Saturday, 31 December 2011

Top of the Products: 2011.

Instead of subjecting you to yet another rave about my favourite products of 2011, I've simply named them awards style, and linked you to the appropriate rave! 


Small Brand.

Bargain Skincare Buy.

Essential Tool.

Bargain Brand.

Everyday Essential.

Hair Must Have.

Nail Varnish.

Bargain Blush.


Honourable Mentions.... 

MAC 130 Brush 
Prestige My Blackest Lashes Mascara 
MAC Fix + 
17 Mirror Shine Beehive
NARS Penny Lane 

I hope you've all had a brilliant 2011, let's see what 2012 will bring! 

Laura xx

Friday, 30 December 2011

Make Up Lesson.

Santa obviously knows me well, as he decided to treat me to this little box of tricks this Christmas. 
The little set contains: 
Zoom Lash 
Graphblack Technakohl
212 SE
Carbon Eyeshadow
Ambience Eyeshadow
Bisque Eyeshadow 
I haven't indulged in anything new from MAC in months, so it was a lovely treat to play with some bits and bobs. 

The brushes excited me most as I am a brush fiend. They'll be perfect for travelling and I don't own either of these or anything similar. 

As far as the eyeshadows go, they're all no-brainer shades. Not exactly pigmented, but decent matte shades that will definitely get used. As for Graphblack, you can't go wrong with black eyeliner!

However, the winner in this box is Zoom Lash. 

I've never touched MAC mascara, as they never seem to get good press. But I'm actually really loving it. If you like the longer, separated lash look. Give this a go. It's becoming one of my new favourites. 

I'm going to attempt to give this little lesson a go in the next week on watch out for that! 

Laura xxx

Monday, 26 December 2011

Quick Fire Review: MeMeMe Seventh Heaven.

So, What Is It?! 

Seventh Heaven bills itself as an 'Enriched Moisturising Facebase' - Decipher that one if you dare! I was unsure whether it was masquerading as a primer, moisturiser or just general glow giver. Apparently it's attempting to be all three... 

First Impressions?

It packs a  fresh, citrus punch that may leave those with more sensitive skins running for the hills, but in the name of beauty blogging it was slapped all over my face. 
It feels smooth, soft and definitely gives your skin the sort of glow that is very much appreciated during the depths of winter. It's not greasy, which is a major bonus for a product like this, and sunk in pretty quickly. 

How Did It Perform? 

It certainly gave me a glow, but did almost tip into oily by the end of the day. How it wears on your skin is a real case of what your pair it with. I wouldn't dream of trying this with a face & body foundation and I won't be pairing this with MUFE HD again anytime soon, but if your skin is feeling a little bit de-hydrated, this really is the ticket. 
I can't say I noticed a huge improvement to how my foundation applied, but It certainly didn't leave it streaky or clogged.

How Much? 

It costs £15.00 for 30ml, which I was quite surprised at. It isn't out of the ordinary when you take MeMeMe's usual pricing into consideration. But I just don't think I'd splash the cash. My Glossybox sample was more than generous and unless It manages to change my mind as I use it more, I don't think I'll put this on the must have list. It is however, a nice little product. 

Did you get this in your Glossybox, what did you think?? 

Laura xx

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Festive Nails: Deborah Lippmann Razzle Dazzle & OPI Bastille My Heart

If you haven't noticed, I've been loving a bit of glitter on my nails. This OPI/Deborah Lippmann combination is the perfect festive treat. 

Just stick a coat of OPI's gorgeous red shimmer on as a base coat, then slick a coat or two of Razzle Dazzle on top...then sit back and marvel at your sparkly digits. 

You may recognise Razzle Dazzle as one of Glossybox's December Box treats, I love it! More importantly, I adore this month's Glossybox. It's my favourite yet. Even trumping the HD Brows Box, and you know how much I adore that palette! 

Expect mini reviews on most of the product in the next few days, there are some corkers in there! 


Sunday, 18 December 2011

Christmas Sparkle: Metallic Eyes.

(l-r) Barry M Dazzle Dust in 89 Oyster, 51 Mushroom & 24 Old Gold, Illamasqua Precision Ink in Glister, 2 True Eyeliner Dazzler, Sephora Jumbo Liner in 06 Copper, Illamasqua Liquid Metal in Surge & 17 Eyeshadow in Mardi Gras.

If there was ever an excuse to go all out with your make up, surely it has to be Christmas!

I've picked out my favourite products to create some stunning eye make up looks for the festive season...

Illamasqua Liquid Metal in Surge* & Precision Ink in Glister* are the most beautiful products to add a bit of shimmer to your lids this party season, It's obvious why Illamasqua's liquid metals are so well loved, this little pot of goodness has the power to turn you into the tin man if you desire, the most metallic of metal products! 
Glister is amazing for those who don't want to go all out, how about inverting the usual black winged eyeliner and go for a smoky eye with this gorgeous champagne liner instead? 

If you prefer warmer tones, I adore Sephora's Jumbo Liner in Copper. Use is at a base and go to town with a Bronze glitter pigment, or simply just line your eyes for an understated copper eye. 

If you're looking for a treasure trove of delectable pigments, Barry M Dazzle Dusts really have it sewn up. I wouldn't look anywhere else for an affordable, but stunning range of pigments. 
My personal favourites are 51 Mushroom, 89 Oyster & 24 Old Gold. 

