Sunday, 1 December 2013

Final Haul of 2013!

This IS my final haul of the year, I know I always make these claims but seriously - have faith in me!
This is not a review, as I've literally just purchased these items, but I have included swatches that I think are relevant. Some are repeat buys and normal basics, so I won't get into them - but for now can I just say - I love MAC's facial wipes! They are amazing (never thought I'd say that about wipes lol)

Starting with the basics, on the left, is my LancĂ´me which I have mentioned quite a lot on my blog so I won't really get into that, but if you wan't to see one of my previous reviews, please click here and here.
The Clinique Stay Matte foundation is another nice one, it's very long wearing and makes you look airbrushed, I would recommend it to you if you have oily skin, this was my summer go-to foundation! The great thing about Clinique is that you can go to their counter and get a little sample before you make a purchase. 
I've been using MAC's studio fix fluid on and off for years now, I have a love-hate relationship with it, but I always end up going back! 
Lastly, on the right, also from MAC is the pro longwear concealer. I sometimes use the studio finish concealer which comes in a little black pot, identical to the eyeshadow packaging - but it depends on what look I'm going for. This foundation is more lightweight and long wearing, definitely one I'd recommend. 

Moving onto lips now and starting with the lip-glosses is 'Right Image' from MAC - now, I'm not really a lip gloss person, I love my lips to look matte and crisp (NOT DRY lol, crisp and well finished) but this one is a favourite of mine, it lookS cute when worn with Lovelorn, which is also from MAC.
Next is 'Spite' which is another MAC gloss, can I just say, this gloss is divine - no exaggeration, my sister is actually the one who introduced it to me. I wear it with 'Velvet Teddy' or any other beige based nude shade teamed with 'Chestnut' lip pencil (another absolute must have).
This NARS velvet matte lip pencil in 'Train Bleu' was out of stock for more than 7 weeks, apparently, this was because it was the colour that was used on all the models during London fashion week so it became a high demand colour. I kept on calling John Lewis to enquire when it'd be back in stock and they kept saying they were unsure so I was afraid that it had in fact been discontinued. Luckily, the other day when I went there to buy uggs and I walked past the counter and thought I might as well ask, they had it! YAY! This colour is beautiful - maybe my favourite thing in this whole haul. It's a goth deep purple, so amazing, I had a picture of me wearing it but the camera just doesn't do it ay justice!
'Style Surge' by MAC was my go-to lipstick in summer, it's a very nice coral that compliments darker skin tones and doesn't look to bright. I have 'Vegas Volt' by MAC but the colour creases into my lips and highlights all my lines - this is the best coral I've tried so fare, it's also nice and moisturising too.
Last but not least, is 'Taupe' - a very nice nude for darker skin, it has a rustic/ orangey feel to it.

Here are the swatches in the same order:

With flash

Without flash

The picture isn't clear but here I am wearing 'Style Surge' (hiding the little spot near my chin lol)

Moving onto eyes now, first off is the 'Ardell Natural Multipack Demi Wispies' which I purchased from Madame Madeline an American online store which literally just sells lashes, I couldn't find these in the UK and the postage and packaging was reasonable price so I thought, why not? I love these lashes, they look natural but full at the same time and really compliment my eye shape.
The black square thing is literally just the pro palette refill pan, and that small circle next to it, also from MAC is a nice natural dusty gold called 'Antiqued'
MAC's 'Naked Pigment' looks good on everyone, I first discovered it through Kim Kardashian but was hesitant to buying it because I don't really like loose items of makeup but it's such a nice colour!
The Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in 'Petrol Blue' is something I never imagined i'd buy, especially because of my dark skin. My friend went into MAC and a guy did her make-up, he used this liner to do a winged eye and teamed it with 'Ruby Woo' and it looked amazing.
Last but not least are two eyeshadow trios from Smashbox

Here are closer pictures of the Smashbox photo op eyeshadow trios in 'Quicktake' and 'Filter'

Here are the swatches in the same order:

With flash

Without flash

Left: Petrol Blue Right: Antiqued

I've been wanting to try out Origins for a while, above is the 'Spot remover pads' and their 'Out of trouble mask' which is supposedly amazing - I haven't tried them yet

Last but not least is the Bobbi Brown bronzer in 'Bali Brown' and two brushes, MAC's '227' and a Bobbi bronzer brush.

Here is a swatch without the flash, you cant really see it clearly, but it creates a natural bronzing effect:


Life Update.

Hi all!

Sorry for going AWOL, I've been so consumed by everything around me that I've barely had any time for myself.

