Wednesday, 31 October 2012

The "Monday" Mix-Up #4

Okay, so I'm well aware that it's Wednesday, but sometimes life just gets in the way of blogging unfortunately. But seeing as you guys seemed to like these posts I thought better late than never. And I'm not going to lie, I quite like the idea too - not that it was original! But anyway I hope you can excuse the lateness, here goes! 

Sleek Be Beautiful Blemish Balm 
(£8.99, Superdrug & Sleek's Website)
I don't remember paying that much for this? Guess I must have! Anyway this is a relatively recent product, both to me and to Sleek, being released over the summer. This for me is a little love hate, love the coverage, but it tends to leave me really oily, which isn't usually an issue for me. But picking it up this week forces me to give it a go in the colder weather! 

Collection (2000) Blush - Bashful
(£2.99, Superdrug & Boots)
This used to be my absolute favourite blush, but recently it's be forgotten for some other shades I've recently been obsessing over. But I'm glad to be picking this up again this week, I actually wore it today in all it's glowing glory. It's also a very wearable pink shade. Lush! 

MakeUp Academy Lipstick - Shade 7
(£1, Superdrug & MUA's Website)
First off, if you live in the UK and haven't tried these lipsticks, get your butt to Superdrug! These have an amazing quality, pigmentation and colour range. Not just for the price, just full stop! Anyway shade 7 is a really nice coral shade that is subtle, but still obvious on the lips. Will happily be wearing this! 

Collection (2000) Metallic Cream Eyeshadows - Platinum Bling
(£2.99, Boots & Superdrug)
Yes another product I really like, but neglect. I am a lucky girl this week, either that or my stash is throwing hints at me! Anyway this is a lovely pigmented liquid eyeshadow. That sets down without a primer to be crease and flake proof all day long. Sounds good? It is! 

Venomous Cosmetics Loose Eyeshadow - Boomslang
($1 for a sample, Venomous Cosmetics Website - Link
Each week I'm delving into my drawer of indie products as I do find that they become the most neglected due to pressed colours being easier to use when I'm in a rush to get out. However they are some of the most beautiful eyeshadows I own! This one is a bright greened teal with an almost matte finish. If you're a fan of the company you'll be pleased to hear they are soon to release a collection with lots of matte eyeshadows and some blushes too! 

So overall this week some products that I really like, although the colour combinations could be fun to work with for the FOTD using all of them! Gunmetal/teal eyeshadow with peach lips and pink blush - I'll try my best to make a nice look! As always thanks everyone for stopping by and I'll speak to you again soon, Hannah 

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Review + Swatches: MUA Cream Blusher - Yummy

Back on the bargain road today after showing you a pricey Vaseline last post! Also huge apologies for the lack of a post yesterday I was at uni from 9-7 and then went round a friends for a takeaway - we all need a break sometimes! Anyway I'm hoping to get two posts up tonight, but it's going to be tight as I have to make green mash potato before the boyfriend gets home! Halloween is all about putting green food dye in food for me! Rambling aside, I really hope you enjoy the review :)

The Basics
It's probably best to start with the price, it's a super bargainous £2! And comes with a decent 3.2g of product. This means that money's been saved on packaging. But you know, it does the job and having a see-through lid can be pretty handy if you have more than one! Talking of that there are four colours available - I have already reviewed the beautiful Blossom here - link. 

The Formula 
As you'd expect from a cream blush this is nice and emollient although I did have some slight issues with blending. This may be down to the type of brush I use (Paddle style Foundation) - but my usual cream blush brushes just don't give the coverage - it's the texture not the pigmentation. But nothing major, just worth mentioning. Once applied it stays tacky so setting with either a powder blush or just a regular face powder will set it in place perfectly. Applied like this I get a good 6/7 hours of wear from it - which for my fussy face is rather fabulous! 

Colour & Pigmentation 
As I've already said the pigmentation isn't bad, infact it's pretty good. Especially with this darker shade, you may need to use a light hand! The colour is also quite pretty - although nothing on the one in Blossom, which I LOVE! Back to Yummy though, it's a warm medium rosey peach shade with no shimmer, glitter or any of that shiny business! Just a lovely dewy finish

The Good - cheap, value, pigmented, practical packaging, long lasting (if set).

The Not so Good - packaging is a little cheap looking, blending could have been easier and more colours please! 

Would I repurchase? Oh yes, more colours please!

Who might like it? Those that have problems with blush staying on, this makes a great base for another similarly coloured powder colour to go on top. 

