30 September 2009

A Little treat :)

My dad came home from work yesterday with a little surprise for me :) He said it was a treat as my skin has finally gotten back to normal(apart from the eczema) after my skin infection so he bought me a fresher's box :)
I’ve been looking at these on the website for a few days but didn’t really like one particular box, I would have had to mix n match between the three boxes. I then read that if you go to a store you can build your own. I told my parents about it, not expecting anything to come from it until my dad came home yesterday.
He did a wonderful job of getting all the things I wanted!
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The face mask isn’t in the picture, I put it in the fridge as soon as I had opened as it had started to separate a bit.
My box includes:

  • Rock star soap (£2 worth)

  • Porridge soap (£2 worth)

  • Jumping Juniper shampoo bar (full size)

  • Vitamin E and Vitamin C toner tabs (normal size)

  • Sugar scrub (mini)

  • Catastrophe Cosmetic face mask (full size)

  • Vanishing cream (trial size)

And then he got me a shampoo tin to keep the shampoo bar in and a tea tree toner tab to try. I will be trying them all out over the next couple of weeks and will be writing a review. The box is much smaller than what I thought it would be but the assistant managed to squeeze everything in very well!
You can buy these fresher’s boxes on the lush website and in store for £10 but remember if you want to customise your box you will have to visit a store. As far as I’m aware these boxes are only available in the UK.

24 September 2009

Don’t you just love OPI’s names?!

This has sort of turned into a collection/review post so beware it is quite long!
I love my OPI nail polishes and I never buy any other brand as I am always disappointed as OPI’s polishes are such high quality. I’m quite happy with my collection at the moment, I have at least one from each colour group but I do want to try their new matte polishes! My first polish from OPI was Romeo & Juliet which I bought in New York, this was the polish which started my obsession :)
Below are my full sized OPI’s:
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Left to right
Dating a royal, Need sunglasses?, Do you lilac it?, Overexposed in south beach, Brand new skates, Los cabos coral, Romeo and joliet and Elephantastic pink!
My brother bought me the spring colour cuties set for my birthday which contains:
Picture 002 copyRapidry top coat, Plugged in plum, Don’t know … Beets me! This set also came with Mod about you but I didn’t like it so I gave it away in a swap.
The spring colour cuties are all miniature sizes which you can see below :) they are so cute! The normal size polishes are 15ml whereas the mini ones are 3.75ml

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Apparently you can paint 60 manicures using the normal sizes and 10 for the mini’s :)
The reason I love these polishes so much is the staying power. On my feet they can last for 2 weeks without chipping, sometimes longer, and just over a week on my fingers. I’ve never used any other polish that lasts that long before. You also only need 2 coats to be able to achieve bottle colour and they dry so quickly as well. I’d almost forgotten to talk about the brush!! It is flat and really big which makes painting your nails so much easier! Two strokes with the brush and your nail is covered, once dry it will look like a professional has done it for you :)
At around £10 for a bottle some may find this brand too expensive, especially those who have never tried it before. I bought my first bottle in the states so with the exchange rate a few years ago it cost me around £5 which was great value for my first try, if I didn’t like it I wouldn’t be loosing out on too much money. If you do want to try this brand for the first time I’d recommend getting a set like my one above, they cost around £12 and you can try out 4 of the colours. Asos usually has OPI’s cheap during sale times so check them out too.
I wouldn’t buy too many though! They are huge and you will have them for a long time! I have 10 colours and I’m beginning to think this is too much. I haven’t been using my Romeo and Joliet for a couple of months and its beginning to thicken. Therefore I’d suggest getting one per season :)
I’ve also tried the famous Nail envy but I really didn’t like it! Neither did my mum. Whether we used it for a treatment, a bottom coat or a top coat it just peeled! This also happens with the Rapidry I have from the spring cuties set. I guess some products just don’t work for everyone!

