A ‘Match’ Made In Heaven – sorry…

OK I won’t do any more world cup puns. I could, but I won’t.

We are finally experiencing a flash of summer in the UK, and boy do we have to make the most of it. It might be a long time until we see that fiery ball of goodness again! Sorry, I really do mean the sun. So, onto a combination that was engineered by the gods for summertime. The combination I am talking about here is a bold pink lip, and dewy sun kissed skin. The latter for me is in¬†reach, as it is built into my genetics ūüôā (put simply, I am brown).

So first, the bold lip:

I have heard rave reviews about the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks, and I have another one here for you to add to the mix. The shade I went for was Olé Flamingo (great name), which is a brilliant fuchsia. With cool blue undertones, it is also great to make teeth look whiter. The formula was surprising, it truly feels like velvet (but not so much it drags as you apply).






It is easily buildable, and the applicator means that you can get a really clean edge. It has been reviewed to be very long lasting, but what I found useful is that although you want it to stay put, if you apply hastily you can still clean up with a cotton bud around the corners and not end up looking like a lipstick smeared clown.



The pigment it packs is seriously crazy, but I think I would agree with Anna from ViviannaDoesMakeup, that the formula lends itself best to the bold shades rather than the nude, ‘everyday’ hues. This will be my go-to for a summer evening look :).

Now, for the dewy skin:


I am a big fan of the Bourjois Healthy Mix Gel Based Foundation (I mix a blob of shade 55 and 56, why don’t they do .5’s?!). However, if you don’t want such heavy coverage for summer Happy Light is a good way to go, I would say. Confusingly, shade 54 is pretty good for me (I think this is the darkest it goes), and it is a lot more fluid and sheer than the Healthy Mix. It blends nicely with a Real Techniques Stippling Brush, and gives a really nice dewy finish. I have to say I was slightly disappointed by the strong orange undertone, but I think this would be OK once concealer etc are finished.

I will give an update on this after a week or so of use, so I can let you know how it lasts throughout the day. I am expecting it to wear throughout a hot working day, but for me it will be having strong competition with the Garnier Miracle Skin, which I have been wearing daily and loving. With Miracle Skin, even after work, my skin tone looks even and clear, so Happy Light has a lot to live up to!

If I wear this out, I’ll update this post with a picture so you can see what it looks like :). Happy Summer!

AAAAAAAND here is the update, recently wore this look out for my sister’s birthday:


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Favourite Mascara of the Moment

I thought I’d do a small post on a product that delivers BIG.

It’s the Maybelline ‘The Falsies’ Volum’ Express Black Drama mascara (foof, long name). I know a lot of people rave about this, but it really is worth the hype. Coming in at a very reasonable ¬†¬£7.99, this product can trump those that cost around three times as much. Usually, the go to mascara for me is Benefit ‘Bad Gal’, which has the most obese of brushes and is great for lengthening and separating. However the only thing that bothers me about it is that after a while, the pigment in the mascara tends to look a bit ashy on the lashes, which detracts from the actual length of the lashes.

That’s why this mascara rules. It lengthens, it curls beyond belief, it separates AND it has a really black finish (yes, black drama apparently). It is quite easy to take off, but it doesn’t disintegrate throughout the day, so it is a perfect every day mascara that is still build able for evening looks.


This to me, is superior to the Maybelline ‘Great Lash’ mascara, because once I think I tried the waterproof version of this and still had remnants of it on my face about a week after (not a good look). Although it doesn’t quite have the same effect as applying a strip of false lashes, it still does a pretty good job!


I have attempted a little before and after so if anyone is considering purchasing, you can see the effects.


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‘Cute As A Button’ – My First Essie

Here is ANOTHER nail varnish post. I didn’t think nail varnish was going to be a regular occurrence on this blog, but I think impending summer time has broadened my horizons…

I have a vast nail polish collection, and very rarely throw nail varnishes out even if they have pretty much solidified at the bottom of a murky bottle (don’t ask why). Although I like buying them, I had never got around to trying out Essie nail polishes. I know bloggers and vloggers like Lily Pebbles and Vivianna Does Makeup (whose blog I LOVE to read) rave about them until the cows come home – anyone ever thought where did those cows go? Maybe they went out raving.

Therefore, I thought I would buy my first one. It is quite a spring/summer shade that I went for, it is a lovely coral-y pink colour. I was tempted to get Bordeaux, but 1, that is an autumn winter shade and 2, I already have Nails Inc Regent Street which is very similar.¬†¬†(I couldn’t find a shop link for Regent Street, sorry I can’t remember if it’s limited edition or not).

Anyway, here is a little picture of ‘Cute As A Button’:

'Cute As A Button'
‘Cute As A Button’


I’m going to keep this brief, as I don’t want to bore anyone. Here are my main observations after two heavy-ish coats of ‘Cute As A Button’:

  • It has a lovely ‘glass-like’ look even from the first stroke
  • Easily buildable
  • Creamy texture
  • Streak free

All in all I really like this, and it looks really pretty on, especially with a slick of my favourite Seche Vite over the top, to keep them looking glossy.

