Tuesday, 25 June 2013


I finally made it to IMATS!  I have been wanting to go for the past 3 years but this year we actually put the plan into action and got it all organised.  I went with my friend Louise (confusing, yes) and we flew down to Luton on Friday afternoon and stayed over in a Premier Inn on the same street as Kensington Olympia, then the next morning we headed along to IMATS!

I think I was actually quite controlled with my spending!  My budget was £60 and from adding it up below (not including the concealer) I only went over it by about a tenner which isn't too bad!

Nars Make Up Artist Palette £12.50 - OH MY GOD isn't the price insane???
Nars Eyeshadow Trio in Calanque £10 - Such pretty colours and again, BARGAIN!
OCC Concealer in Y0 £10 - My friend asked me to pick this up for her, but now I want one, dammit!
Make Up Blending Sponge £3.25 - Worth a try for that price! Just need to work out how to use it now...
Bdellium Tool 975 £10
Bdellium Tools 776 £5 - Mac 217 replacement perhaps?!
Bdellium Tools 777 £5
NYX Nude Matte Shadow in Kiss The Day (light one) £3 - I hardly have any matte shades so I picked these two neutrals up
NYX Nude Matte Shadow in Tryst (dark one) £3
NYX Eyeshadow in Toffee Shimmer £3.50
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Dark Brown £3.50 - I have Milk so I wanted a dark one to use as a base
NYX Eye Pencil in Sapphire £2.50
NYX Eye Pencil in Purple £2.50
Inglot Translucent Loose Powder in Shade 217 £7 - I've been looking for a yellow setting powder for a while now!


Monday, 24 June 2013

My Everyday Makeup!

I made this video for my youtube channel but it's also quite appropriate for on here too as I haven't done a post like this before.

Products used:
Soap & Glory Glow Job
No7 Luminate Radiance Serum (not CF)
MUA Pro Conceal & Brighten Kit in Porcelain
Bourjois Volume Glamour Mascara
Liz Earle Brow Pencil in Dark
Bourjois Little Round Pot Blusher
ELF Translucent Mattifying Powder


Friday, 21 June 2013

Empties #9

It seems like ages since I did an empties post!  Although I only have photos of 4 items I am also including a Lush product which I finished but threw away the wrapper for when I opened it months ago...  Finishing up two Mac products was a good achievement too!

Wild Warm Sensual Body Butter
Thoughts:  This was my first PR product, along with some soap which I still have.  I liked it but the scent was a bit unusual, kind of spicy!  I wouldn't buy this again simply because of the price, others are slightly cheaper but still a bit out of my price range for body butters.  £16.75 here.
Cruelty-free?: Yes.
Repurchase?: No, it's a bit too expensive.

Clarins Hydra-Matte Lotion
Thoughts:  I bought this ages ago and didn't use it for a while but I started using it as a morning moisturiser in an attempt to use it up faster.  It's quite nice and light for oily/combination skin. 
Cruelty-free?: No.
Repurchase?: No.

Lush Sugar Scrub
Thoughts:  I used to love this product and swear by it but the last few ones I've bought haven't had the same consistency and seem to have horrible solid lumps of sugar which won't break down.  I've still got one left so we'll see how that goes but I'm just a bit fed up with them now.  £2.75 here.
Cruelty-free?: Yes.
Repurchase?: No.

Mac Blotting Powder in Medium
Thoughts:  You might be a bit confused that the packaging doesn't match up to the product name but this is because when I bought my MSF I switched the packaging so that I could have a mirror compact.  So my MSF is in the Blotting Powder packaging...  It all made sense at the time!  This was fine, just a normal powder really!  I think I went for the MSF next time for a bit more coverage but less cakiness which I'd imagine you'd get with too much of this one.
Cruelty-free?: No.
Repurchase?: No.

