Monday, 29 June 2009

I've been to....ASDA!

Quite an unlikely place to find beauty products i know but i found some nice stuff.

First is L'Oreal Studio Hot Straight Thermo-Straightening Spray which was on offer at £2 instead of £3.07 or something like that.

I have been using the rest of the Hot Straight range for a while after i saw it was highly recommended in Glamour magazine and i was really impressed with it. I had been meaning to try this spray for a while but everywhere always seems to be out of stock when i look so when i saw this was in stock and on offer i grabbed it. If when i use it i like it i might grab a couple of backups while it's on offer. I'm hoping that it will be up to the same standard as my HG heat protection spray TIGI Catwalk Spritz and Shine as i'm coming to the end of my bottle and it's far too expensive to repurchase but i'm not holding out much hope as the Hot Straight is about a 5th of the Spritz and Shine's price.

There's a full review on the whole Studio Hot Straight range coming up soon.

The other things i got i had always looked at but passed on them due to their price and my lack of money but they are on offer 2 for £5 instead of £2.95 each at the minute so i though why not. They're from the n-spa indulgent fruit range which ASDA stocks and is a blatant rip off of Philosophy's bath products. I smelt them all and decided on Hot Butter Fudge and Chocolate Waffle bath syrups as they smell AMAZING! I haven't used them yet but i might do a review if anyone fancies it.

While i'm on the subject of supermarkets i went to Tesco's to have a look at the Wet and Wild Cosmetics range and was completely disappointed as they had hardly and stuff. I was hoping to find the brow pencil which fafinettex3 had mentioned in one of her videos but they didn't have it. I'll still keep checking though as they might get some more stuff in.

Saturday, 27 June 2009

What's In My Bag TAG..x

I saw this on youtube and some blogs aaaaaages ago, and i mean ages lol so i thought i'd do it.

I TAG absolutly everyone!
So here is my beloved bag:

It's from Warehouse and was £20 from £35 in the sale. I can only describe it as a classic slouchy black bag with gold detailing. It's one of the those bags that you lose everything in because it's like a tardis inside!

And here's what's inside:

See what i mean about losing everything?

I have...
-my purse of corse which is from River Island
-my staple Nina Ricci oversized sunglasses
-Pink Samsung J700 phone, couldn't live without it
-Pink Ipod Nano 4th generation with case and headphones
-Johnsons 24hour moisture hand cream
-Dior J'Adore refillable purse spray
-a pen
-locker and house keys with a playboy keyring
-MAC blot powder in medium
-GOSH powder brush
-Smashbox Pixel lipgloss
-MAC Brave New Bronze lippy
also not in the pic but i keep in my bag:
-a book at all times
-a London Tube map
I'm looking forward to seeing inside everyone else's bags!

I've been to LUSH-land!..x

and it smells so great!

So after literally months of avoiding LUSH for lack of money i decided to do a mini stock up as i had a 10% off voucher.

I didn't get much, i tried to limit myself to £10 and i went a little bit over that but I'm glad i didn't go crazy like i normally do! (I'm sure it is an actual impossibility to leave LUSH without something)

I went for my usual of the Comforter Bubble Bar which is my absolute fave product from LUSH as it smells soooo good. I can usually stretch it to 5 uses and still get a decent amount of bubble so i think it's good value for money at £3.87

I also grabbed a You've Been Mangoed Bath Melt as it also smells amazing and although it's a little expensive at £2.69 i thought I'd treat myself.

I then wandered over to the Butter Creams section with all the soaps and i thought I'd give one a try as they looked really appealing on the site and i find LUSH's other soaps too dry. The chocolate one looked really appealing but it was so expensive! I think it was £6 something for a pot whereas i picked up A Ring Of Roses for £3.87 in the same sized pot. I used it tonight and i am bitterly disappointed, i was basically like applying rubbery wax to my skin and it produced no lathering at all. I have the whole pot left and i don't really know what to do with it. Has anyone used this before and can give me any tips? Maybe I'm using it wrong, I'm not sure.

