Nuxe Crème Fraiche 24hr Moisturising Mask | Beauty Review

nuxe crème fraiche 24hr moisturising mask next to its original box, sitting on a white desk
Am I the only one who gets intensely dry skin, year-round? It used to be a problem I only had in winter, but whether my impending 24th birthday (ew, let's not mention that again, I'm still a student, at heart) is the reason for my sudden change of skin type, or just a sign I need to up my skincare game, the whole Deadpool look isn't really for me.

After intense research (read: checking reviews on Selfridges and Feel Unique), I finally decided that the Nuxe Crème Fraiche 24hr Moisturising Mask might just be the thing to save my skin - and I haven't looked back since.
The formula of this mask is super thick, but not at all sticky, and it's so easy to use; you simply apply a thick layer over your face and neck, leave it to sink in for 10-15 minutes, and then massage the remaining mixture in (or, if you're going out, you can remove the residue with a tissue). And that's it. It's that easy.

Now, I don't know if I'd go as far as to say it really provides 24 hour moisture, but it does definitely keep your skin hydrated for a good few hours, and using this just before bed guarantees you'll wake up with silky smooth, dewy skin. And, as I mentioned in my 'Stop Getting Sick' post, this is a great soothing mask for anyone who's feeling a little run down, too - the smell of fresh jasmine is one of the most relaxing to exist, after all.

Has it cleared up my dry skin? Yes, surprisingly. I wasn't necessarily expecting long-term effects, but having used this twice a week since January, I really do feel like my skin is more hydrated, and I couldn't recommend this more.
Nuxe Creme Fraiche 24hr Moisturising Mask retails for £18.50, here.
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How Not to Get the Job | Work

I had an interview, yesterday. Let me set the scene; the kind of job I've been dreaming about in the two years since I left university (how has it been two years?!). Am interviewer who had bent over backwards to accomodate my schedule (I'd been finishing out my notice period for the job I've just left). I'd done my research. I'd come up with at least three interesting ideas for ways to move the company forward. The interview was only 20 minutes from my house, and I got there fifteen minutes early. It should've been perfect, right? Oh, so wrong.
a pink notebook with a gold heart and gold spiral binding lying on a bed, next to a panda pen; the words 'getting a job in social media' written in script across the picture in pink and white
My Top 5 Tips to Not Get the Job:
1. Get to your interview at least fifteen minutes early.
Don't go inside, straight away, though. Stand outside and continue the furious text fight you're having, just so you'll look too scared to go in if anyone's watching you on CCTV.

2. Research the role.
...and then promptly forget to mention all of the relevant information you have stored away. I worked with the company that was a template (and had the same co-founders) as the one I interviewed for yesterday, as a blogger. Did I mention that? Of course not. 

3. Be prepared for anything.
Except, you know, if your interviewer asks you about what your friends would say about you. Then you should probably freak out and say the first thing that comes to your mind. I referred to myself as 'uptight'. I have never, ever, been accused of being uptight in my life. An hour before my interview, I was still sitting at home in my underwear. 

4. Ask intelligent questions. 
The highlight of my interview was definitely 'well obviously I want to know if you're going to give me the job?' *awkward laughs on both sides of the terribly chic Shoreditch perspex table*. Did I ask something intelligent, about targets? What about my CV made him feel like I'd be a good fit for the brand? No, of course not. Don't be silly.

5. Come with suggestions.
Is the company you're interviewing for looking to grow? Branch out? Refine their customer-base? Reach out to influencers? You should have some ideas for how they could do that. No, don't share them. Just keep them awkwardly in your head and seem as if you've thought of nothing. 

Suffice to say, I'm not expecting a call back. 
What's the best interview tip you've ever had? And what's the worst interview you've ever had?
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My New Favourite Shoes | New In

ultragirl twin bow pumps by Melissa
I don't know if I've mentioned it (read: I've mentioned it every single day for at least two years), but right now I work in retail. And not just any retail, I'm a lingerie fitter. I fit people into bras, for a living. Which means I spend about 8 hours per day running around on shopfloors, up and down stairs, and in and out of stock rooms (think a shoe shop, but...lacier). Needless to say, comfortable, durable shoes are the most important investment for this kind of job.
Enter: UltraGirl Twin Bow pumps by Melissa. 
close up of the ultragirl twin bow pumps by Melissa
Okay, so they're obviously gorgeous, but they're also the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn. They have built-in padding on the bed of the shoe, meaning you're pretty much walking on clouds, and they're scented. Yep, you read that right. The insole of the shoe smells like bubblegum, so you get an occasional whiff whilst you're dashing around. 
ultragirl twin bow pumps by Melissa
They're made by the brand that makes Vivienne Westwood's Melissa pumps, so they've got that same plastic/rubber texture, which I know makes them sound like the last thing you'd want to wear for the summer, but honestly, with the tiny little peep-toe detail and the extra padding, they are genuinely no hotter than any other shoe. Plus, they're way prettier.  
You can view the full range online at their official UK retailer, NonNon, here.
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Bourjois City Radiance | Review

I'm forever trying to find the 'perfect base'; being the most pale Greek/Italian hybrid in history means that finding a foundation that doesn't leave me looking like I've been Tango'd is always a struggle. I have to say though, Bourjois has always been one of the brands that I feel offers a better range of shades for the 'pale girl', so when I spotted their latest offering on my lunch break - 'City Radiance foundation' - I practically dashed for the palest shade ('Rose Ivory'), and could barely contain my glee as I headed back to work. 

City Radiance has SPF 30, and is sold as leaving the skin looking radiant and keeping it hydrated for 24 hours; Bourjois also claims it has an 'anti-pollution formula', that stops Carbon adhering to the skin - perfect for city life, right?

As always, I applied this with my go-to foundation brush, the Real Techniques Buffing Brush, and my first thought was 'oh my gosh, this stuff smells amazing!' - not something I'd ever really cared about with a foundation, but a nice bonus, anyway - my second thought was how smoothly the product applied. I needed a tiny amount for my face, because it's super blendable. In terms of coverage, it definitely takes the redness out of your skin, but if you're like me and have occasional flair ups of bad skin, you're still going to need a good concealer. However, the durability was what most impressed me about this foundation; I wore it on an 8.5 hour shift at work, and despite having super-shiny skin, naturally, this stayed flawless, and I didn't need to reapply or touch up my powder once, and my skin looked really healthy, and much brighter than usual, throughout the day!
 

Would I recommend it? Yes, if you fall into one of the (slightly limited) shades that Bourjois offer, go for it!

Bourjois City Radiance foundation retails for £7.99 and can be found in most Boots stores, or on their website, here.
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