Sunday, 28 November 2010

I love chanel dragon

My current favourite red lipstick is the famous Chanel rouge allure in dragon. It's a liquid lipstick formula with a high gloss finish and a beautiful blue based red that suits my complexion down to a tee :) It fades over time to a raspberry coloured stain and it lasts for hours and hours.

I've had to post the picture on my tumblr because blogger won't let me post pictures for some reason. I don't actually know what I was looking at when I took this picture and this is back in early summer before I had my fringe cut in.

Any future post requests any collection posts? Illamasqua, MAC etc

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Saturday, 23 October 2010

Looking good whilst pregnant, is it possible?

As some of you may know I recently discovered that I'm pregnant. Now here comes the first hurdle, my hair, it's become harder to manage, greasier and lank. :( not good at all you'll agree. I'm presuming this is a delightful side effect of the mini me I'm cultivating internally but what can I do so I don't look like a Jeremy Kyle reject who's trying to determine the father of her 7 children?! Greasy hair + me = no self esteem.

Second issue is my skin, not only has it become very dry in places and incredibly dull, in others it's like I've dipped my face in lard and I have ACTUAL SPOTS!!!  Having never suffered with spots in any major way before (I'm 23) I consider myself cursed, is this a karma thing or another delightful pregnancy thing?

The last issue isn't a current challenge I face but more for the future - clothes. What do you guys think is appropriate for a pregnant 23 (soon to be 24) year old to be wearing bearing mind I'm a size 16 with huge melons/babylons/boobs/breasticles whatever takes your fancy!! My own personal style is casual kind of basic but I focus on accessories and outerwear. Any tips/ websites / blogs I should check out? 

I will be posting something substantial soon girls I promise :) for now this is one sleepy girl signing off for the night xxx

Monday, 4 October 2010

It's been almost exactly seven months since I last blogged I actually can't believe it! 

Alot has changed since then, I have left my everyday job to study a make up course at my local college and I'm desperately in love with my boyfriend who I've been with since June :D and I've just recently found out that I'm pregnant!! :D

I just wasn't enthused enough to blog properly before but I'm feeling so much better nowadays so let the blogging re-commence! 

If there are any particular type of posts you'd like to see give me a shout, I've got a favourite red lips post and an illamasqua collection post in the works already.

Anyhoo I'm off to do my homework hee hee I feel like a child again :) much love xxx 

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Asos Haulage

So all it takes for me to spend money is an excuse and a free next day delivery code on twitter was reason enough (thanks Sinead). Asos is my hunting ground for bargains especially for illamasqua. I love Illamasqua, I'm not sure if I've actually talked about it but I do love the brand. I already have a fair amount of products, I love their medium pencils, lipsticks and the Dystopia pink smoke eyeshadow quad is possibly my favourite quad of all time.

Soooo to get to the point, Asos was having a bit of a sale on illamasqua, Paul & Joe and various other brands. The prices were hugely discounted I think by 70%! hoorah for cheap stuff!!

The first beauty that caught my eye was the Paul & Joe eyeshadow trio in 002 (don't you think the names are so inventive they just entice you to purchase this exotic sounding luxury item) ok ok so enough of the sarcasm I suppose it's not about the name but the product itself, but the packaging did draw me to it.

Purty aint it?

The colours might be considered blah neutrals to some but they really are pretty, wearable colours for everyday. I needed some 'everyday' colours because the ones I wear everyday are lime green, hot pink, black and purple to name a few. Not all together usually but on the odd occasion :) The texture of the shadows is similar to a MAC veluxe pearl soft but not a powdery crumbly mess. The pigmentation is fairly even and quite good, better than what I was expecting. This is the first Paul & Joe product I have ever bought and I will definately be buying more, especially the lipsticks. I think this was around £8 from £20 and also came on a purple colourway.

Next up is a Models Own nail polish duo that contains red alert and 24K gold. This bargainous lovely was £2! I had heard about Models Own products but never actually seen them in person so I figured £2 wasn't alot of money to waste checking them out. I haven't tried them yet but I can tell that red alert will become a favourite of mine and 24K gold will be stolen by my mum! Red alert is a cream finish blue based red, totally gorgeous I love it! 24K gold is a very metallic yellow toned gold. I can definately see myself buying some more colours from this brand.