The final thing i picked up was the Sugar Babe Sugar Scrub and I'm so glad that i did! I used it tonight and it's really good but still not too rough on the skin. It was worth every penny at £2.50.

The lady was also nice enough to give me some samples, i got Goth Juice Hair Gel which i will not be using lol. I Love Juice Shampoo which I'm gonna give a go and also a big chunk of Lily something Soap which i will be trying.

I'll let you all know how i get on :)

Wednesday, 24 June 2009


Firstly I'd like to apologise for the huge flash but i tried it without flash and they were all fuzzy so i decided on keeping the flash and secondly for the dirtiness of the mirror, I need to clean it so badly!

The top is from Dorothy Perkins, £10 from £16 in the sale.
The leggings are from Primark, £3?
I've been trying the whole Lauren Conrad hair braid thing and i really like it :)
The accessories aren't in the pic but i used:
Sandals from Primark for £6

and my new bag from Warehouse, £20 from £35 in the sale

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Cat is having a contest!..x

Cat is nice enough to be holding a contest for her followers :)

All you have to do to enter is:
-follow her blog
-write her a comment asking to be entered
-write about her contest on your blog

Click on her name at the top of this post to see more info

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Experimental Look..x

Thismorning a little lightbulb popped in my head. I decided that i was bored of using the same browns and neutrals on my eyes and so thought i would try and incorporate a colour that i wouldn't normally use into my look.
I still kept it quite natural as i was just going over to a friend's house for the day and didn't want to look overdone.

My colour of choice was a plummy purple colour which was in a small Dior sample palette which i had never used but i'm sure it's very dupable. It took a bit of blending but i think it really paid off and my friends complimented me on my makeup so i may try this look again.
I used:
-MAC's Rubenesque paintpot all over lid up to the brow
-MAC's Brule all over lid and as highlight
-MAC's Cork in crease
-Dior's purple/plum in outer v and in outer half of lower lashline
-MAC's Satin Taupe in outer half of lid and outer half of lower lashline
-Benefit's Bad Gal Lash Plum on lashes

No Flash

Sunday, 14 June 2009

Car Boot Sale Haul..x

Ever since i can remember, i have always gone to car boots on Sundays and i enjoy finding hidden gems so to speak. A couple of years ago my family stopped going but on the advice of Zoella, who had made some good beauty finds, i decided to give it a go. A couple of weeks ago i went to a local one and found nothing but old baby clothes and toys,video tapes and dvds which were centuries old and hundreds of me to you bears. There was absolutly nothing of interest and i was a bit disheartened but i found out that there was a much larger one being held today so me and my mum set off at 7 thismorning. There were still hundreds of stalls full of baby stuff,knockoff dvds and me to you bears but this time there were some with bits of beauty products. Here's what i got....

Toni & Guy mini protect and style set which consisted of the Straight and Protect shampoo and conditioner, Iron-It heat defence spray and Texturising Rubber Shine all in a nice little bag. This was £3 and unopened with tags still attached. My mum has short hair so i gave her the texturising stuff and also the bag as i have so many already, that's why they aren't in the picture.

Next i got a brand new Burberry Weekend 30ml perfume for £10. It's only a saving of about £4 but i have been meaning to pick up a new one for so long that i figured, why not? It used to be my signature scent in high school until i ran out and just forgot to buy a new one. As soon as i smelled it i remembered why i used to love it so much!

I got a brand new and sealed Barry M Dazzle Dust in #39 (Tan) for 50p. She also had an opened one in a similar colour but it was the old packaging and i was a bit unsure so i left it.

On the same stall i got a slightly used Benefit Hoola Bronzing Powder for 50p. It still had it's unused brush and little plastic tray so i jumped at it. I wouldn't pay the full price of £22.50 for it but for 50p, you can't go wrong.

