honey i washed the kids!

Sunday 27 February 2011

Honey bees, honey soap, honey everything; if you smell like honey, then zomgggg- I'm there.

Honey scents have always been a favourite of mine ever since I was a wee child, and now that my LUSH obsession has taken full form it seems honey is readily available to me- sorry about that bank balance ;)

For my birthday, I received the much raved about Honey I Washed The Kids soap from LUSH, and my oh my was I pleased with my gift?! This bar of gorgeousness lasts forever and smells divine. I cannot even get over the scent.... nomnomnommmm.

So of course I was over the moon when I discovered It's Raining Men, the shower gel version of Honey I Washed The Kids. This maybe the best shower gel in the world, period. If you like honey scents, then this is the shower gel for you, and hey, even if you don't, it is just downright amazing... like liquid heaven. But its limited edition- sob sob- so I'd better get myself out and down to my nearest LUSH to stock up on backups!

I've also been hearing about Honey I Washed The Kids Perfume, however I think this may have been discontinued.
If not- I need it in my life!

Do any of you lovely ladies have any honey/LUSH recommendations for me? :)

lets get cracking!

Friday 25 February 2011

Ring from New Look (poor owlie is missing an eye):

After a bit of a lack of inspiration- nail polish wise- lately, today out came my big box of nail polishes I own, ready for a rejuvenation. After chucking out countless bottles of nasty, dried up gunk that I previously kept only on the grounds of '.. but their pretty!', I came across an old favourite, Nails Inc London. This gorgeous mauvey-taupe is a perfect soft, almost-spring colour, however on its own I felt it need a little bit more umph.

So, being the sneaky little sister that I am, I brought my lovely big sis Barry M Cracked nail polish for her birthday this week, and after a little blackmailing (with chocolate, of course ;) she agreed to let me have a little play. I actually really like the effect of just using Cracked on the one finger, rather than a whole hand, and wow, is this nail polish something unique or what!?

This week is half term, meaning that I have a whole week off, away from school. Well that's what they say anyway, but it hasn't stopped them from piling on the work. Its scary how speedily this year is going by. Being in Year 11, I only have about 8 weeks left of normal school, eeekk! After summer I'll be returning to the 6th form, I feel like I'm growing up so fast- scary!

Anyway, that's enough of the rambles from me, have a good weekend my loves! :)


my MAC lipsticks.

Tuesday 22 February 2011

For the past year or so, I have been slowly battling a lipstick obsession. Rimmel, GOSH, ELF, you name a brand, I have a lipstick by it, but my favourite lipstick brand by far is most definitely MAC. Their colour selection is outstanding, and I can't get over the gorgeous application that the 3 MAC lipsticks that I own give me. So here's a little insight into my MAC lippie collection so far...

Shy Girl
'Creamy neutral coral beige (Cremesheen)'
I adore this lippie for a pop of coral-y color when my face is lacking a bit of warmth. Its definitely a unique colour in my collection, a beautiful peach tone and its a world away from my usual fall back nude lipsticks.

Creme Cup
'Light blue pink (Cremesheen)'
This is most definitely a perfect everyday lipstick colour for me, not being too loud, bright or pale, this is a 'my lips, but just a little but better' colour.

'Soft pale pink (Glaze)'
By far my favourite of the bunch is of course Hue, which is much raved about here on Beautylishious. This is just the perfect milky, pale pink, and saves me from a world of boring nudes with a hint of colour!
 *note to self- get over your fear of colourful lipsticks!*

Left to right- Hue, Creme Cup, Shy Girl

I'm always looking for more additions to my MAC lipstick family, with Plink and Lady Danger being high up on my wishlist. Any suggestion of further purchases ladies? :)

hauling from across the pond.

Saturday 19 February 2011

 NYX products have been on my 'beauty radar' ever since I've gotten into the whole beauty blogging/vlogging world, however, living in England, it's very difficult to get hold of. After endless searching and lusting after products, I finally came across Cherry Culture, an American website which does ship to the UK. It stocked all of the products I had been searching for and the shipping was only $8- WIN! :)
The postage took a little over 2 weeks, and for around £24 I got all of these...

Mega Shine Lipgloss in Smokey Look
I love love love love love this! The gorgeous, sweet smell reminds me of childhood holidays and much to my surprise, this lipgloss is not sticky at all, which is the best part for me, I hate stick lipglosses! The colour is beautiful and looks amazing paired with MAC Shy Girl lipstick, a winning combination:)

Round Lipstick in Margarita
I must admit, this was a disappointment for me. Don't get me wrong, the formula is beautiful- creamy and soft, however I hate the colour. It just does not suit my skin tone, and I look slightly crazy when I put it on, but I will definitely be considering buying more of these, in different shades.

Jumbo Eye Pencils in Milk & Dark Brown
I adore these, just adore. The brown is dark and pigmented, perfect for smudging into the lashes and the milk is the perfect base for other eyeshadows.

