Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Merry Illamasqua!!!

Hello there folks!

Hope you all had a great Christmas. I can’t believe it’s nearly 2010 already! How quickly time whizzes passed.

I got spoiled rotten by Santa. I can’t believe the gifts I got. Gorgeous stuff, I’m so grateful. I got some great cosmetic treats too. A lot of which I had been coveting for months but due to lack of funds I couldn‘t get for myself. I’ll probably do a couple of posts on the new make up I got my mitts on.


Firstly though this post is on the fantastic Illamasqua products I received.
Liquid metals - Solstice and Phenomena
Lipstick - Bitch and Diablo
Medium pencils - Paint, Debonair and Errant


Phenomena, silver goodness.

Solstice, golden dream.

The liquid metals are everything I hoped they would be. Stunning, simply stunning and a little goes a long way. I think I will have to treat myself to Enrapture too, it looks like an amazing bronze. Such a beautiful product, well worth the wait for it.



Bitch is easily going to be one of my favourite lipsticks. I can see me wearing this a lot. The perfect brownie nude for me, not too pale. Quite a dry texture and long lasting. I’ve actually been adding a little GOSH Darling (which on it’s own I dislike on me a lot) in the centre to lighten it and add bit of a cream texture. I wore this on Christmas day and Boxing day I loved it so much.


Diablo, I haven’t had a chance to properly try out as yet but loving the look of it.



The Medium pencils are once again just what I hoped they would be. Packed full of colour, soft enough to work with and no dragging on the skin. Debonair was an instant favourite but I have a feeling I will love all of these. I will definitely be buying more of these pencils. So many colours to chose from it will be difficult deciding which ones to go for first.

In short I LOVE ILLAMASQUA. Certainly worth the wait.
Festive hugs to you all.
Ex




Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Merry Christmas to all you folks!!!!

Hey folks!

I just wanted to take the chance to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I'm not sure if I would get a chance before the big day so I doing it now.

Since joining Blogger I have had such a ball. You guys are seriously great. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time out to read my rambles and to leave me such lovely comments. You peeps rock. I've met so many lovely people through this community.

So happy festive wishes your way. Hope you have an amazing time (and get some cracking gifts).

Exxx

Monday, 21 December 2009

Kat Von D Purple EOTD

So purples aren’t really my thing but I am determined to try and make them work. I adore my Kat Von D palettes and there are some lovely purples in Beethoven palette so I will keep trying.



Over all I liked the look but my mistake was my choice in a base. A while back a bought an eyeshadow pencil from Tesco’s ‘All About Face’ range for this purpose. I tend to use MAC shadesticks every now and then as bases so I had thought it might be able use this too. Boy was I wrong. God awful!!!! In fact it was so bad it has inspired me to make a SIN BIN. I’m going to list all the products I thought were bad. Luckily I don’t have many at the moment. Fingers crossed I won’t be adding many to this list. I also tried a couple of lipsticks and a concealer from this range and didn’t like any of it. The lipsticks were the worst, grease city. Instant bin job.



Any way I tried out this EOTD however due to the crappy base I will have to try it again. I could see it creasing within minutes. Fingers crossed it will turn out better next time.


Hope you’ve had a good Monday.


Christmas aint far away!
Ex

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Red Sunset EOTD

Here’s a quick EOTD for you peeps.


So it’s the weekend and the weekend for me, make up wise, means colour and lots of it. I always feel I can get away with more as it’s the weekend, no work etc, etc. So today I went for full on ion your face eye colour. I wish I had fake tanned a little as I think if I was a little less pale this would have looked better however I still liked it. I’ve always had a thing for red eye make up. Years ago I remember having a lipstick stain from the Body Shop that was bright red that I used to wear on my eyes. I teamed it with black liner to avoid the eye infection look. I wore it a lot.


When I was in the States earlier this year I managed to pick up a couple of gorgeous Make Up Forever red shadows that I haven’t used nearly enough. I must dig those out.


Any way today I thought I would try out the deepest red from the Sleek Sunset palette. I added a bit of the bright orange in the inner corner and some of the bright yellow on the inner lower lash line. After this I used a black liner on the waterline and a couple of coats of mascara.



