Friday, 27 August 2010

NOTD: Nails Inc London & Eyeko Chi Chi


Chi Chi is one of Eyeko's newest nail Polish. It's a lovely mauve-y pink glitter shade. I find that Chi Chi works best onto of another nail polish. Using another corresponding shade as a base makes the glitter stand out far better than Chi Chi on it's own. 
I tried it with Nail Inc's London and am loving it! The camera wasn't able to fully capture the true likeness of the shade because of the sparkly glitter particles but you can see a difference Chi Chi makes to London.

You can use my ambassador code when you make a purchase on from eyeko to receive a free gift.

What's on your nails at the moment?

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

Urban Decay's All Nighter Spray is a fairly new released product in the UK (released in June).
This spray is one of many sprays that Urban Decay has collaborated with Skindinavia,
"We worked with the Skindinavia team to identify the proprietary ingredients that best fit the needs of our customers. Together, we came up with three formulations that address shine, dryness and the need for all-night wear."

About the All Nighter Spray:
"This groundbreaking formula mists on, ensuring that your makeup won’t budge for 16 hours. Really. Weightless but powerful, All-Nighter’s temperature control technology keeps your makeup from melting down when it’s warm and humid, or dehydrating when its cold and windy.

What’s that mean for you? All Nighter mist prevents loss of color, melting, sliding, caking, cracking, excess shine, fading blush, drooping eyeshadow and lip color disappearance. AND it’s formulated to resist moisture, so you can fearlessly sweat, cry, or get your Jacuzzi on... You are guaranteed makeup that always looks just-applied, without ever feeling sticky or tight. Imagine the possibilities.

It’s the new final step to your makeup routine. Just a couple sprays on top of your makeup and you’re out the door. This seemingly weird extra step suddenly becomes the one step you can’t do without. Backed by years of science, All Nighter is simply unlike any other product available and keeps you looking… flawless.

All Nighter is allergy tested, dermatologist tested, vegan, cruelty free, and free of oil and parabens."

You can also check out the video on the Urban Decay website on how the spray works and how you use it.
http://www.urbandecay.com/settingSpray/


I bought this product after reading many positive reviews and I'm glad I did, very impressed!
The bottle contains 118ml of product, which lasts for a very long time. I purchased this spray back in June and still have more than 3/4 of product left.
I love this much more than MAC's fix+, All Nighter sprays more finer and lighter compared to Fix+. The mist is just perfect, it just hits your face rather than soaking it which I find Fix+ does.
Fragrance wise, there is a subtle smell which my sister describes smells like suncream. Although once the product is on your skin, the smell disappears immediately.
All Nighter doesn't leave the skin feeling greasy or sticky. My make-up from beginning to the end of the night looks and feels the same with the application of All Nighter. Most days I have my make-up for more than 12 hours and my skin still feels smooth and grease-free at the end of the night. Although I mention it feels grease-free, it doesn't control sebum, I'm prone to a greasy forehead, so while with All Nighter it doesn't free greasy, it looks greasy. Does that make sense? So I would still blot my skin.

I have nothing negative to say about the formulation, wear of the product, I love the spray. One negative thing would be the price, it costs £17 which is rather expensive.
Other than the price, I would definitely recommend this setting spray :D

Hope you're having a great week, although weatherwise in the UK is miserable! :(

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Samples Giveaway Winner!!

Sorry for the delay in announcing the winner, I finally have time to collate the entries.
so without furtherado, the winner is....




Kristin!!!

Congratulations! :D I will email you now!

Thank you to everyone who entered :) Look out for more giveaways in the future!

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Day Out, Hauling, Food, OOTD, FOTD

Heya everyone, hope everyone is well :)
I'm going to try and get posts written up this weekend to post during the week so I don't fall behind while I'm working :D

So today was the start of my first weekend off for a long while, it was also my mum's birthday so we all went out to central London and took her out for dinner.
My siblings and I and my parents ^^

We walked around the Charing Cross and Embankment area for bit, then around Buckingham Palace, we were tourists for the day haha.
We also took a trip to Westfield, where I bought a few things...
I dropped into Boots first as I had a voucher for a free 7 day sample for the new Lancome Teint Miracle Foundation. The SA there was a little weird as she was constantly smiling back and me in a freaky way and telling me to book a appointment after the 7 day trail to see how I got on. I was like 'ok', but she never actually booked anything, oh well, less hassle... 

