Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Out with the old...

My Project Bathroom is going well - these are the products I've finished this month:

Clockwise from top:

No 7 Cleanse and Care Eye Make-up Remover

I really liked this product - it took of all my mascara quickly and easily and left my skin feeling smooth and not oily like the Botanics verion did. My only complaint is that I had to use loads of it each time so the product didn't last very long - if I used it daily I think it'd only last me a fortnight or so which isn't too great considering it's usually £7. (I got mine for £2 with a No 7 voucher)

I'm currently using DHC Cleansing Oil to remove my eye make-up which is working well even thought its not meant as an eye make-up remover specifically.

Time Delay Toning Water

I loved this toner. Sadly since purchasing it, Boots have re-designed the entire Time Delay range and so this no longer exists. Even though it's marketed as an anti-aging toner I think this was really suited to oily skin - I used it on my nose and forehead whenever my skin felt oily and it did a great job of zapping shine without drying out my skin.

Aussie Frizz Miracle Conditioner

I bought this product over a year ago - it's taken me ages to use it up as I'm not a massive fan of it. It didn't really reduce frizz in my hair and the conditioning effects weren't that noticeable. I think it'd be better suited to fine frizzy hair as it didn't do much for my dry mid-lengths and ends. As a result this was banished to my gym bag and so I only used it when having a quick hairwash at the gym!

Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser

I got this product as part of a Clinique Bonus Time promotion. I'd never tried a Clinique facewash before, only their 3-step which I had a bit of a love/hate relationship with. This facewash is designed to be used before the 3-Step routine. I just used it as a standard facewash, after taking off my eye make-up and removing my face make-up with DHC Cleansing oil. I really liked this product - it foamed up well and left my skin feeling really clean but not at all dry. I'd definitely re-purchase this. (The bottle is rather unceremoniously cut in half in order to scrape out as much product as possible - as much as I love finishing products I hate wasting them!)

Superdrug Colour Effects Wash-In Colour

This was the wash-in colour I used a few weeks back. I got about 4 applications out of this little bottle and it made a noticeable difference to my hair colour while also making my hair really soft and shiney. Not bad for 97p!

What products have you finished this month?

Wednesday, 24 March 2010


I have a love/hate relationship with nail polish. I'm usually too impatient to put it on as I hate waiting for it to dry and then get really annoyed when it chips after two days and all my hard work is wasted. Lately I've been trying to experiment with nail polishes more and last week created this look:

It's still going strong now and while I'd usually avoid glitter nail polishes (they bring back memories of shopping in Claire's Accessories aged 14) I actually really like this look.

I used:

2 coats of Sally Hansen's "Strong Nails Now" as a base-coat
17 "Vintage" nail polish - this came as part of a 17 giveaway
Barry M glitter polish
A coat of Seche Vite to top it all off

What do you think? Are glitter nails a good look or should they be left to the pre-teens?

Monday, 22 March 2010

Lush Goodies

I popped into Lush a couple of weeks ago and came out with a couple of lovely products :) I didn't go in to buy anything in particular but wanted to give myself a little treat and try something new in the process. The sales assistant was really lovely and let me try out lots of their new products - I love how the Lush store is so hands on and how you can see what a product looks and smells like before you buy it. I ended up purchasing:

"Hard" Solid Shampoo

I've used a couple of Lush's solid shampoo bars before and really liked them. This one is designed for hard London water so I thought it'd give it a try. It's a really beautiful looking bar - pink with flecks of yellow cocoa butter. The smell is quite mild compared to the other solid shampoos - a light floral fragrance. The bar lathers up well - not as much as some regular shampoos but that's because it's chemical-free so much better for the environment. I used a conditioner afterwards even though you don't have to with this bar because of the cocoa butter. It left my hair feeling softer than usual and while the scent is mild when you sniff the bar, it left my hair and bathroom smelling nice all day.

LilyLipstick rating: 4/5 - I love using the solid shampoos. I like to have several shampoos on the go at once though and so don't think I would convert to only natural shampoo products, especially when I have more product/grease (eww) to wash out of my hair but this is a great addition to my haircare routine! The solid shampoo is good value too - £4.65 for a bar and it lasts for ages despite it looking so much smaller than a standard bottle of shampoo.

