Thursday, 29 December 2011

New Jewellery

I must admit I have an obsession with gold jewellery like there's no tomorrow, I have a whole drawer dedicated to my costume gold jewellery. I especially have a thing for big rings and statement necklaces/chains. 

Here are my new additions to my collection:


Cuff - Primark, Ring - Primark, Earrings - Miss Selfridge, Necklace (patterned) - Primark, Necklace - Forever 21

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Work Xmas Party

Hi guys, this is just quick post to show you what I wore to my work Christmas party last week. I decided to keep my outfit simple and wore what I had at home as I couldn't be bothered to do last minute shopping running around for a dress.


Dress: H&M
Wedges: Dune
Necklace: Primark

Here's a pic of my make up on the night wearing Rebel by MAC on my lips again :-)

Monday, 5 December 2011

2nd Blog Anniversary



So yesterday was my blog's 2nd birthday and I forgot *covers face*. Anyway now that I have remembered my blog's birthday I just want to say a BIG thank you to all of my followers and to everyone that reads my blog. 

I have also noticed that I have reached over 300 followers recently which I am grateful for and I will be putting up a give away soon as a thank you to all my followers, so keep an eye out for it.

xxx 

Sunday, 20 November 2011

YSL Shocking Mascara

YSL - Mascara Volume Effect Faux Cils Shocking
Colour: Deep Black - 1
Price: £22.00

Last month for my birthday I treated myself to the new YSL Shocking mascara and a YSL Rouge Volupte lipstick (not pictured). I've been wearing the YSL Shocking mascara for about 4 weeks now and felt it was time to share my opinions about this mascara. I had never tried any of the YSL mascaras before so was slightly unsure as to what to expect especially because I have seen mixed reviews about the previous Faux Cils mascara but I am very pleased with the extreme finished look the mascara gives my eyelashes.

YSL describe the masacara as a "Luxurious mascara that coats lashes instantlly with outrageous volume for a scandalous, seductive look"


At first I did find the mascara to have too much product on the brush which led to me getting it everywhere but after a few applications I was able to gage how much I needed to use. Trust me with this mascara a little amount of product really does go a long way for both eyes.

I do find that the formula for the mascara to be quite thick which makes my brush feel like it is overloaded with product however, the mascara seems to work very well and lives up to the "Shocking" name. 

Before - eyelashes without mascara


After - with 2 coats of mascara


Looking at the before and after picture you can instantly see the dramatic effect the mascara gives my lashes after application and I love how my eyelashes look a lot more longer and thicker when wearing the Shocking mascara. 

I have worn eye liner everyday for as long as I can remember as part of my make up routine but as "shocking" as it seems to me I have managed to go without eye liner some days as the mascara really does bring attention to my eyelashes and I actually don't feel naked without my eye liner on.

Apart from the mascara being slightly thick the only other downside is the price compared to the normal non designer brands I am used  to. Having said that I don't think it will stop me from buying it again (A girl needs to treat herself once in a while).

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Last Friday Night

Last week Friday I went out (for a change) and here's what I wore, as you can see I am wearing my fave lipstick again - Rebel by MAC :-)


Cut-out back Shirt worn as a Dress - H&M
Faux Leather Jacket - H&M
Wedges - Dune
Envelope Clutch - H&M
Chunky Chain - Primark

We also stopped by a place called The Diner in Shoreditch before partying it up and I was very impressed with the food. If you can't tell by the name its an American style diner that does everything from milkshakes to pancakes to burgers and I am glad I that was introduced to The diner as I can see another visit coming up very soon.


Cinnamon French Toast Mmmm

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Mac - Rebel Lipstick


A few weeks ago I started wearing my MAC Rebel lipstick again and I cant believe I forgot how much I LOVE this colour!! Rebel is a dark berry/purple shade and it is a great colour for Autumn/Winter. Rebel is a Satin finish which I find works well with the colour as it doesn't dry out my lips and it is quite moisturising.

I have seen Rebel worn on so many people and the colour always looks slightly different on everyone which is what I like about it.


I wear my Rebel lipstick with my L.A. Colors lip liner in Deepest Purple which works very well together and I prefer when I fill in my whole lips with it before putting on the lipstick as Rebel can be a little sheer depending on the coverage you want when applying it.


