Friday, 29 May 2009

The look I'll be rocking on holiday in Sicily...

When I'm looking at celeb make-up looks that I want to try out, I always try to look towards the ones that have similar colouring to me (blonde hair, blue eyes, slightly tanned skin) as then I can always be sure that what looks great on them will most probably suit me too. Don't get me wrong, I ain't saying I look like Charlize Theron! I just have same hair/eye colour.

This really flattering look below is often sported by Charlize Theron and in my opinion, she is one of the most naturally beautiful and elegant women in Hollywood. She generally goes for really lovely sun-kissed looks that enhance her natural beauty and look really chic and effortless. The look below is so gorgeous and would be perfect for a holiday look as it wouldn't take much time to do in the mornings. If you were going out at night, all you would have to do is add a bit of smudgey black or dark brown/bronze eyeliner and you could transform it into something more dramatic.


I checked into what products the make-up artist used to create this look:
  • Dior Forever Extremewear Flawless Make-up
  • Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer
  • Dior Bronze Collagen-Activ Smooth Protection Bronzer
  • Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour in Wild Bouquet
  • MAC Satin Taupe Eyeshadow
  • Sephora Brand Shimmer Pot in White
  • DiorShow Unlimited Mascara in Black (I personally don't like this product so i would swap it for something like YSL Faux Cils)
  • NARS lipstick in Viva Las Vegas

OOOh and I got my MAC haul today. I will get around to postings pics tomorrow. Have a good Friday and hope the sun is shining where you are!

Thursday, 28 May 2009

Payday Craziness!!!

Hurrah! It's payday! The best day of the month by far! I was excited to get on the MAC website and order all the stuff I had been coveting for ages. But I must confess that I have been very, VERY bad and got more stuff than I originally planned to...alot more stuff. But the way I see it, what better to spend your hard-earned money on than stuff that makes you happy? Exactly...I knew you'd see it my way!ha ha. Anyway, enough of me trying to justify my weakness, here's the rundown of what I got on the MAC website:
  • Eyeshadows in Print, Carbon, Filament, Woodwinked, All That Glitters, Beautiful Iris and Shroom

  • Brushes 213 & 210

  • Fluidline in Blacktrack

  • Studio Sculpt Concealer

  • Pigment in Mutiny

  • Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Engraved

I told you I was bad! Once I get started, I just can't help myself! I have been watching alot of videos on YouTube by Kandee the make-up artist. She is amazing and I love her pin-up/Marilyn Monroe looks...really retro and sexy. She used some great products for those looks too so I will probably add them to my list of things to get in the future. She uses the ShadyLady palette alot by The Balm. I googled it but only seems to be available in America so may have to trawl for a bit longer to find it. She also mentioned a product called Avalon Unpetroleum Jelly, which is a totally organic gel, kind of like Vaseline but alot less greasy. She advised to put it on after moisturiser at night to seal in your moisturising cream. Apparently it's amazing for your skin if your prone to dry patches (which I am). I have ordered some for $4.50 on an american website as it doesn't seem to be available in the UK. I will test this product out and let you guys know what I think. It has to be pretty good if a make up artist is recommending it though.

She also did a really interesting video on what Marilyn Monroe did with her make-up to change the way her face looked. She basically shows you how to contour your cheeks, how to make your nose look shorter and thinner across the bridge and also some neat tricks on how Marilyn did her eyeliner and lipstick. Being that she is such an icon, it's fascinating to see how much work went into creating the look that made her so famous. I guess that's the secret to glamour and being sexy....you have to make it look effortless for it to really make an impact (even if you've spent hours perfecting your make-up, which she did apparently!!!).

I also ordered some Prestige Mineral Powders from America and can't wait to try these out! I think I'm on top of the holiday clothes situation now however I did spot a cute little pink stripey dress in Accessorize that has a nautical feel that would be very nice for the beach. I'm still swithering on whether to get it or whether I should just be happy with what I already have...

I really love all the little beach dresses in Accessorize. This one is only £22.00 and you could just throw on some nice flat sandals or deck shoes, a nice nautical- themed pendant, team it with beachy wavy hair and you're ready to go. Easy! I feel another purchase coming on....

