Sunday, 30 September 2012

Sleek 'Respect' Palette

ppq sleek pallette

Sleek's newest mini collection sees them collaborating with massive fashion house PPQ
The outcome is the Shangri-La collection
There are two eyeshadow palettes; Respect and Supreme, accompanied by two matte lipglosses in  jazz and soul

ppq sleek colours

I picked up the Respect Palette in Superdrug for £7.99
The colours included in the collection are inspired by 'classic motown sound, with a retro vibe channelling glamorous 60's style'

ppq sleek tops row swatches

As with all Sleek Palettes the pigmentation is brilliant
Especially with the shimmer textured shadows
The real standout colours on the top row for me are 'James Brown' a gorgeous brown shimmer which will be perfect for autumn, browns are my go to eye colours
Also 'Aretha Orange' is a lovely bright, striking colour
I don't normally go for bright on my lids but with nude lips and toned blusher I may have to give it a go

ppq sleek bottom row swatches

'Vandellas' is a stunning berry tone and again would be perfect for autumn
I've not got a matte black shadow in my collection so the inclusion of 'Roberta Black' is good and I can have a play with some serious smokey eyes
The other standout for me is 'O'Jays' an amazing rose gold colour, this could make a good blusher colour too


Thursday, 27 September 2012

Next Autumn 2012

For the past couple of years I have found myself shopping more and more in Next
I used to think the people who would wait for hours for Next sales were raging loons but now I join them...maybe not at 5am but at the more respectable 10am...
Their home range is to die for, I love all the interior items they have to chose from and always wander round the home section.
I'm also a massive lover of Autumn fashion, it's my favourite time of year to shop
All the rich colours, warm knitwear, layering pieces...heaven for me!
Last night I popped into my local Next (lethal being open till 8!) and had a nosey at the new  Autumn clothes, it was love. I only bought a little black studded top being the day before payday but will most definitely be going back armed with my shopping list.
After all my boyfriend did say he didn't want anything for his birthday, surely a happy girlfriend is present enough ;)

1. Berry Jumpsuit ~ £55
2. Angora Mix Tunic ~ £35
3. Animal Print all in one ~ £28
4. Pink two in one Dress ~ £39
5. Slipper Boots ~ £16
6. Black Studded Slippers ~ £30
7. Check Dress ~ £55
8. Oatmeal Stag Sweater ~ £24
9. Bow Dress ~ £60
10. Banana Heel Courts ~ £38
11. Brushed Lace Dress ~ £45
12. Studded Chiffon Top ~ £20
13. Brushed Cotton Chinos ~ £20

I'm most temped to pick up the nude, sparkly heels on Friday for a birthday night out in London on Saturday, they look so comfy as well as glamorous and perfect for the festive season with the little bit of sparkle..well I've just managed to persuade myself anyway.
And of course the onesie is a must have for sofa days in this lovely rainy, cold weather we're having.


Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Party Like A Rockstar

Dress ~ Warehouse
Vest ~ New Look
Belt ~ Topshop
Sandals ~ Primark
Watch ~ Michael Kors
Handbag ~ Mulberry Alexa

I recently hopped on a train with some of my family and visited the lovely London to see the theatre show Rock of Ages (above is my outfit). It was epic! 
Shayne Ward plays an egotistical, dramaqueen, rock god and he was amazing in his role...and yummy! Unfortunately Justin Lee Collins wasn't in it the night we saw it but the other guy was really good, just a shame we missed him.
If you get the chance I'd definitely recommend it, and there's a little Greek restaurant near the theatre I'd also recommend.


Thursday, 20 September 2012

Liz Earle ~ Rose and Lavender Cleanse and Polish

Liz Earle

Liz Earle September Skincare Essentials Programme

Liz Earle is a brand I've wanted to dabble in for a long time now. 
I've seen it mentioned on many different blogs and heard rave reviews, but for some reason every reason I've gone to purchase something I've not had any money left or had to  buy something else...but I finally took the plunge.
What I love the most about Liz Earle is how she only uses natural products so all the crappy chemicals I normally plaster on my face aren't present. 
Hopefully this will stop my breakouts or at least help.
I'm itching to get my hands on some of the make-up range now available, think I'll have to wait till Christmas now (yep not long till C-Day!!)

I decided to go for a kit as it allowed me to try a few things out. 
In the September Skincare Essentials Kit you get a choice of the original version of the infamous Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser or the Limited Edition Princes Trust Rose and Lavender version. I went for the limited edition as one it looks so pretty and two sounded like it would smell gorgeous. 
In the kit was also an instant skin boost tonic and skin repair moisturiser.
I also received a free sample of the original Cleanse and Polish so can try this out too.

So far I've been really enjoying using all of the products.
I now give myself 10 minutes every night to wind down before bed and have some time to myself to pamper... I use the cleanse and polish first, then the toner and then the moisturiser..followed by my dermalogica total eye care and some kiehl's lip balm.
I am loving this routine and find my skin seems to look a bit glowy. Always a good thing!

Have you tried any Liz Earle products?


Monday, 17 September 2012

Real Techniques Core Collection Kit

Real Techniques Make-up Brushes
£19.79 from Amazon

I've wanted to get some decent make up brushes for so long
I've got two MAC brushes which I love but their far too pricey to have a whole kit
The Boots No7 brushes are also pretty good especially when you have the £5 off vouchers
I'd seen Real Techniques brushes spoken about all over the blogosphere for so long so I took a little look on the website and settled on the Core Collection kit to try a selection of different brushes. I purchased from Amazon and they came within a few days. So far I love the brushes, they are so soft and make my base look flawless, I love them! Already eying up a few other brushes, specifically some of the eye brushes. 

