Saturday, 25 September 2010

Weekend Waffle: Update + Ins and Outs

This is going to be the first of my 'Weekend Waffle' posts, which are probably going to be fun pointless little chit-chat posts that I can do at work where I tend to have a lot of spare time (don't tell my manager!!).

-  Firstly I would like to apologise for my absence over the past week and a bit, but as some of you may know I have started Uni this week and even though I haven't done anything substantial yet it is so tiring getting back into a routine after having four months off! At first it was really daunting being thrown into a huge lecture hall full of 600 people who you don't know, but I'm adjusting..slowly!
- Its official...my skin hates MAC Pro Longwear. I have concluded that is definitely the reason for my horrific breakout. I wore nothing all last week and my skin improved drastically, but then along came Monday and I realised the only foundations I have at the moment are a very dark Estee Lauder Double Wear, which I would look ridiculous wearing as it is at least two or three shades darker than my skin and Pro Longwear (I actually feel sick saying its name!!). So needless to say I went for the devil in a bottle and consequently my skin is back to the way it was! Sorry that all I seem to be blogging about at the moment is the state of my skin, but it's really getting me down since it had cleared up really well just a few months ago :(
- Also thank you to everyone who has tagged me I will definitely get around to doing them all soon and do appreciate it very much, please don't think I am ignoring them!


Ins
- WINTER!! I seem to mention this every 'ins and outs', but I love it! It was actually frosty this morning and you could see your breath in the air and we had to put the heating on for the first time! Is it really sad that I get this excited :

- Student Finance! I actually don't think my bank account has ever seen this much money at once! Considering I'm living at home so I don't actually need money for accomodation and food and the likes, I have lots of pennies to spend on just ME and books (for my dad's sake *rolls eyes*).

- Finishing 6 MAC products :D Free lipstick YAY!!


Outs

- Skin. I promise I won't mention it again :)

- Shy girl being out of stock when I tried to Back to Mac my empties, I really didn't know what else to pick since the only other lipsticks I wanted are Viva Glam ones and they aren't included so I ended up going back home with my empties, how depressing!

- Feeling generally uninspired. Normally I have a wish list so long and normally unobtainable, but now I have money to spend, nothing is calling out to me...like at all.

- Procrastinating driving lessons. I hate the feeling when I keep putting things off, it seriously makes me feel on edge all of the time! I don't really know why I haven't just started yet, I can drive quite decently (for a learner), because I have been on my dads insurance since I turned 17 :| I just haven't had any actual lessons yet, they were meant to be my 17th birthday pressie too but I just still haven't got around to booking any! I'm sick of not being able to have the freedom of driving yet so hopefully I will start soon :)


Thats all for now!
Thanks for reading,

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

This or That tag

Because I don't have access to my actual laptop or camera, because I'm currently being held hostage at my boyfriends while his mum is away on holiday (lucky bugger!). So I've stolen his laptop, while he tries to look cool playing rockband, to do a little fun taggish post!

Makeup
Blusher or Bronzer: Blusher, I rarely ever wear bronzer, only to contour if I am going out. I like to embrace my pale :D
Lipgloss or Lipstick: Lipstick. I rarely ever wear gloss anymore!
Eye liner or Mascara: Mascara :) I always have to wear mascara even if I don't have anything else on my eyes!
Foundation or Concealer: Both please ? I can't live without either. At the moment I would say concealer, I have fallen out with all of my foundations and am having a complete revelation, I actually starting to hate full coverage matte finishes :| I want something that is actually going to make my skin look like my skin but better and look healthy and sort of glowy rather than flat and matte!!
Neutral or Colour Eyeshadow: Neutral anyday. I just think they are far more flattering for me.
Pressed or Loose Eyeshadow: Pressed. Just alot easier to use! I haven't really had that much experience with loose eyeshadows tbh.
Brushes or Sponges: Brushes.
 
Nails
OPI or China Glaze: I haven't tried either yet :| I'm such a nail polish noob.
Long or Short: I'd love to be able to grow mine long but every time I get close one snaps and then they all follow suit :(
Acrylic or Natural: Natural.
Brights or Darks: Darks or Neutrals.
 