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

A great website and some Ebay bargains...



Hi everyone, I was surfing the net last night and came across a website called http://www.fragrancedirect.co.uk/ as it stocks a sun protection range for hair that I was after for my holiday. The range I'm talking about is Joico K-Pak Sun Therapy. It's had some really good reviews and the shampoo, conditioner and protective sun milk (pictured left) are supposed to prevent your scalp from burning and also stop your hair getting frazzled. I'm going to test this on holiday for the first few days and then start using Keratase Soleil range and see which one performs better. The Joico range is alot cheaper and on the above mentioned website it has been discounted to £7.95 each (as opposed to £10.95 each). There are some really good discounts on this website and they stock brands such as NYX, which are sometimes hard to get hold of. They even have a page of 'specials offer' cosmetics like Maybelline bronzer for only £2.50! They also sell stuff like YSL Touche Eclat for £18.95 (original price £23.00). So it's definitely worth a look.

Following on from an earlier blog about the Eyelure 'Nicola' False lashes...I tried them last weekend and I spent around half an hour trying to get them on and failed miserably. When I did get them on (granted the ends wouldn't stick down properly because I had applied the glue so many times over), they just looked ridiculous on me. I decided in the end that false lashes just aren't for me and I'm going to work with what god gave me. I'm not saying these lashes aren't good, because I am a novice and in no position to judge. I would say that they weren't the best eyelashes to try for the first time and maybe not suited to amateurs.

I was Ebaying yesterday and managed to win myself three items, which I'm excited about. The first is MAC Cream Colour Base in Shell, which wasn't available on the MAC website when I was looking on there. I won it for £7.20 (inc p & p) so I was chuffed about that. The next item is a Lancome Juicy Tube Smoothie in Simmer. I got a trial size of this when I was in New York on holiday a few years ago. I loved the colour but when I got back, I realised that you could only get it in America :(


I tried to get it on Ebay for ages but it never seemed to turn up...until now! I saw a full size tube and snapped it up for £4.50 (plus p & p). I have posted a pic of the colour on the left. It's a lovely pink lipgloss shot with gold and looks great with a tan.


I also won an Almay Glow Skin Brightener in Natural (a pearlised oink shade). I used to use this when I was younger and I'm not sure if it's still available to buy in shops. It's a great primer for make-up and really makes your skin glow, as the name suggests. I am excited to try this again.
I will let you all know how I get on with the Ebay products when i receive them!








Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Pay day is coming!!!

I'm already thinking about what I want to buy and payday isn't until Thursday! I have to save alot of it to go towards my spending money for my holiday to Sicily in June but I have portioned off some of it for cosmetics! I have been thinking about what I want to update my make-up collection with. Some of it is expensive and some of the items are products that are cheaper and have by recommended by other bloggers (Lollipop26 and lipgloss86 to name a couple). Ok, so my list for MAC is:

Eyeshadows - Omega, Gleam, All That Glitters, Carbon & Print
Lipsticks - Hue and Pretty Please
Blush - Well Dressed

The cheaper stuff I want to buy that has been recommended is:

GOSH Velvet Touch Primer
Eyeko 3 in 1 Beauty Cream
Prestige Baked Bronze Mineral Powder in St Tropez and Pure Shimmer

I am also going to be getting the Keratase Soleil shampoo and conditioner to protect my hair on holidays but as I will be spending a fortune already, I thought I would try a drugstore brand of sun protection spray. I heard there are ones by John Frieda, Lee Stafford and Mark Hill (has had good reviews). Has anyone tried any of these and are they any good????

I did have my eye on the YSL Rouge Volupte lipsticks and new Bobbi Brown shimmer brick but they are way too expensive for me to think about getting this month...I'll roll them over to next month's list!

Oh and another thing...I have been watching tutorials by Kandee Johnson, the american makeup artist on youtube. I love the looks she does and she seems like the sweetest and most excitable person on the planet!

Sunday, 24 May 2009

New Foundation and too many lipsticks...

I was at the supermarket yesterday and decided to pick up a few things. One is a trusted old favourite, the Dove Summer Glow lotion, which is a great way of tanning lightly throughout the week without getting a dramatic effect. It smells ALOT better than Johnston's Holiday Skin (which smells like digestives/playdoh!) and I think it gives a better colour and glow as well.


