Friday, 30 October 2009
Thursday, 29 October 2009
So off I toddled to the other side of town and it was the best idea I could have had because all the other centres were deserted so I could shop to my heart's delight with no one standing on my toes, pushing me and jabbing thier elbows into me...hurrah! Here's what I bought...
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
The reason this one is my favourite is because it's the perfect palette to create an alternative navy blue smokey eye...it's not quite as harsh as black and is really easy to wear. This look also gives a nod to the 80's trend that's still going strong at the moment. It's all about strong statement eyes and the look is all over the catwalks.
Monday, 26 October 2009
So, on my return, I just wanted to let you know about a few products that have been getting me through the rainy, cold weather of late... Sebastian Taming Elixir - This frizz tamer contains Avocado Oil to smooth the hair and add shine. This product has been fantastic on those days when there's horrible misty rain and you often get a bit of frizz by the time you get indoors. I have been using two squirts of this elixir on damp hair then blowdrying it straight. It feels completely weightless and leaves no stickiness or residue. My hair looks shiny and smooth, even after being caught in damp weather. It has even sorted out any breakage that was visible at the roots and my hair looks alot healthier.
Cosmetics A La Carte Face Final Powder (Vanilla) - This product could be compared to MAC MSF Natural in that it diffuses light to give a soft matte finish with a subtle glowiness. It's transparent and mineral based so it won't aggravate the skin in any way. It feels silky smooth and weightless and my makeup was set perfectly for the whole day without any cakiness at all. It almost creates a soft focus look to the skin which I love!
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
Another brand bites the dust due to the recession!
Cosmetics A La Carte Silk Touch Bronzers in Sunbeam and Freckle - "Silky perfect powder to smooth and even out the skin. A light dusting helps keep your face looking flawless and matte -especially important if you are being photographed".
Vita Liberata Rich Silken Chocolate Self Tan - "has a sheer matte tint for instant colour. Within 3 to 4 hours your tan will develop underneath leaving you golden brown and gorgeous for up to 7 days. Infused with silk and nourishing extracts. Rich Silken Chocolate softens skin for a truly streak-free tan. It is totally odour-free and dries in moments".
Have you guys tried any of these yet?
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
As I said previously, the glitter liners don't really do it for me as sometimes it can look cheap but I will persevere, what with the festive season rearing it's head. Please don't be offended by the fact that I am dismissing glitter liners if you're a big glitter fan, they just aren't my bag. Each to their own and all that!
2) Kerastase Reflection Chroma Riche Intensive Mask - this treatment is a life saver! I used it on Friday night and left it on for about 10 minutes while I pottered around. Once I rinsed it out, my hair was tangle free immediately. It gives you hair such a boost in terms of shine and condition, it's just amazing and definitely the best hair mask I've ever used. My hair felt and looked amazing on Friday night. Love it! I want to repurchase the shampoo and conditioner from this range as it's also amazing. I like to rotate what shampoo/conditioner I use as my hair seems to become immune to things if I use them everyday for a prolonged amount of time.
3) John Frieda Weather Works Frizz-Ease Weather-Proofing Style Sealant Creme - wow, that's some title! I often change my styling products around regularly and this one has been sorely neglected over the last few months. I had forgotten how good it was! I often find myself trying so many different things that sometimes I don't appreciate just how good certain products are. I apply two pumps of this to my hair when it's damp, comb through and then just dry it straight with my hairdryer and round bristle brush. It smoothes my hair like a dream, makes it super shiny and it feels so light so there's no sticky feeling left on my hair. It also means I don't need to use straighteners on my hair!
1) Korres Blush in Pink - I have been using this gorgeous blush all week and I love the healthy glow it gives my cheeks. You only have to apply this very lightly as it's very pigmented!It is a matte formulation so there's no shimmery bits in it which is ideal for daytime when you want a more natural look. It lasts all day and I never have to reapply it. The powder is silky smooth and blends so easily.
2) Bobbi Brown Longwear Gel Liner in Graphite Shimmer - I absolutely adore this stuff (you can probably tell by the dirty great big hole I've made in it!). I have pretty much been using it continuously since I bought it. It's the perfect daytime liner as it's just that bit softer than black, which sometimes can be a bit harsh. It's just the right consistency which makes it a cinch to apply quickly and neatly. I actually use a small smudge brush to apply it along my upper lashline and this liner lasts ALL day, with no smudging or bleeding into the waterline. It has just the right amount of shimmer and it stays put so there's no shimmer fallout. There's a reason why these liners have won awards and they've definitely won me over. I'm going back for every colour I can get my hands on!
