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29 January 2010

I want...



DIOR - Crème de Rose


Smoothing plumping lip balm.

Crème de Rose is an essential nourishing and smoothing lip balm with a delicate rose fragrance that is simply addictive! It is enriched with a rare and precious Damask Rose essential oil extract, an anti-ageing complex, energising vitamins (A and E) and Shea butter for a long-lasting regenerating and smoothing anti-wrinkle effect. It leaves the lips optimally soothed, moisturised and nourished. Soft and beautifully plump, the lips are more radiant than ever.




I like...I want!


28 January 2010

More gorgeousness from the H & M Garden Collection...




















(For more information and pictures: http://www.hmthegardencollection.com/welcome/)




Stunning.

I love H & M.




Red dress



I want this red dress!





From the H & M garden collection






27 January 2010

Review: Clinique Mascaras



I own 3 Clinique mascaras, and I must say that Clinique is one of my favourite brands when it comes to mascaras. The prize is good for a high end brand (£14.50), the formula is nice and lasts all day without flaking (this goes for the three mascaras that I own at least).



First of all, you need to know that I have very fair skin and also eyelashes. When I wake up in the morning, it doesn't look like I have any lashes (because they are blonde... Grrrrr, I hate that!)

Therefore I tend to go for natural looking mascaras, so that the contrast isn't so great. I don't like mascaras that clump, and I am after volume more than lenght. I always wear brown or grey mascaras for daytime to  not make my eyes too dark, but will sometimes wear black when I'm going out at night.

So, on to Clinique. I own:

Clinique High Impact Mascara (in 01 Black (top) and 02 Black/Brown (bottom))

What Clinique says - High Impact Mascara is a multi-benefit mascara that adds maximum volume with definition and length effortlessly. Specially developed brush and formula work together to dramatically thicken lashes while combing for separation.

What I say - I do love the volume this mascara gives to my lashes, they look really thick and healthy (if lashes can look healthy...)! It's a medium sized brush (not as big as Diorshow or the Maybelline Colossal), which I like. Downside though is that this can clump if I'm not careful when applying it, and sometimes when I'm in a rush in the morning, I am NOT careful. That means I have to go through my lashes after with a comb...added work...hmmm.

It's got one of those brushes that when you pull it out of the container, you can see the lumps already on the bristles... Not too good. Both of my wands are like that. It's a shame because this mascara gives great results!

I will give this 3/5.


Clinique Lash Power Mascara Long Wearing Formula (in 01 Black (top) and 04 Dark Chocolate (bottom))

What Clinique says - Vows to look pretty for 24 hours without a smudge or smear. One stroke and these pretty lashes last through rain, sweat, humidity, tears. Yet the formula removes easily with warm water. Unique brush reaches and beautifully lengthens even the tiniest of lashes.

What I say - Gaaaah, just look at that brush. Not a single lump or blob of mascara out of place - just as I like it! The Clinique description is actually spot on in this case. You only need one stroke and it will last you all day, rain or tornado ;) It gives you very natural looking lashes, nothing too long or voluminous (so it's not your kind of mascara if you are after the falsh lash effect), but it is the perfect "I'm in a hurry, but need to look like I HAVE ON eyelashes" kind of mascara :D The brush is tiny and thin, so it can really get in there reaching every single one of your lashes.

This would be my favourite everyday mascara IF there wasn't a wee problem with its removal at the end of the day... I cannot get it off with makeup remover or makeup wipes! Silly me was rubbing and rubbing till my eyes got sore when I first bought this. Then I had a look at Clinique's pages to see what the h*** was going on!

"Innovative thermal sensitive technology that helps it stay put for 24 hours is easy to remove. Use fingertips to splash warm water (39º C/103º F, bath temperature is ideal) on lashes several times and press gently. Or, wet a cotton pad with warm water, press to eye, then wipe away."

Ahhh, so water is the trick, I thought! Errrrr, no! It's still a hassle to get off, and surprisingly it is a bit inconvenient to be rubbing water in my eyes every night, trying to gently get it off. It takes a lot of water to remove it all and when you are used to getting mascara off with one or two strokes with makeup remover pads, it ain't impressive.

Because of that, I give this mascara 4/5.


Clinique Naturally Glossy Mascara (in 02 Jet Brown)

What Clinique says - Lifts, lengthens, and separates lashes. Lashes stay silky, pliant, clump-and flake-free through multiple coats. Bushy, easy-to-use brush.

What I say - This is a gorgeous mascara, I have to say. I love, love, love the brush, which is a small, long and clump free one. It has a lot of bristles and gives an even, natural and volumized look. It also is easy to remove at the end of the day, so major plus there! I grab for this one the most in the mornings, simply because it is the easiest to use, gives the best result and I know I can rely on it to stay put and look glossy and fabulous all day.