For a cheap glittery thrill, 2True Eyeliner Dazzlers must be applauded. At only £1.99, it's perfect for Christmas party make up. After all, I tend to stay away from glitter eyeliner unless I'm feeling festive, so what's the point of spending big money!? 

 If you want to go super subtle, try out 17's range of eyeshadow. They come in a range of colour's and won't disappoint when it comes to shimmer. My personal favourite in Mardi Gras

 Finally, when else would you get to put diamante dots on your face and get away with it?! You might aswell go all out, so try these by Girls with Attitude, apply with a bit of eyelash glue to ensure you don't lose them on the dancefloor, sorted! 

What sort of make up will you be sporting this Christmas? 

Would you like to see some looks using these products? 

Laura xx

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Christmas Treat Jar.

Shh...this is technically a secret. BUT, I've decided spilling the beans is worth the risk as this Christmas gift idea is just too good not to share! 

This year, I've been trying to think of cute, yet inexpensive gifts. This Christmas Treat/Pamper Jar has hit the jackpot! 

The eagle eyed amongst you may recognise some Glossybox re-use here. I've taken the stuffing and ribbon to jazz up this simple jar, and then filled with lots of beauty goodies. I've stuffed the jar with a mixture of mini samples, bath goodies and bits and bobs. It's basically a 'Girls Night In' in a jar.

I sourced some 700ml preserve jars from eBay, I've searched high and low for the exact ones but can't find them, there are plenty of similar listings though! I paid £5.00 for 5 Jars with £5 delivery. Not bad for £2 jar! 

You don't just have to go down the pamper route with your jars, maybe fill them with festive sweets, eats and treats? You can really go to town with the contents. The cherry on top is that after they've used the contents, a lovely glass jar can be filled with whatever they wish.

Now fingers crossed the secret doesn't reach the recipient....

Do you like to get creative at Christmas? 

Laura xx

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

The Big Perfume Project.

Everybody loves a good fragrance, and I'm definitely guilty of being a bit of a perfume hoarder. 
Enter the Big Perfume Project 2011. 
It's actually become a bit more of challenge than I originally thought, perfume doesn't diminish half as fast as I thought it did...
However, I've cleared through a few favourites and finished up some not so favourites, but it's all in the name of the BPP2011. 

So far Jimmy Choo, Nina by Nina Ricci & *ahem* Katie Price Stunning have been all drained. I was loathed to finish Nina as it's my all time favourite perfume, and I'm already missing squirting a bit of Jimmy on a regular basis. I must admit these three feel like the cheaters way out as they were my most used. Now the challenge really begins! 

If I can finish at least another two bottles I'm going to treat myself to something new, I've got my eye (and nose) on Vera Wang's Lovestruck, what do you think? I'm trying to plough through a large bottle of Rock Princess but wouldn't mind branching out. 

I'll keep you updated on the progress and please let me know if you're doing the same! 

Laura xx

Nail of the Day: Models Own Juicy Jules

Juicy Jules, blah blah blah, Models Own Glitter Polish, blah blah blah. 



Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Products I'm Loving Right Now.

Dermalogica Skin Prep Scrub
Vivienne Westwood Boudoir Perfume
Yankee Candle Christmas Cookie 
Label M Shine Spray
Prestige 'My Blackest Lashes' Mascara
Body Shop Super Volume Mascara

I appear not to have posted anything for the past week, lets remedy that with a good old favourites post! 

If you've read my post on the Dermalogica Skin Kit here, you may recognise this mini skin prep scrub. It's really done the job so far and I'm considering getting the full size when it runs out. In other news, I'm currently embarking on a massive perfume project - basically using them all up - as I really cannot justify a new scent until I've atleast drained a few bottles. The upside to this is that I've rediscovered some killer fragrances. Vivienne Westwood Boudoir wasn't a fragrance I ever thought I'd go for, but it's a lovely feminine powdery scent that, not surprisingly, evokes the feeling of sitting at a dressing table, touching up your lipstick in a mirror surrounded by lightbulbs. 
To continue with the theme of scent, I'm back on the Christmas Cookie bandwagon. When I start to burn this bad boy, you know that Santa is coming to town. 
I appear to have been leading with my nostrils in this favourites instalment as the first thing I want to rave about when I think about the Label M Shine Spray is that smells divine, like watermelons. It helps that it does a good job of keeping my hair shiny and healthy looking, bonus points all around. 
Finally, it's over to the mascaras. I'm a little bit loathed to mention Prestige's My Blackest Lashes as it has apparently disappeared from the British High Street. I've been trying to track it down online, but it's not been  particularly successful, boo! 
Body Shop have surprised me with their Super Volume Mascara, I didn't expect much but I'm sporting lovely full thick lashes today, thanks! 

I hope you are all having a lovely week.

Laura xx

Thursday, 1 December 2011

The Best Kind of Advent.

If you haven't noticed, it's the 1st December, hurrah! 

If like me you've shunned the traditional advent calender, Umberto Giannini have come up with a fabulous alternative that could leave you with something far more satisfying than a mouldy old chocolate. 

If you hop on over to:

You could be in with a chance of winning one of 5 daily prizes those generous people at UG are giving away! 

Prizes range from a beautiful gift set like this.

To a beautiful hair makeover session at the Umberto Giannini Salon in Birmingham! 

If that wasn't good enough, they'll be giving away 1000 prizes on Christmas Day! 

Now you can't ask more than that can you? 

Laura xxx

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