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What’s in My Handbag

I put a poll on my Twitter (@floribundar) to decide what to post today and ‘What’s in my Handbag’ won! I love seeing posts like this, what people choose to carry with them every day, I think it’s fascinating. So here we go:

My handbag is from Primark last spring and was a birthday present from my OH. I love the shape, colour and it’s lasted so well.

This is everything I carry in my bag. I have three separate sets of keys: one for my house, one for my mums and my car keys. I find having them separate so convenient because it means if I’m going out for a run/cycle or walking to see my mum I only have to take the keys I need.

I also carry a packet of tissues, a print out of my car insurance details and a mini nail file.

I have a makeup bag that came with the My Little Box subscription I used to have. My purse that I probably need to update as it’s almost 10 years old from Accessorize. I’ve also started carrying around this little pack-up bag from Waitrose since the introduction of the 5p bag charge – it’s really light and has saved me a lot of 5p’s!

As I walk to work I also carry a pair of sunglasses because you never know when the sun is suddenly going to be really bright in the UK! These are from Primark and were about £3 so I don’t mind if they get damaged constantly living in my bag…

I started carrying a makeup pouch because my handbag lipstick collection was getting out of hand! This way they stay together, their lids don’t fall off and they stay clean. Inside I have my ‘I’d rather be a mermaid’ mini mirror that was an awesome Christmas present and a couple of hair grips. I also usually have a pack of face blotting papers from Muji but I’ve currently run out.

Then clockwise from the top left I have: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Lovesick, Chanel Rouge Coco in 06 Egerie, MAC Frost lipstick in New York Apple, Korres Mandarin Lip Butter Stick, 17 Supreme Shine Lipstick in Hot Flash, a mini L’Occitane 20% shea hand cream and MAC Viva Glam Rihanna.

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 Lipsticks swatched L-R: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Lovesick, Chanel Rouge Coco in 06 Egerie, MAC Frost lipstick in New York Apple, 17 Supreme Shine Lipstick in Hot Flash and MAC Viva Glam Rihanna. It’s a slightly random selection of shades but all ones I’m completely obsessed with.

I hope you enjoyed seeing inside my handbag – I like to think it’s quite a practical selection. I’ve always liked the statistic I read in a magazine that the average no. of lipsticks a woman owns is 7 and I’ve got 5 in my handbag lol!

xo Fleur xo

 

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10 things I just don’t get the hype about…

Recently several things have happened that made me feel like the only person in the world who wasn’t excited. Sooo, I thought it would be interesting to talk about 10 things I don’t get the hype about. Let me know if you agree with any? Or do you hate me now? Are there things that everyone seems obsessed with that you don’t get?

1. Harry Potter – I’m going to start with probably the most controversial. I loved the first book and largely enjoyed up to the fourth book but after that I read them just to know the story. I think for me I had already moved onto adult literature and more importantly adult fantasy by the time I got around to reading Harry Potter. I’m not going to say any more because I know this is a touchy subject and I don’t want to offend anyone (more than I already have).

2. Finding Nemo (and Finding Dory) – this is for the massively personal reason that Finding Nemo gave me the worst nightmares I’d had in a long while. Honestly, they were worse than the Blair Witch Project nightmares. The ‘fun’ element really didn’t shine through for me, I refuse to watch Finding Nemo and I will probably never watch Finding Dory.


3. Game of Thrones – okay, I think that maybe if I watched the tv show I would feel differently about this. I’ve just read the books though and oh myyyy, they’re pretty dull… I’ve read four of the books, they aren’t terrible but they’re really not going to be favourite of mine.

4. Beyonce – sure I used to love her music back in the 2000’s but recently I find I can’t even listen to her. I will actively switch off the radio when her songs come on. I’m sorry… It’s not the lyrics, it’s not her, it’s purely the actual music – I can’t listen to it.

5. Breaking Bad – I’ll admit I haven’t quite reached the end of this series, I’ve been a few episodes off finishing it for over a year now but I’m pretty sure my opinion still counts. Sure, I can see that this was filmed, acted and produced so well but honestly I wasn’t into it. I find anything where I hate every single character difficult and I think that was one of my main issues with it. I don’t understand why people are completely obsessed. I wouldn’t have watched as far as I did if my bf hadn’t been so excited for me to watch it.


