Sunday, 22 January 2012

40 Questions of Beauty

I've had this saved in my drafts for ages now but never got round to actually completing it! I can't remember who's blog I saw this on but many thanks because it was really fun to complete!

How many times do you wash your face daily?

Twice usually, recently I've gotten lazy and use a makeup wipe at night. More often in summer or after I've exercised!

What skin type do you have?

Dry combination in winter and oily combination in summer. Combination basically!

What is your current facial wash?

Dr Nick Lowe's Foaming Anti-Blemish Cleanser.

Do you exfoliate?

Yes, around twice a week.

What brand do you use?

At the moment it's Sanctuary.

What moisturiser do you use?

Dr Nick Lowe's Anti Blemish Cream

Do you have freckles?


Do you use an eye cream?

Yes, occasionally I'll use Colbert M.D eye cream, but once that's finished I'll be using one from Bliss.

Do you or did you have acne prone skin?

Yes, I have had horrific skin in the past, when I was around 9 to about 16.

Did you ever have to use Pro-Activ?

I really wanted to, but I couldn't afford it or ask for it back then, I've bought it now and will be using it this summer, as I tend to break out more then.

What foundation do you use?

I'm alternating between 17's Adapt-itude and Elf's new one.

How about concealer?

Collection 2000's Lasting Perfection Concealer.

Do you know your undertone colour?

I believe it is yellow?

What do you think of fake eyelashes?

My lashes are already really long so I thought I would look like an idiot wearing them but now I'd like to give them a go.

Did you know that you are supposed to change your mascara every 3 months?

Yes. Do I do this? No.

What brand of mascara do you use?

I'm trying to use up a No7 one at the moment, but otherwise for special occasions I will use my Lancome Hypnose mascara.

Sephora or M.A.C?


Do you have a M.A.C Pro-card?


What makeup tools do you use in make up application?

I use makeup brushes. Occasionally my hands too.

Do you use make-up base/primer for the eyes?

Yes, I use UDPP, Elf's ones or a Mac paint pot.

For the face?

Either YSL's or Witch or 17's.

What is your favorite eyeshadow (color or shade)?

Probably Sin by Urban Decay because it's a great easy shade for any skintone to pull off.

Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner?


How often do you poke your eyes with an eyeliner pencil?

Not that often anymore...

What do you think of pigment eyeshadows?

Bit messy but can be stunning. My favourite at the moment is one by Terre d'Oc that I received in my Amarya beauty box.

Do you use mineral makeup?

I have a mineral foundation? It's liquid but I haven't used it yet.

What is your favorite lipstick?

Don't have a favourite as of yet.

How about lipgloss?

Nars Pillow Talk because it was bought for me by someone important, also it's very pretty!

What is your favorite blush to use?

I love blushes, any is good really... I think I need to play with my collection a bit more to answer some of these!

Do you buy your makeup on eBay?

No, never.

Do you like drugstore makeup?


Do you go to CCO's? (Cosmetic Company Outlets)

No. I'm also pretty sure we don't have those here in the UK.

Did you ever consider taking make up classes?

Yes! I booked one which turned into a nightmare and I never actually took the class.

Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?

I don't think so, I tend to concentrate really hard!

Name a makeup crime that you hate?

20 pairs of fake eyelashes and 50 bottles of fake tan on the same woman.

Do you like colorful shades of makeup (lipstick, eyeshadow) or neutral ones?

Yes, I like all :) Just depends on when which is appropriate.

Which celebrity always has great make up?

I really like Gwen Stefani's look. She's also beautiful!

If you could leave the house using just ONE make up item, what would you use?

Probably eyeliner.

Could you ever leave the house without any makeup on?

Yes, I do it all the time!

Do you  think you look good even without any make up on?

Not necessarily good, but I don't look hideous or anything. Just a normal person :)

In your opinion, what is the BEST makeup line?

I love Urban Decay/Bobbi Brown/Nars/YSL and I really want to try more Benefit. I'll say Urban Decay for now!

What do you think of makeup?

I think it's incredibly fun to play with and buy. It shouldn't become anyone's life I don't think, unless of course you're a makeup artist etc. I mean in the sense that no woman should be completely obsessed with it and think she doesn't look good without it. It's good fun :)

I'd like all of you to do this! Please link me back in the comments below! :)

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

2012 Beauty Resolutions


I'm sorry I haven't been posting as much recently but like I said before I just have far too much to do at the minute! Product reviews have also been placed on the back burner because I am lacking a camera! Once I figure everything out I will get back into it right away!

But anyway, as promised, here are my 5 Beauty Resolutions for 2012:

- Cleanse, tone and moisturise morning and evening! (I often forget to do this at night or get too lazy and use a face wipe!)
- Wear makeup more often (I actually barely wear makeup, which is probably why you'll find more skincare reviews on here! I'm going for maybe 3-4 times a week)
- I am not to spend a penny on anything beauty related until August (I've actually stuck with this for a whole 18 days!)
- Blog my products, by this I mean actually review/talk about them on here, more often than not, I'll get through so many items that I love but haven't taken pictures of and into the recycling bin goes the empty packaging!
- Use up 300 products by the end of the year, so far I've used up 15, I'm also selling things, giving away to charity/friends/family. I think roughly the total "loss" overall is around 25 so far, including the selling etc.

If you'd like to read and keep up with my general resolutions please click here

Have you made any beauty resolutions? Have you kept to them?

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

No More Beauty Boxes/Run-Down


I tweeted about this before but I thought I would make a public announcement on the blog, for the year of 2012 I will not be subscribed to any beauty boxes, apart from Amarya because I bought a year's subscription, so that'll end in the summer.

I hope all the beauty box posts were helpful, and I really enjoyed receiving so many parcels each month, unfortunately I can't afford them anymore, and I have no need for any more toiletries/soaps/makeup at all, so it would be pointless to continue with the subscriptions.

Here's a quick rundown of each box:

GlossyBox - a slightly controversial box, due to the ups and downs, costing £12.95 per month, including a generally well balanced selection of beauty products. Comes in a baby pink shoe box type box.

Feel Unique - the cheapest box at £9.95 per month or can be paid for a year, comes in a slide out box, very sturdy. Excellent value for money and excellent products.

Carmine - costing £12.75 per month, or can be paid for for 6 months or a year, is a very large box where the lid covers the sides of the box making it difficult to open. The products inside have always been amazing and interesting new finds.

Amarya - this box is £10 per month or can be bought for a year, it includes organic/natural products, also a great box.

Boudoir Prive/JolieBox - this box now costs £12.95 I believe but remained at £10 for all those subscribed before a certain month. This box was a great box but I didn't think it kept up with the other boxes with the size of samples or the brands, after seeing a few JolieBox posts I think JolieBox looks much much better.

My Top Boxes:

Carmine and Feel Unique - both have never put a foot wrong in my eyes and gave exactly what was expected, I also liked most of the samples. Amarya is a great box but I don't think the natural/organic theme sits perfectly with me.

Overall Thoughts:

Beauty boxes are a great way to sample new products and have a little treat every month, for me they were all great but they can become a major drain on finances, especially if like me you only use 3 items out of every 5 and have had to re-home 2 every month, it became a bit of a bore too. Blogging about them was fun, maybe I'll subscribe again in 2013, I'll try to blog Amarya's boxes as much as I can!

Thank you for reading x

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Happy New Year!

Sorry I'm so late with this post but Happy New Year to all of you! I hope 2012 brings you all you desire and is much better than 2011.

If you'd like to read and keep up to date with my new year's resolutions click here.

I'll also be posting about my new year's beauty resolutions soon :)

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