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Sunday, 30 August 2009

August The Good and The Bad

I can't belive it's the end of August and summer is over even though the UK hasn't really had any good weather, before you know it Christmas will be here.
On the plus side all of the new Autumn/Winter makeup collections are being released and I'm excited for that.

The Good

MAC Cleanse Off oil, as been my favourite cleanser for the past few months and I'm almost out and looking for a replacement.
The Body Shop Seaweed Deep Clensing Facial Wash, only recently started using this but I'm loving it so far.
Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation, my new HG foundation, I want to try the cream version next.
MAC Eyeshadow in Blanc Type, Modest Tone, Dark Edge and Satin Taupe, I've been doing a lot of neutrals lately and these fit the bill perfectly.
Illamasqua Bronzing Duo in Glinth/Write, I've been loving this but it will probably get retired now were going into autumn as I generally don't use bronze shades when it gets colder.
Illamasqua Cream Blusher in Rude, I've worn this pretty much every day since I got it and I adore it.
Illamasqua Lipstick in Sonnet and Maneater, I love the texture and lastability of Illamasqua lipsticks and these two colors are fab.
Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstick in #112 Ambre Rose, this is my dupe for MAC Color Crafted lipstick.
MAC Mattene Lipstick in Kirsch, I've been wearing it dabbed on and mixed with a balm, it's very dark but perfect for autumn.
By Terry Baume De Rose, expensive but so moisturising and it give a pretty tint of color.
Barry M Nail Paint in Pink Flamingo, I've been wearing this every chance I get, it's the perfect pinky coral.
Boots Build Up Removal Shampoo, I've been suffering from awful product build up and my hair is lank and dull, one wash with this shampoo and my hair looks and feels healty again.
Marc Jacobs Lola Perfume, this is my new scent, it's sweet and heavy and the bottle alone is reason enough for me to get it.

The Bad

None, there's nothing this month that as dissapointed me enough to put it in this section.

Monday, 24 August 2009

Illamasqua Dystopia.

So as a lot of you have probably already seen Illamasqua is launching their Autumn/Winter callection and it gonna be called Dystopia.

The collection was inspired by Fritz Lang’s 1927 masterpiece ‘Metropolis’. This iconic film explored the civil unrest that was being felt by society in the 1920s, and translated it into a metaphorical futuristic urban city, a city of Dystopia – the opposite of Utopia – mysterious, edgy and sinister.

Illamasqua as been very nice and organized an event for all us bloggers to attend to and preview the collection in the flesh before it goes on sale.

The wonderful Alex Box is gonna be there which is gonna be amazing in it's self, she'll be doing a demonstation on the new products, including the fabolous new silver Liquid Metal called Phenomena.

I personally cannot contain my excitement, I've only just recently got into Illamasqua and I'm completely amazed at all their products so I'm really looking forward to seing the new collection and to meet all the other bloggers.

Getting To Know You Tag

I tag all my followers.

1. What time did you get up this morning? 11:40
2. How do you like you like your steak? Medium rare or as my sister would put it still alive.
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? G.I. Joe The Rise Of The Cobra.
4. What is your favorite TV show? Lost, can't wait to see how it ends.
5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Australia.
6. What did you have for breakfast? A black coffee.
7. What is your favorite cuisine? Italian and Japanese.
8. What foods do you dislike? Peppers.
9. Favorite place to eat? Nando's.
10. Favorite dressing? Does olive oil count.
11. What kind of vehicle do you drive? I don't drive.
2. What are your favorite clothes? Leggings and a dress or a long top.
13. Where would you visit if you had the chance? New York,Las Vegas and Hawaii.
14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full? Depends, was it full and someone drank from it or was it only filled half way?
15. Where would you want to retire? Anywere sunny.
16. Favorite time of day? Not sure.
17. Where were you born? Italy
18. What is your favorite sport to watch? Tennis
19. Who do you think will not tag you back? What?
20. Person you expect to tag you back first? What??
21. Who are you most curious about their responses to this? Again, what?
22. Bird watcher? No
23. Are you a morning person or a night person? Night person.
24. Do you have any pets? Yes, two dogs.
25. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share? No, not that I can think of.
26. What did you want to be when you were little? A computer programmer.
27. What is your best childhood memory? I don't have one.
28. Are you a cat or dog person? Dog.
29. Are you married? No.
30. Always wear your seat belt? I don't drive.
31. Been in a car accident? No.
32. Any pet peeves? Loads, but the worst as to be people who stop at the top of a moving escalator.
33. Favorite Pizza Toppings? Pepperoni
34. Favorite Flower? Roses.
35. Favorite ice cream? Hazelnut.
36. Favorite fast food restaurant? Mcdonalds.
37. How many times did you fail your driver's test? I don't drive.
38. From whom did you get your last email? HQHair.
39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? Probably Selfriges.
40. Do anything spontaneous lately? No.
41. Like your job? Yes.
42. Broccoli? Is a vegetable.
43. What was your favorite vacation? Florida.
44. Last person you went out to dinner with? My mother and sister.
45. What are you listening to right now? Nothing.
46. What is your favorite color? Pink.
47. How many tattoos do you have? None.
48. How many are you tagging for this quiz? All of my followers.
49. What time did you finish this quiz? 13:12
50. Coffee drinker? Yes, I can't function in the morning without coffe and need a few cups a day to keep me going.

