17 January 2010

NYX Jumbo Lip Pencil - Soft Fuschia

I've tried my best to like nude lipsticks but I've come to the realisation that they just don't suit me. Hue, Creme d' Nude, Gosh's Darling, they've all been tried and tested. Each time I apply one of these light shades I look with hope in the mirror, then find myself reaching for NYX's Jumbo Lip Pencil in Soft Fuschia. This has been a favourite of mine since I bought it last year and I can't sing its praises enough!

The colour is a gorgeous pink based natural color with a hint of mauve. It's the perfect colour for me as it's not too pale and not too bright, just a lovely shade that doesn't vary too much from my natural lip colour. A more muted pink can be achieved if this is worn on top of a nude shade like MAC's Creme d' Nude or with The Body Shop's Tantalising Lip Butter on top for a more milky colour.

The consistency of these pencils is one of the best things about them. They are incredibly creamy and soft so they only needed to be applied with a light hand. For this reason they glide beautifully and don't drag along the lips. Not only perfectly creamy, but
highly pigmented too. In fact I'd go as far to say this pencil is just as pigmented as my MAC lipsticks and Rouge Volupte. Amazing!

Finally, this pencil has amazing staying power, better than any other lipstick I've ever used. I apply it in the morning and it's still there in the afternoon, even after eating and drinking (albeit a little faded). Therefore there's no need to constantly re-apply, perhaps the reason why I've had this almost a year and it's still going strong! Despite the fact this lip colour is long lasting, I've never had a prolem with it drying out my lips, another bonus.

Here's a FOTD from a while back that shows the lip pencil in use...

I purchased mine from MsCuppyCakes for just $3.00 but NYX products are also available at Cherry Culture, some House of Fraser stores and ebay.

I'll be looking to try some other colours next to see if they are just as fabulous as this one.

Has anybody else tried the NYX Jumbo Lip Pencils?

16 January 2010

Soap & Glory: The Righteous Butter

I've read so many great things about Soap & Glory's Righteous Body Butter I decided it was time to add it to my collection.

This product has a thick, creamy consistency so I find it easiest to apply on slightly damp skin. It absorbs quickly and doesn't leave a greasy or oily residue like some moisturisers can.

The best part of this product for me is that the smell reminds me of this...

Miss Dior Cherie, my all time favourite perfume! Although I have a bottle of this, because it's so darn expensive I use it sparingly. With this body butter, I can apply liberally and smell just as lovely! The scent lingers for hours after application, so if you're looking for a strongly scented body butter this is for you.

Soap & Glory describe this product as smelling like bergamot, strawberries and mandarin, with floral and fruity mid notes and musk, amber and warm vanilla base notes. Delicious! Containing Shea butter and aloe vera, this not only smells amazing but it leaves skin feeling silky smooth and soft too. As a body butter however, I must say I do prefer Soap & Glory's Peachy Cream as I find it glides along the skin more easily.

The Righteous Butter is priced at £10.00 for 300ml and is available at Boots

7 January 2010

Looking Back & Going Forward

My first post of 2010. I hope everybody had a lovely Christmas and New Year. It's been a while since I last blogged, I've just started a new job and not only does that mean less hours in the day, but when I do have a spare few moments they're spent drifting off in my fiance's arms from exhaustion. Hopefully I'll get used to the working world soon and my blog posts won't become sporadic. Here's an overview of the past year and the year to come.

What happened in 2009...

♥ I started a beauty blog. I never imagined it would lead to having so many followers and things like being invited to beauty events and meeting the creator of Barry M!

♥ I was a bridesmaid for the first time at my brother's wedding

♥ I wrote my dissertation. The longest piece of work I have ever written at a lengthy 12,000 words. It's a tough time writing it, but when it's finished and all bound you can't help but feel proud of what you've done

♥ I graduated from Loughborough Uni with a 2.1

♥ I was proposed to in the most beautiful setting and magical way by the man of my dreams. Click here to read the details!

♥ I went to my first interview for a real job...and was offered it!

What I want to do in 2010...

Change my hair. I'd love to try going lighter, and also experiment with a fringe. I've always been cautious to experiment with hair, but I've realised it's just hair, nothing too bad can happen! I love the hair in the picture below, both the cut and colour are perfect...(the outfit too!)

(I can't remember where I found this picture, maybe tumblr?)

♥ Buy our first house.We're currently house hunting and have found somewhere we love so we'll see what happens. I can't wait to move out of our awful tiny rented flat and have a home of our own. I'm already excited about decorating and have numerous wallpaper samples flying about!
♥ Learn to drive. I've wanted to drive for so long, so now I have a job I can afford to start taking lessons
♥ Do some volunteer work. Loughborough Uni have an amazing volunteer programme which offers a whole range of projects. There are options to work with the elderly, people with special needs and childen, so volunteering can mean anything from making visits to old people's homes to offer company to those who don't have family and friends, helping teach children to read after school, mentoring young offenders and offering counselling to students. It's something I've wanted to do for a while so this should be the year I do it. Click here if you'd like to find out more.
♥ Organise our wedding. We've not had any progress yet as we've been so caught up in other things like jobs, mortgages and house hunting. So we really want to get the venue booked soon and start planning the smaller details. All I have so far is a scrapbook full of dresses I love, one of which is these...

What have you got planned for this year?