The last thing it got was a brand new and sealed OPI nail polish in Lincoln Park at Midnight for 50p. I originally thought it was the famous Lincoln Park After Dark which everybody is raving about on Youtube but it's a slight variation. It's still a beautiful plum/purple colour though which i think might become my new favourite. I have swatched it over my existing polish which is OPI's Strawberry Margarita and it seems to have covered it well and evenly with one application but i'll do a full review on it with my other OPI Polishes soon.

I did some quick swatches for you below:


Natural Light

Left is Hoola and right is the Dazzle Dust

Natural Light

I also noticed while i was there a stall selling fake MAC and Bobbi Brown. At first i was very pleased to see the stall and thought it was real but on closer inspection, one it wasn't that much cheaper and two the packaging gave it away as fake. There were only subtle differences in the packaging like white writing on the eyeshadow pots and 'MAC Makeup' on the outer packaging instead of just MAC. To someone who didn't know how to spot fake cosmetics these would have been very convincing so my advice is that if you are planning on going to a car boot then do your homework on how to spot fake cosmetics so that you're not conned.

Saturday, 13 June 2009


I saw this TAG on Mizz Worthy's blog and decided to do it for a bit of fun.
I TAG everyone!
What's your favourite makeup look?

I love experimenting but i always seem to go back to this sort of look:

Really thick liquid liner on the lid with simple mascara. It's been my staple since highschool and everytime i wear it i feel instantly glam! I tend to pair it with glowy skin and bright lips.

Do you have a beauty vice?

Yes, blushes or any type of skin product. Also MAC collections, if i don't get something i feel like i'm missing out.

What part of your body do you love?

I like my eyes as they tend to suit most types of looks and my skin because it's pretty clear most of the time, if i ever get a spot it's a big one which takes ages to go away though! I also like my hair as i can do alot with it and my nails as they're quite strong and grow quickly.

Who is your beauty icon?

A lot of people; celebrities, bloggers and just people i see out on the street. The girls of the Hills do influence me quite a bit though.

What beauty product makes you feel instantly sexy?

Bronzer as it gives me a glow and brightens up my skin, mascara as it widens my eyes, a pink lip and nail polish.

How do you look after your skin?

I always take my makeup off at any oportunity, if i know i'm not going out i'll take it off to give my skin a break. I also cleanse, (Nivea Visage Refreshing Facial Wash Gel) apply a scrub to it

(Garnier Pure 3 in 1 Wash,Scrub and Mask) regularly and use a face mask or tonic from time to time (Montagne Jeunesse). I apply a moisturiser (Garnier PureA) twice a day, morning and night and a night serum (Garnier PureA).

What is you signature scent?

I vary from day to day but i always end up going back to either Dior J'Adore or Chanel Chance as i have the purse sprays and so can just chuck them in my bag.

What are your haircare secrets?

Well i don't really have secrets i just try to use a different shampoo every 2 months so that my hair doesn't get used to it and apply as few products as i can to it as my hair used to get clogged up.

How do you pamper yourself?

I buy myself new products lol! I'm not really one for pampering but i do enjoy a nice facemask or tonic every so often.

What is your beauty pet peeve?

Bad primers, i hate them! I have wasted so much money on primers that either don't work or break me out. I also can't stand Benefit makeup as i think it's a bit of a ripoff.

What would your desert island must haves be?

Mascara, nail clippers (i can't stand it when my nails snag, i freak out!) and dry shampoo.

Finally, do you have a beauty philosophy?
Just to experiment and find out what sort of looks suit you.

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Mini Barry M Haul..x

So i have been waiting for ages for the new Barry M lip paints to be released in stores, ever since i saw the collection info on other blogs.

I know they were released on the website a little while ago but I'm cheap and didn't want to pay for postage lol so i waited until they were in store.

My local Superdrug only had two of them but larger stores may have them all, I'm going to check my local Boots too next week.

It turns out the two they had were two of the three i wanted so i grabbed them quick!