What I'm Using Right Now Tag

I've seen this on so many peoples blogs and I want to join in on the fun.

Shampoo: Label M Honey and Oat, cleanses gently and doesn't strip my hair of moisture.

Conditioner: Label M Honey and Oat, nice for damaged hair like mine and it smells amazing. Cibu Miso Knotty as a light conditioner and detangler.

Styling Products: Wella SP Hdro Milk, Kerastase Nectar Thermique, Matrix Biolage Smoothing Serum, Batiste Dry Shampoo and Aussie Volume and Gloss Hairspray.

Shower Gel: Soap & Glory Clean On Me.

Body Moisturiser: I don't often use one but when I do I like it to be Elemis Exotic Frangipani Monoi Moisture Melt.

Deodorant: Mitchum Powder Fresh, the only deodorant I will ever purchase.

Fake Tan: I don't use one as I don't like wating for it to dry and it never looks natural.

Cleanser: MAC Cleanse Off Oil followed by Elemis Sensitive Cleansing Wash. I will ocasionally use Garnier Pure Active Deep Pore Unclogging Wash just to use it up.
After I've fineshed the above I'll be switching to The Body Shops Seaweed deep Cleansing Facial Wash.

Toner: Elemis Balancing Lavender Toner.

Exfoliator: Elemis Skin Buff and Garnier Pure Active Blackhead Clearing Scrub.

Primer: MAC Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF50 or Gosh Velvet Touch Foundation Primer.

Foundation Brush: MAC 181 Kabuki.

Concealer: Not using one at the moment, Illamasqua's Rich Liquid Foundation is working just fine on it's own.

Powder: Giorgio Armani Micro-Fil Loose Powder, the best powder I've ever used, very finely milled and as a slight irridescence so skin doesn't look flat.

Blusher: Illamasqua Rude, I've been wearing this almost constantly since I got it.

Bronzer: Illamasqua Glint/Writhe, the best bronzer I've tried as it doesn't look orange or muddy on me.

Highlighter: NARS Albatross.

Eyeshadow Base: Too Faced Shadow Insurance but will soon be changing to UDPP as I'm almost out.

Eyeshadows: MAC Blanc Type, Modest Tone, Rich Flesh, Remotely Grey and dark Edge.

Eyeliner: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Pencil in Zero or MAC Fluidline in Nightfish.

Curler: I don't own one.

Mascara: L'Oreal Telescopic Explosion.

Lipstick: Illamasqua Sonnet and Maneater, MAC Slimshine in Grenadine, MAC Mattene in Kirsch, Urban Decay in Rush and Gosh Darling.

Lipgloss: MAC Florabundance.

Nail Color: Nails Inc Jermin Street and Black Taxi and Barry M Pink Flamingo.

I tag all my followers.

Friday, 21 August 2009

By Terry Baume De Rose Review

I bought this after reading about it on lollipop26's blog, she gave it the most glowing review and said it was an absolute favourite of hers.
I'm easily persuaded so I spent the £30.34 to get me my own pot.

