Wednesday, 6 October 2010

I've moved

Hey everyone,
just to let you know I've moved. Come and find me here-
bye x

Saturday, 2 October 2010

The new MAC collection- Venomous Villains

I get bored with MAC collections incredibly easily. I am already tired of seeing the Fabulous Feline collection on the MAC homepage. So imagine my excitement when the new collection was unveiled! (The collection is on but not which means a bit more waiting for us Brits unfortunately). It is called Venomous Villains and is based on Disney's evil geniuses (we all know them!) I am a self confessed Disney fanatic even if I did find Disneyland disappointing- and I know exactly which pieces I want to get my mitts on! Lets run through them...
^ Cruella De Vil from 101 Dalmatians (I LOVE this film!) Animated by Disney in 1961
The black shadow on the top row is basically MAC's Carbon shadow in different packaging so I won't bother with that.
Ideally I would like to buy 'De Vil shadow' (middle shadow on top row), 'Heartless Lipstick' (the red one, top row, second from left) and 'Wicked Ways' Lip glass (the red one, top row, five from left).
^ Dr Facilier from The Princess and the frog, released in 2009. Fun Fact- I am pretty sure that this is the 1st Disney animation ever to star a black princess!
My Picks- 'Brash and Bold Pigment' (top row, third from left) and 'Resort life' lip glee (Top row, far left). Again there isn't really anything that wows me- but that's not a problem... you'll see why later. Also Dr Facilier has a pocket mirror. I personally think it's a waste of money because I have lots of cheaper, prettier compacts but if you don't and you like this one I don't see any reason not to go for it.
^ Evil Queen from Snow White, released by Disney in 1937
There are probably quite a few dupes in this but I'll have to look closely. My picks are- 'Hot House' lip glass ( top row, fifth from left) and 'Vainglorious Shadow' (top row, far right). Nothing else really appeals to me here as there is nothing completely unique.

^Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty, released in 1959 by Disney.
This is what I have been waiting for. I really, really, really hope that they release the nail varnishes in the UK too because for the fabulous felines collection I couldn't find any of the polishes that were on *fingers crossed* I know that MAC polishes have quality issues and they stain the nail beds really easily but I love the look of these polishes so much I would be willing to look past all that. I mean look at them! How gorgeous are they! From left to right the polishes are- 'Bad Fairy',' Formidable!' and 'Mean & Green'.
I love the look of both the mineralised eye shadow quads- the purple one is 'My Dark Magic' and the green and blue one is 'She who dares'. Also the 'Dark Deed' lipstick (top row, second from left) and 'Wrong Spell' lip glass (top row, fifth from left) have caught my eye.

So that's my roundup of the new collection. I can't wait till the UK launch. What are your picks? Comment below!

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

I feel like having a little ramble...

So it's time for an Ins and Outs post


Shocking nail polish colours
Although Wine Purple can't be classed as extremely shocking the teacher's eyes did pop pretty far out of her head when she caught sight of my nails. This prompts me to try lots of different bright colours- even if it is just to see how much I can get away with. Look out for lots of nail of the days next week (hopefully!).

Fashion Fair Lip Teasers
I have been wearing this everywhere- I actually mean everywhere! I got it a while ago in the shade Lure. But basically it boils down to- wearable colour, bold colour, non sticky and nice scent for £13. Score!

Gel liner
So much better than pencil or liquid. Makes me wonder why I wasn't in on it in the first place!

Being sick
I have had a blasted cold for days now and it's showing absolutely no signs of going away! Guess I'm gonna have to deal with it =(

Having a new haircut
I am currently trying to decide what kind of cut/style to go for. I had hair up to my hips but it was getting way too hard to look after so I got a pair of scissors and snipped it straight across- It's bra length now because I would feel exposed without moderately long hair. I'm thinking of playing it safe with an Erin Silver (90210- LOVE!) style as I'm not feeling particularly brave...


Korres Lip Butter
To be fair there is absolutely nothing wrong with it even though it does all it's supposed to and looks nice on my lips after a week of obsessive application (When I say obsessive I mean obsessive- as in every five minutes) I have decided to take a break from it and try something new (The Body Shop's Aloe Vera Lip Conditioner- I will post a review as soon as possible) and then come back to Korres later. Having said that I have got my eye on their cherry oil lip glosses after hearing so many good things about them.

Rain and Cold weather
English weather sucks. Enough said.

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Tag- Fashion

Tagged by Glam me up-

1) What is your favourite accessory?
I love rings! I mean- absolutely adore them and I have a huge collection-so many that I could probably wear a different ring for each day of the year! They come from all sorts of places- Tiffany & Co, Swarovski and even tacky tourist shops from countries I have been on holiday to. I also always wear my emerald studs that my mum got me for my 14th birthday- they're so special and I haven't taken them off once since I got them. I also have an extensive bag collection which I adore and that I add to now and again (it's gotten quite impressive over the years- My favourites are my Louis Vuitton (present from a cousin), a Coach bag (present from an aunt) and a Dior bag that my wonderful mummy bought for me- of course that meant I couldn't shop for a month to compensate!)

