Sunday, 30 September 2012

100 Day Spending Ban Update #4

28 days down, 73 to go! I have done suprisingly well this week, I have not really wanted anything. The only thing is it was the Models Own 50% off sale, and I purchased a few polishes. Usually I have been saying no to sales, but this one was too good to miss, and I am a massive fan of Models Own. I have decided that I will not allow myself to use these until after my spending ban, and this will be my treat for if I do not mess up again. If I do mess up again, I will give them away.

So onto my wishlist:

MUA Nail Constellations
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GHD Thick Plate Straighteners
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I do have a pair of GHD's, I have the Pink Orchid limited edition ones, but my hair is quite thick and so these don't work as well as they would on other people's hair. I tried these whilst round at my friends, and they worked a lot better for me. Just out of interest, if I were to sell my Limited Edition GHD's with their case, heatproof mat and the straighteners, that have only been used 3 times, would anyone be interested in buying them? This is not for certain but I may sell them.

So this is all I have been wanting this week!

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Thursday, 27 September 2012

Eyelure Eyelash Glue Review

I never ever used to be able to wear false eyelashes, I just couldn't find the right way to apply them, or the glue wouldn't hold etc. etc. But it dawned on me a few weeks ago that the reason I couldn't wear them was probably because I always used the eyelash glue that came with the false lashes, and that is pretty shocking quality. The problem was because it wasn't sticky enough it wasn't holding it to my lids and therefore causing my false lashes to slip and slide all round my lid and eventually end up in me giving up. 

So I decided to go and pick up a good glue, and decided to try this 'Eyelure Lashfix Strip Lash Adhesive' and I haven't looked back since! This glue is absolutely fantastic, and holds the false lashes on my lids all day(trust me I've tested it) and my lashes only come off when I take them off. This makes false lash application so easy because the lashes stick where you want them and therefore I can now apply lashes in only a few seconds, which is great and means I can wear them more often. 

This glue retails for £2.55 which is an amazing price for 6ml, and it lasts ages as you only have to use a little on the 'spines' of your false lashes. They also do a version that is darker, but this dries clear so I don't think that is really a problem.

The applicator is a plastic wand which enables very precise application to the false lashes. I honestly have nothing bad to say about this glue, and I am so happy I found it.

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What's your favourite eyelash glue?

You can also pick this glue up here for only £3.49! With free UK delivery

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Girl About Town Lashes - Only £2.99?!

Hey Everyone,

So I was watching a video by Makeup Stick (you can check their channel out here a few weeks ago and Kayla said that she loved these Girl About Town Lashes, and the best thing? They are only £2.99 from Savers.

I rushed out to pick these lashes up, and I picked up the ones above. On the front they say they are the 'Soho' lashes, but on the barcode on the back they said they were the 'Carnaby' lashes, so I am not 100% which design these are, judging by the description of the lashes on the back of the box, these could be either, but I think are more likely to be Carnaby.

I have worn these lashes so many times! I am already on my second set of these lashes. I got about 4 uses out of these before I had to chuck them out which is pretty amazing considering the price. I love the look these give to my lashes, they give them more volume and so much length. I wore these when me and my friends went to an U18 club, and they stayed on the whole time and were perfect. These also look really nice for the day time, they are a little more dramatic than some of the super natural lashes you can get, but they definitely weren't over the top. These just looks so natural on the eyes and are great. These lashes do come with glue, but I haven't tried that because I have been using my Eyelure glue, but judging from previous experiences with lash glues that come with lashes, they are awful and you're better just buying a tube of a better one.

I will definitely continue to repurchase these and would like to try some of the other designs. Here are the descriptions of the 4 designs that Girl About Town do:

Soho- 'So playful, so naughty and so attractive. These lashes create melting good looks that could tempt anyone to stray to the party side'

Carnaby- 'Unforgettable style and a definite fashion statement with these memorable falsies. London's original heart of fashion is a look so classic it is never out of date'

Camden- 'Take the word vamp to a new level with eyes that have all the seduction of a sensual, alluring temptress. Bewitch & entrance for an unforgettable look.'

