Thursday, 26 August 2010

FOTD...and a new lust

I haven't posted a FOTD for so skin's been awful lately so close-up photos of my face have not been top of my list of things to blog about...thankfully, it seems to be getting better now so I finally have a FOTD to show you!

Face -
Rimmel Hide the Blemish Concealer - under eyes
Benefit It Stick Concealer - on blemishes
17 Oil Control Powder
Sleek Face Contour Kit in Light
Nars Blush in Nico

Eyes -
Urban Decay Primer Potion
L'Oreal Superliner in Carbon Gloss
Rimmel 1-2-3 Looks Mascara in Black
17 Defining Mascara in Black

Lips -
Rimmel Lasting Finish in Amythyst Shimmer
Mac Viva Glam Gaga (on top)

The lip combination is my favourite thing about this look - Viva Glam Gaga is really sheer so layers really well over the Rimmel lipstick. I now feel like I need a lilac/purple lipstick...I realise that this isn't a common shade but so far have found Barry M's 129 in Boots for £4.95 which is a really pretty lilac-y shade:

I've also come across Lime Crime's D'Lilac and Airbourne Unicorn. I've not used anything by Lime Crime before so not too sure on the quality or finish of these lipsticks. They're available from Space NK for £14:

I'm surprised that Mac don't have any lilacs in their permanent collection but Illamasqua do. I've never used any Illamasqua products but have read good reviews on the brand. Their lipsticks are £15 and there are a couple of lilacy shades (I can't seem to get the pictures to copy from the website, grrr)

What do you think of lilac lipsticks? Have you used any of the ones I've mentioned? Or do you have a lilac find of your own - I'd love to know!

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

ELF Haul & Reviews

A few weeks ago, I took advantage of the £1 delivery on to order some more ELF items - I think this was my third order from the brand. The products are great value and I've been really impressed with the quality of them so far.

I got:

L-R: Eyeliner Brush, Total Face Brush, Daily Brush Cleaner, Small Brush Holder, Mineral Blusher in Joy

I've been using the products for the past week so here's what I think of them:

Eyeliner Brush - this is from ELF's basic range so cost me £1.50. I've never had an eyeliner brush before so don't have anything to compare it to but I'm really impressed with this brush, the bristles are nice and firm and I've used it to apply my Sleek gel liner and to use dark eyeshadows as liners too.

Total Face Brush - I'd wanted this for a while and I love it! It's big, fluffy and really soft. I use this for applying my loose face powder and for lightening the finish when I use a pressed powder. I have had a few hairs falling out of this but I guess that's to be expected when it's new. I'm really glad I purchased this and think it'd be great for using with bronzer too.

Daily Brush Cleaner - I'm really lazy about cleaning my brushes so was delighted to see that this was back in stock as I'd wanted to order it last time. The bottle for this is huge - far bigger than I was expecting it to be so it'll last a long time. I've been using this on my eyeshadow brushes once I've finished applying my make-up so that they're clean for the next use. I just spray it onto a cotton brush and wipe the brush on it until its clean.

Small Brush Holder - can't really review this one, I just needed somewhere to store my brushes and this looked like a good bet.

Mineral Blush in Joy - I've been wanted to try a mineral blush for a while so picked up ELF's in Joy, the palest shade that ELF does. I'm always a bit wary with colour accuracy on beauty websites and didn't want to risk Aunt Sally cheeks....I'm now wishing I'd been a bit more daring as, lovely as this blusher is, it barely shows on my skintone and I'm quite pale. That said, it does give a nice healthy glow and I like how I can brush on quite a lot of the product without looking overdone (I love applying blusher). The packaging on this is pretty good and I've managed not to make a mess with it so far!

With Flash

ELF Mineral Blush on me.

What are your latest ELF favourites?

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Avon Calling: In A Blink shadow/liner & SuperFull Mascara

Avon is not a brand that first comes to mind when I think of make-up, I'm much more of an impulse buyer and like to try products out before I buy them so usually find myself spending more than I should in the aisles of Boots, not in a catalogue. However, when my mum came home from work a couple of weeks ago with an Avon catelogue I was intrigued and decided to place an order for two products: the "In A Blink" shadow/liner and a Superfull Mascara. My order came to a purse-pleasing £6.50 in total and I completely forgot that I'd ordered it (does anyone else suffer from "shopping amnesia"?) until my mum came home from work bearing my Avon products.

The last time I tried Avon products was when I was around 14 and had a few of their "Colourtrend" offerings. I was looking forward to seeing what the brand has to offer now seeing as the prices are pretty reasonable for the products and because, despite not being sold in stores, the brand does seem to have a loyal following of customers who always order from their Avon Lady, and a recent-ish re-brand with Reece Witherspoon starring in the TV adverts.

