Friday, 25 July 2014

Red Balloon - MAC Playland Collection

A while ago, I had a little accident at MAC and my bank balance got severely injured, and that included two items from the MAC Playland Collection. One of those items is a lipstick I had had my eye on for quite a while and had swatched so many times I had lost count, so I finally bit the lipstick bullet and bought it. That lipstick was a lovely little Summer shade named Red Balloon! 

This lipstick is a bright cool toned pink, described as "hot fuchsia" and has an amplified finish. The application is amazing - it glides on your lips beautifully due to it's gorgeous creamy formula and it applies with no tugging and has impressively high pigmentation, one sweep is more than enough to get a beautiful opaque finish and it feels comfortable and buttery smooth to wear. Of course, this smells just like the rest of the MAC lipsticks, vanilla! I really do love the scent of their lipsticks. 

The wear time is impressive - a good few hours before any touch ups are required. I have been wearing a small amount of this for work and then rubbing it in with my fingers a few hours later when it's started to wear and I've found it kind of has a stained effect and lasts a little longer when I do that which is definitely a bonus at work when I don't have time to reapply this lipstick. 

I am SO happy I have finally picked this up and I can't believe how much I have worn this lipsticks since getting my paws on it, it's definitely become a firm favourite for the Summer months!

Have you tried anything from the Playland collection? If not, What is your favourite Summer lipstick?

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Eminem at Wembley Stadium - Saturday 12th July 2014

If you know me, or have been following my twitter or instagram for a while - you will know I have a lot of love for Marshall Mathers aka Eminem. He is my idol and inspiration - that man inspires me in so many ways it's unbelievable, plus it helps he is absolutely gorgeous! So, when I found out he was performing a concert in London I knew I HAD to get tickets - apart from festivals he hasn't performed a gig in the UK since 2001, and after recent interviews where he said he's probably going to go into producing more now and doesn't know about another album yet, i knew I had to see him live as I had a gut feeling it was probably going to be his last. So after bugging my friend for a good few days - she agreed to come see him with me. However, the tickets where released 2 weeks before payday so I had 0 money, however my gorgeous friend bought the tickets on release day so I could give her the money when I got paid to make sure we got tickets.

She bought the tickets at just after 9am on the day of release and we were right at the very top, at the back of seating. Luckily the other friend we were going with managed to snag us tickets for another show - when the tickets went on sale, another show was added but not announced - so we managed to get standing tickets! (long story short.. we managed to sell the others for the same price we paid for them).

I also live in Yorkshire - quite a distance from London, however my best friend who I was going with lives in Portsmouth, so she told me I could stay at her house! I bought my train tickets plenty of time in advance so got a very good deal and everything was set. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you would have seen the countdown to the best day of my life.

Image from Eminem

After a few shuffles we managed to get to the barrier.. albeit, not the barrier to the stage but the barrier separating us from the VIP area at the front.. so still a very good view. I wasn't a fan of the opening acts but you have no idea how excited I was and how big my smile was when the screens lit with with Marshall's face with a little video before he came on. It was a very, very clever video too - a follow on story from Stan.

If you know Eminem's music, you will know the song and video for Stan - a fan who is obsessed with Eminem and keeps writing to him, eventually killing himself and his pregnant girlfriend who he had locked in the boot of his car and driving off a bridge. He had a brother that was mentioned in the song, and the video focused on him and what happened as he grew up. Turns out he was just like Stan, only more obsessed with Eminem and took things a little further with his obsession..

and then BOOM. Eminem appeared on stage. 

this is my favourite photo from the night!

He performed some of my favourite songs! I was so surprised when he performed Square Dance.. that song always makes me laugh and I really didn't expect to hear it live. I was also surprised he only did 3 songs off of The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (Bad Guy, Rap God and Bezerk). When he performed Rap God I was in actual awe, his mouth moved SO fast and it was perfect. He knew how to work the crowd and it was so energetic. One thing I love about Eminem is his humour, and he didn't disappoint - he did funny little dances and pulled funny faces (especially an amazing one during Bezerk!) He also performed Stan, The Monster and Love the way you lie - Dido and Rihanna weren't there though, his backing singer performed their parts for the show.

