InstaJune

Bonjour mes beaut├ęs!

I am currently beginning my holiday adventures in France! It's so lovely here and I can't wait to blog about some of it. As it is coming to the end of June, which I am really struggling to get my head round as this month feels like it has only just begun, it is time for my InstaJune post, where I share with you my favourite Instagram snaps from this month. If you missed last month's post see it here!


This last month has been really stressful for me, I've now finally completed my A-Level exams, and am freeeeee, for a little while anyway! This last month has also seen my blog grow quite considerably, and I'm starting to feel really part of the blogging community.

As you can see from my snaps, I have recently embarked on OOTD posts, both opposites really, one summery, one very grungy. I've only done two, and it was kinda scary because I've never done them before, but I really had some lovely feedback and want to say thank you! There will be more to come shortly. I've also battled with the worst hay fever ever this month, and if you're suffering too check out my hay fever skin routine which makes the whole ordeal a little more bearable. I've also bought some new clothes and jewellery for the summer, and that obviously means selfies. Finally, I've made friends with a donkey family in France. Expect to see them more over at Instagram because I am literally in love with them!

Thank you for reading as always, and why not let me know in the comments your Instagram usernames so I can check out your last month in photos :D


Toodles
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Lipcote Review feat. MUA Luxe Lip Lacquer

Hello my lovelies! Hope you're having a good week so far, it's nearly over and the weekend is finally in sight! Today I wanted to do a little review post, as I've recently fallen in love with lipsticks which is an area of beauty I never really cared much for before. It's all changed now!

I've chosen to review Lipcote because I'd never heard of it until recently and was hoping that would end all my lip product woes, including them rubbing off, smudging, or ending up on my teeth. Delightful!

Lipcote Lipstick Sealer

I picked up Lipcote in my local Boots store, and was pleasantly surprised that it cost just over £3. I'm certainly not made of money currently so any bargains I manage to find automatically go down well in my book!

Lipcote Bottle

The Lipcote comes in this clear bottle with a similar style brush applicator to a nail varnish. It is very easy to apply, you simply apply which ever lipstick or colour you wish to use as normal, blot with a tissue and repeat. Next up, apply an even coat of Lipcote all over your lovely lippy and slightly over the edges, wait to dry and done! 


To test Lipcote, I decided to use MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer in the colour reckless. I've had this for about a month now, and really love the colour and the matte finish, however it's not as long lasting and kiss proof as I'd like. Usually when I wear this it lasts a couple of hours and everything except the outer edge of my lips has disappeared. Perfect Lipcote candidate me thinks!

I applied as normal, blotting away, and then brushed on the invisible Lipcote. I had heard from some other reviews that it can sting, but to be honest any tingling sensation only lasted a few seconds. You have to keep your lips from touching while it dries (around 30 seconds) and this wasn't too hard. To me if felt the same way as when you apply a face mask and then try wiggling your face - you know when it feels like it's cracking? I'm not sure if this is a good thing but once it's fully dry this feeling completely disappears.

How long does it last?
Well after MUA's natural staying power only really being until you drink/eat something, or just generally do anything, after an about an hour it's gone. This was not the case with Lipcote, I'm pleased to tell you. Not long after I applied Lipcote, I had a little feast.. woops, including Doritos and salsa dip. Sometimes you just have to! I had some water too, and full well expected all my lippy to be gone. It wasn't! My lips were still red, there was some fading, and the edges definitely weren't as crisp anymore, appearing a little smudged, but there was still so much product on my lips compared to normal.

I checked again a few hours later, and some more product had disappeared, it looked like how I described the effects without Lipcote. However, that was a good 4 or 5 hours later!

Why I love it:

  • Can be used over the top of any of your favourite lippys!
  • Very affordable
  • Easy to apply
  • Fairly long lasting
  • Invisible
  • Perfect size for your makeup bag
  • Minty flavour (although you shouldn't really be tasting this while it's drying or it won't work!)

Why I don't love it as much:

  • Slightly odd smell upon application (only lasts a few minutes)
  • Can feel slightly odd tingling/cracking sensation as it dries
  • Brush doesn't stay clean - turns the colour of your lippy

Overall, I would definitely recommend the product. For me, although it definitely doesn't last all day, it increases the staying time by at least double for me, which can only be a good thing. I also love how it now gives me the option to apply some lipstick, go for a meal, and be safe in the knowledge that it will still be there afterwards. I will definitely be using all of this product whenever I apply my lippy now, can't really see any reason not to!

