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I paid Primark a visit and walked away with a few things. I have been buying a lot of plain coloured things lately, and I decided to pick up items with prints and patterns.

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First is this loose top. This is my 2nd loose top in my wardrobe. I love wearing this style with paper bag shorts. I love the coral-themed floral print.

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I love these two cardigans. Somehow they give me a Japanese-ey feel. The ends of the sleeves are flared. I found that the pattern and thick orange lining of the blue sheer cardigan resembles that of a kimono.

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Remember my post on my Latest Colour Obsession - Tiffany Blue
I picked up a tube dress with that colour theme. Its so pretty - and only for £5! 

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I wore it out and my bf really likes it. :)

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Primark Dress
Primark White Cardigan
Dune Shoes

It was a relatively makeup-free day. On my face, only wearing
Sleek MakeUp Peaches & Cream lipstick
with Revlon Coral Reef lipgloss

I love Primark ! ♥

25/05/2011

Prints and More Prints ♥

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This is the goody bag I was given at the MAC Style Suite Red Carpet Masterclass.

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MAC Golden Bronzer, Prolong lipstick, Cherry lip pencil

All these products together would make a stunning look for the red carpet: 

MAC Strobe Lotion on the skin for a glowy dewy finish
MAC Golden Bronzer for an added tan glow 
MAC Eye Lashes and MAC Haute and Naughty Lash for flirty fluttery eyes
Clean brows with MAC Clear Brow Gel
Bright red lips lined with MAC Cherry lip pencil and filled with MAC Prolong lipstick

Creating a glamorous almost retro pin-up look with a modern sunkissed twist
as rocked by the following ladies ~
 


 





I know several ladies feel intimidated by the bold red lip but
Do you wear red lipstick? ♥

24/05/2011

MAC Must-Haves for the Red Carpet ♥

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Sorry about stray brow hairs! :(

I initially wanted this post to be just a review on BM Beauty foundation, but I decided what better way to show you what it looks like other than to use it in a look. In this look I used mostly BM Beauty products, with the exception of a few that I didn't have BM Beauty alternatives for review.

In this look I used:

FACE
Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Peach (concealer)
BM Beauty Foundation in Naked
BM Beauty Blush in Velvet Dawn
BM Beauty Eyeshadow in Marble Sparkle (highlight)

EYES
No eyeshadow base
BM Beauty Eyeshadows in Marble Sparkle (highlight), Mississippi Mud (crease), Her Majesty (lid)
MAC Greasepaint Stick in Below Ground (upper lash line)
L'oreal Double Extension Mascara with Serum Inside
MAC Lingering brow pencil

LIPS
Revlon Coral Reef lipgloss

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My bf really loved this look. 
What do you think? ♥

Now for the FOUNDATION Review ~

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I wasn't sure of my shade based on online swatches, so I was given 3 colours to try: Fairy Glow, Naked & Stripped, in tester pots. Their foundations are very light-weight and I can hardly feel its there. It offers sheer to medium coverage, which is good enough for me.

Only thing I found difficult was that the tester pots were so small with no sifters, so I didn't really know how to use them without being messy. I hate getting powder everywhere. And dipping the brush alone on the pot picks up too much product, and pots were also too small to tap excess product back in. I found that using the MAC 130 brush to pick up some product and tap the rest off on the inside of cover, holding the brush vertically, was the cleanest way, but if you have any other suggestions on how to use loose powder foundations from small tester pots, please let me know!

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Fairy Glow, Naked, Stripped

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Fairy Glow, Naked, Stripped

Naked seems to be my shade!

What do you think? ♥

You can find out more information and order their products from their site here: BM Beauty
They also offer free delivery on all orders over £25 in the UK! :)

You can also read my review on other BM Beauty Makeup: Eyeshadows and Blush.

23/05/2011

BM Beauty Look & Foundation Review


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BM Beauty is a new makeup line founded by Laura McComiskie and ex Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt. In this post I will be reviewing some of their eyeshadows and a blush. I will be reviewing their powder foundation in a separate post.

BM Beauty boasts good quality products which are...
1. Cruelty-free.  BM Beauty products have the stamp of approval from the BUAV and PETA, which are large campaigns against animal testing.
2. Free from bismuth oxychloride, parabens, nano particles and synthetic dyes and fragrances.
3. Good for your skin! Their mineral foundations contain zinc oxide which is a natural anti-inflammatory which is great for spot prone skin.
4. Lightweight and allow your skin to breathe. You can create a flawless complexion without clogging pores and causing further breakouts. Skin perfection with a 'no make up' feel.

They also have super soft synthetic brushes instead of animal hair brushes.

PRODUCT SIZES

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Eyeshadows are typically available in 2g 9ml sifter jars (such as the one in the middle).
Blushes are available in 4g 20ml sifter jars (right).
Foundations are available in 10g 40ml sifter jars (not pictured), but also in small tester samples (left).


EYESHADOWS

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I tried 5 of their eyeshadows, 4 of which were sample sizes and 1 was in a full size pot. I was pretty impressed with all of the colours, and the textures were good too. Most of them felt pretty smooth, with the exception of Marble Sparkle, the only gritty one. They work fine applied without a base, and they're so lightweight I can barely feel they're there! I'm sure they would adhere better with a base though.

Platinum Tiara is a silver with a slight purple tinge. Its pretty frosty.

Marble Sparkle is a glittery white gold. This one was the only one that felt a bit gritty. Beautiful colour though.

Her Majesty is a gorgeous pink gold duochrome. It is pretty frosty too.

Dusty Road is a tan colour with gold sparkles.

Mississippi Mud is a dark chocolate brown colour, the only matte of the bunch. This feels so soft and creamy, and it is a fantastic colour for the crease.

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Platinum Tiara

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Marble Sparkle

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Her Majesty

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Dusty Road

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Mississippi Mud

Swatches, from L to R:
Platinum Tiara, Marble Sparkle, Her Majesty, Dusty Road, Mississippi Mud

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BLUSH

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Velvet Dawn blush is a super soft warm medium pink colour with a few gold sparkles. It is a lot warmer in colour than Her Majesty eyeshadow as you can see in the swatch below:

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Velvet Dawn blush, Her Majesty eyeshadow

Overall, I love the quality of their eyeshadows (with the exception of Marble Sparkle which is a gritty glittery hot mess) and Velvet Dawn blush. They feel very smooth and light on the skin.
The only problem I have with these products however is that they are loose powders, which makes it a bit more messy to use. Although the covers tightly seal the jars, I am also wary about carrying them in my handbag as I fear they might suddenly open and spill. If they can press these powders without compromising the textures and pigmentation, it would be fantastic!

What do you think? ♥

You can find out more information and order their products from their site here: BM Beauty
They also offer free delivery on all orders over £25 in the UK! :)

22/05/2011

BM Beauty Makeup: Eyeshadows and Blush

MAC Give Me Sun, Benefit Hoola, MAC Golden Bronzer Review
MAC Give Me Sun, Benefit Hoola, MAC Golden Bronzer
I've realised that contouring has now been a part of my full-makeup routine, but its the one which I don't use much variety with products. I have been using Hoola (and Hoola only) for this purpose since I discovered it was the best bronzer and contour powder I have ever tried, and now I'm trying to branch out and use others. Apart from Benefit Hoola, I am currently using MAC Give Me Sun mineralised bronzer and MAC Golden bronzer.

21/05/2011

Bronzers: MAC Give Me Sun, Benefit Hoola, MAC Golden Bronzer

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