Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Urban Decay - The QuinceaƱera Make-up Bag

I've been using the same make-up bag for as long as I can remember, It's an Estee Lauder one and I'm pretty sure my mum gave it to me as part of gift set she had a few years ago.
Since starting this blog, my make-up collection has definitely grown and I have found myself taking a greater amount of make-up with me whenever I go away.
Unfortunately I can no longer fit all of my "essential" travel make-up in my bag, so, I've been on the hunt for  something bigger and better! Not only that but I need a make-up bag that is practical and strong (after all I definitely do NOT pack light!).
That's when I came across the new Urban Decay fifteenth anniversary make-up bag.
I was instantly attracted to its sparkly purple colour and spacious size.
Another thing that I love about this is that it is so practical.
It's made of PVC so it's easy to keep clean and you don't have to worry about any make-up marking or staining the material.
There is a smaller zipped compartment which can be used for finding small products. In my case I have used it to store my favourite mascara, a small sample of mac Studio Moisture Fix (I got this as a sample and now decant a small amount from my full size bottle into here if I go travelling to save space) and a trusty Carmex.
I also love the detailing of the bag, the lining has the fifteenth anniversary logo printed on as well as the zipper being a shiny gold colour (which slides along easily).


Overall, I am really happy, and, If you're a girl who loves glitter, purple and gold - this bag has your name on it!





Tuesday, 27 September 2011

I blew out Nineteen Candles - Mac Birthday Haul.

If you have read my Urban Decay Book Of Shadows blog post, you would have noticed that it was my birthday at the beginning of the month and I had some lovely surprises. 
The day itself wasn't all that exciting (unfortunately I'd used all my holiday up so, for most of the day I was stuck working for 8 hours *boo*) and being a week day meant I couldn't really do much celebrating  at Night. I spent my evening devouring a huge Chinese that could quite possibly have fed the whole Chinese nation and relaxing with my amazing family and gorgeous boyfriend.
On the weekend I travelled down to Birmingham with my boyfriend and went to Cadbury World. This seemed to mark my last birthday of being a 'teen' before my twentieth birthday next year. I must have eaten my whole weight in melted chocolate!

After using these products for a couple of weeks now, I feel I can give you an honest review of each product.

From Left:
♥  MAC Mineralized Charged Water - Skin Hydrating Mist
RRP 14.50
"A refreshing, hydrating mist that replenishes skin and enhances makeup application and wear. Spray before makeup to create a dewy canvas. Re-apply as needed to replenish moisture or re-set makeup. Infused with green tea and citrus scents."

I have to admit the charge water does refresh my skin and I can definitely notice when I haven't used it. I will also use it if I was going on a night out or if I needed my make-up to stay on for a period of time as I find that it does set my make-up nicely. I have also noticed that it really helps take away the 'powdery' look away.

The product is strongly fragranced however and although I am a fan of strong citrus scents, It can be a bit over powering for some.
At nearly £15, this definitely is on the expensive side and something that I probably won't be using everyday and probably won't be repurchasing, but It's great to try something new.

♥  Mac Studio Moisture FIx
RRP - £20.00
"The no-grease, super-hydrating formula of Studio Moisture Fix with superlative protection from sun and environmental aggressions. Starts with broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection of SPF 15 that goes on sheer. Mega-moisturising, rich, lightweight and fast-absorbing. Keeps skin plump and soft. Excellent prep for makeup. Releases moisture and emollients onto the skin continually/all day. Enhanced with mineral-enriched spring water, it's an instant spritz of moisture with the benefits of protection."

I have been wanting this product for ages, I had a sample a couple of months ago when I had my make-up done in store and I fell in love with it, but couldn't justify the amount.
It is definitely one of the best moisturisers I have used and although it looks as though you don't get much for your money, the product itself is very concentrated and a little really does go a long way. It takes literally two pumps to cover my face and leaves my skin feeling hydrated and gives my make-up a dewy finish.
I will definitely be repurchasing this.


♥  Mac Fix +
RRP - £7.00
"An aqua-spritz of vitamin and minerals, infused with a calm-the-skin blend of green tea, chamomile, cucumber, topped off with the fresh, natural, energizing scent of Sugi. Adds radiance, finishes makeup. Spray it on. Skin drinks it up!"

In my opinion this bottle is exactly the same as that of the Charged Water for half the price, i use it after I have finished completely applying my make-up and literally before I go out. 



