Sunday, 27 May 2012

Sunday Night Make Up Shake Up #32

That time of the week again! Unbelievable how fast time goes. I have had a busy week, working as usual, plus I spent Saturday in my hairdresser's salon doing complimentary make up for some of their customers, trying to get my name out there!

Anyway, what shall I use this week?...

Technic Prime It Illuminating Primer - I barely used it last week, so going to give it another outing.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation 51 - Oh old faithful, I am glad to be back to using you this week!

NYC Blushable Creme Stick Big Apple Blush* - I really wish we got these in NI/the UK, this is such a lovely product. Would love a few more of these!

Lumière Cosmetics Mineral Blush Poppy and Autumn* - These are really pretty shades, but need to be used lightly. As they're loose powder it is easy to be too heavy handed.

NYC Individual Eyes Palette Brown Eyes* - I think this is such a handy palette, as it contains 4 eyeshadows plus a cream primer and highlighter. Another item I wishes we got here!

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil Rehab** - I did't use this last week so including it again also.

Stila Smudge Stick Moray - Got this in a Glossy Box months ago and have never used it. Must try harder!

Essence Liquid Liner Black -  Liquid liner scares me a bit, however this is a sworn favourite of Leanne Woodfull, and if her gorgeous eye liner is anything to go by, I just need some practice! I got this in a swap with the lovely Dee from Confessions of a Makeupaholic, as Essence isn't available in NI either!

Urban Decay Supercurl Curling Mascara** - I love the wand on this mascara - plastic bristles plus it's curved for easy application.

Essence Lipliner Soft Rose - A light pink liner that's natural enough for every day wear. Another item from my swap with Dee!

Avon Colour Rich Lipstick Pout - A simple every day pink shade, no brainer!

Bourjois 3D Effect Gloss Brun Magique - I adore this shade but rarely use it, mainly because I don't like it wand on the Bourjois glosses! Must overlook the applicator!

Have a fantastic week everyone!
*PR Sample
**Received from Urban Decay Masterclass. I paid 
to attend and all attendees received goodie bags.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

DIY: Storage Pots & Jars

I recently made these little storage pots and jar for my room, and I really like them so I thought I would share them with you. They are so easy to make and cost very little, and hopefully it will give someone else some DIY inspiration!

Basically, it all started when I needed more storage for my make up brushes. There were simply too many for the glass tumbler I was storing them in. I started using a large ornamental mug but it was just to big for my liking and I wanted something tidier looking. So I thought I could make my own.

I asked my mum to keep a tin for me to reuse next time she opened one. She kindly kept me two; a large one (may have once housed peas, I'm not sure) and a little one that had stored tomato purée. She also washed them for me - bonus of having a kind mammy.

It took me a while to find a decorative paper that I liked and that suited my black and white bedroom! I looked in card shops at the sheets of wrapping paper, and most of the black and white sheets said "Happy Birthday" and other such messages on them. I eventually found a suitable design in Card Factory, which had no writing. I think the sheet cost around 40p.

I probably don't even need to tell you what to do next! Lie your tin sideways on the paper, and measure how much you need to wrap the whole way around the tin. Mark and cut out your required paper. Height wise, I left enough paper to tuck in at the top of the tin so as to cover any sharp edges. Then I just used Pritt Stick glue all over the paper, and then carefully wrapped the tin with it as smoothly as I could, ensuring the paper was flush along the bottom of the tin.

Then put whatever you want in your new storage pot! I keep big make up brushes in the large pot and eyeliners and such in the small one.

I then finished up a jar of peanut butter and decided I would do something with it too! I just drew around the lid, and cut out a circle about 1 inch larger in diameter than the lid itself. I used a glue gun this time, as the Pritt Stick just wasn't cutting it, and the paper would not adhere to the plastic.

I stuck the paper on the flat top of the lid first, then made snips about 1cm apart the whole way around the excess paper, so that they would fold down over the side of the lid neatly. Make sure that you have enough paper so that you can tuck some under the edge of the lid too.

