Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Clothes Haul - Presents

I've finally got back to blogging! I know I'm really late with uploading my Christmas presents but whatever!

I picked the first few items before Christmas and my parents bought me them as presents.

I know everyone has that Ramones top now but I just love it!

My mum picked this Henry Holland top for me, which I didn't know about beforehand and I love it so much; it's so cute! I'm a huge fan of Henry Holland so I was really excited when I opened this!

I also picked out these before Christmas. I wore the navy dress on Christmas day and the leather one on New Year's Eve. Sorry about some of the photos being cut off, it was the only way I could fit them in! The navy dress is long sleeved and the lace on the collar is around the cuffs too.

Finally, they bought me this grey body con skirt from H&M. I already have this in various other colours and they go with everything.

My boyfriend bought me some things too. He got me a navy hoodie and a Bambi tee from H&M, as well as a trapper hat as I've been wanting one for ages!

My best friend Lauren bought me this You Me At Six vest that I've wanted ever since I first saw it, so happy with it!

So that's the clothes I got as presents - I'll upload another haul with what I've bought in the sales!

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Coming Soon!

Just a very quick post to let you all know that despite my absence from the blog, I'll get it up and running again in the next few days, promise! So check back soon for some exciting new posts!

Sunday, 9 October 2011


So this is my first ever FOTD! And also my return to blogging - I'm really going to start using this properly now.

Face: Benefit That Gal Primer (also used as highlighter),  Collection 2000 Concealer, MAC Studio Fix Foundation, Collection 2000 Pressed Powder, Rimmel Blusher in Santa Rose, as well as Bronze for contour.
Today I went for a bit of a different look than my usual, with browns on my eyes instead of my usual blacks and greys. It's a bit more of a natural, toned-down look and was a nice change for me.

Eyes: matte brown base from a Rimmel pallette - shade unknown, L'Oreal Colour Appeal in shade Silver Brown towards inner corner, Boots No.7 Eyeshadown in shade Matte Brown in socket line and smudged under eyes, and 17 Eyeshadow in shade Style Queen for inner corner and brow highlight. 
Collection 2000 Extreme 24hr liquid liner, Maybelline Colossal Cat Eyes Mascara and e.l.f Brightening Eye Pencil in Black.
Eyebrows: Rimmel Eyebrow Pencil in shade Brown Black.

I quite like this look and think I'll wear it a lot more often in the future!

What do you think?

Thursday, 1 September 2011

e.l.f products!

I recently went on a bit of a shopping spree on e.l.f, and my products arrived today. I'm so excited to use them all!

Top l-r: Daily Brush Cleaner, Eye Blending Brush, Concealer Brush, Eye Smudging Brush, Nail Polish in Teal, Nail Polish in Dark Navy,.
Bottom: Dramatic Lash Kit, Mineral Concealer + Brush, Corrective Concealer Kit and Nail Polish in Desert Haze.

Saturday, 27 August 2011

For any e.l.f fans, there's a bank holiday sale on right now!

50% off everything when you spend £25 or more! This is well worth it, I just bought 13 items and the total came to £17.75 or something including delievery. There's so many great things on that site, you could easily spend that much. Go have a look!

Sunday, 21 August 2011

The Perfect Foundation? Mac Studio Fix Fluid Foundation Review!

Finding the perfect foundation is a nightmare, right? Testing loads of different brands and shades in the shop, then going outside and looking in your mirror to check it looks okay in natural light, then taking your chosen product home to discover that it doesn't actually suit your skin at all. Women waste so much money on foundations that aren't even suitable for them, and it can take years to find your perfect foundation.

Personally, I have tried countless brands. Some have been alright and some have been terrible. And some have been nice on me at first, but then my skin changed slightly and it was no longer suitable (for example, Illamasqua's Rich Liquid foundation - used to look great and now makes me look ill. Read my short review of it here).

So around two weeks ago I set out on a mission to find the perfect foundation for me. I went into Glasgow with my best friend Lauren and we went into Debenhams to have a look at the various counters. I was willing to spend a little more than usual on the foundation, but I am an unemployed student, so my budget was still fairly low.

First of all I tried Urban Decay's Surreal Skin Creamm-to-Powder foundation. This wasn't terrible, but I felt it looked too powdery and a little cakey on my skin.

Next I tried a Benefit Playstick, which was also a Cream-to-Powder. I will point out though, that this is what the woman at the Benefit counter chose to try on me, I didn't pick it myself. The end result of this looked alright, however the woman did use a cleanser, toner, serum, primer, the Pore-ffesional, Moonbeam highlighter and blusher on me (I didn't ask her to do this). So although yes, my skin did look quite radiant actually, I knew this wasn't down to the foundation. I wouldn't be using any of the other products except the primer at home, so this wasn't a true representation of what I would look like each day.

By this point I was feeling a little disheartened, as I'm really impatient and I was just getting pretty fed up. I had been thinking about trying a mac foundation for a while, but I just assumed that they would be really expensive. I headed over to House of Fraser just to check how much they were and I was pleasantly surprised at the price. Most were around the £19 mark, though some were a little more expensive. I asked a woman there for help and she recommended the Studio Fix Fluid. She tried three different shades on me (none of the other make-up counters done this) and chose shade NC15. I was delighted with the final effect of the foundation and knew this was definitely the best one I had tried. I bought it for £19.50.

I have been using this for about two weeks now and I absolutely love it. It was exactly what I was looking for! I've noticed that when I put my powder over it, it gives an airbrush finish and my skin looks so smooth, with a nice glow that I haven't experienced with any other foundation. It lasts all day, though I may have to touch up my nose slightly, and a little goes a long way- I've hardly used any of it, so it's great value too.

I'm so pleased that I decided to try this foundation, as it suits my skin so well. I used to think that maybe mac was more about the hype and I wasn't sure if the products lived up to it, but this foundation certainly does, and I would recommend that you try it if you're on the hunt for a new foundation!

Have you used any mac foundations? What did you think of them? And what is your perfect foundation?

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Deleting my Youtube channel!

Hi everyone, just a quick post to say that I will no longer be uploading videos to Youtube. There are several reasons for this which I won't go into. I really enjoyed doing the channel but it's just not right for me at the moment. Thank you so much to anyone who subscribed to the channel, watched or commented on any of my videos - I really appreciate it. I might go back to Youtube at a later date but for now, I won't be making any more videos.

I'll still be running this blog, though if there doesn't seem to be much interest in it I might forget about this too.

Thanks for reading,

Shannon xxx