Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Sunday Night Make Up Shake Up #19

What do you mean it's late?!....

OK, three days late is unusual for me, but life has been really busy! After looking after my little sister over the weekend, I was in Belfast on Monday on my first make up job - assisting at the Queens University SWOT Fashion Show. It was a busy, tiring and amazing day! I was up at 6am to get the train and wasn't home until 10pm. I didn't realise just how physically exhausting it would be but it was completely worth it and I am really looking forward to more make up jobs! I had booked today off work to recover, which was much needed!

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foudnation 51 - I loved using this last week so it's getting another week's run!

Jane Iredale 24 Karat Gold Rose Gold - When used very sparingly this is a lovely blush, if a bit shimmery!

Urban Decay Naked Palette - Using this a second week in a row too, as it was good to play around with it again. I played it safe last week so may be a bit more daring this time!

Blink + Go Mascara - Love this. Favourite mascara at the moment! Bugger to remove, but worth it for lovely lashes all day!

MUA Intense Colour Eyeliner Snow White - This. Is. Brilliant. Love love love it. It will be getting a post all of its own soon!

Maybelline Intense Gel Eyeliner - If I get time in the morning to use this, I definitely will!

L'Oreal Infallible Lipstick Perpetual Peach - A warm, dark peach lipstick which is really long lasting! Bought this in the USA, wish we got them here.

Miners Fashion Matte Lipstick Coral - A bright orange toned coral lipstick, for more daring days!

Jane Iredale Cheek and Lip Stain - This little item was in my February Joliebox and turns a nice bright pink on the lips, and also feels like a balm, so will be very handy to top up throughout the day.

(L-R) L'Oreal, Miners, Jane Iredale
I hope you all had a great weekend!

Monday, 27 February 2012

Urban Decay's Global Make Up Artist is coming to Belfast!

How amazing is this?! Eric Jimenez, Global MUA of Urban Decay cosmetics, is coming to Debenhams, Belfast, to host two days of Masterclasses! This is a fantastic opportunity to attend what will no doubt be an informative and enjoyable event, especially if you are a make up lover!

He will be in Debenhams on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd March, and will hold two classes per day. Eric has worked with celebrities, including Paula Abdul, and also guest judged on Britain's Next Top Model - he will definitely have a few tips and tricks up his sleeve to teach everyone! For £50, you attend the Masterclass, learn makeup tricks, get a wee glass of bubbly and a little gift with purchase too! Also, your £50 is redeemable against purchasing Urban Decay products afterwards! Can you say Hello Naked2?!

To book your place on one of Eric's classes, call 028 9043 5536. I am very tempted to go myself!

Thursday, 23 February 2012

GIVEAWAY! £50 towards a Wahanda Spa Break! (CLOSED)


The very kind people at Wahanda Spa Days recently contacted me offering my readers the chance to have £50 to go towards one of their Spa Breaks!

Who wouldn't want to have a little pampering break and enjoy the spa facilities to their heart's content? Wahanda has spas throughout the UK so wherever you are, you should hopefully have a suitable location!

To be in with a chance to win £50 a Wahanda Spa Break, all you have to do is...
* Follow on GFC
* Comment on this post with your GFC name and email address
* Tell me why you would love a break! Easy!

This giveaway closes at 11.59pm on Wednesday 29th February and the winner will be chosen by random number generator.

I am already jealous of whichever lucky duck wins!

* This is not a sponsored post, I simply thought this was a brilliant offer for my followers and I do not gain from it in any way.

Monday, 20 February 2012

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish

I was very kindly sent the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish in December, so that I could try out the product and see what I thought. This tube lasted me about 6 or 7 weeks before I could pump no more!

I have been a huge fan of the Superdrug Hot Cloth Cleanser for six months now, and had been repurchasing it faithfully. When the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish arrived, I couldn't wait to try it and see if there was any substantial difference!

Firs thing's first... the presentation. Obviously, there's a big difference in buying a product in a shop and having one posted to you, but it is still lovely to receive such a nicely wrapped item. It is a very nice touch.

The product comes in a 100ml tube, with a pump, in the trademark Liz Earle muted turquoise colour. I also received two muslin cloths and this little washbag which could be handy for travel. The packaging is chic and sturdy, however it is very difficult to judge how much is left in the tube. Only in the last week or so did I begin to think that it must be running low.

The product itself is lovely; luxurious feeling thick cream, with a really fresh scent from the eucalyptus. You rub the cream on to your face, on top of your make up, massage it around, then use a muslin cloth dampened with hot water to remove the cream, and polish the skin. It leaves the skin very clean and fresh, and mildly exfoliated.