More nail varnish!! I have issues :) Asos/Ciate nail paints are pretty reasonably priced at their normal selling price but at £1.50 for each of these I'm very happy.

Ladies and gents I'd like to introduce you to the gorgeousness that is Mary Kate! I can't described how much I love this polish and how difficult it is to describe every facet of the colour. It's a very dark almost black green with lots of shimmer mainly gold but with every other colour that you can imagine in there aswell! Stunning!

Secondly we have Pixie and I'd describe this colour as a darker tiffany colour. It's nice, not my favourite but ok for when i'm feeling a bit random.

Lastly we have Agyness, a mid to dark tone purple with a pearlescent shimmer. Very pretty but not terribly unique.

Just as a side note, I have to declare whether I paid for these things and whether this is my honest opinion. Well I pay for everything I get just ask my debit card it's in pain and this is definately my honest opnion. Surely you can tell when I don't particularly like something because I just don't have much to say about it. I can't conjure up fake product love feelings I'm not a pr robot!

Now that's over with shall we continue? Bonus points for reading this far down and there will be a prize for whoever lasts until the end (joke!)

Duwop is a brand I don't know much about, I was only aware of the lip venom and that kind of thing doesn't interest me. I was having my regular Sunday afternoon blog mooch and came across a post of musing of a muse about a Duwop trio of eyeshadows. When I saw the swatches I nearly died, I just had to have it! The only place I could find that stocked it was Sephora and they don't ship to the UK so my lust waned. Until I spotted what I believed to be the same trio on Asos aha happy times! The packaging is a grey plastic and feels very cheap bit the product itself is superb. Gorgeous and buttery smooth with insane pigmentation I love love love! This was around £8-10 reduced from around £20.

Look how sexy that gold colour is!! (no flash)

Illamasqua I heart thee more and more each day. I added three more cream eyeshadows to my ever expanding Illamasqua collection. Suck, which is a darker turquoise, not teal more darker sky turquoise blue if that makes any sense. I wanted this mainly for an eyeshadow base and to experiment with it on my waterline. You never know until you try!

Next is Love, a very pretty duck egg blue which actually matches the colour of my kitchen walls. Random fact I know :) I bought this to layer illamasqua intense eyeshadow on top of it paired with a pigment I can't remember the name of but it's a pale apple green.

Now the last cream eyeshadow, entangle, looks black in the picture but intact is a very dark brown. I picked this up as an alternative to MACs quite natural paintpot. Hopefully it will add a bit of smoky depth and staying power to my brown/gold looks. These were approximately £6 each reduced from around £14.

My word this post is long!

Finally we have Korres eyeshadows in 51s silver, 46s olive green, 64s geisha pink, 22s orange and 44s golden green. Hang on you might be thinking, there's six in the picture and only 5 listed? As I was opening 42s green white (top middle), it emptied itself all over my brand new duvet cover!!! Not impressed at all, I've contacted Asos about a replacement so I'll update on how that goes.

These are all shimmer eyeshadows and have the same soft but not too soft texture that I love about Korres eyeshadows. The pigmentation is pretty good, maybe with the exception of geisha pink which struggles to show up on my paler than pale skin. The only issue I have with these is that the white packaging feels really cheap and already the olive green shade doesn't close grr. These shadows were about £4-5 each if my memory serves me correctly reduced from around £11.

Ok I'm done! Three cheers and a pat on the back if you made it. If you have any questions about any of the products you see here or would like a review/swatches just let me know in the comments.

X x
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Review - Lush Vanilla dee lite body lotion

This lotion was in the Vanilllary box set that I got for free in the Lush boxing day sale. The smell of the lotion is like that of any of Lush's vanilla range, it's a soft natural scent that lingers on the skin for hours afterward. Obviously if vanilla scents aren't to your taste then this won't appeal instantly but I urge you to go to your nearest Lush just to smell this because it's truly lovely. It's a deep but fresh vanilla scent with caramel undertones it smells so good you will be sniffing yourself all day long.

I have used this almost every day since I bought it and it does do a pretty good job of keeping my extremely dry skin soft and stopping those horrible cracks on my elbows and knees appearing. The lotion sinks in fairly quickly, I apply it after a bath or shower and within ten minutes my skin hasn't got that tacky feeling you get with some moisturising lotions. I've also used it on my hands and feet at night with cotton gloves and chunky socks and it made a really good overnight treatment. When I took the socks and gloves off in the morning, my hands and feet were very soft and they smelt gorgeous. Yes I smelt my own feet, the things I do for a review!

