Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Chanel Perfection Lumiere

I received a sample of this foundation in a magazine and was so excited as I am a Chanel foundation junkie! I have loved every foundation they have ever brought out and my all time favourite Chanel vitalumiere aqua is my current everyday base of choice. I love the vitalumiere aqua because it is light, dewy but buildable and therefore takes me perfectly from daytime to evening make up looks. I had high hopes for perfection lumiere and as much as I wanted to dislike a foundation that costs £36 I am sorry to say that once again Chanel have created an amazing product. 

Perfection lumiere on the skin 

The texture is not quite as light as the Aqua however it is certainly not thick or heavy on the skin but provides much more coverage and a much more matte finish. I am a lover of dewy skin and so was a little worried that I wouldn't get on with the matte finish however it still retains a sense of radiance whilst mattifying oily areas. I have normal/combination skin so I am lucky that most foundation finishes suit me however a drier skin type may find the finish would sit on the skin and perhaps make it look even drier. Oily skin types should enjoy the mattifying effect and for me it has the perfect finish for an evening look. 

I personally would not wear this in the day time because it almost looks too flawless! I prefer a lighter look for the day where the natural skin tones can be seen coming through however for those who prefer heavier coverage or have problem skin this would be a fantastic option. Many people have complained about the strong smell of the foundations, stating that it is too highly fragranced however as Chanel foundation wearer it is not strong to me and I actually find that it smells luxurious and makes the entire experience a pleasurable one!

Perfection lumiere as base with other products to finish the look

I never thought I would be the kind of girl to spend over £30 on a foundation as I used to be a drugstore girl through and through however as I learn more about make up I appreciate the importance of a good quality foundation and brush to apply it with. I applied this foundation with my Real Techniques stippling brush and I loved the finished effect. I will be buying this foundation despite my best efforts to hate it because of the high price! For me it creates the perfect flawless finish and therefore I cannot resist making that purchase!

Have you tried this foundation yet and what did you think? 


Monday, 27 February 2012

100 follower MAC giveaway!

Ok so this is a little overdue thanks to major problems with my internet however it is fixed and I am so excited about doing my first giveaway! I am doing this giveaway to say thank you to everyone who reads or followers my blog because without you I would be rambling on to myself about beauty products or having to bore my friends and family with my thoughts! 

I recently won a giveaway by Laura from http://laurzrah.blogspot.com/ which was a MAC lipstick giveaway where followers could choose the shade of their choice and then they would receive their ideal colour! I chose "Girl about Town", a bright pink which I would never normally wear and had such fun looking through the shades on the website that I have decided that this is the perfect prize for my first giveaway! Laura also sent me some extra goodies too including hand cream and lip balm :)

My gorgeous MAC lipstick prize!

So here are the rules for my 100 follower MAC giveaway:

1. You must follow my blog via GFC to enter

2. Please leave a comment below this post with your email and your chosen lipstick shade (You must leave both to be entered) Go onto www.maccosmetics.co.uk and lipsticks section to pick your favourite!

3. I will be putting the names into a hat (old school method but as a giveaway virgin it is the easiest and fairest way I can pick the winner)

4. Everyone will get ONE entry only however do feel free to tweet about the giveaway :)

5. The winner will be picked in 3 weeks time (19th March 2012) to give everyone a chance to enter

6. The lipstick will be bought after the winner is chosen to make sure I buy your personal favourite shade. I will email the winner and confirm their chosen shade. If the colour is unavailable a second choice may have to be made however MAC lipsticks are usually readily available in all shades.

Please note that this giveaway is for UK residents only - sorry!



Wednesday, 22 February 2012

FOTD - London fashion week

Hey everyone! I thought I would show you what I wore to the LFW show on Saturday. I was keen to look my best as it is an event showcasing the best in hair, make up and fashion so I took a while to decide what style to go for but I decided in the end to wear something comfortable, girly with a trend led twist!

