Monday, 24 September 2012

Whats in my everyday make up bag/box?

I actually keep all my everyday make up in this box which I keep on my dressing table. Its Emma Bridgewater hearts and flowers and I actually got it from Ark Cambridge which is a lovely little shop.

So here is a sneak peak into the make up I store in it, and its what I wear most days if its just a normal day. I do have more make up, stored in another box which is for nights out or more experimental looks. I also like to switch around this make up so I actually use all my products up.


MAC Face and Body Foundation in N2 - this is my everyday foundation and I love it, it provides light coverage and evens your skin tone perfectly. It doesn't cover blemished but i prefer to use a stronger concealer where I need it rather than a full coverage foundation all over.

Benefit Boi-ing in number 2 - this is an amazing concealer and its perfect for blemishes as it really covers them, and stays most of the day. 

Clinique Airbrush concealer in 04 neutral fair - I personally prefer this to the YSL equivalent, it has better coverage and less highlighting. Saying that,  its still is a brightening concealer, amazing for dark circle under the eyes days.

YSL Touche ├ęclat (not sure of the colour) - not much more to say, i use this more in the summer and on my cheek bones as a highlighter.

MAC Select cover up NW20 - this is an all rounder concealer, perfect for taking on the go - not too cakey under the eyes yet enough coverage for blemishes.

Lily Lolo Mineral foundation sample/ In the buff - This is a sample size as I'd always wanted to try a mineral foundation, I really love it! Maybe I'll invest in the full size at some point but its such a great service to be able to order samples to find a perfect colour match. 


Nars blush in Luster - this is an amazing 1 step blush if you're feeling lazy, its an apricot colour which provides a bronzed/blushed cheek as well as a highlight due to the slight shimmer in it. It compliments my skin tone perfectly.

Bourjois bronzing powder - this apparently smells like chocolate, im not sure but it does smell nice. I either use this to contour or as an all over bronzer to give me a healthy glow.

MAC sheertone blush in Peaches - i've practically used this everyday since I got it for my birthday and it still looks like it has never been touched! well worth the price tag


Mascaras - Clinique high impact and Revlon Grow Luscious plumping - Revlon is fairly new but i'm loving it. 

Eye liners - I have L'Oreal Super Liner and Super Liner perfect slim. I tend to use the slim one for a super quick look as its the easiest to apply. And I used the normal super liner for nights out or long days as it lasts sooo well and is super black.
Slia smudgestick in Damsel - its a really dark brown which stays put amazingly, i never used to like pencil eye liner as they would smudge but this is so good!
I also like to use a black eye shadow with a wet brush as an eye liner and I've been loving Bourjois intense extrait 10 which is such a deep black.

HD brows brow beater - this is just an eye brow setting gel which I use when I clip my fringe back 


Nuxe Reve de miel lip balm. This is a gorgeous smelling lip balm that is really hydrating, I have dry lips so this is an essential for me

No7 Perfect Lips Pencil in Nude - the most gorgeous everyday colour.

As you can tell I love a peachy pink lip for everyday - currently I have;
MUA Nectar shade 16
MAC Shy Girl
Revlon Smoked Peach

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

MAC So Chaud

My newest addition to my lipstick collection comes in the form of MAC So Chaud. An amazing orangy red, it is very similar to Lady Danger which leans slightly redder. I feel it is not talked about in blogs etc. as much as lady danger, but I feel it deserves a lot of credit. I actually discovered it through Rhiannon of FashionRocksMySocks, check out her blog and her youtube!

So Chaud is a matte finish, but I don't find it to be drying on the lips at all. I like to apply it using a Real Techniques detailer brush (part of the core collection) as I feel it gives an even colour and it helps to really push the colour into the lips which is important when wearing a bold lip so that is doesn't stray all round your mouth. I tend to touch up on the go straight from the bullet but blending using my ring finger. I find that it lasts so well and you can easily go out shopping for the day without touching it up, I just love it to be an intense colour so I like to top up every now and then, especially after eating.

MAC lipsticks have recently upped in price to £14! Which is crazy, but there will always be people who buy them due to the amazing colour range and vast selection of formulas.

This is my favourite outfit for this lipstick:
Maxi skirt-  Zara, cropped top - ASOS, big necklace - Topshop, Hamsa hand necklace - Kukee

What is your favourite MAC lipstick shade? Have you got So Chaud?

Red Lips

I love a red lippy me, and just to prove it, i've done a post sharing my red lipsticks with you..
Revlon in Romantic, 17 by Jonanthan Saunders, MAC Ruby Woo, MAC So Chaud
My first ever red lipstick was picked up on a whim when I was about 15 and I never wore it for years! Then that is what got me into it, when I got older and gained more confidence.. so left-right here goes!

