Benefit High Beam and Posie Tint – Makeup Collection #5

Hey guys!

Continuing on with my Makeup Collection series, I will be reviewing Benefit’s High Beam and Posie Tint.

If you missed the previous post in the series, you can find it here.


High Beam

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This liquid highlighter is one of the first products I ever tried from Benefit around two years ago, and as you can see I still have half left! I also have a mini size of this which came in a set with Posie Tint, which is perfect for travelling (and also no where near finished)!

I like the packaging on this; the font is nice and simple and the transparent glass lets you see the shimmery goodness within. The applicator is similar to a nail polish brush, which works fine.

The colour of this highlighter is a pale pink, which isn’t for everyone. However, the formula is pretty great. It applies to the skin as pigmented as you see in the bottle, and can be blended out to give a subtle sheen to the skin. (Top swatch)

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I will admit that I haven’t used this product in a while, as I tend to favour powder products over liquid. I always used to apply this on top of foundation and under a setting powder, which I found significantly reduced the glowing power.

However when I was playing around with this today, I realised that it looks AMAZING on naked skin, and gives an effortless highlight to the cheekbones. If you are a natural makeup type of person, I think this would work very well for you.

Rating: 4*/5

Posie Tint

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Posie Tint is marketed as a lip and cheek stain, with emphasis on the stain. But more on that in a second.

As mentioned earlier this is the travel size, which is really small (and cute) but contains a lot of product as again it is a liquid. I like the reflective pink packaging, and the applicator is almost similar to High Beam, except this brush is slightly harder – I guess so it soaks up less product?

The colour of the product is a pure bubblegum pink. I’m not too keen on this as a cheek colour as I think it’s too light, but would be nice for a fun lip look. (Bottom swatch)

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Now, the formula. I don’t think stain is a strong enough word for what this does. If you think you can apply this to you cheeks and blend with your fingers, then think again. You will have bright pink fingers for the rest of the day!

After a lot of trial and error I have found the best way to apply this to cheeks is to swipe some on a stippling brush, and then blend from there. Not only does this stain, but it dries so fast that if you don’t do some quick blending you’re in trouble.

Posie Tint works a lot better as a lip tint, and gives them a nice pink glow all day. My only issue is that if you aren’t quick enough to spread the product it can be streaky.

As a testament to how much this stains, I can currently see on my arm the swatch I did 6 hours ago that has not faded after scrubbing with a makeup remover wipe and coconut oil. Eek.

Rating: 2.75*/5


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Lexy

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Can You Hear Me? – Book Review

Hey guys!

As mentioned in my Revelations & Reviews post, this is the first of two reviews on the books I received from Book Bridgr. A huge thank you to them as well as Two Roads for sending this to me!

The fact that I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review will in no way affect my opinions and thoughts on the novel.

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Can You Hear Me? by Elena Varvello


“Elia Furenti is sixteen, living in a secluded house with his parents, a life so unremarkable that even its moderate unhappiness has been accepted as normal.
That is until the day the beautiful, damaged Anna returns to Ponte and firmly propels Elia to the edge of adulthood.

But then everything starts to unravel.

Elia’s father, Ettore, is let go from his job and loses himself in the darkest corners of his mind, spending day after day plotting his revenge.
A young boy is murdered, shaking the small community to its core.
And a girl climbs into a van and vanishes in the deep, dark woods…”

If I had to describe this book in one word, I would say: confusing. I spent about 75% of the novel perplexed about what was happening and when.

For a start, the chapter titles lend themselves to confusion. Rather than 1, 2, 3… we got ‘In The Woods’, ‘Truth (1)’, ‘I.’ … and it continued in that bizarre fashion throughout. I finally figured out that the chapter titles with names were Elia’s viewpoint of his current life, whilst the roman numerals were his imagining of what happened the night the girl vanished into the woods, which were interchanging. As for ‘Truth (1)’ and later ‘Truth (2)’, I still don’t know.

