Friday, 31 December 2010

Garra Rufa Fish Pedicure


A while ago Goupon had a half price deal for a fish pedicure with Zoola Fish at Camden Lock Village London. The pedicure usually costs £18 for 30mins but I got it for £9 and decided to get one for a friend too. I must admit I was very sceptical about buying this voucher as I don't like insects, animals etc and the thought of a fish nibbling at my feet was not very tempting either. However, a few other friends bought the vouchers too and we all decided to go together for support.

Zoola say: 'We use hundreds of toothless Garra Rufa fish that gently suck and nibble away dead skin whilst creating a light and relaxing massage'.


Being the big chicken that I am I it took a while before I could put both feet in the water without screaming and removing them immeadiately. I found the experience to be very unbearable as I am ticklish on my feet and could not withstand the fishes nibbling at my feet or the thought of them doing so. I think in total I had my feet in the water for about 5 minutes out of my 30 min session. Due to this I was unable to tell if the fish pedicure actually works as Zoola claim *sad face*.

(apologies in advance for putting this image up of my feet)

Friday, 24 December 2010

Merry Christmas xx



Today is Christmas eve and as I don't have anymore shopping to do I plan on doing nothing else but watching Christmas movies all day. I would like to wish everyone a very HAPPY CHRISTMAS and I hope you guys all have fun tomorrow xx


P.S. I tried the Gingerbread Latte at Starbucks for the first time yesterday and I am in LOVE with it now. I have been craving it ever since and I wish someone would go and pick me up one now hehe.

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Tuesday, 21 December 2010

A Day Trip to Paris

Last week I was treated to a trip to Paris for the day with a friend which was a belated birthday present from her. Despite the weather being ridiculously cold out there we had a great time shopping and to my surprise I didn't spend/buy anything special out there which is very unlike me. When it comes to langauges I am terrible and I never really picked up French whilst I was at school but luckily for me I had a translator with me in the form of my French speaking friend *smiles*.

Here are a few pics from the day, we didn't do the touristy thing on this visit as I went last year summer and visited all the tourist attractions then.

We visited two very big department stores on Boulevard Haussmann: Printemps and Galeries Lafayette which are probably equivalent to Selfirdges & Harrods in the UK and Nordstrom & Macy's in the US.
(The massive Christams Tree inside Galeries Lafayette)

I am not a fan of French food so we went looking for an Italian restaurant and I must say this has to be the BEST pizza I have ever had. It really makes me want to go back which is weird as I am not even a big fan of pizza.


I had to stop by Laduree for their infamous Macaroons which were delicious and there were so many different flavours to choose from but the Vanilla flavour was the best, they were so yummy!!


As mentioned before I didn't buy much but here are the beauty items I bought:
I Picked up the lavender exfoliating soap and green tea soup from the Christmas market near Champs Elysees. The stall where I got them from had a large selection of natural soaps to choose from and they all smell great especially the lavender. The soap were also really cheap, I got 3 for 10 euros. I was instantly drawn to the lavender soap as lavender is great to use to relax and de-stress especially in a bath which is why I gave the 3rd one to my mum.

Monday, 13 December 2010

Nars - Taj Mahal Blush


I have always been intrigued at the thought of having an orange blush and I didn't know where to start until I tried Taj Mahal at a Nars counter over the summer. I instantly loved the warm glow it gave to my skin and I bought it immediately, however after purchasing it gathered dust for a few months until I recently started using it again.

If you haven't already heard of using an orange shade as a blush I am sure some of you may be a bit confused but it really is a good colour to use for creating a warm glow to your skin no matter your skin tone. Orange blushes also really compliment tanned, brown and dark skin tones very well.
Taj Mahal is a burnt orange shade with shimmer in it. It is very pigmented so you need to be very light handed when using it especially if you are a fair to medium skin tone as you will end up looking very orange. To avoid this, lightly dip your brush into the blush and tap of any excess product and test it out on your hand first to see how much product yo have on your brush before applying it to your cheeks.
Price: £19.50
It can be bought from any Nars counter or online at http://www.narscosmetics.co.uk/

This is my first ever Nars purchase and I am really loving using this blush at the moment, I even sometimes mix it with one of my everyday staple blushes Raizin by MAC.

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Beauty Icon: Iman

I have decided to do a series of posts sharing with you guys my Beauty Icons.

For the 1st installment of my Beauty Icons I have chosen Iman. Iman is a Somalian born supermodel who exudes beauty, in addition to being a supermodel she also created the make up range Iman Cosmetics for ethnic skin. Iman continues to looks amazing even at the age of 55.

