27 February, 2013

Make-up Brush Storage Ideas


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Since practically every woman I know has a hefty stack of make-up brushes to her name, I thought I'd give my take on a quirky way I like to store my brushes. These are two mugs which I found in our loft at home but I've seen similar ones in charity shops & at car boot sales for only a couple of quid.

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I think they're a bit different & fun :) what do you think?

MYSTRINGALING X

26 February, 2013

Monday Review: Nivea Express Hydration Primer

This week's Monday review (on a Tuesday, oops!) is a product I've been dying to try for a long time: Nivea's Express Hydration Primer, Normal & Combination Skin (a dry skin version is also available), £3.99 for 50ml.

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What Nivea say...
Enriched with vitamins & natural lotus extract. Provides an even and smooth base for effective make-up application and helps your make-up stay put. Absorbs instantly thanks to its light texture. Uses an effective hydrator for long-lasting moisturisation and a soft skin feeling.

Results...
I used to use a primer all the time (either Laura Mercier or Smashbox) but they tend to be fairly pricey & recently my budget just hasn't been able to stretch, therefore, when I saw this new Nivea 2 in 1 I thought all my Christmases had come at once (maybe a slight exaggeration :P) I was really surprised to find Boots don't stock this & so I ended up buying it from Tesco - what's up with that, Boots?
The moisturiser/primer itself is really lovely, it's extremely light & has an almost gel-like consistency. As the blurb claims, it does absorb into the skin very quickly & leaves your face feeling really soft & smooth. It has a slight scent to it, I'd describe it as fresh (sort of like the Head & Shoulders scent actually) but it's very soft & so not at all off-putting (I'm not a fan of perfumed moisturisers). The packaging is lovely, a nice heavy glass pot meaning easy application (no squeezing or shaking) & it looks pretty on your dresser too.

Overall...
Overall I would give this moisturiser  (4.5 actually, apparently there doesn't seem to be a half star!)
Whilst I wouldn't say this product definitely helped my makeup stay on longer it didn't make it slide off either & it did provide a perfect base for make-up application. I love the feel of it, the smell & the packaging & for under a fiver I think it's a bargain.

Have you tried this moisturiser/primer? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below :)

MYSTRINGALING X

24 February, 2013

Crazy For Cobalt

The hottest colour at London Fashion Week, meet your new best friend: Cobalt.

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22 February, 2013

Friday I'm in Love: Most Wanted #7

This week it's not even funny how much I'm in love with what I'm about to show you, it's everything I could ever want in an item of clothing: the beauty that is these love bird jeans, ahhh!

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As seen on the wonderful Dawn O'Porter (I adore that woman!) I am so in love with these jeans by Dittos.

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I'm going to go & cry now & mourn the fact that I cannot afford these $118 jeans :'(

MYSTRINGALING X

20 February, 2013

Yee-haww! #OOTD

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Shirt: Primark (£10) // Skinnies: Leigh, Topshop // Belt: eBay, from this seller // Loafers: River Island sale (£5, bargain!)

Howdy partners! I've decided to post more outfit of the day posts (as they're the ones I like to look at/read the most) so I hope you 
like today's wild west offering (ish!)

I bought this shirt on Sunday & absolutely love it (nice one, Primarni!) The belt is from eBay & whilst it's not particularly in keeping with my cowgal look I needed something to hold my trousers up, simple as that :)

These were taken quickly before heading out with my Ma for some quality Wednesday times; let me know what you think, 
would you like to see more OOTD posts?

MYSTRINGALING X




18 February, 2013

Monday Review: Collection Eyebrow Definer

Some of you may have found recently that it is impossible to find a No. 17 eyebrow pencil anywhere! (where have you gone lovely pencils?!) I've used the 17 eyebrow pencil for years to fill in & shape my brows but recently they all seem to have gone AWOL & I've had to find a replacement. Duh duh! Welcome this Monday's review: Collection Eyebrow Definer, £2.79

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What Collection say...   
Enhance & define brows (not that much really!)

Results...
I've always used 17's brow pencils as I've found others too dark (not a good look) so I was gutted when I couldn't find my beloved pencil anywhere. However! Collection's 'eyebrow definer' is the perfect replacement. I bought shade 3 'blonde', not too light, not too dark, juuuust right (see a colour swatch on my hand above). The pencil doesn't need a sharper, you just turn it up as you need it (nifty!) The only downside is that the formulation is quite soft & so on a warm day this would by a hot mess, however, the soft formula does mean that you can quickly & easily fill your brows without looking like they've just been drawn on.

