Saturday, 30 March 2013

Currently Reading :- White lies and custard creams by Susan Alison

I love to read, when I can. And I love to read either printed books or e-books on my kindle/kindle app on my iPad mostly.

Currently im reading White lies and custard creams, as you can see on the picture this book has been praised by Jill Mansell  who has been one of my first favourite chick lit writers. 

BTW if you are on 'Good reads' be sure to add me you can see my profile here

Have you read this book, what are you reading now ? 



Friday, 29 March 2013

Swatches:- YSL touche éclat highlighter and under eye concealer

I had a question about the Yves saint laurent touche eclat  so i'm putting up some new swatches 

Touche eclat in no1 has been a universal and iconic product for many years and has not been wrong for anyone its a creamy pinky salmon shade but its sheer and not opaque which is why every skin colour has used this pen. 

(above I have swatched shades, 1, 1.5, 2, and 3)

I would use any of these shades considering that ive used no1 for so many years however my shades of choice would be 1.5 which is yellow based and great for covering up redness and sallowness or no 3 which is close to my skin tone and a true peachy salmon shade perfect for use as an under eye highlighter concealer for my nc25-nc30 bobbi brown warm beige skin shade.

I also realised that other people may benefit from these swatches other than people of my skin colouring so ive also swatched shades 4.5 which is similar to nc30 great for nc30-nc40 foundation shade and ysl shade 5 which is great for nc40 and above there are a few more shades in the range and I love how true to natural skin tones they are.

In case you are wondering I am shade BD40 in the ysl touche eclat foundation (I was mis-sold BD50 by the SA)

YSL touche eclat available here
YSL touche eclat foundation available here 

I hope you found this useful



Monday, 25 March 2013

Review:- Dior Celebration Collection

Im absolutely loving these items right now 
they were special limited edition items for the christmas holiday season 

The dior eyeshadow palette is all inclusive it includes everything you need for a complete eye look 
Eye primer, Tinted brown eye gel,  three eyeshadows, an eyeliner and two applicators with huge mirror it comes in a velvet pouch with a mini mascara.

The lip palette comes with a lip primer/balm three lipsticks in baby pink, peach, and hot pink shades, a hot pink lip pencil (I think it should have contained a neutral, nude or spice  lip pencil)

The brush kit contains a powder foundation brush, a blush brush, eyeshadow brush, and a lip brush. the kit comes in its own brush case which has its good and bad points, the worst thing is the long ribbon thing to wrap around it, the good point is the extra storage within the roll, it even has a zipped compartment to hold small products. I love that it has a powder foundation brush rather than a liquid foundation brush as previous sets had, because you can always use your fingers to apply a liquid foundation if needed but you are more likely to reapply powder foundations or setting and blotting powders on the go.

I purchased the items from debenhams and boots theyve probably sold out by now but Dior do amazing collections all the time so its worth keeping an eye out for them if you like any of these items. 

any thoughts?



Saturday, 23 March 2013

Haul:- Mac Archies girls

These are the  items that i'm currently playing with from the latest MAC Archies girl collection.

Items purchased

Eyeshadow quad palette in Caramel sundae from betty collection
Eyeshadow quad palette in Spoiled rich from veronica collection
Satin powder blush in Prom princess from veronica collection
Satin powder blush in Cream soda from betty collection
Satin lipstick in Daddys little girl veronica collection 
Satin lipstick in Betty bright from betty collection 
Kiss and dont tell lipglass from betty collection

from Debenhams  Selfridges  House of fraser and MAC

Will do some looks with these products very soon,  let me know if you want me to do some swatches/comparisons etc 

Did you get anything from this collection ? 



Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Review:- Mac Glamour daze holiday collection 2012

I think I did really well this past christmas and did not purchase too much from this collection 

Items purchased 
Devine desire quite coral exclusive set 
Primped out eye look bag sensual peach 
innocence frost lipstick 
in the limelight pearl nail lacquer
Small vanity blush
Easy manner blush

Mac innocence l/s -I love peachy coral lipsticks theyre so pretty to look at and also very complimentary on my skin tone
In the limelight n/p Im obsessed with minty nail polishes and have a crazy collection that i will share with you very soon 

Sensual peach kit features an eyeshadow duo in mulch which is a frosty chocolate brown with gold shimmer in a velvet finish and is macs top selling eyeshadow (last time I checked) I already had this in my mac 15 eyeshadow pro palette but I dont mind having another in this duo, since I love neutral brown beige duos.

 The other eyeshadow in this duo is dazzlelight which is a champagney light baby peach in a frost finish. I've never used these two colours together before but I like the effect it gives I use dazzlelight all over and the mulch in outer corner of the lid and on the outer v it gives a perfect day to night look. this duo reminds me of my favourite chanel duo of the moment chanel sable emouvant 37 although they are not exactly the same but you can get a similar finish.