It was great on my sensitive skin, which can be prone to flare ups with new products. I can safely say that my skin loved this stuff! I used it every evening to remove my makeup, and followed it with my Murad Time Release Blemish Cleanser (I preferred to remove my eye make up first, although the Cleanse & Polish removes it easily too).  Since using this and my Murad cleanser, my skin has been in the best state I've seen in a while!

So after six weeks of continuous use, the Cleanse & Polish pumped its last pump. Since I finished this about two weeks ago, I have been back to using my Superdrug Hot Cloth Cleanser, and has my skin changed or went haywire as a result of this change?... Well, no, is the long and the short of it! I have noticed neither more nor less spots since I finished this product, which I believe shows just how similar they are (though obviously not identical, some people may have better results with one than the other).

For me the main point as to whether to repurchase this or not is the price - £13.75 for the Starter Kit, which I believe includes a 100ml tube and two muslin cloths. For me, this price range is definitely in the luxury beauty category. The Superdrug equivalent is 200ml, between £3.99 - £5.99 and - for me - does the same job. However, I do still love the Liz Earle one and will definitely treat myself to it in the future, and look forward to trying other products in their range.

Conclusion - A lovely luxury skincare item which should suit most skin types. Would make a fantastic gift for someone else, or treat for yourself!

Also has been added to my Project Pan page!

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Sunday Night Make Up Shake Up #18

Another Sunday, another make up shake up!

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation 51 - I was beginning to struggle with my MAC Studio Fix Fluid last week... it has been a favourite of mine since I was 18 but I have begun to get increasingly frustrated with its oxidisation - it ends up a shade darker than I need, and seeing as I buy NC15 it's not like I can go down a shade! Also it emphasised some dry patches, but perhaps my skin is just drier than usual. I'm hoping Healthy Mix works better this week!

NYC Blushable Creme Stick Big Apple Blush - I really like cream blushes now, and am definitely going to invest in more. I recommend this one if you can find it! It's really easy to use and so natural

Lumiere Cosmetics Mineral Blush Poppy - I haven't used this in a while and it goes very well with the NYC creme blush so if it ain't broke, don't fix it!

Urban Decay Naked Palette - I have severely neglected this palette of late, which is a shame. It is one of my absolute favourites; I have had it now for over nine months and most of the shadows barely have a dent in them!

Avon Arabian Glow Multistylo - This creamy bronzing stick is an amazing base for eyeshadow! It is possibly its best use!

NYC Hi Definition Mascara - This is like the mascara that never ends! However I have had it for so long now that I think this may have to be its last outing before it is formally introduced to The Bin. It's bound to be past its best!

Essence Lipstick In The Nude - I received this recently in a make up swap with Dee and I love it! I am a huge fan of nude lipsticks and this is one of the better ones I have tried. I adore the smell too!

Make Up For Ever Gloss - I got this last year the the MUFE sale but I don't think it has a shade number. In the tube it looks like a shimmery brown but when applied it's actually not far off my natural lip colour. I rarely use this and I don't know why now!

Have a fantastic week everyone! I am now finished my make up course and am officially a Make Up Artist!! Watch this space! 

Saturday, 18 February 2012

300 Follower Giveaway Winner

Using good old random.org, I have a giveaway winner...

Congratulations Mel of mldvs! You will receive an email from me :)

Thank you to everyone that entered! I hope to hold another giveaway sometime in the future!

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Sunday Night Make Up Shake Up #17

I absolutely loved the make up I was using last week, though I want to take it up a notch if I can this week - it 
all depends on how long I have to get ready in the mornings!

MAC Studio Fix Fluid NC15 - Time for a change from BB Cream this week, and I quite fancy my good old SFF. Nice coverage and one of my all time favourites.

Natural Collection Cream Blush Rosy Pink- I am actually really liking this cream blush! Surprising for £1.99. It blends nicely and leaves a natural flush of colour. What more can you ask for?

Milani Baked Blush Rose D'Oro - I cannot express my love for this blush enough. I need more! Damn them being an American brand!

MUA Heaven & Earth palette - I haven't used this wee gem in a while, and it's handy for creating a variety of neutral and brown looks. You can see my full review in this palette here.

MAC Paint Pot Painterly - I think this will just be in my make up every week to be honest. Adore. A must have!

Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Liner - I don't know how many work mornings I will have the time or energy to faff around with this, but I do want to give it a go for something a bit different.

