Saturday, 29 December 2012

Selfridges Advent Calender - Week 3 (Days 17 -24)

For Week 1 and Week 2 click the links.
Here is the 3rd and final week of beauty treats from behind the doors.
December 17th - Lancome Juicy Tube in Marshmallow
A pale pink lipgloss with shimmer, can use on it's own or over lipstick.
December 18th - Lancome Visionariare Serum
Lancome's answer to Estee Lauder's Perfectionist. anti-wrinkle treatment that smooths lines and even skin tone out. Looking forward to trying this.
December 19th - YSL Froever Youth Liberator serum
Another big launch of 2012 - Suppose to firm, smooth for within the skin. Another one I'm looking forward to trying out.
December 20th - Lancome Bi-Facil eye make up remover
Love this product and great timing as my No.7 dupe is about to run out. It's an oil based remover that you shake together and apply using a pad, removes waterproof make up like a breeze.
December 21st - Lancome Genefique Yeux
Lifting and firming eye cream, a little goes a long way and very much needed after the party season.
December 22nd - Keihls Midnight Recovery Concentrate
I've been waiting for this window as I love this product and it is on my wish list invest in. I had got a sample a few months back in my YOU Latestinbeauty box and had fallen for it soft and refreshing skin properties then.
December 23rd - YSL Opuim
I think I am one of the rare people who like Opium, it's is historic perfume that has lasted while a majority have come and gone. It is a rich spicy Oriental, I would wear this more for evening.
December 24th - Keihl's Creme De Corps
After already trying some their products and hearing this is their 'hero' product that they are known for, I am excited to get this to try out. I already know I'll probably will want it!
I do like the thinking behind these calenders, I am stocked up for the new few months. I do think the RRP of £82 is very steep for what you get as most of the sizes are what you get with a majority of GWP's.
My thanks still goes to British Beauty Blogger for being a winner of her competition to win this as well as a set of Lancome Christmas crackers, which have now gone to my best mate as we had our annual Christmas met up today and spent the afternoon catching up on babies (she's due in April) and gossipping.

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Glam Glow - Is it worth the £50 price tag?

First of all, yes you read that right, it's RRP is around £50 for a 50ml jar (there is a 15ml for £22.50 and a 'try-me' 7ml tube for £4.99 on the GlamGlow website). I had it as a sample sachet in my goodie bag from #BbloggersXmas event that I had gone to at the beginning of the month.

Glam Glow has come from Hollywood and says that after 10 minutes of use once a week not only will give a fresh glow but also smooth and revitalise skin. It uses the antioxidant benefits of green tea, soothing from chamomile and lavender, as well as the deep cleaning from Kaolin clay and exfoliation from micro volcanic rock. (Full list of ingredients from their website).

I put this onto freshly cleansed skin, and for an extra deep cleanse I put it on after a shower so I could the benefit of the steam opening pores up. I had read the back of the packaging that said that there may be a tingling sensation, I do put a warning here - If you have any sensitive skin please avoid using as will not be suitable because of this.

You can see the mask dry (it'll start going a paler colour), after 10 minutes you wash off with warm water. I use a cloth to wash mine off so I could also double it up as an exolifant treatment.

My skin did look more even toned, the redness that I do get on my cheeks and around my nose were reduced. The deeper cleansing and exfoliation process also meant that the look and texture of my skin felt smoother and brighter. The oiliness I get on my forehead and nose was not only gone but all of the above effects did last the promised 3 days afterwards.

So is it worth the £50 price tag? I think it is, but to start with I will have to downgrade to the 15ml. For me it supplied what it promised. I had smoother, more even skin for 3 days and I think with longer term of use it would significantly improve my skin. It is a rare thing in this industry that does delivery something that is promised.

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Simply Having A Wonderful Christmastime

I hope that everyone had a great Christmas, we stuck to same plan that has happened for the past few years: My parents in the morning before they went out for dinner and then round to the in laws for dinner ourselves.

My parents were as generous as they are (apparently my mum goes a little nuts on presents). I got some really great stuff, I won't bore you some highlights were the latest British Bake Off books, as well as Jamie's 15min Meals, both Adele albums (which I am loving! Have 21 on now), clothes and the compulsory pack of socks.

My brother's girlfriend brought me OPI's The Bondettes mini collection, she didn't even know I was already a huge fan of OPI. Husband also gave me the Essie Beyond Cosy that he nicked off of me when I ordered it for myself (as well as Muse's new album and Maroon's 5), that reminds me he still hasn't paid me back for the varnish.....

Due to a lack of funds we had to be a bit more creative with presents this year, one of them is pictured below for my soon to be sister-in-law.

I painted a set if these for her as she loves Stitch from Disney's Lilo and Stitch. The accent nail has a little happy alien which the others have flowers done by dotting/stripping tools. The main blue/lilac colour is Rimmel's Aqua Cool, and the rest was done using Rimmel's Black Cab and Fuchsia. The glitter is from stripping paints that I had. These took about a day to do while I was waiting for coats to dry as well as in between baking for the rest of the presents.

I am now not back to work until Monday so I can get some rest and catch up on things I've been putting off as well as get myself organised for the next coming months (I got a diary to put it all in now). Time to make the hard decision of what new colour to paint my nails, especially as I've just brought some new ones in the online sales.

