Sunday, 23 October 2011

Update on a Sunday.....

While chillin' out to Zero 7's In the Waiting Line:

I am:
- rearranging my makeup collection and posting items on my swap list
- tidying up my flat as I move to a new place in mid November
- gearing up my mind for a promotion at a new place of work that has always been my ultimate dream

- gearing up my mind for tidying up my current job and leaving good handover notes

And amongst all this planning, trying to remember to:

Be in the present.

The journey is the destination


Tuesday, 9 August 2011



The people causing trouble are not true Londoners.

Stay safe people.


Sunday, 10 July 2011

....I left my heart in Istanbul......

Just back from a week hols in Istanbul - my first time there. It's got an amazing history and pockets of it varied from each other - some places reminded me of New York, some places reminded me of Hong Kong, some places reminded me of California! I didn't go with any expectations - other than that it was a city and that one friend of mine described it as similar to Venice. It was really hot, there were blue skies and the sun was shining brightly.

The main thing I've taken away from Istanbul is that Istanbulis are so friendly, helpful and open minded - every person from the hotel, shops, corner store, market, random stranger on the street minding their own business was helpful. We asked directions of one guy in a sports shoe store and he went from one store to the next down the street asking other shopkeepers whether they could help us. Nothing was expected in return. I ADORE London to the core - but it could do with learning summin' from Istanbul in the friendliness stakes.

Istanbul is a great city - and I'd love to visit again to explore more and Turkey more. Every angle I turned I couldn't help taking pics and blogger won't let me upload more than 4 at the moment so here's just a random selection!

Is it Istanbul or New York? : D

A view of the Blue Mosque and Haghia Sophia

Thought the sparkliness of the lamps against the ceiling tiles in the Grand Bazaar looked so beautiful

This alleyway on the way to the Galata tower was just so captivating, the light drew me in

I'll be posting more of my pix in due course.....

Have you been to Istanbul - are you from there? Would love to hear what you think is great about the city.

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Hello the pleated skirt - new summer skirt fave for us wider hipped girls!

I've always avoided pleats cos it's supposedly widening but I think this works - and it's mid length too. A nice breezy summer blue skirt from the Zara sale.

Don't knock it til you try it!


Sunday, 26 June 2011

Bold lipsticks - byTerry & Sleek swatches (plus FOTD)

I don't know why but I've bought a high end and drugstore pigmented bold lipstick in the last 2 weeks. Both brands had something to offer but couldn't be further away from each other on price point! The byTerry lipstick I got at spacenk and cost £30.50 - ouch! The Sleek lipstick is from Superdrug and cost £3.99.

Both colours I love. Both formulations I love. At the moment, loving the byTerry formulation more than the Sleek because it is more moisturising and therefore easier to apply and blend. But the Sleek lipstick offers such a great colour (on trend) and is so good for it's pricepoint.

At the moment, I have just been patting the lipsticks on to my lips, smearing it with my finger and then applying a touch of lipbalm. Easy, schmeasy, casual. Not precise. Perfect look for summer.

I purchased:

byTerry Age Defense Lipstick in #302 Hot Cranberry
Sleek True Colour lipstick in #782 Papaya Punch

LOVE both names! L-R: Sleek Papaya Punch, byTerry Hot Cranberry

And my FOTD using NARS Subaraya e/s duo (a gift from the gorgeous ChefCaffy) that I'm playing round with:

List of products:
MAC Strobe cream as moisturiser
Laura Mercier Moisturising Foundation in Sunny Beige
Prescriptives All Skins Mineral powder fdn on T Zone
Becca Duo Concealer in Tahini
Bare Minerals Prime Time eye primer
NARS Subaraya e/s duo - both shades with Prestige Eyekhol in brown
Maybelline Full&Soft WP mascara in black
MAC Cream Colour Base in Improper Copper on cheeks
Becca Songbird blush on top of MAC CCB Improper Copper
MAC Sunsparked Pearl powder under eyes
Sleek Papaya Punch lipstick
Carmex lipbalm

Sunday, 19 June 2011

....naughty in June

Two makeup lines I haven't tried before - byTerry and Ecotools.

