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Monday, September 30, 2013

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my everyday makeup bag

my everyday makeup bag review swatch photo
my everyday makeup bag review swatch photo
origins vitazing moisturiser*, Laura Mercier Radiance Primer*, Jouer Matte Moisture Tint, By Terry Touche Velouttee, Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder, Nars Deep Throat Blush, Cargo HD Picture Perfect Translucent Powder, Hourglass Arch Brow Pencil in Dark Brunette, Nars Ride Up To The Moon, Guerlain Eyeliner, Rimmel ScandalEyes Show Off Mascara, Illamasqua Androgen Pigment, Topshop Whimsical

I've had to come back to my home town for a bit, and while I had a few posts preplanned as I was actually ahead of schedule for a bit I have now run out of preplanned stuff. So I thought I'd share what I shoved into my makeup bag as I frantically packed. This is the makeup that I've been reaching for the most at the moment and pretty much what I use most days. I'm a creature of habit, and I always tend to reach for the same items over and over again.

To prep the skin I've been leaning towards Origins Vitazing Moisturiser. A vitamin and colour boosting moisturiser which perks up very looking tired skin. I wasn't sold on this initially, but it has been growing on me the past few uses. It gives my skin a lightly bronzed even out base. I'm still working my way through the Laura Mercier Radiance Primer. It's a brilliant illuminating primer which brightens up even the most sallowest of skin. This is definitely going on my repurchase in full size list once my mini is up. Joeur Matte Moisture Tint was my base of choice as I wanted something easy to apply and gave me enough coverage. Beautiful light matte coverage, evening out the skin without the use of heavy product. For the touchup of dark circles and lurking spots, Concealer comes in the form of the By Terry Touche Veloutte in Cream.

As for contour and blush, I chose the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder and Nars Deep Throat Blush. A combo of products which produces my current cheek of choice (note to self, use this as a post title sometime!) One is a really lovely natural contour shade and the other a light pink to add a flush of colour to the apples. To powder my face I've been using the Cargo HD Picture Perfect Translucent Powder. While I'm not a huge fan of loose powders, this one works like a treat. It gives a soft matte finish without making the skin look cakey or dry. The packaging stops it from going everywhere as it has a sneaky hidden lid which stops powder escaping while on the move. Which makes it easily transportable unlike most loose powders which poof up in a cloud of dust!

For eyebrows, I brought along the Hourglass Arch Brow Pencil in Dark Brunette. Even though I'm finding it too dark now that my hair is so light. I'm tempted to get this in a lighter shade, but I found Soft Brunette to be too ashy. It's a wonderful waxy powder formulation which looks natural and subtle when used correctly. On the eyes, I've been using Nars Ride Up To The Moon Palette as it's a wonderful selection of autumnal colours which can be used in a variety of different ways to take looks from day to night. I've started wearing eyeliner again so have been using an ol' favourite in the form of the Guerlain Eyeliner. I adore this for a slick glossy winged out look. I actually forgot to bring a mascara with me, so I'm using the Rimmel ScandalEyes Show Off Mascara which is my Mum's which I can't say I love. I don't feel like it applies well to my lashes and doesn't coat them as well as I'd like. The lengthening and volumizing are very minimal, and I find the ball on the end makes application a little messy. As for my lips I brought two favourites Illamasqua Androgen Pigement and Topshop Whimsical. Two shades of peachy pink perfection, which I just cant get enough of.
What's in you're everyday makeup bag? 

september on etcllymlrs

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I thought I'd start rounding up the best of my beauty posts from each month and start posting them on here again. I used to do it weekly but I think it was a bit of overkill. Just click on the links below and it'll take you to the full post on the item that's taken your fancy! Remember to follow my beauty blog ETCLLYMLRS for daily beauty, makeup, skincare and haircare posts!

