31 March 2011

I've Joined the Fake Tan Bandwagon!

As a naturally NC30-NC35 person and after having lived in the tropics most of my life I never even thought about fake tan. After moving to England, I can say I feel differently. A few weeks ago I realised for the first time how pale my arms and legs had gotten over time and decided to jump on the bandwagon that is the fake tan wagon.

I bought the Solait tanning mitt for £3 at Superdrug, and got the St. Moriz mousse off a blogsale. To be honest I was expecting a complete disaster cuz I can be quite durrrrr, but I was amazed at how smoothly everything went! (Aside from my initial shock that the foam was grey-ish..)

The tanning mitt made everything so easy, I don't have any streaks and it's easy to blend out edges even a few moments after you've applied it. Also, the reality is that in a natural tan, nothing is ever very precise so there's no actual need to be precise like around the hands and feet.

Also, I found it didn't transfer onto my clothes so I could sleep in it and wash it off in the morning. That being said the smell did bother me a bit. It's not a bad smell, just.. strange.

After two layers of this stuff my skin is back to the normal colour that it was before I moved here, and I love it. My boyfriend was quite worried that I would turn orange and become one of those scary orange people walking around town but to both our surprise it's literally my natural skin colour.

I would've liked to say that I left the hand untanned on purpose to show you guys, but the reality is that I'm an airhead and forgot to tan the hand :P Atleast you can see the effect and how natural the tan looks? Lol..

I applied one layer of my fake tan on Friday, and it hadn't worn out before I wanted to add another layer to bring it to the colour above. Taking the advice of many bloggers, I exfoliated and moisturized before I applied the tan and I'm sure that helped the staying power too!

Anyway, I can safely say that these two goodies will always be in my beauty collection as it's a great pick-me-up. I feel more confident already now that I feel like I'm my usual skin colour! Definitely worth the hype, and would encourage people who have always toyed with the idea to go for it - it's dead easy! :)

Do you fake tan? When did you first jump on the bandwagon?

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30 March 2011

Spot Cleaning with MAC Brush Cleaner!

When I first got the MAC brush cleaner, I was a little bit confused - how do I use this? In the end, I gathered some tips from YouTube, and found a way to use it that works great for me so I thought I'd share it with you guys :)

I know a lot of people are going to be like, why would you spend so much on a bottle of MAC's brush cleaner if you can use a baby shampoo? Well, I do use baby shampoo! But I don't have the money or the need to buy more than 1 of each brush, nor do I have the time to deep clean my brushes every night. I also started wondering if all this deep cleaning was even that great for my brushes! And for those of you who still don't think I can justify the £8.50 - honestly, I want the best for my brushes considering the amount I've spent on them, and don't want to risk it with a brush cleaner that might be cheaper but more damaging to the bristles.

Anyway, on to the 'tutorial'/review! Basically what I do, is fill a spray bottle with 50% MAC brush cleaner and 50% water - you can see the difference in colour here:

And then spray it on the bristles (not the ferrule!) against a dirty towel who has kindly dedicated his life and soul to assisting me in brush cleaning.. I wouldn't suggesting spraying the towel, because it would absorb most of the product and not transfer to the brush. This is my Sigma E35.

And then swirl it gently on the towel until bristles are clean! Remember to always go with the grain,  and spray and reswirl (?) as necessary.

So there you have it!

This dries in like a minute, and I can safely say it's been a very good addition to my vanity! I would rate this product 8/10, mainly because it's kind of hard to use, a bit impractical for foundation brushes, and also because it's not amazing in the sense that my white bristles still stain over time.

But with this method, because you dilute it with water, and you get 235mL in the first place, you get a LOT of use out of it for £8.50. Would recommend! :) Nothing but the best for those pricey brushes <3

How do you spot clean?

P.S. This post is very pink, isn't it.. lol.
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29 March 2011

Sleek Storm Palette Tutorial - Pink & Brown

Today's post is another tutorial, and I decided to do a series on another palette that a lot of people have - the Sleek Storm palette. This look is a pink & brown look, great for everyday or a toned-down night out :) Sadly, I can't capture the nuance of the colours with pics :( I need to learn how to do that! Anyway, enjoy!