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

A Very Merry Blogging Christmas!

To everyone - readers, followers and people who have tripped over this page through Google images, I wish you a safe and Merry Christmas whatever you're doing. Hope Santa is generous (and that he got my hint on some Real Technique brush sets), that the food and drink is flowing.
And just remember - the sales start now!

Sunday, 23 December 2012

An Unevenlemming Christmas

So here it is Merry Christmas.... OK not quite but there's not long to go, my advent calender is nearly empty and I'm only less than 24 hours left before my 6 day holiday begins (and the nation finally takes a collective sigh of relief that for another year, it's all over).

Before I take a couple days break and start on the merry-go-round of going round to see all the in-laws/family - Here's my thoughts on Christmas from my side of the screen (With thanks to Nikki Etc for the twitter tag)

1. What is your favourite thing about Christmas ?

There just seems to be a different feeling around Christmas time, I really can't explain it. I like the decorations, cards, and thinking about the presents to get everyone. I like to put as much thought as I can behind it, as well as reflect on why we celebrate this time of year.

2. What is your favourite make up look for festive the season?

Yes I follow the cliche of red, I like red nails and red lips for the Christmas parties. For the day itself I keep it simple and relaxed - smart pair jeans with a jumper. It is a day off after all!

3. Real tree or fake tree?

This year I have none, yes you read that right this year we have no tree. We were due to move but as we started to move delays came up and the tree is at the other place. My TV stand is a my supplement with all my cards around it as well as red and gold tinsel. I normally have a black fake tree with blue and silver. My parents fake tree is nearly 40 years old!

4. Giving presents or receiving presents?

I like thinking of different and new ideas for presents, so I' certainly a giver. I also make presents as well as buy and make it as personal as I can. This year money is extremely tight so I've used my own skills to make my own gifts including a set of nail art done of fake nails to give to one of my family (who doesn't read this!)

5. Do you open presents Christmas morning or eve / evening

I used to do my 'Santa' presents in the morning and then after lunch do ones from my family. My stocking was opened as soon as I could sneak it into my room. Now I'm a little older, it's husband's after breakfast (another family tradition from my side so I had something to eat and not just chocolate!), then the morning is my family as they go out for lunch, before eating at in laws and presents from them.

6. Handmade Christmas cards or bought?

Brought and even then I haven't sent many out as stamps are really expensive this year. I normally do them for people I don't see often and this year I've even sent some to other bloggers.

7. What is your favourite Christmas film?

Santa Clause The Movie with Dudley Moore. When I was younger they always had this and The Snowman on Christmas Eve (I'm looking forward to The Snowman and The Snowdog :D), once it was finished I was sent to bed to wait for Santa. I have it on DVD now, but I still watch it on Christmas Eve before bed, I am still a big kid at heart.

8. What's your favourite Christmas food?

I do like a good piece of Stollen, a German fruit and marzipan cake dusted with icing sugar. Mince pies can be a mixed bag, my father in law has made 9 dozen of his version this year!

9. What's your favourite Christmas song?

I like Fairytale of New York by The Pogues, however for the time of year it can be a little depressing. I do like The Darkness, Christmas Time (Don't Let the Bells End or A bit of Cliff with Mistletoe and Wine (I dare you not to sing along after a post dinner Baileys!)

10. What's your favourite Christmas memory?

They've all be very good and relaxed but my first married Christmas, I was getting over the flu and husband had the start, either of us could not eat and just sat on the sofa trying to get the other to make a cuppa (At least it got us out of the family visits).

I must admit this year I'm looking forward to getting more than one day off like previous years, the joys of not being in retail anymore. For everyone who is I hope you have a good break not matter how small.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Selfridges Advent Calender - Week 2 (Days 8 - 16)

Week 2 in advent calender land - If you missed Week 1 you can read it here. It feels that this week is more of a make up week with nearly a face full of make up in a week.

December 8th - Lancome La Vie Est Bella

I can't believe I forgot to photograph this, the mini is really sweet. The fragrance is soft floral with jasmine, Orange Blossom and patchouli. Very delicate and makes a good daytime fragrance.

December 9th - Lancome Hypnose Star mascara

Provides intense volume and intense colour, great evening mascara. I have saved this for dressing up on Christmas Day. I like the advertising on it using Betty Boo because I love her retro look.

December 10th - Lancome L'Absolu Nu in Rose Subtil

A soft creamy pink with hints of gold. A great feminine pink that would suit most skin tones.

December 11th - Lancome Hypnose Mascara

OK Have you noticed a theme apart from the make up is that it is mostly Lancome, I am a fan but it does seem clamped together. This is their big drama volume mascara and top seller in black.

December 12th - Lancome Tresor

A Lancome classic, powdery fruity floral. Very french and only can be worn when you want a bit of classic glamour.

December 13th - Lancome Genifique

This is currently living in my bathroom, hence why it's not here! Smoothing skin serum that prevents as well as reverses the ageing process. It's a gel like serum that goes underneath moisturiser, skin has already felt softer after a few days so it looks promising.

December 14th - Armani Code fragrance

Hurray something isn't Lancome! I like this powdery musky oriental fragrance, perfect for evenings with a dark smokey glamorous look.

December 15th - YSL Eye Liner in Black

Perfect soft liner that is a sweet wash bag size, haven't used YSL liners before so I look forward to this one.