I succumbed to the line byTerry. I've always passed by the counter in Spacenk because it is such an expensive line. I've probably searched for a few years now for the perfect watermelon colour lipstick - and found it in their Rouge Terrybly Age Defense-Lipstick in 302 Hot Cranberry. Retails for £30!!!! But I fell in love with the colour and as I have been quite good with my makeup shopping - ie. not - I think this is acceptable.

I've always wanted to try a pointed synthetic brush - ever since I was introduced to the Becca line. A few other companies make them - A Design, Zoeva - and I stumbled across this Ecotools one in Boots so why not use my Boots card? Retails for £9.99

Hope you are all well!

Thursday, 26 May 2011

........I was n-a-u-g-h-t-y....

Kanebo Sensai Fluid Finish SPF15 203 Natural Beige (totally sucked into how this is Lauren Conrad's foundation)

Shu Uemura eyeshadows in:

P brown 873 (gooooorrrrgeeeeoussssshhhh) and
ME brown 850 (legend)

I have the day off tomorrow and will be shopping! Yipppeeeee! Wonder what awaits?!

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Nails of the Week using my fave brand China Glaze. And yellow flowers make me smile : D

I totally rate China Glaze. Their polishes last at least 5 days on me without chipping. LOVE.

This week I am wearing Designer Satin - a creme. It's a medium pink, just a notch below what I would call Fuschia. It's not too bright at all - but just flash enough. It's going to be a classic colour nail polish for me - alongside my fave China Glaze Paint the Town Red (or Essie Jelly Apple).

And yellow flowers make me smile. Totally cheers up a space. I just wish flowers didn't die so quick (about the same time my nail polish chips!) as I don't have a cheap florist near me.

What are you wearing/styling this week?

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Simple, clean FOTD using UNE Healthy-Glow Mineral Powder. Also compared to Bobbi Brown Natural Matte Bronzer

I haven't bought makeup since coming back from HK in April, which might not seem a long while, but for me it is!

I read online that Lauren Conrad suggested using a mineral bronzer to achieve a nice glowy effect, on top of your favourite foundation. I would have gone straight for my HG Prescriptives All Skins Mineral foundation in a darker shade - but oh yeah, the line's discontinued : (

So I picked up the UNE Healthy Glow Mineral Powder from Boots - which is a pressed powder. I got it in H07 which was the darkest shade at the counter. There were other lighter shades which were very nice, but I did want something that would show up. H07 is more on the orange side of bronzers (think the Kardashians) but blended out it works well on me I think. UNE is from the creators behind Bourjois, and this is the first product I have tried from their line.

PS. Am due an eyebrow threading session this week - hence the overgrown brows!

But I am also loving this FOTD I did on the weekend using:

Becca LSC in Camel mixed with Soleil Tan de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Fluid
Becca Duo Concealer in Tahini
Shu Uemura brow gel in Forest Black
MAC Tan pigment blended all over lids
Maybelline Full&Soft mascara in black
MAC Virgin Isle CCB on high points of cheek
UNE Healthy-Glow Mineral Powder applied and blended liberally on cheeks
Smashbox Photo finish lipstick in Flirty mixed with Carmex lipbalm

I'm impressed with the UNE bronzer. It's pigmented, very smooth and easily blended. There is a mirror ontop of the casing which is great. I've compared it in pics below to my other loved bronzer - Bobbi Brown's matte Bronzer in Natural below.

BB on the left, UNE on the right.

As you can see the UNE has more reddish orange undertones to it. The BB is that tad finer and smoother on touch. The BB is also truly matte, whereas the UNE has a tiny bit of shimmer to it and the more blending it into the skin - the more glow you will have.

The UNE is not overly shimmery at all - it wouldn't act as a highlighter. But it has that glowy effect mineral powder products have - but it's not too OTT which is what I like.

