Monday, 18 October 2010
Firstly I want to start this post by saying thank you to anyone who has ever followed my blog, commented or just dipped into it now and then.
Unfortunately I, like the title suggests, will no longer be blogging/posting. As much as I totally love the blogging world other career priorities are just taking over and they need to come first.
I’m finding myself with less and less time to do any blogging what so ever, reading or posting. I don’t want to be updating just once a month or leave it to frizzle out so I thought I would give thanks to you folks and say cheerio.
I will be keeping the page open in the hope that I will still have some time in the future to pop on and read what everyone has been up to.
So happy cosmetic adventures to you guys. It’s been great.
Friday, 8 October 2010
Tuesday, 21 September 2010
I have to ask, as I’ve been doing this waaaay too often recently. Do you guys ever FOTD forget? You play with your make up stash, you like the look you did enough to grab a few snaps for future blogging. Then when you finally get around to having some net time to post said images you have totally forgot what products you’ve used. I’m doing this so much of late. In fairness it can also be argued that it is silly to have so many products that you could easily not know which gold eyeshadow you used! Tee hee.
So do you do this? Hopefully I’m not alone here and it’s not just another sign of getting old!
So I’m thinking from now on I am going to have to snap the cosmetic sitting on my table before I put them away to remind me what the hell I used.
So on that note here’s a forgotten FOTD. It's um..purple?
Wednesday, 15 September 2010
Saturday, 11 September 2010
These are in their blonde range, I'm not blonde but who cares! Tee hee
Number 253 above
Wednesday, 8 September 2010
And of course after:
Sunday, 5 September 2010
I borrowed this idea from the lovely Computergirl's Musings (with her permission, go check her out if you aren't already following her).
Some folks pop URLS in my comments from time to time, sometimes I have a problem getting on to their page or profile. So if you can post a link in the comments here I will go have a look see and follow you.
My time online is limited but I do try and get on Blogger as much as I can. I miss it when I haven't been on in a while, yes make up addicted and blog addicted! So I will try to stop by as many blogs as I can and leave a comment. I know it's always lovely to get a little message saying you have a comment waiting.
I love finding new blogs and folks to get make up crazy with.
So if you can post a link and a couple of sentences just telling me a bit about yourself that would be grand. I look forward to reading your stuff.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
As you may already know from previous posts I'm new the world of Twilight. I'm almost finished the second book (although I've seen all 3 movies). I'm also learning to crochet and knit, once again repeating myself I know. Sorry.
So I'm combining the both. There are plenty of Twilight inspired knitting patterns out there and there are a good few many I want to try once my skills pick up. Any way here are two pairs of "Alice Mitts" that I have recently knitted. I'm pretty pleased with them.
Inspired by all things vampy I decided to do a red eye the other day. I haven't really used my Circus Sleek palette as I wasn't overly keen on it but the pink and red were calling me. Everything else I kept super pale as you can see. I would certainly use these colours again. Red on the eyes always feels a little different as not many people use it. In certain lights it also looked a bit purple IMO.
Hope you are all doing well.
Oh and while on a vampire topic any True Blood fans out there, loving season 3!
Tuesday, 31 August 2010
Hey there peeps
Just a quick post today. I’ve not been well of late, I’m sick of saying that. I have this flu/cold/stomach bug which won’t seem to shift. I’ve just had a sleep and still feel rough. But anyway, feeling sorry for myself aside, I thought I would post a quick FOT(other)D.
I had been wearing bright colours the day before so decided to go totally for nudes. On my eyes I used my Kat Von D Ludwig palette, Bobbi Brown creamy concealer and Maybelline Define-A-Lash mascara. For the lips I used an Illamasqua Lipstick in Bitch. It was kinda nice to go “bare” for a change.
Oh and sorry for me looking so torn faced in the photos, it was the only decent photo I got as I only had a quiet sec to get snapping.
I'll hopefully be back to normal soon and get posting some more.
