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A BLOG REVAMP | UPDATE 1

9:03 pm

Hey there. It's me, I don't really know what to call myself right now as I'm still unsure if I want to remain anonymous but we'll get to that later. 




I haven't posted on this blog in a while and lately, I was even considering deleting it. For some reason though, when I looked back at my social media and all the views I had gotten, comments I'd received, people I'd met,  I realised I couldn't give this up. I have always loved writing, I have always wanted a way to express myself, my feelings, my views. I feel like as I've matured this blog should too. This is the way for me to do it. Let's get into my reasons for being unmotivated and uninspired.

Reason 1.
This blog had become so much effort and I was trying to turn it into something it wasn't, which is a beauty blog. I know, I know it's called beautyblogrx but, that name just doesn't suit it. It doesn't suit me. I do love makeup and beauty but that's not all I'm about. I have wanted to change my blog name for a while now and as I have decided on a name you can expect that to be coming soon. The new name will be something that could cover a broad range of subjects and hopefully is easy to relate to.
 However, a blog name is usually different from a profile name (the name I'm called online) currently my blog and profile name are the same and I am unsure whether it will also be the same as my new blog name or to change it to my real name (just the first name) but I worry of people discovering this blog. I am not a beauty guru, I'm just a teen with a passion and dream to be successful out there in the big bad world. 

Reason 2.
I wanted too much too quickly. You can't just start a blog and expect it to take off. You can't make a triple-figure income in just a few months. You can't have a huge following within weeks of blogging. But I wanted all that, I lost sight of what I loved doing and wanted more and more too quickly. I'm just a teen in her bedroom who has a website that she runs herself. Success story? No, hard work and dedication with a side order of passion will get me to where I want to be. It just took me a while to understand that.

Reason 3.
I'm an Irish teen who lives in Britain (I don't feel comfortable calling myself British) and I go to secondary school. Blogging while going to school every day, managing and pre-writing tweets every morning, attempting to edit a copyright-free picture to match with the rushed post I'd just written? I couldn't do it. It was too much. As I approach Year 10 this September, school will be my first priority but I still want to blog. Just remember I may not always have time.

Reason 4.
The Internet, the world wide web, google, blogging. These are things that I thought I knew a lot about, being your typical teen, but realised I'm clueless when it comes to the technical aspects of Blogging. I had to attempt to learn HTML, read up on SEO, manage tags, deal with analytics and work out google webmaster. I'm not tech savvy and my whole website was put together to look like this by me to the best of my ability but sometimes I just struggle with these things. I will take the time to learn them and I'll have to if I'm going to successfully change my blog name and URL and make sure all previous links redirect here. Sounds complicated? Well, it probably will be.

I'm not really expecting anyone to follow me on this journey but if you are let's see where it takes us. I'm not perfect and I don't expect to be, I just want to build this into something I can be really proud of. I don't know what sort of posts you can expect to see here but hopefully, it's something that I poured my time and effort into.

Follow all my social medias (which will go through some  changes too) which you can find in the sidebar for updates on the blog name and other things.
love you all x

beauty

NO7 TESTER PRODUCT REVIEW | LIKE'S & DISLIKE'S

7:47 pm

Feeling very disappointed with myself because I had this whole 'New Year' intro planned out but posted something different and it's already mid/late February. Also, apologies for not posting often I have been really struggling with time-keeping lately x

I've been writing this review for a couple of weeks now giving me a chance to see how the tester products work. The following products I will be reviewing are The No7 Age Defence Cleansing Balm and The No7 Protect & Perfect Moisturising Eye Cream. I think it's great that I'm trying these products because it's never too early to start anti-ageing.


Welcome! This little corner of the internet belongs to a teen blogger who loves to write and share her ideas with the world (or whoever's reading). You'll find mainly Beauty and Lifestyle posts here but, as you can see I write a little bit of everything ;)

Some of these products are a little outdated, Don't worry I'm totally aware, I will try to link some of the products. When I went onto Boots UK I noticed most of the products now say ADVANCED. I am not reviewing the ADVANCED formula but most of the links will likely say ADVANCED. I may be able to find exact links from Amazon. Apologies in advance ;)


No7 Age Defence Cleansing Balm


I was really excited to try his product because it is basically a makeup remover. I have only ever used face wipes to remove my makeup so it was a great chance for me to try out alternatives. I couldn't find this product ANYWHERE for some reason, so I found a No7 alternative instead. Check it out here.

