Oscars 2014

So awards season is officially over, sad times! Here are my picks of the 86th Oscars…

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Photos from top left: Jennifer Lawrence – Dior Couture,  Anne Hathaway – Gucci,  Naomi Watts – Calvin Klein, Olga Kurylenko – Alice Elia – through Suzy Amis Cameron’s Red Carpet Green DressSally Hawkins – Valentino, Julie Delpy – Jenny Packham, Karen O – Camilla Staerk and Brandy St. John, Olivia Wilde – Valentino, Portia De Rossi – Naeem Khan, Veerle Baetens, Bette Midler – Reem Acra, Calista Flockhart – Andrew GN.

However, I think these fab ladies win hands down for the accolade of BEST DRESSED, not only for this years Oscars, but for the entire awards season! For both gals I literally gasped, and WOWED, oohhhed and ahhhed. They both just look so so stunning…

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Kelly Osbourne wore a Badgley Mischka dress, whilst Kate Hudson draped herself in Alteir Versace.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!

I think it’s become clear, not only through this post but my other award posts, that I am partial to a creamy, goldy, embroidered gown; why not remind yourself of all my other best dressed celebs …

Emmys, Golden Globes, SAG Awards, Grammys, BAFTA’s!

The Boys

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Jared Leto aka ‘Best Supporting Actor for Dallas Buyers Club’, wore Saint Laurent, I especially loved his spangly buttons!

An Afterthought…

My initial feeling to Cate Blanchett’s dress was “it’s pretty, but I’ve seen better”. However, after watching some highlights (the actual show was 1:30-4:00am on a Sunday night – not sure my boss would have been happy with me Monday morning) and seeing Ryan Seacrest chatting with her, I decided that actually she looked absolutely gorgeous. I think this is enhanced through the fact that she simply oozes loveliness – she just seems so kind and genuine! But also her skin, (oh my!) and her hair, she literally shines, and because she’s made my picks in each award post I couldn’t not include her here, I think she’s worthy ; )

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Who are your award season heroes? And have you seen any of the ‘must see’ films? I’m currently reading “12 Years a Slave” SOB!

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Illamasqua Product Review…

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I finally bought myself some bits from the much raved about beauty brand Illamasqua. I had a look around their website and saw that their sale was pretty good, which I’ve heard is generally the case, especially in January. Thus I thought it would be the perfect time for to get aquainted!

So what did I buy…

Light Liquid Foundation – LF 140

It’s always dangerous to buy a foundation without it being matched to your skin colour/tone/type in real life, but Illamasqua have this pretty nifty chart, which tells you which shade you’d be in relation to other brands. For example most beauty fanatics will know their MAC shade off the top of their head, so you simply look this up on the chart, scan over to the right and there you have your illamasqua shade – genius! Unfortunately I now simply cannot find this AT ALL! I’ll keep trying and leave a link if I have any luck!

Now this is not to say that the shades will be the same as whichever brand you’re accustomed. The Illamasuqa shade was lighter, with a more yellow tone to it that my standard MAC NW20, but it was still right for me.

The consistencey is another factor I had to get used to, much thinner than my usual aforementioned MAC foundation, which I wasn’t worried about, however, it was very hard to blend and felt like I was just moving it around my face, rather than actually cover anything.

On the plus side, when you decide enough is enough and hope that it will not move around your face, it does leave a lovely dewy finish, another first for me, in comparison to my Studio Fix, which was very nice indeed. But this then felt tacky all day, and like I would remove it if I touched my face at all.

I’m glad I tried this when the price was marked down as honestly I wouldn’t buy this again, and in fact I’m finding it hard to even want to use it all – simply because of how it seems to just sit on my skin. Yet this isn’t to say that I wouldn’t try a different foundation formula from them, as I’ve heard some rave reviews, but I have a few others that I want to try way before I have another go with Illamasqua.

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Left to Right: Concealor 115, Concealor 130, Light Liquid Foundation LW 140

2 x Concealors/Correctors – 115 and 130

I’m not usually one for buying different shades of concealors, however, due to the price (£7 each) and again the fact that I was buying online and wasn’t 100% sure on how the shades etc would look, I went for the two above.

Again unfortunately I don’t have much to shout about with these, I’ve only really used the lighter one, as I have dark circles and like to brighten up the area, and would only really use the darker one for blemishes etc.

