Thursday, 12 March 2015

L'oreal Paris Infallible 24-H Matte Foundation Review

If you want to know what I think about the L'oreal Paris Infallible 24-H Matte foundation, just read my blog. Also have before and after pictures. 

Hello Beautifuls,

First of all, I realise it's been almost a year since my last blog. I couldn't access my google account but that is all sorted now. So I'm back, with a review. 

I purchased this foundation a few weeks ago in Superdrug (it's just a drugstore). I hadn't read any reviews on the product I was just aware that I needed a matte foundation for a party I'm going to this Saturday. I'm sure it was £6 because it was an introductory offer but the price is usually £7.99, which is actually a good price for foundation in my opinion so I just threw it in my basket. 

Before I applied the foundation.

 The consistency isn't too thick but it's not runny either. 

I always worry about mattefying products because I've purchased a few things that are meant to be matte but it just makes my skin look dry and flaky instead. I was really hoping that this foundation wouldn't be one of those, I like the fact that it's not in a bottle with a pump. Also it has instructions on the back on how they recommend you apply it which is good for beginners, especially if you are unsure.

This foundation is a high coverage but medium texture. In my opinion it's not heavy at all. It is pretty light weight and I don't feel like I've caked loads of make up on when I apply it. Even when I also apply concealer and set with a rimmel stay matte powder it still doesn't look like I've over done it with the make up. 

For the point of the blog I didn't use any primer before I applied the foundation. Usually I use Maybelline baby skin although I feel that it's not really needed. I don't have bad skin, it's pretty clear apart from a small spot on my skin which I feel like the foundation does a decent job of covering, obviously I would then normally apply concealer after my foundation. I use my real techniques complexion sponge which is also an amazing little sponge, definitely worth it. 

I've now been using this foundation almost daily, I wear it to work and it looks the same when I finish work as it does when I first apply it at 5am. I genuinely love this foundation, it makes my face look brighter, I don't need to re-apply my stay matte powder during the day either which is a plus for me. I'm a lazy creature sometimes. It doesn't rub off or feel sticky, it doesn't really feel like I'm wearing foundation at all. It's kind of like a second skin.

After I blended the foundation in to my skin.

As you can see my skin does look brighter, especially under my eyes. It's perfect for long wearing, I haven't worn it for a whole 24 hours so I don't know if it lasts that long but I'm pretty sure it would because it's lasted for about 15-16 hours for me. Even without a primer it doesn't dry out my skin, my skin looks smoother. Will be buying it again when it runs out.
Totally in love.

Much love,
Karlee x

Friday, 9 May 2014

Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith. (Review)

When I first got the book

WRECK THIS JOURNAL- I am absolutely in love with it. I find myself coming home from work, hopping in the shower or bath.. Depending on how hectic my day has been, then making myself a cup of tea and sitting down with pens, glue and glitter at the ready. This book is like some kind of therapy, it gets me writing in it when I'm angry, throwing it, dropping it out of my bedroom window and even poking holes in it. 

I feel like I can be as creative as I want to be with this book and it doesn't even matter if I'm good at art or not, it's still a fun thing to do. I even come up with ideas on what I'm going to do to a certain page at work, then I'll come straight home and write it on a post it note and stick it on the page just so I don't forget. This book has kind of taken over my free time.. I first saw it when I went shopping, I thought it was a normal journal but when I picked it up and realised it wasn't I put it back. Then a few weeks later I'd seen it on good reads, it sounded so interesting, so I typed it in on YouTube and see that Bunny aka grav3yardgirl l was having so much fun with it and I just really regretted not buying it when I had the chance.

So I ordered it from Amazon, I don't think I paid more that £6 including postage, I'm sure it was £5 ish... or definitely around that price. To be honest, I didn't know what to expect from it, I thought that I'd soon get bored of it and leave it to gather dust somewhere, but I have had it for over a month now and I'm still not tired of it and I am still thinking of fresh new ideas. I would recommend this book, I love it so much I'm even thinking about buying it for my best friend for his birthday, I definitely think he needs to unlock his creative side a little more and I think that he would have fun with this book. So seriously, if you haven't got this, then get it. It's probably my best buy of 2014. I was so impressed that I've now also ordered Finish this book, also by Keri Smith and I will let you know if I love that or not when it finally arrives. 

