Monday, 28 July 2014

Review of the Perks of Being a Wallflower

   Review of the Perks of Being a Wallflower 

I finally got round to reading the most talked about book of 2014, as I promised myself I wouldn't watch the movie before I read the book to make a better comparison. In all honesty I was expecting this book to be about a teen who managed to get in with a popular group of people at school and become absorbed in it until something dreadful happens as most teen novels project this idea. 

However I'm extremely pleased to say this book is FAR from the ordinary melodramatic teen novel. This book deals with not just the average high school issues that young teens face but talks about issues such as mental illness, pregnancy, self worth, loss of loved ones and discovering ones self all in ONE novel. 

Chbosky highlights all these problems through the first person perspective of Charlie, a socially awkward young teen entering his freshman year of high school. The plot gradually builds up from the beginning until we are clouded by all these issues that are given to us so point blank with no solution we begin to feel angry that Charlie is accepting all this. Even stranger too is his behaviour, of which the author justifies, develops the character of Charlie, in my eyes beautifully. 

The authors has gone as far to alter his writing from the beginning when Charlie hasn't much in the way of literary talent into easily read literature as Charlie develops his skills from his English teacher who takes a personal interest into Charlie. Because of this I am not surprised this book is so very critically acclaimed and has a die hard following. 

Finally I implore that anyone who has had any thoughts of reading this book to do so. It made me think further into my high school experience and the people surrounding me. I can't wait to see the film and I hope it lives up to the novel. 

Message me below on your thoughts on either book or film!!

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Battle of the Beauty Balms

Battle of the Beauty Balms: Revlon vs Bourjois

 Bourjois Color Boost in 02 Fuchia Libre 

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lipstain in 005 Crush 



- Easy to apply (practically slides on)                                                                                                        
- Extremely moisturising as it has the idea of lipstain and lipbalm fused into one and has a gloss finish
- Vibrate colour on lips                                                                
- Faint underpowereing scent so will be less likely to give you a headache                                  
- Unfortunate bad colour pay off as I had to apply various coats to obtain a good colour                        - Not the 10 hour staying power it promises (I'd give it an hour at most)   



- Tougher to apply onto lips than the Bourjois                                                                                           - Not very moisturising and lips become slightly dry after a while of using the product
- Nice colour on lips as on the container
- Powerful minty smell that could be overpowering however you can't smell it after you apply
- Much better colour pay off than the Bourjois and I only needed 2 coats of the product to obtain a full effect 
- Much better staying power I would say it could probably hold on for 7 to 8 hours including eating and drinking 


Overall winner = Revlon 

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Summer Beauty Favourites 2014

Summer Beauty Favourites 

 Skin Top Picks for this summer 

Benefits Hoola Bronzer - Because of the extra sun and extra tanning time available my skin colour has darkened by a large margin. For me personally, I have to use a darker bronzer to contour effectively and this Benefit bronzer fits the bill due to the fact its one of the more darker bronzers on the market. I usually can't use this product in the colder months of the year as I find it WAY too dark that my face looks slightly strange and unnatural. However in the summer months I'm able to break it out and this summer I haven't been able to go out without it. You can see how much I've used it by the mucky cover I'm not too proud of.

 Benefit Porefessional - This base is one of my favourites as I have a tendency to forget to put my foundation in my bag and later realise my makeup is sliding off due to the summer heat. It tightens my pores and allows for my skin to appear almost flawless. With this base my makeup tends to stay on most of the day which is extremely helpful in the long hot summer days.

Garner BB Cream Skin Perfecter - BB Creams are a must for summer as they are lightweight, easy to use and adaptable to your skin colour as it changes in the sun. This BB cream in particular is super easy to apply and feels as though you aren't even wearing makeup! I've used this product so much this season I'm going to have to re purchase quickly. This product is so easily found in stores it seems to be a staple basic for a new teen getting into makeup who doesn't want to cake it on!

Lip Pick for this summer

Revlon ColourBurst Matte Balm in 210 - Unapologetic 

Matte Lipsticks have become very in season recently due to the massive trend of matte everything! So in coherence to everyones love of matte nails, matte cars, matte clothing.. etc everyone has fallen in love with the trend of matte lipsticks. Matte lipsticks usually begin to feel drying once the product has been on the lips for an extended period of time and may even cause them to crack slightly. This can be extremely annoying on long nights out when a lip balm isn't at hand. This product helps the drying factor and at the start of wearing the product felt quiet moisturising and only became slightly drying towards the end of the night. Because this lip product is more of a lipstain balm its perfect for long, sweaty nights when the need to re-apply isn't the main priority. My only slight problem with these lipstains is that they aren't true to colour as the packaging suggests making for choosing the right shade a guessing game.

Cheek Top Pick for this summer 

Benefit's famous Benetint - After only having a small sample size as you can see since last week I am definitely going to make a repurchase. This product allows for a slight flush of the cheeks and again feels as though you aren't even wearing makeup because its in a liquid form. Its so simple and easy to build up you can choose the deepness of blush you want simply.

Nail Top Pick for this summer

O.P.I Nail Lacquer  in Ate Berries In The Canaries 

I love OPI Nail Varnishes they have the cutest names and have bigger brushes than usual making it speedier to apply. The colours in the summer collections are always fun and vibrate especially this one. Its a classic pink/ purple that looks pink in the day time and a lot more of a dark purple at night when there is no natural light. I was very intrigued with this nail polish due to this and it has become my most worn of the summer. 

Eye Top Pick for this summer 

The Urban Decay Naked 3 Pallet 

This pallet has the nicest shades for the summer due to the light, bright and sparkly nature of the pallet. My favourite shades for this season have been these five. They all work well together and make for a pretty eye colour. Limit makes for a good base eyeshadow with Liar and Buzz as the crease and lid colour respectively. Trick makes for a brilliant inner corner colour and really manages to brighten the eye.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Benefit "They're Real" Mascara Review 

After heading the rave reviews for this product I had high hopes of this mascara. I have to admit that it lived up to the you tuber and blogger hype. After only two coats I managed to obtain this result to my right eyelashes. You can see this by the image below. 

It allows for extreme volumising and making my lashes separate effectively giving the impression of fuller eyelashes. 
My only issue with this product is that it isn't created for lengthening the lashes due to its volumising. To combat this problem I paired this product with L'oreals "Telescopic Mascara" as it has the opposite problem in that it does a brilliant job lengthening yet cannot volumise to the extent of the "They're real"

All in all I would give this product a 9/10 as it is probably one of the better mascaras I have tried this year. 

Here are some links for both the Benefits "They're real" mascara 

And the L'oreal "telescopic" mascara