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Mini reviews of some beauty stuff I accumulated recently.

PRODUCTS MENTIONED:
Nip + Fab Dragons Blood Fix Hyaluronic Shot
Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base
Queen Of Oil Argon Oil- **USE CODE QUEENY FOR 20% OFF!**
No.7 Beautifully Matte Foundation in Honey
NYX Doll Eyes Mascara
Colour Pop Eyeshadows in Nillionare & So Quiche, Matte X Lippie Stick in Topless, Gel Liner in Swerve
Too Faced Melted Matte Liquid Lipsticks in Evil Twin & Mrs. Roper

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Kiko Milano Have Done It Again

Well well well, someone’s been a little video heavy lately haven’t they? Today I thought I’d go back to my roots and do a good ol’ fashioned written post.

If you know me you’ll know my go to face doesn’t normally involve eyeshadow. I usually reserve it for bigger events like weddings etc. mainly because I’m not as skilled in that department and I find it more of a faff. However since acquiring both the Lorac Pro Pallet and Pro Pallet 2 and constantly drooling over various smokey eyes on YouTube, I have been dabbling a bit more.

The recent abundance of eyeshadow sticks being released from both high end and high street brands alike has made my foray even easier. The first that came to my attention were the By Terry Ombre Blackstar offering. I mean I have no idea what that name has got to do with anything but I guess it stands out… Though I’ve not tried them myself (£29 a pop?! Give over) every Bblogger under the sun has been gushing over them, particularly the shade Misty Rock, which does look gorgeous. Factor in the offerings from Bobbi Brown, No. 7, Laura Mercier, Bourjois and more and you’re bound to find some within your budget.

I however headed straight to the glorious Kiko Milano to try out their version and let me tell you, I was not disappointed. I can’t remember why I chose to go straight to Kiko, probably because I knew they’d be affordable but still excellent quality. I bought them online where you have to spend a minimum of £25 for some reason so I *had* to buy 5 (#SorryNotSorry) Or at least I could’ve sworn I bought 5 but I can’t find the 5th one and have no recollection of what colour it might have been so maybe I did just get 4 and I’ve gone crazy…
Anyway, they really are very good. First of all, extremely easy to use. You just draw the colour directly onto you lid and blend out with your finger or a brush, it takes mere minutes. They are really creamy and easy to blend but eventually set really well and do not budge AND they’re cheaper than the No.7 ones (wuutt!) with a wider range of shades (although Boots.com seem to be doing a 3 for 2 on selected No.7 products at the mo.)

I’ve swatched all the shades I currently own but just being on the site to link it for you has prompted me to add another 4 to my shopping cart. Oops.

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The shades I have are: 37- Burgundy, 15- Lilac, 21- Passion Fruit and 06 – Golden Brown. I really recommend them and they ‘ain’t lying when they say long lasting! You’ll need more than just a makeup wipe to get them off or you’ll be scrubbing for a while. As with any eyeshadow look I always use an eye primer first. I’m wearing the shade Lilac in my last video and Burgundy in a vid I have coming up so check them out.

Bad Me!

OH LOR’!!!!

Yeah, so I’m fully aware that I haven’t blogged in ages and I am very sad about this. With my new job I have SO much less time and by the time I get home in the evening I just want to turn my brain off and do as little as poss (Yes, I’m lazy. Newsflash.) I actually have filmed a vlog on my NEW CAMERA but I haven’t had the time to edit it and put it up- the weekends go by too quickly! But I am realllllyyyyyyyy hoping to get it up this week and hopefully film another one to be uploaded later on because there is so much I wanna talk about! Anyway I hope you haven’t gotten bored due to my extended absence and I will hopefully have some new stuff up soon!

x x

Company Beauty Forum

Hi hi hi,
Ok, so look. I was totally gonna up load a new video today HOWEVER my internet died yesterday and is still dead and might not live again for at least the next 72 hours, maybe more. Thanks for nothing Tesco Broadband! So I came to a café (where I used to work) to use their wifi but of course I left my damn headphones at home so can’t really edit the vid. And no, I can’t  just do it with the volume down really low because my laptop speakers don’t work DO THEY?! So basically yeah, I’m an idiot. Slow clap for me…

Anyhoo as luck would have it I attended the Company Magazine Beauty Forum last night so I’ve still got loads to blab on about.

