clinique high impact extreme volume mascara

Saturday, March 30, 2013

clinique high impact extreme volume mascara review swatch photo

Holy, Moly. I think I've reached new levels of love with the Clinique High Impact Mascara Extreme Volume. I don't throw the word holy grail around lightly (although I may have said last month I loved the Origins Ginzing Mascara a lot, oops!). Also while I know I mentioned in my Clinique Chubby Sticks for Eyes post that I'd never really used anything from Clinique. The two items have rocketed up my list of favourite products and have completely changed my mind on the brand.

With the  Clinique High Impact Mascara Extreme Volume my lashes look really dramatic, defined and lengthened. Everything I'd expect a mascara to do and so much more. I do think it can get a little clumpy as the brush does bring out a fair bit of product. However I find combing through a few times with the brush and then going over the lashes with the rounded end part separates the lashes and removes some of the excess. The brush itself is plastic bristles with slightly rounded tip at the end (similar to ball on the Givenchy Phenomen'eyes Mascara or Benefit They're Real) which is perfect for separating the lashes out and getting right to the inner corners. I can see some people saying that  the Clinique High Impact Mascara Extreme Volume brush quite large to work with but I found it very easy once I got used to it. The colour doesn't fade or flake off during the day which makes me really happy. I hate it when mascaras flake off and irriate the eyes! It's quite a wet formulation which might not be everyones cup of tea some people but I like it because I feel it coats the lashes better and product applies easier. It does take longer to dry than some mascara's I've tested but only a few seconds more.

So in conclusion, I will 100% be repurchasing this when it runs out. I don't think I've ever enjoyed using a mascara so much (yes, you've heard that before, but honestly this time!) While I can see why this might be a bit too much for a "day mascara" on some people. I think perfect for me all the time and suits "my look" to a tee. Basically it's super lengthening, black, pigmented, non-flakey, non-drying, volumising and is very easy to remove. Either a cotton pad of Bioderma or my favourite Clarins Cleanser does the trick no problem!

speckled nails

Friday, March 29, 2013

lush lacquer salt n peppa swatch photo review
lush lacquer salt n peppa swatch photo review

I'd painted my nails with the new Bourjous spring collection called Rendez-vous Paris (more on that later) and I felt it was lacking something. I was rummaging round trying to find my L'Oreal Confetti topcoat but I decided to go "Indie" and use Salt N' Peppa by Lush Lacquer. Its very similar to the L'Oreal Confetti Topcoat in the sense its a clear polish packed full of matte black and white particles but it also contains larger and smaller sized pieces as well as black and white strands. I like both polishes and they do give a similar effect but I think it's always important to support indie business as well as the big ones! Speckled nails are huge at the moment and the effect kinda looks like Mini eggs! How Seasonal of me!

good friday


river island jacket
topshop alegerra boots (similar here)

Guerlain Terracotta Blush Sun Shimmer in Sunny Pink

Guerlain Terracotta Blush Sun Shimmer in Sunny Pink review swatch photo

A product that's recently caught my eye from Guerlain is the Guerlain Terracotta Blush in Sunny Pink. A beautfiul shimmery fluid blusher that is the perfect additon to any spring or summer makeup bag. It leave a fresh, multidimensional glow to the face. It's very natural, dewy and subtle while adding a sunny pop of colour to the cheeks. The shimmer is very noticeable when swatched or applied with lightly with fingers, but I found when I applied it with a brush it didn't look as shimmery but there was some noticeable gold undertones. The colour itself is a warm pink shade, very similar to the infamous Nars Orgasm with less chunky gold shimmer. It's quite a pigmented shade of blush but with a light hand or a stippling brush you can adjust the coverage. The shade is definitely build-able, from a soft flush of colour to a brighter pop of pink. This can be used on the cheekbones and a blush, on prominent areas if the face to sculpt the face or on the eyelids to brighten up the eyes. The pump bottle makes it very easy to get product out with minimal wastage. You can get a really precise ammount out with very little effort.

