Luci Barker

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Friday, 30 March 2018

My Spring / Summer Zaful Wishlist!











I have been wanting to try out the clothing from Zaful for a while now, because they look so lovely, but was always a little questioning about the quality, the sizing and how long the parcel would actually take to come. So I thought I would share my Zaful wishlist with you all and then do a haul, in the near future, reviewing everything I got and my experience.

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Luci


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Wednesday, 28 March 2018

FINDING MY PLACE IN THE BLOGGING WORLD & BEING A 'GENERIC' BLOGGER.


Coming up with content ideas can be difficult enough anyway, but it's even harder to workout content when you don't know your niche. When I started blogging I thought I would base my blog around Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle and Travel, which in a sense it was, but for a number of months my posts have been based solely on Beauty ... which I feel the majority of my audience prefer. Beauty posts are some of my favourite to write as thats where my main passion is, but I have visions of my blog being so much more in the future. 

I want to be travelling the world, doing more adventurous things and visiting some incredible places out there and then be able to share it with you all and to be able to look back on it all in years to come. I have a couple of exiting trips planned over the next year or so and the content I'm planning to create seems so much easier for me to come up with and plan and I would eventually like my blog to evolve into Travel and Fashion with the odd Beauty post. However, to me this is quite daunting as the audience I have already established seems to like my Beauty related posts a whole lot more. 

Starting a blog is big step to take as you're putting not only yourself, but all your thoughts and opinions out there for anyone and everyone to read. In the Blogging world, there are millions of people out there with the same goals as you, which is to find their place and establish an audience of whoever may be interested in what they have to say. I'm not saying that every one's goal is to be a full-time blogger when they first start, but eventually when people grow a love for what they doing, in the end that may be their goal. 

There's so much talk about copyright and if one blogger's content looks similar to another's that they've automatically copied it, even if they've never heard of this blogger in their life ... all because they have the same creative minds and thoughts. The fashion bloggers that are taking OOTD posts on someones door step or the Beauty Bloggers that use rose gold or marble in their flat-lays, automatically everyone's copying each other or being 'generic'. I mean COME ON there's millions of bloggers out there, we've all got to find inspiration from somewhere, or the flat lays that one person thinks looks good, thousands of other bloggers will do too. How else do you think popular posts come out, like Monthly Favourites etc is everyone automatically copying the people who started these ... again NO.  Or even how someones Instagram theme looks ... they do say great minds think alike.

Obviously I'm not in any way condoning copying, because sometimes it can be quite clear when content is copied but this isn't always the case. Your blog is your own little space to write about what you want, to upload what you want and you should keep writing about what you love, even if it is considered 'generic content' because whose really judging ... if someone wants to read your posts, they will, regardless of what it's about. It's quite easier for people who aren't bloggers to stand there and point the finger at a 'generic blogger' but until you are one you won't know how much hard work and time goes into a post, even the shortest of posts and as long as you've put your heart and soul in to each post, take that sense of pride and achievement and put it into your next post. As Rachel from friends says 'No uterus, no opinion' ... in this case 'No Blog, no opinion' 😉.

When you read Blogger Help blog post's they all seem to say that you should be finding your niche, whether that be Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle etc. otherwise you won't be able to establish a loyal audience as one person who is interested in Beauty, may not be interested in the Lifestyle or Fashion posts ... but to be honest it's your blog, you write the content that you love and create the blog that you're proud of. To be fair, in a sense I do agree that you can find similar or even the same type of content on thousands and thousands of blogs, but what makes it different? You. The fact that what you're writing has come from the heart and it's written in your own style ... which makes it authentic no matter what the stigma around it is. 

I'm not really sure where I was going with this post, I just wanted to express my thoughts on this as I've been thinking about it for ages, but I hope you enjoyed none the less.

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Personal Posts:

When do we really start living for ourselves? (click here).
My First Blogiversary (click here).
My journey to becoming a happier person (click here).

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Luci
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Friday, 23 March 2018

NEW IN FOR MARCH!


