Sunday, 1 September 2013

Confessions of a beauty bimbo...

Ok, I'm not going to lie...for a girl who loves and understands fashion, I know nothing about beauty. Absolutely nothing. I don't know how to apply bronzer, I only just found out what primer was and I don't cleanse, tone or moisturise...because I don't know how. I am a total beauty bimbo. What better reason to write a beauty post?! There must be other girls out there that haven't had a beauty education.  As I've said in a previous post, my VBF is a beauty expert and she is trying to help me reach the road of beauty righteousness, but I often wonder if I am a lost cause.  Mama L is not really into make-up and never has been, so I couldn't ever really turn to her for guidance...and I have brothers not sisters, who obviously couldn't do much to help either!!  I do however have my beauty favourites, so this post is really a glimpse inside my somewhat sparse make-up bag.  Most of my make-up is high-street, as I don't really have the spare cash or the knowledge to justify spending a fortune on it.  So here it through a novice's eyes!  I've posted purchase links next to each product, just in case anything takes your fancy :)

My world in make-up!

1 Chanel Coco Shine Lipstick-55 Romance
I absolutely love this lipstick!! It's a gorgeous and subtle shade of pink making it great for through the day, or for a more toned down lip colour of an evening.  It's easy to apply, and as it's a hydrating lipstick it makes your lips feel great.  It's more than I would usually spend on a lipstick (these Chanel lipsticks retail at £24 and are available at most good Boots stores) but it's a little bit of luxury that you can pop in your handbag, plus I love the chic packaging! Every girl loves a little bit of Chanel :)

"Romance" by Chanel

2 Urban Decay Eyeshadow-Last Call
This is my every day colour.  I love the shade and how rich it looks when it's on.  The colour is long-lasting too, so I can usually get through the whole day without the need to reapply. I'm a novice at blending eye shadows, so this is a good, full, go to shade if you want to wear one block colour.  I got mine from House of Fraser for £14, money well spent!

"Last Call"-Urban Decay

3 Rimmel Kate 107 Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick
This lipstick is great for transforming an outfit from day wear into evening wear! It's a really rich, deep red, and I've got to say I was a little bit frightened of its colour when I first got it, as normally I keep my lips quite subtle. Lasting finish is true, it does stay put and holds well, although it does dry your lips a little. I love how dramatic the shade is though. It's not for the faint-hearted, I'm quite pale so it's severe, but I usually save it for performing, it stands out great on stage. (Purchase here at Boots-it looks quite pink in their picture, but it's definitely red on the lips!)

4 Revlon Colour Burst Lipbutter-045 Cotton Candy
This lip butter is a complete contrast to the Kate lipstick I've just described. Its texture is very similar to the Chanel so it keeps the lips hydrated (and it was obviously quite a bit cheaper than the Chanel, a bargain at £7.99) This is my go to everyday lip be honest I treat it like a balm, the colour doesn't really last or stand out, but I love its texture and it's super easy to apply.

L-R "Cotton Candy" Revlon Lip Butter (45) and Rimmel "Lasting Finish" Matte Lipstick (107)

5 Soap and Glory-Hand Food
This product is a life saver. I'm rubbish at remembering to apply creams, but with the cold winter weather last year I was finding that the skin on my hands was cracking due to my cold morning walks with the pooch. I tried loads of creams to no avail...until this little beauty came to me in a Christmas gift box. I think it retails in Boots for around £2.50 and considering how expensive hand creams can be (and I've tried loads!) it's an absolute snip. You only need a small amount and it smells amazing (like marshmallows!) a real winter handbag must have!

My hand cream hero!
6 Butter London Nail Lacquer-Tart With a Heart
I have to confess I'm a bit of a crow when it comes to things that sparkle, and I adore glitter nail varnish. The only problem is, many of them look sparkly in the bottle, but not so good on your nails! This Butter London varnish is the exception to the rule! Worn on its own or on top of another colour, the glitter really stands out, and I'd say you get a good 3 to 4 days before it starts to chip. Butter London have removed some of the harmful chemicals in their varnish too, so no damage to your nails as a result. Bonus! I got mine from Selfridges, but most good beauty halls and bigger Boots stores stock it at £12 a bottle.  I love the quirky names too, I've got my eye on "Lovely Jubbly" for my next purchase :).

"Tart With A Heart" Butter London

And this leads me nicely to:

7 Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eye Liner
Another Urban Decay fave, I got this with a palette a while back...and even though it probably should have been shown the bin by now, I can't seem to let go. Again the glitter is gorgeous, but I tend to wear it more on top of my eye shadow than as a liner. One for a sparkly finish.  The photo is a little shoddy (as is my product...well-loved!) but you can see them in all of their glory online at House of Fraser.  The shade of mine is called "Distortion" and isn't available at House of Fraser, but you can still get it from Urban Decay's Official Website.

"Distortion" a good name considering how battered my bottle is!

8 Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara
I normally use Rimmel's "Extra WOW Lash" which I've always been pretty happy with.  I tried this mascara on a whim when it was on offer, and I think I prefer it! The wand really separates the lashes, making them look fuller and longer, an effect which really opens up your eyes.  I love it and it's a steal at £7.99! 

9 Vivienne Westwood-Boudoir
This is my ultimate, ultimate favourite.  And not just because of my love for Viv...the smell is gorgeous and reminds me of that first visit to a Westwood store!  The scent is long lasting, and is perfect for both everyday freshness and evening elegance.  It is a little pricey (a 30ml bottle is £38 at Vivienne Westwood's online store) but if you hunt around some online fragrance sites, you can sometimes pick it up at a bargain price. For me price is irrelevant, it is my favourite perfume, and comes head and shoulders above any other fragrance that I wear.  Not to mention the gorgeous bottle, which would look irresistible on any dressing table, don't you think?

Vivienne Westwood-"Boudoir"

10 Accessories-Make-up bag and mirror
I couldn't end without mentioning my gorgeous Charlotte Tilbury make-up bag.  This was bought at Selfridges when I was last in London (see my London Calling post) and was released as part of Charlotte's "Rock 'n' Kohl" range.  I fell in love with the quote (and the funky lips!).  It's my little piece of make-up history!

And finally, my little gold Harrods mirror was a gift from Mama L, and travels with me everywhere.  I have no idea where she got it, or when for that matter as it wasn't given to me brand new, but all I know it is won't be going anywhere because its perfect!

What's in your make-up bag?
What are your beauty favourites?


  1. Very nice post. I don't really walk around with a beauty bag but my favourites are lip glosses and stuff for your eyes :)

    x leah symonne x

  2. Hey Leah,

    Thanks for your comment, they are my faves too :)
    Love your blog :)

    K x

  3. Hi, please help me. I'm sort of a new blogger. Please check out my blog c: I will follow you, if you follow me ♥

    Pretty please?


  4. Hi Aly,

    I'm a new blogger too so would appreciate the follow back :)
    Your blog is so sweet, have just followed you :)

    Thanks for the comment!

    K x

    1. Thank you, too ♥

      I really like your post. I only have kokuryu summer cake and red lipstick. c:

  5. I'm not much of a beauty fanatic myself but I do love me some beauty stuff! All of these look and sound amazing :)

    check out my blog? :)

  6. I'm the same, I have what I need and that's all haha :)

    Love your blog, will give you a follow :)

    Thanks for your comment!

    K x

  7. seems like such good products.. I actually just use local drugstore brands :)

    1. Yeah, I certainly love them all :)
      Sometimes the lower end products are the best, so I certainly agree with that too :)

      Thanks for your comment :)

      K x


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