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.

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!


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?


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


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!


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!


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.


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?


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!

Make Up Diary TAG

Nikki posted this lovely TAG for us peeps to do so here's my answers.

1. What time did you do your makeup today? 6:35am

2. What’s the least expensive beauty item you used? Boot Natural Collection lipstick. £1.95 bargain.

3. What was the biggest problem you needed to correct? Dark circles under my eyes and those dreaded lines appearing with them!

4. Did you apply false eyelashes? Nope, I very rarely do. Only for a night out really.

5. Did you do anything while applying make-up? What? Besides trying to wake up and focus. It was 6.30 in the morning. I can't multi-task at that time.

6. Biggest make-up mishap today? Not taking any into work to touch up with.

7. Did you have a makeup inspiration in mind? Once again it was 6.30am. Coffee is my only inspiration at that time.

8. What was the most time-consuming part of your makeup routine? My eyeshadow always takes up the most time.

9. What part of your routine is the most fun? Eyeshadow without a doubt. I finally look alive when that is on.

10. What part of your make-up makes the biggest difference in the way you look? Concealer for my eyes and a bit of blush. Too pale without some colour on my cheeks.

11. Neutral or colorful eyeshdaow? I like to mix both.

12. Liquid or mineral foundation? Liquid. Never tried mineral on myself. Had a bad make up counter experience when I walked away looking like I had put my face straight into some white flour.

13. Do you do your hair or make-up first? The slap wins.

14. Did you pack a make-up bag to take with you for the day? No, wished I had. I don't take much. Touch of concealer, powder and a lippy.

15. When did you finish your make-up? Just before 7am.

So folks if you fancy doing this take it and run with it. Let me know if you have. I want to read your answers.


Sunday, 15 November 2009

I love your blog because you make me smile - TAG

I haven’t had much time online of late but I wanted to pop on tonight to get a post done. I got this lovely tag from Tacky Blue Eyeshadow. So here goes.

The Rules:

-You have to put a song that makes you happy.- You can tag as many people as you like, there is no limit.- Say at least one thing about each blog you tag, that will make them smile, something nice about their blog that makes you smile when you read it!

The song:

I can’t help but smile when I hear this. It’s just so upbeat. Makes me want to get up and shimmy. I tend to listen to this in the morning to wake and cheer me up.

I nominate anyone that wants to do this. However I name a few peeps. Apologises if you have already done this.

Hope you have all had a great weekend. I don't know how much online time I will get this week but I will try to get some posts done. Missing catching up on my blog reading.


Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Order, order! What's your order

This is just a random little query I'm throwing out there. Sorry if it seems daft to some.

When replying to a comment left on a previous post a question popped into my head. Now we have had tags about products we use, even products used on a daily basis etc but I'm curious as to how you put your make up on. The order to which you set things out. I know everyone does things differently but I know I have a set way and wonder what others do?

For me I put on my face cream, well gel actually, then eye cream and let them dry (which is a bit of a given, put these on after your makeup and it might not be the best FOTD! tee hee).

Eye shadow primer
Highlighter shadow (usually matte white) on brow bone and inner corner of eye
Eye shadow
Eye brow pencil/powder
Then off I go to do my hair.

I tend to pretty much stick to this routine all the time and it feels weird to do things differently. I realise this probably makes no difference to the finish look but I'm just curious, do others have there make up action plan? Do you? If so, do share.

Oh also I know I have a couple of tags to do and a couple of awards to thank people for. Will try to get them done by the end of the week, been a bit busy.

Hope you are having a great week.


Monday, 9 November 2009



This is a great little tag idea from the lovely Sarah.
Basically the 'rules' are

1. List 6 items that you have either 'hit pan' or finished the tub/tube bottle of etc. and have or plan to repurchase for even and ever! This can be makeup, skincare, haircare, bodycare or scent

2. Tag 6 people that you want to know their repurchases

3. Let those 6 people know by leaving a comment on their blog with a link so they know what to do

So here are my six -

Boots Expert Heat Protection Straightening Balm. Love this stuff and have just bought another tube. See previous blog. Works a treat.

