Jeffree Star Mini Haul!

My hand is always slipping and doing this. Since Jeffree had a sale a few weeks ago, I decided to get my hands on two liquid lipsticks to add to my collection that I’ve been ogling since forever. Browns/Nudey browns? Get in my basket. Lip scrub? You too, for good luck. Obvs. 

I purchased “Daddy” from the Manny MUA // Jeffree Star collection, “Family Jewels”, and the lip scrub in flavour “Pumpkin Spice Latte”.

Daddy 

As I’ve mentioned before I love the Velour Liquid Lipstick formula. This one actually applies even nicer and thinner than any I’ve tried so far, it’s not very drying for a matte, and it feels weightless and smooth. I adore the packaging for this collab, I would have had the highlighters too if I had the funds. (Especially as I adore Manny, I think he’s the sweetest!) The lipstick looks AMAZING on my skin tone if I do say so myself- it’s like the nude brown I’ve been looking for my whole life. I can’t talk this one up enough. I know I’ve just done a post on my favourite lipsticks for fall but had I received this before it would definitely be first on my list. Wearable. Wonderful. 10/10 Get on my mouth.

 

Family Jewels

This one is in the same family but a little deeper and warmer than Daddy. It gives me slight 90s vibes on the lips and I can’t wait to wear this- another new Autumn favourite already I think! I’m excited to wear this with some chokers and some darker clothes to channel some witchy vibes!

 

Here they are both swatched below!

Pumpkin Spice Latte Lip Scrub!

I got this thinking it would be an exciting thing to review. I’ve never had a lip scrub before, and since it’s Autumn I thought I’d go for the flavour pumpkin spice latte.

The flavour of this was a little too ‘spicy’ for me actually not in a heat kind of way, but it seemed to overtake the other flavours, so I wouldn’t go out of my way to eat it like I’ve heard some people do with these products.

However, I’m not sure how I’ve lived without a lip scrub up until this point. It makes lipstick removal so much easier, and my lips feel much softer and exfoliated. I’m really happy with how this is working for me!

 


I hope you enjoy these little hauls! 

Love from Frankii 

X

Mini Drugstore Haul || Superdrug

Hey guys! Here’s a little haul/first impressions for you from a recent online shop I did where I picked up a few essentials I was in desperate need of, I hope you enjoy!!

Now, I only got a few bits and bobs, so what I’ve done is divided it into the things I loved, and the things I didn’t love so much.

Products I didn’t like so much unfortunately were the lashes I tried.

Eyelure No 101

To be fair here, I haven’t been into lashes for very long, so I didn’t know what I was looking for. Foolishly, I didn’t read in the description where these say “shorter”. I thought that meant the actual lash length, not the band- so unfortunately these were too short for my eyes, and left me struggling to make them blend. Too small for me unfortunately, but if anyone wants the two pairs remaining let me know, as they are beautiful after all… just not for me!

Revlon Lengthen

Ok, so… These look BEAUTIFUL in the packaging if you ask me, and I saw no reason why they shouldn’t look amazing on too- that is until, I tried, and I couldn’t even apply them. Yes, I am inexperienced with lashes, but I am not incapable of applying them when I concentrate. The band on these were so rigid and horrendous to work with, I ended up having a tantrum and giving up. I would certainly not recommend these to beginners like myself, and probably not to more experienced folks either. There are thousands of lashes out there that are just as beautiful, and far less awkward to work with!!

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

I bought this recently after Becca from becxblogs recommended it, as I’d been trialling the wet and wild stick concealer and finding it didn’t work very well with my Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation (click the link for my review on that!). I bought the lightest shade (I think) in shade fair 1. I always buy my concealer as light as possible as I can always use some brightening under the eye, but I also need it to blend seamlessly with my base coat as I’m definitely a full coverage kind of gal. This concealer works great for me,its long-wearing with minimal creasing, and blends with amazing buildable coverage. Good one Bec!!

Elf Makeup Mist & Set

I bought this on a whim after running out of my Morphe fix plus, as I don’t really have the funds to be that boujee right now. I love to liberally spray my face when I finish my makeup and lightly go over it with a beauty blender (a tip I picked up from Laura Lee) because I feel like it really presses the spray into my foundation and makes it sit more naturally with my skin.

I was actually super pleasantly surprised with this product, this spray really finishes my look, makes it more long wearing and is cooling and pleasant to apply with the perfect spritz bottle.

