The Body Shop Instablur & BB Cream Review ♡

Monday, 13 October 2014
Primers are a strange one for me, I've always had bad experiences with them from Benefit's The Porefessional to The Smashbox Photo Finish Primer. However, I think I've found my HG primer in this offering from The Body Shop.
It looks rather strange when coming out of the tube, it's rubbery and comes out in a clump, once you start working it in though it spreads out over the face leaving a velvet/satin like feel to it. I work it onto my nose, chin and forehead, leaving them smooth and pores blurred out ready for my foundation to be applied. As someone who has oily skin it helps to keep it at bay for up to 12 hours as well as keeping my makeup in place for longer. 
It's amazing how much this has changed my makeup since I've started using this, I no longer need to blot and powder every couple of hours and nor do I need to touch up my foundation throughout the day. I really can't stress enough how much I love this! 
However on the other end of the spectrum is the BB cream. When applying it comes out the bottle a white colour and then changes to match the skin when blended. My main gripe with the product is that it makes my skin have an orange tinge to it even though it seems to match my skin perfectly other than that? It's a really low coverage even for a BB cream. Being brutally honest it's probably one of the worst products I've spent my money on recently. 
Has anyone had any positive experiences with the BB cream? Should I give it another go?
Amelia xo

Delirium Trilogy Review

Saturday, 19 July 2014
I honestly can't remember the last time I was sucked in so quick by a series. I began reading the delirium trilogy on Thursday and I finished the last book last night in 4 hours, all 3 books, 1,161 pages in 2 days. 
The Delirium trilogy follows Lena, a teenage girl living under a government that claims love is a disease. At the age of 18 everyone is 'cured', where they undergo an operation that removes there ability to love and dulls their emotions. 
Major cities have been separated and walled off with the areas in between being destroyed. However, there is a collective of people choosing to live there (known as 'the wilds'), who have chose against the cure and to live their life freely, the invalids. 
Throughout the series you can see the choice that is placed before Lena, does she live safely within society with her family or does she choose to love freely and live as she chooses in the wilds, which could have devastating effects on her family? 
A huge dystopian lover this series appealed to me almost instantly. I loved everything about this book, especially Oliver's writing. Her writing is almost poetic and the description so intense I almost felt like I was there myself at times. The characters were extremely well developed making you feel like you know them personally. The cliffhangers at the end of the first and the second book made it impossible to resist starting the next one straight away.
And to top it all off there is a love triangle that comes to a head in the final book, one of my favourite plots! The tension is almost unbearable at times, making you feel for the characters and what they're going through.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the series and would recommend it to other dystopian fans of books such as The Hunger Games or Divergent Trilogies. 

Amelia xo

Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Being the cleanser addict that I am I found it almost impossible not to buy the camomile silky cleansing oil after hearing Amelia Liana rave about it. 
I start off my evening skincare routine with this every night, making removing tough makeup one of the easiest jobs. A couple of pumps is all you need - massage onto the face and you can feel your makeup disintegrating under your fingertips. It really is so effortless and quick to use, perfect for them days when you can't wait to crawl into bed! I was dubious about how well it would work on mascara and eyeshadows/eyeliner but it's been incredible at removing them, although it does make you look like a panda in the process. I tend to use around two pumps massaged into the skin and then run a muslim cloth under hot water and use that to remove the oil from the face.
Camomile is renowned for soothing the skin, leaving my skin feeling soft and soothed after use. At £10 it's the cheapest cleanser I own and it feel's more luxurious than some high end cleansers I own. 

Amelia xo

La-Roche Posay Rosalic Moisturiser

Tuesday, 13 May 2014
After running out of my Origins GinZing moisturiser a couple of months ago I've been using up some samples I've had in the meantime whilst I've been on the lookout for a new one! When I seen that one of my local chemists had started selling La-Roche Posay I decided to come home and have a look online at the reviews of the moisturisers. I finally decided on the hydrant perfecter moisturiser.
The first thing I noted about the product was the lack of scent to it, something that I usually enjoy in my skincare routine. The moisturiser is nice and light and instantly soothes upon application, so not the best for those with dry skin. It's a green colour and when applied to the skin it does help to neutralise the redness straight away. I've only noticed a slight change in the redness of my cheeks but there definitely is an improvement. I'll be continuing to use it for the next few months and see what the overall result is. 

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm Review

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

There's few things I love more than a good cleanser, nothing quite compares to that squeaky clean feeling after you've washed it off and the daily grime has gone. After using Liz Earle's cleanse and polish for around a year now and decided it's time to see what else is out there. After seeing Tanya Burr talk about this on her YouTube channel I decided to give it a go!
When opening the tub my first impressions were that the formula looks, and feels, like fat? Scoop out a small section and it melts in the warmth of your fingertips and massage all over the face. When you begin to rinse with warm water it melts away and turns a milky colour. The balm is un-fragranced, which I'm sure many people will love but for me it's a downside of it. 
The balm is incredible at removing all traces of makeup. Due to it being so gentle there's no problems with applying it to your eyes and it removes all traces of your eye makeup also. I was a bit sceptical about using this product with my oily skin but it doesn't leave me feeling 'greasy' after use! Overall I'd recommend it, will it replace my beloved cleanse and polish?

Life Update

Monday, 3 February 2014
I really can't believe its been 4 months since I last blogged! I originally intended to take a break for a few weeks whilst I was doing the whole university application thing, then I ended up attending 5 interviews and working a lot of hours, on top of coursework and exam revision and before I'd known it I'd forgotten all about blogging! 
On a good note I've received 4 offers to study the adult nursing degree from The University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, UClan and University of Cumbria! I'm over the moon I never expected to get 4 offers, especially from MMU where there is 3000 people applying for 46 places on the adult nursing course! I've just put University of Cumbria as my firm choice today, it's been my dream to go here for years now and it's a lovely small campus with smaller class sizes and a great course (and I get to live at home). 
Now that the whole interviews are over and I've replied to my offers I'm going to get back into posting weekly on here. On top of that I've also cut my hours down at work to, typically, 11 hours a week, meaning I now have a hell of a lot more free time!