Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Manchester Purchases


Hello ladies

How was your weekend?? I loved mine...

I went up to Manchester with my friend on Sunday and we stopped at Cheshire oaks on the way and bought a few goodies ...and then we arrived in Manchester and bought some more goodies...YAY! I also managed to get a few bits of Christmas shopping done too. So heres what I bought..




A MAC lip tartan collection- I was so pleased to get this as MAC stopped selling this a year ago as it was a limited edition collection. I was wearing the lipstick Mellow Mood which my mum wanted and obviously because it was limited edition I was afraid I couldn’t get it again and then ‘voila’ Cheshire oaks had it :D



Sleek ‘storm’ pallet- Love these colours and so cheap too :)
Lush goodies- ‘Snow fairy ‘shower gel , only 100g as it was a small treat to myself and the ‘Bubblegum flavour sugar lip scrub’ which was recommended by my friend and after you have scrubbed your lips with it you can lick it off – It was instantly sold, YES! Another flavour had popping candy in it but in my opinion it didn’t smell as tasty.



MAC- ‘All that glitters’ pro pallet refill pan eye shadow and ‘Harmony’ powder blush, which I am using to contour as the colour would be too flat to use over the apples of the cheeks.



Topshop- Gold glitter flats which I LOVEEEEE! They were £20 and there so cute especially for this time of year. Plain black Topshop dress £46, other colours are pretty too, I really want the mustard colour one.


OPI – ‘Kennebunk-port’, A red cherry colour.


Warehouse coat- A camel colour coat with a pretty faux fur leopard print Peter Pan collar and trimming. It was £110, then it said £30 off, but when I got to the till it was 20% off all week so I got it for £64- Bargain. 


I was given a few make-up samples too- Giorgio Armani- Luminous silk foundation #3 which I am liking so far and Fluid Sheer #7 which is used to highlight which I haven’t tried yet. MAC- Prep+Prime fortified skin enhancer colour ‘Adjust’ Which I love on the apples of my cheeks under my foundation.

From River Island I bought two T-shirts for my brother for Christmas.

Hope you like my purchases.

Speak soon
Sal
xxx

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Saturday, 19 November 2011

My lippy collection


Hello ladies

Sorry for the delay on blog posts, I have been so interested in reading everybody else’s that I let mine slip! Silly Sally!!

Now I admit I know I don’t have the largest lipstick collection out there but I still think the ones I own deserve a little post. Admittedly like most other bloggers, my favourite lippies are Mac. Not just to follow trend but because when you find one you like you end up loving it and wearing it everywhere. I love the Mac packaging and the vanilla smell to the lipsticks is lush. Also Mac has a fab range of colours.

MAC
Myth- Satin. Too thick, nice colour but a brush HAS to be used.

Pretty Please- Lustre. A light colour not over pigmented.

Crème D’Nude- Creamsheen- One of my favourite nude colours. But my friend broke it and it looks all messy so I will have to buy a new one! DAMIT!!

Dressmaker- Lustre. Lovely colour, very peachy I think best for summer.

Please Me- Matte. As its matt it can be drying but lovely colour, again best for summer as well pigmented.

Cockney- Lustre. This colour does not last-like most of the Lustre colours which I didn’t know when I bought it. But why make a bright colour that doesn’t last??

Lickable- Creamsheen. Love this colour and lasts well.

Ruby Woo- Matte. As it’s a matt it can be drying but I do love this colour and it lasts well.

Dark Side- Amplified. A colour that I bought when it was in fashion last winter. I have never worn it out but I love it and it’s the lippy that feels the nicest on my lip. Maybe I’ll just wear it around the house when cleaning to get my use out of it.

Mellow Mood- Lustre. Limited edition. Love this colour so pleased I got it in a gift set but a shame I won’t be able to get it again. Always get compliments with this lippy.

Estee Lauder
Pink Ambition 52-Pure colour lasting crème. Love this colour, perhaps better for an older lady but I think it’s a pretty pink.

Collection 2000
Mudslide 7- I wore this out for Halloween and loved it. I’d probably only wear it on Halloween or again when cleaning around the house.  It does need a good few swipes over the lips for a good even colour.

After taking these photos I have realised how uneven my lips are.... oh dear!!!

So that is my small collection but I hope you like it. My favourite is Crème D’ Nude as I have worn it the most and I can wear it day and night. I am most disappointed with Cockney – All dark/Bright colours should last more than 5 minutes.  So what do you think of my collection? And what is your favourite? And are there any you could recommend to me that you like??