"Too Drunk" Emotibomb

I hadn't seen the Emotibomb range in Lush before - they're like the Bath Ballistics but for the shower. I was intrigued...the sales assisant demonstrated this one in the store. The smell is amazing - it reminds me of a chai tea latte...the Lush website says it contains peppermint, fennel and sweet orange oils. It's designed as a hangover cure and the smell is definitely a refreshing one for mornings! I love the shape of this product - it's an abstract face with a real chocolate button for an eye! In the store the sales assistant ate the chocoalte button as the product was disolving - that's probably what made it novel enough for me to want to buy it!

LilyLipstick rating: 5/5 - I loved using this product, I loved the refreshing smell and I managed to get 4 showers out of this by breaking it up making it really good value at £1.95. It fizzed well and dissolved slowly meaning that you get maximum benefit from the fragrance. The only downside to this product is that it doesn't really benefit your skin as you use it by putting it on the floor of the shower and letting the shower water dissolve it. Asisde from that, it's a fun product to use and smells great. And yes, I did eat the chocolate button - first time I've ever had snack in the shower!

I got a free sample of a new Lush product - a Shower Smoothie Soap in Turkish Delight. I tried this out in the store and loved it so the sales assistant very nicely gave me a little sample pot :) The smell of this product is gorgeous - I don't think it smells of turkish delight, it's more of an antique rose those scented drawer liners or rose pot pourri. I made my sample pot last 3 showers and will definitely be purchasing this on my next Lush visit. It's £15 for a pot which I think seems quite expensive for a shower product but the sales assistant explained that it's made from thousands of hand-picked rose petals and a little goes a long way. It's so moisturising and left my skin feeling and smelling great all day.

I also got a little sample of Lush's Caca Rouge - their natural henna hair dye. I haven't used this yet but will do soon - I really liked the reddish tint I got from the wash-in, wash-out colour and it'd be great to get the same colour and shine from a natural product. I'd been wanting to try this for a while so I'm really pleased I got a little sample of this I think the sales assistant and I bonded over complaining about our naturally mousey hair colours!

What Lush products have you tried lately?
And what's on your Lush wish-list?

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

French Chic and Viva Glam Gaga

Today's outfit - the sunny weather is really making me want to try out new looks and outfit combinations. I purchased a pair of blue jeggigns from Uniqlo a few weeks ago but we hadn't yet had the weather and I hadn't been in the mood to wear them but today was the day! I paired them with a stripey off the shoulder jumper and my Paris silk neckscarf.

Top: Pimkie, bought in Paris
Jeggings: Uniqlo
Scarf: Galleries Lafayettes, Paris
Boots: KG

And here's my new love - Viva Glam Gaga:

With Flash

Without Flash

Have you purchased Viva Glam Gaga or Cyndi? I'd love to know what you think of them - are they worth the hype? Do you like the shade? How do they compare to your favourites? Or were you just seduced by the cute packaging and Gaga's signature?

I admit - at first I just wanted it for the Gaga associations but I actually really like the colour, love the sheer formula and think that I will wear this a LOT during spring.

Debenhams Delights

It's the last week of my university term so with the thought of the upcoming break and with the glorious spring weather, I found myself hitting Oxford Street yesterday after my lectures rather than coming home to study...I wanted to check out Debenhams for the UD Alice Palette and for the H by Henry Holland range. Alice had long sold out but I did pick up a bottle of UD Primer Potion which I cannot wait to try - my No 7 eye base has nearly finished and I've heard good things about the Primer Potion.

The H by Henry Holland collection didn't disappoint - the clothes are so well-priced and are so summery. While the range is quite "young" (it's modelled by Pixi Geldof) there are some lovely items that are really wearable as well as a few statement pieces for nights out.

I fell in love with the floral jumpsuit which I bought:

I then checked out the Oasis concession and saw that the Rosalind Keep trompe l'oeil collection had gone on sale. I fell in love with a couple of the items a while ago but they were quite expensive - £40 for a tshirt seemed a little steep so I resisted but now that they were on sale...well, it's clearly meant to be! I ended up getting the navy blue oversided tshirt, I bought it in a size up as I wanted it to be baggy and relaxed-looking. It was reduced to £15 and it's really great quality - the tshirt fabric is thick and stretchy (I hate bad quality, thin tshirts).

I can't wait to wear both of these items! I'm thinking that the jumpsuit might have to be saved for when the weather's slightly better and for when I'm a little more tanned though!

