Tuesday, 30 November 2010

FOTD and a Couple of Reviews

We are still having MAJOR problems with the snow up here in Aberdeen and it's showing no signs of stopping any time soon.  The novelty os snow has well and truly worn off now and it's just becoming a huge pain in that you can't really do anything and everyone is just staying indoors.  Over the last couple of days I have started to develop a cold so that's not much fun either!  Even Wolverine is feeling the chill and seems to think he needs to stock up on food...

I had resigned myself to the fact a long time ago that I would never be able to wear bright lipsticks because they simply didn't suit me.  Well there has been a revelation...drum roll please...I found a vivid pink lipstick that actually suits me...hurrah! 

I have always worn very soft nude or pink lips because I was under the impression that they were the only tones that suited my complexion.  I had been thinking recently about what I could do to mix up my usual 'going out' makeup and this is the look I came up with...

Face: Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in Fresco, Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light to Medium Bisque, Estee Lauder Maximum Cover Foundation in Light (used as a concealer), Korres Wild Rose Powder, Dior Matte Sunshine Bronzer in Honey Matte, Sleek Contour Kit, Benefit Coralista, Dior Shimmer Powder in Amber Diamond.

Eyes: Clinique Instant Lift For Brows in Soft Blonde, Mac Paint Pot in Soft Ocre, Models Own Eyeshadow in Gold all over lid, Mac e/s in Vanilla on browbone, Totally Toasted Brown shade from Too Faced French & Fabulous Palette in crease, Illamsaqua Precision Ink in Alchemy on inner corners, Benefit Gilded pencil on waterline, Estee Lauder Double Wear Eyeliner in Onyx along top lashline, Lancome Hypnose Precious Cells and Lancome Hypnoise Drama Mascara. 

Lips: Estee Lauder Double Wear Lipliner in pink, Daniel Sandler Micro Bubble Lipstick in Micro Flamingo.

Let me first just say that I LOVE this lipstick from Daniel Sandler, it's just the perfect cool, blue toned pink for me.  It looked so scary in the tube and I remember thinking it could quite possibly look horrendous on me but I was willing to take a risk and do something different.  It's fun when you try something new and realise that you love it!  This picture is the best representation of the true colour of the lipstick...

See what I mean about the colour being scary at first? Well, I applied it with the small brush on the other end of the Estee Lauder Double Wear Lipliner and it instantly look so smooth, very slightly glossy and extremely pigmented.  This lipstick is described as being a "rich, creamy colour and protective treatment in one. 'Micro-bubbles' continually release conditioners to keep lips soft and colour fresh for hours". 

The formulation of this listick is divine because it feels really moisturising on the lips and the colour stays true for a long time.  The pink shade just brightens the whole face and I was really surprised at how flattering it is. 

Obviously if you prefer warmer toned lipsticks then this product isn't for you but if you have a similar complexion to me and normally shy away from bright colours, then you should give it a go! 

You can buy the Daniel Sandler Micro Bubble Lipstick for £13.00 from this website.  Now all that's left for me to do is find the PERFECT cool toned red lipstick to wear!  Any recommendations would be appreciated!

If you are interested in finding out how I styled my hair in the photos above then read on.  I used Big Sexy Hair Volumising Detangler which is a leave-in conditioner that prevents frizz, conditions the hair and creates body without weighing the hair down:

You can buy this for £8.88 from this website.

I then used Big Sexy Hair Root Pump Volumizing Spray Mousse which is great for creating loads of volume and helping to hold your waves in place without that hard, crispy feeling that some mousses can impart on the hair.  I just apply it when my hair is damp and massage it into my scalp and ends.  I then just section my hair off and blowdry my hair pulling it upwards to create the maximum volume.  I have naturally very fine hair so I have to put in a bit of work to make it look full!

You can buy this product for £9.31 from this website.

I sectioned my hair and used the Toni & Guy 38mm Tourmaline Wave and Curl Tong to create the soft waves in the pics above.  I like using my Babyliss Conical Wand but sometimes I feel like I want bigger, less defined waves which is where this tool comes into play.  It's amazing value for money and is priced at £19.99 from Boots.  It would make a great Christmas present for anyone who wants to create looks like this.

These tongs have 25 heat settings which can be altered to suit the thickness of your hair.  One of the best features is that it has a swivel cord so it's really easy to rotate the tongs around the hair without coiling the cord and getting all knotted up.  The tongs automatically switch themselves off if left for more than 30 mins  which is handy if you are forgetful like me!  Although these tongs don't come with a heat protective mat, I always use my GHD or Babylis one to avoid setting fire to the carpet!

The tongs have the usual thin metal stand but obviously it's best just to use a mat where possible.  The barrel is the perfect size to create gorgeous, relaxed waves that stay in place all day when set with hairspray (I  just used Loreal Elnette hairspray because it gives natural hold).  The tourmaline barrel means that it heats up very quickly so I only had to hold the hair in place for 10 seconds at a time to get the effect above. 

My only bug bear with these tongs is the the heat dial is situated in a place on the handle where it can easily be moved when you are rotating the appliance so it would be great if there was some kind of heat setting lock.  I use the highest heat setting because my hair is naturally quite straight so I just put a small piece of masking tape over the heat dial to prevent it from moving whilst in use.

All in all, I think they are great value for money and they will be used alot over the upcoming festive period!


  1. Awww you look great with the pink lip colour, wear that more often

  2. love the lip color it defo suits you :)

  3. Ooo you look flawless here!!! Stunning.
    Thats a great color on you. I think as far as cold reds go no 17 rouge volupte by ysl is a very flattering shade!! xxx

  4. I'm so jealous of your pout! I have the same problem with bright pinks, bright reds are fine but pinks seem to look awful on me. I won't give up though, perhaps this Estee Lauder one is next on the cards for a test run. xo

  5. @Halifax - Thanks very much...I feel like I have opened up a whole new look for myself now...yah!