Price & Availability - £2, Superdrug & MUA's Website

Et voila! Just one more of these to review now! I'm going pick up one of these for a future giveaway, as I like them so much. I'm thinking Blossom as it's my favourite and you know I like to share my favourites! Anyway thank you everyone for stopping by and I'll speak to you again soon, Hannah. 

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Monday, 29 October 2012

Review: Vaseline Pink Bubbly

Firstly today I need to give you guys a huge apology as you were probably expecting my usual Monday Mix-Up. But today I've had family down and due to it getting dark really early due to the clocks changing here in the UK I have missed all of todays daylight! But rest assured as soon as I'm home in some I will post it for you - it's looking like Wednesday at the moment! Apology aside, back to the vaseline...

The Basics 
This is a twist on your standard Vaseline lipbalm, coming in the same style of packaging as all the others versions. The design is a lot fancier though, with some pretty swirly writing and a black and pale pink colour to it. Inside we have 20g of product which 'delicately tints' - although on me it's completely clear! I payed around £3.50 for this from Tesco's, which I think is the standard going rate, quite a mark up on the other versions, and also limited edition! But it does have wine extract in it!

What did I think? 
As with other vaselines you have to be careful on the situations you use this product. It's actually a barrier product helping to protect the lips, not so much actually helping them once they're chapped. So I tend to use vaseline when I'm out and about in the cold! As I've already said the tint is pretty much non-existent. But the scent is really nice, although I've never had champagne before so couldn't tell you if it was accurate. My housemate recons it smells like pot pourri, and although I can see where he's coming from it's not horribly perfumed! PS, glossy finish as always!


I'd seen this around for a while before I picked it up last week, but my willpower is not the best and it managed to sneak its way into my shopping basket along with my potatoes, rice and peppers! As always feel free to leave any questions you may have below and I'll speak to you again soon, Hannah 

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Sunday, 28 October 2012

Top Picks: My Favourite Make-Up for Halloween!

Halloween is the time of crazy make-up, bright colours and funky textures. This year as you may know I'm in my final year of uni and free time is a luxury, so I hate to say it but I just haven't had the time to come up with any costume idea tutorials. Instead I've been rummaging through my stash and collected together all the products I have that are perfect for costume make-up. I hope that it's helpful, but I promise some Halloween tutorials for next year!

There's my video version of this post at the bottom if you'd rather watch than read!

MUA Nail Varnish - Shade 2 
(£1, Superdrug & MUA's Website)
I thought I'd start with nail polish and then go onto the make-up which is probably what you want to see the most! A black nail polish can never go wrong for Halloween, especially one that is so cheap and gives an opaque coverage with just one coat! 

BarryM Web Effect Nail Paint 
(£3.99, Superdrug)
This is basically just an orange crackle top coat and great over a black polish. It is limited edition for Halloween though, but I definitely recommended it if you see it! 

Sleek Bad Girl Palette 
(£7.99, Superdrug & Sleeks Website)
This is a really great palette with a variety of greens, blues and purples. But also the classic blacks and gunmetals. Perfect for a variety of smoky eyes to vamp it up for halloween! 

NYX Glitter Mania's 
(I got mine of off of Ebay, the whole set (10) for ~£10 link here)        
Apart from being a massive bargain these are great for a variety of costumes, mainly the slightly girly ones eg princess, fairy etc. The ones I've shown here are Blue, Pink and Disco Ball, but they come in a huge variety of colours! 

ELF Makeup Lock & Seal 
(£3.75, ELF's Website)
This is my go to product to use with the NYX Glitter, fab for setting products to last all day - or all night at halloween! You can mix in a small amount with the glitter and brush it on wherever you want it, which makes application easier too! 

BarryM Dazzle Dust - 73 
(£4.59, Boots, Superdrug & BarryM's Website) 
Most people have probably heard of these magic dusts, if not own a few! I pulled out my red one as it's a rather suitable colour for the season, but they have pretty much any colour you could think of! They work really well with the ELF MakeUp Lock & Seal, especially when using really fine brushes. This way you can draw pretty pictures all over your face! 

17 Paint & Perk*
(£3.99, Boots)        
This is probably going to sound a little silly, but here goes. Every year I tend to dress up as a pirate, but being a glasses wearer eye patches are a little inconvenient! So a nice chunky black eyeliner does the perfect job for drawing myself one. I always make sure to use a primer underneath, set with a matte black shadow and spray with a setting spray after. I can do a quick picture tutorial if anyone's interested? 