I don't think it would suit darker skin tones but light to mid tones and especially tanned skin in the summer time. It has a really delicate finish which brings a sort of inner glow-slightly flushed look to the skin. A great multipurpose product which is perfect for the beach. Guerlain is on the pricier side but this is a nice spring summer transitional product.  The Guerlain Terracotta Blushes come in two shades Sunny Pink perfect for blondes to brighten the skin natural pink tones and Spicy Coral which is designed for brunettes to echo the spicier shades of their tans. I'd love to give the other shade a whirl as Im a mixture of both blonde and brunette at the moment!

shine bright like a diamond

Thursday, March 28, 2013


asos boyfriend blazer (similar here)
primark ring
forever 21 ring

topshop bag
american apparel hat
topshop alvin boots (similar here)
topshop head over heels and OPI Lights of Emerald City

OPI Lights of Emerald City

OPI Lights of Emerald City review swatch photo

I was really excited when I saw the swatches online (namely the Polishaholic's) for the Disneys Oz The Great and Powerful Collection for OPI. I knew that Lights Of Emerald City was the shade that stood out to me those most. In fact I think I told my housemate and I quote "THIS NAIL POLISH IS SO ME!". It's a clear polished packed full of large matte square glitter and smaller iridescent square glitter particles which shimmer both gold and silver. It's super girly, sugar fairy princess topcoat for nails.

While the glitter is spot on for what I like, I think it's so unique and very indie polish inspired. I think  It's difficult to work with, its easy to get out the smaller flakes but the square particles are a little harder to fish out. It's more of a chore than impossible to work with… The larger bits tend to drag along the nail and settle at the tip of the nail so you have to blob them on, but then in turn it's adding more liquid to the nail making it have a longer dry down time.

I feel the same about this OPI polish as I felt about the OPI Nothin' Mouse about it Polish. While unique and really different, It just takes a ridiculous ammount of time to dry when layered over other polishes. I love the way it looks but I just feel so underwelmed by it's dry down time and difficulty to apply. Lights Of Emerlad City is my stand out shade from the whole OPI Oz The Great and Powerful Collection, but I just wish it dried better and wasn't such a faff to apply. I just find it just annoying for a premium polish to take forever to dry. I bought this from Amazon for  £8.49 including postage which I didn't think was too bad. It's still in my acceptable nail polish price bracket!

PS. It's layered over Topshop Head Over Heels*

YSL Glossy Stain in 27

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain 27 review swatch photo
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain 27 review swatch photo

I've never tried a YSL Glossy Stain before so when I was offered to try the peachy pink perfection which is their YSL Glossy Stain 27 Peche Cerra-Colla I jumped at the chance. It's a fairly milky and sheer shade and I felt on first swipe it looked a touch patchy, but after another layer it evened out and looked lovely. In the tube it looked like a creamy pale peachy pink, but it looks more like a true coral on my lips. While I was sceptical at first how a peachy pink lip stain would look on my super pigmented lips the colour did actually show up on me. This YSL Glossy Stain is the only paler lip tint I've tried that actually adds a bit of colour my to my lips. It's not super pigmented by any stretch of the imagination, it just sort of oranges up my natural lip tone. I really like the luxe YSL packaging and the doe foot applicator picks up and applies product beautifully. The product itself is a very thin, gel like fluid that applies with ease to the lips and then sort of sinks in. The more product you apply the thicker it feels. The gloss lasts a few hours on my lips and then fades down to a tint.