The next product is one that has been recommended by loads of people on their blogs and on you tube. It's Revlon Colourstay makeup. I got it in True Beige as that was the nearest match to the foundation I use at the moment (Maxfactor Lasting Finish). I have been using the Maxfactor foundation for years as I have never been able to find another one that matches the staying power and coverage that it offers. I am going to test out the Revlon foundation this week and let you know how I get on!

The next three items are all lipsticks. I had heard alot about the Barry M Lip Paints so I decided to get no.100, the one that reminded me of MAC's St Germain. It's a lovely pale pink with a lilac tone to it. I think it will look great with a smokey eye so I will try that out soon. The next two lipsticks are both Rimmel. The first one is Lasting Finish Intense Wear in Nude Pink which is on the left hand side in the photo. This is a really nice colour and the lipstick has a really nice formulation. It's supposed to last for 8 hours so I will be testing that out! The other Rimmel lipstick is part of their new range 'Moisture Renew Bronze' which has just been launched for summer. I got 'Rose Bikini' which is a gorgeous pinky/peachy coloured lipstick which is infused with gold flecks. It's a really nice moisturising formula and will look briliant with a tan. I also noticed that when you put on GOSH Darling lipstick before applying this one, you get another gorgeous colour that is a bit more nude. Try it out!


Friday, 22 May 2009

A lovely website I know of...

I came across this website www.anusha.co.uk a couple of years ago when I was trying to find a nice present for my friend. They have some really pretty jewellery on there and I have posted a few of the things that stood out for me and I will no doubt get some of this stuff in the future. I'm not overly keen on their clothes/shoes/bags as I know I could get similar items that cost alot less. I just like their jewellery because when you buy from a website like this who have a very limited supply of each item, it's nice to know that you're one of very few people who own that item. It's just a bit more exclusive I guess.

The first piece that caught my eye was this big crystal cocktail ring...I mean, talk about statement rings! It would be lovely to wear with something simple.

This ring is £13. The Silver and Rose Quartz charm necklace below is also really sweet and costs £39. I know that seems alot for a necklace but if you want sterling silver then you have to pay a little more. On the bright side, it will last for longer.








The sparkling brooch stretch braclet below costs £23 and would be perfect for summer with crisp white tops.












The silver hoop necklace on the left is made with pearls and amethyst and costs £53. This is one of my very favourites. Amethyst is my mum's birthstone too so it would be nice to have something like that for sentimental value. The bracelet set below is a lovely coral colour but has rose quartz through it too. I'm obsees with the coral colour at the mo so I would like to get this to pair with some outfits I have. This bracelet costs £43 (obviously due to the rose quartz).

Thursday, 21 May 2009

Upcoming review and new Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess range

I have to admit that ever since trying false lashes when I was about 16, I have been too scared to try them again. Basically the ones I used weren't very good and started peeling off mid way through the night...very embarassing when you're trying to project an air of effortless glamour. ha ha. That put me off false lashes...until now! Recent reviews of the new Eylure Girls Aloud lashes and the fact they have been hailed in magazines such as Glamour made me re-think my decision to always go natural with my lashes. I had a look on http://www.asos.com/ and decided that the Nicola ones were my best bet as they looked the most natural (aka the least scary) so I bought them. I was going to save them for a big event I have coming up but then decided that it may be a better idea to wear them on a general Friday night out in town to test how well they perform. So this Friday, I will attempt to face my fear! I will let you know how I get on and post a review next week!
I also wanted to find out if any one had tried the new Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess range? It looks so lovely and I'm dying to get the following stuff. Sand & Sea eyeshadow palette, Duo Tone Eye Pencil in Aqua/Teal, Luminous Liquid Bronzer and Shimmer Lotion. If anyone has already bought any products from the range, could you please let me know if they live up to all the hype? I wouldn't normally buy Estee Lauder but this new range has really taken my fancy!

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Killer Shoes: High Street vs Designer!


I don't know about you but I love finding high street versions of amazing designer shoes! I always think that a great pair of heels can totally transform an outfit. I have done a bit of research and have found a few high street versions of designer shoes that are big at the moment. Enjoy!

