31/08/2012

A Photo A Day For A Year - August.

It won't be long before we're in the last quarter of the year. Eeek, scary!

For now I have my 365 photos from August to show you.

This was the list:

Source

Here's my photos from August:


It seemed quite slow this month, which can only be a good thing, right?

I think I've pretty much decided what I'm going to do for a 365 project next year but that will be kept under wraps till then. As we all know, I'm incredibly indecisive so it could all change by then.

September list if you want to join in:


And if you're feeling wonderful kind, please send good vibes my way. I'm hoping something (which I don't want to jinx) happens this time. Sorry for the cryptic talk but I feel if I get excited over it, it won't happen. So I refuse to talk about it for the time being.

So please do send me good thoughts and hopefully it'll happen this time and I can tell you all about it. :)

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30/08/2012

Cosmo Blog Awards - Voting Ends Tomorrow.

As the title suggest, tomorrow is the last day you can vote in the Cosmo 2012 Blog Awards, if you'd like to vote for me, that would surely make my day.

I explained how to do so here.

Thank you loves. :)

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M.A.C By Request - Candy Yum-Yum Lipstick.

Last year, when M.A.C released it's 'Quite Cute' collection, it came baring a searing neon pink lipstick that sold out in lightning time.

If you missed it, you might just be in luck next month but you'll have to be quick.

M.A.C fans are to vote for their favorite shades starting March 12 on Facebook. 18 popular lipsticks, lipglasses and eye shadows have been selected from past collections; the three shades with the most votes from each category will come back as an online exclusive, limited edition collection. Voting opens to all Facebook fans March 12 -30. The collection will be available online in North America in August and internationally Fall 2012.

You can see the full release I made on what shades are being released here.


Candy Yum-Yum is a bright, blue based neon magenta pink. It's a matte finish and has opaque coverage.

For a matte, this isn't as dry as some I've tried but I still find it easier to work with mattes with a balm underneath. As you can see that gives it a slightly less matte finish but it helps them glide onto the lips without dragging.

The colour is just amazing and it breaks my camera trying to capture it. The bullet colour isn't a very colour accurate photo. It really is that neon.

It lasts a considerably amount of time on the lips, due to it's matte finish. Though as it's so bright it can start to look patchy after eating so it's worth having it handy because touch ups are definitely needed.

It's not your everyday lipstick but it's such a great addition. If you're thinking of getting it, don't hang about. I've a feeling like last year, it won't be around very long before it's sold out.

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29/08/2012

New In: China Glaze - Bohemian Luster Chrome.

I rarely do 'hauls' any more, I can't remember the last time I did one. They're pretty boring right?

Well today I received my first half of the China Glaze Bohemian Lustre Chrome collection. Mmm duo goodness, that was too damn amazing not to share.

 Deviantly Daring, Rare & Radiant, Unpredictable.

I don't post about things usually unless it's a full review. But I'm feeling nice today and since I hate posting nail swatches when my nails are at what I deem as short, I thought I'd give you a sneaky peek just in case you were debating picking them up.


Deviantly Daring is a turquoise teal blue with a gold shimmer, that shifts a darker blue and green. It's the most saturated of the bunch with almost full opacity in one coat. The duochrome doesn't translate as well on the nail but it still has a good amount of colour shifting.

Rare & Radiant is a Chanel Peridot dupe but at a quarter of the price. We seem to be seeing this colour everywhere lately but I'm glad I finally managed to get one without shelling out the £18 Chanel are asking. It's a gold base with a very strong green/blue duo. 

Unpredictable is a bluey green with a gold and bright teal shift. Super pretty!
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I've been waiting for this collection since I first heard about it. I tend to want most things that have a duochrome and these do not disappoint!

If you've been thinking about getting them, do. They are definitely more 'shifty' on the nail than the Models Own Beetlejuice collection and the colours are just wonderful.

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27/08/2012

Disciple.

So far I've had a pretty productive bank holiday. I started work at 5. Came home, bleached my roots, dyed my hair and even did a makeup look too.

I've been craving deep blue lips lately and I have the perfect lipstick for it. Illamasqua's Disciple*, it's a matte deep navy blue. I've had it since The Art Of Darkness collection a couple of years ago but it's extremely dry so I found it difficult to work with.

I started with Carmex on my lips and a lip brush and worked the colour onto hydrated lips that way. Much easier. It looked a little flat after so I dotted some of M.A.C's Frozen White pigment over the top and came up with this ...

