Friday, 26 October 2012

Life Via Instagram #6.

As promised, more frequent Instagram postings. So sorry if you aren't a fan of them.


Super quick makeup and trying my eyebrows a different way // demon cat // getting organised with S Note.
Sleepy kitty // Lush Golden Wonder // Golden Wonder water.
Didn't want to get out of my Lush bath // a rather odd place to sleep // clean brushes.
Last weekends face // white hot chocolate @ Boston Tea Party // glad to have Snow Fairy back in my shower.
Current readings // rhubarb yogurt, some meringue, an apple and a ton of raspberries = amazing // the path outside my house looks lush.

Do feel free to follow me @bicky_ :)

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Thursday, 25 October 2012

Lush Snow Fairy Shower Gel.

It's that time of year where Lush's favourite fairy comes out of hibernation for just a few short months, to sprinkle some festive Christmas magic and grant you one wish (if that wish if that you want to smell uh-mazing)!

If there's one thing I love, it's scents, even though I happen to be rubbish at describing them. I hate the thought of ever smelling bad so smellies are very much a love of mine.

I really don't like making decisions but if I had to narrow it done to my favourite (let's just go with my favourite from Lush), it would have to be Snow Fairy. What made me decide that? Read on to find out.


What www.lush.co.uk says:
She'll cast a spell on you. Our winter temptress shower hair and body gel that’s bursting with fruit fragrance and has a sparkle of ice through it.

Now we must confess, it’s a mystery to us why this one particular product should become our No 1 Christmas bestseller. It’s not your classic hippy dippy Lush herbal offering. Instead it is an intensely sweet, fruity pink shower gel loved by people everywhere.

Snow Fairy refuses to be pigeonholed. All sorts of people fall for her charms. We never fail to be amazed at the wide array of people who seem to love this pink confection. We have photos and letters from you, telling us your little girl likes it, it’s your gran and granddad’s favourite, your brother pinches it, etc,etc. We were even once sent a photo of a bunch of soldiers using it in the barracks showers!

So don't write Snow Fairy off as pink and girly. Its smell of candy floss and pear drops transports all of us back to days of standing in the sweet shop with our pocket money clasped in our fist, trying to decide what to buy.

Grab her and take her into a shower near you – you may have found a friend for life.
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Every year since I first came across this gem, I've invested in a 500g bottle to last me until it's next release. Last year I didn't manage to get one as both Lush's I went to just before Christmas were sold out of the 500 and I didn't fancy settling for a small one. So I've been on strict rations since the Summer, using it sparingly and making sure I didn't waste a drop, so I'm really glad to see it back.

This year I'm doing well though as I picked up one on my trip to Bristol and Mumma also bought me one back from a little trip to Poole.

This has to be the sweetest scent Lush do. I can see why people would dislike it if they prefer more fruit or woody scents. It's very bubblegummy. For me, only a hint of pear comes through but it's definitely more candy like than anything else.

As with all Lush shower gels that I've tried it lathers up really well and doesn't leave my skin feeling at all dry, rather quite the opposite.

I love teaming this with all my Snow Fairy scent products. I especially love getting out of the shower and popping on some 'Candy Fluff' a long discontinued body powder that smelled exactly like this. I'm on my second to last bottle and it doesn't look as though it's coming back as a 'retro' product. Boo hiss! I also have the Snow Fairy solid perfume and lip tint that didn't make a comeback this year. Alongside this the Magic Wand bubble bar, Bubblegum lip scrub, and the Fluffy Egg ballistic (Easter) have the same scent.

So if you do love the scent you can get quite a few products that all go together.

I find the scent lingers around for a while afterwards. Some people see that as a good thing, others not so much. I personally like it when you can still smell it on you. Late into the day, hours after showering, my bathroom is always still smelling wonderful.

Overall I love this product and really do rate. It's not a bad price and it really lasts, it's one of my favourites and definitely my all time go to.
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Price:
100g / £3.50
250g / £6.25
500g / £10.25

Where to buy:
Online and Lush stores during the Christmas period

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Tuesday, 23 October 2012

French Gradient.