Saturday, 28 August 2010
Sorry I haven’t posted in a little while. I’ve had some time off work so I have been out and about doing things and just generally chilling out with family and Mr E. It’s been lovely.
I’ve had a couple of little spends of late (which I will post about) but before I forget I just wanted to recap on the matte colours I wanted as a brow highlight (see previous post) and show you this little booty.
Firstly the winner for me and absolute perfect colour is a Relvon Matte shade in 001 - Vintage Lace. I love it. I bought a couple of these matte shades when I was in the states and wasn’t overly impressed but certainly good for the price. This literally just caught my eye in Superdrug and I am over the moon that it did. Affordable, the ideal colour and matte, what more can I ask for?
Secondly is the MUA colours. Now for a £1 I can’t really expect a hell of a lot but to be honest I would rather save up my pounds and get something better. For example the Sleek palettes are only £5.99 for several colours and are of better quality IMO. I bought shade 6 and 17. A green and biege. The biege doesn’t really do anything. I may use it in the crease if I wanted a natural looking contour but it would probably require several layers. The green I used in a recent FOTD and you can see in the photos that it has already started to crease - and that was with a lot of blending and a base underneath. It does have a nice sheer quality which I sorted liked but not enough to keep using it on a regular basis.
Lastly I bought a couple of cheap brushes. Both around £3 I think. Now I don’t have piles of cash so my brushes tend to be cheap to mid range (ELF brushes etc). The QVS brush I really like and have a few of these. I like the size for placing the colour and they wash well. The Superdrug brush was a new buy and a bit of a waste. Waaaaay to stiff to be a blending brush but I will use it for something no doubt.
Also just wanted to say that I have noticed that I am creeping up to the 250 followers mark. Once I do hit that magic number I will have another wee give away. Going to try and make something again for this one plus a bit of MU obviously. Just wanted to say a huge thanks to my followers and to anyone taking time out to read my scribbles.
More posts soon I promise.
Have a great weekend !
Tuesday, 17 August 2010
I thought I would do an inexpensive FOTD.
Face wise I used Barbara Daly make up, foundation, eyeshadow base and concealer. The foundation I like. It’s very fresh and feels light on the skin. The eyeshadow base I love, I use it everyday (pulling out the expensive stuff for nights out). I ran out of it the other week and couldn’t get to Tesco to get another. Felt a little lost with out it, when I did get to the shop I bought two! At four pounds I think this is great value and really helps keep my eyeshadow put all day. The concealer I’m not a huge fan of, it tends to sink into lines after a few hours. I have buffed it right into the skin and still find that this happens. However in fairness I am comparing it to Bobbi Brown’s creamy concealer! Blusher wise I used a Boots No7 colour from a compact I have.
On the eyes I used a Revlon matte pale colour as a brow highlight (£4.99) and then two MUA’s eyeshadows on the crease and lid. At only £1 each they are not the most fantastic of shadows but for the price they are workable. I did find the colour creased quite easily (in fact I think it shows in this photo) but if creasing doesn‘t bother you then why not. I just took a little blending brush in my make up bag in my hand bag and gave it a little extra blend when needed. I don’t think I would buy the MUA eyeshadows again but still fun to use. I will blog about these next.
On the lips I used a Maybelline water shine gloss.
I did this look mainly to try out the new cheap shadows I had bought and just decided to stick to an inexpensive theme. Personally I don’t have a huge amount of cash to be spending on cosmetics every week so it’s good to know there are decent products out there in the cheaper range.
What's your favourite inexpensive product?
Tuesday, 10 August 2010
Monday, 2 August 2010
I went for a bronzey blue look. I used a Rimmel cream base in a light bronze colour just for the shadow to have something to grab on to. I then used the matte dark brown mixed with the gold shadow from my Sleek Storm palette on the middle of the lid with a tiny amount of Illamasqua‘s bronze liquid metal. I then used the dark shimmery blue from the same palette on the inside and outside corners. Blended away, black liner on the water line, a pale skin tone of shadow on the brow bone and some mascara and done.
