Sunday, September 29, 2013

Lancôme Hypnôse Star Mascara

Mascara is that show-stopping turning point in your make up, that brings your eyes to life. My favourite as of late has been the By Terry 'Terrybly' Mascara, which in my opinion is just absolutely fantastic and worth the somewhat painful price tag. But, in the endeavour to find something that I really love and a little cheaper, I have been really, really impressed by Lancôme's Hypnôse Star.

First off, how incredible is this fantastic packaging. I'm a sucker for lovely packaging and the gorgeous glitter is just so pretty, that I was already somewhat 'hypnotised'! I've never actually tried any of the Lancôme Mascaras before but having heard good things about this and doll eyes, I decided to give it a go. And wow. This product is incredible: it creates volume and lengthens lashes like you wouldn't believe...

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Rimmel Scandaleyes Khol Kajal Eye Liner

Nude eyeliner is the perfect little trick if your looking to make your eyes a little brighter, more awake or even a little larger than life. My favourite is undoubtably this - Rimmel's Waterproof Khol Kajal pencil.

These Scandaleyes eyeliners in general, have a really wonderful formula and with such an affordable price tag, you cannot go wrong with them. The waxy, creamy consistency is so incredibly waterproof and will last you all day long. It applies easily onto the waterline and is also very smooth. To be honest, I can't really fault it...

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation

If you have been following my blog for some time, you'll know I'm a huge fan of Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua. It's my favourite of favourites. A foundation that is very light on the skin, but also one which gives an incredible flawless coverage, I am now reluctant to venture onto anything else. But, the beauty girl in me can't say no; this is the Perfect Refining Foundation from Shiseido.

I've been giving this guy a go over the last few weeks and I'm actually really enjoying it. This is my first touch on Shiseido as a brand and so far... so good. It is named as a medium coverage foundation, with a semi-matte finish. Like my beloved Chanel, it has a very liquid-y consistency, and so I find the best way to apply it is with my finger tips and then I tend to use the Real Techniques Buffing brush to smooth out any tide lines. It just gives a really beautiful, 'perfect' finish and I'm rather taken with it...

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Rimmel Apocalips | Big Bang

Big Bang is one of the Apocalips shades that I have been lusting over for a looong while and when I saw that Rimmel had bought out even more shades for Autumn, it was an excuse to go over and have a gander. Since they made their debut in the UK this Summer, I have been using Nude Eclipse and Luna like there has been no tomorrow and now, this guy has joined my fleet.

Eight colours have now become thirteen and the five Apocalips newbies are really something to put on your Winter lust list. Out Of This World could just be my favourite - a beautiful pink with a subtle shimmer; this shimmer being somewhat unique within the range. However, despite a host of new colours, I still walked away with Big Bang. It really is just the perfect cherry red and the formulation of these lip lacquers, really is something to rave about...

Sunday, September 22, 2013

NARS Sheer Lipstick | Venice

First and foremost - I must apologise that my posts have become less regular this month. I have been SO busy in my last month at work, as well as packing to return to Durham next weekend. Also, starting youtube has meant that I've spent a lot of my time editing rather than writing! BUT the posts will become much more frequent this week, starting with this lovely lipstick from NARS.

This is Venice, one of NARS' Sheer Lipsticks and I must admit, this is the only NARS lipstick I own. I actually have been meaning to do this post for a while, but when I first took this out of its packaging and gave it a go, I wasn't overly impressed. So, it went to the back of my lipstick draws and was buried among my more favoured MAC and YSL goodies. Having said that, I had a bit of a rummage around last week, pulled it out again and after a second chance... actually, I rather like it...  

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish | Soft and Gentle

One question that has been cropping up all over the place recently - particularly since I started making videos - has been, what make up have I been wearing that gives my skin a radiant, dewy glow? Today, I am pleased to introduce you to this guy - MAC's Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle.

A beautiful, icey golden colour is marbled with tan and bronze to create a 'gilded,' highlight shade which is just to die for. I think it looks a lot darker in the pan than it does on the skin and just adds a beautiful, frosted champagne shimmer to your complexion. It's the perfect product to reach for when your skin is in need of an instant radiance boost and I am HOOKED...

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Winner Of The Prairie Charms Re-Launch Giveaway!

Prairie Charms is a beautiful, bespoke accessory boutique that specialises in custom made goodies. All of their handmade pieces have a really quirky, vintage girly feel to them and I've really fallen in love with all the gorgeous bits and bobs available on their website. Last month, I was actually lucky enough to win their Re-Lauch Giveaway and was sent these lovely items...

They arrived in an amazing gold envelope which I loved - it's always great to see a brand concentrating on their postage and packaging as first impressions are lasting! Inside, was a little tissue-wrapped parcel of colour: three very pretty hair accessories and a lovely wrap bracelet...

