Sleek Palette Review

Friday, 28 February 2014


Sleek Contour Kit - Superdrug

It was love at first sight with the Sleek Contour Kit. I have always admired Sleeks make-up, especially their eyeshadow palettes, but I've never purchased any of their products solely to the fact Sleek isn't sold in any store in my town. I knew I wanted this handy little palette when I saw in months back, and with Christmas coming up and a good deal on the Superdrug website, I added it to my basket for Santa to bring me on Christmas day. It's a small palette with 3 different powders, a blush, a contouring powder, and a highlighter.

I used the palette the day I got it and really did love what it did. The Contouring Powder was a lovely subtle brown shade which I used more as a bronzer to warm up the whole of my face. Many times I've used a contour/bronzer and not realised quite how pigmented it is before putting it on my face. Sleeks on the other hand is a light colour which can be easily built up. Next, the Blush is a lovely peachy pink colour which is gorgeous on the apples of my cheek with a light dusting. Finally is the Highlighter which is probably my favourite of the three. I only own one other highlighter which is Benefits High Beam and I much prefer this one. I found a powder works a lot better for me, it's not so obvious and works beautifully along the top of my cheek bones, nose and forehead.


Your love is too high

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

TOP - ASOS // LEGGINGS - H&M // CONVERSE- OFFICE

I got this top back in the Boxing Day Asos sale and I was actually really nervous about wearing it - it's a bit more out there with the snakeprint front and leather sleeves but I really want to start getting a bit more daring with what I wear, and playing with textures and prints is a perfect way to start. This week is the dreaded mock week so I spent my half term revising.. unfair or what?!

Also, I'm thinking of renaming my blog. I'm hoping to get rid of the 'blogspot' bit in my url but unfortunately the domain lucycole.com is already taken (damn you common name!). If I don't have a light bulb moment in the next few weeks I'll probably go with lucy-cole.com, but preferably I'd like to avoid any hyphens/numbers in it, so if any of you, much more imaginative, readers would like to suggest anything - please do!!

Review: La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo & Bioderma Sample Set

Sunday, 23 February 2014


Recently I received a package from the premier beauty website Escentual expecting just the one product, however when opened I was pleasantly surprised to find not only the much-raved -about La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Plus +* but also a set of Bioderma Samples* products, a brand I've been wanting to try out for ages now!

Although I haven't had Effaclar Duo for long now, I am already loving it. I've been after this for months however it has always been out of stock both online and in-store at Boots and I never knew where else I could buy it, until now of course! I'm not quite sure whether you're supposed to use this instead of moisturiser or before/after however I've been using it afterwards, or sometimes instead of! It claims to 'correct the appearance of blemishes, while unclogging blocked pores, controlling shine and refining the skin's texture' and it totally lives up to these. After using it just a few times I've already noticed the miracles it is working with my skin and it's only going to get better. It's easy to apply, non-sticky, a smooth texture and sinks in instantly. The only teeny-tiny-winy negative I've found is that when I wake up after applying this the night before, I do feel a bit oily-er than usual. But this is something very minor which can be fixed easily as I'd cleanse my face then anyway! I think it's safe to say this is at the top of my fave skincare product for now!


Now for the surprise products, the Bioderma Skincare Sample Set*, this pack is ideal for someone like me. I am eager to get into the high-end skincare but really have no idea where to start. There are so many brands with so many products and it's very easy to get something that doesn't work for my skin type and waste money! The pack consists of 22 samples of 5 different types of products: Sebium, Sensibo, Atoderm, Photoderm, and Hydrabio each aimed at different skin types. So far I've only tried one product which is the Sebium Hydra - Moisturing Replenishing Care and so far so good! I'm looking forward to giving everything a go to see what suits me best and hopefully buy a few full sized products!

Etat Pur BO1 Micellar Cleansing Water Review

Friday, 21 February 2014


I won this cleansing water a while back when I won a blog giveaway and had never heard of the product, nor the brand before, so I was excited to give it a go! The Micellar Cleansing Water is a typical cleansing water, claiming to 'cleanse and remove make-up in one wipe' and 'respect the skins natural balance and guarantee good ocular tolerance'.