Andrew Bartons Gloss Boss Serum. Another favourite hair product. Smells great and does what it says on the tin. I’m getting low on this and will be repurchasing for sure. I think I will have to try out the rest of the range.

Clinique Clarifying Lotion. Once again see my previous blogging about this. Really cleans the skin. Almost at the end of my freebie bottle so will have to get some more.
Matte White Rimmel Eye Shadow. This I use every day as my basic highlight. I have quite a lot of lid space so I go through these things quickly.

Bourjois blush in Rose Ambre. I am yet to find a blusher I love more. I wear it every day.

Bourjois Délice de Poudre. Once again another product I don’t ever stray from. Adore this bronzer.
So my 6 people are:

More little goodies I purchased

I got myself another couple of goodies at the weekend.

First up is the Boots No7 illuminated mirror. I first saw this on the lovely Sarah’s blog. She advised it was half price but at the time I just didn’t have the pennies to get my hands on it. I knew I would end up buying it at some point but expected it to be back up to the full price of £50. What with dark winter mornings and energy saving bulbs it’s not the brightest first thing. This mirror is brilliant. It can actually see what I’m doing. Trust me, with getting up at 6am I need all the help I can get seeing. Happily it was still on a half price offer of £25 (no doubt for the run up to Christmas).

Next up is the Garnier Nutritionist Caffeine Eye Roll On. I’ve been curious about the little number for a while. I’ve always got really dark circles under my eyes, regardless of how much sleep I get. Although to be honest my sleeping pattern is not the best. So anything that says it will help has me interested. That’s why I’m also always on the look out for the ultimate concealer. After trying this for a while I will let you know if I see any difference.

Last but not least is the famous Ambre Rose Maybelline lipstick. This I am loving.

The colour is perfect for every day wear. A lovely pinky nude. I can see why people love it so much. Plus I like the smell. Even my boyfriend noticed this and found the scent appealing.


Thursday, 5 November 2009

Nails Inc freebie - Glamour mag

Quick post to say hope you girls all got your hands on a Glamour magazine today. With it you get a free Nails Inc nail polish. There are four colours to pick from. Don't know the names off hand but there is a light pinkish colour, hot pink, red and a black. At only £2 this is a steal. I got two copies as I wanted two bottles of the pale pink. These should be perfect for work.


Tuesday, 3 November 2009

One Lovely Blog - thank you

Hey there folks.

Ok I am just about to head to bed as full of the cold but I wanted to say a big thank you to Madeleine Bouquet over at A Bouquet of Beauty for giving me this blog award. I need to forward this onto 15 peeps but as I am totally beat I will post my nominations later.

I will try to pass this on to people that don't already have this.

Thanks again, means a lot.


Finally some ELF

Well I have finally got my hands on some ELF products! Woooo Hooooo

I placed my order on Saturday and it arrived today which is super quick considering the postal strikes and all. I got myself four products in total. All £3.50 each which seems very reasonable indeed. I’m impressed so far not only with the speed of the delivery but the packaging. It’s sleek and not at all cheaper end of the market looking. I can’t wait to try these out. So I got my mitts on their Eyebrow Kit, Under-eye Concealer and Highlighter, Contouring Blush and Bronzer Powder and, my biggest want, the Complexion Perfection!

Did of course open them all up and have a little play but will properly try them out tomorrow. The eyebrow kit is something I’m curious about as I’ve only ever used an eyebrow pencil so this is something completely different.

The Concealer coupled with the Complexion powder I’m hoping will hide my dark shadows! Fingers crossed. The blush I know I will use on the apple of my cheeks and the bronzer will be a contour.

Now I know that the products have been talked about greatly and no doubt reviewed a million times but I’m just so pleased to get my hands on these I had to post about it.

Hope you've had a good day. I'm choked with the cold and am just about to go to bed with a dozen tissues so these little cosmetics helped cheer me up.

Lauren Loves Giveaway

Another great comp guys. Pop on over to the lovely Lauren's blog and get involved.

