Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Wednesday Wishes #10

I go through phases of doing these posts. Sometimes there is absolutely nothing that i'm after where other times there is so much.

1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
Boots x3:
I am in dire need of a new pair of boots. I would prefer one without laces so I can slip them on and go in the morning. I would normally go to Primark but I'm looking for something that will last slightly longer. All three of these pairs are from Dorothy Perkins, which is handy as I still have a giftcard left over from my birthday. What do you think of these choices?

Soap and Glory's 'Kick ass concealer':
It will come to no surprise that my Benefit Boing is my go-to concealer. As a huge fan of Soap and Glory, I'm eager to try out their cosmetic range and in particular this product to see if it will come close to my Boing. It's slightly cheaper as well at £10.

Tangle Teezer:
My hair is long. Very long. Some parts reach half way down my back. In the morning it can be horrendous attempting to brush it (not to mention painful as well). I've seen Tangle Teezers around and I've heard really good things about them so i'm hoping to buy one to see for myself. They come in a range of colours, but my favourite, obviously, has to be the purple glittery one.

Bird Bag, diary and make-up bag:
Cath Kidston - enough said!
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Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Topshop make-up

Topshop make-up has been around for a while and i'm only just getting on the bandwagon. Yes, where have I been? The point is nothing really appealed to me until now. I only really buy things if I like them - I'm not an 'Omg I must buy this as xxxx has it!', it's just not me. It is hard being a blogger and seeing all these lovely items but at the end of the day, I buy both within my budget and also my preference.

Here is what I purchased:


Nail Varnish - 'Eyes of Steel' - £6
Blush - 'Powdered' - £6
Lipstick - 'Pillow Talk' - £9 (Smoke and Mirrors collection)
Lipstick - 'Rumour has it' - £9 (Smoke and Mirrors collection)


Nail Varnish




First of all I fell in love with the colour. I'm not normally a metallic person as sometimes metallic nails can look tacky.However, this nail varnish is something else. In one light it looks silver whilst in another it looks purple.

I applied this nail varnish yesterday morning before work. I applied one coat and the application was fairly thick.Unknown to me, I was spending the majority of the day in work in the stockroom, gutting it out. This involved a lot of hauling boxes, stock and generally climbing up and down ladders. Normally tasks like this would chip my nails to shreds, but I'm pleased to say that I have hardly a chip anywhere. Well done Topshop!!

Blush



I am a blush addict. I have so many. I was initially going to purchase a cream blusher as I had heard good things about the Topshop ones, but instead I came out with 'Powdered' a powder blusher. This blusher is a  bright pink and when applied a little goes a long way.

Lipstick





I've saved my favourite until last. My recent make-up obsession has been lipsticks. To be honest lipstick used to scare me. I think it goes back when I was younger to the image of bright red lips and nails. I don't know why I was scared of that, but something did scare me about it.

The first lipstick I picked up was 'Pillow Talk'. It is a baby pink which when first applied does look fairly bright. However it looks lovely once applied. This is probably my favourite out of the two lipsticks.

The second lipstick is 'Rumour has it'. This is a brown based one and again, like 'Pillow Talk' is really nice on.

Topshop lipsticks are nice. They are extremely moisturising and stay on longer than I originally anticipated. They also taste really nice. I'm not saying I go around eating my lipsticks but when you do accidentally get some in your mouth, then its nice that they do not taste horrible.I wonder if Topshop have lipstick tasters?

Overall I am impressed with my Topshop make-up.  For the price they are, they are of a good standard and amazing pigmentation. They also have some amazing packaging.I'm glad that I finally decided to buy some and I think, come payday, I will be adding a few more (or so) to my collection. 
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Sunday, 23 October 2011

London Montage...

I've been to London a few times this year and needless to say I haven't actually blogged about any of it. I thought I would do a little montage of the trips :). Enjoy!

The Firth of Forth at 5am

We're off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz (Yes, we did see it!)




A certain mohawk rebel who likes to throw people in trashcans above :)

Some Camden town

 This man has a box on his head....




That was a lot, wasn't it? Comprised of three separate trips - Glee, Hen Weekend and the wedding (which was outside London but I still include it). I hoped you enjoyed looking at them.
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Saturday, 22 October 2011

Friday Five #14 (on a saturday)

I was meant to post this yesterday but as it turns out I was having the most laziest day ever. I think the only accomplishment of mine was buying a new lipstick. Sometimes you got to have a lazy day right? So now i'm posting it whilst applying my make-up before work.




The Wizard of Oz:
I saw this at the London Palladium back in June and recently I found the soundtrack on Youtube.Needless to say I have been obsessed with listening to it. The Wizard of Oz ranks as one of my favourite films of all time so to see the musical was amazing as well. Love, love,love!!

                                            

Barry M in Red Sparkle:

Another nod to my Wizard of Oz obsession is this nail varnish from Barry M. It has a lot of glitter in it and is probably one of my favourite glittery nail varnishes to date.



Youtube:
I have recently been watching a lot of beauty and fashion Youtube vlogs. Any recommendations comment below :).