(Images taken from here)

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Models Own - Magenta Divine

For the first time since my teenage years I am wearing a glitter nail polish on my nails - Magenta Divine by Models Own. I have shied away from glitter nail polishes all these years because of the large amount of hassle it takes just to get it off your nails but, seeing as it is the Christmas season and glitter seems to be an 'in' thing right now I was convinced to buy this colour and I must say I like the colour. I am going to admit that this is the first glitter polish I have in my polish collection and it MAY become the first of many. I am however, dreading taking it off my nails lol.
It took 2 coats to achieve this coverage with a topcoat.

Monday, 6 December 2010

Clothes Show Live: Young Fashion Photographer of the Year Finalist

Tomorrow I am off to Birmingham for the Clothes Show Live to support a photographer I worked with a few months ago as she is a finalist for the Young Fashion Photographer of the Year Award.

Here is an image from the photoshoot we worked together on, this is not the nominated image but one of many from the day. The theme of the photoshoot was Music/Fashion with make up references to the 80's, so bold/clashing make up.


Hair & Make Up by Me

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Happy Birthday to Meeee!!


This is just a quick post to say that today marks a year since I wrote my first blog post yay!!! I just want to say a big THANK YOU to all my followers and to everyone that has read/reads my blog. Please feel free to contact me anytime whether it is via my blog, twitter or email I am always more than happy to hear from you guys xx

In addition to marking my blogs 1st birthday I have also noticed that I have 99 followers, thank you again. Just to let you guys know that once I reach 100 followers I will have a little giveaway for all my followers to show my appreciation so keep an eye out for that.

I am now off to eat my imaginary birthday cake, yummy!!!.....

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

MAC/Nicki Minaj Pink Friday Lipstick


As most of you are aware now Nicki Minaj teamed up with MAC to create a Limited Edition lipstick called Pink Friday which was named after her debut album Pink Friday. It is only being sold for the next 3 weeks and only on Friday's until 17th December. I managed to place an order last week Friday at 7am before leaving my house in the morning *cheeky grin* and it arrived today.

Pink Friday is described as 'a bright, creamy pink satin formula' and is priced at £12.50.
The first thing I am going to say is that I am very disappointed with the colour and I don't think it was actually made for females with brown to dark skin. As my complexion is not too far from Nicki's but it looks terrible on me however I have seen it on lighter skin tones and it looks alright on. Pink Friday also looks very chalky on and does not look flattering in photos, I will not be wearing this colour anytime soon.



Looking at the colour online it resembled MACs Pink Nouveau but it was a little bit lighter when swatched as you can see from the image below:

Friday, 26 November 2010

New Hair Cut

After having my hair in weaves for over a year I decided to go back to my short locks and went for the chop (again) a few weeks ago. Even though my hair had been in a very short pixie cut when I started growing it agian, it had grown quite a lot in a year and I had a lot more hair on my hair than I anticipated.

(My hair after leaving the salon)

My hair inspiration for this cut was Frankie from The Saturday's, I have always admired her hair since they came on the scene. The main part of the hair style I wanted to re-create was the volume and body in the front section of her hair which I stressed to my hair stylist as my hair tends to go quite flat. She advised me this could be achieved by putting layers all over my hair and I love it!!


(What it looks like now)

I can't wait for part two of my new hair style which will be the colour. Despite the fact that I am adventourous with my cuts I have never coloured my hair apart from a few Crazy Colour red rinses when I was younger. I have ALWAYS wanted to colour my hair but never had the balls to go through with it and after talking to a friend and also a colour technician my colour has been decided and I will be doing it in a few weeks.....

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Pink Monday... and Friday

Yesterday I decided to go for a BRIGHT shade for my nails, I have always loved wearing bright colours on my nails so Shocking Pink by China Glaze (Neon) was a great colour to try for the first time. China Glaze describe the colour as 'High Voltage/Wow factor' which is very fitting for the colour.



The colour is really bright and is quite neon in natural light and I actually feel a bit like one of Nicki Minaj's Barbie's with the colour on lol. Applying this colour was quite annoying as it dries quite matte and opaque and after two coats it looked blotchy and uneven. It took about four coats and a topcoat of Seche Vite to achieve this look.


 My neon pink nail colour choice also coincided with the release of Nicki Minaj's album Pink Friday yesterday. After watching Nicki Minaj's appearance on the Wendy Williams show I also learnt that she will be releasing a bright pink lipstick in conjunction with MAC called Pink Friday and it will be available for four weeks from Friday 26th November to Friday 17th December but only on Friday's. The colour is allegedly a mixture of MAC's Girl About Town (a fuchsia pink) and Pink Nouveau and will be available to purchase in the UK online from MAC and Selfridges. I am not Nicki's biggest fan but I actually can't wait to buy this lipstick and try it as I have both Pink Nouveau and Girl About Town from MAC.

