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Friday, 30 November 2012


Hey lovelies so I apologise that I haven't posted for a few days, i've been poorly which you'll know if you follow me on twitter. The doctor has told me to completely rest as I have a virus and I am exhausted but that's easier said than done when I've got important deadlines next week! Anyway, I've wanted to do this post for some time now, but it's less than a month until Christmas and we all want to be able to eat whatever the heck we want on Christmas day and around the general Christmas period and that's why I've decided to do this quick fitness post, so that you can do a few things and eat what ever you like and still fit into your little black dress.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

NARS Orgasm Blush Review and How Best To Apply Blusher

Nars orgasm blush

Ahh hello lovelies, so today is a product review, I feel like I haven't done a deep product review for a while so here we go. Inside this miniscule compact is something which the blogging world goes crazy for. Who'd have thought that something so magical, beautiful and so lust-over could come in such a small package. The compact itself is so light, it's sort of like the Mac book air of the cosmetics industry. Perfectly light and perfectly compact, but the outer shell is modern and will look beautiful in any make up collection. I've got to be honest and say that I don't really wear blusher, at all, however, seen as everyone raves about ths product and I do think that every girl needs a blusher in her life, just incase, I had to buy it. I absolutely love the simplicity of NARS packaging, it's so high range yet the prices aren't that expensive. This is my first ever purchase from NARS and at £21.00 for such a cult product, I don't think it is that bad, it is when you're me, on a student budget but don't we all deserve a treat once in a while?

What they say about it; 'The ultimate authority in blush, natural, healthy-looking colour that immediately enlivens the complexion. A light application of even the highest intensity hues delivers a natural-looking flush'. The creator said 'when I created orgasm blush, I came up with the name first then created the colour. I wanted something a bit audacious'. An audacious it is, this basically means that he wanted something extremely bold or daring; recklessly brave; fearless etc. I think this colour fits that mould, but somehow, I can't help but think it's a flirtatious colour for the cheeks, it gives you a flushed look as if you have just been flirting, which is another reason where I guess the name 'Orgasm' came from for this blusher.

Because I don't usually wear blush, I looked on the NARS website for some tips when applying this blush and I wanted to share them with you;

1. 'Blush is the fastest and easiest way to give yourself a pick-me-up. Start by applying blush to the apples of the cheeks. Take what's left on the brush and sweep across the hairline, bridge o the nose and the chin. Neutral-tone blushes can also be used to contour and sculpt the skin'. - James Boehmer, Director of Global Artistry.

2. 'For a complexion that is oilier with more pronounced pores, apply a matte powder blush to cheeks before a shimmer blush. It will allow the shimmer to glide on cheeks more smoothly and evenly, and allow colour to look fresh all day long'. - Uzo, International Make Up Stylist.

3. 'Smile and apply blush to the apples o the cheeks using a brush. For a dimensional, contoured look. apply a shimmer blush to the apples and a matte blush to the hollows of the cheeks'. - Shayna Shapiro, Lead Trainer.

Below are some examples of looks that you could recreate using this blush;
Beautysets - blusher
Last but not least, me wearing the blush;

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Friday, 23 November 2012

November Beauty Wishlist

Hey everyone, so firstly I just want to say a massive thank you to EVERYONE who read the post below about bullying. I've had the most incredible and touching tweets, emails, texts, messages etc. from so many people. I really hoped to get the message out there and I think together we managed to do that, thankyou so much for all your lovely comments and retweets. So the other day I was on one of my favourite blogs, Kayleigh's couturegirl,  and she was discussing a new blogging tool called 'Beauty Sets', I always want to make wish lists for my blog but it takes me hours because i'm rubbish on the likes of Microsoft paint, but this tool just makes it easy, so i'd like to welcome you to my first proper wish list post, these are just random items that i've wanted for ages really.

Okay so I just wanted to share with you my November beauty wishlist. I'm sure there's loads more that I want to try but I've had a mind blank and I have no money so i'm going to try ban myself from spending until at least Christmas! 

1: Nars multiple bronzer; what they say: 'The iconic NARS multiple available in three bronzing shades to compliment every skin tone to create an all-over-warmth contours for the entire face. Like the popular Multiple, the Multiple Bronzer can be used on the eyes, cheeks or body. Skin radiates an ultra-natural sun-kissed glow with a soft matte finish, enriched with anti-oxidants and easy blendability makes for mistake-proof application.' So yeah, this product is very Kim Kardashian, perfect for countouring, can be used all over the body, gives a glow, it just looks like a cool product to try, it almost sounds like THE most perfect product ever. I would have bought it the other day if the sales assistant wasn't so rubbish. But after researching it, it does look really good.

