Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland palette + swatches (WOC)

Sunday, February 28, 2010

So on Friday, I bought the most hyped up beauty product of the year so far, the Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland inspired eyeshdow palette.

After popping into Debenhams, Oxford Street I was told by a SA that they only had 400 left, which wouldn't be going on sale until Saturday when the 'launch party', which took place yesterday (How can you have an offical launch party after you've already sold 200 of the said product?!). Anyway, I was able to pick it up in the Debenhams branch at Westfield after the manager informed me that she only had 40 left to sell that day and that the rest would be sold on Saturday.

Miss Virtue picked hers up today from Oxford street and was told by a SA that only 2000 were supplied for UK distribution (who knows what to believe anymore!!)

They are also selling them one per customer too.

Inglot Lip Paint Swatches

Sunday, February 28, 2010

I had a good look around Inglot in Westfield and picked up these lip paints. At first glance, I thought they looked similar to MAC tinted lip conditioners, but I think they're far superior as they're more pigmented for a start, not to mention cheaper too. They're like a lipstick in a pot as they offer a great amount of pigment! If my memory serves me correctly, I think there were 10 shades to choose from.

I chose:
56 - Bright dolly pink
59 - Lilac
60 - Peachy coral

These look equally great as a blotted lip stain or when applied a little heavier (as worn in my pics) for a brighter burst of colour. They're not overly sticky when on the lips and don't dry them out either. In fact, I find them very moisturising and they don't dry my lips out. Just have a tissue to hand to wipe the excess off your finger when you're done!

Texture wise, they're solid to look at, but come off onto your finger easily when you dip into the pot and are a little 'tacky' which enables the pigment to spread across your lips easily. I think they're brilliant. If you don't want to apply with your finger, you can always carry a lip brush around with you.

Priced £8 each, check them out next time you're in Inglot.

Safe Beauty Association

Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Safe Beauty Association has been set up to offer tips and wisdom that will help you to use products more safely, and minimise your chances of being infected by your cosmetics.

The website itself features advice about keeping your hands and kit clean, and how to shop for make-up in a ‘safe' way - for example, how to ensure that you try products at make up counters in a manner that will prevent you picking up (worst-case scenario) a cold sore or an eye infection.

In addition, the SBA wants to establish a network of members - from make-up artists to beauty therapists, makeover consultants etc. - who will sign up to their code of conduct so that beauty-addicts like us can have our make-up or treatments done knowing that we're in the best possible hands. Jemma Kidd Makeup School has already enrolled.

Since so many of us also engage in blog sales, I hope it will reinforce how important it is to sanitise the "lightly tested/swatched" items that we sometimes purchase from one another.

How often do you sanitise your make up? Have you had any horrifying episodes take at make up counters?

Origins Spring 2010

Friday, February 26, 2010

I had a chance to view Origins upcoming product launches this week and thought I'd do the decent thing and share the treats they have in store for us.

First up ...

Youthopia  - SPF 15 Skin firming foundation with Rhodiola

This high performance treatment foundation with SPF 15 provides medium, buildable coverage while simultaneously helping to firm, lift and restore a youthful radiance. Key ingredient Rhodiola helps skin to correct and combat the appearance of lines and wrinkles. A blend of pigmnets and minerals including Silica and Mica provide a perfecting luminous finish.

Available in 8 shades:

01 Very Light
02 Light
03 Light/Medium - Warm
04 Light/Medium - Cool
05 Medium - Warm
06 Medium - Neutral
07 Medium/Deep
08 Deep

RRP: £24.00 30ml  and £17 Foundation brush
Available March 2010

All-Purpose High-Elevation - Cream Dry Skin Relief

Rough, severely dry skin can strike year-roundm but is especially common in high altitude locations that are characterised by thin, dry air that damages skin by zapping it with ultra-powerful UV-rays and darining away youthful moisture. Specifically designed for these challenging environments, but suitable for use at any altitude. This rich, non-greasy moisturing cream delivers immediate hydration to overly-dry patche son both face and body. Shea Butter combined with Sunflower, Jojoba, Safflower and Sesame oils transforms the skin as moisture levels are increased.

