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Eeeek!

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Eeeek!

Hey Pretties

I’m a tad excited. Well, very excited.

Laura aka Lollipop26 did a post today about the gorgeous Viva Glam Cyndi lippie and she wrote about a very scientific test of mine. Ha! You can learn more about my theory and see a beautiful picture of Laura wearing said lippie, here. http://www.lollipop26writes.com/2010/05/mac-viva-glam-cyndi.html

I just wanted to do a little post here to share my excitment with all of you, Lovelies. Laura was one of the very first Gurus I found online and I have shamelessly stalked her (sorry about that, Laura) ever since.

I have brought so many things, at least in part, because Laura recommended them. To name but a few, Barry M Pale Purple, Ginger Body Wash from Treacle Moon, Gleam, Sable, All That Glitters, Angel, Neutrogena cleanser, Revlon ColorStay, Stunning, Fantasy and the pennies I keep on spending but to be honest, I can’t think of one ‘Laura recommends’ that I totally regret.

There are a hundred blogs out there that I adore and I am discovering more all the time but Lollipop26writes.com ( http://www.lollipop26writes.com/ ) is one of my major influences ( Muhsine http://bubblegarm.blogspot.com  is also responsible for a lot) and in the past -when I have been thinking about this post, that post or when the computer is playing up and I have a post but no pics to put up-, I have found myself asking what would Laura do?!

So this may sound a bit pathetic but the post today meant such a lot. Thank you, Laura.

I just hope one day I can reward my lovely followers with such an amazing blog. I have a long, loongg way to go but that is the fabulousness that I’m aiming for.

I hope some of you might stick with me on my way. I will do my utmost to do you proud.

Since we are talking Cyndi. I am going to have a little rummage to see if I can find a FOTD from a few weeks back of Cyndi and I.

EDIT: I had a rummage, it is another not so great pic but you get the idea. I really do like this lipstick. It speaks for itself in this pic and catches the eye straight away. It is red but in fact, it is closer to the natural lip colour of my lips then my great lippie love, Snob or Viva Glam Gaga and therefore, actually less hassle to wear out. I certainly don’t need to touch it up as often.

Meanwhile, here is a link to a post I did about Cyndi and a possible dupe. https://essjay23x.wordpress.com/2010/04/17/snap/

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May 2, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Sunday Snippets

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Sunday Snippets

Hey Sunshine People!

You know how I am going to work hard on my blog for the whole next five days, well quite hard. Well, today I am feeling a bit lazy. It is a combination of that Sunday feeling, the sun being out and of course, all that swatching yesterday so today I thought we could just take a peek at a few of beauty and other girlietastic snippets that I’ve picked up in the papers and on the internet this weekend. One of my favourite Sunday things is just coasting through the papers and surfing the internet, bobbing along, looking for nothing and just seeing what catches my imagination and today, I’m taking you with me. Hold tight, we’re in for one fabulous journey. I’m thinking Sex and The City, free mascaras, a little beauty science and a scentastic perfume release. Of course, you could always just take the bus instead and just pick out whichever bits/links here interest you if you prefer ;-)

Firstly, things to look forward to this summer.

*Jennifer Anniston’s first perfume LoLavie. It sounds like a fresh and floral scent designed to match Jen’s outdoor personality. Perfect for the summer, maybe? Here is a picture of the perfume bottle that I found on the celebden link below.

http://www.vogue.co.uk/beauty/news/100416-jennifer-aniston-lolavie-perfume.aspx

http://jenniferaniston.celebden.com/

*Want something else to look forward to this summer? To celebrate the new Sex and City film out in May, Vex and The City has a pretty MEGA prize up to win for anybody who may be going to New York anytime soon

http://www.vexinthecity.com/2010/04/giveaway-satc-tour-tickets-or-tour-of.html

If New York isn’t inviting you then console yourself, Candace Bushnell has a new book out on the 29th of April, The Carrie Diaries and then just a month later, there is the film! Ooh, let’s take a moment to indulge in the SATC vibe with the trailer here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tbd5ZvlzbyA

Secondly, The Sunday Times Style magazine had a feature on skincare today. Of course, now that I’ve found a toner-Botanics Organic Rosewood-that I really heart, they only had to go and answer my burning question.

I’m sure that I’ve asked it here before but I’ve always wondered, is toner really necessary? No, not any more according to The Times. They suggest that the main function of toner is to remove all traces of your cleanser but they also explain that cleansers have now moved on and are designed so that they can be removed just by following the directions on that specific product ie. if it says rinse, that is all you need to do. They actually suggest the use of toner could damage your skin by drying it out and making you age faster.

