Image of bottle of foundation and primer on top of marble with fairy lights and a pink rose

Being super pale makes getting a foundation difficult.

No companies seem to have yet made a ‘milk bottle’ or ‘Casper the friendly ghost’ colour.

And a lot of the time even the colours that claim to be porcelain still have an orange tinge to them. The struggle is real! Especially because being so pale also means your blemishes and any redness seems to stand out more. Add to this having oily/combination skin, and shopping for an affordable foundation becomes quite tricky. First world problems, I know!

I’m constantly on the lookout for something that gives me the coverage I want, while not going shiny and sliding off my face. I also want one that doesn’t break the bank. There’s nothing worse than getting to the point when you need to repurchase a daily essential only to release that your monthly budget really can’t stretch to £30 for something you put on your face. I also like to keep the more expensive, luxury brands for good occasions rather than just to wear to go to work.

I noticed the new C.Y.O brand in Boots a few months ago and was intrigued.

Not really in much need of anything at that point I only picked up some eyeliner. But I’ve got to the point of needing a new foundation, and I’ve not been able to find the Barry M one I was using in any Boots or Superdrug stores recently. The price point for the foundation is great, £7.50 is definitely affordable. Most importantly for me, the colour was also a great match. Very pale and with a milky, neutral undertone, no orange comes through in this one.

Having oily/combination skin really makes it pretty difficult to find the right product. I find a lot of the foundations that say they are specifically for oily skin end up looking too matte and powdery on my skin. I also have some dry areas around my nose and the side of my chin. A matte formula often just sticks to these bits leaving it looking cakey. Lifeproof Long Lasting Foundation gives a really lovely, even coverage. It blends nicely and stays put all day. The finish is neither matte or dewy and my skin feels nice and moisturised. This product lasts all day and looks just as good at the end of the day as it does when I’ve put it on. Lifeproof foundation is available from Boots stores and comes in 15 different shades, I use shade 101 which has neutral undertones.

A good foundation is only made better with an equally good primer.

I always like to think that if you buy a primer that’s the same brand as the foundation they’re bound to go well together.

The Matte Attack Matte & Blur Primer has a really nice consistency and is a great base for the foundation. It leaves your skin feeling smooth and nicely prepped. The foundation goes on well and the primer really helps it to stay put all day while stopping your skin looking shiny.

I think this foundation is a really good one for you if you’re super pale! I’ll definitely be repurchasing once it’s finished.

Have you tried any of the C.Y.O make up?


The name Kayleigh written in pink cursive font.

Photo taken by me


Photo of girl with red hair wearing a yellow hat with pompom and sunglasses

I love being a redhead!

I’ve been dying my hair for almost half my life…so a pretty long time! And red hair is definitely the colour for me.

I actually have a really horrible natural hair colour. Something that upsets me greatly. My Dad is naturally blonde and my Mum has really dark brown hair. And to add insult to injury, my siblings all have good hair colours. I was landed with a gross, dull, mousey brown colour. As soon as I was allowed my hair was getting dyed!

The process of getting my red hair was not an easy one. Apart from a very short time when I was blonde, and then when I had highlights through my hair, I’ve pretty much always used home hair dyes. When I was at the point of deciding it was time to go for red hair I was dying my hair black! I had some failed home attempts. There was one occassion when the colour of my roots changed and the rest stayed black, and then me having to instantly put black dye on it to cover it up.

I finally realised that I was going to have to get professional help. Thankfully, I did have a hairdresser friend who did a nice bleach bath on my hair and then covered up the orange with a lovely deep red shade. That was eight years ago and I’ve never looked back. I think red is the colour I should have been born with. As a super pale human anything dark makes me look even paler and pretty ill at the same time. Red adds a little bit of warmth to my skin tone.

After the initial professional dye, I resumed my home hair colour. I tried loads of different brands before settling on Garnier Nutrisse which I think I’ve been using for about four years now. I use shade 6.60 Fiery Red and I love it! It’s bold and vibrant and I always get loads of compliments on my colour.

At the length my hair is now (a bit past shoulder length) I can still get away with only one bottle of the dye but at times when it’s been longer, I’ve had to use two bottles. Boots or Superdrug often have an offer, so even if you need to go for the two bottles it still costs less than a tenner. Pretty good for hair maintenance! I also manage the whole process by myself but again if you have longer hair you may need help. When my hair was a lot longer I always did the roots myself and then roped my Mum in to help with the rest. Actually reaching all my hair was a struggle! As it stands just now, Mark just checks to make sure I haven’t missed any bits.

The hair dye I use is permanent, so has peroxide in it. I feel like my hair is always in great condition though, despite this. Even after I’ve just dyed it. And it also smells great! The only problem with red hair is that it continues to run for a couple of weeks after you’ve dyed it. It’s always a good idea to use a dark coloured towel to dry your hair and try and avoid white bedsheets. Oh, and be careful not to get caught in the rain! I still love being a redhead despite all this…

Do you use home hair dye?


