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30/04/2012

Face of the Day–Smoky Browns

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I hardly ever wear brown eye shadow on my eyes, if I’m going out I’ll always wear a black smoky eye (or just winged liner) but I love the way that this looks. It really enhances my eye colour and I love all the shimmery eye shadows blended together, especially that brow bone highlight! Love it.
All the shadows used were from the Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Palette – I can’t remember which ones precisely though but I think it’s just a concoction of all of the neutrals!
What do you think?

Face of the Day–Smoky Browns

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I hardly ever wear brown eye shadow on my eyes, if I’m going out I’ll always wear a black smoky eye (or just winged liner) but I love the way that this looks. It really enhances my eye colour and I love all the shimmery eye shadows blended together, especially that brow bone highlight! Love it.
All the shadows used were from the Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Palette – I can’t remember which ones precisely though but I think it’s just a concoction of all of the neutrals!
What do you think?

29/04/2012

SIX ON SUNDAY #9

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I thought we’d have a new look to this week’s Six on Sunday post, how do you like it? I also think that I’m going to start publishing the post at this time every week so as to catch you all just before/after #bbloggers on Twitter (which is a weekly chat for beauty bloggers on twitter which has a different theme each week and is usually really good!) and give you something to read while you wait. Good plan, no?

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 Razorlight – Golden Touch

This song is one of my all-time favourites, I don’t know what it is about it but it just reminds me of being 17 and having BBQ’s in fields and snuggling in sleeping bags with boys. Those were the days.

Do you have songs that have this effect on you?

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Russell Brand On The Road – BBC 2 about 4 years ago…

With the excitement of the new On The Road film coming out soon I was reminded of the documentary that Russell Brand and Matt Morgan did a few years ago where they travelled around America visiting the places that Jack Kerouac did in the book. It’s a hilarious documentary but is also informative and is really well made, definitely worth a watch if you’re interested in the Beats and Jack Kerouac or if you’re just a Russell Brand fan!

It’s available on You Tube in 7 parts here

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Lush The Comforter Bubble Bar

The Comforter is a long time favourite of mine, it smells amazing – all blackcurranty and lovely. It makes your bath all pink and full of bubbles too, and one bar can last for ages – I normally get about 8 baths out of each one. I am about to hop into a bath with one of these, they are perfect for Sunday nights.

What is your favourite Lush bath bomb/bubble bar?

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The defining event of my week this week was popping along to NatWest yesterday and reducing my overdraft limit to £500, now this might not sound like a particularly amazing achievement but for me it is. Two years ago I graduated from university with a £2,000 maxed out overdraft. I think I had about £30 of it left over when I graduated. Not a good place to be my friends. I have been steadily reducing it in £500 chunks ever since I started my job, and this was the third one – much quicker than I imagined it would be too – I’m so proud of myself! Next time I get paid I will actually have money in the positive, for the first time ever. I cannot wait!

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Louella

I’m sure that you’ve all heard about Louise (Sprinkle of Glitter) and Zoe’s (Zoella) new venture by now but if not, here you go. Louise and Zoe have decided to open an online shop selling their favourite things, and the first things that they are stocking are the Bdellium make-up brushes that I’ve heard some amazing things about – if I didn’t already have hundreds of brushes I’d definitely be buying some. I think it’s important to support other blogger’s in their ventures and wish the girls the very best of luck!

Will you be buying any brushes from Louella?

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Jimmi Lou – International Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

Joanne’s blog is a blog that I have long admired, she has amazing style and her outfit posts are therefore must-reads in my books. Joanne also posts about beauty and lifestyle and does occasional haul posts too. She has just started doing a weekly ‘week in pictures’ post too, which are always my favourite posts to read as you get to know the blogger much better!

Check out Jimmi Lou here

What have you been up to this week?

SIX ON SUNDAY #9

SIX-ON-SUNDAY

I thought we’d have a new look to this week’s Six on Sunday post, how do you like it? I also think that I’m going to start publishing the post at this time every week so as to catch you all just before/after #bbloggers on Twitter (which is a weekly chat for beauty bloggers on twitter which has a different theme each week and is usually really good!) and give you something to read while you wait. Good plan, no?

songoftheweek

 Razorlight – Golden Touch

This song is one of my all-time favourites, I don’t know what it is about it but it just reminds me of being 17 and having BBQ’s in fields and snuggling in sleeping bags with boys. Those were the days.

