Friday, 20 August 2010

Review: Eyeko Mascara

Despite all the good reviews I had read and heard about this mascara, when I purchases it I still wasn't expecting much from it. It seems I may have been proved wrong though!

The Brush


At first look at this brush it's difficult to imagine how it would make your lashes look good, but believe me it does. It seperates, volumises and lengthens.

The Formula

The forumla of this mascara is quite wet. I would say if this is something you aren't keen on then stay away from this mascara. However, I really like the formula because it coats all my lashes, root to tip without dragging on them or looking clumpy.

The Packaging


I admit that the packaging on this mascara isn't the most sophisticated or expensive looking but I personally love it. It's unique, looks really funky and is completely different to anything else on the market.

Before and After


Before
After

As you can see this mascara gives my lashes length and volume aswell as seperating them.

I'm really impressed with this and I think I may have found my holy grail mascara. I'm the kind of girl who uses a mascara until it drys up and then moves onto the next one. This mascara however will have a permanent place in my collection for a long time.

Have you tried eyeko mascara? What do you think of it?

Laura xXx

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Project Ten Pan Round Two

Hey girls,

So you may have noticed that I didn’t do monthly favourites this month. I haven’t been buying much make-up recently so didn’t really have any new or interesting products to feature in a favourites post.

The start of August marks the start of project ten pan round 2! I haven’t been buying much make up lately because I’m trying to save money and so I thought I’d embrace the opportunity and do it properly and not buy any more make up until I have finished ten products.

This is my second attempt at project ten pan, I wouldn’t say the first time round was a absolute disaster but I wasn’t completely committed to it. So this time round I will be trying harder!

If you wanna join me feel free (I’m sure I will get not no takers on this!) and look out for updates of how I’m getting on coming soon!!

Laura xXx

Monday, 26 July 2010

FOTD

Hey girls, I saw a tutorial on Juicystar07's You Tube channel a couple of days ago and absolutely loved it, so I gave re-created it ago and here's what I ended up with...





Eyes:

-urban decay primer potion
-MAC - satin taupe all over the lid
-MAC - ricepaper in the centre of lids
MAC - Phloof as a highlight
- Urban Decay - Flipside on lower lash line
-L'oreal voluminous mascara

Face:
-Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation -54
-MAC Mineralized skin finish natural - Medium Plus
Barry M - Natural Dazzle
-Nars- Orgasm Blush
-MAC mineralized skin finish - Comfort

Lips:
-Maybelline - Ambre Rose
-Random Lancome Juciy Tube

Hope you all had a great weekend, Laura xXx



Saturday, 24 July 2010

Review: MAC 130 Brush

I ordered this brush on line and my initial thought was that they had sent me the wrong brush because of how small it is. I decided to give it a go anyway because I had read some good reviews on it.


I use it to apply my liquid foundation and I think the key with this brush is to use less foundation and buff it into the skin really well. From my experience, loading the brush with foundation just leaves a big streaky mess.

Obviously the surface area of this brush is really small considering you are using for all over your face. I think this brush is perfect if you have the time to make it work. I wouldn’t recommend it for the morning routine but think it’s perfect for evenings out and weekends. It gives a lovely flawless finish, better than I’ve experienced from any other brush.

Pros:

Densely packed bristles which really buff the foundation into the skin leave a flawless finish.

I’ve found I use less foundation with this brush.

The small surface area means you can get into the hard reach areas like around the nose etc.

Cons:

Small surface area means it can take longer than your average brush to apply foundation.


After my initial scepticism I really enjoy using this brush and the finish it gives. It definitely isn’t the perfect brush but it gives a better finish that any other foundation brush I’ve used in the past. If you have the time to make it work, I think it’s worth the effort.

Have you used the 130 brush? What are your thoughts on it?

Laura xXx

Update/Small Haul

Hello my lovelies, sorry I’ve been quiet on the blogging for the past couple of weeks, I started my internship on Monday so have been concentrating on that and I’ve been so knackered by the time I’ve got home the last thing on my mind is blogging!


