30/05/2012

A Photo A Day For A Year - May.

Almost June already? Crazy. I was thinking just the other day, how are we half way through the year already?

It's going far too quick!

Here was the list for May:


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My photos for May:


As I say every month, I still can't believe I've managed to keep up. I actually stayed ahead mostly this month, I finished a day early just so I could put everything together and post this. But in April I became really stuck on a few prompts and really slipped behind.

Here is the list for the next 30 days:


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Follow me on Instagram @bicky_ ! :)

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Wordless Wednesday #23.



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28/05/2012

Batiste Cherry.

There's been a lot of talk the last few months over dry shampoo, namely Batiste.

More often then not I'll go to sleep with fairly regular hair but wake up with limp, greasy hair so Batiste is the perfect hair remedy.


What www.batistehair.co.uk says:
Cherry is for anyone that loves their look sweet, smooth and full of luscious retro flavour. Our fun new fragrance delivers a rich cherry scent as it livens up your locks, and looks just as great on your dressing table as in your vintage handbag.
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Getting up at 4AM every morning leaves me little time to wash, dry, straighten and style my hair of a morning. Dry shampoo is the way forward and I'm not ashamed!

I've been using the original Batiste for a while now but always hated the scent. When I saw they were coming out with a cherry addition I knew I had to snap it up.

I don't think it's overly cherry scented, quite sweet but for £2.99 you really can't go wrong. Even better, they have over 14 different ones to choose from, they'll be a perfect scent in there for everyone I'm sure.


It's easy to use, you just shake the tin and spray all over your hair. Rub it in with fingers and leave for a few minutes and then brush out. Making sure to brush out all the residue.

My hair doesn't like doing what I want it to do when it's clean so I pop a bit of this on if I haven't got time to tease it, just to give my hair some volume and 'dirty' it up a bit so it goes the way I want it to.

Definitely one of those additions I wondered if I'd ever actually use but bought because of the hype, but now that I have it I couldn't be without.

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26/05/2012

Glossybox - May.

Glossybox have hit their one year birthday mark, doesn't time fly?

And with that comes the anniversary box*.





Noble Island - Summer Rising Bath & Shower Gel - Cornish Hedgerows
£20 / 250ml
This to me, is quite a unisex scent. It contains gooseberry and elderflower, amongst other scents. It does smell quite Summer-y to me but it's not something I would personally go out and buy. The price is a little off putting. Though the product is nice enough, lathers up well and doesn't leave behind too much of a scent on the skin.

Weleda - Face/Body Milk
From £10.95
Products from Weleda only contain natural ingredients. This body milk is scented with wild roses. It seems a bit overpowering to me and I don't like the scent itself. The formula is a lightweight, runny lotion that absorbs without much work at all. It leaves the skin super hydrated though. If you can get past the scent, this seems like a wonderfully moisturising product.


Let's Go Lashes - 2
£8.95
These are just the kind of lashes I go for! Not sure how you explain the style of them but they give off a more natural look.
I will post about these when I use them.

Uniqone - All In One 1 Hair Treatment
£13.99 / 150ml
This is dubbed as the first leave in mask on the market for hair that offers 10 benefits that the hair needs:
- Repair for dry and damaged hair.
- Shine and frizz control.
- Heat protection.
- Silkiness and smoothness.
- Hair colour protection with UVA/UVB filters.
- Easier brushing and ironing.
- Incredible detangling.
- Long lasting hairstyle.
- Split ends prevention.
- Adds body.
Whilst I can't speak on the long term benefits this has for my hair, I've been using it on wet hair as heat protection. It's a handy size little bottle and a good sample in case you don't get on with the product. I haven't noticed a drastic change but my hair doesn't feel any worse for using it.


Lolita Lempicka - L'Eau en Blanc
£65 / 100ml
This limited edition fragrance is described as 'a bouquet of white violets, with a hint of raspberry and musk'. It's quite a woody scent and reminds me of something more 'mature'. At first I don't like the scent but after it's sat on the skin for an hour or so, the woody notes fade and it becomes much more floral.

Lolita Lempicka - Si Lolita
£63 / 100ml
'The Eau de Toilette reveals a softer heart, a delicate bouquet of Sweet Pea, Hawthorn and Magnolia. The scent lingers with sensual Amber mingling with the woody, powdery accents of Iris.'
I wasn't expecting to like this as much as I do but it's very different to what I usually go for (fruity, sweet scents). It smells just like something else that brings back some nice memories. Odd, as I can't put my finger on what it is. I prefer this over L'Eau en Blanc by miles. It's a nice refreshing change.

Glossybox Mirror
The perfect accompaniment to any girls handbag or makeup routine. A nice touch and something that will come in handy as I'm always losing mirrors!


I thought I'd post these extra pictures from this evening. Cheeky little Pepsi decided she was stealing my balloon. She decided to take it for a run around the landing, with it hanging out of her mouth ...




'Oh noes I killed it!'


'Meh, still good'.

There was a lot of drama surrounding this box. Isn't there every month? But that aside, Glossy didn't make this out to be some spectacular affair like the Harrods box.

I'm not going to dwell on that though as it's just silly.

Overall I think this was a fairly decent box. I would have been happy with the Collection (2000) liner or even the HD Brow products but I'm still happy with what I received. The only thing I won't be using is the Weleda cream, for reasons as stated above.