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

september favourites

september favourites review swatch photo

Dove Leave in Conditioner Spray, Ojon Dry Recovery Spray*, Ebay Push Down Pump, Michel Mercier Detangling Brush, Topshop Hedonist, Bourjois Twist Up The Volume Mascara*, Coloursmash Hair Chalk, Hydraluron, OPI Nail Envy*, Oribe Thickening Spray

Watching back over my September favourites I don't think I really talked about the products that I was actually discussing in the video very well. Sometimes my brain goes utterly blank while filming, and things I want to say just don't come out how I intend them to! Argh, So to correspond with the video (which you can see on my channel) I thought I'd post a brief overview of some of the products on the blog as well as linking to all the full reviews of products that I've I've done in the past of the products. This way you get a bit more than a quick overview and can skip past the products you don't care for.

Dove Leave in Conditioner (full review) & Ojon Dry Recovery Spray (full review): I'm grouping these two together as I feel they do exactly the same thing, but ones high end and the other, low end. Basically, they are both just very lightweight oil/leave in conditioner sprays. They nourish the hair, help untangle knots and refresh my dry ends. My favourite thing to do is to apply it all over my hair, brush my hair to remove knots and then blast with a hairdryer. Hello smooth, silky hair.

Michel Mercier Detangling Brush (full review) : I liked the Tangle Teaser, but I really love this. An excellent detangling brush which really helps remove knots and smooth out my hair. I love that it has quite strong bristles while also having a handle which gets through even the most knotty of knots!

Ebay Push Down Pump Bottle (full review): Who doesn't love needless but functional packaging. My nail technician always uses push down pump bottles and after a quick eBay search I picked up a few for myself. I have nail polish remover in one which makes spillages completely non existent and I'm not wasting a bunch of nail polish remover fluid over saturating a cotton pad. I don't think these are essential, but they are really functional and I've been really enjoying using them.

Topshop Hedonist (full review): A beautiful matte orange toned red lipstick, Which looks beautiful worn day and night. Paired with neutral eyes and a lightly contoured cheek this pencil has been gracing itself on my lips for my everyday at-home glamour look.

Bourjois Twist Up the Volume Mascara: I don't know how this became one of my favourite mascara. I don't normally like brushes that are so plastic, bristles all the way. None the less, it quickly went up the beauty ranks after discovering it makes the perfect no makeup makeup mascara. It's really light, but coats the lashes well to give black, lengthened lashes without drama. This isn't one for those who want big, voluminous lashes but it's a great everyday mascara which gives ton's of length. Even the volume setting of this mascara doesn't add too much product and still looks fairly natural. It's very versatile.

Coloursmash Hair Chalk: Hair chalk has become my new thing. I love that I can use it to chop and change parts of my hair colour only for it to wash out after one wash. I've been loving this pink one to add a little hint of pink into my currently super boring blonde hair. I also purchased some more hair chalks to use in a future post. So keep an eye out for those if you're curious in that sort of stuff!

Hydraluron (full review): This is a tricky one to explain. It's a serum packed full of Hyaluronic acid which is naturally produced in the skin but as you age the skin produces less. When I add this back into my routine, I wonder how I coped without it. It really makes my skin hydrated and feel plumper, smoother and the texture much more refined. I always forget how much I adore this until I stop using it and then have that EUREKA moment when I do start again!

OPI Nail Envy (full review): One of those hyped products I never got around to trying. But after getting my acrylics removed I needed something to sort my dry, brittle nails out ASAP. It's a clear polish or base coat which helps the nails grow and strengthen. I've noticed a huge difference in my nails in three short weeks. I am going back to acrylics (naughty, i know!), but I cant recommend this enough if you're having a break or need something to keep your nails in tip top condition.

Oribe Thickening Spray: I thought I liked the Bumble and Bumble Thickening Spray until this came along. It's a mega volume boosting blow dry spray which leaves my hair looking huge... I mean next level huge. Even a few days after my hair still felt big, bouncy and volumized. I add about 5-8 of pumps to wet hair, flip my head down and then blast with a hair drier. It doesn't dry my hair out like the B&B one and more expensive than B&B, but I feel like it works so much better. I love how long it lasts in my hair and it makes me hair feel awesome. You do need to use it sparingly or you might end up with emo throwback hair!
What are your favourite products from the month of September?