On the right is Moda in Pelle's 'Rox' sandals and Gucci's 'Kelly' sandals. They both share common features - the knotted front, open back and high stiletto heel with platform sole. The only differing features is that the Moda in Pelle shoe is pink otherwise they would be almost identical (stating the obvious there!). I think it would be hard to tell them apart otherwise. The Moda in Pelle's style is available at www.vivaladiva.com for £50 - I personally can't afford the Gucci version but you could always try trusty ole eBay if you fancy spending a small fortune!

Next on the list is, Steve Madden's 'Madalynn' gladiator sandal and Dior's extreme gladiator sandals, as worn by Sarah Jessica Parker in the Sex and the City movie. Maybe I'm stepping waaaay outta line here, but I prefer the snakeskin detail on the Steve Madden version! Apparently the Dior style is sold out everywhere after the SATC film came out but the Steve Madden one is available on www.amazon.co.uk for £54.34!!! (original price £80) . I know what I'll be buying with my next lot of pay!

Check out this Steve Madden version of YSL's Tribute platform sandal. I just love platforms so much and this is a brilliant version of why they are so gorgeous. This is a thing of beauty, people. These patent platforms are available at www.asos.com for £69. The Steve Madden range has so many gorgeous styles with an affordable price tag. I can't get enough of his shoes!

These next ones aren't an exact match but they're very similar. The Schuh Bette Bow Platforms on the left are actually slightly cuter than the Mui Mui's on the right and they are still in line with the nude accessory trend at the moment. With that lovely pink ribbon bow, they look very Minnie Mouse. The Schuh platform is available in a nude pink and black suede and you can get hold of them from www.schuh.co.uk for £53.62.





Cheaper face wipes, Fruity Face Masks and what my boyfriend has to put up with!

Firstly, I would like to share with you, two products which have been working well for me over the past few months. I like them because a) they are effective and b) they are super cheap! The first is ASDA Clear Skin Face Wipes and these are a fantastic dupe for Witch Face Wipes. The ASDA ones contain the same ingredients (Witchhazel & Tea Tree) but they are only 80p! What a bargain. Considering the Witch face wipes retail at about £4.00 and ASDA often do a deal of buy three for £2.00, you can't really go wrong. They are good at removing eye makeup etc and they have really kept my skin clear.
The next product is Simple eye balm which retails at about £1.29 in supermarkets (I got mine in ASDA so it may be cheaper than other retailers). This eye balm is great for sensitive eyes and feels really light on the skin. It doesn't irritate as it is unperfumed. I used to use Garnier eye cream but I think this one works just as well.
I am a big fan of face masks for improving the texture of my skin and giving me a boost if my skin is a bit lack-lustre. I have been using a few different face masks over the past few weeks and I will let you in on the ones I think have been the most effective. As you can see in the photo, I have got Champney's Skin Brightening Peeling Mask, Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel, The Body Shop Vitamin E Re-texturising Peel and Garnier Stop Peel-Off Mask. If you're anything like me, you probably love peeling off face masks, I'm not entirely sure why it gives me so much satisfaction. I guess it's coz it feels like you're peeling off a layer of skin to reveal nice new plump skin underneath. Obviously that doesn't happen but these are the things us girls tell ourselves! So, first of all I can say that all of these masks work, none of them are a waste of money but I did think that The Body Shop and Elemis ones work the best out of the four. I did think that the Body Shop one was a bit overpriced at £14 given that it's just a high street brand. I must admit though, it lives up to it's name as it does a great job of smoothing and re-texturising your skin and my face felt really soft after leaving it on for 10 minutes. The Elemis Mask is obviously more expensive but I got this one as a tester. I will definitely be asking for the full size at Christmas/Birthday time as this face mask does a really good job of brightening your complexion and giving your skin a real lift. It also smells delicious! I have used it after many a night out and it's a life saver. The Garnier Stop mask is a good dupe of the Body Shop one but you can only buy them in sachets, which isn't ideal as there's enough for two application in each sachet but it generally dries out before you get a chance to use it. The Champney's mask is more of a clay mask than a peel. You can't physically peel it off and I think the name refers more to the exfoliating acids in it that work on your skin as you leave it on. It is also effective and does brighten your complexion but not as much as the Body Shop or Elemis masks.
And now for the shameful bit...I have taken a picture of the top shelf of my fridge, which is filled with some of my nail polishes (yes people, this is not my full collection!). My boyfriend constantly moans about this and he makes the unreasonable assumption that fridges are just for food! Everyone knows that keeping your polishes in the fridge keeps them from going loopy and extends their usage. Silly boy.

