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EcoTools Review

Published July 9, 2013 by laurrx

Recently i have been obsessed with EcoTools make up brushes, the finish they seem to give is amazing. i bought the Domed Bronzer Brush a while back and i absolutely loved it, so i bought a few more online and i got them cheaper than i would get them here.

Domed Bronzer Brush

bronzerbrushthis was around £13 i think and from from Boots.
I use this for applying bronzer all around the sides of my face and also to blend out in bronzer or concealer used to contour the cheekbones.
i am really impressed with this, as it’s quite a stiff brush. i was convinced it was going to apply the bronzer in a big blob but it applies even and really easily.
i once tried to use this for foundation, and it was a huge NO NO, the liquid went on my face in big blotches rather than evenly!

Deluxe Fan Brush

deluxefanthis is one of my newer brushes, which i love! this was $5.82 which was around £4.00. i can’t see it on the Boots website, so i don’t know how much the retail price would be.
i use this with Hoola around the sides of my face – and i know i just said this about the Bronzer Brush – and to contour my cheeks.
i also like to apply a highlighter on my cheekbones and the center of my face.

Custom Coverage Buffing Brush

buffing brush
this brush is not on Boots.com but i paid $5.75 for it, which is around £3.90, thats amazing for a make up brush this good!
this is beyond my new complete absolute favourite shiny amazing brush!! i’ve been using to apply my foundation/tinter moisturiser/BB cream. i can’t actually believe how perfect the finish is on it.

i’ve been using it with my Estee Lauder Double Wear, Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturiser and No7 BB Cream. So here you can see i’ve been using it with three completely different types of product, and they all have different consistences, coverage, purposes etc.
I pour some of the product to my hand then lift it up with the brush and apply it to my face, using swirling motions, buffing it or slightly stippling it on.
i am 100% satisfied with this brush, and would recommend this to strangers on the street.

Airbrush Concealer

airbrushconcealeri wasnt really sold with this brush until around now to be honest, the only thing is that you need to be careful that you don’t pick up too much product. i merely dab the brush into a concealer before using it on my face.
i also find it works best with a concealer wand applicator. i use my Estee Lauder Double Wear concealer and i apply it under my eyes, then i use my brush in light, circular motions. Lighter around the eyes, as this is the most sensitive area.
using it with a cream concealer i find you need to be a little frugal with the concealer you use, if you use too much you end up with far too much product and
1. the concealer looks too cakey
2. the “airbrush” effect, that the brush is meant to have, just doesnt work

Six Piece Essential Eye Set

6piece
this contained 5 brushes and a travel bag for them, but i ditched the bag ’cause i wouldnt use it really. the brushes are travel size, so i wasnt sure what i really thought of them, i like 2, maybe 3 out of the 5 i got.

large eyeshadow brush – the website says “the large eye brush to blend a base shadow over the entire eyelid.” i use this brush to set concealer under my eye with a setting powder or a MAC MSF powder, which works so i don’t actually know how effective this is at applying eyeshadow.
angled crease brush – this “adds definition to the outer crease of your eye”, i use my no7 Crease/Blending brush to add the crease colour and then i use this brush to go back in with the final darkest colour to really make the crease stand out. Looking at the brush i thought it was too big, and looked like it was make a mess, but it’s really good and a handy brush!
petite eye shading brush – this “s perfect for an accent color.” i like this brush for applying the highlight colour in the inner corner. If i’m doing a really dramatic cut crease look, i use this brush or other small brushes to do the crease as it needs to be more defined to achieve that look.
highlighting brush – this is used to “accentuate the brow bone and inner corners of the eye”. this isnt used for either of these things. i use this to blend colours in the crease and outer corners. i couldnt even imagine applying anything into the inner corners with this thing! it’s a really big brush for that.
smudge brush –  this is for “mudging the shadow and liner along the lash line for a smoky finish” it’s probably my favourite in this pack actually! it does EXACTLY what it says and i use it for EXACTLY what i’m supposed to! the brush is stuff enough to manipulate eyeliner and shadows to achieve the perfect smokey eye!

this blog seems horrifically rambly, but i had to share it with. i am in love with ecotools and everytime i’m in boots i always just standing in the aisles just staring at them. i would definitely recommend this brand of brushes to anyone and everyone. they are amazing, and not too pricey!! especially if you get them on ebay! or anywhere else.

and they’re ECO FRIENDLY!

what more could you ask for

LCx

5 of my favourites and apologies.