RRP: £20 75ml
Available March 2010

NEW Brighter by Nature - High Potency Brightening Peel with Fruit Acids

Some try and rectify skin surface damage by turning to expensive, sometimes painful dermalogical procedures such as chemical peels, which use a variety of chemical solutions to improve the texture of facial skin, by removing its damaged outer layers. However, many are reluctant due to the potential  for post procedure complications and the risk of delayed healing.

Origins have introduced an at-home peel which rivals the restoring benefits of a professional 30% glycolic peel by instantly exfoliating dead surface cells to restore a look of clarity, without the potential redness, lengthy recovery time, high cost and visit to the dermatolgosts office. Used regularly, over time these pads will improve the look of skin tone as skin appears naturally smoother and more radiant looking.

RRP: £28 (40 pads)
Available April 2010 - Exclusively to Harrods for the first 2 weeks and then at Origins counters nationwide

A Perfect World - SPF 25 Age-defence Moisturiser with White Tea


Designed for everyday use, this oil-free, antioxidant moisturiser builds an invisible bubble of protection that helps shield skin from age-accelerating free radicals, which can wreck havoc on skin's appearance. The key ingredient of Maritime Pine works to strengthen skin's natural defence system and helps prevent oxidation. Arabidopsis helps visibly repair the look of pre-existing UV damage.

RRP: £30
Available May 2010

My fave product is the Age-defence moisturiser as the texture was spot on. I really dislike watery moisturisers or those which are so thick they resemble sudocrem on my face and are a nightmare for my skin to absorb. This was spot on and also smelt lovely. 

What are your faveourite Origins products? I'm a sucker for Never a Dull Moment and Modern Friction.

Barry M Lip Lacquer Crayons

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Barry M released new Lip Lacquer Crayons a few weeks ago, in a range of red and pink shades to perfect our pouts.

Designed to provide intense, glossy colour and to give a high shine lacquered finish, Barry claim that these apply easily and are long wearing.
They're available in 5 'on trend' shades (I thought it was all about Coral this season??) and are £4.95 each.

Ballet Pink
Party Pink
Cherry Red
Scarlet Red

Has anybody tried these? I'm pretty sure I've spotted them in Superdrug (may have even played with them for a split second), but I honestly can't remember. I've been living like a rock star these past few weeks! Party Pink requires a good swatching when I'm next there.

Review: Dr Organic Vitamin E Oil

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

What it says on the Holland and Barrett website: For when a high level of nourishing and repair is required, this pure oil is suitable for most skin types and can be used on any part of the body. Particularly suitable for helping to reduce stretch marks and soothing rough dry skin.

I've always been a great believer of the healing properties of Vitamin E and be it masks, moisturisers or body cream, I've experimented with a variety of products - some being better than others. After reading the higher the i.u, the more effective it is, I purchased Vitamin E oil in 70,000 i.u to combat a few stretchmarks and pimple scars but found it to be extremely thick and difficult to apply - think of the consistency of really thick honey and you have an idea of what I was attempting to apply to my face before bed! It was too messy and more bother than was necessary at 10pm in the evening! 

The Dr Organic range is based on specific ingredients known for their unique properties; Aloe Vera, Manuka Honey, Tea Tree, Pomegranate, Lavender and of course, Vitamin E. All ranges can be found at Holland &Barrett stores nationwide.

Dr Organic Vitamin E Oil comes in a sturdy plastic bottle, and is easily absorbed coming in a texture similar to that of baby oil. I've used this on and off since mid December and there is plenty of product left in the 50ml bottle it comes in. I have a terrible habit of resting on my elbows on my desk as I work, which sometimes results in rough skin on my elbows. After three weeks of repeated use of the oil, my elbows were restored back to their former soft glory - good stuff!