I do like this Glossy Stain, it's the perfect throw on and go type of colour, I've had it in my bag for the past few days and I've been finding myself reaching for it almost daily. While I think it's pricey it is nice and after my last few experiences with YSL cosmetics have been pretty dire (I'm looking at you unopened YSL Touché Éclat foundation) it's restored my faith a little bit!

march favourites

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

march favourites review swatch photo
march favourites review swatch photo

Product Review Links: Jouer Matte Moisture Tint, Tresemme Platinum Strength Deep Conditioning Treatment*, Clinique Chubby Stick for Eyes in Ample Amber,Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner*, Clinique High Impact Mascara, Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Toner, Pepta-bright*, Nars Gina BlushBourjois Rouge Edition in 03


My base of this choice for the past month has been the Jouer Matte Moisture Tint. The perfect mix of light tinted moisturiser with enough coverage for day wear. It's glowy and luminous without being dewy or wet looking. Nars Gina has been my go-to blush since I bought it, I don't think a single day as gone by since I purchased it. It's the perfect peachy pink, finely milled, brightening on the face and very flattering. Lipstick was of the usual peachy pink variety in the form of the Bourjois Rouge Edition is 03. It's a smooth, one swipe opaque, non scented drug store lipstick which comes in 18 different colours so there is going to be something for everyone!  My mascara drawer has been well and truely cleared out thanks to my discovery of the Clinique High Impact Mascara, dear god my lashes have never ever looked so amazing. Lengthening and volumising without being heavy to dry. I totally think it's holy grail material! I've also been loving the Clinique Chubby Stick in Ample Amber, the perfect everyday shade that can be layered for more colour. Swipe and go. So simple. Skincare loves came in the form of Pepta-Bright and Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Toner. Both designed to boost radiance and fade scarring and the duo have been working wonders on my scarred skin. The only new hair product I've tried recently thats wowed me is the Tresemme Platinum Strength Deep Conditoning Treatment, an amazing restorative mask that not only works but is super cheap.

Watch on Youtube for all the information about things I'm wearing and for the full details on shopping links! Above links are all to full reviews of products mentioned! Hope you enjoyed it!

smoke on the water

missguided preview

MISSGUIDED PRESS DAY PREVIEW UPCOMING SOON


going dotty

Tuesday, March 26, 2013


primark jacket
market stall silver ring
primark turquoise ring
claires accessories skull bracelet*

real techniques face brushes

real techniques brushes review swatch photo
real techniques brushes face setting review swatch photo
real techniques brushes blush buffing review swatch photo
real techniques brushes review swatch photo
Real Techniques Buffing Brush: £21.99* (part of core collection)

I realised when washing my makeup brushes at the weekend that pretty much all the brushes I use are the Real Techniques Brushes. I thought I'd do a little talk through of them all as I think I've only ever posted about the Buffing Brush in the past. As Im sure most people are aware Real Techniques is a makeup brush brand by the amazingly talented Samantha Chapman from Pixiwoo.  Real Techniques brushes are all make with synthetic hair which makes them 100% cruelty-free. The soft fibres help create a flawless, high-definition finish in any type of light — from sunlight to harsh indoor lighting. All the brushes are colour coded according to what they are to be used for Yellow is for Base, Purple is for eyes and Pink is for setting. However I don't always use the brushes in the way they are intended to be used a they are so versatile and adaptable.

Real Techniques Face Brush: This is a recent addition to my collection and so far I've been using it as either a foundation brush or for cream blush. It's quite a rounded stubby wide shaped brush with makes buffing and blended effortless. I like to pop cream blush onto the tops of my cheeks and use light up and down strokes to blend out the edges.

Real Techniques Setting Brush: This is a small fluffy brush which is about the same size as an eye brush. I tend to use this brush with a fine loose powder either under my eyes to set concealer or on the bridge of my nose and tops of the cheeks to highlight. Sometimes I'll use this "all over my face" to powder oiler areas as it doesn't pick up too much product which stops my face looking to cakey. I don't think this is an essential brush but it is nice to have.

Real Techniques Blush Brush: I'd initially bought this to use as an all over powder brush and used it like that for a while before starting to use it soley as a bronzing brush. It works well for both, but I don't I personally like using it as a blush brush like it's designed for. I find it a bit too big to apply blush with as it's quite a large brush for the cheek area, especially as I like to apply my blush to my apples. So typically I like to swirl it in bronzer and apply it using the "3B" method  and blend out. It leaves a lovely soft finish  and doesn't pick up too much powder so you can always apply more if desired.

