Sunday, 30 September 2012

The Makeup Files: Storage #3, The South!

Hey guys! I’m back in Southampton now for my 3rd and final year in university eep! My house is finally all sorted, so I thought I would show you where I keep and do my makeup here! Now I know I've not posted in a while, but we have only just gotten the internet here and I’ve been mega busy. I got a new job! Trying to juggle university and working is going to be hard as my job is really tough, but I'm going to give it my best shot. Don’t worry though, I have a tonne of reviews coming up so don’t think I'm going to slack here. Anyway, you came here for makeup didn't you! Apologies for crappy images, but at least it’s something right?

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It’s a pretty similar setup to Makeup Files #1 with some key differences. I now have my nail polish in a Nightmare Before Christmas box and skin/body/hair products are in my second bedside table drawer. Most everyday non-makeup products I use though are in the bathroom. The beauty boxes in the corner are empty for the moment, but usually my straighteners are sitting on top of them. There's a little zebra print box my eyeliners ect are sitting on which, for the moment, has some cute stationary in. I know for a fact this stuff will end up filled with makeup by the end of the year haha!

When I do my makeup/hair I sit down in front of the long mirror (bought from Argos) cross legged. Though when I need more light I sit at my computer desk using the little face mirror thing. I quite like my new room and the way I'm storing everything at the moment, seeing as it is temporary. In the future, when I get my own house, I do hope to have a nice dressing table but for now this kind of setup will do.

How are you storing your makeup at the moment?


Wednesday, 19 September 2012

That’s What She Said: La Roche-Posay Eau Thermale Review!

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Thermal waters, particularly ones with French origins have been making a splash in the UK beauty market lately. With multiple ways to use them, I was dying to see what all the fuss was about. Perfect for sensitive skin, the La Roche-Posay Eau Thermale contains natural antioxidants which sooth and soften the skin. It can be used instead of a toner to even out your complexion, as a makeup setting spray or even as a cool refreshing blast on a warm day. I do say makeup setting spray loosely, as I don't believe this will actually “set” your makeup. Instead it would work a little like MAC Fix+ to stop a cakey over powdered look. I personally prefer this over Fix+ which can leave my skin looking a little shiny and contributes towards me feeling oily at the end of the day. I have had none of them problems with this product, even the way it sprays, more of a mist and less of a squirt, feels better. It’s become part of my everyday makeup routine.

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My skin hasn’t been irritated while using the La Roche-Posay Eau Thermale so i cannot really comment on that soothing claim, but I have noticed the redness around my nose has reduced. A good sign!  Using some sort of spray after applying my makeup has become a necessity over the years and I am 100% going to be repurchasing one, probably a different brand in all honesty as I'm interested in how the various Thermal Waters on the market differ.

What’s you’re favourite Thermal Water spray?


Monday, 17 September 2012

NOTD: Emerald Prism!


As some of you may have seen on twitter/instagram, I came across such a bargain last week in the pound shop. Two Sally Hansen Prism nail polishes. Needless to say, I snapped them up instantly. Not being able to choose between them, I decided to use both. Emerald Amethyst all over and Ruby Emerald as an accent nail.

OPI Base Coat
Sally Hansen Emerald Amethyst
Sally Hansen Ruby Emerald
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


The formula is actually amazing, almost as smooth my Chanel polishes. Also look at that colour! I think I'm in love. I used two coats of EA and 3 coats of RE.


Words cannot describe how chuffed I am at this find, I shall 100% be keeping my eye out for more of these babies from now on. I cannot comment on wear time yet, but keep an eye out on twitter for my verdict!


Saturday, 15 September 2012

EOTD: Love+ Red Eye Shadow!

It’s not often that I follow youtube tutorials, but after seeing a red eye shadow look by Pixiwoo I knew I had to do it straight away! I pretty much followed Nic’s instructions substituting the stargazer products for Sugarpill and adding bottom lashes.


ELF Primer, Urban Decay Virgin, Sugarpill Poison Plum, Sugarpill Love+, Urban Decay Blackout, Urban Decay 27/7 pencil in zero, ELF Black Gel Liner, ELF Black Liquid Liner, MUA Eyebrow Pencil in Blonde, MUFE Smoky Lash, ELF Volumizing and Lengthening Waterproof Mascara, ES A613 Lashes*, Baby Queen Bottom lashes*.


I don’t have a full face shot as I only did my eyes, I just needed to use red eye shadow! I’m pretty much in love with the lashes though. It was my first time wearing bottom ones, but the effect is amazing. They will surely be making a regular comeback in future looks.

How do you like to wear red eye shadow?


