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
non-offensive but slightly cheap looking bent silver & pink tube

tapered, spidery wand on the larger side

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
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

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

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!

Sunday, 3 June 2012

NOTD- Ibiza 11

I LOVE this manicure and am so happy I finally got Models Own Ibiza mix glitter polish. It's awesome over pretty much any colour but for the first of many combinations I layered it over nude:

The Nude
I was very interested to learn about a perfect highstreet nude nail polish on Twitter a few weeks ago.. 2True fast dry colour quick no. 11 from Superdrug.
Thankfully the extra lovely Liloo  had picked it up and didn't like it so she very kindly agreed to send it to me *yay*

So this is what it looks like on me, excuse my duff application- this polish doesn't apply badly at all I was just pretty tired and somehow banged my fingers against each other... what a dufus

Thanks again Liloo :)

I've heard that Models' Own Ibiza Mix is a decent dupe for Deborah Lippmann Happy Birthday- Have you tried this or the 2True nude polish?