Monday, 26 November 2012

Birthday Make up

My everyday make up is pretty low key but as it was my birthday last week I wanted to make a little more effort when I went out for a wine-filled evening, and use some of the other products I have which get a little less love than my regulars.

I switched up quite a few things and added in some bits I generally skip for everyday make up, so here are a few of the things that I used.

MUFE Face and Body foundation
Rimmel Vinyl Gloss in 'Take a Chance'
Real Techniques contour brush
ELF Studio eyeshadow in 'Pebble'
Sephora nude coloured lip liner
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in 'Skyline Pink'
Accessorize Bronzer in 'Golden Sands'
MAC Paint pot in 'Painterly'

I went for a lipgloss as I knew I couldn't be doing with checking or touching up lipstick during the evening, and this is an easy nude colour. Lip liner is something I never use so thought I'd crack it out...but honestly I can't say I noticed it at all  as it matched my lip colour. There was just a bit of this Revlon lipstick dabbed underneath the lipgloss when I left the house, but it didn't make it into the handbag.

I used the MAC paint pot on top of a generic eye primer and added a light colour to my inner corners as a highlight. I then dipped a fluffy eyeshadow brush into this dark 'greige' ELF eyeshadow and blended this from the outer corner, keeping it subtle.

I don't usually contour my face properly, just swirl a bit of bronzer on in a slap-dash style, but I concentrated on this a little more and used my Real Techniques brush for the job. I used a matte bronzer for this though, and the shimmery Accessorize bronzer is something I like to use as just a final sweep/highlighter over the top.
Finally, this Makeup Forever foundation is a favourite but didn't actually make the cut in the end as I decided I needed slightly heavier coverage for the evening due to my skin not playing ball.

So that was my little make up shake up for the evening. Not a million miles away from my everyday look but just added something a little extra and gave some of my lesser-used products a bit of air time.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

New life organiser

Being the stationery geek that I am, I've been hankering after a new bit of 'kit' for a little while now. The iconic Moleskine notebooks have been calling out to me recently, I love their 'clean-ness' and simplicity. Basically they're a pretty grown up kind of note-taker, so I thought I'd jump on board.

However I have to admit that the above is not the real deal, as I followed Suzie's lead and bought Sainsbury's cheapy version on my way home from work last week for £5. It's called a 'soft touch notebook', comes in a variety of colours and is a little different from the moleskine ones but is nice enough all the same.

 I may have been a little optimistic with the title of this post but this notebook will at least rein in the scattered post-it note filing system I've got going on at the minute. I've already put it to good use and made of list of blog posts I want to write, as well as noting down ideas for loves ones' Christmas presents when something comes to mind.

Sorry if this post has been a bit of a dreary deidre for those of you without a 'thing' for notebooks, pens and various office supplies, but I do love a good bit of stationery.

Friday, 16 November 2012

Daily blusher

The above blusher has been my daily blusher of choice for around a month or so now and I quite like it.

I admit it's not got the pretty glitsy appeal of the Dior Amber Diamond or the suchlike, but it's easy to apply, easy to wear. And priced at around £5 was pretty easy to buy too, as I picked it up on a whim on payday, in one of those 'I need to buy something' moods.

This is the new Rimmel Match Perfection blusher, which I think only comes in two shades and I just picked up the lighter of the two.

(This photo above is probably the most accurate representation of the colour out of the three pictures)

It's not the most exciting product in the world. Sure. But what it does do is fit in that blusher/bronzer hybrid gap and give the face a nice warmth for the winter months, when other products can sometimes seem a bit much on pale skin. Yep, that's what I say about it: a nice winter product. You also get a lot of product as it's the same size as Rimmel's pressed powders. I generally use this blush in combination with bronzer, but it would be fine just used alone, and definitely wouldn't look too stark. Just pop it on your apples and blend outwards/upwards a little. Job done.

Easy on your purse and easy to apply/wear :)

Monday, 12 November 2012

Rollers update

Last week I posted about my love for hair rollers, which you can catch here if you missed it. Plain old cheap and cheerful velcro rollers, which did a pretty good job at providing some long-lasting volume to my otherwise flat roots.

