Wednesday, 31 December 2014

How To Deal With Bullying In The Workplace & School




Ok so this post is quite a serious one but I thought that I'd share an experience I had a while back which impacted upon me both physically and emotionally. With it being the new year, why not have a new start? I'm slightly nervous about sharing this but I feel very strongly about this. I'm sharing this as I'm hoping by doing so I can help anyone who feels the way I did. This will also be relevant to relatives, friends, colleagues and peers who have witnessed bullying whether it is in the workplace, school or wherever it may be as bullying can occur in any place, anywhere and at any age.

Bulling can be verbal, physical and emotional and can be done through various means. Bullying isn't actually against the law but harassment is under the Equality Act 2010. 

It was very naive of me to believe that bullying stopped once you left school. I would never have expected it to happen in a professional workplace but it did. I found myself being targeted for my age and gender which sounds completely ridiculous and I still don't understand it myself as I had earned my place to be there. I was put down on a regular basis about my competence and made to feel on edge every second I was in the building. I'm not going to go into the extent that this went to but I'd like to share with you the impact.

I went through a self doubting stage where I believed that I was useless and maybe I shouldn't be there. I lost all self confidence that I had and I become very reserved. I then was targeted for being too reserved. It was an endless cycle. I then began to think why me, what's wrong with me?  This sent me into a spiral of believing that noone else would like me so why should I bother. I began to feel anxious and would start vomiting every morning. I would cry the second I left the building and the second I would wake up. How could one person reduce me to this? I'm considered an adult so I felt extremely ashamed of myself. 

I let this continue for a course of four months until one day I thought that I deserved better. And you know what, I did deserve better. Here's what I did:

1. I made notes of every single thing that was said including time and place and who was there. This proved very handy later on as it was a log of what exactly happened, not leaving anything to memory.

2. I found the confidence to talk to someone about it. This was beneficial as I realised that this wasn't an isolated case. I realised that I had been trapped in a bubble. I hadn't been looking further than myself as it turned out I wasn't the only person who had been on the end of this.

3. I then plucked up the courage to say something. I reported this to my manager and actions were taken straight away to handle this. This is where the notes came in extremely handy.

I was of the conclusion that if I reported something, everyone would think I was a trouble maker, a liar or just dismiss me and tell me to deal with it. I was wrong. I was concerned that I would have to face that person following a complaint and that I'd face more bullying but I was wrong. The matter was dealt with extremely well and I was able to continue my time there not facing any issues. My confidence grew back, I was able to have fun and I was able to be myself without worrying and that is all I wanted.

I did some research for a paper I was writing at uni and statistics showed that a high percentage of bullies have been or are being bullied themselves. I'm not making a sweeping statement but I just thought that I'd put it out there. I think it's important if you are experiencing bullying not to become the bully yourself. 

My advice is:
To write a journal/diary of extent, talk to someone who you think can help or keep an eye on things, you could talk to the person themselves or if you don't feel comfortable speak to someone in charge. If they don't listen go further. Someone has to listen.


Gov.Uk state:

What employees should do if they’re bullied or harassed

Employees should see if they can sort out the problem informally first. If they can’t, they should talk to their:
  • manager
  • human resources (HR) department
  • trade union representative
If this doesn't work, they can make a formal complaint using their employer’s grievance procedure. If this doesn’t work and they’re still being harassed, they can take legal action at an employment tribunal.

Bullying in school
 Gov.Uk state:

1. The law
  • violence or assault
  • theft
  • repeated harassment or intimidation, eg name calling, threats and abusive phone calls, emails or text messages
  • hate crimes
Schools and the law
By law, all state (not private) schools must have a behaviour policy in place that includes measures to prevent all forms of bullying among pupils.
This policy is decided by the school. All teachers, pupils and parents must be told what it is.
Anti-discrimination law
Schools must also follow anti-discrimination law. This means staff must act to prevent discrimination, harassment and victimisation within the school. This applies to all schools in England and Wales, and most schools in Scotland.

