Friday, 30 December 2011

FOTD- Love peck

Face of the Day posts are a bit of a sore point for me at the moment, as some of you know I had a benign tumor removed from my jaw last week and a bit of the swelling and mis-shapen-ness remain. I don't know if my face will ever look normal again but I'm trying to accept it how it is.

Myface foundation, Benefit boi-ing concealer, Ysl touche eclat
Mac highlight powder in golden nectar (bronzer) Nyx mosiac blush in  
love, Mac Gana blush (highlight)
Mac moleskin eyeshadow, Mac greasepaint stick in French quarter,  
Benefit badgal mascara
Mac love peck kissable lip colour

Sadly I don't have a medical excuse for the state of my eyebrows...stress? No, just laziness is the real answer!

I guess this experience has taught me you can't be too obsessed with how you look, and that will be my beauty resolution for 2012.

Have you made any beauty resolutions?

Saturday, 24 December 2011

2011 favourites!

So I thought I'd be productive this Christmas eve and get my 2011 favourites out!
I tried to think of my most used or favourite buys of the year rather than by category- I can't think I've found a ground breaking new mascara or concealer this year, for example. So here we are!

1.       Famous by Sue Moxley shimmer bricks I seriously see hardly any difference between these and the Bobbi Brown shimmer bricks and this product is £6. Enough said.

2.       Clarins beauty flash balm I used this about 5 years ago but I guess at that age I wasn’t really tired enough to appreciate the effects of this product! My boyfriend bought me an amazing Clarins giftset in June for our anniversary and the BFB was in there. My love for this illuminating base has been rekindled and I’ve just purchased another tube.

3.       Chanel Vitalumiere foundation I bought this in May or June and it just works really well in Summer or Winter. This foundation is quite dewy and brightening, it covers more by deflecting away from imperfections and feels light on the skin

4.       YSL creme de blush I haven’t had this very long, maybe since October but I haven’t used another blush since I got it. I have shade 01 velvet peach. For a cream blush it has fantastic longevity and blends like a dream. I like to apply it with a stippling brush.

5.       Chanel Illusion d’Ombre shadows My original review is *here* This product has just got to be the eyeshadow of the year for anyone. What a texture, what an effect, what staying power- they just nailed it. The green one is next on my list

6.       MAC moleskin eyeshadow This came out with the MAC me over collection this year and it’s become my favourite neutral shadow. It looks really peach in this rubbish photo but it’s actually quite a smokey camel colour. Kind of a mix of naked and buck from the UD naked palette.

7.       HD brows palette The vast majority of us bloggers got this palette in our Glossy boxes, and woah did it make that box worthwhile. Awesome, awesome product.  

8.       Sleek pout paints I got the colours to make neutral lip shades and have quite enjoyed having this slightly gross looking mixing pot in my handbag and tweaking the peach/pinkness of my lipstick on the go!

9.       Dolce & Gabbana Mandorla lipstick This lippie was picked up in April and I think it came out with the Spring collection this year. It’s a beautiful pale pinky nude blend and the quality of D&G lipsticks it’s really exceptional. I’m really glad I got my hands on it this year

10.   17 revenge nail polish Out of all the lovely OPI, China Glaze and Chanel nail polish releases this year I think this little 17 one is my favourite- I base this decision on the fact that I protested the most over having to take this off in hospital! It's a greyish pink with purple sparkle.

So that concludes my 2011 favourites! I would love to read yours so leave your links in the comments

Are any of these products on your list?

Friday, 16 December 2011

NOTD- essie cocktail bling- bling!

As mentioned in my last Sunday summary I got the Essie winter collection minis recently and have been blinging them up a bit in the run up to Christmas!

This is Essie cocktail bling with extra sparkle from NYC lights camera glitter topcoat.

I think it's kind of snow storm like

What do you think?

Did you get any of the Essie winter polishes?

Also if you have a notd featuring the Essie lux effects polishes then link me up- I would love to see it!