As you can see the Deepest Purple lip liner is a very close match for Rebel maybe just a little bit darker depending on how hard you press on the pencil when applying it


I LOVE this colour and I think everyone should have it in their lipstick collection regardless of your skin tone because it suits everyone.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Recent Make Up Buys

Recently I have found myself doing quite a lot of shopping mainly clothes and make up which I really need to slow down on or else no one will be getting presents this Christmas lol. Anyway here are some of my recent make up acquisitions. I haven't done any swatches on the make up but I will do that later in a separate post for the lippies and blushers.


YSL Rouge Volupte Lipstick - Luscious Pink (No. 23)
 YSL Shocking Mascara - Black
Sleek Lipsticks - Candy Cane (Sheen), Pink Freeze (Matte), Fuschia (Sheen)
L.A. Colours Lip Liner - Deepest Purple (Not pictured)


Sleek Blushes - Rose Gold & Flushed


Lush - Snow Fairy, Bioderma, The Body Shop - Tea Tree Exfoliator & Lucas' Papaw Ointment

As you can see I stocked up on Snow Fairy from Lush early this year as it is a favourite of mine for having a relaxing bath and sweet smelling bath. My friend managed to get me some more Bioderma from Paris which was great as I was running low on it.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

October Baby

Last week was my birthday and to celebrate I decided to keep it simple by going shopping on the day and dinner with my friend at a seafood restaurant called The Cape Town Fish Market. It was my first time trying out The Cape Town Fish Market and I must admit I was not disappointed at all especially as I am a big seafood lover.

Marie (the bestie) & I


1. Seafood Platter - Lobster, fish cakes, calamari, prawns,  fried fish & mussels (Yummm!!), 2. Birthday cheesecake

Later on in the evening I was surprised with a trip to the Lyceum Theatre to watch The Lion King. The Lion King was an amazing show and it was something I have wanted to see for a few years and I was definitely happy with my surprise.

On Friday I was then treated to another surprise which involved a little getaway to a spa and one of my treatments was a full body aromatheraphy massage with bits of a Swedish massge incorporated into it. I've had massgaes before but this one was the BEST! All I wanted to do afterwards was fall asleep in the spa relaxtion room but instead I had to get ready for dinner lol. I must say the spa getaway was a great way to end my birthday celebrations this year.


Off to dinner (excuse my tired face but that massage made me very sleepy lol)

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Ping Pong Xmas Menu Preview Dinner

Earlier this week I  happened to win a twitter competition by Ping Pong to attend their Preview Dinner for their new Xmas Menu at their St. Paul's restaurant which entailed endless Dim Sum and free cocktails. Being a Ping Pong (& dim sum virgin) I was unsure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised throughout the night and I am now a Dim Sum convert! 

We learnt how to make dim sum with Ping Pong's Head Chef and the dim dum chefs and I must say I am quite pleased with our attempt. 

1. Dim sum made by attendees, 2. My attempt at making dim sum, 3. My sister & her dim sum

My favourite's from the Xmas Menu were the Lobster dumpling and the Mixed Game Puff. (You have to try the Lobster dumpling, it is to die for Mmm)

My sister and I sat the bar for the majority night which was a big mistake as the cocktails kept coming our way but it was definitely not an intentional strategy. I blame my alcohol intake on the fact that the dinner was the night before my birthday so it was an excuse to start my celebrations early.

1. Red Glow Cocktails (Non-alcoholic in the tall glasses), 2. Jelly shots, 3. The orange shot glass was a sample of a mango cocktail & the pink shot glass was a sample of a lychee cocktail, both tasted very nice.

The Red Glow Cocktails which is part of the Xmas Menu was a favourite of mine and I had one in my hand all night. Red Glow is made with - "hints of almond with a sharp edge - cranberry juice, amaretto with single state appleton vx rum topped with lanson black label champagne and cranberries" YUM!!!


Photo booth fun with my sister

I must say that the Ping Pong staff are a very friendly and welcoming bunch from the Managing Director to the bar staff and I will be returning again to try the Xmas menu as well as the normal menu (and to also to get my hands on that red glow cocktail again).

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Blue Suede Shoes & Wedge Boots

Topshop - Blue Suede Slipper Shoes


These blue suede slipper shoes were an early birthday present that I got last week from my bestie and I LOVE them!! I can't believe I was even considering taking them back.

