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- http://glam-me-upxo.blogspot.com/

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

http://glam-me-upxo.blogspot.com/- 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

A Perfume I am oh so in love with at the moment...

So I purchased this a while ago but as I had lots of others I wanted to finish of first (perfumes generally tend to lose their smell after a year of purchase/opening) I never actually got round to using this. So about a week ago I started spraying this on lightly when ever I went out and have gotten complemented on it countless times since.

The picture probably already gave it away but the perfume I am currently raving about is Burberry weekend.

I know a lot of people generally viewed Burberry as a 'chav' brand before they got the beautiful Emma Watson on board their advertising campaign and gave the clothes a dramatic overhaul but I have always quite liked the brand and this perfume has just cemented my love.

There is actually a little story behind this. My friend went to some perfume launch where they were giving out tiny, stingy samples of this (probably only enough for one or two squirts) but she got it and didn't really like it so guess who got lucky ;-) So I tried it and totally loved it and as it was a tiny sample she told me that I may as well keep it (my friends and I always share cosmetics and trade stuff- a true sign of real friendship I think, don't you?) As I said before it was a meagre sample and soon the tiny bottle was completely empty.
So guess what?

Without a second thought I went and got a 50ml version.

I love the smell- I can never really describe smells or even pick out what goes into them- I can just about differentiate between fruity and floral but that's about it so you'll have to make do with the Burberry description (Tangerine, Sape Greeness, Reseda Greeness, Blue Hyacinth, Red Cyclamen, Nectarine, Iris, Wild Rose, Cedar Wood, Musk and Sandal Wood), packaging (Pale yellow box with silver cross hatching and the bottle is unusually shaped and very chic I must say) and the longevity- which by the way is about 2-3 hours without a Vaseline base which is the only fault I can find with this perfume. Other than that it is an absolute favourite.

By the way, I am undecided about whether or not to do a 'Favourites of the month post' at the end of the month. What do you guys think? Is it a good idea or not? Comment below and let me know (hey that rhymes!)

Anyway, See you all very soon!
TheBeautyBlogger x

Monday, 6 September 2010


Hey Everyone,
I have something really exciting to announce- I am going to have a giveaway!!! It is 50ml of CHANEL's Coco Mademoiselle. There are only two conditions though-
1) There have to be 200 subscribers before I do the giveaway (which means you have to badger as many of your friends and family members as you can to subscribe to this blog)- I mean there is no point in having a contest with 7 people, is there?
2) You have to be a subscriber to enter- this is to make sure that you aren't a random person who will never visit my blog again =)
Once there are 200 subscribers I will declare the contest open all you have to do is type 'ENTER ME' in the comments section of that particular post- it's that easy.

Bye xxx

Saturday, 4 September 2010

OPI Nail Polishes

Hey everyone,

Yes, this is my 2nd post today but after being incredibly AWOL I feel the need to make it up to you guys. In Florida I went to Walmart, a store we don't have in England (It was so big I got lost more than just a couple of times!). Anyway, we were so sick of eating restaurant food that we took the matter into our own hands and went to Walmart to buy basic foods (Bread, Butter...etc, etc). I subtly broke away from my family and visited the beauty isle and what do I find?? OPIs for $7 each. This is what they look like... I have the one on the left (hint of mint) and the one on the right (Di-Vine is Divine) and I love them! I must say that I was disappointed with the quality of hint of mint- it was streaky and thin and I used 5 coats to get a colour as intense as one coat of Nouvelle Vague. Nevertheless I love the end result so I am willing to look past all it's faults. I prefer Di-Vine because of quality (one, easy, streak free coat) and I am wild about the colour!
I also got 2 ordinary OPIs as a present from my aunt. Meet Java Mauve-A (bottom) and Meet and Jingle (top). I feel like Meet and Jingle is a christmassy red and I love it. It's classy, timeless and elegant and I think that it may be the first bottle of nail varnish I get through. In terms of quality it was very good- no streaks or chips and it was the perfect consistency.

This is Java Mauve-A. Now I tried this out and I have got to say it is a lot pinker in person than in picture. There is also not a lot of contrast between the colour and my natural skin tone so it looks very blah. I don't think this one will be 'love it, use it, repurchase it' product- sadly.

So that's my take on nail polish
What are you recommendations?
TheBeautyBlogger x

Friday, 3 September 2010

Where has she been? Florida!

Hey guys,
I am so, so, so, so sorry for neglecting you guys for nearly a month now! Anyway, I arrived back on the 1st from my fantastic holiday and I was absolutely knackered. I have slept for 2 days straight- seriously and I think I have just about recovered and adjusted back into London life. Okay, I will tell you guys about my trip because I know that you are all dying to hear about it (let's be honest....joke). It's wasn't all perfect- but between missing our flights and fighting with American Airlines staff it was pretty good. Well, I'm gonna get started.

So we flew out to New York on the 14th and we left on the 16th. We actually arrived really late on the 14th so we literally ate and then slept and we left in the early morning of the 16th which really just left us with one whole day. It was so worth it though! We travelled by tube from Long Island where we were staying to the city.