Brilliant prizes and a brilliant blog.


Monday, 2 November 2009

Nice Things Giveaway - Heads Up

Ok folks, here's another chance to get your mitts on some brilliant goods.
Get yourself over to Helen and Sheenie's Nice Things Blog and join in the fun.

Read away folks and get following. If you are into nails this is a must read blog.


Review Catch Ups

Thought I would do a little update on a couple of the products I bought recently.

Firstly we have Neutrogena's Visibly Clear 2-in-1. Now as I’ve said before I have ok skin. Little break outs from time to time but nothing to terrible (touch wood) so I didn’t expect to see a huge change. I had heard great things about this stuff so decided to give it a whirl. I’ve been using it now for about a week and a half and liking it. It’s not an amazing HG life changing product but it is good. Leaves my skin feeling refreshed and gives a nice “clean” feeling. I’ve only used it as a mask once but it seemed to fair well. Comfortable enough on and refreshing once again. So if you are after a good, not overly expensive, face wash this might be up your street. I probably would repurchase this, that’s unless I hear about something shiny and new.

Secondly Gosh products. The famous “Darling” lipstick is not for me. It just doesn’t suit me at all. Over a lip liner it’s ok but for quick touch ups who has the time to line the lips again to reapply? On its own I just end up looking like I’ve covered my lips in concealer or slightly corpsey looking, not good. So I think this will go unused, really wish I had picked another colour. On the other hand I do very much like their Extreme Art Eyeliners. My eyes water is the wind and it’s always windy here so I need liner that stays put. These, IMO, are just as good as MAC’s liquid last liners and a bit cheaper. Once on, they stay on. Removing them really requires a oil based product just like the MAC ones. I’m not overly keen on the shiny finish that is left with both of these but what can you do? If you do rub your eyes by accident or have them on for a long time little cracks can appear. I do have to say that I more a fan of gel liners. A whole bunch of Bobbi Brown numbers are going on my Christmas list.

Next on the list is the Natural Collection Fig Leaf Lipstick. I love this colour so much but it broke today! Eeeep. It snapped at the base so this is going to be a major pain in the ass to put on. I will have to try as it’s just perfect for my work. Going to have to pick up another next time I’m in a Boots that carries it.

Lastly is the No7 Amazing Eyes Pencil in brown. I wore this today for work for the first time and it’s done pretty well. It’s a nice colour, goes on smoothly without dragging the eye and I haven’t had to touch it up all day. Still not as keen on pencil liners as I am on gel or liquid but I’m impressed and can see myself using this in the future.

Any way that my catch up so far. Will do another on the hair products I bought after a couple of weeks of using them.

Hope you have all had a good Monday.


Do you back up?

Quick question for the day. Do you back up your blog? Nowadays we are fairly used to having to save things more than once in case the technology Gods decide to play a trick on us. It was only recently that I thought I should be doing the same for my blog. I have read that it is possible for a blog to be deleted by accident. So do you save your make up rambles?


Sunday, 1 November 2009

TAG - One Word

The lovely Michelle over at Lipstick Rules has tagged me. Thought I would get this done tonight as I am full of the cold so having a little blogging fun before going to bed.

Where's your cell phone: Here
Your hair: Washed
Your mother: Brilliant
Your father: Funny
Favorite Food: Italian
Dream last night: Forgotten
Favorite drink: Coffee
What room are you in: Bedroom
Hobby: Fun
Fear: Illness
Where were you last night: Home
Something that you aren't: Male (tee hee)
Muffins: NOM (It's a word right?)
Wish list item: Doir
Where did you grow up: Edinburgh
What are you wearing: PJs
Your pets: None
Friends: Fabulous
Something you're not wearing: Hat
Favorite store: Boots
Favorite color: Red
Last time you laughed: Today
Your best friend: Loved
Best Place you go to over and over: Cinema
Person who emails you regularly: Fella
Favorite place to eat: Home

For this I would like to tag all that want to take part. These things are always quick and fun. Let me know if you do it so I can go read.

Hope you had a great weekend.