But this book gets 5 stars from me because and I say it again, I LOVE THIS BOOK!

P.s. Here are my favourite pages I've done so far..

Thanks for reading, 

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Bullying and Self Love

Hello Beautifuls,
Today's post is about bullying and self love, regardless of your dress size, height, sexual orientation, whether you got long hair or short hair, curly hair or straight hair and anything else in between that. So-called flawless skin or a face adorned with freckles, if you're a man or a woman. So what if you have a slightly bigger nose, does it define you? No. Personally, I have a nose that is slightly turned up at the end, from the side it looks like a little ski slope but from the front, it slightly resembles a pig, but who cares? I like my nose and I wouldn't want to change it.
I never even took full body pictures of myself.
I have spent way too many years, hating my body or despising some other part of me and it has taken me a long time to come to terms with the fact that I have a bigger body than a lot of the women I know but it's my body and it's been through a lot with me, so I'm going to love and respect it. I don't care that not everyone will love my body, as long as I'm comfortable with it, it's all that matters to me. I spent too many years being put down by an uncle and a really nasty step dad and even though both have been out of my life for six years now, up until about a year ago the things they said to me still affected how I felt about myself. When you spend so long hearing people say "Maybe you shouldn't eat that, you're getting really fat." or pretending to joke by asking me, "Are you sure you're gonna fit through that door?" Of course, I laughed it off and ignored it but why should anyone feel like they have the right to say hurtful things like that to people.. Especially to teenage girls who are easily influenced. I spent years with my size fluctuating, I'd starve myself for days and exercised till I vommited. For months, every night I ate four to five chunks of exlax all because I didn't want to be the "fat" girl anymore. I wanted to shut bullies like my Uncle and Step dad up, but all I ended up with was severe hunger pains and cramps that woke me up through the night. They made me feel so low and so bad about myself I didn't realise what I was doing to my body, I felt like I was worthless and that I'd be better off dead. They had so much power over me and it made me feel suffocated. I hated myself, I self harmed and I attempted to take my own life a handful of times and I let them make me feel like that. I didn't stand up to them and I didn't have a voice against them. Bullying doesn't just happen in schools, it happens anywhere, as long as there are ignorant and heartless people in the world, there will always be bullies.
Who cares if I'm in love with a girl..
I've been called names for being overweight, for being "weird" and for loving a girl and if I could say one thing to those people today it would be "I LOVE MYSELF!" I am proud of where I am today because I am better than them people, I would never be mean about someone to make myself better because it won't make me any skinnier or it won't make me prettier, all I'd acheive is hurting someones feelings and I'll look like a total bitch. I've been on the receiving end and even now there's those ignorant people that still love to have an opinion on me, but I have realised that their opinion says a lot about them and nothing whatsoever about me. Nobody has the right to make others feel worthless and you're the only person that can let them make you feel worthless. We are HUMAN, we all have feelings, we all should be a little kinder to people, we all should be a little kinder to ourselves. Sometimes, you truly don't know how you're words affect people whether it be a compliment or an insult, words can be very powerful.
All that matters is that I'm happy.
So yes, we do need to love ourselves and embrace our flaws, that's what makes you, you. The opinion of one person or even a select few people shouldn't affect how far you hold your head up. Flaws are what make you beautifully imperfect and not to mention, human. We all have something we would probably change about ourselves if we ever got the chance, but if we were all perfect we wouldn't differ from each other. So, next time someone calls you a fat cow or a skinny bitch, tells you that you shouldn't love someone that's the same gender as you, or your nose is too big or that it resembles a pig.. Stick your middle finger up, hold your head high and show them that you're comfortable in your own skin and that you're not going to let small minded people keep you down anymore.
Thank you for reading..
Much Love, Karlee x



Monday, 9 September 2013

Plus Size OOTD: Day at the beach.