Dune - Wedge Boot


I bought these wedges over the weekend and they have been glued to my feet since.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Weekend Shopping Buys

This weekend I went on a compulsory shopping trip to Westfield Stratford with my mum which I was dreading as she always gets on my nerves when I shop with her but I actually really enjoyed it lol. Whilst shopping I managed to pick up quite a few beauty essentials. Here are my buys from the weekend:

Beauty

l-r: (all from The Body Shop)
Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream
Vitamin E Facial Oil
Tea Tree Facial Wash
Tea Tree Oil
Coconut Body Butter

MakeUp

Swatches




l-r:
MAC Fluidline Eyeliner Gel - Blacktrack
MAC Studio Finish Concealer - NC50

Nails

l-r: 
No7 Stay Perfect Nail Polish - Cheeky Chops
No7 Stay Perfect Nail Polish - Mojo
L.A. Colors - Pink Satin
L.A. Colors - Sea Siren
L.A. Colors - Star Light

I have never tried the L.A. Colors brand before but after going into Beauty Base in Westfield last weekend I had the urge to buy something especially when all the products are priced at 99p each. I also loved the way the nail polishes are displayed in colour order which made it hard to choose as there are so many shades to choose from. In my last post I wore the Sea Siren shade pictured above which I love.

Friday, 14 October 2011

L.A. Colors - Sea Siren

Currently I am wearing a L.A. Colors polish on my nails in Sea Siren. Sea Siren is a shimmering turquoise colour and I love it! I have an obsession with turquoise nails and I am glad I picked up this colour even though I wasn't sure about the brand but for 99p I knew I couldn't go wrong.


The colour looks a lot more better in person but I couldn't get it to show up on my camera. To achieve this look it took tow coats and the consistency of this polish is actually quite good and it's not too thick either. I bought it from Beauty Base in Westfield and all L.A. Colors polishes are priced at 99p

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Make Up: Natural Eye Shadow


l-r: 
MAC Patina e/s (as you can see it is a fav of mine) & MAC Concrete e/s

If you haven't noticed already the only colours I seem to ever wear on my eyes are neutral/natural and gold tones (boring I know but that's just me). I tend to stick with these colours as I find it safe for everyday wear especially as I'm not really a fan of wearing too much make-up. 

For a quick look on an extremely hot day I used Patina one of my favourite everyday wear goldish brown shade eye shadow  from MAC and I used Concrete on the crease which is a dark brown shade.

A close up of my eyes


Eyes
MAC - Patina e/s (on lid)
MAC - Concrete e/s (on crease)
MAC - Blacktrack Fluid Line Gel Eyeliner
Loreal - Volume Millions Lashes Mascara


Sunday, 18 September 2011

My Top Eyebrow Products

Ever since  my mum taught me how to shape my eyebrows with tweezers when I was in Secondary School I have always had an obsession for neatly groomed eyebrows. Over the years I have definitely had some issues with my eyebrows, for example over plucking till I had extremely thin lines as eyebrows but I now feel that I have found the right way to groom them.

My current eyebrow routine involves getting my brows threaded approximately every 6-8 weeks and filing them in with either a brow powder or brow pencil. I used get my eyebrows threaded every 2 weeks but because I have naturally thin eyebrows I decided to cut back as I prefer to have them as thick as my eyebrows will allow (and because I am slightly lazy to get them done more regularly). 


l-r:
 Benefit - Brows a-go-go (dark)
 Sleek - Eyebrow Pencil (191 Brown)
 The Body Shop - Brow Kit (dark/brown black)
 E.L.F - Eyebrow Kit (dark)

Due to the fact that my eyebrows are slightly thinner than I would like I have always filled them in with a eyebrow powder but I have recently started to use an eyebrow pencil which I am happy with the result too. Another essential eyebrow product I haven't taken a picture of is clear mascara which I use to set my brows after filling them in. (I didn't take a pic of it as my clear mascara is no longer clear and it looks like brown gunge *covers face in shame*)

Brows filled in with Sleek Eyebrow Pencil


Brows filled in with The Body Shop brow powder mixed with MAC Fix+

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Random's From My Summer

I know it has been a while since I blogged regularly and I apologise but I thought I'd get back into the swing of things by sharing some pics I managed to take on the few hot days we had this summer.

