Friday, 30 August 2013

L'oreal False Lash Telescopic Mascara in Magnetic Black

Hello lovelies. 

Oh, mascara. It's the elusive product I've never quite found the right one. I always find they are too heavy, too clumpy, too light my list of problems goes on and on! So Ali offered to donate me one she thought I'd like to try out after I was talking about wanting a new one. That mascara was the L'Oreal False Lash Telescopic. 

The mascara comes in a telescope shaped packaging in a shiny silver. Mascara packaging is never that pretty or exciting but this quite a nice looking one! 

The mascara wand is what I call a "spiky" rather than a "fluffy" brush, which is always my preference in mascaras as I find that the spiky brush catches the lashes in the corners of my eyes more easily. 

The mascara is quite light on the lashes and is nice and buildable, which is aided by the small brush head. It does a good job at lengthening my lashes and there is very little clumping. However as nice as it is, there is something that I don't love about it, it does a good job but it's not a new favourite. However, this is probably just me being picky as I seem to be with with all my mascaras recently. Oh new favourite mascara, where art thou?! 

So ladies, give me some inspiration, whats your favourite mascara? 


Monday, 26 August 2013

Boyfriend Does My Make Up Tag

Hello lovelies. 

I have to say first up, this is the most fun I've probably ever had taking photos for a blog post. I've seen this tag going around, and the basic premises is that you get your other half to take a crack at doing your make up, and film or take pictures of the results. It was hilarious, and the out come was pretty... I have no words! 

I decided to pick out an assortment of bits to make it easier than trying to rifle through my storage, and remove anything that could cause any damage (eye lash curlers for example!). 

So this is me before the "make over", I thought I'd include this picture to compare to the final product! 


I gave him pretty free reign, and didn't give him much clue as to what things were (more fun this way!) so he decided to start with the eyes, as he could give a good guess as to what was what. He started off by using an ELF quad in Smokey. 

So far not so bad...

After attempting a smokey eye look (or panda eyes as the case may be) he picked up my Accessorize mascara in black & what I can only describe as zig zagged the end of my lashes with the wand, before wiping the lashes with the wand a bit more in a downwards fashion. The came the concealer, which I was asked what it was for, and when I told him to hide my under eye bags, he said "oh yes you need lots of this" and proceeded to apply several layers! 


This is where it started to go pretty pear shaped. Picking up my Dr Jart Water BB cream he squeezed it as if trying to empty a nearly dead tube of tooth paste I knew it was going to be bad, and I wasn't wrong. 

He proceeded to shovel more and more of it on, as if it going to get better the more that was piled on. 

Replace "blend in" with "rub in every single pore as hard as you can". 

I think this picture captures my feelings on what was happening pretty well! 

On to the pressed face powder, and I say face, not eye powder as this photo may make you think otherwise! 

On to blusher. This started off slightly better than the rest of the face, almost in the right area not to much, but that was too normal for the boy, he's decided to start a new trend... 

He thought a good look for me would be the "two toned blusher" a different one on each face, right side is Beauty UK in Dawn Glow & the left side is NARS Orgasm. 


I knew before we started he would pick the brightest lipstick I own, MAC Ladybug, and I wasn't wrong! 

But as with the blusher, one lipstick just wasn't enough, and channeling Star Wars he decided to try a princess Amidala look for me.. 

So this is the final look! To be honest I think I look pretty... fantastic... don't you think? I've honestly never had so much fun having my make up done!

So ladies, do you think your boyfriend could do better? I'm not tagging any of particular but if you do decide to do this tag, leave me the link! 


Sunday, 25 August 2013

My Best Bargain Ever? Moschino Cheap & Chic High Heels For Less Than A Bottle Of Water

Hello lovelies. 

First up sorry for my absence the last couple of days, I fully intended to blog but some old friends came down & time ran away with me! But today I have something exciting to share with you, something I bought last week that is possibly by best bargain ever (and we all know I do love a bargain!). 

Its no secret that I love TK Maxx, it's always full of surprises and you never quite know what you might find. I was wandering the shoe aisle when I spotted these Moschino Cheap & Chic high heels  which I picked up to look at, never really intending to buy! I'm not much of a shoe person, don't get me wrong I like them and all but I've never been one to really lust over shoes, but these were just so girly & purple they were practically jumping off the shelf at me. 

As they were a size too small I full expected to put them back, when I turned them over just to see how much they were... 

