The London trip (+ a VERY mini haul)

So today my mum and I went into London to have a bit of a girly shopping trip down Oxford Street before we go back to work next week… boo!

I wore my new dress from Kreepsville 666 and the fit wasn’t as bad as I feared it would be! It’s noticeably bigger than my other Kreepsville 666 dress but it was very comfy and I really liked it.

I also wore one of my favourite necklaces, my big pewter bat from Alchemy Gothic, and my purple and black star bandana. I felt really good about what I was wearing today and, actually, the lady at the Illamasqua counter in Selfridges complimented me on my ‘look’- win!

I have to apologise for the state of the photos of my makeup- I totally forgot to take any before I left so you’ll have to make do with ones I quickly took in the Debenhams toilets!

I wore my Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation- rather maddeningly I actually think that it’s too dark. I had some major tide lines today and it’s either the foundation or my Urban Decay Naked Skin Loose powder, and I’m pretty sure it’s the foundation… eek! I also used my new Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer, MUA Brow Define, my Naked 2 palette, Benefit Bella Bamba blush, Collection Bronze Glow Matte bronzer in Terracotta to contour, my Eyeko skinny liner, Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara and finally one of my favourite lipsticks- Illamasqua Sangers. It’s BEAUTIFUL, you guys!

Well… that’s what I was wearing. On to the trip!

I’m going to be honest: it was a little bit anticlimactic. We started off at the Simply Be flagship store and had a right proper rummage through everything. There were a few bits and pieces that I liked- I especially liked seeing the small selection of Voodoo Vixen pieces they had!- but there wasn’t anything that jumped out at me (or my mum, for that matter). There were a few things that I might go back and check out a bit closer to the summer when I’ve possibly lost a bit more weight, but on the whole- I wasn’t enamored. We didn’t even try anything on! We then wandered down the road a little bit to Accessorize, where my mum bought a pair of earrings, and tried to kill a bit time until lunch, ha! Neither of us had eaten breakfast so by the time midday rolled around we were starving.

We went to Yo! Sushi down Poland Street and had a little bit of a mini-feast. My mum doesn’t actually like sushi, but loves Yo! Sushi- mainly for their chicken katsu- so she was happy trying a few of the non-raw bits I had (like prawn katsu rolls and she ordered a special portion of prawn nigiri for herself!) alongside a bowl of chicken katsu curry and a few dumplings. I had a good time trying lots of new things, such as their yasai roll- delicious!- and their new Albacore tuna and truffle nigiri- surprisingly peppery, but still nice- and also a portion of takoyaki (octopus balls) that were delicious and melt-in-the-mouth and possibly my new favourite thing.

After we’d satiated ourselves, we started to wander down the street. We nipped into New Look- I’m still a bit disappointed with their offerings this season!- and into both Debenhams and House of Fraser to start looking for ideas for my Auntie’s outfit for her wedding in June. After that, it was the Disney Store…

They had the glass slipper on display, you guys! Okay, so it probably wasn’t the glass slipper from the movie- it looked a little too big for that!- but I still got overly excited and had to take pictures. They also had a little mock up of Cinderella’s kitchen, and a replica carriage which was golden on one side and pumpkin on the other. I wanted to take a photo in it but a man was just sitting in it for the longest time, and then a bunch of girls were being silly, so I left it. Grr.

And then it was Selfridges! I went to the MAC and Illamasqua counters, as I said I would, but I actually didn’t purchase very much…

So, I only purchased from Illamasqua! There was lots I wanted to get at MAC but I decided to wait until payday, because the stuff I wanted from there (blusher, lipstick, powder) was less ‘crucial’ than the things I wanted from Illamasqua. I did however get an absolute plethora (well, three…) of foundation samples from a very patient girl at the counter.

