Calendar October 24, 2010 10:31

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Philip Kingsley Moisture Extreme Range for Ethnic Hair

Last month I had the opportunity to review the new Philip Kingsley Moisture Extreme Range for the British Beauty Blogger and here is my review:


The Philip Kingsley Moisture Extreme shampoo and conditioner duo was made specifically for all types of ethnic and very coarse hair such as afro hair which needs a lot more moisture than usual due to the texture of the hair. Philip Kingsley is a Trichological expert with 55 years experience and have now developed the Moisture Extreme duo based on this expertise. “Ethnic hair types in particular often lack stretchability due to the low moisture content, which to a great extent controls elasticity (dried out hair for example will break more easily). Moisture Extreme was developed to force moisture into the hair shaft to reduce breakage and protect against friction.”

Moisture Extreme Shampoo, £14 - The formula is contains a gentle detergent derived from cocoa butter.

Moisture Extreme Conditioner, £17 - Contains a blend of moisturising ingredients consisting of 4 natural oils Almond, Wheatgerm, Avocado and Babassu which work together to condition the hair from the cortex to the outer layer.

My first thoughts before using the shampoo and conditioner was that there was a lot less product than I am used to for afro hair products however, I did find that once I applied the shampoo to my hair I didn’t need as much. It took me three washes to completely get my hair squeaky clean and I only used small amounts of the shampoo for each wash. I found that my hair felt instantly soft whilst washing and the shampoo had a good lather to it making it easier to wash. After washing I then applied the conditioner quite liberally to my hair making sure every strand got covered and kept it on for approximately 20 minutes for a deep condition. As soon as I rinsed off the conditioner I could immediately feel the difference in my hair, it was a lot softer than it has ever been since I’ve had my hair in its natural state in over a year. I found the blow drying process also a lot easier than normal due to my hair being very soft. I was even told by both my mother and sister that my hair looked and felt very soft.

I can definitely say that since I have stopped processing my hair and now have it in its natural afro state my hair has become a lot drier and I am finding it very difficult to wash and dry. However, with the Moisture Extreme duo I feel that I have found appropriate products to help make my hair more nourished, softer and less dry. I will definitely be using this duo from now on as part of my washing regime and I would also like to try the highly famed Elasticizer Extreme which is a pre-shampoo treatment for ethnic hair.

My only negative about the range is that I would have liked to have had a little more product considering the price.

The range can be purchased from the Philip Kingsley website

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Calendar October 20, 2010 13:30

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Magazine Freebies

Just a quick post to let you know about two magazines I picked up this week that are giving away goodies. These are two magazine that I would not usually pick up when buying magazine but after reading them I do quite like them now.


InStyle Magazine are giving away 3 different types of L'Occitane Hand Creams worth £7 each. The one I picked up had the Fleur Cherie which smells nice so I might pick up another one to try out. I having been meaning to buy this hand cream for a very long time as I have always heard good things about it so its a great bagain to get it free with the magazine.

Marie Claire Magazine are giving away 2 different colours of Ciate polishes worth £9 each. I picked up the one with deeper red colour which I am happy with as I have been meaning to try this brand of polish.

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Calendar October 18, 2010 12:00

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Nail Colour of the Week

My latest nail haul order arrived last week and before I could take pics of the haul I had already used one of the polishes on Saturday. The polish is from Essie's Summer 2010 collection and it is a coral shade called Haute As Hello.



I used two coats for this application but I did find it dried into a weird looking matte finish so a topcoat is definitely needed to revive it. I used Nail Tek Quicken for my topcoat which I also bought in my nail haul and it has already started to peel off really badly at the tips and it is only Sunday (yes this is a scheduled post lol). I am not happy with this topcoat at all but I will give it another chance before I write it off!

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Calendar October 17, 2010 11:51

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Review: Lucas Papaw Ointment


Lucas Papaw Ointment is a natural remedy from Australia and I was first introduced to this product a few years back by someone from Australia but I didn't pay attention to the product until I finally got to use it back in February when I was doing my make up course. Lucas Papaw was a staple product on the course and we all loved using it especially on ourselves. Its such a great soothing balm for the lips and really nourishes and moisturises it.