That was really all I did! The jar is handy for storing cotton buds and matches my other pots too. Nothing like cheap and cheerful DIY! Have you made anything lately? Link me if you have, I love DIY posts!

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Sunday Night Make Up Shake Up #31

I am posting this on time for a change! Is that trumpets I hear?!

Technic Illuminating Primer - This primer doesn't seem to even out the texture of my skin but it does brighten up my face before applying foundation.

Clinique Superbalanced Foundation Alabaster - This is becoming one of my all time favourite foundations. It lasts brilliantly and is a great match for my skin tone.

Catrice Multi-Colour Compact Powder Sand Biege - In case I can be bothered to contour!

Natural Collection Cream Blush Rosy Pink - This warm toned cream blush is very natural and works well as a base for powder blush.

e.l.f. Blush Peachy Keen - Another very natural blush choice this week, and one I need to use more!

MUA Pro Palette Starry Night - A departure from my usual everyday shades, but sometimes you have to push the boat out a bit!

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Shadow Pencil Sin - I love this as a base for eye shadow or on its own to brighten up the eyes.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil Milk - I have rarely used this as an eye shadow base since I got it as I find it a bit too thick.... perhaps with some blending I can make it work this week.

Avon Supershock Gel Eyeliner Pencil - I didn't get much use out of this last week, but I hopefully will make more use of it this time!

Avon Supermagnify Mascara - This mascara is on its way out, and is very dry now. I hate to part with it but it is best its best sadly.

Collection 2000 Cream Puff Powder Puff - I haven't used this in so long! Whoops!

Burberry Miniature Lip Mist Copper - This came in the March Glossy Box and I kind of forgot about it. It is very sheer, but too much can be very brown. It is a nice mini size for carrying around though. And it looks a bit posh.

Well, those are my choices for another week! Have a good one guys!

Saturday, 19 May 2012

NOTD: Simple Summery Nails

When the summer weather eludes us, at least we can brighten up our nails!!

Barry M Lemon Ice Cream, Berry Ice Cream and White

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Sunday Night Make Up Shake Up #30

Let's go back in time until Sunday, so that I'm not actually late with this post.... again!

It always surprises me when I get to a round number of weeks with the shake up - Week 30?! That's over six months of mixing up my make up every week! I don't think I've created the same combination twice yet!

*not pictured* MeMeMe Seventh Heaven Moisturising Facebase - I am using this primer again this week so didn't include it in the shot.

Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation 51 Light Vanilla - A new foundation! I got this last week, while on offer in Boots at £6.99. So far, let's just say I'm glad I didn't pay full price for this. It is making my skin look very dry, no matter how much I moisturise beforehand, plus this is the lightest shade, yet is still slightly too orange for me! This baffles me; shade 51 in Healthy Mix is pretty much a perfect match for my skin so how is this darker? Opinion is verging on negative at the minute.

Barry M Foundation Crème Foundation White - To mix with the Bourjois so I don't have Orange Face Syndrome!

Vivo Blush with Highlighter Duo Pink Primrose - A bright pink that looks scarier in the pan than it applies to the skin. I like that you can mix the blush and highlighter or use them separately.

Avon Perfect Eyebrow Pencil Dark Brown - A new toy! I always use my HD Brows palette, however the shade I use every day is depleting fast, and so I thought I would try out an eyebrow pencil. I think that powders are the safer and easier option for brows, so the pencil scared me at first, but so far so good!

Avon Supershock Gel Eyeliner Pencil - So far I have just tried this out; when I tried to remove it several minutes later, it was not wanting to budge! I can see this will be a long lasting liner, which is good news for during the day, but a pain in the ass to remove at night! It also makes a fab base for dramatic, smoky eyes.

ELF Eyebrow Kit - I am rediscovering my love for this in an attempt to save the HD Brow palette, too! This is still a really decent buy for £3.50. It is lasting me ages, the powder isn't quite as dark as my usual one but still good for filling in brows, and the wax is great for shaping brows and keeping them in place.