The MAC foundations are in the three bigger pots- I swatched some on my jawline/neck before I asked for the samples, to make sure I was getting the right shades- and I got a sample of Pro Longwear Foundation in NC15 (the lightest, I think, in that range but I might actually need NW??) and then Studio Fix in NW10 and NC15, because I’m going to give it another go. From Illamasqua, I got a sample of their Skin Base Foundation in Shade 3 (and the absolute babe that served me gave me an ABSOLUTELY FULL TO BURSTING pot of the stuff, plus a sample of Hydra Veil!) and then I bought the Cream Pigment in Hollow, and the Nail Varnish… in Melange. I got Melange guys!

I just couldn’t resist. I was trying to be sensible with my choices, but I saw Melange glittering in the bottle, and then the girl showed it to me on one of her nails… and I just had to. I just had to. I put it on almost the minute I got home and… I think it might be my new favourite nail polish. It’s just beautiful!

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London Wishlist- Beauty Edition

London Wishlist

Tomorrow, my mum and I are heading half an hour down the Chiltern line into the Big Smoke itself for a cheeky little browse in Simply Be and Selfridges (by way of the Disney Store)… So I thought I’d make a bit of a post detailing the things I would pick up tomorrow if I had no budget!

Starting, of course, with what I’d pick up from the Selfridges Beauty Hall. I can’t for the life of me remember whether or not they have an Urban Decay counter there, but I just included a couple of UD bits because if nothing else, the House of Fraser and Debenhams just down the road definitely have them!

Apart from the Rouge Coco lipstick, all of these items are from MAC, Illamasqua or Urban Decay… what can I say? I’m nothing if not predictable! The Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick, however, is something that’s caught my eye since its release. I’m not sure which shade I’d go for- probably Gabrielle (a deep looking red), Etienne (a dark purplish berry) or Jean (a pinky purple). I also like the looks of the Rouge Allure Velvet lipsticks, but one has to be careful with matte lippies! From Urban Decay, it’s two things they tried on me last week that I kinda loved. The Naked Skin Liquid Foundation for one, and then the Naked Skin Illuminating Beauty Balm, which they used to mix in with foundation and suggested could lighten it up a tone or two. Which seems like a result to me! I also have so many other things from UD on my wishlist but that’s a post all by itself! Swinging over to Illamasqua, I’ve gone for the Cream Pigment in Hollow– I have this thanks to my Facet Palette in Aura and I understand the hype! It’s a great contour shade, especially for my sort of skin tone, and it’s quite easy to work with. I also want another- yes, another- Nail Varnish, as they are my favourite nail varnishes ever and I can see a couple of gaps in my shade range. I’ve chosen to include Melange in my wishlist, because it is a beautiful colour, but thinking more practically (ha!) I’ll probably go for Baptiste (a shimmery deep purple), Monogamous (a fleshy pink colour), Phallic (a deep shimmery blue), Muse (deep teal) or Radium (acidic, shimmery lime). I also of course want a tonne of other Illamasqua products, including eyeliners, pencils, blushes and lipsticks but I’m being ‘sensible’!. Finally, over at MAC I’ve included a couple of things. The Viva Glam Miley Cyrus lipstick just looks epic. Such a pretty, hot pink and it seems different enough to Candy Yum Yum for me to be able to justify purchasing it- plus, it’s for charity! I also would like to pick up the Mineralize Skin Finish in Natural, the one pictured is actually the l.e. Lightness of Being powder, and another of their amazing Powder Blushers. Again, not sure of which shade I’ll pick up- I’ll probably go a bit swatching mad!- but something peachy, like Peaches, Buff or Melba, or maybe something more like Tenderling. And of course there are a billion other things I’d like to pick up but I will be restrained! I also want to see if I can’t get my hands on a tiny little sample pot of their Pro Longwear Foundation; I tried their Studio Fix Fluid and I think it caused me to break out a little, but my boyfriend’s sister has recommended the Pro foundation so I’ll give it a go!

What’s on your wishlist?

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Urban Decay: Make Up Masterclass at House of Fraser High Wycombe (+ a mini Attitude Clothing haul!)

