Update

Hello, it’s been so long since my last post but trust me I have loads of great products coming up soon.  Over Christmas I bought two lovely eyeshadow palettes, one by Dior called Incognito and one by Chanel called Mystic Eyes, recently on a shopping trip I found my Holy Grail nude lipstick which is also made by Dior and Chanel’s gorgeous eyelash curler. I think I may be in love with those curlers. But in complete contrast to this high end splurge I’ve found some fantastic drugstore products that range from £5-£12, I think.  These aren’t just cheap lipglosses either to pad out my kit, no these are the basic essentials such as foundation, concealer, and mascara.  All cruelty free too!

On a completely different note, for Christmas my lovely parents bought me a Canon 550D. It was on sale at amazon.co.uk and I think, but don’t quote me, cost around the £550 mark.  It’s been great fun taking pictures and videos with it of friends, family, pets, and purchases.  I will be updating all the old pictures that I can, but please bare in mind I don’t actually still own all the products.

Anyway thank you for your patience with this attempt at a blog, my attempt at a science-maths based higher education kind of gets in the way. But thankfully I’ve been given the gift of insomnia by study stress, that’s why I’m up at 4:12AM listening to Tracy Chapman and writing these random articles.

This is a rough list of what I’ll be writing about hopefully over the next few weeks;

Update, Up and coming,  Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk Foundation, Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation, Collectin 200 Lasting Perfection Concealer, Collection 2000 Skyscraper Mascara, Chanel Mystic Eyes Quad, Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner, Recourbe Cils De Chanel (Eyelash Curlers) Dior Incognito Quint, Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner, Urban Decy Lip Junkie Lip Gloss, Dior Rouge Lipstick, Bourjois little round pot, Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder, Bourjois Flower Perfection Foundation, Ecotools Bamboo Kabuki brush, EcoTools Bamboo Smudge Eyeliner Brush, EcoTools Bamboo Deluxe Concealer Brush, EcoTools Bamboo Foundation Brush, Babyliss 2285U Curling Wand, Babyliss 2287BU Pro Curl 210 Curling Tong… yes I have bought or been given all this since my last post.

I think what I’ll have to do is use these products over the next few weeks in my everyday life and take pictures of the products on me, you can all see how well they wear, the real shades and payoff, and possibly how difficult those darned curlers are to use.

And I thought I’d just pop in this picture I found on Flickr, I absolutely adore the whole look.  Flawless skin, well defined brows, and glossy, soft taupey-brown eyes… aaaahhh beautifully done.

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Burberry Eyeshadow in Rosewood

The Burberry Beauty brand is so cleverly marketed,  it preys on every girl’s desire to be naturally beautiful and manages to make that illusion appear oh so effortless.  So of course I was tempted when I saw the ad campaign,  I’m only a teenage girl.

But like most people I’m on a budget and could only afford one piece, so I decided to shop around and looked on all the top beauty blogs and had a look at their swatches and reviews,  the product that jumped out at me the most was the Rosewood eyeshadow.  It just seemed to be a classic and neutral shade,  in the daytime I want to look natural and polished and I thought that Rosewood seemed perfect for just a quick wash of colour to accentuate my hazel eyes.

Since I’m a wee Scottish girl and the only Burberry counter in the whole of the UK is in London,  my only option was to purchase online.  I chose to order through the Burberry website itself rather than Harrods because not only was I paying a pound less I also got free delivery.  I paid £22 and it arrived beautifully packaged within 2 days,  so I was very impressed.

The eyeshadow compact itself is made of a lovely gun-metal with the iconic check embossed on it, it has a satisfying weight,  and a magnetised closing.  The eyeshadow is also stamped with the check and the formulation is silicone based so has a buttery smooth texture,  it provides a sheer pigmentation that lasts around 12 hours on me with no fading.  The shade is a mauve-taupe colour with a lovely metallic sheen and frosty pink undertones.

The compact

Swatch

Full eyelid

Open eye

To sum up,  I have to admit that it is an expensive product and there are probably cheaper alternatives but this eyeshadow fulfills every hope I had of it.  The gorgeous colour,  the staying power of it,  and the lovely texture,  make it in my opinion the perfect eyeshadow.  So taking everything into consideration I think 9/10 is a fair rating.  I’ll definitely be looking into buying more from the Burberry Beauty range,  I’m already eyeing up their stunning fall collection!

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine and Chanel Rouge Coco lipsticks

When I was sitting my exams a few months ago I was basically spending all day trapped inside studying,  so to prevent myself from going insane I would go uptown and buy a little treat.  So weeks of study leave resulted in three Chanel lipsticks and oodles of baked goodies.  After hours of browsing online looking at swatches I chose two Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks in Fetiche and Bel-Ami,  and a Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick in Rivoli,  and just for reference both these lipsticks are currently £23.

