Saturday, 31 December 2011

Top Products of 2011

In my 'Top Products' of the year post, I have only chosen products that I used regularly, if not religiously, throughout the year. I can see me using them all for many moons to come, too! It will be a long post, so to read it all, just click on "Read More"...

Friday, 30 December 2011

Cinderelly, Cinderelly, Night and Day It's 'Cinderelly'...

I absolutely love Cinderella, it's one of my favourite Disney films, and has been since I was a child. When I saw this post from Adrienne featuring her pumpkin carriage necklace, I knew I had to have one. There were plenty to choose from on eBay, and in the end I opted for this one, as I thought the colour would lend itself to more outfits.

I paid £1.70 plus £1.99 shipping, which is rather cheap! As it was being shipped from China, I thought it wouldn't be the speediest delivery, and I was right. It was marked as 'dispatched' on 29th November, and it arrived on Christmas Eve!! So around 3 and a half weeks later!

As you can see, the carriage does open up to reveal a hollow interior. There isn't anything in it, and I have no idea what you possibly would need or want to put in such a small receptacle, so it is a rather redundant gimmick, really, I also now regret opening it several times, as the magnet is no longer doing as good a job at keeping it shut as it had been!

All in all, for the price I paid, I can't complain! It is very pretty and got several compliments when I wore it out. I was even asked if it was Disney Couture! Disney Couture prices are slightly out of my budget at the minute, so this is definitely the alternative for me!

Thursday, 29 December 2011

FOTD - Lavender Lips

I always feel a bit weird putting up massive photos of my fissog! Oh well. Today I thought I would wear a lipstick that I literally haven't used in months; BarryM Lip Paint in 129 Palest Lavender. I kept the rest of my make up quite understated, with matte brown eye shadow and glowy cheeks. I quite like it, and will have to make more use out of the old 129. And would you believe that these photos were taken about 3.30pm, and I needed to use the camera flash! I am seriously fed up with the dark evenings now.

Products Used:
Superdrug Vitamin E Illuminating Moisture Cream
Skin79 Super+ Triple Function BB Cream
Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer 2 Light
ELF HD Powder
Catrice Multi Colour Compact Powder 020 Sand Biege
FCUK Bronzer
Sleek Blush Rose Gold
HD Brow Kit
ELF Eyelid Primer
NARS Eyeshadow Duo Portobello
Wet n Wild Color Icon Shadow Brulee
Blink+Go Hi-Definition Mascara
BarryM Lip Paint 129 Palest Lavender

Also, I got the shock of my life on Boxing Night - I was out in my local pub, rather inebriated due to copious consumption of Bushmills and Coors Light, and a lovely lady stopped me to tell me that she read my blog!! Well. I pretty much had a mini-drunken heart attack. It was a bit of a surprise but fantastic at the same time, so hello LoubouLush! I can only apologise for whatever nonsense I said to you as my memory is hazy to say the least! You should also check out LoubouLush's lovely blog - another NI blogger with a shoe collection beautiful enough to turn my blue eyes green!!

Monday, 26 December 2011

What I Got for Christmas

I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas so far! Our house has been a bit of a stress-fest, admittedly, but in between the stress it has been good. I love seeing other people's presents, so I thought I would just pop up a quick post to show any nosy people, like myself, what I got. I was utterly spoiled!

My boyfriend got me a Kindle, a leather cover for it, and DVDs of Tommy Tiernan and Peter Kay. I am in love with my Kindle already!

My mum got me the Soap & Glory Big Splendour set, a pair of GHD straighteners, and money to go towards my make up course in January. She is an angel <3

My dad and stepmum got me a bottle of Bushmills Original (standard!), a belt, Converse t-shirt and Hollister hoodie from New York, a personalised mug, a bookmark and a CK In2U set, which is one of my favourite perfumes.

Between the rest of my family and friends I got scarves, chocolates, No.7 gift sets, FCUK gift sets, slippers, pyjamas (not pictured, as I was wearing them!), perfume, Elle McPherson gift set, nail polishes and nail decorations, and a bracelet.

I am still totally overwhelmed with everything, and so thankful to all my family and friends. I am so glad to have a week off work too!

Thursday, 22 December 2011

NOTD: Deck The Halls...

