Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Festive FOTD and Fun times :)

It's the first time that I have had the house to myself in about 5 days, the boys are off playing laser tag and I wasn't invited! Boo hoo, naaahht! Im happy sitting here in silence drinking tea, eating mince pies and tapping away to you guys!

Since I have mainly been surrounded by boys for the past week the first topic that I want to talk about is Make-up!! Daz very kindly bought me the Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland Palette (which luckily for me Gem was selling) for Xmas! It arrived a few days before Christmas day, and as much as part of me would love to keep it in pristine condition forever, I can't help but be a greedy l'il make-up whore want to wear all of the pretty colours so that's what I did!
Also I discovered a couple of product combinations that work really well (foundation and lips) it was like a mini Christmas present from me to me ;) I will be popping up posts on both shortly.

Festive FOTD

Foundation- Revlon Photo ready + Jemma Kidd Light as air
Blushbenefit Coralista
Highlight- Vivo cosmetics baked bronzer (shade 3)
Powder- Laura Mercier universal invisible loose setting powder
E/S- Various colours from the Urban Decay Alice in wonderland palette 
MAC 'solar bits' pigment
Mascara- Loreal Telescopic 
Eyeliner-MAC Kohl pencil 'smoulder'
Lips- Collection 2000 creme puff (powder puff) + NARS Velvet matte lip pencil (Bolero)

Eyelashes- Individuals wonkily applied after a bit too much  (OK the whole bottle) of this..
Wonky nail varnish courtesy of the first half of the bottle ;)

Fun times...

Xmas morning! 


This has pretty much been mine, Darren and Ben's Christmas in a nutshell. We have had one of the most lovely chilled out Christmas' in years just spending time together, eating, drinking and playing games! Luckily we don't have to get back to reality for another week, I love Christmas!!!

I hope you have all had/are having a lovely Christmas break!!! 
xxx




Saturday, 24 December 2011

Latest Photo shoot...


Merry Christmas Eve everyone!!
I just wanted to pop up a quick post to say hey! I've been super busy as Im sure you all have, getting everything ready for Christmas, and it's now been over a week since I blogged, booo! :( Anywaaaay...

A couple of months ago I did the Make up on a shoot where the brief was 'Gypsy themed' and until now I have been unable to share the pictures, as the shoot was up for publication and apparently the magazines don't like to publish "second hand" images (my term, it's probably all wrong lol)

So Yesterday the images were finally published in an online magazine called AVA which is basically a magazine where the creators pick out shots from up and coming photographers and feature them as editorials.

So here are a few of my favourite pictures from the shoot...


Model: Bex Lendon 




Make-up used

Chanel vitalumiere aqua foundation
Collection 2000 lasting perfection concealer
Laura Mercier universal powder
NARS 'Deep throat' blush
Urban Decay NAKED palette
Vivo cosmetics brow kit
Collection 2000 "pump up the volume" mascara (on a disposable wand, the wand that come's with it is awful but the formuation is pretty good!)
17 'pink posey' supreme shine lipstick (love this!!)


I hope you like them :) I'm really pleased with how they turned out!! 
This really was one of the most fun shoots I have ever done! I have worked with the Photographer. Ella before (on this shoot that ended up featured on the Vogue Italia website!) and as you can see she really knows her way around a shwishy camera, she is so,so talented and she's only 18, can you believe it??
Also the model Bex was amazing, you know when you hear model's saying that modelling really isn't a glamorous job? They aren't kidding! Poor Bex risked life and limb to pose in those tree's (well maybe that's a slight exaggeration lol) not too mention having to get changed 2 or 3 times out in the open in the middle of November! It was so cold, but we had such a laugh and I am pretty sure we will get to work together soon so I can't wait for that! 

Right now though I can't wait for santa to come down my chimney tonight!! Sannnntttaaaaaa, I know him!! ooh dear the Christmas delirium has started already lol ;)

I heart Buddy!!

