Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Makeup forever HAUL

OK so I have been wanting to go to this store in London for ages, I knew from Pixiwoo that there one store in Fulham that that stocks Makeupforever I have always heard of their products being such good quality full of pigment and that they last for ages especially the Aqua line.
I kinda got lost when I got off at Parsons Green Station but took the long way there walking as I decided to follow navigation map on my phone :)

When I went in I was in awe! I thought the store would be a little larger but it is basically a 2 storey studio with the bottom floor housing all the Makeupforever products and a few other brands like Bioderma and Embryolisse.

I played for a while with all the products trying to hide how excited I am I also saw an air brush make-up kit that I forgot the name of, but it was cool to see.

I eventually picked up for products in total and I think I chose a good amount to try and explore the brand in general.

I got an Aqua cream in the colour 16 which is a muted pink almost dusty the texture is amazing soft highly pigmented not like anything I have ever seen this little pot throws all other types of cream shadow out the window!

Verdict: Love 

The "Uplight" "Face Luminizer gel" was what caught my eye the most and is really one of the most amazing products I have come across, maybe I haven't seen or played with enough products but over everything I own and everything my friends own and all the time spent playing on the make-up counters I really have not seen any highlighter better than this

Why is it so good?

The sheen is ultra fine its not even micro shimmer it is way smaller it is what you would imagine a super amazing strobe cream from mac would be like, it dires quick so you don't just sit there waiting for it to settle but you still get time to blend and and adjust the finish to suit you. you also do not need much at all the amount  in the photo is way too much and you will see how much it spreads you have to work hard not to release too much product by pressing the nozzle firmly on your hand while you press the pump down.

as you can see its the perfect highlighter
Verdict: Love 

I also had to pick up an "Aqua eyes" eye liner and an "Aqua lip liner" which are both said to be water proof products.

As much as I wanted to get a coloured eye liner I knew that I would really use a black one more and since my Urban decay 24/7 liner was nearly done I decided on the black one.

I love the longevity of this eye liner, this eye liner is also blend-able yet also settles so it doesn't smudge throughout the day at all.
The lady at the store did point out to me that compared to the regular eye liners it isn't as dark but that is due to the formula but I don't mid as the formula is more important to me.

Verdict: good for a waterproof eye liner

Aqua lip liner:
Most lip liners let alone long lasting lip liners tend to be dry, but this is so creamy so pigmented I chose this colour as its always what I go for  pretty rosy pinks,  bright enough to give a fresh look this will go with most of my lipsticks but I plan to wear it on its own as I really love the colour.

A beautiful rosy colour that would also go nicely underneath a nude lipstick like myth, fleshpot, or hue to make it more wearable.

Verdict: LOVE

Overall I am really am really happy with everything I got I do hope I will go and explore more of their products, I will leave you with a few photos of the store....enjoy 

Have you been to the Guru-Make-up Emporium in Fulham/Parsons Green?

Monday, 23 January 2012

A very collective haul.......

OK so over the past few weeks I have accumulated al ot of things!! TOO MANY lol no..only joking but it feels like a lot because I guess I haven't been in shopping for a good while so I think its a good enough excuse. :)

I usually have certain things in mind when I go shopping I rarely buy something on impulse and I always seem to think again and again go home research....think......then buy if I still think about it.

Lets keep it short and simple..

I am not the largest Lush fan but I could not pass on the bubbly bath thingies and the bath ballistics! they are making my room smell AMAZING!!! it doesn't smell like a typical lush shop in my room but rather a strong rich smell of everything I love Vanila, Chrismasy smells, ylan ylang/Jasmine and roses.

Christmas eve: A blue bubblr bath with a yellow moon :) smells og Ylang Ylang and Jasmine (I rarely go for jasmine on its own as I feel it has the tendency to smell like poo.....my opinion)

Three Gold rings: A beautiful smelling bubble bath, it has my favourite scent VANILLA and something else cannot remember I have yet to use it yet but when Christmas comes back I will be buying MORE!

Rose Jam: a rose infused bubble bar think "Turkish Delight"
Vanilla bath ballistic: A true vanilla smell my favourite ever!!!!
Cinders Bath Ballistic: another Christmas one smells citrus-y and had a few orange candy pops yay!

