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Sunday, 31 July 2011

what i bought this week 1

clothes, hat, shoes: new look 
babyliss conical wand: argos

I dont really like the word "haul", I suppose it is a good way to see whats in the shops at the moment and we all like to live vicariously through what others have. I just think they are a little strange! However its one of those things I'm always asked to do and they are oddly addictive. I might start doing a weekly/bi weekly round up of the things I buy. I don't buy that much on a weekly basis, I some weeks I buy nothing, others I buy a few things and then I go a little crazy and buy lots. It really does vary! I go "shopping" quite a bit, but generally dont buy anything, I just love browsing haha!

I hadn't actually bought anything up until today apart this jumper I wore in this outfit post. However today my Mum dragged me to the shops for our usual Sunday shopping ritual. I've been super lucky and have been given a New Look Press card so I get discount, so I bought some things I'd had my eye on for a while and some easy to wear basics. I adore the shoes I picked out, I wanted as soon as I saw them. I love the patent granny-ish shoe! They are surprisingly comfy too as I find New Look shoes fit me a little bit awkwardly, I always have to size down but these fit me in a 5. I also paid for this stuff with giftcards and credit note so didn't end up spending a penny, My kind of shopping!

So excited to try out a conical wand, I've been wanting one for ages. After a quick tweet and some recommendations from the beauty bloggers I opted for the Babyliss Conical Wand 25-13mm. Not that I really style my hair all that much. And 99% of the time I really cant be bothered with my hair. I've made a mental promise with myself that I will sort my hair out and actually try and keep it looking presentable!You get a sweet Michael Jackson stylee glove too! EEE HEE!

Saturday, 30 July 2011


Tweezerman Minis, MAC Espresso eyeshadow & a Sigma E05

Its taken me years to get my eyebrows the way I want them, When I was younger I used to have the thickest eyebrows ever, like one big uni brow! I then started plucking around 14, I've only really been filling them in the past two years or so. I mainly started filling them in because of the style of eye makeup I wear, yanno, dramatic cat eye & big lashes! Meaning my eyebrows used to get a bit lost and look really blah! Since filling them in I've never looked back! I do change my brow shape from time to time, At the moment I really like the rounded front & then the elongated arch.

I get my eyebrows threaded once or twice a month and then pluck the stragglers as they grow back. I personally dont mind the pain of threading, Its quick and looks amazing when its done. I pay between £5 and £10 for this. I use a Tweezerman Mini's to pluck with, its hands down the best tweezers I've ever used. I know its expensive but its so worth it, I genuinely didn't believe the hype till I bought mine! I also use MAC Espresso (as you can see I use it alot!) and a small brush (one pictured is a Sigma Beauty EO5) to fill them in. I'm not going to video or explain how to fill your brows in because there are a billion Youtube videos already on it and I do mine in exactly the same way!

I am blessed with a decent eyebrow shape to begin with if I'm honest, I cant give any tips on shaping or growing them out as mine grow at the speed of light!

Thursday, 28 July 2011

topshop a/w 2011/2012

topshop lookbook images a/w11

I love the whole "luxe groupie" vibe Topshop do every autum winter. Their Glamour Underground Collection is no different. The usual 70's inspired sparkles mixed with leather and mannish touches. I love all the textures and glitter. Cant wait to get my hands on that fur lined parka!

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

cross earrings

top: tesco
earrings: urban outfitters

A few people have mentioned it, but yes I've got my ears pierced again! Its not the first time I've had them done. When I was young I stretched them to about 24mm/28mm, I've had them taken out for about 4 years now and they have shrank down to around 8mm now but I don't wear plugs in them. I've been wanting to get another piercing above them for a while now, so finally bit the bullet and did it! However nowhere on my local highstreet would pierce them for me, I presume the hole I already had was a bit off putting so went to a specialist piercings place aka a goth shop to get them done! I've been stocking up on various earrings for the last few weeks, but these are my favorites so far. I have a little bit of an obsession with crosses I think! If you've followed my blog long enough to remember eargate then kudos to you!

& I also have lip and a monroe piercing, Surprises me how many people dont notice! But I dont really notice them on my own face anymore Im so used to them! Oh and also, I dont regret my piercings or stretched ears at all! It was a part of my teenage days & I've got a few crazy stories about them which I love telling!

Sunday, 24 July 2011

illamasqua skin base foundation

Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation (buy here)

Going to be honest and pretty much everything I learn't about makeup I learnt from the Internet. I rarely buy anything nowadays without seeing a swatch or a review (especially Temptalia ones!). Illamasqua Skin Base foundation was something I'd had my eye on for a while after seeing a post about it on their official blog. Pair that with some research I did on BB creams following the post, I was really interested in seeing what the product was actually like. When I bought this I'd not seen a single review on the foundation, so it really was a product I bought on a whim!

I have to say I really love this foundation, it feels very light and creamy and glides on and feels like it melts into my skin upon application. I've applied with a MAC 187 & a MAC 109, but I find using my fingers gives the best finish, despite the fact I'm a bit of a germaphobe and don't like the idea of touching my own face! To me the coverage is medium/full, a lot of people saying its totally full but I don't find it that full coverage, or maybe I'm just not using enough! A little really goes a long way with this foundation! You literally only need a tiny blob to do a full face.

The finish very natural and dewy, without that wet look some dewy foundations give. Personally I don't  like a heavy dewy finish and much prefer velvety/matte. Setting with a powder does take alot of the dewy finish but still has a subtle glow coming through without being too damp looking! In the photo I've set my foundation with a MAC Mineralize Skin Finish, but I wouldn't recommend a heavy powder like a MSF because it can cake a little over it as the powder seems to cling to the foundation!I've just bought the Laura Mercier Translucent powder to see if it will set it a little less heavy.