Products Used:
- Sleek Storm Palette
- Rimmel Sunshimmer Bronzer in Medium Matte
- MAC Blush in Style
- Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Nude Delight
- Sigma E35 & E50
- MAC 239

Let me know what you think - any requests or constructive criticisms welcome :)

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28 March 2011

TAG: 11 Most Reached For Products

For those of you who haven't been on YouTube lately, there is a tag going on for the 11 Most Reached For Products. I usually don't do tags, but I thought this one would actually benefit my viewers/readers in the sense that these 11 products are almost synonymous with products that you use when you don't know what to wear, or products that you know always looks good on you.

I left out concealers, foundation, powder etc., just because I usually only use one at a time anyway so it would kinda be pointless.. and also I feel like it's not the point of this tag! :)

So I jumped on the bandwagon and created a video that I'll attach below. But for those of you who don't take a fancy to videos, here is the condensed blog version :)


- Burt's Bees Beeswax Lipbalm
I included this because despite my OCD on lipbalms that you can read about here, I can always turn to this and it wont let me down :)

- Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick in Nude Delight
This is my perfect spring/summer nude, with its warm peachy undertones and it goes with absolutely everything. Again, you can read about them here :)

- CANMAKE Nudy Glow Lipgloss in 06
This is a great alternative to lipsticks for those days I don't want to look like I've put too much effort in. It's pigmented and creamy, and is a perfect winter nude that goes with any look.

- MAC Creme Cup Lipstick
This is a pink alternative to my perfect nude, for those days where I want a bit more colour than a true nude, but nothing too overpowering. Again, goes with pretty much anything! :)


- MAC Paint Pot in Vintage Selection
A gorgeous peachy taupe that I love as an all over lid colour. It's easy to use, just with a finger and I know it will always look good on me, with Satin Taupe in the crease.

- 28 Neutral Palette
You can read a review on this here, but I love this because you can be creative within the boundaries of wearable because of all the different colour and finish choices. I also have several 'standard' looks with this that I can always turn to as well.

- MAC Palette
This is kind of a given because you only put in shadows you like and know you look good in right? :) So far I have, Naked Lunch, Honesty, Patina, Woodwinked, Tempting, Mulch, Satin Taupe and Beauty Marked.


- ELF Studio Blush in Tickled Pink
I love this because it's a really natural colour on me being a warmer pink, and a satin finish. It goes with anything! :)

- MAC Style Blush
This is my go-to blush in the summer when I want warmth on my face - always gives a sunkissed look a bit more colour than just bronzer. Also, it's handy to have when you have a really cool blush on and wish it was a tad bit warmer, I just dab a bit of this on top and voila! :)

- MAC MSF in Light Flush
Again, very subtle and natural pinky peach colour that goes with anything, except this one has a sheen and it doubles as a highlight/blush. Lovely paired with ELF Tickled Pink too :)

- NARS Blush in Sin
My go-to blush in colder weather, a natural cool-toned blush. It also doubles as a contour, which is good in the winter cuz I don't have that bronzey tone naturally in the winter! Doesn't go with absolutely everything, but it goes with a lot of colours that I wear in the winter, like taupes and bronzes :)

I hope you guys enjoyed that, and if you want to learn a bit more, then I babble on for a bit longer in the video so feel free to take a look :)

On blogside I taggggg:

and everyone else that wants to do it :)

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27 March 2011

Mentions of the Week #4

This week was the first week of my Spring break, and I did go shopping once - but am still trying to save on the money front as during February and March I've gone absolutely mad! I've been wearing make-up almost everyday regardless of staying in and working on essays most of the day, just because I find it just a fun thing to do in the mornings :) Here are my weekly mentions, with a few honorary mentions thrown in :)!

 Claire's Piercing Solution - £5

Now I know this isn't jewelry perse, but this week my second piercing has been throbbing and bleeding, and this here Claire's Ear Piercing Solution has always been my trusty go-to for when my piercings ache. My piercings are supersensitive, and my body hates piercings (I've had my bellybutton reject twice!) so you know this stuff is good if it works on me :) I'd actually thrown my second bottle away cuz I thought my piercing had calmed down, but when this happened this week I instantly went out to get it :) Definitely recommend!

