Sunday, 30 November 2014

My MAC lipstick collection!

Hi ladies

Sorry about the huge gap between posts. I've been considering hanging up my blogging gloves recently but tonight I had an urge to post something. Mostly because I'm really proud of these photos.

So, I have slowly built up a small collection of MAC lipsticks. I was surprised to find out that I now have 7! That may be small to some and a lot for others but either way, here's a run through of what I have. There were too many to do lip swatches on this occasion but at some point or the other these are likely to grace my blog.

Left to right: Patisserie, plumful, craving, speak louder, hot tahiti, russian red & diva
MAC Patisserie, plumful, craving, speak louder, hot tahiti, russian red & diva lipstick swatches
Left to Right - Patisserie, plumful, craving, speak louder, hot tahiti, russian red & diva

Patisserie, plumful, craving, speak louder, hot tahiti, russian red & diva

Patisserie - This is a Lustre finish and as a result, it barely shows up on my lips. It's received quite a lot of hype but it didn't do much for me personally.
Plumful - This was the first lipstick from MAC that I absolutely loved. It's also a Lustre finish but the colour payoff is decent for an everyday plummy lip.
Craving  - This is an amplified finish which is meant to be the most pigmented from my understanding. On my lips, this is a beautiful natural browny pink.
Speak Louder - Cremesheen.This is quite unlike the colours I usually go for. It's a brighter more lighter pink so it hasn't received much wear yet.
Hot Tahiti - Glaze. This is a red lipstick but one of the more natural ones I own which means theoretically it should get more use. I'll work on that.
Russian Red - This is a Matte intense bluish red. It's definitely a bright one and as a result, it hasn't gotten much use. This is quite an iconic MAC lipstick and there are reviews everywhere.
Diva - This is another Matte and is described by MAC as an intense reddish burgundy, It's the perfect autumn/winter vampy lip if you're brave enough.

That's it. No more MAC lipsticks for me hopefully.

I hope you enjoyed this post. I had fun playing with my camera.

Till next time...Toodles! :)

Monday, 13 October 2014

Make up I'm throwing away.

Hi ladies

So here's a post that I've had in my drafts for a long time. I've had nothing but reviews recently and wanted to break it up a little. A while ago I reorganised my collection (I'll have a make up collection post coming soon) and in the process I came across some really gross old make up that hadn't been touched in ages. Before I threw it in the bin, I took a quick snap to show you what I threw away.

A long time ago on a make up swapping page on facebook, I did a swap. This was at a time when I was eager to swap and although there wasn't anything I needed or wanted; I felt like when somebody expressed interest, I was obliged to say yes. That was a long long time ago. During this time, I swapped for the Elizabeth Arden foundation. It came completely different to what I expected. There was hardly any product left and it was in such a bad condition. I never used it and it went right into the bin.

The LUSH colour supplement just never worked for me. It was too much of a faff having to mix it with moisturiser and it just never got used so during my recent purge it was thrown away.

The MUA glitter liner just dried up on me. It wasn't the best glitter liner to begin with because there wasn't much glitter compared to the gel formula. For £1 I'm sure you could build it up but the collection glam crystal liners are £2.99 and from what I hear, they're pretty good.

The final products are 2 ELF liners. The cream liner worked quite well to begin with but after some time it dried up. The liquid liner was too much of a watery texture and the nib was quite thick so I only ever used it when I wanted to do some sort of drawing on my face. Think Halloween tutorial recreations.

That sums up my 'Make up I'm throwing away post'.  I'm sure I'll resume with the reviews soon because it's just what I do but I really want to start incorporating something a little different into my blog, If you have any ideas, please leave me a comment.

Till next time...Toodles! :)

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipglosses.

Hi ladies

I recently took my cousin shopping on a lipgloss spree. She's not a lipstick kind of person and she gave me the criteria of one nude, one red and one berry type gloss. We initially had 3 glosses from 3 brands but then discovered the 3for2 only applied across one brand. These ended up being a bargain courtesy of the Boots app (which I highly recommend you download). One gloss is usually £6.99 but we only paid for 2 and on top of that we had a £3 off Revlon voucher. So a grand total of £10.98 for all 3.  Bargain much? Oh and we used a 200 points voucher too.
I love the packaging. They are sleek, simple and just fun. It has a doe foot applicator and we chose the shades Super Natural, Fatal Apple and Berry Allure.
revlon super lustrous lipgloss Super Natural, Fatal Apple & Berry Allure swatches
Top to Bottom: Super Natural, Fatal Apple & Berry Allure.
Overall, these are a perfect high street (aka drugstore) option for glosses. The consistency is so so smooth and the payoff is at the translucent yet pigmented end of the scale. Most importantly, there is no stickiness whatsoever. Funnily enough, it was quite difficult to find a traditional gloss in Boots. A lot of them are those liquid lipstick type glosses nowadays which isn't what my cousin was looking for but this ticked all her boxes. I really should look into being a personal shopper; but for make up...

Till next time...Toodles! :)

Sunday, 21 September 2014

My French Pharmacie experience and haul.