Click here for a great website with advice and support around bullying. I hope this has helped at least one person. If you are being bullied, just remember you deserve better and there is always someone who will help even if it doesn't seem like it.
Have any of you dealt with or witnessed bullying? I'd love to hear your tips as this shouldn't be brushed under the carpet!



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Monday, 29 December 2014

No7 Advent Calendar Round Up Week 4

No7 Advent Calendar
No8 nail polish wine
No7 brown eyeliner pencil
No7 Protect and Perfect Intense day cream
No7 nail polish duo

So I've reached the last of my advent calendar round ups! I've never had a beauty advent calendar before this but I'm definitely going to get one again next year. No7 have completely blown me away with the selection that I received and I've been shocked at the quality of some of the products. I've really liked the majority of their cosmetics and it's definitely opened my eyes to a whole new brand. I feel like I neglected No7 as a brand and more fool me. I've really missed out. Anyways, lets take a look at what I got on my final week of advent. 

1. Gel Look Shine Nail Colour

I think I have enough nail polishes to last me a lifetime now and No7 threw another one into the mix. I like that No7 have brought out gel look nails but I'm not sure where I stand on the colour. I mean I like it but I feel like I've probably got a few different variations of this shade kicking about in one of my draws. I think I'll probably keep this as a gift. This shade is deep wine and retails at £7.00. 

2. No7 Amazing Eyes Pencil

I feel slightly overwhelmed by the amount of eyeliners I've received in this box. As I said yesterday, I'm always happy to have a spare and here's another to add to my collection. I must admit I love a brown eyeliner for those days where I fancy a change. Hopefully it has some lasting power as that is one thing I worry about with pencils. This retails at £6.50.

3. No7 Protect and Perfect Intense Day Cream

I've been waiting for this one to crop up since I got the night cream earlier on in the month. I'm a little disappointed they didn't put these closer together as I've already used up quite a lot of the night cream but hey ho. I've been raving about the night cream as it is extremely moisturising and is a lovely treat during the winter. The day cream is similar but it feels very light which is great for wearing under makeup. The day cream also has spf 15 which is a lovely addition to protect your skin from those nasty rays. The full size retails at £22.00.

4.No7 Stay pefect Duo Nail Colour

I was kind of disappointed I got this for day 25. Don't get me wrong, I like the concept but I was expecting that they had kept the best for last. I like the idea of a duo nail polish as it makes a lovely gift but pink and gold? I just can't see this pink going with it. On the plus side I do love the gold. I had a mess around with it on Christmas morning and it's lovely for new years so I'll save it until then. I think this may be a special edition nail polish and the shades included are Hot To Trot and Cheeky Chops. This retails at £6.00.

I'm a little sad to say goodbye to this box, I'm not going to lie I still haven't chucked it out yet. I've formed a loving attachment. I'm kind of hoping I missed a door and there is something waiting to surprise me. Farewell advent calendar, you've been great! 

Have you tried any beauty advent calendars? 




If you missed week 1, 2 and 3's round up click the links below.

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Sunday, 28 December 2014

No7 Advent Calendar Round Up Week 3

no7 advent calendar
No7 amazing eyes eyeliner pencil
No7 essential lip brush
No7 intense volume mascara
No7 eyeshadow
No7 Disco Ball Nail Polish
No7 Protect and Perfect intense hand cream
No7 metallic eyes eyeliner pencil

So Christmas is over for another year! Can you believe it? As Decembers days are numbered I realised I really should finish off my No7 advent calendar posts now that I've had time to test most of them out.  I've really enjoyed these posts as each and every product has been amazing and I'm definitely going to be spending more time in the No7 section after this. Let's have a look at week three's round up!

1. No7 amazing eyes eyeliner pencil in black

I find eyeliner is such a handy tool to have whether it is gel, liquid or pencil so having a spare to fall back on is great. I seem to run out very suddenly of eyeliner with no warning so I can add this to my emergency stash for those "just in case" moments. I haven't tried this on yet as I have been hibernating in the house for a while but I'll give it a whirl when I have a chance. I bet it looks amazing. The full size retails at £6.50.

