Saturday, 26 September 2009
I cannot rave about these nail varnishes enough, they are so so so good for the price (£1.75!). They go on well, and give fab colour after two coats. This polish is a quite a bit brighter than dynasty (my favourite from the range) but its still really wearable. It also dries pretty quickly which I love because I always end up getting impatient waiting for nail varnish to dry (I can't sit still for two minutes!)
Do you have any hot looks polishes?
Hope you're having a great weekend!
I went for a sort for subtle smokey eye using bronzes and browns from the sleek storm palette (I am still in love with it!) I used my MAC paintpot in indianwood as a base, MAC's powerpoint eyeliner in engraved on my lower lash line with the matt dark brown from the sleek palette over the top to make it look a little sofer and more smokey. Then lots and lots of loreal voluminous mascara. What do you think?
Thursday, 24 September 2009
As it only cost a quid, I wasn't really expecting much from this product - However it has completely surpasses my expectations! It contains camomile, which I already love (camomile tea anyone?) Is gentle on my eyes, refreshing and is really effective at removing almost all of the lashings of mascara I pile on every day. I am super super impressed!
Has anyone else seen these new products at their local superdrug?
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
Monday, 21 September 2009
I bought mine for around £4.00 from superdrug. There are quite a few sleek mascara's however I don't think they are displayed particularly well, there are no photo's or displays of the actual brushes so I bought this one (mainly as I was attracted to the packaging!) and had no idea what the brush was like at all untill I opened it at home. When I got it open I was a little disappointed to find that the brush was pretty thin and plastic its also very bendy (think maybelline define a lash - the green one!). As the name of the mascara was ''eye drama'' I was expecting a big bristly brush for lots of length and volume (loreal voluminous/benefit bad gal esque). Nevertheless I popped it in my makeup bag for trying the next day.
The next morning my initial impression of the mascara was a massive thumbs down. I found the flexible brush extremely hard to work with and literally ended up getting mascara practically everywhere except on my lashes! The bristles on the brush were not long enough to define my lashes, and the end result was very very clumpy (see my previous post on the simple sleek eye make-up looks and you'll know what I mean!). Now a week on, after using the mascara every day (and resisting opening my shiney new loreal voluminous) I must say I have warmed to it (a little). For me it doesn't really add volume to my lashes but it does add length, and after finally getting to grips with the bendy plastic wand it does define and separate my lashes too (with a little patience). It also dries quite quickly which is a plus.
Overall I'd give this mascara 5/10 and sadly I don't think i'll be repurchasing despite the fantastic price. If you like a sturdy wand and a bristly brush I would probably give this product a miss. However it is by no means the worst mascara I have ever tried, and I will definately be checking out the other sleek mascara's (who can resist at under a fiver!)
Sunday, 20 September 2009
I really like the idea of toning down my eye make up and turning up my lips for a night out, I tend to stick to the same sort of make up whenever I plan a night on the tiles and would really like to try something new, however being a lipstick newbie, I have no idea where to look for a lipstick like this so would be extremely grateful for any recommendations! What do you think to this look?
Hope you've all had a fab weekend,
Saturday, 19 September 2009
This was actually the first paint pot I ever bought! I remember swatching them all at the counter and I instantly loved the rich bronzey colour of this one, but after wearing it religously for a few days (standard with every new product) I found myself reaching for more neutral/wearable paint pot alternatives and this sadly got pushed to the dusty realm of my ''not worn very often makeup box''. Recently bronze/gold/brown eye make up has been my flavour of the month and after a little tidy up i came across this paint pot and wondered if it would work as a base under this sort of look. I dusted it off, popped it on my chest of drawers and applied it the next morning before work. Needless to say I have been completely wowed by the result! I think when I bought this I didn't really understand how versitile paint pots can be, This gives my favourite bronze and brown eye shadows that extra pop i've always lusted after, aswell as keeping them on all day! I've also used it as a gel liner with a liner brush, a tiny amount as a brow filler and it creates a lovely quick and easy look if applied all over the lid with a bit of black eyeliner on the upper and lower lash line :-) I'm so glad I rediscovered it! Have you rediscovered any little gems lately?
Before I go I just wanted to say a massive thankyou to Victoria for mentioning me in her share the love post, I couldn't believe it when I nipped onto my blog when I finished work and saw that I had so many new followers! (hello! *waves!*) thankyou so so much! If you havn't seen Victoria's blog before (I'm sure you have!) definately have a look she is doing a great contest at the moment, and has the cutest dogs ever!
Thats all for now, let me know if there are any particular posts you would like to see!
