Monday, 28 November 2011

25 Beauty Questions

Hi Ladies,

I noticed this on a couple of the blogs that I read recently and I can't resist a questionnaire! I find it so interesting to read what others have to say so thought I would give it a go...

1. Do you apply your foundation with a brush, sponge, or fingers?

I usually apply foundation with my fingers in the areas that need coverage then buff in with a foundation brush (MAC 187 is great for a flawless finish.)

2. Do you apply your eyeshadow from light to dark? or dark to light?

Light to dark.

3. Do you prime your eyes?

Sometimes. I usually use Mac Painterly Paintpot as a primer on my eyes but I have lost it! I have the Urban Decay Primer Potion but for some reason, I don’t reach for it.  

4. Concealer first, or after foundation?

After. I don’t understand the logic of putting it on before as it will just wipe off when foundation/tinted moisturiser is applied.

5. Go for manicures, or manicure yourself?

I usually do them myself if my nails are short and natural. If I want gel/Shellac/acrylic then I would always go to a salon. I’m careful where I choose though as I’m so particular about my nails.  

6. Exfoliate lips, face or both?

I exfoliate my face YSL Exfoliator or Dermalogica Daily Resurfacer and usually exfoliate my lips with a flannel and warm water when needed.

7. On average, how long does it take you to do your makeup?

It can take me between three minutes – thirty minutes depending on what I am doing that day and how tired I am!

8. Do you wear makeup everyday and everywhere?

No. I don’t wear make up when I go to the gym and I don’t wear it if I’m just around the house.

9. What release are you most excited about? (Makeup)

Ummm, to be honest, none that I am aware of. Mac can be hit or miss with their Christmas collection. YSL’s does look very pretty this year though.

10. What’s your weakness? Shoes, purses, clothes, jewelry, eyeshadow, lipstick or other?

I would have to say bags. Guilty as charged!

11. Do you whiten your teeth?

I had them whitened some time ago and use whitening toothpaste every day but now I am thinking of trying the Crest Whitening Strips.

12. Wax eyebrows, or pluck?

Thread or pluck if I am really desperate!

13. What do you use to contour?

At the moment I am using the Sleek Contour Kit and Nars Laguna Bronzer to contour

14. False lashes, or natural?

I go through phases. Natural at the moment. I think The Only Way Is Essex might have put me off lashes for a while.

15. Favourite makeup brand?

MAC with Laura Mercier and Bobbi Brown as close seconds.

16. Liquid eyeliner, pencil or gel?

Depends on my mood. Usually I’ll use Mac Smoulder Eyeliner, if I have the patience and time, Mac Fluidline in Blacktrack.

17. Lipstick, lipgloss or chapstick?

Chapstick at the moment as it’s really cold but usually a gloss would be the winner.

18. Pigments, pressed or cream eyeshadow?

Pressed eyeshadow. It’s the least messy!

19. If you had to wear only one thing, excluding foundation; what would it be?

Bronzer to lift the face and to contour. Or Mac Strobe Cream. Or Dior Amber Diamond. I don’t know!!

20. Favourite colour?

I love colours like Urban Decay – Half Baked and Mac – Melon – sooo pretty and different!

21. Favourite colour combination?

A plain base colour like Mac Phloof with a shimmery brown like Mac Woodwinked.

22. Natural? or Dramatic? (Eye Makeup)

It depends on the occasion. Sometimes I love nothing more than a natural pretty eye. Saying that, I love lots of liner, mascara for nights out.

23. Do you care more for quality or name brand?

Quality, 100%.

24. Do you enjoy using face masks? If so which ones?

To be honest, I haven’t used a mask in a long time! I need to up my game by the look of this questionnaire! There are a few lush ones that I would like to try, any recommendations?

25. What is your current addiction? (example: lipsticks, eyeshadows, earrings..)

Mascara, I’m always on the look out for the one that will change my life! I thought YSL Mascara was the one….sadly not though. 