two ways to wear- nars ride up to the moon palette

two ways- nars ride up to the moon palette review swatch photo

two ways- nars ride up to the moon palette  review swatch photo

nars ride up to the moon palette

I've had the Nars Ride Up to The Moon palette in my possession for a while, but since I wanted to show it in a haul, so I didn't use it. Now that's ultimate pathetic blogger problems! So since I've ticked that box and shown it in a haul (see here) I've taken to using it almost every day. To give a speedy rundown of the deets, It's a beautifully housed edit of 6 fall ready shades of eye colour from Nars. The shades included within the palette are (from left to right, top row then second) Argentina (pale gold), Isolde (metallic amber), Night Porter (deep green), Biarritz (matte cream), Fez (cocoa brown) and Cordura (dark brown with gold flecks). All the shades are utterly butter soft and remarkably pigmented. I found the only one that is slightly off is Cordura which I found to be slightly chalky. They lasted a good 9 hours without primer and didn't crease on my oily lids.

LOOK ONE is my usual everyday look but adapted using some new shades. I popped Isolade onto the lid then blended with a touch of Fez in the crease to define the eye a little. Then took Isolade under the bottom lashes to make the eye pop. I then lined with a liquid liner as usual and finished with my everyday mascara. Isolde is a shade I've had my eye on for yonks. I just didn't want a single eyeshadow of it as I knew it would get lost in the shuffle. It's positively lived up to my expectations and now wondering why I never caved sooner.

LOOK TWO is a dark, smokey, evening eye shadow look. Not a look that I've ever created before, but I can see myself wearing it again somewhere down the line. I've never experimented with dark eyes, however paired down with a bronzed base and neutral lip I think it looks quite gorgeous. For this, I used Argentina all over the lid as a base, then blended Night Porter over the top to create a shimmery green with gold flecks. I took Cordura and lightly buffed into the crease and then ran it under the eye to smoke the whole look out. To finish I lined the eye with a creamy black eye pencil (I did use gold originally but didn't like it!) and blended it out with a small brush on the upper lash line to create a little more definition. I'd probably need to wear false lashes with this look as I felt my eyelashes got a bit lost in the look! But I really like how the green compliments my green blue eyes, I wasn't sure it'd work as well as it did.

This palette is a limited edition, and I suggest getting your mitts on it ASAP if you're curious about it. At £32, it's not terribly priced for 6 amazing quality shadows in 6 wearable shades. I often find with pre designed palettes there is always those odd shades that just don't work quite so well. Despite my original doubts about Night Porter (the green), it actually works really well within the overall colour palette and provides a much needed colour pop against the neutrals. I'd also had my eye on Isolde previously so it's nice to see that in a palette as I'd never in a million years use up a entire eyeshadow! In conclusion In all think it's utterly beautiful and varied eye palette. Creating anything from a simple matte neutral eye to a deep smokey look with a pop of green.

Have you entered my giveaway to win you're own Ride Up To The Moon Palette?

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Streak

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Streak* review swatch photo
Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Streak* review swatch photo

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Streak*

Urban Decay released a whole host of original lipstick shades earlier on in the year. With twenty two new shades varying from vibrant to neutral, bold to soft, bright to subdued. The formula of the Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick is creamy and lightweight and mostly opaque in one swipe. My pick of the 22 is Urban Decay Streak, a warm toned coral pink. On me shows up slightly lighter than in the bullet. The finish is glossy and easy to wear. Rich, even pigmentation and smooth finish. On the lips, they feel slightly waxy, sort of slippy, but this doesn't make the wear uncomfortable. I don't tend to go for lipsticks with such a glossy finish, but I find this one very easy to wear.

Urban Decay Revolution Lipsticks have no noticeable taste or flavour, a big plus in my book as anything flavoured on my lips doesn't sit well with me. The lipstick didn't bleed or look messy after a few hours and left a slight stain behind on the lips. In all, I adore this lipstick, it's so pretty and brightening on my skin tone, and I find it to be very flattering. I have a few other Urban Decay lipsticks from this range which I'll review possibly in the future, althrough I have to admit this is my favourite of the bunch
What do you think about Urban Decay Streak? Your kinda colour?

