Saturday, 8 December 2012

NOTD MAC Endless Night

Sorry again for the sporadic posts, I just don't have 5 seconds to do anything at the moment, not even painting my nails! 

I've actually slipped to only manicuring on Monday nights whilst Made in Chelsea is on so every Friday I'm sporting a very lazy, chipped-up rock chick mani like never before! Bad times!

Anyway every week it's the same deal: MAC Endless Night from the holiday Glamour Daze collection

MAC endless night nail swatch
It's the perfect neutral mauve polish; I am obsessed with it.

All these photos are with flash where it looks semi-sheer but in daylight it looks opaque with 2 coats. Not that I see daylight much anymore!

You can still get this online from MAC, and might I suggest that you do ;)


Did you pick up anything from the Holiday collections?

Sunday, 18 November 2012

NOTD: OPI 18K Gold Nail Polish


This was my firework mani: Zoya Angelina (similar to Essie little brown dress) with OPI the man with the golden gun 18 k gold leaf topcoat, with a little micro-holo gold over the top



the OPI gold topcoat is very lean on the gold leaf-per coat, I did 2 coats in the pictures above, to get very gold result you would need 4 coats, but I should point out it take AGES to dry so 4 coats would take several hours.

Having said that I think it's totally worth it, I can't wait to try it over other colours.

Have you tried this nail polish? What do you think?

Bonus Firework night photo!


Monday, 5 November 2012

Normal Service Will Resume Shortly

I'm engaged!


Moving house again
I haven't forgotten about you lovely readers, life is crazy at the moment but I am burning to blog now so I will be back very soon... Thank you all for your kind words on twitter :)

Also I have a nightmare spammer on here hence the dreaded word verification, I hate having to do this and hope I can get it off this time!

See you soon xx

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

From the Lipstick Vault: Rimmel Pink Blush

Today I bring you (an old picture of) Pink Blush from Rimmel London: a supposed dupe for MAC's Viva Glam Gaga



blush is very pigmented but a little on the dry side, I find the colour quite unforgivable on my skin but as it's a smidgen warmer than viva glam gaga is then that one would be horrible on me!

If you can pull off barbie-baby pinks then you may want to check it out!

Do you like lipstick colours like this one yourself?

Monday, 8 October 2012

Pan down: September empties

Lots of haircare/skincare for you this month with some high street mascaras

1.Batiste dry shampoo lace
Not my favourite one in the batiste range but does the job and is good value

2. Mascara Bin:
L'oreal voluminous extra- really great and under-rated mascara, not so lengthening but great for volume
Soap&Glory thick&fast- another nice one for volume but I preferred the L'oreal for the same money
Rimmel volume flash- appalling mascara, I only bought for a festival because it was cheap and waterproof but it actually makes my lashes LESS visible when wearing it!

3.Aussie long&luscious conditioner
This lasts years! It's quite a good detangler but I wouldn't use it in place of conditioner, no way!

4. & 8. L'occitane shower gels
Cherry Blossom & Pivione Flora- these are both really pretty floral scents, I use shower gel and an exfoliating glove instead of body scrub nowadays as its' much cheaper and works just as well

5. & 7. Phyto phytovolume shampoo & Phytobaume conditioner
If you have fine hair with dry ends- THIS IS THE COMBINATION YOU WANT! I still have some brands on my list I want to try out but so far this is the best shampoo & conditioner I've ever used. I may do a full review when I repurchase

6. Avene cold creme gel cleanser- I've already repurchased this, it's a lovely rich, buttery cleanser for dry winter-y skin

9. Blistex relief cream- the daddy of lip balms for severely dry, cracked or peeling lips! I'll always end up with one of these in my possession 



Monday, 1 October 2012

Bare necessities

I thought I'd show you the make up I took on a recent boating holiday, I was trying to travel light and keep it natural so these products were perfect!

I think the sunglasses, hair band, hair grip & carmex* speak for themselves on a windy river in British September...



