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My Make Up Collection!

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My Make Up Collection!

Hey all!

Well, I had such a busy weekend lined up but what have I spent the morning doing? Lining my make up and taking pretty pictures.


1/ I wanted to shop and tidying my make up collection at least reminds me just how many products I have.

2/ Once I had a look I realised how gorgeous some of them are so then of course, I just had to take some pretty pics for you all.

3/ It is the Creative Moments blog party today, whoop whoop ( ) and as you will see I have found a purpose for some of the scrapbook papers. I took one empty drawer and lined it with my favourite scrapbooking paper and then I took another couple of sheets and folded them in half and used them to divide my drawer in to three parts.

See, anybody really can do this. Now I have individual sections for all of the eye products, face products and lip products. Now and again I mist the papers with some of my favourite perfumes. At the moment, it is Gucci Flora. This scent was another birthday present and it felt like I had been yearning for it forever but in fact, it was only a few months ago that I tested it but they were a long few months and I was desperate for this perfume. Now I have it, I’m still a little undecided about how it smells on me. I had such high expectations but I do think that it is a very polished, polite scent. It is quite classy and I guess, it represents the lady I would like to often become when I paint my face. As the make up drawer is closed much of the day (in theory), the scent lingers a little. Note, I spray the perfume on to the paper lightly not the make up products.

Anyway back to my actual post. My Make Up drawer! I had such a shock today as I tidied (and took these pics), what a lot of products. Honestly, if you’d seen my barely existent make up collections of the past, you would be shocked too. Want a closer peek?

First of all, we have the eye section. Normally when I do my make up, I do my eyes before anything else. This is because I’m still learning and get a lot of fall out and also even though I’m starting to fall for lip products, I’m still in my old habit of painting the face around whatever eye make up it is that I want to wear.

As you can see I have quite a few dazzledusts. There is a couple of purples in here as apparently that is a great colour for green eyes but I haven’t experiemented with them yet. We all know that I love Mushroom but a combination that I like is the bronzy gold number 44 (to line and crease) and the bluey green number 20 ( for the lid). This looks gorgeous on my blonde haired sister.

Ooh and there is my MAC (loving you, Mr Mac). There are some of my Benefit cream shadows which I now use as a base for other eyeshadows. It gives the same result as the MAC painttube. Skinny Jeans Benefit Cream liner escaped being pictured. I think I was sitting on it but I often use this to line my eyes. It is perfect when combined with my Rimmel or Pop black powder eyeshadow.

Ooh and there are also a couple of Maybelline shadows which have really impressed me. The single brown one is a gorgeous colour when you want a strong but simple lid.

Over in the pallettes. On the bottom is a cheap Argos one, Pretty Pink which I brought before I knew about Sleek et al just to get a selection of colours. Surprisingly I do use some of the more neutral shades for lighter looks and find they will last a few hours. There is the Collection 2000 Pop pallette (at the back) which I don’t use a lot as the colours are very bright but I love just looking at it. In fact, I do use this pallette a lot but for one colour and that is black. I find it very pigmented and have used it lots. Then there are my Sleek Divine pallettes, Storm and Original. I love these but am a little miffed as when I got the Storm pallette home, it was apparent that the black eyeshadow was already broken and I really get in a mess every time I open this pallette. You all know this but Sleek palettes are fab value. I really want more. I think I will get the Sunset and I’m tempted by Acid but I know the colours are just too bright for me but then again, less then a fiver!

Of course, we also have Big Beautiful Eyes and that light pastel pallette is a gift I’d forgotten about from Next. Some gorgeous shimmery colours but not sure if too light and pastel for my strange eyes. We’ll see . . !

On to my face, there are not many brands here. I was really scared of blush until my mission started to brew . I’ve only ever really had a couple, Benefits Dandelion and Throb and now of course, Coralista. You will see that I also have Dallas, I remember buying it when I was desperate to get made up for a special occasion and wanted to copy a look from the Benefit website but it is quite dark for me. I have just started to use it again but I have to be so careful in application. I prefer to use my FCUK bronzer (in the black pallette) or a slightly darker foundation/tinted moisturiser (You Rebel) to contour. Can you see my beloved Erase Paste?!

As I have not used fake tan for a while, I find that even Benefits Foundation Faker is a bit dark for me but I do love this product and was pleasantly surprised that the coverage is as good as any liquid foundation. There is my Revlon Colorstays and also L’Oreal True Match which is very old (and ran out today). I came across True Match at the bottom of the drawer one day and have been choosing to use it instead of ColorStay ever since. I’m tempted to go and buy another one today but then the review of Max Factor Second Skin on the Filthy Gorgeous Make Up blog is also very persuasive. The Maybelline cream peach blush in one I used after it was recommended on The Style Diet channel. I haven’t used it lots yet but plan to, especially in the summer. The Rimmel mineral loose powder is very good for setting make up. Unfortunatly I’m rubbish and make quite a mess so I tend to use the MAC Mineralise Skin Finish over the loose powder at the moment. It saves on hoovering!

