Thursday, 31 March 2011

Neutral FOTD

Morning possums :)

Did you all watch Nic's vid on her Viva Glam Gaga 2 look? Good. I decided to recreate the look with similar products. Ta da:

Products Used
Witch Anti Blemish Primer
Kryolan Ultra Fluid Foundation in Alabaster
Sleek Storm Palette
Urban Decay Primer Potion
MAC Brule Eye Shadow
Urban Decay Shadows in Sin, Naked, Virgin and Dark Horse
e.l.f. Blush from the Face Beauty Encyclopedia
e.l.f. Studio Cream Liner in Black
Collection 2000 Big Fake Lash Mascara
MAC Subculture Lip Liner
MAC In The Fairie Glen Lipstick
MUFE Lab Shine Star Collection Lipgloss in S0

I ordered Viva Glam Gaga 2 Lipglass so I'll do a post on that soon for you :) Enjoy the rest of the day!

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Monday, 28 March 2011

Kreativ Blogger Award

Good morning poppets!

The lovely Charli recently awarded me with...

Thank you!


01. Link 10 blogs
02. Tell the 10 bloggers about their award
03. Write 10 facts about yourself

Blog Links

01. Jennie at Sailboat
02. Nicoletta at Nicoletta's Beauty Space
03. Kaushal at Beauty Fulfilled
04. Alaina at The Brrrds Nest
05. Laura at That's So Yesterday
06. May at May Loves Makeup
07. Fee at Makeup Savvy
10. Hannah at Beautylishious ♥

10 Facts

01. I'm a night owl
02. I've given up chocolate for lent and actually not missing it!
03. I prefer to work the twilight shift at work
04. I don't think I'll ever get over my crush on Colin Firth
05. I can't say no to an offer/sale
06. I once watched the entire back catalogue of CSI in a matter of weeks although I'm less fond of the series now that Grissom has left.
07. I love a good period drama
08. I'm a lip balm addict. And a mascara addict. And a blush addict. Make up addict in general at the moment!
09. I love having dark, wavy, voluminous hair
10. I have a scar on my left knee from where I managed to trip over and subsequently impale myself on a bookcase. Nice.

Happy Monday!

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Saturday, 26 March 2011

Saturday Summary

Good morning :)

♥ Sunshine

♥ Salad

♥ Dinner out

♥ My Macbook arrived. I am in love.

♥ Michael McIntyre's Autobiography. Laugh out loud/cry with laughter/choke on food funny.

♥ Venturing out sans coat. Lovely!

♥ Sainsbury's Oatmeal & Raisin Cookies. Nom.


Listening to: Birdy - Skinny Love, The Wombats - Anti D, The Blackout - Higher & Higher
A few to follow: Sarah, Rachel & Ashlie


Have a good weekend my darlings!

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Thursday, 24 March 2011

Review: Collection 2000 Big Fake False Lash Effect Mascara

Good morning my dears :)

After hearing lots of fellow bloggers rave about this mascara, I decided I had to get it after Sam Chapman from Pixiwoo gave it her seal of approval. I'm such a sheep haha. I'm so glad I did, I love this mascara!


Collection 2000 say: Double your lash size! Lash boosting tube technology plumps and stretches each lash. No clumping or smudging. Water resistant.

 I say: I'll be honest I wasn't expecting much for a £4.99 mascara, but after trying and loving 17's Wild Curls mascara which was (at time of purchase) just £1 more, I decided to give this a whirl. Big Fake has a large brush. And when I say large, it's bigger than any other mascara I've ever seen or used! I have to say though its a pretty good brush and it easily coats my lashes leaving them looking fuller, longer and a lot darker. This stuff really is water resistant. And almost make up remover resistant!!


Collection 2000 sayThe unique 3D lash boosting tube technology wraps around each lash for a 'lash extension' effect. Collection 2000 Big Fake False Lash Effect Mascara will give va va voom to your lashes without the fuss of false lashes. The large brush is perfect to add length and volume. For ultra-big eyes, push the mascara from side to side along the lash line as you sweep up the lash length, this will coat the whole length of the lash and give a bigger effect.

I say: Whatever is in this tube, Collection 2000 are on to a winner. I'm amazed at how great my lashes look when I use this. No mascara I've ever used so far can beat this for length and volume. I picked this up in 'Ultra Black' which I'm guessing means that it contains a true black pigment in it. My lashes certainly look a lot darker when I wear this. This is definitely a great substitute for false lashes. I can't get on with them at all and this takes care of the look I want to achieve with minimum fuss and my lashes aren't left feeling heavy which is a bonus. My only teeny niggly dislike is that it smudges on the lower lash line but other than that, a massive thumbs up.

