29/02/2012

A Photo A Day For A Year - February.

Eeeee, I did it! I was determined to catch up with this 365 by the time March started.

I started the entire thing on 2nd February, in just 4 small weeks I've managed to take all the January and February photos.


Source.

I didn't think this month started off too colourful but it ended up changing through out the course of it.



From now on I will be posting 1 photo daily on my Tumblr, now that I've caught up. ;)

I am loving this (still!), it really makes you think about the way you photograph things you wouldn't perhaps normally think about.

Sorry for the short post, I'm super sleepy and my camera was sold out today. Have to wait now, boo! :(

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26/02/2012

Signature Red.

One of my favourite looks but one I don't wear nearly enough is red lips.

My first red lipstick was M.A.C's Russian Red since everyone seemed to swear by it as an amazing blue based red. It's a matte and no matter how I apply, I can't get on with it. So whilst I was pursuing my Benefit counter back in the Summer and my eyes came across a beautiful, glossy red with a cool undertone, I knew had to have it. It's since become my favourite between Benefit and Revlon's True Red (1/2) / Fire & Ice.

After I did this look, I couldn't stop looking in the mirror. It'd been a week or so since I'd worn makeup since my skin had gone all dry and sore.

I'm sure I'm not the only one to say this but when I take FOTD pictures I take 348753 million photos. For this look I took 4. Oh yes, you read that right. I am using the first picture and the third. The first picture?! Crazy times right. I was extremely pleased with how I looked yesterday.



Face:
Illamasqua Skin Base - 2.
Benefit Boi-ing - Light.
M.A.C Powder Blush - Well Dressed.
HD Brows - Dark Brown (from Vamp palette)*.
M.A.C Mineralize Skinfinish Natural - Light.

Eyes:
Urban Decay Primer Potion.
Urban Decay Eyeshadow - Virgin (all over lid).
Benefit High Beam (brow highlight).
Illamasqua Precision Ink - Abyss.
Clinique High Lengths Mascara*.

Lips:
Benefit Full Finish Liptick - Flirt Alert.

I didn't go with the 'full-finish' of Flirt Alert as I knew I'd be eating and drinking so I didn't want it to have to much slip. I lined with a lip brush and then just filled it in also using the brush. It gave a blotted semi matte look. You can see it in all it's glossiness here.

I definitely need to wear this combination more often, I love it. I love red lips, there's just something that makes me feel beautiful and womanly.

What's your favourite way to wear a red lip?

I'm also (hopefully) picking up my new camera on Wednesday, I cannot tell you how excited I am and I will be flooding your dash a lot more.

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21/02/2012

Forgotten Favourites #2.

I had no intention of posting this, I felt like none of the pictures truly capture the actual colour of this beauty.
After rooting around old pictures on my SD card (this is from the start of January!), I managed to find one I was fairly happy with.

As with always, neons are pain in the butt to capture. But it's too beautiful not to.



China Glaze - Turned Up Turquoise.

This is actually such a gorgeous colour, a touch darker in person but it still has that brightness. It dries to a matte but the shimmer that runs through it definitely lifts it and gives it something extra.

This was one of the first polishes I picked up when I started visiting Sally's and it mostly gets looked over. I believe I've only worn it twice, as much as I love neons they are effort. This was 3 thin watery coats but I've come to expect that from neons, no matter the brand.

After wearing this recently I found a new love for it and I will be wearing it a whole ton more when the sun decides to make regular appearances.

This is part of the core line that's carried all the time in Sally's, if you have spare £5 or so it's definitely worth picking up!

I finally get my new camera next week (eeee!) so I will be posting more and I really need to shop my stash and do more FF posts.

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18/02/2012

An Old Look.

I feel a bit redundant post this as I can't remember products totally off heart but I was browsing my Tumblr yesterday and realised I did this whilst on a break (whenever I say that I think of this).

I did this in ode to the news that Urban Decay were releasing a second Naked palette, so I cracked out the original as it'd been a while.


Eyes:
Urban Decay Primer Potion.
Urban Decay Eyeshadow - Half Baked (all over lid), Smog (crease), Darkhorse (outer V), Virgin (highlight).
Illamasqua Precision Ink - Abyss.

Lips:
Lush Lip Tint - Snow Fairy.
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Finally worked out how to soften pores in Photoshop, yay. I hate overly 'shopped skin but I really don't like mine and I feel it comes across badly in photos. I know everyone always tell me it's not that bad but that's why I lack FOTD's. Now I've worked out how to do it I will definitely be posting more once I get my new camera in the next couple of weeks. :D Sorry if it's not something you agree with. I know plenty of blogs that do it so much so that they look unreal. I'm just blurring my skin so you can focus on the main part of the look!