Hope you had a great weekend and Monday treats you well.
Sunday, 1 August 2010
Thursday, 29 July 2010
Monday, 26 July 2010
Hope you are all keeping well. I’ve not been too great of late. Got a bit of a stomach bug which has been fun.
As I was looking whiter than white the other day I thought I would go with it and try a deep lip, pale face look.
Also as my previous post stated I have recently stepped into the world of Twilight. Love it or hate it it’s everywhere. Any way I know I am late to this party. So here is a FOT(other)D. Embracing my vampire pale skin! Tee hee
I used a pale skin tone shade on the lids just to even them out colour wise. A tiny, tiny reddy brown from a Sleek palette in the socket and the black liner from my Smashbox palette.
On this note I have to say I am not keen on the Smashbox palette at all (see previous post). The colours seem so washed out and thin compared to my beloved Bobbi Brown gel liners. They also don’t last as long as the BBs, creasing and fading as the day goes on. I ’m kinda gutted to be honest as I wanted this for so long. Really wanted to love the product but unfortunately I don’t. Feels like a bit of a waste of cash really. Will be sticking to my BB’s from now on. Anyone else tried this? What’s your thought on it?
The lippie is Illamasqua’s Diablo, gotta love that name, which I should wear more often as I love it, used with a Barry M deep purple lip liner.
Touch of mascara and a tiny touch of blusher (I really was super pale).
So what’s inspired you of late?
Wednesday, 21 July 2010
So folks (don‘t worry ,no spoilers about the movies or the books),
Where do you sit in the Twilight debate. Lover or Hater?
For a long time I have avoided all things Twilight. Partly due to the fact that I am a long time Buffy fan and I just couldn’t get on board with the twinkling vampires walking about in the day time and partly because it was just EVERYWHERE! If you live in the UK you might know what I mean when I say it was like seeing Katie Price everywhere, just too much.
Now with that said part of me also wanted to see what all the fuss was about. I was certainly curious. Then Michael Sheen announced that he was going to be in the second movie. Now that I HAD to watch. I love him and to see him as a vamp….well…Hello! In order to watch it though I needed to see the first movie right. So I watched, enjoyed (apart from a few parts that were a bit too OTT lovey dovey wise IMO, and I wasn’t too keen on the fighting style in the first movie, although these were all small things).
I started to chat to the girls in work that were fans and finally got round to seeing the second movie. Only compliant - NOT ENOUGH MICHAEL SHEEN. ;)
So now I think was about the time I was hooked. I went to see the third movie last week and have got my hands on the first three books (still need to get the fourth).
So what about you guys? Are you a fan.
Oh and I’m Team Edward! Lol
Thursday, 15 July 2010
In my previous post I said I would share a couple of photos of my latest Illamasqua buy on.
Well here they are. With out flash above and with flash below. The application was a little slap dash as I was trying to catch the natural light (it's been really dull for the last few days).
Box is still my favourite Illamasqua lipstick so far (Lipstick Rules loves it too) but this is a close second. I used to only do a bold lip once in a while but now I am going for it more often and with products like these it's easy to get addicted!
Tuesday, 13 July 2010
Thursday, 8 July 2010
Tuesday, 6 July 2010
Well I'm been in the process of moving for the last week hence the lack of posts. Today we got our internet connected YIPEE! Still have lots to move and sort out but we are going to give it a rest for a little while. Hopefully this means some blogging time.
I also have a make up related moving disaster story! Not good.
Any way I will be back soon, hope you are all well in the blogging world.
Tuesday, 29 June 2010
I just wanted to take five minutes out to say that I don't get this world at times. I can't go into details but someone very close to me has had something awful happen and it just isn't fair.
A co worker of mine also passed away last week to cancer. Something which I know a little something about having lost a family member to this horrible disease.
Why do awful things happen to such wonderful people. It's truely not fair.