2: Nars Foreplay Orgasm palette; what they say; 'A chic cheek palette featuring four dazzling shades based on the bestselling Orgasm blush. Peach Matte Blush, Gold Highlighting Blush, Pink Matte Blush and Orgasm Blush.'  Oooh, like i've said before, I don't really use blushers but after purchasing my Orgasm blush the other day, I now want to try this palette. I'd rather buy the palette because it works out cheaper than paying £21.00 per colour, they'll last for ever so the size is perfect for me. 

3: Benefit high beam; I've had this product before and it literally lasted me years, it's only just recently run out and I've decided that I will re-buy it, I'm obsessed with how Kim Kardashian does her make up and this is definitely a product that I'd use to recreate her perfect face look, so I need this back in my life.

4: Clarins wonder perfect mascara; Ahh I used to have this product and it ran out quite quickly, it is very expensive for a mascara, I think its around £21+ but, when you put it on you'll never go back. It gives the plumpest and longest lashes, it's just a shame about the price. This is something which I will ask for this Christmas. A beautiful product.

5: Benefit sun beam; I've wanted this for ages, again, I want it to create the Kim Kardashian radiant make up look, I think it'll give a gorgeous hint of sun-kissed skin and warm up my face in these dull winter months which are fast approaching us.

6: Nars Satellite of Love illuminating powder; what they say; 'Illuminating highlighting powders that give the skin a light-reflecting luminous glow. Wear alone or pair with other cheek products to create beautiful dimension on the face. Creates instant radiance made with transparent pigments to avoid heaviness on the skin. Universally flattering shades'. Yeah so you've probably seen that my wish-list is full of NARS, because everything seems so incredible. I adore the packaging, but even more so, I adore the colours. I beg you to go and look at Satellite of love in the shop, it just looks perfect. Once again, this is very Kim Kardashian. I  know I bought a similar product the other day from Mac but a girl can never have too many highlighting tools right?

7: Vanitas perfume by Versace; I've been in love with this product ever since I got to sample it in GlossyBox, it's just gorgeous and one of the best things I have ever smelt. I can't even explain it, all my perfume has pretty much run out so I cannot wait for Christmas to top up on my Flowerbomb and hopefully this beautiful scent.

Ooo, last but not least, i've filmed a new YouTube video, I decided to do the
 'Why Do You Wear Make Up' Tag video, enjoy!

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Monday, 19 November 2012

Overcoming bitches, ex boyfriends, bullies , abusers and more.

Hey everyone, so I've decided to write more of a personal post for a change. This is a post that i've wanted to do for a while but after being wrongly judged on this weeks #bbloggers chat, my reputation was almost tarnished when one girl assumed that i'd got someone to send her abuse (of course I wouldn't do that) and others were making extremely lude comments about advertising on blogs and suggesting that some of us only have blogs in order to gain money for our own spending habits, I decided that instead of letting oppositional opinions tarnish my reputation, I would just tell you all some of my deepest and darkest thoughts and a few home truths so that you can understand some of the things i've overcome and realise that I am not a bitchy, nasty person but actually, just a normal down to earth girl. I have been judged wrongly my whole life, I often say that if I got £1.00 for every time this happened, i'd be a billionaire. The amount of people that have met me and have said 'oh I thought you'd be so stuck up' or 'oh I thought you'd be a complete bitch'. Why think that about someone? ever? It offends me beyond belief, that people can look at a photograph of me and assume that I would be stuck up or a bitch. I know that everyone is guilty of judging, it's a day to day thing and it's probably quite natural, but I am aware that no one is perfect, we all judge, even me and that's why I love to give people the chance to properly get to know me. I have to admit that I have never been perfect myself, we have all made mistakes in the past, but I think there is a moment for us all in life where everyone goes through something that changes them forever, for me, it was a string of things that happened in October last year, in particular seeing a young person innocently lose their life, it affected me greatly, but I turned this grief into positivity and it made me appreciate my life much more and really want to make something of myself. I am aware that I have grown up a lot over the past year, and this is why i've made the conscious decision to write this post and I hope that it inspires you to turn 'hate', anger, heartbreak, depression or any other negative emotion into motivation, positivity and happiness.  I just want to make it clear that I am not writing this post for sympathy, I've got to used to this bitterness and bitchiness and believe that now i'm strong enough to over come it, but I know so many people that aren't, and thats why I want to share a bit of my story, to show you all that you can over come these people and emotions, and hopefully inspire you all to never let anything get you down. Life is for living.
Bullying... it's funny really, what people consider bullying to be. I hate how people think bullying is only when somebody twice your size pushes you against a wall and punches you. I have experienced verbal abuse, cyber abuse and more, and I hate how people disregard this nastiness. I think bullying can come in countless forms, from every type of person and it can be intimidating, scary, emotional and more. I think most people can relate to feeling extremely low because of one person, it's a Mean Girls kind of thing 'how many of you have ever felt personally victimised by regina george'. I think all of us have felt personally victimised by someone, at some point in our lives, whether this is via the internet or even worse, in person. However, i've come to realise that these people who do this, are the people with the problems, you've got to be really unhappy in your self to constantly want to drag someone down. 
I want to talk to you about some of the examples of things that I have been through personally.

