Tuesday, 26 June 2012

FOTD & a quick chit chat!

Happy Tuesday ladies!
Recently I've stopped blogging everyday, and honestly, I don't know why!
I love blogging and I have so much lined up for you..
I guess I'm just feeling a bit ... uninspired as of late!

Life has been pretty so so lately, and quiet frankly, I'm bored of so so!

Mark has a few days off of work and we wanted to do something a bit different over the next few days.
I'm thinking we get touristy!
London is a great place and even though I've lived here my whole life, I think I've seen about 20% of it!
So it's time to go sight seeing!

And here is my Face for today!

I started off with the Rimmel fix & perfect primer (review coming soon!)

Today I mixed my foundations before application, I used Boujours 123 Perfect & Mac face & Body in equal parts.
I like mixing my foundation as it means you can tailor your base to exactly what you need. 
The Boujours foundation is a tad to light and matte for my liking and Face and Body doesn't have the amount of coverage I want today!
I then used No7 Mineral Blush - Soft Damson

Rimmel Glam Eyes mascara - Brown Black
Inka eyeliner - Coco
I love using brown mascara as it gives such a natural look but still gives your lashes that little bit of something extra!
I also used the naked palette -
Naked on the lid
Buck on the crease 

And finally on my lips I used Mac's 'Watch me simmer' as a stain and MUA lipgloss - shade 1.

And my hair - well it's a wild mess - and I love it!
It's 90% natural with a little bit of help with some well placed curls from the curling iron!

What have you been up to lately? 
Anywhere in London you love?

Monday, 25 June 2012

The Nail Polish Confession Challenge #2

Maybeline New York - Jade Dusseldorf
2 coats
Rarely wear this colour 
(I'm not a huge fan of metalics!)

Ciate' - Purple Sherbet
2 Coats
I wear this regularly! 
(even thought it's one of the newest additions to my collection!)

Toe Time!
(If you aren't a fan of the feet pics, let me know and I'll stop!)
L - 2 true - Shade 9
R - L'Oreal Metropolitan 
(The 2 true shade is silver in the bottle but has a gold tint when applied!)
1 coat of each. (I used selotape to get a straight line!)
I very rarely wear either if these!

Nails Inc - Bluebell
2 coats

Mua - shade 11
3 coats

How are you guys getting on with your nails lately?

Friday, 22 June 2012

Blog Hopping!

I love a good blog hop!
and here's a new one I stumbled across this morning!
Beauty Blog Hop

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Lets talk about : Summer Skin Protection

When the sun is out I get lazy!
I don't know about you but I just want to laze about in the sun sipping on a cocktail!

My mum is hot on sunscreen, but honestly I forget. 
I love to looked tanned but I just can't get over how much damage and pre-mature ageing the sun causes!
You would not believe how many harmful rays penetrate the earth's O-Zone layer.
Ok that's the only time I will use the words 'earth's O-zone layer' on my blog I promise!
But seriously ... If only we knew.

Recently I've been alot better when it comes to SPF on my face.

After applying my moisturiser and before my make up I use a facial sunscreen.
It's important that I use not only a 'face sunscreen' but a matt one as I can not stand the way normal sunscreen soaks into the skin on my face.
Anyway the skin on our face is different to that on our legs so why should we use the same products for both?
The sunscreen I use on a daily basis is SPF 30 and can be picked up in Tesco for £5.
However when I went skiing in January I knew that this would not be strong enough so I picked up Lifesystems mountain sunscreen SPF 50

I use this when abroad or on days when the sun is out in all its glory.

I am also a huge hater of sunburnt lips!
The two products I current use are:
Boots Soltan Moisturising Sun Care Stick SPF 30 - this is great as it can be used all over the face.
Lipscreen - I picked this up in Savers for £1 and love it as the lid turns purple when there are harmful UVB and UVA rays being emitted so you know when you need to apply it!

I also like to use make up products with SPF in.
Collection 2000 Ultimate Fix Foundation Concealer and Powder SPF 15 - out of the three products this gives the most white glare in pictures but is great for quick touch ups.
Stila Tinted Moisturiser SPF 30 - I'm not a huge fan of Tinted Moisturisers but it's a great way to wear colour and SPF with not white glare in photographs.
Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation SPF 15 - this is my favourite foundation to wear in the sun as it still gives you coverage as well as protection. I've never had a problem with a white glare from this foundation in the sun!

What products do you use to help protect against the sun?

Monday, 18 June 2012

Mini Makeup Haul

Just thought I'd show you ladies the latest addition to my make up collection!

