Rainbow Lucky Charms

24/07/2013

A Little Bit Of Radio Silence.

I haven't really been around much the past few weeks. It's not something I wanted to do but I've had a lot going on.

2 weeks ago I got properly thrown into the deep end at work. I went in one day expecting an easy shift, which I wanted because I was exhausted. Only to find out I was running the entire department on my own. Looking after everyone, cashing up and closing down. Something I've never done before and had no experience in. Since then my job role's changed. I'm now doing the aforementioned. It also means I'm working 2 extra days.

For the past fortnight I've been trying to learn as much as I can. There is so so much, stuff I haven't even touched upon yet. It's giving me a permanent headache. Along with trying to fit training in. It's been a little crazy to say the least. I've barely touched my Macbook since this all happened, hence the lack of posting.

I've decided to take the next couple of weeks off to settle into my new job. I've always been used to looking after myself and making sure I do my job properly. Now I have to look after others and make sure they're doing theirs properly. Which is actually a lot harder then it sounds.

Whilst I'm away I'm going to be drafting posts. I hope to get quite a few done on my off days so that when I come back to writing posts again, I'll have lots of drafts saved up if things get a bit mad. So this way if I don't have time to write I've got a lot of back ups.

I've got loads of exciting posts coming up!

Dear PRs - I'm still accepting samples if you feel they fit with my blog. I will be posting anything I've received lately just as soon as I can.

14/07/2013

Glossybox - July.

Summer is finally upon us and with that Glossybox bring us the 'seaside splash' box*.


Inecto - Pure Coconut Refreshing Dry Shampoo
£2.49 / 150ml
Dry shampoo is a total life saver for me. Not only does it give my hair volume without weighing it down, it helps me preserve the bright colour for far longer.
I love anything with a coconut scent and this smells delicious. It's sweet, light and summery.
It works just in the way Batiste does. Spray it on, work through with fingers and then brush out. Done.

Ila Spa - Face Oil
£75 / 30ml
This little vial of face oil is a blend of Argan and rosehip seed oil which are high in anti-oxidants, helping to combat premature ageing. It's said to give a healthy glow, improved texture and radiance.
I'm not big on the scent but it spreads evenly over the skin and sinks in easily without leaving any residue behind.

Alterna Haircare - Bamboo Style Boho Waves Tousled Texture Mist
£23 / 125ml
This is no use for my length of hair currently so I'll be passing it along to someone else.

Coola Organic - Mineral Face SPF 20
£29.99 / 50ml
Whilst SPF should be used all year round, we're definitely at a point where we need to take that extra precaution if you don't already.
This SPF cream has a light, thin texture making it easily blendable and not at all greasy. Perfect for using underneath makeup as I find some SPF creams can still leave my face looking very shiny.

Ciaté London - Paint Pot - Mistress
£9 / 13.5ml
Mistress is described as a true red with just a hint of coral. It's a jelly finish and probably one of the brightest reds I own. lovely.

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Usually I don't get all that envious of the other variations of the month. But when I saw people getting 6 products, which included 2 full size Sleek Pout Paints that were classed as 1 product, that was slightly annoying.

Hopefully next month will be somewhat slightly fairer.

I wasn't a massive fan of this box but the dry shampoo and polish are things I will be using up.
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Price:
£10 (plus p&p) per month
Subscriptions also available with discounts

Where to buy:
www.glossybox.co.uk

10/07/2013

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette.

Something I've been wanting since it's release towards the end of last year, is the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette. I'm a big lover of my shimmery, bold, colourful shades.

Sometimes I feel a makeup look can look slightly overdone using even my original Naked palette. I didn't have any truly matte neutral shades so this was the perfect addition.


What www.urbandecay.com says:
Naked Basics is more than just the long-awaited, multipurpose matte companion to Naked. It's the palette every woman needs in her beauty arsenal. With six stripped-down, Nakedly neutral shadows, it has everything you need for the perfect neutral matte eye—including four totally new and exclusive shades.

While this palette is small, we loaded it with full-size shadow pans, just like our other Naked palettes. Every shade features our Pigment Infusion System™, a vehicle for color that holds tightly to pigment and gives the formula its glide. The proprietary blend of ingredients allows color to weave itself through the Eyeshadow formula. What does all that mean? Insane color payout. Color that stays on your lids. Sparkle that doesn’t fall. And velvety, suede-like smoothness and blendability.
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The palette contains 5 matte shades and a shimmer. Ranging from a highlight to the deepest black.

Shades are described as:
Venus - soft, off-white demi-matte
Foxy - cream bisque matte
Walk Of Shame - very light nude matte
Naked 2 - taupe matte
Faint - warm, dusty brown matte
Crave - deepest, darkest brown/black matte

I've been using all the shades on a daily basis, except for Foxy. It's a touch yellow and doesn't really suit. I like to use Venus as an inner corner and brow highlight. Pop Walk Of Shame all over the lid with Naked 2 and Faint in the crease. Sometimes a touch of Crave in the outer V.

The shadows are pigmented but buildable. You can go for a neutral wash of colours for the day or build them up for something more intense for an evening look. It looks perfect with a thick, black wing and a glossy bright red lip. It looks perfectly put together without being overdone.

If like me, you're unsure on where to start looking for good neutral shades this is definitely a good option and I've been using it a lot more often than I thought I would.
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Price:
£20 / 6 x 1.3g

Where to buy:
Debenhams and House Of Fraser

08/07/2013

L'Oreal Skin Perfection Purifying Micellar Water.