Where to buy in the UK…
There isn’t a salon near me where I can go look and buy so I usually order mine off http://www.lenawhite.co.uk/ but the photos sometimes look totally different to the actual colour of the polish so be careful. Lena white do have the majority of the range though. You can also search for your nearest salon which sell’s opi here too which is useful.
Asos.com only sell a few collections but the photos are more like the actual nail polishes.
Totally forgot that QVC sells OPI too! thanks to Rosa Adores for reminding me! They sell a lot of sets on QVC for a really good price, as always!
If anyone knows of any other salons/stores you can buy OPI from write them down in the comments, I’d like to know as well as others reading this :)
Keep a look out for NOTD’s if you want to see what these colours look like on the nail, most look the same as in the bottle but some of the shimmers look different depending on how many layers you use.

23 September 2009

A query on the Bare Escentuals flawless face brush

I bought my Bare Escentuals flawless face brush a few days ago in the starter kit. The first time I used it it shed some hairs, I thought this was normal as it was the first time being used and there's always one or two loose hairs. But then every time I used it it shed so many hairs, at this rate after a month there will be no bristles left!!
Has anyone else had this problem? Should I send it back?
Would really appreciate some advice!!
**Update** I emailed the BE people and got a reply back, not very helpful at all, after me writing a huge paragraph to them I got one lousy line back. The person just said go to Debenhams and they might give me a new one. Wasn’t very impressed at all.
So I decided to keep on using it and see what happens, I have another 2 weeks or so before my receipt became invalid and guess what! It’s finally stopped shedding hairs so I’m going to keep it :) I am now a happy customer

Review: Ultra Colour Rich Mousse Lipstick SPF15

I entered an Avon competition (details about this can be found here) and was sent a lipstick.
Ultra Colour Rich Mousse Lipstick SPF15 in Metallic Rose
price: £7.00
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Avon describes this as an “Ultra soft mousse core with special conditioners to soften and smooth lips,surrounded by full colour. SPF15.” As I said in my previous post about this lipstick, I totally agree with this statement, it glides on to your lips so smoothly. If you don’t have dry or chapped lips you will not need to apply lip balm before you put this on. This lipstick is moisturising it is unreliable, none of my other lipsticks are like this.
What I think: This lipstick smells divine, it smells of sweets like you should really eat it :) I would be tempted to get it just to smell it! You do get the advantage that it is a gorgeous colour too.
When I first put it on I was a bit worried about the colour, if you apply it using the bullet it will come out as a bright bright pink. This may suit some but I have quite a small mouth and a thin top lip, some colours just don’t suit this. I’ve decided using it this way would be fine for the evening and going out but not during the day. I have found though that you can tone it down by using a lip brush or blending into your lips with you finger. This creates a nice pink lip which could be built on in the evening.
After applying it I then tested it for staying power and I have to say it totally failed :( I really was hoping this lipstick would excel at everything but it didn’t As I was eating my breakfast I could see lip marks on the fork (I was eating melon) and on my glass. Once I had finished there wasn’t a trace of lipstick left on my lips so you would have to reapply after every meal and drink which isn’t always practical. Another point about this lipstick which I find annoying is the packaging. I do love the black and the unique shape but I kept on dropping it! I managed to drop it 3 times when trying to put the lid on, the lid doesn’t click into place very well so watch out with that!
Overall though I would recommend this lipstick to those of you who don’t mind reapplying and I’m defiantly going to buy a couple more colours. I’m thinking nude glow and delicate pink!
The shade I received doesn't seem to be available on the Avon website, I’m not sure if it is discontinued or they created a new shade especially for this competition. There are 8 other shades available on the website though:

  • Champagne

  • Crushed Rose

  • Delicate Pink

  • Frozen Rose

  • Mango Sorbet

  • Nude Glow

  • Plum Frost

  • Very Cherry

If you enter this competition and you are one of the lucky 1000 to be sent a lipstick I am not sure which colour you will receive.

19 September 2009

New Topshop, Soap and glory, Bare minerals

I took a little trip into town today to have a look round the new topshop that has opened and buy a few bits.