One person who did make a surprise appearance though was Dr Dre! He showed up half way through the show and the crowd went insane. He performed a few songs with Eminem - including Still Dre and Forget about Dre. Another guest was there - but who wasn't performing was Xzibit! And because we were at the barrier, Xzibit walked straight past us to get the the tent in the middle of the stadium. 

It was also incredible to here Business live as I love that song so, so much and have had it stuck in my head ever since. He of course did Lose Yourself - he couldn't do a show without performing that, however he did tease us! He said his goodbyes and went off stage, only for the crowd to chat his name.. and then to chant "Lose Yourself!" before he came back on for the Encore. 

Another thing I love about Eminem is his opinions and how he emphazies you should be proud of who you are and that everyone is beautiful (listen to the song Beautiful, even if you don't like rap it's such an amazing song!)

It was such a surreal night, and almost 2 weeks later it still hasn't sunk it that I was meters away from my idol. I honestly could have stood and cried in that stadium when he came on stage, and I had to stop myself. I'm so, so glad I got to see him perform and that night will stay with me for the rest of my life. Hearing the man himself, plus 80,000+ people chant the songs that mean the world to me, standing next to my best friend was the best feeling in the world and like nothing could hurt me and I was invincible.

Nothing will ever top that night, ever. Eminem will always be my inspiration and my idol. Always. 

Friday, 11 July 2014

A Bobbi Brown lesson on Classic or Smokey eyes

After a visit to the Bobbi Brown counter in Meadowhall a few weeks ago, I discovered that they did complimentary lessons. Most beauty counters offer lessons and make-over services but required an amount to be paid which is reedemable in products on the day of the makeover. However, with Bobbi Brown, the lessons are free and you are not forced to buy anything if you don't want too. I think the makeovers being free is absolutely brilliant, as I'm relatively new to the brand and hadn't tried anything from Bobbi Brown before so I liked that their was no commitment there that would make you buy anything as your not always guaranteed to like everything - as with everything, everyone has their own opinions and preferences. 

You book in for whatever lesson you want - from basic lips to a full on party look, or a step by step guide to create a flawless look. Each lesson varies in length from 15 minutes to a full 45 minutes, depending which makeover/lesson you choose. This time around I opted for the 'Classic or Smokey eye' lesson, which says it lasts 15 minutes. I chose this lesson as I'm not amazing an eye make-up, due to my love of a bold lip I often keep the eyes very light and natural to balance everything out.

This is my make-up just before I left the house. I didn't put on any eyeshadow at all as I knew I was going to Bobbi Brown for my lesson. Also ignore the rubbish eyebrows - I was getting my eyebrows waxed and tinted at Benefit just before my lesson.

The make-up artist I had at Bobbi Brown was named Brooke, and she was absolutely lovely and incredibly stunning with the most flawless skin I have seen. As I said, I had a wax and tint at Benefit beforehand (you can read my post about the Benefit Brow Bar here) and I had a new lady do my brows and she rushed them and filled them in so sloppily it was ridiculous, so I cheekily asked Brooke if she could fix them for me and she had no problems with that and happily redid my brows for me by using their eyebrow pencil in blond and combing it through with a spolie and using their foundation stick in 01 to cover any redness.

During the lesson, Brooke explained things step by step as she went, allowing me to look in the mirror after each step so I could see the make-up look coming together and I could see how she was creating the look. 

First, she removed any make-up from my lids (we kept my mascara on, which was Benefit They're Real if you're wondering) with a cotton swab and eye make-up remover. We then chatted about colours and I said I liked my bright lip so she said we'll create something light that I can wear with a bright lip, and then darken it up to a more night time eye that can be paired with a nude lip. 