Ever since Bioderma made an appearance on our shores, everyone has raved about it. I always wanted to buy it but it's pretty expensive for what is in effect, a make up remover.

So when I saw this L'Oreal version in Boots not too long ago (especially at a barginous £4.99 each or 2 for £5), I had to pick it up and try it.


What www.loreal-paris.co.uk says:
L'Oréal Paris Skin Perfection Purifying Micellar Water, high performance cleansing for sensitive skin. Used by make-up artists, the 'micellar' solution swiftly removes all traces of make-up and acts like a purifying magnet on skin's surface to capture and draw out excess oil and impurities. So gentle, skin feels soothed and toned. Hypo-allergenic. No Alcohol. Dermatologically tested.
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There isn't a whole lot I can say about this, especially as I have nothing to compare it to. What I will say is it's fabulous at removing every trace of my makeup. Including Illamasqua's very waterproof Precision Ink. I've always had trouble removing it with any kind of makeup remover, it really does stay put.

I use this on a cotton pad as the first step in my double cleanse. It's not something that leaves my face feeling 'clean' enough to not warrant a proper cleanser. So I remove my makeup with this and then use my Clarin's Cleansing Milk.

If you don't want to invest in Bioderma (£9.99 / 250ml) this is a wonderful alternative and still does just as good a job as removing every bit of stubborn makeup. Definitely a repurchase from me.
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Price:
£4.99 / 200ml

Where to buy:
Boots

06/07/2013

Poisoned Cupcake.

I had a bit of an impromptu night out last weekend. Giving me limited time to get ready. I decided to christen my Sugarpill palette and create a look I'd had in mind for a few days.

I had no intention of even making this a FOTD. It was one of those days where I didn't like any of the pictures. I got a ton of compliments when I went out so hey, what the hell. I figured I need to start posting more looks. I always say this though and never stick to it.


Face:
VIVO Perfect Skin Primer.
Make Up For Ever HD Foundation - 115 Ivory.
Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow - 35 Taupe.
Benefit Boi-ing - Light.
M.A.C Blush Ombre - Azalea Blossom.
Ben Nye Face Powder - Fair.

Eyes:
Urban Decay Primer Potion.
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil - Milk (blended all over lid).
Sugarpill Eyeshadow - Tako (inner corner highlight), Buttercupcake (all over lid), 2AM (crease, lower lashline), Poison Plum (crease).
Inglot Eyeshadow - 353 (brow highlight).
Illamasqua Precision Ink - Abyss.
Eyeko Black Magic Mascara.

Lips:
Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge - 20 Baby Pink.
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Purple and yellow is something I've always wanted to try. It's a statement pair that goes really well together as they're opposites on the colour wheel. Teamed together they're bright, vibrant and eye catching. Love it. Definitely a combination I want to try again.

I'm really loving Sugarpill and Make Up For Ever at the moment. Can you tell? I kind of wish I'd got into them sooner but I'm glad I waited and got them much cheaper than RRP.

04/07/2013

The London Brush Company - Solid Brush Shampoo.

We're all makeup fiends here, so I think we can all agree that brush washing has to be one of the most monotonus jobs out of them all. But I think I've found something that makes me like brush washing. Oh yes, I said it.


What www.londonbrushcompany.com says:
Our Brush Shampoo is the envy of many brands. Made from a secret recipe, by hand in California from combined vegetable oils, saponified goat milk and essential oil with a touch of tea tree as an anti bacterial, Brush Shampoo cleans and conditions your makeup brushes without chemicals. And because it has no chemical compound and is a solid in a pot, it makes it safe and easy to travel with too.

Cleaning brushes has never been easier, and it's just as well because you MUST keep those brushes clean. Cleaning them 2 - 3 times a week is very important to prevent bacterial build up. Your face sheds around 9 million dead skin cells each day, and a percentage of those embed in your makeup brushes. Combine that with drying makeup and there is a recipe for bacterial growth which can lead to skin irritation. So ladies, CLEAN YOUR BRUSHES. it only takes 5 minutes or less!
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I'm not going to lie, I've been getting increasingly lazy with brush washing of late. M.A.C's Brush Cleanser just doesn't cut it. It doesn't give my brushes a deep enough clean and bright shadows can often leave staining behind.

When I read Leanne's review a while ago, I knew I needed it in my life. I forgot about it for a little while until IMATS rolled around and I came across it with quite a decent discount off.

There's few things I can say I absolutely love after one use but this. This. Is. Amazing!

It's so easy to use, just wet your brush under warm water, swish it around in the pot, lather it up in your palm and then rinse and leave to dry. It takes virtually no time at all. I don't have to keep rewashing brushes to get rid of staining. And the best bit is, the brushes you have with the white bristles that never look quite clean again after using, you know the ones I mean. They look brand new! I also find it helps improve drying time by a lot.

It comes in three scents - natural, lavender and lemon. I opted for the lemon as it's a scent I adore. It smells just like Lemony Flutter from Lush.

This product is one thing I cannot rate highly enough. It's expensive, yes but oh so worth it and it's something that will last. You absolutely do need it. Never again will I use anything else.
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Price:
£22 / 1oz
£30 / 2oz

Where to buy:
Charles Fox, Guru Makeup Emporium and Precious About Makeup

01/07/2013

Keep Up With Me.

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