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Saturday, 31 October 2009

I'm being brainwashed byThe X Factor!

Well i have been feeling ill and fed up all day. I really wanted to do some make up videos but my neck and face is still swollen so that was a no-go.
 Anyway, as usual i settled down to watch The X Factor. Now i have a love/hate relationship with this show. I often spend the entire show moaning to my husband (who is soooooo not interested) yet i still watch it! Tonight was 'rock night' and i cant say i was impressed by any of them in particular (what the heck was Cheryl wearing?)
Then at the very end, John & Edward came on.
 This is where the brainwashing happens, because i do think they should never have got through to the finals.However, i kinda look forward to seeing what they are going to come up with (at least they go for it, instead of just walking up and down or just standing there) Tonight they looked like extras from the teenage version of The Matrix, with some very dodgy eyeliner on. They sung a Queen song 'We Will Rock You'. Now i'm not a huge Queen fan, but even i thought this was not a good song choice. They sang some bits out of tune, missed out some of the words. So why oh why did i enjoy it? The only conclusion i can come up with is  The X Factor has found a way to mess with my mind (as if it's not messed up enough already) So i will no doubt be watching the result show tomorrow, screaming at the tv if they get through again. Then next Saturday i will sit there glued to the tv saying - oh John and Edward were quite good tonight.....and the cycle will continue..........

Friday, 30 October 2009

Feeling Blue

I am feeling very fed up and sorry for myself as i write this. I went to the doctors and dentist yesterday, to find the cause of my swollen neck and face.Turns out i have an infected tooth, which is causing the swelling (not to mention the agony when i try and swallow) so am on antibiotics and have to go back next Friday. I have to say my dentist is a lovely lady who is very understanding about my panic attacks and fear of dentists.

Anyway, i really want to do some videos for my youtube channel but am a bit self consious of the swelling.There's one video in particular i want to do.It's a contest celebrating getting 1000 subscribers yay!!!!!!. It's not a huge contest as i have bought everything myself and will be paying for the shipping (which could be very expensive as it will be an international contest)) but the prizes are nice. I am hoping to add another couple of bits but that depends on money.

I have re-launched the Migi Nail Art contest on youtube. The rules are less restrictive, so you don't have to own a  migi nail art pen to enter now. So if any lovely people want to enter here is the link.
Well thats it for now, will probably do another post later.
Take care people

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Ow, that hurts

I am in absolute agony at the minute. Why? Because the other day a chunk came out of my tooth!!! It had been playing up for a few days, but as i am petrified of dentists, i was hoping it would sort itself out. BIG MISTAKE!!! Now it is extremly painful when i swallow as my glands have swollen. Am hoping to get an appointment asap. Hubby has just gone to pick up some strong painkillers, then it's off to the factory shop and maybe Boots to cheer myself up with some goodies. Before i go, one quick question Are you afraid of dentists?

Tuesday, 20 October 2009


Hey everyone it's giveawayt time, yay! This is my first ever blog contest which is pretty exciting (for me anyway) The prize is this fabulous W7 Box of Tricks. (the box is slightly scratched but thats how it was in the shop)

You get 15 large eyeshadows in varyiing shades of green, purple and browns. These shadows are well pigmented and really easy to use and blend.You can create neutral day looks, smokey evening looks or soft muted day looks.

You also get 4 large lip colours and 3 HUGE blushers

I have had my box of tricks for ages and really love it.
To enter you have to,
1) Follow my blog                                                        
2) Post a link on your blog mentioning my giveaway
3) Just leave a comment telling me you entered and leave a link to your blog
4) Only one entry per person
5) This is open internationally
The giveaway will end on 31.10.09 at 11.59 GMT
All entries names will be put into a hat and my husband will pick the winner

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Would you buy used make up?

I don't know about you, but when i was a teenager me and my friends shared our make up all the time, including eye liner, (which we used on our waterlines) and mascara. But as i've gotten older, i've become much more aware of the risk of getting eye infections and spreading bacteria etc if you do share make up.

Many gurus on youtube stress the importance of good hygiene and use hand sanitiser if applying products with their fingers.Any good make up artist will tell you how vital it is to clean your brushes regularly . They also use disposable brushes when working on more than one client at a time. So i was very surprised to see some of these same people selling USED make up!

Is it just me (and my hubby) who finds this a bit icky? I mean think about it, would you go into Boots etc and delibratly buy all the testers? Testers that may have been swatched on 20 peoples (possibly dirty) hands, or on lips that may have a coldsore? No you wouldnt (i hope) But would you be interested if i said i was selling some make up that had just been 'tested', 'swatched' or 'lightly used'? Because to me theres no difference.

 For instance i may say i have a concealer that has just been swatched, i.e i've put some on my hand. But what if my hands were dirty at the time. Or if i had actually tested it on a spot.If it has a sponge tip applicator whatever bacteria it came ito contact with, goes straight into the rest of the concealer. Next time it's used, the bacteria will be spread. If it's a pan concealer & i used my finger or dirty brush, to apply it on a spot, then put my finger back into the concealer - same thing happens.

As for something being 'lightly used' - what exactly does that mean? It could have been used ten times on ten different people, or 20 times on one person. But even if it was only used once, that one person could have had an eye or skin infection.If they used a dirty brush, sponge etc, it could have spread bacteria in the product.

