On Tuesday night, the Saint David’s shopping centre held a 3 hour shopping event for students called the “Student Lock-in”. It takes place every year, and in the two year and a bit years that I’ve lived in Cardiff to study, I’ve been to each one. For the store taking part, most of them were promoting discounts through out the evening, ranging from 10-25% discounts, depending on the store. I didn’t plan on spending too much money, but I did pick up a few little bits an pieces that I want to share with you.
The first are some makeup products. I’ll start with the Soap & Glory Archery Brow Tint & Precision Shaping Pencil. I already own the Archery Brow Pencil with the spoolie on the end, but when I saw this was a tint and pencil form, I was curious to try it. I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m still have a lot to learn about grooming my brows, and I’m experimenting with formulas to see what I like best, and I thought this was an interesting product to try out on my brow journey.
Next is the Revlon Color Stay Moisture Stain, in the shade “001 India Intrigue”. I already own 4 other shades of these moisture stains, and now that Autumn is here, I want to encourage myself to wear bolder and darker lip colours. I’ve watched videos on YouTube and read blog posts about these, and a lot of people say this shade is perfect for darker skin tones (which I’m definitely not), but I receive compliments when I wear jewel toned clothes, so I thought I’d try and experiment in jewel toned lip colours like this one. This is very rich pinky purple colour, and I’m both nervous and excited to see how this looks on my lips.
The next lip product I picked up is one I’ve been eyeing up for a while. It is the L’Oreal Paris Color Riche lipstick from the exclusive collection designed with colours for each of the models on their displays. The one I picked up is Julianne’s nude. I commented on someone else’s blog post at one point asking which of the nudes they suggested for my pale skin, and this was one the ones they suggested. This is a nude lip colour with a pink undertone, which I think is more flattering on my neutral undertone. I tried swatching a warmer based nude before and didn’t find it as flattering for me.
The final two makeup products are nail polishes by Seventeen. I am terrible at remembering to wear nail polishes, but when I do I normally go for darker colours like burgundies and navy colours to contrast my pale skin. I’m normally too intimidated by pale colours because, let’s face it, my skin is pale enough, so I figure it’ll just make it look pale in a not-so flattering kind of way. But these two colours I’ve been quietly contemplating on for a while, and only decided to pick these up now. The first is the lilac shade called “Pretty Bang Bang” which I think is light enough to be called lilac, but hopefully dark enough not to drain the colour from my hands and look pasty. The second is called “Azure Amore” and I had similar thoughts about this one too. I’m hoping I can kick my habit of only wearing dark/vampy colours, and wear colours that are a bit cuter.
Next I shopped in H&M, and picked up three things, two hair accessories and a skirt. I don’t normally wear skirts (I live in skinny jeans most of the time) but since it is my birthday next month, I wanted to wear something a bit different, since my Mum is taking me to London to see Wicked, which I’m very very very excited about! So I wanted to look special but without feeling too self-conscious about it – I never wear dresses. The skirt retails normally at £7.99 but H&M had a 20% student discount – awesome! The skirt itself is slightly pleated which is something I took inspiration from YouTuber CutiePieMarzia in her video here. I like the cute look with the striped top and the pleated skirt, and with encouragement from my Mum telling me I could “rock this look” I went ahead and bought this skirt so I could put a similar look together for myself. It’s not the first time I’ve seen this look, but watching this video reminded me that I liked it.
I also bought two hair accessories because I’ve been trying to change up my style every once in a while, so my wardrobe doesn’t feel too stale. They both retail at £2.99. The first is a navy blue scrunchy (I’m pretty sure that’s what they’re called?) with little hearts. I thought this was adorable, and on the rare occasions that I do tie my hair up – and want to look cute at the same time – I want to wear this. The second is plain one but in a burgundy colour. I love wearing dark, rich colours like this, and if I’m not feeling too bothered about the impact of my look, then I will use this one. I feel like it isn’t too imposing, and should look really nice with my dark hair and pale skin. For some reason, I receive compliments when I wear this kind of contrast.
These are all the things I picked up at the student lock-in. I was tempted to buy more, but I figured that everything I was tempted to buy I wasn’t sure about, I would just let it be until I decide “yes, I really want this!” and can then save up to buy it another time.
I hope this post was enjoyable to read. If you were wondering why I didn’t post anything last week, I had intended to, but I started my final year of uni last week, and while trying to get used to my new timetable, I also caught a cold! Great! So I’ve been very tired and run-down, and while I still don’t feel particularly amazing, I did want to blog about this. As soon as I get used to my new timetable and organise my work, as well as feeling healthy again, I will be posting more regularly. I aim to post once a week, but of course, I will post more often if I can.
I really appreciate that you took the time to read my post, it truly means a lot to me. If you have any questions, or thoughts, I would love to read them.