6. Pumpkin Spiced Lattes – on a slightly lighter note😉 I tried one of these for the first time last year and it was a terrible experience. Sure, it tasted alright but I actually had to go and lie down outside in a public park because I was borderline about to blackout. The amount of sugar that hit my bloodstream was insane. Obviously that doesn’t happen to most people! If it had been the most delicious drink ever I wouldn’t have minded but it really wasn’t…

7. Zumba – everyone I talk to about this just says ‘well clearly you had a bad teacher’ but that just isn’t the case. I love dancing, I love exercise, at uni I did Dancercise which was like a circuits class but each move was a dance one (if that makes sense) I also did street dance, salsa, ballet and modern. I grew up going to dance class every week. To me Zumba fell in the line between a rubbish dance class and a terrible exercise class. The point at which I decided I really didn’t like it was when the stretches were incorporated into a little dance routine meaning you had so little time for each stretch… If you love it, great! It’s just not for me.

8. Bath Bombs – I want to love these and sure they’re kind of fun but I just don’t see the point. It probably doesn’t help that I very rarely have baths (yeah yeah I’m a gross unwashed human I know :P). The price is potentially the main problem plus they’re not exciting enough for me and I love showers too much…

9. Nando’s – sure, it probably doesn’t help that I’m a veggie but I didn’t get Nando’s for quite a while before that. People are full on obsessed and so excited to go to Nando’s and I don’t understand why. I guess it’s great if you just want a slab of chicken but… Can someone explain the appeal?

10. Michelin Starred Restaurants – I’ll admit straight away that I’m pretty sure I’ve never been to one but that doesn’t mean my reasoning isn’t valid. I have a pretty tiny disposable income each month. I don’t want to spend that entire amount (or more?!) on one meal! Also, as beautifully presented and delicious as it might be I feel like I’d probably still feel hungry afterwards… I have friends who rave about all the Michelin starred restaurants they’ve been to but *shrugs*.

Hopefully I haven’t offended you all! I’m pretty ambivalent about most things but these just get my goat😉 Love you all even if you love all these things!

xo Fleur xo

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Why am I Blogging?

About two months ago now I went through my Bloglovin’ account and had a purge. I unfollowed all the blogs that were no longer active (including ones that hadn’t been active since 2012) and I unfollowed a lot of the massive YouTubers who I no longer feel any connection with and whose blog posts / videos are all very overly sponsored. To replace them I tried to find and follow all the people who I’ve been keeping up with on Twitter.

All of this made me think about why I’m blogging and what I want to blog about. It also made me think about the #bbloggers Sunday evening chat where we talked about potential oversaturation. Having spent that time on Bloglovin’ I felt the oversaturation, it’s real. On a base level I might agree that all reviews are different, the more information the better and therefore worthwhile. In reality after one day I was bored of reading a million of the same review of the same product. Even if I don’t read the reviews, just seeing same title over and over… I’m sorry, it’s not for me.

I want to blog what I enjoy reading and viewing.

 

I adore hauls, I loving seeing different fashion looks and makeup looks, I enjoy bloggers that chat to me and tell me about their lives, I still love being nosy and reading what’s in my… posts and favourites lists give me life.

I know a lot of people who live for reviews and don’t get me wrong, I will always read reviews from British Beauty BloggerPhyrra and Temptalia. Largely because they get there first and provide an excellent quality of review, beyond that unless it’s a product I haven’t seen before I’m sorry but I’m not interested… Which means I only want to write reviews of products I haven’t seen people using.

I want to do more posts like this one:

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I want to have fun! So I hope you don’t mind if that’s what I continue to do🙂

P.S. I’m not trying to bash anyone, we’re all different and we all want different things from our blogs. This is just what I want from mine❤

xo Fleur xo

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FOTD: Reverse Smoky Mermaid

So, I’ve met my mumma’s first actual boyfriend in forever (that’s what she’s calling him, so I’m going with it, LOL – I’m mean but I do feel like there comes an age where the term bf/gf isn’t appropriate!). For various reasons, mainly the fact that my father was an abusive ass, my mum didn’t start dating until last year having been single for basically 17 years at that point… Soooooo, her having a bf is a pretty massive deal! Me meeting him was also a massive deal and I was worryingly nervous haha which meant I spent a good half hour playing with my makeup to calm me down. Plus looking pretty makes everything better, right?