Natural Collection Lip sticks
Boots £1.99 or 3 for £5

Left: Rose Bud / Right : Rose Petal

Natural Collection Lash Build Mascara Black
Boots £1.99 or 3 for £5

No 7 Quick Cover concealer - 03 fair
Boots £8

Maybelline Colour Tattoo
L-R On and On Bronze, Eternal Gold, Immortal Charcoal
Superdrug - £4.99 each 3for2
Also I got these babies for a bargain of £8.98 for the three! They were on 3 for 2 and I got student discount on top of that!

Have you tried any of these products?
Are there any you'd like me to review?
What have you bought lately?

Saturday, 16 June 2012

The Nail Polish Confession Challenge #1

So it's the end of the first week of my Nail Polish Confession Challenge.
If you have no clue what I'm talking about click here!
I have to say - It's been a blue week!

 Golden Rose -204
2 coats
Rarely wear this!

Yay for toes!
NYC in a New York Minute - 296 Water Street Blue
2 coats
Regularly wear this.

L'Oreal - 611 Skyfitsheaven
1 coat
I  rarely wear this colour

LA Colours - Splash
NYC - Lights Camera Glitter
Blue - 2 coats
Glitter - 1 coat
I rarely wear both of these

Thought I'd do a bit nail art rather than plain blue again!
Barry M - Blue Moon
Barry M - Gold
blue - 3 coats
gold - 2 coats

Kiko - 385
2 coats
I wear this regularly

I like the new way I've organised some of my NOTD (in a collage). Let me know what you think and if you're doing the Nail Polish Confession Challenge!

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Review : Wet 'n' Wild Corrector and Concealer

Ok so cult product Lust : The Bobbi Brown Corrector.
I've heard so much about this product but every time I build myself up to spend the £17 on it .. it's sold out in the colour I want.

I'll admit, I haven't really 'researched' other correctors on the market but when I saw the Wet 'n' Wild Corrector and Concealer palette I snapped it up.

This baby was hiding in Poundland until I rescued it and bought it home to my make up collection. 
If you look properly you can find some real gems in pound shops and the like. 
Yes, sometimes it's slim pickings but if you're willing to spend a bit of time searching you can find great things.

Ok so this product is a tone corrector, concealer and setting powder with two brushes included.

Top: corrector / Middle : concealer / Bottom: Setting powder

The shade I have is '21014'. I usually chose the lightest shade of foundations when it comes to drug store make up (and MAC) and this is perfect for me.

First you apply the corrector to any dark or discoloured areas on your skin, mainly under the eye. Then you use the concealer over it and on any blemishes. Finally set your make up with the powder.

Now a big mistake alot of people make is to buy the concealer in the colour which matches your skin tone perfectly.
Now this is ok to cover blemishes, but not for under the eye.

You want a darker colour to cover your discolouration.
The best way to explain why:
your skin : a blank sheet of paper, 
your discolouration : a black mark on the white sheet
your concealer : a darker colour to cover the discolouration

Your corrector should cancel out discolouration, this corrector isn't brilliant but it works! 
Your concealer should be used to brighten your skin and this concealer does that perfectly.

These are the brushes that come in the Palette.
The powder brush is actually great for getting up close to the lash line.
The smaller brush however is completely useless. I don't like it and don't use it.

No make up

Corrector, concealer and powder

As you can tell from the pictures there is still slight discolouration visible in the inner corners of my eye but my freckles are completely covered!

Not only does it give great visual results but it lasts all day!
And it's slim enough to slip into your handbag for touch ups!

I love this product and am so glad that I've found it!
If you aren't lucky enough to find it in your local Poundshop then click here and you can buy one!

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

What to buy the guy in your life for his birthday!

Ok ladies so July 7th sees Mark's 20th Birthday.
And for months now I've been thinking long and hard about what to get for him!
Now there's 2 reasons I've been planning for so long:

  • I'm a super organised person
  • There's nothing he wants that isn't that expensive
I've been saving and buying for ages now and typing in google 'what to buy your boyfriend for his birthday' but it always tells me to buy football tickets and beer. 
Mark's keen on neither.
Personally I find men much harder to buy gifts for than women and I always put alot of thought into my gifts and try not to buy bog standard gift sets.

So I've decided to compile a list to suit all occasions, budgets and recipients.

The Budget Buys (under £10)

Blue short sleeved shirt
This shirt is 100% Mark's style and is plain yet stylish so would go down with many fellas. Also light blue is an extremely flattering shade on most skin tones and H&M's men clothes are cut really well.

Marmite Chocolate
I know Marmite is the original love/hate product ...but if he loves it... this is great!
Skin care
I've made Mark his own 'Glossy Box' type gift. Last month he was asking loads of questions about my subscription but declined when I offered to buy him a box. Instead I picked up a few products which he regularly uses (and some not so regularly). Some are the exact products he uses already and some I have switched up abit. 
This is a great way to nudge your fella (who might not be keen on skincare) into looking after his skin.
This gift can also be adapted across all price ranges.

