Thursday, 1 December 2011

Designer Dreaming

"It’s a new era in fashion - there are no rules. It’s all about the individual and personal style, wearing high-end, low-end, classic labels, and up-and-coming designers all together." Alexander McQueen

I thought for today's post I would do something a little different for Make-upFace moving away from make up and onto fashion. I didn't just want to do a generic this is what I like from the high street just now, rather I thought I'd focus on the more designer end of fashion.  This was to move this post away from giving fashion advice and letting you know where to buy things onto just pure fashion eye candy! If you are fortunate enough to be able to buy designer dresses and suffer from Speedy elbow (so called because of the strain carrying your Speedy 30 can put on your elbow I joke) then I'm jealous happy for you.

I loved the quote at the top of this post so much as I think it perfectly describes the state of fashion today, although it is in constant flux I love the more acceptable pastiche attitude towards fashion. It's now de rigueur to mix designer and high street - I mean we've created Primarni for goodness sake!

Alexander McQueen was in my mind as well from reading the Dail Fail and coming across an article on the tartan dress from this world famous fashion house that has become terrifically popular among the celebrities (Ri Ri and Emma Watson). The tartan dress is from the diffusion line McQ that was lauched in 2006 and costs a mere £465.

What do you think? Tartan is in this autumn/winter 2011 but I'm not sure, tartan's not really my thing. Dare I say it I'm Scottish and I don't like a man in a kilt :O

Most of the time when I'm looking for some online designer fashion eye candy I'll be more inclined to look at the bags, accessories and jewellery as sometimes they are more in my fanancial reach. Well not the bags but some pieces of jewellery like the stunning Alexander McQueen skull rings.  We all know that Alexander McQueen is sysnonomous for bringing in the skull and making it fashionable thanks to those silk skull scarfts.

Even though I'm not a fan of tartan I am partial to a skull or two on my accessories and these rings are perfect. All of the Alexander McQueen jewellery I looked at is something I would wear - dammit!

Here's a few of my favourite pieces -

Alexander McQueen Punk Skull Cocktail Ring

Alexander McQueen Twin Skull Ring

What's your advice on accessible pieces of designer wear? Let me know!

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Favourite Eyeshadows!

MAC, The Body Shop, 17, Illamasqua, Benefit & an unidentified...

Hello! I have been a bit lacking these past couple of days just due to no time and dark and dingy depressing days. Think I'm going to need to start taking bulk photographs of products to last me until...July? This post was inspired by my getting ready to go out to a party last Saturday, I decided to go for a really dark eye and smoke it out and warm it up with a matte brown eyeshadow - this reminded me how much I bloody love eyeshadow and the endless possibilities. If fact, is that not why we love make up?

I have decided to pick out a few of my favourite single eyeshadows and give my opinions on them to give you some thought of what to buy next of what to reuse if they are already in your collection. I decided to just do single eyeshadows as I'm going to do a separate post on my palettes. (It's my birthday on Sunday and I have high expectations of receiving a certain HG product from a certain Urban Decay...).

Without further a do bring on the pictures!

Benefit - Guess Again

The Body Shop Eyeshadow - Taupe

I think this is a really old Accessorise eyeshadow

Illamasqua Pure Pigment - Android

MAC - Satin Taupe

Benefit Guess Again - this eyeshadow I actually picked up in Semi-Chem! I think it was about £3 or £4 and it has probably been discontinued from the main Benefit line and that's why Semi-Chem have started selling them.  This is my second one of these shadows and I love it, super smooth, extremely matte and a lovely muted purple colour.  Perfect in the crease, over darker shadows and as an all over lid colour.

The Body Shop Taupe - I picked this shadow up from Ebay ages ago and it has been a staple in my collection ever since. Darker than I originally thought it was going to be this is a shade I like to use just all over the lid and lower lash line, blended out at the crease.

Accessorise - the unidentified eyeshadow! I have had this is my make up collection for as long as I can remember as you can see it's well used; I have a feeling it's from Accessorise years ago before they brought out their Superdrug range, I could be wrong.  It's a really dark black brown with more brown in it and a hint of shimmer.  I use this shadow in place of a khol liner, work it right into the root of the lashes and blend out.

Illamasqua Andriod Pigment - Glitter! This is so glittery and wonderfully shimmery while still giving brilliant colour pay off a spaceman, blue toned gun metal/silver. Screams Christmas party and will be brilliant all over the lid as part of a smokey eye or just swept along the lower lash line. Beautiful.

