Monday, 28 April 2014

Face and Hair of the Day

I had an exam this morning so I didn't really bother with too much makeup and I just whacked my hair up in a trusty ponytail. The plait is what I did after my exam when I was playing around with my hair - which I like to do every now and then. I have been making a conscious effort to drink more water than I usually do, partly so I am nice and hydrated (need a hydrated brain for exams!) and also to help clear my skin. I have been noticing a difference in my skin lately too, it's a lot clearer and looks fresher than usual, despite the stresses of exams, so I'm happy. I realised the lighting isn't ideal in these pictures though, my face doesn't look that pink in real life!  So anyway, here is a list of what I'm wearing:

Maybelline Baby Skin Primer
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer "20"
♥ Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation "200, Soft Beige"
♥ Seventeen Pressed Powder "Delicate Beige"
♥ Maybelline the Rocket Volum' Express Mascara "Black"
♥ Jelly Pong Pong Lip Blush

My earrings are from Accessorize and my jumper is from Asos if anyone was interested. It took me about four attempts to get my hair to look half-decent but I think I did an okay job in the end? I have a love of plaits and often find myself platting my hair when I'm bored, I'm definitely going to do this hairstyle more regularly as it is actually really simple and quick to do. 

Until next time, live, laugh and love and enjoy all the little things in life 

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Nivea Day and Night Creams | Review

When it comes to skincare, I am constantly trying out new products and, when I find one that works for me, I stick to it for a while.... Before getting bored and trying a different one! So having used these two for a few months, I thought it high time to make up my mind about them. Previously, I didn't use a separate day and night cream, I just used one for all times of the day, however, I decided to see if it makes any difference. I picked up these two (nice and cheap!) at my local Boots and got moisturising. 

My initial thoughts were that they weren't any different. Just the same moisturiser in different packaging. After using it a bit more, I saw very distinct differences that I can't believe I didn't notice straight away!

Nivea Day Moisturiser
This one is quite a light moisturiser, so your skin doesn't feel oily throughout the day. It is fairly easily absorbed into my skin and has a smell that isn't overpowering. This moisturiser leaves my skin feeling fresh and hydrated, and as it has SPF15, I don't have to worry about my face getting burnt in this lovely English sun *cough*. In all seriousness, I wouldn't rely on this moisturiser alone to protect my skin in the summer, and especially not in a hotter country, however, it does the job just nicely in the British spring.

Nivea Night Moisturiser
As it is meant to keep your skin hydrated and smooth while you snooze away, this moisturiser is a lot thicker and heavier than the day moisturiser. It smells just the same as the day moisturiser too, just a little stronger. Unfortunately I don't think I will be repurchasing this product as my skin just feels so oily for ages after application. Although my skin does feel nice and soft in the morning, before then, I feel like I haven't rubbed it in enough and that I have to constantly wipe my face. Not exactly what you want from a moisturiser. It seems like Nivea have focused too much on the morning-after effects rather than the night-time effects.

A possible reason for them not being quite right for my skin is because I picked up the normal and combination skin version, whereas my skin would probably be classed as oily to combination. So maybe I'll give those versions a go and maybe they'll work better for me. I do, however, love this range because they work, and they aren't going to injure your bank account. Both of these were £2.99 each and they last a fair amount of time. They are super affordable and you definitely get value for money here!

Until next time, live, laugh and love and enjoy all the little things in life 
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