Loreal Paris Unlimited Mascara.


Hey! so yep, another product from that superdrug haul! when i was looking at new mascaras to try, i knew there was no way i wasnt trying out this mascara. This is the Loreal paris unlimited mascara £10.99, and basically the idea behind this is that you can do both eyes without risking hitting the bridge of your nose etc with your mascara wand because you can bend the handle of the wand, so you can get every single lash.

Now, this mascara promises that it will reach every single lash, a long-wearing deep black formula that lengthens, volumises, defines and separates. so, basically it promises to do everything you want in a mascara? im down!

first off, the tube is so strange! but i do like the fact that i can stand it up, less chance of it going rolling off my dressing table. The bendy wand, lets face it we know its a gimmick but it does help with not hitting the bridge of your nose (im a terror for doing that) and getting into the smaller areas of your eyes. the brush itself is basically christmas tree shaped  with plastic bristles.

The first couple of swipes with this looks pretty good! however, this gets clumpy and it gets clumpy *fast*. I find that with 2 coats and a lot of work i get this mascara to look good, but it takes work! a lot of combing through with a lash comb etc. the formula is very fibrous, i can see in the mascara itself little fibres and though i know a lot of people love mascaras like that i can never get them to work for me! it took me a while of combing to get the fibres to not just stick everywhere they shouldnt. A big downside i found with this mascara was that it weighs your lashes down quite a bit, and it made my curl drop almost straight away, my lashes are quite straight normally and they just dropped straight away. But, on the first coat it can look very good for about 5 minutes or so.

Now, even with all this my biggest issue with this mascara is the wear time. i put it on and half an hour later i touched my face (not my eyes) and there was flakes on my hand! already! and in the 7 hours of wear i put it through sure enough it kept flaking off all over the place, witch was so annoying and is the biggest thing that would put me off this mascara.

So honestly? i got hooked in by the idea of this mascara and sadly it just doesnt live up to what it promises! oh mascaras, the never ending search continues.

Cath x

Emotionally Broken – Is there a time limit?

Me in a much happier place on my 18th birthday.

Hey! So on the 14th of august i turn 26, and well this is always difficult for me. Ever since i was signed off from work 6 years ago my birthdays have always been so tough to deal with because it meant i was another year older and things were not any better for me.

And now, im 6 years on and my life doesn’t look any better, it looks different but not in a good way.

And of course, im in my mid-twenties now so i have hit that age were everyone else around my age are doing the moving in/buying houses/marrying/babies thing and honestly i dont use facebook much anymore because i just cant bare to see it much anymore.

I always said to myself that i wanted to have children before i was 30, but that is sadly a distant dream now. By this point in my life i wanted to be settled in a job, to have a partner, not be living at home etc but i dont have any of that. But is this silly? putting a time limit on myself?

The rational part of me says that putting a time limit on this kind of thing is silly. That you cant always control these things in life and sometimes you just have to try your best and things will happen when they are meant too.

The anxiety ridden part of me (which lets face it, is %99 of me) believes that at this point, i likely will not get at least some of the things in life that were very important to me. I’ve already lost 6 years, so what else will this take? it does feel like it will take everything else that i dont even have yet, but i want.

I’ve thought about it, what if i hadn’t found myself in this situation? would i have a partner now? Most likely, theres been a number of people i would of likely hit it off with had i been able to take it beyond a dating site. Would i have moved out? hopefully, you never know with money but i think so! And of course, would i be thinking about children yet? Yes, i know i would be, because i think about them and wish i could at least have the option now let alone if i was actually in a good enough place to have them.

I know, I know that thinking this way is a bad idea, i know that i shouldn’t be so concerned with what i always wanted my life to be. Ive seen the facebook posts, the “at 29 JK Rowling was a single mum about to be homeless”, I know that things can change on a whim, that good things can happen to you at any time in life, but just near my birthday i just dont always feel that way.

If im being honest, thats part of the reason as to why i started blogging again because i wanted something that could grow with me hopefully, and something that i could watch grow. I needed something more, and though this does mean ive put more on my plate its nice because im never thinking what should i do, and that is always dangerous!

So i think the answer to if theres a time limit is, it feels like there is, but i know that however it may feel, i have as much time as i want to have the things in life i want.

I can have my happy ending, i just have to believe that.

Cath x

B.hydrated Hyaluronic Acid Facial Spritz.


