Wednesday, 24 June 2009
I asked in the shop how this was to be used and the man said that you make sure your hands and body are wet and then you break a little off and rub it into your skin and you do not put the scrub underneath the water as it will dissolve really fast. He also said that you would get about four exfoliations out of one bar. Feeling really excited I paid my £2.50 and off I went.
I was very impressed with this product, I didn’t think this was like any other exfoliation product I had used before and I could see why you would get four exfoliations out of the bar because a little bit seemed to go a long way. It felt really nice on the skin, it feels rough and exfoliating to start with, then goes into this nice soft texture and I felt really soft by the end of using it. For me, this was the main difference in comparison to anything else I have used, it seems to exfoliate but dissolve into a really nice soft texture on the skin, leaving you feeling super soft. I would recommend buying this because I definitely will be.
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
Where do I blog?
I blog on the sofa in my living room. I usually blog here with a few exceptions (I do the odd post at work or in the garden), the TV is usually on in the background while I write a post on my laptop.
What are you wearing?
Black trousers and a white blouse with blue stripes - see the above comment, I am at work.
Last thing you read?
The last book I read was Breaking Dawn, the last thing I actually read was an email from somebody at work.
Do you nap a lot?
No, it's very rare if I take a nap. If I do take a nap it will be after a huge Sunday roast.
Who was the last person you hugged?
My husband, before we left each other to go to work.
What's your current obsession/ addiction?
It is a brown smokey eye and I have been using either the MAC Holiday 2009 Smokey eye palette or my own combination. I'm obsessed in particular with Satin Taupe eyeshadow because it really suits me and I just love it. I'm also obsessed with the Apprentice, I have begun watching Series 1 on YouTube.
What's for dinner?
My dinner is going to be salad, potatoes and broccoli quiche (yes, I know this is not very exciting).
What was the last thing you bought?
Ambre Solaire No Streaks Bronzer Dry Body Mist Light and a Maxfactor False Lash Effect. I'm going to a wedding on Friday and I didn't want my legs to look pale white as I'm wearing a dress. I brought this because it's quick, easy and gives a lovely light glow to the legs which is what I wanted. I brought the MaxFactor Lash Effect because it was on offer and my other one has dried up.
What are you listening to right now?
Nothing, it's pretty quiet here.
If you could have one superpower what would it be?
It would be the power of persuasion.
What is your favourite weather and why?
The hot weather. I love the sun and I love it when it's hot because it makes me feel happy.
What time do you get up?
I get up at 6:50am. Yuck!
What is you most challenging goal right now?
I am trying to get a new job as I hate my current job.
Something to the person who tagged me.
Her style reminds me of me and some of the things she has said I completely agree with . I love it when she talks about "what she has learnt today".
What is you favorite item of clothing?
I have a brown Punkyfish t-shirt that I love. I don't like to wear it to much because it has started to bobble.
What is your favourite pair of shoes that you go back to over and over?
My Converse trainers but they have a rip in now because I have worn them out (they are also limited edition with flies crawling up one side).
What is the one thing you cannot live without?
I want to say something shallow here - erm. Failing miserably I will say my husband.
What time do you go to bed?
Between 11:30pm - 12:00am
Wake up anywhere where would it be?
I tag anyone who wants to do this.
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
Yves Saint Laurent Lipstick in Tea Rose - Love, love love it! I brought this because it's an absolutely gorgeous colour. It is a nude with a pink undertone and is the nicest colour on me. It took me by surprise that not only does a lipstick suit me this well but the fact that this is now my no 1 lipstick! Does anyone know whether this is limited edition? It's £20 but I will stock up if need be.
Benefit's Dallas - I have had this since last year and I just adore it. This requires a very light hand when applying it because I'm quite pale but it does leave me a gorgeous bronzed colour. This is not something I wear in the winter but over the summer months, this gives me a gorgeous glow. This is my no1 bronzer!
Maybelline Mineral Blush in Moonlight Mauve - This is really pretty, it's a pink mauve and when applied on the cheeks it leaves you with a gorgeous soft pink sheen. This is possibly one of my favourite blushes. These Maybelline blushes are really good, I also have Plum Alchemy and I'm impressed with both of them.
Gosh Velvet Touch Eyeliner in Silver Screen - What can I say apart from the fact it's silver and I love silver. I wear this with a flesh coloured eyeshadow and I love it! It's great as a quick make up look because it looks really pretty.
