Saturday, 21 April 2012

Mini M.A.C. Haul

Along with my Illamasqua purchases the other day I got some stuff from M.A.C.
 I of course got it gift wrapped even though it was for myself, but for £3 and a cool box to store things in I thought I might as well!
 I bought the Prep and Prime Skin Base Visage, Prep and Prime Transparent Finishing Powder and Brush Cleanser.
 The Brush Cleanser is meant to clean, disinfect and condition your brushes, both natural and synthetic. I tried it out on my foundation brush this morning and it left it feeling so soft and smooth, practically new! Also as it is a disinfectant too, it gets rid of the germs that may be lurking, which means less germs on your face  when applying, which could mean less spots and stuff :) So I am really happy with this purchase
 Next up is the Prep and Prime finishing powder, this stuff feels so silky smooth and made my face feel so soft, and as it is translucent you can use it with any kind of skin tone. It claims to minimise the appearance of pores and other imperfections on the face, which it actually did. Also you can just apply it on top of moisturiser and skip the foundation, which I shall be doing on a day I am too lazy, or short of time. It does look really white in the swatch but once put onto the skin it isn't noticeable, as it is so fine.


The Prep and Prime Skin Base Visage just makes my skin feel so soft, and a perfect base for foundation, as it just glides across- it also has a slight shimmer to it, which helps to brighten your face on those tiring early mornings. It's a lot silkier than the Gosh one, plus doesn't smell as chemically, so this was definitely worth the extra money.

I have now fallen for MAC, and went into my nearest MAC store and spent around half an hour testing a load of products, and I must say I love their range of their sparkley eye liners, especially the purple one. That will definitely be my next MAC purchase!
What are your favourite MAC products? What is on your MAC wishlist?

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Illamasqua foundation

So the other day I decided to go on a shopping spree on-line and this is what I got from Illamasqua. Delivery was quick and quite cheap which is always good!

I bought their Skin Base foundation in 02, which is £25 and a S.O.P.H.I.E. charity wrist band (£2.00) also on the day I ordered there was a 15% discount on everything, it was some special Easter deal, so I saved around £4 :D

I was worried the bottle may be glass, but it is plastic and has a nozzle on the
end which makes it super easy to get out the bottle!

It's very light and has pink undertones, perfect for me
to achieve a natural pale look
The Illamasqua Skin Base foundation I bought because I read somewhere that it is for those with a more pink skin tone that a more olivey one, therefore it is a light pinky colour, rather than slightly orangey like most foundations.  And I must say after using it for work yesterday, I absolutely love this product. It also smells great, like The Body Shop Cocoa body butter.It glided across my face nicely however when I had first put it on my face it did looked a bit thick and slightly cakey, but after blotting it with a sponge and putting on finishing powder, I couldn't feel it on may face and it looked as though I wasn't wearing any make up, which is how a good foundation should be! I would highly suggest this brand of foundation, and it comes in quite a few colours, so you are most probably going to find one that matches your tone. It also hasn't dried out my skin at all, another bonus. I think it is completely worth the money, although quite a few people think I spent too much on this, but you get what you pay for!
I will post a full face picture up of it at another point, I am currently having a lazy day and can't be bothered with eyebrows and there are no pictures of me looking like an alien going on the internet :P (I think I also scared the postman this morning with lack of eyebrows haha)

Stamp Out Prejudice, Hatred and Intolerance Everywhere
(£2.00, all money goes to the charity)
I also got a S.O.P.H.I.E wrist band, I did have one before, but I left it at an ex boyfriends and never got it back, so thought I should re-purchase one as I completely agree with the Sophie Lancaster Foundation. While the story behind the charity and what happened to Sophie is really sad, it is nice to see her family and boyfriend trying to turn their tragic situation into something positive and helping to change the world, while that is impossible, every little helps and raising awareness about Sophie's death may help prevent others having the same fate. I hold this charity very close to my heart, and think it's great that Illamasqua are helping the cause. Click here to read more into what happened and more about the charity itself.

