100 followers giveaway - CLOSED

Hello gorgeous viewers!

I have had a fab few months blogging, and getting to know lots of, new, lovely peeps!

It was only a few weeks back I held a competition for my first 50 followers, now its time for a 100 follow giveaway!

So one lucky winner will get to choose ANY MAC lipstick of their choice.

To enter all you need to do is:

1) Follow me here via GFC or Twitter
2 ) Comment here - Leaving me the colour you would like to win and why

That is it. I am not going to complicate things!

Please note - please choose a MAC lipstick from their permanent line ( not limited edition ) and not PRO store.

This competition is for UK Citizens only.
Winner will be announced on the 11th of August 2012!
Winner will be chosen via random.org

Having trouble deciding? Check out my MAC lipstick blog here

Good luck lovely viewers!

Can't live without you

I'm hoping to start a trend here.
A very simple one, yet one I think will be popular with beauty bloggers and makeup lovers alike.

I have had some well deserved time off work starting from this weekend. ( I really needed it )
Unable to actually relax for too long, or try to, NOT TRY and do 'something productive', ( I have serious issues, I need to feel like I have achieved something each day ) I find, some what, difficult.

I decided to label/sort/decant my makeup kit.
This is usually a long, drawn out process, but the feeling of satisfaction once completed, is second to none. ( see, I really do have issues! )

As I was looking through, I found a lot of products I actually forgot I had and started to swatch, play and try them all on. ( I'm easily distracted )
The fact that my face now resembled a clown, and my hands were covered in, well, I'm unsure exactly what towards the end did not concern me.
Nor did the sense of achievement I felt looking down at all my labelled drawers/clear bags/palettes.....

The fact that I had found six Collection Cosmetics Clear mascaras did. This is my 'can't live without product', so if I fear I have lost one ( usually I misplace it, or it decides to go make friends with another makeup drawer, usually blushers ) I go out and buy myself a brand new one. This happens a few times a month, so I end up with more than one.
So, why I had six is pretty obvious now.
Three of them were empty, and the other three had half the product still remnant.

So, this particular product is my, 'I need this product, everyday, without fail, product'
I'm sure we all have one. Eyelash curlers, concealer.....

Mine, is this.

This was the first cosmetic product I ever bought. My mom did not let me wear 'makeup' till my late teens, so I figured buying this was crafty, as my mom couldn't say I was wearing anything, 'cus you couldn't see it. Ha!

I loved it because it separated my eyelashes without the colour, but more than anything because I could use it on my, wait for it....
Bushy eyebrows.

I had thick brows when I was younger, I was teased, and people called them caterpillar eyebrows, now I pretty like 'em, because I can shape them better than I could if they were thin.

But I love this particular mascara because it controls the brows hairs and keeps the shape in place.

See, I caught on long before companies were making expensive 'brow gels' ( when let's just be honest, they are just clear mascaras )

Thank you Collection Cosmetics, please, please do not ever discontinue this product, because quite frankly, I have become so attached to it I wouldn't quite know what to do if you ever did.

So what was your first makeup purchase, ever? Do you still use it to this day? What product can you, really, not live without?


Saw you blushing

I remember the first time I ever used a blusher. I fell in love. I bought it with my first ever pay packet, from my first ever job. I remember feeling ever so grown up as I handed the cashier my own money to purchase my own blusher.

It was from Maybelline. They don't even make this particular colour anymore ( I was 18 at the time ) It was cased in a slimline plastic, rectangular case, and was the softest, candy coloured pink. I loved it.

It's pretty evident that my love for blusher may have spiraled, a little out of control.
Yes, I work as a makeup artist, but sometimes I seriously judge the motives behind my makeup buying.

You know the good angel and bad angel you sometimes see on peoples shoulders in particular films? When the character is considering whether or not they should be doing something? When the little angels balancing on the shoulders whisper little words, to validate ( or not as the case maybe ) the characters actions.
I get that. When buying makeup.

Do I really need ANOTHER blusher?
Yes Ruth, it's for your kit. You need it.
But I already own, so many, and I'm sure I have one similar to this.
No, you don't. You have one that has less glitter. You need the glitter.
But I could just build the other one up, or add more glitter to it.
No, just buy it.