Like most elf polishes, when i got this little gem in the post it was nothing like the swatch on the website but I still love it! Its a slightly milky coral with a lovely gold shimmer, it gives good coverage after two coats and is a really lovely unusual colour. However, you need a good base coat and top coat when applying this polish as without it chips really really fast (it also takes quite a while to dry) but I can't really grumble for the bargain price of £1.50!
Sorry for my short stumpy nails, I have to keep them trimmed as I have eczema on my legs and if I let them grow too much I just scratch at it to my hearts content (mainly in my sleep!)
Can any one recommend any great polishes for this autumn? and a great moistuiser for super dry skin!?
Have a fab weekend!
Thursday, 17 September 2009
I'm wearing a long jumper from republic, leggings from primark, river island shoes and my bag is from topshop :-) my eye makeup is exactly the same as the autumn inspired look I did a few posts ago, along with mac studiofix fluid in nw15 and mac mineralize skinfinish natural, a touch of the elf warm bronzer and maybelline ambre rose lippy :-)
There was a new sealife centre bit which I loved! the sky looks really grey in this picture but luckily it didn't rain!
It is a lovely shimmery light golden brown, such a pretty pretty colour! I'm never really been drawn to mineral eyeshadows before, I find loose powder eye shadows really hard to get on with (I've never been able to get to grips with barry M dazzle dusts or mac pigments!) However i've found applying this shadow really easy. I usually take the shadow from the lid of the pot with my brush which stops me from getting too much. The only downside is that it definately needs an eye primer/base to stick too. I applied it to my mums lids with no base yesterday and the staying power was still good, but it was definately starting to fade a little after a few hours. To me, this shadow looks like a cousin of the MAC woodwinked/satin taupe/all that glitters family! I've been wearing it with all that glitters and it looks lovely!
I'm definately going to try some more mineral shadows so let me know if you have any to recommend!
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
For this I used pretty much all MAC products, which are pictured below. I once again primed my eyes with the number 7 eye base, and actually used a little bit of the prestige sunbaked mineral bronzing powder in pure shimmer in my inner corner. I have no idea why I randomly popped Creme D'nude into this picture?! lol! gotta love that lippy!
Pictured above is MAC time and space and all that glitters shadows, aswell as a clinique duo in tiger lily (I used the dark brown from this for my outer corner and lower lash line) then MAC eye kohl in phone number and MAC pro longlash mascara. (and of course creme d'nude - what are you doing there?!)
Have a lovely Evening :-)
Monday, 14 September 2009
I have the tiniest little bit of the fresh day cream (I'm not sure if you can tell from the pic!) This is the first one I purchased around April/May so it has lasted me quite a long time! If I had to pick one of the two this would be my favourite. It soaks into the skin really quickly and has the same sort of consistancy as cliniques moisture surge which i absolutely love. It leaves my skin feeling fresh, hydrated and not the slightest bit greasy. I apply it on a morning after cleansing and toning, leave it for about 10 minutes and i'm ready to apply my makeup! I'm so impressed with this moisturiser and i'm definately going to try out some other products from this range.
Next up is the soft 24 hour nourishing day cream. I bought this when my fresh day cream started to get low, as it is geared towards dry and sensitive skin which I have. The nourishing day cream is much thicker and creamier in consistancy, and takes a bit longer to soak in. However once it does, it leaves my skin feeling soothed and non greasy. It contains essence of rose, vitamin E and a UV filter which helps protect your skin. I'm really impressed with this one too, however if i'm in a hurry I tend to reach for the fresh day cream as it sinks in that little bit quicker. If my skin needs a real moisture fix I apply this one, and I've also used it as a night cream!
I can highly recommend these to anyone looking for affordable skin care, and how cute are the little pots!?
Saturday, 12 September 2009
Ok, so the first one is the hair wrap pictured below :
I always seem to get lots of compliments when I do my hair like this (which is nice!) and its sooooo easy to do! People also always say ''wow how have you tied your hair up with your hair!?'' well truth is - I havn't lol. To do this I just do a pony tail as normal, its best to use a hair tie the same colour as your hair and also tie it quite tightly. I then take about a 1cm thick piece of hair from the side of my pony tail and wrap it all the way around the hair tie (my hair is quite long and it normally goes round about 3-4 times. Once I've got to the bottom of this piece of hair, I secure it using two hair grips underneath my pony tail one going to the left and one going to the right, spray it with a little hairspray and volia! This also looks really nice if you do it on a loose side pony tail, and you can plait the piece of hair before you wrap it round if you fancy doing something different too :-)
The second way is even easier and super cute! all you do it tie a bit of ribbon around your hair tie into a cute little bow!
I have quite a collection of ribbons (to match different outfits!) but I really love this black polka dot one. This is such an easy way of adding a little extra something to an everyday hairstyle, and with all the different colours/types of ribbon - the possibilites are endless!