Scottish sunlight at its best has given my pictures a lovely blue tinge and seems to have washed out the colour slightly.

Bare lips

 

Fetiche

Fetiche is a pinky shade with mauve undertones,  it has the signature glossy sheen and ever so slight shimmer to it that made my lips look fuller.  The Coco Shine formula is emollient based so glides on easily,  but unfortunately wears off within 2 hours usually and will also be used up faster than a traditional lipstick.  This shade is perfect for a daytime pick me up and is really quite a delicate colour so gets 7/10.

Bel-Ami

Bel-Ami was a brown based berry shade with the same sheen and shimmer.  With the emollient base it also only lasted 2 hours,  but it was a slightly deeper colour so left me with a staining that I quite liked so I didn’t have to be contantly applying it.  This lipstick get 7/10 again and I would probably purchase it again.

Rivoli

This was my favourite shade,  it’s a cool burgundy brown colour that had a slight sheen to it and no shimmer.  It’s a little sheer because of its moisturising formula but it still had great colour payoff with no tugging.  I found it lasted about 4 hours on me and even when it did wear off it wore off evenly so looked a bit like a lipstain.  This is only really appropriate for wearing at night but I feel it’s “my shade”  so for that I’m giving it 8/10 .

Swatches

From left to right is Fetiche,  Bel-Ami,  Rivoli.  Sorry about the poor lighting but anyone who lives in or has visited Scotland will understand,  I’ll see if I can get better pictures because I’m quite disappointed in these photos.

Lush Caca Noir Henna For Hair

My mother managed to find my mobile a few days ago,  and as I decided since my hair looked a bit dull I thought I would record my henna routine.  I’ve been using Lush products for years,  so when I was younger and wanted to dye my hair every colour under the sun my mother asked me to try a natural alternative before using anything damaging,  and I chose Lush’s Caca Noir henna block.  I think I’ve been using the Caca Noir for around two years,  so although it gave me a nice dramatic colour change initially,  I now only use it for the maintenance of my colour and the added condition and volume that I get from the product.  Retailing at £7.50 for six blocks I think it’s pretty purse friendly,  with hair my length all six blocks are needed but for shorter styles less can be used and the remainder carried over for the next treatment.

You will need a large bowl,  a grater,  a pair of gloves,  a block of henna,  and if you want, some coffee as I find it gives a nice shine to the hair.  As the henna comes in a block I find grating it into a powder gives a smoother final mixture,  it takes a while to grate but the mixture is much easier to work with.  The gloves are needed to prevent staining of your hands when you’re working the henna into your hair,  if like me you forget you’ll end up with hands reminiscent of a cursed Dumbledore.  Henna is infamous for being a messy process so to keep your bathroom as clean as possible I would recommend cover the entire floor with old,  dark towels.

I add about two teaspoons of coffee to the henna powder.  I was instructed to add enough water so that it was the texture of thick yoghurt,  I find that there should be a little resistance when being mixed but it must be a definite liquid,  in short, easily spreadable but not runny.

About half way through the process of applying the henna I always found that it would become too cold and stodgy to easily smooth through my hair,  it tugged painfully,  so I had a brain wave and this time I used the ban marie method  (suspending the bowl over a second bowl of boiling water)  to keep it nice and warm.  I think it’s best to separate off the layers of your hair then concentrate on the under layer first,  as just “winging it” can make application really unnecessarily difficult as the layers will stick and clump together.   For a hint of red to the final colour wrap clingfilm over your hair but for the indigo in  the Caca Noir to really shine through leave the hair open to the air,  but be prepared for a bit of fallout!  I leave the henna in for 8 hours but it’ll still work if you leave it in for as little as 2 hours.

This is my hair before,  it was dry,  had fly aways,  and was quite lacklustre.

This is my hair now,  I find it thicker,  shinier,  and the frizzy bits smoothed.  Although the picture doesn’t show it,  my hair has actually been darkened especially at the roots.

For someone who is looking for a natural change this is a great option as it won’t create that boring monotone look you get with a chemical hair dyes,  you’ll get beautiful highlights.  It also has the added bonus of being a vegan non-animal tested product!  I’d give Lush’s Caca Noir 8/10 and since I love the results so much the only reason why it doesn’t get full marks is because of how time consuming the whole process is and how potentially messy it can be.

My Wishlist on a Budget

Okay I’m sorry that I haven’t posted any more reviews but my phone has been missing for two weeks and without my phone I can’t take any swatch pictures for the reviews.  Right now I’m climbing up the walls trying to find the damned thing because I have so many goodies I want to share with everyone,  and they’re just sitting on my dressing table waiting to be swatched.

