Monday, 14 December 2009
I haven't blogged for a while because I'm avoiding buying any more make up for the time being and forging ahead with using what I already own. Thanks to my make up addiction my wardrobe was feeling neglected, so I have recently turned my attention to clothes, shoes and accessories.
Anyway here are my belated ins and outs for the month of November...
Christmas holidays - two hard earned weeks off work woohoo :)
New make up storage system - I have outgrown my Sephora traincase, so I bought some plastic draws. It is now a lot easier to find what I'm looking for.
Pixie Lott - I love her look and am channeling red nails, charcoal lined eyes and contoured cheeks daily.
Black jeans from H&M - I've bought three different pairs.
www.theblondesalad.com - This girl has style. I love her blog and dream of having studded Converse like hers.
The cold weather - it is making my skin so dry.
Lining my eyes on top - these days I just line my tightline, waterline and underneath.
Renewing my passport - I can't go to France over Christmas :(
Sunday, 6 December 2009
Friday, 20 November 2009
PS: Harrods is rumoured to stock NYX too.
Bon weekend & bisous -x-
Sunday, 8 November 2009
-high end lipstick... YSL Rouge Volupte in No7 Lingerie Pink. I discovered this lipstick this year thanks to Lorraine @ The Current Custom and I am on my 6th tube.
- eyeshadow... I'm not really an eyeshadow person, I only wear it when I go out at night. I tend to stick to dark colours for a smokey eye so I'll say Mac Gilt By Association.
- lipgloss... Nars Striptease. Love the colour, hate the formula.
- mascara... L'oreal Telescopic in Carbon Black.
- lipstick... Mac Saint Germain. Love the way this brightens up my face.
- high end blush... Benefit Coralista. This is an all year round blush, no need to switch it up when the seasons change.
- eyeliner... Make Up Forever Aqua Eyes in 1L star Black.
What would you buy?
Saturday, 7 November 2009
The people over at VS are searching for the perfect flagship location, possibly in Regent Street. Rumour has it, Forever 21 is also looking to open a flagship there too.
I guess the prices will be a straight dollar to pound conversion, but I can live with that.
Wednesday, 4 November 2009
Photo is at a friend's wedding. My dress is from Asos.com, my Bambi necklace is from Disney Couture and the bouquet is the bride's :)
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
Bioderma Node S Concentrated Restruturing Mask for dry, damaged hair - Wow! What can I say about this product. It conditons my hair and leaves it shiny and tangle-free. And to my surprise it volumizes too. My hair hasn't been in such a good condition for a long time.
Le Petit Marseillais Zeste Fraicheur - This 3 Euro spray keeps my hair fresh in between washes. It has the scent of sweet almonds.
L'Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Moisturising Fluid - I rediscovered this gem as part of my "using up random half used products project." It is the perfect base under my Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser in the winter months. Watch out for a separate post about all of the random products that I am trying to use up.
Make Up Forever HD Elixir - Love love love (see my review post).
Make Up Forever Glossy Full Couleur No7 - My love of this product is making me want to use up all of my Nars lipglosses so I can replace them with MUFE Glossy Fulls!
Yves Rocher Creamy Kohl - Think MAC Feline (but longer lasting) in Pure Cosmetics Kohl packaging.
MAC Sculpt & Shape Powder in Accentuate/Sculpt - I have started using this almost daily and I love it. It only takes a minute to contour my face with my #109 brush.
MAC Cream Colour Base in Black - I swipe this over my eyelids for a smudgey, slept in eye look and rim with eyeliner. Makes for a fast and simple going out look.
Bioderma Restructuring Cream Shampoo for very dry and damaged hair - Love the mask, hate the shampoo. I find it very hard to get a lot of lather and it smells of hair dye.
Toting around a huge make up bag with 1000 lipsticks - I have downsized to my cute Paper Planes one which contains just the essentuals (i.e tinted moisturiser, blot powder, a couple of eyeliners and lip products).