Playsuit: Miss Selfridge petite
Necklace: Topshop

Foundation: Mix of Chanel Pro Lumiere and Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua
Concealer: Collection 2000 lasting perfection
Bronzer: Chanel Soleil de tan 
Blusher: VIVO Baked blusher
Highlighter: MAC Strobe cream
Mascara: Bourjois Volumizer
Eyeliner: Maybelline gel liner
Lipliner: Illamasqua Maniac
Lipstick: MAC Girl About Town

I wanted to keep the eyes simple whilst wearing this bright pink lipstick so a flick of gel liner along the lash line was enough to darken the eyes without doing a full smokey eye look! I adore this new lipstick which I won in a giveaway from Laura of http://laurzrah.blogspot.com/ to win a MAC lipstick of your choice and I am so glad I picked this stunning colour! I would never have worn this bright shade a few years ago but I am trying to be more experimental with my make up choices so this is the perfect colour to encourage me to wear more vibrant colours!


Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Illamasqua pop up sale haul

On 12th February I was invited to a pop up sale at Illamasqua by Alex, a London Muse graduate who works there as a part time make up artist. Myself and a few of the other Muse graduates and some aspiring make up friends of mine decided to meet early and prepared ourselves for a long queue at the door. However when we arrived at the store on Beak Street at 11 we were shocked to find that we were some of the first people there and pretty much had the store to ourselves for an hour! 

The staff were extremely helpful and the products themselves had incredible discounts on them! Overall I spent £160 and a good few hours in the store but the savings I made were about £400! Here is what I bought that day:

Two full bags! I love the design on them as they instantly feel luxurious!

My collection of goodies!

Rich Liquid foundation in lightest, my shade and darkest - great variety of tones and only £75 for 14 shades

Rich liquid foundation blended in - the texture is very similar to mac face and body and must be shaken first. It glided on smoothly and left a light dewy finish with buildable coverage. Would be perfect for bridal, sheer to medium skin finishes and hydrating for dry skin too! 

Love the packaging as always!

Cream foundation - medium to full coverage with handy mirror and sponge if buying for personal use. Only £45 for 8 shades

A medium shade of the cream foundation

Cream foundation blended into skin - The coverage would be great for problem skin, oily skin types and great on photographic shoots. Could settle into fine lines or dry skin so would be cautious of this but fantastic coverage and a lovely texture to work with!

Cream foundation tower!

Onto my colourful buys...

Eyeshadows, concealer, blush, pigments - All £5 each!

Concealer in CC200, cream shadow in Crumble, cream shadow in Debauch and cream blusher in Sob

Powder shadow in Vision, liquid metal shadow in Surge and Pure pigment in Breathe

Using spatulas for swatching because I will be adding these products to my professional kit! Make up artists not adhering to Safe beauty is my pet peeve!

Lip products including two pencils and a gloss - £2 for pencils and £5 for gloss!

Medium pencil in Maniac (top), medium pencil in Fiesty (bottom) and intense lipgloss in Femme 

I love each and every one of these products and picked them carefully during the sale or else I would have chucked every reduced item into my basket and spent hundreds! I tried to think realistically about products that I might want or need in my professional kit but also might keep a few for myself (the intense lipgloss in particular is stunning and I might accidentally pop it into my make up bag). I am so impressed with the quality of the products. I have never bought many items from Illamasqua as I was a little too devoted to MAC products but this sale has taught me that Illamasqua that truly excels in every aspect of the make up industry. Every product I tried was luxurious on the skin and contained pigment of colour which actually blew me away! I am hoping to create many looks with these products and know that the colours and textures will inspire me to try and be as creative as the brand itself.


Monday, 20 February 2012

Bernard Chandran - LFW

Last week I entered a twitter competition from Witch Skincare to win a pair of tickets to a London Fashion Week show and would you believe it, I won! I received the lovely tickets on the friday for the Bernard Chandran A/W 12 show on the Saturday at Freemasons Hall, London. Chandran is a malaysian designer and before going I looked up some of his previous shows and loved the designs so was very excited about going to my first fashion show and experiencing the buzz of fashion week!