Do you have songs that have this effect on you?

tvorbook

Russell Brand On The Road – BBC 2 about 4 years ago…

With the excitement of the new On The Road film coming out soon I was reminded of the documentary that Russell Brand and Matt Morgan did a few years ago where they travelled around America visiting the places that Jack Kerouac did in the book. It’s a hilarious documentary but is also informative and is really well made, definitely worth a watch if you’re interested in the Beats and Jack Kerouac or if you’re just a Russell Brand fan!

It’s available on You Tube in 7 parts here

product

098

Lush The Comforter Bubble Bar

The Comforter is a long time favourite of mine, it smells amazing – all blackcurranty and lovely. It makes your bath all pink and full of bubbles too, and one bar can last for ages – I normally get about 8 baths out of each one. I am about to hop into a bath with one of these, they are perfect for Sunday nights.

What is your favourite Lush bath bomb/bubble bar?

event

The defining event of my week this week was popping along to NatWest yesterday and reducing my overdraft limit to £500, now this might not sound like a particularly amazing achievement but for me it is. Two years ago I graduated from university with a £2,000 maxed out overdraft. I think I had about £30 of it left over when I graduated. Not a good place to be my friends. I have been steadily reducing it in £500 chunks ever since I started my job, and this was the third one – much quicker than I imagined it would be too – I’m so proud of myself! Next time I get paid I will actually have money in the positive, for the first time ever. I cannot wait!

shop

shoplouella

Louella

I’m sure that you’ve all heard about Louise (Sprinkle of Glitter) and Zoe’s (Zoella) new venture by now but if not, here you go. Louise and Zoe have decided to open an online shop selling their favourite things, and the first things that they are stocking are the Bdellium make-up brushes that I’ve heard some amazing things about – if I didn’t already have hundreds of brushes I’d definitely be buying some. I think it’s important to support other blogger’s in their ventures and wish the girls the very best of luck!

Will you be buying any brushes from Louella?

blog

blogoftheweek

Jimmi Lou – International Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

Joanne’s blog is a blog that I have long admired, she has amazing style and her outfit posts are therefore must-reads in my books. Joanne also posts about beauty and lifestyle and does occasional haul posts too. She has just started doing a weekly ‘week in pictures’ post too, which are always my favourite posts to read as you get to know the blogger much better!

Check out Jimmi Lou here

What have you been up to this week?

27/04/2012

MAC Vanilla Pigment VS Barry M Gold Iridescent Dazzle Dust

Way back in February I did a post on the Barry M Gold Iridescent Dazzle Dust (here) and mentioned that it reminded my of the MAC pigment in Vanilla. So, I thought that I would do a comparison post with the two products to see just how similar they are.
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As you can see from the image above the texture of these two products is different, the Dazzle Dust is much more glittery than the Pigment. The pigment provides an even finish with a lovely duo-chrome warm gold tone, the Dazzle Dust has a similar gold tone but due to the glittery finish it doesn’t appear as even and you can still see the white base colour in the swatch. The Dazzle Dust is lot more vibrant than the Pigment and catches the light better than the subtle pigment; when the light shines on the Dazzle Dust it appears a bright gold shade.
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Left: Barry M Dazzle Dust – Gold Iridescent Right: MAC Pigment – Vanilla
When they are blended in I think you can see the difference a lot better, the Dazzle Dust is so much more shimmery than the pigment – it catches the light beautifully. As you can see, the MAC pigment is a lot more subtle and just gives a nice glow without being too full on. This makes it excellent as a cheek highlight, whereas I wouldn’t dream of putting the Dazzle Dust on my cheeks.
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Left: Barry M Dazzle Dust – Gold Iridescent  Right: MAC Pigment – Vanilla
I think that this image shows that the two products have the same base colour and that the Dazzle Dust is just an amped up more glittery version.
Here is what the two products look like when worn on the eyes:
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Left: MAC Vanilla Pigment Right: Barry M Gold Iridescent Dazzle Dust
On the eyes the two products look very different, the Pigment has more of a pearlescent shade with a subtle hint of gold when it hits the light and the Dazzle Dust looks more gold and sparkly.
To round it up:
- The two products have a similar gold tone.
- The Dazzle Dust is much more glittery
- The Pigment is more subtle and glowy
- The Dazzle Dust has a more ‘gold’ appearance when the light hits it
- The Pigment is more pearlescent
I think that if you want a multi-purpose product go for the MAC Pigment but if you just want an eye product go for the Barry M Dazzle Dust as it’s incredibly pretty on the eyes.
Have you tried either of these products?
What did you think?

