May 11, 2012

Review: Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation

My current dupe for my Chanel Vita Lumiere Aqua is the Rimmel Wake Me Up Make Up Foundation which retails for £8.99. Although I love my Chanel, it's a little expensive to wear just for work, or to pop to Tesco so I wanted to find something that does the job, without the price tag. 

Nothing can replace my Vita Lumiere Aqua but this is a close second. It smells great, stays well on the skin and it doesn't feel too heavy. It doesn't blend quite as easily as my Chanel does, and isn't quite as light but it's definitely a nice high street foundation. 

It gives a dewy finish and very occasionally has some flecks of shimmer through it. I rarely notice this but if you hate shimmer then maybe stay away. All thats left to say is, I like the packaging, it reminds me of summer. 

NOTE: Since writing this review I've stopped using this foundation. It turned out to be the cause of horrendous breakouts. This foundation obviously is much cheaper than my regular one and is heavily fragranced. A lot of high street foundations break my skin out, my skin is very sensitive. If you have acne prone or sensitive skin I wouldn't recommend this foundation, however if you don't have a problem with foundations breaking you out then I'd still recommend it. It's not right for me and I won't be repurchasing, but it's still a nice foundation. 

x Onna x

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May 9, 2012

What's new with you? No.2

I haven't had my hair cut off or anything it's just tucked over my shoulders. I'm going for a cut and colour in a week or two and I'm stuck on what to do. I fancy a bit of a change but don't want to go bright blonde or red. I'm thinking maybe golden honey brown, à la Mille Mackintosh, what do you all think? 

I'm going to Paris for a few days at the end of May. It seems to be the 'blogger thing to-do' as of late and I have inadvertently jumped on that bandwagon. I've only been to Paris once when I was a kid and I don't remember it so I'm really excited. I'm also going to DisneyLand Paris.. YAY! Any must see's in Paris?

I love this baking book. I made this chocolate cake for my friends last day at work. I love baking for other people... all the fun, less of the calories.

My new favourite skincare product ever! I 'discovered' it through A Model Recommends, who I'm sure you all know. Anyway, it may be a tiny bit pricey but I really do love it. Full Review will be up in a couple of weeks one I've tested it more thoroughly. 

x Onna x

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May 7, 2012

Holy Grail Product: Chanel Illuminating Fluid

I cringe at the thought of how I used to apply my makeup. I'd pile on the heavy revlon colourstay foundation, slab on the full coverage concealer and top it off with a liberal application of pressed powder.

As my skin had improved and as my taste has become somewhat more sophisticated, the way I do my makeup has also changed. I now opt for a lighter, dewier base. Yes, even though I have combination skin, I like a bit of a glow. My foundation of choice is the Chanel Vita Lumiere Aqua. This brings me on to profess my love of liquid highlighters. Anything to make my face look bright and fresh, essential for those who don't sleep well like me.

Back in December '11 my mother bought me a couple of Chanel makeup items for Christmas. I has asked for the Soleil tan do Chanel Gel Bronzer, and what I actually received was the Soleil tan de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Fluid in Sunkissed. I have never been so happy to get the wrong thing in my life. I love this product, I've literally used it every single makeup wearing day since Christmas. I still have about half left, so my guess is, it lasts about 8 months with regular use.

It gives the perfect glowy bronze sheen to the skin and I can't wait for this to become a summer staple in my makeup bag. It's light, non-greasy and lasts for a good 10 hours. It has a slight tint to it but nothing too strong, and the finish is a soft sheen and not too glittery. GLITTER IS FOR CHRISTMAS CARDS, I HATE GLITTER ON MY SKIN!

I love everything about this product. Yes it's Chanel so it's pricy but it lasts such a long time, it actually works out very reasonably priced. Obviously I didn't buy this myself but I will be repurchasing the moment it gets low. You get 30ml in a jar and it retails for around £30. Which works out at £1 per ml compared to £1.42 per ml for Benefit High Beam.

x Onna x

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May 4, 2012

How I Grew Long Hair...

First things first, every person has an individual hair growth rate which cannot be sped up. Some people are lucky and have fast growing hair, others like me, not so much. All we can do is help our hair to reach it's maximum growth rate by eating a balanced diet, reducing stress and looking after our hair. Another important step is to keep the ends of our hair nourished. As soon as ends become dry and brittle, they break, leaving the hair strand shorter. Preventing these breakages will help to keep hair looking as long as possible. 
  • Semi-Permanent Hair Dye
I used to bleach my hair a lot, getting regular foil highlights dried out my hair so much. Going brunette instantly speeded up the growth of my hair as my ends stopped snapping off. I now use Casting Creme Gloss in Dark Brown, which keeps my hair healthy and shiny. 
  • Regular Trims
When I say trim, I mean TRIM. I literally get like two cm off at a time, usually every two months but I just tend to go look at my hair and see when it needs it. When your hair grows as slowly as mine, you can't afford to lose a lot of hair. 
  • Dont Over Wash
I wash my hair twice a week. Sometimes three times if I have an event/birthday/night out. I'm lazy with my hair, and I like it to be low maintenance. Luckily my hair doesn't get greasy very easily but in between washes I do throw on a bit of batiste. Again this just helps to prevent breakages and keeps my hair healthy. 
  • Hair Oil Treatments
Any hair oil will help. I've use Moroccan oil, L'oreal... and now I use Argon Oil Hair Treatment. I use them every time I wash my hair. After towel drying I apply it on the lengths and ends so help prevent breakages, reduce damage from styling and generally nourish  my hair. 
  • Dont Over Brush 
I rarely brush my hair, we all know over-brushing is damaging. Most of all, brushing my hair just makes it frizzy so I avoid it. After washing it and applying my leave-in-conditioner and Argon Oil I'll brush my hair with my tangle teezer. The tangle teezer is designed to reduce breakages caused by brushing. 
  • Go Au Naturale 
I know it's hard for some girls not to heat style their hair but again, I'm pretty lazy so I'm ok with it. Unless it's for a certain occasion. Also I never brow dry my hair unless it's an emergency. If the natural texture of my hair isn't looking too pretty i'll french plait my fringe and put it in a messy bun.

x Onna x

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