3) Korres Shimmering Eyeshadow in Bronze - I can't rave enough about this eyeshadow colour - it's mega pigmented, lush to apply, smooth and silky...just a pleasure to use. I love creating bronzed eyes and this is the perfect shade to add a bit of intensity in the outer corners and crease. It looks amazing against blue or green eyes. It's shimmery without being glittery and just plain gorgeous.
4) Korres Shimmering Eyeshadow in White - as I have said before, this eyeshadow isn't white, it's a very pale silver and it's absolutely perfect as a base for a smokey/platinum eye. It has all the same amazing properties as the Bronze shade I have described above. I used it in my latest FOTD and you can see how lovely it is. It's such an easy colour to wear and it really is my go to shade when I want to create a glamourous smokey look. Team it with MAC Print and Carbon e/s to deepen and contour...so easy to do and so striking.
5) ELF Mineral eyeshadow in Natural - I picked this up after seeing Lollipop26 rave about it on YouTube. I wasn't disappointed! This eyeshadow is the most gorgeous goldy beige that can act as a base colour for so many looks. You can't go wrong with a neutral colour like this. It looks amazing when used with the Korres Bronze e/s. It's fantastic value for money and gives the most beautiful sheen to your eyelids whenever they catch the light.
6) Rouge Bunny Rouge Big Lash Amplitude Mascara in Pure Obsidian (Black) - This is my FAVOURITE mascara at the moment. It's the one I always grab in the morning because I can rely on it to give amazing volume, length, intense colour and staying power for my lashes. It has quite a fat brush but it's by no means too bulky and it still alows you to get all the little lashes. It never ever flakes, clumps or smudges and it makes my lashes look almost fake. You can just keep layering it for more and more drama. This is a serious contender to push YSL Faux Cils off the top spot! I will report back on whether it dries out prematurely like Faux Cils does but I doubt it as the formulation seems slightly thinner. I love the packaging of these products and I would say this is a star buy! If you haven't tried anything from this brand, then I would highly recommend you try this mascara. It's pricey at £24 but SO worth it because it's better than 10 of my other mascaras put together.
What are your October favourites?
Monday, 19 October 2009
I am always dubious when products make claims such as these but maybe I'm just being too cynical. This product is £6.84 for a 200ml tub. They recommend that you use an 'egg-sized' amount on your hair between shampooing and conditioning. This product would be great value if it worked so i would be keen to hear back from anyone who has tried it! Apparently you have to use it very regularly to see a result but I reckon it would be worth it, especially if you have shorter hair and you want to get past that 'in-betweeny' stage as soon as possible.
The customer reviews on the Boots website are mixed with one customer stating "You have to use this product several times a week to see the benefits. It REALLY works" and the other stating "i've bought this twice- maybe you have to use it all the time for real results.but i haven't noticed much difference!!! it smells really nice and is in a nice tub, and lasts a few weeks, but my hair doesn't seem any longer :S also its quite expensive!! give it a go but im not quite convinced it does what it says it should".
I've also heard that Boots do a hair loss treatment spray that can be applied directly to the roots, that is supposed to work in the same way. Although I'm not losing my hair (thank god!), it can be used just for it's hair growth properties. Has anyone used this?
Sunday, 18 October 2009
This is what I wore on the night...
Friday, 16 October 2009
Thursday, 15 October 2009
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
Recently I was watching a vid on YouTube by Sam from Pixiwoo about the new Estee Lauder Sumptuous Colour Mascaras and something Sam said about the brand made me think...she had said that the reason you can rely on the quality of Estee Lauder is BECAUSE it's main target market is older women and studies show they are more likely to complain if they think the product isn't up to scratch. They also generally have more money to spend so they expect more from cosmetics. This spurred me on to go and have a look at the Estee Lauder website and see what they had to offer at the moment. I've heard alot of good things about their Double Wear Cream Eyeshadows and their lipsticks. On this occasion, after splurging on other stuff, I decided to just get a lipstick - Pure Colour Crystal Lipstick in Tiramisu.
This product is described as a "unique and lightweight creme to powder texture, long-wear with added vitamin A, C and E". Now as you know, I'm not the biggest blush wearer as I have naturally rosy cheeks. I spent my teenage years covering it up with heavy foundations but now I don't mind it so much. Also, as I use gradual tanners regularly, it tends to cancel out the redness anyway. I have however started applying pale pink or pale peach blushes to ensure my face doesn't end up looking too 'flat' after applying foundation. I think you should always try and add dimension to your face by contouring and using products like blush to add a bit of interest and colour. It also makes you look healthier.