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Glossybox December

I received my box at 7.30am this morning which is even earlier in the day than last month, however the spoilers for this box have been online since Monday which i think has annoyed some people.

We were promised a super-duper Christmas edition of Glossybox and this is what I got in mine:

Deborah Lippmann nail polish in razzle dazzle and a polish remover pad

(very exciting nail polish, I wonder if the remover only works on this brand though? We only have one pad so I guess I'll never know!)

Mememe seventh heaven face primer

(I've been looking for a primer like this for a while so I'm excited to try, unfortunately it smells like Cif kitchen cleaner)

Blink&go long lasting mascara

(very credible full sized product- looking forward to trying it out)

Cargo mini lipgloss in 'Paris'

(I'm surprised how much make up is in here compared to last month)

Rituals shower foam in rose&almond

(I'm allergic to almonds but luckily it's my Gran's birthday today and she likes rose scented things so maybe she'll appreciate it)

What did you get in yours?

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

FOTD mixing it up

Today is going all kinds of wrong and for these kind of days I end up piling the make up cabinet on my face and seeing how it turns out- this is how!

Bourjois healthy mix serum foundation, benefit boiing concealer, bourjois bronzer, mac well dressed blush

Rimmel cooling eyeshadow mousse in mocha, mac tempting, Brun & nocturnelle shadows on lid, brûlé & shroom to highlight and blend
Elf eyebrow crayon, mac feline & diorshow mascara

Dior beige angelique lippie

I've been waiting all day for a hospital appointment to have a scan before my next surgery but the clinic are just messing me around, I gave up and went to tesco to get things to finish off my Christmas gift hampers. At least the shopping is done now!

How are you doing with your gift shopping?

Monday, 5 December 2011

Festive NOTD

A very short but Christmassy NoTD post for you, China Glaze Twinkle Lights from the current holiday collection over Zoya Alluria.

Alluria is a peachy nude cream, fast becoming my favourite nude nail polish!

I just love how glittery Twinkle Lights is, It looks great on it's own with 2 coats as well, though with the beige underneth I think it brings out the gold flecks.

Are you rocking a festive manicure yet?

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Sunday Summary

1.       Clothes-wise, November has been all about the lace tights for me, these ones are from tk maxx which is where I get most of my tights from (Wolford, Falke, Jonathon Aston, Henry Holland... for less than £5 a pair…so the same price as Dorothy Perkins but  10X the quality)

The pictured pair are a brand called Vixen which I’ve never heard of but they look amazing! Sadly I’m finding it impossible to take a clear picture of my own legs so I resorted to this angle

2.       DiorShow mascara has made a comeback this month, after my overly dramatic and emotional review *here* where I said it wasn’t how I remembered it to be, it let me down, broke my heart, yada-yada- I left it alone for a month and it got good. I stand by the review as you can’t pay that kind of money for a mascara that performs well for a few weeks out of 3 months, but I have been enjoying it while it lasts

3.       I feel like photos of various hot pot style cuisine is standard  in these posts of mine so this month it is sausage, lentil and squash casserole. I found some appropriately named ‘casserole sausages’ in Tesco and decided to use them in this dish. I can’t find a link anywhere to a similar recipe and I didn’t follow it properly anyway, just as well I’m not a food blogger really! It was basically sausages, lentils, squash, red pepper and kale with pork stock cubes and water. It was nice, trust me.

4.       My Black Friday order from Beauty Bay eventually turned up and it was the Essie Winter collection miniatures, the two missing shades from the collection are of course now the ones I really want, which was the caramel and muted teal shades, but on organising my nail polishes today I notice I have both caramel and teal colours in mass abundance so that is not a great loss.

   Otherwise November has been a weird month, I’ve off work sick for the majority of the time, I’m still waiting to get my biopsy results for the growth on my jaw so the FoTD ban continues until my face is more symmetrical!

   How was your November?