Friday, 27 August 2010

This or That Tag :)

What has happened to the weather? it's absolutely horrible! I wanted to go get some of my favourite shoes re-heeled today but I hate driving in heavy rain so I think I'll leave it for a bit! 

The lovely Julie tagged me on her awesome blog (Musings of a Make Up Maniac) so to combat my boredom on this rainy Friday afternoon I thought I'd give it a shot :)


Makeup
blusher or bronzer - blusher
lip gloss or lip stick - lipstick
eye liner or mascara - mascara
foudation or concealer - foundation
neutral or colour eye shadow - neutral
pressed or loose eye shadow - pressed
brushes or sponges - brushes

Nails
opi or china glaze - Opi
long or short - long
acrylic or natural - natural
brights or darks - I can't decide! I like mixing it up and going for bright vibrant colours one day and then dark ones the next.

Body
perfume or body splash - perfume (specifically Lolita Lempicka :D)
lotion or body butter - body butter
body wash or soap - body wash
lush or other bath company - Lush all the way!! 


Fashion
jeans or sweat pants - jeans
long sleeve or short - short
dresses or skirts - dresses
stripes or plaid - plaid
flip flops or sandals - sandals
scarves or hats - scarves
studs or dangly earrings - dangly earrings
necklaces or bracelets - bracelets (I always wear loads of silver bracelets from countries I've visited)
heels or flats - heels
cowboy boots or riding boots - cowboy
jacket or hoodie - jacket

Hair
curly or straight - curly
bun or ponytail - bun
bobby pins or butterfly clips - bobby pins
hair spray or gel - spray
long or short - long
light or dark - dark
side sweep bands or full bands - Is that bangs? aka - fringe? I'd go with side swept :)
up or down - down

 

Random
rain or shine - shine
summer or winter - summer
autumn or spring - spring
chocolate or vanilla - chocolate

I tag these beautiful bloggers :)

On another note, what is everyone up to this bank holiday? :) Dan and I are planning to curl up and watch a film with a takeaway tonight. Tomorrow we're heading to a party and then on Sunday we're hoping to go visit a stately home (I'm obsessed with stately homes!). Monday we might be going to a Camel park in Suffolk - very random having camels in Suffolk! lol. I hope you all have a lovely weekend :) 

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Updates and a small OOTN (outfit of the NIGHT :D)

 

The past few weeks have been non-stop madness (in a good way!) I had an interview the other week with a company who seem amazing. I really love their whole ethos and the work they do, so I'd love to work with them. It all sounds quite hopeful, but I'm going to be keeping my fingers crossed to be on the safe side! :)

I also went to a party on Saturday night which was fun, lots of friendly people and giggles :) and then on the Sunday I went for lunch in Norfolk with Dans family to celebrate his Grandparents 60th Anniversary. It was a really fun day, his family is so friendly and welcoming. When we got back to Suffolk we sat outside on the decking at his house on a swinging seat and discussed our future. We're planning to buy a house and get married in 4 years time (eeek adultness!) so lots and lots of money saving needs to be done before then! lol. 

The next couple of weeks are looking quite hectic too - there are two more parties (why is everyone having a party this time of year?) and lots more fun things planned. I'll be sure to take lots of pictures. 

For the party the other other night I decided to wear my trusty red dress. I absolutely love this thing but I can only wear it when I'm feeling confident! it's definitely not a dress to put on when I'm feeling shy as it's bright vibrant red and super clingy. So here is my little OOTN =


What is your favourite dress in your wardrobe that you absolutely love but rarely wear?

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Supermarket sweep!

My parents have gone away on holiday so Dan and I have been playing house :) granted we lived together in London for a year but that was in an apartment in East London - significantly different from a countryside house surrounded by fields and trees. As much as I love my parents and get on really well with them, it's lovely having some time to myself again. The transition from living on my own to going back and living with my parents was quite a weird one - I feel as though I've reverted back to being a kid, lol. So yes, having the house to myself feels lovely! :) 

I just wanted to write a little post about some products I picked up in the supermarket the other day. Dan and I were doing a shop (I'm cooking for us every night this week... eeeek!) and I thought I'd treat myself to a couple of things. 

I've always really disliked Collection 2000, I used to think their products were cheap and tacky and didn't work properly... that was until I found a lipstick from one of their collections in my mums makeup bag and gave it a try. It was amazing, so I had to pick one up for myself :). I settled on Plum Perfection, from their volume sensation collection and it only set me back £2 in ASDA, total bargain! (check out all the shades here - Volume Sensation) I absolutely love this lipstick, it's amazzzzing. The colour is very vibrant and it feels very volumising on my lips, it also has a very moisturising texture. The best thing though is that the colour lasts for ages. Unlike most cheap lipsticks I've tried - which seem to rub off instantly, this one stays on for a long time. The pics below were taken after I'd applied the lipstick about an hour before (great coverage and wear for such a moisturising lipstick!)  

 


I also picked up the Collection 2000 shine away compact powder. I don't tend to wear powders much, unless they're Bare Minerals, but I thought I'd get some of this for nights out and stuff - when I end up looking sweaty and icky. I've used it a couple of times since I bought it and I'm really impressed. For such a cheap price this product really does work. It's also quite useful if you don't fancy applying foundation but want to give your skin a little bit of coverage as it seems to tone down any red patches on my face. 