 


I hope you enjoyed this little mini haul! 

Lots of love,

Frankii x

 

The Autumn Tag!

THE AUTUMN TAG 2017!

A huge should out to Becca over at Becxblogs who created this tag based on a blog post by Naomi over at roomtoglow.co.uk and Simply_Kenna’s YouTube video. Thank you for thinking of me for this tag!

I love Autumn SO much, it’s always been my favourite season. I can’t wait to get started and to see other peoples answers!!

 

My Answers!

 

  1. What signifies Autumn to you?

Oranges, Browns, Red tones. Falling leaves, dark lipstick, cinnamon scented candles, hot tomato soup, jumpers, gloves, hats and scarves you’ve waited to wear all year, and cosy nights in with a blanket beside the fire.

  1. What is the best way to spend a rainy day?

In PJs, wrapped in a blanket maybe cooking/baking or making something pretty.

  1. What is your most fond Autumn memory?

One of my earliest memories is getting pulled through a muddy puddle by my dog when I was about four- we were walking through a forest, I can still picture the orange ground and trees and laughing with my mum. Obviously, getting married on Halloween is right up there too, but it doesn’t seem like the most “autumnal” memory I have!

  1. What is your favourite Autumn scent?

I have always loved the way the ground smells when it rains, which might sound weird to some! I also love the smell of apple pies, cinnamon, and coffee.

  1. What are you most excited for this Autumn?

Its our first ever wedding anniversary on Halloween, we were initially going to throw a party because I am obsessed with hosting parties, I love doing the house up and such. But as it drew closer Austin and I decided to cancel it as its our first, and we want to spend it together and do something just the two of us. I’m excited to see what Halloween has in store for us!

  1. What is your favourite Autumn song?

Because of our anniversary, for Christmas last year I bought Austin the soundtrack to Nightmare before Christmas on vinyl, I love putting that on as I clean the house, it really gets me excited for Halloween!

  1. What is your favourite Autumn movie?

I love all the Tim Burton ones, but I always look forward to watching Hocus Pocus!

  1. What TV shows are you most looking forward to this Autumn?

I always look forward to The Great British Bake Off, although this year I’m taking a bit of adjusting to life without Mary Berry, Mel and Sue! Besides that I don’t actually watch that much TV! I’m more of a Netflix girl!

  1. What is your favourite Autumn colour?

That’s such a hard question! I love the whole autumnal palette… I’d probably say like a deep red orange, the colour of pumpkin pie!

  1. What is your most loved outdoor Autumn activity?

Gosh, a few years ago I would have always said galloping down the stubble fields. I miss horse riding so much! I also like to stroll in the brisk air and look at the leaves. What a little romantic I am!

  1. What is your favourite Autumn fashion trend?

I love skirts with tights, and of course JUMPERS! I have never been one for tight fitting clothes, so autumn is my favourite season for fashion 100%.

  1. If you could have a familiar/ spirit animal, what would it be?

I actually mentioned this on my Harry Potter tag (see here), but I think my familiar would be a wolf. When I meditate I often see a wolf, and I’ve always felt very connected to canines in general.

  1. Name one place you wish you could visit during Autumn?

I’d love to visit the house they filmed “Pemberley” for Pride and Prejudice (the 1995 version not the awful Kiera Knightly one). It’s so beautiful and I’ve always wanted to go, I think with the leaves falling and the additional colour it would be spectacular.

  1. What is your favourite photo you took last Autumn?

Probably this one we took on the way to elope… I can’t help but remember how giddy and excited we both were in that moment.

 

  1. What are you being this Halloween?

Oh god, what am I not being this halloween!? I’m obsessed with halloween, halloween makeup especially. I can’t wait to share loads of different makeup looks with you over the next month on my instagram! find me over at instagram.com/quitefranklii !

