Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Want to see my 5 latest favourite things? My5it!

Hello lovelies,

I need to ask you one of the biggest favours of my life! Like all favours it will involve moving but not much I promise, you only need to wiggle a mouse around for a few minutes : )

Over the past year my fiance Stef has been building something that he’s put everything he has into, and I know how much it would mean for him to work.

Its a website called, it’s a public bookmarking site that lets you add your five favourite things and lets you see other peoples five favourite things too. 
As soon as you’ve added your 5th thing your list goes public and people can follow your list. It’s a bit like Pinterest but not so overwhelming.

I’m so proud of him for making it, but the only way for it to really work is if people like you use it. So I’m asking you to pop over to the site and apply for access, after you’ve been approved (it will only take a couple of hours) you just need to add five things you love to your list. 

It could be anything from a book you’ve just read, a new eyeliner, a blog you read or even a youtube video you love... anything really. 

I really can't express how much it would mean to me for you to take a minute of your time to make your list.

He would also love to know what you think about it, if there is anything you think could be better or features you’d like to see added then please click on the little feedback link on the right of the site.

Thank you sooooo, so much,

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Clarins HydraQuench Cream moisturiser

After using some cheaper skincare for a little while I thought my face could do with a little treat. So along came Clarins HydraQuench CreamAt £34 a pot, I'd definitely class it as a more high end facial moisturiser, and I was excited to try it.

I'm not really sure how much I like the  consistency of this for a face moisturiser. It's quite thick and heavy, and although it sinks into the skin quickly, I felt like I'd like it to be a little lighter. Especially when I'm using it before I got to bed. 

It has a gentle scent, I'm so funny about the smells of things but this is so subtle, so it passed by my standards :)
One good thing about this, is that it makes a nice smooth, nourished base for foundation. My skin does really feel really quenched after it has sunk in.

Although I did like this moisturiser once I got used to the consistency, unfortuntley my skin didn't agree with it at all. 
After using it for a couple of days, I woke up to a rather large pimple outbreak on my forehead *sobs* It actually lasted for a couple of days, until I stopped using this. I was NOT a happy bunny. I've never ever had a pimple outbreak on my forehead before, not even as a teenager. 
I know it could only have been this, as I haven't changed anything else in my skincare routine or diet (on a side note- if your interested in a blog post on my skincare routine, do let me know in the comments). 
I've personally never had a bad skin reaction to a moisturiser before, I don't have sensitive skin at all. So I was left a little disappointed.

I've used clarins moisturisers before and really loved them, my particular favourite is the HydraQuench Gel  (which smells absolutely divine),so perhaps I'll stick to this one from now on! 

So, although I did like this, I wouldn't really recommend it for the price, and I'd definitely stay clear if you have sensitive skin.

Have you tried Clarins moisturisers before? Do you have any high end moisturisers you can recommend for me? 

I hope you're all having lovely weekends so far? I got my hair cut and coloured this morning and I'm really happy with it. When I'm feeling a little more photogenic I'll show you :)

Friday, 22 February 2013

Clinique High Impact Mascara

Hey there's Fridaaaaay, yeeeaah!!
I am caffeined up to the max right now, so as promised yesterday, a new review for you...

I bought Clinique High Impact Mascara a couple of weeks ago now, after reading a raving review on Lily's blog. I knew it would be a good one, for Lily to say it's the best she's ever used is a pretty big deal, cos' she's a high end make up lady. I totally trust her opinion.

However, I stupidly bought this mascara during a lunchtime powershop (tell me I’m not the only one who does this?), so I actually bought the wrong one. Woops.

Anyhoo, I am going to rave about this one regardless. I’m really, really happy with this mascara. I was using MAC before and totally unimpressed by it. This however, is my ideal mascara.

