Tuesday, 26 October 2010


I don't know why I didn't just do a FOTD post, well actually I do it's 1) because my camera isn't amazing and I looked paler than alabaster when in reality, my skin is closer to the colour of Katie Price on a pale day 2) because I was in a rush and hadn't put my lippy and gloss on and 3) because I didn't like my hair today - it'd gone annoyingly flat :( So, you're being subjected to the amazing sight of just my eyes!haha.

Anyway, the reason for this EOTD is because I really liked how simple my eye make-up was today. I normally use at least 4 eyeshadows but today I fancied a little menage a trois with my Naked eyeshadow pallete. Some may say, I fancied looking a little 'naked' ah ha see what I've done there?

Right then, so here you go with not the most amazing photography I must admit. I'm going to ask for a better camera for my birthday in January so I'll be properly snap happy then :)

- Urban Decay Virgin e/s all over and under browbone
- Urban Decay Snob e/s in crease and on lower waterline
- Urban Decay Darkhorse e/s blended lightly into the outer crease
- MAC Black Tied e/s used wet as liner
- L'Oreal Voluminous 4x in Carbon Black

I'm loving Cheryl's new song - Promise This. I've been subjecting this end of the office to it most of the morning but saying that, everyone seems to like it :) I'm waiting to buy a hard copy of her album next week. I'm still old school and prefer a proper CD to downloading from iTunes.

I hope you're having a fab day,

Monday, 18 October 2010

How to tint your own eyelashes

Other than watching X Factor, I didn’t have anything else planned for Saturday night so I decided to pamper myself. This included painting my nails, fake tanning, putting a deep conditioning treatment on my hair, plucking and tinting my eyebrows and tinting my eyelashes.

In the past, I’ve seen quite a few posts on eyelash tinting and more often than not how difficult it is to tint your own. So, I’ve decided to write my own post which I hope will be useful to anyone who has purchased a DIY eyelash tinting kit or has struggled to tint their own eyelashes. If you’d like to tint your eyelashes, you can buy kits from chemists such as Boots and Superdrug or I usually buy my products from Sallys.

I hope I'm not the only person that has done this but when I first starting seeing my boyfriend, I used to leave a little bit of my eye make-up on so it looked like I was fresh faced but haha in reality I was secretly still wearing my slap! I've found that eyelash tinting removes the need to do this although I've been with my boyfriend for over 3 years now so in all honesty, the need to look done up 100% of the time wore off a long time ago! But hopefully you know what I mean.

I used to be a Beauty Therapist which has definitely made it a lot easier for me to tint my own eyelashes but I think after a bit of practise, anyone can do them. I prefer to use blue/black tint because the colour is more intense than black. Don’t worry though, you won’t end up with blue eyelashes!

Remember to do a patch test behind your ear or in the crease of your elbow 24 hours ahead of your planned tinting to check you don’t have an allergy.

Here are the tools you need:

- Cotton wool pads
- Scissors
- Vaseline/lip balm
- Tint
- Peroxide
- Mixing dish
- Orange wood stick
- Timer

1. Dampen a cotton wool pad and separate in half. Cut this in half with the scissors and then cut out a half moon shape. This will fit under your lower eyelashes.

2. Apply a thin layer of Vaseline, or lip balm works too, to one side of both the half moon shapes and also to your upper eyelid as close to the lash line as possible.

3. Squeeze 1cm of tint into your mixing dish and add 3 drops of peroxide. Mix thoroughly with the orange wood stick until the tint and peroxide come together.

4. Get your timer ready by setting 10 minutes but don’t start it yet.

5. Put one of the half moon cotton wool pads under your lower lash line and close your eye.

6. Apply the tint to your eyelashes using the orange wood stick. I find it easier to add a big blob to the ends of the lashes to make sure they’re stuck down to the cotton wool. Then carefully (and usually with a bit of a squint from the other eye), get closer and closer to the roots until all of your eyelashes are covered.

7. Apply a dry cotton wool pad to your eye.

8. Start the timer and lie down with your head slightly propped up. Try not to talk or laugh as the cotton wool can slip and tint may go in your eye. If this does happen and it stings, then bathe your eye in water. Don’t worry though, as the dye is normally vegetable based, there is no risk of damage to your eye. If you feel brave enough, check your tint half way through as you may need to top it up.