 


I Tag…

  1. Britt @ alternativelyspeaking
  2. Natalie @ gorgeousandgeeky
  3. Zara @ itsallzara
  4. Emily @ thatweirdgirllife
  5. Savana @ officialsavanarae
  6. Meg @ mysticmogwai
  7. Meggan @ cardiganjezebel
  8. Kaelin @ livinginsaturn
  9. Emma @ canuckersem
  10. Hannah @ rand0mg4l

 


The Questions

  1. What signifies Autumn to you?

  2. What is the best way to spend a rainy day?

  3. What is your most fond Autumn memory?

  4. What is your favourite Autumn scent?

  5. What are you most excited for this Autumn?

  6. What is your favourite Autumn song?

  7. What is your favourite Autumn movie?

  8. What TV shows are you most looking forward to this Autumn?

  9. What is your favourite Autumn colour?

  10. What is your most loved outdoor Autumn activity?

  11. What is your favourite Autumn fashion trend?

  1. If you could have a familiar/ spirit animal, what would it be?

  1. Name one place you wish you could visit during Autumn?

  2. What is your favourite photo you took last Autumn?

  3. What are you being this Halloween?

“Last Minute” Vampiress tutorial

 

Hey guys! Today I’m coming at you with my first ever tutorial! If you want to find out how to do this last minute vampire look I did, using things I mostly already had just laying around then keep on reading!

*My eye colour is edited from my natural green in this image using an app, because unfortunately my eyes can’t take coloured lenses*

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So, first of all, of course, I started off priming my face like I normally would. This is the primer I’m using at the moment. I bought this at first because I’m quite oily in my T-zone and I’m really self conscious of my large pores. I’ve been trying to gradually make the shift to cruelty free makeup, and I’d heard good things about this one. However, I’m not totally sold on this one, as I find that sometimes it can apply a little cakey and overly drying- so if any of my CF babes out there reading this have any recommendations for a blurring primer, please do leave suggestions in the comments below!


The second step I took was to apply my base as normal, but I mixed my foundation in with this Makeup Revolution “SFX Ghost Whitener”. I purchased this and the fake blood I mention later in a Halloween Drugstore Haul I did last week (post coming next week). As I was applying this I was considering how naff this product would probably be for my POC babes, so if thats you, perhaps skip this step or use some grey eyeshadow to make your skin a dull, ashy tone.

Of course, this look could also be achieved by using a face paint, or a very pale foundation if you are really feeling those last minute Halloween vibes! In fact, as I will mention later on, I didn’t get on superbly with this product, so I possibly would recommend a face paint anyway.

 

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As you can see, this product made my foundation very strange- It was paler than this in person- but for the most part I found this very odd. I wouldn’t recommend this product at all if you don’t have any setting powder- as beforehand it was creasing (as you can see in my lids), moving around, and kind of sitting on top of my skin as a pose to working with it. If your primer isn’t fantastic it also makes you very oily and clings to your pores in quite an unflattering fashion. As I was trying to put my lashes on later, the slightest touch to my face made it patchy and move around, I ended up having to “bake” my entire face to prevent this.

 

Now, you might think me a little crazy at first for these steps but bare with me! I didn’t have a particularly pigmented red tone, so I thought this would be a great opportunity to share with you how I will sometimes use an eye safe matte lipstick in its place. For this tutorial I went with Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in shade “Checkmate”- (You can read more about this product here if you should so wish)!

So here as you can see, I went ahead and applied this product all over my lid. Don’t be afraid, you don’t have to be too neat with it- as most of the blending and shadow work we do later will correct any mess left behind. But, I just thought this added a really nice, rich shade to start us off.

For the next part I picked up my Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette and lightly dipped into the pinkish shade “gossip” using a fluffy brush. I popped this into the crease for a base and to begin blending out the red on my eyelids.

Following this, I then dipped into the shade “Seize” which is the orangey tone to the right of it, and proceeded to blend this one up and really concentrate it in my crease and eradicate the cooler pink tones I’d just put down. (This may seem counterproductive- but it really helped the colours to blend more seamlessly)


After blending those two shadows you will probably end up with something a little bit like this. Yes, it’s still a little messy, but you now have a great outline for you to start adding depth and dimension to your lids.

Before the next step I took a clean fluffy brush and really worked on blending those shadows up towards my brows to diffuse the harsh lines at the top. If this isn’t working, feel free to go in with your go to transition shade, preferably a light neutral or warm brown, and work this gently into the crease.

The next step is where your look will really start coming together. I could have used a warm deep brown from any palette I had, but for this look I chose my (very loved as you see) trio palette from Mally. This palette has been a staple of mine for about two years now, the shades are just really complimentary to my skin tone and they are all super richly pigmented.

So, with this Mally palette I took the middle brown with a fluffy brush and popped that into my crease. Gently blending it in circles I managed to make the transition smooth, so I could no longer see any traces of the lines created by the lipstick product.

I then went back into this colour, and began to bring it down to smoke out the lower lash line. A mistake people often make with vampiric looks is thinking that it has to involve a whole lot of black, but actually I added most of my dimension here by building up this brown shade.