I recently did another gradient after my first and forgot to post about it, oops!


I used 2 coats of Leighton Denny's Baby Doll, then sponged on China Glaze's White On White. 

It wasn't the best fade ever. I really need to invest in some sponges rather than sponge tip applicators. They seem to work for a bit then give up.

Sorry for the quick post, more soon!

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Saturday, 20 October 2012

For Fall.

Things I don't love about the colder months = being ill.
Things I do love about the colder months = deep, vibrant makeup.

I've been ill the past couple of days. I hate the amount of colds/flu type things that go round. I was feeling really bad this morning but I've had new makeup all week and I haven't been able to have a play with it yet.

Whilst I don't love the rain, I do love the colder seasons because I can happily wear lots of makeup/colour without the fear of it sliding off because of the heat.

Here's what I came up with today:


Face:
VIVO Perfect Skin Primer.
Revlon Photoready - Vanilla*.
Benefit Boi-ing - Light.
HD Brows - Dark Brown (Vamp palette)*.
M.A.C Powder Blush - Well Dressed.
Illamasqua Cream Blush - Zygomatic (contour)*.
M.A.C Mineralize Skinfinish Natural - Light.

Eyes:
Urban Decay Primer Potion.
M.A.C Paint Pot - Blackground (upper/lower lashline, waterline).
VIVO Pearl Eyeshadow - Electric Purple (all over lid, crease, lower lashline).
Urban Decay Eyeshadow - Vanilla (brow highlight).
Dior Blackout.

Lips:
Matte Lasting Finish By Kate Moss x Rimmel - 107.
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I wasn't expecting the purple and deep red to go together so well but I really think they do. I love the outcome.

The lipstick is such a gorgeous deep red shade which is just perfect for F/W.

Doing this really cheered me up today and made me feel less gross. Let's hope I'm back to normal soon.

On a side note, in previous posts I've asked you to send good vibes my way if you're feeling nice. Well if you did, they worked. I just need a few more to finish off everything. All will be revealed if it does happen. :)

Friday, 19 October 2012

Glossybox - October.

It's that time of the month where the new box is what everyone is posting about.

This month is the 'DIY beauty' box* full of pampering goodies.


Yves Rocher  - Hydra Vegetal Instant Anti Wrinkle Moisturiser
£18 / 30ml
I swear each box contains some form of anti aging product. I don't tend to use them yet but this is really nice and has a light fresh fragrance.
It melts into the skin easily and leaves it super moisturised.
It contains hyaluronic acid to immediately reduce the appearance of wrinkles. I applied this to one hand and wrist. It left it a lot plumper and the lines in the back of my hand are barely noticeable.

Anatomicals - 'Don't Just Clean It Woman, Scrub It' Body Scrub
£3.59 / 200ml
I usually use salt/sugar body scrubs so this is a nice change. It's a delightful smelling pink grapefruit scrub. I was expecting this to be a cream but it's actually a clear gel like texture. It contains ground walnut shell to rid your body of dead skin and leave it super smooth.
I really like the packaging of this and it's a really good price.

The Organic Pharmacy -  Vitamin C & Papaya Enzyme Peel Mask
£49 / 40ml
I've never used an enzyme peel before. Firstly it smells amazing, really yummy!
It's a thick cream that you apply to the face, neck and back of your hands (if you so wish). It has a very very slight tingling sensation once on the skin. After 10 minutes you take it off with a damp muslin cloth.
I can't say I noticed much of a difference in my skin once washed off. Though I think masks tend to have an effect after regular usage.

Sally Hansen - Complete Salon Manicure Nail Polish - Black Platinum 340
£6.99 /14.7ml
This couldn't have come at a more perfect time. I have been loving really dark nails, I've been wearing black for the last week.
This is dubbed as a dupe for Chanel's Black Pearl, I wouldn't say they're identical though. It's a metallic gunmetal with very fine microshimmer. It has a very silvery/blue shift to it. It goes on easily and opaque in 2 thin coats.