I bought it in 01 black, non-waterproof (I despise waterproof mascara). One swipe on the eyelashes is all you need, and it’s super lengthening. If you like a more extreme look, then it's very buildable too. Perfect.
I love the plastic wand on this. Small plastic wands with little bristles are my favourites, especially when applying on other people, it just makes it so much easier to get into the outer and inner corners or the eye. It also means you have less chance of poking the person in the eye, added bonus.
Another great thing, is that it’s not one of those mascaras that takes a lot of effort to remove either. I literally have no complaints.

Anyway, if you're looking to try a new mascara, I'm pretty sure most of you will like this one. It's £16 so not too pricey as far as high end mascaras go.

Have you ever tried Clinique mascaras? What’s your go to mascara?

What have you monkeys got planned for the weekend?
I’m getting my hair cut tomorrow, slightly terrified as I hate going to the hairdressers.
Oh, I have another shoot next week, for a Sony advert, so I’m excited about that. Obviously this means I need to go make up shopping this weekend J Any excuse hey?!

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Photo Diary#16 No Time

I'm obsessed with wavy hair | Cupcake delivery (& matching nails) | Pancake day | Valentines Roses

Hey there kids!
Sorry I've been a little absent on the ol' blog this week...
So, where have I been and what have I been up to?
Well, if I'm honest, I've just been feeling deflated this last week and I've had raging PMT too (TMI?!). So I just thought I'd have a little break from blogging, I think it's always best to do that when your heart's not really in it, don’t you?
It feels like it's been ages since I last wrote now though, I’ve missed it. I spent a couple of hours last night catching up on my favourite blogs too (Belles Boutique, Pearls and Poodles, and Amy Antoinette to name a couple) it made me realise how much I do love blogging!

Anyway, last week Stef and I had a couple of really nice meals out. Dining out has got to be one of my favourite things. The first place we went to was Polo in Mayfair.
We’ve been here for cocktails before but this was the first time we’ve eaten there. I’m sure it wont be the last though, I think next time I'll do a full review on this place.
Even though it’s a pretty swanky, PMT forced me to opt for the posh fish and chips (such a child at heart). I will say though, they were probably the best fish and chips I’ve ever eaten! The wine was delicious and the cocktails in this place are absolutely beautiful. Definitely recommend this place if you’re ever in the area.

The next place we dined was Skylon on Embankment. The view is pretty spectacular, you can see the whole of the Thames lit up at night. In true blogger style I did try to take photos for you guys but the light really didn't do the view justice.

Oh, I also tried on a couple of wedding dresses in a boutique in Soho last week, eeee! I really liked both of them, but I'm not quite sure at the moment, as we are thinking of getting married abroad now (yeeeeaaah), so that kind of changes things.

As for beauty, I've got a couple of new reviews on the way for you guys, and I'm thinking of filming a ‘favourites’ video, or an updated ‘what’s in my make up bag’ at the weekend too, I haven't filmed for so long now! What do you think?

Sorry I've rambled on for so long!

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Zara Love

Okay girls, I'll admit it. I may have a little soft spot where black boots are concerned. 
I usually fall in love with a pair, and proceed to wear them with everything, everyday, until they are completely on their last legs.

My current 'go to' Topshop black boots are sporting scuffed toes and a well-worn down heel. They've been very much overly loved and worn pretty much every day since I've had them.
I was going to re-heel them this week, until I discovered these Zara High Heel Ankle Boots. They were so bragainous at only £29.99, (and the cost of re-heeling was about £15) anyway, that I just thought it was well worth it to get a shiny new pair, totally makes sense huh?

I love the heel, chunky and easy to walk around London in. I'm kinda' short, so a high heeled boot is always a good pick for me.
I usually opt for something ultra plain, but I really like the buckle details, I think they kind of look like something All Saints might have.
I kind of want the brown pair now too... someone stop me!

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Behind the scenes at my latest shoot...

