Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation | Review

Smashbox Liquid Halo Foundation


Last week I went to the Smashbox counter at Boots with the intention of only buying one of their primers... I ended up with foundation, primer and one of their kits - oops!

The manager of the counter told me about their newest foundation - the Liquid Halo HD - and tried it on my face. Straight away I realised that, colour-wise, it was a much better match for me than my current foundation. It felt really nice on my skin too so I ended up buying it.

It's the first ever foundation with "100% Liquid Light Technology" which aims to even out the skin, give it a luminous finish and blur imperfections. It was designed to look great in photos, and who doesn't want that?

Smashbox Liquid Halo Foundation

It also has a colour match technology so it adapts to your skin to give you the most natural colour. If  you're super pale like me and find it hard to get light enough foundations, try this! It really is pale enough for me, without making me look washed out. There are ten shades so I think it gives quite a good range of colours.

It is a medium coverage foundation, which is the only thing I'm not 100% happy about. I prefer a full coverage, but this is buildable so  if you need a bit more help in some areas of your face, there's no need to worry! I apply it with my Real Techniques stippling brush and find this gives a really nice finish.

Smashbox Liquid Halo Foundation


It applies really nicely and feels smooth on the skin. Once applied, it doesn't feel heavy at all, and it almost feels like you're not wearing any make-up, so it's comfortable to have on for the whole day. On that note, I've found that it lasts really well and I rarely need to do any touch-ups. This could also be due to using their primer though, so make sure you have a good base underneath it for maximum staying power!

So far, I'm very happy with this foundation and I think it may become my new favourite! I would like it more if it had a fuller coverage , but everything else about it is lovely so I'd really recommend it. It has SPF 15 and for £27.50 you get 30ml of product. I don't use a lot on each application so I think it would last quite a while.

Have you tried this foundation? What other Smashbox products do you love?

STYLIGHT | Review

Stylight


As I mentioned in a previous post, I recently discovered STYLIGHT. I've been using it for a little while now so thought I'd do a review for you all and talk about my experience with the site.

A little summary of the website:

It's sort of along the same lines as Lookbook, but I personally much prefer STYLIGHT. I never got into Lookbook; I didn't find it interesting enough. With STYLIGHT, you create looks and can show off your outfits, but rather than just the standard photo or two, you create a collage which can include photos, videos, songs from Spotify, text and more. I think this is a really cool way of showing your outfits as you can include things that inspired the outfit, or things that go well with it. You can also include links to products which feature in your look or that are similar. This makes it easy for people viewing your look to re-create it themselves.

As well as browsing other people's looks, you can also look through products from over 5,000 brands and "heart" them - meaning they will show up on your profile. A great feature is that there are also links so that you can buy the products directly. By hearting products, you can build up a wish list of things that you want, which is handy when you've got some spare cash or your birthday, Christmas etc. is coming up. See my hearted products here.

To find looks and products, you can view the most hearted on the "trending" page, see what the people you follow have hearted in your feed, or search for specific terms to find something you have in mind. Hashtags can be added to looks, so if you're looking for a certain kind of style, you can just search that hashtag.

Stylight

STYLIGHT is a great site for bloggers, too. There is a "post to blog" function which allows you to show your looks on your blog with just a few clicks. Loads of fashion bloggers use the site so you can connect with them and follow your favourite bloggers to see their looks and discoveries.

As well as the site, there is an iPhone app which has all the same features, so you can browse STYLIGHT on the go. Unfortunately, there is no Android app (I'm an Android user myself) but there is one coming soon so don't worry!

At the moment, I've only posted three looks because I just haven't had enough time to take outfit photos recently. I'm going to work hard on that though, and get more looks up soon, as well as OOTD posts on here. I don't follow many people at all either so if you have STYLIGHT, leave your link below and I'll check out your profile. Click here to see my profile too, and follow me if you like my looks! I've added a direct link to my profile to my left sidebar so it will always be easy to find.

So far, I'm really enjoying STYLIGHT and am looking forward to using it more. It's very user-friendly and fun, and is just perfect for anyone with an interest in fashion. My only slight complaint is that I'd like it to be easier to find users that aren't just the ones on the popular page, as I'd like to follow more people that aren't just the hugely popular fashion bloggers. Overall though, I think it's a great site and would definitely recommend that you check it out!

Stylight


P.S. STYLIGHT will be interviewing me for one of their shopping sites soon - I'll post the link when it's up!