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Shoes, Shoes and MORE SHOES!!!!!

I totally admit that I have an unhealthy shoe obsession but it may just have reached epic proportions. Over the last couple of months I have bought quite a few pairs of shoes and I'm particularly partial to a platform sandal coz after all, who can argue with sky high heels AND comfort?! I will share with you some of the shoes that have fed my obsession lately...
First up is the Steve Madden Patent Ruffle Platforms. Ah, they are a thing of beauty and will go with just about every outfit I can conjure up from my wardrobe. My new favourite place for great shoes is weirdly http://www.amazon.co.uk.
There are amazing Carvela, Steve Madden and
Office shoes that have been discounted by huge amounts. I got the above Black Platforms for £30, down from £90!!!

Next up are the Electric Blue Steve Madden Satin Ruched Platforms which are just gorgeous and so comfortable. I love that colour and was so happy when it started appearing in shops everywhere. The intense colour really pops. I think I paid about £40 for these, which is a bargain given the original price. These are really well made shoes.

These Dune Studded Platforms satisfy the rock chick in me. I thought they would look really cool with something quite simple, black jeans or even to add a bit of detail to a little black dress. They really are statement shoes and I love them!

I have mentioned in my blog before that Dorothy Perkins have some really gorgeous shoes at the moment and these are one of the pairs I picked up recently. They are Hot Pink Satin Platform with an ankle strap and I just adore them. I love pink at the best of times but this shoe is so sweet with it's floral lining on the upper sole. I just had to have them and they were good value for money at about £40. Last of my shoe haul are these Dorothy Perkins Nude Caged Platforms.
Didn't I say they do nice shoes!!!
These are so perfect with a coral coloured dress I bought from Monsoon and they didn't eve rub after hours of partying.
I'm almost ashamed of my shoe collection sometimes but hey, ho, I work hard for my money so why not!




All time favourite products

Everyone has a mental list of those products that they re-purchase again and again because they know they can rely on them to perform. There are a few products that when applied can make you feel fantastic and that really is the holy grail of cosmetics. The application of these products shouldn't be complicated or take forever. In my eyes, the best products are the ones that are quick, effective and enjoyable to use. I have listed below my top 10 all time favourite products, commented on why I love them so much and detailed, where possible, which websites offer them at a discounted price:

1) St Tropez Whipped Bronze Mousse - I have tried many tanning products and this remains the best I have tried. It dries in 60 secs so there's no sitting around in funny positions for ages, it gives you a gorgeous natural colour and it lasts for a long time. I get mine (240ml) for £25.00 from www.beautyflash.co.uk, which offers free gloves and free uk delivery.

2) Benefit High Beam - This is still my favourite highlighter for creating a dewy look to the skin. It's a pearlised pink liquid that can be used on the cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose and on the brow bone to create a lovely sheen to the skin and stops your face from looking too matte. I love it and have been using it for about 5 years now. I get mine for £15.50 from www.lookfantastic.co.uk, which offers free uk shipping.

3) St Ives Apricot Scrub (Invigorating) - No matter how many face scrubs I try, I always come back to this one as it's such good value for money. It's great for every day use, lasts a long time and really refined the texture of your skin with prolonged use. You can also buy it in jar form if you want to use it on your body too. It's great for prepping your skin before tanning. I always find my skin glows when I use this product. I get it from www.amazon.co.uk for £4.39 (177ml tube) or £5.99 (296ml jar).

4) YSL Faux Cils Mascara in Black - I'm always on the look out for the next best mascara and although I do like Maxfactor 2000 Calorie and Loreal Voluminous, I always feel I'm getting something just that bit better when I buy this YSL mascara. I have fine lashes that aren't very thick or long and this mascara really lengthens and thickens them. I find it has good staying power and doesn't smudge. I always get a good deal at www.feelunique.com. It only costs £14.90 on that site and they do free delivery in the UK.