I try to stay positive, which can be hard at time like these. Therefore I just wanted to send out some love and say if you are going through a tough time right now I hope that goodness comes its way soon. Consider this a virtual hug!
I hope life send you something wonderful soon.
Sunday, 27 June 2010
I asked Mr E to pick my eyeshadow colour the other day as I couldn’t decide. He went with blue so this is what I did. I used "Shadow Insurance" as my base as it was melting hot. I then used a mixture of two sleek colours. One from the Bohemian palette and the other from Acid. To line the waterline I used a medium pencil from Illamasqua in Debonair. Mascara wise I used my trusty Maybelline Volume Express, two coats.
Shadow Insurance never fails to impress me, this lasted all night in heat with no creasing!
Face wise I kept it simple, touch of blusher and bronzer to define and I used one of the free Jemma Kidd lipglosses I got with Red magazine (the pale nude one).
Oh and talking of Illamasqua, I got an email saying that I got down to the last 50 in their nail polish competition. Super chuffed considering there were 6000 entries! The winning colours are gorgeous.
Hope you have had a great weekend folks. I’ll be moving soon so I will might be AWOL for a while. Will try to post when I can get online.
Thursday, 24 June 2010
Well as you can see I am still having layout problems. I’m getting fed up trying to fix it to be honest. I’ve tried so many things. I am going to get googling and see if I can find any hints on what to do.
But any way onto the make up.
A while back I got myself some Barry M lip products. I believe there was an 3 for 2 offer on at the time in Boots. Although it aint like I need much of an excuse to buy products. I like Barry M, I think for the price they do some great little numbers and I adore their Nail Paints. For me they last longer on my nails chip free than any other polish, including Nails Inc each with a top coat. My only wish is that they would bring out some paler colours. I love my vivid nail colours but I work in an environment where it’s just not the done thing. In fact it’s pretty much ruled out (poo).
So here are the beauties I picked up.
And some swatches for ya!
Firstly two glosses. Now I’m not a huge gloss fan any more. I have long very thick hair that I tend to wear down most days plus I live in a very windy city. So hair plus wind plus gloss not great. Plus I feel sorry for Mr E every time I kiss him with gloss on, don’t think glittery lips is a look he’s really going for! Lol However these colour caught my eye.
I love nudes and caffe latte colours so this was right up my street. Number 2 or “toffee” as their website calls it is very sheer, a tad sticky but I’m still feeling it. I have to mention the smell, it’s like chocolate and very strong so if you aren’t a fan of scented products stay away. This I tend to wear on it’s own when I’m wearing a strong eye.
Second up is number four otherwise known as Pastel Pink. I have to admit I was a little disappointed as it’s way pale. I’m very faired skinned but this is just too light for me. I’m not a fan of the concealer on the lips look! It does have a fine glitter through it but it's not overly obviously. I noticed more on the swatch on my hand than on my lips. Smell wise we are going strong again, this time it’s like sweeties. I can’t place it but it reminds me of a specific sweet. This I tend to pop over a pink lippie for a touch of highlight and shine.
Last but not least is a Lip Paint. Number 147 or Peachy Pink if you like. It’s super super matte, I can honestly say I kinda forgot about this colour so I’ve yet to wear it for a full day (guess what I’m wearing tomorrow!). It’s not my usual type of colour but if you have read my blog for a while you may know that I was trying to shake things up a bit, I was in a lippie rut. To be honest I’m not seeing the pink in this? Looks peachy orange to me.
So have you tried these folks?
What’s your latest lip purchase?
Monday, 21 June 2010
So off to the shops I went unsure of what to get. I had quite liked the look of Olays Total Effects but I knew it was pricey, Boots at the time had a three for two offer on. Although this would still work out to £32 for the day and night versions so not to be sniffed at price wise. However I thought it might be worth it. Luckily I decided to pop into Superdrug which was literally just next door to see what price they had it at. To my utter joy they had a half price offer on. Therefore I managed to pick up the day and night creams for only £16! All for walking less than 20 feet. Gotta love Superdrug.
