Sunday, 11 October 2009

NOTD: Rose Truffle

OK, so as you might have guessed I don't keep my nails the same colour for too long! I painted them with Gosh Wild Lilac only last night, and picked it off today *cue sheepish grin*.

After a nice big roast with the family, my sister and I decided to paint our nails with one of her unused No7 Stay Perfect polishes. It's a gorgeous red/pink shade, called Rose Truffle, with a very slight shimmer to it.

It literally took us about half an hour to take decent photo's, we put a LOT of effort into finding a good spot in the house! The flash glares a little and the colour isn't entirely true to life, but you get the idea!

I do really like the No7 Stay Perfect formulations, they glide onto the nails really well, and dry super fast (which is a bonus for me because I am VERY impatient!).

I always try and pick up a new shade when Boots do their £5 No7/Ruby & Millie vouchers, which I believe they are giving out again at the moment FYI ;)

A Review: MAC 'Well Dressed' Blusher

MAC Well Dressed
Powder Blusher

What Do I Think?
Well Dressed is probably one of MAC's most popular blushes, and rightly so. It's pretty infamous, and for good reason! This blusher is the PERFECT pink, which will easily suit a whole range of skin tones. Some pink blushes can look too much on my pale skin, but Well Dressed looks effortlessly polished and is never over the top. You can easily build up the colour, so if you want a light wash of colour use a light handed application. I suffer from very greasy skin and some blushes just slide off of my skin. Well Dressed stays on my skin really well, and it's not too glittery either (which is a complete no no in my book!) so it doesn't add unecessary shine! It goes really well with any eye and lip colours, especially if you apply it in a really understated way. I would highly recommend that you try Well Dressed (or at least try and find a dupe for it if you don't want to pay the higher end price) because it really is such a wonderful colour. Me love :)

How Much Will It Cost?
£16.00, which may seem a little pricey, but I can guarantee you that I will buy this over, and over, and over, and over, and over again...get the idea?!

Where Is It Available?
This blush is part of the main collection, so is available from freestanding MAC stores, MAC counters and MAC online.

Would I Recommend It?
Without a doubt, yes :) This is my ULTIMATE favourite blusher. I love it, so much so I have to physically force myself to use the other blushes in my collection!

Star Rating:

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Saturday, 10 October 2009

NOTD: Wild Lilac

I was in the mood for purple today, and decided to go for one of my very favourite nail polishes: Gosh, Wild Lilac.

It's such a gorgeous colour, a bit more 'cool' than just a pretty pastel, but ultimately still wearable. I think it's the perfect transitional colour in moving from spring/summers brights to autumn/winters darker shades. I love to wear such gorgeous colours on my nails, it instantly perks me up and I can't help but smile.

This shade is a pretty good dupe for OPI's 'Done Out in Deco' too, for those bargain hunters out there!

P.S. I've got a new obsession: Tumblr! Check out mine HERE :)

P.P.S. Danyl to win X Factor :)

Thursday, 8 October 2009

We are beautiful...

Beauty. Tricky subject, no? There are many clichés when attempting to capture the essence of beauty. One of my personal favourites, and I'm pretty sure this rings true to the majority of people, is that beauty, truly is, in the eye of the beholder. We all see things differently. We all perceive what we see in many ways. We all experience these things differently. There is no wrong or right when it comes down to our interpretation of the world we live in and the things that we see, and that I suppose is the very beauty of it.

Beauty is something we all encounter every single day, and it isn't necessarily something we see; we can feel it, hear it, read it, smell it, even taste it. All of the senses engage to create something, that to that individual, is beauty. Beauty can never be predetermined. How can something be described as beautiful, when to one person it may be the epitome of vulgarity? There isn't an answer to this question, except that it is somewhat thought provoking, and really meant in a more rhetorical sense.

To me, this 'beauty' community is a reflection of the wider populations; full of very different people, with very different opinions, philosophies and aesthetics. So often I think we find ourselves getting so caught up in this notion of beauty, that for one reason or another seems to dominate everything that we do, whether we are conscious of it or not. We often realise we've become preoccupied to the point of 'all or nothing', when really we should just slow down and enjoy 'beauty' for what it really is...anything we want it to be.