Hey! so in my superdrug haul the other week i picked up the B. Hydrated Hyaluronic Acid Facial Spritz £7.99, i have wanted a hydrating facial spritz for a while now and i seemed to pick the right moment because with our current heatwave they are amazing!

So, if you dont know what hyaluronic acid is in simple terms it can hold up to a thousand times its weight in water. It is something we have naturally in our skin, however of course its production does slow down and its always good to top up what we naturally make!

So first off, personally for me if you want a spritz to use throughout the day this isnt for you, but as someone who is oily /combo skinned i dont tend to need hydration during the day. However i have fallen completely in love with using this morning and night! in the “morning” (because lets face it, its rare i shower before 12) i use it on clean skin and then i put my serum on top straight away, and it really adds an extra layer of hydration. At night i use it after my acid toner of choice and then i again put my serum on top straight away and it just feels so nice to lock that in.

With the weather being like it has been, i really havent wanted much on my skin some days or nights! on the really horribly hot days (32c+) i havent been doing much at all, sticking to just spraying this and then putting on a gel based moisturiser and its really worked!

the only downside honestly is the size, ive gone through this pretty fast (ive got like a quarter left) and ive only had it for a few weeks, but its pretty cheap and superdrug always has sales so its not too bad to replace!

all in all ive really liked my first go at true hydrating facial spritzs and im looking forward to trying more!

Cath x

Stormy Seas makeup look.

Hey! So the other day i was having a bit of a play around with makeup and this is what i came up with! i dont normally do this kind of gradient half and half kind of thing, so it was fun to try something a little bit different.


Eyes –
Bourjois 24hr eyeshadow primer.
Imagic flash palette – White.
Obsession eyeshadows – Pearl, Midnight Black.
NYX in your element palette in wind – 2 (grey) and 6 (bright shimmery blue).
NYX Ultimate Brights Matte palette – Bright blue.
Maybelline Master ink matte liquid liner.
Loreal ultimate mascara.
Ebay false eyelashes.
MUA highlighters – pearlescent sheen.

Face –
Evio green tea primer.
Soap and glory one heck of a blot.
NYX HD foundation in nude.
Obsession mixer in whitening.
Collection lasting perfection concealer in extra fair.
Elf HD powder.
Maybelline matte & poreless powder in translucent.
NYX blusher in taupe.
Illamasqua Powder blusher in tremble.
MUA Undress your skin highlighting powders – Pearlescent sheen, Ice sparkle.

Lips
Makeup Revolution Lip amplification in limitless.
Bourjois liner clubbing vibrant colour liquid liner in blue angel.

there you go, hope you enjoy!

Cath x

My Nighttime Self-care Routine.

Hey! So, for the past week or so ive gotten into having a bit of a self-care routine every night at the minute. I started having issues with going to sleep, as someone who after many sleep issues in my teen years was able to sleep with no issue. But now, i have been getting anxious about the idea of going too sleep, as someone who responds well to the pampering side of self care and i also needed to start taking better care of more than just my face! i brought in a routine that has really been helping.

So generally i am a massive night owl, and myself and friends will generally stop playing video games and go to bed between 1-3am. So, at this point i turn off my pc move my water bottle & phone near my bed and then i get my room sorted, i draw my blinds and tidy up my bed if i dumped stuff on it! I then will get a youtube video going  on my phone, currently its generally a video from thrift thick  (please check her out i adore her!) then i get all the products i need out and put them onto the corner of my dressing table that i use as a night stand, before i get changed & go off to cleanse my face brush my teeth etc.

So i always double cleanse, ive always been a massive fan of doing this and i start with generally the super facialist vitamin C+ skin renew cleansing oil £10.99 this is hands down my favourite cleansing oil, ive used it for years and will continue to do so! it cleanses without stripping, it isnt super oily or heavy and it smells like oranges! for my second cleanse, i go with either the botanics all bright gentle cleansing cream £5.49 witch is very gentle and good for when my skin is dryer or the B. creamy foam cleanser £6.99 during the summer and when my skin is oiler. Both staples in my bathroom cupboard!