Body
Perfume or Body Splash: Perfume. Can't say I've ever owned a body splash?
Lotion or Body Butter: Body Butter.
Body Wash or Soap: Body wash.
Lush or Other Bath Company: Definitely Lush :) I love treating myself to a lovely lush bath once a week!

Fashion
Jeans or Sweat Pants: Jeggings :D I actually live in them.
Long Sleeve or Short : Both I guess.
Dresses or Skirts: Dresses.
Stripes or Plaid: Stripes.

Flip Flops or Sandals: Sandals.
Scarves or Hats: Scarves. I love love love scarves!
Studs or Dangly Earrings: Oooh both :) I like dangly ones to dress up an outfit, but studs are great for everyday too!
Necklaces or Bracelets: Bracelets definitely. I hardly ever wear necklaces. I think I own two haha!
Heels or Flats: Again both. I would never wear heels on an every day basis and I would never wear flats when going out!
Cowboy Boots or Riding Boots: Ermm...cowboy boots probably.
Jacket or Hoodie: Jackets.

Hair
Curly or Straight: Curly :)
Bun or Ponytail: Scruffy bun when I'm feeling lazy.
Bobby Pins or Butterfly Clips: Bobby pins
Hair Spray or Gel: Hairspray !!
Long or Short: Long.
Light or Dark: Dark.
Side Sweep Bangs or Full Bangs: I love the look of full fringes and had one for quite a while when I was younger. I am actually tempted by trying it out again, but I know my boyfriend hates them haha!
Up or Down: Down.


Random
Rain or Shine: As much of a pain in the arse it is I love rain :) The sound and smell of it is just so relaxing when you are inside and nice and warm haha!
Summer or Winter: WINTER! I love everything about it; Snow, Christmas, Layers, Scarves, Earlier nights, Coldness, Coats, Boots, Cardigans, Snuggling up in a duvet with a hot chocolate when its freezing outside... Ahhh :)
Fall or Spring: Fall, because it means Winter is coming :)
Chocolate or Vanilla: Chocolateeee :D

Normal posting will resume soonies :)

Thanks for reading,

Thursday, 9 September 2010

H&M Online Store Open Now!!

I was very happy to recieve an email this morning telling me that the H&M online store is now open! Apparently its only open to "VIP's" (people who sign up to their newsletter) at the moment, so if you want to be able to shop online before everyone else just hop on over to here and sign up. I love the collection and how everything is shown on models instead of just a piece of clothing just sitting there (*ahem* Topshop) so you can actually see how it fits.
Here are some things I have been eyeing up this morning...






While this isn't something I would usually go for, it looks gorgeous on the model. I would definitely get it a size up so it would be extra slouchy and could even get away with wearing it with jeggings.
£14.99









I love this dress. I was actually tempted by it before instore but couldn't find it in my size! Its a simple but classic design so could be dressed up or down and I am always a sucker for lace!
£24.99
















I have yet to embark on the whole owl trend yet, but these two caught my eye. They are both interesting pieces and so cute!
Left £6.99 Right £2.99







I am in need of some new simple but cute flats and these fit the bill perfectly! I may even get a pair in black too.
£12.99









All Images from H&M
The only thing that annoys me about the website is that it doesn't show that a product is available in different colours or even design untill you have opened it, which seems abit odd, but hey ho.


Has anything on the new H&M site caught your eye ?
Thanks for reading,

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Review: MAC Pro Longwear Foundation and Concealer

Hi there lovelies,
So I recently tried my new MAC purchases; Pro Longwear Concealer and foundation, here's what I thought...



Pro Longwear Concealer (£12.50 for 9ml)


The first thing I realised was that a little went a really long way! It is so pigmented you really only need the tiniest amount to cover anything effortlessly. It covers beautifully, leaving an extremely natural finish, I actually couldn't believe how good it was! It literally stains your skin, as I found out when I tried to remove what I was using from the back of my hand, which I suppose is what gives it it's 'longwear' name! Its a slightly more yellow shade than the foundation which is perfect to elimiate redness of blemishes and discolouration of the skin. I use a large eyeshadow blending brush (MAC 224) to blend this in as I find this provides a perfect airbrushed natural finish and actually covers better. The only thing I didn't like was that it settled in lines under my eyes, which wasn't too attractive! But saying that it blew my old HG concealer (MAC select cover-up) out of the water in terms of how pigmented it is.