Nivea Creme is, and always has been my staple skin care product. It is literally the glue holding my face together at the moment

Cuticura antibacterial hand serum* is a fantastic solution to the dryness accompanying alcohol sanitizer gels, this really does keep your hands soft although it smells a bit strange, like synthetic cucumbers but the smell doesn't last!

DHC cleansing oil came in a glossy box, I see no difference to my usual Origins clean energy cleansing oil, It's just this sample is much more travel friendly than the huge Origins bottle!



I can't believe myself this is the only make-up I took- You may be wondering why I wore make up on this type of getaway at all but hey, I wore make up in Africa painting schools in 40 degree celsius; I wore make up climbing mountains in the UK Lake district...I ain't gonna stop now



Pixi Illuminating Tint & Conceal has become my holy grail tinted moisturiser, it is just a god send for dry skin and I'm gutted that I'm running out!

MAC Casual Colour out for fun this isn't as dewey as the other casual colour I picked up (keep it loose) and has more of a satin sheen. I still love it as a multi purpose flush of natural colour though

Barbara Daly mascara I admit I only brought this because its the only brown mascara I have and I didn't mind if I accidentally dropped it overboard, but it's a nice natural look mascara that builds subtle volume and doesn't clump


So those were my outdoors holiday essentials!
What are your top 3 desert island make-up items?


Thursday, 13 September 2012

Monu eye gel

I was explaining this post to my friend Claire who thought I was talking about "iGel" for my iPad, not writing about EYE gel on my iPad!

Get iGel for your iPad today... See the ultrasound images of little apple babies working away inside now!

Anyway many of you will recognise the Monu specialist eye gel from Glossy Box a few months ago, I have to say I'm quite impressed with it.

monu eye gel specialist
It is pretty moisturising, it's massive for an eye product and it firms up the eye area diminishing finer lines.

I never thought I'd go for a gel over a cream product as my skin is so dry but I've been really happy with this over the summer and although I need something richer as the weather turns colder I'm looking forward to using this again on holiday or in spring again.

I did try at the same time the Ren eye gel which did nothing for me- it left under  my eyes feeling tight and dry although it did visibly firm the area. Monu was the clear winner!


did you get this eye gel in your glossy box and what did you think? 
what's your favourite eye cream?

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Scents of the Season...

...Hanging on to Summer!

I spent way to much time cracking this coconut & photographing it myself!

I am an out and out perfume girl usually but the type of fragrances I favour (and I'll save the long accompanying ramble on this for another post!) are best reserved for evening. With this in mind and given that I love themes I'm going for a natural seasonal scent for daytime. What better for the last days of Summer than Mango and Coconut- Yum!

Now I should credit Liloo a bit for this as she published 2 posts recently which reminded me about this subject- I should have taken up the offer she posted on the Body Shop body mists though as their Mango spray is the nicest one around.

body shop coconut body mist & natural collection mango & papaya spray

I can't recommend this natural collection spray, it was just the most accessible to me at the time of purchase. It smells like tropical cordial in water and is totally odourless after about 2 minutes of wear. Just get the body shop one! The coconut spray I have pictured here is divine.

Now I'm left pondering my Autumn scent combination.... Some seasonal things obviously you don't want to smell like (dry leaves, bonfires...) but I feel quite partial toward Apple or Pumpkin.

What would your ideal Autumn-like scent be?

Sunday, 2 September 2012

MAC Electric Cool Eyeshadow

MAC really annoys me sometimes, chopping and changing collections every month is one (irritating) thing, but then creating a totally new formula and only making it available for 30 days is just stupid to me. I've been testing it for a month in different ways so here's my opinion- they are still available for like, 4 days now if you want to go ahead and purchase too! Although we all know how MAC loves to re-promote things so we'll probably see these again at some point.
MAC Blacklit electric cool eyeshadow

Electric Cool is MAC's answer to Chanel's Illusion D'ombre. It has that spongy, souffle-like texture and is a long wearing eyeshadow which can be used also as a liner or base for powder shadows.
MAC blacklit electric cool swatches, out of focus so you can see the bling more!