By Terry Baume De Rose

I've been using it for about a month now and while I like the product and will use it all up I don't think it's a must have but more of a nice luxury.

First of all I love the smell, it a fairly strong sweet rose scent but it's not to overpowering so if your not a fan of floral or you are scent-sensitive you may want to give this a miss.
The color is also gorgeous, a light baby pink but when applied to the lips it as this cool violet iridescence that makes lips look plumper and the pigmentation more even.
Texture is light and not greasy and it really does moisturise well, if I apply this before bedtime I find by morning my lips are nicely prepped for lipstick however I tend to use this more on it's own, as a lipgloss in place of lipstick or under matte lipsticks to give a little slip.

By terry Baume De Rose

The only negative thing I can say about this product is the packaging, it glass so it's easily breakable and the lid on mine is coming apart, which is not impressive considering how expensive this product is.

If you have a spare £31 lying about this is a nice balm to have however it's not essential, I love my The Body Shop Yes Yes Yes Tantalising lip Butter just as much and it's only £5 and all the profits go to charity.

Twilight: Is anyone else looking forward to New Moon?

I can berely wait so much so that I've watched all the trailers a million times, spent hours looking at pictures, re-watched the 1st movie, played the soundtrack on repeat and I've even done my make-up like Bella's and worn the same color lipstick as the Cullens (Benefits Ms. Behaving if your wondering however I don't have that yet so I'm making do with MAC's Kirsch mixed with balm).
I can honestly say I'm counting down the days until New Moon is released and I'll be there first in the que on the 27th of November, I'll even go as far as request that day off work, nothing is stopping me from watching it.
Anyone else feel the same way?

Thursday, 20 August 2009

Latest Haul

Yes I know I'm supposed to be buying less but it's not really happening.

Drugstore Haul

Soap & Glory Body Sprays in Mist You Madly, Girliglo and Glam-A-Lot
Simple Wipes, at the moment they come with a sample of their anti-wrinkle cream.
Girls With Attitude False Lashes in Vamp, these are incredible but I find them hard to put on.

The Body Shop Haul

Yes Yes Yes Tantalising Lip Butter, my two backups before these disappear of the shelves.
Soft Hands Kind Heart Hand Cream, £3.75 of the sale of this item goes to ECPAT who are working to stop the trafficking and sexual exploitation of children and young people in the UK and around the world. So you get soft hand while supporting a good cause.
Seaweed Deep Cleansing Facial Wash, my skin is a bit of a mess lately so I bought this in the hopes that it will calm my breakouts, we shall see.

Urban Decay Haul

Urban Decay Hall Of Fame, a collection of their best sellers, includes a XL Primer Potion and cute mini trail sizes off: 24/7 Eye Pencil, Lipstick, Lipgloss and Skyscraper Mascara.
Urban Decay Preen Shadow Box, a set comprising of mini Primer Potion, Zero 24/7 Eye Pencil and 6 eye shadows.
Both retail for £18 and I will be doing a full review soon.
Girls Aloud Nicola Lashes, the nicest, easiest to apply lashes I've ever used.

Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color Review

I've never been a big fan of Bobbi Brown, I've always dismissed them as a "playing it safe" brand were all the products are pretty but boring and the few products I have bought from them have got very little usage.

Bobbi Brown Creamy Finish Lipstick in Nectar

These lipsticks intrigued me because to look at they remind me of Benefits Silky Finish Lipstick and MAC Slimshine which I love.
Are they similar? Sort of.
The have the same translucent finish that looks moist and glossy with just the right amount of color, they glide on the lips and feel really hydrating but unlike the Benefit and MAC versions they feel thick and heavy on the lips.
Now this is not necessarily a bad thing cause in being so thick they last longer on the lips but I personally find myself wiping it of after an hour or so cause I can't stand the feeling any longer.
The color range is pretty natural and soft and I must admit I found a fair few that I liked but went with the shade called Nectar as I was looking for a pale peach.
Would I re-purchase? Not until they change the formula.
If you don't mind you lip products feeling heavy then you'll love these, if your like me avoid these because you'll be disappointed.

