Tuesday, 30 June 2009

FOTD using some new products

Hey girlies, hope you all had a good day!

Just thought I would post on a couple of the products I bought yesterday since I used them this morning (excuse the slight shiny look...the warm weather caused that!). I was looking at my face this morning thinking that my forehead and cheekbones looked very dark...I was forgetting that is what a natural tan looks like!ha ha. I'm way to used to all over bronzing when I used St Tropez, Dove etc.

In this look I used:

Lancome La Base Pro Primer, Revlon Colourstay Foundation in True Beige, Rimmel Clear Complexion Powder, Lancome Tropique Mineral Bronzer (NEW), Prestige Skin Loving Minerals in Pure Shimmer, Bourjois Liquid Eyeshadow in Beige Mettalique (LOVE this so much - great as a base for so many looks), Famous By Sue Moxley Eyeliner in Amber (NEW), MAC Cream Colour Base in Shell, YSL Rouge Volupte No.1 (NEW), Barry M Shimmering Eye and Lip Pencils (NEW) in 5 (in tearduct) and 3 (along waterline).

OK so here are my thought on the new stuff I used:

Lancome Bronzer - Really like this stuff, I used to be addicted to the Star Bronzer Powder Compact but this is even better, it provides buildable colour, is so so finely milled and really airbrushes my skin. The difference with this powder to the Star Bronzer one is that it doesn't contain any shimmer, which makes it perfect for daytime. Love it!

Eyeliner in Amber, Famous By Sue Moxley - Weird name for a dark brown colour but I really like this...I applied it at 6am this morning and with no reapplication, you can see in the pic that it's very much still there! I like the brown liner coz it creates a softer look to the eyes than black for daytime wear.

YSL Rouge Volupte in No.1 (Nude Beige) - I think I have finally found the HG of nude lips, in my opinion. The formulation is so light and creamy and the colour isn't too beigey or concealer like (that's never a good look!). I really adore this lipstick and it totally lives up to all the hype on the blogs. The only downside is the price and the fact that it may not last that long given that it's so soft...I still love it regardless though!

Barry M Shimmering Eye and Lip Pencils in no.3 and no.5 - I hadn't heard much about these when I got them but I thought I would give them a whirl...and I'm glad I did. The pale pink shade (no.3) is a really good dupe of Benefit Bright Eyes pencil and is great on the waterline to brighten up your eyes. I prefer the pale pink colour as white can sometimes look too fake/harsh.

So in conclusion, I am really chuffed with the stuff I got in my haul and I will be trying more of the products tomorrow...so stay tuned to find out what I think of them...

Thanks for reading :)

Tagged - I got nominated!

I got tagged by kittykatvvhore (http://kittykatvvhore.blogspot.com/) and CherryCulture (http://bitchbewarned.blogspot.com/). Thanks guys!

I will now tag the blogs that I love and follow every time they post (scarily obsessive...but I am currently seeking help for this).

Hele Says - http://helesays.blogspot.com/

Lipstick Rules 123 - http://lipstickrules.blogspot.com/

Saskia The Salsa Fairy - http://saskiathesalsafairy.blogspot.com/

Vex in The City - http://vexinthecityx.blogspot.com/

Alpha Blonde - http://alpha-blonde.blogspot.com/2009/06/long-time-no-see.html

The rules are:

- Accept the award, post it on your blog with the name of the person who has granted the award and his/her blog link.

-Pass the award to other blogs that you have recently discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

If you don't already follow the above blogs I have tagged then check them out now, they are a really good read!

Monday, 29 June 2009


A couple of people had asked for me to swatch the items I bought. Above I have swatched the Barry M Dazzledusts in Mushroom (a lovely taupey shade, Pink Gold and Lavender). They are all finely milled as always with DD's and the colours are gorgeous. I can't wait to try them out and show you.

Above I have swatched the Miss Sporty Liquid Eyeshadow in Intrigue...it is a lovely mettalic green colour and has a kind of gold sheen to it which can be seen when the light shines on it. I will be doing a review on this very soon.

Next I have swatched the Famous By Sue Moxley eye pencils in Amber (dark brown) and Citrine (a bronzey colour), then the Barry M Shimmering Eye and Lip Pencils in 3 (Pale Pink) which is a good dupe for Benefit Eyebright Pencil and 5 (Gold Pink).
Hope this was helpful!

