Wednesday, 27 March 2013

MAC Cremesheen lipstick in 'Fan Fare'

Another day, another MAC lipstick. Described as a 'mid toned yellow pink', fanfare is a wearable colour, a 'your lips but better' shade that can be worn on a daily basis. I'm not going to go too much into the scent and the finish, as (I assume) you are readers of Beauty Blogs so you must know a thing or too about MAC lipsticks. The colour isn't one of the stand out ones from the range as there are similiar ones on the high street but it still has that luxurious feel that comes with that little black bullet.

So down to the swatch. There is no denying it is a beautiful colour, perfect for a spring, less is more makeup look but not a staple for your make up collection. With its Cremesheen formulation it means you are getting a creamy yet pigmented texture, one of the better of the formulations MAC has to offer. My opinion? Buy a MAC lipstick in a colour you would never put down. That might be that colour for you.. but for me, this isn't it.

MAC lipsticks are £14 and can be found here.

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Saturday, 16 March 2013

Blog Update and a beauty tip!

Hello everybody!
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 Apparently the world is going to implode upon itself.. Google reader is leaving you. So before we move onto more important matters I would be super happy if you would click HERE to follow me on bloglovin'. Please do, it will make today a Super Saturday!
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So this post isn't redundant... here... behold this wonderous tip which had me gobsmacked. God knows how many years I've been doing it all wrong.

Image from weheartit
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Sunday, 10 March 2013

NOTD Nails Inc Grafitti in Camden Lock

Are you suprised? Another nail look? Today we have another offering from Nails Inc, from their grafitti range. A while back I reviewed Nails Inc Newburgh Street, the bronze version, but today I'm showing you the multicoloured amazing-ness of Camden Lock.
These polishes work best over a white base (I used 17 'mini skirt') to best bring out the effect. The skill of application is to dab rather than spread. I have applied these quite thickly so they are a real stand out, but they can be made more subtle. It consists of bar shaped, large circles and tiny circles of glitter in red, green, blue and gold. They are a very unique manicure and something that is very easy to do at home.

Currently Nails Inc Grafitti is on offer at BeautyBay for £8.69, with free postage.
What do you think of these?

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Wednesday, 6 March 2013

MAC Pro Palette Refil Pans - Cranberry, Brule and Woodwinked

Today I'm going to write about my guilty pleasure - my MAC Pro Palette. Guilty because of the price - £10 for an eyeshadow is expensive. Ridiculously so. I could buy food or some other unexciting and uninspiring item (bus fare). But that doesn't mean that every time I go to use it I don't get a little flutter, a little buzz. It is something to work towards, something I really do feel is a treat (when I get a new pan). So when bonus day came around... well....
Readers, meet Woodwinked. It is described as a warm antique gold, and I'd agree. In the pan it does look very dark but once on the eye it looks lovely. And bronze. Against blue eyes? Utterly fantastic. It is very wearable, something suitable for day but with a cat eye and some false lashes, just as appropriate for night.

MAC eyeshadows apply like a dream- easily blendable, highly pigmented and is effortless (this is probably why the small fortune I spend is easier to swallow). This is the third eyeshadow in my collection, the others being Brule and the infamous Cranberry.
I've included swatches of all my shadows (dry with no primer) as they do compliment each other. Brule is a great shade for using on the brow bone. The assistant in MAC helped me pick this out as I didn't want a shimmery base. Cranberry needs no introduction, a berry pink which looks great for a crease shade or dramatic as a main part of a smokey eye.

So why go for a palette? It is £12 for a single potted shadow, whereas £10 for a refil and because I knew I would be buying more than one, it seemed logical to get the palette for £6.50 Plus I'm more likely to use them!

Do you agree with my choices? Would you choose a different combination?
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NOTD Gosh Holographic Hero

GOSH  549 holographic hero, once elusive now readily available. This polish is absolutely beautiful. One minute it will look dull and lifeless but when the light catches it catches fire. The colour spectrum is beautiful. Definitely a polish worth having in your collection.
Yes, it looks fabulous but it is a nightmare to apply. First coat goes on fine but the second is painstakingly difficult. If you use too many strokes it will drag the first layer off leaving you with bald patches. Trick is to load the brush up and use as few strokes as possible.
The wear time on this isn't great but it is now advertised as being 'one night wear' which is fair. It's really easy to remove so it's not a big deal. I managed to wash the pots with this and it only had minimal tip wear.
One other problem is that it highlights any nail flaws (as you can see on my middle finger which is peeling) and no amount of filing or base coat usage seems to help.