I just have to pop into town and pick up a few last minute bits and pieces to take to my Nan's house tomorrow, and as usual I have all of Ben's presents to wrap up tonight (with a cheeky Xmas tipple or 2 ;)) which is a tradition that I really love, it makes me feel sooo festive!!

Anyway I hope you all have an amazing Christmas, I can't wait to hear about what everyone gets up to via twitter and you tube! ooh except I don't think I will have Wi-fi at my Nan's house, so I will have to go off in search of a high hill to climb hmmmm....that should work off some of the mountain of food I plan on eating tomorrow! ;)

Merry Christmas Lovelies!!!
xxx


Wednesday, 14 December 2011

EOTD (Shock) Adriana Lima's signature look using only drugstore products



Channel your inner Victoria's secret Angel 

*Apply foundation over eyelid then blend over with translucent powder

*Apply the palest colour from the MUA innocence trio over the entire lid and blend slightly using a fluffy brush

*Apply the mid toned colour from the trio over lid just up to the crease and blend

*Using a tapered crease brush apply a black shadow (I used the one from the Sleek Acid palette) 
onto the outer V of the eye and blend into the crease

*Apply a gel liner (I used the Maybelline drama liner) all the way along the upper lashline

*Line both waterlines using a waterproof kohl pencil 
(I cheated slightly here and used MAC Smoulder)

*Take the mid toned colour from the MUA innocence trio on a liner brush and apply underneath the lower lashes thickening the line as you reach the outer corner.

*On the same liner brush apply black eye shadow under the lower lashes starting from the outer corner and tapering off at the centre of the lower lash line.

*On a small detail brush (or a small flat e/s brush) apply a pale gold highlight on the tear duct area. (I used one from the MUA heaven and earth palette)

*Curl lashes and apply black mascara. (I used bourjois volumiser of which I am not a fan!)

G-STRING AND ANGEL WINGS OPTIONAL! 
;) 


If my 'typetorial' made no sense,  I made a short video on my You Tube channel
(Complete with awkward narration)

I adore the Blue eyes and dark hair combo.
I would chew off my right arm for those blue eyes!

So being a good blogger I did my research on the beautiful Adriana Lima and let me tell you if ever there was a surefire way to kickstart a diet then watching the Victoria's secret fashion show is it!
My new phrase is WWAD (what would Adriana do!) I even refused chocolate cheesecake and carte d'or ice cream when I visited the rents last night!! 

AND WHEN I HAVENT BEEN PRETENDING TO BE IN THE VICTORIA SECRET GANG....

*Yesterday Babyliss tweeted me to let me know I have won one of their Volume waves stylers in the Christmas competition that they are running...I'm hoping that this tool will aid me in my mission to be a VS Angel (ahem)

* My lovely friend and fellow One direction <3'er Charli bear has asked for my address and is sending me something that she is keeping a secret (to do with Aussie haircare) through the post :)

*Also speaking of one direction loverrr's it's Hayley bear's (sense the bear theme, I can't actually stop) birthday today YAY! Happy birthday Hayley!! we are trying to get Zayn from 1direction to tweet her, so if you have time please pester him and tweet "@zaynmalik please could you give  @HayleysXO a birthday shoutout #comeonZayn :) it would make her day" 

Hopefully you aren't sick to the back teeth of seeing close up eye shot's, I promise to mix it up and pop up some reviews, quite a few of you have been asking me what I think to the Jemma Kidd light as air foundation and to be honest I still haven't made up my mind on it, I plan to wear it constantly for the next few days so that I can give it a fair review. 
Also I have a rather spesh e/s palette on it's way to me which I will most definitely be posting about!  ;) 

XXX

Friday, 9 December 2011

Xmas Party IOTD: Feline green

Hey girls,
Firstly that's not a typo in the title, Of course I was going to name this post EOTD but I felt like a bit of a fraud doing so as this is not a look that I have being sporting for the whole day also sadly I am not attending any sort of Xmas party shenanigans this evening, oh no, its a True blood sofa fest with my boyfriend up in here tonight!
So the IOTD was born (Idea of the day) wow Im a pioneer! ;) 


