Tuesday, 24 December 2013

What's in my bag? - date night

A few weeks ago Jon and I met up in London for a date - a meal out.  It's not often that we just meet up for an evening, normally we stay at each other's houses for one or two nights at the weekend.  However when I have a lot of work to do/caught a bug from a sniffly kid, it is good that we can meet up briefly and share a lovely meal.

This particularly evening we decided to meet in Blackheath, we actually went to Cau which was a delicious restaurant specialising in Argentinian steaks/beef. 

But enough about the food - onto the bag. This bag was bought by Jon about 3-4 years ago as a random gift (I think he had spotted my eying it up and decided to treat me - what a star!).  Anyone that knows me well enough will know that I have a thing for black quilted bags.  The Chanel 2.5 bag is my ultimate dream bag, but until I can afford/justify spending thousands on a bag, I enjoy wearing other more affordable quilted bags. 

This bag is from Linea, it is great quality and has a leather and gold chain handle, gold opening and closing clasp and bright pink interior.  It has lasted me really well - I love it!  

Some things I always keep in my bag are my phone (case from Amazon), keys, oyster card (if travelling on bus or train, case from Cath Kidston), purse, diary and an umbrella (if the bag is big enough).  I also keep my hand sanitiser and a John Frieda frizz-ease spray (which I use to try and tame my hair).
As I was travelling to meet Jon I took my Kindle with me (the blue case is from Amazon), I am currently reading Game of Thrones, I'm looking forward to being able to read it more over the Christmas holidays.  I also took a hair clip that I could use for a half up half down do as my hair was quite fly-away that day, on my travels I had it hidden under a hat.   
I also keep a lot of things in the inner zip pocket in my bag, I find it helpful to keep smaller things in there so that I can find them easily.  I keep my keys in there, polos, a hairbrush with mirror, paracetamol, my travelo and lip products.  I always take lip balm with me, my current ones are the Neal's Yard Bee lovely Busy Bee Balm and the Original Lanolips and a lipstick, the Estee Lauder Pure Colour Long Lasting lipstick in 'Lilac Quartz'.  I really love this colour and find it looks very natural. 

Luckily this bag is a medium size so that I can take all these things with me - something that is needed when travelling further. 

What do you take in your bag on a date night?

Jen xx

Highlighting good highlights

Highlighter is only something I have recently become more interested in.  I have to say I do love seeing other people's night out makeup and noticing a heavy glow to their cheeks and brow bones, it definitely looks amazing on some people. 

I recently have two new additions, the Revlon Photoready Skinlights face illuminator which I bought myself and the MAC product which was a birthday gift from my brother. 

I decided to purchase the Revlon Face Illuminator in 'Bare Light' after seeing the beautiful Alix from Icovetthee talk about it.  I don't normally go for warmer toned highlights but I really do like this.  Alix used the product under her foundation whereas I have been using it on the top of my cheeks, down my nose and on my cupids bow after I have applied my foundation.  I will definitely be trying it under my foundation though.  I find that a little product definitely goes a long way and once on my face it adds a subtle shimmer but I'm sure that it can be built up for a strong glow. This is a little glittery which personally I don't mind but for those of you who don't like the glitter look you might want to be careful!

The MAC cream colour base I had wanted for a while and so when my brother asked me for birthday ideas this was on top of my list.  It appears it is really hard to get your hands on the Pearl shade of this product and so I am so grateful that my brother was able to find it as I love it (thanks so much Rich!).  It is a lovely, cool, pearl shimmer colour which looks great on the cheek bones and shows up super well on the brow bones. 

I've really been enjoying upping my highlight, particularly for nights out, I love the effect - glowing not greasy!  Personally I prefer cream highlighters as I find they last longer and are easier to apply and blend.  Both these products are beautiful and I would definitely recommend them.

Have you tried any of these products? What highlighter do you use?