I decided to go for a mermaid inspired sea and sand vibe on the lid and then a bit of that reverse smoky eye that everyone is loving atm. I didn’t want to go too dark or over the top for a three pm cup of tea though I probably went way too overboard for most of the population (lol). Still not sure I made the right lipstick choice but my mumma texted me to say how much she liked it so, it’s all good!

I also wore my ‘I’m Really a Mermaid’ necklace from I love Crafty and earrings from Accessorize that matched this look beautifully. I’m obsessed with this unicorn pin from I love crafty, for only £10 I think it might have to be a next payday purchase…

Base

  • Rimmel Fix & Protect Makeup Primer 005
  • MeMeMe Beat The Blues in Pearl Pink
  • Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in 103 True Ivory
  • Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 3 Warm Medium
  • NARS Blush in Douceur
  • NARS The Multiple in Tuomota (as a contour)
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Translucent

Brows

  • MAC Eye Brows in Fling
  • Model Co More Brows in Light/Medium

Eyes

  • Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 3 Warm Medium (as lid primer)
  • Artist of Makeup Compact Eyeshadow in Bare Canvas (all over eye space)
  • Artist of Makeup Compact Eyeshadow in Maldives (everywhere *heart eyes*)
  • Artist of Makeup Compact Eyeshadow in St Tropez (centre of lid)
  • Phee’s Makeup Mineral Shadow in Iris (lowe lashline)
  • Phee’s Makeup Glow Highlight Powder in Mariposa (inner corner)
  • Givenchy Noir Couture Volume-Mascara in Black Taffeta

Lips

  • NYX Macaron Lippie in Violet
  • Phee’s Makeup Glow Highlight Powder in Mariposa (lip highlight)

I hope you’re having an awesome weekend. Sending you all mermaid and unicorn love and vibes❤

Edit: since I wrote this they may now be ex-bf/gf😦 it’s all so much drama!

xo Fleur xo

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50 facts about me

I thought it would be fun for you to get to know a little more about me, so here are 50 things about me:

1. I’m 26.

2. My actual name is Florinda but I’ve been called Fleur my entire life.

3. My middle name is Abigail which I find terribly dull compared to my first name!

4. Apart from 3 and a half years in Manchester I’ve always lived in Hampshire.

5. I love bright colours, in case you hadn’t noticed. I blame my mum🙂

6. I love singing and join in with the choir at the school I work in. Luckily the kids seem to like me joining them rather than finding it weird.

7. I’m a pescatarian, I would be a veggie but I’m not quite ready to give up sushi yet and yes I am aware of how entitled that sounds.

8. My favourite films are the Lord of the Rings extended editions.

9. My favourite colour is pink.

10. My current favourite band is Walk off the Earth in particular this song.

11. I LOVE cats – I’m basically a crazy cat lady without a cat. Luckily there are always cats sat on the cars on our road.

12. I’m an only child from a single parent family. It’s been awesome.

13. However, I’ve met way too many people who’ve tried to bond with me by telling me their parents are about to get / are in the middle of a divorce. The first was when I was 8 and my parents were mid divorce… It’s such horrible thing to lie about.

14. I have a degree in Physics from The University of Manchester which is the hardest thing I’ve ever completed.

15. I’m currently just over a month away from completing my masters in Earth Science with the Open University. Which will become the hardest thing I’ve ever completed.

16. I used to be a ridiculous overachiever. In my GCSEs I got a B in ICT in Year 9 (2 years early) and only found out about the exam on the day – I spent the entire exam stressing because it overran the school day and I knew my mum would be worried sick when I didn’t get home on time!

17. Then during my actual GCSE year I got 7A*’s and 3A’s and I’m still sad about those A’s because I know I should have got my A*… Feel free to hate me😛

18. Not only that I then went on to college and got AAAAC in my A levels of Maths, Physics, Chemistry, General Studies and Further Maths respectively.