 Sleek Sunset Palette - £6.50

I imagine that the Sunset palette probably isn't the most popular out of the Sleek palettes, but it was my first ever Sleek palette and has been ignored for far too long after I bought my Storm palette. I turned to it the other day when I was looking at palettes to get for Thanie and I's swap, and decided to give it a shot. I've been using a lot of the pink gold and the copper :)

28 Neutral Palette - Price Varies on eBay
I did my first proper eye tutorial this week that I'm ridiculously proud of and it's made me start using the Neutral Palette because it does bring out the creative side in me, but keeping it in the wearable neutral arena :)

MAC Creme Cup Lipstick - £13.50

I wouldn't be surprised if I've included it in the past, just a nice pale baby pink for me :) I'm lacking in the mid-tone pink department, so I've been turning to this baby in the meantime.

 Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation - £4.99 & Barbara Daly Oil Free Foundation - £6.99

I finished my Revlon Colourstay yesterday, so I've been turning to my spring/summer mix of these 2 foundations. It gives the fullest and most natural coverage ever, although I must say sometimes it's hard to mix the exact amount to get the perfect shade, but I always get close enough :P I would recommend Barbara Daly's foundation on its own if you can find the colour - I couldn't, sadly :(

Mulberry Bayswater Imitation - £12

 Yes, okay, it's lacking in the tree logo department but I've been dreaming about a Bayswater since I got my first Mulberry. I'm not a fan of the Alexa at all - I've always been a Bayswater/Daria person. I didn't want to go with the camel because everyone has camel bags these days, and I didn't want black because that's the colour I want when I start a proper job. Chocolate brown is casual enough and suited for the 99% cold climate here. Just thought I could do with a make-shift one until I can afford the real one.. although I can see myself getting something else from them before I can afford the Bayswater! :)

St. Moriz Mousse - £3
I did my first fake tan this week! I found it very easy to do, and I found that one layer of this stuff brings me back to my usual skintone, and two layers gives me a bit of a tan. Really like it, and will definitely be reapplying when I feel the need :)

 NARS Orgasm or Deep Throat Blush - £20.50
MAC Girl About Town Lipstick - £13.50

Nope, my wants haven't changed for a couple of weeks now.. I think it's a sign :)

A drugstore haul!
Now obviously with the Project Pan going on, I will never 'waste' my allowances on a drugstore product especially because the reason why I started it in the first place was to stop splurging on whim products that I buy in the drugstore. However, I've been getting very jealous of drugstore product posts these days, as I know there are few that are really good, and am thinking of treating myself to one in May, as one of my 3 exceptions because it's my birthday month :)

What have you been liking this week guys? :)

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25 March 2011

Tutorial: 28 Neutral Palette's Peachy Brown Look

When I first stared my YouTube channel almost a year ago, I did quite a few tutorials, but after a while I stopped doing them because I just didn't have the skill, imagination or the camera quality to do them. But I've been getting quite a few requests for a tutorial with this palette and I've put them off forever so I decided to give it a shot!

Products Used:
- Revlon Colorstay Foundation
- ELF Complexion Perfection Powder
- MUJI Concealer in Ochre
- Rimmel Soft Kohl Eyeliner in Black
- Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in Hazel
- Maybelline Chai Latte Quad
- Maybelline Falsies Mascara
- Rimmel Sunshimmer Bronzer in Medium Matte
- MAC MSF in Light Flush
- ELF Studio Blush in Tickled Pink
- Melliesh Blush in 04
- MAC Creme Cup Lipstick
- MAC 239

and of course..
- 28 Neutral Palette :)

Hope you liked it! :) Please let me know if you have any comments, constructive criticisms or requests :)

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23 March 2011

Do I Have An Addiction to Lip Balm?


Yep, yep I do.

Lip balm is one of those things that are so insignificant in the sense that you use them without a mirror for the single purpose of moisturizing, but it's so complicated in the sense that everyone has their taste in consistency, container and smell, and even that changes with every situation.

I actually have a justification, believe it or not, for the different uses of the above lipbalms.