Massive haul!

So as promised, here is my post on my shopping trip this morning (turned out to be a massive shopping trip and I got very carried away!). I got the following goodies:

  • Barry M Natural Dazzle Bronzer

  • Lancome Tropiques Mineral Smoothing Bronzer (Ocre Bronze)

  • Barry M Nail Paint in 119 Baby Pink, 303 Bright Purple and 279 Bright Pink

  • Barry M Dazzledust in 51 (Mushroom), 31 (Lavender), and 3 (Gold Pink)

  • Barry M Shimmering Eye and Lip Pencil in 5 (Pink Gold) and 3 (Pale Pink)

  • L'Occitane Lip Gloss in Rose Petal

  • Famous By Sue Moxley Eyeliner in Amber and Citrine

  • YSL Rouge Volupte in No.1 and No.3

  • Miss Sporty Lipstick in 009 Innocence

  • Miss Sporty Liquid Eyeshadow in 800 Intrigue

I will be doing reviews on all these products over the next week or so so if there's something you're really interested in, let me know and I will review that first. I also picked up a gorgeous electric blue silk dress from Coast. I love it coz I can dress it up or down.

I also got a lovely summer dress from Monsoon (their Fusion range). It's a dark coral pink colour and can be worn with or without straps. It has heavy beading all over and is very flattering on. I love it!

Lastly, I got a bracelet and necklace from Accessorize (I spent ages in there and almost bought 3 other things!It's a fantastic shop).

Sunday, 28 June 2009

I'm Back!

Hi everyone, I'm back after a week in Sicily and I have some huge news...I'm engaged! The holiday was amazing and being proposed to made it even better. We are both thrilled about the whole thing. I've posted a pic of the ring but it's not that clear...silly camera I have is rubbish at focusing! But you get the idea...it's gorgeous! To be honest, I wouldnt mind what the ring looked like, I'm just happy to be marrying the guy of my dreams (very cheesy but true!)
Anyways, the temparature in Sicily was on average 34oC so I had to be super vigilant with the sunscreen, it was SPF 30 all the way. I managed to get a fantastic tan, probably the best I've ever had and I'm glad I did it in a safe way. The Joico hair products I mentioned in an earlier blog post worked wonders too and they have successfully shielded my hair from the blistering heat. My hair is in good condition and I can't see any damage at all. Result! So if you're heading on holiday, you should definitely check out that range (available on http://www.lookfantastic.co.uk/).

The one thing that I did notice after being in the sun was how much it affected the texture of my skin. It's usually very smooth but became very bumpy and generally quite dry. I have posted a pic below of the products that I will be using to get my skin back to it's former glory. From the first use, I noticed a huge difference in the softness and texture of my skin and I would highly recommend you use these products if your skin has been dried out by the sun. I am using St Ives Moisturising Body Polish which I have used all over the generally exfoliate and smooth out my skin I really like this product! Palmers Cocoa Butter as it's great for making your skin super smooth. I will also be using The Body Shop Retexturising Vitamin C face mask, which I have mentioned in my blog before...it's amazing for making your skin really smooth and soft and it peps up your complexion.

I have also bought the new John Frieda Sheer Blonde Tone Refreshing Shampoo and Conditioner just to freshen up my londe hair. I will let you know how I get on with that.

I will be going shopping tomorrow and I'm on the hunt for some YSL products and also to pick up some items for a swap so you can expect a post tomorrow about the goodies I get!

Friday, 19 June 2009

Loreal Studio Secrets Range

Ok, so why didn't I know about this and how long has it been out for???I don't have a huge amount of Loreal make-up but I've found a few gems among their different ranges (Glam Bronze, Metallic Eyeshadows, Glamshine lipgloss) so I always like to check out what they have on the go! This range is apparently designed to give you a 'photo finish' look so the products are supposed to be long lasting and create a flawless appearance (we like, we like!)

I was perusing the Boots website and came across the Loreal Studio Secrets range (exclusively available online)...a small range but some of the products caught my eye and I just wondered if anyone had tried them out yet?

I have a load of primers but, in my usual makeup obsessive mode, I always buy more in case I miss out on a great product. I currently use Lancome La Pro Base Smoothing Primer (approx £24), which can be quite pricey so I'm wondering if the Loreal one (£11.99) on the left could be a possible dupe...It looks similar to the jar of Laura Gellar Spackle Primer you get, which I tried in the past and didnt like very much. Hopefully this one will be more promising!