Mascara of the month: Maybelline's Lash Stiletto - This has been the mascara I have reached for everyday over the last month and it has never disappointed me. It gives great length and curl and makes my lashes stand out.
My favourites that are still going strong from last month:
Mac's Perfect Topping - I still reach for this everyday, it is turning into my 'go to' highlighter.
Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation - I go to this everyday, this is now my HG foundation.
Mac's Satin Taupe - This is one of my favourite eye shadows. I never would have expected a taupe brown to ever reach the top of my list. But it has.
Tuesday, 2 June 2009
From left to right: The Cupcake, The Life of the Party and The Plaything of Passion
Just a quick post on what I thought to the Too Faced Quickie Chronicles. I bought these on Ebay for only £9 (see post below) and I was really disappointed. I tried them out last week and my first instincts were the eye shadows were ‘nothing special’, they are mainly matte, some have silver reflects and they are not very pigmented. I know there is nothing wrong with building up colour but when I did add layers to my lids they looked the same as when I started. The blushes are nice colours with a matte finish (a few silver reflects) but again not very pigmented, although they did seem buildable. The lip glosses were the worst - they were incredibly sheer, the deepest one (centre palette) didn't look very deep on the lips. I wanted more pigmentation out of them but my lips just looked like I wasn’t wearing anything with the lighter shades I've tried.I haven't tried everything from the three books and I doubt I will.
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
I found these three:
- The Plaything of Passion
- The Life of the Party
- The Cupcake
Wednesday, 20 May 2009
These are the products I use:
- Urban Decay's Blunt all over the lid and Gosh Velvet Touch eyeliner in Silver Screen to line my top lash line ( a thick line as it's the main feature of the look) or
- Mac Silver Pigment swept over the lid up to the crease
- Mac Technokohl liner in Graphblack to line my waterline
- Lily Lolo mineral foundation
- Benefit's Dallas as my blush colour
- Bobbi Brown Shimmer brick in Bronze to highlight
What are your quick make-up looks?
Sunday, 17 May 2009
Friday, 15 May 2009
Sleek is reasonably priced at £4.87 for the eyeshadow palettes and £3.91 for the Ink Pots. They are not only value for money but I also think they are really good products. The Original eyeshadow palette (on the left in the picture) are all shimmer eye shadows and are quite bright colours, the Storm palette (on the right) are neutral colours with a mixture of both shimmer and matt finishes. The eye shadows give a really good colour payoff, they blend easily, the mixture of the colours in the palettes work really well together and all complement each other.
Thursday, 7 May 2009
I did a post last month where I gave you my top three mascaras and I would say that this would replace one of my three. This mascara gives great length and separation and doesn’t clump yet it does thicken your lashes. It doesn’t give you great amounts of volume, I think it gives more curl, length and separation as opposed to volume but I think it gives my lashes a great amount of length. I am really pleased with it, it doesn’t irritate my eyes and it doesn’t flake although I think it smudges a little bit by the end of my working day. This would replace my Clinique High Impact Mascara as one of my three and I would repurchase Stiletto over the Clinique mascara. I'm so fickle...
I’m thinking about buying Bourjois’ Night Clubbing next because I have looked at the brush and it’s just like Mac’s Plush Lash and seeing that I loved that mascara (and I think it’s the brush and the way you use it why that makes that mascara work so well) that I might try this because it might not irritate my eyes! Have any of you guys tried this mascara?
Wednesday, 6 May 2009
Lily Lolo Foundation – I love this foundation – I don’t think I can say that enough. It works really well with my skin, this is the foundation I now go to everyday.
MAC Satin Taupe eye shadow – This is the eye shadow I have been picking up when I want to feel good, it really suits me and I love it! I've had this a little while but I've suddenly realised how much I love it!
Urban Decay Shakedown eye shadow – This is not an eye shadow that I thought would have suited me as it’s a green eye shadow with a dark undertone. I wear this as a daytime shadow and it really makes my eyes stand out.
MSF in Perfect Topping – I have been using this as a highlight and it looks fantastic, high lights the cheeks and the cheek bones really well and doesn’t show up my pores or my fine lines. This is perhaps my favourite highlighter.