Looking for a one night wonder that will bling any outfit up? Buy this. For £4.99 it is worth every penny. Find it here.

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Sunday, 3 March 2013

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation

I've wanted a new foundation for a while now so when I saw this on offer I thought why not? The Rimmel Match Perfection foundation, as stated, offers 'traceless coverage foundation' which seems a rather mighty claim, and that it 'lasts all day'. The foundation does have a scent as well, rather sweet, however once on the skin it disappears.
The coverage is medium and the colour is a perfect match for my skin so on that note it works. It covers the redness of my skin and evens the skin tone out. The added bonus of this foundation is that it has SPF 18, something which is very important.
Regarding the claim that is 'lasts all day'... I'm going to say no (suprisingly). It does last about 8 hours on my normal skin (that is with powder).

I would recommend this foundation for those on a budget, it does live up to the claim of matching the skin and looking traceless. And for it's price.. well it is cheaper than a few drinks at the pub and it's a lot better for you! Buy it here for £6.99 (currently on offer for £4.99).
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Leibster Award

I was nominated a while back for a Leibster award by Jules over at Flabbyface, and it made my day as it was the first time I had been tagged and felt part of the community! So, after many weeks I have finally sorted myself out and here it is!

What is the Leibster Award?
A kind of tag/chain letter for blogs with less than 200 followers. It gives them a platform, lets others get to know them, and helps new blogs out.

What do you do?
State 11 facts about yourself, answer 11 questions set by the person who tagged you and set 11 questions for the people you tag.
11 Facts about myself:
1. I speak fluent Spanish after living in Spain for 3 years... (Maybe not so fluent now)
2. I have been to 9 primary schools, 2 secondary schools, 2 colleges and 1 University.
3. My over half is my first love and our anniversary is the 1st January (he’ll never forget that way!)
4. My favourite perfume is Flowers by Kenzo.
5. On my 18th birthday I still had train track braces top and bottom.
6. My favourite colour is red.
7. I love Pikachu. And am a proud owner of a Pikachu onesie.
8.  I was 0.3% away from a 2:1 degree in Linguistics and Spanish.
9. I love Greys Anatomy. It will be a sad day when it ends.
10. I once won a competition when I was younger for dressing up as baby spice.
11. I enjoy cleaning.

11 Questions and Answers:
1. If you could change one thing you've done in your life, what would it be?
I would change the amount of effort I put in at University. I thought it was a bit of a lark and joke.
2. If you could only choose one meal to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Freshly baked baguette with chorizo and cheese.
3. What is your most expensive makeup item and did you think it was worth the purchase?
YSL Touché Éclat foundation. It is fabulous and worth every penny.
4. When did you first start wearing makeup?
Year 7? Had a bit of a thing for bronzer so was often orange (cringe).
5. Which type of films do you prefer to watch? Horror, Action, Thriller, Fantasy-Si-Fi or Romance?
I prefer action films. And anything with superheroes in.
6. What kind of scents do you go for? Floral, Fresh, Warm & Spicy or Woody & Earthy?
I think floral? I don’t really know different ‘notes’ of a perfume. I have a sniff and if I like it I’ll wear it.
7. If you could see any band or artist live, who would it be?
This is hard as I don’t take a great interest in music. I don’t have a favourite artist but I think Lana Del Rey would be awesome live.
8. If you had £40 to spend on makeup or skincare what would you buy?
I would buy a Mac eye shadow for my palette (in woodwinked) then spend £30 in Boots on Rimmel, Barry M and L’Oreal goodies.

9. If you could teleport anywhere in the world for the day where would you go?
New York New York!

10. Do you believe in aliens?
I do as maths tells us that there must be life out there so logic wins (and I don’t believe in little green men in UFOs, more the notion of there being other life forms.

11. If you had to bring in a board game to school, work or university for the day and had to play it, what would it be?
Buckaroo. Everyone loves Buckaroo.

11 Questions for the people I tag:
1. How many lipsticks do you own?
2. Cats or Dogs?
3. Favourite fruit juice?
4. Ever broken a bone?
5. Favourite place you’ve been on holiday?
6. Believe in love at first sight?
7. Favourite TV programme?
8. Tea or Coffee?
9. False lashes or extensions? Or none?
10. Favourite nail polish of all time?
11. Live in your own place or the family home?

Who do I tag?
Anybody who reads this blog. This might be a cop-out but so many bloggers have done it already, and I don’t want readers to be left out. If you do answer the tag, I will link you here.
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