Rimmel Foundation with added Serum

In bodycare at the moment they are selling a few Rimmel products; 'Lasting Finish Foundation', 'Match Perfection Foundation', 'Stay Matte Powder' and a range of nail polishes, which are all quite a bit cheaper than normal. 

I'm not a fan of the Lasting Finish Foundation, it seemed to make my face look quite shiny and the rest of my products were sliding off, I ended up just throwing it away after a few uses, there was no way I would be trying it out again. However a few of these bottles had a slight different design on the label which definitely interested me, there is a comfort serum added to the formula and it suggests that it should last 25 hours.

The consistency is much thicker than the original which I put down to the serum, this makes it much longer to thoroughly blend into the skin and to find the perfect brush to use, for me its a stippling brush. The end result is more matte compared to the shiny, dewy look the other created but I really like this as it is more suited to my skin type.

Top tip if going to try it out, do a tester as I found the shade I would normally pick was a tad too dark for me and I had to buy a shade lighter. Since picking it up it is all I have been wearing, I really like it and it will be a re purchase when it runs out. 

Vo5 Amplifying Blow Dry Lotion

When it comes to hair products with anything remotely advertising big hair I am immediately drawn in and have to try them out, it also helps when there is an offer on too. 

I already have a few Vo5 products from the 'plump it up' range and I quite like them they seem to do the trick as my hair is not as flat as normal and they are very reasonably priced. This Amplifying Blow Dry Lotion must be new as I have not seen it on the shelves before and thought I would put it to the test. It is meant to add volume and thickness, calms the frizz and them few static strands and I have to say that it does actually work, although I feel it works much better when you take time to blow dry your hair for a better result, it still has an affect if your dry your hair upside down too. I also noticed that my hair felt much thicker on day 2 when I normally find it being a bit lacklustre.

The bonus is it also acts as a heat defence spray too, this makes me so much happier as I don't have to go out and buy two separate products, I might as well get one which does two jobs and save money. 

Have you used anything from the 'plump it up' range at Vo5? 

Living on the Edge

Shirt: h&m, Dress: Primark, Jacket: Miss Selfridge, Boots: New Look

This past couple of weeks since the weather has got that bit cooler I have been loving wearing my plaid shirts, they are just so cosy and comfortable. I might have to stock up on a few more in numerous colours as I feel like I will be living in them come autumn/winter.

Bronzer Versatility

As I don't have a vast make up collection I like to try and see how my products can be versatile, plus it saves the money too especially if you are a student. Stains are perfect to create numerous looks as they can be used on lips, cheeks and even eyes, but one product which you will use two or three different ways on a day to day basis without realising is a Bronzer. 

Bronzers are such great all round products, you can either apply it across the whole face and down the neck for a more tanned/sunkissed look, contouring or even a light sweep on the eyelids, you name it, it will most likely work. 

But something then crossed my mind, could this be a product which can also fill in my eyebrows? A lot of people reach for a brown eye shadow rather than a pencil, liquid or gel so a matte bronzer should work right?! Well yeah, it actually does. I tested it out with my go to bronzer; Benefit Hoola and absolutely loved it. 

Hoola is a very light shade, you could say it almost looks a bit grubby as there is no peachy pink undertones (I could be the only one who thought that before testing it) but once applied it almost reflects the tone of your skin and then adds some warmth. When it came to my brows, being a soft and powdery consistency the bronzer added a base coat just under the brows for the more natural look rather than having a strong definition, I did have to build it up slightly having brunette brows but it blended in perfectly.

I would love to hear if you have used Hoola or any other bronzer on filling in your brows? 

University Tips & Tricks

Congratulations to everyone who got their grades and into University last week, it's a fantastic achievement and you are going to have an amazing experience. If you didn't get the marks you were hoping for please don't worry, it is not the end of the world or following your dreams, there are so many paths to take whether it is choosing your second or third choice or building up work experience and working your way up the ladder that way. If you are still unsure what is happening contact UCAS the people on the phones are there to help and give you a lot of advice.