December 16th - Lancome Juicy Tube in Cerise

Lipgloss in a soft red with small bits of glitter, I have the bigger version of this so the baby one will go into handbags as an 'emergency' gloss.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Rocking Around The #BbloggersXmas Event!

This past weekend has been an orgy of Christmas parties - Husband's on Thursday night (bowling), my current works on Friday night (the 3 D's - Drinks, Dinner, Dancing), and then the one I was most looking forward to: #BbloggersXmas afternoon.

This was in Canary Wharf in The Reebok bar that looked over the temporary ice skating rink, perfectly Christmassy. It was hosted by ever glamorous and hard working Victoria and Lola. I know from running previous events that it is hard work, and they ever rocked it in high heels. Many thanks for the invite to join in, great day was had by all (I might of even heart rumours that might be one in March).

I must admit I was feeling the effects of being out for two nights, but was happy to relax on the sofa with a cuppa and take everything in. I was soon joined by Catherine we were chatting away and found that we only live a few miles from each other, such a small world as well as already a regularly reader which met a lot.

Over the next few hours I ended up hanging out with the glam Dani, Nessie, Erin and Emma. We chatted, ate cake pops and got addicted to barbecue Popchips. At the end of the night we were being kicked out as we were chatting so much. It was great to see faces to tweets including Grace as I won one of her giveaways and it was great to thank her in person. I'm sorry if I missed anyone, but I'm sure I will be seeing more of everyone soon.

I didn't get any pictures as I just wanted to sit back and see what happened as it my first event, if you go to the other girls sites you will spot some (including me). This is however the over generous goodie bag that was included - My highlights it (apart from another packet of Popchips) is the Sleek Sparkle 2 Palette, Bad Apple duochrome nail varnish and Emergency Stylifile. I'm sure I'll find more in the lot below to get crazy about.

Monday, 17 December 2012

Masterclass - Lipstick

Lipstick is a combination of pigments, oils, emoluments, and waxes. This applies a colour, texture and protection to the lips. Some lipsticks can contains perfume as well as added vitamins but there is an increase of lipstick that not contain these they can increase chances of allergies.
Most lipsticks have four finishes:
  • Cream - Has a slight shine to the finish, known for needed to replenished often. Has a high level of wax while long lasting ranges have a higher level of oil.
  • Matt - Dull finish that can last longer
  • Frosted - Lasts the longest because it also the driest, this produced by adding shimmery like mica or silica.
  • Translucent - Almost colourless lipsticks.
Lipstick is made from grinding and heating ingredients. The heated waxes are added to the mix for texture. Oils and lanolin are added for specific formula requirements. Afterwards, the hot liquid is poured onto a metal mold. The mixture is chilled and kept cool so that the lipsticks harden. Once they have hardened, they are heated in flame for half a second to create a shiny finish and to remove imperfections.
It was said that first lipstick was made by Mesopotamian woman who grounded gemstones to wear on their lips. The ancient Egyptians expanded on this creating toxic combinations to decorate their lips including the first uses of fish scales to produce a shimmery effect.
In medieval Europe it was forbidden for people by the church to wear cosmetics and was know to be a mark of women of the night to be wearers. It wasn't until Royalty, Elizabeth I, started the trend for wearing blush red lips with pales faces that it acceptable for the higher classes to be seen wearing make up.
The first commercial lipstick was manufactures by French perfumer Guerlian in 1884. It was wrapped in silk paper and made from deer tallow, castor oil, and beeswax. It wasn't until 1921 that it acceptable for women to start wearing cosmetics and lipsticks.
Next Week - Lipstick trends

Monday, 10 December 2012

Montagne Jeunesse Dragon Fruit Sauna

I have spoken in the past how much I do like Montagne Jeunesse face masks (Written about here and here). Not only are they reasonably priced at £1.09 - £1.49 but are vegetarian,uses natural ingredients and are easily available (ASDA, Boots and

I now have a new favourite to add to my collection: Dragon Fruit Sauna. I not normally a lover of 'fruitier' masks, I normally head to my other favourite Hot Chocolate masks. I've changed my mind for many reasons first of all this is still a sauna mask that gentles heats thus opening pores, but it also has the seeds of the dragon fruit that gentles exfoliates. The scent is not sickly sweet, it is not overpowering but still has a fruit scent.

I do realise it does make my face look sun burnt with the sun

My skin afterwards felt fresher with a smoothness that a deep cleanse should provide. It also seemed to re balance my combination skin to some plump even tones beauty. I have already repurchased this twice already, as it ticks all the boxes of what I want from a mask.

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Where I have been and where I am going

I regularly take part in the #bbloggers twitter chats that happen on a Sunday and Wednesday night, Sunday nights subject was what inspired you and how you started.

I started this blog on 25th January 2012 after injuring my knee the end of last year. I had a lot of free time on my hands and was browsing the internet where I started reading British Beauty Blogger on a daily basis. It from her blog that I started clicking her favourite links and tripped over The London Lipgloss and A Beauty Junkie in London, which then lead to Jayne's Kistchen (all links to blogs are on the right in 'Blogs I Love' as I am writing this on my tablet straight after the chat and it won't let me link everything up).