Do you own any Illamasqua products? Do you want any? What Illamasqua products do you think I should purchase next?

I also have a tiny M.A.C. haul and I will do a post of that soon. Hope you guys have a great day/evening :)

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Aussie Three Minute Miracle Reconstructor

I bought this weeks ago, perhaps even months ago and it re-appeared in my room last night under some books so I thought what the hell, lets try this and I am glad I did! It smells so good, got to love great smelling cosmetics, it smells of some kind of sherberty sweet I had as a child, yet I can't remember which one, people have claimed it smells of bubblegum but I didn't think so. So I washed my hair with Herbal Essenses Beautiful Ends shampoo (I swear by that stuff, makes my hair so soft) and then put the hair mask through out my hair, left for three minutes (probably more) like it suggests then washed it out. Left my hair feeling smooth and smelling great!
I know my hair is plagued with many split ends, but I am too scared to get it chopped off, silly I know, it would do the world of good. But I like it long haha. But apart from the split end issue, it made it so soft and shiney and also gave it more volume, it generally felt thicker. These are both pictures after it naturally dried.

I am tempted to try out some more of the Aussie range. What do you guys think? Ever used this brand? Do you like it?

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Apple Nail Art

So today, 5th April, is 6 months since Steve Jobs passed away. I decided to draw an Apple symbol on my left thumb nail last night, was going to do it on both thumbs but turns out I am not so talented at drawing with a nail art pen with my left hand- even my sister had a go and she had no luck, so it's just the one apple.

I know it's not the best, but at least it is recognisable,
and it was the first time I had ever used a nail art
pen and drawn on my nail!

 The base coat on all my nails is Barry M in Grey. and added Rimmels lasting finish disco ball over the top of them all bar the apple one. Thought an apple on each finger nail would be a bit over kill (and would take too long) The nail art pen I used was Model's Own in white, which was a bit tricky to use but after practicing on a piece of paper for a while I decided to take the plunge draw it on my nail, I don't think it turned out too bad.
So here is the overall look. What do you think? Think I am a bit too Apple crazy? Because in all honesty my friends think I am a bit over the top on the whole Apple thing :P

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

One of my favourite artists: Scroobius Pip

Source: Scroobius Pip Facebook Fan Page
An amazingly talented man, his music genre (spoken word hip hop) is not what I am usually into, but it's the content of his lyrics that matter to me.  You ventures into a world within his mind which highlights many truths that relate to everyday life. Mainly things I complete agree with, which is probably why I am so in love with him  his music, haha. His songs also have so much depth and many layers to them and definitely never get boring. He talks about things most people don't want to talk about and his music expresses what I am feeling most of the time. When I am going places I usually stick Scroobius Pip on, on my iPhone, and I either find myself talking along with him (slightly embarrassing in public, yet can't be helped!) or just giggling and smiling to some of the stuff he says.
It's my bed time music at the moment as I find his voice so calming , his accent, his tone- it's comforting and just makes me feel better about things when I am in a rubbish mood.
He is still quite underground- and probably will be for a while, he deserves more recognition though. Plus he is pretty damn hilarious. I would give anything to see him live, to meet him, to talk to him about stuff. *sigh*

A few of my favourite songs by him are "Introdiction":

And "The Struggle":

Also "Thou Shalt Always Kill"- Scroobious Pip Vs Dan Le Sac:

Check out his music- it is all on iTunes. There are the albums "Angles" and "The Logic of Chance"- Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip and "Distraction Pieces", a solo album which has some pretty cool collaborations on it. Also if you have Twitter follow him on there: clicky clicky. His tweets always make my day- he's a funny fucker! He's one of my favourite artists at the moment.

Finally, thanks to Craig for introducing me to this wonderful man! :D

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

My new favourite everyday lip crayon

About a month ago I was doing my usual browsing through Boot's make up section during my lunch break and this caught my eye.

