Thursday, 30 December 2010

Lush Cace Rouge Review

This is a review of Lush's Henna hair dye in Caca Rouge. They can be purchased at a Lush store or online and cost £7.10/$22.95. It weighs 11.4oz/approx 330g

I thought I'd already posted this, but I seem to just have saved it and not posted. :( So I figured I'd post it now. The first bit of the review was written the day I dyed my hair, the next part the day after and the final part today, three weeks after dyeing. So You'll be getting my first impressions and my thoughts after three weeks. :)

29/12 '10
I got my sister to buy this product before she came back home for Christmas. For years now I have wished that I had red hair, and have been contemplating dyeing it. I tried once about four years ago using a non-permanent dye from L'oreal (the shade was called chestnut something) but it looked a little purpley to me. This summer I began toying with the idea of dyeing my hair again, but my mum managed (as only mothers can :) to scare me with stories of chemical burns and stuff so I didn't want to try my luck dyeing it at home. I also didn't want to have it dyed professionally as I didn't really feel like spending the money. Also, I have very dark brown hair and I know (deep down) that my hair won't go lighter unless I bleach it (which I don't want to do), so I was pretty much at a standstill with the whole red hair dream.
That's where the henna came in.
Whilst browsing the Lush site (as you do) I came across their Henna hair dyes. The Caca Rouge in particular caught my attention. Could this product give me the red locks I so desired?
I don't know yet as I still haven't taken the product out, but as I am bored waiting I thought I'd begin this review and finish it when I know the results.
Before I start rambling I'd better tell you a little about this product and what it claims to do.

So, the Lush henna cacas are blocks of henna (which is normally sold as a powder) mixed with cocoa butter and lemon juice and other ingredients. Each block is split into six squares and you can use as much, or as little as you like, according to the length/thickness of your hair. I ground my block up, so I'm not sure how many blocks I used, but I think about four (I have a lot of hair) and I put the rest in an old jam jar to use later.
There are four cacas to choose from: Rouge (for red hair), Marron (for chestnut hair), Brun (for brown hair) and Noir (for black hair).
The Caca Rouge is meant to turn your hair vibrant red if you have light coloured hair, or a warm red tinge which catches in the sun, if you have dark hair like mine.
There are instructions on the website and you should also get them if you buy these in a shop, but my sister forgot to take them with her. I highly recommend reading plenty of reviews before you use this product (or any product for that matter) so that you can learn more about the product and get tips from others. MakeupAlley has some good ones. These are the instructions, a mixture from the website and from other sources and my personal experience.

1. Cut or the henna up into small pieces, or grate it into a powder and put in a heatproof bowl. I used a glass jug and had no problems cleaning it.

2. Add hot water and mix to a thick custard/yoghurt like consistency. I used a metal spoon, but the UK Lush website recommends a wooden spoon, personally I think it would just turn green.

3. Lay old newspapers over your bathroom floor (or wherever you're doing this) and over any surfaces that might get splashed (around the sink for instance.) Put on gloves (Very important! You don't want orange hands) and apply to hair. I separated my hair and did the lower section first and then the upper, but in the end I was just smearing it all over. The website says to do it from back to front.

4. Cover in cling film for a more vibrant red. Leave on for one to six hours (depending on how red you want your hair). I found while doing my strand test that heat is really an important factor, I think it activates the henna somehow. So I wrapped my hair in cling film, put on a big old hat I had lying around and then put a hot water bottle on top of my head and secured it with an old towel. You could axe the hot water bottle and blast your hair with a blow dried ever hour or something, but I thought this would be easier. It does make your head feel very heavy though, so try to stay sitting down as much as you can, and be careful your neck doesn't get too sore.

5. Rinse, shampoo, and condition hair. You may have to repeat a couple of times to get all the henna bits out, use a comb to get the bits out.

Some tips and warnings

* This all takes a long time. The first three steps took me less than an hour, but then you have to wait ages for it to work, and you can't really leave the house with a towel and a hot water bottle on your head! So I recommend doing this when you have nothing else planned and just sit around and read, or watch a film, or read blogs or something. :)

! Beware of the smell. I smelled the block of henna and thought it was fine, but as soon as I'd mixed in the water and was doing my strand test I smell was overwhelming. Each nose is different however, case in point both my mother and my sister thought it was fine, but I hated the smell. I seriously thought I was going to throw up and one point. When I did the actual thing though I played music to distract me and that worked splendidly. Music seems to sooth me any time I feel nauseous, I used to get carsick a lot but music really helped stop it. I digress. My point is, if the smell bothers you, play some music or have a friend with you to talk to you and distract you. Also keep the window open. :)

* I would recommend wearing an old shirt while you do this, as you'll most likely need to get into the shower with your hair wrapped up in clingfilm, hat, (hot water bottle) and a towel and there's no way you can get a t-shirt over that mess! I didn't have a shirt handy, but I had an old top that I never wear which has a very wide neckline so getting it over my head was no problem. Also wear some unloved piece of clothing on your bottom half, as it may get splashed, and wear old socks that you can take off as soon as you've applied the henna to your hair so that your don't leave henna prints on the floor :)

! If you live with someone (parents, spouse, roommate for example) let them know what you are doing. Especially if you don't own the house as you might make a bit of a mess during the rinsing step. My mother is a bit worried the grouting between the tiles will be stained, but I'll try and be careful. :)

Here are some pictures of my dyeing process:

The henna mixture

Applied on my head

Closer look

Cling filmed head

A hat to keep warm!