25/08/2012

Jeffrey Campbell Tardys.

In a couple of weeks I'll be facing one of my all time fears, so to reward myself for doing it, I opted for something a bit more extravagant than a lipstick as a reward to myself.

For the past few weeks I kept browsing the Jeffrey Campbell section of Office, gazing at all the pretty full price shoes.

It wasn't long before they moved a whole bunch of them into the sale section to make room for new things.

One of the pairs I was lusting after, I would have happily paid full price for. But when they went to 50% off, surely it was meant to be? I uhmm-ed and ahh-ed for ages because the stitching on these boots is really striking (as you will see) and I wasn't sure if I liked it. I decided to order anyway because I could always return if I didn't like them.

Well it's a good job I did because after placing my order there was only a size 5 left.


I was pretty excited that it came in a kitty box, not going to lie!

Here are my beeeeautiful new pair of Jeffrey Campbell Tardys ...


There was a black pair and a red pair with a black heel but since black goes with everything and I wasn't a fan of the red, I opted for these.

They have a black leather upper with contrast white stitching. The wedge is wooden with a rubber sole and has a 5 1/2" heel and a 2" platform. Wooden heels are notorious feet killers as they don't have a lot of cushioning. I can't speak for long wear in these but they don't seem too bad on my feet at the moment. Though if I find they become uncomfortable for long periods, that can easily be solved with an insole.

They have quite a high rise on the front sole which means you can 'rock' forward in these, which it seems a lot of people don't like but it doesn't tend to bother me.

If you keep up with runway fashion, these are strikingly similar to the Chloe Docs from around '07.

I love these, they're fierce without looking overly girlie. I just need to master how to tie laces as it's been quite sometime since I've had to. They're definitely a lot more wearable then my first pair of JC's - The 99 Tie.
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When I posted on Instagram about getting Jeffrey Campbells in the UK, the lovely Christine (Miss Dalum) asked where exactly you could get them. 

Whilst America is rife with online retailers such as Solestruck and Karmaloop, that carry most of the JC range, in comparison we have very few retailers that carry them.

Now of course, you could order from American sites. I ordered my 99 Ties from Karmaloop and had zero problems bar the shoe conversion difference. You only have to look at a few different sites on the web to see that a UK size 6 could be a 7.5, an 8, an 8.5 or even a 9 in US sizes! My 99 Ties are size 9 (as it was the last size) and they're too big so it's put me off ordering from US retailers as returns would cost an arm and a leg.

So if you do want to get your hands on some JC's here in the UK, these are all of the sites that I've found that stock a decent amount of the shoes:

Amelie Boutique
Doll Boutique
Harvey Nichols
Ministry Of Fashion
Office
Oxygen Boutique
Soletrader
Spoiled Brat

Office has the most up to date collection of heels and the second biggest selection, whilst Sarenza has a slightly bigger section they offer a lot of older stock.

Hope that helps anyone else who wanted some and hopefully you'll be strutting around in gorgeous heels sooner than you think.

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20/08/2012

Happy Hair Days.

Two post in a day? You lucky things!

I just wanted to let you know of an awesome offer currently going on and why I totally recommend it!


What Happy Hair Days say:
Too weary to wake? Lacking a spring in your stride? Happy Hair Days offers you the perfect daily pick-me-up.

Scentsational scent and care to give your hair the body, sheen and shine it deserves.

We believe in keeping things natural and are proud to claim our gentle shampoos and conditioners are free from parabens, sodium laureth sulphate and mineral oils. We aren't perfect but we try to use 'good stuff' where we can!
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I've posted before about how much SLS irritates my hair and whilst the Bed Head range is SLS free, it's also wildly expensive in comparison.

Happy Hair Days is currently on offer at Sainsbury's at just half price! Instead of £3.99 a bottle (which I refuse to pay) they are just £1.99 (so I currently have 4 of each stocked up as I love these)!

They do ones for all different hair.

There's the marshmallow & coconut for coloured hair. They also do a blueberry & pear version which is for smoothing. A moisturising pomegranate & ginger version and also a thickening one with rosemary & mint. Best of all, they all smell amazing!

Now, SLS is what lathers up shampoo and whilst this doesn't contain it, I find I still get really good lather from it. SLS is the number one cause for irritated hair. I'd tried many things for years on end with no luck, then I came across an article stating one of the number one causes of irritated scalps is the SLS. So I switched to a duo without it and my hair has never been better and irritant free!