The first shadow was Stone, which was a cream shadow which Brooke took all over the light and above the crease as I have a hooded lid and deepset eyes. We then took the shade Taupe which is a powder eyeshadow and we took that through the crease and in the outer V as well as underneath the lower lash line. To add some sparkle we used a shadow I think was called Black Chocolate, but unfortunately it wasn't written on my face chart with the other shadows so I can't be accurate. It was a gold shimmer/glitter to give the eye some sparkle. For the liner, we used Cavier Ink which is a black gel eyeliner - I explained to Brooke I had fallen out with gel eyeliner as I had bad experiences with it (I'm looking at you, MUA!) so she said she would make me fall back in love with it - and she did! Such a beautiful deep black liner! Brooke then used Light Bisque to conceal and clear up any fall out and to brighten up under the eyes and down my nose as well as my cupids bow. To blend everything out under the brow bone we used another powder eyeshadow, this time named Ivory which was an off white shadow. 

To my surprise, Brooke also finished off the rest of my face for me, adding some more foundation where I needed any touch ups, add Uber Beige blush to bring warmth to my cheeks and to contour my nose. She then chose a nude lip to go with the heavy eye make-up, we opted for Pink Beige lipstick, which is such a lovely pink and definitely a 'my lips but better' shade that I now love, then added Brightening Pink gloss to give my lips some shine. The lipgloss was sticky which I wasn't a huge fan off but it wasn't uncomfortable. 

Uber Beige blush is at the very, very top of my wishlist at the minute with Cavier Ink and Pink Beige lipstick a close second/third! 

and here's the finished look! 

I absolutely LOVE what Brooke did. I instantly wanted everything but only walked away with the cream eyeshadow in Stone. Definitely will be buying Uber Beige in the near future and not long after that I will be purchasing Pink Beige lipstick and Cavier Ink! My skin looked absolutely flawless and the warm tones in my make-up brought some gorgeous warmth to my porcelain skin which I loved. 

It's now been almost 12 hours since my make-over at Bobbi Brown and everything still looks flawless and my eyeshadows haven't creased or moved or faded at all, they still look exactly like the did when Brooke first applied the shadows which I'm very impressed with!  

Brooke also supplied me with a face chart with everything on it that I needed to know (I didn't realise until I got home that it was missing an eyeshadow) but nevertheless, it's very handy for when I go back to purchase more of the items which I will definitely be doing. I also loved how they didn't rush it and just went with the flow, Brooke was lovely and was happy to chat, making sure that I liked everything as we went along and the makeover/lesson ended up going over by 30 minutes, making it a 45 minute lesson rather that the stated 15.

I have another lesson booked in at the end of July to have a look at their skin care and foundation lesson. I have another lesson booked in for August 7th when one of Bobbi Brown's global make-up artist who works closely with Bobbi herself is coming in to store to give out tips along with lessons so that is very exciting!

I'm definitely looking forward to trying more out from Bobbi Brown in the future! 

What is your favourite item from Bobbi Brown? Have you tried any of their lessons?

Sunday, 6 July 2014

LUSH American Cream Condtioner

So I though considering as it's American Independence day as I write this (July 4th) I thought it was only appropriate to write something American-themed (kind of) so I went with American Cream conditioner by Lush Cosmetics! I've been getting into Lush more and more over recent months, so after a trip during my lunch break I picked up this. I originally went in for a hair mask, but discovered they were out of my price range (especially for a one use product!) so I had a look around the Shampoo/Conditioner section of the store - I settled on this. I went for a conditioner as I'm constantly trying to improve the condition of my hair as i'm almost rid of the damaged parts thanks to years of dying/bleaching/killing it during my teenage years.

American Cream Conditioner Lush

American Cream Conditioner Lush

This conditioner is described as a 'strawberry vanilla milkshake' and it contains Vanilla pod infusion, vanilla absolute and clary sage. It also contains fresh strawberries to cleanse the hair, as well as being rich in vitamin C. To help your hair get super glossy, the creators of their conditioner have also included fresh orange juice in to the mix, this is because "the acidity of the orange juice makes the hair cuticles lay flat and allows them to reflect more light". The Clary Sage and a splash of lavender are thrown in there too to help calm your scalp. 