Okay, justified.
As you can see, I don't need much persuasion.

So, here I have tried, ever so hard I might add, to narrow down my collection, to my absolute favourites.
Please don't ask if I had to choose one, which would it be, because quite frankly, I can't.

First off. My favourite for blushers, without question is Nars.
I Love Nars. The pigments are so strong, and the colour's you see, are what you get.
I am on a mission to own all their blushers, but my budget does not allow. Yet.

So, my favourites.

Angelika - NARS This is one of my long time loves. Its a soft, baby pink, with a 'soft diamond sparkle' running through it. Looks amazing on very fair skins.

Crazed - NARS This is one of the most pigmented blushers I have ever used. Unfortunately, I think it was a limited edition, as it is no longer on their website. Gorgeous. Amazing colour on a dark / deep toned skin. Stunning. Can be used on fairer, just use sparingly. Deep/claret colour, again, with a subtle shimmer.

I think we've all heard of this one. Orgasm - NARS. 'Nuff said.

Taj Mahal - NARS Burnt orange/copper. Looks amazing on Asian skin tone / Olive skin tones. Lush

MAC - I have lots of MAC blushers, but I have chosen the ones that are in their permanent line. From left to right. Dollymix  - Deep red/pink. Strong colour, slightly frosted.
Dainty - soft pink, frosted. ( mineralise ) 
 Pinch 'o' peach - Matte, peach/pink tone. Lovely on all skin tones. This colour even suits the darker of skin tones. Blushbaby - A Matte, pink/nude. A great colour to contour on a lighter skin.
Tenderling - This is another 'dont judge by appearance' blush. Looks very plain and ordinary sitting on the tester stand. When you apply it, it is the loveliest, softest pink nude tone. Great for minimal blush, and for bridal makeup.
Harmony - A little darker for a nude, looks great teamed up with a nude lip and smoky eyes.

Stargazer. I bough these when I was studying. I got them from New Look. They also sell them at Charles Fox in London. I would seriously recommend these. They were only £3 each, and they are fantastically pigmented. This picture does not do the colours justice. They are NEON colours. They come out stronger the more you apply. Love these.

What are your favourite blusher's? What's the next blusher on your list to buy?

Stay tuned for my final Bridal Makeup installment coming soon. Lips and cheeks.

Till then my lovelies.


Chocolate Heaven

I know I am a Makeup Artist, I also know I have a beauty blog. But as anyone who knows me well enough knows, I also have a little obsession with all things Chocolate.

I have always loved chocolate. For all problems and situations, Chocolate is at hand.
Bad day at work = Chocolate
Lady pains = Chocolate
Snuggled up with my duvet and film = Chocolate
Cup of tea = Chocolate

Yes, I love Chocolate.

All followers on twitter will see I make a joke of commenting I will write reviews for any Chocolate company, if they send me plenty of chocolate, no, really, I will......

Well, funnily enough some companies are getting in touch asking me to do exactly that. Who am I to refuse?

So, I have decided to allocate a special place for all things Chocolate on my beauty blog.

Chocolate and makeup. My two favourite things.....

Royston Broadley

Now, it was very hard to not eat these BEFORE taking the pictures.....

Top right hand ( on saucer ) White Raspberry. Gluten free.
The heavenly Coffee truffle. Delicious.

Amaretto milk chocolate. Gluten free.
Comes in a lovely gold box, with your choice of message on front. I had four chocolates in each of my boxes.


This lovely little company makes personalised Chocolates, just for you.
Perfect if you want to proclaim your love, maybe you are unsure just how to propose? ( just a thought.... )
Birthday? Leaving pressie?

I was sent two, lovely dainty boxes, with some delicious chocolates in.

The heart truffles, alongside the white hexagon shaped truffles are gluten free.

These Chocolates are, are top quality. I kid you not.
The white truffle was heaven. Crispy outer shell, that cracks to reveal a soft, silky, buttery centre.
Now, I am not a keen fan of coffee Chocolate, but I would eat these coffee truffles over and over again. Not over powering, but subtle coffee undertones.

I would highly recommend this lovely little company for wedding favours
The company director, Royston, is friendly and seems happy to accomodate.

If someone bought me these as a gift I would be a very, very happy lady.

Order here:

Here's to Chocolate tasting heaven.