The shade I chose, Blacklit, is a shimmery soft black, you can wear it as grey if you apply with one stroke or build it to a deeper black. 

As a liner it lasted 10 hours and was easy to apply with a lining brush.

As a stand alone shadow it lasts about 7 hours over the crease and fades evenly over this time period. It's no paint pot when it comes to this application.

As a base for powder shadows it's pretty great. It lasted 18 hours before I had to remove it, I wore the chanel illusion d'ombre on half the eyelid for comparision and it beat the Chanel on longevity.

fotd: clarins skin illusion foundation, mac superdupernatural blush, blacklit electric cool shadow, legendary black prolongwear shadow, avon supershock mascara, mac pleasure-seeker lipstick

The downside to using them as shadow base is you are covering up their pretty colours! I found the ideal match for blacklit to be MAC pro longwear shadow in legendary black which is what I'm wearing here, although it's not as multi-dimensional as blacklit with its crazy rainbow glitter.


Did you pick up any of these?


Would you prefer MAC to keep new releases out longer if they are a new formula? 

It annoys me that it took 3 weeks of me trying out the product to decide I liked them, they were good value and I would have chose more shades, only for them to be unavailable to me by then!

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

FOODIE: Oatmeal Pancakes

I posted about an oat & honey smoothie a while back and a few people sent me some questions asking for variations on that combination.

So if you like the idea but not the texture of porridge, and you like the oat & honey flavour but would rather not drink your breakfast then this is for you!

Oatmeal Pancakes 

oat & blackberry pancakes
Blend 3 tbsp Oats with equal quantity of milk and sweetner/sugar to taste, tip into a buttered frying pan & fry 2 mins on each side. Top with probiotic yogurt, fruit of your choice and honey. Add some toasted oats on top if you're feeling extra decandant!


I should point out that this is a bit more calorific than the smoothie version on account of the milk & butter which isn't in the smoothie. These pancakes are softer than regular pancakes and VERY FILLING!

So I hope you like my solution, let me know if you try it out xx

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Soleil Tan de Chanel bronze universal base

Contouring is a beautiful thing but we know finding your perfect product to do so can be tricky.

Soleil Tan de Chanel bronze universal is one of the products I've been meaning to try for ages, (along with MAC harmony blush by the way) thinking it would be a great contour- and I'm pleased to say I'm not disappointed!



soleil tan de chanel
It is a matte cream formula-, sort of the illusion d'ombre style, cream-mousse texture. The MUA insisted that it should be applied with a mini kabuki and NOT fingers. I haven't tried any other application method to be honest, I wasn't feeling all that rebellious but pffft...how bad can it be? Have you tried?

My mini kabuki brush pictured is a Crown brush, model KB2 if you wanted to know, I like Crown brushes because they are around the same price as ELF but  better quality and they have a massive range.

Excuse the dodgy green eyeshadow- I was played around with the cheapo Glossybox palette we got this month and maybe should have gone for the neutrals first!

R: foundation & concealer before STdC L: after soliel tan de chanel, no blush or highlighter

What I really love about it is that it seems to smooth the skin you apply it to as well as colour. I've tried applying it under a tinted moisturiser too, and it works nicely as a primer & more subtle contour in one. It warmed toned so makes a great bronzer too.

I'm not a wiz at contouring by the way, I know I'm heavy handed, plus I tend to start rolling this all over my face - I like the smoothing effect and I just can't stop! It can look a lot more natural with a light hand, depending on your skin tone of course as this only comes in one colour.

This Soleil tan de Chanel is £30, I think I paid fractionally less than that in John Lewis but cannot find evidence of this online so we'll go with that. The compact is massive though- don't be fooled by the teeny tester pot!


Have you tried this?
Whats your favourite bronzer or contouring product?

