Thursday, 29 September 2011

NEW Make-up Brand Alert! FASHIONISTA @ Superdrug

For a while in my Superdrug there has been a make-up stand empty, with a coming soon sign on it. I've been so excited to see what was coming, I hadn't heard much in the blogging community at all. When I popped in yesterday the stand was made up apart from missing a few things, so I decided to have a good look. Aswell as the standard eyeliner, powder, foundations etc, there's something very different about the brand. A "customize your own palette" concept, something I haven't seen anywhere on the high street before. The palettes are made for either four eyeshadows or blushers, both are the same size so when travelling you could even put in a mix of the two. There are SO many different shades I can see this becoming my new obsession. As an introductory offer in Superdrug you can get four blushers/eye shadows and the palette for £12. Baring in mind you're talking of £11.50 for one eyeshadow in Mac, to me this is a really good deal.

The baked eyeshadows stuck out the most to me, I really love shimmery eyeshadows, and these just looked gorgeous. I picked out Bella, Gold Rush, Globe and Cosmic. These shades I would never put in a palette together, but I know I'll be picking up many more of these shades yet so I just went for the ones I really liked.

As you can see from the bottom, it's really easy to pop these eyeshadows out of the single eyeshadow cases, and the name and information goes with them so there's no worries about getting confused over what the shade name is! I like the fact these are in little single cases, as this means if I don't have room for them in a palette I can keep them protected.

I really love these shades, to me the packaging is really simple and sleek and the eyeshadows are really big for how much they cost (£4 full price). 

I was seriously impressed with the pigmentation of these beautys, if this is the show up without a primer, with the help of one these will be absolutely beautiful. My favourites have got to be Bella (far left) because this is a shade I can see myself wearing absolutely everyday, it's such a gorgeous gold champagne colour, and Cosmic (far right) because this colour really has to be seen to be believed, it will be gorgeous in the crease and bottom lash line when doing a grey smokey eye, or used as a eyeliner.

Overall, although I have only tried the eyeshadows, I'm seriously excited about this brand. I think for a while now Superdrug and Boots have had that same old feeling everytime I went in, there was nothing really new or exciting that inspired me to splash the cash, but this brand looks set to change that. I'll definitely be grabbing some more eyeshadows, trying some blushers, and ofcourse, trying out the most highly advertised product in the range, "Magnetism Nail Lacquer" which will hopefully be a cheaper alternative to the Nails Inc Magnetic Nail Polishes!

Monday, 26 September 2011

Boudoir Prive; September Box!

There has been a bit of a mix up and I was sent two boxes, which I really need to email Boudoir PrivĂ© about but I just haven't had chance! I will be keeping both these boxes as I'm really happy with what I got! I'm sure there were more goodies this time, and there's not really anything I don't think I'll use, so I'm really impressed. 

First up, Zoya Nail Polish. These retail at £9.98 a bottle, and as the box costs £10, for somebody who loves nail polish as much as I do, this has already paid for my box. I really like the fact they added in samples of all their nail colours from their Autumn/Winter collection, it really added something a little bit more special to the box. I love both these colours, and I'll definitely be trying out both!

Mai Couture is a luxury brand that offers these fancy blotting papers. I'm not somebody who has to deal with shine very often, but there are occasions where my skin does get oily in certain places, and these will be really handy to keep in my make up bag. The little card that comes with it pretty much explains how the blotting paper works, and I really think it's a unique and different touch to the normal blotting paper.

I was really excited to see this in my box, but after smelling it, it's not really my type of scent. These little samples are really handy for keeping in your bag if you don't want to take a massive perfume bottle, so I will still get some use out of them!

I LOVE a hair product! There is such a back log of shampoo/conditioner/masks/hairspray just purely because I can't say no to trying out a new hair product. My hair has a beautiful way of drying really frizzy, and with this promising to leave hair visibly smooth, frizz-free and shiny I'm really excited to give this a go! This can be applied to both dry or wet hair, but I don't really like adding a lot of product to dry hair so I'll probably use this when my hair is wet.

Tropic Body Smooth Refreshing Polish - This was probably one of my favourite things about this box. I instantly remembered the name from the Apprentice, and I had been meaning to try out some of Susan Ma's range of skincare since the series finished. This smells LUSH, and I really cannot wait to give it a go!

