Here's a few little fun facts about todays outfit. Firstly, it turns out you genuinely don't need to bother with makeup at all as long as its sunny and you have a gorgeous pair of sunglasses, so there's 20 minutes extra to spend browsing jeans in Primark. Secondly, my mum has no taste in shoes - she insulted my gorgeous golden Boohoo flatforms, how very dare she?! I personally think they're the perfect amount of ostentatious metallic goodness to have in a shoe. Lastly, its all in the details - you can throw on any old dress (although it helps if its as pretty as this one) and make it look like a killer outfit by adding the ultimate accessories - such as a pretty manicure, a beautifully colourful satchel and an Olivia Burton watch (which I still haven't taken off.)
Sorry about the naked face shot guys, but its the kind of thing thats sort of necessary if you want to give a propah in-depth review of a foundation like - I don't know about you but I find it gives you slightly more of an idea of what its packing than a splodge on the back of a hand. So here we go, as you can see at the moment my skin has a few minor blemishes mostly around the chin and forehead, plus I've been getting random blotches of redness across my cheeks and of course, the ever present bags under the eyes. All in all, it isn't so bad, and a lot of the time I just wear concealer or a BB cream or tinted moisturiser of some kind, which has left me with a bit of a problem when it comes to a new foundation...I really hate the feeling of having something heavy on my skin.
So a couple of months ago when I went in search of a foundation I could wear on the days where I want a little extra something or if I'm going out somewhere fancy I was very specific about what I wanted - nothing powdery, nothing cakey, nothing that says 'high coverage' anywhere on the packaging. That my friends, is how I ended up going home with the Origins Plantscription Foundation making a £29.50 dent in my bank account.
So here you have two different 'after application' shots, the first is with just the foundation, blended with a Real Techniques expert face brush - and absolutely nothing else. The second photo has a little transparent face powder on the forehead and nose, plus some blusher, eyebrow pencil, mascara and lipgloss. So you can see what the foundation looks on me, plus how it looks as part of an everyday makeup look - helpful huh? I thought so!
So what do I think of the foundation? I like it - it feels light on the skin but you can build it up if you want to, and it leaves your skin looking nice and glowy, its dewy but not slideoffyourface oily although I wouldn't recommend it if you want a matte finish. I have to say it doesn't last for absolutely ages, it would get you nicely through the working day but you'd want to touch it up before heading out to the pub. Then you have all the nice additional stuff like the SPF and the fact that it apparently has anti-aging properties, I can't comment on that but maybe its one to try out if you have slightly more mature skin? Essentially, if you are like me and don't really like your foundation to feel like foundation, give this one a go - but do go to a counter and get matched to a shade because there isn't the widest choice available.
I really liked doing my first post on this subject and I found that it did make me just stop and be a bit appreciative of the things that make me happy in my life, so I figured I'd make it a semi regular thing! Here's some of the things making me stop and smile just now:
1) Summery Sunshine: today has been gorgeously sunny and warm and I'm a big believer that the weather plays a huge part in what your mood is like on a particular day, so it should be no surprise that today I'm happy as a clam! (I've never really understood that phrase, are clams particularly happy? What do they have to be that cheerful about eh?) A couple of hours ago I was sat outside on the grass reading a new book and eating an ice-cream and it was just gorgeous.
2) New Job: I'm so happy to have a shiny new job at Olivia Burton that I'll be starting next Monday! I had a few little problems that meant I had to leave my old one and I was feeling a bit down about my direction in life but now I feel optimistic and excited to get going! I'll officially be a London working girl (not that kind, get your mind out of the gutter.)
3) Bank Holidays: Easter weekend is coming up and not long after that, the May Day weekend which for me this year means I get to see Sean! He's coming down next weekend and I'll go up to Edinburgh in May and it'll be so nice to have a little bit of time to go out for dinner and wander around National Trust properties like the little old couple we are.
4) The Sims 3: I can't help it, I've loved the Sims ever since the very first game and I love it still. I've rediscovered my expansion packs recently and have been busy creating gorgeous houses and making my Sim people break up happy families because I've decided that I want to introduce the dad's genetics into my household.
5) Spring Cleaning: Yesterday and today I had a big ol' session tidying, cleaning and organising my room and it was very therapeutic, I love being able to lie on my newly made bed and not see any mess at all - tidy house tidy mind indeed. Plus I discovered this method for storing jumpers and t-shirts in drawers and now my wardrobe is practically at magazine photo-shoot levels of organisation.