The fr-freezing(!) cold weather here in London - Makes me want to not get out of bed in the mornings :(
Monday, 19 October 2009
I was so impressed I decided try more products from Bioderma. I replaced my Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser with Bioderma Crealine DS Purifying Cleanser and I replaced my Clarins Hydraquench Cooling Cream Gel with Bioderma Crealine DS Cream Dermo-Brevete. Both of these products are designed to specifically target dry skin on the sides of the nose, on the cheeks and on the chin. Like the Crealine H20, the cleanser is soap and perfume free and PH neutral. It also has the same feeling of leaving my skin feeling clean without being stripped. The cream has a very light formula (it almost turns into the consistancy of the Crealine H2O) but is surprisingly very moisturising. I use it as both a day and night cream.
Red is for sensitive-dry skin
Blue is for very dry skin
Green is for oily skin
Sunday, 18 October 2009
The larger bag is £38 from Topshop and the clutch is £20 from Urban Outfitters.
Since I went to Paris in August I am dreaming of a studded bag from Lancel. I would describe Lancel as the French version of Mulberry. I do hope the Pound/Euro exchange rate returns to normal soon so I can buy it. It is around 800 Euros, so it is more or less £800.
Whilst in Printemps (a major department store) in Lyon, I saw a cute leopard print pochette from Sonia Rykiel. I was trying to be really good and not spend all of my money on day one, so I waited until the last day to go back and buy it... but it had sold out :( My husband is going to Paris next weekend so I've asked him to check if it is in stock at the Printemps there. I hope he returns to London with the correct one.
Thursday, 15 October 2009
Make Up Forever HD Elixir - this is something I've been wanting to try since its release in the States. It has only just been released in France, which is strange because Make Up Forever is a French company. I would say it is the French equivalent of MAC. It is described as an "innovative serum that instantly hydrates and adds radiance to the skin. The breakthrough formula was specifically created to smooth and prepare the skin for high definition make up." It goes on to say that "D-Panthenol and Glycerin ensure HD Elixir provides and immediate boost of hydration (+520% after 15 minutes) that lasts throughout the day (+175% after 6 hours)."
No matter how much I moisturise, I have really dry skin on the sides of my nose (gross!) so I have to use a serum post-moisturiser, pre tinted moisturiser. I have been using this every day since I purchased it and I can say that it definitely keeps my skin hydrated all day long. It is a lightweight formula that only takes about a minute to absorb. You only get 12ml or 0.40fl.oz for 29 Euros but there is a dropper in the lid so none of the product should get wasted.
Make Up Forever Brush Cleanser - I bought this randomly. I haven't tried it out yet.
Make Up Forever Glossy Full Couleur in #7 Pale Pink - Another product I picked up randomly but I am so glad that I did. This is the most moisturising, non-sticky, non-plastic tasting gloss I have ever tried. Forget about Nars Turkish Delight and try this instead. I have crossed Dolce & Gabbana's Candy off my wishlist and replaced it with MUFE #8 Peach & #10 Pinky Peach.
Sephora Retractable Powder Brush - I just got this to throw in my bag to use with my MAC Blot Powder.
Make Up Forever Aqua Eyes in #1L Star Black - I repurchased this as I have nearly used up the one I got in Paris in August. This is my go to eyeliner of the moment, it is quick and easy to apply and lasts all day.
Back to my love of Make Up Forever. Out of all of the products I have tried from this brand (around 10) I have not been disapointed. If you have any MUFE product recommendations please let me know. Apart from the lipglosses, I am interested in purchasing the HD kabuki brush, the double-ended sculpting brush and Aquablack Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow.
Part 2 of my haul is from the Pharmacy, Monoprix beauty section and Yves Rocher.Bisous -x-
Demand for Sephora in the UK would be huge because the shopping experience there is unique compared to Boots and even Space NK and the beauty halls of major department stores.
I'm lucky enough to visit my family in France every few months so I can hit Sephora for my fix then. But the thought of Sephora in the UK makes me wonder how minimal my French hauls would be :)
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
Probably 50% of my wardrobe is TOPSHOP. I wouldn't say there is a method to shopping there, I just randomly come across cool items that fit in with the rest of my wardrobe - most recently BRETON TOPS and a STUDDED SWEATSHIRT tres Gagaesque! I love TOPSHOP SHOES! You can find CLASSIC SHOES with a MODERN TAKE or STATEMENT SHOES. I occasionally also find some cool ACCESSORIES - BAGS, STATEMENT JEWELLERY and TIGHTS.