Once im back in my room i turn off my light and do everything else just by the light of my phone, i do this purely because i dont wanna have to get back up and turn my light off again! continuing with skincare, i use an acid toner, at the minute ive been enjoying the Freedom makeup london pro studio radiance tonic £ 6.00, this is really good, pretty gentle but still helps to remove dead skin cells using good old acid! (nice acid!), after this ive really gotten into using a hydrating facial spritz, my choice being the B. hydrated hyaluronic acid spritz £7.99, i am going through this so fast! i think this was hands down what kept my skin from being dry during the heat wave when i didnt want anything on my face!

Then i use a serum, ive really been enjoying the superdrug vitamin c invigorating skin booster £4.99 at the moment, of course i love the smell! but it also adds an extra layer of hydration and softness that i love. Finally for my face, i use a night cream and i wrote a whole review about these garnier natural 3 in 1 soothing rose botanical balm £12.99 witch you can read here, but the short version is hydrating, calming and lovely!

With all that on my face, i turn my attention to the rest of my body! now i have never liked putting body cream on, i hate the feeling so that doesnt happen. But i have been finally paying my feet some attention, i have very difficult problematic feet (this, is an understatement) we are talking cracks so deep they bleed bad, and having to be bandaged up earlier this year! my foot cream of choice right now is the scholl hard skin softening cream £5.99. i have to be honest however i dont know if its as heavy duty as my feet need! so if you have a suggestion please let me know!

now, i lay down and watch the youtube video for a bit, as it gets closer to the end i pop on a lip balm. ive really been liking the REN vita mineral lip balm £10.50 lately, i think this was a freebie in a box at some point? but however i got it, i really like how smooth it feels on the lips and its very hydrating, its still on in the morning! the very last thing i do beauty product wise is pop on some hand cream, ive been going for this NAOBAY orange juice hand cream £11.50 currently, another box item! because its on the lighter side so good for the summer, but its still very hydrating and plus side it smells amazing (can you tell i like orange smelling things?).

and with that, i close my phone and go to sleep and generally this little routine as really been helping me unwind and not be quite so anxious at night!

do you have a night time routine? any foot cream suggestions for me? let me know!

cath x

Maybelline Fit Me Matt & Poreless Foundation.

Hey! so in my haul last week i showed you that i picked up the maybelline matt & poreless foundation in 095 fair porcelain £6.99 because i had wanted to try it for a while and i saw that they had finally made a shade that looked like it may be pale enough. When i first got it i was very impressed, it was really pale! i tried it on one side of my face and was very pleased to see it was a brilliant colour match, it felt nice on my skin and the coverage was alright.

Since then, ive tried it out a few times now, trying it in a few different ways and i hate to say it, but im really not very impressed with it at all! first off yes, the colour match at first is spot on however once this dries down it oxidises so badly! i put this on, and an hour later i looked and i had this orange tide mark around my jaw when an hour before it was fine! considering how difficult it can be to find colour matches for me, i was sad it didnt really work after all.

So, everytime ive worn this as a wear test, ive worn the smashbox photo finish foundation primer £26.00 underneath as i have combo/oily skin and i generally always need a primer underneath my makeup. I have then very lightly set it with my normal powder (its discontinued, boo) because again, combo/oily and then ive applied contour/blusher/highlight to see how they weared on the foundation. I also tried this foundation over colour correcters from freedom & the barry m all night foundation primer stick £6.99 when i did a makeup look a few days ago.

When worn over the smashbox primer, the foundation goes on smoothly with brush or sponge and is extremely easy to blend, the coverage is light – medium really though it can be built up very easily but only max to a medium coverage. with the smashbox primer, it looks ok on my nose, but you can see my pores pretty obviously more so than with other foundations so poreless it is not! when i tried this over the barry m stick, oh boy! it made my skin look rather dry and my nose looked cakey and rather nasty, as i said i have combo/oily skin, my nose is my oiliest area yet you wouldnt think it with this!

the worst thing for me with this foundation is the wear, after 4 hours with the smashbox primer it wore off around my nose creases and under my glasses pads completely and was quickly coming off my nose all together. My nose chin and forehead were all shiny as well, but when i tried to blot i got nothing! 6 hours in and the foundation had sadly left my nose, cakey foundation around my nose pads the only reminder it was even there! my highlight, blush and contour were all there, it did fine on my cheeks, the most “normal” part of my skin but thats the only place it had! it caked around my upper lip, and was gone under my eyes.