Don’t worry too much about fall out here, as of course with a vampiric look you don’t have to look flawless and it helps to look a little dead. However, if it bothers you, you can always gently sweep it off or touch it up with more white/face product.

 

Next, I always actually like to do my liner before the final steps of my eyeshadow as I find that for me it helps me to see where I want to place the most depth in my shadow, and also if there’s any mess or errant liner it makes it easier to correct or smoke out with shadow.

Here I am, winged and ready!

Next I dipped into shade “Warning” which is a very unique, shimmery burnt orange. I used this to even further blend out my shadow at the top and the inner corners where I felt like there was too much pink going. It provides depth by adding a nice orange tone in between your brow and the red.

After I added the brown, I built up even more depth in my outer corner using the darker shadow in the Mally palette- and a very light touch of a black shade from my new sleek palette (I will review these in a haul soon).

Be sure to go in very lightly with your brush when playing with dark shades if you are a beginner, because it’s much easier to build up darker shades than it is to blend them out. More often than not if you add too much you will end up changing the entire look, or having to start again. Which is ok, of course, its make-up! Experimentation is great fun, but sometimes we just don’t have all day, no?

Next I wanted to try some new lashes I got, so I went with these Wispies from Eyelure. I’d been disappointed previously with set that were too small for my eyes, and so I treated myself to something a little extra drama for this tutorial.

I loved the way these looked on, they are so long and dramatic and I felt they really completed such an intense eye look.

After that I used a dark brown liner in my waterline, and added a tiny bit of dark eyeshadow into my brows. My brows are naturally dark and thick so I don’t really like to do too much with them, else I’ll end up with big ole slugs, but I do fill in any gaps and square off the inner corners.

I did my eye makeup first knowing that there may be complications with fallout or with the face product I was testing for the first time. I was lucky to not have to correct any fallout- but as I mentioned before I had to basically reapply my whole face after applying my lashes and touching my face. After doing so I set it all using my go to translucent powder, which made the product a little bit more acceptable.

When all this was done, I was ready for my favourite part! Contour and highlight. For this look I didn’t contour using very much, and went in using the coolest shade there is, because after all, vampires are supposed to look “dead”. Therefore I used the cool shade on the underside of my cheekbones and along my jawline and double chin to help exterminate Cornelius! (my second chin).

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For highlight I used Jeffree Star Skin Frost in shade “Lavender Snow”. I love Lavender Snow but barely get a change to wear it as it doesn’t really suit my face as a highlight, it’s a little too cool for my skin and actually gives me a bit of a grey hue when its used anywhere except the eyes. So, for this tutorial, since I am supposed to look dead, I used this on top of my whitened face and it was blinding. The pictures really don’t do it justice.

The final touch was this fake blood I bought, again from Makeup Revolution. To be honest, I wasn’t that enthralled with this product, It wasn’t the most realistic one I’d ever used, and MY GOD did it stain my skin. But it’s all worth it for the IG aesthetics… Right?

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For my lips I went in with my old vampy faithful, “Designer Blood”. (Reusing my image from my favourite matte lips for fall post as I forgot to take another)

And so, Voilà! My completed look. I wish I could have finished it with a Morticia-esque wig, but alas, I unfortunately don’t really have the funds!

Obviously most of these steps you can recreate with products you have in your own makeup bag. Even if you don’t have any warm tones, this look would also look great and super gothic with purples!

 


 

I hope you guys really enjoyed my first ever tutorial. I never thought I’d be brave enough to start doing this, so every little view counts. Thank you so much for reading, please let me know in the comments below if you tried this, or if you have any other spooky suggestions for me this month! 

Love always,
Frankii

x

My favourite matte lips for fall! 

My favourite Jeffree Star lipsticks for Autumn! || A peek into my velour liquid lip collection!

What’s up you guys!? It’s finally well into my favourite season, and as usual I am loving all the make-up and fashion that comes with the Autumnal months. Today I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite Autumnal matte lipsticks.

Anyone who knows me even a little bit has probably heard me talking about my Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick’s. I’ve loved this formula since I first tried “Unicorn Blood” way back in 2013 and fell totally in love. If you follow me on Instagram over at QuiteFranklii more likely than not I am repping one of these bad boys in my latest selfie! However, I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite shades so far, that I think really complete my Autumn looks and get me in the mood for cosy nights by the fire!