I have been longing to do something Christmas related with my nails over the last few weeks but, sadly, just have not had the time. Last night I opted for a snowy, sparkly white using a white polish from BarryM and a coat of China Glaze White Cap. This evening, I decided to add a bit of blatant Christmas theme to it with an accent nail of holly berries. A few dotting tools were used to create the holly, and it was very simple. I like it, and it actually has made me feel slightly more festive - a seasonal reminder every time I look at my hands!

BarryM Matt White, China Glaze White Cap, MUA Shade 13, Ciaté Kitten Heels
I hope everyone is starting to feel the Christmas spirit; I admit, it is late arriving for me this year! I think once I get out of work tomorrow then it will be relief, relaxation and high spirits (both intangible and liquid) all round!

Monday, 19 December 2011

NOTD: Winter Romance

I have been wearing this nail combination for the last few days, and I think it is a really Winter and Christmas appropriate look. It is quite subtle, so suitable for wearing to work, but with a hint of seasonal sparkle!

I love the Nails Inc. Saville Row polish that I won in Hazel's giveaway a while back; it is a beautifully glossy, burgundy plum colour that applies nicely and dries quickly. The accent nail is topped with two coats of Essence Time For Romance. The Essense polish is another that my mum picked for me in Sligo. It is a jelly-like, red-tinged base with tiny flecks of red glitter, and a few hexagonal chunks thrown in for good measure. I think it works really well with the Saville Row polish, plus it's not as big a pain to remove glitter polish from just one nail per hand!

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Sunday Night Make Up Shake Up #10

Here lads, it's Week 10 now. This is getting scary, time is going by so quickly! I am stupidly excited about this week's choices. No logic behind this - just proving that my addiction to cosmetics is getting out of hand!

Skin79 Super+ Triple Function BB Cream - I think this is the main reason I am so looking forward to this week's make  up! I saw it yesterday, languishing at the bottom of my make up case, and literally couldn't remember the last time I had used it. I put it on today and am now shocked that I let it go unused for so long - I loooooove it! It is perfect for my skin tone, so natural looking and it evens out my skin while looking like I barely have any make up on. Result. You can see my thorough review of this BB Cream here.

NARS Orgasm Illiminator - I am including this for the second week running because I really love the glow that it gives my skin in this dull, dreary weather! It perks up lacklustre skin when I mix it with my foundation, or can be used sparingly as a highlighter.

Sleek Blush Rose Gold - This blush just works so well with the NARS illuminator, a match made in Heaven.

ELF Makeup Mist & Set - I have decided to include this spray every week for the foreseeable future, as last week my make up looked a bit cakey, and this really helped. However, now that I am using BB Cream instead of a foundation this week, I might not need it as much. Better safe than sorry, mind!

NARS Eyeshadow Duo Portobello - An item I bought in Florida but have now severely neglected. You know, the only reason I bought this is because it is the eyeshadow that Jenna Marbles uses in her YT videos. Yes, I am aware that I am a total sucker. It is nice, don't get me wrong, and as we both have blue eyes I thought that it should work for me too, but I just find the shades to damn similar for my liking. The lighter shade needs to be a bit lighter still, as to me they just look the same. Hmmph.

Wet 'n' Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Sugar - As the NARS duo has no highlight shade, this will be it.

Avon SuperMagnify Mascara - This arrived in my giveaway prize from the lovely Hazel, and I just opened it last week. It is already one of my favourite mascaras!

Make Up For Ever Aqua Eye Pencil 23L - This shimmery, champagne coloured eyeliner is great at opening up sleepy, tired eyes, making them look brighter, and making me look more awake, even though I am  actually a red eyed zombie most days.

It is a lipgloss week, most definitely! Another realisation when I was looking through my make up yesterday - I have so many lips glosses and I rarely use them; time to rectify this situation! So I chose a few so that I can shop and change during the week:

BarryM Lip Wand - Toffee
BarryM Lip Wand - Bubblegum
Bourjois 3D Effet Lipgloss - Beige Elastique
Bourjois 3D Effet Cosmic Lipgloss - Brun Magic

Whether I get much use out of all of these remains to be seen - last week I was immensely lazy, and didn't bother with eyeshadow or mascara most of the time. I had an awful cold so figured it was best to do without, than have it end up running down my face!