I also popped into this new Italian make-up store in Westfields white City called KIKO as my friend was begging me to go with her and she knows I cannot resist discovering new make-up that is possibly good!

I paid £3 for these eyeshadows each but normally they are £6 they are bigger and cheaper than MAC eyeshadows, pigmentation is also great you really do not need much and you can pack on colour if you need an intense look

The peach pink colour is a light matt eyeshadow with tiny flecks of glitter I really like that as the tiny glitters give a little glamour while not being too shimmery and pearly.

Te Navy blue colour has shimmer but they disappear as you blend which I love, so you can wear it in the crease and have a shimmery highlight too :)

I have really enjoyed both colours especially the Navy colour with MAC Brule.

My friends also got me some long awaited Argan oil that is soooo amazing and has such a lovely nutty smell!

I use it on my face and hair I love using facial oils my other favourite is the Neils yard orange flower facial oil,


I got a few things from H&M in the sale which is never to be missed its always good I always leave with something!

I Love this blazer!! I have the same exact blazer in black from Zara but this one is £50 cheaper! I was also glad I did not spend that much on the other blazer.

The yellow mustard top was £8 NOT ON SALE :)

The kimono style blouse jacket thing was £30 and I got it for £10!! I never really buy much stuff along the year and I personally feel I did buy too much even though I only really ever buy something I would wear everyday.

I also finally got my hands on the coveted Bioderma makeup remover!

Quick review:
I love it.
Removes everything.
No residue
I cannot feel on my face after using it
No smell at all but slightly a metal scent which I guess comes from the minerals in it :)

Lastly I picked up a clutch from the Accesorize sale, I really feel like its a bit over priced so when the sale was on I got a really good amount of stuff :)

I was actually looking for a generous size clutch to take to uni on days when I am not that busy its about the size of an A4 paper so perfect for me I got it for £8.40 from £14 which I think is pretty good!

I did get a few more othe things from Philosophy but some are lost due to my baby sister throwing them somewhere which is really annoying!! but I love her too much to to tell her off!

Did you guys shop the sales? I really think they were good this year :)

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Skin care problems

Ok so I have had some real bad problems with my face and while I love wearing make-up and hiding anything that  I feel is annoying but I also love being able to go out wearing nothing at all but moisturiser, many days I go to uni and with just that a little bit of blush, under eye concealer and im done.

 I don't like to get used to wearing foundation everyday as I feel in the long run it isn't the best for your skin.

However about a month a go I started getting a few very stubborn spots and pimples that did not necessarily  have the typical white puss but rather they were the hard deep painful under the skin type that left my skin looking bruised and rather painful looking too and I just could not go out without foundation!

I also had a few spots on my forehead and I could not really get why this was happening, was I having too many lazy days of not taking my make up off properly? was I not eating enough fruits and veg as I used to?

Who knows it could just be a once in a lifetime hormone issue, or maybe my skin is just changing in the mean time I needed something REALLY GOOD to get my skin back to its good condition.

I should just quickly mention what I have been using in the past 2 weeks to try and save my skin but I feel I may need something more tailored to normal combination rather than just dry which for the most part my skin is sometimes, but as I have mentioned I do get the occasional spot and I always have blackheads so maybe my skin is just not oily but more on the drier side yet I still get horrific deep pimples aka (normal/combination)

  • Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing serum
  • Neils yard Orange flower facial oil
  • Elemis Balancing Lavender Toner
I really love the Neils yard facial oil I have gone through 2 already it really moisturises my skin I haven't used a cream for night time for a year.

My mum bought the tri-enzyme set from QVC a year a go and I tried the set for a few months but something is telling me that even though tri-enzyme is designed to combat problematic skin I feel it may be making it worse as I did develop a few new little spots on my forehead and on the clear side of my face BUT people are different I could have something else going on with my skin that I do not know off.

The Elemis balancing toner is the best I feel it moisturises my skin and does not break me out I actually just spray it on to my hands pat together and then pat on to my face.

What I hope will work

After hours of research and reading reviews and other peoples thoughts on this brand I decided to purchase three new products to try and help me with my breakouts.