Barry M Nail Paint in Pink Flamingo Review

I know I'm late to this one and a lot of bloggers have already talked about it but I feel I need to also mention it as it's truly a beautiful color.

Barry M Pink Flamingo

Pink Flamingo is a vivid creamy pink that as a coral undertone, it's bright but not fluorescent and very wearable, these sort of shades tend to suit most people.
Like all Barry M nail polishes they go on smoothly and evenly, they don't streak, dry fast and last well without chipping.
I've been wearing it at much as possible and I love it, it's very similar to Nails Inc's Brook Street which as been discontinued and it's a bargain at only £2.95.

Illamasqua Swatches

Rich Liquid Foundation in RF135

Illamasqua Rich liquid Foundation Swatch

Bronzing Duo in Glint/Writhe

Illamasqua Bronzer Swatch

Cream Blusher in Rude and Powder Blusher in Thrust

Illamasqua Blusher Swatch

Liptick Palette in Submit/Liv/Sonnet/Maneater and Intense Lipgloss in Absorb

Illamasqua Lip Swatches

Monday, 17 August 2009

Illamasqua Review

I've been testing these out for just over a week and I absolutely love them, the quality is amazing, all the colors are super pigmented and they are long lasting.
Illamasqua's color selection is huge, probably not as vast as MAC but I feel they cover a wider range. MAC plays it safe a lot of the time, releasing a lot of new collection that just seem to copycat the old ones and in the past year or so I've found myself buying less from them, Illamasqua on the other hand is nothing but original and different, a lot of their products/colors are unique to the brand and cannot be duped.

I ordered on the website and I have to say a lot of the swatches are not accurate, I've heard Illamasqua is trying to rectify this but it's easy enough to find "real swatches online, here are a few links:

Illamasqua's Blog
Miss Worthy's Stuff
Too Much Blush
Visionary Beauty

With that said lets move on the the actual review of the products.

Rich Liquid Foundation in RF135

Rich Liquid Foundation RF135

I'm always a little worried about buying foundation online, I never know if the shade will match (for reference I'm a NC20) or if it will break me out, this one is pure perfection now but the first time I tried it I hated it.
Why you might ask? Well the first time trying it I used my fingers and way too much product, the result was cakey and thick and it seemed to accentuate all of my dry patches.
The following day I tried half the amount with a kabuki brush and really worked it into my skin, the results were amazingly flawless, almost airbrushed finish not a pore in sight and no concealer needed.
The texture of the product is extremely thick and the tinies amount goes a long way but I feels completely lightweight on the skin, if you've tried the MUFE HD foundation, this will feel the same.
It also smells wonderful, like vanilla sugar and I really look forward to using it in the mornings.
The shade RF135 is perfect for me, it matches my neck perfectly, yes I said neck that's because my face is about a shade darker and I hate it, this even me out so I look all one color.
I love this foundation and it will possibly become my HG, I say possibly cause now I want to try the Light Liquid and Cream foundations the offer.

Bronzing Duo in Glint/Writhe

Bronzing Duo Glinth/Writhe

I have very pale yellow toned skin that can look quite dull and flat without bronzer,I have tried a ton of bronzers and a lot of them have left me disappointed.
MAC's Golden left me orange, Guerlain's Terracotta went on blotchy and Barry M Natural Dazzle is too mauve for a bronzer tough it makes a pretty blush.
Illamasqua's bronzer suits my skintone perfectly, the two shades can be used seperatly using the dark shade to contour and the light shade to highlight or they can be miked together to give a gorgeous glow.
Neither color is orange or muddy and you can go as subtle as you like or full on bronzed goddess, the gold shimmer is gorgeous and lifts the complexion without looking glittery or shiny.
It applies beautifully, takes very little blending and it last all day without fading and needing a touch-up (something even my beloved NARS Laguna hasn't managed).
I love the shape of Illamasqua's compacts, they are so unusual but because they are made of shiny black plastic they show up finger prints, so a quick clean with a damp cloth once in a while may be necessary.
The Bronzing Duo is also available in Glinth/Burnish which is more suitable for medium to dark skintones.

