Wednesday, 1 October 2014
Monday, 29 September 2014
Saturday, 27 September 2014
Grid images from my Instagram - beautyandthechic18
It's been a week since Brent and I came back from our holiday in Marrakech, Morocco. It's feels as though the holiday was a month ago, not a week, crazy how time flies and life goes back to normal so quickly.
The holiday in general was mainly a time for us to spend some time together properly in our own space. We spent most of our time lounging by the pool, reading, swimming and playing ping pong. We ventured out a couple of times throughout the week.
We booked an excursion, The History of Marrakech on the Monday which was roughly half way through our week. Being history buffs, we were both really excited to go on this trip. During the 4 hour tour, we visited Koutoubia Mosque (which was right by our hotel and in picture 8) Bahia Palace and the Saadiens Tombs. Everything was so interesting and different, it was amazing to see.
On two separate occasions, we visited the main market area and also the Souks which are a covered labyrinth of markets but you could easily get lost in there, it was so twisty and tangly. We had a couple of bartering experiences, the first one being really easy and fun, the second went from a lovely helpful man to a really intimidating one in a flash, it was so so awkward and really put us off doing it any more. Every person you walk past in the markets or souks are trying to get you into their store to buy stuff so it can get tiring saying "No thank you" every couple of seconds. There were so many abandoned cats which for an animal lover, really made me sad as they all looked so ill and skinny but they were still cute! I saw about 50 cats but only about 3 stray dogs.
The whole experience was great though, such a different way of living. We have decided we would go back to Morocco as it was so interesting and the weather was amazing. However, we would go to the coast, Casablanca next time, be great to see a different city.
Have you ever been to Morocco?
Wednesday, 24 September 2014
I've been meaning to write this post for a while, I'm not sure why it has taken me so long but here you are! I think everyone and their cat has heard about the Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso and after scouring the internet, I found a UK online store that stocks Milani. Can I get a "whoop whoop?!"
At the time, Luminoso was out of stock so I picked up Berry Amore - a gorgeous nude/coral that swatches as a beautiful true coral shade and Dolce Pink - a vibrant pink with a gold shimmer. I bought them from the store Comedic for £5.99 which I think is a pretty good price, cheaper than a plane ticket to the US! They sell quite a lot of the Milani range and it's great to know I can get my hands on it here if I really want it.
Both of these shades are really pigmented, one dab on the brush is all you need. They blend really well and don't leave any harsh stripes on the cheeks. The formula isn't powdery in either the palette or on the skin. The wear time on me is all day long, it's incredible! Neither do they sit in any dry patches.
I find the packaging rather bulky, although I do like the gold and the shape, they come with a flip compartment that houses a brush and a mirror and personally, I never use these so it just takes up space. If they took the compartment out, they could have a smaller compact which I would prefer.
Berry Amore looks a tad mauve in the pan and has a darker bronze and gold interlaced throughout. When it was brand new, there was an overspray of gold on the top however I hastily swatched it before I took a picture. There are noticeable gold shimmers in the pan but once on the skin, they are hardly seen and just create a lovely sheen on the cheeks. I was surprised when it swatched to a coral shade but I really love the shade it creates, it's great for my pale skin tone.
Dolce Pink is a true pink in the pan, a typical girly pink. It doesn't look as though there's any gold in this shade but once swatched there is some shimmer and the shade reminds me of NARS Orgasm. It's very pretty and although in the swatch the gold looks quite chunky, it blends out beautifully on the skin and are hardly noticeable on the cheeks.
Overall I am really impressed with these blushers, considering they are classed as drug store, they are worth every penny and get the job done. I can't help but feel like they are a cheaper alternative to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushers they just seem so similar but for a fraction of the price. That won't stop me from getting both though....
Have you tried any Milani Baked Blushers?