Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Belated Merry Christmas and Pre-emptive Happy New Years

Merry Christmas

I hope you've all had a lovely Christmas with your friends and family.
I, unfortunately, have been working solidly- the joys of a student holiday job, aye? 
Including working Christmas Eve and Boxing Day. It hasn't been much of a holiday.
However, it has been the sales and I have managed to snap up a few bargains. Christmas isn't a hugely massive thing in our house so I often get some money to spend on what I want- the parents judge it to be the safest way.

Rather macabre picture of some poor Christmas robins hanging off one of our lights that I found rather amusing when I came back from uni.
So, I'm pretty much solid until I go back, when I'll show you what I managed to snap up in the sales and have enjoyed receiving on Christmas.

So, if I don't post before then, I would like to wish you all as well

Happy New Year

Have an amazing time and I'll see you in the new year :)

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Battle of Two Mascaras- Rimmel Day to Night VS Revlon Grow Luscious- Review

So, in a recent bid to branch out and try new make up and in a move away from my beloved Max Factor 2000 Calorie Lash Mascara, I decided to try a new mascara. So, first into the ring is...

Rimmel Day to Night Mascara- £7.99

As you can see, it consists of a trick double wand where the Length wand goes down and in the middle of the Volume wand (at least that's what I've worked it out to be) You use one wand followed by the other if you want both length and volume- which I most definitely do.

I have to confess I have tiny eyelashes- if I were to look straight on at you, without mascara, you probably wouldn't even see them.

Seeeee?! Barely anything there. 
*this is an old photo before I discovered mascara and also excuse the eyebrows*
So it's always a massive thing to me for me to find a good mascara.

Anyway, onto Rimmel...
I HATE this mascara. It's rubbish. For me, at any rate.
The formula of the mascara is dire- it is far to liquid-y if you know what I mean. I know mascaras tend to take a while to get to the right sort of consistency but with this one, it has just not happened. 
Combined with the Volume brush, which is far too big, it's a disaster. It sticks like crazy. Too much product build up in between the bristles so if you want more than one coat- good luck. It will be a classic case of fat spider legs stuck to your eyes. I had to use an old mascara wand to separate my lashes out again.
The only good thing about it is the 'length' wand on its own which does add length on its own but needs several coats to build up a noticeable look.
As I quickly abandoned this mascara, I will hold my hand up and say I don't have any photos of this. I just really dislike it that much

However all is not lost, mis amores, as a new contender has arrived.

Revlon Grow Luscious Plumping Mascara- £9.99

My new love. 
It is equal or just pipping Max Factor 2000 Calorie to the top spot mascara.
It ticks all my boxes ;)
The wand size is just right. The consistency is great from the first application. It gives me length and volume without the spiders and I can easily apply 3 coats without it clumping and it is only £2 more expensive than Rimmel.
It won out over Max Factor False Lash Effect, which also used to be one of my top mascaras, as I much prefer bristle wands than plastic. Much less painful when I stab myself in the eye with it. Unfortunately, a very common habit of mine.

I will edit and post photographic proof when I look less like a zombie from doing the breakfast service at work. I just wanted to write it all while it was fresh.

Have a good day!
Have you tried either of these?

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Flowery Mehndi Design

Today I thought I would share with you one of my favourite past times and I have already written a full post about it here - so if this is something that interests you, have a look.

^ Wet and drying henna paste

Henna stain on my skin.
 The paste has peeled off and has left this gorgeous dark brown stain

Isn't it preeeetty *___*
What do you think?


Monday, 14 November 2011

Updated Lipstick Swatches

From left to right:

1. Rimmel Black Cherry (477), 2. MAC Viva Glam I A70, 3. Natural Collection Cherry Red, 4. Rimmel Heartbreaker (016), 5. Topshop Rio Rio, 6. Sleek Candycane, 7. Topshop Brighton Rock, 8. Topshop Pillow Talk, 9. Revlon Kiss Me Coral (750), 10. MAC Vegas Volt, 11. MAC Costa Chic, 12. Rimmel Spotlight Beige (910), 13. Sleek Barely There, 14. Topshop Rumour Has It, 15. Topshop Desert

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Rave Review- Estée Lauder Double Wear

Okay, so as a pre- birthday treat (and by pre I mean it's about a month away still...) I got the itch to buy myself a new expensive foundation. Now I wouldn't normally go this far up the price range as I am a poor student and really shouldn't be spending my money. Not having a disposable income really bites...

But I bit the bullet anyway and got myself the Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation.

I had seen this foundation doing the round on the beauty blogs etc and it had been getting pretty good reviews. So while I may be a bit late jumping on the bandwagon, I'm so glad I'm on it because I freaking LOVE this foundation.

My skin hasn't been great lately thanks to the new uni life- student diet, drinking, not much sleep (I'm in a flat of 20 and I'm the room next to the kitchen...) and general laziness so it's been flaring up a little but nothing too major.
However, the one big thing I've noticed is that my current foundation- L'Oreal True Match- isn't doing me that many favours either. It's coverage isn't great and I'll return from a day at uni feeling horrible and oily.

In this picture, I am wearing nothing but the foundation- no concealer, no powder. The coverage is great to the point that I would only use concealer for my dark eye circles. The foundation itself is quite thick- something that worried me at first but once applied, it doesn't feel heavy at all. MAC Studio Fix Fluid is probably pretty closest too it in the sense of how thick it is, except I found MAC quite heavy on my skin.
A big plus for me is that it doesn't leave my skin feeling dirty or oily. I wore it for a full day at uni, including taking the bus *shudder* and returned back to halls, feeling just at fresh as I was in the morning and it had damn well stayed put.

The only con for me is that it doesn't have a pump so I feel like it's really easy to waste it if I'm not careful when I pour it out. That and the price. At £26.50, this is easily the most expensive make up I own and normally wouldn't even tiptoe around this price range. Unfortunately, now that I've found out just how good it is, I'm gonna have a real problem not buying it again once I've run out....