Why I Love Soap and Glory

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Partial to the odd luxury product-yes, but for ol’ day to day usage, Soap and Glory take righteous place. In a heavily dominated ‘big brand’ market, filled with generic shower gels and body lotions, I must say nothing really comes close; it’s well priced, smells amazing and their kitsch, witty phrased packaging hits all the right buttons. Whats great is that I managed to get my hands on The Yule Monty gift set. Call it a gift from me to me at the bargain price of £27! Any whoo, my bottom draw is now packed to the rafters and these beauty’s are going to last me the whole year.

A little secret, their Original Pink Formula 1 eau de parfum is a complete Miss Dior dupe.

L.A.

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The Minimalist Hair Care Hoedown

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Although I love all things hair, I am a minimalist, no fuss, no nonsense. My hair is pretty fine but I have a lot of it; if that makes sense, therefore products tend weigh it down. The only problem things can turn into a moisture balancing act, I don’t want dry hair, nor do I want limp greasy hair either. Nonetheless, my quick routine has made me realise their is a hair care god!

Shampoo: Bumble and Bumble Tonic*

My hair gets pretty oily so I was really looking forward to trying Bumble and Bumble’s Tonic. It has my favourite smell Tea Tree in it and it also has a touch of peppermint so you get that ooo! ahhh! tingling scalp feeling in the shower. I’ve found it doesn’t strip my hair but clarifies, leaving it clean and very shiny! Massive thumbs up! The only down-side is you only get 250ml 😦 and I want more!

Conditioner: Bumble and Bumble Let it Shine!*

Every girl craves that shine factor and this little beauty has helped give my lack-lustres locks that added sparkle! Past products have left a weird silky film over my hair; probably the silicone they’ve crammed in, branded it shine when actually its lovely plastic. Eeeeek!  This however gives you the boost without coating your hair with nasties! Thank you Bumble and Bumble, Thank you very much!

After I’ve washed my hair I pop on Moroccanoil; the light version if my hair isn’t feeling too dry. I love the smell and I have seen a huge improvement since incorporated this into my haircare routine. The downside is the hefty price tag! But, I promise you its worth it, I use it every other day and it has lasted about a year! You definitely get you moneys worth. If your purse strings can’t stretch then Lee Stafford’s Argan Oil is an amazing alternative.

The hairs washed, the oils in, next, my fave part, THE TANGLE TEEZER!! I can’t tell you enough how much this has changed my LIFE! Before, my hair was matted, knotty and I’d dread brushing it; pulling knots out with my hands was a daily occurance, oh the horror! Now this combs through a dream, no pulling, no knots, woohoo! So if you haven’t got one already, GO GET ONE NOW! Its a real life changing moment.

L.A.

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The Forgotten Liner

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Lip liner is a truly forgotton gem. To be honest it does lay in my dresser all neglected and feeling sorry for itself. I would like to say I own a colour to match every lipstick but nope, I don’t, I just seem to own various shades of nude. Although liner has been tarnished by the nighties, used right it should serve a rightful place in everybody’s collection.

Top Tips

Small feathery strokes are key, you don’t want solid lines, unless thats the look your going for. Don’t go above your natural lip line, its not a food look, it looks obvious and unless your a pro makeup artist, don’t do it!

For a long lasting lip colour, lip pencil has the lasting power and I’ve seen pro artists use just a pencil for the entire lip. It looks amazing if you want a strong, matte lip and if you have the right colour it can look really effective; think oranges and reds!

Now I managed to grab this beauty for £2.00 in TKMaxx by New CID which is currently £16.00 on feelunique.com here. Another fab nude is MAC’s Spice and for a deep purple MAC’s Vino. Check out Vino in full force here.

L.A. 

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January Wishlist

January Wishlist
Oh dear, it appears to be my dreaded five week month and my list of NEEDS seem to be getting bigger. Maybe I won’t own all these items by then end of January but I can only wish.I definitely, at least need the Emma Hardie balm and some leather trousers, hmmm n’ maybe the Whistles bag!
So, roll on payday thats all I’m saying!
L.A.