For myself I was reaching a crossroads, my injury forced me to relook at the life I was living, I was just plodding along with nothing that filled my time. I still love Beauty and I always looked fondly back on my Estee Lauder days. It just clicked, "I've got experience to throw my ideas out there, why not?" so that how Unevenlemming Beauty was born, with an idea and a little bit of hope.

For me in an year that has more downs than ups, this little corner of the blogging world has been my continuing piece of sanity through it. I want take this entry to thank everyone of you guys who reads, comments, follows, and tweets. I am part of a great community of talented but human people, we need to keep hold of that as it is something really special.

For 2013 I know there are great things coming including a make over for the whole blog, as I grow it grows with me. I will also (fingers crossed) complete my BTEC in February and finish the course that I have always dreamed of doing. This is also a time of moving as I am moving home to something smaller and more manageable (and yes cheaper), this does mean that my husband and I can put a lot of stress behind us. All I ask is for a little patience while all this happens, but it's going to be so exciting and I'm looking forward to sharing it all.

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Masterclass - Lipgloss

From my kit: L-R Estee Lauder High Gloss, Benefit The Gloss, No.7 Lip Shine and Lancome Juicy Tube.

Lip gloss is designed to add a luste and shine to the lips, adding this can make the lips look fuller. It is used for a softer, lighter colour for people who doesn't want the 'wow' effect of a lipstick. Popular in teens (and the young at heart) as it is an easily accessible make up product. Some glosses also have moisturising benefits like lip balms but have a different finish.

The first lip gloss on the market was made by Max Factor called X-Rated in 1930, wanting a lip product that would look glossy in the cinema screen in black and white pictures. As more woman longed for the cinema looks, Max Factor released the gloss for sale and the same colour had been on sale until 2003 where it was retired after the sale to Proctor and Gamble.

 It is presented in different ways: a tube that has an applicator that is dipped in or a squeezable tube that the products come out of that can be applied with fingers or disposable brush. The range of colours are huge with the next thing being a hybrid of intense colour of lipstick and the shine of gloss.

Next week - Lipstick

Friday, 7 December 2012

Selfridges Advent Calender - Week 1 (Days 1-7)

A few weeks ago I entered a competition on British Beauty Blogger to win a set of Lancome crackers and a Selfridges advent calender. Not so long story is that I was picked by the Selfridges PR to receive them after saying that the person I want to pull a cracker is one of my best friends, who's not only pregnant but it's due on my birthday (Congratualtions again to her!).
While I've put the crackers to one side to share with her (as it's only fair and it make our Christmas dinner a lot more special), this I keep eagerily awaited for December 1st.
If you followed on Twitter I have been giving a daily tweet to what I've got, and then bring them altogether to show what is in them. This would normally retail for £82, and contain 24 luxury beauty samples from Lancome, Kiehl's, YSL, Armani, Diesel, Viktor & Rolf and Shu Uemura.
December 1st - Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb
I've tried this before and wasnt bowled over by it, put it one before bed and when i woke it had soften down to a delicate scent. Husband approved as well.
December 2nd - Kiehl's Strengthing Hand Cream
I like the texture of this, it sinks it quickly but is still rich. I already know I'm purchasing this to replace my Estee Lauder Renutriv that ran out last month.
December 3rd - Lancome Regenrie Face Cream
Good size sample at 15ml, but it says it's for lifting and firming. I know I'm not quite there yet, but it smells beautiful.
December 4th - Lancome Eau Micellaire Douceur
Simple more know as cleansing water, and considering my Etat Pur also finished last month, this was a small God send.
December 5th - Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil
I'm really excited to try this as I've heard other poeple say it's a great prodcut and never had a chance to try it.
December 6th - Loverdose by Diesel
The bottle design is beautiful, nicely facited so it catches the light but in a deep purple so it isn't too girlie. The scent is richly violet with a powdery vanilla dry down. It was definatly husband approved, as it also matches his Only The Brave by Diesel.
December 7th - Keihl's Ultra Facial Cream
This mornings offering was a lightly scented face cream, I know they are more known for their body products but I am intested in this. I have tried their Midnight concertrate and was impressed with that.
Many thanks again to Jane at British Beauty Blog and the PR team at Selfridges. It's the best thing I've ever won (and there is 17 still to go!)

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Masterclass - Eyebrows

We have previous spoken about how to tidy the eyebrows and give them some defination and shape in previous Masterclass Update on Threading. What we are going to focus on here is how to add colour and bring out the eyebrows more using colour cosmestics.

The aim is produce eyeborws that are evenly shaped and taper naturally away at the outer edges. For the most natural effect would be an enhancement for the shape, however some fashions can lead for more of a promantly look

There are two different products to consider: Pencil and powder. Pencil should used put little angled lines to fill in where hair is sparse. Powder is worked using a pointed or firm and angled brush. Both should be used going from the inside of the eyebrows and worked outwards. This should be at the same time with breaks to swap so each can look indentical.

The next hurdle is what colour would be best - The colour should again be an enhancement of the natural colour. These below are guidelines:
  • Blonde should be an ash colour
  • Browns should be Mahogany colour (like a reddish brown)
  • Black Brown should be a deeper mahogany or smoke (black is too dark - see above!)
  • Red should be taupe or camel
  • Grey/White shold be a grey or taupe.
I found now I regually had my eyebrows shaped and defined the rest of the my make up falls into place easier. Something so simple has really opened my eyes up and added more a simple, defined and chic everyday look.

