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Friday, 27 September 2013

Mini accessories haul

Hi guys! So last Saturday I went shopping in town and bought a few things that I thought you'd like to see! They weren't very expensive so if you need a little pick me up then you might want to go and buy some of these products :) 

I had a gift card for River Island (due to kimono issues) for £25 and I needed some new jewellery pieces for Autumn/Winter so I BOUGHT STUFF OK? I shouldn't have to justify myself :P. 

I absolutely love this necklace! It's a gold Egyptian style statement necklace and I've been wearing it a lot recently. It also comes in a gun metal grey/silver so if you don't like it in gold then you can buy it in the other colour. At £6 it was such a bargain and I was really impressed with the quality of River Island's jewellery. I'd never thought to try it before but I'd definitely recommend it!

I'd always wanted to try midi rings but I hadn't found any that were good value and good quality. The Primark ones were actually quite painful for me and felt really awkward to wear. But then i found these and at £2 a pop, I was very impressed! 

The top midi rings are separate bands with a downward (or upward) arrow in the middle; these are my favourite as they slide on easily and STAY THERE as I have a worry with midi rings that they'll fall off but I haven't lost any so far (fingers crossed haha). The bottom midi ring is a golden branch and I think it is soo cute! There was a rough bit of metal but I just filed it down with a nail file and it's no longer uncomfortable. 

ERMAGEURSCH THE CUTENESS OF THESE SOCKS. If you follow me on Instagram (@hanfran96) you'll have seen the cat socks already but I had to share them again! They were £2 and cute and made of smoothy smooth materials and I couldn't leave them! The frilly socks were £1.50 each and a slightly cheaper alternative to the Topshop version;there were a range of colours and patterns but these were my favourites. 

These cute triangle studs were £2 and I really like their versatility; I wear them with the Egyptian statement necklace or with my pendant necklaces. A really great buy. 

I only got one beauty product and it's this Bourjois 'Little Round Pot' eyeshadow in shade '08'. It's a beautiful base colour and I also use to highlight the inner corner of my eye. It goes with all of my other eyeshadows and is really pigmented. It retails at £6.99 but I picked it up at £2.99 from the Making Faces barrel in town. 

Can you comment below if you're from a different part of the UK and tell me if you also have a Making Faces stand in your shopping centre?

See you soon and stay insane!

Bloggerella x

Friday, 20 September 2013

Seventeen 'Phwoarr Paint' under eye concealer review

Hi guys, hope you're all doing well and enjoying school, uni or work (or whatever else you're all doing)! I'm enjoying college so far - comment below if you'd like a life update or a blog on my artwork for next week :).

The product this week is Seventeen's 'Phwoarr Paint' under eye concealer. Seventeen is a Boot's own brand so sorry if you're from a different country - I will try and do mostly international brands! It's from their newly branded collection and I was drawn to it because I've become sick of the Collection 'Lasting Perfection' concealer due to the bad packaging, and was looking for something else to try. 

 I got it in the shade 'fair' which is such a good match for my skin! It comes in 'fair', 'medium' or 'dark'. I like the creamy consistency of the product but also that it doesn't feel too heavy on my skin, despite the fact it is a 'heavy duty under eye concealer'. The packaging is of good quality (so no spillages!) and the little mirror makes it the ideal handbag essential. 

I either apply it VERY delicately with my ring finger or with the RealTechniques buffing brush if I'm wearing the product on its own. Because it isn't too illuminating you can use it on other blemishes and redness without the fear of highlighting rather than concealing your imperfections!  

At £5.49 it is more expensive than the Collection concealer but I feel it really is a good product and a bargain if you normally spend more. Comment below if I've persuaded you to give it a try!

See you soon and stay insane!

Bloggerella x 

Friday, 13 September 2013

My everyday make-up

I've been wearing make-up for a good few years and I would say now is one of the first times I've been completely happy with it. I thought it would be nice if I shared it with you and got your feedback on the products I use and whether you have any tips or tricks we could share with each other!

My everyday make-up


I have a few bases I alternate between but recently I've been loving the Rimmel 'Wake Me Up' foundation (review in my previous blog). I love it because it covers up my blemishes and gives me an even skin tone, especially on those days when my skin isn't looking too great. You can buy it in most drugstores and it costs £8.99, which is really reasonable I think. The pump means that it is kept clear of bacteria from my face and my brushes, which will also help reduce the likelihood of getting more spots.

For concealer I use the Collection 'Lasting Perfection' concealer in shade 1, which is an OK shade for me but is perhaps a bit too light sometimes. I was going to take a picture of it but you can't see the label and it's really messy so I thought I wouldn't bother! The packaging is a bit rubbish because it leaks a lot so you have to be careful to not get it all over your other make-up. Apart from that, it is an all-round good concealer that hides blemishes and dark circles. 

My Rimmel 'Stay Matte' powder is my life-saver. No questions asked. I have it in the shade 1 (Transparent) and 3 (Peach Glow) which are good for if I just want to set my make-up or if I want to add a smidge of colour to my skin. It's only £3.99 which is a bargain considering it mattifies the skin all day and keeps my make-up in place. I could ramble on for forever about this product but I'll let you go and try it for yourself so you can ramble to your friends!

I use the Kiko bronzer powder in shade 100 which is a nice colour for me as it gives a nice warmth to my skin without making me look like a tangerine! It is really pigmented though so I only use the tiniest of amounts. 


