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Current Favourites

Since I re-started blogging back in February I haven’t got round to doing a current favourites post, so I thought it was well beyond time that I did so. I don’t want to start doing monthly favourites posts as I don’t use enough different products / try enough new things for that to be worthwhile.

We’ll start off with the non-beauty favourites. Since I spent the entire summer reading and writing my masters project, snacks became an important part of my life. Essential even!

The Candy Kittens Sweet Pineapple gummy sweets are not only delicious but vegan too. Whilst I’m only a (slightly rubbish) pescatarian, I’m trying to do my best to eat only veggie/vegan sweets. So finding these ones so readily available (I know Waitrose and Sainsbury’s stock them) was amazing! They really have very little difference in consistency to regular gelatine containing sweets and the flavour is amazing. I’d highly recommend them – also from semi-regular posting about my love for them on Twitter it looks like they’re going to be releasing other vegan flavours in the near future!

The Kettle Bites Mozzarella and Pesto Lentil Curls were another Waitrose find and oh myyyyy. These are delicious, they’re apparently only 97 calories per bag and they’re full of punchy flavour.

My amazing OH bought me the little selfie ring light, he got me the one from Demetory on Amazon that is £15.99. It has adjustable light levels and is rechargeable using a USB. Whilst already so useful I can tell that it is going to come into it’s own for taking blog photos as autumn arrives!

So, onto the beauty favourites! Obviously the best part of any favourites post, right?

The Sleek iDivine in Oh So Special has been in constant use since I stripped my hair back to blonde in the spring. I have reviewed it here and talked about my favourite eyeshadow look to create with it here. As you can see, I’ve hit pan on three of the shades now. I can’t get enough of it for creating beautiful, soft looks.

Phee’s Makeup Original Glow Highlight Powder I need to stop being such a fan girl but seriously. You can buy this for £6.50 from Phee’s shop (or in a compact for £16) and it is just so gorgeous and pigmented. I lightly dab my brush into the pan, tap it off and I’ll have the perfect highlight – so this pan is clearly going to last forever. I also love being able to support an actual person, rather than a nameless brand.

MAC Peaches was my first ever blush and I love it just as much 10 years later as I did when I first bought it. This is a blush I will probably always own, it just works so well when I have my natural/blonde hair.

If you follow me on instagram (or just my blog tbh) you’ll know I haven’t been able to put down the NYX Macaron Lipsticks in Pistachio and Violet. They are very matte, I need to exfoliate my lips before I use them but the finish and shades are stunning. You can still find them at Boots for £5.50  and I’d say go get them before they disappear! Obviously these shades won’t be for everyone but purple lipstick is becoming more and more into the normal zone, right?

The Givenchy Noir Couture Volume Mascara in Black Taffeta was a sample in a beauty box. I initially wasn’t sure about this as I found it smudged a little on my lids. However, about a week into using it, this stopped and I was able to see what a gorgeous mascara this is. At £31.25 from Debenhams  I won’t be purchasing this mascara because let’s be honest, that’s a slightly ridiculous price. It is stunning though, it gives length and volume without becoming clumpy. If it was in the £20 region I would consider buying it but… If you’re a high end mascara girl, I’d 100% suggest you check this out.

Have you posted your favourites recently? I’d love your links if you have!

 

xo Fleur xo

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FOTD: Bright Love 

I saw this Covershoot Cosmetics palette being reviewed by several people on my Twitter and insta feeds. They all said it was very reasonably priced, so I popped over to Amazon and discovered it was £2.50 with free shipping. So, of course, I bought it! It turned up faster than the estimated shipping time too.

I was so excited when it turned up because, look at it! Completely the kind of eyeshadows that make my heart sing.

I will say you get what you pay for and these aren’t the easiest shadows to use. I found patting them on my lids with my fingers the best way to get decent pigmentation. They also don’t blend out brilliantly. However, it’s six shades for £2.50. From accidentally getting the purple shadow damp (damn leaky eyes) I can see these being great to use wet – so could be ideal for use as liners or dotting. I’m excited to use them again and see what else I can create – plus it doesn’t matter if I ruin the shadows with mixing mediums as I can always buy another one!



Base

  • Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in 52 Vanilla
  • Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 3 Warm Medium
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent
  • MAC blush in Peaches
  • Sleek Face Contour Kit in Light
  • Phee’s Makeup Original Glow Highlight Powder

Eyes

  • Absolute New York Eyeshadow Primer
  • Covershoot Cosmetics Neon Palette Eye Shadow
  • Phee’s Makeup Original Glow Highlight Powder – inner corner
  • MaxFactor False Lash Effect Mascara in Black

Eyebrows

  • MAC Eye Brows in Fling
  • MAC Eyeshadow in Omega
  • ModelCo More Brows in Light/Medium

Lips

  • Illamasqua Underworld

I was a bit disappointed in these shadows and if you are a brights lover like me I’d say you’d probably be disappointed too. I’d still recommend them though, especially if you haven’t used many brights before and just want to have some makeup playtime. If you want a palette you don’t mind ruining to create liners or to use wet in general, this is ideal!

xo Fleur xo

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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