31/01/2012

I Love ... Juiced Up Blackcurrant.

Today I have something to show you which I'm sure many of you have seen before. I however haven't seen the 'I Love' products around where I live until recently.

I made it my mission to find somewhere that stocked them after I tried this. I found a small selection of the core products (Mango & Papaya/Coconut & Cream/Strawberries & Milkshake). I love the look of the new Cherry Sweetheart for Valentine's and Juicy Watermelon, new products to be added to the line. But alas I couldn't get them! Where to find.

Anyway not that I need more shower gel but I jumped at the chance to try this for 2 reasons -
1. I've seen a lot of people rave about these.
2. Blackcurrant isn't a scent I seem to find often in shower gels.


What the bottle says:
Take a whopping big bite out of life. My delicious aroma is bursting with super juicy blackcurrants all ready to explode into action leaving you with your very own bite size portion of happiness!
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Imagine Ribena brewed up into a shower gel and this would be it. I sit reminding myself of the scent currently and it is truly wonderful. It smells extremely juicy and fruity but not at all false.

It goes on super smoothly and didn't dry my skin out at all. I don't find the scent lasts too long on the skin but it left the bathroom smelling amazingly and it really lingered. My Mum was not best pleased as she doesn't like blackcurrants!

This is currently limited edition and an amazing £2.05 for 500ml (that's half a litre!) of product. Amazing value.

The packaging is also super cute, reminds me of Philosophy a little bit.

I definitely want to try more of the shower gels (don't tell my Mum she says I don't need any more, pssh!).

Have you tried I Love ... before?
What do you think of the amazing value?
Would you try them at this price?

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PR sample.

26/01/2012

Boy You Got My Heartbeat Running Away ...

Beating like a drum and it's coming your way!

Noticed on BuyaPowa's Facebook page earlier they had something special coming up for O.P.I fans this afternoon ...



If you want it I highly suggest you hurry as the best price is £8 and I don't see these sticking around for too long!

Click to view co-buy.

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23/01/2012

She's Still Around.

I really am still here. I've just been so tired after work since going back last week because I wasn't sleeping well. I hate how my camera is currently performing.

And lastly I pulled an all nighter on Saturday night so I could sleep properly. So here's my 'I was mega tired and hating on every photo I took but thought I'd post anyway' makeup from Sunday, especially since it's the first FOTD I've done with my new hair.

It looked rubbish in this but it was looking beaut when I sorted it out after.



Face:
GOSH Velvet Touch Foundation Primer.
M.A.C Matchmaster Foundation - 1.
Benefit Boi-ing - Light.
Illamasqua Cream Blush - Sob.
Illamasqua Eyebrow Cake - Gaze & Sealing Gel (brows).
M.A.C Mineralize Skinfinish Natural - Light.

Eyes:
Urban Decay Primer Potion.
Urban Decay Eyeshadow - Virgin (all over lid), Sidecar (crease), Darkhorse (outer V).
Nouveau Lashes Noir Mascara*.

Lips:
M.A.C Lipstick - Pink Burst. 
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I skipped any form of liner as I knew my eyes were going to water like crazy. But I couldn't pick a lipstick. I narrowed it down to 4 and got my Tumblr followers to pick. Pink Burst didn't end up being the winner (it's always Girl About Town!) but I got this when M.A.C's Spring Forecast came out (I thought it was last year but it was 2010!!) and I've not reached for it a whole lot. It's such a lovely bright pink with a pearly sheen as it's a Frost.

What have you been wearing recently?
Have you been wearing anything you don't reach for so much?

I will be blogging a whole lot more when I get a new camera, which should I hope *fingers crossed* be in a fortnight or so.

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Still Around - 3oh!3.

17/01/2012

Benefit's Boi-ing Concealer.

I've been meaning to introduce to you my new found staple for quite some time now.

Meet the best concealer that's ever graced my imperfections ...


This industrial-strength concealer camouflages dark circles, shadows and discoloration for a seamless, natural-looking finish without creasing or fading. You name it, Boi-ing helps hide it!
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Before I got this, I had heard a lot of people swearing this as their 'holy grail' of concealers so when my Studio Finish ran out I dipped my toes into Benefit and bought it.