One pound! One whole pound! Full priced these shoes cost £357! Even though they were a size too small I couldn't just leave them! I managed to get my feet in the shoes & even walk around a little in them (I've always been a small 5 so that was a real bonus!) so I snapped them up and practically ran to the till in case it was some sort of mistake! But I went to the till & handed them less than I'd pay for a bottle of water, and walked off swinging my purchase gleefully. 

The straps sit over the bridge of the foot with these adorable little bows. 

The reason the shoes were reduced is because there is some damage to the shoes, particularly one the toe of right shoe, but I've always been pretty inventive when it comes to fixing up things to make them sparkly and new so I'm going to look at ways to patch them up, any suggestions would be most welcome!

However even if I can't fix them I will still wear them! I am unlikely to ever shell out designer shoe prices, unless I managed to spot a pair of Jimmy Choos for £1 in TK Maxx.... I can dream, no? I've been wearing these around the house, pretending I'm Carrie Bradshaw whilst taking the bins out, and other glamorous things like that! 

So ladies, have you found any super bargains recently? If so, what and where? 


Monday, 19 August 2013

Disney For Sephora Ariel Set The Mood Compact Mirror

Hello lovelies. 

I got a package this morning that I'd been waiting for weeks for, a package I was far too excited as I knew exactly what it was. The Ariel Set The Mood Compact Mirror from Sephora. I'd seen the preview image of this months previously, and knew instantly, one way or another I had to own it! Ariel is by far my favourite Disney princess (red hair, loves fish, tries to brush her hair with a fork, all endearingly charming qualities) so when this landed through my door this morning, I couldn't help but get overly excited! 

First up, hats off to Sephora for the cutest outer packaging ever, covered in sea themed images such as coral and star fish, even the barcode has had a nautical make over with two seahorses kissing! But I didn't buy it for the box, I bought it for what was inside the box. 

My first thoughts were "holy crap this is stunning" and they haven't really changed! Although it doesn't say what the compact is made from I imagine it would be stainless steel & glass, as it's fairly weighty, not heavy but really solid. The center of the compact features Ariel and the Prince Eric sat in the row boat from the set the mood scene where they almost kiss, and from there the pattern goes in rings of waves and then fish, and once the pattern ends the metal overlay starts. 

One thing my camera was really trying to resist picking up was the center of the compact, with Ariel and the Prince has a 3D effect behind it so when you move the mirror it looks like its moving, very fancy! 

The compact has a metal button on the front which is thoroughly satisfying to open & close (although I probably shouldn't do it too much!) and when you open the mirror it has "you've got to be you" printed on one side of the mirror. I'm in two minds about what I think about that, as although its very fitting for the films general message, and quite a positive message for a mirror to carry in general, personally I would of preferred a quote from the film, I know "Kiss The Girl" doesn't really fit biut something along those lines.

The compact is just beyond beautiful, to look and to use! I've included a picture of it in my hand so you can get an idea of the size.

The only problem is getting hold of it in the UK, I bought mine from Roses Beauty Store which has now sold out of these mirrors, but you can view the rest of the Ariel range here, as well as an impressive selection of American make up. The next best way would be to buy it from eBay, I've found one seller here but there are quite a few different sellers so you won't be stuck for choice. 

So ladies, what do you think? What's your favourite Disney character?


Friday, 16 August 2013

Jo Malone Earl Grey & Cucumber Cologne Review

Hello lovelies. 

I'm going to start this review off by saying I've never wanted a perfume so much on first sniff. Ever! Jo Malone was one of those companies that I was aware of, and even though they have a sizeable boutique in Harvey Nichols right next to a Space NK that I've spent far too much time in, I never ventured in. Until I thought I'd finally go and give them a sniff. After feeling a little overwhelmed I spotted Earl Grey & Cucumber on the shelf and instantly knew I'd probably love it, and I did! 

First up, I have to say even though I usually love all the glitter & sparkle on everything, I do really like the clean cut minimalism of Jo Malone products. Think lots of cream and black with clean cut lines. 

So what does it actually smell like? Well, as with most Jo Malone perfumes, it smells like what it says it is! Tea! It has an incredibly rich Earl Grey smell which hits the spicy edge of Earl Grey whilst still being feminine. But as well as Earl Grey there is just a hint of lemon and freshness from the cucumber. Think the overall scent of an afternoon tea! I can't think of a more quintessentially english perfume if I tried! The lasting power is pretty impressive, it stays as strong as when its first sprayed for around 4 hours but I can still smell it all day.

