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Happy Valentines Day!!!

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Happy Valentines Day!!!

I thought that to stay in the spirit of this beautiful day, I would share with you a few things that I have fallen in love with since my mission, to make more of myself, began.

* My head is spinning with love for skincare routines.

As most of you know, I have been Cliniquing twice a day and you know what, I am loving the fact that I have a skincare routine in place. The morning and night applications kind of mark the start and end of my day. What better way to start and end my day on my skin, something that is only mine. My skin, something that only I can (and do) wear. My skin may not always be one hundred percent perfect but I would say that it is a lot closer then it was six months ago and now as I’m looking at it so much more closely at least twice a day and I’m appreciating it and what it goes through each day so much more. I think, ‘Ooh, I was out in that snow for a couple of hours today and my nose itched.’ Then I have a look to see if there is any signs of the earlier distress and if necessary, take the steps to remedy it. Yep, it is official that I’m just a little too obsessed with my skin at the moment.

* I’m blindly in love with soaps from Lush.

I have never been a big fan of solid soap. It has never really homed a strong enough scent for fragrance-mad me and then it has always been quite hard work, to lather and then my skin rarely feels softer or any benefit. That was . . . until Lush! I will probably elaborate on this in my ‘Lush and I’ series but I have only used a small number of soaps from Lush but two of them, I absolutely adore.

 Honey I Washed The Kids

Sultana of Soap

I’m sure you’ve heard it all before but these are divine. They make bathtime fun and then to top it off, apparently they are good for me. After trying these, I know that it doesn’t matter what I hear about all the other Lush soaps (and products), I still will not be satisfied until I have tried each and every one for myself even the dissed ones.

* I’m hopelessly in love with Barry M.

Okay, I admit I have been flirting with MAC a bit lately and there is no denying that MAC is one hottie of a brand but I also know that one day, the novelty of this mission is going to start wearing off and my money is going to start running out but guess what? This doesn’t scare me that much because there is always Barry M and all of their beautiful colours and gorgeous products at damn right yummy prices. Barry M means I never need to go make up hungry and for that, it remains a true love.

Here is a sneak peek at the Fabulous/Barry M free gift that I got last week.

Red Nail Paint (Very excited, there is so much hype about the Barry M nail paints and this colour is perfect for Valentines).

Fabulously Nude Super Shiny Gloss (how will this look with Hue?)

A black eye liner

A shimmery grey eyeshadow (my first Barry M eyeshadow)

And finally a very hot pink make up bag to keep it all in. All of this Barry M for free, there is not much I can say to that. In fact, I’m lost for words!

* I’m loving all the way to the moon and back, the Max Factor Lash Extension Effect Extreme Lengthening mascara.

This is a very new love. I only purchased it last weekend but it is gorgeous. As most of you know, one of my biggest sins is product overload and product overload can equal clumps but not with this mascara. I can heap the layers on and there is not a gloop in site. I have quite long lashes but what I love about this mascara is how seperating and defining it is. It is like a polish for my lashes, it simply creates a beautiful frame for my eyes.

It lets the rest of my make up speak for itself. It is very easy to apply and although it took a couple of goes to get used to the extra long wand, it is easy to get in and catch the small inner lashes. It is unusual for me to apply much mascara to my lower lash line as I think this can look too much and, with gloopy mascaras, quite messy but I think this one does just enough to only compliment the lower lashes. I’m not sure that this mascara will be loved by everyone, I don’t think you can build it up to shout out to the world but for me, it does more then enough and is my one of my newest loves.

* And finally, I’m head over heels in love with you, my readers, followers and inspiration.

If it wasn’t for you, I expect that my mission would have come to a sudden halt weeks ago. Your encouragment and support has been amazing and I can only thank you all, for the big gorgeous part you have played in my life, so far, this year.  I know this sounds OTT but this mission and blog is changing not only my look but also my life and at the end of the day, it all comes back to you. My readers, followers and all of you who also inspire me too. There are so many of you Darlings out there in Blogland, You Tube and at who have helped me so much. The cyber beauty community is amazing and very much alive. I don’t know how I can thank you all for your support. I know that my little competition gives back only the smallest fraction of what all this has given me but I guess it is a start so if you want a chance to reap a reward for your good deeds in supporting my mission then check out my competition post very soon. The competition closes tonight.

Anyway as you can see I’m brimming over with love this year and I don’t want to really end this Valentines post but I must (before I bore you with Snob again), I hope you all have had a fantastic Valentine’s weekend. I know that Jemma (Bamboozle Beauty) and Laura (Emeraldgreen88) have both done the ‘Lipstick Valentine’ so check out their blogs (links in my sidebar) to find the hot lipsticks they are rocking. They have some beauties!

Once again, I would just like to thank you for your support! It really does mean the world.



In the red corner and in the blue . . .