Monday, 27 April 2009
Sleek's The Original eyeshadow palette (£4.87)Sleek - Ink Pot in Dominatrix (£3.91)
Eyeko Beauty - Eyeko cream (£4.88)
Eyeko Beauty - Pretty Polish for neat nails (£1.94)
Eyeko Beauty - Pink Polish for neon nails (£1.94)
Collection 2000 Shimmer & Shade in No3 Just Peachy (£3.91)
This little lot came to £19.69 because I got a 10% discount on the items I brought from Superdrug. I was very pleased with everything I got, there was something very satisfying about getting a few things that I wanted without it costing a fortune and it was a really enjoyable thing to do.
Wednesday, 22 April 2009
I have been using Lily Lolo mineral foundation everyday for a while now and I just can't say enough about how pleased I am with it. Firstly, I ordered samples off the Lily Lolo website and it was so easily to find a shade that worked with my skin tone. I think the shade looks completely natural on me (I am the shade Warm Peach). The application buffed into my skin really easily with no problems - no cakeyness and didn't look powdery like I was expecting, not even on my forehead where I have fine lines so I was a little shocked. This foundation is completely buildable. You can build a little into your skin or can keep building until you are happy with the amount of coverage you are looking for. It feels really light on your skin , weightless and completely natural, not heavy at all. I also find that it lasts all day and doesn't sweat off the skin.
In the first few days of using this foundation, I thought the overall condition of my skin felt healthier and softer, I don't notice it now but that might be because I am used to the difference.
I have been wearing this everyday and I have not had any breakouts or redness from using this infact, my skin looks really clear at the moment (I feel so lucky right now). I noticed the most difference when I went away for the weekend and took my Nars Oil Free foundation, I do like this foundation but I noticed that my skin was looking less healthy and more red than it had been when I had used liquid foundation for a few days.
Lily Lolo has very few ingredients in it and is inexpensive - it's £12 for a 10g pot in comparison to a whopping £17.50 for Bare Escentuals Bare Minerals 3g pot.
My opinion would be that I would recommend this foundation because I have only had positive results from this foundation.
Mac's Peppermint Patti Nail Lacquer- I was really disappointed with this, it took three coats to get a half decent finish, that in my book does not make a good nail varnish. I only brought this because I couldn't find the Barry M 304 and it felt like I had looked in every Superdrug and Boots across the West Midlands. I still look when I go into either of these, just in case...
Mac's Perfect Topping MSF - This is a lovely, it makes the top of my cheek bones look great! I am really pleased with this, it is not too glittery and working really well as a highlight. This and the Bobbi Brown shimmer brick has given me a bit of a fetish for highlighters!
Mac's 109 brush -I use this to buff in my mineral foundation (another one of my new loves) and love it! This is a great brush and by the sounds of it, a multifunctional one!
Bare Escentuals Bare Minerals Foundation - I brought a little pot of this because I was loving wearing mineral foundation. It was like I was just browsing one minute, being colour matched the next and then coming away with this lovely little pot. I had actually gone there the previous Saturday and they were giving away samples as a one off offer and because my skin didn't react and break out when I tried out the sample, I think I knew this would happen on some unconscious level...
Mac lipstick in Angel - I had wanted Angel for a while, when I first thought about buying Angel, I brought Snob instead and I wished I had brought Angel because Snob is OK but Angel is nicer on me. I think that Angel is very similar to Mac's Creme Cup, Creme Cup is from the cremesheen range but Angel is a frost.
Mac lipstick in Lollipop Loving - What can I say about Lollipop Loving? It's gorgeous and it looks gorgeous on, even my hubby agreed with that!
Gosh Velvet Touch Eyeliner pencil in Silver Screen - These are great, they last all day and they have some great shades. I love this, I am wearing it today with a neutral eyeshadow and mascara and it looks fab.
Batiste Dry Shampoo - I wish someone had told me about this years ago. I have really greasy hair and I was washing my hair everyday but now I use this in between days. This really helps because now I can use this rather than feeling greasy all day and my hair feels fine, it doesn't feel greasy like I would have expected. This is probably one of the best inventions ever!
Rimmel Lipstick in Foxy - I brought this because dollyisglitter mentioned this in one of her videos (when she was still making videos) and made a comparison with a lipstick by Yves Saint Laurent so I thought I'll go buy the cheap version instead. It is a lovely colour, a pink nude and I love pink nudes. I'm wearing this at the moment.
Cath Kidston bag, a compact mirror and L'occitane Hand Cream - I thought I would include these because I picked them up when I went away over the Easter break and thought I would share them with you guys. I haven't used any of these yet.