The Lucas Papaw Ointment is made from the papaw tree and has antibacterial properties and may be used as a local topical application for burns, boils, chaffing, cuts, cracked skin, rash, splinters, open wounds, insect bites, nappy rash and eczema.

It is also great when used on the lips as I learnt from my make up course. If you have dry lips like I do Lucas Papaw works wonders on them especially as a moisturiser for dry lips before applying lipstick. Simply put a generous amount of it on your lips before you apply your make up and let it sink in for a while and when you are ready to apply your lipstick rub it off and put on your desired lipstick. I have also been using it as a balm as my lips tend to get quite dry in the autumn/winter months and I really cannot fail this product at all.

Lucas Papaw Ointment comes in three sizes 25g, 75g and 200g. I have the 25g as it is a handbag friendly size in comparison to the other sizes available. Active Ingredients: 39mg/gm of fresh fermented paw paw, unguent Carica Papaya L, and 0.1mg/g of Potassium Sorbate as a preservative.

Lucas Papaw Ointment is an Australian brand that is not readily available in the UK but can be bought online from the following:

* The Pawpaw Shop London which have an online store and also an Ebay store. I bought mine from their ebay store for £3.99 (Pawpaw Ebay)

* Cult Beauty

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Calendar October 11, 2010 12:18

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Nail Colour of the Week: Barry M Instant Nail Effects

After seeing the new Barry M Instant Nail Effects on various blogs last week I decided to try it for myself and I picked up a bottle from Superdrug over the weekend. I trialled it over my previous nail colour in the shop which was a dark pink colour but wanted to try it with something that standed out a little bit more so I decided to try it with my Models Own 25 Carat Gold polish. I actually bought this Models Own colour in January but this was my first time using it.

Models Own - 25 Carat Gold
Barry M Instant Nail Effects



I applied two coats of my gold base colour and let it dry and then I applied a layer of the Instant Nail Effects over it and within seconds it started to peel into this effect and I then topped it with a layer of Seche Vite. The Barry M Instant Nail Effect is very easy to use and dries within seconds of applying it. I cant wait to try it out with other colours and hope that Barry M bring it out in another colour possibly gold.

I had spotted a similar version to this Instant Nail Effects a few months back on Amanda's blog and I really wanted to try it out but the brand wasn't in the UK so I am very happy that Barry M came out with a version of it.

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Calendar October 10, 2010 14:46

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Nail Haul

Recently I have been making quite a lot of nail polish purchases and I think I am getting slightly addicted to it. I am waiting on a delivery for another order I placed and I will post pics as soon as it arrives.


Seche Restore - Used to thin Seche Vite
Essie Fill The Gap - Base Coat
Seche Vite - Quick Drying Top Coat
Rimmel Matte Finish - Mattifying Top Coat


Color Club - Wild Child
China Glaze - Shocking Pink (Neon)
China Glaze - Bermuda Breakaway

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Calendar October 3, 2010 10:25

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My Birthday Wishlist

My 25th birthday is coming up in just over 2 weeks and I thought I would share with you guys a few things on my wishlist. I am more excited about making the wishlist than actually thinking of anything to do to celebrate my birthday mainly because I feel like I am getting old. *sad face*

Gold Watch - Ive been trawling the internet for a few months now for the perfect boyfriend style gold watch and I have narrowed it down to one from either Marc by Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors or Guess Collection. My only problem is that I have extra skinny arms & wrists so I now have to try them on in actual stores as it could end up looking terrible on my skinny wrists.

(not the actual watch I want)

Mac Pro Laptop - My laptop at the moment is not working properly as it was infested by viruses and trojans recently so I think it is a great excuse to get a new laptop. Hopefully my mum will get this for me as she promised....(However I am not counting on it! Knowing her she will have forgotten she even agreed)


And.....Birthday cake, I could live on vanilla sponge birthday cake all year round and I sometimes have the urge to buy one randomly and eat it all to myself (I know this is a bad craving I have).


