Thursday, 5 April 2012

Review: some new make up (and a new playsuit!)

I thought I would share some things I have acquired recently. It isn't a whole lot as I am seriously skint (what's new!) but I've managed to purchase a new foundation, got a new eyeliner free, and found a lipstick in the bottom of my make up I didn't realise I had. My boyfriend's Mum also treated me to a new playsuit!

So, the foundation. I finished my MAC Studio Sculpt in NW15 a few weeks ago and I simply couldn't afford to replace it much to my chagrin. I'm terrible at choosing foundation so I was at a loss to choose when faced with all the different brands in Boots but having recently read a review by a fellow blogger Courtney (I love her blog, her reviews are ace and I envy her wardrobe) I decided I'd give MaxFactor Lasting Performance (£9.99) a try, getting it in shade 102 Pastelle. It's quite a nice texture in that it's not too oily and it doesn't feel like its caked on even when I build the layers up to full coverage. Big plus! However, I do tend to touch my face a lot and it tends to rub off and look patchy around my chin and mouth. This is probably more my fault than the foundation but it isn't any more long-lasting in this respect than any other foundation I've used. I do think I'll buy it again once I've run out though!

My boyfriend's Mum gave me a No.7 Smoky Eyeliner (£9.75) she got free with another purchase and despite not yet finishing the Soap & Glory Supercat! pen eyeliner I'm currently using I thought I'd give it a try. I'm a lover of cat flicks so I thought I wouldn't be able to make a 'smoky' eyeliner work for me but I actually quite like the result. Rather than my usual strong, defined black line its a more smouldery effect that is different without feeling like I've majorly changed my usual look. 

My face! I'm wearing the foundation, eyeliner and lipstick
As I said, I found a lipstick in the bottom of my make up bag that I'd completely forgotten about, I don't even remember how or where I came by it. It's Estée Lauder Pure Colour in 118 Bois de Rose (£18.50) and its a lovely shade of dusky pink with a glossy shine. I always wear bright lipstick, usually red, and usually matte so this is a bit of a deviation from the norm on my part but again despite being different to my usual look I actually really like it. It's such a wearable shade and goes with everything so it's perfect for work when bright red would seem a tad too loud. It's very good quality as well, staying put for ages even after a few drinks.

I'm quite chuffed I managed to get a more expensive eyeliner than I'd usually buy for free and to find what I'd consider a really expensive lipstick that I'm quite sure I myself didn't buy just floating around in my bedroom somewhere!

Finally, here is my new playsuit from Primark. It was only a fiver so you really can't go wrong with that!

Here is the print up close

P.S. Please excuse my hair in all these photos it is badly in need of a hairdresser's attention!

Much love! x

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Eleven Questions Tag!

Hi there!

The lovely Fern at Little Green Shoes tagged me in her 11 Questions blog post so here I am writing an answering post. Her blog is about all things girly, hair and make up etc and its great so check it out if you haven't already!
I have to give you 11 pieces of information about myself, answer her questions then set 11 more for the people I choose to tag to answer. So here goes!

First up is 11 random nuggets of information about me...
1. I'm a Psychology undergrad at Cardiff Uni but I'm on placement in London for a year, living at home in Essex
2. I've been blonde, plum, chesnut, dark brunette, red and now black haired!
3. I've been with my boyfriend Jack for more than 5 years, we got together two weeks before my 16th birthday
4. I love Guinness!
5. My favourite colour is pink
6. When I was 17 I went to Botswana to do some charity work and it literally changed my life
7. I have two black cats called Salem and Sabrina. Yes they are named after the TV programme!
8. I am deathly afraid of bees and wasps, they frighten the life out of me
9. I love everything to do with the 1940s-1960s, and all things vintage and rockabilly
10. I'm a singer and have been most of my life
11. I love cows, I don't know why but I do!

And the answers to Fern's questions...
1. If you could go any place in the world where would it be?
Walt Disney World in Florida. I've been four times and its my favourite place ever. It just makes me happy, I love Disney and I love theme parks so the two combined is perfect!
2. What make-up item could you not live without?
Liquid eyeliner. I wear it everyday and I feel weird without it.
3. What made you start your blog?
See my first blog post for the answer to this!
4. Have you ever been to LUSH and what's your favourite item there?
I can honestly say I've never been in. Whenever I walk past I always make a mental note to go in and have a look at some point but I always forget! I will one day.
5. Who's your celebrity crush?
Hmmm. I love Jake Gyllenhal and I once had a huge crush on Orlando Bloom. I have a massive girl crush on both Katy Perry and Zooey Deschanel as well, if they count!
6. What's your favourite perfume?
I love all the Escada perfumes as fruity scents are my favourite. I got Katy Perry - Purr last year and I love that too, it smells like peaches and vanilla! I would like to branch out and try a Poison though.
7. Where is your favourite place to shop?
I have an unhealthy obsession with shopping in Primark and if I haven't been for a while I start experiencing my own personal Primark withdrawal symptoms! I also love vintage shops and fairs and boot sales for the odd piece too, and vintage reproduction and rockabilly lines.
8. If you had to pick one make-up item to use forever what would it be?
Red lipstick, definitely. It's my go-to product to give me a self-confidence boost and make me feel glamorous.
9. What is your dream job?
At the moment, I'm hoping to do a PhD in either clinical research or clinical psychology. Subject to change!
10. What's your favourite item of clothing in your wardrobe?
Difficult! I don't think I have only one item that is my ultimate favourite. Perhaps my burgundy high waisted shorts with big gold buttons, I seem to be wearing them a lot recently.
11. What's your favourite TV show?
I have a few! Doctor Who, The Big Bang Theory, Friends, The Mighty Boosh, all period dramas and New Girl!

The questions that I've set are...
1. What is your favourite film of all time and why?
2. Why is your best friend exactly that?
3. If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
4. What do you think is great about yourself?
5. What is your go-to beauty buy that you could never live without?
6. What is your favourite pair of shoes?
7. Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
8. Favourite ice cream flavour?
9. How did you get into blogging and why?
10. Do you have anything that if given the chance, you would choose to go back and change?
11. Who is your role model and why?

I tag everyone who follows me! Thanks for doing so :) Also, this post has been really wordy so I promise my next post will contain many more pictures for your beady eyes to feast on!

Much love! x