♥  Mac 217 - Blending Brush
RRP £16.00
"For shading or blending of colour or creamy products. This brush has fine, densely packed fibres that are arranged in an oval shape. M·A·C professional brushes are hand-sculpted and assembled using the finest quality materials. They feature birch, linden and ramin wood handles, nickel-plated brass ferrules."

♥  M
ac 239 - Eyeshadow Brush
RRP £19.00
"Soft and dense to shade or blend eye shadow or emollient-based products. This brush has a tapered, rounded edge with smooth, firm, fine fibres. It can be used to build intense colour on the eyelid. M·A·C professional brushes are hand-sculpted and assembled using the finest quality materials. They feature birch, linden and ramin wood handles, nickel-plated brass ferrules."

♥  Mac 213 - Fluff Brush
RRP £16.00
For application of eye shadow to the lid area. This brush has a thick bundle of fibres arranged in a rounded shape. M·A·C professional brushes are hand-sculpted and assembled using the finest quality materials. They feature birch, linden and ramin wood handles, nickel-plated brass ferrules.


♥ Minreralize Skin Finish - Soft and Gentle
RRP - £20.50
"A luxurious velvet-soft powder with high-frost metallic finish. Smoothes on: adds buffed-up highlights to cheeks, brows, anywhere on the body: provides an ultra-deluxe polish to the skin"
I absolutely love this highlighter! I have always used Benefit 'High Beam" to highlight my cheeks as I thought that only liquid highlighter could give me the dewy glow.
I'm so glad that i've tried soft and gentle as it's given me the same effect with subtle shimmer.


What have you been given recently?

Saturday, 24 September 2011

My Sleek Spurge!

I've heard so much about the 'Sleek' brand, but due to the fact that the only big Superdrug is in the city centre, it means that I can't access it very easily.
When I read all the reviews for the Nude collection, I simply had to drag myself out of bed on my one day off to hunt this palette down.
Upon arriving at my sleek destination it soon dawned on me that I might be buying slightly more than the initial 'Au Naturel' palette and a near 10 minutes later I walked out with this...

♥ Nude Collection - Au Naturel
RRP £6.49
With Flash

Without Flash
I Bought two as I've read on a few of reviews that this collection may be limited edition. 
The price is so affordable making each individual shadow just over 50p!
I love how versatile this palette is. I can't wait to try out the deep earth tone colours as well as the matt browns for a subtle yet sultry day time look.


♥  Nude Collection - Suede
RRP - £4.29
With Flash

Without Flash

I always find myself navigating to the pink colours when it comes to blushes so this was definitely a sponanous buy.
The colour is fantastic and is the perfect shade for contouring or adding a 'pop' of colour to a nude look.

♥  Nude Collection - Bare Minimum
£4.29
Without Flash

Without Flash

Now that the weather is getting colder, I can definitely see a change in the condition of my lips. I've always had a slight problem with chapped lips (I keep a tube of Carmex on me at all times!) I can't wait to try this out.

♥  Mineral Based Eyeshadow Palette - Storm
RRP £6.49
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Without Flash

I was really drawn to these colours, I love shimmery colours and this palette contains a great selection of choice for night time looks.

♥  Metallic Eyeshadow Duo - Molten Metal
Left - Pewter, Right - Gold Leaf
RRP - £7.00
With Flash

Without Flash

This is probably the item that I am least happy about, After dipping my finger into each eyeshadow I found that they were very pigmented but were extremely oily and could make my eyes look 'greasy', which is a shame because the colours are stunning and so wearable.

Overall, I was really pleased with my purchases. Sleek Make Up as a brand allows you to be adventurous and creative with colours and being so affordable and purse friendly you can do so without breaking the bank.

I will definitely be repurchasing!


♥ 

Urban Decay VI Book of Shadows!

 It was my birthday at the beginning of the month, So I thought I would treat myself to something special and an Item that I haven't previously tried before.
After searching Youtube and Blogspot, I saw the Urban Decay book of shadows.
Priced at £46.00 (I bought this at the time that Debenhams had a 10% deal off make-up and fragrance so mine cost just over £42.) this is definitely the most I'd be willing to spend on a eye-shadow palette..
It comes with 16 colours, 10 of which are brand new and also features the following:


♥ Eyeshadow Primer Potion
♥ Travel Size Curling Mascara
♥ 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Liner in Perversion (Black)
♥ Keychain Speaker for your smartphone/ipod
♥ USB cord/Phonecord



In addition to the above, this book of shadows features five "how to videos" for Urban Decays latest looks to try out via a smart phone.
Indeed, this is definitely the most high-tec make-up box I think I will ever have the fortune of owning, and quite frankly, I can't wait to try out the looks!