The oil again came in handy when I burnt myself in Paris (don't ask!) and I've been rubbing it on the small burn on my upper arm daily. I'm confident I'll be left with little to no scarring due to the properties of Vitamin E. Vitamin E provides a mix of bio active (stay with me, stay with me!) ingredients designed to penetrate and hydrate the driest of skin, giving instant conditioning while maintaining natural elasticity. I can't go wrong with Vitamin E forever being recommended as a must have in any skincare regime.

The Dr Organic Vitamin E range (click to enlarge)

Where can I buy it from? Holland & Barrett
How much is it? £7.99

Just a heads up ..

Monday, February 22, 2010

My PC is on the blink again and it's a post away from PC heaven! This is just the worst time for it to give up on me as I have a million and one posts to share with you. It's reached the point where it's crashing every 5 mins and then taking up to 45 mins to reboot - whilst sounding like a tractor!! I'm trying to type this post out as quickly as possible before it shuts down mid sentence!!

If I 'disappear' again, it's not through choice but I need to get myself sorted with a new laptop, so bear with me. I'm gonna get to a PC/laptop and get some posts out to tide you over this week though.

If you see me on Twitter, chances are I'm tweeting through my phone!

I'll be back as soon as I can!!

MAC Cult of Cherry Spiced Chocolate quad - finally!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

A couple of years ago, I was more interested in building up my perm MAC collection and didn't pay Limited Edition (LE) collections any mind whatsoever. When MAC released Cult of Cherry in August 2008, I didn't even know what was in the collection, that's how uninterested I was.

It wasn't until I'd acquired a vast collection, that I began to take a look at past LE releases and started to lust after the Spiced Chocolate quad that was one of three released in Cult of Cherry. My desire for it heightened, after seeing a friend create looks with it on a number of occasions. I don't really do quads but I think this is a gorgeous one to own that looks pretty damn hot on my skintone. Additionally, the shades it's made up of, don't duplicate any that I already own - which is always a plus, given how much make up I actually own.

After finding it on Love Make Up, I ummed and ahhed over its purchase for months but finally bit the bullet and ordered it last week (albeit a few pounds over the RRP) and I love it!

The quad consists of:

Nanogold -  Sheer yellow pink with pink pearl (frost)

Brash -  Frosty reddish copper (veluxe pearl)

Spiced Chocolate - Dirty deep reddish brown (matte)

Sweet Chestnut: - Frosted cranberry (frost)

(no flash)

My Mum would adore this, so I think that's my Mothers Day present sorted next month! Don't you just love that feeling of accomplishment you get when you manage to bag a LE item you've been lusting after forever? It's the little things that make me happy! ;-)

Which LE items are you yearning for?

It's like candy!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Revlon have jumped on the pastel trend bandwagon for Spring 2010 by launching a new pastel lilac nail polish and matching super lustrous lipgloss. Used backstage during New York Fashion Week, and worn during the Sass & Bide shows, the products are easy to wear and pocket friendly.

I'm a big fan of Revlon's Super Lustrous lipglosses as detailed here , and I'll be checking Lilac Pastelle out when it launches in the UK next month.

I'm back bitches!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Hey guys, I'm back! I hope you're all well and looking gorgeous!

My beau's flown home and I'm just kinda going through the motions right now. We had a lovely time in Paris (thanks again for your recommendations and tips) but I feel so empty now he's gone. Long distance relationships suck! Anyway, my aim isn't to make this post sound like a Dear Deirdre column, and it's back to business as of today.

I didn't think I would, but I actually missed blogging while I was gone. I've got so many posts to bang out, I think I'll need about 2 weeks to get them all done! I haven't forgotten to post an update on Mega Tek, but real life got in the way and I didn't have the time to do a post after two weeks. A post detailing my progress after a month will be going up very shortly.