These are currently only available in Sainsbury's and Boots I believe.

Definitely recommend, they've been my go to hair care for the past year or so now and I always stock up when they're on offer!

PS - this offer is on till September 4th so stock up or try it whilst it's cheap.

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Tweezerman 10X Magnifying Mirror.

Just a quick one for you today as I can't say much about this but I wanted to let you all know how amazing it is.


What www.tweezerman.com says:
Isolate even the finest hair for precise, easy tweezing. Our optically correct 12X magnifying mirror is clear from edge-to-edge with no distortion. Portable and practical, it conveniently attaches to any smooth surface. Use for tweezing, inserting contacts or applying makeup. Perfect for home or travel.
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I can only find the 12X magnifying but it looks the same as the 10X, so who knows. I would link you to the Boots site but it seems to be constantly broken of late.

I picked this up from Boots for £14. Quite expensive for a mirror but this does an amazing job magnifying. It picks up every tiny little hair, perfect for when you want to tidy up your brows.

The only thing you have to be careful of is looking at your skin with it. Yes it does show every single pore.

This is also ideal for intricate eyeliner, false eyelashes and steady lip work.

It has 2 small suction cups on the back so can be attached to any flat surface so you have both hands free.

I couldn't be without this now I have it.

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19/08/2012

Glossybox - August.

Another Glossybox, already? It seems like we only had July's not too long ago.

Anyway. Glossybox have been using themes on their boxes of late, not just for special occasions. This is the 'international superstars' box*. They've choose various products from different locations around the globe.


Lipcote - Lipstick Sealer
£3.99 / 75ml
One of my very first posts was after I purchased this. I never got round to reviewing as I couldn't get on with it. A few months ago every blogger was raving about this so when I saw it in my box I thought I'd give it another ago. Two things I can't get past is the strong chemical smell and the nail polish type applicator.

DHC - Deep Cleansing Oil
£18.50 / 200ml
I've never used an oil cleanser though I've always wanted to. Directions for this are to warm up in palms, apply to face and then rinse.
I was actually messing about with Illamasqua's Disciple lippie a little while ago (really dry, matte navy blue) so thought I'd take it off with this. I swiped my hand across my mouth and my entire lip colour was gone. I was thinking I'd have to work to get rid of it because it's a very dark colour and has a lot of sticking power. I was surprised at how well this worked and how hydrated it left my skin. Definitely makes me want to look into picking up a regular oil cleanser.

Alessandro - Pro White
£7.85 / 10ml
Something I'm looking forward to trying is this. I don't have stained nails but I feel they aren't very bright. I will blog more in depth about it when I stop using Nail Envy and use this.

Glossybox - Lipstick - Glossy Pink
£9.50 / 4g
Glossybox decided to pop in another one of their branded extras. I have to admit this is miles better than the brush included in the June box. It's a medium dusky rose pink. When I twisted it up, I wasn't expecting to like it but on application I really liked the colour. It's not too bright and not too pale, it seems a really universal shade. I wore it to work and got a few compliments on it which is always nice.

Vera Valenti - Eyeshadow Palette
£3.85
This seems to be the miss of the box. The palette design is very childlike. It has an odd range of colours. Half of which, when I attempted to swatch wouldn't show up on the back of my hand. Definitely not something I will be using.

Valentino - Valentino Assoluto EDP
£61 / 50ml
I'm so rubbish at describing fragrances but it's very floral and fresh. Definitely seems like a light Summer fragrance.
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A bit of a hit and miss box it seems with most. The only thing I don't like is the palette, I will be using everything else though. I am so tempted to invest in the DHC cleanser but I think I'll wait till I clear a bit of room on my bathroom shelf before I buy.

What did you think of this months?

Apparently next month is going to be their most unique box yet. Ominous ...

18/08/2012

Lush Dirty Body Spray.

Something that fast become one of my favourite scents from Lush is Dirty. I blogged about the Springwash back in May.

Today I have my most recent addition to the line to share with you.


What www.lush.com says:
We think spearmint is an aphrodisiac - mostly because everyone brushes their teeth before getting intimate, so we’ve all made a mental link between intimacy and the smell of spearmint. So we built the Dirty fragrance around notes of spearmint, to get everyone in the mood, and then layered other fresh herbal notes to build a scent that is enticing, fresh and individual.
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As I said in the Springwash review, if you don't like mint - steer clear.

This is a super spearminty, refreshing spray. The Dirty range was geared more towards the guys but it's definitely unisex.