The consistency is pretty similar to that of Benefit’s Boing, which is quite thick, and what I like to think of as a “tapping in” concealor rather than a rub or blend one. This means that anything more than literally warming it and tapping it in to the skin will remove it. This isn’t really a problem to me, as as long as it covers what needs to be covers then it’s all good in my book. Which it did, cover I mean. The problem was that then it would start to crack and all my fine lines would start to expose themselves -yep I have dark circles, and “liney” undereyes, which then looked almost crepey and cakey. And this was after applying eye cream as well.

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Liquid Eyeliner Precision Ink – Abyss – Full Price

I was really excited about this as I wear liquid eyeliner every day, I feel naked without it, and I’ve just ran out of the one I’ve been using, Clinque Eye Defining Liquid Liner (review to come). I also saw that Megan from Wonderful You (another avid liquid liner fan) uses this regularly, and it looks fab on her!

So after all of this anticipation I was rather disappointed to find that it wasn’t as good as I thought it would be. The nib is long, and definitely the best part of the product, really easy to use and has the ability to create small every day flicks, or sexy 60’s style feline eyes.

And the colour, initially, is really black and seems like it’s going to be the best thing ever. However, when it dries it looks like you could almost peel it off. It goes quite shiny and then flakes. It also rubs off on your upper eye lids, which obviously just looks awful. I think if the longevity was better I could deal with the shiny aspect of this! Literally gutted!

Medium Pencil for eyes, lips, face, and body – Debonair

I have yet to try this out, but from the swatch it seems quite pigmented, and easy to apply. I have to admit i thought this was a standard eyeliner, it didn’t realise it was multi-talented! A plus!

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So all in all I haven’t had the best of luck with this brand, and honestly I’m peeved! I thought everything would just be amazing! I’m not throwing in the towel just yet though, I must be doing something wrong?!

What has your experience been with Illamasqua? Have you used any of these products? I’d love to know your thoughts!

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My First Giveaway – WINNER Announcement…

Today I am so excited to announce the winner of my first ever giveaway!

The lucky gal has won this lovely lot…

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I have to say I’m quite jealous! Although I did have to buy myself the socks!

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A massive THANK YOU to Jen for taking part, and I hope you like your goodies!

Go and check out Jen’s blog at Looks and Lifestyle!

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Girl Crush – Olivia Wilde

Wow, this week has been crazy! Which meant that I missed Wednesday’s Girl Crush post – oops!

But better late than never, and this week I bring you Olivia Wilde! After her amazing Golden Globes dress…

Golden-GlobesPhotos via Vogue UK and FabSugar Check out those shoes!!! If you would like to see my other picks from the Golden Globes click here!

…I did a little research into some of her past red carpet looks. And look what I found…

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From left to right: 1. 2011 Glamour Reel Moments premiere presented by Clarisonic held at the Directors Guild Of America on October 24, 2011 in West Hollywood, California.  Source: Michael Buckner/Getty Images North America). 2. Olivia donned a Yigal Azrouël Resort 2012 dress for the 10th Annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball and Salvatore Ferragamo clutch. Via The Trend Diaries 3. In a Marchesa dress at the 2009 Emmys. Source: Getty Images via Celeb Buzz.

Doesn’t she just look stunning in every single one!

But not only can she don an elaborate, floor length dress, she can also rock the casu look in a graphic tee and hoody!

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But does anyone remember when she played the “punky” Alex in The Oc??

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Is there anyone in particular that you would like me to feature?

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My First Giveaway… click on the circle to enter

Hi All,

As a huge thank you to all those who are checking in on my blog, following me on Twitter, Bloglovin, Facebook and so on, I am hugely excited to announce my first EVER giveaway!

Now, to add to the excitement/mystery I’m not going to post a picture straight away, mainly because I’m still adding to this amazing goody bag, bag being the operative word ;) GASP!!! But make sure you keep an eye out for some of the breadcrumb clues that will be coming up over the next week!

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But know this, so far there are items from Oh My Love, Maybelline, and Rimmel! And all you have to do to enter is click on the image above, and click a couple of questions  – EASY PEASY!!

If you share with a friend, you get an extra entry!

Competition ends on the 5th February, and I’ll being posting it out to the lucky winner that day!

Once again a massive massive THANK YOU!!!!!

Please note that unfortunately this giveaway is only open to UK residents!

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Wednesday Wishlist – Camera Stuff…

After treating myself to my ammmmaaazzziinnggg new camera before Christmas, the Nikon D5300 to be exact; and after watching Vivianna Does Make-up and Lily Pebbles Blogging and Vlogging series on YouTube, I now want everything that goes with owning a super-duper DSLR.

Here’s what’s on the list so far…

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All pictures and Prices from Amazon.