5) Lancome Star Bronzer Powder Compact (Dore) - I absolutely LOVE this bronzer and have been using it for about 4 or 5 years now. I almost cried when it seemed they had discontinued this amazing bronzer but hallelujah, they have started stocking it in stores again (the powder brush or variation on the lancome star bronzer compacts just aren't the same). The lighter shade Dore is just a lovely natural shade which enhances your tan without making it look orange or overdone. It has the tiniest shimmer in it which makes your skin look flawless and the Vitamin E in the formula leaves your skin silky soft. I have tried so many bronzers but none of them have lived up the this one. It doesn't seem to get mentioned much and is often overshadowed by the likes of Guerlain Terracotta or Nars Laguna but I have tried these bronzers and the Lancome one never ever goes patchy or looks too dark on my face. That's why it remains my favourite bronzer. It also lasts for ages (around 4-5 months) even when used every day. I haven't found a discounted price for this online as yet (by the time you add shipping, you're just as well buying from a department store or chemist but it's worth the pricetag people!!!). It costs about £29.00 in department stores.

6) YSL Touche Eclat - If you don't know what this product is or what it does then you must have been living on a different planet for the last few years. This is mentioned in so many magazines as a must have/cult product. I love it because I get dark circles under my eyes coz I have deep set eyes (a hereditory thing!) and this product is great at concealing this in a light way. I don't like under eye concealers to be too heavy or thick as it often feels horrible around the delicate skin there. This product is light and thin in texture but really does a good job of concealing dark circles. You can also use it down the bridge of your nose if you want it to look narrower, in the centre of your chin to disguise a protruding chin or around your lips to make them look fuller. A wonder product if ever I saw one! I get mine from www.feelunique.com for £16.50 with free delivery in the uk.

7) Aveda Damage Remedy Intensive Mask - I discovered this product because when I went on holiday to Croatia last year, my highlighted hair got frazzled in the sun and this product was recommended to me by my hairdresser to repair the damage. As soon as I tried it, I fell in love with it. It's basically an intensive treatment that you can either comb through and leave on for ten minutes while you shower or leave on your hair with a towel round your head for 20 mins or so. The effects can be felt immediately. Your hair becomes so easy to untangle after a shower and it leaves your hair feeling so nourished, soft and shiny. I often find the likes of Pantene or Loreal intensive masks leave my hair too soft and my fine hair ends up feeling static and a bit "flyaway". The Aveda mask seems to condition my hair beautifully without making it too soft, which is ideal for my fine hair. Every time I use it, I have a good hair day as my hair just falls the way I want it to. It repaired the damage on my hair very fast and even my hairdresser was impressed at the results. I would recommend this product for people with fine or thick/curly hair as you can just leave it in for a bit longer to see more intensive results. It also lasts for a long time as you only need to use a small amount with each application. I get it from www.hairontheinternet.com for £15.99 (if you spend over £25 on the site, you get free delivery in the UK).

8) Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser - This is another product that has cult status and appears in many beauty columns in magazines. There's a good reason for this. I started using this because I suffered from eczema when I was younger and found alot of cleanser irritated my skin. My mum saw this product advertised on QVC (where it started out) and told me about it. Liz Earle has eczema and so she wanted to develop products that could be used to help and soothe the skin condition. I ordered some and remained sceptical as I had tried loads of stuff and nothing was delicate enough fo my skin. The cleanser comes with a muslin cloth and this is used to buff away the cleanser once it has been applied to the skin. The cleanser itself is thick in consistency and smells lovely. The ingredients are all organic and natural and so gentle on the skin. The first time I used it, my skin felt incredibly clean and smooth (the muslin cloth is a gentle way to slough away dry skin on the face). This replaces exfoliators for your face as it's an alternative for people who find exfoliators too abrasive for their face. With regular use, this method of cleansing gives you really clear, smooth sking and it's a great prep before putting on make-up as you're creating a really clean, even base for your foundation. I have used it religiously ever since that first tube I bought. My boyfriend even uses the men's one and finds it has cleared up his skin with regular use (and he is by no means into 'new man' grooming by the way!). Try this product and I am sure you will love it! You can only purchase Liz Earle products from QVC or her website. A starter kit which includes a 100ml pump and 2 muslin cloths is £12.50, which I think is very reasonable, given that it lasts a long time.