Project Runway:
I've always loved Project Runway and I think what appeals to me is seeing the initial sketch to the finished product in a matter of days. I also love the judges comments - Heidi in particular makes me laugh. My favourite contestant this year is Anya.She has the most gorgeous hair in the world and her designs are gorgeous. My least favourite has to be Josh - he bugs me so much! Who is your favourite contestant?



Topshop Make-up:
I've never bought Topshopmake-up until now. I've looked at it yes, but nothing has ever stood out for me. This week I ended up buying 4 of their items. I'm currently painting my nails in 'Eyes of Steel'.


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Wednesday, 19 October 2011

NOTD: Sparkling water

You know what feels good? A break from blogging. I've not been posting much this month and I think a lot of it was to do with the fact that real life was getting in the way.I was tired, rundown and combining arriving home from work after 9pm (Yes, I work in fashion retail...) along with the general blah mood, it was safe to say blogging was far from my mind. I also think that recently there's been a lot of negative thoughts floating around - people aren't original, people leaving hate comments, everything is repetitive....the list goes on. Personally I think as long as you can give the item your own twist, then certain types of posts aren't repetitive. Anyway that is not what I'm here to talk about today. What I am actually going to do is show you a nail of the day using some nail varnish which I have fallen head over heels with.

The nail varnish in question is 'Electric Blue' by BeautyUK and it looks something like this:


Stunning isn't it?

After using eyeliner to do leopard print nails for so long, I got itchy fingers to experiment using glitter eyeliner. I purchased the silver eyeliner as well as the gold to experiment with.

Here are the products I used:



This design was simple enough to do. The eyeliner worked really well as after application I left it to dry for a few mins before applying a top coat.

A few more close-ups:




What do you think?

I really like the BeautyUK products as for the price they are a fantastic quality. They also have a fantastic selection of products. I've already got my eye on some products for use in future experiments.

BeautyUK is available from both Internacionale and Superdrug. It's worth noting that both companies carry some different products so it's worth visiting both.







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Thursday, 13 October 2011

Cullen in a blur...

Last weekend, I decided to surprise my mum while she was up in Cullen with my dad and the dogs. My dad was already let in on the secret as I had to make sure that they were both in and hadn't escaped to the pub. When my mum answered the door, I couldn't have got a better reaction. The dogs were surprised to see me too and pretty much spent the next half an hour beside themselves - Barney decided to be my shadow for the remainder of the time while Alfie used every opportunity to play with me :). Overall, I had a lovely time up there with them as I haven't been up for so long, despite living much closer to Cullen than my parents.

Below is a montage of sorts:




Please excuse the serious camera shake,dodgy editing and the amount of time spent filming the dogs. I also need something else to film with as a P&S doesn't cut it :(.

Also if you wish to see a fantastic video diary of Scotland (which features Cullen), then look no further than Gem's. You can find pt1 here, pt2 here and pt3 here. Also,if you haven't already, you should look at her blog which you can find here.
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Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Monthly Favourites #3

Every month I seem to comment on how fast the previous month has gone, it's true - it does go fast. As we grow older, time seems to whizz by so quickly. It's insane. So without further ado I present the September Favourites.

September was a difficult month to pick as I was reusing a lot of my favourite items. I could have probably written about 20 different items, but I limited it to 5.

 The lucky five are: Superdrug's Eye make-up remover, Johnson's Cleansing lotion, Rimmel eyeshadows in both Spicy Bronze and Royal Gold and The Body Shop Vibrant Rose blusher.

This product is from Superdrug's Essential range. Originally I bought this as I had run out of eye make-up remover and being the week before payday, I had about £4 to my name. This product is only 99p and I can say it is one of the best eye make-up removers I have ever used. It is non-greasy unlike some more expensive brands (I'm looking at you, Estee Lauder), and leaves my eyes clean and refreshed. I have repurchased this since my original bottle and I will continue to do so. Normally I am skeptical about anything in basic ranges, but since trying this I may well venture further.

 This product is another one which I use daily. I was sent this by a magazine to test out. Overall I really like it and if I go away and don't take it for whatever reason, I feel quite lost without it (Wow, thats quite sad). It leaves my skin feeling refreshed and 'clean'. I'm not sure what this retails for but I think I would certainly repurchase.


Blushers are, without a doubt, my make-up downfall. Like my Friday Five posts which more often than not feature food, my monthly favourites tend to feature blusher. This month my blusher of choice is The Body Shop's Vibrant Rose. This blusher comes with a springy applicator which springs down when closed. It is fairly pigmented which means that you don't need a lot. I tend to put the tiniest bit on and blend it out with a brush. This retails at £5, although when I bought it it was a lot cheaper as it was in the sale.




My eyeshadow collection mainly consists of neutral shades for during the day. These two were a bargain at £1 each and combined together, they currently form the basis of my daily eyeshadow which I switch around frequently. I love both colours as much as each other.

What do you think of this months favourites? Are there any which you will be purchasing?







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