At the end of last week I went to visit a friend from uni who lives in Buckinghamshire. While I was there we took a trip to Westfield. I was really excited to go because I had heard so much about it, and it didn’t disappoint. My credit card took a bit of a battering but I won’t bore you with everything I bought, but I thought I would share a select few things with you...





I had some vouchers to spend in River Island and when I saw this gorgeous leather bag I knew I had to get it. It's a light tan colour and cost £59.99.


I've been really impressed with all the Models Own nail polishes I've had so far so picked up two more. Pastel pink and Jade stone. Both gorgeous pastel colours, with great consistency and opaque after two coats.


I didn't go crazy on make-up purchases but these are the few things I did buy:

 Urban Decay primer potion to replace my old one that had run out.
Mac mineralized skin finish natural in medium plus which I'm loving
Eyeko 3 in 1 cream and mascara.

Hope you are all well :) Laura xXx

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Five Good Things

Hey girls, I’ve not done one of these posts for a while, I did try and do them every week for a while but started to struggle thinking of five things every week so from now on I’ll be making it a bit more random!

1.   Tomorrow is my last day at my current job. Obviously I’m going to be sad because it’s the end of an era but I know I’m leaving to move onto bigger and better things :)

2.   My internship starts a week on Monday and I’m really excited! I can’t wait to do something that’s actually going to utilize what I spent three long years working on at university.

3.   My friend from university who currently lives about 4 hours away from me has just landed a job an hour away from me. I can’t wait till she moves up here so I can spend time with her!

4.   I have a week off next week before I start my internship and I’ve got a few trips organised to visit friends who don’t live in my area. I guess that’s one good thing about having friends in different parts of the country... it’s a good excuse for a weekend away :)

5.   Recently I’ve got back in touch with a few old friends and I’ve really enjoyed catching up with what’s been going on with them. There’s nothing I love more than when you regain touch and it’s like you never lost touch.





Hope you are all well, Laura xXx

Sunday, 4 July 2010

FOTN & OOTN

On Friday I went to see a ballet at the lowry theatre in Salford Quays. I thought I'd share my OOTN and FOTN with you all...

FOTN




Face:
Relon coloursyat foundation in Natural Tan mixed with revlon photoready in Vanilla
Mac studio finish concealer in NW20
Rimmel stay matte powder in tranparent
Mac Harmany blush as a contour
Elf peachykeen blusher
Prestige minerals in pure shimmer as a highlighter

Eyes:
Mac femme fi all over the lid
Mac phloof as a highlight
Mac plum dressing on the outer third
Mac sketch in the outer corner to darken it up
Maybelline million lashes mascara
Mac fluid line in blacktrack
Benefit bad gal liner on lower lashline

Lips:
Mac creme d'nude lipstick
Barry M lipgloss in toffee

OOTN:



Cream chiffon top - primark
Skinny jeans - Topshop
Black patent heels - new look
Beads - accessorise

Hope you've all had a great weekend! :)

Laura xXx

Thursday, 1 July 2010

June Favourites

Hello my lovelies, it's time for my monthly favourites favourites. June's been a fairly up and down month for me and to be honest I'm not too sad to see the back of it!

MAC Dainty Blush

I've only had this for a couple of weeks but it's become one of my firm favourites. It gives a gorgoeus coral pinky glow to the cheeks and looks lovely with a tan.

Neals Yard Power Berry Daily Moisture


I got this moisturiser free with a magazine a while ago but wanted to use my regular moisturiser up first before I tried this one. It feels quite light on the skin so is great to use in the morning before I put my make up on. Even though it's light it still feels moisturising on my dry skin and it smells lovely too.

No 7 Eyeshadow blend and contour eyeshadow brush
I've heard this is a good dupe for the MAC 217. I don't personally own that brush so I can't compare but one thing I do know is that I love this brush. It's great for applying a wash of colour over the lid or for blending in the crease. I use it everyday without fail and has become one of my staple eye brushes.