I also have Mac's Love Rock on my desk because I ordered it online and it came today. I brought Grand Duo when they came out, I had two others in mind that I wanted - this one and Moon River. They are really well pigmented and I find I only need a tiny bit and because I was pleased with Grand Duo I decided to order my second favourite. I think I have a thing about blushers at the moment too. Is there anything I don't have a thing about?
Tuesday, 7 April 2009
I used to chuck these away, thinking they were rubbish until an assistant told me that if I logged onto the website that’s on the voucher (superdrugfeedback.com), filled in the short survey and wrote the code on the voucher on completion, you will get 10% off your next shop. I was also told that you can do this as many times as you like as long as you have one of these vouchers. The only thing with this is that you need to spend £10 or more and it cannot be used on multiple buys such as 2 for 1’s. Every time I get one of these, I fill in the online survey and use my 10% off. It really is worth doing.
I just thought I would share this with you guys.
So, we have:
A Hello Kitty make up bag that was from H&M and a No7 mirror that was a free gift.
Gosh’s Darling – The nude that suits me!
Benefit’s Skinny Dip – This is a pink nude, I prefer pink nudes to beige nudes. I like the feel of these but I don’t think these last as long in comparison to a MAC lipstick.
Benefit’s Lady’s Choice – This is a beige nude.
Yves Saint Lauren Rouge Volupte in No1 – I absolutely love these (I only have this one). It feels great on the lips, smells lovely and looks great on the lips too. This is a pink nude.
Superdrug’s The Little Green Tin – This was from my Secret Santa in a bag full of goodies, I also got a heated eyelash curler, some Garnier Wipes and a Simple face mask (my Secret Santa clearly knows me too well).
Monday, 6 April 2009
Anyway the three that I have chosen are:
Max Factor’s False Lash Effect – I brought this mascara in January and I remember not being that impressed the very first time I used this (I think this stems to the whole false eye lash thing I always expect) but after that I thought it was one of the best mascaras I have ever tried. I use this most days now, it is a little hard to remove but I now feel it’s worth it.
Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effect Faux Cils – I know that everyone raves about this mascara and with good reason – it is perhaps the closest I have got to my natural lashes looking their best. I love this mascara, I would repurchase this over and over again if it wasn’t a high end brand (it costs about £20) and I found it had a very short life of about 1-2 months.
Clinique High Impact Mascara – This was a tough choice for me for two reasons. I wanted to choose Mac’s Plush Lash but thought I can’t really because this irritates my eyes and it doesn’t seem right to choose something as a favourite when I can’t really wear it (I still do though from time to time because I do love it and I want to make sure about the whole eye irritating thing – and yes I am still correct). Anyway, back to this mascara, it was also a tough choice with Maybelline’s Define-a-Lash as well so I wore one on each eye this morning and decided on this Clinique one as it adds more length, separation and makes my lashes look fuller. I find that Define-a-Lash adds separation and length but no volume (and I am using the pink one, the one that is supposed to add volume). Clinique's High Impact mascara used to be one of my favourite mascaras when it first came out and I think it still is.
The next mascaras I want to try are a couple of higher end brands and they are Diorshow Blackout, Lancome’s Hypnose and also Maybelline’s Stiletto. I think I will always be on the look out for the next fantastic mascara even though I have found some great ones! I don’t think I will ever change.
Thursday, 26 March 2009
Gutted…If only I had waited.
I also performed the test that gossmakeupartist performed in one of his videos to find out how good your mineral make up is and how good the SPF is in it. Now, this foundation actually failed this test because it sank to the bottom of the water straight away, I figured I didn’t care because SPF is not something I care about in my foundation because I use a moisturiser and a primer with SPF and because it seems to be so good for my skin, I thought it works for me and that is good enough for me.
Monday, 16 March 2009
Monday, 9 March 2009
I wasn't drawn to any of the eyeshadow palettes, out of the two I would choose Too Dolly, but I found myself thinking it would be a set of shadows I would hardly use and if I really wanted to I could make up a palette just like it from Mac's permanent colours making a few alterations to fit my taste.
I decided to buy Fashion Mews, Most Popular, Tippy blush and Pink Fish. The lipsticks look really nice as I had hoped, I tried Tippy blush over the weekend and I am really pleased with the way it looks on me (Tippy is a deep pink with a sheen to it), nicely surprised by it because it looks nicer than I thought it would. Pink Fish lip conditioner gives a nice light pink colour to the lips. There is not a lot to say about this, maybe I was sucked in by the packaging on this and the way the colour looks in the little jar....