Shopping


Blazer - Primark, Top - H&M, Skirt - Zara, Bag - Zara, Wedges - Office


 I love this outfit my friend Marie wore and her maxi skirt from Zara

Brick Lane

These pics are from a great trip to Brick Lane on a hot summers day with Annette & her lovely friend Gigi, where I managed to buy an extremely MASSIVE ring. It was definitely a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.


Blazer - H&M, Top - H&M, Shorts - H&M, Bag - Zara, Wedges - Office


Me, Gigi & Annette




Oversized rings are my favourite accessory and I never leave the house without one on but this treasure chest ring I bought took the piss with its size and I was instantly drawn to it. (I must admit I haven't worn it since buying lol)

As you can see my brown Zara shopper bag was a staple of mine this summer despite it nearly breaking off  my right arm with it's weight, I also bought the black version of the bag back in July and I don't why as I really wanted the red colour but they didn't have it.

Friday, 19 August 2011

MAC - Sweet As Cocoa


I bought the MAC Sweet as Cocoa blush a few months back and I have been using it religiously after I got over my initial hesitation. Despite having many blushers I have one blush that I have stuck to for over 5 years (MAC Raizin), so getting myself to wear new blushers is quite hard, that asisde I really do like Sweet As Cocoa. Sweet As Cocoa is a warm reddish brown  shade with gold shimmer in it which works well with my skintone, MAC describes it as a 'brown with pearl sheertone shimmer' blush.

Here is a a picture of me wearing a hint of Sweet As Cocoa, it has easily become an everyday favourite of mine.


Whilst rummaging through my make up this morning I realised that my neglected Sleek Sunrise blush is actually very similar to Sweet As Cocoa...Oops! I'll have to look at it properly and do a comparison later.

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Skincare: Moisturisers

If there's one thing that annoys me all the time its my skin, at times it's extremely dry and patchy and at other times it's extremely greasy. On top of that I have sensitive skin (eczema) which flares up quite regularly so because of this I have had to find moisturisers that help with my dry/greasy problem as well as work with my sensitive skin.


1. Oilatum Natural Repair Face Cream
I bought this face cream when I had a bad eczema flare up on my skin back in April and I must say it worked very well out of all the products I bought to help. It took a few weeks of using it daily to completely get my skin back on track but it really was miracle product especially considering I was at the end of my tether in regards to which products to help my skin. The Oilatum face cream is suitable for dry and sensitive skins as it is free from fragrances, preservatives and emulsifiers. 

2. Simple Kind To Skin Vital Day Cream
I use this moisturiser mainly during the Autumn/Winter months as it is slightly thick to help with my dry skin but manages to not be too greasy at the same to too which is great if you have combination/dry skin. I have no complaints about this moisturiser at all  and I have been using it for years and it does last a very long time. However, due to it being a more heavier moisturiser I don't use it in the summer months as that is when I am more oily on my face. This moisturiser as also comes in a version with sunscreen which I purchase next when this runs out.

3. Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Moisturiser 
I tend to reach for this moisturiser in the summer months as it is very light and non greasy which is what I need because this is when my face tends to be more oily and shiny. This moisturiser manages to give me the right amount of moisture I need in the summer months without overdoing it. The oil balancing ingredients in this product are: 
Natural Zinc PCA - absorbs excess oil, Phytosphingosine - to help reduce blemishes, Corn Starch - to mattify the skin.

I have been using Simple products for a few years and I find that they work very well for me which is due to the natural ingredients they put in the products, I will now also be repurchasing the Oilatum face cream once it finishes too.

Monday, 1 August 2011

Models Own - Fluro' Orange

I have always been a fan of BRIGHT/NEON nails and as of late I have been rocking a lot of neon colours on my nails. After seeing a pic on twitter by a manicurist a few weeks back of matte neon orange nails I had to try it for myself seeing as I had the colour and top coat needed. Here's my attempt:

Daylight

Natural Light

To achieve this look it took 2 coats of polish and a finished with the matte top coat. I would have never thought to put a matte top coat a neon colour but I am really loving the colour and how bright it is and I finally got a chance to use my Rimmel Matte top coat I bought last year.
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