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Lipstick Favourites, Week 3: MUA 01

Being the single, independent lady that I am, this means that everything I own I bought myself. I’m quite proud of this, but I’m also very expensive. When I came across MUA I was rather dubious- a lipstick, for £1? What’s wrong with it?

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After reading other reviews about how good it was I thought I’d give it a go, besides if it is a bit rubbish, it wouldn’t have exactly left me bankrupt.

MUA (Make Up Academy) can be found online at www.muastore.com or in Superdrug stores. All their products cost a couple of £s each and they are fast becoming a favourite in the blogging community.

This deep, berry toned red is perfect for the Autumn. It is extremely pigmented and really has the staying power- meaning you can drink as many hot chocolates to your heart’s content. It feels really moisturising on the lips and it has a sweet, powdery smell to it. At just one pound it’s a bargain.

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Lipstick Favourites, Week 2: Rimmel 107

This week sees the turn of Kate Moss – No 107.

Brittan’s original top model and no 1 fashion icon has brought out her own line of make-up with leading London brand Rimmel. 107 is a matte, red wine colour, perfect for the month of October. It has a soft velvety feel, and a scent that resembles my favourite childhood sweets- parma violets. Unlike a lot of matte lipsticks I have used it doesn’t feel drying, nor does it stick to dry patches. Whilst it does have some good wear, it will need another coat after a few cosmopolitans. At £5.49 this lipstick is definitely as good as some of the more expensive brands and at just a fraction of the price.

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This lipstick looks lovely with flawless skin and flicky eyes. Worn day or night.It’s the perfect accompaniment to vamp up any outfit.

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Lipstick Favourites, Week 1: Ruby Woo

You may have noticed in other posts I am a bit of a lipstick fan. The power of a lipstick can be immeasurable. It can transform the simplest of outfits into a cat walk ready showstopper.

This month, each week, I will be reviewing my favourite autumn lipsticks. This week is the turn of a Mac classic: Ruby Woo

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Now, I’m aware that I’m a bit late jumping on the Ruby Woo band wagon, but it’s so fantastic I just had to write about it. Ruby Woo is from Mac’s matte range and is actually one of their retro matte lipsticks, some people find that matte lipsticks can be a little drying and whilst it does feel a little drying, I personally prefer the look of a matte red lipstick over a glossy one. If you don’t, you can always add a little Vaseline either underneath or over the top- whichever you prefer. This lipstick does have a tendency to emphasis dry patches on the lip, so I would suggest exfoliating and prepping the lip beforehand.

The staying power of this lipstick is phenomenal. I’ve been at many a party which has seen me drinking cocktails well into the night with no need to reapply. It has some staying power.

Ruby Woo truly is a classic, pin up red. There are no orange tones, no pink tones, no blue tones. Nothing. Just red.  It makes your face pop. Eyes are brighter, teeth are whiter and lips look fuller. This is definitely a must have for the make-up bag of any red lip lover.

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My Top 5 Beauty Essentials

Like all girls, I have staples in my bathroom cabinet that I just can’t be without. These are products that work for me, and no matter how many times I stray, I always seem to return to them.

Some of these products are for those with a lower budget, whilst others are a little pricier- although still reasonable. So let me introduce you to the products I love the most, some for years, some quite recent, but all completely worth it!

A good moisturiser
I’m cheating on my moisturiser.  I cheat with various other products, and although I always return to my safe old bet- Vaseline, I’m a sucker for anything that smells good and promises to leave me with a soft touch, so unlike my phonebook, my bathroom cabinet is full of good options.

Vaseline Essential Moisture in Aloe Fresh leaves me feeling exactly that; fresh. With its non-greasy formula that absorbs quickly, it makes moisturising daily a luxury instead of a chore. It’s my go to daily moisturiser. Alongside that I’m also a fan of Boots Extracts Vanilla Body Butter- a thick, rich heavenly moisturiser. A little more expensive, I use this sparingly, for special nights out or for when I really want to pamper myself. Lastly Johnsons Baby Bedtime Lotion- yes I’m aware it’s for babies. No, I don’t care. Its light lavender smell is perfect after your bedtime bath for when you need to wind down- eh, if it’s good enough for a baby, it’s good enough for me!

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Juicy Couture-Viva La Juicy
This scent is absolutely gorgeous, with top notes of wild berries and juicy mandarin gently tempered with honeysuckle, gardenia, and jasmine. Underlying it all are warm tones of amber, caramel, vanilla, sandalwood, and praline, and bottled up with a pink bow. I always get lots of compliments when I wear this and it lasts all day. A warm scent for the cold winter months.