Inhibitif Hair Free Deodorant

Friday, September 27, 2013

Inhibitif Hair Free Deodarent review swatch photo

Inhibitif Hair Free DEODORANT *

This was one of those things that came through my front door, and I skimmed over the press release and was like "WHY DID NO ONE THINK OF THIS BEFORE"… A lot like the call blocking on the new IOS7, Why was that not a thing before? Anyway, in comes the Inhibitif Hair Free Deodorant.

There was a lot of hoo-haa earlier on in the year when Inhibitif launched their Hair Free Serum and came with a lot of buzz. They've started coming out with various ways of packaging their fuzz sighting formula, and this is the latest along with a facial serum. It's a roll on deodorant that doubles up as a hair minimizer, ingrown hair reducer and moisturiser for the underarm (who knew we had to moisturise under there?). How genius! I think it's the ultimate 2 in 1 product!

Apparently this takes about 2 weeks to see a notable difference and 8 to see the full benefits, so I'm gonna give this a go and report back to you on my findings. I've been using Inhibitif Advance Hair Free Serum on and off and have seen that my hair is growing back a lot finer and between shaves my legs aren't as stubbly. I think I'll remember more to use this as we all apply deodorant daily so I might be able to give a fairer test. I'm excited to see how this goes! It's exclusive to Boots and costs £8.99. Not a bad price in terms of fuzz fighting and odour eating abilities.
Why are we not funding this!?

the green cafe - ludlow

Thursday, September 26, 2013

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So today I went off with my mother for a spot of lunch, We went to The Green Cafe, which is down by the Millennium Green in Ludlow. It's the site of most of my childhood summers, but it's got a bit fancier over the years with a few upgrades. Long before mobile phones (gosh, now I sound SO old) we used to go down there at 12, every day without fail and no one would let each other know. Just simply meet and spend all day down there playing in the river and hanging out. Then we'd go home for tea at 6 and be back out down the river for 8. And repeat all summer long, all without even saying "oh lets meet down the river". It was just what we did, Loads of memories were made down there. In fact, even writing this has reminded me of so many stories from the old days. I just wish more of my old friends were around, Most people I know moved away before I did.

Mum always raves about The Green Cafe and has been wanting to take me here for ages. We've just never got around to actually coming down. My Mum's bakery provides the bread (it's amazing, if I do say so myself), and the produce is as locally sourced as possible. I had Spicy Tagliolini and my Mum had Langoustine and Scallops (fancy). We slurped on Tea Pigs Peppermint tea and Earl Grey and ate down on some cheese and cake. I had Lemon Polenta: it's my favourite. The Tagliolini was so good, really fresh tasting with lots of flavours, and the lemon cake was just… wow. Absolutely delicious and well worth having to wait a few extra minutes for it to cool down after it came straight out the oven. I can see why it's always so busy and hard to get a table without a reservation. It's insanely good, and a must visit place if you're in the area. Tasty, simple and really hits the spot.

Burberry S/S14 Nail Polish

 Burberry Nail Polish review swatch photo

 Burberry Nail Polish review swatch photo

 Burberry Nail Polish review swatch photo

Burberry Pale Yellow No. 415 Nail Polish review swatch photo

Burberry Dusky Mauve No. 405 Nail Polish review swatch photo

Burberry Nail Polish Pale Yellow No. 415* & Burberry Nail Polish  Dusky Mauve No. 405*

Is it weird to describe a nail polish as buttery? I don't even know why that was the first word that came to mind when I was swatching up these Burberry Nail Polishes. Six new shades are being added to the Burberry Beauty collection and were revealed backstage at the spring summer show last week. A limited edition capsule collection containing six shades: Pale Grape, Rose Pink, Dusky Mauve, Mink, Pale Yellow and Sage Green. I was sent a few of the soon to be launched shades, and I thought I'd show you them today. Smooth, pigmented and an absolute dream to apply. Burberry sure know how to do luxe nail polish. I'm always in two minds about high end polish, why spend the extra pennies when cheaper polishes are just the same. I did feel these did have a very luxurious feel to them and could really note the difference in quality when using them. They applied so evenly and smooth and both were opaque in one coat. An additional coat was applied purely to make sure it was completely even but you can easily be worn with just one layer.