Saturday, 1 December 2012

So Long, Farewell Empties

While my computer is indisposed I'm relying on my little tablet to write my entries on. I have a ASUS Honeycomb with a dock so I can turn it into a laptop to type. However, it does have it restrictions like with some websites (like blogger) it won't let me edit the page as much as I could on a normal desk top. This does throw a little spanner in the works, especially as this computer has my rough drafts of my Masterclasses so at the moment they are on hold until my IT Tech of a husband can get the thing working (It will be worth the wait, I promise!)

Until then we shall carry on...

This is the first time that I have really finished anything that isn't a small sample to actually write a 'empties' post about. The way things have worked out is that all of my favourite long term products have finished all at once so I wanted to pile them together and talk about them.

First up is the Shampoo and conditioner from Ojon that I got in the promotion they did about March/April time. This is where when you spent over £20 you got a pair of their Volume shampoo and conditioner. I started using this about late April/May and finished mid November time (using 2-3 times a week). I am impressed with the lasting time of this, it is a 200ml bottle and I found that you need a small amount like 5p pence to get a good lather. The conditioner is also still rich with the smallest amounts. I do dye my hair I use the given treatment conditioner once a week instead of this, that also extended its use.

The scent is a warm nut oil scent because of the Ojon oil content, I found this pleasant and not overbearing, that also lingers well without over powering. Does it deserve it's £16 per a bottle price tag? I certainly do think it does, it provided a volume and smoothing that my hair needed. Doing the beauty maths each bottle cost me £2.66 a month for the 6 months. The hair oil that I had from the range from my March Glossybox is still going strong at 7 months.

The next product is Tesco's Coco Butter body lotion for the princely sum of £1.15. I brought this when it was closer to the end of the month and money was tighter but I till didn't want to neglect my body. It is basic, and the Cocoa butter scent is sickly and artificial, but it did the job it stopped my skin from drying out and feeling itchy.

Then there is Etat Pur Miceller Water hat I got June time from my YOU skincare box. I didn't know much about micellers waters before this, and I didn't like toners before, I thought there were a waste of money as I never found one I liked. This is designed to be a supplement cleanser, I use it on days where I'm not wearing wearing make up as a water cleanser that refreshes. For when I am wearing make up I use it as an extra cleanser step, it still pulls of dirt that I've missed. It doesn't irritate my eyes or skin, and for about £7 for 250ml I'm repurchasing as soon as possible.

For my last it is the fondest farewell for Estee Lauder's Re-Nutriv Hand Cream. I have had this for 3 years (but only been using it for 2 years), it was a gift from Estee Lauder when I worked for them when we hit an incentive (I think it was selling a lot of mascaras at a new launch). I got this with the matching body cream (which has long gone!). It is £52 lets get that out  of the way, and it is stunningly rich to the point that you need to push a lot into the tube to get this thick cream out. I used it in the evenings before bed, which meant in the morning my hands are softer and my nails stronger. Since I finished this I miss it greatly, and now I am on the hunt for my replacement that can still give me the benefits but maybe not for £52.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

My New Go-To - NYX Round Lip Gloss Natural

I own a few lipgloss is a little of an understatement, I like the laziness of just swiping one on and off you go. Recently I have felt I've needed a little more than normal: a little more colour and creamy texture. This is of course where this comes in, this is from NYX (pronounced Niks).
NYX (Niks) is named after the mythical Greek Goddess for the night. The company makes cosmetics that satisfied the needs of the professional as well as the beauty junkie. They are more known for their palettes, which are not only good value but are also have good pigmentation.
I got this when I was at Olympia Beauty in the press bag, and grabbed one day running out the door to work. I instantly loved the creamy texture which is unusual for a gloss, because of that there is also very little shimmer content. I do feel it is more a of 'grown up' gloss becaue of this, and would suit people who like a hybred of both gloss finish but lipstick colour.
They are 36 different colours in the collection and RRP for £3 each. I already have my eye on Mauve, Frosted Plum and Wild Orchid. You can purchase the through the NYX Online Shop

Monday, 26 November 2012

Versatile Blogger Award

From the lovely Pixie Dust And Fairytales

The Rules:
· Each blogger tagged must post 11 random facts about themselves · They must answer the 11 questions posted by the previous blogger · They must create 11 new questions to ask their tagged bloggers · They must then tag 11 blogs with less than 200 followers apiece · The bloggers must be told · No tag backs!

Random facts
  1. My bridesmaid first child is due to be born next year on 11th April, my 31st birthday (and I've overjoyed for her!)
  2. I have 3 months left to finish my BTEC and am starting to panic!
  3. Dita Von Teese, Jessie J and Katy Perry are my girl crushes.
  4. I have just over 30 books on a to be read pile.
  5. I own one of the original Furby's, it's cream and white.
  6. I've been following F1 since late 1995
  7. I've attended for F1 races: Britian 1997,1998, and 1999, and Belguim 1999.
  8. I play Gems (also known as Bejeweled) on my phone when I'm bored (or not tweeting!)
  9. I can't think of anything else!

How long have you been blogging? And what made you start?