It's Barry M's Lip Lacquer Crayon, I guess it is a mixture of a lip gloss and a lipstick, too light to be a lipstick, but too thick to be a lip gloss. I have fallen madly in love with this product and have been wearing it for work ever since. The pencil shape makes application easy and it just glides across your lips, it's also quite moisturising as well as being long lasting and usually lasts my four hour shifts at work.
The colour is Cherry Red, and it is quite a dark rich reddy pink colour, I am not one for light colours,  however it is not too "gothic" for work, and goes with my simple work make up. It's also has a subtle glittery shimmer which makes it more glamorous. Rather than using it for full lip coverage like I do, you could just use it as a lip liner, or like a gloss over the top of lipstick.

I am so happy with this product and it wasn't too expensive, for me, only £4.99 from Boots, they don't do many shades, only five, but within those five there is a great range, from a very pale pink, to the dark reddy pink that I have- so there is something for everyone :)

Sunday, 1 April 2012

London- 27/03/2012

So last Tuesday I went to London to see Craig and had an awesome day, even though we did pretty much exactly the same thing as we usually do, it's always nice to catch up face to face with the guy I consider to be my best friend.
I know I said I would wear my new Lime Crime black lipstick, but after the weather we've been having I thought it would be too hot, and wouldn't go with my slightly summery outfit, which consisted of short shorts, with fishnets underneath (not confident enough to get my legs out with nothing covering them!) and my Kreepsville bright green skeleton top, which Craig complained that I always wear, but when I get my A is for Arsenic top in the post I shall wear that next time :P
The weather was so lovely and it was a nice change compared to Craig and I walking about shivering in the cold and for the first time we got to sit out on a grassy area and just enjoy the sun while Craig kept saying he would jump on random women who were sunbathing to see if other people would also bundle on top. Haha.
We also had Starbucks, I did twice as Craig had to nip off to uni quickly in the morning- Had my new favourite, Caramel Macchiato, so goood and surprisingly not too sweet for me- I like my coffee black with no sugar, and the second time I had their China Green Tea (which is amazing I am drinking it by the bucket load at the moment) and Craig had the Caramel Macchiato, and he enjoyed it which is good because I had to choose it for him, as usual. Starbucks have started doing this whole name writing thing on cups, and they spelt my name wrong and added the extra "a" to Rachel, tut tut, although I think it's a great personal touch and I prefer the names being called out to the drink types, also makes it less confusing as people order such complicated drinks sometimes. Haha. But next time I go to London we are ditching Starbucks, and going for bubble tea at Bubbleology as it just looks so bright and delicious and a more summery refreshment! They also do toasted sandwiches, which are one of my favourite things in the world, a simple concept- but just so tasty.
A tradition of ours is to always go to Forbidden Planet, although we never buy anything as it is so damn expensive, it's nice to look about all the memorabilia and dream of owning it haha. They have a pretty extensive selection of comic, film and TV show stuff as well as a huge comic book collection, and a decent assortment of books. Definitely suggest you check it out if you are ever around Shaftesbury Avenue which is near Oxford Street and like that kind of thing.
I also am borrowing more comics off Craig, I have recently gotten into them, it's a nice change from novels and I love the artwork, currently so far my favourite character is Wolverine, he's such a badass; yet I have only read Spiderman, Punisher and Wolverine comics so far, I know there is a huge comic world out there for me to adventure into, but I am new to it all and have much to learn, as Craig had to explain to me a lot of the character's backgrounds and such.
So that's about it, I wish I had taken pictures, but I nearly always forget, obviously as I am having too much fun :P I cannot wait for my next trip to see him, which may not be for a while as I am saving up for a tattoo that funnily enough he drew for me- I shall post about it when it's done- hopefully in about a month. But I am so excited about the bubble tea, have any of you guys had it before? What are the tapioca bubbles like? Either way, I hope it's not a let down. :)