On another note its also my sister's 18th birthday this month too and I really do not know what to get her especially seeing as every response I get from her is "I dont know" when I ask what she wants....

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Calendar September 25, 2010 12:57

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E.L.F Brush Review

Since making my first Elf purchase in January I have always wanted to try the brushes from their studio line and I finally took the plunge and ordered 3 brushes a couple weeks ago. Once again I must comment on the fast delivery from Elf as I recieved it within days of placing my order which was great as I hate waiting for my orders to come. I choose the complexion brush as I really needed a new face brush to apply my powder and then just randomly choose the blush and precision brush and I have now been using the brushes for 2 weeks.


l-r: Small Preciscion Brush, Complexion Brush, Blush Brush


The studio line brushes from elf are synthetic and made from Taklon hair and threy are anti bacterial. Products within the studio line are priced at £3.50 iwhich is still a bargain instead of £1.50 on the normal line. My first observation before using the brushes were that they were very soft to the touch which is a pro for me as I do find some synthetic haired brushed to be quite hard or rough on the skin. Elf also state that the brushes can be used with wet or dry products.

Small Precision - £3.50
Elf says: Use to apply concealer, smooth on lip colour, or line eyes.
So far I have used this brush to line my lower lashes and find that it works well and it doesnt irritate my eyes when using it. I haven't used it to apply lipstick as elf claims it can be used for but I will try it out soon however, I dont think I will be using it to apply concealer as it is a bit smaller than what I am used to for my concealer application.

Complexion Brush - £3.50
Elf says: Use with pressed, loose or translucent powders, blush or bronzer.
This has got to be my favourite brush from my order. I love the fact that it is dense enough to be used easily as a powder brush and the main pro is that it is so soft on my face. My previous powder brush was a cheap synthetic one too which actually cost more and was so hard on my face so I am happy that this brush was not like that.

Blush Brush - £3.50
Elf says: Use to apply blush or bronzer
I havent't really got on well with this brush mainly because I find that when I am applying my blush it doesn't go on easily when directly pointing it to my face. This is because of the shape the hairs form at the top of the brush. However, the brush works better when I use the brush on its side to apply my blusher. I do like the size of the brush but find the hairs could have been slightly more fuller and not so pointed at the top.


My overall opinion for the brushes is that they are great value for money and the quality is much greater than I would expect for the price. I will definitely be purchasing more products from this line and more brushes too which is great as I love my MAC brushes but they are expensive so I now have a cheaper option at  a good quality.

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Calendar September 11, 2010 17:59

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Shopping Diaries

I've been shopping like mad over the last few weeks whether its clothes, make up, jewellery and my new obsession for nail polishes. I really need to calm it down as I already know I have a bad shopping addiction and I always seem to find myself in Central London shopping at least once a week. Here are some of the thing's i've picked up recently.

Jewellery Haul 


Vintage Casio Gold Watch - Brick Lane £10
Head Band - Primark £2
Set of 3 Bangles - H&M
Chain - H&M
Rings - H&M


                      (A closer look at the rings)                                      Necklace - Primark £2.50                 

         Clothing Haul


l-r:
Striped Dress - Primark £5 (sale)
Pink Dress - Primark £5 (sale)
Skinnies - H&M £9.99
Oversized Top - H&M £14.99


Faux Leather Dufflle Bag - River Island £34.99
(I l♥ve this bag & i've been wearing it since I got it last week)

Metallic Hot Pink (for my sister)                                   Black Patent with Tartan (for me)

I mentioned previously about the Dr Martens sale that was happening over the bank holiday weekend,  here's what I got (Sorry the colour didn't show up properly in this pic but the pink one is really bright).

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Calendar September 8, 2010 15:50

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Snippet of My Bank Holiday Weekend

This is over a week overdue but the bank holiday weekend was quite a busy one for me and I had so much fun going out with friends & partying, going to carnival and shopping. Here is a snippet of one of my night's out with the girls, we had so much fun that night and there was non stop dancing too.