The Anti-Dull Skin Primer (£9.99) pictured on the right is also something I want to try in the never ending quest for flawless skin! They also offer an anti-shine or anti-redness formulation as well.

Everyone loves a good lipgloss (especially nude and pink shades in my case!) and I'm intrigued by the Loreal Ultra Glossy Lip Lacquer (£7.99) in Nude 411 and Pink 221 and possibly also Coral 831. I have tons and tons of lipgloss, they spill out of every pocket of every coat and every bag I own is crammed with them...it's ridiculous but I don't need to explain myself to any of you because we all seem to have the same illness!I think I'm among fellow addicts here!ha ha.
The Studio Secrets Lipsticks in the pink and nude shades also look very nice (£8.99)
I may end up just buying the whole range!

Where I'll be for the next week...

So a few of you know that I'm heading off on holiday tomorrow to Sicily for a week (I've only mentioned it, like, a billion times.ha ha). I can't wait! I've been checking the weather all week and it's jumping between 30oC and 35oC...which is very hot for a Scottish lass like me but I've stocked up on my factor 40 SPF (I know that seems high but I can't stand burning my skin and at least this way, I will tan gradually). I love having a tan but I'm not willing to risk skin cancer or ageing my skin prematurely to get one!There are far two many gorgeous self tanner products out there to be doing that so there's no excuse anymore. I have posted a pic above of the view from the villa we have rented...you can see the volcano, Mount Etna in the background...it's supposed to glow at night! How cool is that?! We are supposed to be going on a sunset jeep ride up the volcano which I'm really looking forward to!

I have also posted pics above of the hilltop villa we have rented so you can get an idea of where I will be for the next week (me..smug? never!). It is private so we get the terrace with a BBQ all to ourselves so that will be great for chilling out in the evenings. I will let you know how I got on when I get back and there will hopefully be alot of Duty Free haulin' going on too (the boyfriend may not be too happy about being dragged around duty free but hey ho!) .

They also have alot of exclusive clothes and make-up boutiques in the town we are staying in so I will also check out the brands they have in those shops to see if I can find anything exciting and new! If I do, I will buy a couple of each and do a contest (I have promised to do this when I hit 100 followers so tell all your friends to follow me and the contest will be held sooner rather than later!ha ha). I'm planning on doing a rather generous contest so keep your eyes peeled for that...

Thursday, 18 June 2009

I love winged eye liner!

Winged eyeliner is probably one of my all time favourite looks...I love it coz you can be subtle with it or go all out and make it dramatic. You can also add it to a smokey eye for extra definition. I think it's such a classic look and a great way of making your eyes look bigger AND it looks amazing teamed with a nude lip! I am always on the look out for a good liquid liner. I gotta say that I still prefer the precise application of liquid liner rather than gel...maybe controversial but I think everyone has their preference on what works for them. I just find the colour is more dense with liquid liners and it's a lot easier to get a precise line. I'm loving Loreal Super Liner in Carbon Black (used in the pic) and also MAC Penultimate Liner (although that one does dry out very quickly. I'm on the look out for good bronze, brown, navy and pewter coloured liquid liners to mix up the look a little. I want to try out a navy smokey eye, a more intense bronze eye and a nice silver metallic eye too. I will be stocking up on products at the end of the month for these looks. Does anyone have any recommendations for liquid liners in various colours?

Tresemme 24 Hour Body Review

So the time has come to share my opinion of the Tresemme 24 Body Root Boosting Spray, Amplifying Mousse and Finishing Spray that I was lucky enough to get for free! I've taken some pics to let you see how the products worked for me.
The first product I tried was the root boosting spray - the results shown in the pic on the left. I just used it as a styling spray to blow dry my hair and it worked pretty well but the results didn't last that long (I sprayed all over and in the roots but maybe I need to apply more next time?). I wouldn't say it made a huge difference to the volume but it was a decent spray to use just to add shine and help straighten out my hair in general. It's a good everyday blowdry spray but nothing spectacular.
On the other hand, I would say that the mousse worked really well in adding a good bit of volume to the roots of my hair and the pic below was taken 12 hours after styling my hair (with no re-application!).
I felt like it gave my hair a good amount of body and movement without weighing it down or feeling sticky - my usually fine hair felt at least twice the thickness. It made my hair feel soft and natural which is something I really think is important, there's nothing worse than touching your hair and it feeling all stuck together and laden with mousse. All the products have a nice fragrance and the finishing spray worked well to add a bit of texture and shine. I just put my head upside down and sprayed the finishing spray underneath to create more volume. I also liked this product used in conjunction with the mousse. It didn't make my hair look too 'done' which is always good.
All in all the mousse was my favourite product and I reckon it would be really good for using before curling your hair, it would hold it without looking like you have a ton of product in your hair. I would definitely repurchase the mousse (and possibly the finishing spray) as it's good value for money and does what it says on the tin.

