Saturday, 5 September 2009

NYX Lippies - Swatches #2


So I wanted to show you all the rest of the NYX lipsticks that I own, just so you can get a better idea of the online swatches compared to the true to life ones!

Hope this helps :)










What's your favourite NYX lipstick?

Monday, 24 August 2009

Mum's are like buttons - they hold things together


x

Happy Birthday Mumry +

Bit of a rough week for me.. Just wanted to wish you a happy birthday mum.
Love, miss and think of you everyday x


Will hopefully do some more posts next week, just taking a bit of time out. Hope everyone's okay!

Sunday, 16 August 2009

FOTD/OOTD - Bittersweet Mocha


So the other day, I came up with this look - which I found super easy and quick to do; bonus! So I thought I'd share it with you

:)

The eye is understated but in an elegant way - something I think I will be doing again in the future!



I wanted my cheekbones to be more pronounced so dug out my bronzer and highlight!

This was the outfit I chose - a great bandeau dress which is a great colour for the summer days and nights - and I think was a great match for the make up look I went for.

Poser!

Eyes:
NYX Jumbo Pencil - Iced Mocha
MAC Satin Taupe e/s
MAC Dark Devotion e/s
MAC Scant e/s
Coastal Scents Gel Eyeliner - Brown
CG Lashblast


Lips:
GOSH Darling


Face:
MAC Select NW15
Lily Lolo Cover Up
Barry M Bronzer
MAC Perfect Topping

Outfit:
Coral Bandeau Dress - boohoo.com
Black boyfriend Cardy
Black 3/4 Leggings


What's your favourite Summer combo?

Saturday, 8 August 2009

NOTD #6


So in my last e.l.f. order I got another of their nail polishes and decided to give to put it on today! This one is called Moonlight and has a chrome finish to it.
In the end it took 4 coats to be even and if I'm perfectly honest that is 2 too many for how it eventually turned out. I don't think this is the best colour either for my pale skin tone, but alas - we live and learn!

In other nail news, a while back I won a competition from the nailphile and after the crap postal service lost my prize...
She is kindly sending me some other goodies to replace the package that got lost! Yay!
Also - something extra to clear up the staining on my nails. HAL.LE.LU.JAH!

What's your favourite e.l.f. polish?

Monday, 3 August 2009

Monday Poll


Mood: Pretty well rounded today; as some would say - BLAH

First words out of my mouth this morning: "Morning Pop" - my boyfriend's pet name, eesh

What I’m looking forward to this week: Doing the friday night tradition with our lovely couple - Ben & Jade - on friday again! I've missed it!

One thing I’d like to improve about myself: Overall, I need to be more optimistic and motivated to get things done and do them right

On my makeup lust list: The sleek palettes! Why do my superdrug's not have them?? Gahhh

What I ate: Burger and chips, mmmm

Cheeks: MAC Tenderling blush

Lips: NYX Tea Rose

Outfit: Black bandeau dress and shrug - simple!

Fragrance: Britney Spears - Curious

Weekly goals: Really need to re dye my hair - I'm sick of my hair looking like poop! Now.. 2 problems - light brown or dark brown and where to get the money from? Siiiigghh

Homemade - Highlighter spray


I have really been loving my Fix+ mixed with vanilla pigment lately and just wanted to share it with you.
It's a great way to brighten up the face and give an all over dewy glow. I love it on the days I'm not wearing much make up or when I've just woken up - it instantly makes me look awake!


What's your favourite beauty concoction?

Saturday, 1 August 2009

How to: Pressing Pigments


So after my last post showing the pigment's I pressed, a few of you asked to see how I do it - so this it!

First of all, you need to gather everything you'll need, which is:

  • Pigment
  • Empty pan
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Scoop and hair grip (something to dispense your rubbing alcohol and something to stir it all with)
  • 10p
  • Hairdryer
  • Material - up to you what you'd like to use, I go for a spare pillowcase as I prefer the pattern this gives
  • You also probably want to cover the surface you're working on as things can get messy.. and with me? They almost always do!

Once you've got everything ready - you then need to disinfect everything. You don't want any germs going into your lovely new shadow!


You then want to take the pigment you're going to be using and this is where I use the hair grip to transfer the pigment into the pan. You want to properly fill it, because when the rubbing alcohol is added the amount you have in the pan does shrink. But not to worry - you can always add more as you go along!