MUA Pro Palette Heaven and Earth - The best bargain neutrals palette about, I would imagine. £4.00. 12 brown and neutral shades. Done.

Covergirl Lash Blast Fusion Mascara - Beginning to wish this was sold in the UK, as it is getting too dry to use properly! Noooo!

So, those are my make up picks for this week! Have you shaken up your make up lately? Have a good week folks!

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Skin Care with the Rio Sonicleanse #1

My boyfriend got me a very generous Amazon gift voucher for my birthday last month. At first, I had no idea what I would spend it on, then while browsing the website and thinking "What would I like that I probably wouldn't have bought for myself?"... well, a Clarisonic Mia immediately popped in to my head. However, as much as I wanted to try one, I did not want to spend over £100 on a gadget that might not work well for me. Then I recalled seeing a few bloggers and YouTubers talking about the Rio Sonicleanse, which is a very similar product.

The Sonicleanse is currently a reasonable £49.99, with free delivery from Amazon. I paid slightly less as it was priced at £48.92 when I bought it! A rather random price, but hardly any less at all, I still would have bought it at the full cost. You can also buy this from the Rio Beauty website. Read on to see the basics about the product and my initial thoughts....

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Benefit & Diet Coke Collaboration

You may remember that recently Benefit had a collaboration with Diet Coke, whereby you could win Benefit make up by entering the code from your Diet Coke online! Were any of you a lucky winner?

I recently received these two little goodies from Benefit to try; the Foamingly Clean face wash and the So Hooked on Carmella perfume.

The face wash was lovely! I don't normally use a foaming cleanser these days but this was really nice. I loved the fresh scent and the light foamy texture. It didn't irritate my sensitive skin at all, or make it feel dry which some cleansers can. This could be one to look out for.

The So Hooked on Carmella perfume.... well. There are no words to describe how much I loved this! It smells both gorgeous and delicious; for the me most noticeable scents were of vanilla, sandalwood and a sweetness like caramel (even though caramel isn't in the description!). If you like sweet perfumes you will love this. It is going on my wishlist!

Diet Coke are currently have a collaboration with Jean Paul Gaultier; you know the iconic Gaultier perfume bottles? Well imagine those meeting Diet Coke!

Genius! The Diet Coke and Jean Paul Gaultier collaboration is available for a limited time at Harvey Nichols if you want to get your hands on these collector's items!
*PR Samples

Monday, 7 May 2012

Sunday Night Make Up Shake Up #29

I know it's not Sunday, I am rather late with this post! However I managed to completely waste my bank holiday weekend by over-indulging on Saturday night and spending all day Sunday in a very sorry state. It wasn't big or clever!!

Anyway, as the post title suggests...

MeMeMe Seventh Heaven Moisturising Facebase - Using this again this week as a primer, as it really moisturises my skin and leaves it feeling very smooth before applying foundation.

NARS Orgasm Illuminator - This will probably be used to mix in with my foundation to add more of a glow, Lord knows I need it after my messy weekend.

MAC Studio Fix Fluid NC15 - I haven't used this in ages, because it's almost completely finished, so I may as well try and get some last uses out of it. I think it is a bit too drying for me these days though.

Benefit Posie Tint - It's handy and a nice colour... what more can I say?!

Milani Baked Blush Rose D'Oro - One of my favourite blushes. It's been mentioned in my make up shake ups so many times now!

Urban Decay Primer Potion - Now that I have depotted this primer it is SO much easier to use! It is so handy having it in a little pot instead of that daft packaging. If you want to see what I did just read this post!

MUA Single Eyeshadows Shade 2 Pearl, Shade 12 Pearl - These are actually really decent eyeshadows and I think I neglect them because of the fact that they're single eyeshadows, and it's easier to reach for a palette!