All swatches below!

Revlon Balm Stain - Romantic (£7.99)
This is my most sheer option and even though it does look quite orange it can be built up to be a nice strong red but its amazing for those of you just starting out as its not very scary.
It applies a really sheer balmy wash of colour and then stains your lips with a tinge of red. Lovely day colour.

17 By Johnathan Saunders (price unknown)
This is my older red lipstick - infact my older lipstick in general. It was in a limited edition range from 17 at Boots and it doesn't even have a name or number. I love love the colour of this but the formula is a bit of a nightmare as it likes to stray all around your mouth. I typically wear this pushed into my lips and then with a lipstick sealer such as lipcote (my red lips-night out saviour)

MAC Ruby Woo (£14)
This is a blue toned matte lipstick which is wonderful deep colour. I see it as quite a retro red and it gives a lovely colour, great for autumn/winter. I tend to apply this with a lipstick brush. However it can be a bit drying so make sure your lips are nicely moisturised.

MAC So Chaud (£14)
This is my most recent purchase and probably my favourite red lipstick of the moment. Its orange toned which I feel looks really nice with my skin tone. This is also a matte but not a drying as ruby woo. I really like this as a summer red.
full reveiw here
Topshop Rio Rio, MUA in shade 13,  NYX in Amsterdam

Topshop Rio Rio (£8)
A true pilar box red. I think the formula of Topshop lipsticks is really nice for the price, they are nice and creamy and stay for a long time. I would like to get a few more of their colours.

MUA in shade 13 (£1)
For the price, you cannot really go wrong here! Available in Superdrug MUA have a wonderful selection of everything especially eyeshaddow pallettes and lipsticks.  This again is a bluey toned, its really nice formula which goes on effortlessly.

NYX soft matte lip cream in Amsterdam (£5.99)
NYX products are hard to get hold of in the UK but I got this from a River Island boutique store. I know you can also get them from Ebay. I was pretty excited as I'd heard good things about these. They are a very unique formula as they apply very creamy and wet but they dry to a nice rich matte colour. This is the most intense red I have and it lasts so well on the lips.

Monday, 6 August 2012

July Haul -- what I bought this month

Quite a long post which is picture heavy but I always enjoy to see what people have been buying.. I know this is more suited to a video on youtube, but I don't do videos so sorry about that!
Its all from Boots, I'll leave links and prices where I can
Nivea Happy Time body wash - this stuff smells amazing, so summery, and who can't like the name! plus it was only 97p in Boots!

Soap and Glory Flake away - £2.50 this is a lovely exfoliator and it also smells gorgeous and leave skin feeling silky smooth. I goth the travel size as I thought it'd be perfect for my holiday!

Boots Botanics - Purifying Face Scrub - yet to use this but I thought i'd pick it up.

Natural Collection eye shadows in Willow and Asteroid. These are such great quality products, and really good value. It was 3 items for £5 so I couldn't help but get a blush too..

Natural collection Blush in Peach Melba. has really good colour pay off and gives a lovely healthy glow to the cheeks, the colour on my skin actually works a bit like a bronzer - shows how pale I am ha!

Friday, 3 August 2012


We are well and truly in Festival season and although this might be a bit late, I thought i'd do it anyway as it'll be useful in summers to come!

This is the first in the series which will include, beauty and makeup, fashion, hair and this one which is camping necessities and equipment.
  • TENT most essential item! Its useful to have a patterned one, as its easier to find among all the tents that look the same, i got a green flowery one really cheap from Millets when it closed in my town.
  • Sleeping bag and mat
  • Torch
  • Wellies - SO USEFUL even if it doesn't rain, with that many people walking across the same bit of grass it soon becomes a mud bath
  • Small pillow (or pillow case to stuff with a jumper!)
these are the shoes I took, but I just lived in my wellies!

  • Cooking stove - can be very useful when you don't wanna have to pay for a cup of tea!
  • Cooking utensils such as pan, plate, cutlery wooden spoon
Miscellaneous: some other items you could consider..
  • Camera, I like to take a disposable with me
  • Sun glasses
  • Bin bags - to use as a a super stylish waterproof poncho, to sit on, or to use in the conventional way
  • Sleeping eye patch, ear plugs
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Face paint

Wednesday, 1 August 2012


Here are some suggested hair styles that I will be rocking at this years festivals..

Day 1
This is just my normal everyday hair style - natural waves and to add to the 'festival boho look' I've added a floral headband. This one is from New Look and cost about £2 in the sale - bargain!

Day 2
I know my hair looks different in different lighting, its strange!

I have added two small plaits to the side of my head, not a very exciting change!

Day 3

Day 3 means your hair is not gonna be looking so fresh, I think a top not is perfect for this, especially teamed with a cute flower headband.