Friday, September 13, 2013

MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Sweet & Sour

Last week in MAC, I hit gold. Or orange... which is probably a little more correct! This is Sweet & Sour, which was a limited edition shade in MAC's Cremesheen line, bought out with the 'All About Orange' Collection earlier this Summer. 

It wasn't until Sweet & Sour was sold out EVERYWHERE, that it flew to the top of my lust list. Then, when I popped into MAC last week I asked on the off chance and low and behold, we checked the 'limited edition left-overs' draw and there was one lonely Sweet & Sour with my name sprawled across it, sitting in the corner. Bingo. And, I love it. This gorgeous peachy-nude lipstick has rarely left my lips over the last few days...

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Christian Dior Créme De Rose

Let me introduce you to one of the most luxurious products on my dressing table. This is the Christian Dior Creme De Rose Lip Balm, which you may already recognise from my August Favourites video.

This is a soothing, plumping lip balm and it is wonderful. At a whopping £20, you would surely expect it to be! The Creme De Rose is one of those lip balms that you put on last thing at night and when you wake up in the morning, you can still feel it on there doing it's job. It smells amazing, feels amazing and is just absolutely beautiful...

Sunday, September 08, 2013

NEW VIDEO! Get Ready With Me | Summer Boat Party

Get ready with me for my Summer Staff Boat Party! Autumn is almost upon us, but here's one more splash of canary colour before the sun disappears. Keep an eye out for my special guest...

For a day time trip down the thames and undoubtably, an afternoon on the dance floor, I wanted to go with a simple 'city chic look' but also add a little bit of party pazazz. It was 29 degrees in London on Thursday, so make up wise, I needed to create something durable that didn't need too much maintenance! Keep watching to get ready with me and see how I created my daytime Summer party look...

Saturday, September 07, 2013

TOPSHOP Cream Blushes

All year round, but particularly during the Summer months, I always make a beeline for products that are going to give my skin that fresh, dewy finish and a cream blush does just that. Topshop are somewhat infamous for theirs and at just £6, these little guys really are just perfect to have in your make up bag. I also think they're a great go to product, if you've yet to venture into the realm of these creamy beauties...

Unlike some formulas, these are extremely easy to use and have a true 'cream to powder' consistency, that is really easy to blend into the apples of the cheeks with just your fingertips. As well as this, they are also very buildable, which I absolutely love in a cream blush...

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Customise Your Converse With xPixieStarsx!

Today's post is going to be a little different, but one that I've been meaning to do, ever since I started my blog really! Almost a year ago now, I found Andrea and her gorgeous, bespoke Swavorski footwear company, that is Pixie Stars. Back then, Pixie Stars' main focus was producing intricate, high quality customisation and design on Converse and as you can already see below, these are my babies...

xPixieStarsx allows you create completely personal and highly fashionable footwear and now, Andrea customises other footwear such as Haviana, Nike and children's shoes, as well as a huge variety of other accessories. But for the moment, I'm going to tell you about the magic, charm and personality she can conjure up from just a pair of classic, canvas Converse...

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick

Over the next few days I have some absolutely gorgeous lip products to show you and today, I'm going to start with my favourites. These, are YSL's Rouge Volupte and Rouge Volupte Shine Lipsticks, with which I am absolutely smitten.

I actually fell in love with #15 Corail Intuitive to begin with, which is a shade in the Voulpte Shine range. Compared to the more classic Rouge Volupte, these give a much more sheer and glossy finish than the classic formulation, which has more of an immediate colour pay off... 

Monday, September 02, 2013

Michael Todd Blue Green Algae Toner

You might already recognise this guy as one of the stars in my August Monthly Favourite Video, but it is just so wonderful, that I cannot go without praising it in writing too. For those who are unfamiliar with Michael Todd, they are a US brand who's skincare ethos is very much organic - 97% of their ingredients are sourced in this way.

This is their Blue Green Algae Toner which has magical antibacterial properties. So much so, that it is suggested in the treatment and prevention of acne. Fortunately, I don't suffer with acne, however, like most of us, my skin does break out when I'm stressed, or if I've been eating the wrong things. But I can tell you that this has just completely cleared up my skin and even seems to have banished those dreaded bad skin days. It is just absolutely fantastic and already has a place on my skincare holy grail list...

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Caudalíe Beauty Elixir

FINALLY! I've taken the plunge and got my hands on this cult beauty product from Caudalíe. Beauty waters are neither essential or cheap but there is something about them that just makes an incredibly luxurious and lovely addition to your skincare routine. Their Beauty Elixir is no exception and it's completely blown my socks off.

This has been talked about and talked about and TALKED about all over the blogosphere and it's been in my shopping basket on Feel Unique for what seems like forever. It seems that the beauty water craze all began with this guy a couple of years ago and since, others products such as Ren's Tonic Moisture Mist have endeavoured to supersede. However, the Caudalíe Beauty Elixir still reigns favourite...
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