I took my friend Caroline with me who is a model herself but had never sat and watched a show before so we eagerly arrived and sat in the third row (not too shabby for a competition winner!) and I was immediately stunned by the amount of people, wall of photographers at the end of the runway and the simple clean set up of the show itself. 

Caroline and I before the show! Seemed like the perfect night to try out my new MAC Girl About Town bright pink lipstick!

Photographers galore!

A gorgeous model and an inflatable woman - only at LFW!

Models on the runway!

A quick pose after the show!

Unfortunately the models moved quite quickly and being far from the front I didn't get any great photos and could only just pick up on the make up looks, which is wear my focus is always drawn to! Thankfully I found a great website when I got home which included some photos of the make up and hair looks from the show close up and here they are: 

Photos from www.fashion156.com

This make up look is much more interesting than it looked from far away! I could see the light brows and  bright red lips but couldn't get a sense of how flawless the skin looked with strong contouring and an orange shade on the eyelids. I think the make up works perfectly with the glamourous hair giving it a modern twist on a vintage look. 

The show itself was such a joy to watch, with uplifting drum and bass music which kept the atmosphere exciting throughout. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and could have spent hours just watching the guests themselves with their fashionable clothes and creative make up looks! The show itself lasted only 7 minutes but the excitement I felt watching the creativity of the make up looks and the exciting fashion designs made me even more sure that the world of make up is the right career for me!


Friday, 17 February 2012

100 follower giveaway coming soon!

I have reached 100 followers! Thank you so much to each and every one of you for supporting my blog!
Sorry I have been absent from blogging due to no internet but thankfully have just got back online after a complete shambles of a service from Virgin Media (grrrrr) 

Now that I am able to do my giveaway I thought I would give you all a chance to tell me what your perfect giveaway prize would be! I am not a millionaire so what is the one item you would like to win? Is there a particular brand which would encourage you to enter or a must have product that you want to get your hands on? I am considering what to give away as the prize at the moment so any suggestions are welcome as I want to thank YOU for following me! 

Please leave your ideal (but realistic) giveaway ideas below and I will hopefully be giving away one of them as my 100 follower prize! I don't want to do a giveaway which only appeals to a few of my followers so if I have many suggestions for one brand or product I will probably go with the most popular ideas :)

Please comment on this post and I cant wait to get blogging again next week and reveal the giveaway prize!


Monday, 6 February 2012

Living Nature

Hey everyone! 

Praise the lord Virgin Media have provided my house with a dongle to connect to the internet so I am able to blog! The connection isn't great but whilst it is working I thought I should crack on and tell you about a brand I am currently loving! I was sent some skincare and make up samples by 100% natural New Zealand brand "Living Nature". I am always keen to try products which are made with natural ingredients because they generally smell and feel wonderful. I was sent a skincare set containing a cleanser, toning gel, day cream and sachets of serum and night cream along with a couple of cosmetics from the range, an eyeshadow duo and lipstick. I always find it appealing when brands cover both skin and cosmetics because it means that you can get a really good feel for the brand and if you like it, can include a range of the products in your collection, knowing that the quality is high.

So lets discuss skincare first! I was immediately impressed by the simplicity of the packaging, white with black writing and clearly labeled. The sizes are also great because they were perfect for travel and for popping into my handbag so I could test the cleanser whilst staying at my boyfriends or carry the moisturiser with me on days out. I received the skincare essentials pack which is a great introduction to the brand and comes in a handy travel case. 

£25.55 www.livingnature.com

I was a little surprised by the price at first because this is hardly a "try me" price and usually when I want to explore a brand for the first time I am reluctant to spend over £15. However I soon learnt that this was more than just a travel set. I used the products every day and then every other day and am still making my way through the bottles 3 months later so although it may seem like a pricey investment, you will be using the products for a lot longer than expected! 