However, all of this makes me realise that beauty IS in the eye of the beholder, and fixating on something unobtainable simply won't do. Beauty is not something determined by the pages of a glossy magazine, or by models on a catwalk. Beauty is not something controlled by the opinions of those around us. We are ALL beautiful, the world IS a beautiful place (sometimes you just need to look deep enough), and we need to celebrate that fact.

Be who you are. Love who you are. Stay true to yourself.
Be beautiful YOUR way.

Sunday, 4 October 2009

In & Out: August/September

Forgive me for I have sinned! I've been so busy with life and all that jazz that two whole months have literally flown by, without my even noticing that I hadn't done my Ins & Outs :(

So, in an attempt to try and bring you up to speed with the life, loves and laughs of Laura's life, here are my combined Ins & Outs for August and September!


Pay days ~ I've been in my job for over two months now, and I am honestly loving it. I love the people I work with and for, have been working my butt off, and receiving a lot of praise and positive recognition for it too. I was out of work for two months previous, and it seems really odd to think it's the same amount of time! I'm really trying to turn over a new leaf financially, and have already seen BIG improvements in the way I deal with my money. I'm still spending, but saving too, and hopefully making more intelligent choices. I've had two pay days since I started now, and I love that buzz of having money again! This job was a fresh start for me in more ways than one, and I'm really happy where I am right now, I'm putting a lot of effort into making sure I do everything in my power to make this job last. My heart goes out to everyone that is still out of work, stay strong.

Illamasqua Furore Pigment ~ an honourable mention HAD to go to this fantastic product. I have to admit that in the months directly after purchasing this Illamasqua pigment, I didn't get a huge amount of use out of it. However, after doing my friend Nicole's make up one night in September, we discovered that pairing MAC's Satin Taupe eyeshadow with Furore pigment created a gorgeous, totally unique colour. I adore Satin Taupe, and it's a very wearable shadow on it's own, but I just can't get enough of it with Furore, I urge you all to check it out! [Read my review of it here.]

MAC eyeshadow ~ I'd be hard pressed to find someone who, once they have tried them, wouldn't love MAC eyeshadows. I even got my Mum hooked on Satin Taupe, and she's not a huge make up wearer! In fact, Satin Taupe is the shade I get the most comments and compliments on when wearing it, whether alone on a 'lazy eye make up' day, or combined with other shadows. I currently own the following MAC eyeshadows: Satin Taupe, Greensmoke, Wintersky, Twinks, Black Tied, Brule, Silver Ring, Trax, Beautymarked, Sable, Vex, Steamy, Shroom and Wedge (that was off the top of my head, think that's correct!), and there isn't one shadow there that I don't adore. The quality, pigmentation and sheer choice is well worth the money, and I will continue to repurchase my favourites and try out many new ones!

My sister ~ My sister (Lucy) and I seem to grow closer by the minute! There is 5 years difference between us, so when we were younger we had our fair share of squabbles and falling outs, but our bond has always been strong, and she truly is my best friend :) Lucy recently turned 18, and being the brilliant big sister I am, I organised a surprise party for her, hosted at my house, with all of her closest friends! It was a COMPLETE surprise, she had NO idea, and loved it, so all the stress I went through was 100% worth it! She was well and truly spoilt and everyone put a lot of effort in, but she deserved every last iota of it, and I'm over the moon she had such a great for the clubbing Lucy :)

X Factor ~ OK, OK, I know it's cheesy, but you ALL know I love Cheryl, therefore I love X Factor, it's what weekends were made for! I only tuned in to watch it last year because she was the new judge, and now I'm hooked on the show! I won't spoil it for anyone who didn't see tonights show yet, but the final 12 have been picked, and apart from a couple of shocking choices, they may well be the best bunch yet (in my opinion!), with Simon and Cheryl having the strongest categories by far! Gosh, I'm such a geek! X Factor also means I can start getting excited about Christmas, because it'll see us through the run up :) I'm such a kid at Christmas, it's my favourite time of year, and I just love the magic of it!