Hello Beautifuls.

It seems like it's been forever since I've blogged and I've missed it so much! Thought that I'd start with an OOTD. 

Now I have a new laptop I will be able to blog a lot more often and I'm excited about that. 

Anyways, I had a good day out on Saturday, 7th September and took some pictures of what I wore, obviously.. Otherwise it wouldn't be an OOTD. 

The top and jeans were both from Newlook, the top was arounf £15 and the jeans were on sale for £8. I also wore cross earrings that cost me £3 in asda. 

My makeup was pretty neutral, my hair was a mess, I wore converse on my feet and a help the heroes bracelet on my arm. 

It's quite boyish, but I loved it. I felt comfortable in it and the shirt also comes in red which I really must buy. 

Hope you enjoyed my OOTD, feels good to be back! 

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Fifty shades of what?

Hello Beautifuls.

*If you haven't read Fifty Shades and you are planning too, please don't read this blog post as it may contain some spoilers.*

Having heard about the hype surrounding the Fifty Shades trilogy, around six weeks ago I decided to give it a read myself. Downloading it to my kindle, I was pretty excited to give these books a read. Almost everyone I knew was saying how much they loved it, even the people that never usually read books were singing its praises. I also loved the price of it, at £1.90 something for the kindle version, it was a lot cheaper then what it had been selling for. 
As I settled down in bed that night with a nice cup of tea, I turned on my kindle and started to read. 

For me, it wasn't one of those books where I was completely hooked. When I read hunger games for the first time, I literally could not put my kindle down for five minutes. With fifty shades, I mainly just picked up my kindle when I was bored. The story line felt a bit ridiculous, Anastasia Steele, (main female character) just completely accepts how Christian Grey (main male character) treats her. Christian is an obsessive stalker, anyone in the real world would be receiving psychiatric help if they seriously behaved like that. He has ways of knowing where she is at all times, he finds out where she works, where she lives. I know E.L. James created this book because it was a fantasy of hers, but it would have made a better read if it was more realistic

In my opinion the books are poorly written, the sex scenes are repetitive and EVERYTIME they have sex James describes Christian opening the condom wrapper as "the tell tale tearing of the foil packet." It drives me nuts. Anastasia comes across as pretty much inhuman in the books, there never comes a time when she's just like "Christian, you've had you're wicked way too much, I'm sore. I want to sleep!" Instead, she's turned on 24/7, even just thinking of Christian Grey gets her inner goddess excited. 

“My inner goddess has her sequins on and is warming up to

dance the rumba. 
-E.L James, Fifty Shades Freed.

I would just love to know what the purpose of the inner goddess is in this story, I don't get it? Within five minutes, Ana goes from innocent virgin to complete sex addict, all with a little bit of help from her inner goddess. 
At the end of the first book, Ana leaves Christian for hitting her with a belt, but within months, as you read the beginning of the third book, they're married. Christian is violent and controlling, he seems to dismiss his behaviour to the fact that he was abused physically as a child, by his "Crack-whore mother and her boyfriend." 

Then there is Mrs Robinson, who is actually called Elena Lincoln, the woman who introduced Christian in to the world of BDSM when he was just FIFTEEN! Seriously? James could have made him older when this happened, instead of making one of her characters a paedophile. 

In every other page someone seems to smirk, or Ana starts biting her lip, rolling her eyes and sighing. Her vagina is described as her sex, it just doesn't sound right and I occasionally found my self replacing the word with something that made more sense to me. They always argue about the same thing, usually Ana not doing as she is asked, then they have this absolutely amazing make up sex. Ana never has a crap orgasm, she always "explodes around him" because he is the greatest lover in the world, clearly. I'm sure many women would be happy if they had their very own Mr. Grey, but it's just not real. 

I would watch the movie, but I don't think I'll be reading the books again. Maybe if I'm bored and on a long journey or something, but other then that they'll just be taking up memory in my kindle. I know I may sound harsh or bitchy, I don't mean to. There's just many things that bugged me about the books. It's my blog and my personal opinion, I know there are many people that are in love with the books, I'm just not one of them.