Stupidly, in the swatches pictured above, I didn’t really allow them time to dry down properly, however, you still get a pretty good idea of how the colours dry down.  I chose four lipsticks that I’ve found myself reaching for loads these past few weeks. For your convenience I’ve photographed, swatched, and will talk about each product in order as shown above- from left to right! – Posh Spice, Designer Blood, Checkmate, and Pumpkin Pie.

As with other Velour Liquid Lipstick’s, I find the formula second to none. It’s long-wearing, not awfully drying, kiss proof and non-transferrable. With these, I find that I only have to reapply my lipstick when it starts flaking in the centre after several hours; or when it is introduced to oily substances such as food. As someone who forgets and neglects their makeup almost as soon as its on my face, I am super grateful for this. As I talk about these, bear in mind that I am an olive toned gal who tans extremely easily, however, I’ve not seen the sunlight or sunbathed in about 2 years due to uni commitments and/or nightshift work- so I am much much paler than my normal Olive/Medium skin tone.

Posh Spice

First up is Posh Spice. I purchased Posh Spice last spring, whilst I was hunting for a dupe for LASplash’s “Ghoulish”. As someone with Olive undertones, I really struggle to find a complimentary nude, with lots of popular shades looking “too pink” or “too orange”. I do however, love me a Greige! Brownish nudes with grey undertones look great on my skin for some reason, and they give a pop of something a little different at the same time which I love! When I first tried this shade I actually wasn’t that sure about it, I felt it was a little bit too pale for me, so I actually only rediscovered this recently. Perhaps I was more tanned then, or was using it with the wrong eye looks or whatever, but right now I am loving this. It is a pale ‘greige’ though, so make sure to warm up your look with a bit of bronzer or contour if you’re a similar colouring to me, as without I find I’m running the risk of looking a little dead and corpse-like. Unless of course, that is what you are going for. If you are the same tone or darker than me, try this out for halloween on a base of pale blue eyeshadow around your lips and I think you’ll have half a look done! Tada!!

Designer Blood

Designer Blood is actually probably my favourite liquid lipstick to date. As mentioned prior, it’s predecessor “Unicorn Blood” was the first Jeffree Star lipstick I ever tried, and it filled the deep burgundy red void I’d been craving for the longest time after reading Vogue way back when and becoming obsessed with deep reds in an Armani advertisement. Until then, I’d never been able to find a red that looked that deep and rich on my own skin tone, until I ordered Unicorn Blood on a whim after seeing it on Instagram. While the two are definitely related, Unicorn Blood is just the slightest bit darker, and… wait for it… Designer Blood has a very subtle gold sparkle!! I love how the glitter comes out more as the day goes on, or as you press your lips together. It’s beautiful and festive, and is always a conversation starter!

Checkmate

Checkmate is another colour I wasn’t sure I liked at first. Despite having a skin tone that allows me to pull off both warm and cool tones (to an extent), I’d always shied away from orangey reds like this. However, when it came as part of last years holiday collection that I received for Christmas it was giving me Kourtney Kardashian vibes, and I knew I had to try it out.  When I first applied it, it took some getting used to as it’s so bright! But it’s so fun and so festive, I soon found myself loving it, and of course, the formula as always was amazing.

Pumpkin Pie

Does it get more Autumnal than this!? This Orangey brown tone looks wonderful on, and I think it would honestly compliment quite a range of skin tones. Again, it has a subtle gold glimmer that activates with wear. The first time I wore this was to my Nexgen Nail Course, and all the women there complimented and asked what I was wearing! A must have for warm tone lovers for sure!!

 


 

I hope you enjoyed my post today you guys, let me know in the comments below if you’ve tried any of these, or what some of your favourite lipsticks for the Autumn are!

Love Frankii x

Discounted beauty: Dawn Till Dusk “Deep Cleansing Black Mask”

Hey guys! Here’s my next post in the “Discounted Beauty” series! Discounted beauty is my new series about products found on sale, or on online discount stores such as Groupon or Wowcher. Of course if there’s anything that you’ve seen that you think I should try and review please go ahead and let me know in the comments below, I love to hear your recommendations and I’d take any suggestions into account! 

