Monday, 31 March 2014

March 2014 Monthly Favourites with Suppose*

march 2014 monthly favourites

I don’t normally do monthly favourites but there has been some stand out products this month that I'm absolutely loving and i wish to share with you in partnership with Suppose! Now Suppose is a new website which bases itself around making lists of recommended products. What I like about it, is that when you add a product, there is a box to write your thoughts on it/what you like about it plus a link directly to a retailer. For someone who loves lists it’s pretty handy, while seemingly takes inspiration from websites such as pinterest. It’s still in the testing stages yet, but I really like the idea and think it would benefit from a sort of “plugin” which can be linked within blog posts or a “wishlist” function, i love making me some wishlists! You can check out my monthly favourites list on Suppose here!

Anyway, onto my March monthly favourites! Firstly, I want to talk about the Walmart Parisian Charm body spray I've been spritzing daily, mostly over my clothes and a quick dash in my hair. I picked this up in America last July and it’s still going whilst being really affordable. The scent is deliciously floral and perfect for the spring/summer season. I’m going to be pretty sad when this eventually runs out as It’s only really available in America. Makeup wise I’ve been keeping it quite neutral as I started my full time teaching placement this month. Early starts mean I would rather spend an extra 15 minutes in bed than bother with makeup. I’ve pretty much got my 5 minute face perfected with some help from Urban Decay Super Curling Mascara. While the mascara isn't the best I've ever tried it adds volume and length in one quick coat while staying put the whole day, a big bonus as sometimes I have problems with mascara smudging. The Real Techniques Powder Brush says it all really. I adore them and this is great for a quick sweep of powder to set my makeup. My nail polish of choice this month comes in the form of Anna Sui Minnie Mouse in Silver while the new Revlon ColourBurst range of lippies is freaking amazing! Rounding it up with the beauty comes my raved about serum, Hydraluron. I ran out of this and didn't repurchase for a week or so, and gosh did my skin suffer. All back to normal now with my repurchasing of one…ok two of them in the boots 3 for 2 offer. Finally comes this months TV addiction, The Secret Diary of a Call Girl. I started watching this on the new Amazon Prime Streaming service and pretty much watched every episode in 2 weeks…oops.

What have you been loving this month?


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Saturday, 29 March 2014

Storybook Circus: Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Inspired Makeup Series

storybook circus walt disney world inspired makeup look

Up in the north east corner of the Magic Kingdom lies the new Fantasyland expansion area of Storybook Circus. Gone is Mickey’s Toontown, replaced by this ‘big-top’ spectacular. Heavily themed around Dumbo (who happens to be my favourite animal character), here you can find meet and greets with some of Disney’s most loved characters, Goofy, Donald, Minnie and Daisy, decked out in their circus gear. Not to mention kiddy coaster The Barnstormer, the fantasyland train station and my not so guilty pleasure in the form of Dumbo The Flying Elephant.

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storybook circus eye makeup look

storybook circus makeup look

For this look I wanted to reflect the circus theming and colour scheme which runs throughout the land. On the eyelid I used 2 Lime Crime pigments, Circus Girl and Siren, blended together to create a gradient in a cat eye shape. I think the shape of the eyeliner on the inner eye reflects the circus feel successfully while combined with the lashes, adds drama.

Benefit Porefessional, DiorSkin Forever, Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, Fyrinnae Loose Powder, NARS Laguna Bronzer, NARS Boys Don't Cry Blush

UDPP, Lime Crime Circus Girl, Lime Crime Siren, Inglot Matte 371, Sugarpill Tako, Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Zero, Collection Felt Tip Liner, Barry M White Kohl, Benefit They’re Real Mascara, HD Brow Kit in Foxy

Revlon Matte Balm in Striking

Have you visited Storybook Circus yet?


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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Brand Spotlight: Sugarpill

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This months spotlight features my favourite brand for brightly coloured eyeshadow, Sugarpill. Their adorable packaging and beautiful range of colours make them a cult favourite, but what really sets Sugarpill apart is the obvious dedication from owner Amy, commonly known as Shrinkle. From the website to the social media outlets, it is plain to see the love and dedication she put into her company. Described as a cruelty-free line of vibrant, richly pigmented cosmetics for animal lovers and colour fiends, Sugarpill’s unique products really make them stand out and claim the spot as one of the worlds top Indie companies.