I have just completed my time at University, so I am extremely jealous of you all starting your next chapter, can I just rewind to being a fresher please?! I thought that I would put together a little series of posts all focusing on preparation before you finally move out. Obviously some of you will be living at home so why not persuade your parents to re decorate your room, create a fresh start.

Now you are aware of which uni you will be going to it's time to see who you will be joining. The university should have it's own Facebook page, probably done through the Students Union. Here they will have links to societies, halls or residents and possibly your chosen subject, this gives you the opportunity to get to know one another, although I am going to say please be careful, don't give out numbers or addresses etc. as you still don't know who anyone is yet (I know that you're not stupid but I just have to include this off my own back).

This is also the time that you will gain more information for Freshers Week, what events there will be, who could be performing (that's the exciting part) and prices, this is the whole reason you are going to uni right?

I hope that this little introduction was helpful, in the next posts I will discuss the main necessities you may need to pack. Once again well done!!!

Top 3 Holiday Accessories

I'm the type of girl that has to carry everything but the kitchen sink no matter where I go, if its shopping, a day out or even to the gym I cannot be dealing with carrying around a small bag. When I went away camping it was key that only a few items could follow me all the way to Newquay and it was the hardest thing ever, especially swapping and leaving items from my mahoosive handbag to the tiniest little satchel you could possibly think of.
I have to say it was the best thing, all I needed was my phone which was pretty much turned off, my small camera and purse, plus I was spending most of the time swimming around in the sea and walking up massive hills so I did not need anything dragging me down.

In terms of footwear I pretty much stuck to sandals the whole trip, it was either my sliders from Aldi or my cheap flip flops I picked up when away. Both these pairs of shoes went with all of my outfits and super comfy when walking miles and miles every day plus I needed easy bare foot access for the beach.

The final key accessory to my week away was my sunglasses!! You know me, I cannot leave the house without a pair on me or in my bag even if it is raining. The ones I chose to take were my big round brown ones from Primark, once again they matched every outfit and well they are just my favourites at the moment. However you must remember to take them off when sunbathing or you will get tan lines where they were and you may look a little silly... errrhemmm: me!!

I hope that this gave you a little help or idea if your heading away this month and don't know what to use or pack. The less the better as you are there for the sun, sea or pool.

Holiday Lookbook

For the first time in a long time I actually packed decent clothes which were appropriate to the weather on my jollies especially camping in the UK. I always find that either a. I've not packed enough, b. I've packed way too much I never know what to wear or c. whatever I have packed I have got a tad bored of and always want something different.
Outfit One 

I love how my palm print skort matches extremely well with with the palm tree in the background of the picture, this was not planned I promise. It was ridiculously hot so the little to be worn was the better. I'm not really one for baring a lot of my skin at once but I braved wearing this crop top with the skort, and I actually really liked the way it looked and plus it kept me a lot cooler than wearing a normal top. These blue and white flip flops I picked up from one of the quirky surfer shops in Newquay as I wanted something on my feet when I went in the sea.

Outfit Two

This denim dress might be a little familiar to you if you checked out my fashion haul video on my YouTube channel, I picked it up a few weeks ago from a charity shop, at first I wasn't too sure about it but for £3 you cannot just put it back on the shelf if you worry the neckline is far too low. So I manned up and decided to wear it on one of the days we headed to the beach, its quite thin material for denim so was perfect for the heat. I teamed it with my fluorescent pink beach cover up from last year, it brightened up the outfit well and kept the sun off my shoulders too.

Outfit Three 

 So after pretty much wanting a midi skirt for mot of this year, I finally went out and bought myself one, better late than never. It's such a vibrant colour which is what drew me straight to it, I found a few other colours and some with patterns but when I tried them on it made me feel a little frumpy. It was from Primark and only £5 in the sale which is a complete bargain, if the navy goes into the sale too I'll probably find myself with another midi to add to my ever growing wardrobe.