‘If I dye my hair, maybe no one will have an issue?’
The amount of times that I have cried and said this to my Mum is ridiculous, and of course, I was wrong, it takes more than hair dye (bleach in my case) to stop people hating you. Sometimes, people will be horrible to you no matter what colour your hair is, what clothes you wear, what background you are from… In my case, no matter what I do, someone is trying to shoot me down. Whether it’s the estranged best friend who stabbed me in the back, the ex boyfriend who drags me down on a daily basis or my own father – maybe there is just a lack of nice people in the world.
By no means am I saying that I am perfect, yes I wear fake tan, yes I dye my hair blonde, but my question is does this really mean that I ask for sniggers when I walk down the street past a group of girls? Does this mean that when I stand at a cash machine on a night out, wearing a floaty skirt and a crop top (barely revealing) that I ask for grown women to look me up and down and tut at me? Why should I even have to justify that my top was barely revealing? Whats so wrong with walking around in bra and knickers to be honest? If everyone did it there wouldn’t be a problem. I long to know whether every young blonde girl, who enjoys the simple pleasures in life such as fake tan and bleach is judged on a daily basis? Or do the brunettes get it? I am sorry that I like to wear make up, why does every guy seem to think it's okay to say 'she wears so much make up' about any girl that wears make up? They'd be the first to complain if we didn't wear it. I've often said, if my hair wasn’t blonde, I wouldn’t get half the agro. I honestly believe this. ‘You dumb blonde bitch’ ‘you look like you’ve dipped your hair in acid you slut’ ‘slag’ ‘dumb’ ‘whore’ ‘bitch’, are just some of the pleasant statements that I've heard because of my hair colour. What is it about blonde hair that immediately makes women detest the girl. ‘What colours her hair?’ ‘brown’ ‘oh that’s fine then’ and why is it that people say things like; 'men only want to sleep with blonde girls, but they will marry a brunette' i'm sorry but, no one should ever be judged by their hair colour. I will never forget when an ex broke up with me, he took me to the side and in his most serious voice explained that it wouldn’t work if I wore make up AND had blonde hair, I just stood out too much. Maybe, (definitely if I wanted him back) I need to dye it brown and cut down on the make up, that would make him happy because people wouldn’t stare then. Id say that’s more psychotic behaviour from his half. The worst thing is, that every girl gets abused, no matter what her hair colour is, I just feel that having blonde hair, makes me an easier target as people intially judge me as 'stuck up' and a 'slag'. Here is just one comment that I found about me on an old formspring post: 'your girlfriend is that stuck up she cant even have a tagged picture of herself incase her hair is out of place or something ha JEEEEZZZ everything has got to be perfect' of course, people who know me know that this is far from true, I would much rather sit make up less, with my hair on top of my head wearing a Primark onesie, again this is just a judgement about me coming from someone who doesn't know me whatsoever.

