Tuesday, 21 October 2014

A quick uppdate...

Good Afternoon peoples!

So I have been extremely busy, but for a very good change.

After 2yrs of minimal living in a wonderful new build of an apartment, my dear Edek decided we have to move as we need a house, garden and stairs... 

Well, before that let's just say I finally managed to escape to an island full of sun, sea and volcano? Oh yes, that'll be Tenerife then really. I was not expecting to step off the plane at 27°C, oh but there it was! The only snapshot I have uploaded so far (via Facebook of course), is of the mid afternoon sun whilst Edek & I strolled to find his diving centre...


It's at this point I wish I could find my cables for electrical goods for uploading items, this will come shortly as I have a few of Mount Teide which was an utter beauty! In fact, I have no idea where my digital camera even is?! Oh goodness, the joys of moving house people.

Back onto moving... So I get a phone call whilst in Tenerife from none other than my local Virgin Media rep asking me if I've moved house as a new order has been processed for my current apartment, and this is how I find out that everything has been processed successfully and we managed to not only secure the new house but to find a new tenant for our apartment after listing it for one day! Then the challenge of actually moving. I don't even know where to begin as packaging the build up of 2yrs worth of goods without sorting them can only be described as sheer horror. Going back to work on a 9 till 5 shift and 3 days to move is painfully sickening. No wait, that's how I feel because I got drenched in the process. I am glad to say that despite everything that we had to endure during those 3 days, it is done.

Stairs are mine.
Bay windows are mine.
Garden is ours
Squirrels in garden are sharing that.

Once I am set up and fully unpacked, I will be pleased to return back to the world of blogging as I will have the space and light required for all things beauty related. With a quick and brief update of my current FOTD faves. No, really this is all I have been using for the last 3 weeks with the odd foundation now and again. 

Products:
NARS Eyeshadow Primer.
Makeup Forever Aqua Brow in 40.
Makeup Forever Aqua Shadow in 20E.
Rimmel ScandalEyes mascara in Extreme Black.
Paul & Joe Blue Horizon Bronzer B.

Brushes:
Sephora Professional 43.
Zoeva Brow Line.
MAC 252.
Urban Decay double ended (Naked 3).
Muji spoolie tool.



Well, that is all for this wonderful afternoon. Well actually it's raining, but it's my day off!
Hope you are all well and ready for Halloween :)
Thanks for reading ♥

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Guerlain Rouge Automatique in 171 Attrape Coeur vs YSL Rouge Pur Couture in 51 Corail Urban & 52 Rosy Coral.

Good Afternoon World!!

So hello, how are you all? I'm having a glorious week off work chilling out with the other half, well it is after all his birthday today, Might I add, he is still in bed snoozing at 2.20pm... So a little parcel dropped through my letterbox today, so overwhelmed with glee (Thank you Poneyhot!!).

As I've decided to go back into the world of Swapping, which I forgot involves many hours of updating swap and wish lists... My first trade turned out to be a darn good one! My first Guerlain lipstick, yes the glorious Rouge Automatique in 171 Attrape Coeur ♥ As many of you may be aware, I am having many an issue with the colour of coral. It's everything that I want in my life, yes that's right. I WANT TO BE THE COLOUR CORAL! This is just another fine example of me not knowing where to draw the line and another indulgence.

So, without further ado... I give you swatches!
This is a comparison alongside 2 of my current favourites, YSL Rouge Pur Couture lipsticks in 51 and 52, various light attempts as my apartment is very prone to hoarding the light until the evening.




 Aaaaah, such bulky, slidey packaging! Who am I to deny my love for sliders :)
Left to right:
Guerlain ~ Attrape Coeur
YSL ~ Rosy Coral
YSL ~ Corail Urban

Swatches in the same order, first image is indoor natural light. Second image is an almost getting some sunlight moment... FAIL.



So happy with the colour as it appears to be in the same colour family as Rosy Coral, just not so much of a pigmented cream formula. A FOTD will follow, I do promise you that!

Hope you all have a wonderful day, thanks for reading ♥

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Ummm, so can I quit work already?

Well,

It has been utterly too long! Work has been sucking the life out of me, I feel like my very essence is no more and work has drained my soul :(
Hopefully soon I will find my escape from work into a better path as I seem to be stuck, only the cliquey get to move on and I do not want to roll like that...