Published October 11, 2012 by laurrx

i have been terrible with my blog…i have been terrible with the organisation of my life altogether! i had so much fun writing my blog before – regardless of how many readers or followers i ever had – i don’t know why i ever stopped.

recently I’ve found myself thinking “oh that’s my favourite…blah blah” but in actual fact I don’t have a favourite movie, i have bazillions, and I don’t have a favourite food, i’m a greedy girl and have bazillions. i have lists and lists of favourite songs and favourite movies. I’ve just had an idea to narrow it down to 5. it’s not an easy job…

my favourite movies 

mary poppins – by far the best live action Disney movie ever. “best Disney movie” is one of the most difficult questions asked.
sleepless in seattle – i’ll say it here, i’d rather watch the same action film 10 times over than watch something like The Notebook. i hate sappy love stories, but sleepless in seattle gets me all the time.
breakfast at Tiffany’s – what can i say? i adore Audrey Hepburn and one day i’ll live a life as non-fussed as she is. she is a gorgeous actress and the story is amazing.
the Grinch – best christmas movie ever, i could easily watch this every day of the festive season! and i sit and say the words along with all those Who’s and the Grinch.
the day after tomorrow – without a doubt one of the most believable “disaster/global warming” movies. Jake Gylenhaal just adds to the awesomeness.
i want to add so much more…

my favourite songs

wham !club tropicana – i dont even know why? its such a fab song, it makes me think of holidays and summer and those things make me happy really. i love the birds at the start of it, cos it gets me all excited ’cause i know thats my jammmm!
oasis, she’s electric – one of oasis’ best songs, completely! i dont usually care for the whining tones of noel or liam but this songs really catchy and happy.
justin timberlake, sexyback – has to be here, it’s a complete tune and he is a complete BABE. the live version from his futuresex/loveshow with lovestoned before it has to be the best thing i’ve ever witnessed.
marvin gaye and tammi terrell, ain’t no mountain high enough – always think of the scene from stepmom. such an amazing song, it’s a really happy cheery tune and reminds me of my sister somehow.
take that, never forget – should really be at the very start of this list. i’ve seen take that sing this twice. once at their never forget tour and then at their progress tour. the song actually gives me goosebumps, the atmosphere at both concerts was phenomenal. it was also the last song played at my 21st birthday party, so it means alot to me and reminds me of me and family drunken!

my favourite foods

any pasta that me and my sister make – every wednesday night i go to Linda’s for dinner, we always make pasta and every week it’s a different sauce. we cut up onions, peppers, chillis, any meat, then throw in some spices and garlic and then chopped tomatoes. it’s always different and theres only a bad sauce once every 6 weeks or so.
homemade soup – my mums homemade soup is so yummy, nobodys will ever taste the same (not even the pot i have simmering over at the cooker!!) it’s great on rainy/winter nights.
my dads curries – my dad makes immense curries. the spicier the better! i love spicy food, i try put chilli powder into everything i ever make!!
Melo’s mum’s food – my friend Melo’s mum make a mean indian curry! any kind really. it’s amazing, she makes amazing dahl and amazing chipati’s and amazing rice. everything is, well, amazing.
TGI’s boneless wings – i can’t every make these as good as TGI’s do, as much as i try!!! i also love Applebee’s boneless wings a bit better but seen as i live here and not america, these make do!!

favourite TV shows

friends – whose favourite TV show isnt friends? i’ve never come across anyone who doesn’t like friends. my dad sits and his catchphrase for watching friends is “is this supposed to be funny” but he sat every thursday night and watched it and even laughed!
lost – might have to watch this over and over and over again before i actually get the plot, ’cause at the end it’s complete “HUH” material. made no sense, but the suspense at the end of every episode made me lost about half of the sleep i should have gotten in 2009!
ugly betty – so gutted it lasted 4 seasons, i loved every minute of UB! she was by far the most irritating character at times but so entertaining and i loved her transformation. America Ferrera is such a babe!
one tree hill – it took linda 7 seasons before i even started to watch it, i tried twice to start watching the DVDs but half way through season 1 i hated it. so third time lucky she gave me season 3 and said it gets good then and i loved it!
new girl – its really new and hasnt got a patch on friends or even things like scrubs, but oh my god, i love new girl and am patiently waiting for the next season and the first season only ended a fortnight ago! i wish i was Jess! she’s actually amazing.