Friday, 10 August 2012

From the Lipstick Vault- Russian Red

This is a beautiful matte lipstick to have, deep red in colour and super long lasting thanks to it's matte-ness: This is Russian Red from MAC

mac russian red matte lipstick
The hand swatch is the most accurate in colour, I'm quite washed out in the face photo as I took these in Spring and also I'm standing in front of the window which is making the lipstick appear more cool toned. 

I don't find this as drying as say, myth lipstick but it does have that tendency as most mattes do- with a few exceptions.

Do you have Russian Red?
What's you're favourite matte lipstick

Thursday, 2 August 2012

My Birthday Week

It was my birthday last week and thankfully the weather made it a beautiful time to be in Cambridge!

Birthday Champagne Picnic
The Varsity Hotel Rooftop Garden- look at that view!
truffle risotto, lamb ragu & funky chips at Jamie's italian

Hope you've all had a great week too!!

Sunday, 29 July 2012

FOTD- Heat Rising, Storm Coming

I said I wouldn't be doing a FOTD this soon after my operation but the swelling is going down fast and I loved this eyeshadow combo so some strategic camera angles later here we are!


Urban Decay toasted & hustle
I also was going to airbrush the lump off my left jaw for my own vanity but I thought that would be a pretty irresponsible message to my younger readers. I have a lump on my face right now; that's actually fine, if you have a lump on your face; that's fine too! We all look different and that's just how it is.


Urban Decay naked palette EOTD
FACE
Stila foundation stick (old) Maybelline 24hr concealer, MAC Surf baby bronzing stick gilty bronze, Benefit Watts Up! Highlighter, MAC keep it loose casual colour


EYES
UD naked palette- toasted, hustle, naked, buck & sin. MAC blacktrack fluidline, MAC Raven kohl pencil (burgundy) Avon Supershock mascara + 17 blow out mascara


LIPS 
YSL shiny plumping gloss in no 3 glossy brown




This was weather inspired as it's been extremely hot and sunny here the past week and today the storm broke through, so I felt like a warm and smokey look


What do you think?

Friday, 27 July 2012

Essie Topless & Barefoot NOTD

I've referenced this polish as one of my favourite nudes countless times but I don't think I've ever done an NOTD with it...


Essie Topless & Barefoot
It's a lovely ballet pink with creamy nude tones.


I'll be interested to see what the reformulated version for Boots and Superdrug is going to be like! I will test it out when this bottle runs out...




Have any of you compared the new Essie formula to the same shades in the original line yet??


And what's your favourite nude nail polish?

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

FOODIE POST: Oat & Honey Smoothie

As I just got out of hospital for surgery on jaw again yesterday there's no way you'd want to see a face of the day post right now (believe me!) and I don't feel like painting my nails or anything just yet- although I have plenty of stuff archived for you for the coming weeks!

One thing I am passionate about right now and am in a fit state to show you is the smoothies I've been making!

First up- the breakfast smoothie

Oat honey & banana breakfast smoothie

recipe for 1:
1x banana (can be frozen if your blender can handle it)
3x TBSP porridge oats 
1/2 cup of probiotic yogurt 
Honey to taste - I like 2 teaspoons manuka honey 

Last time I had this operation was at the end of December so I was having porridge every day because it's easy to eat if you can't move your jaw! I really don't fancy that at this time of year so I did a quick web search too check it's safe to eat dry oats and it is, so the breakfast smoothie was born. This makes a great on the go breakfast even if there's nothing wrong with your face though 
;-)

I recommend putting something like an ice cube in if you don't want to freeze the banana pieces to make it nice and cold

To make this an insomniac smoothie just replace the banana with 1/4 cup of chamomile tea- PLUS an ice cube unless your blender specifically states that you can put boiling water in it. Mine cannot and I learned that the hard way so don't do as I do!
The oats and tea can really help to get you off to sleep with the stomach soothing pro-biotics it's a great combo if you can't sleep


Fill me in on any blog happenings I've missed out on so far this week....