19. I’m also the kind of person who counts general studies because as a pure scientist I shouldn’t be able to essay well enough to get that A!

20. Alongside that I also got 4 separate AS levels with grades ABCD (lol) in Physics Extended Project, Biology, Critical Thinking and ICT.

21. Having said this, when I left school all I wanted to do was go and take qualifications in makeup. I was so glad to be able to take some part time courses in between modules for my masters

22. I’m hoping to be able to take a few more courses in makeup after my masters. I love makeup SO much and reading books/blogs/watching YouTube is awesome but I love learning in person – it’s so inspiring.

23. I currently work full-time as a science technician in a secondary school. It’s an amazing job but way too easy for me now I’ve done it for 4 and a half years.

24. My dream is to have a job where I can have fantasy hair and wear bold makeup.

25. When I was 20 I went on an expedition to Svalbard for 5 weeks; camping, kayaking, hiking, carrying out titrations on glaciers… It was the best five weeks of my life.

26. I also came so close to dying on that expedition because I got really bad seasickness. Long story but I got blackout hypothermia, in a kayak, in the Arctic ocean about 10km from land…

27. For the longest time I wanted to work in Antarctica with the British Antarctic Survey. The fact that it’s the worst sea crossing in the world kind of eventually put me off that idea!

28. Just over a year ago I bought a house with my boyfriend *squee*

29. The house is on the end of a super cute Victorian terrace and has a garden that makes me think of the book The Secret Garden.

30. What I didn’t realise would be so hard is saving up for home improvements and trying to decide what to do first! It’s a steep learning curve.

31. On a less awesome note I have depression and occasional anxiety which is really holding me back.

32. I’ve just come off my main antidepressants though and am so happy and grateful to be stable at the moment. The ‘antidepressants’ I’m still on aren’t prescribed as such, they’re to help with sleep.

33. I get the most insane, super real feeling dreams. They used to all be nightmares but I think my drugs help with that. I’m basically Phoebe from Friends though, my dreams do affect my real life and I get annoyed with people about things that happened in them!

34. I also have severe acid reflux which is potentially related to my issues with mental health – kind of like IBS but the other way round is what my doctor suggested…

35. Back to some awesome. I love sewing and want to learn to crochet this year.

36. I also love cycling and am obsessed with the Tour de France. Not so much other races yet but I’m getting caught up more and more for sure.

37. Next year I really want to take part in a 100 mile bike ride. This is my bf and I completing our first sportive on our road bikes.

38. I’m a complete bookworm, I had to have my library card extended when I was younger and even then I’d be borrowing on my mums card as well.

39. I also had several teachers write home because they didn’t think the book I was reading was appropriate for a primary school child.

40. I’m obsessed with the fantasy genre. Rarely the popular books though, Game of Thrones and Harry Potter might be classed as fantasy but they’re not my favourites.

41. David Eddings is probably my all time favourite author and I want to re-read all of his work again soon. The Redemption of Althalus will always stand out for me.

42. I’ve loved unicorns for as long as I can remember. In fact, I didn’t ever want to lose my virginity because I knew that according to ‘myths and legends’ I’d then never get to see one. Sadly hormones took over and it looks like I never will get to see that unicorn (lol).

43. More recently I became re-obsessed with mermaids having watched H2O: Just add water and now Mako Mermaids. These are definitely aimed at tweens but the fact they have really amazing quality mermaid tails makes it perfect. If you don’t already, go follow Mertailor on Instagram❤

44. I was also obsessed with The Little Mermaid as a child. The other year I even discovered that my mum sat down with a music tape recorder and recorded all the talking and music so I could listen to it in the car! How awesome is my mum?

45. This was mainly because we used to go to Ireland maybe three times a year to see our family, by car. Which is a 5hr journey before you even get to the ferry!

46. Luckily we started flying over when I was a bit older – and I realised last year that the thing that makes me feel Christmassy is being in an airport. Which is kind of messed up I guess? It’s just the one constant in all my Christmases till a few years ago.