Nails Inc - London

I went from not being too sure about this nail colour to absolutely loving it. It's become one of my favourite summer polishes but will definately work in the winter months aswell.

Benefit Eye Bright

I'm sure a lot of you will have got your hands on this freebie with glamour magazine at the beginning of the month. I think it's my favourite of the three free gifts. It works wonders at brightening up the eyes and helping you look fresh and awake in the morning. As you can see from the photo it's been well loved!

What are your favourites of June?

Laura xXx

Friday, 25 June 2010

MAC Haul :)

Hey girls, I had a bit of a weak moment at the beginning of the week. I needed a new pro palette so went to order it online and 'accidently' dropped all these other goodies into my shopping basket.. oops!


MAC 130 Brush
I was really surprised by how small this brush was when I opened my package. I'm a little sceptical but I'll give it a go and probably do a review soon.

Left to Right - Mineralized blush in Dainty, Blush in Well Dressed

Swatches:
Left to right:
Well Dressed - I've been wanting this blusher for ages, I'm sure you all know what it looks like but it's a really pretty pale pink.
Dainty - Love this blush, it's a perfect peachy coral and leaves a gorgeous glow to the cheeks.

Pro 15 pan eyeshadow palette

I got three eyeshadows in pan form (left to right) Naked lunch, Gleam, Cork

Swatches:
I'm really sorry about the swatches, they didn't come out well at all.
Left to right:
Cork - a pretty standard medium golden brown that will be a great crease colour for an everyday look
Gleam - a beautiful pink laced with gold shimmer
Naked lunch - a gorgeous neutral pinky colour, it's quite close to my skin tone gives a really natural look

Lipglass in underage, Lipstick in creme cup

Swatches:

Underage - a gorgeous milky pink nude colour
Creme Cup - a lovely mid toned neutral pink

I feel a little guilty about this splurge but I was feeling a bit down so wanted to treat myself!

Laura xXx

Thursday, 24 June 2010

NOTD: Barry M - Flamingo Pink

Hello my lovelies, I'm sure you are all more than familiar with Barry M's Flamingo Pink nail polish but I thought I'd do a quick NOTD post because it's one of my favourite summer colours.


I think this nail polish comes close to being a perfect coral. It's got a great balance between pink and orange and has a real brightness to it that the photo doesn't capture at all. It's one of those colours you can't stop looking at when you are wearing it. Perfect for this lovely weather we are having at the moment.

Hope you are all enjoying the sunshine
Laura xXx

Sunday, 20 June 2010

FOTD & OOTD

Hey girls, this is the look I wore a couple of days ago. I don't often wear bright eyeshadows but sometimes I get bored of wearing neutrals all the time. The two colours I like to wear most on my eyes are purple and green. I opted for purple...

FOTD:




Eyes:
Light Pinky colour from the sleek graphite palette all oer the lid
Purple from sleek original palette in the crease
Urban Decay AC/CD in outer V
Mac black track fluid line on upper lash line
Benefit bad gal liner on lower lash line
Barry M white liner in waterline
L'oreal voluminous mascara

Face:
Bourjois healthy mix foundation
Rimmel stay matte powder in transparent
Maybelline mineral blush in rose topaz
Barry m natural dazzle bronzer
Mac mineralized skin finish in by candlelight

Lips:
Revlon Pink Pout Lipstick
Benefit her glossiness in my people your people

OOTD:

Light wash skinny jeans - river island
White cotton ruffle top - new look
Black skinny belt - tesco
Navy cardigan - New look

You can't see my feet but I wore black gladiator sandals from Jane Norman.

Hope you've all had a great weekend.
Laura xXx

Update/Ramble

Hey girls, really sorry I’ve been quiet on the blogging side of things this week. I’ve had one of those weeks...

Yesterday me and my boyfriend split up. I feel like I’ve lost my best friend, the person I shared everything about my life with and the person I felt completely comfortable with. Right now I can’t imagine how anyone else will ever be good enough or will share the same kind of connection as we had. Deep down I know it’s for the best and in the long run will make me happier but it’s going to take some time to get used to the whole thing. I knew it was coming and it wasn’t really a shock but to be honest right now that doesn’t make things any easier. I know I’m not the first person to feel like this and I’m sure a lot of you can empathise with me. I know times a healer so I just need to be patient.