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In the red corner and in the blue. . .

 ‘Life is not about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself’ George Bernard Shaw

I’ve already said that I’m not going to follow fashion to the very latest rule. However, fashion is usually what is popular and what people are buying. People buy for a reason so many fashions and trends may actually make sense. It is not my duty to follow fashion this year but my mission is about learning and opening my mind therefore I do have a duty to know what is going on out there and consider if the current trends could benefit my mission.

I mentioned a week or so ago about painting your lips in two different colours. Well here are two more lip trends that I have heard about this week.

Red Lips

This one is courtesy of Lorraine Kelly (see for more information). Apparently since the recession has kicked in, lipstick purchases have risen by 20%. The biggest increase in purchases is with red lipstick. Apparently this trend has also been seen in Armani and Dolce&Gabbana shows. Going back a lot further then that, this trend was also evident years ago during the Great Depression. GMTV’s enthuasism for the trend was contagious. So many benefits, instant face lift, instant mood lift, instant change, makes an outfit, instant glamour in a tube, quick to apply and cheap to buy so of course, I had to try it out.

Hmmm, suddenly I want to sing Hollywood, Hollywood! It may be quick to apply but  I found this quite hard to apply neatly. Lately I have been practising eye and foundation application and it seems I’ve had it easy using the nude and pink lipsticks but this red lipstick really shows how much I have left to learn. Smears, gaps everywhere. I hope that these are not as obvious in reality as they were on camera. I tried applying with both a brush and the lipstick itself. I think you lose the vibrancy of a colour doing it all with a brush. I think next time I will line my lips with a pencil as I did this time and then apply the lipstick as a lipstick and then use a brush and lipstick to reline and define the edges. See, I’m already talking about next time. . , converted!

My red lipstick is one I already had from Benefit called Frenched but GMTV tested some lipsticks (by giving a male model a kiss on the cheek. Obviously!) and they found that Estee Lauder’ s had good staying power but Max Factor’s Chilli was the ultimate shade of red according to the expert. I always think that red painted lips is the classic lip look, I’ve got it in my head that this is why women used to wear lipstick. So what are we thinking, do we do red lips? If so, when and what shade do you use?

Blue Lips

Not only did I get my second Barry M token in Fabulous Magazine this week but I had an interesting read about a make up trend for blue. Now I wasn’t that surprised about the colour. Blue nail polish seems to be everywhere and you all know that I’m lusting over Barry M’s Lavender Blue Polish but to talk about that here (again!) would be to ramble because this article was not about blue nail polish but blue smoky eyes (ok), a blue lower lash look (okk. . .) and blue lips (huh????). Now I am only just getting to grips with the idea of brown and purple lipsticks and now there is a blue one, Barry M’s Rocket Blue.

It does look gorgeous in the tube, such a pretty colour yet it is still vibrant.

I do love the look too that the model in the editorial (above) is wearing but to be honest, I’m not sure it would work like that on me. I promise you that if I ever do buy this lipstick then you will get a picture. Uh oh, those words could come back and haunt me. . !

So would you do blue? What other less conventional shades have you worn, have you seen?What trends for 2010 have you heard about? I love all your hints, tips and comments. So if you have any, fill in the little box please and why not subscribe as well?


Ps My competition is still alive, see the Competition post.

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January 27, 2010 at 10:55 am

A free Barry M kit!

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A free Barry M kit!

I think I might have spoken once or twice to you, about Barry M. I lurve Barry M. I have only tried a few of their products, the lip paints (100!), dazzledusts (mushroom!), fine glitter dusts and the big fat gold eye crayon but I am still head over heels for this brand.

I actually have a wishlist for this brand and two products come in at the top of that list.

Firstly, a nail paint. I feel Lavender Blue calling out to me. Barry M is all about colour and maybe this is why there are so many positive reviews for their large selection of nail paints.

Secondly, Natural Dazzle. This bronzer costs less then ten pounds but in hauls and raves often crops up as one of the few drug store products in a mix containing products from higher end brands such as Mac and Nars.

Anyway I love Barry M and intend to spend some money on these products in the future so of course, can you imagine my delight when I found out that I can get a kit for free?!!

Yippee and lots of jumping around! :-)

In todays Fabulous (the Sunday supplement for the News of the World), there are details of an offer to get a kit worth £20 for free.

The kit contains a lipgloss, eyeshadow, nail polish (ooh) and eyeliner in a hot pink make up bag. Basically Fabulous are printing coupons over the next five weeks and you need to collect four of them to get a free Barry M make up kit from Superdrug. Get a copy of the News of the World for further information or go to While you are there, why not have a look at some of the fab video tutorials? They are really inspiring and will prompt your very own Barry M wishlist.

 Right, off to find my scissors to cut the token out and hide it somewhere safe!


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January 17, 2010 at 5:01 pm