In the kit there is:

A Detailer brush precision cut to use with concealer or as a lip brush

A Pointed Foundation brush

A Buffing brush (my favourite) 

A Contour brush

And a case which can be folded down to create a stand

Anyone have any recommendations for the Real Techniques brushes or make-up brushes in general?


Saturday, 15 September 2012

Benefit blusher Hervana

Hervana Blusher ~ Benefit £23.50 

On one of my many perusals of the Benefit counter in my local boots this little pretty caught my eye.
I have a bit of a penchant for Benefit box blushers and am starting to accumulate quite the collection. Coralista still being my favourite closely followed by sugar bomb. Contemplating buying hoola if anyone has tried it yet? 
Anyway back to Hervana, it's one of Benefits newest launched blushers and looks so pretty in the pan, gorgeous and subtle colours in a swirly pattern.


 Described by Benefit as a 'good karma Face powder' not too sure how that applies but it's still very pretty. 
The four colours are called; Lucky shell, Devine peach, Heavenly rose and Berry delight.
Even the names sound gorgeous. 
Swirled together the colours combine to a muted coral toned rose on the cheeks, it's hard to describe but is very nice indeed. As the separate colours are quite small it would be difficult to apply each colour separately so a swirl of the four is the only way ;) 
Benefit describe the colour as orchid blossom, again a lovely name. I would agree its different to any colour I already own. 

Have any of you tried this blusher? 


Thursday, 13 September 2012

Wedding Bells No.2


Pink Dress ~ Tesco (last minute purchase)
Black Blazer ~ New Look
Nude Wedges ~ New Look
Chunky Necklace ~ Coast
Handbag ~ Mulberry Alexa

The other week it was my boyfriends cousins wedding
This was my outfit of choice, I couldn't decide what to wear so I made a last minute dash to Tesco in my lunch break and came out with this pink number, not bad for £15..
Tesco seems to be excelling in high street fashion now, before when It was deemed embarrassing to buy clothes from Tesco seems so long ago now!


Sunday, 9 September 2012

Lust List


1. Urban Ears Headphones in 'Grape' £50
2. Lush Sea Salt Hair Spray £9.95/100ml
3. Topshop Khaki Embellished Playsuit £45
4. MAC Eyebrow Pencil in 'Fling' £12.50
5. Love Dusky mesh pleated skirt dress £45
6. (missing the number) Schuh Bob Studded Ankle Boots £80

All of the above items are things I've been lusting after recently...and trying to justify buying.
As I'm off to New York in May next year I keep buying the odd thing and thinking to myself 'Oh that would be brilliant in New York', this doesn't work so well on the boyfriend though!
A few such purchases have been a lovely burgundy pair of Vans trainers, of course these were necessary for all the walking, to be done in style of course. I also asked for a Cath Kidston Saddle bag for my Birthday which my Dad kindly bought me, again I figured it was perfect for New York.
Out of this list of course I can only justify half of the items....those headphones have been calling to me since I saw them on Zara from Mouldyfruits blog (apologies I don't know how to link!) I love the grapey purple colour and think these would be great for in the gym too. 
The playsuit and dress are gorgeous! The dress is just so girly and very me, I have fallen in love...after four days in New York we're going on a cruise so this little beauty would be great for the smarter evenings and the cute little playsuit would be perfect for the more casual evenings.
As for the rest of my list...the sea spray is something I've been interested in since seeing the Bumble and Bumble version but I'm pretty sure this is cheaper. Once my hair grows out a bit I'd love to be able to get the beach waves look.
I'm still on a mission to try all sorts of different eyebrow products, so far still loving Benefit Browzings, so being an avid lover of MAC I really want to try this out too. 
And the boots...well they are AMAZING! I need them in my life...

Anything you guys are lusting after?

Take Care

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Collection 2000 Cream Puff Lip Cream ~ Cotton Candy


Collection 2000 Cream Puff, Lip Cream ~ Cotton Candy

Not being a huge wearer of colour on my lips I've been trying to incorporate lip sticks/glosses/butters into my collection a little more recently.
So far I've really enjoyed the Revlon Lip Butters so thought I'd take it another step and go for solid colour in the form of the Collection 2000 Cream Puff lip cream in the colour Cotton Candy. 

It applies with the usual lipgloss doe-foot applicator and is therefore quite easy to put on but not the most accurate when it comes to defining the lips. I'd definitely say you need a mirror handy to apply this. Luckily it doesn't need reapplying too often.
Once applied you allow it to dry and it sets to a matte finish which lasts a long time. 
I find the dry feeling of it on my lips a little uncomfortable as I like to have moist lips and always have lip balm on so I sweep a thin layer of balm over the top. This also gives it a bit of a glossy finish rather than matte.
Something tells me matte lip colours are never going to be my cup of tea.
For less than £3 though you can't really go wrong, it's a lovely colour, lasts a decent amount of time on the lips and has pretty, sturdy packaging. Nothing to complain about other than my dislike for matte finishes which is of course personal preference. 

Have you tried these cream puffs?
What colours have you used?

Take Care