Nars Deep Throat blusher - I got this in February and have been using this a lot. I really like this because it seems to really suit me. It's a pinky, peach and gives a really nice colour on the cheeks. I prefer this to Nars Orgasm, it seems a much nicer shade when applied on the cheeks.
Benefit's 10 - I have to admit I wanted this but I kind of thought this would be a gimmicky product as one half is a highlight and the other half is a bronzer and you apply it with the brush provided. I blend it into my skin with another brush once I have stroked this over my skin and I really like it, it works really well and it's especially good when I'm looking to apply something quick to the cheeks.
Benefit's Posietint - I have been wearing this when I wear my tinted moisturiser (I find that cheek stain products work really well with tinted moisturiser) I really like the bright pinky colour and I do like that kind of pinky look on my cheeks. I did find I had to be extremely careful not to apply too much because it's easily done. I don't think I prefer this over Benetint, I like them both, I would probably choose Posietint over Benetint but only because I like the pink colour on my cheeks.
Mac Lipsticks - I brought Lavender Whip, Snob, Plum Dandy and Pervette recently. I am going through a bit of a lip phase at the moment so I keep buying lipsticks! I brought Lavender Whip because I love the way Barry M's 129 looks on me and with this being slightly different I wanted to get this. I do like this, but I think I prefer Barry M (and now Fashion Mews) to this, Lavender Whip is a darker shade of purple and I prefer how the Barry M looks on me to this. Snob was an impulse buy because I wanted to choose something I wouldn't normally buy, it's quite a bright pink and looks best on me when I use a brush to apply it.
On the other hand, Plum Dandy is the kind of colour that I would normally buy and this kind of lipstick really suits me. I love plum colours or pinky browns (Benefit's Good to Go is the kind of colour I am really drawn to and the kind of shade that I think suits me the most) so I was really pleased with this because it's a plum colour with a sheen to it so I could not go wrong. Pervette was a colour I was really drawn to, it's like a lilac-pink and it goes on the lips really sheer, I was really pleased because I tried something different and it worked out well!
Monday, 2 March 2009
MaxFactor False Lash Effect - I have been swapping between mascaras at the moment, I have been swapping between Maybelline The Colossal, Clinique's High Impact mascara (which I remember it being one of my favorites but when I brought this recently and used it, it didn't give the results I thought I remembered) and my newest buy Maybelline Define-a-lash, the pink one. I tried my MaxFactor mascara again on Thursday and because I had been changing my mascara around, I realised this this was the best mascara for me, giving my lashes lots of volume and really making them stand out.
MeMeMe Beat the Blues in Sun Beam - I have been using this since I brought it (I brought it a week ago) and love it as a highlighter, I think I actually prefer this to my Benefit High Beam. I am going to buy the MeMeMe pink one so I can make a like for like judgement.
Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturiser - I have been wearing this a lot for work lately and really like it, it gives a sheer coverage and my skin doesn't react to it, I don't get any break outs with this and my skin feels comfortable.
Nars Oil Free Foundation - I have been wearing this as well and again I love this because it works well with my skin and I don't break out with this foundation. I guess I have worked out that even with acne prone skin, I can find products that don't necessarily lead to me breaking out in spots.
MAC Technakohl Liner - I love using this on my waterline, it's quick and easy to use and lasts for ages. Since I have discovered this, I have been lining my waterline everyday.
Nars Laguna and Deep Throat - I use both of these together and I love the way they look. Deep Throat is a gorgeous colour and looks great on my cheeks, when I pair this with Laguna, my face looks healthy and vibrant.
On another note, I finally got Bobbi Brown: The Make Up Manual through the post on Saturday which I had been waiting for for a month and I have to say my first impression is that it looks like it's going to be a really good book. It looks like it going to cover a whole range of areas from basics to complicated skills. I can't wait to get stuck in.
What are your favourites at the moment?
Friday, 27 February 2009
Flat bronzer brush (Crown) - this distributes the product really well; it seems to hold just the right amount of product on the brush and blends in really easily.
Angled liner brush (Crown) – This is probably the one I am most pleased with because the ones I already own are both scratchy and rough to use or do not apply product or do a good line, but this is soft yet applies a good line underneath my eye (and it cost £2). I don’t use this for eyeliner, I use this to apply shadow underneath the eye.