Overall I'm in love with this foundation, it photographs perfectly, ie. no ghost face like those darn foundations with SPF! Looking at you Estee Lauder Double Wear! The colour I got suits my skintone perfectly. I'm a shade 8, they do have a reference document you can download but I'd highly recommend getting matched buy a MUA. Have to admit since buying it I've seen a host of very mixed reviews, I really think its one of those you have to try it before you buy it sort of things. It is expensive and I normally refuse to buy a foundation is a MUA wont give a sample. Especially when you could be spending £25 on something you wont like.

Like with all reviews, take it with a pinch of salt, Just because its works for me it doesn't mean it will for you & give you the same results. Makeup, especially foundation is VERY subjective. Here are some links to various other reviews you may find helpful. Other reviews: here, here, here and here.
(My skin for reference: I have oily/combo skin, relatively good skin in terms of breakouts and spots, slight scarring on my chin. I have a very uneven olive and warm toned skin with very pink toned cheeks. Im a MAC NW15 without tan and generally wear foundation this colour then bronze up with bronzer if needed!)

Friday, 22 July 2011

july 2011 glossy box

Ciate nail polish, Illamasqua powdered metal in Ether, Orla Keily perfume, Ultra Sun Face 30, Weleda Pomergranate Regenerating Body Oil

Been wanting to add my two cents on Glossy Box for a while now. However, I only just got my first Glossy Box this month so I didnt talk too much on it beforehand. I was skeptical that they might be a one trick pony, and I think the second box fiasco probably was a bit of a step in the wrong direction for them, but I was still interested and wanted to get my hands on a box. I'd actually paid for my box way back in May but for some reason (thank the lord with hindsight!) it skipped last month and ended up getting the July box. For me this month is a big thumbs up! The contents do vary as some people also got Xen Tan stuff and some other things. However I'm satisfied with all my bits, nothing is stuff I wouldn't use or liked to have tried so there are no problems with that!

Would I recommend Glossy Box? Depends how you look at it. Fist box, good, second box meh, third box good. Yeah its a bit up and down, and the price is increasing to £12.95 but I personally would pay that. I like samples and trying new things, I don't generally buy alot of makeup or skincare apart from mascara and foundation so its nice to get some random bits each month. I think the price is good considering I know alot of people spend more than a tenner a month on products they dont like or simply just use once!

I think people got a little OTT last month bashing the box, I did feel really sorry for them in the end as some people went as far to claim they were "on drugs" and how awful they were.  I think OK they messed up, it was their second box though, I think with new companies, especially ones that are sending random samples paired with the fact I think everyone thought they were going to get a full sized Nars product didnt help. SAMPLES being the operative word, I do think they need to stop sending fullsize products out because its going to give people the wrong idea! Also add in their little price increase announcement faux pas, They ended up with a ton of bad press. I think people expected a little too much, but like the Birch Box & other US equivalents they seem to vary in quality too.

In short I will continue to sub to Glossy Box in the future for sure. However I've ordered the Boudoir Prive box which I think comes in August, so we shall see how it compares!

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

graduation dress

dress: miss selfridge, shoes: ebay

Had a bit of a joke over on my blog about what I was looking for to wear for graduation saying I wanted a Big Fat Gypsy wedding dress! But basically when I was trying to explain to my Mum what I wanted to wear for graduation I said something along the lines of pink, silky, and puffy (basically I wanted a pink cocktail dress type thing) and she was like "WHAT A GYPSY WEDDING DRESS" and then it basically stuck!

So I didnt find the dress of my dreams *ahem* so settled for this pink petite number from Miss Selfridge. It fits lovely and looks really nice on. A little more tame than I would normally go for, but then I sort of remembered that its supposed to be a bit posh and formal! I've bought some heels as well to wear with it, but Im not sure if they will come in time, which is super annoying! Will post proper photos when I do actually graduate on Thursday! So exciting!

Monday, 18 July 2011


canon 1000d via eBay

One of the most common question's and common search terms for my blog is "What camera does LLYMLRS use?" I've mentioned it alot before, but I currently use a Canon 1000d with the kit lens's that come with it. I bought it for about £250 off eBay about a year ago now. I'm hoping to upgrade when I get some more money though.

A super common question I get asked too is if I recommend it for new bloggers. I can honestly say no. If you dont know anything about DSLR's or how to really use them to their full potential there really isnt  much use spending hundreds of pounds on them! I took photography at college so I have a pretty good grasp of how to use a DSLR camera beyond the auto settings. I cant recommend personally any cameras suitable for blogging, as I've never used any others! I think there is far too much stress on needing an expensive camera to have what is generically deemed a "good blog". You just need a good little point and shoot camera that has a few different settings (macro is useful if you have a beauty blog!) that most importantly you understand how to use!

I cant stress enough that just because this is the camera I use, means it will work the same for you. Doesnt mean your photos will come out exactly like mine nor will it make your blog better just because its expensive. If anyone has any suggestions for cameras that they use on their blog that might help people let us know in the comments!

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Oh Hai

So I've decided to start blogging on this new blog about all the other stuff that doesn't fit into my LLYMLRS blog! On here you'll expect to find stuff about beauty, life and misc fashion stuff. I'm hoping to fill it with bits and bobs like photos, thoughts on things I buy, wishlists, wants, beauty things, food, reviews, events I attend, pretty much anything I can think of in that day! I've written myself a quick list of things I want to post about over the next few weeks so Im hoping that this wont become a one time blog thing!

Thanks so much if you decide to follow this blog as well as my regular blog. I hope enjoy reading it as much as my other one! Will be back tomorrow to update with a post, a new header and maybe a new background! Layout changing is such a daunting task!
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