More than two years ago I created this Blogspot with the aim of having a little outlet for my thoughts and also as a platform to not only voice my views but to share with you all what I’m loving, wanting and loathing. Whilst it has kind of been bombarded with hauls, revealing the shopaholic I am 'haha', you have all been so kind and supportive to me and I appreciate you for that, especially when it came down to my trails in University and the struggle of finding clarity when it came to my career.
One of my fav posts so far was my “End of an Era...” post, where I not only detailed my struggle, but how I overcame it. What I LOVE the most was the fact that so many of you were going though similar things and my testimony kind of gave you that hope to push through. 
So I guess I have decided to do something similar again!

Before I go into where I am so far, lets take it back to my first post “New to” in 2011:

“Because of my inner fear I decided to settle for what would give me job security and study something that didn't have my heart in it. I then decided to head off to Uni whilst getting internships on the side.
Here I am, with only a year left of Uni and I'm still biting my nails out of confusion....
But I have officially decided to take a leap of faith... follow me on my journey :)”

Getting into PR has been a tiresome journey, whilst I have been blessed with some amazing Internships and experiences, I had to also go through a lot in order to realise what I did and didn’t want – fashion is and was a BIG no, hence why I stopped blogging about fashion. I do encourage you not to let other people’s attitudes and poor behaviour to put you off something you love but the things I experienced whilst working in fashion made realise I didn't love fashion as much as I thought I did. To be honest, I think I was a bit deluded after seeing my teenage idol Lauren Conrad from ‘The Hills” work in Teen Vogue and Kelly Cutrone's PR firm People's Revolution, making me desire a similar lifestyle lol. I then thought that working in either music or beauty PR as they are both things i'm passionate about, were ideal roads to go down. My new role presented itself first so now I'm in music PR! 

I'm not going to disclose online where I actually work, because a few people who check out my blog are not genuine  (#NoShade) but also because I don't want strangers turning up at my work place! lol
The company I work for is a very big one, not in terms of it's size, but its reputation. So I am very grateful. Not only do we regulate the music industry by looking after the three major record labels; Sony, Universal and Warner music as well as the independent ones, we also organise and own the Brit Awards, the Brits School, the Official Charts and a new Youtube channel called Transmitter (check it out).

Whatever you choose to do, I encourage you to be patient, but don't confuse that with sitting around and waiting, being very proactive is mandatory - you will be competing with a lot of people, especially in PR.

Here are some sites I read regularly, some of them also post job opportunities too:
PR Week
Social Media Week
Marketing Week 

If you're on twitter, i recommend you follow:
@ukfashionintern (Design, styling, PR, marketing and beauty)

You don't have to - but if you want to get into PR, you should consider writing a blog.
The feedback I got from my interviewer, who is now my manger, was that my personality stood out from all the other applicants, the fact that I had independently undertaken a good amount of internships and also the fact that I had a blog. Bare in mind that I didn't study music, PR or anything media related so doing the latter was essential for me to stand out!

But thanks again each and every one of you, if you need any advice, please do not hesitate to reach out to me x

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

It's Official... He's My FAV!

I got tired of tweeting my love for J. Cole and writing obsessive whatsapp statuses telling the whole of my contact list what song I'm currently humming along to and why, so I decided to blog about him! (Last mention... I promise, and then I'll retire)

J. Cole keeps Hip Hop alive!
I have always been quite a big fan of J.Cole, I first got introduced to him during my time at University by a follower of mine on Twitter. When I first heard his voice, his flow, and his words... I fell in love, no exaggeration; I was infatuated by his voice, was smitten with his lyrics and besotted by his passion and poetical content. He had no flaws in my eyes. If you have been following my online footsteps, you may remember a point in 2010 where his track "Higher" was the theme song to my tumblr La Bella VIta 9 which was from his third mixtape 'Friday Night Lights' with songs such as "Cost Me a Lot”,” Premeditated Murder", "Home for the Holidays", "Love Me Not" and "In the Morning" featuring Drake (which I used to fall asleep to HASHTAG - cringe). I was the one in my Uni house who loved music so I would play the mixtape out loud, open the doors, windows and I had all my housemates fake rapping in our corridor.

Then he disappeared... </3

I moved on and went back to Drake, I almost lost faith in him but saw him pop up a few times like in Beyonce's "We Like To Party" replacing Andre 3000....

... But that wasn't enough for me, if you know me I love music just as much as I love beauty, I'm always trying to hear whats new and I like a variety. So when J. Cole went missing (to record this album of course) it's like I kinda forced myself to get bored of him.