Hi ladies

As you saw in last week's post; I recently went to Paris and no beauty bloggers trip is complete without a trip to a Pharmacie. I went to the uber famous CityPharma which everyone says is the best but you can find a pharmacie literally on every street corner.

We had to rush because we had a Eurostar to catch so I didn't get to have much of a relaxed experience. That being said, the place was smaller and busier than I thought it would be so even without the rushing, I don't think it would have been the most chilled atmosphere. I was told to go there early to avoid all the shoppers but I don't plan my holidays round shopping so The Louvre trumped the first destination of the day. I also have to admit that the prices weren't as good as I expected. That probably has a lot to do with the rubbish exchange rate we got. Booooo!

I was also surprised that there were no samples involved. That isn't a given and shouldn't be expected but from other blog posts and videos, I was surprised to not find any in my bag. Onto the haul we go...
One of the Serozinc's isn't for me but with the lack of availability in the UK, I probably should have bought more.

One thing I like is the sets that they do, where you get a free item. I haven't included it in the photo but my cousin got the a trio of Nuxe lipbalms (the stick version) and one was free. A good saving there. Shockingly, I didn't get Bioderma. It was heavy and in all honesty, I think the high street cleansing waters do the job just as well.

No reviews just yet. If anything really deserves a review, I'll be sure to get one up. My biggest tip would be to research beforehand and note down the UK prices so you know what is worth purchasing out there and what you can just wait to be buy on offer in the UK.

Anything that you think I should have picked up? There's always next time ;)

Till next time...Toodles! :)

Thursday, 11 September 2014

My trip to Paris!

Hi ladies

A month ago (wow I can't believe it's been a month already) my cousins and I went for a 3 day trip to Pariiiiii. I had a great time and we managed to do everything we needed to but it was super super busy. In hindsight, an extra day would have been perfect to account for the hours and hours of queuing. Over 2 hours of queuing for the Eiffel Tower so TOP TIP book your ticket beforehand online! If you can't do that, go first thing in the morning or late afternoon like 5pm.

This is going to be a post of photos of Paris itself and my haul will come in a future post or it'll just get a bit too much. I no longer put my face on my blog so I have never really done an outfit post (it has nothing to do with my lack of fashion sense) but I took a few photos of my outfit for you to see.

Standard blogger photo. I bought the book for half price at the station in WHSmith and I'm yet to finish it. The sunglasses are from TKMaxx. That is all the make up I took with me and the GOSH make up bag is perfect for that.
These aren't all mine don't worry.
This is the pharmacie right next to our hotel (I'm talking right next door). They were everywhere.
A little bakery type shop opposite the hotel. The French know what they're doing.
This was our first lunch (we might as well be in Italy). This was a cheapish restaurant in Place de Clichy.
 We stayed at the source hotel which was right outside Porte de Saint-Ouen. So so convenient! We got it for a good price and it did the job. Small but clean and perfectly located.

Hijab - whitechapel market
floral jacket - TKMaxx
Sunglasses - TKMaxx
Black skirt - Primark
Locket -
More pastries. They definitely do it right.
My maxi is from Dorothy Perkins. I got it in the sale for £20. It's lightweight and cotton. The sweater is from Primark and the hijab is from whitechapel market.
Check me out getting all artistic with the selective focus setting on my s5.
Views from the Eiffel Tower after queueing for over 2 hours!

The basilica of the sacré cœur was beautiful! I would love to go back and just have a picnic on the grass outside it. The view from the hill was fab and free too.

Arc de triomphe - we genuinely didn't understand how to get to the middle at first so we just made a run for it.
We somehow managed to bypass all the stairs and snuck in the lift. WIN!
We had dessert at Laduree! I was happy with my strawberry concoction but my cousins weren't too impressed with theirs. We loved the macaroons though.
The Eiffel Tower was beautiful by night. I never got to see it twinkle though (apparently it happens on the hour) which was saddening.
Poncho (which was not waterproof at all) from Primark. On the lovelock bridge with a view of the Notre Dame.
Notre Dame. It was beautiful and calm inside.
Yummy yummy!
My buddy Mona. The swarms of people near this painting was incredible.
We queued for over 2 hours for The Louvre.  Again, time this carefully.
Here is me fixing the belt on my jumpsuit. I love this jumpsuit which I bought on sale from Mango. Hijab from New Look.
 So that was my trip to Paris with my amazing cousins. I would thoroughly recommend this city!

Here are some tips from my cousins and I:
  • Give yourself a bit of time to fully enjoy everything and if you're going in peak season, be prepared to queue. The timing can have a big impact on how long you wait and if possible book beforehand.
  • We noticed that Paris would be difficult for those less able to walk/in wheelchairs to manoeuvre so bare this in mind. There were lots of stairs and not many ramps.
  • Go before you turn 25 I'd say (sorry if you're already above this age). There were lots of free entrances for people under 25. I didn't pay for the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe and we paid less for the Eiffel Tower.

So...where would you recommend I go next? My post about Lake District is coming soon. Hope you enjoy these travel posts.

Till next time...Toodles! :)