Skinetica - Anti Blemish
£6.99 / 100ml
I am currently loving this. It's a very natural product for clearing blemishes that claims to have no side effects. I always find spot clearing products are extremely drying but this contains just 4 ingredients.
It's super easy to apply, just saturate a cotton ball, wipe over the skin and let it air dry, then apply moisturiser/makeup like normal.
It claims to work for 12 hours. If this happens  to help my skin I will most definitely be buying the full size. Fingers crossed.
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I surprisingly really liked this box and can see myself using everything. Though I only managed one use of out the mask.

Monday, 15 October 2012

New In: Lush Christmas.

One thing I love about the return of Fall is the imminent return of the Lush Christmas collection. It's about the only Christmas related thing I can stomach in September. Because afterall who needs an advent calendar in September?!

I eagerly awaited my trip to Bristol last Tuesday so I could have a little sniff of everything and pick up some much loved favourites and some new additions.


I will hopefully get reviews of all the Christmas things up before they vanish for another year. To keep you going for now I already did a review last year of the Magic Wand Bubble Bar.

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Saturday, 13 October 2012

Life Via Instagram #5.

I've come to the conclusion I really should do more of these posts. Whilst I don't deem my life as being interesting, I love reading other peoples posts like this so someone might actually enjoy reading mine.


It was a shiny shoes kind of day // something hiding in the window // current readings.
M.A.C Lipstick in Rebel is fab for Fall // an amazing breakfast // my first go at gradient nails.
A new candle and a new phone made my Monday better // my HTC // wrapping up birthday presents.
Amazing starter of Mozzarella Carrozza // Four Seasons @ Bella Italia // myself and the (belated) birthday boy.
A cheeky caramel Starbs whilst waiting for the train home // chocolate chip Welsh cakes // Lush Christmas purchases.
Savouring the last day of being home alone // pretty lights // keyring Mumma bought me back 'Cats are like chocolates ... It's hard to just have one'.

Do feel free to follow me on Instagram @bicky_ :)

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New In: Samsung Galaxy Note II.

*Cue geeky post that doesn't include any kind of makeup*

Back in July I did goodness knows what to my HTC but it ended up cracking the screen from the inside.

I've been wanting an excuse to get out of Vodafone for ages and not having a signal for all of last week just topped it for me. That and the fact my screen had got to the point where you couldn't even see the bottom half. Here it is when it it first happened and here it is the day I changed phones.

I'd been patiently sitting through August waiting for Samsung Unpacked @ IFA because they were announcing the new Note.

It got released last Monday. I ordered it the Friday of that week and I got it Monday, I can't even explain how stupidly excited I was.


I understand this post is somewhat geeky but I am in love.

If you don't know about the Note II or it's predecessor, it's a pretty heft phone housing a 5.5 inch super AMOLED display. For that reason it's being dubbed as a 'phablet'. Whenever anyone would ask what phone I was getting and I replied with the Note II their response is always 'oh the massive one?'

Whilst on first inspection it is pretty intimidating, it dwarfs my iPod, the screen more than makes up for it's size and it'll still fit in your pocket.

Since YouTube changed it's desktop site I've loathed it. Really loathed to the point where unless I have to look up something I don't go on it, which in turn meant I wasn't keeping up with my subs. Since getting this I've found myself to be catching up with all my subs because the screen is just fabulous for watching videos in, especially those in HD.

One of the main differences between this and say the Galaxy S3 is that the Note design comes with a built in stylus. I was under the impression that I wouldn't use this much but I've been using it a lot. It's fabulous for using for all kinds of things. You have the S Note app which you can jot down memos and ideas on and store away for later use. It's also ideal for me to use when playing Draw Something! 

I love the fact it came with Chrome already installed on it as that's what I use on my computer. It means I can access everything I favourite or look at on here and vice versa.

I've got back into Twitter since having it also, which I was also lacking in. So do follow if you'd like to chit chat or just read my ramblings on there.

I know this is definitely a step away from my regular postings but I'm just wonderfully happy with it so thought I'd give my 2 pence incase anyone else was curious about it.

If you have any recommendations for good Droid apps, do feel free to tweet me them as I'm always on the lookout for games/photo editing apps and the like.

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Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub.