We’ve had a tiny topshop and miss selfridge ever since the whole Liverpool One fiasco started but the new stores opened yesterday. I was tempted to go and take advantage of the freebies on Friday but I’m glad I didn’t. Whilst I was walking around I heard one girl say that it was much busier yesterday and that it’s practically empty in comparison. I was shocked, it was so busy you couldn’t walk at a normal pace!! I’m so glad I didn’t go yesterday!

The main reason I went to topshop was to find a top I’ve wanted for weeks but they didn’t have it :( so I’ll have to order it online.

Whilst I was walking over to Debenhams I saw Mario and Lisa from BB signing autographs! hahaha they are a funny couple,there was a massive queue so I didn’t join in the fun

I bought the starter kit of Bare Minerals as I had a bit of unexpected money come in, like usual instead of saving it like I should I spent it :) The set costs £45 and you get 8 items in it *does calculations* that works out roughly £5 per item, extremely good value! I think if you were to buy each one separately it would cost over £100.

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So in the kit you get:

  • two BareMinerals SPF15 Foundations
  • BareMinerals Mineral Veil
  • BareMinerals Warmth All-Over Face Colour
  • BareVitamins Skin Rev-er Upper
  • Flawless Application Face Brush
  • Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush
  • Full Coverage Kabuki Brush
  • How-to DVD and Brochure

I got the light set so the two foundation shades are Light and Fairly Light, one is more yellow toned and the other pink. I can’t wait to try them all out and will do a follow-up review on each item.

I then headed up to boots to get a few soap and glory goodies, they didn’t have the 3 for 2 offer on the soap and glory range which I thought was a bit odd as they still had all the signs. I wanted these three items so I bought them anyway. I also wanted the spot fighting gel and face mask but they didn’t have either so I’ll get them next time.Picture 018

I did get the Scent-sationalism set though which contains Mist you madly, Girlgo and Glam-a lot. These are cute little bottles which are small enough to fit in your handbag.

I then bought the Clean, girls body wash which is scented with Mist you madly. This is a lovely pearl colour and has a purple iridescence to it.

Feel the knead which is a “super invigorating spa massage” and contains a mesmerizing blend of mint, thyme, chocolate, vanilla and musk! I’d say the mint is the strongest flavour out of them all.


18 September 2009

Review: Boots Expert Product Build Up Removal Shampoo

After reading so many rave reviews about the boots product build-up removal shampoo so I had to buy it as my hair just wasn’t looking its best.
First impression, I’m not keen on the bottle, I like interesting packaging and this just doesn’t do it for me. I always judge a book by its cover but as I’d heard so many good points about it I looked past this.
I used it for the first time last night, I didn’t like the smell at all, its hard to describe but once I’d used my Herbal Essence conditioner the horrible smell had gone. It lathered up really well, just as good as any other shampoo I’ve used. It also didn’t make my hair feel dry or knotty which I was a bit wary about at first as it must be stronger than normal shampoo to be able to get rid of the product.
I followed this up with my normal conditioner and then blow-dried my hair only using a heat protection spray. I was very impressed, my hair felt smooth and silky and my natural volume was back. Overall my hair looked and felt a lot more healthy.
I won’t be using this on a regular basis, maybe once every two weeks or whenever I feel a product build up
At only £2.99 for the bottle I will defiantly be buying it again :)

Avon Lipstick competition and a MUA Swap

I entered an Avon competition to win one of 1000 Ultra Colour Rick Mousse Lipsticks with SPF15, (£7.00), all you had to do was count how many lips you could find in the brochure and fill in your details. I did this and totally forgot about it until the post man knocked with a little parcel from Avon. I opened it to find a lovely little lipstick inside.