Anyway,  just for a quick little update I decided to compile a beauty wishlist that I thought may surprise some readers,  as my regular choice in beauty products are quite highend and some of the products I’ve been lusting after recently are on a 4 for £5 deal at Boots.

1)  Natural Collection blush in pink cloud, £1.99 .   I’m not usually a fan of blusher but I thought the colour seems fairly delicate and it’s a similar shade to my pinky undertones.

2)  Natural Collection Lash Length Mascara, again £1.99!   When it comes to eyelashes,  it’s all about length for me so I’m dying to give this a try.

I think a lot of people give Natural Collection the brush off because it’s low-priced and assume it to be poor quality,  but I’ve heard rave reviews about the brand and at such good prices it’s not going to break the bank by trying a few things from the range.

Again,  sorry about the lack of reviews but the hunt for my mobile continues,  it has been missing in action for about two weeks I think…

Chanel Inimitable Mascara, Urban Decay Super Curling Mascara, and Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Mascara

The staple of anyones makeup bag will always be a decent mascara,  it instantly lifts your overall appearance and makes you look more awake.  I only use one coat of mascara as more than that tends to clump on my lashes,  and these reviews are just based on my lashes which are short,  dark,  and thick,  so they might come out better on different lash types.  My opinion is based around the main qualities of a mascara;  the ability to lengthen,  curl,  volumise, darken,  and its value for money. 

No Mascara

Unfortunately as you can see I have quite short lashes, and in this picture an irritated eye.

Chanel Inimitable Mascara

    

This mascara is the most expensive out of the three, I paid around £21 but I think the price has gone up since then.  This I feel would be a reasonable price for a spectacular mascara that fulfilled all my eyelash wishes,  but unfortunately whilst Chanel Inimitable creates a  pretty,  natural  look I wouldn’t say it’s worth that price.  It lengthened my lashes slightly,  provided a little lift, and did give a my lashes a  deeper colour of black,  which provided a look that would be appropriate for school or work but certainly not one for a night out.  Although the results aren’t anything to rave about I must say I loved the brush;  the short,  spikey,  plastic bristles made for an easy and quick application,  I managed to get it right into the corners my eyes without causing any damage.  Being a clump hater I must always brush out my eyelashes with a Tweezerman lash-comb,  but this mascara didn’t clump on me at all.  It lasted for around 8 hours without flaking or giving me panda eyes, so I would say last a full working day.  Taking all this into consideration (including the scarily high price) I give it 7/10.

Urban Decay Super Curling Mascara

I was actually given this mascara as a present but if you’d like to buy this baby then it’ll cost you £15.  This mascara may not have given me ridiculously curly,  betty boop-esque lashes but it did manage to give them a sweet, feminine flick,  and it also lengthened my mini lashes to decent proportions.  This really is more of a lengthening than a volumising mascara,  so if you are already blessed with long, fluttery lashes you really shouldn’t bother with this product.  This brush in my opinion is great,  it cups my lashes and makes for fast application and doesn’t clog up too badly, there’s only ever a little excess on the end which is easily removed.  Clumping isn’t a big issue with this mascara which means major brownie points from me.  I’ve never really noticed any flaking with this one as the formula doesn’t dry completely,  it remains slightly tacky which means it can’t actually flake,  but don’t worry it doesn’t smudge onto your eyelids.  So,  overall of the three this was my favourite and surprisingly the cheapest and I’m giving it 9/10.

Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Mascara

My opinion on this mascara seems to be a controversial one as most people who buy this love it,  I on the other hand cannot stand it,  so much so I gave it to my mother.  It cost £18 and my first impressions of the product when I took it out the box was how small it appeared,  I thought the ones on display had been tester sized and was incredibly disappointed when I realised it was actually full-sized.  It did do a good job of lengthening,  darkening,  and lifting my eyelashes but considering how light handed I was when I applied it the clumps were unbelievable,  I felt like my lashes were doing an interpretation of a spider.  Even though I despise clumps I can usually just comb these out but this mascara dried like crispy,  concrete so I couldn’t even get rid of them without pulling out a ridiculous amount of lashes.  Another irritation was the whole removal “process”,  and yeah I’m not kidding it was an ordeal to get this stuff off,  it came off in rubbery tubes and gave me panda eyes that would only budge after minutes of scrubbing at my face.  I can’t comment on the wear of this product as every time I put it on I feel so clogged up and crunchy I just attempt to take it off.  Although this product doesn’t work well at all on me it looks amazing on my friend,  so maybe it’s just my lashes and I hope no one gets defensive about this mascara… I just don’t like it, sorry.  So to round up,  this mascara was a big let down for me so it gets 3/10.