So that's the 7 day sample. I'm not sure whether it would last me 7 days though... The SA matched me with shade 01 without any swatching, just by looking at my make-up covered face, hm...I will let you know how I get on!

Onto my fully paid haul:
H&M
Still in the leopard skin phase :P A beautiful polyester shift dress with gorgeous shoulder embellishment, and a lovely cotton baggy top (can be worn off the shoulder too).

Office:
Two pairs of navy shoes. I love fabric shoes, they are super comfy! My sister and I are loving espadrilles aka kung fu shoes to us, we both wear one size smaller than our normal feet size for these shoes and they feel as we have nothing on.

So after Westfield, we travelled back into Piccadilly Circus and into my favourite Korean restuarant for dinner.
Bibimbap, Seafood Udon, Black Bean noodles, Seafood pancake and Kimchi!
I always always forget to take pictures when the food arrives onto the table, it's only when we started eating that I remember! So above shows some of the many dishes we ordered. The food is amazing and affordable :) Recommended!
The restuarant used to be called Korean Kitchen but is now known as Soju, and it is located in: 32 Windmill Street, Piccadilly Circus, London, W1D 7LR.

So dinner was the end of our day. Here are a few pics of what I wore and my make-up:
Blazer: Pull and Bear
Dress: Wholesale-Dress
Sandals: New Look
Bag: Selfridges.

I look super tired! (I was lol)
Face: 
GOSH Velvet Touch Primer
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Fuji
Benefit Coralista
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Pink

Eyes:
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Urban Decay Book of Shadows III, shades used: Money and Radium on outer corner.
Eyeko Line and Shine Duo Pencil in Pop Star. Teal inner and Electric Blue on outer waterline.
Eyeko Big Eyes Mascara.

Lips:
Chanel Coco Rouge in Rose Comete
Lastly I want to share with you my small haul from a few days ago:
H&M Owl Ring, Barry M Topcoat and Limited Edition Colour exculsive to Boots, Urban Decay NAKED Palette!!

Also received this:
 Urban Decay Book of Shadows III!! It lights up too :D





I'll will probably do more looks and maybe swatch the palettes if I get the time :)

Hope you are having a great weekend!





Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Urban Decay's New Palettes Available in the UK!

(EDITED with prices)

Hiya everyone! Hope you're all well :)
Sorry for the lack of updates, I'm really short of time at the moment :(
Just a quick post to my UK/London followers know about the exclusive releases of the two new Urban Decay Palettes.

Urban Decay's Book of Shadows Vol III is a online exclusive available only in Debenhams. Link here
Swatches and Review here. (From Temptalia.com). I've ordered mine! Price: £30

Urban Decay's Naked Palette is available in House of Frasers apparently on 23rd August. But I managed to pick one up from the Oxford Street Store today, and Sarah from Iheartcosmetics was able to get one from the London Victoria Store. So it's worth have a nose around your local House of Frasers or if you can get to the Oxford Street Store as there was quite a few left when I arrived in the early evening :) Sarah's link above contains swatches. Price: £27

Hope this was a help. Let me know if you have or will be purchasing these palettes.

I will try and get some decent posts up at the weekend.


Friday, 13 August 2010

Artwork

I was going through some of my old art work from GCSE times and onto A-Level. So I thought I share some of my better works.
I miss drawing, painting, art, textiles, I regret not going back to school and college and getting my proudest work back. I regret not taking it further. Although I still could, it's a matter of time and money...

GCSE Time- Art (about 6 years ago)


A-levels-Art and Textiles (About 3/4 Years ago)


Art I did for fun.


What my sister completed this afternoon :D beautiful!


Nothing interesting, just thought I'd share :P


Thursday, 12 August 2010

Random Thought...

So. After this week is over I have two whole weeks off work, I usually only work weekends but have been doing a ton of overtime with my free time now uni is over.
I apply for a internship and got a instant reply. I'm starting next Monday. (Fingers crossed it goes well).
Then I realise I wouldn't have two whole weeks off, just two weekends...

