Saturday, 31 August 2013

Twist/Knot Hair Ties

Hair ties didn't used to be something that was on my mind a lot, if I'm honest. But after reading they could be the cause of a lot of hair breakage and witnessing first hand the damage some of them caused to my (and my husband's! He goes through more hair ties than I do!) long hair, I decided to pay a little more attention to what I was using to tie my hair. After ditching the ones with the little metal link, I opted for the ones that are glued together but the tangling still remained.

I'd heard a lot about these twist/knot ties and the promises they make. No more tangled hair AND no kinks? When Prairie Charms offered me a 50% off discount code for their website as part of their Project Blogger, I knew exactly what to get! I ordered the Vivienne Knot Ties in mixed Purple, Orange and Navy blue. I gave the navy blue for my husband to test out, it being more discreet and all, and kept the purple and orange. I love how the bright orange plays off of my dark hair, it looks so pretty!

These secure a pretty tight pony tail, which I wasn't expecting from an elastic band! I don't know what magic is in these, but it is so much easier to take it off without getting your hair all tangled up. This is specially important for my husband, he has gotten all kinds of crazy knots in his hair from pulling out hair ties and it ain't pretty! He's got even longer hair than I do, so these are perfect! About the no kinks, I did notice a tiny little bit but, surprisingly, my hair went back to normal after a few minutes. It's a thumbs up from me on this one! And they're a bargain at £5!

And also as part of their Project Blogger, Prairie Charms are offering readers 50% off on their website. Just enter the code "PB50" at check out and you're good to go! They have many other hair accessories and lovely jewelery! I definitely recommend checking them out.

Friday, 30 August 2013

Products I've Been Loving #2

Nivea In Shower Body Moisturizer Skin Conditioner: I really hope I'm not the only one here who doesn't bother with moisturizing everyday. This is literally like hair conditioner but for your body. It's the perfect solution, the lazy girls best friend: gimmicky as it may sound, it gets the job done while you're in the shower, couldn't be more convenient!

Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution: A lovely light serum which promises to reveal brighter looking skin and help with over pigmentation. I've gotten back to using it this month after a bad outbreak and, while it does take its sweet time, it definitely works at fading acne scaring.

Superfacialist Rose Hydrate Calming Creamy Cleanser: An mazing cleanser, this is my second bottle of this and I will keep repurchasing it. I re-discovered it this month and have been using it as my morning cleanser. You can't beat it for the price. Under a tenner for lovely, nourished, plumped skin? Count me in! Plus, it's on offer right now for just over a fiver!

This Works Perfect Look Skin Miracle: After having pushed it to the back of the drawer, I picked this up again to write up the review (which you can read right here) earlier in the month and fell back in love. It's got the perfect dewy finish for those good skin days. Not exactly a bargain, but I do quite like the effect!

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl: I think this might be my favourite eyeliner ever. I adore the bronzey colour and this bad boy stays PUT. It's the perfect shade to add a bit of definition around the eyes without using a hard black liner and it's such an amazing bagain at £3.99! Thumbs up!

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Nspa Melting Cleansing Gel - Review

When I spotted this on the shelves of Asda while doing my weekly shop, I immediately thought it might be a dupe for the Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel. That, combined with having heard Ruth Crilly rave about the hot cloth cleanser from the same line, made me pick it up and see if the comparison was fair!

This comes in a uber cool looking purple box, which makes it feel a lot more expensive than the £6 it costs. They've really hit the nail in the head with the packaging, it looks like something I would expect from higher end brands. The bottle actually looks exactly like the Clarins one. The scent is also lovely. And that's as far as good things go with this product, I'm afraid.
While the scent is very nice, it is VERY strong and lingers on for a long time. I tried a bit on my hand before testing it properly and after washing it off the scent was still there after a couple of hours. I think that's an insane amount of fragrance in something that is meant to go on your face, so if you have sensitive skin, beware! Fragrance is one of the ingredients that are most likely to irritate your skin, and this bad boy is packed with it! Also, unlike the Clarins Pure Melt, the gel is really thick and doesn't go on smoothly at all. I tried it out at night before bed. When I rubbed it on my face, it felt like thick glue on and it dragged my skin  to the point of discomfort. After emulsifying it with some water, it turned into a milk and it felt quite soothing. I rinsed it off with water and my skin felt quite soft. I felt a little bit of residue left behind, but nothing that a warm flanel or your toner wouldn't fix. And then next morning came...
I could see little white spots starting to form and little irritation bumps on my face, which I have NEVER had before. I obviously had the obligatory freaking out moment and started praying my Effaclar Duo would do it's job, which thankfully it did!

