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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday Schmooze #012

Today it's Beigel's birthday so prepare yourselves for a little ode to my furry little baby. We were up bright and early to socialise and have a kick around, have eaten a big roast and dessert, have ripped open presents and popped balloons. I'm over the moon to have such a little bundle of joy in my life but it makes me so so sad that he's already six years old. I remember a saying once read, that went something like so.. 'People have long lives so they can learn about how to love and live a good life. Dogs already know how to do that, so they don't need to stay here as long' - I think I have something in my eye but I could be wrong. I sound like a crazy dog lady but I don't really care. It's bizarre that an animal makes me want to burst with joy. I feel like I could eat him up sometimes or squash him with love till he'd explode. AAAH.

I think I'll leave it there for now as I have an ice queen reputation to keep up (who am I kidding?). The only other things I've been up to really have been sorting through old clothes and obsessing over IKEA and Zara home offerings. Please help by checking out my blog sale and Depop in the meantime as I REALLY need the space!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Models Own Polish for Tans

Models Own Polish for Tans: £5 each*
(L-R): Sun Hat, Bikini, Beach Bag, Flip Flop, Shades

It's been a while since I really paid attention to a Models Own collection, but in time for the brighter, warmer summer months, the Polish for Tans are here. Models Own have created a five-piece collection designed to complement and enhance tanned skins, be it faux or the real thing. A hybrid of neon and pastel, the five shades have been mixed with white pigment for a more flattering finish and to bring down the intensity of a true neon a notch or two. If anything I've decided more than ever that I desperately need to book a summer holiday..

Sun Hat is a neon pastel hot pink - pretty self explanatory, but it's the most 'Barbie' of the bunch. Bikini is a neon pastel yellow and the shade I liked a lot better than I expected I would. It's a classic highlighter yellow that's impossibly hard to photograph but actually looks beautiful on! Beach Bag is described as a neon pastel orange while I would say it leans a little more peach-coral than just orange. Possibly my favourite and maybe even the safest of the bunch. Flip Flop is a neon pastel green, which is very vibrant and almost toxic-looking in terms of intensity. This will be an acquired taste but also a great seller as these kinds of acid greens aren't so easy to come by. Finally, Shades is a neon pastel pink - another great all-rounder that lies somewhere between hot pink and coral. Very easy to wear and will look great with denim.

Considering I don't even have the slightest hint of a tan right now - I'm desperate to bronze up but am not yet allowed, doctors orders! - I do think the contrast of the shades against the skin makes it appear a lot more sunkissed, so I can only imagine how stunning these are going to look against tanned skins! Seen here are three coats for all shades, some I could have got away with two but there's nothing like consistency! The formula dries matte so depending on your preferences they can be kept so or made glossy with a top coat. The Models Own Polish for Tans are available online, in the Models Own Bottlestops and in Superdrug now, and arrive in Boots next week. Now where's my passport?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencils for Blue Eyes

Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon
Colour-Morphing Eyeshadow Pencils: £19 each

Champagne Diamonds & Black Diamonds

Whilst I'm not one for strict beauty rules, the Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencils really spiked my curiosity. Chubby shadow pencils are nothing we haven't seen before, yet these offer a little something extra. Eight in total - the Colour Chameleon Pencils are designed to bring the best out of your eye colour, be it blue, green, hazel or brown. One for day, one for night. Who was I to resist? For review purposes. Obviously.

Obviously I decided to go for the two pencils with blue-eyed gals in mind; Champagne Diamonds for the daytime, and Black Diamonds, a more intense shade for evenings. The champagne is a pretty pale gold with hints of peachy pink. Black Diamonds is a deep, dark charcoal with flecks of silver and sapphire blue. I've actually really enjoyed wearing them together, with the pale gold across the lid and on the inner corner of the eye, and the coal as a smudgy thick liner. The formula is creamy but dries down really quickly, so time is of the essence when applying. I swipe onto the lid straight from the bullet so as not to waste any product on the fingers. I also use a primer before applying to ensure the wear lasts - I have every faith in the brand claims but it's better to be safe than sorry! - and it applies evenly onto the skin. It's a shame that they don't have twist-up mechanisms as sharpening will waste product, and these aren't cheap. I don't use them every day, but I've found it hard to leave these alone recently. They're just so easy to wear and because they're so flattering, they can be thrown in my on-the-go makeup bag as they will go with any lip or cheek colour too.

I know I have blue eyes, but I'm really tempted to try out Amber Haze and possibly Bronzed Garnet. These are definitely within the luxe category but make for a lovely twist on a flattering every day look. Have you tried these?

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream

Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream: £9.99*
Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Eye Concealer: £7.99*

Bourjois have some of the most impressive products on the high street in my opinion, especially when it comes to bases. The 123 Perfect CC Cream and CC Eye Concealer have been added to the lineup and I've been trying them out for a while now. A foundation with the same name a year or two ago, and I really didn't get on with it. It was a bit too drying and heavy for my skin needs. The CC cream, however, has hit the ball out of the park. I'm not a fan of the name but the 1-2-3 nature of it comes from the trio of colour pigments; apricot to fight fatigue, green to combat redness and white for disguising dark spots. The oil-free formula also boasts 24 hours of hydration as well as SPF 15.

