Nars Sheer Glow Foundation

Being pale and ginger, finding foundations light enough for my skin is quite a task. I had used L'Oreal infallible in the lightest shade for a while but it was never quite light enough. (however overall it is a good matte drugstore foundation and i would recommend it).

I am, like lots of girls my age, a big fan of beauty youtubers and the foundation that most of them seemed to use was Nars Sheer Glow. I had put off buying this because being a teenager I didn't really want to spend a lot on a high end makeup product. Recently though I thought I had to give it a go, especially since I get a 25% from John Lewis because of my weekend job! So i popped into the Oxford Street store and bought the lightest shade Siberia for the discounted price of £23.25 (normal price £31) which is a pretty good deal! 

Then I tried it on at home.

It comes in a little cardboard box and the bottle itself it glass will a lid you twist to remove. I knew that it didn't come with a pump which i think is an immediate downside to this foundation because you have to pour it onto your hand or brush which is messy and probably wastes some of the product. I think you can buy a pump for it but that is just an extra expense.

I then applied it to my face and noticed immediately that the colour was pale enough which was great! In fact, it was almost too pale! The consistency was nice and i found that a little went a long way and you didn't really need much to cover up all your blemishes (great compared to my old foundation).

However when i had finished applying it I noticed that it has a very matte finish which didn't bother me really but I was just surprised seeing as this was in fact the 'Sheer Glow' not 'Sheer Matte'. I'm not really sure where the 'glow' was supposed to be but, particularly after applying powder, my face was matte. This could be because my skin is quite dry? I'm not sure.

On the whole though I really like this foundation and it is soooooo good for pale skin! It is quite expensive (if you pay the full price, i thought i got a really good deal) so that is definitely a downside but I really liked it :)

Do you think it lives up to the hype?

The Liebster Award


Hello Everyone!

I am very excited to be writing this post today because I have been nominated for the Liebster Award by Sarah and Emily who both run really cute blogs which everyone should check out!

I love this idea as it recognises bloggers with under 200 followers, gives them support and makes them feel very much appreciated. 

These are the rules:
1. You need to answer the 11 questions given to you by the lovely blogger who nominated you
2. You must nominate 11 bloggers with under 200 followers....
3. complete the 11 questions that you give them to answer.

I have double the amount of questions to answer so here goes:

1. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Chocolate. Yes I am a bit of a chocoholic!

2. What is your favorite article of clothing, current or from the past, and why?
I love high wasted skinny jeans. I know this sounds boring but I wear them all the time and they are such a flattering style so they are definitely my favourite.

3. What was the first album you were given/ bought?
I'm pretty sure it was either Britney Spears or Steps haha

4. What thing/person/item/ trend are you currently obsessing over?
I am currently obsessing over lipsticks because I hardly own any and really want to try out some YSL and MAC ones in loads of pretty colours.

5.  What is your lucky number?
I don't have one. I have no idea why.

6. Have you ever met anyone famous? Details!
David Tennant came to one of my drama shows but I didn't actually meet him so no haha.

7.  If you could change your first name, what would you change it to?
This is such a difficult question! Erm.. I think I would leave it to be honest.

8.  What was the first thing you bought with your own money?
I can't remember but probably sweets.

9.  What was the last movie/ book that made you cry?
Me Before You (book)

10.  What website do you tend to go on the most?
Tumblr (oops)

11. What song perfectly describes your life?
This is such a good question but I have no idea! I'm going to have to think about this one.


1. Who's your celebrity crush?
I have too many to list haha.

2. If you could learn another language, what language would it be?
I don't know probably Spanish.

3. Who's your favourite author?
J K Rowling

4. Besides blogging, what's one of your favourite hobbies?
Baking! I love all things sugar so I love to make cakes and cookies so I can sit and eat them when I'm done :)

5. If you could only eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Great minds think alike? I've already answered this one above :)

6. What made you start blogging and why do you do it?
I was bored one day and thought I'd write down on the internet about things that I love. I never expected other people to read it.