Jen xx

Monday, 23 December 2013

Burgundy Kisses

Artificial light

I don't often paint my nails when I'm at school as my nail polish never seems to last long. However I love wearing polish, I think it can make an entire outfit and I have a large collection which reflects this love. 

I recently purchased the Maybelline Colour Show nail polish in 'Burgundy Kiss'.  This is a lovely dark wine colour, perfect for the winter months, it also has a slight brown tone to it in certain lights.  I have really been liking this colour.  I do find that sometimes darker shades enhance my pale skin and make my hands appear a little dead but this colour has been lovely. 

Natural light

The brush is a large size which made application quick and easy. I found that the colour looked good after just one coat, it was a dark red colour, but I added another coat to make it a deeper wine shade.  It has a beautiful glossy finish and is very opaque. 
Index and middle finger with 1 coat, ring and little fnger 2 coats
I used a Revlon top coat which I have had for a while and find it really helpful for protecting my nails from damage and chipping, ths polish lasted 3-4 days without major chipping.  i will definitely be looking at picking up more shades from this range.  
Have you tried any of the ColourShow polishes?
Jen xx

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Miso - Mi-love

Every now and then I always have a craving for Chinese/oriental food.  When I was younger I kept it simple with just one dish, normally a chicken chow mein and millions of prawn crackers, but as I've grown so has my interest in trying new things and now I like to have many dishes to sample!

One of my favourite places to eat Chinese/oriental food is Miso. It doesn't have the greatest range of restaurants (mainly South London -Locations), but if you do live near one I would definitely recommend it!  The atmosphere is good, the portions huge and the dishes delicious and well priced. 

The dish I traditionally go for is either the 'Miso Extra' (a noodle dish with a range of meats) or the 'duck with udon'.  However, in keeping with trying lots of dishes, this time I went for a soup dish (which is noodles and other yummy offerings in a GIGANTIC bowl of watery soup), edamame beans and vegetable and prawn tempura, which were all scrumptious.  I have recently found a great love for tempura ever since a friend introduced it to me in Brighton and if I see it on a menu I am always tempted to order it.  The tempura at Miso is delicious with large helpings and no scrimping on the filling, the prawns are huge! 

My brother also went for a main and two side dishes. He had Yaki Udon and then duck spring rolls and Gyoza.  Everything was delicious and as it was lunchtime I was able to keep eating and eating!! 

I really do love Miso, it is a great place to go with friends and the pricing is fantastic - most main dishes are under £9 but I don't think the flavour or quality is missing because of the lower price.  I'm maybe not the best judge of oriental food but I keep going back and back. 

Have you ever been to Miso? What is your favourite oriental restuarant?

Jen xx

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Review - Endless silky eye pen, Pixi

Whilst I was browsing on Feelunique I saw these eye pencils and immediately became intrigued by them.  I own one other item from Pixi (a large shadow, blush and lipstick palette) which I received as a gift around 2 years ago and I have really enjoyed the quality of.  I liked the colour range that these offered, mainly the purple and nude colour (which I thought would be good for highlighting the inner corner). 

This pack was £16.99 and I actually ended up getting it from the Pixi website as it was sold out on Feelunique.  This kit contains 5 mini eye pencils in the shades; Black Noir, Black Cocoa, Deep Plum, Sage Gold and Oyster Glow, it also contains a sharpener (handy!). 

I'm really liking these pencils, they glide on smoothly without scratching at the skin.  They also blend well if blended straight away but also have a long lasting time when they have settled onto the skin.   

What are your favourite eye liners/pencils?


Jen xx

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Beauty Haul #2 - a lotta lips

After seeing FleurDeForce's blog post about the Rimmel Moisture Renew lipsticks I bcame determined to try and find 'In Love With Ginger' as the orangey shade looked gorgeous and is not a shade I currently own.  The shops I went to didn't have the shade but as I was still tempted by an orange treat I found Maybelline did the colour 'electric orange'. 