Real Techniques Buffing Brush: This is definitely the stand out brush from the Real Techniques Range, but unfortunately it only comes in the Core Collection of 4 brushes. It's a shame this doesn't come sold individually. It's been THE only foundation brush I've used sine I got this at IMATS last year. It's a flat topped kabuki style brush which blends liquid foundation flawlessly and effortlessly into the skin. It leaves a dreamy, smooth airbrushed finish with minimal effort. This is a MUST HAVE for beginners.

Real Techniques Powder Brush: I found this brush to be one of the best all over powder brushes I've used. The bristles are packed tight so it picks up the right ammount of product and makes it really easy to buff into the face.

Real Techniques Stippling Brush: I bought this purely with the intention of using it for cream blush as I didn't own anything similar. It's a kabuki style duo fibre stippling brush. I do like using it for cream blush because you can stipple it onto a cheek and then blend out with a finger or use the brush. But I found when using the brush it could look a little patchy. I didn't like using it for foundation as I found the finish wasn't as flawless as what the Real Techniques Buffing Brush would give me. I cant say I love this brush but it's alright!

So there is a quick overview of some Real Techniques brushes! I highly recommend most of them, some of them are a bit take it or leave it but I wholeheartedly recommend either the Expert Face Brush or the Buffing Brush. They are amazing brushes that give a flawless base, which I think is the key to any makeup look.

Also, If you're looking for a deal on Real Techniques brushes I highly recommend getting them from a website called iHerb. If you buy all the brushes I mention in this post (including the 4 brush Core Collection) you can get them for £43.50 including express shipping to the UK. Remember to the code LDT423 for 10% off at checkout too. In the UK all these brushes would cost you £76! Thats a saving of over £30! I wish I'd known of this before I bought all my brushes in Boots! I might actually stock up on some more as I use them so much! (Offer via VIPXO)

Have you tried any Real Techniques Brushes? What are your thoughts?

51 things in my room




Just thought I'd post my latest Youtube video over on here! It's a sort of room tour but not! Just 51 random things that I found around my bedroom in 4 minutes. I don't know why I find the idea of doing a Room Tour so weird but I suppose this is the closet I'll do for now! Please make sure you like & subscribe if you haven't already (: More info and a list of all the items are in the video description box!

maybelline pow green nail polish

maybelline colour show pow green nail polish review swatch photo

The new-ish nail line from Maybelline has been on my radar for a while, and I decided to get a shade to test out when I was in Boots a few days ago. The Colour Show range contains a whopping 40 shades to choose from I had to have a bit of a think. Finally, I settled upon Pow Green. A bright lime green creme finish polish. I don't know why I picked it, I felt at the time that it was pretty unique. I couldn't think of anything off the top of my head like it. It's very much a yellow/neon/bright green with a slight dirty undertone to it. One of the things I liked about the polish is that the brush is really wide which mades application super easy. Completely effortless. The formula is nice neither too thick or too thin. It dries in an average time, but nothing too spectacular. It's two coats opaque, but a third evens it out but it's a touch streaky still. At 2.99 and a huge selection of shades to choose from these are definitely a drugstore item worth trying out. They arent incredible, but they aren't bad either. Pow Green is a stand out shade in the range for me and although the colour is quite strange, it's a nice spring colour!

sweater song

Monday, March 25, 2013


primark blue jumper
primark shirt
topshop boots (similar here)
maybelline pow green nail polish

indeed labs: hydraluron & pepta-bright

indeed labs: hydraluron & pepta-brightreview swatch photo


Indeed Labs are one of those no frills, no fancy packaging and no sparkles types of brand. Ones sell themselves on being designed to work. They have a minimalistic approach to packaging and branding, which might be a little underwhelming for those used to the fancy smancy approach but there is no denying their products actually do what they claim. I've been using two products religiously recently and noticed a huge improvement in my skin's overall tone and appearance.