 

I would list the products used but I really cant remember what make up products I used that night as I was in a rush...sorry guys (well apart from my dodgy MAC eyelashes that I need to throw away now)

 My outfit:
Playsuit - H&M
Denim Waistcoat - Primark
Belt - Primark

The lovely ladies Andree, Shade & my cousin Ivie

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Calendar September 5, 2010 14:32

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Models Own 50% Off Nail Haul

I am sure all of you were aware of the Models Own promotion on facebool where once they receieved 10,000 likes on facebook they gave a 50% off code to use on their website for the bank holiday weekend. Despite buying a few polishes from them a few weeks back I decided to take advantage of the promotion and picked up four more polishes and a 6 way nail buffer (which im loving!!!).


l-r: Evergreen, Purple Grey, Nude Beige, Sterling Silver

I had no idea of what colours I wanted when I was ordering apart from the Purple Grey which is rumoured to be the closet match to the new Chanel Paradoxal polish. The other colours I chose were very random but I am happy with my purchase and the Evergreen and Sterling Silver are looking like they could be faves of mine.


Evergreen is an emerald green colour with a pearly/glittery finish to it which is very similaar to my O.P.I Sea? I Told You but in a green colour. When applying the Evergreen colour it comes on a bit sheer but I only needed two coats to get this finish.

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Calendar September 2, 2010 14:13

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Flower Bomb!!! New Frangrance

I picked up Flower Bomb by Victor & Rolf at duty free in July, I had no idea what I wanted but I knew I needed something new to add to my collection so after sampling so many fragrances and getting a headache from it I decided on Flower Bomb. I have only now just gotten round to wearing it and I LOVE it!! The scent is so gorgeous and I keep sniffing myself every minute when I have it on which I probably shouldn't do in public often.

Eau De Toilette £38.95 for 50ml (Duty Free Price)

Description of Flower Bomb:
 'A millefeuille flowers around the freesia, rose centifolia, osmanthus and jasmine sambac, supported by a background of patchouli.'

The Flower Bomb scent is described as a floral explosion as it compromises of many floral ingredients which helps to make it a great fragrance without it being too over powering. It has a slight sweet smell to its but not sickly at all instead its very addictive. The Flower Bomb bottle shape is very simple but chic and it slightly reminds me of my Diamonds perfume by Armani. If you haven't got this fragrance yet I suggest you go out and sample it as this has just become a favourite of mine now.

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Calendar August 28, 2010 09:45

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Dr Martens Sale

Hey guys! just a quick post for those that are interested in Dr Martens, the shop in Spitalfields Market is having a sale on boots for £39 which is a bargain!! I went yesterday and managed to pick up some boots for myself, my sister and cousin ☺. The sale is running till monday after which they will be bringing in their new Autumn/Winter stock but I would advise to go before then if you really want a pair. Please be advised that there are only a selected colours and designs on sale.

(poster taken from Wonderland Magazine)

I will put up pics of my purchases soon.

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Calendar August 21, 2010 11:41

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My Holiday to Nigeria

As some of you may be aware I went on holiday last month for 3 weeks to Abuja in Nigeria with my mum, sister and close friend Andree. This holiday was well and truly needed by the whole family and we had a great time and I can't wait to go back very soon (even my sister loved it and she was hesitant about going away for so long). Despite being a Nigerian this was my second time going to Nigeria and I was excited about going to Abuja as it would be my first time there. Abuja is way more developed than some of the other parts of Nigeria which was nice as we went to the cinema & clubbing like we would do in any other country.

My sis & I wearing our customised Ankara dresses for a wedding. We went to the market to a lady who made our dresses for us in a day (I love how fast they are out there).

I could live on this forever: Fried rice & Jumbo Grilled Prawns with Pepper Mmmm

Andree & Lil Sis

Abuja from the sky, off to another city

Whilst in Abuja I did nothing but eat suya (bbq seasoning with pepper & other spices for meat/chicken), jollof rice & fried rice out there and drank their fanta like it was water. The only problem is that the fanta in Nigeria is so much sweeter than the UK it should be banned but I LOVE it!! We also met some great people out there who took us out and showed us a good time, so thank you for that guys.