Covent Garden- 'Viva la diva with these dramatic falsies that create a look to suit drama queens everywhere! Get in touch with your passionate side & make eyes that flash & beguile'

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Which of these designs would you try? What are your favourite lashes?

Sunday, 23 September 2012

100 Day Spending Ban Week 3

Wow so 3 weeks have been! That's 21 days, and so I only have 78 left. Can't believe how quickly this challenge is actually going, and how much easier it has been than I thought. There have been times when it has been hard, but because I haven't been into town this week, there hasn't been a lot for me to want as I haven't spent hours strolling in Boots & Superdrug wishing I could buy something, but none the less there are still a few items that have made it to my wishlist.

OPI Skyfall Collection
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I want every colour from this collection! I think they are all so beautiful and I am a massive James Bond fan(mainly because of Daniel Craig, who I am obsessed with :p)

MUA Pro Blush Perfection Cream Blushers
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Dr Jart Water Fuse BB Cream
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Real Techniques Eye Brush Kit
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Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter
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Rimmel Royal Gloss in 'Cookie'
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Another thing on my wishlist this week is nice skin, I have had a horrendous skin week :( any tips?

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What's on your wishlist this week?

P.s Have you entered my Cath Kidson Giveaway yet? If not the link is in the top left side bar, and is named '10,000 page view giveaway'

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Rimmel Royal Gloss Review

Hey Everyone,

I find lipgloss very hit and miss, and am not a massive fan of them myself. I prefer lipstick and like the pigmentation and the fact that your hair doesn't always get stuck to your lips. 

I find it very hard to find lipglosses that I like, but I have finally found one that is fantastic, and you guessed it, it is this one!

I picked this up in a local 99p shop, but usually they retail for £3.99. They come in a wide range of shades, but I just picked up 'Sugarglaze' to start off.

These have pretty good pigmentation, this one is a medium pink with very subtle gold shimmer in, and is beautiful and does actually add colour to my lips.They taste very sweet, I can't put my finger on what the taste is but it is super nice. These aren't at all sticky, which is great because I hate sticky lipglosses. As with most lipglosses these don't actually last very well, only about 1 hour or so, but these are definitely more long wearing that most and last about an hour if you don't eat/drink.

'Fruity, jelly shades. Fresh translucent mouth-watering colours that look and smell good enough to eat! Impossible to resist!'

I would agree with this claim from Rimmel! They really do smell good enough to eat, and certainly taste that way too. The actual lipglosses have a kind of jelly texture, but it is very smooth. They come in a squeezy tube and are very easy to apply, and I love to carry this round in my handbag.

I wear this very often now, and I am planning to go and pick up many more of these.
10/10 Rimmel!

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Do you like these?

p.s have you entered my Cath Kidson giveaway yet? If not enter here

Thursday, 20 September 2012

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer


Hey Everyone!

I am sorry that I haven't posted as regularly this week, but I have had so little time and been very tired, this week I will write some posts at the weekend and schedule them throughout the week.

Anyways onto the review, I think I have found the best concealer ever! I picked this up in duty free for £11.50 so I managed to save myself £3. I got matched with the shade NC15, and the first comment I will make is when I first bought this it was very very white, but I think it has oxidised because it is slightly darker, but I am not complaining about this because I actually think this new shade matches me better.

When MAC say Pro Longwear concealer, they mean it is longwearing. I wore this on  holiday, and as I was in Asia it was very hot. I was lucky enough to have a horrendous break out, and whilst the rest of my makeup slid off my face this stayed on. This also, believe it or not, stayed on in the swimming pool and was still as intact when I got out of the swimming pool as it was when I first went in. This lasted all day, and only came off when I took it off, which was a bit of a task in itself! 

