Monday, 29 April 2013

Trans-Seasonal OOTD

So we all know the difficulty of dressing in between seasons. Its not chilly, yet not exactly warm either. You still want to dress appropiately for this type of weather but you just have no clue what to wear. Well today I had just that problem but eventually found an outfit that was cute, casual and most importantly comfortable. Not too hot, not too cold, just right! Here's what I wore...
As you can see in the picture above, the outfit I'm wearing is casual but put together and polished at the same time. The two key pieces in this outfit are the leather jacket and plain white loose fitting dress. These two pieces are basically the canvas. The rest is all about the accessories you add to it. Choose any scarf you fancy. 
  My favorite thing about this outfit is that it can easily be taken from day to night. Just replace the scarf with a statement necklace, and the shoes for some heels. You could even carry a smaller bag that is more appropriate for an evening out. If you really want to rock the full package, add a bright lip. Here I am wearing Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid lipstick in Fuschia Flash.

Most importantly, have fun with it. Change it up a bit to whatever suits you and you will be comfortable in. When it comes down to it, it's all about what makes you feel and look best! 

Lots of love,

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

AlanahBelle Photography

Hello! :) Long time no chat. I am so glad to be back and posting. As you may have seen on my Instagram (@AlanahBelle) I finally got a new camera. I ended up going with a Canon 600d aka Rebel T3i. It seemed to be that every time I was impressed with the quality of someone's pictures or videos, that's the camera they used. I decided to treat myself a little and go all out with extras. I went to a nearby lake yesterday to take a few shots and really had a lot of fun. I am thinking of doing a section dedicated to photography on here. Let me know your thoughts on that. Anyway, so I thought I'd let you know what's been happening and that I'm "back in the game"! Hope your having a great day.
P.S. Don't forget to follow me on Instagram for some daily goodness (@AlanahBelle). I'll also pop my favorite shot from the lake below.

Alanah Belle.x

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation Review

This foundation is one I have been meaning to try out for some time now. With all the brilliant claims and rave reviews, how could I resist? I picked up a bottle of this foundation from Priceline for $32.

On the bottle it claims that it will offer a 16hr radiance-boosting even, revived complexion. I can't really say if it lasts 16 hours on the skin because everyone's skin is different and I only wear my foundation for about 10 hours tops on a normal day. But for the time that I do wear it, I find that it does wear nicely. It may fade just a little by the end of the day, but by no means does it gather in areas or go patchy. It wears evenly. I love how it's actually does make my skin look radiant, even and revived.

Bourjois says that this foundations is light coverage. In my opinion it's can go anywhere from light to the fuller side of medium coverage. It is a pretty versatile foundation coverage wise. I find the best way to build the coverage is by putting it on in thin layers rather then just slopping one thick layer onto your skin.

The finish of this foundation really depends on your skin type. On my slightly drier skin it dries to a satin, yet slightly glow finish. I wouldn't say it's matte nor would I say it's dewy. It's very natural looking.

Skin Types:
Dry: This foundation is wearable for those with dry skin, however I do recommend that you keep your skin well exfoliated and hydrated/moisturizer when using this foundation. Otherwise it may slightly accentuate dryness.

Normal: This foundation would be absolutely perfect for you if you have normal skin. Not dry, nor oily. Just right.

Oily: I think this foundation could work with oily skin. You may want to powder or keep blotting papers at hand just to be on the safe side.

Combination: It's all about balance with combination skin. Just powder and blot the oily areas and exfoliate and moisturize the dry areas.

Note: If you are extremely oily or extremely dry I'd stay pass on this foundation. If your not one extreme or the other and your skin is manageable then I'd say give it a go.

Application methods:
Fingers: I found that applying this foundation with my fingers left my skin slightly streaky. If you do want apply it with your fingers, keep a clean brush to buff the streaks away after application.

Paddle brush: A good tradition foundation brush works quite well with this foundation. For me this application method provided that extra bit of coverage per layer.

Buffing brush: My preferred method of application with this foundation is to use a buffing brush. A dense but flexible flat-top brush like the Sigma F80 is ideal for me. However the buffing motion may not be ideal for any dry or flakey patches. I would stick to the paddle brush if that's the case.

Beauty Blender Sponge: This works great although it absorbs a whole lot of the foundation even when damp. Therefore I like to apply the product evenly around my skin, then blend it out with the sponge. This gives a lovely finish.

The packaging of this foundation is so good, especially for a drugstore foundation. It is made of a plastic that could be easily mistaken for glass. The pump is absolutely fantastic! The most perfect pump. It literally allows you to have full control over how much you would like to dispense. You can even pump out a little drop if you wanted to for (swatches) whatever reason. The only gripe I have with the packaging is that the cap pops on and off a little too easily. A click mechanism of some sort would be handy. Other then that the packagings awesome!

Shade Range:
Bourjois is known for their incredibly natural color range. This particular foundation is made in 6 shades, my shade being number 52 for my NC20-NC25 skin. The shades are fairly neutral, leaning a tad but more towards the yellow undertone side of the spectrum. The Bourjois colors are by no means orange and unnatural. They have done such a good job with their colors. Although I do hope that they do eventually bring out some deeper shades for women of color.

Final Thoughts:
Overall I really like this foundation. It's looks so natural on the skin and feels luxurious for a drugstore brand. I am not surprised by the great quality and similarity to some Chanel foundations considering Bourjois is owned by Chanel.

If you've tried this foundation before let me know what you think of it.


Thursday, 29 March 2012

The Site Every Fashion Blogger Should Be A Part Of

I thought I would share with you the one site that I've found to be super helpful, enjoyable and informational as a fashion/beauty blogger. These site is a great social networking site aswell as a great place to find inspiration and ideas for blog posts or to gain knowledge on different things that will most definitely be beneficial to you and your blog .I hope you find it as helpful and enjoyable as I did. Enjoy!

Independent Fashion Bloggers:
IFB is a site exclusive to fashion bloggers. To become a member of the site you are required to first fill out an application then recieve approval. To receive approval you will need to link your blogin the application. This is just so that they can make sure that all members of their site are actually fashion bloggers. But, you do not have to become a member to enjoy the perks of IFB.

This is an amazing site to help you slowly get your blog to where you want it to be. IFB successfully helps many bloggers improve their sites. One great thing they do is come up with an "IFB Project" every week. What they'll do is have a blog post for you to create and if you decide to take part in the project, you can link your projects blog post on their site and they will have yours listed with a bunch of others. This is a good way to have your blog gain more readers and you can also discover some great new blogs along the way too. It really is a win, win situation. All in all, it is a world of tips and tricks and a way to socialize with other fashion bloggers.

I hope you check it out and if you do, feel free to comment below with your thoughts. I can pretty much guarantee you that you won't regret checking it out.
Alanah Belle