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Wednesday 28 November 2012

What I've been up to ...

I've been pretty busy these last few weeks which is such a nice change! For anyone new to my blog I've been ill for quite a while (I started fainting and had to leave my PGCE, move back home and be somewhat housebound for months) its been a pretty rubbish! I've recently discovered that a tablet I've been taking was actually doing more harm than good so stopping that has made things a lot better and now I've actually been diagnosed (I have neurocardiogenic vasovagal syncope ... What a mouthful) I have new medication which has fewer side effects, so I should be back to normal soon and hopefully back on my course in September! These posts should become more regular as I'm getting about so much more now.

| Clarins event at Central Pharmacy Cardiff, I met up with the lovely Charlie from Charli... & the ladies from CSI blog | I won 2nd place in the raffle! I never win anything so maybe my luck is changing | Reading this cute book from my boyfriend, he's so soppy | A little picture of Poppy she loves the camera |

| Ducky necklace from miss selfridge £2 | burgandy and tartan outfit for a day in Swansea with the girls | Harry looking very handsome | What's in my handbag order, more to come |

Last weekend I went to London with my friend Sarah to visit the Harry potter studio tour, it was amazing I recommend it to anyone! It did focus a lot on the production side and sarah felt a little bit of the magic was lost for her, but for me it was a it like a Harry potter museum and now I'm home I'm desperate to watch all the films again and take a second look at everything I saw. We went to the tour on Sunday so we spent Saturday in London, Bond street and Oxford street first which was totally manic so we didn't buy much, then Harrods after which we absolutely loved but wished we had a little longer in there so I will be heading back!

| Make up packed to go to London | Maps tickets and train times for the trip | Christmas lights on Oxford street | Harrods looking beautiful|

| Harry's cupborad under the stairs | Post for Harry Potter| Olivanders wand shop on Diagon Alley | Hogwarts! |

So this little blog has been a bit neglected with all these activities, but I'm back on track today with a few posts under my belt.

Cariad xxx


Wednesday 14 November 2012

Topshop Lipstick Innocent

Topshop lipstick Innocent £8

I have been desperate to try some Topshop makeup for so long, especially the lipsticks which I've seen so many rave reviews about. I'm really getting into lipstick, it's probably the thing I buy most often recently as its such a simple way of changing your look and there are so many choices around.

Innocent is a really pretty rosy pink with lilac tones, it has a velvet finish which to me is a slightly silky matte. The colour payoff is brilliant as you would expect with matte but the velvet finish stops it looking chalky, which I hate! I'm really impressed with the lasting power as well, I've been eating and drinking copious amounts of tea today and I can still feel it and see it on me.

I love the distinctive packaging of Topshop lipsticks, although I do worry I could crush it as it feels a bit tinny. Even though it's white it hasn't stained or discoloured in my makeup bag which is amazing as the mucky state of everything else drives me mad I'm always at it with a baby wipe.

I think it's a really pretty subtle look for me, it's a little paler than I usually go for which makes a nice change to be honest. I will be adding a few more to my Christmas list, Rumour Has It is top of that and maybe trying out a cream blush too!

What do you think of Topshop makeup? Where do you get your favourite Lipsticks from?

Cariad xxx

Saturday 10 November 2012

Anti-ageing at 22?!?

Indeed eysilix £24.99* Rituals Skin Energy Serum £27.50* Rituals Rich & Firming Eye Cream £23.50*

I was recently given some anti-ageing products to try out, which caused me a bit of a dilemma as I'm only 22 so the effects of ageing haven't had their chance on me yet thankfully. I didn't feel able to review them properly and was all set on sending them back, until I started mentioning this to older women in my family. They all said that if they had their time again they would have started looking after their skin and using creams to prevent wrinkles a lot younger than they did. My mam was very keen for me to keep them, she was also very keen to have a try! *ulterior motive*

I have the Rituals Skin Energy Serum, Rituals Rich Firming Eye Cream & Indeed eysilix, I will do a full review of all three once I've tested them for a decent length of time (although perhaps the real test will be in 30-40 years time!) for now though some first impressions.

The serum has a lovely texture it's really light and absorbs beautifully, one pump is enough for my whole face and it really leaves me feeling nourished. The smell is a gorgeous floral, it reminds me of a perfume smell rather than skincare and isn't too overpowering either. Rituals describe this as 'Ultra concentrated. Promotes radiant skin and helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines. For flawless, radiant looking skin.' My skin is naturally quite sallow so I always look for products to help it look more radiant, I will let you know how well it does.

The rituals eye cream is a lovely thick consistency which easily pats on without pulling. They say 'Contains firming botanical extracts and an anti-wrinkle complex. For a visibly smoother eye contour.' Im definitely enjoying it so far and I have to say this has already found its way onto my mams Christmas list as she had a little go and was really impressed with it. She noticed all the puffiness and darkness under her eyes was noticeably improved straight after applying. One thing to mention though is that I really don't like the smell, it doesn't matter much as I can't smell it when I apply it but it's really not my cup of tea.

Finally the eysilix, indeed is a brand that I've heard a lot about (hydraluron is at the top of my wish list). They say ' Helps lift the eye area instantly. Helps reduce the appearance of puffiness, dark circles, fatigue and crow's feet. Can diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.' Hopefully I will get results from the puffiness, dark circles and fatigue aspects. Dark circles are one of my biggest nightmares so I'm willing to part with good money if it can deal with those. I think that someone with a few more wrinkles will find the results more impressive as I can definitely feel a tightening as soon as I apply it. I'm sure my mam will be willing to test for you!

Have you started worrying about wrinkles yet? When do you think it's the right time to start anti-ageing?

Cariad xxx

Tuesday 6 November 2012

Revlon Colourstay Creme Gel Eyeliner

revlon colourstay eyeliner
Revlon Colourstay Creme Gel Eyeliner - (£8.99)*
This is the first Creme Gel eyeliner I've tried and I was really excited to give it a go. The packaging of this is great I love that the brush comes attached and you just pull it off like a pen top then either click it back on upside down for a full length brush or use it short (which I prefer as it gives me more control). The gel liner itself is thick creamy and very black it dries quickly and then it doesn't budge. I found that it was important not to overload the brush as that was the easiest way of making a mess and to me it found the brush too thick for a subtle look but perfect for a sixties flick style.

I'm so impressed with the flick I've never managed one like this before! It lasted me all night with no flaking or crumbling and the colour didn't fade at all or end up smudged all over the place. A downside to this is the fact that it was so difficult to remove, my usual cleansers really struggled but a proper eye make up remover did the trick after a few goes.

The little tub seems to go a long long way, so even though I think the cost is quite high it is bound to last ages. I'm also going to try the liner with a smaller brush for a more subtle look as I wouldn't wear this thick style during the day.

Have any of you tried a Gel eyeliner? What type of eyeliner do you usually use?

Cariad xx