2. No7 Essential Lip Brush

I actually lost my lipbrush a while back as it was really small. At the time I thought that size was one of its attributes but after I lost it I realised that perhaps I needed something a little bigger. The brush itself looks of good quality and if it's anything like No7's eyeshadow brush then I'm sure I'll be more than impressed when I try it. Fingers crossed! This retails at £7.00.

3. No7 Intense Volume Mascara

Earlier on in the month I received the No7 Lash Impact Mascara and I have been loving it. When I saw they had snuck in another mascara and this time it being an intesnse volume one I couldn't wait to try it. I love these mascaras, they seem to look very natural whilst still giving you length and volume. I mentioned this a few weeks back but these mascaras don't smudge or melt which is something that I've been struggling to find with a lot of other brands recently. I would definitely recommend this product! The full size retails at £9.95.

4. No7 eyeshadow

Now this is absolutely gorgeous. I've been so impressed by the eyeshadows that I've recieved in this box. This one in particular is such a beautiful shade and its perfect whether you need a light base before you apply other eyeshadows or whether you'd like a nice light 60's style eye. I cannot even put into words how much I love this. I think this shade is incorporated into the cappuccino trio palette which I'm tempted to buy after using this. The trio retails at £9.50.

5. No7 Nail Effects Disco Ball

You should have seen my face when I opened this up! I was thinking about buying a nail polish like this for the festive season and No7 saved me the job of leaving the house. This looks absolutely amazing, I painted my nails white and the tips with "disco ball" for a wintery feel. The polish itself dried pretty much straight away and there was no way it was budging. I also did a tester on a full nail and it looked beautiful. This would be perfect for new year as everyone always seems to throw on their glitteriest of attire. Now you can have the nails to match. This retails at £7.00. I know there are cheaper nail polishes on the market but No7 somehow seems to have swayed me away from my Barry M addiction.

6. No7 Protect and Perfect Intense Day Hand Cream

I knew this would feel amazing before I even opened it. As I had recieved the protect and perfect intense night cream a few weeks before, I suspected that this would be just as moisturising. The hand cream carries the same scent as the other products in the range which I kind of like. I don't know if the scent would be for everyone but it isn't an issue for me. The cream itself seems very light but once massaged in your hands feel instantly hydrated. In fact, I think this may be the most moisturising hand cream I've tried. I had a quick scan of reviews and it has a lot of five star ratings so I'm definitely not alone here. The full size retails at £10.50.

7. No7 Metallic Eyes Pencil

As I said before, I'm always pleased to receive a new eyeliner and this one has a twist. The liner itself is metallic which is beautiful for the party season but on the other end is a smudger or rubber to smudge your eyeliner. This is perfect for creating a smokey eye or if your're the kind of person who likes their eyeliner to look lived in. I think that this was a nice little touch and I can't wait to play around with it closer to new years. This retails at £6.50 and comes in a range of shades.

Have you tried any No7 products?


I've been completely blown away with the products in the box this year. I'll be posting my final round up tomorrow which I was equally as pleased with.



To see what was in week 1, 2 and 4's round up click the links below


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Friday, 26 December 2014

House of Ho Ho Ho Festive Nail Review

House of ho ho ho festive nails
House of ho ho ho festive nails
House of ho ho ho festive nails

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you all had a lovely day yesterday. My day was filled with food, fun and laughter which was perfect. I'm not too fussed about receiving presents but I was very lucky to have such an attentive boyfriend that he noticed me pining over a set of House of Ho Ho Ho nails a few weeks a go and he actually got me them as a gift. I must say, I have fallen completely in love with these and I had to put them on straight away. How very festive of me! House of Ho Ho Ho is a festive range brought by House of Holland Elegant Touch but they also do a gorgeous everyday selection which are to die for.