Fine liner brush (Crown) - This applied a fine line easily, however, I have recently just washed this and it has splayed on me.
Deluxe crease brush (Crown) - A crease brush was something I had wanted for a while and this one is tapered, dense and has an angle to it so it gets just the right product in the crease and blends and distributes it well.
Lip brush (Crown) – I think this is a good brush, it applies lip products easily to my lips and the texture of the bristles are very similar to my Mac 316. It is also retractable so it can be carried around with me so it comes in quite handy. I like to use lip brushes when the product is too dominant on me otherwise, for instance I can’t wear Barry M’s 101 unless I use a brush to apply it.
Angled cheek brush (youcosmetics.com) - I brought an angled cheek brush because I wanted an alternative to when my other one is drying from being washed, this is good, it places cheek colour on my cheeks well. I like the angled brushes because they tend to distribute the cheek colour in just the right area.
Concealer/ Cream shadow brush (youcosmetics.com) - There is not a lot to say about this one, it is fairly wide and I like it for concealing my blemishes, I haven’t used it for cream eyeshadow because I would rather use something smaller.
Thursday, 26 February 2009
Thursday, 19 February 2009
What’s your favourite eye shadow colour to wear? Silver
What’s the one product you wouldn’t leave your house without? A lipstick
What’s your favourite makeup look – high drama OR natural? Definietly high drama, I love experimenting with different intense looks. To be honest when I do a natural look, I like something to stand out (if I do natural eyes for example I will put on a dramatic lipstick).
Which feature do you play up the most? My eyes
Which feature do you try to downplay/cover up? My skin
Your favourite makeup brand, if you could pick only ONE to exist? I can't do this, sorry. (For instance with Mac I love their eyeshadows but i'm not keen on their foundations but i love Nars for their blushers and foundations).
Which product have you re-purchased OVER and OVER again? Benefit's Some Kind-a Gorgeous
Which product would you NEVER repurchase again and why? Studio Fix Powder Foundation because it brought me out in spots.
One beauty treatment you would always PAY to have done? Colouring my hair, I would never do this myself.
One beauty treatment you would NEVER pay to have done? I would pay for anything to be done if I could afford it.
One beauty trick you can share with everyone? Try vaseline to condition your lashes, mine are now longer because i do this and you should condition them anyway if you wear mascara a lot because it will keep them healthier and conditioned.
Best advice you've ever been given regarding beauty and makeup? Always remove make up at the end of the day before going to sleep because otherwise you are damaging your skin.
I'm not going to tag anyone, but feel free to do this if you want to.
When I decided I really wanted to try this look and that it looked really simple to do, I decided to purchase L’Oreal HiP’s Metallic duo in Platinum from eBay, then this lead to Mac’s Silver pigment and then I was looking at Mac’s silver shadows where I purchased Electra, Idol Eyes, Silver Ring and Knight Divine.
Before I knew it, I was looking for different versions of silver. At Christmas I brought Nars Nightlife which was my first disappointment. The lady on the counter did warn me though, she told me that I would need something underneath this shadow to make it grip on – like Vaseline (I thought – what, Vaseline? Vaseline has many uses but helping your eye shadow cling on to your lid I don’t think so) or a cream eye shadow where she conveniently rubbed one of these on her hand and put Nightlife on top where it did really bring out the silver (and you couldn't see the light blue shadow underneath it). I brought Nightlife and left the cream shadow, I figured that surely my UDPP, Painterly Paintpot or trying it wet would do the trick right? Wrong, none of these worked and it barely showed up on my lid. There I went, to the nearest place that sold Nars and purchased Carioca cream eye shadow. On a positive note, when I do wear Nightlife paired with Carioca, it looks fantastic, it has glitter in it so it’s something a bit different to my L’Oreal HiP duo or my silver pigment because they don’t have much glitter in them (silver pigment has no glitter particles), they are much more pure silver and the silver pigment has a high intensity of colour when applied both with and without mixing medium.
Next I want Urban Decay’s Strip eye shadow, Dime eye pencil and Barry M’s Pale Silver dazzle dust. When will this end?
Do you have any looks/ colours that you are drawn to and can’t get enough of?
Wednesday, 18 February 2009
I was tagged by Mizz Worthy to do this - this is my first tag! Thank you Mizz Worthy!