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I received Metallic rose which is perfect for me and it smells divine, it smells of sweets like you should really eat it :) This lipstick doesn't seem to be available on the Avon website but there are 8 other shades. Avon describes it as “ultra soft mousse core with special conditioners to soften and smooth lips,surrounded by full colour with SPF15” I totally agree with this, it glides on to your lips so smoothly. You can either wear it as a vibrant pink or tone it down a bit by blending into your lips.

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I urge everyone to enter this competition, you can do so here, and hopefully you will receive a lipstick. If you want to know the answer but haven’t got a brochure you can easily search on Google, email me or give me a tweet :)

I also received a little swap I did with muffinphonic, I swapped my purple Natural collection eyeshadow duo for a NYX ultra pearl loose eyeshadow in Mocha. She also added in a tube of lipgloss by Aziza.

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I have started to use Windows Live Writer to write my blogs after seeing another blogger recommend it. I used to hate dragging the photos from the top of the box to where I wanted them and also if they were the wrong way up I couldn’t adjust them, or at least I didn’t know how. Live writer just makes blogging so much easier, you should all try it. You have to download it but it only takes a minute or two and is totally free :)


17 September 2009

Taking advantage of boots 3 for 2 offer

During this past week I’ve seen quite a few people on blogger and YouTube mention the Botanics cleansing balm and as my Liz Earle cleanse & polish has nearly ran out I decided to take advantage of the boots 3 for 2 offer.


I bought a mini sized bottle of Soap and Glory Hand food to try out, I have a few other products from the original pink range and I love them so I have high expectations for this product. I have a hard time finding hand creams I like as my hands don’t seem to soak in the cream as well as my body or face, they always end up greasy which mean I can’t do anything until I wash/wipe it off. This was £2.25 for a 50ml tube.

My Asda eye make-up remover has finally ran out, I really hated this stuff, it left my skin sticky afterwards, so I bought the Botanics soothing eye make-up remover. In the past I’ve used LancĂ´me's make-up remover with the oil layer and really liked it so when I saw this had the oil part I was excited to try it. I was surprised at how small the bottle is though (150ml) but as I’m only testing it and at the moment don’t know if I like it or not this is a good thing. This costs £2.93 and was the item I received for free :)

Recently my Simple toner just isn’t really doing anything for my skin, I’m not seeing any differences so I decided to try out Botanics organic rosewater toner. I don’t like using products with fragrance on my face but with just a hint of rose I can get over it if it works :) Once again I was surprised by the size, this is also 150ml for £3.91.

Lots of people have been raving about Boots Expert build up remover shampoo and as my hair has been feeling a bit lifeless due to product build up I decided to give this a whirl. This is £2.99 which is really quite cheap as it isn’t going to be used every time I was my hair so it should last a long time. I’m going to use this when I next wash my hair so a review will be up shortly.

The Botanics cleansing balm was £6.36 and includes a 15g jar of the “super” balm and a muslin cloth. First impressions, I really like the smell of the balm, reminds me of a nail balm, and I’m really excited to try it out. Boots say it contains “92% certified organic ingredients” which is always good :) I’m not too sure about the muslin cloth though, it doesn’t look as soft as Liz Earle ones but I’m going to try it out. If I don’t like it I can always go back to using the Liz Earle ones. Once I’ve used this for a couple of weeks I’ll write a proper review on it. Quick question to anyone who has tried this product, it says on the box not to use near eyes, so does this mean I can’t use it to take off my eye make-up?


15 September 2009

Giveaway goodies :)

I recently won Domanique's (Live. Laugh. Love. Fashion.) giveaway and my prizes arrived in the post today :D I opened the envelope to find the prizes in a cute little elephant gift bag which was so nice, in this I found a lovely note along with Natural collection papaya body spray which smells divine and like I could eat it :), Make-up Academy nail varnish in shade Soda Pop, Dazzle dust #68 - Saphire, Dazzle dust #03 - pink gold, a mud mask, Mango & papaya hair conditioner and some cute false eyelashes
I love all the things I got and can't wait to try them out properly, thank you so much Domanique for being so kind! :)

