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S&G – Thick and Fast Mascara Review

Published February 20, 2012 by laurrx

so i was extremely pleased when i received a free mascara with my Elle subscription at the end of January. I was running out of my Lash Blast and Bad Gal, and i was thinking i would like to try a new mascara.

I use three mascaras on my eyes. Bad Gal is really good for intensity, it makes my eyelashes really dark and i like that ’cause i don’t like to wear false eye lashes as i muck up my eye make up when i try to put them on. After that i put on my Covergirl Lash Blast, i LOVE the brush wih this mascara it helps separate the lashes. Then after that i’ll use my No7 Extreme Length on my bottom lashes.

So i thought i’d use the Soap and Glory Thick and Fast Mascara which i got free with the magazine. I decided to use it instead of the Bad Gal as the brushes look really similar. The first time i used it i was going on a night out, so i was really careful when applying it, and i was really impressed with the outcome and how much coverage of the lashes that it gave.

The second time, however, i think i was just going to work maybe, i cant remember. So i just kind of rushed it and then went to the mirror closely and i had mascara gloop EVERYWHERE…i wish i took a picture it was horrific. my lashes are quite long so when i am applying mascara i need to pretty much close my eyes so the tip of the lashes wont hit my eyelid. so i corrected the make up and took a closer look at the wand.


you can see it in this picture…at the bottom of the wand there is so much excess mascara there and even at the tip too.

i was really disappointed in this product and thankful that i received it for free because i definitely would not buy it. it may be a cheap mascara at only £10 (yes thats cheap…i hate my new “anything under £15 thats a make up product is crap” attitude…that’s where my money is!!) but i would rather buy a cinema ticket than buy that.

and i would tell anybody this.


Fall Favourites

Published November 16, 2011 by laurrx

i just want to share all my fall favourites, i don’t want to have to a monthly favourite blog every month. i change my mind like i change my clothes really. So i just went through my hair and make up products and pulled out what i think i have been using most in this season.

 armani diamonds perfume. i have wearing this non stop. its such a gorgeous smell, and it’s not summery. i always wear florally/sweet smelling perfumes but this one is perfect for fall/winter as its got notes of vanilla in it. i am not a fan of vanilla in the slightest but vanilla candles always remind me of Christmas.

these two i have been using for the same reasons. i honestly feel like since it has gotten colder outside i look paler than ever. i fake tanned to go out for my cousins birthday and it was so rushed, so it was very bad. so i’ll need to pay more attention when tanning next time. i always apply hoola to my face, really lightly if its a normal day or a bit more for going out along with contouring and everything like that. i hate looking pale, i feel like i look really ill and tired. so i need colour and its alot healthier than sunbeds!!!

i am an absolute victim of chapped lips in the winter. never mind vaseline (unless its bedtime and its smeared ALL over your face!) this is amazing. i got it about 4 years ago in spain for about 2euros. its really good and smells of parma violets (you know those sweets that apparently taste like soap…they help heart burn by the way!). i also love carmex and vaseline but this has to trump both.

as well as chapped lips in the winter i get dry hands. the l’occitaine hand cream on the right it amazing. i have never used l’occitaine products until this and i only got this free from a magazine. it really helps my dry hands this season. and of course my hands need to be clean clean clean. i am not a germophobe but before i eat or when i feel like my hands are quite dirty i’ll use this. it’s cute with my star sign on it and everything. i got it from bath and body works from the Florida outlets! i love it.

this is a benefit primer, and i know i always bang on about the Lancome primer i love but this one is really good to put on with your foundation. like literally mixing it in with it. its a kind of pink colour, and it kind of brightens the face up. and during winter it’s always nice to have a little more colour or glow in the season. it also smells like raspberrys or something.

i wanted to change the faves a bit and not just do make up and stuff. i borrowed GG season 4 off my friend, Joanne and started watching it on Friday and finished on Sunday…i clearly had no life that whole weekend there. i also borrowed the Friends boxset from Linda and i have kind of been watching it in the background, as i have seen them all before. but just keeping them on is a nice distraction from what i should be doing like tidying, searching for jobs, applying to uni…etc etc.
speaking of jobs. i left my job. blah blah blah. so i left. that was me telling yous why and me ending the story with “so i left” cos i am so so so so so…. sick of telling the story of why i hate Morrisons.
i will need to have some sort of constructive blog post put together with proper paragraphs and not an absolute riot like they are. i feel so bad for rachel when she is asked to seperate the hangers….
anyway, i hope this was  delight to read…my friends have all discovered my blog this week and find it just hysterical.
“tikka masala and skittles”

Review – Flirty Curls Scrunching Jelly

Published August 4, 2011 by laurrx

Hey readers.