Hydraluron has been on my radar for months and I did religiously use it a few months ago but it got lost in my skincare shuffle somewhere along the line and it got forgotten about. Hydraurlon is a serum that's packed full of Hydralyroic Acid, This appears naturally in the skin but as you age your skin starts to produce less. However adding more to the skin can it helps the it retain more moisture, thus resulting in younger, plumper and more youthful skin. I've found it the perfect serum for dehydrated skin types that need a little something extra to help skin retain moisture. Overtime my skin has become softer, plumper and more hydrated. I really enjoy using this as my oily but dehydrated skin held on to more moisture and make my skin look much better.

Pepta-bright is described as an "intense brightening treatment" which I've been testing for a few weeks to test it's claims about fading scarring, pigmentation and skins luminosity. I can confirm so far so good. It's also helped restore luminosity and radiance to my skin which is generally very sallow and dull looking. I think my skin tone is definitely a lot more even since adding this to my routine. I hardly have any redness or uneven parts on my skin and overall my face looks a lot nicer without makeup. I have noticed some of my scarring starting to fade but nothing too drastic as of yet. But I have only been using it properly for the last two and a bit weeks but honestly it's changed my skin more than I could actually explain.

As far as skincare routine goes I use these two morning and night religiously. I normally use Pepta-Bright first, then Hydraluron, then La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo and then follow up with a moisturiser. I don't currently have a favourite moisturiser so any suggestions would be greatly received! Might be skincare overkill with all these products but it's done nothing but good things so far.

While on the pricer side of skincare I honestly couldn't live without the two. I've almost squeezed out my final blobs of Hydraluron and I'm 100% going to purchase it again in the next few days. I whole heartedly recommend the two if you're looking for a radiance booster or a moisture booster. Plus, Caroline Hirons has raved about the two and thats enough to sell something to me. My exact words to Zoe are "well… if Caroline raves about it, IT MUST BE GOOD."

diptyque tubereuse candle

diptyque tuberose candle review swatch photo

I recently went into Liberty via the sweets/chocolate entrance and boy was that a mistake. I stumbled into what I always refer to as the Diptyque Corridor. It's a really lovely part of the shop (lets face it all of Liberty is GORGEOUS) with all the Diptyque products laid out all lovely and nice. After some deliberation I decided on this full size Diptyque Tubereuse Candle, which was a whopping £40. I don't think I've ever done anything and instantly thought "Lily, You officially have more money than sense". Dropping what I'd normally quaff at on a dress on a candle that's going to give me 60 hours of room scent and be gone. Gosh Im a idiot.

Anyway, It's done now. I've bought it and started burning it, So I'll review it. Diptyque Tubereuse is basically a Tuberose based candle. Tuberose is a gorgeous strong, sweet, exotic, dark, sexy type of scent. It has that "creamy white" floral elements with an almost "dirty" sort of note to it. I can even put my finger on how I'm trying to describe it as dirty, a little bit old… fuddy duddy. Warm and Sexy. Think along the same lines as Jasmine or Gardenia, but a little sharper on the nostrils. To me I find Tuberose comforting and uplifting at the same time, It's absolutely intoxicating and heavenly. I don't normally like such floral scents but something about it just screams sophisticated, sexy and elegance to me.

I realised after a while why it appealed so me so much in the store as the sent was so familiar. My ex-boyfriend Dad used to make handmade candles and hand/body products and I remembered that his house used to always smell like that. His Tuberose Candle was always my favourite and I was given some one Christmas and loved it. Now, we split up two and a bit years ago now, but as soon as I started burning it brought the smell of his house back. The throw of Diptyque candles really impressed me as well. It filled my large bedroom with a really amazing scent which lingered even once the candle had been blown out. I did take care with the candle as I didn't want to waste it so read into the best ways to burn a candle.