1. In A Blink - Eyeliner and Shadow Pencil
This double ended pencil comes in four shades, I chose the dark blue as I already have a few black eyeliners from different brands and wanted to try a different, softer shade for daytime.

The pencil end of the product is a nice consistency and gives a defined line which easily blends when I swatch it on my hand. I wasn't sure what to expect of the shadow end of the product but when I eventually worked out how to get the lid off it ended up flying through the air and falling onto the hard floor a few feet away...not a problem, I thought, until I realised that the shadow is compacted into the lid and in falling the floor had made a lovely blue-pigmented mess...not the best of starts. However, the sponge applicator in on the pencil seems good for creating a smudgy effect and, when swatched, the shadow is exactly the same shade as the liner.

I've yet to try this out on my eyes as I've not been wearing an awful lot of eye make-up lately but I'll show you the finished look as soon as I do.

2. SuperFull Mascara

I can't resist trying out a new mascara - I chose SuperFull as I love thick, dark lashes.

The mascara has a flexible, rubber brush which I personally find easier to use then bristle brushes. I like how the brush comes out of the tube with just the right amount of mascara on - no clumps and no need to wipe the brush on a tissue before using it. The wand is small enough to reach all of my lashes and not smudge onto my lower eyelid when I apply it to my lower lashes.

The finished look with this mascara is not as "SuperFull" as I was expecting, however. It gives a clean, separated, defined look but after two coats my lashes aren't as full as I expected them to be and I'm hesitant to apply a third coat without clumping my lashes.

I'll definitely use this mascara up as it gives decent, everyday lashes but I still prefer L'Oreal Voluminous (which I've been trying to repurchase for the last couple of weeks but can't find ANYWHERE) for a dramatic, full lashed look.

Urban Decay Primer Potion, Mac Sable, Avon SuperFull Mascara, ELF Undereye Concealer

Have you tried any Avon products recently?

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Small Blog Sale

I gave my make-up collection a sort-out's grown so much since I started blogging! I threw out a fair few old, expired cosmetics but also came across a few items that I don't use but are still in good working order and could do with going to a new home where they will be loved.

All items are 50p - I'm not doing this to make money, I just don't want to see the items going to waste. Postage will be 50p no matter how many items you buy, just to cover the costs of the envelopes and stamps. Everything is sold as seen and I've started the condition of the items. I'll post internationally too :)

If there's anything you'd like, please leave me a comment with your Paypal email address so that I can invoice you. Happy browsing :)

ELF Super Glossy Lip Shine in Iced Latte - used once - 50p

Barry M - Fabulous Kohl Pencil - never used - 50p

Hello Kitty - duo blue eyeshadow with removeable Hello Kitty charm - 5op (used once)

17 Single Eyeshadow - Showbiz - unused - 50p

17 Vintage Eyeshadow - lightly used - 50p

Shopping trips and freebies

I haven't done an awful lot of shopping lately...working, socialising and I guess just life have left me with little time for browsing the shops. A few days ago, I planned to spend my day off having a "summer shop" but was shocked to find that the shops are already full of autumn clothes! Despite this, I still managed to pick up a few goodies:

Clockwise from left -

1. Nivea Happy Time Body Lotion

I won this in Glamour Magazine's May giveaway although didn't receive it until last week! I love the smell of this lotion - it has an orange blossom fragrance which is sweet but not overpowering. The lotion itself is light and quickly absorbed, it doesn't make my skin feel greasy which is great as I hate heavy feeling products. I'd recommend this for normal skin - it probably isn't rich enough for dry skin but for an everyday lotion, it's great.

2. Winter floral lace dress

I picked this up from the Primark sale rail (I can't resist a bargain, even in Primark) where it was reduced from £15 to £5! I love this style of dress as I love high waisted skirts and dresses. The sheer lace sleeves will be great for autumn while the floral pattern is still pretty and summery - a great transitional piece.

3. Open toe suede ankle boots

Despite my already far too large shoe collection, I couldn't resist these in the Topshop sale...they were reduced from £35 to £15 and with my soon-to-expire student discount were £13.50! These are so soft and comfortable and, again, will be great for autumn. I used to wear heels every single day but lately I'm almost sad to admit that I'm a convert to flat shoes...they're really much more comfortable and it's nice to walk along and not worry about the pavement cracks that my heels always get stuck in! Flats also look more effortless for day and mean that I can wear my shorter skirts and shorts without looking overdone.

4. Primark lace tights

I never wear trousers so once the weather cools down, tights are my best friend. Despite banning myself from wearing tights until October (starting to look more doubtful by the day that I'll actually stick to this), I couldn't resist this lacey pair for only £3.