*LipIce Original - Sweet, waxy, usually use in the cold.
LipIce Strawberry - Fruity, waxy, usually use inbetween spring and winter.
LipIce Sun - Waxy, perfect for summer w/ SPF.
LipIce Pink Sheen - Lipgloss, good for when I don't want to layer lip products.
*BodyShop Born Lippy in Pink Guava - Jelly-like and great for warm weather.
*Burt's Bees Original - Waxy, minty, perfect for anytime.
*Agatha Luiz De La Prada in Cherry - Sweet and fruity, waxy, tinted, perfect for when I want sweetness.
Primark LipSmacker in Fanta - Light, a bit wet, fruity.
Shiseido Therapino Oil Bar - Scentless, tasteless, oily, perfect for under dry lipstick.
2 Tubs of Vaseline (one small, one big) - Oily, good before bed.

The ones with * are my favourite, and most used. But seriously, how am I so picky? And what's even worse, I have a wishlist of other lipbalms I want.. like Burt's Bees honey-smelling one, EOS lip balm, LUSH Honey Trap and the famous pink Vaseline pot.

Is anyone with me or am I just weird?

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20 March 2011

Mentions of the Week #3

Hey all, if you didn't notice I did skip last week's Mentions of the Week, but it's back again! :)

Tiffany&Co. Double Heart Tag Pendant Necklace

I didn't have anything specific this week so thought I'd introduce you to something I wear practically everyday :) From the lovely boyfriend for Christmas - I think it was to make up for the 6 months he studied abroad in Hong Kong!

MAC E/S in Naked Lunch - £9.50

I know I already did a post on it, but I couldn't justify not including this baby - I've worn it practically every day! See my post on it here.

Eyeko Fat Balm in Frosting & Toffee - £6.50, or £3 for other colours on my charity blogsale :)

Been loving these 2 colours as lipsticks, but Frosting works well as a blush too.

MAC Blush in Style - £17

Was my go-to blush in the summer, and it's coming back to give me some warmth on my face for the spring :)

*Just realised I put this on my first Mentions of the Week - LOL sorry guys, but I genuinely have been wearing this a lot this week :P*

Primark Zebra Jumper - £10

Been wanting a nice comfy jumper (not hoodie!) for home, and found this in Primark. It's really nice for wearing in but it's also nice paired with black jeans, grey uggs and a black jacket - looks pretty badass ;P.

Rimmel Polishes

 See post here :)

NARS Blush in Orgasm - £20.50

Not a massive craving this week, as I've primarily been into renewing my spring closet, but this is something that I've been thinking about a lot.

Just want to see what all the fuss is about, and would like a nice pink blush - I only own 1! Crossed fingers that it'll be in stock for my ASOS Groupon voucher! :)

What have you been loving/wanting this week?

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19 March 2011

Spring Polishes from Rimmel! :)

Guys, I am seriously in love with the sun recently - in LOVE. This morning my boyfriend and I took a very scenic and cheery walk through campus to Tesco, and on the way stopped by Boots and I indulged myself in some Rimmel polishes, as they currently are on 3 for 2!

L: I Love Lasting Finish in 260 Green Grass, C: 60 Seconds in 405 Rose Libertine, R: 60 Seconds in 430 Coralicious

Last Spring I tried my first Rimmel polishes and I loved them, especially the 60 Seconds one - they are so incredibly easy to apply due to the brush shape, dries quickly and are easy to take off. And you only need 2 coats, which I find sometimes isn't enough for even OPI. I've never tried the Lasting Finish ones, but I'm excited to!

I get the impression that Rimmel polishes are great for bright vibrant colours, as the other 2 I have are turquoise and milky coral, and probably explains why I don't really turn to them outside of Spring/Summer. There were loads of others that I wanted too, so I may be going back - may be worth a check for you too!

Anyway, I've just put on Coralicious and it is GORGEOUS. Will probably do a post on each of these, but wanted to give everyone a heads up on the 3 for 2 offer. The 60 Seconds are £3.69 each, and the I Love Lasting Finish is £2.99. If I may say so, I much prefer Rimmel polishes over Barry M!

Have you tried Rimmel nail polishes? :)

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18 March 2011

Eureka Perfect Nude Eyeshadow!

Ever since like, forever, I've been looking for an eyeshadow that was similar to my skintone, just a little bit cooler and shimmery. And I think I've found it!