Other details:
The BB bronzer retails at £24 for 8g
The UNE bronzer retails at £14.99 for 7.5g

The UNE bronzer is by no means an inexpensive product (compared to other drugstore items) but as a mineral pressed powder offering, if you can't afford the BB, it's a good one to try.

Have you tried UNE products? What are your thoughts?

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Easy peasy dinner - for when you're tired

Tonight's dinner. I'm trying to get back into my healthy eating regime, cos I have not been watching my diet and health for the last few months! This week has been my reboot, and I've just come home from the gym. You know when you haven't been for months, the first time is always a shock to the system! Why oh why did I stop my routine......

Sainsbury's Crispy & Sweet salad box
Quickly boiled broccoli and spinach (already cut) ontop
2 boiled eggs
Few sprays of olive oil
Sprinkle of mixed seeds
Black pepper
Dried chili flakes

Total cooking time from getting home to placing food in my mouth: 20 mins

About 2 years ago I stopped having refined carbs with dinner (normally white pasta or white rice) and this really helps with weight loss I feel. Especially at dinner when with these carbs I want some tasty, heavy laden with sauce meat and veggies. Without the refined carbs, generally, but especially at night I go to bed less bloated. I concentrate eating wholewheat pasta, bread, noodles, rice etc at lunch.

I'm lucky I love veg (although I don't think I could be vegetarian). This is light and easy, and a way to get eggs into my diet as I don't incorporate them in my diet usually!

What are your quick fix healthy dinners?

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

My 70s inspired outfit of the day, plus face of the day (I am a 70s baby afterall!)

I'm planning a major and so overdue clearout of my wardrobe and at first attempts I came across a midi denim skirt that I haven't worn a lot. It's from a Monsoon sale a year or so ago and I've never really been able to nail an outfit from it without looking frumpy.

Inspired by the current 70s trend and for midi skirts - I think I found a way to work it. With colours of tan, slight pink and gold accents - all in neutral tones.

The main colour is the denim skirt that is an A line flare (Monsoon) , but I tried to balance it out with a slouchy light pink lightweight T shirt (Whistles) with a white tank (M&S), doubled with a tan belt (can't remember from where). The wedges I'm wearing in here I decided not to go with, as it seemed to drag the whole look down, so opted for gold bow peep toe wedges (Dune).

The tan leather bag is my newest fave accessory - which I got from the Island Beverley Shopping Centre in Causewaybay in Hong Kong.

All clothing items are from the depths of my wardrobe - so am afraid that these items are not available anymore.

I have been wearing bright red nail polish for at least the last 2 months, I can't get enough of it. My fave is Essie Jelly Apple which I have discovered is a dupe of China Glaze's Paint the Town Red - the latter that I already had in my collection! Major clearout needed indeed : D I think the retro red colour just goes so well with gold jewellery - the rings I got from San Francisco at a stall. My necklace (seen below in my FOTD pics) is a delicate gold chain with crystal beads from Gogo Philips at Topshop.

I went for a clean, bronzed FOTD which involved:

Chantecaille Future Skin foundation
Becca Duo Concealer
MAC e/s in Brule and Cork all over lid
MAC e/s in woodwinked and Antiqued on lower lashline
Prestige khol e/l in brown
Maybelline Full& Soft WP mascara
MAC Happy Together blush
MAC 2N l/g

Phew, long post! How do you veterans do it?! : D

Any rediscoveries from your closets or makeup arsenal?

Saturday, 30 April 2011

Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes Liner - Champagne 23L & FOTD

I got this liner during my trip to Hong Kong last December, and of late have been wearing it every day. I like to use a flesh coloured liner on my waterline, especially during the week at work, as this really does a lot to brighten my eyes and make me not look so tired. Combined with a bit of eyeshadow, concealer, brows filled in and mascara - this is what I do to achieve a wide eyed fresh faced look!

And the MUFE eyeliner helps me to do this. It is described on the Sephora website as metalllic pink champagne - and I would add to that that the pink is a very light shade of pink so if you are looking at a flesh coloured pencil, it still works. It's also pigmented, so not just shimmer.