Towel, holding the hot water bottle in place

It's now been four hours since I put the mixture in, I had only planned to leave it in for four, but since dinner's in half an hour and I need to keep an eye on it I think I'll leave it for a bit longer, probably fiveish. To be honest I'm a bit worried to see how it washs out. The strand test was fine, but that was only a small strand of hair...this is my whole head and I'm reminded of the whole banana+egg mixture horror of this summer. I'd just been to the Blue Lagoon which is a geothermal spa and it left my hair horribly dry so I figured I'd just mix an egg, a banana (I think I may also have put honey in there) and put it in my hair. Bad idea! It was an absolute nightmare to get out, I think it took over half an hour and I still had banana bits left in there! I obviously forgot that my hair is very coarse and will grab onto anything you put in it, which is good in a way as it means it holds curls very well, but bad in this instance. Also, it didn't make my hair any softer. :( Oh well, live and learn.
Just a note, my scalp started itching a bit during the last hour or so, nothing horrible, but just something to be aware of if you have a sensitive scalp.

30/12 '10
I rinsed the henna mixture out last night and was pleasantly surprised with how easy it came out. I used my trusted Tangle Teezer to comb all the bits out and shampooed and conditioned once. I recommend that you start by rinsing as much of the henna out as you can and then wash your hair. Although I think I'll have to was it again as it feels a bit dirty, like there's still some of the mixture left in my hair.
As for the colour, it came out a lot redder than I expected, and to be honest I'm not quite sure what I think. It's a sort of dark auburn shade now, and it gleams when you shine light on it. I think I just need a couple of days to get used to the change and play with it a bit.
All I'm worried about now is how long the colour will last. It says on the website that it should last a couple of months, but my hair holds colour in really well, so it will probably last a lot longer, and I'm a bit concerned with my roots showing as that will probably make my hair look greasy. So I think I'll pick up a block of the Caca Brun when I'm in London in February, just so that I can dye my hair brown again if I want to.

20/1 '11
It's now been three weeks since I dyed my hair, and I'm very happy with it. The colour faded a bit the first couple of times I washed it, so it's not as red as it was, but I'm pleased with how it turned out. It shines prettily in the sunlight (when there is any that is!) but apart from that it's not a huge change. As I still have about half of the henna left I might redye it in March, and I think I'll buy another block in London, I probably won't buy a brown block, as I think the colour will just fade, I don't think my roots will show very much.
One thing though, I think the colour is washing out a bit when I wash my hair, as my towels seem to turn a bit yellow, but it doesn't stain. I'm not sure if it's the henna, or the henna shampoo I'm using (from Boots).
I find it really hard to photograph my hair so that the red shows up, it hasn't shown up at all in the pictures I've posted here recently. but this might be because I usually take the pictures in the morning or evenings, when there isn't much natural light, and my room has really bad lighting. But here are a couple of pictures where you can see a bit of the colour.

So that's it for my review, let me know if you have any questions!

Saturday, 25 December 2010

Lush Cinders Bath Ballistic

**Before I start this post I just wanted to let you know about an amazing giveaway that's being hosted by FunnyFaceBeauty. Click the picture to see it!**

I received a Lush goodie from my brother and sister as part of my Christmas present (the other part was a snood from River Island, in case you were wondering). I had asked for a couple of things from Lush as my sister is studying in London and would be buying my present there (and there is no Lush in Iceland) and I was thrilled that she picked the Matryoshka.

This little Russian doll is made from two pieces of apple scented soap and inside are Cinders bath ballistic and So White bath ballistic.
I decided that I would use Cinders first, as I have heard so many good things about it and was eager to try it out.

Basic Information

I got the Cinders Ballistic the Matryoshka as I have already mentioned. The Matryoshka is no longer on the UK Lush website, but it was on the US one and costs £9.95/$19.95. In it you get about 60g of Cinders, the full size is 90g. The fact that it was smaller may have had some influence on it's performance and my opinion.
This ballistic contains pop rocks which are meant to crackle like a fireplace.

This ballistic is meant to make you feel warm and cozy, just as if you were sitting in front of a warm fireplace, or, in the words of the Lush website:
Bathing with Cinders is like falling asleep in front of a log fire and hearing the crackling embers as the snow falls down.

Cinders is a cinnamon scented bath ballistic and is supposed to have traces of orange and almond. I could only smell the cinnamon personally, but it should be noted that I have a cold, so my nose is not to be trusted. As it was in close contact with both the So White ballistic and the So White scented soaps, I couldn't really distinguish between the two when I smelled them at first, but the So White scent did not interfere with Cinders once it had dissolved in the bath. I couldn't really smell the product much in the bath, but it did linger on my skin and I can still smell it now, two hours after the bath.

It's been a couple of years since I've used a ballistic, I personally prefer bubble bars, so my expectations may have been wrong for this product. I was expecting it to fizz around in my bath and turn it a nice orange colour. Instead it sank to the bottom of my bath and just lay there, dissolving slowly. I didn't have the tap running when I put it in, as I wanted to hear the cracking noise of the pop rocks. In hindsight maybe I should have left the tap running as that might have affected how it dissolved and distributed. I got bored of waiting for it to dissolve so I just crumbled it up myself. And as for the crackling sounds, I didn't hear any but this might by due to the fact that I got a smaller version of the ballistic and the full sized one has a lot of pop rocks on the top, which mine didn't. But I think this shouldn't have an effect on the performance of the ballistic. Just because mine was smaller doesn't mean it shouldn't perform as well, otherwise it's a bit silly to be selling them. The bath didn't turn a nice orange colour either, it turned a sort of yellowy colour, but then again my bath is pink, so that might have changed the colour a bit.

As I mentioned before the scent did linger on my skin, which is quite nice and it did soften it slightly but not noticeably.

Overall thoughts
I'm sad to say that Cinders was a huge let down for me. I am aware that I got a miniature version of it, but I don't think that should affect its performance. Although the scent left on my skin is nice I did not really feel like I had anything in my bath once I'd crumbled it up. It didn't make me feel as cozy as I thought it would. I would not repurchase this product and would not recommend it to a friend.

However, if you have tried this product in its full size and had a better experience, please comment below and tell me about it, as I do think its size was a factor in it's (bad) performance.

