Thursday, 31 October 2013

Recent MAC Purchases ♡

  Hello Girlies! 

I've been on a few sprees to the MAC stand at Debenhams and thought I'd share my recent purchases with you all. Since I've also had a chance to use all of them properly I thought I would also do mini reviews on the products and let you guys know what my thoughts on them are. Hope you enjoy x

What I've bought:

Left to right: Fleur Power, Well Dressed, Mineralize Skinfinish Soft & Gentle, Creme Cup, 109 Small Contour Brush + Subculture Lip Liner.

Powder Blush - Fleur Power
I've never owned a MAC blush of any kind before so this was my first purchase. I've definitely not been disappointed. This is a gorgeous sophisticated mauvey-pink colour that goes great with heavily contoured cheeks. I tend to wear this more when I go out in the evenings since it is quite a dark colour - however, a light hand would definitely make it day-time appropriate.

Powder Blush - Well Dressed
This blush is a cool-toned pink that looks amazing with heavy eye make-up or a bold lip as it doesn't draw too much attention to itself. I tend to wear this to work as it isn't very noticeable and gives me a lovely pink flush. This blush is great for light skin-tones as it's not so 'out there'.

Mineralize Skin Finish - Soft & Gentle
I've literally had my eye on this for YONKSSS. If you don't know - I'm a complete sucker for anything shimmery/glittery. This product is so gorgeous in it's packaging as well as upon application. I just sweep a little onto the tops of my cheekbones and it gives me such a radiant glow - was definitely worth the wait! I'm hoping to feature this in a highlight/contour routine post sometime soon!

Lip Liner - Subculture
This was actually a product one of the sales assistants kept trying to force on me (I can't stand it when they do that). Anyway, she managed to grab a hold of my sister and applied it to her lips before applying a nude lip colour. I must say I was impressed. I've never been one to use lip liners with nude lips because I never knew what a great difference it could make. Of course I ended up  grabbing it up in the end. It's a flesh-toned liner that is slightly darker than my natural skin-tone and it shapes my lips perfectly and looks so natural at the same time.  I'm not so sure if this would work with more medium-dark complexions but MAC has such a variety of different tones so I'm sure you'll be spoilt for choice!

Lipstick - Creme Cup
This is my favourite ever lipstick from MAC. It's the absolute perfect pinky nude for light to medium skin-tones. If you're looking for 'The One', look no further. This is a cremesheen lipstick so it's ever so creamy and well-pigmented. I love it.
FYI: This lipstick + the Subculture lip liner = A match made in heaven.

And that's the end of it! I really love everything I've bought and as always the products are such great quality. I've got my eye on a few of their gorgeous eye-shadows but can't seem to decide what colours I want. Any recommendations would be hugely appreciated!

See you guys soon!

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

♡ L'Oréal Paris Préférence Wild Ombrés || REVIEW / APPLICATION | FEAT. Sissykins ♡

Hi dolls! 

My sister has been wanting to ombre her hair for a while now so she went out and picked up this do-it-yourself kit by Loreal for £6.99. You can find it here.

Since she wanted me to apply it to her hair (as she wasn't too confident about doing it herself) I thought I would also photograph and review the process for you guys too. Her hair is naturally rather black so it did turn a brassy shade. She's currently toning it with purple shampoo so we'll see how that goes :-)

This kit includes:

• Expert Brush
• Lightening Powder
• Developer Creme + Applicator Cap
• Lightening Creme
• Conditioning Shampoo
• Colourist Gloves

She also purchased a tinting brush from Superdrug for a more intense application to the ends of her hair. You can buy it here if you're interested.

Meet the guinea pig

Just a note if you're a hair-dye newbie - your clothes WILL get stained if any of the product touches it (in this case bleached!). So you'll be wanting to put on a tatty old t-shirt or other random clothes you don't really care for. I didn't take a picture of it but we also cut out holes for her arms and neck in a big black in-bag for extra protection. This was mostly to protect her skin from the peroxide - you don't really need to do this if you're using regular dye.

Our Set-Up
All set to get bleaching!

We cut out some plastic bin liners and laid them out to protect the floor from any spills. We cut up some foil to cover her hair after applying the bleach so that the process wasn't too messy - this is an optional step - it doesn't really add to the development of the peroxide. Okay, let's get started!

Preparing the lightener

Remove the lid and pour the lightening powder into the developer creme.

Add the lightening creme.

Replace the lid and shake it all up (not too violently!).

Remove the nib straight away to avoid bursting. Now I took mine off immediately and it overflowed.. so I'd recommend shaking it up the old way by removing the nib and covering it with your finger. Whilst doing this just have small breaks in-between. This will allow any excess air to escape.