A cute photo of you both.
This was actually the very first gift I bought Mark. When I did this frame was available in black and I put a lovely black and white photo of us in there.

A bit more to spend (Under £40)

Digital Photo Keyring
Grab this and fill it up with photos of you!

Cotton Shorts
These shorts are the perfect mix of day and night as well as smart/casual. Hollister clothes are always an investment and will last.

Eue De Lacoste Rouge
A nice fragrance generally only goes down well if your guy has picked or you know exactly what he likes. I've bought Mark the white bottle of this fragrance.

Big Money (£40+)

Ray Ban Aviators
Aviators are a classic! Especially if your guy has great bone structure! I found a great website  with buy one get one free on a large range of glasses (vision glasses as well as sunnies) which means you can treat yourself to a pair too! (thats what I did)

Phillips Aqua Touch Wet and Dry Shaver
For the guy who has everything - including facial hair!

Hollister Shirt 
This shirt is such great quality and a great cut. Again, an investment.

White Vans
A classic! These go with everything and your guy will appreciate you helping him to look great!

Ipad Case
Help him protect his prized possession with this new Ipad case!

So there you have it! Most of these bits I have already bought and the rest are on the list waiting to be purchased!
If you have any more ideas or suggestions, you know the drill!

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Review : Revlon Lip Butter

You've probably read a ton of reviews on Revlon Lip Butters by now, and yes I realise I am extremely late on the uptake but I wanted to give these little babies a rigorous testing before I shared my thoughts.
99% of the reviews I've read on this new hybrid lip product have been positive and at first I thought 
"Brilliant, a product we can rely on!". 
But then I got to thinking ... there must be SOMETHING wrong with them right? 

I own 3 of the Revlon Lip Butters.

Cotton Candy - Baby pink with shimmer
Pink Truffle - 'your lips but better' nude-ish
Raspberry Pie - Berry red

I've had these since the end of February and have got a fair way through them all.
(they weren't resealed in the U.K until March but my sister went to Florida in February and picked 2 up for me and the third I purchased from Boots the day they were launched in the U.K)

Every single review I have read about the lip butters is how buildable the colours are. 

Just one layer of each.
Top: Cotton Candy
Middle: Pink Truffle
Bottom: Raspberry Pie


Sometimes I find swatches on the hand a bit useless so I took these babies for a spin!

Cotton Candy


This colour is probably my favourite out of the 3 I own.
It looks like a gloss, without feeling sticky like a gloss.
I do find myself re-applying this shade regularly, but I find it the easiest to wear out of the three and is great for neutral looks as well as glam looks.

Pink Truffle 


This is my least favourite colour.
It is a 'your lips but better shade' - which I generally find extremely wearable and enjoyable to wear - but I find it has too much of a peach/brown undertone for my complexion.
This was one of the shades my sister picked up for me and is not true to the colour in the picture on the Revlon website.
Also this shade is named 'Pink Truffle'. 
It;s not pink.
It's brown.
It is however the shade which stays on my lips the longest.

Raspberry Pie 


I love love love the colour of this one!
It is a great way to wear a red lip in a toned down way. I prefer wearing this look out in the evening rather than for a daytime look.
However I find this colour the most difficult to work with.
Applied sheer it tends to become uneven very quickly and I don't like the look of it when applied in this way.
I do like the look of Raspberry Pie when layered. Personally I find this shade of red to be extremely flattering and almost plumping on the lips.
This shade does not last very long but is very pigmented.
Because of these two reasons you HAVE to use a mirror when re-applying, which can be a pain in the bum sometimes!

I have gone through months of loving and hating these Lip Butters.
They are very moisturising, there is no denying that. However I feel that it provides no lasting benefits.
Its is moisturising whilst on your lips, but not after the colour wears away.

Priced at £7.99 here in the U.K it is a rip off.
If they weren't priced at $6.49 (converts to £4) in the states then I would think the price was decent.
I just do not understand how companies can justify charging double for a product because of the location it's sold.

Overall, I think the Lip Butters are decent but Revlon had created a product I am not in the market for. I like Lipsticks to have a certain texture and I prefer balms to have a certain texture. 
I don't like the texture.

Don't get me wrong, I am happy with the colours I own (mainly because when my sister bought them the exchange rate was different and it worked out at about £3.50 each) but I won't be buying any more.

I am satisfied with my 3 colours and they are o.k products but you won't see them on my lips often or in any monthly favourites.

Honestly it all comes down to personal preference.
If you  love wearing colour on your lips but don't like the texture of a lipstick, then these are probably the product for you!

I know this post may seem extremely contradictory but they do have some good qualities!

How do you feel about the Lip Butters?
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