47. When I was a teenager I wanted to be a pro-surfer. I used to buy so many surfing magazines, I went on surf-camp and I even bought a surfboard. Sadly the fact we don’t live near the sea became an issue, it was still a cool dream though.

48. The place I most want to visit in the world is Japan.

49. That used to be Egypt because I was absolutely fascinated by the Ancient Egyptians.

50. My favourite places in the world are Kew Gardens, Hampton Court Palace and St Davids in Wales.

Sorry this turned out to be SO long – in retrospect I definitely should have just found an ‘about me’ tag and filled that in! I hope you enjoyed learning a whole lot more about me though❤

xo Fleur xo

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FOTD: Sleek Oh So Special

As I uploaded a review of the Sleek iDivine in Oh So Special two weeks ago I thought it would be a shame not to show you my favourite look I’ve created with the palette. I’ve worn this look most days for almost a month now and I’ve had so many compliments on it. To the point where one of my colleagues asked if I would do this exact look as her wedding makeup!! I mean?!

What makes it even better is that it stays put all day (so it’d work quite nicely as wedding makeup 😉) even with my job where in winter I’ll often still be in a short sleeved top because I’m so warm. You can imagine how easily my already oily lids lose makeup when my face is warm!

Shades used:

  • Organza – inner corner
  • Ribbon – centre of lid
  • Boxed – crease and outer corner
  • Gift Basket – outer corner

It’s potentially a little much for my everyday work makeup, especially when I work with people who usually wear no makeup but I love it. Why save that blending and bit of a smokey eye for nights out, right?

The lip shade is MaxFactor Scarlet Ghost (very lightly applied) but I haven’t included any other details of this look as it was one of those weeks where I changed up my base routine every day and annoyingly I didn’t write down exactly what I used this day.

What do you think? Would you wear this look?

xo Fleur xo

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FOTD: Insta Inspo 

Today’s look was very much inspired by the amazing people I follow on Instagram. Namely Lima whose shimmery, iridescent lips I tried to recreate and Rosie who is always adding dots to her makeup, which look so stunning on her! It didn’t turn out exactly how I wanted, largely because I rubbed my lips together which ruined the lips plus my dots weren’t very even or round. However, overall I really love how it turned out and all the gorgeous colours I used. I can’t wait to get back on Instagram and find even more inspiration❤

On a side note if you want a stunning liquid liner that stays put all day I can highly recommend this one. Even trying to take it off I had to soak the area in makeup remover before it would slide off.

I also put a more wearable lip shade on afterwards (having ruined the gorgeous shimmery pistachio) which you can see in the last pic… Though I guess being honest it’s probably still not a wearable shade for a lot of people😉 haha


Base

  • L’Oreal Glam Bronze Eau de Soleil
  • Rimmel Fix & Protect Makeup Primer 005
  • MeMeMe Beat The Blues in Pearl Pink
  • Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in 103 True Ivory
  • Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 3 Warm Medium
  • MAC Blush in Blushbaby
  • Phee’s Makeup Rainbow Glow Highlight Powder
  • NARS The Multiple in Tuomota (as a contour)

Brows

  • MAC Omega Eyeshadow
  • Model Co More Brows in Light/Medium

Eyes

  • Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer (as lid primer)
  • Phee’s Makeup Glow Highlight Powder in Mariposa (inner corner)
  • Artist of Makeup Compact Eyeshadow in Maldives (centre lid and lower lashline)
  • Phee’s Makeup Mineral Shadow in Iris (lower lashline, outer corner)
  • Artist of Makeup Compact Eyeshadow in Glamorous (Crease and above)
  • Givenchy Noir Couture Volume-Mascara in Black Taffeta
  • Boots No.7 Stay Precise Liquid Liner in Mermaid

Lips

  • LUSH Mint Julips Lip Scrub (to prep lips)
  • NYX Macaron Lippie in Pistachio
  • Illamasqua Pure Pigment in Static
  • MAC Viva Glam Gaga (pink lip shade in last pic)

Slightly amazed by the sheer number of products I used in creating this look! I guess this is what happens when I do my makeup whilst chatting to my mum on speaker for over an hour. Do you guys ever do that? I might start doing it more as it was so nice multitasking whilst having so much makeup fun.

xo Fleur xo