Also, unbelievably, next Sunday is Christmas Day, so what will happen as regards the Make Up Shake Up remains to be seen... it might get done, it might not, but I will definitely be chopping and changing what I use to encompass special occasions, e.g.: going out on Boxing Night, a.k.a. my first night on the drink since 1977, approx.

Have a great week, everyone

EOTD: Aqua Eyes

Shades used (MUA Immaculate Collection) - 18, 15, 1, 21 and 19.
I used the aqua shades from my MUA Immaculate Collection Palette for this look, plus a dark brown and dark green. As always, it was much brighter in reality. I don't understand why my camera washes out my eye make up photos so much... I always take them right at the window so that I have as much natural light as possible. And I mean right at the window - if my neighbours have ever saw me with my face and camera stuck right at the glass, they must think I'm mental!

Friday, 16 December 2011

EOTD: Natural yet Shimmery

This look was much prettier and more shimmery in real life... camera washed it out completely :( booo! I used my Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Palette - Vanilla, Midnight 15, Midnight Rodeo and Deeper.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

MUA Immaculate Collection Palette - Swatches & Urban Decay Dupes

*Warning - Picture Heavy!*

You may or may not know my love of the other MUA Pro palettes that I have - namely Heaven & Earth and Starry Night. MUA products are such a bargain, and fantastic quality for the price, you really can't go wrong. I had read several blog posts about their newest release, the Immaculate Collection Palette, and was itching to get my hands on it, however the Castlecourt Superdrug failed me miserably. No sign of it. Then a few weeks ago, MUA announced that they had just launched their new website, where you could buy all their products online. Well, someone should have been there to stop me and talk sense, but alas, there was no one...

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Sunday Night Make Up Shake Up #9

I'll not do the usual 'OMG it's week 9 WHAT?!' comment that these posts tend to begin with! I will warn you though that there is a lot of overlap with last week's products, as I got to use them very little and so have included most of them again this week...

MAC Face & Body Foundation C1 - This week my skin seems to have cleared up a bit (fingrers crossed) so I am hoping that I can get away with less coverage and use my F&B again! I got this over 2 months ago and there is still so much left, it's unreal.

Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer 1 Fair - My Witch concealer ran out so I replaced it with this one. I have this in the next shade up but it is too dark for my untanned skin so this one is perfect.

Catrice Multi Colour Compact Powder 020 Sand Beige - I am including this again as I will need it to try and sculpt some sort of shape into my swollen face. I really like this as a contouring powder and I think it will just be a staple in my make up every week from now on.

Lumiere Cosmetics Mineral Foundation Fair Cool Cashmere - In case the F&B foundation doesn't quite cut it in the coverage stakes, I have included this matte mineral powder foundation to add a bit of extra skin camouflage!

Lumiere Cosmetics Mineral Blush Autumn - Again, I didn't get much use out of this last week and so I am going to try it on its own this week (without cream blush underneath)

NARS Orgasm Illuminator - This will be my highlighter this week. As with the F&B, I have had this since May and I need so little per use, the amount I have left is crazy!

NYC High Definition Mascara - I barely used it last week so it's being recycled this week, although I opened a new mascara toady which I am dying to get playing with...

S-he Stylezone Eyeshadow Trio - I wore this last week for a day and quite liked it, so again, being recycled.

NYC Colour Wheel Eye Mosiac Powder Pink Cadillac - I didn't use this at all last week, oops. Must try harder.

Natural Collection Lip Liner - There isn't a shade on this, I think it might be Almond but I can't be sure. I found it in my make up case today and thought it was about time it got the use it deserves.

Avon Colour Rich Lipstick Pout - Again, this didn't get used much last week so it's in again this time.

Avon Ultra Colour Rich Lipstick Luxurious Blush - My newest lipstick, I am impatient and want to use it so it's going in the box too!

So that is everything for this week. I'm back in work my usual 5 days so hopefully will get plenty of use out of all of the items!

Saturday, 10 December 2011

My Blog's 1st Birthday!

I have a bit of a funny memory for dates - when I was studying for my History exams in school, I was utterly hopeless, but the smallest dates in real life, I tend to remember with strange accuracy. Thus, I certainly remember that I created my blog on 10th December 2010.