As well as this it took some time to figure out when these two different chapter viewpoints were taking place; if the night the girl vanished was at the same time as Elia’s current life, was a flashback, or something that happened in the future. For reference: It was a future event until Elia’s current life catches up, and then it becomes present and then past. Confusing, right?

I was expecting this novel to be a thriller, but really that took a back seat. The story was more about Elia Furenti and how he comes of age during one summer. The novel explores his home life, where he has to deal with his fathers mental illness, as well as his life outside where he works his way through friendship and love. This element of the story was betrayed well, but was not something I was particularly interested in.

I enjoyed this book mostly towards the end, when the thriller element comes into play. Elia’s father Ettore takes a girl into the woods, and you get see what happened to her (or rather what Elia imagines) and what Ettore’s motive is. This was the most interesting part of the novel for me.

I’m struggling to decide if I liked this book or not. I was not very invested in the main character and therefore struggled to be interested in his life. Coupled with the confusion, it made reading it a slightly frustrating experience. That being said, my drive to know more about the girls abduction made me keep picking up this book, and kept me intrigued until the end.

Rating: 2.75*

If you are interested in stories about mental health/illness then maybe give this a try, as it portrays it quite well in my opinion. Unfortunately I was excited for a thriller, which I didn’t really find in this book.


I realise this is my second book review in a row with a sent book, so apologies for that. I have one more review copy to get through and then I shouldn’t be reviewing anything but my own books in the future!

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Lexy

DIY Lip Scrub

Hey guys!

I was in the mood to do something creative, so after a not so quick browse on Pinterest, I found a recipe for a DIY Lip Scrub that looked fun to try.

Obviously this recipe is not my own and all the credit goes to the person who made it (link here), but I thought it would be fun to document myself making it and share it with you all as a nice first post back!


First the first time in my life, I actually did have all the ingredients for this scrub just lying around my house, so this practically cost me nothing!

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The ingredients for this scrub are Honey, Coconut Oil, and Sugar. As the Pinterest recipe didn’t have any quantities, I went for an equal amount of each.

It’s worth noting that if you want this scrub to be edible then use coconut oil used in cooking – I only had a jar of the cosmetic kind, so my scrub needs to be washed off.

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Then all you have to do is mix it up! I found the consistency of mine to be a bit wet, so I added about a quarter more sugar of the original amount and it was perfect.

This scrub not only exfoliates the dry skin from my lips, but is also really moisturising because of the coconut oil. As an avid liquid lipstick wearer this is a dream!

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All that needed doing now was to put the mixture in a container. I used an empty Lush sample pot, which was the perfect size for the amount I made. I swear my DIY attempts never go this well (even if it was pretty simple)!

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Then because I clearly have too much time on my hands, I decorated the lid with a nail art pen. Lush, watch out.


I can’t believe how well this scrub turned out and I’m definitely going to be making more! If anyone has any scrub recipes or posts then please comment them!

Originally,

Lexy

Revelations & Reviews

I’m back!…Kinda.

After stepping away from my blog for a little while (read about it here), I am back to test the waters.

I had found that blogging had become quite a stressful experience and was starting to impact me negatively, so took the decision to have a break from it and also delete some associated social medias.

I’ve had mixed feelings about these decisions, so here is what I discovered I felt regarding each aspect:


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Not having to write posts I have felt obligated to do has been great, and having the time to re-energise myself creatively has worked wonders.

Considering I only said my ‘goodbye for now’ less than two weeks ago, you can see how much I have missed the site. I loved to read everyone else’s posts so to be able to do that again makes me very happy.

Instagram (deleted)

Deleting my Instagram is the decision I am happiest with. To start with, my blog Instagram was separate to my personal, so posting on it felt like living a weird double life.

I was also never happy with the quality of photographs I took, and was continually frustrated with the whole thing. Deleting the account made me realise that I had been using it for all the wrong reasons – I was trying to get more people to read my blog, which is not what I want Originally Lexy to be about.