Type-torial (pioneer I tell ya ;)) 

*Apply black kohl pencil over lower lid concentrating on the lash line (it will look messy don't worry)
*with your ring finger smudge the colour upwards to create a 'smoked out' effect that finishes just above the crease of your eyelid
*blend over with a clean fluffy brush 
*neaten edges with a cotton bud and (non oily) eye make up remover
*Dampen a flat (lay down) brush and use to apply the green pigment over the lower part of your eyelid 
*lightly blend upwards with another clean fluffy brush
*On a tapered crease brush apply a sparkly black pigment into the crease and blend
*blend the outer edges using translucent powder
*On a pencil brush mix black pigment (or e/s) with the sparkly black and apply under the lower lashes
*using a push liner brush line the upper lashline with either a black eye shadow or gel liner
*Line both water lines with a waterproof black eyeliner
*Apply two coats of black mascara, and false lashes if you have them (I didn't)

Et Voila!

Colours used
*MAC Dark soul pigment
*MUA shade 3 pigment
*Lumiere cosmetics starry night pigment


This is a very messy look to recreate, always have make-up wipes and non oily eye make-up remover soaked cotton buds handy to minimise mess (and stress) and always, always do your eye make-up first.


And now in video 
(This is not the best video, I must warn you but all the steps are there ;))

Also I realise that it has been getting very eye orientated around here of late, I kinda think it could be the next big thing, d'ya reckon Apple might like the idea of the iblog ;)

I hope you are all having a lovely Friday night!
xxx

..


Thursday, 1 December 2011

Holy grail mascara!

After the last mascara review that I posted I swore to myself that I would never write another, mainly because to be honest, as much as I love it, I find mascara a pretty dull subject to write about.
     This morning however a little black package was delivered and here I am tapping away, fickle as ever ;)



What's the bad boy in question?

MAC Zoom lash 

I love MAC (I even have a MAC song and dance, don't judge me) I would go as far as to say it is my all time favourite cosmetic brand, so it's strange that I have never owned or wanted to own one of their mascara's I usually see them in store think 'meh' and head off to the lipsticks.
When I received this 1.4ml sample with an online order I was intrigued and quite excited to give it a go.

When it comes to new mascara I usually brace myself for disappointment, in my experience 90% of the time proceedings unfold like this...
 "Ooh new mascara gonna have me some sexyyy lashes tonight"
...20 mins later sobbing in the bathroom removing the clumps and starting my whole eye make-up from scratch.
So over the years the thrill of getting a new mascara has worn off somewhat.

One coat 

Zoom lash is something else! From the second the brush hit my lashes I could swear I had an out of body experience, heard angels sing, fireworks went off, the whole shebang! The wand gripped my lashes with brute force and held on to the very end leaving them volumised curled and separated. I was actually blown away by it hence (and sorry for) the overly dramatic post! 

9 hours later my lashes feel exactly as they did upon initial application, still perfectly curled and there hasn't been so much as a hint of flaking or smudging.
Needless to say I am going to have to purchase the full size as soon as possible *goes to check price* £13.50 It's actually only a pound more than my old faithful Loreal Telescopic, happy days :) 

What is your Holy grail mascara? Have you tried Zoom lash or any of the other MAC mascara's?

xxx

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

That's what make's you beautiful...

...Well not quite, but some of you may know that I have developed a gargantuan minor obsession with uber cuties One direction of late, cute post title, Cute boys mmm...oh right Im blogging here!

Shall we move on? Yes! OK then...

This post is dedicated to three products that have been making my face presentable on those rushed mornings when there just isn't the time to apply a full face of Make-up (because I snoozed my alarm 4 times) but the thought of going out into the world with bare naked skin sends shudders down my spine, you know the days?

