Tuesday, 18 May 2010

MAC Pret a Papier Look and Haul

Late as ever with this haul but I did go for a few items from pret a papier this month and have only just got round to showing you what I've been doing with them: Here's my first look

So I got (*and am wearing)
*Coral Crepe paint pot
*dressmaker dressmaker l/s
*NW20 chromagraphic pencil
Pret a Papier l/g (picture at end)

Aren't they lovely. On the swatches below dressmaker l/s and coral crepe p/p look identical but the paint pot is a bit more orange; from the swatches I'd seen online before purchasing I was expecting a much redder colour from the paint pot but I still like it, and I LOVE dressmaker dressmaker lipstick, it's so pretty I've been wearing it all month!

l-r: coral crepe, dressmaker dressmaker, pret a papier, nw20 pencil

And here's the lipglass with the look instead, it's over 'sunset' lipstain marker in this pic

Products used in my look:

FACE- Ruby & Millie foundation
MAC studio finish concealer
17 blush &glow blusher in peaches & cream
strobe cream (mistake clearly judging by my super shiny-like-plastic face!- I powdered immediately after the photos haha)

EYES- Coral crepe paint pot as base
nanogold e/s in iner 3rd
tempting e/s in outer 3rd
carbon e/s in outer V
NW20 pencil in waterline, tear duct and brow highlight
BlackLine pearlglide liner
Diorshow exstase mascara- review coming

Lips either dressmaker dressmaker alone or sunset lipstain marker with pret a paper gloss in the darker photo

I don't know why MAC have brought out such an autumnal looking collection in Spring but I'm really liking corals at the moment, so I like it.

Did you get anything from MAC this month?



p.s- Sarah I am posting your prize any day now!

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

The Winner Is....

Thank you to those of you who entered my first giveaway- there weren't many of you meaning you all had a really good chance!

Reminder of the prize:

The 17 nautical but nice gift set

The Winner waschosen at random using random.org

So the Winner Is...........


Well done girlie, email me your address at lauraw-g@hotmail.com so I can send you the prize!



Sunday, 9 May 2010

Nails Inc with Diet Coke!

Nails Inc polishes free with Diet Coke! Erm, yes please, I didn't even think about it when I saw this offer in Boots today and immediately bought 4 500ml bottles of diet coke to pick up 2 FREE Nails Inc colours. And yes, the other two colours I saw in the offer will be making an appearance in my collection this week too :)

I think this is justified as I would usually buy this much cola anyway

So here are the 2 colours I picked out and comparisons for you, starting with the 'nude' shade, London

It's a lovely nude 'greige' as they're calling it nowadays, quite a cappucino colour. This is what I hoped the mink shade would be which is free with InStyle magazine in the UK at the moment. InStyle were kind enough to send me that shade with the magazine but as you can see from the following comparisons, mink and London are nothing like eachother: mink is much more pink/brown toned and london more grey/lilac.

For some annoying reason my laptop's refusing to rotate images so they are sideways, but thats diet coke london at the top, then Zoya 'felicity' then Instyle mink then Zoya 'Hermina'. The two Zoya ones look like the same colour family as the Nails Inc when you see them on the website, but in person they're nothing alike.

Next up: Nails Inc Milan

This should have been called 'coca-cola red' as it is exactly that shade. I'm not sure if these diet coke colours are repromotes from the stndard line but in a diet coke branded bottle? Entirely possible. Milan is a cherry-ish red and it's a dead ringer for Stella by Zoya

Again, probably a sideways photo but that is Zoya Zsa Zsa, Stella, Nails inc Milan, then Zoya Gia. Gia is much more orange toned than the others, it's a true fire engine red which I actually had to use for my manicurists' exam years ago! Milan is a pink toned red in comparison, although the photo probably makes all those polishes look pretty orange.

Have any of you picked up these polishes with a diet coke yet?



Thursday, 6 May 2010

Baby-Soft Hair?

I've been using this shampoo for about a week and the above pics are the results.
It's not marketed as an 'age-defying' hair product but it should be- my hair feels exactly like it did when I was a child: silky soft and bouncy.
And, unexpectedly- wavy!

It is:


In the pictures my hair has been washed and left to dry naturally, no styling products were used at all, considering I usually use about 4 things to get my poker straight hair to be voluminous and wavy, I am seriously impressed!

Here's what Schwarzkopf say:

With research showing that damaged hair is on the rise, indulge your hair with new Gliss Shea Cashmere Shampoo and Conditioner from Schwarzkopf.
Containing a unique nourishing formula with Shea Butter and Cashmere protein, this brand new Shampoo and Conditioner provides intensive care for dry, lifeless hair to give inimitable moisturising benefits and 100% suppleness.
New Gliss Shea Cashmere Shampoo and Conditioner is priced at £1.99 RRP

And what I think:

It also reminds me a bit of the L'occitane shea butter shampoo in it's texture and lather when you're using it, it's very rich and creamy.

If you have oily hair I would give it a miss as the shampoo is so rich, but it's working well for me and I have normal (if not very flat) hair with dry ends naturally. If you have dry hair I would think this would be particularly nice.

It has a heavy feel to it which lasts on your hair throughout the day- now for me, that makes my fine hair look fuller, but I can imagine if you have thick, oily hair this would weigh it down more.

I was going to post a picture of my hair when I was 3 so you could see that it looks the same as now haha but it didn't really work out tech-wise. The shampoo does remind me of baby shampoo though and I don't really know why... It doesn't smell like baby shampoo or anything, it smells like shea butter but there you go, maybe it's just me :)

I haven't got the conditioner but I can't wait to try it if it's anything like the shampoo so I'll give you an update when I find that in stores :)



Gliss Shampoo was sent to me for review but everything mentioned in this post is my honest opinion- I think that's obvious from my usual rambling but I feel like I have to say that!

Monday, 3 May 2010

FOTD for bank holiday

Eugh, I have a mad cold right now which always makes me want to glam up more and try to ignore it.

I thought I'd use some of my limited edition stuff which always tends to get forgotten about once the collection's over:

Revlon Photo ready foundation in 'nude'
Bobbi Brown creamy concealer & corrector
Elf all over colour stick in 'pink lemonade'
MAC MSF in goldspill to highlight


ELF Studio eye primer part of the primer & liner sealer stick
Nanogold, cranberry, beauty marked eyeshadows
Kohl Power pencil in 'raven'
cream colour base in 'pearl' as brow highlight
Rimmel professional eyebrow pencil in dark brown
Diorshow Extase mascara

Lipstain marker in runway ripened
Dazzleglass Creme lipgloss in Amorous

I love Amorous gloss over the raspberry lipstain and that diorshow mascara is anazing- full review coming soon. Just look at my lashes in the top photo!!

Do you forget about your limited edition beauty buys or do they become your staples?