Speak soon
Sal
xxx

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

L'Occitane


Hello ladies

Since I have started reading blogs and watching Vlogs, time and time again a product keeps popping up. It has only been mentioned quickly throughout Vlogs or mentioned quietly on monthly favourites on blogs but the more I saw it the more I was intrigued to try it out...



It’s the L’Occitane Almond shower oil. Now when I first saw a Vlog mentioning it I thought eww... Imagine getting out the shower feeling all slippery and oily ( I know that’s a blonde thinking). After reading more information about the product I now realise it foams up when in contact with water and feels like a thick foamy shower gel.

It states on the bottle that you can use it instead of a shave gel, and of course I gave it a whirl and was thoroughly impressed. The smell is nice and not to over powering like I thought it would have been and my skin comes out feeling fully hydrated. No horrible alligator scales!!

Yes it is a little pricey but I am only using it once a week on a Sunday so I end my week feeling fully pampered.  It comes in at £16 for a 250ml bottle. But there are other shower oils on the market that are more expensive.
Would I buy this again? Yes. But if another shower oil catches my eye them I’m defiantly going to give that a try.

I am currently also trying the L’Occitane Limited Edition Cocoa flower hand cream and going to see how I get along with that and whether I love it as much as I love the almond shower oil.

Have you tried the L’Occitane almond shower oil? Do you think it’s a little pricey?

Speak soon
Sal
xxx

Sunday, 6 November 2011

My hair care routine.


Hello ladies

Hope your all having a good weekend so far??

I thought I would share my hair care routine with you all. It’s not a rocket science routine, its easy peasy and with no ridiculously priced products (I would love to use ridiculously priced products but my purse is looking a little empty right now.)

Basically I suffer with a super sensitive and dry scalp. My hair type is fine and naturally straight. I am also suffering with dry hair at the moment so I find my scalp really suffers when I use heavy products.

I have finally found a hair care routine that suits my hair type and doesn’t upset my scalp...

I read a few weeks ago about a product on FleurDeForce's blog called Eucerin- Its a scalp treatment shampoo that isn’t heavy yet moisturises my scalp and hair, it doesn’t leave any product build up, keeps my hair shiny and smells nice too. Being a blonde I also find scalp treatment shampoos also tend to make my hair go really yellows but eucerin does not do this to my hair. I bought it from Boots for £8.73

For conditioner I use Aussie miracle moist conditioner. I find if you suffer with dry hair then you can’t miss out on a good hydrating conditioner.  I only use this on the tips of my hair as I find most Aussie products can leave product build up on my scalp. I bought it from boots for £3.99

Then to finish it off twice a week I use moroccanoil. As this is such a popular product on blogs I won’t go into details as I’m sure you already know about it. I only buy the 25ml one for £12 from a local hair salon as the large one is around £30, and I never have enough money at the time to buy that size.

Products that I avoid when I am suffering with a sensitive scalp or which are generally useless:
  • James Brown High Gloss Shampoo and Conditioner-just a useless product. I found that it doesn't make my hair any shinier and doesn’t particularly smell is nice either. I expected more from his products.
  • VO5 Nourish Me Truly Shampoo  and Conditioner– leaves product build up- even if I stand under the shower for ages trying to rinse it out. It makes my hair go greasy really quickly too.
  • Most Aussie Shampoos leave product build up causing my scalp to be super itchy.
  • Neutrogena T Gel Shampoo -I find this shampoo smells horrible and other people notice the smell to and it makes my hair go a funny colour.
  • Original Source Shampoo & Conditioner Pear Avocado Moisturising Damage- This was the ‘source’ of my problems. It gave me product build up, it made my scalp itchy, my hair went greasy quickly after using it and it made my scalp super dry and tight giving my constant headaches which resulted in me visiting the doctors. This product is just too harsh.

To keep my hair in the best condition I try to keep using heat appliances to a minimum- So only straightening and curling my hair if I’m off on a night out or a posh meal the rest of the time I just don’t bother.

Hope this helps you all. Let me know any products that you have tried and like :)
Speak soon
Sal
Xxx


Theses products may be perfectly fine for your scalp and hair, I personally can not get on with them and it is my own opinion I am not telling you not to go out and buy them, it is just information on what they are like for me. 