Now before I start, let me tell you a little about my experience in the past with false nails. I remember the first time I got my nails done in a salon. I was filled with panic when they asked if I wanted square or round nails, who knew there was so much choice? I felt like saying "nail shaped please"! Once I'd survived that question my next big dilemma was not having the guts to say anything if I didn't like the finished product. I remember one nail technician didn't speak to me at all and wasn't even looking when she filed my nails or should I say skin. I walked out with a variation of long nails, short nails, oversized tips, square and round not to mention a loss of skin from some pretty haphazard filing. I would rather avoid any incidents when it comes to other people handling my nails, the same goes with my hair to be honest. When I saw these sparkly red green and gold nails with pretty little bows I thought at least I could do them myself right?


The box

These lovely little nails come in a lovely box to match. If you lift the tray up you'll find your selection of sizes and spares which is handy as it keeps them all safe (I always loose things). Underneath the tray is a little nail file which always comes in handy and a tube of nail glue.

Application

Now I was dreading this moment as I don't have a steady hand but I was pleasantly surprised. The instructions say to file your nails, select your nail sizes and apply the glue to your own nails. You can then stick on your falsies by adding pressure on top of them for five to ten minutes. This was so simple that I was able to do this even with my little boy jumping all over me with all the Christmas excitement. Even the glue impressed me as I didn't end up with my fingers stuck together.

Sizing

I have quite thin nails. What I mean by this is that the width of my nails are tiny therefore I thought that sizing could be an issue. I was actually able to find a nail that fitted reasonably well for each finger. As House of Holland provide ten different nail sizes you're bound to find a happy medium in there somewhere. Plus, the nails are quite flexible so even if they were slightly too large they appeared to sort themselves out when the glue had dried. The only problem is, I'm now left with a box of nails that are too big. Does anyone know if you can trim them width ways without messing them up? 

Overall, I'm so happy with these. I even conquered my nail fear! I managed to do my nails in ten minutes without having to open doors with my elbow in case I smudged something. These are just so simple! I don't know how long I'll get away with wearing festive nails but they feel like they're on pretty sturdy and could last up to ten days. At least that gives me time to check out their other selection before they drop off!


Have you tried any House of Holland products?


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Sunday, 21 December 2014

Homemade Lavender Bath Salts Tutorial

Homemade Lavender Bath Salts
Homemade Lavender Bath Salts
Homemade Lavender Bath Salts
Homemade Lavender Bath Salts

Homemade Lavender Bath Salts

I've been meaning to make use of some natural products that I've gathered over the past few months so I decided to make some homemade Christmas gifts. The first thing I made were these Lavender scented bath salts. I just love lavender. It's a very familiar smell from when I was growing up and I find it really calming. If you'd like to make this then here you go!

Ingredients: Epsom Salts, dried lavender, lavender essential oil

Equipment: a bowl, a spoon and a jar to contain all your lovely salts. 

First of all you need to pour your Epsom salts into a bowl. If you're making a bulk of bath salts then you may need quite a lot. I found these salts reasonably cheap from a seller on Ebay, here's their website if you'd like to check it out. Then you need to add dried lavender buds. I found these on Amazon but you can find them anywhere. The good thing about this is that the ingredients are so easy to find. I like the idea of having real lavender in here as it makes it look so pretty plus the buds smell amazing. Add around 6 drops of lavender oil and mix it together. This gives it an extra oomph plus it has been shown to help with sleeping and the scent may help calm anxiety so personally the more the better. Once this is all mixed up scoop the salts into your jar. I bought a set of these jars from Amazon and I think they look gorgeous. I love the hexagon shaped glass with the gold lid, it would look perfect in any bathroom! 


I'm going to have to make some room for all the containers I'm trying to fill. If you're struggling with last minute Christmas gift ideas then why not try this? Let me know how you get on!