REVIEW:
I am totally in LOVE with this product, Definitely my favourite of them all. I applied it with a cotton pad to remove my makeup and I have to say it removed lots more than I expected it too and I didn't even have to use that much product. I did still use a wipe just to get the remainder off but it left my skin feeling very refreshed. I'm genuinely upset I couldn't find a link for it. If you try the alternative linked please comment saying whether it worked for you!


No7 Protect & Perfect Moisturising Eye Cream

I have also not used many eye creams before but I was open to trying a new one. I admit, I didn't stick to applying it religiously but I managed to get a basic opinion of it. Check it out here

REVIEW:
The product came in a tiny tube with a small end making it easy to apply to my under eyes. On the front, it said 'For younger looking eyes'. I didn't notice a HUGE difference but I can certainly say it helped improve the bags under my eyes. I would say try it if you have dark under-eye circles like me.


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Thank you so much for taking the time to read you don't know how much I appreciate it. I will try to go back to posting every weekend. Huge thanks for being supportive and understanding that sometimes things come up preventing me from posting. Trying to get organised again.

I hope you enjoyed this short post and don't forget to share, comment and follow all my social medias which you can find on the sidebar or on my 'contact' page.

Goals

MY TRAVEL GOALS | TOP PLACES I WANT TO VISIT

6:01 pm

Hey there! Today's post is going to be a Lifestyle-Travel-Inspiration post. I'll be talking about my future travel goals, and places I possibly will live. I've honestly never really consciously thought about my travel goals, except for a few "I am gonna live there when I'm older" remarks. 

Welcome! This little corner of the internet belongs to a teen blogger who loves to write and share her ideas with the world (or whoever's reading). You'll find mainly Beauty and Lifestyle posts here but, as you can see I write a little bit of everything ;)

I also would like to apologise if these seem basic but I haven't yet been to any of the places on this list (you'll know when I do!) and yeah, that's about it let's get into it.


*not in any particular order



U.S.A (Not America that's a continent) - New York City

Okay very basic but with sky rise buildings, a massive beautiful garden and fleets of those NY taxis everywhere? Yeah, definitely one on the list. I hope to one day visit New York City because I am one of those people who loves living in populated areas and apartments. 

I also happen to know a lot about America actually, more than your average British adult. For some reason I know 20 of the 50 states and around 15 - 20 of the 45 presidents, I also know how their school system is compared to the Uk's (If you were in Yr11 in the Uk you would be in 10th grade in the US) and some more general knowledge.

P.S.  It's the U.S, not America because that's a continent, Not even North America because that contains Canada. It's called The United States OF America. Simples!

France - Paris

I have technically (not really) been to France. Well being honest I went on a connecting flight from Ireland to France to somewhere else. So I was probably there for an hour. I may be going this summer (still unsure). Paris is a city filled to the brim with culture and so much more. It is hard to narrow it to 3 but top places I would want to visit in Paris would be Disneyland, The Louvre and The Eiffel Tower.

U.S.A - California - Los Angeles


IT'S L.A, NEED I SAY MORE? The most Tumblr place in the world, famous people everywhere, beaches and space. Something NY lacks I have to say. I want to visit here for all of those reasons. Top 3  places I would want to see here would probably be The Hollywood Walk of Fame, The Hollywood sign and The Santa Monica Pier.

France

I don't have a specific place for this one but all I know is that skiing in French mountains would be awesome. I do hate cold though so I wouldn't rank this high in a list.

The UK - England - London

As I am currently living in the UK I have to say London is... difficult. I know it's probably overrated, It's annoying that foreigners think London is the only place in Britain and it's expensive as hell. Yet I haven't been to London so naturally, I feel the urge to go. Top places I would want to visit in London would most likely be The London Eye, Buckingham Palace and the High street as most shops would be quite large I think.


Spain

The reason I haven't got a specific place in Spain set is because I have that many places I want to visit there. I see it more as a holiday destination that everyone flocks to each summer because of its wonderful climate. That's probably the reason I want to go too.