Overall rating...
I'd give this brow pencil 
It's a brilliant colour (I would have thought that there's at last 3 shades, as 'blonde' is shade 3 but the website only shows two) either way 'blonde' is perfect for my colouring. Because the formula is a bit soft I've not given it 5 out of 5 but it came very close, perhaps a 4.9 :)

Have you used this pencil? What did you think? Or has anyone else struggled to find a 17 brow pencil?
Let me know in the comments below :)

MYSTRINGALING X

17 February, 2013

Call Me Maybe #OOTD

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After washing my hair this morning I felt all Carly Rae J (hence the title); the sunshine put me in such a good mood that I thought I'd debut my new ASOS blouse -- I'm in love!

I hope you're all having a lovely Sunday!

MYSTRINGALING X

15 February, 2013

Friday I'm in Love: Most Wanted #6

This week it's all about loafers, loafery McLoafers: I love them! The only choice is, classic or quirky?

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I absolutely love the blue sole on these JC loafers, not to mention the spikes; I think it's a really interesting twist on a classic. Then there's the classic: the Russell & Bromley 'Chester', these babies have been around for donkeys years (they're now part of R&B's 'Heritage' collection); black patent leather - a wardrobe staple. I am currently saving my pennies!

Do you like loafers? Which pair are your favourite?

MYSTRINGALING X

14 February, 2013

SS13 Topshop Debutante Collection


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Always fancied yourself as a Jackie O, Blair Waldorf type? Yep, me too & now Topshop is making it oh so easy for us, welcome the Debutante collection. Classic shapes in bold & beautiful prints, perrrfect for Spring/Summer :)

MYSTRINGALING X

12 February, 2013

Monday Review: Bourjois Healthy Mix & 123 Perfect Foundation

This week's Monday review is on a Tuesday (I was too excited about awards season fashion that that took priority yesterday!) However, this week's review is a double whammy, 2 for the price of 1: Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation, £9.99 (30ml) & Bourjois 123 Perfect foundation, £10.99 (30ml).

Bourjois 123 Perfect

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What Bourjois say...
A new generation foundation to correct and conceal all blemishes. Give your skin a rested and radiant complexion and a flawless, even finish for up to 16hrs. Innovation: 3 colour correcting pigments for 0 imperfections. 1. Yellow pigments – conceals dark circles for a rested look. 2. Mauve pigments – corrects dullness. 3. Green pigments – neutralises redness for an even out the complexion radiance. Soft and smooth formula for an undetectable, second skin finish. Available in 9 natural shades to suit all skin types.
Results...
I really liked the formula of this foundation, it was smooth & almost velvety & the colour (when first applied) was brilliant. However, I felt that after a few minutes the foundation seemed as though it had oxidised & the colour looked a lot more orangey than when I'd first applied it. I also found the formulation very drying -- during the winter my normal/combination skin goes a lot drier & this didn't help. The colouring/coverage of under eye circles/darkness was brilliant, I often didn't need to use anything under my eyes when using this product as it had already done the correcting for me. The packaging was lovely -- some people don't like glass bottled foundations but I think it makes them look more expensive -- & the labelling was attractive, however, I do think £10.99 is at the pricier end for highstreet/"drugstore" foundations.
Overall rating...
I would give this foundation 
I think if you had really oily skin this foundation would be perfect -- the finish is very matte, unfortunately it just made my skin feel quite tight & dry. The colour range isn't great, I bought shade 51 Vanille Clair, the lightest, & it was still a tad dark so I'd avoid this product if you were extremely fair.


Bourjois Healthy Mix

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What Bourjois say...
Bourjois first radiance-boosting fruit therapy foundation: a flawless complexion for up to 16hrs! 70% more radiance! Its exquisite and glide-on formula blends onto the skin for a flawless, yet natural finish. 8 hours moisture. Lets skin breathe. High tolerance dermatologically tested. Available colours: 51 Vanille Clair, 52 Vanille, 53 Beige Clair, 54 Beige, 55 Beige Fonce, 56 Hale Clair, 57 Hale, 58 Hale Fonce.
Results...
This foundation was so easy to apply & left my skin with a slightly dewy finish, but not at all shiny. The coverage was exactly what I wanted (medium buildable) & the colour was a really good match (also shade 51 Vanille Clair but this foundation didn't seem to oxidise). The bottle is plastic making it lightweight but fairly average looking.
Overall rating...
I would give this foundation 
The colour & finish are both great, however, it's not quite as impressive as Rimmel's Match Perfection foundation, which is also a few £s cheaper. I think this foundation would be good for any skin type, it wasn't drying but it also didn't leave me really shiny + this looks the best, of any foundation that I've tried, after 12+ hours -- perfect for weekday wear :)

Have you tried either of these Bourjois foundations? What did you think? I know the Healthy Mix foundation has received a lot of hype in the blogosphere, & rightly so. Let me know what you think in the comments below :)

MYSTRINGALING X

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11 February, 2013

Awards Season - Who Wore What

Ahh possibly the most exciting way to start a new year: awards shows every other week with a whole heap of glam thrown in for good measure. I love watching the red carpets at these events & seeing how some people really do make the most stunning choices, & others just leaving you feeling a bit confused, but it's all part of the fun & games, non?