Now that you have your pigment ready in the pan, it's time to start adding the rubbing alcohol. I just use this white scoop, but if you have a medicinal pipet or something - that would be a lot easier! Add it little by little as you don't want it to be TOO runny. If you feel like there isn't enough pigment in the pan once you've added the rubbing alcohol - just add more pigment! Carry on this process until you have the right amount and consistency!



Now what you want to do is take your hair grip or whichever stirring tool you chose, and stir your mixture together. This is just to make sure everything is evenly mixed and there's no big clumps of pigment stuck together. It wants to look creamy more than anything! When you're happy you've stirred it enough - spread it evenly in the pan, ready for when you need to press.



Now you need to let it dry - you can either wait until the mixture has dried naturally, or if you're impatient like me, you'll take a hairdryer to it! You don't want it to be completely dry, nor do you want it too wet.. It really is like goldie locks when you're pressing pigments! So I just take my dryer and heat it up for about a minute or so, until you can see the mixture looking firmer.



Now you want to take your 10p (this is probably the best fit for us brits!) and put it in the material you're using and twist it up inside, tightly. You don't want any ruffles or creases - otherwise this will go into your pigment when you press! Then take a bit of the rubbing alcohol and put that on covered 10p - this will just help it not to stick to the pigment and allow for an overall better press.


All you need to do is place it into the pan and press! Don't worry if you see the material getting wet - this just means it's working and it's absorbing all the rubbing alcohol in the pigment. Carry on pressing, until you're happy with your outcome..

This is just how I press my pigments - but I hope this was helpful for some of you!


Let me know how you get on :)

Friday, 31 July 2009

NOTD #5


Since I did my last NOTD (2 months ish ago??) I've been trying in vain to grow out the staining I had gotten on my nails. I really have learned my lesson regarding a good base coat..
It's pretty much there now and to make me feel happier with my nails, I've been indulging in french manicures.
Done my moi!
I've got it down to a tee now and is an instant way for me to feel confident about my nails - plus it's super easy and costs me nothing. Bonus

:)



I will be back with more colourful NOTD's once armed with a good base - I CANNOT go through this malarky again of trying to grow staining out!

Any suggestions on which one to get?

Thursday, 30 July 2009

E.L.F Studio Purchases


So I got my order of e.l.f's studio line this morning and was so excited - I just wanted to show you what I got! Once I've had time to properly use them, I'll be able to give a better opinion on them. I only got a few bits, where are:


Complexion Perfection

Eyebrow Kit in Medium

Contour Brush - this is exactly the right size I wanted it to be and it is lovely and soft. Am hoping there won't be any shedding!

Complexion Brush - once again, this is really soft and can't wait to see how it holds up under use and washing


And as a little extra, I added one of their regular nail polishes into my order - Moonlight. This is one of the new shades on the website and this colour is lovely! Can't wait to try it out - will show if off in a NOTD soon

What have you lovely ladies gotten from the Studio Line?

Monday, 27 July 2009

Avon purchases


For some reason, I've never had an avon lady round where I live. Which is probably a good thing to be honest, as I have a funny feeling I would always be adding things to a list each month..
So when my friend said that her mum was an avon lady, I just knew I couldn't resist!
It's just so much fun flicking through the avon book and scribbling down what you fancy - it sort of feels like it's not real money? Oh well, you only realise it is when you get your stuff haha

I only picked a few things in the end (I definitely held back..) and this is what I got:

I thought this would be quite fun to have in my collection, especially on the days when I want barbie pink cheeks!


Do you know what? I don't even own a brown mascara - I even have blue, purple and glitter ones.. just not a brown??

These are 2 in 1 shadow sticks - you've got cream on one end and when you take the cap off, it's got a wand with pigment inside. We'll have to see how they fair during a long day

These are 4 cream shadows and these colours are what got me - perfect for a neutral eye! I think I'll just be using these as bases for other shadows I have


All in all I'm happy with what I chose and for £16 - you can't go wrong
I don't think I'll be getting anything from the avon book in the near future though, just because there's so much higher end make up that I've got my eye on, that I know I'll get more use out of.
Lesson learnt I think!


However, their body lotions and potions did catch my eye.. hmmm.. 
Better go look in the book again!

Is Avon yay or nay? What are the hidden gems they have to offer?