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Lush: Sweet Lips Lip Scrub Review

My first ever Lush buy is the Sweet Lips Lip Scrub which is a vanilla and chocolate flavour. I bought this a while ago and I have used it a few times but I mainly keep this in my make up kit for my clients. A little amount of the scrub is needed and then rubbed into to the lips to remove any dry skin and the product can be licked off to reveal smooth lips. The fact that the scrub is edible makes it even more better as it actually tastes very yummy too.


The Lush Lip Scrubs comes in 3 varieties and are priced at £4.50 each:
Sweet Lips - Vanilla and Chocolate flavour
Bubblegum Lips - Bubblegum flavour
Mint Julips - Peppermint flavour


What Lush say:
"Vanilla extract and jojoba oil keep your lips moist, castor sugar gently exfoliates, and the rich, deep fragrance of cocoa absolute gives this an irresistible touch."

Overall I think that this a good product and also very reasonable for the price. If you have dry and flaky lips this is your product as it exfoliates the lips but in a non abrasive way leaving your lips soft as the sugar in the scrub is quite soft and not harsh. This product is also good to use before wearing lipstick as it removes all the dry/dead skin. Definitely a winter must have!

The Sweet Lips Lip Scrub is made from Castor Sugar, Organic Jojoba Oil, Vanilla Extract, Tagetes Oil, Cocoa Absolute, Flavour.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Fashion Buys

Here are a few of my recent fashion buys:

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1. Topshop - Fur Hood Parka £95. I wasn't too sure when I first bought this Parka but I now LOVE it because it is so warm which will be great for the winter months. The waist can be adjusted to make it look more fitted but fur hood is a little on the heavy side.

2. H&M - Waterfall Jacket £14.99. I actually bought this in September but had to take it back as it was faulty but they didnt have my size in stock until now.

3. H&M - Long Skirt £14.99.

4. ASOS - Ankle Boots £55 (Sale Price £16). These boots have become my go to pair of boots at the moment and I have been wearing them quite regularly.

I also picked up a faux leather skirt from H&M and an oversized top which I do not have pics of, but will try to include them in an Outfit of the day soon.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Essie - Marshmallow

My current nail colour is Marshamallow by Essie. Essie describes the colour as a 'cloudy sheer white, perfect for french manicures' which I agree with but as you can see I did not use it for a french manicure. I like the fact the sheerness of the coulour makes it more wearable than a normal bright white/tippex shade. As you can see my application is rubbish but it took 3 coats for that finish.

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Weekend Beauty Buys

This weekend is a quiet one for me so I am doing nothing but relaxing, cooking and catching up on my beauty routine. Here are a few beauty purchases I made this weekend.

Body
As you can see I LOVE Cocoa Butter especially the Palmer's make. My mum bought me this stash and she does tend to go overboard when buying beauty products so this will last me a very long time maybe the whole of winter lol.

Face
Montagne Jeunesse - Green Tea Peel Off Mask (I usually get 2 applications from these packs)
Body Shop - Tea Tree Oil (This is one of my must have products for my face)

Nails
Sally Hansen - Maximum Growth Cuticle & Nail Treatment
Superdrug - Cuticle Sticks
Revlon Touch Control Mirror from boots £26.99
I'm not to sure about this one yet, the light doesn't seem bright enough for me.

This was a random purchase but I have an obsession with cupcakes at the moment but I am terrible when it comes to baking. This book stood out to me from the numerous cupcake books at WHSmith because the recipes looked lush but quite simple to make than the others and it was a bargain at £4.99.

I want to try this recipe once I learn how to make the plain basic cupcake lol.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Nail Haul

Here are the items I got from my last nail haul.

l-r:
Essie- Marshmallow
 Essie - Haute As Hello
 Essie - Flirt
Essie - Bahama Mama

l-r:
OPI - Mod About You
China Glaze - Liquid Leather
CND - Girlie Pink
CND (Effects) - Violet Shimmer (Looks great over a lot of my polishes)

l-r:
Nail Tek - Quicken (Top Coat)
Orly - Sec 'n Dry (Top Coat)

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

October Babies

Last month was my 25th birthday and my sister's 18th birthday. I celebrated my birthday by doing a little bit of shopping and going out for cocktails/dinner with two lovely ladies, and my 'family' dinner at the end of the week turned out to be a surprise dinner with all of my friends that I love.

This is what I wore on my actual birthday

My outfit for my Surprise dinner & me sporting my Headmasters updo (check this post)


To make the surprise dinner even better was my yummy birthday cake from the Hummingbird Bakery and it was a red velvet cake with 25 vanilla, chocolate and red velvet cupcakes too. I love my family and BFF for organising this for me.


For my sister's 18th birthday she decided she was going to out all weekend so I did her hair and make up for both nights.


Sunday, 31 October 2010

NOTD: Mod About You

My current nail colour is Mod About You by OPI which is a light creamy pink colour. It is such a girly colour but I love how it looks on, however I really do not like the consistency of this polish.

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