Friday, 28 September 2012

Leaving on a jet plane...

One of the perks of being at home, however briefly :)

I'm off to England for a few days to spend time with family so I won't be posting until I'm back :). 
Until then xx
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Thursday, 27 September 2012

Soap & Glory Lid Stuff eyeshadow - What's nude

Eyeshadow is one of my daily essentials. Over time I have built up quite a collection, which mainly consists of neutral shades. I was already a fan of the Soap & Glory make-up range so I was looking forward to trying out their eyeshadows.

Soap & Glory, Lid Stuff, eyeshadow,what's nude,make-up

Soap & Glory, Lid Stuff, eyeshadow,what's nude,make-up

What the product claims to do:
"4 shades of fabulous flawless - finish, superior super colour. 8 hour wear eyeshadow (that won't flake, won't fade and won't crease). Brush shades on sheer - then blend or build in layers for bigger, bolder lid colour.
- amazing, intense second-skin like colour finish, matte or metallic.
- superior creamy payoff - from a powder
- 8 hour wear"

What I thought:
This product is probably one of my most used make-up products that I own. The 4 shades (Vanilla, Pink T, Mudhoney & Aubersheen) are gorgeous and are individual enough to create 4 different looks. Although they are also really nice when you blend them together. The consistency of the shadows is fairly chalky, which in general I'm not overly keen on, but with these I found that this makes them much easier to blend together. With regards to staying power, I would say that these eyeshadows easily last for 8 hours.

Soap & Glory lid stuff retails for £10 and is available from Boots.

Have you ever tried any of Soap & Glory's make-up range?
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Thursday, 20 September 2012

Teacups & Buttondrops turns 2!!

Edinburgh Panda :)


Believe it or not, Teacups & Buttondrops is officially 2 today.

2 years ago, I sat down and wrote my first post and 2 years later I'm still here. Since I began, I have learnt so much about blogging - from tweaking HTML to what makes a good read. I've also been fortunate enough to meet some lovely bloggers and also to interact with others through their own blogs and on twitter.

In essence, I guess what I want to say is Thank You for the past 2 years. Every comment that has been left or everyone that follows has always put a smile on my face. Thank you :)

Now if you dare, here are some blasts from the past:

2010:
http://www.teacupsandbuttondrops.blogspot.co.uk/2010/10/friday-five_29.html

http://www.teacupsandbuttondrops.blogspot.co.uk/2010/10/where-am-i.html

2011:
http://www.teacupsandbuttondrops.blogspot.co.uk/2011/06/take-walk-with-me.html

http://www.teacupsandbuttondrops.blogspot.co.uk/2011/09/wednesday-wishes.html

2012:
http://www.teacupsandbuttondrops.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/17-peep-show-mascara.html

http://www.teacupsandbuttondrops.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/letter-to-my-16-year-old-self.html


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Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Glossy Box September 2012

Glossy Box September 2012

Another month, another Glossy Box. This time it's a limited edition box designed by up and coming illustrator Maggie Li. I must admit the box is probably one of the prettiest I have seen and it fits perfect with my taste. The theme of this box was rising stars.


Glossy Box September 2012

Glossy Box September 2012

What was in it:

Lady Gaga - Fame fragrance sample
Rodial - Glamoxy Snake Serum & 5 Minute Facial
Balance Me - Wonder Eye Cream
Vichy - Idealia Day Care Cream
Maghrabian - Hair Oil

What I thought:
I wouldn't say that this was one of my favourite boxes apart from the design. There was one product which, on first impressions, I liked and that was the Lady Gaga fragrance sample (so nice!). The others were products I didn't really feel for upon first impression. However, I have only received them, so my opinions may change :).

Glossy Box is £12.95 (inc £2.95 p&p) and is available from www.glossybox.co.uk






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Sunday, 9 September 2012

17 Miracle Matte pressed powder

It is very rare that I stray away from my Natural Collection pressed powder (I think this is the first time in about 7 years) but when I saw this one on special offer a while ago, I had to give it a whirl.