In other exciting news, this morning I popped into Mac on the off-chance that Viva Glam Gaga hadn't yet sold out. The SA had a hunt around the store and found me one - I was so happy! (Yesterday I completely forgot about the launch and I didn't want to buy it online). I bought it, dashed off to uni and went straight to the ladies' to put some on - I love it - the colour is really pretty and it's quite a sheer formula so you can build it up to as strong as you like. It's a lot more wearable than I thought it would be and as it's a Lustre it doesn't dry my lips out like some of the Satin Mac lipsticks do. I'll post some photos of it up soon! x

Monday, 15 March 2010

Flower Power

It was another beautiful spring day today and while getting ready I found one of my favourite hair accessories - an orange faux flower hairclip from Accessorize. In the past I've saved this for nights out but I really don't like the idea of nice things being only for evening - why can't they be worn during the day too? So today I wore my flower with clashing red lipstick - I really liked how this look turned out. If you have something that you love wearing then wear it whenever, wherever - who cares if its "meant" to be for evening if it looks great (and more importantly, makes you feel great)?!

Face - 17 Pressed Powder, Rimmel Hide The Blemish, No 7 Instant Radiance Concealer, No 7 Blusher in Soft Damson, No 7 High Lights in Dandy Pink (both from my No 7 Palette)

Eyes - Beige and Silver shadows from my No 7 Palette, Bourjois Liner Stylo in Brun, L'Oreal Voluminous mascara

Lips - Clinque High Impact lipstick in Red-y To Wear

Saturday, 13 March 2010

Spring Weekend and New Hair Colour

Hope everyone's had a great Saturday!

It looked quite spring-like outside today so I felt like wearing something nice and bright! I ended up going for a tiered skirt from Next which I got at the end of summer in the sale for only £3! It's a little big around my waist but with a belt it looks fine and it makes it a better length too. I'm only 5'1 so shorter skirts look better on me - anything longer just drowns me!

Belt: Matalan
Tshirt: Next

I also thought I would show you the results of the Superdrug Colour Effects Wash-in, Wash-out colour that I've been using. I bought it in "Warm Copper Gold" and have used it for the last 4 times I've washed my hair. I left it on for 5-10 minutes each time and after 4 applications it really has made a different to my haircolour.

This is my haircolour before:

And this is after:

It really has made a difference and my hair feels so much shinier! I really like the colour - I'm naturally a dark blonde but the lack of sunlight lately had made my hair look dull and mousey and while I wanted a change, I didn't want anything permanent as I do like my natural colour so this is perfect for me! I'm not sure how long it'll last for on my hair but the little bottle of colour was only 97p so I'd definitely repurchase it. A few of my friends have noticed and other people have said I look different but that they can't work out how so 97p well spent I think!

Friday, 12 March 2010

All Dressed Up!

Just thought I would do a quick post of my hair and make-up from Wednesday night. It was my university Athletic Union's ball so another chance for me to wear my hair bow! I also gave the "Kimberly" lashes another go - this time I snipped a couple of lashes off the inner corners and they were much more comfortable. After 5 minutes I forgot that I was wearing them - progress!

For my hair, I backcombed it in small sections, spraying hairspray at the roots until it all stood up like this:

I then smoothed the top layer over to hide the mess and clipped the bow into place. My hair did deflate a little throughout the night bit it still looked big at the end of the evening and the texture really helped hold the bow in place.

As for make-up, I kept my face quite natural (more because I was short of time than for any other reason!) I used my Sleek Face Contour Kit on my cheeks and my NYX Smokey Eye Kit on my eyes but stuck to the lighter colours. I then added the Kimberly lashes and used E.L.F Natural Nymph lipstick with a Benefit "Her Glossiness" lipgloss on top to stop my lips looking too dry.

Here's the finished look:

And here's me on the dancefloor! Not a great photo but it's the only one where you can see my dress properly! The rest were all taken when we were sitting down at the table.


Sunday, 7 March 2010


Hope everyone's having a lovely Sunday!

I just watched "Friday Night With Johnathan Ross" on iPlayer, Lady Gaga was one of his guests - she looked amazing (as always) and she seemed really sweet when she was being interviewed - I loved her telephone hat!

Anyway, I thought I'd share my Gaga-Inspired outfit that I wore to my friend's birthday last week.

Firstly, the hair bow:

I have neither enough hair nor enough expertise to make a bow from my hair but this black lace bow from Miss Selfridge does the trick nicely enough! It was reduced to £1 in the sale so a bargain too! It's on an elastic band so took about 2 minutes to put it in place and then clip down the loose parts of the bow so that it was shaped to my head rather than just flopping about like rabbit ears!