I took it off after 7 hours, the only thing i was doing that day was sitting at my desk playing dnd! yet my foundation acted as if i was doing a work out or something.

i really wanted to like this foundation, but sadly it just didnt work for me and the shade though it was good they brought out a paler shade it ended up turning into ivory in the end anyway!

have you tried something that disappointed you lately?

cath x

Goth leanings Red Glittery Liner Makeup Look.

Hey! So i did this makeup look the other week (before it got too hot to even touch your face again). Ive wanted to do something with red again for a while but you know, theres only so many things you can do with red! But i think i came up with something pretty good in the end, really dark black smoky eye with glitter red liner & bright red lips, showing my very obvious goth leanings. So yeah, i enjoyed doing this, and i hope you like it too!

Eyes –
Makeup Revolution Brow Tint In Dark.
Bourjois 24HR Eyeshadow Primer.
Freedom Gel EyeLiner In Black And Red – The red is under the glitter & on my eyelashes, it failed showing up under the glitter!
Makeup Revolution Single Eyeshadow In Touch Me – A base shadow/blending colour.
Makeup Revolution Give Them Darkness Palette – Overcast as a crease colour, Shadow in the crease and on the lid and on the lower lash line.
Makeup Revolution Ultra Pro HD Powder Contour In Fair – Inner corner & brow bone highlight.
Duo Eyelash Glue In Dark & Red Glitter – For the eyeliner.
Maybelline The Rocket Mascara Waterproof.
Ebay False Eyelashes.

Face –
maybelline Baby Skin Primer.
Freedom Pro Camouflage & correct In Yellow
Maybelline Mastercamo Colour Correcting Pen In Green.
Rimmel Lasting Finish 25HR Foundation In Light Porcelain.
Popfeel HD Invisible Cover Concealer.
Obsession Whitener Mixer.
Miss Beauty Pressed Powder In Ivory.
NYX Powder Blusher In Taupe.
17 The Cheek Of It Blusher In Plum Puff.
Makeup Revolution Ultra Pro HD Powder Contour In Fair.

Lips –
Jelly Pong Pong The Super Matte Lipstick.
Makeup Revolution Ultra Velour Lip Cream In Say Yes, It’s what we do best.

So there you go! i hope you enjoyed this, have you tried wearing red on your eyes before?

Cath x

Emotionally Broken – Hold onto your spark.

Its very easy to give up.

Anyone with mental illness will tell you, theres been a point when they have just wanted to let the illness win and give up. They havent been able to see any light at the end of the tunnel, no spark of hope and they just dont have the fight left. Yet, they have continued fighting all the same, that little spark showing its light once more.

I feel like im in limbo at the moment, i feel so completely stuck and it completely sucks. But it just hit me like a tonne of bricks, that even though i feel stuck, theres this different feeling too it now as well.

im pissed off!

it angers me, it fustrates me, im not just laying down and letting mental illness walk all over me. It can feel like i am, and it can look like i am, but im not because i havent said ok, you win. Im still fighting back, in fact over the past two years i really have got my fight back, i want to live a better life and i will do what i have too to get it.

Part of this is the carrot on a stick effect, i have friends now, from all over the world and i see them doing things and it makes me want those things too. And, it makes me want to meet them, knowing them online is awesome of course, but its been a very long time since ive had friends in “real life” and that, well that would mean everything, to just feel like a normal 20 something for once.

And, i keep fighting for the future i want. Ever since i was a little girl ive wanted to be a mum, its always been a big thing that ive wanted in my life for as long as i can remember and i will fight to be a mother one day. I also would like to be a foster mum one day, theres so many children out there who need a mum but for many reasons dont have one, i want to help them.

But i cant do any of this if i dont help myself first, and its fucking hard, it really bloody is but i will not be giving up. I am fully armoured and ready to face these motherfuckers face on, ive been doing it for years now and they are yet to win. And they wont.

If your in this situation, if you feel like giving up, find something, is it a job you want in the future? do you want children? do you want to travel? do you just want to be happy?

Find it, grab onto it and keep that spark close, our sparks can not go out if we dont let them. And if you find your spark is fading and you just cant anymore, reach out! there are so many of us all with a spark too, willing to help everyones shine bright.

Sparkle, your meant to shine.