I would've titled this post "Don't Put This on Your Face", but I can't be sure if it's all the product's fault or if it just didn't work for ME. Maybe it's another case of "you get what you paid for". I'm sure the hot cloth cleanser can't be all that bad if Ruth recommended it!
Have you ever tried anything from the Nspa range? What are your thoughts?


Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Blogging Spaces: Marvelle @ Blog Of Shadows!

"Hey everyone! My name is Marvelle and I run a little blog called Blog of Shadows! This is my first ever guest post, can you believe it! When Fernanda asked if I'd like to guest post about "My Blogging Space" - I thought that sounded like a pretty interesting concept, as I myself am a little nosy and would love to know where everyone blogs from, be it their beds or if they have a little allocated area! I am very lucky, I have an entire room in which I call "my make up office" (ha!). As my blog mainly deals with make up looks, this is where most of the magic happens! 

I have a huge white desk that has 3 drawers one end and 3 shelves the other which I got from Argos (I think it was about £40-50). I keep nail polishes and general blogging bits, like my camera and cables in the drawers, and if you take a little look on the other end, you'll probably spy some slippers, cotton pads, Q-tips and make up bags down the other. I like to keep my desk pretty minimal, as it can get a bit crazy when I'm blogging, so I only have the essentials on it. One side I have my mirror and everyday make up stored in a pretty big Cath Kidston make up box along. On the other side I have general bits and bobs, I like to keep my Bioderma, Fix + and brush cleaner all within arms reach, guarded by my two little teddy bears! Alongside this I keep various journals and notebooks to help me keep organised. I have one special little notebook where I write down what I want to achieve everyday. It just helps me keep up with the blog and since I can be quite forgetful, I like to remember what photos I need to take or retake, what looks I have planned etc...

On the other side of the room, I have my make up collection stored in big towers (£2 from Asda!) all within arms reach. :) 

Of course, like many bloggers though, despite having a lovely room to be able to blog from, it usually ends up happening here, in the comfort of my bed! This is where I like to write up my posts, you can't beat a bit of bed blogging!

Thank you so much for reading and I can't wait to see where other bloggers blog from! It will be very interesting to see the set ups and you never know, I may learn a thing or two! I'm already thinking of investing in some flowers after seeing Fernanda's! Thank you so much to the lovely Fernanda for letting me guest post and if you'd like to check out the posts that come from my little blogging space, you can find me at or over on twitter @blogofshadows! Bye everyone!"

Thank you Marvelle for sharing your space! I love the wallpaper on the window wall, it looks so fresh! And your bed looks so cosy, who can blame you from blogging from there? haha I love all the mixed bedding! And, can I just say, OMG all that make up! My little collection is dwarfed next to this! haha 

I hope you enjoyed checking out Marvelle's space! If you would like to share yours, just tweet me or e-mail me at 

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Starting Off #1: Skincare

I'm taking part in The Starting Out Project, the brainchild of the lovely Stephanie from Steph's Inside Voice. It's all about helping young teens or girls who are just starting out with beauty. I think it's a great idea and why do we have blogs if not to share what works or not for us and help other people make the most informed decision?

Each week we will talk about a different product and in this first week it's all about skincare!

If the whole of your skincare routine is a little make up removing wipe every night you need to WAKE UP! The most important thing for your skin is keeping it nice and clean. There is no way a simple cleansing wipe will do that for you. For cleansing, a good, proper, thorough cleanser is ideal. I like to remove the bulk of my make up with cotton pads and a make up remover and then go in with my cleanser. That will ensure your skin is left clean and ready to absorb the next products. Many people tend to ignore toner, but I quite like it. Even if just as a last step to ensure my skin is completely make up free. You can use an exfoliating one a couple times a week and have a hydrating one for every day use. Next we have serums, which is where most of the effectiveness of your routine comes in. They are lighter than a moisturizer and usually contain more of the active ingredients that make the difference in your routine. You can find hydrating ones, blemish fighting ones, ones that are meant to even out the skin tone... Choose one appropriate for your skin concern.
You should always apply your eye cream before your moisturizer, to make sure it really gets into the skin and isn't just sitting on top of another product. This is definitely not an essential, though. I went years just applying my regular moisturizer to my under eye area and it kept it hydrated enough. If you have other concerns, find the appropriate eye cream. And last, your good old trusty moisturizer. Don't try to find one that promises the world, it probably won't deliver. All you need from your moisturizer is hydration. 