MAC Satin Taupe - the staple and probably one of the most popular first eyeshadows for those who are new to the wonders of the make up mecca that is MAC. Its a really interesting, multi dimensional shade it's a taupe of course but it changes when shown in different lights. It has a purple hue to it an is quite a light shade on first application and is brilliantly buildable. Lid, crease or to fade out dark eyeshadow on the lid to give a warmer effect. Buy it.

17 Statuesque - if you haven't delved into the wonderfully economical world of Boots 17 then you are missing out! Perhaps looked down upon by high end (I was going to say make up whores but you know what I mean!) 17 is a brilliant range - the eyeshadows, lipsticks and blushers are all worth trying.  The eyeshadows are gloriously smooth, they glide on and are really opaque when on the lid.  This is another colour that is perfect for all over the lid as it again has a few different facets and gives the illusion of blending and shadowing.

What are your favourite go to eyeshadows?

Sunday, 27 November 2011

My Favourite Grey Polishes

We Fade to Grey...

Grey? ! Yup, grey. It's one of my absolute favourite colours of nail polish it looks sophisticated, it's flattering to all colours and I just love it.  Looking at the polishes in this blog post my favourite grey is definitely Wham from the Collection 2000 range - it's the best shade of grey; quite light but noticeable, well  worth  picking up.  I LOVE this range of nail polishes form Collection 2000 they are such good value and the colour range and pay-off is fantastic.

The other nail polish that really surprised me when I picked it up a couple of weeks ago was the Miss Sporty  one, I  haven't bought Miss Sporty for years and I wasn't expecting too much from this polish but it's amazing!  I thought I had a taken a close up of the colour but I can't find it, I'll have to add it in later.  It has a beautiful fine shimmer running through it making it really different and it's a great opaque steel grey colour.  I have also tried a bright coral polish that my sister had from this range and it was just as good, so it's not a fluke! Will definitely be trying more of these.

Favourite grey nail polishes

H&M Come Rain nail polish

Collection 2000 Hot Looks - All that Jazz

17 Nail Polish - Smoke Signal

Collection 2000 Hot Looks - Wham

Miss Sporty Grey Nail Polish

What's Your Favourite Grey Nail Polish I Need More Ideas?

Friday, 25 November 2011

What's in my Bag?

This isn't so much a full what's in my bag it is focused on lip products.  I was laughing because I tried to downsize my bag so I wasn't carrying around two stone of excess rubbish really.  I was looking through my bag yesterday and as usual I had amassed way too many lip products so I though I'd share them with you as they are some of my favourites - prepare for lots of pictures.

Blistex Intensive Moisturiser

Carmex Lip Balm

ELF Conditioning Lip Balm

Conditioning Lip Balm - Nice & Natural

Barry M Lip Gloss

Inglot Lip Cream/Gloss 89

MAC Viva Glam Gaga

Bourjois Effect 3D Les Nudes - Brun Poetic

Natural Collection Lip Stick

Natural Collection Moisture Shine - Apple Blossom

MAC Viva Glam Gaga Lipstick

NYX Lipstick Tea Rose

NYX Lipstick

NYX Tea Rose

Few too many?  I'll just quickly go through them first the lip balms, I find it hard to get a lip balm that I like as I hate that greasy slimy feeling on my lips.  Carmex is without doubt my favourite it's not greasy, absorbs quickly, works and has a nice menthol sensation.  The Blistex Intensive I had heard a few good things about so I bought it in Superdrug but...I'm not too keen.  It has a really awkward applicator, is a slightly watery white consistency and it feels a bit greasy to me on the lips, so I'll be sticking to Carmex (in the tub not the tube!).

The ELF conditioning lip balms are amazing and I love this, nice packaging, lovely scent, great colour and feels nice on the lips it's moisturising with a pretty sheen; for £3.50 I'll definitely be purchasing this again.

Barry M lip gloss was a freebie with an Impulse body spray, Superdrug were doing a special deal where you got both for £3 or something.  It's a barely there pink, smells lovely is really flattering and has a really nicely smooth consistency not sticky at all.

This Inglot gloss I bout for Belle Du Jour's blog sale, where I stay there is no Inglot and I was really wanting to try out some of there products.  The packaging of this is cool it's like a test tube shape and the colour is a slightly coral quite opaque nicely scented colour for day time.