The vitalising cleanser and nourishing day cream were my favourite products from the collection. The toning gel was a little sticky for me as I prefer my toners in spritz or liquid form. The cleanser was light and refreshing, perfect for a morning pick me up! The day cream was again light but deeply hydrating and provided a lovely base for my make up. The small samples of firming serum and night cream were a welcome addition to the set and felt lovely on the skin! The main ingredient of the products is active manuka honey which is widely known for its healing and moisturising properties and also means that the products smell fresh and wonderful. 

I am definitely going to try more of the skincare range and have already for my eye on the gentle eye make up remover and radiance night oil.

My 3 favourites!

Next up is the cosmetics from the range. I was a little disappointed with the eyeshadow duo purely because the pigment wasn't as strong as with my make up brand eyeshadows such as MAC however the colours I was sent were very light pastel shades and therefore the colour itself was quite faint on the skin. The texture felt lovely on the skin though and the packaging was delightful. 

However I was most impressed with the lipstick I received in the shade "Summer rain". I have never been a brave lipstick wearer and am trying to become more adventurous with my shades and this lipstick is the perfect transition from neutrals to brights. It is a soft berry red which makes an impact but doesn't look too vibrant. I have been wearing it almost every weekend in the day with my winter coat and boots or on an evening out paired with black eyeliner. I love it! Living Nature informed me that it is their best seller and I am hardly surprised. The texture feels great on the lips and the colour lasts well.

Summer Rain lipstick £13.80

This isn't a cheap range and there are more affordable ranges which use natural ingredients available however I really like the feel of the brand, with its 100% natural promise and information on safe beauty. The campaigns on the website alone are enough to make you consider what ingredients you are using on your skin and how they may affect your wellbeing.

I would definitely recommend this brand because it is natural, effective and makes you feel good about how you are treating your skin. Go to www.livingnature.com to find out more about this lovely range.


Friday, 3 February 2012

An important note for my followers!

Firstly, thank you so much for following my blog, it means so much to me that I am being supported by fellow beauty addicts and make up junkies and I appreciate each and every one of you!

Secondly, as way of thank you when I reach 100 followers I am planning to do a giveaway! I'm nearly there at 94 followers and the giveaway will be something special ;)

Thirdly, Virgin Media have screwed me over and this might be the last day I have internet access on my laptop/PC until the 17th of February!!! This means that I won't be able to blog for a while and the giveaway may or not be postponed until then however I am going to try my hardest to find ways to keep blogging until then so will keep you updated!

Thanks for your continuing support!

Your fellow beauty addict, 


London Muse - Shopping day

As part of my two week make up course we spent the day shopping at some of the top make up stores in London and enjoyed some incredible discounts in order to start up and add to our professional make up kits. We started off at the MAC pro store where we were given access to the store at 9am, an hour before the public and given shopping bags to pop products into while we browsed. This was a real treat as anyone who shops ar MAC knows how busy it can get, especially the pro store just off Carnaby Street. The staff were really helpful giving us advice on tips on essential products we should have in our kit and the discount meant that we could stock up on foundation colours and palettes. 

The Muse girls and I after a couple of hours in MAC!

Next up we went to Illamasqua on Beak street which I had never been too so I was extremely excited to see the store. I love the style of the website and the products and the store was just as exciting and theatrical. With glittery floors and mirrors, it oozed drama and creativity and guess who we saw as we walked in? None other than make up artist Alex Box and Illamasqua guru David Horne. We couldn't believe our eyes! Alex was incredibly sweet and posed for a photo with us and told us to contact her if we ever needed advice on the make up industry. The staff were very attentive and helped us pick out our favourite products. I bought only a couple of products from the store but will definitely be going back for more soon including skin base foundation, pigments and brushes!

The girls and I with Alex Philips (Illamasqua artist and Muse graduate) and Alex Box (one of my favourite creative make up artists)

We stopped for lunch at Satsuma in Soho where I used to go often during my breaks when I worked at a theatre nearby, where we had noodles and tempura (yum) and the decor was lovely. It was a chance to rest our legs after hours of shopaholic behaviour and put our many shopping bags down! 

