Review - Bourjois Bronzing Primer

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At the beginning of the year I bought the Bourjois Bronzing Primer on a bit of a whim after swatching it  a couple of times on previous Boots visits. I didn't really know what to expect from it, nor what I would use it for, but as it was being talked about as a dupe for the highly hyped about Soleil Tan De Chanel I had high hopes for it. The formula has a very silky soft, mouse like texture and on first appearance seems like it will feel extremely light on the skin, and it does in face have the barely there feel. It glides on like a dream. I cannot fault the formula at all. It's really lovely and so, so pigmented. You literally need to dab your finger on top to get a good covering of the product. As it's matte it's the perfect shade for contour, especially since it's quite an ashy toned brown rather than being red toned. I have pretty pale skin and once blended out don't at all find it too dark.

Bourjois Bronzing Primer packaging

Bourjois bronzing primer product close up

bourjois bronzing primer packaging

bourjois bronzing primer close up swatch

When I first bought this product I wasn't really sure what I was going to use it for. Maybe an overall bronzed effect for a nice summer glow, or as a cream contour for a more natural contoured look. However, I was really excited to try it out and have a play to find out the best ways to use it. I photographed it literally as soon as some good lighting came about so I could get to work with testing it. The first time I tried the Bourjous Bronzing Primer I instantly regretted buying it. I attempted to blend it in as a cream contour, under my foundation, but it just seemed to blend out for ever and ever. I then applied my foundation over the top and it again shifted as I blended my foundation it. When finished my face didn't appear contoured and my cheeks were darker than the rest of my face. Fabulous. After a week or two I decided to give the primer another go as I reckoned the issue was down to me applying far too much, and this time I used it for an overall bronzed effect, but again it just seemed to blend out forever and no matter how hard I tried I couldn't prevent the dreaded foundation line one my neck. After two failed attempted with the product it got put to the back of my muji drawers never to be used again...

That was until I saw it mentioned it a recent YouTube video and thought I should really find a way to use it, instead of it going to waste at the back of the draw. I again used it as a contour, applying a primer to my face first, and applying the smallest amount of Bourjois Bronzing Primer to the contour area. I blended it out with my finger and all appeared to be going well, hooray! To apply my foundation I used my blending sponge to avoid shifting the primer and... the primer stayed in place, my cheeks weren't darker than my face and most importantly of all, my contour looked natural. As previously said the formula is lovely. It's silky smooth and a dream to apply, it's just so pigmented that it needs to be applied really sparingly. A little really does go along way!

Have you tried this bronzing primer?

Kelsey xx



Style - The White Shirt

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I'm Kelsey and I'm a shirtaholic! Honestly, my wardrobe is over flowing with them and the shirt featured in today's outfit is my newest addition. It was a lovely little Forever 21 bargain that I knew I just couldn't leave the shop without, especially for only £11.50! It's a perfect airy shirt that is casual enough to wear day to day, but can easily be made to look a little more dressed up. I love wearing shirts with jeans for the sort of 'off duty model' look and this one goes particularly well with jeans, shorts and even skirts. It's a really great basic item to add to your wardrobe as it's so versatile. The light fabric means that even with longer sleeves it's perfect for summer days as it stays nice and cool but has enough coverage to keep you warm without needing a jacket on cooler summer evenings. I love how the turned up cuffs on the sleeves add a little something to the shirt, it's a lovely little detail that prevents it being too plan. 

Forever 21 shirt, all saints jeans, forever 21 boots, front ootd photo

forever 21 shirt, all saints jeans, forever 21 boots, back ootd photo

Close up forever 21 boots

forever 21 shirt, all saints jeans, forever 21 boots

forever 21 shirt, all saints jeans, forever 21 boots

Shirt - Forever 21, Jeans - All Saints, Boots - Forever 21, Bag - Urban Outfitters

Yesterday I went to Chester to pick up a few things from my uni house and have dinner in Hickorys Smokehouse (if you haven't been there, go, now!), whilst I was in the city. It was quite a cool summers day and the sun stayed behind the cloud most of the day and I decided to go with something that was still quite cool, in case it warmed up, but had enough to it to keep the chills off. The newest edition to my wardrobe, the lovely Forever 21 shirt, seemed like the perfect choice as it has cool fabric yet cover for the arms. I paired the shirt with my All Saints coated jeans and Forever 21 boots, turning the jeans up at the ankles to break up the black on black, an easy little addition to an outfit which I really like doing. I love how well the shirt and jeans go together, giving a lovely smart yet casual enough to wear during the day look. Shirt paired with jeans are definitely on of my go to looks!

