Tuesday, 29 September 2009
Any way that aside, when blog reading, for me it’s nice to come across a funny picture or something cute that makes me smile.
Therefore I thought I would post a photo of mine that always makes me smile. In fact I think I will post a picture every now and then under the title “A Photo from My Life”. I’ll put an image up with perhaps a little explanation of what it is and why it makes me laugh or it could be just something daft.
Ideally I would like to start a Tag, but I’ve never done that before so not sure how it will take off. I’ll ask anyway, if it doesn’t work, what the hell.
- EDIT consider this a TAG for anyone reading or following!
So I ask you, if you are still reading, to post an photo from your life. Something that is perhaps special to you, makes you laugh or for any reason what so ever, you decide. So post it under the title “A Photo from My Life”. Let me know in the comments that you’ve done this so I can go view. Thanks.
So here is mine. This was taken on holiday when I was tiny wee as you can see. It’s me, my dad and my brother. Now it is a shame that my mum is not in the picture but as she was the one taking it I still feel that she IS in it. I love the early eighties clothes, the cheeky face brothers my big brother is pulling and the fact that my glasses are on squint! I am lucky enough to say that I had a happy childhood with a strong family life. Our holidays were always until Britain until I was about eleven or twelve, my parents just couldn't afford to go abroad. Scarborough, Blackpool and Great Yarmouth were the places we headed. Caravan parks, ice cream and donkey rides! You can see the old school curved edges on it! I love it.
I also wanted to say a big thank you to all the lovely people following me and to anyone that has left me comments. Thanks for the warm welcome into this blogging world. You rock.
After being reminded by another blog about an old favourite Rimmel lippy I thought I would get digging about the bag of lipsticks I have. I wanted to see what other Rimmel numbers I have in there that haven't been aired in a while. In fact when I started to look through I realised how many lipsticks I own that I don't use. That in mind I am going to give myself a little plan of action. Usually when I am putting the old make up on I start with the eyeshadow and then reach for the lippy which tends to be a bog standard nude. So instead I'm going to work through the lip products I have and use each one until I've covered them all (I don't have that many honest). Therefore today I am wearing this "lasting Finish Intense Wear Lipstick" in Asia number 77 (the flash of the camera makes it a little lighter than what it actually looks like). I think I might actually try it as a blush too.
Monday, 28 September 2009
At the beginning of the year I was in the states. We don’t have Sephora stores over here in the UK and I pray to the Make Up Gods that they open a store at some point. It's cosmetic heaven, I could easily live there for a week or two. Hopefully they will reach this shore and in my city. I lost count of the amount of times I went into these stores. I spent a few dollars in there too.
My favourite purchases from across the pond are without a doubt my Kat Von D eyeshadow palettes. They were a new range to me (obviously I knew who KVD was) so I think that helped my love. I love the colours, the quality and the packaging is lovely too. It's highly pigmented and easily blended. However as soon as I got them I was thinking “but what happens when I run out“. Now this is silly as I have a friend in the States who is more than happy to go purchase anything I need and post it to my door. I still however find myself “saving them for best”. Do you guys do this? Keep your favourite or expensive make up for as long as possible by not really using it?
I used to do this with perfumes. I had cheaper everyday stuff that was "ok" and expensive nicer perfumes that I adored that I only wore now and then. I then realised how silly this was. Why have these wonderful things and not use them? I now only wear perfume that I love. Regardless of the price or where I’m going, I will wear it. So I’m going to try and apply this to the make up I have too. What’s the point in having it if I’m not using it? So today, even though I don’t have any exciting plans I’m wearing some of my Kat Von D and I’m happy.
So do you find yourself saving things for special occasions only? If so what is it and why?
Products used on eyes -
Kat Von D eyeshadows palette in Ludwig - Colours Clay, Dowtown, Baroque, and a tiny touch of Leather. Mac Liquid last liner in Point Black.
After reading "Lily loves Lola" blog (link will be at the bottom of the post. I don't know how to shorten the link to make it small and clickable, answers on a postcard please). I was reminded that I own a couple of nail polishes from George at Asda. A dark grey and a yellow. I bought them a while back but haven’t really used them all that much. So I thought it was time to give one of them an airing. So here it is. As you can see it’s bright spanking yellow.
