Saturday, 31 October 2009

REVIEW: Collection 2000 Collagen Curl Mascara

Hi ladies!

I mentioned a few posts ago that I had recently purchased the collection 2000 collagen curl mascara. I have been using it for the past week so I thought I've you a little overview of what I think! Here it is pictured below (I think the packaging is really cute!)

As you can see in the picture the mascara wand is curved, I havn't yet worked out the best technique for using a wand like this! (tips anyone?!) For me, I find it makes applying the mascara a little more difficult and it is hard to get to every last lash!

This mascara does what it promises - and that is to give curl. It gives my lashes an extra lift and va va voom, something which I really appreciate as I hate using eyelash curlers (they scare me!) It also provides some volume, but doesn't really lengthen my lashes.

The consistancy is pretty good, it is not clumpy and doesn't flake (yay!) however it does take a while to dry.

Overall I think this mascara is definately worth a try if its curl you're looking for, if its volume/length maybe look elsewhere! It costs around £4.00 from superdrug (sorry I can't remember the exact price!) I give it a thumbs up and 6/10 :-)

Hope you're all having a lovely weekend!

DaisyBee xxx

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Ins and Outs! :-D

Hi girlies!

I thought I'd fill you in with my ins and outs for the week!


Halloween! I love trying out new make-up and outfits for halloween, and I'm looking forward to going out with my friends all dressed up at the weekend! Here is a mini pic of my makeup from last year when I dressed up as draculas bride!

Tuna and sweetcorn jacket potatoes - All I eat at uni at the moment!

Thick wooly tights with patterns - so cosy and warm, I've just bought a gorgeous grey pair from topshop with little rosebuds on :-)

The new sleek graphite palette - enough said

pearl stud earings - cute and classy, I'm always wearing mine!


Hollyoaks - What on earth is going on in Hollyoaks at the moment?! I just can't keep up!

Miss Frank being voted out of X factor :-(

Having far too much uni work to do - bad times

Loosing my MAC powerpoint eyeliner - Where for art thou!?

Let me know what your ins and outs are for this week!

Speak Soon

DaisyBee xxx

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Nails of the Night! :-)

Hi Ladies!

I just thought I'd share my newly painted nails with you! Today I used a natural collection nail varnish in the colour burgundy (it makes me think of Ron Burgundy from Anchorman haha!) :-)

Sorry for the messy painting - I've had this polish a while and its gone a little gloopy! This is a lovely deep dark red with a slight shimmer (it looks lighter than it actually is in this picture - must be the flash!) Natural collection nail varnishes are great value (less than £2!) and the picture was taken after just one coat! I find that the darker natural collection varnishes to have much better colour payoff than the lighter ones however without a good base and top coat these varnishes will chip super quick!

Speak Soon!

DaisyBee xxx

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Superdrug Haul! :-)

Hi girls!

I popped into superdrug today after uni (mainly to get some more dry shampoo and see if the sleek graphite palette was in yet - it was!) and ended up picking up quite a few things so I thought I would share them with you all, expect proper reviews of everything once I've had a chance to try them out! :-D

So, first up I got collection 2000's new mascara - the collagen curl mascara. It has a really big bristly brush which I always love, and its curved (similar to benefits get bent) so first impressions look really promising and can't wait to try this out! (I also love the cute purple and yellow packaging!)

Next up.....*drum roll please!* The sleek graphite palette! I am so excited about trying this out, the colours are fabulous for smokey eyes!

Then (whilst looking for my dry shampoo - which I forgot to buy!) I spotted Nova hair styling mousse, I brand I've never seen/heard of before. I've mentioned before how I like to use hair mousse to add extra volume to my hair once I've straighted it so for 97p I decided to give this one a try!

And finally I picked up this cute little makeup bag! It had £1.00 off so it was a bargain at only £1.49! I tend to just throw makeup into my bag before uni on a morning then scramble around in it for things during the day and wonder why I can't find things! So this is perfect for keeping my makeup all neat, tidy and together!

and that all for now! Hope you're all having a great week!

Speak soon!

DaisyBee xxx

Friday, 23 October 2009

Bargain of the week!

Hi ladies!

Yay Its the weekend! Hope you've all got something nice planned. I thought i'd let you all know about a super bargain product which I have been using for a quite a while now - It is Tesco's Vitamin E cleansing wipes which are the amazing price of just 27p!

