Friday, 26 March 2010

Tag: If I were...

I saw this on the beautiful Tennille's blog & thought it was so so cute I just had to do it too ♥

If I were a gemstone, I'd be a Sapphire.
If I were a scent, I'd be freshly cut grass on a warm summer day.
If I were a pair of shoes, I'd be a cute pair of flip flops.
If I were the weather, I'd be a warm evening sunset.
If I were a facial expression, I'd be a cheeky smile!
If I were a car, I'd be a VW camper van.

 Image Source: here from weheartit.com
If I were a time of day, I'd be early evening.
If I were a month, I'd be May.
If I were a place, I'd be a secluded beach.
If I were a liquid, I'd be the ocean.
If I were a taste, I'd be lemon & lime.
If I were a sea animal, I'd be a starfish.
If I were a food, I'd be a knickerbocker glory!

If I were a colour, I'd be seafoam green. If I were a musical instrument, I'd be a xylophone.
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f I were a flower, I'd be a Tulip. If I were a song, I'd be Lullaby by Sia. If I were a planet, I'd be Saturn. If I were an object, I'd be a polaroid camera. If I were a fruit, I'd be a raspberry. If I were a sound, I'd be waves crashing against the shore line.

 Image Source here from weheartit.com
If I were a day of the week, I'd be Sunday.

I tag everyone! If you do this please comment me linking to yours, I think it's super cute ♥
xoxo

Review: Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation.

Before I begin I feel that I have to say that I have not been paid or anything for what I'm about to write, nor were these products sent to me for free, I purchased them with my hard earned pennies. I'm almost certain that Lily Lolo have absolutely no idea who I am & I truly love these products and I want to ramble a bit about why I think the brand deserves all the positive reviews in the world.
Lily Lolo mineral foundation, Super Kabuki Brush & Concealer Brush.
I first stumbled across Lily Lolo mineral cosmetics a couple of years ago when I had quite bad skin (don't worry, I won't bore you with that story again!) and I was looking for make up lines that didn't use any nasty ingredients in their products that could possibly cause further irritation to my skin. Lily Lolo products are free from synthetic fragrances, petrochemicals, parabens & dyes so pretty perfect for those with sensitive or problematic skin. They also don't use bismuth oxychloride, which can cause itchiness for some people, like myself, and it's not pleasant I can tell you that for sure!

They have divided their foundation shades into four categories; neutral, cool, warm & olive. I feel that they currently cater to a wide variety of skin tones and although I can't comment on the darker shades, being extremely pale I can say that it was a pleasant surprise to have found a shade pale enough for me. As an extra help in finding your shade they offer sample sizes, which are 0.75g and cost a mere £1.25 & in my experience these last a surprisingly long time. That's perfect as you can fully test out the colour match and whether you get on with the mineral formulation before committing to purchasing the full size pot. I like to mix the shades porcelain & blondie together to achieve my perfect colour match.

I love the packaging, not only is it pretty, it's also very practical and simple. It comes in quite a wide frosted plastic tub with Lily Lolo printed in gorgeous letters on to the lid. The size of the tub is important in my opinion because it means the lid is large enough for you to tap in some of the product and be able to properly swirl your brush around in it so you get a nice application.

For application I have the Lily Lolo kabuki brush which I really like because it's super dense and lovely & soft. It makes application a breeze and once you get the hang of it the whole process takes no longer than 2 minutes. Perfecto for those mornings when you accidentally hit snooze on your alarm one too many times - oops!

Lily Lolo Super Kabuki Brush.
As for coverage, that depends entirely on what your preference is. If you like a light coverage then the tiniest amount of product will give you that but it is also extremely buildable and will cover pretty much anything. I tend to use a separate concealer on my hideous under eye circles and on especially red areas of my skin but with a layer of Lily Lolo over the top then all traces of imperfections disappear. All of that while still looking natural means top marks from me!

Full size pots of the foundation are £12 and contain 10g of product. I find that so little is needed to achieve a nice coverage that one pot lasts me around 7-8 months with regular use. Even if you have to purchase 2 shades to mix together that initial £24 investment will last you such a long time, I think it's the ultimate bargain and I do love a good bargain, oh yes! They've just updated their website which is http://www.lilylolo.co.uk/ and have a detailed FAQ page that should answer any questions.

