Friday, 30 April 2010

It's Supposed To Be Summer Well Spring At Least

Just a little bit of video I filmed this afternoon of a very noisy hail storm !- excuse the random ramblings of Mummy LouLou in the background
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FOTD + MUA Blush Review

I've learnt a few lessons make up wise today first of all why haven't I used a duo fibre / stipple brush to apply my foundation before, secondly why are duo fibre brushes so hard to clean and thirdly I am cack handed when it comes to applying eyeliner lol Hmm in the process of learning these lessons I created this make up look, thick lined olive green eyes, pink blush and pink lipstick :) It took my about 20 pictures to get my full face of the day pic today - I was having one of those days, the lighting was woeful - too dark or too bright, and my facial palsy was really playing me up - still I hope you get the idea

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Poker Faced Lips :)
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Trying to get a close up of my blush
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Today I Wore

Revlon Photo Ready Foundation - 003 Shell
MAC Prep + Prime Eye - Light
Lancome Palette Mix Complexion Kit - 1 (Lightest Shade Only)
Boots No7 Translucent Loose Powder
MAC MSF Lightscapade
MUA Blusher Shade 1
MAC Paint Chartru
FirstLight Mineral Eyeshadow - Bali Sunset
GOSH Show Me Volume Mascara - Black *
Avon Daring Definition Cream Eyeliner - Black
MAC Viva Glam Gaga

(*provided by pr)

MUA Blusher - Shade 1 Review

I've had a few requests do a review of this so here you go x As you know I got this blusher in my recent MUA haul. My first impressions of the this blush were good - I loved the smooth texture and the pigmentation was really good for the price
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A super bubblegum pink shade (the ideal match for gaga) this blush has a pretty strong colour on application but it blends down nicely to create a pretty pink look (which you can hopefully see above). One of the major questions I've had on this it is about it's longevity - I have to say on my skin (combination) it actually lasts pretty well -as I say it is pretty pigmented which helps it to last
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I only have a couple of complaints about this first of all it is a bit powdery when you dip your brush on to it you do pick up a lot of powder so you need to tap it otherwise you'll end up with clown cheeks and lots of fallout lol, and because it's so powdery you do tend to lose a bit in the compact. Something I've also noticed when I've started using it is that it does have quite a noticeable smell - it's not horrible by any means more a sort of granny floral. All in all I am pretty impressed with this blusher for only £1 you really can't argue it has its issues but the pigmentation more than makes up for it. MUA products are available from selected Superdrug stores and online for £1 an item.

Thursday, 29 April 2010

More Blog Sale Hauling

Well I said I had gone over on my spending diet this month but that's only because so many of you lovely girls have had ultra tempting blog sales this month - my final purchases for April came from the lovely Cosmetic Candy and her spectacular blog sale number 4 :)
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I picked up a few lovely things including two MAC paints in Chartru and Bamboom and a gorgeous YSL Rouge Pur Lipstick in 142 Honey Beige - OMG waiting for the alcohol to dry off after sanitising it took for ever (well not really :)- I just wanted to put it on lol
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Gorgeous - I am sooo pleased with this and the paints too - she was also kind enough to throw in a lovely set of false lashes and some sweeties (all gone I'm afraid it's been years since I had wham bars lol) - Thanks Rowena xx

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Blog Sale Hauling

Well I mentioned in a previous post that I had done some more blog sale hauling - well my first parcel came yesterday from the lovely Marcia at Let There Be Shopping! - MAC Paint Pot in Rubenesque - This has been on my wishlist for ages and I love it - thanks honey and thanks for the extras too ;)
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Sunday, 25 April 2010

NYX Cream Blusher Swatches

Last night I had a chat on twitter with the lovely Peonies and lilies about NYX Cream Blushers I have a couple so I offered to do her some swatches and pics xx Both of these are pretty neutral pink shades (Natural - Left - Boho Chic - Right)
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The first one I have is CB 02 Natural - this is a more neutral tone
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Applied Heavy
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Blended Out
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I also own CB 11 Boho Chic - again quite a neutral tone this time I little bit pinker
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Blended Out
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If you after a super pigmented blush these two colours probably aren't for you -like
most cream blushers these can be quite sheer - the texture is goods though and they last pretty well on my combination skin - if you want to dabble in cream blush I don't think you can go wrong with these - I bought mine from Cherry Culture but you can also get them from UK stockists including Fragrance Direct. Any questions please let me know xx