If you do go looking for this in your local aisles it’s number 16 and the name is Buttercup. Let’s face it though this colour is bound to stand out so you are not likely to miss it or need the number for it. Now considering these are only £1.50 they are not all that bad. The bottles are small but hey like I said they are £1.50. Quality wise they are ok to “meh“, it’s a little streaky when it goes on and needs two coats without a doubt but not too shabby at all. With the Halloween season coming up these would perhaps be handy if you were wanting to get a colour to match a costume. Perhaps you are not too keen on bright/dark colours and don’t want to waste cash on a colour you’ll never wear again after the 31st. Or maybe you are just starting to play around with nail polishes and want a whole lot of colours without breaking the bank. These might be the polishes for you. All in all I think they are cute, cheap and fun. And handy to pick up with the weekly shop. I think I will be checking more out at the check out.
Sunday, 27 September 2009
So my questions to you folks are -
Do you have any cheap and cheerful beauty tips for me?
Have you rediscovered a product recently?
And, What are your most lusted after products at the moment? I believe the term is “lemming” if I am to keep up with the young ones!
Saturday, 26 September 2009
On the uber girlie side I do love Ooooowwwing and Ahhhhing at the dresses. And as for the make up. Well lets just say I would in heaven playing with the kits. Looking forward to the Latin on Saturday night!
So who else has Strictly Fever?
Friday, 25 September 2009
So I finally got my hair cut today. I'd be putting it off for as long as possible due to the lack of funds situation but I could hold off no longer. Instead of going to my regular hairdresser I had to go for a slightly cheaper option. Still not cheap as chips but not the usual £100+ I spend getting it cut and dyed. I had home dyed it (see previous post) so it was just a shaping up and trim I wanted. I still want to grow my hair really long, it’s a decent length now but I want it uber long. It's amazing how getting your hair done can make you feel so much better. I swear I walk taller once I’m out the door. To look at it it’s not all that different, as you can see, it sure does feel it though. It’s lighter and no more dry ends! Plus there are a good few more layers in it giving it some shape. Bottom line, I’m happy with it. I guess I was a bit scared to go somewhere new. I love my hairdresser and don’t like going elsewhere. When I was a teenagers one of my very first trips to the hairdresser was a disaster. My cousin was a hairdresser so she used to cut it for me so I wasn’t used to having to go into a salon. I was young and a little timid of all the shiny mirrors and styled people. I took a photo of a cut I loved. It’s hard to describe but was cut to the chin at the front and shorter at the back. Kinda graduated bob kinda not. Any way, long story short I came out with hair cut to ABOVE my eyebrows. Now I have a round face so this short crop was horrific. I felt like a man with it. As soon as I got out of the doors I burst out carrying (I was 16). I was too young and too intimidated to scream my head off at the person who attacked my hair. So now when I find a stylist I love I stick with them. However the new guy today was friendly and did exactly what I asked. Result!
So want hair nightmares have you gone through?
So I know that a lot of people are talking about the new MAC Black collection. There’s lots of reviews and blogs kicking about going over the products. I guess my post is more of a query really. I was reading a blog by Unicorn that shows a wearable take on the black lip look. (Edit, I'll add the link to her blog to this) I think it stunning and if I had the products would definitely give it a try. Now I am a fan of a dark, dark lip. I love deep reds and purples. Anything that packs a punch but I wouldn’t dare go for full on black. I’d look stupid. My question is would you? Would you really?
Now I know that promo photos are there to advertise and to inspire. That it is all about being creative. And I’m not coming out with the “it’s not wearable” moan. That bugs me. I would never say that. I studied Fine Art, I’m a painter (who doesn’t pick the paint brush up enough) so I’m no stranger to the creative side of things. I get that you take what you want from it and make it work for you. As you would fashion. So once again my question is, would you wear a black lip? If so, how would you make it work for you? If not, how will you make it work for you, will you adapt it like Unicorn? Do you not care at all? I’m curious people.
Thursday, 24 September 2009
I love movies. Hopelessly addicted to the big screen. I adore sitting down to watch a film, the lights dimming and suddenly you are pulled into a story. I’ll admit going to the cinema these days is a little less enjoyable. People don’t seem to be able to understand I didn’t pay money to see them playing with their mobile phones or to listen to them talking to their mates. If people want to sit and catch up with their friends I do wish they would chose not to do that in the cinema. It may be getting older but I’m finding it much easier to tell people to shut the hell up nowadays. I used to just mutter under my breath.
