Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic

I have mentioned this product in my recent video but I thought I would go into a bit more detail. I had first seen this product on the Lush website and put it on my to get list, so whilst I was shopping yesterday I was happy that the sales lady recommended this to me. I tend to get red patches on my cheeks and especially around my nose. This face mask claims to calm and cleanse the skin and is filled with calming properties such as chamomile and other minerals which help reduce inflammation. 

This goes on exactly how it looks, bits of blueberry included. It is a bit messy to work with but aren't all face masks, and it dries in pretty quick. You are instructed to leave it on for 3-5 minutes but I left it on for longer. Once removed I was left with baby soft skin which didn't feel tight. 

It's too soon to tell whether this has actually helped my redness but if all else fails it will make a really good after sun treatment.

I have included a picture of me and the mr enjoying our pampering session and also of his birthday cake made by my friend.

Outfit of the night

I took my boyfriend out for a birthday meal last night and this is the ensemble I wore. I kept it summery and not too "dressed" up.

Colourful camisole top from Miss Selfridge.
Dark denim skinny jeans from Topshop.
Tan sandals from New Look (not seen).
I also wore my staple black Topshop blazer and black woven bag from Miss Selfridge.

Sunday, 28 June 2009

Mascara Trick

One day whilst having an OCD moment, I felt the urge to sort through my makeup and reorganize it because it looked a tad messy.

When I reached my mascara drawer I found I had about 15, which is way too much for just one set of eyes. Many had been purchased, used once and never seen the light of day since. I've managed to whittle it down to 10. I threw out ones that had dried up or that I just plain hated (Diorshow Blackout that means you). The only mascara that I have used consistently is Maxfactors 2000 Calorie.

In order to not let any more mascaras go to waste i've been pairing them up and applying both. If you hate clumpy lashes this technique is probably not for you.

Today I paired MAC's Fibrelash and Covergirl's Lash blast.

Normal Lashes

One Coat of Fibrelash

One Coat of Lasblast

Finished Look

This is a great tip in my opinion if you don't want to be wasteful with products and i'm really happy with the results i'm getting.

What are your current beauty tips?

Friday, 26 June 2009

Nail of the day!

The polish i've been sporting this past week on my nails and my toes is China Glaze's IV.

A beautiful cream coral, not that dissimilar to Revlon's Tropical Temptation however the latter has more of an orange tone to it whereas this is more on the pink side.

This has made it into my top nail polishes which isn't an easy achievement. Colour is not always key with me, it must have good application as well.

Not only is the colour pay off great (I applied one coat only, no streaking) but it is also long lasting. The only downside for me is the China Glaze brush which is very narrow. I'm a fan of the wider brushes that can coat your entire nail in one sweep.

Now I shall be removing this polish. Next up is OPI's Done Out In Deco.

Saturday, 20 June 2009

Accessorize Haul!

I should have been looking at fascinators in Accessorize however I was easily distracted by all the beautiful items of jewellery.

My style in jewellery is cheap and cheerful, that way in the event that it breaks or is lost I will not be distraught. However I do believe in the concept of having classic, statement pieces that will never be outdated e.g. a masculine watch. The same goes with clothes e.g. a blazer, LBD etc.

Anyone on to my little haul.

First item I picked up was this bow pendant. N.B I have not deterred away from my bow fetish.

This is just a simple gold necklace with a mesh bow and pearl charm. For those who are interested there is also a ring to match.

The last thing I got was a ring. I don't own a lot of rings maybe i'm just waiting for that all important one ;)

It's a dainty ring with a cream enamel bow. Out of all the bow rings, and trust me there were quite a few, I loved this one more it was the least garish. This is how it looks on:

I've been a bit slack lately on the YT and blog front so i'm going to try and be productive this weekend and make a video or two and do some more blog  posts.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Lipstick Rules 123

I had arranged a swap with the lovely Michelle (Lipstick Rules 123) who is from Canada. If you are not aware of her, here is her blog.

May I add she is also very generous. Here is what I received in the post yesterday:

The Lucky Charms were a request but she also included some chocolate, Eco Tools blush brush, Bonnebell lipgloss and some products from the canadian brands Joe and Annabelle.

How gorgeous is this bronzer from Annabelle which doubles as a highlighter?

I am taken aback by her kindness. Thank you so much Michelle, your package brightened up my day :)

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Cheap lipgloss FTW!

Whilst perusing the rails at H&M I landed upon their cosmetic corner. Now H&M is not a store I would associate with makeup shopping but interestingly enough you can find some little gems.

I left with a shimmering lipbalm and a lipgloss.

The lipgloss is called Bella Bellina which is a nude gloss with subtle hints of pink and gold glitters. For £1.99 I wasn't too bothered if this turned out to be a disappointment however i'm pleasantly surprised by its quality.

There are two things that stood out for me with this product:
1) It is a high shine gloss which is non sticky and
2) It is long lasting. I applied this at 5pm yesterday and there was still remains of it on my lips around 10pm last night (although no food and barely any drink was consumed throughout this period).

This is a swatch of it on top of MAC's Patisserie l/s.

Next time you find yourself in H&M I would encourage you to check out their makeup line. Not only will you bag a bargain but you could find some impressive products.

Saturday, 6 June 2009

Glamour Magazine!

For those in the UK who may not know, Glamour magazine's latest promotion includes a free Benefit Bad gal lash mascara with every purchase.

I read a lot of magazines and have a handful of favorites which I repurchase on a monthly basis however Glamour is not one of them. The last time I bought it they were giving away a Nails Inc polish.

This is a great deal - a mascara which retails for £9.50 for £2! There are three covers to choose from. I opted for Fearne Cotton (not sure if this effects the mascara?).

Grab yours while you can :)

New Bikini!

These paths months have been flying by very quickly and before I know it, it will be time for my summer holiday. This means shopping for my holiday wardrobe has commenced and a new bikini is definitely called for.

I like to get my bikini's early before all the good styles and sizes are swept off the rails. I picked this one up from H&M.

Its a basic triangle, halter-neck style with a floral print. H & M always has a pretty good range to choose from. This is the one that stood out the most to me. The design and colors used certainly puts me in the mood for summer :)

Here's a close up of the print.

It looks great with tanned skin, fake or real :) This is definitely a favorite of mine, however there is still plenty of time left to shop for more. Bikini's are something I tend to overpack.