9. When the timer goes and you’ve finished cooking, go into the bathroom.

10. Gently press down on the dry cotton wool pad and sweep both cotton pads away from your eye.

11. Keep your eye closed and gently wash the tint off using a damp cotton wool pad.

12. When you feel all the tint has been washed off, gently open your eye and rinse again. Then repeat the process on the other eye.

Hopefully you now have two matching, beautifully tinted eyes! Please don’t take this procedure as set in stone. This is just the way I tint my eyelashes so I can’t take any responsibility for any mishaps. The tint will stain material such as towels and your skin so you do need to be careful.

I've been a bit of a twit and taken a before photo but I haven't taken an after photo. I'm at work with mascara on so it'd be a bit pointless to take one now but I will take a photo when I've taken my make-up off tonight and post both the photos tomorrow.

I hope this has been useful. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments and I will respond to you :)


Edit - Here are the before and after photos:

Tuesday, 12 October 2010


Another lift special! Haha. However, I’ve found that the lift down to the car park has a bigger and better mirror than the lift outside my apartment so I’ve managed to take a slightly better photo.

- Trench coat from Mango
- Dusty pink long cardigan from New Look
- White vest top from New Look
- Bootleg jeans by Levi
- Pale pink platform shoes from Carvela
- Diamante earrings from River Island
- Diamond necklace a pressie given to me by the boyf from this gorgeous jewellery shop in Worcester called Rock Lobster

I bought the trench coat about 1 month ago and I’ve worn it so much since. The beige colour seems to go with everything. It’s the perfect thickness for autumn and is waterproof when it rains. I think I’ll wear the coat during the warmer winter days with a chunky scarf and matching gloves. My boyf always sing the theme tune to 'Inspector Gadget' when I wear it!

The pale pink platforms shoes are probably my favourite shoes ever. I bought them in the sale last year and was very tempted by a pair in black too. You can have the foot straps either straight across or like a ballet shoe which is my fave. Although they’re about 5 inches high, the straps make the shoes incredible wearable as my feet are perfectly secure. They’re pretty comfy too (not without a slightly painful wearing in period though!)

ASOS have a sale on at the moment so I bought a few goodies which were delivered yesterday (I paid next day as I couldn’t wait). I’ll upload some photos soon. Typical old me bought another bleeding cardigan! But it’s so pretty so I think it’s acceptable on this occasion!


Tuesday, 5 October 2010


I haven't done one of these for a while mainly due to the fact I don't have a full length mirror. I'm so indecisive that I can't find one I like. My god it's just a mirror, I know, but I always think I'll find something better so never ending up buying anything.

So, I have to be such a weirdo and run out of my apartment into the lift which not only does it's job of going up and down but acts as a mirror substitute. Yes, the lighting is dodgy, I have to keep my finger on the 'Door Open' button and I'm constantly worrying someone will see me trying a dress on with the wrong underwear and my socks still on but it works!

This brings me onto my OOTD photo, which as you can see has been shot in 'Lollipop26' style, in the lift, with my phone so I must apologise in advance for the awful quality and cheesy shot. I was going for comfy casual as the dresscode where I work is tre cash so we're allowed to wear pretty much anything.

- Black cardigan from Zara (I love cardigans, I'm thinking of a I heart cardigan post soon)
- T- Shirt from New Look
- Skinny jeans from New Look (These are my faves, they actually fit really well and they were only £20)
- Black pumps from ALDO
- Pearl earrings a present from my godmother
- My obsession which is my Marc by Marc Jacobs handbag
- Keys (the ultimate accessory...yep)

I'm been covering Reception for an hour this lunchtime; I've had two calls, one of which I couldn't transfer because I forgot how to and the other I cut off. Brilliant. I don't think I'll be asked again!

I hope you're all having a good day.


Sunday, 3 October 2010

Education Required - Experience Essential

I've been unsure of MAC's Mineralise Skin Finishes partly because I haven't really known their purpose but everyone seems to love them so I've decided to look into purchasing one.

However, I need a bit of help. How do you choose which one is best for your skin? Do you choose one that's slightly darker or the same colour? Can they be used for highlighting too? Are they similar to the effect of Dior Poudre Shimmer/ Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks?

As you can see, I really need educating so any helpful comments would be really appreciated!

Thank you!

P.S Sorry I keep changing the look of my blog. The last look and feel really slowed up scrolling so I'm using this less fussy background now which seems a lot better :)