Catch up time

I'm currently sat on my bed slightly tangled up in my camera cable and laptop charger with Kate Morton's most recent book next to me (I recommend her books, I really enjoyed The Forgotten Garden). I've just had a bath using Lush's Cinders bath bomb (or is it a ballistic and what is the difference?) and I will be writing a review of that product after this post. I've just had a lovely Christmas Eve with my family.
Here in Iceland we open our presents on Christmas Eve and that's when we have a big dinner. Most families then spend Christmas Day and Boxing Day visiting family members and eating with them, but as Mum is from England we also celebrate Christmas the British way by opening the presents from our English friends and family on Christmas morning and then eating a turkey dinner. This year however we opened all our presents tonight as there weren't many from England. This year's Christmas was a little different for me as well since I stopped eating meat in the spring (I still eat fish though) so I didn't have the traditional "Hamborgarhryggur" which is a smoked rack of pork, but I did have some lovely monkfish along with caramel potatoes (so yummy!) Tomorrow I'm going to make a nut roast (which I made a few weeks ago to test it and I liked it).
But enough about Christmas, I just thought I'd tell you a couple of things that have been going on in my life, just in case you're interested (personally I'm just glad that I feel like writing anything again, so I'm just going with it!)

* I've really been enjoying dancing. I'm doing Lindy Hop (which is a 20's dance, think Charleston) and Swing & Rock'n'Roll (50's dance) and it's really fun. It's very social and I've met some new people.

* I'm going to take the plunge and dye my hair red! I plan to do it on the 30th so expect a blog post soon after. I'm going to be using Lush's Caca Rouge henna hair dye and I've already done a test strip and like the results. I've wanted red hair for years now but haven't been to keen to use such harsh chemicals on my hair (and Mum was panicking that I'd have an allergic reaction) but then I came across Lush's dyes and thought it would be perfect! I will be sure to take pictures and write a review when I've used it, as I haven't seen that many on the internet.

* My father just got back from a business trip to America. I didn't ask him to get me anything since he usually ends up getting the wrong things (he does try though), but he got me a few things anyway. Among them where a one shoulder leopard print dress, leopard print leggings and a (faux) leather mini skirt. Now, I'm not saying that any of these are horrible things, but they are just not my style. I am going to try and find a good top to wear with the skirt though, maybe I can make that one work, but I'm not really too fond of animal prints, at least not on me.

* I'm really excited to be going to London in February. My sister is studying there and I'm going to visit her and do a bit of shopping (I say that with hope and optimism but I probably won't buy much in the way of clothes, I'm rubbish at finding things that suit me). I do plan to raid a Lush store and both Boots and Superdrug (I must start compiling a list).

* I've been thinking about what I want to study at university. I really want to study ancient religions (like Central American and Mediterranean) but you can't do that here, so I think I might do Classics and Anthropology and then do a year in England.

* I've really been into the Buffy series lately. I started watching it from the beginning a couple of months ago and have just finished the fourth series. I used to watch them when I was younger, but could hardly remember them.

* My skin has been aweful these past few months, I don't know what happened but I'm not happy about it. I got loads of spots, which have mostly gone away but I'm left with redness that won't fade.

* I've been really wanting to buy a scented candle lately. Fleur (FleurdeForce) has been raving about Yankee Candles and I found a store that sells them, but it's not really close by and I can't justify driving to buy one. I did buy a scented candle in Ikea the other day, but I didn't really like the smell of it once I got it home. :(

* My mother's friend came for a visit a couple of months ago (she lived in Norway) and she (very kindly) gave me a bottle of Chanel's Paradoxal nail polish. I really like it and have worn in quite a lot, it's on my nails right now. It looks almost black in some lighting but can also look muddy and grey or purple. I'll just pop in a picture so you can see what it's like.

I have now run out of things to say, so I'm going to end this rambly post and write a little review of Lush's Cinders bath bomb.

FotN: Christmas Eve

Why, hello there!
It's been a long time since you've seen one of my posts pop up on your Blogger Dashboard, now hasn't it?
Truth be told I haven't been writing anything this past few months. I can't explain why, it's not that I've been too busy, it's just that I haven't wanted to write anything. I don't just mean beauty related things, just anything. I like to write a bit of fiction in my spare time and I haven't written a single word in months. Recently though I have felt a slight urge to write something non-school related and I let that urge grow a little, until now. I thought that Christmas would be a perfect opportunity to pick up the pen again (or so to speak) and write something that (I hope) you might find interesting.
I thought I would include a couple of pictures of my hair and makeup (and perhaps a picture of my dress if my mother allows me to steal her pictures off her camera).
I apologise for the fact that these are all a little blurry, they looked like they were in focus on my camera screen, but obviously they were not. I really want a new camera, the one I have is a bit rubbish, but I can't afford a good one at the moment. I'll try using my laptop next time, maybe those pictures will turn out better.

I wore Mac's Girl About Town lipstick, which was a Christmas present from my grandparents (well they always give my mother money to buy presents since they live out in the country where there aren't many shops and this year she gave me the money so that I could chose something for myself. I also bought a skincare kit from Shiseido). I really like it, it's a magenta colour (the website describes it as a "fabulous fushia") and it's really bright, but not too scary. I've included a picture of the lipstick and a swatch below in case you're interested, although the colour doesn't show up true to life.

What I wore
* Gosh touch up concealer no. 2
*L'oreal true match foundation, rose ivory mixed with Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid ivory
* Maybelline mineral concealer no. 2
* L'oreal true match powder rose beige
* Mac eyeshadow Kid to contour
* Mac powder blush Well Dressed

* Urban Decay Primer Potion
* Mac eyeshadow Sable on the lids and a bit of Kid to blend
* L'oreal Super liner carbon gloss
* Gosh Let's twist eye liner Carbon black

* Mac lipstick Girl About Town

I think I need to buy a lip liner to use with the lipstick, to boost it's staying power. I think I'll take a trip to a pharmacy/drugstore and swatch it and find a lip liner to match. Let me know if you have any recommendations. :)

That's all for this post, I am going to write a couple of more posts now, but I won't post them till later, don't want to bombard you with posts just yet!

I hope you all have a lovely holiday, whatever it may be and spend some time with those closest to you.