1. Velbon DF-61 Heavy Duty Aluminum Photo/Video Tripod – £22.39

2. Nikon ML-L3 Remote Control – £7.39

3. Walimex 75 Watt Macro Ring Light – £149.99

4. Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4D Lens – £245.00

5. Sigma 30mm f1.4EX DC HSM Digital Lens for Nikon – £319.99

6. WD My Passport 500GB USB 3.0 High Capacity Hard Drive for MAC – £59.00

Think I best stop spending my money on blusher/lippies/moisturiser etc. if I want to add this lot to my collection! And talking of beauty, check out my  beauty and skincare wish lists if that’s more your thing! Like the techy stuff? Then this one’s for you!

What are your camera must-haves fro the perfect photo?

Open your eyes, frame your face…

Now this post is a tad embarrassing on two counts for me; the first being that these photos aren’t great – I had a weird red glow on them which I’ve tried to cancel out, and can’t decide if I’ve made them worse or not. Secondly, and far worse, is the fact that I look like I have no eyebrows.

But this is in fact the point of this post…The importance of DEFINED eyebrows! They really do complete your look, as well as accentuate your eyes and frame your face!

I have to say I really do believe that this step is one of, if not the, most important part to any make-up look, which my sister and cousins can vouch for; here I am holding my cousin down so that I can fill in her eyebrows before a night out – can you tell that she’s used to it by now??

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Note: No family members were hurt in the making of this post.

And here you can see the difference it makes to my face and why I think it’s so important…

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As you can see with my au-natural eyebrows I look VERY very odd!

I use the HD Brows palette in Foxy to fill in my eyebrows, which consists of four colours; Nude, Warm Brown, Dark Brown, and Carbon. I use the warm brown colour for my day-to-day look, which is the middle picture above. Whilst for nights out (far right picture above) I use both the warm and dark browns for a more dramatic look. I then also add some of the nude under my brow as a highlighter.

As for brushes I use a Ruby and Millie brush generally and then touch up with the brush that came with the hd brows palette or the double ended Smokey Eye brush from Topshop.

However, you do not need to buy specific Eyebrow products to define your eyebrows, I used to always use, and sometimes still do, a Maybelline Eyeshadow. As long as the colour is Matte it will work fine. The reason I wanted to try a different product was due to the fact that my hair is getting lighter, sometimes I need to remind myself of this, but I am now so used to having quite bold eyebrows that I can easily get a little carried away.

And on that note it is possible to go to the extreme…

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Does anyone remember when this happened on Desperate Scousewives??

But how weird would we look without them…

celebs1What do you think – would you prefer big bold eyebrows or none at all? And do I need to go even lighter with the brows? i’d love to now what you think!

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Christmas is over, booooo…

So it’s taken me a few days to well and truly get over the Christmas festivities! From lounging around in pj’s, scoffing my face, the thrill and excitement of my nieces staying over for a few days, and the impromptu nights out. I really did make the most of not having to go to work, and I have to admit I haven’t had the inclination to blog.

But I’m back, and without further ado here’s what I got for Christmas! I think I did rather well…

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This year my pressies have been quite beauty orientated, I’ve been working on a spot for a dressing table (keep an eye out for that post!) so the No7 mirror, Muji storage drawers and the white make up caddy will all have a spot there, as will the MAC blush (Lavish Living) and lipstick (Milan Mode) I got.

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I wanted a HD Brows palette and found that if I got the Latest in Beauty Glamour edition I could get this as well as some other lush products and save £5, and this box is still available!

I also got a couple of tops – a plaid shirt (I have a thing about shirts) and a fab top saying “what the fudge”.

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My sister very kindly bought me some classic white converse, which I’m excited about!! Remember I said I couldn’t wait to give her her present, well here’s her reaction…

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It’s exactly what I was hoping for. I bought her a pair of Carvela shoes from Kurt geiger, which she seemed happy with, I’m just hoping now that I can have my boots back from her!

All in all I had a great Christmas, and I cannot believe it’s over already!

What was your favourite xmas pressie?

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I got my first Christmas present! BUT don’t tell dad…

Now I was planning on posting this on  Saturday morning, but I’ve been poorly all weekend, and didn’t actually move from my bed, poor me! I won’t bore you with the (really unflattering) details, and instead will justget on with some more exciting news…

Last week I received a very exciting, and extremely anticipated parcel through the post.

I finally ordered myself a make-up brush wrap from EMJ Company, a LEOPARD PRINT one! I posted about these beauties here, and EMJ so very kindly offered me a 10% discount on my order.