My second main shop is URBAN OUTFITTERS. Again my finds there are all very random - most recently STUDDED and LEOPARD PRINT BALLET PUMPS and JEWELLERY. I have got my eye on a SARA BERMAN PRINCESS COAT there. Bring on the sales!
I hit ALL SAINTS for DECONSTRUCTED KNITWEAR, ZIPPED ANKLE JEANS, BLAZERS and ACCESSORIES. I love DIESEL for JEANS. I hit AMERICAN APPAREL for T-SHIRTS and BASICS. And I make some occasional random finds in ZARA, H&M RIVER ISLAND and ASOS.COM
I like RUSSELL & BROMLEY, OFFICE and FRENCH SOLE for SHOES.
For HIGH END I hit SELFRIDGES and CONTEMPORARY I hit HARVEY NICHOLS.
For BEAUTY I go to BOOTS because I can get POINTS on my ADVANTAGE CARD for FREEBIES. If I can't find a certain product in BOOTS then I go to SUPERDRUG. SELFRIDGES has the best BEAUTY HALL ever and I love SPACE NK too.
Where do you shop in your hometown or places that you travel to?
SHOPPING IN PARIS coming up shortly. Bisous -x-
Tuesday, 13 October 2009
Monday, 12 October 2009
I haven't been so excited about a Mac collection since Hello Kitty in March, but my wallet is feeling the pain. These collections are great for someone like me who likes to keep my look smokey and simple.
I bought a lot more than I thought I would from Style Black...
From L-R: Cream Color Base in Black, Gilt by Association eyeshadow, Young Punk eyeshadow & Greasepaint Stick.
So far I have tried out everything, except for Young Punk because I didn't take it to France with me. I love using the Cream Color Base and Greasepaint Stick as a base under Gilt by Association (or any other eyeshadow) or by themselves for a smudgy, smokey effect. Think morning after eyes.
Moving on to DSquared...
From L-R: Lip Erase, Sculpt & Shape Powder in Bone Beige/Emphasize, Sculpt & Shape Powder in Accentuate/Sculpt & 2 Feline Khol Powers.
I have always wanted to get my hands on Lip Erase. At the moment I am exprimenting with it. I haven't had the chance to use the Sculpt & Shape Powders yet. Feline Khol Power is one of my all-time favourite Mac products. I don't understand why Mac doesn't include them in their permanent line. But I read on Temptalia that they will be coming out again in a collection in December/January.
Wednesday, 7 October 2009
Just to let you know that I have three hauls coming up... Style Black, DSquared and Sephora/French pharmacy.
I am enjoying Lyon very much, the weather is sunny, the food is good, the bars are just under the apartment and the shops are just around the corner... and the best thing...
This little cutie is Bassam. She is a two year old French Bulldog. She likes: homeless people, carrots, jumping from sofa to sofa, swimming in the bath & beating up her brother Berlioz. She hates: being ignored, pedicures & when Berlioz is mean to her.
Here is a photo of Bassam & Berlioz together with their portrait...
I am tempted to leave all my hauls in France to make space in my suitcase for these cuties :)
Monday, 28 September 2009
I'm waiting in anticipation for Mac Style Black & DSquared to launch in the UK. There is a lot I want from those collections so its going to hit my wallet hard :)
Here are the goods and bads of September...
I'm still hitting pans and using up all of the random hair and skincare products around my flat.
Reaching over £28 worth of points on my Boots advantage card - Chanel Eye Gloss is almost mine, for free! :)
A new haircut - my hair really damaged from going from brunette to blonde. So I'm following the beauty blogger mantra: "You've got to cut it to grow it."
Going on holiday of course :)
Soap & Glory Hair Supply - this totally dried out my hair.
L'Oreal Telescopic Waterproof mascara - this did't have the same effect as the regular one.
Sunday, 13 September 2009
But over the last few years I have rediscovered the drugstore and found some hidden gems. Here are my favourites...
Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in #002 Hazel - I have been using this for years. Its cheap (around £2) and does the job. I don't see the point in buying high end brand eyebrow pencils.
L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara - I love love love the lengthening effect this has on my lashes. Its 1000 times better than Diorshow Unlimited.