MAC Naked Lunch <3

Sorry for the horrendous emo modeling but I'm sure you're used to that by now :P

I've been wearing this look every day since I've gotten this eyeshadow. Here I've used:

Revlon Colourstay in Sand Beige
MUJI Concealer in Ochre
ELF Complexion Perfection Powder
MAC MSF in Light Flush
ELF Studio Blush in Tickled Pink
Rimmel Sunshimmer Bronzer in Medium Matte

Benefit Stay Don't Stray Primer
MAC Naked Lunch E/S
MAC Satin Taupe E/S
Maybelline Chai Latte Quad (for brows and highlight)
Rimmel Soft Kohl Eyeliner in Black
Maybelline Falsies Mascara in Black
Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in Hazel

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Nude Delight 700

What's your perfect nude eyeshadow?
Do you have Naked Lunch?


Personal Update:
 This is how much I've been enjoying working on my disso.. Photo courtesy of boyfriend, lol.
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17 March 2011

Update Project 15 Pan

I know, I know, I haven't been updating with all the reviews for my finished products like I said - I think I got bored of reviewing moisturizers! Maybe I'll insert a blurb when I'm all done with them. Anyway, I haven't finished anything since February 10th, so I thought I'd do a little update on how I'm doing.

Here we've got..

1) Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in Hazel
2) Rimmel Soft Kohl Eyeliner in Black
3) ELF Complexion Perfection Powder
4) Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Sand Beige
5) MUJI Concealer in Ochre
6) Bourjois Effet 3D Lipgloss in 29
7) Maybelline Falsies Mascara
8) NIVEA Visage Refreshing Toner for Normal/Combo Skin
9) Benefit Stay Don't Stray Primer
10) Rimmel Sunshimmer Bronzer in Medium Matte

I reckon the first three I finish will be the MUJI Concealer, Rimmel Eyeliner and the toner..

 I thought it'd be done when I reached the rim.. wishful thinking, it's bottomless!

 So close! Shame though cuz I do like this toner..

I can hardly take it out when the lid is on, and it's getting quite hard to even hold it..

So yes, I haven't finished anything in over a month, but it looks like it'll be a BAM BAM BAM 3 or 4 done in a space of a week.. or is that wishful thinking?

I've also semi-broken my Project Pan this month by buying from my own fundraising blogsale (please check it out before I buy everything!).. but I don't know, is that something to be ashamed about? Buying for charity? Although, I now understand why my mom doesn't immediately buy stuff she likes when nice things come into her charity shop - it's REALLY guilt-tripping. I thought 24hours was a long enough wait? :P

What I've realised by doing this Project Pan is that I actually am no where near being a make-up junkie, or even having 'too much'. I've discovered that I hardly have any dupes, and that there really isn't much in my collection that I never use. This might explain my lax-ness and my allowance of 3 purchases a month. 3 products a month has only been on the brink of uncomfortable, and I don't have much of a problem if this project goes on for another couple of months. I'd like to think of this project as not to minimize my collection, but to make some space for better quality and better chosen products.

Now that I know what it's like to try to finish a product, I think I'll keep at it as a practice even when I'm done because it is a nice feeling to feel you got the most out of a product, even if you do rebuy it.

Anyway, I've already bought my 3 allowances for March so it's been a quick one, but I'll do a post on the 3 items later this month. I already know what I want for April :)

I know a lot of you have been on a spending ban, a Project Pan or given up make-up for lent - how's it going? :)

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16 March 2011

Review: LUSH Amandopondo!

Recently, I've been going through a LUSH addiction and last week when I went to visit Birmingham, I picked up a few things, including the Amandopondo bubble bar. This one has caught my eye several times but I'd always passed over it. This time, knowing how stressed I was going to be over Spring Break, its lemon-ey fresh scent caught my attention.

Now I know it's not Spring Break yet, but I busted this out after standing in the cold fundraising for 3hrs!

"Lemon oil and rose absolute to inspire new beginnings - If your New Year's resolution is to forgive and forget, then hop in the bath with one of these creamy white cakes. Sweet orange, lemon and rose oils ease a troubled mind and worried heart. Fans of our Ring of Roses soap will love Amandopondo's familiar fragrance, perfect for new beginnings."