So on to the creams. Neither have a scent that I can pick up. Both settle into the skin pretty quickly and are not heavy at all. A little goes a long way too thankfully. Unfortunately with the design of the bottle it's hard to tell how much is actually left. I’ll need to hold them up to a light to see if that helps! It’s a pump design but it’s fairly sensitive so no need to waste product.
Now I know this is expensive stuff and it's hard for me to tell if it's helping with lines and wrinkles as I‘m trying to get in with the creams before the major wrinkles appear (I'm not that old honest!) but I can certainly say that I've seen a change in the way my skin feels. Gone are the dry patches and it's softer than it's been in a long time. I will point out that I do drink lots of water however I did before and still needed E45. I really do think that I will get this again once I run out. Here’s hoping there is an offer on when that happens.
So guys have you tried the stuff? What are your thoughts?
Also please if anyone can help me in regards to the layout problems I am having. For some reason my right hand side bar is stuck at the bottom of the page. When I go to the layout page it shows on the right? Totally confused - HELP!
Thursday, 17 June 2010
I was wondering if anyone could help me.
My layout seems to have gone all weird. The side bar is now at the bottom? When I check the layout it still shows it where it should be. It seems to have gone weird since the template design tool was changed.
Any help on how to sort it would be most welcome.
Thanks in advance.
If you’ve read my blog in the the past you may already know that I was knocked down in February. A guy ran a red light and knocked me over at a crossing. As you can imagine, not fun. I couldn’t walk for weeks and my leg still isn’t fully healed. I class myself as so lucky though, it could have been much worse.
Annny way, as I couldn’t move and had to keep myself entertained I decided to (re)learn to knit. My mum is a knitter and she was making a whole bunch of cute little things for my new nephew. Inspired by this I picked up some knitting needles and got learning. While I was at it I thought I would learn to crochet too. My auntie has done this for years and some of the gorgeous shawls she makes are amazing.
So armed with a couple of how to book and the internet I got to learning. I’m still learning but this is my latest project.
It’s the most complex item I have made to date and it aint perfect but I’m still really pleased with it. I’m going to make another with another type of yarn.
However I did think of making another the same as this to give away on here. Would this be something you guys would be interested in?
Monday, 14 June 2010
EDIT - I just want to say that I didn't mean this to sound so harsh. I know a lot of people go straight from work to the gym. What I meant is a don't understand why some people put on full "going out clubbing" make up specifically to go to work out. I can't imagine it to be comfortable. I don't mean to sound judgey about it. Each to their own.
That being said I’m not one to be completely bare faced unless in the house!
I’ve recently started going to a Zumba class, it‘s been great fun. Besides it’s about time I got myself into some sort of exercise!
Obviously I wore next to nothing make up wise but I have to admit three little products were used.
Firstly, for a little eye definition, I used MAC’s liquid last eyeliner. This liner does not move once applied. I think you can pretty much go swimming in this stuff although I have never tried. It takes a little while to dry so you do need to watch out for transfer. As long as you keep your eyes half shut until it dries you are golden. I also love GOSH’s extreme art eyeliner, tis pretty much the same as MAC’s only a few pounds cheaper. Both need an oil cleaner to remove.
Last but not least I used another Maybelline product. Super stay 18 hour wear lipstick. Now I’m not one for these lasts a million hours lippies. I tend to find them really drying (and they look it too without constant top ups of the balm, if you need to do that why not just go with a lipstick?). However they do last hours, I would point out that I stick to pale or taupe colours. As they do start to wear away over the hours. I used a dark red once and I ended up with a very attractive dark red line around my lips. I then tried to top it up with the colour and it turned out all types of patchy. Then trying to remove it was a delight! Not an experience I would like to repeat.
So ladies what do you do when you head off for some exercise? Are you a full on face or fresh like a daisy?