Australia - Sydney

I LOVE SYDNEY. I would want to live there when I'm older but it is the 5th most expensive place to live in the world and I am scared of spiders. I have serious Arachnophobia to the point where I will almost have a panic attack. 

If I see one in my house I burst out crying and demand my brother to kill it, he then taunts me by holding the tissue with the dead spider in it and childishly chases me. With the help of adrenaline, I run like I have never run before, to my room where I barricade myself in. I then avoid the place where the spider was found for the next week.

I would not be able to handle living in Sydney if there are spiders  (Australian spiders are massive) because I can't kill one myself. Anyone who's not scared wants to come with?

Aside from that Sydney is my dream place to live, one of the biggest cities too, which I love. 

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And those were a few of my travel goals! I really hope I will be able to live or visit there someday. You never know what the future may hold.

I hope you enjoyed this post and don't forget to share, comment and follow all my social medias which you can find on the sidebar or on my 'contact' page. Thank you for taking the time to read this post you don't know how much it means to me. If you want to stick around check out my Update Post or my Grammarly Review.
Love you all x



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GRAMMARLY REVIEW | THE PERFECT TOOL FOR BLOGGERS?

7:54 pm


First things first, I would like to clarify that this is not sponsored. Grammarly is a tool I found through an ad online. I knew that I wasn't exactly the best writer so I said Hey, Why Not? It was one of the best decisions I made in a while.

Welcome! This little corner of the internet belongs to a teen blogger who loves to write and share her ideas with the world (or whoever's reading). You'll find mainly Beauty and Lifestyle posts here but, as you can see I write a little bit of everything ;)

So today I am going to be doing another review as I can see they are quite popular on my blog! I will be reviewing Grammarly. Let's get into it!


What Is It?

Now I don't know if you've heard of Grammarly but it's basically an add-on you can get for your browser, I have it for Chrome. It helps you with your writing and underlines typos and grammatical errors in a light red. I'll see if I can insert some pictures. 

This is a picture of the post before it was edited.

How to get it and start up.

Firstly you'll have to download Grammarly to your browser, click the link here and follow through with signing up (I don't receive anything for you signing up as this is not sponsored) Then set your settings to whatever language you use (I have mine set to British English). And you're done! 

What it does.

When you write anything (a Facebook post, a blog post, etc) using the browser Grammarly is installed on, a little green 'G' icon will show in the corner. It'll turn red when you've made a mistake and will show the number of mistakes you've made.

If you click the red button it will expand and you can correct your mistakes. Then you close the tab and your text will be corrected.


You can also expand each card individually for Grammarly to explain the mistake to you.
You're probably wondering, is it really needed? If you already have a built in spellcheck system it may seem unnecessary but, trust me when I say Grammarly is a step above these. I'll give you an example. When I write in blogger I will usually spell check my work but bloggers' spellcheck will not be able to tell whether I used ITS or IT'S correct. Grammarly will. 

My Opinion

As I have been using Grammarly for more than a while now I can definitely say it's  the best blogging tool I use. I always used to forget to spellcheck at the end of writing my posts and because Grammarly underlines everything as I go along I find I never miss a mistake. If you guys have any alternatives, I'd love to check them out!

Conclusion

I feel every person who has a website of any sort should download this tool, It has really helped me improve my writing and stop making grammatical errors. 

I hope you enjoyed this post and don't forget to share, comment and follow all my social medias which you can find on the sidebar or on my 'contact' page. Thank you for taking the time to read this post you don't know how much it means to me. If you want to sick around check out my Update Post.
Love you all x

Lifestyle

LIKE, REALIZING STUFF | UPDATE #2

3:12 pm


I decided writing a new update post (since it's been months since my first one) is the best way for me to tell you guys what's going on in my life. If you guys want me to be writing more personal posts, or you would prefer if I stuck to my usual stuff comment down below. Also if I don't throw something else on my blog, this month will be filled with review posts.

So, what have I been up to? Well, I've been trying to write on this blog more, preferably once a week. I've settled down into school and my neighbourhood and city, which I love. Christmas was a fun chance to spend some time with my family since I lock myself up in my room every day, going on my laptop. 

But that's all the boring stuff. The stuff you don't want to hear. Newsflash, that's my life. Lately, though, I've been feeling stuck. Or as Kylie says "Like, Realising stuff".

