28 July 2016

Life Lately #5

Life Lately
Upon gazing over my blog for what feels like the first time in a long time, I was somewhat shocked to realise that I have posted twice this month. Although that figure now stands at three, it still remains that I have been a little bit absent where this online space is concerned.

Of course being in full time work plays a huge part when it comes to blogging regularly, it is not easy. Alongside this, being somewhat of a harsh critic of myself, I find that my photos can be the biggest issue I have as I am often left feeling dissatisfied with them. Quite simply if I don't like the photo, the post will not go live. The only time I really get these days to take my photos is of a weekend, and even then one cannot spend all day working on them and editing; there are other things which are more important. 

In a nut shell, I have taken the decision to step back a bit from my blog. I am not disappearing, far from it, however it is nice to not worry about it so much these days. As we headed into 2016 I was already feeling a little disengaged, blogging in general for me had become a bit stagnant and far too competitive. Of course healthy competition is always good, however having observed bloggers and blogs over the last six months I truly do think that blogging has become too much of a rat race; whereby it is not a race I wish to be part of. 

That being said, I still enjoy blogging immensely and will continue to share with you my beauty ramblings as we go forward. 
Life Lately
In other news work continues to go very well, although it is extremely busy at the moment which can be pretty exhausting. Of course with new responsibility there comes new challenges, which means that as of September I will most likely be going back to university to do the next step of my qualification. There are a few things which I need to iron out in terms of the course over the next few weeks, however as it currently stands I will once again be a university student; bring on that discount card! 

This month has also seen me get back onto the fitness wagon. For a little while I had fallen off this journey due to one reason and another, however it feels so good to be back on it again, albeit taking small steps once again. I am currently using a couple of apps to help track my progress which I find to be really useful and motivating too. At the moment I am really enjoying Fitbit and Strava, of which the latter is an app for runners and cyclists. It is surprisingly accurate, so much so that I find myself mapping every single route that I do. Having never really used fitness apps before I am extremely keen to find out more about them, therefore if you have any recommendations then please do leave them in the comments below. I am also on the hunt for some nice new fitness workout clothing, it goes without saying that when you look good you feel good and that in itself is motivating.

Whilst rounding this post up I think it is only appropriate to mention Pokémon Go. If you haven't heard of it then, without meaning to sound rude, but where have you been? I currently have a total of 49 Pokémon (of which all are different I hasten to add). The only downside is that it is a drain on the old battery which has resulted in having to carry a charger around with me for the first time in my life, however it has been well worth it. Despite best efforts Jigglypuff still continues to evade me, although I did manage to capture a Dratini yesterday which has more than made up for it.

P.S In light of the awful new changes on Instagram, I thought it would be worth a shameless plug to promote my page. Head on over if you fancy a gander, be sure to stop by and let me know your usernames too!

What have you been up to lately?


14 July 2016

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel Review

The Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel has to be one of the most talked about skincare products in the last six months. It has graced the blog pages of some of my favourite bloggers on more than one occasion, therefore it was only natural that I wanted to try it out for myself. 

In a nut shell this is a gel cleanser which is peach in colour and to an extent, thick in texture. First and foremost, I like the fact that this is contained within a pump dispenser as it is easy to use and of course the product is kept as hygienic as possible. My only reservation is the fact that you can't see how much product you have left, which inevitably leads you to using up that last application rather unexpectedly. 

That being said, that slight niggle can be over looked by the product itself. Fortified with a blend of high-tech natural ingredients which includes vitamins and nutrients, this cleanser aims to strengthen and revitalise the skin all whilst removing the daily build-up of grime. Upon researching the product more for review purposes I learnt more about pumpkin enzyme which is an ingredient within the cleanser. This works by purifying pores and dissolving the bonds which bind dead skin cells to the surface of your skin; it sounds fancy but so straight forward and obvious. 

In fact, there are a whole heap of vitamins within this nifty little cleanser ranging from A, C and E which all in turn help to rejuvenate the skin and promote elasticity. Upon reflection there is a lot more science behind this product than I initially thought; it is more than just a basic gel cleanser.