cleansing - toner - serum - eye cream - moisturizer

This is the basics, maybe the foundation of a skincare routine. If you have to choose between investing in make up or skincare, I say always go for skincare. Because no amount of make up can cover up bad skin! Trust me, I know from experience! Another thing to keep in mind is consistency. You can't use something for a week and be disappointed when you don't get the results you needed. Be patient and I'm sure it will work! I notice the most difference on my skin when I stick to my routine!

I hope this has been helpful! If you have any more tips, just pop them in the comments bellow!

Sunday, 25 August 2013

The Sunday Post #3: My Etsy Wishlist!

If you follow me on Instagram (if you don't, what are you waiting for??) you'll know I'm kind of in a home decor kick at the moment! After being newlyweds with nothing but a tv and a mattress, we finally have our whole flat furnished, so now it's all about the decorating bits, the fun bits! I think what we're missing the most is some wall treatments so, after vetoing the huge Batman poster my husband proposed, I took to Etsy to find some illustrations and here's my wish list:

Just click the image to go to their Etsy shops!

I love Lana's water colours! She also has sky lines of many different cities, which I love!

I love how delicate Jessica's illustrations are, so sophisticated!

And how about these illustrations? She has bags, perfumes, nail varnishes, shoes... How amazing would these look around a dressing table area?

Friday, 23 August 2013

My Current Go To Lip Products

From left to right: 
L'Oreal Caresse in "200 Princess", Revlon Super Lustrous Matte in "003 Mauve it Over", Maybellinne Color Sensational in "902 Fuchsia Flash" and No7 Perfect Lips Pencil in "10 Blush". 

This summer I have definitely been more adventurous with my lip choices! Lately, I have been straying away from usual nudey-pinks and venturing into a whole new world of daring colours! haha What a way to say "I'm wearing colourful lipsticks, huh? I'm having so much more fun with my make up lately and these are the lipstick's I've been reaching for the most at the moment:

These are all from drugstore! I didn't want to invest in something expensive in case I didn't like the brighter colours on myself! I really wanted to try something orange, so I went for this L'Oreal hybrid of a lipgloss and lip tint. I love how the finish makes my lips look super juicy! You can wear it like me, with several layers, or go for a softer look with one layer! The second one wasn't a big hit with "le husband", but what does he know?? haha I always thought darker skin girls couldn't wear bright pinks/reds but I'm so glad i threw that "make up rule" out the window! I also love the formula of these new Maybellinne lippies, they lasted me well through a Sunday roast! And last, it's actually a combo! I love this Revlon lipstick, but it is a bit pale for me, so I liven it up with this No7 pink lip liner underneath and it gives me this "my lips but better" effect!  

What lip products have you been reaching for lately?

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Everything I Own From: Kiehl's!

Kiehl's is a skin care and hair care brand which was founded 160 years ago, making it quite impressive that it is still around today. It started in New York's East Village and the history of the brand is so significant to the city that, in 2003, the 12th of November became official "Kiehl's Day" in the city! These are all the products I own from Kiehl's and I think it the fact that they have all been repurchased says a lot about the brand!

Rare Earth Pore Refining Toner. I obviously don't know if that is physically possible, but if it is, I fully credit this toner to turning my oily skin into combination. It is a clay toner, you have to shake it to mix it with the liquid and then apply it with a cotton pad or pour it onto your hands and press them against your face. Since this does contain alcohol and clay, you would expect your face to be dried out and tight like nothing else, but NO! It just feels perfectly cleansed and controls the oil brilliantly!

Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque.  I have a full review on it, which you can read right here. It is an honest, effective clay face mask that WORKS! I tend to use it when my skin is acting up with blemishes popping up and this really calms them down. I also like to to use it as a spot treatment, I dab a little on any blemishes I might have at night and they are gone in 3-4 days!

Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution. This is one of those products that takes a while to work, so you have to be patient and, most important of all, CONSISTENT! It is a serum that promises to fade hyper pigmentation and also reveal brighter looking skin. I'm almost finished with my second bottle of this and I love it! It helps my acne scars fade that little bit faster, so it's a thumbs up!

Do you own anything from Kiehl's? Lusting over anything from the brand? Do share!

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

My Blogging Space!

I've taken over out little dining table! This is where I blog from and I tried to make it nice and comfy, for inspiration! Plus, I find having a space to actually sit down and get down to business helps me not to get too distracted when I know I have to get something done! I find it specially helpful when answering blog comments, when I need all my focus or else it would never get done! I'm definitely one of those people who need to be sat, with their head down to be able to completely focus! My laptop is just an old Toshiba one and I'm definitely on the market for a new one. Ideally a MacBook Air, but not sure if I have the courage to fork out all that money just yet! Any recommendations would be welcomed!

As you can see, my little blogging space is right off the living room and the kitchen is right behind me (we have an open plan layout). I've always wanted a little desk space/little home office, but always felt like I had to invest in big furniture or had to wait till we had a bigger place or any other lame excuse! This time, I just improvised with what I had and I think it turned out pretty nice! That just goes to show you don't need to spend mountains of money to have a space you can enjoy!

I love having flowers around, I think they really make a room! These are just £3 mini roses I got at Tesco and trimmed the leaves off for a cleaner look. And the vase is another bargain I picked up at Asda for £3! I also like to have my iPad around to keep an eye on Twitter (follow me, I'm always checking it!) and Instagram. And an essential for me is my notebook, this one is from the Martha Stewart collection for Staples. If I have an idea for a post I absolutely HAVE to write it down or else I will forget it, 99% of the time! haha I'm such Arnold lady, I swear to God!

I really hope you guys enjoyed this post! And if you did, stay tuned cause I have a series coming up where other bloggers share their blogging space with us! How exciting is that? I can't wait to see everyone's spaces! Very nosey indeed!


Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Bioderma at the Garden Pharmacy!

When I was in London a few weeks ago, I had one thing I knew I needed to buy: the Bioderma Sensibio H2O, the most hyped up micellar water in the blogosphere! After seeing Lily Pebble's list of which pharmacies in London stocked it, I made a mental note to check out the Garden Pharmacy! It's located in Covent Garden and it's almost right off the tube station, you can't miss it! They stock a lot from the Bioderma range and other lovely brands like Nuxe, Korres and L'Occitanne. I totally recommend a visit, but try not to go on the weekend if at all possible, since #1 the Covent Garden tube station gets ridiculously busy and #2 the Pharmacy isn't that big inside so it can get a bit cramped!

Now onto the star of the show...

The Bioderma isn't the first micellar water I've tried. I've gone through a couple of bottles of the La Roche Posay one, but didn't tend to use it that often! When cleansing at night, I used to go straight on to my first cleanse, usually with the Clinique Cleansing Balm, and then do a second cleanse with something a bit creamier. Now, I'm loving the Bioderma for removing the bulk of my make up! The hype is definitely deserved with this one. I've been using it every night to remove my make up and in the morning as a quick cleanse before going for a run (not that often, then!). I wouldn't recommend, however, having this as your only cleanser. I believe it can dry out your skin a little bit if it's all you use!
It gets rid of my waterproof mascara, something the La Roche Posay just couldn't do! Don't be put off by this though, the LRP is still a good product, it definitely works at removing the bulk of the make up, so if you can't get hold of the Bioderma, the La Roche Posay micellar water can be a good substitute! I've been enjoying this product a lot, but it is definitely not the end all, be all of make up removers! 

The Bioderma Sensibio H2O is £10 for 250ml. You can get yours from the Garden Pharmacy website or at

Sunday, 18 August 2013

The Sunday Post #2: Orange Is the New Black

Orange Is the New Black is an original series by Netflix. It's been generating a lot of buzz around the internet and after a friend recommended it on Facebook, I decided to check it out! 