The good news is, I 100% agree on the easing of the "troubled mind and worried heart bit". The smell of lemon is so subtle, fresh, inoffensive and calming and it really does feel like a full-body, internal & external detox.

The bad news is, I did not smell the orange, nor did I smell the rose, until I scrummaged around the bath for 5min looking for the rose and brought it to my nose.

Now I paid £2.50 for this, and while I adore the subtle and modest smell and the calming effect - I'm not quite sure it's worth the dosh for one bath. Why?

First, because it's not that bubbly. It has less bubble than 1/4 of a Comforter bubble bar.

Second, because there's no special colour - just a clean greenish blue bath that happens in some baths without anything in it.

Third, because the rose doesn't do anything and you could probably get the smell in a massive bottle in a drugstore for £2.

As you can see, it's nothing special.

I do, however, really really want to emphasize the detox effect this bath had on me. I don't know if it's because I was extra-tired and just needed any old bath or if it was the Amandopondo's magic, but due to this, I am tempted to try it one more time, just to see. So I probably will rebuy in the near future.

So in conclusion, I'd probably say go for it if you're stressed and you need a treat. Otherwise, this isn't for your everyday bath.

Anybody else tried this? Am I being too critical? :P

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14 March 2011

February Project Pan Treats :)

So for my Project 15 Pan, I've allowed myself 3 products per month to get me by. January I did really well and only got 1 thing. In February, I took advantage of the limit and got myself 3 very lovely things from DitzyMakeUp and DaintyDollyMix's blogsales :)

Left: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Light Flush (LE)
Right Top: MAC E/S in Woodwinked, Right Bottom: MAC E/S in Mulch

I have been absolutely loving loving loving Light Flush, and have been using it as a dual highlighter and blush. I also think Woodwinked is to die for - the amount of light it catches is phenomenal, and I love how it doesn't show orange on me (apparently it does for some people, so be warned!). I'm still unsure about Mulch, but we shall see :) Here are some swatches:

Left to Right: Light Flush, Mulch, Woodwinked.

Aren't they so PRETTY?! XD

Also, if you didn't know already I am hosting a fundraising blogsale to raise money for the Japan Tsunami and Earthquake. It would mean the world if you could just take 5min to check it out and see if there's anything that you would like :) Here is the link, please spread the word! Every little bit helps, even if you buy something that's £1, remember you are getting something for being charitable :)

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13 March 2011

Blogsale for Japan Earthquake/Tsunami 03.11.11

Hi guys,

I'm sure you guys have heard so so much about the earthquake in Japan that happened on the 11th of March, and I will be the first to admit that when it happens in someone else's country, I forget about it in a few days. But this time, I went through the stomach-dropping process of wondering whether my family was injured or even alive, and the love for the people in my country that I never knew was there became evident.

Now this is a cliche excuse, but because I am a student and only have a part-time job, I don't have as much dosh as I would like to donate to the people in the northern parts of Japan. And I know many who follow my blog are in a similar situation, but I just want to do the best I can to help the people in the worst hit areas by making my blogsale into a fundraiser where all proceeds go to GlobalGiving. I know it's always easier to give when you get something back - I'll be the first to admit!

I will be updating my blogsale constantly as I scrummage through my stash, so please keep checking and I will update on Twitter everytime I add something new. I know I don't have much, but with this motive, I'm sure I will be more willing to give up some items that I know would benefit the people of Japan in the long-run.

I don't want to bore you with sympathy-mongering pictures and videos, but I just want to share with you some testimonials by my friends and teachers from Tokyo that have been going up on Facebook. I will slowly add more as I get permission. These are only from Tokyo - I cannot imagine the devastation going on around the nuclear plant and the northern area.

"Just so everybody knows- we're all okay, although we had quite a scare. It began as a normal tremor, which usually lasts less than 30 seconds. Instead of letting up, it just kept getting worse and worse. When it began to feel like I was standing on the bow of a ship in heavy weather, I told the kids to protect their heads under the desks. Then it really got rough; it would have been difficult to remain standing. Parts of the ceiling were coming down and the kids began to lose it a bit. Finally after a few minutes, it slowed down a bit and we got everybody to the football field. The aftershocks were pretty intense; the light posts were swaying like palm trees. It's unsettling to the core when the ground you stand on becomes so unstable. We're still getting tremors. None of the trains are running and the roads are chockablock. We've got two gigs tomorrow, one at Kawasaki Stadium and the other a few hours away at Canyons Alpine Lodge in Minakami. I wonder what's happening. Mobile phone service is still down. It could be much worse."