I kept the focus on my eyes using my NYX Smokey Eyes Palette with Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer in Emerald Sparke. I like how the blue liner brightens up a smokey eye - I'd had a long day at uni already and felt that the smokey shadows by themselves made me look more tired so the blue definitely helped brighten up the look.

I used Mac Mineralize Blush in Dainty on my cheeks and Natural Collection Moisture Shine Lipstick in Pink Mallow on my lips. I really like the shade of this lipstick - it's such a pretty pink but the fomula of the Natural Collection lipstick isn't great - it has a tendency to crack and isn't very long lasting (it was only £1.95 so guess I should expect too much really). Does anyone know of a better quality lipstick with the same shade? I'm thinking of taking it into Mac and seeing what it's most similar to!

For my outfit I wore a pair of dark blue sequin knickers from Topshop. I'm really glad I bought these - they are daring and there's a lot of occasions I think they would not be suitable for but with leggings underneath they are wearable and not that scary to wear once you get used to the look! I paired them with Primark leggings, Jones The Bootmaker shoes and a black body from ASOS:

I'd like to find another way of wearing these...does anyone else own a pair? How do you wear them? Topshop had a lot of these in the January sales so I'm thinking that a few people might have them lurking in their wardrobes somewhere!

Saturday, 6 March 2010

Pearls and Pastels

The beautiful sunny weather over the past few days has inspired me to introduce a little more colour into my outfits. I also decided to have another go with false eyelashes - I bought Eyelure's Girls Aloud "Kimberly" lashes from Boots (I'm not really a Girls Aloud fan but they were reduced to £3.50 and the Kimberly lashes looked nice - long and thick but still quite natural looking).

Here is the resulting Face and Outfits from last night:

Make-up used:


No 7 Instant Radiance Concealer
17 Translucent Pressed Powder
Sleek Face Contour Kit
Mac Mineralize Blusher in Dainty


NYX Glitter Cream Palette on eyelids
Bourjous Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Brun
Maybelline Volum' Express Mascara
"Kimberly" Lashes


Natural Collection Moisture Shine Lipstick in Pink Mallow

I also tried out a wash-in, wash-out colour on my hair (haven't used one of these for years!!). I've been getting a bit bored with my hair colour, the lack of sun has made it a dull mousey brown but I'm hesitant about actually dying it...I used to dye my hair black every two weeks so feel like I'm done with hair colouring now that I've gone back to my natural colour and could also do without the upkeep and roots! However, I bought a Superdrug wash-in, wash-out colour a few weeks back and gave it a go yesterday. I chose a copper-y shade and left it on for 10 minutes in the shower. I think it has made a little bit of different:

I still have half the bottle left (it was only 97p - bargain!) so will apply it again next time I wash my hair. It's defintely made my hair shinier.

Finally - my outfit!

Pearls - Accessory Crossing @ Boots
Tshirt - H&M
Skirt - Topshop (bought in the January sales - £32 reduced to £5!)
Tights - H&M

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

In the Pink

Today was another beautiful sunny day so I really felt like ditching my wintery blacks and greys for a bit of colour!

I bought this dress in the January sales but this is the first time I've worn it. It was £35 reduced to £12 in Next. I wore a black M&S tshirt underneath it and a Celine neckscarf. While the dress style is quite formal and office-y the colour is so bright that it doesn't look too formal for everyday wear.

I kept my make-up quite natural today as didn't want it to compete with the bright dress.

I used:

Face: No 7 instant radiance concealer under eyes
17 Translucent Pressed Powder
Rimmel Hide the Blemish concealer
Blushers from my No 7 Palette

lilac eyeshadow from my No 7 palette
UD Eye Transforming Potion used with the lilac eyeshadow along my upper lashline
Maybelline Volum' Express mascara

Lips: Vaseline Rosy Lips

Monday, 1 March 2010


It was such a lovely surprise to open my curtains this morning and see the sun! I feel as if the last few months have passed in a rather dull blur of leggings, cardigans and coats so it's nice to finally be able to start wearing my spring wardrobe and getting a bit more creative in my outfits :)

Today I wore a new purchase - my skirt was founded in on the bargain rail at M&S reduced from £25 to £2!! Couldn't not buy it really for that price! I paired it with a grey H&M tshirt and my tan KG boots.

What did you wear today?
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