Friday, 20 July 2012

Favourites!

This is the closest I'm likely to get to a 'monthly faves' post these days as I'm just not organised enough anymore.. it's more of a discoveries post to be honest though!

Discovery Une: Brushes make things better

exhibit A- Chanel Illusion d'ombre and Real techniques detail brush

Chanel Illusion d'ombre in emrvielle, real techniques small detailer brush
I sort of fell out of love with this eyeshadow after I lost the brush it comes with, but I didn't make the connection between those 2 facts. This Real Techniques brush from the core collection is a great substitute and the product applies so much better with it than with fingers! 

2. Exhibit B- Soap & Glory kick ass concealer

soap&glory kick ass concealer
As you can see my compact is pretty abused, a sign of a good product! I have loads of concealer brushes that I ignore but I've found recently they really are helping this to apply more smoothly, also the Elf studio angled contour brush is my favourite thing to powder under-eye concealer with

3. Avon Supershock max mascara is awesome

Avon supershock max mascara
This is part of a selection free with Marie Claire this month and I'd heard it was the best one- SO True. I put 4 coats on and have the fattest, fluffiest lashes ever. Loving this!

4. Ditto Revlon Just Bitten balm stain in Romantic

Revlon balm stain in Romantic
I don't need to say much about this product as there's not going to anything in my head about them that you don't already know by now. 
But.. staying power and matte velvet look of a stain, combined with the comfortable texture of a balm.. and that the combination actually works this time- it's the way forward.

Have you tried any of these?
What are your current favourites??

Monday, 16 July 2012

FOTD: Humid

Well it was certainly not humid today but it was 2 weeks ago when I wore this look.. late as ever!


I went for Humid eyeshadow by MAC as the main focus to go with the weather and my tropical coloured t-shirt
So here is the look:


laurasummerbeauty: humid face of the day
FACE:


Mac Face and Body foundation, Myface mymix concealer
Mac gilty bronze bronzing stick (surf baby collection)
YSL no. 1 blush cream, Benefit watts up! highlighter


EYES:


MAC eyesahdow: Humid & Plumage; Sleek yellow from curacao palette
MAC tarnish kohl & blacktrack fluidline; Soap & Glory  thick & fast mascara


LIPS:


MAC Salute! lipstick (hey sailor collection)


I actually find Salute! quite hard to wear as it's basically the same colour as my face but I wanted a nude with no pink tone at all for this look so it kind of worked.




What make-up have you been wearing- hot or not!?

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

From the Lipstick Vault

Another lipstick from the archive today, I actually took these photos in Spring but got distracted as usual so I'm showing you now- excuse the pasty face!

MAC Lovelorn

MAC lovelorn lipstick
Lovelorn is a really popular MAC lipstick, it's a lustre finish and is creamy and comfortable to wear.
I know a lot of people say this is an easy, natural looking pink to wear but on me it's actually kind of bubblegum-bright!


Have you tried this lipstick? 
What's your favourite pink?

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Pan Down- June Empties

Well Sunday Summary has been postponed as this weekend has gone dramatically badly so I don't want to depress you all- Here's some used up products instead!


1. I emptied the mascara bin and these are all well over 3 months old and totally solid inside. 
Review of Diorshow *here* although I omitted that after 6 weeks this mascara suddenly becomes stunning, you just have to wait for it!
Review of YSL Volume shocking *here*
Review of Lancome Hypnose drama *here*
I don't know why I've never reviewed Benfit Badgal because I really love it. I will definitely review it next time I get one! The Stila major lash is one I got from TK Maxx so possibly not the same formula as the latest version as the packaging has changed.


2. Tigi Bedhead brunette goddess shampoo & conditioner
I did get very shiny and rich looking colour whilst using these but despite being lovely and thick, the conditioner just wasn't hardcore enough for my frazzled ends. The smell like chocolate marzipan though.. drool!