Goodreads (deleted)

I had adapted my personal goodreads account into one for this blog so I had another place to post my reviews, which again comes back to the point of wrongly trying to gain a larger audience.

I am glad I made this account personal again, as reading is my favourite hobby, and by forcing myself to take notes for every book I read I lost a lot of the enjoyment from it.

Bookbridgr (deleted)

For those who don’t know, Bookbridgr is a site where you can request books in exchange for writing a review. I decided to delete my account for the site because I thought I wasn’t receiving any books.

However, in a twist of pure irony, today I received two books that I requested WEEKS ago, with absolutely no idea about it. So firstly I want to say a massive thank you to Book Bridgr as well as the publishers and authors of these books for sending them to me; I was very interested in these books when I read the synopses and can’t wait to read them.

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Receiving these books was almost like a sign to resume my blog – I wanted to review these books because not only do I believe I owe it to the people who sent them to me, but also because I loved writing my new style of review as it was so relaxed. This makes it a great way to ease myself back into my blog.


I will admit, I was very unsure if I would ever resume blogging. However after taking the time away from it I feel like I can come back to it and make it better than ever.

Now I can write my posts for myself, not for other people and their tastes. If you look back through my blog you won’t see any more personal and honest posts like these, only quite detached ones. I want this to change, and to be able to write about things that may not interest other people, but are important to me.

I’m sorry for this incredibly long and rambling post, but I felt these things needed to be said. I will be reviewing the two books I have been sent on my blog when I am ready (NOT under self imposed time constraints), and after that I will be writing about anything and everything – of course, that still includes beauty, books, and study! My posts from now on won’t be on any sort of schedule; I’ll be writing them if and when I please.

Thanks for sticking around to the end of the post, I’ll be impressed if anyone made it this far!

Originally,

Lexy

Goodbye For Now

As you can tell by the title, this isn’t my usual cheery post. Lately I have found myself feeling negatively towards this blog, to the point where I have been feeling quite stressed about it – dramatic I know, but true.

I have been forcing myself to write posts because I feel I need to do it, not because I enjoy it as I once did. The same goes for my Instagram feed and Goodreads account.

Therefore I have decided to step away from Originally Lexy for a while. I have deleted my Instagram and Goodreads, to remove that feeling of pressure. My blog itself is staying exactly where it is, because I am proud of all the work I have put into my posts and want to be able to look back on them, as well as allowing all of you to re-read any posts.

I am starting University soon and know my time will be limited, and did not want this added pressure on top. I am unsure when or if I will resume with my blog, but I would like to say thank you to everyone who has supported me on here, it has meant the world.

Originally,

Lexy

Everyday Makeup Routine

Hey guys!

Taking some inspiration from YouTube, I will be sharing my everyday makeup routine with you. I tend to keep it quite simple and natural, with a few staple products.


Primer & Moisturiser

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I cheat by combining these steps, and use my Superdrug Vitamin E Day Cream. I’ve spoken about this product before and how well it gets rid of my dry patches, in addition to how well makeup applies on top of it.

I usually let this sink into my skin for 5/10 minutes, and I will do my hair in that time.

Concealer

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Most days I will skip liquid foundation and just conceal under my eyes, around my nose, and any blemishes.

I have a few different concealers I like to use, but at the minute I have been layering the No7 Match Made Concealer under the YSL Touche Eclait to give my face some much needed brightening.

Setting Powder

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I like to use a pressed powder foundation to set all my concealer, and also go over my face and neck to give it some colour.

Usually I will use a Bare Minerals powder but I sadly just ran out, so I bought the Primark PS… Mattifying Pressed Powder for the meantime. I can’t say it’s as good but it does the job!

Contour & Blush

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Next I contour with Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer, which also helps give some more colour to my face (the British summer has not been kind).

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On my cheeks I always go for this blush by Laval, which I’ve had for so long the label has rubbed off. This was really inexpensive but is the perfect pink for me.