Monday, 20 September 2010

Giveaway Alert!

Head over to FunnyFace Beauty's blog to celebrate her 300 subscribers with her! There are some amazing prizes up for grabs (UD Naked palette for example).
Another reason you should check out her blog is simply that it is amazing.
Every week she posts a Dare to Wear challenge where she posts a picture (often from the runway) and dares you to recreate the look. It is always fun to see what other people come up with, and one of these days I will remember to enter! I always seem to be too busy. :(
To top it all off she is gorgeous and a brilliant writer, what are you waiting for, look at her blog!



Saturday, 21 August 2010

Sigma Brushes - Review

Hello all.

I have now been using the Sigma brushes for exactly a month so I thought this would be an ideal time to share my thoughts with you. The day I got the brushes I did a post sharing my first thoughts so now I want to tell you what I think of the brushes now that I've been using them for a while.

I purchased the Complete Brush kit, without a brush roll. The reason I didn't get a brush roll was simply that I doubt that I'm ever going to want to take all my brushes out with me, as I'm not a makeup artist or anything and I don't need all the brushes with me when I go on holiday. I also received a complementary brush with my order, the SS217.
I'm not going to compare these brushes with the MAC brushes because you've seen so many of those already (plus I only own one MAC brush). Instead I'm just going to tell you what I use each brush for and my thoughts on them.

I'm going to review the brushes in numerical order according to Sigma's new numbering system, starting with the face brushes.

Large Powder - F30

I use this brush to set my foundation with MAC's MSFN. It's very large and soft, ideal for powder products. It shed quite a bit, about one hair (sometimes just a tiny bit of hair) every other time I use it. Just as I was writing this I picked it up and brushed it across my fingers and it shed a hair. I don't know if this is unusual or not, but it doesn't bother me very much, as long as all the hairs don't fall out!

Large Angled Contour - F40

I use this brush to contour my cheeks and I really like it, I think this was the brush I was most excited to try and it lived up to its expectations. It hasn't shed much, maybe two hairs the first time I washed it, but while writing this I realised that there is one black brush hair among the white ones (see photo below, click to enlarge). I hadn't noticed this until now, it's rather strange isn't it? Oh well, it doesn't affect the brush's performance in any way. :)

Duo Fibre - F50

Reading reviews about the brush set, I learn that this brush can be used for foundation or blush, some people even use it for bronzer. I don't use bronzer but I have used the brush for both foundation and blush. It worked OK for blush but I find that I had to use a lot more product than if I was using my fingers to apply the foundation, as I normally do. I also had to use more foundation in order to make it look even and non streaky. This lead me to feel a bit cakey, but this may just have been my fault, maybe I should just have blended more with the brush. I do however like using the brush for blush. I apply MAC's Fleur Power with this brush as it needs a very light hand due to its pigmentation. I tried applying Well Dressed with this brush, but I found that it's not dense enough, in my opinion Well Dressed needs a very dense brush so that you get the colour onto your cheeks and not just the glitter.
This brush also sheds quite a bit, not so much when using blush, but more with foundation.

Foundation - F60

I used this brush a few times to apply foundation and thought it was OK, I preferred it to the Duo Fibre as I think it applies the product more evenly, but I still prefer to use my fingers. I would probably use this if I was going to apply foundation on a friend. It did not shed at all.

Concealer - F70

I think I have only used this brush once, maybe twice, just to try it out. I didn't really like it very much, the concealer did not apply any better than when I use my fingers. Again, I might use this on a friend.

Now for the eye brushes!

Eyeliner - E05

This is just your basic eyeliner brush. I've used it a few times, but I think I need to practise a bit because I can never get the eyeliner to apply evenly with this. I like using it to sharpen a flick when I do one.

Pencil - E30

I'm surprised to say that I haven't used this brush much, I think it was the eye brush I was most excited to get, but I think I've only reached for it once or twice. This is most likely because I haven't been wearing an eyeshadow on my lower lashline, which is what this brush is ideal for, and I haven't been doing a sharp, defined crease. I'll probably use it for a night out in the near future. :)

Tapered Blending - E40

In all honesty I think this brush is rubbish for blending. It is much to light and fluffy, it does absolutely nothing when I try to use it. I much prefer my MAC 217, or Sigma SS217 for blending. However I do like to use this brush for concealer, if concealing large areas, as it is very light and therefore doesn't rub the concealer off your face when you're trying to blend the edges.

Eye Shading - E55

I use this brush for placing shadow on my lid. It works fine, though I don't think it works brilliantly for light colours, I don't know why, it just doesn't seem to pick up the colour, just the shimmer. It works great for darker colours though.

Large Shader - E60

I haven't used this brush much, mainly due to its size. It's too big for my lid, but I imagine that it would work well for wet shadow or pigment. I suppose it could also be used for concealer, but I haven't used it like that yet.

Small Angle - E65

I haven't quite got the hang of this brush yet. I use it to apply gel liner (it can be used for eyebrows, but I don't shade my brows as they are very dark already) and it's not quite thin enough to do the job properly, in my opinion. I have a similar angled liner from the Body Shop, which is thin enough but not stiff enough. So I need one that's half way between the two! Oh well, I'll keep practising!

Medium Angled Shading - E70

This is definitely my favourite brush out of the eye brushes! At first I had no idea what to use it for, but then one evening I was in a rush to go out and wanted to change my eyeshadow. So I grabbed this brush, thinking that it would be quick to use due to its shape and fluffiness, and grabbed MAC's Sable eyeshadow and swept it on my lid, I was really pleased with the results. Sable is one of those eyeshadows that you can wear on its own without a different colour in the crease, and the shape of this brush allows you to sweep the shadow on your lid and outer corner in one fell swoop. An absolutely brilliant brush and one I use every day!

Tapered Blending - E35 (SS217)

As I mentioned before, this was the free brush that came with the kit. My brush says SS217, but on the Sigma website it has been renamed "Tapered Blending - E35." This is the only brush I have a MAC version of, and I have to say that I think this one is better. It's a lot softer, the MAC one sometimes stings a bit (like the bristles have pointy ends or something, do you know what I mean?) and does a better job of blending the colour. So I am very happy to have this brush and have stopped using my MAC one, only using it if I need a clean brush to blend with.