The Magic Wand that is Touché Eclat!

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20140109-131842.jpgIf you’ve never tried YSL Touche Eclat, what the eff have you been doing? In every bag, of every makeup bee, ever! You’ll find this golden gem! You may think, glorified under-eye concealer- well perhaps not! I’m not saying we have been using it wrong, no, well, maybe-kinda-ish. What I am saying is that this multi-purpose wand can wave some amazing magic across your beautiful faces! This cult favorite has a vast array of capabilities. 

>Lining your eyebrows, thats right, under and around the entire eyebrow area will lift instantly

>Line down the bridge of your nose, slim and slender nose? Yes please!

>Inner corner of your eyes=bright eyed beauty!

>Along the cheekbones to highlight

>Inner/lower forehead for the Kim Kardashian contouring

>Around the lip area, espesh after applying lippy; all you need is a little around the cupids bow and the lower lip, trust me, it gives instant focus to a brightly painted pout!

L.A.

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Video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=IMQd2SaX7t8

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OOTD: Zara Red Jumper

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20140113-171354.jpgI went to meet my lovely friend today and quickly took some piccies of my new Zara jumper.

I bought this in the sale for £22.99! I chose it because of the roll neck, which I’m loving atm and the colour is to die for. I teamed it up with my all time fave American Apparel Riding Pants, Topshop boots and my Marc by Marc Jacobs bag. My necklace is from Collard Manson and my rings are from &OtherStories.

L.A.

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Let’s Talk Lashes

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Before

Seen as though I updated you lovelies on my go-to mascara’s yesterday,I thought I’d best give you a run down on making the most of those peepers. Please excuse the lots of eye ball pics!

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Shu Uemura curling, of course!

First step, if you haven’t already, GO GET SOME SHU UEMURA EYELASH CURLERS!! NOW! These are not just your regular eyelash curlers, they are ‘thee’ eyelash curler. They will change your life! So clamp them right at the root and lift your hand upwards as you clamp. This helps give that wide-awake look.

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Then grab you mascara and place the brush right at the root and in a zig-zag motion work the mascara into the lashes, right to the tip. Start from outer to the inner corner of the eye, don’t forget those baby lashes!

If you want some serious separation, use a lash comb, a good one is by Ruby and Millie, or very carefully use some tweezers to pry the lashes that are clumped together. I like to layer coats for high impact, but for day to day lashes, a couple of layers does it! I usually use the tip of my brush on the bottom lashes; in a left-right motion across. You don’t want spider lashes, so you don’t need too much product, therefore leave the bottom ones until last.

When your happy with the layering and separating, clean up with a cotton bud or if your fancy, or have had a recent glossy box, use an eye makeup remover pen.

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The Falsies Mascara
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YSL Mascara

So your done! Gorgeous, fluttery eyelashes!YEY!

Now if you read my last post you’ll know I spoke about YSL and The Falsies mascaras. I thought I’d do one eye with the drug store and the other with the high end. I think the drug store looks the best! What do you think?

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Do I look bog eye? Lol

I know I maybe teaching you to suck eggs but this is a fab video for some serious application technique…click here

L.A.

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Lets Talk Mascara

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Lancome Extreme, Maybelline The Falsies, YSL Volume Effect Cils, L’Oreal Telescopic.

Lets talk mascara, right? I think us ladies are all on a voyage to find ‘The One’. Unfortunately, I am still searching and I think that search will never end. On the plus I have tried and tested insane amounts of mascara and what I can tell you, there is hope!

I have around five mascaras on rotation; usually a couple of high end and a couple of drug store. At the minute my top high end mascara’s are YSL Volume Effects Cils followed by Lancome L’Extreme. 

I’ve long been a fan of YSL Volume Effects Cils mascara; its beautifully packaged and feels luxurious. You can really pile on the layers, so your lashes are left thick and  ultra plush. The down side, it dries fast; so no pump-pumpy action (that is the in and out pumping action=air in the tube=VERY DRY MASCARA!) and make sure you twist it tight when you’ve finished using it! Thats you told!