Powder Blusher in Thrust

Thrust Powder Blusher

I own nothing like this in my collection, it's a bright violet/magenta/fuchsia shade and my initial reaction was "this is bright and I'm so pale, how am I gonna get it to work?" Need not worry as it's buildable and can be blended to a barely there flush in fact it really suits fair skin and I see myself wearing it a lot for Autumn and Winter.
I find matte blusher hard to work with but not this one the texture is great, soft, smooth and easily blended it doesn't go on patchy like many others do and it as that light vanilla sugar scent all of Illamasqua's powder products seem to have.
For a blusher it's a little pricey but in my opinion totally worth it.

Cream Blusher in Rude

Rude Cream Blusher

I got this one based on a swatch on the Illamasqua Blog, it's just my kind of color I had to have it and it certainly doesn't disappoint.
It's a gorgeously pretty apricot pink with no shimmer or sparkle and it gives the most natural flush, if your pale like me and you get only one thing from Illamasqua make sure it's this because you wont regret it, girls with darker skintones this may not show up on you very well.
The texture of this is phenomenal, (kinda reminds me of YSL's Rouge Volupte lipsticks) I use my MAC 109 and it glides effortlessly in place and doesn't budge, for a cream blusher this is super long lasting requiring no touch-ups during the day.
They are a little expensive but I don't care, there's at least another 4 I want and I consider them to be an investment as I know I'll get plenty of use out o them.

4 Color Lip Palette in Submit/Liv/Sonnet/Maneater


I'm not a big fan of lipstick palettes, I hate using a lip brush so I end up using my fingers and that is unhygienic. This one is no exception however I'm still glad I got it as it's a good way of trying 4 colors for a little more than the price of one tube. The colors I got are:
Submit, a lovely warm caramel nude that's not too light and is very wearable.
Liv, pretty milky pale pink but very hard for me to pull off, it clashed with my red hair and made my teeth look yellow.
Sonnet, my new must have a warm peachy shade that I've worn constantly since I got it and a shade I can see would look good on everyone.
Maneater, my fave of the bunch, a very blue based red that compliments my skintone perfectly, this one will get you noticed.
The texture of these are matte but not drying, I still use a balm or a gloss over the top but it's because I prefer a glossier look however I've used them on their own and they don't dry my lips out.
I wont be buying another palette but I will certainly buy more of the full size lipsticks in the tube.

Intense Lipgloss in Absorb

Absorb Intense Lipgloss

Absorb is a pale nude shade and they are not kidding when they say these are intense, a light coating completely wipes out any of my lips natural pigmentation.
Unless your waering an extreme smokey look on the eyes this shade is too severe.
I find it far more wearable if you sheer it out with clear gloss or if you mix it with a slightly darker nude.
Color aside the formula is great, non sticky, smooth, moisturising, super glossy and longlasting, it's everything I want a lipgloss to be.
I love the slimline packiging but kinda whish it had a brush on applicator as the plastic nozzle doesn't give such an acurate finish.
Next on the list is Fierce, a bright purple and I also wanna try the sheer lipgloss too.

I'm completely blown away by the products I wasn't expecting to like them as much as I have but I can see myself re-purchasing again and again.
If you try one new brand this year make it Illamasqua, you wont be dissapointed.

Friday, 14 August 2009

Illamasqua Haul

I recieved my first Illamasqua order last Saturday and in the short while I've been playing with the items perchased I can safely say it's gonna take over as my favourite brand of makeup.
I was gonna post the haul and review combined but I've decided that I'll be doing it in 3 parts, haul, review and swatches.

Illamasqua Haul

Bronzing Duo in Glint/Writhe
Rude cream Blusher
4 Color Lip Palette Submit/Liv/Sonnet/Maneater
Thrust Powder Blusher
Absorb Intense Lipgloss
Rich Liquid Foundation in RF135

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Summer at Superdrug

Everyone loves Superdrug, right?
Well your gonna love it even more because thanks to Summer at Superdrug you could be winning a £200 Dorothy Perkins shopping spree,festival tickets, an holiday or a £100 Revlon beauty bag to name a few.
What's more by just signing up you will get, 15% off purchases at the new when you spend £35, 5% off Wahanda Spa treatments, 30% off, discount off holidays and 40% off Weight Watchers online subscription with the three month plan.