Wednesday, 12 September 2012

That’s What She Said: Bioderma Créaline H2O Review!

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Over the past few months the blogging world has been raving about Bioderma. A makeup remover with the consistency of water, this odourless solution completely dissolves makeup. Commonly seen in French Pharmacies, I knew I had to pick one up over in Paris last month.

My use of Bioderma depends on what makeup I am wearing that day. For a full face including eye makeup, I use a makeup wipe to remove product from my eye area followed by a quick swipe over the face. I then proceed with wiping a cotton pad adorned with the solution over my face and also remove any final traces from around the eyes. On a "foundation only” day I just skip the makeup wipe. I do always double cleanse, so this is always followed with a cream cleanser.

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After a month of using Bioderma every time I wear makeup (about 3-4 times a week) I’ve still only used a fraction of the bottle. Something I have noticed though, is a slight stinging if I get the product in my eye. Something I always tend to do if i have had eye makeup on. Although, this has happened with every single makeup remover I have tried.

This product has completely lived up to my expectations and is exactly what everyone has been raving about. I just don't think it’s enough for me to want to repurchase though (unless I'm in France), I’m just not too bothered about it. I can easily find something else at Boots which will do the job, but for a fraction of the price it would cost to get this in the UK. Availability is limited, though by the time I have finished my two bottles I wouldn't be surprised if Bioderma was easier to obtain. It’s already in Beauty Mart Harvey Nichols, London although it does price higher.

Have you ever tried Bioderma? What do you think of it? If not, what's your favourite makeup remover?


Monday, 10 September 2012

NOTD: Teal Rainbow Jelly Sandwich!

So last week I had my first attempt at doing a jelly sandwich nail effect. It didn't turn out as good as I hoped as the teal was too opaque, so I’ll be having round 2 later in the week with another polish!

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It looks so much better in person, but not very “jelly-like”.

OPI Base Coat
ELF Teal Blue
OPI Rainbow Connection
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Topcoat

I did my base coat followed by a layer of teal blue (blue? Really? How does that even look at all blue?). Next I added a layer of Rainbow connection, another layer of teal, a layer of rainbow connection and even more teal. Of course i finished with a topcoat.

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What's your favourite Jelly Sandwich combination?  Have you ever attempted it?
P.S. Another reminder here for you guys to vote in my poll on the right, pretty please <3


Sunday, 9 September 2012

Instagram Bandwagon & Various Bits and Bobs!

Hey guys! I’m writing this to tell you about some bits and bobs that generally relate to my blog! Firstly, I jumped on the instagram bandwagon. No I will not be doing “My Week in Instagram” posts but you can follow me (Hippymeow) to see my daily makeup adventures with bits of my life. Below is a little snippit.

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Secondly I have a poll running to your right. I would appreciate if you could all take 2 seconds to click and vote for what you would like to see from my blog. I have been dedicating more and more time Blood. Feathers. Lipstick. and hope to really expand in the next few months.

I’m also going to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all of my followers! I appreciate every single one of you who takes the time to read and comment on this blog. I’m going to host a giveaway at the end of September for you all so stay tuned for that my lovelies <3

Lastly, if you would like to keep up with me on facebook, twitter or any other social media platform the buttons below shall link you.

I love you all, and thank you!


Friday, 7 September 2012

That’s What She Said: The Body Shop Vitamin C Skin Reviver!


Being the owner of a Love Your Body card, I was able to get myself a birthday gift last month worth upto a fiver. After spending an insane amount of time deciding what i wanted, I chose this Skin Reviver which was on sale for £6.50, down from £13! Part of the Vitamin C range, this orange smelling gel claims to give an instantly smooth healthy-looking glow. The bit which sold me, is that it claims to be a perfect base for makeup.

What I love the most about this primer compared to some others I own is that it leaves my face so so smooth without it crossing the line to being slippy (which I don't like at all). I can’t say much for all these radiance claims its making, as I only ever wear it under full (matte finish) makeup but it has the smooth part down completely. Not to mention that it really does smell divine. Half a pump is enough for the face so I reckon this is going to last quite a long time.


My makeup hasn’t particularly lasted longer than it would with any other primer, nor any less. The Body Shop often has half price sales online so I really think this is worth picking up. It does the same job as higher end bases for at least half the price. The Body Shop Vitamin C Skin Reviver gets a recommendation from me!

Have you ever tried the Vitamin C Skin Reviver? What's your favourite primer?


Thursday, 6 September 2012

Clarisonic Mia: Monthly Update #3 – Initial Verdict!


