Friday, 27 April 2012

Rusty Eye!

Hello my lovelies! I am sure most of you have already seen this, but I have only gone a wrote a guest post on Ruby's (It's a Beautyful Life) Blog!

I did a little make up look. Please have a look if you haven't already!

I would just like to thank Ruby for letting me write a post for her lovely Blog! If you haven't had a look at her blog...what are you waiting for?! *Link*

=) x

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

MAC Brush Dupes?!

Now I think we have all heard of Lauren Luke? Made famous by YouTube and her clear talent with make up. I remember watching her videos when she was developing her own line of brushes! She would use them and they looked exactly like MAC brushes! I wanted them! I stalked her website looking for when they would get released and it always just said ‘coming soon’.

Needless to say, I lost interest, not because I didn’t want them but just because I couldn’t be bothered to stalk the website anymore. But then I watched one of her videos around my last birthday, and I wanted them again. I looked on the website again and hurrah! There they were! This made me happy. But then I looked at the prices! This made me even more ecstatic! They were a FRACTION of the price compared to MAC brushes!

So, I asked my friend to get me the dupes for the MAC 239, MAC 217 and an angled brush for my birthday. And they didn’t disappoint!


  • Although they look similar the MAC 239 is a lot more flexible than the Flat Eye Shadow Brush which is a little stiffer.
  • The MAC 239 has softer bristles, but this is me being pedantic.
Overall :
  • The quality is the same.
  • I haven’t experienced any shedding.
  • It picks up shadow pigment just as well as the MAC.
  • And best of all it was £4.00! Compared to £19.00!


  • The MAC 217 has more bristles so the movement is a bit more controlled compared to the Blending Eye Shadow Brush.
  • Again the bristles are softer on a MAC 217.
Overall :
  • Again the quality is the same.
  • The Blending Eye Shadow Brush blends out shadow just as well as the MAC 217.
  • Again haven’t experienced any shedding
  • And it was £4.50! Compared to £16.00!



Now I don’t have a MAC angled brush but I thought I would put this brush in for completeness. I love this angled brush because it is so fine/thin. It picks up colour well. It has kept its shape and it hasn’t shed. And it was £3.25!

I would definitely recommend checking out her website. I know that mine were a gift, but honestly if my birthday hadn’t been coming up I would have just bought them myself.

Have any of you looked at them? Have any of you got them? =) x

Saturday, 21 April 2012

My ‘Skin care’!

I have no idea why I haven’t posted in a long time (a week) but I apologise! Today I thought I would just tell you about what products I use on my skin. Let’s just be clear, I barely do anything to my skin. I use two main products and hope my skin stays under control.


When I turned 21 (long ago) acne attacked my skin. Before that I hadn’t really suffered with bad skin, just the odd occasional spot. Anyway, because of this, my pores enlarged around my nose therefore making skin oiler and I just kept getting spots on my cheeks (which I had never before gotten).

L: Here my skin is relatively clear (not wearing foundation, didn't need to) R: Very red and sore spots, majorly covered up!! Click on image for better quality.

Product One

I tried so many things to stop the acne, except going to the Doctor (I’m just not one to go to the Doctors), when I was watching ‘ThePersianbabe’ on YouTube and she spoke about La Roche Posay products helping her. So I thought I would give it a go.

I bought the La Roche Posay Effaclar K (Renovating care for oily skin anti relapse). This is my ‘moisturiser’ that I use in the mornings and at night. I swear within 2 days of using this product I saw a noticeable difference in my skin condition. Less breakouts, spots being subdued and it controlled my oil production (that sounds gross!). It’s a serum consistency, which may not be to everyone’s taste but I saw results so I didn’t really care.

It’s a whooping £13 for a mere 30ml. But this is my second tube which I started using in February, and the last one lasted me nine months. So it lasted a really long time for the ‘ml’ and it’s a good primer too.

Product Two

The second product which I think is making such a lovely impact on my skin is ‘No.7 Beautiful Skin Foaming Cleanser for Normal/Oily skin.’

This is a product that I only recently started using (I talk about it here). I’m not going to talk about it too much. Just that it does what it needs to, for the skin type that it is recommended to treat. It leaves my skin feeling so clean and tighter (in a good way). It retails at £9 for 150ml.

