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