Chromalust Loose Eyeshadows
The Chromalusts are pigments which come in a whole host of shades from metallic to neon and all in between. Packed full of sparkly goodness, they really are multi-purpose from application to uses. I personally love to use them wet all over the lid or as eyeliner. My favourite shade has to be Goldilux. I use it constantly in my makeup looks and in day-to-day wear.

Pressed Eyeshadow in Tako
Tako is probably my most used Sugarpill eyeshadow, ever. A matte white, it serves as a great highlight shade as well as a base or stand alone colour. I tend to use this all over the lid, up to the brow bone when doing a brighter look as it really aids with blending and transitioning colours. It’s also great to use on top of a white eyeliner along the lower water line to make the eyes look bigger.

Pressed Eyeshadow in Bulletproof
Bulletproof is seriously the blackest matte black I have ever used! I’m not even joking. There is no trace of any shimmer or a colour shift to be found. This is my go-to black and a staple for darkening the crease and for a smoked out liner look. It really is going to be a constant in my makeup bag for many years to come.

With an affordable price point for amazing quality products, who can say no really? They’re also now more widely available here in the UK through Cyberdog and Love Makeup, or you can visit their website here. You can click on the titles above for individual reviews of my favourite products!

What are your favourite Sugarpill products? What do you most want to try?


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Monday, 24 March 2014

Anna Sui Minnie Mouse Nail Colour

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anna sui minnie mouse nail polish review

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anna sui minnie mouse nail polish 002 review

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The Limited Edition Anna Sui Minnie Mouse collection has been on my radar for some time. Alas, it was super expensive and I just couldn’t justify purchasing anything. The other week though, I spotted it all at a discounted price (plus a 20% off event) on ASOS so knew I had to pick something up. I decided to get two of the nail polishes in shades 001 (Silver) and 002 (White). They were the only shades left but the beautiful packaging really sealed the deal for me. Discounted from £15 to £7.50 they look luxurious and apply amazingly, although they don’t really last as long as I had hoped. With a base and top coat 002 white lasted barely a day while 001 silver was pushing two before tip wear started to make an appearance. Nail polish never really lasts long on my nails, but I would have expected them to be lasting 3 days from the price. I don’t think that i will be getting much wear out of the White, it’s quite sheer and not really my kind of colour, but I do love the Silver. I can see myself using it a lot in combination with other shades. Another thing I noticed is that the nail polish smell with these, is particularly strong as compared to other brands, especially high end ones. Overall I am glad I managed to pick them up discounted, especially as they are Limited Edition, as I expect I would have been quite disappointed had i paid full price. The redeeming factor is most definitely the packaging. I can’t get over how stunning it is and these will certainly be displayed on my Disney shelf rather than tucked away in my nail polish drawers.

Pros: Beautiful packaging, applies evenly, nice shaped brush, Silver is a stunning glitter.
Cons: Expensive at full price, White only lasts upto a day on me, strong smell, limited availability.

These shades are still available (as of March 2014) on the ASOS website as well as some other pieces in the collection.
Have you tried any of the Anna Sui makeup range? What do you think of the Minnie Mouse collection?


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Friday, 21 March 2014

Fantasyland: Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Inspired Makeup Series

walt disney world fantasyland makeup look

It’s a world of laughter, a world of tears. It’s a world of hopes and a world of fears
This weeks Walt Disney World look is based around my favourite land in Magic Kingdom, Fantasyland! The whole area really feels like you have stepped straight into a Fairy Tale. I love to just wander around here more than anything, browsing the shops, grabbing a bite to eat from Pinocchio's Village Haus and soaking up the atmosphere. Not to mention having a marvellous dinner at Be Our Guest, the deserts are to die for and the dining room is breath-taking! Disney have gotten it spot on with the New Fantasyland expansion, especially Belle’s Village. I don’t even have words to describe how beautiful it is. Also, is anyone else as excited as me for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train? Best. Land. Ever.
For my look I chose to base it around the original Fantasyland area which houses It’s a Small World, Peter Pans Flight and Mickey’s Philharmagic.

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walt disney world fantasyland eye makeup look its a small world 2

walt disney world fantasyland makeup look its a small world

I went with pastel pink and blue as the combination always reminds me of It’s a Small World as well as the idea of princes and princesses. It’s also very spring appropriate. To create it I applied Sugarpill Tako all over the eye area then added Urban Decay’s Tainted onto the inner half of the eyelid then Inglot Matte 396 to the outside, blending them together until I had the desired gradient. I did the same on the lower lashline before applying a slick of liquid liner, mascara and eyelashes.

Nanoblur, Dior Skin Forever, Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in fair, Fyrinnae Loose Powder, MAC Hang Loose.

