Archive | March, 2014

FOTD: Day to Night

21 Mar

Hello lovelies!

I’m off out this evening for a little meal with my best uni girl, there’s a rainbow in the sky, and I’m listening to some great music! Thought I’d take my little FOTD for Uni to this evening’s more dramatic(barely lol) look.

ImageImageMuch better! I used Wet and Wild’s ‘Comfort Zone’ palette for my eyes, swiped a bit of Maybelline Brow Mascara through…you guessed it…my brows, contoured with Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer and used Sleek’s Pout Polish in ‘Bare Minimum for my lippies. Transformed! I also put a bit of curl through my hair (which is oddly behaving itself today) and I’ve switched out my green PJ top for a lime green chiffon one. #trendy 😉 Just kidding, no-one would ever use that word to describe me haha!

Have a wonderful rest of your day/evening, wherever you are!
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bareMinerals True Romantic Collection + Swatches!

20 Mar

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I was lucky enough to win a competition on the bareMineralsUK Instagram account for International Women’s Day 2014, and I received the whole True Romantic Collection as a prize! Feeling super lucky right now! 🙂 

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bareMinerals Eyeshadow Quad in ‘The True Romantic’ (£29) and bareMinerals Blush in ‘Swoon’ (£19)

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bareMinerals Marvellous Moxie Lipgloss in ‘Heart Breaker’ (£16) and bareMinerals Marvellous Moxie Lipstick in ‘Feel The Love’ (£16)

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bareMinerals Marvellous Moxie Lipliner in ‘Liberated’ (£13) and bareMinerals Lasting Line Eyeliner in ‘Always Charcoal’ (£14)

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I’m so excited to use these gorgeous products! That rose gold packaging is stunning…am I right?

I’ve been a bit busy with a sort-of upgrade at work and loads of Uni presentations, so the blog has been a little neglected recently. *sad face*

Hope you are having a lovely day/evening, wherever you are!
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I’m Having A Mascara Moment: YSL’s ‘Babydoll’

4 Mar

Hello lovelies!

It’s time for the second installment of the series called ‘I’m Having A Mascara Moment’, which is a mini review and demo on different mascaras that I own! The average girl might own three or four mascaras, and use one pretty regularly. Hopefully, by the end of the series I will have reviewed enough mascaras for you to make up your mind which one is the best. I might even rank them!

Each mascara is judged on five basic points.
Packaging, Lasting Power, Wand and Formula and Price.
The final mark will be out of 50, as each mascara can score up to 10 points per category.

What’s the story in Balamory today? (only my UK lovelies will get this!)

YSL’s ‘Babydoll’ Mascara

Packaging: 8/10

ImageOkay, so I could be cheating a bit here by not owning the full-size…but this mini is super cute. The full-sized product has the majestic packaging that you would expect from YSL, glossy gold tube, beautiful cursive font etc. but this baby is pretty fancy too!

Lasting power: 8/10
This baby stays on in my SLEEP. (Don’t judge me for accidentally falling asleep fully made up!) It’s not moving unless you take it off with eye makeup remover. Trust me.

Wand: 10/10
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Do you ever come across a product and think ‘this is what I’ve been looking for my whole life.’ This wand is my ultimate mascara wand. It looks pretty standard, but you’d be surprised how many mascaras I’ve tried that have had bristles that are too long, not long enough (Maybelline’s ‘The Rocket’, I’m looking at you) or not plastic, which is my number one requirement in a wand. Snaps for Babydoll.

Formula: 8/10
The formula is pretty solid. Not too wet, which is a big plus. Can clump a little the more coats you put on, but I noticed that it dries quite quickly, so clumps are avoidable.

Price: 4/10
The price of this makes me want to cry. £24.50? *distant sobbing and wallet quivering in anticipation*

Before/After

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*shameless selfie alert*

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Pyjama day anyone? 🙂
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Final Verdict: 38/50

So so impressed. Please let this sample last forever so that I don’t have to shell out that much money for a mascara…. 😦

I hope you all are having great days/evenings, wherever you are!
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Review: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in ‘Amsterdam’ + Swatches!

4 Mar

Hello lovelies!

I’m so excited that this little product is now in my life. Even though I’m not always a red lip kinda gal, you always have to have that one colour just in case. I definitely have more than one red lip product (beauty blogger problems, am I right?) but if the situation presents itself, this might just be the one I reach for. 

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Packaging: The tube is pretty travel-friendly, a hard plastic that is durable and nice and sleek. I like the font on the outside…is that a weird thing to notice? Haha!

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Wand: The wand is pretty standard, a doefoot applicator. Not sure whether that’s the best method of application of this product though, as your initial application can be a bit patchy (as my terrible lip swatch suggests).

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Pigmentation: Amsterdam is gorgeous. literally stunning. The pigmentation is pretty solid, I’d give it 8/10, just because you have to work with the formula a bit to get full coverage on your lips.

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Lasting power: I wore this for a good 4 hours without having to reapply. I reapplied on the go, between lectures with a little compact mirror. Totally fine. In fact, it actually looked better on the second application! Bizarre, huh?!

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It’s definitely a little more sheer than a standard lipstick. It’s very creamy, not at all drying on the lips. I find that’s a big plus, it feels more comfortable when you wear it than a lip gloss or lipstick. I’d put it on similar terms as a balm even!

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My look for the day was pretty natural. I skipped bronzer and blush and put on A LOT of mascara. This product is certainly a little gem. I’m gonna have to play a little bit more to be able to apply it perfectly. Red still flummoxes me when I have to apply it. I get so nervous about getting it wrong, that I always get it wrong!

I’m already planning on picking up a few more shades from this range when I get paid at the end of this month…so yeah, I would definitely recommend checking these out if you can!

If you’re in the UK like me, you can pick up the Soft Matte Lip Creams from the NYX website for £5.50.

if any of you have tried other shades, let me know in the comments which ones are the best! I need suggestions! 🙂

So there you go! Today is pancake day, a.k.a the best day in the world, however, I shall be neglecting the Nutella and opting for just a lil’ bit of sugar instead. I’ve been on a diet for the last month or so, and it’s going really well! I’ve lost just under a stone and a half so far…hoorah! 

Hope you are having lovely days or evenings, wherever you are!
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