If I wear leggings and a hoody, maybe no one will have an issue?
Ah, this old problem. It makes me a slut because I wore a low cut dress on a night out. Yep, I am a complete slut, just because I bared my flesh. Didn't you know that it's an offensive to show any skin at all? I broke the rules of all rules and stepped over the line by getting my legs AND my cleavage out; horror, I am in for a bad night full of snarls and lude comments. So come on, you know you've called someone a slut simply because of their outfit, we’re all guilty of it, but seriously, does what someone wear really define them? Why am I even asking this – of course it doesn’t. I’m walking down Briggate (a street in Leeds) in a shirt (slightly unbuttoned) shoe boots and some tight leggings, and the girls infront of me cant help but turn around making me feel horrible and unconscious for the rest of the day. No they're not looking at me kindly, they're looking me up and down, like I look like a complete clown. A girl in front of me the other day was wearing the skimpiest hotpants, by no means did she look like a slut, if I had her figure i'd wear hot pants every day. She kept her head up high and didn’t even look twice at anyone who she walked past; maybe that’s my problem, I stay around to listen to these nasty comments. I cant help but feel like people are always staring and judging, so I get paranoid but then again, they usually are. A ‘friend’s’ mum once told me to ‘put them away’ .. oh I am sorry. What right does anyone have to get angry that you chose to have your cleavage on show? What upsets me most, is when my 'friends' always comment on me having my boobs out and say things like 'put them away' they pretend to joke, but seriously, why would it ever bother anyone at all? I can tell when someone is a true friend, because they don't care at all and just have the 'if you've got it flaunt it attitude' not that I think I have 'got it' by any means, but if one of my friends wanted to wear a revealing dress, I'd be like go for it, you look beautiful. Sometimes, it hurts more when friends make sly remarks about what I wear because although they say they're joking, they're often not. I just don't understand why it offends people that girls want to wear a low cut top, dress or even a short skirt. I understand that it makes someone look easy, if they have their body on show, but in my case especially, I am far from easy, so I really think it depends on the person, not the clothing as to how they should be judged. In year 12, I was sent into the heads office, I was wearing a grey Abercrombie long sleeved top, it has a love heart v neck front and I had a zip up hoody over it. A bland looking woman who i've never spoken to before told me that my top was inappropriate, even though my mum had seen me walk out of the house in it earlier that morning. The lady zipped my hoody up and told me that she has boobs too, but has to cover them up  I was actually appalled that out of the blue, a teacher someone who I thought I could trust, in my school, an environment where I should feel safe was saying this to me. I cried my eyes out, I rang my mum screaming, the head said some teachers had complained. Utter bull. The best part? Sat next to me when I walked outside were my two best friends, absolutely stunning, but both wearing completely cropped tops; whole stomach out, and cleavage – and leggings which were practically see through, but that’s fine, double standards? Yet I got sent home for wearing something which wasn't half as bad as what they were wearing? Then there's the group of girls who ALWAYS have a problem with what I wear, I used to be terrified to upload a photo on facebook because I knew that it would bring shed loads of abuse from a certain group of girls. Yet, when I went on their facebook, they'd upload photos just wearing knickers etc. I finally plucked up the courage to block them all. But why should it bother anyone what I choose to wear? It really doesn't define someone, the way they dress. If you have my on Facebook, please have a look through some of my old photos, on one, there are about 50 comments, and it is this certain group of girls just abusing me, exclaiming that I have a terribly bad bra fitter and that my boobs are touching my chin etc, just generally nasty, sly and bitchy comments, they're just unnecessary and I find it weird that people would ever take time out of their day to be so nasty, if you don't like what someone does, don't look at it, but certainly don't be a hypocrite and do something even worse. 
Maybe if im nice to the people who are bitches, they’ll be nice back?
Oh how wrong could I be, how often is it possible to get walked all over? In my case, an endless number of times.  I always make the mistake of been nice to those who hate me. Hate me for what reason exactly though? Like the girls in the year above? I'd go out of my way to like their status or leave a nice comment on their photo and smile when I see them, but i'm told that one night, they all sat round a computer looking at my facebook and slagging me off all night. I'd hate to be the one to expose some home truths about these girls but lets just say, they're not perfect at all. I find it very odd that they would all sit, around a computer and choose to stalk my profile and bitch about me, I think this just shows the sadness of their lives. Then there was the Myspace days, when my so called 'friends' would set nasty indirect 'bulletin messages' about me, me, being the push over that I was, would still be nice to them at school, even though they'd threatened to 'smash my face in' for no reason. I was terrified to go to school, I once locked myself in the toilets whilst they threw things over the top at me, I had to call my Mum to call the headmaster to come and get me out. There was one group of girls in particular who made 6th form hell for me on a number of occasions, I couldn't even walk near them without been snarled at. It got to the point where I had to speak to a councillor about it at school because they were making me so sick I didn't even want to go to school. It's harder than it looks pretending to be happy on the outside. My ex boyfriend cheated on me countless times, and I ignored the girl who he cheated on me with, yet this horrible group of girls decided to turn this on me, and take to facebook to set public statuses including my name, about what a fucking bitch I was and what a fucking slag etc... these statuses had comments abusing me and more. I don't know why I didn't delete these girls from facebook and I wish now that I stood up to their disgusting behaviour, if their boyfriends had cheated on them, it would be a different story. I understand that girls will always be 'catty' but I genuinely cannot believe some of the things that I put up with at school, just for being me. I even have so called best friends, who won't even read my blog, they mock me constantly when I mention it, I even told them that i'd won the Cosmopolitan blog award, for them to not even respond. I don't want them to be like 'wow well done' but it would be nice if my 'best friends' could be happy for me.
Boys are just as bad as girls.
Formspring brought about a lot of abuse for me, in particular from my ex. 'I think your a legend for what you did to em :) haaaa! she deserved it, she use to flirt with everyone.' This comment was clearly sent by a girl, but 1. I am friends with a lot of boys, I don't even think I know how to flirt so this isn't true and number two, why would it ever make anyone a legend for cheating on someone numerous times, destroying their self esteem and ruining their teenage life - this comment is sick if you ask me, that someone gets a kick out of someone getting so hurt. 'you're whipped by em completely. don't even like her. ho.' I then came across this comment, I would love to understand what I have ever done in my life that makes me a ho, because I can't think of anything. The 'dont even like her' is just as nasty as this person clearly has no reason to dislike me.   
I've always said that i would expect bitchiness from girls, it's just a given, but when it comes from guys it's so much worse. The amount of abuse that I have had from guys for having a blog is outrageous, there is one person in particular, who constantly tweets about me and my blog and about how pathetic I am, how I am a cretin, etc to be honest, I don't want to give this person any air space as I find it weird because I went to school with this person and we always got on, on the surface, to be honest he isn't going anywhere in his life, but I wouldn't expect to see someone wasting their time reading about what i'm doing if they've got such an issue with me. I think it shows more about him than me. I just think this is another example of how someone can turn on someone literally for no reason at all. This person in particular, once rang me to tell me how no one was going to turn up at my 18th birthday party, and it would be rubbish - yet then he snook himself in through the back when he found out actually, everyone was going, apart from him. Then there are the girls who favourite all his nasty tweets about me, or even worse, retweet them. I find it all very bitchy, especially because now most of them are supposed to be 'adults', but in my eyes, it just makes these people as bad as those who set the nasty tweets in the first place. They then tweet about me because i've deleted them, and wonder why i'd delete them when all they constantly do is set abusive messages about me and stalk everything I do. 