Blink+Go Mascara - A fantastic mascara all round. I am considering buying one for my MUA kit as it is brilliant and waterproof, therefore great for weddings!

Avon Colour Rich Lipstick Pout - A natural pink lip for everyday; simple.

Miners Fashion Matte Lipstick Starlet - This vibrant pink colour is unlike my usual everyday nude lip shades, so I really want to give this a go with thick black liner. Ooh aye.

FCUK Lip Gloss - A standard clear lipgloss. I rarely use these any more so thought I'd chuck it in the mix and see how it goes,

Have a great week everyone!

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Jemma Kidd Pro Blade Antibacterial Sharpener

I ordered this Jemma Kidd Pro Blade Antibacterial Sharpener in the Feel Unique January sale, for £6.00. To be honest, £6 is friggin' ridiculous for something you sharpen make up pencils in, but I was in desperate need of one and thought, surely a Jemma Kidd one at £6 will be the shizz?...

The fact that it has a sanitising blade was also appealing, as it would be good for using for kit pencils. It has a little stick to clean the blades with which is quite handy for getting all the soft bits of pencil sharpenings out.

Those points however, are where the positives end. This sharpener completely fails to produce a fine, sharp point on any of my pencils... surely that should be the one thing any sharpener is able to do?! No matter how much I clean this sharpener, pencils never sharpen fully. When I need a really fine point, I actually use my mum's Catrice sharpener which she got for about 3 euro!

All in all, a totally overpriced product! Save your money and try out a drugstore one first!

Monday, 6 February 2012

January Favourites

I can't remember the last time I did a monthly favourites post! Oh dear, that's shameful. Well, let me show you what I have been enjoying throughout January then...

MeMeMe Seventh Heaven Moisturising Facebase - I really, really like this stuff! The citrus smell might not be to everyone's taste, but I think it smells amazing and sometimes actually crave having a sniff of it! Weird, I know. It's addictive. It sinks in quite fast, leaving skin supple and primed for foundation. I like it as it feels more natural than using a silicone based primer, yet more effective than ordinary moisturiser.

CoverGirl LashBlast Fusion Mascara - I bought this in Florida in September and put off opening it until January, but now that it's open, I really like it. It has a fat, spiky wand akin to the Max Factor False Lash Effect mascaras, and a formula that's just the right balance of fluid and thickness.

Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner - I picked this up during January when it was on offer in Superdrug for £4.99 instead of the usual £7.99 (it's currently on offer at £5.99 here). I love the formula of this liner; so opaque and it glides on very easily. It stays on for ages too, and can actually be a pain to remove as it's so infallible!

MAC Paint Pot Painterly - I've not had this long, but it is now without doubt my favourite eye shadow base. Nothing else can stand up to the staying power of this stuff!

MAC Eyeshadow Woodwinked - I had never used this shadow much as I found the colour could be quite hard to pair with other shades. I then watched Tanya Burr's everyday make up video and this shadow was given a new lease of life! Fantastic.

Shu Uemura Eylash Curlers Even though I have very round eyes, this still works well on my short, straight lashes. My eyes have never looked so awake! (Don't forget I am giving a pair of these away in my Giveaway!)

Lauren Luke Flat Contour Brush - This is apparently comparable to the MAC 109, but I don't own it so I can't say. This brush is now my favourite contour brush, which surprised me somewhat; I didn't think the shape would be conducive to contouring but it works very well. Currently a bargain price at £5.25 here.

Lauren Luke Pencil Brush - I like this Pencil brush for precise appliction of eyeshadow to the socket line and even for precise blending. Another wee bargain at £3.25 here .

What products have you been loving lately?

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Sunday Night Make Up Shake Up #16

I start my new job tomorrow - scary! I was cool as a cucumber about it all day but now I have the nerves. Yikes. This week's choices are quite safe, must make a good impression!

We have a few repeats this week too...

Skin79 Super+ Triple Function BB Cream - BB Cream again this week, as I have been enjoying using it and it doesn't require using a brush. So handy, now that make up brush washing seems to have turned in to some sort of boring hobby for me...

Avon Arabian Glow Multistylo - I didn't use this much last week so may as well include it again. Not a bad cream bronzer, but I need more practice...

Natural Collection Cream Blush Rosy Pink - My NYC cream blush can have a rest this week, because I have this one to use as a base!

ELF Studio Blush Peachy Keen - This is the most natural blush I have so I thought it would be most 'new job appropriate' for my first week.

