Monday, 16 January 2012

Mini e.l.f. Haul

I've heard so many people talking about e.l.f.'s cosmetics, particularly their lipsticks, so I went on their site to see what the fuss was about and I have to say that I was really impressed, especially with the pricing! The going rate for the majority of their items is £1.50-£3.50! I knew I had to be careful otherwise I would have bought everything.
L-R: Gypsy & Voodoo Lipsticks, Eyebrow Treat & Tame in Ash and an Eyebrow Stencil Kit
The first thing that I looked at on the site were the lipsticks as I've recently become a little obsessed with them. The shades that I wanted were Charming and Sociable but they were both sold out so I opted for Gypsy and Voodoo. I wore Voodoo today and it was so moisturising and lasted for hours (until I ate a sandwich and smudged it all!) The colour came out great and I'd definitely recommend it. Voodoo is a warm, spicy red and Gypsy is a deep purple.
L-R: VooDoo and Gypsy
My eyebrows are super light and I'm growing them out (the woman who waxes them made them way too thin) so when I saw the Treat & Tame stick and stencils I had to buy them! The Treat & Tame is brilliant. Firstly you use the 'tame' end's mascara brush to colour in and brush your eyebrows over and them you use the 'treat' brush to go over them. It's meant to both hold your eyebrows in place and help them to grow and stay healthy. I bought mine in the shade Ash as I'm blonde so I only need a really light shade. Overall it gives a very natural, everyday look to your eyebrows!
Treat & Tame in Ash
What are your favourite e.l.f. products?
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Friday, 13 January 2012

Fashion Icons Part 1 - Morrissey

I thought that since this is a fashion and beauty blog that it would be interesting to do a series on people that have pushed me to be more interested in fashion and inspire me to be the way I am, whether they're inside or outside of the fashion industry.
Morrissey
All thanks to my Dad ever since I was little I've been obsessed with Morrissey and The Smiths. The Smiths must have been a breath of fresh air, or a complete shock, for music fans in the 80s. In a decade dominated by bands such as Wham! and Spandau Ballet and their upbeat love songs The Smiths arrived in 1982 with their considerably 'dull' band name, songs about child abuse and murderers and eye catching outfits. Morrissey and Johnny Marr were particularly infamous for their quiffs (Morrissey still rocks his at the ripe old age of 52).

I have so much respect for Morrissey wearing such brave outfits without caring what people thought of him. Something that I particularly loved was his used of flowers (have you seen the video for This Charming Man? seriously...) He primarily used daffodils and gladioli, as a homage to Oscar Wilde, in such fashions as waving them around the stage as he performed and even shoving them down the back of his pants.

During the days of The Smiths he used vintage hearing aids as accessories and wore watches on both wrists. It's little things like this that make me love him because I don't really know of anyone else who would come up with these ideas, and pull them off as well.

In more recent times brands that he's favoured are Fred Perry and Lonsdale and I love both of them as they remind me of Skinhead and Mod culture, two things that inspire me in my fashion endeavours. (I grew up watching Quadrophenia and listening to The Jam so I'm a little obsessed with Mods). He even dressed as a priest for a few weeks in 2004 when he was promoting the single 'I Have Forgiven You Jesus' - using fashion to mock your Catholic upbringing... Haute fashion?


I could easily go on all day about how much I love Morrissey but this post would never end. All in all I don't think I've ever disliked anything he's worn and he definitely pulls it all off with confidence!

Who do you admire?
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Thursday, 12 January 2012

Sigma Make Me Classy Travel Kit - Review

Everyone has been raving about Sigma brushes and how they are up to the standard of MAC's brushes but less than half of the price! I've never really had a collection of brushes all from one brand, just a mix-match collection of what high streets chains have on offer, so I decided to buy a Sigma set to see what all of the hype was about. Seeing as I already have a lot of brushes and I didn't know if I would like Sigma I went for one of their smaller, cheaper kits, this is the Make Me Classy Travel Kit!

It comes in this sleek black tube that's ideal for travelling as it will easily fit into your bag! It's about 8 inches tall and 3 inches wide. The seven brushes fit perfectly into and when opened the two halves of the case can act as storage pots for when you're not on the move!

Sigma make several different variations of the travel kits (they're all miniature, simplified version of the larger twelve brush kits). I went for Make Me Classy because it came with the brushes that I though I would get more use of. They came with a leaflet that described each one and its use!
The seven brushes included (in the order that they are pictured) are:
  • Small Angle - E65 -Essential for the application of gel or cream eye liner on the upper and lower lash line. Synthetic brushes.
  • Eye Shading - E55 - Soft and dense with a rounded finish. Can be used to apple pressed or loose eye shadows and pigments. Natural bristles.
  • Large Angled Contour - F40 - The angled shape makes this brush ideal to apply blush or contour shades. Natural bristles.
  • Large Powder - F30 - Very dense with a rounded top. Ideal to apply powder products on face and body. Natural bristles.
  • Foundation - F60 - Can be used to apply liquid or cream foundation. Recommended to apply moisturisers and conceal large areas. Synthetic bristles.
  • Tapered Blending - E40 - Rounded and tapered top. Specially designed to apply and blend colour on the crease. Natural bristles.
  • Pencil - E60 - Precise application of colour on the crease, outer corner, upper and lower lash line. Natural bristles.
I used the brushes for the first time today. I resisted using any of the brushes that I already own and created my look with purely all Sigma brushes. I used all of the brushes apart from the Pencil and I have to say that they were brilliant. My favourites have to be the Foundation, Large Powder and Large Angled Contour brushes. My foundation and blush looked far better than it has done in months after using these brushes so I don't have a bad word to say about them! My foundation looked smooth and went on so evenly, it was brilliant. I also loved the eye make up brushes, especially the Eye Shading and Tapered Blending ones. The shading one let me apply shadow much faster than the Urban Decay ones that I've been using over the past few months. I know I've only used them once but I love these brushes! I'll definitely carry on using them and will invest in a bigger set in the future!

Make Up with Sigma Brushes
What do you think of Sigma's brushes?
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Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Bonjour

I've had obsessions with every social networking site that you can think of; bebo, MySpace, Facebook, all of them. Last year I signed up to Tumblr, which was the first blogging site that I've ever stuck to without getting bored. It's super addictive and I could easily spend days reblogging and posting pictures of anything I came across but it's not exactly the most productive thing in the world.
I've always been addicted to fashion and beauty blogs so I thought why not make use of my knew knack of blogging and create my own? This doesn't mean that it's going to be 100% dedicated to fashion and beauty, I'll also write up some posts on my other interests. We'll just have to wait and see for now...

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