Something I never knew until a while into when I started blogging was that exfoliating your lips can prevent them from getting chapped. A regular facial exfoliator, for me personally doesn't cut it.

Whilst it can be cheaper to make your own, Lush do convenient little pots of scrubby sugary goodness.


What www.lush.co.uk says:
The pink all things girly, bubblegum flavour lip scrub. Clears dead skin and flakiness from lips, leaving them moisturised and smooth.

Our lip scrubs are made from castor sugar to act as a gentle scrub and jojoba oil to be wonderfully moisturising but light enough not to leave you feeling greasy.

Keeps lips in tip top condition, for kissing, pouting, talking or anything else you wish to do with them.

Provides a great base for lipstick, which looks much better on smooth prepared lips.

After much work, they discovered that the exact right size of sugar grain could provide a gentle safe scrub and taste yummy too – especially when combined with a lovely flavour.
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The reason I picked this up was because it's scented with my most favourite Lush scent - Snow Fairy. Yummy!

With these I find you only need the tiniest amount. Instead of scooping some of the product out, I find just dabbing my finger in and using whatever's stuck to it means you don't use too much product. But you still a get a good amount to exfoliate with.

Once you've done with rubbing it into your lips you just lick it off and you're done. After application my lips are super smooth but I apply a touch of lip balm to make them really hydrated. Then you have the perfect base for those lipsticks that cling to your lips.

For just over £5 these are deemed as expensive for a pot of sugar but I would really rather buy one, than have to have the fuss and mess of trying to make my own.

These come in a 2 other flavours including mint (Mint Julips) and chocolate (Sweet Lips). They also have a Christmas limited edition Popcorn lip scrub that's flavoured with salted caramel.

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Monday, 8 October 2012

Real Techniques Stippling Brush.

Something I've always sworn by for foundation application is a stippling brush, namely the M.A.C 187. At £32.50, it isn't cheap. I believe when I bought it was about £29. 

I have very few makeup brushes. Using lots of colour and having so few means I have to wash my brushes more often because of that. And we all know how mundane that is.

For a while I've been on the lookout for good quality brushes at a better price than M.A.C. As much as I love them, I want to build up a bit of a better brush collection and it can get expensive you're just buying expensive brushes. Can you scrimp on pounds but not on quality?


This dual-fiber brush is the trade secret for creating airbrushed, high-definition results with all types of makeup:
- Look pixel-perfect even in harsh light
- Ultra-plush, synthetic taklon bristles are hand-cut and 100% cruelty-free
- Self-standing for easy storage
- Extended aluminum handle is light and easy to use
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For a synthetic brush this is extremely soft. Whenever I've tried synthetic before the bristles have been quite stiff and scratchy. This is not at all, it really is surprisingly soft.

For foundation application I put a few pumps of whatever foundation I'm using, onto the back of my hand and stipple the brush into it, then apply in circular motions to my face working on a 'section' at a time, working from the middle of my face outwards. I then stipple foundation over any imperfections or where I need more coverage. I find this gives a really flawless finish.

The aluminum handle makes it light but it still feels substantial in the hand.

Do I recommend this brush? 100% yes. I've used this brush for every single foundation application since I bought it. I've not even picked up my 187. I think I prefer this because the bristles are a little shorter so you get a more precises and fuller coverage.

For £12.99 this is an absolute bargain. It's a really great brush and you can use it for application of any cream products like blush. It can also be used for powder products. It's a great all rounder.

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Sunday, 7 October 2012

Gradient Stripes.

Something I've always wanted to try is the gradient mani. It seems recently ombres and gradients have been everywhere. Let's just clear something up first. These nails are not ombre nails. You can see the differences here. It annoys me a little bit when people call them the wrong thing.

Anyway, I got a little bored this evening and found I had some unused sponge tip applicators in my 88 Shimmer Palette. Usually the only thing that people should do with those is bin them but they can be used to make fav gradients if you don't have makeup sponges to hand.


First I painted a base which was 2 coats of Leighton Denny's Baby Doll. Once that was dry I used Illamasqua's Jo'Mina sponged onto the tips on one side of the tip. On the other I had a little bit of Baby Doll so I could get a nice blended gradient. 

