Thursday, 27 June 2013

IMATS 2013: My Review and pictures

On Sunday I travelled to London for my first experience of IMATS. I had saved for a while and was very excited to get some new additions to my make up kit. After an early start I arrived in London at around 9.30 and was nice and close to the front of the queue ready for the 10am opening.
The event wasn't as big as I had imagined and over all I don't think it is worth £40 for a ticket. The stands had great discounts but they were kind of cancelled out by the money you paid to get in. Despite this I still had a good day and it was fab seeing all the brilliant make up looks being created. I did leave briefly and went to the Illamasqua in Beak Street as I was disappointed to find they weren't at IMATS this year. They had 30% off due to them not being there so I still managed to get a bargain. NARS had a great discount of 60% which I wish I had noticed sooner as it got so busy! I decided to keep away from MAC as their discount wasn't amazing so I tried to go for brands I didn't usually buy.
We went back to IMATS in the afternoon and there was a bit more of an atmosphere as all the make up looks were starting to be finished. We watched the Battle of the Brushes student make up competition which showed some great talent. Here are my pics from the day-
View of the whole show

Karla Powell

My favourite of the BotB comp. was disappointed they didn't win anything!


All my purchases 

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Liebster Award.

So this week I was nominated for the "Liebster Award" by Jo over at A Hint of Glitter. Very happy about this as I've always wanted to get a nomination. Thanks Jo!  So here we go...
The Rules-

1) Each blogger should answer the questions the tagger set you.
2) Choose 11 new bloggers to pass the award onto and link them in your post.
3) Create 11 new questions for the chosen bloggers to answer.
4) Go to their page and tell them about the award.
5) Each blogger should post 11 random facts about themselves.
6) No tag backs.

1) Do you do your hair or makeup first?
I always do my make up first as i tie my hair up out the way so that I don't get make up in it.

2) If you could only wear 3 makeup items what would they be?
I would wear mascara and eyeliner - because I have blonde eyelashes and pale skin so I think they bring out my eyes a bit more. And also concealer to hide dark circles and any blemishes.

3) Light or full coverage foundations?
A few years ago I would have said light, but since starting my course at uni my skin isn't as great any more so now i go for full.

4) What is your favourite perfume / scent?
Definitely Alien by Thierry Mugler! 

5) If you could only use one makeup brand, what would it be and why?
MAC! I have a slight obsession with MAC, I love everything that they make. My dream in life would be to work for them and I always spend most my wages every month on MAC products. Also they pretty much have everything you could need if you were only to use one brand haha.

6) A beauty product you wouldn't repurchase and why?
I recently purchased Big Fatty Mascara by Urban Decay and it just wasn't for me unfortunately. Not keen on the look it gives my eyelashes.

7) Go to hair style?
I love fishtail plaits. So easy and I think they look great.

8) Do you prefer Lipstick or Lipgloss?
Lipstick. Not really a fan on lipgloss. I love red/orangey lipsticks.

9) Whats your favourite bright colour to wear as eye shadow?
I dont' really wear bright colours to be honest. I wear browns during the day and dark smokey eyes if I'm going out at night.

10) Favourite fashion brand?
I really like Topshop, River Island and AX Paris. 

11) Most used makeup brush?
MAC 188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush

11 Random Facts About Me
1. Everyone thinks I look a lot younger than I actually am (annoying now but I'm sure I will love that in a few years).
2. I have an unhealthy love for pizza.
3. My favourite colour is purple.
4. I'm a bit of a Sims 3 geek.
5. My favourite film is Anastasia. No Laughing!
6. When I was younger, I was a bit of a tomboy.
7. I am get very addicted to american shows. My favourites being One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl, The OC etc. But they all keep getting cancelled so at the moment I love Revenge!
8. I have so much hate for BBQ sauce and Pepperoni.
9. I probably spend too much time on Facebook.
10. I have a bad lung so I have had a cough for 5 years. So when people moan they have an 'annoying cough' I feel a little bit of hatred towards them haha.
11. My dream is to road trip around America and get married in Vegas!

I nominate- (i only got 6 as everyone seems to have already done it! Sorry if you guys have already too!)

My Questions
1. What made you start a blog? 
2. What is your favourite beauty product?
3. What do you see yourself doing in 10 years time?
4. What's your favourite make up brand?
5. What is your favourite website to visit that isn't a blog site
6. What is your most loved possession?
7. What is your favourite movie?
8. What are you currently saving up for or planning to buy?
9. What is your pet hate?
10. What is your favourite place to be?
11. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? 