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My Forum buddy, Tessa aka Sow Dogg (I cannot confirm at this time if it should be spelt with one ‘g’ or two…)

Company Magazine is basically awesome. They’re always putting on really good events for their readers, they love promoting bloggers, they’re all over interacting with readers over Twitter etc. and they really make you feel like part of their community. I’d already been to their Blogging Forum which was so good (you can read about it here) so I knew I had to get my ass to this one too.
It was £25 again, which included a free goody bag and glass of bubbly on arrival but this time they also had loads of free beauty-y things to do before the talk began. There was an HD Brows brow threading station, a Lee Stafford Blow Dry Bar, a Bourjois nail bar and a false eyelash bar.

The speakers were:

  • Hairdresser Lee Stafford
  • Bloggers Lily Pebbles and Fleur de Force
  • Lisa Potter Dixon- Head make up artist at Benefit
  • Beauty Therapist and Makeup Artist Nathalie Eleni
  • Rachael Houghton- PR Executive for Bourjois
  • Sophie Qureshi- Company Beauty Director
  • Victoria White- Editor of Company

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Lily Pebbles and Fleur de Force

All the speakers were pretty damn inspiring actually and gave really good advice, as per. It was useful for me as I’m seriously thinking about a career in beauty now that I’ve QUIT ACTING! Yes, it’s true, dry your tears. I asked the panel a question again (you know how I roll) about age being a factor when applying for internships and work experience. It was encouraging for an old bat like me to hear from both Rachael and Sophie that age doesn’t matter, they’re not only looking for fresh faced graduates and their current intern is the same age as me *cough28cough*.
Everyone also made a big point about believing in your abilities and not letting lack of experience put you off {points finger at self} because everyone is always learning, no matter how high up they are.
It was just bloody good all round really and it sounds lame but everyone was just so nice! I got to chat to Sophie Qureshi briefly afterwards which was ace and got a few extra tips about applications and shizz from her and Victoria White was just generally fab as always.

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Lee Stafford and Sophie Qureshi

So yeah, gold star for you, Company! Sorry if I’ve gushed a bit but I was genuinely impressed so whatever Trevor.

Just for lolz here is a pic of me in the cafe, looking uber cool… Photo on 2013-10-23 at 15.29

Smell ya’ later.
: )

In Good Company

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So a while back I was scrolling through Twitter, trying to kill time at work when I saw a tweet from Company magazine advertising their blogging forum. It was £25 for a ticket (which included an amaze goody bag) and featured speakers such as Susie Bubble of Style Bubble fame. Anyway seeing as I’m new to the “Bloggersphere” (I kind of hate using that word, sounds so pretentious) I thought I’d better bag myself a ticket and get some tips from the pros.

I went along with my pal Tessa, who’s musings can be found at Sow-blog (her last name’s Sowry, people call her Sow Dogg, it’s a thing ok?!)

Upon arrival it was clear that most people in attendance were style bloggers, aka super trendy and had made LOADS of effort to sit in a lecture theatre for a couple of hours but I guess if style is your “thing” you’ve got to look super stylish at all times. Needless to say, Tessa and I felt slightly under dressed. Even more so when we were approached by a couple of Candy Kittens in black Lycra and platform heels… but they gave us free lollipops so thumbs up! Ooh, we also got a free glass of pink bubbly on arrival which always goes down a treat.

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After a bit of milling around, judging each other, we were let into the lecture hall where everyone promptly tore into their goody bags. There was loads of good stuff in them, namely; Batiste Dry Shampoo which, personally I can never have enough of. A bottle of leave in conditioner from somewhere or other (yet to be used), a copy of Company (natch), a bottle of ginger beer, some other stuff that I can’t remember and A TEMPERLY FILOFAX! It’s really pretty, it looks more like a clutch and even has a built in purse! The design is kind of like a yellow and black tribal print but it’s hard to explain so I’ll put a photo up when I get home from work (yes, I am blogging at work. Ever the professional…) Anyway I feel well profesh with my new Temperly Filofax so whatever.

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All the speakers were great, got a lot of good advice on how to make your blog unique and the importance of interacting with other bloggers in the community etc. I even asked a question about swearing on blogs and got told it was a good one by Victoria White, the editor of Company! (@Companyedvic) I later tweeted this fact and SHE STARTED FOLLOWING ME! Such a social media pro… ahem. Also glimpsed Charlene of struttlamode.blogspot.co.uk who’s style blog I love because she always looks AMAZING and I want all her clothes!

The other speakers were; Rhiannon Ashlee of Fashion Rocks My Socks, Roxanne Nejad from boohoo, Sally Burlison – PR and Social Media Manager for OhMyLove and Krista Madden – Managing Director at Handpicked Media.

So all in all I’d say it was £25 bloody well spent. Let’s see if my blogging technique improves. Back to “work”…