Kelsey xx

Festival and Camping Makeup Picks

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I know all too well the horrors of over packing for a festival. I've been to Leeds Festival twice and over packed both times. I know the pain of lugging your overflowing bag through the car park, across fields, to the entrance and then finally trying to find a good camping spot. I've even done it in the poring of rain whilst carrying a cardboard crate of cider that was slowly dissolving in my hands. I definitely have a tendency to over pack, no matter what the occasion, but when going to a festival or camping you kinda need to take the essentials and try to avoid packing three different foundations and blushers. However, girls being girls, we need want to look fresh faced so it's unlikely we'll go without the makeup bag completely. I do tend to stick to drugstore brands when going to festivals though for a couple of reasons; Tents often get hot, no matter what the weather, and the last thing you want is a hot tent ruining your £30 foundation! Secondly, unfortunately things happen such as breakages, fires and theft - so keep that in mind. A few essential makeup items is honestly all you'll need, just enough to keep you looking fresh faced and awake (concealer will be your best friend after sleeping in a tent for a couple of nights!), and that you can apply within minutes so.


The Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream is really light weight but has great coverage, especially for those with pesky redness! It's great for dry skin girls but also isn't dewy and has a semi matte finish, which is great to keep the shine at bay when you're in hot crowds! It's also quite well lasting so you can apply it in the morning and not need to think about touching it up. One great thing about it is that it applies well with any method, including using fingers, so it saves you having to pack a foundation brush!

Like I said before, after a few nights sleep in a tent concealer will be your best friend to cover those pesky dark circles and keep you looking awake. The Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Concealer has great coverage and is again really light weight, plus it stays in place so well. Like it's foundation counterpart it blends in really well with fingers so you won't need a brush!

To set the foundation and keep shine at bay a good powder is needed. Although I much prefer loose powders they can be messy and you really don't want to open your makeup bag to find it covered in powder so a good pressed powder is essential. The L'oreal True Match powder is really light weight and doesn't leave you with a cakey finish but does leave you with a light, flawless base. It comes in pretty tough packaging so it's great for throwing in your bag for touch ups during the day.

The Sleek Face Form Palette is a great 3 in 1 product to throw in your makeup bag so you can add colour and a little glow to your skin whilst at a festival. It comes in really sleek, plastic packaging which takes up hardly any room and means that the product is protected from being bashed around. The palette contains a matte bronzer which makes a great contour and general bronzer, a pink champagne highlighter and a rose gold blush. All the products blend fantastically and last well on the skin so you can throw in on in the morning and off you go!

For quick brows on the go the Maybelline Brow Drama is great for getting those unruly hairs in place, setting them and adding colour all in one. I use this as a brow gel normally but as it's coloured it's a great all in one and my go to for natural makeup days. It lasts all day too which is fab and is like 20 second brows in a tube! A perfect festival product!

At festivals I rarely bother with eye shadow as it just seems too much hassle but if you aren't feeling the naked eye look the Barbara Daly Longwear Eyeshadow stick is a great on the go product. I have a review of the shade 'Shimmering Sand' here, which is a lovely shimmery nude pink, and the formula is incredible. A quick swipe of this across the eyelids and blending with a finger adds a lovely hint of colour to the eyes, that won't budge or crease all day! Added bonus - you won't need a brush for this product! For mascara I wouldn't go anywhere without my Soap and Glory Thick & Fast, it's just amazing. Adds volume, lengthens and is the deepest black to make sure your lashes stand out.

