Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Wedding Look

So I attended my boyfriends aunts wedding yesterday which was lovely, so I thought I'd share with you guys my outfit after one of my first posts was about what I'd be wearing and then my FOTD and NOTD.

Here's a closeup pic of me:



So hair is pretty simple I just curled it and here I don't actually mind my fringe starting to get used to it and liking it now.

Face:

Make Up Academy Primer
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in Shell
Mac Mineralised Skin Finish in Light
Mac Sheertone Shimmer Blush in Peachykeen

Eyes:

Urban Decay Naked Palette in colours: Sin, Virgin, Sidecar and Smog
L'Oreal Superliner in Black Crystals
Benefit They're Real Mascara (Review to come)

Lips:

Mac Cremesheen Lipstick in Speed Dial
E.L.F Lipgloss in Sorority Girl

Nails:

So for this I wanted to go for pink nails so that it complemented my outfit.



Rimmel 60 seconds in Etheral


Elf in Golden Goddess


Barry M 3 in 1 Top Coat

So I fell in love with Ethereal as I thought the pink was really cute and would match my outfit perfectly, but I wanted to jazz the look up a bit and decided to combine it with Elf's glitter nail polish in Golden Goddess which I think looks lovely together and very shiny.

Closeup and flash shot as you can see the glitter in it.




My only problem I did find with the 60 second nail polish was that it did peel off quite a few times which was annoying meaning I had to keep redoing it, which I've never encountered before with this make. It might be because the colour is light so you have to put a few coats on.

Finally the full outfit photo with the boyfriend. I apologise for the spaz face. I love that even with my wedges on I still look a right short arse in comparison.



AX Paris Maxi Dress from New Look
Crop Cardigan from Peacocks
Bracelet from Tiffany's
Flower from New Look

Hope you enjoyed the post guys.

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Sunday, 28 August 2011

New Hair Cut

So again this is going to be a short post but I wanted to share with you guys my new haircut. I got it done Friday and I'm currently in a love/hate relationship with my fringe.

I got my fringe cut into a full one which I haven't had since my 19th birthday last year. I figured I'd have a change as we're heading into Autumn and I'm attending a wedding tomorrow.

Here's the before:



And the after:



I've just noticed when uploading these that I'm in the same position and wearing purple on both occasions.

So just wondering what you guys think? As I've mentioned I'm in a love/hate relationship with it and currently it's hate probably because I couldn't be bothered to style my hair and because of this my fringe just looked short and horrible.

I'm going to try and get a post up of my look before I go to the wedding as I did want to post my nails but I tried to take the photos after the sun had gone so the lighting was bad.


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Thursday, 25 August 2011

Tutorial: How to depot your lipsticks.

So today I'm posting my first tutorial following one of my recent posts where I explained how I managed to break my NYX lipstick so I figured I'd show you guys how I depot my lipsticks. I hope you enjoy.




This is a great little way to depot broken or used lipsticks that you are of no use in the current container so doing this can be of help.

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and let me know if you wanna see more of these.

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Monday, 22 August 2011

Savings Gone Haul is Here

Sorry about the lack of posts over the past few days been working quite a bit so been too tired to do a post. I figured as I hadn't shown you guys what I got when ELF were doing their 50% off offer I'd do a big collective haul of that and a few other products I got. So I apologise now for the length of the post and warning you now it'll be pic heavy.



Starting with my NYX products, as you may recall when I was doing my last haul I said about how I managed to destroy my NYX lippy I got another one and a few other things from NYX.



I love the jumbo pencils so I got the colours: milk, lavender, gold and iced mocha. I replaced my lippy and got another in the colour rose bud.

Swatches:


LtoR: Milk, Lavender, Gold, Iced Mocha, Rose Bud

Avon have released new matte nail varnishes which looked gorgeous so got my hands on the colour grey cement and red velvet.



I did some swatches of these so if you wanna see them let me know, and I'll be using grey cement on my nails sometime this week.

Onto the big order that was ELF.

Starting with the nail varnishes...



I got the colours (from LtoR) golden goddess, glitter glam and twinkle. I love glitter nail varnishes it makes me feel like a little kid again.

Again I have swatched these if you wanna see them.

I haven't used cream eye shadows in a while so I wanted to try ELF's in the colours: Candlelight, Dawn and Eggplant.



These are really heavily pigmented which I love, swatches below:



I also got the double eye sharpener but to keep the post short I haven't uploaded it.

The next couple of things I got were the mineral lipstick and gloss.



I got these in nicely nude and sorority girl. However when I received my lipstick it was broken which I've heard can be common with ELF lipsticks but I'm in the process of sorting it out with the ELF customer services.

Swatches:



I also got my hands on the flawless finish foundation in porcelain I believe.





I had heard on some reviews that people didn't like the smell that is attached to this foundation but I strangely like it. For the price it doesn't seem a bad foundation either, the coverage is great.

I wanted to try the translucent powder not too much to say about this, haven't had chance to use it yet but will let you guys know.



I'm currently loving blushers at the moment so was really happy with the blush and duo sets I got.



I got this in Mellow Mauve which is lovely, and not too dark.



The blush and bronzer compact colours are simply called: blushed/bronzed.




Concluding the ELF part will be the brushes.



The first couple are eyeliner brushes, but I must say I'm not too pleased with the eyeliner brush as it seems a bit thick for it's intended purpose, but the angled is great.




Bronzing brush:



Complexion brush:



Stipple brush (sorry about it being a bit orange been using it):



Kabuki:


That was it for my cosmetics.

I also wanted to show you what my amazing boyfriend got me while we were on holiday. This gorgeous gem.