I tend to use this in the evening to remove my make-up or just as a simple cleanser in my routine. I found it was brilliant at removing make-up, perhaps not in the claimed 'one swipe', but it did a great job, even with that har-to-budge waterproof mascara. It didn't leave my face feeling oily/greasy either which I find some products do. What's also great is because it's water, there's no need to wash it off like some cream cleansers. I'm always partial to quick, hassle-free products! What I love about this is that it really does feel like water on your skin. It has pretty much no fragance so definitly wont irratate the skin

The product costs £7.40 for a 190ml bottle. Although I am impressed with this, I don't feel as if it has wowed me enough quite yet for me to purchase a bottle myself. It seems like it'll last a while but I just feel as though I could probably find something that does just a good job but much cheaper. I think I need to give it a go for a bit longer to form a real opinion on it.

Sparkles

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

CAMI - MISSGUIDED // JEANS - TOPSHOP // BOOTS - BOOHOO // CLUTCH - PRIMARK

Jeans and a cami will always be classy. What's even better is that this cami is covered in sequins and it's pink. I bought it a while ago for Union J because concerts automatically mean a new outfit and sparkles, right?! And I eneded up wearing it with a cute skater skirt and converse, but this look is ideal for a girls night out.

Instagram Update #16

Monday, 17 February 2014

 wrapped up annas present all cute // (a massive paragraph about how much i love the wanted and how sad i am that they're taking a break - read on my insta HERE) // i have the best best friends
 attempted to make naan bread, failed. miserably. // thank you primark for these beauties // partaaay
 2 years since we had our meal with olly // best kind of parcels // rainy day
thanks mum // review // 2 years since i bumped into my favourite man ever

It's been a very fun few weeks. I've celebrated a lot of birthdays, looked back at some of my favourite past times and spent far too much money. Someone please find me a job! The worst news was that my all time favourite boyband announced they would be taking a break earlier this year and I am totally and utterly devastated. I have tickets to their tour in March and April and I can't quite believe it's likely to be my last time of meeting and seeing them. Although I certainly think it's time to say goodbye to my fangirl ways. A few concerts were also announced in the months of January and February. I'm looking forward to a summer of festivals and friends! My brother jetted off today to Bangkok to start his travelling adventure. I am SO jealous that he'll be visiting so many places, especially Australia and the famous Bondi Beach! All in all, I'm just feeling very happy and optimistic about what the rest of the year has in stall for me. What have you been up to recently?

Balancing blogging

Sunday, 16 February 2014


Being a blogger and a A-Level student can sometimes be hard, I'm at Sixth Form five days a week from 8:30 till 3/4 and spend a lot of my spare time doing sport, so it's always hard to to balance my study time and my blogging time. After juggling both for over a year now, I've learnt many lessons..

Lists
Make lists of what you want to blog about - I have a little notepad and pen on my bedside table to jot down any ideas I have, whether it be a particular outfit/item of clothing or a review. There's been so many times I've thought of something great to blog about but not noted it down and forgotten about it! Also, the satisfaction you receive when you cross everything off your list is great.

Schedule Posts
I've always scheduled posts, especially when I've had exams. I know some bloggers aren't so keen on people writing posts months ahead, but at the end of the day, my education comes first and if that means having posts go up when they're no longer necessarily up to date, then so be it! Of course, don't go doing Christmas posts when it's mid-summer, but you know what I'm getting at here. I tend to make sure I have 2 or 3 drafted posts at a time so if something does pop-up, I have something that keeps my blog active.

Plan Ahead
I like to know when I'm going to blog. For example, I'll wake up on the weekends and set myself an hour or two to do a few blog posts in the morning, and again in the evening and I'll do some studying during the day. This way I know I'll get everything I need to do done. Similarly, sunlight isn't around every hour so sometimes it's a good idea to pick a certain time to take your photo's. During the week I don't have time to photograph my outfits, so normally I'll pick a day when I don't have much work to do and I'll go through and picture all of the outfits I wore that week during the day when there's the right light for photos.

Prioritize
You need to know where your priorities lie. For me, blogging is simply a hobby and my education will always come first, so sometimes my blog will have to take the back seat for a while, but that's okay. If you have a job, maybe that will take priority. Some people are lucky enough to have blogging as their job!