The Times also seem sceptical about natural skincare. In the first, they suggest that mixing and combining too many products and brands including natural ones in our skincare routine can confuse our skin. Certain combinations of ingredients from different products could react together to produce holes in our protective layer of skin. They could also defeat the object of the opposite ingredient. They highlight the example of retinol which shouldn’t be mixed with acids such as vitamin C or glycolic acid as these will break down the retinol before it can treat wrinkles.

Secondly, they suggest that although organic skincare seems so trendy at the moment, it will not necessarily benefit each individual. It seems some people will react better to manufactured creams etc and they warn about skin reactions (ahem!) to natural ingredients such as Lavender and Vitamin C. Then they very, very importantly note that organic skincare is unlikely to provide the same sun protection as other products.

http://women.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/women/beauty/article7097175.ece

Thirdly, you guessed it, what would Sunday be without me mentioning Fabulous magazine from The News of The World?! They are offering free Maybelline mascaras to the first 1500 people to complete their beauty survey online and then another 1500 to those who do it by post. The cute little freebie is The Falsies Mascara. Apparently, it has a unique brush like a spoon to coat very lash. Oooh, la, lah. Might be worth a go, pop across now and see if you can bag yourself one. http://www.newsoftheworld.co.uk/fabulous/777983/Reveal-your-beauty-secrets-and-bag-a-free-mascara.html

Why not, once the survey is complete (and you’ve reread all of my beauty science above) settle down somewhere cosy and enjoy some of these sunny You Tube videos?

*Kandee Johnson Come on an adventure with me

I went to Santa Monica a few years ago and this reminds me of happy times. I love this video and it makes me all excited about the summer to come. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4NQnA4I6YA

*SWalker Dubai Vlog

 Brilliant video, great music, great editing. Could Sara be as good at making videos as she is at make up?! What a lovely memento to have of your holiday and Dubai, I’m coming to meet you one day! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3KPcGm5kmQ

*The Make Up Diaries Wearable Summer look

Onnagh does not seem quite as well-known on You Tube but I think her tutorials are fab. A working and professional make up artist, she explains her tutorials very clearly and succintly. Check out her new summer look at the link below and if you get a chance, check out a Danni Minogue look which I think I have linked to before. Such beautiful make up. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c80WRqRk20Y&playnext_from=TL&videos=UWGRThdVvvE

*PixiWoo Fun Summer look

Here is a gorgeous summer look from Nic. I love the lip colour http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBK8J5uup-g&playnext_from=TL&videos=1cseEcFekvg&feature=sub

*PixiWoo Amazing Photographic Makeup

Well, I’ve already featured Nic. Here is Sam’s latest video. This is a reconstruction of a look from her portfolio. I am desperate to do blue eyes now and as for the lips. . ! Well, they are daring but I thought the technique was quite creative http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rK2YuxXqsCk&feature=channel

Until next time, after a little more sun . .

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Tag Twist!

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Tag Twist!

There is a You Tube tag going around at the moment about overhyped beauty products. Now as a blogger I haven’t being tagged but I have decided to take the concept and twist it a little for today’s post.

This post is about products that initially disappointed me. The disappointment could have been caused by poor product performance, my own personal (often unrealistic) expectations and/or hype surrounding the product and brand. However, this is not a post focusing on the way these products broke my heart. Instead it is more of an upbeat post about how I found the product again and how we found a way to be (work) together harmoniously and beautifully. The only way to be when you are on Mission Beauty like me!

I have chosen five products (or brands) who I am travelling with all the way to Location Pretty. At first, the road was rocky but suddenly our destination seems a little closer.

First up is Clinique.

As you know, I had a lot of hope for the Clinique Three Step. It is the first proper skincare routine that I have ever really used. I was impressed with the science behind it and all the fab testimonials on the internet and in the wider world.

My Clinique advisor was very impressive in her white coat and magnifying glass then came the reality of getting up a few minutes earlier each morning just to do the routine. It was meant to take three minutes. For at least a month, it was taking me ten. Everybody told me that the cleanser worked as it lathered, my cleanser was not lathering. And then there was my addiction to moisturiser, how could a few measly little dabs across my face twice a day really moisturise and balance my skin?!

Mostly though, there was this. I thought at the very least Clinique would quickly banish any facial blemishes away (and I don’t tend to have too many on my face) and for a week or so, it did and then they sort of came but these didn’t really grow too much but then came the blemishes that stung, itched and felt lumpy but actually (thank goodness) didn’t look too bad.