smaller lists that need no explanation i cannot be bothered with! four lists should suffice but for now i need to try not burn this homemade soup….wish me luck

LCSxo

7 deadly sins of make up

Published May 23, 2012 by laurrx

i’ve been watching videos and reading all kinds of blogs and read some tags for the “7 deadly sins of beauty and make up”. it seemed really fun, so i’m gonna give that a bash…

wrath
what product do you have a love/hate relationship with?
probably any kind of loose pigment that i own – and that would be very little because of the issues i seem to have with it. i have a few MAC pigments and i always get fall out under my eye and can’t every seem to fix that situation. then i get it all over my carpet… like the time when i didn’t put the lid on properly and never noticed then knocked it over and it went EVERYWHERE. then i get really mad! but i love it because it’s a great colour and it turns out really bright and long-lasting. my solution to these problems is either using a tissue under your eye to catch the fall out or dabbing loose powder under your eye to catch the fall out and then brushing it all away after eyeshadow application.

greed
1. whats the most inexpensive make up product you use?
probably has to be a rimmel lip-liner i bought quickly before my 21st party. it must have cost me like £4 or something and it’s actually really good. i really rely on my lip-liner when i’m wearing one of my MAC pink colours, just so it’s not liable to smudge or anything because i fully hate hate hate smudged lip colour!
2. whats the most expensive make up product you use?
has to be the Estee Lauder double wear foundation i use. it’s quite costly, but it’s the best foundation i’ve ever used. i could wear it on a night out and don’t feel scared that it’s running off when i’m warm or patchy. the only issue i have with it is that i need two shades because of my weird skin!!

gluttony
whats the most delicious make up product you own?
this might be cheating but this isn’t a make up product this is just a beauty product. it’s my Body Shop strawberry body butter. i could easily eat it, it smells like strawberry munch bunch yogurt and it’s so creamy and makes my skin feel and smell great. if this doesn’t count the next one has to be Georgia from Benefit, the Box O’ Powder. You remember those smelly gel pens you used to get? well…this smells just like the orange one!amazing.

sloth
what make up product do you skip due to laziness?
this would be eyeshadow. i can’t ever put just one colour on, it has to be 5-8 colours. especially if i’m using my Urban Decay Naked Palette. and sometimes if i’m just going out for a drive or dinner with my friends, i cannot be bothered with that!

pride
what make up product makes you feel most confident about yourself?
definitely foundation. i hate when my skin is really bad although it could possibly be my own fault for not properly taking care of my skin. so when i have spots and especially in warm weather when my skins pigment just goes all over the place and my skin gets all blotchy, foundation is my best friend for covering the imperfections and evening out my skin tone. and i do feel better about myself.

lust
what trait in the opposite sex attracts you to them most?
this is so random? this isn’t even a make up or beauty related question. nonetheless it’s in the list… probably confidence. i cannot stand having to take the lead or anything. i don’t mean dancing and. i hate boys that you can’t hold a conversation with, they also need have to have good chat…and nice eyes! blue preferably.

envy
what make up product would you most like to receive as a gift?
Make Up Forever Flash Palette!!! i have wanted this forever!!! and it’s far too expensive!

these are my deadly sins.

catch up: i’ve said before, that i’ve been on a make up ban but i’ve ordered new shoes and cute jewellery from River Island and i’ll get them on my blog. River Island have a cute new collection and the jewellery is actually really inexpensive so i was shocked that i’ve gone and spent £21 and managed to buy 5 items! and none of them were sale items.it’s also summer and i’m off to TITP in 43 days (when it’s also my 22nd birthday. note: flash palette…) so i need to get out and buy some festival wear. the weather in Glasgow is gorgeous right now and i am temping in an office – just my luck. so when i get my beautiful pay from this job, i’ll be out shopping!!!!

