Sunday, 24 October 2010

Beauty Blog Link Love - 23/10/10

Phyrra's Indie Spotlight for October is with Amy of Sugarpill Cosmetics!

Check out this great Splurge vs Steal over at Prime Beauty. Cindy did a look with both palettes--can you guess which is which?

Sophie shows her amazing Sleek Makeup prize package that she won, lots of goodies included!!!

My Lips But Better swatches MAC's upcoming holiday collection, A Tartan Tale.

Lisamarie from Beauty Crazed checks out new products from Olay Regenerist and wonders if they will be as popular as the last one!

Sarah from IHeartCosmetics shows swatches of her collection of Korres Colour Cherry Oil Lipgloss.

The Lip Print discovers a cheap and cheerful treat for shoppers on a budget.

Eyelining has a look at a rather pretty multitasking marvel from Rituals.

Amy Antoinette organises her makeup collection and showcases her new dressing table.

Has Emma finally found her HG foundation? Head over to BirdsDecorateBranches to see if YSL Teint Resist might just be yours too!

Pink Diva's Beauty Spot loves all of the pink beauty products for Breast Cancer Research month. Check out some of her favourites.

Retrodiva checks out Annemarie Borlind to see if going natural is possible with oily and breakout prone skin.

TheGlossGoss reviews her Haus Of Gloi haul. Halloween themed products -- perfect for the Autumn season!

theNotice takes an early look at Clinique's Strawberry Fudge Holiday 2010 collection (yes, with swatches) and loves it!

Good bye Neutrals, Hello Drama! Jenn spices it up over at Spiced Beauty.

Jeweled Thumb shows evidence that makeup is magic!

Pink Sith says you can't put a price on FEELING pretty. Come find out why she thing Guerlain Meteorites Voyage Compact is the bee's knees!

Are you made for 'Fire and Ice'? Over at The Glamorous Gleam, Mz. More compares the legendary Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Fire and Ice to other red lipsticks in her collection.


Audrey Dao has 2 giveaways going on for the month of October. Check them out now before it's too late....

Mein link: Win a basket full of beauty products from Boot's on Beauty Woo Me.

Daily Polish celebrates reaching the 1 year mark of daily posts of new polishes and manicures with a giveaway where the first prize is worth over £200!

Jellyminx has a spooky giveaway, enter before it closes on Halloween!!

Friday, 22 October 2010

Recent MAC lipstick purchases

Until the last few months I'd never actually own a MAC lipstick, to be honest until this year I haven't actually been into lipsticks. Could never find a colour I loved on. I like a glossy finish and could never get this from a lipstick.

So I've now gone from never owning any lipsticks to about 10 in 6 months - 3 of which are MAC. My first MAC purchase was Angel which is nice, but it's a frost finish which isn't very me. I have a HUGE issue with shimmery products! Only just about able to cope with them as eyeshadows.

So I've now picked up Creme Cup, which is a cremesheen and Viva Glam Gaga.

Creme Cup on left & Viva Glam Gaga on right.

I know that most people who own a MAC lipstick tends to have one if these two, but for me they were the colours that stood out most. Creme Cup is the perfect day time pink and Gaga is amazing for a night on the town.

Creme cup

Viva Glam Gaga

Have to admit that Creme Cup is my favourite. It's a great colour and I love the cremesheen finish.

I'm now on a mission to find some other MAC cremesheen's if anyone has any recommendations!


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NOTD - Illamasqua Muse

As it's now getting darker earlier and turned very cold, I've definitely starting to embrace the autumn/winter shades for my nails.

I absolutely love this colour!

It's described by Illamasqua as being a deep teal blue and that's spot on.

It goes on ok with two coats and leaves a nice opaque finish. Have to admit though that I'm not overly keen on the brush - its a bit long, but goes on easily enough.

This is my third illamasqua polish and will definitely be purchasing more.