7. If you could play a character in a movie, who would you play?
The Black Widow from The Avengers! I want to be that awesome!

8. Fantasy or Sci-Fi?
If I had to chose then fantasy.

9. What's your favourite Shakespearean play and why?
A Midsummer Nights Dream because I saw it at the Globe Theatre and it was hilarious.

10. You're stuck on a deserted island and can only bring one movie or TV series, what do you bring?
The Shrek films! I can re-watch them again and again they are so funny.

11. If you got the opportunity to do blogging as your full time career, would you take it?
Everyone wants the chance for your job to be something you love to do in your spare time. People who have that are very lucky. But I'm not sure if I would because it would be nice to keep a blog as a hobby.

I am nominating these blogs for the Liebster Award:

And my questions are as follows:
1. What is your favourite thing about blogging?
2. Books or Films?
3. If you could, what would you change about the world?
4. Do you have any secret talents?
5. Who's your ideal partner?
6. If you could only bring one thing to a desert island, what would you bring?
7. What is your favourite song right now?
8. What is your earliest memory?
9. Where would you go if you could travel in time?
10. If you could spend the day with any fictional character, who would you pick?
11. What actor would you want to play you in a movie about your life?

Thank you so much to the girls Sarah and Emily for my nomination it really means a lot! And anyone who completes my questions please link your post below so I can check out your answers :)

Phoebe x

P.S. I am just about to go on a 2 week break so I apologise in advance for my lack of posts or replies to comments.


Mini Drugstore Beauty Hall

So I popped to the shops to get a few products that I know a lot of people love and thought I would share my first impressions with you.

I was in need of a decent liquid eyeliner because I was getting fed up with my eyeliner look and wanted to have a go at pulling off a flick. I had heard from lots of people that the Soap and Glory Supercat eyeliner was the one to get and I have to agree.

This eyeliner is easy to apply because it is shaped like a pen and the end is soft and flexible so you don't need to apply a lot of pressure either. 

I then picked up a Real Techniques brush for my foundation. Until now, I applied my foundation with my fingers which was fine but I thought a brush would make blending a lot easier. This brand is great because the brushes aren't too expensive but are soft and of good quality!

The next thing I picked up was the Stay Matte powder by Rimmel. My No. 7 powder was starting to run out so I thought I would get one of these (in the lightest shade of course) because I have heard how good they are and how cheap they are too! This is a good powder and a complete bargain.

The last product I got was Maybelline 'The Falsies' which I have heard was amazing. I wouldn't describe it as "amazing" however it is a good mascara and definitely gives a lot of volume! I do find I have to use another mascara brush to separate my lashes a little bit because I prefer a more defined look, rather than clumpy.

Overall I am very pleased with these products and would recommend them. They are all good value so give them a go (if you haven't already!).


Tag | The Reading Tag

I have always loved reading so when I saw this tag on Beth's Blog I had to do it!

Do you have a certain place for reading at home?
I love reading in bed before I go to sleep with a few pillows keeping me upright.

Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Random piece of paper! I have lost all my bookmarks and literally just rip a piece of scrap paper and shove it in there haha.

Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter or a certain number of pages?
Depends how good the book is! Some books I cannot put down but usually stop at the end of a chapter because it is the best place. Other books have not gripped me at all and I can easily put them down.

Do you eat or drink when reading?
Sometimes but it can be difficult holding a book open and holding something to eat or drink at the same time.

Do you watch TV or listen to music when reading?
No, never. It's too distracting!

One book at a time or several at once?
One at a time! Unless you count non-fiction that I am reading for school.

Reading at home or everywhere?
Home, long train or car journeys and on holiday are the best places to read.

Reading out loud or silently in your head?
In my head.

Do you ever read ahead or skip pages?
Not at all! Imagine reading the end of a book such as the Fault in Our Stars - it would spoil it completely!