"hello. Tokyo around fuchu and mushashi is not damaged. during the quake the earth was like waves for 2-3 minutes. all the building just swayed, not breakage. the cars hopped around like they were attached to springs. after a hour on the schools football field we all went home except for the train riders. they would have to wait another 10 hours or so for the trains to start. the Japanese population here is calm. very polite and orderly. with no trains, hundreds of people waited in perfect, quiet lines for buses and taxes, an example of a harmonious society. up north the whole world has seen the power of the tsunami. right now in this neighborhood, food supplies on shelves are a bit low because of a slow down in delivery and maybe a little more active buying by the population. but we here in Tokyo are very very lucky. up north its the opposite story. tomorrow, Monday, school has been concealed for the students and the teachers will meet for a information meeting on the crisis. school will begin on Tuesday and the school is 100% intact. chaiken.
P.S.   Watch the news about the reactor.   people playing with atoms and mother nature will never turn out good.   humanity never learns, we go to places not meant for us.  we need to humble ourselves."

"Tokyo is seemingly getting back to whatever 'normal' is. Fuchu Starbucks was packed as usual."

"About 5 o'clock I went to buy some batteries. Inageya, Don Kihote, Wellspoint, 7-11, Lawsons, Sun Drug, a mom and pop electronics store, Siems. Nothing but the very small batteries. I wanted some medium sized ones. I would not say that panic buying is going on in the stores, however it was bordering on that in some ways."

"There has been a creepy blackout of television since the quake. I don't watch but the spousal unit does and, according to her, all commercial broadcasting has been suspended to a degree that has not been seen since the last emperor died and the country descended into full-on "where do we go from here" mode (Jan. '89). All earthquake coverage all the time. Will there be even more disturbing fatality statistics?"

Here are some pictures my Mom sent me of one of the rooms in our house:

I will never EVER judge anyone for not buying from the blogsale or not donating - again, I'm the first to admit that I don't always give to charity, and I don't always pay attention to those who are suffering in other parts of the world. But if you see something you like, just remember it's for a good cause :) Here's the link - it can also be found near the top of the blog under the videos.

If you would, please link this post or retweet the following on Twitter to spread the word of this blogsale:
"Fundraising Blogsale for Japan http://tinyurl.com/63nvt97 Please RT :) #PrayForJapan"

If you would like to donate something to sell, please email me at makeyuup@gmail.com and we will make it work :)

Thank you for your time, and thank you especially to those who showed sympathy to me over Twitter - it meant so so much.


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9 March 2011

FOTD: 03.09.11 - MAC Viva Glam Cyndi

Before it was gone forever, I decided to snatch up the MAC Viva Glam Cyndi lipstick, since I loved the lipglass so much and have been thinking about this lipstick since. My rule of thumb - you KNOW you need to get something when you think about it for more than 2 weeks! :)

I just got this yesterday in the post, but I wanted to share it with you in case you are on the fence about getting it as well - it's still available on Debenhams and MAC websites :)

It's a Lustre finish, it's quite sheer but buildable, and it's also quite moisturizing. The colour is almost like a pinkish red which is very different from the lipglass, which was more like a milky red (see post here).

I am in love with MAC lipsticks in general so there's no doubt about how much I love the packaging, the vanilla smell and also the great cause that the proceeds of this lipstick goes to - the MAC Aids Fund.

And here is my face of the day :)

Not feeling very photogenic today, but I hope you like :)

Have any of you bought this? Or were you more of a Gaga girl for '10? :)

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8 March 2011

Spring Pink Nails! - OPI Elephantastic Pink

I can't believe how warm it's getting here in England these days, I am loving it! My make-up is changing, my wardrobe is changing, but I want to bring your attention to my changing nail habits. No more nudes and taupes, it is all brights from here.