3. John Freida luxurious volume refresher
I'd heard great things about this dry shampoo but it just didn't deliver the volume I was expecting!


4. Scholl rough skin remover & deep moisturising cream
This foot exfoliator and moisturiser are The. Bomb. So affordable too; I re-purchase these constantly.


5. Nivea goodbye cellulite gel-cream
Goodbye Nivea and good riddance! This is totally useless at doing anything to cellulite- don't bother.


6. Ayuuri coconut body wash
This came in a glossy box a few months ago and I really liked it. Coconut & jasmine are two of my favourite scents so I really enjoyed using it. It's a shame the brand isn't very accessible or I would seriously be re-purchasing this too.




That's my June empties- Have you tried any of these products and what did you think??

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Volumizing Hair Powder

Seeing as I love dry shampoo it was only a matter of time before I became addicted to hair powder as well...


I've tried a few different ones but this is the one I've re-purchased (and have a spare in my desk at work!)


Schwarzkopf got2b Powderful volumizing styling powder


schwarzkopf got2b styling powder
It's a simple product to use- I'm useless with hair so it would have to be- you just sprinkle it on dry hair like a salt shaker and ruffle your head.

My hair is very fine and flat and if I just ruffle my hair it does nothing to increase volume without a product in. This does exactly that and lasts all day

Let's check out the before and after!

volumizing powder before & after
The only downside is that your hair feels dry and has a very strange rubbery texture when you're wearing the powder- although this is not permanent!
Also unlike dry shampoo it does not absorb excess natural grease from your hair so it doesn't really look good if you've skipped a hair wash -unless you use a dry shampoo first.

I just love this stuff when I'm too lazy to blow-dry my hair!


I also really wants to try the Toni & Guy hair powder and the Schwarzkopf Osis one- Have you tried any of these and what did you think??

Saturday, 30 June 2012

Summer Wedding Pastels

I'm not exactly keeping with the times since I went to this wedding almost a month ago but I thought I'd show you my eyeshadow & nail polish anyway

Eyeshaow= Sleek monaco palette


You can see the material of my dress in the NOTD photo, I decided to be a bit matchy-matchy and co-ordinate the make up & nail polish!

Eyeshadow- was the aquamarine, light blue, lilac & midnight blue from the Sleek Monaco palette and dark blue cream liner from Elf cosmetics. I wore the MAC casual colour in Keep it Loose on my cheeks & lips

Nails- was Essie cocktail bling layered with L'oreal french riveria nail polish


What do you think- do you like to co-ordinate your make-up to outfit for special occasions too or prefer to mix it up?

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

MAC Casual Colour Lip & Cheek

This month has gone SO quick! I'm only just getting round to posting my June MAC collection buys and the next one is hitting us...sigh I can't keep up.


Anyway I wanted to properly test this product as it's a new formula, rather than just post box-fresh photos and say "yeah this looks great!" you want to know if it's actually good, right?


MAC casual colour in keep it loose & out for fun
I do actually really like these and have worn them a lot, 

  • the texture is tacky and reminds me of Sleek pout polish, it's that sort of glossy-balm feel. 
  • The colours are very pigmented and wear around the 5 hour mark on my lips and cheeks. 
  • They do leave a slight stain which increase the longevity of the product.

MAC casual colour in keep it loose & out for fun
The shades I went for are Keep it Loose- a pale peachy-pink nude, reminds me a little of Hue lipstick, and Out for Fun- a softly bright coral orange, reminds me a little of Costa chic lipstick 


L: Keep it loose on cheeks & lips, R: Out for fun on cheeks & lips
I have also contoured my face in the Keep it Loose picture but not in the one for Out for Fun because I was away from home and didn't take much make-up with me, that's why I look chubbier!


On the cheeks- gives a natural and dewey flush but isn't stickier than a cream blush


On the lips- a little drying but this enhances casual colours' durability




Did you pick up any of these?