17 Lasting Fix Lipstick - New Black 
(£4.29, Boots)   
Personally I'd wear this all year round, but it is a very deep purpley berry shade. Which I'm sure a lot of people would feel a lot more comfortable wearing at Halloween! It's also nice and opaque and doesn't dry my lips out. If you were looking for a proper black lipstick though, Barry M do one! 

NYC All Day Long Foundation - Classic Ivory
(£3.99, Superdrug)
I have very pale skin as it is, but Halloween make-up often calls for super pale skin. For me this can sometimes be a struggle using easy obtainable highstreet products. But I've found this NYC one to be a very cheap option and the palest foundation I've tried yet! Slightly too pale for me infact, which is why I've included it here! 

As you can see all of these products are perfectly wearable all year round, so aside from buying yourself something perfect for Halloween you'll have a lovely product to use the rest of the year too. It's all in the way you use the products! But as always feel free to leave any suggestions and I'll speak to you again soon, Hannah 

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FOTD: The MakeUp Mix Up #3

This week I was lumbered with blues and greens on my Monday Mix Up. But I fancied doing something a little different with the colours, as you can probably see from the pictures! I have a feeling this could be a love hate look, but please don't be too horrible - it's only make-up! 

Primer - Bourjois Flower Perfection Primer 
Foundation - Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation - 51 
Concealer - Sleek Concealer & Corrector Palette - 1 
Blush - The Body Shop Baked Blush - Coral
Powder - 17 Shine Control Pressed Powder    

Primer - MUA Professional Eye Primer 
Lid - Urban Decay Eyeshadow - Virgin
Crease - Urban Decay Eyeshadow - Buck 
Artistic Bits! -  MUA Intense Colour Eyeliner - Royal Blue & MUA Eyeshadow - Shade 8 Pearl 
Upper Lashline - Collection (2000) Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner - Black
Lower Lashline - MUA Eyeshadow - Shade 8 Pearl 
Waterline - Collection (2000) Lasting Colour Gel Liner - Black 
Mascara -  17 Peep Show 
Brows -  MUA Ultimate Brow Kit   

Gloss -  Bourjois Gloss Menthol 

The Products I had to use!

I had fun this week actually, although I'm not sure if I'm going to want to redo my eyes before I leave the house! Could get some odd looks at the supermarket! Anyway I hope you enjoyed this look using the 5 products I picked out on Monday to use this week. Thanks everyone for stopping by, Hannah 

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Saturday, 27 October 2012

Swatches: Blush Professional 120 Matte Eyeshadow Palette (Part 1)

People tend to rave on about these type of palettes a lot and to be honest before I tried them I just wanted them to all stop talking about them. But since trying this one I am hooked. I got this palette with 120 matte eyeshadows for just £12.99, that is a super cheap bargain! It's also from a UK seller which couldn't be better, as you get your goodies a lot sooner!

You can purchase one for yourself by clicking here (link).


All swatches are over NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk 

I really hope you appreciated these swatches - they took me a long time! But I wanted to share this amazing fully matte palette with you guys, so cheap! There will be a part two with the other half of the palette coming soon with lots of blues, neutrals greens and more purples. Plus let me know if you wanted a proper review not just swatches. Thanks for stopping by everyone, Hannah 

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Friday, 26 October 2012

Top Picks: My Favourite Autumn/Fall Nail Polishes!

I only bought my first nail polishes last spring, infact some of you may remember the special day where I showed my first haul with great excitement. Since then I've become a little obsessed and been trying anything I can get my hands on at a good price. So today I decided to show you some of the beautiful shades I've been loving for Autumn - mostly deep 'smoky' shades, but I added a couple of brights that I think work well for the season for those that want more colour in their life! 

1) MUA Nail Varnish - Shade 8 - Red's are good for everytime of the year, this particular one is slightly deeper and costs just £1, so great for the season!

2) MUA Nail Varnish - I Want U - For me one of the main autumn colours is orange, I think it comes from the trees! This particular one is cream finish bright orange, which would make a great accent nail with taupe nails!

3) Accessorize Nail Polish - Truffle - This is the first nail polish I ever bought and in the bottle it does look a little dull. But actually I really like it for an understated medium taupe coloured nail.

4) Barry M Gelly Nail Paint - Watermelon - Brand new to me, infact I put it on my nails for the first time last night. Love the emerald green colour it has - very much so actually. But unfortunately I've had it peel off of one of my nails already?

5) Essie Nail Polish - Carry On  - Everyone needs a really deep wine coloured nail polish, it's very classic and I always think rather sophisticated as well. This one from Essie ticks the boxes!

6) Barbara Daly Nail Polish - Potion - This is actually a dupe of Carry On by Essie, but ever so slightly lighter and a touch less purple. But you have to study them to notice the differences. So I'm going with dupe!