As the swatch on my hand shows, it really isn't that OTT.

One great thing about this liner is the application. It glides on really smooth and has great staying power. I don't think it's waterproof - as by the end of a long day it's not as apparent as when I first put it on in the morning - but it's pretty good at being smudge proof.

I always shied away from a shimmery flesh toned waterline as I thought it might be too much in comparison to a matte liner. That it might look bit tacky. Either my taste as changed (!), or the formula and finish isn't offensive. You can definitely layer on the intensity and the more you put on, the more shimmer there is. I hope you agree from how it looks on this pic!

I also love to use it on my cupid's bow as a higlighter. I don't use it so much on my inner eye corners or browbone as higlighter because funnily enough it's not easy to apply on larger areas (even the inner corner), I much prefer using creams/powders.

This has now become a HG staple for me. I have since tried 2 others colours (black, OL and bronze, 10L)- and they're as good too. I'm doing this review on 23L as I just think it is more unique.

I'm a fan of the MUFE Aqua Eye Creams as well, so I would definitely recommend checking both the creams and liners our from this brand.

Not easily available in the UK,you can get it from PAM cosmetics and gurumakeupemporium in London and for those of you lucky enough to have a Sephora, they are stockists too.

Have you tried these items from MUFE? What are your thoughts?

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Kate Middleton - a makeup junkie like us?

I have to say that I have a love/hate relationship on the Royal Wedding. It's everywhere : ) I know it's a historic moment. But I for one will be taking advantage of the fact that hopefully the shops will be quite quiet on Friday and then I will pop home early to make dinner for friends (who will have camped out on Pall Mall the night before) who are coming over to analyse the day's events.

The title of this post however is about makeup. How would you do your makeup on your wedding day? Do it yourself, get a friend or family member to do it or get a professional?

I've wondered this myself (ahem, big hint dropped to the boyfriend) and having done makeup for friends and family at weddings, I was interested to read Amy Lawrenson's (ELLE UK) report on the future Queen of England's Kate Middleton's decision to do her own makeup:

Kate Middleton took make-up lessons for big day
'It has been widely covered that Kate has shunned the help of a make-up artist on her wedding day to do her own instead. However, we can now reveal that she took make-up lessons from bridal artist Arabella Preston in preparation.

What caused her aversion to professionals? According to sources Kate used a make-up artist at the Mario Testino shoot for the official engagement pictures, but was unhappy with the result so removed it and reapplied herself. Since then she has embarked on a few make-up lessons with Arabella held at Clarence House and her home in Chelsea.

Arabella is a London-based make-up artist, married to author Alex Preston and a mum of two; on her website she says, 'I am an experienced bridal make-up artist and love helping brides make the most of their beauty. I am particularly adept at natural bridal make-up'. Kate is famous for her girl-next-door look, favouring a clear complexion, nude lips and putting emphasis on her eyes switching between a liquid liner or smoky look, which is probably why she trusted Arabella with her lessons.

It's interesting that Kate has chosen to do her own make-up on a day when around 2 billion eyes will be scrutinising everything from her hair and make-up to choice of dress. We can't wait to see the results.'

Could Kate be wondering the same thing as simple old makeup junkie me? I would love a professional to do it, so that I don't need to worry about it, but I love makeup and feel quite satisfied putting it on myself. It's a ritual. It's mine. That's one of the reasons why I think Kate Middleton might want to do it herself. The need to be a control freak aside - as well as being the wedding for the British public (and international public) it is her wedding afterall - it's probably the one thing that she can take from the wedding and the one ritual that might give her some calmness in all the madness, pomp and circumstance that is beyond her control. I certainly have felt something like that when at family weddings. Putting on my makeup (for which I didn't need help) and just sitting on the floor in front of a mirror gave me such satisfaction and peace!