 

Dawn Till Dusk “Deep Cleansing Black Mask”

The product I have for you today is the Dawn Till Dusk “Deep Cleansing Black Mask”. I purchased this from Groupon for a whopping £1.99 plus postage! You get 100ml of product, and the packaging is quite nice, a bit gothic and fun, especially for this time of year. The instructions for this one were pretty standard, wash your face with warm water, apply an even mask avoiding sensitive areas (eyes, lips, eyebrows, hairline) and allow to dry for 30 minutes or until it changes from gloss to matte. This product claims that: “The unique blend of vitamins and plant extracts found within the ingredients soften the skin to restore a smooth, fresh and youthful glow.” It’s supposedly designed to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores and eliminate skin’s excess oil.

I was interested in this product as I do have combination skin, with majority of my skin being normal but I do suffer from a slightly oily T-Zone (prone to blackheads on my nose with enlarged pores on my cheeks). I am always on the hunt for products to shrink my pores, as it’s something I’m quite insecure about. I get frustrated with them because I feel like it makes my makeup look much less smooth and refined, and some foundations/highlights really cling to them and emphasise this problem area. My husband has quite an oily skin type in general, so he was quite happy to give a males perspective on this product also! (The gross part of us is also excited to trial this product on his back!!)

The mask is a little messy, I find they always are when they come from a tube but maybe thats just me being clumsy! When applied in an even layer as per the instructions it sits comfortably and doesn’t drip or do anything funky. As it dries down, even if you forget to time it, the product starts to feel a little tight and reminds you that it’s working (yes, I am one of those people who forgets).

After 30 minutes we were both super excited to peel it off, and had a laugh trying to peel it off in one really satisfying layer (which this product allows, SO GOOD!). Again, the sick part of me was almost hoping to see some gross stuff on the back of the peeled layer like you do with a nose strip- this was not the case. However, I was not expecting big things from a £1.99 product at all, but I did notice that my pores looked great! They genuinely did appear reduced and I was totally thrilled to the extent it made me want to apply a primer and do my makeup. My skin felt smooth, softer and clean, and despite a couple of drips on my T-Shirt during application, I really enjoyed my experience using this product.

Since then I’ve used the products a few more times since, and actually I still really like this product. If you have a spare bit of couch change laying around this product is amazing value, so why not give it a go if you can still get your hands on it?!

I hope you guys enjoyed this post, let me know what you think in the comments or again if you’ve found anything you’d like me to try let me know!!

Love from Frankii!
x

Discounted Beauty: UltraWhite Home Teeth Whitening Kit

What’s up guys! Today I’m starting a new series that I’m hoping you’ll love. “Discounted Beauty” is going to be a series about products found on sale, or on online discount stores such as Groupon or Wowcher. Of course if there’s anything that you’ve seen that you think I should try and review please go ahead and let me know in the comments below!

The first product I have for you guys is the the “UltraWhite Home Teeth Whitening Kit”. The products come in a metallic medical/sterile feeling packaging, and as you can see in the top picture, this kit comes with three, six or nine 3ml non-peroxide gel syringes with gel caps to stop it from going bad, a tooth colour chart so that you can track your progress and see what shade you’ve achieved, a double silicone mouth tray, and an “ultra blue LED laser light” which claims to accelerate/enhance the process.

I’ve always looked after my teeth, they are not terribly yellow, having not smoked for long before giving up last year (go me!) – but I definitely feel like my coffee consumption during my three years at University have left them looking a little more sad than they used to. I spent a long while with the colour chart trying to assess what shade my teeth were at, but the colour chart seems to go from brilliant white to brownish, whereas mine are slightly yellow. I didn’t think any of them resembled my teeth but I suppose I would place it around a 5-6 if I had to.

The instructions tell you to essentially squeeze a small line of gel onto each side of the tray across your front 6-8 teeth. It then says to “insert” the light, and leave on for no more than 30 minutes before removing the tray, and rinsing your mouth and the products with water.

The first thing I noticed with this is, the sheer size of the mouth tray. When putting it in I felt more like I was going to film a YouTube video of me playing the “Speak Out” challenge. I don’t have the largest mouth, and I found it really hard to fit this piece in. The shape felt very unnatural and uncomfortable, and has a strange ridge that I found I had to physically pull my lips over.

The second thing I noticed is the light does not fit or secure into the tray at all. It had me wondering if the light was designed for a different product, so again, I had to try and fit this along with this enormous tray inside my mouth. Consequently, the light didn’t really sit flush with the product and I found myself having to adjust it several times.