And to those few who took the time to tweet me last night, I didn't permanently reactivate my account but thank you all the same. I only did it so I could @reply Blogger (asif they would reply!) about the missing photos, which appear to have fixed themselves.

Granted Twitter is a good platform to get your blog seen by others and without it I don't think I would have got anywhere near the amount of readership I currently do. But I hate how people think they're above others, the amount of drama, the bitchy sly remarks. Yes, I used to do somewhat the same way back when but you learn from your mistakes. The fact it still goes on tars everyone with the same brush and you wonder why bloggers can't be taken seriously?!

Either way I'm much happier without it. I don't feel the need to air my dirty laundry so publicly any more and I think other people doing so can lead to bad repercussions in the long run.

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17/02/2012

Vanishing Images?

I have no idea what is going on with my photos from the posts that aren't on the first page but they've all vanished. o_o

I am fuming and speechless because I delete all my photos off my hard drive and just download my blog monthly incase I ever lose the content.

If anyone knows why this is happening, or had this happen to them please let me know.

I could just cry. :(

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A Photo A Day For A Year - January.

At the start of this year I saw this doing the rounds on Tumblr ...


Thinking it was just one of those 30 day challenges, I didn't bother participating. Only on closer inspection I noticed the blog in question that posted these is posting a new one each month. 

I decided to start late and catch up as best I can so I'm currently doing more pictures per day until up to where I'm supposed to be.

Here is 'January' -


I'm actually posting these daily on my Tumblr as I didn't want to spam this blog with them until the end of the month.

I think this is a good way to do a 365 as you aren't at a loss as to what to post. You have a set target for each day, which is always fun!

Technically it's a 366 since this year is a leap year. There is one in February which involves work which I will be purposely skipping. As the company checks up on things employees say about them.

What do you think to things like this?

Also any help with skin would be fab. When I use rich moisturisers my pores get over oiled and I end up breaking out. I've been using break out skincare for the past couple days and I woke up with dry skin all along my upper lip, my cheekbones and underneath my bottom lip.

Is there any middle ground for products I could use? It's so sore and I've been moisturising the hell out of it but it's not helping. :(

Lack of posting has been due to working split shifts most days this last week and the next week. Sorry about that.

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11/02/2012

Take Me Down Like I'm A Domino.

I feel like I rarely do FOTD's any more and I always say I'm going to change that but I never do. I'm my own worst critic and if there's the tiniest thing I don't like in a look then I won't post it. Plus I hate my skin but hopefully that'll change now I finally have a Clarisonic.

Back along when I posted about having the Urban Decay Anniversary palette I got quite a few requests on here and Tumblr from people who were stuck with combinations.

I've never been one to wear pinks on my eyes, I've only done a handful of looks with them as their difficult to get right. You can just end up looking like you have tired/irritated eyes otherwise.

It's wonderfully Spring-like out today (so much for snow, eh?) so I wanted something soft but still colourful. It's been a while since I played with colour instead of just opting for the easy option of my Naked palette. Whilst there is some beautiful neutrals in the Anniversary palette I was long overdue a splash of colour.



Face:
GOSH Velvet Touch Foundation Primer.
M.A.C Matchmaster Foundation - 1.
Benefit Boi-ing - Light.
Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights - Baked Stardust.
HD Brows - Dark Brown (from Vamp palette)*.
M.A.C Mineralize Skinfinish Natural - Light.

Eyes:
Urban Decay Primer Potion.
Urban Decay Eyeshadow - Tainted (all over lid), Junkshow (crease), Omen (outer V), Vanilla (brow highlight).
Smashbox Jet Set Eyeliner - Midnight Black (tightline upper lashline).
Clinique High Lengths Mascara*.

Lips:
M.A.C Lipstick - Creme D'Nude (just a touch).

Nails:
Nina Pro (available from Sally's) - Orange Flame.
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I'm currently rocking the most retina searing neon orange polish I have ever seen. I've always eyed it up whenever I've been in Sally's and I finally picked it up last week. It is amazing but doesn't fully come across in photos of my nails on their own.

I tried tightlining with a gel liner for the first time and it'll be the last I think. I stabbed myself in both eyes and ended up having watery eyes for ages, looked like I'd popped all my eyeshadow on and then decided to have a good cry. Not cute.