Day 4

Last day of the festival, definately won't be feeling very clean and for me this means the fringe has to be pinned back. Adding a head scarf can stylishly hide any greasy roots and instantly make any style look for festival appropriate!


So when you're going to a festival, you're probably not gonna take all your hair styling products and electrical devices with you. These are a few of my essentials;
You need to think about the basics that will get you by for the 3-4 days of the festival.

Here are my suggestions for essentials:
Small hair spray- Boots, Hair brush - Tangle Teaser- Boots, Comb -Primark , Hair bands, grips and a clip
For me, with a fringe a comb is an essential everyday so definately something to remember for a festival. This is just a little can of hairspray, I'm not too fussy on the make.

Another thing of massive importance to me is DRY SHAMPOO - you don't know if you're gonna get the chance to wash your hair (I didn't at Latitude - don't judge) so this is very important at banishing the oil!

Of course you might need normal shampoo - I've got these handy travel sized ones from John Frieda

Last but not least - hair accessories! I love a good head scarf or flower hair band and these are perfect for festivals to add to the boho look and also disguise from bad hair days ;)

Pink flower band - New Look, Daisy Flower headband - Primark, Head scarf - Mum! Other band - can't remember sorry!
Hopefullt this was useful, my next post will be some hair styles that you could wear at a festival!
Cate x

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Blog Lovin'

Just a quick update to say I have joined bloglovin' so you can now follow me on there!

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Lush - Mask of Magnaminty Face Mask

£4.75 for 125g

After trying the blueberry Catastrophe Cosmetic mask (review) I thought I would give this a go.
The Mask of Magnaminty costs £4.75 for a 125g pot, this is what I have as  I thought it'd be best to try it with a small pot first. I have used this twice so far and I've still got a lot of left so I can see it lasting for over 10 uses. Which is pretty good value - especially in comparison to the fresh face masks.

Describes itself as a 'Face and Back Pack' -
"Deeply cleansing, toning and exfoliating, pepperminty masks. Refreshes and brightens all it touches"

Bentonite Gel, Kaolin
Honey - to moisturise and an antiseptic
Peppermint oil -stimulates blood and gives cooling feeling.
Ground aduki beans and evening primrose seeds- exfoliate face when removing the mask without being too harsh on sensitive skin
Marigold oil and chlorophyllin treat the skin

First thing I noticed as I put it onto my skin was the smell - pepperminty which made it very cooling on the face and it stays like that, a bit tingly, until the mask dries. It applies very easily, much better than the catastrophe cosmetic (review), and is easy to spread evenly onto the face (or just trouble areas)-  I used my fingers for this. Its a strong green colour so does look a bit scary when applied but it dries nicely without flaking and it turns more of a grey-green.
When dried (about 15mins) it does feel a bit tight on your face but I quite like that feeling and if you didn't I think a drying mask isn't good for you. I washed it off with a flannel and warm water, (I wouldn't recommend a white flannel as it would get pretty grubby but it does wash out.)
It come off really nicely and just melts off the face

My skin was left smooth, soft and refreshed. The good thing about this mask is that despite being aimed at oily/blemished skin it doesn't dry out your skin but leaves it feeling really nice. As for reduction of spots, I think it takes time, its not instant and because it brings them to the surface after just one use your skin might actually be worse but I feel like with continued use it would benefit the skin.

Monday, 9 July 2012

DIY dip dye  Denim Shorts

I spoke a while ago about my obsession with tie dye (blog post here) and how I planned to dye a maxi skirt.. here is probably the first in a series of DIY as I really enjoy being a bit artsy crafty - wish I was back in primary school haha!

So here we go!

You will need:
- Shorts to dye (or any other item)
- Packet of dye - I used DYLON in the colour Ocean Blue and got it from John Lewis for hand dying not washing machine
- Bucket large enough to put your dye and shorts into
- Salt (to mix into the dye)
- Warm water 
- Cold Water
- Old wooden spoon
- Newspaper to protect the floor
- Gloves to protect your hands
- Clothes hanger - useful when drying the finish result.

This is the dye I used

 Step 1- Mix up the dye in the bucket by following the instructions on the packet. I only used half the packet as I knew this would be enough,

Step 2 - Wet the shorts in warm water - this allows the dye to grab into the fabric and absorb more colour. I just did this to the bottom of my shorts and I want the bottom to by dyed. (see below)

Step 3 - Place the shorts into the bucket up to where you want the dye to be (note: it may run higher than you expect). Hold in place for about 5 minutes.

Step 4 - Repeat step 3, moving the shorts further out of the dye mixture again. Repeat this as many times as desired the more steps you do the more the ombre affect will blend together. I actually left the last bit in for about 30 mins as I wanted the colour to be really intense.