As the film goes, I will watch it, mainly to see how much of the story line they have actually kept. As for who should play Christian Grey, I don't know but I do think Ian Somerhalder is a great option for him. 

Ian Somerhalder.

Thanks for reading! 

Laters, baby.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Seven Deadly Sins: Greed.

Hello Beautifuls

I know that it's been ages since I posted a seven deadly sins look. Almost THREE months to be exact! As you can see by the title, today I did greed/avarice. While I enjoyed creating this look, the glitter is taking forever to get off, it's everywhere. I used my iPhone to take pictures so I hope that the quality is ok. 

If you happened to have seen my other blog posts on the seven deadly sins series, you'll know that I always use these pictures I found on google as inspiration for the make-up look I create. 

Please ignore the fact that I'm wearing pyjamas. 

Products I used

-Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in Ivory
- Garnier anti dark circles roll on concealer.
-Collection pressed powder.
-Rimmel eyebrow pencil in dark brown.
-MUA blusher in English Rose.


-NYX jumbo pencil in milk. (not pictured)
-MUA dusk till dawn palette, the first eyeshadow on  the left, bottom row. I applied this all over my lid, it's a gorgeous gold and looks amazing. 
- Sleek Au naturel palette. I applied second shadow on the bottom row in crease and winged it out, I also applied on lower lash line. Then I applied the third shadow in crease and blended. 
- Maybelline Gel liner in black was applied to water line.
- Then of course I curled my lashes!
- Mascara is from boots, 17 range. Ultimate length. I find it's not a clumpy mascara. 
Then using lash glue I applied gold body glitter on my face.


-On my lips I applied A rimmel lipstick from the Kate Moss range called Rosette. 

Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed! 

Monday, 13 August 2012

Mini Avon Haul and Look of the day!

Hello Beautifuls

I've never had a chance to get my hands on some Avon products before, so when a relative told me a representative stopped by her house and that I could order some stuff if I wanted, I was pretty excited. I've always been meaning to order online but never actually got around to doing it. I can be LAZY! So, my stuff arrived one day last week and I haven't had much of a chance to try it out, so I won't be reviewing anything just yet. Due to my skin breaking out I've not really been able to apply make-up without causing more breakouts. 

The make-up products I ordered!

So, this is what I ordered, I also ordered a hair treatment set thing and a little perfume but those were gifts for someone and not for me. Ok so at the top of the picture is an Avon eyeliner brush, this came with the two gel liners because it was 3 products for £9.99 and those were the three I picked. Out of everything I've brought, I have actually had a little chance to try out the eye liner brush and on first impressions, I love it. It's precise and creates both thick and thin lines with ease. Then the Avon super shock gel liners, (top: Shimmering Sapphire. bottom: Blackened metal.) I tried the Shimmering Sapphire one out already. Although I can't give a full review because I've only used it once, I can say that I found it needed to be built up quite a bit to show the same colour that you see in the pot, as someone on instagram said to me, "it's a bit wishy washy." I can agree with that, but I do love the colour of it, I just wish that it was more pigmented. Not really tried the black one yet, but I will be giving full reviews once I've used them a little more. 

The colour trend lipsticks, (left: Passion. right: Amethyst) I found for £1.86 and I only ordered two, but I'm now wishing that I ordered some more. The colours are really pretty, although I have no idea how long they last for before you need to re-apply. I did think that the packaging was a little big for the amount of lipstick that you actually get, so before I opened it I did expect there to be a bit more product in the tube, but for £1.86 they are pretty colours and nicely pigmented. I now need to discover the lasting power on them to truly decide if I love them or not. 

The shimmering sapphire liner. The lipstick is Rimmel, Diva Red.
(Sorry it's not a clearer picture of the eyeliner)

Look of the day!

Technically, it's the look of yesterday.. But who cares? I created my eyes using a few purples from a Stila palette that I won from AdoreaBubbles and the eyeliner I used is the gel maybelline studio one. I used the avon eyeliner brush to apply and was impressed with the results! Happy girl! 

Thanks for reading!!