So, what have I missed? I know things never stay quiet in the Beauty Blogging community for long!

Also, hello to the new followers I've gained since I've been away *waves* I hope you like what you've read of my blog so far. I'm planning a giveaway soon, exclusively for my blog followers so stay tuned.

Hmmm so what shall I post about first? There's so much swirling around my head right now. Too many posts, so little time!


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

There'll be no posts from me for the next couple of wks as my boyfriend arrives today and I'll be busy spending time with him.

You may see the odd tweet from me now and then though - I can't stay away from Twitter for too long!! LOL

OPI Hong Kong Collection

Friday, February 05, 2010

As an anniversary of Spain/France etc collections, OPI will release a Hong Kong collection this spring. The collection is inspired by the multicultural culture of Hong Kong. The nail polish finishes will be creme and shimmer.
Bling Dynasty A char-”ming” gold that shimmers and glimmers 

Red My Fortune Cookie And this rich red is in my future 

Hot & Spicy A sizzling coral that’s a kung pao wow! 

Dim Sum Plum A berry delectable delicacy 

Jade is the New Black The vibrant green is the new fashion vibe 

Suzi Says Feng Shui A serene cobalt blue to balance your yin yang 

A Good Man-darin is Hard to Find But you’ve found it- in this zesty red-orange! 

Lucky Lucky Lavender Be pretty and prosperous in this luscious light purple 

Meet Me on the Star Ferry A Kowloon-lit, moonlit violet 

Panda-monium Pink Lend a panda a hand-a in this uproarious light pink 

Pearl of Wisdom Smart girls choose this lustrous pearl shade 

Chop-sticking to My Story I mean it – “pick up” this warm caramel shade

Check out Vampy Varnish for swatches of the collection here and here.

Suzy Says Feng Shui, Hot & Spicy and Panda-monium Pink have caught my eye ...hmmm.

NARS Orgasm Illuminator review + swatches

Friday, February 05, 2010

So, as seen in my previous post showcasing swatches of NARS Spring 2010 collection, I was also given a tube of the new NARS Orgasm Illuminator. To say I almost orgasmed on the spot when told I would be taking this home is an understatement. I almost passed out in excitement there and then!

This product has been hyped up something rotten over the past few weeks and I couldn't wait to get it home to see whether it lived up to the hype.

 So, what are we looking at here? 

What it is: A complexion enhancer that makes skin look instantly refreshed, radiant, and glowing.

What it does: NARS Orgasm Illuminator lights your skin from within! Deceptively sheer and decidedly luminous, it magically transforms lacklustre skin into a remember-me, luscious complexion. Flirt with foundation, go it alone, or go neck-and-neck with your décolleté. The effect is, well, orgasmic.

Description taken from the Sephora website.

Click for a close up

First impressions? When I swatched it on my hand during the demonstration evening, it left a beautiful shimmery, apricot glow but I have a fat, round face so I was dubious that I'd be able to create the same effect as seen on the models at New York Fashion Week as I don't have obvious cheekbones for the illuminator to settle on.

Using this isn't supposed to be an ordeal, it's meant to be so effortless that you don't even need a mirror. Hmm I wouldn't go that far. I find that if you don't blend it properly, you're left with a bit of a line which shows under the light so you do need to take some care when applying it.

Since writing this, I've used my MAC 187 brush to apply it, and actually preferred using it to my fingers, only because I'm not a fan of getting make up on my fingers unless necessary. It has a sheer, thin lotion-type consistency (veeeery similar, if not the same as the MAC Lustre Drops formulation from Style Warriors) and doesn't dry too quickly so gives you plenty of time to work with it. My main problem with this, is that it doesn't contain a lot of pigment and gives a very sheer wash of shimmer, hence why I need about 3-4 layers until I'm reasonably happy with the effect.