Pro Longwear Foundation (£22 for 30ml)
I started to apply this with my Elf Powder Brush, which was a mistake, I should have used my hands! The foundation, like the concealer, is a sort of stain-like formula (if you get what I mean) meaning it drys relatively quickly so it can be a pain to blend using a buffing brush, which tended to apply the product too densely in one place. So when I applied it with my hands it went on perfectly. It didn't dry completely matte it sort of made my skin feel stiff, because of its stainish quality (if that makes sense), but when set (I used mineralise skinfinish natural) it felt matte and silky and actually like skin which I loved! I would say it is a medium coverage, definitely not flawless, but buildable if needed. It is a much more natural finish than the likes of Studio Fix Fluid which I find leaves the skin feeling slightly sticky and just feels heavy and cakey.
Now how did it hold up? Well, I don't know about its claim to stay put for 15 hours because I'm rarely ever awake for that long. I joke, but yeah, I try to take off my makeup as soon as I can so I had this on for maybe 10 hours. It did stay put, quite well infact, and it did somehow manage to keep quite a bit of shinyness at bay which I was surprised about as my skin can get so oily with the wrong base, I did still have to touch up only because I am a shine-a-phobe! Usually when I come to take my make-up off my foundation is close to sliding all over my face (lovely, I know!!) but with this it really wasn't. I would say, it is very much like Estee Lauders Double Wear or Revlon Colourstay, in the sense that it stays put, but slightly less coverage so it looks and feels more natural!


Out of the two I think the concealer is the stand out for me, mainly because I currently love my foundation routine (combination of Estee Lauders Double Wear and Revlon Colourstay to make it slightly lighter as I got a completely wrong shade) and I am going through a slightly bad skin phase so I need a fuller coverage. I will probably use the Pro Longwear when my skin is better and for when I need my foundation to stay put all day eg work/uni. If you want to see a FOTD featuring this foundation, check down a few posts :)

 Thanks for reading,

Please bare in mind when reading this that I am obviously no expert, I probably have no idea what I am talking about :P. This is just my opinion and my thoughts of how I find it and how it reacts with my skin. Everyone is different therefore you may have a completely different opinion to myself.

Monday, 6 September 2010

Ins and Outs

Hi there lovelies !
Hope you all had a fabulous weekend.
Just a quick little post for you while I'm bored at work... (Shhhh ;)).

In

- Urban Decay Primer Potion. How did I ever live without this stuff really ?!? I know, I know, I am waaaay behind the times on this one, but I tend to steer away from hype when I have something that works well for me, in this case Painterly Paint Pot as a base. But I have learned my lesson, thanks to the little sample that comes with the Naked Palette :)
- Mac Pro Longwear concealer. LOVE IT!! This was all I wore in terms of face make-up yesterday for work, I was proud of myself :)
- University :D I can't wait to start now, only two weeks to go !!
- Impulsive eBay buys. MAC's Jazzed was sitting lonely in my watched items for too long, it had to be saved!


Outs
- Being back at work after a nice two week break. EUGH.
- Boyfriends correcting my spelling. Constantly. So I'm not the best speller in the world (huge understatement),  but still :(
- Stuff not being available to buy in the UK. NYC Blushable Creme Sticks, Sephora by OPI polishes, Benefit kits exclusive to Sephora, Crest Whitening Strips, Cetaphil, Revlon's Soft Nude, etc... Sort it out! I seriously need to do a swap or something.
- Xboxes. Stupid contraptions.


Thanks for reading,

Friday, 3 September 2010

FOTD feat. MAC Pro Longwear Foundation and Concealer

Quick FOTD before I head out to the cinema :) Just thought I'd show you all how the Pro Longwear looks, don't know how well you can tell because I've taken them on my webcam, which is much nicer to me and much more forgiving than my DSLR (so not cheating!!) :)

Face
Benefit Eye Bright under eyes and inner corner
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer (NW20) under eyes and to cover blemishes
MAC Pro Longwear Foundation (NW20)
MAC Mineralise Skin Finish Natural (Medium) all over face to set foundation


Cheeks
MAC Sheertone Blush - Pinch Me

Eyes
Elf Eyebrow Kit (medium) for brows.
UDPP
From Urban Decay Naked Palette:
Virgin - Inner corner highlight and inner third of lid
Mix of Naked and Buck - Outer two thirds and to define crease
Hustle - To darken outer corner and through lower lash line
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Penic in Zero on upper and lower waterline
L'Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black Mascara

Lips
MAC Modesty Lipstick

Eeeek, very scary posting my first FOTD but here goes nothing !!
Thanks for reading,

Thursday, 2 September 2010

First Impressions: MAC Pro Longwear Foundation and Concealer.

