and dry skin, so I decided to quit wearing it for a while.

For Christmas, I was given the version for dry skin and what I noticed was that even though they were both called ivory, the dry skin version was darker! My skin is incredibly pale so it was like choosing between drying out my skin or matching my skin tone.

At the end of the day, if you have sensitive skin, I don't recommend this foundation. It's nice for special occasions but for everyday use it may ruin your skin. It's not so terrible that I'm going to stop using it even though my bottle is half full but, I won't be re-purchasing it.

Sorry if this review wasn't any good, it's my first time!
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Laura xx

Introducing me!

Hello! My name is Laura (as you may have gathered from the title of this blog..).
I'm a teenager, I live in England and I now have a blog..
There are a few reasons that I decided to start this blog, the main reason being that I was bored and it seemed like a good way to spend my time. Another reason is that I've had blogs in the past that haven't really gotten more than about 40 views per post, but I wasn't really writing about anything interesting, so I decided to have a fresh start here!
The other two reasons I started are Instagram and Company Magazine. A lot of my favourite Instagram users advertised their blogs and I loved reading them and finding out their favourite trends, products and what they had been up to basically. This encouraged me to start writing about things that I was interested in and share them with other people who might actually care.
The reason Company Magazine encouraged me is because they had an issue all about bloggers. I thought it was amazing how they had found career's because of their blogs, and I definitely want to do the same.
I don't know where this will go but I'm so excited to start!

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I promise I will follow everybody back since I need to start following more people!
And I will do any shoutout while I'm getting started!

Thanks for reading!

Laura xx