Although March was supposed to be my 'no spend month', I did still end up picking up a few new bits to try out ... I'll have to try again next month haha!

I really like reading New In posts on other Blogs, so I thought I would turn this into a series where every one I'll share some of the bits that I bought throughout that month, rather than doing lots of different hauls.


Mario Badescu Aloe, Chamomile and Lavender Facial Spray:

The first item that I picked up is the Mario Badescu Lavender Facial Spray. I had such a love for the Rose Water Facial Spray, also from MB, so when I finished it I wanted to try out one of the other ones too! I really liked how refreshing and hydrating the Rose Water, as well as how well it treated my acne (I believe Rose Water is supposed to be good for that) so I'm exited to see how well this one works!

Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer: (review here)

I then decided to pick up another MUR's new Concealer, but in the shade C3, as I already have shades C1 and C2 but they're slightly too light  for me, because I use them to highlight and then the darker shade I will use to cover up. If you would like to seem my full review on these Concealers then please click the link above^.

Revolution Lip Liner:

The next product I got is the Revolution Lip Liner in Grenade (I believe that's the shade but don't quote me on that) and this actually came as a free give in my TAM Beauty order. This is like a pink shade, it's not to dark, or too pale so I'm very exited to wear it during the Spring and Summer.

Barry M Classic Nail Polish:

Next up is the Barry M Nail Polish in Bespoke, which is a pale nude-y colour. I actually bought this for my sister for her birthday, but decided to pick myself one up to because it's such a nice colour. I think this colour is going to look so nice with a tan. I've always loved Barry M Nail Polishes because they're so well priced, easy to get hold of and look really nice on. 

Simple Hydrating Sheet Mask:

The last thing I picked up this month is a Simple Sheet Mask. I really love the Garnier Moisture Bomb Sheet Masks, but this one was slightly cheaper in Boots, so I thought I would try it out as I love Simple products and they have been a staple in my Skincare routine since I was about 12/13. I picked up the hydrating one as I really like glowy skin and because it's been so cold my skin has been getting a little bit dry and in need of some TLC, so I'm hoping this can help it out.


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This month I also picked up some skincare bits which I did another post on so you can check this out here!
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Luci


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Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Real Techniques Miracle Finish Sponge Review | #3


For today’s post I decided to do a review on the Real Techniques Miracle Finish Sponge, which I have had for a while, but hadn’t got around to using, until now. This is post #3 of my Makeup Sponge Review series and if you haven’t seen the first two, you can find them here:

1: (click here)
2: (click here)


I have used the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge on and off for years now and really like the way it makes my makeup look. So as soon as I came across the Miracle Finish Sponge, I wanted to try it out and see if it's as good, if not better than the Complexion Sponge!


I always damp my makeup sponges as I feel it re-hydrates my skin and gives it a nice glow. The other Real Techniques sponges grows quite a lot when it's wet, but this one didn't seem to grow much as you can see in the pictures above. However, this didn't seem to effect the sponge too much as it was still very squidgy and flexible. Usually, I find that sponges that don't grow when damp seem to rub off the product on the face, rather than blend it in. That probably sounds weird, but that's what I found when I use those sort of sponges.

As the sponge was so flexible and squidgy, it worked really well to bounce the product in as well as being able to blend out all those hard to reach areas, like under the eyes and around the nose and this also helps to speed up the blending process as you don't need to use a mini sponge to fit in these areas.  

Just like the Beauty Blender, this sponge is an egg shape but has the bottom of it almost chopped off to make it a flat edge, which I really like as it seems to press the product into the skin quicker. Also, the fact that it does have the pointed tip, just like the BB, makes me love it even more as it also helps to get to all the hard to reach places. I find that this sponge is very similar to the No7 Flawless Finish Blending Sponge which I reviewed in post #2 of the series. 

Although this sponge is squidgy, it also had a slight firmness to it which helped when using it for baking as it placed the powder exactly where I needed it. Also, I found that this sponge did dry out quite quickly, but stayed damp long enough to blend out the foundation and concealer, and this also worked well when baking, as it didn't stick the powder together in a clump.