My brother purchased Born Sinner when it came out, he used to play it loud in the house (it runs in the family lol) and I was being stubborn acting like I didn't care for it, didn't want to listen to it and blah blah. I was a bit disappointed from Kanye's Yeezus so I didn't want to hear similar things from J. Cole so I left it. However, the songs were so catchy; I even heard myself singing along to "Crooked Smile" featuring TLC when usually I have to to listen to a song like six times before I can rate it or fully relate to it. He came back and took it back (in my humble opinion) I felt a sense of nostalgia, he was rough, passionate had music you could sway to but it was still real, it was him and he was telling his story, his struggle.

I have to rate it 9/10
I could be biased so have a listen yourself.
My gift to you is a few of my favourite songs from Born Sinner, below:
Born Sinner

I could be here forever as I love nearly EVERY song lol. xxx

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

June&July FAVZ

It's nearly the end of July now, some of these products were my absolute favs in June, but I wanted to give it enough time and really try the products before I just put it out there. 

(From left to right)

1. OPI Rapidry - It's an amazing spray that drys your nails in seconds; a bit on the pricey side, but so worth it! I use it in cojunction with the OPI Rapidry top coat.
2. Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash - it's fresh, fruity and feels lovely on the skin
3. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser - I loved this in Morocco, when it was too hot to wear makeup I slapped this on!
4. Clinique's Super City Block SPF 40 - With this product, a little goes a long way and it's great under foundation and keeps my make-up on for longer, especially in this heat. (if you are dark like me, when you first put it on, it's white, do not be alarmed, it disappears when you apply your foundation)
5. Clinique's SP40 Body cream  - This prevented me from burning in Morocco, it's lightweight and stays on even when i'm in water so my skin has that extra protection.
6. Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Butter cream - It smells and feels so good, I've been tempted to taste it. :O
7. Nail Polishes! I was initially going to stick with the two coral shades by Maybelline and Clinique but this vampy deep purple shade called by Clinique is amazing, I really love it. I'm not sure about longevity anymore because noting lasts on my nails, I have to get an overlay in order for any colour to last on my nails; these work pretty fine. (let me know if you want the shade names, I can't find the colours right now)
8. MAC Barbados girl lusture drops (Riri hearts MAC collection) LOVE IT, I mix it with my foundation and my whole face is glowing.
9.  Clinique's SP40 face cream, same thing I said about the body, it prevented me from burning whilst I was on holiday.
10. Clinique Sparkle Skin Cream (sample size) - Its an exfoliating cream that you use in the bath and it feels lovely, it gets rid of all dead skin and impurities on the surface of your skin.
11. MAC #43 lashes - if you know me well, you'll know I struggle to find lashes that suit my small eyes - these are great, I love them. If you use lashes similar, please recommend them to me as I love variety. 
12. MAC RiRi Boy Lipstick (Riri hearts MAC collection) - I love this lipstick, it's so pretty, I prefer it to the RiRi Woo shade by Rihanna, look out for an in depth post coming soon.

These two products from Soap and Glory at Boots are my favourite on the list, after hearing one of my most watched YouTube gurus Tanya Burr gush about it, I decided to pop down to my nearest boots and see what all the fuss was about. Can I just say that this was the moisturiser I used in Morocco so now, every time I smell it, it takes me back there - I think theres a word or phrase for that, isn't there?
It's so nice, the smell is gorgeous,  I can't even properly describe to you exactly how it smells, all I can say is that it kinda smells like fruit and sugar....? (Help me out here if you've used it please lol) But I definitely, definitely, definitely recommend!  

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Elf Bits oxo

A while ago I purchased two bits that I'd heard so many positive things about from Elf's website. I was looking for the perfect brush for my makeup, after falling in love with the real techniques buffing brush, it was time for me to look for something similar for when I couldn't be bothered to clean the latter.

I heard A LOT of positive things about the face powder brush, ironically, none of the girls doing the reviews actually used the brush for powder! Elf is cheap so one evening I thought - why not? They also had an offer on where if you purchased from them you got a free lipstick; and I did. I did do a few swatches but the colour wasn't clear so I decided not to include it. 

Firstly, can I just testify that this brush is amazing?! It's so good and such good value for money, only down sides are that the head has actually fallen off and I haven't had it for long :s I can still use it though, I do need to look into purchasing some superglue to stick it back on though and also, it is quite hard to clean, that is expected since the brush is quite dense and full. It is however a very good brush!


Next is the Elf mist and set spray, I love this, it's better than the MAC one and the Ben Nye (I think) lol, I'm going to wear all three this week and do a comparison post! I'm not going to talk about it any further until I'm 100% sure, but do expect a post towards the end of this week. x

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