It was quite a windy day and a little chilly so this skirt was perfect, it blew around with the wind but the fabric is too long and heavy to blow completely up and flash yourself which is a huge relief.

Outfit Four 

Ok, so I know what you are all thinking, why post an outfit photo without having a full image of what the outfit actually looks like, well it's me, I'm different and thought it would be nice to show a sneak peak of another outfit I rocked on my holidays but got too carried away swimming in the sea I didn't have time to take decent photos. I love this dress, its so pretty and delicate with the large daisy/poppy print and smock style (I guess that's what you call it) and it was from Primark too.

One of the stalls from Boardmasters sold loads of bracelets, flower headbands and quirky little gifts, I found this daisy and beaded bracelet and thought it was very different and very festival and surfing esk. Plus it matched the dress perfectly.

I hope that you have enjoyed this post, I really enjoyed creating it for you, it isn't all the outfits I wore when I was on holiday but I thought it would be lovely to give you a glimpse into what I put together.

"Glamping" it up in Newquay

Last week I found myself "glamping" it up in a tent in the middle of a campsite in Newquay, well I wish it was,  it cannot really be classed as glamorous it was basically just camping, spending the mornings and evenings in a six birth tent and then sleeping in a very small two man text next to an extremely noisy family. Except for the couple of nights where the heavens opened, Hurricane Bertha made an appearance it was actually quite fun and got right into it.

Newquay is such an incredible place, you really do feel like you are abroad when driving around the tiny country roads and walking along the beach front, its like Australia but in the UK - madness! We booked the holiday around Boardmasters which is the biggest surfing comp in Great Britain (I 99.9% believe) pretty much most of the contenders, stall holders, commentators were from Australia, which is crazy, flying everything across the world just for a few days to compete in front of the British, but I certainly wasn't complaining.

I have to apologise at the lack of photos from my holidays, most of them I want to keep as personal but being a bad blogger I was too busy sunning myself rather than taking pics of the surfers and pretty seaside resorts around Newquay. I'm finally back on track with the blogging, so Adventures of Wonderland will be in full swing as of today! HURRAY!!!

Instagram Update #3

July has been quite fun for me for once, normally when I break up for the Summer for Uni I find myself moping around being extremely bored wishing that I was back on campus but not this year. My blog has taken a huge leap forward, from a very young age I have had a passion for photography and growing up in the countryside has got my creative side going crazy, unfortunately for the past couple of years I feel that my photographs have been lacking quality and excitement, but in July this has got back on track and I could not be more happier.

Also there has been a lot of major events to celebrate from 30th Birthdays, weddings and catching up with friends who I have not seen in months which has been lovely.

This week Adventures of Wonderland is having a little shake up, I have braved the territory of going camping for a week in England which is quite a risk to take and being beauty and hair obsessed, going Au-natural is scary!! This means that my blog posts are only going to be every other day and fairly simple.

August Wishlist

It is time for another monthly favourites, where has July gone? Does this mean Summer is coming to an end, please extend until end of September/October. Once again I struggled with trying to create this post, there isn't really many specific products which I am wanting to get which is quite unusual for me. It is fairly beauty heavy as I was thinking of products which are running low in my make up collection and a couple which would be quite nice to try out like the gel eye liner. This product I've umm'd and aahhh'd about for a while but have always stuck to felt tip style liners, but now I'm coming to the conclusion that it's about time I tried something new and different.

The only products which I am so eager in trying to buy is a fedora hat, I'm not normally a hat person unless it is a woolly one in winter. But after a lot of blog reading I have come to love, just so elegant, quirky and pretty, look at Charlotte Martin on instagram, she has such an incredible style and always tops it off with a fedora.

I could blab on quite a while here, but I shall try and keep this post short and sweet, I'd love to hear if you have tried or own any of these products and let me know what you think about them in the comments below. I'm a sucker for seeing a positive review and I immediately have to buy it.