LCSx

april favourites

Published May 1, 2012 by laurrx

i have been really bad on the blog front but i’m not gonna lie life’s pretty boring!! but in April i tried a couple of new shower products, no new make up products as i’m on a make up buying ban!

since i got blond put in my hair i have been a mega “i-love-my-hair” girl and i try my hardest to take care of it. i get in the shower with every intention of washing my hair, then i think of how long it takes to dry and style and change my mind. it’s a lot of effort, it tires me out to be honest. i probably wash my hair 2-3 times a week. i’ve never been one to wash my hair every day cause that just ruins your hair.

i always try different shampoos, conditioners and treatments etc, and i’ve tried a few specifically for blond hair, and when i was in Boots i seen the John Freida Sheer Blond Go Blonder range and bought the shampoo and conditioner.
these products contain citrus extracts and chamomile, and these ingredients help to maintain the healthy colour in your hair, by tightening the cuticles and strengthening the hair shaft. for all shades of natural, colour-treated or highlighted blonde hair, which means you don’t need to have naturally blond hair, which i don’t. a few people have reviewed the product online and claimed it’s allowed them to get their hair coloured every 8 weeks instead of 6 weeks, some other people have claimed it hasn’t worked at all. i don’t really understand why it works on some and not others, but i can say it’s not gave me colour so i can get my hair done after longer breaks, but it’s made my awful roots look less bad. another thing i have noticed, i just noticed tonight as i was washing my hair, i go through conditioner like nobody’s business but i feel like this has lasted really long, so i was definitely paying the price for the quantity. i think the formula is quite concentration, so i feel like after the first few times i learned that i don’t need to use as much as i do with other brands.

i am really loving all American TV right now, i’m so wired into Gossip Girl, Desperate Housewives, 90210, 2 Broke Girls (new on E4 – AMAZING) but last week the winner was totally and completely Glee – Wanna Dance With Somebody. the amazing tribute episode would have done the late Whitney Houston proud. i was so impressed. when i seen they were doing a Whitney tribute i was a bit unsure and thought “who can do it as well as Whitney” but i love love loved it. my favourite was Santana and Rachel singing “So Emotional”. i loved that a couple of the songs had their own spin, with a different beat and change of the words (Dance With Somebody).
i have a total and complete girl crush on Santana, and i absolutely hate Rachel, but i really enjoyed this one. Also, normally i can’t watch Kurt on TV but he absolutely KILLED “I Have Nothing”, he was amazing!!! i just loved it, and i think i may have watched it about 3 times since thursday and it’s saved on the Sky+ planner for more screenings!

 this has been a short favourite blog, it’s just that i haven’t had much going on. i’m planning the “30 photos” for June myself. I’m going to find a scavenger photo hunt for the month and try find at least one each day! it’ll be a fun one, i hope!

LCSx

march favourites

Published April 10, 2012 by laurrx

holy march this month actually flew in and i can’t believe it’s 10th april already. i had a few nights out, parties and a weekend away, so i had to use and pack alot of products and i had to be quite choosy so this is how i came up with my

march favourites

batiste dry shampoo XXL volume
it took me a few uses before i decided i liked it. i felt like it didn’t do what a dry shampoo should – make my greasy hair look greasy – and all it done was make my hair tuggy. but when i realised that i actually need volume in my hair sometimes and it really does work.  i love batiste! any kind of batiste really, but this is especially good when your hair needs that OOMPH!

no7 BBcream
i think i wrote about this in a spring blog so just a quick word about it. i’ve been using this NON STOP and i really do love it.

avon lavender and chamomile room spray
this is fully amazing, i absolutely love lavender scents. i spray this over my bed spread and pillows and spray it on my carpet. lavender is known for it’s healing and calming properties, so when it goes on my bed sheets it makes me so sleepy and i am such a terrible sleeper. recently my bed sheets have been drowned in the spray.

one tree hill
when Linda still lived with us, i tried to start watching one tree hill once, maybe twice and i just wasn’t interested at all. but when it was on E4 on mondays i kept watching it with her and i was loving the more recent series. so i was up at her flat and decided i’d start again, but i started from season 2 and i’ve become obsessed and actually confused (because i’ve been watching the DVDs, the present series and the reruns they have been playing on tv during the day). i’m on season 7 on DVD and the present series, and i really love it. my favourite thing about it, is the music. the soundtrack to one tree hill is actually amazing.