About half way through, (skip this paragraph if you’re easily grossed out) I felt extremely uncomfortable as there were pools of saliva collecting in the bottom of my mouth. Because of this, it was obviously mixing with the gel, and I could taste it. I’m not sure how safe this is, and it seemed to numb the tip of my tongue.

It actually took a fair bit of willpower to last a full 30 minutes, but I told myself if my teeth looked even a shade whiter it would all be worth it. Unfortunately, as I removed the tray, (and the pools of drool/product collected in the bottom of my mouth) I looked in the mirror to see that absolutely nothing had changed.

QUITE FRANKLII… (lol) I was going to include a before and after picture at this point, but honestly, the pictures I took literally look exactly the same. I gave it another shot, and tried again the next day, only to find that I had now wasted £15 and an hour of my life instead of 30 feeling very dribbly and very uncomfortable all for nothing! I think it’s safe to conclude my lovelies, that I do not advise purchasing this product, and there is probably a reason it’s discounted on Groupon!

Despite my suffering I hope you guys enjoyed my first “discounted beauty” post! As I said before, feel free to share in the comments below any links or products to things you’d like to see me try below, I love hearing from you!

Lots of Love,

Francesca! x

 

Arbonne || FC5 Skincare Review

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Hey guys! Today I’m going to be doing a little review about some skincare I trialled for 3 days. So, recently I came across a nice lass on Facebook, who mentioned that she had some skincare products available to trial for free. Free? I thought, yeah right.

I was curious because she mentioned it was a cruelty free, vegan brand. I am not a vegan myself- but I am definitely looking to make my whole beauty collection cruelty free in the future. (It’s a process when you’re broke!). However, I was mistaken! She offered me a free 3 day trial of one of three kits: normal/dry, normal/ageing, or very sensitive. I chose the normal to dry option, as I’m not terribly concerned with ageing yet at 22.

As readers who have been with me a while and saw my post on micellar water, you’ll know that until very recently I had next to no skincare regime. So I was excited to be able to trial something before buying so that I wasn’t wasting money on things that don’t work for me or my skin. This is an excellent marketing strategy of the product works- as it lets people see the benefits of the products before purchasing. I hoped that I would trial something I couldn’t live without!

When I received the package it came zipped in a handy little bag (seen above) and inside was one little tube containing oil for rough skin such as elbows/knees/cuticles; a cleanser/toner; a moisturiser and a mattifying powder for use after the moituriser as it can leave your face a little bit greasy. I liked that they admitted that early on.

I started with the cleanser, then applied the moisturiser. The first thing I noticed when applying both products is the smell. As it is a ‘natural’ brand I expected a nice scent, and I wasn’t disappointed. It was citrusy, uplifting and pleasant. Again, with both, a little product can really go a very long way. I felt like these products could last me a really long time, even with regular use.

I would just like to say at this point, I was genuinely blown away by the cleanser. I’m not sure if it’s the fact I’ve never owned or used a cleanser before to compare the effects to it, but my skin felt amazing. After use I was left feeling refreshed, clean, firm and my pores looked visibly smaller.

Trying the moisturiser was fun, again, I felt really pampered and the smell was great. It felt super moisturising and hydrating, but without feeling heavy or dense like a lot of moisturisers can. I didn’t feel at all like using this every day would clog my pores or do anything crazy. This product does take a long while to dry down to matte, and I was left a little shiny for a while (I wanted to test for you guys without using the powder first).

The powder worked efficiently to mattify any shininess left over so that the moisturiser can continue to do its job. It was a nice consistency and didn’t feel heavy or unpleasant in any way.

I used the oil on my elbows, knees and feet and found that the product smelt nice, and was extremely moisturising. I don’t struggle too badly with extreme dry skin, besides the occasion bought of stress induced eczema- but I definitely noticed a difference.

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The products retail separately as follows-

Purifying Cleanser/Toner: £23

Oil Absorbing Day-Lotion (SPF 20): £36

Mattifying Powder: £22

(Or together in a set for £73) 

Skin Conditioning Oil: £15

 

In conclusion: overall, I loved these products. I would seriously recommend them to anyone, especially those suffering from dry skin, and those who are vegan or wishing to go cruelty free like myself. For me personally, I decided the only product I would purchase (for now) was the cleanser/toner. This is in no way because the other products weren’t effective- my skin was left feeling fresher, younger and blemish free. Probably more so than it had in a very long time. The only reason I decided against buying the full set (retailing at £73 for the “complexion perfecting” set along with £15 for the addition of the oil) is due to financial reasons, and because the moisturiser/powder combo probably would have been impractical for everyday use in my case. This would be something I would happily do while at home when my skin needed a pick-me-up, but applying makeup over the top of powder is something we should all avoid (especially for you full coverage gals out there like myself!). As for the oil, this simply wasn’t something I personally really need. My only issue with this product is that the oil comes out quite fast from the tube, perhaps the brand may think about reviewing the packaging- but if you are less clumsy than myself this probably isn’t an issue. Finally, the price point isn’t cheap, but it isn’t extortionate either- in my opinion when it comes to skincare you really get what you pay for, and in this case the results were incredible.