Saturday, 24 April 2010

Just Champion



Just a pic of my beloved Newcastle United receiving their Championship trophy this afternoon - after a turbulent year or so we're back where we belong xx
(pic courtesy of http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk )

Friday, 23 April 2010

FOTD Featuring MAC Snob

I had to pop to the chemists today thankfully we went by car -my mum can drive again - hurray :) so I could wear make up without it sweating off - it's been a lovely day today :)Anyway I went with a brighter eye look than normal - I love bright colours but I don't tend to wear them that often - I used Delft paint pot but intensified it by using this teal Smashbox shadow
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and I pared it with my new Snob lipstick which I love and can't believe I haven't owned before :)
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Sorry this pic isn't the best I was trying to capture the intensity of the colour
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Snob :)
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Today I Wore

First Light Mineral Foundation - Breeze in the Beeches *
ELF Sheer Mineral Booster
Lancome Palette Mix Complexion Kit - 1 (Lightest Shade Only)
MAC Prep + Prime Eye - Light
ELF Studio Blush - Tickled Pink
MAC MSF - Porcelain Pink
MAC Paint Pot - Delft
Smashbox Eyeshadow Quad - Electric (teal shade only)
GOSH Show Me Volume Mascara - Black *
Avon Daring Definition Cream Eyeliner - Black
MAC Lipstick - Snob

(*provided by PR)

MUA Haul and Swatches

This week saw the launch of the MUA Make Up Academy range at Superdrug. A budget range where every product is only £1 :)
Finding a free postage code on my recent Superdrug till receipt I decided to place a little order of 8 items from the new range - well they came this afternoon :)
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The first thing I ordered were two blushers - obviously they were a £1 each and you get 2.4g of product. The packaging is pretty basic black and clear plastic. The colours I got were Shade 3 (left) and Shade 1 (right)
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Shade 3 is a brown /rose and shade 1 is a lovely pale bubblegum pink
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I was really impressed with pigmentation of these blushes and the colours are really wearable.
The next thing I got were two eyeshadows - again black and clear plastic packaging containing 2g of product. The colours I got were Shade 1 (left) and Shade 4 (right).
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Shade 1 is a gorgeous shimmery beige and shade 4 is a lovely shimmery lilac
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Again I was super impressed with the pigmentation of these shadows - these were in the pearl finish and they were also super, super soft and velvety in texture.
I also got two lipsticks. The twist up bullets are very like NYX with the colour on the bottom of the tube - you get 3.8g of product for your £1.
The two shade I got were Shade 5 (left) and Shade 9 (right).
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Shade 5 is a slightly frosty baby pink and shade 9 is a frosty rose shade
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I have to say the two colours aren't that pigmented - they are quite sheer though shade 5 particularly so, but they would be good for applying on top of another colour for a glossier finish.
Finally I got two nail polishes again they are just £1 each. The bottles are quite small at only 6.2ml but this isn't always a bad thing. The colours I got were no. 5 (right) and no4 (left)
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I've swatched them on paper so you can have a better look at the colours - no 5 is a proper turquoise green, so now and at the moment and no. 4 is a proper coral orange.
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I'll do a proper review of the colours when I wear them on my nails but the turquoise is 2 coats and the coral is only 1.
Overall I am pretty impressed for a pound each definitely expect to see these items in some faces of the day and nails of the day posts to come. The lipsticks are my only real disappointment but for the price I don't suppose they are that bad :) The only thing I would say is if your ordering online it's pretty difficult to see the lipstick colours on the website No.9 didn't look how I expected it to but despite that it's my favourite colour of the two. What do you think of the range? Have you tried anything or do you have any recommendations?