Colbert MD Nourish Eye Cream; Apparently the lovely Kate Middleton and Sienna Miller use Colbert MD skincare, and if it's good enough for them, I'm sure it won't be a disappointment! for 15ml of this eye cream you'll be robbed of £90! Now obviously I won't be repurchasing, but that's what these boxes are all about right? A little pampering session each month!

Last up, Cargo Cosmetics Boogie Nights Eye Pencil. I'm really glad I got two black glitter pencils, because I rarely use any other colour eyeliner, and you can never really have enough black eyeliners right? These will be added to the collection, really excited to give them a go!

So that's everything! I've really been impressed this month, I was sitting on the fence with last months box but I think they've really come back with something special, and I'm already excited for next months installment!

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Sleek Bad Girl Palette

I've wanted this Sleek Palette since it came out, but it's just something I never got round to getting. Bigger priorities, more important things to spend my money on, and the fact it was never in my local Superdrug and honestly I couldn't be bothered ordering online for one thing. I hate messing about with 48321038210 single eyeshadows so palettes are really a must for me. My Urban Decay Naked palette can work pretty much any neutral everyday eye going, but I've really been wanting a dramatic evening palette for a while, so when I saw this in Superdrug I couldn't resist!

There's a mix of beautiful highlights, greys, blues and purples as well as of course the infamous "noir" matte black that features in pretty much every sleek palette.

Innocence, Gullible, Blade, Gun Metal, Underground, Noir.
Intoxicated, Envy, Obnoxious, Abyss, Twilight, Rebel.

I really haven't heard that much about this palette, but it's definitely the favourite Sleek palette I own. All the shades are highly pigmented and blend beautifully together. There's a good few matte shades in there aswell as shimmers, there's so many different eye looks with this palette and I can't wait to experiment!

Thursday, 15 September 2011


jumper; topshop shorts; random boutique in manchester tights; primark socks; topshop jewellery; primark and vintage.

Between coming into September and the ridiculous winds, I think it's fair to say winter has arrived! I've been trying to get the last wear out of these TIIIINY shorts before it just gets too cold, so I've been pairing them with these gorgeous mohair socks I got from Topshop last year, they are so lush! I'm going to updating my Autumn wardrobe massively as soon as pay day hits, but until then I'm trying to work last years wardrobe. I definitely fancy a poncho (not an ugly betty one), leather leggings, DEFINITELY a cape and some bright jumpers. Autumn/Winter is my favourite time of year where fashion is concerned, I love having loads of layers and wearing jumpers and even my gorgeous fur coat has come out (it's never too early!).

Talking of winter, is September too early to make my Christmas list? There's definitely a few things I fancy already!

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Recent Make Up Purchases!

Hello lovelys! I feel like I haven't posted in absoluely AGES, even though it's only been just over a week. Between working about 40 hours a week, sleeping and trying to catch up with my friends I've had literally NO time to blog. Luckily I have a couple of days off so I'm hoping to get some blog posts done and then I'll queue them. My mind is literally boggled at the moment with new information and all sorts of things from my new job so I decided to break myself in gently by a quick makeup haul. I know my last few posts have also been hauls, but everyone loves a haul right?!

The Beauty Parlour Mentha Lip Balm; I love this new range in Superdrug and it's super cute retro packaging! I decided to pick up a little something to try out and then if this does the trick I'll try out a few others! This smells so minty and gorgeous and it's gonna look so beautiful in my make up bag! All products from the range are 1/3 off at the moment so definitely worth checking out!
Sleek True Colour Lipstick in Amped; I haven't really heard anything about this shade, but it looked gorgeous in the shop so I had to get it, I'm so addicted to Sleek lipsticks! This is a matte shade and is a gorgeous fuschia. It's definitely not as "out there" as some of my other bright lipsticks, even though the bullet looks a very scary shade it really comes out a lot more wearable.
Sleek Pout Polish in Raspberry Souffle; I don't really know why I've never tried a Pout Polish, it's something I've meant to buy for a while now and just never got round to it. I fell in love with this limited edition shade (I have no idea which collection it's from) and I'm really hoping this lives up to the hype!
MUA Clear Mascara; for my eyebrows. Need I say more? Bargain at 1 quid!
Tea Tree Nose Strips; Slightly odd one! The pores on my nose are just generally disgusting and these were on two for £3.99 (they cost £3.99 each so basically buy one get one free) so I decided to give them a go!