If you're going to use your fingers to apply it, then I would suggest patting it on as opposed to rubbing it in as you can end up rubbing away the concentration of shimmer and it's sheer enough as it is. Also, build it up slowly rather than whacking a gloop of it on your face. When I've applied the first layer, I apply the second when the first is almost dry and repeat until I'm satisfied with the effect I have. I don't spread it across my entire cheek, just at the top of my blusher. You can apply it on your brow bone, décolleté, wherever catches the light.

Hmm you can probably see the sheen of it more in the 2nd picture than the first...or maybe you can't! Worn on top of MAC Fleur Power blush.

I wore it again yesterday and three people asked what I was wearing,, so something must be showing up! When I got home around 10:30pm, upon close inspection in the mirror, there was still a fair amount left on my cheeks and this was after cupping my face in my hand on numerous occasions throughout the day and evening, so its staying power is quite good.

However, I'm still a bit disappointed. One one hand I like it, I know the shimmery effect is there cos I've seen it on my hand, and people have complimented it, but once I apply it to my face, I just don't think it's visible which frustrates me! 

I don't dislike it, and am still glad I have it, but it doesn't have the "Wow" factor that I hoped it would have for me. NARS Albatross on the other hand...now you're talking! I get a real glow from this which shows up with barely any effort and you only need the teeniest amount to get the ball rolling. If you find you don't get on with the Illuminator, and haven't tried Albatross, then don't despair and try that instead. Albatross loves everybody, no matter the skintone! Speaking of skintone, check out Lipglossiping for swatches of the Orgasm Illuminator on Caucasian skin.

As I've previously mentioned, the NARS Orgasm Illuminator will be released as a Space NK exclusive on Feb 18th and then nationwide at NARS counters and online on March 1st.

Price: £21

Have you tried it yet? What do you think? Planning on buying it? Opinions please!

Beauty Blog Link Love - Friday 5th February 2010

Friday, February 05, 2010

Rae falls in love with an amazingly pigmented violet eyeshadow -- for under $5! -- and tries it on as a blush.

Jeweled Thumb gives you the deets regarding a brand new line that may be popping up at your CVS by the ever famous Salma Hayek!

Feast your eyes on this two-parter from Lipglossiping and see what happened when IMATS rolled into London Town last weekend.

In her constant search for a flawless complexion, Beautyjunkielondon reviews the latest foundation launch from Maybelline.
Check out "The EOTD Series: Color of the week" at xLovelyMakeupx.

Vex in the City shares her experience of the 2010 London IMATS.

Sophie from Melovemakeup talks about her collection of Sleek Palettes.

Maggie gets her rave on with these Rimmel blushes!

Krasey Beauty whips out Essie's matte topcoat and lets the nail polish fun begin.

Hell Candy Make Up attended the London IMATS show last weekend. Check out the various MUAs looks from the show.

purple smoky eye with a pop tutorial from Lisa Kate at Sparkle is my Crack!

This week GlossQueen tells us how she loves her By Candlelight MSF.

Come discover 32 different nail colors in 32 days with Audrey.

This week at Get Lippie, Louise tries out a Kevyn Aucoin-influenced makeover.

Lisamarie at Beauty Crazed tests out eyerollers to see if they live up to the hype!

NARS Spring 2010 collection - swatches & review

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Move over IMATS, this is what really made my week. I attended a NARS spring Summer Trends Presentation on Thursday evening and had a play with the new Spring/Summer collection which appeared on the UK website on January 15th.

Inspired by Catherine Deneuve's role as Lucille in La Chamade (no, I haven't watched it either), the NARS Sping 2010 Collection features soft, sexy shades that are as elegant as they as they are versatile.

 Amber Valletta is the face of the latest NARS campaign

IMATS London 2010 - the purchases (Part 2)

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

If you made it through my last post, you may have been wondering what I actually bought at The IMATS. Well I started shopping prematurely on the Friday when I ended up at Westfield with Miss Virtue and Lipglossiping.