UDPP, Sugarpill Tako, Inglot Matte 369, Urban Decay Tainted, Inglot AMC Shine 35, Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil Liner in Zero, Collection Felt Tip Liner, Urban Decay Supercurl Mascara, Anastasia Brow Wiz in Ash Blonde, ES A613 Eyelashes*.

Shiro Intertube in Leeroy Jenkins.

Make sure you check out Sam’s look over on here blog!
What’s your favourite part of Fantasyland?


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Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Review

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When it comes to eyebrows, mine are pretty pathetic looking. They’re naturally light blonde and only visible (however slightly) because I get them tinted every few months. As well as being light, they’re also rather sparse so filling then in is such a necessary step in my makeup routine. Eyebrows frame the face and seriously make such a difference to the way we look. Although, I guess one benefit to having an uncle-fester-like forehead is that I can do whatever I want with them and change their shape/colour depending on my makeup and hair (check me rocking the darker brows here).
After seeing the raves about Anastasia Brow Wiz, I picked one up in the states in the shade Ash Blonde. It is packed as a roll up pencil with one end being a spool, which definitely comes in handy let me tell you! The product its self is very thin and perfect for fine detail. The shade beautifully compliments my hair colour, giving me natural looking eyebrows. Brow Wiz doesn’t smear or fade like other brow pencils I have tried, in fact it looks pretty much the same as it did when applied, by the end of the day. Containing 0.08g, there isn't a lot of product for your pennies, although you really don't need much at all. Mine has lasted me since late June with regular use.

Anastasia Brow Wiz will set you back £15.50, so it isn't the cheapest, but it really is the best brow pencil I have tried. When this runs out I will be picking up one of the Brow Duos as I’ve heard great things! Depending on what I think of that, I’ll repurchase one of the two again in the future!

Pros: Doesn't fade or smudge, nice choice of colours, spooly on the end, great for fine detail, product lasts for a few months.
Cons: Not the cheapest, can only really get it online in the UK, only get 0.08g of product.

You can pick this up online from Cult Beauty.
Haver you tried any Anastasia Beverly Hills brow products? What's your favourite eyebrow pencil?


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Monday, 17 March 2014

The Avengers: Captain America Inspired Makeup Look

captain america inspired makeup look
When having a rather in depth conversation about The Avengers with my Disney-Besties (ICP room-mates) the other week, which lead to us deciding to cosplay them for October MCM Expo, I got inspired to do a mini-series based on everybody's favourite superheroes (who needs DC anyway, right?) This look is different to anything I've ever done before, but i wanted to practice with shape as I tend to stick to the same colour placement. It is inspired by super solider Steve Rodgers, aka Captain America, more so based around his shield rather than the costume.

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red and white cut crease
For the look I just kind of went with it, wanting to try something new and ended up with a winged out cut crease. I started buy using NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk all over the lid with Sugarpill Tako patted on top. Next I drew on the basic shape with Sugarpill Love +, with the top line being blended upwards. After applying Tako to the bottom lash line and adding/blending the red (Love+) some more, I used Sugarpill Royal Sugar on the lashes by combining mixing medium with the pigment the applying to the lashes with a spooly brush.

UDPP, NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil Milk, Sugarpill Tako, Sugarpill Love+, Sugarpill Royal Sugar, Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Zero (upper waterline), Anastasia Brow Whiz in Ash Blonde.

This isn't going to be a “regular” series as such, but I just thought it would be fun to do a look every now and again.
Who is your favourite Avenger? Who would you like to see next in the series?


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Monday, 10 March 2014

LA 2013 Photo Diary


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I’m currently in the holiday booking mood, and while looking through photos of last summer I realised that I didn't really post anything about my American adventures. Today, in a bid to include more travel on my blog, I’m sharing a photo diary of my time in LA and will be doing this for any future places I visit. During our time there we visited all the cliché tourist spots such as the Walk of Fame, Beverly Hills, The WB Studio Tour, Santa Monica, Venice Beach, The Disney Concert Hall plus lots of shopping hotspots like Rodeo Drive and The Grove. Additionally we ate at ‘traditional’ American food places such as Jonny Rockets and the Cheesecake Factory, the latter of which is the best place in the freaking world! LA is so incredibly different to Florida (which was, up until then, the only place in America i had visited), and made me fall in love with the country even more. In future I’d love to do a road trip around California and visit more “local” spots rather than the tourist things we stuck too!

I did vlog my trip which you can see here! Have you ever been to LA?