It will be 1 year on 25th January, after injuring my knee and spending the time reading other blogs. I thought there was space here for an ex-counter girl to throw her two cents in.

What is the main focus of your blog? (e.g. nails, make up, reviews?)

I would say more nails and reviews, but make up is creeping in as I gain more confidence.

How often, on average, do you think "Hmmm...I could blog that!"?

Everyday, at least twice, I get in front of a keyboard and it's gone. That's why my phone note app is full of ideas.

Have you mentioned your blogging to friends and family or do you prefer to keep it private?

My blog auto loads on my facebook so my friends do read it because they ask about it! My family are supportive and want to know how its doing.

What do you look for when reading a new blog? Numbers of followers? Quality of photos?

A mixutre of things, just more the personality of the person coming through, If I keep tripping over the blog a few times while searching for something else then I normanally follow them through that as well.

How do you take the best photos for your blog?

I have a list of what I want to write about and I try to get as many done during the day as much as possible. Can't wait for summer again! Sometimes I just snap them on the fly.

What's your best beauty bargain?

A tube of baby bum cream that I use for my dry chapped lips, it's about £2.79 and you need the smallest amount.

What are some of your holy grail products?

Face masks instantly can change skin and a great treat, I do have a soft spot for Montagne Jeunesse. Make up I really like the MUA palettes because they are very good selections, strong pigments and are aroun £4-6.
How long does it take you to get ready for an average day?

From bed to out the door about 30 minutes (with the lightest make up), but if I'm going out I do prefer to take my time.

Do you tone down your make-up look for work?

I do, I don't want to scare people away!

If you could only wear one nail varnish for the rest of your life, what would it be?

It'll be a red, but I'm not sure which one - I own quite a few :D


How long have you been blogging? And what made you start?

What is the main focus of your blog? (e.g. nails, make up, reviews?)

How often, on average, do you think "Hmmm...I could blog that!"?

How have you developed since you started?

If you did it all again, what would you change?

What's best bit of advice you've ever been given?

What's your dream?

What are the products you would buy again?

How long does it take you to get ready for an average day?

Girl crush?

If you could only wear one nail varnish for the rest of your life, what would it be?


Glamourologist (About the History of Beauty)
Pink & Polished (Nail Art)
Kel Loves (Mixture of reviews and views)
Make Up Guinea Pig (Overseas Animal and Nail Lover)

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Masterclass - The History of Mascara

Other than foundation the holy grail is mascara, one that makes lashes look darker, thicker, longer and defined. The early mascaras date back the Egyptian times where eye areas were darker to ward off dark spirits. It didn't back into fashion in Europe until the Victorian era. Victorian ladies of leisure would make their own mixture; would heat a mixture of ash or lampblack and elderberry juice on a plate and apply the heated mixture to their eyelashes.

The first commerical mascara was developed by Eugene Rimmel using a new product called Petroleum jelly, his name is still linked with mascara as in Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Greek, Turkish, Romanian, and Persian it is translated as mascara. Mr Rimmel is also the founder of Rimmel London (then Known as the House of Rimmel) and was owned by the family until 1949.

Over the water a little later in 1913, another mascara empire was starting. T. L. Williams was creating something similar for his sister Maybel, which planted the seeds for the company Maybelline. Both formulations were messy and not easy to use.

It wasn't until Helena Rubinstein, a shrewd business woman, saw the popularity that this product was getting and started to develop (alongside her rival Elizabeth Arden). After the First World War, consumers were eager to try new products and this is where Rubinstein launched her range including mascara cake that is applied by wetting the material and applying with a brush.

Years later in 1957, Rubinstein created a formula that evolved mascara from a hard cake into a lotion-based cream. The packaging of the new mascara was in a tube sold with a brush. For use, the cream was squeezed onto the brush and applied to lashes.

The modern mascara we see today was soon evolved, the device picked up the same amount of mascara for each use. Then the grooved rod was altered to the brush similar to the ones used today. The change in applicator led mascara to be even easier to use, and so starts the hunt for the perfect mascara.

Next week - Using mascara

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Don't know what to buy her?

Christmas - The word is enough to strike fear into any ones heart. I still get asked to write a list for my mum every year, and then would be asked about items on it. My husband is still one of the people who would go out Christmas Eve and panic buy (however he's said he's booked a day off this year to get it right).

On the other side I have been one those retail assistant who has ended up Christmas shopping for entire families. I won't even start on the stories on bad presents (My 18th my ex brought me an empty hip flask, ). When the details of came through my mail,  I'd must admit it did get my interest.

The idea was created by Ben Blomerley, who after buying his girlfriend a worm farm for a present, thought there was a better and easier way of finding out what she really wanted.

It's starts with a simple questionnaire about your relationship and a series of preferences. They are then presented with a list of suggestions which can be tuned into an advice list of ten items. This can be then be tweeted, facebooked or linked to her friends for feedback (a due date can also be added). The final choice can be purchased and praise can be received!

There is a really good choice of shops - Not only your high street names like Debenhams, luxury stores like Selfridges, but some great little indie stores like Two Red Trees (ethnically jewellery and soft home furnishings store), and Flights of Nancy (family run leather handbag store).