The last thing I bought was Maybellines eyeliner-matic. I normally use Bourjois khol and contour but thought I'd give Maybelline a go as it's cheaper :) it comes in a plastic pencil type contraption and you just twist the liner up, which is handy. I wasn't too impressed on first use because it doesn't come out particularly dark on my waterline, so I have to draw quite a few lines until it looks black... but it does look good when I use it to line along my lashlines instead of liquid eyeliner - it gives quite a smudgy rock'n'roll effect (which I love :D)  

I'll do a post with pictures of the powder and eyeliner shortly :) for now I'll leave you with this strange picture of yours truly with some lilies! lol.


Monday, 2 August 2010

an EOTD post

I was soooo bored today, I literally had nothing to do at all :( so I thought I'd have a play around and doll my eyes up nicely, here are a few pics -

 


I'm wearing Sell Out and Perversion (literally my two staple eyeshadows, I'm obsessed with them!) by Urban Decay. Rimmel liquid eyeliner, Urban Decay pencil liner and Estee Lauder Magnascopic mascara. It's a very simple and shimmery look :)

Also, check out my weird irises - I literally can't figure out what colour my eyes are, sometimes they're blue, then they're green and other times they are silver, and I have a weird green star pattern around my pupils. Maybe I'm an alien *creepy twilight zone music plays in the background* lol.  

Sunday, 1 August 2010

A OOTN post :)

I'm a bit of a night owl and so most of the time I only really dress for the night. Half the time during the day, if I'm not going out anywhere, I'll tend to just throw on something comfortable and practical in order to slouch around the house. 

I went to my local pub this evening (it's a great place - lots of friendly people and a really happy and warm atmosphere) obviously it wasn't really a dressy occasion, so I went for a casual look :)

 

The dress is from a boutique store called Pink Zip and I love it because it has a bit of a 60s vibe about it and it's quite clingy. The boots are from Rocket Dog (I LOVE boots, especially suede boots! I tend to wear them all the time, even during the summer, lol) I also just noticed I have a ladder in my tights, oops, pesky ladders! 

I'm so desperately in need of a haircut it's unreal. My hair is in awful condition right now, it's gone all straggley and nasty and no ammount of deep conditioning seems to be sorting it out. I think I'll be booking myself into a salon shortly!

The quest for a Jolie pout

 

Almost every woman I know seems to be on a quest to find the perfect lip plumper, myself included! although I naturally have quite voluminous lips I still want them bigger and more pouty. I've tried numerous lip plumpers to try and enhance my lips further (and in turn, so has my mum, as her lips are quite thin) and I thought I'd review some of the products I've used and let you know how I got on :) 

Me wearing Too Faced lip injection gloss
 
 # 1 - Too Faced Lip injection
This is my ultimate favourite lip plumper, it works SO well and gives me a gorgeous bee-stung pout. I quite like the tingly effect it has on my lips, although some people might find it a bit too much. I normally use the clear version although I have tried a couple of the Technocolour glosses too (they're quite shimmery and have a wash of colour to them) it's very glossy and looks great over the top of any lipstick, or just worn on its own. I'd definitely 100% recommend this gloss if you're looking for a fuller pout, it does exactly what it says it will :)

# 2 - Bare Minerals Buxom lip polish
I used to work as a beauty ambassador for Bare Minerals when I was at university, so I quickly became addicted to their products. The Buxom lip polish is one of my favourite products - not only do they smell and taste divine (very sweet and sugary) but the colours are amazing and they really work to enhance your pout. My two favourite shades were Kanani and Trixie (Trixie is one of the most popular shades - a pinky tone with subtle gold shimmer, and we were always selling out of this when I worked on the counter) it tingles quite a bit when you apply it (not as much as the Too Faced lip injection though) and also cools and refreshes your lips as well as keeping them well moisturised and hydrated. 

#3 - Benefit lip plump
I normally love Benefit products but I wasn't particularly fond of this lip plumper. It's more of a primer, or a product to tone down your lipstick and give you a nude lip effect, rather than something that will increase the size of your lips. I felt no tingly sensation whatsoever and it didn't increase the size of my lips. It works well as a base for nude lips though as I said above, so I tend to just use it for that purpose.

What do you all feel is the best lip plumper on the market? :)

Versace Sensual Glam

I was going through some of the drawers in my bedroom this morning (my room is in desperate need of a tidy up, I still haven't got round to it and I've been back here for over a month now! lol) and I came across a random Versace Sensual Glam lipstick in V2013. I vaguely remember buying this a few years back but never really got round to trying it out as it isn't really my colour. Today, however, I thought I'd try it out and I think I'm pretty much in love. I'll have to hunt out some more of these lipstick in some shades that are more suited to my colourings.


The casing is pretty cute and quite glam, like most standard Versace items. The colour of V2013 is quite difficult to describe. In the above picture it appears to be quite a bright pinky colour, but in the below (one I took myself - apologies for it being somewhat blurry!) it's more of a lilac hue.


The lipstick goes on really creamy and feels amazing on your lips, it almost has the texture of a balm on first application and the colour is really bright and vivid after one application. The creamy effect does wear off though and about 10 minutes later it felt quite drying on my lips, but the colour stayed put for hours and hours (even though I was drinking coffee and eating food) so I can forgive the fact it ended up feeling quite dry - almost as though I had nothing on my lips at all. 


As you can see from the pics of my lips above, the colour did come out very purple / lilac on my lips. The lipsticks pinky tones were enhanced with the camera flash but the swatch on the right is a more true to reality - the lipstick looked almost exactly that shade, except lighter. It's not really a colour I feel I could wear every day, but it might be good for more dramatic makeup. 

I definitely want to try out some more of the Sensual Glam lipsticks though, they have some quite nice shades and the texture of the lipstick is possibly one of the best I've ever tried. 

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