I love it! The pot is definitely a lot better, it's a lot flatter than M.A.C's so there's none of that horrid scraping of product under long nails.

The colour is almost pale enough for me but it doesn't oxidise so it sits wonderfully under any foundation. It's light and feels like you're not wearing much at all and a little dab goes a long way. I've had this since the end of August and I'm only just hitting pan.

The coverage is amazing. I need a hard core concealer as I have a lot of acne scarring and always have quite flushed cheeks so I like to rid them and start with a clean canvas.

Now compared to the concealer I had before this (M.A.C Studio Finish - 7g at £13.50), it's somewhat more expensive at £16.50 for 3g and it only comes in 3 shades, whereas M.A.C has 15. The shape of it makes it actually look a lot bigger than so I was quite shocked when I researched and realised it wasn't.

But I would definitely repurchase this over and over again. It's such a flawless concealer and takes little effort to blend. Of course the limit colour range means it's going to be perfect for fewer people but if you can get a perfect colour match I definitely recommend!

What are your favourite concealers?

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13/01/2012

My First Gelicure.

I've had more than my fair share of compliments over my nails for the past fortnight.

Especially since I popped this photo from my birthday post up:


I had so many people asking me what polish it was. Unfortunately for those hoping to get their mitts on it, it's actually an NSI coloured gel. Topped with a coat of clear gel suspended with a whole ton of micro holographic glitter. Lovely stuff!

The photo above was taken exactly two weeks ago, the day after I had it.

Even now it's still looking fabulous:


It's so nice not having to worry that I really should take my polish off as it's getting tip wear. I don't have any of those problems (ring finger tip wear is from filing) with a gel mani.

I did wonder if I could commit myself to a colour for three weeks and I think if it wasn't glittery, I just couldn't do it. But the glitter in it reflects light like crazy and it's such a dazzling affect.

I will be sad to see this go in a weeks time but at least I can sleep easing knowing I won't have to remove the ton of glitter. And maybe one day soon I'll treat myself again to a gelicure.

Have you ever had one?
What do you think of them?
Could you commit to a colour for a fortnight or longer?

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11/01/2012

Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Palette.

A little before Christmas I took a lemming to the Urban Decay 15th Anniversary palette. I was going to get it when it came out but did I really need another Urban Decay palette?

The next day I viewed the coming soon cobuys on BuyaPowa and what did you know, it was there! So I popped my email in the box and waited for it to go live.

Now if you don't know what BuyaPowa is it's a price drop type site. They bulk buy things which means they can give them to us cheaper. The more people that buy the cheaper it is and they offer a whole range of goodies to choose from!

This palette retails for about £39 and I got it for just £29! It was most definitely fate.

The palette is highly reflective so taking photos in any kind of good lighting is a nightmare but I tried anyway:


Overcast lighting:


Flash:


When the tray of shadows is popped out it reveals a velvet lined keepsake box:


And I even recycled the velvet tray it came packed in:


15 brand new and never before seen shades. I used a few of them on Christmas day and got compliments from the family.

They are buttery soft and have just the right amount of shimmer, as with any Urban Decay shadows.

I am definitely pleased with my purchase and have been checking BuyaPowa religiously since to see if anything else I've been after comes up.

Have you bought anything from them before?
Would you?

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08/01/2012

2011 Book Challenge.

If you have a Tumblr and haven't heard of BeingBelle, get out from under that rock and go and give her a little follow.

She is amazing and goes out of her way to make everyone feel good about themselves. Such a refreshing change to see someone who isn't constantly fighting with others.

She's also started a little book challenge for this year - Being Belle - Book Challenge.


 I've decided to participate in this. I'm not sure if I'll read one book every week but I want to try and read as much as can.

I have Kindle phases. I'll read something really amazing and then I won't touch it for a fortnight or so.

The screen on my Kindle actually ended up breaking on Boxing Day (damn cats!) and I requested a call from Amazon at almost 8 that evening, expecting them to be shut. I was extremely surprised when I got through to an actual person.

A person! Who'd have thought it? They sent me out a replacement and I received it 3 days later. Can we say amazing? All I needed to do was pop my old one in the box and send (at no cost to myself) it back to them.

I was devastated when I switched it on and realised it was broken so it's made me even more determined to read as much as I can.