OK sounds good in theory, but does it actually work? One night I set husband the task of finding me a present using this system. The highlights from his list include Scent Library By Penhaligon's (a brand I've always wanted something from), Burlesque Dinner Plate 'Ophelia' by Pickled Ruby (I love Burlesque and the uniqueness of the design), and Nails Inc 10 piece set from Debenhams (If you read this blog you know that is perfect for me).

I did have a lot of fun making lists up for myself and increasing my already long Christmas list. is already in development (but I do think is more appropriate).

Monday, 19 November 2012

Retro Love - Rimmel's Heather & Coffee Shimmer Lipsticks

The first ever lipstick I ever wore was by Rimmel and it was  influenced by a girl called Jenny. It was the end of the day at school when I was around 14/15, it was end of our PE lesson and she insisted that I try some lipstick as I was too much of a tomboy and needed to girl up. I wore it home to be promptly told by my mum to take it straight off because I looked to silly and I was too young to be wearing lipstick.

The lipstick in question - Heather Shimmer, this purple/brown hybrid was the THE lipstick of the 90's. The 90's trend could be summed in one world, Brown and it was all over the eyes, lips and even blusher. You were in two camps - either Coffee or Heather shimmer. All of my friends wore Heather (including my friend, Heather. I still have the evidence!).

I liked coffee shimmer more, it wasn't until the beginning of the year that I brought both of them. It was being a teen all over again, and they are still perfect for this years brown lipstick revival.

Being a hoodie in Coffee Shimmer

You can buy them in your chemist's of choice, They are part of the Lasting Finish collection - Heather Shimmer is No. 66 and Coffee Shimmer is No. 264: RRP £4.99

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Razorpit Teneo Razor Sharpener Review and Giveaway

Shaving - not the most glamorous things to talk about. I have talked lyrical about this before in a previous Masterclass on Hair Removal. I still consider myself lucky that companies want to try products out for them, not only did I get to be asked to try this out but I also have one for you guys to try yourself.

The Razorpit Teneo works on the same technology that barbers use strops for - it removes organic matter from the razors blades that can make it dull. By clearing this debris away it means that the blade lasts longer and not need to replaced that often. It can be used on all razors, by applying foam or soap to the strop area and moving the head up and down.

I had this for a few months now and haven't had to replace a shaver head yet. My husband, who normal has no interest in anything I get, was noisy around this and it soon disappeared near his Mac Infusion razor. He as well is also happy with it, and now I have lost it forever to him. He then mentioned it to my dad who then borrowed it, and I had to beg it back so I can then redo my razor.

Thankfully I've managed to hide this new one from them so I can give you guys a chance of grabbing one yourself. You better enter before they find it.....

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This is UK only

Razorpit can be found on Amazon for RRP £19.95.

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Masterclass - Eyeliner

Eyeliner comes in 4 different forms - Pencil, liquid, pens or cake liners. Pencil is the most common and versatile of the 4, as not only gives you more control but can change the finish to sharp or blended depending on what you need. Liquid is more defined and sharper, I also find a majority of pens come in liquid form (Liquids have a pot to dip into, while pens have a nib attached that you use to apply). With cake you use a brush, wet the bristles and paint the liner on, this can also give a stronger finish.

With any liner, I find applying it at first really fiddly, and can recommend to practise! I find it easier to lift the eyebrow up with one hand and using the other hand to put dashes along the lash line, and then join these up. If I'm using a pencil I would use a bit on the hand first to warm the tip as I find this goes on smoother. If you can sit down at a desk to start with this will you steady yours arms when applying until you feel more confident.

Always start inwards going outwards as not to drag the skin, and check your work regularly as not to get uneven eyes. If you want to apply any liner to the inside of the eye (also known as the waterline), pencils is best as this will be softer on the delicate area.

Examples of different looks

Monday, 12 November 2012

Breaking My Essie Virginity

Not only did I break my virginity, but I did it with a threesome! I was lucky to the winner of Nikki Etc (, first prize was this threesome as well as a Bourjois Nail Varnish Remover (but I'm saving that for another time). The three I got was:

Mint Candy Apple

A creme peppermint that is a breath of fresh air, everything about it just screams springtime.

Tart Deco

Another creme this time a orange/peach tone, very summery lovely and bright.

Merino Cool

A deep muddy purple/brown/grey, I wasn't keen of this in the bottle, put it on and it felt chic. A great AW colour.

However, after these three I already am eyeing up my next Essie additions from their Holiday collection in Leading Lady (A cherry berry glitter hit red) and Beyond Cozy (A gold/silver infused glitter). I also now have their colour chart that I'm ringing colours in. Have I given up my OPI love affair? No, but once you go Essie you never go back!

Friday, 9 November 2012

Masterclass - Eye Make Up for Glass and Contact Lense wearers

Bet you didn't know I wore glasses? I should wear them for when I'm working on the computer (like now but I can't find them), and then I have another pair for when I'm reading print. These above are my computer ones and then I have a slightly thicker framed for reading - A little bit of geek chic.

The effects of glasses on the appearance of the face depends on the design of the frames and the colour/type of lenses.


Heavy frames can take bolder eye make-up and a strong lipstick to provide balance, while steel frames can look lost in heavy dark make-up. By keeping the eyes softer above it blends in without over powering, using a eye liner, eye brow pencil and mascara gives a more defined look without clashing. When designing this look I also took in consideration the colour of the frame (a deep bronze) and used the same tones.