(Sorry this goes into a little rant)
That aside I will pretty much go and see any type of film. Although slasher horror movies are not my cup of tea really. I’m usually on the madman killers side, you never care about the dumb ass characters. My favourite who really cares movie was Hostel. Three backpackers head to a Slovakian city in the middle of nowhere as they are told hot women live there that will sleep with them. Obviously I’m loving them already. The best part about this, for me, is that they start off in Amsterdam! Because obviously there is no hot women there, especially not ones that are attracted to men. No fun to be had there at all. Best go to the arse end of nowhere for some. Really? The kids shows they put on in the afternoons are far scarier. But hey, whatever blows your hair back.
Any way the whole put of this blog was to talk about movies inspiring make up! Tee hee Gone off topic a bit there. When I think of films of recent years that made me want to get the MU brushes out the two that spring to mind are Chicago and Moulin Rouge. Fifth element sticks in my mind too. I mean the whole look of these made me WOW! So I was curious what movies inspired you? Is there a favourite that comes to mind? Some silver screen Goddess you wanted to copy?
Let me know what you love.
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
L’Oreal Casting Crème Gloss - Dark Brown
So do you have any hair changes of late? Or any hair horror stories of the past? What would be your ideal hair colour if you had an on call colourist?
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
I was thinking about Halloween today. There are so many great Halloween looks popping up on the internet it makes me want to try out so many things. So I thought I would perhaps do some sort of quick little nail design. I grabbed a bright orange Barry M nail paint and got to work. However once I put this lovely colour on I couldn’t bring myself to paint anything over the top of it. I do love this colour and even though it is highly pigmented it is also still a bit sheer. Two thin coats are more than enough. You can see in the photos that my nail tips can still be seen, although that’s only on close inspection. I seem to keep forgetting about this polish when I go to pick one so it’s a little happy nail joy when I find it amongst the other colours I have. Perhaps nearer Halloween I will try it again. With a purple or green tip, or with a little black bat or cat painted on. We shall see. Until then I’m happy with my almost Halloween nails.
Monday, 21 September 2009
So on with it.
Morning Routine -
Johnson’s 3-in-1 Refreshing Facial
Aloe Vera gel
Optima Organic Aloe Vera Gel
Boots Time Delay Skin Restoring Eye Cream with SPF 15
Then the Make Up or fun part as I like to think of it.
I tried out a look today that I have already blogged about but I will copy and paste away! Tee hee
MAC shadestick in Beige-ing as a base all over the lid up to the brow
Rimmel Eyeshadow in Matte White on the brow bone and inner corner as highlight
Kat Von D Eyeshadow Palette Beethoven, colours used
- Galeano, over the lid crease and faded out up to the brow bone
- Sinner, on the outer third of the lid
- Rad Purple, along the lash line and outer V
Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner
Rimmel Jet Black eye liner pencil on the water line
Maybelline Define-A-Lash Mascara (Waterproof) in Very Black
Cherish Facial wipes to remove most of the MU. See previous post http://eliza-mclellan.blogspot.com/2009/08/wipe-it-all-off.html
Rest of the waterproof mascara removed with Baby Oil
Then Clinique Clarifying Lotion once again see previous post http://eliza-mclellan.blogspot.com/2009/09/clinique-freebie-follow-on-clarifying.html
Then the Aloe Vera and Eye cream again.
Now and Then
I do tend to try and do a face mask once a week. Also if I feel my skin is a little dry ( I have normal/dry combination skin ) I apply Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream before heading to bed.
So if you have read all of this my dear consider yourself tagged. If you do the tag please let me know (put link in the comments or feel free to leave your list in the comments).
I like all colours of eyeshadow and pretty much wear them all. I love colour so I tend not to shy away from anything, there's nothing too bright or too bold. Purple however is not one I reach for very often. Some people shy away for the fear of looking like you've been punched about the place and perhaps that has played into it a little. Any way after seeing Natalya post a lovely purple tutorial (http://filthygorgeousmakeup.blogspot.com/2009/09/new-youtube-series-best-colours-for.html) I thought I would give this colour a bit of attention. Overall I'm quite happy with the look. It's light enough to wear in the day and not look too OTT and I could perhaps do a night version (in fact I might try a darker night look soon). Plus it gave me an excuse to use my Kat Von D palette which I adore. So perhaps I will have to weave a bit of purple into my make up.
Sunday, 20 September 2009
Victoria is doing a competition, so follow and join in the fun.
