Sunday, January 24, 2016


Catrice MATTraction | In A Rose Garden
Mattraction had been on my wishlist for quite sometime, but In A Rose Garden was a bit of an impulse buy. If you've been reading my blog for quite sometime or know me in real life you know that the lipsticks I usually go for are a variety of reds and pinks. These days I'm looking for similar shades to Brave by MAC as well as my usual reds and pinks. Both these colours I'm reviewing today are from the Ultimate Colour range.
In A Rose Garden is a creamy lipstick with a bit of a gloss finish. It's quite pigmented and with one lipstick application you get the full opacity. The colour is a mid-tone rose-beige with a pink undertone to it. This actually feels like quite a moisturizing lipstick, so if you suffer from dry lips like me, then this won't emphasize the dry parts. It just looks quite nice. So, the downside to this lipstick is the fact that it's really creamy. It'll transfer on anything, so the lipstick starts wearing off easily and after a few hours (especially if you've eaten or had anything to drink) you'll find that there's little product left on your lips.
Top: Catrice In a Rosegarden, Bottom: MAC Brave
I actually thought that it was a bit similar to MAC Brave, and it is in colour. In A Rose Garden is just a few shades too dark and has more of a brown undertone than Brave.
MATTraction is a semi-matte lipstick and it feels quite nice on the lips. I've rarely found matte lipsticks to be drying on my lips and my lips are quite dry! Like In A Rose Garden, this gives you full opacity with one swipe. It also goes on very smoothly. This is a cool toned red with the slightest hint of pink to it. MATTraction also has a slight blue tone to it which is the best kind of red for my skin tone. This lasts for quite a few hours even with eating and drinking but it will transfer a bit. You'll still have quite a bit of colour on your lips, just a slight fade around the middle parts of your lips so I'd say you'd need a re-application after eating! But other than that it does last quite nicely.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Who you really are

Dress: ASOS | Shoes: New Look | Necklace: New Look | Sunglasses: ASOS (Men's)
Before anything, I cut my hair. I cut my hair really short compared to what it was, and I have less than half of what I had before. I used to love my long hair, I used to love brushing it, leaving it down, looking at it etc. You know how it is when you love your hairstyle. Well in the past year (since about December 2014), I started hinting that I think it's time to get my hair cut short. I hinted it to my hairdresser (who was used to me asking her to barely cut anything off), to my mum and to my boyfriend. Save for my hairdresser who just asked me to think about it carefully, my boyfriend and my mum were a bit against the idea. Reason being that I had an epic meltdown when my hairdresser cut my hair by about 5 inches in 2014, I was not prepared for it at all. Long story short, I liked my hair long then and I did not want my hair cut like that.
But, I kept eyeing up shorter hairstyles and hinting it at some point or another that this would look nice etc. In December I had an appointment to trim my hair, and I found the hairstyle that I wanted (which is the one I now have) and I was like right, now is the time. Went to the hairdresser, had it cut and I was in LOVE. My hair grew by about 2 inches in 2 weeks so I made another appointment and we cut it just a bit shorter than the length I have now. I absolutely love it. I had very long hair for 9 years, and it was really time for a change. When you're no longer in love with your hair, that's when you know you need a change.
The second change that I had is that after a year and a half I got my braces removed. For once in my life I've got very straight teeth, no gaps and no one commenting about my teeth!! I've got a retainer that I need to wear a little bit more than I already do because a small gap is sometimes appearing in my front teeth. Spoke to my orthodontist about it and he said that I need to wear it a lot more than I do now for at least a year.
Third change, I have a car!! I've never had a car before, so I'm pretty excited. And that's about it when it comes to changes.