New laptop ~ My beloved laptop died a death earlier this month :( It's barely surviving, and makes some horrendous noises, and has some very irritating and frankly scary 'quirks', and it got to the point where I turned it on one night and literally thought it was going to explode :( So, armed with Colin and his 'technical' knowledge, I marched out to purchase a new laptop! I'm really happy with my new one, although I've yet to name her, any ideas? As sad as it sounds, my laptop is my lifeline in many ways, I use it to communicate with people I don't get a chance to see very often, keep up to date with what is going on in the world, and indulge in my hobbies and enjoyable pastimes. My last laptop saw me through Uni and so much more, so she did well! RIP Pinky!


Being ill ~ I'm 'just' about recovering from being unwell, boo, hiss! I don't think I had the dreaded swine flu, but I did have a really nasty cold, that well and truly knocked me for six :( I was sent home from work, and told to stay away until I was better, which really frustrated me, but I felt disgusting. Unfortunately, my immune system never seems to be that good at this time of year, so although I dread to think it, it's probably the start of my winter colds, which lets be honest, I could do without, couldn't we all!

Negativity ~ I'm going to keep my opinions on this short and sweet, I don't like to get involved with things that don't involve me. Having said that, there may be some of you who notice I deleted my Twitter account, and been somewhat removed from the whole beauty blogging community. Now I am a very personable person, I get on with near enough everyone, and I always see the good in people before I notice the not-so-good, but there are times when I really feel let down. There has been a lot of noticeable negativity in the community of late, and whilst I am sensibly choosing to stay well clear of it, it upsets me that something which should be harmless fun, an online extension of a hobby, can turn nasty and negative, and become the subject of much criticism and bitching. There has been some very questionable behaviour by bloggers and PR companies alike, and it gives us all a bad name, which I think a lot of people do not appreciate. So, if you want a blogger that will never judge, hate or discriminate, please keep reading :)

Bad skin ~ My skin is driving me up the wall. It sounds awfully vain, but it actually makes me want to cry :( I'm still using my Liz Earle, but I don't know if I can see enough of a difference to say it's a miraculous revolution, but I will definitely persevere, and I'm going to be paying more attention to my nutrition and fluid intake. I just don't know what else I can try, and it makes me really sad :(

Sorry that I forgot to do these monthly, I'll do my best to get back on track from now on! I've been very busy both in my work life and private life, so the Internet took a back seat! I'll be adding lots of goodies to SwapsiesUK in the next week or so too, so keep your eyes peeled!

NOTD: Superficial

Anyone who keeps an eye on my 'wishlist' will be aware that I've been lusting after the Ciate Paint Pot in Superficial for sooooo long now!

Well...I finally got my little mitts on it, and I am really impressed! The photo doesn't do it enough justice, it's such a unique colour, so intense, and really great for fingers or toes :)

I'm really enamoured with the Ciate Paint Pots, I think they have a fantastic range of colours, some of which I have never seen before, and their quality in unrivalled in my opinion.

If you haven't tried them, what are you waiting for?!

Thursday, 1 October 2009

NOTD: Apples & Custard

[Modelled on my sister Lucy]

Avid readers of my blog will know that I'm a big fan of the Ciate Paint Pots, so it'll come as no surprise that when Ciate contacted me about the launch of their new 'Green With Envy' shades, I was eager to try some!

I picked Apples and Custard, which is a gorgeous soft, pale minty green colour (which in all honesty looks nothing like Apples OR Custard, but ssh!). This colour is pretty reminiscent of Barry M Mint Green, which I do own, and which received lots of hype for being a dupe for MAC's Peppermint Pappi.

Greens are pretty 'in' this a/w season, if you're interested in following the key trends, and I think this colour is really wearable, and quite subtle too. I have to be careful with paler, pastel shades like this, because of my fair skin, they can sometimes make me look washed out, and at worst unwell, however I do really love this colour! Bonus!

Stay tuned for more Ciate goodness!

*FYI Ciate Paint Pots retail for £9.00 in the UK*