Friday, 18 September 2009
Any way a good while back I got one of those £5 off vouchers at Boots and thought I would get myself a bottle. I was a bit disappointed to be honest. The colour wasn't what I remembered and it seemed to chip and almost look rubbed off at the tips within a day. Considering it's called Stay Perfect I wasn't a happy bunny. I thought prehaps it was just that colour but I got another (voucher tastic! Iced Mocha) and this seemed to happen again. However, as I mentioned in a previous blog, a friend suggested adding an extra layer of colour then another top coat 24hrs after putting on the usual base, two colour layers and top coat. It seems to be working so I finally get use out of these and as I'm job hunting these are "Interview friendly" colours.
Thursday, 17 September 2009
I hadn’t even really looked at it let alone really tried it. It’s not a colour I would normally go for but I’m kinda liking it. I want to change up my lipsticks as I tend to go with the same tones all the time. Light pale neutral /goldy colours or a red lip now and then. I know this coming season is all about berry and dark lips so now is as good a time as any to try something new. Whatcha think? Any free gifts you've been given that have turned out to be a surprise?
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
This is more blogging than MU related.
Starting with the Outs to get rid of them asap.
Worrying about being unemployed. I’m currently not working and hating it. It’s the first time I have not had a job since I was 13. What with the financial state the world is in jobs are not hard to come by and I’ve been worrying silly over it. I need to chill out and keep positive.
Buying the next big thing. It has to be said that there is one benefit to the lack of funds situation. I’ve had to stop buying things as soon as I want them. I simply can’t afford it anymore. Not that I think it’s bad to treat yourself to what you want. After all, when I was working, I was working hard for my pay and should buy myself lovely things now and then. My point is, now that I have to wait it out to purchase, it means I no longer purchase on a whim. Get suckered by fancy packaging or gimmicky sales. Even when I do have cash in my pocket again I will now wait it out to see if I actually really want something or if it’s a passing fancy.
Eating badly and not exercising. Not working means I’m seeing the same four walls a lot. Energy is a bit low as is will power. Sometimes I’m eating rubbish, sometimes I’m forgetting to eat. I need a plan of action and to get myself into gear.
Worrying in general. I worry way too much about everything. The amount of sleepless nights I have had stressing about things that have never happened. It’s just silly. I need to stop and have a more Sod It attitude.
Being more organised at home. Neat and tidy is the way to go. It’s funny as when I work I have everything in it’s place but at home I keep a whole bunch of stuff I don’t need.
Focusing on positive things and being thankful for what I have.
Be creative. It’s been a while since I did any proper painting or writing. I keep starting things and putting them down. I think I need to start small and build up to get me back into the swing of things.
Cooking! I forgot how much I love to cook. Have made some cracking meals recently and a chocolate mousse which was just all kinds of yummy, thank you Nigella Lawson (although this may have to be made less to fit in with the Out above). In fact I’m off to make something to munch on now.
So if you have got this far in reading consider yourself tagged and do your own. Post a link to your Outs and Ins or just pop them right here in the comments so I can read them too.
Have a great day folks.
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
Monday, 14 September 2009
Thursday, 10 September 2009
I'm currently job hunting at the moment, and with the way things are you can imagine how much fun that is. Any way with interviews to be done walking in with hot pink nails is prehaps not the way to go. I have a couple of No7 colours that I really like but never really use as they seem to chip and wear off within a day on me. A friend posted a tip she read about, basically it's a lot of layers of nail polishes but I thought I would give it a bash. I did alter it though. So I did one layer of base coat, two of colour, one of top coat, then the following day another layer of colour and top coat. It seems strange as you aren't supposed to put colour on top of a top coat. However so far it's done the business. Added the final stage on Tuesday and all is shiny and well still. The colour above is Iced Mocha if anyone is interested.
Monday, 7 September 2009
I love when you see something and think "I just HAVE to try that". Inspired by the MAC visuals and Sam Chapmans Vid I tried may hand at a green/black/pink combo. I have to say I really liked the results. I did a paled down version (above) which I've worn several times since. Then a bigger brighter bolder attempt with false lashes. I also tried a blue/black/yellow mix which I wasn't as keen on but still fun to try. Thinking it's time to try out a new combo. ;)
Thursday, 3 September 2009
I used a No7 pencil liner, metallic green, from their new range and add the glitter liner on top. I've got black glitter I might try out tomorrow.
Tuesday, 1 September 2009
I'm also adoring Barry M's gold polish. It's not so much glittery but it's shiny and I likes it.