It's all about this woman names Piper, who is going to jail for a crime she committed 10 years ago, when she was travelling the world with her lesbian lover. Needless to say, her life has changed immensely since then and now she's just like any regular woman, engaged to be married (to a MAN!), starting her own business. How she deals with the other inmates and the relationships she builds and how she builds them is so interesting to watch! Especially when we find out that her former lover is also in the same prison. But what really make this show so great and addictive are all the amazing characters! The great thing about them is that there really isn't one that is inherently good or one that is inherently bad. There's no good guy or bad guy (for most of the show) and I love that! You really get to see the nuances of every human being in there, and that's what makes it different! 

It's a comedy-drama, so be prepared for all the laughs. All the characters have prison nicknames and I think Crazy Eyes might be my favourite character for some good laughs! But at the last episode, she really hits the nail in the head when analyzing Piper. I don't want to give out any spoilers, so I won't get into much detail here! It really gets your thinking about yourself and how you behave towards others, though! 

Production on season 2 has already started, but it's only premiering next year and I'm DYING HERE! If you're going to watch it, try not to binge on it over 3 days like I did, save it! haha Meanwhile, check out this BuzzFeed list on 23 Suprising Facts About Orange Is the New Black! Hope you like it! x

Saturday, 17 August 2013

MUJI Acrylic Drawers

I'd been keeping all of my make up in two little bags for months and really wanted something a bit more conveninet, where I had easy access to all of my items. So, when I was in London a few weeks ago and ran into a MUJI store, I knew what I had to do!

I love how they look on top of my dresser! They are ridiculously practical and it fits all of my make up with a little room to spare so I can keep growing my collection, how convenient! haha They are perfect for the clean, white, fresh look I'm going for with my home decor! This dresser is right next to my big mirror, so it's perfect for doing my make up (I like to do my make up standing up!).

The only draw back with these is how shallow the drawers are. As you can see, my Bourjois Healhty Mix Serum foundation bottle fit perfectly, but something with a thicker bottle like, say, the Dior Diorskin Forever foundation would not find a safe home in there! I'm very lucky everything I own fit so nicely and I love how tidy it looks! Now I'm looking for a nice antique tray to put my perfume bottles in, something like this. So chic! 

I keep my Touche Eclat and some of my pencils and smaller brushes in this Dyptique candle. I looked at so many tutorials on how to empty the old candle glasses out and they were so ridiculously complicated, I found a much better way to do it! I can work on a tutorial if anyone's interested! 

You can find MUJI stores in London, I got my drawers at the Covent Garden one! There 3 drawer one cost me £17 and the 5 drawer one is about £25. They're also available from the MUJI website.


Friday, 16 August 2013

Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner Review

Today I have a review of a product that's reached cult status in the blogging community! All due to Caroline Hirons glowing review, the Clarings Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner has made its way into my skin care routine, and I'm sure I'm not alone!

This is yet another toner containing AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids), which promises to reveal brighter, softer skin by gently exfoliating its top layer. According to Caroline, it's a toned down version of the harder to get P50 and of the Pixi Glow toner. However, having used both, it is not comparable to the Alpha H Liquid Gold. I've heard some people are using the Liquid Gold as a toner, which it is not! Keep in mind, the LG is a treatment, to be used every other day, max.

Now, Clarins recommend their toner be used twice a week, but I've personally been using it every day and have had no problems. Using it on its own, there is no danger of over exfoliating. I have noticed though, that if I use it the day after I apply the Liquid Gold, my skin get very sensitive and starts showing signs of over exfoliation (the it's Una Brennan's Rose Hydrate Mask to the rescue!), so be careful with that! I've definitely noticed an improvement on my skin's texture after I started using this, which I love! It makes my skin feel very soft and nourished. Most impressive of all though, I also found my acne scarring start to fade a lot faster since I've this is my routine, so it is definitely a winner for me!

I've been really enjoying using this and already have my sights on another Clarins toner (their Tonin Lotion With Iris) for when I'm using my beloved Liquid Gold.

You can get this at Clarins counters all over the country or straight from their website. The Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner is £25 for 125ml.