I've been tucked up in bed since my birthday as I woke up on Friday to be struck down with a horrible cold/flu type thing. Have no idea where it came from. So I've managed to power through quite a few books currently.

Here's how my list is looking currently:


I'm using Listography to keep track of how much I read and how long it takes me.

I will say this now though, The Hunger Games is uhmazing! Literally cannot wait till it hits theatres in March.

It's pegged as the next Twilight. With any luck it'll be as big as that but it's not to be compared and definitely not for young teens. Twilight is appalling in comparison but we won't go there.


Have you started any yearly challenges?
Perhaps a Project 365?

Do feel free to link me to anything your doing over the course of 2012 and of course book recommendations!

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04/01/2012

05/01/1989.


Tomorrow I turn 23. Really? 23? I suppose you're only as young as you feel and I most definitely still feel about 20.

I ventured up to Bristol on Friday to go and spend it with Callum and have a belated Christmas/early birthday.


We didn't do much because the weather was rubbish but I posted about it here.

Lots more photos after the cut! :)

03/01/2012

Is Skin Care Really Worth The £££?

For a long time now, I've been lusting after Lush's 'Gorgeous' moisturiser. Compared to others in their range, most being around the £10-£13 mark, this is steep in comparison at £37.50 for the full 45g size.

But I received the 'Hello Gorgeous' gift set for Christmas, clue should of been in the name really but I was surprised to find a trial size of this in it.


What www.lush.com says:
This is our ultimate face cream. The one where we didn’t hold back and used the very best, most effective ingredients in nature’s store cupboard, with no expense spared.

We make a light, loose emulsion from six beautiful plant oils. We then blitz fresh pineapples and filter their juice, squeeze fresh organic lemons and oranges, add orange blossom honey water, neroli essential oil, orange flower absolute and myrrh – then blend the whole lot gently through the cream. For a light touch, you want Gorgeous. Its magical ability to melt into your skin is unmatched, bringing with it six gorgeous organic oils and butters, the finest we can get our hands on.

No matter how your skin behaves; Gorgeous is suited to everyone. The emollient oils are combined with fresh fruit to give you a soft, matte feeling, perfect for daytime.
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It's a super rich cream and a little bit goes a long way. The first time I popped it on, I did so without a mirror and I was half expecting to look like a grease ball when I ventured into the bathroom. You know how rich moisturisers can often leave you looking super shiny? This doesn't, I actually couldn't believe how matte it made my skin and I've managed to skip Illamasqua's Matte Primer because of this.

It also smells amazing! I cannot stand to put anything I don't like the smell of on my skin, especially my face. I bought Skin Drink back along without going in store and sniffing it first and I mighty regret it because it smells absolutely vile.

I really do the love this and like I said, a little goes a long way. It's not expensive as some facial creams on the market. Creme De La Mer, anyone?

But do you think it's honestly worth shelling out for good skin care products if you know they are going to work for you?

I vote yes, because after all - you only have one lot of skin and you really should look after it.

What's the most you've spent on a single product?

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02/01/2012

Goodbye 2011, Hello 2012.



As we start a new year, I've seen a ton of reflective posts and since I haven't posted in a while, I thought I'd change that.

2011 wasn't my finest year. It had it's up and it's downs. It seemed like a lot were downs but I won't go into that now. It's a new year.

But I start my new year amazingly. I didn't do to much for NYE as I was ridiculously tired but I spent Friday in Bristol celebrating my birthday a week early with my best friends. Post on that soon. It's still left with me a great big smile on my face. :)

This year I have the usual resolutions.

♥ I want to blog more here. I want to make more varied posts and stop my posting from being so sporadic.
♥ I want to travel and see my two best friends more.
♥ I want to save money at some point. Not for anything in particular, just to stop spending.
♥ I've built my confidence up in recent months but I would love to drop a dress size or two. I also want to give up fizzy drinks completely.
♥ I want to stop worrying about pointless things and people that only want my friendship when it's convenient for them. I want to have a more positive mental attitude and just learn to be truly happy as much as I can.

I'm also taking up a book challenge but I shall post about that separately.

I look forward to this new year ahead of me.
I look forward to making plans.
I will be happy and I will be strong and I'll do it all with a smile  on my face! :)

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