I love it! :D

Anyways sorry if I've rambled I've tried to keep it short, and let me know if you've tried ELF and what you're experiences are with them.


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Thursday, 18 August 2011

Crown Brushes

Hey lovelies,

It's only going to be a short post today as I've been at work and quite tired (not used to doing this many hours typical student). But I got home today to a lovely little package of Crown brushes.



I ordered these Tuesday after seeing them in either Look or More magazine (can't remember which) and they were recommended so I figured why not try them as they range from quite cheap to middle priced.

I'm amazed at how quickly I received these brushes as they were ordered Tuesday night so that's the first thing I was really happy about, secondly the quality of these brushes.

The first one I ordered was the C406 Large Duo Fibre Face Brush, this was £8.91 and I'm really happy with the quality of this brush, it's ever so soft to touch but quite firm which will make it great to apply my foundation.




I find this brush very similar to the Mac 187 which is great because I find £32.50 quite expensive for a brush so this is a great cheaper alternative.

Now when paying less than a tenner for this brush you don't expect much, but I'm really happy with it. It's very sturdy so I feel that it's not going to snap anytime soon and as I've mentioned soft to touch.

This brush is perfect for applying and blending fluid which this is what I'll be using it for, as I love my foundation brush but I prefer these brushes for blending as you don't get the brush lines like you do with foundation brushes.

The second brush I got was the C414 Deluxe Brow/Lash Groomer, I was amazed at the price of this an amazing £3.10 which is very cheap for the quality. I've been after a decent brow brush and I think I've finally found it.



As I said this is cheap brush, but the brow brush part is extremely sturdy yet soft at the same time as you can find with some of these brushes that they are that sturdy they hurt when applying it to your brows.

This is a brush I can definitely see myself buying again if anything happens to this not only for the price but for how good it seems, I will have to use it a bit more to see if I still feel the same but I doubt I'll be changing my opinion on this little gem

Lastly I got the BK10 Oval Concealer brush again a cheap brush at £3.33 which you can't really complain about.



Now if you remember my Sigma post I do already have a concealer brush but I got this for the purpose to put in my travel makeup bag because of it being cheap. This is a great brush as the size of the brush is great for applying concealer under the eyes and specific areas.

The website does state that this brush is for applying concealer to precise areas and under the eyes, and with the tip of the brush being rounded makes it great for the eye area. Again another soft brush and I had a play around with it under my eyes and it's so soft and won't irritate them in the slightest.

Another happy little purchase.

So yeah I've never tried this brand before but I am extremely happy so far, the products seem great and the delivery time was fast. As I mentioned at the beginning the prices do range from anything from a couple of pound to over 10.

My only problem with this brand however is that the minimum spend is £15 so if you only want a couple of brushes this could be a problem, but if you know what you want you can easily spend the amount.

Have you tried Crown brushes before? If so I wanna know about your experiences with them.


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Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Urban Decay Anniversary Palette Review

Urban Decay have become a blogging household name thanks to their famous palettes such as the 'Book of Shadows', 'Naked Palette' and many others. They have recently released a limited edition anniversary palette which is heading for the same fame as the others.

I finally got round to doing this review, I wanted to do it when I first got my hands on it but I've been able to play around with the palette so I can give you guys a better review.



The palette comes with 15 new shades that can be used by anyone and for any occasion. Ranging from neutral colours to heavily pigments brights.

The case itself is just worth buying from the jewelled 'UD' to its reflective case which doubles as a mirror on the opposite side. Not only this but the case can also be used to store items by lifting the top lid which holds the eye shadows.



Urban Decay describes this as:

'15 ALL-NEW shadows for our big 15! You get neutrals, brights AND deep shades in a sleek gunmetal collectible box (our most luxe EVER!)'.




I love the range of colours that you get in this palette, all but 'blackout' are shimmery whereas this is matte. Nowhere in my experience have I seen a palette with such a mix of colours, going from neutrals to pastels to your smokey eye basics.

What I like about some of these colours are the fact that they are so bright making them statement colours, with reference to the pink and green.

Here's a swatch of the colours on my arms for you guys:


LtoR: Midnight Rodeo, Tainted, Deeper, Midnight 15, Junkshow, M.I.A, Vanilla, Omen, Ace, Flow, Evidence, Blackout, Chase, Deep End, Half Truth.

And some close ups:


LtoR: Midnight Rodeo, Tainted, Deeper, Midnight 15



LtoR: Junkshow, M.I.A, Vanilla, Omen



LtoR: Ace, Flow, Evidence, Blackout



LtoR: Blackout (again)Chase, Deep End, Half Truth


What I love about this and probably repeating myself is the mix of colours you get in this palette, so many usable colours in this so worth the purchase. I haven't actually when looking through my collection been able to find dupes for these colours which is always great.

The pigmentation of the colours are brilliant also the only one I found wasn't brill in terms of pigmentation was 'vanilla' and that is probably because it's such a light yellow colour.

Some of the neutral colours however are a bit similar to the 'Naked palette' which means they sort of double up, but this isn't a big problem for me because I love neutrals.

These colours also last through the day when wearing, which I expected really with it coming from Urban Decay. I find that they also last a while without primer which I'm glad about because you are paying a lot of money for this product so you do expect quality.

You may think when looking at the bright colours that you might not use them but they can be blended to make really lovely shades, I didn't think I'd use them all but I can honestly see myself using them all.

The palette comes in at £39 which you may think is either expensive or not, but to say it's limited edition and you're getting full sized shadows it works out quite cheap.

I hope you liked my review, and I want to know if you own this palette or whether you're interested in it?

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