For my lashes I used Maybelline’s Volume Express Turbo Boost. This is my third tube of the stuff! I love it. Thickens and is super black and once again it doesn’t budge! Once again this needs oil to be shifted. Seriously without oil it can still be there in the morning, hello Panda eyes.
Last but not least I used another Maybelline product. Super stay 18 hour Wear Lipstick. Now I’m not one for these lasts a million hours lippies. I tend to find them really drying (and they look it too without constant top ups of the balm, if you need to do that why not just go with a lipstick?). However they do last hours, I would point out that I stick to pale or taupe colours. They do start to wear away in the middle of the lips over the hours. I used a dark red once and I ended up with a very attractive dark red line around my lips. I then tried to top it up with the colour and it turned out all types of patchy - YUCK. Then trying to remove it was a delight! Not an experience I would like to repeat.
So ladies what do you do when you head off for some exercise? Are you a full on face or fresh like a daisy?
Thursday, 10 June 2010
I was naughty and picked up all three (hell it was only £6). You get Bad Girl eyeliner, Cover it all stick or an Eye bright pencil. I’ve never tried any of these products and they are all usually quite pricey so I’m glad to be trying them for free-ish!
So get yourself out there and pick up your own freebies! Hope you are having a great week, nearly the weekend folks.
Wednesday, 9 June 2010
After weeks of stress at work I now have some sort of sickness bug that has been kicking about. Gutted. I need a break. Calling in sick isn't an option as everyone else is off. At least I have the power of blusher to make me look like I have a bit of colour about me!
So folks what do you do when your not feeling great to cheer yourself up!
Hope you are all well and I will try to get back to proper MU posting once I'm feeling a bit more up to it.
Love E x
Sunday, 6 June 2010
You may already know this but in case you didn't, with the July issue of Red magazine you get a free Jemma Kidd Lipgloss. There are three colours to chose from (although their website says two but shows an image of three?). A red, pink and nude. I picked up the pink and it's very pretty indeed.
So get yourself down to the newsagents and pick up this brilliant freebie (worth £14!).
Hope you had a great weekend.
Wednesday, 2 June 2010
I had a little splurge at the weekend. Ooops!
I’m on a major saving no spending ban however Mr E treated himself so I was allowed to get myself a little something too (nice one). My treat is always make up, there is always something I want!
I had gone out with the plan to get my hands on Urban Decay’s lippie “Lovechild”. I've wanted it for months now. However when I got to Debenhams it turns out they no longer stock Urban Decay! Totally gutted as I have gone out of my way to get this lipstick several times and still failed to come home with the goods. They either seem to be sold out, don’t sell a wide enough range to stock it or in this case disappear completely. I think I might have to go online for this purchase.
Any way my sorrow was quickly replaced by utter joy when I saw a Smashbox stand! Eeep! To cut a long story short I sent Debenhams an email a good while back asking if they stocked Smashbox and they said yes but when I got to the store they didn’t. Boo and indeed hiss.
But this time here it was right in front of me. So I got my hands on this -
Proof cream liner palette - In packaging, without and with flash.
I am a HUGE fan of cream/gel eyeliners so this is right up my street. I was tempted by the metallic palette also but at £30 a pop I decided to stick with my original want of “Proof”.
Now my eyes water in the wind so my liner of choice is usually Bobbi Brown’s long wear gel eyeliner. I asked the assistant at the counter how these compare as I had noticed that there was also individual waterproof liners. However she advised that the palette should be long lasting enough for me. I hope she is right.
Now I have only used this twice so far so it’s really difficult for me to judge it but I didn’t feel the pigment was as strong as my trusty Bobbi Brown’s. I really hope this wasn’t a waste of cash.
Have you guys tried any of the Smashbox liners or do you have this palette? If so I would love to hear your opinions. In fact any opinions on Smashbox products would be great as this is my frist purchase from them. I will give it a good try out before I post any judgement. *fingers crossed*