So today I was going through my hair things, looking for something to blog about and thought of this baby.

Umberto Gianinni  – Flirty Curls Scrunching Jelly.

I have natural curly hair, so when left to dry on its own its rather frizzy, goes dry and just pretty much has a mind of its own. So i was given a small travel sized bottle of this in a little gift set with the shampoo and conditioner. These two i couldn’t get too excited about, but this ‘jelly’ was really good with my hair.

When to apply – when hair is wet, when it’s damp and when completely dry. Probably not what it says on the bottle but i find it works better that way. I also apply it every now and then, not scrunching it into my hair but just running it through my hair.

How to apply – just use a walnut sized blob on your hand and rub your hands together (que disgusting squelchy noise – ewe):
When hair is still wet/damp – run fingers through hair and rub it int the scalp.
When hair is dry – running it down – not through – large sections of hair.

It takes away the frizziness of my natural curly hair and lately i’ve been applying it so my hair is wavy and not full on curly.


These three pictures are of me on holiday in Greece last July. When the weather was really hot and the curls managed to stay intacts through all the hot clubs and warm  temperatures.

So if any of you out there are curly gurls like me, i definetly suggest you get yourself a bottle of this. It’s £4.79 from boots and probably round about the same in other drugstores or supermarkets etc.

Stay tuned for a new make up look soon.

Love and Hugs


All Time Faves.

Published August 4, 2011 by laurrx

Hi everyone and thanks for tuning in.

I’m going to dive right in and start my very first blog.

When I was getting ready to go to a party last night, every make up item i picked up made me think “this is one of my favourites” or “I always use this, I love it” blah blah blah such and such.

I always watch make up gurus on youtube who tend to do “July favourites” and since i really haven’t plucked the courage up to make my own videos, I thought, why not a blog? So now I’m going to share my all-time favourite make up products with you. Please enjoy


(the picture quality isn’t as good as i thought – oops!)

  Bobbi Brown Blush Brush – £35.00

I bought my blush brush in Paris last year. Some people don’t get the  big deal with brushes, neither did I until i purchased this bad boy. It’s the softest brush ever and applies blush perfectly! I recommend this 100%.

 YSL Touche Eclat – £24.50

I bought this on an aeroplane once just because it was cheap, and ever since I have relied on this baby to cover my dark eyes and dark shadows on my face. I apply it, not directly under my eyes where the concealer goes but, to right above the cheek bone – always before blusher. Its not a concealer its a radiance touch. It brings light right toward where applied. So on the cheekbone, brow bone is a must, the ridge of the nose to slim the nose and then your cupids bow.

 MAC Lipstick – £13.50

My MAC Lipsticks are all fairly new so I don’t know if they can be classes as “all-time” favourites, but i still love them!! L-R Viva Glam GaGa II, Amplified – Full Fuschia, Amplified – Girl About Town. I bought the nude lipstick when I was in Paris and accidently lost it on a night out so I was really gutted about that an bought myself another one in Florida last month, along with Girl About Town. I borrowed a friend’s GAT for a party and I really liked the colour so i bought my very own.VGG is a really nice shade, not too false and not too boring and realistic. And Full Fuschia was given to me as a gift for my birthday. It’s really pretty and out of the three I’d probably wear this one more. I really like MAC lipsticks and I’m definetely going to buy more in the future. They are very long lasting, they don’t smudge of the lip line (especially if lipliner is worn) and they are really moisturising, as i really hate lipsticks that dry your lips out. I also think they are quite inexpensive and they last really long apparently so I’m looking forward to enjoying my colours for a lot longer. I could quite literally gush about these lipsticks. But no. Let’s move on!

Cover Girl Last Blash Infusion Mascara – around $8

I bought this in Florida in a Target store. I honestly thought Covergirl was a really good brand and quite expensive. I was right about the good brand but wrong about the price. Everything was really fairly priced and this happens to be the best mascara I’ve ever used (also just found out MaxFactor has brought out EXACT same – not even a dup!). It has really fine bristles (I should have probably have taken a picture…) and they catch all eyelashes and the actual mascara brush itself is really chunky. It really lengthens the lashes and darkens them and i feel with this mascara on I don’t have to wear false eyelashes.