BECCA Cosmetics

That slogan is very effective on someone like me!!! I'm a bit of a perfectionist so it stands to reason that I would be the same with my beauty regime. I have been having a look at Becca cosmetics and quite a few products have caught my eye...although they're very pricey! Firstly as I'm obsessed with bronzers, I was drawn to the lighter shade they offer which is called Flamenco (£30). It looks like a really nice bronzer and I've seen it recommended in alot of magazines over the years. The next product I'm lusting after is the Shimmering Skin Perfector in Gold (£32 - a product with that name is bound to spark my interest!!!). I love any kind of brightening/perfecting illuminators and this one can be applied as a primer for your foundation, mixed with it or even just as a highlighter on your cheekbones. I also love the look of the Eye Colour Powder Shimmer in Damask (£17). The Eye Tint in Baroque (£17) is also a lovely beige taupe shade that would be perfect for a daytime neutral eye. It's waterproof and crease resistant, it's a cream to powder formulation. Lastly, a Glossy Lip Tint in Coconut Ice (£18) caught my eye, it's a gorgeous pastel pink gloss. The expensive prices have put me off for ages and I'm too scared to get anything in case it disappoints me. So, I'm reaching out in the hope that someone on here has tried Becca products before and can give me an insight into whether the brand is worth the money and more importantly, the hype?

My Love/Hate Relationship with products

When they are good, they are really good, but when they are bad, they are horrid!

Yes I'm talking about those products that can work wonderfully on a good day, however if you catch them on a bad day, they are really rubbish. You can't bring yourself to throw them out because you remember the times when they have worked wonders and looked so pretty. You keep them in the hope that they will restore themselves to their former glory or you'll find a way to make them work (a bit like that boyfriend you know was bad for you, but you stayed with him in the hope you could change him!ha ha...come on, we've ALL been there before!). A few culprits are:

NARS LAGUNA BRONZER - some days this can be an amazing bronzer that really lifts the face and is great for contouring, but if you use the wrong brush (not bad,just wrong) or you have ANY dry skin at all, it can go on patchy and muddy!Yuck!

NARS LIPGLOSSES - The colours are amazing, my personal favourite being Turkish Delight, but after a couple of months these seem to go off and end up stinking!The colour is gorgeous...the smell is horrible! The award stamped on it there must have been carried out by someone at Sephora who only tested it a few times! Little did they know the longevity of this product is terrible.

YSL FAUX CILS MASCARA - Now don't get me wrong...I LOVE this mascara, it's the only one I have found that makes my pitiful blonde lashes look long and thick and it never dries up and flakes off and ends up all over my face (pet hate of mine!). My problem is that the damn thing dries up within about 2 months, which is really quite shameful for a high end mascara. My Loreal Voluminous and Maxfactor Calorie 2000 last alot longer and cost half the price. I always go through periods of saying I won't get it again, then I remember how good it was for the first couple of months and cave in...we end up getting back together!
So, tell me, what are your love/hate products? I tag anyone who wants to join in! I feel like everyone needs to be warned about these kind of cosmetics that sometimes aren't all they're cracked up to be. There's nothing worse than buying products after they have been hyped up for months, or worse, years and then finding out that they're not that special...very disappointing! Maybe they are products, like mine above (minus the Nars lipgloss) that you WOULD repurchase but you just want to add a little warning about what can go wrong. I like to have all the information on high end products before I go spending a small fortune on them!
Looking forward to reading your posts x

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Jimmy Choo collection coming to H & M!

