29 January, 2010

My Christmas Gifts Haul! `

Hey all!

It's time for my Christmas Haul/Presents post.. a couple of these were birthday gifts, but because the two were so close I left them in there.. *Warning!* this is picture heavy.. Just so you can see everything!

Besides what you see here I got some money, which you can see what I bought here and here too. I also bought some new clothes and trousers, but haven't bothered photographing all of that. I also got chocolate which has been consumed already and I got a New Moon calendar which is on my wall already! I also got some new undies and PJamas, which I didn't think you'd want to see either! Haha!

So, onto the goodies!

[Gorgeous Animal Laptop Bag. This is a web image as I only received it yesterday as it had a delayed delivery on it, So my mum had it sent here. It's lovely though.]


[Soap & Glory Right Manicure Set - This is too cute, smells yummy and has cute little moisturising gloves in too!]




[Slippers! OMG These are adorable, fur lined leopard print purple and so warm!]


[Dressing gown, this is soft and warm and really pretty, looks too cute with my new slippers!]



[My amazing new phone, This was my main pressie and I am loving it so much! It does so much and is a cute colour.]


[Rio nail art kit, I haven't played with this much yet, but the varnishes are great and so pigmented! Can't wait to create some funky looks with it!]


[Charms to go on my new phone, I have one on it now, They are sweet - Take That DVD, this is awesomeness, You gotta love the boys!]


[This set came in a giftbox thingy, It's really nice, I love the colours, I love the cream shadow sticks and eyeliners and the mascara is really fab and the eyeshadows are pretty.]


[This also came as a gift set, The colours are stunning and not ones that I owned already, and the liner is packed with glitter, I created a look with this here.]



[Cute little make up bag to hold my new make up goodies, this little baby is from primark and actually matches a handbag I have from there. I love the zip detail and the pink lining!]





[LUSH Happy Christmas box set, Lovely! My sister gave me this, and it is gorgeous! I pictured the Cinders seperately because I used it a while ago, Review here. Everything in this set smells so Christmassy and Spicy and I love it! The packaging is amazing too!]


[ Charlie giftset, containing body sprays and nail set and polish and Revlon Party Set, Which I blogged about here.]



[Ah, The Urban Decay Super Stash! This is fab! I love all of the colours and the liners are Uh Ma Zing! They last for ages. I was so pleased to get this.]


[Take That Calendar, This is in my Make up room. Cute Hot Water Bottle, Some sparkle hair bands and a metallic liner and lashes set from Primark and a cute phone case and charm with my name on!]


[Books, we all love to read, right? .. I haven't read any of them yet, but I will enjoy them when I do.. I love a good book!]


[Beckham Signature Perfume Set! This smells absolutely gorgeous and lasts for ages too, I really love it.]


[Black Sequin Dress]
[Black and Purple Detail Tops]
[&... Sparkly Tux jacket! .. These were all things I ordered with Christmas money a couple of weeks ago online, They are all fab and I love them. I blogged about them briefly here.]


[Lastly, Some hairbrushes, which I needed! This has a selection of four inside :) Good stuff!]



Sheesh! I'm all done.. That took ages.. I hope you enjoyed it, and please don't think I am bragging, I am not.. people wanted to see, and I wanted to share.. I was spoiled and feel very fortunate.

Thanks to everyone who bought me these gifts! I love you all.. If you're reading, which you are probably not!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Naked Body Care Deals!



Hi all! I hope you are all doing good. I just wanted to tell you about a little something!

Naked Body Care are a natural body care company who sell loads of lovely bath body and hair goodies on their website.

They also have a fanpage on facebook, and I wanted to let UK people know that if you go to it and click the 'become a fan' button that you could be in with a chance of winning one of one hundred £50 hampers worth of their stuff! All you have to do is go to the Fanpage here, become a fan and then email your name, address and the date you became a fan to nakedcompetition@yahoo.co.uk you will then be entered into a draw to win a £50 hamper, How easy is that?! You have nothing to lose do you?! .. This is for UK people only, Sorry!

They also have regular promo codes and offers available on their page too, and I have been told that they will be giving their Facebook fans a 50% off code from January 29th - Fab 14th, just in time to stock up for Valentines Day, Amazing huh?!

So, head over to their page and become a fan.

Naked Bodycare Facebook Fanpage

26 January, 2010

Sigma Make up Brushes! ` +

I've been planning this post for ages now.. first of all it took me ages to take all the pics.. then I had to trim and edit them.. Then I wanted to put them together in collage type things and it has taken ages! I uploaded them a couple of days ago on here as a draft, and now I am going to finally add text and publish!

So, here they are in all their beautiful glory.. My Sigma brushes!





I was extremely fortunate to be sent these by a wonderful friend of mine, Becky (aka Sirvinya) - THANK YOU Becky! You know I love you because I think I have told you over a thousand times recently, but I seriously appreciate these babies, and I love them so much!

OK, So as you can see above, I have the full eye and face set, and then some extras too.. Now, I am gonna run through them all briefly so you can see them, and hear what I think.. I have been using them for a couple of weeks now, and loved them from day one, They are awesomeness!