I got 146 and 147, Dolly Pink and Peachy Pink. The only other one i have my eye on is the 145, Punky Pink as the 144, Cerise Pink looks too dark for me on the site but I'll check it out in store.

Peachy pink is a little disappointing to me if I'm honest. It's quite dry, but nowhere near as dry as the 101. The colour is beautiful though and i like to pair it with a clear gloss so that you don't mask the lush colour. The 147 is a lot creamier and more cool toned. My mum tried it and because she's more tanned than me it looked a bit strange whereas on pale old me it looked a lot more subtle. The pigmentation is good so you need a light hand to apply it with. If you'd like any more info or reviews on any products just let me know in the comments.

Below I've posted some pics and swatches, I'll also include a couple of pics of my tiny lip paint collection for colour comparison.

With Flash - Left: 147 Right: 146

Without Flash - Left: 147 Right: 146
With Flash - From left to right: 100,147,146,140,129,101

Without Flash - Order same as before
Swatches: (i'm sorry about the quality, my camera is a little temperamental)

Left to right: 147,146,129,100,140,101
Left to right: 147,146,129,100,140,101

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Audrina Patridge Look..x

So i've decided to start posting some of the looks i'm trying out to see what you guys think.

Firstly i'd like to apologise for the appauling quality of the pictures. I still can't find my charger cord for my other camera so i'm stuck using my old one.

The Hills is one of my new addictions, but it's not just the drama that attracts me to it, it's also the clothes, hairstyles and makeup worn by the cast. Lauren Conrad is deffinatly my favourite on the show and i have to admit that i don't actually like the person who i'm taking inspiration from very much, Audrina Patridge.
She always tends to wear the heaviest eye-makeup out of all the girls but it was this picture that really inspired me:

I thought i would take this look and make it a bit more wearable for everyday at school/work/etc as Audrina has some pretty heavy eyeliner on there. My version is still quite striking but simple and quick to do.

All of the products used were MAC and all permanent colours.
I started off using Rubenesque Paint Pot as a base, shadows really seem to stick to this and it brings out the true colour of the shadow.
I then applied Satin Taupe all over my lid and then blended it up towards my brow.
Next i applied Brule as a highlight under my brow and blended the two so that there were no harsh lines.
Then i applied Carbon to the crease and outer corners of my eyes.
I took a thinner liner brush and applied Satin Taupe under my lower lashline in the outer half.
Lastly i applied Shroom to the inside corners of my lid and applied two light coats of Plushlash mascara to my eyelashes.

I paired this with a nude lip to avoid that 'overdone look', what do you guys think?

The Adorable Blog Awards!

Thankyou so much to the lovely Jenny for nominating me for this award!

The Adorable Blog Award Rules:
Include the award logo in your blog or post.
Nominate as many blogs which you like.
Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received your award

I have decided to nominate:
and last but by no means least...

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

An Open TAG..x

WHERE ARE YOU FROM? - Where the Derby is held every year, in Epsom just outside of London
WHY DID YOU START BLOGGING? A hobby to express my love of makeup. None of my friends or family are interested in makeup like i am so it's nice to talk about it.
WHAT'S THE MAIN AIM OF YOUR BLOG? The same as every other beauty blogger i suppose, just to try and help people with makeup and to get help back. There's always more to learn.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE BEAUTY BLOG? I can't really say as i follow soooo many!
WHY? I don't have a video camera and i wouldn't really have the time for the upkeep to be honest.
WHO'S YOUR FAVOURITE YOUTUBER? Again too many to say.
HAVE YOU PARTICIPATED IN A MAKE UP SWAP? Nope, i buy too much as it is lol!
ARE YOU MORE ABOUT SKIN/HAIR/MAKEUP/NAILS? I'm more about makeup as it's my main interest. I can never really be bothered with my hair or nails that much.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE BRAND? I know everyone says the same but MAC. I also love GOSH though.
WHAT'S YOUR HAIR MUST HAVE? GHD straighteners...God send!
CURRENT BEAUTY OBSESSION? Bronzer, i never realised how pale i was!
ARE YOU HAPPY WITH HOW YOU LOOK? Mainly but i'd love to tweak a few things, i probably will when i'm older and can afford it.
haircut, professional hair colour, facial, professional waxing, eyebrow threading, massage, manicure, pedicure, gel/acrylic nails, professional make-up application, botox injections, collagen injections, laser hair removal, laser skin rejuvenation...what can i say, i'm a fan of DIY!
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE MORE OF IN BEAUTY BLOGS? I love hauls so those i suppose
HOW BIG IS YOUR BEAUTY COLLECTION? Bigger than the average but ALOT smaller than other beauty blogger's. There again though, i am only just starting out.
DO YOU OWN ANY MAC PRO PALETTES? Only a 15 pan shadow palette, i need a blush one though
HAVE YOU EVER WON A BEAUTY CONTEST AND IF SO, WHO HOSTED IT? Nope i don't really enter them as i'm not that good with a camera lol.