Overall I happy with it and while using a MAC shadestick as a base I am still amazed at how well it has lasted. Not exactly an everyday look but that’s half the fun right? Anyone else a fan of red eyeshadow?



Can’t believe Christmas is less than a week away. So looking forward to it.

Hope you guys have had a great weekend. Mine was over way too quick!

Ex



Saturday, 19 December 2009

Random off topic cute post


Just wanted to say a quick Happy Friday post to you guys. Hope you all have a fantastic weekend. I certainly am thanking Crunchie it's Friday!
I'm so looking forward to Christmas. I love seeing peoples faces when they open up their presents.
I bought the daft little booties above for my soon to be born Nephew. After all, he can't be left out. Just a daft gift but they were too cute to resist.
Have a fantastic weekend guys.
Exxx

Monday, 14 December 2009

Sunset Sleek Palette EOTD

So as I previously blogged I got my mitts on a Sleek Sunset palette. Bargain. Thought I would share with you a quick EOTD and also fess up to breaking my spending ban again.

Firstly, loving the orangey colours of the Sunset palette. Looking forward to trying out the reds within it. As usual the shadows are of a good quality, certainly for the price.



Secondly, my ban, once again I was shopping for Christmas presents and found myself in The Body Shop. You see my first mistake. They had this neat little eyeshadow palette for only five pounds so I thought it would be rude not too (go get one folks, there's another palette with silvers/blacks too). Bad I know but it’s an addiction! I can’t help it. Tried a couple of the colours and I think they will be great everyday colours and work friendly.



Hope your Christmas shopping is going well. The crowds are starting to get a bit mad in the shops now.


Ex

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Vintage Pink Rimmel Lipstick

Following on from yesterday’s post here is another one of my Rimmel 3-4-2. I posted the name wrong previously, I called it Retro Pink when it is in fact Vintage Pink. Bad blogger *slaps hand*. As you can see I was so eager to try this out I used it before I snapped this photo above.

I am very keen on this. Although with that said I’m finding it difficult to describe the colour. Here's a swatch of the colour in the day light and below with a flash and then daylight again.


I wouldn’t really call it pink but then it is. I feel it has touch of a purple colour to it too. I have been teaming it with green eyes and I’m sold. It fades really well too which is a must at work as I can’t be topping up the lippy every two minutes. It goes on smoothly, has a bit of a scent to it but nothing off putting. Nice to have something that is once again out of my usual pale or dark lips.


Hope you are having a great week so far. WOo HOo Friday tomorrow.
Exxx

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Rimmel Twinkle - Happy work nails

I blogged previously about a Rimmel 3-4-2 offer. This is one of the 3 I picked up.

I don't have many work friendly colours so I need to get myself some pastel soft numbers. I spied this little beauty and decided it would be mine. A lovely pink with tiny flecks of coloured glittery joy. I'm VERY keen as it may be a work safe colour but it still feels special.

So please guys if you know of any pale soft work happy nail polishes out there give me a heads up.

Hope you are having a great week.

Exxx




Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Sleek Acid Palette - EOTD, well the other day

In my last blog spoke about the Sleek Acid palette I finally got my mitts on. So it is no surprise that when I sat down to put my make up on the following day this was in my hand. Problem is what colour to use? They all looked so vibrant and appealing I had to let my fella decide. Of course he went for the brightest acid green.


I’ve always worn really bright eye colours so I was quite happy to go for full on colour, all over the lid. I did add some of the slightly darker green (which has a shimmer through it) at the outer corners of the eye and on the lower lash line. The acid green is matte and I could see that it probably would crease so I added in a little of the darker shade to the socket. I also popped some black liner on too. From the centre of my lid out and on the waterline, upper and lower. I kept the inside corner free from any liner so it was solid acid green.


I kept the lips super, super nude using Boots Natural Collection in Apple Blossom. This colour is just wearable for me in no more. Any lighter and it's corpse city concealer lips looking, not good. Overall I was happy with the look. It feels good going a bit colour happy with the shadows at the weekend. I even got a compliment on my eyeshadow from a girl in a shop when I was out and about Christmas shopping. Which I thought was very sweet.
Are you a "brights" girl?
Ex


Sunday, 6 December 2009

I gave in purchases


So do you remember that self imposed spending ban on all things cosmetic I put on myself? Well I kind of broke that a bit this weekend. Whoops, although I can explain.