I've been messing around with photo sizes/column widths so do excuse the fact that if you're looking at old posts the photo sizing is going to look a mess until I can get round to sorting them all out. I will get there slowly but surely.

What are your favourite colours to use for Spring?

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Domino - Jessie J.

08/02/2012

REACH.

As I've blogged about before, I cannot stand animal testing in general but especially in cosmetics.

I was under the impression they were still implementing the law for 2013 when no animal tested products were allowed to be sold in Europe.

Apparently that's not the case.

REACH is coming into place in March where all raw cosmetics ingredients will have to legally be test on animals. Even if they already know they're safe.

What has REACH got to do with animal testing?
REACH seeks to assess the safety of chemicals for human health and the environment, so tests need to be carried out to see what impact they have. The experiments used to assess the safety of chemicals are called toxicity tests, which traditionally involve the poisoning of guinea pigs, rabbits, birds, fish, rats and mice, although many non-animal alternatives now exist.

How many animals will be used in chemical safety tests?
Between 13 and 54 million animals could be used in the EU under REACH to test the safety of an estimated 30,000 or more chemicals between 2009 and 2018.

What kinds of animal experiments are carried out to test chemicals?
Toxicity tests involve force-feeding animals high doses of chemicals – many become seriously ill. The animals are always killed as part of the test if they do not die as a result of it. Tests may involve two-generation studies where pregnant animals are poisoned so the effects of the chemical can be seen in the babies.

The first proposed test under REACH was for an industrial lubricant, and involved force-feeding pregnant rats high doses of chemicals and killing them just before they are due to give birth.

- Source.
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The internet is full of misinformation but sources are saying this has been going on for quite a few years now, they're just making it so it becomes obligatory.

I'm not going to pretend I know all the ins and outs of this as I've only just really heard about it but it's making me feel sick.

One of the Lush founders has made this creative little video regarding the law:



What do you think of this?
Have you heard anything about it?
Please do let me know your thoughts.

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07/02/2012

Glossybox - January.

The Valentine's box*.

Yes, yes I know everyone and their Nan posts about these but I still like putting my views forward, even if I am a little later.


Clarins Extra Firming Day & Night Creams
I'm kind of glad they popped these in as I'd just ran out of my Lush Gorgeous sample. I love these. Very light, with an extremely subtle perfumed scent. But they leave my skin wonderfully hydrated and I haven't had nearly as many break outs as usual.



Murad Skin Perfecting Primer

This is actually a tinted primer and  it looks way too dark and orange for my skin tone, when swatched on the back of my hand. I have heard many good things about Murad though.

FAB (First Aid Beauty) Body Moisturizer

I hadn't heard of FAB until they featured in the Christmas Glossybox. I'm still using the cleanser I got in the December box and I love it. This moisturizer is definitely just as good. It has quite a thick consistency but it sinks into the skin easily. Safe for sensitive skin as none of the products have any scents.

Eyeko Skinny Eyeliner - Emerald Green

This is the first time I've tried Eyeko since they rebranded. On first look (sorry for the lack of photo) this eyeliner seems bigger than your regular when it actual fact a lot of it's the handle - see here. But don't you just hate when pencils get down to the nubby little bits, well I should imagine this would make that a lot easier. I received the shade Emerald Green. A mid tone, almost flat green but there is a touch of barely there shimmer. Not something I would ordinarily buy, I would have preferred the nude pink for the waterline.



How cute were the little sweets they included? A piece of rhubarb and custard  Glossybox branded rock. Yum!


I love the bright pink box! Much prefer it over the usual pale pink but it still doesn't top the glossy red Christmas box.


The contents I thought were ok. The Clarins creams I love, extremely expensive (£48 each) for full size but nice to try anyway. Some people might prefer a skin care dominant box, I however prefer to have a few more make bits as I don't like messing about with my routine too much.


If you want to see anything, please let me know. I'm stuck currently as to what to post. Any help would be fab!

03/02/2012

BuyaPowa Co-Buy - Clarisonic MIA In Pink.

I have been waiting for this for absolutely ages, as soon as I saw it in the 'coming soon', I signed up for an email alert.

I won't bore you with details, I'll save that for the review. ;)

But the Clarisonic is a much coveted cleansing system. It can help with acne prone skin as it cleans better than just hands, take off 6x more makeup and even help products absorb better.

It's a pretty hefty investment for an oversized electronic toothbrush for your face but I'm sincerely hoping this will clear my skin up.



Click to view co-buy.

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