But I come to you begging forgiveness! I have been a little boring with my beauty, even wearing none at all at times. Please accept my deepest apologies with a half yearly favourites post and a Charity Ball FOTN(ight)...

So, I seem to be living in pale neutrals, peaches and corals. Even my nails love to be coated in corals, pale and neon... Although neon green is a love of mine lately! I want to blame that utterly delectable Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. All was well until I purchased that bad boy, since then I've been spiralling into a world of MFBB?! Well, nudes and neon go hand in hand right?

Oh well, enough life rantings and more makeup ramblings!


Bourjois CC Cream ~ #33 Rose Beige.
Seemingly an easy go-to for me now, a lot more matte than I expected. The colour is ever so slightly off, a teenie bit pink but easy to correct with powders. May get the Bronze to compare as I'm starting to catch the sun now!

YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat ~ BD50.
I have actually finished this bottle and in desperate need to replace. This foundation is utter perfection for me, love the finish, colour match and that it makes my skin look perfect. I have got to get another bottle already... Maybe in a shade lighter for winter too!

MAC Studio Fix Fluid ~ NC25.
As you can see, this is a bit too light for me atm. Need to grab a darker shade for mixing but dang do I love this! This foundation has been a makeup bag staple since I first applied it to my face.

NARS Blush ~ Deep Throat.
Chanel Joues Contraste ~ Espeigle.
Tarte Amazonian Blush ~ Magic.
I am grouping these guys together. Quite clearly I am addicted to coral toned blushes! The Tarte is relatively new, but I have to say I am quite impressed by this one (not to mention their darn bronzer which I finished).



Urban Decay ~ Naked 3.
Please, let me stop using this thing... I friggin love this palette. Words cannot even. I cannot even!

Catrice ~ Oh, it's Toffeeful! & Ooops... Nude did it again!
I am in love with these shadows, the texture and longevity has meant they never leave my bag. Only problem I have is that Catrice have discontinued Toffeeful. DISCONTINUED :( Let the hunt begin for all the back ups in the world.

Inglot Gel Liner ~ #79.
We all know I am partial to red winged liner, so how could I refuse this guy when visiting the Inglot concession in Gliwice? Of course I couldn't, I will most certainly be getting a few more of these when I next visit. My HG Essence (also discontinued) has now been replaced by a very smooth and creamy liner.

Inglot Duraline.
Not that I love liner or anything, I thought I'd give this a whirl. It seems to be smoother than Illamasqua's Sealing Gel. I am loving mixing it with MAC pigments and smearing across my lids.

Benefit They're Real mascara.
So I may have subbed to Birchbox UK last month, the Brazil themed box might of swayed me :) But this was part of it! I have to say, I am actually impressed as it gives me wonderfully full lashes. Just a bit sad that it seems very heavy incomparison to my trusty Rimmel.

MUFE Aqua Shadow ~ 20E Pearly Taupe.
A summer staple and such an easy product to use! I just smush onto lids, blend and done. 20E is for me, a cream form of WnW Nutty (which I seem to destroy all the time).

NYX Infinite Shadow Stick ~ Almond.
Sooo, this might be pretty much the same as the MUFE. Colour, texture & longevity... I love them both as they make life easy *shrugs* lol!

NARS Longer Than Life pencil ~ Rue Bonaparte.
This is the perfect nude pencil for my skintone, not only for my waterline but for creating a super sharp brow too!

Rimmel ScandalEyes mascara.
Ah, my trusty HG. This is the regular black version, I do favour the blackest shade as I have very dark hair but either way I swear by this stuff. Gives me full, voluminous lashes which I most certainly lack.

MUFE Aqua Brow ~ #40.
A recent purchase (also whilst in Poland), I was in desperate need of a replacement brow product as my WnW was dead. Not being one to prefer cream over powder for brows thought I should dabble in MUFE's offering. Ummm, so I kinda love it. Maybe a lot...



YSL Rouge Pur Couture ~ #52 Rosy Coral.
Yes, I found it!! FOTD to come... But geeee it sure is lovely.

