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.