The first one I want to show you is OPI's Elephantastic Pink:

It's a toned-down version of a mid-toned neon pink (if that makes any sense at all). It is not as blue-toned or light as BarryM's Bright Pink, and it is just so extremely playful. It's not exactly what I thought it would be - I thought it would be warmer but I like it nonetheless :)

However the formula seems to be a little bit sheerer than the other OPIs, in that in some bits I can see through the streaks after 2 coats - not happy, but hey!

I got this from Beautyzone2007's eBay shop, and I believe it took about 9 days to arrive from the States - not bad at all! :)

Have you switched up your nails since the warm weather? What have you got on your nails for the Spring? :)


P.S. I want to show super lovin' to my Mom for sending me these today:

Bless! The watch is absolutely gorgeous and the toothbrushes are to die for.. Confession: I use a similar Little Miss one atm hehe <3
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7 March 2011

Major Hair Dye Fail! :(

Unless this is the first post you are reading by me, you know that I had reddish dark brown hair with highlights at the bottom. Now the only issue I had with this was that the bright highlights were really accentuating my dryness and frizziness, so I decided to go for an all over light-ish pink-based dark brown and hope my highlights would still peep through as it was way lighter than my other hairs.. I used L'Oreal Sublime Mousse in 40 Pure Dark Brown that looks like this:

Total fail by the way, if you couldn't tell by the title.

I ended up with pretty much my natural hair colour, which is black with a tint of brown:

Like, how does that even happen?

Okay I know there's the rule of going for a lighter colour when choosing, but I'm not sure if it was a really bad image on their part or if I should've known better. Here are the things I thought about the image on the box:

1) It's definitely more than a shade lighter than what I ended up with.
2) It's a very milky brown.. mine's reddish, in bright bright BRIGHT sunlight.
3) The swatches made it look like even dark hair people will end up with a bit lighter brown as on the box.

The thing that bothers me the most is not how I look, as it's my natural hair colour and I like the fact that I can wear darker eye make-up without looking overboard. It's the fact that it's spring, and I now have dark hair colour, and my highlights are gone.

I'm hoping for the colour to keep washing off in the next couple of weeks, but until then, does anyone know any miracle cure? Maybe an at-home way of highlighting?

I'm so pooped :(

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6 March 2011

Mentions of the Week #2

This week hasn't been too interesting in terms of cosmetics, I'm not sure why! I haven't been too experimental, I haven't done a lot of shopping and whatnot. But I did dye my hair last night, which didn't go according to plan (or box) at ALL, so that should be an interesting post.. lol, until then here are my weekly mentions:

Bird Pattern Scarf from Vero Moda - £14

Received courtesy of ShopALike - See post here :) Been wearing this a lot, it's light, cozy and spices up any solid tops.

Eye Product:
 28 Neutral Palette - 2nd Row, 2nd Column - bought from Ebay

At one point this colour was too light as a highlight for me, but I've been going back to it and have been loving it for a defining highlight on the brows :)

Lip Product:
Lipice Original Lipbalm - Not sure if available in stores yet.

I got this from a giveaway from Daisyloves01 and I love the vanilla smell and the thickness of it. Great sweeter alternative to my Burt's Bees :)

Face Product:
L: Hard Candy Blush in Bombshell; R: MAC MSF in Light Flush (LE)

I couldn't really put one without the other because it's the combo that I've been wearing everyday. I put Bombshell on the caved-in side of my cheek, and Light Flush on the rest.

I got Bombshell from Mandy in a swap, and Light Flush from Sinead's blogsale :) A good UK dupe for the Hard Candy blush is the Accessorize blush in the same name (and pretty much same packaging lol).

MAC Brush Cleaner - £8.50

I bought this after realising that deep cleaning them every few days may be damaging for them. So I invested in one of these for spotcleaning :) Will do a post in the near future!

Party Animal X Silver Studs - £4.99

I've been wanting a nice silver stud for my second piercing. Was a bit hesitant to get a boring ball or a clear gem, so I was ecstatic when I found this! Super cute and full of character :)

 NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Tokyo - £23.50

I swatched some of their eyeshadows in Space NK yesterday and loved them! So this one, for its colour and its name (:P) is my next want :)

Does anyone know if the NARS cream eyeshadows or even the powder eyeshadows are any good?

What have you found to deserve a mention this week? :)

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