I decided Clinique was ok. My skin didn’t look any worse but there was also no sign of ‘skin magic’ occuring either. I decided to finish one set of the full sized product and then we would part company and I would be moving on. Hopefully to something cheaper.

However, now, months later and the Clarifying Treatment has finished. I only have dregs of the cleanser and moisturiser left and maybe I’m having a bit of a U-turn. My skin has being clear for more then a month and the system now seems to take less then three minutes twice a day. On top of this, the cleanser lathers more easily.

Also I just don’t know what I would replace the system with and I’m keen to keep a skin routine going. Initially I thought Clinique was very expensive but Step 1, the cleanser cost me £13 and I’ve had it since sometime in January. If I brought a bar of soap every week then by now, it is likely I would have spent more then £13. To date, I have replaced my clarifying lotion with an organic rose toner from Botanics in Boots but to be honest, I’m very reluctant to let go of Clinique altogether and ok, nobody seems to be able to define or describe the ingredients in the system very well but when I started using Clinique, I never endured any rash unlike recently when my consumption of natural skincare ingredients seemed to be at it’s peak!

Secondly, we have Revlon ColorStay.

Despite my not so enthuastic review on this foundation earlier in the year, I really do like this product now and if it was not for Revlon PhotoReady being released recently then I suspect that I would already have repurchased a couple of back ups of Colorstay. Ok, I still do not think that it conceals every skin flaw (but then isn’t that for concealer to deal with anyway?!) but it does seem to polish what I have. It lasts a long time (unlike a certain Bourjois foundation that I have also purchased this year) and it applies well with a brush (Warning: it will stain aforementioned brush).

I now like the fact that ColorStay feels quite light on my skin and it seems to seep in to my complexion effortless and evenly with very little work. I think I once complained that I could not feel it on my face but now I realise that if everytime I wore this foundation, I felt like I was wearing a mask then it is likely I would have felt this way because in some way, this product was not suitable for me. Quite possibly an irritant and at the very least, not a natural match for my skin. For example, if my skin had been oily then maybe my normal combination foundation would have felt too heavy. I still have reservations that there is no pump with Colorstay (although there is with PhotoReady) and with the amount of water in the bottle (however, the amount of water has obviously diminished and posed less of a problem as I have used more and more of the product up).

The price is still quite high for a high street brand but I’m starting to realise that actually I’m not as concerned about price as once I would have been. Obviously I do have to consider my income but I’m certainly more willing to pay out for a product if I truly believe it delivers the quality that I am seeking.

Thirdly, we have Vera Wang Princess.

 

This perfume seemed to be earmarked as staple in so many perfume collections that I thought considering my so-called perfume passion and my rather extensive collection, it was kind of bad form that Princess was not in my collection. So one Christmas request was made and Princess was mine.

I think I have maybe three or four applications left in my ever so pretty bottle yet I’ve only smelt the scent on me maybe once and this is my major critcism with this perfume. It is not as cheap as some of the celebrity lower end ones and yet whenever I spray this perfume, I can not smell it on my skin afterwards and you all know how much I like my scents . . !

I have kept using it because I can not afford to have a perfume that I’m not using and I’m hoping that it is just me, that I’m the only one who can not smell it on my own skin. I’m hoping at the very least that others, even if they too do not get the full sense of the perfume, get something of a clean, pretty, fresh waft as I go by.

The thing is this perfume smells lovely whenever I actually spray it in to the air or on to my skin but as soon as I put the bottle down and the lid back on, the scent seems to disappear. Sometimes I have even forgotten that I’ve applied perfume and gone to apply again. Surely that is not right. I have been really miffed with this perfume and have been eyeing up possible replacements and actually looking forward to finishing the bottle until this morning . . !

It was a morning the same as ever. I sprayed and sniffed, ‘lovely’ and then I put the lid on and the bottle away and the perfume was forgotten. Now most mornings that is where the story would end but today, it didn’t. There I was going about life as normal -obviously read as working very hard at work- when suddenly this most beautiful light but pretty fresh vanilla scent came over me. I looked up, on high alert, ready to chase whoever had just walked in to the room and demand they reveal the beautiful scent they were adorning and then I realised that nobody had walked in to the room. It was just me and my Princess perfume. I smelt beautiful and in that moment of realisation, I really did feel like a princess.