I find face wipes really handy for those days when your so tired you just want to get your makeup off quickly and hop into bed (or post nights out!) and these face wipes definately do the job. The are alchol free, pH balanced and contain vitamin E which is really good for your skin due to its anti oxidant properties.

Keep your eyes peeled for these next time you're in tesco's - What a bargain they're cheaper than a chocolate bar!

Speak Soon

DaisyBee xxx

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

MAC Studio Fix Fluid Vs Revlon Colourstay

Hi girlies,

Sorry its been a while I've been crazy busy at uni/work. However I have the afternoon off (yay!) so I've just made myself a nice cup of tea and a potato cake (does anyone else like these!?).

Right so down to business! MAC studio fix fluid has been my holy grail foundation for around the past three years (I am a NW15) I love the stuff, so I was really intrigued when (months and months ago - i'm so late on the bandwagon!) I started hearing about how revlon colourstay was potentially a really good alternative to the slightly pricey studio fix fluid. Last month when boots had their three for two offer on all cosmetics I decided to bite the bullet and finally buy some colourstay so I could give it a try and see how it matched up to my beloved studio fix fluid! Here are the two pictured below (how amazing is that colour match!?):

I'm so used to picking up the lightest foundation colour that when I headed over to the revlon display I immediately picked up ivory. Then I realised I had my studio fix fluid floating around in my handbag so I got it out to check the colour and its such a good job I did as the colour closest to my nw15 was actually buff! You can see from the picture just how similar the colours are - If anything the revlon colourstay is ever so slightly lighter but I can barely tell the difference! (I got the normal/dry skin version).

I have been using the revlon colourstay every day for the past month and overall I have been super impressed. However it is by no means exactly the same as studio fix fluid. Firstly (this is quite a nice thing!) it doesn't have that awful smell that studio fix fluid has, colourstay smells alot fresher! However it is alot thinner in consistancy than studio fix fluid and I find I have to apply quite a lot more to get the coverage I want. I've been really impressed with the staying power of revlon colourstay, however sometimes I feel like it is sitting on top of my skin and takes quite a long time to sink in. It also requires quite a bit more blending in (or it can leave your skin looking a little greasey) and I've found it works best with a bit of powder on top to help it set (something I wouldn't normally do with studio fix). Despite the amazing colour match with my studio fix fluid, my mum noticed that i'd changed foundation (I hadn't told her!) and commented that it looked a bit heavier than my normal foundation (I think this was due to using a little too much to get more coverage though - It takes a while to get it right!)

Like I said, although revlon colourstay is not exactly the same as studio fix fluid, at £11.74 it is a much cheaper alternative and I would definately repurchase it. It has great staying power, and gives good coverage (it just takes a while to get the right balance - and not use too much!) I am so impressed with the colour match to my studio fix, and I also light the slightly dewy glow it gives (something you don't get with studio fix).

Let me know what you think of revlon colourstay if you've tried it!

Speak Soon

DaisyBee xxx

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Halloween makeup! Zombie inspired eyes :-)

Hi Ladies!

Halloween is just around the corner, and I thought I'd start experimenting with some makeup looks for potential costumes. I am super allergic to face paint so can't go crazy with my halloween looks (I once painted my face blue when dressing up as a smurf - I barely made it out because my face got so hot, red and itchy!) However I don't mind not being able to crack out the face paint too much, as I quite like my halloween makeup to look ''ugly pretty'' (to quote Tyra banks!)

So tonight I decided to try out a green zombie esque look:

I primed my eyes with too faced herbal eye concealer, then used a mixture of shadows from all three of my sleek palettes (original, storm and jewels!) I also used a little of MAC's carbon eyeshadow to line my eyes, an nyc eyeliner in black and lots and lots of loreal voluminous mascara. I used a stencil and a green shadow from my sleek original palette to make my eyebrows a little green too!

As you can see this look is pretty understated as far as halloween makeup goes (if I hadn't done the green eyebrows you could probably get away with this on a regular night out!) However I finished off this look by contouring my cheeks quite heavily with a mixture of green and black shadows (sorry theres no photo of this, I just couldn't get it to come out well in the picture at all now theres no natural light - its about midnight!) I also did a spooky green lip:

and finally I would backcomb my hair (sorry hair!) lots and lots, and maybe add a bit of green hairspray :-) I hope you enjoyed this post! What are you dressing up as this halloween?