Innisfree Vivid Tint Rouge ~ #9.
Since this fruity smelling, gel tint landed in my lap it has not left my handbag. I seem to wear this as my everyday lip colour, stains oh so beautifully too ♥

Blistex Intense Moisture.
I need to repurchase the Relief Cream... But in the meantime Intense Moisture has certainly helped with my dry cracking lips due to living in a climate controlled building.
 


Models Own Polish for Tans ~ Flip Flop & Shades.
So the coral love continues, only this time an injection of green. Gloriously bright green too! I am in love with these 2 shades, they really do compliment a tan. Will definitely be getting a few of the others.

Models Own Ice Neon polish ~ Pink Punch.
I already had Pink Punch, but could not resist to try the Ice formula which is more like a jelly quite frankly. Yet another neon coral to add to my collection...

OPI ~ Live.Love.Carnival.
Do I need another bright coral you ask? No. Yes. Maybe? Of course I had to grab this.

Essence Nails ~ Caring Nail Oil.
This was a spur of the moment purchase, but my cuticles are always so dry and I do find the smell of this oil quite soothing. 

Well, so that was a fair bit of rambling! Does one top it off with a FOTN? Of course one does :)
This was from a few weeks ago, my workplace held a Charity Ball (tickets 25GBP with unlimited drinks? YES PLEASE) for the entire department. My makeup most certainly held up, next day however... I did not!




Products Used.
Face:
Benefit The POREfessional primer
MAC Studio Fix Fluid ~ NC25
Chanel Poudre Cristalline
Rimmel Stay Matte ~ Transparent
NARS Bronzer ~ Laguna
NARS Blush ~ Gilda
Rouge Bunny Rouge Liquid Highlighter ~ Sea of Tranquility

Eyes:
NARS Eye Primer
Catrice Eyeshadow ~ Oh, it's Toffeeful! (upper lid)
Chanel Quad ~ Kaska Beige (darker shades on lower lash line)
MAC Pigment ~ Vanilla (highlight)
Essence Gel Liner ~ Midnight in Paris
MUFE Aqua Brow ~ 40
Benefit They're Real mascara

Lips:
YSL Rouge Pur Couture ~ #52 Rosy Coral.

Well, that's all for this lazy Saturday afternoon! Hope you are all well and thank you for reading ♥

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Sunday Sunshine presents lipstick favourites!

Hello!

Is it just me or is today, a Sunday be it just utterly glorious in the UK? The sun is beaming in through my windows which are actually open and I have a bit of LAXX cranked up to the max on the stereo... Boy, such a difference once some sunshine has been injected into the world :)

Anyway, I have to apologise for the lack of updates last week as I was uber busy at work with my trio of new joiners in their second week of training! But with such a beautiful day, I thought it's a good day to die hard... No wait, I mean a good day to swatch some of my current favourite lipsticks (who can resist a Bruce Willis reference)!

Starting with some items that I've had for a while and new entries, but brand specific: MAC. I know there is a lot of love/hate for MAC Cosmetics these days, but I still have a soft spot for this line. Many of the lipsticks have come and gone in my life, but a few have held up. The recent new entries are certainly staying put as they are ideal basics for my working wardrobe.



Left to right:
All MAC lipsticks
A Way to Love ~ lustre
Phlox ~ glaze
Speed Dial ~ cremesheen
Chatterbox ~ amplified
Peachstock ~ satin

Next up are the mix of other lipstick brands, mattes, sheer glosses, creams... I have been loving glosses recently which tells me it's time to add some new spring/summer shades to my options! Ebay time for Innisfree haulings one ponders.



Left to right:
Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid ~ #902 Fuchsia Flash
Wet n Wild Megalast ~ #966 Don't Blink Pink
Revlon Matte ~ #005 Strawberry Suede
Givenchy Le Rouge ~ #302 Hibiscus Exclusif
Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet ~ #37 L'Exuberante


Left to right:
Chantecaille Lip Chic ~ Zinnia
Burt's Bees Replenishing lip balm ~ Pomegranate

Well, that last swatch was a bit pointless... But it seems to enhance my natural lip colour which is ideal for a lazy makeup day or work when I feel like all the moisture is being sucked out of me! Finally I have a few of my absolute faves, will be adding to a certain lonely Vivid as the texture, pigment and longevity is just wonderful.