So I mentioned to you earlier in the week that I’d managed to grab a couple of tickets to a Make Up Masterclass with Urban Decay’s national MUA, Caron Keane, at the House of Fraser in High Wycombe. They cost five pounds, which would be redeemable against any purchase on the night.

Excited? I think so.

My mum and I decided to make a day of it, going to see the new Disney Cinderella (AMAZING, beautiful film. GO SEE IT NOW!) and then heading to the masterclass, before finishing with a meal at Zizzi’s afterwards.

Typically, on a day where I was heading to a make up masterclass with not only the lovely girls from the Urban Decay stall but the National Freakin’ Make Up Artist for Urban Decay, I could not get my make up to go on my face in any way shape or form that I wanted it to. (I also forgot to take a picture before I got into the car. Figures.)

I applied my base with my blending sponge, as I have been for ages. But when I tried to put a bit more coverage on, it just seemed to wipe off what I’d already buffed in! So I switched to my Real Techniques buffing brush, and that just seemed to cover my face in brush strokes! I buffed and buffed in circular motions until I thought my arm would fall off and decided enough was enough and just used a great big fluffy brush to powder the crap out of my face with my usual Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot. Of course, it caked today. Of course it caked. It’s like the gods of Urban Decay wanted me to be frustrated with my make up so I’d buy a load of theirs later (which sort of worked, but I was very restrained!). Then my contour looked ridiculous and wouldn’t blend. Then my eyeshadow wouldn’t blend properly either, and my liner wouldn’t work. Then I gave myself an unwanted and uneven Scouse brow. Then my lips wouldn’t go on straight.

You know the sort of day I mean? I’m sure you do.

Anyway, with the assurance from my mum that ‘you’re too critical, it looks fine’ we got to town and sat down to see the film. It was just amazing, magical and beautiful and I would go and see it again in a heartbeat. Only, I cried at certain bits throughout (in the beginning and sort of nearish the end, you’ll know if you see it). So my eyeliner went for a wander and I had to redo it quickly before we headed for House of Fraser and the main event. The lovely Jemma met us at the counter, and she invited us to follow her upstairs to the Cafe Zest, where the master class was taking place. There was Caron Keane and a whole plethora of beautiful, shiny, sparkly Urban Decay products waiting for us. So my mum and I nabbed a seat right in the middle (as you do), right in front of where the model was sitting, and were promptly offered a glass of (free!) sparkly pink wine (yes please!) and a specially made Urban Decay cupcake- I am informed these were made by a girl from the YSL counter. Girl from the YSL counter, you make good cupcake!

The other thing we did, whilst munching on our cakes and sipping our wine, was filling out a little customer survey dealio and also writing down whatever we wanted to learn from the masterclass (plus our names) on a little face chart.

As you can see, mine promptly became my note-taking sheet during the masterclass! What I thought was brilliant was that the sheets were all collected in once we had written on them, and once we were all present and the masterclass had started, Caron went through them and noted what we’d all like to learn, and then asked us individually a little bit more about specifics. So I wanted to learn about how to achieve a matte but not cakey base, how to contour properly (more extreme, please!) and how to apply liner that stays put, whereas my mum wanted to know about base and skincare and how to fill in and shape your brows. This meant that as she was putting together the model’s makeup look, Caron could focus on what we all wanted to know. Rather fittingly, we were all after the same thing! The finished look was amazing, and I found it so interesting to watch. I learnt so much about application and little tricks and picked up a tip for applying a long lasting, non-cakey base- forgo a primer, for a powder! Yes, if you have the right sort of loose powder, and apply it before your foundation, it will help the foundation adhere to your skin better and last for longer! Finish with a light dusting of the same loose powder or a dusting of a powder foundation depending on the finish and coverage you want and voi la! Base that stays put and does not cake!

Once Caron had finished, we all made our way back downstairs to the counter where we could try out anything we liked the look of with the help of the lovely counter girls (Jemma, Cintia and Leila– you’ll be seeing much more of me!) and could ask Caron any other questions we had about anything and everything Urban Decay or make up related. My mum learnt exactly how to do her eyebrows, and Jemma helped me try out the base and contour Caron had done for myself.