Did anyone else read about Jimmy Choo doing an affordable collection for H & M??? They're releasing a collection of shoes and accesories in 200 H & M stores worldwide in November. I'm hoping that they at least do this in the big stores in Edinburgh or Glasgow...if they don't, I may cry! This news got me extremely excited! Ever since I first started watching Sex & The City, I have longed after Jimmy's and Manolos (in reality I probably wouldn't be able to walk in 5 inch + heels but it doesn't stop me drooling over them!). My limit is normally 4 inches (possibly a little bit more if there's a platform). I pretty much live in heels to be honest, it just suits my style and as soon as I put them on, I feel slimmer, more feminine and my posture is a whole lot better. I really like the whole ballet pump/flats look but unfortunately, I am a size 7 and flat footed so I always feel like a clown wearing them! I get a bit paranoid that I walk funny in flat shoes!

I, for one, will be searching this JC collection out! I think there will be an even bigger hysteria over this H & M collection than there was over the Kate Moss collections at Topshop! So, be prepared!

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Upcoming Tresemme 24 Hour Body Review...

Hi everyone! I had forgotten to mention that I was one of the winners of ♥lipgloss86 's Tresemme contest. The prize was a chance to test the new range from Tresemme called 24 Hour Body...for free (I love freebies...but then, who doesn't?!). These products look right up my street coz I have fine hair that needs a bit of oomph!

I received the products at work today, which brightened up an otherwise boring day...yah!I love getting packages!I was sent a Finishing Spray, Root Boosting Spray and Amplifying Mousse. I can't wait to test them out now! I will use the root spray and finishing spray tomorrow, then the mousse on Thursday and then I will post a review of what I think of the products before I go on holiday. I am really hoping they are good products as Tresemme is always reasonably priced and easy to get hold of. I'm loving the slinky/curvy packaging...let's see if they can boost my hair a bit...

Monday, 15 June 2009

Damage Control!

For the last 3 months I haven't been using my GHD's in order to prepare my hair for the intense temperatures in Sicily (I'm heading off on holiday on Saturday - yipee!). As you can see from the pic on the left, my hair just kinda does it's own thing when it's not straightened! Not the tidiest mop in the world!ha ha. Beauty is sacrifice they say though! I've made a conscious effort this year to prepare my hair before I go on holiday by doing a few things. I got my hair highlighted last week to leave enough time for my hair to recover, I haven't used my straighteners in ages and I have been using strengthening treatments for the past month or so. Hopefully this will ensure that my hair doesn't frazzle on holiday like it did last year. I got the nickname "Mo" (as in Mohawk!) coz I had bits of hair sticking up from breakage. I was not a happy bunny and it took quite a while for it to grow back! So I decided to be sensible this time and take some products to protect my hair. I got Joico K-Pak Sun Therapy Travel pack which contains a shampoo, deep conditioning treatment and styling spray which all contain SPF20. I'm planning on plaiting my hair and leaving in the treatment while on the beach to give me nice beachy waves in my hair at night and protecting my hair at the same time. I am going to do a review on these when I get back and let all you girls know if the travel kit is worth re-purchasing. Fingers crossed!

If you like Coconut, you'll love this!

About 6 months ago, I was passing my local chemist with the intention of picking up some shower gel. They were all out of the Dove stuff I was using so I decided to give a cheaper brand a bash and see how it faired. I bought Inecto Coconut Oil Moisturising Body Wash for £1.39 and when I tried it that night, I was amazed at how gorgeous the product made my skin feel. It must be the coconut oil but my boyfriend raved about how soft my skin was after only using it once! My skin felt like silk. I would even say that it's a good cheaper alternative product to the L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil I normally use and at less than a fifth of the price, it's definitely worth a try! After trying the body wash, I went back to try more products. I have also bought the Coconut Milk Daily Cleansing Wipes (£2.93) and the Hair Repair Treatment (£2.89). I once read that alot of Indian women put coconut oil on their hair regularly at night to get really shiny, soft hair - I can see why! The hair mask left my hair in amazing condition and although I sometimes suffer from greasy roots, it didn't weigh down my hair at all. This product is amazing value for money and I was extremely impressed. Then I tried the cleansing wipes and I have to say that it was a resounding hat trick for the Inecto products. The wipes left my skin so soft and smooth and I loved the smell. I will definitely be repurchasing these products again and again. They also do a leg scrub which is just as good, if not better than the St Ives Apricot Scrub and it's cheaper too.
I got my Inecto products from my local Lloyds Pharmacy however I know you can also get a selection of the products on www.chemistdirect.co.uk. Go try them now! You won't be disappointed.