So, that concludes all the brushes! If you have any questions or suggestions for alternate purposes for brushes than those I mentioned above, please leave a comment below as I am always keen to learn new tips and tricks!

I would definitely recommend Sigma brushes for anyone who wants a brush set, but doesn't want to spend a lot of money on them. I wouldn't say they were the same quality as MAC, I think they shed more (as I said, I haven't actually got many MAC brushes, but I'm guessing the MAC 150 doesn't shed a hair every day!) and the handles feel a bit cheaper than the MAC ones, but this is really not an issue, and you can't really expect to get the same quality for such different prices! I've already convinced my friend to get a set of these brushes!


Thursday, 19 August 2010

Back to School

Hello all.

I start school today! I'm feeling a bit excited, despite myself. I like to learn and I think that this year will be a lot easier than last year. Today I just need to go and get my timetable and meet my teachers and stuff, then lessons start tomorrow.
I decided to show you the makeup I'm wearing today as I used the two eyeshadows I mentioned in my last post. I exchanged the Vanilla eyeshadow for Yoghurt, which is the one I was going to get but the MA gave me the wrong one (see last post). I also decided to go for a bit of winged eyeliner. :) Other than that I didn't do anything different, except I used brushes for things I would normally just use my fingers, such as foundation and concealer. I think you use a lot more product when you use brushes and (I at least) run the risk of my makeup looking a bit cakey. So I don't think I'll use brushes for foundation and concealer on a regular basis, maybe for nights out though. :)

(excuse the strange expression, it was either this or a picture of me looking really really serious. I went for silly :)

* Gosh touch up concealer no. 2
*L'oreal true match foundation, rose ivory mixed with Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid ivory
* Maybelline mineral concealer no. 2
* Mac MSFN, medium
* The Body Shop bronzer, 01
* Mac Fleur Power blush

* Urban Decay Primer Potion
* MAC Yoghurt eyeshadow
* MAC Kid eyeshadow
* Sleek Ink Pot eyeliner gel, Dominatrix
* Maybelline Colossal mascara
* Gosh Let's Twist eyeliner, Carbon Black

So that's all I wore, now I have two questions for you!

The first is to all owners of UDPP: Do you find that the purple stuff off your bottle flakes? 'Cause mine does and gets stuck to my fingers and then transferred onto my eyelids and it impossible to get off so I have to be very careful when I open the bottle and not let my fingers touch it, this makes it very awkward. Here's a picture to show what I mean.

I was wondering whether clear nailpolish would do the trick. Do any of you have this problem and if so, how did you fix it?

The other question is in regards to lip exfoliating. I mix together sugar and olive oil to scrub my lips, but I really don't like the taste of the oil, it makes me gag if it gets in my mouth. So I was wondering if any of you use a different mixture? I was thinking about trying honey, but I have a feeling it would be too sticky. Any recommendations?


Thursday, 5 August 2010

Guess What I Did Today?

I went shopping!

I was in desperate need for a new pair of shoes as the Topshop ones I bought in January this year are literally falling apart, as in they have a hole in the sole. So I went to my nearest shopping centre after dinner tonight as it was open late.
I planned to have a look at the sales but didn't find anything. I did find a dress in Oasis that wasn't on sale though, and I got it because I'm always in need of new clothes. :)
On the website it's called a Military Dress, which is kind of appropriate. Click the link to see it as I can't take pictures of myself wearing it as they always turn out rubbish. I might try tomorrow and do an outfit of the day. :)

I found a pair of shoes that I love. They're grey, which is not the most practical colour I'll admit, especially since my handbag is a sort of brown-grey which means that I'll have to carry a different handbag (good reason to buy a new one I think!) and they sort of lace up to about the same height as converse shoes. Oh, who am I kidding trying to describe them, just look at the picture! :)

Sorry about the rubbish picture, it's dark outside so this is the best I could do for now. I'll take another one tomorrow and update this post. :)

I'm starting dance this autumn (Lindy Hop, Boogie Woogie and Swing) so I needed a pair of shoes with flexible soles and I picked up a pair of really cheap ones (see below). I figure if they're not good for dance then at least I won't have spent a lot of money on them. :)

After buying the shoes I rewarded myself by going to MAC. Last night I watched How to Steal a Million with Audrey Hepburn and Peter O'Toole (very good film) and I loved Audrey's makeup in it. She seemed to be wearing a matte light pink shade on her lids with a beige-y brown in the crease and winged eyeliner. I wanted to recreate the look this morning and I used a light pink eyeshadow from TBS and Soft Brown from MAC. It didn't really turn out how I wanted as the pink eyeshadow was too shimmery and the brown wasn't the right shade.

So I decided to go to MAC and look for colours similar to the ones I wanted. I picked up Kid (Veluxe) and was going to get Yoghurt (Matte), but the MA accidentally gave me Vanilla. I didn't notice till I got home, and for a moment I thought I wouldn't bother changing it since I've heard good things about Vanilla, but after looking at it more closely I think it's too shimmery to be worn the way I wanted to wear it. So I'll have to go back and change it, probably tomorrow or Saturday.
I also picked up a brush cleanser since I have so many new brushes to take care of. :)
Finally from MAC I got a 4 pan palette as I only had two before but I now have ten MAC eyeshadows!

A failed attempt to show the difference between Kid (L) and Soft Brown (R). I promise they're completely different!