Eyeshadow & Mascara

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I don’t always wear eyeshadow for an everyday look, but if I do I choose one of these three to apply all over the lid and blend out with a fluffy brush.

L-R: No7 Stay Perfect Eyeshadow in Bronze; B. Stunning Vibrant Eye Shimmer in Bittersweet; No7 Stay Perfect Eyeshadow in Wheatsheaf.

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The mascara I’m using at the moment is the Essence Get Big! Lashes Volume Curl. For some reason I apply this just to the top lashes when I don’t wear eyeshadow, and to the top and bottom lashes when I do – it’s just a habit.

Eyebrows

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Next up is my eyebrows, where I use the MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set (in Bold Brunette if you’re wondering).

I have to use a light hand with this otherwise my eyebrows can get too bold for a natural look, but it definitely keeps all the hairs in place.

Lipstick

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On the lips I either use a clear lip gloss, or a nude lipstick.

My usual go-to’s (L-R) are: Revlon Balm Stain in Honey; NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes; Kiko Lipstick in 801; The Beauty Parlour Lip Balm in Coconut.

Setting Spray

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To finish off I spray my trusty Makeup Revolution Pro Fix all over my face. I also use this through the day to freshen up my makeup as well.


Although this looks like a lot of products, all together this routine takes me 10 minutes to complete. This is my go-to for work, quick trips out, and days where I want to feel fresh faced.

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The Honey Farm on the Hill – Book Review

Hey guys!

I was lucky enough to receive The Honey Farm on the Hill for review from Bookbridgr and Headline Review. This was my first time receiving a proof copy so it’s pretty exciting!

The fact that I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review will in no way affect my opinions and thoughts on the novel.

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The Honey Farm on the Hill by Jo Thomas


“We never forget the one who got away.  

Eighteen years ago Nell fell in love in the mountains of Crete and life changed for ever. Nell’s daughter, Demi, has never met her dad. Nell never saw him again. When she gets the chance to return to the hilltop town of Vounoplagia – where everything began – Nell can’t resist the urge to go back and find him. Working on a honey farm perched high up in the hills, there’s plenty to keep her busy. And she will quickly realise the town harbours just as many secrets as she does. But if Nell’s favourite romantic films are right, there’s a happy ending in store for each of us. All she has to do is seek out the magic of the mountains…

Jo Thomas takes you there.”

This book should come with a warning: ‘Will make you want to move to Crete and eat all the local food!’ If there was ever a book that transported me to a different place whilst reading it, this would be it. I read The Honey Farm on the Hill over several rainy miserable English days (typical), but felt as though I was in the mountains of rural Crete.

Nell is the perfect example of a real character – her life is unpolished and messy, and she makes mistakes like the rest of us. I love to see reality in books, as I feel you can relate to it so much more.

I was charmed by the descriptions of Vounoplagia, the lovable characters, and the detail of the town’s food (seriously, it made me hungry). Nell’s life on the honey farm, the town and mountain where she stays, and the mystery surrounding the towns downfall kept me intrigued and wanting to know more.

Although the story was a bit slow throughout, the short chapters (often between 3 and 7 pages) kept me interested and allowed me to pick it up and put it down as I pleased. The slow pace actually worked in the books favour in this scenario, as it felt like a relaxed, summer read.

I will admit that at times The Honey Farm on the Hill was repetitive with some obvious plot points. I felt as though the same information was relayed over and over again, and even the exact same lines repeated by the characters. I’m not too sure why this was, but it added nothing to the story.

When writing my notes for this post, the last thing I wrote after finishing the book was ‘fulfilling’, which for me sums it up perfectly. It was a simple read, yet you left feeling happy and that the story was wrapped up neatly. This read would be perfect for a summer holiday, and I wish I had read it on mine!

Rating: 3.75* /5

The Honey Farm on the Hill is published by Headline Review and is now available in paperback (£7.99), Ebook and Audio download.


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Lexy

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