Having now being using this on and off for a good year or so I have decided that ultimately it is a keeper. My skin feels great and looks great after I have used it, although in all honesty there is no chance that I will use this as a makeup remover; the reason for that being is that it is just too expensive to do so. This for me makes a great second cleanse, or a really nice morning cleanse as despite it being of a thick gel texture it is not heavy in the slightest. In fact, upon contact with water it does slightly foam up which makes it very easy to wash off. 

Whilst I do not think this is a ground breaking product, I do like it a lot; but for one issue which I alone seem to have. The issue I have repeatedly with this product is that it makes my eyes sting if I get it too close which does somewhat spoil the experience of using it. As discussed, I don't use this to remove make up, however I certainly know about it if I get this a bit too close to my eyes. This for me is a bit of a catch 22 as whilst I enjoy using this and notice the results in doing so, I can't help but feel somewhat annoyed that it stings my eyes, especially at £29.50 a pop. 

That being said, I know that when I finish my second bottle of this, I will most certainly be repurchasing; which I guess is testament in itself. 

The Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel is available from Cult Beauty, Look Fantastic and Space NK


9 July 2016

Too Faced La Crème Lipsticks

Too Faced La Crème Lipsticks

There is nothing quite like a new lipstick range to get me excited about beauty once more. What with the abundance of shades and finishes and of course new releases these days, it can often be quite difficult to narrow down the perfect lipstick for you. Of course having being writing about beauty for a little while now I have seen my fair share of makeup launches, that being said, the Too Faced La Crème Colour Drenched Lipsticks are new to me.

The Too Faced La Crème Colour Drenched Lipstick* range has recently been reformulated, in which both the formula and finish have been improved. Having never tried the original formula I am unable to comment as to how they performed, however, this new range has impressed me thus far. The range has been brought together to form a total of twenty on-trend shades; ten of which are brand new releases this season. 

Seven of the new shades are featured below. Four of them I would describe as being cream finishes, whereas the other three are metallic. The former shades are typically the type of finish I would wear as a metallic lip can be quite hard to pull off in my opinion, especially during normal everyday life. That being said, they are all still relatively wearable and could easily work on a night out.

Too Faced La Crème Lipsticks

There are a nice array of tones here which range from nudes to pinks and berry shades. They are all beautiful in their own way and would work on a variety of different skin tones. The Too Faced La Crème Colour Drenched Lipsticks are formulated with white lotus flower extract which is a known antioxidant which helps to hydrate and soothe, this is of course ideal for any lip product. 

My personal experience of this range so far has been pretty good, they are all very comfortable to wear and each shade glides on beautifully. The darker shades that I have here such as Ursula and Wham are more pigmented than the nude shades, which of course is generally the case anyway. That being said, I personally do prefer the nude shades as these are typically what I go for when choosing a new lipstick. Sugar Daddy in particular is utterly beautiful and well worth checking out if you are a fan of a nude lip, whereas Double Bubble is the complete contrast to this and provides the perfect bubble gum pink shade if that is what you lean towards.

Too Faced La Crème Lipsticks

In terms of longevity I think that these are of the standard which I have come to expect when paying more for a lipstick product. Naturally, due to the formula being of a cream finish they are much less likely to last as long on as opposed to a matte texture. I have found that after a couple of hours I have wished to top up the colour, even more so after eating and drinking because it does come off relatively easily. 

The packaging is of course a big pull factor when stepping away from the high street and looking for a product which is more luxurious. The Too Faced La Crème Colour Drenched Lipsticks, are, in my opinion beautifully presented within their gold finish casing, they're also quite heavy too for a lipstick which is something I appreciate.

Too Faced is of course a premium brand, therefore it goes without saying that the Too Faced La Crème Colour Drenched Lipsticks are not purse friendly at £18 each. That being said, the quality is there and so is the presentation which is what one would come to expect from such a brand. 

Too Faced from my experience isn't always that easy to obtain in the UK, however I do note that Debenhams now stock them both online and in some of their department stores, therefore it is well worth checking them out if you get chance. A little birdie tells me they do great eye shadows too, although I have yet to try those for myself. 

*This post contains PR samples, for more please read my disclaimer. 

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