Not gonna lie, I kinda fell in love with it! She matched me to the Naked Light loose powder, the Naked Skin concealer in Light Warm and the Naked Skin Weightless liquid foundation in shade 1.0. Even though I didn’t have this put on me until about quarter to eight in the evening, we then went to eat in a hot restaurant and I didn’t take it off until well past midnight and it was absolutely perfect to the bitter end. I don’t know how much of that was Jemma’s precise application and how much was the product itself, but I was convinced and I bought a few things and instantly put the foundation on my wishlist!

I bought the loose powder and concealer Jemma used on me and then also a 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion, because Urban Decay’s Perversion shade is the blackest eyeliner I’ve ever used! I’ve also put their Perversion mascara onto my wishlist to purchase when my Lancome Hypnose Drama is used up! My mum bought a few things also, including a bottle of their b6 serum spray which I am most definitely going to share with her!

We also got a goody bag, which contained samples of the Sheer Revolution lipsticks, their eye Primer Potions and a mini bottle of their All Nighter setting spray- rather awesome, as I needed a new setting spray!

All in all, it was a fantastic experience and I learnt so much! We also booked in for a special preview of a product launching this summer- I have a wonderful feeling it might be their new line of blushes! I would definitely recommend going to a masterclass like this one, and it has only made my addiction to Urban Decay worse… I must stop buying so much drugstore make up and start investing in higher quality items!

Also, as mentioned before, here is a quick haul I did from Attitude Clothing. Attitude are an online retailer of alternative clothes and accessories and I used to love them when I was younger. I haven’t however bought anything from them for a long time, but needed a new bag so decided to buy one from them and also picked up a new Kreepsville 666 dress!

Here’s the bag- it’s amazing! It’s got three compartments plus a mini zipped one inside, came with a detachable strap and is a really nice quality. The studs don’t feel to flimsy and as my mum said, it’s overall effect is ‘quite subtle’. I’ve asked for a slightly less subtle bag from Banned Apparel for my birthday, though, so we’ll see!

And this is my new dress! I love Kreepsville 666, they’re definitely one of my favourite gothy/alternative brands. For some reason, I think I went a bit mad and ordered this dress in a size up from the other things I own! It doesn’t make too much of a difference now- the fit is obviously looser and it seems longer, but hopefully it won’t matter too much when I keep losing weight.

This is what it looks like on- I love the kitschy, cute Frankenstein and Bride print. The Bride of Frankenstein is one of my favourite films so I instantly fell in love.

So there you have it! Have you ever been to a make up masterclass before?

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What I Wore on Wednesday… on Friday

Yeah. Sorry this is so late, lovelies! I’ve had a lot on the past couple of days-  someof which I shall tell you in the next post!

Soooo, without further ado, here is my outfit from Wednesday!

Anticlimax! Sorry it’s so boring, but I’m rather liking the simple aesthetic at the moment! The skirt and the t-shirt are recent Primark purchases and they’re amazing quality. The t-shirt is so soft and lovely and has a really good shape, and the skirt is excellent. In order to retain the tube-shape of it for longer I actually sized right down and bought a 16- to be perfectly honest with you, because of the stretch in it, I probably could even have gotten a 14 and still been okay!

Please note another of my new Claire’s necklaces. This one is a rather beautiful and witchy moon, and I really like it! It’s the perfect size. My makeup on Wednesday was very simple, including Revlon Smoked Peach matte lipstick, and one shade from my Naked 2 palette across the whole of my lid.

I don’t actually remember which shade it was, however, so I’m very sorry! I also wanted to show you my brows, which were on point (or should I say fleek? Isn’t that what all the cool kids are saying these days!?). I used the eyebrow cake in Thunder from my Illamasqua Facet palette in Aura and even though it’s possibly a touch too red for my brows (which are super, ridiculously dark), I really like it.