Friday, 12 June 2009

St Tropez launching new cosmetics line

Just a quick post... I have just read today that St Tropez, the cult status self tanning brand, are extending their line to include cosmetics. I was aware that they already had powder bronzer compacts but now they will be bringing out 3 new products to start with - Bronzing Rocks, Radiance Mousse and a new Bronzing Powder (prices will start at about £20). The range is apparently designed in different shades to compliment all skin types so it isn't a case of one size fits all. The packaging looks very sleek! Initially, it will only be available in House of Fraser and Debenhams from the end of June. I haven't tried their existing bronzers but I would be very interested to swatch their new cosmetics line, given that I LOVE St Tropez tanning mousse, I would hope that they've designed their cosmetics to compliment that product. We'll see...

Get to know me tag...

I was reading Saskia the Salsa Fairy's post on a tag that has been going around the moment and she had invited anyone to continue the tag. I thought it was a nice way of getting to know the person a bit better and also a good insight into their style...so, here goes....

What's your favourite make up look?
I love an illuminated golden bronzed look with subtle black winged eyeliner, glowy cheekbones and a nude lip. I don't tend to go for overly fussy looks as simple things seem to work best on me.

Do you have a beauty vice?
I can never say no to bronzers or brightening/illuminating products. I have loads of them but always end up buying the latest ones in case I miss out on something! I just find that these kind of products are the quickest and easiest way to creat a healthy glow.

What part of your body do you love?
Probably my eyes coz as my mum always says "the eyes are the window to the soul", you can tell alot from someone's eyes. Also because no matter how old and grey you get, your eyes remain the same (unless you get cataracts of course!!!). My boyfriend said my eyes were the first thing he noticed about me when we met (yeah right!men always say that...we all know what they were actually looking at! ha ha).

Who is your beauty icon?
I would say it's been Charlize Theron for quite a while now. I just think she is such a classy, elegant woman and she is effortlessly sexy. Her make-up is always applied to enhance her natural beauty rather than to mask anything. It never looks overdone or heavy and she has a very classical sense of style, often choosing old hollywood glamour as an inspiration, which I love! I often think I should have been born in the 40's/50's coz I love the fashion and make-up of that era.

How do you look after your skin?
I am religious about my skin routine (OCD fairy within me rearing it's ugly head again!). Although I have been blessed with good skin overall, I do sometimes get problems with psoriasis so I really have to make sure my skin is hydrated. I cleanse, tone and moisturise every night and morning. I have done a post on the products I use regularly if you're interested. I gently exfoliate daily and I try and drink as much water as I can. I don't smoke, I take multivitamins and I go to the gym so that probably contributes as well (I sound like a saint but I'm definitely not!).

What is your signature scent?
It was Ghost Deep Night for a long time when I was younger, then my boyfriend bought me YSL Elle and I love that now. It's quite heavy so I generally only use it at nightime. I like Armani Code as well. Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche is one of my favourites for daytime though. So what I'm saying is...I don't have a signature scent, I just wear what suits my mood really.

What are your hair care secrets?
I tend to use Keratase products but I switch them around with Aussie Luscious Long range when my hair starts to become immune. I also use Aveda Damage Repair Intensive Treatment once a week, which is amazing for strengthening you tresses. I get my hair highlighted every 6-8 weeks so I really have to look after it or I could end up looking like Worsell Gummage (for all the people who may not know who this is...google it if you want to have nightmares!).

How do you pamper yourself?
I tend to have days (usually a Sunday) when I just blitz everything in one go - I have a shower and put on an intensive hair mask while I exfoliate my whole body, pluck my eyebrows, apply a face mask, sit down in front of the tv and put on something really girly like Sex and The City and then give myself a pedicure and manicure. I always feel so much better when I've done all of that and it's nice to spend a bit of time on yourself and relax.

What is your beauty pet peeve?
The "you've been tangoed" look, obviously drawn on eyebrows that are too dark, brown lip liner/pale lipstick look, really clumpy mascara, bad hair extensions, blusher overload, super long talons painted red...urgh!