However, these Jo Malone perfumes, or colognes as they are actually called, do not come cheap. In fact, they are far from cheap. The smallest size is 30 ml (which is the size I have) is £39! The full sized 100ml bottle is an eye watering £79! However they are pretty special, and very very different to run of the mill perfume, so if you fancy a big treat these might be worth a sniff! You can browse the range online here

So ladies, ever sniffed a Jo Malone perfume? What did you think? 


Thursday, 15 August 2013

Brand Love! Zoya Nail Varnishes

Hello lovelies. 

It's hard to pick favourites sometimes, I love lots of different brands of nail varnishes. From big brands like OPI to small independent companies selling custom blends on Etsy, they all offer something different. However, if I had to pick a favourite brand, it would have to be Zoya. I picked up a couple of new ones in a Blog sale so I thought I'd share the ones I got & show you some swatches. 

I picked up Twlia, a sky blue with silver holographic bar glitter, Reva, a pinkish red with gold shimmer and Tama, a hot purpley pink. Zoya sell an amazing range of colours, and tend to do each colour in multiple ways, glitter, shimmer, plain and so on. 

(L to R Twlia, Reva & Tama) 

What sends Zoya in to the firm favourite category is the coverage & application is just spot on. I find that usually with Zoya you can get away with one coat, but I tend to double up and do two as it really makes the colour pop. The consistency of the polish is quite thin, but not watery and applies flawlessly. These are my go to nail varnishes for a quick manicure with no fuss or messing around, I know it will only take a few minutes for PRETTY NAILS. 

Zoya nail varnishes are also free from toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP (phthalates) and camphor, as well as being vegan Friendly and cruelty free. They aren't the cheapest nail polishes, usually retailing at around £10.50 each but I think they are worth every penny! I've actually gone through almost half a bottle of two other colours I own, and being someone who tends to be quite fickle with nail varnishes, for me that's quite impressive! 

So ladies, have you tried anything from Zoya? If not, what's your favourite brand of nail varnish?


Sunday, 11 August 2013

Molecule 01 Escentric Molecules Perfume - A Different Kind Of Perfume

Hello lovelies. 

I saw the Molecule 01 Escentric perfume making the rounds on various blogs a while ago & it really caught my attention. Apparently, it smells different on everyone, and it's also meant to make you smell amazing to other people (testimonials of people being stopped in streets by strangers to be asked what they are wearing, etc) so naturally my interests were peaked, is there a universal perfume that smells amazing to others? So when I spotted it in Harvey Nichols with vouchers in my hand, I picked up a bottle to give this crazy, science based perfume a whirl. 

I went for the smallest size, which is 30ml. This is the "refill" version which is exactly the same as far as I can tell, bar it doesn't have a lid and the glass is possibly a wee bit thinner, so I wouldn't go chucking this around, however those two differences mean it's £9 cheaper than the standard 30ml bottle. 

The bottle itself is a fairly plain see through glass bottle, with a small amount of branding on it. But more importantly than how it looks, what does this apparently magic perfume smell like? Well.. I've spent days trying to work out how to describe this perfume to you, so I'm going to give it my best shot! 

So, the ingredients for this perfume are clearly listed on the cardboard sleeve the perfume comes in: Alcohol Denat, Water, ISO E Super and that's apparently it, so I have no idea what the Iso E Super is! When you first spray it on, the alcohol lingers a little too long, to the point that my boyfriend asked if it was a "vodka scented perfume?" but when it finally does settle, to me its a very deep woody to spicey scent, that almost nudges on masculine, and then it takes a good while to fully develop in to a slightly sweeter, slightly lighter scent that on me, smells like a spicy nutmeg scent. 

It really is very unusual, and I gave it a little road test on my friend Ali, to test that it apparently smells different on everyone, and to an extent yes it does. On her, it was slightly more spicy and slightly stronger, but the base scent is the same, woody and musky with a lot of spice. One thing I will say though, if you want animals to like you this is the perfume for you, my cat won't leave me alone when I spray this! I think this perfume would fall in to an A/W perfume as it's quite heavy & spicy.

So if your in the market for something really different, really out there give this a sniff. Prices range from £30 to £65 and is stocked in places such Liberty, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and here at Cult Beauty.

So ladies, have you given this a sniff? What did you think? Anything to add to my rambling description? 


Friday, 9 August 2013

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers in Gold - Worth £20?

Hello lovelies.