Cath x

makeup revolution obsession palettes

Hey! so the other week i noticed that at the end of makeup revolutions summer sale the make your own palette selection from makeup obsession were very cheap! the eyeshadows, blushers, highlighters etc were all 30-60p, and the palettes themselves were £1.50 for the large 12 pan size! they didnt have the black ones but even so i wasnt going to pass up on this bargain.

eyeshadow palette left to right – white out, pearl, azure, denim, emerald fizz, miami, royal, hypnotic, haute silver, treasure, midnight black.

you can tell i made this palette cant you? all my favourite colours! as you can see, one or two of the shadows i had already. I really like these eyeshadows, they are smooth, pigmented, they blend really well and dont go patchy. Theres a wide collection of colours to choose from as well, so all in all a really good budget eyeshadow pick that you can make perfect for you!

left to right – contour powder in fair, highlight moon, highlight pop, l’amour, flame, bloom, sun ray.

ive only tried the highlighters from obsession makeup before, so i cant say how the contour powder or blushers are. but i can say that the highlighters are really nice, soft and bendable, and they pack a punch! i really like them, especially moon the pretty lilac one.

so all in all, especially considering the price i paid for all these im really happy! i got such a bargain and i know im going to use them.

what was the last bargain you got?

cath x

A rather Large Superdrug Haul.

Hey there! so last sunday i made a rather large superdrug order, not only did did i need a few things superdrug currently as mix & match 3 for 2. So it was a good excuse to get some things i wanted as well! of course, its all for the blog (honestly the best excuse).

So over the past few months i went through a bit of a skincare phase, but i seem to have fallen back into a makeup phase now! i still needed/wanted a few skincare and haircare bits however.

My hair doesnt like this heat right now! ive loved the herbal essences naked shine range for a while but the conditioner doesnt seem to be quite cutting it anymore so instead i ordered the herbal essences naked green tea and mint conditioner (normally £3.99 currently £1.98). also hair wise i needed a new hair mask so got the ultimate blends coconut oil frizzy hair mask (currently £2.99 was £4.49). i got 2 showers as you can see, some of my favourites! the original source mint & tea tree shower gel  (£1, was £2.29) a staple of mine especially in the summer! and the superdrug fruity orange & satsuma shower gel (99p) is a shower gel i always order when i order from superdrug.

Finally for this section, i got 2 skincare items, ive really wanted a spritz like the B. hydrated hyaluronic acid facial spritz (£7.99) for a while, and as B. are on buy one get one free i thought i would pick up a back up of my current favourite cleanser for a second cleanse/morning cleanse, the B. clean Creamy Foam hydrating cleanser (£6.99) is amazing because it gives that clean fresh feeling for the summer without stripping or making your skin dry.


Onto the new shiny makeup! i was running very low on powder in general, and a friend suggested the E.l.f High definition setting powder (£7.50). i used this powder many years ago when elf was first in the uk and really liked it so i thought why not! i also really needed a pressed powder so i thought id give the maybelline fit me matte and poreless powder in translucent (£5.99) a go, i normally go for coloured powders but they are often not pale enough so i went for translucent instead.

on the theme of face products and maybelline, i thought id give the maybelline fit me matte & poreless foundation in 95 fair porcelain (£6.99) a try. i wish i could try more drugstore foundations but they are so often too dark for me. but they seem to have brought out a very light shade yay! i also hadnt tried a foundation in a while.
i picked up a tube of the collection lasting perfection concealer (£4.19) in the new shade extra fair, ive tried this concealer before but its never quite been light enough for me so fingers crossed this one is and i can finally give it a good go!
the last face product i picked up is the barry m all night long stick primer in original (£6.99). i really liked the sound of a stick primer, i really like stick products and really want to try more!

almost there i promise! i spent too much money, i needed some new mascaras/wanted some new ones to try, i couldnt resist tryin this new one from loreal the infallible unlimited mascara £10.99. i couldnt not try this really weird want, it bends to a right angle! so odd. The next mascara i bought is the loreal false lash X fiber mascara (£10.99), ive always wanted to try a fiber mascara and ive heard nothing but good things about this one! finally for mascaras, i got the barry m showgirl extra lengthening mascara (£4.99), ive been meaning to try this for a while hearing all good things about it, the tube is rather weighty!

the last thing i got was a new liquid liner, i normally use the bourjois liner pinceau because i find it really hard to find a matt liner with a tip i like! so i thought id try the maybelline master ink matte liquid eyeliner (£5.99). sounds promising considering its so hard to find a matte liner in the drugstore!

phew! as you can see i seriously hauled, thanks for the 3 for 2! what would you like to see me review first? let me know!

cath x