But it's true. I've come to realise that everything I'm doing in school is preparing and possibly affecting my future. The grades I get, friends I make, teachers I have. I've also realised that I need to have a plan. As a child, you just go to school then go home repeat, repeat, repeat. But, now I have to find a goal I have to work towards. Which is, get a job, get good grades & get a degree. Those would be my long term goals. And I can't fall off course because if I do what's my plan then? 

Responsibility. It's something I'm still struggling to understand. As a child, your parents are responsible for you. Now I'm responsible for myself every little thing I do reflects on me, on how people see me. All of the above may seem daunting, especially to me, but if you think about it that's what the whole world is doing. Learning to be responsible. 

Everybody is preparing for the future and everybody is dealing with responsibility, that's just how life works. I'm getting pretty deep with this post, I know. I'll stop now.

Blogging. I love it, I'm so happy I started it young too. I mainly started it because I didn't want to put my face on youtube (I'm still too scared to do it now - I wouldn't want people in school to know) But then I found out about blogs. I didn't really know what they were, though, until I realised most of the sites I visited were blogs. It's a way for me to be myself, even if no one knows.

I think that's all I should write for now. I don't want to confuse you guys with my ramblings. If you feel the same way about any of the topics I discussed comment down below.


I hope you enjoyed this post and don't forget to share, comment and follow all my social medias which you can find on the sidebar or on my 'contact' page.

Thanks for taking the time to read x

PS. I know I used the American spelling of 'realise' in the title and URL. 'REALIZE' felt stronger than 'REALISE'. I also use American versions of words (I say mom not mum) I'm sorry if that's annoying.

beauty

L'OREAL TRUE MATCH FOUNDATION | DRUGSTORE FOUNDATION REVIEW

6:57 pm


Hey there! Today I'm going to be writing about my favourite foundation. I have done a foundation review before and you can check that out here! (It was also posted before I moved).

 I am a makeup lover but I don't wear makeup every day, I have been using this foundation for around a month so I can definitely say whether you should buy or say bye to this foundation.

I have this foundation in the shade 8.N Cappuccino and I'd have to say it matches my skin perfectly. The foundation claims to; Capture your skin tone and undertone, provide the perfect coverage without caking, to be super-blendable & have 24-hour hydration.

What I love about the foundation is that has a massive variety of shades (23) all differing in small ways from each other. So no matter what skin tone you are you'll definitely be able to find your true match. Get it? I'm so funny.



I have 2 of the foundations, One opened and currently in use and one still in its original packaging. I got mine from Superdrug as part of their 3 for 2 sales. It was also half price (£9.00x2=£18.00. / I also gave 1 to my mom). You can get them for even cheaper at Amazon starting at £7.00. 


Packaging 9/10

You see clearly that it is a rectangular bottle with a pump at the top. On Amazon, you can get different shapes from what I have. The foundation comes in a plastic wrapping with a note on the back saying 'wrapped for your protection and hygiene'. I personally love the shape and pump of the foundation. What about you?

Application 8/10

The foundation applies really smoothly with a brush or a beauty blender. It moves around nicely while blending then sets into place. Sometimes it does take a little while to set but you really just have to be patient. It dries matte and can be built up easily to full coverage. All in all, for application, this is a great foundation.


Wear 7/10

After a while, I noticed my foundation was still perfect. I used my favourite primer the 'Wet n Wild Coverall Primer' for my face which helped for a while. (Would you like a review on that? Comment!) Since I have very oily skin, my face started to feel oily later in the day. The foundation held up and still gave high coverage throughout my busy
day. 


Conclusion 

Overall, I LOVE this foundation. A foundation that matches my skin tone perfectly, moulds to my skin texture and dries matte is definitely the foundation for me. If you have oily skin or struggle with finding your perfect shade, then I think this is the foundation for you too.

I hope you enjoyed this post and don't forget to share, comment and follow all my social medias which you can find on the sidebar or on my 'contact' page.

Thank you for taking the time to read x




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Lifestyle

NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS 2017

6:30 pm


I'm an idiot. I thought I could combine New Year's resolutions with a 2017 bucket list but guess what? It doesn't work, it may not seem like it but they are two completely different things *sigh*. Anyways as made obvious by the above text (ooh I like how that sounds) I cannot combine the two posts into 1. Butttt I won't give up (Nah, Nah, Nah) and here you are reading my New Years Resolutions. Really sorry I couldn't include a bucket list so if you want one comment below! 

