Sunday, 8 August 2010

E.L.F Order/Mini review

I FINALLY placed an E.L.F order! I've been wanting for ages so I decided to to cheery myself up :)

Luscious Liquid Lipstick in Perfect Pink, Eyeliner & Shadow stick in Green/Moss, Beauty Encyclopedia in Everyday Eyes, Kabuki brush, and "C" brush.

I was sooo excited when it came! Okay, a few mini reviews..

Luscious Liquid Lipstick in Perfect Pink
RRP £1.50
Packaging: Clear plastic tube with a twist end, soft sponge applicator.
Colour: Very pretty baby pink! Very little shimmer.
What I liked: I love that your can see the actual shade in the tube, though this is the case with most liquid lipcolours. I also liked that there was little/no shimmer in the shade, I hate shimmery lips on me! Most people dislike twist-click applicators, but I really liked that as I can control how much to put on. I find brushes always give me too much product and I smear it all over the place lol.
What I didn't like: This certainly isn't a liquid lipstick. It is, at most, a very light lipgloss. There is v ery little pigmentation to the colour and the consistancy is that of a gloss.
Overall: I wouldn't re-buy, but it's a cute little non sticky lipgloss with a subtle hint of pink.

Eyeliner & Shadow Stick in Green/Moss
RRP £3.50
Packaging: Sleek double ended eyeliner and stick eyeshadow pen in matte black packaging.
Colour/shade: The eyeshadow is a dark slightly shimmery forrest green, while the eyeliner is more of a mossy green/brown with a golden bronze shimmer.


What I liked: I adore the eyeliner! Glides on so easily and such a beautoful shade! The golden undertones are just so pretty.
What I didn't like: The eyeshadow is disappointing. It applies streakily and unevenly. Also, you have to twist the eyeliner right down into the packaging, if you don,t when you put the lid on it smushes the end :(
Overall: great eyeliner, rubbish eyeshadow.

Kabuki Brush
RRP £5
I love this brush! It is SO soft and full. I use it to apply my powder and it;s perfect, it really sets my makeup so well and applies everything evenly.

Eyeshadow "C" Brush
RRP £3.50
I LOVE THIS BRUSH!! The bristles are SO firm, and the brush is really soft and full. Great for applying eyeshadow for a more dramatic look. It applies quite thickly but specifically where you want it, unlike some less firm brushes wheres you find it a little more difficult to get the shadow in a definitive place.. you can then easily take a less firm brush to blend your shadow in for a soft yet dramatic look.

Beauty Encyclopedia Everyday Eyes
RRP: £6.00
Packaging: A little version of the Front Cover palettes, this is a book style packaging, all black and white, inside containing 12 pressed powder eyeshadows, 2 cream shadows, 1 black eyeliner, and a double ended brush and sponge applicator. There are instructions on the left "page".. but these are a tad rubbish.

Colour/shades: This is called "Everyday eyes", and these are all colours I would used on a day to day basis. 

 L-R top row, a very pale non shimmery cream/vanilla, a gunmetal grey/pewter with a strong pewter shimmer, a thick carbon black with a very subtle dark grey shimmer, and a light grey/silver with a silver shimmer.

 L-R 2nd row:  A pale duck egg blue, a soft moss green with underlying shimmer, a pale biscuit beige with underlying shimmer, and light rust brown with a slight bronze tone.
 L-R 3rd row: Very pale golden beige, a brighter pale rust, a deep mocha brown with shimmer, and a medium bronze.

 The two cream shadows are brown/bronze/beige, and the eyeliner is black.

What I liked: These eyeshadows are SO pigmented and easy to apply, they smooth on so easily and blend perfectly. Some seem a tad chalky at first, but with a little blending they're fine. The 2nd and 3rd lines of the pressed shadows I find perfect for daily wear for work, and the top line is a perfect smoky eye look.All the highlighters work well. 
What I didn't like: The eyeliner and the cream shadows are a bit rubbish.
Overall: I love these eyeshadows, this is such a great buy, I will definitely buy this again. I can just chuck this in my bag for weekends away, nights out with work, stay overs at friends.. everyday I have used JUST this palette to create all my daily makeup looks. I don't use cream eyeshadows so maybe that's why I havn't found much use for them, and the eyeliner just isn't pigmented enough for me is all really.