This sponge retails at just £5.99, which is almost a third of the price of the Beauty Blender (which retails at £16). I can really see myself using this as my new everyday blending sponge as it is a whole lot cheaper, it works just as well and I can justify the price more than I can with the BB. 

Overall, I am really impressed with this makeup sponge, which I am not surprised about in the slightest as Real Techniques have to be one of my favourite drugstore makeup applicator brands. I really like the way it applies, the way it can be used to bake, the shape of it, how it gets bigger when damped ... the list goes on. I really recommend this if you're into your makeup sponges too, but also don't want to pay out all that money for a Beauty Blender!!


Let me know what sponge you'd like me to review next, in the comments below!


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Luci
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Friday, 16 March 2018

L'Oreal Hydra Genius Aloe Water | My Thoughts!

For today's post, I wanted to share with you one of my all time favourite moisturisers. I started using the L'Oreal Hydra Genius Aloe Water almost a year ago now and I was never without it but after finishing the bottle, I decided to try some new products out and didn't go back. Recently, I decided to pick it up again and I had forgotten just how much I loved it so I thought I would share my thoughts with you all.


Water and Gel moisturizers have always been a winner for me, especially during the warmer months as they aren't as heavy on the skin as some of the cream ones are. This L'Oreal Hydra Genius does not disappoint as it's super light weight so it won't clog your pores, it sinks into the skin quickly which makes it perfect to apply prior to makeup. The Aloe extract in it makes it smell great in my opinion, although some people may not like the scent, I think that it makes it really refreshing ... which again is perfect for summer. 

I really like moisturizers that have Aloe in them as Aloe works to reduce inflammation and it works well to heal lots of skin problems like Acne, which helps me out a lot. As well Aloe extract, this moisturizer also has Hyaluronic Acid in it, which is also really good for the skin as it helps to keep the skin hydrated as it's said to lock-in moisture for up to 72 hours, it's perfect for fighting against wrinkles and ageing and also it's said to keep the skin plump. 

This moisturizer is perfect for a number of different skin types as they have Dry and Sensitive, Dry and Normal and Combination and Normal. It retails for just £9.99 for 70 ml of product which I think is really good and well worth the money, but it is currently in the sale at Boots for just £6.66 (click here) so I would recommend to get on this asap!

The only downside to this moisturizer, for me, is that it doesn't have any SPF in it and as I'm so cautious about ageing, I like to wear SPF 50 every single day, however, as this sinks right into the skin it doesn't cause the two products to separate and crumble like some other cream moisturizers do, so this doesn't make too much of an issue. 

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Luci
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Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Move Over Velvet Teddy ... There's A New Nude On The Block.


If you're a long term reader of my Blog, you will know that I am a lover of a nude lip, particularly if it's matte and if you've read my Lip Collection post (click here) you'll have seen that I already have far to many lipsticks, why could I possibly need anymore? Well, I was scrolling through Instagram the other night, when I came across Charlotte Crosby's new post, where she was wearing such a nice nude lip, which was completely different to any that I have, and she had tagged Flique Cosmetics. At the time, I hadn't heard of this brand before but I later found out that it's Charlotte's Brand and is stocked by Easilocks. 

I was a bit unsure whether to purchase this lipstick at first, because I feel like sometimes 'celeb' products and brands can be over hyped and under deliver ... and sometimes even over priced. But as the ByKady Velvet Liquid Lipstick surprised me, I thought I'd bite the bullet and see if this one would too.  

ByKady Unbutton Review: (click here)


I decided to do a little bit more of a search and find out what shade it was so that I could add it to my collection. This is the Matte Liquid Lipstick in the shade In The Nude, which retails at £9.99. In The Nude is a very warm toned brown, almost orange-y, nude. I was a little bit unsure whether it would suit me or not, but I was so in love with the colour that I just had to give it a try. 