MY 2017 NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

I was going to add 'that I'm probably going to break within 4 hours' but that would've made the title longer than acceptable so I just wrote it as an introduction instead. 

I no longer believe in the whole 'new year new me' stuff, in fact, I don't even believe that the new year is a whole fresh start. I'm sitting here on my laptop on the 31st at 10:51 pm knowing it's going to be 2017 in less than 2 hours and feeling no different. But that's not keeping me from writing resolutions and bucket lists because I need something to motivate me. The New Year is the perfect excuse.


Make my posts more personal

I would love to be able to express myself through my posts. I know I am a Beauty, Lifestyle & Advice blog but I don't want to feel limited in what I write. I want to be able to add a little bit of my personality here and there, I feel I did that a lot in this post which is motivating me to write more (so much in fact my hands aren't typing quick enough)

Post at least once a week

All together I have about 15 posts on this blog. Writing posts is hard work especially since I'm still in school but I love it when I see that people are actually reading my blog. Whether it's through comments or page views, it really makes me happy.

Wear makeup more 

I have a confession. I don't wear makeup often, like at all. I mostly only wear it to school and even then it's usually just mascara, eyebrows and concealer. In my spare time (weekends, holidays) I don't wear makeup at all except when I'm bored and want to play around with it. This may not seem bad but for a beauty, MAKEUP & lifestyle blogger, it probably is. It's not just that. I'm always in my bed and if I wear makeup I can't stay in my bed for fear of staining my pillow. It probably sounds stupid but yea that's my life.

Be more active

This may seem basic but I am not a healthy weight. I have tried to lose weight before and not succeeded. I have not been comfortable with my body since I was 10 years old. When I randomly stepped onto a scale and saw that number. I have a bad relationship with food. I'm not that active but in school, I excel in sports (mainly basketball I'm taller than most of my peers). I want to stop being jealous of other people bodies. I want to love mine.

Learn SEO

Honestly, I had no idea what this was until I read someone's blog. It stands for Search Engine Optimisation and it's something you should really learn about if you have any kind of website. I'm not too keen on getting it done right now but I know it's something I'll eventually be able to do


Clean my room often

My room is a mess. 2 seconds after I clean it it's a mess again. I need to try to keep my room clean. Simple.


Fix my sleep schedule 

I am usually sleep deprived, due to the fact that I am on my phone every night. I have become used to living on minimal sleep and then bingeing on sleep on the weekend. Sleep is essential for your health so I would love to improve my sleep to simply get better quality life.

Write things down more

When I write my blog posts, I write them on my laptop. Because there is no blogger app I am unable to write things as they come into my head. I sometimes write things in the note section of my phone which I feel is something I should do more often. Getting a great idea and then forgetting it really sucks.

Write a whole book

I started writing a book on a website late 2016 and I was always too busy to write more and update it. My goal for this year is to hopefully finish that book. 


Change my attitude

This one feels really hard for me to explain. I want to change my outlook on life and improve my personal relationships, but it isn't as easy as that. It's going to involve a long process. Maybe I'll write about it someday.

Change my blogs' look

Right now I am using a basic blogger template. I'm not particularly fond of it but when I tried to change it to a free blogger template I found on the web, chaos unleashed. Luckily, I had saved my old template and I restored it perfectly. I want my blog to have a minimalist, clean look so it's going to take some time before I can achieve that.


Improve my blog photos

Being completely honest, I don't take my blog photos. I did once and found, since I don't have a camera and didn't know how to edit. It wasn't for me, I also didn't really have the extra time.

 After reading skinnedcartree's blog course; Improve your blog (which was originally posted at the beginning of 2016 but reposted for 2017) I found that I could use free photos that had no copyright on them and edit them using a site called Canva. I did this on today's post and I have to say I am already loving the photos.