Heres a close up of the Dazzle dusts, saphire on the left and pink-gold on the right. This may come as a shock but these are my first dazzle dusts! Shock horror I know but I've only recently started using loose eyeshadows again and have fallen back in love with them, I have no idea why I stopped to be honest. I've wanted to buy pink-gold for quite a while now after seeing people using it on here and yt so when I saw it in this giveaway I hoped I would win so I could get it. And I did :)
Saphire is a gorgeous blue with purple reflects and pink-gold is a light pinky coral with gold reflects


13 September 2009

I've just made another blog, this one is for my art :)

I've created another blog where I will document my art interests, projects, what I'm doing at the moment,

If you are interested in art and want to see what I do then click HERE
It may be a little slower than this one as art does take a fairly long time but bare with me :)


Whats in your bag tag

I know this tag is old but I haven't done it yet so here we go :)

  • 1. Post a picture of the bag, purse, handbag, pocketbook [whatever you call it] that you are carrying. Now, don't you even think about going back there to your closet and getting your very favorite one or that cute little vintage clutch that you carried the last time you went out...I want to see the purse that you carried today!

    2. Tell us how much it cost. Oh my, I know what you are thinking - a proper lady would never discuss matters of money, darling. Well, yes, but today we are gonna break that rule and tell. Yes, tell how much it cost. We won't judge. This is for entertainment purposes only. And if there is a story that goes along with this purse, tell it.

This is my current handbag, I got it for my birthday last year, and it was around £40 from John Lewis.

Here's what I have in it... From left to right ...

  • Sunglasses from Next with the case
  • Passport
  • Purse
  • E.L.F blotting paper sheets
  • House key and robot key ring from Paperchase
  • Black sharpie pen
  • Biro
  • Paracetamol
  • Make-up bag
  • Kirby grips
  • Creative stone with Ipod headphones
  • My phone - LG KS360
  • Ipod touch with headphones, I keep it in a babysock
  • Lighter
  • Blistex Med-plus
  • Sample tube of Nivea moisteriser
  • Mirror
  • 5 chewies
  • Phone headphones

extra chewies

Then in my make-up bag ...

  • Lancome make-up bag GWP
  • Benefit bluffdust
  • Dainty doll concealer
  • Blister plasters
  • Lancome Juicy tube - clear
  • Pot of hand cream
  • Travel toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Rimmel eye liner
  • Sample tube of Olay moisteriser
  • Soft lips lip balm
  • Nail clippers
  • Mini Tweezers
  • Nail file

    I was suprised that I didn't have much junk in it, like bus tickets, receipts, things like that. I normally carry more with me like a bottle of water, perfume, deodorant but I think I took these out whilst flying to-from Ireland and haven't put them back in from not going out the hosue the past three weeks :(

I tag anyone who wants to do this :)


How I store my jewelry

I just wanted to share with you a few tips and tricks I use to store my jewelry .
This is where I keep most of it, on top of my chest of draws which is next to my make-up table.
I have loads of bits and bobs here as well, a picture of me and my friends rollerblading in Paris, Flowers I made in Alevel art, button broach, things like that. Oh and a dead orchid I haven't moved yet :D
In the little black and silver box I have all my elastic bead bracelets which I used to wear when I was younger, haven't really worn them recently.

I keep all my rings in this heart tin.

My chain necklaces are hung in this mini wardrobe, this came with cooking things in it but its the perfect height for the chains. I screwed rows or hooks in the bottom of the shelf to hang them from. On the shelf I have the little bags the necklaces came in and a few phone charms. In the altoids tins I have some pendants which I don't really wear that often.

This green box has a little frame on the top which I have a photo of me and my friends on the last day of sixth form. In here I keep all my bangles, as you can see it is full, if I buy anymore I have no idea where I'm going to keep them.

I keep all my other bracelets and my watch on this artist dummy along with a few necklaces that don't go in the wardrobe or hanging up. This is also full so I need to find somewhere else to store any bracelets I buy in the future.

