Thursday, 18 June 2015

Little Bit of Class

Top: TK Maxx. Leggings: Select. Skirt: Boohoo. Duster: Boohoo. Heels: Select. Belt: Primark. Necklace: Primark.Sunglasses: eBay.

Hi guys! I thought I'd do a quick outfit post, I have some reviews coming up too but I haven't done an outfit post in agessss! Ramadhan has officially started (month of fasting for Muslims) so I'll have some free time here and there to post if I'm not busy :)

I went out with my best friend for a pre-Ramadhan meal and drinks. We went Salt and Pepper which was yummy and then Cloud 23 for drinks, it was lovely! As we were going Cloud 23, I packed these heels 'coz it was really sunny so I wanted to wear some colour on feet and they also matched the orange part in my top! I wore flats during the rest of the time I was out because although these heels are beautiful, they are painful. Painful. I opted for a more "smarter" look than what I usually wear which is usually trainers and jeans haha - still will always choose trainers over heels. 
And we all know I love my bright lippies so I opted for Mac's Heroine for that extra pop of colour - this has to be one of my favourite looks ever!

Mine was the beef steak obviously... Beef > Chicken

 I forgot to tuck my belt in here...

Hope my fellow Muslims have a blessed Ramadhan! I will be makeup-free this month. One thing I love Ramadhan is that although I don't go out, my skin gets to breathe without no make up products and it's given that time to heal and be flawless, ready for Eid. :)
Reviews will be coming up guys! x

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Stila One Step Correct Primer - Review

A primer is a seen as an essential base to prep the skin before the foundation and for the foundation to  sit on and last longer on the skin. Some may not use primers as they may not deem it to be an important step in their make-up routine. I know I never used to wear primers, not until I started uni and I had the money to buy one! But at that time, make up hadn't become a big big thing for me as it is now and back then I just used to slap my foundation on, flick on my uneven eyeliner and walk out with my brows looking sad. (inside joke guys...)
I've used a couple of primers, from Bourjois, Laura Mercier, L'Oreal, etc. This Stila One Step Correct Primer I came across when Danielle who works at Stila was doing my make up and when she used this primer, it made my face look so bright and it basically just looked like a blank canvas. 

The description on the packaging is as follows:

"Swirl your way to perfect skin in one step!
This innovative triple-swirled helix serum instantly color corrects, brightens, primes and nourishes the skin. One step correct immediately improves skin tone tone, evens out your complexion and helps smooth fine lines. 
Green - minimizes redness
Lavender - counteracts sallow undertones
Peach - brightens, illuminates and helps diminish the appearance of sun spots

Diminishes the look of fine lines and wrinkles
Minimizes pores
Hydrates and balances
Controls oil"

There's a whole range of primers that can be purchased and they all differ in textures, for certain skin types, what they do, etc. The Stila one is a colour correcting primer. As you can see in the bottle, it's (described at the back of the bottle, my way of describing this would be a total fail) a "triple-swirled helix serum" made up of three different colours; green, peach and lavender. Each have their own job; the green cancelling out redness, the lavender eliminates any unwanted yellow undertones in the skin and adds a beautiful glow to the face and peach diminishes any areas of darkness/deep discolouration and brightens the area. 

The packaging is quite simple, it's a plastic cylinder container which comes with a pump which is great as you can control how much you product you want. And the bottle is see through so you can see what the product looks like and what colour correctors are in the product. It somewhat resembles coloured pasta...

I apply this after I have applied my moisturiser as you always need to prep the skin with moisturiser, no matter what skin type you are. The consistency of this is a serum, it's quite smooth on the smooth and glides on easily and the blends well into the skin. As you can see from the pictures above, when mixed together, all three colours become this really off-white colour with a tint of green. It probably looks a bit scary at first, especially on slightly darker skintones like mine but if you can see when the primer is blended in, it doesn't leave behind a stark white mask. It basically just brightens up your face.

On my face, I don't have a lot of redness, only little bits on my nose and my cheek but it's nothing major so one thing for me is that I couldn't see the green minimising the redness as I don't have a lot of it. It would be interesting to see how it would correct on people with more redness in their skin. However, if I have any "fresh" spots and they have any redness, it does help to conceal that and look less red. I don't have any unwanted yellow undertones either so the lavender colour corrector wasn't much of a use. The peach corrector is one that I need as I have a couple of spot scars on my cheek and peach is the corrector that cancels out the darkness and I can say it does the job of doing that but not majorly. Is that even a word?
It's extremely hydrating so I would say it is great for those with dry skin but as it says it controls oil, it can be for those with more of a combination skin I'd say, not fully oily. As those with oily skin may feel like they look too greasy. I do find this to control oil in skin, mostly in my t-zone as that's where I get slightly more oily.

However, thankfully I don't really have wrinkles and fine lines and one of the jobs of this primer is to diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Again, I didn't see this and maybe those that do have wrinkles and fine lines may want to try this to see the difference. It does look to minimise my pores but I've been using quite a few products such as my toner, my Glam Glow mask and my clay mask that do help in minimising pores so I'm unsure if it is the primer as my pores are much more minimised.

All in all, this primer is great! Apart from spot scars that are still in the process of being vanished, I don't have much discolouration in my face for this to show a hugeeee difference. But, it certainly hydrates, brightens up my face and leaves a glowing, blank canvas to work on. I think it is worth its money of £24 (which I think is a tad bit dear but I think all high-end products are dear but some are definitely worth it), I haven't experienced any breakouts with this primer either guys.

Hope you enjoyed the review guys! I'm gonna be doing more reviews soon, think the Stila Stay All Day foundation is next on the list!

Just wanna say how I love Stila products, like this is my honest opinion. I feel like they're a bit underrated, their products are of great quality and worth the money, better than some of the products that are hyped about way too much! If you travel around Manchester, they do Stila in Harvey Nichols, the ladies who work there, Danielle and Danielle are so helpful as well! So lovely and welcoming! :) x