I hope that you enjoyed reading! Please comment if you decide to do the same questionnaire as I'd LOVE a nosey at your answers.

Thank you for reading!

Love, Amy

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

First Thoughts.....OPI Rainbow Connection

Hi Ladies,

My first thoughts??????


What do you think?

Thank you for reading.

Love, Amy


Sunday, 20 November 2011

This Week's In's & Outs

Hi Ladies,

I hope that you're all well.

I love these kind of posts but looking at my 'In's' photo, I don't know how interesting you'll find this!


- Macbook Pro - Simply my best purchase of all time!

- Jeannie Brewer - A Crack In Forever Book - You need to read this! I must have read it 10 times!

- Bath & Body Works Midnight Pomegranate Bath Bubbles and Lotion - both products remind me of my holiday in Dubai this year with my beautiful friend, Jodie. The products work really well and the smell takes me back there

- Dove Hair Oil Treatment - Not only does it retail cheaply but it works! I use this between shampoo and conditioner and leave it on between 3-10 minutes

- YSL Top Secret Exfoliator - I use this every day. It's so gentle and makes my skin super soft

- Fendi Boots - So comfortable believe it or not and prefect for winter

- Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream - Perfect for dry patches. I use on my cuticles and lips mostly

- VO5 Miracle Concentrate - A great alternative for Moroccan Oil (must cheaper too)

- Sudocrem - I use this to moisturise sore skin and to dry up any blemishes

- Models Own Lip Tint In Blackberry - I'm really trying to introduce colour to my lips so this seems to be the best starting point. Really moisturising and gives a sheer berry tint to the lips


- Desperately being in need of a break/holiday

- The last Made In Chelsea episode on Monday

- My Hair - I still hate the colour. It's gradually fading but still

Speak soon!

Thank you for reading!

Love, Amy


Thursday, 17 November 2011

Vivianna Made Me Do It!!

Hi Ladies,

So sorry about the lack of posts recently, I'll be back up to speed soon!!

Anyway, I just wanted to update you all. Look what Vivianna at Vivianna Does Make Up made me do....

I ordered the OPI Glamour Toes Set from Amazon which comes with pretty toe seperators and OPI Excuse Moi!

A full review will follow.

Lots of love and thank you for reading,

Amy x

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Mini Haul...

Hi Ladies,

So today I was supposed to be meeting my friend, Leah, for dinner. I had every intention of NOT going shopping but a few things caught my eye and I ended up picking up one or two bits...

Warehouse Blouse:

Rosie wore this on the last episode of Made In Chelsea. Now, I am not a Rosie fan (I love Mille and Caggie though) but when I saw this in real life, I just had to get it.

This retails for £55.00 and is still available on the Warehouse website.

I plan on wearing this with black skinny jeans and my Fendi Boots (I'll try to do a post on them for you) or tucked in to a skirt for a night out.

Topshop Black Heavy Weight Leggings:

Not the most attractive picture but I don't think you can go wrong with black leggings for this time of year.

I chose these as the material is nice and thick and the quality feels better than others from the high street.

Vaseline Creme Brulee:

As mentioned in my previous post, I just had to have it. Why? Because I am a beauty addict and cannot resist the words 'Limited Edition.'

Look What I Found Today!

Hi Ladies,

Now correct me if I am wrong and so behind with the times but I thought that this was only available in Selfridges. So today when browsing the isles of Superdrug trying to keep away from the lip balms because I just have FAR too many (to prove a point I counted how many balms I had in my bag today - NINE) this little beauty caught my eye....

Call me naive but I expected this to be different from usual Vaseline, but it's not. Don't get me wrong, it does smell delicious but Vaseline isn't a product that I tend to purchase or reach for because I find it quite drying on the lips. Thinking about this, I checked the ingredients.......why oh why is alcohol included?!

This product is limited edition and retails at £2.99.

What are your thoughts on this? Did you manage to pick one up?

Thank you for reading!

