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Engagement Tea Party – Saturday 19th September 2015 Last Saturday we held our engagement party at our house, we spent the day with around ...

31/07/2011

Some Recent Purchases

Some make up bits and bobs. Ruby & Millie is 75% off at the mo, I haven't just suddenly got a weird obsession...

Some stuff for work next year, I got cutesy stuff the boys won't steal. They will though, you'd be amazed at how many students don't bring a pen/pencil to school!

If you would like reviews on anything let me know :) 

Some Recent Purchases

Some make up bits and bobs. Ruby & Millie is 75% off at the mo, I haven't just suddenly got a weird obsession...

Some stuff for work next year, I got cutesy stuff the boys won't steal. They will though, you'd be amazed at how many students don't bring a pen/pencil to school!

If you would like reviews on anything let me know :) 

26/07/2011

Lush Review: Dragons Egg Bath Ballistic

From the top let's get this straight; this is my favourite Lush product ever. Ever.


Dragons Egg is a bath ballistic; bath ballistics are the ones that you pop in the bath and then they fizz and zoom about the tub doing all sorts of magical things, Dragons Egg is no disappointment on this front!

Dragons Egg is scented with citrus oils and Bergamot and is basically like a big fizzy sherbet lemon, the scent is really invigorating and I imagine it would be ace for morning baths! It also contains popping candy and little moisturising multicoloured ricepaper petals that float about the bath. But the main show piece of Dragons Egg is the glitter. Magical gold glitter. Tons of gold glitter. I love glitter. I wasn't expecting it when I popped it in the bath the other day and I was truly amazed by the effect it gave to the water - it was like bathing in liquid gold! Lovely. I wasn't even left covered in the glitter when I (reluctantly) got out of the bath. Score.




Dragons Egg costs £2.99 and is available in store and online

If you haven't tried it yet, get on it! And if you have, what did you think? Did you love it as much as I did?

Lush Review: Dragons Egg Bath Ballistic

From the top let's get this straight; this is my favourite Lush product ever. Ever.


Dragons Egg is a bath ballistic; bath ballistics are the ones that you pop in the bath and then they fizz and zoom about the tub doing all sorts of magical things, Dragons Egg is no disappointment on this front!

Dragons Egg is scented with citrus oils and Bergamot and is basically like a big fizzy sherbet lemon, the scent is really invigorating and I imagine it would be ace for morning baths! It also contains popping candy and little moisturising multicoloured ricepaper petals that float about the bath. But the main show piece of Dragons Egg is the glitter. Magical gold glitter. Tons of gold glitter. I love glitter. I wasn't expecting it when I popped it in the bath the other day and I was truly amazed by the effect it gave to the water - it was like bathing in liquid gold! Lovely. I wasn't even left covered in the glitter when I (reluctantly) got out of the bath. Score.




Dragons Egg costs £2.99 and is available in store and online

If you haven't tried it yet, get on it! And if you have, what did you think? Did you love it as much as I did?

25/07/2011

Favourites: Blush Combination feat Benefit & Sleek

I have a new fave cheek combo that is a little bit coraliscious. As it's summer I feel something a little bit more peachy/coral is in order for the ol' boat race, pinks seem to be more of a wintery shade to me.

So, introducing my new loves: Benefit Coralista and Sleek Coral. Layered over each other they are divine. I love how bright the colour is and paired with the lovely sheen that Coralista provides I feel that this is a combo full of win!




I'm also wearing: 
MAC Vanilla Eye shadow close to the lashline
MAC All That Glitters Eye Shadow on the rest of the lid and blended into the crease
Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara

What do you think? Do you have any favourite blush combinations?


Favourites: Blush Combination feat Benefit & Sleek

I have a new fave cheek combo that is a little bit coraliscious. As it's summer I feel something a little bit more peachy/coral is in order for the ol' boat race, pinks seem to be more of a wintery shade to me.

So, introducing my new loves: Benefit Coralista and Sleek Coral. Layered over each other they are divine. I love how bright the colour is and paired with the lovely sheen that Coralista provides I feel that this is a combo full of win!




I'm also wearing: 
MAC Vanilla Eye shadow close to the lashline
MAC All That Glitters Eye Shadow on the rest of the lid and blended into the crease
Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara

What do you think? Do you have any favourite blush combinations?


19/07/2011

MUA vs MAC: Navy Smoky Eye

I don't actually like the term 'Smoky eye' I'd rather smudgy but that doesn't have the same ring to it really does it?

Back to the point. I like navy. I really like navy eyeshadow. This is a post comparing a MAC eyeshadow which cost £9.50 or something ridiculous like that with an MUA shadow that cost £1. In the price war there is no contest but will the quality be the same?

The eye shadow's in question?

MUA Shade 10 - Pearl and MAC Contrast 



I noticed that these two eye shadows were very similar when I was scouring my eye shadow collection in order to create last week's Harry Potter themed looks and thought I'd see how similar they actually were by creating this look:


I used the MAC shadow on one eye and the MUA shadow on the other.

As you can see the shades are very similar when they are on the eyes, hardly any difference between the two!

MUA Shade 10 - Pearl





This eye shadow is so creamy and pigmented, you hardly have to use any of it to get a good amount of colour on your eyes. It is a navy but a metallic blackened navy with teeny tiny blue sparkles in it, so deep for a £1 eye shadow! It almost feels buttery when you swatch it, which makes it incredibly easy to work with. Unfortunately this means that the fallout is immense (you can see this in the above images), but this isn't a problem to clean up really.