The little treasures of which I speak are, In order of  dozy morning application, Bourjois Delice de Soleil, Origins VitaZing energy boosting moisturiser, and MAC mineralize skin finish in medium plus.


Bourjois delice de soleil
 This is basically a spray tan, it can be used on the face and body for instant colour that last's all day and washes off. I usually apply this on my face in the morning after cleansing and rub over it with a self tanning mitt, the bottle states that there is no need to rub this in but I feel it best to make sure its evenly blended all over and down onto my neck and chest. I love this for evening out my skin on the days when my actual self tanner has worn off my face but not my body, I can see myself repurchasing this forever.

Origins VitaZing energy boosting moisturiser
It's not too often that I fall for a product upon first use and I never thought a tinted moisturiser could ever have this effect on me, but there is something about this that blows all others that I have tried out of the water! I think what is so special about the VitaZing is that it is one of the few products on the cosmetics market that actually does what it says on the tin. I have generally being applying this over the bourjois spray on said lazy mornings (it works just as well without though) it completely evens out my skin tone and leaves it looking much more alive and fresh. If I am in a huge rush this is the product out of the three mentioned that I will reach for.


MAC Mineralise skin finish natural (medium plus)
I think this is the perfect powder for setting tinted moisturiser. I apply it over the Origins Vitazing using a MAC 150 large powder brush. I love it because it doesn't take away from the fresh look that the vitaZing adds to the skin, it gives colour to the face and manages to keep skin looking natural and not too 'done'

Lipstick optional and usually applied whilst cramming a slice of toast in on the way out of the door. 


Do you use any of these products? 
And who's gonna fess up to a One Direction crush!?


XXX




Sunday, 27 November 2011

Face of the day: Impassioned for Sunday shopping

Phew that was a mouthful of a title wasn't it? I'm not gonna lie to you I had to google the word 'impassioned' just to check that I was using it in the right context. I wonder if Corrie would like to give me her blog name (Dizzy brunette) ;) 

As you may have noticed I don't often do FOTD post's mainly because I can never take a decent photo of myself (woe is me) but today I persevered with it just so I could show you my new foundation and unusually bright lips, luckily I had a good 20 minutes of posing time while my boyfriend was driving us to town.
What I wore...
Face
Jemma Kidd Light as air foundation (shade 03)
Laura Mercier universal setting powder
Sleek contour kit bronzer (light)
MAC Mineralize skin finish (soft and gentle)

Eyes
Urban Decay naked palette shades Half baked, Dark horse and sin.
Bourjois volumizer mascara (only step one)
Maybelline gel eyeliner
Vivo cosmetics eyebrow kit to fill brows

Lips
MAC Impassioned lipstick
Barry M lipgloss (which has no number but it's the baby pink one)


Blogging has taught me so many things and today's lesson was that taking photo's of yourself in a car doing 50mph on bendy, uneven country lanes is not the best idea, never have I been so pleased to get stuck behind a tractor doing 3mph in my life!


This lipstick is the reason I wanted to post a FOTD today, it is perhaps the most beautiful colour lipstick that I have ever seen in my life. Admittedly in the many months I have owned it, I haven't given it nearly the attention that it deserves and bypassed it 99.9% of the time in favour of some nude or pale pink.Wuss.
Yes this is bright but with a more natural face and subtle eye it work's so well and I didn't feel at all conspicuous mooching around the shops this afternoon.In fact it made me feel pretty good :)
I added the Barry M lipgloss as my lips are suffering with the change in seasons and Impassioned is not the most forgiving shade on dry lips.

I had to pop into town today to take back a top from Topshop that made me look like a brick. I'm not good at taking things back, I have to have something else and it's usually something more expensive...