Have a lovely weekend!

DaisyBee xxx

Thursday, 15 October 2009

New addition to my sleek collection - The Jewels Palette! :-)

Hi ladies! :-)

Like most, I adore my sleek palettes, unfortunately so does my mum and she is forever stealing my storm palette! So the other day I decided to nip into superdrug and treat her to one of her very own (so I don't have to hunt mine down every morning!) Then, after umm-ing and ahh-ing over the ink pots and liners I decided to get myself the jewels palette :-)

I havn't had chance to use the colours yet, but like the other sleek palettes they are super pigmented, smooth and gorgeous! I still can't get over how much of a bargain these palettes are (£4.87 for 12 beautiful colours!) Here are some swatches of my favourite colours:

Let me know if you would like to see some looks using these, and what are your favourite colours from the sleek palettes? I think the storm one is the best for everday eyes but the original and the jewels palettes are fab for nights out!

Speak Soon,

DaisyBee xxx

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

REVIEW: Lee Stafford Dehumidifier and Shine Spray

Hi everyone :-)

I just wanted to do a review on two Lee Stafford products which I have used ever since I can remember - The shine spray and the dehumidifier.

First up - The dehumidifier. I tend to like my hair to have a bit of volume, however on some nights out I like it to be completely poker straight, and it is on these occasions that is product comes in very very handy! After straightening, I spray this onto my hair - it comes out as a fine mist which makes it easy to distribute evenly. It stops my hair from frizzing, and keeps it super straight all evening (it also smells gorgeous!) This product is also great for using on holiday and before hitting the gym!

The shine spray is the best I have ever tried. Unlike most shine sprays which are either serums or come out as a laquer, this shine spray is like a very fine hairspray (think elnett!) This stops it from making your hair look greasey and weighed down with product. I love the effect this shine spray has on my hair, It makes it look healthy, glossy and gorgeous!

If you've never tried Lee Stafford hair products before I can highly recommend these two, not only do they work wonders but they smell amazing!

Speak Soon!

DaisyBee xxx

Monday, 12 October 2009

Bargain Buy! - NYC brow/eyeliner pencils

Hi girlies!

I have recently discovered a couple of absolute bargain products that I am so excited about/impressed with, I have decided to devote an entire post to them - and they are the NYC brow/eyeliner pencils (sorry for the poor picture quality!).

I picked these up last week in the NYC 3 for 2 offer at superdrug (along with the nail varnish featured in my last post!) I get through eye liners at an alarming rate (how quickly do they go down when you sharpen them!? - definately faster than pencils!) and have always sweared by the mac powerpoint eyeliners. However, now I'm a student again I definately need to cut down on my spending and I wanted a cheaper liner I could just throw in my handbag for day to day wear so my powerpoint could be saved for nights out and special occasions. I was attracted to these not only because of the excellent price (£1.99 - what a bargain!) but because they are huge! about an extra 1/2 longer than a normal eyeliner (I'm not sure you can tell from the pic and I had no normal full size liners to compare them to!)

I played it safe, and went for number 921 black, and 922A a soft brown. I am really impressed with the quality of these. They are creamy, apply well and have excellent staying power. The brown is perfect for during the day, especially with an all that glitters/woodwinked eye shadow combo! I really like the nyc products I have tried so far, I think they are excellent value for money, and will definately be trying more so i'll keep you updated on any more bargains!

Thats all for now, Speak soon!

DaisyBee xxx

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Nails of the day :-)

Hi Ladies!

Hope you're having a great weekend, I have the day off work today so i've been trying to sort out my super messy room (progress is slow!). I just thought i'd share my newly painted nails with you. I was in superdrug a few days ago and decided to take advantage of the NYC three for two offer, one of the goodies I picked up was another NYC colour minute nail varnish in the colour Wall Street.

I picked up this colour inparticular because I needed an understated nail varnish for work. It is a lovely subtle pink with a super glossy finish. I really love the New York Colour Minute varnishes, they give great coverage after two coats and glide on easily. They also dries pretty fast which is great for me as I am so impatient when it comes to painting my nails, and what a super great bargain at only £2.49!