The shades all have a soft, feminine English Rose edge to them. I think they are unique shades for spring, steering away from pastels and towards more punchy shades. I received Burberry Pale Yellow No. 415 Nail Polish, which is a really lovely muted mustard yellow. This was sported by the beautiful Cara Delevigne on the runaway during the spring/summer 2014 show. I think it's a really individual shade, and If it's good enough for Cara it's good enough for me. I also got Burberry Dusky Mauve No. 405 nail polish is a pretty deep purple brown with a sort of pastel edge. It looks retro and charming without being too in your face.

If you are desperate to get your paws on the The Burberry Spring/Summer 2014 Runway Nail Collection, it retails for £90 at until September 30. And then will be launched counter wide from January. They are pricey, but I cant fault the quality. I think Pale Yellow is a wonderful colour and a stand out shade. I might be biased as I do love Cara way too much...
What do you think of these spring ready shades?
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Note: I dont know why 405 has photographed so badly, I think it's the plastic nail I used wasnt very smooth! 

VIDEO: meet my kitten

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So I thought I'd let Aerys make her video debut yesterday with a video we filmed the on Sunday. As I type this she is attacking my fingers as I type so I presume I'm going to be fingerless by the end of the week. Our truce as to where she sits when Im working is obviously not applying now we took a trip back to the countryside. She is really camera shy, Every time anyone tries to take a snap of her she turns her head or runs away. Such a little madam! I posted this on my other channel which you should subscribe to if you wanted to see more vlog style videos from me. I really enjoy making other types of videos as well as beauty and fashion stuff (:

Today I'm doing some things with my Mum and going for lunch with her at one of her favourite lunch spots. One of the best things about going home is being around all the lovely food. I'll update later with my outfit and some other bits and bobs. I think I'll take my camera and document the day. Be back later!

Toni&Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe Limited Edition Products

review swatch photo

review swatch photo

TONI&GUY Casual Sea Salt, TONI&GUY Classic Shine & Gloss Serum, TONI&GUY Glamour Volume Plumping Whip, TONI&GUY Creative Stick it up gum

Over Fashion Week,  I worked with Toni & Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe to create a variety of looks using products based around their four key looks, Glamour, Casual, Creative & Classic. I was also lucky enough to interview the lovely Lulu Kennedy about her role working with Toni &Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe. To correspond with London Fashion Wee a set of limited edition packaging with designs by Lulu Kennedy was released. If you're unaware who Lulu she is creative director of Lulu & Co, Fashion East founder, and Love magazine editor at large. Super passionate, engaging and someone you can't help but be inspired by. One of the coolest cats you'll ever meet.

She explained to me that she wasn't able to change the shape of the product but was given creative freedom of the designs. She told me how she was inspired by various looks, women and decades to created dozens of outstanding mood boards based on each theme. I've seen some of the mood boards and can totally vouch for their impressiveness. Her team went through tons of fonts, designs and ideas before settling on the bold graphic designs. TONI&GUY Casual Sea Salt Spray was inspired by the photos of Marilyn Monroe at the beach, really carefree and casual with a "windswept Americana" feel.  TONI&GUY Classic Shine & Gloss Serum is very mod and Sixties - black and white and very Mary Quant. TONI&GUY Glamour Volume Plumping Whip  was all about modern day glamour pussies like Rosie Huntington Whitley, all sleek and curled. TONI&GUY Creative Stick it up gum's packaging  was inspired by rap culture and girls like Grimes.

Overall I think the range is really fun and eye catching, and I love the story behind the limited edition packaging. You can see how the items should be used on me in their individual posts that we put together over London Fashion Week (see Glamour, Casual, Creative & Classic). But my pick for the limited edition stuff is definitely the TONI&GUY Casual Sea Salt Spray. Just a really good spray for adding texture and interest to the hair without making it feel dry and gritty. It was Lulu's favourite product too. Lulu Kennedy's Limited Edition range for Toni & Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe is available now from or at selected Boots nationwide.

“Dress from the head down with TONI&GUY HairMeetWardrobe. Create your look with the exclusive TONI&GUY Limited Edition products designed by Lulu Kennedy
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by TONI&GUY via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of TONI&GUY.
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