Monday, 23 February 2015

Update: New Blog Name?

Hi there!

My name is Clare and I am the owner of this blog. There are a few things that I would like to inform you and to tell you about, regarding my blog.

Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to apologise for not posting anything since Sunday TWO WEEKS AGO. I cannot tell you where the time has gone. I hope I'll be able to post more consistently in the future.

I have a blog post waiting to go up but before I post that I wanted to let you know about some things that might be happening soon.

Over the last couple of months I have become more proud of my blog. Now that I feel it is becoming more structured and better quality I want to change a few things that have been annoying me lately.

The main thing is the name of this blog. To me, it means practically nothing. I made this blog in the French airport on the way home from my holidays. I can only speak about three phrases in French, including parlez vous Anglais (sorry if I slaughtered that spelling).

At the time it seemed like a wonderful idea to call the blog Très Jolie but now I regret it. I lay awake last night, trying to think of a new name. After much deliberation I came up with Pale and Interesting.

I think this is a much more unique name. It describes me quite accurately and is one of my favourite sayings. I hope you like this name and even if you don't it's just a name.

This is not a definite decision yet. I want to give this subject a bit more thought but I certainly like that name a lot.

The second thing I want to mention is a schedule for uploading.  I was thinking of perhaps having a rota for blogposts. 

My idea was to have beauty, lifestyle/ home/diy/random, books. I was hoping to repeat this every two weeks or so. I don't know how long this will work for, but I personally find that I work better if I have a plan or schedule.

This means that there will be a broader variety of content on here.

I think I have mentioned every thing that I had wished to. If you have any suggestions for blogposts don't hesitate to let me know.

As always, I hope you enjoyed this post and I can't wait to start this new timetable.

I probably won't change the blog until the end of the week. I'm so sorry for not posting!!!

Lots of love,
Clare ♥

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Sunday, 15 February 2015

Eyeshadow Crayon Comparison

Today I will introduce to you some of my drugstore eyeshadow crayons. Within the drugstore, for roughly the same price, there are many levels of quality. There are some quite shocking extremes.

As you may have guessed by now, I am all for a great bargain. Nothing makes me happier than finding a wonderful product for a few euro. Sadly, when you shop at the drugstore, there is the risk that it will be the most useless piece of junk (I've found eyeliners that I could write my homework with).
Collection Eyeshadow Pencil
This was a big disappointment. This is not creamy at all. It looks flaky on the lids. Thankfully I didn't invest in more than one. I have 01 Vanilla Sky which is a champagne colour. It is very hard to work with. Application to the eyelids is not quite as easy as swatching it on the back of your hand.

It is, by far, the most long lasting of the three I will show you today but not for the right reasons. I wasn't too surprised when the tip of the pencil came clean off. Not a great start to say the least. The most easy method of removal is by scraping it away. It forms an unblendable layer that flakes away. I was far from impressed by this product.
Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeshadow Crayon
This is one of my older purchases that has never failed me. This is about as high as my expectations for a drugstore eye crayon could get. These are absolutely foolproof! Their application is so easy and the perfect result is something you can rely on. Make sure to blend it quickly, though, because once these babies set they ain't budging.

One of the many claims of this product is that it is waterproof. I do not, for one minute, doubt the truth in this statement. Swatches of these could last days (including regular washing of hands) if I don't scrub them away.

These come in gorgeous colours. I've been living off of 11 Bluffing for months. I finally got around to purchasing another in 02 Bulletproof Beige. A really simple yet effective eye look is Bluffing all over the lid. Be sure to blend it to avoid it looking too harsh.
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil
Long live Foody's!!! It is the only pharmacy in Dublin, that I know of, that sells NYX makeup. It was quite emotional when I came face to face with the stand. I had heard so many bloggers rave about these Jumbo Eye Pencils so I just had to pick up at least one. At least!

I took an alternative option to what I would usually go for in eyeshadows.  I was feeling rather daring and went for the shade 619 Rust. Boy, am I glad I chose this one. It is so beautiful in the crease. It completes a glamorous look. This is very pigmented but blendable. This product looks like a potentially smudgey one, so if you are partial to a bit of eye-rubbing this might not be for you.

Out of 10 I would give the Collection eyeshadow crayon a 2. This may sound harsh but I feel I'm being very generous. This is has a consistency not unlike modelling clay. It has proven to be quite useless.

Out of 10 I would give the Rimmel eyeshadow crayon a 9. I am in awe of this product. I can't really fault it but it's not entirely worth 10 points. I can't wait to get some more of these!

Out of 10 I would give the NYX eyeshadow crayon an 8. I love the colour and they come in a great range of colours, unlike the Rimmel option. I am slightly put off by the thought of accidentally smearing it across my face. Apart from that, I cannot deny that it is a superb product.

