Thursday, 22 December 2011

It's Christmas!!

Hi Ladies,

Firstly, I'm so sorry for the lack of posts recently. I know the time of year is the usual excuse but I have just been so busy with work and everything else that I haven't had a minute and I don't want to put half hearted posts up for you.

I can't believe it's Christmas already! I'm pretty sorted in regards to it all, just a little more shopping and wrapping to do. More than anything, I'm looking forward to some down time and some rest!

I have lots of posts planned for you all in the New Year that I'm pretty excited about. To be honest, I'm looking forward to getting back in to the swing of a normal routine. You know the manic girl you see rushing around various shopping centres on Christmas Eve, that is me!

So, some things that I have learnt this year....

  • Be patient
  • Trust your gut instinct
  • Don't get carried away by the word 'Limited Edition'
  • Good things come to those who wait

Top 25 songs played on my IPhone this year:

  • Over My Dead Body - Drake
  • So Addicted - Tinie Tempah
  • Red Light Indicates Doors Are Secured - Arctic Monkeys
  • Young Forever - Jay Z
  • Don't Go - Wretch 32
  • Shot For Me - Drake
  • Fancy - Drake
  • Hate - Jay Z
  • Family Business - Kanye West
  • Atlas Hands - Banjamin Francis Leftwich
  • Headlines - Drake
  • Hey Mama - Kayne West
  • Riot Van - Arctic Monkey
  • Marvin's Room - Drake
  • Fireworks - Drake
  • Shut It Down - Drake
  • Into You - Fabolous
  • All Of The Lights - Kayne West
  • Mirror - Lil Wayne
  • Seven English Girls - Ron Pope
  • Stranded In Los Angeles - Ron Pope
  • Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
  • Wonderman - Tinie Tempah
  • Till I'm Gone - Tinie Tempah
  • Ain't Thinkin' About You - Bow Wow

Happy Christmas Lovelies!! I'll be back in the New Year!

Lots of love to you all,


Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Look What's Arrived!!

Hi Ladies,

So in my previous post I showed how ridiculous my make up collection had become and knew that something had to change.

I ordered this little beauty from Ebay and now everything is tidy (well tidier) and in one place!

This is the make up case when closed:

Partially opened:

Fully opened:

I need to be sure to keep switching this around every week/month as everything in the bottom compartment will be completely neglected.

These apparently are available in other colours including hot pink and retail between £30 - £40 depending on the seller.

How to you store your make up?

Thank you for reading!

Lots of love, Amy


Wednesday, 7 December 2011

I Have A Problem.....

Hi Ladies,

I have a problem that I am quite embarrassed about. Look at the state of this:

Now this isn't even HALF of my make up. I don't wear the majority of it. I used to have drawers stacked nicely and in order (so a lip draw, for example) and I don't know what has happened.

All of my products need a good clean, not to mention my brushes!!

So when catching up on blogs earlier on today, I noticed that Laura over at Liparazzi had just ordered a make up case to store all of hers in and had to have it.

I ordered it today so hopefully will be here in the next few days.

I'll post again with that it looks like all organised and let you know the link so that you can order too if you want to.

How do you store your make up/products?

Thank you for reading.

Love, Amy x

Monday, 5 December 2011

Most Used Top Ten Products Of The Month

Hi Ladies,

I hope that you're all well.

I feel like I am in a bit of a product rut, always using the same products. I seem to reach for the same things which I suppose is a good thing as I know what works for me but not for the mound of make up I have that never gets used.

I thought I'd show you my most reached for of the month and let you in to a revelation (I bet you can already guess, it is foundation related!)

1) Mac Studio Fix Fluid Foundation - You probably expected this but this is the foundation that I always go back to. Use with a light hand as it can look cakey if skin is not moisturised but I have nothing but praise for this product! Flawless coverage and always reliable.

2) Crest Whitening Strips 3D - I ordered the strips from Ebay and have been using them only for a few days now but have noticed a difference already. You are supposed to wear for half an hour a day for best results. You can purchase other Crest Whitening Strips but I believe that the 3D ones are the strongest.

3) Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream - A must have winter product! I use on my lips throughout the day and before bed. I also use on my cuticles and any dry patches on my skin.