The name Kayleigh written in pink cursive font.


Photo by M Richardson


Readers of my blog will know it is no secret that I’m a MASSIVE fan of Lush!  Their products smell good enough to eat and leave you feeling clean and pampered. When it comes to beauty products I have to really love something to buy it again.  Here are my all time favourite Lush products.

Ocean Salt Facial Scrub – Amazing for when your skin needs a really good exfoliate.  Ocean Salt has an amazing citrus scent and course sea salt.  The sea salt means it really works at getting rid of dead skin.  As with all Lush products they chuck in a bunch of ingredients that will also help leave your skin soft and moisturised.  The Lush website recommends rubbing it into dry skin for a really good exfoliate or onto damp skin for a more gentle result.
I use this about three times a week.

New shampoo bar – This has a great cinnamon smell and leaves your hair squeaky clean – literally!  With cinnamon, clove and peppermint this shampoo bar stimulates your scalp which is meant to help hair growth.  I also find less of my hair actually comes out during washing which I’m sure anyone else with long hair will appreciate is a good thing!

Bubblegum Lip Scrub – It’s pink, tastes amazing and gives you super soft lips!  All these points make this an absolute winner for me.  Unfortunately I get quite dry lips, and lip balm alone is not enough for me.  Also a lover of a bright lip I use the lip scrub before applying colour to make sure my lips are nice and smooth.

What are your favourite Lush products?

Photograph taken by me


I have never been one for putting in much time and effort to eyebrow maintenance. It always seemed like just an extra and unnecessary addition to an already time consuming grooming regime.  As a teenager while a lot of girls were plucking their eyebrows to within an inch of their life I was leaving mine au naturel.

More recently I have been making a bit of effort with my eyebrows.  Now, when I say more effort what I mean is I bought an eyebrow kit to fill mine in every morning and occasionally pluck some stray hairs.  There is so much focus on eyebrows and so many products aimed at creating the perfect brows it was hard not to jump on the bandwagon.

At the Debenhams AW15 press show a few weeks ago Benefit were offering complimentary brow tints and waxes.  Initially unsure, when I was reassured they would only give me a tidy up of some of my stray hairs and tint them to the colour I was already using to fill them in, I thought why not?

First off the tint is applied to your brows with a healthy dose of vaseline all round your eyebrows so the colour only tints the desired hairs.  After the tinting comes the waxing part.  Honestly I wasn’t looking forward to this, plucking can sometimes bring a tear to my eye!  It was practically painless.

The last of the stray hairs were plucked and then the annoying tufty bit I have on my left eyebrow was trimmed!  Apparently everyone has one brow does that so I don’t feel so bad about it now.

Once all this was done you get a wee touch up of make up which takes away any redness from the waxing, it doesn’t even look like you have just your eyebrows done.  Well, apart from having brows that are totally on point!

I am now completely converted to getting my eyebrows done and Benefit is definitely where I will be going!

Has anyone else tried Benefit brow bar?

All photographs taken by me.

As the colours in my wardrobe get darker and warmer I like to change up my lip colour too.  Autumn is the perfect season to dig out the darker lip colours.  I have picked three of my favourites, all in various berry shades.

Left to right: Mac Pro Longwear Lipcreme, Maybelline Superstay 24 colour and Rimmel Apocalips Matte Lip Velvet

First up we have Mac Pro Longwear Lipcreme in Positively Dashing.  This is a really nice warm colour and you can get a nice just bitten look or a much stronger colour depending on how much you apply.  The lip pencil is also Mac in Beet and is a pretty perfect match for this lipstick.  This is my go to lippy right now, it is a great  choice for an everyday colour and is not too bold or in your face.

Along with being a gorgeous colour this lipstick is really pigmented so lasts all day.  I normally swear by lipcoat if I’m wearing a normal lipstick (rather than a 24 hour one) but you really don’t need it with this.  Low maintenance make up is a must for me, I want to apply once in the morning and that is it – none of this reapplying all through the day!

Next is Maybelline Superstay 24 colour in Cherry Pie.  I love this colour, it is really warm, deep red.

The 24 colour last so well, it looks exactly the same at the end of the day as it did when first applied.

I have spoken to other people about this product who have not had the same results as me and don’t feel it lasts.  Here are my top tips for making it last all day:

– First of all make sure you apply to dry lips with no lip balm on underneath.
– I take most of the colour off the wand applicator to begin with and line my lips.
– Load up the wand and fill in the rest of your lips.
– Leave it for about 5 minutes to dry completely before applying the balm on top.

Last but certainly not least is Rimmel Apocalips Matte Lip Velvet in Meteoric Matte. I wrote a review on this product last year which you can read here.

I love this warm berry shade now as much as I did last year when I first bought it.

Do you change your lip colour depending on the season?  What are you go to autumn colours?

All photographs taken by me.