Enjoy X Factor tonight!

DaisyBee xxx

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Lipstick Rave : Rimmel Volume Booster in 102 - Foxy

Hi Ladies!

So I just wanted to rave about a gorgeous natural peachy pink lippie which I have been wearing non stop lately, and it is the rimmel volume booster lipstick in number 102 foxy.

This autumn, I really want to start using warmer colours on my lips (instead of my standard nude lip!), as my complexion becomes very pale as we head into these colder seasons! This lipstick gives me exactly what I want. It is a lovely wearable peachy pink, and whilst it gives me colour, it is not at all overpowering and looks incredibly natural.

I find this lipstick to be not at all drying, and it glides on easily. It gives a slightly glossy finish and has a lovely cool feel - I love it! It also plumps up your lips - what more could you want!

The volume booster lipsticks are a little harder to find and are often only on the bigger rimmel stands (I got mine from a large boots) but it is definately one worth seeking out! I think it costs just under £5.

Speak soon!

DaisyBee xxx

Monday, 5 October 2009

Ins and outs :-)

Hi girls! I havn't done an ins and outs post for a while so I thought I'd update you on whats hot and whats not with me right now! :-)


wristlets - I'm finally ditching my massive clutch bags on nights out in favour of teenie cute wristlets which make it much easier to dance the night away! my new suzie smith one fits my phone, pennies, camera and even essential make-up in - excellent!

Plimsoles from primark - so comfy for walking to and from uni, go with everything and for £2 you can't grumble!

the sleek storm pallete - Been using the gorgeous colours in this palette for day and night looks all week I love it!

buying stationary for uni - who doesn't love buying pretty new stationary?!

schwarzkopf gliss hair repair shampoo - Already raved about this product, it is amazing!

getting my ugg boots out again in the cold weather - they're so comfy!


Some of the judges choices on X factor - why oh why?!

Running out of dry shampoo, definately need to stock up!

skinny waist belts - great wear to give a boring top or dress a little extra glamour!

pot noodles - ate on for the first time in about 5 years the other day (I was starving and have limited food/cooking utensils!) and I wish I hadn't! bleugh!

Garnier fructis hairspray - Super sticky and it smells like liquorice I can't stand it!

What are your ins and outs this week? and what do you think of the judges decisions on X factor?!

Speak Soon,

DaisyBee xxx

Friday, 2 October 2009

Product Rave: Schwarzkopf Gliss Hair Repair Shampoo

Hi Ladies! So I'm finally back with a super massive product rave, and it is the schwarzkopf gliss hair repair shampoo. I saw this in my local pharmacy, and was attracted to it as it contains argan oil which seems to be the current hype for hair care. If you havn't heard about argan oil before it is a natural oil derived from the argan tree which is believed replenish and strengthen damaged hair. Although I no longer colour my hair, it is pretty long and breaks quite easily, with the colder weather on its way i have been looking for a nourishing hair repair shampoo so was really pleased to come across this! So here is the shampoo (my 2nd bottle!) pictured below:

I have never tried anything from the GLISS range before, however I can remember once reading that Rachel Stevens uses the GLISS shine tonic (and doesn't she have lovely hair!) so when I saw this on the shelf for £1.99 I definately thought it was worth a try!

It is described on the bottle as an anti split end shampoo which repairs inside the hair cell. The blub on the back says ''because the gliss cell repair system contains proteins that are identical to the hair itself , it is able to repair the hair from deep inside'' (sounds pretty good eh!)

After about two weeks of using this shampoo daily I have to say I am really impressed, I'm usually a bit of a snob when it comes to hair care and although I definately have my holy grail conditioner (tigi catwalk fashionista) I have never found a shampoo which quite matched up to it. This shampoo leaves my hair feeling soft and silky and tangle free, although I'm not sure whether I have fewer split ends I have definately noticed a difference in the strength of my hair - I have less breakage when I brush it, and my ends feel more nourished and a lot less dry!

I can definately recommend it for someone who would like to try a hair repair shampoo without a salon product budget - I'm defiantely going to give the conditioner a try too so i'll let you know how I get on with it!

Hope you're all well, have a fantastic weekend!

DaisyBee xxx