MAC Vanilla Pigment VS Barry M Gold Iridescent Dazzle Dust

Way back in February I did a post on the Barry M Gold Iridescent Dazzle Dust (here) and mentioned that it reminded my of the MAC pigment in Vanilla. So, I thought that I would do a comparison post with the two products to see just how similar they are.
037Left: Barry M Gold Iridescent Dazzle Dust Right: MAC Vanilla Pigment
As you can see from the image above the texture of these two products is different, the Dazzle Dust is much more glittery than the Pigment. The pigment provides an even finish with a lovely duo-chrome warm gold tone, the Dazzle Dust has a similar gold tone but due to the glittery finish it doesn’t appear as even and you can still see the white base colour in the swatch. The Dazzle Dust is lot more vibrant than the Pigment and catches the light better than the subtle pigment; when the light shines on the Dazzle Dust it appears a bright gold shade.
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Left: Barry M Dazzle Dust – Gold Iridescent Right: MAC Pigment – Vanilla
When they are blended in I think you can see the difference a lot better, the Dazzle Dust is so much more shimmery than the pigment – it catches the light beautifully. As you can see, the MAC pigment is a lot more subtle and just gives a nice glow without being too full on. This makes it excellent as a cheek highlight, whereas I wouldn’t dream of putting the Dazzle Dust on my cheeks.
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Left: Barry M Dazzle Dust – Gold Iridescent  Right: MAC Pigment – Vanilla
I think that this image shows that the two products have the same base colour and that the Dazzle Dust is just an amped up more glittery version.
Here is what the two products look like when worn on the eyes:
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Left: MAC Vanilla Pigment Right: Barry M Gold Iridescent Dazzle Dust
On the eyes the two products look very different, the Pigment has more of a pearlescent shade with a subtle hint of gold when it hits the light and the Dazzle Dust looks more gold and sparkly.
To round it up:
- The two products have a similar gold tone.
- The Dazzle Dust is much more glittery
- The Pigment is more subtle and glowy
- The Dazzle Dust has a more ‘gold’ appearance when the light hits it
- The Pigment is more pearlescent
I think that if you want a multi-purpose product go for the MAC Pigment but if you just want an eye product go for the Barry M Dazzle Dust as it’s incredibly pretty on the eyes.
Have you tried either of these products?
What did you think?

26/04/2012

TOPSHOP Sisters of the New Moon–Crystal Magical Lip Tint


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I’ve had this little beauty for a while now and thought it was time to talk about it. This is one of those lip tint that reacts to your lips to turn a unique shade of pink. I love this kind of thing, the Barry M TMLP Lip Paint is one of my most favourite things, and this is pretty much the same thing but with added glitter. GLITTER.
As you can see, the lipstick itself is a sort of a see-through jelly consistency and packed with glitter. To be honest, it was this that made me buy it, it’s so pretty! I also love the outer case, it’s different for a lipstick and makes it feel all dreamy and magical. The plastic does feel quite cheap though.
The lipstick applies as quite a sheer tint and is a mid-toned bright pink on my lips, the glitter doesn’t really come off on the lips either (bonus for me, can’t stand uber-glittery lips!). The formula is quite smoothing on the lips and isn’t overly drying or sticky feeling, the tint lasts for quite a long time too. This aspect makes the lipstick perfect for work, I can’t be doing with faffing with re-applying lipstick while I’m there.
This lipstick costs £9 which I think is a bit steep for a ‘drugstore’ brand lippie! But I guess it is limited edition and I’ve never seen a prettier lipstick!
You can buy the lipstick from Topshop stores, but I hear it’s becoming quite a feat to find one. Although I got mine from TS Oxford Circus and there were loads at the time!
Have you picked this lippie up?
Would you pay £9 for a drugstore lipstick?