Do I think I'll be buying a new Diptyque Candle in a hurry? Oh Hell No. I'm not that frivolous. It's nice but not THAT nice. If I'm totally honest I cant see the appeal of Luxe candles, they smell good but how do you justify something that just makes something smell good. Although I suppose the same principle applies to perfume… I do like to have a scented candle in my room sometimes, but when I do in future I think I'll be sticking to my reasonably priced candles. While I think Dipqtque candles, although frivolous and ridiculously expensive are lovely overall… just… yeah… more money than sense. *mutters*

sunday portrait week 149

Sunday, March 24, 2013



001. Today Me and Dal spent the day "groovin'" and reminiscing on 90's music after spending most of last night dancing to dated tunes and giggling. We're both super tired after eating way too much food in Bodeans for lunch we just lay there doing the dance moves to S Club 7 and Steps! I can only imagine what our neighbours might have thought if they looked in our window.

002. Counting down the days until Game of Thrones starts again on the 31st March. It's my favourite book and I'm a big fan of the series. I honestly cant wait to see how it translates to screen, despite my inner nerd rage coming out every time something that happens in the show is different in the books. A Storm Of Swords is my favourite book, and not to be all spoilery but there will be some SERIOUS shocks in the next two series. Makes me squee with joy…

003. I made a new video over on my Youtube Channel which you can check out here. It's a bit like a room tour but not!

004. I made Anna's now infamous Ben's Cookies inspired cookies and haven't stopped eating them since. They are seriously delicious and SO moorish. I think I ate about 5 today. Guilty Melrose! I cant bake to be honest, but these are immensely good and easy to make. Definitely something I shall be making again. Although Im desperate to be good and eat well again! I cant say these are good for the ol' diet considering they have SO much glorious chocolatey bits in them.

005. Highlights this week over on ETCLLYMLRS include my new favourite cream eyeshadow in Ample Amber from Clinique, Five beautiful lipsticks for spring, A little talk through of my springtime beauty. I also talked about my new hair cut and colour at Headmasters and reviewed some of the much buzzed about And Other Stories Nail polishes.


bioderma sebium pore refiner

bioderma sebium pore refiner review swatch photo

Today I'll be introducing you to another Bioderma produce that definitely isn't as well known as some of it's more popular products, I'm looking at you Bioderma Sensibio H2O. I've been using this Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner daily since I went along to the launch event of Bioderma in the UK and it's quickly worked it's way up my list of favourite products this month.

The Bioderma Pore Refiner has worked absolute wonders on my pore size and really made a noticeable difference between how my skin. I've been using it in replacement of my usual Primer (Clarins Instant Smooth) and I've noticed how lovely smooth and refined my skin looks. The product leaves a matte, flawless base for applying makeup on top of. The texture is smooth and silky with a slight fragrance which is pretty inoffensive. The solution itself is really thin, silky white cream that disappears instantly into the skin. The most telling thing about this is that it hasn't broken my out at all. I find so many products break me out these days I struggle testing out new foundation/skin things. I tend to steer away from fragranced products but this hasn't effected my skin at all. It's so silicone based either, I have a sneaky suspicion that Im allergic to them!

Overall my pores are smoothed and look much less noticeable. As it's not really classed as a primer it doesn't reduce oil completely (it does a moderately good job but I do need a bit of powder after a few hours), it's been an absolute dream to use and I can safely say this is one of my firm favourites this month. I have to do a little jump with joy as it leaves my skin looking oh so perfect. The beauty of the Sebium range from Bioderma is aimed towards those with combination/oily skin.
You can read my report on Bioderma and it's UK Launch & Stockists here.

party in the city where the heat is on



I had the best week with some of the best people I know. I forget how lucky I am to have some of the best friends in the entire world. I went to Center Parcs, Explored London, looked after myself and I also had a super fun night out in Clapham with the girls (and my good friend Matt).  I live for weeks like this. Slowly getting back to who I want to be. Click below to see the rest of my week….


product directory

ETC LLYMLRS Product Directory review swatch photo

I've had loads of requests recently to do a big product directory of the products I've swatched, reviewed and talked about on the blog. A fair few bloggers (for example my head babe Kate) have started doing these and I find them super helpful so I took a few hours (well it was about 5 hours if I'm being honest) to do the same. I went back through the archives and gathered all the links together in one handy page.