MAC Contrast Eye Shadow





Contrast is a darker more satin look eyeshadow, it is not very metallic but has a definite sheen to it. The colour is a traditional navy shade but a little bit blacker, it also has teeny tiny shimmers and glitters in it. This shadow is a little harder to work with than the MUA one but does give a nice dark look if you persevere! This is probably because it's less metallic and therefore harder to blend. I do love the effect this shadow gives though but then I love all dark shadows and am not really a fan of metallics.

Swatches of the shadows together
























When swatched without a base the shadows are pretty much identical, the MUA one having slightly more of a sheen to it and the MAC not having as much pigment. Over a black base you can really see the differences, MAC is on the left and you can see that it's not as metallic as the MUA shadow, you can also see that it is more of a true navy colour.

The Winner

For me I prefer the MAC Contrast but only because it is less metallic. The shadows are very similar and you only really need one of them. I'd go for MUA Shade 10 on price and pigmentation, it is an excellent eye shadow and very easy to work with.


Have you tried MUA's eyeshadows? 
What did you think?


MUA vs MAC: Navy Smoky Eye

I don't actually like the term 'Smoky eye' I'd rather smudgy but that doesn't have the same ring to it really does it?

Back to the point. I like navy. I really like navy eyeshadow. This is a post comparing a MAC eyeshadow which cost £9.50 or something ridiculous like that with an MUA shadow that cost £1. In the price war there is no contest but will the quality be the same?

The eye shadow's in question?

MUA Shade 10 - Pearl and MAC Contrast 



I noticed that these two eye shadows were very similar when I was scouring my eye shadow collection in order to create last week's Harry Potter themed looks and thought I'd see how similar they actually were by creating this look:


I used the MAC shadow on one eye and the MUA shadow on the other.

As you can see the shades are very similar when they are on the eyes, hardly any difference between the two!

MUA Shade 10 - Pearl





This eye shadow is so creamy and pigmented, you hardly have to use any of it to get a good amount of colour on your eyes. It is a navy but a metallic blackened navy with teeny tiny blue sparkles in it, so deep for a £1 eye shadow! It almost feels buttery when you swatch it, which makes it incredibly easy to work with. Unfortunately this means that the fallout is immense (you can see this in the above images), but this isn't a problem to clean up really.

MAC Contrast Eye Shadow





Contrast is a darker more satin look eyeshadow, it is not very metallic but has a definite sheen to it. The colour is a traditional navy shade but a little bit blacker, it also has teeny tiny shimmers and glitters in it. This shadow is a little harder to work with than the MUA one but does give a nice dark look if you persevere! This is probably because it's less metallic and therefore harder to blend. I do love the effect this shadow gives though but then I love all dark shadows and am not really a fan of metallics.

Swatches of the shadows together
























When swatched without a base the shadows are pretty much identical, the MUA one having slightly more of a sheen to it and the MAC not having as much pigment. Over a black base you can really see the differences, MAC is on the left and you can see that it's not as metallic as the MUA shadow, you can also see that it is more of a true navy colour.

The Winner

For me I prefer the MAC Contrast but only because it is less metallic. The shadows are very similar and you only really need one of them. I'd go for MUA Shade 10 on price and pigmentation, it is an excellent eye shadow and very easy to work with.


Have you tried MUA's eyeshadows? 
What did you think?


18/07/2011

Dreaming of Tattoos

I've wanted to get a tattoo for a long long time. At least 5 years now but I've never dared (I don't think dared is the right word, as I'm not particularly scared by the prospect...) to yet. I have always loved the look of tattoos and think it's a great way to show your creative side. I really love traditional style tattoos, things that never date. I also think this is because I like to think I'm part sailor - even though I get sea sick (just a small issue).

This summer I'm definitely going to make it happen. I've got 6 weeks off of work and will have some pennies available so there will be no excuses.

Thought I might as well show you the sort of things that I like:

I love Valerie Vargas, she draws the most beautiful women I have ever seen tattooed, they are so detailed but yet still bold and traditional, lovely.
Most of all though I love Sailor Jerry tattoos. These are the ones that I always look at when I feel the need to get a tattoo, so I think I will be getting something inspired by these traditional tattoos as my first one.

Sailor Jerry Swallow

Sailor Jerry butterflies

Sailor Jerry flash

I love birds the mostest. I want two magpies on my chest near my collarbones I think.

If any of you guys have tattoos feel free to show me them or give me any advice etc it would be very welcome :)

Dreaming of Tattoos

I've wanted to get a tattoo for a long long time. At least 5 years now but I've never dared (I don't think dared is the right word, as I'm not particularly scared by the prospect...) to yet. I have always loved the look of tattoos and think it's a great way to show your creative side. I really love traditional style tattoos, things that never date. I also think this is because I like to think I'm part sailor - even though I get sea sick (just a small issue).

This summer I'm definitely going to make it happen. I've got 6 weeks off of work and will have some pennies available so there will be no excuses.

Thought I might as well show you the sort of things that I like:

I love Valerie Vargas, she draws the most beautiful women I have ever seen tattooed, they are so detailed but yet still bold and traditional, lovely.
Most of all though I love Sailor Jerry tattoos. These are the ones that I always look at when I feel the need to get a tattoo, so I think I will be getting something inspired by these traditional tattoos as my first one.

Sailor Jerry Swallow

Sailor Jerry butterflies

Sailor Jerry flash

I love birds the mostest. I want two magpies on my chest near my collarbones I think.

If any of you guys have tattoos feel free to show me them or give me any advice etc it would be very welcome :)