Thank you for joining me today. If you have a recommendation or an alternative opinion don't hesitate to leave it in the comments.
Much love,
Clare x

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Sunday, 1 February 2015

Study Tips: Part 1

Study tips. Doesn't sound very exciting. At all.

My teachers have all gotten back into the routine of giving us weekly tests. It can be hard to remember which tests to study for but hopefully, with my tips, tests will become less of an ordeal.

I understand that different methods work for different people and I'm not saying that this is what you need to do to achieve the marks you want. All I'm saying is that this is what works for me.

It all depends on how long you are told about the test in advance. Supposing I have 1 week to prepare, this is how I would use my time.

1) As soon as the test is announced, I start to take hints from the teacher as to what might be on the test. Look out for phrases such as "This paragraph is important" or "Make sure you know __________ inside out"

2) Make a list of all the up coming tests in a special notebook as soon as the test is announced.  Check it regularly to make sure you haven't forgotten anything.

3) To make your work load lighter do 10 minutes of revision each night, to insure that you know what you have read.

4) I like to keep a diary for studying. They have really cute ones in Tiger and Paperchase. Shorten paragraphs to key points. There is no need to copy your whole textbook out, word for word. You are wasting time and it will be harder to absorb it when you go to study it later.

5) Make topics short, understandable and easy to read. Spread the words out over the page and avoid squeezing them together.  This will make them confusing. It's a great idea to use colour. For example, put dates in red, events in green etc.

6) Try and do the big chunk of studying at least 2-3 nights before the test. That means that on the night before you just have to refresh what you already know.

I hope you enjoyed this Study Tips blog post. Let me know what you'd like to see in the future.

Clare x

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Essence I ♥ Nudes Eyeshadow| First Impressions

Hi there!

How's it going? I hope you are enjoying summer in whatever form it may come in.

On the 9th February, Essence brought out some new products to an already existing line of makeup. Essence, as I recently learnt is a great brand for coming out with new products. I bought a couple of bits and bobs from the Christmas collection and was thoroughly pleased.

I was particularly excited about the I ♥ Nude eyeshadows. I am definitely more comfortable with natural eye looks so this sounded great to me! I've never tried Essence eyeshadows before. I had little knowledge of their texture or pigmentation.

From what I picked up I have decided to keep away from the nude lipstick line as I think it would look like concealer, even on my very pale, Irish complexion.

For today I will stick to just the I ♥ Nude eyeshadows. These are quite inexpensive, costing just €3. 09. I picked up three eyeshadows.  I picked out three that I would be able to create a full eyeshadow look with. I got the shades

These come in really gorgeous colours. In the shop, some of the shades seemed quite similar. I steered clear of those ones, though, so I can't tell you if they are as alike as I thought.

Both My Favourite Tauping and Crème Brûlée are baked eyeshadows (giving the eyeshadow a domed appearance), however, Coffee Bean is a regular, flat eyeshadow. I'm not sure if there is a reason for this.

Those of you who do not know what baked eyeshadows are, are probably wondering about the function or benefits of a baked eyeshadow. They are left in the sun on terracotta tiles. They become more pigmented and smoother to work with.

One of the best bits about these is that you can achieve two totally different looks with the same shadows.  For a more extreme look, you simply have to wet your eyeshadow brush with some cold water. This step is optional but will increase the pigmentation of the eyeshadows. If you want to achieve a more subtle look skip this. It will create a sheerer, more everyday look

It took me a bit too long to realise how to get the most from these eyeshadows. I seemed to forgot the whole point of "baked" shadows.

I was very disappointed when I tried crème brûlée on with a wet brush. This applies unevenly to the lids. It gathers together giving a clumpy appearance. I much prefer the slightly muted effect given by not wetting the brush. It is a neutral, shimmery champagne colour. A staple colour. This shade is not pigmented and shows up as a faint iridescent glow.

Still very pretty!

My Favourite Tauping was put through the crease and was used as a transition colour. This doesn't have the same bad qualities of Crème Brûlée when applying with a wet brush but I still prefer to use a dry brush when using this. This is my favourite of the three. It is a gorgeous taupe. I adore this shade and I recently persuaded my mum to try it when she was going out. She loved it so much that she asked me to pick one up while I was out! Success!

Coffee Bean is packed with pigment! I used this to add a little drama to the outer corner of my lid. For this eyeshadow I did not see the reason to wet the brush. This is a dark brown. It is very plendable and looks great in the outer corner if blended properly.

One of my main complaints is the packaging. The single packaging is quite inconvenient as it takes up a lot of space. The fact that the packaging is rounded/domed makes it about x10 worse. This takes a lot more space than it should when you stack them vertically or horizontally in containers.

Thanks for stopping by!

Clare ♡

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