This is just going to be sort of a teeny haul and first impressions of MAC's new foundation and concealer.
A seemingly innocent shopping trip to buy my mums birthday pressent turned into a slight overspend due to some excellent selling on the part of a lovely MAC MA. I always manage to get suckered in!
Concealer: £12.50 for 9ml/.3f oz
Foundation £22 for 30ml (both NW20)

Taken on Iphone for quickness, Sorry for slightly crappy quality!
Pro Longwear Concealer: 'A lightweight fluid concealer that provides medium to full coverage with a comfortable, natural matte finish. Colour-true formula lasts up to 15 hours. Helps conceal and correct the look of under-eye circles, and discolorations. Comes in a clear glass vial with a matte black pump.'

Pro Longwear Foundation: 'A long-wear foundation that gives up to 15 hours of wear in any environmental condition. Lightweight and creamy, applies smoothly to provide sheer to medium coverage. Even in hot and humid conditions, controls oil to keep skin fresh, natural and flawless. Provides everyday SPF protection.'

I spied these new releases on MAC's website earlier on in the week and knew I needed to try the concealer. I wasn't too sure about the release date as on most sites it says the 16th (I think this is the US release date), however once I saw them on display I hopped right in and snapped one up. I wasn't too fussed over trying the foundation as I had not too long ago bought Estee Lauders Double Wear, which by the sounds of it is a pretty similar concept. But once I got talking to a sales assistant about the foundation I was sold. She explained it provides 'a flawless natural coverage, stops shine and really lasts' and 'if you love fix, you'll love this'.
So first impressions..
LOVE the packaging of the concealer, it comes in a clear vial, like a foundation, with a pump which is brilliant. The formula seems pretty watery/thin for a concealer, but proof will be in the pudding so to speak!
The makeup artist tried a small amount of the foundation on me just to colour match and as far as I can see it has held up well!

A full detailed review will be up tomorrow after I have given them a thorough testing :)
Thanks for reading,

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

August Favourites

,Eeeeep, as if its been a month already since I started my little bloggy :) I have had sooo much fun so far, and am so grateful for all you who have taken the time to follow and comment!! Now on to my favourites of this month, apologies for the stock images my camera charger has gone walkies...

Body Shop Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter
£8 for 200ml
I love The Body Shop's Body Butters so when I got a sample of this from last months Cosmo mag, I just knew it was going to be amazing, and from just one use (used as an overnight treatment), my hair was so soft and moisturised! My hair was getting quite dry because I am trying to grow it, so avoiding copious haircuts which means my ends get so dry, so this was just what I needed. I went out the next day and picked up the big tub of it! I really love this stuff :)

Babyliss Glamour Waves Curling Iron


£20
I have been searching for something that will create loose soft curls, I know this can be achieved using a straightener but I just can't manage it or just need to take the time to learn how to do it properly. But this was just what I was looking for, really easy to use and creates the perfect big loose curl/wave! I love using this for nights out as it even manages to keep it in all night!!
Elf Powder Brush

£3.50
This brush is amazing, 'nuff said. Not going into detail because I have a review coming up soon.
Urban Decay Naked Palette

Yep, I am going to be that unoriginal and include this bad boy. Although I think my reaction to when it came in the post justifies it being mentioned!


I think thats about it in terms of new products or products I have rekindled my love for this month. I haven't really bought much, ok so thats probably a lie, but it doesn't feel like I have, and I haven't had many chances to experiment with new/old things, I've had a very lazy month! So yeah, a pretty boring favourites! But no doubt next months will be more exciting since I am starting Uni and have an excuse to buy lots more goodies haha :D


What have you been loving this month ?

Thanks for reading,