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Thursday, 18 December 2014

No7 Advent Calendar Round Up Week 2

No7 advent calendar 2014
No7 beautiful skin radiance exfoliator
No7 protect and perfect intense night cream
No7 Blissful Bodywash
No7 beautiful skin eyemakeup remover
No7 high shine lip crayon
No7 completely quenched body lotion

Can you believe it's almost Christmas? I've dragged this Christmas out as long as possible and then bang, it's right on my doorstep. So we're now on to week two's advent calendar round up. If you want to see week one, click here. Again, I haven't had much time to test all of these out so I wont be doing a full review.

1. No7 Beautiful Skin Radiance Exfoliator 
This exfoliator is for normal and dry skin. Unfortunately I have oily skin so I didn't fancy chancing this but it would be perfect for my boyfriend as he has drier skin. I'll have to see how he gets on with it if I manage to convince him to try it. We're both quite sceptical when it comes to new skin care products. The full size retails at £8.99.

2.No7 Protect and Perfect Intense Night Cream
I have been using this for just over a week and I love it! I'm getting worried that this will run out soon as it's a sample sized tube. I have acne prone skin so I did a little research first and found that this is not oil free but it is non comedogenic. I've been carrying out my daily skin care routine but on a night time I've been switching my normal moisturiser for this one. Surprisingly it has been a week and I haven't had one breakout. It sounds a little sad but I've been counting the days since my last spot. I'm not sure if my skin has actually been needing more moisture and has been creating more oil to handle this or what but so far so good. You can really feel this sinking in to your skin and it feels extremely moisturised in the morning. Plus it doesn't feel oily. I'm definitely going to buy the full size when I've ran out. The full size retails at £24.00. It seems a little expensive but I'm going to have to start saving as I love this.

3. No7 Blissful Bodywash
I never buy body wash just because at Christmas I tend to get inundated with bath products so I'm sorted for the rest of the year. I'm glad I've got this one to tide me over as it smells gorgeous. I love a perfumed body wash as they the scent tends to linger longer than soap and this is no different. This would go perfectly with the body lotion which I will mention in a little while. This retails at£7.50.

4.  No7 Beautiful Skin Eye Makeup Remover
Luckily, I have just ran out of my usual eye makeup remover so I was more than happy to find this little beauty. I tend to go for long lasting eye makeup so removing it can be tricky as I end up with a black smudge all over my face. I pour some of this on a cotton ball and hold it over each eye for a few seconds and then wipe it over my eyelids and it saves time when I'm cleansing. The full size costs £8.50.

5. No7 Stay Precise Felt Tip Eyeliner
I absolutely love this! The liner comes in a long sturdy pen format. I thought that this would make it difficult to maintain control of the brush but it actually was fine. The brush itself is a mixture of sturdy and flexible. It isn't too flexible that the liquid flicks everywhere and it isn't too sturdy that it wont move. This brush is perfect for creating a clean cat eye flick and I highly recommend it. This is definitely one of my favourites from this box. This retails at £8.00.

6. No7 High Shine Lip Crayon 
The lip crayon doesn't state which shade it is but after a quick look online I'm guessing it is delicate pink. I briefly tried this on and I didn't really like how it looked on me. It was a nice glossy pink but I usually struggle to find pinks that suit me. If you're a pink lover then this may be for you. This retails at £9.00.

7. No7 Completely Quenched Body Lotion
I'm the kind of person who commits to using a body lotion for two or three days then forgets about it. I also end up feeling guilty about it when I remember and the cycle repeats. The best thing about having a sample sized tube is that I probably will be able to finish one of these off pretty quickly with no guilty feelings attached. I have managed to use this over the past few days and I do really like the feel of it on my skin. This body lotion has the same scent as the body wash so I'll have to team these up for some seriously scented skin. The full size retails at £8.50

Have you tried any No7 products?



To see what was in week 1, 3 and 4's roundup click the links below.