Lancome, lancome, lancome, how I loved your Hypnose mascara; I can’t say the same for L’Extreme. The instant lash drama just isn’t there and for £22.00, I expected more. My lashes were left limp, stubby and wet, something that you’d expect from a cheaper mascara.

Now as cheaper mascaras go, I’ve been juggling Maybellines ‘The Falsies and L’Oreals Telescopic. The Falsies made famous by Tanya Burr has lived up to the hype. I use this as my go-to mascara, its great for work but really build-able if you want high impact. A definite repurchase for 2014. As for Telescopic, made famous by Anna from Viviannadoesmakeup. Although Anna is a fave of mine, this mascara isn’t. It just didn’t work for me. It left my lashes really wet and straight, with no lift what-so-ever. The only positive; lash seperation.

Although I am impressed with what the beauty world is offering, I still feel that there is room for a stand out, AMAZING mascara. All I want is lift, volume, length, longevity, no flaking, no clumps and no drying out; is that too much to ask? hmmm maybe. 

Until then, the crown goes to The Falsies, isn.

L.A.

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My Space NK January Sale Steals

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My alarm clock went off for work on Boxing Day, yes I’m a nurse, yes I worked Christmas! The bonus, I was up first thing for a good ol’ gander at the Space NK sale. I was absolutely SKINT after Christmas and I only managed a couple of things, but could have gone MAD! And still, a few other bits that are calling out for me to press the buy button. STEP AWAY ANNIE, STEP AWAY!

Straight into my basket was the Space NK Signature Train bag. I’d been looking for a decent sized make up/travel bag for aaages; as I’d bloody burnt mine with my hair tongs, sizzle! Eeeek! £12.50 was a small price to pay and I’m super impressed, already used it; loved it. It’s the perfect size for all my toiletries and then I put my ‘nice’ makeup in my Laura Mercier Portfolio Case (it’s a beaut too). I’ve just looked of the Space NK site and they’re still available, I don’t think they’re available in store, well you couldn’t when I went in the other day; wasn’t priced in the sale, unsure why?! Hmmm.

Now my second grab was this lovely Laura Mercier Bath and Body duo in Almond and Coconut. I’ve given it a good smell; sweet but not sickly and if it’s anything like the ambre vanillé the scent will linger. The duo includes a bath salt and creme; I’ve not tried either yet, but intend to fully review v. soon. If it’s anything like the ambre vanillé soufflé body it will be a total dream, check out my review here.

Unfortunately the duo isn’t available anymore, literally sold out in a blink, but they’ve just popped some new bargains into to their sale edit so if my money starts burning holes I may purchase Diptque Tom Dao perfume, hold me back ladies, hold me back!

What did you manage to grab in the sales? Any bargains to share? Give me a tweet @lady4nnie or leave me a comment!
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L.A.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, yes please!

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I’ve been lusting, well, more drooling over this product for the past knows how long; so when I spotted this beauty on Xmas day I was more than overjoyed! Hmmm, I may have made a slight whooping noise.

Now I’m usually a complete powder-phobe; the matte look tends to look cakey-drag queen on me, eeek! But Hourglass Ambient Powder promises the perfecto ‘dewy’ finish that not only keeps your makeup in place, but airbrushes out imperfections. You can see why this sounded like my kinda powder; yes, I couldn’t grab my makeup brush quick enough!

Apply a little bit here and a little bit there and hey presto it’s a little short of fabulous. My skin instantly looks luminous, softer and glow-y in a hey, this could face could have been done by a pro-ish. I’m used to seeing cakey powders that sink and set in all the wrong places, but this, absolutely not.

The downside is parting with £38!! (Jaw drop) but I would say definitely go for it.  If not save, save, save! I’ve only had it wee while but a little reading around and beauty bloggers alike comment on its longevity! So that, with its genius formula gives it the Yorkshire thumbs up for pence wear.

It comes in six shades and I’m the proud owner of Dim Light.YEY!

L.A.

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