MAC Venemous Villains Cruella De’Ville Eyeshadow in Carbon – £11.50

I’m not 100% on this price, as this was given to me as a birthday present. I am not keen on black eyeshadow as i feel it always tends to smudge and you look like you’re just in from a night out – just as your stepping into the club. But this eyeshadow managed to cling for the whole night. It was so easy to apply with an eyeshadow primer on and its such a solid black colour. Sometimes you need to apply 3 or 4 times before the colour starts to look black. This one is very impressive and i really love it! I don’t think this colour is just from the VV collection, i think Carbon has always been a MAC colour.

 Lancome Le Crayon Kohl 01 Noir – £15.30

BEST. EYELINER. EVER. Doesn’t smudge, doesn’t fade. I have fallen right in love with this baby. There are no words to describe how good it is. Just buy it! i completely recommend it!

 MAC Tartan Tale Collection Eyeshadow Palette in Beauties Play It Cool – Around £30

The colours are really not as good as they really are purples, blues, greys and silvers. My favourite one is the top right one (Silverwear). I like this palette because I could go to work, a meeting, hangout with my friends, out for drinks, a family do and a full on night out all in one day with it. You could make 100 different looks with these 6 colours. I also love the packaging (again, should have took a pic). Just the whole tartan and MAC “crest” detail is very cute. I hate that they’re always bringing out limited editions. It’s heartbreaking.

Apologies for this quality.
Lancome La Base Pro Primer – £26

This primer completely trumped Benefits That Gal for me. It mattifies the face and leaves the skin dry for the application of foundation or concealer. It helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and imperfections and if anyone was to ask it’s definetly the primer i’d suggest.

Bobbi Brown Blush Pale Pink – £17.00

There is nothing PALE about this blusher. I’ve now got to that stage where i can say “oh i’ve been using this product for…years.” It’s five years i’ve been using it for now. And I will love it forever. Its so cute and gives a gorgeous  colour around the cheeks. I use this on top of another blushed, brushed right on to the apples of the cheeks, and then dabbed on the nose and then the chin for a natural all over colour.

 MAC MSF Natural – £20.50

My mum brought me this back from Vegas last November and that’s me just running out (so i was smart, thought ahead and bought one in FL). I’d  never used any MSF before and i really, really like it. Its another fab long lasting fave of mine. I either use it over tinted moisturiser or as a setter for my foundation and i am really impressed with it.

 MAC Venemous Villains Collection Cruella De’Ville – Darkly My Dear

This is the blush under which i put the Bobbi Brown blush. It’s a great base so that the pink isn’t just splattered on like a little dolly. It looks a lot pink/red thanit is. It’s a kind of light plum shade. I really like it, although i don’t know how much it is because, again, it was a birthday gift.

 Benefit Georgia – £23.50

I got totally conned into buying this when i thought that it made absolutely no difference to my face at all. But up until about a month ago i realised it really does make the difference. Its not brightening, i can’t think but the back of the box says “for a fresh complexion” and i can agree with that. It is really fresh and if you ever even wake up thinking your skin looks dull/boring, apply this to cheeks, forehead, chin and nose.

 Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact in Bronze – £30.50

This is my favourite bronzer, which has completely taken the shin from Benefits Hoola. Its not that false shimmering kind and its not too matte. It’s the prefect amount of shim!! I use this all over my face then take a smalled face brush and apply the top colours to my cheek bones to highlight and the darker colours in the hollows of my cheeks/temples to contour. It’s  multi-tasking bronzer! My boyfriend bought me Hoola two Christmases ago and I lost it (same night I lost my Viva Glam lippie) and when he gave me this wrapped up last Christmas the tag said “Don’t lose this one!!” and i had no idea, as I’d forgot i asked him for it ages before the holiday and assumed he would forget and he didnt! This one’s a special one! (The bronzer not the boy.)

 Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in Pale Almond – £26.50

This is one of the best foundations i’ve ever used! I always find on nights out when i perpsire on if my face gets oily, the foundation i have on seems to run away with it. Double Wear just stays put amazingly, it’s so impressive. It’s meant to be 15 hour stay in place make up, and it really does what it stays and probably stays on longer. I also use it as a concealer sometimes! It’s amazing and I was so impressed with how long it lasted and would 100% recommend this also!!

Sorry if I rambled. I’m sitting thinking “ohmygod this would take forever to read, but i suppose not. It just took forever to write.