7) Barbara Daly Nail Polish - Dream - This brand is available in Tesco for those wondering, this particular shade is a really nice deep navy colour with a cream finish!

8) NYC Quick Dry Nail Polish - Chinatown - Oooo finally a colour with a bit of shimmer, can you tell I like cream finishes?! Chinatown is a gunmetal purple shade.

9) ELF Nail Polish - Dark Glitter Purple  - Good old ELF contributing something to the party, this is a very deep purple shade - it looks almost black on the nails. But in the light you can see some really subtle purple and blue shimmer - very pretty. 

Apologies for not putting all these shades on my nails and showing you guys - but could you imagine the state of my nails after doing that! I'm up for requests of particular ones though so do let me know! Thanks for stopping by, Hannah 

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Thursday, 25 October 2012

Review + Swatches: Glossybox October 2012

Last week I showed you all the lovely contents of this months Glossybox, which was probably one of my favourite yet! But every month I like to give a mini review of the products once I've had a chance to try them, it's not just show and tell here! So here we go with the review of this months Glossybox, the DIY edition! 

What was in this months box?
  • Anatomicals Don't just Clean it woman, scrub it Body Scrub
  • Dermalogica 3 step day and night kit 
  • Skinetica Anti-Blemish Solution
  • Yves Rocher Moisturizing Cream Lipstick - Mauve 


 Anatomicals Don't just Clean it woman, scrub it Body Scrub
(£3.49, 200ml)

What they say? A pink grapefruit body scrub that buffs with a bravura sense of charm and wit.

What I think? For me this doesn't have quite the intensity of skin buffing capability I usually enjoy. But as an all over subtle scrub intsead of a shower gel this works pretty well. The smells quite nice, not a really dry intense scent which can sometimes be over powering sometimes with citrus! 

Dermalogica 3 step day and night kit 
(£12 per kit) 

What they say? Cleanse, tone and moisturise with the Day/Night 3-step mini kit. 

What I think? Very impressed with this set, the face wash definitely does the job of cleaning my face, however it did leave my skin feeling rather dry - the moisturizer helped with that though! The toner is what impressed/scared me the most. Even after cleansing I sprayed some into a cotton pad and wiped it across my face and dirt came off! 

Skinetica Anti-Blemish Solution
(£6.99, 100ml)

What they say? A unique solution for clearing skin blemishes, showing results in 2-3 days. Kind to skin with no side effects. 

What I think? Not convinced in all honesty, I have been trying it, but haven't really noticed a difference compared to my usual Witch Blemish Stick. It also smells rather weird! 

Yves Rocher Moisturizing Cream Lipstick - Mauve 
(£14.50, 3.7g) 

What they say? Perfect coverage from the first application: a smooth, supple luminous film covering the lips. 

What I think? Love the consistency, really creamy, pigmented. And generally of really good quality, although the deep muted berry shade isn't quite my colour! 

This was quite a good box this month, definitely good my £10's worth! Is it bad that I'm already excited for next months box? It's kinda like a mini Christmas each month, with a surprise present to myself! Couldn't get better than that! Thanks for stopping by, Hannah 

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Wednesday, 24 October 2012

NOTD: Dazzled Slate!

Glitter nail polish is probably the best thing since sliced bread, however I'm far to busy/lazy to remove it. Which leads me to rarely wear the stuff. But a few days ago I found myself stumbling through indie brands that created some stunning glitter top coats (Lush Lacquer for example - link). Which then led me to pull out my rather tiny glitter top coat collection and get me some glitter on! And I must say, I'm loving this bargain combo! 

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail Colour - Slick Slate 
Bargain if I do say so! The name doesn't really make it sound particularly appealing, but I promise you it's a beautiful colour! It's a medium taupe shade, with pretty purple tones to it. I didn't find the wide brush was particularly easy to work with, but for the price and colour I'm going to be satisfied!  


W7 Nail Polish - Purple Dazzle 
I always used to overlook W7 polishes thinking they were rubbish, but actually I've got a few now and I must say, they're surprisingly good for the price! It's a straight up purple glitter topcoat, and the coverage is great, the pictures show just one coat, but you can get full opacity with around three, not bad for such a cheap product! 

Talking of nail polishes have you guys seen the brand new MakeUp Academy ones, I'm trying very hard to resist ordering but with magnetic, holographic and glittery shades to choose from it's more a game of how long I can last before I order! Anyway thank you all for stopping by, feel free to leave your polish recommendation and I'll speak to you again soon, Hannah 

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