Week 1
Week 3
Week 4
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Monday, 15 December 2014

Review// Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet


Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet

This seems to be the lipstick on everyone's lips at the moment (quite literally). The lipstick I'm talking about is of course Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet (£8.99). Being a huge fan of red lipstick, I couldn't resist adding another one to my collection. I picked up the shade hot pepper and I can definitely see why they called it that. It's a spicy red and it is a very bold shade. I think what drew me to this was the word velvet. I swatched this in the shop and it felt amazing and true to it's name, very velvet like. This looked like it would be sticky but it wasn't at all which won me over and straight to the check out I went.

Results:

Application
 Now I tried this when I got home and I had a slight issue with the application. Everything about this reminded me of a lip gloss it even had a doe foot applicator. I had a bit of a problem applying it with the applicator as the pigment tended to linger just below my cupids bow in a line. I tried to fix it and it got a little messy with red patches around my mouth. I'm not used to using applicators with a lipstick so I think I need a little more practice. I tried this again the following day and I managed to gain a little more control over the brush although it did leave a mess again. I've looked at reviews and everyone loves it so I don't know what my problem is. I guess practice makes perfect although I'm not sure how long I'm willing to mess around with this to be honest.

Finish
The finish of the product was a really nice matte lip. It stayed wet for a little while which was worrying but after a while it started to sink in and dry leaving a velvet feeling lip behind. I found that this wasn't too drying on my lips which is important to me as this is usually an issue when it comes to buying lipstick. Although Rouge Edition Velvet wasn't drying I'd recommend exfoliating first as I can imagine this sticking to dry patches. 

Lasting
Rouge Edition Velvet is meant to last up to 24 hours and it did pretty well. The lipstick lasted most of the day even after many cups of tea. It did loose some pigmentation but that is to be expected. I found that it took a while for the lipstick to dry so I'd avoid touching your lips for a bit as this was the smudgy stage. Once I'd survived this part, my lips were set for the day. 

Overall
I'm on the fence with this product to be honest. It actually upsets me to say that as I feel it has so much potential. I liked how long lasting it was and the pigmentation but it's the messiness of application that I'm finding off putting. I'm going to give this another go perhaps with a different applicator and then if I still can't master it then what's meant to be is meant to be. 

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Saturday, 13 December 2014

No7 Advent Calendar Round Up: Week 1

No7 advent calendar 2014 review
No7 skin illuminator
No7 high shine lip crayon
No7 eye colour brush and no7 eyeshadow
No7 youthful eye serum
No7 highland mist nail polish
No7 lash impact volume control mascara

I know we're almost at the end of the second week of advent but I'm a little slow off the mark. I forgot to post my No7 Advent Calendar round up for week one so please excuse my lateness! I was so excited when I received this as a birthday present and thankfully my birthday was on the 2nd so I was able to open two doors on that day. I'm really enjoying finding out what I've got each morning so much so that I make sure it's the first thing I do. I've only done a brief trial of some of these products so I wont be doing a full review of all of them just yet.

1.No7 Skin Illuminator
I was happy this was inside door number one as I was desperate to try it after reading lots of positive reviews. I have briefly tested this and it created a subtle dewy glow but I wouldn't say it was incredibly noticeable. I'll have to have a mess around with this at some point and give it another go. This was a sample sized tube and the full sized is usually £11.00.

2.No7 High Shine Lip Crayon
My nude lip collection seems to be growing rapidly at the moment. I really like lip crayons as I find them really moisturising which is great during winter. I'm having a bit of trouble trying to find which shade this is. After a look online I think it may be delicate pink but don't quote me on that! No7 lip crayons usually retail at £9.00.

3.No7 Eye Colour Brush and Eyeshadow
I've combined door number three and seven together as they make a lovely pair. There was no name on the eye shadow which is a shame as I actually really liked the shade when I tried it on. If I wanted to buy it again I may have a bit of a problem. The best I can describe it as being is a smokey brown shade and it looks beautiful on. I also used the brush to apply the eye shadow and I was surprised at the quality of it. I really liked it and it's a handy extra brush to have lying around. The eye colour brush usually retails at £7.25 and the eye shadow at £7.00. 

