February 28, 2013

Along Came Betty: Tan You Tell




It's fare to say that i am very pale right now. I haven't seen the sun for months and i haven't been on holiday for over two years, so sometimes i need a little helping hand to give me a nice healthy glow. The other day i was browsing Tesco when i came across this new fake tan by a brand called Along Came Betty. My friends used to call me Betty and the packaging just seemed so cute....so i put it in the basket and deemed it FATE. It was £4.89 so i have to say i was a bit sceptical at how orange i would turn.....but alas this tan is a gorgeous natural even looking warm colour, which matches what colour i would go naturally in the sun. I guess it says it in the name 'Tan you Tell' at how natural it looks. It also smells lovely and is very moisturising. I used this on my face too, which is very sensitive at the moment and it didn't break me out so in my eyes thats a winner!  

I am on the look out for a nice face tanner though as i haven't dabbled with those before... i'm thinking Clarins? Let me know your recommendations. 
Beth x
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February 27, 2013

The contents of my Make-Up bag

Dior Amber Diamond Shimmer Powder, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser, MAC Studio Careblend Pressed powder
Nars Laguna Bronzer, Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation, Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette
Nars Deep Throat Blusher, YSL Touche Eclat, L'oreal Super Liner Perfect Slim
Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer, Lancome Le Crayon Khol
Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara, Laura Mercier Roman Moon Creme Lip Colour 

It goes without saying that my love for make-up is quite substantial... just like my collection. I have a lot. I love it all. I know its sad, but its who i am and its why i am apart of the beauty blogosphere. My make-up bag is quite refined in comparison and i only have my very most loved products in it. Most of the products in my make-up bag i will repurchase again and again because i just couldn't live without them.... and if someone said i had to chose between my collection of make-up or my make-up bag, my make-up bag would win hands down every time. Bye bye MAC eye palettes and lipsticks *waves and sheds a tear*. So i thought it would be nice if i gave you a little insight into my most loved products, so that if you don't already have them, you can go and check them out and maybe fall in love with them, like i have done. 

First up i want to talk about NARS. NARS is a fantastic make-up brand and most of the products they sell are brilliant. NARS sheer glow is one of my favourite foundations, but the two products i really couldn't live without are NARS Laguna Bronzer and NARS Deep Throat Blusher. Laguna is the only bronzer that doesn't make me look like an oompa loompa and is pefect for pale skin. Deep Throat is a shimmery pink blush, which sits on the cheeks beautifully and looks very natural. There isn't another make-up brand on earth that does bronzer and blusher like it. That brings me on to Dior Amber Diamond highlighter, there isn't a highlighter like it. I love the look of glowy, healthy skin and Amber Diamond gives you that without looking fake because its such a refined powder. I have found through trial and error that a lot of liquid highlighters (not naming any names) tend to give you an un-natural white glitter stripe and some powder highlighters clog the skin and show off pimples and pores even more.

Laura Mercier is one incredible lady. I use her tinted moisturiser for day time and her  silk creme foundation for night time. Both give you the glow i keep banging on about. I have only just recently dabbled with her lipsticks, but again Roman Moon has gone straight to the top of my most favourite. It is a very wearable orangey red and goes with every skin tone, especially pale.

Lets move on to eyes. I love accentuating my eyes but i try to do it as subtly as i can.  Thats where the Urban Decay Naked palette comes in. It is perfect and it is small. In all honesty i am probably having a little eyeshadow love affair with this at the moment. But i am sure i will go back to my favourite MAC shadows from time to time. Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Mascara is incredible. It's even better than Lancome Hypnose Mascara and thats saying something. It is a very heavy weight mascara but that makes it all the more luxurious. It will make even the smallest of eyelashes look amazing. I think L'oreal do the best liner, Super Liner is a very slim sponge tipped applicator, which is just how i like it. If i am honest, i don't always use this because i much prefer the look of a kohl pencil, which brings me on to Lancome. The crayon is in noir and it is a true black colour that stays put on the water line. What more can you ask for?

So all that is left to talk about is concealer. I love MAC studio finish concealer but i have run out *sobs*. Collection 2000 lasting perfection concealer is my second choice and for the price you really can't complain. Lastly and most importantly is YSL Touche Éclat. This is a beauty bag staple for someone like me who is an insomniac and has genetically inherited the biggest darkest circles *cheers mum & dad!*. I put this on when i know pictures are going to be taken and it stops me from looking like a i haven't slept for 4694309 days. 

So if you have got to the end of my essay about the contents of my make-up bag then well done you. You deserve a medal of some sort. Anyway i hope that was helpful or insightful and i would love to hear about your beauty staples. What make-up item could you not live without? 
Beth x

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February 23, 2013

London Fashion Week: My favourites

Todays post shall mostly be images of beautiful clothing that i will never EVER be able to afford but what i will always try to recreate from clothes on the high street. 