I've been waiting to put this post together for a few weeks, I wanted to wait until the Oscars on the 24th but after seeing the Baftas and the Grammys last night I'm too excited! So, let's begin...

The Golden Globes

The GGs were a few weeks back now but by golly they were beautiful, here are my absolute favourites.

Globes Faves
JLo in Zuhair Murad // Sofia Vergara in Michael Cinco // Nicole Richie in Naeem Khan

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Michelle Dockery in Alexander McQueen

I loved these four gowns as soon as I saw them. I love the lace detailing on Jlo, Nicole & Michelle's dresses (the skin colour lining of JLo's dresses matches her skin tone perrrfectly) & well, it would be hard to not like Sofia's dresses, she's looks like a Jessica Rabbit siren!

The Screen Actors' Guild Awards (SAGs)

The SAGs, I thought, were very hit & miss but I think these three, especially, really nailed it.

SAG faves
Nicole Kidman in Vivienne Westwood // Rose Byrne in Valentino // Jennifer Garner in Oscar de la Renta

Nicole outshone every other lady in navy (Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer Lawrence, I'm looking at you), she was glitzy without being brash & the detailing was beautiful. Similarly the simple brushed gold sequins of Jennifer Garner's dress meant she looked sleek and classic. Rose Byrne's look was a bit like Marmite, some loved it, some hated, I loved it. I think she looked soft, feminine, & very 20s without looking as though she was trying too hard: a beautiful nod to the feminine trend next season.

The Baftas

The British weather did not help these lovelies with their choice of gowns for last night's awards but these three really stood out to me.

Baftas Faves
Marion Cotillard in Dior Haute Couture // Anne Hathaway in Burberry // Amy Adams in Ellie Saab Haute Couture

Marion, bless her, stood miles out from the crowd in this incredible Dior citrus gown. The shape of it is so unusual, & I know a lot of people won't like it, but I think she can pull this quirky style off & the colour looked incredible on her. Likewise I think Amy Adams looks incredible in this black lace gown (I am a huge Ellie Saab fan); her hair & makeup make this whole look so classic, I love it! I've been a little bit disappointed with Ms Hathaway during awards season, she doesn't seem to have left the comfort of black or white gowns & it would be nice to see her in some colour. I do, however, think her hair is looking gorgeous & her dress is very flattering for her figure, just not exciting enough for me.

The Grammys

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Rihanna in Alaia

When I first saw Rih Rih on the red carpet I wasn't sure how I felt about this dress, after seeing her move in it, it really grew on me. Apart from the lack of bra (oh, Rihanna) she looked really happy & comfortable in this dress, it was a pretty yet vampy gown & I really liked her in it + her hair & makeup were stunning.

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Florence Welch in Givenchy Haute Couture 

If anyone can work this Medusa-esque Givenchy look it's Flo. I thought the colour was perfect for her & yes the little dino-like lumps were a bit odd but it's the Grammys, everyone has a bit of fun with their outfit.

Grammys Faves
Beyonce in Osman // Adele in Valentino // Janelle Monae in Moschino 

I loved these three ladies; Bey in trousers? Genius! Adele in colour? Incredible! & then Janelle Monae in her matador inspired ensemble, brilliant!

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Katy Perry in Gucci

I loved Katy's Grammys dress, I just think, like Rih Rih, she had boob issues. Yes she's got a cracking pair but it just seemed a bit much. I love that she's channeling Priscilla Presley & her hair & makeup are beautiful but I just think there's a bit too much boob. Below are shots of the dress from the Gucci website (it could be yours for a mere £3360) & I think, whilst it's not as figure hugging on the model, it looks a lot prettier being a bit more demure.

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Aaaand finally...
I  couldn't write this post without ending on this bizarre bombshell. Since Angelina flashed her whole leg at last year's Oscars, it seems like everyone wants a bit of the action. Please, ladies, just no.

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Who were your best & worst dressed this awards season? Let me know in the comments below :)

MYSTRINGALING X

08 February, 2013

Friday I'm in Love: Most Wanted #5

This week I am seriously lusting after these Chloé-esque boots. Yes, they've been around for a few years now but these puppies 
are looking as good as ever!

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All boots found on eBay: top left // top right // bottom left // bottom right

I actually caved to my own lusting peer pressure & ordered the bottom right pair. I don't think they look that great in the picture but for £20ish I thought I'd give them a go & I'm so chuffed with them :D in the flesh they have slightly pointier toes which I really like
+ they don't look cheap: winners! 

What are your thoughts on these boots? A bit "done" or still the perfect compliment to your wardrobe?