What MAC say: ' A lightweight fluid concealer that provides medium to full coverage with a comfortable, natural matte finish. Colour-true formula lasts up to 15 hours. Helps conceal an correct the look of under-eye circles, and discolourations. Comes in a clear glass vial with a matte black pump. '

This is very lightweight and full coverage. I thought this would be very thick, greasy and hard to wear because it claims to be so long lasting but it really isn't. As you may or may not be able to tell from the photo were I have put the concealer on my hand it is liquidy, but not runny. It blends into the skin pretty easily, takes a little bit more blending than my Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer, but it is so worth it. It looks really natural and not at all cakey, and covers and stays on blemishes like a dream. It also doesn't settle into lines under my eyes, or look powdery and cakey.

As for the packaging, it looks and feels very classy, but the pump is so annoying. It is very hard to get the right amount out, and 9 times out of ten you will end up getting too much. I have just about found a technique to get a smaller amount out, but it just takes so much longer. This is annoying as there can be a lot of wasted products, and with this a little goes a long way. If you don't want there to be wastage you have to spend about 5 minutes fiddling with the pump. If anyone has this concealer and has found a way round this, please comment below and tell me.

Another thing I love to do with this concealer, is mix it with lighter coverage foundations for when I want a bit more coverage, but want a certain finish, and I have been finding that this works really well.

I can't even begin to say how 100% worth the £14.50 (or in my case £11.50) this is. As much as I love my Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer, this just completely blows it out of the water, and I have never found such a good concealer. 10/10 MAC!

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What is your favourite concealer?

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Guest Post- Summer Makeup Trends 2012

Summer Makeup Trends of 2012 

Fashionistas are already spotting the latest fashions for the coming season. Now summer is almost over, let’s take a nostalgic look back over the fashion trends we’ve been enjoying this season before we start looking forward to the future of our wardrobes 

Silver Metallic Eyes 

We love this summer’s addiction to metals, especially the sparkling silver eyeshadow that has been trending in 2012. The shining, white tones reflect light up to the browbone and add a little shimmer to the eyes. Paired with fake eyelashes, this silvery hue is ideal for parties and clubbing. It’s a glitzy look that matches well with silver jewellery or translucent, precious gems like diamonds.  

Cat Eyes 

It’s time to master your eyeliner because cat eyes are making their presence known. The flick at the edge of the eye elongates the corners for a seductive, feminine style.  

Now there is new approach to eyeliner: the double-edge. To get this look, add an extra wing for the bottom of your eyes to get double the effect. Whilst most people will be sticking with what they know, the double-edged cat eye is a favourite for the fashion forward. 

Sun Kissed Skin 

It’s all very well waiting for the sun to give you that beautiful, natural tan, but in places like the UK, you’ve got no chance. Get that sunny glow with tinted moisturiser and peach bronzer. This natural look is supposed to use as little makeup as possible, so just stick to neutral colours for the rest of your face. Inspired by the Olympics this year, the natural look is supposed to give the impression that you are healthy, sporty, and constantly outdoors. Of course, that’s not true, but your skin will say otherwise.  

Look To Your Lips: Rose 

Lipstick has made a welcome return, and bright shades are definitely in. If you’re not exactly comfortable supporting a pout of bright red lippie, rose is the colour for you. Be brave and go a shade brighter than you would usually. You don’t want your hair getting caught in your lovely lipstick so enlist the help of professional hairdressing supplies and services for a gorgeous hairstyle to go with your new makeup.  

Red Pouts 

We are sure this iconic look is never going to go out of fashion, and we never get tired of seeing it either. The red lipstick style works for everyone – it’s just a matter of finding the right red for your skin tone. With the option of going matte or glossy, you’ll never get tired of this classic look. Fairer skinned ladies should opt for coral tones, whilst any other skin colour can proudly wear vibrant reds.  


There has been some serious colour-blocking on the catwalks this year, but our favourite shade to crop up this summer is mint. If you don’t want to wear this colour on your face then it looks absolutely stunning as a nail varnish. Match it with a stylish, mint handbag to make your nails really stand out. This feminine, pastel colour is bound to lighten up any skin tone.

Written by Sophie Banat 

Sunday, 16 September 2012

100 Day Spending Ban Update - Week 2

Hey Everyone!

So I have now done 14 days of my 100 day spending ban challenge, which means I have 86 days to go!