Price: £4.99
Size: 8ml
Available from: Boots (currently 3 for 2) & Superdrug

Product: 9/10
Price: 10/10
Packaging: 10/10
Overall: 9/10
Repurchase: Yes

Have you tried this? What's your favourite mascara for giving a false lash effect?

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Tuesday, 22 March 2011

NOTD: MUA Shade 15

Morning :)

I'm carrying on the nail theme from yesterday!

A week ago I managed to escape the office for an hour for lunch, a rarity these days, and I, of course, found myself gravitating towards Superdrug. Before you know it I was looking for nail polish, despite having had a massive clear out the day before! Will I ever learn? I doubt it. But now my nail polish drawer has space in, I had the urge to fill it again.This gorgeous bright shade from MUA took my fancy and I happily handed over £1 before you could say 'manicure'.

Sat by the river for lunch, I took to painting my nails.

Ta da!

A gorgeous bright, hot pink that I couldn't stop looking it. Divine.

Ladies, you need this in your life. And it's only a quid.

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Monday, 21 March 2011

Review: Models Own Nail Art Pens

Morning all :)


Models Own say: Models Own have joined forces with ultra-cool London nail salon WAH to create a brand new collection of nail art pens.Revolutionising the at home manicure, you'll be able to create personalised, unique nails without leaving your house!

I say: I was excited for the launch of these pens as I'd never had any luck with the generic eBay nail pens. After receiving the black one at the Wah Nails event back in November, I've used it quite a bit and I have to say I'm impressed! I later bought the white one and after a couple of hiccups with dodgy pens I got one that worked and I have to say overall I'm impressed.


Models Own say: Each nail pen has a duo application system consisting of a thin nib for intricate art work along with a long, thin brush to add strokes and lines.

I say: As with any generic nail art pen, once the lid is removed, there is a pin in the nib to stop blockages which is fab, so at least I know if left lingering in my nail polish drawer it won't become unusable any time soon. The nib is so easy to use for nail art. A little pressure is needed on the tube to get the polish out and then the world is your oyster. The nib offers precise fine detailing and it's so easy to use!!! The top unscrews to reveal a long, thin striper brush which is great for creating different types of nail art. The polish is good quality which isn't surprising going by their main range. The only thing that bugs me is the packaging. My black pen is absolutely fine but when I ordered my white pen, once the nib was removed, the polish oozed everywhere even when I wasn't touching it and whilst stood upright. I'm guessing the tube was perhaps too full. I mentioned this to Models Own who kindly sent me a replacement, only to find that when I removed the nib, the metal was fused to the nib rendering it utterly useless. I did receive a third pen, and touch wood, it works fine! Hopefully these kinks in the packaging have been ironed out :) Overall, a great quality product.

Price: £6.00
Shades available: Black and White (currently although the range will be expanding to other shades)
Available from: Models Own and ASOS

Product: 10/10
Price: 7/10
Packaging: 7/10
Overall: 8/10
Repurchase: Probably when the other shades are released

Have you tried the Models Own nail pens?

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* Black pen received for free from Models Own/Wah

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Saturday Summary

Good morning cherry blossoms :)

♥ I love days off

♥ Bright, cheap nail polish can brighten my day :D

♥ Being at work but doing nothing all day training all day

♥ Surprise bumper pay packets

♥ Listening to Chris Moyles and Comedy Dave's record breaking radio broadcast

♥ Lovely people

♥ Ordering my Macbook!!! So excited for it's arrival as my laptop died this week. Apt timing ;)

♥ Crazy Comic Relief antics!


Listening to: Nicole Sherzinger - Don't Hold Your Breath, Jennifer Lopez - On The Floor (Not exactly Jenny From The Block though is it?) & Cee Lo Green - Bright Lights Bigger City
A few to follow: Nicoletta, Rachael & Kat


Have a good weekend possums!

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Friday, 18 March 2011

Review: Eyeko Magic Mascara

Hello my dears :)


Eyeko sayWave the Magic Wand for Long, Luxe Lashes! Our NEW lush outsized brush creates dramatically fuller and thicker looking lashes with a voluptuous curl that lasts all day long!

I say: Let me start off by saying how gorgeous the packaging is!!! The tube is metal and has diamantes set into it. Cute! On to the mascara and as you'll see below it has a large wand which I didn't expect to be too great but I have to say I'm impressed. It's easy to use, there were no eye poking incidents in sight, and the mascara applies well.


Eyeko sayThe 3 in 1 formula inks up lashes a treat and is magic to use! Just glide the wand from root to tip to magically transform limp lashes into a flirtatious flutter! Reveal instant full body volume; marvel at the extended length and applaud the amazing curl with astounding resilience!

