Apr 28, 2010

How Tall Are You...?

This is a random post that came to pass when I was avoiding learning French and googling random stuff instead :) 

I turns out the average height for women in the UK is around 5ft 3/4in. 
 [ I am 5ft 7in ] I guess I assumed my height was average... I assumed wrong. I'd like to point out I love my height, I am more just curious about other peoples. 

No matter what height you are there are beautiful and talented people the same height as you so here are some celebrity inspirations:

America Ferrera: 5ft 1

Shakira: 5ft 2

The Olsen Twins: 5ft 3

Marilyn Monroe: 5ft 5½

Megan Fox: 5ft 6

Kate Beckinsale: 5ft 8

Blake Lively: 5ft 10


How tall are you? How tall do you feel?



Much Love,


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Apr 26, 2010

10 Things that make me Happy... #



As a naturally negative person and someone who has suffered from depression I don't normally think of things that make me happy. I have realised this is where I'm going wrong! Even the tiniest things which make you smile are so important and we should all be grateful for everything we have. So here is 10 things which make me happy: 

  1. Writing Lists - Sad I know! I'm Obsessed with Organisation
  2. A Tidy Room
  3. Being Creative
  4. Cooking and Baking 
  5. Comedy & Comedy Quiz Shows
  6. The Sunshine followed by a Cool Breeze
  7. Animals... I love my Cats ❤
  8. The Feeling of Accomplishment
  9. Getting Lost in my Imagination
  10. Blogging, Obviously ☺



What makes you all Happy? 



[Rose Picture Taken By Me - I'm a beginner with the Camera]

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Apr 25, 2010

Review: Sleek Original i-Divine Palette



Sleek Says:
"The Original i-Divine palette contains a variety of highly-pigmented colours, ranging from green to purple, allowing you to create endless looks fit for day or night. The velvet-touch consistency gives full and shimmering coverage to the eye lid for maximum effect. Each of the 12 shades can be applied alone for a dramatic effect or mixed to create a personalised look." 


Initial Thoughts: 
The first time I used it I used this applicator and it wasn't bad, although I prefer my own brushes. The shadows are beautiful and the colour range is gorgeous. The black eyeshadow is matte the rest are shimmery (which I like but I would have liked a matte brown in there). In this FOTD I used the black and purple. 


Packaging:
The packaging is sophisticated and modern, but still feels sturdy. Its very thin so its easy to travel with and contains a large mirror and applicator.


Swatches:





Further Investigation:
I used these eyeshadows on my mum and myself. She loves the two neutral brown shades. I'm matte girl at heart and I rarely use shimmery eyeshadow but these eyeshadows don't look glittery; they appear frosted and slightly 'wet' looking. Its a beautiful finish and really captures the light. They are highly pigmented and don't give off too much fall out. The colours are much more vibrant than they appear on camera and would suite most skin-tones. 


Overall:
Really good quality and value for money. An great product. 


Price:
RRP: £4.99 


Where to buy?
You can purchase Sleek products on the Sleek Website or at Superdrug. As far as I know these are only available in the UK. 


Would I repurchase?
YES!! I hope to try all the sleek palettes in this range. 


Rating:
8/10

Purchased by me. An Independent and Honest Review.

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Apr 18, 2010

Animal Testing

This post was inspired by the lovely Bicky who did a great post on animal testing. This spurred me to delve deeper into this and find out exactly which companies that I personally own/use/want to buy test on animals. For more information Click Here. I intend to slowly use up my 'Animal Tested' products and I am then going to stop purchasing from these companies. By September I hope to be completely free of all these companies! 

