Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Guest Post by 'The Beauty Habit'

Mascaras from L-R Top Row; 17 Peep Show (£6.29)/Soap and Glory Thick and Fast (£10)/L’Oreal Telescopic in Carbon Black (£10.99)/New CID Eye Flutter (£18.50). Bottom Row; Clinique High Impact (£16)/ Estee Lauder Double Wear Mascara (£20)/ Sephora Full Action (Price unknown)/ Diorshow (£23)
Hi everyone. Whilst Charlotte is away being super busy she has kindly allowed me a little space on her blog.  My name is Lauren and I write over at “the beauty habit” ( Being a bit of a beauty junkie I am always on the hunt for the next big thing. Be it a foundation that lasts all day, a primer that makes my skin look radiant or a cleanser that keeps the pimples at bay.  The one thing I have never quite managed to seek out is the perfect mascara.  This year I decided I was going to go on a quest for longer, more luscious lashes.  I’d love to be able to commit to lash extensions but the upkeep is a little too much for me at the moment, so instead I grabbed a whole heap of mascaras, took pics and laid them side by side for direct comparison! I like to think I have a good spread, ranging from Bargain Basement 17 cosmetics to Dior and a bit of everything in between.
So what do I look for in my mascara; Volume, length and a very dark black colour that doesn’t flake.  I quite like the clumpy effect so separation is never high on my list of priorities.  Day to day I tend to favour the L’Oreal Telescopic as I find the application very quick and easy, it doesn’t make a lot of mess and it is the blackest mascara I own.  If I was going out for the evening I’d probably reach for the Double Wear as it is totally smudge proof and can be built up to achieve a lot of volume.
Seeing them laid out like this has totally changed my opinion. I actually like the Estee Lauder mascara the least! I think it makes my lashes look stumpy and doesn’t give them nearly enough length.  I’m also surprised at the Clinique High Impact which I would have expected something a lot more dramatic from.
So which one is my favourite? I’m surprised to say it’s the New CID i-flutter.  This is the first time I’ve properly tried this and I’m impressed.  I think they look volumised, lengthened and very very fluttery! The packaging is really chic, the handle feels nicely weighted and it’s long enough to hold comfortably. When I first saw the wand I didn’t think I was going to like it very much.  It’s a bristle wand which I do favour but it was a lot skinnier than Diorshow and wasn’t as nicely shaped as the 17 Peep Show.  But the mascara applied like a dream and I only needed one light coat to achieve the look photographed.
The one downfall is that it isn’t as black as I really like. On a special occasion I’d be tempted to use this and then apply a little L’Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black over the tips of my lashes.  But day to day it would be perfect.
Which is your favourite? Do you have any mascara recommendations?

Friday, 6 April 2012

Etsy Shop Review- Viola Jane Designs

I have been on a peter pan collar kick for the past few months. I personally don't think my figure suits high cut necklines very without a collar of some sort so as you may have seen from my recent lust list post i have been eyeing up the collar style 'necklaces', peter pan style ones in particular, to throw on some of my clothes which need a little something extra so they aren't so boring and so they suit me a bit better. When i saw these amazing collars from Viola Jane Designs i was in awe.
Viola is a lovely lady from Tuscany who hand makes lots of beautiful collars of all shapes and designs, she makes them to cater to many tastes, studs, pearls, leather, the lot!
I personally chose this gorgeous grey studded collar with a scalloped edge* (totally following two trends at once!) and this equally amazing heavily embellished cream peter pan collar*. I have been wearing these with everything, particularly my skater dresses from asos like the grey one i am wearing in THIS post. I've even worn the grey one with a bandeau which is a great way to wear these on hotter days!
The collars are very well made and come beautifully packaged in a satin bag (i got one with cats all over, cute!!).
All of the collars stocked in Violas etsy shop are priced between £20-£25 which is slightly on the pricey side, but they are so statement and unique that i would personally say they are worth the price.

Do you own any detachable collar necklaces? whats your favourite way to wear them?


Wednesday, 4 April 2012

MAC Powder Blush- Dame

I recently blogged about picking up a MAC powder blush- Well Dressed from for just £11.43. For such a cheap price i couldn't resist picking up more and i decided to go for a similar blush 'Dame'.
Dame is an extremely wearable (even more so than Well dressed!) blue toned pink which adds a gorgeous natural flush to the cheeks. Since the weather has been a little warmer (i'm trying to pretend the past couple of freezing cold days haven't happened!!) i have been sporting a very natural look using minimal products and this blush has been my go to every day.
I'm so glad i decided to buy this product, especially at such a great price.

Have you started wearing your 'spring face' yet? What are your spring go to's?