17 Miracle Matte pressed powder

17 Miracle Matte pressed powder


What the product claims to do:
'Reveal the miracle of flawless skin. For up to 16 hours shine control, use this pressed powder over your foundation for a soft matte finish'

What I thought:
To be honest I wasn't overly enamoured with this product as I have been with others. I didn't love it, but I didn't strictly hate it either.  Yes, it does give a matte finish over my foundation as stated, but it doesn't last as long as it says it does. I feel that a more accurate description of around 6-8 hours would be appropriate for staying power. However staying power aside, I love the packaging. It's really sturdy and judging by the amount of times I dropped it, it seems to protect the product. It also comes with a mirror inside.

17 Miracle Matte pressed powder retails for £3.99 and is available from Boots.
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Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Thrifty finds #2

This thrifty finds version comes courtesy of my mum. She was clearing out some things at home and came across these little treasures.

Debenhams wool coat: believe it or not it is a size 10....massive!

Black cape - I have been wanting this particular one for about a year :). Fun fact: My dad once wore this when he dressed up as a Witch for a Brownie pack holiday. The Brownies all got to chase him - I was unfortunately a few months too young to be a Brownie then. I actually would've loved to see him as a Witch.

Necklace & earrings 

Shell container

What do you think of these? Has a relative ever handed anything down to you?

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Monday, 3 September 2012

Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara

I'm going to be straight with you: I like high street mascaras. I've never been someone who has bought high-end mascaras - I think the only one I have ever bought was Bad Gal by Benefit (I went through a Benefit phase). I think that the high street has some great mascaras to be found. However, as you probably noticed by the title, I am not reviewing a high street mascara this time. For once, I am reviewing a high end mascara.

I was introduced to this mascara by Glossybox (Harrods edition if I remember) and got excited as I like mascaras in Glossyboxes. The sample I received was 2ml.

Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara

Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara



What the product claims to do:
To provide instant, full-lash volume.

What I thought:
I thought that the product did give instant, noticeable volume as described. However, I felt that this product smudged really easily on my eyes to the point I could've been mistaken for a panda. Panda eyes aside, I probably would make a purchase of this, but get the waterproof version to see if there was a difference.

Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara retails for £21 and is available from Debenhams & John Lewis amongst other retailers.
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Sunday, 2 September 2012

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream

BB creams are one of the latest beauty trends to hit the high street. I must admit when I first heard about them, I didn't understand them and it was a while before I popped onto the bandwagon.

Maybelline is a brand which suits my skin. I consistently go back to their 'Dream Satin liquid foundation' as my go-to foundation. So when I saw that they released a BB cream, I thought it would be rude not to try one from their range seeing as it suits my skin.

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream


What the product claims to do:
'Instant fresh-faced glow without looking all made-up, our gel-based formula enhances skin with 8 benefits in 1'.

  1. Creates a natural glow
  2. Compliments skin tone
  3. SPF30 UV Protection
  4. Hydrates all day
  5. Blurs imperfections
  6. Oil-free, non-greasy
  7. Looks visibly smooth.
  8. Feels fresh


What I thought of the product:
As my first venture into BB creams, I really like it. It is lighter than foundation which suits me fine as I much prefer a lighter coverage. It creates a natural, dewy glow which last for around 8-9 hours. I also like how blendable this product is and the fact it has SPF protection. Overall, this is a product I would recommend and I would buy this again.

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream retails at £7.99 and is available from Boots, Superdrug amongst other retailers.

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Saturday, 1 September 2012

Haddo House

One Sunday, a while ago, I embarked on a little adventure with one of my friends to Haddo House. Haddo House is a gorgeous mansion set within some lovely grounds (which includes a massive lake). On the day we went, the weather was being particularly Scottish as in it couldn't decide what it was doing. There were numerous times that we just stood under an umbrella for fear of getting drenched if we moved.

We took a walk around the lake (which was massive) and met lots of dog walkers along with the largest amount of geese I have ever encountered - Barnacle and Canadian Geese. Seriously, I have never seen so many geese. We also met a family of swans - although the male got pretty defensive with us at first, raising his wings up until he realised we weren't actually going to do anything but admire their beauty.

After a long walk around the lake and hiding in the numerous animal hides they have, we had some lunch and then went home. We didn't go into the house as we both were fairly wet, thanks to the lovely Scottish weather.

Here are a few photos of the walk around the grounds:






Have you ever been to Haddo House? What is your favourite country walk?

For more info on Haddo House, you can visit here




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