Only do it if you feel it
I am very guilty of doing posts simply because I have time, and not because I want to. I sometimes have days when I really aren't feeling it and am incapable of doing a fairly decent post. Nobody is forcing you to blog. Most readers are bloggers themselves and know what it's like. If you're not going to produce a good post, don't force yourself. Readers can wait that extra day, or maybe week!

What are your tips for balancing blogging?

Avon Mega Effects Mascara Review

Friday, 14 February 2014


Today I'm reviewing the Mega Effects Mascara by Avon. I have to be honest and say I brought it purely because of it's different design and uniqueness in comparision to normal mascaras. This mascara claims to 'provide panoramic volume and corner to corner coverage for dramatic definition' as well as being 'flake-proof and sweat-proof''.

The packaging is very different to most, on the opposite end of the applictor is a handle which is moveable, so you're able to bend in order to apply the product as easily as possible. This design means you apply it from holding the handle in front of the eye, rather than the side like most mascaras. Although the design is exciting at first, it soon becomes apparent why all mascara's are wands, and not like this one. The handle is very hard to remove and feels as if you're going to end up tugging and having it fly across your room. You then go to apply the mascara and your problems continue. The bristles are supposed to tug on your lashes to give the volumised look, but I found no matter what I did, I ended up with some on my lid, and just below my bottom lashes too. The last thing I want to be doing is using a Q-tip to remove mascata from my entire eye area. The formula is fairly wet too which just makes this issue worse. Finally, as you can see from the photo, the shape of the brush meant I struggled to get any product on my inner lashes. Although the mascara works and does the job, it costs a lot at £10.00 for 9ml and it's just far too much hassle for an overall not amazing finish.

Wild heart

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

JACKET - NEW LOOK // TOP - PRIMARK // JEANS & SHOES - TOPSHOP

This is such a cute little top - Primark really do well sometimes! Although it's a good job I only ever wear high waisted jeans because it's super short. I always feel a little bit odd wearing collared tops because after watching Zoella on Youtube for years I only ever associated collars with cute little petite people, which I'm certainly not!

Wishlist: Shoe Envy

Sunday, 9 February 2014


1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6

Last week I popped into town to buy myself a new pair of cheap heels for a party and found some gorgeous plain black wedges from Primark for a mere £12! While in town searching I found many, many shoes which just need to fall onto my shoe rack soon. New Look particularly impressed me with their sandals and made me very excited for Summer, I LOVE the chunkly soles and the monochrome style in number 1. I still clearly haven't got over the cut-out trend which Topshop and Missguided are hitting the nail on the head with at the moment! I just wish I didn't have such narrow feet!

What are your favourites?!

Freederm Gel Review

Friday, 7 February 2014

FREEDERM GEL - SUPERDRUG

Everybody hates spots, and I personally am always looking for new products to rid them ASAP! I've gone from product to product and find a lot of them are very similar. Recently I went back to an old favourite, good old Freederm Gel. This gel contains nicotinamide which is an anti-inflammitory ingredient, perfect for those spots ressembling mount everest or other various mountains.

I apply this once or twice a day, sometimes when I come home and always before I got to sleep at night. It says you can apply it in the morning but this isn't a good idea as it dries white - nobody wants random white dots all over their face! The results are good - although it doesn't get rid of the spot completely (I am still in hope that a product that does this will soon be invented) it does however reduce in size and redness and is a lot better than what I would imagine leaving it without any products would be like.

One thing which isn't so great about this product is the price, it costs you £4.99 for a 10g tube. For those of you where getting a spot is a rare occasion, you'll be fine, but if you're more like me and tend to be applying this most nights, then it'll run out pretty quickly.

I've already repurchased this twice and think I'll continue to until I find something I prefer! What's your favourite spot treatment?

Keep on going

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

DRESS - ASOS // JACKET - NEW LOOK // BOOTS - BOOHOO // CLUTCH - PRIMARK

This is one of those ideal dresses that I feel every girl needs in their wardrobe. Monochrome looks good on everyone, right? Plus, it can be dressed both up and down. Pair this look with some converse and get rid of the clutch and you're good for the day.

Instagram Update #15

Sunday, 2 February 2014

 baby // cute cupcakes // pretty nails
 had the best night seeing the uj boys // meeting union j // ootn

fave mug // mum got me a skirt // my boy
meal with the girls // pretty sky // pyjama party