Milani Eyeshadows Royalty, Mélange, Beach Sand, Bronze Doll - This seems like a crazy amount of eyeshadow, I know. Oh well! Again, I neglect these due to them being single eyeshadows. I may be feeling the need for a Z Palette...

Urban Decay Lush Lash Mascara - Whether this actually will help my lashes grow, I am not sure, but it is a very nice mascara nonetheless!

Not pictured is my lip product of choice, as it is the same as last week - Revlon Lip Butter in Creme Brulée. New favourite alert!

OH! Speaking of new favourites, I have now got a fantastic new phone and have Instagram! I love it! My username is laurensarajude if you would like to follow me on there!

Have a great week everyone!

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Bioré Relaunch - Deep Cleansing Pore Strips

Do you remember when blackhead remover strips were first launched? I do! I was but a child at the time, but I remember watching the advert and wondering what they were all about! Well Bioré are relaunching their products, which are aimed at problem skin, and among them are these Deep Cleaning Pore Strips. I received the strips and their Make Up Removing Wipes to try out and I must say I am impressed.

There are 6 strips per pack, so if you use them once a week you get 6 weeks worth! Each strip is individually packaged, and has instructions both on the box, and on the strip itself, which is handy if you just need to take a single strip in a travel bag.

They are handy, and easy to use, as explained in the Bioré video...

It only takes ten minutes for the strip to lock on to the dirt on your pores, and when you remove the strip, lots of your blackheads are removed too! It is strangely satisfying!

I did take a photograph of the removed strip, but in the name of good taste, I decided to spare you from it! However I can honestly say that it is effective, and I will use these weekly to ensure the pores on my nose get a proper deep clean. Just be careful you don't lose track of time like I did on my first use; one word - ouch!

The make up remover wipes are also very handy. I use them to remove the majority of my make up, then use my hot cloth cleanser after, as usual, for a thorough cleanse. The wipes are alcohol free which is great when you have sensitive skin like me!

Have you tried deep cleansing pore strips? Perhaps these could convert you too! For more information on the Bioré range visit

*PR Sample

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

DIY: Depotting Urban Decay Primer Potion

I know I am not the only person to complain about the old packaging of Urban Decay Primer Potion! Really, what was the thinking behind that design? Thankfully, the new packaging is much more user-friendly and means less wasted product but if, like me, you have some Primer Potion in the old packaging that you think is on the last dregs, it is well worth giving this a shot...

I got this mini Primer Potion with my Naked Palette when I bought it last May. I did get plenty of use out of this little bottle, but recently it seemed to have given up the ghost and hardly any product would come out on the wand. So off I went to good old YouTube and watched some Primer Potion depotting videos. The next day I had a bash at it myself!

You can bascially tell from the above photo what I did - removed the stopper from the top of the bottle, and chopped off the bottom! I used pincers to extract the stopper, but I reckon a pair of tweezers would do the trick too as it was easy to remove. You can then scoop more than usual out of the top of the bottle. It was rather slow-going though, so I brought out the big guns... or should I say big kitchen knife?

Let's ignore the moment when my horrified mother noticed me hacking the arse off the bottle and cried "That's the knife I use to cut sandwiches!". It isn't relevent. I don't think you have to use a knife that is specifically good for sandwich cutting. Just any knife with a big blade will do. The bottom came off fairly easily too. Use a mat or chopping board though.

As I didn't have a spatula-like implement small enough, I just used the primer potion wand to scoop out the remaining contents. There was a LOT more than I thought left in that wee bottle! Check it out...

The contents filled this little pot completely! There was lots of primer gathered at the very bottom of the bottle where the wand couldn't reach it, plus loads in the bulbous middle part. I measured the contents and I got 3mls in to this pot. That is 3mls out of a 3.7ml bottle?! Granted, the scales might round up to the nearest whole number, but they are electronic scales and very accurate!

Either way, I got way more primer out of this bottle than I had expected, and it is going to last me a long time! I was very pleased. So if you have one of these ridiculously shaped bottles of primer potion that you thought was finished, make sure you try this first as you might just be surprised!