Step 5- Hang the shorts on a hanger and leave in a place to dry (I found outside good but then I moved them inside at night)

This is what they looked like when still wet

and dry - sorry for the bad lighting!
 Because there is a lot of dye I thought it would be nice to also dip dye a t-shirt so I got this white one from New Look and using the same dye I repeated the above step but with this top. Because cotton grabs colour much easier than denim it actually only took a few mins to do the whole dying process :)

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed!
Let me know if you give this ago, or have any other kind of DIY ideas.. I love stuff like this! :)

Cate x

Birthday Topshop Haul

Hey just thought i'd share with you some things from Topshop I bought in the sale and with my birthday money.

Bag - this is a great sized bag, with a zip and both a cross body strap and a normal strap so its great for uni books and I used it on the airplane coming back, its perfect for that!

Shoes - These black suede pumps have been stuck to my feet pretty much everyday since I got them - they are so practical and comfy.

Shirt - this is a cropped shirt with two long tie bits at the front. I love checked shirts so much! I probably have too many. but this is so soft and it has long sleeves

Maxi dress - This was actually the only thing I got that wasn't in the sale and it was from the 'buy it now' section, I'm really loving the aztec prints atm, unfortunately this dress is a bit see through, so you definitely have to wear something under it!

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Jemma Kidd - Glamour Palette

I got this Jemma Kidd Palette a few months ago from Buyapowa. The RRP is £28 but I got it for an amazing £11.50 
It includes an eye shadow (and lip) base, 5 neutral eye shadows, a black creme eye liner, creme lip and cheek colour and two mini brushes. This is the perfect travel companion as it has everything you might need to go from a day-to-night look. It also has a great sized mirror.

Lip/ Eye shadow base - I have not used this as a lip colour, as I don't like really nude lips. But it is really good as an eye shadow base, preventing them from creasing and making them last longer.

Eye shadows (left to right)
Cream - A really nice quality pale cream with a very slight shimmer which works well at light reflecting. Perfect for brow highlight or inner eye brightener.

Taupe - Perfect everyday shade, again it has a very slight golden shimmer but it just makes it so beautiful on your eyes. Really nice all over lid colour

Silver - A really cool toned silver, it leans slightly bluey. Probably my least worn shadow as I tend to favour warm toned colours.

Charcoal - A dark silver which is nice to use for night time smokey eye. Again quite blue toned, it can be built up nicely into quite a dark colour.

Dark Brown - Very dark brown with black tones, it has a golden shimmer through it. It would work perfectly with the cream and the taupe blended into a brown smokey eye. 

Black Cream Liner - Quite creamy consistency however, I prefer to use this as an black eye shadow rather than a liner as I feel you don't have much control over it. However it does deliver quite an opaque black colour. (apologies its badly swatched)

Lip and Cheek cream- (in colour 'Apricot' - I don't think this is a good description). This has a really nice consistency, really creamy and silky. I feel as a cheek colour it is too pink for me. It remains as a cream so it gives a nice dewy flush. On the lips it's a nice bright pinky orange colour and its nice and light for summer. Pretty good colour pay off.

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Nars Luster - Blush

I have had this for quite a while now and it has quickly become one of my favourite blushers. I bought mine from ASOS where they are £20.50. So this product is definitely high end! I felt like treating myself during exams and when I saw that ASOS were doing a 20% off some beauty items I thought that it would be the perfect time to get a Nars blusher, as they are so highly raved about!

It took my ages to decide on which colour I would go for as I wanted something that I would wear, not something that I would go off easily, especially seeing as they are not cheap! I had to just trust internet swatches and blog reviews as there isn't a counter near me. I feel this is why blogs are so good, as they give an honest opinion and good quality photos :)

Nars Blush in Luster is described by Nars as a 'sheer golden apricot' which i'd say is spot on. Its a perfect combination between a blush, bronze and highlight as it has a lovely golden sheen to it - not too much glitter but just the perfect amount and due to the slightly bronze colour its perfect for getting a subtle holiday glow.
I would say this is quite a sheer colour but can be easily built up. It looks very natural, however I would say if you were any darker than NC/W 25  in MAC terms (I'm NW20) then this wouldn't really show up on your skin tone.

I personally love the NARS packaging, they are quite small 4.8g but they feel really nice and come with a good mirror inside. Unfortunately this material does get a bit grubby with fingers etc. but that cannot be avoided.

Overall, I love this product and I'm glad I spent the money. I don't know if I would buy another one as they are expensive and I love a lot of cheaper blushes such as Bourjous, MAC etc. But I do think it is a well loved and used part of my makeup bag

Do you have any NARS blushers? If so which?

Cate x