2) What's your favourite clothing item?
It has to be my True religion jeans- they were pricey but so worth it. I wear them really regularly, they are classy but also comfy-comfort is a must for me!

3)Who is your role model?
Coleen Rooney- I love her style! She always wears clothes that flatter her figure and always gets it just right. Unfortunately I don't have that much to spend on clothes so I have to find close dupes from stores like H&M.

4) What do you always carry with you?
A MAC lip glass and my mobile/cell phone.

5)What would you describe your fashion style as?
Incredibly girly! Duhhhh!

6) Favourite jeans, sunglasses, heels?
Favourite jeans are from True religion, My favourite sun glasses are my trusty and very chic ray bans and my favourite heels are from Monsoon.

7) What inspired you to make fashion videos?
Well, I don't- not yet.

8)What is your favourite store/shop?
Monsoon and H&M it's a tie between them. I love Charlotte Russe too- I checked it out in America and I was impressed =)

9)What is your favourite fabric in clothing?
Silk or Satin- they're both nice

10)Who is your favourite designer?
Marc Jacobs! Hands down.

11)Who/What inspires your fashions?
My mood- cheesy but true

12)What would you choose to do? Buy something in high quality or make it yourself?
I am actually quite good at sewing so given the time I would make it myself. That way I could make the cut flattering and have exactly what I want.

That's it and before I go- I TAG YOU ALL! Anyone who has a blog. If you don't I will hunt you down. Just kidding.
Bye x

Thursday, 23 September 2010

A blog I am lovin' at the moment She does hair, fashion, makeup and nails (lot's of exciting nail of the weeks!' and I think this will stick around in my bookmarked pages for a while. Check her out!

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Blinc Kiss Me Mascara

There is something I desperately want to try... it is Blinc's Kiss me mascara.

Someone recommended this to me a long time ago but with a backlog of mascaras that I have been recommended to try I never actually go round to it. But I must say this is unique and I am curious. That is why I am not letting this go.

Now, we have all encountered bad mascaras- it's part of our lives as makeup hoarders- they clump, they flake and they irritate the eyes. All these problems could potentially be erased by this new idea.

You are probably wondering what is so special, right...?

Wait for it....

Wait for it....

It forms tubes round your lashes. Yes, you heard me right- tubes. This is a totally new idea to me but I believe that you apply the mascara, whilst it is still wet you apply as many coats as you want until you are happy then you let it dry. Once it has dried no changes can be made to it and the previously liquid mascara turns into tubes.

Have you ever cried and had mascara run down your face? Well that will be a problem to the past too! The tubes can't be removed using water or pressure alone but a combination of both. So- when you want to take the mascara off simply use the shower!

Sounds good right? Hopefully, I should be able to get my hands on this stuff soon, try it out and feed back to you.
I'm so excited, this could possibly be a break through in my world of cosmetics!

Stay pretty,
TheBeautyBlogger x

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle

Price- £4.59

Bought from- Superdrug or Boots

What it claims to do-Aussie's famous three minute miracle reconstructing conditioner claims to mend split ends and leave hair soft, smooth shiny and loved. The Australian Balm mint is said to be a miracle ingredient that will provide the tender loving care that your hair needs and Safflower Seed Oil will do away with nasty split ends. Within three minutes of application a miracle will have occurred and you will be left with the shiny, swishy hair you have always dreamt of.

My Verdict- This amazing smelling product is a bargain for such a low price. I have shelled out on a lot of fancy hair products before and I really wish that I had found this sooner! It is a deep conditioner so I only use it once a week and I really do think that it lives up to it's claims. The unique squeezy bottle dispenses a small amount so it's not easy to waste the product. This would be a great one for all you gals who use a lot of heat styling and have damaged hair as a result. It leaves my hair soft, shiny and also wonderfully scented and I would definitely recommend this to a friend paired with an Aussie Shampoo.
That's it from me.
Speak to you all soon,

TheBeautyBlogger x

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Beauty Myths Decoded

Myth 1- Waxing/Shaving makes hair grow back thicker

False. This is actually your eyes deceiving you. When your leg hair is growing back it looks coarser than before because it is shorter whereas longer leg hairs look wispy.

Myth 2- Cocoa Butter lotion fades stretch marks

False! Contrary to popular belief Cocoa butter will not actually help you get rid of the lines. Stretch marks are caused by weight gain or loss and no amount of lotion can get rid of them.