 I absolutely love the packaging, the choice of colour really creates a dramatic yet glamourous feel. I also love the way they have included 3-d butterflies and a decent mirror which makes this palette perfect for travelling. 10/10 for looks UD!

I love how the eyeshadow colours themselves are really wearable and being a neutral lover, I was pleased in seeing a huge range of choice to glam up everyday make up. There's also choice of greens, blues, greys and blacks which would be perfect for a smokey eye.


In fact the whole palette choice completely versatile for looks professional enough to wear during the day yet fun enough to wear at night.
(Possibly the only negative comment is that the large majority are shimmers and I would have liked to have seen more matt colours.)

This book of shadow is Limited edition, So if you're looking at treating yourself I would definitely recommend buying it.

Will you be trying it?




Monday, 15 August 2011

Zara

Summer always makes me want to be more adventurous with bright colours.
I recently saw Maria Fowler from "The Only Way is Essex" photographed in a bright orange dress. You can read the article HERE
(Image curtesy of Daily Mail Online)
I loved how simple yet eye-catching this dress was.
After reading the article, I was directed to the Zara online website where I found the dress for a reasonanbly £29.99.
One thing that I do love about Zara is that the great customer service, the parcels are always really nicely presented and arrive very quickly, considering that they are posted from over seas.


However, One thing that I don't really like is that there are only 5 sizes:
X-Small, Small, Medium and Large. Because of this, a size 10 is a medium and a size 12 is a large! Sort it out Zara!


Look how bright the purple lining is!

Seeing as it's results night this weekend I plan on wearing it out.. hopefully i'll be celebrating rather than drowning my sorrows! Haha!


Have you ever been swayed into buying any celebrity endorsed products?
What's everyone doing for results weekend?

Friday, 17 June 2011

Gladiator

I have always loved Office for it's vast range of shoe styles, colours and quality.
I have previously been wanting these shoes for a good two years now, but due to the shop not having my size I was unable to purchase them and then they disappeared out of the shop completely.
I was looking for a present for my boyfriend when I noticed that an old pair of cowboy shoes that I bought about 4 years ago were still on the website.(although heavily reduced - it appeared that I could purchase 5 of these shoes to match up to the £90 I once paid for them) I quickly typed in "GLADIATOR" into the search bar, scrolled back a few pages and there they were. The last remaining pair in Size 3 and whats more were reduced! It was fate. 
 £60 - REDUCED £20


I absolutely love these shoes! They are such a statement shoe and look perfect with my high waisted shorts with a tucked in top and loose cardigan.
The description from office is  "They really are the ultimate Gladiator Sandals" Which is definitely true!
I'm definitely going to get a lot of use out of these for summer.
For those of you who have missed out on shoes from Office I would strongly urge you to have a look at their websites. You'll find amazing deals and being a size 3/4 I can take my pick on pretty much all the past collections!
Hope this is helpful






Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Spoiled Brat: Buy One Get One Half Price

Spoiled Brat has got to be one of my favourite online clothing stores when I have the mollah to splash out on new items for my wardrobe.
I was searching online over the weekend when I noticed the incredible deals that Spoiled Brat had on offer.
Not wanting to miss out on this opportunity I had a browse at all the items of clothing on offer.. There really was some bargains!
After much deliberation I chose these two items:
6126 By Lindsay Lohan
(I actually could not believe this bargain!)
I like how the item itself came with its own coat hanger and plastic sleeve, This is how I plan on storing this top in my wardrobe.
I love the statement chain detailing on this top, It's really eye-catching and unusual. I plan to wear this out for my boyfriends birthday meal next weekend with some skinny grey denim jeans and killer heels.

 Everything about this top screams high end quality
I love the chain on the back of the top and the fact that it can be removed, I hate itchy labels so It's definitely a bonus having a charm!

Then half price to £5!!
I love the size of this mirror - it's large enough that you can see the whole of your face, yet small enough to fit in your make-up bag or to have in your handbag/clutch on the go.
There are two mirrors available making it easy to set up to different angles.
It fastens with a little clip making it easy to open, yet secure enough to stop from getting dirty and/or breaking.
There is a button on the right side which turns the 'limited edition' heart shaped lights on - this is a really clever feature and is something that I will find really useful, particularly in the evenings and on nights out.
I really like the fine detail to this mirror, The front contains Swarovski Crystals which makes it look really elegant and pretty.
I love how every angle of this mirror has been thought of, I love how the back has the word "You!" printed on. 