On to lips, this little collection deserves a post all of its own and I think, that it will get one. I totally get the lip thing now. There is my Barry M, I think I will always own 100 and 101 may be new but it will always have a place in my collection.

Ooh and there is Gosh. You know how much I love Darling and Amerysth. A few Collection 2000’s which I do like and think are very good value. Benefit French and my old staple, Skinny Dipped. Hue, let’s not forget Hue is here too and look what happened to Maybelline Ambre Rose when I tried to put the wrong lid on it after the pic.

I don’t know . . , what my lipsticks and I go through to create a post for you?!

I’m still building up the glosses but you can see a little collection is emerging!

Anyway I hope you liked the sneak peek in to my collection. I think I might need a lie down, I really didn’t know I had so much stuff. Any thoughts or comments? I’d love to see your collections, why not do a post and link to it in the comments below? Any nifty storage tips? Don’t forget, there is still some time to enter my competition (see the Competition post).

Hmmm, counting lipsticks is tiring . . ! ;-)






Lush and I

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Lush and I, The story so far!

Now I am sure many of you have been addicts for a long time but I am a relatively new convert when it comes to Lush.

I remember years ago, maybe 2003/4, first going in to Lush. I was intrigued by the smells and the notion of natural products but I was also with somebody who I didn’t get on with that well and they chose to give me a soap. Now I’m not sure if it was the actual soap or if it was the person that gave it to me but I had a strong dislike for this soap. I felt under obligation to use it but it seemed to last forever. I felt the scent was overwhelming and suffocating. I still shudder to think of it now but I was having a bad time and the soap giver triggers bad memories so everything is probably all mixed up but needless to say as it was, I didn’t like this soap very much and for years just ignored Lush and the increasingly happy impression it seemed to be casting on all those around me.

Feigning ignorance was easy until I started watching You Tube and there I would be looking for reviews of things to buy and literally it seemed as if every other product rave or haul was for Lush. Oh! Could I have been a little bit hasty? Surely I couldn’t have the wrong impression. I tried denial. All That Glitters was wrong not me. However, it wasn’t just her. So many people were raving about these products and then there were people such as Dazzledust25 talking about how natural products (not necessarily Lush) had changed their bodies. Oh and then to make it worse, the smell of Lush was always described in such tantilising vivid terms. Different ones for every product but always delicious. Fruity sometimes chocolately. Oh, this wasn’t how I remembered my soap smelling but I love gorgeous scents and I couldn’t bear the thought that maybe I was missing out on something after all. Suddenly I was on a mission to find my nearest Lush and discover what I’d been missing out on.

So Autumn 2009, I headed to the Bath branch of Lush. A few things struck me straight away, the staff were ready to help as soon as I walked in the door. Normally I would find this intimidating but they were friendly and as happy to let me browse as they were to answer my questions. Secondly, there were the prices!! Now I’m really a drug store girl and especially at this time, the prices seemed quite high. A pre-shampoo treatment and the pot was about £11. Ouch especially when the product instructions suggested using at least half of that pot for one treatment. I tried to distract myself from how much this shop was going to cost me by focusing on all the beautiful bright blues, yellows and purples in the products around the shop and then of course, there was always the scent which I found at least bearable and different to any of the tens of perfumes I have tried.

Now surprisingly on this first visit, I did not purchase any of the nice smelling things such as soap and what-like. Mainly because I was in the height of my Soap and Glory phase and had some of their products to scent and moisturise my body (as well as my stand-by perfume collection) and also because, I’ve never really been a solid soap kind of girl. I find to lather is hard work and I fear that the bars will dry my skin. I can not deny that I was curious about the Lush soap products but as I had limited spending, I looked with curiosity and then went on to buy the necessities.

Yes, that’s right! I went back to the expensive pre-shampoo treatments.

Hair care has always been my main priority ever since I was a little girl and  to be honest, I don’t think that naturally I have the hair I deserve (ok, there is my straightening and extension addiction) but I have put hours, years in to my hair and have spent a small fortune pampering it. However, I still do it every time. In every store, I head straight for haircare to see what wonder product is there and my visit to Lush was no exception and here is what I found.

I brought the H’Suan Wen Hua Hair Moisturiser and the Jasmin and Henna fluff ease treatment. Now as I said they were expensive. H’Suan is currently retailing for £7.60 for 250g and Fluff Ease is £10.35 for 225g. They also had a use by date of about 6-8 weeks.