Pre-IMATS purchases were:

Inglot Primer - I've been dying to try this for months, but have been too lazy to trek to Westfield for it.

Ben Nye Banana powder - I spotted this on Ebay and won it in case it wasn't at the IMATS. It proved to be the right decision as this was nowhere to be seen!
MAC Moisturecover Concealer in NW40 and Brow pencil in Stud

IMATS purchases:

OCC Lip Tars in Pageant and Katricia
MUFE HD foundation in #177 (a back up)
MUFE Full Cover Concealer in Fawn
Illamasqua Pure Pigment in Incite
Face to Face Super Matte Antishine in Dark
Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre (my only freebie!)

I bought a few brushes from Crown, Fero Beauty, aurifere and adesign.(L-R):

aurifere powder brush (series 190) - Dense and so soft. Perfection!
Dense fan brush
Wedge brush
Small concealer brush
Large concealer brush
Liner brush
Metal eyelash comb
Eyebrow shader brush
Pointed smudge/liner brush
Small angled brush

 adesign pointed kabuki foundation - gorgeous!

I didn't go crazy at all and stuck to the list that I had with me, the exception being the pointed kabuki brush, so I'm feeling pretty pleased with myself.

Did you go OTT on lip tars, clean up at Crown brushes or go home empty handed (unlikely, I know)?

IMATS London 2010 - the highs and lows (Part 1)

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

So I attended the IMATS again this year, hoping to have a better experience than I did last year. After a 6:30am wake up call (don't you just hate waking up in winter when it's still dark outside - it's so unnatural), I met up with a few other bloggers and we arrived at Alexandra Palace just after 8am.

There was already a small crowd when we arrived and when the doors opened at 8:30am the queue that quickly formed for visitors to pick up their pre-ordered tickets was beyond ridiculous! Luckily I didn't have to endure that, but it would have put me in an extremely foul mood which would have ruined the start of my day if I had. I think more staff were needed to issue tickets, especially as Saturday was anticipated to be the busiest day.

Tagged: Your blog is over the top

Monday, February 01, 2010

I received this blog aware from Tacky Blue Eyeshadow last week and I've finally got round to doing this. Thanks for nominating me.

1. Where is your cell phone?
On my bed.

2. Your hair? Relaxed and behaving itself today.

3. Your mother? So I've been told! We look very alike.

4. Your father? LOL Yep! He's a gentle giant.

5. Your favorite food? Green thai curry, Mum's Nigerian dishes.

6. Your dream last night? I can't remember!

7. Your favourite drink? Ice cold tropical juice but I love orange & banana juice too! Mmm.

8. Your dream/goal? To be happy and healthy.

9. What room are you in? My bedroom

10. Your hobby? Blogging

11. Your fear? Being alone

12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Happily married, with a couple of kids in tow. Watch out world!! LOL

13. Where were you last night? In bed. Is this a trick question??

14. Something you aren't? Patient.

15. Muffins? Yes please :-) Strawberry and white choc chip!

16. Wish list item? I don't really want anything.

17. Where did you grow up? Birmingham/South London

18. Last thing you did? Called my boyf

19. What are you wearing? Black top with gold/black sequinned embellished shoulders

20. Your TV? Usually on a reality show or on the crime channel.

21.Your pets? None..but I do want to get a puppy in the future.

22. Your friends? The best!

23. Your life? A whirlwind.

24. Your mood? Excited and happy.

25. Missing someone? Always.

26. Vehicle? My feet!

27. Something you're not wearing? Make up. Eeek!

28. Your favorite store? Zara

29. Your favorite colour? Black and 'Cadbury' purple.

30. When was the last time you laughed? 10 mins ago

31. Last time you cried? A couple of nights ago. I was just randomly thinking of something really horrible and started to well up.

32. Your best friend? A friend forever!

33. One place that I go over and over? New York

34. One person who emails me regularly? My Dad!

35. Favorite place to eat? Haven't got a favourite place. I like Italian though.


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