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Calendar August 17, 2010 16:36

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Red Lips: MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick

Whilst I was bored I decided to the try the MAC Ruby Woo lipstick I have in my make up kit. I have never used this colour on myself before but it is a staple red lipstick in my kit as it gives the classic matte red look and it looks even better on fair to medium skin tones. Whenever I use Ruby Woo I always team it with MACs Cherry lip liner as they work very well together.

Anyway here is my first attempt at wearing the Ruby Woo lipstick on myself, what do you guys think? I like the colour but I do feel it comes off a little brighter on me than on others which is probably due to the fact my lips are massive which draws attention to them.


What I used:
Face
MAC Select Cobver-Up Concealer - NC 50 (to shape eyebrows) & NC 45 (under eyes)
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural - Dark
MAC Blush - Loverush (very little dab on cheeks)
MAC Shaping Powder - Accentaute (to highlight cheeks)

Eyes
Benefit Brow Zings Shaping Powder - Dark
MAC Paint Pot - Groundwork (base)
MAC e/s: Cork (lids), Concrete (outter corner & crease), Era (inner corner), Shroom (brow bone)
MAC Fluidline - Blacktrack
L'Oreal Million Lashes Mascara
Salonsystem Naturalash Falsies - Medium
Benefit Bad Gal

Lips
MAC Lip Liner - Cherry (outline & filled in lips)
MAC Lipstick - Ruby Woo

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Calendar August 14, 2010 08:27

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Victoria's Secret.....Secret Garden Collection

My aunt from California introduced me to the Secret Garden Collection by Victoria's Secret about five years ago when she gave me a body mist and hand lotion as a gift and I have been addicted to the collection ever since. Every time I go to America I make sure I stock up on a vast range of products from the collection to last me until my next visit however, he last time I went to America was in November so considering the fact that I use these body mists everyday I ended up running out. Luckily a friend went to Miami in May and picked me up two bottles of the body mists which will probably run out very soon too.

My faves are the body mists, eau de toilette and the hand & body creams and the highest price you will pay for a product in the collection is $10 but there is always an offer going on where you can mix & match any 3 for $24 or 5 for $30. Sometimes they even have a promotion where you can get any 7 products for $35 (if I remember correctly).

Body Mists (l-r): Berry Kiss, Pure Seduction, Sweet Surrender


The Secret Garden Collection compromises of the following:

Refreshing Body Mists $9
Eau de Toilette $9.50
Ultra-softening Body Butter $10
Ultra-moisturizing Hand & Body Cream $9.50
Hydrating Body Lotion $9
Exhilarating Body Wash $8.50
Nourishing Bath & Shower Cream $9

The above products come in a variety of scents to choose from with the addition of limited edition scents:

Love Spell
Pure Seduction
Amber Romance
Secret Charm
Lost in Fantasy
Luscious Kisses
Coconut Passion
Berry Kiss
Vanilla Lace
Endless Love
Pear Glacé
Strawberries &Champagne

I havent tried the whole collection yet but I always buy Berry Kiss, Pure Seduction, Vanilla Lace and recently I got Sweet Surrender from the limited edition collection which I love as it smells like cocoa butter to me despite it saying Jojoba butter on the bottle.

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Calendar August 12, 2010 16:09

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Models Own Nail Polish

Over the weekend I purchased 3 nail polishes from the Models Own website after seeing a colour I had to have on my sister's friend earlier in the week. The colour's I purchased were Top Torquoise, Pink Blush and Peach Sherbert which was the colour I really wanted. The nail polishes are £5 each but £12 for three which is why I ended up getting three instead of one.

After placing my order I quickly realised that I had chosen the wrong colour for the nail colour I really wanted and went into a state of panic. I sent an email to every email address I could find but as it was the weekend I got no reply but as soon as I tweeted Models Own on Monday I got a reply straight away. They sorted out my mistake in colour choice and were very friendly too, I definately have to say thanks for that as the service was very prompt and I even got my goodies the next day which I did not expect.

