Friday, 18 May 2012

SATURDAY SHOPPING #5


Let's start with the simple things first, because I know I'm going to get caught up talking about that hair dye!... 

So...firstly, MUA clear mascara. I've been using this to keep my brows in check, cheap and cheerful at £1. Although I like the repurchase less, so am still trying to scrape the remaining dreggs from my old tube...which is definitely no longer clear. I think they've changed the brush and I'm not a fan.

That little bundle in the Claire's packet is a pack of those snag-free little elastic hairbands. I'm sure you all know by now that I sleep with my hair in a plait about 75% of the time and I'm convinced the metal bit on my ties were snagging at my hair in the night. Enter these...which seem to snap (is that the right word? Brain block...) after a few uses. But, as you can see, there's plenty more where that came from!

The black hairclip from H&M just took my fancy. Well...the coral coloured one did. So for some reason I went boring a bought black instead? Your guess is as good as mine. I'm yet to use it.

Okay, the Revlon Colourstay eyeshadow palette... I believe this is a new shade release (500 Addictive) and it was on offer so I snapped it up for a bargain thinking it would be my new carry around neutral eye palette, perfect for day time or a smokey evening look. Just throw-in-the-bag sort of thing. I was wrong. I haven't bought eyeshadow in ages, namely because I DON'T NEED any more. This rule is now firmly back in place. The quality of these shadows is just....blahh. No colour pay-off, no longevity.

Finally the hair dye. This Garnier Highlights kit is what I used to dye the ends of my hair when I originally went ombre allll those months ago late last summer. Well sort of. I did, in fact, use this dye kit but in shade Kit 3. Two of them to be precise. I did it once, left it a few days then did it again to achieve the shade I wanted. This worked fine and wasn't tooo damaging for my hair. Knowing that I desperately need my hair cut but wanting to maintain the colour I have been on the hunt for this dye kit again for literally months, but to no avail. Firstly there were empty shelf spaces in the likes of Boots and Superdrug. I knew it was looking bad from there. The shelf spaces got filled with a different product and the shade #3 seems to have been discontinued. Definite sad face. They still sell shades 1 and 4 everywhere though. This does not make sense to me. I knew where I stood with that dye. Not too blonde, not too ginger. At-home lightening is a scary process when you're brunette so I was not happy about having to use something different. In the end I've plumped for shade 1 of the same kit. It was that or flat-out bleach. And that's just a bit too far. I bought 2 kits again, in case I need them, and shall most definitely be performing a patch test first. Wish me luck. (Although not just yet...I still need to book that hair cut first...). I'm just hoping it's not as blond as the pack...

Any warm blonde dying suggestions from brunettes are more than welcome! Happy Friday :)

H x

Saturday, 12 May 2012

RIGHT NOW...

Right now I am...

  • In DESPERATE need of a haircut
  • Ditto with the re-dye
  • Living in a world of final-year deadline/revision stress
  • About to book flights for my holiday to Spain with the mister
  • Resisting prematurely holiday shopping for the afore-mentioned holiday. (But when the time's right, I do need a whole new bikini wardrobe, right?)
  • Daydreaming of drinking Pimms in the garden with my bestest housemate in 2 weeks' time. When it WILL be sunny.
  • Saying that, I'm enjoying the slight sunshine that today has brought
  • Enjoying my current Yankee candle (Autumn fruits)
  • Crossing my fingers (toes, legs, arms, eyes...) that I won't be facing long term unemployment once uni churns me out into the big wide world! 
  • Looking forward to a trashy TV evening of The Voice and BGT. Kim and my Saturday 'date' night. Oh yes, I know you're jealous.

And a final thought for today, if you haven't seen the video of this woman then you are seriously missing out... If you watch Russell Howard's Good News then you'll recognise these 6 words...'Ain't nobody got time for that!'




FAVOURITE BLUSHER (WELL, RIGHT NOW...)

It occurred to me last week that I have pretty much used the same blusher every day since I bought the product in question, and therefore a blog post is definitely required! The blusher in question is inexpensive and , in my opinion, quite multi-tasking, therefore leaving me less extra products to apply to my face on a daily basis and more time in bed in the mornings. It's a win-win situation!
So, the blusher in question, I hear you ask...

 This is from the ELF (or Eyes Lips Face) studio line and is in the shade Peachy Keen, retailing for just £3.50!
The colour, as with most non-flat-colour blushes was really hard to photograph accurately but I tried my best...


  

The top and bottom photos are without flash, in natural light, and the second one is with flash. They all capture something of the colour.

As you can guess from the name, it's kind of peachy! However, there's more to this blush than just that. The peach colour does have a sort of bronzed undertone to it and, as you can see, it has a fine shimmer running through it. If you're put of by glittery cheek products though don't be put off, the shimmer doesn't transfer too obviously to the face and just adds a lovely subtle glow.

The real win with this product, for me, comes from this 3-dimensional colour. I apply this lightly to the apples of my cheeks, like a normal blusher, and then take it up along my cheekbones like a bronzer. It seems to act as a blusher, bronzer, highlighter all in one, giving a lovely natural glow. Sometimes I might add a lighter pink to my apples, but generally this one product has been the only one to grace my cheeks for the last few months.

By now the formula looks a little grainy in the photos, as you might expect with a cheaper blush, but it applies smoothly and evenly to the skin. I generally use an ELF studio stipple blush for all my blushes.

The down-side to Peachy Keen? You can only buy ELF products online, which can be a bit of a pain when something runs out and you just want to order the one thing. Here's a link to the blusher in question. ELF can be a bit hit or miss but, if you're looking to make an order and try a few things out, their Studio line is where I'd probably suggest looking. Although some of the bargain products are alright too!

And finally, you can't really write a post about blusher without the obligatory cheek 'glow' photo. So here it is, cheesy as anything and looking a little...odd. Don't say I didn't warn you.


Let me know if you have any recommendations for similar blushes or if you've got any ELF recommendations :)

H x