Here are my favourites from LFW:

Felder and Felder
This outfit is the epitome of what i love; skinny jeans, a comfy jumper, a trench and pointed heels.


Erdem
Erdem was by far one of my favourite collections, mixing black/grunge perfectly with feminine lilacs and pinks.


Burberry Prorsum
I am glad to see that the high-waisted midi length skirts are here to stay for a/w 13. 


Francesco Scognamiglio
His name might be a mouthful but its ok because his collection was incredible. Every outfit was chic and feminine but with a dark and edgy side. I love this outfit.


Christopher Kane
Sexual silhouette dresses.  Incredible.

David Koma
Understated sexy. The perfect LBD.

Mulberry
Navy trousers and long leather gloves. Perfect for winter. Now all i need is a poodle...


Tom Ford
Bold print maxi dresses. So beautiful.

Let me know what you fell in love with at London Fashion week. From now on i will be buying more trousers and midi skirts and hopefully a gorgeous dress or two.

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February 05, 2013

Gift Ideas: for her

Love it or loathe it, Valentines day is soon approaching. I thought it may be wise to give the male readers of my blog a little help when it comes to getting that perfect gift for the one they love. I'm not being judgemental here, so if you know you are more than competent enough to get the right gift for your lady then WELL DONE YOU! However, if you are completely stuck for ideas and have been that guy who left it to the last minute (forgot) only to run to Tesco and pick the last crap card left on the shelf or a bouquet of shit flowers from the local petrol station, then carry on reading......

Now, what a girl really wants from their husband/boyfriend/fiancé or friend with benefits is to receive something that has been thought about. I can help you, but i can't do it all. So have a think about her personality....is she a girly girl? or does she hate flowers and cheesy stuff like teddies and chocolates? Keep that in mind as we begin:



1. Perfume. A good choice is Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb, it smells very sweet and i haven't met a girl yet who doesn't love the scent. Already got it? Try Ralph Lauren Romance... the perfect perfume for a romantic candle lit dinner. Talking of candles......


2. Candles. If your girl loves to relax then a Yankee Candle is the way forward. Make sure you know what kind of smells she likes, some can be very floral and others very sweet.  I quite fancy the sound of red velvet cake but she may hate it.


3. Jewellery. This is always a good move, especially if it comes in a tiffany blue box. Think about it though, if she has a sparse looking pandora bracelet...then try getting her a love heart charm for it. Or if she loves Swarovski then think about a heart shaped necklace.


4. Roses. There isn't anything wrong with buying your loved one roses. Just make sure you get the right kind of flowers or colour she likes. Also try somewhere like Marks and Spencer Flowers as it may work out cheaper than going to your local flower shop where they charge £5 per red rose.


5. A keyring. This is the perfect gift if you are moving in together. I know it doesn't sound like much, but when its a heart shaped Mulberry key ring its different. Again think about what kind of bag she carries and if it will go with it. 




6. Lush.  A heart shaped box full of gorgeous smelling bath products is bound to make her happy. Lush do a wide selection of boxes, so if she is already a fan of Lush try picking out one with the bath bombs she usually buys.

7. Heels. If your girlfriend is into fashion, then how about splurging on a pair of red heels and leaving a little note inside saying "Wear me tonight for our date". Again think about where she shops. Does she love Kurt Geiger? or is she more of a designer chick? NEVER FORGET that nothing says i love you like a pair of red soled shoes. Similarly, you could buy her a little red dress from ASOS for your date......

8. Hotel Chocolat. Does your lady have a sweet tooth? Hotel Chocolat have got it covered with their wide range of valentines chocolates and hampers. Pair this with a romantic dvd and a home cooked meal and you have got valentines day covered for half the price of going to the cinema and a top notch restaurant. 




9. A photo frame. Is your loved one a home body? A sweet Valentines gift would be a photo frame with personal words, like this one from Etsy.


10. If your lady loves to read or is a gadget queen, try a Kindle or an Ipad Mini and downloading her a few of her favourite books and music would get you top boyfriend/husband points.


Finally and on a side note..... Nothing says i FANCY THE PANTS OFF YOU....like Agent Provocateur.....
This ones technically a gift for both of you but if your girl loves her underwear then you will probably strike very lucky on the 14th Feb ;-)



I guarantee that this Valentines day you will put a smile on her face rather than tears in her eyes....and probably put yourself in the good books for hmmm at least the rest of the year.


Girls leave me a comment below telling me what your perfect valentines day gift would be and maybe leave this page open for your guy to *stumble* across....A subtle hint wont do your fella any harm! If you aren't loved up right at the minute.... don't forget theres nothing wrong with treating yourself :) x
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