Lip balms are an essential product to any trip and I love the Nivea Milk and Honey as it smells lovely and works well. Tents often get really hot, even when the weather isn't great, so lip products like Vaseline are best avoided so they don't make a melted mess everywhere. For lip colour bright oranges, reds and pinks always look great and go along well with the festival vibe, plus they add a pop of colour to a basic makeup look. I really love the Revlon Matte Balm range as the formula is great and they last well. They have a mild minty scent and although they're matte they don't dry your lips out. MAC's Toying Around is another firm favourite for a pop of colour and again has a fantastic formula.

What are your festival and camping makeup picks?

Kelsey xx

Outside the Blog Photography #2

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As my first 'outside the blog photography' post went down really well I'm back with another! I really enjoy looking at these sorts of posts on other blogs so I'm really glad it's being enjoyed on my blog too! I've got a lot more spare time on my hands, since I've now finished uni, so I'm hoping I can get out with my camera more and these posts will become more frequent. I'm even hoping to step out of my photography comfort zone and try more landscape photography and just things, other than animals, that catch my eye! Also, I'm getting all my used 35mm films developed soon so look out for those photos featuring on the blog! 

I went to a nearby lake a few days a go to take outfit posts and as I was about to leave I saw a couple of Squirrels and decided to snap a few pictures of them. Unfortunately, with all the excitement of creeping up on the squirrels, I didn't think to change my camera settings so the exposure on some of them wasn't quite what I would have liked it to be. I probably looked like a crazy camera lady to passers by as I was scrabbling in the bushes trying to get a few pictures. Squirrels can be quite scatty so it takes a bit of patience and creeping to get pictures of them without them scrabbling away, but I managed to get a few. Anyway, I thought I'd share a few of the pictures I took with you!






 Kelsey xx

Review - Mac Lipstick in Toying Around

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A couple of weeks go I popped to my local MAC counter to pick up a product I'd been after for a while, the Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle. However, when I walked over to the counter the Playland collection was right there, staring me in the face and I knew I wouldn't leave feeling satisfied unless I swatched a couple of the lipsticks that were drawing me in. I ended up trying to pick between Sweet Experience, Happy Go Lucky and Toying Around, and after considering just getting all three, I left with a little less money in my bank and Toying Around in my hand.
MAC Toying Around

MAC Toying Around

MAC Toying Around

MAC Toying Around
Toying Around is an amplified finish, which is one of my MAC favourites. It's really creamy, really pigmented, not glossy yet not matte. It's definitely my go to finish. I find the amplified finish lipsticks always last really well on the lips and aren't drying, but on dry lip days they still work well if you apply a balm over the top. Of course you still need to do a little top up after eating, but that's to be expected with any lipstick. As always with MAC, Toying Around comes in the sleek little bullet packing with the ever so satisfying 'click' when you put the lid back on, not forgetting the sweet vanilla scent that you always get with a MAC lippy.
The colour of Toying Around is a beautiful bright coral pink that doesn't lean too much to the orange side but also isn't too pinky pink. After diving in to the world of orange and coral lipsticks this one has been happily added to my collection and is fast becoming one of my go to summer lipsticks. The colour of it is just beautiful and perfect for this time of year. Although it's quite bright it is really wearable and is a great shade for anyone who is looking for a muted down orange lipstick or wants to try out coral/orange shades. I've been wearing it with really simple eye makeup and bronzed up cheeks for a lovely simple summer look with a pop of colour.

Have you tried anything from the playland collection?

Kelsey xx

Style - Daisy Daisy

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So today I took the plunge. I took outfit photos in a public place, a place where people could see me posing and were getting in the way. I even had someone else taking the pictures for me. In all honesty I was a little nervous at first. My previous outfit photos have been taken in my room with just me, my camera and my tripod. However, I actually enjoyed doing outfit photos outside and, if people saw me, who cares! I'm actually much happier with the quality of these photos than I've been with any I've taken myself. They're much more in focus and the exposure is a lot better. I actually can't wait to go my next outfit photos!