Powder Blush in Peach
This, as you may think from the name, is not a peach. It was the colour shade which initially drew me in, however it turns out to be a soft, very light pink, which is beautiful, however I was disappointed when I didn't open it up to being a beautiful glowing peach. But hey, the pigmentation is lovely and its really glowey and pretty on the cheeks.

Rouge Cream Blush in Rose Petal
This miracle product is really the reason I was interested in NYX in the first place. I'm a huge creme blush fan and this definitely fulfilled my high expectations. Its beautiful and dewy, perfect for a 'no makeup-makeup' look and is such a dream to blend I can't wait to put it on every morning.

Lip Lacquer Pot in Georgia Peach
This colour is just divine, a milky, shiny pink which looks beautiful on the lips, without being sticky at all. Love love love.

I also received the Bubblegum Lipbalm above as a free gift with purchase, which is also lovely and moisturising and the smell just reminds me of my old bubblegum obsession - nomnomnom!

Top - Bottom; Lipgloss in Smokey Look, Lip Lacquer in Georgia Peach, Lipstick in Margarita, Jumbo Eye Pencil in Dark Brown & Milk, Rouge Creme Blush in Rose Petal, Powder Blush in Peach

I'm loving all my new bits and bobs from NYX and I'm on the hunt for new things to try, any suggestions? :)

the big 16.

Saturday 12 February 2011

As some of you may know, my birthday was last Monday and ooh it feels good to finally be the big 1-6!!
On Saturday night I went out for a birthday meal to the restaurant Zizzi's, and boy, do they have good nosh! There I had a few amazing surprises from my lovely friends including the best birthday cake in the whole wide world and a beautiful 'friendship book' made by my best friends in the whole wide world :)
It was a great night, and two days later, my actual birthday was just as good with presents, more presents... and just a few more presents!

Revlon Colourstay Foundation
MAC Studio Finish Concealer
ELF Concealer & Highlighter
Bourjois Bronzer
MAS Mineralize Skin Finish Natural
ELF Mineral Blush in Rose
ELF Mineral Eyeshadow Primer
ELF Cream Liner (Used as eyeshadow base and liner)
Sleek Bad Gal Palette
ELF Mineral Eyeshadow in Socialite (used wet on inner corners)
Avon Supershock Gel Liner
Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara
MAC Hue Lipstick

Dress- Primark
Tights- Random
Boots- Primark
Nails- Barry M Raspberry

Some of my favourite birthday presents included...

...a flashing birthday badge :)

...best birthday card ever from my larvelyyy sister <3

...a huge hamper of random but meaningful gifts from the besties :)

...the most adorable mini owl necklace!

...MAC Creme Cup Lipstick & Painterly Paint Pot... woohooo!

...a huge selection of chocolate... I think they are trying to fatten me up... nomnomnom

And that is the end of my birthday for another year ♥

fake v's natural.

Saturday 5 February 2011

The big issue in the beauty industry at the moment is the vicious battle between fake and natural makeup and looks, with many younger girls being pressured into wearing excess makeup or even considering cosmetic surgery, just to feel 'perfect'. This battle in the makeup world is quickly being increased by advertisements claiming fake is better, with the huge rise in airbrushing adverts, however many still swear that natural beauty is best.

My 18 year old sister Sophie is a prime example of this. She is a beautiful girl, but still insists on slapping on makeup by the truckload for everyday wear, when in reality, it is just not needed. A few days ago we conducted a 'beauty experiment' (lets geek out here 8) where I did two extreme makeup looks on her- 'natural' and 'fake'. Here are the results...


Revlon Colourstay Foundation mixed with moisturiser
ELF Mineral Blush in Rose
MeMeMe Highlighter in Sun Beam
No7 Eyeshadow in Wheatsheaf and Mink
Max Factor False Lash Effect
Mac Hue Lipstick

I was amazed when I completed this look on her. She absolutely hated it as it was so out of her normal 'fallback look' of heavy makeup, but in my opinion, I don't think she needs it.


Revlon Colourstay Foundation in a dark and light shade
Sleek Bad Gal Palette
Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara
Bourjois Bronzer
ELF Warm Bronzer
ELF Blusher in Blushing Rose
False Lashes
Avon Gel Liner
MAC Cherry Lipliner
No7 Lipstick in Ruby Glow (20)
L'oreal Paris Glam Shine Lipgloss in Endless Carmine (506)

By no means is this look completely 'fake' but it is very heavy and daring. I also love this look as it photographs so well, but I still prefer her in the natural look. Sophie, of course, preferred this look, but she did say she was pleased she'd actually seen herself a little stripped back on the makeup front.

I was shocked when the next day she walked in with noticeably less makeup on and was actually wearing a lot more natural look that she was used to. I was such a proud sister, teehee!

Personally, I think she looks lovely in both looks and I love the look of both 'natural' and 'fake' makeup, but the whole point of this 'experiment' was to show her she didn't need it, especially for everyday.

So which do you prefer?