It’s taken me ages to get my bum into gear on this, and in the end I actually asked my dad and step-mum for one for Christmas. However, because of the discount I said I would order it myself.

A few days later and it was on my doorstep, and I accidently opened it! BUT it wasn’t my fault! I completely blame EMJ on this one ; ) I’ve ordered so much recently, due to Christmas presents, and because this package had no branding on I completely didn’t realise what I was opening – oopsy.

So when I realised what it was I sneakily took a photo and “promptly” (after cooing and ahhing and trying to wrap it all back up neatly) gave it to my dad so he can wrap it and give it back to me for me Christmas!

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I was also so pleasantly surprised, as not only was my beautiful Leopardy make-up brush wrap a whole lot bigger and sturdier than I imagined, there was also an unexpected pressie for me!

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This gorgeous lip gloss roll, with a sweet lil’ note, all for lil’ old me (the wannabe cowgirl in me there – sorry).

I, sadly, do not own many lip glosses, I can’t stand it when my hair gets stuck to my lips. But I’ve found it holds my lipsticks just swell! Just one little detail – I’m so going to have to buy myself another lippy pronto – how annoying that I was one short (in its place one of about 4 of the lip glosses that I actually own)!

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Now this little gem is £14 and really is a great way to store all your lipsticks, as well as a handy way to move them whilst travelling, after all you never know whether it’s a red or nude day when away!!

I literally cannot thank the team at EMJ Company enough for this gift, it was so unexpected and really cheered up what’s not been the best of months!

Now just don’t tell my dad as he knows nothing about this one! : o

Beauty Shop Wish List…

As per my post earlier here are the items I am coveting from the Debenhams 10% off beauty range…

Beauty Shop Wish list

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1 Prime Focus Prep and Prime Fortified Skin Enhancer SPF 35 in Adjust – WAS £23 NOW £20.70

2 Prep and Prime Highlighter in Light Boost – WAS £18 NOW £16.20

The above two items I feel would help me on my way to the dewy glow I lust after, as mentioned here!

3 Eye Kohl in Minted – WAS £14 NOW £12.60

4 Brush Cleanser – WAS £10 NOW £9

I noticed a foundation brush this morning before leaving for work that is in dire need of a clean! Usually I just use shampoo, but maybe I should use a specific cleanser? What are your thoughts on this? Luckily I have some time on this one as I don’t often use a brush for foundation, I prefer to use my beauty blender, or my fingers!

5 Divine Night Mineralize Eye Shadow in Exquisite Ego – WAS £19  NOW £17.10

6 Powder Blush in Format OR Raizin – WAS £18 NOW £16.20

You can never have enough MAC blushers!

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7 Crayon Eyeliner Waterproof Long Wear in Trinidad Black – WAS £18 NOW £16.20

I spotted this in a You Tube video buy Charlotte Tilbury, who was demonstrating a copper smoky eye tutorial on THE Laura Bailey (she’s so prwwweeetttyyy!) She uses some great products, I did have a look for some on Debenhams, but alas no such luck! But check out the video here

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8 Meteorites Pearls Light Diffusing Primer – WAS£43 NOW£37.80

This was another You Tube video spot, but this time by the gorge Millie Mackintosh for feelunique.com. This tutorial showed how to achieve glowing skin, which is also where I discovered the AMAZING Decleor Hydra Floral Multi Protection Expert Mask, mentioned here, watch the video below, and you can even shop the look to get everything you need!

Bobbi Brown

9 Rose Shimmer Brick Compact – WAS £32 NOW£28

10 Shimmer Blush in Flame – WAS £32 NOW £28

11 Sparkle Eye Shadow in Silver Moon – WAS £20 NOW£18

12 Navy and Nude Eye Palette – WAS £48 NOW £43.20

Ridiculously I don’t actually have ANY  Bobbi Brown make up. I remember growing up and knowing that this was the brand that you used to get a “natural – no make-up” look, then I got a bit older and it seemed that this was the go-to brand for wedding make-up. But looking at these items I think they’re gorgeous for any occasion! I WANT!

So far I’ve been really good and haven’t actually bought anything, but it is only just lunch time! I know I can’t get all of this, we’re talking nearly £300 worth of make-up and I simply can’t justify that all in one day, especially so close to Christmas, can I?

Maybe I’ll wait and see what Santa brings me and then hit up the January sales?? BUT I NEED IT NOW?!

Let me know (please – I can shop vicariously through you) if you’ve given in and bought something, ANYTHING!

Thanks