Have you used STYLIGHT? If not, are you interested in trying it out?


Review | Insidious: Chapter 2


Insidious Chapter 2 review







After the huge success of The Conjuring, James Wan's follow up to 2010's Insidious had a lot to live up to. Was Insidious: Chapter 2 better than The Conjuring? No. Was it better than the first in the series? Yes.

This film has received very mixed reviews; it doesn't seem to be appreciated commercially, but horror fans seem to love it. Personally, I thought it was really good, but like I said, not as impressive as The Conjuring as it wasn't as original in its ideas.

Insidious: Chapter 2 picks up right where the first film left off, so the two films together form one full story. A quick re-cap of the first film: Josh and Renai Lambert (Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne) fought to bring their son Dalton back from another realm which he was stuck in after falling into a coma. They enlist the help of Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) and her team to find out how to get him back, but, of course, all does not go smoothly. At the end of the movie, Elise is found strangled in the Lamberts' home.

James Wan builds on his original ideas from Insidious really well and definitely expands the story, giving it more depth. Sequels can so often be disappointing but I think this is a really credible one. It's genuinely scary, too - I admit I had to cover my eyes at a few points! James Wan always does suspense so well, so the build-up to the big scares is very tense.

The acting is good from the whole cast - Patrick Wilson brings much more depth to his character and portrays madness really well, while Rose Byrne plays the concerned mother perfectly. I enjoyed Lin Shaye's performance, too, and I like her character in general.

If you liked Insidious you'll definitely like this - in my opinion it's quite a bit better than the first one, with more scares. It's a well-crafted and well-thought out horror that doesn't simply feature mindless gore and cheap scares. I thoroughly recommend this so if you think you can handle some creepy demons, go see it as soon as you can!

What are your favourite horror films?

Life Update

Hello everyone!

So you may have noticed that I've been a bit absent on my blog recently, and for that I do apologise. To be completely honest, I lost my motivation a little bit and wasn't very inspired. I haven't been feeling too well recently so maybe that's why. I never want to force myself to write because then I won't produce my best work and I don't want to take the fun out of blogging.


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August Favourites



Here are some things I've been loving this month:

Gosh Velvet Touch Eye Primer

This is definitely my favourite eye primer that I've tried. It feels silky smooth on the skin, is a great base and it really does its job - my eye make-up doesn't budge all day. This is much more affordable than other popular eye primers, such as Urban Decay's, and it does a brilliant job so why pay more than you need to? I've had this one little tube for a year now and there's still plenty left in it so I think it's really good value.

Benefit Sugarbomb Blusher

I got this blusher in my Sugarlicious set a few months ago (read my post about it here.) but I've only really started using it this month and I love it. It's a gorgeous pinky-peach colour and it suits my skin tone so well. It lasts long too, and a little goes a long way. Whenever this runs out (which won't be any time soon), I'll probably purchase the full-sized one.

Kate Moss x Rimmel Lipstick in Shade 26

I'd been searching for the perfect nude lipstick for ages and this month I finally found it. I was looking for a peach-toned nude and one that wasn't too pale and chalky, and this Kate Moss shade is exactly what I was looking for. Perfect for when I do dramatic eyes and want a more natural lip. I'm so glad I found this!

TRESemme Thermal Recovery Hair Treatment

I've been working on getting my hair in better condition this month so when I saw this mask on sale for half-price in Tesco, I picked it up straight away. I've been using it 2-3 times a week and I've started to see a difference in my hair already. I don't put it on my roots as it is very rich so would probably make them a little greasy. If you have damaged hair (especially heat damaged) I'd definitely recommend this product.

Favourite Moments of the Month

August was a good month because it was Adam and I's three year anniversary. We celebrated it by going on a trip to Dundee and you can read my post about it here. We had such a lovely time and it's crazy to think that we've now spent three years together - it's gone so fast!

I also finally got to see my favourite band live - Fall Out Boy. They only announced the gig around two weeks before it so it all happened quite quick and I couldn't believe I actually got to see them. I've been a fan of them for eight years now so seeing them live has been a long time coming! It was an amazing night and they played my favourite song which made me cry!

My niece Orla turned five on the 9th and she had a Disney Princess party. She was Ariel, Ellie was Sleeping Beauty and Poppy was Cinderella - they all looked so cute! Orla also started school this month which was scary and wonderful at the same time!

Would you like to see monthly favourites from me every month? What were your favourite things in August?