Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Products That Didn't Work for Me #4


It's another round of products that didn't work for me and as you will notice all these products fall into the peachy orange category and I think it's time for me to say where lip products are concerned this a shade that I cannot make work.

Peach on the Beach from Bourjois was a blogger favourite some time ago and it was only earlier in the Summer that I jumped on the bandwagon. Needless to say I should've stuck with my Red Sunrise from the range which is one of my go to lip products.

Again another product that was more style over substance was Babette from Lime Crime. Again all across YouTube and blogs I decided to make the purchase and whilst I love the gorgeous packaging the shade makes me look ill.

L'Oreal LExtraordinarie Liquid Lipsticks are loved by many but sadly I just did not get on with the shade Rose Symphony. I found the colour whilst pleasant enough it was the formula which let me down. It pooled around the edge of my lips and it just didn't work for me. I had hoped the colour would be a holiday favourite but it was more a cause of frustration.

I raved about the NYX Matte Lipsticks in this post but unfortunate the shade Stella from one of their regular ranges was another colour that didn't suit me at all and I found it emphasised any dryness on my lips despite not being of a matte formula and the opposite being the case with those.

Finally it's a nail polish from Maybelline's Bleached Neons collection which I reviewed in this post. As you may remember or will read I found the formula of these polishes a disappointment and could easily find a similar shade in a better range.

What have you been lately that hasn't worked for you?


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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sleek Make Up | New Releases

Sleek Eye & Cheek Palettes
See You At Midnight* link
Dancing Till Dusk* link
Last week I was lucky enough to attend the Sleek Gold press event for their new A/W releases which may I say rather exciting. The event itself was hosted by Sarah-Jane Crawford of Xtra Factor fame with music from the Festival Foxes and a catwalk show to keep us entertained. I was also able to get my nails painted which was an opportunity to try out the Sleek Gel nail colours which have a pretty impressive opaque look in one coat.

But let's talk about the new releases, two eye and cheek palettes and a swoon worthy highlighting palette which I'll put out there right away is my favourite of the three.

Both palettes featuring two blushes and four eyeshadows from the Sleek range. See You At Midnight is what I'd refer to as the evening palette and for those wanting a darker look. The eyeshadow's are from the Romance i-Diving Palette and the blushes are Pomegranate and Antique. The blushes are perfect for the Autumn season and both are shades I have in my collection as singles. Pomegranate is a berry shade which whilst a light hand is needed is gorgeous and for the shimmery lovers Antique hits the spot. Eyeshadows are shades of blue and purple and perfect for taking a simple eye look from day to night so this is definitely one I'll be stashing in my drawer at work to take me from desk to disco as the party season approaches.

Dancing Till Dusk is also autumnal in its tones or orange and brown and probably the more wearable of the two and the one I would naturally reach for on a daily basis. I could happily throw this in my make up bag and put together a look for the office or a day shopping at the weekend. Eyeshadows are from the Au Naturel i-Divine palette and the blushes are mirrored pink and Sahara neither blush I had tried before this.

Both palettes are a bargain at £9.99 and a worthy make up staple.

Precious Metals Highlight Palette* link
Moving on to my favourite item from the collection, the Precious Metals Highlighting Palette which contains three cream and one powder blush. The palette itself has moved away from the traditional 'sleek' black packaging and is a shiny gold which was a b*****d to photograph hence it's been omitted from this post. My highlighting collection doesn't contain any cream products so it was great to try something new.

The palette features a white/silver shade called Platinum and two not dissimilar colours Royal and Renaissance Gold which are obviously gold. Antique Bronze the powder highlighter is a, again as the name suggests, bronze tone which a lighter is needed. I find this not too disimilar to Magnetic Appeal from Mac which I have been using of late to give both colour and highlight in one swipe.

As I repeatedly share with you in my posts I pop my make up on during my journey to work so a palette such as this is great as of course cream products lend themselves very well to finger application.
I can't wait to get more use out of this and the eye and cheek palettes as the party season approaches.