Monday, 31 October 2011

Halloween weekend

Hello ladies


Did you all have a good Halloween? How did you celebrate?
I didn’t go out Saturday night, but I helped my sister and her friend Emma prepare for their Halloween night out by doing their makeup. Firstly I used white powder on Jens face, I then added some grey/black eye shadow to her lids and blended, then I gave her some nice bags under her eyes, by adding a soft brown eye shadow. She added her freaky eye contacts and we covered her in fake blood. One farmer zombie complete.
For Emma I did some nice yellow and purple eye shadow to go with her purple contacts and once again we covered her in fake blood. She added her face mask.  One Super bad hero complete.

Jen and Em

 On Sunday I went to Alton Towers scare fest with Ell and some friends. Silly me set my phone back one hour not realising it would do it automatically- So instead of one hour extra in bed we got two. Ended up with my friend ringing me and Ell up asking where we were! Bad times! Just ended up being ½ hour behind schedule.
I wore my sisters ASOS rain coat. I was prepared for the bad weather however, it did not show and it was bright and sunny all day! Ohh well. I also wore my white converses, black jeans, strappy top and a jumper; I was very warm and comfy all day. So here are a few photos of us there.


We won this bear in a claw machine and no one wanted to carry it, so my hood did. Cool kid

Ell in giant pumpkin

Me in giant pumpkin

Posing with a statue 

Posing with a statue x2 
Before carnival of screams

Excuse Ell and Steve not looking at the camera in the photo of the four of us.

We went on Thirteen, Nemesis, Air, Tower of Terrors and Rita.
We paid for the extra £12 ticket to go in the Boiler House and Carnival of Scream mazes at 6:30-7. I have to say they were not worth the money, especially after going on the Tower of Terrors maze (which was included in the park ticket) which was jumpy, left me on edge and not knowing what to expect, and it also lasted a lot longer. The Boiler House and Carnival of Screams I found left nothing to the imagination. They were exactly the same as Tower of Terrors except with different scenery so I knew what to expect. With paying £12 extra I wanted to come out feeling spooked but they were nothing like I thought they would be.
This morning I and my sister carved our pumpkins. I have to say it won’t become my full time job, as I am terrible at doing it. Jens was very good though.
Jens' on the left (the good one) mine on the right (the rubbish one)

One Jen did earlier on in the week

Hope you all enjoyed Halloween as much as I did.
Also did anyone watch Hollyoaks?? I missed tonight's 'first look' episode so I'm excited about seeing it tomorrow. 

Speak soon
Sal
xxx

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Golden Eyeshadow Look.

Hello ladies


I went out a few weeks ago and decided I really wanted golden eye make-up.
After watching Tanya Burrs video using the Urban Decay naked pallet here I decided that this was the look I wanted to go for. I really liked the shape she did and the colours she used on her eyes. After trying this out on myself I decided that the colours she used just didn’t suit me, so I tried out the same technique using different eye shadow colours. So here is what I ended up with:


I used:
Estee Lauder double wear light foundation.
Mac paint pot ‘Bare study’ as a base
Urban Decay naked pallet ‘Half baked’ on inner corners of eye
Mac eye shadow ‘Wood-winked’ blended through centre of the eye
Urban Decay naked pallet ‘Smog’ on outer corners through eye
Clinique gel eyeliner lightly flicked out outer corners of eye
Nars ‘deep throat’ blush on cheeks
Mac creamsheen ‘Creme d’nude’ lipstick- Love this.

Let me know what you think?
When I went on my night out I also added some false eyelashes to give a more winged out effect. View photo here.

Speak soon
Sal
xxx

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

OPI Rainbow Connection♥


Hello ladies,      

OPI have launched twelve limited-edition Nail Lacquers for Autumn/Winter 2011, the collection is inspired by the film ‘The Muppets’ and its lively and colourful characters. 

So as soon as I saw images of these colours in a monthly Scratch magazine I had to get my hands on the polish ‘Rainbow connection’- The other colours in the collection are gorgeous but I just don’t think I would wear them enough. The ‘Rainbow Connection’ polish is very similar to Deborah Lippmann's ‘Happy Birthday’ which I have always wanted but after seeing the OPI one and already owning a few OPI polishes I thought I would stick to a brand I know and love. The Deborah Lippmanns polishes are gorgeous and I do fancy the ‘Across the Universe’ one, so I may invest in one in the future.

Here are some pictures of Rainbow Connection- This is after 3 coats. I am someone who loves a good glitter coverage so 3 coats was perfect for me. Although you could wear 1 or 2 coats over a coloured nail polish.