Saturday, 10 July 2010

My Topshop Confession

Please don't hate me.

I cannot stand Topshop.

There. I SAID IT. But please, do not lynch me with pitchforks and instruments of torture! Let me EXPLAIN!!

Okay, so the last time I bought something from Topshop, other than a few months ago I bought a couple of things from their makeup range was maybe...  2 years ago? Perhaps more? I think maybe it was their V jeans, I liked those.. lovely fit.

Okay, so here is why I am not a Topshop lover.

1. They are too "trendy".
Some of the stuff they have in there is just so unbelievably shit. I understand some p[oeple like their "out there" fashion, and I also understand that "catwalk fashion" is designed to exaggerate upcoming seasonal trends, but sometimes I find that a lot of Topshop pieces are just terribly unwearable.

L-R toilet roll cover, potato sack, leopard monstrosity, something spewed from 1983, MC Hammer's pants, and.. and... what???
I am so sorry if anybody owns or likes these. Please remember this is just my opinion, but is this some sort of fashion piss take?! What ARE those? Okay, some things I see on the site or in the shop are not necessarily my style.. for example there are a lot of baggy items around which I think are overpriced in Topshop (but more on that later..) but a lot of these I just see as being rediculous. I find a lot of clothes in Topshop are aimed at the more obnoxious "fashion pretentious hipster" crowd. It's like LookBook. Some of the looks on there are great bhut so many to me just look terrible, overly trendy and pretentious. 
I dress and wear clothes  for them to look flattering on me and my body. I'm not an art display, I will not drape ,myself in ridiculous creations for the sake of following a trend. jeggings look shit on me, make my legs look like carrots, I ain't wearing the buggers. Super flare jeans look fab on me, I'm gunna bloody wear 'em! Don't get me wrong, some people look amazing in jeggings, so go ahead, wear them, but not me!

 2. Overpriced.
So, when I do get down to finding something in Topshop that I think is pretty or nice or wearable. I then look at the price tag and recoil in horror. £40 for a Tshirt?? Are you having a laugh?? Example:

L-R gold button cardigan £32, Blue embellished cardi £38, Floral cardi £35, khaki jersey cardi £22, denim jacket £40

All these items can be purchased elewhere so much cheaper? Example:

 I bought this floral cardigan for £9 from Primark, embellished jumper in Primark for £9 which was also available in beige, I found a baby blue cardigan version in New Look a couple of weeks ago for £25, and H&M had a baby pink one for £19.99. My denim jacket was £25 from New Look, and a jersey cardigan for £7 in Primark. That's a saving of £85 just on those items.
I just can't justify spending double the amount when i could get the same thing for cheaper. Sometimes cheaper clothing quality isn't the same, but other times it is, and you can use your own judgment to determine the quality of clothing by looking at them. I've bought things from Topshop before that have fallen to bits, and stuff from primark I've had for years. In fact, my first ever Primark purchase was a £4 embellished kaftan that I bought in 2004 is still a holiday and hot weather staple for me. My lovely £40 V jeans however from Topshop last a year, then the button fell off? 

However.. I don't find Topshop all bad.. I have always adored their bags, shoes and Freedom jewelry range.

Buuut... I still find a lot of those overpriced and would most certainly look elsewhere for something cheaper.

Soo... onto the point of my post (yes, there really was one!)

I saw a post on Georgie's blog about her recent visit to the Topshop sales, and them saw a post by Jess on her Topshop sale buys, and what they both bought really caught my eye, especially the skirts Georgie got and Jess's dress. I was bored on my lunch on Thursday, and decided to nip in seeing as it was quiet. I was definitely impressed,, and bought the following:

The skirt was £10 reduced from £35, the link necklace was £3, layered silver necklace £4, and the Love necklace was just £2!

£19 for all those, I was very happy. I also saw a lace body on sale on my way out that I may have to nip back for, and a lovelt denim mini skirt for £15 but not in my size. I also loved Jess's dress, but they didn't have my size either. While I was there I noticed these cute body's which I think I may buy soon too:

***Please note... this post is intended to be tongue in cheek and lighthearted.***
I have not intended to offend or insult anybody at all, this is not a personal attack on anybody.
This post is entirely opinion based.


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