On a positive note, I had an interview on Wednesday for a marketing internship which is what I studied at university. It’s only a temporary position but I’m giving up my permanent job to do it. ‘She must be mad’ I bet you are all thinking. But I think this is just something I need to do. I’ve been trying to get a job in marketing for over a year now and have failed. I feel that this experience is exactly what I need to help me get to where I want to be. I’m at a stage in my life where if I was unemployed for a while it wouldn’t be the end of the world. I live at home and have very few ‘essential’ outgoings. I’ve been finding it hard to fit job hunting around my current job anyway because it’s the last thing I feel like doing when I get home from work. The only bad thing is that it’s in the town where my now ex-boyfriend lives and a part of me just wants to be able to leave that part of my life behind.

So I handed in my notice at work on Friday, feels kind of strange if I’m being honest. I feel like everything’s going to change for me over the next couple of months and nothing is going to feel the same. I’m not sure how this makes me feel... a little uneasy I guess. I know I’ve just got to go for it though and make the most of everything that’s thrown my way.

Sorry if this was a really boring ramble and well done if you got to the end of it!

Hope you are all ok. Much love, Laura xxx

Friday, 11 June 2010

NOTD: No.7 - 60's Mini Skirt

Recently, to celebrate their 75th anniversary,  No.7 have launched a 'decades ' collection to represent each decade they've been on sale. I went to check it out a couple of days ago and the one thing that caught my eye was this nail polish, 60's mini skirt.


It's a beautiful creamy, ivory colour that's extremely opaque for a colour this light. I found the consistency easy to work with, it only took two coats and I didn't have any problems with streaking. I really like it, what do you think?

Will you be checking out No.7's most recent collection?

Laura xXx

Collective Haul

I've been spending more than I should be these past couple of weeks. The only excuse I can come up with was that I was in desperate need of some summer clothes and you know what it's like once you're in the shops...

New Look:

Lilac spotty cotton top - £20


Tan gladiator sandals with gold studs - £20


Pearl bracelets  - £6.00
Silver beads - £5.00

Boohoo.com


Cream summer dress - £21.00


I really liked the style of this dress so of course I have to have it in three different designs! I featured it in a OOTD last week so check that out to see how these fit. £21.00 each.

Zara:


This looks like nothing special on the hanger but on it's a really pretty summer dress which I think is going to be easy to wear. £25.00

Primark:


I bought this top in grey and cream. I think it's a versatile top that can be dressed up for a meal or drinks with friends or will work well for an office outfit aswell. £8.00 each.


I'm not 100% whether I'm keeping this dress, it looks better on than it does on the hanger.What do you guys think? £9.00


Turquoise and gold chunky ring - £2.00

H&M:


Turquoise and silver ring - £2.99



Silver butterfly ring - £2.99

Accessorize:


I've been looking for a 'love' ring for a while now and when I saw this sterling silver one in accessorize I loved it. It just looks so pretty and delicate and for £6.00.. bargain!

Sorry for the long post. Hope you're all enjoying the Friday feeling.
Laura xXx

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Small CCO Haul

I knew there was a CCO in York so thought it would be rude not to stop by while I was there. To be honest there wasn't a lot that was grabbing my attention but I did pick up some eyeshadows.


Digit:


'Soft pale violet with subtle shimmer' (velvet)

Plum Dressing:

'Subtle pinky-purple shone with metal' (veluxe pearl)

Femme-Fi:


Limited edition with the Neo Sci-fi collection.
'Frosty Golden Cream' (veluxe pearl)

Cranberry:


'Reddish plum with pink shimmer' (frost)

Swatches:



From left to right:
Cranberry, Femmi-fi, Plum dressing, Digit

Now I just need another palette to store them in! :)

Laura xXx