Love, Amy


Thursday, 10 November 2011

My Christmas Wish List

Hello Lovelies,

So, I love posts like this so thought that you might like to take a look at My Christmas Wish List. This is completely random but here are the thinks that I currently want to own (and some I'll NEVER own) but here goes....

I may as well give you the breakdown here because for some reason Blogger won't let me write under each item!
  • Chanel Bag - No words or explanation needed
  • Chanel Rouge Noir - A classic that I will repurchase again and again (brilliant dupe in Barry M though!)
  • Fashionology Cross Bracelet - just because it's different
  • Origins Ginger Souffle - it reminds me of Christmas and is so moisturising
  • Dogeared Guardian Angel Necklace - I love anything wing related and this is so pretty and delicate
  • Jemma Kidd Light As Air Foundation - Purely because I am a make up junkie and CANNOT resist rave reviews from other bloggers!
  • Jo Malone Candles - Last forever, smell gorgeous and look so pretty
  • Dogeared Karma Necklace - I don't even know why, I'm just desperate for it!
Thank you so much for reading.

More posts to follow....

Love, Amy


Saturday, 5 November 2011

My Favourite Products For Winter..

Hi Lovelies,

It's the weekend!

I was thinking about the products that I like to use in Winter and I thought that you might like to take a look...

Origins Ginger Souffle Whipped Body Cream: 
If you have never tried this, you have to at LEAST smell it! It's really moisturising on the skin and the scent makes me think of Christmas immediately.

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector:
This is the best hand cream that have ever used. I love the fact that you can reapply this to your hands every two minutes (literally) if you wish, and there will never be a greasy/oily residue on your skin. I use this on my feet too and pop on some socks as a treatment.


I mix a little of this with my moisturiser before bed and find that it really evens out my skintone and brightens up my skintone by morning.

Soap And Glory Flake Away Body Exfoliator:
I don't know about you but sometimes I find exfoliating the body a bit of a chore. This little beauty makes it a treat! It smells delicious (the fragrance lingers on the skin too), quickly exfoliates the skin and leaves a light oil residue that makes the skin glow.

Also, I can't live without Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream in the Winter months!

I hope that you enjoyed this post. I tag Tali, Zara, Laura, Dulce and Vivianna!

Thank you for reading.

Love, Amy


Friday, 4 November 2011

Lunchtime Pick Me Up...

Hi Ladies,

I hope that you're all having a good day.

You know those days when you just need a little bit of a 'pick me up'? Well I know I have enough lip products to last me forever but after Sammi at Beauty Crush raved about this product in her posts and YouTube videos, I was tempted to give it a try. This is Model's Own Lip Tint/Balm in Blackberry.

I'll be honest, the reason that I was put off trying this was not the price (retails at £6.00), but the fact that it looks so dark in the pot:

As you can see, it looks very dark in the pot and I didn't want to run the risk of looking like Mortisha Adams on a bad day so when I swatched on my hand, I was pleasantly surprised....

A full review will follow when I've had the chance to try it out for you.

Thank you for reading.

Love, Amy


Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Burts Bees Beeswax & Banana Hand Cream

Hi Ladies,

So I think I have found my holy grail hand cream.

This is so moisturising and smells DIVINE! This product would not be for you though if you're not a fan of bananas.

It is quite thick and rich, a little bit on the oily side so I would recommend using this at night before bed.

Thanks for reading.

Love, Amy


Tuesday, 1 November 2011

In & Out!

Hi Ladies,

Here goes my first In & Out post....

  • Tea
  • Pasta
  • My new favourite breakfast (porridge, mashed banana and sugar)
  • You Tube
  • Blogs!
  • Preparing For Christmas
  • Made In Chelsea
  • Zara
  • Dermalogica
  • Palmers Protein Packs (for hair)
  • Mulberry Tillie Mini Bag (I need this!)
  • Hot chocolate
  • Phone calls
  • Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream
  • Comfort food
  • Putting petrol in my car (I really am NOT impressed at spending £54 every few days)
  • Dark, cold and miserable days and nights
  • Not having enough hours in the day
  • My current hair colour (it was supposed to be a honey blonde, it's now DARK BROWN)
  • Traffic jams
  • My skin (so pale at the moment)
  • Groundhog days!
  • My terrible money management
Thank you for reading!