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They’re Real Benefit Mascara
Costing £19.50, this is definitely one of the more costly mascaras I’ve tried, but my gosh, I wouldn’t go back.  Lots of people rave about this product, and rightly so. It’s the best mascara I have owned, and this is echoed by lots of other bloggers too. This separates and curls my lashes, leaving a dramatic effect. I have often been asked if I’m wearing false eyelashes whilst using this product, so it’s definitely a winner. Now I have found this little gem, I don’t think I’ll ever try another brand.

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MAC – Creme Cup
With its light shimmer and vanilla fragrance this lipstick is my go to when I want to add a bit of colour to my lips without being too bold. Mac has a wonderful array of lipsticks and this is one of my most used in my growing collection. It’s long lasting, and subtle enough to wear during the day, or to be teamed with dramatic eye make-up. Mac’s extensive range of lipsticks have become a little more expensive since I started my collection, now priced at £14, but you can’t put a price on a good lipstick, and the service is always top notch.

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Aussie 3 Minute Miracle
Made with Safflower Seed Oil, Aussie’s 3 Minute Miracle promises to smooth rough cuticles’, add shine, and restore manageability.  Having hair that when left naturally resembles something that looks a bit like a lion’s mane, I thought I would give this a go… It works wonderfully and smells delicious. I don’t use this all of the time; more of a treat for when my hair is feeling particularly battered, but one use is all my limp locks need to restore them to their former glory. £4.99 for a 250ml bottle that has lasted me a good while, is pretty good going, I would say.

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So what are your top 5?

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My Top 5 Autumn/Winter Nail Polishes

My blog is mainly centred around my quest for love, this is true, however, I do have other interests. Like… shoes. And nail polish. There are a wealth of blogs out there dedicated to hair, beauty and fashion, and I am by no means an expert. But as a little sideline I would quite like to blog about the products that I love.

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Autumn has well and truly arrived. I love autumn. I enjoy the colours and layering up my clothes. I genuinely feel the colours we associate with autumn, suit me a lot better than the pretty pastels we all parade around in the Summer months (if we get a summer, I do reside in the UK) Of course the colours we wear extend to our nails. I’ve always loved nail polish. It used to pain me at school because we weren’t allowed to wear it. I was constantly being sent to the school nurse to “remove that gunk” from my nails. It wasn’t gunk. It was bright, shiny and pretty, but it was never gunk! I remember that for me, the most exciting part of the holiday was the realisation that I would be able to have my nails painted. Gone are my school days and I can wear nail varnish whenever I like. This has resulted in a good, strong collection of over 100 bottles. If I’m feeling down, I’ll buy a new nail polish, if I want to treat myself, I’ll have a manicure. An unhealthy obsession perhaps, but I don’t care. These are my top 5 Autumn/ Winter nail polishes…

 saville rowNails Inc- Saville Row
A deep, rich, plum colour named after a street in Mayfair, London, famous for its bespoke tailoring. This colour is a perfect autumn shade with a high shine finish. I love this polish; it’s a hard wearing and compliments my skin tone. I always get a tonne of compliments when I wear it.

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Barry M- Gold Foil and Gold Glitter
Ok, so this is technically 2 nail polishes, but I don’t wear one without the other, so I’m counting it as one. This look is perfect for Christmas time, with its festive colour and sparkles. I often layer the glitter over the foil effect polish. Whilst I do feel the Gold Foil could be worn on its own quite happily, I feel the Gold Glitter needs an undercoat of a similar colour to give it the oomph it needs.

miss moleGOSH- Miss Mole
A lovely neutral colour that gives off that autumnal feel. I’m always impressed by this- one coat and it gives an opaque colour. Lovely.

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Barry M- Red Wine
I like wine all year around. I like red wine in the autumn especially. I feel this colour compliments my pale and interesting complexion perfectly. I feel Barry M is good quality and a reasonably priced nail polish with a lovely shiny finish.

opi blackOPI- Black
Everyone should have a black in their collection. I believe when done properly black can look extremely classy. Once associated with Goths, I do feel black has become a lot more popular and will suit any skin tone. Added to a perfectly shaped nail it looks exquisite.

So there we go; I don’t have my Prince Charming, I do however have fabulously painted nails!

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September 19, 2013 · 3:46 pm