(Just to add this takes me slightly over my spending limit and I've got a little blog sale purchase to add but hey ho I've done better than last month:)

Thursday, 22 April 2010

20 Questions Tag

I was tagged by the lovely Nazneen at The Postcolonial Rabbit to do this tag over a month ago whoops! Thank you my lovely and sorry it took so long xx

1.What can't you leave the house without?
My phone and a hair bobble


2. Favourite makeup brand.
Super boring but it's probably MAC - I probably own more MAC than anything else

3. Favourite flower?
For appearance Gerbera, and Daisies, for smell Rose, Jasmine ,Lily

4. Favourite clothing store?
At the moment probably Primark

5. Favourite perfume?
I have lots but of all time Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio

6. Heels or flats?
Flats -I am out of practise in heels

7.Do you make good grades?
yeah reasonably - I wasn't the brightest but I worked bloody hard to achieve what I did

8. Favourite colours?
blue,purple, teals, silver

9. Do you drink energy drinks?
Not after an evil vodka and red bull induced hangover I don't

10. Do you drink juice?
Yes loving orange juice and especially blood orange juice at the moment

11. Do you like swimming?
erm not swimming as such I'm not the best swimmer but I love being in water but I have to stay within my comfort zone

12. Do you eat fries with a fork?
Usually yes - I was one of those anal children that used to cut burgers into tiny pieces lol

13. Favourite moisturiser?
Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream

14. Do you want to get married?
Yes.

15. Do you get mad easy?
yes I have a very short fuse

16. Are you into ghost hunting?
I wouldn't say hunting as such but I have been on ghost walks before and I love reading about real life ghost sightings and I definitely believe there is somewhere else

17. Any phobias?
Lifts or elevators, not to keen on any enclosed spaces really - going up the Empire State Building really freaked me out but I am fine on aircraft very strange

18. Do you bite your nails?
No.

19. Have you ever had a near death experience?
When I was a baby I was pretty premature and I was supposedly in a pretty bad way but I don't remember it obviously

20. Do you drink coffee?
not very often I love the occasional Starbucks or the occasional latte at home but I find it makes me too jittery and I have enough trouble sleeping as it is :)


So there you go 20 interesting things about me - well maybe not lol -please feel free to do this tag and link me if you do xx

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Quick FOTD

Just thought I'd show you a super quick FOTD - unfortunately Jake has been poorly again so we had to make a trip to the vets :( The vet gave him a few shots and we have to take him back tomorrow - anyways to the make up and my favourite lip combo of the moment x
Sorry I look a bit cross eyed in this one lol
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Today I Wore

First Light Mineral Foundation - Breeze in the Beeches *
ELF Sheer Mineral Booster
Lancome Palette Mix Complexion Kit - 1 (Lightest Shade Only)
Benefit Thrrrob Powder
MAC Prep + Prime Eye - Light
Jemma Kidd Make Up School Iridescent Eye Silk Pencil - 02 Mercury
MAC Eyeshadow - Idol Eyes
GOSH Show Me Volume Mascara - Black *
Revlon Eyeliner Pencil - 01 Black
MAC Lipstick - Fabby
MAC Lipglass - Cherry Blossom

(*Provided by PR for review purposes)

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Goods and Bads

More bads than goods today unfortunately

Goods

* My mum is much better she has a hospital appointment on Thursday but things are going well she can lie on her side again :)
* Jake seems a lot better today as well - after being poorly all day yesterday he has been eating normally today and is a lot more lively - he's even fighting with Tallulah :)
* MAC Snob lipstick - I got this from Back 2 MAC yesterday and I love it :)
* Champions - Newcastle United secured the Championship, Championship yesterday :)
* I managed to lose 2 lbs last week :)

Bads

* Today would have been my dads birthday so I'm feeling a bit sad - Happy Birthday Daddy xxx
* My health has gone to pot again - my trip to the Metro Centre not only exhausted the hell out of me and I've had stomach pains all day yesterday :(
* My skin is beyond yuck at the moment whiteheads, open pores - yuck, yuck
* Hair removal - the weather has been a bit nicer so the hair removal ritual has started again - I couldn't be bothered to wax so I used hair removal cream and the hair is growing back already grrrrr
* Although I've just said the weather is nicer -today is freezing!!!!
* I have two parcels that have been sent me - neither have arrived - so peeed off with Royal Mail / Parcelforce or whoever :(
* Politics sick to death of it at the moment - and the BNP leaflet that came this morning has just pissed me off even more
* Everywhere is so untidy at the moment and I don't have the energy to tidy up :(