Love, Amy


Recommendations Needed...

Hi Ladies,

Apologies for the very short post but I need some advice and there is noone better to ask.

So I need a new fragrance. I am looking to try something by either Creed or Jo Malone but don't know where to start.

Any recommendations would be much appreciated.

Love, Amy


My Wishlist..

Hi Ladies,

So I have a few things that I am looking to get my hands on and thought I would share with you the list:
  • Bobby Brown Corrector
  • Rimmel Cherries In The Snow (I've wanted this since Laura at Buy Now Blog Later wore this)
  • Mac Melba Blush
  • Origins Vitazing Moisturiser
  • Mac Sable
A pretty conservative list for me, I know! What do you think to these products? What is on your wish list?

Thank you for reading.

Love, Amy


High End Beauty Buys...

Hi Girls,

I'm so sorry for the lack of posts recently. I've literally not had ANY free time. I think the clocks going back and the dark nights are making everyone so sleepy and exhausted!

Anyway, I wanted to follow up my previous posts with what I consider to be high end 'must have's'!

Firstly, you'll probably hear me go on about the following products for the rest of my days, so apologies in advance!

Mac Studio Fix Fluid:

So, this is the foundation that I always go back to and have done for so many years. Recently I have tried Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation, Chanel Pro Lumiere and Mac Pro Longwear but still find myself reaching for this.

I'll admit, I do love the Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation but haven't found myself reaching for it much recently. Chanel Pro Lumiere looks lovely when first applied to the skin but I would not recommend this to ladies with oily skin. My skin is normal/combination and made me look oily rather than dewy and seemed to disappear from my skin after just a few hours. I do like Mac Pro Longwear and to be fair, maybe I haven't given it much of a fair trial but so far, aside from its staying power, which is brilliant, it does seem to be lacking something, I just don't know what.

Mac Studio Fix is everything that I want from a foundation; the coverage is great, I use 1-2 pumps and buff in to my skin with a Mac 187 brush. It makes my face look flawless with buildable application without looking cakey or mask like.

Mac Studio Fix Concealer: 

Again, another product that I have used religiously for years. This concealer provides great coverage for redness and blemishes but I'm not too sure about under eye circles. I've been hearing rave reviews about the Bobby Brown Corrector so might invest in that. Has anyone tried this? I'd really appreciate your comments about it. Is is worth the price tag?

Mac Strobe Cream:

Most people use this product mixed in with their foundation or tinted moisturiser to give their skin a boost and an extra glow. Personally, I dab the tiniest amount on the top of my cheekbones and sometimes a little bit on my eyelids if I am looking tired.

Nars Laguna Bronzer: 
After trying so so many bronzers, I repurchase this all the time. It gives a really natural glow, is great for contouring and never looks fake or orange. One compact of this usually lasts me a year so value for money works out great, compared to cheaper alternatives that last for 6-8 months. If you haven't tried this product before, I highly recommend that you do.

Dior Amber Diamond:

You knew this one was coming. I have no need to hype this product. Everything that has been said is true! I will repurchase over and over again. I use the tiniest little bit on the top of my cheekbones and sometimes use lightly on the eyes too.

Clarins Lip Perfecter:

I feel like I am just repeating what every single blogger has to say but this is seriously amazing. It's available in several shades (three,  I think) but i have only tired the shade 002. This looks really pretty on the lips, is not sticky and each tube lasts around about three months. I'd be keen to try the other shades. What are your thoughts on these?

This post could carry on forever seriously, but the above really are my staples. What are your favourite high end beauty buys and why?

As always, thank you for reading. Your comments are appreciated!

Love, Amy