4.No7 Youthful Eye Serum
I'm always on the look out for a new eye cream/serum so I was overjoyed when I found this peering back at me. I've been using this for around a week now and I love it. I'm not sure if it has done anything to make my eyes look younger as I don't have wrinkles just yet but it does make the area feel really moisturised after it is applied which is exactly what I wanted. Again this is a sample sized tube but the full sized retails at £19.50. 

5.No7 Nail Polish (Highland Mist)
I am yet to try this out but from what I can see its a nice nude colour. I've tried a few No7 nail polishes in the past and I really liked them as they lasted quite a while. I like to leave my nail polish on as long as possible as I'm lazy so it may take a while to test this one out. This nail polish retails at £6.00.

6.No7 Lash Impact Intense Volume Control Mascara
This is a sample sized mascara and is really handy for sticking in my handbag. I'd never tried No7 mascaras before but I've been really pleased with this one. I've been using this for around a week and I found it didn't smudge or slide down my face plus it wasn't clumpy. The only problem I had was that the brush was a little scratchy on my eyes. I'm not sure if this only happens on the sample sized brush so I won't judge just yet. If worst comes to worst I can always use another brush. The full size is currently retailing at £13.50.

I'm really pleased so far with my advent calendar. As we are already at the end of week two I'll post my second round up soon as I'm a little more prepared this week.

 Have you tried any No7 products? Also if you have done any posts on your advent calendar's leave your links below, I'd love to see them.


If you'd like to see what I got in my No7 advent calendar on weeks 2,3 and 4 click the links below.

Week 2 roundup
Week 3 roundup
Week 4 roundup
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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Review// Sleek Contouring And Blush Palette

Sleek contouring and blush palette

I've been looking for this Sleek Face Form Contouring and Blush Palette (£9.99) for ages and I finally spotted it for the first time last week. I usually use Benefit's High Beam and a bronzer to contour but this caught my eye. I love the packaging, it came in a little black box but the product itself is contained in a lovely black case which opens up with your three lovely colours inside. Plus it has a mirror which is always handy although I'm not sure how long I'll be able to avoid getting fingerprints on it. I like how the contouring powder, highlighter and blusher are combined into one palette which is useful when travelling or even fitting in your make up or hand bag.

Thankfully, Sleek have acknowledged that there is a range in skin tones so they have a lovely selection to choose from. In the fair and pale palette you will find a contour powder, highlighter and a blush. In the shades medium and dark you will find a contour powder, highlighter and a bronzer. As I have quite pale skin, fair looked perfect. I was probably more pleased than I should have been that I had found a fair shade to be honest. Now let's look at each section of the palette.


The contouring powder

This shade may look quite scary if you have fair skin but trust me once blended it looks nothing like that. The powder is easily blendable which I like as it means that I don't end up rubbing my make up off or agitating my skin. I found this looked really natural and did a great job at contouring which makes it my favourite part of the palette. 

The highlighter

I've never used a powder highlighter before but I'm glad I've had a chance to try one now. As I have oily skin, I probably should have considered using a powdered one earlier. It didn't melt down my face and seemed to have pretty good staying power compared to using High Beam. The highlighter is very subtle but I found it to have a buildable coverage. I used this on my cheekbones and my nose and it gave me a lovely healthy glow. Again I found this to look very natural which I really liked. You know when you look in the mirror in a car and see your make up in a completely different light? Well I was happy to find the highlighter looked even better in natural light than it had in the house. I'm very pleased with this plus there wasn't any unnecessary glittery parts in it which I've found in a few others. 

The blusher

As with the other sections, this also looks very natural.  This would be perfect if you prefer not to wear much make up or you want something that is suitable for school or work. I like how it gives me a subtle rosy glow which I think looks lovely for the winter season. I do like the blusher but I may switch this up now and again when I fancy something a little darker. 

I'm really pleased I've finally jumped on the Sleek bandwagon. This is such a handy kit to have! The colour selection was nice to see and I loved how blendable the products were. If you're new to contouring I would definitely recommend this as you have everything you need in one palette and it's so easy to use.


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