So as you can see and are probably aware, they are all similar to the MAC brush numbers and a similar brush too.. So, the SS168 is gorgeously soft and a little larger than the MAC 168, but it works great for blush and contouring.

The SS150 is so lovely! It is huge and really soft and perfect as a body brush, or all over face, or bronzing! I love it :)

The SS109, now this one is my fave brush, omg! I love this, it is amazing for blusher, contouring and foundation, I LOVE it for foundation! It is so soft and dense and this brush is my LOVE!

The SS187.. Fabulouso! I only own the GOSH Stippling brush, which is alright, but not fantastic! I had always heard how amazing the MAC one was, but could never afford it, but I have read and seen videos where people say that they prefer this to the MAC! I can't comment, but I love it compared to the GOSH one, this is big and well packed and so so soft and gives an amazing flawless finish for blushers and foundations too.



The SS217, this is an extra brush and has a small handle as it is a mini. I really like it though, it looks extremely similar to the MAC 217 but it does have alot more give, It's not as well packed and therefor not as stiff and kind of flops about a bit as you use it.. It's not a write off though and I still love it for crease work, blending and applying colour all over the eyelid too. It's just not AS good as the Mac version I don't think.

The SS188, I think this little stippler is fab! I love it for cream highlighters on the cheekbone and also for blusher too, It is soft and dense, like a smaller SS187!

The SS190 is a lovely brush, I know lots of people do not like the traditional style foundation brush, but I do. I would rather use this than a #187, It just suits me better. I had wanted the MAC 190 for ages, but never got it, So I am so pleased to have this, it is lovely and soft, but has the stiffness that a foundation brush needs to have, It applies products so nicely and I loves it!



Now for the main eye brushes in the kit..

The SS252 is a stiff yet soft synthetic brush, it is great for applying cream products to the eyes, or paint pots and wet pigments too. Can also be used as an all over shadow brush if you wish, I like this and it's a useful brush to have.

The SS219 is nice, but as with the SS217 it doesn't have much of a backbone, it's very soft and when you use it it's slightly floppy, however I think it is good for detailed crease/outer v work and can be used to smoke out eyeshadow under the eyes, it's a good brush to have and is super soft.

The SS194 is basically a baby 190, for use with concealer. I normally use my fingers for concealer because it warms it up so that it blends easier, but I did try this and it worked nicely too, it is stiff and the bristles are soft. This could be used for eyeshadow too, if you wanted.

The SS275 brush is a soft angled brush.. I was unsure of what I would do with this, but I actually first tried it in the crease, and because it's not a very wide brush it actually gave quite a nice defined line, and when turned on it's side it blends nicely too. It also works nicely on the browbone. This is the only brush that has shed for me in this set, has anyone else found that?

The SS266 is an angled liner brush, quite thin and stiff with a sharp angle, I haven't tried it for eyeliner, but I love it for my eyebrows. The stiffness works well for precision and definition. Great little brush!

The SS209 can be used to gel eyeliner, or lips (or anywhere else if you choose). This is the only brush I have not used yet, It's thin, but not overly so.. Some may say it's too thick for gel liner, but it would make a great lip brush, for lining and filling them in.

Ahh, The SS239. I have wanted the MAC one for ages, and I know this is slightly bigger, but I love it, So dense and so so soft, picks up colours great and applies them really nicely all over the eyelid! This for me is a great must have eyeshadow brush.

The SS224 is amazing! I have the MAC one, but this is nicer, it's soft and a little stiffer (When I say stiffer, I am meaning more well packed and dense!) than the mac one, which has a fair bit of give in it. It also comes to a more tapered tip and can be used on the crease and then to blend aswell, I love this brush, a really nice must have blending brush! :)



So, last but not least eh! The SS182, this is like a soft dream, it feels UhMaZing on the face, distributes colour well, I used it for mineral foundation, or just powdering all over and buffing it in. It feels so silky on the skin and it so dense. I love it! I have been looking for a kabuki like this for ages!

... Woo! All done! Are you still awake? *poke* That was long! I hope I haven't bored you too much. So there they are, the fabulous Sigma brushes, I love them all and I am treating them with the love and care they deserve, they always go back into their roll when I am done with them, and they get regular baths. I haven't experienced any shedding really (Apart from the 275 as I mentioned) and they are all super soft and work well.

I love them so so much, Thanks again Becky, HUGS! xxx

24 January, 2010

Sleek Palettes.



One of my obsessions.. Sleek Palettes! I love these things so much, they are cheap, good quality, very pigmented and just amazing! They cost under a fiver for twelve eyeshadows, and they really are so good! It has been one of my missions to get them all, The full set including limited editions.

Here is what I have so far..

-Storm
-Chaos
-Original
-Safari
-Acid
-Curious
-Graphite
-Sunset



That leaves me one short.. *Sad face* One of the earlier Limited editions they brought out, the Jewels Palette. I will get it, somehow, from somewhere!

If any of you have one you don't want/use, Or if you know someone who has one for sale please let me know. I would love to swap or buy it from you/them! I would like it to be in fairly good condition although I don't mind if it has been used a little.