As you can imagine things easily get lost in the shuffle as this blog moves so quickly as I post multiple times a day. So its easy to loose posts you might want to refer back to. So the plan is to make it a bit easier for all. All the product links are alphabetically ordered… well almost, I've still got to do a final check or two and For the most part they are in brand order too. I've also added a search bar to the sidebar so you can find specific things if you cant find the post you want to reference. Also remember to check the tags in the sidebar for specific product reviews like foundation, cheeks or mascara.

Hopefully this will enhance your experiences on ETCLLYMLRS and make things a little bit easier to find! Any feedback on this would be great! If you do have any suggestions or thoughts to make the blog better please do leave them in the comments. Feedback and suggestions are always appreciated, I honestly don't mind constructive criticism when it comes to blog design and usability as you're the ones who have to view it!
You can access the Product Directory here

clinique chubby sticks for eyes in ample amber

Saturday, March 23, 2013

clinique chubby sticks for eyes in ample amber review swatch photo
clinique chubby sticks for eyes in ample amber review swatch photo
clinique chubby sticks for eyes in ample amber review swatch photo

Clinique launched Chubby Stick for Eyes a few months ago and I've only just got around to getting my mitts on one. If I'm being honest they sort of passed me by for a bit, Clinique isn't really a brand I tend to buy from. It doesn't appeal to me that much for some reason so I never really go over to a counter. After a few key blog post's I was enabled and marched myself over to my nearest Clinique counter. From swatches and my usual gravitations towards warm tones and neutrals, I was lemming towards two shades: Bountiful Beige and Ample Amber. Unfortunately they didn't have the beige one in stock (a pretty brightening golden beige shade) so I settled upon Ample Amber and galloped back home to apply it ASAP.

Ample Amber is a super pretty gold/peach/amber shade with a slight shimmer running through it. Those familiar with MAC All That Glitters it is along those lines but with a touch more warmth. As a bluey-green eyed girl the colour compliments my eyes really well and really makes them pop. The shadow stick has an unique rounded tip, this makes applications super easy and completely fool proof.  Chubby Sticks for Eyes are perfect for beginners as they really require very little skill to apply. Swipe, Blend and done. Ample Amber provided a wonderful wash of colour on the lid which I simply blended out with a finger to soften the edge. Although shadow takes a few seconds to set (which is good as it gives time to blend!) it lasted all day on my lids. I found that it slightly creases after about 4 hours it wasn't all that noticeable. For you oilier lidded gals it might be worth using an eye primer or setting with a similar eyeshadow on top. My only gripe is the fact that the rounded edge does make it a bit harder to line the lower lash line (although not impossible) and get product right into the lash line, but using a brush could make this easier. But that's extra faff for such an easy product!

So in all, Chubby Sticks for Eyes are so simple & so quick. Initially something I thought I could live without, but once I got my paws on it I've got it I've worn it every single day. 100% wholeheartedly recommend this shade of Chubby Stick for Eyes if you're looking for an easy go-to eye. Ample Amber will suit most complexions from light to dark, warm to cool toned as it's a really universal shade. Definitely my personally recommended shade from the range. At £16 a pop these don't come cheap but the way the highstreet practically jumped all over the Chubby Stick for Lips trend Im sure some low end dupes will be out in due course!

and other stories moire green nail polish

and other stories moire green nail polish review swatch photo

After seeing a few blog posts already (namely MegJen's) on the And Other Stories beauty department I decided to pop in on the way to my hair appointment. And Other Stories is a brand new store from the makers of H&M and COS and sits price wise somewhere between the two. The simplicity of COS with a lower price tag. I haven't had a chance to look at the clothes yet as I went in with the intention of looking at the beauty things first.