L'Oreal Kohl Minerals Eyeliner - I put this on top of pencil lined eyes to soften them.
Gosh Eyeshadow Base - Does the same job as Urban Decay's or Too Faced's one, but cheaper. My eyeshadow lasts all night without fail.
Bourjois Liner Feutre - I have tried many high end brand felt tip eyeliners and haven't been impressed with any of them. This one is easy to apply and lasts all day. It costs around £6.
Pure Cosmetics Artists Cube Eyeshadow in Night - This eyeshadow is so much more flattering and easier to use than Mac Carbon. Although Pure Cosmetics is sold in Boots, their products are about the same price as Mac products, but they are worth it.
Pure Cosmetics Kajal Eyeliner - I love this on my waterline. Its a good dupe for Guerlain Terracotta Kohl Kajal which was limited edition.
Barry M - I love Barry M's nail polishes, lip paints and bronzer brush. I use the latter everyday which only cost £5!
Monday, 7 September 2009
I'm a frequent traveller and I dream of travelling light. I'm off to France again next month and my GHDs aren't joining in on the holiday fun because I bought these at Superdrug today for £15. They are also available at John Lewis. I can't believe I nearly forked out 50 Euros for some Sephora brand ones in Paris!
They feature a 200 degree temperature and come in four colours - green just happened to be the only colour on the shelf. I've tried them out and obviously being so small they take a bit longer to straighten my (long) hair but I'm happy with the end result. They are excellent at creating loose waves and styling my fringe. You just have to be very careful and keep your fingers on the finger rests so you don't get burnt.
All I need now is a mini heat mat - does anybody know where I can get one from?
PS: I plan to do some posts in the near future about what make up I take when I travel and make up for a long distance flight.
Sunday, 6 September 2009
The purse looks like a airmail envelope and has "Save your pennies 4a Rainy Day" on it, and the make up bag looks like a postcard and has "Lets kiss and make up" on it. Very cute!
Tuesday, 1 September 2009
Monday, 31 August 2009
Bioderma Crealine H2O - I have been using this as a make up remover for a couple of weeks and I have noticed an improvement in my skin (less dry and more clear). And no more panda eyes as it removes waterproof mascara in one swipe.
Make Up Forever Aqua Eyes in 1L shiney Black - This is quick to apply and lasts all day and the colour is less harsh than matte black.
Models Own nail polish in Pink Punch - This neon pink has been my go to nail polish all month.
Mac lipstick in Saint Germain - I seem to be wearing this everyday. My new YSL #19 Frivolous Pink hasn't been touched yet.
St Tropez Everyday Gradual Tan Mousse - I've finally found an easy to apply, non-sticky and nice scented fake tan. Will definitely re-purchase.
Thinking before buying and using up the products that I already own. I've hit the pan on my Benefit Hoola Bronzer and Givenchy eyebrow palette and I'm currently trying to use up all the random haircare and bodycare products I own before I purchase more.
Clarins skincare products - I am gradually replacing each product with Bioderma or L'Occitane products. Clarins products are great, but expensive :(
Centre hair parting - I have been trying out a side parting all week in an attempt of getting more volume.
Autumn - I wish it could stay summer for a little while longer. I'm not really to wear a coat and boots just yet.
Saturday, 29 August 2009
These are the products I am interested in purchasing during the fall...
Chanel Eye Gloss - I swatched this when I was in Paris and it was love at first sight. At £38.50 in the UK, its expensive. I'm trying to save up my Boots advantage card points for this baby. At the moment I'm on £10 worth of points and as I'm trying to cut down on my monthly Boots spend by using up all the half full random shampoos, conditioners, self tanning creams etc laying around my fla t so it might take me longer than usual to reach the amount of points needed to make this purchase. It is limited edition so I might just give in and purchase it at the airport when I go on holiday next month.
Dolce & Gabbana lipgloss in Candy - Back in the spring I was mesmorised by Scarlett Johansson's lips in the advertising billboards. I thought the colour was so perfect her lips must have been digitally enhanced. When I eventually made it to the D&G counter at Selfridges I asked the MUA about Scarlett's lips, she laughed and told me that she gets asked that question 1000 times a day. Her lips weren't enhanced, Candy was used but its sold out until 1st September.