I   I think it's important to remember that boyfriends can really make your life hell as well. Like i've mentioned before, I have been cheated on a lot of times. Of course, this makes me question what is wrong with me, why am I not good enough when I put my all into the relationship, am I ugly etc. Yeah, it really does knock your self esteem. But, i've come to realise that getting used by guys, getting abused by guys, and just generally letting men upset you, once again, just shows what kind of people they are. In the end, it will be them that end up lonely, if you can wake up in good health, with a loving family and a roof over your head, nothing else matters. Bitchiness annoys me so much because girls really should stick together when it comes to guys, yes my boyfriend cheated on me, and out of all the times he cheated on me, half of those were with my 'best friends' I really think this corrupts any idea of sisterhood or trust that i've ever had. Another example is when a girl knows that you really like a guy, yet continues to keep getting with him. These really are just minor problems, but as girls, they can feel like the end of the world and it does really damage your self esteem, it took me years to get any sort of trust or confidence after been cheated on and abused for so many years. It's the most difficult thing to do, but you've just got to walk away, until someone actually appreciates you for who you are.

     Family is the best.
I    I agree, that family will always be close to me. I acknowledge that I am extremely fortunate to have such an incredible mum, brother and grandparents. However, to have someone biologically attached to you who has spat in your face numerous times, told you that you're dead to him and chanted RIP over and over again until you start to believe that you actually are dead. I'm not really sure how i've turned out remotely normal with the abuse that I've suffered from this person. To have this person chase me out of the house and send me to school just days before my GCSE exams inconsolably crying just because he was in an angry mood, wasn't a great experience. To be repeatedly called a 'lying little bitch' and an 'evil little bitch' by someone who is meant to be your largest supporter, really is disgusting.