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Sunday, 9 March 2014

The Black Widow

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Dress: Primark
Necklace: Matalan
Makeup: Can be seen here! 

Wig: Black Widow by Geisha Wigs
Since my pre-teens I’ve had a more alternative look, from bright hair colours, a gothic dress style and darker makeup. More recently I’ve been looking a lot more natural, through having my own hair colour while working for Disney and dressing in clothing which is appropriate to my teaching position. I’ve been itching to dye my hair over the past few weeks, but i also really want to keep it healthy and grow it very long. Enter Geisha Wigs. I discovered this store through reading Amii’s reviews, her praising them most highly. After debating what style to get, I took the plunge and ordered Black Widow. I had black hair for many years during my teens, and have always have temptations to go back so played it safe for my first wig experience. I’m not going to lie, delivery took a long time. My wig was out of stock when I bought it so it had to be ordered in ( the process of which is clearly outlined on the website). I placed my order on January 22nd but after a month I still hadn't received anything. After a few emails it turns out that batch was stuck at customs, and I did finally receive Black Widow about 5 weeks after ordering. One thing I would like to point out, is that a quick email saying my order had been delayed would have been nice. Not everyone would check facebook/twitter for status updates. Other than that, I am very pleased with the service and do understand that things can take a little bit longer with indie businesses.
The wig itself arrived neatly packaged and bundled up so as not to tangle the hairs. Having never used a wig before, i wasn't really sure what to expect from it. It doesn't feel like real hair, but it is still soft and easy to style. It is also a little shinier than real hair with the top section taking a little more time for me to make it look somewhat real. The reactions I have had to this has been mixed. Some have asked me if it is a wig while others thought I had dyed my hair. I guess it depends on environmental conditions! I would personally have no problem wearing Black Widow out of the house, especially accompanied by a hat as there would then be less of a chance of the root bits going astray. Overall I’m very happy with my first wig experience and will be 100% purchasing more to experiment with in the future (particularly with some planned cosplays coming up).


Have you ever used a wig before?


Friday, 7 March 2014

Liberty Square (Haunted Mansion): Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Inspired Makeup Series

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Welcome, foolish mortals, to my next Walt Disney World look. I am your host, your... ghost host. We have 999 happy haunts here, but there's room for 1000. Any volunteers…? If you should decide to join us, final arrangements may be made at the end of the post...
If you didn't already guess, todays Liberty Square look is based around one of my favourite rides. The Haunted Mansion. I’ve been on three versions of this popular attraction including Disneyland and Disneyland Paris’ Phantom Manor. It always seems to be the first ride I go on when entering a Disney Park and is a perfect example of the “show” aspect of Disney, from the interactive queue to the background story. Sitting on the boarder of Liberty Square and Fantasyland, the Haunted mansion exterior and costuming of the Cast Members incorporates the colonial aspects of LS in a spooky way. For my look I couldn’t resist going gothic to fit with the haunted house theming.

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Using a black base in the form of MAC’s Blackground Paintpot, I created a rough shape before patting on Sugarpills Bulletproof to darken and blending out as to keep the edges from being too harsh. Sugarpill Tako is great on the browbone as it not only highlights but helps with the blending while keeping mistakes under control. Eyeliner, mascara, false lashes and some of Inglots AMC Shine 35 on the inner corner completes the look. Not including eyebrows of course, which I darkened. This is a really simple but dramatic look that's so easy to achieve. Its pretty much just about the blending.

Benefit Porefessional, Illamasqua Skin Base 02, Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair, Fyrinnae Pressed Powder, NARS Laguna Bronzer, Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Amused, Illamasqua Powder Foundation 105.

UDPP, Mac Paintpot in Blackground, Sugarpill Bulletproof, Sugarpill Tako, Inglot AMC Shine 35, Collection felt Tip Liner, Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Perversion, Barry M White Pencil Eyeliner, Benefit They’re Real, HD Brow Kit in Foxy, ES A613 Eyelashes*.

MUA Velvet Lip Lacquer in Kooky.

I decided to wear my new wig from Geisha Wigs and a black lace dress to give more of a gothic appearance. It’s amazing what makeup and hair can do isn't it? A more in depth post about my wig and outfit will be coming on Sunday hopefully!
Also, make sure you check out Sam’s look here!

Have you been on the Haunted Mansion? What’s your favourite part of Liberty Square? I also adore the Christmas Shop and Kitchenware store!