I hang all my long necklaces from my shoe rack. I've stuck hooks along the top of the rack to hold them all. This one is also full at the moment but the hooks can hold more than one necklace so that solves that problem.


04 September 2009

make-up storage

I've finally painted my ikea box after having it put together for a week or so. My room is mostly pink, as you can see from the photo below. I have one wall covered with lilly wallpaper but have a few things painted lilac and blue. It sounds like a lot of colours in one room but my bedroom is pretty big and there is only a small amount of each colour (apart from the pink).

I had a lot of blue paint left from painting my mirror so I decided to use that up aswell as a cream sample pot I had in the shed and I think its worked out quite nicely. It took a few coats as the wood soaked up the paint so quickly but it was really sunny out so dried super fast.

I really want to buy a mirror and lean it against the wall behind the boxes so I don't have to use a tiny mirror but I haven't come across one that I really like yet.

This used to be my old school desk but I never used it for homework, I always took up the front room or dining room table. To jazz up the plain pine wood I covered the top with marble sticky plastic from Taskers.

My chair stands out in my room like a sore thumb but I love it. I got it for free when I was working in an art gallery. They had hundreds there for an exhibition then gave them away for free when it ended. Its so comfy and I love the curves of the wood and the patterned cushion.

I have some hooks on the end of the table which I hang my stying tools on such as my hair dryer, curling tongs, straightners and other bits and bobs. Using this method you dont have wires all over the place.

On the floor by my desk I have a box with all my hair products I use for styling such as serum, hair spray etc These are just in my converse box as the hair spray is huge!

In the cream chest I have all my face products. To the left are all my blushers, middle are my concealers and foundations and to the right is my bronzer, sponges and a flanel. Yes I only have one bronzer, I have very pale skin, me and bronzers don't really work well but I am planning on trying Nars Laguna soon. Even though you can't see the bottom very well, I've covered it with Cath Kidston sample fabrics so the bottom can be cleaned from product drop-out.

On the top of the ikea box I have all my brushes in a plant pot. I used Blair's (juicystar07) and everyone elses idea with this and filled the pot with silver beads to hold all my brushes. In the tiny mug I have all my tweezers, spongetip aplicators and any brushes I hardly ever use. In the half mug I have a pen to right down any ideas I come up with and I just have my sharpener on the top.

I love this brown box, it was a christmess present to my mum from her friend but she didn't like it so passed it on to me. Its been in my bedroom for a year or two with nothing in, I just couldn't find anything to put in it untill I bought the ikea box. I had too many lip balms to fit in the lip compartments so I put them in here.

In the top left draw I have my lipsticks aswell as my Mary Kay lipstick sample.

The middle top draw holds all my lipglosses, there are a few missing as I keep some in my bags for everyday use.

In the top right draw I have my eyeliners and mascaras.

The middle draw houses my single eyeshadows/mineral eyeshadows/pigments and primer. This looks a little sparse as I've just had a clear out of all the shadows I never use. This leaves room for me to buy more :D

In the bottom draw I have my palettes and trios/quads.

I store all my OPI polishes in one of their boxes with the minis on top in their little bag.
I will do a post soon showing the colours I have.

To the left of my polishes I have a cup which holds my bobbles, then next to that is my Mac brush cleanser (need to buy a new one soon) I usually have three boxes which contain cotton balls/pads/q-tips behind the cleanser but they were in my front room when I took this photo.
In the top draw on my desk I have all my random bits such as moisturisers, nail varnish remover, Lush massage bar, toner, make-up removers etc
In the second draw I have all my backup products, I always have back-ups of certain products such as deodorant as it's really annoying when you run out and you have to be somewhere.

In the bottom draw I have all my perfumes I'm not using that the moment, I didnt take a photo of this draw as they are all in boxes and its such a mess. I need to sort it out.
I always have the perfume I am using on top of my dresser next to the chest. At the moment I'm using DKNY Women.

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