Wednesday, 30 September 2009
This is the set I bought, with postage it came to less than £15, I really like this set, the plates have a good variety of designs.
I also ordered OPI Brand New Skates as it was recommended by Rijah so here it is with Konad white special polish stamped on top.
Have you tried the Konad? Any image plates you would recommend?
Friday, 25 September 2009
This really did make my week, Gina if you ever find this, thank you so much!
Monday, 21 September 2009
Sunday, 20 September 2009
This was 3 coats (Two was pretty even but I just wanted to be on the safe side) with Nails Inc Kensington Caviar base & top coat.
We met up in Selfridges and headed for Illamasqua where I picked up 3 products. The first MUA to help us was lovely, the second one that pounced on me when I was looking at the lipglosses was really pushy, I probably would have bought more if she hadn't been trying to sell me one of everything! Anyway here is what I picked up
Tantrum Gloss is my new favourite, it's a sheer gloss so doesn't go on as dark as it looks in the tube. It has a gorgeous shimmer in and looks beautiful on. I have already posted how I use Galactic, it can really change any other lip colour into a gorgeous shimmer.
We then headed to Covent Garden and popped into Charles Fox, after reading Grace's post about the Kryolan Supracolours which you can read here I really wanted to pick a few up, they come in three different sizes and I picked the smallest size to try (4ml). The only downside is that this size doesn't come with a lid so they will need to stay in the plastic covers, prices ranged from £2.65-£3.30 for this size as they are different finishes and formulas. I have already tried RB as a base and its lovely and didn't crease on me.
The Kryolan lipsticks are lovely, the swatches are one swipe so you can see how pigmented they are, the ones I picked are very creamy and have a nice sheen to them, they are £5.65 each. The Kryolan satin Powder is just gorgeous, it looks black in the swatch but its actually a dark purple shimmer, this was £5.35 and I will be going back to pick up more of these. I also picked up a Charles Fox Eyeliner brush, this is a really stiff brush, haven't tried this out yet. I absolutely loved this shop, the sales girls were really helpful and friendly but it is a shop for professionals so they do leave you alone to look around. I meant to pick up the bent eyeliner brush but must have put it back down, oh well it just means I will have to go back!
After a quick stop for a drink and something to eat we nipped into David & Goliath, I absolutely love their T-shirts and vests so had to pick up another one
Then I had to jump on the train to get back in time for me and my parents to get up to Southend to see Vampires Rock (Separate post to come about that!). I had such a lovely day, the first MUA at Illamasqua asked who the bad influence was and I think we both agreed that we are bad influences on each other!
Saturday, 19 September 2009
Indulge lipgloss is much more neon than it looks in the picture as the flash has washed it out a bit but here is a picture of it on my lips on top and then mixed together with Galactic underneath.
Here it is with Box lipstick, plain on top and then mixed with Galactic underneath.
I really do love the effect this lipgloss gives! You really do only need a tiny bit as it goes a long way. I can't wait to try other combinations!
Hope this was helpful to anyone trying to find a way to make this a bit more wearable.
Saturday, 12 September 2009
No photo's I'm afraid, I did have my camera but completely forgot about it!
It was a very relaxed event, plenty of drinks and yummy nibbles! (Percy Pigs, enough said!!)
The presentation itself was really interesting, as well as telling us about the two newest releases of The Pulse Perfection Mascara and Colour Sensational Lipsticks they also took us through their whole range. The whole presentation was really informative and I did actually come away with a different opinion of Maybelline as a brand, they are so focused on innovation and bringing high end technology to the drugstore shelves! They are also starting to focus more on colour with their eyeshadow quads and singles, which I am really looking forward to trying!
To be honest Maybelline is a brand that I always go to for Mascara but kind off skip over the rest. I did pick up one of the new lipsticks when they were released and I used to use Dream Matte Mousse foundation when it first came out but thats all so I am really pleased that I got this introduction to the rest of the range! I also got another Dream Matte Mousse foundation which I used this morning and fell back in love with!
They told us the story behind Maybelline, there was a lady named Mabel who's fiancee left her, she went to her brother who was a chemist and asked him to help her win him back, he mixed some Vaseline with coal powder and the first mascara was born! They actually have a timeline on their website if you are interested in reading the history of the brand click here
So onto the goody bags, they were incredibly generous and gave us two! They gave us one with a selection of items from all the ranges they have and the other had the new Pulse Perfection Mascara and a selection of Colour Sensational Lipsticks.
I really want to use these products for a couple of weeks before I give any proper reviews but I thought I would swatch the lipsticks. Hollywood Red is the one I already owned so I thought i would put that in too!
This is a gorgeous bright purple with a hint of blue. I have been really impressed with the OPI cream formulas, the only ones I had used before were shimmers and they seemed to chip on me really quickly but I had done out in deco on for 5 days without any chips!
Hope everyone is enjoying the sunshine!
Wednesday, 9 September 2009
I should know by now that going into Boots is a big mistake! I went into pick up a sandwich today and came out with this...
Since seeing the effect the Cargo Lash Activator has had on my Mum's lashes I really wanted to get it, I saw this and thought it was such great value! It comes with 7 products - Lash Activator Mascara, Eyeshadow Quad, Black Eyeliner, Blush/Bronzer, Lip Pencil, Concealer/foundation and Lipgloss. Its called the 7 in 7 minutes but I challenge anyone to complete the look in 7 minutes!The mascara on its own is £19, this set was £35. That means that if the mascara is full price all the other items work out to £2.67 each! All of the products are full size. The only problem is that the foundation/concealer only comes in one shade (Number 2) which is a tad dark for me but workable but will be way too light for people with darker skin. Onto swatches!
Tuesday, 8 September 2009
Firstly the mascara is very thin, not drippy but it takes a very long time to dry; you can’t even look down without acquiring a row of dots till a good 5 minutes after application.
It is the absolute opposite of waterproof, the slightest moisture sets it running, but as it says, you can use it as an undercoat, so I have been using Elf waterproof mascara as a top coat which does remove the panda factor.
Are my lashes getting fuller/longer? I leave that to you to decide with the photos. But what I can tell you is that since using this product, my lashes have become super silky, and the number of snapped and fallen out lashes has declined.
I think it is well worth a go, and maybe the other brands will compete and bring the high price down, I will give you my opinion at the end of the experiment, 5 weeks to go!
Monday, 7 September 2009
Reflecting Pool is such a gorgeous colour, it's a blue/green with gold & green glitter. I am a sucker for purples so as soon as I saw Purple With A Purpose I had to get it, it's got really fine red shimmer in it, can't wait to use this one! I'm sure I am one of the last people to pick up Done Out In Deco but its one of those that I kept looking at but didn't know if I loved or hated it, I am glad I picked it up as I think it comes out really nicely on the nails! So here it is as my nails of the week.
Sunday, 6 September 2009
Friday, 4 September 2009
I really couldn't wait to play with my new Illamasqua eyeshadows from yesterdays event! I did each eye differently and I love them both! These are my first shadows from Illamasqua, I know some of them are not hugely pigmented but I have found these ones fine, the only one that is not very pigmented is the matte hot pink but I think thats a good thing as it lets you build up the colour gradually.
Alex Box was there to give us some more insight into the thoughts behind the new collection and colour choices and then picked out one of us to make over, the make up look she did was incredible, very dark and detailed! Unfortunately I have no photos as in my rush to leave the house this morning I forgot my camera! I'm not too worried though as the photographer at the event took loads, actually scrap that I am worried as I'm sure I will hate the pictures lol!