I picked up the nail polish in Moire Green, it's a beautiful soft pale green with a slight shimmer going through it. I don't normally like Shimmer finishes but it is fairly unnoticeable once applied.I chose Moire Green because I don't actually own anything similar to this and it's going to be the perfect creamy spring shade. Formula is slightly streaky but after three coats it does dry to an opaque finish. The brush is very wide (a bit similar to the Essie Diffusion Line nail polishes) which makes polish application absolutely effortless. One stripe per coat and you're done.

At £5 a pop, I put it in the same sort of range as Models Own in terms of nail polish quality. It's a good price for a nail polish and I would definitely buy from the range again. And Other Stories have some really unique shades on offer so it's worth taking a good look through their swatches. The Beauty Range reminds me a little of Topshop Makeup but slightly more luxe feeling, a little bit more grown up.

London's & Other Stories store is 256-258 Regent Street (close to Oxford Circus) www.stories.com

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Friday, March 22, 2013

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my new hair

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Redken Extreme Shampoo and Conditioner*, Redken Extreme Anti Snap*, Tresemme Platinum Strength Deep Conditioning Treatment, Wella SP Luxe Oil*, Bumble & Bumble Texture Creme, L'Oreal Elnett Spray in Curls, Ojon Revitalising Flexible Hair Spray
So I popped along to the Headmasters Mayfair salon yesterday to go get my hair done. They kindly offered me a cut and colour so I couldn't turn that down. I hate getting my hair done, so Im always nervous going to a new Salon. But the Headmasters Mayfair salon is really large, spacious and a reply nice space. Ollie Blackerby, Head Art Director at Headmasters was on hand to do my hair, he listened to exactly what I wanted. I basically asked for Cara Delevigne hair, Surprise Surprise, but its pretty much what I always do. I got a head of tiny highlights and then had the rest painted on using a technique called Balayage. Balayage is painted on highlights so they are softer and more blended than traditional ones. Then I had a toner put on my hair and then it was blow dried. I also had it trimmed a bit and shaped around my face. I'm really happy with the final look as it's exactly what I wanted. It's less brown than it was and almost definitely in the blonde camp.  I feel my hair looks much fresher and the perfect brightening shade for spring. Big Thank You to Headmasters for the hair appointment

I really like the salon and I would recommend going there. The Mayfair one is easy to get to as it's a short walk from Oxford Circus Tube Station. Headmasters are a chain salon but I really enjoyed my experience there. My flatmate got her hair cut at the Balham salon recently and was very happy with the price (Headmasters always have some amazing deals on! Check them out here!)

As for products I use pretty much the same as the ones I showed in this video I made a few months ago. Recent additions include the Redken Extreme Shampoo and Conditioner, a super nourishing duo designed for dry or damaged hair. It leaves my hair looking and feeling super soft and easy to manage. I've also been adoring the Redken Anti Snap which is also part of the Extreme range from Redken. It's a protein treatment that is applied to wet hair and then blow dried. My hair is always looking so sleek and manageable when I use this. The Tresemme Platinum Strength Deep Conditioning Treatment is my mask of choice at the moment as it does a wonderful job of keeping my hair feeling soft. I was surprised how good this was for such a cheap drugstore hair mask. The Wella Luxe Oil is still a firm favourite in my routine as it's so light and smells SO good! For styling I use Bumble & Bumble Texture creme to the L'Oreal Heat Styling spray in curls to give my hair a bit of texture and hold. Lastly I've been looking the Ojon Revitalising Flexible Hair Spray. Another product that smells absolutely amazing. It's a really light hold spray which is perfect for adding texture without it being too heavy or crispy

www.headmasters.com Headmasters Mayfair, 11 -12 Hanover StreetLondon, W1S 1YQ. Tel: 0345 459 7719.




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