Rhinestone Earth burnout Tunic Tee £24 Topshop
I was instantly drawn to this tunic t-shirt, charcoal grey is one of my favourite colour's to wear and the beautiful rhinestone detailed motif just sealed the deal, I cant wait to wear it with my black skinny jeans and (beloved) Allegra boots, which by the way were sold out today in my local Topshop so I'm really chuffed that I picked them up when I did! I just re-read that and it was perhaps a tad dramatic kind of like I'm thinking I got the last pair on Earth or something..Oh dear!  
I also picked up this cute little string bracelet with a wishbone charm for £2 which goes to the Centrepoint charity for homeless youngsters. 

Next stop Primark...
Grey pleated skirt £10.00 Primark
As soon as I spotted this skirt I was all over it. It's Grey, It's pleated and its only jolly well wooly!! Admittedly in this picture it looks like it hangs a bit funny and I can't tell you otherwise as of yet having not tried it on, but Im keeping my fingers firmly crossed because the concept is just wonderful!!

Black/Gold belt £2.50 Primark

D'ya know I think that a belt is possibly the most boring thing to photograph, apologies if this picture bores you, I debated not putting it in but what the hey it's the weekend let's go wild! 
I have been loving Black and Gold accessories lately and the Gold chain detail just made this belt stand out for me as something a little different and so into the basket it went.

So that was my Sunday, ooh I also popped in to see my Nan as it's her birthday today I bought her a Cliff Richard book and this shopping bag as she's a huge TOWIE fan lolzzz...

Her reaction was "oh my God, Im going shopping on Tuesday I can't wait to take this out!" 
Not your average Nan I tell you! ;)


Wow it's Xfactor time that has come around quick, I can't wait to see Jessie J!
Hope you have all had a lovely weekend
xxx

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Video: Love Make-up Haul

Evening lovelies,
Just a quick post from me tonight as Im still slightly hungover from last night and have just stuffed myself with chicken tikka masala and cheese naan so Im feeling really lazy to the point where it's an effort to type right now, I'm sure you all know what I mean :) 

Anyway I made an order with Love Make-up on Wednesday night and it arrived yesterday which I was chuffed to bits about! I do love me some speedy service!! I ordered some things that I had wanted for a really long time and things that I am really excited to finally have in my collection. I will make sure to pop up some reviews so if there is any particular product you would like to hear my thoughts on just let me know and I will get that done :) Righty Im off to watch Xfactor and snuggle on the sofa I may or may not have a giant bag of M&M peanuts aswell ;)... Have a lovely night all xxx

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

When you wish upon a blog...

Evening honey's 
I'm sure some of you will already be aware of the fairy hobmother (AKA David from appliances online) and how he has been busy giving Santa a serious run for his money by granting wishes and spreading joy around the blogosphere.
A little while ago I left a comment on the lovely Jennie's blog post after reading how her wish had been granted and not long after was granted my very own!

I received a £50 voucher to spend at Amazon.co.uk which I was so over the moon about! And as I am the kind of girl that money burns a hole in my pocket it didn't take me very long to spend...Originally I was going to buy Hunter wellies (Kid's sizes are a bargain just FYI) but then I remembered Amazon sell Make-up and all sensible thinking was swiftly tossed out of the window...
 (Although what I am going to wear on my feet when it snows, I do not know!)

After a tentative search I was happy to find that the item I had in mind was in fact available to purchase from Amazon... 
(Not gonna lie I did a l'il jig!)
Please excuse the dodgy photo's in this post. I am not at home early enough this week to catch the daylight 

So I have been lusting after the Jemma Kidd Light as air foundation for a good few months as Tanya Burr rates it so highly. Then when that pesky enabler Anna also gave it a rave review it became a case of the "have to have's!"
Review to come shortly...

Again sorry for the shoddy picture "/
I also picked up two Make-up books by the truly amazing Make-up artist Rae Morris (sorry for the vom fest!) 'Make-up the ultimate guide' and 'Express Make-up' and I can't tell you how happy I am with them , so far I'm only half way through the ultimate guide but It is, by far, the best Make-up book I have ever read, to me Rae Morris is God! (OK no more, Im over it, I swear )

The fairy hob mother is always watching, so do make sure to leave your wishes in the comments below...

xxx

Monday, 21 November 2011

Quick and easy EOTD...Xmas party?