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Saturday, 9 October 2010

NOTD Model Owns Purple Poppy

This is my first Models Own purchase. Annoyingly my local Boots don't stock any and I can only purchase from River Island. Also I'm really not sure why, but they only seem to have pale colours. So luckily for me, the Boots by my mums stock them!

So this is Purple poppy

I love the colour and this is with only one coat. Loving the look for autumn.

I applied it yesterday afternoon and there is a little tip wear but nothing major. It went on easily and with no steaks. I was playing with it in work ;) so I only did the one coat but I would usually go for two.

For £5.00, I'm really impressed and will definitely be purchasing more.


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Beauty Blog Link Love ‏ 09/10/10

My Lips But Better writes about the MAC Venomous Villains launch party and shares her thoughts about the products.

Check out the duo-chromed awesomnicity (yes that is a word!) that Aijuswhanakno found through Persephone Minerals.

Tammerly at Pink Diva's Beauty Spot gives you the 'gloss' on the 2010 Sydney International Beauty Expo.

Amy Antoinette experiments with Kim Kardashian curls.

Lisamarie from Beauty Crazed gets to pretend she is a real makeup artist with the TEMPTU AIRbrush system!

Kim Porter reviews Dr. Miracle’s Follicle Healer Hydrating Oil, a great product for dry, damaged hair.

With blogger events and launch parties, it's Illamasqua overload at Hellcandy make-up! Check out the photos from the launch party here.

Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Mascara and Yinnie's lashes become BFFs over at Looking Glass Beauty.

Daily Polish professes her love for all things Catrice with the turquoise lacquer, "I Sea You!"

Over at The Glamorous Gleam, Mz. More gives you a sneak peek at the new Sleek MakeUp Bad Girl & Good Girl Palettes, due to be released on October 27th!

Eyelining uses some NYX pigments to demonstrate how bad packaging can ruin a perfectly good product.

Vex in the City shows you how to step up your nail game on the cheap, with the new Instant Nail Effects from Barry M.

Emma swatches the best Orgasm dupe yet for only £3.99 at BirdsDecorateBranches!

Melissa reviews Smell Bent's limited edition Halloween Killer Smellies over at LovelyAndroid.

You need an idea for Halloween? Vesna at Beauty addict blog has one: turn yourself into a Dark Fairy for this year's Halloween!

Love NARS makeup but not the price tag? Lipglossiping signals the "dupe alert" siren when she shows off a serious but affordable dupe for NARS Albatross!

The Pink Sith is less than impressed with the Too Faced Naked Eye Palette, despite it having a few great taupe shadows.

Jellyminx jumps on the naked band wagon and shares a look created using the Urban Decay Naked Palette.

Jolie Laide girl gets to work showing you the best of the Elf Mineral Shadows.

Louise spends a day chatting with Daniel Sandler and getting a whole new look!

The Lip Print discovers a products with a Happy Philosophy; you can share the love too!

theNotice finds a fab product to banish under-eye bags, and it's under $5!

L at Beautifully Addicted To gives a run down on Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser.


Jeweled Thumb is celebrating reaching her 400th post with a giveaway! Enter to win Stila, ELF, BE, Milani Bare To Wear and more!

Enter Phyrra's Beauty for the Earth The Wizard of Oz-Some Giveaway for a collection worth $60!

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Neal's Yard Nourishing Orange Flower Daily Moisture

As usual over the summer, there was a lot of lovely freebies in magazines and one of the many that I picked up was the Neal's Yard Moisturiser, which I think was with Instyle.

I'd fancied trying some of their products anyway so this was the perfect chance.

from the website "Replenishes and protects DRY skin.

Nourishing neroli and antioxidant pomegranate oils intensely moisturise, soothe and protect dry skin in a light, easily absorbed lotion."

Also this had the perfect description for my skin. I suffer from quite bad dry skin on my nose (it always looks flaky), but I tend to break out with heavy creams, so its descriptions a light sounded great.

It doesn't disappoint either. It has a very light weight texture to it - almost serum like in a sense. It blends in easily and doesn't leave me at all greasy. If anything it really seems to matte my skin out without drying it. I usually go for cream moisturisers so having a lotion was a nice change.