During my recent voucher haul I picked up the Shu Uemura eyelash curlers, something I'd always wanted to buy as I heard they were the best of the best, and as much as I'd wanted to I could never work out if I could justify the £20 that they cost, so I thought I'd do a little review & give you my opinion on if they are worth what they cost. 

They usually come in silver, but I spotted them in gold they were just ridicolous enough I wanted them more! They both cost the same so I thought I might as well! They are super shiny & a standard eyelash curler shape. 

The "head" of the curlers (I don't know what they technical name for this is but I bet it's not "the slot to shove your eyelashes in) is slightly wider compared to the other pairs of eyelash curlers I have, and the curve is more gradual, so I was excited to see how they compared. 

This is bare, untouched lashes. I know people like to apply mascara first & then curl the lashes but I imagine that's fairly messy! I don't have the straightest lashes in the world but they also don't have the curve I would desire.

So my first impressions were good, they were smooth, didn't pinch my lashes or eyelid. I took them away & had a look, and the impression stayed the same! They turned my lashes up just enough, not so much they were at a silly angle, but just the right amount. 

Once I applied mascara the effect was amplified, the eyelashes look exaggerated without looking over the top.

But, and almost more importantly, are they worth £20? Well, uhrmmmm, I don't know! I am a little hesitant about recommending such an expensive piece of kit, but I would lean towards yes! If you find your eyelashes just don't have the curve you desire, and the eyelash curlers you've tried are pinchy, or just don't work I would highly recommend giving these a thought! I have also seen these come about on Buyapowa for around £15 so if your interested, keep your eye out for that. 

So ladies, have you tried these? What did you think?


Thursday, 8 August 2013

I Won A £100 Shopping Voucher & How I Spent it!

Hello lovelies. 

Yesterday I was doing a normal comb through the emails, this shop has a sale, this shop has a sale, oh look another sale, spam, spam, spam, and then one email stood out, a very very exciting email! It was informing me that I had won a £100 shopping voucher from my local shopping center from a competition run through Facebook! 

Needless to say I was far too excited, but that excited doubled, if not tripled, when I read that I could choose the shop! I thought for a good while about what shop I wanted to go for, a few old favourites came to mind, and I finally settled on Harvey Nichols. 

I went for that one in the end as I cannot even remember the last time I had £100 I could just spend, guilt free, and I don't know when I will again so I decided to get a few of my "Oh I wish!!!" items that have sat on my mental wishlist! So I thought I'd show you lovely lot what I picked up. 

I have to say, it was a lot harder than I thought it would be! I thought it would take me about 10 minutes, as I had a vague idea of what I wanted, but in reality it took me about and hour and half of wandering around, picking things up, putting them down, going back to them, walking away, and so on! 

 First stop was Jo Malone, and half the reason I ended up picking Harvey Nichols! I'd been in a few days before and fallen in with a perfume I could neither afford or justify! 

The scent I picked was Earl Grey & Cucumber, earl grey has to be one of my favourite scents of all time & this perfume nails it. Jo Malone perfumes are crazy expensive, at £39 for 30mls, a voucher was the only way I would ever of owned this but I'm so glad I do! I'm going to review everything I bought soon so I'll go more in to it then! 

I decided to take a quick toilet break, which is unfortunately right next to the food hall & that almost always ends in a purchase! I picked up these Charbonnel & Walker Sea Salt & Caramel Truffles, I've eyed these up before but again, they aren't cheap so I've never tried them. They are around £10 for 120g, and I'm saving these for a rainy day (I say that now, who bets by the time I finish this blog post I'll be scoffing them?!)

Last two things! These are the two things that took me the longest time to pick! I think after a while I ended up feeling pretty overwhelmed with choices! 

I've wanted these Shu Uemura eyelash curlers for the longest time, I've read 1001 rave reviews, people saying they just don't compare anything else so I've always wanted to splash out of them, but what really sold it to me was that they had them in gold, literally how over the top, ridiculous, and down right silly are these?! I'm really excited to try these & hope they are worth £20! 

Finally, I picked up the smallest "refill" version of Molecule 01. This is another "blogger cult" item, I've seen so many reviews of this & testimonies of people coming up to you in the street to ask you what perfume your wearing, and when I spotted it finally I had to give it a smell, and again I will review it soon but I'll say for now it's the most mind bending perfume I've ever come across! I'm already trying to work out how to describe it for my post! If you after something really unusual, give this one a sniff!

So ladies, that's it! This has to be the best thing I've ever won and I feel incredibly lucky! How about you? Any good wins out there recently?