I hope you enjoyed this post - I know it was a litttle different! Let me know if you want me to do more things along these lines :-)
I hope you are all enjoying the weekend! did you watch X factor? I loved the guy at the end - did anyone else think he looked like a teenage Gary Barlow?! or was it just me and my mum!
Thursday, 10 September 2009
I was really pleased with the way this look turned out, I think its quite a nice colourful twist on the smokey eye, Normally I've shyed away from purple for fear of looking like someone has given me a black eye but i'd definately wear this look on a night out (just need to find a purple dress now!) For this I used the number 7 smoothing and brightning eye base (which i reviewed a few days ago - love it!) The Shadows numbered 1 for inner corner,2 for crease and 3 for outer corner all pictured below from the original sleek palette.
I then used GOSH's liquid eye liner pen in black to across my upper lash line, and MAC's powerpoint liner in engraved on my lower lash line and went over both of these with the purple shadow (number 3) using a really thin liner brush. I finished the look off with a little of the black shadow (number 4) in the sleek storm palette below which i blended up and across from my outer corner and a quick coat of the sleek mascara! :-)
For my next look I went for earthy browns and greens, these colours would look fab with brown and hazel eyes!
For this I again started with the number 7 eye base then used the shadow labelled 5 from the storm pallet for my inner corner, 6 from the original palette for the crease (a gorgeous moss green with gold shimmer!) and 7 and 8 from the storm palette for the outer corner. I then used a number 7 liner in brown to line my lower lash line. Apologies for my lashes in the last picture, I've already grumbled a bit about the sleek eye drama mascara but said I'd give it a fair try, however here you can see how clumpy its made my lashes! *sad face* I think this is mainly due to how hard it is to apply with that silly bendy wand! I don't think i'll be using this one again, nevertheless I think I'll still try the other sleek mascara's as the are so cheap!
These are my first make-up looks so I hope you like them! Let me know what you think and I might try a few more :-)
Hope you're all having a lovely evening!
Wednesday, 9 September 2009
So, there are two new scents Diva and Boho. I decided to go for Diva and I love it already! It has a lovely fresh light smell which I really like. I've had both the original and the tropical batistes before and I've found both of them a little heavy (the smell i mean!) even though I love coconut for me tropical is a little too strong, diva is much more my kind of thing and I can definitely recommend it! (it costs around £2). I find dry shampoo to be a really great styling product, it really helps give my hair a little extra volume!
Next up is the sleek goodies pictured below, I got the original palette (I already have storm and have been really impressed with it!) and the eye drama endless lashes mascara.
So first up, the mascara (I think it cost £3.92). My initial thoughts are a thumbs down I'm afraid :-( and this is mainly due to the brush, it is a plastic bendy brush similar to the maybelline define a lash. I find these brushes really hard work and prefer bigger bristley ones like benefit bad lash, stila major major lash and loreal voluminous. However I have only used it today and I am definately going to give it a good try so I will let you all know how I get on with it! The original palette is gorgeous, I adore sleek eyeshadows the pigmentation is amazing, here are a few swatches of my favourties - How gorgeous is the purple!
These palettes are such a bargain too, they cost just under £5. I might even do some looks with these, I can't wait to try out some of the colours!
and finally one little MAC purchase, I finally got my mits on all that glitters eye shadow. I wanted a neutral shimmery shade for my lids when I start back at uni, and I'm really glad I went for this one I love it!
Right thats everything! Let me know if you'd like a more thorough review of anything you've seen!
P.s has anyone just seen Derren Brown? How did he do that!?
Sunday, 6 September 2009
Initially I was a little dubious. the colour is a quite pinkish and I tend to prefer the more lemon coloured eye bases to even out any pink/red on my lids. However the base goes on a very light pearlescent pink which is actually very flattering! It is very creamy in consistancy, and blends easily. I have used this both to fix eye shadow (which it has done brilliantly - literally all day) and also to create a natural day to day look when I put this all over my lids then use an eye shadow brush (such as the MAC 213) to apply my MAC mineralise skinfinish natural to my lids asif it were a shadow. This is great for evening out the skintone on my lids and leaves me with that fab ''no makeup makeup look!"
I much prefer solid cream eye shadow bases and have never been able to get to grips with urban decays primer potion, or two faced shadow insurance. I can highly recommend this to anyone wanting to try an eye base for the first time, or just looking to try something new! its kindof tucked away within the number 7 counter so you may need to look quite hard for it!
Speak to you all soon!