Nicki Minaj Pink Friday:  Roman Reloaded
FREAKING AMAZING!!!! i have actually fallen right in love with her these past few weeks! i love all the songs she’s done on Drake’s new album, the songs shes done with David Guetta and, of course, all her older stuff. my ultimate favourite songs on this album are Roman Holiday and Pound The Alarm. i am so extremely very excited about seeing her at TITP!!!!

I have put myself on a make ban, i don’t think i need anymore. so for now i have no new make up favourites, but i’m open to new hair products and TV shows!

LCSx

big mistake.

Published April 9, 2012 by laurrx

i made a huge error in making out like i could complete this challenge ’cause i clearly clearly cannot.

the last pic i uploaded was on the 3rd april. it’s now the 9th and i have pictures but over the easter holiday weekend i’ve hardly been and i’ve been too drunk then too hungover to even lift my lift.

so i’m going to give the rest of it a mix and maybe just do a different photo challenge if i can find good ones online, ’cause i really don’t want to go the “picture of you and 10 facts” and “picture of your wallet”.

a picture a day… 3rd April

Published April 4, 2012 by laurrx

i’m so disappointing… three days in and i failed to take a

 picture. but!!! in my defence i have a great reason…

yesterday morning i woke up at deadly 7am.  i sleepwalked right into the bathroom and had to rewind back to look out the window. SNOW. freaking snow in april! in spring! i was less than impressed, considering that this time last week it was 18-20 degrees outside. is this global warming?

anyway, everytime a random snowfall fell our way i was working! i was very upset about this because i never got the chance but this was well an truly my “things you don’t do every day” and that “thing” was curse and moan and hate and DESPISE this Scottish weather.

LCSx

spring fling – essentials for the season

Published March 28, 2012 by laurrx

the weather in scotland has been gorgeous this week. there was constant blue skies and the sun was out all day, in work i was sunning myself and actually got some colour. not bad for March, i thought!

but finally spring has sprung and the sun had shone, so i thought i’d share some of my favourite spring/summer products…

No7 Beautiful Skin BB Cream Normal/Dry, Medium
so, i only got this like a week ago but i already LOVE it. i think i’ve used it a bit more than i normally would because of the weather.  this BB Cream is SPF 15 and has 5* UVA technology which protects the skin. it’s great for this season and the weather we’ve been having – of which i hope we get more of – with it being really light on the skin. i use this in the day time, and set it with my MAC powder. with this BB Cream i don’t use concealer, well really in this weather i don’t use concealer (only because i’ve yet to come across a good one that will stay!), i only don’t use concealer because the shade of this i have seems to cover up enough with just one layer.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion – Original
primer is a great invention in the warm weather, there’s NOTHING worse than extreme panda eyes and smudged eyeshadow when you’re getting your tan on. this is the best primer i’ve ever used and it’s UD’s #1  best selling product and i can fully see why. primer potion makes colours pop and it’d make the colour on your eyes look great in this season. i’m sure i read that pastel colours were in and there’s nothing i dislike more than pastel eyeshadow, but after trying it out using the primer it looks really cute and would look great on holiday or just in the park with your friends, or sitting in a beer garden finding your next spring fling…

NARS Blush – Orgasm
i am just in love with this pinky-peachy-corally coloured blush. this picture does NOT do the colour justice (give the NARS website a visit and check it out). it highlights the cheeks as well with the subtle accents of gold shimmer. it’s a great colour for the time of year, really natural and bright. a big plus for this being a blush and faint highlighter, is that it’s a 2-1 which means the less product packed on your face when it’s warm or humid outside

MAC Lipstick – Girl About Town
the things i love the most about MAC lipsticks are probably…
1. the smell
2. the pigmented colour
3. how moisturising they are.
the strong pigmentation really helps in the weather and maybe fun spring activities, where you’d forget to re-apply so it really stays and you don’t need to worry about it. the lipsticks are so moisturising which is great, especially for people like me who forget to use product to prevent the lips from being burnt. and after the lips are burned they need to be moisturised and this not only helps the burnt lips, looks amazing on…the smell is just a bonus.