I hope you enjoyed this post and don't forget to share, comment and follow all my social medias which you can find on the sidebar or on my 'contact' page.
Thanks for taking the time to read x




beauty

MAKEUP EXPIRATION GUIDE

4:30 pm

Whether it's the eyeshadow you've had at the back of your makeup drawer for months or the  mascara that you never really liked , All makeup does have an expiry date sadly - we knew it wouldn't last for ever :'(



Usually powder based makeup products last longer than liquid ones. That's good news for your powders and bad news for your foundations.

So not sure when your makeup will expire? Then this is the post for you.

Mascara - 3 months 

This was really surprising to me! Only 3 months? Well you better throw away all your old mascaras or you're putting your self at risk of an eye infection.
This photo was taken by me, if you would like to use it contact me here

 Eyeshadow - 2 years

Liquid Foundation - 6 months > 1 year

Now this really just depends on the foundation but what i have written up there is a basic average


Powder - 2 years

As you can see there is a theme with the powder based products lasting longer than liquids


Lip Gloss - 1 year


Liquid Eyeliner - 6 months > 12 months

As I was checking out my eyeliners I noticed that the felt tips in the photo below (Rimmel London Scandal Eyes) said they lasted  12 months and the liquids lasted 6 months.


Blush/Bronzer - 2 years

That's all I have for now hope you enjoyed xx

Lifestyle

WHAT TO WATCH ON NETFLIX

4:29 pm

My Favourite TV shows 

Hey guys! So today im going to be telling you some of my fave tv series (or basically some things i think you should check out on Netflix) lol.I know alot of these are quite popular and well known so i tried to make sure there was at least 1 or more that i didn't think was well known.  These aren't in any particular order btw


                                                      Grey's Anatomy

                                         
                                              How to get away with murder 




                                                      Pretty little liars




  Stalker



                                                              Reign


                                                        Teen wolf



                                                    The Walking Dead



                                                          The 100

                                              Orange is the new Black

                                                               Dexter


What are some of your favourite tv shows? Comment them down below! If you have time maybe you could vote in the poll on the right, I would really appreciate it!
 Hope you enjoyed this post xx
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Love you all x

beauty

PS LOVE..PRIMARK FOUNDATION STICK REVIEW

4:28 pm


On Friday I was around Penneys (which is what primark is called here in Ireland!) when something caught my eye. I usually browse around the makeup section of Penneys, but I never buy any of their face products (such as foundation, concealer, etc) as they don't match my skin tone.

pictures from xaiissa.blogspot.ie

On this particular day however I took a second look at the face products and I was happy and surprised to see some new additions! There were some new shades that I actually felt would suit me, There was a darker foundation stick which I did notice did not have a name.Primark Beauty just keeps improving but this was a big deal to me.



After testing out the foundation stick (which I will write about in a minute) I feel like I can finally stop buying expensive MAC foundations - which I had to drive 40 mins away into a city near me to get for around €30, €40 - And switch to the Primark brand which is in my town and only costs €3 (though it is a foundation STICK. Not a liquid.)


Review

For the review I will be dividing it into 3 main categories Packaging, Application and Wear.


Packaging; 8/10

The sticks came in twistable containers which I think made them quite portable as you can throw one in your bag just in case and blend it out with your finger or with a mini beauty blender.
The packaging was quite cute, though aside from the fact its says on the side "foundation stick"' it would definitely pass off for a concealer. I did notice, however, that sometimes if I would try to twist it the foundation would be stuck in place and I would have to push it into place with my finger and try to twist it again. Other than that there were no problems.

Application; 5/10

This is where this product needs to improve. As much as I loved this product actually applying it was a problem. It went onto your face pretty well but if you looked down at the stick after it was not a pretty sight the top of the foundation would be a streaky mess. Also for some reason it would feel 'bumpy' as you put it on for some reason. The foundation had great medium - light coverage though so that was a plus. 

Wear 8/10

I haven't really tried out much other foundations but I can say that this one lasted ok. I have really oily skin and basically nothing can stop the oil from showing but this was ok - not the best but not the worst compared to liquid foundation - It only started fading later on in the day. It had amazing coverage for a €3 foundation.

All in all I would recommend this foundation, and if you end up not liking it at least you didn't dish out  $/€40   for it.

Note: I wrote this 2 weeks ago when i had first gotten and tried this product. Also I apologise for not posting in a week or so.. things have just been busy! Thanks for reading x Hope you enjoyed xx
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