My first impressions were that I'd need the lighter shade in the CC cream, but once it's blended in there are no tell-tale signs or any hint of it being too dark for me (I have the shade Light Beige). The finish is pretty skin-like, in that it's not totally matte, or even satin, yet it's not dewy either. It just sits nicely in the middle and gives a natural soft-focus effect to the complexion. The coverage is really good for what you'd consider a light base product, although I still like to wear concealer under the eyes and a little around the nose. The concealer, however, isn't up to doing the whole job for me but is really nice to use as a final step in place of a light-reflecting pen, or for touch-ups throughout the day due to its runny consistency. It doesn't settle into any lines and is very lightweight and pleasant to apply.

There are four shades of the CC Cream and two for the eyes - I have the lightest, Ivory - which covers most Caucasian and some mixed or Asian tones, but unfortunately darker skins aren't really accounted for which is such a shame but not surprising for the high street. The packaging is also not the most easy to keep clean since the products inside are a little runny, but for the price I think these two are a really great addition to anyone's base arsenal. Go Bourjois!

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Lush Easter Treats

Lush Easter 2014
Bunch of Carrots Bubble Bars: £5.95*
Golden Egg Bath Bomb: £3.50*
Brightside Bubble Bar: £4.50*
Carrot Soap: £3.95*

Easter! One of the loveliest times of the year. The weather is brighter, people are happier - let's give a nod to all the bank holidays coming up, shall we? - and there's chocolate. Chocolate everywhere. It's one of those rare occasions you're encouraged to eat as much of the stuff as possible; but in case you're already inundated with egg-shaped confectionery (the same can't be said for myself.. swing some my way) then you may want to take a peek at some other avenues. Specifically the calorie-free variety, where you can indulge without feeling a smidgen bad afterwards. Lush have a whole host of Easter-themed goodness on offer this Spring, and my bath times have never been so happy.

The Bunch of Carrots Bubble Bars are just so sweet - before this package arrived I'd actually purchased some in store as they are too cute to resist! The idea with these is that you swirl them around your bathtub as the water is running; this creates mountains of bubbles and the water is quickly transformed into a bright orange liquid. Containing buchu, sicilian lemon and bergamot oils, your bath is an uplifting tropical dream. Although they are reusable so you get slightly more value from them, you'll need to make sure you wrap them in tissue as they dry or keep them in some kind of plastic container to avoid letting the orange colour stain any flannels and so on.

Next we have the Golden Egg Bath Bomb, another item I couldn't resist buying for myself in store. I'm pretty sure I have magpie genes in my DNA, as I can't help but fall in love with anything gold and sparkly. In some lights it can look a little like a spray painted jacket potato - see my instagram for more on that - it is beyond beautiful. The glitter will get everywhere when you touch it but it doesn't stick to your skin once you're out of the bath which is a plus. Its outer layer is a luxurious melt, so the egg will sink down to the bottom of the tub before rising and revealing its bath bomb centre. The Golden Egg is said to have a honey-toffee scent which I can't say I got from it. I'd say it was more of a gentle, sweet citrus fragrance - and with ingredients such as wild orange, bergamot and olive oils, along with fair trade cocoa butter, I'm not entirely sure where the honey is supposed to come in. The water for me was more of a bright lime than golden too, so maybe the one I've tried was slightly off? It was lovely though, and I'm glad I have another to use.

I'm planning on crumbling up some of the Brightside Bubble Bar tonight - it's a huge block of zingy, happy, tutti-frutti amazingness containing gardenia extract, bergamot & tangerine oil and sicilian mandarin which is what gives it such a cheerful scent. This one really is so big that I think I'll get at least two baths out of this, and I have the deepest tub I've ever come across. From what I've seen the water turns an intense, punchy orange which will only help lift your mood even more when using it. Not gonna lie, I'm actually sniffing this right now and I'm very excited for bath time tonight.

Lastly, I have the Carrot Soap, which does actually contain carrot oil, as well as buchu, bergamot and sicilian lemon (are you sensing a theme here?), as well as skin softening coconut oil and cocoa butter. I get more of a blackcurrant fragrance from this and it lightly lingers on the skin. I'm not sure I can make out the leaping bunny shape on my piece though!

The Easter range from Lush is a bit more expansive than what I've been trying out, and you can check the rest out here. Have you tried anything from the range this Easter? I may also have picked myself up a Bunny Bubble Bar..

Monday, April 07, 2014

NARS Red Square Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square: £18

NARS are a brand close to my heart - they cover pretty much all spectrums of makeup and if there's something I haven't tried yet, it's on my shopping list. For some reason the Velvet Matte Lip Pencils haven't had an airing on the blog yet, but that day is now here. Red Square is an intense orange red that I'm completely obsessed with.

These pencils just rule. Application is effortless, the formula creamy the colours are intense and opaque and the wear time is ridiculously impressive - they do slightly fade throughout the day but nicely so, so that a reapplication isn't 100% necessary at all. They don't dry out the lips, although as with any matte finish it's advised you have a good base to work from, so get into the routine of scrubbing regularly and wearing a good balm before bed. The only thing I would love to see changed is a new twist-up mechanism rather than having to sharpen, as it can be messy and waste product. Not that I've even had to do that yet! I'm absolutely smitten with these pencils and can see my collection expanding in the very near future. Cruella is already within my grips, but feel free to swing any other recommendations my way..


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