What are your thoughts on mineral foundations? Have you ever tried Lily Lolo?
xoxo

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

My weird face ♥

Are you all sick of seeing my face yet? Today I came to the conclusion that I have a weird face haha. It could be this photo, I never take pictures from this side because I like to hide behind my hair on the other side. Do you have an angle of your face that you sometimes think is just a tad odd, or is that just me? It's probably just me. Anywhoo, I'm rambling again. See this is why I couldn't ever make videos, they would all have to be about half an hour long and everyone would get bored! 
♥ Revlon ColorStay - Ivory.
♥ Benefit Boi-ing - 01.
♥ Benefit Erase Paste - 01.
♥ Collection 2000 Peach Melba blush with The Body Shop Cool Dusk Blush Trio over the top because I've decided I don't like the Peach Melba. But strangely I do like the colour of them mixed together.
♥ Sleek Storm Palette - Beige, Gold & Dark Brown.
♥ Maybelline Full & Soft Mascara - Soft Black.
♥ Revlon Pink Pout Lipstick.

What are your favourite foundations of the moment? I must say, I think Revlon Photo Ready is tempting me but do I really want to sparkle in the sunshine?

xoxo

Monday, 15 March 2010

Style Crush: Dianna Agron.

So I am not ashamed to admit that I am a little bit of a Gleek, I wouldn't say die hard gleek, but a gleek none the less. It's light-hearted, a bit silly with impressive song and dance routines incorporated into the characters' everyday lives surprisingly well. Easy viewing is what I like. Quinn Fabray is my favourite character; typical mean cheerleader & head of the celibacy club, ends up getting pregnant & a becoming a member of glee club - you know how it goes. It's so ridiculous and there's so much irony right there. Combine all that with a beautiful actress to play the part & that makes a good character in my eyes.
Although Quinn spends most of the series in her cheerleader outfit, Dianna Agron who plays the part has a beautiful sense of style that I have been admiring whilst turning slightly green with envy & wishing that A. that I had the chances to wear such beautiful clothes and B. that I could make them look as good as she does. I can dream, and dream I will!

Oh my goodness, I think all her outfits are just beautiful. Very vintage inspired a lot of the time, the cuts of the clothes flatter her figure perfectly. That combined with perfect hair and flawless make up, I have to say, if I looked like that & had the opportunity to go places wearing such lovely dresses, I'd be one very very happy lady.


Are you a gleek? Who's your favourite character?
xoxo

Saturday, 13 March 2010

Trench Coat & Sunnies.

Today was a trench coat and sunnies kind of day, and those kind of days are the best! I decided to brave the Saturday & pre-mother's day crowds in town to pick up some pretty things for my swap with the beautiful Tennille. With the amount of screaming children everywhere running into me (with no apologies from the parents!) I didn't stay long but it was too nice a day to just stay inside.

Please excuse the myspace-esque photo here! The trench coat is from good ol' Primark as is the pink vest top. My floral skirt I found deep within the racks of TK Maxx & my cardigan is from H&M. All round bargainous outfit, or, in other words, I'm cheap hah!

I am on a real jewellery kick at the mo, I always have to have something on! My earrings were a present from my mum, she has good taste! I never seem to buy earrings for myself, I'm not sure why. The ring and necklace I made myself which I am super proud of. The things I make usually either fall apart instantly or just look pants.
Finally we have my face and this is how it looked today.


The Elf powder brush is definitely the best brush I have for applying Revlon ColorStay. I cannot remember for the life of me who recommended I tried it like that but thank you so much if it was you!

♥ Revlon ColorStay - Ivory.
♥ Sleek Storm Eyeshadow Palette.
♥ Illamasqua powder blush - Unrequited.
♥ Elf Lengthening and Volumising Mascara.
♥ Revlon Lipstick - Pink Pout.

What did you get up to today? What's your favourite kind of weather? Oh, how very British of me to be talking about the weather!
xoxo

Saturday, 6 March 2010

Photography: Trace & Transformation.