Short-sighted people are ones who can focus on close up items but not far distance, while long-sighted can focus on long distance but struggle with things that are close up (aka me). The lenses are designed to compensate for this however can also effect the look of eyes behind them. Short-sighted people have the appearance of eyes that look smaller, while its the opposite for long-distance. This is where last weeks Masterclass on How to wear eye shadow can help correct this.

Contact Lenses

I must admit the idea of lenses isn't really my thing, would you believe I really don't like things on my eyes. With contact lenses there are some considerations to have because it is a thin membrane that sits on the eye. Cream eye shadow are better to use but powders can be used with a damp brush to reduce any loose pigment getting into the eye. Avoiding heavy creams around the area as if these get onto the lenses it can smear or even melt it. For mascara use a block or low alcohol which also contains little filaments so these do not get into the eye.

Next week -

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

The Beauty Bloggers Tag

This is stolen from the talented Sophia from Tattooed Tealady, not only a great blogger but also a supporter of other beauty bloggers out there.

Why did you start blogging and how long have you been blogging for?

My first entry was 25th January 2012, and was started after I was reading a few and wanted to throw in my own thoughts with my experience in beauty retail. I was also at a cross roads in my career, I was working in retail management but constantly hovering over to the beauty stands next to me as I missed working in them. I was also still recovering from a knee injury and wanted to give myself something to do while I was recovering.

Whose blog did you fall in love with first?
British Beauty Blog was the first one I tripped over as well as read every single day, not only is she one of the first ones to start but as person I found her wonderful. When I tweeted her one day to say she was my inspiration to start, she was shocked but really supportive and humbled. Jayne from Jayne's Kitcshen and Zoe from The London Lipgloss are two of my faves, I feel I could happily have a night out with either.
As I read more and more I need to nod to my fellow #bbloggers including Sophia, Rachael from Live, Food, Love, Beauty Bird, All That Slap and Beauty Balm (I'm sorry if I've missed anyone out!). All have not only been welcoming been have been happy to help when I tweet in distress!
What was the first blogosphere hyped about product you bought and was it worth the hype?
I'd seen other Glossyboxes online and brought the Harrods one, which I really liked, however at the time I couldn't afford to carry on. To this day I'm very glad I did, since then I haven't been over stuck by them. I just found them over hyped and for the amount of money they were asking for them not worth it. They still send me mails for money off, but I'd rather stick with Latest In Beauty (subscription free and very well done boxes).
What are your favourite five things about blogging and being a beauty blogger?
It's made me realise this is what I want to do for a career, it inspired me to start my BTEC in Make Up Artistry and use the knowledge (and kit I've collected over the years!) to good use. I will spot something in a mag and rather than buying it I'd search/tweet reviews on it before buying it, I respect my bloggers opinions more. I really love the #bbloggers community, as they are probably the only set of people who can put up with my constant make up talk. Remember the lines from Spice Girls movie that Sporty said to Posh ("It must be so hard for you, Victoria. I mean, having to decide whether to wear the little Gucci dress, the little Gucci dress, or... the little Gucci dress!")? I swear I'm like that with nail varnish.
What have you learnt from being a beauty blogger?
Past all the stats, followers, PR blah blah, and everything as long as still have a passion for what you do everything else will fall into place. Not all products work for everyone as well as you cannot be everyone's cup of tea.
"Do NOT read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly" (Baz Lurman song - Everyone's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)
Have you changed anything since being a beauty blogger?
I would say developed more, I get more confident as the entries go on, It driving me more than this time last year, where I was not in the best place and I owe it to this to refocusing me. I still however appreciate peoples feedback more than anything and getting them means a lot. Thank you to everyone who has so far, it still leaves me warm and fuzzy.
What advice would you give to a beauty blogger just starting out?
Don't think you need to copy anyone, if they rave about it and you hate it: Say it loud! Do everything at your own pace, sometimes you'll have lots of talk about some weeks nothing - everyone has the same problem. Comment, tweet, talk to other bloggers and enjoy the community.
Name your top five brands! (can only think of four)
Estee Lauder - Love their Limited edition make up range and skincare serums. Also gave me my first make up job.
Lush - Since there was only one store in Covent Garden, a great payday treat brand. Staff are amazing, still my dream to work there one day.
MUA Cosmetics - Great value and great products considering it start from £1.
OPI - My first nail varnish love, I own a few and dribble over their colour charts a lot.
Recommend your top five favourite beauty products!
MUA Palettes - Really good pigments, Dupes of the high end brands and around £4. Been using these in my BTEC work and still photo well.
Estee Lauder's Advanced Night Repair - I miss my staff discount! gel like serum that sinks in, always make my skin look fresh and helped with my spot scars that I had for years. I miss this, fingers crossed it'll be back in my life soon.
Lush Cupcake facemask - Chocolate face mask basically! Removes dirt, oil and smooths. Keep repurchasing.
Etat Pur Miceller water - Just about run out of my first bottle, water based cleanser great to use after lotion if I have make up on or wipe over the skin for days I'm not. About £7 for 200ml great value. I'm planning a review soon.
Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment - Best lipbalm ever, little goes a long way and is great for my chapped dry lips - found through another blogger.
I'm not tagging anyone however if you give it a go I wouldn't mind being linked up so I can be noisy :)