I basically needed a good eye cream as I use my Bobbi brown one during the day under concealer I decided to get this and keep it next to my bed to remember to use it.

From the Boots website
long-lasting hydration to reduce the appearance of bags, puffiness and dehydrated
fine lines around the eyes.

From the Boots website 

I bought this because while I need a good cream like the one below to "sort my skin out" I must use a good hydrating cream during the day or it will flake and get worse so I chose this, to be honest there are so many creams to choose from you have to spend a good amount of time reading each one to make sure you get one for your face type I was going to get "very sensitive skin" one but as the whole range is made for that I did not think I needed it.

Intense provides high performance rehydration for sensitive skin and protects skin

from the harmful effects induced by UVA rays. Day after day your skin will feel supple 

and moisturized.

I bought this cream to use as my night cream to work on my problematic skin during the night, I also read that it can be a little drying which is also why I chose to wear it at night it contains so spf so you can do that other people have said they prefer to use it that way too.

If I feel that it is causing really bad dryness I may apply some of the facial oil every now and then to keep my skin moisturises if it needs it.
Product info from Boots website 

EFFACLAR DUO  Corrective and Unclogging Anti-Imperfection Care helps reduce the appearance of imperfections and purifies pores. Effaclar Duo is a complete skincare solution that combines 4 active ingredients to act on the 2 major signs of skin with imperfections. Niacinamide and Piroone Olamine help reduce severe local imperfections by purifying the skin and protecting against breakouts developing. 
The LHA/Linoleic Acid combination helps unclog pores by eliminating dead cells responsible for their obstruction. These active ingredients are combined with soothing and anti-irritating La Roche-Posay thermal spring water.
Pores are purified, and imperfections appear reduced. Skin looks smoother and clearer. It appears to regain a long-lasting balance to help recover the qualities of more healthy-looking skin.
Effaclar is the complete solution adapted for all types of imperfection prone skin. Naturally hyperactive sebaceous glands produce an excess amount of sebum. The skin tends to become shiny. Under the influence of environmental variations, sebum can oxidise and stimulate sebaceous glands even more. The pores get blocked and imperfections may appear.

La roche posay is a French pharmicutical skin care brand that you can buy in the UK in larger boots stores, the boots website states the following about the brand.

La Roche-Posay is the dermatologists brand of choice recommended by 25,000 dermatologists worldwide.
The La Roche-Posay Thermal Spa Water is a truly active dermatological ingredient.
Sourced from a spring in the centre of France, La Roche-Posay Thermal Spa Water is exceptionally rich in anti-oxidant Selenium. It has soothing, softening and anti-irritating properties and it is renowned for its dermatological efficacy. It is the only water used in our products to maximise their efficacy.
  • Hypo-allergenic skincare formulations
  • Non-Comedogenic
  • Optimum concentrations of dermatological active ingredients with soothing thermal spa water
  • Simplified formulas for purity and tolerance
  • All products tests on sensitive skin types
  • Especially designed packaging to minimise any possible bacterial contamination
  • Committed to preserving  the environment through an eco-friendly packaging policy

What I really love about this brand is that they don't contain perfumes or parabens I have such high hopes for this brand especially since I spent a bit on them but let us see what will happen I do hope to give a review in about a month to let you guys know how it is and if I am doing well on it

Has anyone else tried La Roche Posay products? what do you guys think of it?

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Just try it

So as I was browsing through my files on my laptop I went to check my "blog stuff" file and see if I had any pending posts that I did not post yet and I came across this OOTD that was inspired by a H&M add that I saw online I liked the outfit so much I decided to give it a go I didn't stress to look exactly like the model rather I was liking the idea behind it so here is the inspiration pic

and here is my outfit...

Sorry about the smiley :)

Tweed blazer: Vintage Hobbs blazer
Mini dress: H&M
Trousers: Zara 
Grey Cardigan: Primark
Head scarf: H&M three years ago
Bag: Aldo
Long Necklace: Primark
Faux fur snood: ASOS

I wouldn't advise wearing this now I don't think it would be warm enough for January and February so I Would wait till it gets a little warmer to wear this :)

Hope you guys liked it xxx