Month: August 2011

Full Speed Ahead!

Hi Everyone!

This weekend I popped into London with Jan and saw THRILLER live and it was EPIC. Lots of people sitting in the audience with MJ hats and white gloves. My hands hurt so much afterwards from clapping! If you love music and fancy a trip to the theatre then this is the show for you.

 

As we were so close to the M.A.C. pro store we popped in for a look. I was super happy to realise that as a pro store they had the new Styledriven collection in already (out in stores tomorrow in the UK I believe, but online now!) and I was instantly drawn to Full Speed Ahead – a bright pink-magenta lipglass.

I needed this in my life, I was instantly smitten. The whole collection boasts long wear and a new brush for the lipglasses that hug your lips as you apply.

Long-lasting Lip Pencil and Lipglass with six extended hours of lasting shine, along with a creamy new Eye Shadow…experience future-forward Pro Longwear technology – M.A.C. UK Website

I can’t put my finger on the smell yet, it’s not their normal vanilla scent but it is sweet (if you know then let me know the comments please!) and the formula is a bit…gloopy but not in a really bad way. It’s not sticky (yay!) but incredibly glossy; when I saw the girl in the store wearing it I definitely heard it calling out my name!

I may find myself revisiting my local M.A.C. store and picking up the lip pencil to match…!

Until next time, have fun! :)

Tiger Tiger! @ Porchester Place

Hi Everyone!

Okay so I thought, if the summer heat won’t come to us (yup, it’s raining outside…) then its time for some bright nails! It almost feels like Autumn is drawing in already and technically I always think of September as Autumn anyway so we’re only just over a week away!!

  • Nails Inc: Porchester Place
  • Konad Special Polish: Black
  • Konad Image Plate: M62

I was feeling a french konad tip and went for this tiger stripe design! I do like the look as it gives an overall bright look, but I think next time I’m going to try a bare nail with orange french tip and this tiger design over the top! :)

Until next time, have fun! :D

Time for a Mojito! Ciate Nail Enamel

Hi Everyone! :)

I thought it was about time to try out the polish I received in my glossybox this month although I wasn’t so sure about the colour at first, being green and all, but I know it’ll be a great polish for nail art that I don’t already have.

Ciate: Mojito

Application:
I love the lid/handle, its nice and long and has 250 bristles. It took 3 coats until I achieved the opacity I was after.

Finish:
This polish is a true apple green, I don’t have any other polishes like it- think Kermit the frog! After a coat of Seche Vite it’s nice and glossy. The staying power for the polish really surprised me; it lasted for a good 5 days before chipping properly which is an awful long time for me! You can see from the picture though that I had some shrinkage at the tip after applying my topcoat, not really sure how that happened!

Overall:
Overall after wearing this polish I’ve learnt to love green polish (I know, late to the party again!) I’m really glad I got this in my box otherwise I wouldn’t have tried the colour and I hadn’t come across the brand in-store either.

  • Packaging: 8/10
  • Formula: 8/10
  • Staying power: 9/10
  • Value for money: 8/10
  • Repurchase: Yes
Are you a green polish lover? I now know I am!

Until next time, have fun! :)

Day trip to London & Haul

Hi Everyone! :)

I was going to post this at the weekend but due to the circumstances I thought it wouldn’t be in good taste posting about shopping in London with all that was going on. The trouble in London seems to have hopefully died down now. *touch wood*.

The weekend before last I took an afternoon trip into London for a spot of shopping/window shopping at some of my favourite London haunts. It’s difficult to find certain brands in my local shopping centre and the big city has it all!

It wasn’t a huuuge haul, but here are my spoils:

 First off I took a trip to Carnaby Street to check out Illamasqua, Benefit, Mac and The Make Up Store. I love to people watch around here as the clothes are stylish and everyone’s got a smile on their face.

My priority here was Illamasqua’s flagship store in Beak Street to get matched up for their new Skin Base foundation.

The store itself is gorgeous; check out this 360 tour of the Illamasqua Flagship store in the video above.

So on to the goodies! I was matched to Skin Base shade number 7. I’d been wanting to try out since it came out, it’s said to have the coverage of a BB cream without the whitening agent and SPF so the skin doesn’t flash white in photos. The MA gave me a sample of number 6 just in case 7 came out too dark and I needed to mix them until I catch some sun. I also picked up a lipstick in the shade Climax and the Pure Pigment in Furore.

Furore is described as a champagne peach shimmer but I don’t really think that description does it justice, it should be super awesome champagne peach shimmer. Used alone or layered over Illamasqua’s new cream pigment it looks stunning. The first time I saw it was on a MA in the flagship store, she had layered it over Delirium cream pigment and it made her eyes sparkle.

With my gorgeous illustrated Illamasqua shopping bag in tow it was off to the next shop!

A few tube stops away and I was off to one of London’s top department stores for beauty. I picked up a few bits from Shu Uemura and my first Eyes to Kill from Giorgio Armani.

I picked up the Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill in the shade 4 Pulp Fiction, what a cool name and an amazing metallic silver with pink laced through it.

This dudette was standing guard at the Shu Uemura counter, don’t mess with her!

The internet raves about the Shu Uemura curlers and how they are meant to be the best you can get so I finally caved and bought myself some in this perfect pink neon box. I’ll let you know how I get on with them. :)

Lastly I picked up a can of the Shu Uemura UV Under Base Mousse. As I had just picked up a new foundation without SPF and I’d recently ran out of primer I thought I should try this baby out! I’ve been using it for a few days now and at first I found it a bit strange applying a mousse to my face but getting past that this is actually a great primer. I bought this in Beige so it has a sheer beige coverage which is great to establish the initial coverage and base before I apply my foundation – I actually find I use less foundation with this primer.