There are two products I'm interested in getting from the MAC Style Black collection. The greasepaint stick in black and the #214 short shader brush. The MAC collection I'm really holding out for is D Squared 2. I want to get the lip erase, gloss texture, both of the sculpt and shape powders and about 10 feline khol powers :)
Apart from those products, there are a couple of MAC face brushes I want to get to complete my collection and I want to buy a shimmery navy and dark grey eyeshadow for a non-black smoky look - any suggestions?
Today was payday so I purchased some Bioderma products from http://www.leguidesante.co.uk/ I will do a review of them at some point.
Have a good bank holiday weekend.
Tuesday, 25 August 2009
Conditioner: Le Petit Marseilais shea butter and honey mask. I stocked up on this in Paris to improve the strength of my hair.
Styling products: L'oreal Elnett extra strength hairspray, Aveda Pure Abundance volumising hair spray and Batiste boho dry shampoo.
Shower gel: I think the brand is called Mad Cow and its called Vanilla Biscuit. Smells delicious!
Body moisturiser: I don't really wear it on a daily basis, only when my skin is dry. I use a Clairns generous sample size.
Deodorant: Mitchum 48hr unperfumed. I have been using this for years.
Fake tan: I recently bought St Tropez Everyday Mousse which I apply with a tanning glove. It is really easy and even to apply and doesn't smell awful or feel sticky.
Skincare products: Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser with cottonseed, L'Occitane Exfoliating Rice Powder, Clarins Hydraquench Intensive Serum, Clarins Hydraquench Cooling Cream-Gel for hot climates and Bioderma Crealine H2O.
Primer: I don't use a face primer, I only use a primer on my eyes when I wear eyeshadow. The primer depends on which eyeshadow I use.
Foundation: I don't normally wear foundation. At the moment I am using Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser in Porcelain. Without a doubt I will try a different brand when this one runs out. The hunt for a great tinted moisturiser continues...
Concealer: Make Up Forever 5 colour palette.
Powder: Make Up Forever HD Powder.
Blusher: Benefit Coralista and Nars Orgasm.
Bronzer: Benefit Hoola.
Highlighter: Mac cream colour base in Pearl or Luna.
Eyeshadows: I'm not really an eyeshadow person, I only wear them when I'm going out for the night or for an event like a wedding. I love smoky eyes. The two eyeshadows I use the most are Nars Night Porter and a Pure Cosmetics color cube in a shiney black colour (I don't know the name).
Eyeliner: At the moment I have been using my new Make Up Forever Aqualiners for my eyelids and either Guerlain Eye Khol in Ivory or Pure Cosmetics black kajal for my waterline.
Mascara: I'm using Make Up Forever Aqua Smoky Lash Mascara which I bought recently. But when it runs out I will return to my old favourite Diorshow waterproof Mascara.
Lipstick: YSL Rouge Volupte in No7 and No8 and Mac Saint Germain.
Lipgloss: Nars Striptease and Turkish Delight.
Nail polish: I have been using these over the summer - Models Own in Pink Punch (its a neon pink), Barry M Baby Pink (its a light pink cream), Barry M Bright Pink (think YSL Rouge Volupte No8 in a nail polish) and Mavala Liberty (a cream nude).
Please feel free to join in this tag if you like.
Monday, 24 August 2009
In Sephora I just picked up some Make Up Forever stuff - the five colour camouflage concealer palette (love), aqua smoky lash mascara (I'm not sure about the wand) and two aqua eyes eyeliners in black and shiney black (love). I also picked up a Sephora non rinse brush cleaner (not pictured).
In Parashop I picked up Bioderma Crealine H2O and the wipes. I highly recommend these as after a week of using them my skin has noticeably improved. Clarins better watch out - I might just switch all my skincare over to Bioderma.
In Douglas I picked up a cute Hello Kitty sponge and a mini Mavala nail polish in Liberty - its a cream nude colour j'adore ca!
Apart from make up, I bought two breton tops from Saint James and a pair of leather look ballet leggings from Promod which is the French equivalent of Forever 21.
