Monday, 31 May 2010

May Bargain Buy

I recently purchased a £2.99 mascara that was on offer for only £1.99 (avalible at superdrug) and I have been so happy with it I felt that it deserved a blog slot.

The product in question is NYC Sky Rise Lengthening Mascara in 843 Carbon

Does it give 60% more length like it says it offers...No but lets face it all these mascaras claim to do wonders and fail unless you are using lash inserts. but it does separate amazingly well as promised.

Why am I so impressed with this product then...Well...This is a really black really soft feeling mascara that does manage to give my stumpy little lashes some length (Not 60%)

This is also my first non waterproof mascara in a long time, I am trying to get my lashes to a good condition were they stop breaking or falling out and so far I have noticed less of both these conditions I suffer with, this could be down to the fact that the mascara isn't waterproof but I think its down to the light formula, my lashes feel so soft and comfortable no irritation from rouge flakes of mascara which for me is a common issue with some of my favourite formulas.

I am normally a snob when it comes to mascara, I believe in paying double figures for a perfect mascara as it is a very important product but this mascara (along with a elf waterproof mascara) has truly changed my mind, I love it and the way it looks, OK so I don't get the volume I get with my bad gal by benefit but this is definitely my new go to weekday/daytime mascara.

Overall this is my Bargain buy for May and I cant wait to try some more NYC products.

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Sweet Blog Award

I have never been awarded with anything worth shouting about but this is an absolute honor

My lovely friend Deb who writes Beauty Blog Roll has awarded me with this honor...I met her through some Makeup forums and now she is my long lost auntie, we have so much in common its scary!!!

I love my knowledgeable and beautiful blog friend as you can see she is a funky and creative person just check out that wicked makeup!!!

To accept this award I need to adhere to the following rules which are:

- give this award to 10 sweets bloggers
- make a post about this award including the picture and mention the person who gave it to you
- put the award on your blog
- let your nominated 10 know you've awarded them by leaving a comment

I'm kind of new to this so I don't really have many to nominate, but these are my favourite ones

Eye to the Keyhole
Makeup Addicts Anonymous
Pieces of Katie-Jane
Oxford jasmine
Cosmetic Candy

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Saturday, 22 May 2010

A Whole New World...

I am in love...No my dates thus far have not helped me locate the man of my dreams, although throwing lots of fun and randomness in to my life (Maybe I should start to blog about them)!!!

I got my first ever Costal Scents pallet today and it is beautiful!!! I went for the 78 eyeshadow and blush combo pallet, now my reasoning for this was simple in that given the price (variable on eBay but from Costal Scents it worked out about £40) it was an investment, I want to get as much use out of it as possible, this pallet lets me test out pretty much all the costal scents pallets in one as it has some shimmer, matte and metallic eyeshadows plus the 6 matte blushers

Now I haven't tried any of them yet but I can tell you from dipping in with my fingers that these are super soft and pigmented, I have high hopes for this costal scents pallet, although it could make my mornings difficult when deciding on a colour!!!

I will review this in full and maybe do some looks with it (who am I kidding this is a certainty!!!) but so far I am loving it, I keep opening it just to look at it!!!

Costal Scents Website
who when getting this link I noticed have a buy two get 15% discount at the moment!!!

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Monday, 17 May 2010

There's no Place Like Home...

Set the scene....My mum gets her acrylic nails done by a mobile nail technician and the other day I came home to find my mum having her nails done by said technician...I was instantly drawn to a big silver case full to the brim with a spectrum of colourful polishes...I was like a kid in a candy store swatching all over my already polished nails...I asked her what her fave brand was to which she replied China Glaze...I had one of their polishes so was aware of the name, I would say they are a cheap alternative to OPI, but I don't know much about polish so please don't scorn me if I'm wrong on this!!! she then went on to say that her favourite colour was ruby pumps from the China Glaze Wizard of Ooos and Ahhhs Collection and told me that it was in there somewhere...Instantly this beauty caught my eye...I knew that only that could be called ruby pumps...I was in love...So today I got my butt to Sally's and brought this little bottle of beautiful...

2 coats of Ruby Pumps by China Glaze without flash

2 coats of Ruby Pumps by China Glaze with flash
To describe this I would say it is a beautiful ruby red (of course) with tiny particles of red glitter, let me tell you now it is not your regular glitter polish...It is jam packed with the stuff in one coat all you can see is glitter!!! It is slightly opaque, letting the layers of glitter sparkle through and add depth, this polish is not for the faint hearted!!! I loved how smooth it went on...I am normally traumatized when putting on glitter polishes as I end up with patchiness...This was on quickly and with ease.