'Rainbow Connection'

Also seen in Look Magazine

The whole collection

Fresh Frog of Bel Air

A glitter that prefers the greener things in life
Rainbow Connection
The rainbow glitter of your dreams
Warm & Fozzie
A feel-good shade of metallic copper

Designer, de Better
  Metallic bronze 
Gettin’ Miss Piggy With It
Red glittery fun 

Excuse Moi
This pink glitter has something to say

Meep-Meep-Meep
Don't miss out on this deep fuchsia 
Animal-istic

This wild red cannot be tamed
Gone Gonzo
A blue glitter to takeover the world

Divine Swine
The most fabulous magenta glitter
Wocka Wocka
A deep berry to make you merry
Pepe’s Purple Passion
The best purple ever, Okay!


I bought the 'Rainbow connection' polish for £10 from eBay, but if I had been patient I probably could have bought it from my local wholesaler in a couple of weeks time for roughly £6.

Speak soon
Sal
xxx

Monday, 17 October 2011

OPI rainbow connection


Oooo so excited. My OPI Muppets ‘rainbow connection’ polish came through today. As I have ‘black pool’ shellac and glitter on my nails at the moment I have no pictures with it on my nails. But as soon as I have socked off my shellac in a few days and painted on my rainbow connection I’ll get some photos up for you all. Hope you had a lovely weekend.

OPI rainbow connection

Black pool shellac and glitter

Speak soon
Sal
xxx

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Yet Another Haul


Cheap Fridays -Wardrobe Haul




1) Woolly Jumper- Primark: £12 I love this jumper, it’s easy to wear, light and comfortable (no horrible itchiness that some woolly jumpers can give) and the colour is bang on with autumn trend.
2) Low black heals- Primark: £10 BARGIN. I have been looking for some reasonably priced low black heals for a while now and I walked into Primark and there they were just staring at me. They’re comfortable and so far no blisters. I don’t think they look like Primark shoes at all J

Make-up, make-up and more make-up.



1) Illusion D’Ombre- Chanel: £22.50 Colour 82 Emerveille. Love this product (cream eye shadow) it lasts all day and it’s a beautiful colour. I really wanted the black one with the silver specks but just knew I wouldn’t wear it enough to get my money’s worth (maybe I’ll save up and get it in the future) I saw this on Vivianna’s blog at  viviannadoesmakeup and just had to treat myself and buy it.
2) Lip liners- Rimmel: £3.99 Colour 024 Red Diva and No7: £7.50 Colour 05 Plum. I bought my No7 one using my Boots £5 off No7 voucher so only cost me £2.50. I saw these on the beautiful Billie’s blog at billiehoughton . The two colours looked so gorgeous added together, I thought I’d treat myself (and they were only cheapies). :)
3) Lip Balm- Burt’s Bee’s Beeswax lip balm: £3.56 now after all the raving I read about Burt’s Bee’s lip balm over the internet I wanted to try it myself. The one I chose has a nice peppermint flavour and yes it does make my lips more hydrated but I have to admit I wasn’t blown away, it really doesn’t work well with other lip products so I can only wear it when I have bare lips. I will keep on trying more Burt’s Bee’s products in the future to see if I like them more.

Speak soon
Sal
Xxx

Friday, 14 October 2011

How to: Hair Bun


Now throughout the day I always have people asking me how I get my hair into such a perfect bun. So I decided to do a blog post on how it’s done, just in case any of you out there don't know (and also to what the ‘not so secret weapon’ is).

Secret weapon
Firstly go out and buy a Hair Doughnut ring (this is the ‘not so secret weapon’). I purchased mine at Boots here for £4.60, but you can get them for £1 at Primark. Remember to choose the right colour for your hair- Blonde, brown or Black. Red heads go for brown.
Then follow these simple steps to get your perfect hair bun.
1) Put your hair into a ponytail


2) Pull your pony tail through the centre of the doughnut

3) Back comb your hair if your hair is thin or you want a less neat effect. For work or interviews etc leave the hair as it is for a more finished look

4) Pull the hair over the bun to completely cover it and wrap hair around.


5) Pin in to place with hair grips, trying to keep them all hidden.



6) Finally spray to hold in place. For a more ruffled look gently pull bits out.



Tadahhh your easy peasy hair bun.

This process will not work on shorter hair as it won’t pull through or cover the doughnut.
Hope you all have fun with it and let me know how you got on.

Speak soon
Sal
xxx
Wardrobe and make-up haul post soon.