Thursday, 29 December 2011

Christmas and Giveaway Pressies!

Merry Christmas to all!

 Everyone is doing a little Christmas haul and good for you! I don't think it's braggy at all, Christmas is the one time you get spoiled by your parents and friends, and it's always nice to be given pressies :D so show them off to the world!

Here's what I got

I got lots of cash from daddy (not pictured obv) because he's been really sick all year from a serious illness so he hasn't been able to get out to the shops. But hey, I'm not complaining, I love money! :D I got boots from Mum, a leather handbag from my big brother Louis, a cupcake recipe book from my little brother Leon, some jewellery and a Nepalese bag from my Aunt, some Nars make up from my boyfriend Jeremy, some Arcancil make up from my Mum and then some cute little nail polishes from ME :D I like to treat myself at Christmas too :D haha

I won  Char's Christmas Giveaway and I couldn't be more excited about it! She sent me an MUA palette, a Rimmel blush, a Barry M gold foil nail polish and an NYC lipstick AND she sent a Rimmel lipgloss as well - which wasn't part of the original giveaway! AND chocolates and candycanes and lollipops and a Christmas card! :D Char you absolute legend, thank you so much! It's an amazing Giveaway, I love your blog and read it religiously! You girls should DEFINITELY be following her! She always has such interesting and versatile posts about all things beauty. And she's such a lovely person. I left England last week to go back to my parents house in Brussels, so she sent the package to Brussels instead, just so I could have it before Christmas! YAY! And because my parents saw that the package was from the UK, they thought it was a present from my boyfriend so they wrapped it and put it under the tree haha! So it was an extra Christmas present :D

This is the Nars make up that Jeremy bought me when we went to London for our Anniversary. The trip was really our anniversary present and the make up was my Christmas pressie. 
Nars Foundation in Santa Fe.
Nars Blush in Orgasm.

This is us at Winter Wonderland last week :D

Here's the make up my Mum got for me - it's all Arcancil which is one of my favourite "drugstore" brands (but it's French so I've only ever seen it in Belgium and France).
From top: Star liner Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil. I SWEAR by this pencil. It's the BEST eyeliner I have ever had!
Ideal Sourcil Eyebrow Pencil in Dark Blonde. ("Sourcil" is French for Eyebrow)
Trio Cabaret Eyeshadows Pierres Precieuses  (French for Precious Stones)

You should definitely check out the Arcancil Website Here as their make up is so cheap and yet so good! The name is so cool as well - The french term "Arc en Ciel" means "rainbow", but "cil" means "eyelid" so it's a play on words :) ohh the French and their sense of humour ha ha.

These are some lovely nail goodies that I picked up in Oxford Street last week. Ever since joining the blog community, I've found it's just as important to have pretty nails as it is to have a pretty face! 
From Left: Topshop Nail Varnish in Blitz
Barry M in Navy
Barry M in Silver Cascade
Barry M in Lavender
Topshop Nail Art Pen in Barbarella
I haven't used the nail art pen yet but I'm really excited to :D I hope they bring out more shades because at the moment they only have white black and pink.

These are my Christmassy nails! I was going to wear red but I thought that would be too predictable! So I'm wearing my Navy and Silver Cascade nail varnishes from Barry M :) it does look quite christmassy because the glitter actually has bits of red and green in it :D very festive!

So that's my haul! hope you enjoyed it. To all of those who are nervous to show their pressies - don't be! We're all friends and we're all nosy :D I want to know what you all got!

Merry Christmas everyone! 

:) X

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Products I Regret Buying

There are millions of wonderful, beautiful, hyped-up products out there, but that doesn't mean that they're right for everyone. I spend the bulk of my money on new make up and beauty products (after paying my bills and buying food of course!) and I get really angry when I spend money on products that disappoint me. I feel like I'm entitled to a refund of some kind! Alas, nothing can be done. I have to accept the fact that I've spent money on something that's not right for me, but I can't seem to throw it out immediately because I feel guilty for wasting it!

Thus I present to you girls, a list of my top regrets over the past few months. Let me know if you think differently about them!