I am truly in love with this polish my new favourite by a mile...I'm just not that keen on taking it off...Glitter polish is always a horror for me as all the glitter rips the cotton wool and sets my teeth on edge, but for now I'll enjoy the beauty of it and hope the sun shines so I can sparkle!!!

China Glaze can be brought at beauty supply stores such as Sally's for £5.99 per bottle

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Friday, 14 May 2010

Insight - Every Beauty Needs a Day Off

Ever have one of those days where you don't feel like spending time in the mirror, where you just want to walk out of the door head held high and say world here I am barefaced and free!!!

I have days like anyone where I just cant be bothered to put my face on just to pop in to the town for a hour browse or a new supply of that favourite moisturiser...But then this fear takes over...What if someone I know sees me, what if I see an ex with his cutie pie girlfriend, what if the cute guy on the bus smiles and starts to talk to me...All of these what if's force me in to spending time in the mirror preening myself to within an inch of my life all just to pop to town!!! Its silly and inevitably none of the above ever happen when I make an effort...

I guess what I'm getting at is that if I want to go out with out a scrap of makeup I shouldn't be scared and fuss over it...people do it everyday (I personally wouldn't I do still love my makeup!!!), I have good skin so why not show it off...And if that cute guy on the bus does smile and start talking to me at least he'll think I'm a hottie even without makeup on!!!

Beauty is after all on the inside...

Me Without makeup

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Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Bank Holiday Haul

Another new type of blog for me!!!

I had an additional day off over the bank holiday and with something very special in the pipeline I needed to go and get a few different foundations for contouring one 2 shades lighter another 2 shades darker. I think I got it OK...I do hope so!!! I got two foundations I haven't tried before as I didn't want to spend too much on just contouring shades I chose to buy Rimmel stay matte for my light contour in ivory £5.99 and 17 (boots brand) skin perfecting shine free foundation in biscuit £5.49 for my darker contour

Now don't get me wrong I have nothing against these brands but I would never normally use their foundations, however I'll give anything a go and when testing them in the shop they seemed quite nice especially the Rimmel one plus they are half the price of my current Revlon photo ready foundation...Which I do adore!!!

Me being me I cant just buy a few bits, I'm terrible...I saw a new 17 product called blush and glow in peaches and cream at £3.60 I had to have it it felt really soft blendable and shimmery perfect for a summer popping cheek I think

Now because I spent over £6 on 17 products I got a free tin called Nautical but nice which has a red polish, greeny blue eyeshadow and a mini bluish eyeliner...This tin is so cute and really suits my current nautical style!!!

I also brought some tools during my boots visit I had 2 £5 off vouchers on Ruby and Millie or No7 so I got 2 brushes the No7 concealer brush retails at £7.50 and the Ruby and Millie i-brush retails for £6.50...I got them both for £4.00 with my two vouchers!!! Bargain!!! I also brought some latex free wedges which thank the lord do not smell, boots own brand £1.49

I then decided to go to Superdrug, now if you want good quality cheep makeup I recommend hitting Superdrug, I can always find some amazing little bargains in there, today was no exception...I haven't tried any of these products other than the shop samples so my opinion could change but I'm very happy so far with what I did get which was 3 Famous by Sue Moxley eyeshadows in matt shade 3 (beige), shimmer shade 7 (green) and shimmer shade 12 (purple), these are currently on offer 3 for 2 at £4 each I love all the colours and could have come away with the whole range!!! They feel very soft almost like the elf shadows.

I also got a few NYC bits a city duet in Soho spice £2.99 which is a peachy highlight eyeshadow and a brown contour shadow, both are fairly matt which is a godsend as most of my eyeshadows are shimmer and today I brought some matt ones at last!!! I also brought NYC colour wheel in peach glow which again would be nice for a subtle summer shimmer, it felt so soft not grainy so finely milled for £3.99 is a perfect addition to my collection and will match my corals beautifully

Lastly but by no means least the reason I went to super drug was because I was going to buy the i Divine acid pallet by sleek...I didn't I fell in love with the green shades in their original i Divine pallet...I really cant wait to play with this little beauty...cant believe it was only £4.99!!! I will review/do some make up looks with this soon!!!

I think I'm in love - Sleek Original I Divine
So what do you think???
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