I'm really impressed with these shadows and have worn them all weekend! iced mocha is great for the outer corner during the daytime, its dark enough to provide definition but has a lovely bronze/gold shimmer to it which doesn't make it overpowering. Slate is great for the crease and frosted flake is a gorgeous icey pink/cream with the slightest violet undertones. All eyeshadows are shimmer ones, they're quite similar to a few I've seen in the sleek palletes and of the same kindof quality, overall I'm very impressed :-)
Has anyone else tried any nyx products? I wish they were more widely available in the UK!
I have a couple more posts I'm hoping to do before I go to bed or tomorrow evening, one is a product rave the other is an blog award from the lovely Lucy at http://lucyxann.blogspot.com/ which I'm so chuffed to recieve!
Speak to you all soon!
Friday, 4 September 2009
I've never really been a massive fan of lipgloss, i've always found the stickiness an issue (*cough Bobbi brown!*) and hate it when you get your lipgloss in your hair, ooo and when you're constantly licking it off your lips and it tastes like plasticine (ok enough lipgloss hating now!) However, I love the extra sheen certain glosses can give your lipstick, this particular number 7 one is a lovely pearly pink and gives creme d'nude a little extra pinkiness which I absolutely adore. The applicator is also really good as it doesn't rub your lipstick off when applying which I find the brush applicators can do, and it is no where near as sticky as other glosses I've tried (although it is still sticky - does anyone know a completely non sticky gloss? let me know!). Creme d'nude...what can I say, who doesn't love this lipstick! Its the perfect natural nude, not too light with the slightest warm peach undertones. Here are the two together on my lips, sorry for the poor picture quality.
Boots are doing their £5 off number 7 vouchers at the moment, so I've picked up quite a few things - Including this lipgloss and their eye base (I didn't know they did one!) which I will let you know how I get one with. I'm on the look out for drugstore nude lipsticks, can anyone recommend any? I don't want to run out of creme d'nude!
Have a lovely weekend!
Thursday, 3 September 2009
I am so so so impressed with this and dare I say it.....go on then I will I prefer it to its MAC counterpart, the MAC liquid eye liner! It has that great felt tip style applicator which I find the easiest to use, glides on well, dries super fast and literally stays put all day, untill you decide to take it off. I currently only have it in black but I am pretty sure GOSH do other colours and I'm definitely going to check those out! I think it costs just over £5, I got it on a recent GOSH 3 for 2 offer which you should keep your eyes peeled for as superdrug do them quite often! Overall, If you're looking for a great liquid liner that won't break the bank I can highly recommend this product.
Only 2 days untill X factor whoop whoop!
Wednesday, 2 September 2009
So, I mentioned in my ins and out how I was loving the illamasqua false eyelashes at the moment, I'm actually loving them so much I decided to dedicate an entire post to them! I actually got these quite a few months ago when I had my eye makeup done by illamasqua and the lashes put on for a ball at uni. The illamasqua MA did a fab job, however these lashes have been rattling around in my makeup basket collecting dust ever since. Last weekend I decided to crack them out for a meal and drinks out with some friends and was reminded of how utterly fabulous they are! So, here they are in the box (please excuse the dust/makeup all over the outside of the box!)
I got number 019, which are one of the more natural looking lashes. Illamasqua have some fantastic big fancy statement lashes too, and there is a huge selection. Below is a closeup of my eye with the lashes on (it looks a little strange - I was literally looking out of the corner of my eye lol!)
I have naturally quite thick curly lashes and these falsies provided me with just enough extra definition. They feel comfortable and stayed put all night, and as yet *touch wood!* no lashes have fallen off them. Fab fab fab quality and I can highly reccomend these lashes specifically for anyone looking for a very natural but still eye catching pair of falsies. However they did cost £11.00 and are a little on the pricey side. Because of this, I am taking extremely good care of them and reserving them for special occasions not the kind of nights when halfway through i decide to peel of my lashes and drop them on the dancefloor (does anyone else do this?!).
Thats all for now folks!
Tuesday, 1 September 2009
Finding things in my mums wardrobe which I absolutely love - shopping without the spending cheers mum!
The new batiste dry shampoo scents now in at superdrug - Diva is lush
Illamasqua false lashes - one word GORGEOUS!
The padana pizza from pizza express on a romana base yummy yum yum!
getting my hands on a MAC mineralise skinfinish natural + shimmer, I love it!
The X factor being back on telly - whoop whoop!
Project runway being back on telly - I love Tim Gunn!
Having to buy my 2nd gosh darling lipstick in under a month - how did I get through this so fast, have i been eating it in my sleep or what?!
Desperately needing to get my hair cut but not being able to afford it
rain in august - why oh why?!
running out of marc jacobs daisy, I have the tiniest bit left, reserved for special occasions!
Overplayed songs on the radio - David guetta and Kelly Rowland i'm looking at you!
I'd love to hear everyone else's Ins and outs! and I hope you've all had a fab bank holiday weekend