Number 1: Benefit Porefessional
"The best selling product of the company" the Benefit lady described it as! I couldn't believe the hype over this product. I went ape shit. I just HAD TO HAVE IT. There was no question! There were supposed to be instant results! My pores were supposed to be covered! My foundation was supposed to stick! ... What a load of bollocks! I didn't notice any difference in my make up staying put on my face compared to when I wasn't wearing it, you could still see my pores, and the tube is so small that you run out of it fairly quickly! At first I thought "I'll keep wearing it to see if it eventually does do the job" but alas it didn't.
Mark: 3/10.
Will I repurchase?  There must be a better product out there for a cheaper price! so NO.

Number 2: The Tangle Teezer.
Another massive disappointment. My housemate last year used to lecture me on how stupid I was for not having a tangle teezer. She swore by it. I've read countless reviews saying how good it was and how little hair it pulled out. But I found it more painful to brush my hair with than my usual Babyliss hairbrush. Also, I don't think I've ever molted so much when brushing my hair. Plus, it's such an odd shape and it sits uncomfortably in my hand. It would be much better if it had a handle.
Mark: 4/10
Will I repurchase? Hate it. I'm going back to a regular brush. so NO.

Number 3: Maybelline Volume Express One By One.
Not the best mascara I've ever had, but certainly not the worst. I remember watching the ads for it on the telly and the model had HUNDREDS of individual lashes which made her eyes look incredible. But when I bought the mascara, it didn't deliver. I don't feel like it separated my lashes at all. It didn't give me an amazing amount of volume either. Overall, it wasn't a terrible product, it was just a bog-standard mascara.
Mark: 6/10
Will I repurchase? Perhaps...but there are other mascaras out there in a similar price range which I prefer!

Number 4: Garnier Purifying Toner
I probably should have put the cleanser on here too because I don't like either. The only way that Garnier is capable of "purifying" my skin is by burning my face, apparently. This stank of disinfectant, dried out my skin and left it feeling tight and chapped. I would have to lather the moisturiser on afterwards in an attempt to save my skin from turning bright red and sore. I doubt they used any natural products in either the cleanser or toner which is a major no-no for me.
Mark: 2/10
Will I repurchase? A big fat NO

Number 5:  Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Stain.
Another Maybelline product? Maybe I should stay away from this brand! The main thing that attracted me to this product was the fact that it wouldn't be sticky or glossy. It wouldn't sit on my lips like a lipstick, it would simply give my lips a colour while still looking natural. I love the idea of it more than I love the product. The  price was good and the colour was beautiful! And the SMELL was fantastic! like sweet strawberries :) I loved it! The only problem was that after I applied it, I would have to reapply it 5 minutes later. I wasted so much time constantly putting it on again and again, and because it looks like a marker, I looked a bit "special" drawing on my face with a marker whenever I was in public.
Mark 6/10
Will I repurchase? A nice product, but what's the point if it doesnt show? so NO.

Number 6: EcoTools foundation brush.
To be honest, I bought this because I needed a new foundation brush and it was the cheapest one in Boots. It's not actually a bad brush, it's eco friendly (obviously), not made from animal hair, it's smooth and it's a good shape and easy to hold. The only problem was that it made my foundation look streaky on my face, so I may as well have rubbed it on to my face with my hands. 
Mark: 6/10
Will I repurchase? Now that I use a stippling brush, I don't think I'll ever go back to foundation brushes! so NO.

Number 7: Topshop Loose Powder Blush.
I don't have a lot of negative feedback for this product, it's really only the packaging that lets it down. It comes in some lovely shades, but the powder is in a little pot with a sponge-like applicator on the top. You cant use a blusher brush to apply it, you need to press the sponge against your face (which results in a spherical and concentrated amount of blush on your face which isn't exactly desirable!) If it had a different and more accessible packaging then the blush would be a success in my book.
Mark: 6/10
Will I repurchase? If Topshop created the same shade of blusher in a pressed powder, then YES!

So there you have it! My biggest hates of 2011 haha. When it comes to make up and beauty, I either love a product or hate it, which explains why I was so nasty about some of the products I have just reviewed!

What are your opinions of these products? If you have used them, do you agree?

:) X