I'm not sure whereabouts my blog's creation falls in the grand scheme of things, but I am truly shocked and so 
immensely grateful for all that has happened with my blog in the last year...

 the followers I have gained (292 as of today, amazing!)
 how much my writing and photography skills have improved (always room for further improvement, mind)
 the opportunities that have arisen as as result of blogging (e.g.: meeting other NI blogger ladies at the meet up) 
 all the lovely, friendly, supportive people I have met along the way thanks to my blog, their blogs, and the powerful force that is Twitter!

To everyone who has ever read my waffle, left a comment, tweeted me, and generally played a part in the last year of blogging - I sincerely thank you ♥

I will be having a celebratory giveaway for my blog's birthday, but probably after Christmas, as there seems to be a lot of Christmas themed giveaways out there at the minute! So keep your eyes out for that.

Apart from that, these two items arrived from Avon for me on Thursday, when I thought I was on my deathbed post-wisdom tooth removal. I was lying in my bed in agony with a mouthful of blood when the Avon lady called by, and so I didn't get a look at these items until last night, when I was feeling slightly better. Can I have bought blog birthday presents for myself?!...

I got a necklace and a lipstick. As it turns out, the lipstick seems to have been discontinued, hence why it was on sale at £3.00. Now I am in love with it of course. Story of my life lately or what? Very annoyed now!
Avon Ultra Colour Rich Lipstick - Luxurious Blush

I also got this Zodiac necklace, as I am slightly obsessed with horoscopes and the Zodiac. I don't wear much red, but as I am an Aries, and it's a Fire sign, I couldn't do much about it! Thankfully, it is lovely, and was only £5.00.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday, 9 December 2011

Christmas Gift Ideas from Gordons

We are all well aware of how quickly the Christmas season is encroaching upon us. I, for one, find it both an exciting and terrifying count down! I have already bought a few presents, and I absolutely love buying presents for people. I always try to buy items that I know they will appreciate and get use from, but also presents that are within my budget.

Gordons Chemists, one of N. Ireland's most established independent pharmacies, is offering some cracking Christmas gift sets this year, to suit any and all tastes and budgets.

One such gift is the Academy of Colour "Get The Look" Book, which is on offer at £10.00. This is a bit of a steal, considering all the items housed in the clever book-like casing!

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Flash Giveaway Winner

Congratulations Charlotte! You won the lipstick, I hope you like it!

Monday, 5 December 2011

[CLOSED] **24hr Flash Giveaway!** Haven't I Seen You Somewhere Before?...

So not long after realising that my Miners Fashion Matte Lipstick in Barely Buff was basically a dupe for MAC Shy Girl, I started using my NARS Satin Finish lipstick in Honolulu Honey... well. This is a bit embarrassing....
(L-R) NARS Satin Finish Honolulu Honey      MAC Cremesheen Shy Girl      Miners Fashion Matte Barely Buff
(L-R) NARS Satin Finish Honolulu Honey      MAC Cremesheen Shy Girl      Miners Fashion Matte Barely Buff

One dupe, fair enough, but three lipsticks all so similar?! There really isn't much excuse is there?! However the Miners is such a bargain that I can't feel too guilty about it.

I think that the Miners Fashion Matte lipsticks are now discontinued - aside from my local chemist I haven't seen them anywhere, and there is no mention of them on the Miners website. I called in on Saturday to stock up before they vanish, and got the last Barely Buff lipstick for a little flash giveaway! [THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED]

Left - New lippie! Right - My lippie

Please first of all read...

The Rules:
-  This giveaway starts at 10.30pm Monday 5th Dec. 2011 and ends at 10.30pm Tuesday 6th December. (UK time)

- This giveaway is only open in the UK and Ireland.
-  You must be a follower of my blog using GFC.

-  Any serial giveaway enterers (i.e.: blogs or accounts created entirely for giveaway entering) will not be included. That's just not on!
-  Leave a comment on this post saying 'Enter me please'.  State your name on GFC and an email address so I can contact you. (1 entry)

Additional Entry:
-  Follow me on Twitter AND tweet about this giveaway - "
I entered the @gottaloveatrier 24hr Flash Giveaway!" (+1 entry)

So you have a maximum of two entries each... and that's it! Happy entering!