Yesterday I picked up a couple of essentials, two concealers, a moisturiser and an exfoliator.
I got Gosh Touch Up concealer in no. 2 and Maybelline Pure.Cover Mineral concealer in no. 2. I've used both before and liked them. The Gosh one is more peachy toned so I use that under the eyes and the other one on blemishes.
The exfoliator I got is from TBS and is the Seaweed Pore-cleansing one. I tried it last night and thought it was ok, it hasn't made a major difference yet, but then again I didn't expect any miracles. :)
I was running dangerously low on my moisturiser (TBS Seaweed day cream - review coming soon!) and wanted to try a different one, so I decided to try out TBS Seaweed Mattifying Moisture Lotion (SPF 15 (supposedly)). I haven't tried it yet as I didn't want to try out two new products at the same time in case one breaks me out, but I had a sniff and have to say I'm not too fond of the smell. I can't place it exactly but there's something about the smell I don't like, but I don't think it will stop me from using the product. I'll post a review (sometime in the not-so-near future) to let you guys know what I think of it.

So that's all for now, I'm going to try and post a review or two this weekend and maybe a look/outfit of the day. I think I'll be posting more frequently when school starts (only three weeks now, yikes!) because I won't want to do my school work. :)

Have you bought anything new recently?


Friday, 23 July 2010

Sigma Brushes - First Impressions

Hello all.

I got my Sigma brushes today! I had to run to my friend's house to get them because she landed early this morning and only had a few hours to spare before going abroad again for a week.
As you may or may not know, depending on how long you have been reading my blog, I have wanted the Sigma brushes since last August. I finally decided to get them now, and had them sent to my friend because she was staying in the US for six weeks and that way I didn't need to pay as much in shipping costs.

I had a bit of a problem when trying to order my brushes as I couldn't see any way for me to order and pay for them without having them shipped to me, as the billing address had to be the same as the shipping address. However, this problem was soon resolved when I emailed Sigma and asked them for help. They responded very quickly (within THREE minutes!) and told me how to solve the problem. The person who replied to my emails was very nice and polite, despite the fact that I sent her about four emails (my brain was being very slow that day).
So I want to say thank you to that person for being so sweet and I give Sigma a big thumbs up for their customer service.

I just wanted to share with you my first impressions when I got the brushes today. I'm not going to write a whole review because we've all seen so many of those and they pretty much all say the same thing, by that I mean that everyone compares them to the Mac brushes and lists what each brush does and such. I do, however, like hearing what people's favourites are. :)

The first thing I thought when I saw the brushes was 'YAY! Finally!' :)

The second thing was 'They're so small'

Now, I have decided that this must be due to the fact that I have wanted these brushes for so long that in my mind they had grown and become more and more wonderful with each review I read. (I know, I know, they're just makeup brushes)
But for some reason I thought that the brush heads themselves, (not the handles or anytihng) would be bigger. I was actually worried that the Large Angled Contour Brush (Mac 168) would be too big to use to contour! Now I know that it won't be, it looks the perfect size.
So this is not a bad thing about the brushes, it just shows how your own mind can play with you. ;)

The third thing I thoguht, while I was washing them was 'They smell awful.'
I had heard in reviews that they smelled bad at first, so I expected it. Hesitantly, I took a whiff, as soon as I first picked up the Large Powder Brush. It didn't smell too bad, there was a faint chemical-y smell, but that was too be expected. However, while I was washing them I took sniffed it again and it smelled awful. But again, this probably to be expected and I'm sure that with some use and more washes it will fade. I just hope that the smell fades a bit once they've dried!

The Large Powder Brush shed a few hairs while I was washing it, and so did two other face brushes, but it wasn't anything too dramatic. There were however a few hairs caught in between the handle and the ferrule, but I just pulled them out.

Regarding Mac comparisons, I only have the 217 which corresponds to the SS217 (it doesn't have a new name like the other brushes) and they look pretty similar, the brush head of the Sigma one is a little longer.

So those are my two cents worth on the Sigma Brushes. I've already washed them and painted the tips with OPI's Done out in Deco polish like my other brushes, so I just have to wait for them to dry before I can have a play!

Do you have Sigma brushes? If so, which one is you favourite? :)


Note: I did not acutally purchase these brushes with my own money, I used birthday money from my grandmother, but I ordered them myself :)

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

England Trip

Hello all.

I'm finally posting what I picked up while I was in England at the beginning of July. I had a wonderful time, my mum and I went to Bath and saw all the touristy things there (we also took a trip to Stonehenge) and also wandered around Bath and got lost many times! Then we went to see my mum's sister who lives near Derby and spent a few days at her and her husband's house. We drove to a town called Pilsley near Chatsworth in Derbyshire and saw how they made the Well Dressings - I would never have the patience to do that!
We then headed off to London for a few days and went to Kew Gardens (where I had the best iced tea ever!) and tried to stay cool in the heat.
All in all I had a brilliant time and wished that I could have stayed forever!

I picked up a few beauty related things that I thought I would share with you.

First off, the body/hair stuff

24 Hour Naked - Coco de Mer
I completely forgot to take a body moisturiser with me on holiday so I had a desperate look through Boots one day and found this. It smells of passionfruit but not as strongly as TBS's passion fruit body butter (which was good but the smell was too strong in my opinion). It's really thick so it will last me a very long time and I am very happy with it.
I found this little tidbit on their website
Coco de Mer is a coconut found in the Seychelles with a rather suggestive shape and erotic reputation to match- Ooh La La!

Lush -The Comforter Bubble Bar
I was thrilled to go to Lush as we no longer have a store in Iceland and I have been missing it desperately. I decided to limit myself to one bath product and so I chose this one because a) it smells really nice and b) I knew I could use it many times if I just broke off pieces to but in my bath. So far I have used it once (I'm saving it as a special treat) and love it! Sadly I forgot to take a picture of it before I broke it into bits but I'm sure you all know what it looks like. :)
I almost got a soap but decided not to and I'm so glad I did as out hotel room in London was so hot that it would definitely have melted, like my chocolate orange did. :(

Boots Expert - Dry Shampoo
I've wanted to try Dry Shampoo for a while now but haven't found one in Iceland. I decided to get this one because it was cheap and I had heard that it didn't leave your hair grey. It works well but it went a bit funny on the flight, sometimes nothing comes out when I try to spray it. I wish I'd got another one of these, but I can always get my sister to send one over when she goes to study in Scotland in September, she'll be taking a long list with her!