I give this 5/5.


A picture of the 3 mascaras next to each other to illustrate the brush differences...

(From left to right) : High Impact, Naturally Glossy and Lash Power.

As I am very fond of Clinique mascaras, I will continue to buy them, and I am also excited to try the new High Impact Curling Mascara and the Lash Doubling mascara.


Do you own any Clinique mascaras?



26 January 2010

Nails of the day




MAC nail lacquer in Cool Reserve (it's a cream).



25 January 2010

The importance of an eyeshadow base



I have 4 different eyeshadow bases that I use pretty much everyday (or whenever I need to apply eyeshadow). They make the shadow last all day (no kidding!), prevents creasing and they also bring out the true colour of the shadows.

I ♥ them!


Urban Decay Primer Potion (£11.50) - I'm sure you all know this, it's kind of famous! This nude, silicone filled potion dries instantly on your lids and helps create the most beautiful finish to your look. I only use a tiny amount on each lid, rub it in well, and voila - I'm ready for any eyeshadow! Makes my MAC shadows last aaaaaaaall day.

Too Faced Shadow Insurance (£13)- This little blue baby is Urban Decay's fiercest competition on the primer market. People either prefer the PP or the Shadow Insurance. It is more liquidy, but gives the same result (in my opinion). I usually just squeeze a bit out on my finger and gently pat it on my lids. It has no colour, is also silicon based and it evens out the skintone on your eye lids - perfect!

Too Faced Lock Down in Bondage (£13) - This creaseless cream eye shadow has been infused with shadow insurance primer and can be used on its own or just as a base. The colour of the one I own is a very light brown with gorgeous metallic glitter. I sometimes use this as a shadow when I'm being lazy, but usually I put a powder shadow over it. It's as good as the Shadow Insurance, which means it's a better deal, as this is really two products in one little cute bottle!

MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study (£13)- A lot of people prefer to use MAC's paint pots as eyeshadow primers (Allthatglitters21 from youtube for instance). Occasionally I will use Bare Study as a primer, but for some reason I struggle to apply this evenly. I use my finger as I only want a light layer (to avoid any creasing), but I always manage to smudge it in places where I don't want it! It is a gorgeous colour though, Bare Study... it's a soft shimmery beige with gold pearl. I prefer it as a colour on it's own actually, it is too pretty to cover up.

In conclusion, I think I prefer the Urban Decay Primer Potion out of the above 4 primers. I seem to reach for that one the most. It's the easiest to apply and gives a 100% flawless result.


What kind of eyeshadow primer do you use?



The search for perfection...


This makes me sad :(





I thought she was pretty before she decided to 'beautify' herself...




When did it become 'ugly' to look unique and original?



24 January 2010

What I want from upcoming MAC collections...




From All Ages, All Races, All Sexes




- All Races eyeshadow:




- Personal style beauty powder blush:




From MAC in Lillyland




- Pearlmatte eye shadow:




- Lipgelees:




- Cremeblend blushes:






From MAC Cosmetics Spring Colour Forecast collection




- Blush Ombre in Vintage Grape:

 


- Eyeshadow Quad - Colour 3:






From MAC Too Fabulous Collection







- Mineralize Blush Duo in Two Virtues: Light blue pink/light violet (see picture above).



From MAC Give Me Liberty of London




- Beauty powder in Summer Rose:




- Lipstick and lipglass:




- Nail lacquer in Blue India:




I love the look of the Give Me Liberty of London collection! How adorable is that packaging?! I bet I want it all when I see it in the MAC store...can't wait!






23 January 2010

My favourites



http://emeraldgreen88.blogspot.com/ did this funny little post on her page, and seeing as I'm having a quiet night in with nothing to do, I'll jump on the bandwagon and do it too! :)


Favourite colour:
Pink and navy


Favourite animal:





Favourite bands:







Favourite singers:






Favourite song:




Favourite films:















Favourite food:
Pizza.


Favourite drink:
Diet pepsi.


Favourite restaurant:
Any italian one.


Favourite shop:




Favourite magazine:
Look
Glamour
Costume
Vogue


Favourite sport:
Football


Favourite team:
MUFC


Favourite TV programmes:













Favourite place:




Favourite season:




Favourite beauty product:




Favourite hair product:




Favourite makeup brand:




Favourite perfume:











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All views and opinions on this blog are my own. All products mentioned on this blog have been purchased by me, with my own money, unless otherwise stated. If at any time I receive a product which I have not purchased myself, and I decide to review it on my blog, I will include all relevant information about how/where it came from in the blog post.

That's all ;)