Cosmetic Companies that DO NOT test on Animals

No.7, 17
AfterGlow, Almay, Avon
Bare Escentials, Barry M, Benefit [Unconfirmed]Bobbi Brown,  Body Shop, Bourjois [Unconfirmed]
Chanel, China Glaze, Clarins, Clinique [Estee Lauder], Collection 2000
DKNY, Dior
Estee Lauder, Eyes Lips & Face, ELF
Gosh
Herbal Essences [Clairol- Parent Companies do test on animals but Herbal Essences Products are not]
John Freida
Laura Mercier, Liz Earle, LUSH
M.A.C
Natural Collection, Nars [Unconfirmed – Nars previously has a strict No Animal Cruelty Policy but apparently they have recently been bought by Shesiedo- which do test on animals], N.Y.C., N.Y.X
O.P.I, Origins
Prestige, PURE [Unconfirmed]
Revlon
Sephora, Simple [Unconfirmed], Sleek, Smashbox, Soap&Glory [Unconfirmed], Stila
Tigi Cosmetics,Too Faced, Tresemme
Umberto Giannini, Urban Decay

Sometimes its difficult to discover which companies Do & Don't test on animals.
Unconfirmed = Not Enough Info to Say for definite or Parent Companies May Be Involved in Testing.

Cosmetic Companies that DO Test on Animals


[Coty]
Calvn Klein, Chloe, Davidoff, Jennifer Lopez, Joop, Kate Moss, Mark Jacobs, Rimmel, Sarah Jessica Parker , Vera Wang, Vivienne Westwood 
[L'Oreal]
Diesel, Garnier, Giorgio Armarni, Keratese, Lancome, L'oreal, Maybelline, Ralph Lauren, Redken,  Shu Uemura 
[Johnson and Johnson]
Clean and Clear, Johnson's, Neutrogena, Piz Buin, Roc, 
[Procter and Gamble] 
Aussie, Clairol, Covergirl, Max Factor, Olay, Pantene
[Unilever]
Dove, Impulse, Lynx, Vaseline
Sally Hansen
Shiseido

Coty Says: "The 7th Amendment to the EU Cosmetics Directive has banned animal testing related to cosmetics finished products from 2004 onwards. Already in 1991 Coty researchers started to stop testing products on animals and committed themselves to the search for and the use of..." [For The Full Details of Coty's Animal Testing Statement - Do not hesitate to ask]   Basically Coty is working towards being free from animal  testing and its 'finished products' are not tested on animals. 

L'Oreal: All Companies Owned by L'Oreal (Except The Body Shop) tests on animals. In 2013 L'Oreal and its related companies are set to go Animal Cruelty Free – This may be just a rumour but fingers crossed its true!


Procter and Gamble:  99% of Products are tested with alternatives...Look on the  Procter and Gamble WebSite for more information. Sadly though they do still test ingredients out on animals. 


Unilever Says: "The vast majority of our products reach consumers without testing any of their ingredients on animals. Our commitment to eliminating animal testing is underpinned by our work since the 1980s in developing and using alternatives to animal tests, including new approaches to risk assessment, biological and computer-based modelling and 'non-animal' methods for data generation.”


Hope this helps.. .




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Apr 16, 2010

Oh My Lush!!!


So I accidently spent about £50 in Lush!! Eeek! Don't judge me :)
Anyhow...  Here's what I got: 



Tree Tree Water Toner
Grease Lightening Spot Treatment
Cosmetic Warrior Fresh Face Mask 
[My Skin is clearing up nicely... I feel a skincare routine coming]
Sex Bomb Bath Bomb
Ma Bar Bubble Bar
The Comforter Bubble Bar [For a chance to win this click here]


The Ladies at Lush were so lovely... they let me put my coffee and bags behind the counter while I shopped. They also gave me 10% off my purchase (Only spent £45) incase she had over charged (Each Soap was double wrapped) How Nice Eh? They also gave me samples of: Mask of Magnaminty, Bohemian & Sandstone Soaps. 


I also picked up these lovely things for my Mum! It's her Birthday on Saturday (Luckily she doesn't read my blog!) 




Yummy Yummy Yummy Shower Cream Wash [Smells like strawberries -Gorgeous!]
Lemslip Butter Cream Soap [Amazing]
The Sacred Truth Fresh Face Mask [Great for Anti-Ageing - No Offense Mum!]







For Free Lush Enter My Giveaway

What are your Lush Favourites? 







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Apr 14, 2010

Face, Hair and Outfit of the Day

Its that time again...that comes around every 5-10 years... New passport picture day! Nightmare!! I hate photos of myself, especially when I have to pose on front of people for them..awkward! Oh well...I shoved on a bit'a slap and put a few curls in my hair and voila.... 