You see I went out on Friday after work to do a quick bit of Christmas shopping. I knew exactly what I was looking for but thought I would scan the shops for little stocking filler gifts. As well as that I was pricing aftershaves so popped into boots, ignored the make up completely and then headed to Superdrug to see if they did the same aftershave any cheaper. So you see I was there for research purchases honest! As I walked in to SD I quickly passed all the make up stands as I simply don’t trust myself. Then came to an abrupt stop and back tracked. They had a Sleek stand. Now as far as I was aware only one SD store in my city stocked Sleek. I knew that they were going into more stores but none on their list were near me. Hence the surprise. Not a such a big deal really as the two stores are in easy walking distance from one another. The big deal was that sitting on their shelves were the two eye shadow palettes I had wanted and couldn’t get my mitts on at the first store. Try as I might every time I had gone in there they were sold out. Not only that but there is a 3 for 2 offer across all cosmetics in SD at the moment. The ban was lifted and here is what I purchased.





Acid and Sunset eyeshadow palettes and Flamingo blush. Lovely. I’m adoring them big style and all for just under a tenner. Surely Santa would understand? I seem to keep reaching for my sleek palettes at the moment so the chance to try more colours was too much. I'm weak for make up.

I do what to start trying out other products and brands too, I feel I’ve been a bit Sleek, Sleek, Sleek recently (although the brands I want are on the pricey side of things therefore waiting until after Crimbo). I have done a couple of EOTDs with these over the weekend which I will post later on. I seriously can not buy any more cosmetics until after Christmas! Naughty me.

So guys have you had a good weekend?

What was the last product you treated yourself to?

Exxx










Thursday, 3 December 2009

Rimmel 3-4-2 offer

Just in case you folks didn't know Rimmel are currently doing a three for two offer. I know it's offer city out there at the moment with Christmas on the way. I needed to get myself their white matte solo shadow as I use it everyday as a highlight and run out quite. So I also picked up a lippy in Retro Pink and a nail polish in Twinkle. I will take photos and post about these later. I've put on the polish tonight and I'm quite keen. I think I may love the lippy too.

Happy Thursday folks!

What are your weekend plans. Any Christmas parties planned?

Ex

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Off topic ramble post - Book Clubs

This is more a blogging sort of post, not make up related. I've been a busy bunny of late so not had much time to play with my cosmetics. The looks I have been going for are more regular 'looks' that I can apply without really thinking. Second nature now. Plus I've given myself a little spending ban as I have everything from my wish list *points to right of screen* on my Crimbo list. So nothing new for me until Santa shows his red and white behind.
What's on your Christmas list?

So I joined a book club through work and I need to make some suggestions for future reads and I need your help. Now my normal flavour of book is thrillers, chillers, creepy twisty plots and murder mysteries. Think CSI on paper. However the folks at work aren’t really into that sort of thing. Now I know that a book club is supposed to make you read things you wouldn’t normally pick up but there is no point me putting things forward if people are going to hate them. So people I need your help on this one. Please can you suggest some great reads for me that most people would enjoy.

Thank guys *hugs*

Happy Wednesday!

Exxx

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Tesco 3-4-2, Maybelline and winter boots

Tesco are currently doing a 3 for 2 offer across their make up ranges. Now I am on a bit of a spending ban as I have a lot of cosmetics on my Christmas list. However I did feel that my everyday mascara was getting a bit on the dry side. Now I do tend to head to Maybelline when it comes to mascaras. I’ve had good results from their products so I usually head back to them and today was no different. I picked up “The Colossal Volum’ Express” in Glam Black waterproof which I haven't tried before. Will let you know how I get on with this. I do want to try out a few others so please suggest away any mascaras you guys love.
I really want to try Max Factor’s 2000 Calorie mascara but I couldn’t get in waterproof. My eyes do water in the wind so it is pointless buying anything that isn’t. Especially with the weather turning the way it is. I can’t get over how cold it is and now it looks like there is snow on the way!
So for my other two items I picked up more Maybelline goods. Two “Watershine” glosses, one in Baby Pink and one in Crystal Dune. The first is a very light pink that reminds me of the colour of candy floss. I quickly tried it on and it doesn’t give much colour. More “my lips but better” shine which is lovely. The second is a very light café latte colour with lots of sparkle which I think I am going to love. Once again I’ll tell you what I think once I have given them a proper try out.