Needless to say I wouldn’t use this if you have dry skin. These are the two things that I use consistently now. I don’t use a toner, I occasionally do a face mask and exfoliate, that’s it. I am using an eye cream but I don’t think it does much. (May inform you about it in another post).

What products do you use? Have you ever had problem skin? =) x

Monday, 16 April 2012

Polish Post #4

Polish Post #4

Hello there! So I was a bit bored on Sunday and lone behold I turned to my nail polishes for entertainment…I said to myself that I would let my nails ‘breathe’ for a week but I only lasted 5 days!

A bit more of a creative polish post today…I used my Nail Art Pen (Models Own) to create this look.

L to R: Red Wine, Coral, Peach Melba. Bottom: Nail Art Pen

I first applied two thin coats of Peach Melba by Barry M.

Secondly painted one thin coat of Coral by Barry M half way up the nail

On my ring finger I pained one thin coat of Red Wine by Barry M on a quarter of my nail.

Finally I used my nail art pen to draw in the lines.

I find that with Barry M nail paints you need to do thin coats and layer, you get a better finish.

It’s not super neat or anything but hey hoe I am not a professional! I enjoyed creating it, although when I showed my brother he just said it looked weird! Clearly he is not creative! Ha!

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

3 Tool Challenge!

So, my friend Harpreet came over on last Friday after we attended a wedding. Which was beautiful by the way!

Anyway, she immediately commented on the amount of make up brushes I have (although, she has seen them before but she still commented. I think she was trying to say I have a problem!), and it got me thinking, if I could pick 3 make up tools could I not live without.

Now, that was extremely hard! I really set myself a challenge here! But hurrah, I prevailed! The reason I choose these 3 items is because I could use just these to make my face presentable and walk out of the house.

The first tool I would keep is the Buffing Brush by Real Techniques. It doesn’t matter what foundation I use, this brush will give me a seamless finish. At this stage of my life I don’t think I could live without foundation, hence this choice.

Secondly would be my MAC 224 Blending brush I use this brush for concealer, but you could use it for eyeshadow (but if I just wanted to walk out of the house I wouldn’t wear eyeshadow, I would just want a flawless face.) I know that this brush sheds, mine did, but it doesn’t anymore so I still use it.

Third and final choice would be Eye Lash Curlers, I have the Shu uemura ones. Using eyelash curlers makes such a difference to my face and obviously my eyes.

I think I could apply everything else with my fingers (which I don’t like to do lol) if I had to. Or use pencil eyelines, for example, instead of a gel liner. In my head I need all my brushes but this was a fun challenge to see what I really needed.

What brushes can you not live without? I challenge all you makeup lovers to try and see which 3 tools you couldn’t live without. =) x

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Liebster Award!

Buon Giorno!!

I cannot contain my joy and honour that I have been awarded the Liebster Award by the gorgeous Ayesha (Ayeshadow, eyeshadow)! So a mahooossivvee THANK YOU to her!! Be sure to check out her blog if you haven’t already!

"Liebster is a German word meaning favourite, dearest or beloved. The Liebster Blog Award is awarded by bloggers to other new bloggers who have fewer than 200 followers, to help spread the word about their blogs and to help them gain wider recognition."

If you would like to participate:
1. Link the person who gave you the award in your post.
2. Put the award in your post.
3. Choose 5 blogs with under 200 followers to receive the award.
4. Let them know you awarded them.

So here goes…I nominate:

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Orange Saturday!


I went out today to do a bit of shopping for the house with my brother (basically; to get a vacuum…oh the exciting life I lead!) and just threw this on and thought I would share.


Earrings: Claire's accessories
Vest top: Topshop
Blouse: Primark
Jeans: A&F (bought whilst in the USA)
Belt: New Look
Boots: Aldo

What are you getting up to on this long weekend?! =) x

Monday, 2 April 2012

Polish Post 3!

Howdy!! Hope you’re all well! Just a quick post.

I used all ‘Models Own’ on my nails, which was not intentional!

This is the first time of using a nail art pen. I was eyeing up the ‘Topshop’ one but whenever I go to their makeup section they never have a good standard selection of colours.

This Models Own nail art pen quite easy to use, you just need a steady hand. I still need to practice. The pen has got a thin point at one end; which I used to make this design. It also opens up with a thin brush which you can use to draw on stripes…but I haven’t tried that yet.

I used two coats of the grey polish (Mushroom)

What nail art pens have you tired? =) x

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