 Apologies for the poopy photo quality, I only had my Iphone camera with me!
Hey there kids!
I thought I'd share a few 'behind the scenes' type photos with you from the music video shoot I worked on this Tuesday. I'm not sure how much I can really tell you, it's usually fairly 'hush hush' with these types of things until they are released.

It was a pretty early start, as the MUA you are usually one of the first on set and then one of the last to leave (thank god for the copious amounts of Jelly Babies, chocolates and Haribo we were supplied with!).
The morning was fairly hectic; I did 3 dancers make-up looks, a girl and two guys.
I have to admit, I LOVE doing men’s make-up, I'd love to have a job just doing male models!

We slightly altered the make up for the afternoon shots, and then the rest of the afternoon was spent 'standing by'. This means you literally stand on set and run in to do touch ups in between takes. This can be kind of scary when you first start out, but I actually really like this part of the job now!
The dancers routine was fairly fast pace (hence blurry photos), so as you can imagine there was a lot of sweat to mop up, shine to cover up, and lipstick re-appling going on. Glamorous hey?!

There was such a great vibe at this shoot, I got to work with MUA Zoe Tatum-Rooney, a dance team from Pineapple Dance Studios, and choreographer Mark Battershall (he's worked with Kate Moss and Florence Welch to name drop a couple. You might know him from the Pineapple Dance Studio TV series).
I even worked with a couple of the girls I trained in make-up with, which was really nice.
I definitely want to be doing more music video shoots!

I've got a couple of other shoots to tell you about too, I've been so unorganized and not blogged about them yet!

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

What's in my handbag? #February

I've seen this post knocking around on a few of your blogs, so I thought what the heck... here are some of the things I'm lugging around with me this month...

Bag- Zara This is my current 'go to' handbag when I'm not using my Aspinal. It has tons of room and goes with everything. Oh, and I'm kind of enjoying people mistaking it for a Prada too.

Vogue - for some reading on the tube. I love checking out all the make up in the adverts, looking at the stunning models, and coveting over the beautiful designer things. I just can't help myself...

Fur Headband -  (Sweaty Betty) This literally hasn't left my head since I bought it. I kinda wish I had been born with this attached to my head. It's so warm and snuggley, perfect for this crazy weather at the moment. And perfect for my first ever ski trip later this year (Rosie Huntington has the matching ski onsie, so it must be cool, right?!).

Nars Laguna - Although I don't love this bronzer, I do love the gigantic mirror, perfect for on the go touch ups!

Essie Ballet Slippers - My current favourite, I'm keeping it handy incase of chipping, you know how it is ladies.

Kindle- At the moment im reading Treasure Yourself by supermodel Miranda Kerr. Yes my obsession with her grows each day...

What do you carry in your handbag?

Oh, and I have a cheeky 'behind the scenes' of my latest shoot coming up for you tomorrow, excited?!

Monday, 4 February 2013

Ballet Slippers

I've been on the hunt for my perfect pale pink nail varnish ever since No.7 decided to discontinue my favourite (don't you just hate it when that happens?!).
So last night, whilst browsing the shelves of Covent Garden Pharmacy (my heaven), this little bottle of Essie goodness caught my eye...
I wouldn't normally dream of spending £9.95 on a nail varnish, but Ballet Slippers seemed to be the shade I'd been searching for, so I took the plunge.

I have to say, after one coat I wasn't impressed at all, it was very opaque and the formula is rather thin and watery. However, after application of the second coat, it turned into a gorgeous soft pink shade.
I'd describe it as the perfect gentle pink tone for a 'French Manicure', classic and timeless.

I really love the fact that this shade compliments a tan so well. If you read my blog regularly, you'll know by now I am a self confessed ‘tanorexic’, so this is important for me.
Oh, also, I think the name is so cute too (yes, I know that's shallow).
The only think I didn't love about it was the brush, I have quite wide nails so I like my brush to be big. But, this seems like a small price to pay considering this is my new favourite shade!

What are your thoughts on Essie nail varnishes? Have you tried Ballet Slippers?