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Two outfits, two faces, two days

I thought I’d show you what I’ve been wearing the past couple of days. I’m really loving the whole ’90’s Goth’, The Craft-esque vibe that’s in the shops at the moment, whenever ‘goth’ or similar comes around in style I rejoice because I can get nice clothes for not much money! Woo! Also, I’m so digging my Naked2 palette. Can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get it!

The first thing I wanted to share with you in this outfit is the frankly adorable pentagram choker I’m wearing, even though you can’t really see it! The past few days I have been nipping in and out of Claire’s Accessories (yes, I am 25 and yes, I do still shop there!) and buying my way through their current selection of charm-chokers. I love them! I’m going to stop now though, I have enough! I’m also wearing a stripey long-sleeved t-shirt I bought in Primark for the reduced price of about £1.80; it’s surprisingly amazing quality, has washed well, and is long enough (covers my bum!) to wear by itself with trousers or leggings or whatever. Win, in my book.

Naked 2! I can’t remember which shades I used that day, for which I am eternally sorry, but I love it! I love the surprising versatility, considering it’s really just a nude palette, but yeah. Love love love.

Bonus duckface picture because I am quite clearly hilarious and was messing around, ha! I used a Collection Cream Puff lip cream in Fairy Cake, I believe, and it was actually awesome. I also used Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin again, and remembered why I liked this foundation so much!

Today I was feeling more of the goth thing. I’d painted my nails the night before (Fearne Cotton ‘Night Owl’ polish, from a gift set a couple of Christmases ago- surprisingly good!) and was feeling awesome. You can’t really see them too well but I wore some bright red tartan leggings under the dress and I’m not sure if I like them or not! The pattern gets distorted by my thunder thighs (read: fat legs) and it just looks odd.

My makeup was awesome today though. I used some of the darker colours of the Naked 2 (I forgot to take a pic of my eye make up, I’m sorry!) and I really liked how it turned out. I also used MAC Magenta lip pencil with Revlon Shameless Matte Balm over the top and remembered why I started to crush on purple lips. Also, quick note- that fang necklace is one of my favourites ever and I thought I’d lost it so the day I found it again last week was awesome.

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March Favourites + YouTube!

Hi guys. I’m actually doing a monthly favourites post- aren’t you all proud!?

First things first, however; I’m venturing into YouTube! I tried once way back before I changed this blog round but I never got much further than an overly-long E.L.F. haul video. However, this time I’ve downloaded Windows Movie Maker and got the hang of the basic editing tools, so all I need to do is save the money for a decent camera and I’ll be off! Luckily my laptop camera isn’t actually too bad so I should be okay in the meantime! You can find me at /smaugishvlog; I have two videos up at the moment (a video of this and my next post, and The British Tag), so have a look and let me know what you think!

Also, I’m excited and wanted to share with you why! I was lucky enough to get my hands on a ticket for a Beauty Insider event at the Urban Decay counter at my local House of Fraser. They cost £5 and were strictly limited so when I was purchasing my Naked 2 and the girl mentioned, I grabbed one for myself and one for my mum. It’s on Thursday and you can bet I’ll be sharing it all with you!

Now onto business- my March faves!

My makeup faves for this month include the Models Own Blending Sponge, L’Oreal Miss Manga mascara, Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot powder, Eyeko Skinny liquid liner and the L’Oreal Superliner Brow Artist brow pencil in Dark Brunette.

The blending sponge has revolutionized my makeup routine; I’m so glad I’ve finally mastered it! By using this, I can get a flawless and full coverage finish that doesn’t look cakey so it’s absolutely invaluable when it comes to wearing heavy duty foundations like my Estee Lauder Double Wear. Miss Manga is a mascara I recently acquired and really like! It’s super black and gives me the exact look I like from my lashes (big and sooty and dramatic); I’m interested in trying the new Punk version! The Soap & Glory powder, whilst much hyped, is one of my must-have products. I’ve hit pan and even though I’m planning to purchase a MAC Mineralize Skin Finish when mum and I hit Oxford Street this holiday, I will definitely have to repurchase this one. Even though my favourite liquid liner of all time is the Soap & Glory Supercat, I’ve used this Eyeko liner I got for free with a magazine quite a lot this month. When they say ‘Skinny’ they mean skinny! It’s really easy to get a precise, delicate line and flick with this one so even though I’m not sure I’ll be repurchasing/replacing my Supercat, I really like it. Finally, the Superliner brow pencil is an almost daily product for me. I found an MUA Power Brow in my make up draw that was unopened so I think I’ll take this pencil with me for touch ups. It’s dark without being ridiculously so and once it’s on, it’s on. It doesn’t want to smudge or anything!