Outfit - H and M

Outfit - H and M

Outfit - H and M

Outfit - H and M

Outfit - H and M

 Dress - H&M, Sandals - Newlook, Denim - Topshop, Bag - Accessorize, Sunglasses - Raybans

 I find it hard to find dresses that I not only like on the hanger, but I also like on myself and flatter my figure. As I'm quite short I find some dresses kind of swamp me and make me look smaller, so I tend to stick with what I know and just go for skater dresses. However, the other day I saw this lovely daisy print sun dress and since it was only £10 I knew I had to grab it! I really love the delicate daisy print and as it comes in slightly at the waist it's quite flattering but also casual, perfect for warm summer days. The material is really light and floaty so it would be great for holidays abroad or a trip to the beach, but it's not so floaty that a gust of wind could cause you some embarrassment. Although it's nice a light for summer then colour and style means that you could easily wear it in to autumn. I think it would look really love layered over a plan tee, with some black tights, leather jacket and a thick scarf. Not forgetting some lovely Chelsea boots. As it gets colder you could layer over a burgundy chunky jumper, I love layering in winter.

The pattern and style of the dress gives it a girly yet slightly grungy feel which is a style I really like, I never like to dress overly girly. As it was pretty warm today I went bare legged and teamed the dress with my chunky gladiator sandals. They're really comfy and although they have a heel the platform means you really can't tell. I've walked around all day in them before and not had any issues with sore feet! The sandals work really well with the dress and add to the slightly grungy look, but they also work really well with jeans! I really like how the look of the dress with my leather jacket but it was a little too warm today so I grabbed my denim, which I think balances the girlie and grungy well. My little winged bag has been my go to for the past couple of months. I love the pastel pink colour of it!

Kelsey xx

Too Faced Wishlist

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I sometimes feel that, although they're a high end brand, Too Faced are often over looked and, with the exceptions of products such as the Chocolate Box palette, they're not frequently talked about amongst bloggers. However, they do have some of the prettiest products in the makeup world and their packaging is beautiful. If you haven't already browsed their pretty products but love really girlie packaging go and check them out now, or at least after reading this post! In all honesty I haven't really taken an interest in Too Faced until a couple of weeks ago, but after seeing what they had and after reading a few reviews my wishlist immediately grew and with it included a few of their products. I was actually looking for a new eye shadow primer and once I saw the packing of the Too Faced primer I was instantly drawn to the rest of their products and, you know, an hour or so later the lusting after their products began.

Too Faced Wishlist


It wasn't until recently that I realised how beautiful the Chocolate Bar palette is. Clearly I'm a little late to the game. It's got the perfect mix of mattes and shimmers, lights and darks, pinks and browns, not forgetting beautiful highlighting shades. Palettes like this are great for traveling as they're so versatile and you can get so many looks from just this one palette. I've read so many reviews on this little palette and it seems worth the entire £45, particularly because everyone mentions the lovely chocolate scent you get greeted with when you open it! Next up is the beautiful Sweetheart Beads which I knew I needed to get my hands on as soon as I saw them. I'm a sucker for a pretty highlighting blush so it was obvious that these would jump straight on my wishlist when I saw them. The beads contain a mixture of bronzing, peachy and pink beads all with a subtle hint of shimmer that adds a natural luminance to the cheeks. It really looks like the perfect product for this time of year, particularly to brighten up a natural look or add a pretty summer glow. I doubt it will be long until these are added to my collection! Another palette on my wishlist, but how pretty is the Bonjour Bronzing palette?! In the past year I've been really getting in to bronzers, which is a complete turnaround from the times when I wouldn't touch them with a barge pole for fear of looking like an little orange Umpa Lumpa. These days I can't seem to get enough of them, or stop buying them. This palette is another one that seems perfect for traveling as it contains a mixture of different shade as well as mattes and shimmers. Mustn't forget the cute little kabuki that's also included! When it comes to mascaras I usually opt for drug store brands as I find that these do the job just as well as any high end brand. However, the packaging and brush on the Size Queen mascara look incredible! A definite must try! Lastly is the Too Faced Eye Shadow Insurance. Although I've heard mixed reviews about this I really want to try a primer other than the Urban Decay Potion Primer that I've been using. When it comes to base products I much prefer high end brands as I think they work must better and I would really love to see for myself what the Too Faced primer is like.

