28 March 2013

Urban Decay Naked Basics

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette Swatches
Along with lipstick, I'm a massive eye shadow hoarder. I own silly amounts of both and in the past have found it so hard to resist temptation, especially if either are in bright, bold colours. Urban Decay are top of my list with eye shadows as their quality is outstanding, I don't really need to tell anyone how good their Naked palettes are, they're a cult product for a reason. When they announced they were releasing a Naked Basics matte palette I decided I had no intention of buying one as A) I wasn't blown away by it (ANOTHER repeat with Foxy) and B) I had more eye shadow than I could ever wear.

That said, after reading multiple posts I did have an urge to purchase one so ended up going back on my strict no more eye shadow policy and entered a co buy when it popped up on Buyapowa. Much to my surprise, I won the co buy (first time I've won) so received this little cutie for free! (Thank you again, Buyapowa)

The palette is much smaller than the previous Naked palettes and contains 6 shadows, VENUS - FOXY - W.O.S - NAKED 2 - FAINT - CRAVE. I was a bit disappointed in the repeat of the colour Foxy but at least it wasn't Half Baked again hahaa. All colours are the same amazing quality as the previous palettes, they blend effortlessly and allow you to be as neutral or dramatic as you dare. If Urban Decay had released this palette first I don't think I would have been so eager to purchase the other two and would have been happy to stick to this. It's a lovely addition to any make up collection but I think it's perfect for someone who is just starting out with an interest in make up or has a sensible approach to buying make up (sometimes we just need to carry 10 lipsticks around).

Have you purchased this palette? I'd love to hear if I'm not the only one who gave in ahaa. 

I'm having an Urban Decay Naked Basics giveaway that you can enter here
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25 March 2013

Acrylic Trapezoid Lipstick Holder 24

Acrylic Trapezoid Lipstick Holder 24

Acrylic Trapezoid Lipstick Holder 24
                                              Acrylic Trapezoid Lipstick Holder 24 - £3.55

Acrylic storage has become a bloggers best friend and with expanding make up collections we all get excited when we see a make up storage post or video. While I think a lot of acrylic storage can be expensive and a bit small for storing things other than everyday essentials I do love the lipstick holders. I've been on the hunt for one of the flat lipstick holders but for some reason they never seem to be in stock so when I seen a post about the trapezoid version by Gemma from MissMakeupMagpie I decided to order one for myself. The flat lipstick holders are roughly £12 and hold about 16 lipsticks whereas this little gem was £3.55 and holds 24, I love a good bargain! As there isn't much else I can say about a lipstick holder I think it's time for a bit of organising and a spring clear out. Oh, and yes, 24 lipsticks is a perfectly reasonable amount for one person to own ahaa.
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24 March 2013

NYX Concealer Jar - Green

NYX Concealer Jar Green Review

Green Concealers are a brilliant invention, they cancel out redness which allows you to conceal problem areas with out caking or layering traditional concealer. As I have rosy cheeks that sometimes, with cold weather, can become a more irritated version of rosy and a fair amount of Hyper pigmentation to deal with I thought I'd move to the green side and try the NYX Concealer Jar. As I'm a fan of NYX products I had high hopes for this product but unfortunately it wasn't for me.

NYX Green Concealer is a soft, thick concealer that lives in a small plastic jar. The texture is creamy and applies with ease regardless of if you're covering a small or larger area. Unfortunately, this concealer doesn't conceal as well as it applies and only gets worse when you attempt to blend it.
NYX Concealer Jar Green

When applied this concealer isn't fond of doing much else apart from sitting on your skin. I first tried to cancel out the redness from Hyper pigmentation scarring around my chin area as that is what bothers me most. I applied tiny amounts only on the area that was effected and stippled this in to my skin. After stippling, the concealer seemed to lose the green colour and blend to nothing but an odd off green/white shade. I then repeated the process a few times but still had the same result. As this didn't work I changed tactics and blended the concealer on to my cheeks as well as my chin, this resulted in making it look worse than before. The concealer leaves a powdery white/off green finish which in no way covers any redness, in fact, I'd say it highlights what you're trying to cover. Fast forward a few months and I decided to give this concealer a last try and decided to try mixing it with my normal concealer/foundation, this had the same effect but just gave it a less matte finish. After trying different methods to make this concealer "work" I can safely say this is not a great product.

As much as I love NYX products this concealer gets a massive thumbs down from me. I've read great reviews on this product so the only thing I can put it down to is it's not great on oily skin. I think in future I'll stick to a high coverage concealer instead of layering a medium coverage product or searching for a reliable green concealer.
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4 March 2013

DD+ Bras // Rant // Busty Girl Problems

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I'm not normally one to bring "rants" on to my blog but I have a few things I'd like to talk about. Don't worry, this isn't going to turn in to a Jeremy Kyle blog post I just have a few things I'd like to get off my chest (pun intended lol). For as long as I can remember I've found it difficult to find bras that are for the more top heavy ladies never mind at an affordable price. I've always been jealous of my friends that are able to pop in to a shop, pick up a cute matching bra set and have change from £10 - I've only ever been able to do that ONCE. With all the articles flying around the internet about how many percent of women are wearing the wrong bra sizes yet the industry has remained exactly the same? Has no one stopped to think about why some women feel they HAVE to wear the wrong bra size? 

The main thing that completely baffles me is that even though there are now bra companies that specialise in DD+ bras, their sizes are still way off - it still seems an impossible mission to get the right cup and band size attached to the same bra. I'm not talking about every bra company in the United Kingdom, just the ones I've personally attempted to buy from and I've tried a fair few. With Breast Augmentation (enlargement) being "the norm" now and with it being 2013 I would personally love to see more companies catering to everyone. Sure, a lot of companies now range from a DD onwards but what about band sizes? Not every woman with larger breasts wears a 30G bra, back fat still very much exists. Personally, I'm broad in the shoulders and back then have a smaller waist and with being on the "chubby" side I have my fair share of back flab to go with it (sexy, I know) - this normally results in having to wear a band size that's smaller than I need which leads to back ache. Brilliant. 

I'm sure a lot of you who have read this far have been thinking "why not go to Marks & Spencer's or BHS" - The price is why. I love the selection, sizes and quality of both shops but unfortunately, they are expensive. I know from personal experience that when bras are expensive and it's hard to find your size you can sometimes be left with just one or two bras that you're able to wear comfortably. Bad times. I understand that when producing a line of larger bras they need to be more supportive than your average bra but does that really mean they need to be an extra £20. Personally, I find £20+ for a bra excessive. 

I'm sure there are plenty of women who still like to wear a nude coloured T-shirt bras but a lot of us ladies would like a bit of variety. Every time I find a bra that's actually in my size 9 times out of 10 it's hideous. There are bras available in every colour and pattern you can imagine on the market for average sizes but when it comes to DD+, there are about 3. A few months ago I found a lovely floral patterned bra in ASDA for a reasonable price and was over the moon about it. In hindsight, it's pretty sad how this is still a problem for me and thousands of women who are actually excited by finding a pretty bra in a larger size.

I know I've rambled on a bit but this has been my gripe for as long as I've been wearing bras, I'm sure I'm not alone on this topic and would love to hear about your experiences.
Lisa x

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