Shampoo - Elvive, the colour protecting one
Conditioner - Elvive, the colour protecting one
Styling - Remington Shine Therapy straightener and Mark Hill Heat Protection spray
Shower gel - An imperial leather one at the moment
Body Moisturiser - Soap and Glory Body Butter
Deodrant - a Nivea one
Fake Tan - I don't use it on a regular basis, when I do use it I choose Ambre Solaire No Streaks Bronzer mist for face and body.
Cleanser - Simple Facial Gel Wash or Simple Cleansing wipes or any cleansing wipes that are on offer.
Eye Make Up Remover - No7 Cleanse and Care Eye Make Up Remover
Exfoliator - Clinique 7 Day Scrub Cream
Primer - Mac's Prep and Prime
Foundation - Nars Oil Free Foundation (loving this!)
Foundation brush - Mac 187
Concealer - Mac's Studio Finish concealer in NW20
Powder - Mac's Mineralized Skin Finish Natural in medium
Blusher - Nars Deep Throat, Orgasm or Sin
Bronzer - Nars Laguna, Benefit's 10
Highlighter - Nars Albatross, Benefit's 10
Eyeshadow base - UDPP
Eyeshadows - Satin Taupe, Star Violet, Expensive pink, Silver pigment to name a few
Eyeliner - Clinique Brush On Cream liner in True Black or Smoke Grey
Eyelash curler - Not sure about the brand, it's a heated one and it was from my Secret Santa at work
Eyelash base - I don't use these
Mascara - Max Factor False Lash Effect
Lipstick - Barry M's 129, YSL Volupte in No1 and Benefit's Silky Finish lipstick in Skinny Dip
Lipgloss - Nars Turkish Delight (regardless of my post below I love this)
Nail colour - I don't paint my nails very often.
I think that's it for now.
I tag Lips and Lashes and Lazula80.
Monday, 16 February 2009
I am disappointed but I am still really pleased I bought it (ok - maybe not it did cost me almost £17), I still love the colour and I prefer the way it looks on me to Mac’s Underage, I will still wear it, it's just heart breaking when something costs you almost £17 and it’s not everything you expected it to be. I just wish it had some staying power….
What products have disappointed you recently?
Wednesday, 11 February 2009
Tuesday, 10 February 2009
I had done some research - I read some reviews and watched a few You Tube videos because my skin is very sensitive I put a lot of thought into buying foundation because of my acne prone skin.
I tried it on in the store, liked the look it gave me (I actually thought it gave me a sheer look which I prefer) and decided to purchase it. What I should have actually done is tried it on, left it a day or two and then brought it if I had no problems. Anyway, enough of the should haves…I wore it on my face for an entire work week and throughout the week, I slowly started to come out in spots, not everywhere just on my chin and by the end of the week, there was lots of clumps of spots all over my chin.
I was so disappointed because I heard no one complain about this product, and I was only hearing the opposite that people really like this product and I hadn’t heard anyone say that it wasn’t good for acne prone skin or that it can bring you out in spots. I wasn’t totally convinced it was the Studio Fix Powder that was doing this, so a couple of weeks ago I decided to try it again, but only for three days this time. And guess what?! It happened again, my chin came out in spots (I still have them now actually and my chin is only just beginning to recover). I decided to go back onto You Tube and do more research and there it was, underneath a Studio Fix Powder review in the comments box that an ingredient in this (isostearyl palmitate) is very comedogenic and was warning people with acne prone skin. Where was this advice when I needed it?
How do you find Mac’s Studio Fix Powder Foundation?
Wednesday, 4 February 2009
I have been trying a few mascaras out recently and thought I would do a quick review on what I thought to each of the ones I have tried.
Too Faced Lash Injection – I was really excited about trying this mascara, I had heard great things about this mascara and a formulation that I had not heard of before – that it puts little tubes around your lashes to give a false lash effect. I thought this was a complete disappointment, I don’t think it curled my lashes or added any volume, I don’t think it did anything for my lashes apart from clump them together. (It’s also very hard to remove and didn’t seem worth it!).
L’oreal Beauty Tubes – I tried this in hope that it would be a better version of the Too Faced Lash Injection, but to my dismay, this was even worse. I did the first step using the primer which I thought went on fine. Then when I applied the next coat, I found it was clumping my lashes, adding no volume or curling to my lashes. It felt like I was adding loads of mascara but all this seemed to do was clump them up. My lashes looked a mess and I haven’t used it since. Again, this was very difficult to remove.