This was an open TAG and i'm gonna keep it open...have a go girls! :)

Monday, 8 June 2009

Love and Hate TAG..x

Okay so i know i haven't been tagged but i saw this on Mizz Worthy's blog and thought it was a really good TAG and decided to try it.
I TAG in particular:
but also anyone who has not been tagged :)

What you have to do is list one thing you love and one thing you hate for lips,face,hair,eyes and body.

MAC's Brave New Bronze lipstick from the new Style Warriors collection. I was a bit worried about trying this as i thought it wouldn't suit me because it's a brownish colour but on it looks amazing! I apply a medium layer onto moisturised lips and then apply Smashbox's Pixel over the top for a bronzed sheen.
I also love Barry M lip paints, especially the 140 shade for a subtle rosy sheen which can be applied easily on the go without a mirror.

MAC Lipglasses. I used to love their sticky consistency until i tried the Cremesheen glasses which came out earlier this year which had a smooth consistency and i realised just how sticky the lipglasses are! I have a couple of lipglasses which are just lying in my drawer half empty as i hate using them now and i won't be buying anymore. I was thinking about trying the Lustreglasses, are they smoother in consistency than the lipglasses? If anyone could comment that would be greatly appreciated.

Bronzers. I had never really tried bronzer or using a countour on my cheeks as i love my blush (maybe a bit too much when i look back in pictures lol) and i thought that bronzer would look stupid on my paler than pale face but when i saw in Superdrug that GOSH had a new Giant Sun Powder bronzer out i decided that it was great value for money and to try it. I started using it and it gave me a nice healthy glow but decided that it was okay for sunny days but was maybe a little too shimmery for everyday. The MAC Style Warriors collection could not have come at a better time as they re-promoted Solar Riche from the Neo-SciFi Collection. I had heard really good things about it and when i saw it in the store i couldn't resist it. I've been using it for a little under a week now and i love it! It gives me a perfect glow without turning me orange (tangoed!) or making me look too powdery.
I'm also loving Pink Rebel Solar Drops by MAC mixed in with my foundation for a subtle dewy look.

GOSH Velvet Touch Primer. I had alot of hype around this product and GOSH was on 3 for 2 so i decided to try it. I got it home and tried it and it felt really strange on my hands but i carried on. It didn't even last 2 hours on a cool, dry day and i broke me out. I tried returning it to the store as it had a hefty price tag considering MAC's Prep and Prime retails for about £2.50 more but they said no refunds. They didn't tell me that or have a notice up when i bought it so i felt really annoyed but owell, i just won't ever buy it again and will think twice about purchacing cosmetics from Superdrug from now on.

Catwalk Fashionista Spritz and Shine. It smells great, it doesn't leave my hair greasy and it really does make my hair shine. I used to use the GHD spray but the day after my hair would be thick with grease and smelled gross but since i've started using this my hair is in much better condition and i only have to wash my hair every 2-3 days thanks to Batiste.