     Of course, I could write a book even just on the above section, but for a number of reasons I don't want to disclose anymore information, I just want you to understand that anyone can get through abuse, anger, aggression, violence, bitchiness, heartbreak - you've just got the have the right mind set. I cannot stand it when people say that I am lucky, I am not lucky, I just try hard, because I have been knocked my whole life, I want to hurt these people with success. Why lower yourself to their level, and be nasty back, when you can beat them with your intelligence. For now, I hope that if you've ever been through anything bad at all, I can be your motivation to get through it. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, and success really is the best form of revenge. Hurt these people by doing well for yourself and not letting them get what they want, don't let them drag you down, let every nasty comment constantly pull you up and make you stronger. I really hope that this post motivates at least one person. HATERS  = HAVING ANGER TOWARDS EVERYONE REACHING SUCCESS. I want to leave you with some thoughts, some things that have continued to motivate me and I hope that they'll help keep you postive too:

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(Images are from weheartit.com)

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Treats from MAC and NARS and this weeks make up looks

Hello lovelies, so i've being quite ill today but before work I decided to treat myself to some make up, in order to make me feel happier, they say that retail therapy is good for you - unfortunately it didn't make me feel less poorly, but it did cheer my face up. If you read my blog you'll be aware that i've never even used anything from NARS before, I was hoping that I could write about how amazing the service was and how I bought so many products, but that would be lying. Okay, so I didn't have loads of time but the sales assistant in Harvey Nichols was very rude, she asked if I wanted any help and I said yes please and asked her about the laguna bronzer and the orgasm blusher... she told me that I'd have to buy both separately as they no longer do duos, this confused me as they do sell duos online, but  she didn't seem to care or offer me any alternatives she just walked off. I then asked her which one she would recommend and she didn't even look at my complexion, she just said 'yea go for orgasm' and didn't even look at me when she was speaking to me, her mind was clearly elsewhere throughout our whole conversation and I felt like I was a nuisance to her. I was ready to purchase pretty much the whole shop, i've made a wishlist of items that I want from Nars and was going to treat myself today but her un-attentive attitude put me off Nars immediately. It's such a shame because I really expected her to at least try and sell me the products. I next asked her about the highlighting sticks, to which she hardly responded. It seemed that I knew more about the products than she did, when she did put my items through the till, she rushed me through as if she had better things to do. Unfortunately, this horrific service meant that I only bought one item, when I wanted to buy at least 3 or 4 things. Basically, she didn't want to talk to me about make up, which I guess is a basic part of her job role?

Nars Blusher in Orgasm. So, the one thing I did buy was this baby. Due to the terrible customer service, I don't even know if it will suit me, particularly because I don't really wear blusher, but people swear by it so I decided to just go for it. The colour is incredible, I can see why so many people love it. Apparently it's a worldwide favourite. It was £21.00 which is expensive, but not too expensive. I probably wont wear it much and blusher never really gets used up, so I hope to have this item for a very long time. I love NARS packaging. Watch this space for a full review of the product including me wearing it.

Mac Cosmetics mineralize powder in 'soft and gentle', I currently wear this powder in medium/dark but this is more of a highlighter. The make up artist showed me how to apply it, and she put it at the top of my cheek bones and down my nose to highlight. It just gives a lovely little reflection in the light and is quite sparkly. I did originally ask for the 'Glamour Daze Extra Dimension Skinfinish powder' which is apparently 'a liquid powder highlighter with prismatic reflections that sculpts highlights and models the face' this sounds very Kim Kardashiany and like a new exciting product, the only reason I didn't get it today is because it was sold out boo. So instead, the make up artist recommended the 'soft and gentle' mineralize powder and said it is pretty much the same, so I went for it. This was £21.50 so not that bad considering you do get a lot and these always last.

Last but not least, I topped up on mascara by treating myself to Mac's Zoom Lash, it's just a fantastic mascara for definition but also it makes the lashes really black. I tend to use loads of mascaras but always let them dry up, so this was much needed. I have used this for years. I usually use Clarins Wonder perfect but it's around £20.00, which is expensive for mascara, especially when on a student budget, so I will have to put that on my Christmas list. I also got myself a Mac concealer just because my skin is horrible this week and I have come to the end of my previous Mac concealer, it's really thick and good for bad skin days so this is an essential item for my make up bag.

Below you can see a few photos of me this week, to get an idea of what outfits i've worn and how i've done my make up and hair.