I say: If you like your lashes to look slightly enhanced, darker, slightly fuller with a hint of a curl then this is definitely the mascara for you. After application my lashes looked a little thicker and fuller without being clumpy and they also had, to quote Eyeko, a flirtatious flutter. My lashes didn't feel like they had tonnes of product on and they looked quite natural, sort of like my lashes but better! The only slight downside to this mascara is that it smudged a little below my eye which not all mascaras do. Other than that, fab mascara and definitely worth a try!

Price: £8.00
Available from: Eyeko

Product: 8/10
Price: 8/10
Packaging: 10/10
Overall: 8/10
Repurchase: Yes

Have you tried Eyeko mascaras?

If you fancy picking this up, Eyeko are matching commissions made until midnight Monday! I will also be donating my commission for March to the British Red Cross :)

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* Blogger sample

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

My current go to make up look

Hello possums :)

A hectic work schedule isn't exactly conducive to experimental make up looks, so recently I've been reaching for the same products for ease and simplicity.


Kryolan Ultra Fluid Foundation in Alabaster
No 7 Quick Cover Concealer in Extra Fair
NYX Cream Blush in Boho Chic
e.l.f. Studio Brow Kit/Sleek Storm Palette
MAC Brule
No 7 Spring Collection Gel Liner in Blue
No 7 Exquisite Curls Mascara
No 7 Spring Collection Lipstick in Grace


I've barely had time for myself after work so anything simple and easy on the nails is a plus for me. Here are a few of my recent NOTDS :)

Leopard Print

Base: Revlon Gray Suede
Spots: GOSH Cappucino
Outline: Models Own Nail Art Pen in black

Pastel Polka Dots

Base (L-R): GOSH Wild Lilac, Eyeko Pastel Polish, Eyeko Nude Polish, 17 Lemon Sherbert
Dots (L-R): Barry M Turquoise, MUA Shade 12, 17 Lemon Sherbert, China Glaze For Audrey

Base (L-R): China Glaze For Audrey, GOSH Wild Lilac, 17 Sweet Kisses, Barry M Turquoise
Dots (L-R): Eyeko Pastel Polish, 17 Lemon Sherbert, Eyeko Nude Polish, China Glaze White On White

What's your favourite current go to make up look?

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Tuesday, 15 March 2011

The Witch Life Balance Event

Good morning lovelies :)

A couple of weekends ago, I was lucky enough to be invited to the Witch Skincare Life Balance Event in London. I was excited at the thought of another trip to London - it's addictive! Tell me that isn't just me?

I made my way down to a very busy, grey, and very very wet London where I met the lovely Emily and we promptly scooted over to Oxford Street for a bit of window shopping (Selfridges anyone? There's a pair of Uggs in the Shoe Boutique with my name on them!) before making our way (and promptly getting a bit lost thanks to my not so genius Geography skills) to 1000 Heads PR where we were greeted with champagne. Hello!


We were each given name badges that had 6 stars on. The idea was that we racked up three innocent virtues and three guilty pleasures so that our badges balanced out at the end of the evening and we had a healthy balance. The Witch ladies were sneaky and had lots of guilty pleasures lined up!

Guilty Pleasures

Graffiti Wall

We learnt how to play Texas Hold'Em Poker!


Cookie Decorating

Extra nommy cupcakes! I nabbed one for the journey home. Truly scrumptious fare!

Domino's Pizza!

Innocent Virtues



Yummy fruit and veg :)

Witch Anti Blemish Cosmetics

Once we'd had a good old mingle, Helen spoke to us about Witch's new anti blemish cosmetic line which are designed to prevent blemishes whilst helping to achieve a flawless finish. The new products include a primer, redness relief moisturiser, pressed powder and a tinted moisturiser.

Make Up Artist Nat Van Zee then demonstrated by using the new products to make up Helen

Ta da! Helen with Bettina

We all had a good old swatch, and in some cases a sniff, of the products and we were given a generous goody bag to take home!


To round the evening off we were treated to a Burlesque masterclass from Kittie Klaw with some demonstrations from two willing participants - Steph and Onna!



Thank you once again to Witch for inviting me, I had a fab time! It was lovely to meet so many bloggers and some familiar faces! In case you were wondering, I lost count of whether I was innocent, guilty or maintained a healthy balance. I blame copious amounts of champagne and fabulous company in the form of Emily, S.B.V., and Laura :)

The Witch Skincare Cosmetics lines is available now from Boots, Superdrug and Tesco. I've been testing these products out for a couple of weeks now and my top recommendations are the Primer, Powder and Tinted Moisturiser! At a very purse friendly price - nothing is more than £6.99 - these are bargains for multi-tasking products! Watch this space for reviews!

Will you be trying any of the new Witch products?

Thanks to the Witch Flickr for the majority of photos :)

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