What would your desert island must haves be?
Concealer (yes, I can't live without it!), Mascara (my eyelashes are too blonde and look non-existent without it) and moisturiser (I can't imagine living without the stuff!).

Finally, do you have a beauty philosophy?
As I have said on my blog before, I believe that true beauty is on the inside and when someone is a good person, it shines through in their eyes. However, saying that, I believe that everyone has a right to feel good about themselves and just because you wear make-up, it doesn't mean you you're conceited (yes, I've had many a nasty comment made to me in the past). I've often pondered over whether I would consider myself to be vain since I wear makeup everyday and do my hair and I would never go out looking a mess. Maybe I am a bit vain, but I would never put the importance of looking good before my health or the people I love and I think that's the most important thing.

Now, anyone who wants to join in on this tag, please do! I'm looking forward to reading all the posts!

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Help me decide!

I have a wedding reception coming up on 1 August and even though I have something to wear at the back of my wardrobe...I've been lusting after this Coral Reiss dress...ahhhh....sorry, was doing it again there! I have also made public my desire for the Cream Faith platform sandals pictured here as well. There's a nice round bag in Reiss that would be perfect but it's £79 and I think this Cream Bow Bag from Accessorize for £22 could do the job just as well. I wanted to add another dimension of colour to the outfit so I'm thinking of adding touches of this aqua marine colour by adding the Cuff from Coast and this pendant from www.asos.com. What do you all think of this outfit? Is it appropriate for a wedding reception? I really wanted to wear something fresh and bright and this coral colour tends to suit me. I did think about adding gold accessories but I think the aquamarine adds something a bit different. What do you think?

Can a girl have too many lipsticks?

I was reading Bubblegarm's post on making your own lipstick palette to take on holiday...what a great, practical idea! I love it! She just bought a cheap eyeshadow palette, scraped out the eyeshadows (I would be tempted to make sure the eyeshadows aren't usable before doing this!) and then melted down a bunch of her favourite lipsticks into the moulds, one by one.

The only thing I was worried about was possibly ruining the texture or colour of my lipsticks by melting them...I wasn't sure if it would make them go rancid or something!ha ha. Apparently though, after some research, if you add a very small amount of vaseline (so as not to dilute the colour pigment) then this keeps a nice smooth texture to the lipstick and stops the pigment from crystallising once it has set into the mould. Make-up artists often use this method, so I'm told. The other great idea I came across was someone using a watercolour palette from an art supplies store. They are a cheaper alternative to buying one from a make up store or website and look how nice it turns out...

This pic is courtesy of www.vanityclinic.com. I am so going to try this out for myself! It looks like a professional palette bought from a store! The only thing that doesn't sit well with me though is cutting off the tops of my favourite lipsticks :( ...yes, yes, I know I am being silly but the little OCD fairy inside me doesn't like things like that. She likes things to be neat and tidy and she certainly doesn't like decapitating lipsticks!!! I'm sure I'll get over that though as I'm going on holiday in 9 days time so I need a space saving idea for my makeup.

Apparently, you can also press your pigments into a palette like this too! I love the thought of making my own custom colour pigment palette to take anywhere with me. You can press the pigments into the watercolour palette by mixing them with a small amount of Rubbing Alcohol (70%) which has a citrus scent to it - once you're finished mixing, the consistency should be like cake icing. This ensures that your pigment will set quickly. You then press the pigments down using a coin covered in clean sturdy fabric (denim is ideal) using suitable force. When you feel the coin slot in the pan, you can add one or two more to make sure the pigment is pressed as much as possible. You then place some very heavy books on top of your pigments and leave overnight. All you need to do then is label them! I am going to try this as soon as I can! Have fun!

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

My secrets to flawless skin

A few people have commented that I have flawless skin in my pics...not so people, not so! I have my blemishes and red bits, the same as everyone else. I have just perfected a method of camouflaging my not so flawless bits. I could just be telling you all things you already know but for anyone that's not sure what to do, this is for you. I have just listed a few pointers to show how you can go about getting the flawless look:

I have dry skin so I use Dove soap coz it's the only one that doesn't dry my skin out. I then use face wipes (currently using ASDA own brand sensitive wipes, 3 for £2.50 deal at the mo) to remove the remainder of my eye make-up etc. I use Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth cleanser with the muslin cloths (pictured above) to gently exfoliate my face and get rid of any dry patches, this is amazing at retexturising it. I then put on my moisturiser, which for the moment is just Dove Silk Body moisturiser (pictured above also) - it's gentle enough to use on your face. Every second night I seal my moisturiser with Alba Un-Petroleum lotion, which is organic and made from natural plant oils and waxes. It seals in all the moisture and you wake up with super soft hydrated skin (got this tip from Kandee The Make Up Artist on YouTube and it definitely works!). If I get any spots, I simply dab on a tiny amount of Sudacrem with a cotton bud (pictured below) onto the spot before I go to bed at night and when I wake up in the morning, the spot has dried up - genius!
The next important step for flawless skin is to prime your face properly befoere you apply your make-up. This will help you get a dewy glowy complexion and will also make your make-up stay put all day. I like to use an illuminating lotion like The Body Shop Tinted Illuminator in no.2 and then use an oil free primer like Lancome La Pro Base.
  • Onto the make-up...I always put on foundation before I apply concealer. Some people do it the other way around but in my experience, you end up rubbing off most of the concealer when you apply the foundation so it's kinda pointless to do it that way. I always apply my foundation with my fingers as the heat helps to blend it into my skin. Some people prefer to use a sponge or brush but I never get the right finish when I use a tool other than my hand.
  • I get undereye dark circles and so I use YSL Touche Eclat to cover them up, although on really bad tired days, I use Estee Lauder Uncircle Smoothing Concealer and this works really well for me. It also helps if you apply the concealer in a V-shape with the point facing towards your cheek, using the sides of your nose as a guide and then blend...sounds weird I know but Kandee the Make Up Artist gave this tip in a vid on YouTube and it works!Check out the vid for more detailed instructions http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZL3m0E8xULk. If I have any marks or spots, I cover them up with a tiny make up brush and Mac Studiosculpt concealer. It's best to build it in very thin layer rather than trying to put a thick layer on all at once. Make sure you dust your face with a fixing powder afterwards to seal everything in and take away any oily shiny bits.

  • The next important stage of getting flawless skin is choosing a good bronzer (you can skip this step if you like the paler look). I use either Lancome Star Bronzer in Dore or my new fave is Prestige Baked Bronze Powder in St Tropez. I like bronzer with a very subtle shimmer effect as these act like a soft focus tool, they blur lines on your face and give the illusion that you have smooth perfect skin. I then apply a highlighter to my cheekbones, down the centre of my nose and on my browbones.
  • The best advice I could give you is that 70% of the flawless look depends on skincare rather than makeup. I never ever leave my make-up on when I go to bed and I try and use products that compliment my skin type. I use face masks every week. I exercise regularly, take multivitamins everyday and drink at least 8 glasses of water a day - I think these things also make a difference to your skin. I think everyone struggles with their skin at times and I'm no different! If anyone has any questions, please just ask, I am happy to answer them.

FAITH website offer!

Just to let everyone know that the Faith website are offering free P & P on all orders in the UK (ends Sunday 14th June at midnight). There's a sale on at the mo too so you can grab yourself some bargains!I'm lusting after the cream platforms pictured on the left (£80), in case you're interested!

Generally when I've been shoe shopping (never the initial intention but always ends up that way!), I find myself getting back to the flat and placing the shoe boxes directly into my overflowing cupboard and neatly filing away the shopping bag in a drawer. You may be thinking "wow, this girl is very neat and tidy!" or you may be thinking "OCD alert!!!"...however you have completely missed the point of this routine...it's actually performed in the hope that my boyfriend won't realise that I've bought yet ANOTHER pair of shoes that he deems "the same" as a couple of the other pairs I have. How could he not notice the different coloured trim, the fact that they're suede not leather and the subtle differences in the straps! Silly boy...what does he know!ha ha. I know full well that if he sees my purchases he will drone on about how I "don't need another pair of shoes" and "you haven't worn all the ones you have yet", blah blah blah...so, the easiest way to avoid this tirade of lecturing is to just neatly file them with my existing shoe collection and then when I choose to wear them and he asks if they're new, I simply say the classic female 'get out of jail 'statement..."no, no, they're not new, I just haven't worn them in ages"(I often wonder why my shoe collection worries him so much coz it's my money I'm using to feed my obsession). He goes away happy (fool,ha ha), I get to wear my new shoes with pride - everybody's happy! You know what they say...ignorance is bliss!