30 October, 2013

Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

If, like me, you usually leave your Halloween costume to the last minute here are some ideas that won't break the bank & will leave you Halloween-ready for tomorrow. Whether you want to look traditional, sweet, or just plain terrifying!

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All you need is a bit of face paint & this look is sorted. Last year I went for a half skeleton/half pin-up look (far left pic).

Wear with...skeleton


Again a fairly simple, but very effective, one. Pale face: check. Pigtails: check. Huge eyelashes: check.

Wear with...


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For a camp classic costume you can't beat Dorothy. Accessorize with a basket full of goodies & you're good to go!

Wear with...

What are you dressing up as this Halloween? Let me know your ideas in the comments :)


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28 October, 2013

Monday Review: Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder

This week is another beauty bloggers' favourite: Rimmel's Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder in shade '001 Transparent', £3.99 for 14g.

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What Rimmel say...
Up to 5 hours natural shine control with natural minerals. Helps minimise the appearance of pores. 

I picked this powder up on my way through Birmingham airport as a cheap alternative to my MAC Prep + Prime Translucent Finishing Powder. I'd heard a lot of good things so was expecting a fair bit from this little baby. I chose the shade 'Transparent' because I'm not a fan of powders that add colour to the face (it's hard enough finding a foundation that matches my skin tone without a powder undoing all that good work!) The Stay Matte powder is fairly transparent, I've not noticed that it adds any colour to my face, & it's very quick & easy to use -- only needing a quick dab or swipe of a powder brush to get a lot of powder on the bristles. I wouldn't say it kept shine at bay for a whole 5 hours but I never felt super oily at any point throughout the day when wearing this.

I would give this powder 
I do like it but I much prefer the MAC Prep + Prime (although not so much its price tag!) I prefer the white/translucent colour of the MAC powder & the fact that in comes as a compact -- the Rimmel packaging is a bit naff & could easily break when travelling. I probably would repurchase the Stay Matte powder but only, like last time, if I couldn't afford the MAC.

Have you tried it? What did you think?


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25 October, 2013

Friday I'm in Love: Most Wanted #31

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Where to buy...

Since pink has become the colour 'du saison' I cannot get enough of it. These Zara trews are amazing!
What do you think? Too much pink or the perfect A/W addition?


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23 October, 2013

Hair Inspiration: Do Blondes Have More Fun?

So, since Kimmy K graced us with her new blonde 'do I've not been able to get the idea of going a bit lighter out of my head. It's been at least 10 years since I rocked blonde highlights but I'm mighty tempted to give it a go again & these ladies are the reason why...

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All images from neginmirsalehi.com

What are your thoughts? Are you a fan of Kim's new colour too? Should I take the plunge? Let me know in the comments below!


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21 October, 2013

Monday Review: Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation

This Monday's review is a little beauty that has been doing the rounds non-stop in the beauty blogsophere: Chanel's Vitalumiere Aqua foundation, £32 for 30ml.

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What Chanel say (get ready for some lolz!)
A new-generation texture. An unprecedented sensory experience. A unique makeup result. Rapid and easy application. VITALUMIÈRE AQUA. Apply your makeup without thinking about it.

Its soft and evanescent ultra-fine fluid texture is a real surprise. Although it is exceptionally delicate and light, an incomparable “second-skin” perfecting result is achieved. The complexion appears amazingly even, fresh and energized. The skin glows with seemingly nude beauty. As if glowing from within. Bathed in light… 

Its formula, endowed with a UVB sun filter and mineral sunscreen, protects the skin from damaging sun rays (SPF 15). Its crystalline fragrance accentuates the sensation of freshness and pleasure on application.

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I bought this much-raved-about product when going through Duty Free a couple of weeks ago & really wasn't expecting much. I think I'd tried a sample in a magazine & hated it (I recall it sinking into my pores & giving me less coverage than a tinted moisturiser). However, there's something to be said for mass hype & at the discounted price I thought I'd give it another go.

I'm so glad I did. I've been really impressed by this foundation. The coverage is light but certainly not as sheer as I was expecting. You could wear it fairly sheer but if, like me, your skin is pretty good but with areas of redness/dark circles/slight discolouration this is brilliant. I've used my fingers and Sigma F80 brush to apply this & it looks lovely using both. The texture is very light & fluid, but not watery, & application really is 'rapid and easy'. Overall coverage is light-medium & the finish is very natural, neither dewy nor completely matte.

I would give this foundation 
I really do love it. I didn't think something so light would be my thing but I've really enjoyed using it.
The shade range isn't great (9 different colours), however, even though the lightest shade '10 Beige' is slightly dark on me, because the product can be really buffed in along the jawline & onto the neck until it's very sheer, the colour actually looks great.

Have you tried this foundation? What did you think; is it worth the price tag & the hype? Let me know in the comments below 


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18 October, 2013

Friday I'm in Love: Most Wanted #30

Mink Pink Dress

Where to buy...

I've been lusting after this Mink Pink hamsa hand dress for a while now; I love how relaxed it looks.
It's also now in the sale which is making me mighty tempted to buy it... What do you think?


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16 October, 2013

2013 Book Review - October: Casino Royale

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Casino Royale by Ian Fleming

Firstly, how good are the Casino Royale book covers? There were so many to choose from! Top left is my favourite...

Anywho! On to the review. So this month's book is another book I read for my book club. Despite James Bond being such a huge phenomenon over the last 60 years, none of our group had ever read a 007 book -- seen the films, of course, but not actually picked up Fleming's original text. I'm a huge James Bond fan (read: all Bond films since Daniel Craig took up the protagonist's role), with Casino Royale being my absolute favourite, so I was really excited to read the book; in particular to see how the film & novella compared.

I wasn't disappointed. From where the film picks up at the Casino in Montenegro (Royale, France in the book) the adaptation is fairly close. A lot less tech in the 1953 book, however still just as fun & action-packed. At times the book did show its age, namely the ridiculously misogynistic thought process Bond goes through when Vesper is kidnapped: 'This was just what he had been afraid of. These blithering women who thought they could do a man's work. Why the hell couldn't they stay at home and mind their pots & pans and stick to their frocks and gossip and leave men's work to the men. [...] The silly bitch.' Umm... wow. Right OK, James... *awkward pause*. However, the plot twist at the end, revealing Vesper isn't exactly who she says she is, does make this statement seem all the more ridiculous; perhaps Mr Bond will give us gals some more credit in the next installment?

Despite that aside, Casino Royale was exactly what I wanted it to be: fun, exciting, and exotic. I was also pleasantly surprised that Fleming explored Bond's thought-process regarding "good" & "bad"; it was nice to know that this trained killer didn't think he was some kind of white knight coming to save us all from the "baddies". I really enjoyed every 200-odd page of this book & would recommend it to anyone wanting a bit of fun & escapism on their morning commute or pre-bedtime wind down.

Have you read Casino Royale or any of Ian Fleming's other James Bond books?
What did you think?


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2013 Reading Challenge

2013 Reading Challenge
Charlee has read 18 books toward her goal of 25 books.
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