I'm a sucker for nice packaging and sometimes it can even be the main reason for me wanting to try a new product out. The box is a mix of Rose Gold, White and Black and the tube has a Rose Gold writing and lid but a clear tube, which I really like as it's minimal and simple but I really like it ... easily pleased haha! The tube itself is super thin and it's also quite long, but it's still handbag friendly. For just £9.99, you get 8 ml of product which I think is a pretty decent and will last a while. Although the lipstick itself is well priced, the postage was £4.99 for 7-10 day delivery which made the lipstick almost £15. But I ordered this Tuesday evening and it arrived on Friday morning, so they do come quickly. If you're in Ireland you can pick up Flique Cosmetics products in Meaghers Pharmacy but I'm not sure if this is just online or in-store too.

Application:

This Lipstick is very smooth and creamy and applies really evenly. As it's really pigmented and opaque one coat is all you need and this also helps the lipstick to not look or feel cakey, it also doesn't crumble like a lot of other matte lipsticks do. After just one swipe on the lips, I knew that I was going to love it, particularly as it felt more velvety, like a  mix between the NYX Matte Lip Cream's and the Liquid Suede's also from NYX.




Please excuse the awful swatch, but as you can see In The Nude is a lovely warm toned, almost orange, nude and I am obsessed.

Longevity:

I find that the majority of matte lipsticks, particularly liquid lipsticks, stay on the lips for a long amount of time ... that's one of the main reasons that I love them as much as I do. I really like how comfotable these are on the lips as they almost feel like you've got no lipstick on and sometimes, as I can't feel it on the lips, I go to reapply and I see in the mirror that it's still very much there and doesn't need anymore. The Liquid Lips are bullet proof, this lipstick didn't run ( I don't know whether darker shades would) it lasted through drinking  but after eating I did need to add a little more, which is understandable. But I think that this lipstick could easily last 6-8 hours, depending on what you're eating and drinking.

Overall Opinion:

Overall, I am more than impressed by this lipstick, the price, the quality, the colour, the packaging ... what's not to love eh? I really couldn't recommend this lipstick enough, whether you're looking for a high end quality product with the price of a drugstore product, you're on a budget or whether you just want to bag yourself a bargain, this will be right up your street!!


Until next time,

Luci
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Friday, 9 March 2018

Living with Cystic Acne & My New Skincare Discovery!

For today's post I'm going to be talking a bit about my acne and my new skincare discovery in African Black Soap. I've wanted to do a post talking about my cystic acne for a long time now, so I hope you enjoy. 


I have suffered with cystic acne for years now, but it’s got particularly worse over the past couple years and it’s always been something that’s knocked my confidence. My face has been covered in huge red spots, acne scarring and had even got to the point where my face was burning and bleeding, leaving me in so much pain and not being able to leave the house without makeup!! I sort of wish that I had a before photo without makeup to show you, but as I was so uncomfortable doing it, I didn't. You can kind of see my breakouts in these photos below, but do remember that I did have makeup on.



As you can see back in November (Left Picture) my skin was a whole lot worse than it was in the Right Picture which was taken in January, however you can still see a fair few breakouts on the skin. Back in January, a lot of my blemishes were scarring, rather than actual breakouts, so makeup was a godsend as it covered them almost completely. 

After I’d washed my face each time my skin felt squeaky clean and after a few uses I noticed than my redness had gone down drastically. I also felt that my skin around my nose became a bit itchy and almost felt like it was burning which I did think about stopping using it but once I’d seen my skin clearing up I knew it was working. I wouldn't suggest that it's used as an everyday cleanser as I found it quite harsh on the skin, but I think a couple of times a week will still do the job. 

My skin has always been so red due to the acne scarring and breakouts meaning that I would use the yellowest under toned foundations that I could find to cancel it out as I never found that green correcting Concealers or Primers actually worked. 

I have tried anything and everything I possibly can to clear my skin up, even those product that a lot of Youtubers and Bloggers rave about but none of them seemed to make a blind bit of difference. The only thing that I’ve found that has even remotely worked is the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. Of course other products did work a bit, but not enough to rave about.