I hope you enjoyed this post, thanks for reading!


Toodles
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All views and opinions are my own, I have not be sponsored for this post. 

Hay fever Rescue Kit

Hello lovelies, hope you're having a good weekend!

We've had some lovely weather lately here in England, with warm sunny days and blue sky, which in England is pretty rare, not that I'm complaining. However, for some of us, all this nice weather brings hay fever. Oh, what joys.

I honestly hate hay fever and have suffered with it for nearly 10 years now (I feel old), and it's always around this time of year it becomes such a burden and can actually make you feel quite down. The good weather comes, and you have to make the choice of going outside and enjoying it, but suffering from a sniffly nose and itchy eyes, or staying inside moping. Woop.

Although I haven't actually been able to go out very much recently due to revision, hay fever has really affected me this year and my symptoms have been at an all-time high, making my skin suffer.

Some of you reading this might well suffer from hay fever too, so I thought I'd share what I've been using to get me through so I can hopefully provide you with some helpful ideas to make the whole thing a little more bearable!

First up, I'll get the slightly more boring stuff out the way, ever since I've had hay fever I've taken medication for it, just a tablet a day of antihistamines (obviously consult your doctor before taking any medication) and these certainly help to some degree. However, I always find especially if I even brush past my eye for a second I can set off crazy itchiness, so this season I've also used some other products.

I've started using Allercrom eye drops, these have really helped! My eyes are always the biggest giveaway when I'm suffering from hay fever, people always ask, what's wrong with your eyes? Are you crying? Why are your eyes red? It gets very repetitive, but these are the first eye drops I've used which have really made a difference, stopped all itchiness quickly and actually reduced redness.
Allercrom Eye Drops

I also suffer from lots and lots of sneezing, which is great fun, but I've found this nasal spray really helps to stop you having quite as many sneezing fits. If you had to pick one or the other though, I'd definitely chose the eye drops as you can really feel them working, and for a long time too.
Boots Hayfever Relief Nasal Spray

Next up, products I've been using to treat my skin. When I'm suffering badly with hay fever my skin really takes a battering, it becomes very dry, especially around my nose, and this year near the outer corners of my eyes. I also get puffy eyes with dull looking skin. Not ideal in anyone's books.

Cleanse cleanse cleanse:
When my skin really needs a treat, I always return to Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish. It's so gentle on your skin and glides across so smoothly. It is great for taking off makeup and making your skin feel really clean and refreshed, goodbye dullness! I also find it really hydrating too which is great for any dry patches cropping up.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

Exfoliate:
Now, when my hay fever is really bad and my skin is really dry, I try to exfoliate only twice a week because I don't want to cause any more irritation. I use Liz Earle's Gentle Face Exfoliator, because it is the most gentle exfoliator I've ever used. There's no tingling sensations, no stinging, all you can feel is the tiny jojoba beads doing their job without being harsh on the skin. I love this because it really helps with dryness without making the problem worse, and my dry patches usually clear by the end of the week when I apply it.
Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator

Soothe those eyes:
As I mentioned, my eyes get so red and sore during hay fever season, so I really like to treat them with Liz Earle's Eyebright (bit of a theme here isn't there). I just pour a small amount on a cotton pad and wipe across gently, I LOVE the smell and it's just cooling and I feel it helps to calm my eyes down a little.
Liz Earle Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion

Moisturise:
My final step, moisturise, by now, if you're anything like me hopefully you'll be feeling a lot better by now and your skin will already be looking a bit brighter, eyes whiter, and generally less sneezing going on! I finish my simply rubbing in Soap & Glory's 6-in-1 Multiactive Moisture Lotion. It's my favourite moisturiser at the moment and just tops my skin routine off, ready for any make up to be applied. Moisture is key!
Soap & Glory For Daily Youth Moisture Lotion

I know this post has been super wordy and super long, but I feel like some people really brush off hay fever as 'not real' or just making a fuss. It's not, and can really cause you a pain. Hopefully, this post has helped in some way and given you ideas of how to make the most out of the situation. Drop me a comment if you have a specific skin routine for when hay fever strikes, or if you have any other methods of keeping the symptoms at bay!

Thank you for reading as always! Have a fab Sunday :)


Toodles
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InstaMay

If you aren't aware, I have Instagram! I've now decided that at the end of each month I shall show you my favourite Instagram snaps, so that if you don't follow me, or have missed some shots, you can keep up with me and my little blog nice and easily!

Hope you enjoy!

My Instagram Roundup for May 2014


Thanks for reading!
Toodles
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