It was lacking a little bit so I used the pen side of my Models Own Nail Art Pen to add some zebra stripes.

For a first go at gradient and freehanded zebra stripes, I don't think I did too bad of a job. I was especially surprised that my right hand wasn't a complete and utter disaster.

I will definitely be trying the gradient mani more. It really does look amazing.

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Saturday, 6 October 2012

ASOS Lucy Gold Ballet Flats.

Last month I blogged about another fabulous pair of these flats.

I saw these have lowered a little bit in price since I bought them so thought I'd show you. They're a little bit more understated than the previous pair, though not by much.


I won't say too much about these because you can read my original thoughts on the shoe in my original review. These are fabulous and really eye catching. They have a gold speckled holographic base with black fishnet type print over the top.

These strike me as a more evening pair of shoes. They'd look really good with a party outfit if you don't like wearing heels.

You can pick them up from ASOS here for £17.50 instead of £22, from size 3 through to 8.

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Thursday, 4 October 2012

Japonesque Manicure Set.

As most people will be aware, October is breast cancer awareness month. Many brands release special edition products in the colour pink, whilst donating a portion of the sales to Breast Cancer Research.

Japonesque have released a couple of products for this cause. Here's the pink manicure set*.


What www.hqhair.com says:
Designed to achieve the perfect 10, this Manicure Set in Pink from Japonesque gives you to tools to ensure that you’re always looking groomed and pristine.

The perfect manicure gift set for those you know who strive for perfection and love to look their best. Achieving a beauty manicure with professional tools all designed to give you perfect results with minimal effort.

All high quality and made from stainless steel, you'll find it hard not to fall in love with these professional tools.
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This is such a handy little set to have. It has everything you could need for your nails in one cute case!

It contains tweezers, nippers, scissors, a combination nail file and a pair of clippers.

Cuticle clippers actually scare me a little bit. I've never in my life clipped my cuticles and probably don't intend to. But these are always handy to have just incase.

The tweezers are really handy not only for nails but if you carry this set with you, you can pluck any stray brow hairs or whatever else you might use them for. These tweezers are really precise and sharp and get every little hair.

The nail clippers and combi set are just as good as the rest of the products. They do exactly what they're supposed to.

For £20 this set is a true bargain, especially as you can pay over that half for a good set of tweezers. Definitely worth picking up as a treat for yourself or a present for a friend.

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Monday, 1 October 2012

How I Store My Nail Polish.

One of the most awkward things to store is probably nail polish. You can only keep them stored one way and with all different brands, shapes and sizes it makes for great difficulty organising them.

Nail polish racks are really nice because you can have everything on display but they can really ruin your polish, having them exposed to so many UV rays like that. Such a shame!


I know a lot of bloggers swear by the Ikea Helmer's for polish storage but I really really don't like the way they look.

Here is how I'm currently storing the few nail polishes that I do have:


Got to find some  use for those empty Glossyboxes, no?


In the pink box I have all my nail treatments, like O.P.I Nail Envy. I store any top coats in here, so things like glitters, shatters, basically anything that can't really be worn on it's own. My base/top coats, a lone nail oil. My Konad bits and a few other nail art bits and pieces, along with two pots of nail glitters.


This is my odd brands box, I don't have enough of any of these to store on their own so they go into one box. In here I have Models Own, Nails Inc, Eyeko, Nina Pro, Revlon, Deborah Lippmann, Barry M, GOSH, LCN, Leighton Denny, Illamasqua and Dior.


My favourite nail polish brand of course, China Glaze. I'm going to need to start a new box when I purchase some more of these.


Last but not least, my O.P.I box. I used to really dislike O.P.I but they're really growing on me lately so this box has been expanding over the past couple of months.
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I really want an Ikea Alex to store not only my polishes in but all sorts of bits and bobs. I will hopefully be moving soon and be able to get it then. I'm putting off buying any furniture until I have a permanent room that I can decorate and do what I want with.

For now though I keep them in empty Glossyboxes, with the lids on stacked up in a corner of my room.

On a side note, for a blogger I don't think I have all that many polishes.

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