This retails for £10.50 for a 250g bottle, check out the rest of the Vanilla range because it's just gorgeous and my favourite smell from Lush. I wish they would bring out a shower gel in the range :D

If you have any questions about Lush vanilla dee lite lotion or would like to request a review of any of the other products I bought just pop it in the comments.

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Thursday, 14 January 2010

Space NK and Sonia Kashuk brushes

This post could be titled 'the order that nearly never was' it definately took it's time getting here. I've ordered and received lots of things in the same time it took these bad boys to get here.

Oh well dark cloud removed and onto happier things the brushes! I'd heard about Sonia Kashuk from my aunty who lives in the US, she gets the brushes from her local grocery store and they are super cheap. I'd seen them in Space NK and thought "are you having a laugh that's at least a 60% mark up!". Anyhoo about two weeks ago I was mooching on Twitter and saw a few comments saying how they were on sale at crazily reduced prices yey!

After much deliberation I decided on two of the synthetic flat top face brushes - one for foundation, one for cream blush etc; the flat top eyeshadow brush, the concealer brush and the teeny tiny smudge brush.

The smudge brush was purely bought to compare it to my nars smudge brush. On first glance they are nothing alike but it remains to be seen whether they work the same. (comparison post to follow)

The flat top face brushes were bought as a back up of my Jemma Kidd flat top brush that I use for blush just in case it runs away from me! When I looked at them though I realised they would be better for foundation and cream blush/liquid highlighters.

The flat top eyeshadow brush I thought would make a good crease brush for me because I have smaller lids and the 224 isn't precise enough.

The concealer brush was basically thrown in there to stop me buying the Mac 194. I don't like spending lots of money on brushes for base products because I can never get them clean enough for my germ phobic self. I'd hate to spend almost £20 on a brush and want to fling it in the bin as soon as it wouldn't come clean.

Let's get down to the nitty gritty, cost. The flat top face brush was £4.75, the flat top e/s brush was £3.75, the concealer brush was £3.25 and the smudge e/s brush was £3.25. I think they're pretty good value for nice quality soft brushes. They're all synthetic and feel very silky against my skin, the real test of course will be when I wash them for the first time.

Also with my order I received three samples, a mens fragrance, a Rodial diet supplement (could come in handy) and a Fekkai protein rx treatment just what my poor hair needs in this weather.

If you have any questions or want me to review a paricular brush after I've used it, just pop it in the comments. X x two weeks until Imats!!

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Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Superdrug cures boredom

So whilst I was waiting for my bus home after work today I accidently on purpose wandered into Superdrug. I was bored which inevitably led to me buying make up - what a shocker! I'd been thinking about buying Rimmel sexy curves again for a while but because I really didn't like it first time round I was hesistant. With the silly weather we're having at the moment I was in search of a waterproof mascara. Out of almost 15 mascaras I own, none are waterproof! I did spy the rather cute blue packaging of sexy curves waterproof from afar with a big red sign next to it saying £3 off. It was my lucky day, that's all the justification I needed so in the basket it went. Next up was the Gosh counter which was as usual horrifically low on stock. Aside from the permanent stock issues they had a new promotion offering selected items at half price. They had one of my favourite bronzers no.6, 2 of the art liners; a pale gold and a darker gold. Also up for grabs - 2 nail varnishes a pale white gold and an orange gold, 3 eyeshadow quads and 1 or 2 velvet touch eyeliners.

The velvet touch eyeliner I picked up was no.005 Golden Cadillac, a colour I've wanted for a while and at £2.50 i couldn't resist.

The extreme art liner that came into my possesion was no.4 a very pale yellow gold, I think this was about £3.50.

I'm quite pleased with my random purchases, I'll let you know how the mascara fares against the snow :). Hopefully I'll be able to get to work but they keep stopping the buses so I might have to get out my skis!

Oh almost forgot I'm going to Imats in London this year and I'm stupidly excited about it. So excited in fact that I've started writing a list of what I want. I'm really looking forward to seeing the illamasqua stand and mac pro - I'm in need of some pro pigments, a bunch of neutral eyeshadow (boring I know but I don't really own any) and some cheaper brushes. If anybody is going on the saturday let me know in the comments. X x

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