Saturday, 4 September 2010

Laura Mercier's luscious lip silk

I bought this little tube in Sephora while in New York. I think it was $20 but I have seen it in Space NK for £16 (about £4 more, so yet again we are ripped off). Either way this is pricey for a tiny tube of lip balm however I so hate having dry, sore lips that I dont mind splashing out on an expensive product to save and use at bed time. This nice thick balm does the job even when used sparingly. It seemed to prevent a healing cold sore getting to the painful, bleeding stage which is a minor miracle. It doesnt have much scent or taste which personally I prefer. I thinks its comparable to my much beloved Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour lip treatment although that is possbly more hygienic and convenient as its a stick. I wonder what heights my expensive lip treatment habit will reach? Would I spend £32 on the By Terry Baume de Rose?

Friday, 3 September 2010

Sunshine and Rain

Despite the gorgeous sunny weather we have had this week, I have been obsessed by this Eyeko Rain polish. Its the first time I have bought anything from Eyeko and it was this that pulled me in. Its a beautiful blue, grey shade which is a little bit different but not too in your face for work. I have a hard time with blue and green polish but I like this with my pale skin tone. The consistency is really good. I did two coats out of habit but one thick one may have worked well. Staying power is average at about 3 days without chips or tip wear. Available from for £3.50 I have a feeling this will be a repurchase for me.
Happy Friday

PS Happy to report that my rash is now gone (cause still a mystery!) which means my lotion and potion love is back with a vengence.

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Its been too long!

Apologies once again for the recent lack of posts which is down to a few different factors.
Firstly I was away on a little trip to Ireland for a friends wedding (gorgeous!) last weekend.
Secondly I have been selling (hopefully done now) my flat and searching for a new place. We need to move in 8 weeks - eek!
Thirdly I have broken out in Hives which means I have been avoiding most of my beloved lotions and potions *sad face*. This combined with the sedating effects of the medication I have to take has left me uninspired at best and positively zombie-like at worst.
I have been enjoying reading everyone else's posts though and will hopefully be back soon

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Goody Spin Pins = easy messy updo!

I bought these a short while ago in my local ASDA for £4.98. I've been in search of something that would help create a messy bun and make up for my distinct lack of hair skillz. First impressions are very good. The pins are simple to use and invisible in the hair. Despite my hair being thick, wavy and freshly washed, it felt like it was held in place securely. The end result was quite messy which is what I was aiming for. Those with smoother hair which isn't layered like mine could probably create a neater bun. They were in stock in either blonde or brunette which I guess helps blend them into the hair. The card in the box suggests a few different styles and gives instructions. I also bought the Goody Easy Up Do tool but first impressions of that are less favourable. I will reserve judgement until I experiment some more. Recommend the spin pins for snyone with mid to long hair though.

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Too Faced will make you Bronzed and Beautiful

Or at least they will try with this Bronzed and Beautiful palette. My eye was well and truly caught by this beauty in Boots but I resisted given it was £21 and I definately did not need another bronzer, far less a palette of three! For some reason it is available here (not obviously as a sale item although currently out of stock) for the more reasonable price of £13 and when I found it my resolve crumbled. I'm really glad I was weak as I love this palette. The second picture shows the colours more true to life I would say. It has 3 mini sizes of the Too Faced bronzers:

Pink Leopard - great bronzey pink with gold shimmer
Snow bunny - 4 shades, gives a subtle very pretty highlighted glow
Sun Bunny - 2 natural deep bronze shades, well pigmented and quite matte

The palette is cardboard but so far seems sturdy and to be holding up well. There is a decent mirror in the top, making it good for travel or in your bag. The kabuki brush is very soft but the shape is what is really great as its slightly flattened which means I can use the full side for all over colour with Pink Leopard or the flat side for contouring with sun bunny and highlighting with the lightest snow bunny shades. Love it!

Another Maxi dress

I wore this dress last night to the Ruby Wedding party of my friends parents. I missed out when it was available on but was delighted when the lovely Nicola mentioned she had my size going spare in one of her You Tube videos (both her blog and You Tube are great, definately recommend checking them out if you havent already). Its a bit slinkier than my other maxis so spanx are definately required! I really felt good in it and wore it with some tan wedges, a dull gold shrug, gold jewellery and a turquoise flower in my hair which nearly didnt survive the Ceilidh dancing! I am hoping to get some more wears in before the summer is over. Its actually been a beautiful day here, sunny and warm. We took a rare chance to venture out for some yummy ice cream this afternoon which went down very well although if it becomes a regular thing I will have to buy more spanx, lol.

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Amarone for Autumn

Despite really enjoying a chilled white or Rose on a warm (I can just about remember what that is) evening, I am really much more of a red wine drinker. My favourite red wine is Amarone. I discovered this on a wine tasting evening - mightily good fun and not too serious or stuffy, at Peckhams Deli. Now, I'm no expert but this is definately a full flavoured red which the husband ejoys muchly also. Its described as having aromas of cherries, berries and exotic fruits and a flavour that is warm, soft and full-bodied. At around £15 a bottle its definately a treat to be savoured and enjoyed. Thanks to my brother in law I have a bottle of this tucked away to enjoy on an Autumn evening.