First we went on a tour bus for a tour around New York which was amazing! Then I went to the World's biggest Macy's store in Times square...
And, all of you, knowing me know that I would not have come out empty handed- and you were absolutely right. There was a small coach store in there and I fell in love with a black handbag from the latest poppy collection. It was originally $269 down to $200... not exactly a steal but I had to have it. Here it is- it's my new baby =)
I also went to the MAC store there and I came out with the New Vibe blush duo from the In the groove collection. I actually wasn't intending to buy it but as I walked past the MAC store I couldn't resist setting foot in it and looking around. I swiped this as I was heading towards the door but when I looked down it was such a stunning colour I turned on my heels, grabbed it, paid for it and then it was mine <3
After this we (me, my mum, my aunt and my cousin) headed to Sephora. Now I don't think that we actually have a Sephora here in London but everyone always talks about it so I had to check it out. I absolutely loved it- floors and floors dedicated to makeup? Love, love, love!!! I left the store with a Korres lip butter in wild rose (purely because I loved the colour it gave my lips) and a roller ball version of Marc Jacob's Lola (the latest release) which is now firmly my favourite perfume of the moment.

So, on the 16th we were meant to fly to Orlando with American Airlines who always overbook their flights (meaning that they sell more tickets than they have seats in the hopes that someone will miss their flight, the extra people get subbed in and the airlines make more money). Anyway, we arrived at the air port a regulation 3 hours early. We checked our selves in, checked in our baggage and proceeded to security. The cue was at least an hour long and when we got there my cousin (who was also travelling with us) realised that he had left his Cologne, shampoo, body lotion, conditioner and tooth paste in his hand luggage and so it took us another 20 minutes for the security to the call the bag out, search the bag and then for us to 'surrender' the items in question. Also my mum who can't live without tea for 5 minutes decided it would be a good idea to bring sugar and tea bags in the hand luggage. Of course, the security, seeing the bag of sugar through the x-ray machine decided that it was drugs and spent another half an hour drug testing it. When we arrived at the gate there was a good 20 minutes left but the hostess at the gate simply closed the door in our faces. My guess is that our seats had already been redistributed to someone who booked a ticket on standby. There was no one nearby and we had no idea what to do- our bags were on the flight but we weren't which would mean that whatever way this played out we would only have the clothes on our back until we could get to Orlando.

We were then told (after an hour of wandering aimlessly, wondering what to do) that we had to rebook our tickets. While standing in the line to rebook tickets we discovered that many other people who were supposed to be on the same flight as us were in a similar situation. At last when we got to the head of the cue we were met by a lemon sucking job's worth who told us that it was our fault and that we would have to pay all over again for a new set of tickets. Lesson one- don't mess with my parents when they are already annoyed and tired- they yelled and the woman and argued for a good hour and lo and behold- new tickets. To Miami though- not Orlando as originally planned. AND only on standby (as overbooked passengers). I must say that I don't think that I'll ever travel with American Airlines again. A woman that we were chatting with in a cue to rebook the tickets told us that AA was 'mediocre beyond belief' and in the situation we were in I understood totally what she meant. The workers were rude, arrogant and extremely unhelpful and they had to be told several times and yelled at if you were to get the simplest of things done. On the topic best airlines that deserve a shout out- Etihad and Sri Lankan Airlines are among the best I've ever travelled with.

We then flew to Miami, stayed the night in a hotel then rented a van in the morning. We went to Miami beach, ate in a fabulous restaurant and then had a 4 hour road trip to Orlando. My family actually happens to love road trips and driving so we were fine.

Here's a pic of the beach-
Yes, the sea really is that blue and it is that beautiful- it's not digitally enhanced in any way. I would SO recommend Miami beach if you have the cash- it's truly gorgeous. If you want cheaper then I'd say Sri Lanka (where I come from!). Airline tickets are expensive but once you get there everything else is cheap.

In Orlando we spent 6 days. Here's how it went...
2 days in Disney, 1 day in The Kennedy Space Center, 1 day in the Ripley's believe it or not museum, 2 days shopping, 2 days resting/ lounging by the amazing pool.
The Kennedy Space Centre-
^ To give you an indication of how big this building actually is... you could drive a bus up one of the stripes on the painting of the US flag...

^A piece of rocket =)
Ripley's Believe it or not museum-
^ See how it looks tilted... it's built that way =) I think that I enjoyed this with Kennedy Space Center more than Disney Land. It's basically weird and wacky facts and exhibits. You can even take a picture with a wax model of the world's tallest man! Also, the tickets were super cheap when compared to Disney and Kennedy.
^ Last and definitely the least was Disney. Our party paid nearly $1000 in entry fees. Was it worth it? No. Disneyland is the most over hyped thing I have ever come across. I have seen real animals, I have been on Europe's fastest roller coaster-I don't have to fly halfway across the world to see pieces of plastic 'move' and go on rides I can find in Thorpe park for a lot less money.
We went to Animal Kingdom 1st which was crap, then we went to Magic Kingdom which was okay. Third was Hollywood studios which I loved becuase there were tons of 3D movies and we were shown how movies were shot (including lots of stunt scenes from the Indiana Jones movies). Lastly we went to Epcot (which I think was the best of all four. It's really scientific and futuristic if you like that kind of thing because I do) but we only spent an hour there before the rain came down in bucket loads and we had to call it a day. If you ever go to Disney I would say go to Epcot 1st because it's the best one and Animal Kingdom last (it's the worst!!).
Anyway, that was what I did in my holiday.
What did you do?? Comment below because I love getting comments!
Lots of Love,
TheBeautyBlogger x