Some fun flower hair clips from various shops
i love putting flowers in my hair, at the weekend me and my sisters were rocking about Aberdeen with daffodils stuck in our hair. it always looks so summery and pretty. i need to stack up on them for the summer – TITP and Zante – so i can shove them in my hair for something cute to add to the style.

hope you loved my spring fling blog, what’s your favourite product for the sun and the season?

LCSx

Review – Revlon 3-Barrel Jumbo Ceramic Waver

Published March 19, 2012 by laurrx

i always forget about this purchase, and always always forget how good it is!

i seen someone review these on youtube before i went to Florida, and i’d never seen them here so when i was over there i bought them. i got them in Target for about $25-ish – can’t fully remember. i was impressed by both the price and how well they worked. i have curling tongs which cost around £30 in stores and my hair doesn’t hold in the curl for a full night out, and i paid probably about £20 for these wavers and my hair is wavy for at least 2 days!

they actually look ugly as hell, like big transformers and look mega tricky to work, but they are really easy – unless you’re my sister and burn yourself…

another feature is changing the temperature – there’s settings 1-30. mines are always set at 30 cause they work best and make more prominent waves. i assume the lower settings make a subtle wave.

the barrels heat up really quickly – i burnt my hand today… and theres a clip right at the bottom of the handle, near the cord and it clips the handle down for easy storage. i find it really helpful because i have these, tongs, a hairdryer and straighteners in my drawer and they’re all entwined together…

this is the best picture i could find, i’m actually quite annoyed at myself for not using them more than i have. this was my 21st last July. (the dress is from a department in Macy’s…Grass Collection). it was a beach party and i’d been running around all day preparing the hall and buffet and that, so it was a quick idea. And the “beach waves” were fitting for my beach party theme.

in Target it was $25 as i said, i just found it on Amazon and it’s $22ish. but i can’t find it on UK amazon…?

i’m going to Aberdeen this weekend, and i’m planning on taking them since my hair worked out nicely today until the RAIN got it’s hands on it!!! i was not pleased.

i recommend these wavers 1000000%! they are really impressive and really inexpensive!

LCSx

LMFAO and Lemon Drizzle

Published March 13, 2012 by laurrx

sorry for party rocking
on saturday i went to see LMFAO at the Barrowlands in town. and it was
IMMENSE
i loved them before this and now after this i LOVE LOVE LOVE them. i wanna go see them again. it was without a doubt the best gig i’ve ever been to, it was so mad. i honestly don’t think i had the best of views but i could see him when people weren’t mega bouncing about in front of me. it was so mad, everyone was just jumping about like mad. i completely fancy Red Foo now! ♥

i’m trying hard to not turn my blog into a baking blog, but lately all i feel like i’ve been doing is baking. the rainbow cakes proved a thumbs up with the family, and i took some in to work and the girls LOVED them!

March has been a bit of a quiet month, with not much to really share apart from this! i did start to make cupcakes on friday night until i got tempted by company and alcohol. i wanted to make chocolate mint icing until this too. it’s on my baking agenda – but it’s  bad choice as i started a Military Style Holiday Body Regime! oops…

anyway lemon drizzle!

120g butter (i recommend Stork butter for cakes…it’s the best!)
120g caster sugar
2 eggs
finely grated lemon zest – 1 lemon
120g self raising flour

drizzle topping
juice 1 lemon
85g icing sugar 

1. heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. combine sugar and butter until pale and creamy. add eggs one at a time, them add the flour in slowly, mixing at intervals. grease your choice of loaf tin/cake tin (here i used a silicone loaf mould), and pour in mixture, leveling the top.
2. bake for 45-50 minutes until you can pull a clean knife or skewer out of the middle. while te cake is cooling, mix lemon juice and icing sugar together until all is combined. poke a fork into the cake several times and then drizzle the icing mix on top. 

i didn’t take any pictures of this one, but it wasn’t that successful. unfortunately i made too much mix (as the recipe i read called for double of what i’ve said) and it was too much for my little mould. it was completely burnt at the top and not ready in the middle. so i had to shave the top off and it didn’t have that nice crisp topping. i also made it FAR to lemony!

i feel like baking right now. i always bake whenever i feel something really strongly, if that makes sense? i have an interview tomorrow, so i am REALLY nervous and i find that baking gives you time to think. now i’m googling recipes…Madeira cake. is that bad for you?

i don’t see me doing so well on this diet anymore…

LCSx