I also got myself some proper walking boots this weekend. I needed a good boot that will get me through the snow and ice of winter. The shoes I have are useless in that type of weather and since we are due for snow soon I wanted to be prepared. They are actually a man’s boot from Trespass but they don’t look it. Honestly I couldn't care less I just wanted something that will stop me for slipping and falling all over the place. All the women’s boots seemed to be UGG styled with no grips on them and style wise that’s not really something I would wear. I wore them today and they are so comfortable. Now all I need are some pretty shoes for work to change into once I get there.
Hope you have all had a great weekend.
Exxx

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Hey there folks,

Just wanted to say Happy Thanksgiving to all those bloggers on the other side of the pond.

Massive hugs to you all!

Exxx

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Another Sleek EOTD

I went for another Sleek EOTD today. I decided to go for a one colour approach. Here's a snap of it around 7pm. Not bad considering I put it on before 7am with no touch up during the day (just didn't have time)!

Here's a couple of snaps of it after I reapplied a very small amount.


Being a blue girl I tend to reach for rich browns when I can't decide what to do. They are my "safe" colours but can be so much fun. This brown is from the Sleek "Storm" palette. I used this all over the lid and simply blended it out toward the brow bone then added a small amount of white to highlight. Along the lashes I put a thin, thin line of GOSH's bronze Extreme Art Eyeliner (number 24). Once this stuff goes on it doesn't move at all. Considering the rain we are getting waterproof is the way to go!


What are your "safe" colours then folks?

Exxxxx

Monday, 23 November 2009

Sleek EOTD and Barry M NOTD

Quick EOTD and NOTD folks.

Sorry for the photos not being the best. I really need to figure out some sort of lighting that works. Any way here's a quick eye of the day. This was a mixture of the Sleek "Chaos" and "Jewels" palettes. Basically I used the matte chaos colours all over the lid and then added the glittery jewel colours that matched at the lashes. I really liked the way the yellow, orange and purpley shades went together. Just wished it showed in the pictures.


Here's the Barry M pink colour I bought a few weeks back. It is lovely and I will be repurchasing this one plus it's suitable for my job. However I have to admit I do miss wearing bright nail colours, I keep looking at all the lovely colours I have and pouting. Will have to just wear them at the weekend


Exxxxx

Blogger Awards and Thanks

Hey there folks,
I hope everyone had a great Monday. I tend to get Monday blues so I've cheered myself up tonight by coming on here and catching up on my blog reading. Added to this was the lovely surprise that the fabulous Emma and Sarah have both given me a couple of blog awards. Cheered me up a treat I tell you.









Now both of these awards have different rules. One is to go to 3 people(One lovely Blog) and one to go to 15 (I love your blog).

So I hope these girls don't mind but I am going to combine them and give both to 7 people! ;)

So here they are -


The Makeup Snob

Sparkle is my Crack!

Superficial Girls

Lou Lou Land!

UnicornSmile

Clearly Beautiful

Do Not Refreeze

Also guys, as I've not had much time online I do feel that I may have lost track of TAGS and perhaps an Award that might have been sent my way. If that is the case I do apologise.

On top of this I would like to thank everyone that is following my blog. I'm over the moon to have some many, it means a lot. So thanks for taking the time out to read my randomness and for leaving me comments. I still can't get over how friendly the blogger world is. You people ROCK!

Ex


Thursday, 19 November 2009

Pin Up Pout - Shout Out Award

Hey folks, hope you are all having a great week.

So it’s about time I did a Pin Up Pout - Shout Out Award.


This month it goes to the lovely Lauren over at Lauren Loves.


Now Lauren is a very popular blogger so many out there may already be following this fabulous lady but for those who aren’t please jump on over to her site after reading this. Click the link and check her out. You are bound to enjoy it.