    @charmed-chick - I think so too, although I was really scared when I first saw it!ha ha.

    @Tali - Aww thanks :D I'm not feeling so flawless what with this cold but makeup is a wonderful thing!ha ha. That YSL lippy sounds intriguing...must have a look!

    @Emily - thanks for the compliment, although I did draw over the line of my lips EVER so slightly to enhance them...felt I should admit that.he he. The bright pink lippy is actually Daniel Sandler but I know Estee Lauder do some nice ones too!

  6. You look amazing!! I'm also jealous of your pout :) You have awesome skin too xx

  7. @roshas - Thanks so much for your kind words :) I've always wanted my top lip to be bigger but maybe if it did, I would look stupid!ha ha

  8. You look so STUNNING here and it looks like you know it, in a good way - confidence is the most attractive trait and you are working it! Chloé xoxox

  9. wow hun, you look stunning! the pink lip and gold eye combo is just gorguz :) I have such a phobia of lipsticks in general as I have thin lips & just don't think they suit me. But I'm not giving up, I soo wanna rock maybe a deep red or plum lip for all the xmas parties coming up!

    Aysh xoxo

  10. omg you are so stunning! you have the best skin ever! your eyemakeup looks beautiful. as do the lips :) xx

  11. that foundation looks absolutely amazing! the overall look is beautiful, but the skin looks flawless with that foundation, I must look into it!


  12. You look great. I have to try out the big sexy hair detangle volumizer bottle :)

  13. Gorgeous look! I am checking out the Daniel Sandler website right now! x x x

  14. @chloelebreton1 - Thanks, it did boost my confidence to wear a more glamourous colour...it just makes more impact than nudes.

    @Aysh - you should keep searching for the right shade because it's so refreshing to wear a brightening colour, especially for all those christmas parties!

    @xDiamondsandpearlsx - Thanks so much, you're too kind but it's partly due to good foundation and concealer!lol.EL Double Wear rocks!

    @socialitedreams - I am totally dedicated to Estee Lauder Double Wear, it's perfect for when you want flawless skin!

    @"L" - thanks :) I really like the Big Sexy Hair products, they're great if you have fine hair like me x

    @Gloria - I think there's also a red shade available in that Daniel Sandler lipstick. It looks nice too. The formulation is just brilliant...love it x

  15. Stunning, that lip colour looks gorgeous on you x

  16. You look soo pretty!!!! I love the combination of soft golds on the eyes and a bright lip color. This suits you really well. Have you ever tried a blue toned red? I always think blondes with blue eyes pull off reds so beautifully. When I went blonde a couple of years back I was wearing a light, shimmery golden all over my lids and a red glossy lip almost every day and loved it. But for some reason I don't think I can pull it off with dark hair. Weird right? Most people would think it's easier to pull off with dark hair. I probably just haven't found the perfect shade of red yet. I'd like to try MAC Russian Red.. I think it looks great on everybody.

  17. @A bit about me - thanks very much :D xxx

    @Natalie - I think the best way for me to work a brighter lip is with minimal eyes so I'm loving the gold at the mo. I've never tried a blue toned red but I am on the search for one now! I always love it when Scarlett Johansson wears a red lip. I totally thought it was easier for brunettes to wear brighter colours but maybe it just depends on the tone?

  18. you look absolutely stunning! bravo to you for wearing makeup during snow storms! I love this lip shade on you, i hope to see it more!

  19. This lippie looks absolutely fab on you! I love the colour, your skin is lovely too =D

  20. WOW! That lippie looks amazing on you! I, too, usually go for a nude lip- but you have convinced me to switch it up- I adore this look on you!!! Hope I can find this lipstick in the US.


  21. @Janine - thank you so much! I like to wear makeup to cheer myself up and bright colours always make me happy :)

    @Imo - I'm so glad I tried it now!

    @Jewelrybead - It felt so much more glamourous to wear a bold lip than a nude one...now I see why people like bright lipsticks! I never got it before. If you can't find Daniel Sandler...YSL, Lancome and Estee Lauder do similar shades :)

  22. Your make up is amazing and you look sophisticated, gorgeous and sexy. By the way I LOVE your hammy. Mine's sleeping right now as usual. He went in his ball earlier, bless him. No doubt he'll wake me up later with his wheel.
    Hamsters FTW. Oh and bright lipsticks.

  23. @legseleven7 - Hamsters rule!lol. Thanks for the nice comments, I appreciate it :) Wolfey keeps me awake with his squeaky wheel and biting the bars at night...the little rascal!

  24. Gorgeous! you look stunning :) xx

  25. That pink lipstick is lovely Laura! Would you go brighter now you've tried that?

    Red lipsticks - MAC are always my favourite, try Ruby Woo, MAC Red or Russian Red. Or, Bobbi Brown have some new ones out, the one called Hollywood Red looks gorgeous. x

  26. That pink is purrfect on you! I like the whole look - very pretty.

  27. I love big sexy hair products. I use the volumizing hair spray and it is just amazing

  28. Hey, that pink lippy looks really great! Love the eye colours you teamed up with it too. :-)

    I've been reading around your blog. You're quite the Estee Lauder fan! I've just ordered their Maximum Cover Camouflage make up and their Illuminating base. Nice reviews btw.

    Please stop by my blog (be gentle, it's rather new!) clever-rabbit.blogspot.com


  29. @CleverRabbit - Yeah I am a big fan of alot of Estee Lauder products! The Maximum Cover makeup is one of my must haves, I use it every single day...it's the best concealer I've ever used! Will have a look at your blog just now xx


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