Happy birthday Glossybox!

25/05/2012

Check Yourself, Before You Wreck Yourself.

We're all enjoying the minor wave of heat currently, right?


I won't harp on, I don't doubt you all know the dangers. But don't forget to protect yourself with SPF before going out in the sun. Even if it's just for a 5 minute walk. Or it seems cool out, you can still be exposed to harsh UV rays even if it's not ridiculously sunny out.

I have to use kids sun cream as most 'adult' creams only go up to a SPF30. A low protection will still give you the ability to tan without causing serious harm to your skin. Just make sure you wear something, please.

After all, the skin is the largest organ and the only one that can't be replaced - you need to look after it!

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Let's Go To The Beach, Each, Let's Go Get Away.












On Tuesday le Mother and I decided to hit up the beach closest to our house and take Scruff for a run too.

Whilst Instow isn't the best beach around where I live, it's easiest to get to and it doesn't charge a ridiculous amount of parking - it's free!

It also had the famous Hocking's ice cream van. If you've visited North Devon and not had one, you are honestly missing out. It's a renowned around here as the best! It's a secret recipe and the only vanilla ice cream I enjoy eating. It's so nice!

So far for my week off work, it's been delightful sunny and hot. It's a shame I have to go back really!

It ended up being a lush day. The Marines even thought so too, as they decided to come down with a boat, a tank, a couple of Jeeps and a few trucks. It was super weird to see them driving the trucks into the water but they were just taking it in turns to practise how to reverse it on to the boat.

How have you been enjoying the warmer weather? Let's hope it sticks around this time, eh?

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Nicki Minaj - Starships.

24/05/2012

Exactly This.

I've seen this going round Tumblr before but I really love the sentiment.


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I wear makeup for me, if you don't like it that's just too bad. I do and that's all that matters.

 

Illamasqua Naked Strangers.

Illamasqua have released an unexpected mini collection - Naked Strangers.



A place where alter egos are laid bare and naked flesh is a source of unashamed inspiration. In this delicate tipping point between intimacy and pleasurable detachment, we revel in the unknown; exploring the distance between pure Monogamous, gilded and Faithful and uninhibited Swinger.

Exposed nude tones, adorned with rich licks of gold, leave you gasping or more.

Don't restrain yourself. Unless, of course, you enjoy it.
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I have two pieces* to show you today.

Blended out, swatched heavily.

Cream Blush in Zygomatic. Zygomatic is described as a naked pink brown. This is truly unlike anything in my collection, so this is a welcome addition.

It glides on easily and leaves behind a nude flush of colour but can be built up for a more intense payoff.

I feel like this is going to be a staple colour as it will suit most looks.


Lastly I have the nail polish in Swinger, a glistening platinum gold. Another colour like nothing else I have.

I applied this to my toes and it goes on almost opaque in a single coat but I did another to make sure it was even. In some lights it looks more silver, in others more gold.

But it looks like I've dipped my toes in liquid metal. Don't worry, I'm not about to post my feet! I will post a nail swatch of this as soon as my nails look a bit better.

Overall this is a nice, small Summer collection. Not at all overwhelming like the M.A.C ones.

It's full of colours that can be wearable by everyone. Though I love Illamasqua for it's diverse colour range, I know some people aren't as colour confident so these shades are perfect for those of you.

This collection is available May 23rd for registered members.
Nationwide and globally from 31st May.
And available at Sephora from 7th June.

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23/05/2012

Quick Tips: DIY Nail Stickers.

I saw this cute and easy nail idea floating around Tumblr and though I'd share.

Full credit goes to The Beauty Department for the idea and photos.



I shall definitely be trying this! :)

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22/05/2012

Urban Decay Fishnet Deluxe Eyeshadow.

I'm pretty sure this has probably only happened to me. But I was just finishing up this post and had to Google something else to do with Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadows (since I don;t have a search bar) and realised I actually reviewed this a little over a year ago.

Whoops! It's so good though I'm going to leave this up for you to revel in it's lovely duochrome-ness, once again.


What www.urbandecay.com says:
Vibrant, silky, and luscious to-the-touch, Deluxe Shadows feature couture quality, a larger fill, and the richest, most brilliant color imaginable.

Our divine collection of high-tech creamy powder eye color will turn your eyes into opulent works of art.

Why "Deluxe"? Definitely incomparable, the creamy formula feels like cashmere, blends beautifully, and delivers an even more intense burst of color than regular Urban Decay Eyeshadows. And, Deluxe hues have an even greater fill weight than our regular Eyeshadows - a generous serving.
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My most favourite eyeshadow finish (or makeup finish in general for that matter), is duochromes. Fishnet is a red based purple/pink with a bright purple duochrome, with a shimmer finish.

One of the things I love about cosmetics is the packaging. I'm just throwing it out there. Whilst I know it's not the most important, how something looks is definitely a part of it for me. Urban Decay go that little bit extra with this shadows. Each one comes in a customised compact, depending on the shade name.

These are wonderfully soft, go on extremely pigmented and easily blend out. I've had nothing but good experiences with UD shadows so I couldn't say these are better overall than the regular ones. But in my book, Urban Decay have the best shadows and are my personal favourite.

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