Evening lovelies :)
I hope you are all good! 
This post is the second that I have written tonight, I just stupidly wrote out a whole post on a Jayne Eyre costume exhibition that I went to see a few weeks ago, then when I went to edit my pictures realised that I had accidently deleted them off my camera, so I guess that's a valuable blogging lesson learned today! I.am.a.dope!  Haha ooh well! Luckily I had a few pictures on there that I had taken of an eye look I did based on a picture of Jessica Alba that my friend Rhiannon sent me last week and had asked me to do a video on the look for her.

 I wasn't going to post these because I don't feel like I got the Jessica Alba look quite right (Im a sucker for perfection) but I do think it's a pretty look for the festive season and I am feeling sooo in the festive spirit at the moment I thought it would be nice to glitterize the blog to match my mood :) ...

Products used
benefit lemon aid eye primer all over the lid
MAC bronze eye shadow (on a MAC 217 brush) blended all over the lid
Urban Decay Half baked eye shadow (on a MAC 239 brush) on lower lid up to crease
MAC solar bits pigment (on a MAC 239 brush) patted randomly on top of the bronze and half baked  
MAC bronze (on a MAC 219 brush) on inner corner of lower lashline
Urban Decay Half baked eye shadow (on same 219 brush) on outer 2/3 of lower lashline 
Collection 2000 intense colour black kohl on top and bottom waterline and smudged slightly under lower lashes
Lashes- Eyelure 107's

For some reason I didn't line the upper lash line to disguise the lash band (or trim the end of the lashes. Rookie. lol!), I think I was rushing out of the door, but you would want to do this with these particular lashes as the band is quite noticeable. 
I hope you like it :) 

Anyhooch I have a bubble bath waiting for me which I can't wait to get into as I've felt quite poorly today so hopefully it should sort me out, then I plan on settling down to watch the rest of True blood series 1 with the boyf under a blanket with a big bar of nestle crunch! Oh and there is also a new Yankee candle burning away (vanilla frosting!!) 
 I do <3 cozy winter nights ;) 

xxx


Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Confessions and a MAC Studio sculpt foundation review

Evening girlies,
I thought that tonight seen as I am home alone, I would partake in a spot of late night (OK 9pm, I'm very,very old!) blogging, and seen as this one has been sat half written in my draft post box thingy for the past week, it should be a nice relaxing one to whip up while I relax in front of the TV with my decaf coffee mmm :)

So you may have heard me mention in a few past posts of my undying love for foundation, we all have a thing though, and any form of beige fluid (ahem) is definitely without a shadow of a doubt my bag baby, to prove this point I just made myself count exactly how many I actually own....are you ready?...

32!!
I'm not entirely convinced that this is normal! I had anticipated somewhere in that region and convinced myself that I must be overestimating to soften the blow when it came to counting, but seeing them all spread out like that made me so happy wonder if maybe I need checking in to some foundation rehab facility, this was a fleeting thought mind you and now that I have confessed my sins I will crack on with a short review of foundation number 32 which came into my possession on a fun filled shopping trip in Leeds a few weeks ago.

 MAC studio sculpt 


Application/price
This foundation only requires a pea size amount to cover the whole face (which means even if you used this quantity every day the 40ml tube will last for months) having said that this foundation can be built up to achieve a full coverage without going 'cakey.'I find studio sculpt applies best either with fingers or a wet sponge/beauty blender. Studio sculpt retails at £23.00 and can be purchased online or at any MAC counter or PRO store.

Who would/wouldn't it suit?
It's creamy gel based formula makes it a great foundation for normal/dry skin types, although don't completely discount it if you have a combination/oily type skin. I have even read reviews from people with oily skin that have raved about this foundation, but I would advise popping into MAC and asking for a sample if you have very oily skin as this might not be your best bet. If your skin has large open pores then this will definitely not be your best friend as it likes to settle itself in them and make them super noticeable. It also has a tendency to make a bee line for fine lines so I wouldn't suggest this foundation for a more mature skin type.