If you’re a regular reader of my blog you will know that a few months ago I purchased a Clarisonic. Drawn in by the hype, I forked out a silly amount of money for the little device, hoping it would do to me as it’s done to many others. Improve my rebellious skin. After trying it for three months (not including July-August as I just didn't use it then) I think I'm pretty much ready to tell you all my verdict. You can read Update #1 and Update #2 by clicking on the titles in this sentence, they explain my journey a little more in depth.


Honestly, the Clarisonic Mia isn’t worth the price tag. I haven't seen any noticeable results in the time I've been using it. If anything my skin got worse. It’s only after I stopped using it for a while that my skin went back to normal. Sure, in the long run I might see some improvements, I really hope I do, but up to now I really regret spending the money on it.

If its not broke, don’t fix it! My skin was the best its been in years before I started using the Clarisonic, and it’s taken me 4 months to get back to that stage. I think I’m better suited to a good ol’ facial scrub for exfoliation.  Remember though, what does or doesn't work on me might not be the same for you, everybody's skin is different! I am going to continue using this when I’m in the bath, as it’s not caused any bad reactions in the past few weeks, so I will update you guys 6 months on. For now though, I would have to say its a thumbs down.

Do you have a Clarisonic? What is your experience with it?
Don’t forget to vote in my poll on the sidebar for what you want to see in the next few months!


Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Beauty Wish List September 2012!

There's always going to be products we crave yet cannot justify. Today I'm going to share with you my beauty wish list (with a game thrown into the mix). Most of this stuff I don’t need, yet I cannot help desiring. Hopefully I will be able to place some indie cosmetics orders soon, sating that lust for a little while.

Wishlist september 2012

Sugarpill Cosmetics
One of my favourite makeup brands! I particularly cannot wait to get my hands on the Heartbreaker palette, Chromalust in Lumi and Pressed Shadow in Bulletproof.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation
I’ve seen so many positive reviews about this foundation so am really desperate to try it! Unfortunately they don’t really do samples in the UK, and I am NOT forking out £27 without trying it first in my own time.

Geek Chic Cosmetics
An indie company who are definitely next on my list of purchases. Collections I'm eyeing up include the 10 man raid and Win or Die.

Benefit Hervana Blush
I swatched this a few months ago and instantly fell in love! The colours swirled together make a light pink which would be perfect for fair skin.

World of Warcraft Mists of Pandaria
I know i know! But i love Warcraft and am guaranteed to buy this at the end of September when its released. The new talent system and lack of major glyphs is a pain in the arse though –strop-.

Dot by Marc Jacobs
Look at that packaging!!! Its so beautiful, and not to mention the scent is divine! I can see this gracing my Christmas list (I never buy perfume for myself!)

Makeup Geek Eye Shadows
Again after seeing so many positive reviews, the cravings hit. The quality of the MUG shadows looks amazing and for such a good price.

YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation
My good friend Katie has this and recommended it to me, as apparently its pretty darn good! She’s such a bad enabler! Haha. I’m going to try and get a sample of it to try for myself.

Urban Decay Smoked Palette
Such perfect shades –longing sigh-. I really don’t need it though, as I have tonnes of darker eye shadows. The included full sized perversion eyeliner though may just tip the scale.

Shiro Cosmetics
Another indie company that's next on my list of purchases. Hello there Pokémon collection (Super Effective Collection!)

What’s on your wish list?


Monday, 3 September 2012

FOTD: The Immortal Rapunzel!

As promised, here's a look I did with the Fyrinnae Pressed Eye Shadows! Remember Rapunzel is still being tweaked a little so the colour payoff will be different than what will be for sale in 2 weeks time.


The Body Shop Vitamin C Skin Reviver, Illamasqua Skin Base 2, MAC studio Finish Concealer NC15, MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural Light, ELF Complexion Perfection, NARS Laguna Bronzer, Benefit Thrrrob, ELF Gotta Glow.

UDPP, Fyrinnae Rapunzel Had Extensions, Fyrinnae Immortality, Urban Decay Naked 2 (Tease & Bootycall), ELF Liquid Eyeliner, Urban Decay 27/2 Pencil Eyeliner in Zero, MUFE Smokylash, ELF Lengthening and Volumizing Waterproof Mascara.

OCC Lip Tar in Hoochie, Sephora Lipgloss in Dazzling Violet.

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Immortality, why you no show up properly! I didn’t have much time to take these pictures and it’s so frustrating about the fail colour payoff on the close-ups. Good news is that I’m moving back to Southampton in 2 weeks so can get a proper setup for taking pictures of my looks yey!

Also I have a poll up on the sidebar about what you would all like to see from me and this blog over the next few months! I really appreciate if you could let me know, it only takes one click <3 Thank you!


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