Monday, 19 April 2010

A Little Bit Of Cheer

I'm having one of those days where you wish you hadn't got out of bed - As well as feeling tired and sore, Jake is a bit poorly I have spent most of the day clearing up cat sick hmmm we are going to see how he is tomorrow if not it's a trip to the vets :( then the Asda delivery came - minus two red peppers and an aubergine - thankfully Asda are going to refund the money but it still annoying -anyway only one thing has cheered my up today the arrival of my latest Back 2 MAC - I got Snob lipstick :)
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Operation Nail Growth 2 Week Review - Mavala

Sorry this is a little late I have had one of those days :( I took a few pics this morning of my nails 2 weeks into using some Mavala products. The pics aren't that conclusive but I have noticed a real difference (you can compare them to two weeks ago by clicking here )I've had a couple of breaks on my thumb and ring finger but otherwise there is definitely an improvement

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My cuticles still aren't great but I have been trialling a few Jessica products and I'll be bringing in a bit of OPI too to see if that helps. I'll post some more pics in a fortnight to see if there is any difference and I'll do a full review of the Mavala products I've been using then and maybe a few Jessica reviews too xx

Saturday, 17 April 2010

Shopping Trip :)

Well I made it to the Metro Centre yesterday - sorry the post is late but I really was beyond exhausted last night and I'm still in a bit of pain today - with ME every positive is followed by a negative :( Still I had a nice day (despite the kids still being off argh) and spent just under £20 of my own money and also some of the funds kindly donated by my mummy :) I also got some other stuff which my mum is putting aside for my birthday next month :) Anyway with my own money I picked up a few bits -from Superdrug I got the new Collection 2000 Mascara Big Fake False Lash Effect
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Fingers crossed it performs better than the last Collection 2000 one I tried - the tube is certainly more streamlined but I'll let you know what I think x I also got a free liquid eyeliner with it but I don't use it so I'll be passing this on ;)
I also went to Lush and picked up some Tea Tree Water and a Space Girl Ballistic (this smells gorgeous it's been in my room overnight and wow!) - I also handed over 5empty black pots and got a free Cupcake Face Mask - freebie :)
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My next stop was Accessorize :) I'm sorry I can't get a decent picture of this but it was a wishlist item - a tiny little Statue of Liberty and an I Heart NY on a thin gold tone chain
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These little bits came to just under my £20 limit for the day but I did dabble a bit with my Boots advantage card and picked up this - my hyped, much talked about and now much loved the new Revlon Lipgloss in 150 Peach Petal - thank you Boots points - free lipgloss :)
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The rest of my bits were paid for by my amazing mummy love her lots and lots xx and a rather useless checkout assistant in Primark more on that later ;)
Anyway I'd wanted this bag for a while initially in black but when I saw it in the lovely summer cream - I had to have it
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I also got this lovely nude /blush petal top
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This floral vest / dress
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This gorgeous floaty blush top
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These sandals which I've seen on lots of blogs and you tube hauls
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and these super cute bow pumps
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I also got some other things but it wasn't till I got home and checked my receipt that I realised I hadn't been charged for them!!! To be honest I wasn't surprised the lad on the till just grunted and was too busy talking to his mate on the next checkout - their loss!
Anyway I got these nude stud pumps
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and this cute Love pendant that I know a few bloggers have.
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I was desperately looking for the lovely Primark ring that the lovely Topshop Princess has but alas I couldn't find it :( If anyone sees it in a large I would be eternally grateful if you could pick me one up I would of course reimburse you for costs x
I also got some not so interesting bits including this months Hello Kitty magazine with a free comb and mirror ;), some razors and these
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Galaxy Counters - faint - these were the sweet of my very early childhood large ish chocolate buttons that used to be in white packet with animals on - anyway due to pressure from the Facebook group Galaxy have reintroduced them although they are no longer in the cute packaging I remember :(