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Wednesday, 5 March 2014

MUA Pro-Base Fixing Mist Review

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Ever since I started to use setting sprays a few years ago, I haven't been able to go without that last step in my face-makeup routine. I feel unfinished without having some sort of spritz, whether that be with a thermal water, setting spray or toner. I like having that last bit of moisture to help my foundation and powder to settle. MUA’s Fixing Spray caught my eye while browsing Superdrug last month, having already ran out of my Urban Decay Setting Spray and this being rather cheap, I popped it in my basket. It claims to keep makeup in place all day, protecting against cold, humid and windy conditions while keeping skin hydrated. The mist is a good consistency, not too fine yet not heavy while the scent of the spray is only faint. The main different with this as compared to Urban Decays spray is that this takes a little longer to dry. One dry it isn't sticky and leaves the skin looking slightly dewy, although personally I always pop a bit of powder over the top as I prefer a matte finish.

So does it work? When I don't use a setting spray, foundation on my chin does tend to slide around a bit so I am happy to report that the MUA Fixing Spray stops that. If anything, it makes my makeup look better as the day goes on by hydrating dry patches. As I commute to university and my teaching placement, I have long days, so getting home after 12 hours to still fresh looking makeup is amazing! At £5 for 60 ml, it’s half the price of Urban Decay’s offering while being able to offer pretty much the same thing.

Pros: Helps makeup last all day, hydrates, cheap, easily available, good mist consistency.
Cons: A very slight scent, takes a bit longer to dry.

You can pick up MUA’s Pro-Base Fixing Spray from Superdrug or the MUA website.
What's your favourite setting spray? Have you ever tried MUA’s offering?


Monday, 3 March 2014

Spring 2014 Wishlist


A Disney Parks Holiday / Real Techniques Brushes
Beautifully Disney Makeup Range / Mickey Mouse Dinner Collection
Emma Hardie Cleaning Balm / Nikon D7100 / ASOS Lady and the Tramp Sweatpants

It’s been a while since I've done a wishlist so I thought I would put together a few things I’ve been coveting recently. Has anyone noticed that its only when you come to write a post on it, you cant think of anything you want? Although, there are a few stand out items that I’ve been constantly eyeing up since Christmas. One of the main culprits is the Nikon D7100. I’m currently using a Nikon D90, which is my baby, but it’s getting a little dated now having recently been discontinued in favour of the 7000 series. I’m a photography graduate/budding photographer (check out my website here) so cameras are pretty much an extension of my own arm and worth the investment. The D7100 is a great upgrade in photo quality while having great video making capabilities. My need for this camera only comes second for my need to be back in the Disney bubble. I'm currently saving for a Disney holiday, me and the boyfriend are thinking its going to be either several trips to Disneyland Paris or a Walt Disney World stay. Well…I say saving…I pretty much could book it now but work timing is a thing. Fingers crossed we can get something sorted soon! Sticking with the Disney theme, the Mickey Mouse Dinner Collection has caught my eye on the UK website. I have a few pieces from the collection so am pleased to see them available over here. I’m hoping to complete the set when me and Craig get our own place, as we’re both currently living with our parents to save money.

Fashion wise, I cannot stop looking at the Lady and the Tramp sweatpants on ASOS. I live in PJ bottoms around the house, so these would be perfect for a lazy day. At nearly £30 though, I will have to find a way to justify it. Moving onto Beauty, I’m going to be in need of a new cleanser soon as my trusty Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish is down to the last dregs, so I’m considering switching it up for the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm. I’ve read lots of great reviews so may have to give it a go. Even more Disney wants to work its way into my life with the Beautifully Disney Collection. I have a few pieces but would like to be able to complete the collection at some point. Finally, Real Techniques. Need i say more? I adore the brushes I have and need more of them in my life.

What things have you been eyeing up recently? Anything Disney?


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Sunday, 2 March 2014

Disney Home Touches

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As I currently live with my parents, it’s difficult for me to have my bedroom exactly as I would like it. I spend 95% of my time at home in my bedroom, so pretty much have my whole life in here. It’s not a small room, but i have alot of stuff to fit into it and a large desk plus a unnecessarily big old school TV taking up space (although I am downsizing that soon). Today I am going to share a video of a few of my home touches, well, my Disney home touches to make my bedroom more comfortable and to reflect my personality abit more. I still have some of my photography work to put up onto my walls, but apart from that and my stupid TV, I'm pretty happy with my room.

PS. The quality of this video isn’t the best as i filmed it with my SLR which is quite terrible for video.
Do you have any Disney “Home Touches” in your bedroom?


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