And well now I’m not sure what to do. What if everybody else has smelt this beautiful scent all along and my nose has just been blocked or something? Maybe it is a beautiful perfume that other people smell but the wearer doesn’t? Can I give up my own desire for beautiful scents if it means I keep wearing the prettiest scent of them all? In other words, should I keep wearing this pretty, pretty fragrance if I can not smell it because maybe everybody else can smell it?!

I’m not sure.

I think tomorrow, I will try the Lollipop26 trick of vaseline and then the perfume (Princess) and if this helps me to float around in my own cloud of pretty, pretty scent then who knows? Maybe I will be labelling Princess as a staple in my collection, after all.

Fourthly, we have All That Glitters.

This is hyped. It is in virtually every single MAC collection (starter or otherwise) post or video. I brought it on my second MAC haul. I knew the name from all the collection reviews and it looked pretty in the shop. Shimmery and a lovely light neutral colour similar to my earlier purchase (and much adored) Modellette.

I also purchased All That Glitters with the irresistable Satin Taupe and as I had Modellette, All That Glitters seemed a bit samey. So eye-wise, all my new looks were Satin Taupe based and All That Glitters was a bit forgotten. When I did wear it, I thought it looked just a bit like Modellette with a bit too much shimmer. However lately I have been wearing All That Glitters so, soo much.

Now I’m more used to and more practised at wearing make up, I find this shade incredibly pretty and it works so well with my pinker lipsticks for a day look and then for work, it works brilliantly with Ambre Rose or Hue to make me look just a little more presentable. All That Glitters lasts and does not leave me with old, tacky glitter all over my lids at the end of the day. This is one of the few shadows that I will wear without mascara. I just love it. It is pretty and understated which is kind of the look I like to go for. I think I would prefer for people to say ‘Look at her pretty eyes’ rather then ‘Look at her amazing eye make up’ (My make-up technique is not there yet anyway). Therefore, it is official, All That Glitters will regularly be appearing on my eyelids.

 

And finally we have L’Oreal Double Extension Beauty Tube Mascara

In one of my very first posts, I said that this mascara can give brilliant results if you apply it carefully but I also said, that I found application tricky. This is still true although with practise, you do get a better idea of how much primer and actual mascara to apply for what look. However as regular followers will know, I do tend to grab Max Factor Lash Extension Effect now when I want a mascara EXCEPT if I’m applying mascara to eyes adorned in the gorgeous Barry M dazzle/glitter dusts. I have yet to find a mascara that does not make my natural lashes look weak, stumpy, inadequate and insignificant when wearing the gorgeous Barry M dusts EXCEPT for this one. This one holds it’s weight and lends a beautiful balance to the eye make up. For this reason, this mascara will hold a place in my make up collection as without it I would have to result to false lashes and there lies another tragic tale . . !

Have any of you used any of these products? What do you think of them? How do they work (or maybe how do you make them work) for you?

So I tag . . . 

Laura (Emerald Green 88)

Jemma (Bamboozle Beauty)

Amy (Make Up and Beauty.Ie/Dazzledust25)

Laura (Lollipop26)

Stephanie (TopShopPrincess)

Sophie (Sophie Is Made Up/BeautyMarked19)

Gemma (Gems Maquillage)

Tanya (Pixi2Woo)

Muhsine (Bubblegarm)

Claire (The Fashionteller)

Milly (PearlsandPoodles). 

Links to these amazing beauty bloggers and You Tubers can be found in my sidebar!

And of course, I tag any of you pretty people who want to do this? What products have pulled and twisted your heartstrings in a similar way? Feel free to write a blog post or make a video (don’t forget to leave a link here so we can all have a peek) or open your heart in a comment below.

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Link Love!

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 Link Love!

Hi guys!

It was my birthday yesterday and I got lots of lovely things. Many of which I will be sharing with you over the next few posts.I love birthdays and have been very lucky so I’m in the mood to share the love again. I hope you don’t mind but here are some of my favourites.

Here are some of my favourite You Tube beauty-related videos.