This is the way I hold all my nail polish bottles...all the time.
This is the way I hold all my nail polish bottles…all the time.
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Passion for Pink!

At the moment, I am really loving pastel pinks, which is very unlike me. I usually like slightly darker or brighter pinks, be it in nail polish, clothing or make up form. Recently, I have been a bit braver and have been trying lighter more pastel-y colours, probably because we are almost at summer time :).

I went to a shopping centre yesterday and failed to resist the lure of the Mac counter. As usual, it was the standard ‘edge your way nearer to the products by using the borderline socially acceptable nudge’ process, but I managed to get my mitts on a new Mac Mineralize Blush in ‘Dainty’ and a Cremesheen lipstick in ‘Creme Cup’.


Now, the blush is really beautiful, I had been looking at buying a Mineralize Blush for a while now. It is a really nice peachy pink, with slight gold shimmer. I haven’t used this properly yet, but I already know that I’m going to love it. Usually day to day I use Mac ‘Mocha’ matte powder blush, which is a very muted dark pink. I am in a bit of a love hate relationship with Mocha, simply because some days it looks beautiful and some it looks a tad ruddy. Whenever I think of the word ‘ruddy’ it always makes me think of Hagrid from Harry Potter!

Mac Mineralize Blush in 'Dainty'
Mac Mineralize Blush in ‘Dainty’


I thought this would be perfect for day or evening in summer time, and the slight gold shimmer is just enough to lift the cheeks, and not make it look like you are going to a 90’s disco.

Moving onto the lipstick I picked up in ‘Creme Cup’, this is a bit of a weird one for me. I do love pastel pinks at the moment, but this is a dangerous look as I have asian skin. I usually hate the way light lipsticks look on me, but for some reason I actually quite like this. Even better is if I layer this with ‘Hug Me’ by Mac, which is a Lustre lipstick. I think with a dark smokey eye, this will look really nice. (Sorry the pic is a bit blurry)



As you know Mac is a bit pricey, so the two product came to ¬£35 in total, but they do last forever so I think it’s worth it :). I will now have to restrain myself from shops, at least until next pay day…3 weeks…not that I’m counting or anything.

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Cleansing the Week Away…

I have been eyeing up Clinique’s ‘Take the Day Off’ cleansing balm for a good few months now. It is a bit of a pricey cleanser, but I had heard so many rave reviews about it and thought it would be brilliant as more of a weekly deep cleanser, for those days when you have more time to really pamper yourself.

Now, I had no idea that it would be so difficult to find somewhere other than Boots. I even tried at Clinique duty free in Birmingham Airport and they didn’t have it, grumbly face. So in the end I bought it online at Boots. I thought the balm would be really solid, but it makes sense that it is more like a putty.


My funky blue flannel!
My funky blue flannel!

What I really like about this balm is that you only need a small amount for one cleanse, and it really feels like it does good as you massage it over your face. I did this at my bathroom sink, first I filled up the basin with some warm water ready for rinsing. I took a small blob of the balm/putty, and massaged it between my fingers. Then I just swept this over my face in circular motions and watched as the grime disintegrated (gross). Then once my face had been massaged and made to look like a clown face, I took my flannel and soaked it in the warm water, and wrung it out. I have to say, it felt SO good to have a  hot flannel sweeping the balm off my face. It really is a more luxurious cleanser than your bog standard micellar water on a cotton pad, or baby wipe.

The way I sampled this product looks like I just lunged at it with my paws
The way I sampled this product looks like I just lunged at it with my paws

It did feel a bit unnatural, rubbing the product over my eyes but hey ho, it still managed to take off my mascara (think I was wearing Benefit Bad Gal Lash which is my ultimate favourite). I also think I was a tad overexcited and may have rubbed the products INTO my eyeballs, hence I had slightly watery eyes once I had rinsed.

All in all, I really like this product and will most definitely re-purchase. I get the feeling it is going to last a long time, so it will be a while before I have to dip back into my purse for it. As I said, I will probably use this more as a ‘take off the week’ rather than a ‘take off the day’ cleanser, so it is more of a treat than everyday routine :).

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‘Greenberry’ Gelly by Barry M

I struggle to find light nail varnish colours that look nice against my brown skin. But as it is nearing (or already is…) summer, I wanted to branch away from the usual dark purples and blues to a more summery, leafy, breezy colour to match the beautifully sunny day we are having today.

I am a big fan of the Barry M Gelly nail varnishes anyway, and have a teal green and cobalt blue shade already. They are really long lasting, but I do have a sure fire process to make sure your manicure can last at least a week, chip free (tried and tested by myself :)).