Saturday, 23 June 2012

NOTD- Dragon nails

I've had these NOTD photos in my archive for months under the title dragon nails because that's what I thought about when I looked at them!


essie going incognito & essence sparkling finish topcoat
It's Essie going incognito with Essence re-mix sparkling finish topcoat in waking up in vegas over the top. 


Essence isn't a brand you can get in the UK sadly- mine was sent to me by my blogger friend Chester in Germany- but I've heard that Gosh rainbow is a great dupe for us UKers


essie going incognito & essence waking up in vegas


I love all the different colours of the flakie as it catches the light and I think the green base enhances it nicely




What do you think?
What other colours do you like to wear a flakie topcoat over?

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Illegal Lengths mascara

Maybelline Illegal Lengths Mascara review coming right up...


maybelline illegal lengths
Packaging-
non-offensive but slightly cheap looking bent silver & pink tube


Brush-
tapered, spidery wand on the larger side


Effect-
improves length with it's mini lash fibres but does nada for volume


maybelline illegal lengths mascara 2 coats
(Sorry for looking like a chad in the lash photo)


I should point out a major down fall of this product-
the lash fibres are prone to falling off on sensitive or watery eyes and stabbing you in the eye. If you are the sort of person whose eyeliner comes off the waterline in less than an hour then just avoid this. It's really not that worth it.


If you already have this problem with Illegal Lengths and want to persist then one way I can get round it is trying NOT to wiggle the brush in at the roots of the lashes and then tight lining with a kohl pencil to knock off any wayward fibres.


So if you're after length and your eyes are not of a sensitive disposition then this could be a good one. Otherwise, nah, I'd give it a miss




Have you tried this mascara?
What did you think?

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

From the Lipstick Vault

Hello hello...


I know I've been pretty erratic with blogging recently but well, life is erratic and there's not much I can do about it.. I am trying to get better so please stick with me!


I had a theme I was attempting called 10 days...10 lipsticks which was supposed to encourage me to start using and swatching my lipstick collection, that was probably a bit much of a mission for me so let's try one at a time-


From the lipstick vault


L'oreal colour riche concorde red


l'oreal concorde red colour riche lipstick
Now this lipstick has been long ignored by myself- I think it's actually been discontinued but you can still buy it online from various cosmetic outlets- for one thing I never thought I'd be pulling off a frosted coral/red.

I actually really like this though and the colour riche range is very comfortable to wear and long lasting. 

I think I'll be wearing it a lot more once my experiment has ended!


Have you re-discovered any long forgotten lipsticks lately?

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

FOTD- Romantic Purple Smoke

It was my 2 year anniversary with my boyfriend on Saturday and I went for a bright smokey purple look which I thought I'd share with you.


We went for a lovely meal and he got me lots of goodies from L'occitane which I might do a post on as I love L'occitane so much!


My skin looks insanely smooth for once in my life which is all thanks to Benefit porefessional primer free with Glamour magazine. I can't believe I've never tried this before and must purchase a full size!

The askew diamante crucifix necklace is from river island- I really love it (especially for £6) but don't wear it in the shower if you get one. It turns silver.

On to the maquillage... 

MAC nocturnelle & rich core eyeshadows, blankety lipstick
EYES:
MAC paint pot in Idyllic (LE posh paradise collection) Chanel illusion d'ombre in ebloui would have a similar- albeit more sparkly- effect
Nocturnelle e/s, 
Rich Core (extra dimension shadow LE) 
Nanogold e/s (LE but repromoted regularly)
Blacktrack fluidline
L'oreal Voluminous extra mascara


FACE
Benefit Porefessional primer
Clarins skin illusion foundation
Maybelline 24hour concealer
MAC Well dressed blush & tea petal cremeblend blush 
Benefit Watts up!

LIPS
MAC Blankety lipstick
Revlon peach petal lip gloss


Well that's my look...

Us lucky Brits have yet another bank holiday weekend right now including Tuesday. Hope you've been enjoying the Jubilee festivities and the weather didn't wash it out for you!