American Cream comes in three sizes - a small 100g which costs £4.50, a medium size (which I picked up) and that costs £8.95 for 250g of product, or you can pick up a large size which is 500g and costs £14.25. This is the pricer end of shampoo/conditioners and is a lot more than I'd usually pay, but I thought I would treat myself. However, I don't think i'll be using it every time I was my hair - I think i'll use it every other time to make sure it lasts quite a while. 

American Cream Conditioner Lush

It says on the back that American Cream is a heavy conditioner however despite the heavy formula it won't leave the hair weighed down or feel heavy, however I wouldn't agree! I found it to be quite a thin consistency and I needed quite a bit in order for it to feel like it was working at all, combined with having long hair - after two uses I'd used up quite a considerable amount which I wasn't too happy about.

It also states this is quite sweet smelling - again, I disagree. I found mine to be almost cinammony or spice kind of smell - definitely a warm scent that I associate with Christmas. So I think due to that alone, I won't be repurchasing this for the time being and will wait until we are back in the Winter months and in the mean time I will find something that is lighter and sweeter smelling.

After my first use of American Cream I wasn't too sure on my opinion - at first, I thought it kind of left it feeling a little dry and not as soft as I was used too. But after I had left it to settle a few hours after drying it, and then straightening it, it soon felt gorgeous and soft again, and the acidity of the orange juice definitely made my hair shiny. It is also true when they say the smell lingers - I went out that evening for a friends work party and could definitely still smell it on my hair hours later! 

I definitely do love the American Cream conditoner and I'd be interested in trying out some more from their range of hair care products in the future. But as I said, something lighter and sweeter - but I'll definitely be picking this up again once the Winter months roll around as I think it will be perfect for then. 

Can I also just take a minute to mention how lovely the staff are who work for Lush? The lovely lady who was helping me pick out which shampoo also showed me some more of their hair care and as it was a little out of my price range - she gave me two sample pots, and she said and I quote "I've put more than I should have in there so you can give it a proper test" - how sweet is she? 

What's your favourite buy from Lush?

Sunday, 29 June 2014

The Duchess Eyeshadow Quad - The MAC Osbournes Collection

Unless you have been living under a blogging rock for the last few months, you will of course know that Kelly and Sharon Osbourne have released a collection with MAC that started to appear in stores during the early parts of this month. Being a huge fan of the Osbournes anyway (many nights as a teen were spending watching The Osbournes at night time!) I knew I had to have a piece of the collection, and at the top of the list was Sharons Quad of eyeshadows! From the colours in each range (Kelly having more purples and Sharon having the warmer tones), Sharon's would be my favourite - and I was right.

I wasn't surprised to see the collection sell out like hot cakes (Strip Poker which is a nude lipstick from the Kelly Collection soldout within 12 hours at my MAC counter! With almost the entire collection selling out within a week - so I got this eyeshadow quad (and an item from Kellys collection) the day after release to make sure I didn't miss out.

Sharons eyeshadow quad contains four neutral warm eyeshadows that go absolutely beautifully with my eye colour. It contains three shimmer shades and one matte. The matte is an eyeshadow from the permanent range and the rest are limited edition colours. The lightest shade is named Sweet Eyes, which is a light pearl pink shadow and has a veluxe pearl finish, this is a wonderful shadow for highlighting, personally I have been using it on the inner corners of my eyes to make them appear bigger. The shade to it's right is named Sexy Eyes, which again is another Veluxe pearl eyeshadow and is a light rose gold eyeshadow that has very warm tones and is absolutely gorgeous! The next is a copper eyeshadow named Femme Fetale which is a satin eyeshadow and is very bronze toned. Finally we have the Matte eyeshadow and this one is the eyeshadow that is from the permanent line and it is Embark, which is a cool toned brown eyeshadow and is great for darkening up the outer corner or crease! 

As you can see Sweet Eyes is near my skin tone but adds shimmer so is the perfect highlight for the inner corner! I have been using Sexy Eyes and Femme Fetale in my outer V and in the crease to add definition and depth and it works lovely! The warm tones definitely compliment the blue in my eyes!

This is definitely a palette to pick up if you get the chance as it is so stunning, and one of those rare ready to made palettes that can transfrom your make-up from day to night with no problem at all. It costs £33 from MAC counters and online, but as I said, the Osbourne collection is/was fast to sell out to grab it if you can!