Lovely centre piece on our table! and a few MAC bags...

Noodle time for the shopaholics!

Our last stop was Charles Fox in Covent Garden, a kind of mecca for make up artists which sells lots of brands including Kryolan and Ben NYE. It is a real essential shop for anyone who is working in the make up industry or simply loves make up as it contains everything you would want or need! Sponges, pencils, prosthetics, palettes and glitter, the list goes on and on! The staff were helpful and even asked us if we would be interested in doing work experience in store which is a great opportunity! They also gave us a goodie bag containing lots of amazing products which I have added to my professional kit. The store was thankfully very quiet so we had the chance to take our time and test out lots of professional brands that we had never even heard of before. I bought a number of products from the shop and will be visiting regularly to stock up on essentials and make up artist must haves.

Posing outside Charles Fox on a rainy but fabulous shopping day!

Here are the products I bought on the day:

MAC Invisible powder
MAC Face and body foundation 
MAC Blusher palette with Fleurpower blusher
MAC Eyeshadow palette with Brule, Omega, Sketch and Carbon eyeshadows
MAC 217 brush
MAC Teddy eyeliner
Illamasqua satin primer
Illamasqua matte primer
Illamasqua cream blusher in "rude"
Ben nye lip pencils 
Derma concealer palette in Fair and Medium
Kryolan Lip palette

I tried to control myself and only buy the basics that I needed and although this doesn't seem like a lot of products it all adds up very quickly even with the discount! However I am so thankful to the London Muse team for giving us this shopping day during the course as I could never have afforded this many products without the discount and helpful advice. I now know what are must haves for a make up artists kit and am slowing learning not to waste money on glittery eye products just because they are pretty and instead invest in quality brushes and essentials!

Could you imagine a more perfect day? ;)


Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Grab a copy of March issue Elle magazine!

I just bought mine! It contains a free mascara from Soap and Glory's cosmetic range called "Thick and Fast" which claims to provide false lash effect without the need for falsies! I haven't tried any of the soap and glory make up yet so this is a perfect introduction to the range and Elle magazine is one of my favourites for its beauty and fashion trend reports. The mascara is worth £10 so its well worth buying a copy :) I will review the mascara when I have had a chance to put it to the test! 

What a perfect mid week treat! 


Illamasqua - Sophie

Just a quick post to tell you that I have finally got myself a Sophie bracelet from Illamasqua after months of wanting one I got the chance to visit the store on Beak Street, London whilst on my course at London Muse. Our mentor, Nicci Jackson, recommended that we buy the bracelet because it is for such a great cause and will show our support for the Sophie Lancaster foundation each time we apply make up. If you don't know what the bracelet stands for here is some information taken from the Illamasqua site:

On 11th August 2007, 20 year-old Sophie Lancaster and her boyfriend Robert Maltby were kicked, stamped on and left unconscious – for nothing more than looking different. Sophie later died from her injuries.The S.O.P.H.I.E. Lancaster Foundation was set up by Sylvia Lancaster, a youth worker and Sophie's mother, in her memory, and is dedicated to educating young people in our society about acceptance and tolerance towards others through interactive youth workshops. As a brand that promotes the right to experiment and self-express through the way you look, Illamasqua have continually supported the Foundation's work and remains committed to changing attitudes towards subcultures.


This story really affected me and I knew that I wanted to support the foundation so I made my £2 donation in store and have worn the rubber band every day since! I love telling people why I am wearing it and encouraging them to do the same, especially those who work in this creative, influential industry of make up artistry. There are many products also available in the Sophie range including a jet black eyeliner which is next on my wish list. Please take a look at the Illamasqua website and purchase a band or product from the range because not only are you getting amazing Illamasqua quality, but you are helping to raise awareness of bullying and prejudice in the memory of a brave young woman.