Another lipstick treasure found in the depths of my makeup collection. Barry M Cerise Pink Lip Paint (no.144) appears as a deep burgundy shade in the tube but translates to a beautiful pink berry shade once on the lips. The formula is just as lovely as Barry M Dolly Pink Lip Paint - highly pigmented, easy to apply and leaving a satin sheen. It also lasts an impressive of amount of time, withstanding eating and drinking for hours on end. I've become quite a fan of Barry M Lip Paints and I'm keen to try more. What do you think?
Wednesday, 25 January 2012
Boujois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation is my current favourite foundation. If you want healthy, glowing skin in an instant, this foundation delivers it. Light on the skin with a silky gel texture, it buffs and blends beautifully into the skin resulting in the perfect balance between dewy and matte. As with all my foundations, I use my Sigma F80 or ELF Studio Kabuki Brush to apply for a flawless finish. Bourjois claim the vitamin-rich fruit therapy formula gives skin a radiance boost, evens complexion and has an instant anti-fatigue result, and I'd have to agree. When I want luminous, natural looking makeup, this is the foundation I use.
The packaging is another plus point. The glass-like bottle (although it's plastic) makes it appear more up-market and the pump is ideal for dispersing just the right amount of product, meaning no spillage or wastage. This foundation isn't especially long lasting - that's a claim which only my beloved Estee Lauder Double Wear has lived up to, but I use it with primer and set with powder as I have an oily t-zone and it lasts a good 9 hours. In terms of coverage it's light-medium, so I'd say it's better for use on good skin days as it won't conceal any skin problems but coverage is easily buildable. I have the shade 52 which is a good match. I often find high street cosmetics can be more on the pink side but fortunately Bourjois seem to cater for the warmer skin tones. Overall a fantastic foundation and one to rival the likes of the designer cosmetics!
Sunday, 22 January 2012
I can't quite believe that it has already been five months since Matt and I said our vows. How quickly the time has flown!
In the lead up to our wedding I had no nerves whatsoever. I was cool and calm up until the night before the big day, when during a meal with our families, they hit me full on and I could barely eat a thing! My bridemaids and mum did a fantastic job on the day of soothing my nerves, ensuring I ate (and had a little champagne!) and keeping me stress free. I had waves of butterflies dancing in my stomach throughout the morning as I was getting ready, it all seemed quite surreal, but when I was ready and the bridal car was waiting outside to take my parents and I to the Church, all my nerves just melted away and I was left with pure excitement. Hearing the Church bells chime as I stepped out the bridal car added to joy of the moment and I was filled with such happiness.
I clutched my bouquet as my bridesmaids arranged my dress. Before us were the double doors leading to all our closest friends and family and of course, the altar where Matt awaited me. Pachelbel's Canon in D began to play, I slipped my arm into my father's and the doors opened. As I saw Matt standing at the altar, my face broke into a huge smile and as I took each step down the aisle towards my best friend, my face was a mix between pure elated joy and getting a little teary eyed with the emotion of it all.
Holding hands as we recited our vows was such a special moment, and before we knew it the Reverend was pronouncing us husband and wife. I've never felt such happiness (I think my face says it all in one of the photo's below!) After four years together and patiently waiting, we were finally married!
Our reception was everything we'd hoped it to be; informal and fun. The marquee looked beautiful and I'll always treasure the memories of the day before when my parents, Matt and I spent the most gloriously sunny day surrounded by trees, flowers and greenery, setting everything up and seeing our plans come to life. The marquee was a vision of pastel pinks, neutrals and lilacs. Perfect for an outdoor August wedding in a marquee! You can read more about the planning behind the wedding and our inspiration here.
The evening was filled with fun, laughter and dancing to our favourite Motown and Rock n Roll classics. The dance floor was packed all night long and it was fantastic to see everyone we cared about having such a good time. It's true what they say, the day passes by so quickly. One of my favourite memories is when Matt and I took a moment together to savour the magic of the day. We snuck off to sit by the pond as the sun was setting just before our first dance to reflect on the day and revel in each other's company as husband and wife.
So after two years of planning, here's how our English Country Garden wedding came to fruition....