What's your favourite item from the Osbourne Collection?

FOTD: An afternoon shopping

So on Thursday, I once again met up with the absolutely lovely (and stunning!) Georgina from  after she finished work to go shopping - and I actually LOVED my make up that day. It took me four attempts, thanks to hayfever and my mascara deciding it wanted to stab me in the eye and make my eye water several times (which meant reapplying my base several times!) but I really liked the outcome! 

The Body Shop Instablur Primer
The Body Shop Moisture Foundation in 02
Sleek Rose Gold Blush (review here)
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair
Illamasqua cream pigment in Hollow (review here)

Sweet Eyes and Femme Fatale from The Duchess Quad by Sharon Osbourne for MAC
Collection fast stroke liquid eyeliner
Benefit They're Real Mascara

MUA Eyebrow Quad

Red Balloon from the MAC Playland Collection

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Sleek - Del Mar Volume 1 Limited Edition Palette

This is a palette that I have been wanting for a long time. However, for several weeks it was only avaliable online and wasn't available in my local Superdrug store. However, finally last week I found it and grabbed it with both hands. As soon as I saw the preview of this palette online before it's initial release, I knew it had to be mine as it looked perfect for Spring/Summer as it contained lovely bright and pastel matte shades - something I'm definitely lacking in my eyeshadow collection. Of course I'm talking about Sleek's latest limited edition eyeshadow palette named Del Mar Volume 1. 

Firstly, I would just like to say home much I love the packaging? Sleek never seem to disappoint me with their packaging for the limited edition products! They are all so eye catching and gorgeous, and definitely give a true feel as to what kind of eyeshadows await inside!

And when I opened this palette up, I definitely wasn't disappointed. Before I even began swatching, I knew which shadows I would love, and I was right when I got around to testing them! The majority of this palette, are as I expected, mattes. However, there is a glitter and a shimmer shadow thrown in to the mix for good luck. 

I also definitely think that there is a shadow in here for everyone - there are soft browns and corals for an every day look, or you can go dramatic with green and purple lids! If you aren't a big colourful eyeshadow person, I would still say get this palette and I think it would be perfect for character make up too - especially Disney ones. I have already experimented and done my first ever character make-up and tried to recreate Maleficent (the one from the original Sleeping Beauty disney film though, where she has a green face and not the recent 2014 Maleficent movie featuring Angelina Jolie). The green and the purple on the bottom row worked perfectly for the green base and the bright purple eyeshadow that she wears. (I use Sleeks Garden of Eden palette for darker green contouring and bright green highlighting if you were wondering!) 

I will say now that I was surprised by this palette - normally I find that Sleek's matte shades are the least pigmented and they really shine in their glitter and shimmer eyeshadows. However, I found these matte shades, for the most part, were extremely pigmented which is definitely a great surprise! 

Lounge Lovers: This is the only glitter in the entire palette - which I have found rare for Sleek. It is definitely a brown toned gold, and when the light catches this shadow - the glitter really shines and the gold does pop more. I think this would look gorgeous blended in to a brown smokey eye to really give it something extra!

Poolside: A gorgeous royal blue matte eyeshadow, and one that is really pigmented. I think they couldn't have got a more perfect name for this eyeshadow as it really is the colour you would expect the pool or ocean to be when you go on holiday.

Sunset Strip: A beautiful coral toned orange eyeshadow, and there is definitely some peach running through it - so I think something with peachy in the name would suit it a lot more than Sunset. However, just like Poolside this eyeshadow is highly pigmented and applies smoothly.

Ambience: I really like this eyeshadow! I think it is actually a really unusual colour, it is a deep purple colour with grey tones running through it so it has some depth. This eyeshadow is definitely one of the most pigmented out of the whole palette.

Chilled Out: This eyeshadow is a matte white and it isn't as pigmented as most of the other shadows in this palette although I expected this, I haven't yet found a highly pigmented white eyeshadow. However, I am definitely glad to have a matte white in my make up collection now as it was something I was definitely lacking.