MAC Paint Pot Painterly - My new most favourite eyeshadow base in the whole wide world! (ah, the words of new love )

Inglot Freedom Palette Matte 360 and Pearl 423 - I didn't use these much last week so carrying them over

No.7 Eyeshadow Duo - as above!

No.7 Extreme Length Mini Mascara - I thought this was a great size for travel, plus when I saw it had a plastic comb type wand, I was sold.

ELF Matte Lip Colour Pencil Natural - The word Natural made this the easy choice! It's not too bright a colour and easy for touch ups during the day.

Cargo Lipgloss Serengeti - Also chosen due to its travel friendly size. A slightly shimmery pink colour, just to stop my lips from looking too dry from the matte pencil. It looks like there's not a lot left in this, but I haven;t used it that much! Odd!

I hope you have all had a lovely weekend, and have a great week awaiting you!

Saturday, 4 February 2012

New Make Up Storage

I don't intend this as a make up collection post by any means; just showing you some new storage bits I got in the last week or two! I recently got a new dressing table for my bedroom, so I wanted to tidy everything up more. I had previously been storing my make up in this case:
Please note that the above photo is very old; ignore any rubbish make up I previously used!
I love how my nail varnishes used to fit in this case too - now they're housed in eight Glossy Boxes!
However, my make up was beginning to overflow from this and I wanted to invest in some nice acrylic storage, so that I could use the case exclusively for my MUA kit. So I researched acrylic storage solutions and here's what I chose...

I saw that Leanne had tweeted about these drawers from Homebase a while back, so I hunted them down! They're actually an acrylic paper sorter, but they do the same job. They aren't cheap at £20.99 but I suppose that's not too expensive either. I had actually reserved the last 2 sets in my nearest shop, but when I went to collect them, one set (which had obviously been the display set) was all dusty and 2 of the drawers were stuck! So I only came home with one but it turned out that one was just the right size for most of my collection. It was, however, too big for my new dressing table! It took up so much space, so I have it on a shelf beside the table.

I also picked up this tumbler glass in Homebase, for some of my make up brushes. It was a steal at £1.99, although slightly smaller and shallower than I would have liked. I must be rather fussy, because I looked around so many shops at glasses and candle holders, and couldn't find one to satisfy me, so this was a compromise!

This cosmetics organiser, would you believe, was the most expensive item of the lot! A whopping £27! Majorly overpriced if you ask me, but I am in love with it. There were smaller ones available for around £15 but they just didn't seem big enough, and now that I have this, I am glad I went for it. My mum is eyeing this up now, too! I keep all my everyday make up in this organiser, plus some extra lipsticks, and of course the make up will be on rotation every Sunday for my weekly Make Up Shake Up!
OK, so the above isn't make up storage, but it used to be! I had previously stored my make up brushes in this vase, stuck in to black sand (vase and sand from Au Naturale, RIP) just like all the cool kids on YouTube, but I was getting very fed up with it, as the brushes always fell over and just looked messy. So now the vase is a lovely decorative feature! LED twigs (£2.99) and sparkly thingymabob (£1.49)  from B&M Bargains, black ribbon from December Glossy Box.

Finally, most of my palettes, plus small No.7 mirror, now live in the December Joliebox; it is the ideal, compact size, and fits in with my black and white themed bedroom perfectly!

I love it when a plan comes together!

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Small Haul

I thought I would show just a few items I purchased on Monday and Tuesday, my last days of working in Belfast near decent shops!

These items from the Natural Collection in Boots were 3 for £5, as always. I got 2 green colour collectors which I then depotted (which you can see in this post) and this cream blush in Rosy Pink. 

The cream blush was more liquid in consistency than cream, I thought, and so a little goes a long way! It seems to lean more to the coral/peach side to me, rather than rosy pink but it is still nice and very wearable.

I got some items in Primark (not pictured are some black super cosy tights, which I love, and a pair of men's trackie bottoms that were £5 and I have basically lived in them since Tuesday) as I don't know when I'll next get to Primark again! *sob*

This oversized skull and flower print scarf was £4. I love the oversized scarves from Primark, they're not ideal for winter warmth but are great accessories for plain outfits.

This ring was £2! You can't beat Primark for cheap and cheerful jewellery! It's so pretty, albeit a blatant rip-off of the Princess Diana ring.

Last but not least, I picked up these Sally Hansen HD Nail Polishes in... Poundland! I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw them. This was the only Hi Def (green) left, and Hue was the only yellow of this shade left too. There were lots in the shade Lite which were a brighter, more sunshine yellow, but I preferred this one.

So there you have it. Not much, but a few wee bargains! Plenty more coming up to show you too!