That’s it for my haul, I can’t wait to test them all!

P.S. Did you spot the Totoro plushie? :3

Until next time, have fun! :D

London Riots 2011

With such violence in London and now around the country, with my friends scared and caught right in the middle of the rioting I can’t bring myself to post about make-up or nails today.

This footage was taken by my friends in Woolwich last night from their bedroom window (be warned there is some swearing, understandably so). Rioters set fire to her workplace and the shops below their flat.

This is unbelievable, I’m still in shock, I only hope this stops NOW. It is clear there is not enough police to handle them.

But with the dark there is the light. The morning after the night before, after 3 nights of rioting Londoners are banding together via twitter with the hashtag #RiotCleanUp and hitting the streets to help clean up the destruction, my only hope is that the riots do not continue again tonight after all their efforts.

People queuing up to help clean up in Clapham (via @debenhams)

I ask you to please support #RiotCleanUp and visit www.riotcleanup.co.uk.

Until next time, stay safe :(

Color Club: Raspberry Rush & Wicked Sweet

Hi Everyone! :)

Here’s a very quick post to as I thought I’d drop the swatches to the other two colours of the Wicked Sweet Mini Set that I picked up.

Raspberry Rush 

Wicked Sweet 

Application:
Like the other scented polishes I used 3 coats on these polishes for even coverage. For mini polishes the brush size was okay, not too small.

Finish:
These polishes are very soft when dry and used without a topcoat; they show off marks and knocks, but if used with a topcoat this wouldn’t be so bad (although that would be against the point? :() I did really enjoy the scent though, really sweet!

Overall:
The polishes don’t wear very well, they are a novelty but they are fun for the summer. I’m glad I picked up this mini set, it really brought me back to my first experiences with scented polishes when I was a kid and what I loved about them. :)

  • Packaging: 7/10
  • Formula: 6/10
  • Staying power: 6/10
  • Value for money: 7/10
  • Repurchase: No

Until next time, have fun! :D

July Favourites

Hi Everyone! :D It’s time for July Favourites. It seems July was a bit of a wash out weather-wise but come 1st August the sun is blazing!

Instagram

First up for my top monthly favourites is an app called Instagram. Yes I’m a little late to the party on this one, a friend introduced me to it but I think its fab. What is it? Well:

“It’s a fast, beautiful and fun way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures. Snap a photo with your iPhone, choose a filter to transform the look and feel, send to Facebook, Twitter or Flickr – it’s all as easy as pie. It’s photo sharing, reinvented. Oh yeah, did we mention it’s free?” - Instagram website

The filters are fantastic and its great to see my friend’s photos on the app too! If you have an iPhone I really suggest you try it out :)

Illamasqua: Medium Pencil in Vow

This pencil is a god send when I’m sick and not looking my best (of which I was sick for most of July!). I use it on my waterline and it really opens the eyes and takes away any redness- making me look human again! This shade is for lighter skin tones, so if you are looking for a pencil to use on your waterline but your skin tone is a little darker than you should check out the shade Hex.

Clarins: Crystal Balm in Crystal Coral

At first glance I thought this was a plain old lipstick when I stopped by my local Clarins counter, but on closer inspection I saw it was transparent and in fact a lip balm! I love Clarins skin care but haven’t tried any Clarins make-up before. Lisa at my local counter showed me the 3 colours which are light pink (more clear really), orange (known as coral) and red. I already own red lip balms that stain the lips and I thought the light pink one would be a waste as I have clear lip balms already, but the orange (coral!!) really stood out to me. I tried it on and when mixed with the natural colour of my lips it really does show up coral (hurrah!). It’s the perfect colour for the Summer and encourages me to keep my lips moisturised. Lisa also told me that it was limited edition AND there was a promotion on at the time, it was meant to be!

M.A.C: Blush in Style

I bought a pro pan of Style after disappointedly missing out on M.A.C My Paradise cheek powder that came out in the Surf Baby Collection ’11. My Paradise is a gorgeous peach with golden over-spray but sold out day (morning) one in my local store and online. The MA suggested to me to try out Style; it’s not as bright but it’s still a really lovely coral-peach with gold pearl.

Rimmel: Exaggerate Liquid Eyeliner in Black

This liquid liner is my staple liner product; if I’m in a rush or don’t fancy wearing gel liner I’ll reach for this in a heart beat. I have the brown and black version and use them depending on the look. I can’t stand leaving the house without at least eye liner and mascara on my eyes and the cat eye look is definitely my favourite. The brush itself it felt and stiff (although it has enough give when applying to the eye) which I find easier to achieve the cat eye I want. If I’m after a thin fine line for a cat eye then I’d use my M.A.C 210 precise eye liner brush.

So that’s it for my top 5 favourites of July, seems I’m really into the corals/peaches this summer! let me know what you’ve been loving in the comments below :)

Until next time, have fun! :D

Blue Brown Glitter Fun!

Hi Everyone! :)

Today I really couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do with my nails, so I picked up a couple of colours I thought would look nice together and this is what was born! Nails Inc: Jermyn Street comes out a little darker than the bottle I find, but I still think it’s a lovely milky-chocolate-y colour.

  • Nails Inc: Jermyn Street
  • Barry M: Blue Glitter
  • Seche Vite top coat

Fun Fact: I bought this blue glittery polish in a blog sale from Rachael at The Beauty Spot, do check out her blog its fab. :)

Until next time, have fun! :D

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