I have heard so many good things about African Black Soap ... even from Zendaya, so I knew that it would be worth giving a try. It is classed as a body wash, but I did check that it was safe to use on the face before purchasing it and it is perfectly fine. You can get this soap in either liquid form or a bar of soap and I decided to pick up the liquid one as I thought it would work better and be more like a cleanser but I was wrong. This soap is like water, whereas I was expecting it to be soapy like a cleanser. I would probably recommend to purchase the bar if you decide to pick this up as I think it would work better and easier ... and it’s also a few pound cheaper as well!!



My first impressions where that as it was so liquid-y, it was pretty difficult to clean your face with as it would just fall out your hand ... but I then decided to use a flannel and it lathered up a bit and felt as if it was cleaning deep into my skin. It’s very dark in colour (hence the name) and it literally looked like fake tan on the face, but fear not it does wash straight off so there will be no stains. I’ve got to say the smell isn’t the best thing, it’s not necessarily bad, it just smells of like natural/ organic products but it isn’t the best!!

Obviously I’m not saying that this is the only product I used to clear up my skin, I did use the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion & the MB Rosewater Spray as well as drinking lots of water, but this soap definitely gave my skin the kick start it needed to clear up.

This is still very new to my skincare routine, but I'm so happy with the results after just a couple of weeks, that I'm exited to see how my skin will be in a couple of months. If you would like an updated review in a month or two then please let me know in the comments below!

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Luci
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Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Beauty Bits on my Wishlist!


Hey everyone! 
For today's post I wanted to share with you some of the beauty bits that are on my wishlist at the moment.

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Image result for mufe foundation Related image  Related imageImage result for makeup revolution lip kit Jeffree Star Cosmetics Skin Frost Pro Palette Platinum Ice  


Let me know what's on your beauty wishlist in the comments below?!



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Luci
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Saturday, 3 March 2018

Revlon ColorStay Foundation Normal/Dry | Review!


I struggle so much to find foundations that not only match my skin tone but also work well with my skin type and stay on the skin all day without going patchy. I know I’m so late on this foundation as it’s been raved about in the beauty industry for years now and a lot of my favourite Bloggers/ Youtubers swear by this, so I thought I should FINALLLYY get round to trying it out. It also didn’t used to have a pump, so when I saw that it now has a pump I knew that it would probably work better for me.

I decided to pick up the Normal/ Dry foundation in the shade Buff, which is the second lightest shade, and has yellow undertones, so I was hoping that it was going to match me without being too orange toned like a lot of other brands ‘lightest’ shades are.



On application I found the colour was near enough a perfect match, which set me off on the right foot. It applied very evenly, had decent coverage and only took about 2 pumps to cover my whole face ... when in other foundations it can take 3/4 pumps to get my desired coverage. I applied it to my face with a Foundation Brush and then bounced it into my skin with a Beauty Blender. I noticed just how smooth the foundation looked on my face, including on the areas where I have dry patches and I didn’t find it separating. Obviously as this foundation is for Normal/ Dry skin, I noticed how hydrating it was and how much of a glowy look it gave the skin, which I genuinely really like in a foundation. I’d say this foundation has medium, but buildable, coverage that is lightweight and doesn't look cakey. 


I wore this foundation for around 8 hours and it felt comfortable throughout the day and also still looked good on the skin after a few hours. Towards the end of the day I did notice that the areas around my nose and the apples of my cheeks did start to go a bit oily but as this was the area I usually get quite dry I wasn't to bothered as it didn't look patchy or like it was separating. If I was to wear the foundation for more than 8 hours, I would have used some blotting papers or set these areas with some more powders and I feel like it wouldn't look cakey.

Overall I am very impressed with this foundation as it has 21 different shades, so I was able to find my perfect match, it works really well with my dry/combination skin and it lasts well throughout the day. This foundation retails at £12.99, which I think is actually pretty good ... although it's at the top end of drugstore prices, I do feel that this price is justified through it's performance. I would really recommend this foundation to anyone looking for a drugstore foundation but with the performance of a high end, pricier foundation. They also have a combination/oily skin version as well which may work better for some of you!!

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