Emergency trip to Benefit

Emergency trip to Benefit

(Fist of all, apologies but I stupidly lost all the photos I took...)

A couple of weeks ago, I was extremely upset when I discovered a few recent purchases were part of an umbrella company that tests on animals. I'm normally quite on top of these things and had heard so many great things about this company that I was devastated.

There was only one solution to this problem. Throw everything away and go straight to Benefit!

The essentials for this trip was mostly more POREfessional and a new foundation for pale people which is always more difficult to find than you might think. Obviously, I left with a lot more than just these...


Ever since B Never too Busy to be Beautiful sadly disappeared off the face of the planet, I have missed their Baby Doll foundation more than words can express. I've tried lots of other brands but struggled to find one to suit my skin tone but now I've found it!

Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow is my new saviour. The sales assistant asked me lots of questions before we tested a few things to find out what my perfect match would be and we both got quite excited about this one (Ivory - I'm pure 4 sure) because it blended well and you could still see my freckles! I've also noticed that over the course of the day it doesn't reach that icky flaky stage that you'll get with cheaper foundations, its stays put.


If you have eczema, there's only so long you can put up with using evil, foul, tar smelling products on your face. A lot of creams for skin conditions that I have tried are too thick and tend to lead to the breakout from hell and no one wants that. I explained these skin woes to the lovely sales assistant and she gave me a trial for Total Mositure.

After a couple of weeks I would 100% recommend this for people with dry skin and eczema, it's light so you don't have to use a lot, it's nice to have something that smells good for a change and unlike a previous skin cream I have written about, it's yet to dry out my skin, Needless to say, I'll be buying some more very soon.


Blusher frightens me but that's only because I have never been able to use it and I always end up unintenionally looking like Aunt Sally...

For those of you who are too young, this is Aunt Sally...
Because I always have bright eyes, we played with a couple of things to see what would suit my skin tone best and what wouldn't clash too much with my eye makeup and make my face look off balance. Rockateur was the overall winner.

It's just dark enough for me to experiment without looking too Aunt Sally-ish  and I love the pinkness of it which looks more natural for me.


We all have those bad skin days and Boi-ing covers everything  so now I can't leave the house without it. You know, just in case.

ARGH Breakout!

Thanks to the delightful smog incident in London, my skin has not been coping well. It isn't exactly attractive but then I found Boo Boo Zap.

I know this post is basically me gushing about the fabulousness of Benefit and to be honest you're probably getting sick of it but Boo Boo Zap actually works. I have tried Witch hazel, tea tree oil and various face masks but after using Boo Boo Zap, my skin clears up after a couple of days and unlike many other treatments, my skin doesn't dry out and peal so I can still apply foundation without looking like I have horrible bumpy skin.

Shopping in Benefit is always a pleasure, I just love sitting down, drinking tea (did you know they have tea???) and having everything tested and even being shown how to do things, I'm still terrified of using bronzer by myself but I have been shown how to use it and that's the most important thing! Now I don't have to feel guilty about any of my make up. WIN!

What are your favourite cruelty-free products?

I didn't wear makeup...

I didn't wear makeup...

Leaving the house without makeup isn't a done thing for me but one day I didn't have the time or energy to do it.

After I receieved some odd comments throughout the day, I was curious and braved a bare face for a couple of days to pull together a few quotes of the things that were said to (and about me). I found this interesting as they were all from women and after the success of the #nomakeupselfie I believed that women were more supportive towards the lack of war paint. Apparently not!

'Oh, are you OK?'

'You don't look very well'

'Have you always been that colour?'

'I didn't know you had freckles'

'Your eyes look different'

'She doesn't look right, should I say something?'

'You look yellow'

'I just bought this really great concealer...'

'You're looking really peaky'

'God you look tired'

'Might be time to start using an eye cream'

This is just a quick summary of some of the things that were said and obviously the freckles one is quite nice (I do like my freckles) but I'm not really a fan of the others.

What's the worse thing someone has said to you when you haven't worn makeup?

Product Review: Barry M's Royal Textured Glitter

Product Review: Barry M's Royal Textured Glitter

I'm just like a magpie. The second I see something shiny I have to have a look and, more often than not, buy it. This was definitely one of those purchases because it's not like I'm short on nail polish!

Barry M's Royal Textured Glitter polishes are all beautiful. There are five shades and it was a real struggle to choose but I eventually went for Nude Duchess... mainly because the name is awesome.
Nude Duchess- £3.99

What I love most about this is that you don't need to use a lot as it gives great convereage. As I'm a glitter fiend I used two coats to go a little OTT on the sparkle and got this result.

Unlike other glitter polishes I have bought in the past, this glitter hasn't scratched away and the polish still hasn't chipped and I've had it on for nearly two weeks. Winner.

What's your favourite glitter polish?

What I wore: Gordon and Laura's wedding

What I wore: Gordon and Laura's wedding

At the weekend, my boyfriend's friends had a beautiful wedding and I was lucky enough to go. I'd spent a while faffing over what I was going to wear (as you can see from my previous post) and got my heart set on a beautiful Ted Baker dress. I ended up having a major 'woe is me' moment when it turned out it was far to big for me. But rather than get in a strop, I chose to take it as a blessing in disguise and went and got an amazing outfit from New Look. My hero.

I chose to stick to the pastel colours because I wanted everything to suit my skin tone nicely and I'm also trying to convince myself it's Spring. After recently discovering that  New Look now has a Petite section, I was over the moon.

After trying on various things, this turned out to be The One. I ended up getting one size too big to preserve what modesty I still have and chose to remove the belt for a more elegant look.

Skater Dress - New Look £19.99

Now, it's not exactly warm out there, is it? I knew I'd get cold so I paired the dress with this shrug from the New Look Teen Section. Turns out it wasn't quite enough because I still ended up stealing the boyfriend's jacket!

Shrug - New Look £9.99

 As the dress was lace. I didn't want to go too over the top with accessories so I just went for a headband to add a touch of sparkle.
Headband - New Look £5.99

Put it all together with my Ted Baker bag and shoes and we have:

Costing only £35.97, I don't think I can be to upset that the Ted Baker dress didn't fit me!