Overall I'm really pleased with my bargain buys! Spoiled Brat has always been exceptionally good with its service.
I don't think this website is recognised enough and would urge anyone to have a look at what items they have to offer.











Monday, 13 June 2011

Liz Earle Summer 2011

I'm really sorry for the lack of uninteresting posts as of late. I've been busy concentrating on revising for my A Level exams and enjoying the current sunshine, which is unusual for the UK.
I have had these products a few weeks now and I absolutely love them. (I will be posting a review on them in a few days time!)
I have previously bought the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, Hot Cloth Cleaner a few months ago before I received this news letter, and I use it religiously when I wake up in the morning and before I go to sleep. (Sometimes I even use it a third time after college/work before I go out in the evening) I was nearing the end of my bottle and needed to reorder.
While flicking through the pages of the news letter it didn't take long for me to see how many good deals were being advertised, I quickly gave the catalogue to my mum to see if she wanted anything to order and it turned out that because of recommending her, I received a complimentary Essentials Try-Me Kit worth £22.25.
 This came in a seperate order. The kit itself included the following:
♡ Zip Up Bag
♡ Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleaner 30ml
♡ Instant Boost Skin Tonic 50ml
♡ Skin Repair Moisturiser Normal/Combination 15ml
♡ Skin Repair Moisturiser Dry/Sensitive 15ml
♡ 1 Pure Muslin Cloth
I am going with my friends to Kos next month and this little kit bag is so travel friendly and will be perfect for my week away!

 I'm really impressed with the personal touches that accompanied both orders. I really liked how each order was personally signed by whoever processed the order. One of the accompanied letters read "Our Company is founded on "Quality and Service" always and everyone involved is passionate abut offering first class service." I would also like to add that my order took less than 24 hours after ordering to be delivered, which was absolutely great.
The order came in a huge parcel which contained lots of foam protection. Each order came in its own box which looked like this - I think I had a total of 4 different ones!
Each individual item was also individually wrapped, printed with the Liz Earle Logo and sealed with a sticker.
This contained:
♡ Cleanse & Polish HotCloth Cleanser 100ml
♡ Instant Boost Skin Tonic 200ml
♡ Skin Repair Moisturiser 50ml
♡ 2 Pure Muslin Cloths


The bag also contained a free complimentary Skin-Savers Kit worth £16.10. This contained:
♡ Zip up Bag
♡  Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer - 30ml
♡ Skin Repair Moisturiser Dry/Sensitive - 15ml
♡ Superbalm - 5g
♡ Hand Repair Moisturiser 15ml

The Second parcel was again wrapped in the same style as the first box and contained the "Suncare Offer - £32.20"
This kit includes:
♡ Limited Edition Summer Tote Bag
♡ Mineral Sun Cream, Medium Protection - 150ml
♡ Sun Shade Botanical AfterSun Gel - 200ml
♡ Sheer Gold Shimmer- 15ml
♡ Sheer Pink Lip Lip Shimmer - 15ml

The quality of the Liz Earle brand also includes the travel bags that accompany the kits, I love how the logo of the company is stitched on to all the kit bags.
With this kit the bag is of exceptional quality, The bag is of a decent size, the material is really sturdy and thick, and the front pocket is water proof (I plan on taking this bag away with me when I go on holiday and plan on keeping my room key, phone and any necessities here making it is ideal to carry to the beach or hotel pool.
The bag closes with two magnets which is a really clever idea and makes it easy to open and shut when on the go.

I bought my boyfriend the "Mens Summer Offer - £38.50"
I haven't photographed this as It is a present for his birthday next week and I didn't want to open it.
The Kit Includes:
♡ Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser - 100ml
♡ Sensitive Shave Cream - 100ml
♡ After Shaving Moisturiser - 50ml
♡ 2 Pure Muslin Cloths
FREE:
♡ Botanical shine Shampoo - 500ml
♡ Botaical Shine Conditioner  50ml

I would describe the prices as "affordable luxury" - by this I mean that the prices are a little bit more than any highstreet skin care products such as Simple or Clearasil, and can't be found in your local drug stores but are very purse friendly in comparison to the designer brands that we know and love!
I can't rate Liz Earle enough.

I'd love to hear your thoughts
Have you tried any of the Liz Earle products?
Are there any other products that you would recommend?


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