I hope to be purchasing my cleanser in the near future, as I really believe it will make a fantastic addition to my morning routine!

 

If you enjoyed this review please give it a like or comment below with any questions or thoughts, as always, I love hearing from you. 

Francesca x

Estée Lauder – Double Wear || Foundation Review

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Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF 10

As my friends in the blogging community will know, I have been hunting for a decent full coverage foundation for the longest time. After years of neglecting my skincare, and two years of using high street foundations that weren’t even my colour- I finally decided to splash out and find a good foundation.

The most common issue I have is that I am olive toned. This means I am neither warm or cool toned, but sometimes it means that neutral tones don’t quite look right either. This has been even more difficult recently, as my lifestyle means that I haven’t had much time outside in the sun. At best, I am the palest I have ever been. This is an issue because when people think of ‘olive’ toned skin, they assume that means I am also tanned. Not at the moment though. In the past i’ve been given some awful colour matches- I won’t say by whom… (MAC *cough*), who took one look at my skin and threw me a bottle of orange paint. So, determined not to make the same mistake again, and to spend money I don’t have on something I will never wear- I started researching.

I decided to go with an Estée Lauder foundation, as I remembered being a fan of double-wear way back when I was 15/16 (I received my first one as a present from my grandmother I think in a not-so-subtle attempt to get me to stop caking on dream-matte mousse!) I had been worrying for ages when I was going to make the time to go over to Norwich (about 1hr drive) to get colour matched, but last week I went with my husband as he went on base to attend a commanders call. Afterwards I wanted to have a little look around the shop, and I discovered that up until that point he had expertly escorted me around a giant make-up section, a section that included brands from the U.S! RUDE. Not only that, but as it was later, there was no one attending the stalls, and so I didn’t have someone else tell me what colour I was or pressure me into buying something I didn’t need. No people. My favourite.

 So, I got to leisurely sample testers until I found one I was happiest with! Last time, when my skin had seen the sun for longer than 10 minutes a year, I was in the shade 4N1- Shell Beige. To give you an idea of why I was struggling so hard to colour match myself, I recently picked up a 2N1- Desert Beige. Also, since my skin has changed a little since I was 14, I was nervous about the effects a new product would have on my skin. I am fairly lucky with my skin, as it is fairly normal. I never really suffer from breakouts, bar the occasional hormonal spot, and sometimes some blackheads in the T-Zone. However, sometimes some products can cause my skin to look dry, and consequently cakey. However, here is the finished look that I created when I got home!!

 

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The first thing I notice with any product is the packaging. I’ve always loved Estée Lauder for it’s consistent, classy looking products. The packaging feels sturdy and luxury for the price point. The only qualm I have is the lack of pump on the bottle… It makes it so much more difficult to gauge how much product I am using. (GURL. FIX THIS ALREADY!)

As with all foundations, I applied with a damp beauty blender over a clean, primed face. It went on smoothly, blended wonderfully with my concealer and didn’t feel drying or cakey at all. It dries quickly to matte, which I love, because I’m too addicted to highlighter for a dewy foundation. Most of all it felt so much more lightweight than the high street foundations I’d been wearing that only provided half the coverage. It provides full, skin-like coverage that I adored. FurthermoreIt is long-wearing and required few touch ups throughout the day.

Overall, I was left feeling great. I couldn’t believe I’d been denying myself a perfect base for 5+ years. Besides the product not coming with a pump, my only issue is that sadly after purchasing this, I discovered that Estée Lauder is now no longer a cruelty-free brand. Why!? Why would you go backwards like that? This irritated me immensely, as more recently I have been really trying to make my make-up routine cruelty free, as I genuinely believe that animal testing is an unnecessary evil.

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post! If you know of any great cruelty-free options please feel free to let me know in the comments below! 

 

Francesca x