Lush - Tea Tree Water
Natalya (filthygorgeousmakeup) mentioned this a while back, I don't remember if it was on her blog or in a video, but I new I wanted to get it. I wanted a toner that wasn't too harsh on my skin and wasn't drying. This one does neither and I really like it. I'm not sure if it has made a huge difference to my skin, but it gets of the remains of my cleanser and that's the main thing I wanted it to do. I'm not too keen on the smell though, I like the smell of tea tree, but this smells of something else as well (it's probably the grapefruit or the juniperberry) that I don't think goes well with the tea tree. But it doesn't bother me too much. :)

Bio Oil
I forgot to include this on the picture, but you can just google it if you want to see what it looks like, or click the link above. I got it because about a year ago I had a terrible experience with a hair removal cream that, to make a long story short, left my legs with horrible wounds all over my legs that have now turned into scars and discolourations. So I wanted to see whether using Bio-Oil would help it all fade so that I don't feel self-conscious when I show my legs in public! So far I think it's making a difference but it says to use it for three months so I'll try and remember to do a post on it then.

Now onto the makeup I got

Rimmel - 1-2-3 Looks Mascara
I didn't get this mascara for the gimicky 'three mascaras in one' thing, but because Selina mentioned it in this video and said that it was really good at separating the lashes. She was right, it does separate them beautifully but somehow it smudges onto my lower lashline (I don't apply it to my lower lashes) and it's difficult to remove the smudges. So I've been applying a coat of this mascara and then a very thin coat of Maybelline Colossal to keep it from smudging.

L'oreal Paris - Superliner Carbon Gloss
My liquid liner (from Gosh) had dried out so I needed a new one. To be honest I have no idea why I got this one and not the normal Superliner, and I regret it. Personally, a glossy look is not something I want from a liner because when the light hits you it can make it look as though you have gaps in your eyeliner and I think that looks a bit silly. So I've been having to set the liner with powder which is a boring extra step. However, it's my own fault for not thinking more about what I was buying.
I do like the applicator though, I think it's better than the Gosh one, I kept getting hairs from that one onto my lash line.

Sleek - Ink Pot Eyeliner Gel (Dominatrix)
I wanted to try a gel liner so I picked this one. I can't really say much about it yet because I don't have the right brush to apply it (I will be getting it tomorrow!) The brush it came with is too tiny for me to use and the angled brush from TBS I have isn't stiff enough. I confess, one of the main reasons I got this is because I had already bought the Sigma brush kit and knew that I would be getting a couple of liner brushes with that so I wanted something to use them with!

MAC Blush - Well Dressed
It's the blush everyone has heard of and nearly everyone owns. I'd swatched it many times at Mac stores but always found that it was too shimmery for my liking. So what made me buy it now you ask? I have no idea, I still think it's too shimmery and for a while I thought it wouldn't show up at all on my skin but realised that I was so used to applying Fleur Power (also from Mac) which requires a very light hand. I've stopped using it for a while, I'm waiting until I get my new brushes so that I can use separate brushes for the two blushes as Well Dressed leaves glitter on the brush that then gets transferred on my face when I use Fleur Power. So I'll give it a second chance tomorrow, otherwise I'm giving it to my sister as she likes shimmery blushes. I do like the colour though, I might get Coygirl or Pink Swoon sometime as those aren't as shimmery but are a similar shade.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural (Medium)
Not much to say about this one, I finished my old one a while ago and wanted to wait until I was in the UK before getting a new one because they are half the price over there. I still like it. :)

Carmex - Cherry Lip Balm
It's a cult favourite, I had to give it a try and I love it! It smells so good, I was applying it in the back seat of my friend's car and she asked me what it was. It moisturises very well, I prefer it to the Vaseline I was using previously and like it as much as my Blistex jar. A thumbs up from me. :)

...and last but certainly not least

Urban Decay - Primer Potion
I've been waiting to get my hands on this for soo long! Almost a year! Now I finally have it and I love it. The primer I was using previously (from Gosh) was white and shimmery, but this is invisible! It makes my shadow last a very long time, I noticed that twelve hours after applying my makeup the eyeshadow in my crease had gone, but there wasn't noticeable creasing, if that makes any sense?
I know that it will last me for a long time and then I look forward to cutting it up! :)

That's all I picked up, I had planned to buy a lot more (I had a very long list) but these were the things I wanted most. I was going to get Mac Harmony blush, but forgot! I need to get that someday.

Did you buy any interesting things on your summer holidays?


Sunday, 18 July 2010

25 Questions Tag

Hello all.

I've seen this tag going around YouTube so I thought it would be fun to do it. :) Here we go!

1. Do you have any pets?
No, sadly I don't. I'm allergic to cats and don't think I could handle a dog at the moment, maybe sometime in the future. I used to have half a guppy fish though, that is my sister had a bunch of fish and let me own half of one. It was the front half in case you were wondering. :)

2. Name 3 things that are physically close to you.
My laptop, mobile and a book.

3. What's the weather like right now?
Cloudy, the sun's setting but it will stay light for a long time. According to my weather widget it's 12°C.

4. Do you drive? If so have you crashed?
I don't drive yet. I've taken the first part of my test (we have to take a written test and a practical one) which I passed but I need to take more lessons before I can take my test. Hopefully I will be done by the end of the summer :)

5. What time did you wake up this morning?
I don't have work this week so I slept until about eleven, I could have slept for longer but my friend kept texting me.

6. When was the last time you showered?
This morning.

7. What was the last movie you saw?
Tess of the d'Urbervilles (the one with Gemma Arterton) Love it!

8. What does your last text message say?
'Soo sad but so good' from my friend who has just finished watching Tess

9. What's your ringtone?
It's just a boring ringing sound. I got it from the internet and it sounds like an old fashioned phone ringing. I've tried having actual songs as my ringtone but I never realise it's my phone. :)

10. Have you ever been to a different country?
Yes, I've been to many different countries, I've never been out of Europe though.

