Sunday, 31 July 2011

An old favourite...

My love affair with MAC's Hush Cream Colour Base is no secret... since I purchased it last year it has barely been off my cheekbones.  So when I realised to my dismay last week that I literally had only a scrap left (..I think I'd been in denial for weeks at how fast I was running out) and no time to repurchase, I had a rummage in my stash and came across a previous love...

Prestige Skin Loving Minerals Glam Tan Bronzer

Although showcased in a previous FOTD in the form of a bronzer, this time I lightly swept it just along the tops of my cheekbones to provide the 'lit-from-within' dewiness I love.  I am not sure this would work with my normal skin tone - as the product is quite dark - but with my Spanish tan still lingering, it took on the role of a highlighter perfectly.

Cue embarrassing photo from a recent night out...

If someone has a hat on, you just have to try it on...right?!

As well as the gorgeous sheen and fantastic pigmentation, this product applies beautifully; you can build it up as you wish and takes on the role of an eyeshadow perfectly.  The mineral based product means it's gentle on your skin and at just £9.49, it is gentle on your purse too.

Prestige is one of those brands that I always overlook but out of the few products I do own, they are seriously impressive and I go back to time and time again.  The Pure Shimmer version of this product is definitely on my radar for when I'm less tanned... 

Do you have any Prestige recommendations?


Thursday, 21 July 2011

Custom Blend NOTD: Nails fit for a Princess.... or Graduate

When it hit Twitter that Kate Middleton was wearing Bourjois Rose Lounge on her wedding day, I mentally noted it down alongside a million other products on my to-try list (product junkie sympton number 1...).

So, when planning my nail colour for graduation a good week or so before the big day, (symptom number 2...) I knew exactly what I was going for!

The result was a very sheer colour - as expected - and after 3 coats I wasn't really diggin' it (old school phrase right there..!).  So, I did exactly what K Midd did and created my own custom colour.  I layered a coat of Barry M's Strawberry Ice Cream - to give a pinkier tone - underneath another coat of the Bourjois to tone it down again.

The result was the exact colour I craved - near enough to my favourite Essie colour 'Luscious Lips' that I have used up and never got around to repurchasing.

So there we have it - my new favourite custom blend pink!  I can't believe I've never mixed nail varnishes before - this has opened up a entirely new range of possibilites!

Do you have a favourite combination of colours to wear? xxx

Look Of The Day: Graduation

Yesterday I graduated from The University of Manchester after 3 absolutely fantastic years.  I'm not sure I can put into words how amazing it was to spend the day with my absolute best friends and family.  It was a very emotional whirlwind - the tears were definitely flowing at the end - but one that I enjoyed so much and would happily replay over and over again.

Here are a few photos I'd love to share with you and the all-important grooming details....!

 Dress: Zara
Heels: Zara
Bag: Louis Vuitton

Bourjois Healthy Mix and Estee Lauder Double Wear foundations
Estee Lauder Double Wear concealer
ELF Mineral foundation
Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer
MAC Something Special Cremeblend Blush
MAC Hush Cream Colour Base

MAC Bare Canvas paint
Urban Decay Naked, Sidecar and Buck eyeshadows
Eyelure 110 lashes

17 Beehive lipstick
Revlon Peach Petal lipgloss 

Tan courtesy of a week in the Spanish sun (...and about half a can of Sally Hansen Deep Glow)

 To anybody else graduating soon - enjoy it and good luck!!

And to my amazing friends from University - you have given me memories that I will truly treasure forever and provided an unimagineable amount of laughter.  I already miss you more than words can say but know it won't be long before we are all together once more. 

Friday, 1 July 2011

Hair Growth Update

I haven't posted about my battle with my hair length since November but it is always on my mind!  I'm currently torn on whether to chop it all to a mid-length style but I know I'd end up hating it, so I'm sticking to my long hair aim!

APRIL 2010


JUNE 2011

Hopefully you can see the length is constantly improving and the condition is amazing considering I abuse it with heat most days!  My routine hasn't changed dramatically since November except that I switch up the products a lot more - my new favourite is the Herbal Essences Beautiful Ends leave in cream - and include volumising mousses most days to give my mane a much needed boost without back combing! 

The future....

I will be going for a trim as soon as I get back from my holiday because I'm really not a fan of the tapered ends that Toni & Guy have given me.  I want it to be all mostly one length to ensure the ends look as thick as possible.  Then the V05 oil will come into play to ensure it stays as healthy as possible!

Do you have any miracle hair growth products to recommend??  I'd love to hear about them - anything to give me the Kardashian hair of my dreams! xxx