Is there anyone else out there like me, who loves these. Do you collect them too?

20 January, 2010

Britains Got Talent - Soo Excited!



I'm so excited!! In about an hour I am off to Manchester for a couple of days.

Why? Because I have tickets to be in the audience for the Britain's Got Talent auditions. Yes, I get to sit and watch about 18 acts audition for the show in front of Simon Cowell, Piers Morgan and Amanda Holden, and I am very excited! It will all be recorded for the TV show and some of it will probably be on when the show starts in April or May time (Not sure?)..

I was lucky enough to be able to go last year too, and it was so brilliant, we had seats at the front (I was about a metre away from the Cowell, who I LOVE!) and the whole atmosphere was brill! I was seen briefly on the shows auditions when it made it to TV too!

Here is a little video I made when I went last year, It's a bit choppy, Oh and yes, I am screaming like a mad woman.. *blush*



So anyway, no blog from me for a while I don't think, Unless I have a good wifi connection, and the time to write one. Have a lovely few days everyone!

I'll be back on friday!




19 January, 2010

Clothes, Not make up..

Crazily, with the money that I had left over from my Christmas and Birthday I didn't know what to buy, but I did know that I would be whinged at if I bought more make up and beauty related stuff, because I received lots for presents, and bought some with my money already. I decided I was going to go for some nail stuff, but then got completely swayed by a sale on yours clothing, This is a website I recently came across and the clothes look fab, and the reviews were good and they sell nice fashionable clothing for larger ladies!

So, while browsing the sale they have the other night, I spontaneously decided that is what I was going to spend my money on, and so I placed the order there and then, because if I mull over things I change my mind because I start to think of all the eyeshadow I could buy instead.

I am glad I chose to get myself some clothes, I need them and these are pretty clothes.. The only thing is they are glam evening clothes rather than day to day, but hey ho, you can't have it all can you!.. Atleast I can know I have something nice to wear for any future night out now.

So, I am sat here, blogging about them and waiting for the postie to bring me them today, I went for next day delivery, so they should be here before six o clock tonight. I am surprisingly excited to get them, and it's been a while since I got excited over clothes - Go me!

So here is what I ordered, if anyone is interested.. (Pictures from the website)







Brown & Black Smokey Eyes.



Another FOTD post here for you all.. I'm, not sure if these posts are boring or not? But when I do my make up I always take some pics to put on here if they're any good.

Anyway, I wanted a kind of gradual white/brown/black smokey look and this is what I did. It's quite over the top but perfect for a night out I reckon.



What I used:

* Maybelline dream matte mouuse - Ivory
* Chri ma luxe blusher - Elegant
* Sleek ink pot 'glacier' as a paint pot
* No17 White shimmery eyeshadow on inner corner and browbone
* No17 Mardi Gras on the middle of the lid
* No17 black on the outer V and in the crease
* Maybelline line definer liquid liner
* Sexy Curves mascara
* Urban decay 24/7 liner in Zero
* Maybelline 112 Ambre rose on lips

17 January, 2010

You Tubers for Haiti.

Please check this video out everyone!

The amazing Gemma from Gemsmaquillage has done a wonderful thing and set up a place for youtubers /beauty bloggers (Or anyone else!) to do their bit to help and donate whatever they can to this amazing cause.



You can donate by clicking here.

14 January, 2010

Revlon Party Diva Nail Collection.



This is a funny story.. I received these cute mini nail polishes for Christmas 2008 from my mum, Then I forgot about them and they were sadly neglected (I have too much nail polish!) Then about Oct/Nov time last year I re-discovered them, just in time for the festive season. So I started wearing them, They are fab glam colours.

Anyway, the funny thing is that for Christmas just gone, My mum bought me the exact same set again! It made me chuckle when I opened them on Christmas day.. When I told her she couldn't believe it, She said that they had another set of colours, but she went for those because she thought they were more me, and she was right. I love these polishes, They are really good quality, which is something I have found with all Revlon polishes, they last well, and you only need a couple of coats.. So, now I have two lots to get through, but that should be fine as they are only 5 or 6ml (Can't remember) minis and they will last me a while!

Here are some swatches of the colours, only one coat though, just so you can see that they are pretty opaque with just one.. I always add another though, for full coverage. They dry pretty quick too! :)

The swatches are in this order .. [L to R Plum : Attraction, Blackberry, Autumn Berry, Goldfinger]




13 January, 2010

Deep Blue Eyes - FOTD.





This is a FOTD from last week when I went shopping. I just found it lurking in one of my folders and had to check to see if I had posted it.. I haven't though!

So, I wanted something plain, only one main colour, but still a little dramatic too. I used the Blue MAC greasepaint stick (Dsquared) as a base, and then the MAC eyeshadow in Deep Feelings, which is a matte, over the top, and blended it upwards. I love how the subtle shimmer from the greasepaint stick comes through the matte eyeshadow. On my waterline I have Ransom 24/7 pencil from Urban Decay and my mascara was... false lash effect, by Max Factor (I think!).. On the lips I have MAC Pretty Please.

Thanks for reading! :)