Myth 3- Drinking tea stains your teeth

True! So does Coffee, Red and White wine and Soda.

Myth 4 - 8 Hours of sleep a day helps you lose weight

True! As far fetched as this sounds it's not a myth. We don't eat in our sleep so there are no calories there but research actually suggests that not getting enough sleep means that we don't burn as many calories as we should during the day.

Myth 5- Drinking water will improve your complexion and clear up break outs

True. Drinking water helps cleanse your skin and a glass of water is a lot better for you than a glass of soda!

Myth 6- Perfume should be sprayed on pulse points.

True! Pulse points are warmer than other parts of the body making the scent last longer.

Myth 7- Sharing Makeup with friends can lead to infections and breakouts

True. Yes it's true. Sharing makeup is like sharing germs which lead to breakouts and all sorts of nasty infections. I will put my hand up and admit that I'm really bad when it comes to this. My friends and I always share products because we don't have massive amounts of money to spend on makeup so we trade and share. Only share products if they come from a pump bottle. Hmm perhaps I should practise what I preach!

Myth 8- Eating chocolate will break you out

False. There is absolutely nothing to prove that this is true. But, remember that any junk food is bad for you and too much rubbish can break you out.

Myth 9- Cucumbers reduce puffiness of eyes

True. So does anything else cold so a spoon dunked in freezing water would also work.

Myth 10- Trimming your hair makes it grow faster

False. Trimming your hair will not make it grow faster. It will continue to grow at it's normal rate- about 1-2 inches a month. However, don't stop trimming as it can get rid of nasty split ends.

5 Beauty Bargains that cost under a fiver!

Sleek Hide It Concealer- £1.49 @ Boots

Now, I love all Sleek Makeup. Their prices are low but the products still perform well and can compete against pricier brands. This concealer matched my skin stone perfectly which meant I had good coverage as opposed to a patchy mess that I usually end up with. It is creamy, light and easy to use so I would definitely call this a steal. Another product I would recommend from Sleek is their Blush in 939 Sahara. It is a dark Brown red and as well as being a great blush it also hides any imperfections on the cheeks.

Maybelline The Great Lash Mascara- £4.99 @ Boots

This is something I would call a timeless product. It isn't new but always appears as a great mascara in any magazine you may read. I am sure you have all seen the iconic green and pink bottle on a store shelf before- next time you see it- throw it in your basket! It honestly is a great product: it makes lashes long, very thick and black. It doesn't clump, flake or irritate the eyes and that's a lot more than I can say for some other mascaras that I have tried in the past.

MeMeMe Pussy Cat Cheek and Lip Tint- £4.99

MeMeMe. Where can I begin? This company steals Benefit's ideas and repackages them. Am I complaining? No! Benefit's products, although they are great are out of reach for many young girls just because of their price tag- and I'm not an exception to that. This is basically just a less pricey version of Benetint and I am loving it!

Barry M Dazzle Dust- £4.99 @ Superdrug

Barry M is a brand that is ALWAYS on my dresser. The Dazzledusts are basically a cheap but elusive dupe for MAC's pigments. Barry M gives a lovely Strong colour, doesn't crease when used with a good base and I think it's fairly easy to apply. Be forewarned though- if you are messy this is not for you!!

Miss Sporty Fabulous Lip Tints- Definitely under s fiver @ Superdrug

I got these a long time ago when they were launched and I have loved them ever since. I can't actually remember how much I paid for it but it was definitely under a fiver and I am happy with what I got for that amount. The gloss is not sticky- unlike MAC glosses, it applies smoothly and smells wonderful. An all round winner!

Maybelline The Falsies Mascara

Hey everyone,
During my flight from Canada back to London I was reading a copy of US magazine and I saw an advert in it for Maybelline's the falsies mascara. I looked at the model's lashes and started to look for the small print disclaimer that said the model was styled with lash inserts and that the picture was enhanced in post production. You know- the usual sneaky stuff but I couldn't actually find a disclaimer. This really excited me- a naive beauty blogger who really does believe in makeup miracles.

^The ad I saw was similar to this...

As soon as I got back to the UK and was reunited once again with my beloved laptop that I had wisely decided not to lug all the way around the world with me (especially in America where they have millions of extra security checks that they insist on doing with laptops) I googled 'Maybelline the falsies review' and trusty makeup alley popped up.

I must say that I was quite surprised that it had gotten a relatively low rating (3.5/5) because although they have the occasional bad product (Matte Mousse, Colossal mascara, etc.) they usually come out on top. Anyway out of all the Make up alley users that tried this product only 56% said they would repurchase.

The reviews were mixed but the good ones really raved about how great the product was so I was convinced and am now going to buy and try. I have high expectations for this product so it better not disappoint!

Read the reviews here-Makeup Alley

That's all for now folks,

TheBeautyBlogger x