Tuesday, 30 June 2009
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 :)
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
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- 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
- 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.
Sunday, 28 June 2009
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
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
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
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
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
Friday, 12 June 2009
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
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
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!
- 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.
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!