 Opulash is an OK mascara, I already had it and was using it at the time I made this purchase its nice for volume and thickness but i did not feel it was what I need as I have voluminous, straight, short stubby lashes I need length and curve more than anything. so Ive back to mac my old one and will use this in the future.

I was glad to get stubborn brown powerpoint  eye pencil in this kit as I like the pigmentation and intensity of the powerpoint pencils I have a few in the shade feline which gives good colour and works on the waterline however these pencils do not have great staying power the colour quickly spreads down so these are best used blended out with a cotton bud or brush.

I have quite a few of the limited edition short brushes from mac but do not mind having another 275 brush as they are versatile to give colour on the lid or intensify the crease or even use as a highlight if you are starting out and looking for one mac eyeshadow brush I suggest this one or the 239 brush.

It was nice to get the bag in this collection however I do agree with Temptalia when she says that the bag should atleast fit the items that came in it.

Devine desire quite coral kit 
this kit was an exclusive edition and only available on 
It contains 
In a heartbeat cremesheen lipstick which is a soft peachy coral shade abit more coral than shy girl which is abit more beigey peach.

Born to love blush in a frost finish this is like style blush but without the gold.

Its nice that mac put in a little 129 brush but i do feel that this brush is not as good quality as other 129 brushes that I have had in kits before but its not totally horrible by anymeans infact its very soft so nice to use on my sensitive skin, this brush works well with all powder products such as blush, bronzer, loose and pressed powder

Pure flattery is a very nice peach coral lipglass  and works perfectly with in a heartbeat and innocence lipstick.

I really like the mac technakhol liners although theyre not as pigmented and as soft as the powerpoint pencils they're great handbag items as they do not require sharpening and they also qualify for back to mac. Photogravure is described as a brown black colour and you can see in the swatches that it is darker than stubborn brown. so this is a great shade to have if your always changing from brown to black eyeliners.

The kit comes with a nice case that has a mirror and a pocket and a removeable plastic insert that holds the makeup items, I plan to use this as a jewellery box, which i may use for travel also currntly im using a chanel purse as my travel jewellery case. 


Products Swatched 
Born to love blush 
In a heartbeat l/s
pure flattery l/g
Photogravure e/l
Innocence l/s
dazzlelight e/s
mulch e/s
stubborn brown e/l

The first thing I grabbed from this collection were these two beautiful blushed in 
Easy manner is a pretty peachy pink but it shows up more baby pink on me similar to well dressed blush.

Small Vanity is a neutral almost plummy blush with a brown beige undertone great on medium tones and to enhance the contours of the cheeks.

Ive also swatched easy manner and small vanity next to born to love for comparison purposes.

I love these products Im getting alot of use out of these products and do not regret purchasing any of them
theres probably still some items from this collection floating about on the mac website in the goodbyes section and in the CCO's.

What did you buy from this collection ? 



Tuesday, 19 March 2013

NOTD:- Leighton Denny Between Blue

Blue has always been my favourite colour because I love all shades of blue its such a beautiful colour it reminds me of the sky and the sea, I also love jeans and denim and can rock it in so many different ways. 

This is one of leighton dennys latest shades from his spring 2013 collection and this particular colour reminds me of the mid shade from the les jeans de chanel colour. unfortunately I missed out on Chanel coco blue so I didn't buy the other two shades from the collection in a tantrum. 
Leighton denny products are available from John lewis and QVC

This colour is quite opaque in one coat and dries in a few minutes however i do feel that the Leighton denny colours are easy to damage within an hour or so similar to post nail polishes

I am wearing  OPI nail envy as a base coat, 2 coats of between blue and one coat of seche vite top coat. 

I have alot of nail posts coming up as Ive pickedup some amazing shades from leighton denny, OPI, nails inc, Chanel, and Dior.

What do you thing about this shade ? 



Friday, 15 March 2013

Whats in my March 2013 Birchbox

Contents:- March 2013 BirchBox

Molton Brown Valbonne perfume sample vial
Lindt Lindor chocolate truffles (x4 in tin)
RMK cleansing balm 
Spa sanctuary 30 day thermal treatment (1 treatment in 2 sachets)
Le Sultane de saba argan oil body lotion 
Laura Geller inkwell gel liner black
Yu-Be moisturising skin cream

All in all im loving this months birchbox, it contains the perfect variation of sample products, it has skincare, body care, makeup, fragrance and chocolate, whats not to love!
You can checkout uk Birchbox here

What was in your birchbox ?