Kate's makeup style is relatively simple, she plays up her eyes quite a bit with dark eyeliner, minimal shadow, with some bronzer and simple moist lipstick. My own opinion is that though her makeup style is relatively simple, she tends to look a bit older than she actually is - I would love to see her use more highlighter/dewy products to make her look younger with glowy skin. Would love to see her with bronzed or smoky eyes. Or even winged out eyeliner with red lips. Doesn't have to be too outrageous. I know she is the future Queen of England and conservatism is the preferred order of the day but some of the younger royals now branch out (badly or not) in the fashion stakes. Think Lady Gabriella Windsor.

What Kate does have, which makes any woman beautiful, is a great smile. A smile that shows through the eyes and face. And that is something she shares with her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana.

Original ELLE UK post can be found here:

What would you/or did you do for your wedding?

And last but not least, wishing the couple much happiness.

Monday, 25 April 2011

TheBalm Cosmetics Mary-Lou Manizer aka the Luminzer - review and swatch

I used to be a real real fan of highlighters, I couldn't get enough of them. When I first became interested in makeup, the highlighter was the one product for which I was on a never ending quest - for THE ONE. But then my makeup obsession grew and turned to other things such as foundations,blushes, eyeshadows etc and highlighters kinda went on the back burner.

In this year's January sales I spotted this highlighter in one of those can-I-be-bothered-to-rummage boxes at the SpaceNK counter in Harvey Nicks. I'd looked at this product before but had decided that it was too shimmery for my liking. It still is, but blending it out really makes the difference. It has sparkles and frost like the majority of MAC MSFs but the texture is much more creamy like. It also doesn't flake everywhere like the MAC MSFs can do, and also I have no qualms about tossing it into my bag (mirror compact handy too) unlike I am with my fave MAC MSF - Refined.

In comparison to NARS Albatross - a much coveted product - theBalm's offering is much more of a pale yellow gold tinge. I find Albatross too white for me. theBalm's colour/tone is more yellow gold with a touch of white gold which is just beautiful. That's what sold me on it I think. Suits my skintone well.

Mary-Lou's Manizer is a surprise to me. I do have to watch it when I apply, as I don't like frost ala the real 70s style, but the fact that I can achieve a very pretty glow on the cheeks, summery dewy like champagne gold eyes or highlighting the inner eye corner or cupid's bow makes this a a very multi use product.

Have you tried this and what are your thoughts? Any other highlighters you love?

Saturday, 23 April 2011

1st post back into the blogging world - random. Makeup,life,fashion

Hello viewers. I'm gonna use this post to get back into the blogging world, it's gonna be a random 'first' post.

I'm back from my hols from San Francisco and Hong Kong - and the US hols was a hols with the girls and the Asia hols was one with the family. Had good times during both. I didn't do too much damage makeup wise - I think for some reason I've just about reached saturation with my makeup collection. I'm now focusing on swapping (got a some MAC blushes recently) and really only lemming things that are 'new' to me e.g. Dior Summer 2011 bronzers and Clarins Skinfusion foundation at the moment.

Plus, I really need to slow down on the spending money front. I need to save some moola - Pay day is too far away!

I don't want to take life so seriously. Wanna have more fun. Wanna be more silly. Wanna be more adventurous.

I'm still obsessed with Lauren Conrad. Totally psyched she started a beauty/lifestyle website.

I check Catalina Su's makeup blog daily:

I absolutely love ELLE UK, their website too. I don't love the fact that my annual subscription (to save cost) isn't great - I always have to chase missing monthly editions. Crap service.

I aspire to dress like an ELLE woman.

I'd like to be one dress size smaller. Currently a tight UK 12.

To take up my scrapbooking again - I read loads of magazines and paste things from them into this scrapbook which I refer to back and back again-

Am so excited that I have finished my Prescriptives All Skins Mineral foundation powder. It took a long time, though I didn't wear it every single day, but I wore it alot - wet, dry, sheer, heavy. It's a staple. Good job I got loadsa backups!!

Mostly, I want to work on being kinder, funnier, more open and friendlier. I'm too harsh on myself and others at the moment in trying to be an independent woman.

And to you - my thanks for sticking around. Bring on summer!