Left to right:
Bite High Pigment Pencil ~ Zinfandel
Sephora Cream Lip Stain ~ #03 Strawberry Kissed
Hourglass Aura Sheer Lip Stain ~ Flushed
Innisfree Vivid Tint Rouge ~ #9

Honestly, since that Innisfree tint landed in my hands last year, I have been obsessing over it! Neon coral? CHECK! Staining? CHECK! Jelly like? CHECK-A-MUNDO! I need to dabble in more with this brand now... Driveller you have ruined me for life, lol!

Well that's enough ramblings for today, it's time to prep lunch and get on with boring chores such as cleaning and laundry... Does this make me an adult? Gosh, I hope not as I don't think I can successfully adult at all *looks around for an adult who successfully adults* NOT ME :)

Have a lovely day and thanks for reading ♥

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Swatchable Thursday: Sleek Blush by and some Back2MAC!

Good morning everyone!

So, back here again on the 6th March... Such an awful day for me in general, but I figured I'd keep my mind busy doing stuffs :)

In the process of attempting to take pictures for swatches, I have come to realize how little natural light I have in my apartment. Well, throw in a gloomy, cloudy day and I have no hope! Knew I should've done this yesterday darn it, sun was actually out?! But that was no reason for the windows to be open (glares at the Mr). Well, shall we get started?

My local MAC counter are a bit mean when letting me B2M my empties, only 2 at a time says the girl with sharpie brows and orange contour... Oh well, that's fine! At this point I'm happy just to get an assistants attention as it's always overcrowded and filled with teenager *shudders*

My last attempt got me Speed Dial (which is currently AWOL, do I replace?) and Coral Bliss cremesheens, this time I thought I'd go for something a bit more matte or full on!



As you can see in the second image, that is the really poor level of lighting I'm having to contend with, No matter what I do! Thankfully, I managed to get a decent shot pre-swatching! So, what did I get I hear you say? Russian Red (matte) and Chatterbox (amplified). I have always favoured the Amplified formula over all the others as they offer full pigment with creaminess, but I am not one to turn down the beauty of a matte either... So opted for a very beautiful Russian Red :)


Left: Russian Red
Right: Chatterbox

I feel like such a fool for waiting so long to pick up Chatterbox quite frankly! This is the perfect pink for everyday wear I have been hunting for... Speed Dial is gorgeous but the formula can be a bit strange on my lips, especially in the winter.

Let's move on to one of my favourite products, Sleek blushes. I have managed to get my hands on the new Blush by 3 trios, none of the stores seemed to have these instock... So I just bit the bullet and ordered online. Now, I do have the recent release Sweet Cheeks with the brands first dabble in a cream formula and I must say I was quite impressed. Now, I will always prefer a powder formula but do tend to switch it up in the warmer months and if I go on holiday too. So was more than happy to buy the new trios. Anyway, enough of this rambling...

Sleek Blush by 3 in Californ.I.A.

Sleek Blush by 3 in Pink Lemonade.
Now Californ.I.A is a glorious trio of cream shades, the peachy, corally beauty it is and Pink Lemonade is a mix with the middle shade being cream with 2 powders. Now the latter, Pink Lemonade is a beautiful mix of warm and cool pink tones. Icing Sugar (far left) is very similar to Mirrored Pink, maybe not as much silver shimmer in it, but Pink Mint is an absolutely stunning warm shimmery pink which I seem to lack in my current stash.



Californ.I.A (left to right):
Newport Beach
The Surf
OC

I do feel like The Surf (middle shade), is going to be one of those tones that disappears into my skin tone. It seems to behave quite strangely compared to the rest, a tad more glossy perhaps... Oh well, we'll see when FOTD time comes!
 



Pink Lemonade (left to right):
Icing Sugar
Macaroon
Pink Mink

As you can probably see, Macaroon is far more impressive once swatched. I'm thinking this paired with MAC Chatterbox and a simple smoky eye look? Let's get it done already :)

Well, that's all for today... Back to moping around the apartment wishing for things that can never be changed. Hope you all have a good day!
Thanks for reading ♥

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Friday Favourites #8.

Morning!

It's a wonderful Saturday morning and I have been cleaning, yes that's right... Trying to be a successful adult :| This is when I remember I forgot to upload my favourites yesterday in my mad rush to do shopping before work (never again).