Next is MAC Viva Glam Gaga which doesn't really need anything more said about it than had already been said!  It's a lustre lipstick in a bubblegum, blue based pink it's quite bright but if you put it on over a lip balm it is sheered out a bit.  It actually has quite a matte consistency but it's in no way drying and it has really good staying power.

This Bourjois lip gloss is one of my absolute favourites, it's my night time going out gloss if I have a lot of eye make up on - it's a super glittery volumising nude gloss that I really think does plump or give the appearance of fuller lips.  The glitter is very fine on it and when it's rubbing off it'll get on you fingers/face it's a little sticky in consistency but the colour and effect makes up for that.

Natural Collection in Apple Blossom was a shade that I had heard again and again on blogs/videos so I thought I'd give it a go.  I hadn't bought anything from the Natural Collection for years but it's 3 products for £5 which is a really great deal.  This lipstick says it's moisturising, it's most definitely not you need to wear this over a lip balm for any hint of moisture or sheen.  Sometime I just whack it straight on and then rub it into my lips for a lovely nude that's not to corpse like.

NYX, another brand that is quite hard to get a hold of in the UK that I was really keen to try - I bought six shades from Ebay (let me know if you want swatches of them).  This particular on Tea Rose has brilliant colour pay off and lasting power - it's really opaque and although it's long lasting it's not drying at all.  It's a matte 'ish' dark rose coloured pink and when worn with a lip balm gives a really great, flattering finish and I'd really recommend it.

So there are some of my favourite lip products that I carry around with me - what products do you take everywhere with you?

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Glossy Box - Dermalogica Thermafoliant Review

Product Review dermalogica Thermafoliant

The weather is turning, although there is no crazy snow around just yet (lets hope I've not just jinxed it)! This change in weather means a change in my skin - it's decidedly dryer and dry skin generally means a dull complexion.  How do we deal with a dull complexion? Exfoliate of course!

It just so happens in October's Glossy Box you received two Dermalogica products from the age smart range, a tiny lip balm which is amaze and a handy little make up bag. A dermalogica facial in mini form.  This post focuses on the Thermfoliant (I have used the Multivitamin Power Masque too) which I thought would be fitting due to the changing climate and subsequent  change in skin care routine.

Dermalogica Age Smart - Thermafoliant

Here's what it says on the bottle -

"Recommended for the smart management and treatment of skin aging.  A powerful skin polisher with unique thermal technology that activates upon contact to enhance penetration of age-fighting ingredients into skin.  Contains no artificial fragrance or colour"

Looking at that and the words powerful and polisher I thought, that's the very thing for me! I'll be 25 in a couple of weeks and I think it's never to early to start looking after your skin and selecting products that are directed more towards anti-aging.  If there is such a thing.

The smell of this product reminds me of the hot cloth polishers like Liz Earle and The Sanctuary, it smells natural and luxurious.  The texture of the exfoliant has a fine yet dense consistency which I think is the most effective.

When applied to the skin it's immediately exfoliating and you have that satisfying feeling that you are doing something immediate for the benefit of your skin.  It's heat activated which is again similar to the hot cloth polishers it does heat up on immediate contact with the skin but it doesn't last for long.  The product has an luxurious oil base which leaves your skin silky soft and calmed - no redness or irritation after use.  See the image below for a list of ingredients.

The Dermalogica Thermafoliant leaves your skin feeling like it's been nourished and if you do it at night ready for your favourite night cream for extra pampering.  Dermalogica advise that if you wish to have an even more intense treatment apply the product straight onto dry skin as opposed to damp for a gentler treatment.

Of course this is a sample size if you want to purchase the full (you can buy dermalogica easily online) size product it will cost you - £27.50 (ish) for 75ml so it's definitely not a bargain choice but well worth it for some winter skin pampering.

I love a good exfoliate and this is currently my third one I have one the go just now - Superdrug Vitamin E which I love and the Nutrogena Pink Grapefruit Daily Scrub which I'm undecided about wasn't sure if it was breaking me out.

I've had the dermalogica prescriptives facial if you'd like to read about it click this link -

Make-upFace review of Dermalogica Prescriptives Facial 

What's your favourite exfoliator? I need suggestions and do you subscribe to Glossy Box?