Technic Nail Polish in Be Dazzled; I couldn't resist this, I've been really into glitter nail polishes recently and I think this will look really cute over the top of a burnt orange nail polish ready for Autumn!
Technic "Prime It"; I've heard a little bit about this off other beauty bloggers and I've been meaning to try this for a while now. At £3.99 it's down with MUA as one of the cheapest primers on the market, and I think we can all see what a big fat dupe it is for Benefits "That Gal", which would rob £21 off you per bottle. I really am enjoying this primer, more than any of the other primers I've tried. For someone with dry skin like me a primer that's illuminating is pretty much essential for a dewy look!
Technic High Lights; Again, love a Benefit Dupe. This is Technics take on the hugely popular High Beam. I use illuminators mixed in with my foundation, and it would break the bank to buy the Benefit version the way I go through it! This costs £1.99, which in my opinion you can't really go wrong with.

Models Own Nail Polish in Champagne; Again, I'm really into my shimmery nail polishes at the moment and I just couldn't say no to this beaut! When my pathetically short nails have grown back I'll feature this in a NOTD.
Collection 2000 Cream Puff Moisturising Lip Cream in Cotton Candy, Fairy Cake and Angel Delight; I've heard a lot about these, and when Collection 2000 was on 3 for 2 (when is it NOT in Boots?!) I decided to bag 3 of the four colours. These are pretty much the only Lip Gloss/Creams I can actually stand, and congratulations to Collection 2000 for bringing something new to the high street, they're really doing well for themselves recently.
Maybelline Colour Sensation Lipstain in Plum Flushed; I heard a lot about this Lip Stain, and I'll be honest I wasn't really impressed. It smells good, but that's about it. The GOSH Lipstains have FAR better pigmentation than these do, though if you want a more wearable lip stain these are definitely your babies.

TK Maxx;
Eyeko set of 3 (for £7.99!); I've been meaning to try Eyeko products for a long while (the only thing I own is a couple of nail polishes), and so when I saw this little set in Tk Maxx I had to grab it quickly! I've been wanting to try their Graffiti Eyeliner Pen for far too long, so that pretty much sealed the deal for me straight away. The Lip Pen colour is a gorgeous Fuschia, and I've been into Fuschia lips so much these past few weeks so this couldn't be more relevant for me! And to add to the perfection, I have been buying some more colourful shades of eyeliner recently so the blue eyeliner duo was the icing on the top of the cake. I can't wait to try these products, I definitely got a fabulous deal and I'm hoping they all live up to my expectations!

Hope you beauts have had gorgeous days!

Friday, 2 September 2011

Losing my MAC Virginity....

I don't really know why I've not tried MAC before. I think it's because I frequent Superdrug and Boots more than anywhere else, and I only ever seem to go past the Mac counter when I'm in the Trafford Centre, where I've usually already spent all my money! I've had my eye on a few things for a while now so I decided to bite the bullet and order a few things!

I wanted Fix+ to keep in my bag for when my face needs a bit of refreshing mid-day, for dry skin like mine a product like this is a holy grail, I'd give so much to have dewy skin 24/7! I usually use a Body Shop version, so I'll be looking to see whether this is any better! I bought the little version because it's so much handier to chuck in my make-up bag for on the go!

I decided to get a Mineralize Blush in Gentle, I'd describe this as a plum/pink kind of colour, it has a gorgeous gold sheen and looks really beautiful on! It's really highly pigmented so I use the tiniest amount ever or else and I end up looking like a complete clown, and with using so little this will probably last me until I'm 50! 

I've been looking for a perfect powder for as long as I can remember. I decided to go for the Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light after everything I've heard about it and so many people swearing by it. I haven't been disappointed, it's probably the only powder I've tried that hasn't made me look cakey. Incredibly pleased with this!

Lastly I decided to go for a lipstick in Girl About Town. I'm a massive fan of bright lipsticks and this, is VERY bright! It's gorgeous and creamy and smells amazing! I've been wearing this with nothing else but mascara, it bring so much attention to your lips you don't have to bother about eyeshadow etc! It's really long lasting and it's made me ache to try more of Mac's lipsticks, there's so many gorgeous shades out there!

I've already got my eye on a few other things! ;)

188 Brush // Paint Pot in Bare Study // Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle // Lipstick in Impassioned

Unfortunately my bank account is now incredibly low in dosh, there won't be anymore hauling to be done until I get my first paycheck (eeeeeek so excited!) at the end of September! 
Have a gorgeous weekend girls!