Finish/staying power
MAC describe studio sculpt as a satin finish.I agree with that, the finish is natural and dewy it has the coverage factor without looking mask like and leaves my skin feeling really silky smooth, in fact so very smooth that  I have found myself stroking my cheek a time or two...anyway moving on from that... even with all of the face stroking it lasts a good 6-8 hours on my skin (normal/dry) 

Overall I really,really love it! I wish that I could say that I had found my Holy Grail, it's very close but I feel I must continue in my quest for the perfect base and may or may not be awaiting a small delivery...ooops! 

Hope you are all having a lovely night 
xxx

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Video: Massive collective Make-up/skincare Haul

Evening all,
So last week I was a lucky so and so and won two competitions, both of which had the best kind of prizes, Make-up YAY!! *happy dance* The first one that I won was held by Glossybox UK on their Twitter account, I entered in the morning and completely forgot all about it until I was sat reading a magazine at tea time and my phone buzzed through a Twitter notification informing me of my win, well I was chuffed to bits I cant even tell you how giddy I was, ooh maybe I should have told you that the prize was a beautiful set of Rouge bunny Rouge make-up, which included a v.expensive bottle of bronzing liquid, a luxe lip balm and one of the most beautiful eye shadows I have ever seen!! Needless to say I was grinning like a Cheshire cat for the rest of the night :D 

Image from motifake.com

A couple of days later I was sitting on my bum minding my own when I got a tweet from the very lovely Gem telling me that I was the winner of her 500 blog followers give away, to be honest It had completely slipped my mind that I had entered, so had to toddle along to Gem's blog to check out the prize, which left me a little bit gobsmacked as it was the biggest most generous lot of make-uppy goodness and Cheshire cat grinning was resumed!! :D

Do you want to see?
I made a rather long video today, but I hope you guys don't mind too much. I tried to make it entertaining during the editing process ;)


Big thanks to Glossybox and Gem for holding such generous giveaway's
xxx

Monday, 7 November 2011

October 2011 Favourites

Hey chicks,
OK so my laptop appears to have miraculously cured itself and 24 hours has gone by without it overheating once so I am feeling confident enough now to sit and write up my October favourites without flapping that it's going to blow up in my face.Yay! Anyway enough of the "woe is me, my laptop broke" snoozefest, I promise there will be no more! It's all make-up and beauty from here on in girls and boys...Good times :) 

On to the good stuff... 


Make-up

Vivo cosmetics lipstick shade 8 'barely there'
This has been my go to nude lipstick throughout October. It reminds me of one of my favourite ever nudes which is Hue from MAC but at £1.99 is a lot more purse friendly.It has a gorgeous creamy finish with a slight glossy sheen, feels really moisturising on the lips, and the smell! Oh my Gawwd! If you love creamy  vanilla/coconut smells then you need this lipstick in your life.

17 Supreme shine lipstick in Pink Posey
I picked this lipstick up before a shoot that I did last week (I know I'm cheating the favourites system here ;)), the photographer wanted natural make-up with a bright lip and none of the lipsticks I owned were what I had in mind for the look. I wanted a dramatic bright purple but this was the closest thing I could get from my local (miniature) Boots...Anyhoo...I wasn't expecting too much from pink posy in the way of lasting power as 'supreme shine' to me suggests that it  would be one of those lipsticks that slides off the lips within 20 minutes but no, I was proved wrong when it stayed put throughout the shoot and beyond, which all in all was about 2 and a half hours, so even though it is technically a November fave I really wanted to share it as I'm so impressed and I'm loving the colour for Autumn/Winter.