Electric Orange

1 application patted in

2 applications

I really like this shade and think, when it's patted in, orange can look good on my skin tone.  Once applied more heavily it can create a more intense night out look.  Maybelline lipsticks have never really worked for me before but this 'colour sensational' line (of which I now own two lipsticks) provide good colour.

1 application patted in
2 applications
The second shade I picked up is 'Midnight Plum' a purple, shimmery colour.  As with 'Electric Orange' this shade can be both muted and intense depending on your desired look. 

Pumpkin and Raisin

To go with these lipsticks I picked up some lip liners from Sleek.  One in 'Pumpkin' the other 'Raisin'.  These are really soft and apply comfortably onto the lips.  I am still looking for the perfect purple-pink toned lip liner as this one is a little dark. 
I also picked up a repurchase of the Rimmel 'Stay Matte' powder and decided to buy Maybelline 'The Rocket' a I had been wanting to try this for a while.  I do like it, however I prefer Maybelline 'The Falsies'. 
I'm happy with these purchases - the lipsticks aren't great at moisturising my chapped lips but I'm happy to top up with lipbalm throughout the day.
What have you been buying recently? Have you tried any of these products?


Jen xx

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Review - Makeover Essenstials Bronzer and Brushes

This is the last of my reviews of the Makeover Essentials.  To get the background story to these products and how I came to own them click here and to see my second post on this brand click here.  The bronzer was the product I purchased for £34.99 to get the others free and I have to say it was the product I was least interested in.

I'm not the biggest bronzer user and as this one is glittery it makes me stay away from it even more!  However when I have swatched it the sparkle does not show up as strong as I thought (that could be a pro or con depending on your views).  The product does give a nice sparkle without giving the glitterball affect. Perhaps I should make an effort to use it more.  Unfortunately the bristles do shed easily but the plastic pop-up covering does work well to protect the product. 

The last product for me to review are the make-up brushes.  They came in a good, slim holder which I currently take to work with me to hold a brush.

The eye brushes inside have been really helpful and soft. I particulalry like the eyebrow/eyeliner brush which I use for my brows as it is smaller than my previous one.  The disappointing brush is the blush brush, it is really hard and scratchy - not something you really want to put on your face! Also as with the bronzer I have noticed that the bristles are shedding. I wonder how long they will last?

 Blush brush (top) and foundation brush (bottom)

From top - lip brush, eyeliner brush, eyeshadow brush and eyeliner/eyebrow brush.
Have you tried anything from Makeover essentials? If so what?
Jen xx

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Beauty Haul - Boots

It's ridiculous how long ago I bought these products but as the school season has started I've been busy, busy, busy planning and marking etc.  But as they say better late than never!

I popped into Boots as I needed to replace my ever so loved Neutrogena lip balm (which they have sadly discontinued, so I didn't end up buying) but ended up spotting some discounts and as always ended up with more than intended!

I had wanted to try the expert face brush from Real Techniques as it is a very talked about and as it was buy one get one half price on these brushes I decided to pick it up with the Real Techniques shading brush.  I have really been enjoying both these brushes, as with all Real Techniques they are great qaulity and apply make-up really well. 

 I bought the Natural Collection eyeshadow in 'Snow Storm' because I wanted a separate highlighting colour as most I own are in palettes.  Although it was a bargain it is quite chalky (as you can see from the pictures) however it will be useful. 

My last purchase was spotted when I was at the dangerous till area.  I have always wanted to try 'coralista 'by Benefit but the price tag and bulky packaging always put me off.  Plus I have multiple blushes already.  However after spotting this package (a mini 'Coralista' and 'Sun beam') for £9.50 I couldn't resist picking it up for a try. 

I have to say the blush is lovely and something I can see myself wearing for evenings out.  It does come in the most awful packaging - yes I know I moaned about the bulky packaging but this is the polar opposite - flimsy as anything, but I can look past that for the product inside.  The 'Sun beam' is something that just came as a bonus and I have been enjoying using it, it's a lovely golden colour, different to the pinky MeMeMe highlighting product I use. 

Have you been buying anything lately?

Jen xx