 – Carolyn Bax ‘Cheryl Cole On Tour Make Up Look’

 http://www.youtube.com/user/carolynbax#p/u/4/hcJIDPFTezc

 – The Make Up Diaries ‘Danni Minogue at Simon Cowells Birthday Look’

 http://www.youtube.com/user/oonaghoo1#p/u/12/mrmlF9iD_UI

 – The Make Up Adikt ‘Showcase of some of her looks’

 http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=MakeupAdiktMUA&annotation_id=annotation_517850&feature=iv

 – Piki Woo ‘A Purple New Years Eve Look’

 http://www.youtube.com/user/pixiwoo#p/u/12/rxEUUI0mY3g

 -SWalker Make Up ‘The Classic Smoky Eye’

 http://www.youtube.com/user/SWalkerMakeup#p/u/31/QCQBad28G3g

 -The Style Diet Face Shapes ‘How to accessorize’

http://www.youtube.com/user/TheStyleDiet#p/u/49/3DD9o6Djrvo

Here are some of my favourite beauty related blog posts

 – ‘The Make Up Artist Series’ from Amy, Dazzledust25

 http://www.makeupandbeauty.ie/category/make-up-artist-series/

 – Lollipop26 ‘Products I am loving right now, blog edition’

 http://www.lollipop26writes.com/2009/12/products-i-am-loving-right-now-blog.html

 – Bubblegarm ‘Bright Lips slightly Megan Fox Inspired’

 http://bubblegarm.blogspot.com/2009/12/bright-lips-slightly-megan-fox-inspired.html

 – Bubbledreams Imogen from FoxyLocks ‘Hair Treatment-Coconut Oil’

 http://imogenfoxylocks.blogspot.com/2010/01/hair-treatment-coconut-oil.html

 – Natayla from FilthyGorgeous Make up ‘Warm Sunset’

 http://filthygorgeousmakeup.blogspot.com/2009/11/warm-sunset.html

 – Oxford Jamine ‘Five products that I don’t want to live without’

 http://oxfordjasmine.blogspot.com/2009/12/5-products-i-dont-want-to-live-without.html

 I hope if you have five minutes, you will find something new in here for you. I like these items for different reasons. Some use products or looks I like, some hide really handy tips in their commentary. Some are inspiring and some are simply entertaining.

 Let me know what you think and I’d love to know some of your favourite links. I’m a bit of a geek and spend hours watching/reading all these channels and posts so more links are always welcome. It gives me a great buzz when I discover someone whose work I know that I’m going to follow. Feel free also to link your blog/channel in the comments here, I know how hard it is to let people know that you are there.

 Happy beauty surfing and don’t forget to make time to look at my Competition post if you haven’t already done so!

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Sharing the Love!

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Sharing The Love

Or maybe this post should actually be called Pointing the finger for these are the people to blame for my current obsession. These are some of my favourite You Tube Gurus and bloggers.

 

Kandee Johnson  http://kandeethemakeupartist.blogspot.com

The very first guru that I ever watched. There I was innoncently looking for blowdry tips and well, here I am now . . ! Pro Hollywood Artist who covers makeup, hair, life and everything in-between.

 

PixiWoo www.fashionface.tv

English pros who mainly do make-up. We are so lucky to have them. Always a different look and something new to learn. Their knowledge seems to have no limits.

 

SWalker http://swalkermakeup.blogspot.com 

If anybody  is ever going to be the PixiWoo of the future then it’ll be this girl. Still a teenager but she really knows her stuff make-up wise. Very inspiring, in-depth looks. I want her make-up talent, what a future she could have!

 

The Make-up Diaries http://www.themakeupdiaries.com 

 Another English make-up pro who breaks down the most beautiful looks and makes them so simple. Also mentions a lot of different products. Very useful!

 

Dazzledust25 www.makeupandbeauty.ie

Make up and skincare. She seems very focused and passionate on what she is doing, her blog and videos are updated nearly everyday. Her calm enthuasism is very contagious. A great place to look for natural beauty tips.

Lollipop26 www.lollipop26writes.com

 A very well-known guru who is well-respected. She is very honest and I love all the little beauty dilemias that she has. Hair colour! She introduced me to Gosh Darling, lash enhancement products and knows why hair is so important.

MakeUpAdikt www.makeupadikt.blogspot.com

Somebody who is just so in to her make up. Amazing eyes and colours. Absolutely breath-taking looks.

 

And these are just a few!! I’ve missed so many out, like Imogen from FoxyLocks, OxfordJasmine, JuicyTuesday, FilthyGorgeous Make-up . . . I’ve got a feeling that there will be another one of these posts. I do want to shout-out to Fleur De Force (www.twitter.com/FleurDeForce) though, I’ve only really watched one of her videos. It was the MAC starter one yday and it was so helpful, thank you!

So what do you think, any more to recommend? Please check these guys out and feel free to leave a link to your own channel or blog.

Now something more for you, I’m enjoying blogging and I would love to have a little competition so if I can get 15 subscribers then watch this space. . .

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January 10, 2010 at 1:27 pm