Now i don't mean to insult anyone who has bought, or sold, used make up, I just want to open up this subject to discussion, because i have had numerous request to send or sell my used make up to some of my teenager youtube subscribers and i dont think they have even thought about hygeine. If you have any tips for sanatising used  make up please let me know.Once again i dont mean to offend anybody and am deeply sorry if i have.xx

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Boots Haul

Oh dear, i've done it again! Yes i have bought more make up when i clearly do not need it! I blame Boots and there 3 for 2 offer! Yesterday i managed to get to Boots.and spent a happy hour or so browsing. I haven't been in there for ages so had a good look around. Surprisingly there wasn't much i wanted. I got  three beautiful Bourjois eye liners.I created this look with them Along the upper lashline is Contour Clubbing Waterproof  in no: 46 bleur neon. Above that, and along the waterline, is 45 bleu remix (my favourite). These are both crayon types and glide on smoothly and give good colour pay off. Along the lower lashline is their Khol & Contour pencil in 19 blue surprenant. This didnt go on as smooth and the colour payoff wasn't as good.

I bought a Rimmel Renew and Lift foundation and powder. I love the powder, but need to wear the foundation for a few days before i can give a verdict on it. I also got a Collection 2000 concealer,Rimmel 60 Second nail varnish in Pulsating (photo below)

A Collection 2000 Glam Crystals in  Dig It a gorgous gold and black glitter liner- very rock chick.
I fell in love with a No 7 eyeshadow palette. For the record, i am not usually a  No 7 fan. I think they are over rated and over priced. So i was very surprised when i found this. The colours were so shimmery and beautiful. And it was free.........IF you bought a certan mascara - which was £11. I'll be honest, i didnt want the mascara really. My hubby said -'would you pay £11 for the palette?' My answer was yes, so i got it.

But my favourite item is this gorgeous make up collection by Front Cover. You get 15 baked (dome) eyeshadows and 5 pressed ones. You also get 4 mini glitter gels a double ended brush and  a liquid that transforms eyeshadows into eyeliners (to be truthful a damp brush does the same thing just as well)

Now i haven't heard of them before but they had some nice looking kits in Boots. My husband spotted this gem and bought it for me as a present which was so sweet of him. I played with it as soon as i got home and came up with this look.

The colour was much richer in real life. I used the green from the kit all over the lid, taking it above my crease. Then i applied a Smashbox deep green shadow with gold flecks on the outer corner of the lid and crease.This created a really gorgeous smokey eye.
Well i think i've rambled on long enough. Just one  question. What beauty bargins have you got recently?

Monday, 5 October 2009

Coming Soon

I wore this look in a video a while ago, and had so many requests that i did a tutorial for it. Unfortunately, i managed to delete it before i uploaded it! But the photos came out great (i use a different camera for photos) so thought i'd show you some. The colours are much richer in real life and very glittery Let me know if you would like a picture tutorial for this look, here on my blog. I hope to post the video tutorial on youtube in the next few days

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Make Up Inspiration

Hey guys, hope you are well. At the moment i am feeling ill, and about to go to bed. But thought i would blog about a lady whose make up really inspires me. She was involved with the British punk scene in the late 1970s-mid 1980s.She became known, not just for her music, but also for her striking make up (and hair) Her name is Toyah (Wilcox).
Nowdays we are used to seeing most (not all) females in the music industry styled much the same way.Very little (or tight - or both)clothes, overtly sexual (this applies to their dancing too). I personally feel their 'look' is aimed at men. To be honest, i find it all a bit dull. It also reinforces the idea that you have to look and act a certain way if you're female & want to be successful.
But back then the music industry was different because stylists werent used.This meant people dressed how they wanted. Toyah is a perfect example of this. She expressed herself, not just through her music, but also her make up, hair and clothes. Her looks were her own and i dont think she tried to be 'sexy'  to sell her music.Everytime i look at the following pictures, i become mesmirised by the creativity and dramatic impact of the looks.


Even now Toyah still experiments with different looks for videos or when performing.

Here she is with a more 'conventional' look

 I am really glad to say that Toyah is still recording music, as well as acting. She looks and sounds just as good as she did 20+ years ago. Now in her 50s all i can say is Go Toyah!!!!!!

Thursday, 1 October 2009

The Factory Shop Haul - Goodies Galore

Hello ladies, hope you are all well. Just thought i would tell you about some fab make up i bought today from my favourite place for finding great make up, very cheap. The Factory Shop. Now just in case you don't know what the factory shop is, i'll tell you. It's basically a discount shop. They sell clothes, shoes,dvds cds hair appliances, houseware and of course MAKE UP!!!!!!!! i have gotten sooooo many fab bargains from there. In fact i would say 80% of my make up comes from there! Now i'm going to be honest (as always) They dont update their stock as regularly as some placses. So personally i don't think it's worth going there every weekl (unless you live nearby - we dont)  Also sometimes there is just a load of  rubbish. However, you can find some fab brands. Rimmel London, Urban Decay, Bourjois, Maybelline Calvin Kline, Revlon, Max Factor, W7 and lots more. But i never thought i'd see Jemma Kidd stuff in there  Yes thats right JEMMA KIDD.!!!!!! I couldn't believe it (top end brand much loved by Pixiwoo) Today i got a Midnight Jewels palette (picture below) for £5,

Face wipes for £1 (15 in a pack)

and  this lovely little wallet with 4 brushes. They have small handles but the brush heads are full size (cant remember how much)  So i got some for me and 1 of each for my youtube contest.

I also got 2 W7  77 Paintboxs for £6 each. I already own one(got it ages ago) so why did i buy them - for competitions of course! .  I also got 2 W7 Box Of Tricks for £4 each. and this mini W7 kit that had 2 eyeshadows and 3 mini lipglosses for

again i got them for future prizes.I also bought myself a couple of necklaces £6 the pair, a gorgrous bag  and cute earrings oh and two watches. I will post pictures, my camera 's batteries were dying so need to re charge them. Well thats it for now Take care everyone