Mac Studio Finish Concealer in NW20
Thoughts:  This lasted me about 2 years!  It was really impressive actually, I was very sad when I finished it as I knew I couldn't repurchase.  I would just use this under my eyes and it worked quite well, the colour was good.
Cruelty-free?: No.
Repurchase?: No.


Tuesday, 18 June 2013

1920s Themed Murder Mystery

On Saturday night I went to one of my close friends Emma's Hen Do, there was also a day part to it but unfortunately I was working so I just met everyone else later on.  The evening section was a Murder Mystery set in the 1920s so we all hard to dress up accordingly.  There were 4 actors, a 3 course meal and lots of audience interaction, so all in all it was a good night!  I finished work just after 4 so I had plenty of time to get ready - I planned to go all out with the dressing up!  I thought I would share with you my clothes and make up from the night:

Make Up
Eyes Lightest shade from Sleek Storm palette all over lid up to brows, Urban Decay Gunmetal in the crease and Creep in the very outer crease.  On lower lash line Creep, Gunmetal then Sleek shade going from outside to inner corner.  Black eyeliner on waterline & black mascara on upper & lower lashes.
Brows Liz Earle Brow Pencil in Dark
Base  Illamasqua Skin Base in Shade 02 & Bourjois Healthy Mix in Shade 51
Concealer MUA Pro Conceal & Brighten Kit
Powder ELF Translucent Setting Powder
Cheeks Nars Lovejoy Blusher
Lips Topshop Inhibition

Flapper Dress Fancy Dress website from years ago 
Beads Found in an old jewellery box!
Coat Vero Moda
Hat Dickens & Jones
Shoes Next


I actually had heated rollers in for a good hour would you believe - my hair hates me!!  Luckily I didn't have to buy anything for this as I already owned everything!  I hope you enjoyed this more lifestyle themed post, I wish I had a better photo of my make up.  I am going to be having a blog sale within the next week, just swithering whether to put it up before or after IMATS, hmm, we shall see!


Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Simple Creamy Pasta

In case you don't know, I love pasta!  I eat it far too much and I've started buying gluten-free packs so it's healthier!  I usually have it for my lunch if I'm quite hungry and need something more filling.  I quite often make cheesy pasta which you can find the recipe for here, but it's a bit more time consuming so I've started making this really quick and tasty one.  It's a bit vague because I just make it up every time so hopefully you get the gist!  This serves one.

it tastes better than it looks!

  • 80-100g pasta shapes
  • 2-3tbsp of mayonnaise - enough to coat the pasta
  • 0.5-1tsp of mustard (I tend to use Dijon)
  • Some grated cheese - as much as you like!
  • Handful of cherry tomatoes, halved


Boil the pasta as you would normally then drain and return to the pot.

Add in the mayo and mustard, stir until the pasta is coated.

Add in the cheese over a low heat and let it melt.

Finally, add in the tomatoes and serve!

Other suggestions:

You could eat this cold, so prepare it the night before to have for lunch the next day.  

You can add in any other vegetables if you want, just sauté them in a pan while the pasta in cooking then add in at the end.

Add frozen peas or sweetcorn 2 minutes before the pasta is ready.


So that's it!  If you have any easy pasta recipes then please leave me links below!


Saturday, 8 June 2013

Nail Varnish Challenge #14

#14 worn on index finger! 
#15 worn on all fingers except index

These two colours are from the Clubworks (Superdrug) set I got at Christmas.  They are both so similar, no idea why they didn't make them a little bit more different!  The one on the left is more purple, and the right one has a bit more red through it - it reminds me of a watermelon sort of colour for some reason!  I used that one on my index fingers and the left-hand side one on the rest of my fingers, it looks a lot more purple in real life... stupid camera!! At first glance, and especially in the photos, it looks like I have just the one colour on all of my nails.  They dry to a semi-matte finish but they become really nice and shiny with a coat of Seche Vite on top.

I'm finding it hard to decide whether to keep any or both of these... hmm! 


I've added this rubbishy photo of chipped nails from my phone to give a more realistic representation of the colour!! 

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