This challenge is actually going quite a lot quicker than I imagined, but I am still finding it quite hard. I keep going into shops and seeing a billion things I want, and then thinking 'I can't I am on a spending ban' which is very annoying but I still haven't spent any money so I am very happy with that.

So what's on my wishlist this week?

Samantha Chapman Real Techniques Core Collection
Real Techniques Core Collection
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Topshop Lipstick in Brighton Rock
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MAC lipstick in Pink Nouveau
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L'Oreal Colour Riche Nail Polishes in 'French Riviera'(shown in picture) 'Beige Countess' and 'Pearle de Jade'
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So there are not as many items on my wishlist this week, which I am quite proud of :) But I haven't been into town to be tempted, apart from to pick up my new exciting purchase - my Iphone, and then a case & screen protector. If you would like any Iphone related posts please just ask :) 

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What's on your wishlist?

Friday, 14 September 2012

Natural Collection Loose Powder Review

Hey Everyone!

So today I am doing a review of my favourite setting powder, and get this, it is only £1.99! You can pick this up from Boots. This comes in 3 shades Cool Translucent, Neutral Translucent & Warm Translucent which is great and means lots of people can wear this.

I was looking for a new translucent setting powder because as much as I loved my 17 Shine Control Pressed Powder I didn't want the added coverage to my foundation and it meant that on days where I was wearing something very light coverage(e.g tinted moisturiser) it was making it more medium/full coverage. I watched a video by IckleLivzi you can check her channel out here and she said she loved this as a setting powder so I decided that for £1.99 what could go wrong and went out to pick it up.

Now to be honest I didn't have very high hopes for this and just assumed it would go cakey and look horrible on the skin. I also thought it wouldn't help to make me look less oily and would just dissapear off my face, but believe it or not it doesn't.

I apply this over my foundation and concealer with a kabuki brush that is not very dense so that I only apply a little (I am very cautious of having too much powder on my face!) and I put some of this into the lid and swirl the brush in the powder and then apply to my face. When applying it like this it doesn't add coverage(which is great and proves it is translucent) and creates a gorgeous satin finish. You can also apply this with a denser brush and apply more to get a lovely matte finish. This lasts pretty much all day on my with only some shine coming through nearer the end of the day and it keeps the lovely satin finish. It sets my makeup really nicely and looks beautiful on the skin.

I would definitely recommend this, I don't know how it would be on darker skin as I have extremely fair skin and it works very well for me and doesn't make me look at all orange.

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Do you like this powder?
What are your best budget buys?

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Rimmel Fix & Perfect Pro Primer Review

Hey Everyone!

Today I will be doing a review of the Rimmel Fix & Perfect Pro Primer in 002. This was requested by the lovely Gladys you can check her blog out here

What Rimmel say about the product:

'Skin-perfecting primer formula for 5 in 1 results: smoothes, resurfaces, brightens, mattifies & protects. Prolongs foundation wear. Apply to clean skin. Wear alone or under foundation.'

So I will start off by saying that I have never worn this alone, only under foundation.

I absolutely love this product, and will continue to repurchase this, and I can't be without it. I think this primer is phenomenal and amazing and I can't really get over the quality.

This primer doesn't make me break out which is always good, and doesn't make my skin feel oily(I have oily/combination skin). Although when it comes out of the tube it is white it goes on clear and doesn't create any white cast. It is a gel formula and creates a super smooth base for you to apply your foundation onto. I can definitely notice a difference if I am not wearing this under my foundation because it looks less smooth and even, and doesn't look as flawless and 'finished'.