She is a UK based freelance beauty and music writer and I love her blog. I really enjoy the different types of posts she does and topics she covers. I like it when a blogger mixes it up a bit. In particular I like her interviews and was over the moon the other week when she asked to do a little fun interview with me. I love the idea of us bloggers giving a little wave and a high five to each other on our pages, hence why I made this award. I am constantly impressed with the friendly community we have here. It just doesn't tend to happen like this else where on the web.

This month I thought I would steal Lauren’s interview idea and combine that with the award. I think I will keep this idea going every month (hope you don't mind Lauren). That is if the person receiving it is willing.

So here it is -

Q. Who (or what) makes you properly belly laugh?

A. Nathan Barley, Alan Partridge, The Office and Mighty Boosh. Also, a really underrated film called 'Whatever Happened to Harold Smith' is hilarious.

Q. What’s your favourite movie of the year?

A. Mmm tricky one. I think I'd have to say 'I Love You Man'. I thought it'd be a proper blokey film but it was blimming hilarious and the central characters were ace. It was so good I watched it twice within about 3 days!

Q. Top celebrity crush?

A. Kelly Jones from Stereophonics, without a doubt. I've loved Kelly since I was about 13 and driven my friends mad about him ever since. So when I interviewed him a couple of years ago, I found it ridiculously hard to remain cool and contain my excitement. I got through the whole interview as cool as a cucumber, then spoiled it on the way out by telling him I'd always been a fan. Arrrgh!

Q. Trend you just can’t get your head around (and wish it would go away)?

A. Harem pants! I'm sorry if anyone loves them, but they just remind me of MC Hammer. Or worse, Kriss Kross. Not flattering at all.

Q. Your guilty pleasure?

A. A few too many actually....Maltesers, Double Deckers, Pear Cider and coffee (preferably all at once!)

Q. Cosmetic item you think everyone should own and why?

A. I can't live without my Boots No 7 Quick Cover concealer (in extra fair - I'm so pale!). It's my desert island product and be gutted if they discontinued it. Shallow eh?

q. What outfit or item of clothing makes you feel super glam?

A. Actually, a dress I picked up from a charity shop in the summer. It's absolutely lovely - a black, lace body con, off the shoulder number. It's very Audrey Hepburn and I love it. I always get compliments when I wear it and it cost me all of £2.50. Bargain!

Q. What’s currently on your iPod? (question stolen from Lauren, hope you don’t mind)

A. A bit of everything - Ocean Colour Scene, White Lies, Roxy Music, Florence and the Machine, Little Boots, ABBA, Brighton band Telegraphs and of course, Stereophonics!

Q. What made you want to blog and what are your favourite parts about?

A. I started out doing a bit of writing for the Barry M website and got invited to their recent bloggers' event. I have to admit, I didn't realise there was such a big blogging community until I met some of the lovely girls at the event and heard what they all had to say. I jumped on the bandwagon as soon as I got home!
I love that it's such a friendly community and I enjoy reading fellow bloggers' posts. It always cheers me up when I arrive at work shattered in the morning.


Q. What are your plans for the Christmas/New Year season?

A. My boyfriend is spending Christmas with my family for the first time this year, which will be nice. As for New Year, we always have a big family do. I have never had a big night out on New Year (if you can believe it) so I think this year I will ditch my family (sorry mum and dad!) and see my chums instead!

Oh and just so you know folks I couldn't agree more with Lauren about "I love you, man". It's a brilliant movie. I laughed so hard I cried at parts. I wanted to go see it again as soon as I came out of the cinema. Go see it!

Oh and I quite like a bit of Ocean Colour Scene myself. When I was a teenagers I met them a few times. I got to spend my New Year with them and a free bar.

I will keep the link to Lauren’s page added to the award image on my site for the next month.

Lauren feel free to post this image on your blog if you wish, completely up to you.


Exxx





Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Highs and Lows of My Lipstick Hunting

Recently I have been trying to get my hands on some more lipsticks. Admittedly I do have a fair few but they all tend to be a bit samey and a tad old. Besides I seem to always get eye make up so I thought it was time for something new in the lip department.