Thursday, 15 August 2013

Redken Anti Snap Leave In Treatment Review

I got this product right before I decided I was gonna ombre my hair at home. I knew I would be doing some damage to my hair and was looking for ways to protect it as much as I could! And I wasn't let down by this blue guy, the Redken Extreme Anti-Snap.

The most important thing to know if you wanna have healthy hair is: your hair needs MOISTURE & PROTEIN. Too little moisture or too much protein might be the reasons why your hair isn't looking it's best. Protein based products help make hair stronger against breakage and that is exactly where this product comes in. It promises to strengthen hair by coating it in lipids (proteins!) and smoothing down the hair cuticle, which makes it smoother and there for reflects more light for shinier hair! 

This is also a heat protector, so I apply it to towel dried hair and blow dry it as usual. I love what this does to my hair. It is left feeling soft and the frizz is reduced compared to when I don't use it. I first started using it every time I washed my hair, but, like I mentioned, too much protein can make your hair look a bit dull and dry. Now I use it every other time I blow dry my hair.

You'll remember that I recently got my hair cut and complained about how dry my ends looked... They were looking pretty unsightly, however... There was absolutely no breakage and the split ends were pretty minimal if you consider I put bleach on my hair! The amount of heat I've been using on it since getting it cut is out of this world and it should be a total mess by now, but I believe the Redken Extreme Anti-Snap is holding it together! My hair is still looking healthy and there is no breakage as far as I can tell.

I'm very pleased with this product indeed. Plus, it smells lovely! stocks the whole Redken range. The Redken Extreme Anti-Snap is £14.75 for 250ml.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

We are on a break!

Back in May, I got a gel manicure done. I loved how shiny it was and how well it lasted. However, when I went to get it removed, the woman did a terrible job. She inverted the steps and I was left with horrible looking nails, full of grooves from the nail file. It was like my whole nail was full of stripes! After that, I resorted to doing my own nails at home. My nail polish collection expanded and I actually started doing a really good job on my own. For a period of about 3 months, my nails had polish on the constantly, they were always painted. Obviously, that only made things even worse for my poor, abused nails! It caused them to go yellow, get really brittle and start to peel and I also had some discolouration going on. That's why I decided to take a break from nail polish!

They've grown out quite a bit since getting the gel polish removed, but you can see the top third of my nails still look awful. I've been massaging them with oils and trimming and filing regularly. I'm still deciding wether or not to buy a strengthening treatment, since I do want to wait till I get rid of all the "bad bit" before putting anything on them. I can already feel my nails getting stronger and I think this break was really necessary for that. You can always do this too, not for as long as me, of course. I believe a week without nail polish, every now and then, can be beneficial to your nails! 

Have you ever tried anything like this? Do you have your nails painted at all times?

Sunday, 11 August 2013

The Sunday Post #1: Top 3 'Ungirly' Things I Like

I've decided to introduce my own version of Sunday Posts and they will mostly not be beauty related! I'm really excited to see your reaction to this! Of course, I need to give you a little bit of a disclaimer here: when I say 'ungirly' things, I don't mean girls "aren't allowed" to like these things. I'm also not trying to be one of those "oh my God, I'm so cool, I'm one of the guys, I like guy things!" girls, so annoying. I guess it's just a bit unusual to find girls who like them. What do you think? Anyway, here they are!

Aaahh yes, I remember it well... It was 2003 and I was watching MTV (of all things). It was the Brazilian version of TRL and I was anxiously waiting for a Blink 182 (who remembers the videos for First Date??) to come on. But before them, there was a video from Iron Maiden (which annoyed me very much!), it was Rainmaker. All I remember thinking was "Wow, these old guys are still alive AND making music??". I bet lots of you will think the same right now! Yes, they are still going and it's been over 30 years now. I love their music, it's not just mindless heavy metal. It's so beautiful and the lyrics talk about many different things, like history and war. I learned loads from them. I've seen them live three time now (in fact I was in London just a week ago and saw them at the O2, it was amazing!) and cried like a baby on all three occasions. They are just as good as they were 30 years ago. My only tattoo is an Iron Maiden tattoo on the inside of my wrist and I already have my next one planned, also a Maiden one!