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Problem - Dry Skin and Foundation

On Sunday I participated in my first ever #bbloggers chat n Twitter. I have to say I really enjoyed it and found some great new blogs to read. The topic of the chat was favourite foundations and whilst reading all the tweets I noticed that one of the most popular comments was people asking how to deal with foundation and dry skin patches. This is something I struggle with so I thought I would share how I have been dealing with it myself as there is nothing more annoying that little orange patches on your face. These are the products I have been using.

This exfoliator by Simple Skincare is proving to be a great find - I found it in my bedroom, must have bought it ages ago and forgotten. I have been using it in the shower every morning. Just get a small amount in your hands, add some water and massage into your face, focusing on the dry patches. I have been using mine for about a week and a half now and have already noticed a massive improvement.

These skincare products are available from Sally's. Made up of cleanser, toner and moisturiser, they are great from cleaning the skin and keeping it hydrated. Obviously moisturising is very important if you have dry skin. Of course the brand doesn't really matter, you have to find one that works for you and match your skin type, these are just an example of the ones I have.

Before applying your foundation you could try using a primer to help stop it going patchy. I have Illamasqua's Primers and love them. They come in Matt and Satin. So whichever one you get depends on how you like your makeup. Satin gives a bit of a dewy look to the make up. I tend to use the matt more on myself as I prefer it on me, but if I am doing a photo shoot I use the satin. 

Hope some of these ideas help. Do you have any other tips for dry skin? 

Monday, 3 June 2013

MAC lipstick - So Chaud

Another day another MAC lipstick. After another trip to visit my boyfriend in Cardiff I was very excited to go make up shopping. I'd had my eye on the 'All About Orange' collection from MAC and after closer inspection I decided to treat myself to this lipstick 'So Chaud'. Its a matte orangey red shade and I love the colour. I think it works great with my skin tone but also think its the kind of colour that would work with any skin tone. I used the lipliner 'Lasting Sensation', also by MAC before I applied the lipstick. This liner is a very similar colour so works well. With the lipliner I find the lipstick can last hours which is great!
The only problem I have with the matte lipsticks from MAC is that I find they dry my lips out abit and I have heard friends say the same. I'm currently trying to find a good primer to stop this from happening.
What's your opinion of this shade? Let me know

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Illamasqua Cream Blusher - Promise

Illamasqua is one of my favourite make up brands. My uni make up kit is predominately made up of these products and after a visit from one of the make up artists I had my eye on a new blusher.
I've never really experimented with cream blushers before but I have to say I'm very impressed - but I can't say I'm ever disappointed with Illamasqua!
Promise is a nice rosy pink shade. I felt it was a good match for my pale skin.

I applied this product to the apple of my cheek to give colour. You really need a tiny amount as it is very pigmented! You can apply it with a brush or your fingers. I used my fingers first and then blended a little more with a brush. The product gives a great flush of colour and I would definitely recommend it!
 Of course with it being Illamasqua there is plenty of other creative things you could use it for. For example - mix it with a white foundation to create a pink one! Not that you would go out with a pink face but it is great for a creative shoot. Here I used it on my lips -I thought it was a great lip colour. It felt very soft but would probably dry out the lips a bit, but as long as you keep moisturising that shouldn't be a problem!

Using the product on lips

Friday, 31 May 2013

MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation

Being very pale I have a lot of difficulty finding the right foundation. I am limited to what I can get due to many brands not doing the right shade for me. Even Illamasqua couldn't match me without using more than one foundation, which I found very surprising. Previously I had been using MAC studio fix fluid foundation in NC15.  I really liked it, however I found that as the day went on I started to look a little orange - not ideal. Luckily though when reading through blogs a few months ago I saw a review of the new shade NW10. Slightly more pale and matches perfectly on my skin! 

This foundation has good coverage and comes in a wide variety of shades. It also has a SPF 15 to protect your face from the sun. My bottle lasted me about 4 months and that was with everyday use.

The downsides of this product are that it can make my skin a bit dry, so might not be suitable for people that have dry skin anyway. I apply a primer first and this tends to help. Also one thing that I find really cheeky from MAC, is that you have to buy the pump separately. So you pay £20.50 for the foundation and then another £3.50 for the pump. But once you have the pump you can keep it and keep using it on new bottles.
Packaging and bottle


Face with just foundation and primer applied (sorry poor quality)

You can buy the foundation from any MAC store or counter, or on there website. here's the link -