If you plan to visit Paris, I recommend Rue de Rennes and Rue du Four in the 14th arrondissement for shopping. The closest metro station is Rennes or Montparnasse Bienvenue. There are many Sephora stores all over the city but the one on Champs Elysees is the biggest and has the best selection of products - it even stocks MAC. French skincare brands are very good and can be found in any pharmacy, but the Parashop chain is really good.
Friday, 31 July 2009
Thursday, 30 July 2009
Paris - I am going to France next Sunday for two weeks. One week will be spent in my second hometown Paris. I can't wait to make like Amelie and wander around, spend hours in Sephora on Champs Elysees and eat proper food!
Guerlain Khol Me in Ivory - I have been reaching for this every day. It makes my eyes pop without being obvious and is long lasting both on the eyes and the amount of product. Come payday this Friday I will purchase the black one.
Chanel 2.55esque quilted frame glasses - If I can't have the handbag, why not have the glasses! And I used a 20% off voucher for D&A in the latest edition of Cosmo.
Message in a bottle necklace from Urban Outfitters - Its so cute and unique. I'm always looking for that in jewelry.
Benefit Get Bent angled eyeliner brush - Like I said in my orignal post: How did I ever live without this!? I get perfect feline flicks in one swipe. And the price was great too.
London - Rain, hard work, same shops on every street... blerrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Stila tinted moisturiser - This seems to be breaking me out. I regret purchasing a back up in panic at the thought of Space NK discontinuing Stila products. Back to the great tinted moisturiser hunt!
Eyeshadow - I rarely wear it, so why do I continue to buy it?
Mac collections - Nothing seems to excite me these days. Roll on the D Squared2 collection!
Sunday, 26 July 2009
Saturday, 25 July 2009
Barry M lipgloss in No4 - Barry M has just introduced these lipglosses. I bought this one out of curiosity more than anything else. Its a shimmery lilac/pink and has a strawberry scent which is nice.
Barry M nail paint in 279 bright pink - J'adore Barry M nail paints! I've been thinking about buying this one for a while now and I'm glad I finally bought it. Its a bubblegum pink and a great dupe for Leighton Denny Copy Cat. For under £3, you can never go wrong with Barry M nail paints :)
Body Shop Yes Yes Yes tantalising lip butter - After reading all the hype I decided to try this for myself. It does tone down lipsticks but it has a sickly scent that reminds me of twinnings blackcurrant and vanilla fruit tea.
Monday, 20 July 2009
In addition to Bambi and Hello Kitty, I love Babushkas! If there is a Babushka on it I have to have it! I was so happy to come across these supercute finds this month. The clutch is £22 from Topshop and the pochette is around £7 from Accessorize - sorry for the blurred photo.
Saturday, 18 July 2009
Wednesday, 15 July 2009
Sunday, 12 July 2009
I can't wait to hit the Make Up Forever section. This is what I want...
Waterproof Smokey Lash mascara
Aqua Eyes waterproof eyeliner in Black
5 Colour Camouflage concealer palette in either No1 or No2
I'm hoping they will have HD Elixir and the double ended contour brush - I checked the French website and they are not available on there yet.
Depending on the contents of my Hello Kitty purse at the end of the week I might go back and get a back up of the HD Microfinish powder and maybe a Sculpting Kit.
I might also get some Sephora brand products, although Sephora in the US has a better selection.
Apart from make up, I hope to find the perfect vintage Chanel 2.55 handbag, another handbag, some clothes (in particular a bright or printed maxi dress, breton top and tulip skirt) maybe some shoes, possibly some Hello Kitty stuff and some Arabic jewelery.
Saturday, 11 July 2009
I rushed to the Selfridges Mac counter today to pick up Colourcrafted lipstick from the Colourcraft collection. I was disapointed to see that it had sold out so I picked up Saint Germain instead. I also got my hands on the 226 brush - I can't wait to try that out :)
Next I went to Superdrug just for a browse but ended up buying Barry M lipliner in No13 - its a milky pink so its a great match for Saint Germain. I also plan to use it to blank out my lips.
I also picked up a Bloom nail polish in Dolly - its a neon orangey coral cream formulation. Alot of the Bloom nail polish colours looked appealing so I plan to pick up some more.
The last thing I picked up in Superdrug was Miss Eylure lashlets. They are half lashes that give a winged effect.
I was planning to go to Sallys to pick up some China Glaze but it rained :(