Obviously I have a thing for old men! For those of you who don't know, Top Gear is a TV show here in England hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. I remember when I first started talking to my husband online he told me about this "tv show about cars and these guys who do crazy things with them"! Of course, all I thought was that it was super cute that the guy I like was into cars. haha Then I came to visit one time and watched it for the first time and I just couldn't see what all the fuss is about. I didn't get it. Now, what you have to understand about Top Gear is that it is NOT about the cars! The show is about the three host and how they interact with each other and the antics they get up to! And they are HILARIOUS! When searching for the picture for this post I literally laughed out loud when thinking about the episodes! The Orangutang, the Hamster and Captain Slow make this show! It's on Netflix so I recommend you watch it! I'm watching it right now, actually. lol

This is a first person shooter video game. I remember when I was kid playing the Barbie video game on my Super Nintendo, how I miss that thing. haha I never had a PlayStation back in Brazil so I was kind of intimidated by it! When I first moved to England, the visa I was on didn't allow me to work so I spent a lot of time at home by myself (weep weep). I needed something to pass the time and my husband had all these games so I started playing Assassin's Creed Brotherhood. It was a sad day when I finished it! When browsing the shelf for a new one, I picked up Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and I was HOOKED! Obviously I sucked when I started, maybe getting one kill per game, but he satisfaction of actually getting a guy is addictive. My husband picked up a myriad of Portuguese swear words from watching me play. haha I just love it.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post, it was a lot of fun to write! What are some unusual things you're into??

Friday, 9 August 2013

This Works Perfect Look Skin Miracle - Review

Here's something that took over the beauty blogging world a few months ago, I'm gonna say it was much due to Anna's love for it. That's where I first heard about it and her raving reviews on it made me really curious so of course I had to have it! The Perfect Look Skin Miracle is a tinted moisturizer by This Works. Mind you, the word "miracle" here can be a bit of an exaggeration!

I do quite like the packaging of this, one pump is the perfect amount to cover the whole face. It comes out a dark bronze colour, which might put off fairer skinned girls, but it blends into a nice addition of colour to any skin tone. I love it that it contains Hyaluronic Acid, which we all know is THE ingredient to look out for if your skin is in need of that kick of hydration. I tend to apply it with my Real Techniques Buffing brush, but it also looks great when massaged into the skin with fingers. It can get a little tacky upon application, but after it sinks in, it leaves your skin feeling nicely hydrated and soft.

I didn't fiddle with the contrast or any colouring in these pictures.
First picture with nothing on, second picture with a light layer of it on and the finished look.

As for coverage, it hasn't got loads. It does a nice job at evening out the skin tone, but any spots or scarring you've got going on will remain uncovered, as you can see in the pictures. Now, if you're having a good skin day, you can definitely get away with using it all on it's own, since it leaves a really nice, glowy finish. I like to finish it off with some powder for an added extra bit of coverage. I finished it off with a little concealer, blusher, mascara and lipbalm for an effortless, "what? I've got no make up on, just woke up like this" look! All in all, I really do like this product. It's not gonna change your life but it is a summer staple for me, when I don't want a heavy coverage foundation melting off of my face in the heat! 

At £28 for 30ml it's not exactly a bargain. You can pick this up from most Boots, at or through their own website.

Thursday, 8 August 2013

MAC Retro Mattes Collection

Image from Brazilian blog Dia de Beaute.
Relentlessly Red, Flat Out Fabulous, Steady Going, Dangerous, Runway Hit, All Fired Up and Fixed on Drama

You guys... YOU GUYS! I was never one to get excited about MAC collections. But I found myself drooling over all the items on this one so I just knew I had to share it with you as soon as possible, since this has "sold out" written all over it!
The new MAC Retro Mattes Collection has 8 lipsticks (the 8th one, not pictured is Ruby Woo) and 8 Pro Long Wear lip pencils. 
A little story about MAC... When the brand started, back in 1984, as a small, very niche make up brand, they had a line of matte lipsticks. However, when they were bought by Estee Lauder, in 1998, they felt their mattes were too dry and hard, so they made a few tweaks to the formula and that is the matte we have today! In 2000 they released a limited edition collection with the old matte formula and one of those lippies stuck around, becoming permanent, our beloved Ruby Woo! It is still the only retro matte lipstick on MAC to this day. 
I absolutely love this retro matte formula. It can be quite drying, but if you just make sure your lips are properly moisturized, it gives the most beautiful effect! I know I love my Ruby Woo, it's the red lipstick I've been wearing on the last blog posts. I've never been this excited about LIPSTICKS! haha It'll be available in September and I can't WAIT!