Blue Marlin: One of the most stunning colours I have seen! This eyeshadow is a deep ocean teal colour - I think this is the only, and the most acurate, way that I can describe this colour. This eyeshadow is also the most pigmented out of the entire palette and in person, it is just stunning.

Opening Party: This is a stunning colour! It is an iridescent purple shadow and reminds me a lot of Babe from the Poetica Palette by Kat Von D, which is one of my favourite palettes of all time (being a huge KvD helps!) - and is a palette that us in the UK struggle to find since we don't have Sephora here. It is a beautifully shimmery purple shadow.

On The Rocks: A light coral shadow that would be perfect for Spring/Summer. It goes absolutely beautifully with Opening Party to create an unsual, yet stunning, pastel eyeshadow look. Once again, this eyeshadow is highly pigmented and buttery soft.

Talamanca: This eyeshadow was the biggest disappointment out of the whole palette. It was hardly pigmented and it took a lot of effort to get it to look like this for the swatches. However, it would be nice to help blend out a brown smokey eye or paired with Lounge Lovers for an every day look.

Feel Euphoric: A soft light pastel pink eyeshadow, that is similar to On The Rocks but with less peach tones running through it. It is a very soft and girly eyeshadow that I can see a lot of people wearing over the summer months, and paired with the other light and pastel eyeshadows on the bottom row of this palette, I can see people creating such stunning looks with it.

Balearic Beat: A light lime green eyeshadow. I think this is the hardest eyeshadow to use, but that might just be me and not being big on green eyeshadow and it not suiting me as it clashes with my blue eyes, but I can see it looking stunning on people with brown eyes! It is highly pigmented and helped me create my Maleficent base with ease.

Paradise: A gorgeous bright pastel royal purple and once again, just like the majority of eyeshadows in this palette, it is highly pigmented. This is another one of my favourite eyeshadows in this palette as I really do like purple eyeshadows! This is also a similar shade to Babe from the Kat Von D palette however it doesn't have the iridescent qualities of babe - so if you were looking for a matte version, this is your eyeshadow!

Overall, this palette is a definite winner from me and I can't wait to use it more over the Summer months to create some gorgeous pastel looks! This palette retails at £7.99 - so you really can't go wrong, even if you only use a handful of the shades!

What's you favourite summer eyeshadow? 

MUA Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter

So I've been meaning to do this post for a while, however I wanted to give this product a few more weeks just to try and love it before I went ahead with this post. That sentence alone probably tells you what I think about this highlighter.  I know this little highlighter was a cult product among the blogging community, so as soon as i got the chance i grabbed it from the MUA stand and popped it in my basket and so it came home with me.

At £3 this is meant to be one of the best budget highlighters on the high street, so you can imagine my excitement when I finally got  my paws on this little thing. However when I it it home and went to use it, I found that it  lot more pinked toned and a lot more shimmery than I thought it would be. Imagine what fish scales look like - it's that kind of pink shimmer and to be honest it didn't suit my pale skin at all.

It looks absolutely gorgeous in the packaging, it does have a lovely shimmer to it and it has a wave design on it which I really like however I'm not a fan of the packaging itself. I think the white plastic packaging that some of the skin care and base products that some of the MUA products come with looks and feels slightly cheap - but at such a low cost, you can't be expecting too much. (They have since upped their game, and improved the packaging and made it look a little more expensive with the LUXE line that they have since brought out).

I will apologise now and say that there is no swatch photo for this as I couldn't get a good enough photo considering my pale skin.

Something I will say about this product though is that it is not travel friendly at all. I popped it in my bag to take to work for a couple of days - all I did was go on the bus to and from work, and after 3 days the lid had completely broken off beyond repair. Again, due to the cheap price tag that this highlighter comes with, it is to be expected although it still is rather disappointing.

Despite all the negatives that come with this highlighter, I'm still definitely glad I bought it and tried it - however, it just wasn't me. I think perhaps someone with a darker skin tone may suit it more, so I still say definitely give it a go. It's hardly going to break the bank if you decide you don't like it in the end.

Have you tried this highlighter? If no, what's your favourite highlighter to use?