H’Suan Wen is presented as a dinner in a pot for hair. Ingredients include organic bananas, avocados and fresh watercress which all nourish and moisturise the hair. It also meant to promote hair growth.

Fluff-Ease contains oils, jasmine and red henna to destress, detangle and tame.

Both of these products did seem to help my hair but to get the full effect, I did have to use 1/4 of the pot (I do have 16 inch extensions) meaning that at the most ,the pots would last me four washes which is ok. I tended to concentrate the product around my natural hair ends and applied sparingly everywhere else. About £2-3 a hair treatment.

However, there are problems. You could use it as an occasional treatment but the products do have an expiry date and also, the results are very addictive. I wanted to use it every time I washed and so in a little over 2 weeks, I had spent nearly £20 just on the pre-shampoo treatment and don’t forget, I still needed other products to follow. For me, there was not a lot of difference between the results these two products gave. Both made my hair a lot more manageable and a lot less puffy. This is my biggest hair concern. I have a lot of very fine hair naturally and whenever I wash it, it puffs out big time for about a day or so. Of course, this just makes the difference between my hair and the extensions that little too obvious. Normally this means even more naughty straightening or pulling back my hair (which automatically makes me think I’m going to work!). 

These products solved this problem and also allowed my, now, shiny hair to feign a great impression of health. These products were easy to apply in the sense that you do not wash your hair first but they were quite thick, gloopy and messy. There was also a very strong smell with both products that did not even wash out very well after the normal shampoo and condition. I think it was with H’Suan that this was a particular problem as it had a very heavy, incense type fragrance which was not very me but as with all scents, it did grow on me a little. I did not notice any long term benfits from using these hair products. As soon as I stopped using them, my hair seemed to return to its normal puffy state! :-(

I haven’t brought these products again just because it is an expensive regime to keep up but it really did work and despite the scent, if I had the money then I would use them before every hair wash. Instead I moved on to some other Lush hair products and I’ve dabbled with some bath, soap and skin products so visit again or follow to see part two of the epic ‘Lush and I’ this week!

What do you think of your Lush? What is your story? And remember girls, comments and following could equal a prize. See my Competition post for more information!


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February 2, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Time for a tag!

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Time for a tag!

Hi Guys!

Here is a tag I found on Muhsine’s blog ( It is What Products I’m Using Now. I’ve completed it for what I am using now but bear in mind, I am in a very experimental (and expensive) phase at the moment and my routine/look’ll probably change within a week or so ;-)

SHAMPOO Aussie Smoothmate

CONDITIONER Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Lucious Long Deep Treatment (Does anybody know if you keep an Aussie conditioner in for longer then three minutes, will that do EVEN more good or will all the goodness have soaked in within the three minutes and it would therefore be a waste of time to leave it on any longer?)

SHOWER GEL Soap and Glory Get Clean :-)

STYLING PRODUCTS Tigi S Factor Serum, Schwarzkoph Osis Flat Liner Serum, Schwarzkoph Bonacure Hair Therapy Moisture Kick Leave in Conditioner

BODY MOISTURISER Soap and Glory Daily Smooth Body Butter or Baylis and Harding Wild Rose and Raspberry Leaf Body Butter

DEODORANT Dove Invisible Dry Anti-White Marks 24hr

FAKE TAN Trying to wean myself off but Nivea Body Sunkissed Skin or Piz Buin Self-Tan lotion with Colour Dial

FOUNDATION Revlon ColorStay Ivory or/and Buff depending on fake tan

POWDER Rarely but Rimmel Lasting Finish Minerals on standby

CONCEALER Benefit Erase Paste Number 1

BLUSH Benefit Dandelion or Maybelline Dream Mousse Blush, Peach Satin

BRONZER FCUK or my Buff  Revlon CS Foundation

HIGHLIGTER Benefit High beam

NAIL COLOUR Neon Pink from Claires Cosmetics (I don’t have a clue whose this is, I didn’t buy it but I found it lying around the house. It is so eye-catching, it needed a home!)

EYESHADOW Barry M Mushroom and Chocolate dazzledusts or Maybelline Iced Fudge and Rimmel Jet Black

MASCARA Rimmel 100% Waterproof , Benefit Bad Gal

LIPSTICK Gosh Darling with Barry M 100 but from tomorrow, I suspect Gosh Amethyst and something else

LIPGLOSS No, not in the recent weather. Vaseline instead, under and over!

So there we go, I am also going to add a product. Perfume, what perfume are you wearing? For me, there has been two over the last couple of days Ghost Deep Night and Vera Wang Princess. I’m making my mind up about these perfumes for future posts.

Anyway, I tag you!!! What products (and perfume) are you using now? Indulge my nosy nature and share your secrets in the comments below or link me and the readers to your blog.

Hope you are all well, take care


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Written by essjay23x

January 14, 2010 at 11:04 pm