Monday, 28 February 2011

Professional Beauty Show thoughts

I went to the professional beauty show in London's exel today so I thought I'd share with you what I bought and my thoughts on the event



That's me being extremely dorky with my free champagne in one of the 'lounges'!

It's not really a place to get loads of free stuff- I only got one sample of moisturiser, the glass of champers and was "too late" to get the complimentary VIP goody bag.

I attended with my Mum who owns a salon so we had VIP tickets, although apart from free parking I don't think we got any special treatment!

However, I was very happy to find Louella Belle exhibiting there- they are now the soul UK distributer for ESSIE so I managed to pick up some polishes I've been after for about £5 each




OPI weren't offering discount for professionals so there wasn't really a haul opportunity there!

I was interested by the Gelish and Shellac stands, as I love the idea of a 2-3 week gel polish that doesn't damage your natural nails, and was really disappointed to learn that part of the removal process is using a 180 grade nail file on the natural nail- something that will strip several layers off it.

I also got some brushes




I was in heaven when I found this stand- they were a brand called Crown and they had about a million different brushes at very reasonable prices- I think the liner brushes were £3 each. I have been scouring the internet trying to find a really tiny, thin lining brush so I'm really glad to get these, I didn't want to pay £12+ for something so tiny!


Did anybody else check out professional beauty today or yesterday?
Oh and did you go to the Beauty Bloggers Event at eXel today?

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Laura Mercier creme smooth foundation

How much would you say your pride is worth?

Turns out mine is about £41.50 because had I bothered to research the price of this foundation prior to the MUA applying it to me and subsequently me agreeing to purchase-

Let's just say I wouldn't...BUT...
NOT because it's not good. Just because that's a lot of money for me personally!




However, I am glad now that I was too embarrased to decline at the till in John Lewis as this foundation is pretty darn nice.

fancy packaging...




little spatula included...



surplus gimmicks aside this is great if you have very dry skin, or aging skin- which I think creme smooth is actually designed for, but if your skin also resembles the sahara desert I think it is OK to use very rich products.

It is important that this is applied with a dry sponge.
A brush of any description just causes cakiness (cakey-ness?) and is just rubbish basically.
A wet sponge causes smearing and the product won't settle.
Fingers are recommended on the packaging and the finish is good when aplied this way- but it doesn't last all day.

So to bite the bullet, here are the before and after pictures, I only have on my leftover eye make up which I've had on since 6.45 this morning so no concealer, blush, lip products etc I simply removed my face make up and applied the foundation anew for the photos.

It is just an indication of coverage really, these photos don't do justice how nice it really is!

BEFORE: (resisting temptation to make this photo much smaller)




AFTER:





Of course my skin is not perfect in either but what I like is that creme smooth foundation is extremely natural looking, lasts all day without changing much, and really brightens the face.

My boyfriend has said to me every day since I bought this that my skin is "really, really nice" and no, he is not aware that it is a new cosmetic item, or that it cost £41.50. And No, he ain't gonna find out!

What's your favourite foundation for dry skin?

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

China Glaze Pelican Gray

I quite like the look of China Glaze's latest collection Anchor's Away so have picked up Pelican Gray

(when I say I picked up... I should really have said my Mum got it for me from the beauty wholesaler ;))



I wasn't going to do any NOTD posts as my hands(and face, neck, whole body in general)have been savaged by eczema which is making my cuticles look pretty manky but I've read that there's quite a lot of interest in this polish so I thought I'd share anyway.




Above in daylight and below indoors



I think it's quite a blue toned grey in daylight, it has white fine glitter which you may be able to see in the bottle but I really don't think it translates onto the nail

I find the formula of China Glaze a bit hit and miss- this one reminds me of the texture of the polishes from the CG up and away release: smoothes out once dry but applies really streaky and lumpy.

This last one is just a cute pic of how I tried to tone in my top for work with this polish today and my bow belt!




I also really love the look of the below deck colour- a gorgeous murky grey/purple (grurple?)


Are you getting anything from Anchors Away?

Sunday, 20 February 2011

FOTD- Lazy Sunday Club

Hello...

I am back (quietly) but here to stay!

Kicking off with a FOTD this fine Sunday



I love club eyeshadow by MAC at present, it is medium brown with blue/green pearl running through it.

here is a rubbish picture of it in my 15-pan



I love it with a blue, green, or turquoise smokey eye in the crease as the brown base really anchors the look and stops it being too bright.
Recently though I've been wearing it as I am here, in the crease of a matte brown look to introduce a subtle teal sheen.

EYES:





UD e/s in Buck all over lid
UD e/s in virgin as highlight
MAC e/s club in the crease
MAC pearlglide eye kohl in lord it up on lower lashline
MAC gel liner in blacktrack on upper lashline
No. 7 exquisite curl mascara


FACE



Laura Mercier creme smooth foundation in sunny beige
MAC studio finish concealer
MAC buddy up blush
MAC gana blush as highlight

LIPS

MAC kissable lip colour in super

see you very soon this time!