TOPSHOP Sisters of the New Moon–Crystal Magical Lip Tint


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I’ve had this little beauty for a while now and thought it was time to talk about it. This is one of those lip tint that reacts to your lips to turn a unique shade of pink. I love this kind of thing, the Barry M TMLP Lip Paint is one of my most favourite things, and this is pretty much the same thing but with added glitter. GLITTER.
As you can see, the lipstick itself is a sort of a see-through jelly consistency and packed with glitter. To be honest, it was this that made me buy it, it’s so pretty! I also love the outer case, it’s different for a lipstick and makes it feel all dreamy and magical. The plastic does feel quite cheap though.
The lipstick applies as quite a sheer tint and is a mid-toned bright pink on my lips, the glitter doesn’t really come off on the lips either (bonus for me, can’t stand uber-glittery lips!). The formula is quite smoothing on the lips and isn’t overly drying or sticky feeling, the tint lasts for quite a long time too. This aspect makes the lipstick perfect for work, I can’t be doing with faffing with re-applying lipstick while I’m there.
This lipstick costs £9 which I think is a bit steep for a ‘drugstore’ brand lippie! But I guess it is limited edition and I’ve never seen a prettier lipstick!
You can buy the lipstick from Topshop stores, but I hear it’s becoming quite a feat to find one. Although I got mine from TS Oxford Circus and there were loads at the time!
Have you picked this lippie up?
Would you pay £9 for a drugstore lipstick?

25/04/2012

FOTD: Neutral Smoky Eye

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Barry M Gold Iridescent Dazzle Dust all over the lid.
MAC Blackberry Eye Shadow in the crease and blended out, also along the lower lashline.
MUFE Smoky Lash Mascara.
What do you think?

FOTD: Neutral Smoky Eye

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Barry M Gold Iridescent Dazzle Dust all over the lid.
MAC Blackberry Eye Shadow in the crease and blended out, also along the lower lashline.
MUFE Smoky Lash Mascara.
What do you think?

24/04/2012

Taxi.


We’re off down memory lane again today (I live there most of the time actually!), to a time when getting up at 7am was a rarity, so much of a rarity that when it came to my weekly 9am Monday morning lecture there was no way that I was walking there. The journey to uni from my house involved many hills and busy roads that were just too much to handle being the hard-done-by student that I was, and so I often chose the taxi option.
Now,  you’d think that the taxi companies of Preston would like a bit of easy money (basically driving me around the corner for about a fiver) but whenever I phoned up they always seemed surprised at my request. This was even worse when we arrived at my uni building and I had to give them the money – those drivers always seemed annoyed by the little money that I owed – you’d think they’d appreciate the extra cash for such an easy job! and they nearly always made a comment about my laziness (which in hindsight was very, very true).
But when I was contacted by Get Taxi the first thought that entered my head was “I wish this service had existed when I was at uni!”, I would have been Get Taxi’s main customer. You see, with Get Taxi all of the work is done by a little iPhone/Android/Blackberry app. I bloody love technology. No talking to people on the phone = no one to judge a short journey.
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Basically you just download the little app and you can use it to get a taxi where ever you are, it uses your phones GPS service to locate you and then sends the nearest taxi to where ever you are. You even get to see whereabouts the taxi is on the map that is a part of the app and it gives you a countdown in time and miles to when your taxi will arrive. When the taxi does arrive you get a message sent to you with the car registration number,car type & colour,the driver’s name, photo and their phone number so you know who you’re looking for. All taxi drivers are registered too, so the service is safe and secure to use.
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A big positive for me is the fact that you can pay for your taxi by card! You can attach your card to your account when you download the app, which means you don’t actually need any cash to pay with when you get in the taxi; this is always a problem I face when taxi-ing about. Although you can also pay by cash if you like (This reminds me of the wonder that is Just-Eat – when that arrived in our lives at uni, our takeaway consumption quadrupled).
At the momento, Get Taxi is only available in London in the UK but I think there are plans to branch it out over the country soon enough. I’ve not tried the service yet but I plan to next time I’m in London, I’m always getting lost on the underground and sometimes it’s just as quick to get a taxi – I think this service could prove very useful in those circumstances!
Visit the Get Taxi website for more information here
Would you ever try out a service like this?
Do you use taxi’s often? Before I went to uni I hardly ever did!
*I was contacted by the company involved to mention this service, but I think it’s a jolly good one!