Above I am wearing a backless leotard from American Apparel, I adore AA but it is SO expensive, however, this was only £22.00 which I think is very cheap for them. Well, it's not when you consider that this is just a plain leotard, but it is gorgeous, it's just fully backless. My hair extensions are from ClipHairLimited and I suggest you check them out, @cliphairlimited as they do really thick extensions which are great quality, I will be reviewing these sometime next week for you. It feels so good to have thick long hair again.

Above I am wearing the same leotard but in white, I actually think I prefer it in white. Then again, I am quite boring and do always wear just black and white. Here I am wearing Mac Cosmetics studio fix foundation in NC30, Mineralize powder in medium/dark and their Myth Lipstick. I am wearing their Plush Lash mascara. As you can see, I swear by Mac Cosmetics. My favourite lipstick is Myth by Mac, and I don't think that will ever change, as you can see, it's just nice and nude.

I hope you liked this post, have you ever used Mac Cosmetics or Nars? What are your favourite items?

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Thursday, 15 November 2012

French beauty products, Belgium haul! Bioderma, La Roche-Posay and Caudalie reviewed

Hello everyone! as many of you are aware, I was in Belgium last week, and whilst I am super depressed to be back in dull England, at least it means I can get back to blogging. I of course, in Belgium was on the look out for suitable treats for me to review for you.

After studying French at A-Level, I've always had a passion for the French language and culture this is why I love French pharmacies. Below you can see a few items that I picked up. I didn't buy much because it was all so expensive, but at least I got to taste a bit of the French beauty culture.

Thursday, 8 November 2012


Hello lovelies, so if you follow me on twitter (@emshelx) you’ll be aware that I am currently on my way to Belgium! I really hope that I get the chance to grab some items so that I can do a Belgium Haul post including lots of new products. If you read my blog you’ll have probably guessed that I am quite obsessed with Kim kardashian’s make up. But, to be honest, who isn’t. She always looks immaculate and this is my 3rd post about her make up, this time though, it is more indepth with more research as to what products she actually uses.

For Kim Kardashian, it really is all about skin. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her face looking bad. Okay, yes the media does edit everyone, I’ve written numerous essays about how the media makes beauty unattainable, because everyone is airbrushed. However, I genuinely do just think that Kim has a crazily perfect face, whether you like Kim or not, I think her make up is something to aspire to. I am going to talk you through what I think she does to achieve this/what I would do to achieve the same look.

PREP AND PRIME. Of course, every make up artists secret. I always used to be like, waah primers are so expensive, what even is the point of them. But recently, since using primers every single day, I’ve noticed such a difference in my complexion. A primer is essential for perfect make up application, don’t let anyone tell you any different. It evens your skin tone and just makes your make up sit nicer, on a smoother base and it prevents it sliding off. My favorite primers are Shu Uemura’s UV underbase, it’s around £35.00 which is so steep, but it’s their best selling product, it really is worth getting your hands on this if you can because it’s probably the best primer I’ve ever used. I’d also recommend Mac Cosmetics prep and prime, this is also gorgeous and it has a light shimmer to it, so it gives you a hint of Kim Kardashian’s glowing complexion, this is only £18.00 which is quite cheap for MAC. Recently, I’ve being using Wild About Beauty’s botanical skin prep primer and Urban Decay’s primer – these are both quite similar to Macs, but they contain better ingredients, so no nasty things are going on your skin. Basically, just make sure that you use a primer for perfect make up application. I’ve read that Kim’s make up artist uses La Mer: The Radiant Serum – unfortunately, for us normal people over £200 is a little bit too much to spend on your face.

HIGHLIGHTING – Aaah ever really looked at Kims cheeks and thought wow, they look so much more defined than mine. Yep, me too. I’ve read numerous times that Kim Kardashian’s make up artist swears by using highlighters. The highlighters that I would recommend to create the same look would have to be Benefit’s High Beam, if you haven’t ever used this product, I promise it will give you that wide-eyed-bushy-tailed look that Kim Always seems to have. It’s perfect for accentuating the cheek bones and adding a healthy glow to the skin. This is around £25 from what I can remember, but my pot literally lasted me years, it’s only just run out. I have seen dupes of this in cheap make up shops such as Bodycare in the UK, pretty much the exact same highlighter for under £5.00. Something which I would highly recommend though is Nourish’s Body Souffle – This has become one of my favorite products lately, however, it was only when I read a review the other day on someone elses blog that I learnt that this product can be used as a face primer or a face highlighter. Much like Benefit’s sunbeam, which is something that I’ve wanted to try for ages. This primer, come highlighter come body soufflé can literally be used for everything. It reflects the particles in your skin for a flawless finish, I absolutely love what it does to my legs, it coats them with a beautiful colour and almost makes it look like you have skin tights on (that’s how perfect this product makes your skin look). This is just over £25 from what I remember, but the pot is huge and can be used in a number of ways. Put this on your cheek bones before foundation application and I promise that you will soon have Kim Kardashian’s Golden glow.