(l-r) Peach Sherbert, Pink Blush, Top Torquoise

With Flash

Without Flash

Im currently wearing the Peach Sherbert colour but I got it done at the nail salon and i'm not happy with the way they did it so I will post a pic of me wearing the polishes later when I re-do them myself.

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Calendar August 7, 2010 10:37

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Jewellery Haul: My Finger Armour & Rings

This post is actually very long overdue as I got this ring from Topshop back in May. I saw it on someone and knew instantly that I had to have that piece of armour on my finger. I am not even a big fan of silver jewellery but I had to have it and because it also reminded me of a cheap dupe of the Vivienne Westwood armour rings but at a fraction of the price. The only problem with this ring is that it is obviously not sterling silver and will change colour over time unlike the Vivienne Westwood version.


Topshop £14

Here is the ring from Vivienne Westwood which is called 'Armour Ring'
£170 each (picture taken from http://www.viviennewestwoodonline.co.uk/)

In addition here are two other rings I picked up yesterday from H&M which I cant wait to wear as I love rings especially big & chunky ones. I cant leave the house without having a ring(s) on my finger.


This one comes in a set of 3 for £3.99


I really like this one & it comes in silver too £3.99

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Calendar June 6, 2010 08:00

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L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes Review

When I finally used the last leg of my mascara last week I decided to try the new L'Oreal Volume Millions Lashes mascara, I was especially tempeted by the advertisement on tv for it. This was a big thing for me because once I find a mascara I like and works well for me I usually get comfortable and stick with it unitl its discontinued lol.


This is what L'Oreal Claims the volumising mascara/brush does:

The Millionizer brush has a multitude of bristles to separate lashes for a fanned-out lash effect. The elastomer applicator is ultra flexible with both long and short bristles to coat each lash evenly from root to tip.

The excess wiper removes excess mascara. It leaves the brush coated with just the right amount of formula to achieve maxed up volume with no overload and no clumps.
(taken from the L'Oreal website)

Before I applied the mascara


After I applied the mascara


L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes mascara definitely does what it says because after I applied it to my lashes I had instant volume even after one coat. When using the brush the mascara glides on smoothly making it very easy to use and doesnt clump either which makes this mascara a must have in every female's cosmetic bag. However, I do find that despite L'Oreal claiming the brush removes excess mascara I do find that more than enough of the mascara still makes it onto the brush therefore, caution is needed when applying the mascara especially to the lower lashes.

My final verdict: After only using it for a week I can say that I absolutely love this mascara and has it is a good contender to my Max Factor Masterpiece Max mascara that I also love. I have already recommended it to my friends and family and I will definitely be repurchasing this mascara when it runs out.

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Calendar June 3, 2010 15:56

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Alicia Keys + FOTD

Last weekend I went up to Manchester for the first time with a very close friend as a birthday present to her to see Alicia Keys. I LOVE Alicia Keys so much and was so happy when I managed to get tickets to her show at the M.E.N even though they weren't the greatest seats all I needed was to hear her voice lol. I can officially say that Alicia Keys sounds even better live than she does on her cd's she has a great voice and I can't wait to see her again.

Here are some pics of the night, the make up and the outfit choice. I also used this as an opportunity to wear my new heels I got from Primark the week before and the dress again but with a blazer & leggings. As you can see I kept my make up very neutral as I usually do.


Face 
MAC Mineralize Satinfinish SPF15 Foundation - NC50
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Powder - Dark
MAC Select Cover-Up Concealer - NC45
MAC Blush - Raizin

Eyes
MAC e/s - Cork (base), Amber Lights (lids), Romp (lids), Era (brow bone), Carbon (outer corner)
MAC Fluidline Liner - Blacktrack
L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes Mascara

Lips
MAC Lipstick - Half n Half
MAC Lipgelee -




...and finally a pic of Alicia Keys even though you can barely see her

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