Friday, 1 April 2011

Hey all, I haven't quite been in the mood posting blogs or posting videos on my YT channel. I can't explain why, but for some reason I feel like I've got a YT/blog bug or summin'. But my interest in beauty and makeup hasn't dissipated! I've just come back from a well deserved (if I do say so myself) girlie hols in San Francisco and did some great shopping - fashion and beauty. Spent a bit of moola : D

And I'll be heading out to Hong Kong soon to attend a cousin's wedding. I'm hoping that after that I'll get the blog/YT bug again. It is something I do enjoy - when I do it.

So thanks for hanging in there - and please hang in for a bit longer - and I'm totally enjoying still the beauty blog and YT worlds : D

Take care til

Monday, 7 March 2011

Kryolan eyeshadow and Nails Of the Week(s)

So after taking 2 days off as time in lieu, I scored a long weekend. Bonus points for the sun coming out. When I have a day off and need 'me' time it usually involves shopping and a massage : D

After watching YTer makeupbyrenren's videos on Graftobian palettes (foundations to be exact), I fancied a trip to Charles Fox in Covent Garden - a makeupstore in London that specialises mainly in professional film and theatre makeup (they do also stock a small selection of Becca and Illamasqua). I needed some Duo black false lashes glue and also happened to 'peruse' the Kryolan counters. The Kryolan foundation palettes didn't look as convincing as the Graftobian ones (which Charles Fox don't stock) but I did come across this:'s Kryolan's Eye Shadow Compact in V3 (Natural). There are 18 matte colours - and what a range of colours! I bought it mainly to use for makeup on others - friends and families as I have a few events/weddngs coming up. I think it would make a perfect neutral palette-great for a basic every day but totally easy for a dramatic look. They are very pigmented, a teeny bit chalky but not a problem. This cost about £44. It's uh-mazing : D

And then a nail polish that I just can't get enough of atm...Essie's Jelly Apple. This launched in their Winter 2009 collection but I only just discovered it last year. It's a totally gorgeous vintage red...when I pair it with a Breton style top - I feel instantly casual classic : D

When I was reapplying it whilst watching Glee, I accidentally reached for Essie's Raspberry and as soon as it swiped on I thought - No! This isn't Jelly Apple! Nail varnish remover immediately came out : )

My fave nail polish brand is China Glaze because I find their polishes last for a whole week before it starts chipping, and Essie lasts 3-4 days but until I find a dupe for this in China Glaze - Essie's Jelly Apple is a huge rec from me!

Any news laydeez...?

Sunday, 27 February 2011

...a couple of FOTDs and lemmings...I'm ALIVE!!!!!

....I'm ALIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I don't have any excuse other than I have been working hard towards a major work deadline and it's been pretty exhausting that I haven't really been in the mood to post or do YT vids. My projects tend to have seasonal deadlines so that's why I go missing for 3 months at a time! Maybe I shld set up a twitter account to make it easier to stay in touch..... : D

So I'm posting this with just a few FOTDs I'd done over 3 months ago or so and I can't remember all the products but post the pics anyway (if only toget myself back into blogging) and post the main items I remember I was wearing!

...using Primavista Foundation (from the Asian brand Kanebo) and Bare Escentuals Eclipse liner (a gorgeous gorgeous midnight purple shimmer) on the bottom line

...using NARS Fez eyeshadow

...some random easy smoky brown with black liner....

And a few items I can't put down lately:

Makeup Forever Aqua Smoky Lash WP in Black
Maybelline Full&Soft waterproof mascara
Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes pencil 23L Champagne to use on lower waterline
MAC Happy Together blush
MAC eyeshadows in Sable, Satin Taupe, Patina (in that order!)
GOSH khol eyeliner in Metallic Brass
Clarins Rouge Prodige lipstick in Tendre Rose

I'm gonna try and do a few more posts before I go on a well deserved girlie holiday to San Francisco - some sun, shopping and laughter! Definitely gonna check out the hometurf of Bare Escentuals!

What things are I am lemming?

MAC Soft Brown e/s
Clarins Skinfusion foundation

....only 2!? I have been working too hard....... y'all?!!