Bye bye old hair!
Section your hair

The instructions that came with the box said to divide your hair into two separate sections. This is helpful if you're doing your own hair but we went in by sectioning the hair the usual way to make sure that all of the ends were covered.

Squirt the mixture onto the little brush the kit comes with and start to comb this through the lengths of your hair. We started beneath ear-level but you can go higher or lower depending on your personal preference. Long hair should start beneath chin-level for best results.

I couldn't picture the process as my hands were covered in the mixture - I basically just combed the mixture through the lengths of her hair focusing more on the end and used the tinting brush to really concentrate the bleach on the ends of her hair. I then wrapped each section roughly in foil to contain the mixture. When I had finished covering all of her hair I removed the foil after a few minutes and went over the ends again with the remaining mixture. I then left it to process for 35 minutes out of the maximum 45 minutes.

Shampoo it all off!

We then washed it all off using the doddy little shampoo bottle supplied in the box. We used the entire bottle and it made a lovely lather :-)

Since her hair is naturally very dark it had a lot of orangey tones to it as it had never been bleached before. So we applied some purple shampoo (pictured above) to her hair and worked that into her ends. This helps tone the colour and get rid of the brassy-ness.

I'd recommend using a deeply moisturising conditioner to follow to avoid frazzled hair. Aussie's 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor Conditioner is a great choice. Apply it and then wrap your hair up in a towel - the warmth of your scalp helps the conditioner penetrate deeper into your hair.

Before & After shots
 The after photo was literally straight after we'd washed and dried her hair. The colour's improved over the past couple of days (refer to pics below).

Overall this product is great value as it is certainly far cheaper than a trip to the salon. I would definitely recommend going down the ombre route if you want your hair to be coloured without requiring a lot of maintenance work. Obviously with Sissy having very dark hair we didn't expect a super blonde result. However, I didn't quite expect it to be so orange either considering the box she bought had been specifically formulated for dark hair. She loves it herself but I don't think I would've been so pleased if it was my own hair! She is planning to go over it again in a month or so though - when her hair has had a little time to recover!

What do you guys think about how its turned out? Got any advice on achieving the perfect ombre for dark hair?

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

♡ EID || My Makeup & Extras | FOTD, FOTN ♡

Hello Ladies

It was Eid a week ago and myself and my sister decided to go all asian for once. For those of you who don't know - Eid is a Muslim festival. We have two a year - One to mark the end of fasting and one to celebrate the end of pilgrimage. The one just gone was for pilgrimage. Obviously I've not been.. Any excuse for a party though ^_^ hehe. Anywho.. On to the makeup!


The Beauty Parlour T Zone Oil Control Mattifying Moisturiser
Revlon Colorstay Foundation - Buff
Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm - Cream Glow
Loreal Lumi Magique Foundation - Rose Porcelain
Maybelline Cover Stick Concealer - Ivory
Vichy Dermablend Corrective Foundation - Opal
Maybelline Dream Touch Cream Blush - 07 Plum
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder - Peach Glow
Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer - 51
Urban Decay Baked Bronzer - Baked
NYC Sun 2 Sun Bronzing Duo
MAC Powder Blush - Fleur Power
Benefit Dandelion Blush


To Prime:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance - Candlelight
Barry M Waterproof Eyeliner - Bold Bronze

Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil - 002 Hazel 
Too Faced Natural Eye Palette - Sexpresso

Naked 2 Palette - Tease (transition colour)
Naked 2 Palette - Half Baked + Verve (lid colour)
Sleek - Pink & Purple (crease & lower lash line)
Naked 2 Palette - Blackout (outer crease & lower lash line)
Naked 2 Palette - Verve (centre of lid - highlight)
Naked 2 Palette - Bootycall (inner corners)
Naked 2 Palette - Foxy (browbone)

Liners & Extras:
Barry M Fine Glitter Dust - 15 (Not actually meant for eyes.. But I'm a rebel)
MAC Fluidline Eyeliner Gel - Blacktrack
Loreal Superliner - Perfect Slim
MUA Intense Colour Eyeliner - Jet Black
Loreal Million Lashes Excess Mascara
Ardell Demi Wispies False Eyelashes


Carmex Lip Moisturiser
MAC Lip Liner - Subculture
MAC Cremecup Lipstick
Barry M Lipgloss - 11

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And now for some piccies! 

My Henna (still drying) 'Scuse the chipped polish.. I did manage to paint my nails before the day >.<
Sissy and Me ♡ 
I did quite like the asian clothing.. Despite how unbelievably heavy it was.. the fact that my trousers kept falling down and the fact that the jewels kept pulling hairs out of my head and catching just about everything >.<

I hope you guys enjoyed this post - I know it's something a little different! I tried to follow on from a request for more Arabic-style makeup looks so I hope I've managed to please with that :-)

Take care & I'll see you all soon!