In this quest I found myself trying little cheapie options I had never purchased before. Literally things would just catch my eye as I was out and about. I didn’t have the cash at the time to be actually going out looking for make up so it was down to what I stumbled across. Any way I was hoping that I would discover a magical gem of a lippy that would cost next to nothing and work wonders. Ok, so maybe this was wishful thinking.


Firstly the I did find myself a couple of ok things. Wet n Wild (bought in Tesco) in Retro Pink and Pink Ice are quite nice. Under £2, long lasting considering the price and Retro Pink (above) certainly packs a punch colour wise.

On the other side of things Tesco also sells their own basic range “All About Face” and oh my were these lipsticks crap. There really is no other word for them. I bought one in Soft Coral and another I can’t even remember the colour of. These were so greasy I literally put them on my lips once and that was it. Awful, I just wish there had been a tester (they come wrapped up in a plastic sleeve). That was £4 wasted. So bad I don't have photos of them for you to see.

Now there may be some people out there that say “well what do you expect for under £2?”. I probably would have agreed a couple of weeks ago but that was before I bought “Boots Natural Collection” lipsticks. I’ve blogged about these previously so I won’t repeat myself but simply say, brilliant everyday lipsticks and cheap as chips!



Also 2 True (in Superdrug)do a lovely little pink number (number 4)that I am very keen on.



On the slightly more expensive scale but still drugstore brand was GOSH and Barry M. Both had let downs for me, GOSH’s Darling and Barry M’s 101, for the same reason. Far, far too white pale for me. I literally looked like I had rubbed concealer all over my lips which gave me a lovely corpse-like appearance. Both seemed to settle into every line of my lips. Hideous. I doubt if I will ever use these two again. I could use these over a liner etc but I would rather just get myself another colour that causes me less hassle.


(GOSH Darling)


Also Barry M’s magic lipstick wasn’t a winner for me. Goes on green and turns pink once on the lips. Stains unevenly, grabs every line and just looks rough. However I do want to say that Barry M’s 136 is lovely. I use that regularly.

Maybelline’s Ambre Rose is another favourite. I have adored this recent purchase . I really wished I had ignored the GOSH temptation and bought another colour from Maybelline’s range. The Hollywood red has my attention.

Any way I thought I would do a little highs and lows of my lipstick hunting.

What about you guys. Any favourite lippies of late?

Ex

Monday, 16 November 2009

Review, EOTD, LOTD mash up

This post is a bit of a mash up of a few things. I little review, an EOTD and a LOTD.

Firstly I want to praise an ELF product I bought recently (see previous blog). This is my favourite item of my four purchases, the eyebrow kit. I have used it every day since I bought it. When it comes to brows I have never used anything other than a pencil. Shadows just looked weird somehow. But those wax and powder kits have always got my interest. So at a mere £3.50 I thought I would give it a try. No massive loss cash wise if I didn’t like it. But I do, love it in fact.
So here are my eyebrows with no make up on them at all. They are pretty fair and thin. I don’t really need to pluck all that often. Although I do tend to get tiny blonde hairs under the arch which are a nightmare to see, until I put eyeshadow on top of them. Any way they need shape and a bit of filling in. The flash flash is also making my skin look super shiny but lucky it isn't like that!


And here they are with the eye brow kit used on them. Basically you get a small brush provided in the kit. It has an angled head at one end, this you use to apply a small amount of wax to make your eyebrow shape. Then at the other end is a small round brush to apply the powder to “set” the wax. I am seriously impressed with this product. I feel it looks natural and it lasts all day unlike the pencils I was using before. Oh and I’m using the medium colour (as it comes in three shades).


Secondly is a quick EOTD photo. Surprise, surprise it’s from the new sleek palette. I’m not keen on silver colours on me but I am determined to make them work as I love the shades. They look better on me once I have a bit of fake tan on.








And lastly, it’s a LOTD. My new favourite everyday lippie (although I’m loving Ambre Rose too) Boots Natural Collection in Fig Leaf. I had to go buy another one as my first snapped at the base. At £1.95 this is such a bargain. Perfect brown nude for me.

Hope you had a good Monday!
I’m looking forward to watching Derren Brown in 3D!
Exxx