11. Do you like sushi?
I don't actually, thought the only time I had it was at a wedding four years ago and it was horrible. Maybe it deserves another chance?

12. Where do you buy your groceries?
I still live at home, so my parents buy the groceries, and they shop and many different shops.

13. Have you ever taken medication to help you fall asleep faster?
No, unless you count carsickness tables, those make you fall asleep, but that wasn't the reason for taking them.

14. How many siblings do you have?
Two, and older sister and older brother.

15. Do you have a desktop computer or a laptop?
A laptop, a MacBook to be precise.

16. How old will you be turning on your next birthday?
I will be turning 19.

17. Do you wear contacts or glasses?
Contacts during the day but glasses first thing in the morning and before bed so that I can find my way from the bathroom to my bed. :)

18. Do you color your hair?
Nope. I dyed it chestnut brown at home once, but didn't really like the outcome, it looked almost purple in some lights.

19. Tell me something you are planning to do today.
Well, since it's almost midnight I plan to read a bit of Tess and go to sleep. I don't think I have any plans for tomorrow.

20. When was the last time you cried?
Less than five hours ago while watching Tess of the d'Urbervilles.

21. What is your perfect pizza topping?
I haven't found it yet! If anyone has any good ones (vegetarian please) please let me know!

22. Which do you prefer-hamburgers or cheeseburgers?
I don't eat meat, so neither, but when I did I preferred cheeseburgers.

23. Have you ever had an all-nighter?
Not studying-wise, but I have stayed up all night a couple of times, does it still count if you fall asleep in the morning?

24. What is your eye color?
Dark brown.

25. Can you taste the difference between Pepsi and Coke?
I don't drink fizzy drinks, so no, I can't.

Those are all the questions, feel free to do this tag and please leave a comment below if you do so. :)

Sorry for neglecting this blog, I just haven't been in the mood to write anything..I do want to show you what I picked up when I was in the UK a couple of weeks ago and then I want to do a post about the Sigma brushes I will be getting on Thursday. It won't be a review, 'cause we've all seen so many of those! It will just be a quick post about my experience ordering from them and some of my thoughts on the brushes. :) I can't wait for my brushes!

Are you looking forward to anything?


Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Oh, the Cleverness of me

I picked up a couple of things today that I thought I'd share with you.
First I had a look at a brand called Inecto . It's an English brand, but I've never seen it mentioned on any of the blogs I read, so maybe it's not well known? I'd previously tried their leg and body scrub and thought it was okay, but I haven't repurchased it.
Last week I was at the chemist and I picked up their coconut oil leave in conditioner, as I have been looking for one for a while, and this one was not very expensive. Today I also picked up their coconut milk facial wash, as coconut milk is very moisturising and my forehead is always very dry and I want to fix that (incidentally my forehead is so dry that it flakes when I apply foundation on it, so I generally don't, but thankfully I have a fringe to cover it :). I've used the conditioner a couple of times and like it so far, but cannot give it a full review as of yet. I'm going to use the face wash tonight, so we'll see how that goes!
I'll pop in a picture of the products, check them out if you happen to see them anywhere. All their products have either coconut oil or milk as one of their top ingredients.

Today I also picked up TREsemme's heat tamer spray, as I've been using more heat on my hair lately and I need something to protect it and keep it from getting too damaged and dry.

However, while waiting for the bus I was trying to spray some of it into the air I couldn't press the spray-handle-thing down. So, being the clever person I am, I managed to snap it off.

I don't know if I got a dud bottle or something, but considering that I broke it I don't really think I can go back to the store to get a new one. :) I'm not too fussed though, I'm just going to buy a spray bottle later this week and pour it in that. :) Problem solved. It smells really good though.

I actually managed to fix the heat protecter! Somehow I found a way to snap the spray handle back on and it now works, yay!

Have you tried anything from Inecto?
Do you use a leave in conditioner or a heat protecter?


Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Howl are you?

Hello all.

First of all, sorry for the silly title, I just couldn't resist. I was working on Sunday (I work in a shop that sells a bunch of cheap silly but cute things) and I had a little look through the basket of stuff that was broken and/or had been returned and I found the cutest little flowerpot! I realised that I could keep some of my makeup in it, and I just thought I'd show it to you.

It's a little owl! The only thing that's wrong with it is that it has a tiny little crack, but you can hardly see it. I'm keeping my eye makeup in it (liners, mascara, etc.).

On Saturday I popped into Topshop and bought a pair of sunglasses that I've wanted for a while. I broke my last pair (stepped on them, oops!) so I needed some new ones. I'm really pleased with them, they're quite big and have a flower pattern (which my mum insists aren't flowers, just blotches).

Closeup of the pattern

And here's a picture of me wearing them

It was my birthday yesterday (finally 18!) and I wasn't going to show you what I got (feels like bragging) but I thought I'd just show you what my brother and sister got me, 'cause it's makeup related.
I asked for the Reese Witherspoon perfume by Avon, because I'd been given a sample of it around Christmas and I really liked it.
And lo and behold, here's what I got

It's called In Bloom and I really like it. The bottle is made of glass but the top is plastic and shaped like a flower in bloom (hence the name)
It's quite floral, which is nice because I don't have anything like it. I have one perfume which is v. sweet (Vera Wang Princess) and one that is rather musky (don't remember what it's called and can't be bothered to look, sorry :) so it's nice to have one that is floral.
Here's the scent info:

Top Notes:
Georgia Peach Tea Leaves, Crisp Greens

Heart Notes:
Star Gardenia, Magical Magnolia, Night Blossoming Jasmine

Base Notes:
Cashmere Woods, Hypnotic Florals, Amber Wood Crystals

This means nothing to me if I'm honest, it does smell a bit peachy and there's another scent which must be Magnolia or Gardenia, but I don't think I've ever smelled either of those, so I can't be sure.
I like it anyway and will probably wear it loads. I got the 50ml bottle in case you're interested.

What perfume will you be wearing this summer?