5. Simple Spotless Skin Facewipes

I got a freebie pack of Simple facewipes in the post after applying for them on the Simple website. What do I think? I'm not a huge fan of wipes as they always leave my skin feeling not-quite-clean. These promise to reduce spots and remove waterproof mascara. I found these very gentle on my skin but they still removed all my eye and face make-up. As with all Simple products, they're unperfumed which is great for sensitive skin and while No 7 wipes are still my favourite, these are pretty good for a quick way to remove make-up and are a bargain too - £1.99 from Superdrug.

What have you been treating yourself to lately?

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

VERY Nice!

While the weather is starting to look autumnal, I'm still taking every opportunity to wear summer clothes (I've banned myself from wearing tights until October - wish me luck!) so I was VERY happy when I was contacted and offered £50 to spend at!

I'm loving dresses at the moment - they're easy to wear, save lots of time in looking for a matching skirt/top and can be dressed up and down really easily. I chose a Lipsy "Pixie Loves Lipsy" Dress as I love high waisted dresses (great for petite girls as they make your legs look longer) and thought that this looked great for day or night:

My order arrived within a few days - VERY impressive!

Here's how I wore the dress:

Dress: Lipsy Pixie Loves Lipsy - from
Shoes: Vintage (they were my Grandma's)
Denim Jacket - H&M
Necklace: Vintage (my mum's from the 1980s)
Corsage: Topshop
Earings: Topshop

What do you think?
And what would you have chosen from Very's dress selection?

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Face & Outfit Of The Day

Yesterday, I decided that a visit to the Mac store in Covent Garden was in order. I felt like my make-up collected required a new addition but had no idea what it was exactly that I needed/wanted...That was until I came across Nicola's post about Mac's Sable eyeshadow. That decided it for me. This was what I was going to buy and a few hours later, with my purse £11 lighter a shiney new Mac eyeshadow was in my bag and just waiting to be used today...

After the first use I am in love with this shadow - it's a gorgeous colour, really easy to blend and build up and the finish (a frost) is perfect - not too matte but without any glitter or shimmery fallout.

Make-up used:
Rimmel Hide The Blemish Concealer
17 Pressed Powder
Natural Collection Bronzing Pearls

Mac Sable (in crease)
L'Oreal Infinite Wear e/s - Golden Sunset (on lid)
Lancome Le Crayone Kohl - Black (upper lashline)
Company Build It/Lash It Mascara
Sleek Face Contour Kit - light (as a highlight)

This Works Turbo Balm

Here's a closer look at the eye make-up - I used the free Company mascara for the first time today and I'm impressed! It took longer to apply than my usual mascara but I like how it made my lashes look long, definited and glossy. I applied one coat of the primer and one coat of the black mascara to achieve this look. Next time I think I'll apply a second coat of the black mascara to get a thicker look:


Top: Mango, Cardigan: New Look, Belt: Matalan, Shorts: Rokit, Socks: John Lewis, Brogues: Office

Today looked autumnal outside, but I'm still clinging onto summer and don't want to retire my summer wardrobe just yet so I added a long cardi to my summery top and shorts and swapped my sandals for black brogues and floral ankle socks.

How are you updating your wardrobe for autumn?
And what's your most recent make-up purchase?
I'd love to know :)

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Review: Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Stress Control

I recently purchased this moisturiser/spot treatment in Boots - there was a "2 for £5" offer on all Neutrogena Visibly Clear products and after working my way through a good few sample sachets of the Pink Grapefruit Facewash I decided to purchase it along with this product.

What do I think?

This product claims to hydrate the skin as well as being an effective spot treatment. I have pretty normal skin - try chin and cheeks, slightly oily nose and forehead and, until recently, rarely suffer from breakouts. For the last month or so, my skin has been really playing up (hence the lack of FOTD-posts...full service will be resumed once my skin sorts itself out) so this product seemed worth a try as traditional acne skincare totally dries out my skin.

The "Spot Stress Control" range seems to cater for those of us still suffering from teenage skin despite no longer being a teenager. This product comes in a small tube and is a translucent gel texture with very little smell. I've been using this at night and in the mornings before make-up and I've definitely seen an improvement in my skin - it sinks in well, doesn't dry out my skin like many spot treatments do but it still helped to clear up my spots. After 5 days my skin looks noticebly clearer and I've found that applying a little before my make-up makes my concealer go on smoother and not look cakey (I hate the look of spots covered with cakey concearler).

I'd say that this is quite similar to Garnier's Pure A moisturiser which I used to use when I was younger and suffered more with oily skin and occasional breakouts. I'd recommend this for people with normal skin who suffer from the occasional spot - it's probably not strong enough for very oily skin or if you have persistant acne.

I'm definitely glad that I gave this a try and pleased to say that it worked for me. Hopefully it won't be long before my skin is back to its normal self.

Have you used any Neutrogena Visibly Clear products? What did you think of them?
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