Have you tried anything from Too Faced? What would you recommend?

Kelsey xx

Review - Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation

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After having the Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation on my wishlist for what seemed like forever I popped down to Space NK, got colour matched and left the store a happy little blogger. It's a foundation that's highly raved about in the blogging world and with glowing reviews I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Anyway, I've now been using this foundation off and on for a good 6 months and it's taken me this long to decide what I actually think of it. Some days I love it and some days I hate it, it's a weird one.

Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation

I've tried a few different ways to apply this foundation; buffing brushes, the RT expert face brush, good old fingers and finally a beauty blender dupe. Although I love the initial finish the brushes give I find it doesn't take long to look heavy and cakey. I found that using a brush gives fab coverage but the natural your-skin-but-better finish just isn't there. The Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation is raved about for giving a naturally flawless finish but with a brush i just couldn't achieve this, maybe it's my skin? However, I do find that using my fingers works well when I'm in a rush. The warmth from my fingers blends it in to my skin well and although this way doesn't give the best coverage it's great for a really natural look that covers what I want to be hidden. By far my favourite way of applying this foundation is using my beauty blender dupe. It really helps to leave a natural finish that isn't too heavy and doesn't look cakey. It covers all my imperfections, including my redness, which I find a lot of foundations don't do well. I have dry skin and find that the slightly dewy finish works really well, staying put and looking fresh pretty much all day. One thing that I don't really like about this foundation is that there seems to be a fine line between building it up for more coverage and it looking really heavy, it's just something to be aware of. The majority of the time it looks fab, but you can really tell if you apply a little too much. It's a really great foundation but I found that you really need to play around with methods of applying it and find what suits your skin best.

Unfortunately I was colour matched slightly too dark and although it seems to match my facial skin tone once applied you can see it obviously doesn't match my neck! However, luckily a bit of bronzer down the neck seems to fix this and if the sun makes an appearance for more than a day hopefully it'll be fixed by a natural tan too!

Have you tried this foundation?

Kelsey xx



My Favourite Summer Base Combination

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I'm not usually one to blow my own trumpet but, at the North West Bloggers event in Liverpool, I got a lot of compliments about my skin and how flawless my makeup was so, I thought I'd give you a little sneak peak in to what base products I use to give a radiant flawless base that doesn't slip and slide in the heat!

Estee Lauder Doublwear Foundation and Dior Airflash CC Primer

I'm not lucky enough to be blessed with skin that gives me the confidence to wear a very light coverage in the summer, so I generally opt for something full coverage. It can be a little tricky to find a full coverage base that doesn't look too 'there' and doesn't feel heavy on the skin, but I think I've finally cracked it! On warmer days I tend to go for foundations with a matte finish, despite my dry skin, as I find they work better with heat and humidity because, lets face it, no one wants their makeup slip and sliding in the heat! However, I also want to look radiant and healthy, which can sometimes be taken away my matte foundations!

I recently discovered the Dior Airflash CC Primer and really love it! It's very different from other primers I've tried, being a spray formula, but it has a lovely pearlescent finish which leaves my skin glowing! It's a really pretty product. There are two ways it can be applied, either directly to the face or sprayed on to the hand first. I prefer to spray it straight on to my face and gently pat it is as it's much easier and gives a more even distribution. It looks so pretty when on the skin, really helps to even out skin tone and gives a beautiful healthy glow. I can't get enough of it!

Estee Lauder Doublewear foundation is a product I seem to have a love hate relationship with. In winter I absolutely hate wearing it day to day. It just doesn't work with my skin and ends up looking very dry and dull. However, in summer I can't get enough of it. It seems to have a bit of s stigma as being a heavy, full coverage foundation but I don't find it feels heavy at all. It covers all my imperfections, such as my redness, but still looks natural and went teamed with the Dior primer looks really radiant. I love applying it with my blending sponge as it just gives a flawless finish and adds a little moisture in too. A lovely thing about this foundation is, as it's semi matte, it doesn't slip or slide in the heat. The combination of the Dior Primer and Estee Lauder Doublewear foundation gives a beautiful finish that's perfect for summer!

Kelsey xx
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