And finally to end on please enjoy my littel gif I put together from the fashion show at the event, when two pictures call for such a creation you can't ignore it.
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Do any of these palettes sound like something you'll be looking out for? And for those of you interested in swatches check out my Instagram throughout the day. 
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Bishopsgate Market

The Roadery link
The Bell & Brisket link
Spit & Roast link
The Grilling Greek link
Luardos link
The Coffee Traveller link
Yu Kyu link
Crosstown Doughnut link
Crosstown Doughnut link
Crosstown Doughnut link
I often wonder how I ever managed without Twitter. Half of the the events, products and even friends I've attended, discovered or met have been via Twitter and last week I made a food discovery, Bishopsgate Market. How did I not realise that mere minutes from my office and nestled amongst Starbucks and Pret a Manger was a haven of food trucks ready to serve up a tasty treat.

Luckily despite it having escaped me through Summer it was now moved to a Friday slot during October so I took myself for a stroll last Friday to see what was on offer. 

The market kicks off at 1145am and I anticipated it being rather busy so headed down for about 1230pm and was surprised to see things weren't as manic as I expected. Due to the variety of food available and the simple menus turnaround was swift and plenty of seating was to be found as long as you don't mind climbing in amongst other groups of people.

It's a perfect spot to break up the monotony of the usual lunch fair and I was truly spoilt for choice, pork from The Roadery, chicken and pitta from the Grilling Greek or a favourite of my chicken katsu curry from Yu Kyu. I finally decided upon buttermilk chicken with coleslaw and spicy sauce in the perfect brioche bap from Spit & Roast as it was a combo I'd been craving for some time and it did not disappoint.

Buttermilk Chicken link
Vanilla Glaze & Chocolate Ganache Doughnuts link
I was tempted in the spirit of blog research of course to try a few other delights but instead I went to Crosstown Doughnuts and picked up some treats to share with my colleagues. I kept things simple and went for Vanilla Glazed and Chocolate Ganache which one friend described as 'fairies dancing in my mouth' after a taste. 

Having raved about Bishopsgate Market to my colleagues and with payday on the horizon this week I think it's time for a work outing. If you fancy visiting yourself (and I'd highly recommend it) you can find Bishopsgate Market on the corner of Camomille and Gracechurch Streets.

Bishopsgate Market link
Only two more Friday's left in October for me to enjoy this lunchtime treat, what will I try on my next visit?

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Friday, October 17, 2014

BD Trade Secrets & that famous face lift cream

BD Trade Secrets Face Lift coming soon
The beauty press are currently abuzz with the relaunch of BD, the make up brand stocked in Tesco stores. The brand re-named 'BD Trade Secrets' will launch later this month with new formulations and products in Tesco Supermarkets. 

As soon as I saw my Twitter feed filling up with the news I was instantly transported back a few years to what was a favourite product of mine, The Barbara Daly Face Lift cream. Now Barbara Daly is no longer with the brand but the product list still shows the cream to be part of the relaunch and I can't deny this has got me rather excited.

I actually featured a review of the Face Lift cream in 2009 on my old blog following a recommendation from another blogger about how good it was and she was not alone as it was quite a cult product back then. It was actually a product I repurchased often and always had a stash on as I feared it would run out.

Regular readers will know I tend to stick to lighter bases by day such as the Erborian BB Cream and you might say that the face lift cream was of a similar vein and was my chosen base so I'm excited to get hold of the new formula when it hits stores. 

Reading through my old post it would seem I also rated the BD mascara, unable to tell the difference between that and my favoured YSL version. I even had early #bblogger signs as I wore one on each eye to test and couldn't tell the difference!

Prices will range from £2.99 for an eye pencil to £9.99 for the foundation so all pretty comparable to the usual drugstore prices and everyone knows, make up you can throw in the trolley with your weekly shop doesn't count.

Does anyone else remember this range and like me is looking forward to getting their hands on some of the new products?


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