You would not believe how bad my eyebrows are! They're so light that without anything on them I look like I have none - not a good look. I use an eyeshadow from the Natural Collection to fill in my brows as it creates a softer, more natural look that gels and sticks don't give. The only problem with the eyeshadow is that it has a very slight shimmer but after I powder my face with the Rimmel 'Stay Matte' powder, the shimmer is gone. I use the angled RealTechniques brow brush, a recent purchase that has revolutionised my eyebrows - a bold claim, I know, but it's actually true! 

Natural Collection eyeshadow in 'Asteriod'
I set my eyebrows with the Kiko 'Eyebrow Designer' gel mascara. I find it just keeps the powder from slipping and moving throughout the day. At 3.90 Euros I think that it's a brilliant product and not too expensive. Round of applause. 


I love making up my eyes; I find it so calming and relaxing. I tend to go for quite a natural smoky eye during the day and ramp it up with darker colours and eyeliner for the night time. Over the summer I began using the cream eyeshadows and I absolutely love them! They stay in place, blend easily and give a beautiful smoky effect. 

'Bad Girl Bronze'

'Sin City'

'Romance Me'
My favourite daytime eyeshadow is the Rimmel 'Scandaleyes' eyeshadow stick in the shade 3 (Bad Girl Bronze). It's a gorgeous rusty brown colour that can be drawn on and left or blended in for a more subtle look. I also use a light shimmery Collection 'Intense Trio' in the shade 2 (Sin City) which is unfortunately discontinued so I would suggest finding another light shimmery eyeshadow. I like it because it opens up my eyes and creates a soft glow. I also use MAC 'Romance Me' in my crease as it adds depth and rounds my eyes nicely. 
I also use the Collection 'Eye Definer' in shade 2 to go along the lash line; it makes my eyelashes look fuller and adds depth to my eyes. 

I also use the YSL 'Babydoll' mascara as it doesn't clump and the brush gives a nice even spread of mascaras on each lash. 


I use the YSL 'Creme de blush' in shade 1. I love this blusher as it is a cream blusher so it doesn't move about during the day and it gives a lovely rosy colour to my cheeks. 

 If you can't afford YSL (I know it's expensive - I got it as a gift) I would use Collection blush in shade 2 (Bashful) as it is a nice cheap alternative that has good pigmentation and blends well to give a soft glow. 


I have about 7 different lip products in my bag at the moment but I always go back to the Rimmel 'Vinyl Gloss' lipgloss in shade 150 (Lovesick) as it just adds a subtle slick of colour which can work for day and night. 

It costs £4.99 and lasts AGES so it's worth trying! It tastes really nice so you'll find yourself licking your lips a lot :P 

WOW that blog took a long time to write! I really enjoyed writing it so I hope you like it. Comment below your favourite product and whether I've convinced you to buy any of them!

See you soon and stay insane!

Bloggerella x

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Foundation/BB Cream Reviews

This is a different style blog to my other ones and I wasn't sure if you would like this sort of thing but I thought I'd try it anyway and see what you guys think! These are the bases I will be reviewing;

I will rate each one out of 5

Rimmel 'Wake Me Up' Foundation

I think 9/10 of you reading this will have thought about, or actually bought, this product! Many a YouTuber and blogger has raved about it amazing properties and they have every reason to. It claims to 'visibly reawaken and illuminate skin'; I think this is a bold claim but I have to say, the flawless and (very slightly) shimmery finish does give your skin a boost after a few too many late nights and neglected skin days. Because this foundation has full coverage I tend to wear it on a night time or when I want to cover blemishes and redness. 

Pump action is good for keeping
the foundation bacteria-free


It has SPF 15, which is essential for reducing skin damage even on dull days - it doesn't need to be sunny for UV rays to damage your skin! I got in shade 100 Ivory, which is the lightest shade you can get but it is still a little too dark, hence why I wear it more on a night time. 

An all-round good foundation with a cream paste texture that is perfect for giving a photo-ready face! 

Price: £8.99
Rating: 3/5

Kiko 'Full Protection Stick Foundation'

I was drawn to this foundation whilst on my holiday in northern Italy this summer and have welcomed it into my little make-up family. Again it has SPF 15, which is good but for I would expect Italian make-up to have a higher SPF due to the sun being hotter. Despite this, I love the stick application with its highlighting core that means you don't need a highlighting powder, making it ideal to put in your bag while you're on the go or when you're travelling. 


It matches a more yellowy skin tone perfectly, blending seamlessly into my neck. I got it in shade 2 which is the second lightest and I'm glad because even though my tan has faded from my holiday, it still matches my skin really well. Also, it has quite a thin coverage which makes it ideal for hot countries or light make-up days, which we all need from time to time! 

Unfortunately, the only stores in the UK are in London but you can always order online!

Price: 4.90 Euros
Rating: 4/5 

Maybelline 'Dream Pure' BB Cream

This is a real favourite of mine and it's been in my collection since the beginning of summer., and with good reason! Its light and liquid texture makes for an easy application and seamless blending. There is a 'Dream Fresh' version for normal skin and the 'Dream Pure' is for people with oily skin.


It has a long list of things it claims to do but I won't bore you with that! I would, however, agree that it is non-greasy and compliments my skin tone. The annoying thing with drugstore BB creams is that they usually just have a light, medium and dark choice of shades but I was pleasantly surprised at how well the light shade went with my skin!  

Price: £6.99
Rating: 4.5/5

And the winner is...

*drumroll* My favourite base would have to be the Maybelline 'Dream Pure' BB Cream as it ticks all the boxes and lives up to its claims! 

I hope you enjoyed this blog; it was a bit different but I really enjoyed writing it and I would be so grateful for feedback on what you like, and didn't, like about it.

See you soon and stay insane!

Bloggerella x