I have my windows open, sun beaming in and a bit of Vaski blaring out the speakers. So here is the low down for this weeks favourites whilst trying to get into the spirit of Spring :)


Clarins ~ Eau des Jardins.
Giorgio Armni ~ Acqua di Gioia.
Both of these fragrances with their citrus, mint and floral notes usually scream Spring for me. Changing up my winter heavy gasoline, sandalwood and bergamott go to scents for these citrus ones seem to lift me out of the winter blues. But the sad news is they are almost empty! The anger of repurchase without discount this time.

MAC ~ Fix+ Rose.
This bad boy from MAC's 2009 collection A Rose Romance *sob* Oh how I loved this collection... Oh yes, this was a back up I had gathering dust as I forgot about it. But I have rediscovered the beauty of Fix+ again as I am in love with a more dare I say it, dewy finish. Plus I love it to refresh my face throughout the day!

Bourjois CC Cream ~ #33.
From the moment this liquid touched my skin, I knew I was going to love it. From my previous BB/CC/ZZ/whatever cream experience most of them were extremely grey, orange, pink toned on me and thick, greasy products that did not suit my skin type of combo. This seems to have a very nice natural coverage that is buildable and an oddly matte finish! PERFECT Bourjois, bravo!

Maybelline ~ Rocket Volume Express mascara.
What the deuce? WHERE'S MY RIMMEL? Kidding, I was sent this as part of a secret santa exchange and my initial thoughts were not too good. But after leaving it for a month it seems to be a bit drier now and easier to build up on my lashes. I take back my initial thoughts with no hesitation as my lashes do look a lot more voluminous.

byTerry ~ Baume de Rose.
With my current state of lip chappage I needed to pull out the big guns as nothing is helping. Is it just me or have I been loving rose scents lately... weird?! Anyway, this seems to be a pot of magical balm that adds a milky tint to my lips that I love. I'm thankful I bit the bullet and bought this whilst the UK VAT had been lowered to 15%.

Anthem of the week!
The Neighborhood ~ Sweater Weather (Vaski remix).
The original I do really love, but this is such a crank up the volume, dance and sing-a-long track. Vaski, you steal my ears with this one everytime.



Well, weekend plans are underway! Challenge burger and drinky plus with a girlfriend :)
What have your favourites been lately and have a good weekend!!
Thanks for reading ♥

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Zoeva #322 Brow Line brush.

#Nevertrustsomebodywithbadeyebrows

Well.
I am an absolute sucker for a good strong man brow. Yes, that's right! I like my brows chunky, full and flattened :)

Which had me consider a new brow brush recently. Don't get me wrong, I do quite like my trusty SUQQU Eyebrow G but have been hankering for something with shorter bristles and wider brush. This lead me to Zoeva (thank you Laitae!)... I do like synthetic brushes, some of my HG brushes are inexpensive synthetics to be fair. But wow this brand seems to be a much better deal than Sigma are these days!

I settled on the #322 Brow Line brush from Love-Makeup, although at the time of typing this it is currently out of stock. It also seems to be out of stock on Zoeva until early March, this site does ship internationally too.


The brush comes nicely packaged in a lovely zip up case, one shall be using this for brush storage in my bag! Also a little plastic sleeve to protect the brush which admittedly I toss straight into the bin.

In comparison to the SUQQU, it is much shorter and wider indeed. Sorry, had to retake the picture as it was originally extremely dark... So this is after a pathetic wipe attempt. The SUQQU G is certainly ideal for a soft natural look, but does involve a lot of brushing out with a spoolie afterwards as it tends to give a fair bit of depth in colour application. The Zoeva however, seems to be perfect for a more softer approach. It certainly seems to cover a wider area, for me this is essential in my early morning rush to get ready. What I do actually prefer from this brush is the thin straight line application, giving me a far more structured brow!



Top: Zoeva (left) and SUQQU (right)
Bottom: Zoeva (top) and SUQQU (bottom)
 
Overall, I am quite impressed with this brush that only cost 5.50GBP! I may have to dabble in a few more once I sort out my job situation (I have interviews all over the place as I need to get out of my current role, lol)

Hopefully that is of some use to somebody out there!
Any other brow brushes I should consider? Leave a comment or send me an email :)
Thanks for ready ♥