9) L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil - This was another product that I tried to soothe my skin problem. I can't tell you how much I love this product, it's just pure luxury. It's a shower oil that tranforms into a lovely lather and it smells gorgeous. Once showered, you just pat your body dry and it negates the need for moisturising your body afterwards as the oil does that for you. I hate products that leave me with an oily feeling on my skin but this shower oil just leaves a thin veil which makes your skin feel like satin. Your skin is touch dry but you can feel it's moisturised. It's a real pampering product that is just such a delight to use. It is quite expensive for what you get as I often find that it only lasts me a month but I just love this product so much that I'm willing to shell out for it. I get it from www.feelunique.com for £14.20 with free delivery.

10) Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream - This is another luxury product that I only get when I'm feeling flush! I first tried it when my mum started using it and her supply quickly dwindled as a result. It's been mentioned many times in magazines as a wonder anti ageing cream but at 26, that's not my priority really. What this cream offers for younger women is refining of texture, hydration, smoothness and an even skin tone. I love this cream and it breaks my heart that I can only afford it sometimes but I really enjoy using it when I can. Elemis does so many great products and the Papaya Enzyme mask deserves a mention for the best radiance mask around. I get my fix from www.lookfantastic.co.uk as they quite often do free gifts with purchases over £50. I normally but the gift sets as you get alot more for your money. For example, you get gift sets that offer Pro Collagen Eye Renewal (5ml), Pro Collagen Quartz Lift Serum (10ml), Pro Collagen Marine Cream (30ml), Pro Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream (15ml), Pro Collagen Lifting Treatment (15ml) and Pro Collagen Quartz Lift Mask (15ml) for a total of £65. The marine cream alone costs £50 for 30ml so you're getting alot for your money.

I would encourage everyone to try out these products as I'm sure you won't be disappointed!

Friday, 15 May 2009

My attempt to avoid a holiday hair disaster...


I also forgot to say that I am on a mission to find the best sun care hair range before I go on holiday to Sicily at the end of June. I went away to Croatia last year and frazzled my hair because I didn't put anything on it to protect it! Doh! I had never had a problem with my hair before so I assumed it would be ok (I didn't think about the fact that I got my hair coloured 3 days before my holiday and was over-using my GHD's!!!).
So I basically ended up with alot of breakage at the root and loads of little sticky up bits that would not stay down no matter how much product I put on...very annoying. It also earned me the nickname "Mo" (as in Mo-Hawk!) at work for months! It took a long time to grow out and replenish so I'm determined to look after my hair this time round. I stopped using my GHD's about 3 weeks ago (hate the first few cold turkey days coz my hair feels all puffy :( ). I have also been using Paul Mitchell Strength range (shampoo and conditioner) to try and build up my hair. I know the conditioner has SPF but I think I might try something different on holiday (i.e. more concentrated).
My hair dresser recommended the Keratase Soleil range. I have never tried it before, only the Bright Pink range for coloured hair which I found brilliant (if not a bit expensive). I have bought that twice before and always kinda forget how good it is until I buy it again. I guess I never wanted to get too dependent on it in case I started wanting to re-purchase it all the time - not wallet friendly! I'm always on the look out for haircare that's more affordable but still gives good results.

So, I have found the range on a website that offers quite big discounts and I'm planning on ordering the shampoo, conditioner and styling spray (just to make extra sure I don't end up with scarecrow straw hair again!). I will do a review when I get back from my holiday and then I can assess if it has made a difference. My holiday is 5 weeks tomorrow...not that I'm counting!ha ha

Today, I am mostly lusting over...

Ok, so there's always cosmetics and clothes and accessories that I lust over but I think we all need that "I need it now" list to keep us going at work and remind ourselves what we are toiling for. I must admit that a well deserved shopping trip after payday is a sure fire way to put me in a good mood! I'm going on holiday to Sicily in June so I have had my eye on a few things to take with me...here is a rundown of what I am planning on getting at the end of this month...

