REVIEW: Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

I've never really understood the hype surrounding these little weird shaped make-up sponges. They always conjured up memories of 13 year old dabbles in foundation application. I must say though, these new hybrids are pretty damn fabulous.

I've tried this out the past few weeks with a multitude of foundations: MAC Face and Body, L'Oreal True Match (review to come!) and Bourjois Healthy Mix, and it works well with all of the above. It somehow gives a flawlessly blended base, without looking cakey at all - I think this might have something to do with the fact that the sponge is wetted before application.

I have found that I use slightly more foundation when applying this way, but it does seem to have longer lasting power when applied like this too. I honestly could not recommend it more, especially for under £6! Insert vain picture of foundation applied here:
Have you tried this before?

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OUTFIT: Staples and TReds


Finally another outfit post! And this time it's centred around the basic staples every wardrobe should have: a white tee, black skinny jeans and a good blazer. Black skinny jeans are pretty much my uniform these days, though much more dressed down for university! The (very creased) blazer is also a favourite of mine in the Spring, and I definitely think I should invest in a few more.

I teamed this basic ensemble with my new shoes from tReds, which were kindly sent to me. They are quite obviously reminiscent of the Valentino Rockstuds, and they are beautiful (and cheap!). Though they do just serve to make me want the real deal more! These ones are actually super comfy and go with so many things in my wardrobe. tReds delivery was really fast - next day in fact - and I found myself accruing quite the hefty wish list on their website.

Hope you have a successful Monday!


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Firstly - sorry to alarm you with the bare-faced picture. I'll be honest, when the #nomakeupselfie trend first landed on Facebook, like many people, I didn't exactly get it. But when pictures along with screenshots of donations started appearing, it all started to make a bit more sense. 

So far, 'no make-up selfies' - well more precisely, the donations that go alongside them - have raised over 2 million pounds. That is an incredible effort in just a few days, and it really goes to show how bloomin' easy it is to donate and help research thrive in this area. It's so nice to see a trend that's helpful, meaningful and actually pretty empowering - as opposed to those dreaded 'neck-nominations', anyway.

This year, cancer has affected me pretty profoundly, so it's been all the more incredible to see so much awareness being raised and so much money donated. When you can see where the money is going - because a family member can fight it and make a recovery because of research - it's really quite fantastic.

If you haven't done one already - I tag you. Take a quick snap and text BEAT to 70007. £3 will probably make a very small difference to you, but the collective effort is making a very big difference to Cancer Research UK.

What's your take on the #nomakeupselfie trend? Have you done yours yet?


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Review: Charles Worthington Volume and Bounce Texturising Spray

This stuff? Yeah, this stuff is good.

You've probably heard the hype about this texturising spray already, so I'll keep it short and snappy. If you haven't heard, this is supposed to be reminiscent of the extremely expensive Oribe Dry Texturising Spray - essentially a product that promises hair volume in a bottle. I think this is worth the hype it's been given: a few sprays at the roots of your hair, and you've got some pretty fantastic volume going on.

On my own hair - which is fine but there is a lot of it - it really lifts the hair, giving it a heightened and backcombed effect. I've tried this on a few friends so far as well, and it seems to have the same effect. It also smells damn good and lasts for ages - we're talking days.

My only gripe? It's pretty drying and somewhat crunchy; you can definitely tell it's there. This makes it something I am reluctant to use after having washed my hair, as although it doesn't feel greasy, it doesn't feel clean either. I have tended to save this for nights out, which are not exactly few and far between at Uni, so this works.

For £6.99, I will definitely be repurchasing. Have you tried it or it's upmarket sister, Oribe Dry Texturising Spray? Let me know!


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