Here are the products I use during a pastel green manicure:



From left to right:

1. Seche Vite Top Coat, 2. Almond Hand Cream from The Body Shop, 3. Greenberry Gelly Hi-Shine Barry M Nail Varnish, 4. Nail file from Superdrug, 5. Sally Hansen Double Duty Base and Top Coat



First let’s talk about Seche Vite – This stuff has changed my life. I regularly have a different shade of nail varnish on week to week because of this little bottle. Actually for a nail varnish, the bottle is quite big but anyhoo. It feels very odd putting such a thick layer of varnish as a top coat because you think this is NOT going to dry for aaages. How wrong was I?! ¬†(By the way my Seche Vite has a pink tinge because I have used it over red or pink varnish many a time, and it does take some of the colour. A minor niggle, and it doesn’t show up if you then use it on other colours).

I should have arranged the above photo better but basically I file my nails into a oval shape, use the Almond hand cream to sort out my cuticles. Then I apply a thin layer of the Sally Hansen Double Duty, then one coat of the Greenberry (yes, only one coat). Well, if it looks a bit thin in certain parts I go over it, but generally it is quite good. One criticism I would have is that I would have liked a more romantic name than ‘Greenberry’. Maybe ‘Mint Sorbet’? I do love food related names because…I like food. Lots.


Then after a few minutes, I use one blob of Seche Vite per nail, starting down the centre and then doing a stroke either side to use the big blob in the middle to cover the whole nail. I usually wait a few minutes because it is three layers of polish, but Seche Vite is amazing and dries quickly, with a gel like finish and a brilliant shine. I actually have found myself talking to a lady on a supermarket till about Seche Vite because I love it so much!



I think this is a brilliant way to welcome in summer, and what’s more the beautiful pastel green looks great with a tan, or on asian skin.

Bring on the sun shine :).

(I’ve probably jinxed it so it will rain all week, but oh well!)

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Tanya Burr Lip Gloss Review – Aurora

I have followed Tanya on Youtube for about a year now, and I was so pleased for her when she revealed she had a Lips and Nails range coming out. I was a bit late to the party, but I popped into my local Superdrug to pick out a shade of her new lip gloss range to try out.

I went for the shade ‘Aurora’, and I must admit part of me was convinced this was the right one for me because of the name (hmm makes sense…no?) The name ‘Aurora’ makes me think of the film Sleeping Beauty, and when I saw the colour it made perfect sense for it to be named so.

The gloss itself has a slight shimmer, but¬†is packed full with pigment. I wasn’t expecting the colour to be so strong, but actually it’s one of the best things about it.

‘Aurora’ – Tanya Burr Lip Gloss


The consistency is quite thick, and the doe foot applicator means it is really easy to apply. As I said, this lip gloss really goes on the colour it is in the tube.

I wear this to work regularly, and the great thing is it wears off slowly and evenly. Some lip glosses start to disappear at the centre of your pout, but this really has great staying power due to the impressive pigment. After about 8 hours, you can still see a pretty pink tint on the lips, but it doesn’t leave them dry or chapped.

So glad this didn’t fall over…

You can tell that Tanya has had heavy involvement in the formula and colours, because they really are great quality glosses. ūüôā Thumbs up from me!

My attempt at an innovative swatch…
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A Liquid Eyeliner thats stays put!


A product I have been loving recently has been the Loréal Paris Super Liner Black Lacquer.

In my teens, I used to use the Barry M liquid liner, but the big problem I had with that product was that throughout the day it would smudge a lot, and would look really messy. I decided to try this eye liner about a month ago, and really like the thin but flex nib that allows you to create really precise flicks.




Every now and then I have been wearing this to work. What is great, is that I have found after a long day, even when I’ve been rubbing my eyes out of tiredness when I get home it still looks perfect. A slight disadvantage that comes from this is that it can be quite difficult to get off, but using Simple Eye Make Up Remover tends to do the trick. I’ve yet to get eye liner flicks even on both eyes, but now I have found this product, I might actually get it right for once!

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Yves Saint Laurent Volupté Sheer Candy РTasty Raspberry


12 - 'Tasty Raspberry'
12 – ‘Tasty Raspberry’


On a recent holiday to Mallorca, I was a bit naughty at duty free. As well as picking up a couple of Salted Almond Toblerones (YUM) for my two sisters, I also perused the make up counters.

I was originally looking for Clinique Take the Day off cleansing balm, but for some reason you can only seem to get it online. Then I stumbled across the YSL stand, and was very tempted by the glosses and lipsticks. I chose this Glossy Balm Crystal Colour in 12 – ‘Tasty Raspberry’ (whataname).


I can usually tell if a lipstick or gloss will suit me without having to swatch it, and the shimmery peach hue of this gloss balm looked right up my street. I can’t remember exactly how much it was, but it was pricey (I think I was too excited to remember). With gorgeous packaging, and a sheer, non-sticky finish it really is a great subtle gloss. Although, due to the price I am trying to wear it only on special occasions…but that hasn’t really worked recently :).

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