So, if I'm being totally honest with myself (which I don't like doing coz that makes me feel guilty about buying stuff), I don't really need jewellery as I have more than enough already but when I buy an outfit, I always feel the need to buy accessories to go with it! I was in Accessorize the other week (one of my favourite shops for gorgeous jewellery and bags) and saw this necklace. It would be perfect for alot of the dresses and tops I have.


Then, while I was looking around Accessorize, I stumbled across the Monsoon Fushion range and spotted this cute little skirt that would be great for my holiday and for when I get back (yes I do get side tracked and end up buying stuff that really isn't for my holiday). I love the colour of this skirt and I have loads of stuff that would go with it (namely a lovely pair of nude caged high heeled sandals!)
And whilst the thought went through my head about the nude sandals, I then spotted a gorgeous bag in Dorothy Perkins (Suzy Smith range) that would go very nicely with the outfit! I have now connected the dots in my head of the necklace with the skirt, my caged sandals and this bag! My brain seems to be programmed to put together whole outifts rather than just single items.

Of course when I found the above bag, I also spied another one that I thought could work really well with a few outfits I have to. It's a really sweet little straw clutch with black patent trim and I reckon it could really work well with nice wedges on holiday for nightime.

I have wanted these sandals for quite a while now and kept seeing them in magazines so I ventured in John Lewis and checked out the Dune section (a favourite haunt of mine!) and drooled over various styles for a while. I don't normally wear flats as I prefer to live in my heels (despite the threat of bunions or mangled feet in years to come). I just feel like I walk with better posture and hold myself better in heels. However these flat sandals are bling enough to attract my attention and keep it! I think they would also go well with the straw clutch above.
Now, I saw this dress last month on www.oli.co.uk and really wanted to get it but they didn't have my size (I hate it when that happens!) but I checked again recently and they have more stock in so i will definitely be getting this dress. I think it's lovely and girly for summer and could be dressed up or down. it would look great with a cropped black blazer, black ruffled platform high heels (which I bought last month from Steve Madden) and a black clutch. I could also pair it with the flat Dune sandals above and the necklace from Accerssorize! Yah! I'm on a role.







Now, for my last and final item that I want to get, it's this 100% silk dress from Dorothy Perkins. I'm loving the whole colour blocking trend at the moment coz it appeals to my love of bright colours. I think the orange/coral colour on this dress is really striking and would look fantastic with nude accessories. Gladiator sandals would really finish the dress off nicely. I wouldn't normally shop in Dorothy Perkins but if you get a chance, check it out. They have totally stepped up their game when it comes to shoes and bags especially. It used to be a frumpy kind of shop but they have had a well needed make-over and I have to say that I love what they are doing.

















Friday, 8 May 2009

The start of something beautiful...

A few months ago, I decided to search for make up tutorials on YouTube as I was having problems applying my liquid liner and wanted to perfect my technique (yes I have way too much time on my hands). I came across some videos by Lollipop26 (a.k.a. Laura) and found myself subscribing to and thoroughly enjoying her reviews, rambles and tutorials. It must be a natural curiosity within most women to want to delve into the contents of other women's make up bags and discover how they look so damn glamourous/flawless. I often used to trawl through the beauty pages of magazines to find out what products were worth spending my hard earned cash on.

I found Lollipop26's videos so useful because a) she has a look and style that I would aspire to and b) she gives honest opinions on whether products actually deliver on what they say they can do. I also liked the fact that she often gives you budget versions of different products i.e. MAC Studio Fix Fluid vs. Revlon Colourstay foundation. Every girl loves a bargain!

Through her YouTube channel, I then started to read her blogspot, which I have been religiously reading for quite a while...I felt the need to create my own blog so I could share my thoughts and experiences of products that I have been using and whether they have performed well. In light of this recession we are in, us girls need to know what products are worth spending our dosh on!

Don't get me wrong, there may be some rambly posts here and there about random stuff like clothes, shoes or basically what kind of day I've had but I think people also enjoy reading about that kind of thing...I know I do.