I got a bit carried away in the world of rollers and wanted bigger and better results...
In hindsight, I probably should have just stuck with what I knew worked and be done with it. But obviously curiosity (and the hope of finding those elusive 'holy grail' products!) got the better of me.

Enter my next flurry in the world of rollers.

Without wanting to state the obvious...these are large velcro rollers. That you sleep in. Well, according to Boots.
I saw a post about these on Jen's blog and figured that this was the PERFECT way to get the big hair of my previous rollers, but with minimal time spent wandering round looking like a wacko. I was also hoping this would mean I could do night-time hair washing and not have dismally flat/boring hair the next day (this is a big issue for me. Seriously).

You get 6 rollers for a little over £5, so whilst not as cheap as my old faithfuls, they're still very much an easy purchase to make.

The velcro bit is the same as standard rollers, but instead of plastic these are stuffed with a tube of foam to keep the shape and make them solid enough to hold the curl shape squishy enough to sleep in comfortably. Or so the idea goes.
Fat chance of that.

Other people seem to have dealt with these rollers much better than I have, but I have to say I had a thoroughly rubbish night's sleep, followed by neck ache and grouchiness the next morning. For me, they don't squidge enough to be comfortable and I couldn't get my head remotely comfy in any position. But hey, that's just me and they might be perfectly fine for you. If you're not a fan of getting any sleep.

Any tips to make these bearable would be most welcome because the idea is good, it's just the reality isn't quite working for me.

In the meantime I have dabbled again, in what I promise will be my last venture into the world of hair rollers. Again, I was influenced by a blog review and picked these up on a brief trip to Boots yesterday.

I am yet to experiment but when I do I'll let you know. I don't have particularly high hopes as I think that they've been around for so long that if they were that good we'd all already be using them. But my hope of finding a miracle product continues to draw me in! (Having said that, I have no idea when I'd be satisfied that I'd found 'the one'...often think that everyone else must just be too easily pleased).

Any suggestions for similar things then please do let me know. On a secondary note, please also reassure me I'm not the only person who found 'sleeper' rollers impossible.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Potential skin miracle..?


I know that's a bit of a teaser, but I don't want to speak too soon before I've given a product a proper amount of time to either prove itself or disappoint me. But I wanted to share my excitement over the possibility of having found a couple of wonder products for my acne-prone skin!

So watch this space...I'll get back to you on this one, but fingers crossed! I have to say, so far I'm impressed :)

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Hair Oil #2

I'm pretty sure the world and its sister now use hair oils regularly and I am no exception. Ever since I bought the VO5 Miracle Concentrate Elixir hair oil waaay back I have used it every time I've washed my hair, with no exceptions. I'd damaged and dried out my ends by bleaching them for the ombre look so just wanted something to add a bit of moisture and protect them from further damage.
Fast forward and I've since chopped off most of the ombre, but am still religiously using hair oil to keep my ends soft and nourished, as long hair often equals frazzled ends.

Being the fickle creature that I am, I thought I'd jump ship once my VO5 had run out and whatever else my local Boots had to offer me.

I picked up this L'Oreal Extraordinary Oil for two main reasons. The glass bottle felt luxurious to me and the pump action is handy/less messy than the pipette in the VO5 one.
I use two pumps of this on the ends and mid-lengths of my hair after I've washed it and then either blowdry or leave to dry naturally.

My opinion? I'm undecided.
It is good, and it is definitely better than not using an oil at all.
But I'm just not sure it's as good as the VO5 which seemed to make my ends softer.
I also don't like the smell of this at all, although that may just be me as most people seem to quite like it. Either way, the smell disappears once the product's absorbed anyway. I also prefer the consistency of the VO5 oil. More substance, less runny.

What L'Oreal does have over VO5 though is the convenience of the packaging, and that may just win me over. For now.

(In terms of price you don't lost out either way, as L'Oreal is double the price for double the product. If anyone's looking to try this out though I think it's currently on offer for around £7 in Boots. Sod's law that I bought mine the day before the offer began).

One more thing: Can anyone persuade me that Moroccan Oil is worth the hefty price tag or am i just as well of using a high street hair oil? I want to give it a go, but I suspect I might as well save my pennies for something else.