Mac’s Plush Lash – I brought this mascara because I had heard that the brush is very different to other mascara brushes. It has a flat side that you use first to coat your lashes with the mascara and then the plush side (the bristled side) that you then use to curl and lift your lashes. I loved this mascara; I found it curled my lashes, gave them volume, separated them, I found it easy to remove and didn’t flake throughout the day. The only problem I had with this one was that it irritated my eyes and I don’t use it for that reason.
L’oreal Voluminous – On my quest to find great mascara (as good as Plush Lash) that didn’t irritate my eyes I had heard amazing things about this mascara. Overall, I found this mascara quite good, it did give lots of volume to my lashes, give lift but I also found that it sometimes clumped my lashes (this is not every time I have used this mascara but it does happen). I didn’t find this mascara very good at separating my lashes and found it could flake throughout the day.
Maybelline The Colossal – I was really pleased with this mascara. The main thing I noticed with this mascara was the way it separated and curled my lashes, it did add volume as well (not sure about 7x) but I guess with all the hype this mascara had received I expected it to be fantastic and my lashes to really stand out. I didn’t notice it flake or smudge and I would buy this again.
Maxfactor’s False Lash Effect – I really, really loved this mascara. I thought it curled my lashes, added volume and made them look longer( the benefit to this one is that my expectations were not too high because there wasn’t so much hype than with Maybelline’s The Colossal). I haven’t noticed any flaking or smudging, a little more difficult to remove than L’oreal Voluminous or Plush Lash but I still really love it! I would definitely buy this again!
Exceptionnel de Chanel – I think this is perhaps one of the best high end mascaras. I wore this on Saturday night to remind myself of what it was like and I have to say I was not disappointed. I thought this curled and separated my lashes as well as adding volume. I felt that my lashes really stood out when I used this mascara (I guess this what I expected from The Colossal), I’m not sure whether it is as good as Yves Saint Lauren’s Faux Cils but its pretty close…
Tuesday, 27 January 2009
This brings me onto my next point that Mac Pro was there, NOT Mac Cosmetics which is what was originally advertised. It was only their Mac Pro range which I found very disappointing regardless of whether they were giving out Mac Pro cards at a small cost without needing to show any relevant qualification documentation. When a Mac artist asked me if I needed any help ( the Mac staff did seem to approach you even if you were not that close to the counter so I guess that was one good point), she informed me they only had three brushes available on that day - if I can remember I think these were the 187, 188 and the 190, they had no brush cleanser (I would have thought this was really important to makeup professionals, am I wrong?) and only their pro range was available. I overheard that the way to get a discount was to fill in a form for a mac pro card, they were not offering a discount or special offers like some others (like Charles Fox and Make Up For Ever for example). Overall, Mac disappointed me, I was much more interested in what was going on everywhere else, which is why I think I stayed for most of the day. If you are a makeup artist surely you would like to have been able to buy from their entire range (with your discounted Mac Pro card) not just the Mac Pro range? After all, I thought makeup professionals were the target audience? Or does Mac think that makeup professionals are only interested in their pro range?
The last thing I would like to mention is the array of makeup brushes that were available at really cheap prices across the trade show. There were Crown Brushes across the back wall and you could chose from a whole range of brushes and from what I have heard Crown Brushes are supposed to be good quality. I will do another post on how I got on with the brushes I picked on the day.
Overall, I had a really great day, I enjoyed the demonstrations and I managed to pick up an array of brushes (a bit of Make Up For Ever as well...).
Friday, 23 January 2009
I have decided to set a blog to share my thoughts and interests on make up. I have always been into make up (ever since i was a teenager) and would always choose make up over clothes and shoes but over time I have become more and more into it and lately it has become a bit of an obsession.
I buy lots of different brands of make up, ranging from the cheaper brands to the more expensive. I would say it became an obsession (rather than just my main interest/hobby) about two years ago when i had a make over by Benefit and i thought the packaging was pretty and the products seemed a bit different in comparison to other brands i was using ( I already owned some Clinique but i was getting bored). I went through a stage of buying a lot of Benefit, thinking that this was the best, until I discovered Mac, Nars and Laura Mercier...
I work in an office at the moment but I would really like to become a make up artist so I am looking into options that might get me there one day.
I'm also going to IMATS tomorrow and I can't wait!