So is this someone telling me that I'll be working all my life without no breaks? No one wants me to rest? xD

Joking aside, I can't wait to start this internship, I'm so nervous and excited at the same time. I don't know much about it just yet, what to expect or even if I've secured the internship. I'll keep you posted. :)

Random ramble.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

BB Creams: Dr Jart Black Label, Skinfood Peach Sake, Missha Perfect Cover


 This was a requested post by Kei Kei from misskeikei :)

I had featured a couple of BB creams on my blog previously and had done mini reviews on them, so in this post I'll go into more depth and review the three BB creams I have tried for a good period of time.

The BB cream (also known as Blemish Balms) craze was very popular in Korea, since then the whole of Asia has been sucked into the BB Cream fandom! :P You can read more about BB creams and why they are so popular here.
BB creams are like tinted moisturisers but with many other properties included other that coverage.

I have a total of four BB creams across a range of different brands in my collection. However I will only review three in this post, these are the three I have used for few months on and off. The newest BB cream I have, I haven't tried out yet, but a review will follow once I do :)


The three BB creams I have tested are Missha Perfect Cover, Skinfood Peach Sake and Dr Jart Black Label. Swatches of these products side by side will be near the end of the post.

Missha M Perfect Cover BB cream.

The Perfect Cover BB cream comes in two shades, 21 (Light Beige) and 23 (Natural Beige). I have 23 which is the darker tone one. It also comes in two different sizes, 30ml and 50ml.
It has a SPF of 42 and claims to whiten your skin and prevent it from premature aging.
(click for a bigger pic)

I have the 50ml version which comes in a pump, the 30ml is a squeezy tube.
Although this is the darker shade Missha offers, I find it is too light for me. I stopped using it for so many months now and tried it again today for this post and it's better suited now (don't know how lol) but still light. However with this BB cream, during the duration of the day, the product oxides on the skin, therefore it will get darker.
The product is of quite a thick consistency and once applied onto my skin. I find that it's quite oily on it's own therefore I would have to set it with powder. Coverage is sheer to medium, and it smells nice too.
The pump is great and hygienic, it is very easy to control how much product you desire.

Dr Jart Black Label Blemish Base.

Dr Jart's Black label come only in one shade, and one size 50ml. It comes in a squeezy tube, with a SPF of 25 and claims to also whiten your skin and premature aging. This BB cream is a great match for my skintone, it's consistency is thick so I would use this when the weather is cooler. Coverage is sheer to medium, the smell is very very subtle compared to the other two BB creams.

Skinfood Peach Sake BB Cream

This is my summer BB cream at the moment, another BB cream which suits my skintone. I love the smell of this, peaches mmmhh :D The consistency is thin compared to the Missha and Dr Jart BB creams. 
It comes in a 30ml tube with a pump, the pump in my opinion is really bad. It either splutters out some product or no product at all, which is why I transferred the product into another reusable bottle and this one is so flat and damaged lol.
Skinfood offers their BB creams in two shades, 1 and 2. I use 2. I really like this product as it leaves a lovely glow to the skin.

Dr Jart, Skinfood, Missha

I tried to capture the shades as true to how they actually look in real life and this is the best I could do. 
As you can see, Dr Jart and Missha's shade is on the cold side as Skinfood is more of a warm tone. Missha's shade is the most 'coldest' and is on the greyer tone, which is probably why it doesn't suit my skintone the best out of the three. 
Although Dr Jart and Skinfood seem like two completely different tones, they blend into my skin really well, therefore have the ability to adapt to my skin colour better.
A blogger asked me before if Dr Jart's BB cream whitens my skin and I said I didn't notice a difference.
However having trying the Missha BB cream after so many months, I realised that it suited my skintone better than a few months back. So I asked my sister if she noticed a difference in my skintone and she said told me my skin is much paler than before,
Therefore after using these three BB creams on and off over the course of over a year now I think, my skintones is much lighter than it was. Which means these BB creams indeed whitens your skin :)
Honestly I never bought these products wanting my skin to become whiter, I just bought because of the hype... :P but it does work and I'm not too fussed about it. In terms of the anti-wrinkle element to these BB creams, I wouldn't know just yet as I don't have lines on my face.

I hope I have covered enough about these BB creams, if you have any questions let me know and I will reply on this post.

You can also check out the BB cream page on soompi where there are many reviews on a huge variety of BB creams available.