CONTOURING and CONCEALING – L’oreal Lumi Maqigue – Yes, I rave about this product on a daily basis, although it runs out really quickly, I think it’s the perfect pen for doing the contouring that Kim Kardashian does on her face. Or, if you fancy spending a bit more money, try YSL’s touché éclat, I personally think that Loreal’s Lumi Magique is exactly the same product at half the price but I will let you decide that. I literally layer this product under my eyes and again, on my cheek bones. It’s so easy to apply, and if you apply it the sameway that Kim does to contour, it should perfectly define your best features. This pen can be used as a highlighter as well. I’ve read that Kim uses Make Up Forever’s camouflage palette, which I need to get my hands on, but unfortunately it is only used in the UK. I’ve also read on Kim’s personal blog that she uses Cle De Peau’s concealer stick (which I don’t think is available in the UK) but similar concealers can be found at Bobbi Brown or Mac Cosmetics. Not that Kim has any spots to conceal. Pft!

FOUNDATION - I’ve read before that Kim uses MAKE UP FOREVER’s HD foundation – I actually wore this last night for the first time in ages and now I remember why I love it so much. At first, it seems really sticky and oily when it’s on your face, but, once you let it dry, it goes really nice and matte. I bought this when I was in Paris and only bought it after watching a Youtube video with Kim’s make up artist who said that he uses this foundation on her. It really does give you a HD finish. Similar foundations which I would recommend for the heavy matte look are Mac cosmetics studio fix, I wear shade NC35 as it has yellow undertones, rather than the NW colours which are pink undertones. Estee Lauders double wear is quite similar to both of the foundations, but it is a bit too heavy for me. I like Mac because it is buildable coverage.

POWDER – In order to get a real matte finish, powder is a necessity. It’s my pet hate when people don’t wear powder, it just means that your foundation will go sticky and look oily. I personally use Mac’s mineralize skin finish in colour medium to dark. Kim said on her personal blog that she uses MAC cosmetics Select Sheer Pressed Powder in NC30 and then brushes MAC’s powder in NW45 over the top for a tan.

BRONZER/BLUSHER– Kim always seems to have really bronzed cheeks, I have read that once again, her make up artist uses Make up Forever. However, on Kim’s own blog she said that she uses Smashbox bronzer; ‘Bronze lights’ in the suntan matte shade. I want to buy this now I’ve seen that she apparently wears it. I’ve read that she uses cream blush in a pink colour called ‘Cheek’ for a rosey look. MAC sell cream blushes which are really good to recreate Kim Kardashian’s luminious cheek looks.

EYES - On Kim’s personal blog she discusses her favorite colours for a smokey look, she said she uses ‘carbon’ by MAC if it’s a black smokey look, but ‘Knight Divine’ or ‘Print’ if it’s a grey smokey eye. If it’s a brown smokey eye she will use ‘Embark’ by MAC. I think these colours are pretty easy to get from most places, I’d recommend Urban Decays naked palette for all of the colours in one palette, or for a cheaper alternative try MUA. Kim Kardashian apparently uses Mac’s Zoom Lash mascara for long eye lashes, which I can believe, as I also use this because it is incredible. I’ve also read that she uses Lancome’s Hypnose, which is easily just as good – but more expaensive. She said that she puts MAC’s Zoom Lash on first and then Lancome on top. I’m guessing that she wears lashes though, I’d recommend ‘Girls with Attitude; who do incredible lashes or Shu Uemera for a more expensive pair (Cheryl Cole wears these eye lashes apparently!).

LIPS: Kim’s lips are usually neutral, I’d recommend mac’s lipstick in ‘myth’ their best seller as it is perfectly nude. I’ve read that she actually wears Nars ‘belle de jour’ but lines her lips first with MAC Subculture lipliner.

If that wasn't enough for you, read here for more tips on how to do your make up like Kim Kardashian, including videos!

Also, I made my own Kim Kardashian make up video which you can see here!

I hope this helps to answer a few questions about 'What Make up Kim Kardashian Wears' a question that too mny of us want to know the answer to, maybe one day I can ask her in person.
Lots of love, Em x x x

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