So now onto the claims:
  1. Smoothes- I can definitely agree with this claim and it makes your skin feel so smooth and soft. I don't know how this would work on someone with enlarged pores because I personally don't have noticeable pores. 
  2. Resurfaces- I would definitely agree to this as it makes my skin look more even and fills in miner wrinkles(I don't have any, but I have tried this on  my Mum) and it just creates a very even and level base for foundation to be applied onto.
  3. Brightens- I think this does make your face look less dull, but it is not super duper noticeable so if you are looking for something super brightening and uplifting then this isn't really going to give you that.
  4. Mattifies- I would say this definitely mattifies my skin a bit and doesn't make it look super oily or greasy like some primers do which is great.
  5. Protects- This primer doesn't aggravate any blemishes at all and does seem to create a good barrier between my skin & foundation which I like as I feel like my skin is protected.
This primer does have a slight scent to it, which in my opinion is absolutely gorgeous, and I do have quite sensitive skin and I have never found that the scent has caused my skin any problems, but if you have super sensitive skin you may want to be cautious of this, although I have never had a problem with this.

This primer retails for £6.99 for 30ml and that lasts ages, it is a wonderful price and I would definitely recommend this to anyone and everyone! I think this will work for a lot of people.

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Have you tried this?
What is your favourite primer?

Monday, 10 September 2012

Collection (2000) Fix Me Up Setting Spray

Hey Everyone!

Today I am reviewing the Collection (2000)- (they seem to have changed their name from 'Collection 2000' to just 'Collection') Fix Me Up Setting Spray this was requested by the lovely Bex and you can check out her blog here

I am a fan of a good setting spray & I have always loved my ELF setting spray, but I hate paying the postage on it, so when I saw that Collection 2000 had brought out a setting spray I was quick to get my hands on it! This retails for £5.99 for 18ml

'Fix Me Up is a weightless mist that adds radiance and keeps makeup in place for longer'

I love this! What I love about this is it really is a mist, the nozzle is designed so that it sprays out an extremely fine mist, rather than a spray of liquid that doesn't distribute evenly. This does make your face feel a little 'damp' for a bit, but it is only for a couple of seconds and then it settles into the skin. 

This also smells gorgeous! It smells just like incense and Indian temples and I love it! This makes my makeup last all day long even in humid conditions & very hot conditions. It also adds radiance to the skin giving a nice glow, but it doesn't look oily or anything and it's also really useful for if you have applied too much powder and you need to make yourself look less powdery and cakey. I was very skeptical about the price at first as it seems quite a lot for Collection 2000 for such a small amount, but it lasts for ages and is one of the best setting sprays I have ever used, and when I finish this I will definitely go out and repurchase this. This also comes with a matching primer, so when I am off my spending ban I might try the primer, as I love this product.

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Have you tried this setting spray?
What is your favourite setting spray?

Sunday, 9 September 2012

100 Day Spending Ban Update - Week 1

Hey Everyone!

Just before I get onto the update I want to say a massive thankyou! Yesterday I reached over 10,000 page views & I currently have 302 followers, thankyou so much to everyone for the support. I will be having a giveaway soon but at the moment I am skint, so look out for that in the next few weeks, thankyou so so much.

So today is my first update for my 100 day spending ban challenge. I have been doing this for 7 days, so 93 to go! This week has been quite hard as there has been so much stuff I wanted, and I went into town as I needed to buy a friend a birthday present, and as she is also interested in makeup I decided to get her a Fashionista palette. Now if you have read my post about all the lovely giveaway prizes I have won, you will know that I now have a Fashionista palette and 2 refills, and it was so hard not to buy 2 more. I kept thinking 'well I'll buy this and then reschedule the spending ban' but I didn't buy it, and I am so happy and feel so much better for it. I just picked the one up for my friend and walked out of Superdrug. 

Now for this weeks wishlist! (be warned there is A LOT)

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Special Edition
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Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Stain
Not just in this colour, but this is representing them as a whole 
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FashionistA Blush London
Fashionista Refills
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Essie Polish 'Mint Candy Apple'
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Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer
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12 Shade Undressed Palette
MUA Undressed Palette
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24 Shade Immaculate Collection Palette
MUA Immaculate Palette
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Lady GaGa Fame Perfume
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So as you can probably tell from my humongous wishlist, this first week has been very very tempting!
But I am pleased to say that I have not spent one single penny on cosmetics. *pat on the back* 

Please leave a comment if you are doing a spending ban! I would love to check out how you are getting on.

What's on your wishlist this week?

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