Signing up is easy, simply go to This Link and fill out the online form, everyone who signs up will get sent helpful beauty hints and tips.

Sunday, 9 August 2009

MAC Latest Releses Overview

MAC as launched 4 new collections this month and I can honestly say that not one of them is in any way particularly exciting, they are Euristocrats 2, Baby Bloom, Love That Look and Graphic Garden.
I think the trouble with MAC is they release far to many collection all at once that none of their latest products are unique enough to make me buy them, if your make up collection is smaller than mine you wouldn't have that problem but for me personally to many of the color overlap with ones I already have so they are not deemed as essential for me.
I had a chance to fully test the products on counter but out of the 4 collections I got one one item and that was the Studio Moisture Tint.

Euristocrats 2

Probably much more exciting to people in the US because in the UK we got the lipstick part of this release over a year ago and I can't say it really impressed me back then.
The lip pencils are all permanent and easily dupable with drugstore brands plus I much prefer the Cremestick version to the regular pencils.
The lipstick are all very plain and boring apart from Saint Germain which is a bright pastel pink and one of my all time favourites and as much as I love lip gloss, especially Dazzleglass I have to many that are similar to these that I had to pass however they are all very pretty.

Baby Bloom

A collection comprising of 5 tinted moisturisers and 5 liquid lip balms that been launched way to late in the summer (not that we've had one in the UK)to really appeal to the consumer.
The lip balm were being described as a liquid version of the Tendertones however they are nothing like them, I found them to be thick and sticky and with absolute zero pigmentation in contrast to the Tendertones which are soft and balm like, super moisturising and while sheer they still provide way more pigmentation than the Suntints.
At £10.50 each they aren't cheap and actually I would rather use a regular 99p chapstick than these any day.
The Studio Moisture Tint is nice but again probably not essential, I really like the feel of it cause it's thick and moisturising and simply glides on skin with minimal effort. The coverage is sheer and while I haven't yet tested it on my face I feel it would do a good job at evening out skin tone but you would still need concealer which is pretty much standard for tinted moisturisers.
On a negative it stinks, I don't know of what but it's not pleasant but it does fade out after a while.

Love That Look

The largest of the new releases, some of the shadows are worth checking out but again not particularly unique.
The brushes and mascara are permanent so no need to rush out and get those and the Pearlglide liners are just average, the reflective sparkle they supposed to have really doesn't show up that well and I found the didn't go on as smooth as my UD 24/7 liners.
Some of the shadow are pretty but I'm not keen on the finish, it's very soft and smooth easy to blend and the pigmentation is great but they are a little to frosty for me, even more so than MAC Frost and Veluxe Pearl formula.
Having said that I'm tempted to go back for Smoke and Diamonds and Style Snob as I love those sort of shades but I do wish they were in a Satin finish.

Graphic Garden

Exclusive to the website and Harvey Nichols the collection consists of 2 palettes, 2 lip sets and 2 brush set.
The packaging is tacky and cheap looking and the colors are all very close to past releases.
Short Edition brush set are machine made and therefore not good quality, you can really feel the difference between the SE version and the regular single brushes. They may cost more but the regular ones will last you years while the SE ones I got a couple of years ago are now ready for the bin.
The lip set are pretty but not unique and the same goes for the palettes, I guess if you need to get a birthday gift these might be nice but otherwise I'd skip them.

Saturday, 8 August 2009

Latest Collective Haul

Okay so even though I've told myself I need to stop buying cosmetics I have no self control so here is another haul but please bear in mind this as been building up for the past 3 weeks.

Soap & Glory Haul

Soap & Glory Hair Supply, great lightweight hair mask and it leaves my hair super smooth.
Soap & Glory Flake Away, I've used this before works really well at exfoliating dead skin and leaves you moisturised but not oily.
Soap & Glory Clean On Me, a gorgeous shower cream that cleans without stripping.
Soap & Glory Heel Genius, an overnight foot cream that leaves feet baby soft by morning.

Barry M & Sleek Haul

Barry M Natural Dazzle Bronzer, everyone raves about this one I'm still not convinced.
Barry M Nail Paint in #305 Pink Flamingo, I love this shade.
Sleek Curious Palette, great quality as usual but I feel Sleek are running out of color choices as these are not particularly unique or different to the other palettes of theirs.