Now I have said this before - I'm not the biggest fan of strong smelling products and this is definitely one of them, however I stuck with it. Also don't be fooled by the orange in the name, as its the 'orange flower', so its smells quite aromatic.

I've actually just finished the tub I got free and I'm very pleased with the results. My skin has been left lovely and smooth. The dry flaky skin has disappeared of my nose - which is amazing, especially given the temperature drop recently. Also I've not suffered any breakouts from it - which due to the natural oils within the products, I was a little scared of.

- really loved using the moisturiser, its seems to have really fitted in well with my new routine. Only down side for me is the price. You can purchase it from the website
, at either £22.00 for 100ml or £7.00 for the 25 ml (which is the same size as the freebie). I know that doesn't seem a terrible price for a moisturiser I've enjoyed using, but I think it just depends on how long the 100ml lasts me. Have to admit the 25ml went a long way.

Would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a lightweight, non-greasy moisturiser for dry skin. It would be perfect for the cold winter months ahead.

Saturday, 2 October 2010

NOTD 21st birthday - Barry M Nail Effects

Just a quick NOTD.

My little sister turned 21 on Thursday and one of the little treats I got her was the new Barry M nail effects.

We're off out for a family meal tonight to celebrate and thought we'd give it a go.

All you do is choose a base colour and once it's dry, you apply one coat of the nail effects over the top. It applies evenly and then goes patchy - very strange but such a good look afterwards

What do you think:

She applied Rimmel cranberry scented as a base.

Oh and I apologise the picture was taken on the bouncy castle we got for her birthday :)

L x

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Friday, 1 October 2010

Liz Earle - Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser

Now I know you can find quite a few blogs reviewing Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, and this will probably seem quite repetitive to some. However it was from reading other peoples blogs that I stumbled across it and give it a go – so this is mainly for the people who haven’t heard of it before or tried it yet.
I got this back at the beginning of July, just after my birthday. I’d seen loads of reviews raving about it and was desperate to try it! Now I live in Lancaster and the only place to buy any Liz Earle products is John Lewis (Manchester Trafford Centre), so not really that convenient or online. Luckily I went to Trafford with my birthday money and treated myself. I waited a while to review as I wanted to make sure that I was happy with the results. Also as I’ve nearly finished my first tub I thought this would be a great time to review as I’m obviously considering whether I would re-purchase.
Anyway, I brought the Starter Kit for £13.00 – that includes the 100ml tub and 2 muslin cloths (sadly I only have one of the cloths left as I lost the other one when I was on my sister’s Hen Do in Milton Keynes L )

How to use: - (from the site)
Cleanse daily morning and night using this two-step process:
Step 1: Massage 1 or 2 pumps gently onto dry skin over face and neck. Free from mineral oil, its rich and creamy texture swiftly removes all traces of face and eye make-up, including stubborn mascara.
Step 2: Rinse the pure muslin cloth in hand-hot water and wring out before gently polishing off the cream to gently remove dead skin cells and help reveal clean, soft and radiant skin.
Splash your face with cool clean water and moisturise.

So I only use this in the evening and only use one pump – you could use two but for me one’s enough. I do occasionally use it in the mornings so it’s not that I find it a problem or anything, I just don’t usually have much time.

It’s has a lovely creamy texture and I LOVE the eucalyptus smell. It’s gorgeous!

It removes all my makeup easily and even does a great job on eye makeup – I usually just run a quick swipe of eye makeup remover over each eye once I’m done to pick up the last few bits of mascara and that’s it.

It makes my skin feel so soft and I haven’t suffered any tightness after using, which is probably a first for me. I’ve also seen a complete change to my complexion, that even the fiancĂ© noticed (he’s usually obvious to everything)! My redness has reduced on my chin and cheeks and I’ve had fewer breakouts.

– LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this product! I couldn’t recommend it more, it just does everything I need. It’s also really sped up my nightly routine.

Now I just need a good moisturise to go with it for the winter months!
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