It contains lots of essential oils like tarragon, sandalwood, lavender and neroli.

This scent lasts really well through out the day and still lingers on clothes the very next day. The staying power is really awesome so just a few sprays are needed.

The bottle is easy enough to use, you just flip down the red stopper and spray to your hearts content. When you're down just flip it back up and the trigger will be locked.

This is definitely something I recommend, super refreshing and a change from the usual sweet/fruity scents I usually go for. If you happen to be in a Lush, give yourself a spritz.

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13/08/2012

Just Nipping By -

To say I am still here, I worked crazy split shifts last week. I am this week (12 hours worth of work tomorrow, any takers?) and next week too, so if posts are a bit thin on the ground it's because I'm at work or asleep.

Sorry! No more overtime for me after this stint and lots of things to blog about instead.

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06/08/2012

Life Via Instagram #4.


001 - This week I've been loving cleaning the house in neon pink wedges. I got them from Primark in the sale for £6. They're helping me relearn how to walk in heels again as it's been a while.

002 - I don't usually drink coffee, in fact I really don't like it unless it's in something you can't really taste. Kind of defeats the purpose I know but I've been enjoying the caffeine kick.

003 - I've been finding my kitties hibernating in odd places. I caught Peps in the wash room, disappearing into the tumble dryer. Strange kitty.

004 - I've spent the last week and a half extremely ill so I've been chilling out in a super oversized hoodie, watching Vampire Diaries and Tumblring in bed. I'm still not 100% which sucks but not much I can do!

005 - I've been trying out red brows, I really like them I just need to find a mid blue based red pencil that will last. Everything I seem to be finding is either bright red or too dark. If you know of any, do let me know.

If you want to catch me on Instagram, tweet me or something for the username. :) I'm being creeped on all my social networking sites and here which is why I'm not currently giving it out.

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05/08/2012

Carmex Cherry.

Carmex is something I've always put off buying, though people seem to rave about it, as I was scared it'd have that horrible Vaseline like texture. How wrong could I have been?

After getting the Cherry version* I'm a convert.


What www.mycarmex.com says:
First flavour in a jar since 1937
Moisturising lip balm
Reliable protection with a bright cherry flavour
Non-addictive and not tested on animals
Contains SPF 15 sunscreen
Available in .25 oz. jar
Keeps lips soft, alleviates the roughness of dry lips
Protects from wind and sun, replaces moisture and protects from sunburn
Helps heal chapped lips, contains germ-killing menthol and phenol, speeding the healing process
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I received this whilst I was right in the midst of a horrendous Summer flu/cold type thing. My lips were extremely chapped (along with the rest of my face but we won't go into that) so this was a welcoming addition.

At first I couldn't smell it at all (blocked nose) but I was applying it to my lips regularly and it healed them in no time.

The scent is very cherry menthol and it leaves a slight tingling sensation on the lips, nothing too major or uncomfortable like plumping lip products.

It has a very thin consistency and a little bit goes a long way, it feels slightly like Vaseline but I find Vaseline to be extremely thick and greasy, this isn't like that at all.

For a few quid this is such a great addition to keep your lips hydrated and smooth so you can wear all those pretty lipsticks!

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02/08/2012

Batiste Tropical.

How often you wash your hair is pretty much a deal breaker when deciding if you want red hair or not. Because of this, this new addition has been absolutely brilliant for me.


Caribbean heat, coconut aromas and party vibes are locked into this Tropical edition. It’s the instant, deliciously exotic way to get clean, fresh hair full of body and texture. And there’s no need for water!
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I opted to get this one as Sainsbury's had a 1/3 off all Batiste products a few weeks back and they were all out of Cherry. Plus the hugeeeee size worked out about the same price as the regular size price.

I'm sure most people don't need telling as everyone that seems to blog, knows just how handy these little gems really are. But if you're worried they do handbag size ones that are perfect if you want to try it.

Whilst using it my Mum commented on how much dry shampoo (of any brand) was irritating on that hair. I can't vouch for old formulas from brands she used years ago but you can't notice this on the hair at all. It gives it volume, takes away grease and bouncy hair without weighing it down. Perfect to tide you over till you can wash it properly.

As I believe I said in my Cherry post, having short hair means I end up teasing it with my fingers mostly and a lot so it can get greasy at the ends quickly. I also find it'll look fine when I go to sleep but when I wake up it looks quite lank. This gets rid of that perfectly and it's a great price too.