Lush have an offer on at the moment, when you spend £20 or over you get a free product of your choice from a selection of their 20 newest ones.

Lush Haul

Lush Ultra Bland Cleanser, takes of make-up in seconds but it also leaves me feeling like I've used butter on my face, not sure if this could cause me breakouts.
Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter, works awesome and smells great too.
Lush Vanilla Dee-Lite Lotion, this was free for spending £20
Lush Cosmetic Warrior Fresh Face Mask, the SA gave this to me for free, used it once smells awful (like garlic) but work okay.
Lush New Shampoo Bar, have re-purchased this countless times, love it as a clarifying shampoo.
Lush Strawberry Fields Massage Bar, I use this on my legs as they get really dry and it works amazingly well.
Not pictured: samples of Catastrophe Cosmetics, Aqua Marina and Dark Angels


RMK Creamy Make Up Base Mat in 01, bought it cause on pixiwoo's blog this is described as the bast matte primer ever.
MAC Studio Moisture Tint in Medium, haven't used this on my face yet but I tried it on my hand in store, feels wonderful but the scent is awful.
RMK Herb Mist in Rose, the same sort of thing as Fix It+ but smaller and more handbag friendly, smells of roses would you believe.
RMK were doing GWP when you bough 2 products, I didn't take a picture but it was a gold flip flops and nail polish set that I'll probably never use.

Monday, 3 August 2009

Tag: Overhyped and Underwhelmed

Lollipop26 as started this tag and as asked everyone to join in so here is mine.

MUFE HD Range, so many people rave about these products I strongly dislike them, overpriced and overhyped they do nothing for my skin and make me look dull and washed out.

By Terry Baume De Rose, I really wanted to love this product and I don't think it's at all that bad it's just too expensive for what it does. MAC's Naked Honey Skin Salve does the same for a third of the price.

Garnier Pure Active and Hydralock, these have been doing the round since the Garnier event took place and everyone as been raving about them however I don't either one. Pure Active is supposed to be for oily, acne prone skin but I does nothing but worsen the condition and Hydralock is average at moisturising and smells awful.

Barry M Marshmallow Lip Paint, super dry texture and a color that can only be described as "dead corpse", everyone seems to love it I simply don't get why.

I'm sure there's more but those are the one that pop to mind.

Sunday, 2 August 2009

July's The Good and The Bad

I can't believe another month as passed so fast and in contrast to last month the weather in the UK as been absolutely awful, it' done nothing but pour with rain and to be honest it's depressing me.

The Good

Alpha H Rejuvenating Cream, a glycolic and vitamin C based face cream that exfoliates while you sleep and lightens acne scars.

MAC Studio Sculpt foundation, I've gone back to using this because it covers all of the blemishes the Garnier stuff as given me.

Make Up For Ever 5 Camouflage Cream Palette, 5 shades of concealer to cover any imperfection.

MAC Fast Response Eye Cream, helps diminish dark circles and lately mine have been really bad.

Too Faced Shadow Insurance, I'm almost out of this and I realise am gonna miss it.
MAC Naked Honey Skin Salve, the most perfect lip treatment ever.

Estee Lauder Pure Color lipstick in Vanilla Truffle, lovely moisturising nude lipstick that's not too light or dark.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Crystal Gloss in Honey Glaze, pair perfectly with the Vanilla Truffle.

L'Anza Healing Colorcare Trauma Treatment, a leave in protein treatment that leaves my hair feeling stronger and softer.

The Bad
Garnier Pure Active range, I got the cleansing wash, scrub and moisturiser and found that it made my skin worse rather than better. I got horrendous breakouts that I'm still trying to get rid of. I shall be doing a full review.

MAC Naked Honey perfume, I sprayed myself with the tester in store and it smelled gorgeous, a few hours later the lovely honeysuckle scent had turned into sweaty socks and sour milk, it's going back.

My hair and the rain, the tiniest amount of moisture in the air turns it into a frizz ball, the constant monsoon weather we've been having means by the time I've got into work my "styled when I left the house hair" looks like crap.