4) Palmers Coconut Shampoo, Conditioner and Hair Milk - Super cheap and all three products work so well on my hair. I buy mine from Multi Pharmacy. The Protein Packs are brilliant as a really deep condition. As you can imagine, all smell AMAZING!

5) Eye Dew Dazzling Eye Drops - Guaranteed to make tired eyes feel much brighter and more awake. Great for days when you're feeling tired. I apply to my eyes after moisturiser and before make up. No other eye drops make the grade.

6) Bobbi Brown Corrector - I'll admit, even after all of the rave reviews, I was sceptical about this product working. But it does!! Over the past few days I've had so many compliments that I look 'fresh' and 'rested' and I totally think it's because of this. Trust me and try it!

7) Mac Stripdown Lip Liner - I only bought this because Kim Kardashian mentioned that she uses it paired with Mac Angel Lipstick and Nars Turkish Delight Gloss. I'm not much of a lipliner fan but this is really natural and looks so nice on the lips.

8) Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion: This is my favourite moisturiser of all time. I have tried the Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream lately but feel like my skin looks and feels better with Clinique. It's also an excellent base for make up.

9) Philosophy - Amazing Grace - Sometimes I just crave a really light perfume. I wear this on dressed down days or when I just want something with a different fragrance. The smell reminds me of a grown up baby powder if that makes any sense? I can't find it in the UK so first tried it in Las Vegas then purchased in Dubai in the summer (I so wish we had a Sephora by the way.)

10) Simple Cleansing Wipes: I'll admit it, I can be very lazy at times when it comes to taking off my make up. Sometimes it seems like such hard work. These wipes tend to do the job, not great with taking off mascara though....

Also, it seems that I say this every time I post but Vivianna made me buy something again. You knew it was coming, Jemma Kidd Light As Air Foundation. I'll try tomorrow and report back to you all. Fingers crossed I will love it as much as everyone else!

I picked up the Jemma Kidd Crushed Jewel Liner in Quartz too, which is a lovely purple glitter!

What are your most used products of the month, any recommendations?

Thank you for reading!

Love, Amy


Thursday, 1 December 2011

A Hair Product That REALLY Makes A Difference.....

Hi Ladies,

My friend, Steph, over at A Rapunzel Story mentioned a glossing spray to me a few years ago that really made a difference to the condition and appearance of her hair. She has dark hair but recommended it for lighter hair, like mine.

The product that I am talking about is Inecto Pure Coconut Glossing Spray and it's FANTASTIC!

It retails at about £3.00 in the UK and really is value for money.

I use this on dry hair after it has been styled to give it a gloss (I have blonde hair and it really is noticeable) and I know that Steph sprays hers on to wet hair before she blow dries her hair and then again afterwards.

What products really make a difference to your hair? I'm on the lookout for a really luxurious mask so any recommendations would be appreciated.

Thank you for reading, as always.

Love, Amy


My First Illamasqua Product & Girl Crush!!

Hi Ladies,

HAPPY DECEMBER!!! I can't believe where a whole year has gone! It only seems like two minutes ago since the 1st December 2010 and the snow was so bad in the UK that we couldn't leave our houses!

I'm pleased to say that I have done the majority of my Christmas shopping now. I refuse to rush around like a maniac on the run up to the big day so want to get everything sorted and ready so that I can enjoy it!

Anyway, I have a confession. I know I said that I wasn't going to buy any more make up for a while and that I was going to use up some of the products that I own before obsessing over anything else BUT I developed a major girl crush and she made me do it!!

The product in question is Illamasqua Lipgloss in Divine and the crush is a STUNNING Beauty Guru from Dubai, Huda Beauty.

She updates her Blog and Twitter daily and her YouTube videos often (more please Huda!!)

Anyway, when watching one of her YouTube videos (Show Me Your Mirror Face in case you were wondering.) I completely fell in love with this lipgloss and logged straight on to ASOS to order!

It's really bright in the lips but seems sheer on the lips. I haven't had chance to try it yet but I'll be sure to keep you posted.

This is my first Illamasqua product (I know!!) What others do you recommend?

Please click the above links and check Huda out, I'm sure you'll all love her!

Thanks for reading and with lots of love,

Amy x