Breaking the spine or keeping it new?
I try to keep it new and I don't fold books in half like some people do. My favourite books have all ended up a bit battered though.

Do you write in your books?

What are you currently reading?
I am currently reading books around my subjects for school so they are all non-fiction! My current one is The Selfish Gene which is very interesting. I can't wait to reread some of my favourite fiction books though!

I thought I would share some of my all-time favourite books with you as well. These are all great for teens or young adults so definitely check them out.

I tag you if you are a bookworm who wants to do this tag! 


The Naked Palette 3

I have never owned a Naked Palette before, but because of all the hype I thought I would get my hands on one. I went for the latest version by Urban Decay which is the Naked Palette 3. I went for this one because the colours seems generally lighter than the other two palettes which is better for my pale skin. To be honest though I think if you got any one of them, they would all be pretty good.

First of all I love the packaging. I wasn't sure what I was expecting but the palette itself was very sturdy. The mirror was also helpful and a big enough size.

It came with a double ended brush which is soft and good quality. One end was similar to the MAC 239 brush mentioned in my brush post from June, and the other end was slightly thinner and a good size and shape for filling in eyebrows.

My palette also arrived with some free samples of the Urban Decay eye shadow primer. This was good news for me because I had been wanting to try them but didn't want to spend the money!

These were silky soft and a great primer that made my eye shadow last longer as well as helping to even out my skin tone on my eyelids that is very transparent due to my pale skin.

But now onto the eye shadows themselves...

Strange - this is a matte, vanilla shade that is perfect for highlighting areas of the eye such as the inner corners or on the blow bone.

Dust - this is a very glittery pink so you only need a little bit. It is very pretty!

Burnout - this is less glittery than Dust but still has a shimmer to it which I love! It is a pink that can go all over the lid for a pretty every day look.

Limit - this is a matte shade that looks quite light but is actually a bit of a darker purpley-pink. It is good to blend into the crease for a subtle look.

Buzz - a sparkly dark pink/purple

Trick - a beautiful shimmering copper that will look great blended over the lid with bronzer and a red lip.

Nooner - this matte brown shade looks great blended into the crease for an everyday look.

Liar - glittery brown.

Factory - even darker than liar so would look fab on darker skin tones or as a subtle smoky eye.

Mugshot - another sparkly more grey-toned brown.

Darkside - a matte dark brown almost black colour which I tend to use as a smokey eyeliner near the top lash line. Of course it could also be used to darken any other look.

Blackheart - This is a shimmery black which would look fabulous for an evening look or blended with Darkside to make the perfect smoky eye.


My New Make Up Brushes

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So payday arrived! Yipee! So I thought I'd treat myself to some make up brushes that I had been meaning to get for ages. 

The first two brushes are both MAC and are the 239 brush and the 217 brush. They are both extremely soft which is good for the delicate area around your eyes. So far I have used the 239 brush for the first eye shadow that I apply over the whole lid and the fluffier 217 brush to blend the second colour into the crease. I also find the 217 brush very good at dabbing on more glittery types of eye shadow.

The third brush is the Zoeva  127 Luxe Sheer Cheek brush. This was a brand that I was keen to try out ever since Zoe (Zoella on youtube) used the brushes in one of her makeup tutorials. I was very pleased with the one I got! It has to be the softest brush I have ever felt and when I first opened it I spent ages just feeling it!! It is best for applying blusher or bronzer. I am very keen to buy more brushes from this brand!

I ordered the two MAC brushes from the official MAC website and got free delivery with my purchase. The 239 brush was £20 and the 217 brush was £18 so they were definitely an expensive treat!

The Zoeva 127 brush I ordered from their website. The ordering system was slightly odd I found. You first completed the order and then separately paid using Paypal. The price of the item was in euros and there was no option to change to £pounds however using paypal it was just converted so that wasn't really a problem. This brush was £15.96 including postage and packaging.
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