I recently found out that someone has bought on of my photographs on Getty Images & it certainly brightened up my week! I was talking to some lovely ladies on Twitter & they asked to see some posts featuring some of my photographic work which I am more than happy to do! I'm never one to miss an opportunity to ramble on!

Working with film is a really big part of my photographic practice; the variety of colour saturation & finishes that can be achieved with different types of film is so much more appealing to me, though I do know that digital has it's place also. My work is predominately fine art based and also very conceptual, some may say pretentious, and at times I would perhaps agree but I don't necessarily think there's anything wrong with that!

The images in this post are from the brief set while I was at University before I decided to leave the course. Like most College/University projects the briefs are so open purposely to challenge you and your conceptual ideas & this was no different.
It ended up becoming a really quite personal body of work about my thoughts and feelings about suddenly being in such a large City that was so far removed from what I had been used to for the first 20 years of my life. The tall overwhelming buildings are upside down within the frame while the tree tops & branches and elements of nature are the right way around and are the symbol of the normality that I am so used to.
I could quite probably waffle on forever so I'll stop here & I hope this was interesting to some. You can click on the photographs to make them bigger.
Are you into photography? I'd love to see some of your photographs!



xoxo

Thursday, 4 March 2010

February Favourites!

Hello lovelies! It's the start of a new month so that means it's time for my February favourites. I love these posts; I love reading them & I love writing them! This month I have 7 make up items & 1 hair care product. 
First is the Sleek Storm Palette. I had been looking for one of these for ages but my Superdrug never seemed to have them in. I was lucky enough to win the beautiful Nicola's giveaway and this was one of the prizes. I love it! All the colours are beautiful and they're so easy to blend - even to an eye shadow novice like me! I think the shadows on the top row are my favourites.
Last month I was loving my Revlon ColorStay but it's just not working for me this month, it goes super cakey & that's not a good look. So instead I've gone back to my trusty Lily Lolo minerals. This beauty was the item that lead me into the beauty community! I had acne at the time and had heard good things about mineral make up & Lily Lolo but I wasn't familiar with the company. Stumbling across some reviews on YouTube sealed the deal for me and it's been a beautiful relationship ever since. I honestly believe that this does wonders for my skin - if I've got a break out and i use this those pesky spots seem to clear up super fast. The minerals are finely milled and just seem to melt into the skin. Perfect! 
This is a fairly new addition & although this is a favourite of the month I'm not completely thrilled with this. Sexy Curves is a mascara that seems to be a hit with a lot of people & I'm thinking that the non waterproof formula may be better than this waterproof one. I like the wand, I like what it does to my lashes but blimey, if any of this gets into my eye it stings a lot! It just means I have to be careful & 9 times out of 10 it's lovely. But I'm interested in hearing some of your mascara recommendations - which ones are you loving right now?
As I was scouring the shelves of Superdrug I found this simply huge bottle of Tresemme shampoo on offer for £2 & instantly thought bargain alert! My usual Naked Bodycare shampoo hasn't been cutting it lately & think my hair was crying out for a change and I love this. It does give my hair added volume, softness and it smells so good. It lathers so so well that you only need a tiny bit at a time. This is going to last me ages! 
This was also among my prizes from Nicola's contest & I think Pink Pout is the lipstick that has started my love for mattes. It's quite a bright colour but completely wearable & not drying. I've been reaching for this a lot this month.
A forgotten gem! This had fallen to the bottom of my make up box and I'd forgotten about it completely - not good and I don't even have that much make up! This is in the shade Miami & it works so well paired with a variety of pink lipsticks. These are very very minty which I love and fairly sticky which I also love. At £3.50 these are a steal & I shall definitely be picking up some more shades. 
These last two items are very new additions to my collection but I couldn't not mention them - and yes I've kept the boxes, don't mock! This is Fable lipstick which is a matte beautiful pink & I'm in love. I don't think I need to say much more. ♥ 
Finally we have Unrequited powder blush from Illamasqua and I think it's safe to say this is my absolute favourite of the month. I will be forever grateful to my boyfriend for treating me to this! It is very pigmented and one touch of the brush to the product is enough for both cheeks to last the entire day. Worth the £16.50 it absolutely is; I think it'll last me a lifetime! 
Have you tried any of these products, what do you think of them? What's your favourite product of February?
xoxo