Nicky Clarke Detox Salon Tong. I got this on offer £11 something from £25 in Argos to just use on the odd day when i want a bit of wave. Of corse after becoming addicted to The Hills i am longing for some Lauren Conrad curls! The first time i tried them they completely fried my hair, you could smell the burning next door! My hair smelled for a good week, even after washing but i decided to try again on a much lower setting with plently of protection spray and it didn't burn my hair but even after spraying numerous times with strong hairspray, the curls just fell out. I watched a couple of tutorials on Youtube and i tried one more time, when i got to my fringe something completely unexpected happened, the hair got completely stuck! It burnt it really bad and that was with quick action but i can still smell the burnt hair a week later. DO NOT BUY THESE! They're so terrible for your hair and i'm considering returning them.

The Victoria Jackson Harmony Eyeshadow Palette which i talked about before is amazing! The colours are so pigmented and long lasting and also very unique. There is a beautiful red based brown in it and the palette is great for throwing in your bag for makeup on the go.

Urban Decay Palettes aren't really a hate but i just don't find them easy to work with. They're too sparkly for my liking and quite chalky from my experience. The packaging is lovely, i just don't like what's inside lol.

Montagne Jeunesse Face Tonics are super cheap from Wilkonsons at 87p so every now and then i stock up. These are better than face masks as there's no mess or tingly feeling you get when they dry.

Veet Hair Removal Cream. It just doesn't work for me and i couldn't think of anything else lol.

Thursday, 4 June 2009

Victoria Jackson Haul..x

So my mum and me are walking down Guildford high street minding our own business when a woman comes out of WH Smiths and asks if we want £130 of cosmetics for £30.
We went in and the woman introduced us to Victoria Jackson cosmetics (i've never heard of her).
She expained how she's a hollywood makeup artist who has worked on desperate housewives...yada yada yada.
All we paid for was the large palette which was £30 and we got the rest for free!
At first i thought it was a con but my mum bought it and she only wanted one kit and a lipgloss so free stuff for me :)
My mum got the survival kit:
and one of the three lipglosses (the lightest pink one in the picture)
I got the peach palette:
The Harmony mini-palette:
and the two other lipglosses.
Everything seems really nice and the packaging is lush so i'm gonna try them all out and do some reviews.
Has anyone else heard of Victoria Jackson Cosmetics ( or tried any of their products?

Style Warriors Haul..x

Okay so firstly, i appologize for the really bad quality images. I've misplaced my camera's charger cord so i've been having to use my old cheap camera but better that than nothing, right?

I drove all the way to Guildford today for the launch of MAC's Style Warriors Collection. I was expecting for Naked Honey to also be released today as in the UK we usually get 2 collections together. But owell, atleast i saved some money....for now lol.

I was quite impressed with the collection overall but nothing really screamed 'i HAVE to have that'. I already knew what i wanted from the preview pictures online with the except for one thing.

I was exactly wowed by any of the lippies to start with but i decided on Sunsational from the promo pics as i loved the packaging and thought the colour was pretty but when i saw the lip swatches on temptalia i decided on Brave New Bronze instead and thats what i got. My mum picked out Purple Rite so the one in the picture is hers, not mine.

Left: Brave New Bronze
Right: Purple Rite

I wasn't originally going to get a bronzing powder and was going to get On A Mission blush instead. When i saw the blush it wasn't as nice as i thought it was going to be so decided against that. Then i saw the powders and thought that Solar Riche would be perfect for my skintone. Plus the packaging is lush lol.

Solar Riche

The last thing i got was Pink Rebel Lustre Drops which i thought i'd try as they seemed a very unique product. I'm gonna try mixing a little in with my foundation and if that doesn't work, as a highlighter.

Far Left: Purple Rite
Left: Brave New Bronze
Middle: (hardly showes up) Solar Riche
Right: Pink Rebel Lustre Drops, one applied and one rubbed in