MYSTRINGALING X

06 February, 2013

2013 Book Review - February: Lucky

The second review of the year is a faaaaabulous book by the equally fabulous Jackie Collins. I have waxed lyrical about this woman endlessly before, she's brilliant. If you've never read any of her work the old cliché applies: don't judge her books by the cover.

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I find all of Jackie's books so addictive & so easy to read; they're the perfect holiday novel. The Santangelo novels (of which Lucky is the second in the series) begin with Chances, with Lucky picking up a few years after Chances left off. Spanning the next few years in Lucky & her father Gino Santangelo's lives the book is filled with glamour, travel, business highs &, of course, sex (it's Jackie!) Get a copy now for Summer 2013; hell, why wait until then? Get reading now!

Have you ever read any of Jackie's books? Are you, like me, a big fan of her scandalous plots & exciting backdrops? Let me know what you think in the comments below :)

MYSTRINGALING

05 February, 2013

Treat Yourself: Enrapture Totem Styler Less Than Half Price!

Woweee kids, boots.com have gone all lovely for Valentine's Day & added some huge online discounts; my personal fave being the almighty Enrapture Totem Styler.

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Perfect for creating ringlets, bohemian curls or soft waves by encoding your look and adding style to short, medium or long hair. This next generation curling tool features a unique totem barrel that allows you to set the three zones to different temperatures using the encoder dial, resulting in an array of different curls.

This badboy is usually £74.99 but by using the discount code 'TOTEM' online (when you're at the checkout) you can snap it up for £29.99. Get buying now before the deal ends!

See my review of the Enrapture Jumbo Waver here :)

MYSTRINGALING X

04 February, 2013

Monday Review: No 17 Wild Curls Mascara

Hello hello! It's been a really long time since I reviewed/discussed any mascaras & since I believe they're one of the most important elements of anyone's makeup routine I thought I'd review the two I've been using most recently: Boots No 17 'Wild Curls' mascara, £6.29 (9ml)

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What No 17 say...
Take a walk on the wild side this summer with SEVENTEEN Wild Curls Mascara and create an intense look that will really put the ‘grrr’ into great lashes.
A flick of this fabulous new mascara creates sexy, smoldering and sultry eyes that are loaded with volume and intense curl for a feline finish.
The innovative shocking pink brush coats and coaxes for clump-free, ravishing lashes. The wild brush has soft, uneven bristles that allow you to get right to the root and dramatically lift lashes.
With six times more volume SEVENTEEN Wild Curls Mascara will hold that intense effect for up to 10 hours, keeping you looking purr’fect all day long. The fabulous animal print packaging will also look ferocious in your make-up bag and help you stand out in the crowd.
Create lashes as sultry and striking as the night with the new SEVENTEEN Wild Curls Mascara in Wildest Black and let your lashes do the talking with bold, night-time allure.

Results...
Until reading Boots's blurb I had no idea that the applicator brush was meant to be 'shocking pink' but oh well! The mascara itself is actually really good; the small brush means that you can really work the product into your lashes & it doesn't clump meaning your lashes look thick from root to tip. I would agree as well that the mascara helps to curl your lashes; I've not used eyelash curlers for the past few weeks because I need to replace the rubber pads on them but I've not noticed that the curl of my lashes has particularly suffered because of it. 
This is how the mascara looks after application (hello, big eye!)
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Overal rating...
I'd give this mascara 
I really like this product (having originally bought it because I had a voucher to get it for £1: bargain!) Since buying it originally in 'black' I have repurchased it (as you can see) in 'wildest black', I don't think there's much difference in the colours but the consistency of the 'wildest black' mascara does seem a bit thicker. I do need to reapply mascara to my bottom lashes after about 6-8 hours, however, it lasts 10+ hours on my top lashes without needing touch-ups: winner :)
Have you tried this mascara? What did you think? Do you prefer to use cheaper brands like No 17 or splash out on high end goodies? Let me know in the comments below :)

MYSTRINGALING X

03 February, 2013

Wanderlust: The Far East

If you're anything like me, the start of a new year gives you itchy feet to travel to new places & see new things (well, anything's better than sitting in the miserable weather here!) Working in a travel agents doesn't help, seeing new incredible destinations every day makes me wriggle inside, desperate to get out in the big wide world & have fun.

At the moment I would love nothing more than to visit the Far East; China, Thailand, Japan, Bali, Hong Kong, Singapore: I want to see them all!

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Time to get saving those pennies!

MYSTRINGALING X

01 February, 2013

Friday I'm in Love: Most Wanted #4

This week I cannot get enough of Givenchy-esque rottweiler t-shirts & sweatshirts; thank you eBay for your cheaper imitations :)

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As seen on celebs and fashionistas alike I think the rottweiler print is something a bit different to liven up an otherwise casual everyday outfit. What more could you want?

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T-shirt (approx.) £18.97 // Sweatshirt £19.99

MYSTRINGALING X
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