mid-month reviews

Friday, July 19, 2013
Happy Friday, all! This weekend is looking to be absolutely wonderful ... I'm thrifting on Saturday morning and going to do some artwork on Sunday. Plus, I'm going to make the most of the free time and shoot a few outfits whilst I have the time. Anyway, I haven't done one of these posts in a little while, so I thought it was high time I shared a few current favourites with you all. Enjoy, and please don't hesitate to leave a few of your favourite things lately in the comments. 

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte:
Ever since attempting to read Wuthering Heights when I was 13 or 14, I've always been a little intimidated by the Bronte sisters' and their classic work. For English this term, we have to perform a monologue based around classic literature, so I decided to pick Jane Eyre. I'm really enjoying it so far and find that the writing style is not as complicated as I thought it would be. Plus, the Penguin Books are pink at the moment, which is very perfect for Miss Avenue M ;)

Necklace by Colette Hayman:
This beauty was an absolute steal a few weeks ago. The store was having a colossal sale and I picked it up for a mere three dollars. It's the perfect mix between modern and classic and looks beautiful with a white blouse and printed skirt. 

Maybelline Mascaras

The Colossal Cat Eyes: This is my favourite out of the three. Paired with the use of an eyelash curler, this mascara is perfect for creating a pretty and simple cat eye shape - flaring out into a beautiful wing. The only downside, it smudges pretty easily and I do tend to look a little 'racoon-ish' by the end of the day. This isn't the waterproof formula though so that problem could easily be fixed.

The Rocket Volume: First impression was: huge! The brush is plump and is similar to the Lash Blast mascaras by Covergirl. I use this on my bottom lashes to bring them to life. It's perfect if you're looking for a mascara that will make your eyelashes look volumous, but not so great it you're after curl and length. Also, I wouldn't recommend buying this in waterproof unless you have an excellent makeup remover, you'll be scrubbing your eyeballs otherwise. 

The Falsies: The most well-known out of the three. This one has always been a favourite for me as it adds not only curl, but length and volume as well. Beware of clumping though! This mascara doesn't have a long life expectancy - drying out is guaranteed!

Maybelline Color Whisper in 'Pink Possibilities': A sheer, pretty lip colour perfect if you have dramatic eyes. I love wearing this lip colour when I've used gold eyeshadow. The two colours work flawlessly together. I was really impressed by these lip colours - I wouldn't call them a balm (they can be a little drying), but I love the semi-matte finish and sheer, buildable colour range. 

Ella Bache Sunguard foundation: This stuff is AMAZING. Oh my goodness. I don't use it as a whole-face foundation because it's not my shade, but it is a brilliant concealer. The coverage is fantastic and I've been using it on spots and under my eyes. The best part about using it as an undereye concealer is that it doesn't crease in those silly little lines under the eye. It also doubles as a heavy duty sunscreen so you're keepin' your skin young and preventing premature aging too. 

Maybelline Color Tattoo eyeshadow in 'Bad to the Bronze': The perfect taupe eyeshadow to create an easy, simply eye look. I love the creamy consistency the the long lasting, smudge proof staying power. 

Hamilton everyday face sunscreen: Something that I'm constantly very cautious of (especially since I've been on roaccutane) is making sure my pale skin is protected from the sun. This sunscreen is specially formulated for the face and can be worn under makeup. It's also perfect for acne-prone skin (bingo!) as it's non-comedogenic. The finish is also very pleasant; lovely and matte. 

Clarins instant lip perfector: This gloss is beautiful. It's very subtle and perfect for any skin tone as the colour has neutral undertones. The consistency is lovely too, very smooth and not sticky at all. 

I hope you enjoyed this post! Have a lovely day xo


Mariana said...

I love this kind of posts! Can't wait to see the outfit photos you will be taking xx


Lexi said...

My gosh, that necklace is absolutely stunning! Great find.


Carina said...

Ooh that necklace is so cute! Very pretty lipstick too :)

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Dilan Dilir said...

great reviews! The necklace looks perfect :)

. said...

that necklace is gorgeous, and I agree withe waterproof comment, I use the colossal volum express wateproof and is so hard to remove,it takes me like 3 days,but it makes my lashes look so good... haha

Unknown said...

Is your necklace Lovisa in the bottom picture that you're wearing? I have the same one! Haha love the favourites posts xxx

Lena said...

such a lovely post and reviews. your weekend sounds perfect, I'm spending mine working on assignments.. only 2 weeks in to the term! x


nanawintour said...

There is so much prettiness in this post. I love it! I read Jane Eyre when I did Literature at school and really enjoyed it. I want to have a look at it again actually, and To Kill A Mockingbird which we studied too.

I love the Cat Eye mascara too. I'm sad mine dried out. Rimmel's Lash Accelerator is pretty good though. I am loving that one at the moment. You have a Clarins gloss too! Those are so so good. I think I'll get good wear out of mine once it starts warming up a bit here.

S xo

pigeon said...

I love Jane Eyre AND Wuthering Heights <3 this book is so beautiful! I love when the covers are so simple and well-designed and leave a space for your imagination (why are book covers usually ugly? :<)
keep it up, posts about books are great!

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Unknown said...

There are just so many things I want to try!

First of all, I have had Jane Eyre sitting on my shelf for a while, and I keep meaning to pick it up and read it!

I need to buy one of those mascaras ASAP! Can you believe that I don't own any? My eye's water terribly sometimes, so I tend to just forget to apply mascara :( Also the lippy looks such a pretty shade

Finally, I have been wanting to get a new foundation for a while. I will go find out more about Ella Bache

This is such a great post Maria

xx Carina

Rachel, Cold Knees said...

that necklace is fab, very you! :) x

Unknown said...

Jane Eyre! So good - also, I need to get my hands on the Penguin Books it seems. That is kind of the best color pink ever!


Ruby Sterland said...

I loved reading this! I'm definitely going to try the Colour Tattoos :-) Love your necklace! x