NARS Sheer glow foundation
I have had my fickle pants on this month when it comes to foundations but for the last couple of weeks I have been religiously using an old (once hailed Holy Grail) favourite.NARS Sheer glow. The shade that I have is Deauville which is my perfect match when I have absolutely no colour/fake tan which at the moment I don't (think Morticia Addams or Fester :o) I have been applying this with a damp beauty blender sponge and loving the beautiful airbrushed looking finish that this gives so much more than when I apply with my MAC 190 foundation brush.

Laura Mercier universal invisible loose setting powder
I love this powder!
 I'm not really a powder girl, as my skin leans to the dry side it's a step that I often forget in my make-up routine.This month though I have used this powder to set my foundation most days.I love how it just does what it say's on the tin, it set's the foundation, and is invisible, simple :)  

Collection 2000 lasting perfection concealer
I have been loving using this concealer in two shades this month firstly I like to used medium 3 (which is a peachy tone) underneath my eyes to correct any dark shadows and light 2 to brighten the area and give me a much needed hand to look more awake and alert.

Collection 2000 intense colour supersoft kohl pencil
I picked up this eye kohl when there was a 3 for 2 on Collection 2000 eye products in Boots about a week or so ago, along with one of the above mentioned concealers and the new Pump up the volume mascara . I didn't really expect to love it as much as I do but I have been seriously impressed! It is a really soft well pigmented kohl which stays put in the waterline all day long, even on my eyes which have a tendency to run like a tap, especially at this time of the year.Big thumbs up to Collection 2000 this month!!

Hair Products

L-R- Head and shoulders citrus fresh shampoo
John Frieda Frizz ease 3 days straight
VO5 Gloss me smoothly conditioner
Front- Amargan hair therapy oil


This month I have been making a much bigger effort than I normally do to get my hair in good condition. I have a lot of fine hair with a natural wave to it and find that within about half an hour of being out of the house,  it feels tangly and develops annoying kinks.All I want is for it to look sleek, shiny and bouncy, and to be able to run my fingers through it without giving myself whiplash.

So this month I took a little inspiration from the beautiful Anna and Barbara's haircare video's and picked up the Head and shoulders citrus fresh shampoo and the V05 Gloss me smoothly conditioner (for frizzy hair) and I have really noticed the difference in my hair since I have been using them, the Head and shoulders really makes my hair feel ultra clean and my hair feels really silky soft as soon as I rinse the V05 conditioner out in the shower.My hair has definitely been alot sleeker and shinier thanks to these products.

The other hair products that I have been loving are the Amargan hair therapy oil which I picked up at a beauty supplies store. It is some sort of Argan oil (?) You just apply a small amount through damp hair and it cuts the hair drying process by up to 50% I was massively sceptical about this at first but it really works. Without this my hair takes around 15 minutes to blow dry but with it, it literally takes 5 minutes, I do love a time saving product! 
And lastly in my quest for super sleek hair I have been using the John Frieda frizz ease 3 days straight. I originally bought this to use in place of my GHD's which broke a little while ago...but I didn't read the instructions which clearly state that this is a product that is supposed to work along side hair straighteners DUH! Anyway it has helped my hair's kinky tendancies and does keep it straight for around 24hours which is fair enough. I'm sure it would work really well when used correctly ;) 


Book of the month
The secret by Rhonda Byrne


I always love when other bloggers include their favourite books in monthly favourites posts so I thought I would include mine as its a real cracker! It's kind of tricky to describe and I don't want to ruin it with some ditzy explanation, but if you enjoy philosophy books and you haven't read the secret I totally recommend checking it out as it is such a fascinating read and one that always makes me feel super positive and motivated.

Phew Im sure that has been my longest list of favourites to date! If you got to the end congrats! 

Lately it seems that at the beginning of every month I get something new, love it, then have to wait a whole month to add it into my favourites. It is now November the 7th and I already have things that are potentially faves for the end of the month (Origins Vitazing moisturiser, Oh M Gee I got it two days ago and it's already <3 )

October Favourites video

I hope everyone is having a lovely night, Im off too put the heating on because my toes feel like icicles right now brrrrr! :)

xxx