I also have three non-makeup favourites this month! Illamasqua Freak EDP is one of my favourite perfumes and I’ve been wearing it lots this month. I’m a bit of a scent fiend, though! The Dresden Files series by author Jim Butcher are some of my current (and possibly all-time) favourite reads. I end up so engrossed by them, and I love the central character of Harry Dresden. I’m not very far into Dead Beat, the seventh novel, but so far so good! Finally, I’m loving Americana-style paisley bandanas! I pull my hair into little pigtails (fyi I am loving this length but also considering going an inch or two shorter come my next trim!) and tie this around and it just looks awesome. I love it!

So that was my March favourites! What did you use lots last month?

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Disappointing Products + FOTD

I really dislike it when I have to talk super negatively about stuff. I know I seem to do it loads, but I like make up and it makes me feel sad when something is disappointing or doesn’t live up to expectations. Is that odd?

I really tried to like all of these; I really did!

My first disappointing product is B.Even Oil Control Foundation, which I have the shade 010 Linen. It doesn’t seem to control any oil or shine, there is little-to-no coverage (seriously, I put it on and it’s invisible!) yet it still makes me look orange within a matter of minutes! Just not good and I was really hoping for big things from this one! Next is another item from B. Beauty and that’s B.Sculpted Contour Kit. I  got the shade 109 Light and honestly, the powder’s not brilliantly pigmented and the highlighter’s quite hard and difficult to get out of the pan. Again, disappointing as I expect quite a bit from B., given the fact that they’re on the higher end of the high street price range The Revlon Nearly Naked pressed powder in 010 Fair was also a let down. I bought it as an emergency powder whilst I was out and powderless one day but again, it underperformed. All it seemed to do to my skin was cake it- yet at the same time not really masking shine or helping set my foundation etc- and the colour seemed to be weirdly on the dark side. Not impressed. Neither am I impressed with the SEVENTEEN Phwoarr Paint concealer, in the shade Fair. Now the shade match was good, but I just don’t like using the product. It’s difficult to apply or work with, seemed to crease almost instantly; not good. Finally, I bought the NYC Expert Last lipstick in Traffic Jam again as an emergency as I went to Yorkshire with my brother’s band and forgot to pack a lipstick! I ran to Superdrug and grabbed something on the cheap, but whilst I wasn’t expecting amazing things given the price point I was expecting something better than what I got. The colour was nice, but there wasn’t much payoff on my lips and the product seemed to bleed instantly even with lip liner etc underneath. I ended up looking a little Heath Ledger-as-the-Joker, which is never a good look unless it’s Halloween!

So those were my disappointing products- I’d love to hear if you disagree with my opinions of any of these?

Finally, I thought I’d share with you a quick Face of the Day for Easter Sunday. I even used my new Naked2!

My lipstick is Exxxaggerate by Sleek and it’s a lovely, somehow subtle purple that I must remember to use more often. I also used the Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin foundation in Light Beige, over the top of the B.Even foundation, followed by a dusting of Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot, the B.Sculpted kit (to remind myself why I disliked it so much!), Hervana by Benefit as blush, then the MUA Power Brow, Eyeko Skinny liner, Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara and three shades from Naked 2 on my eyes.

I patted Bootycall all over the lid and up to the browbone, followed by Tease blended out from the crease and finally a tiny bit of Pistol in the outer corner. I really like how it looked and I’m going to be experimenting with the palette more this week!

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