So, what do you guys think?? Will you be picking anything up? 
I'm excited to know your thoughts on this!

Brazilian blogger and VOGUE Brazil beauty editor Victoria Ceridono broke the news on a video on her YouTube channel. 

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

ELLE UK Fab Freebie - September Issue

Just a heads up for ma peeps: the September issue of ELLE UK is already out n stands and they have an amazing freebie worth £7.50: the Bumble and Bumble Thickening Spray! Not only is it a pretty cool bargain considering the magazine is only £4, but this stuff definitely works wonders! It gave my hair a lot more volume than what my usual hair mousse (and you can actually run your fingers through your hair after applying it!). Also, the magazine is looking great this month with lots of very interesting articles! I highly suggest you guys pick it up! x

Monday, 5 August 2013

My new Haircut!

So, I got a hair cut! Those of you who follow me on Instagram or Twitter (@ferdiefletch for both!) will already know this. I was a bit bored with my long hair and knew I wanted something different... I had had a fringe before, last time was when I was 15 (talk about a flashback!), so I knew that, on the very least, it would look ok. In any case, there was a Boots right across the street from my hairdressers so I could pop in quickly and buy some hair pins! haha

A little bit of a hair history. This is the second time this cycle has repeated itself and I still haven't learned my lesson. My hair is long and completely virgin and then I decide I'm bored with it and decide to dye. It looks great for the first few weeks, until the ends start drying out and the hair loses it's natural shine and then I'm itching for a hair cut. And running into this post at IntoTheGloss didn't help matters!

I did this ombre at home all by myself. I was really proud of my "skillz yo" when my hair dresser asked me where I had it done cause it looked really professional. Any one looking for bookings or appointments, I'm not taking any at the moment, I'm afraid! haha It looked alright when it was styled (like you can see on the previous post) but it looked so dry and lifeless, it just had to go! I'm really enjoying this new hair cut though, I think the shorter length makes it look more elegant and stylish!

I'm still learning how to style it, I prefer it when it's a bit messier like this. If the curls are too perfect like in the first picture I find it gives off a June Cleaver vibe which I'm not very into. haha What do you guys think? Do you prefer your hair longer or shorter? 


Thursday, 1 August 2013

Guerlain Terracota Bronzing Powder

I think Guerlain is one of the prettiest make up brands out there. Together with YSL, it has the most amazing, luxurious packaging. The Terracota Bronzing Powder's compact is one of the most gorgeous things ever, but it's really hard to photograph! It's got the Guerlain's signature crossed G's in there, in an almost holographic looking golden tone. It's just gorgeous. Inside the double G's are repeated in the pretties embossing on the powder (sorry mine's a little worn, this post's been a long time coming!). 

Bronzer is usually that final step in make up that can bring the whole look together. I always felt my make up was missing a little something and I knew what it was. But because I have darker skin it was really hard to find a bronzer that would show up on me. Queue Guerlain and their (then) newly released 8 shades of bronzer. Catering to the fairest skinned gals to the darkest!

I've got the one in #07. I love this shade, you can actually see it on my skin (unlike the Bourjois Chocolate bronzer) and it makes the perfect contouring product for me too, as it doesn't look orange at all. In this picture I applied it to the back of my cheeks and along my hair line. The powder is very finely milled, which makes it so easy to blend and it smells really nice too. It's supposed to be hydrating too. I don't know about that, but it doesn't dry out my skin or looks cakey either!

My favourite brush to apply it with is this F50 by Sigma. It came with their travel kit, so I don't think their full sized one will be the same size, probably bigger. I like it because it's got a slightly tapered head, so I can either focus the application with the very end of the brush for contouring or use the whole brush for an all over bronze.

Now, this isn't the cheapest bronzer out there (I got mine for Christmas) at £33. I just decided I really wanted to invest on it because, like I mentioned before, it was the best one I found for my skin tone. What are your thoughts on bronzer?

 The Guerlain Terracota Bronzing Powder is available in 8 shades and you can find it at Guerlain counters nationwide or at FeelUnique.


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