Don't Forget to Enter My Contest: Here


Face:
Loreal Studio Line Anti-Redness Primer
The Body Shop Primer Matt it 02
Rimmel Recover Foundation Mixed with Rimmel Stay Matte
Bo-ing Concealer No.1 - Undereyes
Maybellline Liquid Mineral Concealer - Blemishes
N.Y.C Loose Powder

Cheeks:
Clinique True Bronze Bronzer in Sunkissed to Contour
Sleek Blush in Pixie Pink

Eyes
Sleek Palette "The Original":
Purple on Lid
Black in Crease
Cream on Tear Duck
Barry M Kohl Liner in Black: Water Line and Lash Line (Top and Bottom)
Maybelline Colossal Volume Mascara in Black

Brows:
Rimmel Professional Brow Pencil in Dark Brown
Rimmel London Colour Rush Eyeshadow in 033 Dusk

Lips:
Gosh Darling


Hair: 
Loreal Studio Line Hot Straight Heat Protection
Chi Silk Infusions 
Babyliss Straighteners: Loose random curls away from face

OOTD:

I've tried to take a picture of my whole outfit and it failed miserable so this is have to do :) 


 I'm wearing:

Lacy Top: Newlook 
[I'm wearing it backwards just to be different]
Black Cardigan: George Asda
Black Leggings: George Asda
Earrings: Dorothy Perkins
Charm Bracelet: Newlook


Chow for Now


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Apr 9, 2010

Stay Looking Good ALL Night Long...Including the Photos




This is just a quick post of tips and tricks I've picked up over the years on how to stay looking good throughout the night. AND how to look your best in those photos that everyone insists on taking. There is nothing worse than looking drunk, shiny and patchy with black smudges under your eyes. Urgh I hate looking on Facebook after a night out! Enjoy :)

    Preparation:
  • Make sure skin is exfoliated and well moisturised. When wearing heavier makeup (which we tend to do on nights out) the texture of the skin can become more visible so keep it smooth. 
  • Try to leave moisturiser to sink in for atleast 30 minutes in order to stop makeup "sliding off".
  •  Always use a face primer. Even if you don't have oily skin, on nights out people tend to get hot and sweaty (Grose but true) which makes your makeup patchy and leaves your skin looking shiny. I recommend The Body Shops Matt It 02 Primer. Its helps absorb oil and leaves your skin feeling smooth.


   Face:
  • DO NOT use more foundation that usual- You will not look better!
  • DO NOT go a shade or too darker to add a tan, especially in summer. In summer its doesn't get dark till 9/10 and that darker foundation will show up. TANGOED!
  • Avoid Foundation with an SPF because this is more often than not the ingredient which makes us turn a white/grey colour in photographs. For example we all know Revlon Colourstay photographs terribly and it contains SPF 6/15. (If Foundation is Tailored specifically for photographic use then it is sure to be appropriate for photos- Eg Revlon PhotoReady)
  • DO NOT use concealer that is more than 1 shade lighter than your skin-tone. If the concealer is too Light and too much is applied, it can create a white ring under the eyes in photographs which will not look good.  

  
  Cheeks:
  • Always set your foundation with a Matt Powder to help it last longer.
  • Don't go too heavy on the powder though, you don't want to look over-done when in brighter lights.
  • Stick to Matt Bronzers and Blushes as they photograph nicely. Matt Bronzers are my weapon of choice and contouring should never have shimmer or sparkles.
  • Add SUBTLE Highlight but avoid the nose and forehead if your skin has the tendency to get shiny.  

  Eyes: 
  • Always prime your eyes to help your eyeshadow last longer. 
  • Avoid using too many COOL tones on your eyes as these tend to stand out in photographs. 
  • Do not put lots of Eyeshadow on your brow bone, sometimes less is more: Especially with a smokey eye. Let your eyes, lashes and liner stand out. 
  • Instead highlight with a matt skin-tone eyeshadow.
  • Use Waterproof Mascara and Eyeliner on the lower lash line to avoid smudging.

 

  
Have some lovely girly nights out ladies. Let me know if you want more posts like this.

[Images Found on Google]





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